Senegal national football team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Les Lions de la Teranga
(Lions of Teranga)
Association Fédération Sénégalaise de Football
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Head coach Aliou Cissé
Captain Cheikhou Kouyaté
Most caps Henri Camara (99)
Top scorer Henri Camara (29)
Home stadium Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 23 Increase 9 (23 November 2017)
Highest 23 (November 2017)
Lowest 99 (June 2013)
Elo ranking
Current 24 (16 November 2017)
Highest 15 (November 2016)
Lowest 100 (October 1994)
First international
 British Gambia 1–2 French Senegal Flag-senegal-1958.svg
(Gambia; 1959)
Biggest win
 Senegal 7–0 Mauritius 
(Dakar, Senegal; 9 October 2010)
Biggest defeat
 Czechoslovakia 11–0 Senegal Senegal
(Praha, Czechoslovakia; 2 November 1966)
World Cup
Appearances 2 (first in 2002)
Best result Quarter-finals, 2002
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 14 (first in 1965)
Best result Runners-up, 2002

The Senegal national football team, nicknamed the Lions of Teranga, is the national team of Senegal and is controlled by the Fédération Sénégalaise de Football. It made its first FIFA World Cup appearance in 2002 and caused a huge upset by defeating World and European champions France 1–0 in the tournament's opening game.

Senegal eventually reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 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 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.[1][2] Senegal qualified for the 2018 World Cup after defeating South Africa 0-2 on 10 November 2017. This marks Senegal's second qualification to the World Cup in their history.

Senegal's first appearance in the Africa Cup of Nations was in 1965, when Senegal, after finishing second in their group, lost 1–0 to the Ivory Coast to finish in fourth place. In the 1990 Africa Cup of Nations, Senegal again finished fourth. Senegal hosted the 1992 tournament, in which, after qualifying for the quarter-finals by finishing second in their group, Senegal lost 1–0 to Cameroon. Senegal's best finish in the tournament came in 2002, when they lost the final on a penalty shootout after drawing 0–0 with Cameroon.[3]

Senegal has won the Amilcar Cabral Cup, a regional soccer tournament for West African nations, eight times, more than any other country, with Guinea in second place with five titles.


Early History

The Senegal won its independence vis-à-vis France on 4 April 1960 . The Senegalese Football Federation (FSF) was founded in 1960. The first official match of Senegal took place on December 31, 1961, outside, against Dahomey (current Benin ), which ended with the Senegalese defeat 2 goals to 3 The Football Federation of Senegal (FSF) has been affiliated with FIFA since 1962 and is a member of the Confederation of African Footballsince 1963. He participated in any World Cup during this period, but participated 3 times to the African Nations Cup 1965 ( 4 th Place), 1968 and 1986 removal) in the first round. Senegal wins the Friendship Games in 1963. The biggest victory of the Lions of the Teranga was realized on October 9, 2010, at home against Mauritius. Senegal won 7 goals to 0.


During this period, Senegal still can not qualify for a World Cup, but managed to qualify for 4 of the 6 editions of the CAN, missing the editions of 1996 and 1998. In 1990, Senegal succeeds for the first Time to pass the first round, finishing second of the group. He tipped in half against Algeria (1–2) and in small final also against Zambia (0–1). In 1992, Senegal organized the CAN . In the first round, Senegal finished second in his group but is beaten in the quarterfinals by Cameroon 0–1, goal to the 89 th of Ernest Ebongué. In 1994, the Teranga Lions finished second in their group, but as in 1992, they are eliminated 1–0 (goal to 39 th of Evans Sakala ) against Zambia . In 2000, Senegal finished second of the group, but tilts in quarter against Nigeria (1–2)

2002, the year of Senegal

The man who allowed to show the strength of the Senegal team at the international level in 2002 is the French coach, Bruno Metsu . After brilliant eliminations, Senegal qualified for its first World Cup by eliminating Morocco, Egypt and Algeria . During the playoffs, the national star, El-Hadji Diouf, finished second scorer of the competition with 9 goals.

The Senegalese team had its day of glory by reaching the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup. Having beaten in the opening match world champions France (1–0, goal from Papa Bouba Diop ), drawing against Denmark (1–1, goal from Salif Diao ) and Uruguay (3–3, Khalilou Fadiga and 2 goals from Papa Bouba Diop after leading 3–0), then beating Sweden in the next round (2–1, lined with Henri Camara including a golden equalizer and a goal), Senegal made a sensational first participation in a World Cup. After this World Cup, in which the Senegalese squad had 21 players playing for French clubs, Diouf and Diao both joined Liverpool F.C. and Fadiga joined Inter Milan.

