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Angola national football team

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Angola
Nickname(s) Palancas Negras
(Sable Antelopes)
Association Federação Angolana de Futebol
Sub-confederation COSAFA (Southern Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Romeu Filemón
Asst coach Chipenda
Captain Manucho Gonçalves
Top scorer Akwá (38)
Home stadium Estádio 11 de Novembro
FIFA code ANG
FIFA ranking Template:Nft rank
Highest FIFA ranking 45 (July 2000)
Lowest FIFA ranking 124 (March 1994)
Elo ranking Template:Nft rank
Highest Elo ranking 50 (September–October 2006)
Lowest Elo ranking 106 (10 September 2014)
First international
23x15px PR Congo 3–2 PR Angola 23x15px
(Brazzaville, People's Republic of the Congo; 8 February 1976)
Biggest win
23x15px Angola 7–1 Swaziland 23x15px
(Luanda, Angola; 23 April 2000)
Biggest defeat
23x15px Portugal 6–0 PR Angola 23x15px
(Lisbon, Portugal; 23 March 1989)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2006)
Best result Round 1: 2006
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 7 (First in 1996)
Best result Quarter-finals: 2008, 2010

The Angola national football team, nicknamed Palancas Negras (Sable Antelopes), is the national team of Angola and is controlled by the Federação Angolana de Futebol. Angola reached 45th in the FIFA Rankings in July 2002. Their greatest accomplishment was qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, as this was their first appearance on the World Cup finals stage: they were eliminated after one defeat and two draws in the group stage.

History

Angola played their first game against PR Congo on 8 February 1976, losing 3–2.

Angola qualified for their first Africa Cup of Nations in 1996. They were drawn in Group A with South Africa, Egypt and Cameroon. They lost their first two games to Egypt and South Africa, but managed a 3–3 draw against Cameroon. They finished bottom of the group and did not reach the second round. Angola then qualified for their second successive African Cup of Nations in 1998, but again failed to reach the second round, drawing 0–0 with South Africa and 3–3 with Namibia, and losing 5–2 to Côte d'Ivoire.

After missing the last 3 tournaments, they qualified for the 2006 African Nations Cup. They recorded their first African Cup of Nations win against Togo, winning 3–2, two goals coming from Flávio and the other coming from Maurito. They also drew 0–0 against Congo DR and lost 3–1 against Cameroon. Angola's best performance then came in the 2008 African Nations Cup. They were drawn in Group D with Tunisia, South Africa and Senegal. They drew 1–1 and 0–0 with South Africa and Tunisia, then defeated Senegal 3–1, two goals coming from Manucho. In the quarter-finals they were beaten by eventual winners Egypt 2–1, but Manucho scored again, finishing with four goals in total.

Angola also won the COSAFA Cup in 1999, 2001 and 2004.

2006 FIFA World Cup

Angola qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup after only losing one game in the qualifying ahead of favourites Nigeria.

When picking the squad, Gonçalves sought advice from Chelsea manager José Mourinho, whose wife was born in Angola. Angola's Golden Generation saw players like Akwá, João Ricardo, Paulo Figueiredo and Jamba selected to go to the World Cup. Angola played six warm-up games against South Korea, Mauritius, Lesotho, Argentina, Turkey and USA.

Angola played their first World Cup finals game against Portuguese side, who won the match 1–0, the only goal coming from Pauleta.[1] There was a very friendly environment in and around the stadium during this match because of the links and friendship between the countries of Angola and Portugal. Angola drew 0–0 in their second game with Mexico, and still had a chance of qualifying for the second round had they beaten Iran in their final group game, but the match finished 1–1 after goals by Flávio and Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh. Angola were eliminated from the tournament only losing one game.[2][3]

File:Fans of the Angolan national football team in Cologne.jpg
Fans of the Angolan national football team in Cologne, Germany.

2010 World Cup failure

After the 2006 FIFA World Cup many of Angola's most experienced players such as Akwá and João Ricardo retired from the international game, but the expectation was still high for the team to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The team had a bye through the first round of qualification and in the second round they were drawn in Group 3 along with Benin, Uganda and Niger. Despite winning their first two matches, Angola failed to proceed to the third round, missing out by two points.

