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 55 Increase 4 (15 September 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 10 (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 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiyer against Ivory Coast on 8 October 2016.[5]
Caps and goals updated as of 4 September 2016 after the game against Benin.[6]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Soumbeïla Diakité (1984-08-25) 25 August 1984 (age 32) 47 0 Mali Stade Malien
1GK Oumar Sissoko (1987-09-13) 13 September 1987 (age 29) 20 0 France Orléans
1GK Djigui Diarra (1995-02-27) 27 February 1995 (age 21) 10 0 Mali Stade Malien

2DF Ousmane Coulibaly (1989-07-09) 9 July 1989 (age 27) 21 0 Greece Panathinaikos
2DF Salif Coulibaly (1988-05-13) 13 May 1988 (age 28) 20 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe
2DF Molla Wagué (1991-02-21) 21 February 1991 (age 25) 18 4 Italy Udinese
2DF Mahamadou N'Diaye (1990-06-21) 21 June 1990 (age 26) 17 3 France Troyes
2DF Mohamed Konaté (1992-10-20) 20 October 1992 (age 23) 8 0 Morocco Nahdat Berkane
2DF Youssouf Koné (1995-07-05) 5 July 1995 (age 21) 5 0 France Lille
2DF Hamari Traoré (1992-01-27) 27 January 1992 (age 24) 4 0 France Reims
2DF Charles Traoré (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 24) 1 0 France Troyes

3MF Samba Sow (1989-04-29) 29 April 1989 (age 27) 33 2 Turkey Kayserispor
3MF Sambou Yatabaré (1989-03-02) 2 March 1989 (age 27) 26 4 Germany Werder Bremen
3MF Yacouba Sylla (1990-11-29) 29 November 1990 (age 25) 25 0 France Montpellier
3MF Mamoutou N'Diaye (1990-03-15) 15 March 1990 (age 26) 12 0 Belgium Antwerp
3MF Adama Traoré (1995-05-28) 28 May 1995 (age 21) 2 1 France Monaco
3MF Diadie Samassékou (1996-01-11) 11 January 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Austria Red Bull Salzburg
3MF Lassana Coulibaly (1996-04-10) 10 April 1996 (age 20) 1 0 France Bastia

4FW Mustapha Yatabaré (1986-01-26) 26 January 1986 (age 30) 28 5 Turkey Karabükspor
4FW Bakary Sako (1988-04-26) 26 April 1988 (age 28) 17 9 England Crystal Palace
4FW Abdoulay Diaby (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 25) 9 4 Belgium Club Brugge
4FW Moussa Marega (1991-04-14) 14 April 1991 (age 25) 7 1 Portugal Vitória de Guimarães
4FW Moussa Doumbia (1994-08-15) 15 August 1994 (age 22) 4 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 Aly Yirango (1994-01-04) 4 January 1994 (age 22) 2 0 Free agent v.  South Sudan, 4 June 2016
GK Alassane Diallo (1987-07-17) 17 July 1987 (age 29) 0 0 Mali Onze Créateurs 2016 African Nations Championship
GK Samuel Diarra (1998-08-11) 11 August 1998 (age 18) 0 0 Mali AS Korofina 2016 African Nations Championship
GK Mamadou Samassa (1990-02-16) 16 February 1990 (age 26) 11 0 France Troyes v.  Botswana, 17 November 2015

DF Marius Hamed Assoko (1991-02-02) 2 February 1991 (age 25) 8 0 Mali Onze Créateurs v.  South Sudan, 4 June 2016
DF Ousseynou Cissé (1991-04-07) 7 April 1991 (age 25) 5 0 France Tours v.  South Sudan, 4 June 2016
DF Alassane Diaby (1995-01-06) 6 January 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Belgium Lierse v.  South Sudan, 4 June 2016
DF Cheick Keita (1996-04-16) 16 April 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Italy Virtus Entella v.  South Sudan, 4 June 2016
DF Issaka Samaké (1994-10-20) 20 October 1994 (age 21) 8 0 Mali Stade Malien 2016 African Nations Championship
DF Aliou Dieng (1997-10-16) 16 October 1997 (age 18) 7 1 Mali Real Bamako 2016 African Nations Championship
DF Mamadou Doumbia (1995-02-28) 28 February 1995 (age 21) 7 0 Mali Stade Malien 2016 African Nations Championship
DF Abdoul Dante (1998-10-29) 29 October 1998 (age 17) 6 0 Mali Jeanne d'Arc 2016 African Nations Championship
DF Oumar Koné (1991-04-13) 13 April 1991 (age 25) 6 0 Mali Stade Malien 2016 African Nations Championship
DF Ousmane Diarra (1990-12-20) 20 December 1990 (age 25) 0 0 Mali Onze Créateurs 2016 African Nations Championship
DF Adama Tamboura (1985-05-18) 18 May 1985 (age 31) 84 0 Finland Inter Turku v.  Botswana, 17 November 2015
DF Drissa Diakité (1985-02-18) 18 February 1985 (age 31) 47 0 Free agent v.  Burkina Faso, 9 October 2015

