Ghana national football team

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Ghana
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Black Stars
AssociationGhana Football Association (GFA)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Head coachAvram Grant
Asst coachMaxwell Konadu
CaptainAsamoah Gyan
Vice-captainAndré Ayew
Top scorerAsamoah Gyan (45)
FIFA codeGHA
FIFA ranking37 Decrease 2 (27 November 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking14 (February, April, May 2008)
Lowest FIFA ranking89 (June 2004)
Elo ranking33
Highest Elo ranking14 (30 June 1966)
Lowest Elo ranking97 (14 June 2004)
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
First international
 Gold Coast 1–0 Nigeria 
(Accra, British Gold Coast; 28 May 1950)
Biggest win
 Kenya 2–13 Ghana 
(Nairobi, Kenya; 12 December 1965)[1]
Biggest defeat
 Bulgaria 10–0 Ghana 
(Leon, Mexico; 2 October 1968)[2]
World Cup
Appearances3 (First in 2006)
Best resultQuarter-finals, 2010
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances19 (First in 1963)
Best resultChampions, 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982
 
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Ghana
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Black Stars
AssociationGhana Football Association (GFA)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Head coachAvram Grant
Asst coachMaxwell Konadu
CaptainAsamoah Gyan
Vice-captainAndré Ayew
Top scorerAsamoah Gyan (45)
FIFA codeGHA
FIFA ranking37 Decrease 2 (27 November 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking14 (February, April, May 2008)
Lowest FIFA ranking89 (June 2004)
Elo ranking33
Highest Elo ranking14 (30 June 1966)
Lowest Elo ranking97 (14 June 2004)
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
First international
 Gold Coast 1–0 Nigeria 
(Accra, British Gold Coast; 28 May 1950)
Biggest win
 Kenya 2–13 Ghana 
(Nairobi, Kenya; 12 December 1965)[1]
Biggest defeat
 Bulgaria 10–0 Ghana 
(Leon, Mexico; 2 October 1968)[2]
World Cup
Appearances3 (First in 2006)
Best resultQuarter-finals, 2010
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances19 (First in 1963)
Best resultChampions, 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982

The Ghana national football team (Akan: Gaana adehyeman nan-bɔɔl tiim), popularly nicknamed as the Black Stars (Akan: Nsoroma Tuntum), represents Ghana in international association football and has done so since the 1950s. It is administered by the Ghana Football Association, the governing body for football in Ghana and the oldest football association in Africa (founded in 1920). Prior to 1957, the team played as the Gold Coast.

Although the team did not qualify for the senior FIFA World Cup until 2006, they had qualified for five straight Olympic Games Football Tournaments when the tournament was still a full senior national team competition. The team has won the Africa Cup of Nations four times[3] (in 1963, 1965, 1978, and 1982) and has been runner-up 4 times (in 1968, 1970, 1992, and 2010). After going through 2005 unbeaten, the Ghana national football team won the FIFA Best Mover of the Year Award and reached the second round of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. At the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, they became only the third African team to reach the World Cup quarter-finals, and in 2014 they competed in their third consecutive World Cup.

Black Stars' recent Africa Cup of Nations participation concludes from 10 January to 20 February 2008 participating at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations and unsatisfyingly reaching the semi-finals which had disappointingly finished 0–1 to Cameroon national football team and was hosted by Ghana;[4] from 10 January to 31 January 2010 Black Stars participated at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and expectedly reached the finals which had suceedingly and disappointingly finished 0–1 to Egypt national football team and was hosted by Angola;[5] from 21 January to 12 February 2012 Black Stars participated at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations and unsatisfyingly reached the semi-finals which had successively and disappointingly finished 0–1 to Zambia national football team and was hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea;[6] from 19 January to 10 February 2013 Black Stars participated at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and unsatisfyingly reached the semi-finals which consecutively and disappointingly finished 2–3 on penalty shoot-out to Burkina Faso national football team and was hosted by South Africa.[7] Black Stars are undergoing 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifications for participation at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations scheduled to be hosted by Morocco from the 17th January to the 8th February 2015.[8]

History[edit]

Further information: Football in Ghana

Chronicles and rebirth[edit]

Black Stars (Ghana national football team) members in the 1960s pose with some of Ghana's successive international football trophies won.