Earlier in 2002, Senegal lost in the African Cup final against Cameroon on penalties 2–3 after 120 minutes of play. During the competition, the Lions de la Teranga defeated Egypt (1–0), Zambia (1–0), Tunisia (0–0), Democratic Republic of Congo (2–0) and Nigeria in the semi-final (2–1 after extra time) before falling to the final.

The Lions Crisis (2007–2010)

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

The combined qualifications for the 2010 CAN and the 2010 FIFA World Cup begin. Senegal is in a very affordable group for this first qualifying round for the second round ( Algeria, Gambia, Liberia ). But Senegal has a bad performance: he wins 1–0 against Algeria, 2 draws against Gambia and Liberia (0–0 and 2–2) but wins against Liberia (3–2).

Coach Lamine N'Diaye is greatly criticized for non-selections of Mamadou Niang, Khalilou Fadiga who finds form in Belgium and Souleymane Diawara, he is also criticized for playing El Hadji Diouf in center forward as he is Best on the side and not to put an offensive medium to feed the balloonless fronts (hence the demand for Fadiga).

A bit like in France, almost all Senegalese want N'Diaye to resign, the federation thinks of it and some names appear, like the former selectors Abdoulaye Sarr, Bruno Metsu and others.

Senegal played a key match in Algeria on 5 September . Senegal scored the first goal, but they scored 3 in 12 minutes, they managed to reduce the score by the end of the game (3–2).

It is the crisis, Lamine N'Diaye has to make a change for the final match against Gambia, the names of Niang, Khalilou Fadiga and Diawara come back. But the coach persists, he selects Khalilou Fadiga but once again abandons Mamadou Niang and Souleymane Diawara, it would be players who would have "obliged" N'Diaye not to select them.

On 11 October, Senegal played the final match against The Gambia. Any other result that a victory would eliminate them, they must win to hope to be among the best second.

Khalilou Fadiga is aligned, Senegal mark the 65 th minute by Kader Mangane . But the Gambians are pushing, insisting, creating opportunities and the inevitable happens, the Gambians mark 5 minutes from the end and Senegal fails to score another goal. Final score: 1–1.

This is the riot in Senegal. The sad and furious supporters demonstrate around the Stadium Léopold Sédar Senghor . The area around the stadium is covered with smoke, while Senegalese and Gambian players have been locked in the locker room for fear of suffering the fans' anger. Lamine N'Diaye cancels his press conference. The mobile intervention group hardly contain the young people who refuse to return, and wait for players and technical staff with stones.

Senegal did not qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and did not qualify for the 2010 CAN in Angola .

It is surely the end of a generation that had shone in 2002, El-Hadji Diouf, Henri Camara, Khalilou Fadiga, Salif Diao, Habib Beye, Tony Sylva and others. This generation which, according to some rumors, decided who came in the selection or not.

Lamine N'Diaye is no longer sure to remain a coach, and the 2002 generation could be replaced. It is a great shock for Senegal that after 2002, never really managed to confirm its position as a great African. The Lions will have to wait at least 2 years to redo official matches and to improve the Senegalese coat of arms.

N'Diaye is dismissed and Senegal is looking for a new coach. The names returning with insistence are those of Ablaye Sarr and Amara Traoré . August 30, Augustin Senghor is elected president of the Senegalese Football Federation. El Hadji Diouf takes even international retirement, but the news does not create many reactions, some believing it to be a joke (the announcement was held on 1 st April 2009) or Diouf is still A blow to denounce the bad organization of the federation, Diouf denounces regularly the lack of organization in the den. Senegal has two exhibition games againstDemocratic Republic of Congo (victory 2–1) and Angola (1–1). Note in the den the return of Mamadou Niang and Souleymane Diawara (2 personalities in conflict with Diouf according to the press that Niang has denied) and new faces ( Issiar Dia, Kader Mangane, Rémi Gomis, Cheikh Tidiane Ndiaye, Moussa Sow, Papiss Cissé , Jacques Faty, Demba Ba and others). The 2002 generation seems to have disappeared (even if a doubt persists on El-Hadji Diouf ).

