Tibet national football team

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Tibet national football team
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Nickname(s) The Forbiddens
Association TNFA
Confederation ConIFA
Head coachPenpa Tsering
Most caps Tsering Wangchuk
Top scorerTashi Samphel (5)
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First colours
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Second colours
First international
Flag of Greenland.svg  Greenland 4–1 Tibet  Flag of Tibet.svg
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 30 June 2001)
Biggest win
Flag of Tibet.svg  Tibet 12–2 Western Sahara  Flag of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.svg
(Marseille, France; 28 June 2013)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Provence (alternate).svg  Provence 22–0 Tibet  Flag of Tibet.svg
(Marseille, France; 23 June 2013)
ConIFA World Football Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2018 )
Best result12th, 2018

The Tibet national football team is a football team represents the cultural region of Tibet in non-FIFA international tournaments, and is organised by the Tibetan National Football Association (TNFA), an organization of exiled Tibetans. Its current team manager is Kelsang Dhondup.

Many of the players are in exile and are represented by the Tibetan Government in Exile. The team is part of neither FIFA nor the AFC and does not participate in international tournaments. The TNFA was founded in 2001 and its goal is to gain an official status.

History

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The first Tibet team, c.1936

The Forbidden Team

The first international game the team played against a non-Asian team was against Greenland, which took place in Denmark. The team was followed by a documentary film crew during the process of forming the team, practicing, playing the match, and events in between. The documentary was titled 'The Forbidden Team'. To form the team, a selective tournament was held in Dehradun, India, featuring all the various Tibetan football teams around India.

After the team was selected, Team Tibet headed to Dharamsala to begin practice sessions. Jens Espense was hired by the Tibetan Football Association to coach the team for the match. He had only a month to get the players conditioned and ready to play, despite the team not yet playing at even a minor league level. Moreover, the pitch was in poor condition and only half of it could be used, as it was located on a public road. During practice, Karma Nyodup was working to complete all documentation for the flight to Greenland. A number of players were subsequently dropped due to improper travel documents.

After a month had passed, the team flew to Denmark for their first international game, which was organized by Michael Nybrandt. He was also advocating Tibet at a time when the Chinese government raised their cause for concern. China did not want this match to happen as they believed Tibet belonged to China. It threatened to cut off all its trade with Denmark if the match went on as planned. Denmark however, did not back down and allowed the game to take place. On 30 June 2001 the Tibetan National Football Team played its first international match where it lost 1–4 against Greenland. [1]

FIFI Wild Cup (Hamburg, Germany) and ELF Cup (Northern Cyprus)

The 2006 FIFI Wild Cup took place in Hamburg, Germany. The first match they played was against St. Pauli on 30 May 2006. They lost this game 7–0. The second and final match of Tibet in this tournament was against Gibraltar on 31 May 2006. They lost this game 5–0. During the ELF Cup Tibet did not win any games and they suffered their biggest defeat. The first game was against Tajikistan on 19 November 2006 where they lost 3–0. On 20 November, Tibet played the Crimean Tatars, which they lost 1–0. Finally on 21 November the biggest loss came when Tibet played Northern Cyprus, who beat them 10–0.

International Tournament of Peoples, Cultures and Tribes

From 22 to 29 June 2013, Tibet was invited to Marseille in France to participate in the first edition of the International Tournament of Peoples, Cultures and Tribes. The Tibetan selection will finish the competition in fifth place.

2018 ConIFA World Football Cup

For the first time in its history the Tibetan selection participates in the 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup by qualifying with the wild card. [2]

Current squad

The following players were called up to the squad for the 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup in London. [3]

Head Coach: Flag of Tibet.svg Penpa Tsering

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Tenzin Samdup (1992-12-23) 23 December 1992 (age 28)70 Flag of India.svg Real Kashmir
211 GK Sangye Gyatso (1987-05-06) 6 May 1987 (age 34)20

232 DF Dawa Tashi (1987-04-16) 16 April 1987 (age 34)60 Unattached
32 DF Tenzin Bhakdo (1996-08-05) 5 August 1996 (age 25)31 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg DYSA Mundgod
52 DF Gelek Wangchuk (1992-09-15) 15 September 1992 (age 29)30 Unattached
132 DF Tenzingh Dhondhen (1994-12-13) 13 December 1994 (age 26)21 Unattached
152 DF Tenzin Gelek (1989-05-10) 10 May 1989 (age 32)20 Unattached
82 DF Tenzin Dhondup (1986-09-17) 17 September 1986 (age 35)00 Flag of India.svg Shillong United
18 Tenzin Yougyal (1993-08-12) 12 August 1993 (age 28)52 Flag of the United States.svg CSV Bochum
192 DF Tenzin Choepak (1996-01-07) 7 January 1996 (age 25)00 Unattached

