Ghana national football team
|Nickname(s)||The Black Stars|
|Association||Ghana Football Association|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||James Kwesi Appiah|
|Asst coach||Maxwell Konadu|
|Most caps||Richard Kingson (90)|
|Top scorer||Abedi Pele (33)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||14 (February, April, May 2008)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||89 (June 2004)|
|Highest Elo ranking||14 (30 June 1966)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||97 (14 June 2004)|
| Gold Coast 1–0 Nigeria
(Accra, Gold Coast; 28 May 1950)
| Kenya 0–13 Ghana
(Nairobi, Kenya; 12 December 1965)
| Bulgaria 10–0 Ghana
(Leon, Mexico; 2 October 1968)
|Appearances||2 (First in 2006)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals; 2010|
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||19 (First in 1963)|
|Best result||Winners; 1963, 1965,
The Ghana national football team, popularly known as the Black Stars, is the national association football team of Ghana and is controlled by the Ghana Football Association. Prior to 1957, the country played as the Gold Coast.
Although the team did not qualify for the senior FIFA World Cup until 2006, they had qualified for five straight Olympic Games Football Tournaments when the tournament was still a full senior national team competition. The team has won the Africa Cup of Nations four times (in 1963, 1965, 1978, and 1982) and has been runners up 4 times (in 1968, 1970, 1992, and 2010).
After going through 2005 unbeaten, Ghana won the FIFA most improved team of the year award and they reached the second round of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
At the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, they became the third African team in history to reach the World Cup quarter-finals. They are currently playing qualifying matches for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and have granted a tryout to a 52 year old American man with no experience in competitive futbol. The team was emotionally moved after hearing of the man's dream of playing for the Black Stars.
The Ghana national team in 2013 became the only African side to qualify for at least the Semi-Final of the African cup four times in a row twice; this occurred between 1963 and 1970 and between 2008 and 2013.
20th Century 
The Ghana Amateur Football Association was founded in 1957, soon after the country's independence, and was affiliated to Confederation of African Football and FIFA the following year. Englishman George Ainsley was appointed coach of the national team.
On 19 August 1962 at the Accra Sports Stadium, the Black Stars played Spanish giants Real Madrid, who were at the time Spanish champions, former European champions and intercontinental champions, and drew 3–3.
Charles Kumi Gyamfi became coach in 1961, and Ghana won successive Africa Cup of Nations titles, in 1963 and 1965, and achieved their record win, 13–0 away to Kenya, shortly after the second of these. They also reached the final of the tournament in 1968 and 1970, losing 1–0 on each occasion, to DR Congo and Sudan respectively. Their domination of this tournament earned the country the nickname of "the Brazil of Africa" in the 1960s. The team had no success in FIFA World Cup qualification during this era, and failed to qualify for three successive African Cup of Nations in the 1970s, but qualified for the Olympic Games Football Tournaments, reaching the quarter finals in 1964 and withdrawing on political grounds in 1976 and but making little progress in continent-wide competitions until the appointment of Burkhard Ziese as coach in 1991. The 1992 African Cup of Nations, after three failures to reach the final tournament, saw Ghana finish second, after a Côte d'Ivoire win on penalties in the final.
21st Century 
Disharmony among the squad, which eventually led to parliamentary and executive intervention to settle issues between two of the team, Abedi Pele and Anthony Yeboah, may have played some part in the failure of the team to build on the successes of the national underage teams. Ghana slipped to 89th place in the FIFA World Rankings, but a new generation of players who went to the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship final became the core of the team at the 2002 African Cup of Nations, and were undefeated for a year in 2005 and reached the finals of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the first time the team had reached the global stage of the tournament. Ghana started with a 2–0 defeat to eventual champions Italy, but wins over the Czech Republic (2–0) and USA (2–1) saw them through to the second round, where they were beaten 3–0 by Brazil.
The Black Stars went on to secure a 100 percent record in their qualification campaign, winning the group and becoming the first African team to qualify for 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The World Cup Draw in Cape Town on 4 December 2009 saw the Ghanaian team being placed alongside Germany, Serbia and Australia in Group D.
The team reached the last 16 where they played the USA, defeating them 2–1 in extra time to become the third African nation to reach the World Cup quarterfinals.
The team then lost on penalty shootout with Uruguay in the quarterfinals, having missed a penalty kick in extra time after a certain goal was saved off the goal line by Luis Suárez's deliberately parried handball who was then shown a red card for his actions.
