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Didier Drogba
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Personal information
Full name Didier Yves Drogba Tébily
Date of birth 11 March 1978 (1978-03-11) (age 32)
Place of birth Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2+12 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Chelsea
Number 11
Youth career
1996–1997 Levallois
1997–1998 Le Mans
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 Le Mans 64 (12)
2002–2003 Guingamp 45 (20)
2003–2004 Marseille 35 (19)
2004– Chelsea 158 (76)
Total 302 (127)
National team
2002– Ivory Coast 66 (43)
* .Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:00, 14 March (UTC).^ He made only four Premier League starts and did not feature at all following Chelsea's FA Cup humiliation by Barnsley in March.
  • Didier Drogba to be offered new huge contract to keep him at Chelsea after player showed interest in move to Italy | The Sun |Sport|Football 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.thesun.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Chelsea have won all nine of their domestic and European fixtures at home this season, scoring 25 goals in the process while conceding only one.

^ Premier League 16 Jan 10 - 09:00 Chelsea FC - Sunderland .
  • Didier Drogba - Joueur de Football - OleOle 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.oleole.fr [Source type: General]


† Appearances (Goals).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:00, 24 January 2009 (UTC)
.Didier Yves Drogba Tébily[2] (French pronunciation: [didje dʁɔɡba]; born 11 March 1978) is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays in the centre forward position.^ Watch Live Football didier drogba .
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^ Didier Drogba - 11 .
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^ Didier Yves Drogba Tbily (born March 11, 1978 in Abidjan, Cte d’Ivoire) is a footballer from Cte d’Ivoire who currently plays for Chelsea FC in the English Premier League.
  • Drogba is Football King! in Rwanda - Rwanda DG 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.rwandagateway.org [Source type: General]

.He currently plays for Chelsea in the Premier League and is the captain and all-time top scorer of the Ivory Coast national football team.^ He currently plays for Chelsea in the English Premier ...
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^ Fantasy football Premier League .

^ Everyone wants to play in the Premier League.
  • Garnett, Drogba cross paths - Celtics Blog - Boston.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.boston.com [Source type: General]

.He has scored more goals for Chelsea than any other foreign player and is currently Chelsea's 8th highest goal scorer of all time.^ More actually were "on goal" than Barcelona.
  • Doing a Didier | Matthew Hall | Sun Herald Blogs 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC blogs.sunherald.com.au [Source type: General]

^ He has also scored 50 league goals faster than any other liverpool player.

^ It was his second goal of the campaign, after ending last season with 33 goals, the highest total for a Chelsea player since Kerry Dixon in 1984-85, and that despite spending most of the campaign without a strike partner or wingers to serve him.
  • Didier Drogba changes tune in damning outburst to force Chelsea exit | Chelsea - Times Online 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.timesonline.co.uk [Source type: News]

.After playing in youth teams, Drogba made his professional debut aged 18 for Ligue 2 club Le Mans.^ Clubs played for : Drogba made his professional debut with French club Le Mans in 1999, but moved to Guingamp halfway through the 2001-02 season.
  • Drogba one of soccer's elite strikers 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.cbc.ca [Source type: General]

^ At age 15 Drogba became an apprentice with second-division Levallois, and then in 1997–98 he moved to Le Mans Football Club, where in his second season he signed as a professional.
  • Didier Drogba (Ivorian football player) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: General]

^ In an interview with Le Parisien, the former Marseille hit-man was happy to discuss his old club but made clear his future remains at Stamford Bridge.
  • Prem: Drogba interview | Setanta 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.setanta.com [Source type: General]

.A late bloomer, he signed his first professional contract aged 21 but it was not until the 2002–03 season that he realised his potential, scoring 17 goals in 34 appearances in Ligue 1 for Guingamp.^ And he has scored like 16 goals this season.
  • Anelka or Drogba ? - Chelsea - Goal.com Community Forum 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC forums.goal.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Even Henry scored 17 goals in his first season.
  • BBC - BBC Sport: Phil McNulty: Drogba inflicts pain on Liverpool 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ D.D. has been fenomenal this season , scoring 33 goal.
  • Why Didier Drogba is the second Special One at Chelsea - Sportingo 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.sportingo.com [Source type: News]

.During the same season he made his first international appearance for Côte d'Ivoire in September and scored his first international goal the following February.^ And he has scored like 16 goals this season.
  • Anelka or Drogba ? - Chelsea - Goal.com Community Forum 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC forums.goal.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Even Henry scored 17 goals in his first season.
  • BBC - BBC Sport: Phil McNulty: Drogba inflicts pain on Liverpool 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ He also made his first international appearance for his native Côte d'Ivoire in September and scored his first international goal the following February against Cameroon.
  • Didier Drogba Sports Photos, News, Bio & Ratings - AskMen.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.askmen.com [Source type: General]
  • Didier Drogba - AskMen.com UK 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC uk.askmen.com [Source type: General]
  • Didier Drogba Sports Photos, News, Bio & Ratings - AskMen.com Canada 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC ca.askmen.com [Source type: General]

.He moved to Olympique de Marseille in 2003 for £3.3 million and his prolific ways continued, finishing as the third highest scorer in the league with 19 goals and making it to the 2004 UEFA Cup Final.^ Olympique de Marseille initially struggled, with Alain Perrin, who signed Drogba from Guingamp, being soon replaced by Jos Anigo.
  • Drogba is Football King! in Rwanda - Rwanda DG 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.rwandagateway.org [Source type: General]

^ May 21, 2008 12:05 pm Link Cristiano Ronaldo will play for Real Madrid next season after de final he will say it.The spanish league is the best in europe and Real Madrid has 9 Champions Leagues cups.
  • Drogba, Full of Love - Goal Blog - NYTimes.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC goal.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: General]
  • Drogba, Full of Love - Goal Blog - NYTimes.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC goal.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

^ He netted 7 goals in 32 matches to help Juventus retain the Scudetto the following season and make their second consecutive UEFA Champions League final appearance, losing 1-0 to Real Madrid.

.Drogba moved to Chelsea the following season for a record breaking fee of £24 million, making him the most expensive Ivory Coast player in history.^ Drogba double as Ivory Coast win .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Drogba aims to be part of Chelsea history .
  • Didier Drogba | Top News 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.topnews.in [Source type: News]

^ Ivory Coast call for injured Drogba .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

.In addition, Drogba scored decisive goals in the 2005 FA Community Shield and League Cup Final and helped the club win their first ever Premier League title.^ Premier League and FA Cup clockwatch - as it happened .
  • Didier Drogba, the divisive frontman, tells Paul Hayward what's really happening at Chelsea | Football | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Goals scored per game in the Barclays Premier League.
  • TheGame - Times Online - WBLG: Was Drogba hurt or playing for time? 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC timesonline.typepad.com [Source type: General]

^ Drogba made an impressive start to the 2005-06 season, scoring two goals in a Community Shield win over Arsenal.
  • Drogba is Football King! in Rwanda - Rwanda DG 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.rwandagateway.org [Source type: General]

.Drogba came to prominence as one of the world's foremost strikers in 2006 as he won the league title with Chelsea again and captained the national team for the first time.^ Drogba tightens Chelsea title grip .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Didier Drogba: Seven teams will battle for Premier League title .

^ Lampard: Drogba can fire Chelsea to the title .
  • Didier Drogba - News, Video, Photos, and Rumors from BallHype 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC ballhype.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In the 2006 World Cup he scored Ivory Coast's first ever goal of the competition and he was chosen as the 2006 African Footballer of the Year.^ God for African football cup of nation.
  • ESPN Soccernet - Correspondents - Chelsea- Sturridge replaces Drogba 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC blogs.soccernet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Zidane retired from professional football after the 2006 FIFA World Cup .

^ Who is the current African Footballer of the Year.?
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.The next season he finished as top scorer in the 2006–07 Premier League with 20 goals and also scored the winning goals in the 2007 League Cup and FA Cup finals.^ Drogba wins the FA Cup for Chelsea .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]
  • Drogba wins the FA Cup for Chelsea - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ At the moment we do not look like winning the league, this season or the next.
  • BBC - BBC Sport: Phil McNulty: Drogba inflicts pain on Liverpool 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Who is the 2006/2007 English premiership top goal-scorer?
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Contents

Early life

.Didier Drogba was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and at the age of five was sent to France by his parents to live with his uncle, Michel Goba, a professional footballer.^ Michel Goba, who was a professional footballer, persuaded Drogba's parents that the move would 'give Didier a chance in life'.
  • I love England. If only my son wouldn't wear an Arsenal shirt | Sport | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC observer.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Drogba double as Ivory Coast win .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ The central event of Drogba's life is his exile from Ivory Coast aged five.
  • FT.com / UK - The strange loves and laments of Didier Drogba 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.ft.com [Source type: News]

.However, Drogba soon became homesick and returned to Abidjan after three years.^ Didier would return, homesick, to the Ivory Coast three years later where he would play football on a regular basis with his friends, but the country was soon hit with an economic crisis in 1989, and his parents sent him off again to France to resume his schooling.
  • Didier Yves Drogba Sports Photos, News, Bio & Ratings - AskMen.com UK 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC uk.askmen.com [Source type: General]

^ Drogba set up the foundation two years ago but it was a visit to a hospital in his hometown of Abidjan that prompted his decision to back the project.
  • Drogba donates �3 million for African hospital - Football forum - TheGoalPosts 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.thegoalposts.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ At the end of the 2009 season there were rumors that Drogba wanted to move to Serie A. He quickly downplayed that, citing his recent three year contract renewal with Chelsea.
  • Didier Drogba 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

.His mother nicknamed him "Tito", after president Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia whom she admired greatly.^ Nickname : Tito, given to him by his mother, in honour of the Yugoslavian political leader Josip Broz Tito.
  • Drogba one of soccer's elite strikers 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.cbc.ca [Source type: General]

[3] .He played football every day in a car park in the city but his return to Côte d'Ivoire was short lived.^ In football, we play so many games, every three days.
  • Garnett, Drogba cross paths - Celtics Blog - Boston.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.boston.com [Source type: General]

^ He returned, homesick, to live in Abidjan, playing football every day in a car park.
  • I love England. If only my son wouldn't wear an Arsenal shirt | Sport | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC observer.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Didier Yves Drogba Tébily (born 11 March 1978 in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire) is an Ivorian footballer who plays in the centre forward position.
  • Didier Drogba - News, photos, topics, and quotes 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.daylife.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Both of his parents lost their jobs and he again returned to live with his uncle.^ Both his parents were bank workers and both lost their jobs in an economic crash.
  • I love England. If only my son wouldn't wear an Arsenal shirt | Sport | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC observer.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Drogba spent three years there with his uncle, living in Brest, Angoulême and Dunkerque, before returning home.
  • Didier Drogba Videos on GoalVideoz 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.goalvideoz.com [Source type: General]

^ Following a downturn in economic conditions, he returned to live with his uncle in Dunkerque, though he continued to move around France as a youngster.
  • Didier Drogba Videos on GoalVideoz 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.goalvideoz.com [Source type: General]

[4] .In 1991, his parents also travelled to France, first to Vannes and then settling in 1993 at Antony in the Paris suburbs, at which point the 15-year-old Drogba returned to live with them and his siblings.^ Chelsea striker Didier Drogba scored two late goals on his return from a three-match ban for the Blues to top Group D with 10 points.
  • Chelsea advances in Champions League with 2-2 draw- Hindustan Times 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.hindustantimes.com [Source type: News]

^ But Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is confident that Anelka, along with 20-year-old Daniel Sturridge , can help fill the void left by Drogba and Kalou.
  • Express.co.uk - Home of the Daily and Sunday Express | Sport | Football 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.dailyexpress.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Drogba has developed into an imposing goal scorer, netting 15 in all competitions this year for Chelsea and he is tied for the lead in the E.P.L. with nine goals.
  • Q. & A. With Chelsea Striker Didier Drogba - New York Times 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.nytimes.com [Source type: News]

[5] .It was here that he began playing team football more frequently, joining a local youth side.^ It was at this time that he began to play football.
  • Didier Drogba Videos on GoalVideoz 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.goalvideoz.com [Source type: General]

^ Click here for more football headlines!
  • DROGBA INJURY GIVES CHELSEA BLUES |Football Transfer News, Football News, Fixtures, Results, Match Reports, Stats 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.sportinglife.com [Source type: News]
  • BOO-BOYS NO PROBLEM FOR DROGBA | Sporting Life - Sports News | Live Football Scores, Live Racing Results, Football Transfer News And Gossip 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.sportinglife.com [Source type: News]

