Sven Goran Eriksson to lead Ivory Coast at World Cup

29th March 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson will be back in the hot seat at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. After leading England unsuccessfully through two World Cup’s, the amicable Swede is back on the international scene with Didier Drogba and the Ivory Coast. After sacking their coach following a miserable African Cup of Nations campaign which they attended as favourites, the Ivory Coast, or the Elephants as they are more affectionately known as, went on the search for a new man to lead them at the World Cup. After much debate and names being put forward such as Mark Hughes, Guus Hiddink and Bernd Schuster, the honour fell to Sven Goran Eriksson after holding talks between the two parties as far back as three weeks ago. They finalised more discussions last week, before the Ivory Coast officially announced their decision.

The Ivory Coast are seen as the main threat coming from the African continent, on which the World Cup is historically being held for the first time. Along with Ghana, Algeria, Cameroon and hosts South Africa, the continent is well represented. The Ivory Coast, led by Chelsea’s formidable striker Didier Drogba, were expected to sweep all before them in the African Cup of Nations, simply because they are the African teams of stars. Unfortunately they played like individual stars and not as a team, going out of the competition to the youngsters of Ghana. The current Ivory Coast team has been playing together for a long time now, and it is that, which is expected to carry them the furthest of the World Cup participants from Africa. Their poor showing at the African Cup of Nations, and a tough World Cup draw, has fuelled less optimism about their chances. Betting on the Ivory Coast at the World Cup will simply be an outside bet.

Unfortunately for the Ivory Coast, they landed themselves a tough draw in Group G along with Brazil and Portugal, so new boss Sven Goran Eriksson is going to have his hands full trying to get them out of that group. What does Eriksson’s appointment meant for the Ivory Coast? Sven was always cautious in his approach to the World Cup when he was at the helm with England, and perhaps it is that which may serve the Ivorians better to progress, or will his defensive European style simply not suit the more attacking flair of the Côte d’Ivoire? He will come up against the two sides which ended his World Cup dreams. Brazil knocked his England side out of the 2002 World Cup, and Portugal ended England’s hopes at World Cup 2006. This is a major chance for some revenge for Eriksson, and may have been at the back of his mind in taking the job. World Cup betting at BetFred has the Ivory Coast at 10/11 to Qualify from Group G.

Eriksson’s first match at the World Cup will be one of huge pressure against Portugal, which is being classed as the decider for the Group G Runner’s Up spot behind Brazil. If the Ivory Coast and new boss Sven Goran Eriksson manage to play their way out of Group G, then it is more than possible that the Wolrd Cip fixtures could see Eriksson face England in the Quarter Final stages of the World Cup. The two sides have not encountered each other before.

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