Matchworn/Matchprepared Khampheng Sayavutthi 11.10.2012 BRU 🇧🇳 : LAO 🇱🇦 1-3
The landlocked Southeast Asian state of Laos is often overlooked – wrongfully! While the tourists rather flock to Laos’ bigger neighbors Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, the country is much calmer and decelerated than the rest of Southeast Asia. On top of that, Laos boasts with natural beauty and hospitable people, as I was able to experience first-hand.
When it comes to football, Laos is overlooked for a reason: the are no achievements to look at in the first place. The team has never managed to qualify for any major tournament whatsoever. Almost exclusively comprised of local players, Laos has been mostly ranked in the bottom ranks of the FIFA table.
Well, if Laos can't boast any sporting successes, do they at least have spectacular jerseys? Well, not quite…
Having worn mainly plain designs, the country did have a few nicer designs over the years, amongst all this rather odd jersey by Thai manufacturer FBT. Kept in white and a very dark blue, the design prominently features a huge bronzed/golden sash, that imparts the jersey a certain elegance. The shirt was worn by/issued to Khampheng Sayavutthi for the 2012 AFC Suzuki Cup qualifications, where the team managed to gain seven point and advanced to the actual tournament. Interestingly, Laos wore the shirt with a federation badge for almost all of those matches. Only against Timor-Leste and Brunei would the team have the country’s flag on their chest, for some reason. Besides the numbers and the nameset, the shirt also comes with a nice “2012 AFC Suzuki Cup” sleeve patch.