Mongolia

Монгол Улс / Mongolia

  • Capital: Ulaanbaatar
  • Population: 3,353,470 (2020 Estimate)
  • Official Language: Mongolian
  • Official Scripts: Mongolian, Mongolian Cyrillic
  • Men’s Team Nicknames: Хөх Чононууд / Khökh Chononuud (Blue Wolves), Чингис Хаан / Tchingis Khaan (Genghis Khan)
  • Women’s Team Nicknames: None
  • Association: Монголын Хөлбөмбөгийн Холбоо (MXX) / Mongolyn Khölbömbögiin Kholboo (Mongolian Football Federation)
  • Top Male Domestic League: Монголын Үндэсний Дээд Лиг (Mongolian National Premier League)
  • Top Female Domestic League: Эмэгтэйчүүдийн Үндэсний Лиг (Women’s National Football League)
  • FIFA Code: MNG

Records

  • Best World Cup Result (Men): Not Qualified
  • Best World Cup Result (Women): Not Qualified
  • Best AFC Asian Cup Result (Men): Not Qualfied
  • Best AFC Asian Cup Result (Women): Not Qualified
  • Best AFC Challenge Cup Result (Men): Not Qualified
  • Best AFC Solidarity Cup Result (Men): Group Stage (2016)
  • Best EAFF E-1 Football Championship Result (Men): Second Preliminary Round (2019)
  • Best EAFF E-1 Football Championship Result (Women): Second Preliminary Round (2019)
  • Highest FIFA Ranking (Men): 160th (August 2011)
  • Highest FIFA Ranking (Women): 115th (December 2018)
  • Lowest FIFA Ranking (Men): 205th (July 2015)
  • Lowest FIFA Ranking (Women): 125th (June 2021)
  • Most Capped Players: Bayasgalangiin Garidmagnai, Donorovyn Lümbengarav, & Norjmoogiin Tsedenbal – 35 Caps [as of January 2022]
  • Top Scorers: Donorovyn Lümbengarav & Nyam-Osoryn Naranbold – 8 Goals

Introduction & Brief History

Mongolia is a landlocked country which is situated in East Asia. The country is bordered by Russian Federation to the north and the People’s Republic of China to the south. Mongolia covers an area of 603,909 square miles and with a population of just 3,353,470, which makes it the world’s most sparsely populated sovereign nation. Mongolia also holds the record as being the world’s largest landlocked country that does not border a closed sea! The capital city of Mongolia is Ulaanbaatar and is home to approximately half of the country’s entire population.

For many many years, the territory of modern-day Mongolia had been ruled by several nomadic tribes. Some of these included the Xiongnu, the Xianbei, the Rouran Khaganate, and the First Turkic Khaganate. In the year 1206, Genghis Khan formulated the Mongol Empire which was to become the biggest contiguous land empire in the history of mankind. Later, his grandson, Kublai Khan was to conquer China and in doing so, he established the Yuan Dynasty.

When the Yuan Dynasty collapsed and ended, the people of the Yuan Dynasty were left with no option other than to retreat to Mongolia. In doing so, this resulted in the resumption of the earlier pattern of factional conflict, apart from the periods of rule by Dayan Khan (ruled from 1479 – 1517) and Tümen Zasagt Khan who was to rule from 1558 – 1592. During the 16th century, Tibetan Buddhism was to spread throughout Mongolia which was further led by the Manchu-founded Qing Dynasty. The Qing Dynasty was to completely absorb the country throughout the 17th century. By the start of the 20th century, approximately one-third of the adult male population were Buddhist Monks.

The Qing Dynasty came to an end in 1911 and Mongolia declared its independence although the country did not realise full independence from the Republic of China until 1921. The Soviet Union had helped Mongolia in gaining independence from China and because of that, Mongolia became a satellite state of the Soviet Union. Three years later, the Mongolian People’s Republic was founded as a socialist state.

With regards to football, the beautiful game has a relatively short history in Mongolia. The first known football tournament to take place in the country occurred in 1946 at The Silver Jubilee Festival of the People’s Revolution otherwise known as The First Spartakiad. The Spartakiad was an international sports event which was sponsored by the Soviet Union. A total of five international Spartakiades were held from 1928 to 1937, thereafter Spartakiades were organised as national sports events of the Eastern Bloc countries. Six teams took part in that inaugural football tournament with the eventual winners being declared as Hilchin. This was to be the first of five Spartakiad titles for the Hilchin club.

