Lister’s Lowdown Archive

  • Squads, Tactics & Formations 1

    Squads, Tactics & Formations 1

    The initial 25-man squad has been published, with a few surprises.  I was initially shocked to see that the experienced midfielder Romaric had been left out of Francois Zahoui’s selection, and am sure it has caused some reaction amongst the public!  It is good to see uncapped Marco Ne get a spot in the squad, [...]

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  • Welcome back from Lister

    Welcome back from Lister

    Welcome back to Lister’s Lowdown and a Happy New Year to you all! As the teams all prepare for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations tournament, I take a moment to look at the recent CAF Player of the Year Yaya Toure, as well as a few other influential Ivorian players.

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  • Lister’s Lowdown: Heads Held High

    Lister’s Lowdown: Heads Held High

    Ivory Coast 3-0 Korea DPR After a very difficult World Cup campaign, the Elephants have not been able to secure passage through to the last 16.  After two brave performances, they were left with the almost impossible task of beating Korea DPR by a huge nine goals, and hoped that events between Portugal and Brazil [...]

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  • Lister’s Lowdown: Brazil 3 – Ivory Coast 1

    Lister’s Lowdown: Brazil 3 – Ivory Coast 1

    A Controversial Cup Tie The build up had been intense for this clash in Group G, which took place in the massive Soccer City stadium.  Les Elephants went into the game knowing a draw or a win would keep their position in the group, but Brazil had other ideas.  In the knowledge that a win [...]

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  • Lister’s Lowdown: All even after 90 minutes

    Lister’s Lowdown: All even after 90 minutes

    So, after the first “Group of Death” game, Les Elephants sit even with Portugal after an intense 0-0 draw.  Apart from a brilliant strike by Ronaldo, which struck the post and a few other chances, Portugal looked worth the draw.  They always looked threatening when building from the midfield, but were never convincing when it [...]

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  • Lister’s Lowdown: Will he? Won’t he?

    Lister’s Lowdown: Will he? Won’t he?

    What a start to the tournament!  I have been enjoying the first few games, and from what I have seen it promises to be a memorable World Cup.  The games are being played at a high tempo, requiring top fitness and skill from all players involved.  The altitude looks to have an influence on the [...]

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  • Lister’s Lowdown: Drogba despair in victory

    Lister’s Lowdown: Drogba despair in victory

    A solid performance from the Elephants, spoiled by a serious injury to Drogba

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  • Lister’s Lowdown: Paraguay 2 – Ivory Coast 2

    Lister’s Lowdown: Paraguay 2 – Ivory Coast 2

    My reaction to the Ivory Coast draw with Paraguay.

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  • Lister’s Lowdown: World Cup warm-ups

    Lister’s Lowdown: World Cup warm-ups

    Friendlies against Japan and Paraguay: the dangers

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  • Lister’s Lowdown: Calm in the camp

    Lister’s Lowdown: Calm in the camp

    "There is a huge amount of talent in the squad, but it could all mean nothing"

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