Thursday, December 21, 2017

Senegal Greatest All-Time Team

This blogger Artur Yanturin of Russia copied many of my blog teams.  This blog was one of them.  It was my Russia All-Time Team here.  His team was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014.   His Spartak Moscow All-Time team entry of was published in October 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2017.  His entry of the Dutch-German rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014.  He also copied many many of my blog entries.

His Facebook and Instagram

African Cup of Nations Champion 2021

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

Ghana World Cup 2022

Senegal made its first FIFA World Cup appearance in 2002 and caused a huge upset by defeating World and European champions France 1–0 in the tournament's opening game. Senegal eventually reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup. In  2018, Senegal qualified for their second World Cup Finals.

Established in the early 1960s, the team have been regular competitors in the Africa Cup of Nations, where their best performances were runner-up to Cameroon in the 2002 edition in Mali, and to Algeria in the 2019 edition in Egypt.  In 2022, they finally won the African Cup of Nations.

Nicknamed "the Lions of Teranga", the team became the second African team to reach the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup after Cameroon in 1990, doing so in 2002 before losing to Turkey in extra time. They are the current champions of Africa, having won the most recent AFCON final in 2022.
World Cup 2002
GK: Tony Sylva 
Tony Sylva was a member of AS Monaco from 1993 and 2004, mainly as a backup to Fabien Barthez and Flavio Roma in the main squad or out on loan.  In 2004, he joined Lille, where he became a starter. He played for them between 2004 and 2008. He also spent two seasons playing for Trabzonspor in Turkey.  He was capped 83 times.  He was the starter at the World Cup Finals in 2002 and and four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.
Tony Sylva 
GK: Cheikh Seck 
Seck was goalkeeper for (Senegal's national team) during the 1980-90s. He takes part in four final rounds of African Cups of Nations in 1986, 1990, 1992 and 1994.  For club football, he played Jaraaf (Diaraf) in Dakar before joining  Esperance Tunis and Stade Tunisien in Tunisia.  He was voted by CAF as 200 Greatest African Footballers in 2006.

GK: Édouard Mendy
Born in France, Edouard Mendy has played for Senegal since 2018.  He initially joined up with Guinea Bissau in honour of his fatherHe started his professional career at AS Cherbourg.  Later, he played for Reims and Rennes.  In 2020, he joined Chelsea.  In his first season, he helped the club to win the Champions' League.  He was the first African keeper to start in the Final since Bruce Grobbelaar in 1985.    He won the Golden Groves at the 2022 AFCON as Senegal won the cup for the first time.

RB: Habib Beye 
Born in France, Habib Beye started with Paris St Germain in 1997.  The peak of his career was spent with RC Strasbourg, Marseilles and Newcastle United. He was captain of Marseilles for two years prior to his move to Newcastle United in 2007.  He was Newcastle United Player of the Year in 2008. He also played for Aston Villa.  He was capped 35 times for Senegal.  He went to the World Cup Finals in 2002, mainly used as a sub.

RB: Ferdinand Coly 
Born in Senegal, Ferdinand Coly grew up in France. After having an impressive performance at the World Cup Finals in 2002, he moved from RC Lens to the English Preimership, but failed to impress with Birmingham City.  Coly then moved on to Perugia in 2003, but he spent his career in the lower division. In the summer of 2005, he made a move to Serie A side Parma, where he has been a regular player.

CB/RWB: Raoul Diagne 
Born in French Guiana of Senegalese descent, Raoul Diagne was the first Black player to be capped by France.  He earned 18 caps between 1931 and 1940.  He went to the 1938 World Cup Finals.  He played RC Paris, Toulouse, and Nice in his career. He is the son of politician Blaise Diagne. He was the first black African elected to the French Chamber of Deputies, and the first to hold a position in the French government.  He could play anywhere on the field, including the goalkeeper position.
Raoul Diagne 
In his career, Diatte played for many clubs.  His first club was Toulouse FC where he played between 1988 and 1989.  Diatta played 142 games for Stade Rennais between 1999 and 2004.  He was on the books on Lyon, Marseille, Newcastle, etc, but he did not play much in those clubs.  For Senegal, he was capped 71 times.  He also played in all of Senegal's matches in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Roger Mendy spent three years playing for AS Monaco, with whom he reached the 1992 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final. His team in AS Monaco was known as the "Black Connection", where his teammates included George Weah and Lillian Thuram.  He also had spells with Sporting Toulon and ASC Jeanne d'Arc before finishing his career in Italy with Pescara Calcio. He earned over 80 caps between 1979 and 1995.  He participated at the African Nations' Cup in 1992.

