Bangladesh national football team

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Bangladesh
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Bengal Tigers
Association Bangladesh Football Federation
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation SAFF (South Asia)
Head coach Jamie Day
Captain Jamal Bhuyan
Most caps Jahid Hasan Ameli (64)
Top scorer Jahid Hasan Ameli (15)
Home stadium Bangabandhu National Stadium
FIFA code BAN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 193 Increase 1 (20 September 2018)
Highest 110 (April 1996)
Lowest 197 (February–May 2018)
Elo ranking
Current 209 Steady (30 July 2018)
Highest 147 (September 1986)
Lowest 209 (March 2018–present)
First international
 Bangladesh 2–2 Thailand 
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 26 July 1973)
Biggest win
 Bangladesh 8–0 Maldives 
(Dhaka, Bangladesh; 23 December 1985)
Biggest defeat
 South Korea 9–0 Bangladesh 
(Incheon, South Korea; 16 September 1979)
 Iran 9–0 Bangladesh 
(Karachi, Pakistan; 25 February 1982)
Asian Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 1980)
Best result Group stage, 1980

The Bangladesh National Football Team (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ জাতীয় ফুটবল দল) is the national team of Bangladesh controlled by the Bangladesh Football Federation. It is a member of the Asian Football Confederation, and became a member of FIFA in 1974 even though the Bangladesh Football Federation was first founded in 1972. Bangladesh was elected as a member of the AFC Executive Committee 1982–86 and 1998–02. The current Executive Committee was elected democratically, under an AFC approved constitution and direct supervision of FIFA & AFC, in April 2008.

Bangladesh's national team debuted in 1973 and has yet to qualify for the World Cup finals. They were dismissed in the first round of their only Asian Cup appearance to date in 1980, and the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. But the nation's best results came at South Asian level where it won the SAFF Championship once and were gold medalists in South Asian Games twice. As is the case elsewhere on the subcontinent, top-level football in Bangladesh is played somewhere in the shadow of the country's national cricket team. It was one of Southern Asia's leading team in the 2000s.

History[edit]

20th century[edit]

The first instance of a Bangladesh national football team was the emergence of the Shadhin Bangla football team during the 1971 liberation war. They toured throughout India to raise international awareness and economic support for the liberation war.

Following her independence from Pakistan achieved at the end of 1971, the Bangladesh football team played its first official game on July 26, 1973, a 2–2 draw against Thailand. During the period between July 26 and August 14, 1973, the national team played 13 friendly matches against Asian teams, all hosted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, resulting in 3 draws and 10 defeats. One year later, the national team played 2 more friendlies, this time in Bangkok, and were defeated twice more.

The next official matches came in 1978, 2 friendly games against Malaysia and India, also in Bangkok, finished once more as defeats. In January 1979, the qualification tournament for the 1980 AFC Asian Cup began and – surprisingly considering their previous record – Bangladesh opened their campaign with draws against Afghanistan and Qatar. A heavy 4–0 defeat against Qatar followed, but a 4–1 win over the Afghans, the team's first ever victory, saw them qualify for the tournament.

In preparation for the Asian Cup, Bangladesh played four more friendly matches, losing three of them (notably a 9–0 thrashing by South Korea) but scoring their second win, 3–1 over Sri Lanka.

The 1980 AFC Asian Cup was held in September 1980 in Kuwait, and Bangladesh were grouped with defending champions Iran as well as North Korea, Syria and China. The Bangladeshis opened the tournament respectably with narrow defeats to the North Koreans (3–2) and Syrians (1–0) but were embarrassed 7–0 and 6–0 respectively by Iran and China, finishing the tournament bottom of their table with a goal difference of −15. This was the only time that Bangladesh have qualified for a major tournament.

In 1982, after a year and a half without any matches, the team played four games in Karachi, Pakistan, again suffering, 3 defeats and a draw, with a heavy 9–0 loss, this time to Iran. The next five friendlies yielded 2 victories and 3 defeats, and by the 1984, the team had only 4 victories, in 10 years.

The qualifiers for the 1984 AFC Asian Cup took place in August of that year, with Bangladesh matched with Iran and Syria from the 1980 tournament alongside Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. Bangladesh lost all but one of their games, a 3–2 defeat of the Philippines to salvage a little pride after yet another mauling by Iran.

