SAFF Championship 2013: Team Profile - Afghanistan

As the SAFF Championship gets underway, Goal profiles the eight contenders who vie for glory in the South Asian International tournament. In this edition, we focus on Afghanistan

As the SAFF Championship gets underway, Goal profiles the eight contenders who vie for glory in the South Asian International tournament. In this edition, we focus on Afghanistan



COUNTRY NAME: Afghanistan

GROUP: B (along with Maldives, Bhutan, Sri Lanka)

ADMINISTRATIVE BODY: Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF)

FIFA RANKING: 139

NICKNAME: Lions of Khorasan

Last Official Match Played: Afghanistan 3-0 Pakistan (20th August 2013)



For a country that has been plagued by political turmoil for so long, Afghanistan has a rich footballing heritage, being one of the founder members of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in 1954.

The AFF was actually formed way back in 1922, and officially joined FIFA in 1948, having played their first international game in 1941. They played in the preliminary round of the 1948 London Olympics but lost toLuxembourg 0-6. In the 1951 Asian Games they finished fourth out of the six participating nations after getting a bye in their quarter final. However a soviet invasion, followed by the Taliban regime meant that the Lions of Khorasan could never establish themselves in world football.


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