Fixtures

Africa - World Cup Qualifying 03/17 13:00 - Burundi vs Ivory Coast - View
Africa - World Cup Qualifying 03/21 13:00 - Ivory Coast vs Gambia - View
Africa - World Cup Qualifying 09/01 13:00 - Ivory Coast vs Burundi - View
Africa - World Cup Qualifying 09/05 13:00 - Gabon vs Ivory Coast - View
Africa - World Cup Qualifying 10/06 13:00 - Seychelles vs Ivory Coast - View
Africa - World Cup Qualifying 10/10 13:00 - Ivory Coast vs Kenya - View

Results

Africa - World Cup Qualifying 06/11 13:00 - [3] Kenya v Ivory Coast [1] D 0-0
Africa - World Cup Qualifying 06/07 19:00 - [1] Ivory Coast v Gabon [2] W 1-0
International Match 03/26 19:30 - Ivory Coast v Uruguay W 2-1
International Match 03/23 16:00 - Ivory Coast v Benin D 2-2
Africa Cup of Nations 02/11 20:00 1 [2] Nigeria v Ivory Coast [3] W 1-2
Africa Cup of Nations 02/07 20:00 2 [3] Ivory Coast v DR Congo [2] W 1-0
Africa Cup of Nations 02/03 17:00 3 [1] Mali v Ivory Coast [3] W 1-2
Africa Cup of Nations 01/29 20:00 4 [1] Senegal v Ivory Coast [3] W 5-6
Africa Cup of Nations 01/22 17:00 3 [1] Equatorial Guinea v Ivory Coast [3] L 4-0
Africa Cup of Nations 01/18 17:00 2 [2] Ivory Coast v Nigeria [3] L 0-1
Africa Cup of Nations 01/13 20:00 1 Ivory Coast v Guinea-Bissau W 2-0
International Match 01/06 17:00 - Ivory Coast v Sierra Leone W 5-1

Stats

 TotalHomeAway
Matches played 17 11 6
Wins 9 7 2
Draws 6 3 3
Losses 2 1 1
Goals for 31 25 6
Goals against 14 7 7
Clean sheets 7 5 2
Failed to score 3 1 2

The Ivory Coast national football team (French: Équipe de football de Côte d'Ivoire, recognized as the Côte d'Ivoire by FIFA) represents Ivory Coast in men's international football. Nicknamed the Elephants, the team is managed by the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF). The team has won the Africa Cup of Nations three times, in 1992, 2015 and 2024, and has qualified for the FIFA World Cup three times, in 2006, 2010, and 2014.

Ivory Coasts's home colours are all orange. Since 2020 their home games have been played at Alassane Ouattara Stadium, in Abidjan. Prior to this their home ground was Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium, also in Abidjan. Didier Zokora holds the record for number of caps, with 123. The nation's leading goalscorer is Didier Drogba, who scored 65 goals for the Elephants in 105 Appearances.

History

1960s

The team played its first international match against Dahomey, now known as Benin, which they won 3–2 on 13 April 1960 in Madagascar.

The team took a large 11–0 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 Coast'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 3–0 and drew 0–0 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 national team lineup before a match against Poland in 2010

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.

Logo until 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.

In 2015, the national team won the Africa Cup of Nations for a second time in Equatorial Guinea, defeating Ghana in a penalty shoot-out after a scoreless game.

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.

2020s

In early 2024, Ivory Coast hosted the Africa Cup of Nations for the second time. Following a 4–0 defeat to Equatorial Guinea and third-placed finish in the group stage, coach Jean-Louis Gasset was dismissed, and assistant coach Emerse Faé was hired as caretaker in the knockout stages, as the national team qualified as one of the best third-placed teams. Later on, Ivory Coast managed to defeat the defending champions Senegal in the penalty shoot-outs, Mali after extra-time, and DR Congo in the semi-finals. They eventually won the title, defeating Nigeria 2–1 in the final, marking their third victory. For the first time in the history of the African Cup of Nations, it was won by a team that changed coaches during the tournament.

The Ivory Coast national soccer team, also known as Les Éléphants (The Elephants), is one of the most successful teams in African football. The team represents the West African country of Côte d’Ivoire and is known for its talented players and passionate fan base.

The Ivory Coast team has a rich history in international competitions, with multiple appearances in the FIFA World Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations. They have consistently been a strong contender in African football, with a number of talented players who have gone on to have successful careers in top European leagues.

The team's iconic orange and green jerseys are a symbol of national pride and unity, and their matches are always highly anticipated by fans both in Côte d’Ivoire and around the world. With a strong tradition of success and a commitment to excellence, the Ivory Coast national soccer team continues to be a force to be reckoned with in African football.