Angola national football team

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Angola
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Palancas Negras
(The Sable Antelopes)
Association Federação Angolana de Futebol
Sub-confederation COSAFA (Southern Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Romeu Filemon
Captain Manucho Gonçalves
Top scorer Akwá (38)
Home stadium Estádio 11 de Novembro
FIFA code ANG
FIFA ranking 89 Increase 9
Highest FIFA ranking 45 (July 2000)
Lowest FIFA ranking 124 (March 1994)
Elo ranking 98
Highest Elo ranking 50 (September–October 2006)
Lowest Elo ranking 101 (October 1994, 18 July 2013)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 PR Congo 3–2 PR Angola Angola
(Brazzaville, People's Republic of the Congo; 8 February 1976)
Biggest win
 Angola 7–1 Swaziland 
(Luanda, Angola; 23 April 2000)
Biggest defeat
 Portugal 6–0 PR Angola Angola
(Lisbon, Portugal; 23 March 1989)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2006)
Best result Round 1: 2006
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 6 (First in 1996)
Best result Quarter-finals: 2008, 2010

The Angola national football team, nicknamed Palancas Negras (Sable Antelopes), is the national team of Angola and is controlled by the Federação Angolana de Futebol. Angola reached 45th in the FIFA Rankings in July 2002. Their greatest accomplishment was qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, as this was their first appearance on the World Cup finals stage: they were eliminated after one defeat and two draws in the group stage.

History[edit]

Angola played their first game against PR Congo on 8 February 1976, losing 3–2.

Angola qualified for their first Africa Cup of Nations in 1996. They were drawn in Group A with South Africa, Egypt and Cameroon. They lost their first two games to Egypt and South Africa, but managed a 3–3 draw against Cameroon. They finished bottom of the group and did not reach the second round. Angola then qualified for their second successive African Cup of Nations in 1998, but again failed to reach the second round, drawing 0–0 with South Africa and 3–3 with Namibia, and losing 5–2 to Côte d'Ivoire.

After missing the last 3 tournaments, they qualified for the 2006 African Nations Cup. They recorded their first African Cup of Nations win against Togo, winning 3–2, two goals coming from Flávio and the other coming from Maurito. They also drew 0–0 against Congo DR and lost 3–1 against Cameroon. Angola's best performance then came in the 2008 African Nations Cup. They were drawn in Group D with Tunisia, South Africa and Senegal. They drew 1–1 and 0–0 with South Africa and Tunisia, then defeated Senegal 3–1, two goals coming from Manucho. In the quarter-finals they were beaten by eventual winners Egypt 2–1, but Manucho scored again, finishing with four goals in total.

Angola also won the COSAFA Cup in 1999, 2001 and 2004.

2006 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Angola qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup after only losing one game in the qualifying ahead of favourites Nigeria.

When picking the squad, Gonçalves sought advice from Chelsea manager José Mourinho, whose wife was born in Angola. Angola's Golden Generation saw players like Akwá, João Ricardo, Paulo Figueiredo and Jamba selected to go to the World Cup. Angola played six warm-up games against South Korea, Mauritius, Lesotho, Argentina, Turkey and USA.

Angola played their first World Cup finals game against Portuguese side, who won the match 1–0, the only goal coming from Pauleta.[1] There was a very friendly environment in and around the stadium during this match because of the links and friendship between the countries of Angola and Portugal. Angola drew 0–0 in their second game with Mexico, and still had a chance of qualifying for the second round had they beaten Iran in their final group game, but the match finished 1–1 after goals by Flávio and Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh. Angola were eliminated from the tournament only losing one game.[2][3]

Fans of the Angolan national football team in Cologne, Germany.

2010 World Cup failure[edit]

After the 2006 FIFA World Cup many of Angola's most experienced players such as Akwá and João Ricardo retired from the international game, but the expectation was still high for the team to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The team had a bye through the first round of qualification and in the second round they were drawn in Group 3 along with Benin, Uganda and Niger. Despite winning their first two matches, Angola failed to proceed to the third round, missing out by two points.

2010 Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

As hosts of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, Angola were seeded in Group A along with Mali, Algeria, and Malawi. Coached by Manuel José, in their first game they drew 4–4 with Mali, after letting a 4–0 lead slip in the last 11 minutes (including three goals in stoppage time). They recovered from this by beating Malawi 2–0 in the second match, and topped the group by drawing 0–0 with Algeria. They were knocked out in the quarter final after a 1–0 defeat by eventual finalists Ghana.

