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Republic of Angola, country in southern Africa


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\an*go"la\ (&?;), n. [a corruption of angora.] a fabric made from the wool of the angora goat.
n : a republic in southwestern africa on the atlantic ocean; achieved independence from portugal in 1975 and was the scene of civil war until 1990 [syn: angola, republic of angola ]

  similar words(3) 

 angola cat 
 angola pea 
 republic of angola 


Angola , officially the Republic of Angola ( ; Kikongo, Kimbundu and Umbundu: Repubilika ya Ngola), is a country in Southern Africa. It is the seventh-largest country in Africa, and is bordered by Namibia to the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Zambia to the east, and the Atlantic Ocean to west. The exclave province of Cabinda has borders with the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The capital and largest city is Luanda.

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1. a republic in southwestern Africa on the Atlantic Ocean; achieved independence from Portugal in 1975 and was the scene of civil war until 1990
(synonym) Republic of Angola
(hypernym) African country, African nation
(part-holonym) Africa
(member-meronym) Angolan
(part-meronym) Luanda, Angolan capital


Country Code-244


AO (Internet),
AO (ISO 3166),
AGO (ISO 3166),
AO (FIPS 10-4)

Flag of Angola
Flag of Angola

Angola has begun to enjoy the fruits of peace since the end of a 27-year civil war in 2002. Fighting between the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), led by Jose Eduardo DOS SANTOS, and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), led by Jonas SAVIMBI, followed independence from Portugal in 1975. Peace seemed imminent in 1992 when Angola held national elections, but UNITA renewed fighting after being beaten by the MPLA at the polls. Up to 1.5 million lives may have been lost - and 4 million people displaced - in the quarter century of fighting. SAVIMBI's death in 2002 ended UNITA's insurgency and strengthened the MPLA's hold on power. DOS SANTOS has pledged to hold national elections in 2006.

Map of Angola

Map of Angola

More about Angola:

  • Geography
  • People
  • Government
  • Economy
  • Communications
  • Transportation
  • Military
  • Transnational Issues

  • (n.)
    A fabric made from the wool of the Angora goat.

    Nickname Palancas Negras
    Association Federação Angolana de Futebol
    Coach Luis Oliveira Goncalves
    Most caps Fabrice "Akwa" Maieco (68)
    Top scorer Fabrice "Akwa" Maieco (30)
    Home colours

    Away colours

    First international
    Angola 1 - 0 Cuba
    (Angola; 1 June 1977)
    Largest win
    Angola 7 - 1 Swaziland
    (Luanda, Angola; 23 April 2000)
    Worst defeat
     Portugal 6 - 0 Angola
    (Lisbon, Portugal; 23 March 1989)
    World Cup
    Appearances 1 (First in 2006)
    Best result -
    African Nations Cup
    Appearances 3 (First in 1996)
    Best result Round 1, all

    The Angola national football team, nicknamed Palancas Negras, ("Black Impalas") is the national team of Angola and is controlled by the Federação Angolana de Futebol. On October 8, 2005, Angola qualified for the World Cup for the first time ever.

    Luis Oliveira Goncalves took over as coach of the Angola national football team in 2003, after successful appearances with the Angola Under-20 national football team. The coach is the nation's favourite and the team managed to finish in first place of Group 4 Football World Cup 2006 (qualification), ahead of traditional African football powers like the Nigeria national football team and the Zimbabwe national football team. Group 4 was considered one of the toughest during the Qualifiers.

    Captain Fabrice Akwa scored some crucial goals, including the winners against Rwanda in the last game, and in the game against the Nigeria national football team. Akwa is the fans' favourite having scored 30 goals in 67 international appearances. "This is the first time we are in the finals and we want to show off our football. We also want to show there is more to Angola than just war and oil," Akwa said.

    Angola's best known player is the striker Pedro Mantorras, who plays for the Portuguese team Benfica.


    • 1 Key Players
    • 2 World Cup record
    • 3 African Nations Cup record
    • 4 2006 World Cup Squad
    • 5 External links

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