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    Drogba ends 12-year national team career

Drogba ends 12-year national team career

One of Africa’s greatest players, Didier Drogba, has announced his retirement from international duty with the Ivory Coast.The 36-year-old, who has just returned to Chelsea for his second stint with the Blues, scored 63 goals – a national record – in 104 appearances, the last of which came against Greece in the World Cup in BrazilDrogba made his international [...]

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    Mikel: I’ve seen the good and bad times in Chelsea

Mikel: I’ve seen the good and bad times in Chelsea

John Mikel Obi may have lost his automatic shirt in Chelsea’s first team with the arrival of Nemanja Matic in January, but the Super Eagles midfielder says he has seen the good and the bad times at Stamford Bridge to know there’s always a probable turnaround.   Mikel has now become an elder’s statesman at Chelsea, as only just John Terry and [...]

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    King Drogba returns to Chelsea

King Drogba returns to Chelsea

Chelsea have announced the re-signing of legendary striker, Didier Drogba, on a one-year contract.Drogba left Chelsea on a dramatic high in 2012, scoring the winning penalty in the shootout that clinched the UEFA Champions League title against Bayern Munich – the crowning moment of an eight-year stay with the Blues.The 36-year-old joined Shanghai and then Galatasaray, but once his contract with [...]

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    Cote d’Ivoire crash out of World Cup at the last minute

Cote d’Ivoire crash out of World Cup at the last minute

Greece advanced to the round-of-16 thanks to a stoppage-time penalty that gave them a 2-1 win over the Ivory Coast.Wilfried Bony might have considered himself the hero after equalising for Les Elephants in the 74th minute, but a soft penalty call in stoppage time allowed Georgios Samaras to win the match for the Greeks.Veteran striker Didier Drogba started for Ivory Coast [...]

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    Colombia knockout favourites after 2-1 defeat of Cote d’Ivoire

Colombia knockout favourites after 2-1 defeat of Cote d’Ivoire

Two second half strikes from James Rodriguez and Juan Quintero gave Colombia a 2-1 win over Ivory Coast in their second Group C game to ensure the South American side mathematically booked their place in the knockout stage.After a mazy dribbling run, Gervinho fired home to halve the deficit with 15 minutes remaining. Colombia survived the late onslaught, holding on [...]

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    Cote d’Ivoire record Africa’s first win at World Cup

Cote d’Ivoire record Africa’s first win at World Cup

Ivory Coast left captain Didier Drogba out of the starting line-up but it was his arrival off the bench after an hour that coincided with the their breakthrough in front of goal.Headers by Wilfried Bony and Gervinho just 98 seconds apart took Ivory Coast to a winning start at the World Cup with a 2-1 victory over Japan in Recife.Keisuke Honda [...]

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    THE JURY: The biggest moments of the World Cup

THE JURY: The biggest moments of the World Cup

Thirty-two teams, 64 games, 31 days, but one prize — the World Cup! Now, it is here.The tournament gets under way in Sao Paulo today with hosts Brazil facing Croatia, while Nigeria get their campaign up and running against Iran on Monday. TheCable’s team of analysts, dubbed The Three Wise Men — comprising a journalist, Bless Ekene (Editor, i-Soccer magazine), a soccer aficionado, Sunday [...]

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    COUNTDOWN 10: Last chance for Drogba’s golden generation

COUNTDOWN 10: Last chance for Drogba’s golden generation

Never has a golden generation been wasted by a country, but that is exactly what Ivory Coast are doing with their array of world-class talent.Blessed with a talented generation of players spearheaded by Didier Drogba and the Toure brothers, the elephants of Cote D’Ivoire are in danger of misusing an opportunity that last presented itself in the late ‘80s and [...]

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    Adebayor: Nigeria, the best African team for Brazil

Adebayor: Nigeria, the best African team for Brazil

Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor is backing the Super Eagles of Nigeria to go furthest of all the African teams – competing in Brazil. The Tottenham star believes the big-game knowledge and ability of the quartet of Stephen Keshi, Victor Moses, John Mikel Obi, and Vincent Enyeama are the ingredients needed by any team to be successful in a major competition like the [...]

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