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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 Ivorian Football Federation (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 defeating Ghana on penalties at the Estadio de Bata in Bata, Equatorial Guinea.

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 coachIbrahim Kamara
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 Decrease 5 (28 November 2019)[1]
Highest12 (February 2013, April–May 2013)
Lowest75 (March–May 2004)
Elo ranking
Current 55 Increase 1 (25 November 2019)[2]
Highest10 (26 January 2013)
Lowest70 (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
 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 team had their best run between 2006 and 2014 when they qualified for three consecutive FIFA World Cups.

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, Nicolas Pépé, Maxwel Cornet, Wilfried Zaha, Yakou Meite, Salomon Kalou and Kolo Touré. 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 Ranking in the reference period, never having been so high for Les Éléphants.

HistoryEdit

World Cup recordEdit

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
  1930 Did not enter
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974 Did not qualify 6 3 2 1 8 7
  1978 6 3 2 1 11 10
  1982 2 0 0 2 1 3
  1986 4 1 1 2 6 5
  1990 4 1 2 1 5 1
  1994 8 4 3 1 12 6
  1998 2 0 1 1 1 2
    2002 10 5 4 1 22 10
  2006 Group stage 19th 3 1 0 2 5 6 Squad 10 7 1 2 20 7
  2010 17th 3 1 1 1 4 3 Squad 12 8 4 0 29 6
  2014 21st 3 1 0 2 4 5 Squad 8 5 3 0 19 7
  2018 Did not qualify 8 4 2 2 11 5
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total Group stage 3/21 9 3 1 5 13 14 80 41 25 14 145 69

FIFA Confederations Cup recordEdit

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
  1992 Fourth place 4th 2 0 0 2 2 9 Squad
  1995 to   2017 Did not qualify
Total Fourth place 1/10 2 0 0 2 2 9

Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit

Africa Cup of Nations record
Host nation(s) / Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1957 Part of   France
  1959
  1962 Not affiliated to CAF
  1963
  1965 Third place 3rd 3 2 0 1 5 4
  1968 Third place 3rd 5 3 1 1 9 6
  1970 Fourth place 4th 5 2 1 2 11 9
  1972 Did not qualify
  1974 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 5
  1976 Did not qualify
  1978 Banned
  1980 Group stage 6th 3 0 2 1 2 3
  1982 Did not enter
  1984 Group stage 5th 3 1 0 2 4 4
  1986 Third place 3rd 5 3 0 2 7 5
  1988 Group stage 6th 3 0 3 0 2 2
  1990 6th 3 1 0 2 3 5
  1992 Champions 1st 5 2 3 0 4 0
  1994 Third place 3rd 5 3 1 1 11 5
  1996 Group stage 11th 3 1 0 2 2 5
  1998 Quarter-finals 7th 4 2 2 0 10 6
    2000 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 3 4
  2002 16th 3 0 1 2 1 4
  2004 Did not qualify
  2006 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 2 1 6 5
  2008 Fourth place 4th 6 4 0 2 16 9
  2010 Quarter-finals 8th 3 1 2 0 5 4
    2012 Runners-up 2nd 6 5 1 0 9 0
  2013 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 8 5
  2015 Champions 1st 6 3 3 0 9 4
  2017 Group stage 11th 3 0 2 1 2 3
  2019 Quarter-finals 5th 5 3 1 1 7 3
  2021 To be determined
  2023 Qualified as hosts
  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 recordEdit

African Nations Championship
Appearances: 4
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  2009 Group stage 8th 3 0 1 2 0 4
  2011 Group stage 12th 3 1 0 2 2 4
  2014 Did not qualify
  2016 Third place 3rd 6 4 0 2 10 4
  2018 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 0 3
  2020 To be determined
  2022
Total Third place 4/5 15 5 2 8 12 15

African Games recordEdit

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
  1965 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1973 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1978 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  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 CupEdit

Recent and upcoming fixturesEdit

2019Edit

2020Edit

CoachesEdit

Dates Name
1960   Paul Gévaudan
1965   Alphonse Bissouma Tapé
1966 Vacant
1967–68   Paul Gévaudan
1968–70   Peter Schnittger
1970–72   Jean Tokpa
1972–74   Santa Rosa
1974–76 empty
1976–80   Gérard Gabo
1980–82 empty
1982–85   Otto Pfister
1984 AFCON   Davi Ferreira
Dates Name
1986   Pancho Gonzales
1987–88   Yeo Martial
1989   Kaé Oulaï
1989–92   Radivoje Ognjanović
1992   Yeo Martial
1993   Philippe Troussier
1993–94   Henryk Kasperczak
1994–96   Pierre Pleimelding
1996–98   Robert Nouzaret
1999–00   Patrick Parizon
2000–01   Gbonke Tia
2001   Lama Bamba
Dates Name
2002–04   Robert Nouzaret
2004–07   Henri Michel
2007–08   Uli Stielike
2008   Gérard Gili
2008–10   Vahid Halilhodžić
2010   Georges Kouadio
2010   Sven-Göran Eriksson
2010–12   François Zahoui
2012–14   Sabri Lamouchi
2014–15   Hervé Renard
2015–17   Michel Dussuyer
2017   Marc Wilmots
Dates Name
2018–present   Ibrahim Kamara

