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Kalou’s miss puts Dortmund into German Cup quarters

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Berlin (AFP) – Salomon Kalou’s missed spot-kick put hosts Borussia Dortmund into the German Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday as Hertha Berlin lost 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

The Ivory Coast striker gave Hertha a first-half lead in the third-round cup clash in Dortmund when he volleyed home on 27 minutes after the hosts made a slow start.

Kalou’s miss puts Dortmund into German Cup quarters

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Berlin (AFP) – Salomon Kalou’s missed spot-kick put hosts Borussia Dortmund into the German Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday as Hertha Berlin lost 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

The Ivory Coast striker gave Hertha a first-half lead in the third-round cup clash in Dortmund when he volleyed home on 27 minutes after the hosts made a slow start.

Rejuvenated Cameroon, Egypt set for Cup final showdown

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Libreville (AFP) Cameroon and Egypt are both aiming to cap remarkable revivals by winning the Africa Cup of Nations when they meet in a final that few thought possible in Libreville on Sunday evening.

These are two of the most successful nations in the 60-year history of the competition, with Egypt unrivalled on seven titles and Cameroon, four-time winners, just behind alongside Ghana.

Rejuvenated Cameroon, Egypt set for Cup final showdown

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Libreville (AFP) Cameroon and Egypt are both aiming to cap remarkable revivals by winning the Africa Cup of Nations when they meet in a final that few thought possible in Libreville on Sunday evening.

These are two of the most successful nations in the 60-year history of the competition, with Egypt unrivalled on seven titles and Cameroon, four-time winners, just behind alongside Ghana.

Renard proud of Morocco in defeat

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Port-Gentil (Gabon) (AFP) Morocco coach Herve Renard said his team had been "exceptional" at the Africa Cup of Nations despite exiting the competition in the quarter-finals to Egypt on Sunday.

In their first appearance in the knockout phase of the tournament since 2004, Morocco lost 1-0 in Port-Gentil after conceding the decisive goal with just two minutes left.

Future bright for Ivory Coast despite failed Cup defence

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Oyem (Gabon) (AFP) A young Ivory Coast side must pick themselves up quickly and look to the future after the bitter disappointment of their early elimination from the Africa Cup of Nations.

The reigning champions suffered an ignominious group-stage exit on Tuesday after a 1-0 defeat to a Morocco side coached by Herve Renard, the man who led the Elephants to the 2015 title.

Future bright for Ivory Coast despite failed Cup defence

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Oyem (Gabon) (AFP) A young Ivory Coast side must pick themselves up quickly and look to the future after the bitter disappointment of their early elimination from the Africa Cup of Nations.

The reigning champions suffered an ignominious group-stage exit on Tuesday after a 1-0 defeat to a Morocco side coached by Herve Renard, the man who led the Elephants to the 2015 title.

Renard-led Morocco knock holders I. Coast out

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Oyem (Gabon) (AFP) Title-holders the Ivory Coast were dumped out of the Africa Cup of Nations Tuesday after a superb Rachid Alioui goal gave Herve Renard-coached Morocco a 1-0 win in Gabon.

Clinching a quarter-finals place was particularly sweet for Frenchman Renard, the coach of the Ivorians when they won the biennial tournament two years ago.

Kalou announces international retirement after Ivorian exit

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Oyem (Gabon) (AFP) Ivory Coast forward Salomon Kalou announced his retirement from international football after the reigning champions were eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday.

"I am 31, this is my sixth Africa Cup of Nations. I have been to a final and won another," said the 31-year-old after a 1-0 defeat to Morocco in Oyem condemned the Elephants to a group-stage exit.

Man City’s Toure dismisses lure of China

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London (AFP) Yaya Toure says he wants to remain at Manchester City and is not interested in moving to China, amid reports of a big-money offer from the Chinese Super League.

Reports last week said Toure, 33, had rejected an approach from a Chinese club that would have seen him paid around £430,000 ($536,000, 499,000 euros) a week.

