Ethiopia national football team

Ethiopia national football team

Infobox National football team
Name = Ethiopia
Badge = Ethiopia FA.png FIFA Trigramme = ETH
FIFA Rank = 108
FIFA max = 86
FIFA max date = September 2006,
June 2007, February 2008
FIFA min = 155
FIFA min date = December 2001
Elo Rank = 126
Nickname = The Walya Antelopes
Association = Ethiopian Football Federation
Confederation = CAF (Africa)
Coach = flagicon|Ethiopia Abraham Teklehaymanot
Most caps = Luciano Vassalo
Best (goal) scorer = Getu Tilahun
Home Stadium = Addis Abeba Stadium


First game =flagicon|Ethiopia|1897 Ethiopia 5 - 0 French Somaliland flagicon|France (Ethiopia; 1 May, 1947)
Largest win =flagicon|Ethiopia|1897 Ethiopia 7 - 0 Tanzania flagicon|Tanzania (Ethiopia; 8 October, 1969)
flagicon|Ethiopia|1975 Ethiopia 8 - 1 Djibouti flagicon|Djibouti (Ethiopia; 27 March, 1983)
Largest loss =Flagicon|Iraq|1991 Iraq 13 - 0 Ethiopia Flagicon|Ethiopia|1975 (Amman, Jordan; August 8, 1992)
| World cup apps =
World cup first =
World cup best =
Regional name = African Nations Cup
Regional cup apps = 9
Regional cup first = 1957
Regional cup best = Winners, 1962
The Ethiopian national football team, nicknamed the "The Walya Antelopes" is controlled by the Ethiopian Football Federation. It was one of only three teams (along with Egypt and Sudan) to participate in the inaugural African Nations Cup in 1957. Ethiopia won the competition in 1962 when it was the host, but success has been elusive since the end of the 1960s. They are currently suspended from competitive internationals.


Early days

Ethiopia has a long football tradition and was among the pioneers of international competition in Africa, taking part in the inaugural African Nations Cup in 1957. It also took part in the 1962 World Cup qualifiers, playing against Israel. The peak came in 1962 when the team won the African tournament on home soil, with a squad featuring stars such as forwards Mengistou Worku and Italo Vassalo, and midfielder Luciano Vassalo.

They remained a force in the continent for the remainder of the decade, although further success in the Nations Cup -let alone World Cup qualification- eluded them. The increasing number of national teams in Africa left Ethiopia as one of the lowest ranked African national football teams. Ethiopia hosted the Nations Cup tournament in 1976 (but failed to progress to the final four) and last qualified for the tournament in 1982.

Recent times

However, there have been signs of revival in recent years. In the 2004 African Nations Cup qualifiers, Ethiopians missed out on qualification by 3 points, losing their final game in Guinea. In the 2008 qualifiers, they showed promising signs once more but finished bottom of their group after losing their last two games.

Ethiopia Football Achievements

:CECAFA Cup :::*3 Times Champion (1987, 2004, 2005)

World Cup record

*1930 to 1954 - "Did not enter"
*1958 - "Entry not accepted by FIFA"
*1962 - "Did not qualify"
*1966 - "Did not enter"
*1970 to 1986 - "Did not qualify"
*1990 - "Did not enter"
*1994 - "Did not qualify"
*1998 - "Did not qualify"
*2002 - "Did not qualify"
*2006 - "Did not qualify"
*2010 - "Disqualified"

African Nations Cup record

Current squad

The following players were called for 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification against Mauritania on June 22 2008.

Recent call-ups

External links

Ethiopian Football News _ Latest :

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