In December 2009, Amara Traoré was named a new lions coach, with Abdoulaye Sarr and Mayacine Mar as assistant coach. Former Lions Ferdinand Coly was named Coordinator of the national team. A new talented wave seems to have arrived ( Mame Biram Diouf, Khouma Babacar, Rémi Gomis, Moussa Sow ...) and the desire of certain bi-nationals to play in Senegal rather than in France ( Jacques Faty, Édouard Cissé ...), Senegal seems finally to rebuild after this period of scarcity and hopes to form a talented team in view of the CAN 2012 and 2014 and theSoccer World Cup 2014 . The former star El-Hadji Diouf is ready to return to his best level to help the national team, the opinions on the necessity of his return being very divided. Moreover, it is soon the 2014 World Cup and the Senegal of General Amara Traore will try to qualify because the wish of Amara Traoré is to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, with this group there Senegal can even go beyond that of 2002, now there are the Dame N'Doye, Moussa Sow, Demba Ba Papiss Cissé , Kader Mangane ...

A generation of rebirth, but hardly to be confirmed (2010–)

Senegal started a good year 2010 under the Traoré era, which had 6 wins and 1 defeat (Greece 2–0, Denmark 0–2, Cape Verde 1–0, DR Congo 4–2, Mauritius 7–0, Gabon 2 -1, Guinea 3–0) the qualifiers for the CAN 2012 started in September 2010. Senegal, which shared its pool (Group 5) with Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo made a good start by beating the DR Congo (4–2) in Lubumb ashi, with a triple of his captain Mamadou Niang, the latter signed a double one month against Mauritius on October 8, 2010 in Dakar with the triple of Papis Demba Cissé and two other goals (Moussa Sow and Demba Ba) to win 7 to 0, the biggest score in the den of Leopold Sedar Senghor. On 26 March 2011,91 th minute on a center of Issiar Dia who changed the physiognomy of the match as soon as it entered 5 minutes from the end.

On 9 October 2011, in Port Louis, Senegal played their last qualifying match for CAN 2012, finishing first in their group with 16 points out of 18 possible with only 2 goals conceded. Senegal is one of the favorites to go as far as possible in this competition with players such as Moussa Sow (Top scorer in Ligue 1 2010/2011), Papiss Cissé (second best scorer in the Bundesliga 2010/2011), Mamadou Niang, Demba Ba, Issiar Dia (Turkish champion in 2011) but also defensive rocks such as Cheikh M'Bengue, Souleymane Diawara, Kader Mangane, Lamine Gassama, The neo-lion Armand Traoré very good in his debut in national team.

While Senegal is floundering in this period, a controversy remains about the return of El-Hadji Diouf in selection. Performing in England, the former star affirms his desire to return, but many oppose it. If some like Ferdinand Coly think that Diouf could still bring much to the team, others like Lamine Diack (leader) and the journalist and writer Cheikh Mbacké Sène among others strongly oppose, thinking that Diouf is a "Bad Boy " first of all. So, despite the renewed form of El Hadji Diouf in the championship, given the good results of Senegal, a return seems unlikely. Nevertheless, Amara Traoré remains elusive on the subject.

Senegal is making a great comeback in the African Cup of Nations (2012) by achieving an exceptional course (six games with five victories and a draw, 12 goals for and 2 against) in the most difficult group The Lions of Senegal – with a generation as talented as that of 2002 – are favorites of this edition Equato-Gabon. However, they are eliminated in the first round after three defeats on as many matches, in group matches against Zambia, Equatorial Guinea and Libya, finishing last of their group. Amara Traoré is sacked as a result of this enormous disillusionment.

On January 9, 2013, Alain Giresse was appointed. Senegal missed the qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in the last round, in a round-robin match against Côte d'Ivoire.

However, on November 10, 2017, after defeating South Africa 0-2, Senegal has qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the second in its history.

Competitive record

World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to
Chile 1962
Did Not Enter
England 1966 Withdrew
Mexico 1970 to
France 1998
Did Not Qualify
South Korea Japan 2002 Quarter-Final 7th 5 2 2 1 7 6
Germany 2006 to
Brazil 2014
Did Not Qualify
Russia 2018 Qualified
Qatar 2022 To be decided
Total Quarter-Final 2/22 5 2 2 1 7 6

