Ivory Coast national football team
|Nickname(s)||Les Éléphants (The Elephants)|
|Association||Fédération Ivoirienne de Football|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||Sabri Lamouchi|
|Most caps||Didier Zokora (118)|
|Top scorer||Didier Drogba (63)|
|Home stadium||Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny|
|FIFA ranking||17 2|
|Highest FIFA ranking||12 (February, April 2013)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||75 (March 2004)|
|Highest Elo ranking||10 (26 January 2013)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||70 (6 October 1996)|
| Ivory Coast 3–2 Dahomey
(Madagascar; 13 April 1960)
| Ivory Coast 11–0 Central African Rep.
(Abidjan, Ivory Coast; 27 December 1961)
| Ivory Coast 2–6 Ghana
(Ivory Coast; 2 May 1971)
Malawi 5–1 Ivory Coast
(Malawi; 6 July 1974)
Nigeria 4–0 Ivory Coast
(Lagos, Nigeria; 10 July 1977)
Argentina 4–0 Ivory Coast
(Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 16 October 1992)
|Appearances||2 (First in 2006)|
|Best result||Round 1: 2006, 2010|
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||19 (First in 1965)|
|Best result||Winners: 1992|
|Appearances||1 (First in 1992)|
The Ivory Coast national football team (French: Équipe de Côte d'Ivoire de football) nicknamed Les Éléphants (The Elephants), represents Ivory Coast in international football and is controlled by the Fédération Ivoirienne de Football (FIF). Until 2005, their greatest accomplishment was winning the 1992 African Cup of Nations against Ghana on penalties at the Stade Leopold Senghor in Dakar, Senegal.
They have qualified for three consecutive World Cups, first in Germany in 2006, losing to Argentina and the Netherlands and beating Serbia and Montenegro as they failed to progress beyond the group stage. They qualified again for South Africa in 2010 and did not get through the group stage again. FIFA currently ranks Ivory Coast first among African nations.
- 1 Honours
- 2 World Cup record
- 3 FIFA Confederations Cup
- 4 Africa Cup of Nations record
- 5 Recent and Upcoming Fixtures
- 6 Coaches
- 7 Players
- 8 Trivia
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
- Runner-up – 1993
- Runner-up - 2010
- Winner – 1983, 1987, 1991
- Runner-up – 1985
- Winner – 2010
World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record|
| 1930 to
|Did not enter|
| 1974 to
|Did not qualify|
FIFA Confederations Cup
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
| 1995 to
|Did Not Qualify|
|2017||To Be Determined|
Africa Cup of Nations record
|Host nation(s) / Year||Round||Position||GP||W||D*||L||GS||GA|
| 1957 to
|Did Not Enter|
|1972||Did Not Qualify|
|1976||Did Not Qualify|
|1982||Did Not Enter|
|2004||Did Not Qualify|
- *Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
- **Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
- ***Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.
Recent and Upcoming Fixtures
- Philippe Troussier (1993)
- Henri Michel (2004–06)
- Uli Stielike (2006–08)
- Gérard Gili (2008, interim)
- Uli Stielike (2008, interim), on temporary contract expiring April 15, 2008
- Vahid Halilhodžić (2008–10)
- Sven-Göran Eriksson (2010)
- François Zahoui (2010–12)
- Sabri Lamouchi (2012–)
The following players have also been called up to the squad within the last 12 months.
- Côte d'Ivoire was the only nation to name a 23-man World Cup squad composed entirely of players who play their club football outside their home country.
2006 World Cup information
Côte d'Ivoire qualified through a qualifying group which included African powerhouses Cameroon and Egypt, despite losing home and away to the former. On the last day of qualification, they confirmed their spot with a 3–1  win over Sudan, while Cameroon faltered and could only manage a 1–1 draw at home to Egypt.
The qualification of the Côte d'Ivoire national football team even brought about a temporary peace agreement during the First Ivorian Civil War. The team helped to secure a truce in 2006 when they qualified, bringing warring parties together, and convinced President Laurent Gbagbo to restart peace talks.
Côte d'Ivoire lost their opening game 2–1 in the 2006 World Cup in Germany to Argentina. The goals for Argentina came from Hernán Crespo and Javier Saviola. Côte d'Ivoire's goal came from Chelsea striker Didier Drogba. They lost their second match to the Netherlands by the same scoreline and were thus eliminated from the tournament. The Netherlands' goals came from a Robin van Persie free-kick in the 23rd minute and a Ruud van Nistelrooy strike in the 27th minute. Bakari Koné scored in the 38th minute for the Africans to pull the score to 2–1. Côte d'Ivoire's final game was against Serbia and Montenegro. The Serbian team scored two quick goals and it appeared that the Côte d'Ivoire was destined for a three-loss World Cup campaign. However, the Africans came back, led by two goals from Aruna Dindane, and won the game 3–2 to finish in third place.
2010 World Cup Qualification
FIFA World Cup 2010
The Côte d'Ivoire team is notable for having participated in (and won) the two highest-scoring penalty shoot-outs in international football competition – the 24-shot shoot-out in the final of the 1992 African Cup of Nations when Ghana was defeated 11–10, and the 24-shot shoot-out in the quarter-final of the 2006 African Cup of Nations, when Cameroon was defeated 12–11.
After Uli Stielike left before the Africa Cup 2008, due to his son's health situation, Gerard Gili, the co-trainer, took his position. To compensate of the lack of another co-coach, Didier Drogba acted as a player-coach. This was only the second time that a player had also acted as coach in the Africa Cup, after George Weah was both player and coach for Liberia during the 2002 tournament.
In both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, Côte d'Ivoire were placed in a so-called "Group of Death." In 2006, Côte d'Ivoire faced Argentina, Netherlands and Serbia and Montenegro; Argentina and Netherlands reached the Round of 16. In 2010, Côte d'Ivoire was drawn with Brazil, Portugal, and North Korea. Côte d'Ivoire finished third in Group G, as Brazil and Portugal progressed.
- "The road to Germany/Egypt 2006". BBC News. 8 October 2005.
- More than a game by Neil Stormer – Common Ground News Service
- "Ivory Coast qualify for 2010 World Cup finals". ESPN. 2009-10-10. Retrieved 2009-10-15.
- Côte d'Ivoire Association — official website
- Côte d'Ivoire at FIFA.com
- ElephantsOnline — supporters' website