Didier Drogba

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Didier Drogba

Ivorian footballer who plays as a centre forward for Shanghai Shenhua add

Category: Football

Born in 1978.

Countries: United Kingdom (18%), France (14%), Ivory Coast (8%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: UEFA Champions League, FIFA, FC Barcelona

Linked to: Chelsea F.C., Liverpool F.C., Olympique de Marseille, Arsenal F.C.

 

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Didier Drogba was born in 1978 add something


1991

In 1991, his parents traveled to France; first to Vannes and settling in 1993 at Antony, Hauts-de-Seine in the Paris suburbs, at which point the 15-year-old Drogba returned to live with them and his siblings add something


1997

He completed two hat-tricks; one against Watford and the other against Levski Sofia in the !Champions_League (UEFA_Champions_League), Chelsea's first hat-trick in European competition since Gianluca Vialli in the Cup Winners' Cup in 1997 add something


1999

His eldest son, Isaac, was born in France in 1999 add something


2002

A Côte d'Ivoire international since 2002, Drogba has captained the national team since 2006 add something


2003

He moved to Olympique de Marseille in 2003 for £3,3 million add something


2004

After the departure of Damien Duff to Newcastle United, Drogba switched from the number 15 shirt he had worn for Chelsea since 2004 to the number 11 shirt vacated by Duff add something

 

In the summer of 2004 Drogba moved to Chelsea for a club record £24 million fee, making him the most expensive Ivorian player in history add something

 

The French club received a percentage of the £24 million fee paid by Chelsea to Marseille in 2004, which allowed the fourth-tier club to upgrade the facility add something

 

Drogba faced problems off the pitch during the end of the season as his transfer from Marseille to Chelsea in July 2004 came under scrutiny add something

 

Laurent Koscielny - His career began in 2004 with Guingamp, a team that have produced such talents as Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda

 

Jonathan Woodgate - One of his finest games came in Newcastle's 2004 !UEFA_Cup (UEFA_Europa_League) semi final clash with Olympique de Marseille, completely nullifying the threat of their forward line and clinical forward Didier Drogba


2005

Hernan Crespo - After Chelsea's failed attempts to land a big-name striker during the summer of 2005, Mourinho needed competition for striker Didier Drogba and decided to recall Crespo from A.C. Milan, convincing him that he had a future in England

 

Anders Frisk - On 12 March 2005 Frisk announced his immediate retirement, citing threats made against his family following a UEFA Champions League tie between &Barcelona (FC_Barcelona) and Chelsea, during which he sent off Chelsea's Didier Drogba for receiving two cautions


2006

After Côte d'Ivoire qualified for the 2006 World Cup, Drogba made a desperate plea to the combatants, asking them to lay down their arms, a plea which was answered with a cease fire after five years of civil war add something

 

Drogba is a Côte d'Ivoire international and helped the team qualify for its first ever World Cup, held in Germany in 2006 add something

 

Drogba was a part of the Côte d'Ivoire sides which reached the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2006 and 2012, but were beaten on penalties on both occasions add something

 

He was named African Footballer of the Year in 2006 and 2009 add something

 

In the 2006 World Cup, Côte d'Ivoire were drawn in a "group of death" with Serbia and Montenegro, the Netherlands and Argentina add something

 

On 11 June 2006, Drogba scored the first World Cup goal of his career and of his country's history in the opening game against Argentina, but his team lost add something

 

Mohamed Aboutrika - Aboutrika, who is Egypt's newest idol according to the FIFA.com expression, was nominated to win the 2006 CAF African Footballer of the Year award along with Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and FC Barcelona forward Samuel Eto'o

 

Ahmed Shafeeq Ibrahim Moosa - Aboutrika, who is Egypt's newest idol according to the FIFA.com expression, was nominated to win the 2006 CAF African Footballer of the Year award along with Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and FC Barcelona forward Samuel Eto'o

 

John Obi Mikel - On 12 September 2006, Mikel made his first start for Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League against Levski Sofia and took a powerful shot which the goalkeeper failed to save and Didier Drogba pounced on the rebound

 

Mikel John Obi - On 12 September 2006, Mikel made his first start for Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League against Levski Sofia and took a powerful shot which the goalkeeper failed to save and Didier Drogba pounced on the rebound


