Football is clearly the number one sport in Togo. The game is played nationwide, and at weekends, tens of thousands of people watch matches in the domestic league championship.
The national team has qualified for the African Cup of Nations on six occasions (1972, 1986, 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2010), but has never reached the second round. Their qualification for the final competition of the FIFA World Cup in Germany is therefore a major coup.
In 1987, the U-20 team became the first, and to date last, Togolese side to play in world finals when it reached the FIFA World Youth Championship in Chile.
The association has worked in conjunction with various institutions in Lomé to open youth development centres. The most well-known centre - Planète Football - is headed by French coach Dominique Cionci. Togo has produced many talented footballers.
- Season 2012/2013
- CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2013
- Season 2011/2012
- Season 2010/2011
Les Eperviers (The Sparrow Hawks)
FIFA World Cup Appearances
Best Result: Group Stage
Africa Cup of Nations Appearances
Best Result: Quarter-Finals (2013)
Current : 77 (as of January 2013)
Highest : 46 (August 2006)
Lowest : 123 (April 1994 / July 2011)
Average : 83
Mohamed Kader (86)
Mohamed Kader (54)