Madagascar national football team

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Madagascar
Nickname(s) Barea
Association Fédération Malagasy de Football
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation COSAFA
(Southern Africa)
Head coach Auguste Raux
Captain Johann Paul
Home stadium Mahamasina Stadium
Rabemanjara Mahajanga Stadium
FIFA code MAD
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 131 Decrease 23 (14 July 2016)
Highest 74 (December 1992)
Lowest 190 (March 2014)
Elo ranking
Current 162 (9 July 2014)
Highest 64 (December 1964)
Lowest 167 (April 2007)
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]

FIFA World Cup[edit]


Indian Ocean Island Games[edit]

Indian Ocean Island Games Record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Réunion 1979 Did Not Enter
Mauritius 1985 Fourth Place 4th 2 1 0 1 2 3
Madagascar 1990 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 12 1
Seychelles 1993 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 10 2
Réunion 1998 Runners-Up 2nd 4 3 1 0 10 3
Mauritius 2003 Group Stage 5th 2 0 1 1 2 4
Madagascar 2007 Runners-Up 2nd 4 2 2 0 7 0
Seychelles 2011 Group Stage 7th 2 0 1 1 2 3
Réunion 2015 To Be Determined
Total 7/8 2 Titles 22 13 6 3 45 16


COSAFA Cup[edit]

COSAFA Cup Record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
2000 Excluded
2001
2002 Quarter-Finals 5th 2 1 1 0 3 2
2003 Quarter-Finals 7th 2 1 0 1 2 3
2004 Round 1 11th 1 0 0 1 0 2
2005 Round 1 10th 1 0 0 1 0 2
2006 Round 1 13th 2 0 0 2 0 4
2007 Round 1 8th 2 1 0 1 5 1
South Africa 2008 Fourth Place 4th 6 2 2 2 6 7
Zimbabwe 2009 Did Not Enter
Zambia 2013
South Africa 2015 Third Place 3rd 5 4 1 1 11 7
Namibia 2016 Group Stage TBD 3 1 1 1 1 1
Total 7/14 0 Titles 21 9 4 9 27 28

Current squad[edit]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Jean Raharison (1979-08-23) 23 August 1979 (age 36) 35 1 Réunion AJ Petite-Île
16 1GK Jean Dieu-Donné Randrianasolo (1989-05-26) 26 May 1989 (age 27) 12 0 Madagascar CNaPS Sport
22 1GK Chrétien Andriamifehy (1992-02-17) 17 February 1992 (age 24) 1 Madagascar Tana FC Formation

2 2DF François Andrianomenjanahary 12 0 Madagascar Tana FC Formation
4 2DF Zenith Fenolahy (1991-10-05) 5 October 1991 (age 24) 10 0 Madagascar Ajesaia
19 2DF Tobisoa Njakanirina (1987-01-21) 21 January 1987 (age 29) 10 0 Madagascar CNaPS Sport
3 2DF Mickaël Rabeson (1987-10-26) 26 October 1987 (age 28) 10 1 Madagascar CNaPS Sport
15 2DF Lanto Randriamanalina 8 0 Madagascar Tana FC Formation
5 2DF Jordan Dupray (1991-03-13) 13 March 1991 (age 25) France Grande-Synthe
23 2DF Pierralit Tovonay (1991-10-15) 15 October 1991 (age 24) Madagascar CNaPS Sport

7 3MF Johann Paul (1981-05-05) 5 May 1981 (age 35) 21 1 France EFC Fréjus
6 3MF Njiva Rakotoharimalala (1992-08-06) 6 August 1992 (age 23) 9 2 Madagascar CNaPS Sport
21 3MF Dina Fiononana Razanakoto (1992-06-12) 12 June 1992 (age 24) 8 0 Madagascar Tana FC Formation
10 3MF John Baggio Rakotonomenjanahary (1991-12-19) 19 December 1991 (age 24) 7 1 Thailand Sukhothai F.C.
17 3MF Rhino Randriamanjaka 6 3 Madagascar AS Adema
18 3MF Morelin Ardino Raveloarison (1986-05-09) 9 May 1986 (age 30) 4 0 Madagascar Elgeco Plus
8 3MF Anicet Abel (1990-03-13) 13 March 1990 (age 26) 3 1 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad
14 3MF Michael Rabeson (1987-10-26) 26 October 1987 (age 28) 2 1 Madagascar CNaPS Sport
13 3MF Ando Manoelantsoa (1991-04-06) 6 April 1991 (age 25) Madagascar Ajesaia
3MF Jimmy Simouri (1989-01-07) 7 January 1989 (age 27) Madagascar CNaPS Sport

