Senegal national football team

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Senegal
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Les Lions de la Teranga
(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 41 Steady (14 July 2016)
Highest 26 (June 2004)
Lowest 99 (June 2013)
Elo ranking
Current 43 (28 June 2016)
Highest 19 (June 2002)
Lowest 100 (October 1994)
First international
 British Gambia 1–2 French Senegal Flag-senegal-1958.svg
(Gambia; 1959)
Biggest win
 Senegal 7–0 Mauritius 
(Dakar, Senegal; 9 October 2010)
Biggest defeat
 Czechoslovakia 11–0 Senegal Senegal
(Praha, Czechoslovakia; 2 November 1966)
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 1/22 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 Qualified
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
Manager Senegal Aliou Cissé
Assistant Manager/First Team Coach France Régis Bogaert
2nd Assistant Manager Senegal Omar Daf
Goalkeeping Coach Senegal Tony Sylva
Team Coordinator Senegal Lamine Diatta
Team Doctor Senegal Abdourahmane Fédior

Squad[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the friendly match against Rwanda on 28 May 2016 and the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification game against Burundi on 4 June 2016.[4]
Caps and goals (official FIFA-recognized matches only) updated as of 4 June 2016 after the match against Burundi.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Abdoulaye Diallo (1992-03-30) 30 March 1992 (age 24) 10 0 France Rennes
16 1GK Khadim N'Diaye (1984-11-30) 30 November 1984 (age 31) 14 0 Guinea Horoya Conakry

2 2DF Kara Mbodji (1989-11-11) 11 November 1989 (age 26) 26 2 Belgium Anderlecht
18 2DF Pape N'Diaye Souaré (1990-06-06) 6 June 1990 (age 26) 21 0 England Crystal Palace
21 2DF Lamine Gassama (1989-10-20) 20 October 1989 (age 26) 19 0 France Lorient
20 2DF Boukary Dramé (1985-07-22) 22 July 1985 (age 31) 15 0 Italy Atalanta
3 2DF Kalidou Koulibaly (1991-06-20) 20 June 1991 (age 25) 9 0 Italy Napoli
6 2DF Lamine Sané (1987-03-22) 22 March 1987 (age 29) 28 0 France Bordeaux
14 2DF Fallou Diagne (1989-08-14) 14 August 1989 (age 26) 1 0 Germany Werder Bremen

5 3MF Idrissa Gana Gueye (1989-09-26) 26 September 1989 (age 26) 33 0 England Aston Villa
12 3MF Mouhamed Diamé (Vice-Captain) (1987-06-14) 14 June 1987 (age 29) 32 1 England Hull City
8 3MF Cheikhou Kouyaté (Captain) (1989-12-21) 21 December 1989 (age 26) 24 2 England West Ham United
19 3MF Salif Sané (1990-08-25) 25 August 1990 (age 25) 8 0 Germany Hannover 96
22 3MF Cheikh N'Doye (1986-03-29) 29 March 1986 (age 30) 9 1 France Angers
4 3MF Papa Alioune Ndiaye (1990-10-27) 27 October 1990 (age 25) 6 0 Turkey Osmanlıspor
13 3MF Younousse Sankharé (1989-09-10) 10 September 1989 (age 26) 4 1 France EA Guingamp

9 4FW Mame Biram Diouf (1987-12-16) 16 December 1987 (age 28) 33 10 England Stoke City
10 4FW Sadio Mané (1992-04-10) 10 April 1992 (age 24) 33 10 England Liverpool
7 4FW Moussa Konaté (1993-04-03) 3 April 1993 (age 23) 19 7 Switzerland Sion
17 4FW Baye Oumar Niasse (1990-04-18) 18 April 1990 (age 26) 8 3 England Everton
15 4FW Famara Diédhiou (1992-12-15) 15 December 1992 (age 23) 4 0 France Angers
11 4FW Keita Baldé Diao (1995-03-08) 8 March 1995 (age 21) 3 0 Italy Lazio

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 Pape Seydou Ndiaye (1993-02-11) 11 February 1993 (age 23) 2 0 Senegal Niary Tally v.  Madagascar, 13 November 2015
GK Lys Gomis (1989-10-06) 6 October 1989 (age 26) 2 0 Romania Poli Timișoara v.  Madagascar, 17 November 2015
GK Bouna Coundoul (1982-03-04) 4 March 1982 (age 34) 28 0 South Africa Platinum Stars v.  Madagascar, 13 November 2015

DF Ibrahima Mbaye (1994-11-19) 19 November 1994 (age 21) 2 0 Italy Bologna v.  Niger, 26 March 2016
DF Zargo Touré (1989-11-11) 11 November 1989 (age 26) 8 0 France Lorient v.  Niger, 26 March 2016
DF Issa Cissokho (1985-02-23) 23 February 1985 (age 31) 5 0 Italy Genoa v.  Madagascar, 17 November 2015
DF Cheikh M'Bengue (1988-07-23) 23 July 1988 (age 28) 18 0 France Saint-Étienne v.  Namibia, 5 September 2015
DF Papy Djilobodj (1988-12-01) 1 December 1988 (age 27) 12 0 England Chelsea v.  Namibia, 5 September 2015
DF Mouhameth Sané (1996-01-26) 26 January 1996 (age 20) 1 0 France Dijon v.  Mexico, 10 February 2016

MF Amara Baby (1990-10-26) 26 October 1990 (age 25) 10 0 Belgium Charleroi v.  Niger, 26 March 2016
MF Alfred N'Diaye (1990-03-06) 6 March 1990 (age 26) 8 0 Spain Villarreal 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 Issa Sarr (1986-10-09) 9 October 1986 (age 29) 7 0 South Africa Orlando Pirates v.  Algeria, 13 October 2015
MF Pape Kouly Diop (1986-03-09) 9 March 1986 (age 30) 15 1 Spain Espanyol v.  Namibia, 5 September 2015
MF Stéphane Badji (1990-05-29) 29 May 1990 (age 26) 16 0 Belgium Anderlecht v.  Namibia, 5 September 2015

FW Henri Saivet (1990-10-26) 26 October 1990 (age 25) 10 0 England Newcastle United v.  Niger, 26 March 2016
FW Papiss Cissé (1985-06-03) 3 June 1985 (age 31) 35 16 China Shandong Luneng v.  Algeria, 27 January 2015
FW Diafra Sakho (1989-12-24) 24 December 1989 (age 26) 5 1 England West Ham United v.  Algeria, 13 October 2015
FW Pape Sané (1990-12-30) 30 December 1990 (age 25) 1 0 France Bourg-en-Bresse 01 v.  Namibia, 5 September 2015
FW Babacar Khouma (1993-03-17) 17 March 1993 (age 23) 3 0 Italy Fiorentina v.  Namibia, 5 September 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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