São Tomé and Príncipe national football team

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São Tomé and Príncipe
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Seleção dos Falcões e Papagaios
(The Falcons and True Parrots Team)
Association Federação Santomense de Futebol
Sub-confederation UNIFFAC (Central Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Gustave Clement Nyoumba
Home stadium Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho
FIFA code STP
FIFA ranking 175 Increase 2 (23 October 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 115 (March 2012)
Lowest FIFA ranking 200 (September 2007)
Elo ranking 184
Highest Elo ranking 166 (June 1976)
Lowest Elo ranking 194 (August 1998)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Chad 5–0 São Tomé & Príncipe São Tomé and Príncipe
(Gabon; June 29, 1976)
Biggest win
São Tomé and Príncipe São Tomé & Príncipe 2–0 Eq. Guinea 
(Libreville, Gabon; November 14, 1999)
São Tomé and Príncipe São Tomé & Príncipe 2–0 Sierra Leone 
(São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe; April 8, 2000)
Biggest defeat
 Congo 11–0 São Tomé & Príncipe São Tomé and Príncipe
(Gabon; July 7, 1976)

The São Tomé and Príncipe national football team is the national association football team of São Tomé and Príncipe and is controlled by the Federação Santomense de Futebol. It is a member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and FIFA.[1]

History[edit]

São Tomé and Príncipe's first match was against Chad in Gabon as part of the Central African Games. They lost by a score of 5–0. Their next game was a horrendous 11–0 loss to Congo, São Tomé's largest loss to date. São Tomé ended off the competition with a 2–1 loss to Central African Republic.

After an eleven-year break, São Tomé lost to Guinea Bissau 2–0 and more importantly picked up their first points via a draw versus Angola. This was a major upset, as Angola was a prominent figure in South African football, later appearing in the World Cup, and São Tomé had lost all four matches before their draw.

The Green and Yellows took another lengthy break, this time for nine years, before a string of matches including their first win against Equatorial Guinea, 2–0 in 1999. They won the next game after that, against Sierra Leone, 2–0. This two-in-a-row streak accompanied with a draw a few matches later placed them at their highest FIFA ranking to date, 179.

In 2003, São Tomé lost to Libya 1–0 and 8–0, which was a major blow to their previous success.[2] São Tomé did not participate in the qualification for the 2010 World Cup, withdrawing before their first match, leaving them unranked in the FIFA rankings because they did not play any matches for four years.

On 11 November 2011, after an eight-year hiatus, São Tomé and Príncipe participated in the qualification for the 2014 World Cup, losing to Congo 5–0 at home, then drawing the same team four days later, 1–1. São Tomé were reinstated in the FIFA rankings on 23 November 2011, entering at number 192.

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

  • 1957 to 1998Did not enter
  • 2000Did not qualify
  • 2002Did not qualify
  • 2004Withdrew
  • 2006Did not qualify
  • 2008Did not enter
  • 2010Withdrew
  • 2012Did not enter
  • 2013 to 2015Did not qualify

Schedule[edit]

Recent results[edit]




Current squad[edit]

The following 21-man squad was selected for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Congo on 11 November and 15 November 2011.

Caps and goals correct as of the match on 15 November 2011.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Dungue (1983-02-24) 24 February 1983 (age 31) 1 0 São Tomé and Príncipe UDESCAI
12 1GK Nilson (1987-11-15) 15 November 1987 (age 26) 1 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Oque d'El Rey
22 1GK Girael (1987-10-01) 1 October 1987 (age 27) 1 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Vitória FC
19 2DF Agilson (1986-09-08) 8 September 1986 (age 28) 1 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Vitória FC
21 2DF Osvaldo Eduardo (1982-06-18) 18 June 1982 (age 32) 1 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Oque d'El Rey
13 2DF Aykmess (1985-03-17) 17 March 1985 (age 29) 2 0 São Tomé and Príncipe 6 de Setembro
3 2DF Kilson (1985-08-22) 22 August 1985 (age 29) 1 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Vitória FC
16 2DF Denilson Afonso (1979-07-06) 6 July 1979 (age 35) 2 0 São Tomé and Príncipe 6 de Setembro
5 2DF Odair (1983-04-15) 15 April 1983 (age 31) 2 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Bairros Unidos
14 2DF Lasset (1987-08-05) 5 August 1987 (age 27) 1 1 São Tomé and Príncipe Sporting Praia Cruz
6 3MF Francisco (1983-01-16) 16 January 1983 (age 31) 2 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Vitória FC
7 3MF Adilson (1989-11-17) 17 November 1989 (age 24) 2 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Vitória FC
2 3MF Joazhifel (1991-01-19) 19 January 1991 (age 23) 2 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Vitória FC
10 3MF Ibraimo (1989-04-17) 17 April 1989 (age 25) 2 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Vitória FC
17 3MF Orlando Gando (1992-07-15) 15 July 1992 (age 22) 2 1 São Tomé and Príncipe 6 de Setembro
15 3MF Arielito (1987-11-07) 7 November 1987 (age 26) 0 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Vitória FC
4 3MF Jair Nunes (1994-09-15) 15 September 1994 (age 20) 6 3 Spain CD Tenerife
8 4FW Luís Leal (1987-05-29) 29 May 1987 (age 27) 1 0 Portugal GD Estoril Praia
9 4FW Sweetzer (1988-01-24) 24 January 1988 (age 26) 0 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Santana
11 4FW José (1991-12-22) 22 December 1991 (age 22) 3 1 São Tomé and Príncipe UDRA
18 4FW Juary (1992-12-30) 30 December 1992 (age 21) 2 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Sporting Praia Cruz
20 4FW Reny (1986-10-20) 20 October 1986 (age 28) 1 0 São Tomé and Príncipe GD Os Operários

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC Sport - Sao Tome e Principe rocket up Fifa rankings". Bbc.co.uk. 2012-03-07. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  2. ^ "São Tomé e Príncipe spring an unlikely surprise « World Soccer World Soccer". Worldsoccer.com. 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 

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