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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Ivory Coast Men's National Soccer Team News

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October 1, 2015 - roster named for Morocco match
  • Goalkeepers: Sylvain Gbohouo (TP Mazembe/COD), Mande Sayouba (Stabaek/NOR)
  • Defenders: Serge Aurier (Paris SG/FRA), Mamadou Bagayoko (Sint-Truiden/BEL), Eric Bailly (Villareal/ESP), Simon Deli (Slavia Prague/CZE), Constant Djakpa (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER), Lamine Kone (FC Lorient/FRA), Ousmane Viera (Rizespor/TUR)
  • Midfielders: Victorien Angban (Sint-Truiden/BEL), Jean Daniel Akpa Akpro (Toulouse/FRA), Ismael Diomande (Saint-Etienne/FRA), Assane Gnoukouri (Inter Milan/ITA), Geoffrey Serey Die (VFB Stuttgart/GER), Jean Michael Seri (OGC  Nice/FRA)
  • Forwards: Gervinho (AS Roma/ITA), Roger Assale (TP Mazembe/COD), Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow/RUS), Cyriac Gohi Bi (KV Ostende/BEL), Salomon Kalou (Hertha Berlin/GER), Giovanni Sio (Stade Rennais/FRA)
August 31, 2015 - roster named for AFCON qualifier
  • Goalkeepers: Sylvain Gbohouo (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Badra Ali Sangare (ASEC Mimosas), Sayouba Mande (Stabaek, Norway) 
  • Defenders: Jymoh Sheriff (Athletic Adjamé), Deli Simon (Slavia Prague, Czech Republic), Bakayoko Mamadou (St Truiden, Belgium), Bailly Eric Bertrand (Villarreal, Spain), Aurier Serge (Paris SG, France), Kessie Franck (AC Cesena, Italy), Adama Traore (FC Basel, Switzerland), Ousmane Viera (Rizespor, Turkey) 
  • Midfielders: Akpa Akpro Jean Daniel (Toulouse, France), Diomandé Ismael (St Etienne, France), Serge N’Guessan Yao (AFAD Djékanou), Sere Die Geoffrey (Vfb Stuttgart, Germany), Jean Michael Seri (Nice, France) 
  • Forwards: Wilfried Bony (Manchester City, England), Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Grevinho (AS Roma, Italy), Alain Gradel Max (Bournemouth, England), Salomon Kalou (Hertha Berlin, Germany), Giovanni Sio (Rennes, France), Thomas Toure (Bordeaux, France)
March 26, 2015 - Ousmane Viera & Salomon Kalou score in win over Angola
Yaya Toure and Ivory Cost celebrated their first game back at home since winning the African Cup of Nations by beating Angola 2-0 in a friendly on Thursday. Defender Ousmane Viera scored in the 23rd minute at Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan, and Salomon Kalou added the second by earning and converting a 90th-minute penalty. Europe-based Gervinho, Toure and Wilfried Bony all started, with Bony hitting the crossbar in the opening minutes." - USA Today

February 15, 2015 - Kolo Toure retires
"Kolo Toure has called time on his international career a week after helping Cote d'Ivoire win the Africa Cup of Nations. The Liverpool defender, who turns 34 next month, converted a crucial penalty as Herve Renard's defeated Ghana 9-8 in a thrilling shootout in last Sunday's final. Toure revealed in December that he planned to retire after the African showpiece and has now confirmed that he has played his last game for les Elephants, having amassed over 100 caps for his country." - Goal

February 8, 2015 - penalty shootout wins AFCON over Ghana
Ivory Coast goalkeeper Boubacar Barry scored the winning penalty kick moments after making a save Sunday to give his team a 9-8 shootout victory over Ghana in the African Cup of Nations final after a 0-0 draw. Barry saved the previous kick from Ghana goalkeeper Razak Braimah, and then stepped up to score the deciding penalty. The Ivorians finally won their second African Cup title after two shootout losses in the last decade. Their only other title came in 1992." - NewsOK

