Mali national football team

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Mali
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Les Aigles (The Eagles)
Association Mali Football Federation
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Alain Giresse
Captain Seydou Keita
Most caps Seydou Keita (102)
Top scorer Seydou Keita (25)
Home stadium Stade du 26 Mars
FIFA code MLI
FIFA ranking 56 Decrease 5 (9 April 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 23 (June 2013)
Lowest FIFA ranking 117 (October 2001)
Elo ranking 67
Highest Elo ranking 42 (1971)
Lowest Elo ranking 127 (September 1996)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Mali 4–3 Central African Republic 
(Madagascar; 13 April 1960)
Biggest win
 Mali 11–0 Mauritania 
(Unknown date 1972)
Biggest defeat
 Algeria 7–0 Mali Mali
(Algeria; 13 November 1988)
 Kuwait 8–1 Mali Mali
(Kuwait City, Kuwait; 5 September 1997)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 8 (First in 1972)
Best result Second place: 1972
Players from the Mali national squad warm up before the Mali-Lithuania friendly at Stade de Marville – La Courneuve (France), 6 February 2007.

The Mali national football team, nicknamed Les Aigles (The Eagles), is the national team of Mali and is controlled by the Fédération Malienne de Football. They have never qualified for the World Cup finals.

History[edit]

Mali reached the 1972 African Nations Cup final, but lost 3–2 to Congo. They failed to qualify for the finals again until 1994 when they reached the semi-finals, an achievement repeated in 2002, 2004 and 2012.

They played their first World Cup qualifier in 2000. As part of the CAF's qualifiers for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Mali lost in the preliminary round to Libya. Two years later, the country hosted the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations.[1]

Mali's under-23 team managed to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece. The team coached by Cheick Kone managed to reach the quarterfinals of the Olympic tournament before losing to Italy.[2]

In the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Mali beat Guinea-Bissau in the prelimaries. In the resulting second round, Mali finished fourth in its group. In March 2005, riots broke out in Bamako after Mali lost a World Cup qualifier to Togo, 2–1 on a last minute goal.[3]

In the recent 2010 African Nations Cup, Mali made football headlines from coming back 4–0 with 11 minutes left to level 4–4 with Angola.[4] It is considered to be one of the best comebacks in recent memory.

Achievements[edit]

Amilcar Cabral Cup :
  • 3 Times Champion (1989, 1997, 2007)
  • 4 Times Runners-up

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Sudan 1957 Did Not Enter
Egypt 1959
Ethiopia 1962
Ghana 1963
Tunisia 1965 Did Not Qualify
Ethiopia 1968
Sudan 1970
Cameroon 1972 Runners-Up 2nd 5 1 3 1 11 11
Egypt 1974 Did Not Qualify
Ethiopia 1976
Ghana 1978 Disqualified
Nigeria 1980 Did Not Enter
Libya 1982 Did Not Qualify
Ivory Coast 1984
Egypt 1986
Morocco 1988 Withdrew
Algeria 1990 Did Not Qualify
Senegal 1992
Tunisia 1994 Fourth Place 4th 5 2 0 3 3 9
South Africa 1996 Did Not Qualify
Burkina Faso 1998
Ghana Nigeria 2000
Mali 2002 Fourth Place 4th 6 2 2 2 5 5
Tunisia 2004 Fourth Place 4th 6 3 1 2 10 10
Egypt 2006 Did Not Qualify
Ghana 2008 Group Stage 10th 3 1 1 1 1 3
Angola 2010 Group Stage 9th 3 1 1 1 7 6
Gabon Equatorial Guinea 2012 Third Place 3rd 6 3 1 2 6 5
South Africa 2013 Third Place 3rd 6 2 2 2 7 8
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Group Stage 10th 3 0 3 0 3 3
2017 To Be Determined
Total 9/30 0 Titles 43 15 14 14 53 60

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Gabon on 25 March and Ghana on 29 March 2015.[5]
Caps and goals updated as of 28 January 2015 after the game against Guinea.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Soumbeïla Diakité (1984-08-25) 25 August 1984 (age 30) 43 0 Iran Esteghlal Khuzestan
1GK Mamadou Samassa (1990-02-16) 16 February 1990 (age 25) 10 0 France Guingamp
1GK Aly Yirango (1994-01-04) 4 January 1994 (age 21) 0 0 France Guingamp
2DF Adama Tamboura (1985-05-18) 18 May 1985 (age 29) 79 0 Denmark Randers
2DF Drissa Diakité (1985-02-18) 18 February 1985 (age 30) 43 0 France Bastia
2DF Idrissa Coulibaly (1987-12-19) 19 December 1987 (age 27) 13 0 Morocco Hassania Agadir
2DF Molla Wagué (1991-02-21) 21 February 1991 (age 24) 11 0 Italy Udinese
2DF Mohamed Konate (1992-10-20) 20 October 1992 (age 22) 4 0 Morocco Nahdat Berkane
2DF Kalifa Traoré (1991-02-16) 16 February 1991 (age 24) 2 0 France Angers
3MF Seydou Keita (1980-01-16) 16 January 1980 (age 35) 102 25 Italy Roma
3MF Abdou Traoré (1988-01-17) 17 January 1988 (age 27) 30 3 France Bordeaux
3MF Samba Sow (1989-04-29) 29 April 1989 (age 25) 27 0 Turkey Kardemir Karabükspor
3MF Sambou Yatabaré (1989-03-02) 2 March 1989 (age 26) 20 2 France Guingamp
3MF Tongo Doumbia (1989-08-06) 6 August 1989 (age 25) 16 0 France Toulouse
3MF Yacouba Sylla (1990-11-29) 29 November 1990 (age 24) 13 0 Turkey Kayseri Erciyesspor
3MF Bakary Sako (1988-04-26) 26 April 1988 (age 27) 12 4 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
3MF Mamoutou N'Diaye (1990-03-15) 15 March 1990 (age 25) 6 0 Belgium Zulte Waregem
3MF Adama Traoré (1995-06-28) 28 June 1995 (age 19) 0 0 France Lille
4FW Modibo Maïga (1987-09-03) 3 September 1987 (age 27) 42 9 France Metz
4FW Fantamady Diarra (1992-02-11) 11 February 1992 (age 23) 11 2 France Auxerre
4FW Mana Dembélé (1988-11-29) 29 November 1988 (age 26) 7 0 France Nancy
4FW Abdoulay Diaby (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 23) 5 1 France Lille
4FW Moussa Marega (1991-04-14) 14 April 1991 (age 24) 1 0 Portugal Marítimo

