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||58 3 (20 October 2016)|
|Highest||23 (June 2013)|
|Lowest||117 (October 2001)|
|Current||61 (28 June 2016)|
|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.
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
The following players were called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Gabon on 12 November 2016.
Caps and goals updated as of 12 November 2016 after the game against Gabon.
The following players have been called up for Mali within the past 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.
- 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.
- "Mondial 2018 : la sélection du Mali contre le Gabon". afrik-foot.com.
- "Elim Mondial 2018: 3 Forfaits pour le Mali Avant le Gabon". africatopsports.com.