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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 Fédération Ivoirienne de Football (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 beating Ghana on penalties at the Estadio de Bata in Bata, Equatorial Guinea.

Ivory Coast
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Les Éléphants (The Elephants)
Visión CAF
Association Fédération Ivoirienne de Football
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Head coach Marc Wilmots
Captain Serey Die
Most caps Didier Zokora (123)
Top scorer Didier Drogba (65)
Home stadium Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny
FIFA code CIV
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 54 Steady (14 September 2017)
Highest 12 (February 2013, April–May 2013)
Lowest 75 (March–May 2004)
Elo ranking
Current 52 (10 October 2017)
Highest 10 (26 January 2013)
Lowest 70 (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 Netherlands 5–0 Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
(Rotterdam, Netherlands; 4 June 2017)
World Cup
Appearances 3 (first in 2006)
Best result 17th, 2010
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
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 1992)
Best result Fourth Place, 1992

The team has qualified for three consecutive World Cups; however, it has never advanced beyond the group stage.

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, and Kolo Touré. Having become a fixed presence in the World Cup (since 2006) and having won 2015 Africa Cup, the team is generally considered to be one of the best African teams of the last decade.[citation needed]This is also confirmed by FIFA Ranking in the reference period, never been so high for the "Elephants".

Contents

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 To be determined 2 1 1 0 3 1
Total Group Stage 3/20 9 3 1 5 13 14 _

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
2021 TBD
Total Fourth Place 1/9 2 0 0 2 2 9 -

Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit

Host nation(s) / Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
  1957 to
  1963
Did Not Enter
  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 Group Stage 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 Group Stage 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 TBD
  2021 Qualified as host
  2023 TBD
Total 2 Titles 21/29 86 39 25 22 128 91
*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.

Recent and upcoming fixturesEdit

2016Edit

Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
November 12, 2016 Stade de Marrakech   Morocco 0–0 2018 World Cup qualification
November 15, 2016 Stade Bollaert-Delelis   France 0–0 Friendly
December 27, 2016 Stade Robert Champroux   Zimbabwe 0–0 Friendly[a]
  1. ^ Only local based players used in this fixture

2017Edit

Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
January 8, 2017 Abu Dhabi   Sweden 2–1 Friendly
January 11, 2017 Abu Dhabi   Uganda 3–0 Friendly
January 16, 2017 Stade d'Oyem   Togo 0–0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
January 20, 2017 Stade d'Oyem   DR Congo 2–2 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
January 24, 2017 Stade d'Oyem   Morocco 0–1 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
March 24, 2017 Kuban Stadium   Russia 2–0 Friendly
March 27, 2017 Paris   Senegal Abandoned [a] Friendly
June 4, 2017 Rotterdam   Netherlands 0–5 Friendly
June 10, 2017 Bouaké   Guinea 2–3 2019 AFCON qualification
September 2, 2017 Stade d'Angondjé   Gabon 3–0 2018 World Cup qualification
September 5, 2017 Stade de la Paix, Bouake   Gabon 1–2 2018 World Cup qualification
October 6, 2017 Stade 26 mars, Bamako   Mali 0–0 2018 World Cup qualification
November 6, 2017 TBD   Morocco 2018 World Cup qualification
  1. ^ Match abandoned, for field invasion, after 88 minutes on the score of 1–1.[1] Presences and goals NOT to be counted unless official decisions.

2018Edit

Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
March 27, 2018 TBD   Rwanda 2019 AFCON qualification
September 3, 2018 TBD   Central African Republic 2019 AFCON qualification
September 11, 2018 TBD   Central African Republic 2019 AFCON qualification
October 16, 2018 TBD   Guinea 2019 AFCON qualification
November 13, 2018 TBD   Rwanda 2019 AFCON qualification

CoachesEdit

Dates Name
1960   Paul Gévaudan
1965   Alphonse Bissouma Tapé
1966 empty
1967–68   Paul Gévaudan
1968–70   Peter Schnittger
1970–72   Jean Topka
1972–74   Santa Rosa
1974–76 empty
1976–80   Gérard Gabo
1980–82 empty
1982–85   Otto Pfister
CAN 1984   Davi "Duque" 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

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players have been selected for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Mali on 6 October 2017 [2]. Mamadou Bagayoko was called up a few days later as well [3]. Shirt numbers to be updated.

Caps and goals updated as 5 September 2017, after the match vs. Mali.[4]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
16 1GK Sylvain Gbohouo (1988-10-29) 29 October 1988 (age 28) 33 0   Mazembe
1 1GK Axel Kacou (1995-08-01) 1 August 1995 (age 22) 0 0   Tours
23 1GK Jean Hortalin Ble (1989-11-07) 7 November 1989 (age 27) 0 0   Africa Sport

17 2DF Serge Aurier (1992-12-24) 24 December 1992 (age 24) 44 1   Tottenham Hotspur
21 2DF Eric Bailly (1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 23) 27 0   Manchester United
5 2DF Wilfried Kanon (1993-07-06) 6 July 1993 (age 24) 26 1   ADO Den Haag
2DF Adama Traoré (1990-02-03) 3 February 1990 (age 27) 12 0   Basel
4 2DF Lamine Koné (1989-02-01) 1 February 1989 (age 28) 9 0   Sunderland
18 2DF Mamadou Bagayoko (1989-12-31) 31 December 1989 (age 27) 7 0   OH Leuven
6 2DF Joris Gnagnon (1997-01-13) 13 January 1997 (age 20) 0 0   Rennes
3 2DF Ghislain Konan (1995-12-27) 27 December 1995 (age 21) 1 0   Vitória de Guimarães

