Angola national football team

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Angola
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Palancas Negras
(Giant sable antelopes)
AssociationAngolan Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coachSrđjan Vasiljević
CaptainDjalma Campos
Most capsFlávio (91)
Top scorerAkwá (39)
Home stadiumEstádio 11 de Novembro
FIFA codeANG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 123 Decrease 1 (14 June 2019)[1]
Highest45 (July 2000)
Lowest147 (March 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 116 Increase 31 (10 July 2019)[2]
Highest50 (September–October 2006)
Lowest160 (3 September 2016)
First international
 Congo 3–2 Angola Angola
(Brazzaville, Congo; 8 February 1976)
Biggest win
Angola Angola 7–1 Swaziland 
(Luanda, Angola; 23 April 2000)
Biggest defeat
 Portugal 6–0 Angola Angola
(Lisbon, Portugal; 23 March 1989)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2006)
Best resultGroup stage, 2006
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances8 (first in 1996)
Best resultQuarter-finals, 2008 and 2010

The Angola national football team, nicknamed Palancas Negras (Giant sable antelopes), is the national team of Angola and is controlled by the Angolan Football Federation. Angola reached the 45th place in the FIFA Rankings in July 2002. Their greatest accomplishment was qualifying for the 2006 World Cup, as this was their first appearance on the World Cup finals stage.

History[edit]

Angola played their first game against Congo on 8 February 1976, losing 3–2. On 26 June 1977, Cuba became Angola's first non-African opponent when the two countries met in Angola, with Angola winning 1-0.[3] Angola entered World Cup qualifying for the first time in the 1986 qualifying competition. Angola defeated Senegal on penalties in the first round before narrowly losing to Algeria 3-2 on aggregate in the second round.

Angola qualified for their first Africa Cup of Nations in 1996. They were drawn in Group A with South Africa, Egypt and Cameroon. They lost their first two games to Egypt and South Africa, but managed a 3–3 draw against Cameroon. They finished bottom of the group and did not reach the second round. Angola then qualified for their second successive African Cup of Nations in 1998, but again failed to reach the second round, drawing 0–0 with South Africa and 3–3 with Namibia, and losing 5–2 to Ivory Coast.

After missing the last 3 tournaments, they qualified for the 2006 African Nations Cup. They recorded their first African Cup of Nations win against Togo, winning 3–2, two goals coming from Flávio and the other coming from Maurito. They also drew 0–0 against Congo DR and lost 3–1 against Cameroon. Angola's best performance then came in the 2008 African Nations Cup. They were drawn in Group D with Tunisia, South Africa and Senegal. They drew 1–1 and 0–0 with South Africa and Tunisia, then defeated Senegal 3–1, two goals coming from Manucho. In the quarter-finals they were beaten by eventual winners Egypt 2–1, but Manucho scored again, finishing with four goals in total.

Angola also won the COSAFA Cup in 1999, 2001 and 2004.

2006 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Angola qualified for the 2006 World Cup after only losing one game in the qualifiers ahead of favourites Nigeria.

When picking the squad, Gonçalves sought advice from Chelsea manager José Mourinho, whose wife was born in Angola. Angola's Golden Generation saw players like Akwá, João Ricardo, Paulo Figueiredo and Jamba selected to go to the World Cup. Angola played six warm-up games against South Korea, Mauritius, Lesotho, Argentina, Turkey and USA.

Angola played their first World Cup finals game against the Portuguese side, who won the match 1–0, the only goal coming from Pauleta.[4] There was a very friendly environment in and around the stadium during this match because of the links and friendship between the countries of Angola and Portugal. Angola drew 0–0 in their second game with Mexico, and still had a chance of qualifying for the second round had they beaten Iran in their final group game, but the match finished 1–1 after goals by Flávio and Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh. Angola were eliminated from the tournament only losing one game.[5][6]

Fans of the Angolan national football team in Cologne, Germany.

2010 World Cup failure[edit]

After the 2006 World Cup, many of Angola's most experienced players such as Akwá and João Ricardo retired from the international game, but the expectation was still high for the team to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The team had a bye through the first round of qualification and in the second round they were drawn in Group 3 along with Benin, Uganda and Niger. Despite winning their first two matches, Angola failed to proceed to the third round, missing out by two points.

2010 Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

As hosts of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, Angola were seeded in Group A along with Mali, Algeria, and Malawi. Coached by Manuel José, in their first game they drew 4–4 with Mali, after letting a 4–0 lead slip in the last 11 minutes (including three goals in stoppage time). They recovered from this by beating Malawi 2–0 in the second match, and topped the group by drawing 0–0 with Algeria. They were knocked out in the quarter final after a 1–0 defeat by eventual finalists Ghana.

