Ivory Coast national football team

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Ivory Coast national football team
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Nickname(s) Les Éléphants (The Elephants)
Association Ivorian Football Federation
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Head coach Patrice Beaumelle
Captain Serge Aurier
Most caps Didier Zokora (123)
Top scorer Didier Drogba (65)
Home stadium Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny
FIFA code CIV
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FIFA ranking
Current 61 Steady2.svg(9 April 2020) [1]
Highest12 (February 2013, April–May 2013)
Lowest75 (March–May 2004)
Elo ranking
Current 56 Increase2.svg 1 (2 April 2020) [2]
Highest10 (26 January 2013)
Lowest70 (6 October 1996)
First international
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast 3–2 Dahomey  Flag of Benin.svg
(Madagascar; 13 April 1960)
Biggest win
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast 11–0 Central African Republic  Flag of the Central African Republic.svg
(Abidjan, Ivory Coast; 27 December 1961)
Biggest defeat
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 5–0 Ivory Coast  Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg
(Rotterdam, Netherlands; 4 June 2017)
World Cup
Appearances3 (first in 2006 )
Best resultGroup stage (2006, 2010, 2014)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances23 (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
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Logo until 2014

The Ivory Coast national football team (French: Équipe nationale de football de Côte d'Ivoire), represents Ivory Coast in men's international football, The team's nickname is The Elephants and it is controlled 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 Leopold Senghor in Dakar, Senegal. Their second success came in the 2015, again defeating Ghana on penalties at the in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, The team represents both FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF).

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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, Yakou Meite, Salomon Kalou and Kolo Touré. 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.[ citation needed ] This is also confirmed by FIFA Ranking in the reference period, never having been so high for Les Éléphants.

History

1960s

The team played its first international match against Dahomey it became Benin later on they won 32 on 13 April 1960 in Madagascar.

The team got a huge 110 victory against 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.

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,

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.

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.

The team plays most of its FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against African teams like Algeria, DR Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and many more

They've been playing their friendly matches and qualifying matches and training at their stadium since it was opened.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup
Qualification record
YearResultPositionPldWDLGFGASquadPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 Did not enter
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg 1934
Flag of France.svg 1938
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1950
Flag of Switzerland.svg 1954
Flag of Sweden.svg 1958
Flag of Chile.svg 1962
Flag of England.svg 1966
Flag of Mexico.svg 1970
Flag of Germany.svg 1974 Did not qualify632187
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978 63211110
Flag of Spain.svg 1982 200213
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986 411265
Flag of Italy.svg 1990 412151
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 8431126
Flag of France.svg 1998 201112
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 105412210
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 Group stage19th310256 Squad 10712207
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 17th311143 Squad 12840296
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 21st310245 Squad 8530197
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 Did not qualify8422115
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 To be determinedTo be determined
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026
TotalGroup stage3/21931513148041251414569

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGASquad
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1992 Fourth place4th200229 Squad
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1995 to Flag of Russia.svg 2017 Did not qualify
TotalFourth place1/10200229

