Most of the foreign leagues were off this past week with national teams playing friendlies, Euro Qualifiers and African Cup of Nations qualifiers. Former KC forward, Kei Kamara was one of those with his national team. While he looks for a new club, including rumors of a return to MLS and Columbus being interested, he captained Sierra Leone in their first qualifier of the group stage of qualifying in the Ivory Coast.
The Ivory Coast's National Team may be forced by the Ivorian Government to forfeit their first qualification match for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, due to fear of exposing the team and their country to the Ebola virus. Government officials for Ivory Coast are stating their refusal to let the team travel to Abidjan to play against Sierra Leone, and as a result the country would be forced to miss the Cup of Nations tournament.
Why Didier Drogba's shock return to Chelsea makes perfect sense - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
It's been one hell of a transfer window for Chelsea Football Club. After a trophy less campaign, it hasn't taken manager Jose Mourinho to wring the changes and turn the Blues into a formidable-looking force.
Talk about going down to the wire. A last second PK (maybe soft, but legit) puts Greece through and eliminates the Ivory Coast. They really had no business being in a position where 1 goal could eliminate them, they're a better team than that.
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Greece vs Ivory Coast 2014 Goals World Cup 2014 Samaras penalty Controversial Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Greece vs Ivory Coast 2014 (Greece Cote d'Ivoire VIDEO BELOW) Estadio Governador Placido Aderaldo Castelo, Fortaleza- 24 June, 2014- 24/6/14- 21.
Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast: Injury time Samaras penalty edges Greeks into last 16 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
A stunning late penalty from former Celtic strikerGeorgios Samaras gave Greece a 2-1 win over the Ivory Coast in Fortaleza, with theEuropean side sneaking through to the last 16, finishing second above their beaten opponents in Group C.
Ivory Coast and Greece arrive in Fortaleza with both sides having an opportunity to advance into the knockout stages (4pm ET/1pm PT kickoff). Ivory Coast comes into the match after losing a close affair with Colombia 2-1 and defeating Japan in comeback fashion by the same scoreline. Greece has had a disappointing campaign so far.
Players weeping uncontrollably during their national anthems has become a bit of a 'thing' at this World Cup, with several emotional stars including Mr Neymar Jr welling up at the enormity of it all.
Ivory Coast midfielder Serey Die was the latest player to submit to his tear glands in the line-up before yesterday's game against Colombia tears which sparked a strange fibto spread through the murky world of social media, only to be picked up and ran by several major news sources.
This is going about how I expected. Colombia has qualified for the knockout rounds, the only question is who will join them. Ivory Coast has the easiest path with just a win over Greece being all that's needed.
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Video Colombia vs Ivory Coast 2014 CIV Gervinho Goal Group C June 19 is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Colombia vs Ivory Coast 2014 (Colombia-Cote d'Ivoire VIDEO BELOW) Estadio Nacional de Brasilia, Brazil- 19 June, 2014- 19/6/14- 17.
In one of the most entertaining games of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Colombia defeated Ivory Coast 2-1 in front of a passionate and vociferous crowd of 50,000 fans to take one giant step to qualifying for the Knockout Round of the tournament.
The match featured end-to-end action in a very open attacking game where both teams tried to get the win.
CONFIRMED: Colombia v Ivory Coast lineups: Drogba on the bench! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Colombia take on the Ivory Coast in the first match of Thursday, with a win enough to put one of these sides into the World Cup knockout round.
The lineups have been released with the big news being that former Chelsea hero Didier Drogba starts once again on the bench for the Ivory Coast, with his ex-clubteammate Salomon Kalou joining him,Max Gradel replacing the winger in the starting XI.
As the sport of soccer grows in the United States, the domestic league and national team continue to make strides. But sadly the US Open Cup, which was showing signs of improvement and greater respect from the US soccer institutions, just went backwards two steps back. Namely, why on earth did MLS and US Soccer decide to play the fourth round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup during the World Cup when MLS teams enter the tournament?
Here are the 5 biggest changes to the World Cup odds based on Saturday's Day 3 games between Italy-England, Colombia-Greece, Uruguay versus Costa Rica and Ivory Coast-Japan, thanks to Chris McFarland atShareDraft.com.
1. Big win for Colombia.
Already the favorite in the group at 73% chance of advancing, the 3-0 win against Greece boosts them almost to "lock" status at 95%.
Ivory Coast 2-1 Japan: Former Gunner saves Elephants' bacon - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Headers from Swansea striker Wilfried Bony and former Arsenal winger Gervinho helped drag the Ivory Coast back from a goal down against Japan, and see them go level on points with Colombia at the top of Group C after an entertaining match attheArena Pernambuco in Recife.
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It seemed that Ivory Coast had it all in their hands to follow Colombia to the last-16 of the World Cup. Colombia did their part, defeating any possible Japanese threat 4-1, so everything was up to the Ivorians against a Greek side that had not scored a goal, and had played the kind of football that is easy to forget.
The expectations to Colombia are growing. Last night they won a difficult match against a difficult opponent. Very equal in the first half, one had the feeling the match could go to either side. In the end Colombia won 2-1, in the second goal by Juan Quintero they punished a defensive blunder by the Ivorians reminescent of Spain's defense.
The Ivory Coast's 2-1 victory against Japan has the team edging closer to the second round for the first time in their World Cup history but Les Elephants should look towards Colombia with caution. Attacking with too much emphasis could cause goals from Columbia's James Rodriguez, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado and Victor Ibarbo.
Arsenal players and transfer targets have been dropping like flies out of the World Cup finals in Brazil. Our Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla was closely followed by the two England Gunners Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere. Then came the striker targets Mario Mandzukic and Mario Balotelli, and they were joined in the later games by [.
If you believe the Arsenal transfer rumours in the media, then you must be new to the game of football transfer windows. But often there is no smoke without fire, and there seems to have been a smoke bomb set off in the vicinity of the Toulouse star Serge Aurier. According to many reports, the [...]
Although there are still plenty of Arsenal transfer rumours linking the Gunners with various right backs as a potential replacement for the Man City bound Frenchman Bacary Sagna, the smart money says that the Toulouse and Ivory Coast player Serge Aurier is set for a move to the Emirates. There have been unconfirmed, of course, [.
There was a very loud buzz on the Arsenal transfer rumour mill a few weeks back, when one lucky Arsenal fan seemed to have got the exclusive about the transfer of Serge Aurier to the Gunners. It was straight from the horse's mouth, when the fan met Aurier at an Ivory Coast international friendly, but [.
Serge Aurier himself seems convinced that he will be leaving Toulouse for Arsenal this summer, and if he is using the World Cup as a final audition for the job then he has passed the first test with flying colours by setting up both goals in the Ivory Coast´s 2-1 win over Japan. Aurier seemed [...]
Didier Drogba, who made his debut for the Ivory Coast national team 12 years ago, has today announced his retirement from international soccer. The 36-year old Chelsea striker featured in three World Cups, and has captained his national side for the last eight years. Drogba also lead "Les Elephants" to two runners-up finishes in the African Cup of Nations in 2006 and in 2012.
This Group C encounter pits the two winners in a head-to-head for the top spot. Columbia breezed past Greece in their opening game while the Ivory Coast narrowly edged Japan.
Both of these teams will be looking to gain an advantage going into their final group games as an encounterwith the GroupF victors is ahead in the Round of 16 match and I doubt either of these team would fancy Italy in the knock-out stages (who we all expect to finish top).