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|Association||Federação Angolana de Futebol|
|Sub-confederation||COSAFA (Southern Africa)|
|Head coach||Beto Bianchi|
|Most caps||Flávio (91)|
|Top scorer||Akwá (39)|
|Home stadium||Estádio 11 de Novembro|
|Current||141 1 (15 February 2018)|
|Highest||45 (July 2000)|
|Lowest||147 (March 2017)|
|Current||122 (9 February 2018)|
|Highest||50 (September–October 2006)|
|Lowest||106 (10 September 2014)|
| PR Congo 1–3 PR Angola
(Brazzaville, PR Congo; 8 February 1976)
| Angola 7–1 Swaziland
(Luanda, Angola; 23 April 2000)
| Portugal 6–0 PR Angola
(Lisbon, Portugal; 23 March 1989)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2006)|
|Best result||Group stage, 2006|
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||7 (first in 1996)|
|Best result||Quarter-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.
Angola played their first game against PR Congo on 8 February 1976, losing 3–2.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
As of 2013, Angola has qualified once for a FIFA World Cup. Its first participation on the FIFA World Cup qualification was on 1986, where they won in the first round, beating Senegal 4—3 on penalty kicks. They later lost on the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)#Second round to Algeria. Algeria went to the third round and qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico.
Angola's first participation on the World Cup was on the 2006 FIFA World Cup, in Germany.
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1930||Part of Portugal||Part of Portugal|
|1978||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1986||Did not qualify||4||1||1||2||3||4|
|2010||Did not qualify||6||3||1||2||11||8|
|2022||To be determined|
|African Cup of Nations|
|1957||Did not enter||1976||Did not enter||1994||Did not qualify||2012||Round 1|
|1959||Did not enter||1978||Did not enter||1996||Round 1||2013||Round 1|
|1962||Did not enter||1980||Did not enter||1998||Round 1||2015||Did not qualify|
|1963||Did not enter||1982||Did not qualify||2000||Did not qualify||2017||Did not qualify|
|1965||Did not enter||1984||Did not qualify||2002||Did not qualify||2019||TBD|
|1968||Did not enter||1986||Did not enter||2004||Did not qualify||2021||TBD|
|1970||Did not enter||1988||Did not qualify||2006||Round 1||2023||TBD|
|1972||Did not enter||1990||Did not qualify||2008||Quarterfinals|
|1974||Did not enter||1992||Did not qualify||2010||Quarterfinals|
|25 March 2017 Friendly||Mozambique||2–0||Angola||Maputo, Mozambique|
|Report||Stadium: Estádio do Zimpeto
Referee: Thulani Sibandze (Swaziland)
|28 March 2017 Friendly||South Africa||0–0||Angola||East London, South Africa|
|Report||Stadium: Buffalo City Stadium
Referee: Joshua Bondo (Botswana)
|10 June 2017 2019 AFCONQ||Burkina Faso||3–1||Angola||Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso|
||Stadium: Stade du 4 Août
Referee: Mahmoud Zakaria El Banna (Egypt)
|25 June 2017 2017 COSAFA Cup GS||Mauritius||0–1||Angola||Moruleng, South Africa|
||Stadium: Moruleng Stadium
Referee: Jackson Pavaza (Namibia)
|27 June 2017 2017 COSAFA Cup GS||Angola||0–0||Tanzania||Phokeng, South Africa|
|19:30 SAST||Report||Stadium: Royal Bafokeng Stadium
Referee: Victor Gomes (South Africa)
|29 June 2017 2017 COSAFA Cup GS||Malawi||0–0||Angola||Phokeng, South Africa|
|17:00 SAST||Report||Stadium: Royal Bafokeng Stadium
Referee: Ahmad Imtehaz Heeralall (Mauritius)
|16 July 2017 2018 CHANQ||Mauritius||0–1||Angola||Belle Vue Maurel, Mauritius|
|15:30 MUT||Report||Stadium: Stade Anjalay
Referee: Thando Ndzandzeka (South Africa)
|23 July 2017 2018 CHANQ||Angola||3–2
||Stadium: Estádio 11 de Novembro
Referee: Nomore Murambiwa Musundire (Zimbabwe)
|13 August 2017 2018 CHANQ||Madagascar||0–0||Angola||Antananarivo, Madagascar|
|14:30 EAT||Report||Stadium: Mahamasina Municipal Stadium
Referee: Ahmad Imtehaz Heeralall (Mauritius)
|19 August 2017 2018 CHANQ||Angola||1–0
||Report||Stadium: Estádio 11 de Novembro
Referee: Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)
Caps and goals updated as of 30 September 2016 after the game against Botswana.
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|12||GK||Neblú||16 December 1993||4||0||Interclube|
|1||GK||Gerson||1 April 1987||1||0||Petró de Luanda|
|13||DF||Bastos||23 November 1991||37||2||Lazio|
|14||DF||Natael||23 September 1993||18||0||Recreativo do Libolo|
|2||DF||Lunguinha||16 January 1986||16||0||Progresso Sambizanga|
|6||DF||Jonathan||27 September 1993||13||0||Waasland-Beveren|
|7||DF||Eddie Afonso||7 March 1994||9||0||Recreativo do Libolo|
|4||DF||Nary||30 April 1987||4||0||Kabuscorp|
|17||DF||Nandinho||25 May 1998||4||0||Kabuscorp|
|5||DF||Mira||12 February 1991||1||0||Petró de Luanda|
|11||MF||Ary Papel||6 May 1994||33||5||Moreirense|
|15||MF||Paty||3 June 1990||13||0||Interclube|
|20||MF||Buá||6 September 1988||10||0||1° de Agosto|
|10||MF||Manguxi||27 November 1991||9||0||Petró de Luanda|
|18||MF||Herenilson||27 August 1996||4||0||Petró de Luanda|
|16||MF||Wilson Nandinho||17 September 1985||3||0||Interclube|
|30||MF||Dudú||9 July 1986||3||0||Recreativo Caála|
|19||FW||Yano||8 July 1992||21||1||Progresso Sambizanga|
|8||FW||Gelson||13 July 1996||17||8||Sporting CP|
|3||FW||Fredy||27 March 1990||16||1||Belenenses|
|21||FW||Vá||24 April 1998||6||0||Progresso Sambizanga|
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|
Most capped players
Between 2006 and 2012, Angola's kits were supplied by Puma. Adidas took over in 2012. Since 2018, Puma is once again Angola's kit suppliers.