Man City’s Toure dismisses lure of China

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London (AFP) Yaya Toure says he wants to remain at Manchester City and is not interested in moving to China, amid reports of a big-money offer from the Chinese Super League.

Reports last week said Toure, 33, had rejected an approach from a Chinese club that would have seen him paid around £430,000 ($536,000, 499,000 euros) a week.

Ivory Coast set for Renard showdown after DR Congo draw

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Oyem (Gabon) (AFP) Reigning champions the Ivory Coast will need to beat the Morocco of their former coach Herve Renard to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals after a second draw in as many games on Friday.

The Ivorians had to come from behind twice to draw 2-2 with DR Congo in Oyem in the day's early game with Wilfried Bony and Geoffrey Serey Die getting their goals.

Ivory Coast set for Renard showdown after DR Congo draw

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Oyem (Gabon) (AFP) Reigning champions the Ivory Coast will need to beat the Morocco of their former coach Herve Renard to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals after a second draw in as many games on Friday.

The Ivorians had to come from behind twice to draw 2-2 with DR Congo in Oyem in the day's early game with Wilfried Bony and Geoffrey Serey Die getting their goals.

Champions Ivory Coast hit back to hold DR Congo

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Oyem (Gabon) (AFP) Defending champions the Ivory Coast had to come from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw with the Democratic Republic of Congo Friday in a lively Africa Cup of Nations clash.

The result in the northern Gabonese town of Oyem kept the vibrant Congolese top of Group C with four points from two matches followed by the Ivorians with two.

Champions Ivory Coast hit back to hold DR Congo

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Oyem (Gabon) (AFP) Defending champions the Ivory Coast had to come from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw with the Democratic Republic of Congo Friday in a lively Africa Cup of Nations clash.

The result in the northern Gabonese town of Oyem kept the vibrant Congolese top of Group C with four points from two matches followed by the Ivorians with two.

Ghana target Africa Cup of Nations last-eight berth

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Port-Gentil (Gabon) (AFP) Ghana can secure a place in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations with a group game to spare if they beat Mali in Group D in Port-Gentil on Saturday.

Avram Grant's side, beaten on penalties by the Ivory Coast in the 2015 final, set themselves up nicely in this year's tournament by edging out Uganda 1-0 courtesy of an Andre Ayew spot-kick in their opening match on Tuesday.

Ghana target Africa Cup of Nations last-eight berth

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Port-Gentil (Gabon) (AFP) Ghana can secure a place in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations with a group game to spare if they beat Mali in Group D in Port-Gentil on Saturday.

Avram Grant's side, beaten on penalties by the Ivory Coast in the 2015 final, set themselves up nicely in this year's tournament by edging out Uganda 1-0 courtesy of an Andre Ayew spot-kick in their opening match on Tuesday.

Le Roy, Renard loom large over key Africa Cup of Nations clash

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Oyem (Gabon) (AFP) French coaches Herve Renard and Claude le Roy loom large over the key Africa Cup of Nations Group C clash between Morocco and Togo in Oyem Friday.

Renard, a Cup of Nations winner with Zambia in 2012 and the Ivory Coast in 2015, was hired by Morocco last year and given a mandate to reach the semi-finals.

Leading Togo at Cup of Nations an ‘obligation’ for Adebayor

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Oyem (Gabon) (AFP) Emmanuel Adebayor has been without a club for six months now but the only thing on his mind in that time has been leading his country Togo into the Africa Cup of Nations.

In an interview with AFP at the Togo team's base in Oyem in northern Gabon, the former Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur striker admitted he felt a responsibility to lead the small west African nation on their return to the tournament.

Leading Togo at Cup of Nations an ‘obligation’ for Adebayor

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Oyem (Gabon) (AFP) Emmanuel Adebayor has been without a club for six months now but the only thing on his mind in that time has been leading his country Togo into the Africa Cup of Nations.