Born in France of Senegalese parents, Koulibaly represented France at the youth level, but he switched to play for Senegal in 2015.  He went to the World Cup Finals in 2018. He started his career with Metz in France.  He later played for Genk.  In 2014, he moved to Napoli, where he became a star player.   Since 2015, he was capped by Senegal over 50 times.  He was a part of the team that won the AFCON in 2021.
Kalidou Koulibaly
LB: Ibrahima Ba Eusebio 
Ibrahima Ba Eusebio played in  Dakar with Jaraaf (Diaraf). He also went to play in Europe with Le Havre AC in France. He played for them between 1977 and 1982. He helped the club to win promotion. He also played with SC Abbeville after Le Havre. With Senegal, he was also captain of the national team. He is the father of former French international Ibrahim Ba, who also played for Le Havre.

Starting his career at Diambars, Gueye joined Lille where he played in the senior side from 2010 to 2015 before moving to Aston Villa.  He then played for Everton before joining PSG in 2019.  He was part of the Senegalese squad at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He played for Senegal at two FIFA World Cup and four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments. After a defeat in the 2019 final, he helped his country win the following competition's final in 2022.  He is their most capped player.

DM: Aliou Cissé
Aliou Cissé had 35 caps.  He captained the Senegal national team which reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup. He was also part of the Senegal team who were the runners-up in the 2002 African Cup of Nations. He started his career in France.  He played with with Lille, PSG and Montpellier.  After the WC Finals in 2002, he moved to England and played for Birmingham and, Portsmouth.  He later played for Sedam and Nimes in France.

Kouyaté moved from Senegal to Belgium in 2006. He joined Anderlecht aged 19, where he made 206 appearances and won the Belgian First Division A four times. In 2014, he joined West Ham United, and four years later he transferred to Crystal Palace.  In 2022, he joined Nottingham Forest.  At the time of writing, he played over 80 times for Senegal. He helped them to win AFCON 2021.  He also went to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Finals.

CB/DM: Papa Bouba Diop 
Papa Bouba Drop started his career at home in Senegal before making his way to Switzerland. In 2002, he moved to France's Lens. Two years later, he moved to England, first playing for Fulham and then, Portsmouth.  He also played in Greece for AEK Athens. He was capped 63 times by Senegal between 2001 and 2008.  He was known for scoring the goal that upset France at the World Cup Finals in 2002.  He ended up as Senegal's top scorer at the tournament.
Papa Bouba Diop 
AM/FW/DM: Oumar Sène
In his career, Oumar Sène had played as an attack midfielder, striker and defensive midfielder.  He first starred with US Gorée at home before going to play in France. He first joined Stade Lavalois Michel Le Milinaire before going to Paris St Germaine in 1985 and was named captain of the club in 1987. He retired from the club in 1992.  He was capped for Senegal between 1982 and 1992.

CM: Christophe Sagna
Christophe Sagna started with Jeanne d'Arc in 1974. He moved to France in 1976. He played 106 games with Stade Laval, scoring 12 goals. He played for En Avant de Guingamp between 1982 and 1985=4.  And then, he joined Stade Quimpérois.  For international football, he had over 30 caps for Senegal. He went to the 1986 African Nations Cup.

AM:Yatma Diop 
Born in Dakar, Senegal in 1943, Yatma Diop was one of the first Senegalese player to play in Europe. He started his career at home with Foyer France in Sénégal. In 1963, he moved to played in France, where he played with Football Club d'Annecy and Amiens in the 1960's. He also played for Diaraf at home. He helped Senegal to qualify for the African Cup of Nations in 1968 beating Guinea in the qualifying round, a powerful team at the time.

AM: Khalilou Fadiga 
Khalilou Fadiga began his career at Paris Saint-Germain in France, but failed to make an impression. He played for Red Star 93, FC Liège and Club Brugge.  After impressing with Auxerre, he moved to Inter Milan, but never played a game.  He later played with Bolton Wanderers, Derby, Coventry, Gent, etc.  He was capped 37 times.  He played in the 2002 World Cup Finals. 

