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The Senegal national football team, nicknamed the Lions of Teranga, is the national association football team of Senegal and is controlled by the Senegalese Football Federation.

Senegal
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Les Lions de la Téranga
(The Lions of Teranga)
AssociationSenegalese Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachAliou Cissé
CaptainSadio Mané
Cheikhou Kouyaté
Most capsHenri Camara (99)
Top scorerHenri Camara (29)
Home stadiumStade Léopold Sédar Senghor
FIFA codeSEN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 20 Increase 2 (25 July 2019)[1]
Highest20 (July 2019)
Lowest99 (June 2013)
Elo ranking
Current 29 Increase 2 (13 September 2019)[2]
Highest21 (June 2002)
Lowest105 (October 1994)
First international
 British Gambia 1–2 French Senegal Flag of Senegal (1958–1959).svg
(Gambia; 1959)
Biggest win
 Senegal 7–0 Mauritius 
(Dakar, Senegal; 9 October 2010)
Biggest defeat
 Czechoslovakia 11–0 Senegal 
(Prague, Czechoslovakia; 2 November 1966)
World Cup
Appearances2 (first in 2002)
Best resultQuarter-Finals (7th overall) (2002)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances15 (first in 1965)
Best resultRunners-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 eliminated in the group stage against Japan based on fair play points.

HistoryEdit

Early historyEdit

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.

The Senegalese Football Federation (FSF) has been affiliated with FIFA since 1962 and has been a member of the Confederation of African Football since 1963.

Senegal's first appearance in the Africa Cup of Nations was in 1965, where they finished second in their group, and lost 1–0 to Ivory Coast to finish in fourth place.

1990sEdit

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.

2000sEdit

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.[3] 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.[4][5]

 
Senegalese fans at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations against Tunisia.

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.

2010sEdit

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,[6] Senegal qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup,[7] the second in its history after the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.[8] Senegal defeated Poland 2–1 in their opening group match.[9] The first goal was an own goal by Thiago Cionek,[10] and the second one was scored by M'Baye Niang.[11] In the next group stage match, Senegal drew 2–2 against Japan with one goal by Sadio Mané and the other by Moussa Wagué.[12] However, despite having a great advantage, they missed the opportunity by losing 0–1 to Colombia,[13] and due to poor fair play point comparing to Japan, who also lost 0–1 to Poland,[14] Senegal was eliminated in the group stage for the first time in their World Cup history.[15]

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.[16] 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.[17][18]

Competitive recordEdit

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 Did not enter Declined participation
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970 Did not qualify 3 1 0 2 2 4
  1974 2 0 1 1 1 2
  1978 2 0 1 1 1 2
  1982 2 0 1 1 0 1
  1986 2 1 0 1 1 1
  1990 Did not enter Declined participation
  1994 Did not qualify 8 3 1 4 11 12
  1998 2 0 1 1 2 3
    2002 Quarter-finals 7th 5 2 2 1 7 6 10 5 4 1 16 3
  2006 Did not qualify 10 6 3 1 21 8
  2010 6 2 3 1 9 7
  2014 8 3 4 1 11 8
  2018 Group stage 17th 3 1 1 1 4 4 8 5 3 0 15 5
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total Quarter-finals 2/21 8 3 3 2 11 10 63 26 22 15 90 56

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
  1965 Fourth place 4th 3 1 1 1 5 2
  1968 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 5 5
  1970 to   1978 Did not qualify
  1980 Did not enter
  1982 to   1984 Did not qualify
  1986 Group stage 5th 3 2 0 1 3 1
  1988 Did not qualify
  1990 Fourth place 4th 5 1 2 2 3 3
  1992 Quarter-finals 5th 3 1 0 2 4 3
  1994 Quarter-finals 8th 3 1 0 2 2 3
  1996 to   1998 Did not qualify
    2000 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 1 2 6 6
  2002 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 2 0 6 1
  2004 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 2 1 4 2
  2006 Fourth place 4th 6 2 0 4 7 8
  2008 Group stage 12th 3 0 2 1 4 6
  2010 Did not qualify
   2012 Group stage 13th 3 0 0 3 3 6
  2013 Did not qualify
  2015 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 3 4
  2017 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 2 0 6 2
  2019 Runners-up 2nd 7 5 0 2 8 2
  2021 to   2025 To be determined
Total Runners-up 15/32 60 23 14 23 69 54

African Nations Championship recordEdit

African Nations Championship
Appearances: 2
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  2009 Fourth place 4th 5 1 3 1 3 3
  2011 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 2 2
  2014 Did not qualify
  2016
  2018
  2020 To be determined
  2022
Total Fourth place 2/5 8 2 4 2 5 5

African Games recordEdit

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
Year Result GP W D L GS 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 Senegal national under-23 football team
Total 4/4 0 0 0 0 0 0

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2018Edit

2019Edit

Kit historyEdit

Kit manufacturerEdit

Kit providers Period
Adidas 1980–2000
Erreà 2000–2002
Le Coq Sportif 2002–2004
Puma 2004–2016
Romai[19] 2017
Puma 2017–present

PersonnelEdit

Position Name
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

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 23 players were selected for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.[20]
Caps and goals correct as of 19 July 2019 after the final against Algeria.[21]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Abdoulaye Diallo (1992-03-30) 30 March 1992 (age 27) 17 0   Gençlerbirliği
23 1GK Alfred Gomis (1993-09-05) 5 September 1993 (age 26) 9 0   Dijon
16 1GK Edouard Mendy (1992-03-01) 1 March 1992 (age 27) 6 0   Rennes

