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Mongolia Splits Results with Myanmar Youth Teams

Update: It has been revealed that Mongolia was fielding its under-23 team following Olympic football regulations. In preparation for the 2017 Tsunami Cup, Mongolia traveled to Myanmar over the weekend to face the country's under-20 and under-23 national sides at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon. On Friday 24 November the team challenged the under 20 team, showing well but ultimately being defeated 1-2 thanks to an own-goal and a bad break in stoppage time. Myanmar opened the scoring in the 65th minute. A well-taken corner by the team's #7 found its way to a dangerous position in the box. Despite a celebration by the #9, the tally was officially credited as an own goal after it glanced off the

Squad for Tsunami Cup Announced

Update: It has been revealed that each nation would be fielding its under-23 team following Olympic football regulations. With the 2017 Tsunami Cup in Indonesia kicking off in ten days, yesterday the Mongolian Football Federation announced the 20-man squad that will compete in the tournament. Looking to make his senior international debut is Maratkhan Jansyerik who was the hat-trick hero in Mongolia's under-19 victory over Singapore last month. Several high-profile regulars have been excluded from the squad including: Soyol-Erdene Gal-Erdene, Mijiddorj Oyunbaatar, Murun Altankhuyag, and MPL top scorer Naranbold Nyam-Osor. Puskás Akadémia FC starlet Ganbold Ganbayar has again not received his

Washington, D.C. MPL Combine Cancelled

The Mongolian Premier League Combine that was scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C. today has been cancelled. Combine organizers state that a lack of funds is the reason, with the Mongolian Football Federation unable to secure sponsorships. The rest of the combine schedule also seems to have shifted, with a second previously-unannounced combine to be held in Charlotte, Virginia in mid-January. The Mongolian Premier League Combines are organized by Tim Guercio, a MPL player and club owner, and scout for the Mongolian Football Federation. The purpose of the combines is to identify talent to fill out MPL team rosters and find dual-nationals that may be able to represent Mongolia's nationa

Erdene-Ochir Mungunbagana: Mongolia's Next Star Striker

Remember the name Erdene-Ochir Mungunbagana. The Arvis FC striker is one of the top prospects of a strong crop of talented youngsters that will make up the Blue Wolves squad in the near future. At age 18, he has already won more awards for scoring than most players could ever dream of in an entire career. Let's hear his story. Mungunbagana, nicknamed "Munguu," was born on 1 January 1999 in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar. The striker's football career started like many others, playing for his school team beginning at age 9. He attributes much of his skill to his earliest coaches Banzragch and Jargalsaikhan who he humbly gives much of the credit for his development. Although how he start

Mongolia to Participate in 2017 Tsunami Cup

Update: It has been revealed that each nation would be fielding its under-23 team following Olympic football regulations. It has been revealed that the Mongolia senior national team will compete in the 2017 Aceh World Solidarity Tsunami Cup from December 2-6, 2017. Also competing in the FIFA-recognized tournament are Brunei, Indonesia, and Kyrgyzstan. All matches will take place in a round-robin format over three matchdays at the 45,000-seat Harapan Bangsa Stadium in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. The tournament is intended to show solidarity for Aceh which was devastated by the 2004 tsunami which rocked the region and return major events to the city. Originally many associations were invited, parti

Club Spotlight: Arvis FC

Arvis FC (Арвис in Mongolian) were crowned champions of the Mongolian First League for the 2017 season. The club has much to celebrate, including gaining promotion to the Premier League for the first time and having the league's top scorer, Erdene-Ochir Mungunbagana, on its roster. But who is Arvis FC? The club faces a situation very common in Mongolian football; very little media coverage or information is available about the team, especially outside of the country but even within Mongolia also. Let's get to know the Premier League's newest club. Arvis FC is an Ulaanbaatar-based club founded in 2010. Like most other clubs in the country, they play their home matches at the MFF Football Cent

Exclusive: Interview with Former Arvis FC Player Mamadou Baldé

Travel, education, and experience give perspective. French-Senegalese winger Mamadou Baldé has plenty of all three, from Senegal to Mongolia with plenty of stops in-between. Mongolian Football Central recently sat down with the former Arvis FC player nicknamed the "French Legionaire" to learn more about him and his experience in one of Asia's emerging nations. The 24-year-old Baldé was born in Thies, Senegal to Guinean parents. He comes from a football-loving family. In fact, members of his family have played for the Guinea national team and he has been contacted by the selection himself. In Senegal, football was everywhere and could be played all day. In 2003, Baldé and his family moved to

