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The Mali national football team, nicknamed Les Aigles (The Eagles), is the national team of Mali and is controlled by the Malian Football Federation. Mali competes as members of both FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF). They have never qualified for a World Cup finals in their team's history.

Mali
Nickname(s)Les Aigles (The Eagles)
AssociationMalian Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachMohamed Magassouba (caretaker)
CaptainYacouba Sylla
Most capsSeydou Keita (102)[1]
Top scorerSeydou Keita (25)
Home stadiumStade du 26 Mars
FIFA codeMLI
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 65 Steady (4 April 2019)[2]
Highest23 (June 2013)
Lowest117 (October 2001)
Elo ranking
Current 76 Increase 1 (27 March 2019)[3]
Highest40 (19 December 1971)
Lowest127 (September 1996)
First international
 Mali 4–3 Central African Republic 
(Madagascar; 13 April 1960)
Biggest win
 Mali 11–0 Mauritania 
(Senegal; 1 October 1972)
Biggest defeat
 Algeria 7–0 Mali 
(Algeria; 13 November 1988)
 Kuwait 8–1 Mali 
(Kuwait City, Kuwait; 5 September 1997)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances10 (first in 1972)
Best resultRunners-up, 1972
African Nations Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2011)
Best resultRunners-up, 2016

Mali were suspended by FIFA on 17 March 2017 due to 'government interference' with the national football association, namely dissolving its executive committee.[4] However, the side was re-instated by FIFA on 29 April after the executive committee was re-introduced by the Malian government.[5]

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HistoryEdit

Mali reached the 1972 African Nations Cup final, but lost 3–2 to Congo. They failed to qualify for the finals again until 1994 when they reached the semi-finals, an achievement repeated in 2002, 2004 and 2012.

They played their first World Cup qualifier in the year 2000. As part of the CAF's qualifiers for the 2002 World Cup, Mali lost in the preliminary round to Libya. Two years later, the country hosted the 2002 African Cup of Nations.[6]

Mali's under-23's team managed to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece. The team coached by Cheick Kone managed to reach the quarter-finals of the Olympic tournament before losing to Italy.[7]

In the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, Mali beat Guinea-Bissau in the preliminaries. In the resulting second round, Mali finished fifth in its group. On 27 March 2005, riots broke out in Bamako after Mali lost a World Cup qualifier to Togo, 2–1 on a last minute goal.[8]

In the 2010 African Nations Cup, Mali made football headlines for coming back from losing 4–0 with eleven minutes left to level 4–4 with Angola.[9] It is considered to be one of the best comebacks in recent memory, alongside Sweden's famous comeback against Germany in a 2014 World Cup qualifier with a same scoreline.

Team kitEdit

Manufacturer Period
  Kappa 1998–2003
  Baliston 2003–2007
  Airness 2007–

Competition recordsEdit

Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit

Mali has never won the Africa Cup of Nations, however their best result at the tournament was Runners-up – in 1972. Mali have qualified for the tournament ten times in total, finishing as runners-up once, third twice, and fourth three times. Prior to 2008, each time Mali qualified, they reached the knockout stage having only qualified four times before then.