Africa Cup of Nations

Africa Cup of Nations record
Host nation(s) / YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGA
Flag of Sudan (1956-1970).svg 1957 Part of Flag of France.svg  France
Flag of the United Arab Republic.svg 1959
Flag of Ethiopia (1897-1936; 1941-1974).svg 1962 Not affiliated to CAF
Flag of Ghana.svg 1963
Flag of Tunisia (1959-1999).svg 1965 Third place3rd320154
Flag of Ethiopia (1897-1936; 1941-1974).svg 1968 Third place3rd531196
Flag of Sudan (1956-1970).svg 1970 Fourth place4th5212119
Flag of Cameroon (1961-1975).svg 1972 Did not qualify
Flag of Egypt (1972-1984).svg 1974 Group stage7th301225
Flag of Ethiopia (1975-1987).svg 1976 Did not qualify
Flag of Ghana.svg 1978 Banned
Flag of Nigeria.svg 1980 Group stage6th302123
Flag of Libya (1977-2011).svg 1982 Did not enter
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg 1984 Group stage5th310244
Flag of Egypt.svg 1986 Third place3rd530275
Flag of Morocco.svg 1988 Group stage6th303022
Flag of Algeria.svg 1990 6th310235
Flag of Senegal.svg 1992 Champions1st523040
Flag of Tunisia (1959-1999).svg 1994 Third place3rd5311115
Flag of South Africa.svg 1996 Group stage11th310225
Flag of Burkina Faso.svg 1998 Quarter-finals7th4220106
Flag of Ghana.svg Flag of Nigeria.svg 2000 Group stage9th311134
Flag of Mali.svg 2002 16th301214
Flag of Tunisia.svg 2004 Did not qualify
Flag of Egypt.svg 2006 Runners-up2nd632165
Flag of Ghana.svg 2008 Fourth place4th6402169
Flag of Angola.svg 2010 Quarter-finals8th312054
Flag of Gabon.svg Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg 2012 Runners-up2nd651090
Flag of South Africa.svg 2013 Quarter-finals5th421185
Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg 2015 Champions1st633094
Flag of Gabon.svg 2017 Group stage11th302123
Flag of Egypt.svg 2019 Quarter-finals5th531173
Flag of Cameroon.svg 2021 To be determined
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg 2023 Qualified as hosts
Flag of Guinea.svg 2025 To be determined
Total2 Titles23/329142262313594
*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 Nations Championship

African Nations Championship
Appearances: 4
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGA
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg 2009 Group stage8th301204
Flag of Sudan.svg 2011 Group stage12th310224
Flag of South Africa.svg 2014 Did not qualify
Flag of Rwanda.svg 2016 Third place3rd6402104
Flag of Morocco.svg 2018 Group stage14th301203
Flag of Cameroon.svg 2020 To be determined
Flag of Algeria.svg 2022
TotalThird place4/5155281215

African Games

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
YearResultPldWD*LGFGA
Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg 1965 -000000
Flag of Nigeria.svg 1973 -000000
Flag of Algeria.svg 1978 -000000
Flag of Kenya.svg 1987 -000000
1991–presentSee Ivory Coast national under-23 football team
Total4/4000000

CECAFA Cup

Results and fixtures

2019

7 June Friendly Ivory Coast  Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg3–1Flag of the Comoros.svg  Comoros Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
18:00  UTC±0
Report
Stadium: Stade de la Libération
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Mehdi Mokhtari (France)
15 June Friendly Ivory Coast  Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg0–1Flag of Uganda.svg  Uganda Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
16:30  UTC+4 Report
Stadium: Zayed Sports City Stadium
Referee: Sultan Abdulrazaq Ibrahim Al Marzouqi (United Arab Emirates)
19 June Friendly Ivory Coast  Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg4–1Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
16:30  UTC+4
Report
Stadium: Zayed Sports City Stadium
Attendance: 50
Referee: Ammar Ali Abdulla Jumaa Al Junaibi (United Arab Emirates)
24 June 2019 AFCON Ivory Coast  Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg1–0Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa Cairo, Egypt
16:30
Report Stadium: Al Salam Stadium
Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria)
28 June 2019 AFCON Morocco  Flag of Morocco.svg1–0Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast Cairo, Egypt
19:00
Report Stadium: Al Salam Stadium
Referee: Sidi Alioum (Cameroon)
1 July 2019 AFCON Namibia  Flag of Namibia.svg1–4Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast Cairo, Egypt
18:00
Report
Stadium: 30 June Stadium
Referee: Peter Waweru (Kenya)
8 July 2019 AFCON Mali  Flag of Mali.svg0–1Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast Suez, Egypt
18:00 Report
Stadium: Suez Stadium
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
6 September Friendly Ivory Coast  Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg1–2Flag of Benin.svg  Benin Caen, France
20:00
Report
Stadium: Stade Michel d'Ornano
Attendance: 1,000
10 September Friendly Tunisia  Flag of Tunisia.svg1–2Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast Rouen, France
20:00
Report
Stadium: Stade Robert Diochon
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Karim Abed (France)
13 October Friendly Ivory Coast  Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg3–1Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo Amiens, France
19:00
Report
Stadium: Stade de la Licorne
Referee: Benoît Millot (France)
16 November 2021 AFCONQ Ivory Coast  Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg1–0Flag of Niger.svg  Niger Abidjan, Ivory Coast
19:00  UTC±0
Stadium: Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny
19 November 2021 AFCONQ Ethiopia  Flag of Ethiopia.svg2–1Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
16:00  UTC+3
Stadium: Bahir Dar Stadium

