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 (18 February 2021)[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 African Cup of Nations against Ghana on penalties at the Stade Léopold Sédar 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, Kolo Touré, Salomon Kalou, Sébastien Haller, Franck Kessié, Willy Boly and Jérémie Boga. 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 World Rankings 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.

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.

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,

In both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, Ivory Coast were placed in a so-called "Group of Death". 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.

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.

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.

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[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
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 Did not qualify
Algeria 2022 To be determined
Total Third place 4/6 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.

2020[edit]

5 October Friendly Nigeria  2-0  Ivory Coast Austria
CEST (UTC+02:00)
13 October Friendly Japan  1–0  Ivory Coast Utrecht, Netherlands
16:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)
Report Stadium: Stadion Galgenwaard
Referee: Jochem Kamphuis (Netherlands)
12 November 2021 AFCONQ Ivory Coast  2–1  Madagascar Abidjan, Ivory Coast
19:00 UTC±0
Report
Stadium: Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara
Referee: Haythem Guirat (Tunisia)
Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all matches of matchdays 3 and 4 scheduled for March 2020 had been postponed to November 2020.[3]
17 November 2021 AFCONQ Madagascar  1–1  Ivory Coast Madagascar
16:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Barikadimy Stadium, Toamasina
Referee: Gehad Grisha (Egypt)
Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all matches of matchdays 3 and 4 scheduled for March 2020 had been postponed to November 2020.[4]

2021[edit]

22 March 2021 AFCONQ Niger  v  Ivory Coast Niger
--:-- UTC+1 Stadium: TBD
Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all matches of matchdays 5 and 6 scheduled for June 2020 had been postponed to March 2021.[5]
30 March 2021 AFCONQ Ivory Coast  v  Ethiopia Ivory Coast
--:-- UTC±0 Stadium: TBD
Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all matches of matchdays 5 and 6 scheduled for June 2020 had been postponed to March 2021.[6]

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 Madagascar on 12 and 17 November 2020.[7]
Caps and goals updated as of 17 November 2020, after the second match against Madagascar.[8]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
16 1GK Sylvain Gbohouo (1988-10-29) 29 October 1988 (age 32) 56 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mazembe
23 1GK Abdoul Karim Cissé (1985-10-20) 20 October 1985 (age 35) 3 0 Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas
1 1GK Eliezer Ira Tape (1997-08-31) 31 August 1997 (age 23) 0 0 Ivory Coast San Pedro

17 2DF Serge Aurier (1992-12-24) 24 December 1992 (age 28) 66 2 England Tottenham Hotspur
5 2DF Wilfried Kanon (1993-07-06) 6 July 1993 (age 27) 49 2 Qatar Al-Gharafa
2DF Eric Bailly (1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 26) 36 2 England Manchester United
4 2DF Simon Deli (1991-10-27) 27 October 1991 (age 29) 17 0 Czech Republic Slavia Prague
7 2DF Odilon Kossounou (2001-01-04) 4 January 2001 (age 20) 4 0 Belgium Club Brugge
2 2DF Sinaly Diomandé (2001-04-09) 9 April 2001 (age 19) 3 0 France Lyon
6 2DF Willy Boly (1991-02-03) 3 February 1991 (age 30) 2 0 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
3 2DF Kalpi Ouattara (1998-12-29) 29 December 1998 (age 22) 2 0 Sweden Östersund

15 3MF Max Gradel (1987-11-30) 30 November 1987 (age 33) 82 12 Turkey Sivasspor
20 3MF Serey Dié (1984-11-07) 7 November 1984 (age 36) 52 2 Switzerland Sion
8 3MF Franck Kessié (1996-12-19) 19 December 1996 (age 24) 44 3 Italy Milan
13 3MF Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro (1992-10-11) 11 October 1992 (age 28) 15 0 Italy Lazio
3MF Serge N'Guessan (1994-12-17) 17 December 1994 (age 26) 14 2 France Nancy
12 3MF Habib Maïga (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 24) 6 0 France Metz
3MF Jérémie Boga (1997-01-03) 3 January 1997 (age 24) 1 0 Italy Sassuolo
18 3MF Ibrahim Sangaré (1997-12-02) 2 December 1997 (age 23) 1 0 Netherlands PSV

