With the CAF Africa Cup of Nations beginning in just a few weeks time, Côte d'Ivoire forward Wilfried Bony told FIFA.com about the side's togetherness, their unified focus and Didier Drogba's mentoring of him.
Galatasaray triumphed 3-0 at Trabzonspor and took a three-point lead at the summit, Besiktas drew but still climbed to second, while Antalyaspor, Mersin Idmanyurdu and Genclerbirligi were also victorious.
FIFA.com takes a look at one of Africa's great clubs in ASEC Mimosas with the Abidjan giants not only enjoying constant success but their hugely successful academy has produced some of Côte d’Ivoire's elite talent.
Lars Lagerback, Vincent Enyeama, Jean Makoun, Didier Zokora and Salomon Kalou spoke to FIFA.com about five African teams falling at the first hurdle.
Drawn in a hugely competitive group for the second time running, Côte d’Ivoire can be proud of their efforts despite missing out once more on the last 16.
Côte d'Ivoire failed to ruffle Brazil, but did Sven Goran Eriksson's side get their tactics wrong or were his charges simply beaten by the better team?