Association football, or soccer, is the most popular sport in Benin. Governed by the Fédération Béninoise de Football, the Benin national football team (Les Ecureuils ) joined both FIFA and CAF in 1969 as Dahomey. Dahomey became Benin in 1975.
Les Ecureuils (The Squirrels, as the national squad is nicknamed) have never qualified for the World Cup and made their only appearance in the African Cup of Nations in 2004. They enjoyed their highest world ranking as of September 2007 with a rank of 79th in the world. The home stadium is Stade de l'Amitié in Contonou.
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