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The national football team of Burkina Faso is the national team of Burkina Faso and is controlled by the Burkinabé Football Association. They were known as the Upper Volta national football team until 1984, when Upper Volta became Burkina Faso. They finished fourth in the 1998 Africa Cup of Nations when they hosted the tournament. Her best tournament result was 2013 and reached the final.
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The country appeared for the first time in 1978 in the African Nations Cup, but only in 1996, they returned to the biennial tournament. Then they qualified between 1996 and 2004 for five consecutive tournaments and reached the semi-finals under coach Philippe Troussier, as the tournament was held in 1998 on home soil.
Burkina Faso, along with Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire, played in a group of three teams in Group B of the 2010 African Nations Cup, as Togo resigned. Although they drew their first game against Ivory Coast and only needed a draw against Ghana, the Burkinabe lost 1-0 and could not qualify for the knockout round of the tournament. Burkina Faso took part in the 2012 African Nations Cup, lost all three games and dismissed then coach Paulo Duarte. Belgian coach Paul Put was named new coach in March 2012. Burkina Faso finished first, but lost to Nigeria in the 2013 African Nations Cup final.
The team is nicknamed Les Etalons, which means "The Stallions". It refers to the legendary horse of Princess Yennenga.
Football is the most popular sport in Burkina Faso. And the national association can look back with pride on the latest developments. Reaching the 1998 African Nations Cup semi-finals on home soil, qualifying for the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates and participating in two CAF-U17 Cup finals and third place. The FIFA U-17 World Cup 2001 in Trinidad and Tobago is an outstanding achievement of Burkina Fasos on an international level. Among the best-known players in the nation are Kassoum Ouegraogo, nicknamed Zico, who had his most successful season at Espérance de Tunis before ending his career in Germany, Siaka Ouattara, who spent his entire career at Mulhouse in France, and Moumouni Dagano, who was voted best African player in Belgium in 2001, when he played for the Belgian team Genk. Later, he played for the French club Guingamp, before moving to another French team in 2005, FC Sochaux. Burkina Faso received an unexpected free entry into the group stage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying process when the candidate for the opening round, the Central African Republic, withdrew from the competition.
This gave the West Africans, who finished 14th on the continent at the time, the assurance that their name would be playing in the draw for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying round in Germany. They had a great start, defeating Ghana 1-0 in the opening match and earning a marker for their opponents in Group 2, South Africa, the Cape Verde Islands, DR Congo and Uganda. The triumph came after two defeats by Cape Verde of the rails, and after two wins and three defeats Burkina Faso met him at half time. Frenchman Bernard Simondi took over the coaching role of Ivica Todorov and made it harder for the team to beat at home. He even recorded victories against South Africa and the DR Congo, but in the end it was not quite enough, and those like Abdoulaye Cisse, Moumouni Dagano and Wilfred Sanou did not progress in the competition.
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