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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 07 Retrieve

[Drogba on Eden Hazard] He is a legend, look at what he achieved at the club. He won the league twice, won the FA Cup, was named Player of the Year. We are talking about Eden Hazard. Please! He brought something that we hadn’t seen for such a long time. The closest player I can compare to him is Gianfranco Zola. The talent to dribble, to make the difference and dribble one versus one. That’s Hazard!

2019 06 13 Retrieve

[Didier Drogba has given his endorsement to Frank Lampard] I think it is a very good option for the club. He has done well with Derby, you know, taking the team to the play-off final and I think it is a very good option for the club. So he is never going to be ready, then? Does he have to wait until he is 40 or 50 to be ready? I think it depends on your experience and depends on your desire to succeed and do it. If he feels ready I don’t think it is too early.

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

2019 06 22 Retrieve

[Didier Drogba says Eden Hazard will be considered a legend at Chelsea, who will find it impossible to directly replace the Belgian] No one can replace Hazard, he is special. But someone else will come, [and] step up. Hazard is a legend at Chelsea. That’s life, that’s football.

[When asked for his thoughts on who should take over at Stamford Bridge] Well, the one who is in line to get the job, I think Lampard.

2019 07 09 Retrieve

[Hypocritical 2019 Copa America Messi wasn’t complaining during Chelsea, PSG & Madrid controversies. An infamous example of this was Barcelona’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Chelsea in 2009 when the Blues were denied a number of clear penalties. The referee that night, Tom Henning Ovrebo, was notoriously branded a ‘f***ing disgrace’ by Chelsea striker Didier Drogba on live television. Ovrebo himself conceded nine years later it was not a performance he’s proud of] It was not my best day, really. There were several errors and everyone will have their opinion of those plays. But those mistakes can be committed by a referee, and sometimes a player or a coach. Some days you are not at the level you should be. But no, I can’t be proud of that performance.

2019 08 14 Retrieve

[Didier Drogba revealed that he had given Mario Balotelli a pep talk before his Marseille move] I told him: ‘You have this opportunity, so take it, because it’s a club that will be good for you.’ And now Mario is really doing well. He’s started scoring again and I am happy

2019 09 20 Retrieve

[Chelsea legend Didier Drogba is claiming some of the credit for the progress made by Tammy Abraham, with the 21-year-old having taken important lessons from stars of the past] Yeah, I’ve known him [Abraham] since he’s been [very young]. These are kids we used to see, they used to come and watch us training, and I believe they learned a little bit of our skills, how we read the game. So, you know, we’re not surprised because I also trained with them when I used to train with the reserve team. It was always a moment for me to give away some skills, some knowledge, and they learnt really fast, really quick. So once again, I’m not surprised with what I’ve seen [with Abraham].

I think Lampard is focusing on Chelsea and it happens that he needs to work on young players, to give them a chance. Being an ex-player from the club, it helps a lot because we’ve seen all these kids when we were training. So, you know, you have to give them a chance and when you do, they deliver. They’ve been performing. Of course, there will be maybe a lack of experience in big games like Champions League but I’m not worried. I’m really happy with the work that Frank is doing right now. And the fans, and the people who know football, they understand

2019 09 28 Retrieve

[Didier Drogba believes Paris Saint-Germain’s exceptional strikers Neymar and Kylian Mbappe will both win the Ballon d’Or during their careers] Neymar and Mbappe will one day win the Ballon d’Or. They are part of this small group of exceptional players. There are very few in the world. Neymar likes to create spaces and Kylian likes to move into those spaces. Neymar creates and Kylian profits. It works very well. Just watch them when they are together on the pitch. They are constantly looking for each other. It’s almost the first thing they do when they touch the ball. It is obvious that when they are not on the pitch, PSG are not as strong

[Drogba believes the Brazilian has been harshly treated and does not think it will not take him long to be accepted by fans again] At the moment, it seems like it’s fashionable to criticise him for everything that happened [during the off-season]. But once he’s on the pitch, who can seriously say they do not take pleasure in watching him play? The more matches he plays, the more things will change and he will become what he was before. I’m sorry, but what happened this summer is what happens in all the big clubs with all the big players. There are some who want to leave and some their clubs want to keep. It’s the life of modern football

