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Luck, or a lack of it, played a part in Ivory Coast’s disappointing World Cup campaign. But the team hailed as the country’s ‘Golden Generation’ have only themselves to blame, in a campaign which crumbled under the expectations of a continent.
Bad luck placed them, once again, in arguably the toughest group in the tournament. Bad luck gave their star striker Didier Drogba a broken elbow a week before their first game. Bad luck saw them concede a second, killer goal to Brazil which should have been disallowed for handball. Twice. …

Too little too late for Ivory Coast
As in their first World Cup campaign, Ivory Coast ended their group in South Africa 2010 with a victory, but it wasn’t enough to see them progress to the knockout stages.
Goals from Yaya Toure, Romaric and Salomon Kalou gave the Elephants a 3-0 win over North Korea, but with Portugal earning a point against Brazil, even pulling back the nine goal deficit between the teams would not have been enough.
Knowing that only a comprehensive victory, and a defeat for Portugal, would qualify them, Sven …

After a nightmare second round of matches, Ivory Coast find themselves on the verge of elimination after tomorrow’s game against North Korea.
A solid draw against Portugal in the first game now looks like two crucial points lost, as a loss to Brazil and Portugal beating the Koreans leaves the Elephants teetering on the brink.
Such was the manner of Portugal’s victory, a 7-0 romp, that not only do Sven Goran Eriksson’s team need to win and hope that Portugal lose to Brazil, they also require a nine goal swing in their …

Ivory Coast lost control of their fate in the 2010 World Cup with defeat to Brazil, and may have lost a few fans as well.
The South Americans, among the favourites to lift this year’s trophy, outplayed and out-battled the Elephants throughout, while the simulation involved in the late sending off of Kaka will reflect very badly on Sven Goran Eriksson’s team.
The defeat leaves Ivory Coast with one point from two games, victory for Brazil taking their tally to six and confirming their passage to the second round. The Elephants could …

With the criticism of FIFA executive Amos Adamu ringing in their ears, Ivory Coast know that improvements must be made against Brazil on Sunday evening if they are to stay in the World Cup beyond the group stage.
Speaking after the first round of games, Adamu criticised all of the African teams competing in the tournament.
“These teams are so haphazardly put together,” he told BBC’s African sport programme Fast Track. “With some countries like Nigeria, the coach does not know the players. He just met the players less than four weeks …

Ivory Coast and Portugal played out a tense goalless draw to an under capacity but enthusiastic crowd in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.
The result leaves both teams with a point from their first game at this World Cup; a point which threatens to eliminate neither but could have been trebled if either side had shown any real adventure, invention or purpose throughout the lacklustre 90 minutes.
Doubts over Didier Drogba’s inclusion were confirmed as Sven Goran Eriksson left him out of the starting eleven. But the Chelsea striker, still sporting an arm …

As all eyes look to the fitness of Didier Drogba, Ivory Coast’s preparations for their first World Cup 2010 match have been focused on convincing the watching world that they are more than a one man team.
The Elephants kick off their campaign against Portugal tomorrow, and the involvement of their captain, who broke his elbow in a friendly game against Japan, is still unknown.
But Kolo Toure, the Manchester City defender, insists that Drogba’s potential absence will not halt his team’s charge out of a very difficult group. “It is normal …

Following what should be a relatively comfortable opening fixture against North Korea, Brazil contest their second fixture, again in Johannesburg, against the Ivory Coast on June 20th.

The Ivory Coast is a nation with some of the world’s most recognizable talent on its roster. However, despite the big names, the team as a whole has been an underachiever at recent big tournaments.

Brazil’s match against the Ivory Coast could be their first real test of the tournament

For example, four years ago, after reaching the final of the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations, …

Ivory Coast squad
Goalkeepers: Boubacar Barry (Lokeren, Belgium), Aristides Zogbo (Maccabi Netanya, Israel), Daniel Yeboah (Asec, Ivory Coast).
Defenders: Souleymane Bamba (Hibernian, Scotland), Arthur Boka (VB Stuttgart, Germany), Benjamin Brou Angoua (Valenciennes, France), Guy Demel (Hamburg SV, Germany), Emmanuel Eboue (Arsenal, England), Steve Gohouri (Wigan Athletic, England), Siaka Tiene (Valenciennes, France), Kolo Toure (Manchester City, England).
Midfielders: Jean-Jacques Gosso Gosso (Monaco, France), Abdul Kader Keita (Galatasaray, Turkey), Emmanuel Kone (International Curtea Arges, Romania), Gervinho (Lille, France), Koffi N’Dri Romaric (Sevilla, Spain), Cheik Ismael Tiote (Twente Enschede, Holland), Yaya Toure (Barcelona, Spain), Didier …

Ivory Coast’s preparations for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa have suffered a serious setback.
Captain Didier Drogba has broken his elbow which leaves him as a major doubt for the tournament which kicks off in six days’ time.
The 32 year old Chelsea striker picked up the injury just over a quarter of an hour into his side’s friendly with fellow World Cup competitors Japan, after a tackle from Tulio Tanaka.
After leaving the pitch clutching his right arm, Drogba was taken to a medical centre in Sion, where x-rays confirmed …