Didier Yves Drogba Tébily
(born March 11, 1978 in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire)
is a footballer from Côte d'Ivoire who currently plays for Chelsea F.C. of the
English Premier League. He is currently top goal scorer in both the English
Premier League and the UEFA Champions League.
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Born in Abidjan on 11 March 1978, Didier Drogba spent his childhood in his
native Côte d'Ivoire and his adopted country, France. ‘Tito’, as he was known to
friends and family, first left the country of his birth at the age of five. He
headed for Brest in Brittany, where his uncle, Michel Goba, was a professional
footballer. Drogba spent three years there with his uncle, living in Brest,
Angoulême and Dunkerque, before returning home.
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. It
was at this time that he began to play football. In 1991 his parents also
travelled to France, moving to Vannes and at the age of fifteen Drogba signed
for Levallois F.C. At the time he was living with his cousin, Olivier Tebily,
who now plays for Birmingham City. Drogba rose through the ranks at Levallois,
playing for them in Ligue 2 aged 18.
Le Mans and Guingamp
Drogba signed for Le Mans in 1998 (aged 19), who at the time were also in
Ligue 2. After achieving a professional contract, he had a respectable first
season, scoring seven goals. His next two seasons were dogged by injury, though
his potential was clearly noted by En Avant Guingamp, who signed him in 2002,
taking him up to Ligue 1 (aged 24). Drogba spent one and a half seasons at
Guingamp, scoring in his first game and repaying the manager's (Guy Lacombe)
faith in him. In his only full season with the club, Drogba scored seventeen
goals and helped Guingamp finish seventh, a record high for them. This led to
him signing for Olympique de Marseille, one of France's biggest clubs.
Olympique de Marseille
Marseille initially struggled, with Alain Perrin, who signed Drogba from
Guingamp, being soon replaced by José Anigo. However, Drogba was an consistent
performer, scoring 19 goals and winning the award for French player of the year.
He also collected a UEFA Cup runner's up medal, Marseille losing to Valencia in
the final. Again he attracted attention from bigger clubs with a string of good
proformances (most notably in the UEFA cup against Newcastle where he scored two
goals including a cleverly orchastrated corner). At the end of the season he
moved to Chelsea as the club's then record signing for £24 million, before the
arrival of Andriy Shevchenko for around £30 million in the summer of 2006.
||Didier Yves Drogba Tébily
|Date of birth
||March 11, 1978
|Place of birth
||Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
||The Drog, Didi
En Avant Guingamp
Olympique de Marseille
1 Professional club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 14:11, 14 January 2007 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 4 January 2007.
* Appearances (Goals)
Signing for Chelsea in July 2004, Drogba adapted well to the FA Premier
League, scoring in his third game for the club with a thunderous header against
Crystal Palace. His season was interrupted when he pulled a stomach muscle
against Liverpool, which kept him out of action for over two months. Despite
this he enjoyed the second best goals-to-minutes ratio in the Premier League,
prolific Frenchman Thierry Henry being the only player to better him in this
respect. He scored 16 goals in 40 games for Chelsea in his first season, but was
criticized for being inconsistent.
The season proved very successful for Chelsea as they won the Premiership,
only their second English top-flight championship and their first in 50 years,
and the Carling Cup, with Drogba scoring in extra time in a 3-2 final win
against Liverpool at the Millennium Stadium. He played an important part in his
team's run to the semi-finals of the Champions League, where he scored a brace
against ex-club Marseille's arch-rivals Paris Saint-Germain and another two
goals in both legs of the quarter-final against Bayern Munich.
Drogba made an impressive start to the 2005-06 season, scoring two goals in a
Community Shield win over Arsenal. In both goals, Drogba mercilessly exploited
the mistakes of young Swiss defender Philippe Senderos. He also put in
man-of-the-match performances in two 4-1 wins, one against Liverpool at Anfield,
where he had a part in creating every goal, and another against West Ham United,
where he scored the first, provided the second for Hernán Crespo, and played
Drogba was accused of cheating during Chelsea's 2-0 win over Manchester City,
during the 2005-06 season. He appeared to control the ball with his hand, before
scoring the second of his two goals. 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."
Chelsea went on to retain the league title with two games to play, becoming
only the second team to win back-to-back English Premier League championship
titles. Ultimately, Drogba finished the 2005-06 season as the top assist
provider in the Premier League, with 11 assists according to Actim Stats.
