2016 African Nations Championship qualification
The 2016 African Nations Championship qualification was a mens football competition which decided the participating teams of the 2016 African Nations Championship. Only national team players who were playing in their countrys own domestic league were eligible to compete in the tournament, a total of 16 teams qualified to play in the final tournament, including Rwanda who qualified automatically as hosts. A total of 42 CAF member national teams entered the qualifying rounds, notes Algeria were excluded by the CAF from participating because of their withdrawal against Libya in the 2014 African Nations Championship qualification. In the Northern Zone, teams played each other on a double round-robin basis, the teams were ranked according to points. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 6 to 9 apply, Goal difference in all games, Goals scored in all games, Away goals scored in all games, in all other zones, qualification ties were played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. If the aggregate score was tied after the leg, the away goals rule would be applied, and if still level.
The top two teams in the Northern Zone and the 13 winners of the first round in all other zones qualified for the final tournament, the draw was held on 5 April 2015,16,00 UTC+2, at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. The schedule of the rounds was as follows. Note, Libya played their matches in Morocco and Tunisia due to security concerns. Note and Sierra Leone played their matches in Mali. Winners qualified for 2016 African Nations Championship, Guinea played their home match in Mali due to the Ebola outbreak. Winners qualified for 2016 African Nations Championship, Second leg of Ivory Coast v Ghana delayed by a week due to presidential elections. Ivory Coast won on away goals, winners qualified for 2016 African Nations Championship. Second leg of Congo v Cameroon postponed to 31 October due to civil unrest, Rwanda qualified automatically for the final tournament as hosts. Sudan received a bye to the first round, winners qualified for 2016 African Nations Championship. South Africa won 5–0 on aggregate, winners qualified for 2016 African Nations Championship.
The following 16 teams qualified for the final tournament,4 goals Luís 3 goals 2 goals 1 goal Own goal Orange African Nations Championship Qualifiers, Rwanda 2016, CAFonline. com
Central African Republic national football team
The Central African Republic national football team, nicknamed Les Fauves, is the national team of the Central African Republic and is controlled by the Fédération Centrafricaine de Football. They are a member of CAF, despite being traditionally one of the weakest teams in Africa and the world, they recently achieved success. They won the 2009 CEMAC Cup by beating Gabon in the semi-finals and their ranking rose from 202 in August 2010 to 89 by July 2011. On 10 October 2010 they earned a shock 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification win at home against Algeria 2–0, the team won its first FIFA World Cup qualifier on 2 June 2012 after beating Botswana 2–0 at home. Caps & goals as of 28 March 2016, jules Accorsi Herve Lougoundji Raoul Savoy Blaise Kopogo Central African Republic at FIFA. com
Grupo Desportivo de Chaves, commonly known as Chaves, is a Portuguese football club from Chaves currently playing in the Primeira Liga. They were founded in 1949 and currently play at Estádio Municipal de Chaves with a capacity of 12,000 and their home kit is red-and-blue striped shirt with blue shorts and socks and the away kit is all white. Their current president is Bruno Carvalho and their manager is Ricardo Soares, Chaves have been in the Portuguese First Division 13 times and had their best finish of fifth-place in the 1989–90 season. Their best ever finish was in the Primeira Liga when they finished fifth in both 1986–87 and 1989–90, in the 1986–87 season, they had fantastic results, beating Sporting Clube de Portugal 2–1 at home in a memorable night at the Estádio Municipal de Chaves. After those fantastic seasons, they finished sixth and ninth before getting relegated in the 1992–93 season to the Liga de Honra. They returned for another few seasons but suffered relegation to the Liga de Honra until 2007.
In the previous season of 2007–08, they finished in fourth place, in the playoff final, it was between Chaves and Fátima, in which both were guaranteed promotion to the Liga de Honra, with the final set to determine the champions. Chaves spent the three years in the third division before being crowned Segunda Divisão champions in 2012–13, thus gaining promotion back to the Segunda Liga. Estádio Municipal de Chaves is a stadium in Chaves. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the stadium of G. D. Chaves. The stadium is able to hold 12,000 people, the stadium normally holds the Portugal national team youth games and some under-21 games, and very rarely the senior team. This stadium is famous because it is where Cristiano Ronaldo made his international debut with Portugal. Portuguese Second Division, 2008–09, 2012–13 Taça de Portugal, Runners-up 2009–10 As of 4 April 2017 Note, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
The football section has 13 presences at the top level of Portuguese football and its best position was two fifth-place finished, in the 1986–87 and 1989–90 seasons, the first earning Chaves its only presence in the European cups. Official website ZeroZero GD Chaves profile & stats
Sporting Clube de Portugal, OM, ComC, MHIH or Sporting CP is a sports club based in Lisbon, that is best known for its football team. As of 23 May 2016, Sporting is the worlds sixth-largest club in terms of members and is one of the Três Grandes football clubs in Portugal. They are nicknamed Leões and Verde e Brancos, the clubs anthem, A Marcha do Sporting, was written in 1955. Founded in Lisbon on 1 July 1906, Sporting were a member of the Primeira Liga and. Benfica and FC Porto, have never relegated from the top flight of Portuguese football since its establishment in 1934. Sporting are the third most successful Portuguese football club, with 50 titles in all the Portuguese competitions and one international title, they have won 18 Primeira Liga titles,16 Portuguese Cups, four Championships of Portugal and eight Portuguese Super Cup titles. Sportings football youth system has developed players such as Paulo Futre, Simão, Ricardo Quaresma and Ballon dOr recipients Cristiano Ronaldo. Sporting are currently ranked 54th in UEFA club rankings, Sporting Club de Portugal has its origins in June 1902, when young men Francisco da Ponte, Horta Gavazzo and his brother José Maria decided to create Sport Club de Belas.
