Didier Drogba

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Drogba moved to Chelsea the following season with a record fee of £ 24 million, making him the most expensive player in the history of Ivoirian. After playing in youth teams, Drogba made his professional debut aged 18 for Ligue 2 club Le Mans. Scored a success at Olympique de Marseille continued, finishing as the third highest scorer in Ligue 1 with 19 goals and helped the club to reach the UEFA Cup Final 2004.

The following season he finished as top scorer in the Premier League 2006-07 with 20 goals and also scored the winning goal in the Football League Cup Final and 2007 FA Cup final. In the 2009-10 season proved Drogba at Chelsea played their first doubles win in club history. He won both the Golden Boot with 29 goals, and scored the only goal in Chelsea's victory over Portsmouth in the FA Cup 2010 Final. This goal made him the only player who scored six goals in the Cup finals in England. Drogba then helped move the African Nations Cup qualifier Nations rebel stronghold of Bouake, a step that helps ensure the peace process.

Personal Information
Full name:  Didier Yves Drogba Tébily
Date of birth : 11 March 1978 (age 33)
Place of birth : Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
Height : 1.89 m (6 ft 2 1 / 2 in)
Playing position : Striker

Club Information
Current club : Chelsea
Number : 11

Early Life
Didier Drogba was born in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, and at the age of five was sent to France by his parents to live with his uncle, Michel Goba, a professional footballer. However, Drogba soon Became homesick and returned to Abidjan after three years. His mother nicknamed him "Tito", after the president Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia, Whom She greatly admired. That it was here he began playing more frequently football team, joining a local youth side. 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 coaches with his professional attitude. 

Club career

Le Mans (1997–2002)
When Drogba finished school he switched cities to study Accountancy at university and he Had to change clubs, Becoming an apprentice at Ligue 2 club Le Mans. Drogba lost his place to Daniel Cousin due to injury, then upon his return he failed to score throughout the remainder of the season. However, he returned to form the following season, making 21 Appearances and scoring five times.

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. The second half of the 2001-02 season saw Drogba make-Eleven Appearances and score three goals for Guingamp. 

Marseille (2003-2004)
Olympique de Marseille manager Alain Perrin signed Drogba from Guingamp, though he was soon replaced by José Anigo. Drogba retained his place in the team, scoring 19 goals and winning the National Union of Professional footballers (UNFP) Player of the Year award. He also scored five goals in That season's UEFA Champions League and six in the UEFA Cup. At the end of the season he was Bought by Chelsea as the club's then record signing for £ 24 million. Drogba Remains a club legend in Marseille, despite playing only one season for the club.

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. Chelsea won the Premiership, only Bahasa Their second top-flight and Their first championship 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 scored 16 goals in 40 games for Chelsea in his first season: 10th in the Premiership, five in the Champions League and one in the League Cup final. Drogba started the 2005-06 season by scoring two goals in a Community Shield win over Arsenal. Again Drogba finished with 16 goals for the season, 12th in the league, two in the Community Shield, one in the Champions League and one in the FA Cup.

The breakdown of his 33 goals: 20 in the Premier League, six in the Champions League, three in the FA Cup and four in the League Cup.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. 

Continued Drogba scoring goals but suffered an injury at the training ground and decided to have an operation on his knee. Upon his return Drogba scored a goal in the 2008 League Cup Final the which made him the all-time leading scorer in League Cup Finals with four. He also Became the first player to score in three League Cup finals and the first to score in three consecutive Classic domestic cup finals. Both He scored goals in a key 2-1 victory against Arsenal on 23 March 2008 the which took Chelsea equal on points with leaders Manchester United.On 26 April 2008 Drogba faced Controversy after a clash with Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic. On 30 April 2008 Drogba scored two goals in the UEFA Champions League semi-final against Liverpool, the which Chelsea won 3-2 at Stamford Bridge. This also led to Chelsea Reaching Their first Champions League Final. Became Drogba 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 scored his second goal of the season in a 2-1 victory against CFR Cluj in the UEFA Champions League, while his first Premier League goal of the season in a 2-0 win came against West Bromwich Albion in late December 2008. Drogba Caused Controversy also after Chelsea's Champions League semi-final defeat at the hands of Barcelona. In the 2009 FA Cup Final he scored Chelsea's first and equalizing goal as They went on to win 2-1. 

