Mali national football team

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Mali
Nickname(s)Les Aigles (The Eagles)
AssociationMali Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachMohamed Magassouba (caretaker)
CaptainYacouba Sylla
Most capsSeydou Keita (102)[1]
Top scorerSeydou Keita (25)
Home stadiumStade du 26 Mars
FIFA codeMLI
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current66 Decrease 3 (25 October 2018)[2]
Highest23 (June 2013)
Lowest117 (October 2001)
Elo ranking
Current77 Increase 1 (14 November 2018)[3]
Highest40 (19 December 1971)
Lowest127 (September 1996)
First international
 Mali 4–3 Central African Republic 
(Madagascar; 13 April 1960)
Biggest win
 Mali 11–0 Mauritania 
(Senegal; 1 October 1972)
Biggest defeat
 Algeria 7–0 Mali 
(Algeria; 13 November 1988)
 Kuwait 8–1 Mali 
(Kuwait City, Kuwait; 5 September 1997)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances10 (first in 1972)
Best resultRunners-up, 1972
African Nations Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2011)
Best resultRunners-up, 2016

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 were suspended by FIFA on 17 March 2017.[4]

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 the year 2000. As part of the CAF's qualifiers for the 2002 World Cup, Mali lost in the preliminary round to Libya. Two years later, the country hosted the 2002 African Cup of Nations.[5]

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.[6]

In the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, Mali beat Guinea-Bissau in the preliminaries. In the resulting second round, Mali finished fifth in its group. On 27 March 2005, riots broke out in Bamako after Mali lost a World Cup qualifier to Togo, 2–1 on a last minute goal.[7]

In the 2010 African Nations Cup, Mali made football headlines for coming back from losing 4–0 with eleven minutes left to level 4–4 with Angola.[8] It is considered to be one of the best comebacks in recent memory, alongside Sweden's famous comeback against Germany in a 2014 World Cup qualifier with a same scoreline.

Team kit[edit]

Manufacturer Period
Italy Kappa 1998–2003
France Baliston 2003–2007
France Airness 2007–

Competition records[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

Mali has never won the Africa Cup of Nations, however their best result at the tournament was Runners-up – in 1972. Mali have qualified for the tournament ten times in total, finishing as runners-up once, third twice, and fourth three times. Prior to 2008, each time Mali qualified, they reached the knockout stage having only qualified four times before then.

Africa Cup of Nations record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Sudan 1957 Did not enter Did not enter
Egypt 1959
Ethiopia 1962
Ghana 1963
Tunisia 1965 Did not qualify Did not qualify
Ethiopia 1968
Sudan 1970
Cameroon 1972 Runners-up 2nd 5 1 3 1 11 11 4 3 1 0 7 2
Egypt 1974 Did not qualify 4 1 3 0 8 6
Ethiopia 1976 2 1 0 1 5 3
Ghana 1978 2 1 0 1 1 2
Nigeria 1980 Did not enter
Libya 1982 4 2 0 2 7 7
Ivory Coast 1984 4 2 0 2 5 6
Egypt 1986 4 1 2 1 4 9
Morocco 1988 Withdrew
Algeria 1990 6 2 3 1 8 7
Senegal 1992 6 0 3 3 2 7
Tunisia 1994 Fourth place 4th 5 2 0 3 4 8 6 3 1 2 8 7
South Africa 1996 Did not qualify 10 5 1 4 15 10
Burkina Faso 1998 6 3 0 3 9 9
Ghana Nigeria 2000 8 3 4 1 8 3
Mali 2002 Fourth place 4th 6 2 2 2 5 5 Qualified as hosts
Tunisia 2004 Fourth place 4th 6 3 1 2 10 10 6 4 1 1 9 2
Egypt 2006 Did not qualify 12 4 2 6 15 15
Ghana 2008 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 1 3 6 3 3 0 10 1
Angola 2010 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 7 6 12 6 3 3 21 15
Gabon Equatorial Guinea 2012 Third place 3rd 6 3 1 2 6 5 6 3 1 2 9 6
South Africa 2013 Third place 3rd 6 2 2 2 7 8 2 2 0 0 7 1
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Group stage 10th 3 0 3 0 3 3 6 3 0 3 8 6
Gabon 2017 Group stage 12th 3 0 2 1 1 2 6 5 1 0 13 3
Cameroon 2019 To be determined To be determined
Ivory Coast 2021
Guinea 2023
Total Runners-up 10/31 46 15 16 15 55 61 124 57 29 37 179 127

