São Tomé and Príncipe national football team

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São Tomé and Príncipe
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Seleção dos Falcões e Papagaios
(The Falcons and True Parrots Team)
AssociationFederação Santomense de Futebol (FSF)
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationUNIFFAC (Central Africa)
Head coachAdriano Eusébio
CaptainLuís Leal
Most capsJoazhifel Soares (29)
Top scorerLuís Leal (8)
Home stadiumEstádio Nacional 12 de Julho
FIFA codeSTP
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 186 Steady (22 December 2022)[1]
Highest115 (March 2012)
Lowest200 (September – October 2007)
First international
 Gabon 6–1 São Tomé and Príncipe 
(Libreville, Gabon; 2 May 1976)
Biggest win
 Mauritius 1–3 São Tomé and Príncipe 
(Belle Vue Harel, Mauritius; 9 October 2019)
 São Tomé and Príncipe 2–0 Equatorial Guinea 
(Libreville, Gabon; 14 November 1999)
 São Tomé and Príncipe 2–0 Sierra Leone 
(São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe; 8 April 2000)
Biggest defeat
 Congo 11–0 São Tomé and Príncipe 
(Libreville, Gabon; 7 July 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 São Toméan Football Federation. It is a member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and FIFA.[3]

History[edit]

São Tomé and Príncipe's first ever match was a friendly against Gabon in May 1976. They lost by a score of 6–1. Their next game, during the 1976 Central African Games, was a horrendous 11–0 loss to Congo, São Tomé's largest loss to date. São Tomé rounded off the competition with a 2–1 loss to Central African Republic and a 5–0 loss to Chad.

The following year, São Tomé picked up their first win, in a friendly versus Rwanda. In both 1978 and 1987 they achieved a draw at home to Angola.

The Green and Yellows took an eleven year break, before a string of matches including their first entry to a FIFA sanctioned tournament. At the UNIFAC Cup in 1999, they achieved their second win, 2–0 against Equatorial Guinea. 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.[4] 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, then drawing 1–1 with the same team four days later. São Tomé were reinstated in the FIFA rankings on 23 November 2011, entering at number 192.

In January 2012, in the preliminary round of 2013 AFCON Qualifiers, São Tomé achieved their first ever aggregate win, defeating Lesotho 1–0 at home then successfully defending a 0–0 draw in Maseru seven days later. In the next round, São Tomé only narrowly lost 5–4 on aggregate to Sierra Leone. In the following years, São Tomé continued to show promise with impressive wins at home to Ethiopia and Libya but poor away results prevented them from advancing again.

On 9 October 2019, São Tomé defeated Mauritius 1–3 away from home in the first leg of their preliminary round tie of 2021 AFCON Qualifiers. This was São Tomé and Príncipe's first away win in a competitive match ever. Four days later, São Tomé won 2–1 at home to advance 5–2 on aggregate and enter Group C, facing Ghana, South Africa and Sudan, where they finished bottom with zero points.

During the 2023 AFCON qualifiers, São Tomé faced Mauritius, winning the first leg 1–0 before drawing the second leg 3–3 to advance to the group stages. Following the fixtures CAF sanctioned São Tomé for their first leg victory as they hadn't followed COVID protocol for Luis Leal, giving Mauritius a 3–0 victory and eliminating São Tomé from the competition.[5] São Tomé appealed the decision and, following an initial unsuccessful ruling, they were reinstated by CAF a week before the first qualifying group game.[6]

Results and fixtures[edit]

2022[edit]

24 March 2023 AFCON Q preliminary round São Tomé and Príncipe  1–0  Mauritius São Tomé, São Tomé and Principe
  • Leal 36'
Stadium: Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho
27 March 2023 AFCON Q preliminary round Mauritius  3–3
(3–4 agg.)
 São Tomé and Príncipe Saint Pierre, Mauritius
Report
Stadium: Complexe Sportif de Côte d'Or
Note: São Tomé and Príncipe won 4–3 on aggregate.
13 June 2023 AFCON qualification São Tomé and Príncipe  0–10  Nigeria Agadir, Morocco
Stadium: Stade Adrar
Referee: Osiase Koto (Lesotho)

2023[edit]

