Despite Côte d'Ivoire's ability to regularly qualify for major international competitions over the last eight years, the Elephants' 'golden generation' - led by stars Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and Yaya Toure - haven't won a single title.
FIFA.com takes a look at the surprise leaders of the Italian Serie A, with Rudi Garcia's Roma topping the table with a record-equalling eight wins from eight games so far, thanks in part to new signing Gervinho and a stern defence.
The CAF nations that qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup stayed on course for Brazil 2014 with Côte d'Ivoire and Nigeria recording victories, while Burkina Faso also won and Cameroon earned a hard-fought draw.
Côte d'Ivoire beat Senegal 3-1 and Aristide Bance missed a first-half penalty but converted one in the second half to give Burkina Faso a 3-2 victory over Algeria in the first-legs of their FIFA World Cup™ play-offs.
Roma took advantage of Napoli's midweek slip against Sassuolo as they beat Sampdoria 2-0, while Juventus won fortuitously at Chievo.
The first week of the 2013/14 Serie A season features champions Juventus visiting Sampdoria, AC Milan visiting newly-promoted Hellas Verona and Roma on the road in Livorno.