São Tomé and Príncipe national football team

The São Tomé and Príncipe national football team is the national association football team of São Tomé and Príncipe and is controlled by the São Toméan Football Federation. It is a member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and FIFA.[3]

São Tomé and Príncipe
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Seleção dos Falcões e Papagaios
(The Falcons and True Parrots Team)
AssociationSão Toméan Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationUNIFFAC (Central Africa)
Head coachAdriano Eusébio
CaptainLuís Leal
Most capsJoazhifel Soares (27)
Top scorerLuís Leal (6)
Home stadiumEstádio Nacional 12 de Julho
FIFA codeSTP
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
CurrentNR (22 October 2020)[1]
Highest115 (March 2012)
Lowest200 (September – October 2007)
Elo ranking
Current 183 Decrease 2 (19 November 2020)[2]
Highest166 (June 1976)
Lowest194 (August 1998)
First international
 Gabon 6–1 São Tomé and Príncipe 
(Gabon; May 2, 1976)
Biggest win
 São Tomé and Príncipe 2–0 Equatorial Guinea 
(Libreville, Gabon; November 14, 1999)
 São Tomé and Príncipe 2–0 Sierra Leone 
(São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe; April 8, 2000)
 Mauritius 1–3 São Tomé and Príncipe 
(Belle Vue Harel, Mauritius; October 9, 2019)
Biggest defeat
 Congo 11–0 São Tomé and Príncipe 
(Gabon; July 7, 1976)

HistoryEdit

São Tomé and Príncipe's first ever match was a friendly against Gabon in May 1976. They lost by a score of 6–1. Their next game, during the 1976 Central African Games, was a horrendous 11–0 loss to Congo, São Tomé's largest loss to date. São Tomé rounded off the competition with a 2–1 loss to Central African Republic and a 5–0 loss to Chad.

The following year, São Tomé picked up their first win, in a friendly versus Rwanda. In both 1978 and 1987 they achieved a draw at home to Angola.

The Green and Yellows took an eleven year break, before a string of matches including their first entry to a FIFA sanctioned tournament. At the UNIFAC Cup in 1999, they achieved their second win, 2–0 against Equatorial Guinea. They won the next game after that, against Sierra Leone, 2–0. This two-in-a-row streak accompanied with a draw a few matches later placed them at their highest FIFA ranking to date, 179.

In 2003, São Tomé lost to Libya 1–0 and 8–0, which was a major blow to their previous success.[4] São Tomé did not participate in the qualification for the 2010 World Cup, withdrawing before their first match, leaving them unranked in the FIFA rankings because they did not play any matches for four years.

On 11 November 2011, after an eight-year hiatus, São Tomé and Príncipe participated in the qualification for the 2014 World Cup, losing to Congo 5–0, then drawing 1–1 with the same team four days later. São Tomé were reinstated in the FIFA rankings on 23 November 2011, entering at number 192.

In January 2012, in the preliminary round of 2013 AFCON Qualifiers, São Tomé achieved their first ever aggregate win, defeating Lesotho 1–0 at home then successfully defending a 0–0 draw in Maseru seven days later. In the next round, São Tomé only narrowly lost 5–4 on aggregate to Sierra Leone. In the following years, São Tomé continued to show promise with impressive wins at home to Ethiopia and Libya but poor away results prevented them from advancing again.

On 9 October 2019, São Tomé defeated Mauritius 1–3 away from home in the first leg of their preliminary round tie of 2021 AFCON Qualifiers. This was São Tomé and Príncipe's first away win in a competitive match ever. Four days later, São Tomé won 2–1 at home to advance 5–2 on aggregate and enter Group C where they will face Ghana, South Africa and Sudan.

Competition recordsEdit

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   1990 Did not enter Did not enter
  1994 Withdrew Withdrew
  1998 Did not enter Did not enter
    2002 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 2 4
  2006 2 0 0 2 0 9
  2010 Withdrew Withdrew
  2014 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 1 6
  2018 2 1 0 1 1 3
  2022 2 0 0 2 1 3
      2026 To be determined
Total - 0/22 - - - - - - 10 2 1 7 5 25

Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit

Africa Cup of Nations record
Host nation(s) / Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1957 to   1974 Part of   Portugal
  1976 to   1986 Not affiliated to CAF
  1988 to   1998 Did not enter
    2000 to   2002 Did not qualify
  2004 Withdrew
  2006 Did not qualify
  2008 Did not enter
  2010 Withdrew
    2012 Did not enter
  2013 to   2021 Did not qualify
  2023 To be determined
Total - 0/33 - - - - - -

All-time record against other nationsEdit

As of 18 November 2019 after match against   Ghana[5]