The Spartakiad in Mongolia was to run until 1961 but before it ended, another football tournament was formed in 1955 and was named the Ulaanbaatar City Championship. This was a short-lived tournament as records suggest that the final tournament was held in 1958. Unfortunately, there are no details available regarding the winners in 1956 and 1957 but it is known that the 1957 tournament was won by Zamchin whilst the final tournament held in 1958 was won by Horshoolol. One year later saw the birth of the Mongolian Football Federation.

Although it is known that football was played in Mongolia by at least 1946, and that the governing body for football in the country was formed in 1959, oddly enough, records show that a Mongolian national team played its first international game in 1942! This game took place in Hsinking, Manchukuo (then a puppet state of the Empire of Japan in Northeast China and Inner Mongolia from 1932 to 1945) against Japan, with the Japanese team winning by 12 goals to 0.

The association was inactive from 1960 to 1998 with the national team not taking part in any fixtures. It would not be until 1998 that the Mongolian Football Federation became members of FIFA. The team then got back on the international football stage but one of their earliest games ended in a 15-0 defeat against Uzbekistan on 5th December 1998. This result remains to this day as being the biggest defeat in their history!

The ‘Blue Wolves’ also took part in the qualifying stages for the 2002 World Cup, sadly they lost five out of their six first-round group games but they did manage to pick up a creditable draw against Bangladesh. Although Mongolia is yet to qualify for a FIFA World Cup, they have made some progress in recent times. For the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign, they progressed beyond the first qualifying stage of the schedule for the first time when they overcome Brunei by an aggregate score of 3 goals to 2. Even though they did not make it beyond the second stage of qualifying, they still managed to pick up two notable wins by beating Myanmar at home (1-0) and most impressively against Kyrgyzstan (1-0) at the neutral venue of Osaka, Japan to finish fourth in their five-team group. Hopefully, this recent performance in World Cup qualifying is a sign of a brighter future for the Mongolian national team.

Mongolia National Team

Q. Who is Mongolia’s best player of all-time?

Ganbold Ganbayar

In my opinion, the best player of all time to play for Mongolia is actually a young player who currently plays in the national team – Ganbold Ganbayar. The 21-year-old, who plays as an attacking midfielder and sometimes as a forward, became the first Mongolian player ever to sign a professional contract with a top-flight club in Europe when he signed for Puskás Akadémia in Hungary. Due to this, and his impressive short career since then, he perhaps unsurprisingly has been talked about as being the first superstar football player to come from Mongolia.

There was an early sense of how good the player was going to be when in 2011 he attended a junior football camp in Ulaanbaatar which was organised by the Italian giants, AC Milan. He was one of only four players out of a total of 200 to be invited to participate in the final youth camp in Milan. By 2013, Ganbayar was already appearing for the Mongolian Under 14’s national team and due to his excellent performances, he attracted the attention of the then Portuguese Primeira Liga club, Académica de Coimbra. Despite receiving this attention he chose to stay in Mongolia and play in his nation’s domestic league in the hope of being able to attract the attention of other clubs in Europe.

Ganbayar signed for Khoromkhon FC in Mongolia as a 14-year-old in 2014 and played for the club’s junior team for a while before amazingly making his first-team debut for the club in 2015! What is even more remarkable is that in the 2015 Mongolian National Premier League season, he scored 15 goals in just 11 games! In addition, Ganbayar was also a star player for the Under 17’s team at Khoromkhon FC during the 2015 Mongolian Under 17’s League, this is backed up by the fact that he was awarded as being the best forward player in the whole league. The Sükhbaatar-born player appeared in both of Khoromkhon’s 2016 AFC Cup qualification matches against K-Electric FC (Pakistan) and Druk United (Bhutan) respectively and was the youngest player to appear in the tournament. Ganbayar also enjoyed another successful domestic league campaign with Khoromkhon as the club finished in third place in the Mongolian National Premier League. On a personal note, he was also back amongst the goals and finished with an impressive record of 11 goals from just 12 league games.

His impressive performances attracted the attention of the then English Football League club, Barnet FC and in March 2016 he was invited to attend the club on trial for a month. He played two games for the club’s under 16’s team, where he scored two goals and grabbed an assist in a match against Fulham. It was reported that Barnet was interested in offering Ganbayar a contract but sadly nothing came to fruition. However, later in the same year, it was announced that Ganbayar was to join the youth academy at Puskás Akadémia in Hungary for a year-long residency.