Africa Cup of Nations record

Host nation(s) / Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Sudan 1957 Did Not Enter
Egypt 1959
Ethiopia 1962
Ghana 1963
Tunisia 1965 Fourth Place 4th 3 1 1 1 5 2
Ethiopia 1968 Group Stage 5th 3 1 1 1 5 5
Sudan 1970 Did Not Qualify
Cameroon 1972
Egypt 1974
Ethiopia 1976
Ghana 1978
Nigeria 1980 Did Not Enter
Libya 1982 Did Not Qualify
Ivory Coast 1984
Egypt 1986 Group Stage 5th 3 2 0 1 3 1
Morocco 1988 Did Not Qualify
Algeria 1990 Fourth Place 4th 5 1 2 2 3 3
Senegal 1992 Quarter-Finals 5th 3 1 0 2 4 3
Tunisia 1994 Quarter-Finals 8th 3 1 0 2 2 3
South Africa 1996 Did Not Qualify
Burkina Faso 1998
GhanaNigeria 2000 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 1 1 2 6 6
Mali 2002 Runners-Up 2nd 6 4 2 0 6 1
Tunisia 2004 Quarter-Finals 6th 4 1 2 1 4 2
Egypt 2006 Fourth Place 4th 6 2 0 4 7 8
Ghana 2008 Group Stage 12th 3 0 2 1 4 6
Angola 2010 Did Not Qualify
GabonEquatorial Guinea 2012 Group Stage 13th 3 0 0 3 3 6
South Africa 2013 Did Not Qualify
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Group Stage 9th 3 1 1 1 3 4
Gabon 2017 Quarter-Finals 5th 4 2 2 0 6 2
Cameroon 2019 To be determined
Ivory Coast 2021 To be determined
Guinea 2023 To be determined
Total 0 Titles 13/30 49 16 12 21 55 50

Results and fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss




Kit history

Kit manufacturer

Kit providers Period
Germany Adidas 1980–2000
Italy Erreà 2000–2002
France Le Coq Sportif 2002–2005
Germany Puma 2005–2017
United Arab Emirates Romai[4] 2017–2018


Position Name Notes
Head Coach Senegal Aliou Cissé
Assistant Coach France Régis Bogaert
Assistant Coach II Senegal Omar Daf
Goalkeeping Coach Senegal Tony Sylva
Team Coordinator Senegal Lamine Diatta
Equipment Manager Senegal Augustin Senghor
Technical Director Senegal Mayacine Mar
Sporting Director Senegal Matar Bâ
Team Doctor Senegal Abdourahmane Fédior


Current squad

The following players have been selected in the final squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying matches against South Africa on 10 November and 14 November 2017.[5]
Caps and goals as of 14 November 2017, after the second match against South Africa.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Clément Diop (1993-10-12) 12 October 1993 (age 24) 1 0 United States LA Galaxy
16 1GK Khadim N'Diaye (1984-11-30) 30 November 1984 (age 33) 24 0 Guinea Horoya
23 1GK Alfred Gomis (1993-09-05) 5 September 1993 (age 24) 1 0 Italy SPAL

2 2DF Kara Mbodji (Vice-captain) (1989-11-11) 11 November 1989 (age 28) 51 5 Belgium Anderlecht
3 2DF Kalidou Koulibaly (1991-06-20) 20 June 1991 (age 26) 26 0 Italy Napoli
4 2DF Fallou Diagne (1989-08-14) 14 August 1989 (age 28) 3 0 France Metz
12 2DF Youssouf Sabaly (1993-03-05) 5 March 1993 (age 24) 2 0 France Bordeaux
15 2DF Salif Sané (1990-08-25) 25 August 1990 (age 27) 18 0 Germany Hannover 96
18 2DF Adama Mbengue (1993-12-01) 1 December 1993 (age 24) 5 0 France Caen
19 2DF Saliou Ciss (1989-09-15) 15 September 1989 (age 28) 17 0 France Angers
21 2DF Lamine Gassama (1989-10-20) 20 October 1989 (age 28) 38 0 Turkey Alanyaspor
22 2DF Moussa Wagué (1998-10-04) 4 October 1998 (age 19) 7 0 Belgium Eupen

5 3MF Idrissa Gueye (1989-09-26) 26 September 1989 (age 28) 58 1 England Everton
8 3MF Cheikhou Kouyaté (Captain) (1989-12-21) 21 December 1989 (age 27) 46 2 England West Ham United
11 3MF Cheikh N'Doye (1986-03-29) 29 March 1986 (age 31) 21 3 England Birmingham City
13 3MF Alfred N'Diaye (1990-03-06) 6 March 1990 (age 27) 16 0 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
17 3MF Papa N'Diaye (1990-10-27) 27 October 1990 (age 27) 16 1 Turkey Galatasaray
20 3MF Assane Dioussé (1997-09-20) 20 September 1997 (age 20) 1 0 France Saint-Étienne

