Ivory Coast national football team

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Ivory Coast
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Les Éléphants (The Elephants)
Visión CAF
Association Fédération Ivoirienne de Football
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Head coach Vacant
Captain Serey Die
Most caps Didier Zokora (123)
Top scorer Didier Drogba (65)
Home stadium Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny
FIFA code CIV
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 47 Decrease 13 (9 February 2017)
Highest 12 (February 2013, April–May 2013)
Lowest 75 (March–May 2004)
Elo ranking
Current 40 Decrease 6 (24 January 2017)
Highest 10 (26 January 2013)
Lowest 70 (6 October 1996)
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
 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 17th, 2010
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 22 (first in 1965)
Best result Champions, 1992 and 2015
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. 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, Eric Bailly, Serge Aurier, Salomon Kalou and Kolo Touré. The team is generally considered to be one of the best teams to come from Africa.

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 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
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
Russia 2017
Did Not Qualify
2021 TBD
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
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Champions 1st 6 3 3 0 9 4
Gabon 2017 Group Stage 11th 3 0 2 1 2 3
Cameroon 2019 TBD
Ivory Coast 2021 Qualified as host
Guinea 2023 TBD
Total 2 Titles 21/29 86 39 25 22 128 91
*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]

2016[edit]

Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
March 25, 2016 Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny  Sudan 1–0 2017 AFCON qualification
March 29, 2016 Al-Merrikh Stadium  Sudan 1–1 2017 AFCON qualification
May 20, 2016 Groupama Arena  Hungary 0–0 Friendly
June 4, 2016 Stade Bouaké  Gabon 2–1 Friendly[a]
September 3, 2016 Stade Bouaké  Sierra Leone 1–1 2017 AFCON qualification
October 8, 2016 Stade Bouaké  Mali 3–1 2018 World Cup qualification
November 12, 2016 Stade de Marrakech  Morocco 0–0 2018 World Cup qualification
November 15, 2016 Stade Bollaert-Delelis  France 0–0 Friendly
December 27, 2016 Stade Robert Champroux  Zimbabwe 0–0 Friendly[b]
  1. ^ Would have been a 2017 AFCON qualification game, but it is counted as a friendly due to  Gabon automatically qualifying due to being the hosts.
  2. ^ Only local based players used in this fixture

2017[edit]

Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
January 8, 2017 Abu Dhabi  Sweden 2–1 Friendly
January 11, 2017 Abu Dhabi  Uganda 3–0 Friendly
January 16, 2017 Stade d'Oyem  Togo 0–0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
January 20, 2017 Stade d'Oyem  DR Congo 2–2 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
January 24, 2017 Stade d'Oyem  Morocco 0–1 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
March 24, 2017 Kuban Stadium  Russia Friendly
March 27, 2017 Paris  Senegal Friendly
June 13, 2017 TBD  Guinea 2019 AFCON qualification
August 28, 2017 TBD  Gabon 2018 World Cup qualification
September 2, 2017 TBD  Gabon 2018 World Cup qualification
October 2, 2017 TBD  Mali 2018 World Cup qualification
November 6, 2017 TBD  Morocco 2018 World Cup qualification

2018[edit]

Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
March 27, 2018 TBD  Rwanda 2019 AFCON qualification
September 3, 2018 TBD  Central African Republic 2019 AFCON qualification
September 11, 2018 TBD  Central African Republic 2019 AFCON qualification
October 16, 2018 TBD  Guinea 2019 AFCON qualification
November 13, 2018 TBD  Rwanda 2019 AFCON qualification

Coaches[edit]

Dates Name
1960 France Paul Gévaudan
1965 Ivory Coast Alphonse Bissouma Tapé
1966 empty
1967–68 France Paul Gévaudan
1968–70 Germany Peter Schnittger
1970–72 Ivory Coast Jean Topka
1972–74 Brazil Santa Rosa
1974–76 empty
1976–80 Ivory Coast Gérard Gabo
1980–82 empty
1982–85 Germany Otto Pfister
CAN 1984 Brazil Duke
Dates Name
1985–86 Argentina Pancho González
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

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been selected in the final squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
Caps and goals updated as 24 January 2017, after the match vs Morocco. [1]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
16 1GK Sylvain Gbohouo (1988-10-29) 29 October 1988 (age 28) 28 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe
23 1GK Badra Ali Sangaré (1986-05-30) 30 May 1986 (age 30) 11 0 Ivory Coast AS Tanda
1 1GK Sayouba Mandé (1993-06-15) 15 June 1993 (age 23) 4 0 Norway Stabæk

17 2DF Serge Aurier (1992-12-24) 24 December 1992 (age 24) 39 1 France Paris Saint-Germain
21 2DF Eric Bailly (1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 22) 21 0 England Manchester United
5 2DF Wilfried Kanon (1993-07-06) 6 July 1993 (age 23) 20 1 Netherlands ADO Den Haag
4 2DF Lamine Koné (1989-02-01) 1 February 1989 (age 28) 9 0 England Sunderland
18 2DF Adama Traoré (1990-02-03) 3 February 1990 (age 27) 9 0 Switzerland Basel
22 2DF Mamadou Bagayoko (1989-12-31) 31 December 1989 (age 27) 6 0 Belgium Sint-Truiden
19 2DF Simon Deli (1991-10-27) 27 October 1991 (age 25) 8 0 Czech Republic Slavia Prague