On June 11, 2006, Drogba, who had previously disclosed that he wanted to
return to Marseille because he had been demonised by the English media, said
that he was ready to extend his contract at Chelsea and looked forward to
playing with new team-mates Michael Ballack, Andriy Shevchenko, Salomon Kalou
and Mikel John Obi.
Furthermore, after the departure of fellow striker Hernán Crespo and winger
Damien Duff, and manager Mourinho's decision to switch to a 4-4-2 formation
after fielding a 4-3-3 featuring only one out-and-out forward over the past two
seasons, Drogba's position in the coming season looked more stable as the first
choice striker alongside Andriy Shevchenko.
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, which he wears for his national team. As of December 2006,
Drogba is currently having a very successful season, having scored 20 goals in
all competitions for Chelsea and topping the scoring charts in the Premier
League with 13 goals, helping to keep Chelsea in touch with Man Utd. A diving
header on the end of a cross from Wayne Bridge against Manchester City opened
the floodgates, and was followed by a solo goal against Blackburn Rovers at
Ewood Park, an instinctive effort against Charlton Athletic, a stunning twenty
yard volley in a 1-0 victory over Liverpool, and a crucial goal poked in against
Aston Villa. Drogba also earned a second-half penalty in Chelsea's first
Champions League game of the season, a 2-0 home victory over Werder Bremen.
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. 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. In the reverse fixture on 31
October 2006, Drogba scored a 93rd minute equaliser which started from a Michael
Essien cross directed to Chelsea FC skipper John Terry who in turn headed it
back to Drogba at the Nou Camp to earn Chelsea a 2-2 draw against Barcelona.
On November 3, 2006 he committed his future to the club by signing a new four
year deal. His first goal since signing his new contract was the fourth goal in
Chelsea's 4-0 romp over Aston Villa in the 4th round of the 2006/2007 Carling
On December 17, 2006 he extended his goal tally to 16 goals, 10 of which came
in the Premier League, by stabbing home Chelsea's winner against Newcastle
United and scoring with a spectacular dipping volley from 35 yards out against
Everton F.C.. He also scored another crucial goal to ensure Chelsea's
progression to the semi-finals of the Carling Cup, again coming on as a
match-winning sub against Newcastle United to "blast home a superb 78th-minute
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
In January 2007 Drogba was crowned the Ivorian Player of the Year, beating
off opposition from such players as Lille's Kader Keita, Lens' Aruna Dindane,
and Arsenal's Kolo Toure.
Drogba is a Côte d'Ivoire international and helped the team qualify for its
first ever World Cup Finals, held in Germany in 2006. He scored nine goals in
eight qualifying games - statistically one of the best records in international
football. In February 2005 he was voted runner-up to Samuel Eto'o in the African
Footballer of the Year awards. He has scored 24 times in 34 caps, as of June 17,
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-equalling 12-11 penalty
shootout quarter-final win over Cameroon. However, they lost in the final to
Egypt 4-2 on penalties after a 0-0 draw, with Drogba missing a penalty in the
In the 2006 World Cup, Côte d'Ivoire was drawn in a "group of death" with
Serbia and Montenegro, the Netherlands and Argentina. On June 10, 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 2-1. At the post-match
press conference, Drogba praised his team-mates for a good overall performance
(singling out Bakari Kone and Didier Zokora in particular), but said that he and
his team-mates have to work at cutting out mistakes and becoming better
organised. "The difference between big teams like Argentina and small teams like
us," Drogba said, "is that the big teams make the small teams pay for their
mistakes. When you play opponents like Argentina, when you make little mistakes,
Côte d'Ivoire were eliminated from the World Cup after their next game, a 1-2
defeat to the Netherlands, but came from 0-2 down to beat Serbia and Montenegro
3-2 in their final group game, with Drogba watching from the sidelines following
suspension. Drogba was seen celebrating wildly with his Ivorian teammates in the
dugout at the final whistle. He later told German television that he was
"immensely proud" of his teammates, and felt that the team had done Africa
proud, especially by demonstrating resolve and refusal to accept defeat.
- FA Community Shield (2005)
- Football League Cup (2005)
- English Premier League (2004-05),(2005-06)
- ^ "Drogba backtracks on diving claim", BBC Sport,
26 March 2006. Retrieved on 2006-07-08. Includes link to interview in RealVideo
- ^ "Dazzling Drogba sinks Magpies", Sportinglife.
Retrieved on 2006-12-21. Includes link to interview in RealVideo format.
- ^ "Drogba swoops Ivorian award", BBC, 2007-01-06.
Retrieved on 2007-01-07.
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