Senegal national football team

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Senegal
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Les Lions de la Teranga
(Lions of Teranga)
Association Fédération Sénégalaise de Football
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Alain Giresse
Captain Mohamed Diamé
Most caps Henri Camara (99)
Top scorer Henri Camara (29)
Home stadium Stade Leopold Senghor
FIFA code SEN
FIFA ranking 64 Increase 2
Highest FIFA ranking 26 (June 2004)
Lowest FIFA ranking 99 (June 2013)
Elo ranking 63
Highest Elo ranking 19 (June 2002)
Lowest Elo ranking 100 (October 1994)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 British Gambia 1–2 French Senegal Flag-senegal-1958.svg
(Gambia; 1959)
Biggest win
 Senegal 7–0 Mauritius 
(Dakar, Senegal; 9 October 2010)
Biggest defeat
 Guinea 5–0 Senegal Senegal
(Guinea; 6 March 1966)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2002)
Best result Quarter-finals
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 12 (First in 1965)
Best result Second place: 2002

The Senegal national football team, nicknamed the Lions of Teranga, is the national team of Senegal and is controlled by the Fédération Sénégalaise de Football. It made its first World Cup in 2002 and caused a huge upset by defeating world and European champions France 1–0 in the tournament's opening game.

Senegal made the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup, one of only three African teams to do so (the first being Cameroon in 1990; the other being Ghana in 2010). In the group, after defeating France, they drew with Denmark and Uruguay, and beat Sweden in extra time in Round 2, before losing to Turkey in the quarter-finals.[1][2]

Senegal failed to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In the qualifiers, Senegal finished second in their group after losing 3–1 to the winners of the group, Togo.

Senegal's first appearance in the African Nations Cup was in 1965, when Senegal, after finishing second in their group, lost 1–0 to the Ivory Coast to finish in 4th place. In the 1990 African Nations Cup, Senegal once again finished 4th. Senegal hosted the African Nations Cup in 1992, in which, after qualifying for the quarter finals by finishing second in their group, Senegal lost 1–0 to Cameroon in the quarter finals. Senegal's best finish in the African Nations Cup came in 2002, when they lost the final on penalties after drawing 0–0 with Cameroon.[3]

Senegal has won the Amilcar Cabral Cup, a regional soccer tournament for West African nations, eight times, more than any other country, with Guinea in second place with five titles.

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Chile 1962 Did Not Enter
England 1966 Withdrew
Mexico 1970 to
France 1998
Did Not Qualify
South Korea Japan 2002 Quarter-Final 7th 5 2 2 1 7 6
Germany 2006 to
Brazil 2014
Did Not Qualify
Russia 2018
Qatar 2022
Total Quarter-Final 1/13 5 2 2 1 7 6

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

  • 1957 to 1963Did not enter
  • 1965 – Fourth place
  • 1968 – Round 1
  • 1970 to 1978Did not qualify
  • 1980Did not enter
  • 1982Did not qualify
  • 1984Did not qualify
  • 1986 – Round 1
  • 1988Did not qualify
  • 1990 – Fourth place
  • 1992 – Quarter-finals
  • 1994 – Quarter-finals
  • 1996Did not qualify
  • 1998Did not qualify
  • 2000 – Quarter-finals
  • 2002 – Runners-up
  • 2004 – Quarter-finals
  • 2006 – Fourth place
  • 2008 – Round 1
  • 2010Did not qualify
  • 2012 – Round 1
  • 2013Did not qualify

Squad[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following squad has been selected for the international friendly against Mali on 5 March 2014.[4]
Caps and goals updated as March 5, 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Bouna Coundoul (1982-03-04) 4 March 1982 (age 32) 17 0 Cyprus Ethnikos Achna
1GK Cheick N'Diaye (1985-02-15) 15 February 1985 (age 29) 9 0 France Rennes
1GK Lys Gomis (1989-10-06) 6 October 1989 (age 24) 1 0 Italy Torino
2DF Lamine Sané (1987-03-22) 22 March 1987 (age 27) 21 0 France Bordeaux
2DF Cheikh M'Bengue (1988-07-23) 23 July 1988 (age 25) 14 0 France Rennes
2DF Cheikhou Kouyaté (1989-12-21) 21 December 1989 (age 24) 9 0 Belgium Anderlecht
2DF Lamine Gassama (1989-10-20) 20 October 1989 (age 24) 7 0 France Lorient
2DF Pape Souaré (1990-06-06) 6 June 1990 (age 23) 7 0 France Lille
2DF Salif Sané (1990-08-25) 25 August 1990 (age 23) 5 0 Germany Hannover 96
2DF Issa Cissokho (1985-02-23) 23 February 1985 (age 29) 2 0 France Nantes
2DF Papy Djilobodji (1988-01-12) 12 January 1988 (age 26) 2 0 France Nantes
3MF Mohamed Diamé (1987-06-14) 14 June 1987 (age 26) 21 0 England West Ham United
3MF Sadio Mané (1992-04-10) 10 April 1992 (age 22) 13 4 Austria Red Bull Salzburg
3MF Idrissa Gueye (1989-09-26) 26 September 1989 (age 24) 13 0 France Lille
3MF Stéphane Badji (1990-05-29) 29 May 1990 (age 23) 7 0 Norway Brann
3MF Kara Mbodj (1989-11-11) 11 November 1989 (age 24) 6 0 Belgium Racing Genk
3MF Henri Saivet (1990-10-26) 26 October 1990 (age 23) 4 0 France Bordeaux
3MF Alfred N'Diaye (1990-03-06) 6 March 1990 (age 24) 2 0 Spain Real Betis
4FW Papiss Cissé (1985-06-03) 3 June 1985 (age 28) 28 15 England Newcastle United
4FW Moussa Sow (1986-01-19) 19 January 1986 (age 28) 24 8 Turkey Fenerbahçe
4FW Dame N'Doye (1985-02-21) 21 February 1985 (age 29) 20 6 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
4FW Demba Ba (1985-05-25) 25 May 1985 (age 28) 18 4 England Chelsea
4FW Mame Biram Diouf (1987-12-16) 16 December 1987 (age 26) 18 3 Germany Hannover 96

