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Nickname(s) The Greenshirts
Association Pakistan Football Federation
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach György Kottán
Asst coach Shahzad Anwar
Captain Muhammad Essa
Top scorer Muhammad Essa (20)
Home stadium Punjab Stadium (64 000)
FIFA ranking 156
Highest FIFA ranking 141 (February 1994)
Lowest FIFA ranking 192 (May 2004)
Elo ranking 192
Highest Elo ranking 80 (April 1952 and August 1960)
Lowest Elo ranking 208 (May 2001 to March 2002)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Iran Iran 5 - 1 Pakistan Pakistan
(Tehran, Iran; January 6, 1950)
Biggest win
Pakistan Pakistan 7 - 0 Thailand Thailand
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaya; August 9, 1960)
Pakistan Pakistan 9 - 2 Guam Guam
(Taipei, Chinese Taipei; April 6, 2008)
Pakistan Pakistan 7 - 0 Bhutan Bhutan
(Dhaka, Bangladesh; December 8, 2009)
Biggest defeat
Iran Iran 9 - 1 Pakistan Pakistan
(Teheran, Iran; March 12, 1969)
Iraq Iraq 8 - 0 Pakistan Pakistan
(Irbid, Jordan; May 28, 1993)
South Asian Football Federation Cup
Appearances 7 (First in 1993)
Best result Third - 1997, 2005

Pakistan national football team is the national football team of Pakistan. It is controlled by the PFF and is a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

It has not yet qualified for either the FIFA World Cup or Asian Cup championships. This state of affairs may be attributable in part to the big popularity of cricket, along with the PFF's own lacklustre handling of football in Pakistan over the greater part of the last five decades since the time of independence in 1947.

The Greenshirts have finished third in the South Asian Football Federation Cup, twice. They also were Merdeka Cup runners up in 1962 and twice finish second in the Quaid-i-Azam Tournament. Pakistan’s traditional rivals are India and matches between the two are known for being tense, and although the Indian team has a larger edge, there have been hard fought battles on the pitch.

Pakistan were one of the best sides in Asia but by the late 60's the lack of funding and infrastructure meant Pakistan's national side had fallen behind many other teams they used to beat. By the 80’s, Pakistan’s best players had retired, and with a crumbling infrastructure the team hit rock bottom.

However, at the turn of the century the Pakistani government and the PFF have invested more into football. A new football league was launched, and investment from FIFA’s Goal Project to improve the infrastructure within Pakistan have helped.

On 7 December, 2005 English Premier League defender Zeshan Rehman who played for Fulham (now with Bradford City) made his debut for the Pakistani team, becoming the first Pakistani international footballer to play professional football in England. Currently the PFF is targeting usage of more players of Pakistani descent playing football in foreign leagues with the help of third party contacts, to allow them to represent Pakistan internationally and boost profile of football in the country. Players like Adnan Ahmed and Amjad Iqbal have chosen to represent Pakistan at the international level.





Pakistan travelled to Iran and played their first international against the Iran national football team on January 6, 1950 in which Pakistan fell to a 5-1 defeat. It was another 2 years before they played another fixture. They went to Ceylon to play in the Colombo Cup and were held to goalless draw in the first match against India. They then beat hosts Ceylon 2-0 to record their first ever victory. A 1-0 win in their final match against Burma led them to become joint champions in the Colombo Cup with India.

Pakistan then hosted Iran in April and this time the Greenshirts showed a remarkable improvement by drawing nil-nil. The following year Pakistan were runners-up in the Colombo Cup, this included a memorable 6-0 win against Ceylon in Rangoon. In 1954, after again becoming runners up in the Colombo Cup, Pakistan defeated Singapore 6-2 in the Asian Games; this followed 2-1 loss to Burma. In the final edition of the Colombo Cup, the Greenshirts ended as bridesmaids for the third year in a row to India. Pakistan failed to progress in the 1958 Asian Games after being defeated by Chinese Taipei 3-1 and a 1-1 draw to South Vietnam.

