How they qualified: Ivory Coast were strong in the group stages but were on the verge of being eliminated in the play-offs. They were taken to the limit by Senegal until former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou stepped up with a late goal to secure a passage to Brazil.
World Cup pedigree: The Elephants have never made it past the group stages of a World Cup finals – they do like a Group of Death, but avoided one this time around – and will be on a mission to erase that surprisingly poor record.
Main man: Despite a raft of quality names, veteran striker Didier Drogba remains the first name on the team sheet. His partnership with Kalou and general influence on the team is hugely important.
One to watch: Drogba will lead from the front but it's Manchester City colossus Yaya Toure who powers the team from the heart of midfield. In the right mood, Yaya is almost untouchable.
What are their chances? The Ivorian golden generation is past its best but on the plus side there's plenty of big-match experience in the squad, while younger players like Gervinho and Cheick Tiote could leave a significant mark on opponents. Last eight is a realistic target but an earlier exit is more likely.