Ivory Coast national football team

The Ivory Coast national football team (French: Équipe 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 African Cup of Nations against Ghana on penalties at the Stade Léopold Sédar 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).

Ivory Coast
Nickname(s)Les Éléphants (The Elephants)
AssociationIvorian Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachPatrice Beaumelle
CaptainSerge Aurier
Most capsDidier Zokora (123)
Top scorerDidier Drogba (65)
Home stadiumStade Félix Houphouët-Boigny
FIFA codeCIV
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 59 (27 May 2021)[1]
Highest12 (February 2013, April–May 2013)
Lowest75 (March–May 2004)
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
Appearances3 (first in 2006)
Best resultGroup stage (2006, 2010, 2014)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances24 (first in 1965)
Best resultChampions, 1992 and 2015
African Nations Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2009)
Best resultThird place, 2016
Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1992)
Best resultFourth Place, 1992
Logo until 2014

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, Sébastien Haller, Franck Kessié, Willy Boly and Jérémie Boga. 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 World Rankings in the reference period, never having been so high for Les Éléphants.

History

1960s

The team played its first international match against Dahomey, now known as Benin, which they won 32 on 13 April 1960 in Madagascar.

The team took a large 110 victory against the 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.

1970s

In the 1970 Africa Cup of Nations the team played against Cameroon 32 and the following match they won 10 against Sudan, They went on and won 61 against Ethiopia and they lost 21 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.

1980s

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 30 victory in the following match they played their match against Egypt which ended to a 20 and they won against Senegal 1-0 and the team went on and finished third place.

1990s

The team also qualified in the 1992 AFCON, they beat Algeria 30 and they drew against Congo 00 and they went on to the final and win the trophy for the first time.

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 debut

In 2005 the team made a qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup debut by defeating Sudan 31 in the World Cup qualifies in November,

In both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, Ivory Coast were placed in a so-called "Group of Death". The team played their first match against Argentina they lost 21 in Hamburg, they played their second match against Holland the match ended to a 21 defeat in Stuttgart and they played their last match against Serbia and Montenegro which ended to a 32 victory for the first world cup win in München, The team was eliminated and finished third in the group.

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.

2010s

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 00 in Port Elizabeth, They played their second match against Brazil which the match ended to a 31 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 30 victory in Mbombela, which eliminates them out of the group stages for the second time.

2014

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 21 victory in Recife, They played their second match against Colombia the match ended to a 21 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 21 defeat in Fortaleza, The team was eliminated from the group stages for the third time.

The team failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after losing 20 against Morocco in the World Cup qualifying and the team is rebuilding their squad after the World Cup failure.

Home stadium

Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny is a national stadium of Ivory Coast national team.

Results and fixtures

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2020

5 October Friendly Nigeria  2-0  Ivory Coast Austria
CEST (UTC+02:00)
8 October Friendly Belgium  1–1  Ivory Coast Brussels, Belgium
20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00) Batshuayi  54' Report Kessié  87' (pen.) Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands)
13 October Friendly Japan  1–0  Ivory Coast Utrecht, Netherlands
16:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)
  • Ueda  90+1'
Report Stadium: Stadion Galgenwaard
Referee: Jochem Kamphuis (Netherlands)
12 November 2021 AFCONQ Ivory Coast  2–1  Madagascar Abidjan, Ivory Coast
19:00 UTC±0
  • Gervinho  48'
  • Haller  55'
Report
  • Voavy  59'
Stadium: Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara
Referee: Haythem Guirat (Tunisia)
Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all matches of matchdays 3 and 4 scheduled for March 2020 had been postponed to November 2020.[2]
17 November 2021 AFCONQ Madagascar  1–1  Ivory Coast Madagascar
16:00 UTC+3
  • Amada  51'
Report
  • Kessié  15' (pen.)
Stadium: Barikadimy Stadium, Toamasina
Referee: Gehad Grisha (Egypt)
Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all matches of matchdays 3 and 4 scheduled for March 2020 had been postponed to November 2020.[3]