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up in the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Issa Ndoye (1985-12-12) 12 December 1985 (age 28) 1 0 France Créteil v.  Ivory Coast, 16 November 2013
GK Khadim N'Diaye (1984-11-30) 30 November 1984 (age 29) 11 0 Guinea Horoya v.  Mauritania, 20 July 2013
GK Ousmane Mané (1990-10-01) 1 October 1990 (age 23) 5 0 Senegal Diambars v.  Liberia, 16 June 2013
DF Zargo Touré (1989-11-11) 11 November 1989 (age 24) 3 0 France Le Havre v.  Ivory Coast, 16 November 2013
DF Mamanding Kidiera (1988-07-12) 12 July 1988 (age 25) 2 0 Senegal Casa Sports v.  Mauritania, 20 July 2013
DF Abdoulaye Seck (1992-06-04) 4 June 1992 (age 21) 2 0 Senegal Diambars v.  Mauritania, 20 July 2013
DF Babacar Seck (1992-12-15) 15 December 1992 (age 21) 2 0 Senegal Diaraf v.  Mauritania, 20 July 2013
DF Mame Saër Thioune (1989-12-21) 21 December 1989 (age 24) 2 0 Senegal Casa Sports v.  Mauritania, 6 July 2013
DF Papa Gueye (1984-05-07) 7 May 1984 (age 29) 5 0 Ukraine Metalist Kharkiv v.  Liberia, 16 June 2013
DF Ablaye Seck (1988-03-10) 10 March 1988 (age 26) 0 0 Belgium Anderlecht B v.  Liberia, 16 June 2013
MF Papakouli Diop (1986-03-19) 19 March 1986 (age 28) 5 0 Spain Levante v.  Ivory Coast, 16 November 2013
MF Modou Sougou (1984-12-18) 18 December 1984 (age 29) 13 1 France Évian v.  Ivory Coast, 12 October 2013
MF Yannick Gomis (1992-02-03) 3 February 1992 (age 22) 2 1 Senegal Ngor v.  Mauritania, 20 July 2013
MF Oumar Niasse (1990-04-18) 18 April 1990 (age 23) 2 0 Turkey Akhisar Belediyespor v.  Mauritania, 20 July 2013
MF Alioune Tendeng (1992-03-07) 7 March 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Senegal Diaraf v.  Mauritania, 20 July 2013
MF Alioune Cissé (1986-10-06) 6 October 1986 (age 27) 1 0 Senegal Niary Tally v.  Mauritania, 6 July 2013
MF El Hadji Diop (1994-10-12) 12 October 1994 (age 19) 1 0 Unattached v.  Mauritania, 6 July 2013
MF Rémi Gomis (1984-02-14) 14 February 1984 (age 30) 15 0 France Nantes v.  Liberia, 16 June 2013
FW Ibrahima Baldé (1989-04-04) 4 April 1989 (age 25) 2 1 Russia Kuban Krasnodar v.  Ivory Coast, 12 October 2013
FW M'Baye Niang (1994-12-19) 19 December 1994 (age 19) 0 0 France Montpellier v.  Zambia, 14 August 2013
FW Mignane Diouf (1989-02-01) 1 February 1989 (age 25) 1 0 Morocco Olympique Khouribga v.  Mauritania, 20 July 2013

Coaches[edit]

Bruno Metsu, the manager of Senegal from 2000 to 2002. He guided Senegal to the quarter finals of the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC SPORT | WORLD CUP | Senegal | Senegal return to heroes' welcome". BBC News. 2002-06-26. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  2. ^ "BBC SPORT | WORLD CUP | Senegal | Senegal press blasts Metsu". BBC News. 2002-06-24. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  3. ^ "BBC SPORT | CUP OF NATIONS | Cameroon retain Cup". BBC News. 2002-02-10. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  4. ^ Senegal recalls Ba supersport.com. 25 February 2014.

External links[edit]

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