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Nigeria National Football Team
  THEFIFAWORLDCUPS    
NIGERIA AT THE WORLD CUPS  
   
                                           
                                           
                                           
   
   
                                           
                                         
                           
  We play football. We love football.          
  We breathe football. We live football.        
                             
                                         
                                         
   NIGERIA  
     
     
 

The Nigeria national football team represents Nigeria in international football and is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the governing body for football in Nigeria.

The NFF was founded in 1945, became a member of FIFA in 1960, and a member of CAF in 1959. The Nigeria Premier League, the highest level of domestic Nigerian football, was founded in 1972 with six teams.  Football quickly became the most popular sport in the country. The Mighty Jets were the first winners of the Nigerian League in 1972.  The league was rechristened the "Professional League" in 1990. The first champion of the modern era was Iwuanyanwu Nationale, now known as Heartland F.C. They beat Stationery Stores of Lagos in Lagos in professional League's commemorative game 2-1. Since 1972, Nigeria's top clubs have been Rangers International (popularly called Enugu Rangers) and Enyimba  with 6 championships, and Shooting Stars FC and Heartland F.C (formerly known as Iwuanyanwu Nationale 1985-2006) with 5.

Nigeria has one of the finest national football teams in Africa. The Nigerians have won an Olympic Tournament (1996), and have won the African Cup of Nations a record 3 times. They are of course the current Africa Cup of Nations champions.

 
       
       
  QUICK FACTS  
       
       
 
  Association
  Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)   
  Confederation
  CAF 
  Nickname
  Super Eagles
  Foundation year
 1945
  Affiliate since
 1960
  Topscorer in WC
  D. Amokachi, E. Amuneke, K. Uche,   and A. Musa: 2
  Head Coach
  Daniel Amokachi (Interim)
  Titles
  None
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
       
       
  TITLES  
   
   
 
       
       
  NIGERIA APPEARANCES AT WORLD CUPS  
       
       
 
Nro
Flag
World Cup
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Perf.
Rd
Pos
Par
Pt
P/Par
Ap.
Total
18
5
3
10
20
26
-6
18
4.66
18.20
30.40
7.50
21.67
5
15
 1994 United States
4
2
0
2
7
4
3
6
1.50
2R
9
24
1.50
0.37
1
16
 1998 France
4
2
0
2
6
9
-3
6
1.50
2R
12
32
2
0.37
2
17
 2002 Korea-Japan
3
0
1
2
1
3
-2
1
0.33
1R
27
32
1
0.84
3
19
 2010 South Africa
3
0
1
2
3
5
-2
1
0.33
1R
27
32
1
0.84
4
20
 2014 Brazil
4
1
1
2
3
5
-2
4
1.00
2R
16
32
2
0.50
5
 
       
 
 Where: Perf: Pts/Pld     Rd: Round     Pos: Position in the WC     Total Pos: SUM(Pos)/Ap     Par: No. participants    
 Pt: How many points scores in the WC. Champion: 32, Finalist: 16, TP: 12, FP: 8, QF: 4, R16: 2, FR: 1
 P/Par: Pos/Par     Total P/Par: SUM(P/Par + 1.25 * each World Cup uncontested)/20     Ap: Appearances
 
     
       
  HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS (AT WORLD CUPS)  
   
     
 
More Played Matches
Nro
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
%Won
%Lost
1
 Argentina
4
0
0
4
0%
100%
2
 Bulgaria
2
2
0
0
100%
0%
3
 Greece
2
1
0
1
50%
50%
4
 Bosnia-Herzegovina
1
1
0
0
100%
0%
5
 Denmark
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
6
 England
1
0
1
0
0%
0%
7
 France
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
8
 Iran
1
0
1
0
0%
0%
9
 Italy
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
10
 Korea Republic
1
0
1
0
0%
0%
11
 Paraguay
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
12
 Spain
1
1
0
0
100%
0%
13
 Sweden
1
0
0
1
0%
100%

 

Best Results
Nro
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
%Won
%Lost
1
 Bulgaria
2
2
0
0
100%
0%
2
 Bosnia-Herzegovina
1
1
0
0
100%
0%
3
 Spain
1
1
0
0
100%
0%

 

Worst Results
Nro
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
%Won
%Lost
1
 Argentina
4
0
0
4
0%
100%
2
 Sweden
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
3
 France
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
4
 Denmark
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
5
 Italy
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
6
 Paraguay
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
 
