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)
Association Federação Santomense de Futebol
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation UNIFFAC (Central Africa)
Head coach Gustavo Clemente
Home stadium Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho
FIFA code STP
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 176 Steady (16 October 2017)
Highest 115 (March 2012)
Lowest 200 (September–October 2007)
Elo ranking
Current 182 Steady (28 May 2017)
Highest 166 (June 1976)
Lowest 194 (August 1998)
First international
 Gabon 6–1 São Tomé and Príncipe São Tomé and Príncipe
(Gabon; May 2, 1976)
Biggest win
São Tomé and Príncipe São Tomé and Príncipe 2–0 Equatorial Guinea 
(Libreville, Gabon; November 14, 1999)
São Tomé and Príncipe 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 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.[1]

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.[2] 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]

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

  • 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

All-time record against other nations[edit]

As of 21 August 2017[3]

  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
Total 47 7 7 33 33 121 −88

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.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Jenimy (1987-02-20) 20 February 1987 (age 30) 1 0 Northern Ireland Sofia Farmer
12 1GK Girael (1987-10-01) 1 October 1987 (age 30) 3 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Vitória do Riboque

2 2DF Ivonaldo (1993-05-05) 5 May 1993 (age 24) 5 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Vitória do Riboque
3 2DF Charles (1994-05-25) 25 May 1994 (age 23) 1 0 Portugal Vilafranquense
4 2DF Keita (1985-02-17) 17 February 1985 (age 32) 3 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Sporting Praia Cruz
5 2DF Adimar (1990-05-28) 28 May 1990 (age 27) 1 0 Finland Peimari United
13 2DF Leonildo (1992-08-07) 7 August 1992 (age 25) 1 0 Finland Peimari United
14 2DF Jordão Diogo (1985-11-12) 12 November 1985 (age 32) 4 0 Greece Kerkyra
17 2DF Derilson (1979-07-06) 6 July 1979 (age 38) 3 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Sporting Praia Cruz

6 3MF Nai (1983-01-16) 16 January 1983 (age 34) 12 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Sporting Praia Cruz
8 3MF Joci (1991-01-19) 19 January 1991 (age 26) 12 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Vitória do Riboque
15 3MF Keidy (1995-01-25) 25 January 1995 (age 22) 0 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Guadalupe
16 3MF (1991-12-22) 22 December 1991 (age 25) 11 1 São Tomé and Príncipe Sporting Praia Cruz
18 3MF Aldair (1989-09-04) 4 September 1989 (age 28) 1 0 Belgium RSD Jette
3MF Marcos Barbeiro (1995-07-29) 29 July 1995 (age 22) 1 0 Portugal Real
3MF Jucélio (1991-11-14) 14 November 1991 (age 26) 1 0 France Annecy
3MF Joel Neves (1996-05-01) 1 May 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Portugal Loures

7 4FW Ludgério Silva (1986-08-14) 14 August 1986 (age 31) 1 0 Portugal Coimbrões
9 4FW Jony (1986-05-12) 12 May 1986 (age 31) 6 0 France US Lusitanos Saint-Maur
10 4FW Luís Leal (captain) (1987-05-29) 29 May 1987 (age 30) 7 3 Argentina Newells Old Boys
11 4FW Harramiz (1990-08-03) 3 August 1990 (age 27) 3 0 Portugal Académica
4FW Faduley (1992-03-10) 10 March 1992 (age 25) 1 1 Portugal Fabril do Barreiro

Recent squad[edit]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Primo (1989-09-09) 9 September 1989 (age 28) 0 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Sporting Praia Cruz vs.  Morocco on 4 September 2016
GK Dungue (1983-02-24) 24 February 1983 (age 34) 8 0 São Tomé and Príncipe UDRA vs.  Cape Verde on 4 June 2016

DF Jordan (1995-11-16) 16 November 1995 (age 22) 1 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Sporting Praia Cruz vs.  Libya on 28 March 2016

MF Juju (1992-12-30) 30 December 1992 (age 24) 9 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Sporting Praia Cruz vs.  Cape Verde on 4 June 2016
MF Abel (1985-05-02) 2 May 1985 (age 32) 0 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Sporting Clube do Príncipe vs.  Libya on 28 March 2016
MF Kilson (1983-02-24) 24 February 1983 (age 34) 2 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Sporting Praia Cruz vs.  Libya on 28 March 2016

FW Jair (1994-09-15) 15 September 1994 (age 23) 10 3 Portugal Lusitano de Évora vs.  Morocco on 4 September 2016
FW Pinguinho (1989-10-10) 10 October 1989 (age 28) 3 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Sporting Praia Cruz vs.  Libya on 28 March 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC Sport – Sao Tome e Principe rocket up Fifa rankings". Bbc.co.uk. 2012-03-07. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  2. ^ "São Tomé e Príncipe spring an unlikely surprise « World Soccer World Soccer". Worldsoccer.com. 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  3. ^ "World Football Elo Ratings: São Tomé and Príncipe". Elo Ratings. Retrieved 2 July 2017. 

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