World Cup Preview: Ivory Coast


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The 2014 World Cup could be one of transition for one of Africa’s strongest teams.

Brazil will be talisman Didier Drogba’s last World Cup but it could also be the beginning of a new dawn for Cote d’Ivorie that will hopefully see them make round 2 for the first time in their history.

Drogba is no longer the player that the Ivorians will pin all hopes on, Yaya Toure is the new man to emerge from the shadow of the former Chelsea star.

Toure himself has not made the impact he has needed to in recent World Cups, however a blistering season domestically that has seen him win the Premiership for the second time in his career will give him a lift ahead of this summer.

Wilfried Bony is another who is tipped to fill the upcoming void left by Drogba and the Swansea forward is tipped by many as a potential dark horse for the Golden Boot. Bony scored 16 league goals in his debut season at the Liberty.

Sabri Lamouchi’s side have never got past the group stages which is unfortunate due to amount of top players they have had at their disposal. They have not been helped by their draws in previous campaigns though. In their debut World Cup in Germany (2006), the Ivorians were drawn with Argentina and Hollland along with Serbia and Montenegro then in South Africa four years later they were amongst Brazil and Portugal.

In Brazil they have their best chance of progressing yet after being drawn with no previous winners of the competition in Colombia, Japan and Greece.

 

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