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
Home stadium Stade du 26 Mars
FIFA code MLI
FIFA ranking 59 Decrease 19
Highest FIFA ranking 23 (June 2013)
Lowest FIFA ranking 117 (October 2001)
Elo ranking 68
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. In March 2005, riots broke out in Bamako after Mali lost a World Cup qualifier to Togo, 2–1 on a last minute goal.

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.[1] It is considered to be one of the best comebacks in recent memory.

Mali Football Achievements[edit]

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

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying CAF Group H[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Algeria 6 5 0 1 13 4 +9 15
 Mali 6 2 2 2 7 7 0 8
 Benin 6 2 2 2 8 9 −1 8
 Rwanda 6 0 2 4 3 11 −8 2
  Algeria Benin Mali Rwanda
Algeria  3–1 1–0 4–0
Benin  1–3 1–0 2–0
Mali  2–1 2–2 1–1
Rwanda  0–1 1–1 1–2


Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the friendly match against Senegal on March 5, 2014.
Caps and goals updated as of March 5, 2014 after the game against Senegal

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Soumbeïla Diakité (1984-08-25) 25 August 1984 (age 29) 38 0 Mali Stade Malien
1GK Oumar Sissoko (1987-09-13) 13 September 1987 (age 26) 13 0 France Ajaccio
1GK Mamadou Samassa (1990-02-16) 16 February 1990 (age 24) 7 0 France Guingamp
2DF Adama Coulibaly (1980-09-10) 10 September 1980 (age 33) 69 1 France Auxerre
2DF Adama Tamboura (1985-05-18) 18 May 1985 (age 28) 69 0 Denmark Randers
2DF Fousseni Diawara (1980-08-28) 28 August 1980 (age 33) 47 0 France Tours
2DF Drissa Diakité (1985-02-18) 18 February 1985 (age 29) 36 0 France Bastia
2DF Ousmane Coulibaly (1989-07-09) 9 July 1989 (age 24) 11 0 France Brest
2DF Abdoulaye Maïga (1987-12-19) 19 December 1987 (age 26) 8 0 Indonesia Sriwijaya
2DF Molla Wague (1991-02-21) 21 February 1991 (age 23) 7 0 France Caen
2DF Salif Coulibaly (1988-05-13) 13 May 1988 (age 25) 5 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe
3MF Seydou Keita (1980-01-16) 16 January 1980 (age 34) 89 24 Spain Valencia
3MF Samba Sow (1989-04-29) 29 April 1989 (age 24) 27 0 Turkey Karabükspor
3MF Bakaye Traoré (1985-03-06) 6 March 1985 (age 29) 20 2 Turkey Erciyesspor
3MF Sigamary Diarra (1984-01-10) 10 January 1984 (age 30) 20 1 France Ajaccio
3MF Cheick Fantamady Diarra (1992-02-11) 11 February 1992 (age 22) 9 1 France Istres
3MF Sambou Yatabaré (1989-03-02) 2 March 1989 (age 25) 9 0 France Bastia
3MF Tongo Doumbia (1989-08-06) 6 August 1989 (age 24) 7 0 France Valenciennes
3MF Bakary Sako (1988-04-26) 26 April 1988 (age 25) 1 0 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
3MF Birama Touré (1992-06-06) 6 June 1992 (age 21) 1 0 France Nantes
4FW Cheick Diabaté (1988-04-25) 25 April 1988 (age 25) 32 13 France Bordeaux
4FW Mustapha Yatabaré (1986-01-26) 26 January 1986 (age 28) 19 2 France Guingamp
4FW Mana Dembélé (1988-11-29) 29 November 1988 (age 25) 6 0 France Guingamp

