Although football is played and loved throughout the nation,athletics is Ethiopia
's number one sport, not least as a result of the numerous medals gained in the sport at various World Championships and Olympic Games. The Ethiopia
Football Federation can look back on a glorious past: In 1962, the national team won the 3rd African Cup of Nations on home soil and in 1987 and 2001, the Ethiopians triumphed in the CECAFA Championship. In 2001, the U-20 side qualified for the FIFA World Youth Championship (in Argentina) for the first time. Ethiopia
has also hosted the African Cup of Nations on three occasions (1962, 1968 and 1976). Ethiopia
has produced a rich crop of famous players that has recently included Bayu Mulu and Yourdanose Abay.