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Players from the Mali national squad warm up before the Mali-Lithuania friendly at Stade de Marville - La Courneuve (France), 6 February 2007.
The Mali national football team, nicknamed Les Aigles (The Eagles), is the national team of Malimarker and is controlled by the Fédération Malienne de Football. They have never qualified for the World Cup finals in South Africa 2010.


Despite not playing their first actual World Cup qualifier until 2000, Mali has a long and colourful football history.

In 1972, a team containing stars like Kidian Diallo as well as Salif Keita, Fantamady Keita and Bako Toure (all three either played or would play top-flight football in France) reached the African Nations Cup final but lost 3-2 to Congo.

Further appearances in the Nations Cup eluded them until 1994, but noteworthy stars of the 70s and 80s included Drissa "Poker" Traore, Gaoussou Samaké, Mohamed Djila and Abdoulaye Kaloga.

In 1994, a side containing goalkeeper Osumane Farota (who was voted the tournament's outstanding goalkeeper) and midfielder Pathé Diallo stunned hosts Tunisia in their opening match and went on to reach the semi-finals.

Since 2002, Mali has re-emerged as a significant force in African football, but Nations Cup success and World Cup qualification has eluded them so far.

In March 2005, riots broke out in Bamakomarker after Mali lost a World Cup qualifier to Togo, 2-1 on a last minute goal.

Mali Football Achievements

Amilcar Cabral Cup :
:*3 Times Champion (1989, 1997, 2007)
:*4 Times Runners-up

World Cup record

African Nations Cup record

Current squad

The following players were called for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifyier against Ghana on November 14 2009.

Recent call ups


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