Ivory Coast national football team

The Ivory Coast national football team (French: Équipe de football de Côte d'Ivoire, recognized as the Côte d'Ivoire by FIFA[3]) represents Ivory Coast 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 2015, again defeating Ghana on penalties in Bata, Equatorial Guinea. The team represents both FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Ivory Coast/Côte d'Ivoire
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Les Éléphants (The Elephants)
AssociationIvorian Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachJean-Louis Gasset
CaptainSerge Aurier
Most capsDidier Zokora (123)
Top scorerDidier Drogba (65)
Home stadiumStade Félix Houphouët-Boigny Stade National
FIFA codeCIV
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 48 Increase 4 (6 October 2022)[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
Appearances24 (first in 1965)
Best resultChampions (1992, 2015)
African Nations Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2009)
Best resultThird place (2016)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1992)
Best resultFourth place (1992)
Websitefifciv.com

The team had their best run between 2006 and 2014 when they qualified for three consecutive FIFA World Cups.

HistoryEdit

1960sEdit

The team played its first international match against Dahomey, now known as Benin, which they won 3–2 on 13 April 1960 in Madagascar.

The team took a large 11–0 victory against the Central African Republic. In 1961 the team made their first appearance in the Africa Cup of Nations. After gaining independence from France, the team finished third in the 1963 and 1965 tournaments.

1970sEdit

Ivory Coast's performances in the 1970s were mixed. In the 1970 African Cup of Nations, the team finished top of their group, but lost to Ghana - the powerhouses of African football at the time - in the semi-finals, and went on to finish 4th after losing the third-place play-off to the United Arab Republic (now Egypt). They failed to qualify for the 1972 edition, losing 4–3 to Congo-Brazzaville in the final qualifying round. They qualified in 1974 but finished bottom of their group with only a single point, then failed to qualify in 1976, again losing to Congo-Brazzaville (now simply known as the Congo) in the first round.

The team initially qualified for 1978, beating Mali 2–1 on aggregate, but were disqualified for fielding an ineligible player in the second leg. Mali were also disqualified, due to police and stadium security assaulting the match officials during the first leg, and so Upper Volta, who Ivory Coast had beaten in the first qualifying round, inherited their place.

1980sEdit

In 1984, the team hosted the African Cup of Nations for the first time, but failed to get out of their group. In 1986, they narrowly qualified from their group on goals scored, and went on to finish third once more, beating Morocco 3–2 in the third-place play-off.

1990sEdit

At the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations, Ivory Coast beat Algeria 3–0 and drew 0–0 with Congo to finish top of their group. An extra-time victory over Zambia and a penalty shoot-out win over Cameroon took them to the final for the first time, where they faced Ghana. The match again went to a penalty shoot-out, which became (at the time) the highest-scoring in international football; Ivory Coast eventually triumphed 11–10 to win the title for the first time. They were unable to defend their title in 1994, losing to Nigeria in the semi-finals.

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 debutEdit

In October 2005, Ivory Coast secured qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, which was to be their first-ever appearance at the tournament. Having been drawn into a "Group of Death" that also featured Cameroon and Egypt, Ivory Coast went into the final match second behind Cameroon, but qualified after beating Sudan 3-1 while Cameroon could only draw with Egypt.

In the tournament itself, Ivory Coast were drawn into another Group of Death, against Argentina, Holland, and Serbia and Montenegro. They lost 2–1 to Argentina - with Didier Drogba scoring the team's first-ever World Cup goal in the 82nd minute - and then 2–1 to the Netherlands, meaning they had already been eliminated by the time they played Serbia and Montenegro. Despite going 2-0 down after just 20 minutes, Ivory Coast came back to win 3–2, with Bonaventure Kalou scoring an 86th-minute penalty to give Ivory Coast their first-ever World Cup victory.

After Uli Stielike left before the 2008 African Cup of Nations, due to his son's health, co-trainer Gerard Gili 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 a coach at the tournament, after George Weah was both player and coach for Liberia during the 2002 tournament.

2010sEdit

 
Ivory Coast national team lineup before a match against Poland in 2010

Ivory Coast qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, and were again drawn in a "Group of Death", against five-time champions Brazil, Portugal, and North Korea. Having managed a 0–0 draw against Portugal, a 3–1 defeat to Brazil meant that in order to qualify from their group, they would have to beat North Korea, Brazil needed to beat Portugal, and (thanks to Portugal's 7–0 win over North Korea) there needed to be a substantial swing in goal difference. Ivory Coast won 3–0, but Portugal held Brazil to a 0–0 draw and Ivory Coast were once again eliminated in the group stages.