^ His parents and the rest of his family would relocate to France in 1993, and young Tito began playing football for a local side, Levallois, where he moved from playing in defence to a role up front.
  • Didier Yves Drogba Sports Photos, News, Bio & Ratings - AskMen.com UK 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC uk.askmen.com [Source type: General]

.Drogba began his career as a junior player at the semi-professional club Levallois, gaining a reputation as a prolific scorer in the youth team and impressing the coach with his professional attitude.^ Clubs played for : Drogba made his professional debut with French club Le Mans in 1999, but moved to Guingamp halfway through the 2001-02 season.
  • Drogba one of soccer's elite strikers 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.cbc.ca [Source type: General]

^ At age 15 Drogba became an apprentice with second-division Levallois, and then in 1997–98 he moved to Le Mans Football Club, where in his second season he signed as a professional.
  • Didier Drogba (Ivorian football player) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: General]

^ SPORTS HERO: DIDIER DROGBA by Mallet from Dakar, Senegal Didier Drogba is from Cote D'Ivoire and he is a professional football player who currently plays in the English football team Chelsea.
  • The My Hero Project - Didier Drogba 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.myhero.com [Source type: General]

.His performances earned him a place in the senior squad but, despite scoring on his debut, the 18-year-old Ivorian failed to make an impression on Jacques Loncar, the first team coach.^ In 1991 his parents also travelled to France, first to Vannes and then in 1993 settling at Antony in the Paris suburbs, at which point the 15-year-old Drogba rejoined his family.
  • Didier Drogba Videos on GoalVideoz 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.goalvideoz.com [Source type: General]

^ Although his squad was ultimately outmatched, Didier Drogba did manage to make headlines by scoring the first World Cup goal in his country’s history on June 11, 2006, in a match against Argentina.
  • Didier Drogba Sports Photos, News, Bio & Ratings - AskMen.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.askmen.com [Source type: General]

^ The 30-year-old reacted after scoring the opening goal of the game, which the Blues lost 5-4 on penalties.
  • FA Charge Didier Drogba, Chelsea Footballer, With Violent Conduct After Coin Throw | UK News | Sky News 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC news.sky.com [Source type: News]

[6]

Club career

Le Mans (1997–2002)

.When Drogba finished school he switched cities to study accountancy at college and he had to change club, becoming an apprentice at Ligue 2 club Le Mans.^ Clubs played for : Drogba made his professional debut with French club Le Mans in 1999, but moved to Guingamp halfway through the 2001-02 season.
  • Drogba one of soccer's elite strikers 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.cbc.ca [Source type: General]

^ At age 15 Drogba became an apprentice with second-division Levallois, and then in 1997–98 he moved to Le Mans Football Club, where in his second season he signed as a professional.
  • Didier Drogba (Ivorian football player) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: General]

^ Didier Drogba struck in the 38th minute for the Ivory Coast to defeat Sweden 1-0 in an international friendly played at Le Mans in France on Wednesday.
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

.However, his first two years there were marred by injuries and he was physically struggling to cope with the training and match schedule.^ However, there's no doubt that if he stays injury free and the midfield gives him the service he will pile on goals.
  • Shine the light - on - Didier Drogba in Barclays Premier League from Football.co.uk Forum 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC forum.football.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ The 28-year-old Chiudinelli is making his fifth appearance in Basel and has now earned his second win for a 2-4 record after winning his first match here in five years.
  • Drogba double puts Chelsea through; Aussie in tennis rut | The Courier-Mail 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.news.com.au [Source type: News]

^ UEFA's control and disciplinary body said the suspensions relating to the last two matches will be deferred for a probationary period of two years.
  • Didier Drogba | Top News 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.topnews.in [Source type: News]

[4] .Former Le Mans coach Marc Westerloppe later remarked that "it took Didier four years to be capable of training every day and playing every week". Furthermore, Drogba's complicated family life meant that he had never attended a football academy and only began daily football training as a fully grown adult.^ In football, we play so many games, every three days.
  • Garnett, Drogba cross paths - Celtics Blog - Boston.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.boston.com [Source type: General]

^ It was at this time that he began to play football.
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  • allAfrica.com: Africa: Drogba is Football King! 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC allafrica.com [Source type: News]

^ Not every team has a Didier Drogba.
  • BBC - BBC Sport: Phil McNulty: Drogba inflicts pain on Liverpool 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

[7]
.By age 21, Drogba realized that he had to establish himself as a player soon or else he would have little chance of becoming a professional footballer.^ While some of the established players fumbled, the younger ones seized their chances.
  • Experienced players struggle at African Cup - NewsFlash - Syracuse.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.syracuse.com [Source type: News]

^ SPORTS HERO: DIDIER DROGBA by Mallet from Dakar, Senegal Didier Drogba is from Cote D'Ivoire and he is a professional football player who currently plays in the English football team Chelsea.
  • The My Hero Project - Didier Drogba 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.myhero.com [Source type: General]

^ Michel Goba, who was a professional footballer, persuaded Drogba's parents that the move would 'give Didier a chance in life'.
  • I love England. If only my son wouldn't wear an Arsenal shirt | Sport | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC observer.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

[8] .He made his first team debut for Le Mans soon thereafter and signed his first professional contract in 1999. Drogba's personal life was also becoming more serious as he and his Malian wife Alla had their first child, Isaac.^ His career kept stalling and he was 21 before he signed his first professional contract, at Le Mans.
  • I love England. If only my son wouldn't wear an Arsenal shirt | Sport | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC observer.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Didier Drogba is happily married to his Malian wife , Alla, and they have three children together.
  • Didier Yves Drogba Sports Photos, News, Bio & Ratings - AskMen.com UK 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC uk.askmen.com [Source type: General]

^ Didier Drogba is a Côte d'Ivoire international and helped the team qualify for its first ever World Cup Finals, held in Germany in 2006.
  • Didier Drogba Profile | Give Me Football 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.givemefootball.com [Source type: General]

.He grew into his new responsibilities later stating: "Isaac's birth was a turning point in my life, it straightened me out".[4] His first season boded well for the future, scoring seven goals in thirty games, but the following season did not live up to expectations.^ A season is determined by 38 games, not the first 8.
  • BBC - BBC Sport: Phil McNulty: Drogba inflicts pain on Liverpool 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ New Chapter in my life!!
  • Mme Didier Drogba est l� - Les Forums d'Abidjan.Us @ Babilive 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.babilive.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ And he has scored like 16 goals this season.
  • Anelka or Drogba ? - Chelsea - Goal.com Community Forum 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC forums.goal.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Drogba lost his place to Daniel Cousin due to injury, then upon his return he failed to score throughout the remainder of the season.^ Drogba has hardly played this season due to injury and suspension and the fans were desperate to have him back leading the line.
  • http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/tag/didier-drogba/ 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC blogs.reuters.com [Source type: General]

^ Chelsea striker Didier Drogba scored two late goals on his return from a three-match ban for the Blues to top Group D with 10 points.
  • Chelsea advances in Champions League with 2-2 draw- Hindustan Times 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.hindustantimes.com [Source type: News]

^ Olympique de Marseille Drogba came to prominence on the European stage for Marseille in the 2003/4 season, scoring 30 goals in all competitions.

.However, he returned to form the following season making 21 appearances and scoring five times.^ He netted 7 goals in 32 matches to help Juventus retain the Scudetto the following season and make their second consecutive UEFA Champions League final appearance, losing 1-0 to Real Madrid.

^ Hiddink has won 11 of the 16 games since taking control in February but will return to his job as Russia coach full-time when the season ends.
  • CFCBlog » Press Conferences 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC cfcblog.net [Source type: General]
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^ He has since regained his form, as evidenced by an impressive stretch in which he scored four goals in five games including a dazzling two-goal performance against the Bolton Wanderers.
  • Didier Drogba Sports Photos, News, Bio & Ratings - AskMen.com Canada 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC ca.askmen.com [Source type: General]

[9]

Guingamp (2002–2003)

.Halfway through the 2001–02 season Ligue 1 club Guingamp consolidated months of interest with a transfer offer and Drogba left Le Mans for a fee of £80,000.[4] The second half of the 2001–02 season saw Drogba make eleven appearances and score three goals for Guingamp.^ Drogba made the first of his 40 international appearances for Côte d’Ivoire in 2002, and by 2007 he had scored 28 goals, a record for his country.
  • Didier Drogba (Ivorian football player) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: General]

^ Drogba and Eto'o only collected three goals between them, while Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita managed to score three but was powerless to prevent his Mali side from being eliminated at the group stage.
  • Experienced players struggle at African Cup - NewsFlash - Syracuse.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.syracuse.com [Source type: News]

^ Though there was only one goal at Stamford Bridge, Ivory Coast striker Drogba's effort will be an early candidate for goal of the season.
  • Drogba wins it for Chelsea, Arsenal beat United - Sportingo 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.sportingo.com [Source type: News]

.While his contributions helped the club avoid relegation, the coaching staff remained unconvinced of their new young striker.^ Drogba to get a new three-year contract at Chelsea June 3rd, 2009 LONDON - Chelsea striker Didier Drogba will be offered a new three-year contract to stay at the club.
  • Drogba hits back at taunts that he is deliberate diver 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC blog.taragana.com [Source type: News]
  • Chelsea’s Drogba taunts title rivals Man U 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC blog.taragana.com [Source type: News]

^ The coach brought Aguero on in the 53rd, and the young striker immediately troubled the defense.
  • Chelsea advances in Champions League with 2-2 draw- Hindustan Times 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.hindustantimes.com [Source type: News]

^ Featured Sports News Didier Drogba United Kingdom London, June 3 : Chelsea striker Didier Drogba will be offered a new three-year contract to stay at the club.
  • Didier Drogba | Top News 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.topnews.in [Source type: News]

[10] .However, the next season he rewarded his coaches' patience, scoring 17 goals in 34 appearances and helping Guingamp finish seventh, a record league finish.^ And he has scored like 16 goals this season.
  • Anelka or Drogba ? - Chelsea - Goal.com Community Forum 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC forums.goal.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In his only full season with the club, Drogba scored seventeen goals and helped Guingamp finish seventh, a record high for them.
  • Drogba is Football King! in Rwanda - Rwanda DG 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.rwandagateway.org [Source type: General]

^ Even Henry scored 17 goals in his first season.
  • BBC - BBC Sport: Phil McNulty: Drogba inflicts pain on Liverpool 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

[4] .He credited his teammates for his impressive season, highlighting the contributions of winger Florent Malouda, a long time friend of Drogba, as a key factor in his goalscoring prolificity that season.^ Drogba has hit 14 goals this season to help fire Ancelottis men to the top of the table and notched an impressive double in Sundays win at Arsenal.
  • Daily Star: Simply The Best 7 Days A Week :: Football :: Blackburn's Ryan Nelsen's eye on Didier Drogba 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.dailystar.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Drogba made an impressive start to the 2005-06 season, scoring two goals in a Community Shield win over Arsenal.
  • Drogba is Football King! in Rwanda - Rwanda DG 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.rwandagateway.org [Source type: General]

^ Chelsea returned to the top of the Premier League on Sunday as goals from Nicolas Anelka and Florent Malouda clinched an impressive 2-0 win over Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.
  • Didier Drogba - Sport - smh.com.au 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.smh.com.au [Source type: News]

[8] .His strong goal scoring record attracted interest from larger clubs and at the end of the season he moved to Ligue 1 outfit Marseille for a fee of £3.3 million.^ Drogba made the first of his 40 international appearances for Côte d’Ivoire in 2002, and by 2007 he had scored 28 goals, a record for his country.
  • Didier Drogba (Ivorian football player) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: General]

^ At age 15 Drogba became an apprentice with second-division Levallois, and then in 1997–98 he moved to Le Mans Football Club, where in his second season he signed as a professional.
  • Didier Drogba (Ivorian football player) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: General]

^ At the end of the season he moved to Chelsea for a record fee of £24 million, scoring ten league goals in his first season and twelve in his second as the London club won consecutive Premiership titles.
  • Didier Drogba Profile | Give Me Football 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.givemefootball.com [Source type: General]

[7]

Marseille (2003–2004)

.Olympique de Marseille manager Alain Perrin signed Drogba from Guingamp, though he was soon replaced by José Anigo.^ Didier Drogba’s impressive progress netted him a contract with French powerhouse Olympique de Marseille, for whom Tito scored a blistering 19 goals in Ligue 1 action, earning him French Ligue 1 Player of the Season honors.
  • Didier Drogba Sports Photos, News, Bio & Ratings - AskMen.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.askmen.com [Source type: General]

