World Cup Previews, Group C: Ivory Coast

Posted: May 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

World Cup Previews, Group C: Ivory Coast
Team: Ivory Coast(*)
Group: C
Schedule: June 14 vs. Japan; June 19 vs. Colombia; June 24. vs. Greece.
World Cup Record: 2-4-1 (Qualified last two World Cups; failed to advance each time.)

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Senegal v Ivory Coast - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier: Play-off Second Leg

Team: Ivory Coast(*)
Group: C
Schedule: June 14 vs. Japan; June 19 vs. Colombia; June 24. vs. Greece.
World Cup Record: 2-4-1 (Qualified last two World Cups; failed to advance each time.)
Qualifying Form: Defeated Senegal over a two-leg playoff to book its spot.

Manager: Sabri Lamouchi, a 42-year-old former French international. This is his first head coaching post.

Player to Watch: Yaya Toure. The big Ivorian is on the short list of best all-around players in the world. Perhaps Americans don’t appreciate how impressive it is for Toure to endlessly run and influence matches at his (in soccer terms) humongous 6-foot-3 frame. There isn’t exactly anyone else at his size with his level of skill on the ball. Toure scored 20 goals for Premier League champion Manchester City this season — many on free kicks. That could be his best asset in a tournament like the World Cup. Less of…

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