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The Bhutan national football team is the national team of Bhutanmarker and is controlled by the Bhutan Football Federation. While a Bhutanese National football team existed since the 1970s it was officially founded in 1983 and joined FIFAmarker in the year 2000.

On June 30, 2002, the day of the final match of the 2002 World Cup, Bhutan, then the second-lowest ranked team in the world, recorded their first victory ever. They played against the lowest ranked team, Montserrat, in a friendly match known jokingly as The Other Final, winning 4-0 at the Changlimithang Stadiummarker in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. "The Other Final" was organised by Dutch filmmakers.

Prior to the 2010 World Cup, they were the only FIFA member not to have attempted to qualify for the World Cup. Bhutan withdrew from the 2010 World Cup because their stadium would not be ready in time for their matches vs. Kuwait.

Recently the team saw action in the 2008 South Asian Football Federation Cup tournament, reaching the Semifinals, where they lost to India (2 - 1) during stoppage time of overtime.

With improving facilities and a growing enthusiasm among the younger generations, the future of football in this tiny Himalayan Kingdom looks bright.

World Cup record



Asian Cup record

  • 1956 to 1996 - Did not enter
  • 2000 - Did not qualify
  • 2004 - Did not qualify
  • 2007 - Did not enter
  • 2011 - Did not qualify


South Asian Football Federation Cup record



AFC Challenge Cup record

  • 2006 - Round 1
  • 2008 - Did not qualify, 3rd in qualifying group
  • 2010 - Did not qualify, 4th in qualifying group


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