Football is without doubt the most popular sport and is extremely important for the youth of Mozambique
. However, football must be regarded from two different angles: before and after Portuguese colonial rule, which came to an end in 1975. In the 1950s, Mozambique
provided Portugal with countless talented footballers. Mário Esteves Coluna (the current president of the national association) was the first African player to lift the European Champion Clubs' Cup. Like Coluna, Eusébio da Silva Ferreira led Benfica to further glory in the European Champion Clubs' Cup and also played for the New York Cosmos towards the end of his career. Both men played for the Portuguese national team that finished third at the 1966 FIFA World Cup in England. Other famous players from that era include Costa Perreira, Augosto, Hilário, Nene and Armando. The Mozambique
FA was formed in 1976 after the country gained independence, and the national team qualified for the finals of the African Cup of Nations in 1986, 1996 and 1998. The most famous person from Mozambique
currently in the public eye is the coach Carlos Queiroz. He was born in Mozambique
and has enjoyed a successful career as a coach in Europe, America and Asia. He was recently employed by Real Madrid as coach for the 2003/2004 season. Finally, Ferroviário de Moçambique is perhaps the most active club in the entire world. It is represented in 30 of the 110 districts in Mozambique
, and in each of these districts, the club has a football/multi-purpose playing field, a 5,000-seat stand and a building that acts as a local base for the club.