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Ivory Coast national football team

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Côte d'Ivoire
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 Vacant
Asst coach Vacant
Captain Yaya Toure
Most caps Didier Zokora (123)
Top scorer Didier Drogba (65)
Home stadium Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny
FIFA code CIV
FIFA ranking Template:Nft rank
Highest FIFA ranking 12 (February, April 2013)
Lowest FIFA ranking 75 (March 2004)
Elo ranking Template:Nft rank
Highest Elo ranking 10 (26 January 2013)
Lowest Elo ranking 70 (6 October 1996)
First international
23x15px Ivory Coast 3–2 Dahomey 23x15px
(Madagascar; 13 April 1960)
Biggest win
23x15px Ivory Coast 11–0 Central African Republic 23x15px
(Abidjan, Ivory Coast; 27 December 1961)</td></tr>
Biggest defeat
23x15px Ivory Coast 2–6 Ghana 23x15px
(Ivory Coast; 2 May 1971)
23x15px Malawi 5–1 Ivory Coast 23x15px
(Malawi; 6 July 1974)
23x15px Nigeria 4–0 Ivory Coast 23x15px
(Lagos, Nigeria; 10 July 1977)
23x15px Argentina 4–0 Ivory Coast 23x15px
(Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 16 October 1992)</td></tr>
World Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 2006)</td></tr>
Best result Group Stage, 2006, 2010 and 2014</td></tr>
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 21 (First in 1965)</td></tr>
Best result Champions, 1992 and 2015</td></tr>
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 1992)</td></tr>
Best result

Fourth Place, 1992</td></tr></table>

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.

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 cases they failed to move beyond the group stage.

Ivory Coast has produced several players who have played in Europe, including Didier Drogba, Yaya Touré, 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.

Honours

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

World Cup record

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
23x15px 1930 Did Not Enter
23x15px 1934
23x15px 1938
23x15px 1950
23x16px 1954
23x15px 1958
23x15px 1962
23x15px 1966
23x15px 1970
23x15px 1974 Did Not Qualify 6 3 2 1 8 7
23x15px 1978 6 3 2 1 11 10
23x15px 1982 2 0 0 2 1 3
23x15px 1986 4 1 1 2 6 5
23x15px 1990 4 1 2 1 5 1
23x15px 1994 8 4 3 1 12 6
23x15px 1998 2 0 1 1 1 2
Template:Country data South Korea Template:Country data Japan 2002 10 5 4 1 22 10
23x15px 2006 Group Stage 19th 3 1 0 2 5 6 Squad 10 7 1 2 20 7
23x15px 2010 17th 3 1 1 1 4 3 Squad 12 8 4 0 29 6
23x15px 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

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Squad
23x15px 1992 Fourth Place 4th 2 0 0 2 2 9 Squad
23x15px 1995 to
23x15px 2013
Did Not Qualify
23x15px 2017 To Be Determined
Template:Country data IDN 2021
Total Fourth Place 1/9 2 0 0 2 2 9 -

Africa Cup of Nations record

Host nation(s) / Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
23x15px 1957 to
23x15px 1963
Did Not Enter
23x15px 1965 Third Place 3rd 3 2 0 1 5 4
23x15px 1968 Third Place 3rd 5 3 1 1 9 6
23x15px 1970 Fourth Place 4th 5 2 1 2 11 9
23x15px 1972 Did Not Qualify
23x15px 1974 Group Stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 5
23x15px 1976 Did Not Qualify
23x15px 1978 Banned
23x15px 1980 Group Stage 6th 3 0 2 1 2 3
23x15px 1982 Did Not Enter
23x15px 1984 Group Stage 5th 3 1 0 2 4 4
23x15px 1986 Third Place 3rd 5 3 0 2 7 5
23x15px 1988 Group Stage 6th 3 0 3 0 2 2
23x15px 1990 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 3 5
23x15px 1992 Champions 1st 5 2 3 0 4 0
23x15px 1994 Third Place 3rd 5 3 1 1 11 5
23x15px 1996 Group Stage 11th 3 1 0 2 2 5
23x15px 1998 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 2 2 0 10 6
23x15px23x15px 2000 Group Stage 9th 3 1 1 1 3 4
23x15px 2002 Group Stage 16th 3 0 1 2 1 4
23x15px 2004 Did Not Qualify
23x15px 2006 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 2 1 6 5
23x15px 2008 Fourth Place 4th 6 4 0 2 16 9
23x15px 2010 Quarter-Finals 8th 3 1 2 0 5 4
23x15px23x15px 2012 Runners-up 2nd 6 5 1 0 9 0
23x15px 2013 Quarter-Finals 5th 4 2 1 1 8 5
23x15px 2015 Champions 1st 6 3 3 0 9 4
23x15px 2017 TBD
23x15px 2019 TBD
23x15px 2021 Qualified as host
23x15px 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

Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
August 15, 2012 Lokomotiv Stadium 23x15px Russia 1–1 Friendly
September 8, 2012 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny 23x15px Senegal 4–2 2013 AFCON qualification
October 13, 2012 Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor 23x15px Senegal 2–0 2013 AFCON qualification
November 14, 2012 Linzer Stadion 23x15px Austria 3–0 Friendly
January 14, 2013 Al-Nahyan Stadium 23x15px Egypt 4–2 Friendly
January 22, 2013 Royal Bafokeng Stadium 23x15px Togo 2–1 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
January 26, 2013 Royal Bafokeng Stadium 23x15px Tunisia 3–0 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
January 30, 2013 Royal Bafokeng Stadium 23x15px Algeria 2–2 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
February 3, 2013 Royal Bafokeng Stadium 23x15px Nigeria 1–2 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
March 23, 2013 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny 23x15px Gambia 3–0 2014 World Cup qualification
June 8, 2013 Independence Stadium 23x15px Gambia 3–0 2014 World Cup qualification
June 16, 2013 Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium 23x15px Tanzania 4–2 2014 World Cup qualification
August 14, 2013 MetLife Stadium 23x15px Mexico 1–4 Friendly
September 7, 2013 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny 23x15px Morocco 1–1 2014 World Cup qualification
October 12, 2013 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny 23x15px Senegal 3–1 2014 World Cup qualification
November 16, 2013 Stade Mohamed V 23x15px Senegal 1–1 2014 World Cup qualification
March 5, 2014 King Baudouin Stadium 23x15px Belgium 2–2 Friendly
May 30, 2014 Edward Jones Dome 23x15px Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–2 Friendly
June 4, 2014 Toyota Stadium 23x15px El Salvador 2–1 Friendly
June 14, 2014 Arena Pernambuco Template:Country data Japan 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup
June 19, 2014 Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha 23x15px Colombia 1–2 2014 FIFA World Cup
June 24, 2014 Estádio Castelão 23x15px Greece 1–2 2014 FIFA World Cup
September 6, 2014 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny 23x15px Sierra Leone 2–1 2015 AFCON qualification
September 10, 2014 Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo 23x15px Cameroon 1–4 2015 AFCON qualification
October 11, 2014 Stade Tata Raphaël 23x15px DR Congo 2–1 2015 AFCON qualification
October 15, 2014 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny 23x15px DR Congo 3–4 2015 AFCON qualification
October 25, 2014 National Heroes Stadium 23x15px Zambia 1–1 Friendly
November 14, 2014 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny 23x15px Sierra Leone 5–1 2015 AFCON qualification
November 19, 2014 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny 23x15px Cameroon 0–0 2015 AFCON qualification
November 30, 2014 Mbombela Stadium 23x15px South Africa 0–2 Friendly
January 11, 2015 Zayed Sports City Stadium 23x15px Nigeria 1–0 Friendly
January 15, 2015 Zayed Sports City Stadium 23x15px Sweden 0–2 Friendly
January 20, 2015 Nuevo Estadio de Malabo 23x15px Guinea 1–1 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
January 24, 2015 Nuevo Estadio de Malabo 23x15px Mali 1–1 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
January 28, 2015 Nuevo Estadio de Malabo 23x15px Cameroon 1–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
February 1, 2015 Nuevo Estadio de Malabo 23x15px Algeria 3–1 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
February 4, 2015 Estadio de Bata 23x15px DR Congo 3–1 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
February 8, 2015 Estadio de Bata 23x15px Ghana 0–0 (pen. 9–8) 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
March 26, 2015 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny 23x15px Angola 2–0 Friendly
March 29, 2015 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny 23x15px Equatorial Guinea 1–1 Friendly