February 4, 2015 - Toure, Gervinho & Kanon score in win over DR Congo
"Ivory Coast are one victory away from winning their first Africa Cup of Nations since 1992 after beating DR Congo 3-1 in the semi-final. The favourites, who last reached the final three years ago, went ahead on the night thanks to a blistering strike from Yaya Toure, who lashed home an unstoppable drive from the edge of the box. But the joy of going ahead was tempered by a needless hand ball in the box from Eric Bailly three minutes later, Dieumerci Mbokani drawing DR Congo level from the spot. A well taken goal from Gervinho just before the break edged Ivory Coast ahead and Wilfried Kanon completed the job by following up Serge Aurier’s saved header with just over 20 minutes remaining." - Eurosport

February 1, 2015 - Wilfried Bony scores brace in win over Algeria
Wilfried Bony was Cote d'Ivoire's hero as he scored twice to send his nation into the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations following a 3-1 win over Algeria. The Manchester City man scored either side of El Arabi Hillel Soudani's equaliser and Gervinho added a late third to send the 1992 African champions into the final four, where they will meet DR Congo. Bony gave the Ivory Coast the lead midway through the first half with a well-taken header - the striker's second goal against Algeria in as many games - but Renard's men started the second half slowly and were made to pay when Soudani levelled in the 51st minute. However, Bony again demonstrated his quality by powering a header past Rais M'Bolhi with 23 minutes remaining to knock the wind out of Algeria's sails. And Gervinho steered home a third from 15 yards after Algeria had thrown men forward in search of an equaliser." - Goal

January 28, 2015 - Max Gradel scores in win over Cameroon
"Max Gradel's stunning first-half strike saw Ivory Coast beat Cameroon 1-0 and finish top of a tightly-contested African Nations Cup Group D to qualify for the quarter-finals. The former Leeds midfielder, who is now at St Etienne, launched a spectacular strike from outside of the area to beat Cameroon goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa and put Ivory Coast ahead in the 35th minute." - ESPN

January 24, 2015 - Max Gradel scores late equalizer in draw with Mali
"Max Gradel has scored three minutes from time to salvage a 1-1 draw for Ivory Coast from their Africa Cup of Nations clash with Mali. Mali had led for 80 minutes after an early goal from Bakary Sako before Gradel's late effort ensured that both teams head into their final fixture with a chance of qualification for the last eight." - Sports Mole

January 20, 2015 - Seydou Doumbia scores equalizer in draw with Guinea
Pre-tournament favourites the Ivory Coast needed a late Seydou Doumbia strike to salvage a 1-1 draw in their Africa Cup of Nations opener against Guinea on Tuesday. Despite Herve Renard's men boasting a formidable attacking line-up including Wilfried Bony, Salomon Kalou, Yaya Toure and Gervinho, Guinea had led through Mohammed Yattara's first-half strike. The Lyon striker made the most of sloppy Ivorian defending to finish and, when Gervinho was sent off for lashing out at Naby Keita before the hour, all signs were pointing to a huge upset in Group D's first fixture.... However, their class came to the fore as Bony played in substitute Doumbia to calmly tuck away the equaliser 18 minutes from time." - Stadium Astro

January 11, 2015 - Salomon Kalou scores in win over Nigeria
A far from impressive Cote d’Ivoire stepped up their build-up for the 2015 AFCON with a 1-0 win over a Nigeria ‘B’ team courtesy of an 84th minute winner by Salomon Kalou in Abu Dhabi Sunday night. The Super Eagles, made up of players from the domestic league with only Switzerland-based ace Steve Ukoh the exception, held their own against their star-studded opponents until a stylish back-heel by Rabiu Ali on the edge of the box was exploited by Newcastle star Cheick Tiote, who set up Kalou to fire home six minutes from time from inside the goal area. " - African Football