The Gold Coast Football Association was founded in 1920 then succeeded by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) in 1957, and was affiliated to Confederation of African Football and FIFA the following year.

On 19 August 1962 at the Accra Sports Stadium, the Black Stars played Spanish giants Real Madrid, who were at the time Spanish champions, former European champions and intercontinental champions, and drew 3–3.[9]

Charles Kumi Gyamfi became coach in 1961, and Black Stars won successive Africa Cup of Nations titles, in 1963 and 1965, and achieved their record win, 13–0 away to Kenya, shortly after the second of these. They also reached the final of the tournament in 1968 and 1970, losing 1–0 on each occasion, to DR Congo and Sudan respectively. Their domination of this tournament earned the Black Stars team the nicknames of "the Black Stars of West Africa" and "the Black Stars of Africa" in the 1960s.[10] The team had no success in FIFA World Cup qualification during this era, and failed to qualify for three successive African Cup of Nations in the 1970s, but qualified for the olympic games football tournaments, reaching the quarter finals in 1964 and withdrawing on political grounds in 1976 and but making little progress in continent-wide competitions until 1991. The 1992 African Cup of Nations, after three failures to reach the final tournament, saw Black Stars finish second, after a Ivory Coast win on penalty shootout in the final.

Continuum[edit]

Black Stars Continuum

Prior to the year 2000, disharmony among the squad which eventually led to parliamentary and executive intervention to settle issues between two squad members, Abedi Pele and Anthony Yeboah in the late 1990s, may have played some part in the failure of the team to build on the successes of the national underage teams in the late 1990s, but a new generation of Black Stars players who went to the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship final became the core of the team at the 2002 African Cup of Nations, and were undefeated for a year in 2005 and reached the finals of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the first time the team had reached the global stage of the tournament. Black Stars started by succumbing to a 2–0 defeat to eventual champions Italy, but wins over the Czech Republic (2–0) and USA (2–1) saw them through to the second round, where they succumbed to a 3–0 defeat by Brazil.[11]

Black Stars squad line-up prior to match

In 2008, Ghana reached a high ranking of 14 according to the FIFA World Rankings. Black Stars went on to secure a 100 percent record in their qualification campaign, winning the group and becoming the first African team to qualify for 2010 FIFA World Cup. In the final tournament, the team competed in Group D with Germany, Serbia and Australia. Ghana reached the last 16 where they played the USA, winning 2–1 in extra time to become the third African nation to reach the World Cup quarter-finals. The team then lost to Uruguay in a penalty shootout in the quarter-finals, having missed a penalty kick in extra time after a certain goal was prevented by Luis Suárez's deliberate handball, who was then shown a red card for his actions.[12]

In 2013 Ghana became the only team in Africa to reach four consecutive semi-finals of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations twice, from 1963 and 1970 and from 2008 and 2013.[13]

Ghana were sufficiently highly ranked by FIFA to start their qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in the Second Round. They won the group, and in the following round qualified for the 2014 World Cup finals in November 2013, beating Egypt 7–3 on aggregate in a two-legged play-off.[14][14] Ghana were drawn in group G for the finals, where they faced Germany, Portugal, and United States.[15]

In April 2014, Ghana were drawn in a tough 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification – Group E for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations,[16] where they will face Guinea, Togo, and Uganda to qualify for the 30th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.[16][17]

Team image[edit]

Grounds and training grounds[edit]

Lizzy Sports Complex

There is no home stadium for Black Stars (Ghana national football team). World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches have been played at the Essipong Stadium and Sekondi-Takoradi Stadium in Sekondi-Takoradi, the Len Clay Stadium, Kumasi Sports Stadium and Abrankese Stadium in Kumasi, the Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, the Accra Sports Stadium in the Accra and the Tamale Stadium in Tamale. Some smaller, regional stadia (stadiums) were also used in the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying and 2004 African Cup of Nations qualification qualifying campaigns.

