Team profile: Ivory Coast

Despite this being the former French colony's first trip to the World Cup finals, they undoubtedly have the strike power to achieve greatness. Many of their players play in Europe's best leagues, and many more could join them should the Elephants play to their potential.

    FIFA Ranking: 32

    Coach: Henri Michel

    Key players: Didier Drogba, Bonaventure Kalou, Aruna Dindane

    World Cup record: First appearance

    Qualifying route: Won African Group 3

    Key question: Can The Elephants become the first African team to reach the semi-finals?

    Squad:

    Goalkeepers #
    Jean-Jacques Tizie 1
    Gerard Gnanhouan 16
    Boubacar Barry Copa 23
    Defenders
    Etienne Arthur Boka 2
    Abib Kolo Toure 4
    Blaise Kouassi 6
    Abdoulaye Meite 12
    Marc Zoro 13
    Cyrille Domoraud 17
    Emmanuel Eboue 21
    Midfielders
    Kanga Gauthier Akale 3
    Didier Zokora 5
    Emerse Fae 7
    Gilles Yapi Yapo 10
    Abdoul Kader Keita 18
    Yaya Toure 19
    Guy Roland Demel 20
    Romaric Koffi 22
    Forwards
    Bonaventure Kalou 8
    Arouna Kone 9
    Didier Drogba 11
    Bakari Kone 14
    Aruna Dindane 15

    Group matches:

    v Argentina, 19:00 GMT, Saturday 10th June - Hamburg

    v Netherlands, 16:00 GMT, Friday 16th June - Stuttgart

    v Serbia & Montenegro, 19:00 GMT, Wednesday 21st June - Munich

     

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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