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Football is the most popular sport in Ghana. Between 1957 and 2018, the sport was managed by the Ghanaian Football Association. Ghana is represented internationally by the male Black Stars and the female Black Queens. The best national football league for men in Ghana is the Ghana Premier League, and the best national football league for women in Ghana is the Ghana Women's Football League. Football is the most popular sport in the country.
The Black Stars team is one of the highest rated national football teams in Africa. Ghana has won the African Nations Cup four times. They also reached the last 16 of the 2006 FIFA World Cup before being eliminated from Brazil. At the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, they reached the quarter-finals of the Football World Cup as the third African team in history. Some famous players were Charles Kumi Gyamfi, Abédi Pele, Abdul Razak, Tony Yeboah, Samuel Kuffour and Michael Essien.
The youth teams were successful. The U-17 side take part in the FIFA U-17 World Cup on a regular basis, winning twice and finishing second twice. The U-20 team finished second twice in the FIFA U-20 World Cup, and in 2009 the Black Satellites won the African Youth Championship in 2009 and were crowned the first African U-20 World Cup finalists in 2009 to land the U 20 World Cup win. In 1992, the U-23 Olympic team won the first African country a medal at the Olympic Games. In 2011, the Black Meteors were for the first time elected All-Africa Games champion 2011. Former Black Star national team members such as Sulley Muntari, Michael Essien, John Mensah and Captain Stephen Appiah participated in these youth tournaments.
Ghana 2014 was one of the eight nations that participated in the first Unity World Cup.
The Ghanaian national football team represents Ghana since the 1950s in the international football association. The team is nicknamed "Black Stars" after "Black Star of Africa" in the flag of Ghana. It is managed by the Ghana Football Association, the umbrella organization for football in Ghana and the oldest football association in Africa (founded in 1920). Before 1957, the team played as Gold Coast.
Although the team qualified for the senior FIFA World Cup for the first time in 2006, they qualified for four Olympic football tournaments when the tournament was still a full competition for the seniors' national team. Their best performance was the third place at the 1992 Summer Olympics. The team has won the African Nations Cup four times (1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982) and was vice-champion five times (1968, 1970, 1992, 2010 and 2015). After being unbeaten in 2005, the Ghanaian national football team won the award for Best Mover of the Year and reached the second round of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. At the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, they reached the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup as the third African team and started in 2014 for their third World Series in a row.
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