Achievements[edit]

Angola lining-up before a friendly match in 2014
1999, 2001, 2004
1987
2011

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

As of 2018, Angola has qualified once for a FIFA World Cup. Its first participation in the World Cup qualifiers was in 1986, where they won in the first round, beating Senegal 4−3 on penalty kicks. They later lost in the second round of the 1986 World Cup qualifiers to Algeria. Algeria went to the third round and qualified for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

Angola's first participation in the World Cup was in the 2006 World Cup, in Germany.

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Part of  Portugal Part of  Portugal
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978 Did not enter Declined participation
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 3 4
Italy 1990 8 2 3 3 8 8
United States 1994 5 1 2 2 3 4
France 1998 8 4 4 0 12 5
South Korea Japan 2002 10 5 4 1 19 10
Germany 2006 Group stage 23rd 3 0 2 1 1 2 12 7 3 2 15 9
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify 6 3 1 2 11 8
Brazil 2014 6 1 4 1 7 5
Russia 2018 2 0 0 2 1 4
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total Group stage 1/21 3 0 2 1 1 2 61 24 22 15 79 57

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record
Titles: 0
Appearances: 8
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Sudan 1957 Part of  Portugal
Egypt 1959
Ethiopia 1962
Ghana 1963
Tunisia 1965
Ethiopia 1968
Sudan 1970
Cameroon 1972
Egypt 1974
Ethiopia 1976 Not affiliated to CAF
Ghana 1978
Nigeria 1980
Libya 1982 Did not qualify
Ivory Coast 1984
Egypt 1986 Did not enter
Morocco 1988 Did not qualify
Algeria 1990
Senegal 1992
Tunisia 1994
South Africa 1996 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 4 6
Burkina Faso 1998 Group stage 13th 3 0 2 1 5 8
Ghana Nigeria 2000 Did not qualify
Mali 2002
Tunisia 2004
Egypt 2006 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 4 5
Ghana 2008 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 2 1 5 4
Angola 2010 Quarter-finals 5th 4 1 2 1 6 5
Equatorial Guinea Gabon 2012 Group stage 11th 3 1 1 1 4 5
South Africa 2013 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 1 4
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Did not qualify
Gabon 2017
Egypt 2019 Group stage 18th 3 0 2 1 1 2
Cameroon 2021 To be determined
Ivory Coast 2023
Guinea 2025
Total Quarter-finals 8/32 26 4 12 10 30 39

African Nations Championship record[edit]

African Nations Championship
Appearances: 3
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Ivory Coast 2009 Did not qualify
Sudan 2011 Runners-up 2nd 6 1 4 1 4 6
South Africa 2014 Did not qualify
Rwanda 2016 Group stage 11th 3 1 0 2 4 6
Morocco 2018 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 2 1 2 2
Cameroon 2020 To be determined
Algeria 2022
Total Runners-up 3/5 13 3 6 4 10 14

COSAFA Cup[edit]

COSAFA Cup Record
Year Rank Pld W D L GF GA
1997 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2008 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zimbabwe 2009 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zambia 2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2015 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 2016 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2017 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2018 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2019 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0/19 - - - - - -

Recent and fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

Kit history[edit]

Kit manufacturer[edit]

Kit providers Period
Germany Puma 2006–2012
Germany Adidas 2012–2018
Germany Puma 2018–present

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following of the final 23 players were selected for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.[7]

Caps and goals as of 2 July 2019 after the game against Mali.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ndulo (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 23) 1 0 Angola Desportivo da Huíla
12 1GK Tony Cabaça (1986-04-23) 23 April 1986 (age 33) 5 0 Angola 1° de Agosto
22 1GK Landú Mavanga (1990-01-04) 4 January 1990 (age 29) 34 0 Angola Interclube

2 2DF Bruno Gaspar (1993-04-21) 21 April 1993 (age 26) 4 0 Portugal Sporting CP
3 2DF Jonathan Buatu (1993-09-27) 27 September 1993 (age 25) 16 0 Portugal Rio Ave
5 2DF Dani Massunguna (1986-05-01) 1 May 1986 (age 33) 50 1 Angola 1° de Agosto
6 2DF Wilson Carmo (1990-09-29) 29 September 1990 (age 28) 14 0 Angola Petro de Luanda
8 2DF Paizo (1992-05-10) 10 May 1992 (age 27) 13 0 Angola 1° de Agosto
15 2DF Bastos Quissanga (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 27) 47 2 Italy Lazio
21 2DF Isaac Correia (1991-04-25) 25 April 1991 (age 28) 18 0 Angola 1° de Agosto
23 2DF Eddie Afonso (1994-03-07) 7 March 1994 (age 25) 12 0 Angola Petro de Luanda

