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
Sub-confederation UNIFFAC (Central Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach António do Rosário
Home stadium Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho
FIFA code STP
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 157 Increase 36 (5 November 2015)
Highest 115 (March 2012)
Lowest 200 (September 2007)
First international
 Chad 5–0 São Tomé & Príncipe São Tomé and Príncipe
(Gabon; June 29, 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 1998Did not enter
  • 2000Did not qualify
  • 2002Did not qualify
  • 2004Withdrew
  • 2006Did not qualify
  • 2008Did not enter
  • 2010Withdrew
  • 2012Did not enter
  • 2013 to 2015Did not qualify

Results and fixtures[edit]

2015[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were selected for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Ethiopia on 11 October 2015.

Caps and goals correct as of the match on 11 October 2015.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Dungue (1983-02-24) 24 February 1983 (age 32) 5 0 São Tomé and Príncipe UDESCAI
12 1GK Aldair (1989-09-09) 9 September 1989 (age 26) 0 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Sporting Praia Cruz
2 2DF Ivonaldo (1993-05-05) 5 May 1993 (age 22) 3 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Sporting Praia Cruz
3 2DF Jordão Diogo (captain) (1985-11-12) 12 November 1985 (age 30) 2 0 Greece Kerkyra
4 2DF Luis Taraveira (1985-02-17) 17 February 1985 (age 30) 1 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Sporting Praia Cruz
13 2DF William Barbosa (1983-12-18) 18 December 1983 (age 32) 3 0 Portugal Oliveira do Bairro
6 3MF Francisco (1983-01-16) 16 January 1983 (age 33) 9 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Vitória FC
7 3MF Jair Nunes (1994-09-15) 15 September 1994 (age 21) 8 3 São Tomé and Príncipe Sporting Praia Cruz
15 3MF Ludgério Silva (1986-08-14) 14 August 1986 (age 29) 1 0 Angola Bravos do Maquis
17 3MF Joazhifel (1991-01-19) 19 January 1991 (age 25) 9 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Sporting Praia Cruz
20 3MF Abel (1985-05-02) 2 May 1985 (age 30) 0 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Sporting Clube do Príncipe
5 4FW Yoruba (1985-05-20) 20 May 1985 (age 30) 1 0 Portugal Almada
8 4FW Juary (1992-12-30) 30 December 1992 (age 23) 7 0 São Tomé and Príncipe Sporting Praia Cruz
9 4FW Jony (1986-05-12) 12 May 1986 (age 29) 3 0 France US Lusitanos Saint-Maur
10 4FW José (1991-12-22) 22 December 1991 (age 24) 9 1 São Tomé and Príncipe Sporting Praia Cruz
11 4FW Harramiz (1990-08-03) 3 August 1990 (age 25) 2 0 Portugal Farense
14 4FW Mariano (1989-10-10) 10 October 1989 (age 26) 2 0
18 4FW Luís Leal (1987-05-29) 29 May 1987 (age 28) 4 2 Paraguay Cerro Porteño

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. 

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