Coaches

Dates Name
1960 23x15px Paul Gévaudan
1965 23x15px Alphonse Bissouma Tapé
1966 empty
1967-68 23x15px Paul Gévaudan
1968-70 23x15px Peter Schnittger
1970-72 23x15px Jean Topka
1972-74 23x15px Santa Rosa
1974-76 empty
1976-80 23x15px Gérard Gabo
1980-82 empty
1982-85 23x15px Otto Pfister
CAN 1984 23x15px Duke
Dates Name
1985-86 23x15px Pancho González
1987-88 23x15px Yeo Martial
1989 23x15px Kaé Oulaï
1989-92 23x15px Radivoje Ognjanović
1992 23x15px Yeo Martial
1993 23x15px Philippe Troussier
1993-94 23x15px Henryk Kasperczak
1994-96 23x15px Pierre Pleimelding
1996-98 23x15px Robert Nouzaret
1999-00 23x15px Patrick Parizon
2000-01 23x15px Gbonke Tia
2001 23x15px Lama Bamba
Dates Name
2002-04 23x15px Robert Nouzaret
2004-07 23x15px Henri Michel
2007-08 23x15px Uli Stielike
2008 23x15px Gérard Gili
2008-10 23x15px Vahid Halilhodžić
2010 23x15px Georges Kouadio
2010 23x15px Sven-Göran Eriksson
2010-12 23x15px François Zahoui
2012-14 23x15px Sabri Lamouchi
2014-15 23x15px Hervé Renard

Players

Current squad

The following players have been called up to the Friendly Matches against Angola on March 26 and Equatorial Guinea on March 29, 2015.
Caps and goals updated as of 29 March 2015 after the match against Equatorial Guinea.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Sylvain Gbohouo (1988-10-29) 29 October 1988 (age 27) 11 0 23x15px Mazembe
1GK Sayouba Mandé (1993-06-15) 15 June 1993 (age 22) 3 0 23x15px Stabæk
1GK Namory Diomandé (1993-02-18) 18 February 1993 (age 23) 0 0 23x15px ASEC Mimosas
1GK Abdoul Karim Cissé (1985-10-29) 29 October 1985 (age 30) 1 0 23x15px SC Gagnoa
2DF Siaka Tiéné (1982-02-22) 22 February 1982 (age 34) 96 2 23x15px Montpellier
2DF Serge Aurier (1992-12-24) 24 December 1992 (age 23) 25 0 23x15px Paris Saint-Germain
2DF Ousmane Viera (1986-12-21) 21 December 1986 (age 29) 11 1 23x15px Çaykur Rizespor
2DF Eric Bertrand Bailly (1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 21) 10 0 23x15px Villarreal
2DF Wilfried Kanon (1993-07-06) 6 July 1993 (age 22) 8 1 23x15px ADO Den Haag
2DF Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro (1992-10-11) 11 October 1992 (age 23) 6 0 23x15px Toulouse
2DF Simon Deli (1991-10-27) 27 October 1991 (age 24) 2 0 23x15px Slavia Prague
3MF Yaya Touré (Captain) (1983-05-13) 13 May 1983 (age 32) 98 19 23x15px Manchester City
3MF Cheick Tioté (1986-06-21) 21 June 1986 (age 29) 52 1 23x15px Newcastle United
3MF Max Gradel (1987-11-30) 30 November 1987 (age 28) 41 8 23x15px Saint-Étienne
3MF Serey Die (1984-11-07) 7 November 1984 (age 31) 22 0 23x15px Stuttgart
3MF Ismaël Diomandé (1992-08-28) 28 August 1992 (age 23) 7 0 23x15px Saint-Étienne
3MF Cheick Doukouré (1992-09-11) 11 September 1992 (age 23) 7 0 23x15px Metz
3MF Roger Assalé (1993-11-13) 13 November 1993 (age 22) 4 0 23x15px Mazembe
3MF Christian Kwame Koffi (1990-12-21) 21 December 1990 (age 25) 3 0 23x15px Mazembe
4FW Salomon Kalou (1985-08-05) 5 August 1985 (age 30) 77 29 23x15px Hertha Berlin
4FW Gervinho (1987-05-27) 27 May 1987 (age 28) 68 20 23x15px Roma
4FW Wilfried Bony (1988-12-10) 10 December 1988 (age 27) 41 13 23x15px Manchester City
4FW Seydou Doumbia (1987-12-31) 31 December 1987 (age 28) 30 4 23x15px Roma
4FW Lacina Traoré (1990-05-20) 20 May 1990 (age 25) 13 4 23x15px Monaco
4FW Giovanni Sio (1989-03-31) 31 March 1989 (age 26) 10 0 23x15px Bastia
4FW Tallo Gadji (1992-12-21) 21 December 1992 (age 23) 8 0 23x15px Bastia

