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Timor-Leste national football team

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Nickname(s) O Sol Nascente
(The Rising Sun)
Association Federação de Futebol de Timor-Leste
Sub-confederation AFF (South-East Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Fábio Magrão
Asst coach Alfredo Esteves
Manuel da Costa Soares
Captain Anggisu Barbosa [1]
Most caps Anggisu Barbosa (15)
Top scorer Murilo de Almeida (6)
Home stadium East Timor National Stadium
FIFA ranking Template:Nft rank
Highest FIFA ranking 151 (May 2015)
Lowest FIFA ranking 206 (October 2012)
Elo ranking Template:Nft rank
Highest Elo ranking 216 (March 2015)
Lowest Elo ranking 228 (24 October 2010)
First international
23x15px Sri Lanka 3–2 Timor-Leste 23x15px
(Colombo, Sri Lanka; 21 March 2003)[2]
Biggest win
23x15px Timor-Leste 5–1 Cambodia 23x15px
(Yangon, Myanmar; 5 October 2012)
Biggest defeat
23x15px Thailand 8–0 Timor-Leste 23x15px
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 12 December 2004)

The Timor-Leste national football team is the national team of East Timor (Timor-Leste) and is controlled by the Federação de Futebol de Timor-Leste. East Timor joined FIFA on 12 September 2005.

Timor-Leste's international debut was in the preliminary round of the AFC Asian Cup in March 2003, when they lost 3–2 to Sri Lanka and 3–0 to Chinese Taipei. They also participated in the 2004 Tiger Cup. Timor-Leste's participation in South East Asia's premier international football event in 2004 was announced after an Asian Football Confederation council meeting in Petaling Jaya. Although not yet a member of the AFC, the Timor-Leste Football Association was invited to sit in on the meeting, where they were represented by FA president Francisco Kalbuadi. Timor-Leste won their first international match on 5 October 2012 against Cambodia with a score of 5-1.[3]


Football was established in Timor-Leste during the Portuguese colonial era, when many of the locals and the Portuguese officials played amateur football. After Portugal ended its colonial rule, Indonesia invaded and occupied the island. East Timor eventually gained independence from Indonesia in 2000, which resulted in a long running battle against Jakarta-led forces.

The East Timor Football Association was accepted as an associate member of AFC at the 20th AFC Congress in 2002. Their international debut came in March 2003 when they participated in the qualifying campaign for the 2004 AFC Asian Cup in China. Given their history, it was no surprise that they crashed out with defeats against the likes of Sri Lanka and Chinese Taipei. They entered the regional competition for the first time in 2004 as they played in the ASEAN Football Federation Championship (previously known as Tiger Cup) as an invited member. They finished in last place, showing that they had a long way to go before they could compete even on the regional stage.

They again had no success in the qualifying round of the 2007 ASEAN Football Federation Championship, with four heavy losses, including a 7-0 trouncing by the Philippines. In the third qualifying round for the 2008 AFF Suzuki Cup, they surprisingly drew against Cambodia; this feat was reported in international news.

In the ninth AFF Suzuki Cup, the country's football federation (FFTL) will reportedly select their foreign based players, who play in Brazil, Portugal, Australia and elsewhere, to fortify the team as they also did at the 2011 SEA Games.[4]

Since 2012 several Brazilian-born footballers, who are not of Timorese descent and had not necessarily played in the Timorese League, were expressly naturalized to raise the level of "Sol Nascente". On 5 October of that year, Timor-Leste win their first international match against Cambodia which they score 5-1. The score lead by national Adelino Trindade (twice) and Brazilians Murilo de Almeida (twice) and Alan Leandro (penalty kick).[5] In 9 October 2012 The rising sun team won another match against the Indochina team, Laos at AFF Suzuki Cup qualifier. Murilo de Almeida score the penalty at 43 minutes of the first half of the match. Later Adelino Trinidade extended the Timorese advantage with a header early in the second half and then Alan Leandro added the third goal in 83 minutes.[6] After winning the second match against Laos, Emerson Alcântara stated "This is a win for the people of Timor Leste," said the Brazilian. "They had to wait a long time for our team to win their first match in this competition but now we have two wins and this was an important victory for Timor Leste. "I think that about 70 percent of people in Timor Leste are poor so it is very important to get this result for them because they love football and the people can get confidence and take pride in this result. It is very important for us to motivate our people and to help to change their lives.[7]

In 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification of Asian zone, Timor-Leste wrote history for the first country to win 4-1 over Mongolia.


Adidas Timor Leste released away jersey on 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup

Timor-Leste's traditional home kit is red shirts, black shorts and red or black socks. The away kits have featured white or yellow shirts. From 2008 to 2010, their away kits were yellow but at 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup qualification, the away kits changed back into all whites. The kits are currently manufactured by Joma was replaced Nike. Timor-Leste first wore kit made by Tiger and played for the 2004 Tiger Cup.

