What happened to the Senegal starting XI that beat France in 2002?

Heading into the 2002 FIFA World Cup, France were one of the favourites to take home the Jules Rimet Trophy. That’s not all too surprising given that they were the defending champions, but they were in for quite the shock on the opening day: the hands of the ultimate underdogs Senegal.

With the world watching, the French allowed their overconfidence to get the better of them as Pape Bouba Diop fired the Senegalese to a victory that quite literally no one could’ve predicted. So, what have the famous starting 11 been up to since then?

They didn’t qualify before that tournament and they haven’t done so since, but the Golden Age of Les Lions football will still live on in the memory of football fans around the globe. They may not replicate that success in 2018 or any time soon, but 2002 proved that they shouldn’t give up hope.

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