Angola national football team

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Angola
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Palancas Negras
(Sable antelopes)
AssociationFederação Angolana de Futebol
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coachSrđjan Vasiljević
CaptainBastos
Most capsFlávio (91)
Top scorerAkwá (39)
Home stadiumEstádio 11 de Novembro
FIFA codeANG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current125 Increase 5 (29 November 2018)[1]
Highest45 (July 2000)
Lowest147 (March 2017)
Elo ranking
Current129 Increase 24 (25 November 2018)[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 Eswatini 
(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
Appearances7 (first in 1996)
Best resultQuarter-finals, 2008 and 2010

The Angola national football team, nicknamed Palancas Negras (Sable antelopes), is the national team of Angola and is controlled by the Federação Angolana de Futebol. Angola reached the 45th place in the FIFA Rankings in July 2002. Their greatest accomplishment was qualifying for the 2006 World Cup, as this was their first appearance on the World Cup finals stage.

History[edit]

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 Côte d'Ivoire.

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 Cup[edit]

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 failure[edit]

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 Nations[edit]

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.

Achievements[edit]

1999, 2001, 2004
1987
2011

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

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
Uruguay 1930 Part of  Portugal Part of  Portugal
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978 Did not enter Declined participation
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 3 4
Italy 1990 8 2 3 3 8 8
United States 1994 5 1 2 2 3 4
France 1998 8 4 4 0 12 5
South Korea Japan 2002 10 5 4 1 19 10
Germany 2006 Group stage 23rd 3 0 2 1 1 2 12 7 3 2 15 9
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify 6 3 1 2 11 8
Brazil 2014 6 1 4 1 7 5
Russia 2018 2 0 0 2 1 4
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 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 record[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record
Titles: 0
Appearances: 7
Year Position Year Position Year Position Year Position
Sudan 1957 Did not enter Ethiopia 1976 Did not enter Tunisia 1994 Did not qualify Equatorial Guinea Gabon 2012 Round 1
Egypt 1959 Did not enter Ghana 1978 Did not enter South Africa 1996 Round 1 South Africa 2013 Round 1
Ethiopia 1962 Did not enter Nigeria 1980 Did not enter Burkina Faso 1998 Round 1 Equatorial Guinea 2015 Did not qualify
Ghana 1963 Did not enter Libya 1982 Did not qualify Ghana Nigeria 2000 Did not qualify Gabon 2017 Did not qualify
Tunisia 1965 Did not enter Ivory Coast 1984 Did not qualify Mali 2002 Did not qualify Cameroon 2019 To be determined
Ethiopia 1968 Did not enter Egypt 1986 Did not enter Tunisia 2004 Did not qualify Ivory Coast 2021 To be determined
Sudan 1970 Did not enter Morocco 1988 Did not qualify Egypt 2006 Round 1 Guinea 2023 To be determined
Cameroon 1972 Did not enter Algeria 1990 Did not qualify Ghana 2008 Quarter-finals
Egypt 1974 Did not enter Senegal 1992 Did not qualify Angola 2010 Quarter-finals

Recent and fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

Kit history[edit]

Kit manufacturer[edit]

Kit providers Period
Germany Puma 2006–2012
Germany Adidas 2012–2018
Germany Puma 2018–present

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been selected for the 2019 AFCON Qualifyer matches against Burkina Faso in 18 November 2018.
Caps and goals updated as of 18 November 2018 after the game against Burkina Faso.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Landú Mavanga (1990-01-04) 4 January 1990 (age 28) 34 0 Angola Interclube
1 1GK Tony Cabaça (1986-04-23) 23 April 1986 (age 32) 0 0 Angola 1° de Agosto

2 2DF Mingo Bile (1987-06-15) 15 June 1987 (age 31) 36 1 Angola 1° de Agosto
3 2DF Jonathan Buatu (1993-09-27) 27 September 1993 (age 25) 15 0 Portugal Rio Ave
5 2DF Dani Massunguna (1986-05-01) 1 May 1986 (age 32) 45 1 Angola 1° de Agosto
8 2DF Paízo (1992-05-10) 10 May 1992 (age 26) 8 0 Angola 1° de Agosto
13 2DF Tó Carneiro (1995-11-05) 5 November 1995 (age 23) 7 0 Angola Interclube
15 2DF Bastos Quissanga (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 27) 43 2 Italy Lazio
21 2DF Isaac Correia (1991-04-25) 25 April 1991 (age 27) 16 0 Angola 1° de Agosto
2DF Mira (1991-02-12) 12 February 1991 (age 27) 15 0 Angola Petro de Luanda

4 3MF Show (1999-03-06) 6 March 1999 (age 19) 9 0 Angola 1° de Agosto
16 3MF Stélvio (1989-01-24) 24 January 1989 (age 29) 10 0 Luxembourg Dudelange
18 3MF Herenilson (1996-08-26) 26 August 1996 (age 22) 21 0 Angola Petro de Luanda
19 3MF Buá (1988-09-06) 6 September 1988 (age 30) 10 2 Angola 1° de Agosto
20 3MF Wilson Carmo (1990-09-29) 29 September 1990 (age 28) 12 0 Angola Petro de Luanda
3MF Ary Papel (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 24) 35 5 Portugal Sporting CP
3MF Paty (1990-06-03) 3 June 1990 (age 28) 26 0 Angola Interclube
3MF Mário Balbúrdia (1997-08-19) 19 August 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Angola 1° de Agosto

7 4FW Djalma Campos (1987-05-30) 30 May 1987 (age 31) 45 7 Turkey Alanyaspor
9 4FW Fredy Kulembé (1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 (age 28) 20 2 Portugal Belenenses
10 4FW Gelson (1996-07-13) 13 July 1996 (age 22) 22 11 Portugal Rio Ave
14 4FW Mabululu (1989-09-10) 10 September 1989 (age 29) 7 4 Angola Domant
17 4FW Mateus Galiano (c) (1984-06-19) 19 June 1984 (age 34) 59 12 Portugal Boavista
4FW (1998-04-24) 24 April 1998 (age 20) 22 2 Portugal Leixões
4FW Geraldo (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 27) 20 1 Angola 1° de Agosto

Recent call-ups[edit]

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 Gerson Barros (1987-07-27) 27 July 1987 (age 31) 10 0 Angola Petro de Luanda 2018 COSAFA Cup
GK Ndulo (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Angola Académica Lobito 2018 COSAFA Cup
GK Neblú (1993-12-16) 16 December 1993 (age 24) 7 0 Angola 1° de Agosto v.  Zimbabwe, 24 March 2018

DF Nandinho (1998-05-25) 25 May 1998 (age 20) 7 0 Angola Progresso Sambizanga 2018 COSAFA Cup
DF Mona (1997-07-26) 26 July 1997 (age 21) 4 0 Angola Caála 2018 COSAFA Cup
DF (1995-02-20) 20 February 1995 (age 23) 4 0 Angola Huíla 2018 COSAFA Cup
DF De Paizo (1991-02-22) 22 February 1991 (age 27) 4 0 Angola Kabuscorp 2018 COSAFA Cup
DF Bonifácio Caetano (1993-08-09) 9 August 1993 (age 25) 1 0 Angola 1° de Agosto 2018 COSAFA Cup
DF Lulas (1996-05-17) 17 May 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Angola Sagrada Esperança 2018 COSAFA Cup
DF Celson Barros (1986-10-05) 5 October 1986 (age 32) 3 0 Angola Recreativo Libolo 2018 CHAN
DF Fabrício Mafuta (1988-09-20) 20 September 1988 (age 30) 27 0 Angola Interclube v.  Zimbabwe, 24 March 2018
DF Nary (1987-04-30) 30 April 1987 (age 31) 14 0 Angola Kabuscorp v.  Zimbabwe, 24 March 2018

MF Job (1990-09-29) 29 September 1990 (age 28) 64 7 Angola Petro de Luanda v.  Botswana, 9 September 2018
MF Carlinhos (1995-03-19) 19 March 1995 (age 23) 10 0 Angola Petro de Luanda 2018 COSAFA Cup
MF Nandinho (1985-09-17) 17 September 1985 (age 33) 7 0 Angola Kabuscorp 2018 COSAFA Cup
MF Mateus Domingos (1993-08-20) 20 August 1993 (age 25) 6 0 Angola Petro de Luanda 2018 COSAFA Cup
MF Chiló (1990-12-23) 23 December 1990 (age 27) 3 0 Angola Progresso Sambizanga 2018 COSAFA Cup
MF Além (1997-12-06) 6 December 1997 (age 20) 2 0 Angola Progresso Sambizanga 2018 COSAFA Cup
MF Zé Ventura (1996-08-03) 3 August 1996 (age 22) 2 0 Angola Huíla 2018 COSAFA Cup
MF Pedro Agostinho (2000-07-30) 30 July 2000 (age 18) 2 0 Angola 1° de Agosto 2018 COSAFA Cup
MF Manguxi (1991-11-27) 27 November 1991 (age 27) 17 2 Angola Petro de Luanda 2018 CHAN

FW Yano (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 26) 27 3 Angola Progresso Sambizanga v.  Botswana, 9 September 2018
FW Kaporal (1994-05-16) 16 May 1994 (age 24) 5 1 Angola Interclube 2018 COSAFA Cup
FW Chico Banza (1998-12-17) 17 December 1998 (age 19) 3 0 Portugal Leixões 2018 COSAFA Cup
FW Nelito (1988-11-05) 5 November 1988 (age 30) 2 0 Angola Kabuscorp 2018 COSAFA Cup
FW Fofó (1994-06-30) 30 June 1994 (age 24) 5 0 Angola 1° de Agosto 2018 CHAN
FW Mano Calesso (1989-08-04) 4 August 1989 (age 29) 27 3 Angola Interclube v.  Zimbabwe, 24 March 2018

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 squads[edit]

FIFA World Cup

Africa Cup of Nations

Records[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 29 November 2018. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 25 November 2018. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  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. ^ Roberto Mamrud. "Angola – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 16 September 2016.

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