Ivory Coast national football team
|Nickname(s)||Les Éléphants (The Elephants)
|Association||Fédération Ivoirienne de Football|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||Michel Dussuyer|
|Most caps||Didier Zokora (123)|
|Top scorer||Didier Drogba (65)|
|Home stadium||Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny|
|Current||31 3 (20 October 2016)|
|Highest||12 (February 2013, April–May 2013)|
|Lowest||75 (March–May 2004)|
|Current||30 (10 July 2016)|
|Highest||10 (26 January 2013)|
|Lowest||70 (6 October 1996)|
| Ivory Coast 3–2 Dahomey
(Madagascar; 13 April 1960)
| Ivory Coast 11–0 Central African Republic
(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||3 (first in 2006)|
|Best result||17th, 2010|
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||21 (first in 1965)|
|Best result||Champions, 1992 and 2015|
|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. Their second success came in the 2015 edition, again beating Ghana on penalties at the Estadio de Bata in Bata, Equatorial Guinea.
The team has qualified for three consecutive World Cups; however, it has never advanced beyond the group stage.
Ivory Coast has produced several notable players who have played in Europe, including Didier Drogba, Yaya Touré, Emmanuel Eboué, Wilfried Bony, Seydou Doumbia, Gervinho, Serge Aurier, Salomon Kalou and Kolo Touré. The team is generally considered to be one of the best teams to come from Africa.
- 1 World Cup record
- 2 FIFA Confederations Cup
- 3 Africa Cup of Nations record
- 4 Recent and upcoming fixtures
- 5 Coaches
- 6 Players
- 7 Records
- 8 Honours
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup
|1930||Did Not Enter||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1974||Did Not Qualify||6||3||2||1||8||7|
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|
|2021||Qualified as host|
- *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
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Sylvain Gbohouo||29 October 1988||23||0||Mazembe|
|GK||Badra Ali Sangaré||30 May 1986||10||0||AS Tanda|
|GK||Sayouba Mandé||15 June 1993||4||0||Stabæk|
|GK||Axel Kacou||1 August 1995||0||0||Tours|
|DF||Ousmane Viera||21 December 1986||19||1||Adanaspor|
|DF||Serge Aurier||24 December 1992||34||0||Paris Saint-Germain|
|DF||Wilfried Kanon||6 July 1993||15||1||ADO Den Haag|
|DF||Lamine Koné||1 February 1989||9||0||Sunderland|
|DF||Mamadou Bagayoko||31 December 1989||5||0||Sint-Truiden|
|DF||Simon Deli||27 October 1991||4||0||Slavia Prague|
|DF||Adama Traoré||3 February 1990||5||0||Basel|
|MF||Max Gradel||30 November 1987||49||9||Bournemouth|
|MF||Serey Die||7 November 1984||31||0||Basel|
|MF||Ismaël Diomandé||28 August 1992||15||1||Caen|
|MF||Serge N'Guessan||31 July 1994||13||1||Nancy|
|MF||Franck Kessié||19 December 1996||10||0||Atalanta|
|MF||Cheick Doukouré||11 September 1992||8||0||Metz|
|MF||Victorien Angban||29 September 1996||5||0||Granada|
|MF||Jules Crist Eboue||13 September 1997||0||0||Krasnodar|
|FW||Salomon Kalou||5 August 1985||88||28||Hertha BSC|
|FW||Wilfried Bony||10 December 1988||46||13||Stoke City|
|FW||Giovanni Sio||31 March 1989||20||2||Rennes|
|FW||Jonathan Kodjia||22 October 1989||6||3||Aston Villa|
|FW||Nicolas Pépé||20 May 1995||1||0||Angers|
The following players have also been called up to the squad within the last 12 months.
INJ = Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
CLUB = Player was not made available by his club.
- 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
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 win over Sudan, while Cameroon faltered and could only manage a 1–1 draw at home to Egypt, despite having a chance to win the game in stoppage time with a penalty kick that Pierre Womé missed.
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.
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 mathematically 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
FIFA World Cup 2010
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. In 2015, Ivory Coast once again defeated Ghana in the final of an 2015 African Cup of Nations with a 22-shot shoot-out, winning 9–8.
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.
Caps and goals updated as of October 8, 2016.
- Fourth-place (1): 1992
- "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.