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The Angola national football team, nicknamed Palancas Negras (Giant sable antelopes), represents Angola in international football and is controlled by the Angolan Football Federation, the governing body of association football in the country.

Angola
Nickname(s)Palancas Negras
(Giant sable antelopes)
AssociationAngolan Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coachPedro Gonçalves (interim)
CaptainDjalma Campos
Most capsFlávio (91)
Top scorerAkwá (39)
Home stadiumEstádio 11 de Novembro
FIFA codeANG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 121 Increase 1 (19 September 2019)[1]
Highest45 (July 2000)
Lowest147 (March 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 104 Increase 38 (13 September 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

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.

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: 8
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1957 Part of   Portugal
  1959
  1962
  1963
  1965
  1968
  1970
  1972
  1974
  1976 Not affiliated to CAF
  1978
  1980
  1982 Did not qualify
  1984
  1986 Did not enter
  1988 Did not qualify
  1990
  1992
  1994
  1996 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 4 6
  1998 Group stage 13th 3 0 2 1 5 8
    2000 Did not qualify
  2002
  2004
  2006 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 4 5
  2008 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 2 1 5 4
  2010 Quarter-finals 5th 4 1 2 1 6 5
    2012 Group stage 11th 3 1 1 1 4 5
  2013 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 1 4
  2015 Did not qualify
  2017
  2019 Group stage 18th 3 0 2 1 1 2
  2021 To be determined
  2023
  2025
Total Quarter-finals 8/32 26 4 12 10 30 39

African Nations Championship recordEdit

African Nations Championship
Appearances: 3
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  2009 Did not qualify
  2011 Runners-up 2nd 6 1 4 1 4 6
  2014 Did not qualify
  2016 Group stage 11th 3 1 0 2 4 6
  2018 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 2 1 2 2
  2020 To be determined
  2022
Total Runners-up 3/5 13 3 6 4 10 14

COSAFA CupEdit

COSAFA Cup Record
Year Rank Pld W D L GF GA
1997 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2008 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2009 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2015 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2016 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2017 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2018 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2019 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0/19 - - - - - -

Recent 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 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Gambia on 6 - 10 September 2019.[7]

Caps and goals as of 2 July 2019 after the game against Mali.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Landú Mavanga (1990-01-04) 4 January 1990 (age 29) 34 0   Interclube
1GK Tony Cabaça (1986-04-23) 23 April 1986 (age 33) 5 0   1° de Agosto
1GK Ndulo (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 23) 1 0   Desportivo da Huíla

2DF Dani Massunguna (1986-05-01) 1 May 1986 (age 33) 50 1   1° de Agosto
2DF Bastos Quissanga (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 27) 47 2   Lazio
2DF Isaac Costa (1991-04-25) 25 April 1991 (age 28) 18 0   1° de Agosto
2DF Wilson Gaspar (1990-09-29) 29 September 1990 (age 28) 14 0   Petro de Luanda
2DF Paizo (1992-05-10) 10 May 1992 (age 27) 13 0   1° de Agosto
2DF Eddie Afonso (1994-03-07) 7 March 1994 (age 25) 12 0   Petro de Luanda
2DF Nandinho (1998-05-25) 25 May 1998 (age 21) 7 0   Progresso Sambizanga
2DF Núrio Fortuna (1995-03-24) 24 March 1995 (age 24) 0 0   Charleroi

3MF Herenilson (1996-08-26) 26 August 1996 (age 23) 26 0   Petro de Luanda
3MF Fredy Kulembé (1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 (age 29) 24 2   Antalyaspor
3MF Show (1999-03-06) 6 March 1999 (age 20) 12 0   Lille
3MF José Ganga (1994-03-24) 24 March 1994 (age 25) 3 0   1° de Agosto
3MF Além (1997-12-06) 6 December 1997 (age 21) 2 0   Petro de Luanda

4FW Mateus (1984-06-19) 19 June 1984 (age 35) 63 12   Boavista
4FW Yano (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 27) 27 3   Progresso Sambizanga
4FW (1998-04-24) 24 April 1998 (age 21) 23 2   Leixões
4FW Geraldo (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 27) 23 1   Al Ahly
4FW Mabululu (1989-09-10) 10 September 1989 (age 30) 12 5   1° de Agosto
4FW Wilson Eduardo (1990-07-08) 8 July 1990 (age 29) 5 1   Braga
4FW Zito Luvumbo (2002-03-09) 9 March 2002 (age 17) 0 0   1° de Agosto
4FW Fábio Abreu (1993-01-29) 29 January 1993 (age 26) 0 0   Moreirense

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 Jotabé (1987-10-30) 30 October 1987 (age 31) 0 0   Kabuscorp v.   Botswana, 22 March 2019

DF Jonathan Buatu (1993-09-27) 27 September 1993 (age 25) 13 0   Mouscron 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Bruno Gaspar (1993-04-21) 21 April 1993 (age 26) 3 0   Olympiacos 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Clinton Mata (1992-11-07) 7 November 1992 (age 26) 8 0   Club Brugge 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
DF Jonás Ramalho (1993-06-10) 10 June 1993 (age 26) 0 0   Girona 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
DF Mira (1991-02-12) 12 February 1991 (age 28) 15 0   Petro de Luanda v.   Botswana, 22 March 2019
DF Tó Carneiro (1995-11-05) 5 November 1995 (age 23) 7 0   Petro de Luanda v.   Botswana, 22 March 2019
DF Mingo Bile (1987-06-15) 15 June 1987 (age 32) 36 1   1° de Agosto v.   Burkina Faso, 18 November 2018

MF Stélvio (1989-01-24) 24 January 1989 (age 30) 11 0   Virton 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
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 29) 26 0   Interclube v.   Burkina Faso, 18 November 2018
MF Buá (1988-09-06) 6 September 1988 (age 31) 10 2   1° de Agosto v.   Burkina Faso, 18 November 2018
MF Mário Balbúrdia (1997-08-19) 19 August 1997 (age 22) 1 0   1° de Agosto v.   Burkina Faso, 18 November 2018

FW Djalma Campos (1987-05-30) 30 May 1987 (age 32) 50 8   Alanyaspor 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Gelson Dala (1996-07-13) 13 July 1996 (age 23) 26 11   Rio Ave 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Evandro Brandão (1991-05-04) 4 May 1991 (age 28) 2 1   Maccabi Petah Tikva 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Chico (1991-09-24) 24 September 1991 (age 27) 3 0   Bravos do Maquis 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
FW Jérémie Bela (1993-04-08) 8 April 1993 (age 26) 0 0   Albacete 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
FW Nelson Luz (1998-02-04) 4 February 1998 (age 21) 9 0   1° de Agosto v.   Botswana, 22 March 2019
FW Igor Vetokele (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 27) 7 0   Charlton Athletic v.   Botswana, 22 March 2019

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. 19 September 2019. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 13 September 2019. Retrieved 13 September 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. ^ "ANGOLA NAME WCQ SQUAD". Africanfootball. 30 August 2019. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  8. ^ Roberto Mamrud. "Angola – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 16 September 2016.

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