A month later, the team played friendlies against Maldives and Nepal and handed out two thrashings of their own for a change, winning both games 5–0. But Nepal answered the day after, defeating Bangladesh 4–2.

In 1985 the team made its first attempt to qualify for the World Cup and was grouped with India, Indonesia and Thailand. Two wins from six saw Bangladesh finish bottom of their group.

From April 1985 to November 1987 team played 13 games, registering 4 victories, 2 draws and 7 defeats, before failing to qualify for either the 1988 AFC Asian Cup or the 1990 FIFA World Cup, posting just one win in the eleven games they played over both tournaments (a 3–1 defeat of Thailand in World Cup qualifying).

From 1989 to 1991, the team played 8 matches, gaining 3 victories, 1 draw and 4 defeats, before failing once again to qualify for the Asian Cup, this time thanks to a 6–0 drubbing by South Korea. Two years later, the qualifying tournament for the 1994 FIFA World Cup involved 8 matches – Bangladesh's longest ever campaign, but no more successful – only a pair of victories over Sri Lanka prevented a complete whitewash which included 8–0 and 7–0 thrashings at the hands of Japan and United Arab Emirates respectively.

In 1995, Bangladesh won silver in Football at the South Asian Games, losing in the final to hosts India, but qualification for 1998 FIFA World Cup saw a return to form, with the team even losing to Chinese Taipei.

The team's fortunes in regional competitions improved – the SAFF Gold Cup in 1999, held in Goa, saw Bangladesh again reach the final and lose to India, picking up another silver medal, and at 1999 South Asian Games held in Kathmandu the team finally took the extra step and won the gold medal, the first tournament win in the team's history. However, they were unable to parlay this into a successful qualification for the 2000 Asian Cup and failed to recover from an opening 6–0 thrashing by Uzbekistan.

21st century[edit]

A historic moment occurred for the Bangladesh team on 12 January 2001, when they played their first match against a team from outside Asia, a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina, who won 2–0.

Since 2000, the team have rarely looked like qualifying for either the Asian Cup or the World Cup (with successive first-round eliminations by Tajikistan in 2006 and 2010), but the same period has brought a tournament title being champions of SAFF Championship in 2003 as tournament host. Bangladesh as the host started by winning their opening game against Nepal (1-0) with Alfaz Ahmed scoring the only goal in the 30th minute. In their next game against Maldives they won 1–0 by a late winning goal scored by Arif Khan Joy in the 90 minute. Bangladesh topped their group by winning their last game against Bhutan 3–0 with Farhad scoring two goals and Karhan scoring another one. In the semifinals they faced India who were defending champions beating Bangladesh in 1999 SAFF Cup final. Bangladesh avenged their defeat four years earlier by beating India 2–1 and thus progressing to their second consecutive SAFF Cup final. In the final Bangladesh again faced Maldives, Ronnokuzzam Kanchan gave an early lead to the host nation in the 13th minute with Bangladesh dominating the first half and in the second half a defensive mistake made Bangladesh to concede a goal as Ali Umar equalized in the 57th minute. The final remained tied at 1–1 at 90 minutes of play and extra time was played and after a thrilling 120 minutes of play a tiebreaker was needed to decide the winners. In the penalty shootout the goalkeeper Aminul saved the second penalty of Maldives and at last Mohammad Sujon held his nerves and scored the winning penalty and thus Bangladesh won their first and only SAFF title till today. Bangladesh again made it to the final of SAFF Cup in 2005 hosted by Pakistan. They started by defeating Bhutan (3–0), Nepal (2–0) and drawing against India (1–1) to top their group. In the semifinals they knocked out the host nation Pakistan (1–0). In the final they faced India just like in the 1999 SAFF Cup final, it was a fifty-fifty affair as the both teams were a favourite to win but India won the final and their fourth title with Bangladesh finishing as runners up and it was the last time the team played in the SAFF Cup final. Their last best result in SAFF Cup came in 2008 where they finished 3rd. Bangladesh won their second gold medal in the South Asian Games during the 2010 South Asian Games as tournament host. They surprisingly defeated Afghanistan 4–0 who beat the likes of India and Maldives.

