The black stars as they are known had not been an old name in world senior football until 2006 that they qualified for their first world cup. Ghanaian teams has enjoyed considerable success in FIFA’s age-restricted tournaments. The Ghana U17 team, the Black Starlets, have won the FIFA Under-17 World Cup title twice and finished as runner-up twice. The Ghana U20 team, the Black Satellites, became the first African country to win the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Egypt in 2009.In the Final, they beat Brazil 4-3 on penalties. They have also finished twice as a runnerup in the tournament. The Ghana Olympic Team, the Black Meteors, became the first African Country to win a medal in Football at the 1992 Summer Olympics.
After going through 2005 unbeaten, Ghana won the FIFA World Rankings Most Improved team of the year award and they reached the second round of the 2006 Germany World Cup. Ghana slipped to 89th place in the FIFA World Rankings in 1992. A new generation of 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 the 2004 Olympic Games, 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.
Ghana started with 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 were beaten 3-0 by Brazil. On 5 September 2009 they beat Sudan national football team 2-0 and grabbed a ticket to their second World cup event. Ghana as one of the giants of Africa will be appearing in the world cup with it young stars in a grand style. They shocked every African by reaching the finals of the 2010 African nation’s cup. In 2010, Ghana seemed certain to become the first African semi-finalists after Uruguay's Luis Suarez was sent off for handling on the line in the dying seconds of extra-time. However, Gyan missed the spot-kick and Ghana then lost the penalty shootout. Brazil will be their third successive finals, having first qualified in 2006 when they went on to reach the last 16. Having won their group with five wins out of six, Ghana thrashed Egypt 6-1 in the home leg of their play-off to ensure a 2-1 loss in the return leg was academic. They ended as the top scorers in African qualifying with 25 goals and ranked 24th in the world. Former Ghana captain James Kwesi Appiah, 53, was promoted to head coach in April 2012 after four years as assistant and occasional caretaker boss. Softly-spoken and unassuming, he was not initially a popular - or suitably high profile - appointment with many fans but he has now become the first Ghanaian to lead the nation to the World Cup finals. Michael Essien (AC Milan): Aged 31 and plays in the midfield. Is African most capped midfielder who has been nominated to run the race of African best player three times although he has always been third. He is the pivot of Chelsea football club who is always a very difficult barrier to cross. Assamoah Gyan: Former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan, 28, continues to lead from the front for Ghana. His six goals in as many qualifying appearances all came from open play and he averages more than a goal per game for his club side Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates. Prospects On the face of it, Ghana are one of the strongest African sides. Semi-finalists at each of the last four Africa Cup of Nations, only a cynical Luis Suarez handball prevented them from reaching the same stage at the 2010 World Cup. They were significantly strengthened during the latter stages of the 2014 qualifying campaign by the return from self-imposed exile of brothers Andre and Jordan Ayew, Michael Essien and Kevin-Prince Boateng. Keeping that quartet on board will be vital. You can download free FIFA 2014 World cup Guide