He joined the club alongside three other young Mongolian players as part of a partnership between the Mongolian Football Federation and the Hungarian Football Federation. In doing so, Ganbayar and his fellow countrymen became the first players from Asia to play at the Puskás Akadémia academy. During the first part of 2017, he appeared in several friendly matches for the under 17’s team and scored a goal for them in a game against the Football Academy of Székely Land. In May 2017 Puskás Akadémia announced that they would be retaining Ganbayar and also announced that he would be included in their under 17’s team for the forthcoming 2017 Puskás Cup. He came on as a second-half substitute in a game against German giants, FC Bayern Munich, and also played in the bronze medal match against Budapest Honvéd. Ganbayar scored in a 7-6 penalty shootout victory for his team and in doing so made history by becoming the first Mongolian footballer to win a medal in a European football competition!

In April 2018, Ganbayar returned to his native Mongolia and signed a one-year contract for Ulaanbaatar City but returned to Hungary in August of that year having scored one goal in two league appearances for the Ulaanbaatar club. Just a few days after his return, he was included in the Puskás Akadémia under 19’s team that were to compete in the 2018 Honved Cup. Later in the same month, it was made public that Ganbayar had officially signed a youth contract with Puskás Akadémia and in doing so made history by becoming the first Mongolian player to sign for a fully professional European club! Following on from this, he was to go on and score 7 goals in 26 games in a two-year period whilst playing for the reserve team in the Nemzeti Bajnokság III – the Hungarian third tier.

In July 2020, Ganbayar was loaned out to fellow Hungarian club, Aqvital FC Csákvár who at that time was playing in the Nemzeti Bajnokság II – Hungarian second tier. He made his league debut for the club in August 2020 as a second-half substitute in a 3-0 defeat at Gyirmót FC Győr and scored his first goal later during the same month in a 2-2 draw against Kaposvári Rákóczi. Shortly after this game, Ganbayar returned to Puskás Akadémia and was named in their senior squad that was to play the Swedish club, Hammarby for a qualifying game in the 2020-21 Europa League. In July 2021, Ganbayar was again sent out on loan by Puskás Akadémia but this time to a club in the Slovakian 2. Liga (Slovakian second tier) by the name of KFC Komárno. At the time of writing, he has scored an impressive total of four goals in just twelve league games for Komárno.

In what is already promising to be an excellent career in club football, Ganbayar is also making his mark on the international stage. He has played for the Mongolian national team at under 14’s, 17’s, 20’s, and under 23’s level, and in 2021 played three times for the full national team, making his debut against Tajikistan in March 2021. A highlight from his time playing for the under 23’s came in 2017, when aged just 16 years old, he played for his country in the qualifying rounds of the AFC Under 23 Championship.

Although still a very young player, I believe Ganbold Ganbayar has already achieved great things, and in doing so, making Mongolian football history along the way must make him the greatest player to ever be produced in Mongolia.

Q. Who is currently the best player in the national side?

Mönkh-Erdeniin Tögöldör

Aside from Ganbold Ganbayar who obviously already qualifies for this accolade, as in my opinion, he is the greatest player to come out of Mongolia, another noteworthy player is Mönkh-Erdeniin Tögöldör. He is currently Mongolia’s third-highest international goal scorer of all time. Whilst that in itself is a great achievement, his goals tally of seven have been scored from just nineteen games played. He is also, like Ganbold Ganbayar, one of only a few Mongolian players to have played club football in another country.

In June 2014, along with fellow Mongolian international Khürelbaataryn Tsend-Ayuush he played for Yingcharoen F.C. of the Thailand Amateur League, the fifth level of football in the country. Both of the players went over to Thailand in the hope that they would be spotted by a professional club in the country, although sadly this did not materialise. However, as a sign of how highly regarded Tögöldör is, in 2018 he and two other Mongolian players were reportedly on the radar of clubs in Uzbekistan. Again, this came to nothing but this interest alone tells me that Tögöldör is a player of talent.

The midfielder, who was born in Ulaanbaatar, currently plays his club football for SP Falcons in the Mongolian National Premier League. He signed for SP Falcons in 2020 and before that he saw success with his previous club, Erchim FC, for whom he played between 2012 to 2020. As an Erchim player, he won four Mongolian Premier League titles and one Mongolian Cup.