2014Edit

 
Logo until 2014

The team made a third appearance in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, where they were drawn in Group C against Colombia, Greece, and Japan. After coming from behind to beat Japan 2–1, Ivory Coast then lost 2–1 to Colombia, leaving their qualification in the balance. In their final match against Greece, the score was 1-1 going into stoppage time, and with Japan losing 4–1 to Colombia, Ivory Coast looked set to qualify. However, in the 93rd minute, Giovanni Sio gave away a penalty which Georgios Samaras converted, giving Greece both the victory and the place in the last 16; Ivory Coast, meanwhile, went out in the group stage for the third tournament in a row.

The team's streak of World Cup qualifications came to an end at the 2018 tournament. Needing a win in their final match against Morocco, they instead lost 2–0, meaning Morocco qualified instead.

Home stadiumEdit

From 1964 to 2020, Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny, a 50,000-seater stadium in Abidjan was the main venue used to host home matches. In 2020, the 60,000-seat Stade National, also in Abidjan, was opened ahead of the 2023 Africa Cup Of Nations.[4]

SupportersEdit

Supporters of the Elephants are known to be among the most colorful in Africa. At Ivory Coast matches, the Elephants supporter sections typically include a percussion band that mimics the sounds of an elephant traveling through a forest.

Results and fixturesEdit

The following is a list of match results in the last twelve months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2022Edit

12 January 2021 AFCON Equatorial Guinea   0–1   Ivory Coast Douala, Cameroon
20:00 Report
  • Gradel   5'
Stadium: Japoma Stadium
Referee: Rédouane Jiyed (Morocco)
16 January 2021 AFCON Ivory Coast   2–2   Sierra Leone Douala, Cameroon
17:00
Report
Stadium: Japoma Stadium
Referee: Maguette N'Diaye (Senegal)
20 January 2021 AFCON Ivory Coast   3–1   Algeria Douala, Cameroon
Report
Stadium: Japoma Stadium
Referee: Victor Gomes (South Africa)
26 January AFCON Round of 16 Ivory Coast   0–0 (a.e.t.)
(4–5 p)
  Egypt Douala, Cameroon
Report Stadium: Japoma Stadium
Referee: Jean Jacques Ndala Ngambo (DR Congo)
Penalties
25 March Friendly France   2–1   Ivory Coast Marseille, France
21:15 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Stade Vélodrome
Referee: Vítor Ferreira (Portugal)
29 March Friendly England   3–0   Ivory Coast London, England
19:45
Report Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Referee: Erik Lambrechts (Belgium)
3 June 2023 AFCON qualification Ivory Coast   3–1   Zambia Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast
19:00
Report
Stadium: Stade de Yamoussoukro
Referee: Dahane Beida (Mauritania)
24 September Friendly Ivory Coast   2–1   Togo Rouen, France
18:00 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Stade Robert Diochon
Referee: Aurélien Petit (France)
27 September Friendly Ivory Coast   3–1   Guinea Amiens, France
20:00 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Stade de la Licorne
Referee: Thomas Léonard (France)
16 November Friendly Ivory Coast   4–0   Burundi Marrakesh, Morocco
Report Stadium: Stade de Marrakech
Referee: Jalal Jayed (Morocco)
19 November Friendly Ivory Coast   1–2   Burkina Faso Marrakesh, Morocco
Report
Stadium: Stade de Marrakech
Attendance: 1,100
Referee: Bouchra Karboubi (Morocco)

2023Edit

March 2023 AFCON qualification Ivory Coast   v   Comoros Ivory Coast
Report

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Jean-Louis Gasset
Assistant coaches   Kolo Touré
  Maxime Gouamené
Goalkeeping coach   Fabrice Grange

Coaching historyEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were selected for the friendly matches against Burundi and Burkina Faso on 16 and 19 November 2022, respectively.[5]

Caps and goals updated as of 19 November 2022, after the match against Burkina Faso.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Badra Ali Sangaré (1986-05-30) 30 May 1986 (age 36) 29 0   Sekhukhune
1GK Ira Eliezer Tapé (1997-08-31) 31 August 1997 (age 25) 2 0   San Pédro
1GK Issa Fofana (2004-01-30) 30 January 2004 (age 18) 0 0   Al-Hilal

