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Toure skips Ivory Coast return for ‘family reasons’

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Abidjan (AFP) – Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure said on Thursday he won’t play for the Ivory Coast during the international break due to “family reasons”.

The 34-year-old will miss Friday’s friendly with Togo and the game against Moldova on Monday in France despite having come out of international retirement last December.

Ivory Coast have ‘no news’ of absent Yaya Toure

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Abidjan (AFP) – Ivory Coast’s Football Federation (FIF) on Tuesday said it had “no news” of the whereabouts of star midfielder Yaya Toure, who did not turn up for training in France ahead of upcoming friendlies.

The 34-year-old Manchester City player came out of international retirement last December and was named in the Ivory Coast squad by interim coach Ibrahima Kamara.

Ivory Coast have ‘no news’ of absent Yaya Toure

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Abidjan (AFP) – Ivory Coast’s Football Federation (FIF) on Tuesday said it had “no news” of the whereabouts of star midfielder Yaya Toure, who did not turn up for training in France ahead of upcoming friendlies.

The 34-year-old Manchester City player came out of international retirement last December and was named in the Ivory Coast squad by interim coach Ibrahima Kamara.

Former African champions ASEC, V Club flop at home

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Johannesburg (AFP) – ASEC Mimosas of the Ivory Coast flopped at home and fellow former African title winners V Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo also bowed out of the CAF Champions League Sunday.

The Abidjan club, winners of the competition in 1998, looked set to succeed in a last-32 tie against Zesco United of Zambia after building a 1-0 lead on the road last week.

Former African champions ASEC, V Club flop at home

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Johannesburg (AFP) – ASEC Mimosas of the Ivory Coast flopped at home and fellow former African title winners V Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo also bowed out of the CAF Champions League Sunday.

The Abidjan club, winners of the competition in 1998, looked set to succeed in a last-32 tie against Zesco United of Zambia after building a 1-0 lead on the road last week.

Drogba club spring CAF Champions League surprise

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Johannesburg (AFP) – Williamsville Athletic Club, whose board members include Ivory Coast football legend Didier Drogba, became the first surprise winners of the 2018 CAF Champions League on Tuesday.

The Ivorian outfit edged former CAF title winners Stade Malien of Mali 1-0 to set up a last-32 showdown with defending champions Wydad Casablanca of Morocco during March.

Drogba club spring CAF Champions League surprise

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Johannesburg (AFP) – Williamsville Athletic Club, whose board members include Ivory Coast football legend Didier Drogba, became the first surprise winners of the 2018 CAF Champions League on Tuesday.

The Ivorian outfit edged former CAF title winners Stade Malien of Mali 1-0 to set up a last-32 showdown with defending champions Wydad Casablanca of Morocco during March.

Yaya Toure ends international retirement

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London (AFP) – Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure has agreed to come out of international retirement, according to the Manchester City star’s agent.

Dimitri Seluk, who represents Toure, said on Tuesday that the 34-year-old is willing to return to Ivory Coast duty if called upon, having last played for his country in September 2016.

Yaya Toure ends international retirement

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London (AFP) – Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure has agreed to come out of international retirement, according to the Manchester City star’s agent.

Dimitri Seluk, who represents Toure, said on Tuesday that the 34-year-old is willing to return to Ivory Coast duty if called upon, having last played for his country in September 2016.

Aurier, Son strike as Spurs down Brighton

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London (AFP) – Goals from Serge Aurier and Son Heung-Min fired Tottenham to a 2-0 victory against Brighton that moved them into fourth place in the Premier League on Wednesday.

Although nowhere near their best, Tottenham led thanks to Ivory Coast right-back Aurier, who scored a freak first goal for the club after 40 minutes with a cross that deceived Brighton goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.

Morocco, Tunisia take different paths to World Cup

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Johannesburg (AFP) – North African nations Morocco and Tunisia took contrasting routes Saturday as they qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Morocco scored twice within five minutes through Nabil Dirar and Medhi Benatia during the opening half to triumph 2-0 in the Ivory Coast and win Group C.

Morocco, Tunisia take different paths to World Cup

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Johannesburg (AFP) – North African nations Morocco and Tunisia took contrasting routes Saturday as they qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Morocco scored twice within five minutes through Nabil Dirar and Medhi Benatia during the opening half to triumph 2-0 in the Ivory Coast and win Group C.

Zaha ready for Ivory Coast do-or-die World Cup bow

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Abidjan (AFP) – Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha will make his long-awaited debut for Ivory Coast in a do-or-die World Cup qualifier against Morocco on November 11.

The 24-year-old has never played for the African nation which he left with his family when he was just four.