Tögöldör made his debut for the national team in March 2013, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 3-0 win against Sri Lanka. His first international goal came just over a year later when he opened the scoring in a 4-0 home win against the Northern Mariana Islands. At the age of 30, Tögöldör still has time on his side, so don’t be surprised if we see him adding to his already impressive international goals tally.

Other notable mentions for this award must go to Norjmoogiin Tsedenbal, who at the time of writing is the joint record appearance holder (35 caps) for the national team, and Nyam-Osoryn Naranbold who is Mongolia’s joint-top goalscorer with 8 goals to his name.

Q. Who could be considered as the most exciting up & coming talent from the country?

Batboldyn Baljinnyam is 22-years-old and who plays club football for FC Ulaanbaatar in the Mongolian National Premier League, is definitely a player who can be considered for this accolade. Born in the district of Davi, Govi-Altai Province, Baljinnyam signed as a junior player for Khoromkhon FC in 2011 and remained with the club until 2017 when they were relegated to the Mongolian First League.

Batboldyn Baljinnyam

In 2012, the youngster participated in junior football camps held by the Italian giants, AC Milan in Ulaanbaatar. He was one of only four players out of more than 200 who were given an invitation to play in the final youth tournament in Milan.

Baljinnyam signed for his current club, FC Ulaanbaatar after leaving Khoromkhon FC in 2017 and was a member of the team that won the Mongolian Super Cup in 2021.

With regards to international football, this exciting prospect made his debut for The Blue Wolves in March 2018 in a friendly against Malaysia. At the time of writing, he has played 19 times for his country and scored three goals. All three of his international goals came in the First Preliminary Round of the 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championships and because of this, he won the round’s Golden Boot award as the top goal scorer. His three international goals also place him in the joint-ninth position on the list of all-time goal scorers for the national team. With plenty of years ahead of him, the odds are that he will surely add to this tally.

Q. What is the current state/performance of the national team?

Due to Mongolia only playing three games throughout 2021, to answer this question I am going to take a look at their results from 2018 all the way through to 2021. We will start with the team’s qualifying campaign for the 2019 EAFF E-1 Championship and then progress onto all of their results in the FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifying rounds.

2019 EAFF E-1 Championship – First Preliminary Round:

  • 02.09.2018 – Mongolia 4-1 Macau (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)
  • 04.09.2018 – Mongolia 9-0 Northern Mariana Islands (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)
  • 06.09.2018 – Mongolia 1-1 Guam (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)
Highlights from the 9-0 victory against the Northern Mariana Islands

2019 EAFF E-1 Championship – Second Preliminary Round:

  • 11.11.2018 – North Korea 4-1 Mongolia (Taipei, Taiwan)
  • 13.11.2018 – Mongolia 1-2 Chinese Taipei (Taipei, Taiwan)
  • 16.11.2018 – Hong Kong 5-1 Mongolia (Taipei, Taiwan)

2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – AFC First Round:

  • 06.06.2019 – Mongolia 2-0 Brunei Darussalam (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)
  • 11.06.2019 – Brunei Darussalam 2-1 Mongolia (Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam)

2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – AFC Second Round:

  • 05.09.2019 – Mongolia 1-0 Myanmar (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)
  • 10.09.2019 – Mongolia 0-1 Tajikistan (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)
  • 10.10.2019 – Japan 6-0 Mongolia (Saitama, Japan)
  • 15.10.2019 – Mongolia 1-2 Kyrgyzstan (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)
  • 19.11.2019 – Myanmar 1-0 Mongolia (Mandalay, Myanmar)
  • 25.03.2021 – Tajikistan 3-0 Mongolia (Dushanbe, Tajikistan)
  • 30.03.2021 – Mongolia 0-14 Japan (Chiba, Japan)
  • 07.06.2021 – Kyrgyzstan 0-1 Mongolia (Osaka, Japan)

Playing Record from 2nd September 2019 to 7th June 2021:

  • Played 16, Won 5, Drawn 1, Lost 10.

