São Tomé and Príncipe national football team
|Nickname(s)||Seleção dos Falcões e Papagaios
(The Falcons and True Parrots Team)
|Association||Federação Santomense de Futebol|
|Sub-confederation||UNIFFAC (Central Africa)|
|Head coach||Gustavo Clemente|
|Home stadium||Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho|
|Current||178 27 (6 April 2017)|
|Highest||115 (March 2012)|
|Lowest||200 (September–October 2007)|
|Current||182 (26 March 2017)|
|Highest||166 (June 1976)|
|Lowest||194 (August 1998)|
| Gabon 6–1 São Tomé and Príncipe
(Gabon; May 2, 1976)
| São Tomé and Príncipe 2–0 Equatorial Guinea
(Libreville, Gabon; November 14, 1999)
São Tomé and Príncipe 2–0 Sierra Leone
(São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe; April 8, 2000)
| Congo 11–0 São Tomé and Príncipe
(Gabon; July 7, 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 Federação Santomense de Futebol. It is a member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and FIFA.
São Tomé and Príncipe's first match was against Chad in Gabon as part of the Central African Games. They lost by a score of 5–0. Their next game was a horrendous 11–0 loss to Congo, São Tomé's largest loss to date. São Tomé ended off the competition with a 2–1 loss to Central African Republic.
After an eleven-year break, São Tomé lost to Guinea Bissau 2–0 and more importantly picked up their first points via a draw versus Angola. This was a major upset, as Angola was a prominent figure in South African football, later appearing in the World Cup, and São Tomé had lost all four matches before their draw.
The Green and Yellows took another lengthy break, this time for nine years, before a string of matches including their first win against Equatorial Guinea, 2–0 in 1999. 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. 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 at home, then drawing the same team four days later, 1–1. São Tomé were reinstated in the FIFA rankings on 23 November 2011, entering at number 192.
World Cup record
- 1930 to 1990 – Did not enter
- 1994 – Withdrew
- 1998 – Did not enter
- 2002 to 2006 – Did not qualify
- 2010 – Withdrew
- 2014 to 2018 – Did not qualify
Africa Cup of Nations record
- 1957 to 1998 – Did not enter
- 2000 – Did not qualify
- 2002 – Did not qualify
- 2004 – Withdrew
- 2006 – Did not qualify
- 2008 – Did not enter
- 2010 – Withdrew
- 2012 – Did not enter
- 2013 to 2019 – Did not qualify
Results and fixtures
|23 March 2016 2017 ACNQ||São Tomé and Príncipe||2–1||Libya||São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe|
|15:30 UTC±0||El Trbi 84' (o.g.)
|Report||al Badri 24'||Stadium: Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho
Referee: Aboubacar Bangoura (Guinea)
|28 March 2016 2017 ACNQ||Libya||4–0||São Tomé and Príncipe||Cairo, Egypt|
|19:00 UTC+2||Zubya 51', 56', 74'
El Monir 70'
|Report||Stadium: Petro Sport Stadium
Referee: Akintoye Koole (Benin)
|4 June 2016 2017 ACNQ||São Tomé and Príncipe||1–2||Cape Verde||São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe|
|15:30 UTC±0||Faduley 87'||Report||Gomes 50'
Nuno Jóia 79'
|Stadium: Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho
Referee: Malang Diedhiou (Senegal)
|4 September 2016 2017 ACNQ||Morocco||2–0||São Tomé and Príncipe||Rabat, Morocco|
|20:00 UTC+1||Ziyech 55' (pen.)
|Report||Stadium: Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium
Referee: Fidel Gomes (Guinea-Bissau)
|22 March 2017 2019 ACNQ||São Tomé and Príncipe||0–1||Madagascar||São Tomé and Príncipe|
|15:30 UTC±0||Report||Diogo 68' (o.g.)||Stadium: Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho, São Tomé
Referee: Gauthier Marc Mihindou Mbina (Gabon)
|26 March 2017 2019 ACNQ||Madagascar||3–2||São Tomé and Príncipe||Madagascar|
|14:30 UTC+3||Stadium: Stade Municipal de Mahamasina, Antananarivo
Referee: Ahmad Imtehaz Heeralall (Mauritius)
Caps and goals correct as of the match on 4 September 2016.
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Jenimy||20 February 1987||1||0||Sofia Farmer|
|12||GK||Girael||1 October 1987||3||0||Vitória do Riboque|
|2||DF||Ivonaldo||5 May 1993||5||0||Vitória do Riboque|
|3||DF||Charles||25 May 1994||1||0||Vilafranquense|
|4||DF||Keita||17 February 1985||3||0||Sporting Praia Cruz|
|5||DF||Adimar||28 May 1990||1||0||Peimari United|
|13||DF||Leonildo||7 August 1992||1||0||Peimari United|
|14||DF||Jordão Diogo||12 November 1985||4||0||Kerkyra|
|17||DF||Derilson||6 July 1979||3||0||Sporting Praia Cruz|
|6||MF||Nai||16 January 1983||12||0||Sporting Praia Cruz|
|8||MF||Joci||19 January 1991||12||0||Vitória do Riboque|
|11||MF||Harramiz||3 August 1990||3||0||Sporting Covilhã|
|15||MF||Keidy||25 January 1995||0||0||Guadalupe|
|16||MF||Zé||22 December 1991||11||1||Sporting Praia Cruz|
|18||MF||Aldair Santos||4 September 1989||1||0||RSD Jette|
|MF||Marcos Barbeiro||29 July 1995||1||0||Marítimo|
|MF||Jucélio||14 November 1991||1||0||Annecy|
|MF||Joel Neves||1 May 1996||0||0||Loures|
|7||FW||Ludgério Silva||14 August 1986||1||0||Cinfães|
|9||FW||Jony||12 May 1986||6||0||US Lusitanos Saint-Maur|
|10||FW||Luís Leal (captain)||29 May 1987||7||3||Chiapas|
|FW||Faduley||10 March 1992||1||1||Fabril do Barreiro|
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Primo||9 September 1989||0||0||Sporting Praia Cruz||vs. Morocco on 4 September 2016|
|GK||Dungue||24 February 1983||8||0||UDRA||vs. Cape Verde on 4 June 2016|
|DF||Jordan||16 November 1995||1||0||Sporting Praia Cruz||vs. Libya on 28 March 2016|
|MF||Juju||30 December 1992||9||0||Sporting Praia Cruz||vs. Cape Verde on 4 June 2016|
|MF||Abel||2 May 1985||0||0||Sporting Clube do Príncipe||vs. Libya on 28 March 2016|
|MF||Kilson||24 February 1983||2||0||Sporting Praia Cruz||vs. Libya on 28 March 2016|
|FW||Jair||15 September 1994||10||3||Lusitano de Évora||vs. Morocco on 4 September 2016|
|FW||Pinguinho||10 October 1989||3||0||Sporting Praia Cruz||vs. Libya on 28 March 2016|
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- "São Tomé e Príncipe spring an unlikely surprise « World Soccer World Soccer". Worldsoccer.com. 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2013-12-03.