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Didier Drogba: The Autobiography [Hardcover]

Didier Drogba
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25 Aug 2008
FOREWORD BY JOSE MOURINHO This is the frank and moving autobiography of one of the world's best strikers and most intriguing personalities. Drogba tells of his heartbreaking separation from his homeland at the age of five, his unsettled formative years moving around France before his first breaks at Mans and Guincamp revealed a precocious talent which came through in a stunning season for Marseillles and finally a GBP24m move to Chelsea. Mourinho said of Drogba "With you I could win every war", and the striker was pivotal in Chelsea's first title in 50 years. Passionate, outspoken, searingly honest and always entertaining, Drogba is also the ultimate team player, and a hero to fans. But there is much more to Drogba than footballing brilliance. He is a phenomenon in the UK, France and in his home country of the Ivory Coast where his outstanding journey from a humble background to superstar sets him apart from other footballers; he has inspired dance crazes, place names and was even a unifying influence in the turbulent politics of his war torn country. From this he has been appointed 1 of 3 UN ambassadors besides Zidane and Ronaldo. Drogba will talk openly about his life and career: the successes and the struggles; the glories and controversies. Here is a premiership footballer with a real story to tell. Didier Drogba wears the number 11 shirt for Chelsea and Ivory Coast and is one of the most talented strikers in world football.


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (25 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845133889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845133887
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Didier Drogba wears the number 11 shirt for Chelsea and Ivory Coast and is one of the most talented strikers in world football.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Personal!!! 1 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
This was a very personal account of Drogba's life as a player, growing up in France, dealing with a split family life, identifying with his roots in the Ivory Coast, and how each person influenced him on this journey. It was fascinating to read about how he had so much trouble with his developing body and being injury prone wherever he went. You'd never have guessed the difficulties he has gone through looking at him today, but he is a prime example of a late developer coming good. I enjoyed his thoughts about Jose Mourinho but beyond not wanting to be at Chelsea in the beginning, he does not delve too much into his life as a Chelsea player. He states the obvious that when he arrived, he hung around the French speaking players of African descent, while Lampard and Terry hung around with their own. That showed that much of the player harmony they show on the pitch in front of the cameras does not always filter back to their personal lives. That brought home how much the game has changed when in football back in the day, you were teammates and best friends on and off the pitch and always did things together. But with so many foreign players today, there is little camaraderie beyond the pitch. It would have been nice for Drogba to talk more about his World Cup experience in Germany from training, tactics, feelings in the games, and the way Ivory Coast dealt with the day to day drama but he spends too much time discussing his legend status in Africa. IN any case, it is an honest read of the life of one of the world's great strikers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Revealing, emotional and beautiful! 1 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
This by far has been the most interesting autobiography/biography i have ever read! So emotional. Drogba has had a really hard carrer full of injuries abuse and etc but he seems to be an exceptionaly nice, caring and a wonderful person in this book. Please Buy it and read about your average kid from Ivory Coast who became an absolute success! 5/5 :D
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit Luke warm for a Drogba fan 4 Nov 2008
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I couldn't have been any happier when i bought this.mind u i think autobiographies should be publised when one is 70-80 and has done something major.anyway,i am a big drogba fan and have loved him through out.
so what about the book.may be does not get full marks for literary style.however a good insight on the real person behind the face.lots of tales about his early life and his struggles so one can't end up feeling happy as he has made it. a bit dissapointed as(may be this is personal)as i wanted to know more about his time with chelsea.it just appears that he doesn't really want to be here.bit of a shame as we love him and i have a shirt saying: TOP DROG.
nevertheless a top striker and a good human being.all the best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Didier Drogba: The Autobiography 6 Aug 2013
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Bought this book as a present for my grandson. Although an ex-library book it was it a very good, clean condition
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest. 28 Jun 2010
By jojo
Format:Hardcover
A fascinating insight in the life of the greatest footballer to come out of Africa.
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