Cape Verde national football team

The Cape Verde national football team (Portuguese: Seleção nacional de futebol de Cabo Verde) represents Cape Verde in men's international association football and is controlled by the Cape Verdean Football Federation. The team has never qualified for FIFA World Cups but has qualified for two tournaments of Africa Cup of Nations, 2013 and 2015.

Cape Verde
Nickname(s)Tubarões Azuis
(Blue Sharks)[1]
Crioulos (Creoles)
AssociationCape Verdean Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachBubista
CaptainHéldon Ramos
Most capsBabanco (61)
Top scorerHéldon Ramos (15)[2]
Home stadiumEstádio Nacional de Cabo Verde
FIFA codeCPV
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current77
Highest27 (February 2014)
Lowest182 (April 2000)
Elo ranking
Current 106 Decrease 1 (19 November 2020)[3]
Highest69 (31 March 2015)
Lowest146 (August 1998)
First international
 Cape Verde 0–1 Angola 
(Cape Verde; 1978)
Biggest win
 Cape Verde 7–1 São Tomé and Príncipe 
(Praia, Cape Verde; 13 June 2015)
Biggest defeat
 Senegal 5–1 Cape Verde 
(Mali; 12 February 1981)
 Cape Verde 0–4 Ghana 
(Praia, Cape Verde; 8 October 2005)
 Guinea 4–0 Cape Verde 
(Conakry, Guinea; 9 September 2007)  Burkina Faso 4-0 Cape Verde  (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; 14 November 2017)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances2 (first in 2013)
Best resultQuarter-finals, 2013

HistoryEdit

OverviewEdit

The Cape Verde became independent from Portugal in 1975. The national team's first international was a 0–3 defeat to Guinea-Bissau in the 1979 Amílcar Cabral Cup.[4] Cape Verde's football association was formed in 1982, and joined FIFA in 1986.[5]

Cape Verdeans abroad, who are more numerous than the population of the islands themselves, are a major source of players for the national team. Most of Cape Verde's current international footballers play outside Cape Verde (mainly in Europe, but also in Asia), and some were born outside the islands.[6]

Several players of Cape Verdean origin have chosen to play for other national teams. These include Eliseu, Nani, Oceano, Manuel Fernandes, Rolando, Nélson Marcos, Jorge Andrade, Miguel and Silvestre Varela, who all represent Portugal, as well as Mickaël Tavares, Jacques and Ricardo Faty (Senegal), Patrick Vieira (France), Gelson Fernandes (Switzerland), Henrik Larsson (Sweden), David Mendes da Silva, Lerin Duarte, Jerson Cabral (Netherlands) and Rui (Equatorial Guinea), among other examples.

World Cup and African Nations Cup qualifiersEdit

Cape Verde has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup but have qualified for the 2013 African Cup of Nations. Its first World Cup qualifying campaign was the 2002 World Cup qualifiers, in which Cape Verde was eliminated in the first round after one draw and one defeat against Algeria.[7]

In the qualification campaign for the 2006 World Cup and the 2006 African Nations Cup, Cape Verde advanced to the Final Round after its first victory in a World Cup qualifier, beating Swaziland. In the Final Round, the team made an impression with its first ever away victory against Burkina Faso, but finished fifth in its group and failed to qualify for either finals.[7]

Old coach João de Deus from Portugal brought in several new players from European leagues for the 2010 World Cup/2010 African Nations Cup qualifiers.[6] Cape Verde finished second in its group in the Second round, ahead of Tanzania and Mauritius, but behind Cameroon, and did not advance to the Third round. Cape Verde's top goalscorer of the qualifying campaign was Julio Tavares.

Then, finally, Cape Verde qualified for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, after stunning Cameroon 3–2 on aggregate.

2013 Africa Cup of NationsEdit

On 14 October 2012, Cape Verde managed to secure their first ever berth in the Finals of the Africa Cup of Nations, when they defeated Cameroon 3–2 on aggregate score, following a 2–1 defeat to Cameroon at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaoundé, having won the home leg 2–0 in Praia just weeks prior to their qualification.

On 24 October 2012, Cape Verde were drawn into Group A of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, alongside Angola, Morocco and the host nation South Africa. Furthermore, Cape Verde played the opening match of the tournament at Soccer City in Johannesburg, Gauteng, against South Africa on 19 January 2013 – Soccer City being the host venue for the 2010 World Cup Final. Pulled from the fourth pot during the group stage drawing of the tournament, Cape Verde actually had the highest FIFA ranking of any team in their group at the time of the drawing, ranking at 51st overall, followed by Morocco (71st), South Africa (72nd) and Angola (83rd). Cape Verde also had the 10th highest FIFA ranking in the CAF zone at the time of the drawing as well.

