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, 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.

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 their first appearance in the Africa Cup of Nations. After gaining independence from France, the team finished third in the 1963 and 1965 tournaments.

1970s

Ivory Coat's performances in the 1970s were mixed. In the 1970 African Cup of Nations, the team finished top of their group, but lost to Ghana - the powerhouses of African football at the time - in the semi-finals, and went on to finish 4th after losing the third-place play-off to the United Arab Republic (now Egypt). They failed to qualify for the 1972 edition, losing 4-3 to Congo-Brazzaville in the final qualifying round. They qualified in 1974 but finished bottom of their group with only a single point, then failed to qualify in 1976, again losing to Congo-Brazzaville (now simply known as the Congo) in the first round.

The team initially qualified for 1978, beating Mali 2-1 on aggregate, but were disqualified for fielding an ineligible player in the second leg. Mali were also disqualified, due to police and stadium security assaulting the match officials during the first leg, and so Upper Volta, who Ivory Coast had beaten in the first qualifying round, inherited their place.

1980s

In 1984, the team hosted the African Cup of Nations for the first time, but failed to get out of their group. In 1986, they narrowly qualified from their group on goals scored, and went on to finish third once more, beating Morocco 3-2 in the third-place play-off.

1990s

At the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations, Ivory Coast beat Algeria 30 and drew 00 with Congo to finish top of their group. An extra-time victory over Zambia and a penalty shoot-out win over Cameroon took them to the final for the first time, where they faced Ghana. The match again went to a penalty shoot-out, which became (at the time) the highest-scoring in international football; Ivory Coast eventually triumphed 11-10 to win the title for the first time. They were unable to defend their title in 1994, losing to Nigeria in the semi-finals.

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 October 2005, Ivory Coast secured qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, which was to be their first-ever appearance at the tournament. Having been drawn into a "Group of Death" that also featured Cameroon and Egypt, Ivory Coast went into the final match second behind Cameroon, but qualified after beating Sudan 3-1 while Cameroon could only draw with Egypt.

In the tournament itself, Ivory Coast were drawn into another Group of Death, against Argentina, Holland, and Serbia and Montenegro. They lost 2-1 to Argentina - with Didier Drogba scoring the team's first-ever World Cup goal in the 82nd minute - and then 2-1 to the Netherlands, meaning they had already been eliminated by the time they played Serbia and Montenegro. Despite going 2-0 down after just 20 minutes, Ivory Coast came back to win 3-2, with Bonaventure Kalou scoring an 86th-minute penalty to give Ivory Coast their first-ever World Cup victory.

After Uli Stielike left before the 2008 African Cup of Nations, due to his son's health, co-trainer Gerard Gili 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 a coach at the tournament, after George Weah was both player and coach for Liberia during the 2002 tournament.

2010s

Ivory Coast qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, and were again drawn in a "Group of Death", against five-time champions Brazil, Portugal, and North Korea. Having managed a 0-0 draw against Portugal, a 3-1 defeat to Brazil meant that in order to qualify from their group, they would have to beat North Korea, Brazil needed to beat Portugal, and (thanks to Portugal's 7-0 win over North Korea) there needed to be a substantial swing in goal difference. Ivory Coast won 3-0, but Portugal held Brazil to a 0-0 draw and Ivory Coast were once again eliminated in the group stages.

2014

The team made a third appearance in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, where they were drawn in Group C against Colombia, Greece, and Japan. After coming from behind to beat Japan 2-1, Ivory Coast then lost 2-1 to Colombia, leaving their qualification in the balance. In their final match against Greece, the score was 1-1 going into stoppage time, and with Japan losing 4-1 to Colombia, Ivory Coast looked set to qualify. However, in the 93rd minute, Giovanni Sio gave away a penalty which Georgios Samaras converted, giving Greece both the victory and the place in the last 16; Ivory Coast, meanwhile, went out in the group stage for the third tournament in a row.

The team's streak of World Cup qualifications came to an end at the 2018 tournament. Needing a win in their final match against Morocco, they instead lost 2-0, meaning Morocco qualified instead.

Home stadium


The team play their home games at the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny, a 50,000-seater stadium in Abidjan.

