Didier Drogba

Position: Striker
Team: Ivory Coast
Born: March 11, 1978 (age 36)
Hometown: Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
Height: 6'2.5"
Nationality: Ivorian
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
Live Commentary: Vitesse 1-3 Chelsea - as it happened
Sports Mole brings you live coverage of the friendly match between Vitesse and Chelsea.
18:00
Russia's defender and captain Sergey Ignashevich watches Belgium's forward Romelu Lukaku control the ball during the Group H football match between Belgium and Russia at The Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on June 22, 2014
Chelsea price Everton out of Romelu Lukaku move?
Chelsea reportedly place a £30m price tag on Romelu Lukaku to force Everton out of a move.
11:40
Didier Drogba, then of Chelsea, celebrates scoring against Liverpool in the Champions League on April 30, 2008.
Didier Drogba hails Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa signings
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba says that it was important for the club to sign Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa this summer.
Jul 29, 21:00
Didier Drogba celebrates scoring for Chelsea against Tottenham Hotspur on March 19, 2008.
Didier Drogba targets Premier League title
Returning Chelsea striker Didier Drogba sets his sights on winning the Premier League title next season.
Jul 29, 16:55
Chelsea's Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic celebrates after scoring the second goal for his team during the UEFA Europa League final football match between Benfica and Chelsea on May 15, 2013
Branislav Ivanovic expects "creative" Chelsea this season
Branislav Ivanovic believes that Chelsea will be "more creative" in attack this season thanks to the club's new signings.
Jul 28, 16:01
Didier Drogba, then of Chelsea, celebrates scoring against Liverpool in the Champions League on April 30, 2008.
Jose Mourinho: 'Chelsea need Didier Drogba'
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says that it feels like Didier Drogba never left the club, after the striker rejoined the Blues last week.
Jul 28, 01:58
Russia's defender and captain Sergey Ignashevich watches Belgium's forward Romelu Lukaku control the ball during the Group H football match between Belgium and Russia at The Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on June 22, 2014
Real Madrid preparing £20m bid for Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku?
Real Madrid are preparing a £20m bid for Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku as backup to Karim Benzema, according to reports.
Jul 27, 06:23
Manchester United's English defender Phil Jones (Far L) handles the ball off a shot from Everton's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku (R) which results in a penalty during the match on April 20, 2014
Everton 'hoping for Romelu Lukaku deal'
Everton are looking to finalise a deal for Romelu Lukaku as interest from rival suitors reportedly wanes.
Jul 26, 22:59
Didier Drogba, then of Chelsea, celebrates scoring against Liverpool in the Champions League on April 30, 2008.
Tony Cascarino: 'Didier Drogba can still be effective for Chelsea'
Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino is confident that Didier Drogba will continue to be an effective player following his return to the club.
Jul 26, 12:18
Everton's Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Southampton during their Premier League match on December 29, 2013
Leon Osman wants Romelu Lukaku return
Leon Osman admits that he wants Romelu Lukaku to return to Everton, following his spell on loan last season.
Jul 25, 18:40
Didier Drogba, then of Chelsea, celebrates scoring against Liverpool in the Champions League on April 30, 2008.
Jose Mourinho hails Didier Drogba return
Jose Mourinho says that Didier Drogba is "one of the best strikers in Europe" after his return to Chelsea on a one-year contract.
Jul 25, 17:39
Didier Drogba celebrates scoring for Chelsea against Tottenham Hotspur on March 19, 2008.
Didier Drogba rejoins Chelsea
Didier Drogba rejoins Chelsea after signing a one-year contract with the club.
Jul 25, 17:14
Galatasaray's Didier Drogba in action against Chelsea during the Champions League match on February 26, 2014
Didier Drogba tweets on Galatasaray departure
Didier Drogba tweets Galatasaray to say that he is "proud" of his stay at the club as speculation mounts that he is close to completing a return to Chelsea.
Jul 25, 14:17
Didier Drogba celebrates scoring for Chelsea against Tottenham Hotspur on March 19, 2008.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho fuels Didier Drogba return rumours
Jose Mourinho fuels rumours that Didier Drogba is on his way back to Chelsea.
Jul 25, 01:56
Ivory Coast's forward and captain Didier Drogba celebrates after Ivory Coast's forward Gervinho scored during a Group C football match between Ivory Coast and Japan at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 14, 2014
Report: Manchester City not pursuing Didier Drogba
A report claims that Manchester City are not planning to challenge Chelsea for Didier Drogba's services, despite speculation to the contrary.
