Odds Ivory Coast Will Win World Cup
Ivory Coast will be appearing in their third consecutive World Cup in 2014. The squad has never advanced past the Group Stage in World Cup competition, but gave supporters plenty to be hopeful about in 2010 after recording a win over North Korea and holding Portugal to a scoreless draw, coming within a point of advancing to the Group of 16. Ivory Coast will not have to face Brazil or Portugal in group play at Brazil 2014, but will face serious challenges in a group where second place is considered up for grabs.
Ivory Coast sit at No. 21 in FIFA’s world rankings and sport odds of 125/1 to win the 2014 World Cup. They recently played to a 2-2 draw against Belgium, but were also outclassed 4-1 by Mexico last August. The loss followed a disappointing 2-1 quarterfinal loss to Nigeria at the African Nations Cup. However, with the likes of Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure and Salomon Kalou on the pitch, it may be just a matter of time before Ivory Coast breaks through.
Early World Cup Pick
Ivory Coast enters Brazil 2014 with the second best odds in the group, at +400, trailing only Colombia, who sit at -150. They will be a heavy underdog when they face Colombia, making their matches against Greece and Japan critical to their chances of advancing to the Group of 16 for the first time in the nation’s history. Ivory Coast have faced Japan twice before, earning a 2-0 victory in a 2010 friendly and dropping a 1-0 contest at the 2008 Kirin Cup. They will be facing Greece for the first time. The Greeks have struggled against high-level competition, failing to record a win against a WC-qualified time since a 1-0 win over Russia in June 2012.
Ivory Coast Qualifying Results - How they got to the World Cup
Ivory Coast finished first in African qualifying Group C, going undefeated in 10 matches. They clinched a berth with a 4-2 aggregate win over Senegal in a mandatory playoff.
10/10/09 Malawi 1 – 1 Ivory Coast
14/11/09 Ivory Coast 3 – 0 Guinea
02/06/12 Ivory Coast 2 – 0 Tanzania
09/06/12 Morocco 2 – 2 Ivory Coast
23/03/13 Ivory Coast 3 – 0 Gambia
08/06/13 Gambia 0 – 3 Ivory Coast
16/06/13 Tanzania 2 – 4 Ivory Coast
07/09/13 Ivory Coast 1 – 1 Morocco
12/10/13 Ivory Coast 3 – 1 Senegal
16/11/13 Senegal 1 – 1 Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast World Cup Group Play Schedule
14/06/14 Ivory Coast vs. Japan - Arena Pernambuco
19/06/14 Colombia vs. Ivory Coast - Nacional
24/06/14 Greece vs. Ivory Coast - Estadio Castelão
Ivory Coast Key Players
Yaya Toure MF Manchester City – One of the world’s best midfielders, Toure is equally strong on both defense and offense.
Didier Drogba FW, Galatasaray – One of the best centre forwards in the world, is excellent on the ball, but has a reputation for being temperamental.
Kolo Toure MF Liverpool – Brings a wealth of experience to the Elephants, and an all-round skill set to the midfield.