However, Zaha will need to hit the ground running as Ivory Coast have to defeat Morocco in the final qualifying game to ensure a fourth successive World Cup appearance after making the finals in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

Zaha ready for Ivory Coast do-or-die World Cup bow

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Abidjan (AFP) – Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha will make his long-awaited debut for Ivory Coast in a do-or-die World Cup qualifier against Morocco on November 11.

The 24-year-old has never played for the African nation which he left with his family when he was just four.

However, Zaha will need to hit the ground running as Ivory Coast have to defeat Morocco in the final qualifying game to ensure a fourth successive World Cup appearance after making the finals in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

Bony returns to Ivory Coast squad

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Abidjan (AFP) – Wilfried Bony has been recalled to the Ivory Coast squad for next week’s crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Mali.

Bony, who returned to Swansea City last month after a disappointing two years at Manchester City, had not featured for his country since the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon at the start of the year.

Bony returns to Ivory Coast squad

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Abidjan (AFP) – Wilfried Bony has been recalled to the Ivory Coast squad for next week’s crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Mali.

Bony, who returned to Swansea City last month after a disappointing two years at Manchester City, had not featured for his country since the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon at the start of the year.

‘Worthy son’ Tiote laid to rest

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Abidjan (AFP) – Ivory Coast international Cheick Tiote, whose sudden death in China at just 30 years old shocked his country, was laid to rest Sunday as he was hailed a “worthy son” of the African nation.

Tiote, a 52-time capped player who featured at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, was honoured with a military funeral at the Williamsville cemetery in Abidjan where hundreds of people gathered to mourn.

Cheick Tiote’s agent calls for end to speculation over death

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London (AFP) – The agent of the late Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote on Wednesday called for the media to cease making unsubstantiated claims about the reasons for his death.

The 52-time capped star - a member of the Ivory Coast squad that ended a 23-year drought in winning the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations - died after fainting during training with second division side Beijing Enterprises on June 5.

Cheick Tiote’s agent calls for end to speculation over death

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London (AFP) – The agent of the late Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote on Wednesday called for the media to cease making unsubstantiated claims about the reasons for his death.

The 52-time capped star - a member of the Ivory Coast squad that ended a 23-year drought in winning the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations - died after fainting during training with second division side Beijing Enterprises on June 5.

Ivory Coast must beat Guinea to ‘honour’ Tiote: Wilmots

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Bouaké (Ivory Coast) (AFP) – The Ivory Coast must beat Guinea on Saturday to “honour the memory of Cheick Tiote”, the former international who died in China this week, according to Elephants coach Marc Wilmots.

“We must do it, we have no choice, I hope to win it for him,” Wilmots said ahead of the game that is the opening qualifying fixture for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019.

Ivory Coast must beat Guinea to ‘honour’ Tiote: Wilmots

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Bouaké (Ivory Coast) (AFP) – The Ivory Coast must beat Guinea on Saturday to “honour the memory of Cheick Tiote”, the former international who died in China this week, according to Elephants coach Marc Wilmots.

“We must do it, we have no choice, I hope to win it for him,” Wilmots said ahead of the game that is the opening qualifying fixture for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019.

Fans petition to retire Tiote’s Newcastle number

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London (AFP) – The sense of loss in Newcastle at the death of Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote has been reflected by over 1,000 Newcastle United fans signing a petition to have his shirt number of 24 retired the BBC reported Wednesday.

Tiote - who was a member of the Ivory Coast squad that ended a 23 year drought winning the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations - died on Monday after ‘suddenly fainting’ during a training session with his second tier Chinese club Beijing Enterprises.

McClaren recalls Tiote’s ‘beautiful smile’

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London (AFP) – Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote who died on Monday aged 30 was the ‘kind of player everyone wants in their team, said former England manager Steve McClaren who managed him at two clubs.

According to his second tier Chinese club Beijing Enterprises, Tiote “suddenly fainted” during training on Monday and was rushed to hospital, where he died.

McClaren recalls Tiote’s ‘beautiful smile’

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London (AFP) – Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote who died on Monday aged 30 was the ‘kind of player everyone wants in their team, said former England manager Steve McClaren who managed him at two clubs.

According to his second tier Chinese club Beijing Enterprises, Tiote “suddenly fainted” during training on Monday and was rushed to hospital, where he died.

From Foe to Tiote – five footballers’ deaths

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Beijing (AFP) – Ivory Coast international and former Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote died while training for his Chinese club on Monday. Here are five players who died during their careers:

– Marc-Vivien Foe, June 2003 –

Cameroon midfielder Foe collapsed after a heart attack during a Confederations Cup semi-final against Colombia in Lyon, France.

From Foe to Tiote – five footballers’ deaths

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Beijing (AFP) – Ivory Coast international and former Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote died while training for his Chinese club on Monday. Here are five players who died during their careers:

– Marc-Vivien Foe, June 2003 –

Cameroon midfielder Foe collapsed after a heart attack during a Confederations Cup semi-final against Colombia in Lyon, France.

