Sports in Angola – Interesting Facts & Figures!

Barcelona 1992

Did you know- Between July 25 and August 9, 1992, the Angolan Olympic Committee, sent 29 athletes to the Summer Games in Barcelona, ​​Spain. The African nation competed in seven sports: basketball (11), boxing (1), roller hockey (11), judo (4), swimming (3), sailing (3), and track & field (6).


Did you know- Basketball is very popular because basketball is a traditional sport with a long history in the African nation. Curiously, from the 1980s to the 2000s, Angola – a war-torn nation – boasted one of the best basketball teams in the Third World. By 1992, the Angolan squad came in 10th place, among 12 teams, at the Men's Olympic Games Basketball Tournament in Barcelona (Spain). Eight years ago, they had won the silver medal in the Under-20 African Championship. By 1987, against all odds, Angola – a Portuguese-speaking republic located in southern Africa – won the gold medal in men's basketball at African Games in Nairobi (Kenya). Before 1987, the men's basketball team of Angola had placed 20th in the World Championships in Spain. In the Spanish city of Ferrol, the Africans were the most popular basketball players; there Angola had defeated Australia 74-69. In addition to this, the country – one of the least-developed states in Africa-finished 13th in the universal competition in South America in the early 1990s.


Did you know- Angola's first major international success came at the FIFA World Cup in 2006. During 2006, it was placed 11th in the Games of the XXVI Olympiad in Atlanta, Georgia. that global event, the men's football squad came in 23rd place, between Croatia (Europe) and Tunisia (North Africa). The best players were Flavio da Silva Amado, Joao Ricardo Pereira dos Santos Batalha and Fabrice Alcebiades Maieco, in that order.

Los Angeles 1984

Did you know- The Angolan Olympic Committee, under pressure from Cuba and the Soviet Union, boycotted the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles, California, USA. Four years ago, Angola made its Olympic debut in the Games of the XXII Olympiad in Moscow, USSR (present-day Russia).

Men's Handball

Did you know- The men's handball team came in the 15th place at the Under-20 World Championships

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Did you know- Did you know- Did you know- The national team came in seventh place in women's handball at the 1996 Summer Games in the United States of America. During that international event, Angola, under coach Alberto Junior's tutelage, defeated America (host nation) 24-23. The country also qualified for the Sydney Olympics in 2000. By the 1990s, the women's handball team from Angola competed in five world championships (1990, 1993, 1995, 1997 and 1999). At the 1997 World Cup, the national delegation placed 15th, ahead of Japan, South Korea, and Canada.

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