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The Ghana national football team, popularly known as the Black Stars, is the national association football team of Ghanamarker and is controlled by the Ghana Football Association. Before gaining independence from Great Britainmarker in 1957, the country played as the Gold Coast.

Although the team did not qualify for the senior FIFA World Cup until 2006 they had actually qualified for five straight Olympic Games Football Tournaments when the tournament was still a full senior National Team competition. The team have won the African Cup of Nations four times (in 1963, 1965, 1978, and 1982), making Ghana the second most successful team in the contest's history, behind Egypt.

Ghanaian teams has enjoyed considerable success in FIFAmarker's age-restricted tournaments. The Ghana U17 team, the Black Starlets, have won the FIFA Under-17 World Cup title twice and finished as runner-up twice. The Ghana U20 team, the Black Satellites, have also finished as runner-up at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup twice, before beating Brazil 4-3 on Penalties to win the trophy in 2009, becoming the first African Nation to win the cup. The Ghana Olympic Team, the Black Meteors, became the first African Country to win a medal in Football at the 1992 Summer Olympics.

After going through 2005 unbeaten, Ghana won the FIFA World Rankings Most Improved team of the year award and they reached the second round of the 2006 Germany World Cup.

History

The Ghana Amateur Football Association was founded in 1957, soon after the country's independence, and was affiliated to both CAF and FIFAmarker the following year, Englishman George Ainsley being appointed coach of the national team.

In 1960, the Black Stars played Spanish giants Real Madrid, who were at the time Spanish, European and intercontinental champions, and drew 3-3.

Charles Kumi Gyamfi became coach in 1961, and Ghana won successive African Cup of Nations titles, in 1963 and 1965, and achieved their record win, 13-0 away to , shortly after the second of these. They also reached the final of the tournament in 1968 and 1970, losing 1-0 on each occasion, to and respectively. Their domination of this tournament earned the country the nickname of "the Brazil of Africa" in the 1960s.The team had no success in FIFA World Cup qualification during this era, and failed to qualify for three successive African Cup of Nations in the 1970s, but qualified for the Olympic Games Football Tournaments, reaching the quarter finals in 1964 and withdrawing on political grounds in 1976 and 1980.

Ghana again won the African Cup of Nations in 1978, retaining the Abdelaziz Abdallah Salem Trophy in perpetuity for having won it three times, and 1982, but a relatively barren period followed, with the full national team dominating the short lived West African Nations Cup from 1982-87, but making little progress in continent-wide competitions until the appointment of Burkhard Ziese as coach in 1991. The 1992 African Cup of Nations, after three failures to reach the final tournament, saw Ghana finish second, beaten on penalties in the final by .

Disharmony among the squad, which eventually lead to parliamentary and executive intervention to settle issues between two of the team, Abedi Pele and Anthony Yeboah, may have played some part in the failure of the team to build on the successes of the national underage teams. Ghana slipped to 89th place in the FIFA World Rankings, but a new generation of players who went to the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship final became the core of the team at the 2002 African Cup of Nations and the 2004 Olympic Games, and were undefeated for a year in 2005 and reached the finals of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the first time the team had reached the global stage of the tournament. Ghana started with a 2-0 defeat to eventual champions , but wins over the (2-0) and (2-1) saw them through to the second round, where they were beaten 3-0 by . On 5 September 2009 won 2:0 against Sudan national football team and qualified oneself to the second in aftermath.

Team honours



West African Nations Cup 6 titels



World Cup record

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1930 Did not enter - - - - - - -
1934 Did not enter - - - - - - -
1938 Did not enter - - - - - - -
1950 Did not enter - - - - - - -
1954 Did not enter - - - - - - -
1958 Did not enter - - - - - - -
1962 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
1966 Withdrew - - - - - - -
1970 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
1974 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
1978 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
1982 Withdrew - - - - - - -
1986 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
1990 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
1994 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
1998 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
2002 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
2006 Round of 16 13 4 2 0 2 4 6
2010 Qualified
Total 2/19 4 2 0 2 4 6




