Football is by far the most popular sport in Burkina Faso
. And the national association can look back on recent developments with a great deal of pride. Reaching the semi-finals of the African Cup of Nations on home soil in 1998, qualifying for the FIFA World Youth Championship UAE 2003, and appearances at two final competitions of the CAF U-17 Cup, as well as third place at the FIFA U-17 World Championship Trinidad & Tobago 2001 are Burkina Faso
's outstanding achievements at international level. The nation's most famous players include Kassoum Ouegraogo, nicknamed Zico, who had his most successful seasons with Espérance de Tunis before ending his career in Germany, Siaka Ouattara, who spent his entire career with Mulhouse in France, and Maoumouni Dagano, who plays for Belgian side Genk and was voted best African player in Belgium in 2001.