Liberia national football team

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Liberia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Lone Stars
AssociationLiberia Football Association
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachThomas Kojo
CaptainWilliam Jebor
Home stadiumNational Complex
FIFA codeLBR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 153 Decrease 3 (4 April 2019)[1]
Highest66 (July 2001)
Lowest164 (October–November 2010)
Elo ranking
Current 124 Increase 7 (27 March 2019)[2]
Highest67 (March 2001)
Lowest151 (February 2009)
First international
France Ivory Coast 0–2 Liberia Liberia
(Abidjan, Ivory Coast; unknown date 1954)
Biggest win
 Liberia 5–0 Djibouti 
(Monrovia, Liberia; 29 March 2016)
Biggest defeat
 Ghana 6–0 Liberia Liberia
(Ghana; 6 April 1975)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances2 (first in 1996)
Best resultGroup stage, 1996 and 2002

The Liberia national football team, nicknamed the Lone Stars, is the national association football team of Liberia and is controlled by the Liberia Football Association. Although the country produced the 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year, George Weah, they have never reached the World Cup finals. Weah has been a patron of the Liberian team; not only has he played for and coached the side, but he also sponsored the team with his own money.

Liberia has twice qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations – 1996 and 2002.

In 2010, the Hungarian Bertalan Bicskei, former coach of the national teams of Hungary and Malaysia, was named head coach of the Liberian national team. After being poisoned and seeking medical treatment, he was replaced by Roberto Landi for the rest of 2011.[3]

Since the retirement of George Weah, the roster of the national team changed significantly. Currently, a lot of Liberian international footballers play in foreign leagues, strikingly often in the Asian countries like in Indonesia and Malaysia.

Achievements[edit]

West African Nations Cup :
  • 1 Time Runners-up
CEDEAO Cup :
  • 1 Time Runners-up

World Cup record[edit]

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 to
Argentina 1978
Did not enter Did not enter
Spain 1982 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 0 1
Mexico 1986 2 0 0 2 0 4
Italy 1990 8 3 3 2 4 3
United States 1994 Withdrew during qualifying Withdrew during qualifying
France 1998 Did not qualify 8 2 1 5 7 12
South KoreaJapan 2002 10 6 1 3 11 2
Germany 2006 12 2 1 9 6 29
South Africa 2010 6 0 3 3 4 12
Brazil 2014 6 1 1 4 3 9
Russia 2018 4 1 1 2 4 6
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
CanadaMexicoUnited States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total - 0/21 - - - - - - 58 15 12 31 39 78

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances: 2
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Sudan 1957 Did not enter
Egypt 1959
Ethiopia 1962
Ghana 1963
Tunisia 1965
Ethiopia 1968 Did not qualify
Sudan 1970 Did not enter
Cameroon 1972
Egypt 1974
Ethiopia 1976 Did not qualify
Ghana 1978 Did not enter
Nigeria 1980
Libya 1982 Did not qualify
Ivory Coast 1984 Withdrew
Egypt 1986 Did not qualify
Morocco 1988
Algeria 1990
Senegal 1992 Withdrew
Tunisia 1994 Did not qualify
South Africa 1996 Round 1 13th 2 1 0 1 2 3
Burkina Faso 1998 Did not qualify
Ghana Nigeria 2000
Mali 2002 Round 1 9th 3 0 2 1 3 4
Tunisia 2004 Did not qualify
Egypt 2006
Ghana 2008
Angola 2010
Equatorial Guinea Gabon 2012
South Africa 2013
Equatorial Guinea 2015
Gabon 2017
Egypt 2019 To be determined
Cameroon 2021
Ivory Coast 2023
Guinea 2025
Total Group stage 2/31 5 1 2 2 5 7

Head coaches[edit]

Date appointed Manager name
01/11/2013 2017 Liberia James Debbah
13/02/2013 01/11/2013 Liberia Frank Jericho Nagbe
08/05/2012 29/12/2012 Liberia Kaetu Smith
18/02/2012 08/05/2012 Liberia Thomas Kojo (interim)
14/03/2011 18/02/2012 Italy Roberto Landi
08/06/2010 14/03/2011 Hungary Bertalan Bicskei
27/02/2008 02/03/2009 Germany Antoine Hey
12/07/2006 26/02/2008 Liberia Frank Jericho Nagbe
10/02/2006 11/07/2006 Egypt Shawky Hussein Mohmoud
05/11/2004 09/02/2006 Liberia Joseph Sayon
08/08/2002 04/11/2004 Liberia Kadalah Kromah
14/07/2000 07/08/2002 France Philippe Redon

Recent results[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for a 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifying match against DR Congo on 9 September 2018.[4]

Caps and Goals (official FIFA-recognized matches only) updated as of 7 September 2018.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Boison Wynney (1996-12-27) December 27, 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Spain Mallorca B
1GK Tommy Songo (1995-04-20) April 20, 1995 (age 24) 6 0 Liberia LISCR FC
1GK Ashley Williams (2000-10-30) October 30, 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Liberia LISCR FC

2DF Teah Dennis Jr. (1992-05-07) May 7, 1992 (age 26) 30 0 Jordan Al-Hussein
2DF Adolphus Nagbe (1988-07-21) July 21, 1988 (age 30) 4 0 Malta Gudja United
2DF Kemoh Kamara (1995-07-03) July 3, 1995 (age 23) 3 0 Liberia LISCR FC
2DF Aloysius Simujla (1994-06-22) June 22, 1994 (age 24) 5 0 Liberia FC Fassell
2DF Joel Johnson (1992-09-20) September 20, 1992 (age 26) 0 0 United States Charlotte Independence

3MF Sam Johnson (1993-05-06) May 6, 1993 (age 25) 9 1 United States Real Salt Lake
3MF Oscar Dorley (1998-07-19) July 19, 1998 (age 20) 7 0 Czech Republic Slovan Liberec
3MF Sylvanus Nimely (1998-09-04) September 4, 1998 (age 20) 2 0 Russia Spartak-2 Moscow
3MF Saah Nyumah (1997-06-02) June 2, 1997 (age 21) 3 0 Liberia LISCR FC
3MF Allen Njie (1999-07-26) July 26, 1999 (age 19) 1 0 Liberia LISCR FC
3MF Tonia Tisdell (1992-03-20) March 20, 1992 (age 27) 9 0 Turkey Denizlispor
3MF Dennis Roberts (1999-09-17) September 17, 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Liberia LISCR FC
3MF Mohammed Sangare (1998-12-28) December 28, 1998 (age 20) 0 0 England Newcastle United U23

4FW Anthony Laffor (1985-02-17) February 17, 1985 (age 34) 42 4 South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns
4FW William Jebor (1991-11-10) November 10, 1991 (age 27) 10 9 Morocco Wydad Casablanca
4FW Seku Conneh (1995-11-10) November 10, 1995 (age 23) 4 0 Serbia Vojvodina
4FW Kpah Sherman (1992-02-03) February 3, 1992 (age 27) 3 0 Malaysia MISC-MIFA

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Italian Connection. LFA appoints Landi (LiberianSoccer.com) Archived 2012-03-23 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Marteh, Danesius (17 August 2018). "Liberia call up Newcastle under-23 player Mohammed Sangare". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 August 2018.

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