Senegal national football team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Les Lions de la Teranga
(Lions of Teranga)
Association Fédération Sénégalaise de Football
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Senegal Aliou Cissé
Captain Lamine Sané
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 39 Decrease 1 (5 November 2015)
Highest 26 (June 2004)
Lowest 99 (June 2013)
First international
 British Gambia 1–2 French Senegal Flag-senegal-1958.svg
(Gambia; 1959)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2002)
Best result Quarter-finals
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 12 (First in 1965)
Best result Second place: 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.[1][2]

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.[3]

Senegal has won the Amilcar Cabral Cup, a regional soccer tournament for West African nations, eight times, more than any other country, with Guinea in second place with five titles.

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to
Chile 1962
Did Not Enter
England 1966 Withdrew
Mexico 1970 to
France 1998
Did Not Qualify
South Korea Japan 2002 Quarter-Final 7th 5 2 2 1 7 6
Germany 2006 to
Brazil 2014
Did Not Qualify
Russia 2018 To be decided
Qatar 2022 To be decided
Total Quarter-Final 1/20 5 2 2 1 7 6

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
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 To be determined
Cameroon 2019 To be determined
Ivory Coast 2021 To be determined
Guinea 2023 To be determined
Total 0 Titles 13/30 49 16 12 21 55 50

Coaching staff[edit]

As of 29 May 2015
Position Name
Manager Aliou Cissé
Assistant manager Régis Bogaert
2nd Assistant manager Omar Daf
Goalkeeper coach Tony Sylva
Team Coordinator Lamine Diatta
Team Doctor Pape Fédhior

Squad[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 25 players were called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Madagascar on 13 and 17 November 2015.[4]
Caps and goals (official FIFA-recognized matches only) updated as of 17 November 2015 after the match against Madagascar.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Abdoulaye Diallo (1992-03-30) 30 March 1992 (age 23) 7 0 France Rennes
16 1GK Khadim Ndiaye (1984-11-30) 30 November 1984 (age 31) 12 0 Guinea Horoya Conakry
23 1GK Lys Gomis (1989-10-06) 6 October 1989 (age 26) 2 0 Italy Frosinone
6 2DF Lamine Sané (1987-03-22) 22 March 1987 (age 28) 28 0 France Bordeaux
2 2DF Kara Mbodj (1989-11-11) 11 November 1989 (age 26) 22 2 Belgium Anderlecht
21 2DF Lamine Gassama (1989-10-20) 20 October 1989 (age 26) 15 0 France Lorient
14 2DF Zargo Touré (1989-11-11) 11 November 1989 (age 26) 8 0 France Lorient
3 2DF Kalidou Koulibaly (1991-06-20) 20 June 1991 (age 24) 5 0 Italy Napoli
25 2DF Issa Cissokho (1985-02-23) 23 February 1985 (age 30) 4 0 Italy Genoa
20 2DF Saliou Ciss (1989-09-15) 15 September 1989 (age 26) 4 0 France Valenciennes
5 3MF Idrissa Gana Gueye (1989-09-26) 26 September 1989 (age 26) 29 0 England Aston Villa
12 3MF Mohamed Diamé (1987-06-14) 14 June 1987 (age 28) 24 0 England Hull City
8 3MF Cheikhou Kouyaté (1989-12-21) 21 December 1989 (age 26) 21 2 England West Ham United
22 3MF Henri Saivet (1990-10-26) 26 October 1990 (age 25) 10 0 England Newcastle United
11 3MF Cheikh Ndoye (1986-03-29) 29 March 1986 (age 29) 6 1 France Angers
24 3MF Papa Alioune Ndiaye (1990-10-27) 27 October 1990 (age 25) 2 0 Turkey Osmanlıspor
13 3MF Younousse Sankharé (1989-09-10) 10 September 1989 (age 26) 2 0 France EA Guingamp
19 3MF Amara Baby (1989-02-23) 23 February 1989 (age 26) 0 0 Belgium Charleroi
4 3MF Issa Sarr (1986-10-09) 9 October 1986 (age 29) 0 0 South Africa Orlando Pirates
9 4FW Mame Biram Diouf (1987-12-16) 16 December 1987 (age 28) 29 8 England Stoke City
10 4FW Sadio Mané (1992-04-10) 10 April 1992 (age 23) 29 8 England Southampton
7 4FW Moussa Konaté (1993-04-03) 3 April 1993 (age 22) 16 7 Switzerland Sion
15 4FW Diafra Sakho (1989-12-24) 24 December 1989 (age 26) 5 1 England West Ham United
17 4FW Baye Oumar Niasse (1990-04-18) 18 April 1990 (age 25) 4 2 England Everton

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up in the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Bouna Coundoul (1982-03-04) 4 March 1982 (age 33) 28 0 South Africa Platinum Stars v.  Ghana, 28 March 2015
DF Pape Ndiaye Souaré (1990-06-06) 6 June 1990 (age 25) 17 1 England Crystal Palace v.  Madagascar, 13 November 2015 INJ
DF Cheikh Mbengue (1988-07-23) 23 July 1988 (age 27) 18 0 France Rennes v.  Namibia, 5 September 2015
DF Boukary Dramé (1985-07-22) 22 July 1985 (age 30) 15 0 Italy Atalanta v.  Ghana, 28 March 2015
DF Papy Djilobodji (1988-12-01) 1 December 1988 (age 27) 12 0 Germany Werder Bremen v.  Ghana, 28 March 2015
DF Ibrahima Mbaye (1994-11-19) 19 November 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Bologna v.  Ghana, 28 March 2015
MF Alfred N'Diaye (1990-03-06) 6 March 1990 (age 25) 8 0 Spain Real Betis v.  Madagascar, 13 November 2015 INJ
MF Diawandou Diagne (1994-11-08) 8 November 1994 (age 21) 2 0 Belgium Eupen v.  Algeria, 13 October 2015
MF Salif Sané (1990-08-25) 25 August 1990 (age 25) 7 0 Germany Hannover 96 v.  Namibia, 5 September 2015 INJ
MF Stéphane Badji (1990-05-29) 29 May 1990 (age 25) 16 0 Belgium Anderlecht v.  Namibia, 5 September 2015
MF Pape Kouly Diop (1986-03-19) 19 March 1986 (age 29) 13 0 Spain Espanyol v.  Ghana, 28 March 2015 INJ
FW Pape Sané (1990-12-30) 30 December 1990 (age 25) 1 0 France Bourg-en-Bresse 01 v.  Namibia, 5 September 2015
FW Moussa Sow (1986-01-19) 19 January 1986 (age 30) 30 11 United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli v.  Ghana, 28 March 2015
FW Dame Ndoye RET (1985-02-21) 21 February 1985 (age 30) 26 6 England Sunderland v.  Ghana, 28 March 2015
FW Demba Ba (1985-05-25) 25 May 1985 (age 30) 20 4 China Shanghai Shenhua v.  Ghana, 28 March 2015
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury
  • RET Player has retired from international football

Coaches[edit]

Bruno Metsu, the manager of Senegal from 2000 to 2002. He guided Senegal to the quarter finals of the 2002 World Cup.

Bruno Metsu's funeral[edit]

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.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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