Africa Cup of Nations record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1957 Did not enter Did not enter
  1959
  1962
  1963
  1965 Did not qualify Did not qualify
  1968
  1970
  1972 Runners-up 2nd 5 1 3 1 11 11 4 3 1 0 7 2
  1974 Did not qualify 4 1 3 0 8 6
  1976 2 1 0 1 5 3
  1978 2 1 0 1 1 2
  1980 Did not enter
  1982 4 2 0 2 7 7
  1984 4 2 0 2 5 6
  1986 4 1 2 1 4 9
  1988 Withdrew
  1990 6 2 3 1 8 7
  1992 6 0 3 3 2 7
  1994 Fourth place 4th 5 2 0 3 4 8 6 3 1 2 8 7
  1996 Did not qualify 10 5 1 4 15 10
  1998 6 3 0 3 9 9
    2000 8 3 4 1 8 3
  2002 Fourth place 4th 6 2 2 2 5 5 Qualified as hosts
  2004 Fourth place 4th 6 3 1 2 10 10 6 4 1 1 9 2
  2006 Did not qualify 12 4 2 6 15 15
  2008 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 1 3 6 3 3 0 10 1
  2010 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 7 6 12 6 3 3 21 15
    2012 Third place 3rd 6 3 1 2 6 5 6 3 1 2 9 6
  2013 Third place 3rd 6 2 2 2 7 8 2 2 0 0 7 1
  2015 Group stage 10th 3 0 3 0 3 3 6 3 0 3 8 6
  2017 Group stage 12th 3 0 2 1 1 2 6 5 1 0 13 3
  2019 Qualified 5 3 2 0 7 2
  2021 To be determined To be determined
  2023
Total Runners-up 10/31 46 15 16 15 55 61 129 60 31 37 186 129

African Nations Championship recordEdit

Mali has competed in three African Nations Championship tournaments, finishing as runners-up once.

African Nations Championship record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  2009 Did not qualify 2 0 2 0 0 0
  2011 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 1 3 2 1 1 0 3 1
  2014 Quarter-finals 8th 4 2 1 1 6 5 2 1 0 1 3 2
  2016 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 2 1 6 6 4 2 2 0 7 4
  2018 Did not qualify 4 1 2 1 6 3
  2020 To be determined To be determined
Total Runners-up 3/5 13 5 4 4 13 14 14 5 7 2 19 10

FIFA World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup
Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Did not enter
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966 Withdrew Withdrew
  1970 Did not enter Did not enter
  1974
  1978
  1982
  1986
  1990
  1994 Withdrew Withdrew
  1998
    2002 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 3 4
  2006 12 4 2 6 15 15
  2010 16 8 3 5 30 21
  2014 6 2 2 2 7 7
  2018 8 1 4 3 4 10
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0 Titles 0/21 0 0 0 0 0 0 44 16 11 17 59 57

African Games recordEdit

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
  1965 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1973 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1978 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1987 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991–present See Mali national under-23 football team
Total 4/4 0 0 0 0 0 0

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2018Edit

2019Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following squad has been selected for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against South Sudan and a friendly vs. Senegal on March 23 and 26.[10]

Caps and goals as of 26 March 2019, after the match vs. Senegal.[11]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Mamadou Samassa (1990-02-16) 16 February 1990 (age 29) 14 0   Troyes
16 1GK Djigui Diarra (1995-02-27) 27 February 1995 (age 24) 25 0   Stade Malien
22 1GK Adama Kéïta (1990-05-03) 3 May 1990 (age 28) 1 0   Djoliba

3 2DF Youssouf Koné (1995-07-05) 5 July 1995 (age 23) 12 0   LOSC
5 2DF Bakaye Dibassy (1989-08-11) 11 August 1989 (age 29) 4 0   Amiens
6 2DF Massadio Haïdara (1992-12-02) 2 December 1992 (age 26) 1 0   Lens
13 2DF Kiki Kouyaté (1997-04-15) 15 April 1997 (age 22) 1 0   Troyes
15 2DF Mamadou Fofana (1998-01-21) 21 January 1998 (age 21) 9 1   Metz
17 2DF Falaye Sacko (1995-05-01) 1 May 1995 (age 23) 8 0   Vitória de Guimarães
2DF Hamary Traoré (1992-01-27) 27 January 1992 (age 27) 18 0   Rennes

4 3MF Aboubacar Diarra (1993-05-22) 22 May 1993 (age 25) 5 1   ENPPI
8 3MF Idrissa Traoré (1991-05-06) 6 May 1991 (age 27) 4 0   Shabaab al Jabal
11 3MF Lassana Coulibaly (1996-04-10) 10 April 1996 (age 23) 14 0   Rangers
14 3MF Adama Traoré (1995-06-28) 28 June 1995 (age 23) 8 2   Cercle Brugge
18 3MF Cheick Doucouré (2000-01-08) 8 January 2000 (age 19) 2 0   Lens
3MF Diadie Samassékou (1996-01-11) 11 January 1996 (age 23) 8 0   Red Bull Salzburg

