Managing Bhutan - The team that won 'The Other Final'
While a Bhutanese National football team has existed since the 1970s, it was officially founded in 1983 and joined FIFA in 2000.
On June 30, 2002, the day of the final match of the 2002 World Cup, Bhutan, then the second-lowest ranked team in the world, recorded their first victory ever. They played against the lowest ranked team, Montserrat, in a friendly match known jokingly as The Other Final, winning 4-0 at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. "The Other Final" was organised by Dutch filmmakers.
Prior to the 2010 World Cup, they were the only FIFA member not to have attempted to qualify for the World Cup. Bhutan withdrew from the 2010 World Cup qualifiers because their stadium would not be ready in time for their matches vs. Kuwait.
Recently the team saw action in the 2008 South Asian Football Federation Cup tournament, reaching the Semifinals, where they lost to India (2 - 1) during stoppage time of extra time. The team also played on 2009 SAFF Cup.
After being somewhat inspired after seeing the documentary 'The Other Final' I have decided to try to take Bhutan to new heights. Bhutan seem like a happy, peaceful country and football isn't even the national sport, Archery is, back in 2002 when The Other Final was filmed, Bhutan had only 920 amateur footballers in the entire country.
Our assistant rates the squad very highly it seems, even though we've just hit a new low of 203rd in the rankings, here is our best player:
Definitely not a world beater but good for the countries that are around us. I've set up some friendlies against teams ranked lower than 200 with a rematch against Montserrat to look forward too among others.