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Chelsea Fail To Extend Contract With Drogba
Category: African Sports
Tags: Didier Drogba African Sports Ivory Coast Sports Ivory Coast News Famous Africans Footballers
The British media reports Chelsea star forward Didier Drogba had turned down the club’s offer of a one-year contract extension, which makes the scenario of his joining the Russian big-spending side Anzhi more and more likely.

The 33-year-old Cote d’Ivoire striker looks increasingly set to swap Stamford Bridge for more lucrative options including possible moves to America, Russia or Asia.

The Sun quotes his agent Thierno Seydi as saying, "Didier has had the offer of a one-year extension from Chelsea. That does not suit us.
 
"We know what we want, where we want to go and what offers we have. AC Milan came in for Didier on loan with an option to buy, but I said 'No' straight away. Their offer did not interest us,” he expanded.
 
"At Didier's age, he has nothing left to prove as a player. He will go where he is offered the most money,” Seydi stated, naming the United States, Russia and Qatar as his most favorable moving options.
 
"LA Galaxy are a possibility among many others. He has been linked with Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia, as they pay well. But neither Didier nor I have had an offer from them," he added.
 
Source: RT
Drogba may become another diamond in Russia - Anzhi squad
Category: African Sports
Tags: Didier Drogba African Sports Ivory Coast Sports Ivory Coast News Famous Africans Footballers
Chelsea star forward Didier Drogba has been named the next transfer goal of the big-spending Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala. The English paper Daily Mail claims Anzhi owner Suleiman Kerimov is ready to offer the 33-year-old Ivorian as much as 16 million euro per year. The talks are expected to resume in January 2012, when the winter transfer window opens.

Drogba’s contract with the Blues expires next summer. The Ivorian is willing to prolong the agreement for two more years, while the club plans to keep the player for only one more year.
 
According to the Russian Itar-Tass news agency, the striker himself has expressed a desire to stay in London, adding that he is ready to fight for a place in the starting line-up. But given Anzhi’s ambitions nothing can be ruled out completely.
 
In order to hook the African star, though, Anzhi will have to face competition from AC Milan.
 
Anzhi, who currently sit eighth in the Russian Premier League, are expected to make a stir on the transfer market this winter.
 
Apart from a number of stars on the pitch, the club has reportedly been linked with two big coaching names – Marcelo Lippi and, most recently, with Guus Hiddink.
 
Source: RT
Didier Drogba seeks to bring peace to Ivory Coast Tags: Didier Drogba African Sports Ivory Coast Sports Ivory Coast News Famous Africans Footballers
Mr Drogba, who represents Ivory Coast's diaspora on the 11-member commission, said every Ivorian has been affected by the conflict - and he had also lost friends and relatives.
 
"I hope that in a few years' time people from north from south - from all the different places - they will be able to sit together and say sorry," he said.
 
"You've got to make people understand that this country is better when there's peace, this country is better when we forgive.
 
"I want to go back and I want my kids as well to go back and live in Ivory Coast."
 
Mr Drogba said it was going to be difficult to manage expectations but his influence in the past had shown how "football can bring people together" - pointing to the 2006 when Ivory Coast qualified for the finals for the first time.
 
Commission chairman former Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny met Mr Drogba on Tuesday in London to discuss the arrangements for the commission.
 
"We are 11. Didier Drogba is number 11 in the national team. This time it's not a game," Reuters news agency quotes him as telling journalists.
 
The BBC's John James in Abidjan says Mr Drogba has managed to stay clear of politics in the country even though he comes from the same ethnic group as former President Gbagbo.
 
He is frequently seen on billboards throughout the country and is by the far the country's most recognisable export, our correspondent says.
 
In 2007, Mr Drogba set up his own foundation to fund health and education projects in Africa - and is in the process of building a hospital in Abidjan, the city where he was born.
 
A site has been chosen but construction has yet to begin.
 
Ivory Coast - the world's largest cocoa producer - used to be seen as a haven of peace and prosperity in West Africa.
 
But under the surface, the country has long been deeply divided along ethnic, religious and economic lines.
 
November's poll was intended to fully reunify the country, split in two after a civil war in 2002.
 
Mr Ouattara has said his government will pursue reconciliation, but there will also be justice for victims of the conflict.
 
Mr Gbagbo is under house arrest and has been charged with looting, armed robbery, and embezzlement.
 
Source: BBC News Africa
Didier Drogba recovers after being knocked unconscious
Category: African Sports
Tags: Didier Drogba African Sports Ivory Coast Sports Ivory Coast News Famous Africans Footballers
Didier Drogba will miss Ivory Coast's Nations Cup qualifier against Rwanda after being knocked out during Chelsea's 3-1 win over Norwich. Drogba was due to travel to Africa on Monday but stayed in London under the Chelsea medical staff's supervision.

The 33-year-old was knocked unconscious when he went up for an aerial challenge with Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy and landed in sickening fashion.
 
