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 Increase 6 (27 November 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
  • 2015 – Qualified

Squad[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches against Egypt and Botswana on 15 and 19 November 2014.[4]
Caps and goals (official FIFA-recognized matches only) updated as of 19 November 2014 after the match against Botswana.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Bouna Coundoul (1982-03-04) 4 March 1982 (age 32) 24 0 Cyprus Ethnikos Achna
1GK Mamadou Ba (1985-05-08) 8 May 1985 (age 29) 1 0 Portugal Boavista
1GK Papa Camara (1993-01-16) 16 January 1993 (age 21) 1 0 France Sochaux
2DF Cheikh M'Bengue (1988-07-23) 23 July 1988 (age 26) 15 0 France Rennes
2DF Boukary Dramé (1985-07-22) 22 July 1985 (age 29) 13 0 Italy Atalanta
2DF Kara Mbodj (1989-11-11) 11 November 1989 (age 25) 12 1 Belgium Racing Genk
2DF Cheikhou Kouyaté (1989-12-21) 21 December 1989 (age 25) 12 0 England West Ham United
2DF Pape Souaré (1990-06-06) 6 June 1990 (age 24) 11 0 France Lille
2DF Papy Djilobodji (1988-01-12) 12 January 1988 (age 26) 9 0 France Nantes
3MF Mohamed Diamé (1987-06-14) 14 June 1987 (age 27) 23 0 England Hull City
3MF Idrissa Gueye (1989-09-26) 26 September 1989 (age 25) 19 0 France Lille
3MF Stéphane Badji (1990-05-29) 29 May 1990 (age 24) 13 0 Norway Brann
3MF Papakouli Diop (1986-03-19) 19 March 1986 (age 28) 9 1 Spain Levante
3MF Alfred N'Diaye (1990-03-06) 6 March 1990 (age 24) 7 0 Spain Betis
3MF Salif Sané (1990-08-25) 25 August 1990 (age 24) 7 0 Germany Hannover 96
3MF Zargo Touré (1989-11-11) 11 November 1989 (age 25) 6 0 France Le Havre
3MF Papa Alioune Ndiaye (1990-10-27) 27 October 1990 (age 24) 0 0 Norway Bodø/Glimt
4FW Papiss Cissé (1985-06-03) 3 June 1985 (age 29) 31 16 England Newcastle United
4FW Moussa Sow (1986-01-19) 19 January 1986 (age 28) 28 9 Turkey Fenerbahçe
4FW Dame N'Doye (1985-02-21) 21 February 1985 (age 29) 23 6 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
4FW Mame Biram Diouf (1987-12-16) 16 December 1987 (age 27) 23 4 England Stoke City
4FW Sadio Mané (1992-04-10) 10 April 1992 (age 22) 19 5 England Southampton
4FW Diafra Sakho (1989-12-24) 24 December 1989 (age 24) 2 0 England West Ham United

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 Lys Gomis (1989-10-06) 6 October 1989 (age 25) 1 0 Italy Trapani v.  Tunisia, 15 October 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 Free agent v.  Burkina Faso, 21 May 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 Inter Milan v.  Tunisia, 15 October 2014
DF Lamine Sané INJ (1987-03-22) 22 March 1987 (age 27) 21 0 France Bordeaux v.  Tunisia, 10 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 26) 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
DF Lamine Gassama (1989-10-20) 20 October 1989 (age 25) 7 0 France Lorient v.  Burkina Faso, 21 May 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 20) 0 0 Senegal Casa Sports v.  Colombia, 31 May 2014
MF Samba Ndiaye (1994-01-12) 12 January 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Belgium Eupen v.  Colombia, 31 May 2014
MF Henri Saivet (1990-10-26) 26 October 1990 (age 24) 4 0 France Bordeaux v.  Mali, 5 March 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 AS Pikine v.  Botswana, 10 September 2014
FW Moussa Konaté (1993-04-03) 3 April 1993 (age 21) 8 5 Switzerland Sion 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 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.

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. ^ "Sakho, Mane named to Senegal squad". fifa.com. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Senegal national football team at Wikimedia Commons