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. Chelsea's third game of the season against West-London Rivals Fulham, Drogba scored his third goal of the season. Drogba scored his fourth goal of the season, against Stoke City, Chelsea winning the game ended 2-1 with a late strike from Malouda. Drogba was again Important in the 2-0 win over title Rivals Liverpool on 4 October. Drogba Continued his fine form scoring a header against Bolton Wanderers 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 Wanderers in the Premier League. After missing the first three Champions League matches for Chelsea with a ban, Drogba started the fourth game against Spanish side Atlético Madrid. It Brought his tally for the season to 14 goals in 16 games. On 12 December, Drogba Continued to impress with two goals in 3-3 draw against Everton. On 24 March, Drogba scored his 30th goal of the season in an away game against Portsmouth.On 9 May, Drogba inspired Chelsea to win the Premier League by scoring a hat-trick in an 8-0 win over Wigan Athletic. Lampard scored the penalty, but Drogba did not Celebrate with his team-mates. 

In Chelsea's next game against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium, Drogba made three assists in another 6-0 win. On 7 November 2010, Drogba missed the first half of Chelsea's 2-0 defeat by Liverpool.

After missing two games, Drogba made his return to the Chelsea squad on 24 September against Swansea City. Drogba went on scoring his first goal of the season in a 4-1 win. Drogba received a red card on 23 October against Queens Park Rangers, Chelsea ended up losing 1-0. On 29 November, Drogba rejected a new deal with Chelsea and is set to sign for the highest bidder. On 31 December 2011, Drogba scored his 150th goal for Chelsea against Aston Villa, putting him level with Peter Osgood and Roy Bentley in terms of the club's top Scorers of all time. Even though, Chelsea was leading with the penalty scored by Drobga, the game ended in a 3-1 lost for Chelsea.

International Career
Drogba is a Côte d'Ivoire international and helped the team qualify for its first-ever World Cup, held in Germany in 2006. 2006 World Cup, Côte d'Ivoire were the resource persons drawn in a "group of death" with Serbia and Montenegro, the Netherlands and Argentina. 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.

In the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, Côte d'Ivoire were the resource persons drawn in a group with Nigeria, Mali and underdogs Benin. 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. In the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations Drogba scored one goal in the 3-1 victory against Ghana in the group stage. Côte d'Ivoire reached the quarter finals but lost 2-3 to Algeria.

On 4 June 2010, Drogba was injured in a friendly match with Japan. On 15 June 2010, Drogba was Cleared by FIFA to play in the Côte d'Ivoire's first group game against Portugal wearing a protective cast on his broken arm. On 20 June 2010, Drogba Became the first player from an African nation to score against Brazil in a World Cup match, scoring with a header in the 78th minute as the Côte d'Ivoire were the resource persons Defeated 1-3. 

Personal Life
Freddy, 19, is currently in the youth system of French Ligue 1 side Dijon. On 24 January 2007, Drogba was appointed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a Goodwill Ambassador. 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.

Drogba decided on building the hospital after a recent trip to the Ivorian capital's other Hospitals, saying "... I In October 2010, Drogba's first amateur club Levallois Sporting Club named its stadium after the striker. 



     Premier League: 2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10
     Football League Cup: 2004-05, 2006-07
     FA Cup: 2006-07, 2008-09, 2009-10
     FA Community Shield: 2005, 2009

     Onze d'Or: 2004
     UEFA Cup top scorer: 2004
     Ligue 1 Goal of the Year: 2004
     Ligue 1 Team of the Year: 2004
     Ligue 1 Player of the Year: 2004
     Ivorian Footballer of the Year: 2006, 2007
     African Footballer of the Year: 2006, 2009
     Chelsea Players' Player of the Year: 2007
     Premier League Golden Boot: 2007, 2010
     PFA Team of the Year: 2007, 2010
     UEFA Team of the Year: 2007
     ESM Team of the Year: 2007
     FIFPro World XI: 2007
     BBC African Footballer of the Year: 2009
     West African Footballer of the Year: 2010
     Chelsea Player of the Year: 2010
     Time Top 100: 2010
     Côte d'Ivoire all-time top scor

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