On 29 June 2011 at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh beat Pakistan 3–0 in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. They went on to play Pakistan again at Punjab Stadium, Lahore on 3 July 2011 where they drew 0–0. This allowed Bangladesh to advance to the second round to play against Lebanon. The first game was played in Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium, Beirut on 23 July 2011 where Bangladesh lost 4–0. The second game was played in Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka where Bangladesh won 2–0. Since Lebanon was able to score more goals out of the two games they were into the third round eliminating Bangladesh. Bangladesh could not qualify into the semifinal of 2011 SAFF Championship as they had drawn against Pakistan but lost to Nepal and Maldives in group stage.

Bangladesh played three international friendly matches in 2012. They managed to draw against Nepal by 1–1. They started their South-east Asian tour with a heavy 5–0 defeat to Thailand but drawn against Malaysia by 1–1.

Lodewijk de Kruif[edit]

Bangladesh failed to qualify into the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup as they lost to Palestine by 0–1 despite their wins against the host Nepal and Northern Mariana Islands in 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification stage held in March 2013. Bangladesh could not qualify into the semifinal of 2013 SAFF Championship as they lost to Nepal and Pakistan in group matches. Although they had a consolation draw against tournament runner-up India in group stage, it was the second consecutive SAFF Championship where they failed to qualify into knockout stage.

On March 5, 2014 Bangladesh tied a thrilling 2–2 friendly against India at Fatorda Stadium, Goa, India.

In the 2015 Bangabandhu Cup, Bangladesh became the runners-up of the tournament as they lost against Malaysia U-23 by 2–3 in the final match. In the group stage, Bangladesh lost in the very first match against Malaysia U-23 but won against Sri Lanka which led them to qualify in the semi final round where they beat Thailand U-23s by 1–0.

On 30 May and 2 June Bangladesh played friendly as preparation of the upcoming FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Singapore and Afghanistan, losing the first match by 1–2 and drawing the second one by 1–1. On 29 August, Bangladesh played another friendly against Malaysia at the Shah Alam Stadium and it concluded with a goalless draw.

Bangladesh played their first four matches of the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Australia and Jordan losing all of the matches apart from the home game against Tajikistan where they drew 1–1.

Gonzalo Sanchez Moreno[edit]

Bangladesh ended their FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifying campaign on a disappointing note as they suffered a huge 8–0 defeat to Jordan (managed by Harry Redknapp) in their last and final Group B match at the Amman National Stadium on 24 March 2016.[1] With seven defeats and a solitary draw against Tajikistan, Bangladesh conceded 32 goals and scored only twice, once apiece against Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Lodewijk de Kruif reappointment[edit]

On May 2016 de Kruif returned to take charge of the national team for a third time in a failed attempt in the AFC Asia Cup 2019 qualification playoff round 1 as they lost both home and away matches to Tajikistan. It was reported that he favored the older players from his previous run with the team rather giving opportunities to younger players.

Tom Saintfiet[edit]

The BFF appointed Belgian coach Tom Saintfiet on 29 June 2016, initially on a short term contract to guide the national team to the AFC Asia Cup 2019 qualification playoff round 2 matches against Bhutan.

Following a 0–0 draw in the first leg in Dhaka, Bhutan inflicted a 3–1 defeat on Bangladesh at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu during the second leg. The result in the Asian Cup qualifying play-off means Bangladesh will not be a part of any AFC and FIFA tournaments for the next two to three years until the launching of the 2022 World Cup and the 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers.

Coach Saintfiet called up the veteran striking pair of Jahid Hasan Ameli and Enamul Haque for the match, but to no avail.

“It was very bad for Bangladesh football. I think Bhutan showed that despite being a small nation, with good fundamentals and hard work, you can still reach somewhere. I think some well-paid Bangladesh players should start thinking if they are ready to play at this level. I would like to apologize to Bangladesh Football Federation and all the football loving people,” said the frustrated coach.[2]

Team image[edit]

Colours[edit]

The Bangladesh national football team plays in bottle green shirts and dark red shorts embedded with red and green stripes. Green and red are the historic national colours of Bangladesh, originating from the national flag of Bangladesh. The red represents the sun rising over Bengal, and also the blood of those who died for the independence of Bangladesh. The green stands for the lushness of the land of Bangladesh. The current Bangladesh away jersey is completely diametric to the regular one.

Home stadium[edit]

Bangladesh plays majority of their home matches at Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka, where they won the SAFF Championship in 2003 and 2010 South Asian Games football gold medal. Occasionally home matches are played at MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong, Sylhet District Stadium in Sylhet, Rajshahi District Stadium in Rajshahi and Shamsul Huda Stadium in Jessore .

