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The Angola national football team, nicknamed The Black Antelopes (in Portuguese, Palancas Negras), is the national football team of Angolamarker and is controlled by the Federação Angolana de Futebol. Angola are currently 92nd in the FIFA Rankings, but reached 45th in July 2000. Angola qualified for their first World Cup in 2006. They did not get out of the group stages, but it was still a significant achievement for the country.


Angola came to international prominence in the 1990s with appearances in two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

Angola finished runners-up behind Cameroon in the 1998 and 2002 World Cup qualifying series, losing only one game in the process. Angola did qualify for the 2006 World Cup, winning their qualifying group ahead of three-time qualifiers Nigeria. The team finished third in their group and did not progress past the first round of the tournament.

World Cup record

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
1930 to 1982 Did not enter - - - - - - -
1986 to 2002 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
2006 Round 1 24 3 0 2 1 1 2
2010 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Total 1/19 3 0 2 1 1 2

African Nations Cup record

African Cup of Nations
Titles: 0

Appearances: 6
Year Position Year Position Year Position
1957 Did not enter 1976 Did not enter 1994 Did not qualify
1959 Did not enter 1978 Did not enter 1996 Round 1
1962 Did not enter 1980 Did not enter 1998 Round 1
1963 Did not enter 1982 Did not qualify 2000 Did not qualify
1965 Did not enter 1984 Did not qualify 2002 Did not qualify
1968 Did not enter 1986 Did not enter 2004 Did not qualify
1970 Did not enter 1988 Did not qualify 2006 Round 1
1972 Did not enter 1990 Did not qualify 2008 Quarterfinals
1974 Did not enter 1992 Did not qualify 2010 Qualified as host

2006 World Cup Information

Fans of the Angolan national football team in Cologne, Germany.
When picking the squad, Gonçalves sought advice from Chelsea manager José Mourinho, whose wife was born in Angola. They lost their opening game in the World Cup to a theoretically much stronger Portuguese side. The final score was 1-0, which was a surprise for most people as Portugal dominated throughout the match, but Angola managed to hold on. Pauleta scored the only goal of the game.

With memorable saves from their keeper João Ricardo, Angola played Mexico to a 0-0 draw in Hannovermarker on the 16th of June, earning their first World Cup point.

For their third match, the team played 1-1 against Iran. They took the lead in the last match when Flávio scored after an hour. This gave them a theoretical chance to qualify for the next round, but Iran equalized after 15 minutes, ending Angola's hopes.

Current Squad

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