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Angolan Supporters Angolan football supporters and the Palancas Negras (The Black Antelopes) have succeeded in the placing the name of Angola on the football map since 1982. Since their apperance in the World Cup (Germany 2006) Angola is gradually emerging as a promising side.
Nigerian Football Team Football fans will not forget nostalic memories of Nigeria's glorious days when the Eagles boasted of the mesmorising talent of Austin Jayjay Okocha and the defence barrier provided by Sunday Oliseh Rashidi Yekini as the scoring machine upfront.
Egyptian Football Team The pharaoh of Egypt, the African cup holder are the most successful team (6 titles) that the continental competition has ever recorded. Regrettably Pharaohs' failed to qualify for South Africa 2010. This lack of form questione their readiness.
Ghanian Fans Ghanaian football fans are the fact that Black stars have given a good account of themselves in matches. Stars have been enjoying massive support from fans. By all account, the soccer fever sweeping the nation surpasses even the heydays of Ghanaian football.
Cameroun Football Team Cameroun emerges as a football force in Africa and has been able to set a number of records at the World Cup. The Indomitable Lions particpated in the World Cup 5 times (1982, 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002); and first African team to reach the quarter finals.

Both FIFA and UEFA consider the Serbia national team the direct descendant of the Serbia and Montenegro national football team and the SFR Yugoslavia national football team.

The team has never participated in World Cup as an independent nation. It has appeared nine times as part of Yugoslavia and and once as Serbia and Montenego, were semi-finalists in 1962.

Serbian national team was previously known as the Yugoslavia national football team from 15 January 1992 until 4 February 2003, and then as the Serbia and Montenegro national football team until 3 June 2006 when Serbia declared independence as the successor state to the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. It was officially renamed the Serbia national football team on 28 June 2006, while the Montenegro national football team was created to represent the new state of Montenegro. Once more, Serbia inherited of the Serbia and Montenegro full status, and did not have to apply for a FIFA and UEFA status, while Montenegro was obligated to do so. The team came in the Euro 2004 qualifiers but failed while competing for the first time as Serbia and Montenegro. Serbia and Montenegro began their 2006 World Cup campaign by finishing first with an undefeated record in their qualification group ahead of favourites Spain. Drawn in the "group of death" with Argentina, Netherlands, and debutants Côte d'Ivoire in the World Cup, Serbian and Montenegrin national team lost all three group stage games and finished in dead last — 32nd place.

In the 2010 qualification race, Serbia finished first in its first ever qualifying campaign as an independent nation, winning their group ahead of favourites France. They sealed their qualification with a 5 – 0 win against Romania on 11 October 2009.

COACH:  Radomir Antic. A former Partizan Belgrade defender, he also had spells with Fenerbahce, Real Zaragoza and Luton Town. Antic coached both Spanish giants, Real Madrid and Barcelona, but the highlight of his career as manager was winning the Spanish league and cup double with Atletico Madrid in 1996. He rejuvenated Serbia after their failure to qualify for Euro 2008. He is an iron-fisted coach who quickly won the players' respect and media praise for his no-nonsense approach.

KEY PLAYERS:

Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United): Aged 28 and plays in the defender. He is widely regarded as one of the world's best centre backs. He won three successive league titles and the 2008 UEFA Champions League title with his club, while he was also the backbone of Serbia's defence in their World Cup qualifying campaign.

Milan Jovanovic (Standard Liege): Aged 28 and an attack liner.

He is the team's top scorer in the qualifiers with five goals, dropped after the Euro 2008 failure and recalled by Antic only because of injuries to some key players. With a bag full of tricks and quick feet, he has been in top form since.

 Nikola Zigic (Valencia): Aged 29 and plays forward. The towering hit man, who is 2.02 metres tall, is always a menace in the air but also has good close control for a man of his size. Had two excellent spells with Racing Santander but has struggled to win a first-team place at Spanish first division rivals Valencia.

Prospects:

Serbia which is 13th on World ranking table, have switched from an industrious approach to being an entertaining side under Antic, but they struggle against top-level opposition. With plenty of talented midfielders but lacking squad depth at the back and up front, the Serbians will need a kind draw to stand a realistic chance of progressing into the last 16.

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