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for Mali within the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Germain Berthé (1993-10-24) 24 October 1993 (age 21) 3 0 Mali Onze Créateurs 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
GK N'Tji Michel Samaké (1990-06-27) 27 June 1990 (age 24) 0 0 Mali CS Duguwolofila 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
GK Abdoulaye Samaké (1987-04-29) 29 April 1987 (age 27) 1 0 Mali CO Bamako v.  China PR, 29 June 2014
DF Fousseni Diawara (1980-08-28) 28 August 1980 (age 34) 54 0 France Tours 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Ousmane Coulibaly (1989-07-09) 9 July 1989 (age 25) 14 0 Greece Platanias 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Salif Coulibaly (1988-05-13) 13 May 1988 (age 26) 14 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Alassane També (1992-01-26) 26 January 1992 (age 23) 0 0 Belgium Kortrijk v.  Ethiopia, 15 October 2014
DF Abdoulaye Traoré (1994-10-16) 16 October 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Mali Djoliba v.  Algeria, 7 September 2014
DF Issaka Samaké (1994-10-20) 20 October 1994 (age 20) 7 0 Mali Stade Malien v.  China PR, 29 June 2014
DF Ousmane Keita (1994-05-09) 9 May 1994 (age 20) 6 0 Mali Djoliba v.  China PR, 29 June 2014
DF Boubacar Sylla (1991-04-17) 17 April 1991 (age 24) 3 1 France Lens v.  China PR, 29 June 2014
DF Boubacar Diarra (1994-04-18) 18 April 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe v.  China PR, 29 June 2014
DF Mohamed Djan (1987-10-27) 27 October 1987 (age 27) 1 0 Mali Real Bamako v.  China PR, 29 June 2014
DF Adama Coulibaly (1980-09-10) 10 September 1980 (age 34) 69 1 France Valenciennes v.  Croatia, 31 May 2014
DF Mahamadou N'Diaye (1990-06-21) 21 June 1990 (age 24) 16 3 France Troyes v.  Croatia, 31 May 2014
MF Sigamary Diarra (1984-01-10) 10 January 1984 (age 31) 22 1 France Valenciennes 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Bakaye Traoré (1985-03-06) 6 March 1985 (age 30) 23 2 Turkey Bursaspor v.  Algeria, 19 November 2014
MF Birama Touré (1992-06-06) 6 June 1992 (age 22) 4 0 France Brest v.  Algeria, 7 September 2014
MF Mamadou Sidibé (1992-12-28) 28 December 1992 (age 22) 8 0 Mali Police v.  China PR, 29 June 2014
MF Ibourahima Sidibé (1992-12-27) 27 December 1992 (age 22) 6 3 Indonesia Barito Putera v.  China PR, 29 June 2014
MF Yaya Samaké (1987-09-19) 19 September 1987 (age 27) 4 0 Mali Nianan v.  China PR, 29 June 2014
MF Souleymane Diarra (1995-01-31) 31 January 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Mali Real Bamako v.  China PR, 29 June 2014
MF Lamine Diawara (1986-05-18) 18 May 1986 (age 28) 1 0 Iran Esteghlal v.  China PR, 29 June 2014
MF Moussa Doumbia (1994-08-15) 15 August 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Russia Rostov v.  China PR, 29 June 2014
MF Diadie Samassekou (1996-01-11) 11 January 1996 (age 19) 0 0 Mali Real Bamako v.  China PR, 29 June 2014
FW Mustapha Yatabaré (1986-01-26) 26 January 1986 (age 29) 27 4 Turkey Trabzonspor 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Mohamed Traoré (1988-11-18) 18 November 1988 (age 26) 6 1 Sudan Al-Merrikh 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Cheick Diabaté (1988-04-25) 25 April 1988 (age 27) 35 14 France Bordeaux 2015 Africa Cup of Nations preliminary squad
FW Nouha Dicko (1992-05-14) 14 May 1992 (age 22) 2 0 England Wolverhampton Wanderers v.  Algeria, 19 November 2014
FW Cheïbane Traoré (1987-03-21) 21 March 1987 (age 28) 3 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe v.  China PR, 29 June 2014
FW Daniel Sole 0 0 Mali Duguwolofila v.  China PR, 29 June 2014
FW Kalifa Coulibaly (1991-08-21) 21 August 1991 (age 23) 2 0 Belgium Charleroi v.  Croatia, 31 May 2014

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