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.
|Nickname(s)||Seleção dos Falcões e Papagaios |
(The Falcons and True Parrots Team)
|Association||São Toméan Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||UNIFFAC (Central Africa)|
|Head coach||Adriano Eusébio|
|Most caps||Joazhifel Soares (27)|
|Top scorer||Luís Leal (6)|
|Home stadium||Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho|
|Current||NR (22 October 2020)|
|Highest||115 (March 2012)|
|Lowest||200 (September – October 2007)|
|Current||183 2 (19 November 2020)|
|Highest||166 (June 1976)|
|Lowest||194 (August 1998)|
| Gabon 6–1 São Tomé and Príncipe |
(Gabon; May 2, 1976)
| 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)
| Congo 11–0 São Tomé and Príncipe |
(Gabon; July 7, 1976)
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 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. 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.
World Cup recordEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1930 to 1990||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1998||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|2002||Did not qualify||2||1||0||1||2||4|
|2014||Did not qualify||2||0||1||1||1||6|
|2026||To be determined|
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|
|2006||Did not qualify|
|2008||Did not enter|
|2012||Did not enter|
|2013 to 2021||Did not qualify|
|2023||To be determined|
All-time record against other nationsEdit
Positive Record Neutral Record Negative Record
|Central African Republic||2||0||0||2||1||5||−4|
Results and fixturesEdit
|13 November 2019 2021 AFCONQ||Sudan||4–0||São Tomé and Príncipe||Omdurman, Sudan|
|21:00 UTC+2||Stadium: Al-Hilal Stadium|
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||GK||Primo||9 September 1989||8||0||Praia Cruz|
|12||GK||Nilson||15 November 1987||5||0||UDRA|
|2||DF||Ivonaldo||5 May 1993||17||0||UDRA|
|3||DF||Vavá Pequeno||5 February 1994||6||0||Praia Cruz|
|4||DF||Trauré||16 February 1995||0||0||Aliança Pantufo|
|5||DF||Jardel||16 May 1995||3||0||Saburtalo Tbilisi|
|13||DF||Dilson||16 September 1999||9||0||UDRA|
|6||MF||Lúcio||26 November 1992||2||0||Ferreiras|
|7||MF||Joel||1 May 1996||1||0||Loures|
|8||MF||Jocy (captain)||19 January 1991||28||1||UDRA|
|11||MF||Harramiz||3 August 1990||14||1||Estoril Praia|
|16||MF||Maú||13 July 2000||1||0||Cova da Piedade|
|17||MF||Tinho||8 September 1992||3||0||Porto Real|
|18||MF||Iniesta||21 October 1992||5||1||UDRA|
|19||MF||Pogba||16 July 2000||5||0||Porto Real|
|9||FW||Edmílson Viegas||29 October 1996||1||0||Resende|
|10||FW||Luís Leal||29 May 1987||15||6||Tijuana|
|14||FW||Ronaldo||11 July 2001||3||0||GRAP|
|15||FW||Vando||24 July 1992||5||0||UDRA|
|20||FW||Zé||22 December 1991||21||3||Santana|
Recent call upsEdit
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Tavinho||3 March 1995||2||0||Trindade||v. South Africa, 13 November 2020 PRE|
|DF||Junior||5 November 1994||0||0||Vitória Riboque||v. South Africa, 13 November 2020 PRE|
|MF||Marcos||29 July 1995||8||1||Real||v. South Africa, 13 November 2020 PRE|
|MF||Bobó||8 June 1990||1||0||Monte Café||v. South Africa, 13 November 2020 PRE|
|MF||Dany||2 April 2000||0||0||6 de Setembro||v. South Africa, 13 November 2020 PRE|
|FW||Gilson||24 August 1998||1||0||Inter Bom-Bom||v. South Africa, 13 November 2020 PRE|
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