Cape Verde drew with South Africa 0–0 in the tournament's first match, before drawing with Morocco 1–1. Platini scored Cape Verde's first ever goal at the AFCON, who were unfortunate to let an early lead slip. They however did win their first ever AFCON match against Angola, which they won 2–1 (despite an early own goal by captain Nando Maria Neves), through the late goals from Fernando Varela and Héldon Ramos, thus qualifying for the quarter-finals, and thus reaching the last eight in their maiden appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations.

On 2 February 2013, Cape Verde faced Ghana in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, in the quarter-finals of the tournament. Cape Verde played a good match, with 16 shots on Ghana's goal to their 8, with 7 shots on target to their 2, Cape Verde proved to be especially dangerous from set-pieces, however Ghana's keeper Abdul Dauda managed to keep a clean sheet making some spectacular saves, and with Wakaso Mubarak scoring a penalty kick for Ghana in the 54' minute, and then scoring again in the closing minute of the game (90+5') on an open goal, Ghana would win the match 2–0, to move on to the semi-finals, and ending Cape Verde's exceptional 2013 Africa Cup of Nations campaign.[8]

2015 Africa Cup of NationsEdit

On 15 October 2014, Cape Verde became the first of two nations to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations alongside Algeria, joining the host nation Equatorial Guinea after defeating Mozambique 1–0 at home.[9] The team, under newly appointed manager Rui Águas, picked up where Lúcio Antunes left off and managed to finish in the top two of the group stage with two matches remaining to play in the qualification process, having been drawn in a group together with Mozambique, Niger and Zambia.[10] On 15 November 2014, Cape Verde secured first place in their group, finishing as Group F winners by defeating Niger 3–1 at home, with one match remaining to play for qualification.[11]

Pooled from Pot 3 on 3 December 2014, Cape Verde were drawn into Group B of the final tournament, together with Zambia, Tunisia and DR Congo. On 18 January 2015 they played their first match against Tunisia at the Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín. The match ended in a 1–1 draw, with Héldon leveling the score off a penalty kick in the 78-minute. Cape Verde then drew 0–0 against DR Congo four days later, with the advancement out of the group stage depending on the final match results of both teams.[12]

Facing off against Zambia on 26 January 2015, with both teams depending on the result of the other match between Tunisia and DR Congo and having to finish with a win themselves, the match ended in 0–0 draw, leaving both Cape Verde and Zambia eliminated from the Cup.[13] Contested during a tropical storm, with 26 mm of heavy rainfall, Cape Verde exited the tournament tied with DR Congo for points and undefeated, yet losing to DR Congo on goal difference. Exhibiting good form, poise and defensive prowess, the team were only able to score one goal, while exiting at the group stage of their second appearance in the finals of the tournament, while remaining unbeaten in any Cup of Nations group stage match.[14]

Other tournaments and notable matchesEdit

Cape Verde has two titles: It hosted and won the Amílcar Cabral Cup in 2000, and won the gold medal in the football tournament at the 2009 Lusophony Games. The team also won a bronze medal at the 2006 Lusophony Games. Roberto Lopes, the star center back for Irish team Shamrock Rovers was voted the greatest player in Cape Verde history. For the first time in its history, on 2 November 2002, it faced a non-African team, Luxembourg, in a friendly, resulting in a scoreless draw. On 4 September 2009, it faced Malta in a friendly, resulting in a 2–0 victory. On 24 May 2010, Cape Verde played out a 0–0 draw in a friendly match against a full-strength Portugal.[15] At the time, Portugal was third in the FIFA rankings and Cape Verde were 117th.[16] On 31 March 2015, a second friendly against Portugal resulted in a 2–0 victory in Portugal.[17]

StadiumsEdit

The team used to play their games at Estádio da Várzea. It is located in the capital city, Praia, on the Santiago Island. The stadium opened in 2006 and holds 10,000 people.

In 2014 the new stadium Estádio Nacional de Cabo Verde was opened, able to host a capacity of 15,000 people. On 15 October 2014 the team qualified for their second Africa Cup of Nations at the new stadium, in a 1–0 victory over Mozambique, making them the first of all teams in CAF to qualify for the tournament.

World Cup recordEdit

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 to   1974 Part of Portugal Part of Portugal
  1978 to   1982 Not a member of FIFA Not a member of FIFA
  1986 to   1998 Did not enter Did not enter
    2002 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 0 2
  2006 12 4 2 6 12 16
  2010 6 3 0 3 7 8
  2014 6 3 0 3 9 7
  2018 8 3 0 5 5 14
  2022 To be determined
      2026
Total Group stage 0/21 0 0 0 0 0 0 34 13 3 18 33 47

Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit

Titles: 0
Appearances: 2
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1957 Part of   Portugal
  1959
  1962
  1963
  1965
  1968
  1970
  1972
  1974
  1976 Not a member of CAF
  1978
  1980
  1982
  1984
  1986
  1988
  1990
  1992
  1994 Did not qualify
  1996 Withdrew
  1998 Did not enter
   2000 Did not qualify
  2002
  2004
  2006
  2008
  2010
   2012
  2013 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 2 1 3 4
  2015 Group stage 11th 3 0 3 0 1 1
  2017 Did not qualify
  2019
  2021 To be determined
  2023
  2025
Total Quarter-finals 2/32 7 1 5 1 4 5

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

For all past match results of the national team, see the team's results page

The following matches were played or are scheduled to be played by the national team in the current or upcoming seasons.