Despite having lost more games than they have won from their 16 games played in the period highlighted above, it has to be said that Mongolia has tasted some success and, with all things being equal, this period in my opinion has been a successful one overall for the national side. Their 9-0 victory against the Northern Mariana Islands in 2018 is now their biggest margin of victory in international football. They ended 2018 with three consecutive defeats but were not in relative terms really heavily beaten in those games. This was followed by an excellent qualifying campaign for the 2022 FIFA World Cup with the team picking up three brilliant wins along the way and progressing to the second round of World Cup qualifying for the first time in their international history.

Q. Looking at Mongolia’s international history, what has been the best game, result, or performance for the national team?

For this question, I don’t think we can look much further than Mongolia’s most recent FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. The Blue Wolves made it past the first round of qualifying in the AFC Zone by beating Brunei Darussalam by an aggregate score of 3 goals to 2. The first leg on 6th June 2019 at the MFF Football Centre in Ulaanbaatar saw Mongolia taking a 2-0 first leg victory courtesy of goals scored by Norjmoogiin Tsedenbal and Nyam-Osoryn Naranbold. The second leg took place just five days later at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. The home team took a 2-0 lead in the first half but the pivotal moment in the game and the tie as a whole came in the 47th minute when the aforementioned, Norjmoogiin Tsedenbal scored from the penalty spot to put Mongolia ahead on aggregate. It was a lead they would not relinquish and they hung on for a famous victory.

The brilliant result against Brunei Darussalam saw Mongolia progressing to Group F for the second qualifying stage where they were to come up against Japan, Tajikistan, Myanmar, and Kyrgyzstan. With only the group winners progressing to the third and final round of qualifying it always looked a very tough ask for Mongolia to progress any further, and so it would prove as Japan ran away with the group. However, Mongolia to their immense credit recorded two group wins themselves, firstly against Myanmar as they won the game 1-0. But, it was their second group win against Kyrgyzstan that stands out to me as being the finest result in the history of football in Mongolia! The game took place on 7th June 2021 in Osaka, Japan and Mongolia won the game by 1 goal to 0 courtesy of a goal scored by Oyunbaatar Mijiddorj. This proved to be a historic moment as the goal gave Mongolia their first-ever win against a nation ranked in the top 100 teams in the FIFA rankings table!

Action from that momentous victory for Mongolia against Kyrgyzstan

Q. What is your favourite shirt from the Mongolia national team?

Mongolia home shirt in 2018
[IMAGE: Football Shirt World]

From looking at the various shirts worn by the national team over the years, the one that stands out to me is the Joma-made home shirt that was worn in 2018.

Mongolian Domestic Football

Q. What is the Mongolian football pyramid like?

At the time of writing, the football system in Mongolia is made up of four tiers with promotion and relegation in place between them.

  • Tier 1 – Mongolian National Premier League
  • Tier 2 – Mongolian First League
  • Tier 3 – Mongolian Second League
  • Tier 4 – National Amateur Cup

The top league in Mongolia, the Mongolian National Premier League (officially the Hisense Premier League for sponsorship reasons) was founded in 1996 although the first national championship was held in Mongolia in 1955.

There are ten teams that compete in the National Premier League, playing each other twice with the majority of the games taking place at the 5,000 capacity MFF Football Centre in Ulaanbaatar. The winners of the league then qualify to play in the following season’s AFC Cup entering the competition in the play-off round stage. The team that finishes in 10th and bottom position in the league is relegated to the second-tier Mongolian First League. Meanwhile, the team that finishes in 9th position play in a relegation play-off match against the team that finishes in the second position in the First League.

The national cup competition in Mongolia is the MFF Cup which sees all of the teams competing across all four tiers of football in the country competing in it. The MFF Cup was first held in 1997 and was won by Erchim FC.

The other cup competition in Mongolian football is the MFF Super Cup and is played between the winners of the National Premier League and the winners of the MFF Cup. It was first held in 2011 and saw Erchim FC beating FC Ulaanbaatar by 2 goals to 1.

Q. Which Mongolian teams are historically the most successful?

A list of all previous winners with more than one top-tier national title to their name since 1955 is shown below:

  • 12 Titles: Erchim
  • 9 Titles: Tengeriin Bugnuud
  • 4 Titles: Aldar, Khangarid, Khudulmur
  • 3 Titles: Khuch
  • 2 Titles: Khoromkhon, Sükhbaatar, Athletic 220

In addition to the above list, there are a total of eleven clubs with one league title to their name. As you can see, the team at the top of the list with most league titles to their name is Erchim FC, officially known as Khaan Khuns-Erchim FC. For this reason, they hold the record as being the most successful club in the history of football in Mongolia.

