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Name Didier Drogba
Gender Male
Ethnic Ivorian
Job Ivorian Footballer
Desc The greatest signing of the Roman Abramovich era was the spearhead of Jose Mourinho’s title-winning teams of 2004-05 and 05-06, linking brilliantly with a young Frank Lampard. His most prolific season came in winning the 2009-10 title under Carlo Ancelotti, scoring 29 league goals, before leaving and then returning in 2014, a decade after he first arrived, to win his fourth and final Premier League medal


Org Ivory Coast National Team
Club as Coach Phoenix Rising FC
Club as Player Phoenix Rising FC
  Shanghai Shenhua
  Chelsea FC

2013 12 31 Retrieve

[Didier Drogba stands firm after being investigated by the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) in relation to a shirt he wore paying tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela, who passed away in December. The TFF wisely decided against charging the Ivorian] If I had to I would do it again and again. Not because of political beliefs, but because this man inspired me, a country, a continent and the world! Thanks again, Madiba

2014 03 01 Retrieve

[Didier Drogba on Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea] Our philosophy when I was there was very simple. He educated us to hate losing. Sometimes, in training, you could play three or four games of five minutes without a goal. Everyone was so concentrated. When you conceded a goal, you could see [John Terry] shouting and kicking the post, like he was losing a very important game. It was only training; imagine when you have that spirit in a Premier League or a Champions League game. We refused to lose

2016 02 18 Retrieve

[on Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic’s Partnership] People say I scored a few goals against Manchester United and I would say when I was scoring against Manchester United I was really, really happy because I didn’t score much. So for me to score against [. . .] means that I had a good game

2017 03 10 Retrieve

[Quotes on Frank Lampard] Frank is the best midfield player that I played with, the most intelligent and efficient

2017 04 15 Retrieve

[Didier Drogba announces his decision to join United Soccer League side Phoenix Rising as a player and co-owner] I have taken my time in deciding what I wanted to do next and am really excited about the opportunity at Phoenix Rising FC. After seeing first hand the potential for expansion of the sport in North America and getting to know the ownership group in Phoenix, I am convinced that I can help them develop their organisation on and off the pitch

2017 12 16 Retrieve

[Didier Drogba praises former team-mate Mohamed Salah] He’s becoming a boss and a leader - we’ve seen it in the national team and seen it at Liverpool. I can tell by his celebrations that he knows what he’s doing now, he’s not going crazy but just sticking his tongue out to say, ‘yeah it’s me’. He can bring a lot of his leadership and his experience, that he is learning at Liverpool and with the national team [to the team in Russia]. You know for him playing in a lot of big competitions will help him to be among the best players in Europe and during the World Cup. Mo Salah on his own cannot win the World Cup but if all his team-mates are at the level the continent expects them to be, then Mo Salah can be a fantastic player and be one of the stars in this competition

2018 11 22 Retrieve

[Didier Drogba announces his retirement] When I think of the last 20 years of my professional career, looking at this picture can’t make me more proud of what I’ve achieved as a player but most importantly how this journey has shaped me as a man

2019 06 14 Retrieve

[Sarri’s move to Juventus from Chelsea on verge of completion while Lampard has been backed by another club legend Didier Drogba] Does he have to wait until he is 40 or 50 to be ready? If he feels ready I don’t think it is too early

2020 05 19 Retrieve

[Didier Drogba has revealed how he thought Juan Mata would be the key in winning Chelsea the Champions League in 2012 – months before the Spaniard assisted his dramatic late equaliser in the final] Eight years ago, the manager had been sacked by the club and we, the players had a team meeting where we recognised being partly responsible for his [Villas-Boas’] departure. The captain John Terry spoke, Frank Lampard, Petr Cech and other leaders in the group too.

We decided to all give this competition everything, despite our defeat against Napoli [3-1 in the quarter-finals]. We had been chasing this trophy for eight years and couldn’t do better than runner-up. Everyone agreed to put egos aside and challenge each other for the same goal.

After that meeting I asked a young 23-year-old Juan Mata, ‘Please maestro, help me win the Champions League’

He looked at my like “Man, you’re crazy, you’re Didier Drogba, you are gonna help me win it. I then told him I’ve been here for eight years and never won it, so I believe you’re the one who’s gonna help us win. I’ll even give you a present if we win it, that was the end of February

Three months later, we were in Munich, in the final, in their stadium, submerged with a red wave. The hosts took the lead with eight minutes to go and on my way to kick the ball for the last eight minutes I was so discouraged

The young man said to me, ‘Believe Didi, you have to believe’. Almost in tears I answered after looking at the time, ‘Believe in what? It’s almost over’. I’m gonna cry like a few months ago when I lost the [Africa Cup of Nations] final with Cote d’Ivoire

Last minute, last corner, I mean first corner for us against eighteen for Bayern Munich. Guess who took that corner kick… Juan Mata. The rest is history. The lesson is ALWAYS BELIEVE!!!!