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5 Reasons Why Ivory Coast Will Hoist The World Cup In 2014

5 Reasons Why Ivory Coast Will Be 2014 World Cup Winners

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Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Ivory Coast are looking for a big World Cup this summer. The current team has come in for some criticism over the years for not meeting the expectations that everybody had anticipated for them. They will be hugely motivated because of that. Could that have been the problem in the past? Motivation? It will not be this time and a motivated Ivory Coast will be looking for a successful tournament in Brazil.

5. Familiar Conditions

Solomon Kalou attacks for Ivory Coast
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5. Familiar Conditions

Solomon Kalou attacks for Ivory Coast
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There is the potential for there to be some awkward pitches to play on in Brazil. The Ivory Coast players are used to playing on bobbly, hard pitches, though, and in humid conditions too. That will only benefit them in the tournament and can be nothing but an advantage for the Ivory Coast.

4. Strong Squad

Wilfired Bony of Ivory Coast
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4. Strong Squad

Wilfired Bony of Ivory Coast
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Ivory Coast possess a very strong squad which allows for rotation to keep fresh, effective substitutes and tactical variation. Just in the strikers department they have Didier Drogba, Wilfried Bony, Arouna Kone and Lacina Traore. That's good depth to have and with variation. They have an array of wingers and central midfielders along with versatile defenders which combined makes for a strong squad and a huge asset for the manager.

3. Last Chance for the Golden Generation

Ivory Coast players celebrate a goal
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3. Last Chance for the Golden Generation

Ivory Coast players celebrate a goal
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The current generation of players for the Ivory Coast have underachieved for the talent they have in the team. That much is obvious. The talent is still there, though, and this will be the last chance for this generation of players to fulfill the obvious potential they have always had. They have a lot of big players who have won a lot of trophies at their clubs, and to doubt them, on this stage, would be a mistake.

2. Didier Drogba

Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba
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2. Didier Drogba

Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba
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Didier Drogba is the captain and leader of the team and one of the best strikers in the world in his prime; this will be his last chance at a World Cup. Of course, he knows that, and that's why you have to expect a big tournament from a big player. He isn't the player he was, but he can turn it on on the big occasion and still supply the goals to win the cup.

1. Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure of Ivory Coast
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1. Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure of Ivory Coast
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Every successful team usually has a difference maker -- a player who can make the difference in tight, close games. Yaya Toure has been a difference maker for Manchester City for the last couple of years, and for Ivory Coast to win the World Cup he will be required to do it again. The good news is that he can and he regularly does.