Ivory Coast national under-23 football team

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Côte d'Ivoire U-21
Nickname(s) Les Éléphants (The Elephants)
Association Fédération Ivoirienne de Football
Confederation CAF (Africa)

The Ivorian national under-21 football team represents Côte d'Ivoire in international under-21 tournaments.

Nicknamed Les Petit Éléphants (The Small Elephants" in English), the under-23 national team's first appearance on the world stage was in 2003 at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship; they reached Round of 16 before being ousted by the United States.

Honours[edit]

Toulon Tournament (first title)

Les Petit Éléphants at the Toulon Tournament[edit]

The Toulon Tournament (officially the Tournoi Espoirs de Toulon or "Toulon Hopefuls' Tournament")is a football tournament which traditionally features invited national teams composed of under-21 players.

This was only Ivory Coast's 2nd appearance and they still performed well. The results are below.

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 France 3 3 0 0 8 2 +6 9
 Ivory Coast 3 2 0 1 6 2 +4 6
 Colombia 3 1 0 2 3 4 –1 3
 Japan 3 0 0 3 1 10 –9 0

All times local (CEST)

2010-05-18
18:30 CEST
Ivory Coast  3 – 0  Japan
Boli Goal 2'
Déblé Goal 26' (pen.)
Sagbo Goal 65'
Report
Stade du Ray, Nice
Referee: Thomas Vejlgaard (Denmark)

2010-05-18
20:45 CEST
France  2 – 0  Colombia
Schneiderlin Goal 33'
Kitambala Goal 44'
Report

2010-05-20
18:00 CEST
Colombia  0 – 2  Ivory Coast
Report Goua Gohou Goal 62'66'
Stade Perruc, Hyères
Referee: Khamis Al-Mari (Qatar)

2010-05-20
20:00 CEST
France  4 – 1  Japan
Bourgeois Goal 6'
Gueye Goal 33' (pen.)
Butin Goal 70'
Brahimi Goal 72'
Report Suganuma Goal 17'
Stade Perruc, Hyères
Referee: Jorge Osorio Reyes (Chile)

2010-05-22
19:00 CEST
Japan  0 – 3  Colombia
Report Calle Goal 13'
Cardona Goal 33'
Muriel Goal 35'
Le Grand Stade, Le Lavandou
Referee: Thomas Vejlgaard (Denmark)

2010-05-22
19:00 CEST
Ivory Coast  1 – 2  France
Saré Goal 54' Report Nestor Goal 46'
Dossevi Goal 60'
Stade de Lattre, Aubagne
Referee: Jorge Osorio Reyes (Chile)

Semifinals[edit]

May 25, 2010
18:30 CEST
Chile  0 – 2  Ivory Coast
Report Sagbo Goal 65'
Déblé Goal 80+3'

May 25, 2010
21:00 CEST
France  2 – 3  Denmark
Butin Goal 29'
Kitambala Goal 68'
Report Koné Goal 24' (o.g.)
Bille Goal 48'73'
Stade Mayol, Toulon
Referee: Abdel Ismail (Jordan)

Final[edit]

May 27, 2010
21:00 CEST
Ivory Coast  3 – 2  Denmark
Ouedraogo Goal 19'
Gohou Goal 39'
Sio Goal 74'
Report Nielsen Goal 46'
Mortensen Goal 80'
Stade Mayol, Toulon
Referee: Jorge Osorio Reyes (Chile)

Football at the 2008 Summer Olympics[edit]

Ivory Coast- qualified for the 2008 Olympics. This African team representing Africa at the 2006 FIFA World Championships in Germany. It is one of the best teams in Africa. "We are one of the few African countries to have an organized youth league. Great players have always come out of the Ivory Coast; I'm thinking of Laurent Pokou in the 1970s; and Youssou Fofana in the 1980s. But now the footballing infrastructure is much better and so many youngsters are getting the right coaching", said Henri Michel (former coach of the Côte d'Ivoire national soccer team). Ivory Coast won the African Cup of Nations in 1992. Ivory Coast went far in the 2008 Olympics but stumbled at the last hurdle by losing to Nigeria 2-0 in quarter finals.