Media coverage[edit]

All Bangladesh matches are broadcast with full commentary on Radio Foorti. Bangladesh's home and away qualifiers and friendlies both home and away are broadcast live on Bangladesh Television & Channel 9.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up to the squad for 2018 SAFF Championship.
Caps and goals updated as of 8 September 2018 after the match against    Nepal.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ashraful Islam Rana (1988-05-01) 1 May 1988 (age 30) 9 0 Bangladesh Sheikh Russel KC
22 1GK Shahidul Yousuf Sohel (1991-02-12) 12 February 1991 (age 27) 21 0 Bangladesh Dhaka Abahani
25 1GK Anisur Rahman Zico (1997-08-10) 10 August 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Bangladesh Bashundhara Kings
2 2DF Nasiruddin Chowdhury (1985-10-09) 9 October 1985 (age 32) 23 1 Bangladesh Dhaka Abahani
3 2DF Waly Faisal (1985-03-01) 1 March 1985 (age 33) 41 0 Bangladesh Dhaka Abahani
4 2DF Topu Barman (1994-12-20) 20 December 1994 (age 23) 24 3 Bangladesh Dhaka Abahani
5 2DF Tutul Hossain Badsha (1999-05-26) 26 May 1999 (age 19) 5 0 Bangladesh Dhaka Abahani
12 2DF Bishwanath Ghosh (1999-05-30) 30 May 1999 (age 19) 3 0 Bangladesh Sheikh Russel KC
21 2DF Sushanto Tripura (1998-10-05) 5 October 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Bangladesh Bashundhara Kings
6 3MF Jamal Bhuyan (Captain) (1990-04-10) 10 April 1990 (age 28) 31 0 Bangladesh Saif Sporting Club
7 3MF Emon Mahmud Babu (1991-06-03) 3 June 1991 (age 27) 12 0 Bangladesh Bashundhara Kings
8 3MF Mamunul Islam (1985-12-12) 12 December 1985 (age 32) 54 3 Bangladesh Dhaka Abahani
13 3MF Atiqur Rahman Fahad (1995-09-15) 15 September 1995 (age 23) 3 0 Bangladesh Dhaka Abahani
17 3MF Sohel Rana (1995-03-27) 27 March 1995 (age 23) 26 0 Bangladesh Dhaka Abahani
18 3MF Masuk Mia Jony (1998-01-16) 16 January 1998 (age 20) 7 0 Bangladesh Bashundhara Kings
19 3MF Faisal Mahmud (1983-01-16) 16 January 1983 (age 35) 9 0 Bangladesh Dhaka Mohammedan
9 4FW Saad Uddin (1998-09-01) 1 September 1998 (age 20) 3 0 Bangladesh Dhaka Abahani
10 4FW Shakhawat Hossain Rony (1991-10-08) 8 October 1991 (age 26) 19 7 Bangladesh Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club
15 4FW Biplu Ahmed (1999-05-05) 5 May 1999 (age 19) 4 0 Bangladesh Sheikh Russel KC
16 4FW Mahbubur Rahman Sufil (1999-09-10) 10 September 1999 (age 19) 4 2 Bangladesh Bashundhara Kings

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Bangladesh squad within the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Mahfuz Hasan Pritom (1999-11-05) 5 November 1999 (age 18) 0 0 Bangladesh Arambagh KS v.  Sri Lanka; 29 August 2018

DF Rahmat Mia (1999-12-08) 8 December 1999 (age 18) 2 0 Bangladesh Saif Sporting Club v.  Sri Lanka; 29 August 2018
DF Monjurur Rahman Manik (1996-09-05) 5 September 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Bangladesh Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club v.  Sri Lanka; 29 August 2018
DF Mamun Miah (1987-09-11) 11 September 1987 (age 31) 13 0 Bangladesh Dhaka Abahani v.  Laos; 27 March 2018
DF Uttam Kumar Banik (1991-04-12) 12 April 1991 (age 27) 1 0 Bangladesh Sheikh Russel KC v.  Laos; 27 March 2018