MF Birama Touré (1992-06-06) 6 June 1992 (age 24) 10 0 Belgium Standard Liège v.  Benin, 4 September 2016
MF Tiécoro Keïta (1994-04-13) 13 April 1994 (age 22) 2 0 France Red Star v.  Benin, 4 September 2016
MF Abdou Traoré (1988-01-17) 17 January 1988 (age 28) 38 3 France Bordeaux v.  South Sudan, 4 June 2016
MF Abdoulaye Traoré (1994-10-30) 30 October 1994 (age 21) 3 0 Mali Djoliba AC v.  South Sudan, 4 June 2016
MF Idrissa Traoré (1991-05-06) 6 May 1991 (age 25) 2 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Vita Club v.  South Sudan, 4 June 2016
MF Tongo Doumbia (1991-05-06) 6 May 1991 (age 25) 17 0 France Toulouse v.  Equatorial Guinea, 28 March 2016
MF Abdoulaye Diarra (1994-12-28) 28 December 1994 (age 21) 8 2 Morocco IR Tanger 2016 African Nations Championship
MF Lassana Samaké (1992-12-08) 8 December 1992 (age 23) 8 0 Mali Onze Créateurs 2016 African Nations Championship
MF Sékou Koïta (1999-11-28) 28 November 1999 (age 16) 6 1 Mali USC Kita 2016 African Nations Championship
MF Moussa Sissoko (1995-04-15) 15 April 1995 (age 21) 6 1 Mali Onze Créateurs 2016 African Nations Championship
MF Yaya Samaké (1994-05-03) 3 May 1994 (age 22) 6 0 Mali AS Nianan 2016 African Nations Championship
MF Yves Bissouma (1996-08-30) 30 August 1996 (age 20) 5 1 France Lille 2016 African Nations Championship
MF Lamine Traoré (1993-09-21) 21 September 1993 (age 23) 5 0 Mali Onze Créateurs 2016 African Nations Championship
MF Sékou Diarra (1993-07-27) 27 July 1993 (age 23) 5 0 Mali Onze Créateurs 2016 African Nations Championship
MF Abdoul Touré (1990-09-08) 8 September 1990 (age 26) 2 0 Mali Real Bamako 2016 African Nations Championship

FW Modibo Maïga (1987-09-03) 3 September 1987 (age 29) 52 12 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr v.  Benin, 4 September 2016
FW Cheick Diabaté (1988-04-25) 25 April 1988 (age 28) 39 15 Turkey Osmanlıspor v.  Benin, 4 September 2016
FW Fantamady Diarra (1992-08-17) 17 August 1992 (age 24) 15 3 France Tours v.  South Sudan, 4 June 2016
FW Abdoulaye Sissoko (1992-02-11) 11 February 1992 (age 24) 10 2 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis v.  South Sudan, 4 June 2016
FW Kalifa Coulibaly (1991-08-21) 21 August 1991 (age 25) 6 0 Belgium Gent v.  South Sudan, 4 June 2016
FW Cheïbane Traoré (1990-12-14) 14 December 1990 (age 25) 2 0 Morocco Nahdat Berkane v.  South Sudan, 4 June 2016
FW Hamidou Sinayoko (1986-03-11) 11 March 1986 (age 30) 8 2 Mali Onze Créateurs 2016 African Nations Championship
FW Mamadou Coulibaly (1985-07-27) 27 July 1985 (age 31) 8 0 Mali Stade Malien 2016 African Nations Championship
FW N'Guessan Kouamé (1996-12-17) 17 December 1996 (age 19) 6 0 France Lille 2016 African Nations Championship


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

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