Belgium Ivory Coast ?? exhibition game March 5, 2014 - Live on TV

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On Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 Belgium will play a friendly against Ivory Coast. This friendly match of the Red Devils is in the preparation of the character at the World Cup held in Brazil in the summer of 2014. The match will be broadcast live on TV. What do the selections of both teams look like? Who is the favorite for victory? Where the game is played?

History: The Belgian team, the Red Devils

The first major football success achieved Belgium during the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp. The Belgian soccer team won the gold medal. Other successes from the Belgian football history are reaching the final of the European Championship in 1980 and the semifinals of the World Cup in 1986.
In the period 2003-2011 was extremely poor with Belgian football. The Red Devils managed as five times in a row, not in order to qualify for an international tournament final. Fell in that period outside the top 50 of the FIFA rankings. In recent years, Belgium, where a talented young generation of players, working on a resurrection. The coach who leads the resurrection which is Marc Wilmots. In 2013 Belgium was finally again in order to qualify for a final tournament and in the same year overtook the Red Devils even the Netherlands in the FIFA world rankings. The highest quotation was the Belgians took the fifth place, but then again what they are descended.
It just regained confidence in the Red Devils ran in November 2013 because it any harm, when they played friendlies against Colombia and Japan. Both home games were lost by the Red Devils. This need not be bad omen for the World Cup 2014. Through that defeats the football euphoria in Belgium somewhat mitigated, but during those two games have the young players and the coach also learned valuable lessons, where they get a lot during the 2014 World Cup have. Precisely thanks to these two defeats the young, talented team can again become more mature. At the World Cup in 2014 is Belgium in Group H along with Algeria, Russia and South Korea.

History: the Ivorian team, the Orange Elephant

The Ivorian national football association has existed since 1960. Since 1964 this association is affiliated to FIFA. In the sixties, Ivory Coast quite successful in the Africa Cup. Both in 1965 and in 1968 the team finished third. Which earned the team rankings also in 1986 and 1994. The greatest success of the Ivorian national football team was winning the African Nations Cup in 1992. The team is clearly the strongest African football countries. In 2006 and 2012 was Ivory Coast losing finalist at the African Nations Cup. Still, the team outside of Africa has not achieved very much success. Twice qualified the country for the World Cup and both times it was eliminated in the first round.
On paper, Ivory Coast today has a very strong selection. Especially in midfield and attack are very strong field. Until the Ivorian midfielders include famous players such as Cheick Tiote, Yaya Toure and Didier Zokora. Before the attack line, the coach can choose from players like Salomon Kalou, Gervinho, Didier Drogba and Wilfried Bony. Incidentally, there is a selection in the Ivorian goalkeeper who is very familiar to many Belgian fans: Boubacar Barry. He has been playing since 2003 in Belgium.
The Frenchman Sabri Lamouchi is the coach of the Ivory Coast. Today is the Ivorian national football team 17th in the world rankings. The nickname of the Ivorian team is "Orange Elephant". This refers to the elephants live in Ivory Coast and the orange shirts of the team. Ivory Coast has, like Belgium, qualified for the World Cup 2014 Ivory Coast is in Group C, along with Colombia, Greece and Japan.

Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast is a country in West Africa with over 22 million inhabitants. Internationally this country is usually Côte d'Ivoire mentioned. The capital of Ivory Coast is Yamoussoukro. In the past, the Ivory Coast was a colony of France and French is today still the official language. Côte d'Ivoire in 1960 became an independent country. In terms of international celebrities have land, besides a large number of top footballers, including those produced renowned musicians such as singer Alpha Blondy and the Magic System group. The famous athlete Nelson Evora was born in Ivory Coast. However, he emigrated at the age of 5 to Portugal. During his sports career, he did not come out for the Ivory Coast, but first for Cape Verde and later to Portugal.

Location: King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels

This friendly match will be played at King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels. This is the former Heysel stadium. The name Heysel Stadium, however, will always be associated with one of the darkest chapters in the history of football: the Heysel Stadium disaster in which 39 supporters deceased. Therefore this stadium has, after it was thoroughly renovated, renamed. The current King Baudouin Stadium has a capacity of over 50,000 spectators.


It promises to be an interesting showdown between these two teams. Previously, it is difficult to pinpoint a favorite. The team of Ivory Coast is clearly experienced and internationally even bigger names in his selection. Physically, the Ivorians are probably stronger than the Belgians. However, the current crop of Red Devils bursting with talent. Thanks to their talent and their strong team spirit, but also because of the home advantage, Belgium is probably still before sipping a favorite in this race.

Lineups, selections, numbers

Selection Belgium
  • Koen Casteels Hoffenheim
  • Thibaut Courtois Atletico Madrid
  • Simon Mignolet Liverpool
  • Toby Alderweireld Atletico Madrid
  • Nicolas Lombaerts Zenit St Petersburg
  • Sébastien Pocognoli Hannover
  • Laurent Ciman Standard
  • Vincent Kompany Manchester City
  • Daniel Van Buyten Bayern Munich
  • Anthony Vanden Borre Anderlecht
  • Jan Vertonghen Tottenham
  • Nacer Chadli Tottenham Hotspur
  • Moussa Dembele Tottenham Hotspur
  • Radja Nainggolan AS Roma
  • Timmy Simons Club Brugge
  • Marouane Fellaini Manchester United
  • Axel Witsel Zenit St Petersburg
  • Christian Benteke Aston Villa
  • Romelu Lukaku Everton
  • Dries Mertens Napoli
  • Kevin Mirallas Everton
  • Kevin De Bruyne Wolfsburg
  • Eden Hazard Chelsea

Belgium setup:
Courtois, Alderweireld, Van Buyten, Kompany, Vertonghen, Fellaini, Witsel, De Bruyne, Mirallas, Mertens and Benteke.
Setup Ivory Coast:
Mande, Aurier, K. Toure, Zokora, Boka, Tioté, who, Y. Touré, Sio, Kalou and Gervinho.

Rash, statistics

The match ended in 2-2.
  • 19 'Fellaini 1-0
  • 52 'Nainggolan 2-0
  • 75 '2-1 Drogba
  • 90 + 3 '2-2 Gradel

Live on TV

This football match will be televised live by the Flemish public broadcasting. The time when the match starts is: 20u33. The commentator's Filip Joos. Here you will find information about live football on television in the 2013-2014 season.