2 4FW Ibrahima Tandia (1993-07-12) 12 July 1993 (age 25) 1 0   Sepsi
7 4FW Moussa Doumbia (1994-08-15) 15 August 1994 (age 24) 17 3   Rostov
9 4FW Moussa Marega (1991-04-14) 14 April 1991 (age 28) 20 2   Porto
10 4FW Kalifa Coulibaly (1991-08-21) 21 August 1991 (age 27) 14 1   Nantes
12 4FW Adama Traoré (1995-06-05) 5 June 1995 (age 23) 19 3   US Orléans
19 4FW Moussa Djénépo (1998-06-15) 15 June 1998 (age 20) 9 0   Standard Liége
20 4FW Adama Niane (1993-06-16) 16 June 1993 (age 25) 5 0   Troyes
21 4FW Hadi Sacko (1994-03-24) 24 March 1994 (age 25) 3 0   Las Palmas
23 4FW Abdoulay Diaby (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 27) 17 5   Sporting CP

Recent call-upsEdit

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Oumar Sissoko (1987-09-13) 13 September 1987 (age 31) 29 0   Le Havre v.   Burundi, 16 October 2018

DF Salif Coulibaly (1988-05-13) 13 May 1988 (age 30) 31 1   Al Ahly v.   Gabon, 17 November 2018
DF Cheick Keita (1996-04-16) 16 April 1996 (age 23) 0 0   Eupen v.   Gabon, 17 November 2018
DF Molla Wagué (1991-02-21) 21 February 1991 (age 28) 30 4   Nottingham Forest v.   Burundi, 16 October 2018
DF Charles Traoré (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 27) 3 0   Troyes v.   Burundi, 16 October 2018

MF Amadou Haidara (1998-01-31) 31 January 1998 (age 21) 6 0   RB Leipzig v.   Gabon, 17 November 2018
MF Souleymane Diarra (1995-01-30) 30 January 1995 (age 24) 4 0   Lens v.   Gabon, 17 November 2018
MF Sambou Yatabaré (1989-03-02) 2 March 1989 (age 30) 32 5   Antwerp v.   Burundi, 16 October 2018
MF Yves Bissouma (1996-08-30) 30 August 1996 (age 22) 19 3   Brighton & Hove Albion v.   Burundi, 16 October 2018

FW Almamy Gory (1996-08-30) 30 August 1996 (age 22) 0 0   Le Havre v.   Burundi, 16 October 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 11 November 2018
Players in bold text are still active with Mali.