^ The man who signed Drogba for Marseille, Alain Perrin - later Portsmouth manager - was sacked soon after Drogba's arrival; and the man who gave him his first contract, Marc Westerloppe, was also dismissed at Le Mans.
  • I love England. If only my son wouldn't wear an Arsenal shirt | Sport | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC observer.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Cette popularité, le neveu de Michel Goba (ancien international ivoirien et oncle de Didier Drogba) l'a acquise véritablement à partir de l'Olympique de Marseille (1ère division française).
  • allAfrica.com: C�te d'Ivoire: Litt�rature/Ouvrage autobiographique "C'�tait pas gagn� " - Voici le vrai visage de Didier Drogba 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC fr.allafrica.com [Source type: Academic]

.Drogba retained his place in the team, scoring 19 goals and winning the Ligue de Football Professionnel's Player of the Year.^ Everybody was obsessed with winning their place in the team.
  • inside World Soccer | Soccer news, scores, standings and videos: didier drogba 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.insideworldsoccer.com [Source type: General]

^ I want to score goals and help my team win games.
  • Didier Drogba eyes biggest year yet with Chelsea, Ivory Coast - Grant Wahl - SI.com 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC sportsillustrated.cnn.com [Source type: General]

^ "We will fight with honour and dignity to win," said Drogba, who scored 14 goals for Chelsea before joining the squad at a pre-tournament training camp in Tanzania.
  • SBS The World Game - Drogba leads The Elephants 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.theworldgame.com.au [Source type: General]

.He also scored five goals in that season's UEFA Champions League and six in the UEFA Cup.^ And he has scored like 16 goals this season.
  • Anelka or Drogba ? - Chelsea - Goal.com Community Forum 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC forums.goal.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ May 21, 2008 12:05 pm Link Cristiano Ronaldo will play for Real Madrid next season after de final he will say it.The spanish league is the best in europe and Real Madrid has 9 Champions Leagues cups.
  • Drogba, Full of Love - Goal Blog - NYTimes.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC goal.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: General]
  • Drogba, Full of Love - Goal Blog - NYTimes.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC goal.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

^ Didier Drogba celebrated his return from African Nations Cup duty by notching his 20th goal of the season to spare Chelsea's blushes in a 1-1 draw with lowly Hull.
  • Express.co.uk - Home of the Daily and Sunday Express | Sport | Football 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.dailyexpress.co.uk [Source type: News]

.At the end of the season he was bought by Chelsea as the club's then record signing for £24 million.^ Chelsea's 100 percent European record, as well as their perfect defensive record, came to an end with the Atletico draw but Ancelotti was happy to have clinched a place in the last 16.
  • Drogba ready for United after triumphant return- Hindustan Times 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.hindustantimes.com [Source type: News]

^ He failed to steer Chelsea to a Champions League final during his three seasons at the club, something that clearly still rankles with the Portuguese fool.

^ The Ivorian striker won the French Player of the Year award in his last spell at Stade Vélodrome before securing a £24 million move to Chelsea in 2004.
  • inside World Soccer | Soccer news, scores, standings and videos: didier drogba 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.insideworldsoccer.com [Source type: General]

[8] .His shirt from his only season at OM is also framed in the basilica of Marseille, Notre-Dame de la Garde, which he presented to the church before the 2004 UEFA Cup Final.^ May 21, 2008 12:05 pm Link Cristiano Ronaldo will play for Real Madrid next season after de final he will say it.The spanish league is the best in europe and Real Madrid has 9 Champions Leagues cups.
  • Drogba, Full of Love - Goal Blog - NYTimes.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC goal.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: General]
  • Drogba, Full of Love - Goal Blog - NYTimes.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC goal.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

^ Drogba then joined Olympique de Marseille in June 2003 and scored against every team he faced in the UEFA Champions League proper and the UEFA Cup until the final loss against Valencia.
  • Didier Drogba Profile | Give Me Football 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.givemefootball.com [Source type: General]

^ The only exception is his single season at Marseille, whom he joined from provincial Guingamp for €6m in 2003.
  • Didier Drogba, the divisive frontman, tells Paul Hayward what's really happening at Chelsea | Football | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

[11]

Chelsea (2004–present)

.Signing for Chelsea in July 2004 for £24 million, Drogba scored in his third game for the club with a header against Crystal Palace.^ Drogba scores as Chelsea respond .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Drogba scores what must be the winner for Chelsea!
  • http://projostats.projo.com/epl/boxscore.asp?gamecode=2009081510025 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC projostats.projo.com [Source type: General]

^ Chelsea 1-0 Everton; Didier Drogba scored the first goal of the game by head against Everton....
  • Didier Drogba Videos on GoalVideoz 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.goalvideoz.com [Source type: General]

.His season was interrupted when he pulled a stomach muscle against Liverpool which kept him out of action for over two months.^ Drogba deserves action against him.
  • Sky Sports | Football | News | FA launches Drogba probe 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: General]

^ Late last season, Drogba was thinking of leaving Chelsea, believing that some of the fans had turned against him.
  • I love England. If only my son wouldn't wear an Arsenal shirt | Sport | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC observer.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ There is no shame in losing to Chelsea but Liverpool have lost to the four best teams they have met this season at home and abroad - there is no shield against this reality.
  • BBC - BBC Sport: Phil McNulty: Drogba inflicts pain on Liverpool 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

.Chelsea won the Premiership, only their second English top-flight championship and their first in 50 years, and the League Cup, with Drogba scoring in extra time in a 3-2 final win against Liverpool at the Millennium Stadium, as well as reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League.^ Drogba wins the FA Cup for Chelsea .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Drogba will return from African Cup to play for Chelsea against .
  • Ancelotti: Chelsea not missing Drogba 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.fantasysp.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ London Socceroo scores for Blackburn as it downs English Premier League leader Chelsea 4-3 on penalties to reach the Carling Cup semi-finals.
  • Didier Drogba - Sport - theage.com.au 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.theage.com.au [Source type: News]

.Drogba scored 16 goals in 40 games for Chelsea in his first season: 10 in the Premiership, five in the Champions League and one in the League Cup final.^ May 2009 16:10:40 .
  • TheGame - Times Online - WBLG: Who is worse - Didier Drogba or Joey Barton? 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC timesonline.typepad.com [Source type: General]

^ A season is determined by 38 games, not the first 8.
  • BBC - BBC Sport: Phil McNulty: Drogba inflicts pain on Liverpool 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Premier League 16 Jan 10 Chelsea 7-2 Sunderland .
  • Didier Drogba - Chelsea - Football Players - OleOle 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.oleole.com [Source type: General]

[12]
.Drogba started the 2005–06 season by scoring two goals in a Community Shield win over Arsenal.^ And he has scored like 16 goals this season.
  • Anelka or Drogba ? - Chelsea - Goal.com Community Forum 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC forums.goal.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Drogba to miss start of Chelsea season .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Community Shield Cup 2005 .
  • FA Community Shield - goalzz.com 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.goalzz.com [Source type: General]

.His reputation was marred amidst accusations of cheating during Chelsea's 2-0 win over Manchester City.^ Chelsea vs Manchester City .
  • Didier Drogba Profile | Give Me Football 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.givemefootball.com [Source type: General]

^ Away from Chelsea, Manchester City somehow carved out another draw as a revitalised Hull, led by the effervescent Jimmy Bullard continued their remarkable renaissance.
  • CanYouKickIt - Premier League Fantasy Football 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.cyki.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ CHELSEA are bracing themselves for another big financial hit next week when a compensation fee for their signing of Daniel Sturridge from Manchester City...
  • Express.co.uk - Home of the Daily and Sunday Express | Keyword search for drogba :: Page 1 | Breaking news, sport, showbiz, pictures and video from the Daily and Sunday Express newspapers - updated 24/7 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.express.co.uk [Source type: General]

.Replays showed that he had used his hand to control the ball before scoring the second of his two goals.^ Chelsea striker Didier Drogba scored two late goals on his return from a three-match ban for the Blues to top Group D with 10 points.
  • Chelsea advances in Champions League with 2-2 draw- Hindustan Times 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.hindustantimes.com [Source type: News]

^ Two goals, the second a free kick which made up whatever it lacked in swerve with sheer power, showed a striker at the height of his powers.
  • CanYouKickIt - Premier League Fantasy Football 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.cyki.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In total, he scored 24 league goals over five seasons for Juventus, winning an Intercontinental Cup , the 1999 Intertoto Cup , in addition to the two Scudetti.

[13] .Coming just a week after a similar incident against Fulham where the goal was disallowed, Drogba was accused of cheating.^ He made a meal of a clash with a West Brom player a few weeks ago and then attempted to use his ‘Hand of God’ to get a goal against Fulham last week.
  • Didier Drogba bags a brace then makes bizarre admission - Cote d'Ivoire - African Cup of Nations 2008 - World Cup 2010 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC ivorycoast.worldcupblog.org [Source type: News]

^ View Photo » AP Photo 2 weeks ago Chelsea's Didier Drogba , center, reacts to his goal against Fulham during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge, London, Monday Dec.
  • Didier Drogba - News, photos, topics, and quotes 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.daylife.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ AP Photo 2 weeks ago Chelsea's Didier Drogba , left, reacts, after scoring against Fulham during their English Premiership soccer match at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge ground, in London, Monday Dec.
  • Didier Drogba - News, photos, topics, and quotes 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.daylife.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[14] In a post match interview with the BBC, he acknowledged that he had handled the ball and seemingly admitted to cheating, saying, "Sometimes I dive, sometimes I stand," before immediately retracting his comment: "I don't dive, I play my game".[15]
.Chelsea went on to retain the league title with two games to play, becoming only the second team to win back-to-back English titles in the Premier League era.^ He had better hope that his team wins its next two Premier League games and that decision doesn’t come back to haunt him.
  • » Didier Drogba » Online Football News - Free International and European Soccer Betting Tips, Picks and Odds; 2006 FIFA World Cup news and rumors; FREE World Cup betting tips, picks and odds 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.footyfootball.com [Source type: General]

^ All the games we have to play are important to win.
  • Q. & A. With Chelsea Striker Didier Drogba - New York Times 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.nytimes.com [Source type: News]

^ He currently plays for Chelsea in the English Premier League.
  • Didier Drogba - News, photos, topics, and quotes 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.daylife.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Again Drogba finished with 16 goals for the season, 12 in the league, two in the Community Shield, one in the Champions League and one in the FA Cup.^ Drogba wins the FA Cup for Chelsea .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ And he has scored like 16 goals this season.
  • Anelka or Drogba ? - Chelsea - Goal.com Community Forum 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC forums.goal.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ May 21, 2008 12:05 pm Link Cristiano Ronaldo will play for Real Madrid next season after de final he will say it.The spanish league is the best in europe and Real Madrid has 9 Champions Leagues cups.
  • Drogba, Full of Love - Goal Blog - NYTimes.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC goal.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: General]
  • Drogba, Full of Love - Goal Blog - NYTimes.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC goal.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

2006–07

Drogba out on tour with Chelsea in 2007
.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.^ Drogba on brink of Chelsea switch .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Drogba is a disgrace to the Chelsea shirt.
  • TheGame - Times Online - WBLG: Who is worse - Didier Drogba or Joey Barton? 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC timesonline.typepad.com [Source type: General]

^ As a player Drogba is a late developer whose stellar record, since he joined Chelsea in July 2004 for £23.8m from Marseille, comes with a kind of pantomime villain status.
  • Didier Drogba, the divisive frontman, tells Paul Hayward what's really happening at Chelsea | Football | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

.The season was a personal success for Drogba as he hit 33 goals in all competitions (more than his tally in the previous two seasons combined), including 20 in the Premier League to win the Golden Boot.^ Only 20+ in all competitions once in 5 full seasons.
  • Arsenal Mania - Forum - View topic - Didier Drogba 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC arsenal-mania.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ More actually were "on goal" than Barcelona.
  • Doing a Didier | Matthew Hall | Sun Herald Blogs 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC blogs.sunherald.com.au [Source type: General]

^ RadioactiveD Drogba should hit 20 goals by March.

