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Cape Verde
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Tubarões Azuis (Blue Sharks),
Crioulos (Creoles)
Association Federação Caboverdiana
de Futebol
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Bubista
Most caps Bubista
Top scorer Joao Pedro da Viega
Home stadium Estádio da Várzea
FIFA code CPV
FIFA ranking 97
Highest FIFA ranking 68 (July 2007)
Lowest FIFA ranking 182 (April 2000)
Elo ranking T117
File:Kit shortsadidasonwhite.png
Home colours
Away colours
First international
 Guinea-Bissau 3 - 0 Cape Verde Cape Verde
(Guinea-Bissau; January 7, 1979)
Biggest win
Cape Verde Cape Verde 5 - 0  Equatorial Guinea
(Sal, Cape Verde; March 28, 2009)
Biggest defeat
 Senegal 5 - 1 Cape Verde Cape Verde
(Mali; February 12, 1981)
Cape Verde Cape Verde 0 - 4 Ghana 
(Praia, Cape Verde; October 8, 2005)

The Cape Verde national football team, nicknamed either the Tubarões Azuis (Blue Sharks) or Crioulos (Creoles), is the national team of Cape Verde and is controlled by the Federação Caboverdiana de Futebol.

Contents

History

It has never made the FIFA World Cup or the African Nations Cup. The team almost qualified for the African Nations Cup in 2006, at one time lying second in their qualifying group behind South Africa.

For the first time in its history, on 2 November 2002, it faced a non-African team, Luxembourg, in a friendly, resulting in a scoreless draw. On September 4 2009, it faced Malta in a friendly, resulting in and 2-0 victory.

The team has two titles: the Amilcar Cabral Cup that won in 2000 and the gold medal at 2009 Lusophony Games. Also has a bronze medal at 2006 Lusophony Games

Cape Verde Football Achievements

Amilcar Cabral Cup :
  • 1 Time Champion (2000)
  • 1 Time Runners-up (2007)
  • 1 Time 3º place (1995)
Lusophony Games
  • 1 Gold medal (2009)
  • 1 Bronze medal (2006)

World Cup record

African Nations Cup record

Current Squad

The following players were called for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification in 2009

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Ernesto October 5, 1979 (1979-10-05) (age 30) 2 0 Portugal A.D. Carregado
2 DF Pedro Pelé May 2, 1978 (1978-05-02) (age 31) 3 0 Scotland Falkirk
3 DF Ricardo August 19, 1980 (1980-08-19) (age 29) 3 0 Portugal Paços de Ferreira
4 MF Guy Ramos 16 August 1985 (1985-08-16) (age 24) 1 0 Netherlands Dordrecht
5 MF Ronny 7 December 1978 (1978-12-07) (age 31) 2 0 Luxembourg F91 Dudelange
6 DF Nando June 9, 1978 (1978-06-09) (age 31) 2 0 Czech Republic Baník Ostrava
7 MF Nhuck November 14, 1988 (1988-11-14) (age 21) 2 1 Portugal Fátima
8 FW Cecilio Lopes March 18, 1979 (1979-03-18) (age 30) 0 0 Netherlands Zwolle
9 FW Alison Brito May 8, 1977 (1977-05-08) (age 32) 3 1 Macau Monte Carlo
10 FW Dady August 13, 1981 (1981-08-13) (age 28) 2 1 Spain Osasuna
11 MF Lito Captain sports.svg February 3, 1975 (1975-02-03) (age 34) 3 0 Portugal Académica de Coimbra
12 GK Fock July 25, 1982 (1982-07-25) (age 27) 3 0 Cape Verde Mindelense
13 MF Valter Borges November 9, 1988 (1988-11-09) (age 21) 2 0 Portugal Santa Clara
14 DF Janício November 30, 1979 (1979-11-30) (age 30) 0 0 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta
15 MF Marco Soares June 6, 1984 (1984-06-06) (age 25) 1 0 Portugal União de Leiria
16 FW Mateus Lopes December 7, 1975 (1975-12-07) (age 34) 12 3 Cyprus Frenaros FC 2000
17 MF Emerson July 11, 1982 (1982-07-11) (age 27) 0 0 Portugal Arouca
18 DF Varela November 26, 1987 (1987-11-26) (age 22) 1 0 Portugal Trofense
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Recent call-ups 2008

