Didier Drogba: The Photographer

The swarm of cameras around footballers and professional athletes is nothing new. Sitting on the Galatasaray bench this past weekend, Didier Drogba decided to spend some time turning the tables. Snagging a camera from one of the photographers, Didier went ahead and took a few shots. Making the most of the situation, Drogba’s exquisite and improvised work was actually published. So, thanks to Drogba, the #selfie has invaded Getty’s official photo wire.

Through Ryu’s Lens: The Champions League welcomes back Didier

The last time Didier Drogba kicked a ball in the Champions League, it was a cool penalty that allowed Chelsea to win the competition for the first time in the club’s history. So when Drogba landed in Turkey after an extremely lucrative and tumultuous 8 month trip to Shanghai, excitement was in the air as he could continue his already legendary career with Galatasaray. The Turkish giants welcomed Schalke in the round of 16, and Ryu was in town to capture the Ivorian making his return on the continent’s greatest stage.

Interact with Ryu on twitter @Toksuede and check his Flickr. Posted by Eric.

Drogba’s Dream: The Last Charge of the Ancients

By Jordan Brown

Didier Drogba emerged from the confines of his tent to the thrum of a busy camp. All around him the army of Chelsea were preparing for war. Infantrymen were rushing to formation, their tall pikes bobbing rhythmically as they ran. Plated warhorses stomped and bit at paiges checking the readiness of mounts, bowmen were fitting their strings and chatting nervously in small circles while the sounds of grinding steel poured from the row of armorers keening the edges of hundreds. Smoke and fire, sweat and leather, wood and steel, Drogba closed his eyes and breathed in deep - savoring the air of battle. It would be his last.

The thought of his waiting men broke him from his reverie and he set off, joining the rushing humanity of the camp. The blue livery of his army made like a river flowing down muddy paths, wearing the telling lines of man’s device into the rich green valleys of Bavaria.

It was a miracle they were even moving at all. Not so long before the army had been in Catalonia, and the experience had nearly ended them. The whole of the known world had expected them to falter in the Spanish leg of their campaign. Wave after wave of Barcelona’s attacks had broken upon their ranks. Halfway through their battle, the venerable Iniesta led his troops into a thrust which had seemingly put the Londoners paid. But tired and outnumbered, the strength of The Blues remained steadfast, and they found that their resolution outlasted the Blaugranas, and the late charge of the nigh forgotten General Torres shocked living world of their expectations. Chelsea would march from victory to Munchen.

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Mourinho Wants Didier

Real Madrid needs a striker, José Mourinho wants Didier Drogba. The Chelsea player has expressed his admiration for the Portuguese manager on several occasions and is eager to follow Ricardo Carvalho’s footsteps with a move to the Spanish capital. According to Marca, Chelsea are asking for €22m (£18m) and Real are offering only €12m (£10m). A higher offer will be required for the Premier League champions to let their top striker go who scored a hat-trick on the weekend against West Brom.

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Brazil may have defeated the Ivory Coast, but Didier Drogba wants to defeat AIDS

Posted by Eric Beard

Well, Brazil deserved their 3-1 win against the Ivory Coast. Luis Fabiano scored a blinder to break the deadlock, and although his second goal was clearly a handball, it had Joga Bonito written all over it. Elano scored his second goal of the tourney today well to make it three to nothing before Didier Drogba saved a bit of pride for Africa and his home country.

And while we all may have a less than expected case of Drogba fever, I’m still perfectly happy to support all the good he does to fight AIDS. I’m tweeting #EndAIDS to try to get a little good coming out of all this madness going on via Twitter; why not join me?

Pictures from the Brazil-Ivory Coast match are below.

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A Disappointing Draw

By Dominic Vieira, writing from Portugal

The Group G clash between Drogba’s Ivory Coast and Ronaldo’s Portugal failed to live up to its hype and anticipation, in fact it was an incredibly boring goalless draw. The game was seen as one of the most entertaining matches of the group stages. Unfortunately, many fans will be extremely disappointed and frustrated with the quality of the game, especially Portugal’s performance. This is not World Cup football.

The match kicked off with a huge Ivory Coast set-back, their leader Dider Drogba was sat on the bench and was clearly missed. The intensity and emotion at kick off was powerful, both sides were confident and competing for the opening goal. Portugal created the danger first, in the 10th minute Cristiano Ronaldo from outside of the box blasted the ball against the post. Boubacar was lucky not to suffer a goal as he was caught out of position. This early chance promised us an exhilarating football match, but the climax was soon shattered. That was Portugal’s most dangerous chance throughout the match and they never truly threatened Ivory Coast’s goal again.

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A Nani One Bites The Dust: Portugal’s star winger ruled out of entire World Cup

Portugal's Nani celebrates his goal during their friendly soccer match against Cameroon in Covilha June 1, 2010. The 2010 FIFA World Cup kicks off on June 11. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante (PORTUGAL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)

By Eric Beard

Brazil must be absolutely loving the build-up to this World Cup. After all, Didier Drogba hurt his arm a few days ago and news is breaking that Portugal and Manchester United winger Nani has injured his collar bone in training while attempting an acrobatic kick and he will now be ruled out of the entire World Cup. Now this is the same Nani that dislocated his shoulder for Manchester United and then two days later declared himself fit to play for Portugal, so you know Carlos Quieroz’s key ‘non-Ronaldo’ attacker really messed himself up.

In a statement the Portuguese Football Federation said: “Following the injury to the left clavicle suffered by Nani, a daily assessment of the damage and the completion of medical tests, we have concluded he is unable to be competitive.

“In light of the report, the Portuguese Football Federation, taking into account the FIFA regulations for the 2010 World Cup, will call-up Ruben Amorim as a replacement.”

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Our guide to being the man, the legend, the Didier Drogba

Made by Eric and Jordan Beard

Who is the most physically dominant attacking force in all of football? Why yes! It is Didier Drogba. Ever want to know how you can be as awesome as the Ivorian? Well, all it takes is a few things to call a “disgrace”, some skills with a football at your feet skills, the opportunity to dance with Akon, a celebration that will make Ronaldo jealous, and a bit of anger. That’s essentially it. We got our hands, or rather bodies I suppose, on the new Ivory Coast jersey thanks to our friends over at SoccerPro. Anyway, it’s a personal favourite for the World Cup along with the Spain away jersey and the Argentina away jersey. But we digress once again. Watch our guide to being the man, the legend, the Didier Drogba! We think we got it just about right, yeah?

Didier Drogba going mad while celebrating, getting dangerously close to legendary status

I’m sorry, but this week is all about the Ivory Coast wonder. Didier Drogba knows how to celebrate. All it takes is a good, high-pressured bottle of champagne and you have yourselves a proper fiesta. Toss in a couple of footballers’ kids, Florent Malouda, and overly excited staff members, and you have the recipe to unleash Drogba at his very best. And to think I used to absolutely despise this guy. Leading Chelsea to another title and becoming the Premier League’s leading scorer, well done Didier, well done. [via Dirty Tackle]

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