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Africa FIFA World Cup 2006

Africa FIFA World Cup 2006

Five African nations are represented at FIFA’s World Cup this June 2006. The teams come from Angola, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo and Tunisia. The World Cup is soccer’s most important tournament and arguably the world’s most important sporting event. Certainly in Africa, the World Cup is followed passionately and every match will be watched closely. Find out about the African teams, fixtures and groups. I’ve also picked out players to watch, and which teams are favored to make it through to the second round.

Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) “The Elephants” (Group C)The Ivory Coast drew a tough group and this is the country’s debut in the World Cup. Nevertheless, they do have one of the world’s best players Didier Drogba. And out of all 5 African nations, the Ivory Coast is probably the best team. To qualify for the World Cup they beat Egypt (this year’s Africa Cup of Nations winner) and Cameroon. The pundits think if the Ivory Coast can get through the first round they should be able to make it to the quarter finals.

Ghana “The Black Stars” (Group E)Ghana has some excellent young players and a lot of enthusiasm but this is their first visit to the World Cup and nerves have let the team down before. The Ghanaian team is led by Serbian coach Dujkovic who has a lot of experience coaching national teams including Venezuela, Myanmar and Rwanda.

While a long shot to win the title, Ghana could be one of those teams that upsets the favorites in their group. Their performance at the Africa Cup of Nations in January was disappointing but many feel this was due to the loss of two key players to injury; the team captain Stephen Appiah and midfielder Mickael Essien.

Togo “The Sparrow Hawks” (Group G)Togo surprised many by qualifying for the World Cup especially since they beat Senegal (who made it to the quarter finals in 2002). Their success was largely due to their striker, Emmanuel Adebayor who scored 11 goals during the qualifying rounds. Unfortunately Togo had an abysmal Africa Cup of Nations in January, losing all their matches so confidence is low going into the World Cup. Hopefully an early win will boost their spirits, but just making it this far is already a great achievement for this small West African nation.

Tunisia “The Eagles of Carthage” (Group H)Tunisia have appeared in the World Cup three times previously (1978, 1998, 2002) but they’ve never made it past the first round. Perhaps under the steady hand of coach Roger Lemerre, 2006 could be their year. They have a strong squad led by the excellent Brazilian born striker Dos Santos. Tunisia won the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations with almost the same team. If they can control their nerves on the world stage they at least have a good chance of making it to the second round.

Who is the best player on the portugal team at the FIFA world cup

Who is the best player on the portugal team at the FIFA world cup

The 2008 FIFA world player of the year hit a post with what would have been one of the goals of the tournament and was man of the match in the Group G match. But he also picked up a yellow card after losing his cool.

Business as usual then for the Real Madrid forward.

Ronaldo’s frustration built as it became increasingly apparent that he was set to extend a scoreless streak for his country that started 16 months ago.

After two early fouls against him and a 30 yard strike that bounded off the post, Ronaldo was involved in an altercation with Ivory Coast defender Guy Roland Demel on the edge of the penalty area in the 21st minute.

The winger complained about the severity of Demel’s challenge to referee Jorge Larrionda, who responded by showing both players a yellow card.

Ronaldo, the Portugal captain, was fouled five times, causing coach Carlos Queiroz to question whether his player had been protected enough by the referee.

“Ronaldo was the victim of a bad decision,” Queiroz said. “But we don’t like to see our team penalized with yellow cards and I am sure this will not happen again.”

Queiroz praised Ronaldo for the example he showed as captain and his overall contribution.

FIFA’s statistics from the match back up his coach’s assessment. He played the entire match, directed one of his three shots on target, completed 21 of 35 passes and covered 9,577 metres on the pitch at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Cristiano Ronaldo showed the best and the worst of his game in Portugal’s opening World Cup match against Ivory Coast.

The 2008 FIFA world player of the year hit a post with what would have been one of the goals of the tournament and was man of the match in the Group G match. But he also picked up a yellow card after losing his cool.

Business as usual then for the Real Madrid forward.

Ronaldo’s frustration built as it became increasingly apparent that he was set to extend a scoreless streak for his country that started 16 months ago.

After two early fouls against him and a 30 yard strike that bounded off the post, Ronaldo was involved in an altercation with Ivory Coast defender Guy Roland Demel on the edge of the penalty area in the 21st minute.

The winger complained about the severity of Demel’s challenge to referee Jorge Larrionda, who responded by showing both players a yellow card.

Ronaldo, the Portugal captain, was fouled five times, causing coach Carlos Queiroz to question whether his player had been protected enough by the referee.