In 1959, they failed to qualify for the Asian Cup, after a 4-1 loss by Iran, 1-0 defeat to India and 2-0 loss to Israel. However, in the later fixtures Pakistan were able to turn thing around and won their first ever match against India when they defeated them 1-0, and were able to reverse the score in the second match against by Iran with a 4-1 victory and held Israel to a 2-2 draw.


Several months later, the Greenshirts travelled to Malaya for the Merdeka Cup. They started with thumping Thailand 7-0, which still is a Pakistani record. It was followed by a 1-0 loss to the hosts Malaya, then a 3-1 victory over Japan and finally a 4-0 defeat to Indonesia. Pakistan returned to the Merdeka Cup two years later and this time reached the final against Indonesia but succumbed to 2-1 defeat. This marked the beginning of the end of Pakistan being one of the top sides of Asian football.

It was three years before Pakistan played a competitive fixture, when they played in the first RDC Cup and finished third. In 1967, they played a series of friendlies against Saudi Arabia, all ending in draws. Later in the year Pakistan lost their Asian Cup qualifiers against Burma and Khmer and drew their final match against India. They then hosted the second RDC Cup and finished third, which included the 4-7 defeat to Turkey. In 1969, they travelled to Iran to take part in friendly tournament, which apart from the 2-1 win against Iraq was a disaster, as they were completely outplayed in a record 9-1 defeat by Iran.


As a result of 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, East Pakistan became The People's Republic of Bangladesh and consequently the Pakistan National Football Team lost a good number of talented Bengali players. This had a lasting impact on the performance of the national squad in international level. In the early 70’s the national side participation seemed restricted to the RDC Cup and the 1974 Asian Games plus one friendly against South Korea in 1978. In the few games which they played, most were heavy defeats. The lack domestic infrastructure, poor management by the PFF and the failure to participate in international tournaments such as the World Cup qualifiers had left the national side in ruin. The most notable result in this period being a 2-2 draw against Turkey.


This era saw Pakistan return to the international fold, and saw gradual improvements in the national team. Taking part in the Kings Cup in 1982, they secured a goalless draw against Indonesia. It was the Greenshirts first clean sheet since 1962. After a loss to Thailand, they followed it up with a 3-2 victory versus Malaysia. They lost a close game against the Chinese, however, they were able to win 1-0 in their final game against Singapore.

Pakistan hosted a friendly tournament involving Iran, Bangladesh, Oman and Nepal in 1982. The Greenshirts started off with a 2-1 over Bangladesh. They lost to Iran, but came back and beat Nepal 2-0. The last game against Oman ended nil-nil and ended the tournament as runners-up. However, in 1984, the national team took a step back, losing 4 out of 5 games in the Asian Cup qualifiers, apart from beating North Yemen 4-1.

The Greenshirts hosted another tournament in 1985, this time inviting North Korea, Indonesia, with Bangladesh and Nepal returning. A surprise goalless draw against the North Koreans boosted the side, and they beat Nepal 1-0. However, losses in the final two games against Bangladesh and Indonesia meant they ended as runners up. In the South Asian Games, Pakistan ended forth after losing a penalty shoot out to Nepal.

In the 1986 Asian Games, Pakistan lost all their games. However, a year later national side was more successful at the South Asian Games, winning the bronze medal match against Bangladesh 1-0. In 1988, they lost all their Asian Cup qualifiers. In a first, Pakistan made their first attempt to qualifiers for the World Cup in 1989. However, they were unable to win any of their matches. The Greenshirts bounced back, when several months later they took Gold at the South Asian Games, beating Bangladesh 1-0 in the final.


