With the World Cup less than 50 days away, the footballing world will descend upon Brazil this summer. As part of a series of predictions, here we look at the squad that the Ivory Coast could take to the tournament.
Ivory Coast have qualified for the last two World Cups. This time, they have the potential to advance to the last 16 which would be a big boost for African Football. They have a number of well-known players that will be most likely contesting their last World Cup finals.
Probable squad of 23:
Goalkeepers - Boubacar Barry, Sayouba Mande, Sylvain Gbohouo
Defenders - Dider Zokora, Kolo Toure, Siaka Tiene, Arthur Boka, Serge Aurier, Brice Dja Djedje, Constant Djakpa and Sol Bamba
Midfielders - Yaya Toure, Romaric, Cheick Tiote, Max Gradel, Jean-Jacques Gosso, Serey Die and Mathis Bolly
Forwards - Didier Drogba (Captain), Salomon Kalou, Gervinho, Wilfried Bony and Seydou Doumbia
Key Player - Dider Drogba. He has achieved a considerable amount in his football career but a successful World Cup eludes him.
Drogba will be determined to strike fear into teams, with him in his swansong it may be tougher but this could be his World Cup.
Player to watch - Max Gradel. He has been influential for Saint-Etienne in recent seasons and a successful World Cup could potentially see him move to a bigger club. With his pace and ability plus the odd goal, Gradel could prove useful.
The manager - Sabri Lamouchi. Arriving in 2012, this is his first managerial position. While he has been thrown in the deep end, he has relished the job job and the World Cup may not faze him - especially with a golden generation by his side and wise heads including Yaya and Kolo Toure and Didier Drogba.
Time will tell if he can manage on the biggest stage, but this could be where the Ivory Coast may show how good they are.
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