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Batavia national football team

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Batavia Batavia
Association KBVB
FMF member 2007–15, 2018–
Confederation WMFA
Home stadium Jairo Stadium
FMF code BAT
First FMF intermicronational
Batavia Batavia 2–2 Craitland Craitland
Biggest win
Iron Cult Iron Cult 1–7 Batavia Batavia
Biggest defeat
Alexandria Alexandria 5–1 Batavia Batavia
FMF World Cup
Appearances 5 (First in 2008)
Best result Quarter-finals
Benacia Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 2012)
Best result Runners-up

The Batavia national football team is the football team which currently represents the micronation of Batavia, and previously represented the Jingdaoese and Batavian Confederation constituent nations of the same name. It is a member of the WMFA and is run by the KBVB.

The team has generally been seen as one of the strongest national sides on Micras, having qualified for five FMF World Cups, and has existed twice in the FMF's history; firstly between late 2007 and mid-2015 as an independent nation and constituent nation of Jingdao, and secondly since mid-2018, again independently and as a constituent nation of the Batavian Confederation.

History

The team was founded in late 2007 after Batavia's Micrasian claim was successful. The team competed in its first World Cup qualifiers the following year, where it was drawn against Tellia. However, the Tellians withdrew from the WMFA sector, meaning Batavia advanced to the second round of qualifying as a result of a 10–0 aggregate scoreline forfeit. The team beat Beaugium 2–0 on aggregate to qualify for the 2008 FMF World Cup. In the finals, the team finished third in its group after losing their first two games but beating Toketi 7–4 in their final match.

In 2009, the team finished second in their qualifying group, placing ahead of Shireroth on goals scored. This meant that the team advanced to the play-offs, where they beat Ashkenatza to qualify. In their second consecutive World Cup appearance, the team finished third in their group, this time missing-out on advancing after losing their final game to Alexandria.

The team won its qualifying group in 2010, only losing one game. The team also topped its group in the finals, advancing to the knock-out stages for the first time. However, the team lost to hosts and eventual finalists Hamland 5–3 in the quarter-finals.

In the 2011 qualifiers, the team finished top of the WMFA's sole six-team group, finishing three points above Tellia. In their finals group, the team could only draw two games as they finished third, equal on points to débutants Babkha in fourth.

The team finished second in their five-team 2012 qualifying group and advanced to the WMFA play-off against Ashkenatza, winning 6–4 on aggregate to qualify. In the finals, the team advanced from their group with four points, behind hosts Antica by a point, before losing 2–1 to Hamland in the quarter-finals in extra time. The team also sealed their place in the first ever Benacia Cup later in the year, where they topped their group before losing 1–0 to Tellia in the final.

In 2013's qualifying, the team's fortunes lessened as they could only finish third in their four-team group with eight points, failing to qualify for any tournaments. During the qualifiers, Batavia was annexed by Jingdao, which itself seceded from Batavia in 2012. Soon afterwards, Batavia regained independence after seceding from Jingdao, before splitting into two political entities but maintaining a unified team.

Batavia reunified in 2014, during the team's participation in the year's qualifiers, where they finished second in their four-team group with nine points to reach the 2014 Benacia Cup. In the tournament, the team drew one of its three games to finish bottom of the group stage and subsequently place fourth in the final standings.

In the following year's qualifiers, the team finished second in their four-team group with eleven points, and failed to qualify for the World Cup for the third year running. Batavia left Micras in mid-2015 after being declared dead.

Batavia returned to Micras in mid-2018 after annexing Transbatavia. Batavia became a constituent nation of the Batavian Confederation in 2019, during the team's first World Cup qualifiers since rejoining the FMF, where they finished second in their five-team group with 14 points, before regaining its recognised independence later in the year.

Chronological competitive participation

Honours

Flag

Batavia has used the following flag during both of its FMF affiliations:

2007–15
2018–
Batavia

See also