VB : Soccer

Video Broadcast : #70
October 25, 2020

Text Update : January 13, 2021

Football (in Myanmar)

  • Divisions
    First Division : played at BAA / Aung San Stadium
  • Knock out Tournament
  • League Play
    Points : 2 for Win, 1 for Tie
    Bottom teams get relegated
  • Inter State and Division (ISD)
    Shan States : Inaugural winner
    Suk Bahadhur later played for Army, Burma and Asia
    Mandalay and Tenasserim : Later winners
  • SEAP Games
    Won several times
  • Asian Games
    Won twice
    See Memoirs of Ko Aung Khin

Asian All Stars

Burma produced Asian Selected including Suk Bahadur, Maung Maung, and Goalkeepers — Khin Maung Tun and Tin Aung.


  • 1972 Munich Olympics
  • Placed third in Group (first round)
    Lost to USSR 0-1
    Lost to Mexico 0-1
    Beat Sudan 2-0 (Goals by Than Soe and Tin Aung Moe)
  • Rank : 9 / 16


  • Scott / Shwe Yoe
  • Saya Nyein (RU Coach)
  • Toe Aung (Youth Selected)

RU First Eleven

  • Aung Khin
  • B. Singh
  • Ba Maung
  • Chan Tha
  • Hla Aye
  • Htay Aung
  • Kenneth Shein
  • Khin Maung Myint (John Tint, RIT)
  • Kyaw Htin (RIT)
  • Kyaw Sint (RIT)
  • Mahindar Singh
  • Maung Maung
  • Soe Myint
  • Soe Myint Lwin (RIT)
  • Than Win
  • Tint Lwin (Goal, Dr)
  • Tun Kyi
  • Collegian Nay Win (Pa Pu)

Outstanding Footballers include :

  • Auro (Thaung Tin)
  • Aye Maung (Aye Maung Lay, BAF)
  • Aye Maung (Aye Maung Gyi, PWD)
  • Gale
  • Gwan Shein (SPED)
  • Hla Htay
  • Hla Tin (Kee)
  • Htoo War
  • Kenneth Shein
  • Khin Maung Tun
  • Ko Ko Gyi
  • Kyaw Min
  • Maung Maung (Navy)
  • Maung Maung (RU)
  • Collegian Nay Win
  • Pe Khin
  • Suk Bahadhur
  • Than Soe (Suttee)
  • Tin Aung
  • Tin Aung Moe
  • Tin Han
  • Tun Kyi
  • Tun Wain
  • Vernon Stiles (Tin Tun)

Aung San Stadium

The First Division matches are played at Aung San Stadium. The teams include Rangoon University, Burma Railways, Customs, Army, Navy and several others. The bottom teams in the League get relegated to Second Division the following year.

My uncle U Win Tin (GBNF) took me to watch soccer matches. We watched selected matches (e.g. Dunlop Trophy) and some International matches (e.g. 2nd SEAP Games).

The Northern and Southern Stands cost about fifty pyas, but they provided limited scope and vision. But, they have roofs.

Grand Stand costs about five kyats. It would be a rare treat to watch from the Grand Stand (especially near the center line).

The Open Stand opposite the Grand Stand is a good compromise for about K1.50. We had to carry umbrella or wear raincoat for matches during the Rainy Season.

The Inter State and Division (ISD) Soccer tournament was established in 1952. Shan States with Suk Bahadhur won the inaugural tournament ISD Champions.

Mandalay (with Ba Pu), Tennessarim (with Ko Ko Gyi), Irrawaddy (with Hla Htay) became Contenders and/or Champions. Many players were recruited by the First Division teams and some became Burma Selected.

World Cup / Jules Rimet Trophy

Early tournaments had 16 teams. Later tournaments had 24 – 32 teams.

  • Brazil
    Pele, Garrincha, …
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Argentina

English Premier League

Points : 3 (for Win), 1 (for Draw), 0 (for Loss)

  • Liverpool

Euro Cup

  • Barcelona
  • Real Madrid

U Aye (M62, HIC/FAO/UN (Retired)) wrote :

Inter State and Divison – 1952

The final match was played between Shan State and Sagaing Division. Shan State was led by Suk Bahadur,
Bahadur Lama and another Bahadur. Sagaing Division had an excellent goalkeeper Pho Tha Bay. Many deadly shots from the Shan State were saved by Pho Tha Bay. Shan State won the shield after narrowly beat the Sagaing division. Suk Bahadur was recruited by the Army team and became a legend. Two other Bahadurs and Pho Tha Bay faded out.

Tenasserim division was third, (If I remember correctly).

The following footballers also played for RU First Eleven. (in different times)

  • Khin Pe Gyi
  • Goal keeper Than Shwe
    (before B. Singh arrived)
  • Nyi Nyi Lwin
    Joined Navy after graduation later
    Worked in Dept.of Fisheries as Dy. DG
  • Maung Pyone (from Mandalay Hall)
    A good volleyball player, he played for Pyapon District.
    Joined Army after graduation.
  • Kyi Gwan (from Mandalay Hall)
    He was from Dawei.
  • Ngwe Gaing (from Sagaing Hall)
    He was a Burma selected Youth team.
    He was from Morton Lane Judson HS, Moulmein.

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