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.
|Nickname(s)||Les Éléphants (The Elephants)|
|Association||Ivorian Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||Ibrahim Kamara|
|Most caps||Didier Zokora (123)|
|Top scorer||Didier Drogba (65)|
|Home stadium||Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny|
|Current||65 (20 December 2018)|
|Highest||12 (February 2013, April–May 2013)|
|Lowest||75 (March–May 2004)|
|Current||58 6 (18 January 2019)|
|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||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|
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, Yakou Meite 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. This is also confirmed by FIFA Ranking in the reference period, never been so high for Les Éléphants.
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||Did not qualify||8||4||2||2||11||5|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
FIFA Confederations Cup recordEdit
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1995 to 2017||Did not qualify|
|2021||To be determined|
Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit
|Africa Cup of Nations record|
|Host nation(s) / Year||Round||Position||Pld||W||D*||L||GF||GA|
|1957 to 1963||Did not enter|
|1972||Did not qualify|
|1976||Did not qualify|
|1982||Did not enter|
|2004||Did not qualify|
|2019||To be determined|
|2021||Qualified as host|
|2023||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 Games recordEdit
- 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|
Recent and upcoming fixturesEdit
|10 June||Bouaké||Guinea||2–3||2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|2 September||Stade d'Angondjé||Gabon||3–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5 September||Stade de la Paix, Bouaké||Gabon||1–2||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6 October||Stade 26 mars, Bamako||Mali||0–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|11 November||Abidjan||Morocco||0–2||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|24 March Friendly||Togo||2–2||Ivory Coast||Beauvais, France|
|20:00 CET (UTC+1)||Ayité 42', 55'||Report||Pépé 16', 24'||Stadium: Stade Pierre Brisson|
Referee: Hakim Ben El-Hadj (France)
|27 March Friendly||Ivory Coast||2–1||Moldova||Beauvais, France|
|21:00 CEST (UTC+2)||Assalé 20'
|Report||Ioniță 59'||Stadium: Stade Pierre Brisson|
Referee: Genc Nuza (Kosovo)
|3 June Friendly||Kosovo||Canceled||Ivory Coast||Wohlen, Switzerland|
|15:00 (UTC+1)||Stadium: Stadion Niedermatten|
Referee: Adrien Jaccottet (Switzerland)
|Note: The match Kosovo–Ivory Coast was canceled due to the internal problems of Ivory Coast national team.|
|9 September 2019 AFCONQ||Rwanda||1–2||Ivory Coast||Kigali, Rwanda|
|15:30 (UTC+2)||Kagere 64'||Report||Kodjia 45'
|Stadium: Stade Régional Nyamirambo|
Referee: Jackson Pavaza (Namibia)
|12 October 2019 AFCONQ||Ivory Coast||4–0||Central African Republic||Bouaké, Ivory Coast|
|17:00 (UTC±0)||Kodjia 26'
|Report||Stadium: Stade Bouaké|
Referee: Alex Muhabi (Uganda)
|16 October 2019 AFCONQ||Central African Republic||0–0||Ivory Coast||Bangui, Central African Republic|
|15:00 (UTC+1)||Report||Stadium: Barthélemy Boganda Stadium|
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
|18 November 2019 AFCONQ||Guinea||1–1||Ivory Coast||Conakry, Guinea|
|17:00 (UTC±0)||Yattara 11'||Report||Seri 21'||Stadium: Stade du 28 Septembre|
Referee: Rédouane Jiyed (Morocco)
The following players have been selected for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Guinea on 18 November 2018
Caps and goals updated as of 18 November 2018, after the match against Guinea.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Sylvain Gbohouo||29 October 1988||39||0||Mazembe|