2010 Africa Cup of Nations

As hosts of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, Angola were seeded in Group A along with Mali, Algeria, and Malawi. Coached by Manuel José, in their first game they drew 4–4 with Mali, after letting a 4–0 lead slip in the last 11 minutes (including three goals in stoppage time). They recovered from this by beating Malawi 2–0 in the second match, and topped the group by drawing 0–0 with Algeria. They were knocked out in the quarter final after a 1–0 defeat by eventual finalists Ghana.

Achievements

1999, 2001, 2004
1987
2011

FIFA World Cup record

As of 2013, Angola has qualified once for a FIFA World Cup. Its first participation on the FIFA World Cup qualification was on 1986, where they won in the first round, beating Senegal 4—3 on penalty kicks. They later lost on the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)#Second round to Algeria. Algeria went to the third round and qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico.

Angola's first participation on the World Cup was on the 2006 FIFA World Cup, in Germany.

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
23x15px 1930 to
23x15px 1982
Did not enter
23x15px 1986 to
Template:Country data South Korea Template:Country data Japan 2002
Did not qualify
23x15px 2006 Group Stage 23rd 3 0 2 1 1 2
23x15px 2010 Did not qualify
23x15px 2014
Total Group Stage 1/20 3 0 2 1 1 2

Africa Cup of Nations record

African Cup of Nations
Titles: 0
Appearances: 6
Year Position Year Position Year Position Year Position
23x15px 1957 Did not enter 23x15px 1976 Did not enter 23x15px 1994 Did not qualify 23x15px23x15px 2012 Round 1
23x15px 1959 Did not enter 23x15px 1978 Did not enter 23x15px 1996 Round 1 23x15px 2013 Round 1
23x15px 1962 Did not enter 23x15px 1980 Did not enter 23x15px 1998 Round 1 23x15px 2015 Did not qualify
23x15px 1963 Did not enter 23x15px 1982 Did not qualify 23x15px23x15px 2000 Did not qualify
23x15px 1965 Did not enter 23x15px 1984 Did not qualify 23x15px 2002 Did not qualify
23x15px 1968 Did not enter 23x15px 1986 Did not enter 23x15px 2004 Did not qualify
23x15px 1970 Did not enter 23x15px 1988 Did not qualify 23x15px 2006 Round 1
23x15px 1972 Did not enter 23x15px 1990 Did not qualify 23x15px 2008 Quarterfinals
23x15px 1974 Did not enter 23x15px 1992 Did not qualify 23x15px 2010 Quarterfinals

