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Benin national football team

The Benin national football team, nicknamed Les Écureuils (The Squirrels), is the national football team of Benin and is controlled by the Benin Football Federation. They were known as the Dahomey national football team until 1975, when Republic of Dahomey became Benin. They have never qualified for the World Cup, but have reached three recent African Nations Cups – 2004, 2008, and 2010. On 8 February 2010 after the preliminary competition from the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, the Benin Football Federation dissolved the national team, coach Henri Dussuyer and his complete staff were fired.[3] On May 9, 2016, Benin was suspended from FIFA.

Benin
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Les Écureuils
(The Squirrels)
AssociationBenin Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachMichel Dussuyer
CaptainStéphane Sessègnon
Most capsStéphane Sessègnon (73)
Top scorerStéphane Sessègnon, Razak Omotoyossi (21)
Home stadiumStade de l'Amitié
FIFA codeBEN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 94 Steady (7 February 2019)[1]
Highest59 (November–December 2009, April 2010)
Lowest165 (July 1996)
Elo ranking
Current 107 Decrease 5 (2 February 2019)[2]
Highest93 (6 January 2010)
Lowest165 (13 May 1995)
First international
 Dahomey 0–1 Nigeria 
(Dahomey; 8 November 1959)
Biggest win
 Dahomey 7–0 Mauritania 
(Abidjan, Ivory Coast; 27 December 1961)
Biggest defeat
 Nigeria 10–1 Dahomey 
(Nigeria; 28 November 1959)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances3 (first in 2004)
Best resultGroup stage, 2004, 2008 and 2010

Contents

Competition recordsEdit

World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to   1970 Did not enter Did not enter
  1974 Did not qualify 3 0 0 3 1 10
  1978 to   1982 Did not enter Did not enter
  1986 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 0 6
  1990 Did not enter Did not enter
  1994 Did not qualify 6 1 0 5 3 19
  1998 Did not enter Did not enter
    2002 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 1 2
  2006 12 2 3 7 13 26
  2010 6 3 1 2 6 6
  2014 6 2 2 2 8 9
  2018 2 1 0 1 2 3
  2022 To be determined Qualification yet to start
      2026 To be determined Qualification yet to start
Total 0/21 39 9 7 23 34 81

Africa Cup of NationsEdit

Africa Cup of Nations record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1962 Did not enter
  1963
  1965
  1968
  1970
  1972 Did not qualify
  1974 Withdrew
  1976
  1978 Did not enter
  1980 Did not qualify
  1982 Did not enter
  1984 Did not qualify
  1986
  1988
  1990
  1992
  1994
  1996 Withdrew
  1998 Did not qualify
    2000
  2002
  2004 Group stage 16th 3 0 0 3 1 8
  2006 Did not qualify
  2008 Group stage 15th 3 0 0 3 1 7
  2010 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 2 5
    2012 Did not qualify
  2013
  2015
  2017
  2019 To be determined
  2021 To be determined
  2023 To be determined
Total Group stage 3/31 9 0 1 8 4 20

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2017Edit

2018Edit

2019Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players have been selected for the AFCON qualifier match against Gambia on 17 November 2018.[4]

Caps and goals updated as of 17 November 2018 after the game against Gambia.[5]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Fabien Farnolle (1985-02-05) 5 February 1985 (age 34) 23 0   Malatyaspor
16 1GK Saturnin Allagbé (1993-11-22) 22 November 1993 (age 25) 12 0   Niort

3 2DF Khaled Adénon (Captain) (1985-07-28) 28 July 1985 (age 33) 58 2   Amiens
5 2DF Junior Salomon (1986-04-08) 8 April 1986 (age 32) 21 0   Plateau United
6 2DF Olivier Verdon (1995-10-05) 5 October 1995 (age 23) 9 0   Sochaux-Montbéliard
12 2DF David Kiki (1993-11-25) 25 November 1993 (age 25) 17 0   Brest
13 2DF Moise Adilehou (1995-11-01) 1 November 1995 (age 23) 2 0   Levadiakos
18 2DF Séidou Barazé (1990-10-20) 20 October 1990 (age 28) 15 0   Yzeure
22 2DF Chams Chaona (1996-10-24) 24 October 1996 (age 22) 2 0   Stade Gabèsien
2DF Emmanuel Imorou (1988-09-16) 16 September 1988 (age 30) 12 0   Caen

4 3MF Djiman Koukou (1990-11-14) 14 November 1990 (age 28) 41 1   Lens
7 3MF David Djigla (1995-08-23) 23 August 1995 (age 23) 18 3   Niort
8 3MF Jordan Adéoti (1989-03-12) 12 March 1989 (age 29) 21 0   Auxerre
15 3MF Sessi D'Almeida (1995-11-20) 20 November 1995 (age 23) 5 1   Yeovil Town
21 3MF Jean Marie Guéra (1996-12-22) 22 December 1996 (age 22) 0 0   Enyimba
3MF Cebio Soukou (1992-10-02) 2 October 1992 (age 26) 0 0   Hansa

9 4FW Steve Mounié (1994-09-29) 29 September 1994 (age 24) 13 2   Huddersfield Town
10 4FW Mickaël Poté (1984-09-24) 24 September 1984 (age 34) 46 7   Adana Demirspor
11 4FW Jacques Bessan (1993-09-15) 15 September 1993 (age 25) 9 1   Stade Tunisien
19 4FW Désiré Segbé Azankpo (1993-05-06) 6 May 1993 (age 25) 6 0   FK Senica
20 4FW Jodel Dossou (1992-03-17) 17 March 1992 (age 26) 23 2   Vaduz
4FW Marcellin Koukpo (1995-04-06) 6 April 1995 (age 23) 12 2   Hammam Lif

Recent call-upsEdit

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
MF Stéphane Sessègnon SUS (1984-06-01) 1 June 1984 (age 34) 73 21   Gençlerbirliği v.   Algeria, 16 October 2018
MF Mama Séïbou INJ (1995-12-28) 28 December 1995 (age 23) 22 2   SC Toulon v.   Algeria, 16 October 2018
MF Tidjani Anaane (1997-03-27) 27 March 1997 (age 21) 0 0   Ben Guerdane v.   Togo, 9 September 2018

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.

RecordsEdit

As of 20 November 2018
Players in bold text are still active with Benin.

List of Benin managersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 7 February 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 2 February 2019. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  3. ^ Benin löst Nationalelf auf
  4. ^ http://www.afrik-foot.com/can-2019-q-la-liste-du-benin-sans-sessegnon
  5. ^ "Benin team of 2018". national-football-teams.com. National Football Teams.
  6. ^ a b Mamrud, Roberto. "Benin – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 12 November 2017.