African Nations Cup Record

African Cup of Nations
Titles: 4

Appearances: 16
Year Position Year Position Year Position
1957 Did not enter 1976 Did not qualify 1994 Fourth Place
1959 Did not enter 1978 Champions 1996 Fourth Place
1962 Did not qualify 1980 Round 1 1998 Round 1
1963 Champions 1982 Champions 2000 Quarter-finals
1965 Champions 1984 Round 1 2002 Quarter-finals
1968 Second Place 1986 Did not qualify 2004 Did not qualify
1970 Second Place 1988 Did not qualify 2006 Round 1
1972 Did not qualify 1990 Did not qualify 2008 Third Place
1974 Did not qualify 1992 Second Place 2010 Qualified


For 2010, see 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Ghana were the only African side to advance to Round 2 of 2006 FIFA World Cup (Côte d'Ivoire, Togo, Angola, and Tunisia were all eliminated in group play), and the sixth nation in a row from Africa to progress beyond the group stages of the World Cup. Ghana was the youngest team in the FIFA World Cup 2006 with an average age of 23 yrs and 352 days.

Because of Ghana's performances in the tournament, there has been praise for their continuous efforts to push forward and their fearless attitude. Greece Coach Otto Rehhagel told FIFA.com, the teams you used to regard as a little behind tactically, the Africans for example, have caught up. They're physically even better off than we are, as they have tremendous natural athleticism, and they've come on enormously in the areas which were non-existent before, discipline and tactics for example. Every team which faced Ghana or Cote d'Ivoire knew they'd been in a game. FIFA.com says Black stars ascend to glory. BBC says: Ghana going forward.

Of the 32 countries that participated in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Ghana was ranked the 13th Best Nation by FIFA.

2006 FIFA World Cup Matches
Category Team A Result Team B Date Venue Scorers
Round of 16 3-0 Ghana 27 June Signal Iduna Parkmarker, Dortmundmarker Brazil: Ronaldo 5, Adriano 45+,

Ze Roberto 84 [88410]

First Half; Second Half
Group E Ghana 2-1 22 June Frankenstadionmarker, Nurembergmarker Ghana Dramani 22, Appiah 47+; USA: Clint Dempsey 43)[88411]

Pre-Match; 1st Half; 2nd half
Group E Ghana 2-0 17 June RheinEnergieStadionmarker, Cologne Ghana: Asamoah 2, Muntari 82) [88412]

Group E 2-0 Ghana 12 June AWD-Arenamarker, Hannovermarker Italy: Pirlo, 40 Iaquinta 83)[88413]



Players

Current squad

The following players were called in for the World Cup qualifier against Mali on November 15 2009.Caps/goals correct as of November 14 2009

Goalkeepers
Name DOB Club Caps (goals) Debut
Daniel Adjei Liberty Professionals F.C. 1 (0) v Mali, 15 November 2009
Richard Kingson Wigan Athletic 49 (1) v Brazil, 27 March 1996


Defenders
Name DOB Club Caps (goals) Debut
Daniel Addo King Faisal Babes 1 (0) v Mali, 15 November 2009
Eric Addo Roda JC 32 (0) v Tunisia, 9 February 1998
Lee Addy Bechem Chelsea 1 (0) v Argentina, 01 October 2009
Samuel Inkoom FC Basel 4 (0) v Tunisia, 20 November 2008
John Paintsil Fulham 52 (0) v Algeria, 5 December 2001
Jonathan Quartey Nice 4 (0) v Libya, 5 September 2008
Isaac Vorsah TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 5 (0) N/A
Midfielders
Name DOB Club Caps (goals) Debut
Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu Asante Kotoko 2 (0) v Australia, 23 May 2008
Anthony Annan Rosenborg 21 (0) v Austria, 24 March 2007
Stephen Appiah (c) Bologna 53 (14) v Benin, 24 December 1996
Kwadwo Asamoah Udinese 5 (1) v
Andre Ayew Marseille 15 (0) v Senegal, 21 August 2007
Michael Essien Chelsea 45 (8) v Egypt, 4 January 2002
Sulley Muntari Internazionale 47 (12) v Slovenia, 17 May 2002
Strikers
Name DOB Club Caps (goals) Debut
Dominic Adiyiah Milan 1 (0) v Mali, 15 November 2009
Matthew Amoah NAC Breda 29 (11) v Morocco, 21 January 2002
Abdul Rahim Ayew El Zamalek 1 (0) v Mali, 15 November 2009
Asamoah Gyan Rennes 27 (13) v Somalia, 19 November 2003


Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Ghana squad recently.