20 3MF Serey Die (1984-11-07) 7 November 1984 (age 32) 38 1   Basel
19 3MF Franck Kessié (1996-12-19) 19 December 1996 (age 20) 21 0   Milan
13 3MF Cheick Doukouré (1992-09-11) 11 September 1992 (age 25) 17 0   Levante
3MF Jean Michael Seri (1991-07-19) 19 July 1991 (age 26) 16 1   Nice
7 3MF Jean-Philippe Gbamin (1995-09-25) 25 September 1995 (age 22) 3 0   Mainz 05
9 3MF Sékou Sanogo (1989-05-05) 5 May 1989 (age 28) 2 0   BSC Young Boys
12 3MF Seko Fofana (1995-05-07) 7 May 1995 (age 22) 0 0   Udinese

8 4FW Salomon Kalou (1985-08-05) 5 August 1985 (age 32) 96 28   Hertha Berlin
4FW Gervinho (1987-05-27) 27 May 1987 (age 30) 83 22   Hebei China Fortune
4FW Wilfried Bony (1988-12-10) 10 December 1988 (age 28) 52 15   Swansea City
4FW Seydou Doumbia (1987-12-31) 31 December 1987 (age 29) 36 9   Sporting CP
14 4FW Jonathan Kodjia (1989-10-22) 22 October 1989 (age 28) 11 5   Aston Villa
15 4FW Roger Assalé (1993-11-13) 13 November 1993 (age 23) 4 0   Young Boys
11 4FW Maxwel Cornet (1996-09-27) 27 September 1996 (age 21) 4 1   Lyon

Recent call-upsEdit

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 Badra Ali Sangaré (1986-05-30) 30 May 1986 (age 31) 12 0   Tanda v.   Guinea, 10 June 2017
GK Sayouba Mandé (1993-06-15) 15 June 1993 (age 24) 4 0   Stabaek v.   Guinea, 10 June 2017
GK Abdoul Karim Cissé (1985-10-20) 20 October 1985 (age 32) 2 0   Gagnoa v.   Guinea, 10 June 2017

DF Simon Deli (1991-10-27) 27 October 1991 (age 25) 10 0   Slavia Prague v.   Gabon, 5 September 2017
DF Brice Dja Djédjé (1990-12-23) 23 December 1990 (age 26) 7 0   Watford v.   Gabon, 5 September 2017
DF Ismaël Traoré (1986-08-18) 18 August 1986 (age 31) 3 0   Angers v.   Guinea, 10 June 2017
DF Abdoulaye Bamba (1990-04-25) 25 April 1990 (age 27) 2 0   Angers v.   Senegal, 27 March 2017
DF Cheick Comara (1993-10-14) 14 October 1993 (age 24) 0 0   AFAD v.   Senegal, 27 March 2017
DF Ousmane Viera (1986-12-21) 21 December 1986 (age 30) 19 1   Adanaspor 2017 Africa Cup of Nations PRE

MF Max Gradel (1987-11-30) 30 November 1987 (age 29) 57 10   Toulouse v.   Gabon, 5 September 2017
MF Ismaël Diomandé (1992-08-28) 28 August 1992 (age 25) 16 1   Caen v.   Guinea, 10 June 2017
MF Jérémie Boga (1997-01-03) 3 January 1997 (age 20) 1 0   Birmingham City v.   Guinea, 10 June 2017
MF Moussa Koné (1990-02-12) 12 February 1990 (age 27) 1 1   Cesena v.   Senegal, 27 March 2017
MF Eboue Kouassi (1997-09-13) 13 September 1997 (age 20) 0 0   Celtic v.   Senegal, 27 March 2017
MF Serge N'Guessan (1994-07-31) 31 July 1994 (age 23) 14 2   Nancy 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Victorien Angban (1996-09-29) 29 September 1996 (age 21) 6 0   Waasland-Beveren 2017 Africa Cup of Nations

FW Yann Boli (1988-01-13) 13 January 1988 (age 29) 2 0   Dalian Yifang v.   Gabon, 5 September 2017
FW Didier Ya Konan (1984-05-22) 22 May 1984 (age 33) 27 7   Fortuna Düsseldorf v.   Guinea, 10 June 2017
FW Giovanni Sio (1989-03-31) 31 March 1989 (age 28) 24 3   Montpellier v.   Guinea, 10 June 2017
FW Cyriac Gohi Bi (1990-08-05) 5 August 1990 (age 27) 8 1   Sivasspor v.   Guinea, 10 June 2017
FW Wilfried Zaha (1992-11-10) 10 November 1992 (age 24) 7 2   Crystal Palace v.   Guinea, 10 June 2017
FW Nicolas Pépé (1995-05-20) 20 May 1995 (age 22) 6 0   Lille v.   Guinea, 10 June 2017
  • DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary Squad.
  • RET Player has retired from international football.
  • 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

Winners (2):   1992,   2015
Fourth-place (1): 1992

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit