Mali national football team

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Mali
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Les Aigles (The Eagles)
Association Mali Football Federation
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Head coach Alain Giresse
Captain Seydou Keita
Most caps Seydou Keita (102)
Top scorer Seydou Keita (25)
Home stadium Stade du 26 Mars
FIFA code MLI
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 61 Increase 2 (14 July 2016)
Highest 23 (June 2013)
Lowest 117 (October 2001)
Elo ranking
Current 61 (28 June 2016)
Highest 42 (1971)
Lowest 127 (September 1996)
First international
 Mali 4–3 Central African Republic 
(Madagascar; 13 April 1960)
Biggest win
 Mali 11–0 Mauritania 
(Unknown date 1972)
Biggest defeat
 Algeria 7–0 Mali Mali
(Algeria; 13 November 1988)
 Kuwait 8–1 Mali Mali
(Kuwait City, Kuwait; 5 September 1997)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 8 (First in 1972)
Best result Runners-up, 1972
Players from the Mali national squad warm up before the Mali-Lithuania friendly at Stade de Marville – La Courneuve (France), 6 February 2007.

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.

History[edit]

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.[1]

Mali's under-23 team managed to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece. The team coached by Cheick Kone managed to reach the quarterfinals of the Olympic tournament before losing to Italy.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4] 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.

Achievements[edit]

Amilcar Cabral Cup :
  • 3 Times Champion (1989, 1997, 2007)
  • 4 Times Runners-up

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Sudan 1957 Did Not Enter
Egypt 1959
Ethiopia 1962
Ghana 1963
Tunisia 1965 Did Not Qualify
Ethiopia 1968
Sudan 1970
Cameroon 1972 Runners-Up 2nd 5 1 3 1 11 11
Egypt 1974 Did Not Qualify
Ethiopia 1976
Ghana 1978 Disqualified
Nigeria 1980 Did Not Enter
Libya 1982 Did Not Qualify
Ivory Coast 1984
Egypt 1986
Morocco 1988 Withdrew
Algeria 1990 Did Not Qualify
Senegal 1992
Tunisia 1994 Fourth Place 4th 5 2 0 3 3 9
South Africa 1996 Did Not Qualify
Burkina Faso 1998
Ghana Nigeria 2000
Mali 2002 Fourth Place 4th 6 2 2 2 5 5
Tunisia 2004 Fourth Place 4th 6 3 1 2 10 10
Egypt 2006 Did Not Qualify
Ghana 2008 Group Stage 10th 3 1 1 1 1 3
Angola 2010 Group Stage 9th 3 1 1 1 7 6
Gabon Equatorial Guinea 2012 Third Place 3rd 6 3 1 2 6 5
South Africa 2013 Third Place 3rd 6 2 2 2 7 8
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Group Stage 10th 3 0 3 0 3 3
Gabon 2017 Qualified
Total 10/31 0 Titles 43 15 14 14 53 60

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the friendly match against Nigeria on 27 May 2016 and the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification game against South Sudan on 3 June 2016.[5]
Caps and goals updated as of 28 March 2016 after the game against Equatorial Guinea.[6]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Djigui Diarra (1995-02-27) 27 February 1995 (age 21) 8 0 Mali Stade Malien
16 1GK Aly Yirango (1994-01-04) 4 January 1994 (age 22) 1 0 France Guingamp B

22 2DF Ousmane Coulibaly (1989-07-09) 9 July 1989 (age 27) 18 0 Greece Platanias
4 2DF Salif Coulibaly (1988-05-13) 13 May 1988 (age 28) 18 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe
14 2DF Marius Hamed Assoko (1991-02-02) 2 February 1991 (age 25) 7 0 Mali Onze Créateurs
15 2DF Mohamed Konaté (1992-10-20) 20 October 1992 (age 23) 6 0 Morocco Nahdat Berkane
5 2DF Ousseynou Cissé (1991-04-07) 7 April 1991 (age 25) 4 0 Belgium Waasland-Beveren
21 2DF Abdoulaye Traoré (1994-10-16) 16 October 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Mali Djoliba
2 2DF Hamari Traoré (1992-01-27) 27 January 1992 (age 24) 2 0 France Reims
3 2DF Mahamadou N'Diaye (1990-06-21) 21 June 1990 (age 26) 8 2 France Troyes

