Ivory Coast national football team

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Ivory Coast national football team
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Les Éléphants (The Elephants)
AssociationIvorian Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachPatrice Beaumelle
CaptainSerge Aurier
Most capsDidier Zokora (123)
Top scorerDidier Drogba (65)
Home stadiumStade Félix Houphouët-Boigny
FIFA codeCIV
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 61 Steady (11 June 2020)[1]
Highest12 (February 2013, April–May 2013)
Lowest75 (March–May 2004)
First international
 Ivory Coast 3–2 Dahomey 
(Madagascar; 13 April 1960)
Biggest win
 Ivory Coast 11–0 Central African Republic 
(Abidjan, Ivory Coast; 27 December 1961)
Biggest defeat
 Netherlands 5–0 Ivory Coast 
(Rotterdam, Netherlands; 4 June 2017)
World Cup
Appearances3 (first in 2006)
Best resultGroup stage (2006, 2010, 2014)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances23 (first in 1965)
Best resultChampions, 1992 and 2015
African Nations Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2009)
Best resultThird place, 2016
Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1992)
Best resultFourth Place, 1992
Logo until 2014

The Ivory Coast national football team (French: Équipe Nationale de football de Côte d'Ivoire), represents Ivory Coast, formally the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire, in men's international football. Nicknamed the Elephants, the team is managed by the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF). Until 2005, their greatest accomplishment was winning the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations against Ghana on penalties at the Stade Leopold Senghor in Dakar, Senegal. Their second success came in the 2015, again defeating Ghana on penalties in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, The team represents both FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF).

The team had their best run between 2006 and 2014 when they qualified for three consecutive FIFA World Cups.

There are many notable Ivorian internationals who have played in Europe, including Didier Drogba, Yaya Touré, Emmanuel Eboué, Wilfried Bony, Seydou Doumbia, Gervinho, Eric Bailly, Serge Aurier, Nicolas Pépé, Maxwel Cornet, Wilfried Zaha, Yakou Meite, Salomon Kalou and Kolo Touré. Having become a fixed presence in the World Cup (since 2006) and having won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, the team is generally considered to be one of the best African teams of the last decade and Didier Drogba being the best African Footballer.[citation needed] This is also confirmed by FIFA Ranking in the reference period, never having been so high for Les Éléphants.

History[edit]

1960s[edit]

The team played its first international match against Dahomey it became Benin later on they won 3–2 on 13 April 1960 in Madagascar.

The team got a huge 11–0 victory against Central African Republic in 1961, the team made a first appearance of the Africa Cup of Nations after gaining Independence from France, the team made it to third places in 1963 and 1965 Africa Cup of Nations.

1970s[edit]

In the 1970 Africa Cup of Nations the team played against Cameroon 3–2 and the following match they won 1–0 against Sudan, They went on and won 6–1 against Ethiopia and they lost 2–1 against Ghana and they went on and finish fourth place.

In 1972 Africa Cup of Nations the team failed to qualify to the finals, they qualified for the next tournament before missing the previous one. but they also failed to qualify for the 1976 Africa Cup of Nations, in 1978 they were banned due to circumstances.

1980s[edit]

In 1984 Africa Cup of Nations the team hosted the tournament by finishing in the group stage. in the 1986 AFCON they played against Mozambique which the match ended to a 3–0 victory in the following match they played their match against Egypt which ended to a 2–0 and they won against Senegal 1-0 and the team went on and finished third place.

1990s[edit]

The team also qualified in the 1992 AFCON, they beat Algeria 3–0 and they drew against Congo 0–0 and they went on to the final and win the trophy for the first time.

2000s and World Cup debut[edit]

In 2005 the team made a qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup debut by defeating Sudan 3–1 in the World Cup qualifies in November,

The team played their first match against Argentina they lost 2–1 in Hamburg, they played their second match against Holland the match ended to a 2–1 defeat in Stuttgart and they played their last match against Serbia and Montenegro which ended to a 3–2 victory for the first world cup win in München, The team was eliminated and finished third in the group.

2010s[edit]

They qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, they were drawn in Group G with five champions Brazil, North Korea and Portugal, They played their first match against Portugal which the match ended to a 0–0 in Port Elizabeth, They played their second match against Brazil which the match ended to a 3–1 defeat in Johannesburg, they played their last match against North Korea which need to win and Brazil beat Portugal, but Portugal and Brazil drew the match, the match which ended to a 3–0 victory in Mbombela, which eliminates them out of the group stages for the second time.

2014[edit]

The team made a third appearance in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, They were drawn in Group C with Colombia, Greece and Japan, they played their first opening match against Japan the match ended to a 2–1 victory in Recife, They played their second match against Colombia the match ended to a 2–1 defeat in Brasilia, they played their last match against Greece which would give them a chance to qualify to the knockout stages in the World Cup but the match ended to a 2–1 defeat in Fortaleza, The team was eliminated from the group stages for the third time.

The team failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after losing 2–0 against Morocco in the World Cup qualifying and the team is rebuilding their squad after the World Cup failure.

Home stadium[edit]

Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny is a national stadium of Ivory Coast national team.

The team plays most of its FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against African teams like Algeria, DR Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and many more

They've been playing their friendly matches and qualifying matches and training at their stadium since it was opened.

Competitive 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
West 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 17th 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
Russia 2018 Did not qualify 8 4 2 2 11 5
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total Group stage 3/21 9 3 1 5 13 14 80 41 25 14 145 69

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 Russia 2017 Did not qualify
Total Fourth place 1/10 2 0 0 2 2 9

Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record
Host nation(s) / Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Sudan 1957 Part of  France
United Arab Republic 1959
Ethiopia 1962 Not affiliated to CAF
Ghana 1963
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 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
Ghana Nigeria 2000 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 3 4
Mali 2002 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
Gabon Equatorial Guinea 2012 Runners-up 2nd 6 5 1 0 9 0
South Africa 2013 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 8 5
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Champions 1st 6 3 3 0 9 4
Gabon 2017 Group stage 11th 3 0 2 1 2 3
Egypt 2019 Quarter-finals 5th 5 3 1 1 7 3
Cameroon 2021 To be determined
Ivory Coast 2023 Qualified as hosts
Guinea 2025 To be determined
Total 2 Titles 23/32 91 42 26 23 135 94
*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.

African Nations Championship[edit]

African Nations Championship
Appearances: 4
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Ivory Coast 2009 Group stage 8th 3 0 1 2 0 4
Sudan 2011 Group stage 12th 3 1 0 2 2 4
South Africa 2014 Did not qualify
Rwanda 2016 Third place 3rd 6 4 0 2 10 4
Morocco 2018 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 0 3
Cameroon 2020 To be determined
Algeria 2022
Total Third place 4/5 15 5 2 8 12 15

African Games[edit]

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
Republic of the Congo 1965 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nigeria 1973 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Algeria 1978 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kenya 1987 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991–present See Ivory Coast national under-23 football team
Total 4/4 0 0 0 0 0 0

CECAFA Cup[edit]

Results and fixtures[edit]

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2019[edit]

24 June 2019 AFCONIvory Coast 1–0 South AfricaCairo, Egypt
16:30
Report Stadium: Al Salam Stadium
Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria)
1 July 2019 AFCONNamibia 1–4 Ivory CoastCairo, Egypt
18:00
Report
Stadium: 30 June Stadium
Referee: Peter Waweru (Kenya)
8 July 2019 AFCONMali 0–1 Ivory CoastSuez, Egypt
18:00 Report
Stadium: Suez Stadium
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
6 September FriendlyIvory Coast 1–2 BeninCaen, France
20:00
Report
Stadium: Stade Michel d'Ornano
Attendance: 1,000
10 September FriendlyTunisia 1–2 Ivory CoastRouen, France
20:00
Report
Stadium: Stade Robert Diochon
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Karim Abed (France)
13 October FriendlyIvory Coast 3–1 DR CongoAmiens, France
19:00
Report
Stadium: Stade de la Licorne
Referee: Benoît Millot (France)
16 November 2021 AFCONQIvory Coast 1–0 NigerAbidjan, Ivory Coast
19:00 UTC±0
Stadium: Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny
19 November 2021 AFCONQEthiopia 2–1 Ivory CoastBahir Dar, Ethiopia
16:00 UTC+3
Stadium: Bahir Dar Stadium