Jul 22, 14:19
Ivory Coast's forward and captain Didier Drogba celebrates after Ivory Coast's forward Gervinho scored during a Group C football match between Ivory Coast and Japan at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 14, 2014
Manchester City to offer Didier Drogba lucrative alternative to Chelsea return?
Manchester City are reportedly planning on gatecrashing Chelsea's reunion with Didier Drogba by offering the out-of-contract striker a lucrative one-year deal.
Jul 22, 02:00
Didier Drogba celebrates scoring for Chelsea against Tottenham Hotspur on March 19, 2008.
Report: Didier Drogba to rejoin Chelsea next week
Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba will reportedly sign a one-year deal to return to the club as a player and coach during the next week.
Jul 20, 20:40
Didier Drogba poses with the Champions League trophy on May 19, 2012.
On this day: Chelsea sign Didier Drogba
Ten years ago today, Chelsea completed the signing of centre-forward Didier Drogba from Ligue 1 club Marseille.
Jul 20, 10:00
Ivory Coast's forward and captain Didier Drogba celebrates after Ivory Coast's forward Gervinho scored during a Group C football match between Ivory Coast and Japan at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 14, 2014
Didier Drogba leaning towards return to Chelsea?
Didier Drogba reportedly wants to re-sign for Chelsea, despite receiving an offer of a two-year deal from Juventus.
Jul 18, 17:34
Ivory Coast's forward and captain Didier Drogba celebrates after Ivory Coast's forward Gervinho scored during a Group C football match between Ivory Coast and Japan at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 14, 2014
Report: Chelsea open Didier Drogba talks
A report claims that Chelsea have opened talks with former striker Didier Drogba regarding a return to Stamford Bridge.
Jul 14, 00:17
Ivory Coast's forward and captain Didier Drogba celebrates after Ivory Coast's forward Gervinho scored during a Group C football match between Ivory Coast and Japan at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 14, 2014
Report: Didier Drogba wants Juventus move
A report claims that Didier Drogba has set his heart on a move to Juventus this summer.
Jul 9, 14:59
Republic of Ireland's Manager Giovanni Trapattoni before the start of the match with Georgia during a International friendly match between the Republic of Ireland and Georgia at the Aviva Stadium on June 2, 2013
Giovanni Trapattoni: 'I will be new Ivory Coast manager'
Giovanni Trapattoni reveals that he will officially become Ivory Coast's new manager in the near future.
Jul 1, 02:24
Giorgos Samaras of Greece celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's second goal on a penalty kick during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match on June 24, 2014
Result: Greece qualify after late Georgios Samaras penalty sees off Ivory Coast
Greece go through to the second round of the World Cup at the expense of Ivory Coast, after a late penalty secures a 2-1 win for the Euro 2004 champions.
Jun 24, 23:01
 Giorgos Karagounis of Greece challenges Shinji Kagawa of Japan during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Japan and Greece at Estadio das Dunas on June 19, 2014
Half-Time Report: Greece leading Ivory Coast
Greece are on the verge of qualifying for the World Cup second round as they lead Ivory Coast 1-0 at half time in today's World Cup clash in Fortaleza.
Jun 24, 21:59
Greece's midfielder Kostas Katsouranis (5th R) is given the red card following a foul on Japan's midfielder Makoto Hasebe during a Group C match on June 20, 2014
Team News: Kostas Katsouranis banned for Greece
Greece's Kostas Katsouranis is suspended after his sending-off against Japan for today's World Cup Group C clash against Ivory Coast in Fortaleza.
Jun 24, 20:33
Didier Drogba of the Ivory Coast stands on the sidelines with head coach Sabri Lamouchi during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between the Ivory Coast and Japan at Arena Pernambuco on June 14, 2014
Preview: Greece vs. Ivory Coast
Sports Mole previews Tuesday's World Cup Group C clash between Greece and Ivory Coast.
Jun 22, 18:57
Colombia's midfielder James Rodriguez celebrates scoring during a Group C football match between Colombia and Ivory Coast on June 19, 2014
Result: Colombia hold on to defeat Ivory Coast
Colombia move three points clear at the top of Group C with a 2-1 victory over Ivory Coast in Brasilia.
Jun 19, 18:55
The Ivory Coast pose for a team photo prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Cote D'Ivoire at Estadio Nacional on June 19, 2014
Team News: Didier Drogba misses out for Ivory Coast
Striker Didier Drogba once again finds himself on the substitutes' bench for Ivory Coast for their Group C fixture with Colombia.