MF Jewel Rana (1995-12-20) 20 December 1995 (age 22) 20 0 Bangladesh Dhaka Abahani v.  Sri Lanka; 29 August 2018
MF Fazlay Rabbi (1996-05-16) 16 May 1996 (age 22) 2 0 Bangladesh Sheikh Russel KC v.  Sri Lanka; 29 August 2018
MF Robiul Hasan (1999-06-26) 26 June 1999 (age 19) 1 0 Bangladesh Arambagh KS v.  Sri Lanka; 29 August 2018
MF Mohammad Abdullah (1997-10-16) 16 October 1997 (age 20) 4 0 Bangladesh Chittagong Abahani v.  Laos; 27 March 2018
MF Ali Hossain (1989-06-01) 1 June 1989 (age 29) 0 0 Bangladesh Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club v.  Laos; 27 March 2018

FW Nabib Newaj Jibon (1990-08-17) 17 August 1990 (age 28) 15 2 Bangladesh Dhaka Abahani v.  Sri Lanka; 29 August 2018
FW Jafar Iqbal (1997-09-27) 27 September 1997 (age 20) 4 1 Bangladesh Saif Sporting Club v.  Sri Lanka; 29 August 2018
FW Motin Mia (1998-12-20) 20 December 1998 (age 19) 1 0 Bangladesh Bashundhara Kings v.  Sri Lanka; 29 August 2018
FW Tawhidul Alam Sabuz (1990-09-14) 14 September 1990 (age 28) 7 0 Bangladesh Bashundhara Kings v.  Laos; 27 March 2018

Coaching staff[edit]

As of July 2018
Position Name
Head Coach England Jamie Day
Assistant Coach(es) England Stuart Watkiss
Bangladesh Mahabub Hossain Roksy
Bangladesh Masud Parvez Kaiser
Goalkeeper Coach Bangladesh Nuruzzaman Nayan
Fitness Coach England Roger Paul Davis
Manager Bangladesh Satyajit Das Rupu
Physio Bangladesh Shahadat Hossain
BFF Technical Director Australia Paul Smalley

Results and fixtures[edit]

The following matches were played or are scheduled to be played by the national team in the current or upcoming matches.

  Win   Draw   Loss

Date Competition Venue Location Opponent Result Scorer(s) for Bangladesh
27 March 2018 International friendly New Laos National Stadium Vientiane  Laos 2–2 Jafar Goal 81'
Sufil Goal 90+3'
29 August 2018 International friendly Sheikh Kamal Stadium Nilphamari  Sri Lanka 0–1
4 September 2018 2018 SAFF Championship Bangabandhu National Stadium Dhaka  Bhutan 2–0 Topu Goal 3' (pen.)
Sufil Goal 47'
6 September 2018 2018 SAFF Championship Bangabandhu National Stadium Dhaka  Pakistan 1–0 Topu Goal 85'
8 September 2018 2018 SAFF Championship Bangabandhu National Stadium Dhaka    Nepal 0–2
1 October 2018 2018 Bangabandhu Cup Sylhet District Stadium Sylhet  Laos
5 October 2018 2018 Bangabandhu Cup Sylhet District Stadium Sylhet  Philippines

Coaches[edit]

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

Bangladesh took part in every FIFA World Cup qualifier although never made it past the first round. The best they did was clinch wins in some of them.

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld
Uruguay 1930 to Spain 1982 Did not enter; was part of British Empire until 1947 and then Pakistan between 1947–1971
Mexico 1986 to Russia 2018 Did not qualify
Qatar 2022 To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total

AFC Asian Cup record[edit]

AFC Asian Cup
Year Round
Iran 1976
Withdrew from qualification
Kuwait 1980
Group Stage
Singapore 1984
Did not qualify
Qatar 1988
Did not qualify
Japan 1992
Did not qualify
United Arab Emirates 1996
Withdrew
Lebanon 2000
Did not qualify
China 2004
Did not qualify
Indonesia Malaysia Thailand & Vietnam 2007
Did not qualify
Qatar 2011
Did not qualify
Australia 2015
Did not qualify
United Arab Emirates 2019
Did not qualify

AFC Challenge Cup record[edit]

AFC Challenge Cup
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
Bangladesh 2006
Quarter-finals
4
2
1
1
7
8
India 2008
Did not qualify
-
-
-
-
-
-
Sri Lanka 2010
Group stage
3
1
0
2
3
6
Nepal 2012
Did not qualify
-
-
-
-
-
-
Maldives 2014
Did not qualify
-
-
-
-
-
-
Total
Quarter-finals
7
3
1
3
10
14

