Madagascar national football team

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Madagascar
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Barea
Association Fédération Malagasy de Football
Sub-confederation COSAFA
(Southern Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Franck Rajaonarisamba
Captain Johan Paul
Home stadium Mahamasina Stadium
Rabemanjara Mahajanga Stadium
FIFA code MAD
FIFA ranking 143 Increase 1 (17 July 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 74 (December 1992)
Lowest FIFA ranking 190 (13th March 2014)
Elo ranking 162 (9 July 2014)
Highest Elo ranking 64 (December 1964)
Lowest Elo ranking 167 (April 2007)
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
First international
Madagascar 1–2 Mauritius 
(Madagascar; c. 1947)
Biggest win
Madagascar Malagasy Republic 8–1 Congo 
(Madagascar; April 19, 1960)
Biggest defeat
 Mauritius 7–0 Madagascar
(Réunion; July 31, 1952)
 Congo-Léopoldville 7–0 Malagasy Republic Madagascar
(Congo; July 18, 1965)

The Madagascar national football team, nicknamed Barea (a species of Zebu that is depicted on the country's coat of arms),[1] is the national team of Madagascar and is controlled by the Fédération Malagasy de Football. It has never qualified for the finals of the World Cup or the Africa Cup of Nations. Among its biggest wins was a 1–0 home victory over Egypt in the qualification rounds of the 2004 African Cup of Nations. Reflecting the official name of the country at the time, the team was known as the Malagasy Republic national football team between 1958 and 1975.

History[edit]

Madagascar made its debut in 1947 in a home match against Mauritius which was lost 2-1. The game was part of a Triangulaire tournament between Madagascar, Mauritius and Reunion. Madagascar's second match was at home to Reunion and saw their first ever win, 4-2. The triangular tournament was staged every year until 1958, and Madagascar's highest-scoring game was on 13 July 1953 when they beat Reunion 6-4 at home. Their worst loss was on 31 July 1952 when they lost 7-0 to Mauritius in Reunion.

Madagascar played against opposition different from Mauritius or Reunion for the first time in 1960, as part of a tournament between French-speaking nations held on the island. In their first match on 15 April 1960 they beat the Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) 6-1. The second game was a quarter-final against France's amateur side on 17 April and was lost 2-1. On 19 April Madagascar beat the Congo 8-1 in the third-place play-off.

In April 1963 Madagascar entered another competition for French-speaking countries, this time in Senegal, and was placed in a group with Dahomey (now Benin), Liberia and Chad. They opened with a 1-0 win over Dahomey on 11 April, and then beat Chad 2-1 on 13 April and Liberia 3-1 on 15 April. In the semi-finals, Madagascar were beaten 2-1 by Tunisia on 19 April, and then lost 4-1 to France's amateur team in the third-place play-off on 21 April.

In September 1963 the Triangulaire between Madagascar, Reunion and Mauritius was reinstated for the first time since 1958. On 15 September they beat Reunion 6-1 at home, and on 18 September drew 1-1 to Mauritius in a home game which was abandoned.[2]

Madagascar Football Achievements[edit]

