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The Nigeria national football team, nicknamed the Super Eagles, is the national team of Nigeriamarker and is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). According to the FIFA World Rankings, Nigeria ranks 22nd and holds the third highest place among the African nations behind Cameroon (11th) and Côte d'Ivoire (16th). The highest position ever reached on the ranking was 5th in April 1994.

History

Nigeria played their first unofficial game in October 1949, while still a British colony. The team played warmup games in England against various amateur teams like Dulwich Hamlet, Bishop Auckland and South Liverpoolmarker. The team's first major success was a gold medal in the 2nd All-Africa games, with 3rd place finishes in 1976 and 1978's African Cup of Nations to follow. In 1980 the team had such players as Leyton Orient's John Chiedozie and Tunji Banjo, and the Muda Lawal / Christian Chukwu-led Super Eagles won the Cup for the first time in Lagosmarker. In 1984 and 1988, Nigeria reached the Cup of Nations final, losing both times to Cameroon. Three of the four African titles won by Cameroon have been won by defeating Nigeria. Missing out to Cameroon on many occasions has created an intense rivalry between both nations. Two notable occasions; narrowly losing out on qualification for 1990 World Cup and then the controversial final of the 2000 African Nations Cup where a goal scored by Victor Ikpeba during a penalty shoot out was disallowed by the referee.

1994 World Cup

Nigeria finally reached the World Cup for the first time in the 1994 FIFA World Cup. They were managed by Clemens Westerhof who is commonly considered to be the best coach to have ever led Nigeria. Nigeria topped their group which included Argentina, Bulgaria, and Greece. In their first game Nigeria defeated Bulgaria 3-0, lost to Argentina 1-2, and qualified for the second round after a 2-0 victory over Greece. In the second round Nigeria played Italy and took the lead with a goal from Amunike at 25 min. Nigeria were within one minute of qualifying for the Quarter finals of 1994 World Cup in the game against Italy but Roberto Baggio scored to take the game to extra time. He also scored the eventual winning goal.

1998 World Cup

In 1998 Nigeria returned to the World Cup alongside Cameroon, Morocco, Tunisia, and South Africa. Optimism was high due to their manager Bora Milutinovc and the return of most 1994 squad members. In the final tournament Nigeria were drawn into group D with Spain, Bulgaria, Paraguay. Nigeria scored a major upset by defeating Spain 3-2 after coming back twice from being 1-0 and 2-1 down. The Eagles qualified for the second round with win against Bulgaria and loss to Paraguay. Their hopes of surpassing their 1994 performance was shattered after a 4-1 loss to Denmark.

2002 World Cup

The 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea and Japan, saw Nigeria again qualify with optimism. With a new squad and distinctive pastel green kits the Super Eagles were expected to build on their strong performances in the 2000 and 2002 African Cup of Nations. Nigeria were drawn into group F with powerhouses Sweden, Argentina, and England. They started their first game against Argentina with a strong defence and kept the first half scoreless. However in the 61st minute Gabriel Batistuta breached the Nigerian defense to put Argentina in the lead 1-0 and win the game. Nigeria's second game against Sweden saw them take the lead but later lose 2-1. There was little consolation when Nigeria drew 0-0 with England and bowed out in the first round.

Nigeria missed out on qualification for the 2006 World Cup after finishing level on points in the qualification group with Angola, but having an inferior record in the matches between the sides.

On 14 November, 2009, Nigeria qualified for the 2010 World Cup after defeating Kenya by 3-2 in Nairobimarker.

African Nations Cup

Nigeria won the African Nations Cup twice (1980 and 1994). More recently they took third place at the 2002 African Nations Cup, the 2004 African Nations Cup, and the 2006 African Nations Cup.

Achievements



World Cup record

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1930 to 1958 Did not enter
1962 Did not qualify
1966 Withdrew
1970 to 1990 Did not qualify
1994 Round of 16 9 4 2 0 2 7 4
1998 Round of 16 12 4 2 0 2 6 9
2002 Round 1 27 3 0 1 2 1 3
2006 Did not qualify
2010 Qualified
Total 3/18 11 4 1 6 14 16


Confederations Cup record

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
1992 Did not qualify
1995 Fourth place 3 1 2 0 4 1
1997 to 2009 Did not qualify
Total 1/8 3 1 2 0 4 1


African Cup of Nations record

African Cup of Nations
Titles: 2

Appearances: 15
Year Position Year Position Year Position
1957 Did not qualify 1976 Third place 1994 Champions
1959 Did not qualify 1978 Third place 1996 Withdrew from tournament
1962 Did not qualify 1980 Champions 1998 Disqualified for failure to participate in 1996
1963 Round 1 1982 Round 1 2000 Second place
1965 Did not qualify 1984 Second place 2002 Third place
1968 Did not qualify 1986 Did not qualify 2004 Third place
1970 Did not qualify 1988 Second place 2006 Third place
1972 Did not qualify 1990 Second place 2008 Quarter-finals
1974 Did not qualify 1992 Third place 2010 Qualified


Current squad

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







Recent call-ups

Managers

Team managers of Nigeria and the dates they took over.



Top goalscorers

List of Nigeria's top ten highest ever international goalscorers.



Recent results (last 15 months)

  • 2 v 0 , 1 June 2008
  • 0 v 1 , 7 June 2008
  • 0 v 1 , 15 June 2008
  • 2 v 0 , 21 June 2008
  • 0 v 1 , 5 September 2008
  • 4 v 1 , 11 October 2008
  • 0 v 0 , 29 March 2009
  • 3 v 0 , 7 June 2009
  • 0 v 0 , 20 June 2009
  • 2 v 2 , 6 September 2009
  • 1 v 0 , 11 October 2009
  • 2 v 3 , 14 November 2009
Date appointed
Manager name
2008- Shaibu Amodu
2008 James Peters
2007–2008 Berti Vogts
2005–2007 Augustine Eguavoen
2002–2005 Christian Chukwu
2002 Adegboyega Onigbinde
2001–2002 Shaibu Amodu
1999–2001 Johannes Bonfrere
1999–1999 Thijs Libregts
1998–1998 Bora Milutinović
1997–1998 Monday Sinclar
1997–1998 Philippe Troussier
1996–1997 Shaibu Amodu
1995–1996 Johannes Bonfere
1994–1995 Shaibu Amodu
1989–1994 Clemens Westerhof
1987–1989 Paul Hamilton
1988–1989 Manfred Hoener
1985 Patrick Ekeji
1984–1986 Chris Udemezue
1983–1984 Adegboyega Onigbinde
1981 Gottlieb Goller
1979–1982 Otto Gloria
1970–1971 & 1974 Heinz Marotze
1974–1978 Jelisavčić 'Tiki' Tihomir
1972–1973

1963–1964
George Penna
1969–1970 Peter 'Eto' Amaechina
1965–1968 Joseph Ember
1964–1965 Daniel Anyiam
1961–1963 George Vardar
1960–1961 Moshe Beth-Halevi
1956–1960 Les Courtier
1954–1956 Daniel Anyiam
1949 John Finch
Goal scored
Player name
37 Rashidi Yekini
23 Segun Odegbami
18 Yakubu
17 Sunday Oyarekhua
15 Obafemi Martins
14 Daniel Amokachi
14 Jay-Jay Okocha
14 Julius Aghahowa
13 Nwankwo Kanu
13 Samson Siasia

Friendly matches

    • 1 - 1 , 27 May 2008
    • 0 - 1 , 19 November 2008
    • 0 - 0 , 11 February 2009
    • 1 - 1 , 29 May 2009
    • 1 - 0 , 2 June 2009


References

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