Côte d'ivoire national football team

Ivory Coast
Nickname(s) Les Éléphants (The Elephants)
Association Fédération Ivoirienne de Football
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Sabri Lamouchi
Captain Didier Drogba
Most caps Didier Zokora (116)
Top scorer Didier Drogba (62)
Home stadium Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny
FIFA code CIV
FIFA ranking 17 Increase 2
Highest FIFA ranking 12 (February, April 2013)
Lowest FIFA ranking 75 (March 2004)
Elo ranking 20
Highest Elo ranking 10 (26 January 2013)
Lowest Elo ranking 70 (6 October 1996)
First colours
Second colours
First international
3–2 Dahomey 
(Madagascar; 13 April 1960)
Biggest win
11–0 Central African Rep. 
(Abidjan, Ivory Coast; 27 December 1961)
Biggest defeat
2–6 Ghana 
(Ivory Coast; 2 May 1971)
 Malawi 5–1 Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
(Malawi; 6 July 1974)
 Nigeria 4–0 Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
(Lagos, Nigeria; 10 July 1977)
 Argentina 4–0 Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
(Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 16 October 1992)
World Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 2006)
Best result Round 1: 2006, 2010
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 19 (First in 1965)
Best result Winners: 1992
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 1992)
Best result 4th

The Ivory Coast national football team 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.

They have qualified for two World Cups, first in Germany in 2006, losing to Argentina and the Netherlands and beating Serbia and Montenegro as they failed to progress beyond the group stage. They qualified again for South Africa in 2010 and did not get through the group stage again.

FIFA currently ranks Ivory Coast first among African nations.[1]

Honours

  • Winner – 1992
  • Runner-up – 2006, 2012
  • Third place – 1965, 1968, 1986, 1994
  • Runner-up – 1993
  • Winner – 1983, 1987, 1991
  • Runner-up – 1985

World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to
Mexico 1970
Did not enter
Germany 1974 to
South Korea Japan 2002
Did not qualify
Germany 2006 Group stage 19th 3 1 0 2 5 6
South Africa 2010 Group stage 17th 3 1 1 1 4 3
Brazil 2014 TBD
Russia 2018
Qatar 2022
Total Group stage 2/20 6 2 1 3 9 9

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Squad
Saudi Arabia 1992 Fourth Place 4th 2 0 0 2 2 9 Squad
Saudi Arabia 1995 to
Brazil 2013
Did Not Qualify
Russia 2017 To Be Determined
Qatar 2021
Total Fourth Place 1/8 2 0 0 2 2 9 -

Africa Cup of Nations record

Host nation(s) / Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Sudan 1957 to
Ghana 1963
Did Not Enter
Tunisia 1965 Third Place 3rd 3 2 0 1 5 4
Ethiopia 1968 Third Place 3rd 5 3 1 1 9 6
Sudan 1970 Fourth Place 4th 5 2 1 2 11 9
Cameroon 1972 Did Not Qualify
Egypt 1974 Group Stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 5
Ethiopia 1976 Did Not Qualify
Ghana 1978 Banned
Nigeria 1980 Group Stage 6th 3 0 2 1 2 3
Libya 1982 Did Not Enter
Ivory Coast 1984 Group Stage 5th 3 1 0 2 4 4
Egypt 1986 Third Place 3rd 5 3 0 2 7 5
Morocco 1988 Group Stage 6th 3 0 3 0 2 2
Algeria 1990 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 3 5
Senegal 1992 Champions 1st 5 2 3 0 4 0
Tunisia 1994 Third Place 3rd 5 3 1 1 11 5
South Africa 1996 Group Stage 11th 3 1 0 2 2 5
Burkina Faso 1998 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 2 2 0 10 6
GhanaNigeria 2000 Group Stage 9th 3 1 1 1 3 4
Mali 2002 Group Stage 16th 3 0 1 2 1 4
Tunisia 2004 Did Not Qualify
Egypt 2006 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 2 1 6 5
Ghana 2008 Fourth Place 4th 6 4 0 2 16 9
Angola 2010 Quarter-Finals 8th 3 1 2 0 5 4
GabonEquatorial Guinea 2012 Runners-up 2nd 6 5 1 0 9 0
South Africa 2013 Quarter-Finals 5th 4 2 1 1 8 5
Morocco 2015 TBD
Libya 2017
Total 20/29 1 Title 80 36 22 22 119 87
*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 Fixtures

Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
August 15, 2012 Moscow  Russia 1–1 Friendly Match
September 8, 2012 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny  Senegal 4–2 2013 AFCON qualification
October 13, 2012 Stade Leopold Senghor, Dakar  Senegal 2–0 2013 AFCON qualification
November 14, 2012 Linz  Austria 3–0 Friendly Match
January 14, 2013 Abu Dhabi  Egypt 4–2 Friendly Match
January 22, 2013 Royal Bafokeng Stadium  Togo 2–1 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
January 26, 2013 Royal Bafokeng Stadium  Tunisia 3–0 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
January 30, 2013 Royal Bafokeng Stadium  Algeria 2–2 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
February 3, 2013 Royal Bafokeng Stadium  Nigeria 1–2 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
March 23, 2013 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny  Gambia 3–0 2014 World Cup qualification
June 8, 2013 Independence Stadium  Gambia 3–0 2014 World Cup qualification
June 16, 2013 Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium  Tanzania 4–2 2014 World Cup qualification
August 14, 2013 MetLife Stadium  Mexico 1–4 Friendly
September 7, 2013 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny  Morocco 1–1 2014 World Cup qualification
October 12, 2013 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny  Senegal 3–1 2014 World Cup qualification

Coaches

Players

Current squad

The following players have been called up for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Senegal on October 12, 2013.
Cap and goals updated as 12 October 2013.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Boubacar Barry (1979-12-30) 30 December 1979 (age 34) 78 0 Belgium Lokeren
16 1GK Sylvain Gbohouo (1988-10-29) 29 October 1988 (age 25) 0 0 Ivory Coast Séwé Sport
23 1GK Abdoul Karim Cissé (1985-10-27) 27 October 1985 (age 28) 0 0 Ivory Coast Africa Sports

2 2DF Ousmane Viera (1986-12-21) 21 December 1986 (age 27) 3 0 Turkey Çaykur Rizespor
3 2DF Arthur Boka (1983-04-02) 2 April 1983 (age 31) 77 1 Germany Stuttgart
4 2DF Kolo Touré (1981-03-19) 19 March 1981 (age 33) 104 6 England Liverpool
13 2DF Jean-Jacques Gosso (1983-03-15) 15 March 1983 (age 31) 22 0 Turkey Mersin İdmanyurdu
14 2DF Benjamin Angoua (1986-11-28) 28 November 1986 (age 27) 18 1 France Valenciennes
17 2DF Serge Aurier (1992-12-24) 24 December 1992 (age 21) 6 0 France Toulouse
22 2DF Sol Bamba (1985-01-13) 13 January 1985 (age 29) 41 2 Turkey Trabzonspor

5 3MF Didier Zokora (1980-12-14) 14 December 1980 (age 33) 117 1 Turkey Trabzonspor
6 3MF Romaric (1983-06-04) 4 June 1983 (age 31) 46 5 France Bastia
7 3MF Bobley Anderson (1992-03-03) 3 March 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Spain Málaga
9 3MF Cheick Tioté (1986-06-21) 21 June 1986 (age 28) 42 1 England Newcastle United
15 3MF Max Gradel (1987-11-30) 30 November 1987 (age 26) 23 2 France Saint-Étienne
19 3MF Yaya Touré (1983-05-13) 13 May 1983 (age 31) 81 16 England Manchester City
20 3MF Serey Die (1984-11-07) 7 November 1984 (age 29) 4 0 Switzerland Basel

8 4FW Salomon Kalou (1985-08-05) 5 August 1985 (age 28) 62 22 France Lille
10 4FW Gervinho (1987-05-27) 27 May 1987 (age 27) 52 13 Italy Roma
11 4FW Didier Drogba (1978-03-11) 11 March 1978 (age 36) 97 62 Turkey Galatasaray
12 4FW Wilfried Bony (1988-12-10) 10 December 1988 (age 25) 23 8 Wales Swansea City
18 4FW Lacina Traoré (1990-05-20) 20 May 1990 (age 24) 7 4 Russia Anzhi Makhachkala
21 4FW Giovanni Sio (1989-03-31) 31 March 1989 (age 25) 4 0 Switzerland Basel

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 Badra Ali Sangare (1986-05-30) 30 May 1986 (age 28) 1 0 Ivory Coast Séwé Sport v.  Mexico, 14 August 2013
GK Daniel Yeboah (1984-11-13) 13 November 1984 (age 29) 13 0 France Dijon 2013 Africa Cup of Nations

DF Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro (1992-10-11) 11 October 1992 (age 21) 0 0 France Toulouse v.  Senegal, 12 October 2013
DF Siaka Tiéné (1982-02-22) 22 February 1982 (age 32) 87 2 France Montpellier v.  Morocco, 7 September 2013
DF Brice Dja Djédjé (1990-12-23) 23 December 1990 (age 23) 3 0 France Évian v.  Morocco, 7 September 2013
DF Ismaël Traoré (1986-08-18) 18 August 1986 (age 27) 2 0 France Brest v.  Gambia, 23 March 2013 (preliminary)
DF Emmanuel Eboué (1983-06-04) 4 June 1983 (age 31) 78 3 Turkey Galatasaray 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Igor Lolo (1982-07-22) 22 July 1982 (age 32) 21 0 Russia Kuban Krasnodar 2013 Africa Cup of Nations