7 3MF Abdou Traoré (1988-01-17) 17 January 1988 (age 28) 36 3 France Bordeaux
20 3MF Yacouba Sylla (1990-11-29) 29 November 1990 (age 25) 22 0 France Rennes
6 3MF Bakary Sako (1988-04-26) 26 April 1988 (age 28) 17 9 England Crystal Palace
13 3MF Mamoutou N'Diaye (1990-03-15) 15 March 1990 (age 26) 10 0 Belgium Antwerp
17 3MF Tongo Doumbia (1991-05-06) 6 May 1991 (age 25) 17 0 France Toulouse
8 3MF Tiécoro Keïta (1994-04-13) 13 April 1994 (age 22) 2 0 France Red Star

10 4FW Modibo Maïga (1987-09-03) 3 September 1987 (age 28) 51 11 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
19 4FW Abdoulaye Sissoko (1992-02-11) 11 February 1992 (age 24) 9 2 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis
18 4FW Fantamady Diarra (1992-08-17) 17 August 1992 (age 23) 13 4 France Paris FC
11 4FW Kalifa Coulibaly (1991-08-21) 21 August 1991 (age 24) 4 0 Belgium Gent
9 4FW Abdoulay Diaby (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 25) 7 2 Belgium Club Brugge
12 4FW Moussa Doumbia (1994-08-15) 15 August 1994 (age 21) 3 2 Russia Rostov

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for Mali within the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Soumbeïla Diakité (1984-08-25) 25 August 1984 (age 31) 47 0 Iran Esteghlal Khuzestan v.  Botswana, 17 November 2015
GK Mamadou Samassa (1990-02-16) 16 February 1990 (age 26) 11 0 France Troyes v.  Botswana, 17 November 2015
GK Oumar Sissoko (1987-09-13) 13 September 1987 (age 28) 15 0 France Orléans v.  Equatorial Guinea, 28 March 2016

DF Molla Wagué (1991-02-21) 21 February 1991 (age 25) 18 4 Italy Udinese v.  Equatorial Guinea, 28 March 2016
DF Youssouf Koné (1995-07-05) 5 July 1995 (age 21) 4 0 France Lille v.  Equatorial Guinea, 28 March 2016
DF Adama Tamboura (1985-05-18) 18 May 1985 (age 31) 84 0 Denmark Hobro v.  Botswana, 17 November 2015
DF Drissa Diakité (1985-02-18) 18 February 1985 (age 31) 47 0 France Tours v.  Burkina Faso, 9 October 2015
DF Ousmane Berthé (1987-02-05) 5 February 1987 (age 29) 18 0 Qatar Muaither SC v.  Benin, 6 September 2015
DF Cheick Keita (1996-04-16) 16 April 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Virtus Entella v.  Benin, 6 September 2015

MF Idrissa Traoré (1989-08-06) 6 August 1989 (age 26) 2 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Vita Club v.  Equatorial Guinea, 28 March 2016
MF Birama Touré (1992-06-06) 6 June 1992 (age 24) 10 0 France Nantes v.  Equatorial Guinea, 28 March 2016
MF Sambou Yatabaré (1989-03-02) 2 March 1989 (age 27) 25 3 Germany Werder Bremen v.  Equatorial Guinea, 25 March 2016 INJ
MF Seydou Keita (1980-01-12) 12 January 1980 (age 36) 102 25 Italy Roma v.  Guinea, 28 January 2015
MF Samba Sow (1989-04-29) 29 April 1989 (age 27) 33 2 Turkey Kayserispor v.  Botswana, 17 November 2015
MF Adama Traoré (1995-05-28) 28 May 1995 (age 21) 1 0 France Monaco v.  Burkina Faso, 9 October 2015
MF Diadie Samassékou (1996-01-11) 11 January 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Austria Liefering v.  Burkina Faso, 9 October 2015

FW Mustapha Yatabaré (1986-01-26) 26 January 1986 (age 30) 28 5 Turkey Karabükspor v.  Equatorial Guinea, 28 March 2016
FW Moussa Marega (1991-04-14) 14 April 1991 (age 25) 5 0 Portugal Porto v.  Equatorial Guinea, 28 March 2016
FW Cheïbane Traoré (1987-03-21) 21 March 1987 (age 29) 2 0 Morocco Nahdat Berkane v.  Equatorial Guinea, 25 March 2016 INJ
FW Cheick Diabaté (1988-04-25) 25 April 1988 (age 28) 39 15 France Bordeaux v.  Equatorial Guinea, 28 March 2016
FW Dieudonné Gbakle (1995-12-20) 20 December 1995 (age 20) 1 0 France Metz v.  Burkina Faso, 9 October 2015
FW Nouha Dicko (1992-05-14) 14 May 1992 (age 24) 3 0 England Wanderers v.  Guinea, 25 May 2014

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury

In addition, the squad that participated in the 2016 African Nations Championship (which features only players registered with clubs in Mali, but matches count as full internationals) included several players not listed above.

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