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Players for the national football team of the Maldives stand for their national anthem

Qualification history*
Maldives had a disastrous debut qualifying campaign on the road to France 1998, conceding 59 goals in six matches to crash out with zero points. Notably, they were thrashed 26-0 by Iran over two legs for a then-record scoreline. Maldives have since improved though and their ground-breaking achievement came in qualifying for Germany 2006 when they thumped Mongolia 13-0 on aggregate to reach the second round. On the road to Russia 2018, the Maldives acquitted themselves well but finished second-from-bottom in Group C. Their only six points came in their two games against eventual bottom side Bhutan.