Posts tagged: ivory coast

Observations from Soccer City

Last night was my first World Cup experience as a fan. An Ivory Coast scarf wrapped round my neck, I watched Les Elephants lose 3-1 to Brazil at Soccer City. Some thoughts… South Africans may have bought tickets in large numbers, but are they football fans? Many of those I sat with behind the goal [...]

So much for this being an African World Cup…

So much for this being an African World Cup. Few Africans from outside the host country have been able to make the trip south, while the South Africans who make their trade from football – the informal hawkers and trinket sellers – have been banned from within half a mile of the stadiums. The official World [...]

“African football suffers from chronic organisational problems”

Depressing interview by Jonathan Wilson with Ivory Coast’s former coach, Vahid Halilhodzic, in today’s Guardian. Depressing because Halilhodzic is right: “…African football suffers from chronic organisational problems. There, politicians are interfering in absolutely everything, especially football. The reasons are obvious, football is very popular, particularly at national level, and some marginal political characters are using [...]

Wednesday June 9th, 2010 in , , | No Comments »

Africa’s World Cup squads

All 32 countries at the World Cup have this week announced their 30-man provisional squads for next month’s tournament. The coaches have until 1st June to pick their final 23. Algeria, drawn against England, USA and Slovenia, include seven home-based players in their squad but they will rely on those playing in Europe, in particular Portsmouth’s [...]

Sven’s bad start

Sven Goran Eriksson’s reign as coach of Ivory Coast has not got off to a good start. The BBC’s John James found little enthusiasm for Sven in Abidjan, with many supporters unsure who he is. “I can’t say I know too much about him”, said one fan Jean-Paul, while another, Guy Borgon could only say [...]

Monday April 5th, 2010 in , , , | 2 Comments »

The Roundup

Africa’s World Cup hopefuls The Ivory Coast coaching circus is over. The last man standing is Sven Goran Eriksson, whose appointment was announced on Ivorian state television last night. Sven won’t find it easy. For a start, he doesn’t speak French. But at least he knows his opponents well. Portugal, who Ivory Coast play on 15th [...]

The Roundup

Best of African Club Football Let’s start with the African Champions League. Two big shocks in the first leg of the second round. Champions TP Mazembe were beaten 1-0 away to APR of Rwanda while Egyptian side Al Ahly, who have won the competition a record six times, lost by the same scoreline to Zimbabwe’s [...]