[16] .In doing so, he became the first Chelsea player since Kerry Dixon in 1984–85 to reach 30 goals in a season.^ Source tribalfootball.com Player: Didier Drogba Chelsea goal hero Didier Drogba was delighted to be back in action in Europe following a three-match ban.
  • Chelsea’s Drogba happy to be back 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.fantasysp.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Didier Drogba celebrated his return from African Nations Cup duty by notching his 20th goal of the season to spare Chelsea's blushes in a 1-1 draw with low...
  • Express.co.uk - Home of the Daily and Sunday Express | Keyword search for drogba :: Page 1 | Breaking news, sport, showbiz, pictures and video from the Daily and Sunday Express newspapers - updated 24/7 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.express.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Source bigsoccer.com Player: Didier Drogba Drogba struck a terrific free kick into the back of the Hull goal in his first game since returning from the African Cup of Nations as Chelsea drew Hull City 1-1 on Tuesday.
  • Drogba struck a terrific free kick into the back of the Hull 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.fantasysp.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The breakdown of his 33 goals is; 20 in the Premier League, six in the UEFA Champions League, three in the FA Cup and four in the League Cup.^ He netted 7 goals in 32 matches to help Juventus retain the Scudetto the following season and make their second consecutive UEFA Champions League final appearance, losing 1-0 to Real Madrid.

^ Drogba has scored six goals already this season, all of them in the Barclays Premier League, and seems at his happiest since the departure of Jose Mourinho in September 2007.
  • BOO-BOYS NO PROBLEM FOR DROGBA | Sporting Life - Sports News | Live Football Scores, Live Racing Results, Football Transfer News And Gossip 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.sportinglife.com [Source type: News]

^ In total, he scored 24 league goals over five seasons for Juventus, winning an Intercontinental Cup , the 1999 Intertoto Cup , in addition to the two Scudetti.

.Among the highlights were scoring winners from outside the penalty area against Liverpool, Everton and Barcelona, a 93rd minute equalizer against Barcelona at the Camp Nou and both Chelsea's goals in their 2-1 League Cup final win over Arsenal.^ Both received the penalties for their protests after Chelsea's Champions League semi-final defeat to Barcelona.
  • Didier Drogba | Top News 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.topnews.in [Source type: News]

^ Drogba puts Chelsea into FA Cup final with win over Arsenal .
  • Didier Drogba | Top News 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.topnews.in [Source type: News]

^ CHELSEA It's to nobody's surprise when Chelsea score their second goal in a matter of minutes.
  • http://sports.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/epl/boxscore.asp?gamecode=2009121210025 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC sports.sportsillustrated.cnn.com [Source type: General]

.He also completed two hat-tricks; one against Watford and the other against Levski Sofia in the Champions League, Chelsea's first hat-trick in European competition since Gianluca Vialli in the Cup Winners' Cup in 1997.^ His rich vein of form continued in the Champions League, against Bulgarian side Levski Sofia when he gave Chelsea their first 2006 away win in Europe by scoring his first Chelsea hat-trick, Chelsea's first UEFA Champions League hat-trick, and the first European hat-trick by a Chelsea player since Gianluca Vialli's in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1997.
  • allAfrica.com: Africa: Drogba is Football King! 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC allafrica.com [Source type: News]

^ Grant will return to Stamford Bridge for the first time since he was sacked after taking the Blues to the 2008 final of the Champions League.
  • DROGBA INJURY GIVES CHELSEA BLUES |Football Transfer News, Football News, Fixtures, Results, Match Reports, Stats 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.sportinglife.com [Source type: News]

^ Atletico Madrid 2-2 Chelsea Aguero 66, 90 + 1 Drogba 82, 88 Two late Didier Drogba goals ensured Chelseas early passage to the last 16 of this years Champions League, as th...
  • Watch Live Football didier drogba 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.free-football.tv [Source type: General]

.In his last competitive game that season, he scored the winning goal over Manchester United in the first FA Cup final at the new Wembley Stadium.^ Drogba wins the FA Cup for Chelsea .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ A season is determined by 38 games, not the first 8.
  • BBC - BBC Sport: Phil McNulty: Drogba inflicts pain on Liverpool 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Alonso scored the winner last season.
  • BBC - BBC Sport: Phil McNulty: Drogba inflicts pain on Liverpool 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

.This also meant that he joined Norman Whiteside (Manchester United in 1983) and Mark Hughes (Manchester United in 1994) as players who have scored goals in both domestic Finals in the same year in England, although Drogba was the first player to end up on the winning team after scoring in both finals.^ Who is the spectator ahead of Anelka as he scores the first goal?
  • BBC - BBC Sport: Phil McNulty: Drogba inflicts pain on Liverpool 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Drogba: The expectations are always the same: Score goals.
  • Didier Drogba eyes biggest year yet with Chelsea, Ivory Coast - Grant Wahl - SI.com 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC sportsillustrated.cnn.com [Source type: General]

^ "At the moment there is a man who is scoring and who is piling up goals.
  • inside World Soccer | Soccer news, scores, standings and videos: didier drogba 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.insideworldsoccer.com [Source type: General]

.In January 2007, Drogba was crowned the Ivorian Player of the Year, ahead of Kader Keita, Aruna Dindane, and Kolo Touré.^ What has Drogba played this year to merit CAF player of the year?
  • [Poll] African Footballer Of The Year - Eto'o, Drogba, Essien, Kanu? - Nairaland 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.nairaland.com [Source type: General]

^ Kolo Toure Didier Drogba More Players + .
  • Sky Sports | Football News | Premier League | Arsenal | Drogba reveals Olympic dream 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.skysports.com [Source type: News]

^ The Ivorian striker won the French Player of the Year award in his last spell at Stade Vélodrome before securing a £24 million move to Chelsea in 2004.
  • inside World Soccer | Soccer news, scores, standings and videos: didier drogba 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.insideworldsoccer.com [Source type: General]

.In March, he was named African Footballer of the Year for the first time, ahead of Samuel Eto'o and Michael Essien.^ Who is the current African Footballer of the Year.?
  • AfricaNews - Who is the best: Drogba? Eto'o? Essien? - Articles 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.africanews.com [Source type: General]
  • AfricaNews - Who is the best: Drogba? Eto'o? Essien? - Articles 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.africanews.com [Source type: General]

^ A shortlist is already circulating in world media and Africa is honoured by three of its best players, namely Ivorian and Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, another Chelsea star Michael Essien from Ghana and Cameroonian Samuel Eto'o of FC Barcelona.
  • AfricaNews - Who is the best: Drogba? Eto'o? Essien? - Articles 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.africanews.com [Source type: General]
  • AfricaNews - Who is the best: Drogba? Eto'o? Essien? - Articles 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.africanews.com [Source type: General]

^ One of only two three-time FIFA World Player of the Year winners ( Ronaldo the other), he also finished in the top three an additional three occasions, and was also named European Footballer of the Year in 1998.

[17] .His performances during the season saw him named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year and runner-up to Cristiano Ronaldo in the PFA Player of the Year awards.^ May 21, 2008 12:05 pm Link Cristiano Ronaldo will play for Real Madrid next season after de final he will say it.The spanish league is the best in europe and Real Madrid has 9 Champions Leagues cups.
  • Drogba, Full of Love - Goal Blog - NYTimes.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC goal.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: General]
  • Drogba, Full of Love - Goal Blog - NYTimes.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC goal.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

^ The Portuguese playmaker can unlock even the sternest of defences in a flash, and his form and fitness could be the difference between a runners-up spot and a Premier League-Champions League double.
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^ He succeeded against a struggling Championship side, wait and see how he performs against Birmingham or a decent premier league team with strong defenders and a keeper that is only 20 .
  • ESPN Soccernet - Correspondents - Chelsea- Sturridge replaces Drogba 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC blogs.soccernet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[18]
.Drogba faced problems off the pitch during the close season as his transfer from Marseille to Chelsea in July 2004 came under scrutiny.^ Drogba to miss start of Chelsea season .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Drogba's past two seasons have ended in ignominy, whether sent off in Moscow or screaming invective at the Bridge.
  • Drogba cuts the Gunners down to size 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.theage.com.au [Source type: News]

^ Sunderland 2-3 Chelsea Sunderland came close to snatching a point from their final league game but still managed to avoid relegation even though they suffered a narrow 3-2 d...
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The Stevens inquiry in June 2007 expressed concerns because of the lack of co-operation from agents Pinhas Zahavi and Barry Silkman.[19]

2007–08

Drogba training
.The 2007–08 season began badly for Drogba as he expressed doubts about the departure of manager José Mourinho.^ The Ivory Coast striker has levelled a damning critique of the spirit in the club, complaining bitterly that something has been lost since the departure last month of José Mourinho as manager.
  • Didier Drogba changes tune in damning outburst to force Chelsea exit | Chelsea - Times Online 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.timesonline.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Drogba is among those who have spoken in support of Mourinho and, like John Terry and Frank Lampard, he wants Abramovich, to know how supportive the team are of the manager.
  • I love England. If only my son wouldn't wear an Arsenal shirt | Sport | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC observer.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Sur un ton fort amical teinté d'émotion, d'admiration et de sincérité, José Mourinho parle de Didier Drogba.
  • allAfrica.com: C�te d'Ivoire: Litt�rature/Ouvrage autobiographique "C'�tait pas gagn� " - Voici le vrai visage de Didier Drogba 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC fr.allafrica.com [Source type: Academic]

.He was reportedly in tears when Mourinho told him he was leaving the club, and said "Mourinho's departure destroys a certain familiarity we had at the club.^ Drogba told France Football that, “Mourinho’s departure was like losing my father.
  • Drogba, Full of Love - Goal Blog - NYTimes.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC goal.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: General]
  • Drogba, Full of Love - Goal Blog - NYTimes.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC goal.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

^ Drogba has said that he plans to leave, but is interested in moving only to AC Milan, Inter Milan, Barcelona or Real Madrid, with Marseilles, his former club, also a possibility.
  • Didier Drogba changes tune in damning outburst to force Chelsea exit | Chelsea - Times Online 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.timesonline.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ "The good thing was that Isaac came to me and said, ‘It’s not right what you did, Dad, you should have had more penalties, but it’s not right to do that to referees.’ "I told him never to do what I did.
  • inside World Soccer | Soccer news, scores, standings and videos: didier drogba 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.insideworldsoccer.com [Source type: General]

.Many of us used to play first and foremost for the manager.^ SOURCE: This Is London 2 weeks ago We played better unlike in the first game when Burkina Faso defended gallantly and prevented us from scoring.
  • Didier Drogba - News, photos, topics, and quotes 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.daylife.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I saw nothing of your biased observations of negative play by Chelsea FC. Barcelona had more possesion of the ball, but Chelsea FC managed as many shots.
  • Doing a Didier | Matthew Hall | Sun Herald Blogs 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC blogs.sunherald.com.au [Source type: General]

^ As a Burnley supporter I am not happy that a Burnley fan threw the coin in the first place and personally feel that it is understandable that Drogba threw it back in the heat of the moment as many of us may also have done.
  • Sky Sports | Football | News | FA launches Drogba probe 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: General]

.Now we need to forget those feelings and find another source of motivation".[20] Following these claims, Drogba told France Football Magazine "I want to leave Chelsea.^ Close Football: Didier Drogba still keen to leave Chelsea .
  • Football: Didier Drogba still keen to leave Chelsea | Football | The Observer 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Drogba, for his part, wept when the Special One was sacked in September 2007, and he told France Football: "I want to leave Chelsea.
  • Didier Drogba, the divisive frontman, tells Paul Hayward what's really happening at Chelsea | Football | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Drogba still keen to leave Chelsea .
  • Football: Didier Drogba still keen to leave Chelsea | Football | The Observer 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

.Something is broken with Chelsea, The damage is big in the dressing room".[21] Despite having signed a four year contract with the club in 2006, Drogba reportedly pointed out several favoured clubs in the interview, identifying Barcelona, Real Madrid, Milan or Internazionale as possible future destinations,[22] he later admitted he regretted this and was 100% committed to Chelsea.^ Drogba signs with Chelsea again for 100,000 pounds per week .
  • Didier Drogba | Top News 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.topnews.in [Source type: News]

^ The problem is that something has been broken with Chelsea,” he said.
  • Didier Drogba changes tune in damning outburst to force Chelsea exit | Chelsea - Times Online 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.timesonline.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ The damage is big in the dressing room."
  • Didier Drogba, the divisive frontman, tells Paul Hayward what's really happening at Chelsea | Football | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

[21] .He soon regained the trust of the board and fans , scoring in Chelsea's 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough on 20 October 2007, against Schalke 04 in the Champions League four days later, and 2 goals against Manchester City, giving superb performances in all.^ Chelsea FC Fan October 6, 2009 .
  • Torres or Drogba? - you decide 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.soccernews.com [Source type: General]