2019 10 24 Retrieve

[Didier Drogba has backed Liverpool forward Sadio Mane to beat out tough competition and claim the 2019 Ballon d’Or later this year] For the CAN, the Champions League, and the championship. What he does in the Premier League, very few players are able to do it

[Further asked if he felt Sadio Mane could succeed Weah] Yes it is possible, but it would have been possible well before. There are many players who have well represented the African continent, like Samuel Eto’o. What is a pity is that when we talk about African player, we talk about the continent, we do not speak of a country. We will never say Kylian Mbappe represents the European continent. It is a small shift that is present. But to return to the question, it would be really nice [if] Sadio or even Mohamed Salah continue to raise their level of play to hope to win this trophy

2019 11 15 Retrieve

[Drogba turned down Chelsea return to help Ivory Coast] I had an offer to stay at Chelsea where everything would be perfect and conditions are met. But I want to help Ivorian football because I love it! I am a leader, and my vision is bigger than just the simple role of being a coach. A coach has an impact on a club - but I want to have an impact on an entire nation. I want us to re-think football, with a nationwide vision, so we can develop the game here. The Ivory Coast has a glorious footballing past. The funds are in place, together with talent and potential, but they are under-exploited. There are some very competent people in the Ivory Coast who can work with me on this project

2019 12 03 Retrieve

[Mbappe finally gets Drogba selfie 10 years after being snubbed by Chelsea legend as a child] Ten years ago after Chelsea versus Barcelona, a child came to me and wanted to take a picture. That day I said no because of the disgraceful refereeing decisions. I learned that the child was Kylian Mbappe. I want to pay my debt now

2020 03 22 Tweet

[Drogba urges vigilance in the fight against coronavirus] To my Ivorian brothers and sisters. I ask you to take the subject very seriously because we tend to be too light in the face of the situation. It is imperative to respect the measures imposed by the government. We are the ones spreading the virus, we are all responsible for the situation. Wash your hands regularly, go out only when necessary, and keep a distance of at least one meter from each other

2020 04 03 Retrieve

[Drogba slam medical professors over ‘racist’ remarks coronavirus vaccine tests should be conducted in Africa] It is inconceivable that we continue to accept this. Africa is not a laboratory. I strongly denounce these serious, racist and contemptuous remarks! Help us save lives in Africa and stop the spread of this virus which is destabilising the whole world, instead of considering us as guinea pigs. It is absurd! African leaders have a responsibility to protect people from these heinous plots

2020 04 28 Retrieve

[Meet Jo Drogba: The Chelsea legend’s musician brother] I was a forward for Metz but I got a lot of injuries. I like to think I was a mix of Neymar and [Kylian] Mbappe rather than like Didier

I am passionate about football and music. I was always writing music and dancing when I was trying to make it in football. It is great to release my first song. It is just a happy, dance song for everyone to listen to. I have always been inspired by the words in music, most specifically. My biggest influence is a French artist called Kery James. He is one of the best writers; he is like a poet. I also listen to Afrobeats and have African influences but the music I listen to is always in French, so French-African. I am attached to my African roots and I go home to visit my parents in Ivory Coast who still live there a lot. I hope to see my music recognised and to have a long career releasing a lot of music that brings people together and makes them dance

He is very much my role model. I am proud to be Didier’s brother. He is an example through his achievements in football

Off the pitch I have so many memories of Didier. I often think about the time when he played for Le Mans and we used to like going to this restaurant called Buffalo Grill. Our car broke down and we had to push it a long way to the restaurant. He went from pushing his own car to scoring a header and being a star in the Champions League. I find that inspiring. He signed for massive clubs like Chelsea and I was there watching him in Germany in the Champions League final. That goal is a family souvenir that none of us will ever forget. In a way, me signing with E47 Records feels like signing with a football club. As a fan, you get inspired and it is the same in the family

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!!!!