Liberia came closest to reaching the FIFA World Cup™ in qualifying for 2002 in the twilight of icon George Weah’s fantastic career. In a group that also included Ghana and Sudan, the Lone Stars pushed giants Nigeria to the wire, finishing a point off their dream qualification. They have never replicated such a competitive performance, but they have typically proven a tough proposition at home.
The days when Liberia could call on a number of players at top clubs throughout Europe are gone and today the majority of the squad belong to local clubs. The most experienced player in the side is Anthony Laffor, who first played for the national team over a dozen years ago.
James Debbah was a member of the Lone Stars during their most successful period, playing more than 70 times for the national team and captaining the side on several occasions. He spent some 20 years playing abroad and four years after retiring in 2010 he was appointed national team coach.
3 – The number of wins Liberia have claimed out of 24 matches in qualifying for the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups.
The former stars
James Debbah, George Weah, Christopher Wreh