Senegal national football team

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
Nickname(s)Les Lions de la Téranga
(The Lions of Teranga)
AssociationSenegalese Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachAliou Cissé
CaptainKalidou Koulibaly
Most capsHenri Camara (99)
Top scorerHenri Camara (29)
Home stadiumStade Léopold Sédar Senghor
FIFA codeSEN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 20 (28 November 2019)[1]
Highest20 (July 2019)
Lowest99 (June 2013)
Elo ranking
Current 27 1 (25 November 2019)[2]
Highest21 (June 2002)
Lowest105 (October 1994)
First international
 British Gambia 1–2 French Senegal
(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 controversially eliminated in the group stage against Japan based on fair play points.

History

Early history

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.

1990s

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.

2000s

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]

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.

2010s

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 record

World Cup record

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 record

Africa Cup of Nations record
Host nation(s) / Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
1957 to 1959Part of  France
1962 to 1963Not affiliated to CAF
1965Fourth place4th311152
1968Group stage5th311155
1970 to 1978Did not qualify
1980Did not enter
1982 to 1984Did not qualify
1986Group stage5th320131
1988Did not qualify
1990Fourth place4th512233
1992Quarter-finals5th310243
1994Quarter-finals8th310223
1996 to 1998Did not qualify
2000Quarter-finals7th411266
2002Runners-up2nd642061
2004Quarter-finals6th412142
2006Fourth place4th620478
2008Group stage12th302146
2010Did not qualify
2012Group stage13th300336
2013Did not qualify
2015Group stage9th311134
2017Quarter-finals5th422062
2019Runners-up2nd750282
2021 to 2025To be determined
TotalRunners-up15/32602314236954

African Nations Championship record

African Nations Championship
Appearances: 2
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
2009Fourth place4th513133
2011Group stage10th311122
2014Did not qualify
2016
2018
2020To be determined
2022
Total Fourth place 2/5 8 2 4 2 5 5

African Games record

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
1965-000000
1973-000000
1978-000000
1987-000000
1991–present See Senegal national under-23 football team
Total4/4000000

Results and fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss

2018

2019

Kit history

Kit manufacturer

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

Personnel

PositionName
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

Players

Current squad

The following 24 players were selected for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Congo and Eswatini on 13 and 17 November 2019.[20]
Caps and goals correct as of 17 November 2019 after the game against Eswatini.[21]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Abdoulaye Diallo (1992-03-30) 30 March 1992 17 0 Gençlerbirliği
1GK Alfred Gomis (1993-09-05) 5 September 1993 10 0 Dijon
1GK Edouard Mendy (1992-03-01) 1 March 1992 8 0 Rennes

2DF Lamine Gassama (1989-10-20) 20 October 1989 47 0 Göztepe
2DF Kalidou Koulibaly (Captain) (1991-06-20) 20 June 1991 42 0 Napoli
2DF Saliou Ciss (1989-09-15) 15 September 1989 20 0 Nancy
2DF Moussa Wagué (1998-10-04) 4 October 1998 19 1 Barcelona
2DF Racine Coly (1995-12-08) 8 December 1995 4 0 Nice
2DF Moussa N'Diaye (2002-07-18) 18 July 2002 0 0 Excellence Foot
2DF Mouhamadou-Naby Sarr (1993-08-13) 13 August 1993 0 0 Charlton Athletic
2DF Ousseynou Thioune (1993-11-16) 16 November 1993 0 0 Sochaux

3MF Idrissa Gana Gueye (1989-09-26) 26 September 1989 73 4 Paris Saint-Germain
3MF Cheikhou Kouyaté (1989-12-21) 21 December 1989 62 2 Crystal Palace
3MF Badou Ndiaye (1990-10-27) 27 October 1990 30 2 Stoke City
3MF Krépin Diatta (1999-02-25) 25 February 1999 13 1 Club Brugge
3MF Sidy Sarr (1996-06-05) 5 June 1996 5 2 Nîmes
3MF Mamadou Loum (1996-12-30) 30 December 1996 2 0 Porto

4FW Sadio Mané (1992-04-10) 10 April 1992 69 19 Liverpool
4FW Ismaïla Sarr (1998-02-25) 25 February 1998 29 4 Watford
4FW M'Baye Niang (1994-12-19) 19 December 1994 23 4 Rennes
4FW Famara Diédhiou (1992-12-15) 15 December 1992 10 5 Bristol City
4FW Sada Thioub (1995-06-01) 1 June 1995 7 0 Angers
4FW Habib Diallo (1995-06-18) 18 June 1995 4 1 Metz
4FW Mame Baba Thiam (1992-10-09) 9 October 1992 0 0 Kasımpaşa

Recent call-ups

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 0 0 Reims II v.  Mali, 26 March 2019

DF Salif Sané (1990-08-25) 25 August 1990 35 0 Schalke 04 v.  Congo, 13 November 2019 INJ
DF Elhadji Pape Diaw (1995-09-14) 14 September 1995 1 0 Caen v.  Brazil, 10 October 2019
DF Youssouf Sabaly (1993-03-05) 5 March 1993 18 0 Bordeaux 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Pape Abou Cissé (1995-09-14) 14 September 1995 3 1 Olympiacos 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

MF Henri Saivet (1990-10-26) 26 October 1990 31 1 Newcastle United 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Alfred N'Diaye (1990-03-06) 6 March 1990 30 1 Al-Shabab 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Cheikh N'Doye (1986-03-29) 29 March 1986 32 3 Unattached v.  Mali, 26 March 2019

FW Keita Baldé (1995-03-08) 8 March 1995 30 5 Monaco v.  Brazil, 10 October 2019
FW Moussa Konaté (1993-04-03) 3 April 1993 34 12 Amiens 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Mbaye Diagne (1991-10-28) 28 October 1991 10 0 Club Brugge 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Santy Ngom (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 3 0 Caen 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE

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.

Records

As of 17 November 2019
Players in bold text are still active with Senegal.


Previous squads

FIFA World Cup

Africa Cup of Nations

Managers

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 honours

Last updated 19 July 2019

Continental tournaments

Runners-up: 2002, 2019

Other Tournaments and Cups

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

See also

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