Angola national football team
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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.
|Nickname(s)||Palancas Negras |
(Giant sable antelopes)
|Association||Angolan Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||COSAFA (Southern Africa)|
|Head coach||Srđjan Vasiljević|
|Most caps||Flávio (91)|
|Top scorer||Akwá (39)|
|Home stadium||Estádio 11 de Novembro|
|Current||123 1 (14 June 2019)|
|Highest||45 (July 2000)|
|Lowest||147 (March 2017)|
|Current||116 31 (10 July 2019)|
|Highest||50 (September–October 2006)|
|Lowest||160 (3 September 2016)|
| 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 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||To be determined|
|COSAFA Cup Record|
Recent and fixturesEdit
Win Draw Loss
|9 September 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Angola||1–0||Botswana||Luanda, Angola|
||Report||Stadium: Estádio 11 de Novembro|
Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
|12 October 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Angola||4–1||Mauritania||Luanda, Angola|
||Stadium: Estádio 11 de Novembro|
Referee: Thierry Nkurunziza (Burundi)
|16 October 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Mauritania||1–0||Angola||Nouakchott, Mauritania|
||Report||Stadium: Stade Olympique|
Referee: Sadok Selmi (Tunisia)
|18 November 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Angola||2–1||Burkina Faso||Luanda, Angola|
||Stadium: Estádio 11 de Novembro|
Referee: Jean-Jacques Ndala Ngambo (DR Congo)
|22 March 2019 2019 AFCONQ||Botswana||0–1||Angola||Francistown, Botswana|
||Stadium: Francistown Stadium|
Referee: Amin Mohamed Omar (Egypt)
|8 June 2019 Friendly||Angola||2–0||Guinea-Bissau||Penafiel, Portugal|
|17:15 (UTC+1)||Report||Stadium: Estádio 25 de Abril|
|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)
Caps and goals as of 2 July 2019 after the game against Mali.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Ndulo||1 June 1996||1||0||Desportivo da Huíla|
|12||GK||Tony Cabaça||23 April 1986||5||0||1° de Agosto|
|22||GK||Landú Mavanga||4 January 1990||34||0||Interclube|
|2||DF||Bruno Gaspar||21 April 1993||4||0||Sporting CP|
|3||DF||Jonathan Buatu||27 September 1993||16||0||Rio Ave|
|5||DF||Dani Massunguna||1 May 1986||50||1||1° de Agosto|
|6||DF||Wilson Carmo||29 September 1990||14||0||Petro de Luanda|
|8||DF||Paizo||10 May 1992||13||0||1° de Agosto|
|15||DF||Bastos Quissanga||23 November 1991||47||2||Lazio|
|21||DF||Isaac Correia||25 April 1991||18||0||1° de Agosto|
|23||DF||Eddie Afonso||7 March 1994||12||0||Petro de Luanda|
|4||MF||Show||6 March 1999||12||0||1° de Agosto|
|13||MF||José Macaia||24 March 1994||3||0||1° de Agosto|
|16||MF||Stélvio||24 January 1989||12||0||Dudelange|
|18||MF||Herenilson||26 August 1996||26||0||Petro de Luanda|
|7||FW||Djalma Campos||30 May 1987||50||8||Alanyaspor|
|9||FW||Fredy Kulembé||27 March 1990||24||2||Antalyaspor|
|10||FW||Gelson Dala||13 July 1996||26||11||Rio Ave|
|11||FW||Geraldo||23 November 1991||23||1||Al Ahly|
|14||FW||Mabululu||10 September 1989||12||5||1° de Agosto|
|17||FW||Mateus (captain)||19 June 1984||63||12||Boavista|
|19||FW||Evandro Brandão||4 May 1991||2||1||Leixões|
|20||FW||Wilson Eduardo||8 July 1990||5||1||Braga|
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||Jotabé||30 October 1987||0||0||Kabuscorp||v. Botswana, 22 March 2019|
|DF||Clinton Mata||7 November 1992||8||0||Club Brugge||2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE|
|DF||Jonás Ramalho||10 June 1993||0||0||Girona||2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE|
|DF||Mira||12 February 1991||15||0||Petro de Luanda||v. Botswana, 22 March 2019|
|DF||Tó Carneiro||5 November 1995||7||0||Petro de Luanda||v. Botswana, 22 March 2019|
|DF||Mingo Bile||15 June 1987||36||1||1° de Agosto||v. Burkina Faso, 18 November 2018|
|MF||Ary Papel||3 March 1994||35||5||Sporting CP||v. Burkina Faso, 18 November 2018|
|MF||Paty||3 June 1990||26||0||Interclube||v. Burkina Faso, 18 November 2018|
|MF||Buá||6 September 1988||10||2||1° de Agosto||v. Burkina Faso, 18 November 2018|
|MF||Mário Balbúrdia||19 August 1997||1||0||1° de Agosto||v. Burkina Faso, 18 November 2018|
|MF||Job||27 September 1987||64||7||Petro de Luanda||v. Botswana, 9 September 2018|
|FW||Chico||24 September 1991||3||0||Bravos do Maquis||2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE|
|FW||Jérémie Bela||8 April 1993||0||0||Albacete||2019 Africa Cup of Nations|
|FW||Vá||24 April 1998||23||2||Leixões||v. Botswana, 22 March 2019|
|FW||Nelson Luz||4 February 1998||9||0||1° de Agosto||v. Botswana, 22 March 2019|
|FW||Igor Vetokele||23 November 1991||7||0||Charlton Athletic||v. Botswana, 22 March 2019|
|FW||Yano||8 July 1992||27||3||Progresso Sambizanga||v. Botswana, 9 September 2018|
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
- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
- Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 10 July 2019. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
- "Angola - List of International Matches". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
- 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.
- Ahly’s Geraldo named in Angola’s final squad for 2019 AFCON/ "Al Ahly's Geraldo named in Angola's final squad for 2019 AFCON" Check
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- Roberto Mamrud. "Angola – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 16 September 2016.