April 2, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup teams: Ghana (CAF), prominent players in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying (theoretical best XI for Ghana, with 6 other player-options listed).

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Ghana national team. AFC (Africa). Nickname: The Black Stars (Akan: Nsoroma Tuntum). Home jersey: white, with black, red, gold, and green trim.
-Ghana is in Group G (with Germany, Portugal, and the United States). ‘2014 FIFA World Cup/Group G‘ (
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification: 3rd qualification out of 14 tries [since 1962]. Ghana has now qualified for 3 straight World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014).
Previous WC Q: 2010, Quarterfinals / 2-2-1.
Highest WC finish: 2010.

Population of Ghana: 24.2 million {2010 estimate}. Capital and largest city: Accra, pop. 2.29 million. Largest metro area in Ghana: Kumasi, metro area pop. 3.56 million {2013 census}.
-Largest settlements in Ghana, On the map below all the Regions of Ghana which have players featured in the squad list are shown. Also shown are Ghana’s 4 largest metro areas, in order {2013 census figures}: Kumasi (metro pop. 3.5 million), Accra (metro pop. 2,2 million), Tamale (metro pop. 562 K), Sekondi-Takoradi (metro pop. 445 K).
-Ghana national team coach, James Kwesi ‘Akwasi’ Appiah. Kwesi Appiah.
-Ghana squad captain, FW Asamoah Gyan. Asamoah Gyan.

Below: Theoretical Best XI for Ghana (with 6 other player-options further below) -
[Note: players shown below reflect 2014 WC final roster selection, 'Ghana national football team/currnet squad' (]
Photo and Image credits above -
Ghana 2014 home jersey, photo from
Ghana on globe map by Marcos Elias de Oliveira Júnior at
Ghana map by Bemoeial2 / CIA at ‘‘.
Akwasi Appiah, photo from
Adam Larsen Kwarasey (Strømsgodset), photo from
Samuel Inkoom (Dnipro/Platanias [Greece]), photo from Samuel Inkoom’s Facebook page,
Jonathan Mensah DF/RB (Evian TG), photo from
John Boye (Rennes), photo from
Daniel Opare (Standard Liège), photo from the Daniel Opare twitter page,
Christian Atsu (Vitesse), photo by VI Images at
Michael Essien (Milan), photo by Press Association via
Sulley Muntari (Milan), photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images Europe via
Majeed Waris (Spartak Moscow/Valenciennes), photo by
Asamoah Gyan (Al-Ain [UAE]), photo from
André Ayew (Marseille), photo by Clément Bucco-Lechat at
Other player-options,
Rashid Sumaila (Mamelodi Sundowns), photo from
Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu MF/CM/DM (Udinse), photo from
Wakaso Mubarak LW/RW (Rubin Kazan), photo from
Kwadwo Asamoah LW/AM (Juventus), photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images Europe via
Kevin-Prince Boateng CM/AM (Schalke), photo from
Mohammed Rabiu CM (Kuban Krasnodar), photo from
Thanks to the contributors at ‘2014 FIFA World Cup qualification‘ (
Thanks to the contributors at ‘Ghana national football team‘ (
Thanks to, for player-position details.
Thanks to, for recent squad line-ups, at

June 11, 2010

2010 FIFA World Cup: Ghana, 23-man roster.

Filed under: FIFA World Cup, 2010,Ghana — admin @ 4:16 pm

Ghana World Cup squad.

The map shows the 23-man Ghana team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. At the bottom left of the map page are photos of all the Ghana players who saw action in the 2010 World Cup (19 player photos).
From, by Jonathan Wilson on 30th June, 2010, ‘World Cup 2010: Ghana ready to fulfil their destiny…Denied a kick at the 1966 World Cup during their truly great years, the Black Stars are now aiming to put the rest of Africa to shame‘.
There were 3 players on the team born in Europe… André Ayew (born in Seclin, France), Kevin-Prince Boateng (born in West Berlin, West Germany), and Quincy Owusu-Obeyie (born in Amsterdam, Netherlands).

14 players were born in the capital and largest city in Ghana, Accra. Accra has a population of around 1.6 million in the city and around 2.9 million in the metropolitan area {2000 figure}. [Ghana itself has a population of around 23.8 million {2010 estimate}.]

In the main map section, with each player there is listed, along with their birth place, the players youth clubs in Ghana and where the player pursued his professional career (in most cases in western Europe, though a few players have played or are playing in the Middle East and the Arabian Peninsula).

3 players are playing professionally in Ghana right now: the two back-up goalkeepers – Daniel Adjei (Liberty Professionals), and Stephen Ahorlu (Heart of Lions); and DF Lee Addy (Bechelem Chelsea).

One player is playing in Egypt right now (DF Abdul Ayew, for Zamalek SC).
One player is playing in Qatar right now, MF Quincy Owus-Abeyie (Al-Sadd SC).
One player is playing in South Africa (young defender Jonathan Mensah, who is not to be confused with his teammate, the veteran defender John Mensah).

The players on the Ghana squad who are playing professionally in Europe right now are…
4 players -Italy: MF- Stephen Appiaah (Bologna), MF- Sulley Muntari (Internazionale), MF- Kwadwo Asamoah (Udinese), FW- Dominic Adiyah (AC Milan).

3 players – England: GK- Richard Kingson (Wigan Athletic, 75 caps), DF- John Paintsil (Fulham), MF- Kevin-Prince Boateng (Portsmouth).

3 players – Germany: DF- Hans Sarpei (Bayer Leverkusen), DF- Isaac Vorsah (Hoffenheim), FW- Prince Tagoe (Hoffenheim).

3 players – France: DF – John Mensah (Lyon, 62 caps), MF – André Ayew (the just-promoted Arles-Avignon), FW- Asamoah Gyan (Rennes).

1 player – Spain: MF- Derek Boateng (Getafe).

1 player – Netherlands, FW- Matthew Amoah (NAC Breda).

1 player – Norway, MF- Anthony Annan (Rosenborg).

1 player – Switzerland, DF- Samuel Inkoom (FC Basel).

Thanks to the contributors to the pages at Ghana national football team.
Thanks to World Soccer, for the photos of the Ghana jerseys.

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