Senegal national football team

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Senegal
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Les Lions de la Téranga
(The Lions of Teranga)
Association Fédération Sénégalaise de Football
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Head coach Aliou Cissé
Captain Cheikhou Kouyaté
Most caps Henri Camara (99)
Top scorer Henri Camara (29)
Home stadium Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor
FIFA code SEN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 25 Decrease 1 (20 September 2018)
Highest 23 (November 2017)
Lowest 99 (June 2013)
Elo ranking
Current 24 Decrease 2 (9 July 2018)
Highest 15 (November 2016)
Lowest 100 (October 1994)
First international
 British Gambia 1–2 French Senegal Flag of Senegal (1958–1959).svg
(Gambia; 1959)
Biggest win
 Senegal 7–0 Mauritius 
(Dakar, Senegal; 9 October 2010)
Biggest defeat
 Czechoslovakia 11–0 Senegal 
(Prague, Czechoslovakia; 2 November 1966)
World Cup
Appearances 2 (first in 2002)
Best result Quarter-Finals (2002)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 14 (first in 1965)
Best result Runners-up (2002)

The Senegal national football team, nicknamed the Lions of Teranga, is the national association football team of Senegal and is controlled by the Fédération Sénégalaise de Football.

Established in the early 1960s, the team have been regular competitors in the Africa Cup of Nations, where their best performance was runner-up to Cameroon in the 2002 edition in Mali. In the same year, Senegal took part at the FIFA World Cup for the first time and reached the quarter-finals, having defeated reigning champions France in the opening game. The team made their second World Cup appearance 16 years later, earning four points, being eliminated in the group stage against Japan based on fair play points.

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

Senegal gained its independence from France on 4 April 1960, and the Senegalese Football Federation (FSF) was founded that year. The first Senegal match took place on 31 December 1961 against Dahomey (current Benin). Senegal lost 3–2.

The Fédération Sénégalaise de Football (FSF) has been affiliated with FIFA since 1962 and has been a member of the Confederation of African Football since 1963.

Senegal's first appearance in the Africa Cup of Nations was in 1965, where they finished second in their group, and lost 1–0 to Ivory Coast to finish in fourth place.

1990s[edit]

In the 1990 Africa Cup of Nations, Senegal finished fourth. Senegal hosted the 1992 tournament. After finishing second in their group, they were eliminated by Cameroon in the quarterfinals. Senegal qualified for four of six African championships that decade.

2000s[edit]

Senegal's best finish in the African Cup of Nations came in 2002, where they lost the final on a penalty shootout after drawing 0–0 with Cameroon.[1] Later that year, Senegal made their first-ever world championship appearance at the World Cup. Senegal eventually reached the quarter-finals of the 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 defending world champions 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.[2][3]

Senegalese fans at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations against Tunisia.

Senegal qualified for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, but finished third in their group with two points. They failed to make the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the first World Cup to be held in Africa.

2010s[edit]

Senegal was eliminated in the 2012 African Cup of Nations with zero wins and zero points.

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 World Cup. All activities of the national league and the national team were suspended for a few days in his memory.

The West African nation narrowly missed the 2014 FIFA World Cup after losing in a round-robin match against Côte d'Ivoire in the final qualification round. Senegal qualified for two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments since, being eliminated in the group stage in 2015 and reaching the quarterfinals in 2017. On 10 November 2017, after defeating South Africa 2–0,[4] Senegal qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup,[5] the second in its history after the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.[6] Senegal defeated Poland 2–1 in their opening group match.[7] The first goal was an own goal by Thiago Cionek,[8] and the second one was scored by M'Baye Niang.[9] In the next group stage match, Senegal drew 2–2 against Japan with one goal by Sadio Mané and the other by Moussa Wagué.[10] However, despite having a great advantage, they missed the opportunity by losing 0–1 to Colombia,[11] and due to poor fair play point comparing to Japan, who also lost 0–1 to Poland,[12] Senegal was eliminated in the group stage for the first time in their World Cup history.[13]

