|Nickname(s)||O Sol Nascente |
(The Rising Sun)
Pequena Nação do Samba
(The Little Samba Nation)
|Association||Federação de Futebol de Timor-Leste|
|Sub-confederation||AFF (Southeast Asia)|
|Head coach||Norio Tsukitate|
|Captain||Nataniel Reis |
|Most caps||Anggisu Barbosa (30)|
|Top scorer||Rufino Gama and Murilo de Almeida (6)|
|Home stadium||National Stadium|
|Current||195 1 (4 April 2019)|
|Highest||146 (June 2015)|
|Lowest||206 (October 2012)|
|Current||227 1 (27 March 2019)|
|Highest||214 (November 2015)|
|Lowest||230 (November 2016)|
| Sri Lanka 3–2 Timor-Leste |
(Colombo, Sri Lanka; 21 March 2003)
| Timor-Leste 5–1 Cambodia |
(Yangon, Myanmar; 5 October 2012)
| Timor-Leste 0–10 Saudi Arabia |
(Dili, Timor Leste; 17 November 2015)
The Timor-Leste national football team is the national team of East Timor (Portuguese: Timor-Leste) and is controlled by the Federação de Futebol de Timor-Leste. They joined FIFA on 12 September 2005.
Timor-Leste's international debut was in the preliminary round of the 2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification in March 2003, when they lost 3–2 to Sri Lanka and 3–0 to Chinese Taipei. They also participated in the 2004 AFF Championship. Timor-Leste's participation in Southeast 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 Francia Kalbuadi. Timor-Leste won their first international match on 5 October 2012 against Cambodia with a score of 5–1.
- 1 History
- 2 Naturalised players controversy
- 3 Team images
- 4 Competition records
- 5 Players
- 6 Records
- 7 Current Staff
- 8 List of Coaches
- 9 See also
- 10 Notes
- 11 References
- 12 External links
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 AFF Championship, with four heavy losses, including a 7–0 trouncing by the Philippines. In the third qualifying round for the 2008 AFF Championship, they surprisingly drew against Cambodia; this feat was reported in international news.
In the ninth AFF Suzuki Cup, the country's football federation (FFTL) reportedly select their foreign based players, who played in Brazil, Portugal, Australia and elsewhere, to fortify the team as they also did at the 2011 SEA Games.
On 5 October 2012, Timor-Leste won their first international match in a 5–1 victory against Cambodia. On 9 October 2012, the team won another match against an 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. 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.
Naturalised players controversy
Since 2012 several Brazilian-born footballers, who are not of East Timorese descent and had not necessarily played in the East Timorese League, were expressly naturalised to raise the level of "Sol Nascente".
The country's recent history of naturalizing foreign players, mainly from Brazil such as Murilo de Almeida, Fellipe Bertoldo, and Diogo Santos Rangel has been criticized by many, including native East Timorese players and fans.
In a match on 8 October 2015 against Palestine seven of the starting eleven for the Timorese line-up were naturalized Brazilians. Following the match the Palestinian Football Association made a complaint to FIFA stating that the naturalized Timorese players were not eligible to represent Timor-Leste under FIFA rules.
Following a concern from some Timorese who complained to the prime minister, the prosecutor general and the minister for justice regarding the naturalisation program, Timor Leste Football Federation (FFTL) decided to drop their oversea-born legion. It meant Timor Leste would be without seven naturalised Brazilian players for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 AFC Asian Cup joint qualifiers match against United Arab Emirates on 12 November 2015. In that match coach Fernando Alcântara played an all national line up including six who were under twenty, including Ervino Soares who was 16. Timor Leste ended up losing the match 8–0. Alcântara took responsibility for the defeat although he also added that he had been forced to play such an inexperienced line-up by the FFTL.
Jesse Pinto, an Australian-Timorese footballer, told reporters that the FFTL gives Brazilian players Timorese passports so that they can be registered as "Asian" players and meet the quotas of teams. Pinto also added that the FFTL often takes advantage of players from poor backgrounds, but that it often did not meet its promises of allowing players to travel back to Brazil to meet their families.
