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Angola: Premier League Nations

Continuing our alphabetical world tour, next up is Angola. Having been a Portuguese colony for much of the 20th century, Angola has always been a footballing nation. Though success has been limited, Angola qualified for the 2006 World Cup, and finished second in the 2011 African Nations Championship (a tournament in which only players who play club football in Africa can participate, not to be confused with the Africa Cup of Nations)

According to the Premier League website, two players have represented Angola in the Premier League.

First Player – Jordão (West Bromwich Albion; 2002-03)

The first of only two players to represent Angola in the Premier League, defensive midfielder Jordão made three appearances for West Bromwich Albion in 2002/03.

He had featured heavily in the Baggies’ promotion campaign but was unable to establish himself in the side in the top-flight and left the club in the summer of 2003 following their relegation.

Jordão represented Portugal at youth level, but never won a senior cap and is listed as Angolan on the Premier League website.

Records

Other Players

Other than Jordão, the only other Angolan to play in the Premier League was Manucho, who made 14 appearances for Manchester United and Hull City in 2008/09.

Trivia & Records

  • Since signing Manucho in 2008, Manchester United have permanently signed four other African players (Mame Biram Diouf, Wilfried Zaha, Sadiq El Fitouri and Eric Bailly).
  • Manucho is the 16th most capped Angolan of all time (53 caps).

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Premier League Table

# Team MP W D L P
1 Liverpool 34 30 2 2 92
2 Manchester City 34 22 3 9 69
3 Chelsea 34 18 6 10 60
4 Leicester City 34 17 8 9 59
5 Manchester United 34 16 10 8 58
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 13 13 8 52
7 Sheffield United 34 13 12 9 51
8 Arsenal 34 12 14 8 50
9 Tottenham Hotspur 34 13 10 11 49
10 Burnley 34 14 7 13 49
11 Everton 34 12 9 13 45
12 Southampton 34 13 5 16 44
13 Newcastle United 34 11 10 13 43
14 Crystal Palace 34 11 9 14 42
15 Brighton & Hov… 34 8 12 14 36
16 West Ham United 34 8 7 19 31
17 Watford 34 7 10 17 31
18 AFC Bournemouth 34 7 7 20 28
19 Aston Villa 34 7 6 21 27
20 Norwich City 34 5 6 23 21

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