The Black Stars training facilities and training grounds are located at Agyeman Badu Stadium, Berekum Sports Stadium in Brong-Ahafo, the Tema Sports Stadium in Tema and the multi-functional Lizzy Sports Complex in Legon.[18]

Media coverage[edit]

The Ghanaian nationals are 83% are Akan-speakers, and about 21% English-speakers; match schedules of the Black Stars are broadcast both in English as in the case of inter-continental matches and in Akan nationally by Viasat 1; and during the scheduled qualification for World Cup 2014 national broadcaster GTV sub-division of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) broadcast to the Ghana public home qualifiers with away qualifiers broadcast by the satellite television broadcasting corporation Viasat 1, in which the exhibition match against Turkey in August 2013 was televised by Viasat 1 and the qualifiers for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2018 Inter-Continental Championships are scheduled for public broadcast by the corporations GFA TV, GBC and Viasat 1.[19]

Kit and team crest[edit]

Ghana home shirt: 1970s–1980s
Ghana home kit 2008.svg
Ghana away kit 2008.svg
Black Stars 2008 Africa Cup of Nations 1st and 2nd kits
ManufacturerPeriod
Adidas1957–2000
Umbro2000–2006
Puma2006–2014
Adidas2015–present–2022

The black star is present on the Flag of Ghana and national coat of arms in the center of the primordial national crest. Adopted following the independence of Ghana in 1957, the black star has always been included in its kits.[10] Black Stars' kit was sponsored by Puma SE from 2005, with the deal ending in 2014.[20]

The Black Stars instead of its original goldgreenred—coloured football kit that coordinates with the colours of the Ghana national flag; Black Stars are sporting an all-white and partly black football kit which was worn from the years 1957 to 1989 and re-worn from 2006 until December 2014.

The Ghana national football team (The Black Stars) introduced the kit colour to coordinate with the national flag of Ghana and was worn from the years 1990 to 2006 designed with the national colours gold with green and red visibly decorated on its kits, as in the team's crest and in general, Pan-African colours. The gold with green and red kit concept and design was also used in the sixties and seventies, and designed with vertical stripes gold-green and red shoulders with introduction of an all black 2nd kit in 2008 aligning the team's symbol of continuity; Black Star and in 2015, Black Stars' gold-red-green coloured kit and all black coloured kit is to be reassigned to the position of 1st and 2nd kits following the induction of a brown with blue and gold coloured Black Stars 3rd kit in 2012.[21][22]

The Ghana national football team (The Black Stars) football kit is ranked as the best conceptual artistic and designed football kit of any other football team.[23]

Organization and finance[edit]

Black Stars is headed by president of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi,[24] and vice-president Fred Crentsil,[25] with Frank Davis as director of football, and Edward Bawa as treasurer.[26] The Ghana Football Association (GFA) signed a CN¥92.2 million ($15 million) deal with Ghanaian state-run oil and gas exploration corporation, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), to sponsor Black Stars and the renewable contract saw the oil and gas exploration corporation become the global headline sponsor of Black Stars, with a yearly Black Stars players salary wage bill,[27][28] following the gold mining corporations; Ashanti Goldfields Corporation, Goldfields Ghana Limited (GGL), which has been sponsoring Black Stars since 2005.[29]

On 28 August 2013, Ghana Football Association (GFA) launched its TV Channel and TV programmed called "GFA TV", thus becoming the first football association on the Africa continent to launch its own TV programme and TV network which has the exclusive rights and television rights to the broadcasting of all the Black Stars' matches.[30] In November 2013, Black Stars signed a 2013–2015 CN¥30.6 million (US$5 million) and an additional classified multi-million private bank sponsorhip deal with 100% wholly owned Ghanaian state-run private banking institution UniBank.[31]

Supporters[edit]

Black Stars maintains an average stadium match attendance of 60,000+ and an average stadium match attendance high of 80,000+ such as in the case of the Black Stars' 2010 FIFA World Cup quarter-final against Uruguay in which was attended by 84,017 spectators.[32] Ghana's match against England on 29 March 2011 had the largest away following for any association football national team since the re-opening of Wembley Stadium in 2007.[33] The match was watched by 700 million people around the world.[33]

Following the team's appearances at the 2006 and 2010 World Cup tournaments they were greeted by several hundred dancing and singing at Kotoka International Airport in Accra.[34]

Rivalries[edit]

