Ivory Coast World Cup 2014 Team Profile

Ivory Coast - World Cup 2014 Team Profile

Ivory Coast.

Road to Brazil

Ivory Coast came through their play off match 4-2 against Senegal after winning Group C in African qualifying.

Fixtures

Ivory Coast team jersey kit 1 (c) Soccerphile. Ivory Coast team jersey kit 2 (c) Soccerphile.

Ivory Coast Kit 1
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Ivory Coast Kit 2
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Ivory Coast v Japan 14 June; Recife
Ivory Coast v Colombia 19 June; Brasilia
Ivory Coast v Greece; 24 June; Fortaleza

Analysis

After first round exits at World Cup 2006 and World Cup 2010, admittedly in tougher groups, Ivory Coast will be hoping for third time lucky in Brazil.

Utilizing a 4-3-3 system, the Elephants have real quality in three times African player of the year Yaya Toure and a considerable goal scoring threat from the veteran Didier Drogba alongside Gervinho and Wilfried Bony, who enjoyed productive seasons with Roma and Swansea respectively. Salomon Kalou was also in fine form for Lille in France.

The defense is the weakest part of the team, where keeper Boubacar Barry can be error-prone, while Souleymane Bamba, who has had spells with Hibs and Leicester City, may be a weak link at this level, though the defence is screened by hard-working holding players in Cheik Tiote and Didier Zokara.

The team's all-round strength and power may be enough to get them past an aging Greece and a less-powerful, though more nimble Japan.

Key player: Yaya Toure

If injury free, Yaya Toure could be the match-winner for the team and is the stand out player in the group. Toure mixes power with finesse and goals from midfield. An expert dead ball specialist to boot.

One to watch: Wilfried Bony

Wilfried Bony was a revelation in his first season in the Premiership with Swansea finishing as the team's top scorer. This followed 36 goals in 36 games for Vitesse in the Dutch League in 2013, where he was Player of the Year. May play off the bench to replace Drogba around the hour mark.

Coach: Sabri Lamouchi

The former French international is popular with his players but lacks real experience at this level.

FIFA World Ranking

Record

2006, 2010 First Round

World Cup Betting

Soccerphile Says

Ivory Coast should go through the group along with Colombia, who enjoy home continent advantage, but that is by no means certain. Japan and Greece are both capable of beating them despite their firepower up front. If Yaya Toure has a good start they could be a surprise package, though.

2014 World Cup Squad

Goalkeepers: Boubacar Barry (Lokeren), Sylvain Gbohouo (Sewe Sport), Ali Sangare Badra (Asec Mimosas), Sayouba Mande (Stabaek)

Defenders: Kolo Toure (Liverpool), Sol Bamba (Trabzonspor), Didier Zokora (Trabzonspor), Serge Aurier (Toulouse), Arthur Boka (Stuttgart), Benjamin Angoua (Valenciennes), Ousmane Viera Diarrassouba (Caykur Rizespor), Constant Djakpa (Frankfurt), Brice Dja Djedje (Marseille), Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro (Toulouse)

Midfielders: Yaya Toure (Manchester City), Cheik Tiote (Newcastle), Serey Die (Basel), Max Gradel (Saint Etienne), Diomande Ismael (Saint Etienne), Didier Ya Konan (Hannover), Mathis Bolly (Dusseldorf)

Strikers: Gervinho (Roma), Didier Drogba (Galatasaray), Salomon Kalou (Lille), Wilfried Bony (Swansea), Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow), Lacina Traore (Everton), Giovanni Sio (Basel)