Erchim FC, who are nicknamed ‘The Lightnings’, were founded in 1994 and have been playing in the Mongolian National Premier League since its inception in 1996. They are based in Mongolia’s capital city of Ulaanbaatar but unlike most of the clubs based in the capital who share the MFF Football Centre, Erchim were one of the first clubs in Mongolia to have its own stadium. The stadium has a capacity for 2,000 spectators and is called the Erchim Stadium.

The club won the first of its 12 titles to date in 1996 and lifted its most recent league championship in 2018. In addition to this, they have finished as runners-up on five separate occasions. With the club being successful in Mongolia it comes as no surprise that they have appeared in continental AFC Championships on numerous occasions. In 2013 and 2014 respectively they qualified for the final stages of the now-dissolved AFC Presidents Cup, finishing in second place in the 2013 edition of the tournament.

The club’s best achievement in the prestigious AFC Cup came in 2017 when they made the group stages of the tournament. In the qualifying round stage, they were placed into Group B alongside Three Star Club from Nepal and Nagaworld from Cambodia. With only the winners of the group being able to progress, it was Three Star Club who topped the standings but due to registration issues, they were dismissed from the competition. Erchim had finished in second place in the group and due to this, it was they who took the one place available in the group stage proper. Sadly this would be as far as they would progress in the 2017 AFC Cup. They took their place in Group I alongside April 25 Sports Club and Kigwancha Sports Club who are both football clubs from North Korea. Erchim would go on to lose all four of their group games against the North Korean clubs without scoring a goal.

The second-most successful Mongolian club is Tengeriin Bugnuud FC and it saw all of its league titles being lifted between 1967 to 1984. There does not seem to be any information readily available concerning the club following their last league triumph in 1984.

In third place on the list are three clubs – Aldar, Khudulmur, and Khangarid FC. Whilst it is quite difficult to ascertain information on Aldar and Khudulmur, I have been able to find out a small amount of history with regards to Khangarid FC.

Khangarid FC was founded in 1996 and is based in Mongolia’s second-largest city, Erdenet. Just like Erchim FC, they are also one of only a few clubs in Mongolia that have their own stadium. It is called the Erdenet Stadium and has a capacity for 3,000 spectators. The club won their first league title in 2001 and followed that up with three further title wins in 2003, 2004, and 2010 respectively. In addition, they have also finished as runners-up in 2002, 2005, 2007, and 2013 respectively.

The list below shows the number of MFF Cup wins by each team that has lifted the cup on more than one occasion since the inaugural tournament in 1997:

  • 8 cups: Erchim FC
  • 2 cups: Khangarid FC, FC Mon-Uran

In addition to the aforementioned clubs, five other clubs have lifted the MFF Cup on one occasion.

Just like league title wins, we again see Erchim FC at the top of the list with regards to most MFF Cup wins. Their first cup triumph came in 1997, with their most recent win coming as recently as 2019. In that 2019 final they beat SP Falcons by 3 goals to 2 to lift their eighth MFF Cup.

It will come as no surprise that Erchim FC also leads the way with regards to the number of MFF Super Cup wins too. The club’s current tally is seven having first won the Super Cup in 2011 and most recently in 2017.

Q. Who are currently the best teams in Mongolia?

The final table for the 2021 Mongolian National Premier League
[Image: Wikipedia]

With the 2022 football season in Mongolia yet to begin, to answer this question we must look at the 2021 season.

It was Athletic 220 who would eventually win the 2021 Mongolian National Premier League, winning the league by five points from their nearest rivals of SP Falcons. This was the second league title in their history, and quite an achievement considering that the club was founded as recently as 2016! The club will now take their place in the 2022 AFC Cup where they will meet Lee Man FC from Hong Kong in the Eastern Zone Play-Off Round. It goes without saying that it would be brilliant for them and Mongolian football in general if they were able to progress further into the competition.

The links for the Mongolian Football Federation (MFF) official social media channels can be found below.

Other sites or social media channels which report on football in Mongolia can also be found below:

So that completes the look at the Mongolian national team and its domestic league. If you have any comments, suggestions, reactions, or even your own answers to the above questions, please write them in the comments box below. Likewise, you can either email us at the94thmin@gmail.com, or send a message to the author @Gareth19801, or to the editor @The94thMin on Twitter.

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