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The Senegal national football team, nicknamed the Lions of Teranga, is the national team of Senegalmarker and 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, 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 - 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 Cup came 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).

World Cup record

African Nations Cup record

Current Squad

Squad for the friendly match against South Korea on 14 October 2009

Recent call-ups



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