In December 2016, the FFTL was charged with using forged and falsified documents, fielding ineligible players and bringing the game into disrepute.
A decision was made on the 20 January 2017 that Timor-Leste is barred from participating in the qualification tournament for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup after being found to have fielded a total of twelve ineligible players in 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification matches among other competitions.
The team was kitted out by Kubba Sportswear from June 2014 to February 2015.
Since 2018, the kits are made by Narrow, an Indonesian apparel. The home kit is traditional colours (red shirts, black shorts and red socks) and the away kit is all whites. From 2008 to 2010, their away kits were yellow but at 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup qualification, the away kits changed back into all whites. Previous kit makers include mitre, Joma, Nike and Tiger.
Timor Leste's home stadium is the East Timor National Stadium. The stadium capacity is 13,000 (seated). The first official match played in the stadium was at the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification against Mongolia on 12 March 2015.
|Timor Leste national football team home stadiums|
|East Timor National Stadium||13,000||Dili||v Saudi Arabia|
(17 November 2015; 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification)
The training facility for the Timor Leste national football team also located at the Kampo Demokrasia.
World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup||FIFA World Cup qualification|
|1930 to 1974||Part of Portugal||Part of Portugal|
|1978 to 1998||Part of Indonesia||Part of Indonesia|
|2002 to 2006||Did not enter||−||−||−||−||−||−||−||−||−||−||−||−||−|
|2010||Did not qualify||−||−||−||−||−||−||−||2||0||0||2||3||11|
|2014||Did not qualify||−||−||−||−||−||−||−||2||0||0||2||1||7|
|2018||Did not qualify||−||∺?�||−||−||−||−||−||9||2||2||5||7||30|
|2022||To be determined||−||−||−||−||−||−||−||−||−||−||−||−||−|
|2026||To be determined||−||−||−||−||−||−||−||−||−||−||−||−||−|
Asian Cup record
|1956 to 1972||Part of Portugal|
|1976 to 2000||Part of Indonesia|
|2004||Did not qualify|
|2007||Did not enter|
|2019||Did not qualify|
AFC Challenge Cup record
|AFC Challenge Cup|
|2006||Did not enter|
|2010||Did not enter|
|2012||Did not enter|
|2014||Did not enter|
- 2006 – Was originally selected to take part, but was then replaced
- 2008 – Was selected to take part, but withdrew
AFC Solidarity Cup record
|AFC Solidarity Cup|
|Total||Best: Group stage||2||0||1||1||0||4|
- Finals Records Only
AFF Championship Cup qualification history
Results and fixtures
Win Draw Lose
International match records
As of 21 November 2018
Caps and goals are correct as of 21 November 2018, after the match against Singapore.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Aderito Fernandes||15 May 1997||11||0||Ponta Leste|
|20||GK||Fagio Augusto||29 April 1997||7||0||Karketu Dili|
|3||DF||Jose Silva||24 April 1998||9||0||Boavista|
|4||DF||Candido||2 December 1997 (aged 20)||6||0||Ponta Leste|
|5||DF||Victor||5 December 1997||13||0||Karketu Dili|
|12||DF||Ricky||17 June 1994||10||0||Benfica Laulara|
|13||DF||Gumario||18 October 2001||7||0||Boavista|
|14||DF||Ade||2 June 1995||24||3||Ponta Leste|
|15||DF||Armindo||18 April 1998||2||0||Académica|
|16||DF||Domingos||13 July 1997||3||0||Karketu Dili|
|2||MF||Yohanes||1 October 2000||2||0||Benfica Laulara|
|6||MF||Nataniel Reis||25 March 1995||22||1||Boavista|