Competitive record[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Declined participation
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970 Did not qualify 3 1 0 2 2 4
West Germany 1974 2 0 1 1 1 2
Argentina 1978 2 0 1 1 1 2
Spain 1982 2 0 1 1 0 1
Mexico 1986 2 1 0 1 1 1
Italy 1990 Did not enter Declined participation
United States 1994 Did not qualify 8 3 1 4 11 12
France 1998 2 0 1 1 2 3
South Korea Japan 2002 Quarter-finals 7th 5 2 2 1 7 6 10 5 4 1 16 3
Germany 2006 Did not qualify 10 6 3 1 21 8
South Africa 2010 6 2 3 1 9 7
Brazil 2014 8 3 4 1 11 8
Russia 2018 Group stage 17th 3 1 1 1 4 4 8 5 3 0 15 5
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total Quarter-finals 2/21 9 3 3 2 11 10 63 26 22 15 90 56

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

Host nation(s) / Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Sudan 1957 Did not enter
Egypt 1959
Ethiopia 1962
Ghana 1963
Tunisia 1965 Fourth place 4th 3 1 1 1 5 2
Ethiopia 1968 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 5 5
Sudan 1970 Did not qualify
Cameroon 1972
Egypt 1974
Ethiopia 1976
Ghana 1978
Nigeria 1980 Did not enter
Libya 1982 Did not qualify
Ivory Coast 1984
Egypt 1986 Group stage 5th 3 2 0 1 3 1
Morocco 1988 Did not qualify
Algeria 1990 Fourth place 4th 5 1 2 2 3 3
Senegal 1992 Quarter-finals 5th 3 1 0 2 4 3
Tunisia 1994 Quarter-finals 8th 3 1 0 2 2 3
South Africa 1996 Did not qualify
Burkina Faso 1998
Ghana Nigeria 2000 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 1 2 6 6
Mali 2002 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 2 0 6 1
Tunisia 2004 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 2 1 4 2
Egypt 2006 Fourth place 4th 6 2 0 4 7 8
Ghana 2008 Group stage 12th 3 0 2 1 4 6
Angola 2010 Did not qualify
GabonEquatorial Guinea 2012 Group stage 13th 3 0 0 3 3 6
South Africa 2013 Did not qualify
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 3 4
Gabon 2017 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 2 0 6 2
Cameroon 2019 To be determined
Ivory Coast 2021 To be determined
Guinea 2023 To be determined
Total 0 Titles 14/31 49 16 12 21 55 50

African Games record[edit]

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
Year Result GP W D L GS 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 Senegal 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]

Kit history[edit]

Kit manufacturer[edit]

Kit providers Period
Adidas 1980–2000
Erreà 2000–2002
Le Coq Sportif 2002–2004
Puma 2004–2016
Romai[14] 2017
Puma 2017–present

Personnel[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Senegal Aliou Cissé
Assistant Coach France Régis Bogaert
Assistant Coach ll Senegal Omar Daf
Goalkeeping Coach Senegal Tony Sylva
Team Coordinator Senegal Lamine Diatta
Physical Trainer France Teddy Pellerin
Media Officer Senegal Ciré Soumare
Technical Director Senegal Mayacine Mar
Team Doctor Senegal Abdourahmane Fédior

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been selected for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match against Soudan on 13 October 2018.[15]
Caps and goals as of 9 September 2018, after the match against Madagascar.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Abdoulaye Diallo (1992-03-30) 30 March 1992 (age 26) 17 0 France Rennes
1GK Alfred Gomis (1993-09-05) 5 September 1993 (age 25) 2 0 Italy SPAL
1GK Edouard Mendy (1992-03-01) 1 March 1992 (age 26) 0 0 France Reims

2DF Lamine Gassama (1989-10-20) 20 October 1989 (age 28) 39 0 Turkey Göztepe
2DF Kalidou Koulibaly (1991-06-20) 20 June 1991 (age 27) 31 1 Italy Napoli
2DF Salif Sané (1990-08-25) 25 August 1990 (age 28) 26 0 Germany Schalke 04
2DF Youssouf Sabaly (1993-03-05) 5 March 1993 (age 25) 8 0 France Bordeaux
2DF Adama Mbengue (1993-12-01) 1 December 1993 (age 24) 8 0 France Caen
2DF Ibrahima Mbaye (1994-11-19) 19 November 1994 (age 23) 1 0 Italy Bologna
2DF Pape Abou Cissé (1995-09-14) 14 September 1995 (age 23) 0 0 Greece Olympiacos