Eisuke Mohri Leaves Athletic 220 FC for Laotian Champions

Athletic 220 FC and Laotian news outlets announced yesterday that Japanese defender Eisuke Mohri will not return to the Mongolian club next season and has signed for 2017 Lao Premier League champions Lao Toyota FC. Reports indicate that the player left the club following the conclusion of the 2017 Mongolian Premier League season and returned to Japan before joining his new club for a month-long trial. At the age of 23, Mohri signed for Athletic 220 FC in April 2017 prior to the 2017 season, a season in which the MPL debutantes were the surprise bronze medalists. He was also part of the team made up of foreign players in the Premier League that lost 0-3 to the Mongolian national under-23 side

Recap: 2018 AFC Under-19 Qualification

From the 4th to 8th of November 2017, Mongolia hosted Group I of qualification for the 2018 AFC Under-19 Championship at the MFF Football Centre in Ulaanbaatar. The group consisted of Mongolia, Japan, Thailand, and Singapore. Despite difficult losses to Japan and Thailand, the team had reason to celebrate following the its final match. Mongolia, coached by Erchim FC manager Zorigtyn Battulga, opened qualification with a predictable result, a 7-0 loss to Japan, the favorites to win the group. The result would have been less disheartening if not for two own goals against Mongolia by Dagvasuren Tsendjav and Erdenechimeg Unur-Erdene in the 37th and 59th minute, respectively. Two days later the t

Mongolia Bow out of 2018 AFC Futsal Championship Qualification

On Monday, 6 November Mongolia played its final match of qualification for the 2018 AFC Futsal Championship. Despite bowing out of the competition in the group stage, the team had a victory to celebrate on the final matchday. In the team's first match of qualification, the players earned a 1-5 loss to Japan. Pagamsürengiin Altantulga, a former football international, scored the team's only goal in the 39th minute after already trailing by three goals. Japan would go on to add two more goals before the final whistle. The following day the team took on a different opponent,Taiwan, but ultimately earned the same result. This time Mongolia posted two goals to their opponent's six. Temuujin Altan

MFF Holding Player Combines in U.S./Seeking Dual Nationals

With 25,000 Americans of Mongolian descent as of the 2010 census, Mongolian Americans account for only a minuscule percentage of the American population (.00008% to be more exact). Most of these families only immigrated to the United States in the 1990's and 2000's as communism fell and the restrictions on emigration were loosened. Despite the people's short history and small numbers in the country, there exists a strong footballing culture among them which includes the existence of the Mongolian Soccer Association of America and ethnic leagues in cities across the United States, including Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. These reasons likely contributed to the Mongolian Football Federation

Khangarid FC Sells GK Saikhanchuluun to Ulaanbaatar City

Today Ulaanbaatar City FC announced the signing of national team goalkeeper Amarbayasgalan Saikhanchuluun from Khangarid FC before the close of the transfer window. Acccording to the player's MFF profile, he had been with the club since 2009. The Erdenet-based Khangarid received a transfer fee of 2 million MNT for the player. Ulaanbaatar City FC announced that Saikhchuluun will be the first-choice goalkeeper entering the season. The 3-year contract includes compensation of 3 million MNT per season and a Toyota Prius. The 21-year-old goalkeeper (born 28 August 1996) has earned one senior international cap, playing the entire match in the team's 2-4 friendly loss against Tawain on 5 October of

Son of Mongolian Mainstay Begins Career

One must be a long-time fan of Mongolian football to recognize the name Lkhagvajav Dorjjav. Despite his time as a player and captain of the Blue Wolves, he is perhaps best known for his stint as national team manager when the team recorded its second (or first, depending on who you ask) international victory with a 2-0 victory over Guam during the 2003 East Asian Football Championship. Although the team eventually finished the tournament with three losses and a -14 goal differential, it was a historic moment in the sporting history of the country. A new chapter of Mongolian footballing history began today as Dorjjav's son, L. Enkhmunkh, participated in his first competition. Enkhmunkh is par



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