Football in Equatorial Guinea
CountryEquatorial Guinea
Governing bodyEquatoguinean Football Federation
National team(s)men's national team
Club competitions
International competitions

Association football (soccer) is the most popular sport in Equatorial Guinea. It was during the Spanish colonialism that football arrived to Equatorial Guinea.[1][2] Football is now a very popular sport in the country.[3] Recently the national team has made a few surprising results.[4][5] In the qualification for the FIFA World Cup in 2006 Togo (who later qualified for the World Cup) was beaten 1-0, and in the qualification for the African Cup of Nations they beat Cameroon 1-0.

Equatorial Guinea co-hosted the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations with Gabon, and was the host of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

League system

Level

League(s)/Division(s)

1

Equatoguinean Premier League
20 clubs divided in 2 series of 10

2

Segunda División de Guine Equatorial
16 clubs + 1 Reserve team


Womens Football

Main article: Equatorial Guinea national football team

Main article: Equatorial Guinea at the FIFA Women's World Cup


The womens national team qualified for the 2011 FIFA World Cup.[6][7][8] In 2015 FIFA banned Equatorial Guinea for forging documents for naturalisation of players.[9][10]

Equatorial Guinea football stadiums

Stadium City Capacity Image
Estadio de Bata Bata 35,700
Estadio de Malabo Malabo 15,250
Estadio de Mongomo Mongomo 10,000

References

  1. ^ "Red Card: Why Is Spain's National Football Team Playing Friendly In Corrupt, Impoverished Equatorial Guinea?". Ibtimes.com. 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  2. ^ Jonathan Wilson (2012-01-22). "Cup hosts Equatorial Guinea bank on the wealth of Nations - International - Football". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-08-15.
  3. ^ Phil Minshull (2007-05-29). "BBC SPORT | Football | African | Equatorial Guinea import success". BBC News. Retrieved 2013-08-15.
  4. ^ "Equatorial Guinea: How Africa's 41st best footballing nation came to host the ACoN - Africa Cup of Nations 2012". FourFourTwo. 20 January 2012. Retrieved 2013-08-15.
  5. ^ "Equatorial Guinea: Naturalisation at a new level". Espn Fc. Retrieved 2013-08-15.
  6. ^ "Equatorial Guinea falls 1-0 in World Cup debut". CBS News. 29 June 2011.
  7. ^ "Matildas hard done by as referee misses blatant handball". 3 July 2011.
  8. ^ "Eq Guinea banned from Women's World Cup". BBC Sport.
  9. ^ Dead link to Fifa.com[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Women's World Cup 2011: A Quick Guide". NPR. Retrieved 2023-07-10.