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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 Fédération Béninoise de Football. 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.[1] On May 9, 2016, Benin was suspended from FIFA.

Benin
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Les Écureuils
(The Squirrels)
Association Fédération Béninoise de Football
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Head coach Michel Dussuyer
Captain Stéphane Sessègnon
Most caps Stéphane Sessègnon (70)
Top scorer Stéphane Sessègnon, Razak Omotoyossi (21)
Home stadium Stade de l'Amitié
FIFA code BEN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 88 Steady (20 September 2018)
Highest 59 (November–December 2009, April 2010)
Lowest 165 (July 1996)
Elo ranking
Current 104 Decrease 1 (20 August 2018)
Highest 93 (Nov 2009 – Jan 2010)
Lowest 165 (1995-96)
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
Appearances 3 (first in 2004)
Best result Group 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 Togo on 9 September 2018.[3]

Caps and goals updated as of 9 September 2018 after the game against Togo.[4]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Fabien Farnolle (1985-02-05) 5 February 1985 (age 33) 20 0   Malatyaspor
16 1GK Saturnin Allagbé (1993-11-22) 22 November 1993 (age 24) 12 0   Niort

3 2DF Khaled Adénon (1985-07-28) 28 July 1985 (age 33) 55 2   Amiens
4 2DF Chams Chaona (1996-10-24) 24 October 1996 (age 21) 1 0   Stade Gabèsien
5 2DF Junior Salomon (1986-04-08) 8 April 1986 (age 32) 20 0   Plateau United
6 2DF Olivier Verdon (1995-10-05) 5 October 1995 (age 22) 6 0   Sochaux-Montbéliard
12 2DF David Kiki (1993-11-25) 25 November 1993 (age 24) 16 0   Brest
13 2DF Moise Adilehou (1995-11-01) 1 November 1995 (age 22) 1 0   Levadiakos
2DF Emmanuel Imorou (1988-09-16) 16 September 1988 (age 30) 10 0   Caen

7 3MF David Djigla (1995-08-23) 23 August 1995 (age 23) 15 3   Niort
8 3MF Jordan Adéoti (1989-03-12) 12 March 1989 (age 29) 17 0   Auxerre
15 3MF Sessi D'Almeida (1995-11-20) 20 November 1995 (age 22) 2 0   Yeovil
17 3MF Stéphane Sessègnon (captain) (1984-06-01) 1 June 1984 (age 34) 70 21   Genclerbirligi
18 3MF Mama Séïbou (1995-12-28) 28 December 1995 (age 22) 22 2   SC Toulon
20 3MF Jodel Dossou (1992-03-17) 17 March 1992 (age 26) 19 2   Vaduz
3MF Tidjani Anaane (1997-03-27) 27 March 1997 (age 21) 0 0   Ben Guerdane

9 4FW Steve Mounié (1994-09-29) 29 September 1994 (age 23) 10 1   Huddersfield Town
10 4FW Mickaël Poté (1984-09-24) 24 September 1984 (age 33) 43 7   APOEL
14 4FW Dègnon Koukpo (1995-04-06) 6 April 1995 (age 23) 12 2   Hammam Lif
19 4FW Segbé Azankpo (1993-05-06) 6 May 1993 (age 25) 3 0   FK Senica
4FW Jacques Bessan (1993-09-15) 15 September 1993 (age 25) 9 1   Stade Tunisien

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
GK Steve Glodjinon INJ (1993-12-18) 18 December 1993 (age 24) 8 0   JA Cotonou v.   Tanzania, 12 November 2017

DF Nabil Yarou (1993-06-13) 13 June 1993 (age 25) 8 1   Buffles v.   Tanzania, 12 November 2017
DF Cédric Hountondji (1994-01-19) 19 January 1994 (age 24) 6 0   New York City v.   Tanzania, 12 November 2017

MF Djiman Koukou (1990-11-14) 14 November 1990 (age 27) 40 1   Lens v.   Tanzania, 12 November 2017
MF Rodrigue Fassinou (1999-05-22) 22 May 1999 (age 19) 11 0   ASPAC v.   Tanzania, 12 November 2017
MF Ibrahim Ogoulola (2000-02-03) 3 February 2000 (age 18) 8 2   Requins v.   Tanzania, 12 November 2017

FW Charbel Gomez (2001-01-27) 27 January 2001 (age 17) 8 0   ÉSAÉ Sakété v.   Tanzania, 12 November 2017
FW Christian Kotchoni (1988-07-20) 20 July 1988 (age 30) 0 0   Athletic Youth Cotonou v.   Gabon, 10 October 2017

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

List of Benin managersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Benin löst Nationalelf auf
  2. ^ Match not recognized by FIFA as the referee was from Equatorial Guinea
  3. ^ http://m.afrik-foot.com/benin-la-1ere-liste-de-dussuyer-contre-le-togo
  4. ^ "Benin team of 2018". national-football-teams.com. National Football Teams. 
  5. ^ a b Mamrud, Roberto. "Benin – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 12 November 2017.