• The 2002 Quarter-finals, Senegal will lock horns with the 3-time Runners-up, Netherlands in Group A opener fixture in the 2022 FIFA World Cup at the Al Thumama Stadium, Doha on Monday, 21st November, 2022 evening in Qatar.
By: Isaac Amponsah Dr Ike and Bright Yeboah Taylor (byt)
Predictions: Away win/draw
• The 2022 FIFA World Cup is the 22nd edition since the competition started in 1930 is the 3rd appearance for Senegal while it is the 11th appearance for Netherlands.
• The Group A showdown on Monday, 21st November, 2022 will be Senegal and Netherlands First ever meeting between the two sides.
Total matches played - 0
Senegal wins - 0
Goals scored - 0
Netherlands wins - 0
Goals scored - 0
Drawn games - 0
• SENEGAL FORM:
• Senegal beat Egypt in a penalty shoot-out to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
• Aliou Cissé’s side have been inconsistent since, winning five (5) of their eleven (11) games.
• Senegal played two friendlies in September, beating Bolivia 2-0 before a 1-1 draw against Iran.
• NETHERLANDS FORM:
• Netherlands finished two points above Turkey in Group G of the World Cup qualifiers, winning seven games with two draws and a defeat in 10 matches.
• MATCH FACTS:
• Lions of Teranga, Senegal are currently ranked 18th by FIFA latest rankings on 6th October, 2022, and they are the most ranked in Africa. Their first International game was 1959 (British Gambia [The Gambia] 1-2 French Senegal).
• The Oranje of Netherlands are ranked 8th in the FIFA rankings, their first International game was 30th April, 1905 (Belgium 1-4 Netherlands).
• Senegal most caps player is Henri Camara 99 games while Netherlands most caps is Wesley Sneijder with 134 games in the National team jersey.
• Senegal top scorer for the National team is Sadio Mane with 34 goals in 93 caps while Netherlands top scorer for the National team is Robin Van Persie with 50 goals in 102 games.
• Lions of Teranga, Senegal have won both of their openers in the FIFA World Cup (1-0 vs France in 2002, 2-1 vs Poland in 2018).
• The Netherlands have not lost their opening eight (8) games at a FIFA World Cup final tournament since 1938 when they were defeated in the first round by Czechoslovakia, their opening match record since then is (W6 D2 L0).
• The Lions of Teranga have lost only two of their previous eight (8) FIFA World Cup matches (W3 D3).
• Senegal have never tasted defeat when facing European opposition in the Group phase of the FIFA World Cup (W2 D1), whilst the Netherlands are unbeaten against African opposition at the FIFA World Cup tournament (W3 D1).
• Lions of Teranga, Senegal have lost only one of their previous six (6) FIFA World Cup Group stage matches (W2 D3).
• Senegal have lost only one of their previous five (5) FIFA World Cup matches against European opposition (W3 D1).
• None of Senegal's eight (8) matches played at the FIFA World Cup have ended goalless.
• Lions of Teranga only clean sheet dates back to their first ever match in the FIFA World Cup competition, in May 2002 against the defending Champions then, France (1-0).
• One of Africa's most famous National Football teams, Senegal reached the Quarter-finals of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, becoming the second team from Africa (after Cameroon in 1990). They managed to upset defending world champions France, finish second in their group, and beat Sweden in extra time in the round of 16, before losing to Turkey in the Quarter-finals.
• Ghana advanced to the Quater-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa, becoming the third team from Africa (behind Cameroon in 1990 and Senegal in 2002).
• Senegal were knocked out in the Group stages in the 2018 edition of FIFA World Cup held in Russia.
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• The Dutch have won eleven (11) of their last fourteen (14) matches played at the FIFA World Cup, penalty shoot-outs excluded (D2 L1).
• The Oranje of Netherlands only defeat in their last fourteen (14) matches was the 2010 Grand-finals against Spain (0-1 after extra-time), while their last defeat in a Group game was back in 1994 against Belgium (0-1), and are currently on a six-match winning streak in the Group stage.
• The Netherlands have only failed to SCORE in one of their last twenty-eight (28) International matches
Excluding penalty shoot-outs.
• Remarkably, the Netherlands have only ever lost two out of thirty (30) Group stage matches at the FIFA World Cup (this includes first and second Group stage).
• The only teams to have defeated the Dutch in Group matches are Scotland (1978) and Belgium (1994).
• The Netherlands have not conceded a goal in their last three (3) FIFA World Cup matches. This is their joint best sequence of clean sheets, matching a run of three games in the 1974 edition.
• Forty-one (41) of the Fifty-four (54) active FIFA and CAF members have never qualified for the final tournament since 1930.
• TEAM DEBUTS
• 1934 : Egypt
• 1970 : Morocco
• 1974 : DR Congo (Zaire)
• 1978 : Tunisia
• 1982 : Algeria & Cameroon
• 1994 : Nigeria
• 1998 : South Africa
• 2002 : Senegal
• 2006 : Ghana, Angola, Ivory Coast & Togo
• Sadio Mane has been directly involved in twelve (12) of the last twenty-five (25) goals scored by Senegal players in major International tournaments (AFCON and World Cup), scoring nine (9) goals and assisting three (3) but he will not be available for this tournament due to injury.
• The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be Aliou Cisse's second consecutive FIFA World Cup as Senegal Manager. He has been a part of seven (7) of his side, Senegal eight (8) games played in the competition (4 as a player, 3 as a coach), he also captained the nation in 2002, their only other appearance at the finals.
• The Netherlands are unbeaten in their last fifteen (15) International matches (W11 D4), all since Louis van Gaal was appointed coach in August 2021. Their last defeat was against Czechia in June 2021 at EURO 2020.
• Netherlands were one of the shock omissions from the 2018 FIFA World Cup after failing to qualify for the tournament, but they return in 2022 back under the command of esteemed head coach Louis Van Gaal, who led them to a third-place finish in 2014.
• The 2022 edition of the FIFA World Cup is Louis Van Gaal's third spell as Head coach of the Netherlands National team. He took them to a third-place finish in his only previous FIFA World Cup involvement in the 2014 edition.
• The only other person to coach the Dutch at two FIFA World Cup is Bob Glendenning (ENG) who was in charge in 1934 and 1938.
• At the age of 71 years and 105 days, Louis van Gaal will be the third oldest coach in World Cup history when he takes charge of the Netherlands in this match.
• Netherlands's forward Memphis Depay was directly involved in more goals than any other player in the European qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup eighteen (18), scoring twelve (12) and assisting six(6) in ten (10) games.
• Netherlands Robin Van Persie is the leading overall top scorer for his Nation with 50 goals, but a feat Memphis Depay currently with 42 goals, want to achieve.
• Seven (7) of Senegal’s squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals were also in their squad at Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.
• Three (3) players in the Dutch squad have participated at the World Cup previously. They are, Daley Blind, Memphis Depay and Stefan de Vrij.
• Netherlands' Frenkie de Jong progressed the ball forward via carries on average 210 metres per match during the European World Cup qualifiers, the highest for any player with more than five (5) appearances.