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The Angola national football team, nicknamed Palancas Negras (Giant sable antelopes), is the national team of Angola and is controlled by the Angolan Football Federation. Angola reached the 45th place in the FIFA Rankings in July 2002. Their greatest accomplishment was qualifying for the 2006 World Cup, as this was their first appearance on the World Cup finals stage.

Angola
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Palancas Negras
(Giant sable antelopes)
AssociationAngolan Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coachSrđjan Vasiljević
CaptainDjalma Campos
Most capsFlávio (91)
Top scorerAkwá (39)
Home stadiumEstádio 11 de Novembro
FIFA codeANG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 122 Increase 3 (4 April 2019)[1]
Highest45 (July 2000)
Lowest147 (March 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 120 Increase 24 (27 March 2019)[2]
Highest50 (September–October 2006)
Lowest160 (3 September 2016)
First international
 Congo 3–2 Angola Angola
(Brazzaville, Congo; 8 February 1976)
Biggest win
Angola Angola 7–1 Swaziland 
(Luanda, Angola; 23 April 2000)
Biggest defeat
 Portugal 6–0 Angola Angola
(Lisbon, Portugal; 23 March 1989)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2006)
Best resultGroup stage, 2006
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances8 (first in 1996)
Best resultQuarter-finals, 2008 and 2010

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HistoryEdit

Angola played their first game against Congo on 8 February 1976, losing 3–2. On 26 June 1977, Cuba became Angola's first non-African opponent when the two countries met in Angola, with Angola winning 1-0.[3] Angola entered World Cup qualifying for the first time in the 1986 qualifying competition. Angola defeated Senegal on penalties in the first round before narrowly losing to Algeria 3-2 on aggregate in the second round.

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 Ivory Coast.

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 CupEdit

Angola qualified for the 2006 World Cup after only losing one game in the qualifiers 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 the Portuguese side, who won the match 1–0, the only goal coming from Pauleta.[4] 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.[5][6]

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

2010 World Cup failureEdit

After the 2006 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 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 NationsEdit

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.

AchievementsEdit

 
Angola lining-up before a friendly match in 2014
1999, 2001, 2004
1987
2011

Competition recordsEdit

World Cup recordEdit

As of 2018, Angola has qualified once for a FIFA World Cup. Its first participation in the World Cup qualifiers was in 1986, where they won in the first round, beating Senegal 4−3 on penalty kicks. They later lost in the second round of the 1986 World Cup qualifiers to Algeria. Algeria went to the third round and qualified for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

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

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Part of   Portugal Part of   Portugal
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974
  1978 Did not enter Declined participation
  1982
  1986 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 3 4
  1990 8 2 3 3 8 8
  1994 5 1 2 2 3 4
  1998 8 4 4 0 12 5
    2002 10 5 4 1 19 10
  2006 Group stage 23rd 3 0 2 1 1 2 12 7 3 2 15 9
  2010 Did not qualify 6 3 1 2 11 8
  2014 6 1 4 1 7 5
  2018 2 0 0 2 1 4
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total Group stage 1/21 3 0 2 1 1 2 61 24 22 15 79 57

Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit

Africa Cup of Nations record
Titles: 0
Appearances: 7
Year Position Year Position Year Position Year Position
  1957 Did not enter   1976 Did not enter   1994 Did not qualify     2012 Round 1
  1959 Did not enter   1978 Did not enter   1996 Round 1   2013 Round 1
  1962 Did not enter   1980 Did not enter   1998 Round 1   2015 Did not qualify
  1963 Did not enter   1982 Did not qualify     2000 Did not qualify   2017 Did not qualify
  1965 Did not enter   1984 Did not qualify   2002 Did not qualify   2019 Qualified
  1968 Did not enter   1986 Did not enter   2004 Did not qualify   2021 To be determined
  1970 Did not enter   1988 Did not qualify   2006 Round 1   2023 To be determined
  1972 Did not enter   1990 Did not qualify   2008 Quarter-finals   2025 To be determined
  1974 Did not enter   1992 Did not qualify   2010 Quarter-finals

Recent and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2018Edit

2019Edit

Kit historyEdit

Kit manufacturerEdit

Kit providers Period
  Puma 2006–2012
  Adidas 2012–2018
  Puma 2018–present

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players have been selected for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Botswana in 22 March 2019.[7]
Caps and goals updated as of 22 March 2019 after the game against Botswana.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Tony Cabaça (1986-04-23) 23 April 1986 (age 33) 1 0   1° de Agosto
12 1GK Jotabé (1987-10-30) 30 October 1987 (age 31) 0 0   Kabuscorp
1GK Landú Mavanga (1990-01-04) 4 January 1990 (age 29) 34 0   Interclube
1GK Ndulo (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 22) 1 0   Académica Lobito

2 2DF Isaac Correia (1991-04-25) 25 April 1991 (age 28) 17 0   1° de Agosto
3 2DF Wilson Carmo (1990-09-29) 29 September 1990 (age 28) 13 0   Petro de Luanda
5 2DF Dani Massunguna (1986-05-01) 1 May 1986 (age 33) 46 1   1° de Agosto
6 2DF Eddie Afonso (1994-03-07) 7 March 1994 (age 25) 11 0   Petro de Luanda
8 2DF Paízo (1992-05-10) 10 May 1992 (age 27) 9 0   1° de Agosto
15 2DF Bastos Quissanga (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 27) 44 2   Lazio
2DF Buatu Mananga (1993-09-27) 27 September 1993 (age 25) 15 0   Rio Ave
2DF Mira (1991-02-12) 12 February 1991 (age 28) 15 0   Petro de Luanda
2DF Clinton Mata (1992-11-07) 7 November 1992 (age 26) 8 0   Club Brugge
2DF Tó Carneiro (1995-11-05) 5 November 1995 (age 23) 7 0   Petro de Luanda