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Competition records

World Cup record

Asian Qualification Records
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
23x15px 2006 Did not enter - - - - - -
23x15px 2010 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 3 11
23x15px 2014 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 7
23x15px 2018 To be played 2 2 0 0 5 1
Total 0/20 6 2 0 4 9 19
FIFA World Cup Qualification History
Year Qualification Score Result
2010 Qualification 23x15px Timor-Leste 2–3 Template:Country data HKG Lost
Qualification Template:Country data HKG 8–1 23x15px Timor-Leste Lost
2014 Qualification File:Flag of Nepal.svg   Nepal 2–1 23x15px Timor-Leste Lost
Qualification 23x15px Timor-Leste 0–5 File:Flag of Nepal.svg   Nepal Lost
2018 Qualification 23x15px Timor-Leste 4–1 23x15px Mongolia Won
Qualification 23x15px Mongolia 0–1 23x15px Timor-Leste Won

Lusofonia Games

Jogos da Lusofonia
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
23x15px 2006 Group Stage 0 0 0 2 0 10
23x15px 2009 Did not Enter - - - - - -
Template:Country data India 2014 Did not Enter - - - - - -
Total Group Stage 0 0 0 2 0 10
Jogos da Lusofonia History
Year Qualification Score Result
2006 First Round 23x15px Mozambique 5–0 23x15px Timor-Leste Lost
First Round 23x15px Timor-Leste 0–5 23x15px Angola Lost

Asian Cup record

Asian Cup
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
Template:Country data HKG 1956 to 23x15px 2000 Did not enter - - - - - -
23x15px 2004 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Template:Country data IDN23x15px23x15px23x15px 2007 Did not enter - - - - - -
23x15px 2011 Did not enter - - - - - -
Total - - - - - - -

AFC Challenge Cup record

AFC Challenge Cup
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
23x15px 2006 Did not enter - - - - - -
Template:Country data India 2008 Withdrew - - - - - -
23x15px 2010 Did not enter - - - - - -
File:Flag of Nepal.svg 2012 Did not enter - - - - - -
23x15px 2014 Did not enter - - - - - -
Total Best: - - - - - - -
  • 2006 - Was originally selected to take part, but was then replaced
  • 2008 - Was selected to take part, but withdrew

ASEAN Competitions History

  • Finals Records Only

This competition was formerly known as the Tiger Cup

Previous squads


Record matches between 2003 and 2004 could not be calculated due to Timor Leste officially became a member of FIFA in 2005.

Top scorers[9]
# Player Goals Caps Years
1. Murilo de Almeida <center>6 <center>7 <center>2012-
2. Quito <center>4 <center>11 <center>2010-
3. Adelio Maria Costa <center>3 <center>4 <center>2005-2007
Ary <center>3 <center>14 <center>2005-2011
Adelino Trindade <center>3 <center>7 <center>2012-
Alan Leandro <center>3 <center>4 <center>2012-
Anggisu Barbosa <center>3 <center>15 <center>2009-
8. João Kik <center>2 <center>7 <center>2005-2011
Patrick Fabiano <center>2 <center>3 <center>2014-

Current Staff

As of November 2014
Position Name Nationality
Coach Fábio Magrão 23x15px Brazil
Assistant Coach Manuel da Costa Soares 23x15px East Timor
Assistant Coach Alfredo Esteves 23x15px East Timor
23x15px Portugal
Fitness Coach Zeno Pires 23x15px East Timor
Goalkeeping Coach Rui Correia 23x15px Portugal

List of Coaches

Period Coach Achievements
2004-2006 23x15px José Luís 2004 Tiger Cup - Round 1 (First Time)
2006 Lusophony Games - Round 1 (First Time)
2007-2008 23x15px Pedro Correia De Almeida 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC) - Round 1 (First Time)
2008 AFF Suzuki Cup qualification - First Draw with Cambodia
2009 23x15px Manuel da Costa Soares 2009 Southeast Asian Games - Round 1 (First Time)
2010 23x15px Clodoaldo 2010 AFF Championship qualification - Did not qualify
2010 23x15px Pedro Correia De Almeida Exhibition game - Against Indonesia Loss 6:0 (First Time)
2011-2012 23x15px Antonio Carlos Vieira 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)- Round 1
2012–2014 23x15px Emerson Alcântara 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup qualification - First Win with Cambodia
2014 23x15px Antonio Carlos Vieira 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup qualification - Did not qualify
2015 23x15px Manuel da Costa Soares (interim) 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC First Round 1st leg against Mongolia Win 4:1
2015- 23x15px Fábio Magrão


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