The Ivory Coast national football team (French: Équipe de football de Côte d'Ivoire, recognized as the Côte d'Ivoire by FIFA) 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).
|Nickname(s)||Les Éléphants (The Elephants)|
|Association||Ivorian Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||Jean-Louis Gasset|
|Most caps||Didier Zokora (123)|
|Top scorer||Didier Drogba (65)|
|Home stadium||Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny Stade National|
|Current||48 4 (6 October 2022)|
|Highest||12 (February 2013, April–May 2013)|
|Lowest||75 (March–May 2004)|
| 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||Group stage (2006, 2010, 2014)|
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||24 (first in 1965)|
|Best result||Champions (1992, 2015)|
|African Nations Championship|
|Appearances||3 (first in 2009)|
|Best result||Third place (2016)|
|FIFA Confederations Cup|
|Appearances||1 (first in 1992)|
|Best result||Fourth place (1992)|
The team had their best run between 2006 and 2014 when they qualified for three consecutive FIFA World Cups.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|12 January 2021 AFCON||Equatorial Guinea||0–1||Ivory Coast||Douala, Cameroon|
||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|
||Stadium: Japoma Stadium|
Referee: Victor Gomes (South Africa)
|26 January AFCON Round of 16||Ivory Coast||0–0 (a.e.t.)|
|Report||Stadium: Japoma Stadium|
Referee: Jean Jacques Ndala Ngambo (DR Congo)
|25 March Friendly||France||2–1||Ivory Coast||Marseille, France|
||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|
||Stadium: Stade de Yamoussoukro|
Referee: Dahane Beida (Mauritania)
|9 June 2023 AFCON qualification||Lesotho||0–0||Ivory Coast||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|19:00 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Dobsonville Stadium|
Referee: Patrice Milazare (Mauritius)
|24 September Friendly||Ivory Coast||2–1||Togo||Rouen, France|
||Stadium: Stade Robert Diochon|
Referee: Aurélien Petit (France)
|27 September Friendly||Ivory Coast||3–1||Guinea||Amiens, France|
||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|
Referee: Bouchra Karboubi (Morocco)
|Head coach||Jean-Louis Gasset|
|Assistant coaches|| Kolo Touré |
|Goalkeeping coach||Fabrice Grange|
- Paul Gévaudan [fr] (1960)
- Alphonse Bissouma Tapé (1965)
- Paul Gévaudan [fr] (1967–68)
- Peter Schnittger (1968–70)
- Jean Tokpa [de] (1970–72)
- Santa Rosa (1972–74)
- Gérard Gabo [fr] (1976–80)
- Otto Pfister (1982–85)
- Davi Ferreira [pt] (1984)
- Pancho Gonzales (1986)
- Yeo Martial (1987–88)
- Kaé Oulaï (1989)
- Radivoje Ognjanović (1989–92)
- Yeo Martial (1992)
- Philippe Troussier (1993)
- Henryk Kasperczak (1993–94)
- Pierre Pleimelding (1994–96)
- Robert Nouzaret (1996–98)
- Patrick Parizon (1999–00)
- Gbonke Tia (2000–01)
- Lama Bamba [fr] (2001)
- Robert Nouzaret (2002–04)
- Henri Michel (2004–07)
- Uli Stielike (2007–08)
- Gérard Gili (2008)
- Vahid Halilhodžić (2008–10)
- Georges Kouadio [fr] (2010)
- Sven-Göran Eriksson (2010)
- François Zahoui (2010–12)
- Sabri Lamouchi (2012–14)
- Hervé Renard (2014–15)
- Michel Dussuyer (2015–17)
- Marc Wilmots (2017)
- Ibrahim Kamara (2018–20)
- Patrice Beaumelle (2020–2022)
- Jean-Louis Gasset (2022–present)
Caps and goals updated as of 19 November 2022, after the match against Burkina Faso.