2020

23 March 2021 AFCONQ Ivory Coast  Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svgvFlag of Madagascar.svg  Madagascar Ivory Coast
TBDStadium: TBD
31 March 2021 AFCONQ Madagascar  Flag of Madagascar.svgvFlag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast Madagascar
TBDStadium: TBD
1 June 2021 AFCONQ Niger  Flag of Niger.svgvFlag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast Niger
TBDStadium: TBD
31 August 2021 AFCONQ Ivory Coast  Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svgvFlag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia Ethiopia
TBDStadium: TBD

Coaches

DatesName
1960 Flag of France.svg Paul Gévaudan
1965 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Alphonse Bissouma Tapé
1966Vacant
1967–68 Flag of France.svg Paul Gévaudan
1968–70 Flag of Germany.svg Peter Schnittger
1970–72 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Jean Tokpa
1972–74 Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg Santa Rosa
1974–76empty
1976–80 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Gérard Gabo
1980–82empty
1982–85 Flag of Germany.svg Otto Pfister
1984 AFCON Flag of Brazil (1968-1992).svg Davi Ferreira
DatesName
1986 Flag of Argentina.svg Pancho Gonzales
1987–88 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Yeo Martial
1989 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Kaé Oulaï
1989–92 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Radivoje Ognjanović
1992 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Yeo Martial
1993 Flag of France.svg Philippe Troussier
1993–94 Flag of Poland.svg Henryk Kasperczak
1994–96 Flag of France.svg Pierre Pleimelding
1996–98 Flag of France.svg Robert Nouzaret
1999–00 Flag of France.svg Patrick Parizon
2000–01 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Gbonke Tia
2001 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Lama Bamba
DatesName
2002–04 Flag of France.svg Robert Nouzaret
2004–07 Flag of France.svg Henri Michel
2007–08 Flag of Germany.svg Uli Stielike
2008 Flag of France.svg Gérard Gili
2008–10 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Vahid Halilhodžić
2010 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Georges Kouadio
2010 Flag of Sweden.svg Sven-Göran Eriksson
2010–12 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg François Zahoui
2012–14 Flag of France.svg Sabri Lamouchi
2014–15 Flag of France.svg Hervé Renard
2015–17 Flag of France.svg Michel Dussuyer
2017 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Marc Wilmots
DatesName
2018–20 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Ibrahim Kamara
2020–present Flag of France.svg Patrice Beaumelle

Players

Current squad

The following players were selected for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches against Niger on 16 November 2019 and against Ethiopia on 19 November 2019 . [3]
Caps and goals updated as of 19 November 2019, after the match against Ethiopia. [4]

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Sylvain Gbohouo (1988-10-29) 29 October 1988 (age 31)520 Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Mazembe
161 GK Badra Ali Sangaré (1986-05-30) 30 May 1986 (age 33)160 Flag of South Africa.svg Uthongathi
231 GK Sayouba Mandé (1993-06-15) 15 June 1993 (age 26)50 Flag of Denmark.svg OB

