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Ivory Coast made a first World Cup appearance in Germany 2006 and although they did not make it out of the first round, they won plenty of admirers in what was labelled the Group of Death with the Netherlands, Argentina and Serbia.
The likes of former African Footballer of the Year Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou, Abdelkader Keita, Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Eboue and Didier Zakora have heralded a new generation of superstars in The Elephants camp.
The attacking style with which the team performs has made them the poster-team for all that is good in African football and they will expect to book their place in South Africa in 2010 to show that there is substance to their style.
The side is coach by Bosnia and Herzegovina national Vahid Halilhodić, who has played for and managed Paris St Germain, and was also an international for Yugoslavia.
He has been in charge of Cote dIvoire since May 2008, his first job at national team level.
The nations greatest moment in continental football came in 1992 when they claimed the Africa Cup of Nations title in Senegal, beating Ghana 11-10 in a penalty shootout in the final.
But that was not even their biggest shootout win, in the quarterfinals of the 2006 Nations Cup they defeated Cameroon 12-11 in the post-match spot-kicks.
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