Equatorial Guinea have never qualified for the FIFA World Cup™ finals. FIFA members since 1986, the west Africans made their qualifying debut in the Korea/Japan 2002 preliminaries, where they failed to progress beyond the first round, the same fate that befell them in attempting to reach Germany 2006. A place in the second-round groups came their way on the road to South Africa 2010, though they recorded just one win and five defeats in finishing last in their section. After eliminating Madagascar in the Brazil 2014 qualifiers, Nzalang Nacional again brought up the rear in their group with two draws in six matches.
Equatorial Guinea began 2015 in fine style, reaching the semi-finals of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in their history, punching above their weight to knock out the likes of Gabon and Tunisia. Experienced campaigners Emilio Nsue and former Real Madrid man Javier Balboa are the leading figures in a side made up almost entirely by home- and Spain-based players.
Since his appointment to the Nzalang Nacional job in January 2015, Argentinian coach Esteban Becker has applied the same belief in the passing and pressing game that brought him success with the national women’s team, who won the African title on his watch in 2012.
69 - The number of positions Equatorial Guinea climbed in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking following their fine showing at the 2015 Cup of Nations, taking them up to an all-time high 49th.
The former stars
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