63 MF BK Narayan (1991-11-25) 25 November 1991 (age 29)70 Unattached
143 MF Karma Tsewang (1988-01-10) 10 January 1988 (age 33)21 Unattached
43 MF Tenzin Loedup (1991-12-21) 21 December 1991 (age 29)20 Unattached
23 MF Thupten Tsering (1994-01-17) 17 January 1994 (age 27)00 Unattached
123 MF Kelsang Lungkara (1995-05-09) 9 May 1995 (age 26)00 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg George Brown Huskies
173 MF Ruden Tshering Tashi Dorjee Bhutia (1991-11-12) 12 November 1991 (age 30)00 Unattached

114 FW Kalsang Topgyal (1996-12-24) 24 December 1996 (age 24)31 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Gulladhalla FC
74 FW Tsering Chomphel (1991-11-18) 18 November 1991 (age 30)20 Unattached
94 FW Pema Lhundup (1996-02-11) 11 February 1996 (age 25)20 Flag of India.svg Gangtok FC
104 FW Tenzin Thardoe (1998-03-15) 15 March 1998 (age 23)20 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg TDL FC
224 FW Tenzin Tsering (1995-11-16) 16 November 1995 (age 26)20 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Rabgayling FC
204 FW Tashi Samphel (1987-05-06) 6 May 1987 (age 34)15 Flag of India.svg Gangtok FC
164 FW Tenzin Norbu Tekhang (1996-06-13) 13 June 1996 (age 25)00 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Dhondupling FC

Selected Internationals

DateVenueOpponentCompetitionResult
28 June 2013 Flag of France.svg Marseille, France Flag of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.svg  Western Sahara International Tournament of Peoples, Cultures and Tribes 12–2
24 June 2013 Flag of France.svg Marseille, France Flag of Provence (alternate).svg  Provence International Tournament of Peoples, Cultures and Tribes0–22
23 June 2013 Flag of France.svg Marseille, France Flag of Quebec.svg  Quebec International Tournament of Peoples, Cultures and Tribes 0–21
7 May 2008 Flag of Italy.svg Milan Flag of Padania.svg  Padania 2–13
19 April 2008 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Breda, North Brabant Flag of the Netherlands.svg JEKA Breda 1–1
17 April 2008 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Maassluis, South Holland Flag of the Netherlands.svg VDL-Maassluis 0–5 [ permanent dead link ]
2 November 2007 Flag of India.svg Paljor Stadium, Gangtok, Sikkim Flag of Bhutan.svg  Bhutan 0–3
31 October 2007 Flag of India.svg Paljor Stadium, Gangtok, Sikkim Flag of Bhutan.svg  Bhutan 2–2
4 August 2007 Flag of India.svg Kirori Mal College, New Delhi Flag of India.svg Delhi XI 6–0 [ permanent dead link ]
21 November 2006 Flag of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.svg Dr. Fazil Kucuk Stadium, Famagusta Flag of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.svg  Northern Cyprus ELF Cup 2006 0–10
20 November 2006 Flag of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.svg Zafer Stadium, Güzelyurt Flag of Crimea.svg Crimea ELF Cup 2006 0–1
19 November 2006 Flag of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.svg Zafer Stadium, Güzelyurt Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan (futsal team) ELF Cup 2006 0–3
30 May 2006 Flag of Germany.svg Millerntor-Stadion, Hamburg Flag of Germany.svg FC St. Pauli 2006 FIFI Wild Cup 0–7
31 May 2006 Flag of Germany.svg Millerntor-Stadion, Hamburg Flag of Gibraltar.svg  Gibraltar 2006 FIFI Wild Cup 0–5
10 October 2003 Flag of India.svg Paljor Stadium, Gangtok, Sikkim Flag of India.svg Sikkim1–2
14 July 2001 Flag of Germany.svg Germany Flag of Monaco.svg  Monaco 1–2
30 Jun 2001 Flag of Denmark.svg Copenhagen, Denmark Flag of Greenland.svg  Greenland 1–4

General Secretaries of the TNFA

Nameperiod
Flag of Tibet.svg Kelsang Dhondup 2001–2017
Flag of Tibet.svg Passang Dorjee2017–In progress

Honours

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