Ivory Coast national football team
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.
|Nickname(s)||Les Éléphants (The Elephants)
|Association||Fédération Ivoirienne de Football|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||Marc Wilmots|
|Most caps||Didier Zokora (123)|
|Top scorer||Didier Drogba (65)|
|Home stadium||Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny|
|Current||54 (14 September 2017)|
|Highest||12 (February 2013, April–May 2013)|
|Lowest||75 (March–May 2004)|
|Current||52 (10 October 2017)|
|Highest||10 (26 January 2013)|
|Lowest||70 (6 October 1996)|
| Ivory Coast 3–2 Dahomey
(Madagascar; 13 April 1960)
| Ivory Coast 11–0 Central African Republic
(Abidjan, Ivory Coast; 27 December 1961)
| Netherlands 5–0 Ivory Coast
(Rotterdam, Netherlands; 4 June 2017)
|Appearances||3 (first in 2006)|
|Best result||17th, 2010|
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||22 (first in 1965)|
|Best result||Champions, 1992 and 2015|
|African Nations Championship|
|Appearances||3 (first in 2009)|
|Best result||Third place, 2016|
|Appearances||1 (first in 1992)|
|Best result||Fourth Place, 1992|
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, Wilfried Zaha, Salomon Kalou, and Kolo Touré. Having become a fixed presence in the World Cup (since 2006) and having won 2015 Africa Cup, the team is generally considered to be one of the best African teams of the last decade.This is also confirmed by FIFA Ranking in the reference period, never been so high for the "Elephants".
World Cup recordEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup
|1930||Did Not Enter||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1974||Did Not Qualify||6||3||2||1||8||7|
|2018||To be determined||2||1||1||0||3||1|
FIFA Confederations CupEdit
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
| 1995 to
|Did Not Qualify|
Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit
|Host nation(s) / Year||Round||Position||GP||W||D*||L||GS||GA|
| 1957 to
|Did Not Enter|
|1972||Did Not Qualify|
|1976||Did Not Qualify|
|1982||Did Not Enter|
|2004||Did Not Qualify|
|2021||Qualified as host|
- *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 fixturesEdit
|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[a]|
- Only local based players used in this fixture
|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||2–0||Friendly|
|March 27, 2017||Paris||Senegal||Abandoned [a]||Friendly|
|June 4, 2017||Rotterdam||Netherlands||0–5||Friendly|
|June 10, 2017||Bouaké||Guinea||2–3||2019 AFCON qualification|
|September 2, 2017||Stade d'Angondjé||Gabon||3–0||2018 World Cup qualification|
|September 5, 2017||Stade de la Paix, Bouake||Gabon||1–2||2018 World Cup qualification|
|October 6, 2017||Stade 26 mars, Bamako||Mali||0–0||2018 World Cup qualification|
|November 6, 2017||TBD||Morocco||2018 World Cup qualification|
- Match abandoned, for field invasion, after 88 minutes on the score of 1–1. Presences and goals NOT to be counted unless official decisions.
|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|
The following players have been selected for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Mali on 6 October 2017 . Mamadou Bagayoko was called up a few days later as well . Shirt numbers to be updated.
