Ivory Coast which is one of the African giants has appeared in the World cup only once; in 2006 when they were paired in the same qualification zone with Cameroon. Although Cameroon beat them at home and away, a draw with Egypt in Yaoundé gave Ivory Coast an edge. They were eliminated at group stage in the World cup.
For the 2010 race, the Ivorians finished qualification without defeat, going through 12 matches in two group phases and progressing comfortably. They were drawn in the 'Group of Death' in their two previous tournaments. On both occasions they ended third, trailing Argentina and the Netherlands in 2006 and Brazil and Portugal in 2010. Along with Nigeria, they were the only African side to end unbeaten. They easily topped their preliminary group ahead of Morocco before winning a play-off against Senegal 4-2 on aggregate. There were some nervy moments when they trailed 1-0 in the second leg in Casablanca, but Kalou's injury-time equaliser booked their place in Brazil. The appointment of Sabri Lamouchi in May 2012 was hugely controversial. A French international who played at Euro 1996, he had no previous coaching experience. He dropped Drogba after a disappointing 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, but recalled the veteran striker in August. Key Players: Aged 29 and plays in the midfield. A massive physical presence in the centre of midfield, Toure has taken a circuitous route through clubs in five different countries before signing for European Champions Barcelona for two years where he won Champions league before joining Manchester City. Today Yaya Tore is the best African player of the year. Aged 35 and plays in the attack line; Drogba has proven vital for his country. He took them to the final of the 2006 African Nations Cup and now three World Cup tournaments, although he missed half of the 2010 qualifiers through injury. At club level, he has won league, Champions’ league and cup honours in England with Chelsea, who signed him from Olympique Marseille.
Prospects:The Ivorians' golden generation now has a distinctly grey-ish tinge, and this tournament is set to be the last of Didier Drogba's international career. Their talented squad has flattered to deceive, with their failure to win at least one Africa Cup of Nations particularly mystifying
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