Football's omnipresence in Timor-Leste
is a sign of the Portuguese influences in the country. The president of the republic, Xanana Gusmão, was also a goalkeeper. His passion for Benfica followed him to the capital, Dili, as many clubs in Timor-Leste
are named after clubs in Portugal such as Benfica, Sporting etc. "In my country, there's nothing but football," says Francisco Kalbualdi, president of the Timor-Leste
football association. "Although there are around 200 clubs in Timor-Leste
, only a few are capable of challenging. The best 18 teams play off in pre-season to determine the eight who will compete in the top division."