Myanmar national football team

Myanmar Football FederationThe Myanmar national football team has a rich history in Asian football.  Despite this, Myanmar has never qualified for a world cup.  The team first entered qualifying for the 2010 competition.  This was due to withdrawals from the 1950, 1994 and 2002 competitions and disqualification from the 2006 tournament.

In that world cup début Myanmar lost twice to China.  The team conceded eleven goals without reply.

Though officially called Myanmar, the country is commonly known as Burma.  Bordering heavyweights India and China, Burma has struggled with internal conflict for many years.  It has one of the longest running civil wars with troubles stretching back over sixty years.

Though resource rich, Burma is one of the least developed economies in the world.  Life is hard for the people who live there.  The World Health Organisation ranked Burma’s healthcare system as the worst in the world.  With all these issues it is no surprise that the football team has little financial support.  Despite this, Burma rank above many more developed nations.

Ranked 182nd, Myanmar has neither cause for alarm nor celebration in its near future.

World cup 2014

Result Qualifying Round Two

Drawn against the higher ranked Mongolia in the first round, the Myanmar national football team edged a close fought tie on aggregate.  A 1-0 away loss was avenged by a 2-0 reversal in the home leg, securing an impressive 2-1 victory and progression to the second round.

Again drawn against higher ranked opposition, Myanmar were not able to recreate their early exploits and were defeated by Oman.  After a 2-0 away loss in the first leg, a strong performance was needed in the return tie.  With their side losing 2-0 at half time, Myanmar supporters vented their frustration by throwing objects on to the pitch.  Match officials abandoned the game, awarding it 2-0 to Oman and ensuring their progression with a 4-0 aggregate scoreline.

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