Nickname(s): The Teranga Lions
Best Finish: Quarter-finals (2002)
How they qualified: Senegal qualified for the 2018 World Cup after securing a 2-0 away win over South Africa to top their qualifying group with a game to spare. The game was a replay of an earlier fixture that ended 2-1 to South Africa but was stricken from the record due to suspicious refereeing. Second-placed Burkina Faso and South Africa appealed against FIFA’s decision to annul the result but the ruling was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Coach: Aliou Cisse
Cisse was the Senegal captain during their 2002 debut, which saw the Teranga Lions follow up that remarkable opening win against France to reach the quarter-finals and the former midfielder will be hoping he can inspire his squad to achieve similarly superlative heights next year in Russia. Cisse is regarded as a cultured, fiercely intelligent individual and coached many of Senegal’s current squad in his previous role with the U-23s.
Key Man: Sadio Mane
Mane has struggled with injury for club and country this season and the well-being of the lightning-quick forward will be crucial to how Senegal fare in Russia, particularly since the 25-year-old played a key role in getting them there. Mane moved to Liverpool in a £30m deal from Southampton in the 2016 summer transfer window.
June 19 vs Poland
June 24 vs Japan
June 28 vs Colombia