Achievements[edit]

1999, 2001, 2004
1987
2011
2015

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

As of 2013, Angola has qualified once for a FIFA World Cup. Its first participation on the FIFA World Cup qualification was on 1986, where they won in the first round, beating Senegal 4—3 on penalty kicks. They later lost on the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)#Second round to Algeria. Algeria went to the third round and qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico.

Angola's first participation on the World Cup was on the 2006 FIFA World Cup, in Germany.

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to
Spain 1982
Did not enter
Mexico 1986 to
South Korea Japan 2002
Did not qualify
Germany 2006 Group Stage 23rd 3 0 2 1 1 2
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify
Brazil 2014
Total Group Stage 1/19 3 0 2 1 1 2

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

African Cup of Nations
Titles: 0
Appearances: 6
Year Position Year Position Year Position Year Position
Sudan 1957 Did not enter Ethiopia 1976 Did not enter Tunisia 1994 Did not qualify Equatorial GuineaGabon 2012 Round 1
Egypt 1959 Did not enter Ghana 1978 Did not enter South Africa 1996 Round 1 South Africa 2013 Round 1
Ethiopia 1962 Did not enter Nigeria 1980 Did not enter Burkina Faso 1998 Round 1 Morocco 2015
Ghana 1963 Did not enter Libya 1982 Did not qualify GhanaNigeria 2000 Did not qualify
Tunisia 1965 Did not enter Ivory Coast 1984 Did not qualify Mali 2002 Did not qualify
Ethiopia 1968 Did not enter Egypt 1986 Did not enter Tunisia 2004 Did not qualify
Sudan 1970 Did not enter Morocco 1988 Did not qualify Egypt 2006 Round 1
Cameroon 1972 Did not enter Algeria 1990 Did not qualify Ghana 2008 Quarterfinals
Egypt 1974 Did not enter Senegal 1992 Did not qualify Angola 2010 Quarterfinals

Angola all-time record against all nations[edit]

Schedule[edit]

2013 Record[edit]

2014 Record[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players has been called for a friendly match against Mozambique on 5 March 2014.

Caps and goals updated as at 5 March 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Landú (1990-01-04) 4 January 1990 (age 24) 6 0 Angola Recreativo do Libolo
1GK Kadú (1994-11-30) 30 November 1994 (age 19) 0 0 Portugal Porto B
2DF Miguel (1991-11-17) 17 November 1991 (age 22) 19 0 Angola Benfica de Luanda
2DF Gomito (1983-06-22) 22 June 1983 (age 30) 4 0 Angola Recreativo do Libolo
2DF Natael (1993-09-23) 23 September 1993 (age 20) 3 0 Angola Sagrada Esperança
2DF Chico Caputo (1985-05-15) 15 May 1985 (age 28) 1 0 Angola Interclube
2DF Dembelé (1989-00-00) 0 December 1989 (age 25) 0 0 Angola Benfica de Luanda
2DF Hélder (1982-10-18) 18 October 1982 (age 31) 0 0 Angola Benfica de Luanda
2DF Lírio 0 0 Angola Benfica de Luanda
3MF Pirolito (1993-04-07) 7 April 1993 (age 21) 17 0 Angola Interclube
3MF Mano (1989-08-04) 4 August 1989 (age 24) 4 0 Angola Petro Luanda
3MF Paty (1990-06-03) 3 June 1990 (age 23) 3 0 Angola Interclube
3MF Jaime (1982-05-21) 21 May 1982 (age 31) 2 0 Angola Progresso do Sambizanga
3MF Joaquim Adão (1992-07-14) 14 July 1992 (age 21) 1 0 Angola Progresso do Sambizanga
3MF Benvindo (1986-09-05) 5 September 1986 (age 27) 1 0 Angola Bravos do Maquis
4FW Djalma (1987-05-30) 30 May 1987 (age 26) 35 3 Turkey Konyaspor
4FW José Vunguidica (1990-01-03) 3 January 1990 (age 24) 10 0 Germany Wehen Wiesbaden
4FW Vado Dias (1987-04-18) 18 April 1987 (age 27) 6 2 Angola Benfica de Luanda
4FW Guedes (1992-03-28) 28 March 1992 (age 22) 3 2 Angola Sagrada Esperança
4FW Filhão (1995-06-14) 14 June 1995 (age 18) 3 0 South Africa SuperSport United
4FW Fredy (1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 (age 24) 1 0 Portugal Belenenses
4FW Evandro Brandão (1991-05-07) 7 May 1991 (age 22) 0 0 Angola Recreativo do Libolo