Recent results[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the First round of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification against  Uganda on 18 & 30 May 2014.[3]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Chrétien Andriamifehy (1992-02-17) 17 February 1992 (age 22) Madagascar Tana FC Formation
1GK Anatole Ndriamparany (1988-09-19) 19 September 1988 (age 25) Madagascar CNaPS Sport
1 1GK Robin Rakotonirina (1985-05-28) 28 May 1985 (age 29) 2 0 Madagascar TCO Boeny
2DF Lantoniaina Andriamanalina Madagascar Tana FC Formation
2DF Zenith Fenolahy (1991-10-05) 5 October 1991 (age 22) Madagascar Ajesaia
2DF Tobisoa Njakanirina (1987-01-21) 21 January 1987 (age 27) Madagascar CNaPS Sport
3 2DF Olivier Ralaidimy (1991-02-15) 15 February 1991 (age 23) Madagascar Tana FC Formation
15 2DF François Andrianomenjanahary (1990-09-01) 1 September 1990 (age 23) Madagascar Tana FC Formation
5 2DF Jordan Dupray (1991-03-13) 13 March 1991 (age 23) France Grande-Synthe
2DF Pierralit Tovonay (1991-10-15) 15 October 1991 (age 22) Madagascar CNaPS Sport
3MF Ando Manoelantsoa (1991-04-06) 6 April 1991 (age 23) Madagascar Ajesaia
3MF Mickael Rabeson (1987-10-26) 26 October 1987 (age 26) Madagascar CNaPS Sport
3MF Rhino Randriamanjaka Madagascar AS Adema
3MF Njiva Rakotoharimalala (1992-08-06) 6 August 1992 (age 21) Madagascar CNaPS Sport
3MF Morelin Ardino Raveloarison (1986-05-09) 9 May 1986 (age 28) Madagascar Elgeco Plus
3MF Dina Fiononana Razanakoto (1992-06-12) 12 June 1992 (age 22) Madagascar Tana FC Formation
3MF Jimmy Simouri (1989-01-07) 7 January 1989 (age 25) Madagascar CNaPS Sport
10 3MF Baggio Rakotonomenjanahary (1991-12-19) 19 December 1991 (age 22) Switzerland Concordia Basel
7 3MF Johann Paul (1981-05-05) 5 May 1981 (age 33) 15 0 France Amiens SC
4FW Ibrahim Amada (1990-02-28) 28 February 1990 (age 24) 5 0 Algeria USM El Harrach
4FW Anicet Andrianantenaina (1990-03-13) 13 March 1990 (age 24) 0 0 Bulgaria Botev Plovdiv
4FW Lalaina Nomenjanahary (1986-01-06) 6 January 1986 (age 28) 25 7 France RC Lens
4FW Angio Fabrice Rakotondraibe Madagascar Tana FC Formation
4FW Jeannot Vombola (1988-09-13) 13 September 1988 (age 25) Madagascar CNaPS Sport
11 4FW Carolus Andriamatsinoro (1989-07-06) 6 July 1989 (age 25) 5 1 Algeria USM Alger
9 4FW Faneva Imà Andriatsima (1984-06-03) 3 June 1984 (age 30) France US Créteil
17 4FW Henri-Charles Gladyson (1989-04-26) 26 April 1989 (age 25) Réunion USS Tamponnaise
4FW Ferdinand "Dafé" Ramanamahefa (1991-11-22) 22 November 1991 (age 22) France RC Lens B


Recent Call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Jean Raharison (1979-08-23) 23 August 1979 (age 34) 35 0 Réunion AJ Petite-Île
1GK Randy Rambelomasina (1981-02-17) 17 February 1981 (age 33) 4 0 Madagascar Fanilo Japan Actuels
1GK Obama Rajaozara (1981-05-08) 8 May 1981 (age 33) 0 0 Madagascar AS Adema
2DF Mamy Gervais Randrianarisoa (1984-11-07) 7 November 1984 (age 29) 25 0 Madagascar Ajesaia Analamanga
2DF Mazinot Valentin (1982-02-14) 14 February 1982 (age 32) 12 0 Madagascar USCA Foot
2DF Jimmy Radafison (1980-03-15) 15 March 1980 (age 34) 31 0 Madagascar St.Louis Suns United
2DF Albert Rafetraniaina (1996-09-09) 9 September 1996 (age 17) 0 0 France OGC Nice
2DF Pascal Razakanantenaina (1987-04-19) 19 April 1987 (age 27) 13 0 France CS Avion
2DF Valery Rakotoarinosy (1983-01-11) 11 January 1983 (age 31) 2 0 Madagascar AS Adema
2DF Sedera Randriamparany (1990-05-03) 3 May 1990 (age 24) 19 0 Réunion AJ Petite-Île
2DF Mamisoa Razafindrakoto (1974-08-13) 13 August 1974 (age 39) 47 0 Madagascar USCA Foot
3MF Eric-Julien Rakotondrabe (1980-12-01) 1 December 1980 (age 33) 34 0 Madagascar Fanilo Japan Actuels
3MF Tovohery Rabenandrasana (1987-12-11) 11 December 1987 (age 26) 10 2 Madagascar Academie Ny Antsika
3MF Jean-Jacques Razafimandimby (1976-03-31) 31 March 1976 (age 38) 2 0 Madagascar Académie Ny Antsika
3MF Tsiala Kennedy (1978-03-28) 28 March 1978 (age 36) 2 0 Madagascar AS Adema
3MF Edgar Nandrasana (1982-08-31) 31 August 1982 (age 31) 1 0 Madagascar ASCUM Mahajanga
3MF Stephan Raheriharimanana (1993-08-16) 16 August 1993 (age 20) 0 0 France OGC Nice
4FW Paulin Voavy (1987-11-10) 10 November 1987 (age 26) 20 9 Algeria CS Constantine
4FW Philip Bozeman (1988-08-23) 23 August 1988 (age 25) 12 3 Madagascar Fanilo Japan Actuels
4FW Faed Arsène (1985-06-21) 21 June 1985 (age 29) 4 1 Belgium R.O.C. Charleroi
4FW Claudio Ramiadamanana (1988-10-22) 22 October 1988 (age 25) 32 5 France SO Romorantin

List of coaches[edit]

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