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.
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.
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.
After Senegal's former manager Bruno Metsu died in 14 October 2013, so many Senegalese players were recalled to appear and have a moment of silence in memory of the manager who helped them reach the quarterfinal on the 2002 FIFA World Cup. All activities of the national league and the national team was suspended for a few days in his memory.