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
7 FW (WCQ v. Cameroon, 6 September) March 18, 1987 (1987-03-18) (age 22) Tunisia Étoile Sportive du Sahel
9 FW Toy Costa (WCQ v. Cameroon, 6 September) June 15, 1977 (1977-06-15) (age 32) Portugal Olhanense
16 DF Stopira (WCQ v. Cameroon, 6 September) May 20, 1988 (1988-05-20) (age 21) Portugal Santa Clara
2 DF Gilberto (WCQ v. Mauritius, 22 June) April 18, 1986 (1986-04-18) (age 23) Switzerland Le Mont
7 FW Silvino Soares (WCQ v. Mauritius, 22 June) July 10, 1978 (1978-07-10) (age 31) Belgium Red Star Waasland
8 MF Karr (WCQ v. Mauritius, 22 June) February 4, 1988 (1988-02-04) (age 21) Portugal Olhanense
14 MF Babanco (WCQ v. Mauritius, 22 June) Cape Verde Sporting Praia
7 FW Hernâni (WCQ v. Mauritius, 15 June) August 27, 1981 (1981-08-27) (age 28) Portugal Santa Clara
7 MF Néné (WCQ v. Cameroon, May 31) August 24, 1979 (1979-08-24) (age 30) Romania Braşov
GK Cesar Cruz (Friendly v. Luxembourg, 27 May) October 2, 1985 (1985-10-02) (age 24) Finland BK-46
DF Toy Adão (Friendly v. Luxembourg, 27 May) Cape Verde Académica do Mindelo
MF Mickaël Tavares (Friendly v. Luxembourg, 27 May) October 25, 1982 (1982-10-25) (age 27) Germany Hamburg

Last and next games

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Cape Verde
File:Cape Verde
Nickname(s) Tubarões Azuis (Blue Sharks),
Crioulos (Creoles)
Association Federação Caboverdiana
de Futebol
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Lúcio Antunes
Most caps Lito (55)
Top scorer Lito (30)
Home stadium Estádio da Várzea
FIFA code CPV
FIFA ranking 77
Highest FIFA ranking 68 (July 2007)
Lowest FIFA ranking 182 (April 2000)
Elo ranking T117
Home colours
Away colours
First international
 Guinea-Bissau 3 - 0 Cape Verde
(Guinea-Bissau; January 7, 1979)
Biggest win
Cape Verde 5 - 0  Equatorial Guinea
(Sal, Cape Verde; March 28, 2009)
Biggest defeat
 Senegal 5 - 1 Cape Verde
(Mali; February 12, 1981)
Cape Verde 0 - 4 Ghana 
(Praia, Cape Verde; October 8, 2005)

The Cape Verde national football team, nicknamed either the Tubarões Azuis (Blue Sharks) or Crioulos (Creoles), is the national team of Cape Verde and is controlled by the Federação Caboverdiana de Futebol.

Contents

History

Overview

The Cape Verde Islands became independent from Portugal in 1975. The national team's first international was a 0-3 defeat to Guinea-Bissau in the 1979 Amilcar Cabral Cup.[1] Cape Verde's football association was formed in 1982, and joined FIFA in 1986.[2]

Cape Verdeans abroad, who are more numerous than the population of the islands themselves, are a major source of players for the national team. Most of Cape Verde's current international footballers play outside of Cape Verde (mainly in Europe, but also in Asia), and some were born outside of the islands.[3]

Several players of Cape Verdean origin have chosen to play for other national teams. These include Eliseu, Nani, Manuel Fernandes, Rolando, Nélson Marcos, and Silvestre Varela, who all represent Portugal, as well as Jacques Faty (Senegal), Gelson Fernandes (Switzerland), Henrik Larsson (Sweden), and David Mendes da Silva (Netherlands).

World Cup and African Nations Cup qualifiers

Cape Verde has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup or for the African Nations Cup. Its first World Cup qualifying campaign was the 2002 World Cup qualifiers, in which Cape Verde was eliminated in the first round after one draw and one defeat against Algeria.[4]

In the qualification campaign for the 2006 World Cup and the 2006 African Nations Cup, Cape Verde advanced to the Final Round after its first victory in a World Cup qualifier, beating Swaziland. In the Final Round, the team made an impression with its first ever away victory against Burkina Faso, but finished fifth in its group and failed to qualify for either finals.[4]

New coach João de Deus from Portugal brought in several new players from European leagues for the 2010 World Cup/2010 African Nations Cup qualifiers.[3] Cape Verde finished second in its group in the Second Round, ahead of Tanzania and Mauritius, but behind Cameroon, and did not advance to the Third Round. Cape Verde's top goalscorer of the qualifying campaign was Dady, who plays for Osasuna in the Spanish First Division.

Other tournaments and notable matches

Cape Verde has two titles: It hosted and won the Amilcar Cabral Cup in 2000, and won the gold medal in the football tournament at the 2009 Lusophony Games. The team also won a bronze medal at the 2006 Lusophony Games.

