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2018 FIFA World Cup Senegal squad guide, full fixtures, group and key players

Senegal at their best are capable of beating any of their Group opponents.

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Senegal national football team play Senegal at their best are capable of beating any of their Group opponents. (Twitter/FootballSenegal )

Senegal shredded the form book by reaching the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals in South Korea.

16 years later, they are back for their second appearance and have the opportunity to repeat that feat.

Senegal at their best are capable of beating any of their Group opponents.

Captain: Cheikhou Kouyate

Manager: Aliou Cisse

Nickname: The Lions of Teranga

FIFA World Cup record: 2 appearances

Fixtures

Senegal Vs Poland

Senegal Vs Japan

Senegal Vs Colombia

Key Men

1. Sadio Mane

Mane is considered the key figure in the squad, which he joined after playing for Liverpool against Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

While the scoring exploits of Egyptian Mohamed Salah stole the show all season, Mane has also starred in a "Fab Three" strike force completed by Brazilian Roberto Firmino.

When Salah had to leave the field injured in the Champions League final, Mane took over the bulk of attacking duties and scored Liverpool's only goal in the 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid.

2. Kalidou Koulibaly

While Mane is expected to bring the sparks in attack, Napoli man Koulibaly will be the man to stop opponents from scoring.

He just had a brilliant season at Napoli and has been linked with a move to bigger European clubs. A good 2018 World Cup and he’s off to one of the European giants.

Squad

Goalkeepers: Abdoulaye Diallo (Stade Rennes), Alfred Gomis (SPAL), Khadim Ndiaye (Horoya)

Defenders: Lamine Gassama (Alanyaspor), Saliou Ciss (Valenciennes), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli), Kara Mbodii (Anderlecht), Youssouf Sabaly (Bordeaux), Salif Sane (Hannover 98), Moussa Wague (Eupen)

Midfielders: Idrissa Gueye (Everton), Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham United), Alfred Ndiaye (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Badou Ndiaye (Stoke City), Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City), Ismaila Sarr (Stade Rennes)

Forwards: Keita Balde (Monaco), Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City), Moussa Konate (Amiens), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Mbaye Niang (Torino), Diafra Sakho (Stade Rennes), Moussa Sow (Bursaspor)

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