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The Côte d'Ivoire national football team (sometimes written "Ivory Coast" in English), nicknamed Les Éléphants (The Elephants), is the national team of Côte d'Ivoiremarker 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 de l'Amitiemarker in Dakarmarker, Senegalmarker.

On 8 October 2005, they qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, marking their first appearance on the World Cup finals stage. They were unable to qualify for the second round after losing to teams such as Argentina and the Netherlands in the so-called "Group of death". However, They did manage to win one game in Germanymarker against Serbia and Montenegro, coming back from a 2–0 deficit to win 3–2 on a late penalty kick by Bonaventure Kalou.


Afro-Asian Cup of Nations :
:*1 Time Runners-up
:*4 Times Champion (1983, 1987, 1999)
:*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: 17
Year Position Year Position Year Position
1957 Did not enter 1976 Did not qualify 1994 Third Place
1959 Did not enter 1978 Disqualified 1996 Round 1
1962 Did not enter 1980 Round 1 1998 Quarterfinals
1963 Did not enter 1982 Did not enter 2000 Round 1
1965 Third place 1984 Round 1 2002 Round 1
1968 Third Place 1986 Third Place 2004 Did not qualify
1970 Fourth Place 1988 Round 1 2006 Runners-Up
1972 Did not qualify 1990 Round 1 2008 Fourth place
1974 Round 1 1992 Champions 2010 Qualified



Current squad

The following players were called for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification against Guinea in Abidjanmarker on 14 November 2009.

Recent call-ups

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 Cameroonand 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 Germanymarker to an Argentine side.The goals for Argentina came from Hernán Crespoand Javier Saviola. Côte d'Ivoire's goal came from Chelseastriker Didier Drogba. They lost their second match to the Netherlandsby the same scoreline and were thus eliminated from the tournament. The Netherlands' goals came from a Robin van Persiefree-kick in the 23rd minute and a Ruud van Nistelrooystrike in the 27th minute. Bakari Konéscored 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 Cupafter Didier Drogba struck within two minutes of coming on as a substitute to clinch a 1–1 draw with Malawi.


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 Nationswhen Ghanawas defeated 11–10, and the 24-shot shoot-out in the quarter-final of the 2006 African Cup of Nations, when Cameroonwas defeated 12–11.

After Uli Stielikeleft 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 Weahwas both player and coach for Liberiaduring 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.


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