The Greenshirts had another early exit in the Asian Games, losing all three games in 1990. In the 1991 South Asian Games, Pakistan beat the Maldives in the final 2-0 to win their second Gold. By this stage, the team had become one of whipping boys of Asia, with victories only restricted to regional teams. The next year they failed to qualify for another Asian Cup after defeats in both qualifiers, this followed a disastrous World Cup qualifying campaign in 1993 where in one game they lost to Iraq 8-0. Later in the year the first SAFF Cup took place, and the Greenshirts finished forth. Then at the 1993 South Asian Games, they were unable to get past the group stage.

In 1995, Pakistan went out of the SAFF Cup group stage on goal difference. Between 1996 and 1997, the Greenshirts lost all their Asian Cup and World Cup qualifying games. Pakistan came third in the 1997 SAFF Cup, thanks to a 1-0 victory over Sri Lanka in the third place playoff. The 1999 SAFF Cup went poorly, went they came bottom of their group, and things didn’t get better as the Greenshirts also failed to get out of the group stage of the final South Asian Games to hold full internationals.


The start of the century continued where the last left off for the national side with Pakistan unable to win any of their Asian Cup qualifiers. The following year, in 2001, Pakistan achieved their first point in World Cup qualification, thanks to a hat-trick by Gohar Zaman against Sri Lanka in the 3-3 draw, however all other matches ended in defeat.

In 2002, Pakistan played in an unsuccessful 4 match series against Sri Lanka. At the 2003 SAFF Cup, a Sarfraz Rasool inspired Pakistan finish fourth, losing 2-1 in extra time to India in the third place playoff. Later in the year, Pakistan won their first Asian Cup qualifier with a 3-0 over Macao, but still were unable to qualify. They round off the year with defeats to Kyrgyzstan in the World Cup qualifiers.

2004 saw changes in Pakistan football, with at new administration in place by this time and a new national league up and running. And it didn’t take long for the results to show with a successful three match series victory against India, the final match ending 3-0 to the Greenshirts. They went on the reach the semi-finals of the 2005 SAFF Cup, with English-born Premier League defender Zesh Rehman making waves for Pakistan. They lost the semifinal against defending champion Bangladesh by 0-1 margin.

The Pakistan team began showing some fight and although they lost they’re first two Asian Cup qualifiers in 2006, they didn’t go down easily. In between the Asian Cup matches, they took part in the first AFC Challenge Cup 2006. They failed to get past the group stage, but surprised Kyrgyzstan by defeating them 1-0. Back at the Asian Cup qualifiers, they lost their remaining fixtures. However, in the final game Pakistan came close to upsetting UAE in their 3-2 loss.

In the World Cup qualifiers in 2007, they fell to heavy defeat to the current Asian champions Iraq and after the 7-0 loss, little was expected on them in the second leg. However, the Greenshirts held them to a goalless draw. As results improved, expectations increased, and in 2008, Pakistan travelled to Nepal before hand for two friendlies before taking on the AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers. After beating Chinese Taipei 2-1 in the first match, hopes of qualification were dashed when Sri Lanka demolished Pakistan 7-1. In the final match they strolled past minnows Guam in a record 9-2 win.

Another disappointing performance in SAFF Championship 2008 where the Pakistan team failed to go beyond the group stages, losing to Maldives 3-0, India 2-1 and Nepal 4-1, signalled the end of Akhtar Mohiuddin as head coach.

World Cup record

Asian Cup record

South Asian Football Federation Cup record

AFC Challenge Cup record

  • 2006 - Round 1
  • 2008 - Did not qualify, 2nd in Qualifying Group
  • 2010 - Did not qualify, 2nd in Qualifying Group

Forthcoming fixtures


Date Tournament Location Home Team Score Away Team Pakistan Scorers Result
4 December 2009
2009 South Asian Football Federation Cup
Bangladesh Dhaka Pakistan Pakistan
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
6 December 2009
2009 South Asian Football Federation Cup
Bangladesh Dhaka Pakistan Pakistan
Bangladesh Bangladesh
8 December 2009
2009 South Asian Football Federation Cup
Bangladesh Dhaka Pakistan Pakistan
Bhutan Bhutan
Essa Goal 21', Goal 54'
Reis Ashraf Goal 23'
Arif Mehmood Goal 28', Goal 35' ,Goal 66'
Shabhir Khan Goal 45'



