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 59 Increase 3 (14 August 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 26 (June 2004)
Lowest FIFA ranking 99 (June 2013)
Elo ranking 59
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
Uruguay 1930 to
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 To be decided
Qatar 2022 To be decided
Total Quarter-Final 1/20 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
  • 2002Runners-up
  • 2004 – Quarter-finals
  • 2006 – Fourth place
  • 2008 – Round 1
  • 2010Did not qualify
  • 2012 – Round 1
  • 2013Did not qualify

Bruno Metsu's funeral[edit]

After Senegal's former manager Bruno Metsu died in 14 October 2013, so many Senegalese players were recalled to appear and made a silent moment to remember the manager who helped them to the quarter final in 2002 FIFA World Cup few days later. The team which also had some ex-players of the 2002 squad were here too, to remember Metsu. Every actions of the national league and the national team were dismissed for few days to remember Bruno Metsu.

Squad[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up by assistant coach Aliou Cissé for the international friendly against Colombia on 31 May 2014.[4]
Caps and goals (official FIFA-recognized matches only) updated as 31 May 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Papa Demba Camara (1993-01-16) 16 January 1993 (age 21) 1 0 France Sochaux
16 1GK Timothy Dieng (1994-11-23) 23 November 1994 (age 19) 0 0 Switzerland Grasshopper
2 2DF Ousseynou Thioune (1993-11-16) 16 November 1993 (age 20) 1 0 Senegal Diambars
3 2DF Diawandou Diagné (1994-11-08) 8 November 1994 (age 19) 1 0 Spain Barcelona B
4 2DF Ibrahima Diédhiou (1994-10-09) 9 October 1994 (age 19) 1 0 Belgium Eupen
5 2DF Zargo Touré (1989-11-11) 11 November 1989 (age 24) 3 0 France Le Havre
6 2DF Alhassane Sylla (1995-08-24) 24 August 1995 (age 18) 0 0 Senegal Diambars
12 2DF Mamadou N'Diaye (1995-05-28) 28 May 1995 (age 19) 1 0 France Montpellier B
14 2DF Saliou Ciss (1989-09-15) 15 September 1989 (age 24) 1 0 France Valenciennes
18 2DF Christophe Diedhiou (1988-01-08) 8 January 1988 (age 26) 1 0 France Créteil
7 3MF Moussa Konaté (1993-04-03) 3 April 1993 (age 21) 5 2 Russia Krasnodar
8 3MF Dame Diop (1993-02-15) 15 February 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Czech Republic Slavia Prague
10 3MF Dominique Mendy (1994-01-10) 10 January 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Senegal Casa Sports
13 3MF Ibrahima Seck (1989-08-10) 10 August 1989 (age 25) 1 0 France Créteil
15 3MF Samba Ndiaye (1994-01-12) 12 January 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Belgium Eupen
19 3MF Cheikh N’Doye (1986-03-29) 29 March 1986 (age 28) 1 1 France Créteil
9 4FW Famara Diedhiou (1992-05-02) 2 May 1992 (age 22) 1 0 France Gazélec Ajaccio
11 4FW El Hadji Fine Bop (1994-10-12) 12 October 1994 (age 19) 0 0 Senegal Diambars
17 4FW Mamadou Lamarana Diallo (1994-09-19) 19 September 1994 (age 19) 0 0 France Sochaux B
20 4FW Mohamed Daf (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Belgium Charleroi

