Didier Drogba

Position: Striker
Team: Ivory Coast
Born: March 11, 1978 (age 36)
Hometown: Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
Height: 6'2.5"
Nationality: Ivorian
Martin Keown looks on prior to the pre-season match between Corby Town and Stevenage at Steel Park on August 2, 2011 in Corby, England
Martin Keown: 'Diego Costa is mixture of Dennis Bergkamp and Didier Drobga'
Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes that Diego Costa combines the ability of Didier Drogba and Dennis Bergkamp.
15:13
Diego Costa of Chelsea celebrates alongside Branislav Ivanovic as he scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on September 13, 2014
Didier Drogba full of praise for "hungry" Diego Costa
Didier Drogba claims that Diego Costa is exactly what Chelsea needed as they search for success this season.
Sep 19, 05:23
Chelseas Ivorian striker Didier Drogba is pictured during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge in London on August 23, 2014
Didier Drogba looking forward to facing Frank Lampard
Didier Drogba admits that he "can't wait" to meet up with Frank Lampard when Chelsea face Manchester City on Sunday.
Sep 19, 02:10
FC Schalke's German midfielder Julian Draxler looks on during a training session at Stamford Bridge in London on October 5, 2013
Schalke's Julian Draxler picks up Didier Drogba's shirt after match
Julian Draxler takes him Didier Drogba's shirt following Schalke's Champions League 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Sep 18, 13:43
Chelseas Ivorian striker Didier Drogba is pictured during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge in London on August 23, 2014
Didier Drogba: 'I need time to reach full fitness'
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba targets a return to his best form after revealing that he is feeling "no pain" in his ankle having made his return to the Chelsea team.
Sep 18, 12:30
Schalke's Netherlands striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar celebrates scoring his goal during the UEFA Champions League, group G football match between Chelsea and Schalke 04 at Stamford Bridge, in London on September 17, 2014
Player Ratings: Chelsea 1-1 Schalke 04
Sports Mole assesses who impressed, and who didn't, during Chelsea's Champions League clash with Schalke 04.
Sep 17, 23:23
Diego Costa of Chelsea during the pre-season friendly match between Chelsea and Real Sociedad at Stamford Bridge on August 12, 2014
Jose Mourinho: 'Diego Costa was not fit enough to play'
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho admits that striker Diego Costa was not in the right condition to play in his side's Champions League clash with Schalke 04.
Sep 17, 22:31
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho prior to kick-off against Swansea in the Premier League match on April 13, 2014
Jose Mourinho: "It is not the best result"
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho admits that he was frustrated that his side could not get off to a winning start in their Champions League campaign as they drew with Schalke 04.
Sep 17, 22:20
Schalke's Netherlands striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar celebrates scoring his goal during the UEFA Champions League, group G football match between Chelsea and Schalke 04 at Stamford Bridge, in London on September 17, 2014
Result: Chelsea waste chances to win Champions League opener
Chelsea are pegged back by a resilient Schalke 04 in an entertaining 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League group stage.
Sep 17, 21:44
Chelseas Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring the opening goal of the UEFA Champions League, group G football match between Chelsea and Schalke 04 at Stamford Bridge, in London on September 17, 2014
Half-Time Report: Chelsea lead Schalke 04 at break
Chelsea lead Schalke 04 1-0 at half time thanks to a goal in the 10th minute by Cesc Fabregas.
Sep 17, 20:33
The Chelsea team pose for the cameras prior to kickoff the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Chelsea and FC Schalke 04 on September 17, 2014
Team News: Didier Drogba replaces Diego Costa for Chelsea
Didier Drogba replaces Diego Costa in the Chelsea starting XI for tonight's Champions League encounter against Schalke 04.
Sep 17, 18:54
Diego Costa of Chelsea celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on August 23, 2014
Jamie Redknapp: 'Diego Costa is the complete package'
Former Premier League midfielder Jamie Redknapp says that Chelsea's Diego Costa is the "real deal" following his hat-trick against Swansea City at the weekend.
