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
Asst coach Aliou Cisse
Captain Bouna Coundoul
Most caps Henri Camara (99)
Top scorer Henri Camara (29)
Home stadium Stade Leopold Senghor
FIFA code SEN
FIFA ranking 35 Steady (8 January 2015)
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, and thus far only, FIFA World Cup appearance in 2002 and caused a huge upset by defeating world and European champions France 1–0 in the tournament's opening game.

Senegal eventually reached the quarter-finals 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 the round of 16, before losing to Turkey in the quarter-finals.[1][2]

Senegal's first appearance in the Africa Cup of Nations was in 1965, when Senegal, after finishing second in their group, lost 1–0 to the Ivory Coast to finish in fourth place. In the 1990 Africa Cup of Nations, Senegal again finished fourth. Senegal hosted the 1992 tournament, in which, after qualifying for the quarter-finals by finishing second in their group, Senegal lost 1–0 to Cameroon. Senegal's best finish in the tournament came in 2002, when they lost the final on a penalty shootout 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 – Group stage
  • 1970 to 1978Did not qualify
  • 1980Did not enter
  • 1982Did not qualify
  • 1984Did not qualify
  • 1986 – Group stage
  • 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 – Group stage
  • 2010Did not qualify
  • 2012 – Group stage
  • 2013Did not qualify
  • 2015 – Group stage

Squad[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations on January 7, 2015. [4]

Caps and goals (official FIFA-recognized matches only) updated as of 27 January 2015 after the match against Algeria.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Bouna Coundoul (1982-03-04) 4 March 1982 (age 32) 27 0 Cyprus Ethnikos Achna
16 1GK Lys Gomis (1989-10-06) 6 October 1989 (age 25) 1 0 Italy Trapani
23 1GK Papa Camara (1993-01-16) 16 January 1993 (age 22) 1 0 France Sochaux
2 2DF Kara Mbodj (1989-11-11) 11 November 1989 (age 25) 15 2 Belgium Racing Genk
3 2DF Papy Djilobodji (1988-01-12) 12 January 1988 (age 27) 11 0 France Nantes
6 2DF Lamine Sané (1987-03-22) 22 March 1987 (age 27) 24 0 France Bordeaux
13 2DF Cheikh M'Bengue (1988-07-23) 23 July 1988 (age 26) 17 0 France Rennes
14 3MF Zargo Touré (1989-11-11) 11 November 1989 (age 25) 6 0 France Le Havre
18 2DF Pape Souaré (1990-06-06) 6 June 1990 (age 24) 13 0 France Lille
21 2DF Lamine Gassama (1989-10-20) 20 October 1989 (age 25) 9 0 France Lorient
4 3MF Alfred N'Diaye (1990-03-06) 6 March 1990 (age 24) 8 0 Spain Betis
5 3MF Papakouli Diop (1986-03-19) 19 March 1986 (age 28) 12 1 Spain Levante
8 2DF Cheikhou Kouyaté (1989-12-21) 21 December 1989 (age 25) 15 0 England West Ham United
12 3MF Stéphane Badji (1990-05-29) 29 May 1990 (age 24) 15 0 Norway Brann
17 3MF Idrissa Gueye (1989-09-26) 26 September 1989 (age 25) 22 0 France Lille
20 3MF Salif Sané (1990-08-25) 25 August 1990 (age 24) 7 0 Germany Hannover 96
22 3MF Henri Saivet (1990-10-26) 26 October 1990 (age 24) 6 0 France Bordeaux
7 4FW Moussa Sow (1986-01-19) 19 January 1986 (age 29) 30 10 Turkey Fenerbahçe
9 4FW Mame Biram Diouf (1987-12-16) 16 December 1987 (age 27) 26 5 England Stoke City
10 4FW Sadio Mané (1992-04-10) 10 April 1992 (age 22) 21 5 England Southampton
11 4FW Dame N'Doye (1985-02-21) 21 February 1985 (age 29) 26 6 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
15 4FW Papiss Cissé (1985-06-03) 3 June 1985 (age 29) 32 16 England Newcastle United
19 4FW Moussa Konaté (1993-04-03) 3 April 1993 (age 21) 8 5 Switzerland Sion

