Senegal national football team
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|Nickname(s)||Les Lions de la Téranga|
(The Lions of Teranga)
|Association||Fédération Sénégalaise de Football|
|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||23 2 (29 November 2018)|
|Highest||23 (November 2017)|
|Lowest||99 (June 2013)|
|Current||28 2 (13 December 2018)|
|Highest||15 (November 2016)|
|Lowest||100 (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 (2002)|
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||14 (first in 1965)|
|Best result||Runners-up (2002)|
Established in the early 1960s, the team have been regular competitors in the Africa Cup of Nations, where their best performance was runner-up to Cameroon in the 2002 edition in Mali. In the same year, 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 16 years later, earning four points, being 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 African 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 Côte d'Ivoire 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.
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
|Host nation(s) / Year||Round||Position||GP||W||D||L||GS||GA|
|1957||Did not enter|
|1970||Did not qualify|
|1980||Did not enter|
|1982||Did not qualify|
|1988||Did not qualify|
|1996||Did not qualify|
|2010||Did not qualify|
|2013||Did not qualify|
|2021||To be determined|
|2023||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
|10 November 2017 2018 WCQ||South Africa||0–2||Senegal||Polokwane, South Africa|
|19:00 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Peter Mokaba Stadium|
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
|14 November 2017 2018 WCQ||Senegal||2–1||South Africa||Dakar, Senegal|
|19:30 UTC±0||Report||Tau 65'||Stadium: Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor|
Referee: Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)
|23 March 2018 Friendly||Senegal||1–1||Uzbekistan||Casablanca, Morocco|
|17:30 GMT||Konaté 64'||Report||Shukurov 21' (pen.)||Stadium: Stade Mohammed V|
Referee: Noureddine El Jaafari (Morocco)
|27 March 2018 Friendly||Senegal||0–0||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Le Havre, France|
|20:00 CEST||Report||Stadium: Stade Océane|
Referee: Stephan Klossner (Switzerland)
|31 May 2018 Friendly||Luxembourg||0–0||Senegal||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
|20:00 CEST||Report||Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel|
Referee: Xavier Estrada (Spain)
|8 June 2018 Friendly||Croatia||2–1||Senegal||Osijek, Croatia|
|18:00 CEST||Perišić 63'
|Report||Sarr 48'||Stadium: Stadion Gradski vrt|
Referee: Ádám Farkas (Hungary)
|11 June 2018 Friendly||Senegal||2–0||South Korea||Grödig, Austria|
|15:30 CEST||Kim Shin-wook 55' (o.g.)
Konaté 86' (pen.)
Referee: Harald Lechner (Austria)
|19 June 2018 2018 FIFA World Cup||Poland||1–2||Senegal||Moscow, Russia|
|18:00 (UTC+3)||Krychowiak 86'||Report||Cionek 37' (o.g.)
|Stadium: Spartak Stadium|
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
|24 June 2018 2018 FIFA World Cup||Japan||2–2||Senegal||Yekaterinburg, Russia|
|20:00 (UTC+5)||Inui 34'
|Stadium: Central Stadium|
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
|28 June 2018 2018 FIFA World Cup||Senegal||0–1||Colombia||Samara, Russia|
|18:00 (UTC+4)||Report||Mina 74'||Stadium: Cosmos Arena|
Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
|9 September 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Madagascar||2–2||Senegal||Antananarivo, Madagascar|
|14:30 EAT||Voavy 44'
Koulibaly 67' (o.g.)
|Stadium: Mahamasina Municipal Stadium|
Referee: Joshua Bondo (Botswana)
|13 October 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Senegal||3–0||Sudan||Dakar, Senegal|
|19:00 GMT||Cissé 17'
|Report||Stadium: Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor|
Referee: Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)
|16 October 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Sudan||0–1||Senegal||Khartoum, Sudan|
|19:30 CAT||Report||S. Sarr 86'||Stadium: Khartoum Stadium|
Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria)
|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)
|Le Coq Sportif||2002–2004|
|Head Coach||Aliou Cissé|
|Assistant Coach||Régis Bogaert|
|Assistant Coach ll||Omar Daf|
|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 players have been selected for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match against Equatorial Guinea on 17 November 2018.