Recent callups[edit]

The following players have been called up in the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Hugo Marques (1986-01-15) 15 January 1986 (age 28) 4 0 Angola 1º de Agosto v.  Liberia, 7 September 2013
GK Neblú (1993-09-06) 6 September 1993 (age 20) 2 0 Angola 1º de Agosto v.  Liberia, 7 September 2013
DF Kibeixa (1993-07-18) 18 July 1993 (age 20) 5 0 Angola Kabuscorp v.  Liberia, 7 September 2013
DF Filipe Malanda (1993-05-10) 10 May 1993 (age 20) 1 0 Angola Interclube v.  Liberia, 7 September 2013
DF Abdul (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 20) 4 2 Angola Petro Luanda v.  Liberia, 7 September 2013
DF Vado Kitenga (1993-05-20) 20 May 1993 (age 20) 4 0 Angola ASA v.  Liberia, 7 September 2013
DF Dani Massunguna (1986-05-01) 1 May 1986 (age 27) 30 0 Angola 1º de Agosto v.  Mozambique, 31 August 2013
DF Fabrício (1988-09-20) 20 September 1988 (age 25) 10 0 Angola Interclube v.  Mozambique, 31 August 2013
DF Mussumari (1991-10-05) 5 October 1991 (age 22) 3 0 Angola Recreativo do Libolo v.  Mozambique, 31 August 2013
DF Mingo Bile (1987-06-15) 15 June 1987 (age 26) 21 1 Angola 1º de Agosto v.  Swaziland, 29 June 2013
DF Bastos (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 22) 19 0 Russia Rostov v.  Swaziland, 29 June 2013
DF Mabiná (1987-08-02) 2 August 1987 (age 26) 19 0 Angola Petro Luanda v.  Uganda, 15 June 2013
DF Libengué (1988-12-12) 12 December 1988 (age 25) 0 0 Angola Kabuscorp v.  Uganda, 15 June 2013
MF Adawá (1988-10-19) 19 October 1988 (age 25) 16 0 Angola Kabuscorp v.  Liberia, 7 September 2013
MF Manuel (1989-12-30) 30 December 1989 (age 24) 12 1 Angola ASA v.  Liberia, 7 September 2013
MF Ito (1994-11-29) 29 November 1994 (age 19) 11 0 Angola Petro Luanda v.  Liberia, 7 September 2013
MF Ary Papel (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 20) 7 0 Angola 1º de Agosto v.  Liberia, 7 September 2013
MF Diógenes (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 17) 5 0 Angola Petro Luanda v.  Liberia, 7 September 2013
MF Job (1987-09-27) 27 September 1987 (age 26) 33 4 Angola Petro Luanda v.  Mozambique, 31 August 2013
MF Amaro (1986-11-12) 12 November 1986 (age 27) 29 2 Angola 1º de Agosto v.  Mozambique, 31 August 2013
FW Guilherme (1985-11-15) 15 November 1985 (age 28) 8 2 Angola 1º de Agosto v.  Liberia, 7 September 2013
FW Mabululu (1989-09-10) 10 September 1989 (age 24) 7 4 Angola Petro Luanda v.  Liberia, 7 September 2013
FW Mateus (1984-01-18) 18 January 1984 (age 30) 47 7 Angola 1º de Agosto v.  Uganda, 15 June 2013
FW Geraldo (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 22) 12 0 Brazil Coritiba v.  Uganda, 15 June 2013
FW Yano (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 21) 10 1 Angola Progresso do Sambizanga v.  Uganda, 15 June 2013

Previous squads[edit]

FIFA World Cup

Africa Cup of Nations

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ FIFA awarded Angola a 3–0 win as a result of Liberia fielding the ineligible player Nathaniel Sherman. The match originally ended 4–1 to Angola.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brodkin, Jon (12 June 2006). "Figo sparkles as Ronaldo's tricks lead to the bench". Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mexico 0–0 Angola". BBC. 16 June 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Iran 1–1 Angola". BBC. 21 June 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Liberia sanctioned for fielding ineligible player". FIFA.com. 24 October 2013. 

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