2020[edit]

1 June 2021 AFCONQNiger v Ivory CoastNiger
TBD Stadium: TBD
31 August 2021 AFCONQIvory Coast v EthiopiaEthiopia
TBD Stadium: TBD

Coaches[edit]

Dates Name
1960 France Paul Gévaudan
1965 Ivory Coast Alphonse Bissouma Tapé
1966 Vacant
1967–68 France Paul Gévaudan
1968–70 West Germany Peter Schnittger
1970–72 Ivory Coast Jean Tokpa
1972–74 Brazil Santa Rosa
1974–76 empty
1976–80 Ivory Coast Gérard Gabo
1980–82 empty
1982–85 West Germany Otto Pfister
1984 AFCON Brazil Davi Ferreira
Dates Name
1986 Argentina Pancho Gonzales
1987–88 Ivory Coast Yeo Martial
1989 Ivory Coast Kaé Oulaï
1989–92 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Radivoje Ognjanović
1992 Ivory Coast Yeo Martial
1993 France Philippe Troussier
1993–94 Poland Henryk Kasperczak
1994–96 France Pierre Pleimelding
1996–98 France Robert Nouzaret
1999–00 France Patrick Parizon
2000–01 Ivory Coast Gbonke Tia
2001 Ivory Coast Lama Bamba
Dates Name
2002–04 France Robert Nouzaret
2004–07 France Henri Michel
2007–08 Germany Uli Stielike
2008 France Gérard Gili
2008–10 Bosnia and Herzegovina Vahid Halilhodžić
2010 Ivory Coast Georges Kouadio
2010 Sweden Sven-Göran Eriksson
2010–12 Ivory Coast François Zahoui
2012–14 France Sabri Lamouchi
2014–15 France Hervé Renard
2015–17 France Michel Dussuyer
2017 Belgium Marc Wilmots
Dates Name
2018–20 Ivory Coast Ibrahim Kamara
2020–present France Patrice Beaumelle

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were selected for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches against Niger on 16 November 2019 and against Ethiopia on 19 November 2019 .[3]
Caps and goals updated as of 19 November 2019, after the match against Ethiopia.[4]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Sylvain Gbohouo (1988-10-29) 29 October 1988 (age 31) 52 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe
16 1GK Badra Ali Sangaré (1986-05-30) 30 May 1986 (age 34) 16 0 South Africa Uthongathi
23 1GK Sayouba Mandé (1993-06-15) 15 June 1993 (age 27) 5 0 Denmark OB

2 2DF Serge Aurier (1992-12-24) 24 December 1992 (age 27) 62 2 England Tottenham Hotspur
3 2DF Wilfried Kanon (1993-07-06) 6 July 1993 (age 26) 48 2 Egypt Pyramids
13 2DF Ismaël Traoré (1986-08-18) 18 August 1986 (age 33) 18 0 France Angers
5 2DF Simon Deli (1991-10-27) 27 October 1991 (age 28) 16 0 Belgium Club Brugge
20 2DF Cheick Comara (1993-10-14) 14 October 1993 (age 26) 13 0 Morocco Wydad Casablanca
4 2DF Wonlo Coulibaly (1991-12-22) 22 December 1991 (age 28) 13 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe
18 2DF Willie Britto (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 24) 1 0 Switzerland Zürich