Results and fixtures


The following is a list of match results in the last twelve 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)
13 October Friendly Japan  1–0  Ivory Coast Utrecht, Netherlands
16:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)
Report Stadium: Stadion Galgenwaard
Referee: Jochem Kamphuis (Netherlands)
12 November 2021 AFCONQ Ivory Coast  2–1  Madagascar Abidjan, Ivory Coast
19:00 UTC±0
Report
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
Report
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
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
Report
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  2–1  Burkina Faso Abidjan, Ivory Coast
19:00 UTC±0
Report
Stadium: Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara
Referee: Yelebodom Bodjona (Togo)
12 June Friendly Ghana  0–0  Ivory Coast Cape Coast, Ghana
17:00 UTC±0 Report Stadium: Cape Coast Sports Stadium
Referee: Daouda Guèye (Senegal)

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 friendly matches against Burkina Faso and Ghana on 5 and 12 June 2021.[6]
Caps and goals updated as of 12 June 2021, after the match against Ghana.[7]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Sylvain Gbohouo (1988-10-29) 29 October 1988 (age 32) 59 0 TP Mazembe
1GK Badra Ali Sangaré (1986-05-30) 30 May 1986 (age 35) 16 0 JDR Stars
1GK N'Drin Ulrich Edan (1992-10-19) 19 October 1992 (age 28) 0 0 AFAD

2DF Serge Aurier (1992-12-24) 24 December 1992 (age 28) 69 3 Tottenham Hotspur
2DF Wilfried Kanon (1993-07-06) 6 July 1993 (age 27) 52 3 Al-Gharafa
2DF Eric Bailly (1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 27) 38 2 Manchester United
2DF Willy Boly (1991-02-03) 3 February 1991 (age 30) 6 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
2DF Odilon Kossounou (2001-01-04) 4 January 2001 (age 20) 6 0 Club Brugge
2DF Sinaly Diomandé (2001-04-09) 9 April 2001 (age 20) 5 0 Lyon
2DF Wilfried Singo (2000-12-25) 25 December 2000 (age 20) 2 0 Torino
2DF Emmanuel Agbadou (1997-06-07) 7 June 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Eupen

3MF Max Gradel (1987-11-30) 30 November 1987 (age 33) 86 13 Sivasspor
3MF Serey Dié (1984-11-07) 7 November 1984 (age 36) 53 2 Sion
3MF Franck Kessié (1996-12-19) 19 December 1996 (age 24) 48 4 Milan
3MF Ibrahim Sangaré (1997-12-02) 2 December 1997 (age 23) 12 2 PSV Eindhoven
3MF Jérémie Boga (1997-01-03) 3 January 1997 (age 24) 3 0 Sassuolo
3MF Hassane Kamara (1994-03-05) 5 March 1994 (age 27) 2 0 Nice
3MF Ismaila Soro (1998-05-07) 7 May 1998 (age 23) 1 0 Celtic
3MF Serge Arnaud Aka (1994-11-16) 16 November 1994 (age 26) 0 0 El Gouna
3MF Hamed Traorè (2000-02-16) 16 February 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Sassuolo

4FW Maxwel Cornet (1996-09-27) 27 September 1996 (age 24) 21 4 Lyon
4FW Lago Junior (1990-12-31) 31 December 1990 (age 30) 5 0 Mallorca
4FW Sébastien Haller (1994-06-22) 22 June 1994 (age 26) 4 1 Ajax
4FW Christian Kouamé (1997-12-06) 6 December 1997 (age 23) 3 0 Fiorentina
4FW Amad Diallo (2002-07-11) 11 July 2002 (age 18) 3 1 Manchester United
4FW Chris Bedia (1996-03-05) 5 March 1996 (age 25) 0 0 Troyes AC
4FW Kipré Tchétché (1988-03-05) 5 March 1988 (age 33) 0 0 Kedah Darul Aman FC

    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 (age 23) 0 0 San Pédro v.  Ethiopia, 30 March 2021
    GK Abdoul Karim Cissé (1985-10-20) 20 October 1985 (age 35) 3 0 ASEC Mimosas v.  Madagascar, 17 November 2020
    GK Sayouba Mandé (1993-06-15) 15 June 1993 (age 28) 5 0 OB v.  Japan, 13 October 2020
    GK Nicolas Tié (2001-02-13) 13 February 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Vitória de Guimarães v.  Belgium, 8 October 2020

    DF Simon Deli (1991-10-27) 27 October 1991 (age 29) 19 0 Slavia Prague v.  Ethiopia, 30 March 2021
    DF Wonlo Coulibaly (1991-12-22) 22 December 1991 (age 29) 14 0 Mazembe v.  Ethiopia, 30 March 2021
    DF Kalpi Ouattara (1998-12-29) 29 December 1998 (age 22) 2 0 Östersund v.  Ethiopia, 30 March 2021
    DF Fousseny Coulibaly (1989-08-10) 10 August 1989 (age 31) 1 0 Espérance v.  Niger, 26 March 2021 PRE
    DF Zié Ouattara (2000-01-09) 9 January 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Vitória de Guimarães v.  Niger, 26 March 2021 PRE
    DF Ismaël Traoré (1986-08-18) 18 August 1986 (age 34) 19 0 Angers v.  Japan, 13 October 2020
    DF Ghislain Konan (1995-12-27) 27 December 1995 (age 25) 11 0 Reims v.  Belgium, 8 October 2020

