Senegal national football team
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The Senegal national football team (French: Équipe de football du Senegal) represents Senegal in men's international football. Controlled by the Senegalese Football Federation, it is a member of both FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF). Nicknamed "the Lions of Teranga", the team became the second African team to reach the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup after Cameroon in 1990, doing so in 2002 before losing to Turkey in extra time.
|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 1 (16 September 2021)|
|Highest||20 (July 2019 – September 2020, November 2020 – February 2021, September 2021 – present)|
|Lowest||99 (June 2013)|
| British Gambia 1–2 French Senegal |
(The Gambia; 1959)
| Senegal 10–1 Mauritania |
(Senegal; 28 September 1972)
| Guinea 5–0 Senegal |
(Guinea; 6 March 1966)
|Appearances||2 (first in 2002)|
|Best result||Quarter-Finals (7th overall) (2002)|
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||16 (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. 2002 also saw Senegal compete at the FIFA World Cup for the first time and reach the quarter-finals, having defeated reigning champions France in the opening game. The team made their second World Cup appearance sixteen years later, where they were 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 (now Benin). Senegal lost 3–2.
In the 1990 Africa Cup of Nations, Senegal finished fourth. Senegal hosted the 1992 tournament, where 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 debut appearance at the World Cup. After defeating defending world champions France in their opening game, they drew with Denmark and Uruguay to progress from the group stages, then beat Sweden in extra time in the round of 16 to reach the quarter-finals, one of only three African teams to do so (alongside Cameroon in 1990 and Ghana in 2010). There, they lost to Turkey in extra-time.
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 from 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, thanks to an own goal by Thiago Cionek and a M'Baye Niang strike. In the next group stage match, Senegal drew 2–2 against Japan, with goals from Sadio Mané and Moussa Wagué. However, despite having a great advantage, a 1–0 loss to Colombia in their final match meant they finished level on points with Japan, who progressed thanks to a superior fair play record despite also losing their final match. Thus, Senegal was eliminated in the group stage for the first time in its 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 reached their first final in seventeen years, beating almost every opponent in the process. However, having already lost 1–0 to Algeria earlier in the tournament, Senegal lost 1–0 to them again in the final, thus missing out on the title for a second time.
|Le Coq Sportif||2002–2004|
Results and fixturesEdit
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Win Draw Loss
|9 October Friendly||Morocco||3–1||Senegal||Rabat, Morocco|
|19:00 (UTC+1)||Amallah 10'
|Report||I. Sarr 88' (pen.)||Stadium: Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium|
Referee: Mahamadou Kéïta (Mali)
|11 November 2021 AFCONQ||Senegal||2–0||Guinea-Bissau||Thiès, Senegal|
|16:00 UTC±0||Report||Stadium: Stade Lat-Dior|
Referee: Eric Otogo-Castane (Gabon)
|15 November 2021 AFCONQ||Guinea-Bissau||0–1||Senegal||Bissau, Guinea-Bissau|
||Stadium: Estádio 24 de Setembro|
Referee: Adil Zourak (Morocco)
|26 March 2021 AFCONQ||Congo||0–0||Senegal||Brazzaville, Congo|
|17:00||Report||Stadium: Stade Alphonse Massemba-Débat|
Referee: Mahmoud El Banna (Egypt)
