Drogba

  • New Ivory Coast era without Drogba starts with a win September 7, 2014

    Ivory Coast began a new era without the talismanic Didier Drogba on Saturday, defeating Sierra Leone 2-1 in their opening African Nations Cup qualifier. The hosts came from behind to beat their west African rivals who were severely affected by the Ebola virus outbreak in the leadup to the game, with...
  • Didier Drogba gets number 11 Chelsea shirt back August 16, 2014

    Didier Drogba praised an Oscar performance on Friday when the returning Chelsea great was handed the number 11 shirt he made famous during his first spell at Stamford Bridge. Drogba displaces the Brazil international who instead took the number eight jersey vacated by Manchester City loan signing Frank Lampard after the...
  • Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba retires from international football August 8, 2014

    London: Didier Drogba has announced his retirement from international football after 12 years playing for the Ivory Coast. The 36-year-old striker made more than 100 appearances for the Ivorians and played in three World Cups, most recently in Brazil this summer. He also played in two editions of the African Cup...
  • Chelsea slump to first pre-season defeat, Arsenal also lose to Monaco August 4, 2014

    Chelsea slumped to their first pre-season defeat on Sunday as they were beaten 3-0 by Werder Bremen in Germany to spoil the return of Didier Drogba and the debut of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Ivory Coast legend Drogba made his first appearance for Chelsea since scoring the penalty that won the 2012...
  • Didier Drogba still has killer instinct, says Jose Mourinho August 1, 2014

    Veteran striker Didier Drogba will still strike fear into defenders when he begins his second spell at Chelsea, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday. "The killer instinct is still there," Mourinho, in an interview with Sky Sports, said of the 36-year-old Ivorian who signed a 12-month contract last month after spells...
  • Excited Didier Drogba aims to end Chelsea's five-year title wait July 30, 2014

    An excited Didier Drogba is back at Chelsea to try to help the former European champions end a five-year wait to land the Premier League title, he said on Tuesday. The 36-year-old Ivory Coast striker signed a 12-month deal last week to return to Stamford Bridge after having left the club...
  • Didier Drogba rejoins Chelsea on a one-year contract July 25, 2014

    London: Didier Drogba rejoined Chelsea on Friday, reuniting one of football's most theatrical characters with flamboyant manager Jose Mourinho. The 36-year-old Ivory Coast international, who was a free agent after spells with Shanghai Shenhua and Galatasaray, signed a season-long deal with the Premier League club. "It was an easy decision. I couldn't...
  • Didier Drogba 'belongs' at Chelsea, says Jose Mourinho July 25, 2014

    Didier Drogba's return to Chelsea is a possibility but any decision to re-sign him would be made in a non-emotional way, according to manager Jose Mourinho. "If I bring him back, and the decision has to be made soon, it is because as a player he has qualities to make the...
  • As it happened: Colombia vs Ivory Coast June 20, 2014

    Catch live updates from the Group C clash as Didier Drogba begins on the bench for Ivory Coast once again. (Scroll down for live blog/updates) As two of world football's underachieving nations, Ivory Coast and Colombia will be desperate not to let slip a rare chance to qualify for the knockout...
  • World Cup 2014: Knockout stage in sight for Ivory Coast, Colombia June 19, 2014

    Brasilia: As two of world football's underachieving nations, Ivory Coast and Colombia will be desperate not to let slip a rare chance to qualify for the knockout stages of the World Cup when they meet in Brasilia on Thursday. Both teams opened Group C with victories, meaning another in the Brazilian...
  • As it happened: Ivory Coast vs Japan, World Cup 2014 June 15, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from the second Group C match between Ivory Coast and Japan at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife. (Scroll down for the Live blog) It's a contest of brawn and bravado against pace and finesse. The muscular Ivory Coast team could not be more different at first...
  • FIFA World Cup 2014: Didier Drogba injury causes scare for Ivory Coast June 12, 2014

    Sao Paulo: Drogba has given Ivory Coast an injury scare ahead of their World Cup Group C opener against Japan Saturday after leaving training early with a thigh injury. The 36-year-old limped off the pitch at the team's training base in Aguas de Lindoia, near Sao Paulo,on Wednesday after clashing with...
  • Drogba farewell to overshadow Ivorian campaign at World Cup June 5, 2014

    Didier Drogba will make his final bow for Ivory Coast at a major tournament in Brazil but the west African country hope a new generation of strikers can drive them past the first round at the World Cup finals. The 36-year-old Drogba has been a talismanic figure for his country, leading...
  • Chelsea cruise through to Champions League quarters March 19, 2014

    London: Chelsea cruised into the Champions League last eight with a 2-0 win over toothlesss Galatasaray on Tuesday for a 3-1 aggregate success as Didier Drogba's Stamford Bridge homecoming turned out to be a damp squib. First-half goals by Samuel Eto'o and Gary Cahill effectively settled the tie and Chelsea then...
  • Drogba and Co. aim for Chelsea upset in Champions League March 18, 2014