^ Chelsea FC Fan October 8, 2009 .
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^ Chelsea FC Fan October 7, 2009 .
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.Drogba continued scoring goals but suffered an injury at the training ground and decided to have an operation on his knee.^ Drogba undergoes operation on knee .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Anelka has been a revelation this season in a supporting role to 19-goal striker Drogba but has missed the last four games because of his injury.
  • Express.co.uk - Home of the Daily and Sunday Express | Sport | Football 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.dailyexpress.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Drogba responded, scoring twice in the dramatic 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge and sliding to his knees in front of Benitez.
  • IN his mind, Didier Drogba is still walking slowly across the pitch at the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny, over the running track and then towards the wall. | News Of The World 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.newsoftheworld.co.uk [Source type: General]

.He was unable to play for four weeks and missed key games against Valencia, Arsenal and Liverpool.^ Halilhodzic faces the prospect of having to play with a tired Drogba going into the opening match in the African Nations Cup on Monday against Burkina Faso and is angry that the striker has played nine games in five weeks for Chelsea.
  • Drogba burnout? - Football forum - TheGoalPosts 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.thegoalposts.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Thursday, October 23rd, 2008 The top two teams in the Soccer Betting Premier League , Chelsea and Liverpool, resume play in the Champions League this week.
  • » Didier Drogba » Online Football News - Free International and European Soccer Betting Tips, Picks and Odds; 2006 FIFA World Cup news and rumors; FREE World Cup betting tips, picks and odds 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.footyfootball.com [Source type: General]

^ Liverpool ask more of Torres and Gerrard than any other of the top teams when playing against each other.
  • BBC - BBC Sport: Phil McNulty: Drogba inflicts pain on Liverpool 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

.Drogba returned from injury to play in an FA Cup third round match against QPR and wore the captain's armband for the last 30 minutes in which he was on the pitch, but that was his last performance for The Blues before international duty at the African Nations Cup.^ God for African football cup of nation.
  • ESPN Soccernet - Correspondents - Chelsea- Sturridge replaces Drogba 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC blogs.soccernet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Drogba wins the FA Cup for Chelsea .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ It would be to mention the African Nations Cup.
  • Express.co.uk - Home of the Daily and Sunday Express | Columnists :: Didier Drogba outguns Arsene Wenger again 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.express.co.uk [Source type: General]

.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.^ Drogba has had his outbursts in the past—for example in the 2008 Champions League final, or after elimination in the semi-finals of the same competition last season—but now he seems to have matured and those around him at the west London club are only too aware of his value: .
  • Manchester City Need Emmanuel Adebayor to Learn from Didier Drogba | Bleacher Report 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC bleacherreport.com [Source type: General]

^ That would cap a remarkable five years in which Drogba became France's Footballer of the Year; scored the goals that took Olympique de Marseille, the team of his boyhood dreams, to the Uefa Cup final in 2004; signed for Chelsea for £24m that July and, a year later, helped them to their first title since 1955; and, perhaps best of all, for him, his goals gave his troubled country the chance to fly their flag at the World Cup finals for the first time.
  • I love England. If only my son wouldn't wear an Arsenal shirt | Sport | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC observer.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ But Drogba, whose goal in the 1-1 draw with Malawi at the weekend ensured the Ivory Coast would take part in the World Cup finals in South Africa next summer, says defenders know they can knock him off balance because the speed of the game is so fast.
  • BOO-BOYS NO PROBLEM FOR DROGBA | Sporting Life - Sports News | Live Football Scores, Live Racing Results, Football Transfer News And Gossip 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.sportinglife.com [Source type: News]

.He also became the first player to score in three League Cup finals and the first to score in three consecutive English domestic cup finals.^ Grant will return to Stamford Bridge for the first time since he was sacked after taking the Blues to the 2008 final of the Champions League.
  • DROGBA INJURY GIVES CHELSEA BLUES |Football Transfer News, Football News, Fixtures, Results, Match Reports, Stats 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.sportinglife.com [Source type: News]
  • Drogba injury blues for Ancelotti - Premier League News - FOX Sports on MSN 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC foxsports.foxnews.com [Source type: News]

^ In total, he scored 24 league goals over five seasons for Juventus, winning an Intercontinental Cup , the 1999 Intertoto Cup , in addition to the two Scudetti.

^ He failed to steer Chelsea to a Champions League final during his three seasons at the club, something that clearly still rankles with the Portuguese fool.

.He scored both goals in a key 2-1 victory against Arsenal on 23 March 2008 which took Chelsea equal on points with leaders Manchester United.^ Chelsea Manchester United Arsenal Manchester City or Liverpool to battle for 4th .
  • BBC - BBC Sport: Phil McNulty: Drogba inflicts pain on Liverpool 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Cristiano Ronaldo scored first for Man U before Frank Lampard knocked in the equalizer for Chelsea.
  • Video-Drogba Slap On Vidic - YouTube | Soccer | Chelsea | Manchester United 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.faniq.com [Source type: General]

^ The striker pounced after Florent Malouda had equalized Theo Walcott's deflected early strike to set up a final against either Manchester United or Everton, who meet on Sunday.
  • Didier Drogba | Top News 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.topnews.in [Source type: News]

Drogba and Arsenal striker Robin van Persie in 2008.
.On 26 April 2008 Drogba faced controversy after a clash with Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidić.^ Drogba has a well deserved reputation for histrionics, a penchant for diving and acting like a spoiled child and he was castigated for an elbow on Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic in which the Serbian defender lost a tooth last season and the notorious coin-throwing incident against Burnley.
  • TheGame - Times Online - WBLG: Who is worse - Didier Drogba or Joey Barton? 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC timesonline.typepad.com [Source type: General]

^ The 31-year-old had sustained the injury when he was kicked in the chest by Manchester United defender Jonny Evans in Sunday''s 1-0 Premier League win at Stamford Bridge.
  • Didier Drogba | Top News 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.topnews.in [Source type: News]

^ Blues face Drogba injury wait 09:04 Aug 11 2008 .
  • Didier Drogba - Chelsea Football Club 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.football.co.uk [Source type: News]

The Serbian centre-back had to have stitches under his lip after losing a tooth in the clash. .There was discussion whether Drogba had the intention or not to injure his rival.^ Chelsea star Didier Drogba has no intention of leaving the Blues for Italy despite admitting there had been past contact with both Milan clubs.
  • TEAMtalk - Football News, Transfer Gossip, Live Scores, Results 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.teamtalk.com [Source type: News]

.The debate also called in to question an earlier incident on 26 November 2006 where Drogba elbowed Vidić.^ Tufty Said, November 9th, 2009 @17:45 I suppose thats what they call selective journalism, given that the initial incident was not shown.
  • Drogba Gif: Funny, Embarrassing Or Painfully Cringeworthy? 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC therepublikofmancunia.com [Source type: General]

^ November 09, 2006, 09:26 AM » .
  • [Poll] African Footballer Of The Year - Eto'o, Drogba, Essien, Kanu? - Nairaland 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.nairaland.com [Source type: General]

.Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson expressed concerns over elbowing in the Premiership.^ Wednesday night, will reveal how perceptive Sir Alex Ferguson has been.
  • The Confidence Coach's Sports Psychology Blog Football Didier Drogba Chelsea Champions League 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.themartineffect.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ If this is part of a well thought-out, deliberate mind-games strategy, from Sir Alex Ferguson, then he must presume, that the comments from Rooney will rile Drogba.
  • The Confidence Coach's Sports Psychology Blog Football Didier Drogba Chelsea Champions League 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.themartineffect.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Football: Plymouth Argyle: The Mental Approach Rugby: Johnny Wilkinson - Take A Break Football: Sir Alex Ferguson - Referee!
  • The Confidence Coach's Sports Psychology Blog Football Didier Drogba Chelsea Champions League 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.themartineffect.co.uk [Source type: News]

[23] Despite media speculation, Drogba's yellow card for the clash was deemed adequate punishment by the FA.[24]
.Controversy still dogged the player as before the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg clash with Liverpool, Drogba was accused of diving by Liverpool coach Rafael Benítez.^ We went to a Champions League final.
  • Didier Drogba, the divisive frontman, tells Paul Hayward what's really happening at Chelsea | Football | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ We also managed to push through to the Champions League semi-final, where we were knocked out by Liverpool.
  • Didier Drogba, the divisive frontman, tells Paul Hayward what's really happening at Chelsea | Football | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ But then in the second leg he ripped Liverpool to shreads!
  • BBC - BBC Sport: Phil McNulty: Drogba still key to Chelsea success 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

[citation needed] Benítez claimed to have compiled a four-year dossier of Drogba's "diving" antics but Drogba hit back at Benítez saying in an interview with L'Equipe:
"Benítez was a coach I used to respect a lot. I used to believe he had class but he has seriously disappointed me. His words have shown his weakness. .A great coach will never attack a player so meanly.^ Drogba's on field lunacy means that he may never be regarded as a great player but ask centre halves who they would least like to mark.
  • Didier Drogba goes to new extremes | Sport | The Guardian 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Of course all the fans, players and coaches have stated that its a ridiculous law and should never be allowed to happen again.
  • TheGame - Times Online - WBLG: Who is worse - Didier Drogba or Joey Barton? 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC timesonline.typepad.com [Source type: General]

.If he doesn't want me to fall down he should focus on his team's game and tell his defenders to stop fouling me.^ "The trouble with his game is that he doesn't want to run."
  • IN his mind, Didier Drogba is still walking slowly across the pitch at the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny, over the running track and then towards the wall. | News Of The World 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.newsoftheworld.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ It's very, very rare a referee gives a decision if the player doesn't go down so I tell players not to be naive, but to be fair."
  • inside World Soccer | Soccer news, scores, standings and videos: didier drogba 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.insideworldsoccer.com [Source type: General]

^ He perceives defending set-pieces as a crucial part of his duty to the team, despite providing nine goals and five assists in his 12 league games this season.
  • Manchester City Need Emmanuel Adebayor to Learn from Didier Drogba | Bleacher Report 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC bleacherreport.com [Source type: General]

In the first leg, Carragher and Škrteľ didn't stop. At the end of the match I was covered in bruises. Last year, I picked up a broken rib during the Champions League semi-final against Liverpool"[25]
.On 30 April 2008 Drogba scored two goals in the UEFA Champions League semi-final against Liverpool, which Chelsea won 3-2 at Stamford Bridge.^ Drogba single handedly won the carling cup final and F.A. cup final for Chelsea and scored 6 important goals in the Champions League...
  • FARK.com: (2814171) In the FA cup final dive off, Drogba scores perfect 10 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.fark.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Chelsea versus Barcelona, in a UEFA Champions League match.
  • Doing a Didier | Matthew Hall | Sun Herald Blogs 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC blogs.sunherald.com.au [Source type: General]

^ Drogba scores as Chelsea respond .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

.This was the first time Chelsea had beaten Liverpool in the semi-finals of the Champions League, having lost their previous two meetings to Liverpool.^ We went to a Champions League final.
  • Didier Drogba, the divisive frontman, tells Paul Hayward what's really happening at Chelsea | Football | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ We also managed to push through to the Champions League semi-final, where we were knocked out by Liverpool.
  • Didier Drogba, the divisive frontman, tells Paul Hayward what's really happening at Chelsea | Football | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ The 33-year-old Vieira was spotted at Stamford Bridge on Sunday when Chelsea returned to the top of the league by beating Liverpool.
  • Drogba wants Chelsea to sign up Vieira - Soccerway 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.soccerway.com [Source type: News]

.This also led to Chelsea reaching their first Champions League Final.^ We went to a Champions League final.
  • Didier Drogba, the divisive frontman, tells Paul Hayward what's really happening at Chelsea | Football | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Sunderland 2-3 Chelsea Sunderland came close to snatching a point from their final league game but still managed to avoid relegation even though they suffered a narrow 3-2 d...
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^ Grant will return to Stamford Bridge for the first time since he was sacked after taking the Blues to the 2008 final of the Champions League.
  • Drogba injury blues for Ancelotti | Latest News | Football News from TEAMtalk 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.teamtalk.com [Source type: General]

.Drogba became Chelsea's top scorer in European competition, the two goals he scored putting his tally at 17, beating Peter Osgood's record of 16. Drogba was sent off in the 117th minute of the Champions League Final for slapping defender Vidić, becoming only the second player to be sent off in a European Cup final - after Jens Lehmann in 2006 - and the first for violent conduct.^ Drogba wins the FA Cup for Chelsea .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Drogba single handedly won the carling cup final and F.A. cup final for Chelsea and scored 6 important goals in the Champions League...
  • FARK.com: (2814171) In the FA cup final dive off, Drogba scores perfect 10 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.fark.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Drogba delivers Chelsea to last 16 .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

.Chelsea went on to lose 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in extra time.^ Last year he was part of the side that were defeated on penalties by Manchester United in the final, and Drogba was sent off in the closing stages of extra-time.
  • inside World Soccer | Soccer news, scores, standings and videos: didier drogba 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.insideworldsoccer.com [Source type: General]

^ Hosts Egypt have won the African Nations Cup, beating Ivory Coast 4-2 on penalties after the final finished 0-0 after extra-time.
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Africa Cup of Nations by Algeria in a dramatic quarter-final in Cabinda last night, losing 3-2 after extra time.Bad news for Portsmouth who will remain ...
  • Didier Drogba - News, Video, Photos, and Rumors from BallHype 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC ballhype.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Chelsea assistant boss Henk ten Cate revealed Drogba was due to take the crunch fifth spot-kick in the shootout.^ Halilhodzic revealed that Drogba is nursing a slight ankle injury, but the Chelsea striker later told journalists that he is fit.
  • allAfrica.com: C�te d'Ivoire: Drogba Fear Grips Ivory Coast Coach 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC allafrica.com [Source type: News]

^ Chelsea boss Carlos Ancelotti says the Blues could be without Didier Drogba against Portsmouth after the striker hurt his back in training.
  • Drogba injury blues for Ancelotti | Latest News | Football News from TEAMtalk 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.teamtalk.com [Source type: General]
  • TEAMtalk - Football News, Transfer Gossip, Live Scores, Results 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.teamtalk.com [Source type: News]

^ Drogba, though, had always maintained he was committed to Chelsea and was determined to at least see his deal out, which was due to end in 2010.
  • inside World Soccer | Soccer news, scores, standings and videos: didier drogba 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.insideworldsoccer.com [Source type: General]

.Team captain John Terry took his place but missed after slipping whilst taking the penalty.^ Share : Digg Email Print John Terry might have captained Chelsea during the managerial years of Jose Mourinho, yet [Read the rest of this entry »] .