AFC Challenge Cup qualification record:

AFC Challenge Cup qualification
Year Qualification Pld W D L GF GA
Bangladesh 2006
Qualified as host
-
-
-
-
-
-
Kyrgyzstan 2008
Did not qualify
2
0
1
1
1
2
Bangladesh 2010
Qualified as best group runner-up
3
2
0
1
5
2
Myanmar 2012
Did not qualify
3
1
0
2
2
5
Nepal 2014
Did not qualify
3
2
0
1
6
1
Total
11
5
1
5
14
10

SAFF Championship[edit]

SAFF Championship
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
Pakistan 1993
Did not enter
-
-
-
-
-
-
Sri Lanka 1995
Semi-finals
3
1
1
1
2
1
Nepal 1997
Group stage
2
0
1
1
1
4
India 1999
Runners-up
4
2
1
1
6
3
Bangladesh 2003
Champion
5
4
1
0
8
2
Pakistan 2005
Runners-up
5
3
1
1
7
3
Sri Lanka & Maldives 2008
Group stage
3
0
2
1
3
4
Bangladesh 2009
Semi-finals
4
2
1
1
6
3
India 2011
Group stage
3
0
1
2
1
4
Nepal 2013
Group stage
3
0
1
2
2
5
India 2015
Group stage
3
1
0
2
4
7
Bangladesh 2018
Group stage
3
2
0
1
3
2
Total
1 Title
38
16
12
13
43
38

South Asian Games[edit]

  • 2004 onwards – Bangladesh U-23 plus three overage players entered the competition, as per age limit in football competitions in Olympic Games.
South Asian Games
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
Nepal 1984
Silver
4
3
0
1
14
4
Bangladesh 1985
Silver
3
2
1
0
11
2
India 1987
Semi-finals
3
1
0
2
3
2
Pakistan 1989
Silver
3
1
1
1
4
2
Sri Lanka 1991
Bronze
3
2
0
1
4
2
Bangladesh 1993
Group stage
2
0
1
1
0
1
India 1995
Silver
4
2
1
1
2
2
Nepal 1999
Gold
4
3
0
1
4
2
Pakistan 2004
Group stage
3
1
1
1
2
2
Sri Lanka 2006
Group stage
3
0
2
1
2
3
Bangladesh 2010
Gold
5
5
0
0
13
0
India 2016
Bronze
4
2
1
1
3
7
Total
41
22
8
11
62
29

Asian Games[edit]

  • 1951 to 1970 – Did not enter; was part of Pakistan until 1971
  • 2002 onwards – Bangladesh U-23 plus three overage players entered the competition, as per age limit in football competitions in Olympic Games.
Asian Games record
Hosts / Year Result Position GP W D L GS GA
Iran 1974 Tehran
Did not participate
- - - - - - -
Thailand 1978 Bangkok
Preliminary round
12/14 2 0 0 2 0 4
India 1982 New Delhi
Preliminary round
11/16 3 1 0 2 2 4
South Korea 1986 Seoul
Preliminary round
16/18 4 1 0 3 1 12
China 1990 Beijing
Preliminary round
11/14 2 0 0 2 0 7
Japan 1994 Hiroshima
Did not participate
- - - - - - -
Thailand 1998 Bangkok
Withdrew
- - - - - - -
Total 4/13 - 11 2 0 9 3 27

Opponents[edit]

The team's head-to-head records against all 48 nations whom they have played to date, including friendly internationals:[3] Two of these teams no longer exist (South Vietnam and Yugoslavia), so Bangladesh have played against 46 of the current 209 FIFA members: 43 AFC, 2 CAF, 0 CONCACAF, 0 CONMEBOL, 0 OFC and 1 UEFA members as of 10 October 2016.[4]

