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2014 World Cup Aftermath: The Hype Of The Elephants

2014 World Cup Aftermath: The Hype Of The Elephants

Ivory Coast is not called “elephants” for nothing. They are one of the highest ranked African squad in FIFA, they have consistently qualified since 2006 and they are one of the dominant groups in the African Cup of Nations. Ivory Coast is a big team. But for their supporters, they are even bigger than life.

 

The high degree of admiration that spectators have for them best explains why their early exit devastated the country’s sporting spirit.

 

Recap

The Elephants  began their campaign with a victory over Japan. Ivory Coast was then trailing the Japanese, until Drogba prompted a pitch rampage, which turned the odds into their favor.

 

Eyeing for the second win, Ivory Coast was confident that they will get the upper-hand against Colombia. But a resilient James Rodriguez and Juan Quintero, took them out of the competition.

 

Going against Greece became their last chance to advance and world cup betting odds tips them as favorite of the match. Sadly, a penalty from Georgios Samaras left them weeping.

 

Where it went wrong

Ivory Coast can be fairly considered as a powerhouse in the tournament. The players under its wing, possess an impressive resume—one that will certainly be the envy of many.

 

Didier Drogba, the Toure brothers Gervinho and Wilfied Bony, to name a few, are indispensible members of the clubs that they play for. They have successfully etched their names into footballing history. They are certified living legends, who never fail to inspire an aspiring footballer.

 

But then again, it seemed that the squad does not have enough space for many football superstars. The Elephants have become a victim of its own success. The presence of the above-mentioned players hardly gave the group the leverage and advantage that they need.

 

Their media-made image barely met expectations and so they ended up being called a “hype” rather than a high.

 

Onward to 2018

Sabri Lamouchi resigned after Ivory Coast’s exit. Lamouchi stressed that he shall not renew his contract with the national squad and will leave for good.

 

The scenario may be a sad and depressing one. However, it also offers new opportunities for Ivory Coast to make a brand new start.

 

 

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