Pakistan Soccer Betting Odds
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Nicknames: The Greenshirts
Head coach: Tariq Lutfi
Home stadium: Punjab Stadium
After cricket and hockey, football is the third most popular sport in Pakistan. The Pakistan national team recorded its most notable successes in 1989 and 1991, by winning the football tournament at the SAF Games, thanks to wins over Bangladesh (1-0) and the Maldives (2-0) in the respective Finals. ThePakistan Football Federation also made waves at youth level by winning a qualifying tournament for the Asian U-19 Championship in Sri Lanka in 2000. In 2001, the Pakistan senior team travelled to England to gain international experience in matches against English clubs. In January 2003, Sarfraz Rasool, who plays for KRL in Karachi, was named Asian Football Confederation Player of the Month. The national association is currently running various youth programmes. An academy for the most talented local players at U-14 level opened earlier this year in Karachi. Training camps for U-16 players were held for the first time in Lahore and Peshawar in March and August 2002 respectively.
On 3 December 2006, the Goal Bureau approved the construction of a training centre in Karachi, a much-needed facility that will provide Pakistani national teams at all levels with improved training facilities and more educational opportunities.
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.