FW/LW: Sadio Mané
Sadio Mané stated with Metz.  He made his name while playing for Red Bill Salzburg and Southampton. In 2016, he became the most expensive African player in history at that time when he joined Liverpool.  Mané, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho made up a prolific attacking quartet dubbed the "Fab Four".  He helped the club to reach the Final of the 2018 Champions' League. He scored a goal in the Final.  For Senegal, he played for them at the World Cup Finals in 2018.    He was the AFCON MVP as Senegal won the tournament in 2022.
Sadio Mané
FW/LW/RW: El-Hadji Diouf 
El-Hadji Diouf played with Sochaux, Rennes and Lens in France before moving to Liverpool prior to the 2002 FIFA World Cup for Senegal. He has also played for Bolton Wanderers, Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers before a stint in the Scottish Premier League with Rangers. He also played for Doncaster Rovers and Leeds United. He earned 70 caps.  He was a star at the World Cup Finals in 2002, where he made the team of the tournament.  He was African Footballer of the Year in 2001 and 2002.

ST: Henri Camara 
Henri Camara played for various clubs around Europe.  His most successful years were spent in England and Greece.  His longest stint was spent with Panetolikos in Greece where he played between 2011 and 2014.  He was also Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. Player of the Year in 2005. He earned 99 caps for Senegal.  He was a part of the World Cup team in 2002, scoring two goals against Sweden in the round of 16.  He was also part of the 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 Africa Cup of Nations squads.
 Henri Camara 
ST: Matar Niang 
Born in 1944, Matar Niang was an early star of Senegal's national team. He went to African Cup of Nations in 1965, scoring two goals against Ethiopia. Senegal finished fourth in the tournament. He missed the 1968 edition.  He played in French second division clubs between 1969 and 1974.  He played in Aix from 1969 to 1971, in Amiens in 1972, in Cambrai from 1973 to 1974 then in Cholet from 1974 to 1976.  He was listed as an attack midfielder.

ST: Jules Bocande 
Jules Bocande started his career with Casa Sport in Senegal.  After getting a tough suspension at hime, he moved to play in Europe.  He played Tournai (Belgian D3) and Seraing (Belgian D1) before going to France. He played for FC Metz, Paris SG, OGC Nice and RC Lens. In the 1985-1986 season, he finished top scorer in the French league with 23 goals. Jules Bocandé was capped over 70 times.  He was the key player in qualifying his country for the 1986 African Cup of Nations in Egypt. 
Jules Bocande 
Honorable Mention
Omar Diallo, Alfred Gomis, Toumani Diallo, Mansour Wade, Amady Thiam, Yérim Diagne, Abdoulaye Faye, Yérim Diagne, Mamadou Tew, Adolphe Mendy, Omar Daf, Salif Diao, Loris Gomis, Baba Touré, Diomansy Kamara, Moussa N'Diaye, Mamadou Niang, Moussa Ndao, Moussa Sow, Loris Gomis, Saliou Ciss, Nampalys Mendy, Ismaïla Sarr, Salif Diao, Papiss Cisse, Souleymane Camara, Diomansy Kamara, Demba Ba, Souleyman Sane, Mbaye Fall, Sarr Boubacar, Bouna Sarr.

