Ivory Coast owes their historic qualification for Germany to an exceptional generation of soccer players who for the most part served their apprenticeship at the academy set up by Jean-Marc Guillou just outside Abidjan. Aruna Dindane, Kolo Toure, Didier Zokora, Arthur Boka, Blaise Kouassi and Barry Copa all “graduated” from Guillou’s academy and formed the inside nucleus of its successful qualifying campaign.
Also Arsenals Drogba had a partnership with Dindane which proved to be the most prolific in the African Zone qualifiers and was the key to Cte d’Ivoire’s success.
The Ivory Coast team will travel to Switzerland for their final stage; to prepare for the final phase of the World Cup. They will have their camp in Switzerland since its so close to Germany. The players will have a chance to get used to weather they will encounter in Germany.
On the other side, after failing to qualify for the last two editions Switzerland claimed a place in Germany. In their last appearance in USA 1994 they made it to the round of 16 but fell 3-0 against runner-up Italy.
In the qualifying stage before the play-off second-leg defeat by...