^ Terry, the Chelsea captain was fully entitled to talk to the moron that stole his teams dreams.
  • Doing a Didier | Matthew Hall | Sun Herald Blogs 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC blogs.sunherald.com.au [Source type: General]

^ Drogba is among those who have spoken in support of Mourinho and, like John Terry and Frank Lampard, he wants Abramovich, to know how supportive the team are of the manager.
  • I love England. If only my son wouldn't wear an Arsenal shirt | Sport | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC observer.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

[26]

2008–09

Drogba playing for Chelsea in 2008.
.Drogba suffered a string of injuries early on in the season and struggled to regain fitness, missing games from August to November due to knee problems.^ Ancelotti revealed that Drogba, who has netted 18 goals so far this season, had to leave their training session after sustaining the injury which now threatens his participation against Avram Grant's struggling South Coast side.
  • Drogba injury blues for Ancelotti | Latest News | Football News from TEAMtalk 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.teamtalk.com [Source type: General]

^ "I said it before, yes, I consider leaving, but this season my real problem was to be fit again, because last year I struggled, I was playing on one leg," he continues.
  • Didier Drogba, the divisive frontman, tells Paul Hayward what's really happening at Chelsea | Football | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Chelsea have confirmed that striker Didier Drogba will not require surgery on the knee injury he sustained against CFR Cluj in the Champions League.
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

[27][28] .He scored his first goal of the season in mid-November but there was little reason to celebrate: he incurred disciplinary action and a three match ban for throwing a coin back into the stands and Chelsea suffered a League Cup defeat against Burnley.^ Even Henry scored 17 goals in his first season.
  • BBC - BBC Sport: Phil McNulty: Drogba inflicts pain on Liverpool 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ And he has scored like 16 goals this season.
  • Anelka or Drogba ? - Chelsea - Goal.com Community Forum 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC forums.goal.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ "What created this situation was what happened against Burnley [in November Chelsea lost on penalties in the League Cup].
  • Didier Drogba, the divisive frontman, tells Paul Hayward what's really happening at Chelsea | Football | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

[29][30] .Drogba scored his second goal of the season in a 2–1 victory against CFR Cluj in the UEFA Champions League,[31] while his first Premier League goal of the season came in a 2–0 win against West Bromwich Albion in late December 2008.[32] Having missed many games through injury and suspension, Drogba had lost his first team place and manager Scolari favoured playing Nicolas Anelka as a lone striker rather than pairing the two.^ And he has scored like 16 goals this season.
  • Anelka or Drogba ? - Chelsea - Goal.com Community Forum 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC forums.goal.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Chelsea have confirmed that striker Didier Drogba will not require surgery on the knee injury he sustained against CFR Cluj in the Champions League.
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Next game: Barclays Premier League .
  • Sky Sports | Football News | Premier League | Arsenal | Drogba reveals Olympic dream 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.skysports.com [Source type: News]

However, he resolved to regain his position in the squad and Chelsea remained keen to keep the Ivorian.[33]
.Upon the temporary appointment of Guus Hiddink in early February following the sacking of Scolari, Drogba enjoyed a rejuvenation of sorts, returning to his rich goal-scoring form with four goals in five games after the new manager took over.^ He has since been coached by three managers - Avram Grant, Luiz Felipe Scolari and Guus Hiddink - before Ancelotti took charge following his departure from AC Milan.
  • TEAMtalk | Football | Latest Football news, Results and Fixtures 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.teamtalk.com [Source type: General]

^ Luiz Felipe Scolari wants to retain the Ivory Coast centre-forward in his new team, but the club's new manager has left the matter in the hands of the board.
  • Football: Didier Drogba still keen to leave Chelsea | Football | The Observer 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Guus Hiddink's appointment as temporary manager is a chance to escape the wilderness of the bench and cameo contributions late in games.
  • Didier Drogba, the divisive frontman, tells Paul Hayward what's really happening at Chelsea | Football | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

[34][35] .His revival in form saw him net twice against Bolton Wanderers, and four times in four Champions League matches, one in each leg of the last sixteen and quarter final of the competition against Juventus and Liverpool respectively, with these goals ensuring Chelsea's passage into the semi-finals.^ This was shown in both legs of the Champiuons league semi finals last season.
  • BBC - BBC Sport: Phil McNulty: Drogba still key to Chelsea success 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ We went to a Champions League final.
  • Didier Drogba, the divisive frontman, tells Paul Hayward what's really happening at Chelsea | Football | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Champions League: reaction to quarter-final draw from Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal .
  • Didier Drogba goes to new extremes | Sport | The Guardian 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

.Just four days after his Champions League heroics, Drogba scored a late winner in the FA Cup semi-final match against Arsenal after Frank Lampard's superb pass found Drogba and he carefully rounded Arsenal goalkeeper Łukasz Fabiański before slotting into an empty net.^ Drogba wins the FA Cup for Chelsea .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Photos Drogba puts Chelsea into FA Cup final .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Memorable Drogba moments against Arsenal include scoring the winner in our recent duel in the FA Cup Semi-final, two goals at the Emirates.

[36] .Drogba also caused controversy after Chelsea's Champions League semi-final defeat at the hands of FC Barcelona.^ Chelsea v Barcelona: David Pleat's key Champions League clashes .
  • Didier Drogba goes to new extremes | Sport | The Guardian 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Chelsea versus Barcelona, in a UEFA Champions League match.
  • Doing a Didier | Matthew Hall | Sun Herald Blogs 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC blogs.sunherald.com.au [Source type: General]

^ We went to a Champions League final.
  • Didier Drogba, the divisive frontman, tells Paul Hayward what's really happening at Chelsea | Football | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

.Feeling that many decisions had gone against Chelsea, substituted Drogba confronted referee Tom Henning Øvrebø after the final whistle.^ Digg it Chelsea's Didier Drogba, wearing flip-flops like an angry holidaymaker, shouts at referee Tom Henning Ovrebo after Chelsea's Champions League semi-final second leg tie against Barcelona.
  • Didier Drogba goes to new extremes | Sport | The Guardian 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Late last season, Drogba was thinking of leaving Chelsea, believing that some of the fans had turned against him.
  • I love England. If only my son wouldn't wear an Arsenal shirt | Sport | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC observer.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ But have you ever seen a team behave the way Chelsea did at the final whistle last night?

.He received a yellow card in the process and was recorded shouting "It's a fucking disgrace" [37] into a live television camera.^ He began raging at the ref, got booked, continued his tirade of abuse and had to be dragged away before he turned to a television camera and screamed into it, describing the official as "a f***ing disgrace."
  • inside World Soccer | Soccer news, scores, standings and videos: didier drogba 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.insideworldsoccer.com [Source type: General]

^ As Drogba walked off the field he turned to the Sky Sports camera knowing and shouting “this is a disgrace!

^ Didier Drogba ran from the sideline to the referee and then on to a television camera where he told the world "It is a $%^&*@!# disgrace!".
  • Doing a Didier | Matthew Hall | Sun Herald Blogs 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC blogs.sunherald.com.au [Source type: General]

.On 17 June 2009 UEFA subsequently handed him a six game European ban with the final two games suspended.The ban then was cut down by 1 match after an appeal by Chelsea F.C[38] In the 2009 FA Cup Final he scored Chelsea's first and equalising goal as they went on to win 2-1.[39] This was his sixth goal in a major cup final in England.^ Drogba wins the FA Cup for Chelsea .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Photos Drogba handed six-game European ban .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Chelsea duo have bans cut 17:34 Jun 29 2009 .
  • Didier Drogba - Chelsea Football Club 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.football.co.uk [Source type: News]

.Although Drogba had previously expressed his desire to switch clubs, he decided to remain with the Blues under new coach Carlo Ancelotti and sign a new contract.^ Chelsea striker Didier Drogba wants to speak to new Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti before signing a new contract at Stamford Bridge.
  • inside World Soccer | Soccer news, scores, standings and videos: didier drogba 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.insideworldsoccer.com [Source type: General]

^ As expected, Jose Mourinho is likely to step into the breach at the San Siro, signing a £7million contract at the club.

^ Didier Drogba set for new Chelsea deal 2009-08-05T07:32:00-07:00 r1ooooo chelsea|didier drogba|news|premier league|premier league news|transfer news| Comments Full Story Didier Drogba to hold talks with Carlo Ancelotti .
  • inside World Soccer | Soccer news, scores, standings and videos: didier drogba 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.insideworldsoccer.com [Source type: General]

[40]

2009–10

.Drogba began the season in fine form for Chelsea, netting a penalty during a shoot-out in the Community Shield over Manchester United, before scoring twice in a 2–1 victory over Hull City.^ Drogba to miss start of Chelsea season .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Funniest penalty shoot-out ever?
  • inside World Soccer | Soccer news, scores, standings and videos: didier drogba 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.insideworldsoccer.com [Source type: General]

^ Drogba: Scored twice in win over Arsenal .
  • TEAMtalk | Football | Latest Football news, Results and Fixtures 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.teamtalk.com [Source type: General]

.Drogba earned himself an assist when he was fouled in the area to give Chelsea a penalty, which Frank Lampard duly converted, in a 3–1 victory over Sunderland.^ Drogba double gives Chelsea Shield .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Drogba and Lampard send Chelsea through .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Drogba gives Chelsea win in Spain .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

.In Chelsea's third game of the season against West-London rivals Fulham, Drogba scored his third goal of the season.^ Drogba scores as Chelsea respond .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Drogba to miss start of Chelsea season .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ And he has scored like 16 goals this season.
  • Anelka or Drogba ? - Chelsea - Goal.com Community Forum 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC forums.goal.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Drogba scored his fourth goal of the season, against Stoke City; Chelsea ended winning the game 2–1 with a late strike from Malouda.^ Drogba wins the FA Cup for Chelsea .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Drogba gives Chelsea win in Spain .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Drogba scores as Chelsea respond .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

[41] He added a fifth at home against London rivals Tottenham on 20 September.[42] .He scored his 100th goal for Chelsea in a 3–1 defeat against Wigan Athletic.^ Chelsea have won all nine of their domestic and European fixtures at home this season, scoring 25 goals in the process while conceding only one.
  • Drogba has United in his sights - Soccerway 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.soccerway.com [Source type: News]

^ November 2006, v Watford Scores a stunning hat-trick against the division's strugglers on his way to becoming the season's top scorer with 20 league goals.
  • Didier Drogba, the divisive frontman, tells Paul Hayward what's really happening at Chelsea | Football | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ It will be a bitter blow for the Blues if Drogba misses out as he was outstanding against Everton - scoring two goals in their 3-3 draw last Saturday.
  • Drogba injury blues for Ancelotti | Latest News | Football News from TEAMtalk 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.teamtalk.com [Source type: General]
  • DROGBA INJURY GIVES CHELSEA BLUES |Football Transfer News, Football News, Fixtures, Results, Match Reports, Stats 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.sportinglife.com [Source type: News]