For the first time in its history, on 2 November 2002, it faced a non-African team, Luxembourg, in a friendly, resulting in a scoreless draw. On September 4, 2009, it faced Malta in a friendly, resulting in an 2-0 victory. On 24 May 2010 Cape Verde played out a 0-0 draw in a friendly match against a full-strength Portugal.[5] At the time, Portugal was third in the FIFA rankings and Cape Verde were 117th.[6]

Achievements

World Cup record

African Nations Cup record

Current squad

The following players were called for the friendly match against Portugal.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 GK Jose Veiga 18 December 1976 (1976-12-18) (age 34) 11 Macclesfield Town
2 DF Stopira 20 May 1988 (1988-05-20) (age 22) 2 Santa Clara
3 DF Varela 26 November 1987 (1987-11-26) (age 23) 4 Trofense
4 MF Guy Ramos 16 August 1985 (1985-08-16) (age 25) 5 Dordrecht
5 MF Babanco 27 July 1985 (1985-07-27) (age 25) 6 Boavista
6 DF Nando 9 June 1978 (1978-06-09) (age 32) 11 Baník Ostrava
7 DF Vítor Moreno 29 November 1980 (1980-11-29) (age 30) 4 União de Leiria
8 MF Dário 14 January 1979 (1979-01-14) (age 32) 6 Sporting da Praia
9 MF Nhuck 14 November 1988 (1988-11-14) (age 22) 3 Fátima
10 FW Dady 13 August 1981 (1981-08-13) (age 29) 26 Bucaspor
11 MF Lito 3 February 1975 (1975-02-03) (age 35) 55 Académica de Coimbra
12 GK Fock 25 July 1982 (1982-07-25) (age 28) 4 Mindelense
13 MF Valter 9 November 1988 (1988-11-09) (age 22) 4 Santa Clara
14 MF Ton Tavares 2
15 DF Nhambú 4 Mindelense
16 MF Toni Varela 13 June 1986 (1986-06-13) (age 24) 2 RKC Waalwijk
19 DF Ricardo 19 August 1980 (1980-08-19) (age 30) 3 Paços de Ferreira
20 MF Marco Soares 6 June 1984 (1984-06-06) (age 26) 10 União de Leiria
21 FW José Semedo 26 December 1979 (1979-12-26) (age 31) 2 Apollon Limassol

Recent call-up

Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club Latest Callup
GK Ernesto 5 October 1979 (1979-10-05) (age 31) Carregado v. Angola on 9 September 2009[7]
DF Pelé 2 May 1978 (1978-05-02) (age 32) Milton Keynes Dons v. Angola on 9 September 2009
MF Ronny 7 December 1978 (1978-12-07) (age 32) F91 Dudelange v. Angola on 9 September 2009
DF Pedro Moreira 16 January 1983 (1983-01-16) (age 28) Fátima v. Angola on 9 September 2009
DF Gerson Académica da Praia v. Angola on 9 September 2009
DF Gégé 24 February 1988 (1988-02-24) (age 22) Trofense v. Angola on 9 September 2009
FW Rodi 18 August 1991 (1991-08-18) (age 19) Porto v. Angola on 9 September 2009

Managers since 2003

Past and upcoming games

References

  1. ^ Courtney, Barry (5 June 2006). "Cape Verde Islands - List of International Matches". RSSSF. http://www.rsssf.com/tablesk/kaapv-intres.html. Retrieved 27 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Cape Verde Islands". FIFA.com. 
  3. ^ a b "Foreign contingent boost Cape Verde". FIFA. 21 May 2010. http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/newsid=772955/. Retrieved 27 June 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Cape Verde Islands: Profile". FIFA. http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/preliminaries/africa/teams/team=43850/profile.html. Retrieved 27 June 2010. 
  5. ^ http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report?id=289370&cc=5901
  6. ^ http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/ranking/lastranking/gender=m/fullranking.html#confederation=0&rank=192
  7. ^ "SELECÇÃO NACIONAL DE FUTEBOL: divulgada lista para amistosos com Malta e Angola" (in Portuguese). Expresso das Ilhas. 29 August 2009. http://www.expressodasilhas.sapo.cv/pt/noticias/detail/id/11451. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  8. ^ "Cape Verde island coach Alhinho resigns". Reuters. ESPN Soccernet. 5 January 2006. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=354242&cc=5739. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  9. ^ "Ze Rui appointed Cape Verde coach". BBC. 3 May 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/africa/4968880.stm. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "Cape Verde confirm identity of new coach". BBC. 22 November 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/africa/6172900.stm. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  11. ^ "De Deus New Cape Verde Coach". MTN Football. 22 November 2006. http://www.mtnfootball.com/live/content.php?Item_ID=14219. Retrieved 22 March 2008. 
  12. ^ "Soccer federation unaware of national selection coach’s alleged exit". Asemana. 25 June 2010. http://www.asemana.publ.cv/spip.php?article54057&ak=1. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  13. ^ "Lúcio Antunes tapped as new national soccer team coach". Asemana. 25 July 2010. http://asemana.publ.cv/spip.php?article54902&ak=1. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 

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Simple English

Cape Verde
Association Federação Caboverdiana de Futebol
Confederation CAF
Coach João de Deus
World Cup
Appearances 0

Cape Verde national football team is the national football team of Cape Verde.


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