Black Stars' (Ghana national football team's) main footballing rivalry is with Super Eagles (Nigeria national football team); the "Battle of Supremacy on the Gulf of Guinea" is between two of the most successful teams on the African continent.[35] The proximity of the two countries to each other, a dispute between the different association football competitions and a non-sporting dispute between Ghana and Nigeria in which Ghana battles Nigeria in contention for the supremacy of the whole of West Africa zone and for the more territorial domain of Sub-Saharan Africa add to this rivalry.[35]

In books and popular culture[edit]

Products including books, documentary films, Azonto dances and songs have been made in the name of the Ghana national football team. These may be intended with commercial motives but are focussed on previous and future World Cups or Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

Personnel[edit]

Current technical staff[edit]

Head CoachIsrael Avram Grant
Assistant CoachGhana Maxwell KonaduTechnical CoordinatorGhana Francis Oti Akenteng
Head ScoutGhana Otto Addo
Head MasseurGhana Samuel Ankomah
PhysiotherapistsGhana Colonel Ofosu Anim
Ghana Ralph Frank
Head PsychologistGhana Prof. Joseph Mintah
Head DoctorGhana Prof. Dr. Adam Baba
Equipment ManagerGhana Ismail Amidu
Other backroom staffGhana Anthony Baffoe
Ghana Ozwald Boateng

Last updated: October 2014
Source: Ghana Football Association official website

Former Head coaches[edit]

Since 1957 Ghana have had thirty-two different head coaches and three caretakers. C.K. Gyamfi is the most successful of these, leading Black Stars to three Africa Cup of Nations titles - in 1963, 1965 and 1982 - making Gyamfi the joint most successful coach in the competition's history.[46] Fred Osam Duodu led Black Stars to their 1978 Africa Cup of Nations title;[47] Ratomir Dujković, Milovan Rajevac, and James Kwesi Appiah, have all led Black Stars to World Cup qualification.[48][49]


Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Black Stars squad members line-up before an Africa Cup of Nations match.

The following 23 players were named for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification.
Match Date:
15 and 19 November 2014
Opposition:
 Uganda and  Togo
Caps and goals correct as of:
15 October 2014, including the match against Guinea.

0#0Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKFatau Dauda(1985-04-06) 6 April 1985 (age 29)210Ghana Ashanti Gold
1GKStephen Adams(1989-09-28) 28 September 1989 (age 25)100Ghana Aduana Stars
1GKBrimah Razak(1987-06-22) 22 June 1987 (age 27)20Spain Mirandés
2DFHarrison Afful(1986-06-24) 24 June 1986 (age 28)470Tunisia Espérance
2DFJohn Boye(1987-04-23) 23 April 1987 (age 27)343Turkey Kayseri Erciyesspor
2DFJonathan Mensah(1990-07-13) 13 July 1990 (age 24)341France Évian
2DFKwabena Adusei(1987-06-03) 3 June 1987 (age 27)52Ghana Asante Kotoko
2DFMohamed Awal(1988-05-01) 1 May 1988 (age 26)40South Africa Maritzburg United
2DFBaba Rahman(1994-07-02) 2 July 1994 (age 20)30Germany Augsburg
2DFJeff Schlupp(1992-12-23) 23 December 1992 (age 21)30England Leicester City
2DFYaw Frimpong(1986-12-04) 4 December 1986 (age 28)00Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe
3MFAndré Ayew (vice-captain)(1989-12-17) 17 December 1989 (age 24)568France Marseille
3MFEmmanuel Agyemang-Badu(1990-12-02) 2 December 1990 (age 24)559Italy Udinese
3MFChristian Atsu(1992-01-10) 10 January 1992 (age 22)285England Everton
3MFMohammed Rabiu(1989-12-31) 31 December 1989 (age 24)240Russia Kuban Krasnodar
3MFWakaso Mubarak(1990-07-25) 25 July 1990 (age 24)227Scotland Celtic
3MFSolomon Asante(1990-09-15) 15 September 1990 (age 24)150Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe
3MFAfriyie Acquah(1992-01-05) 5 January 1992 (age 22)71Italy Parma
3MFEdwin Gyimah(1991-03-09) 9 March 1991 (age 23)30South Africa SuperSport United
4FWJordan Ayew(1991-09-11) 11 September 1991 (age 23)205France Lorient
4FWMajeed Waris(1991-09-19) 19 September 1991 (age 23)163Turkey Trabzonspor
4FWDavid Accam(1990-09-28) 28 September 1990 (age 24)00Sweden Helsingborg
4FWEmmanuel Banahene(1988-08-16) 16 August 1988 (age 26)00Saudi Arabia Al-Orobah