     
     
  GOALSCORERS AT WORLD CUPS
   
     
Nro
Player
TG
30
34
38
50
54
58
62
66
70
74
78
82
86
90
94
98
02
06
10
14
20
       
7
6
1
3
3
1
 Ahmed Musa
2
2
 Kalu Uche
2
2
 
 Emmanuel Amuneke
2
2
 
 Daniel Amokachi
2
2
 
5
 Yakubu Aiyegbeni
1
1
 
 Sunday Oliseh
1
1
 
 Julius Aghahowa
1
1
 
 Victor Ikpeba
1
1
 
 Garba Lawal
1
1
 
 Mutiu Adepoju
1
1
 
 Wilson Oruma
1
1
 
 Samson Siasia
1
1
 
 Rashidi Yekini
1
1
 
 Finidi George
1
1
 
 Tijani Babangida
1
1
 
 Peter Odemwingie 
1
1
 
     
     
  TOP GOALSCORERS AT ALL COMPETITIONS  
     
   Players in bold are still active in the competence - As of March 29, 2015  
     
 
#
Name
Goals
Caps
AVG/Games
Career
1
 Rashidi Yekini
37
58
0.63
1984-98
2
 Segun Odegbami
23
46
0.50
1976-82
3
 Yakubu Aiyegbeni
21
57
0.36
2000-12
4
 Ikechukwu Uche
19
45
0.42
2007-Present
5
 Obafemi Martins
18
40
0.45
2004-Present
6
 Samson Siasia
16
51
0.31
1984-99
7
 Julius Aghahowa
14
32
0.44
2000-07
 Thompson Usiyan
14
1976-81
 Jay-Jay Okocha
14
73
0.19
1993-06
 Julius Aghahowa
14
32
0.43
1999-05
11
 Daniel Amokachi
13
44
0.29
1990-99
 Victor Obinna
13
48
0.27
2007-Present
 
       
       
  MOST CAPPED PLAYERS AT ALL COMPETITIONS  
       
   Players in bold are still active in the competence - As of March 29, 2015  
     
 
#
Name
Caps
Career
1
 Joseph Yobo
101
2001-14
2
 Vincent Enyeama
100
2002-Present
3
 Nwankwo Kanu
87
1994-11
4
 Mudashiru Lawal
86
1975-85
5
 Jay-Jay Okocha
75
1993-06
6
 John Obi Mikel
69
2006-Present
7
 Peter Odemwinge
65
2002-Present
8
 Stephen Keshi
64
1983-95
9
 Sunday Oliseh
63
1993-02
10
 Finidi George
62
1991-02
 Peter Rufai
62
1983-98
 
       
       
  SQUADS  
       
       
   
     
 

  

 
  AWARDED PLAYERS  
     
     
 
IFFHS PLAYER OF THE CENTURY
#
Name
Votes
Years
1
 Finidi George
32
1989-04
2
 Rachidi Yekini
27
1981-05
3
 Daniel Amokachi
26
1989-05
4
 Emmanuel Amunike
19
1991-04
5
 Nwankwo Kanu
15
1992-12
6
 Victor Ikpeba
14
1989-05
7
 Sunday Oliseh
10
1989-06

 

Source: beticos.alfinaldelapalmera.com

 
 
 
     
  COACHES  
   
   
 
#
Cou
Name
Years
1
 John Finch
1949
2
 Elliot Williams
1954-56
3
 Les Courtier
1956-60
4
 Moshe Jerry Beit haLevi
1960-61
5
 George Vardar
1961-63
6
 Jorge Penna
1963, 72-73
7
 Daniel Anyiam
1964-65
8
 József Ember
1965-68
9
 Peter 'Eto' Amaechina
1969-70
10
 Karl-Heinz Marotzke 
1970-71, 74
11
 Tihomir 'Tiki' Jelisavčić
1974-78
12
 Otto Glória
1979-82
13
 Gottlieb Göller
1981
14
 Festus Onigbinde
1983-84
15
 Chris Udemezue
1984-86
16
 Patrick Ekeji 
1985
17
 Paul Hamilton 
1987-89
18
 Manfred Hoener
1988-89
19
 Clemens Westerhof
1989-94
20
 Shaibu Amodu 
1994-95, 96-97, 01-02, 08-10
21
 Jo Bonfrere 
1995-96, 99-01
22
 Philippe Troussier
1997
23
 Monday Sinclair 
1997-98
24
 Bora Milutinović
1998
25
 Thijs Libregts
1999
26
 Festus Onigbinde 
2002
27
 Christian Chukwu 
2002-05
28
 Augustine Eguavoen 
2005-07, 10
29
 Berti Vogts 
2007-08
30
 James Peters 
2008
31
 Lars Lagerbäck
2010
32
 Samson Siasia 
2010-11
33
 Stephen Keshi 
2011-14
34
 Daniel Amokachi (Interim)
2014-Present
 