Coaching history[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Anastácio Bragança (1997-02-16) 16 February 1997 (age 25) 3 0 Free agent
12 1GK Feher Mendes (2004-01-27) 27 January 2004 (age 19) 0 0 Portugal Estrela da Amadora

2 2DF Ivonaldo (1993-05-05) 5 May 1993 (age 29) 24 0 São Tomé and Príncipe UDRA
3 2DF Leonildo Soares (1992-08-07) 7 August 1992 (age 30) 12 0 Portugal Pinhalnovense
5 2DF Jardel Nazaré (1995-05-16) 16 May 1995 (age 27) 8 0 Portugal União de Santarém
4 2DF Nilton Pequeno (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 24) 3 0 São Tomé and Príncipe UDRA
14 2DF Hernane Espírito (1987-12-17) 17 December 1987 (age 35) 0 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Agrosport

18 3MF Iniesta (1992-09-08) 8 September 1992 (age 30) 11 2 São Tomé and Príncipe UDRA
17 3MF Tinho (1992-10-21) 21 October 1992 (age 30) 10 0 São Tomé and Príncipe UDRA
6 3MF Aldair (1989-09-04) 4 September 1989 (age 33) 8 0 Belgium RSD Jette
7 3MF Joel Neves (1996-05-01) 1 May 1996 (age 26) 8 0 Portugal Loures
11 3MF Maú (2000-07-13) 13 July 2000 (age 22) 5 0 Free agent
15 3MF Luis Selemane (1995-05-01) 1 May 1995 (age 27) 2 0 Portugal Atlético CP
16 3MF Geoxking Alegre (2001-11-14) 14 November 2001 (age 21) 0 0 Portugal Águias de Camarate

10 4FW Luís Leal (1987-05-29) 29 May 1987 (age 35) 21 8 Bolivia Guabirá
20 3MF Eba Viegas (1999-10-08) 8 October 1999 (age 23) 6 0 Portugal Moncarapachense
19 4FW Edmílson Viegas (1996-10-29) 29 October 1996 (age 26) 4 1 Greece Paniliakos
13 4FW Ronaldo (2001-07-11) 11 July 2001 (age 21) 2 0 Portugal Oliveira do Hospital
8 4FW Gil Carvalho (1997-02-25) 25 February 1997 (age 25) 1 0 England Ashford United
9 4FW Valter Rocha (1991-08-19) 19 August 1991 (age 31) 1 0 England Basildon United

Recent call ups[edit]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Primo (1989-09-09) 9 September 1989 (age 33) 12 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Praia Cruz v.  Mauritius, 27 March 2022

DF Vavá Pequeno (1994-02-05) 5 February 1994 (age 28) 11 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Praia Cruz v.  Mauritius, 27 March 2022
DF Lúcio Oliveira (1992-11-26) 26 November 1992 (age 30) 5 0 Portugal Ferreiras v.  Mauritius, 27 March 2022
DF Borja (1993-01-31) 31 January 1993 (age 30) 0 0 France Evreux FC 27 v.  Mauritius, 27 March 2022

MF Jocy (1991-01-19) 19 January 1991 (age 32) 32 1 São Tomé and Príncipe UDRA v.  Mauritius, 27 March 2022
MF Marcos Barbeiro (1995-07-29) 29 July 1995 (age 27) 10 1 Portugal Real v.  Mauritius, 27 March 2022
MF Ricardo Cardoso (2001-09-23) 23 September 2001 (age 21) 4 2 Finland HJK v.  Mauritius, 27 March 2022
MF Mimi (1996-10-07) 7 October 1996 (age 26) 4 0 Portugal Moncarapanchense v.  Mauritius, 27 March 2022
MF Joel Leal (2003-01-02) 2 January 2003 (age 20) 0 0 Poland LZS Starowice v.  Mauritius, 27 March 2022

FW Zé Carlos Semedo (1992-07-15) 15 July 1992 (age 30) 2 0 Portugal Loures v.  Mauritius, 27 March 2022
FW Vander Pinto (1995-12-12) 12 December 1995 (age 27) 1 0 São Tomé and Príncipe UDRA v.  Mauritius, 27 March 2022

Player records[edit]

As of 13 June 2022[7]
Players in bold are still active with São Tomé and Príncipe.

