FIFA World Cup 2014: Côte d’Ivoire 23 Man Squad

Ivory Coast have selected a very strong 23 man squad for their 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign in Brazil.

With the Toure brothers, Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou, Gervinho and Wilfried Bony, Côte d’Ivoire go to the World Cup with a very strong chance of going into the knockout phases, from Group C.

Their opponents in the group are Japan, Colombia and Greece, making them good candidates to progress to the Round of 16 at the very least. Having never made it to the knock-out phase of a World Cup, should Côte d’Ivoire manage to qualify, this would represent their best-ever World Cup campaign.

Côte d’Ivoire 23 Man Squad

1 Boubacar BARRY Goalkeeper
2 Ousmane DIARRASSOUBA Defender
3 Arthur BOKA Defender
4 Kolo TOURE Defender
5 Didier ZOKORA Defender
6 Mathis BOLLY Midfielder
7 Jean Daniel AKPA Defender
8 Salomon KALOU Forward
9 Ismael TIOTE Midfielder
10 GERVINHO Forward
11 Didier DROGBA Forward
12 Wilfried BONY Forward
13 Konan YA Midfielder
14 Ismael DIOMANDE Midfielder
15 Max GRADEL Midfielder
16 Sylvain GBOHOUO Goalkeeper
17 Serge AURIER Defender
18 Constant DJAKPA Defender
19 Yaya TOURE Midfielder
20 Die SEREY Midfielder
21 Giovanni SIO Forward
22 Souleymane BAMBA Defender
23 Sayouba MANDE Goalkeeper

LAMOUCHI Sabri Coach (FRA)

In This Story: Cote D'Ivoire

Ivory Coast, also known as Côte d’Ivoire, officially the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, is a country located on the south coast of West Africa. Ivory Coast’s political capital is Yamoussoukro in the center of the country, while its economic capital and largest city is the port city of Abidjan.

It borders Guinea to the northwest, Liberia to the west, Mali to the northwest, Burkina Faso to the northeast, Ghana to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea (Atlantic Ocean) to the south.

The official language of the republic is French, with local indigenous languages also being widely used that include Baoulé, Dioula, Dan, Anyin, and Cebaara Senufo. In total, there are around 78 different languages spoken in Ivory Coast. The country has large populations of adherents of Christianity, Islam and various indigenous religions.

Before its colonization by Europeans, Ivory Coast was home to several states, including Gyaaman, the Kong Empire and Baoulé. The area became a protectorate of France in 1843 and achieved independence in 1960.

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