Ivory Coast national football team

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Ivory Coast
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Les Éléphants (The Elephants)
Association Fédération Ivoirienne de Football
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Giovanni Trapattoni
Captain Didier Drogba
Most caps Didier Zokora (122)
Top scorer Didier Drogba (65)
Home stadium Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny
FIFA code CIV
FIFA ranking 25 Decrease 2 (17 July 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 12 (February, April 2013)
Lowest FIFA ranking 75 (March 2004)
Elo ranking 25 (9 July 2014)
Highest Elo ranking 10 (26 January 2013)
Lowest Elo ranking 70 (6 October 1996)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Ivory Coast 3–2 Dahomey 
(Madagascar; 13 April 1960)
Biggest win
 Ivory Coast 11–0 Central African Rep. 
(Abidjan, Ivory Coast; 27 December 1961)
Biggest defeat
 Ivory Coast 2–6 Ghana 
(Ivory Coast; 2 May 1971)
 Malawi 5–1 Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
(Malawi; 6 July 1974)
 Nigeria 4–0 Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
(Lagos, Nigeria; 10 July 1977)
 Argentina 4–0 Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
(Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 16 October 1992)
World Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 2006)
Best result Group Stage, 2006, 2010 and 2014
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 19 (First in 1965)
Best result Champions, 1992
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 1992)
Best result Fourth Place, 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, then South Africa in 2010 and finally Brazil in 2014, in all three case they failed to move beyond the group stage. Ivory Coast has produced several world class players including Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure. The national team is generally considered to be one of the elite teams in Africa.

Honours[edit]

  • Runner-up – 1993
  • Runner-up – 2010
  • Winner – 1983, 1987, 1991
  • Runner-up – 1985

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup
Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did Not Enter
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
Germany 1974 Did Not Qualify 6 3 2 1 8 7
Argentina 1978 6 3 2 1 11 10
Spain 1982 2 0 0 2 1 3
Mexico 1986 4 1 1 2 6 5
Italy 1990 4 1 2 1 5 1
United States 1994 8 4 3 1 12 6
France 1998 2 0 1 1 1 2
South Korea Japan 2002 10 5 4 1 22 10
Germany 2006 Group Stage 19th 3 1 0 2 5 6 Squad 10 7 1 2 20 7
South Africa 2010 19th 3 1 1 1 4 3 Squad 12 8 4 0 29 6
Brazil 2014 21st 3 1 0 2 4 5 Squad 8 5 3 0 19 7
Total Group Stage 3/20 9 3 1 5 13 14 _

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Squad
Saudi Arabia 1992 Fourth Place 4th 2 0 0 2 2 9 Squad
Saudi Arabia 1995 to
Brazil 2013
Did Not Qualify
Russia 2017 To Be Determined
Qatar 2021
Total Fourth Place 1/9 2 0 0 2 2 9 -

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

Host nation(s) / Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Sudan 1957 to
Ghana 1963
Did Not Enter
Tunisia 1965 Third Place 3rd 3 2 0 1 5 4
Ethiopia 1968 Third Place 3rd 5 3 1 1 9 6
Sudan 1970 Fourth Place 4th 5 2 1 2 11 9
Cameroon 1972 Did Not Qualify
Egypt 1974 Group Stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 5
Ethiopia 1976 Did Not Qualify
Ghana 1978 Banned
Nigeria 1980 Group Stage 6th 3 0 2 1 2 3
Libya 1982 Did Not Enter
Ivory Coast 1984 Group Stage 5th 3 1 0 2 4 4
Egypt 1986 Third Place 3rd 5 3 0 2 7 5
Morocco 1988 Group Stage 6th 3 0 3 0 2 2
Algeria 1990 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 3 5
Senegal 1992 Champions 1st 5 2 3 0 4 0
Tunisia 1994 Third Place 3rd 5 3 1 1 11 5
South Africa 1996 Group Stage 11th 3 1 0 2 2 5
Burkina Faso 1998 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 2 2 0 10 6
GhanaNigeria 2000 Group Stage 9th 3 1 1 1 3 4
Mali 2002 Group Stage 16th 3 0 1 2 1 4
Tunisia 2004 Did Not Qualify
Egypt 2006 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 2 1 6 5
Ghana 2008 Fourth Place 4th 6 4 0 2 16 9
Angola 2010 Quarter-Finals 8th 3 1 2 0 5 4
GabonEquatorial Guinea 2012 Runners-up 2nd 6 5 1 0 9 0
South Africa 2013 Quarter-Finals 5th 4 2 1 1 8 5
Morocco 2015 TBD
Libya 2017
Total 1 Title 20/29 80 36 22 22 119 87
*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[edit]

Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
August 15, 2012 Moscow  Russia 1–1 Friendly Match
September 8, 2012 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny  Senegal 4–2 2013 AFCON qualification
October 13, 2012 Stade Leopold Senghor, Dakar  Senegal 2–0 2013 AFCON qualification
November 14, 2012 Linz  Austria 3–0 Friendly Match
January 14, 2013 Abu Dhabi  Egypt 4–2 Friendly Match
January 22, 2013 Royal Bafokeng Stadium  Togo 2–1 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
January 26, 2013 Royal Bafokeng Stadium  Tunisia 3–0 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
January 30, 2013 Royal Bafokeng Stadium  Algeria 2–2 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
February 3, 2013 Royal Bafokeng Stadium  Nigeria 1–2 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
March 23, 2013 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny  Gambia 3–0 2014 World Cup qualification
June 8, 2013 Independence Stadium  Gambia 3–0 2014 World Cup qualification
June 16, 2013 Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium  Tanzania 4–2 2014 World Cup qualification
August 14, 2013 MetLife Stadium  Mexico 1–4 Friendly
September 7, 2013 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny  Morocco 1–1 2014 World Cup qualification
October 12, 2013 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny  Senegal 3–1 2014 World Cup qualification
November 16, 2013 Stade Mohamed V  Senegal 1–1 2014 World Cup qualification
March 5, 2014 King Baudouin Stadium  Belgium 2–2 Friendly
May 30, 2014 Edward Jones Dome  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–2 Friendly
June 4, 2014 Toyota Stadium  El Salvador 2–1 Friendly
June 14, 2014 Arena Pernambuco  Japan 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup
June 19, 2014 Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha  Colombia 1–2 2014 FIFA World Cup
June 24, 2014 Estádio Castelão  Greece 1–2 2014 FIFA World Cup

Coaches[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[1]
Caps and goals updated as of 24 June 2014 after the match against Greece.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Boubacar Barry (1979-12-30) 30 December 1979 (age 34) 83 0 Belgium Lokeren
16 1GK Sylvain Gbohouo (1988-10-29) 29 October 1988 (age 25) 1 0 Ivory Coast Séwé Sport
23 1GK Sayouba Mandé (1993-06-15) 15 June 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Norway Stabæk
2 2DF Ousmane Viera (1986-12-21) 21 December 1986 (age 27) 3 0 Turkey Çaykur Rizespor
3 2DF Arthur Boka (1983-04-02) 2 April 1983 (age 31) 83 1 Spain Málaga
4 2DF Kolo Touré (1981-03-19) 19 March 1981 (age 33) 108 6 England Liverpool
5 2DF Didier Zokora (1980-12-14) 14 December 1980 (age 33) 122 1 Unattached
7 2DF Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro (1992-10-11) 11 October 1992 (age 21) 1 0 France Toulouse
17 2DF Serge Aurier (1992-12-24) 24 December 1992 (age 21) 12 0 France Toulouse
18 2DF Constant Djakpa (1986-10-17) 17 October 1986 (age 27) 6 0 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt
22 2DF Sol Bamba (1985-01-13) 13 January 1985 (age 29) 47 2 Turkey Trabzonspor
6 3MF Mathis Bolly (1990-11-14) 14 November 1990 (age 23) 5 0 Germany Fortuna Düsseldorf
9 3MF Cheick Tioté (1986-06-21) 21 June 1986 (age 28) 48 1 England Newcastle United
13 3MF Didier Ya Konan (1984-02-25) 25 February 1984 (age 30) 27 8 Germany Hannover 96
14 3MF Ismaël Diomandé (1992-08-28) 28 August 1992 (age 21) 3 0 France Saint-Étienne
15 3MF Max Gradel (1987-11-30) 30 November 1987 (age 26) 27 3 France Saint-Étienne
19 3MF Yaya Touré (1983-05-13) 13 May 1983 (age 31) 86 16 England Manchester City
20 3MF Serey Die (1984-11-07) 7 November 1984 (age 29) 10 0 Switzerland Basel
8 4FW Salomon Kalou (1985-08-05) 5 August 1985 (age 28) 68 23 France Lille
10 4FW Gervinho (1987-05-27) 27 May 1987 (age 27) 57 16 Italy Roma
11 4FW Didier Drogba (Captain) (1978-03-11) 11 March 1978 (age 36) 104 65 Turkey Galatasaray
12 4FW Wilfried Bony (1988-12-10) 10 December 1988 (age 25) 28 10 Wales Swansea City
21 4FW Giovanni Sio (1989-03-31) 31 March 1989 (age 25) 8 0 Switzerland Basel