2019Edit

13 November 2019 2021 AFCONQCameroon  0–0  Cape VerdeYaoundé, Cameroon
17:00 UTC+1 Stadium: Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo
18 November 2019 2021 AFCONQCape Verde  2–2  MozambiquePraia, Cape Verde
18:00 UTC−1
Stadium: Estádio Nacional de Cabo Verde

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Vozinha (1986-06-03) 3 June 1986 (age 34) 48 0   AEL Limassol
12 1GK Márcio Rosa (1997-02-23) 23 February 1997 (age 23) 1 0   C.D. Cova da Piedade
23 1GK Ivan Cruz (1996-05-03) 3 May 1996 (age 24) 0 0   União Sport Clube Paredes

2 2DF Stopira (1988-05-20) 20 May 1988 (age 32) 37 1   Fehérvár
22 2DF Jeffry Fortes (1989-03-22) 22 March 1989 (age 31) 18 0   Sparta Rotterdam
4 2DF Carlos Ponck (1995-01-13) 13 January 1995 (age 25) 18 0   İstanbul Başakşehir
3 2DF Steven Fortès (1992-04-17) 17 April 1992 (age 28) 5 0   Lens
14 2DF Roberto Lopes (1992-06-17) 17 June 1992 (age 28) 1 0   Shamrock Rovers
13 2DF Steve Furtado (1994-11-22) 22 November 1994 (age 26) 2 0   Beroe Stara Zagora
16 2DF Dylan Tavares (1996-08-30) 30 August 1996 (age 24) 1 0   Stade Lausanne

6 3MF Marco Soares (1984-06-16) 16 June 1984 (age 36) 48 3   Arouca
8 3MF Hélder Tavares (1989-12-26) 26 December 1989 (age 30) 12 0   Giresunspor
10 3MF Jamiro Monteiro (1993-11-28) 28 November 1993 (age 26) 8 0   Philadelphia Union
15 3MF Bruno Leite (1995-03-26) 26 March 1995 (age 25) 5 0   Haugesund
5 3MF Nuno Borges (1988-03-31) 31 March 1988 (age 32) 4 0   Nacional
18 3MF Kévin Oliveira (1996-06-08) 8 June 1996 (age 24) 2 0   Doxa Katokopias
25 3MF Patrick Andrade (1993-02-09) 9 February 1993 (age 27) 1 0   Qarabağ

20 4FW Ryan Mendes (1990-01-08) 8 January 1990 (age 30) 47 10   Al-Nasr
19 4FW Júlio Tavares (1988-11-19) 19 November 1988 (age 32) 35 4   Al-Faisaly
7 4FW Platini (1986-04-16)16 April 1986 (aged 26) 24 1   FC Politehnica Iași
18 4FW Lisandro Semedo (1996-03-12) 12 March 1996 (age 24) 4 1   Fortuna Sittard
17 4FW Patrick (1993-12-13) 13 December 1993 (age 26) 2 0   Farense
21 4FW Willis Furtado (1997-09-04) 4 September 1997 (age 23) 3 0   Masr
24 4FW Willy Semedo (1994-04-27) 27 April 1994 (age 26) 2 0   Grenoble
9 4FW Gilson Tavares (2001-12-29) 29 December 2001 (age 18) 1 0   Estoril Praia

Recent call-upsEdit

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up


MF Kenny Rocha Santos (2000-01-03) 3 January 2000 (age 20) 4 0   Nancy v.   Guinea, 10 October 2020

FW Garry Rodrigues (1990-11-27) 27 November 1990 (age 29) 30 5   Al-Ittihad v.   Rwanda, 12 November 2020 INJ

WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.
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

RecordsEdit

AppearancesEdit

Pos. Name Period Apps Goals
1 Babanco 2007– 61 5
2 Fernando Varela 2008– 52 3
3 Héldon 2008– 51 15
4 Lito 2002–2012 48 7
5 Marco Soares 2006– 47 3
6 Vozinha 2012– 48 0
7 Nando 2002–2013 42 0
8 Ryan Mendes 2010– 41 7
9 Carlitos 2012– 34 0
10 Stopira 2007– 33 1

GoalsEdit

Pos. Name Period Goals Apps
1 Héldon 2008– 15 51
2 Caló 1998–2007 10 24
3 Lito 2002–2012 7 48
4 Ryan Mendes 2010– 41

Managers since 2003Edit

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

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