2DF Serge Aurier (captain) (1992-12-24) 24 December 1992 (age 29) 83 4   Nottingham Forest
2DF Simon Deli (1991-10-27) 27 October 1991 (age 31) 26 0   Adana Demirspor
2DF Ghislain Konan (1995-12-27) 27 December 1995 (age 26) 25 0   Al Nassr
2DF Odilon Kossounou (2001-01-04) 4 January 2001 (age 21) 16 0   Bayer Leverkusen
2DF Sinaly Diomandé (2001-04-09) 9 April 2001 (age 21) 10 0   Lyon
2DF Souleyman Doumbia (1996-09-24) 24 September 1996 (age 26) 7 1   Angers
2DF Wilfried Singo (2000-12-25) 25 December 2000 (age 21) 5 0   Torino
2DF Abakar Sylla (2002-12-25) 25 December 2002 (age 19) 3 0   Club Brugge

3MF Jean Michaël Seri (1991-07-19) 19 July 1991 (age 31) 45 4   Hull City
3MF Ibrahim Sangaré (1997-12-02) 2 December 1997 (age 25) 28 8   PSV
3MF Jean-Philippe Gbamin (1995-12-25) 25 December 1995 (age 26) 15 0   Trabzonspor
3MF Seko Fofana (1995-05-07) 7 May 1995 (age 27) 8 3   Lens
3MF Jean-Eudes Aholou (1994-03-20) 20 March 1994 (age 28) 2 0   Strasbourg

4FW Max Gradel (1987-11-30) 30 November 1987 (age 35) 101 17   Sivasspor
4FW Nicolas Pépé (1995-05-20) 20 May 1995 (age 27) 37 10   Nice
4FW Wilfried Zaha (1992-11-10) 10 November 1992 (age 30) 31 5   Crystal Palace
4FW Christian Kouamé (1997-12-06) 6 December 1997 (age 25) 17 1   Fiorentina
4FW Jean Evrard Kouassi (1994-09-25) 25 September 1994 (age 28) 12 1   Trabzonspor
4FW Karim Konaté (2004-03-21) 21 March 2004 (age 18) 5 0   Liefering
4FW Jean-Philippe Krasso (1997-07-17) 17 July 1997 (age 25) 4 1   Saint-Étienne
4FW Datro Fofana (2002-12-22) 22 December 2002 (age 19) 3 0   Molde

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 Charles Folly Ayayi (1990-12-29) 29 December 1990 (age 31) 0 0   ASEC Mimosas v.   Guinea, 27 September 2022
GK Abdoul Karim Cissé (1985-10-20) 20 October 1985 (age 37) 6 0   Venda Football v.   Lesotho, 9 June 2022
GK Mohamed Kone (2002-03-07) 7 March 2002 (age 20) 0 0   Le Havre v.   Lesotho, 9 June 2022
GK Sylvain Gbohouo (1988-10-29) 29 October 1988 (age 34) 65 0   Wolkite Ketema 2021 AFCON, 26 January 2022

DF Wilfried Kanon (1993-07-06) 6 July 1993 (age 29) 54 3   HIFK v.   Lesotho, 9 June 2022
DF Eric Bailly (1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 28) 46 2   Marseille v.   Lesotho, 9 June 2022
DF Willy Boly (1991-02-03) 3 February 1991 (age 31) 13 1   Nottingham Forest v.   Lesotho, 9 June 2022
DF Hassane Kamara (1994-03-05) 5 March 1994 (age 28) 7 0   Watford v.   Lesotho, 9 June 2022
DF Emmanuel Agbadou (1997-06-07) 7 June 1997 (age 25) 3 0   Reims v.   Lesotho, 9 June 2022
DF Ismaël Diallo (1997-01-29) 29 January 1997 (age 25) 0 0   Ajaccio v.   England, 29 March 2022
DF Ousmane Ouattara (1993-12-22) 22 December 1993 (age 28) 1 1   Monastir 2021 AFCON, 26 January 2022

