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Nicknames: O Sol Nascente (The Raising Sun)
Head coach: Antonio Carlos Vieira
Top scorer: Adelio Maria Costa (3), Emílio da Silva (3)
Home stadium: East Timor National Stadium
Football's omnipresence in Timor-Leste is a sign of the Portuguese influences in the country. The president of the republic, Xanana Gusmão, was also a goalkeeper. His passion for Benfica followed him to the capital, Dili, as many clubs in Timor-Leste are named after clubs in Portugal such as Benfica, Sporting etc. "In my country, there's nothing but football," says Francisco Kalbualdi, president of the Timor-Leste football association. "Although there are around 200 clubs in Timor-Leste, only a few are capable of challenging. The best 18 teams play off in pre-season to determine the eight who will compete in the top division."
Football on Timor-Leste continues to develop encouragingly. In addition to a well-run administration, housed in the association's headquarters in Dili, the increasing growth of football on the island means the association would like to have its own training centre with accommodation, seminar rooms, a cafeteria and fitness centre. This was the aim of the project that the Timor-Leste Football Association submitted to the Goal Bureau, which was approved on 2 June 2009.
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.