     
  FIXTURES AND RESULTS  
   
   
  2013  
   
#
Date
Place
Score
Competition
1
2 Jan 13
Barcelona, Spain
1-1
Catalonia
F
2
9 Jan 13
Faro, Portugal
0-0
Cape Verde
F
3
21 Jan 13
Nelspruit, South Africa
1-1
Burkina Faso
4
25 Jan 13
Nelspruit, South Africa
1-1
Zambia
5
29 Jan 13
Rustenburg, South Africa
2-0
Ethiopia
6
3 Feb 13
Rustenburg, South Africa
2-1
7
6 Feb 13
Durban, South Africa
4-1
Mali
8
10 Feb 13
Johannesburg, South Africa
1-0
Burkina Faso
9
23 Mar 13
Calabar[, Botswana
1-1
Kenya
10
31 May 13
Houston, USA
2-2
F
11
7 Jun 13
Nairobi, Kenya
1-0
Kenya
12
12 Jun 13
Windhoek, Namibia
1-1
Namibia
13
17 Jun 13
6-1
Tahiti
14
20 Jun 13
Salvador, Brazil
1-2
15
23 Jun 13
Fortaleza, Brazil
0-3
16
6 Jul 13
Kaduna, Nigeria
4-1
17
27 Jul 13
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
0-2
18
14 Aug 13
Durban,, South Africa
2-0
South Africa
F
19
7 Sep 13
Calabar, Nigeria
2-0
Malawi
20
10 Sep 13
Kaduna, Nigeria
4-1
Burkina Faso
F
21
13 Oct 13
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2-1
Ethiopia
22
28 Oct 13
Amman, Jordan
0-1
Jordan
F
23
16 Nov 13
Calabar, Nigeria
2-0
Ethiopia
24
18 Nov 13
Calabar, England
2-2
F
 
   
   
  2014
   
 
#
Date
Place
Score
Competition
1
4 Jan 14
Abuja, Ethiopia
2-1
Ethiopia
F
2
11 Jan 14
Cape Town, South Africa
1-2
Mali
3
15 Jan 14
Cape Town, South Africa
4-2
Mozambique
4
19 Jan 14
Cape Town, South Africa
3-1
South Africa
5
25 Jan 14
Cape Town, South Africa
4-3
Morocco
(aet)
6
29 Jan 14
Mangaung, South Africa
0-0
Ghana
(aet)
(1-4p)
7
1 Feb 14
Cape Town, South Africa
1-0
Zimbabwe
8
5 Mar 14
Atlanta, USA
0-0
Mexico
F
9
28 May 14
London, England
2-2
Scotland
F
10
3 Jun
Philadelphia, USA
0-0
Greece
F
11
7 Jun 14
Jacksonville, Florida, USA
1-2
United States
F
12
16 Jun 14
Curitiba, Brazil
0-0
Iran
13
21 Jun 14
Cuiabá, Brazil
1-0
Bosnia and Herzegovina
14
25 Jun 14
Porto Alegre, Brazil
2-3
Argentina
15
30 Jun 14
Brasília, Brazil
0-2
France
16
6 Sep 14
Calabar, Nigeria
2-3
Congo
17
10 Sep 14
Cape Town, South Africa
0-0
South Africa
18
11 Oct 14
Khartoum, Sudan
1-0
Sudan
19
15 Oct 14
Abuja, Nigeria
3-1
Sudan
20
15 Nov 14
Pointe-Noire, Congo
2-0
Congo
21
19 Nov 14
Uyo, Nigeria
2-2
South Africa
   
   
  2015
   
 
#
Date
Place
Score
Competition
1
11Jan 15
Abu Dhabi, UAE
0-1
Ivory Coast
F
2
17 Jan 15
Dubai, UAE
2-0
Yemen
F
3
25 Mar 15
Uyo, Nigeria
0-1
Uganda
F
4
29 Mar 15
Nelspruit, South Africa
1-1
South Africa
F
 
