Senegal have a very small window of influence when it comes to their performances at the World Cup, with the west African nation featuring just twice in football’s biggest competition since they became an independent nation.
But their arrival on the world stage could not have been more memorable when they defeated holding champions France during the 2002 edition of the tournament while playing their part in Les Blues failing to get out of the group stage while unexpectedly reaching the quarterfinals.
Twenty years on, Senegal have featured at the World Cup just one other time during Russia 2018 but were unable to make it past the first hurdle.
Now, as recent African Cup of Nations champions, the Lions of Teranga have a gifted group of players under the guidance of former international Aliou Cissé and will certainly be considered a possible tournament dark horse.
Senegal World Cup 2022 Tips
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Senegal World Cup Predictions
Senegal are ranked as one of the dark horses for the tournament. Behind the big nine countries who would expect to make it through to the latter stages, only Denmark, Croatia and Uruguay have shorter odds which represents how dangerous a side they could be.
Senegal Golden Boot Prediction
Mane was a world class threat for Liverpool and despite some teething issues, has shown glimpses of his ability at Bayern Munich now as well. Even though he plays primarily out wide, he will be Senegal’s chief goal threat and if they are to go deep into the tournament he will likely have a good time. He enjoys the big occasion and is at the right stage of his career to have a big tournament.
Having been manager of Senegal since 2015, Cisse is one of the longest-serving managers at the World Cup and has overseen 143 matches to date, with a 69.93% win rate with 100 wins in total, marking him out as an excellent leader and tactician, with the players to boot. He led Senegal to a first AFCON final for 17 years in the 2019 edition, before following that up with the title three years later.
Total appearances: 3
First qualification: 2002
Most recent: 2018
Best achievement: Quarter-finals (2002)
World Ranking: 18
Overall record: P8, W3, D3, L2
The undisputed star of his country and arguably the nations best-ever export, Sadio Mané is the tip of the spear as part of a forward core that has talent to spare.
His influence at Liverpool was immense and has now taken his abilities to Bavaria where he continues to write his story at Bayern Munich. Mané will no doubt be motivated to better Senegal’s 2002 performance and help his nation continue it’s footballing journey.
For years Kalidou Koulibaly was labelled as one of the top center-backs in Europe during an impressive spell with Napoli, and that opinion looks set to continue in some circles despite a mixed start in London after a summer more to Chelsea.
His influence is perhaps only rivalled by Mané, and as the national team captain, his wealth of experience at the back will be key in a tournament that comes with expectations.
There may be a few unexpected questions surrounding Mendy coming into the tournament this winter after the veteran keeper has lost his place in the Chelsea team to Kepa Arrizabalaga, but his abilities remain clear and there should be no question who Cissé calls on in Qatar.
Not free of mistakes, his shot-stopping capabilities are laudable, and with a keeper of note in their ranks, Senegal are already ahead of the curve of some other nations on offer.
101′s Senegal World Cup Tip
101 Great Goals thinks that Senegal have the potential to cause some serious discussion this year, and could have enough ammunition to get themselves into the knockout stages and beyond the last 16.
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