Japan find it harder after qualifying

Japan find it harder after qualifying

Japan, like their fellow Asian qualifiers, know that while it is one thing to reach the World Cup finals, it is another matter entirely to do well once there. 

Lamouchi rebuilding Elephants foundations

Lamouchi rebuilding Elephants foundations

"I’m like a crocodile,” Félix Houphouët-Boigny, the first president of the Ivory Coast said famously. “I always sleep with one eye open.”

Falcao out of final 23

Falcao out of final 23

Radamel Falcao, Luis Muriel and Luis Amaranto Perea have been left out of Colombia's final 23-man squad for the FIFA World Cup.

Mitroglou makes Greek final 23

Mitroglou makes Greek final 23

Olympiakos Piraeus centre back Avraam Papadopoulos was among the leading players cut from Greece's World Cup squad as coach Fernando Santos named his final group of 23 players on Monday.

Selection headache reminds Lamouchi of personal heartache

Selection headache reminds Lamouchi of personal heartache

Giant striker Lacina Traore was one of five players cut from the Ivory Coast squad on Sunday as coach Sabri Lamouchi was forced to relive his own anguish from 1998 when he was one of the last players culled from the French selection that went on to win the World Cup.

Kalou cautious on Elephant prospects

Kalou cautious on Elephant prospects

Now a veteran of the Côte d'Ivoire national team at 28 years of age, Salomon Kalou is coming off another successful year of European club football, and should be a mainstay in the Ivorian attack in Brazil.

Ivory Coast name their 23

Ivory Coast name their 23

Ivory Coast named the following 23-man squad on Sunday for the World Cup in Brazil:

Japan go on attack with final 23

Japan go on attack with final 23

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni sprang a rare selection surprise by recalling Kawasaki Frontale forward Yoshito Okubo to his attack-minded 23-man World Cup squad after a two-year absence on Monday.

Kalou reaffirms dedication to the cause

Kalou reaffirms dedication to the cause

After Togolese star Emmanuel Adebayor harshly criticised Côte d’Ivoire’s egos and questioned their ability to play as a team and make any sort of impact at the FIFA World Cup, Elephants winger Salomon Kalou has made his dedication to the collective very clear.

Tiote says Ivory Coast can do well in Brazil

Tiote says Ivory Coast can do well in Brazil

Ivory Coast's Cheick Tiote says the World Cup will be tough for the Elephants but they have the chance to do well in Brazil, especially if they believe in their own quality.

Experience will be crucial for Ivory Coast

Experience will be crucial for Ivory Coast

Despite having never made it beyond the group stage at their two previous FIFA World Cup appearances, Côte d’Ivoire are nevertheless considered one of Africa’s strongest teams and are the continent’s highest-placed side in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, currently occupying 21st place.

Defence is Ivory Coast biggest problem

 Defence is Ivory Coast biggest problem

When the issue of why the Ivory Coast have failed to win the Africa Cup of Nation arises, the reasons spew out – chokers; a team of unmanageable egos – but these are usually no more than mumbo-jumbo.

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