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The Liberia national football team, nicknamed the Lone Stars, is the national association football team of Liberia and is controlled by the Liberia Football Association. Although the country produced the 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year, George Weah, they have never reached the World Cup finals. Weah has been a patron of the Liberian team; not only has he played for and coached the side, but he also sponsored the team with his own money.

Liberia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Lone Stars
AssociationLiberia Football Association
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachThomas Kojo
CaptainWilliam Jebor
Home stadiumNational Complex
FIFA codeLBR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 153 Decrease 3 (4 April 2019)[1]
Highest66 (July 2001)
Lowest164 (October–November 2010)
Elo ranking
Current 124 Increase 7 (27 March 2019)[2]
Highest67 (March 2001)
Lowest151 (February 2009)
First international
France Ivory Coast 0–2 Liberia Liberia
(Abidjan, Ivory Coast; unknown date 1954)
Biggest win
 Liberia 5–0 Djibouti 
(Monrovia, Liberia; 29 March 2016)
Biggest defeat
 Ghana 6–0 Liberia Liberia
(Ghana; 6 April 1975)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances2 (first in 1996)
Best resultGroup stage, 1996 and 2002

Liberia has twice qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations – 1996 and 2002.

In 2010, the Hungarian Bertalan Bicskei, former coach of the national teams of Hungary and Malaysia, was named head coach of the Liberian national team. After being poisoned and seeking medical treatment, he was replaced by Roberto Landi for the rest of 2011.[3]

Since the retirement of George Weah, the roster of the national team changed significantly. Currently, a lot of Liberian international footballers play in foreign leagues, strikingly often in the Asian countries like in Indonesia and Malaysia.

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AchievementsEdit

West African Nations Cup :
  • 1 Time Runners-up
CEDEAO Cup :
  • 1 Time Runners-up

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
  1978
Did not enter Did not enter
  1982 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 0 1
  1986 2 0 0 2 0 4
  1990 8 3 3 2 4 3
  1994 Withdrew during qualifying Withdrew during qualifying
  1998 Did not qualify 8 2 1 5 7 12
   2002 10 6 1 3 11 2
  2006 12 2 1 9 6 29
  2010 6 0 3 3 4 12
  2014 6 1 1 4 3 9
  2018 4 1 1 2 4 6
  2022 To be determined To be determined
    2026 To be determined To be determined
Total - 0/21 - - - - - - 58 15 12 31 39 78

Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit

Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances: 2
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1957 Did not enter
  1959
  1962
  1963
  1965
  1968 Did not qualify
  1970 Did not enter
  1972
  1974
  1976 Did not qualify
  1978 Did not enter
  1980
  1982 Did not qualify
  1984 Withdrew
  1986 Did not qualify
  1988
  1990
  1992 Withdrew
  1994 Did not qualify
  1996 Round 1 13th 2 1 0 1 2 3
  1998 Did not qualify
    2000
  2002 Round 1 9th 3 0 2 1 3 4
  2004 Did not qualify
  2006
  2008
  2010
    2012
  2013
  2015
  2017
  2019
  2021 To be determined
  2023
  2025
Total Group stage 2/32 5 1 2 2 5 7

Head coachesEdit

Date appointed Manager name
01/11/2013 2017   James Debbah
13/02/2013 01/11/2013   Frank Jericho Nagbe
08/05/2012 29/12/2012   Kaetu Smith
18/02/2012 08/05/2012   Thomas Kojo (interim)
14/03/2011 18/02/2012   Roberto Landi
08/06/2010 14/03/2011   Bertalan Bicskei
27/02/2008 02/03/2009   Antoine Hey
12/07/2006 26/02/2008   Frank Jericho Nagbe
10/02/2006 11/07/2006   Shawky Hussein Mohmoud
05/11/2004 09/02/2006   Joseph Sayon
08/08/2002 04/11/2004   Kadalah Kromah
14/07/2000 07/08/2002   Philippe Redon

Recent resultsEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for a 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifying match against DR Congo on 9 September 2018.[4]

Caps and Goals (official FIFA-recognized matches only) updated as of 7 September 2018.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Boison Wynney (1996-12-27) December 27, 1996 (age 22) 1 0   Mallorca B
1GK Tommy Songo (1995-04-20) April 20, 1995 (age 24) 6 0   LISCR FC
1GK Ashley Williams (2000-10-30) October 30, 2000 (age 18) 0 0   LISCR FC

2DF Teah Dennis Jr. (Captain) (1992-05-07) May 7, 1992 (age 27) 30 0   Southern Samity
2DF Adolphus Nagbe (1988-07-21) July 21, 1988 (age 30) 4 0   Gudja United
2DF Kemoh Kamara (1995-07-03) July 3, 1995 (age 23) 3 0   LISCR FC
2DF Aloysius Simujla (1994-06-22) June 22, 1994 (age 24) 5 0   FC Fassell
2DF Joel Johnson (1992-09-20) September 20, 1992 (age 26) 0 0   Charlotte Independence

3MF Sam Johnson (1993-05-06) May 6, 1993 (age 26) 9 1   Real Salt Lake
3MF Oscar Dorley (1998-07-19) July 19, 1998 (age 20) 7 0   Slovan Liberec
3MF Sylvanus Nimely (1998-09-04) September 4, 1998 (age 20) 2 0   Spartak-2 Moscow
3MF Saah Nyumah (1997-06-02) June 2, 1997 (age 21) 3 0   LISCR FC
3MF Allen Njie (1999-07-26) July 26, 1999 (age 19) 1 0   LISCR FC
3MF Tonia Tisdell (1992-03-20) March 20, 1992 (age 27) 9 0   Denizlispor
3MF Dennis Roberts (1999-09-17) September 17, 1999 (age 19) 0 0   LISCR FC
3MF Mohammed Sangare (1998-12-28) December 28, 1998 (age 20) 0 0   Newcastle United U23

4FW Anthony Laffor (1985-02-17) February 17, 1985 (age 34) 42 4   Mamelodi Sundowns
4FW William Jebor (1991-11-10) November 10, 1991 (age 27) 10 9   Wydad Casablanca
4FW Seku Conneh (1995-11-10) November 10, 1995 (age 23) 4 0   Vojvodina
4FW Kpah Sherman (1992-02-03) February 3, 1992 (age 27) 3 0   MISC-MIFA

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. ^ "Italian Connection. LFA appoints Landi (LiberianSoccer.com) Archived 2012-03-23 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Marteh, Danesius (17 August 2018). "Liberia call up Newcastle under-23 player Mohammed Sangare". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 August 2018.

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