Name DOB Club Caps (goals) Debut Most recent callup
FW Derek Asamoah Lokomotiv Sofia 3 (0) v Korea Republic,
8 October 2006
v Australia,
23 May 2008
FW Baffour Gyan FC Lokomotiv Astana 33 (5) v Sudan,
25 February 2001
v Libya,
1 June 2008
FW Ransford Osei Maccabi Haifa 1 (0) N/A v Togo,
18 November 2007
GK Sammy Adjei Hearts of Oak 34 (0) v Sudan,
25 February 2001
2008 African Nations Cup
DF Nana Akwasi Asare KV Mechelen 2 (0) v Morocco,
8 September 2007
2008 African Nations Cup
MF Bennard Yao Kumordzi Panionios 4 (1) v Brazil,
27 March 2007
v Tanzania,
20 August 2008
MF Derek Boateng Getafe CF 18 (3) v Mali,
25 December 2001
v Tanzania,
20 August 2008
GK William Amamoo Vasalunds IF 1 (0) v Australia, 23 May 2008 v Japan,
09 September 2009
DF Harrison Afful Esperance Sportive de Tunis 13 (0) v Ivory Coast, 9 February 2008 v Benin,
11 October 2009
DF John Mensah (VC) Sunderland 60 (0) v Algeria, 5 December 2001 v Japan,
09 September 2009
DF Hans Sarpei Bayer Leverkusen 24 (0) v Zimbabwe, 7 November 2000 v Côte d'Ivoire,
09 February 2008
MF Laryea Kingston Hearts 34 (6) v Congo DR, 27 March 2005 v Benin,
11 October 2009
MF Agyeman Prempeh Opoku Al Wahda 2 (0) N/A v Sudan,
20 June 2009
MF Haminu Dramani Kuban Krasnodar 34 (3) v Saudi Arabia, 14 November 2005 v Benin,
11 October 2009
MF Moussa Narry Auxerre 3 (0) v Togo, 18 November 2007 v Mali,
07 June 2009
MF Mark Sekyere ASEC Mimosas 1 (0) v South Africa, 19 November 2009
FW Junior Agogo Apollon Limassol 26 (11) v Japan, 4 October 2006 v Sudan,
20 June 2009
FW Ernest Papa Arko El-Geish 1 (1) v Uganda, 01 June 2009
FW Quincy Owusu-Abeyie FC Spartak Moscow 10 (1) v Guinea, 20 January 2008 v Libya,
05 September 2009
GK Osei Boateng King Faisal Babes 2 (0) v Nigeria, 04 December 2008 v Cote d’Ivoire,
20 February 2009
FW Prince Tagoe TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 16 (3) v Togo, 11 January 2006 v Sudan,
20 June 2009


Most Capped Players

As of June 8, 2009
# Player Cap
1 Abédi Pelé Ayew 73
2 Karim Abdul Razak 70
3 Yaw Preko 68
4 Richard Kingston 62
5 John Mensah 61
6= Anthony Yeboah 59
6= Samuel Osei Kuffour 59
8 Stephen Appiah 56
9 John Paintsil 52
10 Charles Akonnor 51


Top Goalscorers

As of June 8, 2009
# Player Goals Caps
1 Abédi "Pelé" Ayew 33 73
2 Anthony Yeboah 29 59
3 Karim Abdul Razak 25 70


Previous Nations Cup squads







APOY and other award winning players

Ghana has had great players in their rich history from the early 1950s, through the 1960s ANC Championship sides to 1970 when CAF instituted a new African Footballer of the Year Best player Awards to the 1990s when Abédi Pelé and Tony Yeboah received FIFA World Player of the Year top ten nominations and the 2000s when Sammy Kuffour and Michael Essien became FIFA World Class Players and received Ballon d'Or nominations. Ghana has never been short of talent. Abédi Pelé was listed in the 2004 "FIFA 100" greatest living footballers.

On 13 January 2007, the Confederation of African Football voted Abedi Pele, Michael Essien, Tony Yeboah, Ibrahim Abdul Razak and Samuel Kuffour as members of the CAF Top 30 Best African Players of all-time. In addition, Abedi and Yeboah were voted as members of the Africa Best Player of the Century in 1999 by IFFHS.



