***I DON’T HAVE FIFA’S PRIOR WRITTEN CONSENT TO USE, TALK, THINK OR EVEN YELL AT RANDOS FROM MY BALCONY ABOUT ANY NAMES, COUNTRIES OR EVENTS MENTIONED IN MY FIFA WORLD CUP QATAR 2022 COVERAGE, SO FOR COPYRIGHT REASONS FROM HERE ON IN, THE EVENT WILL BE REFERRED TO AS QLAMQTAR 2022.***
The Qlamqtar 2022 World Cup is only about 10 moons away (depending on your own set of lunar circumstances) and the first ever World Cup held in the Arab world promises to be a real doozy. World Cup history is a tale resplendent with stories of triumph against the odds, childhood dreams coming true and unsung heroes becoming legends. As well as dumb idiot losers, wanker fuck ups and teams that are just total bullshit.
But how shall you learn about these legends, losers and teams that are just total bullshit? Well look no further my wayward friend as I profile all 211 FIFA nations eligible for World Cup qualification. Today, I take a look at Senegal, who’ve been to the World Cup twice, in 2002 and 2018.
Didn’t exist until May 31, 2002
Nickname: The Lions of Teranga
FIFA Ranking: 20 (Dec 2021)
FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualification result: Qualified
Before the end of May 2002, there was no such thing as Senegal. Back then, if you had asked anyone if they had heard of the country, they would’ve stared at you blankly, with no idea what the hell you’re talking about. That all changed in the space of 90 minutes on the 31st May 2002 in Seoul when Senegal, competing in its first World Cup, defeated the defending world champions France in the opening match of the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
In an instant, the country of Senegal sprung into existence. All of sudden, not only did it became a sovereign nation located in western Africa, but it also somehow had a history too, wide biodiversity and even a current relative state of peace.
Were it not for that night in Korea, to this day Senegal would most likely still be a non-entity. And while the nation may have eventually come into being on June 19, 2018 in Moscow anyway, the majority of the millions of Senegalese citizens that suddenly sprung to life on May 31, 2002, have, for the most past, enjoyed the 20 years of existence they’ve had so far.
One to watch: THE YELLOW CARDS, THE YELLOW CARDS!! WATCH THE FUCKING YELLOW CARDS!!
NOOOO NOOOOO NOOOOOO…. THE REF’S GOING INTO HIS POCKETTT…. NO….
FUCK. YELLOW CARD. SHIT.
The Highpoint: The day of its foundation (see above)
Learn the lingo & speak like a local!
FIFA WORLD CUP QATAR 2022 | GROUP STAGE
21 Nov 2022
SENEGAL 🇸🇳 x 🇳🇱 NETHERLANDS
25 Nov 2022
QATAR 🇶🇦 x 🇸🇳 SENEGAL
29 Nov 2022
ECUADOR 🇪🇨 x 🇸🇳 SENEGAL
AFRICAN CUP OF NATIONS CAMEROON 2021
Jan 10, 2022
SENEGAL 🇸🇳 x 🇿🇼 ZIMBABWE
JAN 14, 2022
SENEGAL 🇸🇳 x 🇬🇳 GUINEA
JAN 18, 2022
MALAWI 🇲🇼 x 🇸🇳 SENEGAL
SENEGAL 🇸🇳 x 🇨🇻 CAPE VERDE