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 Mamadou Ba (1985-05-08) 8 May 1985 (age 29) 1 0 Portugal Boavista v.  Botswana, 19 November 2014
GK Timothy Dieng (1994-11-23) 23 November 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Switzerland Grasshopper v.  Colombia, 31 May 2014
GK Cheick N'Diaye (1985-02-15) 15 February 1985 (age 29) 9 0 Unattached v.  Burkina Faso, 21 May 2014
DF Boukary Dramé (1985-07-22) 22 July 1985 (age 29) 13 0 Italy Atalanta v.  Botswana, 19 November 2014
DF Papa Gueye (1984-06-07) 7 June 1984 (age 30) 5 0 Ukraine Metalist Kharkiv v.  Tunisia, 15 October 2014
DF Issa Cissokho (1985-02-23) 23 February 1985 (age 29) 3 0 France Nantes v.  Tunisia, 15 October 2014
DF Ibrahima Mbaye (1994-11-19) 19 November 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Italy Internazionale v.  Tunisia, 15 October 2014
DF Saliou Ciss (1989-09-15) 15 September 1989 (age 25) 1 0 France Valenciennes v.  Colombia, 31 May 2014
DF Diawandou Diagné (1994-11-08) 8 November 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Spain Barcelona B v.  Colombia, 31 May 2014
DF Christophe Diedhiou (1988-01-08) 8 January 1988 (age 27) 1 0 France Créteil v.  Colombia, 31 May 2014
DF Ibrahima Diédhiou (1994-10-09) 9 October 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Belgium Eupen v.  Colombia, 31 May 2014
DF Mamadou N'Diaye (1995-05-28) 28 May 1995 (age 19) 1 0 France Montpellier B v.  Colombia, 31 May 2014
DF Ousseynou Thioune (1993-11-16) 16 November 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Senegal Diambars v.  Colombia, 31 May 2014
DF Alhassane Sylla (1995-08-24) 24 August 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Senegal Diambars v.  Colombia, 31 May 2014
MF Mohamed Diamé (1987-06-14) 14 June 1987 (age 27) 23 0 England Hull City v.  Botswana, 19 November 2014
MF Papa Alioune Ndiaye (1990-10-27) 27 October 1990 (age 24) 0 0 Norway Bodø/Glimt v.  Botswana, 19 November 2014
MF Cheikh N'Doye (1986-03-29) 29 March 1986 (age 28) 1 1 France Créteil v.  Colombia, 31 May 2014
MF Dame Diop (1993-02-15) 15 February 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Czech Republic Slavia Prague v.  Colombia, 31 May 2014
MF Ibrahima Seck (1989-08-10) 10 August 1989 (age 25) 1 0 France Créteil v.  Colombia, 31 May 2014
MF Dominique Mendy (1994-01-10) 10 January 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Senegal Casa Sports v.  Colombia, 31 May 2014
MF Samba Ndiaye (1994-01-12) 12 January 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Belgium Eupen v.  Colombia, 31 May 2014
FW Diafra Sakho (1989-12-24) 24 December 1989 (age 25) 3 0 England West Ham United v.  Botswana, 19 November 2014
FW Demba Ba (1985-05-25) 25 May 1985 (age 29) 19 3 Turkey Beşiktaş v.  Tunisia, 15 October 2014
FW Pape Sangoné Sarr (1992-07-07) 7 July 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Senegal Pikine v.  Botswana, 10 September 2014
FW Mohamed Daf (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Belgium Charleroi v.  Colombia, 31 May 2014
FW Famara Diedhiou (1992-05-02) 2 May 1992 (age 22) 1 0 France Sochaux v.  Colombia, 31 May 2014
FW El Hadji Fine Bop (1994-10-12) 12 October 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Senegal Diambars v.  Colombia, 31 May 2014
FW Lamarana Diallo (1994-09-19) 19 September 1994 (age 20) 0 0 France Sochaux v.  Colombia, 31 May 2014
FW Baye Oumar Niasse (1989-10-20) 20 October 1989 (age 25) 0 0 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow v.  Burkina Faso, 21 May 2014
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury

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.

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 have a moment of silence in memory of the manager who helped them reach the quarterfinal in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. All activities of the national league and the national team was suspended for a few days in his memory.

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. ^ "Mané est bien dans la liste" (in French). francefootball.fr. 8 January 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Senegal national football team at Wikimedia Commons