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)
AssociationSão Toméan Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationUNIFFAC (Central Africa)
Head coachGustave Clément Nyoumba
CaptainLuís Leal
Home stadiumEstádio Nacional 12 de Julho
FIFA codeSTP
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 185 Steady (14 June 2019)[1]
Highest115 (March 2012)
Lowest200 (September – October 2007)
Elo ranking
Current 183 Decrease 4 (7 June 2019)[2]
Highest166 (June 1976)
Lowest194 (August 1998)
First international
 Gabon 6–1 São Tomé and Príncipe 
(Gabon; May 2, 1976)
Biggest win
 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)
Biggest defeat
 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 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 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.[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 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.

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 to Italy 1990 Did not enter Did not enter
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 To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined
Total - 0/21 - - - - - - 8 2 1 5 4 22

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record
Host nation(s) / Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Sudan 1957 to Burkina Faso 1998 Did not enter
Ghana Nigeria 2000 Did not qualify
Mali 2002
Tunisia 2004 Withdrew
Egypt 2006 Did not qualify
Ghana 2008 Did not enter
Angola 2010 Withdrew
Gabon Equatorial Guinea 2012 Did not enter
South Africa 2013 Did not qualify
Equatorial Guinea 2015
Gabon 2017
Cameroon 2019
Ivory Coast 2021 To be determined
Guinea 2023 To be determined
Total - 0/32 - - - - - -

All-time record against other nations[edit]

As of 24 March 2018[5]

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

Opponent
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
 Angola 4 0 2 2 7 9 −2
 Benin 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4
 Cameroon 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4
 Cape Verde 2 0 0 2 2 9 −7
 Central African Republic 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4
 Chad 2 0 0 2 0 10 −10
 Congo 5 0 1 4 3 21 −18
 Equatorial Guinea 3 1 1 1 4 4 0
 Ethiopia 2 1 0 1 1 3 −2
 Gabon 4 0 1 3 3 12 −9
 Guinea-Bissau 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
 Lesotho 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1
 Libya 4 1 0 3 2 14 −12
 Madagascar 2 0 0 2 2 4 −2
 Morocco 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5
 Rwanda 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1
 Sierra Leone 4 2 0 2 6 9 −3
 Togo 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6
 Uganda 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2
Total 48 7 7 34 34 124 −90

Results and fixtures[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were selected for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification against Madagascar on 22 March 2017.

Caps and goals correct as of the match on 4 September 2016.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Jenimy (1987-02-20) 20 February 1987 (age 32) 1 0 Northern Ireland Sofia Farmer
12 1GK Girael (1987-10-01) 1 October 1987 (age 31) 3 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Vitória do Riboque

2 2DF Ivonaldo (1993-05-05) 5 May 1993 (age 26) 5 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Vitória do Riboque
3 2DF Charles Monteiro (1994-05-25) 25 May 1994 (age 25) 1 0 Portugal Vilafranquense
4 2DF Luis Taraveira (1985-02-17) 17 February 1985 (age 34) 3 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Sporting Praia Cruz
5 2DF Adimar (1990-05-28) 28 May 1990 (age 29) 1 0 Finland Peimari United
13 2DF (1992-08-07) 7 August 1992 (age 26) 1 0 Finland Peimari United
14 2DF Jordão Diogo (1985-11-12) 12 November 1985 (age 33) 4 0 Greece Levadiakos
17 2DF Derilson (1979-07-06) 6 July 1979 (age 39) 3 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Sporting Praia Cruz

6 3MF Nai (1983-01-16) 16 January 1983 (age 36) 12 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Sporting Praia Cruz
8 3MF Joci (1991-01-19) 19 January 1991 (age 28) 12 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Vitória do Riboque
15 3MF Keidy (1995-01-25) 25 January 1995 (age 24) 0 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Guadalupe
16 3MF (1991-12-22) 22 December 1991 (age 27) 11 1 São Tomé and Príncipe Sporting Praia Cruz
18 3MF Aldair (1989-09-04) 4 September 1989 (age 29) 1 0 Belgium RSD Jette
3MF Marcos Barbeiro (1995-07-29) 29 July 1995 (age 23) 1 0 Portugal Real
3MF Jucélio (1991-11-14) 14 November 1991 (age 27) 1 0 France Annecy
3MF Joel (1996-05-01) 1 May 1996 (age 23) 0 0 Portugal Loures

7 4FW Ludgério Silva (1986-08-14) 14 August 1986 (age 32) 1 0 Portugal Coimbrões
9 4FW Jony (1986-05-12) 12 May 1986 (age 33) 6 0 France US Lusitanos Saint-Maur
10 4FW Luís Leal (captain) (1987-05-29) 29 May 1987 (age 32) 7 3 Argentina Newells Old Boys
11 4FW Harramiz (1990-08-03) 3 August 1990 (age 28) 3 0 Portugal Académica
4FW Faduley (1992-03-10) 10 March 1992 (age 27) 1 1 Portugal Fabril do Barreiro
4FW Paile (2001-05-15) 15 May 2001 (age 18) 2 0 São Tomé and Príncipe UDRA

Recent squad[edit]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up



References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  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. ^ "World Football Elo Ratings: São Tomé e Príncipe". eloratings.net. World Football Elo Ratings. Retrieved 21 August 2017.

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