Senegal’s 2002 World Cup Team

Posted: May 13, 2013 in Sierra Leone

Among the greatest teams ever to play in the World Cup, the 2002 Senegal squad should be recognized for its skill and the prominent win over France.

Coming in to the group stages, France was poised to make a run through the other three teams in Group A: Senegal, Denmark, and Uruguay. France, having won the 1998 World Cup, was seen as the dominant team and many were placing bets that they would vie for a second championship.

The 2002 World Cup was Senegal’s first time even qualifying. Their team was considered the underdog and few thought that they would make any sort of a challenge. These doubters were proven wrong by  a squad of players that were virtually unknown.

Senegal vs France was the opening game of the 2002 World Cup. France saw it as an opportunity to start their run with a big win. Senegal saw it as the chance to slay a giant. And slay it, they did.

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Through a brilliant strategy combining intense mid-field pressure, Diouf’s athleticism, and smart positioning – Senegal managed to shut out the highly touted French offense in a stunning and unexpected rout of the former champs.

Senegal then advanced past the group stage through two consecutive ties versus Uruguay and Denmark. They then made it to the quarter-finals and where they were unfortunately defeated by Turkey by a score of 1-0. But none will forget their historic “Cinderella” status in the annals of World Cup history.

(Senegal World Cup)

 

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