Football is the most popular sport in Angola. The national team qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and many Angolan footballers play internationally, particularly in Portugal and France. The top national league is the Girabola.
World Cup 2006
The national team competed in the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 2006. During qualification, Angola won group 4 over Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Gabon, Algeria and Rwanda. The team was placed in Group D along with Portugal, Mexico national football team and Iran. They finished with 0 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss, they made 3rd place in the group. They did not advance past group play.