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Glory Days Are Still Ahead for Myanmar Football 07 Mar 2013 Explore | 1 comments

Myanmar does not have an old and deep tradition of soccer excellence, but enthusiasts believe that, too, will be changing.


image source from: Celso Flores

Classic Moments

Who could ever forget the youthful Michael Owen’s dizzying run past the vastly more experienced Argentinian defense in the 1998 World Cup? Or Diego Maradonna doing much the same thing against England 10 years before? Or Pu Ba’s stunner for Myanmar (Burma) against Israel in the 1968 AFC Asian Cup?

Wait a minute — Myanmar???

When it comes to any Top 100 goals list, the trademark red Burmese strip is conspicuous by its absence. Myanmar has fielded a national football team since 1947, and though their FIFA ranking tends to hover round the 160 mark, they achieved the distinction of being 97th best in the world in 1996.

Myanmar Enthusiasm

What neither of these rankings reflect, however, is the Burmese people’s zest for the game. In no way are they the 97th most enthusiastic nation about football. Like every other country hooked on the lure of kicking a ball into a net, they’re crazy for it.

Much of this enthusiasm filters down from the exploits of the national team in the various tournaments played by Asian countries. During the 1960s, the squad won countless competitions and this period is looked upon by many as a Golden Age.


image source from: Gunawan Kartapranata

Suk Bahadur Remembered

An almost religious aura still surrounds Myanmar’s greatest ever footballing talent, the legendary striker Suk Bahadur. More recently, skilled new stars such as Kyaw Ko Ko have added their names to the roster of Myanmar’s soccer heroes. It’s a testament to the quality of the national game right now that Ko Ko is the first Burmese player to attract the attention of scouts from a major European club (in this case, Germany’s FC Nurnburg).

At the local level, interest for football thrives. Without the groundswell of enthusiasm in the streets for dribbling and kicking around a ball, there can be no national league, no squads to win prestige tournaments. It is perhaps at this very local level that the future of Myanmar’s footballing success will most likely be found.

On a recent visit to the country as part of an initiative to raise the quality of its football, England’s first black international, John Barnes, made the favourable observation that “Burmese children are as talented as other children from all around the world.” With the right kind of investment, initiatives such as this could spell the beginning of a brighter future for Myanmar’s national game.


image source from: Michael Coghlan

Home-Growing Players

Telecoms giant Digicel Asia Pacific has already agreed to sponsor most of the key national squads, including the under-21s and the ladies’ team. If this keeps up, in 10 or 20 years we may see talented home-grown players attracting the attention of big name clubs like Barcelona and Manchester United, along with the exciting prospect that increasing numbers of established stars will want to come and play their football in Myanmar.

It’s not too long ago that the U.S. MLS League was regarded as something of a joke; now it attracts quality players like David Beckham and Thierry Henry. Granted, these are players in their twilight years. Yet as the MLS League grows stronger, more players will want to play there while still in their prime. It’s only a matter of time before the MLS achieves the same status as Serie A and the Bundesliga. Expect the Burmese League to follow suit some time soon.

Street Play

Meanwhile, on the streets, it’s business as usual. Like their counterparts in the alleyways of Rome and London, the kids of Myanmar work out to perfect their football skills. On a good day, you will even see monks out playing five-on-a-side in the sun.

Practicing serene reflection has more than its fair share of plus points as far as general spiritual wellbeing is concerned, but when push comes to shove, nothing beats jockeying for position with a gang of your fellow holy men for the privilege of going one-nil up from a scorcher belted past a hapless keeper. None of the monks play in full regalia, of course; it’s loincloths only for the non-meditation stuff.


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This is football as it should be played: full of zeal, and in good spirit. Had Myanmar’s recent isolation not stifled the talents of its citizens, the country might now be standing alongside South Korea as a giant of the Asian footballing scene. But all of that is in the past. Soccer is here to stay in Myanmar—and here to grow.


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Franco, Italy
April 03, 2013
Best sport in the world!

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