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  • Drogba assists, scores as Chelsea beat Tottenham 3-0 December 4, 2014

    Didier Drogba and Loic Remy showed Chelsea can cope without Diego Costa on Wednesday, with the backup strikers both scoring as the Premier League leaders swept aside Tottenham 3-0 to extend their unbeaten start to the season. Although Tottenham threatened early on, with Harry Kane heading against the crossbar, Chelsea took...
  • Champions League: Terry, Drogba score as Chelsea crush Schalke 5-0 November 26, 2014

    Chelsea produced a footballing masterclass to romp to a 5-0 win at Schalke 04 on Tuesday to power into the last 16 of the Champions League and make it a miserable night for former coach Roberto Di Matteo. Captain John Terry headed in a corner after 78 seconds and Brazil midfielder...
  • Drogba is proving why he is a Special One, says Mourinho October 29, 2014

    Some Chelsea fans thought manager Jose Mourinho had taken leave of his senses when he decided to bring the ageing Didier Drogba back to the club in the close season. There was a feeling that the 36-year-old Ivorian was well past his best and that returning to Stamford Bridge might tarnish...
  • Robin van Persie helps Manchester United grab 1-1 draw against Chelsea October 26, 2014

    Manchester: Robin van Persie rescued Manchester United with a goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time to earn a 1-1 draw with leader Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday. The Netherlands striker rammed home a loose ball from 10 meters to make amends for his error that helped Chelsea...
  • Champions League: Eden Hazard scores twice as Chelsea rout Maribor 6-0 October 22, 2014

    London: Eden Hazard netted twice and Didier Drogba scored his first goal since returning to Chelsea in a comprehensive 6-0 victory over Maribor in the Champions League on Tuesday. Hazard scored the last two goals against the Slovenian club, including one from the penalty spot, as Chelsea consolidated top spot in...
  • Diego Costa: the missing piece in the Chelsea jigsaw September 30, 2014

    One of the more favoured words of Sky Sports football commentators is "barnstorming". If, like me, much of your weekend evenings are spent in front of the television set, being transported to various football stadiums across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, chances are you would be very...
  • Chelsea's Diego Costa to face Manchester City, despite fitness fight September 19, 2014

    London: Diego Costa will play for Chelsea against Premier League champions Manchester City this weekend despite not being 100 percent fit, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday. The 32 million pounds($52.22 million) Brazilborn Spain striker, who has scored seven goals in four Premier League games since joining from Atletico Madrid, is...
  • 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 21 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 36yearold 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 preseason defeat, Arsenal also lose to Monaco August 4, 2014

    Chelsea slumped to their first preseason defeat on Sunday as they were beaten 30 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 36yearold Ivorian who signed a 12month contract last month after spells...
  • Excited Didier Drogba aims to end Chelsea's fiveyear title wait July 30, 2014

    An excited Didier Drogba is back at Chelsea to try to help the former European champions end a fiveyear wait to land the Premier League title, he said on Tuesday. The 36yearold Ivory Coast striker signed a 12month deal last week to return to Stamford Bridge after having left the club...
  • Didier Drogba rejoins Chelsea on a oneyear 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 36yearold Ivory Coast international, who was a free agent after spells with Shanghai Shenhua and Galatasaray, signed a seasonlong 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 resign him would be made in a nonemotional 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 19, 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 18, 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 36yearold 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 36yearold 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 11 with Senegal for a 42 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...