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World Cup Profile: Ivory Coast

Beware the Drog

Ivory Coast 

Now for the Ivory Coast. Who are they? Can they win the World Cup? And is Didier Drogba feeling a bit cold in the above picture? Read on to find out… 

Form Guide

After a disappointing Africa Cup of Nations, the Ivory Coast made up for it by breezing through the qualifiers to make it to just their second World Cup. Last time around they suffered from being in a strong group alongside Argentina and Holland. The good news is that this time they’ve got Brazil and Portugal. Oh no, hang on – that’s bad news isn’t it? Their odds of winning are 41/1 on Betfair.

World Cup Moment

There haven’t been many – three whole matches to be precise. They lost to Holland and Argentina, so here’s their sole World Cup victory to really get the juices flowing…

Main Man

Didier Drogba isn’t just considered to be a great footballer (39/1 to top score on Betfair), but he’s also something of a national treasure back in his homeland. His decision to donate all of his money from a Pepsi advert into building a hospital in his hometown of Abidjan was particularly well received. As are his dance skills (below).

One to Watch

They’ve got some big names in the squad – the Toure brothers, Kalou, Zakora, Eboue – but the underground buzz surrounds a young man called Gervinho. He’s been dubbed “the African Messi”, and the below video might go some way to explaining how come…

Strengths and Weaknesses

The spine of the team is pretty impressive, with Kolo and Yaya Toure, plus the aforementioned Drogba all capable of playing world class football. And they look pretty dangerous going forward. Unfortunately, they might come a cropper thanks to finding themselves in another deadly group at only their second World Cup. Could lack the necessary experience.

Ivory Coast Pop Star

Ladies and gentlemen, DJ Lewis!

To show your support…

Well, you could start with a bit of pumping DJ Lewis (above) to get you in the mood. Then follow that with a few sweet brewskis and an Aloko. Oh, what’s that? You don’t know what an Aloko is? It’s an Ivorian snack of fried ripened banana, served with onions and chillies. Yum!

And now for a totally unrelated song about the Ivory Coast manager…

The Spoiler Predicts: Everything depends on their opening match against Portugal. Win it, and they could build up a head of steam. Lose it and they’re out at the first hurdle. At a push, knock out stages.


5 responses so far
  • J // May 25, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    where is the section on sex to sell football I look forward to that part

  • Ramon // May 25, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Really, really enjoying these. Thanks for the efforts.

    They should be combined into one super guide so we can spam that link to all our casual-observing countrymen here in the US.

  • JoshBurt // May 26, 2010 at 9:08 am

    J, it seems that some nations just don’t abide by sexy bikini football. A sad truth.

    Ramon, glad you like them!

  • skaryguy // May 26, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Erm, I’d just like to point out that you’re predicitons of Ivory Coast/Portugal would have one of them beating Spain in the second round, who you also claim might win it. You do realise that the runner-up of the aforementioned Group of Death will play the winners of Spain’s group right (most likely to be Spain)? If Brazil slip up we could have a Spain-Brazil 2nd round match. Maybe you guys should consider who teams may meet in the second rounds when giving predictions. The fact is Portugal or Ivory Coast aren’t likely to make it past round 2.

  • JoshBurt // May 26, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    skaryguy, you make a very vallid point

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