MF Franck Kessié (1996-12-19) 19 December 1996 (age 25) 60 7   Barcelona v.   Guinea, 27 September 2022
MF Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro (1992-10-11) 11 October 1992 (age 30) 17 0   Lazio v.   Lesotho, 9 June 2022
MF Jérémie Boga (1997-01-03) 3 January 1997 (age 25) 10 1   Atalanta v.   Lesotho, 9 June 2022
MF Paul Akouokou (1997-12-20) 20 December 1997 (age 24) 4 0   Betis v.   Lesotho, 9 June 2022
MF Fousseny Coulibaly (1992-12-12) 12 December 1992 (age 29) 3 0   Espérance v.   England, 29 March 2022
MF Hamed Traorè (2000-02-16) 16 February 2000 (age 22) 4 0   Sassuolo v.   France, 25 March 2022 INJ
MF Habib Maïga (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 26) 13 0   Metz 2021 AFCON, 26 January 2022

FW Maxwel Cornet (1996-09-27) 27 September 1996 (age 26) 30 6   West Ham United v.   Guinea, 27 September 2022
FW Wilfried Kanga (1998-02-21) 21 February 1998 (age 24) 2 0   Hertha BSC v.   Guinea, 27 September 2022
FW Sébastien Haller (1994-06-22) 22 June 1994 (age 28) 15 4   Borussia Dortmund v.   Lesotho, 9 June 2022
FW Yohan Boli (1993-09-17) 17 September 1993 (age 29) 12 0   Al-Rayyan v.   England, 29 March 2022

  • 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

As of 19 November 2022[6]
Players in bold are still active with Ivory Coast.

Most capped playersEdit

 
Didier Zokora, the all-time most capped player for Ivory Coast.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Didier Zokora 123 1 2000–2014
2 Kolo Touré 120 7 2000–2015
3 Didier Drogba 105 65 2002–2014
4 Yaya Touré 102 19 2004–2015
5 Max Gradel 101 17 2011–present
6 Siaka Tiéné 100 2 2000–2015
7 Salomon Kalou 96 27 2007–2017
8 Abdoulaye Traoré 90 49 1984–1996
9 Arthur Boka 88 1 2004–2015
Gervinho 88 23 2007–present

Top goalscorersEdit

 
Didier Drogba, the all-time top goalscorer for Ivory Coast.
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Didier Drogba (list) 65 105 0.62 2002–2014
2 Abdoulaye Traoré 49 90 0.54 1984–1996
3 Djohan Tiéhi 28 50 0.56 1985–1999
4 Salomon Kalou 27 96 0.28 2007–2017
5 Gervinho 23 88 0.26 2007–present
6 Ibrahima Bakayoko 22 39 0.56 1996–2002
7 Laurent Pokou 21 30 0.7 1967–1980
8 Yaya Touré 19 102 0.19 2004–2015
9 Aruna Dindane 18 62 0.29 2000–2010
10 Wilfried Bony 17 58 0.29 2010–2019

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Part of   France Part of   France
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962 Did not enter Did not enter
  1966
  1970
  1974 Did not qualify 6 3 2 1 8 7
  1978 6 3 2 1 11 10
  1982 Did not enter Did not enter
  1986 Did not qualify 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 6 4 1 1 10 3
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total Group stage 3/22 9 3 1 5 13 14 86 45 26 15 155 72

Africa Cup of NationsEdit

Africa Cup of Nations record
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 1 1 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 Round of 16 10th 4 2 2 0 6 3
  2023 Qualified as hosts
  2025 To be determined
Total 2 Titles 24/33 99 44 29 26 144 103
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

African Nations ChampionshipEdit

African Nations Championship record
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 Did not qualify
  2022 Qualified
Total Third place 4/6 15 5 2 8 12 15

FIFA Confederations CupEdit

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

African GamesEdit

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

HonoursEdit

  Africa Cup of Nations

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 6 October 2022. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 5 December 2022. Retrieved 5 December 2022.
  3. ^ "FIFA". fifa.com.
  4. ^ "AFCON 2023: Ivory Coast opens 60,000-seater stadium". Vanguard News. 5 October 2020. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  5. ^ "Matchs Amicaux Des 16 & 19 Novembre 2022 : Voici Les Eléphants Sélectionnés" [Friendlies of 13 and 16 November 2022:here the selected players]. fifciv.com/ (in French). 3 November 2022.
  6. ^ Roberto Mamrud. "IvoryCoast – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 24 January 2017.

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