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Nicknames: Bhutan Eleven
Head coach: Hiroaki Matsuyama
Top scorer: Wangay Dorji (5)
Home stadium: Changlimithang Stadium
Archery is the national sport in Bhutan, but football comes a close second and in recent years the game has increased enormously in its popularity, particularly among younger generations. In 1983, the National Olympic Committee admitted the Bhutan Football Federation to its ranks as a fully fledged member. The federation joined the AFC in 1993 and then FIFA on 5 August 2000. League championships in various categories (senior, youth, women) are organised at school, district, regional and national level. The nation's biggest sporting success so far was a 4-0 victory over Montserrat in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking's "battle of the basement". In organisational terms, the nation hosted the matches in Group F of the preliminary round of the Asian Cup 2004. Khare B. Basnet is the most renowned player and coach in the country.
Twelve months after the inauguration of the association headquarters and adjacent youth centre in Thimpu, the Goal Bureau approved the erection of additional buildings (shelter and dressing room) on 15 March 2006 as well as another youth centre with football pitch, shelter, dressing room and rooms for overnight stays in Geylegphug. The aim is to promote youth football in Bhutan. The new facilities will also enable tournaments to be staged.
AFC World Cup Qualifiers
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is the governing body of association football in Asia. It has 46 member countries, mostly located on the Asian continent. Due to the disputed boundary of Europe and Asia, transcontinental nations such as Turkey and Russia are instead in the UEFA, whereas countries such as Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and Israel are entirely in Asia (Central or Western Asia) and still members of the UEFA. On the other hand, Australia, formerly in the OFC, has been in the AFC since 2006, in the same way as the Oceanian nations of Guam and Northern Mariana Islands, which are also members of AFC.