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 Henryk Kasperczak
Captain Seydou Keita
Most caps Seydou Keita (96)
Top scorer Seydou Keita (24)
Home stadium Stade du 26 Mars
FIFA code MLI
FIFA ranking 49 Increase 1 (8 January 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]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations[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
1 1GK Germain Berthé (1993-10-24) 24 October 1993 (age 21) 3 0 Mali Onze Créateurs
16 1GK Soumbeïla Diakité (1984-08-25) 25 August 1984 (age 30) 43 0 Iran Esteghlal Khuzestan
22 1GK N'Tji Michel Samaké (1990-06-27) 27 June 1990 (age 24) 0 0 Mali CS Duguwolofila
2 2DF Fousseni Diawara (1980-08-28) 28 August 1980 (age 34) 54 0 France Tours
3 2DF Adama Tamboura (1985-05-18) 18 May 1985 (age 29) 79 0 Denmark Randers
4 2DF Salif Coulibaly (1988-05-13) 13 May 1988 (age 26) 14 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe
5 2DF Idrissa Coulibaly (1987-12-19) 19 December 1987 (age 27) 13 0 Morocco Hassania Agadir
13 2DF Ousmane Coulibaly (1989-07-09) 9 July 1989 (age 25) 14 0 Greece Platanias
15 2DF Drissa Diakité (1985-02-18) 18 February 1985 (age 29) 43 0 France Bastia
19 2DF Mohamed Konate (1992-10-20) 20 October 1992 (age 22) 4 0 Morocco Nahdat Berkane
23 2DF Molla Wagué (1991-02-21) 21 February 1991 (age 23) 11 0 Italy Udinese
6 3MF Tongo Doumbia (1989-08-06) 6 August 1989 (age 25) 16 0 France Toulouse
8 3MF Yacouba Sylla (1990-11-29) 29 November 1990 (age 24) 13 0 Turkey Kayseri Erciyesspor
10 3MF Bakary Sako (1988-04-26) 26 April 1988 (age 26) 12 4 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
11 3MF Sigamary Diarra (1984-01-10) 10 January 1984 (age 31) 22 1 France Bordeaux
12 3MF Seydou Keita (1980-01-16) 16 January 1980 (age 35) 97 24 Italy Roma
14 3MF Sambou Yatabaré (1989-03-02) 2 March 1989 (age 25) 20 2 France Guingamp
17 3MF Mamoutou N'Diaye (1990-03-15) 15 March 1990 (age 24) 6 0 Belgium Zulte Waregem
21 3MF Abdou Traoré (1988-01-17) 17 January 1988 (age 27) 30 3 France Valenciennes
7 4FW Mustapha Yatabaré (1986-01-26) 26 January 1986 (age 29) 27 4 Turkey Trabzonspor
9 4FW Mohamed Traoré (1988-11-18) 18 November 1988 (age 26) 6 1 Sudan Al-Merrikh
18 4FW Abdoulay Diaby (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 23) 5 1 Belgium Mouscron-Péruwelz
20 4FW Modibo Maïga (1987-09-03) 3 September 1987 (age 27) 42 9 France FC Metz

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 Mamadou Samassa (1990-02-16) 16 February 1990 (age 24) 10 0 France Guingamp v.  Ethiopia, 15 October 2014
GK Abdoulaye Samaké (1987-04-29) 29 April 1987 (age 27) 1 0 Mali CO Bamako v.  China PR, 29 June 2014
DF Kalifa Traoré (1991-02-16) 16 February 1991 (age 23) 0 0 France Angers SCO 2015 Africa Cup of Nations preliminary squad
DF Alassane També (1992-01-26) 26 January 1992 (age 23) 0 0 Belgium Kortrijk v.  Ethiopia, 15 October 2014
DF Molla Wagué (1991-02-21) 21 February 1991 (age 23) 7 0 Italy Udinese v.  Algeria, 7 September 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 23) 3 1 France Lens v.  China PR, 29 June 2014
DF Boubacar Diarra (1994-04-18) 18 April 1994 (age 20) 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
DF Kalifa Traoré (1991-02-16) 16 February 1991 (age 23) 1 0 France Angers v.  Croatia, 31 May 2014
DF Abdoulaye Maïga (1987-12-19) 19 December 1987 (age 27) 8 0 Indonesia Sriwijaya v.  Senegal, 5 March 2014
MF Bakaye Traoré (1985-03-06) 6 March 1985 (age 29) 23 2 Turkey Bursaspor v.  Algeria, 19 November 2014
MF Cheick Fantamady Diarra (1992-02-11) 11 February 1992 (age 22) 11 2 France Auxerre v.  Algeria, 7 September 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
MF Abdou Traoré (1988-01-17) 17 January 1988 (age 27) 31 3 France Bordeaux v.  Croatia, 31 May 2014
MF Samba Sow (1989-04-29) 29 April 1989 (age 25) 28 0 Turkey Kardemir Karabükspor v.  Croatia, 31 May 2014
FW Cheick Fantamady Diarra (1992-02-11) 11 February 1992 (age 22) 11 2 France AJ Auxerre 2015 Africa Cup of Nations preliminary squad
FW Cheick Diabaté (1988-04-25) 25 April 1988 (age 26) 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 27) 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 Mana Dembélé (1988-11-29) 29 November 1988 (age 26) 7 0 France Nancy v.  Croatia, 31 May 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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