Ivory Coast national football team

Côte d'Ivoire
Nickname(s) Les Éléphants (The Elephants)
Association Fédération Ivoirienne de Football (FIF)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Head coach Ibrahim Kamara
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 67 1 (16 August 2018)
Highest 12 (February 2013, April–May 2013)
Lowest 75 (March–May 2004)
Elo ranking
Current 57 5 (24 July 2018) [1]
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 5–0 Ivory Coast 
(Rotterdam, Netherlands; 4 June 2017)
World Cup
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
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 1992)
Best result Fourth Place, 1992

The Côte d'Ivoire 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.

The team qualified for three consecutive World Cups between 2006 and 2014, but has never advanced beyond the group stage.

Côte d'Ivoire 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.This is also confirmed by FIFA Ranking in the reference period, never been so high for the "Elephants".

World Cup record

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 Did not qualify 8 4 2 2 11 5
2022 To be determined To be determined
2026
Total Group stage 3/21 9 3 1 5 13 14 80 41 25 14 145 69

FIFA Confederations Cup

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 1/10 2 0 0 2 2 9 -

Africa Cup of Nations record

Africa Cup of Nations record
Host nation(s) / Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
1957 to 1963Did not enter
1965Third place3rd320154
1968Third place3rd531196
1970Fourth place4th5212119
1972Did not qualify
1974Group stage7th301225
1976Did not qualify
1978Banned
1980Group stage6th302123
1982Did not enter
1984Group stage5th310244
1986Third place3rd530275
1988Group stage6th303022
1990Group stage6th310235
1992Champions1st523040
1994Third place3rd5311115
1996Group stage11th310225
1998Quarter-finals7th4220106
2000Group stage9th311134
2002Group stage16th301214
2004Did not qualify
2006Runners-up2nd632165
2008Fourth place4th6402169
2010Quarter-finals8th312054
2012Runners-up2nd651090
2013Quarter-finals5th421185
2015Champions1st633094
2017Group stage11th302123
2019To be determined
2021Qualified as host
2023To be determined
Total2 Titles22/318639252212891
*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 record

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
Year Result Pld W D* L GF GA
1965-000000
1973-000000
1978-000000
1987-000000
1991–present See Ivory Coast national under-23 football team
Total4/4000000

Recent and upcoming fixtures

2017

Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
4 June Rotterdam  Netherlands 0–5 Friendly
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

    2018

    2019

    Coaches

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

    Players

    Current squad

    The following players have been selected for the AFCON qualifyier match against Rwanda on 7 September 2018[3]
    Shirt numbers to be updated.
    Caps and goals updated as of 27 March 2018, after the match against Moldova.[4]

    No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
    1GK Sylvain Gbohouo (1988-10-29) 29 October 1988 35 0 Mazembe
    1GK Badra Ali Sangaré (1986-05-30) 30 May 1986 12 0 Free State Stars
    1GK Sayouba Mandé (1993-06-15) 15 June 1993 5 0 OB

    2DF Serge Aurier (1992-12-24) 24 December 1992 47 1 Tottenham Hotspur
    2DF Wilfried Kanon (1993-07-06) 6 July 1993 29 1 ADO Den Haag
    2DF Eric Bailly (1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 29 0 Manchester United
    2DF Adama Traoré (1990-02-03) 3 February 1990 13 0 Göztepe
    2DF Lamine Koné (1989-02-01) 1 February 1989 9 0 Strasbourg
    2DF Mamadou Bagayoko (1989-12-31) 31 December 1989 7 0 Mechelen
    2DF Ghislain Konan (1995-12-27) 27 December 1995 4 0 Stade de Reims
    2DF Kouadio-Yves Dabila (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 0 0 Lille

    3MF Max Gradel (1987-11-30) 30 November 1987 60 10 Toulouse
    3MF Serey Die (1984-11-07) 7 November 1984 40 1 Basel
    3MF Franck Kessié (1996-12-19) 19 December 1996 23 0 Milan
    3MF Jean Michael Seri (1991-07-19) 19 July 1991 18 1 Fulham
    3MF Cheick Doukouré (1992-09-11) 11 September 1992 17 0 Levante
    3MF Serge N'Guessan (1994-07-31) 31 July 1994 14 2 Nancy
    3MF Jean-Eudes Aholou (1994-03-20) 20 March 1994 2 0 Monaco