    MF Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro (1992-10-11) 11 October 1992 (age 28) 16 0 Lazio v.  Ethiopia, 30 March 2021
    MF Christian Koffi (1990-12-21) 21 December 1990 (age 30) 6 0 Mazembe v.  Ethiopia, 30 March 2021
    MF Seko Fofana (1995-05-07) 7 May 1995 (age 26) 6 1 Lens v.  Niger, 26 March 2021 PRE
    MF Serge N'Guessan (1994-12-17) 17 December 1994 (age 26) 14 2 Nancy v.  Madagascar, 17 November 2020
    MF Habib Maïga (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 25) 6 0 Metz v.  Madagascar, 17 November 2020
    MF Jean Michaël Seri (1991-07-19) 19 July 1991 (age 29) 30 3 Bordeaux v.  Japan, 13 October 2020
    MF Yakou Méïté (1996-02-11) 11 February 1996 (age 25) 3 0 Reading v.  Japan, 13 October 2020
    MF Ibrahim Traoré (1988-09-16) 16 September 1988 (age 32) 1 0 Slavia Prague v.  Japan, 13 October 2020
    MF Mohamed Doumbia (1998-12-25) 25 December 1998 (age 22) 0 0 Dukla Prague v.  Japan, 13 October 2020

    FW Jonathan Kodjia (1989-10-22) 22 October 1989 (age 31) 27 11 Al-Gharafa v.  Ethiopia, 30 March 2021
    FW Nicolas Pépé (1995-05-20) 20 May 1995 (age 26) 25 5 Arsenal v.  Ethiopia, 30 March 2021
    FW Wilfried Zaha (1992-11-10) 10 November 1992 (age 28) 20 5 Crystal Palace v.  Ethiopia, 30 March 2021
    FW Yohan Boli (1993-09-17) 17 September 1993 (age 27) 9 0 Al-Rayyan v.  Ethiopia, 30 March 2021
    FW Jean Evrard Kouassi (1994-09-25) 25 September 1994 (age 26) 1 1 Wuhan v.  Ethiopia, 30 March 2021
    FW Gervinho (1987-05-27) 27 May 1987 (age 34) 86 23 Trabzonspor v.  Niger, 26 March 2021 INJ
    FW Souleymane Coulibaly (1994-12-26) 26 December 1994 (age 26) 0 0 Étoile du Sahel v.  Niger, 26 March 2021 PRE
    FW Datro Fofana (2002-12-22) 22 December 2002 (age 18) 1 0 Molde v.  Madagascar, 17 November 2020
    FW Jumaa Saeed (1992-09-13) 13 September 1992 (age 28) 1 0 Al-Kuwait v.  Madagascar, 17 November 2020
    FW Anderson Niangbo (1999-10-06) 6 October 1999 (age 21) 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 17 November 2020[8]
    Players in bold are still active with Ivory Coast.

    Most capped players

    Didier Zokora, the all-time most capped player for Ivory Coast.
    Rank Player Caps Goals Career
    1. Didier Zokora 123 1 2000–2014
    2. Kolo Touré 120 7 2000–2015
    3. Didier Drogba 105 65 2002–2014
    4. Yaya Touré 101 19 2004–2015
    5. Siaka Tiéné 100 2 2000–2015
    6. Salomon Kalou 96 27 2007–present
    7. Abdoulaye Traoré 90 49 1984–1996
    8. Arthur Boka 88 1 2004–2015
    9. Boubacar Barry 86 0 2000–2015
    10. Gervinho 84 23 2007–present

    Top goalscorers

    Didier Drogba, the all-time top goalscorer for Ivory Coast.
    Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
    1. Didier Drogba (list) 65 105 0.62 2002–2014
    2. Abdoulaye Traoré 49 90 0.54 1984–1996
    3. Djohan Tiéhi 28 50 0.56 1985–1999
    4. Salomon Kalou 27 96 0.28 2007–present
    5. Gervinho 23 84 0.27 2007–present
    6. Ibrahima Bakayoko 22 39 0.56 1996–2002
    7. Laurent Pokou 21 30 0.7 1967–1980
    8. Yaya Touré 19 101 0.19 2004–2015
    9. Aruna Dindane 18 62 0.29 2000–2010
    10. Wilfried Bony 17 58 0.29 2010–present

    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

    CECAFA Cup

    Honours


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

    See also


    References