The return of the king to Stamford Bridge: Didier Drogba, philanthropist, hero and rescuer

Didier Drogba, man who wasn’t led to fame by greed, but by passion. That’s because he is so loved, because of manner, not numbers. The statistic data won’t stay beyond him, but tracks in grass which he left on stadiums throughout England and Europe when he would celebrate the goals sliding on knees.

When he was a child, his mother called him Tito because, from the beginning, little marshal was different from his peers. When he wouldn’t run after ball, he would write. Even then he needed to express what he had in himself.

Even Roman’s millions haven’t changed him, he is the real proof that money doesn’t change people, it make them just more what they really are. He married his girlfriend dressed in traditional clothes of his people.Tabloids didn’t write about him, he wasn’t interested in London smoky night clubs, alcohol and easy women, he isn’t man who likes idle things.

„Drogba is not only footballer, actually he is not only an ordinary man, he is much more than all of that. He is an incredible person whose influence can’t be described“, it was difficult to add anything to the words of great Frankie Lampard.

After he led Ivory Coast to the 2006 FIFA World Cup,he knelt down in dress-room and he made an appeal live on television to the belligerents to finish the civil war in that country.

He donated all the amount earned from the contract with Pepsi for construction of the hospital in Abidjan.

„I won many trophies in my career, but nothing can be compared with the feeling that I have contributed to re-establishing peace in my country“, Didier said once. Philantrophist, star, hero, knight, rescuer, force… Didier Drogba is much of that. Made for decisive matches, hewould make legacy in the greatest battles. He would kick the ball into a net of Barcelona, Bayern, Manchester, Arsenal, Juventus and of any other great club which Chelsea would play with.

The first goal against Crystal Palace, the bomb for the victory at 30 meters against Everton, anger for the theft against Barcelona, back from the dead against Napoli, the revenge on Barcelona and of course, that night in Munich, the last act. The synopsis for documentary trailer for the times when Didier Drogba played in Chelsea would look like this. The screenplay for the movie would be more serious work.

He said that the conquest of the Champions League must have happened and that all of that had been written in the stars. Actually, he wrote his story on his own. He directed his end in Chelsea in the most beautiful way.

„Thank You for giving me the chance to show You everything I can. Thank You for all love in difficult times. I have accomplished my mission here, our mission. We all have written the history, we have created something that we will share, something that will bind us together forever. Blue blood will always flow through my veins. Thank You for everything and see you.“, those were Drogba’s parting words to Chelsea supporters when he left the club in 2012.

On Tuesday, he will come back to his temple, in front of the supporters who consider him divinity. The stadium which he made erupt so many times, now will be afraid to be muted by its king.

„I’m the happiest man in Champions League, I will play both of the matches at home“, said Didier after Chelsea and Galatasaray were drawn.

Stamford Bridge, Tuesday at 20:45. Drogba against Terry, Lampard and Mourinho. We will find out the end, but one thing is axiom. It’s known who will want it and who will believe most in triumph. Probably that’s because he is so loved.

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Who will play in the Champions League final? And who will be the champion?

We have found out the names of the quarter-finalists of the greatest club competition in the world. What do you think, who will go to Lisbon in May? And who will win? ATDHE Net would like to hear your opinion! Vote in the poll.

With the placement of Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund in Champions League quarter-finale, it’s clarified which eight teams are the best in Europe in this season.

These are: Barcelona, Manchester United, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Real, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern!

The pairs of the quarter-final will be drawn on March 21. The first matches will be played on April 1 and April 2, and the revenges on April 8 and April 9. The final is scheduled for May 24, on stadium Estàdio da Luz in Lisbon.

In the eighth-final, Real Madrid was the most convincing. They scored even nine goals in double match with Schalke (9:2). Cristiano Ronaldo scored four times and he is the best goalscorer of the elite competition in this season, with 13 goals in total for 7 matches.

„The royal club“ surely has the most titles of Europe champion among the quarter-finalists, nine in total. Only Atletico Madrid (they lost in the final in 1974) and Paris Saint-Germain weren’t the champions of the Old continent.

Maybe it’s time that they cradle the prestigious trophy as well? Or we will watch again the clashes of the titans?

Of course, the draw will make the pairs, but from current perspective, who is, in your opinion, the „material“ for the final?

Who will play in the Champions League final?

  • Barcelona (57%, 4 Votes)
  • Real Madrid (43%, 3 Votes)
  • Chelsea (43%, 3 Votes)
  • Bayern (29%, 2 Votes)
  • PSG (14%, 1 Votes)
  • Atletico Madrid (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Borussia Dortmund (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Manchester United (0%, 0 Votes)

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Estádio da Luz, Lisbon

ATDHE: Champions League Round of 16 Matches

The duel between Manchester City and Barcelona will be one of the eighth-final derbies of the Champions League as well as the match between the European champion, Bayern and the leader of the English league, Arsenal.

Two great derbies will be played in the eighth-final of the Champions League which was decided yesterday in the draw in Nyon. The defending champion Bayern, who plays excellently in this season as well, will face the leading club of the English Premier League, Arsenal. On the other hand, Manchester City will play against one of the world best clubs, Barcelona, whose players are: the best present – day footballer Lionel Messi and the excellent Brasilian, Neymar.

- If you want to win something great, you have to beat great teams. I think that Barcelona is very worried that we are drawn to play against them. The Catalans are not the team of two years ago. – manager of Manchester City, Manuel Pellegrini, is optimist.

His players beat the European champion Bayern in the last match, although they were losing 2:0. He thinks that his team has matured for this competition.:

- That result has brought us a lot of self-confidence. We are making progress from day to day and we have to continue in that way.

The match between sevenfold Europe champion and also only Italian team that has remained in the competition, Milan, and Atlético, which has no losses in this season of the Champions League will be also interesting.

The manager of Chelsea José Mourinho wanted to play against Didier Drogba and his wish has come true. The player which passed eight years in that club will lead Galatasaray at Stamford Bridge.

- What a draw! I’m the happiest man of the competition. I will play both of the games at home. See you in several months. – Drogba wrote on his Instagram.

Bayer, the second-placed team in Germany, will face Paris Saint-Germain, which is the leading in the French League. Other teams from the first hat will have a bit easier job. Real will play against Schalke, while Manchester United will play against Olympiacos. The European vice-champion Borussia Dortmund will play against team which had only six points in the group – Zenit. The draw was semi-conducted so that the clubs from the same countries couldn’t have been drawn, as well as those who were in the same group.

The eighth-final matches of the Champions League are on 18th or 19th and 25th or 26th February, and second matches are on 11th or 12th and 18th or 19th March. The final is on 24thMay at the stadium Benfica in Lisbon.


The round of 16 pairs of Champions League:

Manchester City – Barcelona
Olympiacos – Manchester United
Milan – Atlético
Bajer – Paris Saint-Germain
Galatasaray – Chelsea
Schalke – Real
Zenit – Borussia
Arsenal – Bayern

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