15 3MF Max Gradel (1987-11-30) 30 November 1987 (age 29) 55 9 England Bournemouth
20 3MF Serey Die (captain) (1984-11-07) 7 November 1984 (age 32) 36 1 Switzerland Basel
10 3MF Cheick Doukouré (1992-09-11) 11 September 1992 (age 24) 16 0 France Metz
11 3MF Franck Kessié (1996-12-19) 19 December 1996 (age 20) 15 0 Italy Atalanta
3 3MF Serge N'Guessan (1994-07-31) 31 July 1994 (age 22) 14 2 France Nancy
6 3MF Jean Seri (1991-07-19) 19 July 1991 (age 25) 13 1 France Nice
7 3MF Victorien Angban (1996-09-29) 29 September 1996 (age 20) 6 0 Spain Granada

8 4FW Salomon Kalou (1985-08-05) 5 August 1985 (age 31) 93 28 Germany Hertha BSC
12 4FW Wilfried Bony (1988-12-10) 10 December 1988 (age 28) 52 15 England Stoke City
13 4FW Giovanni Sio (1989-03-31) 31 March 1989 (age 27) 21 3 France Rennes
14 4FW Jonathan Kodjia (1989-10-22) 22 October 1989 (age 27) 9 4 England Aston Villa
9 4FW Wilfried Zaha (1992-11-10) 10 November 1992 (age 24) 5 1 England Crystal Palace
2 4FW Nicolas Pépé (1995-05-20) 20 May 1995 (age 21) 3 0 France Angers

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 Axel Kacou (1995-08-01) 1 August 1995 (age 21) 0 0 France Tours v.  France, 16 November 2016
GK Abdoul Karim Cissé (1985-10-29) 29 October 1985 (age 31) 2 0 Ivory Coast Gagnoa v.  Hungary, 20 May 2016

DF Ousmane Viera (1986-12-21) 21 December 1986 (age 30) 19 1 Turkey Adanaspor 2017 Africa Cup PRE, 4 January 2017
DF Marc Goua (1989-11-02) 2 November 1989 (age 27) 9 0 Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas v.  Sierra Leone, 3 September 2016
DF Abdoulaye Bamba (1990-04-25) 25 April 1990 (age 26) 2 0 France Dijon v.  Gabon, 6 June 2016
DF Brice Dja Djédjé (1990-12-23) 23 December 1990 (age 26) 7 0 England Watford v.  Gabon, 6 June 2016
DF Koffi Djidji (1992-11-30) 30 November 1992 (age 24) 0 0 France Nantes v.  Hungary, 20 May 2016
DF Constant Djakpa (1986-10-17) 17 October 1986 (age 30) 8 0 Germany 1.FC Nürnberg v.  Hungary, 20 May 2016 CLUB

MF Ismaël Diomandé (1992-08-28) 28 August 1992 (age 24) 15 1 France Caen v.  France, 16 November 2016
MF Jules Crist Eboue (1997-09-13) 13 September 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Scotland Celtic v.  France, 16 November 2016
MF Romaric (1983-06-04) 4 June 1983 (age 33) 44 4 India NorthEast United v.  Gabon, 6 June 2016
MF Assane Gnoukouri (1996-11-07) 7 November 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Italy Internazionale v.  Gabon, 6 June 2016
MF Tiémoko Konaté (1990-03-03) 3 March 1990 (age 26) 2 0 Czech Republic Sparta Prague v.  Hungary, 20 May 2016
MF Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro (1992-10-11) 11 October 1992 (age 24) 11 0 France Toulouse v.  Sudan, 29 March 2016
MF Yaya Touré (1983-05-13) 13 May 1983 (age 33) 100 19 England Manchester City v.  Sudan, 25 March 2016 RET

FW Gervinho (1987-05-27) 27 May 1987 (age 29) 79 22 China Hebei China Fortune v.  Mali, 8 October 2016
FW Thomas Touré (1993-12-27) 27 December 1993 (age 23) 1 0 France Bordeaux v.  Mali, 8 October 2016
FW Cyriac Gohi Bi (1990-08-05) 5 August 1990 (age 26) 6 1 England Fulham v.  Gabon, 6 June 2016
FW Seydou Doumbia (1987-12-31) 31 December 1987 (age 29) 35 4 Switzerland Basel v.  Sudan, 29 March 2016

INJ = Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
CLUB = Player was not made available by his club.

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, 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.[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 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[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
Fabiano Goal 25'50'
Elano Goal 62'
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 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]

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 January 20, 2017.

Honours[edit]

Winners (2): Gold medal africa.svg 1992, Gold medal africa.svg 2015
Fourth-place (1): 1992

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.cafonline.com/en-us/competitions/31theditionofafricancupofnationtotal,gabon2017/MatchDetails?MatchId=7qmn7t5el5OQWd2Es48jMRQG9kFlixa5bqX0bAzT5N5Xlwyz9tsfiXn%2bo5DPQceO
  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. 

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