Category Archives: Sri Lanka

Bhutan Hit the Heights, Anguilla Fall  

Sri Lanka vs BhutanAfter their successful World Cup qualification matches against Sri Lanka, with wins both home and away, Bhutan’s rise from the foot of the world rankings has been confirmed in the latest FIFA rankings.

The fact that their results came in World Cup competition and against a significantly higher ranked opponent has led to Bhutan earning a whopping 128 rankings points for their exploits.  From a stone-cold zero beforehand they can no wallow in the untold riches of such a total.  It has seen them rise from 209th position to a frankly startling 163rd on FIFA’s world rankings.

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World Cup Qualifier: Bhutan 2-1 Sri Lanka (3-1 aggregate)

Tuesday 17th March 2015
World Cup Asian Zone Round One Second Leg
Changlimithang Stadium, Thimphu, Bhutan

Bhutan 2-1 Sri Lanka (3-1 aggregate)


Oh my word.  It doesn’t rain, it pours.  Bhutan’s World Cup record now stands at a magnificent two wins out of two matches played all-time, still a 100% record.  Two goals from defender Chencho Gyeltshen, the second of which came as the match reached stoppage time in a dramatic conclusion, has seen Bhutan knock Sri Lanka out of the World Cup and qualify for the first group stage of Asian qualifying.  There they will come up against four other teams, with their seeded opponent potentially being one of Asia’s real powers: Japan, Australia, South Korea or Iran.  I’m giddy at the prospect. Continue reading

World Cup Qualifier Preview: Bhutan v. Sri Lanka

Tuesday 17th March 2015
World Cup Asian Zone Round One Second Leg
Changlimithang Stadium, Thimpu, Bhutan

Coronation at Changlimithang Stadium

After their seismic and historic victory in the first leg last Thursday, Bhutan’s soon-to-be no longer worst in the world national team take on Sri Lanka again in the second leg for a place in the first group stage of Asian World Cup qualifying.  They bring a 1-0 lead with them from the away leg in Colombo and will be defending a couple of 100% records in the return match.

Bhutan, having never played in the World Cup before last week, have won all (just the one) of their World Cup matches in history – the only country in the world who can claim that!  They do also have a 100% record at their home ground in Thimpu in official international fixtures having won all three of their previous FIFA sanctioned home matches.

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World Cup Qualifier: Sri Lanka 0-1 Bhutan

Thursday 12th March 2015
World Cup Asian Zone Round One First Leg
Sugathadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka 0-1 Bhutan


As if San Marino’s stunning draw last November weren’t unlikely and exciting enough for us here at the Worst in the World, now the sole remaining last-placed team have only gone and won.  Bhutan now have the only 100% record in World Cup football history, having played once and won once.  Not a bad World Cup debut by any stretch of the imagination, and even more so for the team ranked as the worst in the world.

The historic goal came from midfielder Tshering Dorji eight minutes from time, to grab a fabulous victory and leave Bhutan in with a real chance of progressing through to the second round where the likes of Japan, Australia and South Korea could await.  That scary thought can wait for another day though as there is the small matter of the second leg to negotiate – I’m just getting a little carried away.  But having secured this win, and a nice away goal with it, Bhutan must feel confident ahead of facing Sri Lanka back in the high altitude and cooler temperatures of Thimpu.

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World Cup Qualifier: Sri Lanka v. Bhutan

Thursday 12th March 2015
World Cup Asian Zone Round One First Leg
Sugathadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka

BhutanBallBhutan begin their first ever World Cup campaign on Thursday with an away match against a Sri Lanka side ranked 36 places above them.  Coming down from the high Himalayas, they Druk XI will have to adapt not only to a higher ranked opposition, but also to being rather lower at sea level in Sri Lanka’s palm-fringed coastal capital.  It will also likely be rather warmer than they are used to.

In a bid to acclimatise, Bhutan have spent the build-up at a training camp in Thailand where temperatures have hit 38 degrees. “We have made good use of the time we had, spending a couple of weeks in Bangkok, that has really helped us to adapt to the weather and the heat,” Bhutan’s skipper Karma Shedrup Tshering (pictured below) said on YouTube. “We are expecting to win, but you never know in the game of football so we just go there, give our best,” added the 28-year-old midfielder.

In an attempt to make the national team a bit more competitive, the Bhutan Football Federation have begin paying a few of the players a monthly fee of around US$160, or 10,000 ngultrum, while the rest of the squad are either students or are holding down other jobs.  There is one professional player, striker Chencho Gyeltshen, who currently plays in Thailand for Buriram United. Continue reading

Bhutan’s World Cup Odyssey Set for Kick Off


The draw for the opening round of Asian qualification for the 2018 World Cup has been made, accounting for the weakest twelve countries in the Asian Confederation, which of course includes our current lone Worst in the World; Bhutan.

The set of home and away fixtures see Bhutan pitted against Sri Lanka, a team ranked 37 places higher than them in the world rankings, sitting in 172nd place, or 36th in Asia compared to Bhutan’s 46th.  Of all the possible opponents at this stage (the best 6 of the twelve teams at this stage), only India are higher ranked than Sri Lanka so it’s fair to say that Bhutan haven’t been overly fortunate in the opponent they’ve been drawn against.

Asian qualification is doubling up as Asian Cup qualification this time around, which sounds odd considering the last Asian Cup Finals has only just finished in Australia, but it’s to prevent the past issues of meaningless qualifying rounds to find the 16 Asian Cup finalist and to include all Asian nations in that process; something that hasn’t been the case for the past few tournaments. Continue reading

SAFF Championships: Sri Lanka 5-2 Bhutan

6thSeptember 2013
SAFF Championships Group Stage
Halchowk Stadium, Kathmandu, Nepal

Sri Lanka 5-2 Bhutan

SriLankaBhutanSAFFSadly there is to be no rise from the foot of the world rankings for Bhutan for the time being.  A third straight defeat in the SAFF Championships group stages means an end to such lofty dreams.  They did manage to score twice however, which is the first time they’ve achieved that in five defeats to Sri Lanka.  A small crumb of comfort perhaps.

Bhutan’s first goal came from Passang Tshering on the stroke of half-time, by which time they were already 3 down.  Another was added by Sonam Tenzing in the second half, but not before Sri Lanka had already banged in a fourth. Continue reading