Recent callups[edit]

The following players have been called up in the last 12 months:

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GKAdam Kwarasey(1987-12-12) 12 December 1987 (age 26)220Norway Strømsgodset2014 FIFA World Cup
GKFoli Adade(1991-05-12) 12 May 1991 (age 23)00Ghana Medeama2014 African Nations Championship
DFDaniel Opare(1990-10-18) 18 October 1990 (age 24)170Portugal Portov.  Togo, 10 September 2014
DFJerry Akaminko(1988-05-02) 2 May 1988 (age 26)101Turkey Eskişehirsporv.  Togo, 10 September 2014
DFSamuel Inkoom(1989-06-01) 1 June 1989 (age 25)461United States D.C. United2014 FIFA World Cup
DFRashid Sumaila(1992-12-18) 18 December 1992 (age 21)60South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns2014 FIFA World Cup
DFDavid Addy(1990-02-21) 21 February 1990 (age 24)80Belgium Waasland-Beverenv.  Montenegro, 5 March 2014
DFNuru Sulley(1992-06-11) 11 June 1992 (age 22)60Ghana Hearts of Oak2014 African Nations Championship
DFJoshua Tijani(1988-10-22) 22 October 1988 (age 26)60Ghana Ashanti Gold2014 African Nations Championship
DFAbeiku Ainooson(1990-09-24) 24 September 1990 (age 24)30Ghana Asante Kotoko2014 African Nations Championship
DFGodfred Saka(1988-11-02) 2 November 1988 (age 26)30Ghana Aduana Stars2014 African Nations Championship
DFFrancis Morton(1992-11-05) 5 November 1992 (age 22)10Ghana Ebusua Dwarfs2014 African Nations Championship
DFAlfred Nelson(1992-08-18) 18 August 1992 (age 22)10Ghana Liberty Professionals2014 African Nations Championship
DFJoshua Otoo(1990-04-06) 6 April 1990 (age 24)00Ghana Wa All Stars2014 African Nations Championship (preliminary squad)
MFKwadwo Asamoah(1988-12-09) 9 December 1988 (age 25)694Italy Juventusv.  Guinea, 15 October 2014
MFRaman Chibsah(1993-03-10) 10 March 1993 (age 21)10Italy Sassuolov.  Togo, 10 September 2014
MFSulley Muntari(1984-08-27) 27 August 1984 (age 30)8420Italy Milan2014 FIFA World Cup
MFMichael Essien(1982-12-03) 3 December 1982 (age 32)589Italy Milan2014 FIFA World Cup
MFAlbert Adomah(1987-12-13) 13 December 1987 (age 26)161England Middlesbrough2014 FIFA World Cup
MFKevin-Prince Boateng(1987-03-06) 6 March 1987 (age 27)152Germany Schalke 042014 FIFA World Cup
MFQuincy Owusu-Abeyie (INJ)(1986-04-15) 15 April 1986 (age 28)182Portugal Boavistav.  Montenegro, 5 March 2014
MFMichael Akuffu(1985-12-18) 18 December 1985 (age 28)70Ghana Asante Kotoko2014 African Nations Championship
MFRichard Mpong(1990-07-04) 4 July 1990 (age 24)61Ghana Asante Kotoko2014 African Nations Championship
MFJordan Opoku(1987-10-08) 8 October 1987 (age 27)60Ghana Asante Kotoko2014 African Nations Championship
MFTheophilus Annorbaah(1987-09-17) 17 September 1987 (age 27)51Ghana Medeama2014 African Nations Championship
MFYahaya Mohamed(1988-02-17) 17 February 1988 (age 26)51Ghana Asante Kotoko2014 African Nations Championship
MFLatif Mohammed(1993-01-22) 22 January 1993 (age 21)50Ghana Ashanti Gold2014 African Nations Championship
MFAsiedu Attobrah(1995-03-15) 15 March 1995 (age 19)30Ghana New Edubiase United2014 African Nations Championship
MFJackson Owusu(1988-10-15) 15 October 1988 (age 26)30Ghana Berekum Chelsea2014 African Nations Championship
MFEdmund Owusu-Ansah(1983-04-02) 2 April 1983 (age 31)20Ghana Heart of Lions2014 African Nations Championship (preliminary squad)
MFMoro Abubakar(1991-08-17) 17 August 1991 (age 23)10Serbia Donji Srem2014 African Nations Championship (preliminary squad)
FWAsamoah Gyan (captain)(1985-11-22) 22 November 1985 (age 29)8645United Arab Emirates Al-Ainv.  Guinea, 15 October 2014
FWMahatma Otoo(1992-02-06) 6 February 1992 (age 22)30Norway Sogndal2014 FIFA World Cup (provisional squad list)
FWSulley Mohammed(1995-12-07) 7 December 1995 (age 18)51Ghana King Faisal Babes2014 African Nations Championship
FWSeidu Bancey(1990-05-15) 15 May 1990 (age 24)40Egypt Smouha2014 African Nations Championship
FWKennedy Boateng(1989-11-30) 30 November 1989 (age 25)20Ghana Medeama2014 African Nations Championship
FWPaul de Vries(1996-03-03) 3 March 1996 (age 18)20Ghana Wa All Stars2014 African Nations Championship
FWSamuel Afful(1995-12-02) 2 December 1995 (age 19)10Ghana Sekondi Hasaacas2014 African Nations Championship
FWRichard Gadze(1995-04-01) 1 April 1995 (age 19)00Ghana Ebusua Dwarfs2014 African Nations Championship (preliminary squad)
Notes

