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).

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