Afghanistan National Football Team

Country Afghanistan Afghanistan
City Kabul
Founded 1922

The Afghanistan national football team is the national team of Afghanistan and is controlled by the Afghanistan Football Federation. Nicknamed as Team-e Melli, the head coach of this team is Mohammed Farid. This team got founded in 1922 and joined FIFA in 1948 and AFC in 1954. The home matches of this team are played at the Ghazi National Olympic Stadium situated in Kabul.

The team only appeared in an Olympic Game at the 1948 Summer Olympic Games when they played against Luxembourg team though they lost with 6-0. With right to Asian Games, the team was in the fourth place in 1951 reaching to round one in 1954. From 1958 to 1998, the team however didn’t enter at the Asian games. In 2002, they were in round one again and in 2006, they didn’t enter at the games.

From 1984 to 2003, this team didn’t play any international fixtures as they were in the 173rd position in the FIFA World rankings. The home stadium of this team is the Ghazi Stadium. This is a multipurpose stadium situated in Kabul and was built in 1923. This stadium has a seating capacity of 25,000 people. In 2002-03, the stadium was renovated.

Major Achievements

The best performance of this team in international competition was in the Asian Games in 1951. During this match, Afghanistan came in the fourth place and after this match; there was no international fixtures as such from 1984 to 2003.

At the South Asian Football Federation Cup, this team made around 3 appearances with their first appearance being in 2003. Their best performance was in 2003, 2005 and in 2008 when they were placed in group stage.

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