African Nations Championship record[edit]

Mali has competed in three African Nations Championship tournaments, finishing as runners-up once.

African Nations Championship record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Ivory Coast 2009 Did not qualify 2 0 2 0 0 0
Sudan 2011 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 1 3 2 1 1 0 3 1
South Africa 2014 Quarter-finals 8th 4 2 1 1 6 5 2 1 0 1 3 2
Rwanda 2016 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 2 1 6 6 4 2 2 0 7 4
Morocco 2018 Did not qualify 4 1 2 1 6 3
Ethiopia 2020 To be determined To be determined
Total Runners-up 3/5 13 5 4 4 13 14 14 5 7 2 19 10

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup
Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Did not enter
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966 Withdrew Withdrew
Mexico 1970 Did not enter Did not enter
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990
United States 1994 Withdrew Withdrew
France 1998
South Korea Japan 2002 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 3 4
Germany 2006 12 4 2 6 15 15
South Africa 2010 16 8 3 5 30 21
Brazil 2014 6 2 2 2 7 7
Russia 2018 8 1 4 3 4 10
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0 Titles 0/21 0 0 0 0 0 0 44 16 11 17 59 57

African Games record[edit]

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
Republic of the Congo 1965 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nigeria 1973 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Algeria 1978 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kenya 1987 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991–present See Mali national under-23 football team
Total 4/4 0 0 0 0 0 0

Results and fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

2017[edit]

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following squad has been selected for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Gabon on 17 November 2018.[9][10]

Caps and goals as of 16 October 2018, after the match vs. Burundi.[11]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Mamadou Samassa (1990-02-16) 16 February 1990 (age 28) 12 0 France Troyes
1GK Djigui Diarra (1995-02-27) 27 February 1995 (age 23) 23 0 Mali Stade Malien
1GK Adama Kéïta (1990-05-03) 3 May 1990 (age 28) 1 0 Mali Djoliba

2DF Salif Coulibaly (1988-05-13) 13 May 1988 (age 30) 30 1 Egypt Al Ahly
2DF Hamary Traore (1992-01-27) 27 January 1992 (age 26) 17 0 France Rennes
2DF Mamadou Fofana (1998-01-21) 21 January 1998 (age 20) 6 0 France Metz
2DF Falaye Sacko (1995-05-01) 1 May 1995 (age 23) 5 0 Portugal Vitória de Guimarães
2DF Bakaye Dibassy (1989-08-11) 11 August 1989 (age 29) 2 0 France Amiens
2DF Cheick Keita (1996-04-16) 16 April 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Belgium Eupen
2DF Massadio Haïdara INJ (1992-12-02) 2 December 1992 (age 25) 0 0 France Lens

3MF Lassana Coulibaly (1996-04-10) 10 April 1996 (age 22) 11 0 Scotland Rangers
3MF Diadie Samassékou (1996-01-11) 11 January 1996 (age 22) 7 0 Austria Red Bull Salzburg
3MF Amadou Haidara (1998-01-31) 31 January 1998 (age 20) 6 0 Austria Red Bull Salzburg
3MF Souleymane Diarra (1995-01-30) 30 January 1995 (age 23) 3 0 France Lens
3MF Cheick Doucouré (2000-01-08) 8 January 2000 (age 18) 0 0 France Lens