World Cup record 
Ghana have qualified for two FIFA World Cup tournaments; 2006 and 2010.
In 2006 they were the only African side to advance to the Second Round of 2006 FIFA World Cup and were the sixth nation in a row from Africa to progress beyond the group stages of the World Cup. Ghana had the youngest team in the FIFA World Cup 2006 with an average age of 23 years and 352 days, and were praised for their improving performance. FIFA ranked Ghana 13th out of the 32 countries who competed in the tournament.
In the 2010 World Cup Ghana progressed beyond the group stages of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and reached the quarter-finals where they were eliminated by Uruguay. Ghana were defeated by Uruguay on penalties after Luis Suárez controversially handballed on the goal line deep into extra time, denying Ghana an almost certain winning goal. Had Ghana won their quarter final they would have become the first African nation to progress to the semi finals of the world cup. Of the 32 countries that participated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, FIFA ranked Ghana 7th.
|FIFA World Cup record|
|1962||Did not qualify|
|1970 to 1978||Did not qualify|
|1986 to 2002||Did not qualify|
|2006||Round of 16||13th||4||2||0||2||4||6|
|2014||To Be Determined|
|2018||To Be Determined|
African Cup of Nations record 
After the 1963 and 1965 triumphs, Ghana hosted and won the 13th edition of the African Cup of Nations trophy for keeps in 1978, and four years later, won it again in Tripoli, Libya. The team have won the African Cup of Nations four times (in 1963, 1965, 1978, and 1982), making Ghana the second most successful team in the contest's history, together with Cameroon; Egypt has won the past three tournaments (2006, 2008, 2010) to give it a record seven titles.
|African Cup of Nations|
|1957||Did not enter||1978||Champions||1998||Round 1|
|1959||Did not enter||1980||Round 1||2000||Quarter-finals|
|1962||Did not qualify||1982||Champions||2002||Quarter-finals|
|1963||Champions||1984||Round 1||2004||Did not qualify|
|1965||Champions||1986||Did not qualify||2006||Round 1|
|1968||Second Place||1988||Did not qualify||2008||Third Place|
|1970||Second Place||1990||Did not qualify||2010||Second Place|
|1972||Did not qualify||1992||Second Place*||2012||Fourth Place|
|1974||Did not qualify||1994||Quarter-finals||2013||Fourth Place|
|1976||Did not qualify||1996||Fourth Place||2015||TBD|
- *Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
- **Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
- ***Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.
Olympic record 
|Olympic medal record|
^ Note: Football at the Summer Olympics has been an under-23 tournament since 1992.
Match results 
|International Friendly 10 January 2013||Ghana||3 – 0||Egypt||Abu Dhabi, U.A.E|
|17:00 UTC+0||Badu 18'
|Report||Stadium: Sheikh Zayed Stadium
Referee: Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohammed
|International Friendly 13 January 2013||Ghana||4 – 2||Tunisia||Abu Dhabi, U.A.E|
|16:10 UTC+0||Boye 58'
Wakaso 64' (pen.)
|Report||Jemâa 16', 47'||Stadium: Sheikh Zayed Stadium
|2013 Africa Cup of Nations Group B 20 January 2013||Ghana||2 – 2||Congo DR||Port Elizabeth, South Africa|
|17:00 UTC+2||Badu 40'
Mbokani 68' (pen.)