Technical staff

Head Coach Milovan Rajevac
Assistant Coach Akwasi Appiah
Fitness Coach Vacant
Goalkeeping Coach Edward Ansah
Psychologist Dr. Yao Mfodwo
Physiotherapist Charles Botchway
Team Doctor Dr Percy Annan
2nd Team Doctor Dr Allan Akaba
Welfare Officer Opoku Afriyie
Protocol Officer Alex Asante
Spokesman Randy Abbey
Kit Manager Sherif Bobo Musah


Head coaches

Date appointed Manager name
2008 - Present Milovan Rajevac
2008 Sellas Tetteh (interim)
2006 - 2008 Claude Le Roy
2004 - 2006 Ratomir Dujković
2004 Sam Arday (interim)
2004 Mariano Barreto
2003 Ralf Zumdick
2003 Burkhard Ziese
2002 Emmanuel Akwasi Afranie
2002 Milan Živadinović
2001 - 2002 Fred Osam-Duodu
2001 Cecil Jones Attuquayefio
2000 Fred Osam-Duodu
1999 - 2000 Giuseppe Dossena


Date appointed Manager name
1997 - 1998 Rinus Israël
1996 - 1997 Sam Arday
1996 Ismael Kurtz
1995 Petre Gavrilla
1995 Jørgen E. Larsen
1994 E.J. Aggrey-Fynn
1993 Fred Osam-Duodu
1992 - 1993 Otto Pfister
1990 - 1992 Burkhard Ziese
1988 - 1989 Fred Osam-Duodu
1986 - 1987 Rudi Gutendorf
1984 Herbert Addo


Date appointed Manager name
1984 Emmanuel Akwasi Afranie
1982 - 1983 C. K. Gyamfi^
1978 - 1981 Fred Osam-Duodu^
1977 - 1978 O. C. Sampaio
1974 - 1975 Karl Weigang
1973 - 1974 Nicolae Nicuşor Dumitru
1968 - 1970 Karl Heinz Marotzke
1967 Carlos Alberto Parreira
1963 - 1965 C. K. Gyamfi^
1963 Josef Ember
1959 - 1962 Adreas Sjolberg
1958 - 1959 George Ainsley


^Won African Cup of Nations during tenure

Competitive Statistics

FIFA World Cup Record:
FIFA World Cup Record GP W D L GF GA GD
World Cup Finals 4 2 0 2 4 6 -2
World Cup Quals (H) 30 20 8 2 57 17 +40
World Cup Quals (A) 29 7 8 14 31 38 -7
World Cup Total 63 29 16 18 92 61 +31


African Cup of Nations Record:
Nations Cup Record GP W D L GF GA GD
Nations Cup Finals 66 37 13 16 91 56 +35
Nations Cup Quals (H) 31 22 6 3 69 23 +46
Nations Cup Quals (A) 31 11 8 12 42 31 +11
Nations Cup Total 128 70 27 31 202 110 +92


Nations Cup Record by team
Ghana versus GP W D L GF GA GD
8 5 1 2 17 11 +6
6 5 1 0 10 4 +6
5 3 0 2 8 5 +3
6 2 1 3 6 7 -1
3 2 1 0 4 2 +2
3 3 0 0 7 2 +5
4 3 1 0 5 2 +3
3 2 0 1 3 2 +1
3 1 1 1 3 4 -1
3 0 1 2 0 4 -4
2 1 1 0 2 1 +1
3 1 1 1 2 1 +1
2 1 0 1 3 1 +2
2 2 0 0 5 1 +4
3 0 2 1 1 2 -1
2 0 2 0 3 3 0
2 1 0 1 3 2 +1
1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
1 0 0 1 1 2 -1
Total 66 37 13 16 91 56 +35


West African Nations Cup [SCSA Zone III] Record
Year Venue Round Position GP W D L GF GA GD
1982 Final Winner 5 3 2 0 14 8 +6
1983 Final Winner 4 3 1 0 7 2 +5
1984 Final Winner 5 2 3 0 9 5 +4
1986 Final Winner 6 5 1 0 12 2 +10
1987 Final Winner 5 5 0 0 14 2 +12
Total 5/5 5 Finals 5 Championships 25 18 7 0 56 19 +37
  • The Tournament was not held in 1985.


Trivia

  • Ghana hosted and won the Original African Cup of Nations Trophy (Known as The Abdelaziz Abdallah Salem Trophy) for Keeps in 1978 as they became the first Country to win three Nations Cup titles.




  • Of the 32 countries which participated in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Ghana was ranked the 13th Best Nation by FIFA.




See also



External links



Titles

References

  1. Black Stars fahren zur WM
  2. Adiyiah gets Black Stars call up



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