Sep 15, 01:27
Diego Costa of Chelsea celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on August 23, 2014
Preview: Chelsea vs. Swansea City
Sports Mole previews Chelsea's clash with Swansea City on Saturday as the only two teams with 100% Premier League records this season meet at Stamford Bridge.
Sep 11, 16:01
Gianfranco Zola celebrates scoring against Manchester United on December 16, 1998.
Gianfranco Zola: 'Chelsea have spent well this summer'
Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola claims that his former club have spent well during this summer's transfer window, believing they have strengthened "in every position".
Sep 8, 19:59
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Loic Remy to wear 18 at Chelsea
New Chelsea striker Loic Remy will wear the number shirt 18 this season.
Sep 3, 20:18
Diego Costa of Chelsea celebrates scoring his team's sixth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on August 30, 2014
Didier Drogba hails "special" Diego Costa
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba feels that Diego Costa is a "special" player after his excellent start to the life at the Blues.
Sep 1, 04:08
Fernando Torres of Chelsea celebrates scoring their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on October 27, 2013
Fernando Torres to join AC Milan on two-year loan
Chelsea agree to loan Fernando Torres to AC Milan for the next two seasons.
Aug 29, 19:40
Fernando Torres of Chelsea celebrates scoring their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Chelsea at KC Stadium on January 11, 2014
Jose Mourinho unclear on Fernando Torres exit
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists that striker Fernando Torres has not informed him that he wants to leave Stamford Bridge.
Aug 29, 14:37
Mario Suarez of Club Atletico de Madrid closes down Fernando Torres of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match between Chelsea and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stamford Bridge on April 30, 2014
Agent: Fernando Torres to AC Milan a "real possibility"
Fernando Torres's agent says that his client's speculated move to AC Milan is a "real possibility".
Aug 28, 22:31
Chelseas Ivorian striker Didier Drogba is pictured during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge in London on August 23, 2014
Preview: Everton vs. Chelsea
Sports Mole previews the Premier League clash between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park as Jose Mourinho's side face a stern test of their title credentials.
Aug 28, 17:22
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho prior to kick-off against Swansea in the Premier League match on April 13, 2014
Jose Mourinho: 'Fernando Torres is staying'
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insists that Fernando Torres will not be sold this summer as he needs three strikers in his squad to compete in all competitions.
Aug 23, 17:54
 A dejected Jose Mourinho the Chelsea manager looks on as his team head towards a 3-1 defeat during the UEFA Champions League quarter final, first leg match between Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea at Parc des Princes on April 2, 2014
Jose Mourinho 'honoured' to work with Didier Drogba
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says that he is honoured to work with Didier Drogba once more after bringing the Ivory Coast striker back to Stamford Bridge.
Aug 23, 17:33
Diego Costa of Chelsea celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on August 23, 2014
Result: Diego Costa fires Chelsea to victory over Leicester City
Chelsea keep up their 100% record after a 2-0 victory over Leicester City at Stamford Bridge this afternoon, with Diego Costa again on the scoresheet.
Aug 23, 16:53
Jeffrey Schlupp of Leicester City battles with Andre Schurrle of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on August 23, 2014
Half-Time Report: Chelsea frustrated by Leicester City in opening 45 minutes
Chelsea find it difficult to break down a dogged Leicester City in the opening 45 minutes of their game at Stamford Bridge, which is locked at 0-0 at half time.
Aug 23, 15:50
Cesc Fabregas scores for Chelsea against Ferencvaros on August 10, 2014
Jamie Carragher: 'Cesc Fabregas will struggle to be loved at Chelsea'
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says that Chelsea fans will struggle to love Cesc Fabregas despite the midfielder's strong start to the season.
Aug 23, 15:42
Gary Cahill is congratulated by Leighton Baines after he scores for England against Peru on May 30, 2014.
Jose Mourinho: 'Gary Cahill has captain's profile'
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho suggests that defender Gary Cahill has all of the qualities required to be captain of the England team.