    4FW Roger Assalé (1993-11-13) 13 November 1993 11 1 Young Boys
    4FW Jonathan Kodjia (1989-10-22) 22 October 1989 11 5 Aston Villa
    4FW Nicolas Pépé (1995-05-20) 20 May 1995 8 3 Lille
    4FW Maxwel Cornet (1996-09-27) 27 September 1996 5 1 Lyon
    4FW Vakoun Issouf Bayo (1997-01-10) 10 January 1997 0 0 Dunajská Streda

      Recent call-ups

      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 Axel Kacou (1995-08-01) 1 August 1995 0 0 Tours v.  Moldova, 27 March 2018
      GK Hillel Konaté (1994-12-28) 28 December 1994 0 0 Valenciennes v.  Moldova, 27 March 2018
      GK Abdoul Karim Cissé (1985-10-20) 20 October 1985 2 0 ASEC Mimosas v.  Togo, 24 March 2018 PRE
      GK Hortalin Zadi (1989-11-07) 7 November 1989 0 0 Africa Sports v.  Morocco, 11 November 2017

      DF Simon Deli (1991-10-27) 27 October 1991 12 0 Slavia Prague v.  Moldova, 27 March 2018
      DF Wonlo Coulibaly (1991-12-22) 22 December 1991 0 0 ASEC Mimosas v.  Togo, 24 March 2018 PRE
      DF Ismaël Traoré (1986-08-18) 18 August 1986 3 0 Angers v.  Morocco, 11 November 2017
      DF Joris Gnagnon (1997-01-13) 13 January 1997 0 0 Sevilla v.  Morocco, 11 November 2017

      MF Ismaël Diomandé (1992-08-28) 28 August 1992 17 1 Caen v.  Moldova, 27 March 2018
      MF Victorien Angban (1996-09-29) 29 September 1996 7 0 Metz v.  Moldova, 27 March 2018
      MF Yakou Méïte (1996-02-11) 11 February 1996 0 0 Reading v.  Moldova, 27 March 2018
      MF Yaya Touré (1983-05-13) 13 May 1983 100 19 Unattached v.  Togo, 24 March 2018 DEC
      MF Jean-Philippe Gbamin (1995-09-25) 25 September 1995 4 0 Mainz 05 v.  Togo, 24 March 2018 INJ
      MF Seko Fofana (1995-05-07) 7 May 1995 1 0 Udinese v.  Morocco, 11 November 2017
      MF Habib Maïga (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 0 0 Arsenal Tula v.  Morocco, 11 November 2017
      MF Sékou Sanogo (1989-05-05) 5 May 1989 2 0 Young Boys v.  Mali, 6 October 2017

      FW Giovanni Sio (1989-03-31) 31 March 1989 25 3 Montpellier v.  Moldova, 27 March 2018
      FW Cyriac Gohi Bi (1990-08-05) 5 August 1990 11 2 Sivasspor v.  Moldova, 27 March 2018
      FW Wilfried Zaha (1992-11-10) 10 November 1992 8 2 Crystal Palace v.  Togo, 24 March 2018 INJ
      FW Salomon Kalou (1985-08-05) 5 August 1985 97 28 Hertha BSC v.  Morocco, 11 November 2017
      FW Gervinho (1987-05-27) 27 May 1987 84 22 Parma v.  Morocco, 11 November 2017
      FW Seydou Doumbia (1987-12-31) 31 December 1987 37 9 Girona v.  Morocco, 11 November 2017
      FW Wilfried Bony (1988-12-10) 10 December 1988 52 15 Swansea City v.  Mali, 6 October 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.

      Records

      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.

      Honours

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

      See also

      References

      1. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. World Football Elo Ratings. 15 March 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
      2. "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
      3. http://www.fifciv.com/?q=elim-can-2019-rwa-civ-du-9-sept-2018-kamara-ibrahim-d%C3%A9voile-une-liste-de-23-joueurs
      4. "Ivory Coast : 2018 squad". national-football-teams.com. National Football Teams. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
      5. Roberto Mamrud. "IvoryCoast – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
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