This club, the first ancestor of Sporting, played just one match and at the end of the years summer and they played their matches on the estate of Viscount of Alvalade, the grandfather of José Alvalade, with the clubs headquarters located at the house of Francisco Gavazzo. For two years, the club developed an activity on several sports, namely football, tennis. The club organized parties and picnics, some time later, José Gavazzo, José Alvalade and 17 other members left the club, with the latter saying I am going to have with me my grandfather and he will give me the money to make another club. As such, a new club, Campo Grande Sporting Clube, was founded, the Viscount of Alvalade, whose money helped to fund the club, was the first president of Sporting. José Alvalade, as one of the founders, uttered on behalf of himself and his fellow co-founders, We want this club to be a great club. Three months later, on 1 July 1906, António Félix da Costa Júnior suggested the name Sporting Clube de Portugal, Sporting played their first Primeira Liga game ever on 20 January 1935, winning 0–6 against Académica de Coimbra.
A year later, in 1936, the club had their heaviest defeat ever against Porto, however, got their revenge a year later, when they humbled the same team with a 9–1 result. In 1941, under the guidance of Hungarian manager József Szabó, the football team had their height during the 1940s and 1950s. It was spearheaded by Fernando Peyroteo, José Travassos, Albano Pereira, Jesus Correia and Manuel Vasques, with the violins help, Sporting won seven league titles in eight seasons between 1947 and 1954, including a unprecedented four in a row from 1950–51 onwards. Fernando Peyroteo, the most known of the violins, is considered one of the greatest Portuguese players of all time and the Yugoslavian team Partizan both made history on 4 September 1955, as they played the first-ever UEFA Champion Clubs Cup match
Portimonense Sporting Clube is a Portuguese sports club founded on 14 August 1914 and based in Portimão, most notable for its professional football team, which currently plays in the LigaPro. It fields youth teams and a veterans team in football. Situated in Algarves second largest city, its stadium, the Estádio Municipal de Portimão, has a capacity of 9,544 spectators after undergoing renovation in early 2011, the club never won any major honours, but participated in the Primeira Liga for several seasons. Portimonenses zenith was in the 1980s, a decade in which the only played its football in the top division. They reached the semifinals of the Taça de Portugal three times, in 1983,1987, and 1988, in the 90s and 2000s, the club primarily played in the Segunda Liga, while having a brief spell in the third level. C. Beira-Mar, thus returning it to the top flight after exactly 20 years of absence, as of 1 March 2017 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules.
Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, Portuguese Second Division, 1978–79, 2000–01 On 13 July 2011, Portimonense elected its body of officials, for a three-year term. Unlike many other clubs, the supporters own and operate Portimonense. The club has rivlaries with fellow Algarve clubs SC Farense and S. C, olhanense Official website Zerozero team profile
The LigaPro, referred to as Ledman LigaPro for sponsorship reasons, is the second-highest division of the Portuguese football league system, after the Primeira Liga. At the end of season, the top-finishing teams are promoted to the Primeira Liga. The LigaPro was founded in 1990 as the Segunda Divisão de Honra, the current branding and sponsorship were introduced during the 2015–16 season. The division is contested nationwide by 22 teams, including the sides of several top-flight clubs. This number will be reduced to 20 in the 2017–18 season, nineteen different teams have won the division title, the most successful is Paços de Ferreira, with three wins, including the inaugural season. The current champions are Porto B, who won the title for the first time in the 2015–16 season, before 1990, there was only one professional nationwide football league in Portugal, the Primeira Divisão. Lower placed teams were relegated to the Segunda Divisão, a regional league, in 2012, the second tier of Portuguese football was renamed again Segunda Liga and in 2016 it was renamed LigaPro.
In the 2016–17 season, there are 22 clubs in the Segunda Liga, for the 2017–18 season it is foreseen to reduce the number of teams from 22 to 20. During the course of a season, each club plays all teams twice — once at their home stadium, at the end of each season, the two top teams are promoted to Primeira Liga and the four lowest ranked teams will be relegated to the 2017–18 Campeonato de Portugal. There will be a two-legged promotion/relegation play-off involving the 17th- and 18th-placed teams of 2016–17 LigaPro, sport TV broadcasts two matches per week. Benfica TV broadcasts Benfica B home games, while Porto Canal broadcasts Porto B home games, for champions at this level before 1990, see Portuguese Second Division. Last updated following the 2015–16 season, for standardization purposes, a win is worth three points for all clubs
Angola national football team
The Angola national football team, nicknamed Palancas Negras, is the national team of Angola and is controlled by the Federação Angolana de Futebol. Angola reached 45th in the FIFA Rankings in July 2002 and their greatest accomplishment was qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, as this was their first appearance on the World Cup finals stage. Angola played their first game against PR Congo on 8 February 1976, Angola qualified for their first Africa Cup of Nations in 1996. They were drawn in Group A with South Africa and 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, 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 and they drew 0–0 against Congo DR and lost 3–1 against Cameroon. Angolas best performance came in the 2008 African Nations Cup. They were drawn in Group D with Tunisia, South Africa and they drew 1–1 and 0–0 with South Africa and Tunisia, defeated Senegal 3–1, two goals coming from Manucho.
In the quarter-finals they were beaten by eventual winners Egypt 2–1, Angola won the COSAFA Cup in 1999,2001 and 2004. Angola qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup after only losing one game in the qualifying ahead of favourites Nigeria, when picking the squad, Gonçalves sought advice from Chelsea manager José Mourinho, whose wife was born in Angola. Angolas Golden Generation saw players like Akwá, João Ricardo, Paulo Figueiredo, Angola played six warm-up games against South Korea, Lesotho, Turkey and USA. Angola played their first World Cup finals game against Portuguese side, who won the match 1–0, 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 were eliminated from the tournament only losing one game, 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 and Niger. Despite winning their first two matches, Angola failed to proceed to the round, missing out by two points.
As hosts of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, Angola were seeded in Group A along with Mali, 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. They recovered from this by beating Malawi 2–0 in the second match and they were knocked out in the quarter final after a 1–0 defeat by eventual finalists Ghana. COSAFA Cup,31999,2001,2004 Central African Games runners-up,11987 African Nations Championship runners-up,12011 As of 2013, Angola has qualified once for a FIFA World Cup. Its first participation on the FIFA World Cup qualification was on 1986 and they lost on the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification #Second round to Algeria
A midfielder is an association football position. Midfielders are generally positioned on the field between their teams defenders and forwards, some midfielders play a disciplined defensive role, breaking up attacks, and are otherwise known as defensive midfielders. Others blur the boundaries, being mobile and efficient in passing, they are commonly referred to as deep-lying midfielders, play-makers, box-to-box. The number of midfielders on a team and their assigned roles depends on the teams formation, most managers assign at least one midfielder to disrupt the opposing teams attacks, while others may be tasked with creating goals, or have equal responsibilities between attack and defence. Midfielders are the players who typically travel the greatest distance during a match, central or centre midfielders are players whose role is divided roughly equally between attack and defence. When the opposing team has the ball, a midfielder may drop back to protect the goal or move forward. The 4–3–3 and 4–5–1 formations each use three central midfielders, the 4−4−2 formation may use two central midfielders, and in the 4–2–3–1 formation one of the two deeper midfielders may be a central midfielder.
The term box-to-box midfielder refers to central midfielders who have abilities and are skilled at both defending and attacking. These players can track back to their own box to make tackles and block shots. A good box-to-box midfielder needs good passing, control, stamina and marking in defence and right midfielders have a role balanced between attack and defence, similar to that of central midfielders, but they are positioned closer to the touchlines of the pitch. They may be asked to cross the ball into the penalty area to make scoring chances for their teammates. Common modern formations that include left and right midfielders are the 4−4−2, the 4−4−1−1, the 4–2–3–1, a notable example of a right midfielder is David Beckham. Defensive midfielders are players who focus on protecting their teams goal. These players may defend a zone in front of their teams defence, defensive midfielders may move to the full-back or centre-back positions if those players move forward to join in an attack. Sergio Busquets described his attitude, The coach knows that I am an obedient player who likes to help out and if I have to run to the wing to cover someones position, great. A good defensive midfielder needs good positional awareness, anticipation of play, tackling, interceptions and great stamina. A holding or deep-lying midfielder stays close to their teams defence, a player in this role will try to protect their goal by disrupting the opponents attacking moves and stopping long shots on the goal.
The holding midfielder may have responsibilities when their team has the ball and this player will make mostly short and simple passes to more attacking members of their team but may try some more difficult passes depending on the teams strategy