Senegal will be appearing at the World Cup for only the second time in Russia this summer, but if their previous campaign is anything to go by then they are certainly one to watch.
The African nation produced an unforgettable run to the quarter-finals in 2002, which all started with victory over the reigning world and European champions France in the very first game of the tournament.
Here, Sports Mole assesses Senegal's chances of once again making an abiding impact on this summer's tournament in Russia.
GROUPSenegal are not a nation that will be daunted by a tough group after finishing above France and Uruguay in 2002, but the draw was kinder to them than it might have been in Group H.
Japan are the lowest-ranked team in the group, which means that Senegal's match against them on June 24 could be crucial, but the Lions of Teranga will go into the tournament no doubt believing that they can pull off some more shocks.
June 19: Poland vs. Senegal (4pm, Otkritie Arena, Moscow)
June 24: Japan vs. Senegal (4pm, Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg)
June 28: Senegal vs. Colombia (3pm, Cosmos Arena, Samara)
HOW THEY QUALIFIEDSenegal passed through their qualifying campaign unbeaten - but not without controversy - to reach Russia 2018, beginning in November 2015 with a 5-2 aggregate victory over Madagascar.
Cisse's side were subsequently drawn against Burkina Faso, Cape Verde Islands and South Africa in the second phase, and just one win from their opening three games left them level with Burkina Faso at the halfway stage of the group.
The initial fixture had ended 2-1 to South Africa, but remarkably FIFA cancelled the game due to a poor refereeing decision and ordered them to replay it in November 2017, when Senegal's wins home and away against the 2010 hosts ensured their progress.
For a nation previously labelled as being 'chokers', Senegal have garnered a new reputation for being able to win matches the ugly way en route to their second finals appearance.
That was not quite the case in their five friendlies ahead of Russia 2018, however, as they drew three and lost one prior to a 2-0 triumph against South Korea.
Yet at the opposite end of the field, three clean sheets in four matches - aided by Kouyate and Gueye protecting the back four - provides hope that they can continue grinding out points.
Defenders: Kara Mbodji (Anderlecht), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli), Moussa Wague (Eupen), Saliou Ciss (Valenciennes FC), Youssouf Sabaly (Bordeaux), Lamine Gassama (Alanyaspor), Armand Traore (Nottingham Forest), Salif Sane (Hannover 96).
Midfielders: Badou Ndiaye (Stoke), Idrissa Gueye (Everton), Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham), Cheikh N'Doye (Birmingham).
Forwards: Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Keita Balde Diao (Monaco), Ismaila Sarr (Rennes), Diafra Sakho (Rennes), Moussa Konate (Amiens), Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke), M'Baye Niang (Torino), Moussa Sow (Shabab Al-Ahli).
STAR PLAYER - Sadio Mane
Mane netted 10 goals in the Reds' European run, including a close-range strike in the final against Real Madrid, and chipped in with the same number of goals in the Premier League.
Now, minus the talents of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, the ex-Southampton man must utilise his pace, strength and skill in Senegal's second finals appearance.
Keita Balde and Moussa Sow also have a part to play in an exciting attacking midfield full of goals, yet it is Mane through the middle who can have the biggest say in what is a competitive group.
MANAGER - Alou Cisse
A former Birmingham City and Portsmouth midfielder, Cisse spent the majority of his playing career in France and won 35 caps for Senegal overall between 1999 and 2005.
The 42-year-old spent a short spell as caretaker Senegal boss in 2012 before earning his coaching stripes with the Under-23 team, first serving as an assistant before taking over the reins from 2013 to 2015.
The main job followed in 2015, and Cisse has since impressed in charge of the national team with an unbeaten record in qualifying.
WORLD CUP RECORD
Best finish: Quarter-finals (2002)
A 1-1 draw with Denmark was then followed by a thrilling 3-3 draw with Uruguay, when they squandered a three-goal lead but still managed to book their place in the last 16.
Two goals from Henri Camara saw them come from behind to beat Sweden after extra time in the first knockout round to continue their incredible run, but that finally came to an end in the quarter-finals when Turkey won 1-0 - again after extra time.
Senegal have therefore played five World Cup matches before, winning two with two draws and one defeat while scoring seven goals and conceding six in the process.
Senegal may struggle to replicate their 2002 heroics this summer in Russia and we expect them to miss out to Colombia and Poland on Group H.
VERDICT: Third in Group H