Jun 19, 16:19
Colombia's midfielder James Rodriguez celebrates scoring during a Group C football match between Colombia and Ivory Coast on June 19, 2014
Live Commentary: Colombia 2-1 Ivory Coast - as it happened
Live coverage of the Group C clash between Colombia and Ivory Coast at the World Cup in Brazil.
Jun 19, 16:00
Ivory Coast's forward and captain Didier Drogba celebrates after Ivory Coast's forward Gervinho scored during a Group C football match between Ivory Coast and Japan at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 14, 2014
Didier Drogba: 'Ivory Coast mean business'
Didier Drogba insists that the Ivory Coast are taking their participation at World Cup very seriously.
Jun 18, 16:32
Didier Drogba of the Ivory Coast stands on the sidelines with head coach Sabri Lamouchi during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between the Ivory Coast and Japan at Arena Pernambuco on June 14, 2014
Sabri Lamouchi: 'Didier Drogba likely to be on bench again'
Ivory Coast manager Sabri Lamouchi hints that national hero Didier Drogba will only be among the substitutes again when they face Group D rivals Colombia on Thursday.
Jun 17, 23:15
Teofilo Gutierrez of Colombia and Cristian Zapata celebrate after the second goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Greece at Estadio Mineirao on June 14, 2014
Cristian Zapata warns teammates to "stay focused"
Christian Zapata warns his Colombia teammates to remain focused when they come up against Ivory Coast's prolific strikeforce.
Jun 17, 20:27
Teofilo Gutierrez of Colombia and Cristian Zapata celebrate after the second goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Colombia and Greece at Estadio Mineirao on June 14, 2014
Preview: Colombia vs. Ivory Coast
Sports Mole looks ahead to the World Cup group encounter between Colombia and the Ivory Coast in Brasilia.
Jun 17, 15:52
Toulouse's French defender Serge Aurier celebrates with teammate after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match Rennes (SRFC ) vs Toulouse (TFC) at the Route de Lorient stadium in Rennes, western France, on March 15, 2014
Didier Drogba hails Serge Aurier
Didier Drogba brands Ivory Coast teammate Serge Aurier "the best right-back in all of France".
Jun 15, 17:36
Manchester United playmaker Shinji Kagawa celebrates scoring for Japan against South Korea on August 10, 2011.
Shinji Kagawa: 'Didier Drogba changed the game'
Japan attacker Shinji Kagawa says that Didier Drogba made the difference in his team's 2-1 defeat to Ivory Coast in their World Cup opener.
Jun 15, 14:37
Didier Drogba of the Ivory Coast stands on the sidelines with head coach Sabri Lamouchi during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between the Ivory Coast and Japan at Arena Pernambuco on June 14, 2014
Sabri Lamouchi hails 'game-changer' Didier Drogba
Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi praises the 'game-changing' qualities of Didier Drogba, who helped his nation to a 2-1 win over Japan.
Jun 15, 05:14
Gervinho of the Ivory Coast celebrates scoring his team's second goal with teammate Didier Drogba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between the Ivory Coast and Japan at Arena Pernambuco on June 14, 2014
Match Analysis: Ivory Coast 2-1 Japan
Sports Mole analyses the Ivory Coast's 2-1 win over Japan in their opening game of the World Cup.
Jun 15, 04:53
Gervinho of the Ivory Coast celebrates scoring his team's second goal with teammate Didier Drogba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between the Ivory Coast and Japan at Arena Pernambuco on June 14, 2014
Result: Wilfried Bony, Gervinho stun Japan
Two goals in as many minutes from Wilfried Bony and Gervinho help Ivory Coast to a 2-1 win over Japan in Recife.
Jun 15, 03:54
Ivory Coast national team pose prior to the start of a Group C football match between Ivory Coast and Japan at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 14, 2014
Team News: Yaya Toure passed fit for Japan clash
Yaya Toure is passed fit for the Ivory Coast ahead of their Group D opener with Japan.
Jun 15, 01:30
Didier Drogba celebrates scoring for Ivory Coast against Turkey on February 11, 2009.
Preview: Ivory Coast vs. Japan
Sports Mole previews the World Cup Group C match between Didier Drogba's Ivory Coast and Shinji Kagawa's Japan, who both open their campaigns in Recife on Sunday.
Jun 13, 17:30
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