4FW Moussa Marega (1991-04-14) 14 April 1991 (age 27) 18 2 Portugal Porto
4FW Adama Traoré (1995-06-05) 5 June 1995 (age 23) 16 2 France Metz
4FW Abdoulay Diaby (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 27) 15 5 Portugal Sporting CP
4FW Moussa Doumbia (1994-08-15) 15 August 1994 (age 24) 14 2 Russia Rostov
4FW Kalifa Coulibaly (1991-08-21) 21 August 1991 (age 27) 13 1 France Nantes
4FW Moussa Djenepo (1998-06-15) 15 June 1998 (age 20) 6 0 Belgium Standard Liége
4FW Adama Niane (1993-06-16) 16 June 1993 (age 25) 4 0 France Troyes
4FW Hadi Sacko (1994-03-24) 24 March 1994 (age 24) 2 0 Spain Las Palmas

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for Mali in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Oumar Sissoko (1987-09-13) 13 September 1987 (age 31) 29 0 France Le Havre v.  Burundi, 16 October 2018

DF Molla Wagué (1991-02-21) 21 February 1991 (age 27) 30 4 Italy Udinese v.  Burundi, 16 October 2018
DF Charles Traoré (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 26) 3 0 France Troyes v.  Burundi, 16 October 2018
DF Abdoul Danté (1998-10-29) 29 October 1998 (age 20) 7 0 Belgium Anderlecht v.  Japan, 23 March 2018

MF Sambou Yatabaré (1989-03-02) 2 March 1989 (age 29) 32 5 Belgium Antwerp v.  Burundi, 16 October 2018
MF Yves Bissouma (1996-08-30) 30 August 1996 (age 22) 19 3 England Brighton & Hove Albion v.  Burundi, 16 October 2018

FW Almamy Gory (1996-08-30) 30 August 1996 (age 22) 0 0 France Le Havre v.  Burundi, 16 October 2018
FW Lassana N'Diaye (2000-10-03) 3 October 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Mali Guidars v.  Japan, 23 March 2018
FW Aly Mallé (1998-04-03) 3 April 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Italy Udinese v.  Japan, 23 March 2018

DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player has retired from international football.
SUS Suspended from the national team.

Records[edit]

As of 11 November 2018
Players in bold text are still active with Mali.


Head to head records[edit]

Team Confederation P W D L GF GA GD
 Algeria CAF 24 10 2 12 22 36 –14
 Angola CAF 4 1 2 1 8 5 +3
 Benin CAF 16 8 7 1 27 16 +11
 Botswana CAF 7 6 0 1 19 5 +14
 Burkina Faso CAF 21 13 3 5 36 20 +16
 Cameroon CAF 6 0 2 4 3 8 –5
 Cape Verde CAF 7 3 2 2 10 4 +6
 Chad CAF 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2
 China PR AFC 2 1 0 1 3 5 –2
 Congo CAF 10 5 2 3 14 9 +5
 DR Congo CAF 6 3 1 2 11 9 +2
 Croatia UEFA 1 0 0 1 1 2 –1
 Egypt CAF 10 4 2 4 8 8 0
 Equatorial Guinea CAF 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5
 Eritrea CAF 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3
 Ethiopia CAF 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1
 Gabon CAF 12 2 5 5 10 16 –6
 Gambia CAF 18 7 5 6 22 16 +6
 Ghana CAF 17 3 6 8 14 28 –14
 Guinea CAF 39 10 17 12 43 43 0
 Guinea-Bissau CAF 12 9 2 1 26 9 +17
 Iran AFC 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
 Ivory Coast CAF 26 2 8 16 17 47 –30
 Japan AFC 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Kenya CAF 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2
 North Korea AFC 1 0 0 1 0 1 –1
 South Korea AFC 1 0 0 1 1 3 –2
 Kuwait AFC 3 0 0 3 4 10 –10
 Liberia CAF 10 5 3 2 19 11 +8
 Libya CAF 7 3 1 3 9 10 –1
 Lithuania UEFA 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2
 Madagascar CAF 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
 Malawi CAF 5 3 1 1 8 5 +3
 Mauritania CAF 30 18 7 5 60 23 +37
 Morocco CAF 19 5 6 8 12 31 –19
 Mozambique CAF 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1
 Namibia CAF 4 2 1 1 5 3 +2
 Niger CAF 8 5 2 1 10 4 +6
 Nigeria CAF 9 1 3 5 5 12 –7
 Oman AFC 2 0 1 1 1 2 –1
 Qatar AFC 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 Rwanda CAF 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1
 Saudi Arabia AFC 2 1 0 1 4 6 –2
 Senegal CAF 32 8 12 12 33 41 –8
 Seychelles CAF 2 2 0 0 5 0 +5
 Sierra Leone CAF 13 4 7 2 17 9 +8
 South Africa CAF 4 1 2 1 4 2 +2
 South Sudan CAF 2 2 0 0 5 0 +5
 Sudan CAF 4 2 1 1 7 4 +3
 Togo CAF 14 6 2 6 23 15 +8
 Tunisia CAF 8 4 0 4 8 8 0
 Uganda CAF 4 1 2 1 8 4 +4
 United Arab Emirates AFC 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 Zambia CAF 5 0 2 3 3 8 –5
 Zimbabwe CAF 6 2 1 3 4 5 –1

Previous squads[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations

Coaches[edit]

Dates Name
1960–66 Mali Ben Oumar Sy
1966–70 Hungary György Tóth
1970–73 Germany Karl-Heinz Weigang
1973–79 empty
1979–82 Soviet Union Mykola Holovko
1982–89 Mali Kidian Diallo
1989–93 Mali Molobaly Sissoko
1993–97 Mali Mamadou Keïta
1998–2000 France Christian Sarramagna
2000–01 Italy Romano Mattè
2001–02 Poland Henryk Kasperczak
2002–03 France Christian Dalger
Dates Name
2003–04 France Henri Stambouli
2004 France Alain Moizan
2004–05 Mali Mamadou Keïta
2005–06 France Pierre Lechantre
2006 Mali Amadou Pathé Diallo (caretaker)
2006–08 France Jean-François Jodar
2008–10 Nigeria Stephen Keshi
2010–12 France Alain Giresse
2012 Mali Amadou Pathé Diallo (caretaker)
2012–13 France Patrice Carteron
2013 Mali Amadou Pathé Diallo (caretaker)
2013–15 Poland Henryk Kasperczak
Dates Name
2015–17 France Alain Giresse
2017– Mali Mohamed Magassouba (caretaker)

Team honours[edit]

Last updated 14 August 2017

Continental tournaments[edit]

Runners-up (1): Silver medal africa.svg 1972
Runners-up (1): 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2016

Other Tournaments and Cups[edit]

Amilcar Cabral Cup
Champions (3): 1989, 1997, 2007
Runners-up (4): –

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Seydou Keïta - Century of International Appearances". rsssf.com. Rec. Sport Soccer Statistics Foundation. 12 March 2015.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 25 October 2018. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 14 November 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  4. ^ "FIFA Suspends Malian Football Association (FEMAFOOT)". FIFA. 2017-03-17. Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  5. ^ "Mali 2002 - The African Cup Of Nations XXIII - The Qualification". the-shot.com. The Shot. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Italy down brave Mali in extra time (1:0)". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 21 August 2004. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Mali soccer fans burn cars, riot after World Cup qualifier". usatoday.com. The Associated Press. 28 March 2005. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Angola 4–4 Mali". BBC Sport. 10 January 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  9. ^ "[List Eagles] - Without Yves nor Molla, but with Cheick Kéita". 9 November 2018.
  10. ^ {{cite web|url=http://www.footmali.com/malifoot/gabon-mali-peine-s%C3%A9lectionn%C3%A9-massadio-ha%C3%AFdara-d%C3%A9clare-forfait%20-%20footmali.com
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