Mali national football team
|Nickname(s)||Les Aigles (The Eagles)|
|Association||Mali Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||Alain Giresse|
|Most caps||Seydou Keita (102)|
|Top scorer||Seydou Keita (25)|
|Home stadium||Stade du 26 Mars|
|Current||64 4 (12 January 2017)|
|Highest||23 (June 2013)|
|Lowest||117 (October 2001)|
|Current||72 1 (7 January 2017)|
|Lowest||127 (September 1996)|
| Mali 4–3 Central African Republic
(Madagascar; 13 April 1960)
| Mali 11–0 Mauritania
(Senegal; 1 October 1972)
| Algeria 7–0 Mali
(Algeria; 13 November 1988)
Kuwait 8–1 Mali
(Kuwait City, Kuwait; 5 September 1997)
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||10 (first in 1972)|
|Best result||Runners-up, 1972|
The Mali national football team, nicknamed Les Aigles (The Eagles), is the national team of Mali and is controlled by the Fédération Malienne de Football. They have never qualified for the World Cup finals.
Mali reached the 1972 African Nations Cup final, but lost 3–2 to Congo. They failed to qualify for the finals again until 1994 when they reached the semi-finals, an achievement repeated in 2002, 2004 and 2012.
They played their first World Cup qualifier in 2000. As part of the CAF's qualifiers for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Mali lost in the preliminary round to Libya. Two years later, the country hosted the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations.
Mali's under-23's team managed to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece. The team coached by Cheick Kone managed to reach the quarter-finals of the Olympic tournament before losing to Italy.
In the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Mali beat Guinea-Bissau in the prelimaries. In the resulting second round, Mali finished fourth in its group. In March 2005, riots broke out in Bamako after Mali lost a World Cup qualifier to Togo, 2–1 on a last minute goal.
In the recent 2010 African Nations Cup, Mali made football headlines from coming back 4–0 with 11 minutes left to level 4–4 with Angola. It is considered to be one of the best comebacks in recent memory, alongside Sweden's famous comeback against Germany in 2014 WC qualifying with a same score line.
- Amilcar Cabral Cup :
- 3 Times Champion (1989, 1997, 2007)
- 4 Times Runners-up
World Cup record
- 1930 to 1962 – Did not enter
- 1966 – Withdrew
- 1970 to 1990 – Did not enter
- 1994 and 1998 – Withdrew
- 2002 to 2014– Did not qualify
Africa Cup of Nations record
|1957||Did Not Enter|
|1965||Did Not Qualify|
|1974||Did Not Qualify|
|1980||Did Not Enter|
|1982||Did Not Qualify|
|1990||Did Not Qualify|
|1996||Did Not Qualify|
|2006||Did Not Qualify|
Results and fixtures
|8 October 2016 2018 FIFA WCQ||Ivory Coast||3–1||Mali||Bouaké, Ivory Coast|
|18:00 UTC±0||Kodjia 26'
S.Coulibaly 31' (o.g.)
|S.Yatabaré 18'||Stadium: Stade Bouaké
Referee: Joshua Bondo (Botswana)
|12 November 2016 2018 FIFA WCQ||Mali||0–0||Gabon||Bamako, Mali|
|18:30 UTC±0||Stadium: Stade du 26 Mars
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
|7 January 2017 Friendly||Mali||–||Burkina Faso||Bamako, Mali|
|Stadium: Stade du 26 Mars
|17 January 2017 2017 AFCON||Mali||–||Egypt||Port-Gentil, Gabon|
|20:00 GMT||Stadium: Stade de Port-Gentil
|21 January 2017 2017 AFCON||Ghana||–||Mali||Port-Gentil, Gabon|
|17:00 GMT||Stadium: Stade de Port-Gentil
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|16||GK||Soumbeïla Diakité||25 August 1984||50||0||Esteghlal Khuzestan|
|1||GK||Oumar Sissoko||13 September 1987||23||0||Orléans|
|22||GK||Djigui Diarra||27 February 1995||11||0||Stade Malien|
|4||DF||Salif Coulibaly||13 May 1988||23||0||Mazembe|
|23||DF||Ousmane Coulibaly||9 July 1989||22||0||Panathinaikos|
|13||DF||Molla Wagué||21 February 1991||21||4||Udinese|
|21||DF||Mahamadou N'Diaye||21 June 1990||18||3||Troyes|
|15||DF||Mohamed Konaté||20 October 1992||9||0||Nahdat Berkane|
|3||DF||Youssouf Koné||5 July 1995||6||0||Lille|
|2||DF||Hamari Traoré||27 January 1992||6||0||Reims|
|5||DF||Charles Traoré||1 January 1992||1||0||Troyes|
|18||MF||Samba Sow||29 April 1989||36||2||Kayserispor|
|14||MF||Sambou Yatabaré||2 March 1989||29||5||Werder Bremen|
|8||MF||Yacouba Sylla||29 November 1990||27||0||Montpellier|
|17||MF||Mamoutou N'Diaye||15 March 1990||13||0||Antwerp|
|20||MF||Yves Bissouma||30 August 1996||6||1||Lille|
|19||MF||Adama Traoré||28 May 1995||3||1||Monaco|
|6||MF||Lassana Coulibaly||10 April 1996||3||0||Bastia|
|7||FW||Mustapha Yatabaré||26 January 1986||32||5||Karabükspor|
|11||FW||Bakary Sako||26 April 1988||18||9||Crystal Palace|
|9||FW||Moussa Marega||14 April 1991||9||1||Vitória de Guimarães|
|12||FW||Moussa Doumbia||15 August 1994||6||2||Rostov|
|10||FW||Kalifa Coulibaly||21 August 1991||6||0||Gent|
The following players have been called up for Mali in the last 12 months.
- INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
- RET Player has retired from international football.
- DEC Player has refused to join the team after the call-up.
- SUS Suspended from the national team.
- PRE Preliminary Squad.
- 2017 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Mali
- 2015 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Mali
- 2013 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Mali
- 2012 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Mali
- 2010 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Mali
- 2008 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Mali
- 2006 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Mali
- 2004 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Mali
- 2002 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Mali
- 1994 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Mali
- 1972 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Mali
- Mali 2002 – The African Cup Of Nations XXIII
- Italy down brave Mali in extra time (1:0)
- Mali soccer fans burn cars, riot after World Cup qualifier
- "Angola 4–4 Mali". BBC Sport. 10 January 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
- "CAN 2017 : les 26 du Mali" (in French). afrik-foot.com. 30 December 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2016.