As of 8 September 2018
Against Region P W D L GF GA GD %Win %Loss
 Afghanistan AFC 6 1 4 1 9 10 −1 16.67% 16.67%
 Algeria CAF 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0.0% 100.0%
 Australia AFC 2 0 0 2 0 9 −9 0.0% 100.0%
 Bahrain AFC 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0.0% 100.0%
 Bhutan AFC 8 5 2 1 17 5 +12 57.14% 14.29%
 Bosnia and Herzegovina UEFA 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0.0% 100.0%
 Cambodia AFC 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 66.67% 0.0%
 China PR AFC 5 0 0 5 0 15 −15 0.0% 100.0%
 Chinese Taipei AFC 2 1 0 1 3 4 −1 50.0% 50.0%
 Guam AFC 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 100.0% 0.0%
 Hong Kong AFC 4 0 1 3 3 14 −11 0.0% 75.0%
 India AFC 24 3 10 11 18 34 −16 12.5% 45.83%
 Indonesia AFC 6 1 1 4 4 12 −8 16.67% 66.67%
 Iran AFC 6 0 0 6 1 28 −27 0.0% 100.0%
 Japan AFC 5 0 0 5 1 22 −21 0.0% 100.0%
 Jordan AFC 2 0 0 2 0 12 −12 0.0% 100.0%
 Kuwait AFC 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 0.0% 100.0%
 Kyrgyzstan AFC 4 0 0 4 2 10 −8 0.0% 100.0%
 Laos AFC 2 0 1 1 3 4 −1 0.0% 100.0%
 Lebanon AFC 2 1 0 1 2 4 −2 50.0% 50.0%
 Macau AFC 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 100.0% 0.0%
 Malaysia AFC 9 1 2 6 3 16 −13 11.11% 66.67%
 Maldives AFC 12 3 5 4 20 16 +4 25.00% 33.33%
 Mongolia AFC 2 1 1 0 5 2 +3 50.0% 0.0%
 Myanmar AFC 10 3 1 6 10 24 −14 30.0% 60.0%
   Nepal AFC 22 12 3 7 26 16 +10 57.14% 28.57%
 North Korea AFC 2 0 0 2 2 4 −2 0.0% 100.0%
 Northern Mariana Islands AFC 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 100.0% 0.0%
 Oman AFC 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 0.0% 100.0%
 Pakistan AFC 17 7 4 6 17 10 +7 37.5% 37.5%
 Palestine AFC 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 0.0% 66.67%
 Philippines AFC 2 1 0 1 3 5 −2 50.0% 50.0%
 Qatar AFC 4 0 1 3 2 12 −10 0.0% 75.0%
 Saudi Arabia AFC 5 0 0 5 1 20 −19 0.0% 100.0%
 Singapore AFC 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 0.0% 33.33%
 South Korea AFC 3 0 0 3 0 19 −19 0.0% 100.0%
 South Vietnam AFC 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0.0% 0.0%
 Sri Lanka AFC 17 11 2 4 25 13 +12 68.75% 18.75%
 Sudan CAF 1 0 0 1 1 4 −3 0.0% 100.0%
 Syria AFC 3 0 0 3 1 5 −4 0.0% 100.0%
 Tajikistan AFC 10 1 2 7 5 29 −24 10.0% 70.0%
 Thailand AFC 14 2 3 9 11 29 −18 14.29% 64.29%
 Turkmenistan AFC 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 0.0% 100.0%
 United Arab Emirates AFC 5 0 0 5 1 21 −20 0.0% 100.0%
 Uzbekistan AFC 3 0 0 3 0 15 −15 0.0% 100.0%
 Vietnam AFC 2 0 1 1 0 4 −4 0.0% 50.0%
 Yemen AFC 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 50.0% 0.0%
 Yugoslavia UEFA 1 0 0 1 1 4 −3 0.0% 100.0%
Total 46 nations 239 58 49 132 215 474 −259 24.27% 55.23%

  Team ceased to exist

Honours[edit]

Champion (1): 2003
Runner-up (2): 1999, 2005
Gold medal (2): 1999, 2010
Silver medal (4): 1984, 1985, 1989, 1995
Bronze medal (2): 1991, 2016
Runner-up (1): 2015
  • Quaid-E-Azam International Cup[5]
Runner-up (1): 1985
Third-place (1): 1987
  • President's Gold Cup[6]
Champion (1): 1989
  • Four-nation International Invitational Football Tournament[7]
Champion (1): 1995
Runner-up (1) : 2005


Bangladesh national football team results

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Harry Redknapp: Jordan thrash Bangladesh in qualifier". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Humiliation in Bhutan". The Daily Star. Retrieved 20 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Head to Head". fifa.com. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Bangladesh > Head to Head". eloratings.net. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "Quaid-E-Azam International Cup (Pakistan)". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "President's Gold Cup 1989". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Burma Tournament 1995". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1999 India 
South Asian Champions
2003 Bangladesh  (First title)
Succeeded by
2005 India