World Cup 2014 team preview – Ivory Coast

Captain: Mario Yepes

Manager: Jose Pekerman


Probably have the best talents from big clubs. But that doesn’t translate into country. This world cup , they have in the same group with Colombia , Japan and Greece. Its a more favorable for them than the previous ones.


Notable Strength –  Physically superior defense , Didier Drogba and Wilfried Bony are all very difficult to play against. Yaya Toure is in the midfield .Playing solid but fluid attacking play It seems to be very difficult when the opponents face them.

Notable Weakness – Chokers tag. It’s no doubt that they have the biggest stars in the squad , their group draw last world cup was quite unlucky for them .


Projected Starting XI



Goalkeeper – Boubacar Barry will start for Ivory Coast.

Defenders – Serge Aurier  , Kolo Toure , Souleman Bamba  ,Arthur Boka  this defense is very imposing . If they can gel together , they are very difficult defense to break.

Midfielders – Besides Chile Arturo Vidal , maybe one of the most complete midfield in the world is Yaya Toure. He can what he do in the midfield , and he’s very difficult to match.   Cheik Tiote  is also another to force in the midfield

Forwards –  Ivory Coast will have Didier Drogba , Wilfried Bony  , Salomon Kalou  and the rejuvenated Gervinho. And they are capable of making a difference in the attack.

Key Player – Yaya Toure is the key player them . If can make dominate that midfield (which surely he can) and create plays for the attack.

Notable Missing Players – Sure they got plenty of attacking talent , but Seydou Doumbia and Lacina Traoré are notable omissions.

Surprise –  Didier Drogba  is still playing , not the same as its heydays , but can still dominate the opposing defenders. But  Serge Aurier could a surprise package for them and he’s bound for big club move next season.


One to Watch –  While Serge Aurier is the one to watch for Ivory Coast. Its difficult not to notice  how crucial  Yaya Toure is to the team.

Young Star –Serge Aurier ! He’s a defender now , maybe he can move to a more advance midfield role next time.



Getting out of the Group Stage should be a good start for them. As a powerhouse squad they should be playing at the Quarterfinals.

Complete Squad


Goalkeepers: Boubacar Barry (Lokeren), Sylvain Gbohouo (Sewe San Pedro), Sayouba Mande (Stabaek), Badra Ali Sangare (ASEC Mimosas)

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

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

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

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