Qualification history
Laos are among Asia's less-experienced campaigners with just three FIFA World Cup qualifying appearances to their name. In their debut - the prelminaries for Korea/Japan 2002 - they were knocked out in the first round before again suffering early elimination on the road to Germany 2006. History was, however, made on the road to Brazil 2014 when they edged Cambodia 8-6 over two legs to clear the first hurdle.

The team
Under Englishman David Booth, a series of youngsters have been selected in what looks to be a promising side. Bossing the midfield are the Thailand-based duo of Lembo Saysana and Soukaphone Vongchiengkham, while Sitthideth Khantavong is hailed as a promising goalscorer due to his prolific form for Lao Toyota FC. Captain Visay Phaphouvanin remains the team's talisman.

The coach
Having previously managed Laos in 2010, Booth was handed back the reigns last year. The 66-year-old started coaching with Grimsby Town, where he had played for six seasons. He made a name for himself in south-east Asia, though, following spells with Brunei and Myanmar as well as a handful of clubs.  

The stat
14 - The number of goals Laos have racked up from all 12 qualifying matches since 2002.

The former stars
Keolakhone Channiphone, Saysana Savatdy, Phengta Phounsamay