Squad Explanation
- This all-time team was created in December, 2017.  I completely redid it 5 years later in December, 2022.  Sadio Mane, Jules Bocande, Papa Bouba Drop and El-Hadji Diouf were probably undisputed players for this team.  Édouard Mendy and Kalidou Koulibaly were close.
-- The African Player of the Year award was given to Senegalese footballers four times.  At the time of writing, Sadio Mane and El Hadji Diouf won the award twice each.
-- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) compiled a list of 200 greatest African footballers of the last 50 years in 2006.  Fourteen footballers from Senegal made the team.  They were Louis Gomis, Yatma Diop, Christophe Sagna,  Jules Bocande, Boubacar Sarr, Cheikh Seck, Thierno Youm, Henri Camara, Ferdinand Coly, Papa Bouba Diop, El-Hadji Diouf, Khalilou Fadiga, Roger Mendy and Tony Sylva. 
-- IFFHS selected the following players as their All-Time Best XI for Senegal.  They were Édouard Mendy, Ferdinand Coly, Kalidou Koulibaly, Roger Mendy, Ibrahim "Eusebio" Ba, Sadio Mané, Oumar Sène, Papa Bouba Diop, Khalilou Fadiga, El Hadji Diouf and Jules Bocandé.
-- But since I ruled all Algerian players who played for France before the formation of FLN or the Algerian national team as eligible for my Algeria All-Time team, I would also rule Raoul Diagne eligible.   The good players from that generational had no other choice but to represent France.  Without this rule, if a player was not good enough for France, he would be eligible for this all-Time team while the better players became ineligible simply because they were better players and played for France.  If Raoul Diagne was not good enough for France, he would be eligible.  But since he was good enough, he became ineligible.  It actually did not make sense.  This team was about honoring the best of Senegalese footballers and the best players should be included.  However, I did not select Alexandre Villaplane for Algeria and Just Fontaine for Morocco respectively.  They were of European descent.  Raoul Diagne was not born in Senegal, but his father was the former mayor of Dakar.  Besides, he was recognised as the "Grandfather of Senegalese football".
-- Bacary Sagna, Patrice Evra and Patrick Vieira are born in Senegal, but they chose to play for France.  Of course, they were not considered for this team.  
-- Liked most African all-time teams, this was a young team.  Apart from Raoul Diagne, the oldest players played in the early 1960's.  I have not much information on players from the 1960's. All I knew that they did well in the African Nations Cup and was widely considered one of Senegal's greatest team. I selected the following players from that era: Matar Niang and Yatma Diop. Domingos Mendy, Loris Gomis, Yérim Diagne and Amady Thiam were on the original team I created in 2017.
-- Senegal used a team of 21 French-based players to play in the 2002 World Cup Finals.  Their two non-French based players were their two backup goalkeepers.  They beat the defending World Cup winner France in the first round. They advanced to the the second round.  I have nine players from that team on my all-time team.  They are Tony Sylva, Habib Beye, Ferdinand Coly, Papa Bouba Diop, Aliou Cissé, Khalilou Fadiga, El-Hadji Diouf and Henri Camara.  Papa Bouba Diop scored the historical goal that beat France.  I was at the stadium when Turkey beat Senegal in the quarterfinal in Osaka with a Golden Goal.
-- After the World Cup Finals in 2018, I added Idrissa Gueye, Moussa Sow and Cheikhou Kouyaté to honourable mention.  Sadio Mané replaced Mbaye Fall on the team. I dropped Fall because of the lack of information on him.   This generation also took Senegal to the Final of the 2019 African Cup of Nations and was crowned the champion of the African Cup of Nations in 2021.  Sadio Mane was named the best player of the tournament.  Édouard Mendy won the Golden Grove.  Kalidou Koulibaly, Cheikhou Kouyaté and Idrissa Gueye joined this team. Saliou Ciss and Nampalys Mendy made Team of the Tournaments.
-- Senegal qualified for three World Cup Finals. Of all their players in these Finals, goalkeeper Kalidou Cissokho of their 2022 team was their only player who played club football at home.
-- Tony Sylva was named CAF Goalkeeper of the Year twice.  He was the first Senegalese to play in the Champions' League. In 2021, I added Édouard Mendy to this team after has helped Chelsea to win the Champions' League.  He also equaled the record of most clean sheets in a Champions League season, by keeping nine clean sheets. He replaced Amady Thiam on this team.
Édouard Mendy
-- Cheikh Seck made the list of CAF's 200 greatest footballers created in 2007.  He later became vice-president of the Senegalese Football Federation (FSF).
-- Omar Diallo was the first Senegalese goalkeeper to play in Europe, but he was Tony Sylva's backup for Lions of Teranga in his prime. Liked Diallo, Alfred Gomis also did well in club football in Europe, but also behind another great Senegalese goalkeeper on the national team.  He is the younger brother of Senegalese international Lys Gomis (4 caps).  His two other brothers David and Maurice were also goalkeepers.  He replaced Edouard Mendy at the Final of AFCON 2019, and played well.  I came across Toumani Diallo who should be playing before Amday Thiam, and Mansour Wade who played around the time of Cheikh Seck.
