Africa Cup of Nations 2013: The tournament in numbers

Africa Cup of Nations 2013: We take a look at the ever-growing tournament in numbers ahead of kick-off in South Africa

By Sportsbeat
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Emmanuel Adebayor will be lining up for Togo in South Africa Photo: R Goraczniak, via Wikimedia

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With the Africa Cup of Nations ready to go in South Africa, The Sport Review takes a look at the 2013 edition in numbers.

16 – The number of teams taking part in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

32 – The number of matches to be played in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

20 – The number of matches to be broadcast on ITV4, the biggest number ever.

1957 – The first year in which the tournament was held, with Egypt beating Ethiopia in the final 4-0 while hosts Sudan finishing third.

This year’s hosts South Africa were forced to pull out due to apartheid.

Three – The number of teams who took part in the first edition of the competition.

Seven – The number of times Egypt have won the competition, more than any other team.

110 – The lowest ranked team in the tournament according to the official Fifa rankings to have qualified for the 2013 competition. The honour goes to Ethiopia

1962 – The last time Ethiopia reached the knock-out stages of the competition.

15 – The number of teams who participated in the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations after Nigeria withdrew.

Three – The number of different trophies that have been awarded in the history of the competition.

90,000 – The expected crowd at Soccer City, Soweto for the opening game between South Africa and Cape Verde.

Four – The most times a country has held the competition with Ghana and Egypt having hosted it the most. The third time Ghana hosted it, they were co-hosts with Nigeria in 2000.

Two – The number of times South Africa have hosted the tournament.

18 – The number of goals scored by Cameroonian Samuel Eto’o, who holds the record for most goals in the tournament’s history.

Eight – The number of goals Didier Drogba need in this year’s competition to draw level with Eto’o.

10 – The number of times UNIAF (North Africa) members have won the tournament making them the most successful federation in African football. This includes Egypt’s seven titles along with one from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.

28 – The number of times the Africa Cup of Nations has been held.

14 – The number of different countries who have won the Africa Cup of Nations.

2015 – The next time the Africa Cup of Nations will be held in Morocco in two year’s time.

1970 – The year that the tournament, held in Sudan, was first broadcast on TV.

21 – The number of penalties required to separate Ivory Coast and Ghana in the 1992 final, which Ivory Coast won 11-10.

Seven – The most appearances in the final held by Egypt and Ghana. Egypt has a 100 per cent win ratio in the final while Ghana has won the completion four times.

20,000 – The biggest away crowds at the African Cup of Nations when 20,000 Algerians crossed the border into Tunisia to watch Algeria V Egypt.

Seven – The number of finals being decided by penalty shoot-outs. The last time this happened was in the last tournament when Zambia beat Ivory Coast 8-7 to secure their first ever Africa Cup of Nations triumph.

Three – The number of times Niger has withdrawn from the competition meaning this year will only be their second appearance in the finals.

Five – The number of countries who have won the competition more than once: Egypt (7) Ghana (4), Cameroon (4), Nigeria (2) and DR Congo (2).


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