Ivory Coast

2006-06-01 10:58

Berlin - Thirty-two teams have qualified for the 2006 World Cup finals which take place in Germany from June 9 - July 9.

IVORY COAST

Honours:

World Cup appearances: 0

African Nations Cup winners: 1 (1992)

Fifa world ranking: 32

Odds: 66/1

Coach: Henri Michel

A charismatic former French international midfielder who as coach guided France to the semi-finals of the 1986 World Cup, Michel has enjoyed a quixotic coaching career that has taken him to all parts of the globe.

Took the Ivory Coast to the World Cup for the first time at the expense of Cameroon, the fourth finals in a row that he has successfully taken African teams to the finals.

Key player: Didier Drogba

Physical Chelsea centre-forward who has emerged as something of a hate figure in the English Premiership this season for his tendency to hit the deck at the slightest whiff of contact.

Histrionics have overshadowed the good side of his game. Clinical finisher when on form, he should prove a handful to opposition defences at the World Cup.

Squad:

Goalkeepers:

Jean-Jacques Tizie (Esperance Tunis/TUN), Boubacar Barry Copa (KSK Beveren/BEL), Gerard Gnanhouan (Montpellier/FRA).

Defenders:

Cyrille Domoraud (Creteil/FRA/D2), Blaise Kouassi (ES Troyes/FRA), Abdoulaye Meite (Marseille/FRA), Etienne Arthur Boka (Strasbourg/FRA), Abib Kolo Toure (Arsenal/ENG), Emmanuel Eboue (Arsenal/ENG), Marc Zoro (FC Messina/ITA).

Midfielders:

Didier Zokora (St Etienne/FRA), Emerse Fae (Nantes/FRA), Kanga Gauthier Akale (Auxerre/FRA), Romaric Ndri Koffi (Le Mans/FRA), Gnegneri Yaya Toure (Olympiakos/GRE), Gilles Yapi Yapo (Young Boys/SUI), Guy Roland Demel (Hamburg/GER).

Strikers:

Bakari Kone (Nice/FRA), Didier Drogba (Chelsea/ENG), Arouna Kone (PSV Eindhoven/NED), Bonaventure Kalou (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Abdoul Kader Keita (Lille/FRA), Aruna Dindane (Lens/FRA).

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.