Africa Cup of Nations winner Tiote dies aged 30

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London (AFP) – Ivory Coast international midfielder Cheick Tiote has died aged 30 while training with his Chinese club Beijing Enterprises, his spokesman announced in a statement on Monday.

Tiote, who was part of the Ivory Coast squad that delivered the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations after a 23 year drought although he was injured for the final, had only moved to China in February after ending a seven year stay with English outfit Newcastle United.

Africa Cup of Nations winner Tiote dies: spokesman

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London (AFP) – Ivory Coast international midfielder Cheick Tiote has died aged 30 while training with his Chinese club Beijing Enterprises, his spokesman announced in a statement on Monday.

Tiote, who was part of the Ivory Coast squad that delivered the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations after a 23 year drought although he was injured for the final, had only moved to China in February after ending a seven year stay with English outfit Newcastle United.

Confidence boosting friendly wins for Dutch, Ireland

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Paris (AFP) – The Netherlands warmed up for a vital 2018 World Cup qualifier next week with an emphatic 5-0 friendly win against Ivory Coast on Sunday.

The Dutch are struggling to make it to Russia next year, placed only fourth in Group A on seven points behind leaders France (13) Sweden (10) and Bulgaria (9).

Confidence boosting friendly wins for Dutch, Ireland

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Paris (AFP) – The Netherlands warmed up for a vital 2018 World Cup qualifier next week with an emphatic 5-0 friendly win against Ivory Coast on Sunday.

The Dutch are struggling to make it to Russia next year, placed only fourth in Group A on seven points behind leaders France (13) Sweden (10) and Bulgaria (9).

Wilmots recalls Kalou, Doumbia for Ivory Coast

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Abidjan (AFP) – New Ivory Coast coach Marc Wilmots on Thursday tempted Salomon Kalou out of international retirement and recalled fellow striker Seydou Doumbia in a 27-man squad to face the Netherlands and Guinea next month.

Hertha Berlin’s Kalou had quit the national team after defending champions Ivory Coast crashed out of the Africa Cup of Nations this year in the first round.

International football

White Wash: Puma Unveil Entirely Unimaginative Batch Of Identical Away Kits For Italy, Uruguay, Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, Etc (Photos)

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Puma have released a job lot of new kits that the requisite nations will be wearing during the upcoming international break and (for some of them at least) on until the 2018 World Cup.

The batch contains 10 new away strips for the likes of Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Cameroon, as well as the Russia-bound teams like Serbia, Switzerland, Senegal and Uruguay.

Kolo Toure: Ex-Arsenal, Man City, Liverpool And Celtic Hero Appointed Assistant Manager Of Ivory Coast National Team

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Sincerest congratumalations are most definitely due to Kolo Toure, who has been appointed as the new assistant manager of the Ivory Coast national team.

Toure is the second-most capped player (120) to have ever represented the Elephants, just three caps behind ex-Tottenham midfielder Didier Zokora.

France

Liverpool leading the race to sign Jean-Michael Seri

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Liverpool are the frontrunners to sign Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri, according to The Sun on Sunday. The Ivory Coast international, aged 26, is...

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Spurs sign Serge Aurier

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Tottenham Hotspur have completed the deadline day signing of Paris Saint-Germain right-back Serge Aurier. The Ivory Coast international has signed a...

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The Rest

Upper Darby FC faces familiar foe in new league as UPSL takes root in Philadelphia

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Upper Darby FC and the Junior Lone Star U23s open their inaugural United Premier Soccer League campaigns on Saturday in Lansdowne

Upper Darby boasts one of the most diverse populations in the state so it only makes sense that a soccer team originating from the Delaware County community would have representatives from so many different countries.

Photo: Chelsea legend Didier Drogba reveals bald head

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Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has unveiled his new bald-headed look. Throughout his time at Stamford Bridge, the Ivory Coast international...

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Ivory Coast 2018/19 PUMA Home Kit

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PUMA Football has officially released the Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire) 2018/19 home kit. Les Éléphants (The Elephants) new primary shirt will see action over the next year in international friendlies and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification action. It will be available atWorld Soccer Shop,UK Soccer Shop,Lovell Soccer,Pro:Direct Soccer,Subside SportsandKitbag.

Eric Bailly return date confirmed

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Eric Bailly has missed Manchester United's last two games after picking up an injury whilst on international duty with the Ivory Coast at the beginning of the month. Prior to his injury, the 23-year-old had been one of the best... Continue Reading →

Philly Unity Cup kicks off tonight

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The Philly Unity Cup kicks off tonight. The city-wide tourney features 48 teams representing immigrant communities throughout the area. PSP has the story and a preview of a sports tournament unlike any in America.