Youth teams[edit]

The football association of Ghana (GFA) administers several national teams at different age levels between 16 and 23 years of age.

Under-23[edit]

The under-23 level (or Olympic team) from the 1992 Summer Olympics competes in Olympic football tournaments, football at the All-Africa games, CAF U-23 Championship and is restricted to using players aged 23 years and under.[50] The football at the Olympic Games is thus considered as an under-23 World Cup and since the Olympic Games of 1992; the under-23 level has participated in 5 Olympic Games, becoming the first African team to win an Olympic medal when they won bronze in 1992.[50]

Under-20[edit]

The under-20 level is considered as the feeder level to the Black Stars senior squad and has competed at the FIFA U-20 World Cup since its inception in the 1970s. The under-20 level captured the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2009 after defeating Brazil 4–3 on penalties after the match finished 0–0 in extra time, and becoming the first on the Africa continent to do so. The under-20 level has been champions of the African Youth Championship three times: in 1995, 1999 and 2009, as well as twice runners-up in 2001 and 2013.

Under-17[edit]

The under-17 level is the youngest level and players chosen may not be more than 17 years of age. The team represents Ghana in the FIFA U-17 World Cup. The under-17 team have twice been FIFA U-17 World Cup champions, in 1991 and 1995. Additionally they finished as runners up on two occasions, 1993 and 1997. The under-17 level has participated in eight of the 15 tournaments of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, debuting in Scotland 1989 FIFA U-16 World Championship and dominating the FIFA U-17 World Cup competition in the 1990s, where they reached four consecutive finals.[51] They also twice won the African U-17 Championship.

Competitive records[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

Ghana have won the Africa Cup of Nations four times - in 1963, 1965, 1978, and 1982 - equal with Cameroon and bettered only by Egypt. As the first winner of three Nations Cup tournaments, Ghana obtained the right to permanently hold the trophy in 1978.[52] The Black Stars have qualified for the tournament 19 times in total, finishing as runners-up four times, third once, and fourth three times.