     
  PLAYERS' CLUBS  
   
   
These are the clubs that have historically contributed more players to the Nigeria national football team
 
   
Pos
Logo
Team
Players
Country
Flag
1
  Ajax
4
  Netherlands
  Fenerbahçe
4
  Turkey
3
  Chelsea
3
  England
  AS Monaco FC
3
  France
5
  FC Liège
2
  Belgium
  Everton F.C.
2
  England
  Portsmouth F.C.
2
  England
  Norwich City
2
  England
  Olympique de Marseille
2
  France
  Paris Saint-Germain
2
  France
  Internazionale
2
  Italy
  Roda JC
2
  Netherlands
  Lokomotiv Moscow
2
  Russia
  CSKA Moscow
2
  Russia
  Almería
2
  Spain
  Shakhtar Donetsk
2
  Ukraine
17
  Red Bull Salzburg
1
  Austria
  Standard Liège
1
  Belgium
  R. Cappellen F.C.
1
  Belgium
  RWD Molenbeek
1
  Belgium
  Cercle Brugge K.S.V.
1
  Belgium
  Waasland-Beveren
1
  Belgium
  Royal Antwerp
1
  Belgium
  RSC Anderlecht
1
  Belgium
  Club Brugge
1
  Belgium
  KV Kortrijk
1
  Belgium
  Guangzhou R&F F.C.
1
  China
  Zamalek SC
1
  Egypt
  Bolton Wanderers
1
  England
  Middlesbrough
1
  England
  Newcastle United
1
  England
  Liverpool
1
  England
  Stoke City
1
  England
  Crewe Alexandra
1
  England
  Arsenal F.C.
1
  England
  Fulham
1
  England
  FC Sochaux
1
  France
  RC Strasbourg
1
  France
  Lille
1
  France
  RC Lens
1
  France
  FC Nantes
1
  France
  Stade Rennais FC
1
  France
  TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
1
  Germany
  Wolfsburg
1
  Germany
  Kaiserslautern
1
  Germany
  Hannover 96
1
  Germany
  SV Eintracht Trier 05
1
  Germany
  Eintracht Frankfurt
1
  Germany
  PAOK
1
  Greece
  Budapest Honvéd
1
  Hungary
  Hapoel Be'er Sheva
1
  Israel
  Ashdod
1
  Israel
  Bnei Yehuda
1
  Israel
  Hapoel Tel Aviv
1
  Israel
  Hapoel Petah Tikva
1
  Israel
  Maccabi Haifa
1
  Israel
  Lazio
1
  Italy
  Africa Sports
1
  Ivory Coast
  Heerenveen
1
  Netherlands
  Vitesse
1
  Netherlands
  Sparta Rotterdam
1
  Netherlands
  Go Ahead Eagles
1
  Netherlands
  Warri Wolves
1
  Nigeria
  Enugu Rangers
1
  Nigeria
  Gabros International
1
  Nigeria
  Enyimba   International F.C.
1
  Nigeria
  Shooting Stars SC
1
  Nigeria
    Gombe United
1
  Nigeria
  Sunshine Stars
1
  Nigeria
  Vitória de Setúbal
1
  Portugal
  Al-Sadd SC
1
  Qatar
  Alania Vladikavkaz
1
  Russia
  FC Torpedo Moscow
1
  Russia
  Celtic
1
  Scotland
  Orlando Pirates
1
  South Africa
  Real Sociedad
1
  Spain
  Real Betis
1
  Spain
  Deportivo La Coruña
1
  Spain
  Rayo Vallecano
1
  Spain
  Racing Santander
1
  Spain
  Málaga
1
  Spain
  UD Salamanca
1
  Spain
  Elche
1
  Spain
  FC Luzerne
1
  Switzerland
  FC Sion
1
  Switzerland
  FC Zürich
1
  Switzerland
  Çaykur Rizespor
1
  Turkey
  Beşiktaş
1
  Turkey
  Volyn Lutsk
1
  Ukraine
  Dynamo Kyiv
1
  Ukraine
  Kansas City Wizards
1
  United States
 
 
     
  ALL MATCHES AT WORLD CUPS  
 
   
  1994 United States World Cup
   
First Round: Match 1
3-0
Bulgaria  
Date: 21 June 1994  
Stadium: Cotton Bowl  
Venue: Dallas  
Attendance: 44,132    
Referee: Rodrigo Badilla (Costa Rica)  
   