6 4FW Diafra Sakho (1989-12-24) 24 December 1989 (age 27) 8 3 England West Ham United
7 4FW Moussa Sow (1986-01-19) 19 January 1986 (age 31) 49 18 United Arab Emirates Shabab Al-Ahli
9 4FW M'Baye Niang (1994-12-19) 19 December 1994 (age 22) 3 0 Italy Torino
10 4FW Opa N'Guette (1994-07-08) 8 July 1994 (age 23) 4 1 France Metz
14 4FW Moussa Konaté (1993-04-03) 3 April 1993 (age 24) 25 8 France Amiens

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 Pape Seydou N'Diaye (1993-02-11) 11 February 1993 (age 24) 5 0 Senegal Niarry Tally v.  Burkina Faso, 5 September 2017
GK Abdoulaye Diallo (1992-03-30) 30 March 1992 (age 25) 15 0 France Rennes v.  Burkina Faso, 5 September 2017 INJ

DF Papa Amadou Touré (1992-12-24) 24 December 1992 (age 24) 2 0 Guinea Horoya v.  Burkina Faso, 5 September 2017
DF Arial Mendy (1994-11-07) 7 November 1994 (age 23) 1 0 Senegal Diambars v.  Equatorial Guinea, 10 June 2017
DF Cheikh M'Bengue (1988-07-23) 23 July 1988 (age 29) 33 0 France Saint-Étienne v.  Ivory Coast, 27 March 2017

MF Younousse Sankharé (1989-09-10) 10 September 1989 (age 28) 8 1 France Bordeaux v.  Burkina Faso, 5 September 2017
MF Henri Saivet (1990-10-26) 26 October 1990 (age 27) 22 1 England Newcastle United v.  Equatorial Guinea, 10 June 2017
MF Zargo Touré (1989-11-11) 11 November 1989 (age 28) 18 0 France Lorient v.  Equatorial Guinea, 10 June 2017
MF Mohamed Diamé (1987-06-14) 14 June 1987 (age 30) 36 1 England Newcastle United 2017 Africa Cup of Nations RET
MF Papakouli Diop (1986-03-19) 19 March 1986 (age 31) 21 2 Spain Espanyol 2017 Africa Cup of Nations RET

FW Sadio Mané (1992-04-10) 10 April 1992 (age 25) 50 14 England Liverpool v.  South Africa, 10 November 2017
FW Keita Baldé (1995-03-08) 8 March 1995 (age 22) 16 3 France Monaco v.  South Africa, 10 November 2017
FW Ismaïla Sarr (1998-02-25) 25 February 1998 (age 19) 11 2 France Rennes v.  Cape Verde, 7 October 2017 INJ
FW Mame Diouf (1987-12-16) 16 December 1987 (age 29) 45 10 England Stoke City v.  Burkina Faso, 5 September 2017 INJ
FW Famara Diédhiou (1992-12-15) 15 December 1992 (age 24) 7 1 England Bristol City v.  Equatorial Guinea, 10 June 2017
FW Khouma Babacar (1993-03-17) 17 March 1993 (age 24) 3 0 Italy Fiorentina v.  Equatorial Guinea, 10 June 2017
  • 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.


Previous squads

FIFA World Cup

Africa Cup of Nations


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 Senegal Raoul Diagne
1961–1979 France Jules Vandooren
1979–1982 Germany Otto Pfister
1982–1989 Senegal Pape Alioune Diop
1989–1995 France Claude Le Roy
1995–2000 Germany Peter Schnittger
2000–2002 France Bruno Metsu
2002–2005 France Guy Stéphan
2005–2006 Senegal Abdoulaye Sarr
2006–2008 Poland Henryk Kasperczak
2008–2012 Senegal Amara Traoré
2012–2013 Senegal Joseph Koto
2013–2015 France Alain Giresse
2015– Senegal Aliou Cissé

Bruno Metsu's funeral

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 FIFA World Cup. All activities of the national league and the national team was suspended for a few days in his memory.

Team honours

Last updated 14 August 2017

Continental tournaments

Runners-up (1): Silver medal africa.svg 2002

Other Tournaments and Cups

Amilcar Cabral Cup
Champions (8): 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 2001
Runners-up (5): 1982, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2005

See also


  1. ^ "BBC SPORT | WORLD CUP | Senegal | Senegal return to heroes' welcome". BBC News. 2002-06-26. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  2. ^ "BBC SPORT | WORLD CUP | Senegal | Senegal press blasts Metsu". BBC News. 2002-06-24. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  3. ^ "BBC SPORT | CUP OF NATIONS | Cameroon retain Cup". BBC News. 2002-02-10. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^
  6. ^ Roberto Mamrud. "Senegal – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 

External links

  • Fédération Sénégalaise
  • Le Sénégal du foot
  • Official website
  • Senegal FIFA
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