|30 March 2021 AFCONQ||Senegal||1–1||Eswatini||Thiès, Senegal|
||Stadium: Stade Lat-Dior|
Referee: Sekou Ahmed Toure (Guinea)
|5 June Friendly||Senegal||3–1||Zambia||Thiès, Senegal|
||Stadium: Stade Lat-Dior|
Referee: Babacar Sarr (Mauritania)
|8 June Friendly||Senegal||2–0||Cape Verde||Thiès, Senegal|
|19:00 UTC±0||Report||Stadium: Stade Lat-Dior|
Referee: Maudo Jallow (Gambia)
|7 July 2021 COSAFA Cup Group B||Senegal||1–2||Namibia||Port Elizabeth, South Africa|
|13:00 UTC±0||Report||Stadium: Wolfson Stadium|
Referee: Antonio Caluassi Dungula (Angola)
|9 July 2021 COSAFA Cup Group B||Senegal||1–0||Mozambique||Port Elizabeth, South Africa|
|13:00 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Wolfson Stadium|
Referee: Osiase Koto (Lesotho)
|13 July 2021 COSAFA Cup Group B||Senegal||2–1||Zimbabwe||Port Elizabeth, South Africa|
|12:00 UTC+2||A. Ndoye 44'
M. Ba 88'
|Report||Q. Amini 3' (pen.)||Stadium: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium|
Referee: Abongile Tom (South Africa)
|14 July 2021 COSAFA Cup Group B||Senegal||2–1||Malawi||Port Elizabeth, South Africa|
|12:00 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium|
Referee: Keabetswe Dintwa (Botswana)
|16 July 2021 COSAFA Cup Semi-final||Senegal||2–2|
|Eswatini||Port Elizabeth, South Africa|
|14:00 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium|
Referee: Osiase Koto (Lesotho)
|18 July 2021 COSAFA Cup Final||Senegal||0–0 (a.e.t.) |
|South Africa||Port Elizabeth, South Africa|
|14:00 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium|
Referee: Audrick Nkole (Zambia)
|Head Coach||Aliou Cissé|
|Assistant Coach||Joseph Koto|
|Assistant Coach II||Naby Traoré|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Tony Sylva|
|Team Coordinator||Lamine Diatta|
|Physical Trainer||Djibril Yattara|
|Media Officer||Ciré Soumare|
|Technical Director||Mayacine Mar|
|Team Doctor||Abdourahmane Fédior|
- Raoul Diagne (1960–1961)
- Jules Vandooren (1961–1979)
- Otto Pfister (1979–1982)
- Pape Alioune Diop (1982–1989)
- Claude Le Roy (1989–1995)
- Peter Schnittger (1995–2000)
- Bruno Metsu (2000–2002)
- Guy Stéphan (2002–2005)
- Abdoulaye Sarr (2005–2006)
- Henryk Kasperczak (2006–2008)
- Amara Traoré (2008–2012)
- Joseph Koto (2012–2013)
- Alain Giresse (2013–2015)
- Aliou Cissé (2015–present)
- The following players were called up for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.
- Match dates: 1 and 7 September 2021
- Opposition: Togo and Congo
- Caps and goals correct as of: 7 September 2021, after the match against Congo.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Seny Dieng||23 November 1994||1||0||Queens Park Rangers|
|16||GK||Édouard Mendy||1 March 1992||13||0||Chelsea|
|23||GK||Alfred Gomis||5 September 1993||11||0||Rennes|
|2||DF||Saliou Ciss||15 September 1989||25||0||Nancy|
|3||DF||Kalidou Koulibaly||20 June 1991||49||0||Napoli|
|4||DF||Pape Abou Cissé||14 September 1995||4||1||Olympiacos|
|6||DF||Moutarou Baldé||5 October 1993||6||0||Teungueth|
|12||DF||Fodé Ballo-Touré||3 January 1997||6||0||Milan|
|14||DF||Abdoulaye Seck||4 June 1992||4||0||Antwerp|
|21||DF||Ibrahima Mbaye||19 November 1994||6||0||Bologna|
|22||DF||Abdou Diallo||4 May 1996||5||1||Paris Saint-Germain|
|5||MF||Idrissa Gueye||26 September 1989||80||5||Paris Saint-Germain|
|8||MF||Moustapha Name||5 May 1995||4||0||Paris|
|13||MF||Joseph Lopy||15 March 1992||5||0||Sochaux|
|17||MF||Pape Matar Sarr||14 September 2002||3||0||Metz|
|20||MF||Mamadou Loum||30 December 1996||2||0||Alavés|
|MF||Nampalys Mendy||23 June 1992||4||0||Leicester City|
|7||FW||Habib Diallo||18 June 1995||7||1||Strasbourg|
|9||FW||Boulaye Dia||16 November 1996||7||1||Villarreal|