|8||MF||João Pedro||20 August 2000||6||1||North Bangkok University|
|11||MF||Gelvanio||8 October 1998 (aged 19)||2||0||Boavista|
|17||MF||José Almeida||12 July 1996||2||1||DIT FC|
|18||MF||Filomeno Junior||5 August 1998 (aged 20)||7||0||Benfica Laulara|
|19||MF||Feliciano||11 February 1997||5||0||Ponta Leste|
|22||MF||Avigmas||24 December 1999||13||1||Boavista|
|23||MF||Osvaldo||18 October 2000||7||0||Karketu Dili|
|7||FW||Rufino Gama||20 June 1998||16||6||Karketu Dili|
|9||FW||Silveiro Garcia||2 April 1994||12||2||Ponta Leste|
|10||FW||Henrique Cruz||6 December 1997||25||3||Boavista|
|21||FW||Savio||28 August 1992||4||0||Boavista|
The following players have also been called up to the Timor Leste squad within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Fernando||18 June 1995||0||0||Benfica Laulara||v. Brunei, 8 September 2018|
|GK||Ramos Maxanches||12 April 1994||19||0||Ponta Leste||v. Cambodia, 21 October 2016|
|DF||Gali||31 May 2001||3||0||Benfica Laulara||v. Cambodia, 12 October 2018|
|DF||Joao Panji||29 October 2000||2||0||Assalam F.C.||v. Brunei, 8 September 2018|
|DF||Filipe Oliveira||14 May 1995||20||0||Benfica Laulara||2017 CTFA International Tournament|
|DF||Juvitu da Silva||27 January 1987||8||0||Karketu Dili||2017 CTFA International Tournament|
|DF||Salvador Carlos||18 April 1986||3||0||Cacusan CF||2017 CTFA International Tournament|
|DF||Julião||2 July 1998||2||0||Boavista||2017 CTFA International Tournament|
|MF||José Fonseca||19 September 1994||26||0||Karketu Dili||2017 CTFA International Tournament|
|MF||Olegario||24 October 1994||16||0||AS Académica||2017 CTFA International Tournament|
|MF||Amilcar Oscar||1 January 1996||2||0||Karketu Dili||2017 CTFA International Tournament|
|MF||João Pereira||22 August 1994||2||0||Benfica Laulara||2017 CTFA International Tournament|
|MF||Abrão||18 June 1997||1||0||FC Nagarjo||2017 CTFA International Tournament|
|MF||Maria||28 October 1997||10||1||Benfica Laulara||v. Nepal, 5 November 2016|
|MF||José Vide||4 February 1987||10||0||Karketu Dili||v. Nepal, 5 November 2016|
|MF||Anggisu||16 March 1993||30||4||Ponta Leste||v. Cambodia, 21 October 2016|
|FW||Rivaldo||13 March 2000||0||0||Benfica Laulara||v. Cambodia, 12 October 2018|
|FW||Kefi||27 January 1997||8||0||Boavista||v. Brunei, 8 September 2018|
|FW||Ricardo||21 July 1991||1||1||Ponta Leste||v. Laos, 18 October 2016|
- INE = Ineligible player
- PRE = Preliminary squad
- SUS = Suspended
- RET = Retired from the national team
As of match against Singapore on 21 November 2018.
|5.||Leonel da Silva|
- As of September 2018
|Head Coach||Norio Tsukitate|
|Assistant Coach||Omerlanio Todbisterio|
|Assistant Coach||Miro Baldo Bento|
|Assistant Coach||Antonio Timoteo|
|Technical Director||Paolo Stringara|
|Technical Assistant||Ale Xiamilty|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Lourenço Dan Costa|
List of Coaches
As of 21 November 2018
|José Luís||2004–2006||10||0||0||10||0.0||2004 AFF Championship – Group stage|
2006 Lusophony Games – Group stage
|João Paulo Pereira||2007||2||0||0||2||0.0|
|Pedro Correia de Almeida||2007–2008||5||0||1||4||0.0|
|Antonio Carlos Vieira||2011–2012||6||1||1||4||16.7|
|Manuel da Costa Soares||2015||1||1||0||0||100.0|
|Fábio Magrão||2015–2016||13||1||2||10||7.7||2016 AFC Solidarity Cup – Group stage|
|Simón Elissetche||2017–2018||3||1||0||2||33.3||2017 CTFA Tournament – Third place|
|Norio Tsukitate||2018–||7||1||1||5||14.3||2018 AFF Championship – Group stage|
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