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were selected for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches against Niger on 16 November 2019 and against Ethiopia on 19 November 2019 .[3]
Caps and goals updated as of 19 November 2019, after the match against Ethiopia.[4]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Sylvain Gbohouo (1988-10-29) 29 October 1988 (age 31) 52 0   Mazembe
16 1GK Badra Ali Sangaré (1986-05-30) 30 May 1986 (age 33) 16 0   Free State Stars
23 1GK Sayouba Mandé (1993-06-15) 15 June 1993 (age 26) 5 0   OB

2 2DF Serge Aurier (1992-12-24) 24 December 1992 (age 26) 62 2   Tottenham Hotspur
3 2DF Wilfried Kanon (1993-07-06) 6 July 1993 (age 26) 48 2   Pyramids
13 2DF Ismaël Traoré (1986-08-18) 18 August 1986 (age 33) 18 0   Angers
5 2DF Simon Deli (1991-10-27) 27 October 1991 (age 28) 16 0   Club Brugge
20 2DF Cheick Comara (1993-10-14) 14 October 1993 (age 26) 13 0   Wydad Casablanca
4 2DF Wonlo Coulibaly (1991-12-22) 22 December 1991 (age 27) 13 0   ASEC Mimosas
14 2DF Ghislain Konan (1995-12-27) 27 December 1995 (age 23) 11 0   Reims
18 2DF Willie Britto (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 23) 1 0   Zürich

11 3MF Max Gradel (1987-11-30) 30 November 1987 (age 32) 77 12   Toulouse
12 3MF Franck Kessié (1994-12-19) 19 December 1994 (age 24) 32 1   Milan
6 3MF Victorien Angban (1996-09-29) 29 September 1996 (age 23) 13 0   Metz
15 3MF Seko Fofana (1995-05-07) 7 May 1995 (age 24) 6 1   Udinese
17 3MF Christian Koffi (1990-12-21) 21 December 1990 (age 28) 4 0   Mazembe
21 3MF Habib Maïga (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 23) 4 0   Metz
3MF Ibrahim Traoré (1988-09-16) 16 September 1988 (age 31) 1 0   SK Slavia Prague

9 4FW Roger Assalé (1993-11-13) 13 November 1993 (age 26) 21 3   Young Boys
7 4FW Nicolas Pépé (1995-05-20) 20 May 1995 (age 24) 20 5   Arsenal
8 4FW Maxwel Cornet (1996-09-27) 27 September 1996 (age 23) 18 4   Lyon
10 4FW Wilfried Zaha (1992-11-10) 10 November 1992 (age 27) 17 5   Crystal Palace
19 4FW Yohan Boli (1993-11-17) 17 November 1993 (age 26) 7 0   Sint-Truiden

Recent call-upsEdit

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 Tape Ira Eliezer (1997-08-31) 31 August 1997 (age 22) 0 0   San Pedro 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
GK Abdoul Karim Cissé (1985-10-20) 20 October 1985 (age 34) 6 0   Gagnoa 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE

DF Souleyman Doumbia (1996-09-24) 24 September 1996 (age 23) 4 0   Rennes v.   DR Congo, 13 October 2019
DF Mamadou Bagayoko (1989-12-31) 31 December 1989 (age 29) 16 0   Mechelen v.   Tunisia, 10 September 2019
DF Willy Boly (1991-02-03) 3 February 1991 (age 28) 0 0   Wolverhampton Wanderers v.   Tunisia, 10 September 2019
DF Abdoulaye Bamba (1990-04-25) 25 April 1990 (age 29) 4 0   Angers v.   Benin, 6 September 2019 INJ
DF Jean-Philippe Gbamin (1995-09-25) 25 September 1995 (age 24) 12 0   Everton 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Eric Bailly (1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 25) 34 2   Manchester United v.   Liberia, 26 March 2019

MF Ibrahim Sangaré (1997-12-02) 2 December 1997 (age 22) 7 1   Toulouse v.   DR Congo, 13 October 2019
MF Jean Michaël Seri (1991-07-19) 19 July 1991 (age 28) 30 3   Galatasaray v.   Tunisia, 10 September 2019
MF Jean-Eudes Aholou (1994-03-20) 20 March 1994 (age 25) 2 0   Saint-Étienne v.   Benin, 6 September 2019 INJ
MF Ismaël Diomandé (1992-08-28) 28 August 1992 (age 27) 19 1   Çaykur Rizespor 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE

FW Christian Kouamé (1997-12-06) 6 December 1997 (age 22) 1 0   Genoa v.   DR Congo, 13 October 2019
FW William Togui (1996-08-07) 7 August 1996 (age 23) 5 0   Mechelen v.   Tunisia, 10 September 2019
FW Wilfried Bony (1988-12-10) 10 December 1988 (age 30) 56 16   Al-Arabi 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Jonathan Kodjia (1989-10-22) 22 October 1989 (age 30) 23 10   Aston Villa 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

  • 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.

RecordsEdit

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.

HonoursEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 28 November 2019. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  3. ^ http://www.fifciv.com/?q=elim-can-2021-matchs-du-16-19-nov-2019-voici-les-24-el%C3%A9phants-s%C3%A9lectionn%C3%A9s
  4. ^ https://global.espn.com/football/lineups?gameId=558112
  5. ^ Roberto Mamrud. "IvoryCoast – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 24 January 2017.

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