4 3MF Show (1999-03-06) 6 March 1999 (age 20) 10 0   1° de Agosto
16 3MF Stélvio (1989-01-24) 24 January 1989 (age 30) 10 0   Dudelange
18 3MF Herenilson (1996-08-26) 26 August 1996 (age 22) 22 0   Petro de Luanda
3MF José Ganga (1994-03-24) 24 March 1994 (age 25) 0 0   1° de Agosto

7 4FW Djalma Campos (c) (1987-05-30) 30 May 1987 (age 31) 46 7   Alanyaspor
9 4FW Fredy Kulembé (1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 (age 29) 21 2   Belenenses
10 4FW Igor Vetokele (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 27) 7 0   Charlton Athletic
11 4FW Geraldo (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 27) 20 1   Al Ahly
13 4FW (1998-04-24) 24 April 1998 (age 21) 23 2   Leixões
14 4FW Mabululu (1989-09-10) 10 September 1989 (age 29) 7 4   1° de Agosto
17 4FW Wilson Eduardo (1990-07-08) 8 July 1990 (age 28) 1 1   Braga
4FW Nélson Luz (1998-02-04) 4 February 1998 (age 21) 9 0   1° de Agosto
4FW Chico (1991-09-24) 24 September 1991 (age 27) 3 0   Bravos do Maquis

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for Angola in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Gerson Barros (1987-07-27) 27 July 1987 (age 31) 10 0   Petro de Luanda 2018 COSAFA Cup

DF Mingo Bile (1987-06-15) 15 June 1987 (age 31) 36 1   1° de Agosto v.   Burkina Faso, 18 November 2018
DF Nandinho (1998-05-25) 25 May 1998 (age 20) 7 0   Progresso Sambizanga 2018 COSAFA Cup
DF Mona (1997-07-26) 26 July 1997 (age 21) 4 0   Rec da Caála 2018 COSAFA Cup
DF (1995-02-20) 20 February 1995 (age 24) 4 0   Huíla 2018 COSAFA Cup
DF De Paizo (1991-02-22) 22 February 1991 (age 28) 4 0   Kabuscorp 2018 COSAFA Cup
DF Lulas (1996-05-17) 17 May 1996 (age 23) 1 0   Sagrada Esperança 2018 COSAFA Cup
DF Bonifácio Caetano (1993-08-09) 9 August 1993 (age 25) 1 0   1° de Agosto 2018 COSAFA Cup

MF Ary Papel (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 25) 35 5   Sporting CP v.   Burkina Faso, 18 November 2018
MF Paty (1990-06-03) 3 June 1990 (age 28) 26 0   Interclube v.   Burkina Faso, 18 November 2018
MF Buá (1988-09-06) 6 September 1988 (age 30) 10 2   1° de Agosto v.   Burkina Faso, 18 November 2018
MF Mário Balbúrdia (1997-08-19) 19 August 1997 (age 21) 1 0   1° de Agosto v.   Burkina Faso, 18 November 2018
MF Job (1990-09-29) 29 September 1990 (age 28) 64 7   Petro de Luanda v.   Botswana, 9 September 2018
MF Carlinhos (1995-03-19) 19 March 1995 (age 24) 10 0   Petro de Luanda 2018 COSAFA Cup
MF Nandinho (1985-09-17) 17 September 1985 (age 33) 7 0   Kabuscorp 2018 COSAFA Cup
MF Mateus Domingos (1993-08-20) 20 August 1993 (age 25) 6 0   Petro de Luanda 2018 COSAFA Cup
MF Chiló (1990-12-23) 23 December 1990 (age 28) 3 0   Progresso Sambizanga 2018 COSAFA Cup
MF Além (1997-12-06) 6 December 1997 (age 21) 2 0   Progresso Sambizanga 2018 COSAFA Cup
MF Zé Ventura (1996-08-03) 3 August 1996 (age 22) 2 0   Huíla 2018 COSAFA Cup
MF Pedro Agostinho (2000-07-30) 30 July 2000 (age 18) 2 0   Petro de Luanda 2018 COSAFA Cup

FW Mateus Galiano (1984-06-19) 19 June 1984 (age 34) 59 12   Boavista v.   Burkina Faso, 18 November 2018
FW Gelson (1996-07-13) 13 July 1996 (age 22) 22 11   Rio Ave v.   Burkina Faso, 18 November 2018
FW Yano (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 26) 27 3   Progresso Sambizanga v.   Botswana, 9 September 2018
FW Kaporal (1994-05-16) 16 May 1994 (age 25) 5 1   Interclube 2018 COSAFA Cup
FW Chico Banza (1998-12-17) 17 December 1998 (age 20) 3 0   Leixões 2018 COSAFA Cup
FW Nelito (1988-11-05) 5 November 1988 (age 30) 2 0   Kabuscorp 2018 COSAFA Cup

DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player has retired from international football.
SUS Suspended from the national team.

Previous squadsEdit

FIFA World Cup

Africa Cup of Nations

RecordsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Angola - List of International Matches". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  4. ^ Brodkin, Jon (12 June 2006). "Figo sparkles as Ronaldo's tricks lead to the bench". Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Mexico 0–0 Angola". BBC. 16 June 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Iran 1–1 Angola". BBC. 21 June 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  7. ^ https://www.record.pt/internacional/competicoes-de-selecoes/can/detalhe/angola-convoca-29-jogadores-para-o-ultimo-jogo-de-apuramento
  8. ^ Roberto Mamrud. "Angola – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 16 September 2016.

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