10 4FW Gervinho (1987-05-27) 27 May 1987 (age 33) 86 23 Italy Parma
14 4FW Jonathan Kodjia (1989-10-22) 22 October 1989 (age 31) 25 11 Qatar Al-Gharafa
19 4FW Nicolas Pépé (1995-05-20) 20 May 1995 (age 25) 24 5 England Arsenal
4FW Maxwel Cornet (1996-09-27) 27 September 1996 (age 24) 21 4 France Lyon
4FW Wilfried Zaha (1992-11-10) 10 November 1992 (age 28) 18 5 England Crystal Palace
22 4FW Lago Junior (1990-12-31) 31 December 1990 (age 30) 3 0 Spain Mallorca
4FW Christian Kouamé (1997-12-06) 6 December 1997 (age 23) 3 0 Italy Fiorentina
9 4FW Sébastien Haller (1994-06-22) 22 June 1994 (age 26) 2 1 Netherlands Ajax
11 4FW Datro Fofana (2002-12-22) 22 December 2002 (age 18) 1 0 Norway Molde
21 4FW Jumaa Saeed (1992-09-13) 13 September 1992 (age 28) 1 0 Kuwait Al-Kuwait
4FW Jean Evrard Kouassi (1994-09-25) 25 September 1994 (age 26) 0 0 China Wuhan Zall

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 Sayouba Mandé (1993-06-15) 15 June 1993 (age 27) 5 0 Denmark OB v.  Japan, 13 October 2020
GK Nicolas Tié (2001-02-13) 13 February 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Portugal Vitória de Guimarães v.  Belgium, 8 October 2020

DF Ismaël Traoré (1986-08-18) 18 August 1986 (age 34) 19 0 France Angers v.  Japan, 13 October 2020
DF Ghislain Konan (1995-12-27) 27 December 1995 (age 25) 11 0 France Reims v.  Belgium, 8 October 2020

MF Jean Michaël Seri (1991-07-19) 19 July 1991 (age 29) 30 3 France Bordeaux v.  Japan, 13 October 2020
MF Yakou Méïté (1996-02-11) 11 February 1996 (age 25) 3 0 England Reading v.  Japan, 13 October 2020
MF Ibrahim Traoré (1988-09-16) 16 September 1988 (age 32) 1 0 Czech Republic Slavia Prague v.  Japan, 13 October 2020
MF Mohamed Doumbia (1998-12-25) 25 December 1998 (age 22) 0 0 Czech Republic Dukla Prague v.  Japan, 13 October 2020

FW Anderson Niangbo (1999-10-06) 6 October 1999 (age 21) 0 0 Belgium Gent v.  Japan, 13 October 2020

  • 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]

As of November 17, 2020[9]
Players in bold are still active.

Honours[edit]

Winners (2): 1992, 2015
Runners-up (2): 2006, 2012
Fourth-place (1): 1992

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 18 February 2021. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 10 December 2020. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Total AFCON 2021 qualifiers postponed". CAF. 13 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Total AFCON 2021 qualifiers postponed". CAF. 13 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Total AFCON 2021 qualifiers postponed". CAF. 13 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Total AFCON 2021 qualifiers postponed". CAF. 13 March 2020.
  7. ^ http://www.fifciv.com/?q=elim-can-2021-3%C3%A8-4%C3%A8-j-patrice-beaumelle-convoque-26-joueurs
  8. ^ https://www.flashscore.com/match/GGjQnfL3/#lineups;1
  9. ^ Roberto Mamrud. "IvoryCoast – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 24 January 2017.

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