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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.

La Seleccion as they are called has won more international titles than any other national team - 19, a record shared with Uruguay. It is one of the most successful national football teams in the world, and is currently eighth in the FIFA world rankings.

The team has twice won the FIFA World Cup, in 1978 and 1986 and has appeared in four World Cup finals, including the first final in 1930, which they lost 4-2 to Uruguay. They won in their next final in 1978, beating the Netherlands 3-1. The team, led by Diego Maradona beat West Germany 3-2 in the World cup finals in 1986.  Their most recent World Cup final was in 1990, which they lost 1-0 to Germany by a much disputed penalty. Argentina's World Cup winning coaches are César Luis Menotti in 1978 and Carlos Bilardo in 1986.

Argentina has been very successful in the Copa América, winning it fourteen times and also winning the 'extra' South American Championships in 1941, 1945 and 1946.  The team also won the FIFA Confederations Cup and the Kirin Cup, both in 1992, and an Argentine team (with only three players of over 23 years of age included in the squad) won the Olympics football tournaments in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. Argentina also won six of the fourteen football competitions at the Pan American Games, winning in 1951, 1955, 1959, 1971, 1995 and 2003. In March 2007, Argentina reached the top of the FIFA World Rankings for the first time.

Argentina was eliminated at the group stage at Korea/Japan 2002 FIFA World Cup, although they had been among the pre-tournament favourites. There was a high expectation of a better performance in the Germany 2006. They were also eliminated at the quarter final stage by host west Germany in the 2006 World cup. Argentina and France are the only national teams which have won the three most important men's titles recognized by FIFA: the World Cup, the Confederations Cup, and the Olympic tournament. They have both also won their respective continental championship (Copa América for Argentina, and UEFA European Football Championship for France).

The race to get a ticket to South Africa was not an easy one for Argentina under their head coach and former player Diego A Maradona but they succeeded finally. The team with top World player like Messi will not take this World cup lightly and due to the fact that they have not been able to reach another final for 20 years, it is going to be a do or die come June.

COACH: Diego A Maradona. Former player of Argentina with his experience is ready to break new grounds.

KEY PLAYERS:

 Lionel Messsi (Barcelona): Plays forward, 2009 World best player who has been very instrumental to his club side. A very tactical player with magnificent scoring abilities and will be coming with full force to grab his first World cup title.

Diego Milito (Inter Milan): A very fascinating striker who plays a very great role for his club side inter Milan. Will be of much importance to the Argentina team because of his striking abilities.

Gonzalo Higuan (Barcelona): Plays in the attack line.

Javier Mascherano (Liverpool): A very hard midfielder who is not easy to penetrate.

Prospects: Argentina as of December 2009 is 2nd in FIFA World ranking and is one of the favourites in World cup 2010 although their race to the World cup was not very smooth.

 

 

 

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