    Chelsea will need to rise above the misty-eyed nostalgia surrounding Didier Drogba's return to Stamford Bridge as it looks to secure a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday. Drogba scored 157 goals in eight trophy-laden years at Chelsea and forever will be remembered for converting the penalty...
  • Drogba will rejoin Chelsea family one day: Mourinho March 18, 2014

    London: Didier Drogba will be a part of the Chelsea family again one day, manager Jose Mourinho predicted on the eve of Tuesday's Champions League last-16 second leg against Galatasaray. Mourinho told reporters the 36-year-old Galatasaray striker was such an important part of Chelsea's history that it was inevitable that he...
  • Chelsea 'legend' Drogba offers no favours in Turkey February 25, 2014

    Istanbul: Galatasaray's Didier Drogba will be full of emotions when he strides out to face former club Chelsea on Wednesday but Jose Mourinho knows the striker will be as clinical as ever on the field. The Champions League last-16 first-leg clash in Istanbul is the first time the Ivorian has been...
  • No friendship with Didier Drogba for 90 minutes, says Jose Mourinho February 23, 2014

    London: Chelsea will find it strange to be up against their Champions League-winning hero Didier Drogba in Wednesday's clash with Galatasaray, said manager Jose Mourinho. While the London club's players and backroom staff will maintain their friendship with the Ivorian before and after the match, they will be fierce rivals during...
  • Toure, Mikel, Drogba vie for African player award January 9, 2014

    Lagos: Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba and Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel are in the running for the African player of the year award, which will be awarded later on Thursday. Toure, who is from the Ivory Coast, is the defending champion and is favoured to win...
  • Mourinho hoping for reunion with Drogba in Champions League December 12, 2013

    London: Jose Mourinho hopes Chelsea are paired with Turkish club Galatasaray in Monday's draw for the Champions League last 16 so that "King Didier" can return to Stamford Bridge. Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba is still worshipped by Chelsea fans for his starring role in the club's Champions League triumph against...
  • Ivory Coast qualify for third straight World Cup November 17, 2013

    Casablanca: Ivory Coast qualified for a third straight World Cup after surviving a nervous finish to draw 1-1 with Senegal for a 4-2 aggregate win in the African playoffs on Saturday. Didier Drogba gave away the penalty that put Senegal one goal away from a major upset, but the veteran striker...
  • Galatasaray snatch Juventus draw on Mancini's debut October 3, 2013

    Turin: Roberto Mancini, in charge of Galatasaray for two days, saw his new club snatch a late equaliser to stun Juventus and leave opposite number Antonio Conte fuming after a 2-2 Champions League draw on Wednesday. Former Manchester City manager Mancini, who barely had time to meet his players before the...
  • Galatasaray can beat Real Madrid, says Didier Drogba September 16, 2013

    Istanbul: Galatasaray have made a mediocre start to the season but striker Didier Drogba believes they can repeat April's victory over Real Madrid in Tuesday's Champions League Group B opener. Although his team have begun the Turkish championship with three draws and one win from four games, the former Chelsea player...
  • Drogba back in Ivory Coast side for Mexico match August 7, 2013

    Didier Drogba is to return to the Ivory Coast national team next week for the first time since the country's calamitous African Nations Cup finals performance at the start of the year. The veteran striker has been named in a 23-man squad for a friendly against Mexico in New York next...
  • Drogba strikes for Galatasaray to win Emirates Cup August 4, 2013

    London: Didier Drogba came off the bench to score two late goals in a 2-1 victory against Arsenal for Galatasaray to win the Emirates Cup on Sunday. One of Arsenal's biggest foes during his years at Chelsea, Drogba came back to haunt the Gunners again. He sealed victory for his side...
  • Football Transfers: Latest news and rumours on Sunday July 14, 2013

    IBNLive Sports gives you Sunday's round-up of all the latest transfer news and gossip from the leading clubs and top players around the world. Jose Mourinho wants Drogba back at Chelsea According to a report in The Daily Mirror, former Chelsea star Didier Drogba visited Chelsea's Cobham training ground last Monday and...
  • Jose Mourinho wants Drogba back at Chelsea July 14, 2013

    According to a report in The Daily Mirror, former Chelsea star Didier Drogba visited Chelsea's Cobham training ground last Monday and spoke to Mourinho. It is believed that Mourinho is keen on signing 35-year-old Drogba for this season, but Chelsea would have to approach his current club Galatasaray. If the...
  • Mourinho will ask youngsters to follow Drogba example July 8, 2013

    London: Jose Mourinho will use former striker Didier Drogba as a template of how to behave as a professional when he tries to coax the best from the younger players in his squad, the Chelsea manager said. The Ivory Coast international, now with Turkish team Galatasaray, scored 157 goals in 341...
  • Drogba points out some home truths to banana-waving fan May 14, 2013

    Istanbul: Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba hit back at a Fenerbahce fan who waved a banana towards him and team mate Emmanuel Eboue during the weekend's league encounter by highlighting some home truths about racism. Ivory Coast players Eboue and Drogba, who was instrumental in Chelsea's run to the Champions League title...