-- For club football, Amady Thiam played for Jeanne d’Arc in Senegal. He represented Senegal at the 1968 African Cup of Nations. Thiam was the starting keeper, despite strong challenge from Toumani Diallo. Unfortunately, he was remembered for a blooper against Congo at the end of the game that eliminated Senegal from the tournament.
-- I already discussed the eligibility issue of Raoul Diagne. He was the first Black player to be capped by France.  Unlike players such as Bacary Sagna, Patrice Evra and Patrick Vieira, his career came before the founding of Senegal (see above).  Late in his career, he returned to Senegal and contributed to the development of football at home.  I added him to the team in December, 2022.  He was an imposing defender who could play anywhere on the field.  He had both size and speed. He even played as a goalkeeper not even cameo situation.  Some said that his best position might be right winger too.
-- I dropped another old-time Domingo Mendy for Raoul Diagne.  He was the captain of his club team Jeanne d'Arc. He was also the captain of the national team of Senegal under the leadership of Raoul Diagne, the national coach of Senegal in the early 1960's. He helped Senegal to win the Jeux de l’Amite in 1963. One source proclaimed him as one of Senegal's most important player, but information about his career is very limited. 
-- Then, I selected Roger Mendy.  He was a member of the "Black Connection" in AS Monaco, where he mentored a young Lillian Thuram.  The "Black Connection" which also featured George Weah, James Debbah and Youssouf Fofana paved the way for African footballers in France.  He was also Senegal's most capped defender.  
-- Lamine Diatta was another defender frequently mentioned.  He was a key player at the 2002 World Cup Finals.  He saved a goal from the line against Uruguay, which sent Senegal to the second round, but his club career did not speak out, except his stint with Rennes.  
-- In 2019, I decided to replace Yerim Diagne with Kalidou Koulibaly. Since Kalidou Koulibaly joined Napoli in 2014, he has became one of Serie A top defender.  He was the Defender of the Year in Serie A for the 2018-2019 season.  Yerim Diagne played for Senegal between 1963 and 1973. He went to the African Nations Cups of 1965 and 1968. He helped Senegal to finish fourth in 1965. His club career was spent at Réveil de Saint-Louis and Brak de Saint-Louis in Senegal. He died in 2014.  I took him off the team because of the lack of information about him.  He was a rightback or central defender.
-- Abdoulaye Faye played 9 seasons in the Premiership, but I had no space for him.  His club career was actually better than Diatte, but he only played 36 times for Senegal.
-- Ferdinand Coly and Habib Beye easily secured the rightback position.  I also looked into Mamadou Tew.  Beye was a key player for the Marseille side that reached the 2004 UEFA Cup Final.  He captained them for two seasons.  Coly captained Senegal at AFCON 2006.  He was probably Senegal's greatest rightback.
Ferdinand Coly 
-- Ibrahima Ba Eusebio is the father of French forward Ibrahima Ba who played for France and AC Milan. Ibrahim Ba Junior was born in Senegal.  The leftback position was very weak. Omar Daf was not a natural leftback, but for Senegal, he played there because Ferdinand Coly and Habib Beye took over the rightback position.  He could play in multi-position across the backline. He might be the most famous Senegalese defender not selected. 
-- I looked at Bouna Sarr just because he played for Bayern Munich and Marseilles, but he turned down the opportunity to represent Senegal before accepting the honor in 2018.  I felt that he had not done enough for Senegal because of the snub.  Since 2021, he played 13 times for them.
-- Papa Bouba Diop came second at the 2002 African Player of the Year.  He was probably Senegal's most important player at the World Cup Finals that year scoring 3 goals.  The defensive midfielder was his main position, but he could play as a central defender.  Aliou Cisse captained the 2002 World Cup team.  He was also mentioned frequently.  He later managed Senegal's AFCON 2021 winning team.  
-- During the 2022 review, I was certain to add Idrissa Gueye.  He is Senegal's most capped player while helping them to win AFCON 2022.  His club career in England and France also spoke for itself. But who should I drop?
-- Loris Gomis was one of 200 greatest African footballers of the last 50 years by CAF in 2006. He played in France in the 1970's with SC Amiens, FC Bourges and Thonon Sports Club in the lower divisions.  He played for Coach Jean-Pierre Carayon at Thonon SC.  Internationally, he helped Senegal to qualify for the African Cup of Nations in 1968 beating Guinea, a powerful team at the time.  Certainly, he was all-timer for Senegal, but he was mainly a lower division player.  So I took Gueye over him.
-- Khalilou Fadiga was considered to be a big star in Senegal, but health issues affected his overall career.  He did not play a single game for Inter Milan while his career with Bolton Wanderers and other clubs were limited. Nevertheless, he was on IFFHS Best XI as well as another French list.  
