Ivory Coast national football team
|Shirt badge/Association crest|
|Nickname(s)||Les Éléphants (The Elephants)|
|Association||Fédération Ivoirienne de Football|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Most caps||Didier Zokora (123)|
|Top scorer||Didier Drogba (65)|
|Home stadium||Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny|
|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)|
23x15px Ivory Coast 3–2 Dahomey 23x15px |
(Madagascar; 13 April 1960)
23x15px Ivory Coast 11–0 Central African Republic 23x15px |
(Abidjan, Ivory Coast; 27 December 1961)</td></tr>
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>
|Appearances||3 (First in 2006)</td></tr>|
|Best result||Group Stage, 2006, 2010 and 2014</td></tr>|
|Africa Cup of Nations</tr>|
|Appearances||21 (First in 1965)</td></tr>|
|Best result||Champions, 1992 and 2015</td></tr>|
|Appearances||1 (First in 1992)</td></tr>|
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.
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.
World Cup record
See also: Ivory Coast at the FIFA World Cup
FIFA Confederations Cup
Africa Cup of Nations record
Recent and upcoming fixtures
The following players have been called up to the Friendly Matches against Angola on March 26 and Equatorial Guinea on March 29, 2015.
The following players have also been called up to the squad within the last 12 months.
RET = Retired from the national team
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 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
Main article: 2010 FIFA World Cup Group G
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 March 26, 2015.