Competition records[edit]

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 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 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990 did not enter Declined participation
United States 1994 Withdrew Withdrew
France 1998 did not enter did not enter
South Korea Japan 2002 did not qualify 2 1 0 1 2 4
Germany 2006 2 0 0 2 0 9
South Africa 2010 Withdrew Withdrew
Brazil 2014 did not qualify 2 0 1 1 1 6
Russia 2018 2 1 0 1 1 3
Qatar 2022 2 0 0 2 1 3
Canada Mexico United States 2026 to be determined
Total - 0/22 - - - - - - 10 2 1 7 5 25

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Sudan 1957 Part of  Portugal Part of  Portugal
United Arab Republic 1959
Ethiopia 1962
Ghana 1963
Tunisia 1965
Ethiopia 1968
Sudan 1970
Cameroon 1972
Egypt 1974
Ethiopia 1976 Not affiliated to CAF Not affiliated to CAF
Ghana 1978
Nigeria 1980
Libya 1982
Ivory Coast 1984
Egypt 1986
Morocco 1988 did not enter did not enter
Algeria 1990
Senegal 1992
Tunisia 1994
South Africa 1996
Burkina Faso 1998
Ghana Nigeria 2000 did not qualify 2 0 0 2 0 6
Mali 2002 2 0 1 1 2 5
Tunisia 2004 Withdrew Withdrew
Egypt 2006 did not qualify 2 0 0 0 0 9
Ghana 2008 did not enter did not enter
Angola 2010 Withdrew Withdrew
Gabon Equatorial Guinea 2012 did not enter did not enter
South Africa 2013 did not qualify 4 2 1 1 5 5
Equatorial Guinea 2015 2 0 0 2 0 4
Gabon 2017 6 1 0 5 4 19
Egypt 2019 2 0 0 2 2 4
Cameroon 2021 8 2 0 6 8 18
Ivory Coast 2023 to be determined 4 1 1 2 5 18
Guinea 2025 to be determined
Total - 0/34 - - - - - - 34 6 3 25 26 88

Head-to-head record[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD WPCT
 Angola 4 0 1 3 6 12 −6 0.00
 Benin 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4 0.00
 Cape Verde 2 0 0 2 2 9 −7 0.00
 Central African Republic 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 0.00
 Chad 2 0 0 2 0 10 −10 0.00
 Congo 4 0 1 3 1 18 −17 0.00
 Equatorial Guinea 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 33.33
 Ethiopia 2 1 0 1 1 3 −2 50.00
 Gabon 4 0 1 3 3 12 −9 0.00
 Ghana 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3 0.00
 Guinea-Bissau 4 0 0 4 2 9 −7 0.00
 Lesotho 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 50.00
 Libya 4 1 0 3 2 14 −12 25.00
 Madagascar 2 0 0 2 2 4 −2 0.00
 Mauritius 4 3 1 0 9 5 +4 75.00
 Morocco 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5 0.00
 Nigeria 1 0 0 1 0 10 −10 0.00
 Rwanda 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 50.00
 Sierra Leone 4 2 0 2 5 8 −3 50.00
 South Africa 2 0 0 2 2 6 −4 0.00
 Sudan 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6 0.00
 Togo 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6 0.00
 Uganda 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 0.00
Total 59 10 7 42 44 157 −113 16.95
Source: Results

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 22 December 2022. Retrieved 22 December 2022.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 2 February 2023. Retrieved 2 February 2023.
  3. ^ "BBC Sport − São Tomé e Príncipe rocket up Fifa rankings". bbc.co.uk. BBC. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  4. ^ "São Tomé e Príncipe spring an unlikely surprise − World Soccer". worldsoccer.com. Time Inc. UK. 12 February 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  5. ^ Warshaw, Andrew. "Mauritius win 2023 AFCON qualifier slot after Sao Tome break covid rules". Inside World Football. Retrieved 30 May 2022.
  6. ^ Shehu, Idris. "Mauritius out as CAF reinstates Sao Tome to Nigeria's group". The Cable.
  7. ^ "Sao Tome and Principe". National Football Teams.