Burkina Faso have pitted themselves against their continental rivals in six previous FIFA World Cup™ qualifying campaigns without ever reaching the finals. Their South Africa 2010 bid was their most successful, the Stallions topping their second-round group ahead of Tunisia and beating Guinea and Malawi home and away in the following stage, only to be pipped by Côte d’Ivoire following a pair of losses to the Elephants.
The current crop
Since Burkina Faso (which can be translated as "the home of men of integrity") began emphasising the importance of developing young players, results have improved dramatically. Burkina Faso have excelled in youth tournaments both in Africa and on the world stage, while the senior team’s impressive displays on the road to South Africa 2010 suggest genuine strides have been made. The 2013 CAF Africa Cup of Nations confirmed the rise of the Burkinabés, who reached the final of the continental tournament.
The key players
Top scorer in Africa during qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Moumouni Dagano provides the side’s main attacking threat, while Jonathan Pitroipa, Alain Traoré and Charles Kabore have emerged as leaders in midfield thanks to the experience they have picked up in Europe.