In an interview with AFP at the Togo team's base in Oyem in northern Gabon, the former Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur striker admitted he felt a responsibility to lead the small west African nation on their return to the tournament.

Kabananga strikes as DR Congo stun Morocco

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Oyem (Gabon) (AFP) Junior Kabananga pounced on a goalkeeping error to give the Democratic Republic of Congo a 1-0 win over Morocco in an Africa Cup of Nations upset on Monday in Gabon.

Success came two days after the central Africans refused to train over a bonuses row and a red card and an injury meant they were briefly reduced to nine men in the closing stages.

Kabananga strikes as DR Congo stun Morocco

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Oyem (Gabon) (AFP) Junior Kabananga pounced on a goalkeeping error to give the Democratic Republic of Congo a 1-0 win over Morocco in an Africa Cup of Nations upset on Monday in Gabon.

Success came two days after the central Africans refused to train over a bonuses row and a red card and an injury meant they were briefly reduced to nine men in the closing stages.

Kabananga strikes as DR Congo upset Morocco

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Oyem (Gabon) (AFP) Junior Kabananga scored to give the Democratic Republic of Congo an upset 1-0 win over Morocco Monday in an Africa Cup of Nations Group C match in Gabonese town Oyem.

Victory took the Congolese Leopards to the top of the table after defending champions the Ivory Coast were held 0-0 by Togo in the first half of a dobule-header.

Ivorians impress as ‘Auba’, Mahrez lead football stars parade

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Libreville (AFP) New-look Ivory Coast are preparing to defend the Africa Cup of Nations, which kicks off in Gabon on Saturday, buoyed by encouraging results and impressive form from new recruit Wilfried Zaha.

The Crystal Palace flier hopes to make an impact in a competition that boasts Europe-based stars like Riyad Mahrez of Algeria, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon and Sadio Mane of Senegal.

First goal for Wilfried Zaha as Ivorians crush Uganda

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Johannesburg (AFP) Wilfried Zaha scored his first goal for African champions the Ivory Coast as they trounced Uganda 3-0 Wednesday in a warm-up match for the 2017 Cup of Nations.

The Crystal Palace and former England winger struck with a low shot after a superb solo run during the second half in Abu Dhabi.

Stick with England, Southgate urges Zaha

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London (AFP) England manager Gareth Southgate hopes to persuade Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha not to switch allegiance to the Ivory Coast, he revealed this week.

Zaha, capped twice by England, has asked world governing body FIFA to allow him to play for the Ivory Coast, which is the country of his birth.

Zaha answers Ivory Coast call

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Abidjan (AFP) Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has swapped his international allegiance from England to the Ivory Coast, where he was born, the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) said on Sunday.

Zaha, 24, was born in Abidjan but appeared in two friendlies for England under former Three Lions' boss Roy Hodgson, making his debut against Sweden in November 2012.

France held in Ivory Coast friendly

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Lens (France) (AFP) A much-changed France team was held to a goalless draw by African champions the Ivory Coast in a friendly in the northern city of Lens on Tuesday.

The Ivorians came closest to breaking the deadlock at a packed Stade Bollaert-Delelis in the 11th minute when a fierce strike by the Basel left-back Adama Traore smashed against the post and Salomon Kalou converted the rebound, only for the offside flag to deny the Hertha Berlin striker.

Injured Gervinho out of Ivory Coast squad

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Bouaké (Ivory Coast) (AFP) Former Arsenal striker Gervinho is out injured from the Ivory Coast's November 12 World Cup qualifier against Morocco and a friendly with France three days later, joining Eric Bailly on the sidelines.

Manchester United defender Bailly was already out of action with knee trouble suffered in last month's 4-0 thrashing at Chelsea.

I. Coast start Nations Cup campaign against Togo

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Libreville (AFP) Wilfried Bony's Ivory Coast will start their defence of the Africa Cup of Nations against Togo in January, according to the draw made Wednesday.