December 31, 2014 - AFCON roster named
"Cote d’Ivoire coach Herve Renard has named his final 23-man squad for the Orange Africa Cup of Nations Equatorial Guinea 2015 preferring to stay with his old guns. The Frenchman included Africa Cup of Nations veterans and familiar faces such as captain Yaya Toure and elder brother Kolo, Gervinho, Salomon Kalou, Boubacar Barry and Cheick Tiote in his final squad for the 17 January to 8 February 2015. But for Newcastle midfielder Tiote, the other five have featured in the Elephants four previous campaigns at the biennial championship. The only surviving duo from the Ivorian squad for the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations in Mali, defender Toure and goalkeeper Barry are the most experienced, being the seventh time they have been named for the continental showpiece event." - Boxscore

November 14, 2014 - Tour, Kalou, Gradel & Gervinho score in win over Sierra Leone
"Ivory Coast thrashed Sierra Leone 5-1 in their penultimate 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier to remain in the hunt to reach next year's finals.... Defender Kolo Toure tapped in a cross to the back post to open the scoring after eight minutes only for the Leone Stars to battle back and level through Mustapha Bangura, who volleyed home superbly. But after half-time the Ivoirians took full control, with Salomon Kalou getting the first of his two goals to put his side back in front. Further strikes from Max-Alain Gradel, who converted from close range, and Gervinho made the game safe for the Elephants before Kalou completed the rout when he slotted in after a powerful run." - BBC

November 7, 2014 - roster updates
"Liverpool's Kolo Toure and fellow 33-year-old defender Didier Zokora were recalled to the Côte d'Ivoire squad for back-to-back CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sierra Leone and Cameroon. Toure, with 104 caps, and Zokora, who plays in Turkey with Akhisar Belediyespor and has 117 international appearances, haven't featured for their national team since the FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil. But both have been summoned by coach Herve Renard to help plug defensive holes which have seen Côte d'Ivoire ship ten goals in four qualifiers so far. Renard also summoned Adama Traore, Serge Wilfried Kanon and Cheick Doukoure for the first time." - FIFA

October 11, 2014 - Wilfried Bony & Max-Alain Gradel score in win over DR Congo
"A goal in each half, from Wilfried Bony and Max-Alain Gradel respectively, was enough to earn Cote d’іvoіre a 2-1 win against the Democratic Republic of Congo in Kinshasa on Saturday afternoon.... Bony was at the end of a swift passing move by the Ivorians in the 24th minute to make it 1-0 to the visitors.... The second half proved to be an entertaining affair as Congo pressed for the equaliser. They got the equalising goal in the 68th minute, courtesy of a Cedric Mongongu penalty. Congo pushed forward in numbers in an effort to grab the winner but it was Cote d’іvoіre that took the lead once again after a Yaya Toure free kick was parried into the path of Max-Alain Gradel, who didn't make a mistake from close range." - Soccer Laduma

September 8, 2014 - Didier Zokora retires
"Côte d'Ivoire defender Didier Zokora announced on Monday in an interview with the national press that he is calling time on his international career. The 33-year-old, who plays for Turkish club Akhisarspor, retires after winning 117 caps with the national side. 'After giving 15 years of my life with six CAN (African Cup of Nations) participations and three World Cups, I think you have to know when to stop,' he said. 'I think I've given a lot to my country. Everything comes to an end, and you have to know when to go. It's my decision'.... Zokora made his international debut in 2000 and played his final match for the Les Elephants at the FIFA World Cup™ on 19 June in a 2-1 defeat to Colombia." - FIFA