2021

26 March 2021 AFCONQ Niger  0–3  Ivory Coast Lomé, Togo
16:00 UTC±0 Report
  • Aurier  25'
  • Gradel  34'
  • Kanon  60'
Stadium: Stade de Kégué
Referee: Beida Dahane (Mauritania)
Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all matches of matchdays 5 and 6 scheduled for June 2020 had been postponed to March 2021.[4]
30 March 2021 AFCONQ Ivory Coast  3–1  Ethiopia Abidjan, Ivory Coast
13:00 UTC±0
  • Boly  3'
  • Kessié  19' (pen.)
  • Kouassi  76'
Report
  • Kebede  74'
Stadium: Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara
Referee: Charles Bulu (Ghana)
Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all matches of matchdays 5 and 6 scheduled for June 2020 had been postponed to March 2021.[5]
5 June Friendly Ivory Coast  v  Burkina Faso Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Stadium: Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara
12 June Friendly Ghana  v  Ivory Coast Cape Coast, Ghana
Stadium: Cape Coast Sports Stadium

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
Dates Name
2018–20 Ibrahim Kamara
2020–present Patrice Beaumelle

Players

Current squad

The following players were selected for the friendlies matches against Burkina Faso and Ghana on 5 and 12 June 2021.[6]
Caps and goals updated as of 30 March 2021, after the match against Ethiopia.[7]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Sylvain Gbohouo (1988-10-29) 29 October 1988 58 0 Mazembe
1GK Badra Ali Sangaré (1986-05-30) 30 May 1986 15 0 JDR Stars

2DF Serge Aurier (1992-12-24) 24 December 1992 68 3 Tottenham Hotspur
2DF Eric Bailly (1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 37 2 Manchester United
2DF Willy Boly (1991-02-03) 3 February 1991 4 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
2DF Odilon Kossounou (2001-01-04) 4 January 2001 4 0 Club Brugge
2DF Sinaly Diomandé (2001-04-09) 9 April 2001 3 0 Lyon
2DF Wilfried Singo (2000-12-25) 25 December 2000 0 0 Torino

3MF Max Gradel (1987-11-30) 30 November 1987 84 13 Sivasspor
3MF Serey Dié (1984-11-07) 7 November 1984 53 2 Sion
3MF Franck Kessié (1996-12-19) 19 December 1996 46 4 Milan
3MF Ibrahim Sangaré (1997-12-02) 2 December 1997 3 0 PSV
3MF Jérémie Boga (1997-01-03) 3 January 1997 1 0 Sassuolo
3MF Serge Arnaud Aka (1994-11-16) 16 November 1994 0 0 El Gouna
3MF Hassane Kamara (1994-03-05) 5 March 1994 0 0 Nice
3MF Ismaila Soro (1998-05-07) 7 May 1998 0 0 Celtic
3MF Hamed Traorè (2000-02-16) 16 February 2000 0 0 Sassuolo

4FW Maxwel Cornet (1996-09-27) 27 September 1996 21 4 Lyon
4FW Lago Junior (1990-12-31) 31 December 1990 4 0 Mallorca
4FW Christian Kouamé (1997-12-06) 6 December 1997 3 0 Fiorentina
4FW Sébastien Haller (1994-06-22) 22 June 1994 2 1 Ajax
4FW Amad Diallo (2002-07-11) 11 July 2002 1 0 Manchester United
4FW Chris Bedia (1996-03-05) 5 March 1996 0 0 Sochaux

    Recent call-ups

    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 Eliezer Ira Tape (1997-08-31) 31 August 1997 0 0 San Pédro v.  Ethiopia, 30 March 2021
    GK Abdoul Karim Cissé (1985-10-20) 20 October 1985 3 0 ASEC Mimosas v.  Madagascar, 17 November 2020
    GK Sayouba Mandé (1993-06-15) 15 June 1993 5 0 OB v.  Japan, 13 October 2020
    GK Nicolas Tié (2001-02-13) 13 February 2001 0 0 Vitória de Guimarães v.  Belgium, 8 October 2020

    DF Wilfried Kanon (1993-07-06) 6 July 1993 51 3 Al-Gharafa v.  Ethiopia, 30 March 2021
    DF Simon Deli (1991-10-27) 27 October 1991 19 0 Slavia Prague v.  Ethiopia, 30 March 2021
    DF Wonlo Coulibaly (1991-12-22) 22 December 1991 14 0 Mazembe v.  Ethiopia, 30 March 2021
    DF Kalpi Ouattara (1998-12-29) 29 December 1998 2 0 Östersund v.  Ethiopia, 30 March 2021
    DF Fousseny Coulibaly (1989-08-10) 10 August 1989 1 0 Espérance v.  Niger, 26 March 2021 PRE
    DF Zié Ouattara (2000-01-09) 9 January 2000 0 0 Vitória de Guimarães v.  Niger, 26 March 2021 PRE
    DF Ismaël Traoré (1986-08-18) 18 August 1986 19 0 Angers v.  Japan, 13 October 2020
    DF Ghislain Konan (1995-12-27) 27 December 1995 11 0 Reims v.  Belgium, 8 October 2020