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for Mali within the past 12 months.[2]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Cheick Bathily (1982-10-10) 10 October 1982 (age 31) 3 0 Mali Djoliba 2014 African Nations Championship
GK Germain Berthé (1993-10-24) 24 October 1993 (age 20) 0 0 Mali Onze Créateurs 2014 African Nations Championship
GK Abdoulaye Samaké (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Mali Cercle Olympique v.  South Korea, 15 October 2013
DF Ousmane Keita (1994-05-09) 9 May 1994 (age 19) 6 0 Mali Djoliba 2014 African Nations Championship
DF Souleymane Konaté (1989-09-20) 20 September 1989 (age 24) 6 0 Mali Stade Malien 2014 African Nations Championship
DF Issaka Samaké (1994-10-20) 20 October 1994 (age 19) 6 0 Mali Stade Malien 2014 African Nations Championship
DF Oumar Koné (1991-04-13) 13 April 1991 (age 23) 5 0 Mali Stade Malien 2014 African Nations Championship
DF Mahamadou Traoré (1994-12-31) 31 December 1994 (age 19) 3 0 Mali Djoliba 2014 African Nations Championship
DF Bourama Coulibaly (1990-08-21) 21 August 1990 (age 23) 0 0 Mali Stade Malien 2014 African Nations Championship
DF Idrissa Sangaré (1987-04-18) 18 April 1987 (age 27) 0 0 Mali Cercle Olympique 2014 African Nations Championship
DF Mahamadou N'Diaye (1990-06-21) 21 June 1990 (age 23) 14 3 France Troyes v.  South Korea, 15 October 2013
DF Boubacar Sylla (1991-04-17) 17 April 1991 (age 23) 2 0 France Lens B v.  South Korea, 15 October 2013
DF Moussa Coulibaly (1992-12-19) 19 December 1992 (age 21) 0 0 Algeria JSM Béjaïa v.  Algeria, 10 September 2013
DF Mohamed Traoré (1992-03-24) 24 March 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Morocco FUS Rabat v.  Algeria, 10 September 2013
DF Amadou Sidibé (1986-02-19) 19 February 1986 (age 28) 14 0 Unattached v.  Benin, 16 June 2013
MF Mamadou Sidibé (1992-12-28) 28 December 1992 (age 21) 7 0 Mali Police 2014 African Nations Championship
MF Cheick Doumbia (1991-08-19) 19 August 1991 (age 22) 6 0 Mali Stade Malien 2014 African Nations Championship
MF Idrissa Traoré (1988-07-17) 17 July 1988 (age 25) 5 3 Mali Djoliba 2014 African Nations Championship
MF Ibourahima Sidibé (1992-12-27) 27 December 1992 (age 21) 5 2 Mali Real Bamako 2014 African Nations Championship
MF Yaya Samaké (1987-09-19) 19 September 1987 (age 26) 4 0 Mali Nianan 2014 African Nations Championship
MF Lamine Diawara (1986-05-18) 18 May 1986 (age 27) 1 0 Mali Stade Malien 2014 African Nations Championship
MF Hamidou Traoré (1996-10-07) 7 October 1996 (age 17) 1 0 Mali Cercle Olympique 2014 African Nations Championship
MF Morimakan Koïta (1990-12-25) 25 December 1990 (age 23) 0 0 Mali Stade Malien 2014 African Nations Championship
MF Abdou Traoré (1988-01-17) 17 January 1988 (age 26) 29 3 France Bordeaux v.  South Korea, 15 October 2013
MF Ismaël Keïta (1990-07-08) 8 July 1990 (age 23) 6 0 France Angers v.  South Korea, 15 October 2013
MF Yacouba Sylla (1990-11-29) 29 November 1990 (age 23) 3 0 England Aston Villa v.  South Korea, 15 October 2013
MF Alou Bagayoko (1985-06-15) 15 June 1985 (age 28) 1 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe v.  Algeria, 10 September 2013
MF Mohamed Sissoko (1985-01-22) 22 January 1985 (age 29) 34 2 Spain Levante v.  Benin, 16 June 2013
MF Alphousseyni Keita (1985-11-03) 3 November 1985 (age 28) 15 0 Portugal Gil Vicente v.  Benin, 16 June 2013
FW Adama Traoré (1995-06-05) 5 June 1995 (age 18) 7 1 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe 2014 African Nations Championship
FW Lassana Diarra (1988-04-01) 1 April 1988 (age 26) 7 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe 2014 African Nations Championship
FW Abdoulaye Sissoko (1984-05-20) 20 May 1984 (age 29) 6 1 Mali Stade Malien 2014 African Nations Championship
FW Hamidou Sinayoko (1986-03-11) 11 March 1986 (age 28) 3 1 Mali Djoliba 2014 African Nations Championship
FW Lassina Diarra (1988-04-01) 1 April 1988 (age 26) 1 0 Mali Bakaridjan 2014 African Nations Championship
FW Modibo Maïga (1987-09-03) 3 September 1987 (age 26) 41 8 England Queens Park Rangers v.  South Korea, 15 October 2013
FW Mamadou Samassa (1986-05-01) 1 May 1986 (age 27) 22 6 Italy Pescara v.  South Korea, 15 October 2013
FW Djibril Coulibaly (1988-03-15) 15 March 1988 (age 26) 10 6 Indonesia Persib Bandung v.  South Korea, 15 October 2013
FW Kalifa Coulibaly (1991-08-21) 21 August 1991 (age 22) 0 0 France PSG Youth Academy v.  South Korea, 15 October 2013
FW Cheïbane Traoré (1987-03-21) 21 March 1987 (age 27) 2 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe v.  Algeria, 10 September 2013
FW Boubacar Bangoura (1990-09-05) 5 September 1990 (age 23) 0 0 Unattached v.  Algeria, 10 September 2013

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