September 6, 2014 - Kamara & Gervinho score in win over Sierra Leone
"Hosts Ivory Coast came from a goal down to see off visiting Sierra Leone 2-1 in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Group ‘D’ clash played at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Stadium, Abidjan. Free agent Kei Kamara, who most recently turned out for Middlesborough but had his contract terminated on mutual consent, sent the visitors 1-0 up with a strike a minute to the break. Second Ivory Coast, now managed by former Zambian Africa Cup of Nations winning Coach Herve Renard, drew level five minutes past the hour mark through CKSA Moscow striker Seydou Doumbia. Barely three minutes later, former Arsenal and current AS Roma winger Gervinho sent the Elephants ahead – for good, with the second goal of the evening. " - Futaa

August 8, 2014 - Didier Drogba retires
"The Chelsea striker represented the Elephants at this summer's World Cup in Brazil but has now decided to focus on his club career after scoring 65 times in 104 appearances for his country. 'It is with much sadness that I have decided to retire from international football,' Drogba wrote in a statement released on Friday. 'These past 12 years in the national team have been full of emotions. From my first call-up to my last match, I have always tried to give my best for my country'.... Drogba made his Cote d'Ivoire debut in September 2002, against South Africa, and broke his international duck the following February, in a 3-0 win over Cameroon. The attacker captained his country in their first ever appearance at the World Cup, in 2006, netting in the Elephants' opening game, a 2-1 loss to Argentina. Drogba struck again at South Africa 2010, against Brazil, but he failed to find the net in his three appearances at this summer's tournament as Cote d'Ivoire failed to make it out of the group stage for the third time in a row." - Goal

June 14, 2014 - Wilfried Bony & Gervinho kick with their heads in win over Japan
"Didier Drogba came off the bench to inspire Ivory Coast to a 2-1 comeback victory over Japan in a World Cup Group C match on Saturday. Drogba, who had been carrying an injury, came on in the 62nd minute when his team was losing 1-0. The talismanic striker’s arrival immediately lifted the Ivory Coast team and Wilfried Bony and Gervinho scored with headers two minutes apart. Both goals were set up by curling crosses from defender Serge Aurier. Coach Sabri Lamouchi’s inspired substitution negated Keisuke Honda’s first half goal that had given Japan the lead in a group that also includes Colombia and Greece." - Epoch Times

June 4, 2014 - Drogba & Gervinho score in win over over El Salvador
"Didier Drogba and Gervinho each had a goal and an assist in World Cup-bound Ivory Coast's 2-1 victory over El Salvador on Wednesday night in an exhibition game. Gervinho took a pass from Drogba for a goal in the ninth minute. In the 42nd minute, Gervinho pulled the El Salvador goalkeeper away from the net and passed across to Drogba for his goal. El Salvador, which did not qualify for the World Cup, scored on Arturo Alvarez's penalty kick in the 75th minute. Kolo Abib Toure fouled El Salvador's Darwin Ceren in the penalty area to set up the kick." - Star Tribune

June 1, 2014 - World Cup roster named
Goalkeepers: 
  • Boubacar Barry (Lokeren)
  • Sylvain Gbohouo (Sewe Sport)
  • Sayouba Mande (Stabaek)
Defenders: 
  • Serge Aurier (Toulouse)
  • Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro (Toulouse)
  • Didier Zokora (Trabzonspor)
  • Kolo Toure (Liverpool)
  • Sol Bamba (Trabzonspor)
  • Arthur Boka (Stuttgart)
  • Constant Djakpa (Eintracht Frankfurt)
  • Ousmane Diarrassouba Viera (Caykur Rizespor)
Midfielders: 
  • Cheick Tiote (Newcastle United)
  • Geoffroy Serey Die (Basel)
  • Ismael Diomande (St. Etienne)
  • Didier Ya Konan (Hannover)
  • Yaya Toure (Manchester City)
  • Max Gradel (St. Etienne)
Forwards: 
  • Didier Drogba (Galatasaray)
  • Wilfried Bony (Swansea City)
  • Gervinho (Roma)
  • Salomon Kalou (Lille)
  • Giovanni Sio (Basel)
  • Mathias Bolly (Dusseldorf)

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