    MF Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro (1992-10-11) 11 October 1992 16 0 Lazio v.  Ethiopia, 30 March 2021
    MF Christian Koffi (1990-12-21) 21 December 1990 4 0 Mazembe v.  Ethiopia, 30 March 2021
    MF Seko Fofana (1995-05-07) 7 May 1995 6 1 Lens v.  Niger, 26 March 2021 PRE
    MF Serge N'Guessan (1994-12-17) 17 December 1994 14 2 Nancy v.  Madagascar, 17 November 2020
    MF Habib Maïga (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 6 0 Metz v.  Madagascar, 17 November 2020
    MF Jean Michaël Seri (1991-07-19) 19 July 1991 30 3 Bordeaux v.  Japan, 13 October 2020
    MF Yakou Méïté (1996-02-11) 11 February 1996 3 0 Reading v.  Japan, 13 October 2020
    MF Ibrahim Traoré (1988-09-16) 16 September 1988 1 0 Slavia Prague v.  Japan, 13 October 2020
    MF Mohamed Doumbia (1998-12-25) 25 December 1998 0 0 Dukla Prague v.  Japan, 13 October 2020

    FW Jonathan Kodjia (1989-10-22) 22 October 1989 27 11 Al-Gharafa v.  Ethiopia, 30 March 2021
    FW Nicolas Pépé (1995-05-20) 20 May 1995 25 5 Arsenal v.  Ethiopia, 30 March 2021
    FW Wilfried Zaha (1992-11-10) 10 November 1992 20 5 Crystal Palace v.  Ethiopia, 30 March 2021
    FW Yohan Boli (1993-09-17) 17 September 1993 9 0 Al-Rayyan v.  Ethiopia, 30 March 2021
    FW Jean Evrard Kouassi (1994-09-25) 25 September 1994 1 1 Wuhan v.  Ethiopia, 30 March 2021
    FW Gervinho (1987-05-27) 27 May 1987 86 23 Trabzonspor v.  Niger, 26 March 2021 INJ
    FW Souleymane Coulibaly (1994-12-26) 26 December 1994 0 0 Étoile du Sahel v.  Niger, 26 March 2021 PRE
    FW Datro Fofana (2002-12-22) 22 December 2002 1 0 Molde v.  Madagascar, 17 November 2020
    FW Jumaa Saeed (1992-09-13) 13 September 1992 1 0 Al-Kuwait v.  Madagascar, 17 November 2020
    FW Anderson Niangbo (1999-10-06) 6 October 1999 0 0 Gent v.  Japan, 13 October 2020

    • DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
    • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
    • PRE Preliminary Squad.
    • SUS Suspended from the national team.

    Records

    As of November 17, 2020[8]
    Players in bold are still active.

    Competitive record

    FIFA World Cup

    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 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
    TotalFourth place1/10200229

    Africa Cup of Nations

    Africa Cup of Nations record
    Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
    1957Part of  France
    1959
    1962Not affiliated to CAF
    1963
    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
    19906th310235
    1992 Champions 1st 5 2 3 0 4 0
    1994Third place3rd5311115
    1996Group stage11th310225
    1998Quarter-finals7th4220106
    2000Group stage9th311134
    200216th301214
    2004Did not qualify
    2006 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 2 1 6 5
    2008 Fourth place 4th 6 4 0 2 16 9
    2010Quarter-finals8th312054
    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
    2019Quarter-finals5th531173
    2021Qualified
    2023Qualified as hosts
    2025To be determined
    Total2 Titles24/339142262313594
    *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 Championship

    African Nations Championship
    Appearances: 4
    Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
    2009Group stage8th301204
    2011Group stage12th310224
    2014Did not qualify
    2016Third place3rd6402104
    2018Group stage14th301203
    2020Did not qualify
    2022To be determined
    Total Third place 4/6 15 5 2 8 12 15

    African Games

    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

    Honours

    Winners (2): 1992, 2015
    Runners-up (2): 2006, 2012
    • FIFA Confederations Cup:
    Fourth-place (1): 1992

    See also

    • Ivory Coast national under-20 football team

    References

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