11 4FW Faneva Imà Andriatsima (1984-06-03) 3 June 1984 (age 32) 19 6 France US Créteil
9 4FW Jeannot Vombola (1988-09-13) 13 September 1988 (age 27) 11 6 Madagascar CNaPS Sport
12 4FW Carolus Andriamatsinoro (1989-07-06) 6 July 1989 (age 27) 11 1 Algeria USM Alger
20 4FW Henri-Charles Gladyson (1989-04-26) 26 April 1989 (age 27) 3 0 Réunion USS Tamponnaise
4FW Ferdinand "Dafé" Ramanamahefa (1991-11-22) 22 November 1991 (age 24) 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
1 1GK Robin Rakotonirina (1985-05-28) 28 May 1985 (age 31) 2 0 Madagascar TCO Boeny
1GK Randy Rambelomasina (1981-02-17) 17 February 1981 (age 35) 4 0 Madagascar Fanilo Japan Actuels
1GK Obama Rajaozara (1981-05-08) 8 May 1981 (age 35) 0 0 Madagascar AS Adema

2DF Mamy Gervais Randrianarisoa (1984-11-07) 7 November 1984 (age 31) 25 0 Madagascar Ajesaia Analamanga
2DF Mazinot Valentin (1982-02-14) 14 February 1982 (age 34) 12 0 Madagascar USCA Foot
2DF Jimmy Radafison (1980-03-15) 15 March 1980 (age 36) 31 0 Madagascar St.Louis Suns United
2DF Albert Rafetraniaina (1996-09-09) 9 September 1996 (age 19) 0 0 France OGC Nice
2DF Pascal Razakanantenaina (1987-04-19) 19 April 1987 (age 29) 13 0 France CS Avion
2DF Valery Rakotoarinosy (1983-01-11) 11 January 1983 (age 33) 2 0 Madagascar AS Adema
2DF Sedera Randriamparany (1990-05-03) 3 May 1990 (age 26) 19 0 Réunion AJ Petite-Île
2DF Mamisoa Razafindrakoto (1974-08-13) 13 August 1974 (age 41) 47 0 Madagascar USCA Foot

3MF Eric-Julien Rakotondrabe (1980-12-01) 1 December 1980 (age 35) 34 0 Madagascar Fanilo Japan Actuels
3MF Tovohery Rabenandrasana (1987-12-11) 11 December 1987 (age 28) 10 2 Madagascar Academie Ny Antsika
3MF Jean-Jacques Razafimandimby (1976-03-31) 31 March 1976 (age 40) 2 0 Madagascar Académie Ny Antsika
3MF Tsiala Kennedy (1978-03-28) 28 March 1978 (age 38) 2 0 Madagascar AS Adema
3MF Edgar Nandrasana (1982-08-31) 31 August 1982 (age 33) 1 0 Madagascar ASCUM Mahajanga
3MF Stéphan Raheriharimanana (1993-08-16) 16 August 1993 (age 22) 0 0 France OGC Nice

4FW Paulin Voavy (1987-11-10) 10 November 1987 (age 28) 22 6 Algeria CS Constantine
4FW Philip Bozeman (1988-08-23) 23 August 1988 (age 27) 12 3 Madagascar Fanilo Japan Actuels
4FW Faed Arsène (1985-06-21) 21 June 1985 (age 31) 4 1 Belgium R.O.C. Charleroi
4FW Claudio Ramiadamanana (1988-10-22) 22 October 1988 (age 27) 32 5 France SO Romorantin
4FW Ibrahim Amada (1990-02-28) 28 February 1990 (age 26) 4 0 Algeria ES Sétif

List of coaches[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]