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Ivory Coast says it has hired former Belgium coach Wilmots

Marc Wilmots

Belgium’s national soccer coach Marc Wilmots announces his selection for the 2014 World Cup soccer during a media conference at the Royal Belgian Soccer Association headquarters in Brussels, Tuesday May 13, 2014. The Belgian selection for the 2014 World Cup soccer in Brazil are: Thibaut Courtois (Atletico de Madrid), Koen Casteels (1899 Hoffenheim), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool FC) and Silvio Proto (RSC Anderlecht), Toby Alderweireld (Atletico de Madrid), Laurent Ciman (Standard Liege), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit St-Petersburg), Daniel Van Buyten (Bayern Munchen), Anthony Vanden Borre (RSC Anderlecht), Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal FC), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham FC), Nacer Chadli (Tottenham FC), Kevin De Bruyne (VfL Wolfsburg), Steven Defour (FC Porto), Moussa Dembele (Tottenham FC), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Axel Witsel (Zenit St-Petersburg), Eden Hazard (Chelsea FC), Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United), Romelu Lukaku (Everton FC), Dries Mertens (SSC Napoli), Kevin Mirallas (Everton FC), Divock Origi (Lille OSC). (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)


BRUSSELS (AP) Ivory Coast says it has hired former Belgium coach Marc Wilmots to lead its national soccer team.

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Ivory Coast is coming off a disappointing showing at the African Cup of Nations, where it was eliminated in the group phase.

Wilmots led Belgium for four years, reaching the quarterfinals at both the 2014 World Cup and last year’s European Championship.

After losing to Wales in the Euro 2016 quarterfinals, Wilmots was derided as a poor tactician for failing to get failing to get Belgium’s best crop of players any further in the tournament.