Angola all-time record against all nations

Schedule

2013 Record

2014 Record

Current squad

The following players were called for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification against Lesotho on 10 and 15 October 2014.
Caps and goals as of 3 August 2014 after the match against Ethiopia.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Landú (1990-01-04) 4 January 1990 (age 26) 10 0 23x15px Recreativo do Libolo
1GK Antonio Dominique (1994-07-25) 25 July 1994 (age 21) 3 0 23x16px Le Mont
1GK Rubian (1989-12-06) 6 December 1989 (age 26) 0 0 23x15px Kabuscorp
2DF Miguel Quiame (1991-11-17) 17 November 1991 (age 24) 21 0 23x15px Benfica de Luanda
2DF Bastos (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 24) 19 1 23x15px Rostov
2DF Natael (1993-09-23) 23 September 1993 (age 22) 7 0 23x15px Sagrada Esperança
2DF Gomito (1983-06-22) 22 June 1983 (age 32) 6 0 23x15px Recreativo do Libolo
2DF Genséric Kusunga (1988-03-12) 12 March 1988 (age 27) 3 0 23x15px Oldham Athletic
2DF Jonathan Buatu Mananga (1993-09-27) 27 September 1993 (age 22) 1 0 23x15px Fulham U21
2DF Clinton (1992-11-07) 7 November 1992 (age 23) 1 0 23x15px Charleroi
3MF Gilberto (1982-09-21) 21 September 1982 (age 33) 72 7 23x15px Petro Luanda
3MF Chara (1981-12-10) 10 December 1981 (age 34) 38 0 23x15px Petro Luanda
3MF Job (1987-09-27) 27 September 1987 (age 28) 32 3 23x15px Petro Luanda
3MF Geraldo (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 24) 12 0 23x15px Red Bull Brasil
3MF Vado Dias (1987-04-18) 18 April 1987 (age 28) 10 2 23x15px Benfica de Luanda
3MF Ary Papel (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 21) 9 0 23x15px 1º de Agosto
3MF Manucho Diniz (1986-06-04) 4 June 1986 (age 29) 6 0 23x15px 1° de Agosto
3MF Joaquim Adão (1992-07-14) 14 July 1992 (age 23) 4 0 23x15px Progresso do Sambizanga
3MF Rúben Gouveia (1985-03-13) 13 March 1985 (age 30) 4 0 23x15px Recreativo Caála
3MF Carlitos (1988-09-24) 24 September 1988 (age 27) 1 0 23x15px Recreativo do Libolo
4FW Love Cabungula (1979-03-14) 14 March 1979 (age 36) 61 8 23x15px Kabuscorp
4FW Alexander Christovão (1993-03-14) 14 March 1993 (age 22) 5 1 23x15px Recreativo do Libolo
4FW Fredy (1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 (age 25) 5 0 23x15px Belenenses
4FW Rudy (1989-05-01) 1 May 1989 (age 26) 2 0 23x15px Skoda Xanthi
4FW Dolly Menga (1993-05-02) 2 May 1993 (age 22) 1 0 23x15px Benfica

Recent callups

The following players have been called up in the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Élber (1991-06-24) 24 June 1991 (age 24) 1 0 23x15px Benfica de Luanda v. 23x15px Lesotho, 10 October 2014
DF Lunguinha (1986-01-16) 16 January 1986 (age 30) 12 0 23x15px Kabuscorp v. Template:Country data IRN, 30 May 2014
DF Abdul (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 21) 5 2 23x15px Petro Luanda v. Template:Country data IRN, 30 May 2014
DF Silva (1984-04-27) 27 April 1984 (age 31) 1 1 23x15px Kabuscorp v. Template:Country data IRN, 30 May 2014
MF Chico Caputo (1985-05-15) 15 May 1985 (age 30) 3 0 23x15px Interclube v. Template:Country data IRN, 30 May 2014
MF Jaime (1982-05-21) 21 May 1982 (age 33) 3 0 23x15px Progresso do Sambizanga v. Template:Country data IRN, 30 May 2014
FW Manucho (1983-03-07) 7 March 1983 (age 32) 51 21 23x15px Rayo Vallecano v. 23x15px Lesotho, 10 October 2014
FW José Vunguidica (1990-01-03) 3 January 1990 (age 26) 15 0 23x15px Wehen Wiesbaden v. 23x15px Lesotho, 10 October 2014
FW Igor Vetokele (1992-03-23) 23 March 1992 (age 23) 3 0 23x15px Charlton Athletic v. 23x15px Lesotho, 10 October 2014
FW Patrick II (1986-09-15) 15 September 1986 (age 29) 1 0 23x15px Sagrada Esperança v. 23x15px Botswana, 13 August 2014
FW Djalma (1987-05-30) 30 May 1987 (age 28) 35 3 23x15px Konyaspor v. Template:Country data IRN, 30 May 2014

Previous squads

FIFA World Cup

Africa Cup of Nations

Kit suppliers

Between 2006 to 2012, Angola's kits were supplied by Puma. Adidas took over in 2012 and remain Angola's kit suppliers to this day.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ FIFA awarded Angola a 3–0 win as a result of Liberia fielding the ineligible player Nathaniel Sherman. The match originally ended 4–1 to Angola.[4]

References

  1. ^ Brodkin, Jon (12 June 2006). "Figo sparkles as Ronaldo's tricks lead to the bench". Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mexico 0–0 Angola". BBC. 16 June 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Iran 1–1 Angola". BBC. 21 June 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Liberia sanctioned for fielding ineligible player". FIFA.com. 24 October 2013. 

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