22 DF Serge Aurier (1992-12-24) 24 December 1992 (age 27)622 Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur
32 DF Wilfried Kanon (1993-07-06) 6 July 1993 (age 26)482 Flag of Egypt.svg Pyramids
132 DF Ismaël Traoré (1986-08-18) 18 August 1986 (age 33)180 Flag of France.svg Angers
52 DF Simon Deli (1991-10-27) 27 October 1991 (age 28)160 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Club Brugge
202 DF Cheick Comara (1993-10-14) 14 October 1993 (age 26)130 Flag of Morocco.svg Wydad Casablanca
42 DF Wonlo Coulibaly (1991-12-22) 22 December 1991 (age 28)130 Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Mazembe
182 DF Willie Britto (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 23)10 Flag of Switzerland.svg Zürich

113 MF Max Gradel (1987-11-30) 30 November 1987 (age 32)7712 Flag of France.svg Toulouse
123 MF Franck Kessié (1994-12-19) 19 December 1994 (age 25)401 Flag of Italy.svg Milan
63 MF Victorien Angban (1996-09-29) 29 September 1996 (age 23)130 Flag of France.svg Metz
153 MF Seko Fofana (1995-05-07) 7 May 1995 (age 25)61 Flag of Italy.svg Udinese
173 MF Christian Koffi (1990-12-21) 21 December 1990 (age 29)40 Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Mazembe
213 MF Habib Maïga (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 23)40 Flag of France.svg Metz
3 MF Yakou Méïté (1996-02-11) 11 February 1996 (age 24)30 Flag of England.svg Reading
3 MF Ibrahim Traoré (1988-09-16) 16 September 1988 (age 31)10 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Slavia Prague

94 FW Roger Assalé (1993-11-13) 13 November 1993 (age 26)213 Flag of Spain.svg Leganés
74 FW Nicolas Pépé (1995-05-20) 20 May 1995 (age 24)205 Flag of England.svg Arsenal
84 FW Maxwel Cornet (1996-09-27) 27 September 1996 (age 23)184 Flag of France.svg Lyon
194 FW Yohan Boli (1993-11-17) 17 November 1993 (age 26)70 Flag of Qatar.svg Al-Rayyan

    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.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
    GK Tape Ira Eliezer (1997-08-31) 31 August 1997 (age 22)00 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg San Pedro 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
    GK Abdoul Karim Cissé (1985-10-20) 20 October 1985 (age 34)60 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg ASEC Mimosas 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE

    DF Ghislain Konan (1995-12-27) 27 December 1995 (age 24)110 Flag of France.svg Reims v. Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo , 13 October 2019
    DF Souleyman Doumbia (1996-09-24) 24 September 1996 (age 23)40 Flag of France.svg Rennes v. Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo , 13 October 2019
    DF Mamadou Bagayoko (1989-12-31) 31 December 1989 (age 30)160 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Mechelen v. Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia , 10 September 2019
    DF Willy Boly (1991-02-03) 3 February 1991 (age 29)00 Flag of England.svg Wolverhampton Wanderers v. Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia , 10 September 2019
    DF Abdoulaye Bamba (1990-04-25) 25 April 1990 (age 30)40 Flag of France.svg Angers v. Flag of Benin.svg  Benin , 6 September 2019 INJ
    DF Jean-Philippe Gbamin (1995-09-25) 25 September 1995 (age 24)120 Flag of England.svg Everton 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

    MF Ibrahim Sangaré (1997-12-02) 2 December 1997 (age 22)71 Flag of France.svg Toulouse v. Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo , 13 October 2019
    MF Jean Michaël Seri (1991-07-19) 19 July 1991 (age 28)303 Flag of Turkey.svg Galatasaray v. Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia , 10 September 2019
    MF Jean-Eudes Aholou (1994-03-20) 20 March 1994 (age 26)20 Flag of France.svg Saint-Étienne v. Flag of Benin.svg  Benin , 6 September 2019 INJ
    MF Ismaël Diomandé (1992-08-28) 28 August 1992 (age 27)191 Flag of Turkey.svg Çaykur Rizespor 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE

    FW Wilfried Zaha (1992-11-10) 10 November 1992 (age 27)175 Flag of England.svg Crystal Palace v. Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo , 13 October 2019
    FW Christian Kouamé (1997-12-06) 6 December 1997 (age 22)10 Flag of Italy.svg Fiorentina v. Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo , 13 October 2019
    FW William Togui (1996-08-07) 7 August 1996 (age 23)50 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Mechelen v. Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia , 10 September 2019
    FW Wilfried Bony (1988-12-10) 10 December 1988 (age 31)5616 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ittihad 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
    FW Jonathan Kodjia (1989-10-22) 22 October 1989 (age 30)2310 Flag of Qatar.svg Al-Gharafa 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

    • 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

    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

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    The Angola national football team represents Angola in men's international football and it is controlled by the Angolan Football Federation, The team made its first appearance in 2006 FIFA World Cup, the team's nickname is Palancas Negras, The team is governing body of Football in Angola in the country, The team represents both FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF).

    Ethiopia national football team mens national association football team representing Ethiopia

    The Ethiopia national football team, nicknamed Walias, after the Walia ibex, represents Ethiopia in men's international football and is controlled by the Ethiopian Football Federation, the governing body for football in Ethiopia. The team has been representing Ethiopia in regional, continental, and international competitions since its founding in 1943. The Walias play their home games at Addis Ababa Stadium located in the capital city of Addis Ababa. They are currently ranked 150th in the world according to the FIFA World Rankings and 44th in CAF.

    Libya national football team mens national association football team representing Libya

    The Libya national football team represents Libya in men's international association football and it's controlled by the Libyan Football Federation. The team has never qualified for FIFA World Cups in history but has qualified for three Africa Cup of Nations: 1982, 2006, and 2012. In 1982, the team was both the host and runner-up. In the Arab Nations Cup, Libya finished second in 1964 and 2012, and third in the 1966. The team is affiliated with both FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF).

    Mozambique national football team national association football team

    The Mozambique national football team (Portuguese: Seleção Moçambicana de Futebol, represents Mozambique in men's association football and is controlled by the Mozambican Football Federation, the governing body for football in Mozambique. Mozambique have never qualified for a FIFA World Cup, but they have qualified for four Africa Cup of Nations in 1986, 1996, 1998 and most recently the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, being eliminated in the first round in all four.

    The Sierra Leone national football team represents Sierra Leone in men's international association football and it's governed by the Sierra Leone Football Association, The team's nickname is Leone stars, The team is affiliated to the West African Football Union, The team have qualified for the FIFA World Cups and they have qualified for Africa Cup of Nations twice, The team represents both FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF).

    Botswana national football team national association football team

    The Botswana national football team, nicknamed The Zebras, represents Botswana in men's international football and is controlled by the Botswana Football Association. They have never qualified for the FIFA World Cup but they did qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in their history. The team represents both FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF).

    The Cape Verde national football team represents Cape Verde in men's international association football and is controlled by the Cape Verdean Football Federation. The team has never qualified for FIFA World Cups and The team has qualified for two tournaments of Africa Cup of Nations, 2013 and 2015, They made their first appearance in 2013 and The team also represents both FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF).

    The Equatorial Guinea national football team, nicknamed Nzalang Nacional, represents Equatorial Guinea in international football and is controlled by the Equatoguinean Football Federation, a member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

    Boubacar Barry Ivorian retired footballer

    Boubacar "Copa" Barry is an Ivorian former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. Having begun his career at ASEC Mimosas he moved to France in 2001 where he played for Rennes' reserve team. In 2003, he joined Belgian side Beveren where he stayed four years. He then spent ten years at K.S.C. Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen amassing 239 league appearances. At international level, he represented the Ivory Coast national team before his retirement from international football in March 2015, but continued to play for his club, Lokeren. Exactly four years after his international retirement, Barry retired also professionally as a player in March 2019.

    African nations at the FIFA World Cup

    Association football is the most popular sport in nearly every African country, and 13 members of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) have competed at the sport's biggest event – the men's FIFA World Cup.

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