.Drogba was again important in the 2–0 win over title rivals Liverpool on 4 October.^ October 2005, v Liverpool Doesn't score, but contributes to every goal in a 4-1 win - the first time Liverpool have conceded so many at Anfield since 1969.
  • Didier Drogba, the divisive frontman, tells Paul Hayward what's really happening at Chelsea | Football | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ A charismatic renegade abhorred by fans of rival clubs, José Mourinho's spiritual representative in two great title-winning sides seemed indestructible.
  • Didier Drogba, the divisive frontman, tells Paul Hayward what's really happening at Chelsea | Football | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ If Chelsea are going to win things this season, then I agree totally with Phil, Drogba's mood swings have to be appeased in order to win titles.
  • BBC - BBC Sport: Phil McNulty: Drogba still key to Chelsea success 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

.He was involved in both goals, setting up Anelka and Malouda.^ "I'm a target for my team-mates, getting the ball and setting up attacks - and scoring goals.
  • BOO-BOYS NO PROBLEM FOR DROGBA | Sporting Life - Sports News | Live Football Scores, Live Racing Results, Football Transfer News And Gossip 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.sportinglife.com [Source type: News]

[43] .He then scored a glancing header against Blackburn on 24 October 2009, bringing his tally to an impressive 8 goals in 11 appearances, scoring his third goal in as many games.^ Anelka may have scored many goals.
  • BBC - BBC Sport: Phil McNulty: Drogba still key to Chelsea success 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Posted by AWHYDOT on 11/24/2009 .
  • ESPN Soccernet - Correspondents - Chelsea- Drogba Looks Amazing 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC blogs.soccernet.com [Source type: General]

^ Jeremy October 24, 2009 .
  • Torres or Drogba? - you decide 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.soccernews.com [Source type: General]

.Drogba continued his fine form scoring a header against Bolton in a 4–0 thrashing in the Carling Cup, Drogba went on to score a fine team goal in the same week with another 4–0 win against Bolton in the Premiership.^ Drogba wins the FA Cup for Chelsea .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Drogba: Scored twice in win over Arsenal .
  • TEAMtalk | Football | Latest Football news, Results and Fixtures 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.teamtalk.com [Source type: General]

^ TOPDROG11 Drogba is in brilliant form......and what I noticed this year, that he has also became much more composed and calm, which is good actually, U can see the lethal Drogba nowadays, the rebound goal at AM is a proof of that........I still remember his one-to-one miss against Barca at Nou camp, if he would have scored that, Hiddink could have become a CL winning coach!

.Drogba has so far managed to score nine goals and give five assists this season in the Premier League.^ Didier Drogba scores a goal, assisted by Didier Zokora.
  • SIKIDS.com - FIFA World Cup - Play-by-Play - Cote d'Ivoire vs. Argentina 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.sikids.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ D.D. has been fenomenal this season , scoring 33 goal.
  • Why Didier Drogba is the second Special One at Chelsea - Sportingo 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.sportingo.com [Source type: News]

^ Drogba goal gives Chelsea victory .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

.After missing the first three Champions League matches for Chelsea with a ban, Drogba started the fourth game against Spanish side Athletico Madrid.^ Chelsea versus Barcelona, in a UEFA Champions League match.
  • Doing a Didier | Matthew Hall | Sun Herald Blogs 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC blogs.sunherald.com.au [Source type: General]

^ Drogba to miss start of Chelsea season .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti revealed that Drogba had to leave their training session after sustaining the injury which now threatens his participation against Avram Grant's struggling side.
  • DROGBA INJURY GIVES CHELSEA BLUES |Football Transfer News, Football News, Fixtures, Results, Match Reports, Stats 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.sportinglife.com [Source type: News]

.He scored two goals in the last ten minutes and the match ended 2-2.[44] The latter being a fine solo effort in which he beat a number of the opposition players and had his first effort saved by the goalkeeper but then slotted in the rebound.^ Malouda wasted a glorious chance when he mis-kicked in front of goal before being sent off in the 89th minute for two rash tackles.
  • Drogba lift after Chelsea thwarted by Birmingham 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.nationalpost.com [Source type: General]

^ Torres has always scored loads of goals, but hardly any of the ones I have seen him get have been from individual effort or brilliance.
  • Torres or Drogba? - you decide 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.soccernews.com [Source type: General]

^ Kuyt is a terrific player as far as effort is concerned, but he's stuck out on the wing most of the time and can't add the goals Liverpool need consistently enough.
  • BBC - BBC Sport: Phil McNulty: Drogba inflicts pain on Liverpool 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

.On 29 November, Drogba scored a brace against London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, the second of which a free kick from outside the box.^ Drogba double sinks Arsenal at Emirates .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Maybe Gallas got away with it but the slack defending he showed against Drogba's second goal by standing in the box with his arms folded and an entire apple in his mouth will cast doubt on his attitude once again.

^ His name is Phillipe Senderos and he played well until he went up against Didier in the 2005 Community Shield and Drogba scored two off his mistakes.

[45] .It brought his tally for the season to 14 goals in 16 games.^ And he has scored like 16 goals this season.
  • Anelka or Drogba ? - Chelsea - Goal.com Community Forum 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC forums.goal.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Therefore, although Anelka has scored about 14 goals thus far, look at them, and look at the games which he hasn't scored in, this is where we get 0-0 draws to Newcastle, etc.
  • Anelka or Drogba ? - Chelsea - Goal.com Community Forum 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC forums.goal.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ He's contributed to a goal in every single game he's played in this season, simply unstoppable.

.On 12 December, Drogba continued to impress with 2 goals in 3-3 draw against Everton FC.^ Didier Drogba celebrated his return from African Nations Cup duty by notching his 20th goal of the season to spare Chelsea's blushes in a 1-1 draw with lowly Hull.

^ Memorable Drogba moments against Arsenal include scoring the winner in our recent duel in the FA Cup Semi-final, two goals at the Emirates.

^ Arsenal appear to be Drogba's favourite team to score against, having hit 10 goals in 11 games against them and never once has he been on the losing side.

[46]
.Between 3 and 30 January, Chelsea played five games without Drogba who was on African Nations cup duty[citation needed], in which they gained five victories and scored 19 goals, prompting some to question whether they missed the Ivorian.^ God for African football cup of nation.
  • ESPN Soccernet - Correspondents - Chelsea- Sturridge replaces Drogba 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC blogs.soccernet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Great news for Drogba, great news for The Elephants, and great news for the African Cup of Nations as a whole.
  • Didier Drogba Named in Ivory Coast’s ACN Squad - World Cup Blog 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.worldcupblog.org [Source type: News]

^ Drogba and Essien will be two players sorely missed during the African Cup of Nations.
  • ESPN Soccernet - Correspondents - Chelsea- Sturridge replaces Drogba 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC blogs.soccernet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

However he showed his importance with a free-kick in his return game versus Hull on the 2 February where he scored a 40th minute equaliser to tie the game 1-1.[47]

International career

.Drogba is a Ivory Coast international and helped the team qualify for its first ever World Cup, held in Germany in 2006.^ Drogba double as Ivory Coast win .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Ivory Coast call for injured Drogba .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ World Cup 2006 .
  • Didier Drogba is Back With a Bang - World Cup Blog 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.worldcupblog.org [Source type: General]
  • Didier Drogba Named in Ivory Coast’s ACN Squad - World Cup Blog 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.worldcupblog.org [Source type: News]

.His first cap came on 8 September 2002 against South Africa and he scored his first goal with "The Elephants" on 11 February 2003 against Cameroon in a 3–0 victory.^ In the same year, 2003, Drogba made his debut for the Elephants against South Africa.
  • I love England. If only my son wouldn't wear an Arsenal shirt | Sport | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC observer.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ After a brace against Reading F.C. on Boxing Day, Drogba reached the 20-goal milestone on December 30, 2006, when he scored in Chelsea's 2-2 home draw with Fulham.
  • allAfrica.com: Africa: Drogba is Football King! 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC allafrica.com [Source type: News]

^ Drogba has scored six goals already this season, all of them in the Barclays Premier League, and seems at his happiest since the departure of Jose Mourinho in September 2007.
  • BOO-BOYS NO PROBLEM FOR DROGBA | Sporting Life - Sports News | Live Football Scores, Live Racing Results, Football Transfer News And Gossip 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.sportinglife.com [Source type: News]

.In February 2006, Drogba captained Côte d'Ivoire to their second African Cup of Nations final, scoring the only goal in their semi-final match with Nigeria and putting away the deciding spot-kick in their record-tying 12–11 penalty shootout quarter-final win over Cameroon.^ God for African football cup of nation.
  • ESPN Soccernet - Correspondents - Chelsea- Sturridge replaces Drogba 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC blogs.soccernet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Great news for Drogba, great news for The Elephants, and great news for the African Cup of Nations as a whole.
  • Didier Drogba Named in Ivory Coast’s ACN Squad - World Cup Blog 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.worldcupblog.org [Source type: News]

^ Seabourch 12 goals in 13 matches...

.However, they lost in the final to Egypt 4–2 on penalties after a 0–0 draw, with Drogba's shot being stopped by Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary in a penalty shoot-out.^ Funniest penalty shoot-out ever?
  • inside World Soccer | Soccer news, scores, standings and videos: didier drogba 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.insideworldsoccer.com [Source type: General]

^ I lost the African Cup with Ivory Coast, the Champions League final with Chelsea, then was out injured - it was hard."
  • Didier Drogba, the divisive frontman, tells Paul Hayward what's really happening at Chelsea | Football | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Last year he was part of the side that were defeated on penalties by Manchester United in the final, and Drogba was sent off in the closing stages of extra-time.
  • inside World Soccer | Soccer news, scores, standings and videos: didier drogba 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.insideworldsoccer.com [Source type: General]

.In the 2006 World Cup, Côte d'Ivoire were drawn in a "group of death" with Serbia and Montenegro, the Netherlands and Argentina.^ World Cup 2006 .
  • Didier Drogba is Back With a Bang - World Cup Blog 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.worldcupblog.org [Source type: General]
  • Didier Drogba Named in Ivory Coast’s ACN Squad - World Cup Blog 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.worldcupblog.org [Source type: News]

^ Van persie got injured playing for his country but l didnt hear Arsenal fans calling for the Netherlands and the world cup qualifiers to be put in their place.

^ With the exception of Côte d’Ivoire’s Group C rivals Nigeria, Benin and Mali, everyone is hoping to see a healthy, goal-scoring Didier Drogba at the African Cup of Nations.
  • Didier Drogba is Back With a Bang - World Cup Blog 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.worldcupblog.org [Source type: General]

.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.^ World Cup 2006 .
  • Didier Drogba is Back With a Bang - World Cup Blog 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.worldcupblog.org [Source type: General]
  • Didier Drogba Named in Ivory Coast’s ACN Squad - World Cup Blog 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.worldcupblog.org [Source type: News]

^ But Drogba, whose goal in the 1-1 draw with Malawi at the weekend ensured the Ivory Coast would take part in the World Cup finals in South Africa next summer, says defenders know they can knock him off balance because the speed of the game is so fast.
  • BOO-BOYS NO PROBLEM FOR DROGBA | Sporting Life - Sports News | Live Football Scores, Live Racing Results, Football Transfer News And Gossip 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.sportinglife.com [Source type: News]

^ That would cap a remarkable five years in which Drogba became France's Footballer of the Year; scored the goals that took Olympique de Marseille, the team of his boyhood dreams, to the Uefa Cup final in 2004; signed for Chelsea for £24m that July and, a year later, helped them to their first title since 1955; and, perhaps best of all, for him, his goals gave his troubled country the chance to fly their flag at the World Cup finals for the first time.
  • I love England. If only my son wouldn't wear an Arsenal shirt | Sport | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC observer.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

.Ivory Coast were eliminated from the World Cup after their next game, a 1–2 defeat to the Netherlands, but came from 0–2 down to win against Serbia and Montenegro 3–2 in their final group game, with Drogba watching from the sidelines following suspension.^ Drogba double as Ivory Coast win .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Ivory Coast call for injured Drogba .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Drogba delivers as Ivory Coast win .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

.In the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, Ivory Coast were drawn in a group with Nigeria, Mali and underdogs Benin.^ The piece was entitled latest news from Africa....because the Ivory Coast coach was having a go at us over Didier; I said the Africans should be put in their place.....NOT AFRICANS SHOULD BE.....

