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Road to the African Nations Cup is seldom easy

Algeria head coach Christian Gourcuff has admitted he needed more time to prepare his team for their African Cup of Nations Group B qualifying match against Ethiopia on Saturday.

African teams have begun their journeys to the next year's African Nations Cup (ANC) as the first group of away teams jetted off to their respective destinations ahead of the opening round of matches this weekend. Some travelling parties contained notable absentees, others struggled to get off the ground, and one left carrying little more than hope for a dream to come true.

Two goalkeepers are among the men missing out on the initial exchanges and one, Itumeleng Khune, could face a longer period...

Africa departs Brazil in disappointment

Cameroon officials will investigate claims from a German magazine that seven players were involved in match-fixing at the World Cup.

Africa's World Cup is over. It did not end as the continent would have liked, without the results it had hoped for and with no new ground broken. In fact, old ground wasn't even covered as none of the five African teams that entered the tournament will feature in the quarterfinals.

Given the huge impact made on home soil in 2010, underperformance was the standout failing of the African countries at this World Cup. Each was slow out of the starting blocks, with only one team winning its opening match...

 By James Tyler

Worst XI of the group stage

We spend so much time praising the greats at World Cups, but it only seems fair to cast our eyes upon those who underwhelmed, disappointed, didn't live up to expectations or just plain stunk. Without further ado, your squad of ne'er-do-wells.

GK: Stipe Pletikosa, Croatia

Many expected "The Fiery Ones" to advance from a tricky but reasonable Group A thanks to the likes of Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic and Ivan Rakitic in midfield with Mario Mandzukic to serve as the battering ram up front. Yet their...

Best XI of the group stage

It's quite a strike force that has impressed so far this summer.

The group stages at the 2014 World Cup are done, so here are XI players who have impressed above all others in their respective positions. To show how good this year's opening stages have been, there's not even room for Germany's four-goal star, Thomas Muller!

GK. Guillermo Ochoa -- Mexico

The Mexican stopper put in one of the best performances by a goalkeeper at a World Cup as his side held Brazil to a 0-0 draw. Having waited eight years to play in another tournament after his first call-up in...

Assessment: Looking to the future

Greece are into the last 16 of the FIFA World Cup for the first time in their history after beating Ivory Coast 2-1.

Ivory Coast have bowed out of the World Cup in the group stages and ESPNFC blogger Sam Crocker gives his verdict on the brighter points of the campaign as well as what went wrong.

One sentence, World Cup recap

Les Elephants' collapse came as the chance for progress was within their grasp, but the same old mental problems led to another tournament disappointment.

All team assessments

Group Stage: Australia | Bosnia-Herzegovina | Cameroon | Croatia | Ecuador | England | Ghana | Honduras | Italy | Iran
Ivory Coast Japan | Portugal | Russia | South Korea | Spain
Round of 16: Algeria | Chile | Greece | Mexico
Nigeria | Switzerland | Uruguay | United States
Quarterfinals: Colombia | France | Belgium | Costa Rica
Semifinals: Brazil | Netherlands
Finalists: Argentina
Winners: Germany

Star man

Toulouse right-back Serge Aurier really stood out in Brazil, but it was a close call with Roma winger Gervinho also in fine form....

 By Sam Crocker

Fear trumps glory again as Ivory Coast eliminated

2014 FIFA World Cup Group A: Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast

Aside from the last minute of drama, this was a report that could have mostly been written before the game even started. For a team whose mental state has been battered all too often, this 2-1 loss to Greece with that penalty in the final minute may have just sent the players over the edge. While they had previously suffered these sort of horrific results only in the African Cup of Nations, for these experiences to spill into a World Cup will be very damaging to the collective of the team. But...