Aug 23, 14:59
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho prior to kick-off against Manchester City in their Premier League match on February 3, 2014
Jose Mourinho: 'We are calm in transfer market'
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hints that he is in no rush to make any further additions to his first-team squad.
Aug 22, 14:01
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho prior to kick-off against Swansea in the Premier League match on April 13, 2014
Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho takes on ice bucket challenge
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is the latest famous face to accept the ice bucket challenge.
Aug 21, 13:47
Fernando Torres of Chelsea celebrates scoring their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Chelsea at KC Stadium on January 11, 2014
Roma 'enquire about Chelsea's Fernando Torres'
Roma are reportedly ready to offer Mattia Destro in a part-exchange deal for Chelsea's Fernando Torres.
Aug 21, 01:47
Loic Remy of Newcastle United celebrates scoring his teams second goal during the Barclays Premier League match against West Ham United on January 18, 2014
Chelsea end Loic Remy pursuit?
Chelsea are understood to have ended their interest in signing QPR striker Loic Remy.
Aug 20, 12:14
Chelsea striker Diego Costa celebrates scoring their first goal in front of the Burnley fans during the English Premier League football match on August 18, 2014
Player Ratings: Burnley 1-3 Chelsea
Sports Mole takes a look at who impressed during Chelsea's 3-1 win over Burnley in the Premier League this evening.
Aug 18, 23:22
Chelsea striker Diego Costa celebrates scoring their first goal in front of the Burnley fans during the English Premier League football match on August 18, 2014
Result: Chelsea make winning start at Turf Moor
Chelsea come from a goal down to begin their Premier League campaign with a 3-1 win over Burnley.
Aug 18, 21:53
Thibaut Courtois celebrates Atletico Madrid scoring against Barcelona on April 09, 2014.
Team News: Thibaut Courtois starts against Burnley
Jose Mourinho picks Thibaut Courtois ahead of Petr Cech for Chelsea's first match of the new Premier League season against Burnley,
Aug 18, 19:15
Didier Drogba celebrates scoring for Chelsea against Tottenham Hotspur on March 19, 2008.
Top five most memorable opening-day games
With the new Premier League season starting this afternoon, Sports Mole looks back at five of the most memorable opening-day matches in years gone by.
Aug 16, 11:00
A dejected Jose Mourinho the Chelsea manager applauds the travelling fans following his team's 1-0 defeat during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park on March 29, 2014
Preview: Burnley vs. Chelsea
Sports Mole previews the Premier League encounter between Burnley and Chelsea at Turf Moor.
Aug 15, 17:09
Hernan Crespo of Chelsea is mobbed after scoring the last minute winner, during the Barclays Premiership match between Wigan Athletic and Chelsea on August 14, 2005
On this day: Hernan Crespo stuns Wigan Athletic with late winner for Chelsea
On this day in 2005, Hernan Crespo scored a last-minute winner to earn Chelsea a 1-0 win away at Wigan Athletic.
Aug 14, 10:00
Chelsea forward Didier Drogba lies injured on August 10, 2014
Jose Mourinho: 'Didier Drogba could return against Burnley'
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reveals that striker Didier Drogba could return from an ankle injury against Burnley on Monday evening.
Aug 13, 07:22
General View prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield on March 26, 2014
Rihanna to buy Liverpool?
Pop star Rihanna is lining up an offer to buy Liverpool Football Club, according to reports.
Aug 12, 22:23
Diego Costa of Club Atletico de Madrid scores from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match between Chelsea and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stamford Bridge on April 30, 2014
Chelsea's Diego Costa eyes "every trophy available"
Chelsea hitman Diego Costa says that the Blues' "outstanding squad" can win the quadruple this season.
Aug 12, 21:23
Newcastle's Loic Remy celebrates a goal against Hull on September 21, 2013
QPR offer Spurs Loic Remy in exchange for Andros Townsend, Harry Kane?
Harry Redknapp could be ready to offer his former club a straight swap deal involving striker Loic Remy and Spurs' Andros Townsend and Harry Kane.
Aug 12, 09:21
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