^ Didier Drogba is backing his Ivory Coast team to make history by becoming the first African country to reach the final of the World Cup next year.
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Hosts Egypt have won the African Nations Cup, beating Ivory Coast 4-2 on penalties after the final finished 0-0 after extra-time.
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

.Drogba scored two goals in the group stage, opening the scoring in the 4–1 win over Benin and the first on the score sheet again in the 3–0 win over Mali.^ "We will fight with honour and dignity to win," said Drogba, who scored 14 goals for Chelsea before joining the squad at a pre-tournament training camp in Tanzania.
  • SBS The World Game - Drogba leads The Elephants 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.theworldgame.com.au [Source type: General]

^ His name is Phillipe Senderos and he played well until he went up against Didier in the 2005 Community Shield and Drogba scored two off his mistakes.

^ Drogba has scored six goals already this season, all of them in the Barclays Premier League, and seems at his happiest since the departure of Jose Mourinho in September 2007.
  • BOO-BOYS NO PROBLEM FOR DROGBA | Sporting Life - Sports News | Live Football Scores, Live Racing Results, Football Transfer News And Gossip 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.sportinglife.com [Source type: News]

.In the quarter finals, Drogba was on the score sheet once again in the 5–0 thrashing of Guinea with the last four goals coming in the final twenty minutes.^ This time last year he was bitching and (French) whining about players in the Prem being unfit and ill-disciplined Anelka- See last year's final Drogba- See above .
  • Didier Drogba goes to new extremes | Sport | The Guardian 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Just about every young Ivorian wants to be Didier Drogba, and if that is too much to ask, at least he wants to dance like Didier Drogba, who celebrated every goal he scored for Marseille four seasons ago with a dance.
  • I love England. If only my son wouldn't wear an Arsenal shirt | Sport | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC observer.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Substitute Didier Drogba bent in a free kick to give Chelsea a 1-0 win at Newcastle United in the League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday.
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

.The semi final was a rematch of the 2006 final against Egypt, but it was to be the end of the road for Drogba and the Ivory Coast, at the hands of the 2006 champions, losing 4–1 and then had no more luck in third place play-off, losing 4–2 to Ghana.^ Drogba double as Ivory Coast win .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Ivory Coast call for injured Drogba .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Drogba delivers as Ivory Coast win .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

.He scored 6 goals in 5 qualification games to helped the team qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.^ World Cup 2010 .
  • BOO-BOYS NO PROBLEM FOR DROGBA | Sporting Life - Sports News | Live Football Scores, Live Racing Results, Football Transfer News And Gossip 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.sportinglife.com [Source type: News]

^ World Cup 2010 tickets!
  • Torres or Drogba? - you decide 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.soccernews.com [Source type: General]
  • Drogba withdraws from Ivory Coast squad 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.soccernews.com [Source type: General]
  • Money is not everything, says Drogba 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.soccernews.com [Source type: General]

^ Michael Ballack warns he might quit after 2010 World Cup .
  • Didier Drogba, the divisive frontman, tells Paul Hayward what's really happening at Chelsea | Football | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

.In the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations Drogba scored one goal in the 3-1 victory against Ghana in the group stage.^ After a brace against Reading F.C. on Boxing Day, Drogba reached the 20-goal milestone on December 30, 2006, when he scored in Chelsea's 2-2 home draw with Fulham.
  • allAfrica.com: Africa: Drogba is Football King! 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC allafrica.com [Source type: News]

^ His name is Phillipe Senderos and he played well until he went up against Didier in the 2005 Community Shield and Drogba scored two off his mistakes.

^ On October 18 in the 46 minute Drogba received a pass from Ashley Cole and scored the winning goal against FC Barcelona in their group match at Stamford Bridge.
  • allAfrica.com: Africa: Drogba is Football King! 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC allafrica.com [Source type: News]

.Ivory Coast reached the quarter finals but lost 2-3 to Algeria.^ I lost the African Cup with Ivory Coast, the Champions League final with Chelsea, then was out injured - it was hard."
  • Didier Drogba, the divisive frontman, tells Paul Hayward what's really happening at Chelsea | Football | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

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.In March 2010, he was named as the 2009 African Footballer of the Year, his second time winning the award in his career.^ Eto'o nominated for 2009 African award .
  • Didier Drogba: News & Videos about Didier Drogba - CNN.com 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Brent Hills names squad for La Manga The Football Association, England - Tuesday, February 2, 2010 .
  • Drogba lift after Chelsea thwarted by Birmingham 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.nationalpost.com [Source type: General]

^ "For the first time in my career, I lost my passion for football.
  • inside World Soccer | Soccer news, scores, standings and videos: didier drogba 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.insideworldsoccer.com [Source type: General]

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Personal life

.Drogba is married to Alla, a Malian woman whom he met in Paris, and the couple have three children together.^ He and his wife, Alla, a Malian whom he met in Paris, started their own family.
  • I love England. If only my son wouldn't wear an Arsenal shirt | Sport | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC observer.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Drogba now has three children and does not want them to move as often as he did.
  • I love England. If only my son wouldn't wear an Arsenal shirt | Sport | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC observer.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

.His eldest son, Isaac, was born in France in 1999.[4] He has two younger brothers who are also footballers: Joël and Freddy Drogba.^ Michel Goba, who was a professional footballer, persuaded Drogba's parents that the move would 'give Didier a chance in life'.
  • I love England. If only my son wouldn't wear an Arsenal shirt | Sport | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC observer.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Drogba, for his part, wept when the Special One was sacked in September 2007, and he told France Football: "I want to leave Chelsea.
  • Didier Drogba, the divisive frontman, tells Paul Hayward what's really happening at Chelsea | Football | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Born in Abidjan on 11 March 1978, Didier Drogba spent his childhood in his hometown Côôte d'Ivoire and his adopted France.
  • allAfrica.com: Africa: Drogba is Football King! 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC allafrica.com [Source type: News]

Freddy, 17, is currently in the youth system of French side Le Mans.[50][51][52] .On 24 January 2007, Drogba was appointed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a Goodwill Ambassador.^ 'There are some tensions at the club and when the bosses and manager are not rowing in the same direction, there are bound to be repercussions,' he said at his inauguration as a United Nations goodwill ambassador in Switzerland 10 days ago.
  • I love England. If only my son wouldn't wear an Arsenal shirt | Sport | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC observer.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

The UNDP were impressed with his previous charity work and believed that his high profile would help raise awareness on African issues.[53] .Drogba's charity work continued when, in late 2009, he announced he would be donating the 3 million GBP signing on fee for his endorsement of Pepsi for the construction of a hospital in his hometown of Abidjan.^ Drogba is a UN ambassador and spends a lot of his spare time on charity work.
  • TheGame - Times Online - WBLG: Who is worse - Didier Drogba or Joey Barton? 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC timesonline.typepad.com [Source type: General]

^ At 10:00am on 05 Oct 2009 , Swmystery wrote: I too would be honestly interested in your continuing predictions for the league Phil.
  • BBC - BBC Sport: Phil McNulty: Drogba inflicts pain on Liverpool 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ At 08:54am on 05 Oct 2009 , Dapsy wrote: I'm a United fan and I would give an arm and a leg to have Drogba spearhead our attack.
  • BBC - BBC Sport: Phil McNulty: Drogba inflicts pain on Liverpool 19 January 2010 9:54 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

.This work was done through Drogba's recently created "Didier Drogba Foundation" and Chelsea announced they too would donate the fee for the deal toward the Foundation's project.^ Michel Goba, who was a professional footballer, persuaded Drogba's parents that the move would 'give Didier a chance in life'.
  • I love England. If only my son wouldn't wear an Arsenal shirt | Sport | The Observer 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC observer.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has refused to comment on reports suggesting he met with Inter Milan officials, according to Sky Sports .
  • inside World Soccer | Soccer news, scores, standings and videos: didier drogba 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.insideworldsoccer.com [Source type: General]

^ Didier Drogba is a football "genius", he has the talent, the skill, the strength and all that any GENUINE soccer fan, player, analyst would want to see in a striker.
  • BBC - BBC Sport: Phil McNulty: Drogba still key to Chelsea success 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

.Drogba decided on building the hospital after a recent trip to the Ivorian capital's other hospitals, saying "...I decided the Foundation's first project should be to build and fund a hospital giving people basic healthcare and a chance just to stay alive."^ We should always try to play attractive football first, but if it isn't working it's nice to know that we can suddenly start playing it long to Drogba if need be.
  • BBC - BBC Sport: Phil McNulty: Drogba still key to Chelsea success 3 February 2010 15:14 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ But I have to say Chelsea are a English footballing disgrace led by that thug Terry who defends Drogba, he should have never been given captaincy in the first place, but that neither here or there.

^ And abidal SHOULD HAVE BEEN SENT OFF IN THE FIRST HALF. Shirt pull, trip and being last man on doggy.

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Statistics

Club

Club Season France Ligue 2 Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Others Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Le Mans 1998–99 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1999–00 30 7 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 32 7
2000–01 11 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 1
2001–02 21 5 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 24 7
Total 64 12 4 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 72 15
Club Season France Ligue 1 Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Others Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Guingamp 2001–02 11 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 3
2002–03 34 17 3 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 39 21
Total 45 20 3 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 50 24
Club Season France Ligue 1 Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Others Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Marseille 2003–04 35 19 2 1 2 1 16 11 0 0 55 32
Total 35 19 2 1 2 1 16 11 0 0 55 32
Club Season England Premier League FA Cup League Cup Europe Others Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Chelsea 2004–05 26 10 2 0 4 1 9 5 0 0 41 16
2005–06 29 12 3 1 1 0 7 1 1 2 41 16
2006–07 36 20 6 3 5 4 12 6 1 0 60 33
2007–08 19 8 1 0 1 1 11 6 0 0 32 15
2008–09 24 5 6 3 2 1 10 5 0 0 42 14
2009–10 24 21 2 1 2 2 5 3 1 0 34 27
Total 158 76 20 8 15 9 54 26 3 2 250 121
Overall Total 302 127 29 15 23 11 70 37 3 2 427 192

National team

National Team Year Friendlies International
Competition
Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals
Côte d'Ivoire
2002 0 0 1 0 1 0
2003 4 1 3 3 7 4
2004 3 3 4 3 7 6
2005 3 1 5 6 8 7
2006 7 4 7 4 14 8
2007 6 3 2 1 8 4
2008 2 1 6 3 8 4
2009 2 2 5 6 7 8
2010 3 1 3 1 6 2
Overall Total 30 16 36 27 66 43

International goals

Honours

Club

England Chelsea

Individual

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Awards
Preceded by
Egypt Mohamed Aboutrika
BBC African Footballer of the Year
2009
Succeeded by
TBA

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Didier Drogba
File:Drogba
Personal information
Full name Didier Yves Drogba Tébily
Date of birth 11 March 1978 (1978-03-11) (age 32)
Place of birth    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Chelsea
Number 11
Youth clubs
1996-1997 Levallois
Senior clubs
Years Club
1998-2002
2002-2003
2003-2004
2004-
Le Mans
En Avant Guingamp
Olympique Marseille
Chelsea
National team
2002- Côte d'Ivoire

Didier Yves Drogba Tébily (born 11 March 1978 in Abidjan) is a Côte d'Ivoire professional football player. He lived there until he was 5 years old and then he moved to France to live with his uncle, Michael Goba. His uncle had been a professional football player in Cote d’Ivore. He plays for Chelsea in the English Premier League, wearing the number 11 shirt. Drogba is the current African Footballer of the Year. In season 2006/07, he was the top scorer of the English Premier League with 20 goals. Drogba played for Le Mans at Ligue 2 in 1998. He moved to Olympique Marseille in 2003 and scored 29 goals in the next season. In July 2007, Drogba moved to Chelsea. Drogba was happy to move to Chelsea FC because Chelsea is a famous team in the English Premier League. Drogba is a members of Cote d’Ivoire’s national team.

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Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
FranceLeague Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue EuropeTotal
1998/99Le MansDivision 2200000-20
1999/003070020-327
2000/011102000-130
2001/022151121-247
2001/02En Avant GuingampDivision 11130000-113
2002/03Ligue 134173420-3921
2003/04Olympique MarseilleLigue 13519212116115532
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2004/05ChelseaPremier League26102041954116
2005/0629123110714014
2006/07362063541265933
2007/0819810111163215
2008/0924563211054214
2009/10
CountryFrance 144518682161117670
England 13455187137492321492
Total 27810626132196534390162

International career statistics

[2]

Côte d'Ivoire national team
YearAppsGoals
200210
200374
200476
200587
2006148
200784
200884
200978
2010
Total6041

Awards

Chelsea
Personal
  • English Golden Boot (2006-07)
  • African Footballer of the Year(2006-07)

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References

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