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||António do Rosário|
|Home stadium||Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho|
|Current||157 36 (5 November 2015)|
|Highest||115 (March 2012)|
|Lowest||200 (September 2007)|
| Chad 5–0 São Tomé & 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.
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 2015 – Did not qualify
Results and fixtures
|13 June 2015 2017 ACN qual||Cape Verde||7–1||São Tomé and Príncipe||Praia, Cape Verde|
|16:00 UTC−1||Djaniny 10', 73'
Rocha 17' (pen.)
Babanco 51' (pen.)
|Report||Leal 54'||Stadium: Estádio Nacional de Cabo Verde
Referee: Mahmoud Ashour (Egypt)
|5 September 2015 2017 ACN qual||São Tomé and Príncipe||0–3||Morocco||São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe|
|15:30 UTC±0||Report||Amrabat 34'
El Arabi 38'
|Stadium: Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho
Referee: João Goma (Angola)
|8 October 2015 2018 WC qual||São Tomé and Príncipe||1–0||Ethiopia||São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe|
|15:00 UTC±0||Leal 87'||Report||Stadium: Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho
Referee: Alhadi Mahamat (Chad)
|11 October 2015 2018 WC qual||Ethiopia||3–0||São Tomé and Príncipe||Addis Ababa, Ethiopia|
|16:00 UTC+3||Fekadu 1'
Panom 48' (pen.)
|Report||Stadium: Addis Ababa Stadium
Referee: Jean Claude Ishimwe (Rwanda)
Caps and goals correct as of the match on 11 October 2015.
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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.