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Côte d'Ivoire
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Les Éléphants
(The Elephants)
Association Fédération Ivoirienne
de Football
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Captain Didier Drogba
Most caps Didier Zokora (78)
Top scorer Didier Drogba (43)
Home stadium Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny (Abidjan)
FIFA code CIV
FIFA ranking 22
Highest FIFA ranking 16 (November 2009)
Lowest FIFA ranking 75 (March 2004)
Elo ranking 28
Highest Elo ranking 12 (February 6, 2008)
Lowest Elo ranking 69 (October 1996)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Côte d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire 3–2 Dahomey Benin
(Madagascar; 13 April 1960)
Biggest win
Côte d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire 6–0 Mali Mali
(Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire; 13 March 1985)
Côte d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire 6–0 Botswana Botswana
(Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire; 11 October 1992)
Côte d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire 6–0 Niger Niger
(Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire; 15 July 2000)
Côte d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire 6–0 Madagascar Madagascar
(Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire; 1 July 2001)
Biggest defeat
Côte d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire 2–6 Ghana Ghana
(Côte d'Ivoire; 2 May 1971)
Malawi Malawi 5–1 Côte d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire
(Malawi; 6 July 1974)
World Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 2006)
Best result Round 1, 2006
African Cup of Nations
Appearances 18 (First in 1965)
Best result Winners, 1992
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 1992)
Best result 4th, 1992

The Côte d'Ivoire national football team (written as "Ivory Coast" in English), nicknamed Les Éléphants (The Elephants), represents Côte d'Ivoire in international football and is controlled by the Fédération Ivoirienne de Football. 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 Cup finals, 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.

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Honours

Afro-Asian Cup of Nations :
  • 1 Time Runners-up
CEDEAO Cup :
  • 3 Times Champion (1983, 1987, 1991)
  • 1 Time Runners-up

World Cup record

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
1930 to 1970 Did not enter
1974 to 1978 Did not qualify
1982 Did not enter
1986 to 2002 Did not qualify
2006 Round 1 19 3 1 0 2 5 6
2010 Qualified - - - - - - -
Total 2/19 3 1 0 2 5 6

FIFA Confederations Cup record

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
1992 Fourth place 2 0 0 2 2 9
1995 to 2009 Did not qualify
Total 1/8 2 0 0 2 2 9

African Nations Cup record

African Cup of Nations
Titles: 1
Appearances: 18
Year Position Year Position Year Position
Sudan 1957 Did not enter Ethiopia 1976 Did not qualify Tunisia 1994 Third Place
Egypt 1959 Did not enter Ghana 1978 Disqualified South Africa 1996 Round 1
Ethiopia 1962 Did not enter Nigeria 1980 Round 1 Burkina Faso 1998 Quarterfinals
Ghana 1963 Did not enter Libya 1982 Did not enter GhanaNigeria 2000 Round 1
Tunisia 1965 Third place Côte d'Ivoire 1984 Round 1 Mali 2002 Round 1
Ethiopia 1968 Third Place Egypt 1986 Third Place Tunisia 2004 Did not qualify
Sudan 1970 Fourth Place Morocco 1988 Round 1 Egypt 2006 Runners-Up
Cameroon 1972 Did not qualify Algeria 1990 Round 1 Ghana 2008 Fourth place
Egypt 1974 Round 1 Senegal 1992 Champions Angola 2010 Quarterfinals

Coaches

Players

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Current squad

The following players have been called up for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Boubacar Barry December 30, 1979 (1979-12-30) (age 30) 45 0 Belgium Lokeren
2 DF Benjamin Angoua November 28, 1986 (1986-11-28) (age 23) 7 1 France Valenciennes
3 DF Arthur Boka April 2, 1983 (1983-04-02) (age 26) 54 1 Germany Stuttgart
4 DF Kolo Touré March 19, 1981 (1981-03-19) (age 28) 76 2 England Manchester City
5 MF Didier Zokora December 14, 1980 (1980-12-14) (age 29) 80 1 Spain Sevilla
6 MF Yaya Touré May 13, 1983 (1983-05-13) (age 26) 47 4 Spain Barcelona
7 MF Emerse Faé January 24, 1984 (1984-01-24) (age 26) 40 1 France Nice
8 FW Salomon Kalou August 15, 1985 (1985-08-15) (age 24) 28 11 England Chelsea
9 MF Cheik Tioté June 21, 1986 (1986-06-21) (age 23) 8 0 Netherlands Twente
10 FW Gervinho May 27, 1987 (1987-05-27) (age 22) 15 3 France Lille
11 FW Didier Drogba March 11, 1978 (1978-03-11) (age 32) 63 41 England Chelsea
12 DF Abdoulaye Méïté October 6, 1980 (1980-10-06) (age 29) 49 1 England West Bromwich Albion
13 MF Jean-Jacques Gosso March 15, 1983 (1983-03-15) (age 27) 6 0 France Monaco
14 FW Bakari Koné September 17, 1981 (1981-09-17) (age 28) 42 9 France Marseille
15 FW Aruna Dindane November 26, 1980 (1980-11-26) (age 29) 56 16 England Portsmouth
16 GK Aristide Benoît Zogbo December 30, 1981 (1981-12-30) (age 28) 6 0 Israel Maccabi Netanya
17 DF Siaka Tiéné February 22, 1982 (1982-02-22) (age 28) 55 2 France Valenciennes
18 FW Abdul-Kader Keïta August 6, 1981 (1981-08-06) (age 28) 55 11 Turkey Galatasaray
19 MF Emmanuel Koné December 31, 1986 (1986-12-31) (age 23) 12 0 Romania Internaţional
20 DF Guy Demel June 13, 1981 (1981-06-13) (age 28) 26 0 Germany Hamburg
21 DF Emmanuel Eboué June 4, 1983 (1983-06-04) (age 26) 52 1 England Arsenal
22 DF Sol Bamba January 13, 1985 (1985-01-13) (age 25) 16 1 Scotland Hibernian
23 GK Vincent Angban February 15, 1985 (1985-02-15) (age 25) 2 0 Côte d'Ivoire ASEC Mimosas

