São Tomé and Príncipe national football team
|Nickname(s)||Seleção dos Falcões e Papagaios
(The Falcons and True Parrots Team)
|Association||Federação Santomense de Futebol|
|Sub-confederation||UNIFFAC (Central Africa)|
|Head coach||Gustave Clement Nyoumba|
|Home stadium||Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho|
|FIFA ranking||177 5 (17 July 2014)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||115 (March 2012)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||200 (September 2007)|
|Highest Elo ranking||166 (June 1976)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||194 (August 1998)|
| Chad 5–0 São Tomé & Príncipe
(Gabon; June 29, 1976)
| São Tomé & Príncipe 2–0 Eq. Guinea
(Libreville, Gabon; November 14, 1999)
São Tomé & Príncipe 2–0 Sierra Leone
(São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe; April 8, 2000)
| Congo 11–0 São Tomé & 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.
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. 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.
World Cup record
- 1930 to 1990 – Did not enter
- 1994 – Withdrew
- 1998 – Did not enter
- 2002 to 2006 – Did not qualify
- 2010 – Withdrew
- 2014 – Did not qualify
Africa Cup of Nations record
- 1957 to 1998 – Did not enter
- 2000 – Did not qualify
- 2002 – Did not qualify
- 2004 – Withdrew
- 2006 – Did not qualify
- 2008 – Did not enter
- 2010 – Withdrew
- 2012 – Did not enter
- 2013 to 2015 – Did not qualify
|2014 WC qual 11 November 2011||São Tomé and Príncipe||0–5||Congo||São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe|
|15:00 UTC±0||Report||Missilou 1'
|Stadium: Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho
Referee: Sosthene Ngbokaye (Central African Republic)
|2014 WC qual 15 November 2011||Congo||1–1||São Tomé and Príncipe||Pointe-Noire, Congo|
|15:30 UTC+1||N'Ganga 56'||Report||O. dos Santos 49'||Stadium: Stade Municipal
Referee: Oumar Mahamat (Chad)
|2013 ACN qual 15 January 2012||São Tomé and Príncipe||1–0||Lesotho||São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe|
|Nunes 3' (pen.)||Stadium: Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho
|2013 ACN qual 22 January 2012||Lesotho||0–0||São Tomé and Príncipe||Maseru, Lesotho|
|Stadium: Setsoto Stadium
|2013 ACN qual 29 February 2012||São Tomé and Príncipe||2–1||Sierra Leone||São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe|
|Nunes 69' (pen.)
L. dos Santos 86'
|Medo 55'||Stadium: Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho
|2013 ACN qual 16 June 2012||Sierra Leone||4–2||São Tomé and Príncipe||Freetown, Sierra Leone|
|16:30 UTC±0||K. Kamara 17', 33'
T. Bangura 21', 40'
|Stadium: National Stadium
Referee: ? (Mauritania)
Caps and goals correct as of the match on 15 November 2011.
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- "São Tomé e Príncipe spring an unlikely surprise « World Soccer World Soccer". Worldsoccer.com. 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2013-12-03.