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World Cup 2014 – A spoofer’s guide to … the Ivory Coast

by Sean Goff | May 29, 2014

Fun Fact …

Cote d’Ivoire (as it is now known) officially abolished polygamy in 1964, and set the legal marriage age at 18 for boys and 16 for girls, although having multiple spouses is a widely accepted lifestyle among many native ethnic groups.

Wikipedia Fact …

More than 2,000 women – who were told they would never conceive – wrote to the Ripley’s Believe it or Not company in the 1990s claiming they became pregnant after touching African Fertility Statues carved in the 1930s by the Baule people of the Ivory Coast.

According to legend, the statues are to be placed outside a bedroom door, and couples wishing to conceive should touch them as they enter the room – and then discard all forms of contraception when getting jiggy with it later on.

National Hero …

Chelsea’s former Champions League winner and three-time Premier League victor Didier Drogba’s contribution to his country’s fortunes runs way deeper than just sporting achievement.

The striker’s appeal to warring sides to stop the fighting after the Elephants had qualified for the 2006 World Cup finals is credited with bringing an end to a five-year war in his native land.

Drogba’s suggestion that the Ivory Coast play Madagascar (won 5-0) in the rebel stronghold of Bouaké was the first time the government troops and insurgents had met  face-to-face outside the war zone.

A former Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations, five years ago he pledged  £3m to build a hospital in his hometown of Abidjan from the proceeds of a Pepsi deal and was named one of the World’s Top 100 most influential people by Time magazine in 2010.

Football Pedigree …

One of five African squads preparing for Brazil (Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria) and are housed in Group C along with Colombia, Japan and Greece but have consistently failed to live up to their billing of the highest-ranked side in Africa with just one Cup of Nations (1992) to their name.

This is Les Elephants third successive World Cup Finals and they’ve missed out (finished third) both times before.

A lot depends on whether their golden generation of players – Drogba, Yaya Toure, his brother Kolo etc. are past their sell-by date.

They came through the same group as Nigeria unbeaten and booked their place in Brazil with a play-off win against Senegal. Ex-Arsenal striker Gervinho has had a much better time of it with Roma – scoring nine goals in 33 league games.

Acceptable National Stereotype …

Multi-cultural, multi-lingual, guardians of birthday cake

Unacceptable National Stereotype …

Snake oil peddling, wife-hopping, prima donnas

Don’t be surprised if they …

Bring up the hat-trick of failing to make it out of their group.

Odds to win World Cup 2014 …

100/1

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