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Benin

Nickname:
Les Écureuils (The Squirrels)
Founded:
1962
Joined FIFA:
1964
Website:
www.febefoot.net

The fortunes of Benin football have skyrocketed in the past five years and they are wallowing in a new-found respect from sides across the continent.

The Squirrels qualified for their first-ever major finals when they won a place at the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia and then repeated the feat with a place at the 2008 finals in Ghana.

Although they did not win a match at either event, they ran Nigeria close on two occasions and increased their reputation as a tricky side to beat.

The proliferation of players abroad has given the side greater experience and they are well coached by Frenchman Michel Dussuyer, who was once at the helm of Guinea and also an assistant to compatriot Henri Michel at Cote d’Ivoire.

Striker Stéphane Sessegnon from Paris St Germain is a key man in the side, as is Nigerian-born defender Damien Chrysostome of Metz and another player born in Nigeria, forward Razak Omotoyossi, who plays for Saudi Arabia side Al-Nassr.

With a population of just over 6-million, it is always going to difficult for Benin to have the depth in their squad to become giants of the African game, but they will take heart from the performance of their Under-20 side in reaching the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in the Netherlands, where they were pipped to a place in the second round on goals scored by Japan.
 

GALLERY
LATEST FIXTURES & RESULTS
HOME RESULTS AWAY DATE VENUE MATCHES
Sudan 1 - 2 Benin 14 Nov 09 Omdurman Report
Benin 1 - 0 Ghana 11 Oct 09 Cotonou Report
Benin 1 - 1 Mali 06 Sep 09 Cotonou Report
Click here for Standings Click here to see the full table
STATISTICS
2010 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS - AFRICA TEAM RECORD
  MP W D L GF GA GD Y R PTS
OVERALL RECORD 12 7 1 4 18 14 8 0 0 22
HOME RECORD 6 5 1 0 12 4 8 6 0 16
AWAY RECORD 6 2 0 4 6 10 0 8 0 6
LAST 10
LAST 10: 10 3 2 5 11 12 0 0 0 11
LAST 10 HOME: 5 1 2 2 4 4 0 0 0 5
LAST 10 AWAY: 5 2 0 3 7 8 0 0 0 6
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