Africa Cup of Nations
Titles: 2 in 1992 and 2015
Road to 2017 AFCON:
Top of group I with 10 points
Gabon 0-0 Ivory Coast
Sierra Leone 0-0 Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast 1-0 Sudan
Sudan 1-1 Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast 2-1 Gabon
Ivory Coast 1-1 Sierra Leone
Best achievement: Group stage in 2006, 2010, 2014
Coach: Michel Dussuyer
The French-born coach is something of a Nations Cup veteran, having taken Guinea to the quarter-finals in 2004, then worked as deputy to fellow Frenchman Henri Michel when the Ivory Coast were runners-up in 2006. In 2010 he coached Benin at the tournament in Angola.
He was back with Guinea in 2012, when they did not get out of the group stage, and again two years ago, when they got to the quarter-finals.
The quietly spoken 57 year-old, who also coached at Cannes in France in between his African assignments, began his spell with Ivory Coast just five months after they won the last Nations Cup tournament.
As a player Dussuyer was on the books of Cannes, Nice and Ales.
Key player: Wilfried Zaha. Age: 24. Winger.
Will make his debut for the Ivorians at the Nations Cup after switching his international eligibility late last year.
His two caps for England came in friendly internationals so he was able to petition FIFA for a change of allegiance, followed by a unsuccessful bid by Gareth Southgate to get him to withdraw his bid.
Zaha was born in Abidjan but moved to London aged four, coming through the academy at Crystal Palace from the age of 12.
His one season at Manchester United proved a disappointment and he went back to Palace in mid-2014, first on loan and then permanently.
FIFA world ranking Jan. 2017: 34