2007

In January 2007, Drogba was crowned the Ivorian Player of the Year, ahead of Kader Keita, Aruna Dindane, and Kolo Touré add something

 

Arjen Robben - He came on as a substitute for Claude Makelele in the 2007 League Cup Final against Arsenal and set up the winning goal for Didier Drogba

 

Mark Hughes - This has since been achieved a third time by Didier Drogba in 2007

 

Kenwyne Jones - On 11 May 2007, Southampton manager George Burley stated that "Kenwyne is another Didier Drogba in the making, as far as physical attributes, his strength and power in the air are second to none"


2008

Upon his return Drogba scored a goal in the 2008 League Cup Final which made him the all-time leading scorer in League Cup Finals with four add something


2009

Drogba's charity work continued when, in late 2009, he announced he would be donating the £3 million signing on fee for his endorsement of Pepsi for the construction of a hospital in his hometown of Abidjan add something

 

On 17 June 2009, UEFA subsequently handed him a six game European ban with the final two games suspended add something

 

He scored a glancing header against Blackburn on 24 October 2009, bringing his tally to an impressive eight goals in eleven appearances, scoring his third goal in as many games add something

 

Daniel Sturridge - He made his Premier League debut for Chelsea on 18 August 2009 against Sunderland, coming on for Didier Drogba


2010

His involvement in the peace process led to Drogba being named as one of the world's 100 most influential people by "Time" magazine for 2010 add something

 

In March 2010, he was named as the 2009 African Footballer of the Year, his second time winning the award in his career add something

 

On 4 June 2010, Drogba was injured in a friendly match with Japan add something

 

On 15 June 2010, Drogba was cleared by FIFA to play in the Côte d'Ivoire's first group game against Portugal wearing a protective cast on his broken arm add something

 

In October 2010, Drogba's first amateur club Levallois Sporting Club named its stadium after the striker add something

 

He had first complained of feeling unwell before the October 2010 international break but the illness was only diagnosed on 8 November 2010 add something


2011

While playing against Norwich City on 27 August 2011, Drogba suffered a concussion in a collision with Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy add something

 

In September 2011, Drogba joined the Truth, Reconciliation and Dialogue Commission as a representative to help return peace to his home nation add something

 

On 31 December 2011, Drogba scored his 150th goal for Chelsea against Aston Villa, putting him level with Peter Osgood and Roy Bentley in terms of the club's top scorers of all time add something

 

Chinese Super League - After former Fluminense midfielder Darío Conca transferred in 2011, Some noticeable signings during the 2012 seasons include former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka, former &Barcelona (FC_Barcelona) midfielder Seydou Keita and Fábio Rochemback, former Sevilla forward Frédéric Kanouté, former Blackburn Rovers forward Yakubu Aiyegbeni and former Borussia Dortmund forward Lucas Barrios

 

Robin van Persie - On 24 April 2011, Van Persie became the first player to score in seven successive Premier League away games when he scored against Bolton, beating Didier Drogba's record who was on six successive away games, between August and November 2009

 

Juan Manuel Mata - On 6 December 2011, during Chelsea's decisive !Champions_League (UEFA_Champions_League) match against former club Valencia CF, Mata created two assists for both of Didier Drogba goals

 

Juan Mata - On 6 December 2011, during Chelsea's decisive !Champions_League (UEFA_Champions_League) match against former club Valencia CF, Mata created two assists for both of Didier Drogba goals


2012

As of 2012, he is the Côte d'Ivoire's all-time top scorer add something

 

He became the only player in history to score in four separate FA Cup finals, when he scored in Chelsea's win over Liverpool in the 2012 final add something

 

In March 2012, Drogba scored his 100th Premier League goal, the first African player to reach the milestone add something

 

In May 2012, Drogba carried the Olympic Flame through Swindon as part of the London 2012 Olympics add something

 

In the !Champions_League (UEFA_Champions_League) final on 19 May 2012, Drogba scored the equaliser from Juan Mata's corner in the 88th minute, taking Chelsea into extra time and penalties add something

 

