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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.

Aurier throat slit gesture during World Cup qualifier causes stir

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Paris (AFP) Controversial Paris Saint-Germain full-back Serge Aurier has caused a social media stir after making a throat slitting gesture duing a World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

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

Aurier throat slit gesture during World Cup qualifier causes stir

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Paris (AFP) Controversial Paris Saint-Germain full-back Serge Aurier has caused a social media stir after making a throat slitting gesture duing a World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

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

Ivorian goal blitz, drama as South Africa draw

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Johannesburg (AFP) A three-goal blitz enabled Ivory Coast to whip Mali 3-1 Saturday in World Cup qualifying while Burkina Faso snatched a dramatic 1-1 draw with South Africa after wasting two penalties.

Democratic Republic of Congo thrashed Libya 4-0, Senegal overcame Cape Verde 2-0 and Gabon and Morocco drew 0-0 in other matchday 1 African clashes.

Ivorian goal blitz, drama as South Africa draw

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Johannesburg (AFP) A three-goal blitz enabled Ivory Coast to whip Mali 3-1 Saturday in World Cup qualifying while Burkina Faso snatched a dramatic 1-1 draw with South Africa after wasting two penalties.

Democratic Republic of Congo thrashed Libya 4-0, Senegal overcame Cape Verde 2-0 and Gabon and Morocco drew 0-0 in other matchday 1 African clashes.

Africa Cup of Nations seeds named

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Johannesburg (AFP) Title-holders Ivory Coast, hosts Gabon and former champions Algeria and Ghana were named Tuesday as the top seeds for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

Ivory Coast defeated four-time champions Ghana after a penalty shootout in Equatorial Guinea last year to win the African football showpiece a second time.

Ten-man PSG stunned at Toulouse

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Paris (AFP) Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier was sent off against his old club as Paris Saint-Germain slumped to a 2-0 defeat away at Toulouse in Ligue 1 on Friday.

Aurier was shown a second yellow card for conceding a penalty that Yann Bodiger converted early in the second half to put Toulouse in front at Le Stadium.

Ten-man PSG stunned at Toulouse

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Paris (AFP) Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier was sent off against his old club as Paris Saint-Germain slumped to a 2-0 defeat away at Toulouse in Ligue 1 on Friday.

Aurier was shown a second yellow card for conceding a penalty that Yann Bodiger converted early in the second half to put Toulouse in front at Le Stadium.

African legend Yaya Toure retires from international football

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Four-time African footballer of the year Yaya Toure of the Ivory Coast announced his retirement from international football on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old Manchester City midfielder capped 113 times said it had been an incredibly difficult decision.

"Writing this note was probably 'the most difficult match of my life'," wrote Toure.

African legend Yaya Toure retires from international football

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Four-time African footballer of the year Yaya Toure of the Ivory Coast announced his retirement from international football on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old Manchester City midfielder capped 113 times said it had been an incredibly difficult decision.

"Writing this note was probably 'the most difficult match of my life'," wrote Toure.

African legend Toure retires from international football

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Four-time African footballer of the year Yaya Toure of the Ivory Coast announced his retirement from international football on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old Manchester City midfielder capped 113 times said it had been an incredibly difficult decision.

"Writing this note was probably 'the most difficult match of my life'," wrote Toure.

Champions Ivory Coast survive scare to qualify

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Johannesburg (AFP) Title-holders Ivory Coast cleared a header off their goal-line in stoppage time to hang on to a 1-1 draw with Sierra Leone on Saturday to squeeze into the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals.

Jonathan Kodjia scored via a bicycle kick after 35 minutes for the Ivorians before a sell-out 25,000 crowd in Bouake but Kei Kamara equalised on 67 minutes with a glancing header following a free-kick.

Ivorian defender Bailly set to be Mourinho’s first signing

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London (AFP) Jose Mourinho's first signing for Manchester United looks set to be highly-rated young Ivory Coast international defender Eric Bailly and not veteran Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic according to British media reports.

The 22-year-old Villarreal defender who scored one of the penalties in the penalty shootout which saw Ivory Coast win the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations will cost United a reported 30 million pounds (38.

Ivory Coast trio to miss Hungary friendly

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Abidjan (AFP) Ivory Coast will be without star trio Serge Aurier, Gervinho and Yaya Toure for a friendly against Hungary on May 20 in Budapest, the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) said Thursday.

Several players are missing because of club duty such as Paris Saint-Germain defender Aurier, Hebei China Fortune forward Gervinho and Ousmane Viera Diarrassouba of Turkish side Rizespor.

Ivory Coast trio to miss Hungary friendly

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Abidjan (AFP) Ivory Coast will be without star trio Serge Aurier, Gervinho and Yaya Toure for a friendly against Hungary on May 20 in Budapest, the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) said Thursday.

Several players are missing because of club duty such as Paris Saint-Germain defender Aurier, Hebei China Fortune forward Gervinho and Ousmane Viera Diarrassouba of Turkish side Rizespor.

Liberia

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.

