Senegal national football team
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The Senegal national football team (French: Équipe nationale de football du Senegal) represents Senegal in men's international association football and it is controlled by the Senegalese Football Federation, The team's nickname is the Lions of Teranga, The team became the second African team to reach the quarter finals in the 2002 FIFA World Cup after Cameroon in 1990 and losing to Turkey in extra time and The team represents both FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF).
|Nickname(s)||Les Lions de la Téranga|
(The Lions of Teranga)
|Association||Senegalese Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||Aliou Cissé|
|Most caps||Henri Camara (99)|
|Top scorer||Henri Camara (29)|
|Home stadium||Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor|
|Current||20 (20 February 2020)|
|Highest||20 (July 2019)|
|Lowest||99 (June 2013)|
|Current||28 3 (20 February 2020)|
|Highest||21 (June 2002)|
|Lowest||105 (October 1994)|
| British Gambia 1–2 French Senegal |
| Senegal 7–0 Mauritius |
(Dakar, Senegal; 9 October 2010)
| Czechoslovakia 11–0 Senegal |
(Prague, Czechoslovakia; 2 November 1966)
|Appearances||2 (first in 2002)|
|Best result||Quarter-Finals (7th overall) (2002)|
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||15 (first in 1965)|
|Best result||Runners-up (2002, 2019)|
Established in the early 1960s, the team have been regular competitors in the Africa Cup of Nations, where their best performances were runner-up to Cameroon in the 2002 edition in Mali, and to Algeria in the 2019 edition in Egypt. In the same year as their first time being runners-up, Senegal took part at the FIFA World Cup for the first time and reached the quarter-finals, having defeated reigning champions France in the opening game. The team made their second World Cup appearance sixteen years later, earning four points, being controversially eliminated in the group stage against Japan based on fair play points.
Senegal gained its independence from France on 4 April 1960, and the Senegalese Football Federation (FSF) was founded that year. The first Senegal match took place on 31 December 1961 against Dahomey (current Benin). Senegal lost 3–2.
In the 1990 Africa Cup of Nations, Senegal finished fourth. Senegal hosted the 1992 tournament. After finishing second in their group, they were eliminated by Cameroon in the quarterfinals. Senegal qualified for four of six African championships that decade.
Senegal's best finish in the African Cup of Nations came in 2002, where they lost the final on a penalty shootout after drawing 0–0 with Cameroon. Later that year, Senegal made their first-ever world championship appearance at the World Cup. Senegal eventually reached the quarter-finals of the 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 defending world champions 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.
Senegal qualified for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, but finished third in their group with two points. They failed to make the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the first World Cup to be held in Africa.
Senegal was eliminated in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations with zero wins and zero points.
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 World Cup. All activities of the national league and the national team were suspended for a few days in his memory.
The West African nation narrowly missed the 2014 FIFA World Cup after losing in a round-robin match against Ivory Coast in the final qualification round. Senegal qualified for two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments since, being eliminated in the group stage in 2015 and reaching the quarterfinals in 2017. On 10 November 2017, after defeating South Africa 2–0, Senegal qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the second in its history after the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea. Senegal defeated Poland 2–1 in their opening group match. The first goal was an own goal by Thiago Cionek,and the second one was scored by M'Baye Niang. In the next group stage match, Senegal drew 2–2 against Japan with one goal by Sadio Mané and the other by Moussa Wagué. However, despite having a great advantage, they missed the opportunity by losing 0–1 to Colombia, and due to poor fair play point comparing to Japan, who also lost 0–1 to Poland, Senegal was eliminated in the group stage for the first time in their World Cup history.
Senegal achieved a very successful campaign in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations under the same management of Aliou Cissé, who participated in the 2002 final before. Under Cissé, Senegal entered into their first-ever final in seventeen years, beating almost every opponent in the process. However, Senegal had failed to beat one opponent throughout the entire tournament, Algeria, with the team lost 0–1 twice to Algeria, including the 2019 final, thus failed to win the Africa Cup of Nations for the second time in its history.