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Argentina 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4 9
 Ivory Coast 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 6
 Australia 3 0 1 2 1 3 −2 1
 Serbia 3 0 1 2 3 7 −4 1
2008-08-07
19:45
Ivory Coast  1 – 2  Argentina
Cissé Goal 53' (Report) Messi Goal 43'
Acosta Goal 86'
Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai
Attendance: 43,266
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)

2008-08-10
19:45
Serbia  2 – 4  Ivory Coast
Mrdaković Goal 16'
Rakić Goal 90'
(Report) Cissé Goal 3'
Rajković Goal 24' (o.g.)
Kalou Goal 70'
Gervinho Goal 90+3'

2008-08-13
19:45
Ivory Coast  1 – 0  Australia
Kalou Goal 81' (Report)

Quarterfinals[edit]

2008-08-16
21:00
Nigeria  2 – 0  Ivory Coast
Odemwingie Goal 44'
Obinna Goal 82' (pen.)
(Report)

Current squad[edit]

 Ivory Coast[edit]

Squad from 2011 CAF U-23 Championship.

Coach: Ivory Coast Alain Gouaméné

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ibrahim Koné (1989-12-05)December 05, 1989 (aged 21) France US Boulogne
2 2DF Mahan Marc Goua (1989-11-02)November 02, 1989 (aged 22) Ivory Coast Séwé Sports de San Pedro
3 2DF Konan Ruffin Ngouan (1990-05-15)May 15, 1990 (aged 21) Ivory Coast Africa Sports National
4 2DF Troh César Hougnonhon (1990-09-13)September 13, 1990 (aged 21) Bahrain East Riffa Club
5 2DF Didier Boris Kadio (1990-04-05)April 05, 1990 (aged 21) Armenia Shirak FC
6 3MF Yacoub Meité (1990-02-10)February 10, 1990 (aged 21) France Tours FC
7 2DF Konan Joel Kouadio (1993-10-20)October 20, 1993 (aged 18) Ivory Coast AFAD
8 3MF Laglais Xavier Kouassi (1989-12-28)December 28, 1989 (aged 21) Switzerland Servette FC
9 3MF Moussa Koné (1990-02-12)February 12, 1990 (aged 21) Italy Delfino Pescara 1936
10 4FW Serge Deble (1989-10-01)October 01, 1989 (aged 22) 6 1 Armenia Shirak FC
11 4FW Lacina Traoré (1990-05-20)May 20, 1990 (aged 21) Russia FC Kuban Krasnodar
12 4FW Wakalible Júnior Lago (1990-12-31)December 31, 1990 (aged 20) Spain CD Numancia
13 2DF Aubin Kouakou (1991-06-01)June 01, 1991 (aged 20) Tunisia Stade Tunisien
14 3MF Jean Michael Seri (1991-07-19)July 19, 1991 (aged 20) Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas
15 4FW Krahire Yannick Zakri (1991-03-26)March 26, 1991 (aged 20) Ivory Coast AFAD
16 1GK Gnagnélé Clovis Tahourou (1989-12-25)December 25, 1989 (aged 21) Ivory Coast AFAD
17 4FW Georges Griffiths (1990-02-24)February 24, 1990 (aged 21) Hungary Lombard-Pápa TFC
18 4FW Vamouti Diomande (1991-01-20)January 20, 1991 (aged 20) Norway Hønefoss BK
19 3MF Kouassi Martial Yao (1989-10-04)October 04, 1989 (aged 22) Tunisia Stade Tunisien
20 4FW Bossé Kévin Beugre (1992-08-23)August 23, 1992 (aged 19) Norway Hønefoss BK
21 1GK Ousmane Gnada (1990-03-24)March 24, 1990 (aged 21) Ivory Coast AFAD