FIFA World Cup™ finals history
Angola acquitted themselves admirably at Germany 2006, their only finals appearance to date. Flavio Amado scored their one and only FIFA World Cup goal as they drew with Mexico and Iran after losing 1-0 to eventual semi-finalists Portugal. The Palancas Negras have failed to build on that success, faltering on the road to South Africa 2010 after a fast start and disappointing in qualifying for Brazil 2014 with just one win from six matches.

The team
With one of the more lucrative African leagues,the national team is comprised mainly of players from the bigger local clubs like Libolo and Benfica Luanda, complimented by players contracted to smaller clubs in Europe. One of the more high-profile players is still striker Manucho, who was once on Manchester United's books.

The coach
Romeu Filemon took over management from Uruguayan Gustavo Ferrin after the side failed to qualify for Brazil. The Angolan had previously held the position on an interim basis, and he had also coached the southern African country's U-20 side as well as several club teams in the Angolan top flight – including the nine-time champions Primero de Agosto.

The stat
5 –
The number of losses Angola have in 24 qualifying matches for the three previous World Cups.

The former stars
Akwa, Miloy, Pedro Mantorras