- Senegal national football team
National football team
Name = Senegal
Badge = Senegal national football team logo.png
Nickname = Les Lions de la Teranga
("Lions of Teranga")
Association = Fédération Sénégalaise
Confederation = CAF (Africa)
Asst Manager =
Most caps =
Lamine Diatta[cite news|url=http://www.shieldsgazette.com/sport/United-look-at-Senegal-captain.3832004.jp|title=Newcastle United looking at Senegal captain|publisher=Shields Gazette|date=2008-02-29|accessdate=2008-05-12] | Top scorer = Henri Camara(27)
Home Stadium =
Stade Leopold Senghor
FIFA Trigramme = SEN
FIFA Rank = 49
FIFA max = 26
FIFA max date = June 2004
FIFA min = 95
FIFA min date = December 1998
Elo Rank = 64
First game =flagicon|Benin Dahomey 3 - 2 Senegal flagicon|Senegal (
Côte d'Ivoire; 31 December 1961)
Largest win =flagicon|Senegal Senegal 6 - 0 Mauritania flagicon|Mauritania (
Sierra Leone; 13 February 1984)
Largest loss =flagicon|Tunisia Tunisia 4 - 0 Senegal flagicon|Senegal (
Tunisia; 15 July 1995)flagicon|Zambia Zambia 4 - 0 Senegal flagicon|Senegal ( Zambia; 26 September 1993)
flagicon|Algeria Algeria 4 - 0 Senegal flagicon|Senegal (
Algeria; 25 July 1993)
flagicon|Morocco Morocco 4 - 0 Senegal flagicon|Senegal (
Morocco; 14 September 1975)
flagicon|Guinea Guinea 4 - 0 Senegal flagicon|Senegal (
Guinea; 17 May 1970)
flagicon|Democratic Republic of the Congo|1966 Congo-Kinshasa 4 - 0 Senegal flagicon|Senegal (
Congo-Kinshasa; 30 January 1969)
flagicon|Mali Mali 4 - 0 Senegal flagicon|Senegal (
Mali; 14 March 1965)
flagicon|Nigeria Nigeria 4 - 0 Senegal flagicon|Senegal (
Ghana; 27 February 1963)
World cup apps = 1
World cup first = 2002
World cup best = Quarterfinals, 2002
Regional name =
African Nations Cup
Regional cup apps = 11
Regional cup first = 1965
Regional cup best = Second place, 2002
The Senegal national football team, nicknamed the "Lions of Teranga", is the national team of
Senegaland is controlled by the Fédération Sénégalaise de Football. It made its first World Cup in 2002 and made quite a splash, pulling a huge upset by defeating world and European champions France 1-0 in the tournament's opening game. Senegal is a team that never faced a major defeat with its biggest defeat being 4-0 in several matches.
Especially notable about this result was the appearance of
Patrick Vieira, widely considered to be the best player Senegal had ever produced, Fact|date=June 2008 playing for the opposition; this was due to France being a former colonial power in the country. Senegal went on to make the quarterfinals, only the second African team to do so (the first being Cameroon in 1990 - interestingly, in 1990, Cameroon also defeated the defending champions (Argentina) 1-0 in the tournament's opening match). In the group, after defeating France, they drew with Denmark and Uruguay, and beat Sweden in extra time in Round 2, before losing to Turkey in the quarter finals.
Senegal disappointed its fans in 2006 when it failed to qualify for the
2006 FIFA World Cup. in the 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualification, Senegal finished second in their group after losing 3-1 to the winners of the group, Togo.
Senegal's first appearance in the African Nations Cup was in 1965, when Senegal, after finishing second in their group, lost 1-0 to the Ivory Coast to finish in 4th place. in the 1990 African Nations Cup, Senegal once again finished 4th. Senegal hosted the African Nations Cup in 1992, in which, after qualifying for the quarter finals by finishing second in their group, Senegal lost 1-0 to Nigeria in the quarter finals. Senegal's best finish in the
African Nations Cupcame in 2002, when they lost the final on penalties after drawing 0-0 with Cameroon .
Senegal has won the Amilcar Cabral Cup (a regional soccer tournament for West African nations) 8 times, more than any other country (second place: Guinea has only won 5 times).
Senegal Football Achievements
Amilcar Cabral Cup:::*8 Times Champion: 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 2001::*5 Times Runners-up: 1982, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2005: CEDEAO Cup:::*1 Time Champion: 1985::*2 Times Runners-up: 1990, 1991:World Cup : ::*Quarterfinals: 2002
World Cup record
*1930 to 1962 - "Did not enter"
*1966 - "Withdrew"
*1970 to 1986 - "Did not qualify"
*1990 - "Did not enter"
*1994 - "Did not qualify"
*1998 - "Did not qualify"
*2002 - Quarterfinals
*2006 - "Did not qualify"
African Nations Cup record
*1957 to 1963 - "Did not enter"
*1965 - Fourth place
*1968 - Round 1
*1970 to 1978 - "Did not qualify"
*1980 - "Did not enter"
*1982 - "Did not qualify"
*1984 - "Did not qualify"
*1986 - Round 1
*1988 - "Did not qualify"
*1990 - Fourth place
*1992 - Quarterfinals
*1994 - Quarterfinals
*1996 - "Did not qualify"
*1998 - "Did not qualify"
*2000 - Quarterfinals
*2002 - Second place
*2004 - Quarterfinals
*2006 - Fourth place
*2008 - Round 1
The following players were called for
2010 FIFA World Cup qualificationagainst Liberia on 21 June 2008.
Recent call ups
The following players have been called up for the team in 2008.
Pool of candidates
* 1999-00 -
* 2000-02 -
* 2002-05 -
* 2005-06 -
* 2006-08 -
Not including players in African Nations Cup 2006 squad.
Aliou Cissé(flagicon|FRA CS Sedan)
Mamadou Diallo(flagicon|MLI Djoliba AC)
Moussa N'Diaye(flagicon|QAT Al-Rayyan)
Sylvain N'Diaye(flagicon|ESP CD Tenerife)
Mohamed Sarr(flagicon|BEL Standard Liège)
Pape Sarr(flagicon|FRA Paris FC)
Oumar Gueye Sene
Omar Guèye Sène
Boubacar Sarr Locotte
Cheikh Tidiane Seck
El Hadji Malick Sy Souris
Ibrahima Gueye(flagicon|SER FC Red Star)
Henri Camara(flagicon|ENG West Ham United)
* [http://www.rsssf.com/tabless/sene-intres.html RSSSF archive of results 1961-]
* [http://www.allezleslions.com Website of the Senegal Football Team]
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