Ethiopia national football team
The Ethiopia national football team formed in 1943. The team affiliated to FIFA in 1953 and joined the Confederation of African Football in 1957. Ethiopia was one of three teams in the first ever Africa Cup of Nations.
Ethiopia played its first game in 1947, a 5-0 win over French Somaliland (now Djibouti). The team finished second in the 1957 Cup of Nations and third in 1959. 1962 saw Ethiopia enter a first world cup qualifying campaign. The team lost both first round legs to Israel. Ethiopia performed better in the same year’s Cup of Nations, winning the competition on home soil.
After a brief period of success, results began to decline for Ethiopia. The team faltered in the Cup of Nations as more teams entered, and have yet to regain their crown. The team entered world cup qualifying from 1970 to 1986 without success.
Since the millennium, Ethiopia has begun to improve results in competitive games. The team won regional competitions in 2004 and 2005.
Ranked 136th, the Ethiopia national football team deserves a higer place in world football. A good series of results can ensure progression.
World cup 2014
Ethiopia ranked 37th in Africa and had to enter qualifying in the first round. The team faced the lower ranked Somalia. Ethiopia managed a 0-0 away and eliminated Somalia with a 5-0 win at home.
In the second round group stage Ethiopia play Botswana, Central African Republic and South Africa. Only the group winners will progress to the third round of qualifying. South Africa are more than clear favourites to win the group, there is little to suggest any of the other teams can challenge them. Ethiopia will be playing for the remaining places from an early stage. With Botswana looking good, a third place finish might well be on the cards.
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- Ethiopia national football team news.
- Ethiopia national football team website.