|10||FW||Sadio Mané||10 April 1992||77||25||Liverpool|
|11||FW||Abdallah Sima||17 June 2001||4||0||Stoke City|
|15||FW||Krépin Diatta||25 February 1999||21||2||Monaco|
|18||FW||Ismaïla Sarr||25 February 1998||36||7||Watford|
|19||FW||Famara Diédhiou||15 December 1992||15||5||Alanyaspor|
|FW||Sada Thioub||1 June 1995||7||0||Angers|
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||Bingourou Kamara||21 October 1996||2||0||Strasbourg||v. Eswatini, 30 March 2021|
|GK||Boubacar Fall||3 February 2001||0||0||Saint-Étienne||v. Guinea-Bissau, 15 November 2020|
|GK||Clément Diop||13 October 1993||1||0||Unattached||v. Morocco, 9 October 2020 WD|
|DF||Lamine Gassama||20 October 1989||49||0||Göztepe||v. Cape Verde, 8 June 2021|
|DF||Arial Mendy||7 November 1994||4||0||Clermont||v. Eswatini, 30 March 2021|
|DF||Ousseynou Ba||11 November 1995||2||0||Olympiacos||v. Eswatini, 30 March 2021|
|DF||Abdallah Ndour||20 December 1993||0||0||Sochaux||v. Eswatini, 30 March 2021|
|DF||Youssouf Sabaly||5 March 1993||21||0||Betis||v. Congo, 26 March 2021 PRE|
|DF||Salif Sané||25 August 1990||38||0||Schalke 04||v. Guinea-Bissau, 15 November 2020|
|DF||Moussa Wagué||4 October 1998||21||1||Barcelona||v. Guinea-Bissau, 15 November 2020|
|DF||Alpha Dionkou||10 October 2001||0||0||Manchester City||v. Guinea-Bissau, 15 November 2020|
|DF||Formose Mendy||2 January 2001||0||0||Amiens||v. Guinea-Bissau, 15 November 2020|
|DF||Naby Sarr||13 August 1993||0||0||Huddersfield Town||v. Guinea-Bissau, 15 November 2020|
|DF||Racine Coly||8 December 1995||4||0||Estoril Praia||v. Morocco, 9 October 2020|
|MF||Cheikhou Kouyaté||21 December 1989||70||3||Crystal Palace||v. Togo, 3 September 2021|
|MF||Pape Cheikh Diop||8 August 1997||3||0||Lyon||v. Cape Verde, 8 June 2021|
|MF||Assane Dioussé||20 September 1997||3||0||Ankaragücü||v. Eswatini, 30 March 2021|
|MF||Mamadou Fall||31 December 1991||1||0||Charleroi||v. Eswatini, 30 March 2021|
|MF||Cheikh N'Doye||29 March 1986||30||2||Red Star||v. Congo, 26 March 2021|
|MF||Franck Kanouté||13 December 1998||2||0||Cercle Brugge||v. Congo, 26 March 2021|
|MF||Badou Ndiaye||27 October 1990||32||2||Aris||v. Guinea-Bissau, 15 November 2020|
|MF||Sidy Sarr||5 June 1996||5||2||Nîmes||v. Morocco, 9 October 2020|
|FW||Keita Baldé||8 March 1995||34||5||Monaco||v. Cape Verde, 8 June 2021|
|FW||Mame Thiam||9 October 1992||3||0||Fenerbahçe||v. Cape Verde, 8 June 2021|
|FW||Mbaye Diagne||28 October 1991||11||0||Galatasaray||v. Eswatini, 30 March 2021|
|FW||Babacar Sy Seck||2 January 1994||0||0||Unattached||v. Congo, 26 March 2021|
|FW||Youssouph Badji||20 December 2001||3||0||Club Brugge||v. Congo, 26 March 2021 PRE|
|FW||Opa Nguette||8 July 1994||10||2||Metz||v. Guinea-Bissau, 15 November 2020|
DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
- As of 7 September 2021
- Players in bold are still active with Senegal.
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|
Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit
|Africa Cup of Nations record|
|1957||Part of France|
|1962 to 1963||Not affiliated to CAF|
|1970||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|
|2023||To be determined|
African Nations Championship recordEdit
|African Nations Championship|
|2014||Did not qualify|
|2022||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|
Updated as of 4 June 2021 (vs Zambia).
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||1||0||1||0||0||0||+0||0.00||UEFA|
|Central African Republic||1||1||0||0||3||0||+3||100.00||CAF|
|United Arab Emirates||4||1||2||1||8||7||+1||25.00||AFC|
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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