Cote D'Ivoire 2014 FIFA World Cup Squad: Player-by-Player Guide

Ed DoveContributor IIIMay 13, 2014

Cote D'Ivoire 2014 FIFA World Cup Squad: Player-by-Player Guide

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    The final African nation to reveal their preliminary World Cup squad were Cote d’Ivoire, who announced their list of 28 names on Tuesday afternoon.

    There were few surprise inclusions in the squad, although there were returns for Didier Ya Konan and Ali Badra Sangare.

    Romaric and Jean-Jacques Gosso Gosso, who have 46 and 21 caps respectively, have been overlooked, while Emmanuel Eboue and Siaka Tiene, with 78 and 85 appearances respectively, are on standby. The potential omission of these four names signals a definitive step away from the “Golden Generation” of the nation’s recent past.

    The quartet were all present in South Africa four years ago as the Ivorians were eliminated in the opening round of the last World Cup. Perhaps the refreshed Elephants can finally make the knockout stages this time with the players selected by Sabri Lamouchi.

    Squad courtesy of The Guardian.

Goalkeepers

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    Name: Boubacar “Copa” Barry 

    Date of Birth: 30/12/1979 

    Position: Goalkeeper 

    Caps: 79 

    Club: Lokeren (Belgium) 

     

    Name: Sayouba Mande 

    Date of Birth: 15/06/1993  

    Position: Goalkeeper 

    Caps: 1 

    Club: Stabaek (Norway) 

     

    Name: Badra Ali Sangare 

    Date of Birth: 30/05/1986

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 1

    Club: ASEC Mimosas

     

    Name: Sylvain Gbohouo

    Date of Birth: 29/10/1988

    Position: Goalkeeper 

    Caps: 0

    Club: Sewe Sport

     

     

Defenders

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    Name: Didier Zokora 

    Date of Birth: 14/12/1980  

    Position: Centre-back, defensive midfield, central midfield 

    Caps: 119 

    Club: Trabzonspor (Turkey) 

     

    Name: Kolo Toure 

    Date of Birth: 19/03/1981 

    Position: Centre-back 

    Caps: 106 

    Club: Liverpool (England) 

     

    Name: Arthur Boka 

    Date of Birth: 02/04/1983 

    Position: Left-back, left wing-back 

    Caps: 78 

    Club: VFB Stuttgart (Germany) 

     

    Name: Serge Aurier 

    Date of Birth: 22/02/1992 

    Position: Right-back, right wing-back, right midfield, centre-back 

    Caps: 8 

    Club: Toulouse (France) 

     

    Name: Brice Dja Djedje 

    Date of Birth: 23/12/1990 

    Position: Right-back, right wing-back, defensive midfield 

    Caps: 3 

    Club: Olympique Marseille (France) 

     

    Name: Constant Djakpa 

    Date of Birth: 17/10/1986 

    Position: Left-back 

    Caps: 3 

    Club: Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany)

     

    Name: Ousmane Viera

    Date of Birth: 21/12/1986

    Position: Centre-back

    Caps: 3

    Club: Caykur Rizespor (Turkey)

     

    Name: Sol Bamba 

    Date of Birth: 13/01/1985 

    Position: Centre-back 

    Caps: 42 

    Club: Trabzonspor (Turkey) 

     

    Name: Benjamin Angoua

    Date of Birth: 28/11/1986

    Position: Centre-back, right-back, right wing-back, defensive midfield, central midfield

    Caps: 18

    Club: Valenciennes (France)

     

    Name: Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro

    Date of Birth: 11/10/1992

    Position: Right-back, versatile midfielder

    Caps: 0

    Club: Toulouse (France)

Midfielders

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    Name: Cheick Tiote 

    Date of Birth: 21/06/1986 

    Position: Defensive midfield 

    Caps: 43 

    Club: Newcastle United (England) 

     

    Name: Yaya Toure 

    Date of Birth: 13/05/1983 

    Position: Central midfield, attacking midfield, Defensive midfield 

    Caps: 83 

    Club: Manchester City (England) 

     

    Name: Serey Die 

    Date of Birth: 07/11/1984 

    Position: Defensive midfield, central midfield, right midfield, right wing

    Caps: 5 

    Club: FC Basel (Switzerland) 

     

    Name: Mathis Bolly

    Date of Birth: 14/11/1990

    Position: Midfielder

    Caps: 2 

    Club: Fortuna Dusseldorf (Germany)

     

    Name: Ismael Diomande

    Date of Birth: 28/08/1992

    Position: Defensive-midfield

    Caps: 0

    Club: AS Saint-Etienne (France)

     

    Name: Didier Ya Konan

    Date of Birth: 25/02/1984

    Position: Attacking midfield, central midfield, right wing, striker

    Caps: 25

    Club: Hannover 96 (Germany)

Forwards

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    Name: Lacina Traore

    Date of Birth: 20/05/1990

    Position: Striker

    Caps: 7

    Club: Everton (England), on loan from AS Monaco (France)

     

    Name: Salomon Kalou 

    Date of Birth: 05/08/1985 

    Position: Forward 

    Caps: 64 

    Club: LOSC Lille (France) 

     

    Name: Gervinho 

    Date of Birth: 27/05/1987 

    Position: Left wing, forward 

    Caps: 53 

    Club: AS Roma (Italy) 

     

    Name: Didier Drogba 

    Date of Birth: 11/03/1978 

    Position: Striker 

    Caps: 99 

    Club: Galatasaray (Turkey) 

     

    Name: Max Gradel 

    Date of Birth: 30/11/1987 

    Position: Winger, forward 

    Caps: 24 

    Club: Saint-Etienne (France) 

     

    Name: Wilfried Bony 

    Date of Birth: 10/12/1988 

    Position: Striker 

    Caps: 24 

    Club: Swansea City (Wales) 

     

    Name: Giovanni Sio 

    Date of Birth: 31/03/1989

    Position: Striker 

    Caps: 6 

    Club: FC Basel (Switzerland)