Caps and goals as of 17 November 2018, after the match against Equatorial Guinea.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|16||GK||Edouard Mendy||1 March 1992||1||0||Reims|
|23||GK||Alfred Gomis||5 September 1993||4||0||SPAL|
|1||GK||Seydou Sy||12 December 1995||0||0||Monaco|
|GK||Abdoulaye Diallo INJ||30 March 1992||17||0||Rennes|
|2||DF||Adama Mbengue||1 December 1993||8||0||Caen|
|3||DF||Kalidou Koulibaly||20 June 1991||31||0||Napoli|
|4||DF||Pape Abou Cissé||14 September 1995||2||1||Olympiacos|
|6||DF||Salif Sané||25 August 1990||27||0||Schalke 04|
|12||DF||Youssouf Sabaly||5 March 1993||10||0||Bordeaux|
|14||DF||Ibrahima Mbaye||19 November 1994||2||0||Bologna|
|21||DF||Lamine Gassama||20 October 1989||38||0||Göztepe|
|DF||Racine Coly DEC||8 December 1995||2||0||Nice|
|5||MF||Idrissa Gueye||26 September 1989||62||2||Everton|
|8||MF||Cheikhou Kouyaté (Captain)||21 December 1989||51||2||Crystal Palace|
|11||MF||Cheikh N'Doye||29 March 1986||31||3||Angers|
|15||MF||Amath Diédhiou||16 July 1996||4||0||Getafe|
|13||MF||Assane Dioussé||20 September 1997||3||0||Saint-Étienne|
|17||MF||Sidy Sarr||5 June 1996||2||1||Châteauroux|
|7||FW||Habib Diallo||18 June 1995||1||0||Metz|
|9||FW||M'Baye Niang||19 December 1994||13||2||Rennes|
|10||FW||Sadio Mané||10 April 1992||58||15||Liverpool|
|19||FW||Mbaye Diagne||28 October 1991||4||0||Kasımpaşa|
|20||FW||Keita Baldé||8 March 1995||23||4||Internazionale|
|22||FW||Opa Nguette||8 July 1994||7||1||Metz|
|FW||Moussa Konaté INJ||3 April 1993||30||11||Amiens|
|FW||Ismaïla Sarr INJ||25 February 1998||20||3||Rennes|
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||Khadim N'Diaye||5 April 1985||29||0||Horoya||2018 FIFA World Cup|
|GK||Pape Seydou N'Diaye||11 February 1993||10||0||Niarry Tally||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|DF||Elhadji Pape Diaw||31 December 1994||0||0||Korona Kielce||v. Sudan, 16 October 2018|
|DF||Kara Mbodji||11 November 1989||47||5||Nantes||2018 FIFA World Cup|
|DF||Moussa Wagué||4 October 1998||13||1||Barcelona B||2018 FIFA World Cup|
|DF||Saliou Ciss||15 September 1989||18||0||Angers||2018 FIFA World Cup INJ|
|DF||Pape Souaré||6 June 1990||26||1||Crystal Palace||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|DF||Papy Djilobodji||1 December 1988||17||0||Unattached||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|DF||Armand Traoré||8 October 1989||7||0||Çaykur Rizespor||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|DF||Fallou Diagne||14 August 1989||4||0||Konyaspor||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|MF||Alfred N'Diaye SUS||6 March 1990||24||1||Málaga||v. Sudan, 16 October 2018|
|MF||Badou Ndiaye||27 October 1990||19||1||Galatasaray||2018 FIFA World Cup|
|MF||Henri Saivet||26 October 1990||24||1||Newcastle United||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|MF||Krépin Diatta||25 February 1999||0||0||Club Brugge||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|FW||Mame Biram Diouf||16 December 1987||51||10||Stoke City||2018 FIFA World Cup|
|FW||Diafra Sakho||24 December 1989||13||3||Bursaspor||2018 FIFA World Cup|
|FW||Oumar Niasse||18 April 1990||9||3||Everton||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|FW||Famara Diédhiou||15 December 1992||7||1||Bristol City||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|FW||Santy Ngom||7 March 1993||2||0||Nantes||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE|
DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
- As of 16 October 2018
- Players in bold text are still active with 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 14 August 2017
- Runners-up: 2002
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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