The Pakistan national football team represents Pakistan association football in FIFA-authorised events and is controlled by the Pakistan Football Federation, the governing body for football in Pakistan. Pakistan became a member of FIFA in 1948 joining the Asian Football Confederation and its national team debuted in 1950. Pakistan contest the South Asian Football Federation Championship and South Asian Games, which alternate biennially. Pakistan won the Colombo Cup in 1952. Pakistan has great record in South Asian Games, won four gold medals in 1989, 1991, 2004, 2006 and won one bronze medal in 1987 respectively. Pakistan has never made an appearance in any major tournament outside the South Asian region, in contrast to its rivals India and Bangladesh although Bangladesh has never qualified for the World Cup and India had qualified in 1950 but then withdrew from the competition. Football never saw its glory in Pakistan largely due to the heavy influence of cricket in Pakistan and in general, South Asia. As of 2020, Pakistan is the only team in Asia that has never won a FIFA World Cup qualifying game.[
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