11 3MF Max Gradel (1987-11-30) 30 November 1987 (age 32) 77 12 France Toulouse
12 3MF Franck Kessié (1996-12-19) 19 December 1996 (age 23) 40 1 Italy Milan
6 3MF Victorien Angban (1996-09-29) 29 September 1996 (age 23) 13 0 France Metz
15 3MF Seko Fofana (1995-05-07) 7 May 1995 (age 25) 6 1 Italy Udinese
17 3MF Christian Koffi (1990-12-21) 21 December 1990 (age 29) 4 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe
21 3MF Habib Maïga (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 24) 4 0 France Metz
3MF Yakou Méïté (1996-02-11) 11 February 1996 (age 24) 3 0 England Reading
3MF Ibrahim Traoré (1988-09-16) 16 September 1988 (age 31) 1 0 Czech Republic Slavia Prague

9 4FW Roger Assalé (1993-11-13) 13 November 1993 (age 26) 21 3 Spain Leganés
7 4FW Nicolas Pépé (1995-05-20) 20 May 1995 (age 25) 20 5 England Arsenal
8 4FW Maxwel Cornet (1996-09-27) 27 September 1996 (age 23) 18 4 France Lyon
19 4FW Yohan Boli (1993-11-17) 17 November 1993 (age 26) 7 0 Qatar Al-Rayyan

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the squad within the last 12 months and are still eligible to represent.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Tape Ira Eliezer (1997-08-31) 31 August 1997 (age 22) 0 0 Ivory Coast San Pedro 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

DF Ghislain Konan (1995-12-27) 27 December 1995 (age 24) 11 0 France Reims v.  DR Congo, 13 October 2019
DF Souleyman Doumbia (1996-09-24) 24 September 1996 (age 23) 4 0 France Rennes v.  DR Congo, 13 October 2019
DF Mamadou Bagayoko (1989-12-31) 31 December 1989 (age 30) 16 0 Belgium Mechelen v.  Tunisia, 10 September 2019
DF Willy Boly (1991-02-03) 3 February 1991 (age 29) 0 0 England Wolverhampton Wanderers v.  Tunisia, 10 September 2019
DF Abdoulaye Bamba (1990-04-25) 25 April 1990 (age 30) 4 0 France Angers v.  Benin, 6 September 2019 INJ
DF Jean-Philippe Gbamin (1995-09-25) 25 September 1995 (age 24) 12 0 England Everton 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

MF Ibrahim Sangaré (1997-12-02) 2 December 1997 (age 22) 7 1 France Toulouse v.  DR Congo, 13 October 2019
MF Jean Michaël Seri (1991-07-19) 19 July 1991 (age 28) 30 3 Turkey Galatasaray v.  Tunisia, 10 September 2019
MF Jean-Eudes Aholou (1994-03-20) 20 March 1994 (age 26) 2 0 France Saint-Étienne v.  Benin, 6 September 2019 INJ

FW Wilfried Zaha (1992-11-10) 10 November 1992 (age 27) 17 5 England Crystal Palace v.  DR Congo, 13 October 2019
FW Christian Kouamé (1997-12-06) 6 December 1997 (age 22) 1 0 Italy Fiorentina v.  DR Congo, 13 October 2019
FW William Togui (1996-08-07) 7 August 1996 (age 23) 5 0 Belgium Mechelen v.  Tunisia, 10 September 2019
FW Wilfried Bony (1988-12-10) 10 December 1988 (age 31) 56 16 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Jonathan Kodjia (1989-10-22) 22 October 1989 (age 30) 23 10 Qatar Al-Gharafa 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

  • DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary Squad.
  • SUS Suspended from the national team.

Records[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. 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.

Honours[edit]

Winners (2): 1992, 2015
Fourth-place (1): 1992

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 11 June 2020. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 2 April 2020. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  3. ^ http://www.fifciv.com/?q=elim-can-2021-matchs-du-16-19-nov-2019-voici-les-24-el%C3%A9phants-s%C3%A9lectionn%C3%A9s
  4. ^ https://global.espn.com/football/lineups?gameId=558112
  5. ^ Roberto Mamrud. "IvoryCoast – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 24 January 2017.

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