WC 2018: Senegal

Group H

After 30 years of unsuccessful campaigns, Senegal made a splash at the 2002 WC, which was played in South Korea and Japan, debuting and making it all the way to the quarterfinals. However, this was the one and only time they have ever played in the world’s greatest football tournament, which is possibly why they are ranked at number 28. They did qualify top of their African Group D to get to Russia, which is impressive in itself.

Team Members

  • Abdoulaye Diallo - GC
  • Alfred Gomis - GC
  • Khadim Ndiaye - GC
  • Lamine Gassama - Defender
  • Saliou Ciss - Defender
  • Kalidou Koulibaly - Defender
  • Kara Mbodii - Defender
  • Youssouf Sabaly - Defender
  • Salif Sane - Defender
  • Moussa Wague - Defender
  • Idrissa Gueye - Midfielder
  • Cheikhou Kouyate - Midfielder
  • Alfred Ndiaye - Midfielder
  • Badou Ndiaye - Midfielder
  • Cheikh Ndoye - Midfielder
  • Ismaila Sarr - Midfielder
  • Keita Balde - Forward
  • Mame Biram Diouf - Forward
  • Moussa Konate - Forward
  • Sadio Mane - Forward
  • Mbaye Niang - Forward
  • Diafra Sakho - Forward
  • Moussa Sow - Forward
  • Abdullah Otayf - Midfielder


Aliou Cisse

Cisse has been captaining the Senegalese side for over 16 years. He was the man who was responsible for taking the team to the quarterfinals of the Cup in their debut appearance back in 2002. While they did not qualify for the following two Cups, Cisse managed to guide his team through the African qualifiers for 2018 without losing a single game.

Past WC History

Senegal is one of the least experienced teams to play in Russia. Their first official WC entry was in 1970 for which they did not qualify. They continued to campaign each Cup thereafter but were successful in their bid to make it to the world’s greatest football tournament. Their persistence paid off in 2002, when they qualified and made it through to the quarterfinals. This is their first Cup since 2002 as they failed to qualify in 2006, 2010 and 2014.


  • Made their first WC appearance in 2002
  • 1 first-round appearances
  • 0 Semi-finals
  • 0 Finals
  • 0 Championships
  • Best Achievement – Quarterfinals (7th) in 2002


Designed by Puma, Senegal has the same kit template as Serbia. Their home shirt has a standard white base with a green stripe on the sleeves and a green Puma logo. The font of the shirt has a subtle graphic design of a stylised lion. The home kit is completed with white shorts and white socks. The away kit is basically the same thing with the colours flipped around. The shirt has a green base with white trimming and features the same lion graphics. This is completed with green shorts and green socks.