|Stadium: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Referee: Daniel Bennett
|2013 Africa Cup of Nations Group B 24 January 2013||Ghana||1 – 0||Mali||Port Elizabeth, South Africa|
|17:00 UTC+2||Wakaso 38' (pen.)||Report||Stadium: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Referee: Noumandiez Doué
|2013 Africa Cup of Nations Group B 28 January 2013||Ghana||3 – 0||Niger||Port Elizabeth, South Africa|
|19:00 UTC+2||Gyan 6'
|Report||Stadium: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Referee: Badara Diatta
|2013 Africa Cup of Nations Quarter-final 2 February 2013||Ghana||2 – 0||Cape Verde||Port Elizabeth, South Africa|
|17:00 UTC+2||Wakaso 54' (pen.), 90+5'||Report||Stadium: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Referee: Rajindraparsad Seechurn (Mauritius)
|2013 Africa Cup of Nations Semi-final 6 February 2013||Ghana||1 – 1 (aet)
(2 – 3 p)
|Burkina Faso||Nelspruit, South Africa|
|20:30 UTC+2||Wakaso 13' (pen.)||Report||Bancé 60'||Stadium: Mbombela Stadium
Referee: Selim Jedidi (Tunisia)
|2013 Africa Cup of Nations 3rd place play-off 9 February 2013||Ghana||1 – 3||Mali||Port Elizabeth, South Africa|
|20:00 UTC+2||Asamoah 82'||Report||Mah. Samassa 21'
S. Diarra 90+4'
|Stadium: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Referee: Eric Otogo-Castane (Gabon)
|2014 FIFA World Cup qualification 24 March 2013||Ghana||4 – 0||Sudan||Kumasi, Ashanti|
|16:00 UTC+0||Gyan 19'
|Report||Stadium: Kumasi Sports Stadium
Referee: Anthony Ramsy Raphael (Malawi)
|International Friendly 1 June 2013||Ghana||vs.||Kenya||Nairobi, Kenya|
|Stadium: Moi International Sports Centre
|2014 FIFA World Cup qualification 7 June 2013||Ghana||vs.||Sudan||Omdurman, Sudan|
|20:00 UTC+3||Stadium: Al-Merrikh Stadium
- For 2012 match results, see Ghana national football team 2012
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification 
On 30 July 2011, for 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification Preliminary Draw at the Marina da Glória in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ghana were placed in the 1st pot and drawn in Group D with Zambia, Sudan and Lesotho. Ghana will commence their qualifying campaign in early June 2012, with the finishing top team in Group D advancing to the final Third round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifications.
- Group D
2013 Africa Cup of Nations 
Ghana received a bye for the Preliminary Round and First Round of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifications. Ghana will play the Malawi national football team over a Second Round Two-legged tie. In the First Round of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifications, Malawi defeated the Chad national football team 4–3 on aggregate, and then advanced to the Second Round of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifications.
The team in the Second Round of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification with the best result over the Two-legged tie will qualify for the 29th Africa Cup of Nations to be held in South Africa from 19 January 2013 – 10 February 2013.
Ghana won 3 – 0 on aggregate and qualified for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
The draw for the final tournament took place on 24 October 2012 at the Durban International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa. Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Zambia along with host South Africa were the top seeded teams for the draw of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Ghana was placed in group B along with Mali, Niger, and Congo DR.
2013 Africa Cup of Nations Quarter-final
2013 Africa Cup of Nations Semi-final
Team honours 
Current technical staff 
Last updated: January 2013
Current squad 
Recent call-ups 
The following players have been called up to the Ghana squad within the last 9 months. Retired and Discarded Players are not listed.
Top goalscorers 
Competitive statistics 
Ghana does not have a specific home national stadium like many other national teams and as such, often rotate their home World Cup qualifying and Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches through various venues: the Essipong Stadium or Sekondi-Takoradi Stadium in Sekondi-Takoradi, the Len Clay Stadium, Kumasi Sports Stadium or Abrankese Stadium in Kumasi, the Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, the Accra Sports Stadium in the capital Accra and the Tamale Stadium in Tamale. Some smaller regional stadia were used in the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying and 2004 African Cup of Nations qualification qualifying campaigns.
Since September 2010, Ghana have played many high profile international friendlies in Europe, and more recently in Asia, where they played against South Korea at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium, South Korea in 2011, and the match was well attended. Ghana played at the Wembley Stadium, London in 2011 against England and drew 1–1. The match drew a sell-out attendance, and was the largest away following for any nation since the opening of the Wembley Stadium in 2002. The match was watched by 700 million people globally. They have most recently played a high profile international friendly against Brazil at Craven Cottage, London.
Ghana 2006 FIFA World Cup home and away kits
The Ghana national football team (The Black Stars) are currently sporting an all-white and partly black football kit instead of a kit that coordinates in color of the Ghana national flag, and in general, Pan-African colours. The Black Stars home kit color choice has been all-white from the years 1950 to 1989, and a change of kit colors to coordinate with the national flag of Ghana was worn from the years 1990 to 1999 designed with the national colors yellow with red and green visibly decorated on its kits. The kit design was also used in the sixties and seventies, and designed with vertical stripes yellow-green and red shoulders. The Black Stars home kit was changed back to an all-white and partly black kit, at the beginning of the 21st century.
The Ghana national football team symbol of continuity, is the, black star, that is present in the Ghana national flag and Ghana coat of arms in the center of the primordial national crest. Adopted following the independence of Ghana in 1957, the black star has always been included on its kits, and is currently located on the front of the 2012–2013 Black Stars home shirt.
Kit evolution 
See also