World Cup Profile: Ivory Coast
Beware the Drog
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…
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…
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.