Senegal national football team
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|Nickname(s)||Les Lions de la Teranga
(Lions of Teranga)
|Association||Fédération Sénégalaise de Football|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||Aliou Cissé|
|Most caps||Henri Camara (99)|
|Top scorer||Henri Camara (29)|
|Home stadium||Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor|
|Current||32 7 (20 October 2016)|
|Highest||26 (June 2004)|
|Lowest||99 (June 2013)|
|Current||43 (28 June 2016)|
|Highest||19 (June 2002)|
|Lowest||100 (October 1994)|
| British Gambia 1–2 French Senegal
| Senegal 7–0 Mauritius
(Dakar, Senegal; 9 October 2010)
| Czechoslovakia 11–0 Senegal
(Praha, Czechoslovakia; 2 November 1966)
|Appearances||1 (First in 2002)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals, 2002|
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||12 (First in 1965)|
|Best result||Runners-up, 2002|
The Senegal national football team, nicknamed the Lions of Teranga, is the national team of Senegal and is controlled by the Fédération Sénégalaise de Football. It made its first, and thus far only, FIFA World Cup appearance in 2002 and caused a huge upset by defeating world and European champions France 1–0 in the tournament's opening game.
Senegal eventually reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup, one of only three African teams to do so (the first being Cameroon in 1990; the other being Ghana in 2010). In the group, after defeating France, they drew with Denmark and Uruguay, and beat Sweden in extra time in the round of 16, before losing to Turkey in the quarter-finals.
Senegal's first appearance in the Africa Cup of Nations was in 1965, when Senegal, after finishing second in their group, lost 1–0 to the Ivory Coast to finish in fourth place. In the 1990 Africa Cup of Nations, Senegal again finished fourth. Senegal hosted the 1992 tournament, in which, after qualifying for the quarter-finals by finishing second in their group, Senegal lost 1–0 to Cameroon. Senegal's best finish in the tournament came in 2002, when they lost the final on a penalty shootout after drawing 0–0 with Cameroon.
World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record|
| 1930 to
|Did Not Enter|
| 1970 to
|Did Not Qualify|
| 2006 to
|Did Not Qualify|
|2018||To be decided|
|2022||To be decided|
Africa Cup of Nations record
|Host nation(s) / Year||Round||Position||GP||W||D||L||GS||GA|
|1957||Did Not Enter|
|1970||Did Not Qualify|
|1980||Did Not Enter|
|1982||Did Not Qualify|
|1988||Did Not Qualify|
|1996||Did Not Qualify|
|2010||Did Not Qualify|
|2013||Did Not Qualify|
|2019||To be determined|
|2021||To be determined|
|2023||To be determined|
- As of 29 May 2015
|Assistant Manager/First Team Coach||Régis Bogaert|
|2nd Assistant Manager||Omar Daf|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Tony Sylva|
|Team Coordinator||Lamine Diatta|
|Team Doctor||Abdourahmane Fédior|
The following 24 players were selected for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier against South Africa.
12 November 2016
Caps and goals updated as of:
8 October 2016 after the match against Cape Verde.
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|16||GK||Khadim N'Diaye||30 November 1984||16||0||Horoya|
|1||GK||Abdoulaye Diallo||30 March 1992||8||0||Çaykur Rizespor|
|23||GK||Pape Seydou Ndiaye||11 February 1993||2||0||Niary Tally|
|2||DF||Kara Mbodji||11 November 1989||27||2||Anderlecht|
|21||DF||Lamine Gassama||20 October 1989||19||0||Alanyaspor|
|3||DF||Kalidou Koulibaly||20 June 1991||11||0||Napoli|
|14||DF||Zargo Touré||11 November 1989||10||0||Lorient|
|19||DF||Saliou Ciss||15 September 1989||7||0||Valenciennes|
|4||DF||Fallou Diagne||14 August 1989||2||0||Werder Bremen|
|22||DF||Ibrahima Mbaye||19 November 1994||1||0||Bologna|
|24||DF||Abdallah Ndour||20 December 1993||0||0||Strasbourg|
|5||MF||Idrissa Gana Gueye||26 September 1989||34||0||Everton|
|12||MF||Mohamed Diamé (Vice-Captain)||14 June 1987||33||1||Newcastle United|
|8||MF||Cheikhou Kouyaté (Captain)||21 December 1989||31||2||West Ham United|
|15||MF||Pape Kouly Diop||19 March 1986||16||1||Espanyol|
|11||MF||Cheikh N'Doye||29 March 1986||11||1||Angers|
|13||MF||Younousse Sankharé||10 September 1989||6||1||Lille|
|17||MF||Papa Alioune Ndiaye||27 October 1990||3||0||Osmanlıspor|
|9||FW||Mame Biram Diouf||16 December 1987||37||11||Stoke City|
|10||FW||Sadio Mané||10 April 1992||34||10||Liverpool|
|7||FW||Moussa Konaté||3 April 1993||20||7||Sion|
|20||FW||Keita Baldé||8 March 1995||6||3||Lazio|
|6||FW||Famara Diédhiou||15 December 1992||4||1||Angers|
|18||FW||Ismaïla Sarr||25 February 1998||1||0||FC Metz|
The following players have been called up in the last twelve months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|DF||Pape N'Diaye Souaré||6 June 1990||22||0||Crystal Palace||v. Cape Verde, 8 October 2016 INJ|
|DF||Diawandou Diagne||8 November 1994||2||0||Eupen||v. Cape Verde, 8 October 2016|
|DF||Adama Mbengue||1 December 1993||1||0||Diambars||v. Cape Verde, 8 October 2016PRE 
|FW||Moussa Sow||19 January 1986||38||13||Fenerbahçe||v. Cape Verde, 8 October 2016|
|FW||Oumar Niasse||18 April 1990||8||3||Everton||v. Niger, 29 March 2016|
- INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
- RET Player has retired from international football.
- DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
- SUS Suspended from the national team.
- PRE Preliminary squad.
- Pape Alioune Diop (1982–86)
- Peter Schnittger (1999–00)
- Bruno Metsu (2000–02)
- Guy Stéphan (2002–05)
- Abdoulaye Sarr (2005–06)
- Henryk Kasperczak (2006–08)
- Lamine N'Diaye (2008)
- Amara Traoré (2009–12)
- Joseph Koto (2012–13)
- Alain Giresse (2013–2015)
- Aliou Cissé (2015–)
Bruno Metsu's funeral
After Senegal's former manager Bruno Metsu died on 14 October 2013, many Senegalese players were recalled to appear and have a moment of silence in memory of the manager who helped them reach the quarter-final in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. All activities of the national league and the national team was suspended for a few days in his memory.
- "BBC SPORT | WORLD CUP | Senegal | Senegal return to heroes' welcome". BBC News. 2002-06-26. Retrieved 2012-07-07.
- "BBC SPORT | WORLD CUP | Senegal | Senegal press blasts Metsu". BBC News. 2002-06-24. Retrieved 2012-07-07.
- "BBC SPORT | CUP OF NATIONS | Cameroon retain Cup". BBC News. 2002-02-10. Retrieved 2012-07-07.
- "Sénégal : la liste contre l'Afrique du Sud" (in French). afrik-foot.com.
- "Latéral gauche des lions : Adams Mbengue peut-il être une solution?" (in French). viewsport.com.
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