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Best results of African men's national teams at the FIFA World Cup

Football is the most popular sport in Africa. Indeed, football is probably the most popular sport in every African country, although rugby and cricket are also very popular in South Africa.

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Nigeria national football team during a match against Catalonia
The Nigeria national football team, nicknamed the "Super Eagles" or previously the "Green Eagles", represents Nigeria in international association football and is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

During April 1994, the Super Eagles ranked 5th in the FIFA World Rankings, the highest ranking achieved by an African football team. They won their third continental title in 2013, and have qualified for five of the last six FIFA World Cups, reaching the round of 16 three times. They made their first appearance at the tournament in the United States in 1994.

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Public bus in Nairobi
Credit: Davykamanzi

A public bus in Nairobi, Kenya bearing the name of Spanish footballer Diego Costa, pictured on 17 August 2014. Football in Kenya is controlled by the Football Kenya Federation (FKF), and the nation became a member of FIFA in 1960, prior to their independence in 1963.

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Samuel Eto'o in 2011
Samuel Eto'o is a Cameroonian footballer who plays as a striker for Qatari club Qatar SC. He trained at the Kadji Sports Academy, and also holds a Spanish passport, enabling him not to count among the "foreign players" working in the European Union.

Eto'o scored over 100 goals in five seasons with Barcelona, and is also the record holder in number of appearances by an African player in La Liga. In 2010, he became the first player to win two European continental trebles following his back-to-back achievements with Barcelona and Inter Milan. He is the second player to have ever scored in two separate UEFA Champions League finals and the fourth player, after Marcel Desailly, Paulo Sousa, and Gerard Piqué, to have won the UEFA Champions League two years in a row with different teams. He is the most decorated African player of all time, having won the African Player of the Year award a record four times: in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2010. He was third in the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2005.

As a member of the Cameroon national team, Eto'o was a part of the squad that won the 2000 Olympic tournament. He has also participated in three World Cups and six Africa Cup of Nations (winning twice) and is the all-time leading scorer in the history of the Africa Cup of Nations, with 18 goals. He is also Cameroon's all-time leading scorer and third most capped player. He announced his retirement from international football on 27 August 2014.

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