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|16||GK||Sylvain Gbohouo||29 October 1988||33||0||Mazembe|
|1||GK||Axel Kacou||1 August 1995||0||0||Tours|
|23||GK||Jean Hortalin Ble||7 November 1989||0||0||Africa Sport|
|17||DF||Serge Aurier||24 December 1992||44||1||Tottenham Hotspur|
|21||DF||Eric Bailly||12 April 1994||27||0||Manchester United|
|5||DF||Wilfried Kanon||6 July 1993||26||1||ADO Den Haag|
|DF||Adama Traoré||3 February 1990||12||0||Basel|
|4||DF||Lamine Koné||1 February 1989||9||0||Sunderland|
|18||DF||Mamadou Bagayoko||31 December 1989||7||0||OH Leuven|
|6||DF||Joris Gnagnon||13 January 1997||0||0||Rennes|
|3||DF||Ghislain Konan||27 December 1995||1||0||Vitória de Guimarães|
|20||MF||Serey Die||7 November 1984||38||1||Basel|
|19||MF||Franck Kessié||19 December 1996||21||0||Milan|
|13||MF||Cheick Doukouré||11 September 1992||17||0||Levante|
|MF||Jean Michael Seri||19 July 1991||16||1||Nice|
|7||MF||Jean-Philippe Gbamin||25 September 1995||3||0||Mainz 05|
|9||MF||Sékou Sanogo||5 May 1989||2||0||BSC Young Boys|
|12||MF||Seko Fofana||7 May 1995||0||0||Udinese|
|8||FW||Salomon Kalou||5 August 1985||96||28||Hertha Berlin|
|FW||Gervinho||27 May 1987||83||22||Hebei China Fortune|
|FW||Wilfried Bony||10 December 1988||52||15||Swansea City|
|FW||Seydou Doumbia||31 December 1987||36||9||Sporting CP|
|14||FW||Jonathan Kodjia||22 October 1989||11||5||Aston Villa|
|15||FW||Roger Assalé||13 November 1993||4||0||Young Boys|
|11||FW||Maxwel Cornet||27 September 1996||4||1||Lyon|
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||Badra Ali Sangaré||30 May 1986||12||0||Tanda||v. Guinea, 10 June 2017|
|GK||Sayouba Mandé||15 June 1993||4||0||Stabaek||v. Guinea, 10 June 2017|
|GK||Abdoul Karim Cissé||20 October 1985||2||0||Gagnoa||v. Guinea, 10 June 2017|
|DF||Simon Deli||27 October 1991||10||0||Slavia Prague||v. Gabon, 5 September 2017|
|DF||Brice Dja Djédjé||23 December 1990||7||0||Watford||v. Gabon, 5 September 2017|
|DF||Ismaël Traoré||18 August 1986||3||0||Angers||v. Guinea, 10 June 2017|
|DF||Abdoulaye Bamba||25 April 1990||2||0||Angers||v. Senegal, 27 March 2017|
|DF||Cheick Comara||14 October 1993||0||0||AFAD||v. Senegal, 27 March 2017|
|DF||Ousmane Viera||21 December 1986||19||1||Adanaspor||2017 Africa Cup of Nations PRE|
|MF||Max Gradel||30 November 1987||57||10||Toulouse||v. Gabon, 5 September 2017|
|MF||Ismaël Diomandé||28 August 1992||16||1||Caen||v. Guinea, 10 June 2017|
|MF||Jérémie Boga||3 January 1997||1||0||Birmingham City||v. Guinea, 10 June 2017|
|MF||Moussa Koné||12 February 1990||1||1||Cesena||v. Senegal, 27 March 2017|
|MF||Eboue Kouassi||13 September 1997||0||0||Celtic||v. Senegal, 27 March 2017|
|MF||Serge N'Guessan||31 July 1994||14||2||Nancy||2017 Africa Cup of Nations|
|MF||Victorien Angban||29 September 1996||6||0||Waasland-Beveren||2017 Africa Cup of Nations|
|FW||Yann Boli||13 January 1988||2||0||Dalian Yifang||v. Gabon, 5 September 2017|
|FW||Didier Ya Konan||22 May 1984||27||7||Fortuna Düsseldorf||v. Guinea, 10 June 2017|
|FW||Giovanni Sio||31 March 1989||24||3||Montpellier||v. Guinea, 10 June 2017|
|FW||Cyriac Gohi Bi||5 August 1990||8||1||Sivasspor||v. Guinea, 10 June 2017|
|FW||Wilfried Zaha||10 November 1992||7||2||Crystal Palace||v. Guinea, 10 June 2017|
|FW||Nicolas Pépé||20 May 1995||6||0||Lille||v. Guinea, 10 June 2017|
- DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
- INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
- PRE Preliminary Squad.
- RET Player has retired from international football.
- SUS Suspended from the national team..
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.
Most capped playersEdit
- Roberto Mamrud. "IvoryCoast – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 24 January 2017.