Despite their modest profile in international football, Myanmar were relative giants in South East Asia as they won five successive South East Asian Games from 1965-1973. More recently, the side went through to the 2004 Asian Cup qualifying round with straight wins over Brunei (5-0) and Maldives (2-0) but then finished bottom of a group that also contained Iraq, Malaysia and Bahrain.
The Myanmar FA withdrew from their participation in the preliminary competition for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™. Therefore, the Organising Committee for the FIFA World Cup decided at its meeting on 15 March 2001, that according to the regulations, the Myanmar FA were disqualified from taking part in qualifying for Germany 2006.
Having endured four years in the wilderness, the South East Asian nation return to the international stage with determination to create a surprise. Despite facing China in the Asian Zone qualifying preliminary round for 2010 F IFA World Cup South Africa ™, the team, under Brazilian Marcos Antonio Falopa, are hoping to show they are not there just to make up the numbers.