On 22 May 2012, Chelsea released a note on their official website announcing that Drogba "will be leaving the club when his contract expires at the end of June" 2012 add something

 

On 19 June 2012, Drogba declared he would be joining Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua, joining his former Chelsea teammate Nicolas Anelka add something

 

Following his career with Chelsea, in October 2012, he was voted by Chelsea supporters as the club's greatest ever player add something

 

In November 2012 Drogba was named Chelsea's greatest ever player in a poll of 20,000 fans conducted by Chelsea Magazine add something

 

Nicolas Anelka - On 19 June 2012, it was confirmed that Anelka's former Chelsea-teammate Didier Drogba would join Shanghai Shenhua


2013

On 28 January 2013, Drogba agreed a 1 and a half year deal with Süper Lig team Galatasaray add something

 

However, on 30 January 2013, Shenhua released a press release that Drogba would unilaterally breach his contract if he were to join Galatasaray add something

 

In February 2013, FIFA granted a temporary license for him to play for Galatasaray pending the outcome of the contract dispute add something

 

On 11 August 2013, he scored the only goal in the 2013 Turkish Super Cup against Fenerbahce add something

 

In October 2013 he became the first African footballer to win the prestigious Golden Foot while playing for Galatasaray add something

 

Emmanuel Eboue - During the 2013 winter transfer window, he was joined by national teammate Didier Drogba on 28 January 2013

 

Mathis Bolly - He played his second match for Ivory Coast in the friendly match against Mexico in August 2013, playing alongside Didier Drogba


2014

On 16 April 2014, Drogba announced on his Instagram page that he has teamed up with French male clothing brand HOM to launch his own personal underwear range named Drogba & Co. The project will create a social impact as a percentage of every sale will go to the Didier Drogba Foundation add something

 

In June 2014, Drogba was named in the Ivory Coast's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup add something

 

On 25 July 2014, Chelsea announced on their official website that Drogba completed his return to the club on a free transfer, and signed a one-year contract add something

 

On 28 July 2014, Chelsea announced that Drogba will wear the number 15 shirt which he wore when he first signed for the club in 2004 add something

 

On 8 August 2014, Drogba announced his retirement from international football with a record of 65 goals in 104 appearances add something

 

On 8 August 2014, he announced his retirement from international football add something

 

In November 2014, Drogba appeared in FIFA's "11 against Ebola" campaign with a selection of top football players from around the world, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Gareth Bale and Xavi add something

 

Xavi - In November 2014, Xavi appeared in FIFA's "11 against Ebola" campaign with a selection of top football players from around the world, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Gareth Bale and African superstar Didier Drogba


2015

On 24 May 2015, Drogba announced that Chelsea's final game of the season against Sunderland would be his last as a Chelsea player add something

 

On 27 July 2015, Drogba signed a Designated Player contract with Major League Soccer side Montreal Impact, believed to be 18-months in length add something

 

In November 2015, he was named one of the three finalists for the 2015 MLS Newcomer of the Year award add something

 

Jack McInerney - On August 4, 2015, McInerney was traded to the Columbus Crew SC in exchange for a 2nd round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft after the Impact signed Didier Drogba

 

Michy Batshuayi - A December 2015 profiling by "FourFourTwo" likened Batshuayi to Didier Drogba for his speed, strength, positioning and link-up play, despite being shorter than the Ivorian


2016

In July 2016, Drogba was included in the roster for the 2016 MLS All-Star Game add something


2017

On 12 April 2017, after nearly four months as a free agent and declining a move to Corinthians, Drogba signed for USL side Phoenix Rising FC, he became an owner of the club making him the very first player-owner in football history add something

 

In July 2017 Drogba attracted attention after scoring an impressive last-minute free kick in a game against Orange County to tie the game add something


2018

Isaac Drogba signed for French club Guingamp in February 2018 add something

 

On 22 February 2018, Drogba, former AC &Milan (A.C._Milan) striker and current Liberia President George Weah, and teenage French prodigy Kylian Mbappé had a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the Élysée Palace in Paris that focused on a sports development project in Africa add something

 

In November 2018, at the age of 40, Drogba scored against Orange County as Phoenix won the USL Western Conference add something