Date Tournament Location Home Team Score Away Team Pakistan Scorers Result
4 April 2009
2010 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifier
Sri Lanka Colombo Pakistan Pakistan
Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
A.Ahmed Goal 53'
6 April 2009
2010 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifier
Sri Lanka Colombo Pakistan Pakistan
Brunei Brunei
Safiullah Goal 19', Goal 61', Goal 67', Goal 71'
J.Khan Goal 30'
A.Ahmed Goal 83'
8 April 2009
2010 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifier
Sri Lanka Colombo Pakistan Pakistan
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Safiullah Goal 82'
Bashir Goal 84'
18 July 2009
(not 'A' international)
Thailand Bangkok Pakistan Pakistan
Thailand Thailand

Current squad

The following players were selected for the 2009 South Asian Football Federation Cup.

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Jaffar Khan (vice-captain) 10 March 1981 61 0 Pakistan Pakistan Army FC
2 DF Muhammad Shahid 10 October 1985 13 0 Pakistan WAPDA FC
3 DF Shabir Khan 10 November 1985 3 1 England Worcester City F.C.
4 DF Muhammad Haji 16 October 1989 Pakistan PIA FC
5 DF Samar Ishaq 1 January 1986 23 1 Pakistan KRL FC
6 MF Nasrullah Khan 6 0 Pakistan PIA FC
7 MF Mehmood Ali 2 0 Pakistan WAPDA FC
8 MF Abdul Aziz 11 January 1986 24 0 Pakistan NBP FC
9 FW Safiullah Khan 13 March 1979 7 5 Pakistan PEL FC
10 MF Muhammad Essa (captain) 20 November 1983 53 22 Pakistan KRL FC
11 FW Reis Ashraf 18 September 1989 3 1 England Leamington F.C.
12 FW Arif Mehmood 21 June 1983 14 5 Pakistan WAPDA FC
13 DF Aurangzeb Pakistan KPT FC
14 GK Amir Gul 15 November 1986 5 0 Pakistan NBP FC
15 MF Adnan Ahmed 7 June 1984 13 4 Hungary Ferencvárosi TC
16 MF Amjad Iqbal 23 September 1979 5 0 England Bradford Park Avenue
17 MF Jadid Khan 7 1 Pakistan Afghan FC
18 MF Atif Bashir 3 April 1985 9 1 Wales Bridgend Town
19 FW Khuda Bakhsh 1 October 1980 4 0 Pakistan WAPDA FC
20 DF Zesh Rehman 14 October 1984 6 0 England Bradford City

Coaching staff

Head Coach Austria George Kottan
Assistant Coach Pakistan Shahzad Anwar
Goalkeeping Coach Pakistan Muhammad Aslam Khan
Team Manager Pakistan Bilal Butt
Team Doctor & Physiotherapist Pakistan Dr. Kamran Mehdi

Current Manager

Name Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Honours
Austria George Kottan February 2009- 6 2 3 1
  • Only official 'A' matches

Famous players

  • Abdul Wahid Durrani 1950-1955 Caps 13 Goals 15, former captain, Top Goal scorer of his time and was known as “WAHIDO”
  • Jaffar Khan 2001-present Caps 59 Goals 0, goalkeeper and former captain
  • Sarfraz Rasool 1999-2003 Caps 32 Goals 8, former attacking midfielder
  • Zeshan Rehman 2005-present Caps 6 Goals 0, defender and first to play top flight football in England
  • Muhammad Essa 2000-present Caps 47 Goals 20, striker and top goal scorer, current captain
  • Haroon Yousaf 1993-2004 Caps 53 Goals 3, ex-defender & captain
  • Gohar Zaman 1999-2002 Caps 10 Goals 5, former midfielder, scored Pakistan’s first World Cup hat-trick
  • Abdul Ghafoor 50’s and 60’s ex-midfielder & captain, known as the “Black Pele of Pakistan”
  • Adnan Ahmed 2007-present Caps 11 Goals 4, midfielder
  • Tanveer Ahmed 1999-2008 Caps 41 Goals 3, ex-defender and former captain

All time team record

International record against all nations, correct as of 10-12-2009.

Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
 Afghanistan 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2
 Bahrain 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4
 Bangladesh 12 5 2 5 8 12 -4
 Bhutan 1 1 0 0 7 0 +7
 Brunei 1 1 0 0 6 0 +6
 Cambodia 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1
 China PR 8 1 2 5 8 23 -15
 Republic of China 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1
 Guam 1 1 0 0 9 2 +7
 India 21 3 6 12 16 30 -14
 Indonesia 4 0 1 3 2 9 -7
 Iran 15 2 1 12 13 67 -54
 Iraq 9 1 1 7 6 40 -34
 Israel 2 0 1 1 2 4 -2
 Japan 2 0 1 1 2 5 -3
 Jordan 7 0 0 7 1 24 -23
 Kazakhstan 3 0 0 3 0 14 -14
 Korea Republic 3 0 0 3 1 19 -18
 Kuwait 3 0 0 3 0 6 -6
 Kyrgyzstan 3 1 0 2 1 6 -5
 Lebanon 2 0 0 2 1 14 -13
 Macau 2 1 1 0 5 2 +3
 Malaysia 6 1 1 4 4 16 -12
 Maldives 7 4 1 2 8 5 +3
 Myanmar 8 3 2 3 10 13 -3
 Nepal 11 4 2 5 12 14 -2
 Oman 4 0 1 3 2 12 -10
 Palestine 2 0 0 2 0 5 -5
 Qatar 1 0 0 1 0 5 -5
 Singapore 5 2 1 2 9 12 -3
 South Vietnam 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Sri Lanka 20 8 4 8 28 31 -3
 Tajikistan 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2
 Thailand 5 1 0 4 7 16 -9
 Turkey 4 0 1 3 9 16 -7
 United Arab Emirates 5 0 0 5 4 17 -13
 Yemen 3 1 0 2 5 9 -4
Total 189 45 31 113 198 458 -260

Tournament Record

South Asian Football Federation Cup record

Year Round
Pakistan 1993 Fourth Place
Sri Lanka 1995 Group Stage
Nepal 1997 Third Place
India 1999 Group Stage
Bangladesh 2003 Fourth Place
Pakistan 2005 Semi Finals
Maldives Sri Lanka 2008 Group Stage

RCD Cup/ECO Cup record

Year Round
Flag of Iran 1965 Third Place
Pakistan 1967 Third Place
Turkey 1969 Third Place
Flag of Iran 1970 Third Place
Pakistan 1974 Third Place
Iran 1993 Group Stage

Merdeka Cup record

Year Round
Malaysia 1960 Fourth Place
Malaysia 1962 Runners-Up
Malaysia 1984 Group Stage

King’s Cup record

Year Round
Thailand 1981 Group Stage

Colombo Cup record

Year Round
Sri Lanka 1952 (Joint) Champions
Burma 1953 Runners-Up
India 1954 Runners-Up
Pakistan 1955 Runners-Up

Quaid-i-Azam Tournament record

Year Round
Pakistan 1982 Runner-up
Pakistan 1985 Runner-up

Minor Tournaments record

Year Round
Saudi Arabia 1967 (Joint) Champions
Flag of Iran 1969 Fourth Place
Sri Lanka 2002 Runner-up
Pakistan 2005 Champions
Nepal 2008 Champions

External links

See also

See also Cat:Pakistani footballers.
See also Cat:Pakistan international footballers.

Simple English

Association Pakistan Football Federation
Confederation AFC
Coach György Kottán
Top scorer Muhammad Essa (20)
World Cup
Appearances 0

Pakistan national football team is the national football team of Pakistan.


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