21 2DF Lamine Gassama (1989-10-20) 20 October 1989 (age 29) 45 0   Göztepe
3 2DF Kalidou Koulibaly (1991-06-20) 20 June 1991 (age 28) 39 0   Napoli
6 2DF Salif Sané (1990-08-25) 25 August 1990 (age 29) 34 0   Schalke 04
2 2DF Saliou Ciss (1989-09-15) 15 September 1989 (age 30) 19 0   Nancy
22 2DF Moussa Wagué (1998-10-04) 4 October 1998 (age 20) 18 1   Barcelona
12 2DF Youssouf Sabaly (1993-03-05) 5 March 1993 (age 26) 18 0   Bordeaux
4 2DF Pape Abou Cissé (1995-09-14) 14 September 1995 (age 24) 3 1   Olympiacos

5 3MF Idrissa Gana Gueye (1989-09-26) 26 September 1989 (age 29) 70 4   Paris Saint-Germain
8 3MF Cheikhou Kouyaté (1989-12-21) 21 December 1989 (age 29) 59 2   Crystal Palace
14 3MF Henri Saivet (1990-10-26) 26 October 1990 (age 28) 31 1   Newcastle United
13 3MF Alfred N'Diaye (1990-03-06) 6 March 1990 (age 29) 30 1   Villarreal
17 3MF Badou Ndiaye (1990-10-27) 27 October 1990 (age 28) 28 1   Stoke City
15 3MF Krépin Diatta (1999-02-25) 25 February 1999 (age 20) 10 1   Club Brugge
20 3MF Sada Thioub (1995-06-01) 1 June 1995 (age 24) 4 0   Angers

10 4FW Sadio Mané (Captain) (1992-04-10) 10 April 1992 (age 27) 66 19   Liverpool
7 4FW Moussa Konaté (1993-04-03) 3 April 1993 (age 26) 34 12   Amiens
11 4FW Keita Baldé (1995-03-08) 8 March 1995 (age 24) 30 5   Monaco
18 4FW Ismaïla Sarr (1998-02-25) 25 February 1998 (age 21) 27 4   Watford
9 4FW M'Baye Niang (1994-12-19) 19 December 1994 (age 24) 22 4   Rennes
19 4FW Mbaye Diagne (1991-10-28) 28 October 1991 (age 27) 10 0   Galatasaray

Recent call-upsEdit

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 (1999-07-04) 4 July 1999 (age 20) 0 0   Cayor Foot v.   Mali, 26 March 2019
GK Seydou Sy (1995-12-12) 12 December 1995 (age 23) 0 0   Monaco v.   Equatorial Guinea, 17 November 2018

DF Elhadji Pape Diaw (1995-09-14) 14 September 1995 (age 24) 1 0   Angers v.   Mali, 26 March 2019
DF Adama Mbengue (1993-12-01) 1 December 1993 (age 25) 8 0   Caen v.   Equatorial Guinea, 17 November 2018
DF Racine Coly (1995-12-08) 8 December 1995 (age 23) 2 0   Nice v.   Equatorial Guinea, 17 November 2018
DF Ibrahima Mbaye (1994-11-19) 19 November 1994 (age 24) 2 0   Bologna v.   Equatorial Guinea, 17 November 2018

MF Sidy Sarr (1996-06-05) 5 June 1996 (age 23) 2 1   Nîmes 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
MF Cheikh N'Doye (1986-03-29) 29 March 1986 (age 33) 32 3   Birmingham City v.   Mali, 26 March 2019
MF Loum N'Diaye (1996-12-30) 30 December 1996 (age 22) 1 0   Porto v.   Mali, 26 March 2019
MF Amath Diédhiou (1996-07-16) 16 July 1996 (age 23) 4 0   Getafe v.   Equatorial Guinea, 17 November 2018
MF Assane Dioussé (1997-09-20) 20 September 1997 (age 21) 3 0   Chievo v.   Equatorial Guinea, 17 November 2018

FW Santy Ngom (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 (age 26) 3 0   Nantes 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
FW Opa Nguette (1994-07-08) 8 July 1994 (age 25) 7 1   Metz v.   Equatorial Guinea, 17 November 2018
FW Habib Diallo (1995-06-18) 18 June 1995 (age 24) 1 0   Metz v.   Equatorial Guinea, 17 November 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 19 July 2019
Players in bold text are still active with Senegal.


Previous squadsEdit

FIFA World Cup

Africa Cup of Nations

ManagersEdit

 
Bruno Metsu, the manager of Senegal from 2000 to 2002. He guided Senegal to the quarter finals of the 2002 World Cup.
Dates Name
1960–1961   Raoul Diagne
1961–1979   Jules Vandooren
1979–1982   Otto Pfister
1982–1989   Pape Alioune Diop
1989–1995   Claude Le Roy
1995–2000   Peter Schnittger
2000–2002   Bruno Metsu
2002–2005   Guy Stéphan
2005–2006   Abdoulaye Sarr
2006–2008   Henryk Kasperczak
2008–2012   Amara Traoré
2012–2013   Joseph Koto
2013–2015   Alain Giresse
2015–   Aliou Cissé

Team honoursEdit

Last updated 19 July 2019

Continental tournamentsEdit

Runners-up:   2002,   2019

Other Tournaments and CupsEdit

Amilcar Cabral Cup
Champions: 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 2001
Runners-up: 1982, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2005

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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