4 3MF Show (1999-03-06) 6 March 1999 (age 20) 12 0 Angola 1° de Agosto
13 3MF José Macaia (1994-03-24) 24 March 1994 (age 25) 3 0 Angola 1° de Agosto
16 3MF Stélvio (1989-01-24) 24 January 1989 (age 30) 12 0 Luxembourg Dudelange
18 3MF Herenilson (1996-08-26) 26 August 1996 (age 22) 26 0 Angola Petro de Luanda

7 4FW Djalma Campos (1987-05-30) 30 May 1987 (age 32) 50 8 Turkey Alanyaspor
9 4FW Fredy Kulembé (1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 (age 29) 24 2 Turkey Antalyaspor
10 4FW Gelson Dala (1996-07-13) 13 July 1996 (age 23) 26 11 Portugal Rio Ave
11 4FW Geraldo (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 27) 23 1 Egypt Al Ahly
14 4FW Mabululu (1989-09-10) 10 September 1989 (age 29) 12 5 Angola 1° de Agosto
17 4FW Mateus (captain) (1984-06-19) 19 June 1984 (age 35) 63 12 Portugal Boavista
19 4FW Evandro Brandão (1991-05-04) 4 May 1991 (age 28) 2 1 Portugal Leixões
20 4FW Wilson Eduardo (1990-07-08) 8 July 1990 (age 29) 5 1 Portugal Braga

Recent call-ups[edit]

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Jotabé (1987-10-30) 30 October 1987 (age 31) 0 0 Angola Kabuscorp v.  Botswana, 22 March 2019

DF Clinton Mata (1992-11-07) 7 November 1992 (age 26) 8 0 Belgium Club Brugge 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
DF Jonás Ramalho (1993-06-10) 10 June 1993 (age 26) 0 0 Spain Girona 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
DF Mira (1991-02-12) 12 February 1991 (age 28) 15 0 Angola Petro de Luanda v.  Botswana, 22 March 2019
DF Tó Carneiro (1995-11-05) 5 November 1995 (age 23) 7 0 Angola Petro de Luanda v.  Botswana, 22 March 2019
DF Mingo Bile (1987-06-15) 15 June 1987 (age 32) 36 1 Angola 1° de Agosto v.  Burkina Faso, 18 November 2018

MF Ary Papel (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 25) 35 5 Portugal Sporting CP v.  Burkina Faso, 18 November 2018
MF Paty (1990-06-03) 3 June 1990 (age 29) 26 0 Angola Interclube v.  Burkina Faso, 18 November 2018
MF Buá (1988-09-06) 6 September 1988 (age 30) 10 2 Angola 1° de Agosto v.  Burkina Faso, 18 November 2018
MF Mário Balbúrdia (1997-08-19) 19 August 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Angola 1° de Agosto v.  Burkina Faso, 18 November 2018
MF Job (1987-09-27) 27 September 1987 (age 31) 64 7 Angola Petro de Luanda v.  Botswana, 9 September 2018

FW Chico (1991-09-24) 24 September 1991 (age 27) 3 0 Angola Bravos do Maquis 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
FW Jérémie Bela (1993-04-08) 8 April 1993 (age 26) 0 0 Spain Albacete 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
FW (1998-04-24) 24 April 1998 (age 21) 23 2 Portugal Leixões v.  Botswana, 22 March 2019
FW Nelson Luz (1998-02-04) 4 February 1998 (age 21) 9 0 Angola 1° de Agosto v.  Botswana, 22 March 2019
FW Igor Vetokele (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 27) 7 0 England Charlton Athletic v.  Botswana, 22 March 2019
FW Yano (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 27) 27 3 Angola Progresso Sambizanga v.  Botswana, 9 September 2018

DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player has retired from international football.
SUS Suspended from the national team.

Previous squads[edit]

FIFA World Cup

Africa Cup of Nations

Records[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 10 July 2019. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Angola - List of International Matches". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  4. ^ Brodkin, Jon (12 June 2006). "Figo sparkles as Ronaldo's tricks lead to the bench". Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Mexico 0–0 Angola". BBC. 16 June 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Iran 1–1 Angola". BBC. 21 June 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  7. ^ Ahly’s Geraldo named in Angola’s final squad for 2019 AFCON/ "Al Ahly's Geraldo named in Angola's final squad for 2019 AFCON" Check |url= value (help). KingFut. 12 June 2019. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  8. ^ Roberto Mamrud. "Angola – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 16 September 2016.

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