World Cup recordEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1930||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1970||Did not qualify||3||1||0||2||2||4|
|1990||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1994||Did not qualify||8||3||1||4||11||12|
|2006||Did not qualify||10||6||3||1||21||8|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit
|Africa Cup of Nations record|
|Host nation(s) / Year||Round||Position||Pld||W||D*||L||GF||GA|
|1957 to 1959||Part of France|
|1962 to 1963||Not affiliated to CAF|
|1970 to 1978||Did not qualify|
|1980||Did not enter|
|1982 to 1984||Did not qualify|
|1988||Did not qualify|
|1996 to 1998||Did not qualify|
|2010||Did not qualify|
|2013||Did not qualify|
|2021 to 2025||To be determined|
African Nations Championship recordEdit
|African Nations Championship|
|2014||Did not qualify|
|2020||To be determined|
African Games recordEdit
- Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
|African Games record|
|1991–present||See Senegal national under-23 football team|
Results and fixturesEdit
Win Draw Loss
|17 November 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Equatorial Guinea||0–1||Senegal||Bata, Equatorial Guinea|
|16:00 WAT||Report||Meseguer 52' (o.g.)||Stadium: Estadio de Bata|
Referee: Mahmoud El Banna (Egypt)
|23 March 2019 2019 AFCONQ||Senegal||2–0||Madagascar||Thiès, Senegal|
|19:00 GMT||Niang 27', 56'||Report||Stadium: Stade Lat-Dior|
Referee: Youssef Essrayri (Tunisia)
|26 March 2019 Friendly||Senegal||2–1||Mali||Dakar, Senegal|
|19:00 GMT||Mané 87'
|Report||A. Traoré 72'||Stadium: Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor|
Referee: Mathioro Diabel (Mauritania)
|16 June 2019 Friendly||Senegal||1–0||Nigeria||Ismailia, Egypt|
|16:45 GMT||Gueye 18'||Report||Stadium: Ismailia Stadium|
Referee: Mahmoud Ashour (Egypt)
|23 June 2019 2019 AFCON GS||Senegal||2–0||Tanzania||Cairo, Egypt|
|19:00 CAT||Keita 28'
|Report||Stadium: 30 June Stadium|
Referee: Sadok Selmi (Tunisia)
|27 June 2019 2019 AFCON GS||Senegal||0–1||Algeria||Cairo, Egypt|
|19:00 CAT||Report||Belaïli 49'||Stadium: 30 June Stadium|
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
|1 July 2019 2019 AFCON GS||Kenya||0–3||Senegal||Cairo, Egypt|
|21:00 CAT||Report||Sarr 63'
Mané 71', 78' (pen.)
|Stadium: 30 June Stadium|
Referee: Gehad Grisha (Egypt)
|5 July 2019 2019 AFCON R16||Uganda||0–1||Senegal||Cairo, Egypt|
|21:00 CAT||Report||Mané 15'||Stadium: Cairo International Stadium|
Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria)
|10 July 2019 2019 AFCON QF||Senegal||1–0||Benin||Cairo, Egypt|
|18:00 CAT||Gueye 69'||Report||Stadium: 30 June Stadium|
Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria)
|14 July 2019 2019 AFCON SF||Senegal||1–0 (a.e.t.)||Tunisia||Cairo, Egypt|
|18:00 CAT||Bronn 100' (o.g.)||Report||Stadium: 30 June Stadium|
Referee: Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)
|19 July 2019 2019 AFCON Final||Senegal||0–1||Algeria||Cairo, Egypt|
|21:00 CAT||Report||Bounedjah 2'||Stadium: Cairo International Stadium|
Referee: Sidi Alioum (Cameroon)
|28 July 2019 2020 ANCQ||Liberia||1–0||Senegal||Monrovia, Liberia|
|16:00 GMT||Jackson 90'||Report||Stadium: Antoinette Tubman Stadium|
Referee: Abdel Aziz Mohamed Bouh (Mauritania)
|3 August 2019 2020 ANCQ||Senegal||3–0||Liberia||Dakar, Senegal|
|17:00 GMT||Diouf 50'
|Report||Stadium: Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor|
Referee: Fabrício Duarte (Cape Verde)
|10 October 2019 Brasil Global Tour||Brazil||1–1||Senegal||Kallang, Singapore|
|20:00 (SGT)||Firmino 9'||Report||Diédhiou 45+1' (pen.)||Stadium: Singapore National Stadium|
Referee: Muhammad Taqi (Singapore)
|13 November 2019 2021 AFCONQ||Senegal||2–0||Congo||Thiès, Senegal|
|19:00 UTC±0||Stadium: Stade Lat-Dior|
|Le Coq Sportif||2002–2004|
|Head Coach||Aliou Cissé|
|Assistant Coach||Joseph Koto|
|Assistant Coach II||Régis Bogaert|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Tony Sylva|
|Team Coordinator||Lamine Diatta|
|Physical Trainer||Teddy Pellerin|
|Media Officer||Ciré Soumare|
|Technical Director||Mayacine Mar|
|Team Doctor||Abdourahmane Fédior|
The following 24 players were selected for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Congo and Eswatini on 13 and 17 November 2019.