Black Stars at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations
Africa Cup of Nations Record
Africa Cup of Nations RecordGPW>DLGFGAGD
Africa Cup of Nations Finals7843161910767+40
Africa Cup of Nations Qual. (H)3223637123+48
Africa Cup of Nations Qual. (A)32128124331+12
Africa Cup of Nations Total142783034221117+100
Africa Cup of Nations
Titles: 4
Appearances: 19
YearPositionYearPositionYearPosition
Sudan 1957Did not enterGhana 1978ChampionsBurkina Faso 1998Round 1
Egypt 1959Did not enterNigeria 1980Round 1GhanaNigeria 2000Quarter-finals
Ethiopia 1962Did not qualifyLibya 1982ChampionsMali 2002Quarter-finals
Ghana 1963ChampionsIvory Coast 1984Round 1Tunisia 2004Did not qualify
Tunisia 1965ChampionsEgypt 1986Did not qualifyEgypt 2006Round 1
Ethiopia 1968Second PlaceMorocco 1988Did not qualifyGhana 2008Third Place
Sudan 1970Second PlaceAlgeria 1990Did not qualifyAngola 2010Second Place
Cameroon 1972Did not qualifySenegal 1992Second Place*GabonEquatorial Guinea 2012Fourth Place
Egypt 1974Did not qualifyTunisia 1994Quarter-finalsSouth Africa 2013Fourth Place
Ethiopia 1976Did not qualifySouth Africa 1996Fourth PlaceEquatorial Guinea 2015TBD
*Denotes place was determined by penalty kicks.
** Gold background colour indicates that the team won the tournament.
***Red border color indicates the team was a host nation.

African Nations Championship record[edit]

Ghana has competed in all three African Nations Championship tournaments held to date, twice finishing as runners-up.

YearRoundPositionGPWDLGFGASquad
Ivory Coast Ivory Coast 2009Runner-up2nd513186Team
Sudan Sudan 2011Round 114th300314Team
South Africa South Africa 2014Runner-up2nd633041Team
Rwanda Rwanda 2016To be determined
Total3/34th1446413113

West African Nations Cup and WAFU Nations Cup record[edit]

Olympic record[edit]

Bernard Aryee former Black Stars Central Midfielder and part of the Bronze Medalist squad at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic football tournament.
YearRoundPositionGPWDLGFGA
Greece Athens 1896No association football competition
France Paris 1900At the 1900 and 1904 Olympics, clubs competed.
United States St. Louis 1904
United Kingdom London 1908The Gold Coast team did not participate
Sweden Stockholm 1912
Belgium Antwerp 1920
France Paris 1924
Netherlands Amsterdam 1928
United States Los Angeles 1932No association football competition
Nazi Germany Berlin 1936The Gold Coast team did not participate
United Kingdom London 1948
Finland Helsinki 1952Did not participate [a]
Australia Melbourne 1956
Italy Rome 1960Did not qualify
Japan Tokyo 1964Quarter-Final7th4112712
Mexico Mexico 1968Round 112th302168
Germany Munich 1972Round 116th3003111
Canada Montreal 1976Round 1 (Did not participate)
Soviet Union Moscow 1980Did not qualify
United States Los Angeles 1984
South Korea Seoul 1988
Spain Barcelona 1992Since 1992 olympic football is competed by U-23 [n]
Total3/1924th101361431
a. Note: The Gold Coast national football team established in 1950; country known as Gold Coast then renamed Ghana in 1957, not competing in international competitions and not being part of neither FIFA nor CAF until 1958, and therefore also recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
n. Note: Football at the Summer Olympics has been an under-23 tournament since 1992.

World Cup record[edit]

The Black Stars have qualified for three FIFA World Cup tournaments; 2006, 2010 and 2014. In 2006, Ghana were the only African side to advance to the second round of the FIFA World Cup in Germany and were the sixth nation in a row from Africa to progress beyond the group stages of the World Cup.[53] The Black Stars had the youngest team in the FIFA World Cup 2006 with an average age of 23 years and 352 days,[53] and were praised for their improving performance.[54][55] FIFA ranked Ghana 13th out of the 32 countries who competed in the tournament.[56]

In the 2010 World Cup, Ghana progressed beyond the group stages of the World Cup in South-Africa, and reached the quarter-finals where they were eliminated by Uruguay. The Black Stars were defeated on penalty shootout after Luis Suárez hand-balled on the goal line deep into extra time, preventing a certain winning goal.[57] Of the 32 countries that participated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, FIFA ranked Ghana 7th.[58]

