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TOURNAMENT

RECORD

Group Stage appearances

10

 

Nickname

Thim Xad

(The National Team)

National Coach

Mike Wong

(Singapore)

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TOURNAMENT RECORD

Group Stage appearances

10

Nickname

Thim Xad

(The National Team)

National Coach

Mike Wong

(Singapore)

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About Laos

Two years ago Laos narrowly failed to qualify for the AFF Suzuki Cup final round after finishing second behind Cambodia in the qualification Group.

Pre-qualification era Laos actually won two matches, both against Cambodia. They beat them 1-0 in 1996 and 2-1 in 2004.”

It meant they were unable to preserve their proud record of appearing in the Group Stage of every edition of the AFF Suzuki Cup.

Since the qualifying round was introduced in 2006, the Laotians had never failed to get past that stage, successfully negotiating it on five occasions.

They had a couple of close shaves, going through on goal difference in 2010 and needing a surprise defeat by Timor Leste to Brunei in 2012 to advance. However, they qualified with a game to spare in 2014 after winning their first three matches against Cambodia, Brunei and Timor Leste.

However for all their success in qualification, since 2006 the Laotians have been unable to make an impact during the Group Stage, failing to manage a win and finishing bottom of their section in every edition.

They have gone close to ending that poor run, leading 2-1 against Thailand in 2010 and Indonesia in 2012 before conceding last-minute equalisers which denied them famous wins. But their 2014 campaign was disappointing as they lost all three games, 4-1 to the Philippines, 3-0 to Vietnam and 5-1 to Indonesia.

Singaporean Mike Wong, former coach of Brunei, is now in charge and is currently masterminding their game plan for the Group Stages.

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