Saturday, 26 September 2009

World Cup 2014. My Ivory Coast got the bronze!

It was tough and very interesting competition for me that I had been waiting for a long time.

Currently Ivory Coast national team has a row of really good players like Kolo Toure, Yaya Toure, Emmanuel Eboue, Salomon Kalou and 36 years old Didier Drogba. But when I take a look at squad of Brazil, Argentina or Holland it seems almost impossible to win the World Cup…  Anyway great team collaboration and quick direct tactics I use made my Ivory Coast the 3rd best national team in the world!

Denmark, Serbia and Brazil were beaten by Ivory Coast!

Matches and results review

The group with Colombia, Sweden and Iran didn’t seem a complicated one.

Ivory Coast - group winner at World Cup 2014

So after first 2 fixtures we had 6 points and guaranteed the 1st place in the group. Therefore I decided to use players of the second squad for their form estimation in the last game with Colombia. It explains the loss in that game.

2nd Round – Denmark

Denmark wasn’t a strong opponent for us. They have no dangerous forwards in my game at all. Their best one is Nicklas Bendtner who plays in FC Kobenhaven. So you understand if he plays Danish club then his attributes are not impressive.

Excellent strikes of Drogba and Yaya Toure brought 2:0 win:

Match with Denmark - Player ratings

Quarterfinal – Serbia

National team of Serbia – the first opponent that had squad stronger than the one of Ivory Coast. Vidic, Ivanovic, Jankovic, Kacar, Kuzmanovic and some great regen-players as well... Just look at this brilliant regen forward - Nicola Petrovic - playing in Milan:

Nicola Petrovic - wonderkid from Milan

His price is $73M!!!

I had some fortune with the fact that Serbian star forward Milovan Rakic (my Hull player) had been injured. As a result he was substituted by Nicola Zigic in the first squad who wasn’t dangerous in the match at all.

Again Yaya Toure, again Didier Drogba and powerful header from Kolo Toure guaranteed the victory:

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Semi final - Holland

Mighty Holland, World Cup 2010 champions, were expecting us in the semi final. I remembered our 3:1 win in the Confederations Cup and thought that we have all chances of becoming a finalists. But, but, but…

Robin Van Persie brings the Final to Holland 

The class of Holland team was perceptibly higher. Though it was an equal game. The only thing is that Ivory Coast was not so good in shots on target…

Holland - Ivory Coast, match stats, FM 2009

Player ratings in the match with Holland

By the way, Holland has lost the Final to Argentina with 1:3 score. Two goals - by Carlos Teves, two other – by Pablo Zabaleta and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

3rd place match - Brazil

Ivory Coast - Brazil 3:1

It is my moment of triumph! Ivory Coast – Brazil 3:1!!! Bets were absolutely against my team but two quick goals by Kolo Toure (9h minute) and Baky Kone (16th minutes) shocked Brazil players and fans! Fantastic commitment by all players of Ivory Coast team allowed to have an advantage in the amount of made shots:

Match stats with Brazil

Player ratings of this historical match:

Player ratings with Brazil

 

This is my last post about Ivory Coast team in Football Manager 2009. It’s always said to say “Good Bye”. But who knows… maybe I will be managing this flamboyant national team in FM 2010.

Author: Vitaliy

Playing Football Manager since 1996. Blogging about it since 2007.