São Tomé and Príncipe national football team
|Nickname(s)||Seleção dos Falcões e Papagaios |
(The Falcons and True Parrots Team)
|Association||São Toméan Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||UNIFFAC (Central Africa)|
|Head coach||Gustave Clément Nyoumba|
|Home stadium||Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho|
|Current||185 (14 June 2019)|
|Highest||115 (March 2012)|
|Lowest||200 (September – October 2007)|
|Current||183 4 (7 June 2019)|
|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 São Toméan Football Federation. 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
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1930 to 1990||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1998||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|2002||Did not qualify||2||1||0||1||2||4|
|2014||Did not qualify||2||0||1||1||1||6|
|2022||To be determined|
|2026||To be determined|
Africa Cup of Nations record
|Africa Cup of Nations record|
|Host nation(s) / Year||Round||Position||Pld||W||D*||L||GF||GA|
|1957 to 1998||Did not enter|
|2000||Did not qualify|
|2006||Did not qualify|
|2008||Did not enter|
|2012||Did not enter|
|2013||Did not qualify|
|2021||To be determined|
|2023||To be determined|
All-time record against other nations
As of 24 March 2018
Positive Record Neutral Record Negative Record
|Central African Republic||2||0||0||2||1||5||−4|
Results and fixtures
|12 August 2017 2018 CHANQ||São Tomé and Príncipe||0–0||Cameroon||São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe|
|15:00 UTC±0||Report||Stadium: Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho|
Referee: Kabanga Yannick Malala (DR Congo)
|19 August 2017 2018 CHANQ||Cameroon||2–0|
|São Tomé and Príncipe||Limbe, Cameroon|
|15:30 UTC+1||Report||Stadium: Limbe Stadium|
Referee: Kokou Ognankotan Ntale (Togo)
|24 March 2018 Friendly||Uganda||3–1||São Tomé and Príncipe||Kampala, Uganda|
||Stadium: Mandela National Stadium|
Referee: Elly Ally Sasii (Tanzania)
Caps and goals correct as of the match on 4 September 2016.
|No.||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 Monteiro||25 May 1994||1||0||Vilafranquense|
|4||DF||Luis Taraveira||17 February 1985||3||0||Sporting Praia Cruz|
|5||DF||Adimar||28 May 1990||1||0||Peimari United|
|13||DF||Jú||7 August 1992||1||0||Peimari United|
|14||DF||Jordão Diogo||12 November 1985||4||0||Levadiakos|
|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|
|15||MF||Keidy||25 January 1995||0||0||Guadalupe|
|16||MF||Zé||22 December 1991||11||1||Sporting Praia Cruz|
|18||MF||Aldair||4 September 1989||1||0||RSD Jette|
|MF||Marcos Barbeiro||29 July 1995||1||0||Real|
|MF||Jucélio||14 November 1991||1||0||Annecy|
|MF||Joel||1 May 1996||0||0||Loures|
|7||FW||Ludgério Silva||14 August 1986||1||0||Coimbrões|
|9||FW||Jony||12 May 1986||6||0||US Lusitanos Saint-Maur|
|10||FW||Luís Leal (captain)||29 May 1987||7||3||Newells Old Boys|
|11||FW||Harramiz||3 August 1990||3||0||Académica|
|FW||Faduley||10 March 1992||1||1||Fabril do Barreiro|
|FW||Paile||15 May 2001||2||0||UDRA|
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
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