-- Oumar Sene was one of the first player from Senegal who starred in a major European league.  He was an important player for PSG as they captured a La Ligue title and captained them for many years.
-- Yatma Diop was one of the first Senegalese to play in Europe.  He was also on the list of 200 greatest African footballers of the last 50 years created by CAF.
Yatma Diop
-- I have three defensive midfielders.  So I did not have any space for Salif Daio, but I decided to add Cheikhow Kouyate to the team in 2022.  At the time of writing, he had spent 8 seasons in the English Premier League.  He already earned 80 caps.  I decided to drop Sarr Boubacar for him.  
-- Sarr Boubacar wasa forward.  He played in France during the 1970's and 1980's for SC Toulon, Marseille, AS Cannes, Paris Saint-Germain and FC Martigues.  At the end of his career, he played in the United States with New Jersey City. He was an important member of both Marseille and PSG. He had two stints with Marseille while playing for PSG (1979-1983) in between. He went the 1986 and 1994 African Cup of Nations.
-- Idrissa Gueye refused to wear the rainbow flag in support of the LGBT movement in a match for PSG.  Cheikhow Kouyate spoke out in support of Gueye's decision. That led to a lot of controversy and blacklashes.  My political stand has been in support of LGBT movement, but it did not change my opinion of the two players on the playing field.
-- I also had three attack midfielders in Khalilou Fadiga, Yatma Diop  and Oumar Sène.  I decided to keep Christophe Sagna.  He was voted as the best attack midfielder in France in the 1980-1981 season.  He could also play as a left midfielder.
-- Henri Camara could operate on the right while Sadio Mane was one of the best left wing forward of his time.  El-Hadji Diouf was also a brilliant winger.  I believed that he was a better left side attacker.  Raoul Diagne was also very comfortable as a right winger.
-- Sadio Mané helped Liverpool to win the Champions' league in 2019. He is probably one of the best wingers in the world at the moment.  He won the Onze d'Or for the 2018-2019 season.  No Senegalese footballer achieved that.  Senegal lacked an iconic star player, but now I considered Sadio Mané as their star player.
-- I started with three undisputed choices the forward line: El Hadji Diouf, Jules Bocandé and Henri Camara.
-- El Hadji Diouf was the African Footballer of the Year in 2001 and 2002.  He was a hero of the 2002 World Cup Finals, but his career went south after the 2002 World Cup Finals. His career in Liverpool was a disappointment. He still remained one of Senega;'s greatest player.
El-Hadji Diouf 
-- Jules Bocandé was the symbol of Senegalese football before the 2002 generation. In 1985-1986 season, he became the first African to finish top scorer in the French championship with 23 goals for Metz.  He was honored by the CAF by getting the Legends Award in 2009.  The award is liked a hall of fame for the CAF.   
-- When Henri Camara retired, he was both the all-time cap leader and goal scorer for Senegal.  He could go wide on the wing as well.
-- Demba Ba had some incredible numbers in the Premiership.  He scored 7 goals in 13 games for West Ham.  He followed by scoring 29 goals in 58 matches for Newcastle.   While with Chelsea in 2014, he took advantage of a Steve Gerrard's slip and scored an important goal that would cost Liverpool the league title.  That "slip" and "goal" became a symbol of the Liverpool's capitulation and kept Gerrad from winning the league title in Liverpool.   However, in Senegal, he was not mentioned in the same breath as the other players selected.
-- I came across Mbaye Fall. Hicareer was associated with ASC Diaraf Dakar.  He was known for his powerful shots. Her is regarded as one of Senegal's greatest players.  He played in the 1970's. I have dropped Mbaye Fall for Sadio Mané in 2018.   I excluded largely due to the lack of information on him.  He was probably the biggest Senegalese legends not selected.
-- Souleyman Sane was the father of Leroy Sane.  He made honorable mention.  Mamadou Niang was a star in the French league.  I did not have spots for neither player.

The starting lineup was edited in 2019 after the African Cup of Nations.  Sadio Mane and Kalidou Koulibaly joined the starting lineup.  Édouard Mendy should be number one.


  1. Idrissa Gueye in the final 23 after AFCON 2022?

  2. Any thoughts on updates after Afcon? I wonder if Mendy now deserves to start in goal? Saliou Cisse made many "team of the tournament" selections, so I wonder if he might have moved above Ba Eusebio at Left back? I would think Kouyate deserves a squad place, if not a starting role.

  3. Oh and Idrissa Gueye too. May be starting lineup for him.

  4. Thierno Youm, and Souleymane Sane are also well known players

  5. Édouard-Mendy
    Youssouf-Sabaly Koulibaly Roger-Mendy Saliou-Ciss
    Idrissa-Gueye Nampalys-Mendy
    Diouf Mané Fadiga

    Krépin Diatta is a young player with a great trayectory. If he falls off, Yatma Diop may take his place in the fluid front four.