|GK||Badra Ali Sangaré||30 May 1986||12||0||Free State Stars|
|GK||El Hadje Danté||18 July 1998||0||0||LYS Sassandra|
|DF||Serge Aurier||24 December 1992||51||1||Tottenham Hotspur|
|DF||Wilfried Kanon||6 July 1993||33||1||ADO Den Haag|
|DF||Eric Bailly||12 April 1994||32||1||Manchester United|
|DF||Cheick Comara||14 October 1993||9||0||Wydad|
|DF||Ghislain Konan||27 December 1995||8||0||Reims|
|DF||Mamadou Bagayoko||31 December 1989||7||0||Mechelen|
|MF||Jean-Philippe Gbamin||25 September 1995||5||0||Mainz 05|
|DF||Souleyman Doumbia||24 September 1996||0||0||Rennes|
|MF||Max Gradel||30 November 1987||64||11||Toulouse|
|MF||Serey Dié||7 November 1984||43||1||Basel|
|MF||Franck Kessié||19 December 1996||27||0||Milan|
|MF||Jean Michaël Seri||19 July 1991||22||2||Fulham|
|MF||Cheick Doukouré||11 September 1992||21||1||Levante|
|MF||Victorien Angban||29 September 1996||7||0||Metz|
|FW||Jonathan Kodjia||22 October 1989||15||7||Aston Villa|
|FW||Roger Assalé||13 November 1993||13||1||Young Boys|
|FW||Nicolas Pépé||20 May 1995||10||3||Lille|
|FW||Wilfried Zaha||10 November 1992||9||2||Crystal Palace|
|FW||Maxwel Cornet||27 September 1996||8||2||Lyon|
|FW||Vakoun Issouf Bayo||10 January 1997||2||0||Celtic|
|FW||Yakou Méïté||11 February 1996||0||0||Reading|
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||Abdoul Karim Cissé||20 October 1985||2||0||ASEC Mimosas||v. Central African Republic, 16 October 2018|
|GK||Nicolas Tie||13 February 2001||0||0||Chelsea U18||v. Central African Republic, 16 October 2018|
|GK||Sayouba Mandé||15 June 1993||5||0||OB||v. Rwanda, 9 September 2018|
|GK||Axel Kacou||1 August 1995||0||0||Tours||v. Moldova, 27 March 2018|
|GK||Hillel Konaté||28 December 1994||0||0||Valenciennes||v. Moldova, 27 March 2018|
|DF||Adama Traoré||3 February 1990||13||0||Göztepe||v. Central African Republic, 16 October 2018|
|DF||Ismaël Traoré||18 August 1986||3||0||Angers||v. Central African Republic, 16 October 2018|
|DF||Kouadio-Yves Dabila||1 January 1997||0||0||Lille||v. Central African Republic, 16 October 2018|
|DF||Lamine Koné||1 February 1989||9||0||Strasbourg||v. Rwanda, 9 September 2018|
|DF||Simon Deli||27 October 1991||12||0||Slavia Prague||v. Moldova, 27 March 2018|
|DF||Wonlo Coulibaly||22 December 1991||0||0||ASEC Mimosas||v. Togo, 24 March 2018 PRE|
|MF||Ibrahim Sangaré||2 December 1997||2||1||Toulouse||v. Central African Republic, 16 October 2018|
|MF||Serge N'Guessan||31 July 1994||14||2||Nancy||v. Rwanda, 9 September 2018|
|MF||Jean-Eudes Aholou||20 March 1994||2||0||Monaco||v. Rwanda, 9 September 2018|
|MF||Ismaël Diomandé||28 August 1992||17||1||Caen||v. Moldova, 27 March 2018|
|MF||Yaya Touré||13 May 1983||100||19||Olympiacos||v. Togo, 24 March 2018 DEC|
|FW||Giovanni Sio||31 March 1989||25||3||Ittihad Kalba||v. Moldova, 27 March 2018|
|FW||Cyriac||5 August 1990||11||2||Sivasspor||v. Moldova, 27 March 2018|
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
- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 20 December 2018. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
- Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 18 January 2019. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
- "Anulohet përballja Kosovë – Bregu i Fildishtë, zëvendësohet me Kongon ose Moldavinë" (in Albanian). Koha Ditore. 27 May 2018.
Lajmin e ka konfirmuar për Kohën Ditore, Federata e Futbollit të Kosovës që ka thënë se anulimi është bërë për shkak të problemeve të brendshme të Bregut të Fildishtë
- Roberto Mamrud. "IvoryCoast – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 24 January 2017.