Columbia win on long awaited return

Columbia win on long awaited return
Colombia marked their long-awaited return to FIFA World Cup action with an entertaining 3-0 win over Greece on Saturday.

Kolo Toure says malaria worry behind him

Kolo Toure says malaria worry behind him

Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure said he has overcome his malaria scare, as his side prepares for their World Cup clash with Japan.

Japan hoping for Brazilian support

Japan hoping for Brazilian support
Japan are hoping for strong support from Brazilian fans when they take on Ivory Coast in their opening World Cup Group C game in Recife's Pernambuco arena on Saturday.

Gervinho ready to rein in impulses

Gervinho ready to rein in impulses

Pacey attacker Gervinho has promised to reign in some of his impulsive individual flair for the good of the team as the Ivory Coast set sights on advancing past the opening round at the World Cup for the first time.

Yaya and Drogba both passed fit

Yaya and Drogba both passed fit

Ivory Coast received a huge fillip ahead of the World Cup opener against Japan as marauding midfield presence Yaya Toure was passed fit to play by coach Sabri Lamouchi ahead of Saturday's Group C clash.

Columbia should qualify but will Elephants follow them?

Columbia should qualify but will Elephants follow them?
Even without prolific striker Radamel Falcao, Colombia start as favourites to qualify from World Cup Group C after finishing second in the South American qualifiers and taking decent results against Belgium and the Netherlands in friendlies.

Yoshida up for Ivory challenge

Yoshida up for Ivory challenge

Japan defender Maya Yoshida is ready to renew his rivalry with some familiar faces in Saturday's World Cup clash against Ivory Coast in Recife, aware that he needs to be on top of his game to thwart players such as Yaya Toure and Gervinho.

Toure may not be fit for Japan clash

Toure may not be fit for Japan clash
Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi admits that injured star Yaya Toure might not be fit for the start of the World Cup.

No excuses for Ivory legends

No excuses for Ivory legends

Yaya and Kolo Toure, Didier Drogba and Didier Zokora have made nearly 400 appearances for Côte d’Ivoire and have played for some of the biggest clubs in the world, becoming living Ivorian legends in the process.

Columbia will cope without injured Falcao

Columbia will cope without injured Falcao

For many years the Colombian side was known for having a strong defence but also for its problems scoring goals.

Ivory Coast will bank on experience

Ivory Coast will bank on experience
Ivory Coast national coach Sabri Lamouchi will count on his old guard to help the team through their FIFA World Cup group stage, starting against Japan on Saturday.

Mature Greece more optimistic

 Mature Greece more optimistic

Winless and goalless in 1994, and with only one victory in 2010, playing in the World Cup finals has given Greece fans little to get excited about. But Fernando Santos’ side head for Brazil boasting more maturity and with signs of optimism that they will be able to get beyond the group stage.

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