The Laos national football team
The Laos national football team is a Laos national team which is entirely controlled by the Lao Football Federation. Laos is the member of the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) with their rivalries being Burma and Thailand teams. The head coach of this team is David Booth with Chandalaphone Liemvisay being the captain of the team.
Till date, the top scorer of this team is Lamnao Singto with 7 goals to his credit. The home stadium of the Laos national football team is New Laos National Stadium.
The national football association of Laos was established in the year 1951. However, they never entered the Asian Cup, the World Cup or the Asian Games. As the team is an international side, their appearance is restricted to only regional matches like the Tiger Cup and the Southeast Asian Games. With the political stability of the country being successful, football game has really made a positive impact on the Laotians.
In 1995, this team made an appearance at the Southeast Asian Games and competed in the Asean Football championship or commonly known as the Tiger Cup. Though the team were new to the regional matches, they displayed tremendous talent and passion for football. The same year, in 1995, they defeated the Philippines and Brunei teams. By 1997, they defeated Malaysia team at the Jakarta SEA Games.
In the qualifying preliminary rounds, the Laos national football team defeated Bangladesh team by 2-1 at the Asian Cup in 2004. At the World Cup Asian zone qualifiers in 2006, they were qualified for the 2nd round as a lucky loser after Nepal and Guam withdrew from the competition at the last moment.
In 2006, at the World Cup, the Laos team was qualified for the second stage of Asian qualification, though they lost all the matches. Till date, this team is believed to have defeated their counterparts like Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Cambodia, Myanmar and Philippines.
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