The Ivory Coast captain was carried off wearing a breathing aid.
 
The West African side has already qualified for next January's finals in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.
 
After the game Blues manager Andre Villas-Boas said: "The doctor did a 

great job. We hope for his well-being as a person first. He is showing 
progressive signs of recovery."
 
Villas-Boas said he had no problem with Ruddy's challenge but said of the incident: "It looked pretty nasty. He lost consciousness completely on the pitch.
 
"I have to be very, very grateful, not only to my players but to the Norwich players and to my medical staff for reacting so quickly to a potentially dangerous situation."
 
Drogba's injury scare was just one of several dramas in a game which was ultimately decided by a controversial late penalty which sparked a major flashpoint between the benches, with Norwich boss Paul Lambert shoving Chelsea coach Jose Mario Rocha after the latter entered the visitors' technical area to celebrate.
 
Lambert said: "I don't know who he is but he's flown right into our area. I'm not fluent in Portuguese so if he understands Glaswegian then he might know what I said.
 
"You don't do that - it's disrespectful."
 
But Villas-Boas hit back, saying: "I know Paul was excited, not only with that. It's difficult to control your own emotions on the bench.
 
"But I would find it very, very strange if my technical staff would be disrespectful of Norwich and maybe they were just showing some emotions.
 
"If Paul can't handle that, I'm sorry - unlucky."
 
Lambert also questioned whether the penalty - given after Ramires went down under Ruddy's challenge - should have been awarded.
 
Branding referee Mike Jones' decision "harsh", he added of Ramires: "I think he's lost control of the ball. He's actually going to ground before he's got it. But the referee's only got one take on it."
 
Norwich competed well against Chelsea, and managed to equalise Jose Bosingwa's stunning 25-yard shot through Grant Holt after keeper Hilario's blunder on the edge of the box.
 
But the penalty - which also saw Ruddy sent-off for a preventing a goal-scoring opportunity - turned the game and Chelsea's victory was sealed in stoppage time when debutant Juan Mata took advantage of Ritchie De Laet's error to make it 3-1.
 
Source: BBC Sport Africa
Didier Drogba Why Is He Famous?
Category: African Sports
Tags: Didier Drogba Discover Great African People African Sports Ivory Coast Sports Ivory Coast News
Didier Drogba

Date of Birth: March 11, 1978
Birth Location: Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
 
DIDIER DROGBA
WHY IS HE FAMOUS?
 
What does Chelsea striker Didier Drogba have in common with Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Lady Gaga? Besides them all liking melted marshmallows on their pizza (just a rumor), the four global icons appear on Time magazine's newly released 100 Most Influential People in the World list. And although Drogba has been influential on the pitch throughout most his career -- leading Chelsea to a host of awards and captaining his native Ivory Coast to their first ever World Cup -- it's his humanitarian efforts in his homeland that have landed the two-time African Footballer of the Year on a list alongside world leaders, visionaries and scantily clad pop stars.
 
African Footballer Didier Drogba And Other Courtesy Time Magazine
DIDIER DROGBA - BIOGRAPHY
 
Didier Drogba was born in the the tumultuous Ivory Coast city of Abidjan, a hometown that would inspire and inform the rest of his career. Growing up in a country where male life expectancy is 46 years and adult literacy is only 50%, “Tito,” as he was known as a child, went to live with his uncle Michel Goba -- a footballer in France at the time -- when he was just 5 years old. But after three years in France, Drogba grew homesick and returned to Ivory Coast where he practiced football every day in a parking lot. But when his parents lost their jobs, Drogba returned to France to live with his uncle once again.
 
When he was 15, his parents joined him in Europe, and Drogba's newfound comfort led to his growing interest in football. Drogba began his career playing at the semi-professional club Levallois, and immediately impressed the coach with his undeniable professionalism and his prodigious knack for net. His performances earned him a place in the senior squad, but Drogba was unable to crack the first 
 
DIDIER DROGBA - QUOTE
 
"I'd like the country Ivory Coast to ultimately be able to deal with political problems itself. It's not really good to depend on the win or defeat of the national team. That means there is something wrong."
- Didier Drogba
 
SUCCESS 84
 
By football's standards, Didier Drogba was a late bloomer. Whereas most 

superstars find their footing in their late teens, the powerful Ivorian striker didn't break out until his mid-20s. But since scoring 17 goals for Ligue 1's Guigamp, Drogba has been terrorizing opponents with his unbridled 
strength, power and supreme aerial attack. Despite his frequent petulance and propensity for exaggeration on the pitch, Drogba has developed a knack for the big goal, and just helped lead Chelsea to their third Premier League title. This summer the Ivorian striker will lead his native Ivory Coast to South Africa for just their second World 
Cup. Though no one expects them to win, Drogba is explosive enough to steal a goal in a game where sometimes one goal is all you need. He's already done so much to help his war-torn country rebuild, that success at the 2010 World Cup would just be icing on the proverbial cake.
 
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