Mozambican national soccer team
|Association||Federação Moçambicana de Futebol|
|Head coach||Luís Gonçalves (since 2019)|
|Assistant coach||Abel Xavier|
|Record scorer||Tico-Tico (30)|
|Record player||Tico-Tico (94)|
|Home stadium||Estádio Nacional do Zimpeto|
|FIFA rank||106th (1200 points)
(as of July 16, 2020)
First international match Mozambique 1: 2 Tanzania ( Mozambique ; December 12, 1977 )
Biggest win Mozambique 6-1 Lesotho ( Mozambique ; August 10, 1980 )
Biggest defeat Zimbabwe 6-0 Mozambique ( Harare , Zimbabwe ; April 20, 1980 )
|Successes in tournaments|
|Participation in the finals||4 ( first : 1986 )|
|Best results||Preliminary round 1986 , 1996 , 1998 , 2010|
|(As of November 18, 2019)|
The Mozambican national football team is the national team of the Southeast African state of Mozambique . Mozambique has not yet managed to qualify for a World Cup. So far, they have qualified for the African Championship four times, most recently in 2010 , but were eliminated from each participation after the preliminary round.
Eusébio , who died in 2014, came from Mozambique and had a major impact on European football in the 1960s and was voted Europe's Footballer of the Year in 1965 . However, the top scorer of the football World Cup in 1966 played for Portugal , Mozambique was a Portuguese colony until 1975 .
- 1930 to 1978 - did not participate
- 1982 - did not qualify
- 1986 - did not participate
- 1990 - not admitted to the qualification
- 1994 to 2018 - not qualified
In his first participation in a World Cup qualification for the tournament in Spain in 1982 , Mozambique failed in the first round to the team from Zaire , today's Democratic Republic of the Congo. After a 2: 5 away defeat, the East Africans also lost the second leg in Maputo with 1: 2.
Four years later, Mozambique did not take part in the qualification, and they were not approved by FIFA for the qualifying matches for Italy in 1990 . In qualifying for the 1994 World Cup in the USA , the Mozambican selection took part again, but in the first round of the CAF elimination in a group of three with 3:11 goals, they were last behind Senegal and Gabon . A 1-1 draw against Gabon in Maputo meant Mozambique's only point win.
In qualifying for France in 1998 , Mozambique failed relatively close to Namibia in the play-off games of the first round with 0: 2 (A) and 1: 1 (H) . It was even closer to qualifying for the 2002 tournament : After a 1-0 defeat away, Mozambique won the second leg on home soil with two goals from Tico-Tico 2-1. The opponent from Sudan only reached the next round because of the larger number of away goals scored. This was Mozambique's first win in a World Cup qualifier.
In the elimination for Germany in 2006 , Guinea was the final destination in the first round. Mozambique lost both of its games 0: 1 (A) and 3: 4 (H); In the return leg in Maputo, striker Dário Monteiro scored a hat trick within 15 minutes after trailing 4-0 .
Mozambique played the most successful qualification to date as part of the elimination for the 2010 tournament on the domestic continent . After a bye for the first round, the team reached second place in a group of four behind the later finalists Ivory Coast and ahead of Madagascar and Botswana . Mozambique achieved a surprising result with a 1-1 draw against the Ivorians. In the third round they missed the World Cup finals behind the favored teams from Nigeria and Tunisia, as expected, but qualified third in the group for the 2010 African Cup in Angola . Mozambique achieved particularly good results in the three home games of the third round, in which they remained clean. After a remarkable 0-0 win against Nigeria, Kenya was defeated 1-0. With a surprising 1-0 win against Tunisia on the last day of the group, the Nigerians, who won at the same time in Kenya and were able to overtake the Tunisians, were able to participate in the finals.
In qualifying for the World Cup in Brazil , Mozambique met the Comoros first and foremost . After winning both games, they faced Egypt , Guinea and neighboring Zimbabwe in the group stage , against whom they could not prevail and after just four games had no chance of qualifying.
- 1957 to 1980 - did not participate
- 1982 to 1984 - not qualified
- 1986 - preliminary round
- 1988 to 1994 - not qualified
- 1996 - preliminary round
- 1998 - preliminary round
- 2000 to 2008 - not qualified
- 2010 - preliminary round
- 2012 to 2019 - not qualified
After Mozambique failed to qualify for the African Championship in its first two participations in the qualifying games, they took part in the finals of the best teams on the African continent for the first time in 1986 in Egypt after victories over Mauritius , Malawi and Libya . In a group of four hosted by Egypt , Elfenbeikünste and Senegal , Mozambique finished last in the group without a point or goal.
For the following four final tournaments, the Mozambican selection missed the qualification, which only succeeded again for the 1996 tournament in South Africa . In a group with Ghana , Tunisia and again the Ivory Coast they finished last. A 1-1 draw against Tunisia meant Mozambique's first point win at an African Cup. In 1998 in Burkina Faso they took part again, but were again bottom of the group behind Morocco , Egypt and Zambia without winning a point .
After twelve years, Mozambique once again reached the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying for the 2010 World Cup . At the tournament in Angola 2010 , under Dutch coach Mart Nooij , they scored 2-2 against Benin in the first group game and were eliminated after a 2-0 win against eventual tournament winners Egypt and a 3-0 drawback against later third Nigeria, level on points with Benin .
African Nations Championship
- 2009 : not qualified
- 2011 : not qualified
- 2014 : preliminary round
- 2016 : not qualified
- 2018 : not qualified
- 2020 : not qualified
South African Championship ( COSAFA Cup )
- 1997 - third
- 1998 - fifth
- 1999 - did not qualify
- 2000 - did not qualify
- 2001 - did not qualify
- 2002 - quarter-finals
- 2003 - quarter-finals
- 2004 - semi-finals
- 2005 - did not qualify
- 2006 - did not qualify
- 2007 - semi-finals
- 2008 - second
- 2009 - third
- 2013 - fifth
- 2015 - second
- 2016 - quarter-finals
- 2017 - group stage
- 2018 - group stage
- 2019 - group stage
As of November 18, 2019
- Bold players are still active.
|#||Surname||Period of time||Games||Gates|
|4th||Sérgio Faife Matsolo||1992-2008||67||5|
|9.||Tomás Manuel Inguana||1996-2004||56||4th|
Record goal scorers
|#||Surname||Period of time||Gates||Games|
|6th||Arnaldo Sebastião Ouana||1987-1999||10||37|
|Luis José Miquissone||2015-||8th||34|
|Nuro Amiro Tualbudine||1994-2001||7th||21st|
|Adelino Neves Pereira||1989-1997||7th||19th|
- Martin Nooij (2007-2011)
- Chiquinho Conde (2011)
- Gert Engels (2011-2013)
- João Chissano (2014-2015)
- Abel Xavier (2016-2019)
- Luís Gonçalves (since 2019)
- The FIFA / Coca-Cola World Ranking. In: fifa.com. July 16, 2020, accessed July 21, 2020 .
- rsssf.com: Mozambique - Record International Players