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===Recent call-ups===

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
GK Diallo December 5, 1989 (1989-12-05) (age 20) 0 0 France Boulogne
GK Badra Ali Sangaré May 30, 1986 (1986-05-30) (age 23) Belgium Olympic Charleroi
16 GK Stephan Loboué August 23, 1981 (1981-08-23) (age 28) 3 0 Germany Greuther Fürth
GK Stéphane Dimy (v. Tunisia on March 26) November 12, 1980 (1980-11-12) (age 29) 0 0 Côte d'Ivoire Africa Sports
GK Tiassé Koné (v. Ghana, February 9, 2009) October 17, 1987 (1987-10-17) (age 22) 1 0 Côte d'Ivoire Africa Sports
GK Gérard Gnanhouan February 12, 1979 (1979-02-12) (age 31) 6 0 France Vannes
DF Igor Lolo July 22, 1982 (1982-07-22) (age 27) 5 0 France Monaco
DF Constant Djakpa October 17, 1986 (1986-10-17) (age 23) 3 0 Germany Hannover
DF Diarrasouba Viera December 21, 1986 (1986-12-21) (age 23) 0 0 Romania Internaţional
DF Marc Zoro November 27, 1983 (1983-11-27) (age 26) 13 1 Portugal Vitória Setúbal
DF Steve Gohouri February 8, 1981 (1981-02-08) (age 29) 2 3 England Wigan Athletic
DF Bakary Soro December 5, 1985 (1985-12-05) (age 24) 0 0 France Lorient
DF Mamadou Doumbia December 3, 1980 (1980-12-03) (age 29) 23 5 France Istres
MF Romaric June 4, 1983 (1983-06-04) (age 26) 11 2 Spain Sevilla
MF Kanga Akalé (Friendly v. Israel, 19 November) March 7, 1981 (1981-03-07) (age 29) 33 3 France Lens
10 MF Gilles Yapi Yapo (Friendly v. Israel, 19 November) January 30, 1982 (1982-01-30) (age 28) 27 2 Switzerland Young Boys
MF Christian Manfredini (Friendly v. Israel, 19 November) May 1, 1975 (1975-05-01) (age 34) 1 0 Italy Lazio
MF Felix Dja Ettien (Friendly v. Guinea, 20 August) September 26, 1979 (1979-09-26) (age 30) 6 1 unattached
8 MF Abdou Razack Traoré (WCQ v. Botswana, June 14) December 28, 1988 (1988-12-28) (age 21) 0 0 Norway Rosenborg
MF Kafoumba Coulibaly October 26, 1985 (1985-10-26) (age 24) 1 0 France Nice
18 MF Didier Ya Konan (WCQ v. Madagascar, June 8, 2009) February 25, 1984 (1984-02-25) (age 26) 3 0 Germany Hannover 96
MF Thierry Doubai (v. Tunisia, March 26, 2009) June 1, 1988 (1988-06-01) (age 21) 1 0 Switzerland Young Boys
MF Lionel Bah February 2, 1980 (1980-02-02) (age 30) 4 0 Romania FC Astra Ploieşti
MF Did'dy Guela June 19, 1986 (1986-06-19) (age 23) 0 0 Germany Arminia Bielefeld
FW Seydou Doumbia December 31, 1987 (1987-12-31) (age 22) 3 1 Russia PFC CSKA Moscow
FW Sekou Cissé May 23, 1985 (1985-05-23) (age 24) 4 3 Netherlands Feyenoord
FW Boubacar Sanogo December 17, 1982 (1982-12-17) (age 27) 12 8 France Saint-Étienne
FW Arouna Koné November 11, 1983 (1983-11-11) (age 26) 27 9 Spain Sevilla
9 FW Kandia Traoré (WCQ v. Botswana, June 22, 2009) June 5, 1980 (1980-06-05) (age 29) 25 8 France Sochaux
FW Amara Diané August 19, 1982 (1982-08-19) (age 27) 1 1 Qatar Al-Rayyan
FW Bonaventure Kalou January 12, 1978 (1978-01-12) (age 32) 51 12 Netherlands Heerenveen
FW Guillaume Dah Zadi June 1, 1978 (1978-06-01) (age 31) 1 0 unattached

Previous squads

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

2006 World Cup information

Côte d'Ivoire qualified through a tough 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 win over Sudan, while Cameroon faltered and could only manage a 1–1 draw at home to Egypt.

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.[1]

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 for the lack of another co-coach, Didier Drogba acted as a "players trainer" (player and a 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.

Côte d'Ivoire is the only team to have never been shut out in any World Cup match. The team scored in all three games of their 2006 World Cup campaign, against Argentina, the Netherlands, and Serbia and Montenegro.

References

  1. ^ "Ivory Coast qualify for 2010 World Cup finals". ESPN. 2009-10-10. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report?id=262941&cc=5739. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 

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