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 Bouna Coundoul (1982-03-04) 4 March 1982 (age 32) 18 0 Cyprus Ethnikos Achna v.  Kosovo, 25 May 2013
GK Cheick N'Diaye (1985-02-15) 15 February 1985 (age 29) 9 0 France Rennes v.  Kosovo, 25 May 2013
GK Lys Gomis (1989-10-06) 6 October 1989 (age 24) 1 0 Italy Torino v.  Kosovo, 25 May 2013
GK Issa Ndoye (1985-12-12) 12 December 1985 (age 28) 1 0 France Créteil v.  Ivory Coast, 16 November 2013
DF Lamine Sané (1987-03-22) 22 March 1987 (age 27) 19 0 France Bordeaux v.  Kosovo, 25 May 2013
DF Boukary Dramé (1985-07-22) 22 July 1985 (age 29) 12 0 Italy Atalanta v.  Kosovo, 25 May 2013
DF Lamine Gassama (1989-10-20) 20 October 1989 (age 24) 7 0 France Lorient v.  Kosovo, 25 May 2013
DF Pape Souaré (1990-06-06) 6 June 1990 (age 24) 7 0 France Lille v.  Kosovo, 25 May 2013
DF Kara Mbodj (1989-11-11) 11 November 1989 (age 24) 6 0 Belgium Racing Genk v.  Kosovo, 25 May 2013
DF Issa Cissokho (1985-02-23) 23 February 1985 (age 29) 3 0 France Nantes v.  Kosovo, 25 May 2013
DF Papy Djilobodji (1988-01-12) 12 January 1988 (age 26) 3 0 France Nantes v.  Kosovo, 25 May 2013
DF Cheikh M'Bengue (1988-07-23) 23 July 1988 (age 26) 14 0 France Rennes v.  Mali, 5 March 2014
MF Mohamed Diamé (1987-06-14) 14 June 1987 (age 27) 20 0 England West Ham United v.  Kosovo, 25 May 2013
MF Idrissa Gueye (1989-09-26) 26 September 1989 (age 24) 14 0 France Lille v.  Kosovo, 25 May 2013
MF Sadio Mané (1992-04-10) 10 April 1992 (age 22) 13 3 Austria Red Bull Salzburg v.  Kosovo, 25 May 2013
MF Stéphane Badji (1990-05-29) 29 May 1990 (age 24) 8 0 Norway Brann v.  Kosovo, 25 May 2013
MF Cheikhou Kouyaté (1989-12-21) 21 December 1989 (age 24) 8 0 England West Ham United v.  Kosovo, 25 May 2013
MF Papakouli Diop (1986-03-19) 19 March 1986 (age 28) 6 1 Spain Levante v.  Kosovo, 25 May 2013
MF Salif Sané (1990-08-25) 25 August 1990 (age 23) 5 0 Germany Hannover 96 v.  Kosovo, 25 May 2013
MF Alfred N'Diaye (1990-03-06) 6 March 1990 (age 24) 3 0 England Sunderland v.  Kosovo, 25 May 2013
MF Henri Saivet (1990-10-26) 26 October 1990 (age 23) 4 0 France Bordeaux v.  Mali, 5 March 2014
MF Modou Sougou (1984-12-18) 18 December 1984 (age 29) 13 1 France Marseille v.  Ivory Coast, 12 October 2013
FW Moussa Sow (1986-01-19) 19 January 1986 (age 28) 24 8 Turkey Fenerbahçe v.  Kosovo, 25 May 2013
FW Demba Ba (1985-05-25) 25 May 1985 (age 29) 18 3 Turkey Beşiktaş v.  Kosovo, 25 May 2013
FW Dame N'Doye (1985-02-21) 21 February 1985 (age 29) 17 5 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow v.  Kosovo, 25 May 2013
FW Oumar Niasse (1990-04-18) 18 April 1990 (age 24) 2 0 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow v.  Kosovo, 25 May 2013
FW Diafra Sakho (1989-12-24) 24 December 1989 (age 24) 1 0 England West Ham United v.  Kosovo, 25 May 2013
FW Papiss Cissé (1985-06-03) 3 June 1985 (age 29) 27 13 England Newcastle United v.  Mali, 5 March 2014
FW Mame Biram Diouf (1987-12-16) 16 December 1987 (age 26) 18 3 England Stoke City v.  Mali, 5 March 2014
FW Ibrahima Baldé (1989-04-04) 4 April 1989 (age 25) 2 1 Russia Kuban Krasnodar v.  Ivory Coast, 12 October 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.

Player history[edit]

Most capped players[edit]

Players in bold are still active.

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Henri Camara 1999-2008 99 29
2 Roger Mendy 1979-1995 87 ?
3 Tony Sylva 1999-2008 83 0
4 Jules Bocandé 1979-1993 73 20
5 Lamine Diatta 2000-2008 70 4
6 El-Hadji Diouf 2000-2008 70 21
7 Papa Bouba Diop 2001-2008 63 11
= Moussa N'Diaye 1998-2007 59 9
9 Mamadou Niang 2002-2012 55 20
10 Souleymane Sané 1990-1997 55 ?

Top goalscorers[edit]

# Name Career Goals Caps
1 Henri Camara 1999–2008
29
99
2 El-Hadji Diouf 2000-2008
21
69
3 Mamadou Niang 2002-2012
20
55
4 Jules Bocandé 1979-1993
20
73

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. ^ Colombia 2-2 Senegal: Pekerman's men throw away two-goal lead Goal.com. 31 May 2014.

External links[edit]

Media related to Senegal national football team at Wikimedia Commons