Monrovia traffic warning

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Last week, at 7 AM, I was on my way to work in Monrovia. I usually pass by the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, but on this day, at that very early hour, the road was closed, causing an enormous traffic jam as cars were being re-directed around the stadium. The same happened in the afternoon, when closed roads led to more chaotic traffic congestions in the narrow pot-holed streets of downtown Monrovia.

2016/17 Kits & Jerseys

Côte d’Ivoire 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Home Kit

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PUMA today unveiled the Côte d'Ivoire 2017 African Cup of Nations home kit. The defending [...]

Ivory Coast 2016/17 PUMA Home Kit

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Defending Africa Cup of Nations champions Ivory Coast debuted their 2016/17 PUMA home kit during [...]

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Late sub Didier Drogba makes Montreal Impact happy

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Didier Drogba scored his first goal of the Major League Soccer season on a clever backheel shot as the Montreal Impact snapped the Fire's four-game unbeaten streak with a 2-1 win in Chicago.

The former Chelsea star and all-time leading scorer of the Ivory Coast national team was standing in the centre of the box with his back to the goal when he redirected the ball into the bottom left corner.

Late sub Didier Drogba makes Montreal Impact happy

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Didier Drogba scored his first goal of the Major League Soccer season on a clever backheel shot as the Montreal Impact snapped the Fire's four-game unbeaten streak with a 2-1 win in Chicago.

The former Chelsea star and all-time leading scorer of the Ivory Coast national team was standing in the centre of the box with his back to the goal when he redirected the ball into the bottom left corner.

Manchester City

Reports: Yaya Toure To Ditch Man City After Being Offered Whopping £30m Contract To Move To China

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Come the Pep revolution, it seems that Yaya Toure will be first out of the door at Manchester City just as he was shunted out of the reckoning when Guardiola took over at Barcelona all those years ago.

However, it doesn't look like the Ivory Coast midfielder, 32, is going to struggle to pay the gas bill any time soon, with reports today that he could earn a staggering £30million a year if he chooses to follow the hordes flocking to the Chinese Super League.

Wilfried Bony is disappointed he didn’t start for Manchester City against Arsenal

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Wilfried Bony has slammed Manuel Pellegrini for failing to start him in Manchester City's defeat at Premier League title rivals Arsenal. Ivory Coast striker Bony had scored three in four games while City's star forward Sergio Aguero was out with a heel injury. But Aguero was back for Monday's clash at the Emirates Stadium and started as City lost 2-1 in a match that could have a significant bearing on the title race.

Wilfried Bony is disappointed he didn’t start for Manchester City against Arsenal

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Wilfried Bony has slammed Manuel Pellegrini for failing to start him in Manchester City's defeat at Premier League title rivals Arsenal. Ivory Coast striker Bony had scored three in four games while City's star forward Sergio Aguero was out with a heel injury. But Aguero was back for Monday's clash at the Emirates Stadium and started as City lost 2-1 in a match that could have a significant bearing on the title race.

Manchester City’s Yaya Toure voted BBC African Player of the Year

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Manchester City's Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure was voted the BBC's African Footballer of the Year for the second time on Friday. Toure helped his country win the African Nations Cup in February and has maintained his high standards with City, who finished second in the Premier League last season and are challenging for the title again this term.

Manchester City’s Yaya Toure voted BBC African Player of the Year

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Manchester City's Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure was voted the BBC's African Footballer of the Year for the second time on Friday. Toure helped his country win the African Nations Cup in February and has maintained his high standards with City, who finished second in the Premier League last season and are challenging for the title again this term.

Hamstring injury will keep Wilfried Bony out of Ivory Coast’s qualifiers against Liberia

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Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony has been ruled out of Ivory Coast's World Cup qualifying doubleheader against Liberia.

Bony limped off in City's 0-0 Barclays Premier League draw at Aston Villa on Sunday because of a hamstring injury, with Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini saying afterwards he did not think the 26-year-old would be able to play during this international break.

Hamstring injury will keep Wilfried Bony out of Ivory Coast’s qualifiers against Liberia

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Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony has been ruled out of Ivory Coast's World Cup qualifying doubleheader against Liberia.

Bony limped off in City's 0-0 Barclays Premier League draw at Aston Villa on Sunday because of a hamstring injury, with Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini saying afterwards he did not think the 26-year-old would be able to play during this international break.

CAF Player Of The Year: Will Yaya Toure Win Again?

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CAF Player Of The Year: Will Yaya Toure Win Again? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ivory Coast skipper Yaya Toure is in theframeto win the African Player of the Year award for thefifth consecutive year.

The Manchester City midfielder has been included in the list of 37 namesfor the Confederation of African Football's annual award.

The Rest

Done Deal: Chelsea agree deal for central midfielder, club confirms move

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La Liga club Granada CF have announced on Friday the loan signing of Chelsea’s young Ivorian midfielder Victorien Angban.

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Thailand-Germany, Ivory Coast-Norway, Netherlands-Canada, China PR-New Zealand TV times and open thread

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As the group stages wrap-up we see who is emerging as the top teams in the 2015 Women's World Cup as they prepare for the knock-out rounds. Today one of the tournament favorites, Germany, attempt to recover from a disappointing draw and say goodbye to newcomers Ivory Coast.

Tell us below, who are you most excited to see today?