Head to head recordsEdit

Team Confederation P W D L GF GA GD
  Algeria CAF 24 10 2 12 22 36 –14
  Angola CAF 4 1 2 1 8 5 +3
  Benin CAF 16 8 7 1 27 16 +11
  Botswana CAF 7 6 0 1 19 5 +14
  Burkina Faso CAF 21 13 3 5 36 20 +16
  Cameroon CAF 6 0 2 4 3 8 –5
  Cape Verde CAF 7 3 2 2 10 4 +6
  Chad CAF 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2
  China PR AFC 2 1 0 1 3 5 –2
  Congo CAF 10 5 2 3 14 9 +5
  DR Congo CAF 6 3 1 2 11 9 +2
  Croatia UEFA 1 0 0 1 1 2 –1
  Egypt CAF 10 4 2 4 8 8 0
  Equatorial Guinea CAF 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5
  Eritrea CAF 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3
  Ethiopia CAF 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1
  Gabon CAF 12 2 5 5 10 16 –6
  Gambia CAF 18 7 5 6 22 16 +6
  Ghana CAF 17 3 6 8 14 28 –14
  Guinea CAF 39 10 17 12 43 43 0
  Guinea-Bissau CAF 12 9 2 1 26 9 +17
  Iran AFC 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
  Ivory Coast CAF 26 2 8 16 17 47 –30
  Japan AFC 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
  Kenya CAF 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2
  North Korea AFC 1 0 0 1 0 1 –1
  South Korea AFC 1 0 0 1 1 3 –2
  Kuwait AFC 3 0 0 3 4 10 –10
  Liberia CAF 10 5 3 2 19 11 +8
  Libya CAF 7 3 1 3 9 10 –1
  Lithuania UEFA 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2
  Madagascar CAF 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
  Malawi CAF 5 3 1 1 8 5 +3
  Mauritania CAF 30 18 7 5 60 23 +37
  Morocco CAF 19 5 6 8 12 31 –19
  Mozambique CAF 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1
  Namibia CAF 4 2 1 1 5 3 +2
  Niger CAF 8 5 2 1 10 4 +6
  Nigeria CAF 9 1 3 5 5 12 –7
  Oman AFC 2 0 1 1 1 2 –1
  Qatar AFC 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
  Rwanda CAF 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1
  Saudi Arabia AFC 2 1 0 1 4 6 –2
  Senegal CAF 32 8 12 12 33 41 –8
  Seychelles CAF 2 2 0 0 5 0 +5
  Sierra Leone CAF 13 4 7 2 17 9 +8
  South Africa CAF 4 1 2 1 4 2 +2
  South Sudan CAF 2 2 0 0 5 0 +5
  Sudan CAF 4 2 1 1 7 4 +3
  Togo CAF 14 6 2 6 23 15 +8
  Tunisia CAF 8 4 0 4 8 8 0
  Uganda CAF 4 1 2 1 8 4 +4
  United Arab Emirates AFC 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
  Zambia CAF 5 0 2 3 3 8 –5
  Zimbabwe CAF 6 2 1 3 4 5 –1

Previous squadsEdit

Africa Cup of Nations

CoachesEdit

Dates Name
1960–66   Ben Oumar Sy
1966–70   György Tóth
1970–73   Karl-Heinz Weigang
1973–79 empty
1979–82   Mykola Holovko
1982–89   Kidian Diallo
1989–93   Molobaly Sissoko
1993–97   Mamadou Keïta
1998–2000   Christian Sarramagna
2000–01   Romano Mattè
2001–02   Henryk Kasperczak
2002–03   Christian Dalger
Dates Name
2003–04   Henri Stambouli
2004   Alain Moizan
2004–05   Mamadou Keïta
2005–06   Pierre Lechantre
2006   Amadou Pathé Diallo (caretaker)
2006–08   Jean-François Jodar
2008–10   Stephen Keshi
2010–12   Alain Giresse
2012   Amadou Pathé Diallo (caretaker)
2012–13   Patrice Carteron
2013   Amadou Pathé Diallo (caretaker)
2013–15   Henryk Kasperczak
Dates Name
2015–17   Alain Giresse
2017–   Mohamed Magassouba (caretaker)

Team honoursEdit

Last updated 14 August 2017

Continental tournamentsEdit

Runners-up (1):   1972
Runners-up (1):   2016

Other Tournaments and CupsEdit

Amilcar Cabral Cup
Champions (3): 1989, 1997, 2007
Runners-up (4): –

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  4. ^ "FIFA Suspends Malian Football Association (FEMAFOOT)". FIFA. 2017-03-17. Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  5. ^ "Caf [sic] confirm Mali's suspension has been lifted by Fifa [sic]". BBC. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  6. ^ "Mali 2002 - The African Cup Of Nations XXIII - The Qualification". the-shot.com. The Shot. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Italy down brave Mali in extra time (1:0)". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 21 August 2004. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Mali soccer fans burn cars, riot after World Cup qualifier". usatoday.com. The Associated Press. 28 March 2005. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  9. ^ "Angola 4–4 Mali". BBC Sport. 10 January 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  10. ^ "[Mali-South Sudan] -The return of Massadio, the absence of Yves Bissouma and Salif Coulibaly". 15 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Mali national football team 2019". national-football-teams.com. National Football Teams.

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