Angola national football team
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The Angola national football team (Portuguese: Seleção nacional de futebol de Angola) represents Angola in men's international football and it is controlled by the Angolan Football Federation, The team made its first appearance in 2006 FIFA World Cup, the team's nickname is Palancas Negras, The team is governing body of Football in Angola in the country, The team represents both FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF).
|Nickname(s)||Palancas Negras |
(Giant sable antelopes)
|Association||Angolan Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||COSAFA (Southern Africa)|
|Head coach||Pedro Gonçalves|
|Most caps||Flávio (91)|
|Top scorer||Akwá (39)|
|Home stadium||Estádio 11 de Novembro|
|Current||124 (11 June 2020)|
|Highest||45 (July 2000)|
|Lowest||147 (March 2017)|
| Congo 3–2 Angola |
(Brazzaville, Congo; 8 February 1976)
| Angola 7–1 Swaziland |
(Luanda, Angola; 23 April 2000)
| Portugal 6–0 Angola |
(Lisbon, Portugal; 23 March 1989)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2006)|
|Best result||Group stage, 2006|
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||8 (first in 1996)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals, 2008 and 2010|
Angola reached its highest FIFA ranking, 45th place, in July 2000. Their greatest accomplishment was qualifying for the 2006 World Cup, as this was their first appearance on the World Cup finals stage.
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. 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
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. 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.
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.
- COSAFA Cup: 3
- 1999, 2001, 2004
- Central African Games runners-up: 1
- African Nations Championship runners-up: 1
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.
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1930||Part of Portugal||Part of Portugal|
|1978||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1986||Did not qualify||4||1||1||2||3||4|
|2010||Did not qualify||6||3||1||2||11||8|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit
|Africa Cup of Nations record|
|Titles: 0 |
|1957||Part of Portugal|
|1976||Not affiliated to CAF|
|1982||Did not qualify|
|1986||Did not enter|
|1988||Did not qualify|
|2000||Did not qualify|
|2015||Did not qualify|
|2021||To be determined|
African Nations Championship recordEdit
|African Nations Championship|
|2009||Did not qualify|
|2014||Did not qualify|
|2020||Did not qualify|
|2022||To be determined|
|COSAFA Cup Record|
Recent schedule and resultsEdit
The following is a list of match results from the previous 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Win Draw Loss Postponed
|24 June 2019 2019 AFCON GS||Tunisia||1–1||Angola||Suez, Egypt|
||Stadium: Suez Stadium|
Referee: Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)
|29 June 2019 2019 AFCON GS||Mauritania||0–0||Angola||Suez, Egypt|
|16:30 (CAT)||Report||Stadium: Suez Stadium|
Referee: Ibrahim Nour El Din (Egypt)
|2 July 2019 2019 AFCON GS||Angola||0–1||Mali||Ismailia, Egypt|
|21:00 (CAT)||Report||Haidara 37'||Stadium: Ismailia Stadium|
Referee: Redouane Jiyed (Morocco)
|6 September 2019 2022 FWCQ||Gambia||0–1||Angola||Bakau, Gambia|
|17:00 UTC±0||Report||Gaspar 31'||Stadium: Independence Stadium|
Referee: Quadri Adebimpe (Nigeria)
|10 September 2019 2022 FWCQ||Angola||2–1|
|16:00 UTC+1||Geraldo 41'
|Report||Ceesay 65'||Stadium: Estádio 11 de Novembro|
Referee: Jean-Marc Ganamandji (Central African Republic)
|13 November 2019 2021 AFCONQ||Angola||1–3||Gambia||Luanda, Angola|
||Stadium: Estádio 11 de Novembro|
|17 November 2019 2021 AFCONQ||Gabon||2–1||Angola||Franceville, Gabon|
||Stadium: Stade de Franceville|
|28 March 2021 AFCONQ||DR Congo||Postponed||Angola||Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo|
|20:00 UTC+1||Stadium: Stade de Franceville|
|31 March 2021 AFCONQ||Angola||Postponed||DR Congo||Luanda, Angola|
|17:00 UTC+1||Stadium: Estádio 11 de Novembro|
The following players have been selected for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification against Gambia and Gabon on 13 and 17 November 2019 respectively.
Caps and goals as of 17 November 2019 after the game against Gabon.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Tony Cabaça||23 April 1986||9||0||1° de Agosto|
|GK||Nsesani Simão||5 November 2000||0||0||Academica Lobito|
|GK||Jota Bé||6 April 1980||0||0||Kabuscorp|
|DF||Bastos Quissanga||23 November 1991||51||2||Lazio|
|DF||Isaac Costa||25 April 1991||21||0||1° de Agosto|
|DF||Wilson Gaspar||29 September 1990||20||1||Petro de Luanda|
|DF||Paizo||10 May 1992||13||0||1° de Agosto|
|DF||Nandinho||25 May 1998||7||0||Progresso Sambizanga\|
|DF||Núrio Fortuna||24 March 1995||4||0||Charleroi|
|DF||Quinito||13 March 1998||2||0||Interclube|
|DF||Diógenes João||1 January 1997||6||0||Petro de Luanda|
|MF||Herenilson||26 August 1996||30||0||Petro de Luanda|
|MF||Fredy Kulembé||27 March 1990||28||2||Antalyaspor|
|MF||Show||6 March 1999||16||0||Belenenses|
|MF||Ito||29 November 1994||13||0||Interclube|
|MF||Macaia||24 March 1994||4||0||1° de Agosto|
|MF||Além||6 December 1997||2||0||Petro de Luanda|
|FW||Mateus Galiano||19 June 1984||67||12||Boavista|
|FW||Yano||8 July 1992||31||4||Progresso Sambizanga|
|FW||Gelson||13 July 1996||27||11||Antalyaspor|
|FW||Geraldo||23 November 1991||27||2||Al Ahly|
|FW||Vá||24 April 1998||24||2||Leixões|
|FW||Mano Calesso||4 August 1989||7||0||Interclube|
|FW||Wilson Eduardo||8 July 1990||6||2||Al-Ain|
|FW||Fábio Abreu||29 January 1993||4||1||Moreirense|
The following players have also been called up to the Angola squad within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Landú Mavanga||4 January 1990||35||0||Interclube||v. Gambia, 10 September 2019|
|GK||Ndulo||1 June 1996||1||0||Desportivo da Huíla||v. Gambia, 10 September 2019|
|DF||Dani Massunguna||1 May 1986||50||1||1° de Agosto||v. Gambia, 10 September 2019|
|DF||Eddie Afonso||7 March 1994||13||0||Petro de Luanda||v. Gambia, 10 September 2019|
|FW||Mabululu||10 September 1989||13||5||1° de Agosto||v. Gambia, 10 September 2019|
|FW||Zito Luvumbo||9 March 2002||2||0||1° de Agosto||v. Gambia, 10 September 2019|
DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
- 2019 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola
- 2013 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola
- 2012 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola
- 2010 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola
- 2008 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola
- 2006 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola
- 1998 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola
- 1996 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola
Most capped playersEdit
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- Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 1 August 2020. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
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- Brodkin, Jon (12 June 2006). "Figo sparkles as Ronaldo's tricks lead to the bench". Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
- "Mexico 0–0 Angola". BBC. 16 June 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
- "Iran 1–1 Angola". BBC. 21 June 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
- "Apuramento CAN: Convocatória para os jogos com a Gâmbia e Gabão" (in Portuguese).
- Roberto Mamrud. "Angola – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 16 September 2016.