Angola Games – Interesting facts and figures!
Road to London 2012!
Barcelona in 1992
Did you know- Between July 25 and August 9, 1992, the Angola 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 (6) .
Did you know- Basketball is very popular because basketball is a traditional sport with a long history in the African continent. Surprisingly, from the 1980s to the 2000s, Angola was a war-torn country – boasting one of the world’s largest basketball teams. In 1992, the Angolan team finished 10th, out of 12 teams, in the men’s soccer tournament in Barcelona (Spain). Eight years ago, they had won a silver medal at the Under-20 African Championship. In 1987, in spite of all this, the Portuguese-speaking Republic of southern Africa – won a gold medal in the men’s basket at the African Games in Nairobi (Kenya). Prior to 1987, the Angolan men’s basketball team had placed 20th at the World Cup in Spain. In the Spanish city of Ferrol, Africans were the most famous basketball players; Angola defeated Australia 74-69. In addition, the country – one of the least developed countries in Africa, came in 13th in the global competition in South America in the 1990s. In 1996, it was ranked 11th in the XXVI Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia (US).
Did you know- Angola’s first major achievement came at the 2006 Soccer World Cup. During the World Cup, a team of soccer players arrived 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, respectively.
Los Angeles 1984
Did you know- The Angola Olympic Committee, under pressure from Cuba and the Soviet Union, opposed the 1984 World Cup in Los Angeles, California, USA. Four years ago, Angola hosted its first Olympic Games at the XXII Olympics in Moscow, USSR (modern-day Russia). Angola, on the other hand, is one of the youngest members of the Olympic family.
Did you know- The men’s soccer team finished 15th in the Under-20 World Cup.
Did you know- The most popular sports are soccer, track and field, basketball, hockey and handball.
Did you know- The national team came in seventh in women’s handball at the 1996 World Cup in the United States. During the international event, Angola, under coach Alberto Junior, defeated the United States (host country) 24-23. The country also qualified for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. In the 1990s, a women’s handball team from Angola competed against five world champions (1990, 1993, 1995, 1997, and 1999). At the 1997 World Cup, the national team was placed in 15th place, ahead of Japan, South Korea, and Canada.