Caps and goals correct as of 17 November 2019 after the game against Eswatini.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Abdoulaye Diallo||30 March 1992||17||0||Gençlerbirliği|
|GK||Alfred Gomis||5 September 1993||10||0||Dijon|
|GK||Edouard Mendy||1 March 1992||8||0||Rennes|
|DF||Lamine Gassama||20 October 1989||47||0||Göztepe|
|DF||Kalidou Koulibaly (Captain)||20 June 1991||42||0||Napoli|
|DF||Saliou Ciss||15 September 1989||20||0||Nancy|
|DF||Moussa Wagué||4 October 1998||19||1||Nice|
|DF||Racine Coly||8 December 1995||4||0||Nice|
|DF||Moussa Ndiaye(footballer, born 1999)||30 September 1999||0||0||Rende Calcio 1968|
|DF||Mouhamadou-Naby Sarr||13 August 1993||0||0||Charlton Athletic|
|DF||Ousseynou Thioune||16 November 1993||0||0||Sochaux|
|MF||Idrissa Gana Gueye||26 September 1989||73||4||Paris Saint-Germain|
|MF||Cheikhou Kouyaté||21 December 1989||62||2||Crystal Palace|
|MF||Badou Ndiaye||27 October 1990||30||2||Trabzonspor|
|MF||Krépin Diatta||25 February 1999||13||1||Club Brugge|
|MF||Sidy Sarr||5 June 1996||5||2||Nîmes|
|MF||Mamadou Loum||30 December 1996||2||0||Porto|
|FW||Sadio Mané||10 April 1992||69||19||Liverpool|
|FW||Ismaïla Sarr||25 February 1998||29||4||Watford|
|FW||M'Baye Niang||19 December 1994||23||4||Rennes|
|FW||Famara Diédhiou||15 December 1992||10||5||Bristol City|
|FW||Sada Thioub||1 June 1995||7||0||Angers|
|FW||Habib Diallo||18 June 1995||4||1||Metz|
|FW||Mame Baba Thiam||9 October 1992||0||0||Kasımpaşa|
The following players have been called up for Senegal in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Dialy Ndiaye||4 July 1999||0||0||Reims II||v. Mali, 26 March 2019|
|DF||Salif Sané||25 August 1990||35||0||Schalke 04||v. Congo, 13 November 2019 INJ|
|DF||Elhadji Pape Diaw||14 September 1995||1||0||Caen||v. Brazil, 10 October 2019|
|DF||Youssouf Sabaly||5 March 1993||18||0||Bordeaux||2019 Africa Cup of Nations|
|DF||Pape Abou Cissé||14 September 1995||3||1||Olympiacos||2019 Africa Cup of Nations|
|MF||Henri Saivet||26 October 1990||31||1||Newcastle United||2019 Africa Cup of Nations|
|MF||Alfred N'Diaye||6 March 1990||30||1||Al-Shabab||2019 Africa Cup of Nations|
|MF||Cheikh N'Doye||29 March 1986||32||3||Unattached||v. Mali, 26 March 2019|
|FW||Keita Baldé||8 March 1995||30||5||Monaco||v. Brazil, 10 October 2019|
|FW||Moussa Konaté||3 April 1993||34||12||Amiens||2019 Africa Cup of Nations|
|FW||Mbaye Diagne||28 October 1991||10||0||Club Brugge||2019 Africa Cup of Nations|
|FW||Santy Ngom||7 March 1993||3||0||Caen||2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE|
DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
- As of 17 November 2019
- Players in bold text are still active with Senegal.
- 2019 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Senegal
- 2017 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Senegal
- 2015 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Senegal
- 2012 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Senegal
- 2008 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Senegal
- 2006 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Senegal
- 2004 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Senegal
- 2002 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Senegal
- 2000 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Senegal
- 1994 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Senegal
- 1992 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Senegal
- 1990 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Senegal
- 1986 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Senegal
- 1968 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Senegal
- 1965 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Senegal
Last updated 19 July 2019
Other Tournaments and CupsEdit
- Amilcar Cabral Cup
- Champions: 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 2001
- Runners-up: 1982, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2005
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