Recent call-ups

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 20) 0 0 23x15px Saint-Étienne v. 23x15px DR Congo, 15 October 2014
GK Hillel Konaté (1994-12-28) 28 December 1994 (age 21) 0 0 23x15px Sochaux v. 23x15px DR Congo, 15 October 2014
GK Badra Ali Sangaré (1986-05-30)30 May 1986 (aged 28) 1 0 23x15px ASEC Mimosas 2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)
DF Brice Dja Djédjé (1990-12-23) 23 December 1990 (age 25) 8 0 23x15px Marseille v. 23x15px Cameroon, 18 November 2014
DF Adama Traoré (1990-02-03) 3 February 1990 (age 26) 0 0 23x16px FC Basel v. 23x15px Cameroon, 18 November 2014
DF Franck Kessié (1996-12-19) 19 December 1996 (age 19) 3 0 23x15px Stella Club v. 23x15px DR Congo, 15 October 2014
DF Lamine Koné (1989-02-01) 1 February 1989 (age 27) 1 0 23x15px Lorient v. 23x15px DR Congo, 15 October 2014
DF Arthur Boka (1983-04-02) 2 April 1983 (age 32) 85 1 23x15px Málaga v. 23x15px Cameroon, 10 September 2014
DF Sol Bamba (1985-01-13) 13 January 1985 (age 31) 49 2 23x15px Leeds United v. 23x15px Cameroon, 10 September 2014
DF Benjamin Angoua (1986-11-28) 28 November 1986 (age 29) 18 1 23x15px Guingamp v. 23x15px Cameroon, 10 September 2014
DF Constant Djakpa (1986-10-17) 17 October 1986 (age 29) 6 0 23x15px Eintracht Frankfurt v. 23x15px Cameroon, 10 September 2014
DF Ousmane Ouattara (1993-12-22) 22 December 1993 (age 22) 0 0 23x15px Séwé Sport v. 23x15px Cameroon, 10 September 2014
MF Fousseny Coulibaly (1989-08-10) 10 August 1989 (age 26) 0 0 23x15px Espérance v. 23x15px DR Congo, 15 October 2014
MF Jean Seri (1991-07-19) 19 July 1991 (age 24) 0 0 23x15px Paços de Ferreira v. 23x15px DR Congo, 15 October 2014
MF Mathis Bolly (1990-11-14) 14 November 1990 (age 25) 5 0 23x15px Fortuna Düsseldorf v. 23x15px Cameroon, 10 September 2014
MF Éric Tié Bi (1994-07-20) 20 July 1994 (age 21) 0 0 23x15px Asteras Tripoli v. 23x15px Cameroon, 10 September 2014
MF Romaric (1983-06-04) 4 June 1983 (age 32) 47 5 23x15px Bastia 2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)
MF Jean-Jacques Gosso (1983-03-15) 15 March 1983 (age 32) 23 0 23x15px Gençlerbirliği 2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)
FW Gohi Bi Cyriac (1990-08-05) 5 August 1990 (age 25) 2 0 23x15px Anderlecht v. 23x15px Cameroon, 18 November 2014
FW Thomas Touré DEC (1993-12-27) 27 December 1993 (age 22) 0 0 23x15px Bordeaux v. 23x15px DR Congo, 11 October 2014
FW Didier Ya Konan (1984-02-25) 25 February 1984 (age 32) 27 8 23x15px Hannover 2014 FIFA World Cup

RET = Retired from the national team
DEC = Declined a call for the national team

Previous squads

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[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.[2]

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

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.[3]

FIFA World Cup 2010


2010-06-15
16:00 UTC+2
Ivory Coast 23x15px 0–0 23x15px Portugal

2010-06-20
13:30 UTC+2
Brazil 23x15px 3–1 23x15px Ivory Coast
Drogba Goal 79'
Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg
Attendance: 84,455
Referee: Stephane Lannoy

2010-06-25
16:00 UTC+2
Template:Country data PRK 0–3 23x15px Ivory Coast
Report Yaya Touré Goal 14'
Romaric Goal 20'
Kalou Goal 82'


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Trivia

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.

Records

Caps and goals updated as of March 26, 2015.

See also

References

  1. ^ "The road to Germany/Egypt 2006". BBC News. 8 October 2005. 
  2. ^ More than a game by Neil Stormer – Common Ground News Service
  3. ^ "Ivory Coast qualify for 2010 World Cup finals". ESPN. 2009-10-10. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 

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