MF Didier Ya Konan (1984-02-25) 25 February 1984 (age 30) 25 8 Germany Hannover 96 v.  Senegal, 12 October 2013
MF Abdul Razak (1992-11-11) 11 November 1992 (age 21) 5 0 Russia Anzhi Makhachkala v.  Morocco, 7 September 2013
MF Mathis Bolly (1990-11-14) 14 November 1990 (age 23) 2 0 Germany Fortuna Düsseldorf v.  Mexico, 14 August 2013
MF Emmanuel Koné (1986-12-31) 31 December 1986 (age 27) 14 0 Greece Levadiakos v.  Gambia, 23 March 2013
MF Lossémy Karaboué (1988-03-18) 18 March 1988 (age 26) 0 0 France Nancy v.  Gambia, 23 March 2013

FW Seydou Doumbia (1987-12-31) 31 December 1987 (age 26) 20 2 Russia CSKA Moscow v.  Mexico, 14 August 2013
FW Cyriac Gohi Bi (1990-08-05) 5 August 1990 (age 23) 1 0 Belgium Anderlecht v.  Mexico, 14 August 2013
FW Arouna Koné (1983-11-11) 11 November 1983 (age 30) 39 9 England Everton v.  Tanzania, 16 June 2013
FW Gerard Gohou (1988-12-29) 29 December 1988 (age 25) 0 0 Turkey Kayseri Erciyesspor v.  Gambia, 23 March 2013 (preliminary)
FW Koelly Kevin Zougoula (1988-04-20) 20 April 1988 (age 26) 0 0 Romania Dinamo București v.  Gambia, 23 March 2013 (preliminary)

Previous squads

Côte d'Ivoire was the only nation to name a 23-man World Cup squad composed entirely of players who play their club football outside their home country.

2006 World Cup information

Côte d'Ivoire qualified through a qualifying group which included African powerhouses Cameroon and Egypt, despite losing home and away to the former. On the last day of qualification, they confirmed their spot with a 3–1 [2] win over Sudan, while Cameroon faltered and could only manage a 1–1 draw at home to Egypt.

The qualification of the Côte d'Ivoire national football team even brought about a temporary peace agreement during the First Ivorian Civil War. The team helped to secure a truce in 2006 when they qualified, bringing warring parties together, and convinced President Laurent Gbagbo to restart peace talks.[3]

Côte d'Ivoire lost their opening game 2–1 in the 2006 World Cup in Germany to an Argentine side. The goals for Argentina came from Hernán Crespo and Javier Saviola. Côte d'Ivoire's goal came from Chelsea striker Didier Drogba. They lost their second match to the Netherlands by the same scoreline and were thus eliminated from the tournament. The Netherlands' goals came from a Robin van Persie free-kick in the 23rd minute and a Ruud van Nistelrooy strike in the 27th minute. Bakari Koné scored in the 38th minute for the Africans to pull the score to 2–1. Côte d'Ivoire's final game was against Serbia and Montenegro. The Serbian team scored two quick goals and it appeared that the Côte d'Ivoire was destined for a three-loss World Cup campaign. However, the Africans came back, led by two goals from Aruna Dindane, and won the game 3–2 to finish in third place.

2010 World Cup Qualification

On 10 October 2009, Côte d'Ivoire secured a place at the 2010 World Cup after Didier Drogba struck within two minutes of coming on as a substitute to clinch a 1–1 draw with Malawi.[4]

FIFA World Cup 2010


2010-06-15
16:00 UTC+2
Ivory Coast  0–0  Portugal

2010-06-20
13:30 UTC+2
Brazil  3–1  Ivory Coast
Drogba Goal 79'
Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg
Attendance: 84,455
Referee: Stephane Lannoy

2010-06-25
16:00 UTC+2
North Korea  0–3  Ivory Coast
Report Yaya Touré Goal 14'
Romaric Goal 20'
Kalou Goal 82'


Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
 Portugal 3 1 2 0 7 0 +7 5
 Ivory Coast 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4
 North Korea 3 0 0 3 1 12 −11 0


Trivia

The Côte d'Ivoire 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.

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, Côte d'Ivoire were placed in a so-called "Group of Death." In 2006, Côte d'Ivoire faced Argentina, Netherlands and Serbia and Montenegro; Argentina and Netherlands reached the Round of 16. In 2010, Côte d'Ivoire was drawn with Brazil, Portugal, and North Korea. Côte d'Ivoire finished third in Group G, as Brazil and Portugal progressed.

See also

  • Ivory Coast national under-20 football team

References

External links

  • Côte d'Ivoire Association — official website
  • FIFA.com
  • ElephantsOnline — supporters' website

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