3MF Idrissa Gueye (1989-09-26) 26 September 1989 (age 28) 61 1 England Everton
3MF Cheikhou Kouyaté (Captain) (1989-12-21) 21 December 1989 (age 28) 54 3 England Crystal Palace
3MF Cheikh N'Doye (1986-03-29) 29 March 1986 (age 32) 29 3 France Angers
3MF Alfred N'Diaye (1990-03-06) 6 March 1990 (age 28) 24 1 Spain Málaga
3MF Sidy Sarr (1996-06-05) 5 June 1996 (age 22) 0 0 France Châteauroux

4FW Sadio Mané (Vice-captain) (1992-04-10) 10 April 1992 (age 26) 57 15 England Liverpool
4FW Moussa Konaté (1993-04-03) 3 April 1993 (age 25) 31 11 France Amiens
4FW Keita Baldé (1995-03-08) 8 March 1995 (age 23) 22 4 Italy Internazionale
4FW Ismaïla Sarr (1998-02-25) 25 February 1998 (age 20) 20 3 France Rennes
4FW M'Baye Niang (1994-12-19) 19 December 1994 (age 23) 11 1 France Rennes
4FW Opa Nguette (1994-07-08) 8 July 1994 (age 24) 4 1 France Metz
4FW Mbaye Diagne (1991-10-28) 28 October 1991 (age 26) 1 0 Turkey Kasımpaşa
4FW Amath Diédhiou (1996-07-16) 16 July 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Spain Getafe

Recent call-ups[edit]

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Khadim N'Diaye (1984-11-30) 30 November 1984 (age 33) 29 0 Guinea Horoya 2018 FIFA World Cup
GK Pape Seydou N'Diaye (1993-02-11) 11 February 1993 (age 25) 10 0 Senegal Niarry Tally 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
GK Clément Diop (1993-10-12) 12 October 1993 (age 24) 1 0 Canada Montreal Impact v.  South Africa, 14 November 2017
GK Pape Diatta N'Diaye (1989-12-20) 20 December 1989 (age 28) 4 0 Senegal Douanes 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
GK Cheikh Thioub (1992-10-20) 20 October 1992 (age 25) 4 0 Senegal Casa Sports 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations

DF Kara Mbodji (1989-11-11) 11 November 1989 (age 28) 47 5 France Nantes 2018 FIFA World Cup
DF Moussa Wagué (1998-10-04) 4 October 1998 (age 19) 13 1 Spain Barcelona B 2018 FIFA World Cup
DF Saliou Ciss (1989-09-15) 15 September 1989 (age 29) 18 0 France Angers 2018 FIFA World Cup INJ
DF Pape Souaré (1990-06-06) 6 June 1990 (age 28) 26 1 England Crystal Palace 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Papy Djilobodji (1988-12-01) 1 December 1988 (age 29) 17 0 Unattached 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Armand Traoré (1989-10-08) 8 October 1989 (age 28) 7 0 Turkey Çaykur Rizespor 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Fallou Diagne (1989-08-14) 14 August 1989 (age 29) 4 0 Turkey Konyaspor 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Matar Kanté (1989-01-21) 21 January 1989 (age 29) 13 0 Senegal Diaraf 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
DF Sidy Bara Diop (1990-12-08) 8 December 1990 (age 27) 6 2 Senegal Génération Foot 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
DF Ablaye Diène (1990-04-02) 2 April 1990 (age 28) 6 1 Senegal ASC SUNEOR 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
DF Mohamed Kané (1991-12-09) 9 December 1991 (age 26) 6 1 France Metz 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
DF Arial Mendy (1994-11-07) 7 November 1994 (age 23) 5 0 France Lens 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
DF El Hadji Konaté (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Algeria JS Saoura 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations

MF Badou Ndiaye (1990-10-27) 27 October 1990 (age 27) 19 1 Turkey Galatasaray 2018 FIFA World Cup
MF Henri Saivet (1990-10-26) 26 October 1990 (age 27) 24 1 England Newcastle United 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Assane Dioussé (1997-09-20) 20 September 1997 (age 21) 2 0 France Saint-Étienne 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Krépin Diatta (1999-02-25) 25 February 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Belgium Club Brugge 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Mamadou Barry (1989-03-31) 31 March 1989 (age 29) 10 0 Senegal Teungueth 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
MF Assane Mbodj (1992-12-30) 30 December 1992 (age 25) 9 2 Senegal Diaraf 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
MF Elimane Cissé (1995-03-12) 12 March 1995 (age 23) 9 0 Senegal Diambars 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
MF Alassane Ndao (1996-12-20) 20 December 1996 (age 21) 4 1 Senegal Dakar Sacré-Coeur 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
MF Erasme Badiane (1992-03-10) 10 March 1992 (age 26) 4 0 Senegal Niarry Tally 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations

FW Mame Biram Diouf (1987-12-16) 16 December 1987 (age 30) 51 10 England Stoke City 2018 FIFA World Cup
FW Moussa Sow RET (1986-01-19) 19 January 1986 (age 32) 50 19 United Arab Emirates Shabab Al-Ahli 2018 FIFA World Cup
FW Diafra Sakho (1989-12-24) 24 December 1989 (age 28) 13 3 Turkey Bursaspor 2018 FIFA World Cup
FW Oumar Niasse (1990-04-18) 18 April 1990 (age 28) 9 3 England Everton 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
FW Famara Diédhiou (1992-12-15) 15 December 1992 (age 25) 7 1 England Bristol City 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
FW Santy Ngom (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 (age 25) 2 0 France Nantes 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
FW Daouda Guèye Diémé (1989-09-23) 23 September 1989 (age 28) 9 0 Senegal Diaraf 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
FW Jean Rémi Bocandé (1988-12-29) 29 December 1988 (age 29) 9 0 Senegal Gorée 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
FW Amadou N'Diaye (2000-01-02) 2 January 2000 (age 18) 8 4 Senegal Génération Foot 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
FW Moussa Marone (1995-12-17) 17 December 1995 (age 22) 6 0 Senegal Casa Sports 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations
FW Moussa Djitté (1999-10-04) 4 October 1999 (age 18) 2 1 Switzerland Sion 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations

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 9 September 2018
Players in bold text are still active with Senegal.

Previous squads[edit]

FIFA World Cup

Africa Cup of Nations

Managers[edit]

Bruno Metsu, the manager of Senegal from 2000 to 2002. He guided Senegal to the quarter finals of the 2002 World Cup.
Dates Name
1960–1961 Senegal Raoul Diagne
1961–1979 France Jules Vandooren
1979–1982 Germany Otto Pfister
1982–1989 Senegal Pape Alioune Diop
1989–1995 France Claude Le Roy
1995–2000 Germany Peter Schnittger
2000–2002 France Bruno Metsu
2002–2005 France Guy Stéphan
2005–2006 Senegal Abdoulaye Sarr
2006–2008 Poland Henryk Kasperczak
2008–2012 Senegal Amara Traoré
2012–2013 Senegal Joseph Koto
2013–2015 France Alain Giresse
2015– Senegal Aliou Cissé

Team honours[edit]

Last updated 14 August 2017

Continental tournaments[edit]

Runners-up: Silver medal africa.svg 2002

Other Tournaments and Cups[edit]

Amilcar Cabral Cup
Champions: 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 2001
Runners-up: 1982, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2005

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "BBC SPORT | WORLD CUP | Senegal | Senegal return to heroes' welcome". BBC News. 26 June 2002. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "BBC SPORT | WORLD CUP | Senegal | Senegal press blasts Metsu". BBC News. 24 June 2002. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Press Association (10 November 2017). "South Africa 0-2 Senegal: Diafra Sakho scores as visitors qualify for World Cup for just the second time". Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved 19 June 2018. 
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  8. ^ Barclay, Tom (19 June 2018). "POLE AXED Poland 1 Senegal 2: Thiago Cionek own goal and M'Baye Niang strike sinks the hopeless Poles in Moscow". The Sun. Retrieved 20 June 2018. 
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  12. ^ Mather, Victor (27 June 2018). "Japan Advances in World Cup 2018 Despite Losing to Poland". New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 28 June 2018. 
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