After beating Egypt 7–3 on aggregate in November 2013, Ghana qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.[59] They were drawn in group G with Germany, USA and Portugal.[60] For the first time Ghana fell in the group stage, tying Germany 2–2 and losing to both the United States and Portugal by 2–1.[61]

Black Stars at the World Cup and Black Stars vs. Uruguay in the 2010 FIFA World Cup quarter-final match at Soccer City, Johannesburg on 2 July 2010
FIFA World Cup Record
FIFA World Cup RecordGPWDLGFGAGD
World Cup Finals9423910−1
World Cup Quals (H)3424827819+59
World Cup Quals (A)3398163742−5
World Cup Total7637182112471+53
FIFA World Cup record
YearRoundPositionPldWDLGFGA
1930 to 1958Did not enter
Chile 1962Did not qualify
England 1966Withdrew
1970 to 1978Did not qualify
Spain 1982Withdrew
1986 to 2002Did not qualify
Germany 2006Round of 1613th420246
South Africa 2010Quarter-Final7th522154
Brazil 2014Group Stage25th301246
Russia 2018To Be Determined
Qatar 2022
TotalQuarter-Final3/20124351316

Team honours[edit]

Last updated 1 February 2014

Continental tournaments[edit]

Black Stars as Africa continental champions upon capturing the 1965 Africa Cup of Nations
Winners (4): Gold medal africa.svg 1963, Gold medal africa.svg 1965, Gold medal africa.svg 1978, Gold medal africa.svg 1982
Runners-up (4): Silver medal africa.svg 1968, Silver medal africa.svg 1970, Silver medal africa.svg 1992, Silver medal africa.svg 2010
Runners-up (2): 2nd 2009, 2nd 2014
First place (1): 1st 2011
Third place (2): 3rd 1978 2003

Continental Subregion[edit]

Winners (4): 1953, 1955, 1957, 1959
Runners-up (4): 1951, 1954, 1956, 1958
Winners (3): 1959, 1960, 1963
Winners (5): 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967
Winners (5): 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987
Third place (1): 1991
Winner (1): 2013
Third place (1): 2010

Other Tournaments and Cups[edit]

Winner: 1962
Winner: 1964
Runners up: 1982
Winner: 1983
Winner: 1984
Runners up: 1986
Third: 1993
Winner: 1994
Runners up: 1999
Third: 2003
Winner: 2007
Winner: 2010

Other Awards[edit]

Team schedule and results[edit]

These are Black Stars' forthcoming 2014 African Nations Championship, 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification, International Friendly, and 2014 World Cup – Group G matches
Key
      Win
      Draw
      Loss

For the 2013 Black Stars schedule and results, see Ghana national football team 2013

Former players[edit]

See Ghana international footballers for all Ghanaian internationals with a Wikipedia article.
Abedi Ayew Pele, three-times winner of the African Footballer of the Year award; with Black Stars' trophy of the Africa Cup of Nations.[77]

Ghanaian international Abedi Ayew Pele was named African Footballer of the Year three times, in 1991, 1992 and 1993, a number only bettered by Samuel Eto'o.[78][79] He was also included in the CAF Golden Jubilee Best Players Poll, CAF Best Footballer of the Century and FIFA 100 lists.[77]

Ibrahim Sunday, in 1971, and Karim Abdul Razak, in 1978, are also winners of the African Footballer of the Year award, and Razak, Anthony Yeboah, Samuel Kuffour, and Michael Essien were included CAF Golden Jubilee Best Players Poll along with Abedi Pele.[80]

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Titles chronology[edit]

Last updated 28 November 2013

Achievements
Preceded by
1962 Ethiopia 
African Champions
1963 (First title)
1965 (Second title)
Succeeded by
1968 DR Congo 
Preceded by
1976 Morocco 
African Champions
1978 (Third title)
Succeeded by
1980 Nigeria 
Preceded by
1980 Nigeria 
African Champions
1982 (Fourth title)
Succeeded by
1984 Cameroon 
Preceded by
Inaugural Champions
West African Champions
1982 (First title)
1983 (Second title)
1984 (Third title)
1986 (Fourth title)
1987 (Fifth title)
Succeeded by
WAFU Nations Cup
Preceded by
2011 Togo 
WAFU Nations Cup Champions
2013 (First title)
Succeeded by
Incumbent

External links[edit]