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||29 December 1990||0||0||ASEC Mimosas||v. Guinea, 27 September 2022|
|GK||Abdoul Karim Cissé||20 October 1985||6||0||Venda Football||v. Lesotho, 9 June 2022|
|GK||Mohamed Kone||7 March 2002||0||0||Le Havre||v. Lesotho, 9 June 2022|
|GK||Sylvain Gbohouo||29 October 1988||65||0||Wolkite Ketema||2021 AFCON, 26 January 2022|
|DF||Wilfried Kanon||6 July 1993||54||3||HIFK||v. Lesotho, 9 June 2022|
|DF||Eric Bailly||12 April 1994||46||2||Marseille||v. Lesotho, 9 June 2022|
|DF||Willy Boly||3 February 1991||13||1||Nottingham Forest||v. Lesotho, 9 June 2022|
|DF||Hassane Kamara||5 March 1994||7||0||Watford||v. Lesotho, 9 June 2022|
|DF||Emmanuel Agbadou||7 June 1997||3||0||Reims||v. Lesotho, 9 June 2022|
|DF||Ismaël Diallo||29 January 1997||0||0||Ajaccio||v. England, 29 March 2022|
|DF||Ousmane Ouattara||22 December 1993||1||1||Monastir||2021 AFCON, 26 January 2022|
|MF||Franck Kessié||19 December 1996||60||7||Barcelona||v. Guinea, 27 September 2022|
|MF||Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro||11 October 1992||17||0||Lazio||v. Lesotho, 9 June 2022|
|MF||Jérémie Boga||3 January 1997||10||1||Atalanta||v. Lesotho, 9 June 2022|
|MF||Paul Akouokou||20 December 1997||4||0||Betis||v. Lesotho, 9 June 2022|
|MF||Fousseny Coulibaly||12 December 1992||3||0||Espérance||v. England, 29 March 2022|
|MF||Hamed Traorè||16 February 2000||4||0||Sassuolo||v. France, 25 March 2022 INJ|
|MF||Habib Maïga||1 June 1996||13||0||Metz||2021 AFCON, 26 January 2022|
|FW||Maxwel Cornet||27 September 1996||30||6||West Ham United||v. Guinea, 27 September 2022|
|FW||Wilfried Kanga||21 February 1998||2||0||Hertha BSC||v. Guinea, 27 September 2022|
|FW||Sébastien Haller||22 June 1994||15||4||Borussia Dortmund||v. Lesotho, 9 June 2022|
|FW||Yohan Boli||17 September 1993||12||0||Al-Rayyan||v. England, 29 March 2022|
- As of 19 November 2022
- Players in bold are still active with Ivory Coast.
Most capped playersEdit
|1||Didier Drogba (list)||65||105||0.62||2002–2014|
FIFA World CupEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1930||Part of France||Part of France|
|1962||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1974||Did not qualify||6||3||2||1||8||7|
|1982||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1986||Did not qualify||4||1||1||2||6||5|
|2018||Did not qualify||8||4||2||2||11||5|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
Africa Cup of NationsEdit
|Africa Cup of Nations record|
|1957||Part of France|
|1962||Not affiliated to CAF|
|1972||Did not qualify|
|1976||Did not qualify|
|1982||Did not enter|
|2004||Did not qualify|
|2021||Round of 16||10th||4||2||2||0||6||3|
|2023||Qualified as hosts|
|2025||To be determined|
- *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|
|2014||Did not qualify|
|2020||Did not qualify|
FIFA Confederations CupEdit
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1995 to 2017||Did not qualify|
- Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
|African Games record|
|1991–present||See Ivory Coast national under-23 football team|
- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 6 October 2022. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
- Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 5 December 2022. Retrieved 5 December 2022.
- "FIFA". fifa.com.
- "AFCON 2023: Ivory Coast opens 60,000-seater stadium". Vanguard News. 5 October 2020. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
- "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.
- Roberto Mamrud. "IvoryCoast – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 24 January 2017.