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Nicknames: The White Angels
Head coach: Sann Win
Home stadium: Thuwanna YTC Stadium, Aung San Stadium
In the 1970s, Myanmar was one of Asia's leading football nations. Gold medals at football tournaments in the Asian Games (1966 and 1970) and the South Asian Games in 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971 and 1973 as well as second place in the 1968 Asian Cup are the highpoints in the country formerly known as Burma. Myanmar also won the Fair Play Prize at the 1972 Olympic Games. Many former national players are now working to rebuild football in the country. An extensive youth programme has already been set up and a football academy to train young players is being planned. Both projects have the support of the Government.
The multipurpose centre in Mandalay, erected as part of the first Goal project, is fully operative and in frequent use. The second project approved by the Goal Bureau on 22 September 2004 is for the construction of a football academy in the capital, Rangoon. It is intended to hone the football skills of talented youngsters primarily from country areas at the same time as enabling them to receive a basic education. Apart from concentrating on 10- to 16-year-old top talent, the academy will offer training courses for coaches, referees, administrators and physiotherapists. The project will be funded from a variety of sources and is due to be opened in 2006.
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.