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Badra Ali Sangaré (1986-05-30)30 May 1986 (aged 28) 1 0 Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas 2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)
GK Abdoul Karim Cissé (1985-10-27) 27 October 1985 (age 28) 0 0 Ivory Coast Africa Sports v.  Senegal, 16 November 2013
DF Benjamin Angoua (1986-11-28) 28 November 1986 (age 27) 18 1 France Valenciennes 2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)
DF Brice Dja Djédjé (1990-12-23) 23 December 1990 (age 23) 4 0 France Marseille 2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)
DF Siaka Tiéné (1982-02-22) 22 February 1982 (age 32) 87 2 France Montpellier v.  Belgium, 5 March 2014
MF Romaric (1983-06-04) 4 June 1983 (age 31) 47 5 France Bastia 2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)
MF Jean-Jacques Gosso (1983-03-15) 15 March 1983 (age 31) 23 0 Turkey Gençlerbirliği 2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)
MF Jean Seri (1991-07-19) 19 July 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Portugal Paços de Ferreira v.  Belgium, 5 March 2014
MF Abdul Razak (1992-11-11) 11 November 1992 (age 21) 5 0 England West Ham United v.  Senegal, 16 November 2013
MF Bobley Anderson (1992-03-03) 3 March 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Belgium Zulte Waregem v.  Senegal, 12 October 2013
FW Seydou Doumbia (1987-12-31) 31 December 1987 (age 26) 21 2 Russia CSKA Moscow 2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)
FW Lacina Traoré (1990-05-20) 20 May 1990 (age 24) 8 4 Monaco Monaco 2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)
FW Cyriac Gohi Bi (1990-08-05) 5 August 1990 (age 23) 1 0 Belgium Anderlecht v.  Mexico, 14 August 2013

Previous squads[edit]

Ivory Coast 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[edit]

Ivory Coast 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 [2] win over Sudan, while Cameroon faltered and could only manage a 1–1 draw at home to Egypt.

The qualification of the Ivory Coast 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.[3]

Ivory Coast 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. Ivory Coast'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. Ivory Coast's final game was against Serbia and Montenegro. The Serbian team scored two quick goals and it appeared that the Ivory Coast 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[edit]

On 10 October 2009, Ivory Coast secured a place at the 2010 World Cup after Didier Drogba struck within two minutes of coming on as a substitute to clinch a 1–1 draw with Malawi.[4]

FIFA World Cup 2010[edit]


2010-06-15
16:00 UTC+2
Ivory Coast  0–0  Portugal

2010-06-20
13:30 UTC+2
Brazil  3–1  Ivory Coast
Drogba Goal 79'
Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg
Attendance: 84,455
Referee: Stephane Lannoy

2010-06-25
16:00 UTC+2
North Korea  0–3  Ivory Coast
Report Yaya Touré Goal 14'
Romaric Goal 20'
Kalou Goal 82'


Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
 Portugal 3 1 2 0 7 0 +7 5
 Ivory Coast 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4
 North Korea 3 0 0 3 1 12 −11 0



Records[edit]

[5]

Trivia[edit]

The Ivory Coast 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, Ivory Coast were placed in a so-called "Group of Death." In 2006, Ivory Coast faced Argentina, Netherlands and Serbia and Montenegro; Argentina and Netherlands reached the Round of 16. In 2010, Ivory Coast was drawn with Brazil, Portugal, and North Korea. Ivory Coast finished third in Group G, as Brazil and Portugal progressed.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Les 23 Eléphants pour le Brésil". Federation Ivoirienne de Football. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "The road to Germany/Egypt 2006". BBC News. 8 October 2005. 
  3. ^ More than a game by Neil Stormer – Common Ground News Service
  4. ^ "Ivory Coast qualify for 2010 World Cup finals". ESPN. 2009-10-10. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  5. ^ "Ivory Coast Team Records". www.transfermarkt.co.uk. 19 October 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 

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