First Round: Match 2
2-1
Nigeria  
Date: 25 June 1994
C. Caniggia 21', 28'
S. Siasia 8'
Stadium: Foxboro Stadium    
Venue: Foxborough    
Attendance: 54,453  
Referee: Bo Karlsson (Sweden)  
   
First Round: Match 3
2-0
Greece  
Date: 30 June 1994  
Stadium: Foxboro Stadium  
Venue: Foxborough    
Attendance: 53,001  
Referee: Leslie Mottram (Scotland)  
  a.e.t.  
Round of 16: Match 4
2-1
Nigeria  
Date: 5 Jule 1994
R. Baggio 88', 102'
E. Amuneke 25'
Stadium: Foxboro Stadium    
Venue: Foxborough    
Attendance: 54,367  
Referee: Arturo Brizio Carter (Mexico)  
   
  1998 France World Cup
   
First Round: Match 5
3-2
Spain  
Date: 12 June 1998 F. Hierro 21'
Stadium: Stade de la Beaujoire Raúl 47'
Venue: Nantes  
Attendance: 35,500    
Referee: Esfandiar Baharmast (United States)  
   
First Round: Match 6
1-0
Bulgaria  
Date: 19 June 1998  
Stadium: Parc des Princes    
Venue: Paris    
Attendance: 45,500  
Referee: Mario Sanchez Yanten (Chile)  
   
First Round: Match 7
Paraguay
3-1
Nigeria  
Date: 24 June 1998 W. Oruma 11'
Stadium: Stade de Toulouse  
Venue: Toulouse  
Attendance: 33,500  
Referee: Pirom Un-Prasert (Thailand)  
   
Round of 16: Match 8
Denmark
4-1
Nigeria  
Date: 29 June 1998 T. Babangida 77'
Stadium: Stade de France  
Venue: Saint-Denis  
Attendance: 77,000  
Referee: Urs Meier (Switzerland)  
   
  2002 Korea-Japan World Cup
 
First Round: Match 9
1-0
Nigeria  
Date: 2 June 2002  
Stadium: Kashima Soccer Stadium    
Venue: Ibaraki    
Attendance: 34,050  
Referee: Gilles Veissière (France)  
   
First Round: Match 10
Sweden
2-1
Nigeria  
Date: 7 June 2002
H. Larsson 35', 63'
J. Aghahowa 27'
Stadium: Wing Stadium    
Venue: Kobe    
Attendance: 36,194  
Referee: René Ortube (Bolivia)  
   
First Round: Match 11
0-0
England  
Date: 12 June 2002    
Stadium: Nagai Stadium    
Venue: Osaka    
Attendance: 44,864  
Referee: Brian Hall (United States)  
   
  2010 South Africa World Cup
   
First Round: Match 12
1-0
Nigeria  
Date: 12 June 2010  
Stadium: Ellis Park Stadium    
Venue: Johannesburg    
Attendance: 55,686    
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)  
   
First Round: Match 13
Greece
2-1
Nigeria  
Date: 17 June 2006 K. Uche 16'
Stadium: Free State Stadium  
Venue: Bloemfontein    
Attendance: 31,593    
Referee: Óscar Ruiz (Colombia)  
   
First Round: Match 14
2-2
South Korea  
Date: 22 June 2006 Lee Jung-Soo 38'
Stadium: Durban Stadium
Yakubu 69'
Park Chu-Young 49'
Venue: Durban    
Attendance: 61,874  
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (Portugal)  
   
  2014 Brazil World Cup
   
First Round: Match 15
0-0
Nigeria
Date: 16 June 2014
Stadium: Arena da Baixada
Venue: Curitiba
Attendance: 39,081
Referee: Carlos Vera (Ecuador)
   
First Round: Match 16
1-0
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Date: 21 June 2014
Stadium: Arena Pantanal
Venue: Cuiabá
Attendance: 40,499
Referee: Peter O'Leary (New Zealand)
   
First Round: Match 17
2-3
Argentina
Stadium: Estádio Beira-Rio M. Rojo 50'
Venue: Porto Alegre
Attendance: 43,285
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy) 
   
Round of 16: Match 18
2-0
Nigeria
Date: 30 June 2014
Stadium: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
J. Yobo 90+2' (o.g.) 
Venue: Brasília
Attendance: 67,882
Referee: Mark Geiger (United States)
   
   
  
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