Is time up for the Ivory Coast’s Golden Generation?
By Peter Sharland
In England, there is a general acceptance that we recently experienced a golden generation of talented footballers that never produced on the world stage. For whatever reason a team full of international superstars could never quite cut it at the World Cup and European Championships. However, when it comes to underperforming stars England has one consistent sympathiser, the Ivory Coast.
Blessed with some of Africa’s greatest players it really is no surprise that FIFA ranks the Ivory Coast as the strongest African nation in the world right now. This is despite not having won the African Cup of Nations since 1992 and not progressing past the group stage in the World Cup in either 2006 or 2010. You can point to both World Cups as being extremely unfortunate having been drawn into extremely tricky groups each time around, facing Argentina and Holland in 2006 and then Brazil and Portugal in 2010. But nevertheless this generation will go down as one that has failed to dominate the African scene in a way which was certainly possible.