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Didier Drogba

  • Position: Striker
  • Squad number: 11
  • Date of birth: 11 March, 1978 (32 years old)
  • Height: 6'2" (189cm)

Tournament totals

Games played Shots on target | off target
3 Didier Drogba
2|7 Didier Drogba
1 As substitute
19|26 Total Ivory Coast
20 Most shots on target Diego Forlan
3 Total Ivory Coast
12 Most shots off target Asamoah Gyan, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wesley Sneijder
Goals Assists
1 Didier Drogba
1 Didier Drogba
4 Total Ivory Coast
4 Total Ivory Coast
6 Best Diego Forlan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
5|2 Didier Drogba
0|0 Didier Drogba
49|37 Total Ivory Coast
5|0 Total Ivory Coast
20 Most fouls by Mark Van Bommel
25 Most fouls on Andres Iniesta

Ivory Coast games played

  1. Ivory Coast 0-0 Portugal
    Tuesday, 15 June Match report
  2. Brazil 3-1 Ivory Coast
    Sunday, 20 June Match report
  3. North Korea 0-3 Ivory Coast
    Friday, 25 June Match report

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The undoubted star of the Ivory Coast team and one of world football’s most potent strikers, Drogba began his career as right-back for a youth team in the French port of Dunkirk where he spent time living with his uncle.

It did not take long before he realised his natural position was as a forward and goals for Abbeville and Levallois earned him his first professional contract with Le Mans. A spell with Guingamp saw him score 16 goals in 26 games and earned him a move to Marseille, where he won the 2003/04 France Footballer of the Year award.

A £24m transfer to Chelsea followed and he played a leading role as they won back-to-back Premier League titles under manager Jose Mourinho. More trophies followed, culminating in this year’s double and the Golden Boot award for being the leading scorer in the Premier League.

Drogba has been equally prolific at international level with nine goals providing the qualifying impetus as Ivory Coast reached their first World Cup in 2006 and he also scored their first in the finals when he netted against Argentina.

A father of three, he promised to donate a £3m fee he received to promote a soft drink to help build a hospital in Abidjan.

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