Ivory Coast national football team
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 Africa Cup of Nations against Ghana on penalties at the Stade Leopold 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).
|Nickname(s)||Les Éléphants (The Elephants)|
|Association||Ivorian Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||Patrice Beaumelle|
|Most caps||Didier Zokora (123)|
|Top scorer||Didier Drogba (65)|
|Home stadium||Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny|
|Current||60 1 (17 September 2020)|
|Highest||12 (February 2013, April–May 2013)|
|Lowest||75 (March–May 2004)|
|Current||57 7 (16 September 2020)|
|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||Group stage (2006, 2010, 2014)|
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||23 (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 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 and Franck Kessié. 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. This is also confirmed by FIFA Ranking in the reference period, never having been so high for Les Éléphants.
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.
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.
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.
2000s and World Cup debutEdit
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,
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.
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.
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.
Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny is a national stadium of Ivory Coast national team.
They've been playing their friendly matches and qualifying matches and training at their stadium since it was opened.
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup|
|1930||Did not enter||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1974||Did not qualify||6||3||2||1||8||7|
|2018||Did not qualify||8||4||2||2||11||5|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
FIFA Confederations CupEdit
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1995 to 2017||Did not qualify|
Africa Cup of NationsEdit
|Africa Cup of Nations record|
|Host nation(s) / Year||Round||Position||Pld||W||D*||L||GF||GA|
|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||To be determined|
|2023||Qualified as hosts|
|2025||To be determined|
- *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 ChampionshipEdit
|African Nations Championship|
|2014||Did not qualify|
|2020||To be determined|
- 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|
Results and fixturesEdit
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
|24 June 2019 AFCON||Ivory Coast||1–0||South Africa||Cairo, Egypt|
||Report||Stadium: Al Salam Stadium|
Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria)
|28 June 2019 AFCON||Morocco||1–0||Ivory Coast||Cairo, Egypt|
||Report||Stadium: Al Salam Stadium|
Referee: Sidi Alioum (Cameroon)
|1 July 2019 AFCON||Namibia||1–4||Ivory Coast||Cairo, Egypt|
||Report||Stadium: 30 June Stadium|
Referee: Peter Waweru (Kenya)
|8 July 2019 AFCON||Mali||0–1||Ivory Coast||Suez, Egypt|
||Stadium: Suez Stadium|
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
|11 July 2019 AFCON||Ivory Coast||1–1 (a.e.t.)|
||Stadium: Suez Stadium|
Referee: Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)
|6 September Friendly||Ivory Coast||1–2||Benin||Caen, France|
||Report||Stadium: Stade Michel d'Ornano|
|10 September Friendly||Tunisia||1–2||Ivory Coast||Rouen, France|
||Report||Stadium: Stade Robert Diochon|
Referee: Karim Abed (France)
|13 October Friendly||Ivory Coast||3–1||DR Congo||Amiens, France|
||Stadium: Stade de la Licorne|
Referee: Benoît Millot (France)
|16 November 2021 AFCONQ||Ivory Coast||1–0||Niger||Abidjan, Ivory Coast|
|19:00 UTC±0||Stadium: Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny|
|19 November 2021 AFCONQ||Ethiopia||2–1||Ivory Coast||Bahir Dar, Ethiopia|
||Stadium: Bahir Dar Stadium|
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.
Caps and goals updated as of 19 November 2019, after the match against Ethiopia.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Sylvain Gbohouo||29 October 1988||52||0||Mazembe|
|16||GK||Badra Ali Sangaré||30 May 1986||16||0||Uthongathi|
|23||GK||Sayouba Mandé||15 June 1993||5||0||OB|
|2||DF||Serge Aurier||24 December 1992||62||2||Tottenham Hotspur|
|3||DF||Wilfried Kanon||6 July 1993||48||2||Pyramids|
|13||DF||Ismaël Traoré||18 August 1986||18||0||Angers|
|5||DF||Simon Deli||27 October 1991||16||0||Club Brugge|
|20||DF||Cheick Comara||14 October 1993||13||0||Wydad Casablanca|
|4||DF||Wonlo Coulibaly||22 December 1991||13||0||Mazembe|
|18||DF||Willie Britto||1 June 1996||1||0||Zürich|
|11||MF||Max Gradel||30 November 1987||77||12||Sivasspor|
|12||MF||Franck Kessié||19 December 1996||40||1||Milan|
|6||MF||Victorien Angban||29 September 1996||13||0||Metz|
|15||MF||Seko Fofana||7 May 1995||6||1||Lens|
|17||MF||Christian Koffi||21 December 1990||4||0||Mazembe|
|21||MF||Habib Maïga||1 June 1996||4||0||Metz|
|MF||Yakou Méïté||11 February 1996||3||0||Reading|
|MF||Ibrahim Traoré||16 September 1988||1||0||Slavia Prague|
|9||FW||Roger Assalé||13 November 1993||21||3||Leganés|
|7||FW||Nicolas Pépé||20 May 1995||20||5||Arsenal|
|8||FW||Maxwel Cornet||27 September 1996||18||4||Lyon|
|19||FW||Yohan Boli||17 November 1993||7||0||Al-Rayyan|
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|
|DF||Ghislain Konan||27 December 1995||11||0||Reims||v. DR Congo, 13 October 2019|
|DF||Souleyman Doumbia||24 September 1996||4||0||Rennes||v. DR Congo, 13 October 2019|
|MF||Ibrahim Sangaré||2 December 1997||7||1||Toulouse||v. DR Congo, 13 October 2019|
|FW||Wilfried Zaha||10 November 1992||17||5||Crystal Palace||v. DR Congo, 13 October 2019|
|FW||Christian Kouamé||6 December 1997||1||0||Fiorentina||v. DR Congo, 13 October 2019|
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
- Fourth-place (1): 1992
- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 17 September 2020. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
- Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 16 September 2020. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
- Roberto Mamrud. "IvoryCoast – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 24 January 2017.