Ivory Coast are in Group C against Togo, Morocco and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Hosts Gabon will stage the opening match in Libreville on January 14 against Guinea Bissau who are making their first appearance in the 16-nation tournament.

I. Coast start Nations Cup campaign against Togo

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Libreville (AFP) Wilfried Bony's Ivory Coast will start their defence of the Africa Cup of Nations against Togo in January, according to the draw made Wednesday.

Ivory Coast are in Group C against Togo, Morocco and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Hosts Gabon will stage the opening match in Libreville on January 14 against Guinea Bissau who are making their first appearance in the 16-nation tournament.

Basel ‘not in Paris to take selfies’ in Champions League clash

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Paris (AFP) Swiss champions Basel have a respectable record in Europe in recent seasons and fancy their chances of springing a surprise when they face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday.

"We have not come to Paris to take selfies," warned Basel's Ivory Coast midfielder Geoffroy Serey Die ahead of the game at the Parc des Princes.

FIFA probe Aurier throat slit gesture

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Paris (AFP) Controversial Paris Saint-Germain full-back Serge Aurier is under investigation by FIFA after making a throat slitting gesture duing a World Cup qualifier last weekend.

Ivory Coast international Aurier celebrated a goal against Mali by turning to the crowd and dragging his finger across his throat.

FIFA probe Aurier throat slit gesture

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Paris (AFP) Controversial Paris Saint-Germain full-back Serge Aurier is under investigation by FIFA after making a throat slitting gesture duing a World Cup qualifier last weekend.

Ivory Coast international Aurier celebrated a goal against Mali by turning to the crowd and dragging his finger across his throat.

Aurier praised for saving player’s life

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Paris (AFP) Controversial Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier has been praised after his quick-thinking helped save another player's life.

Mali's French coach Alain Giresse thanked Aurier, who has made the headlines recently for all the wrong reasons, for helping a stricken Moussa Doumbia during an African World Cup qualifier in the Ivory Coast last Saturday.

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Bad News – Another Man United Star Suffers Massive Injury Blow, Could Miss Months Of Action

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Manchester United have suffered a blow after Eric Bailly limped off on his comeback for the club during a reserve game against Everton on Monday and could not be sidelined for months.

The centre-back who has just returned from international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast was forced off in the 58th minute after appearing to injure an ankle in a tackle.

Morocco hoping to dump Ivory Coast out of Africa Cup of Nations

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Oyem (Gabon) (AFP) Having guided the Ivory Coast to glory at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, Herve Renard is now hoping to end his former side's defence of the trophy when they face his Morocco team on Tuesday.

The script could not have been better written, with Renard's Morocco and the Elephants clashing in a winner takes all final Group C showdown in the northern Gabonese town of Oyem, kicking off at 2000 local time (1900 GMT).

2017 Africa Cup of Nations: All you need to know

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The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations kicks off this Saturday. It is the 31st edition of Africa’s showpiece event, one that has taken place every two years since 1968.

The hosts

Gabon is the host nation, having replaced Libya in August 2014 because of the ongoing civil strife in Libya.

Emmanuel Eboue Reveals He Once Asked The Queen If He Could Quit Football To Look After Her Corgis

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Emmanuel Eboue has revealed that, back during his Arsenal days, he once asked The Queen if she would be okay with him quitting his day job to become a full-time carer for her corgi dogs.

The Gunners embarkedon a VIP trip to Buckingham Palace in 2007, with Her Majesty turning out to personally welcome Arsene Wenger and his team to her humble abode.

Citizens Bank Park to host Unity Cup final on Saturday

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Teams representing Ivory Coast and Liberia will meet in the first ever soccer game at the Phillies home ballpark

Citizens Bank Ballpark will host a soccer game for the first time in its 12-year history on Saturday, as the inaugural Philadelphia International Unity Cup crowns its first champion.