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

Opponent
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
  Angola 4 0 2 2 7 9 −2
  Benin 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4
  Cameroon 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4
  Cape Verde 2 0 0 2 2 9 −7
  Central African Republic 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4
  Chad 2 0 0 2 0 10 −10
  Congo 5 0 1 4 3 21 −18
  Equatorial Guinea 4 1 1 2 6 7 −1
  Ethiopia 2 1 0 1 1 3 −2
  Gabon 4 0 1 3 3 12 −9
  Ghana 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1
  Guinea-Bissau 3 0 0 3 1 5 −4
  Lesotho 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1
  Libya 4 1 0 3 2 14 −12
  Madagascar 2 0 0 2 2 4 −2
  Mauritius 2 2 0 0 5 2 +3
  Morocco 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5
  Rwanda 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1
  Sierra Leone 4 2 0 2 6 9 −3
  Sudan 1 0 0 1 0 4 −4
  Togo 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6
  Uganda 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2
Total 55 9 7 39 42 137 −95

Results and fixturesEdit

13 November 2019 (2019-11-13) 2021 AFCONQSudan  4–0  São Tomé and PríncipeOmdurman, Sudan
21:00 UTC+2
Stadium: Al-Hilal Stadium

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were selected for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification Group C match against South Africa on 13 November 2020.[6]

Caps and goals are correct as of 13 November 2020, after the game against South Africa.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Primo (1989-09-09) 9 September 1989 (age 31) 8 0   Praia Cruz
12 1GK Nilson (1987-11-15) 15 November 1987 (age 33) 5 0   UDRA

2 2DF Ivonaldo (1993-05-05) 5 May 1993 (age 27) 17 0   UDRA
3 2DF Vavá Pequeno (1994-02-05) 5 February 1994 (age 26) 6 0   Praia Cruz
4 2DF Trauré (1995-02-16) 16 February 1995 (age 25) 0 0   Aliança Pantufo
5 2DF Jardel (1995-05-16) 16 May 1995 (age 25) 3 0   Saburtalo Tbilisi
13 2DF Dilson (1999-09-16) 16 September 1999 (age 21) 9 0   UDRA

6 3MF Lúcio (1992-11-26) 26 November 1992 (age 27) 2 0   Ferreiras
7 3MF Joel (1996-05-01) 1 May 1996 (age 24) 1 0   Loures
8 3MF Jocy (captain) (1991-01-19) 19 January 1991 (age 29) 28 1   UDRA
11 3MF Harramiz (1990-08-03) 3 August 1990 (age 30) 14 1   Estoril Praia
16 3MF Maú (2000-07-13) 13 July 2000 (age 20) 1 0   Cova da Piedade
17 3MF Tinho (1992-09-08) 8 September 1992 (age 28) 3 0   Porto Real
18 3MF Iniesta (1992-10-21) 21 October 1992 (age 28) 5 1   UDRA
19 3MF Pogba (2000-07-16) 16 July 2000 (age 20) 5 0   Porto Real

9 4FW Edmílson Viegas (1996-10-29) 29 October 1996 (age 24) 1 0   Resende
10 4FW Luís Leal (1987-05-29) 29 May 1987 (age 33) 15 6   Tijuana
14 4FW Ronaldo (2001-07-11) 11 July 2001 (age 19) 3 0   GRAP
15 4FW Vando (1992-07-24) 24 July 1992 (age 28) 5 0   UDRA
20 4FW (1991-12-22) 22 December 1991 (age 28) 21 3   Santana

Recent call upsEdit

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Tavinho (1995-03-03) 3 March 1995 (age 25) 2 0   Trindade v.   South Africa, 13 November 2020 PRE

DF Junior (1994-11-05) 5 November 1994 (age 26) 0 0   Vitória Riboque v.   South Africa, 13 November 2020 PRE

MF Marcos (1995-07-29) 29 July 1995 (age 25) 8 1   Real v.   South Africa, 13 November 2020 PRE
MF Bobó (1990-06-08) 8 June 1990 (age 30) 1 0   Monte Café v.   South Africa, 13 November 2020 PRE
MF Dany (2000-04-02) 2 April 2000 (age 20) 0 0   6 de Setembro v.   South Africa, 13 November 2020 PRE

FW Gilson (1998-08-24) 24 August 1998 (age 22) 1 0   Inter Bom-Bom v.   South Africa, 13 November 2020 PRE

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 22 October 2020. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 19 November 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  3. ^ "BBC Sport − São Tomé e Príncipe rocket up Fifa rankings". bbc.co.uk. BBC. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  4. ^ "São Tomé e Príncipe spring an unlikely surprise − World Soccer". worldsoccer.com. Time Inc. UK. 12 February 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  5. ^ "World Football Elo Ratings: São Tomé e Príncipe". eloratings.net. World Football Elo Ratings. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  6. ^ [1]

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