Chelsea legend Didier Drogba helped Montreal Impact as they forced a draw in the keenly contested match against Major League Soccer side, Columbus Crew SC.
This was not the first time in Montreal Impact history that drama surrounds a penalty kick taken against the Montreal Impact. One player has had such influence on penalty kicks that it has changed the outcome of the kick last year, and on a crazy Saturday night in Ohio, the outcome of the game was altered.
It was in the fall of 2015, Sacha Klejstan was about to take an important penalty kick. Then Drogba said; “Ca a marché” and it worked. That was what Didier Drogba said to French central defender, Damien Perrinnelle, after the miss. What did not work is that the New York Red Bulls went on to win 2-1 at Red Bull Arena but the former Galatasaray centre forward learnt from this experience and understood that one does not need to be that involved to play mind games.
Kei Kamara and Federico Higuain caused a public meltdown between both teammates over their penalty kick. The ensuing post-game press conference by Kei Kamara was quite astonishing and shocking in the raw nature of the comments as he blasted his team mate, Higuain, for not giving him the opportunity to score his first career hat trick, at least before he was traded again against his wish. The player was not a stranger to being traded as he has been traded before, on three occasions on the long career at the MLS. (more…)
Ex-Chelsea player, Didier Drogba admits he has moved on from the charity scandal that rocked his Foundation; Didier Drogba Foundation. The foundation was accused of exploitation of orphans in the war-torn country.
The foundation has received several high profile commendations and is backed by royalty corporate outfits, celebrities and others. The foundation which is supported by Princess Beatrice and David Beckham claimed to provide thousands of school children with the basic to get a good education. The children even appeared in a promotional film.
The player had lunch with 20 African “orphans” with his family. The children were taken by bus to Mansion miles from their homes. After the lunch, lots of promotional pictures were taken and posted on social media. The pictures were further scrutinized and the kids were identified as UK child models.
The player who is also a United Nations Goodwill ambassador was highly embarrassed with the reports as one of the supposed orphans identified was the grandson of former Arsenal player, Ian Wright.
The foundation has received 1.7 million pounds since 2009 but there were allegations that the foundation has spent only 15 thousand Pounds on veritable charity projects.
Half a million pounds was reportedly sent on fundraising parties in London by the foundation, where top celebrities were entertained while the rest are unused in bank accounts. The revelations were stunning and it prompted Britain’s charity watchdog to launch an investigation. Millions of pounds which the player earned form Pepsi, Nike and Samsung which he claimed went to Charity and didn’t pay income tax for are set to be investigated. (more…)
Wayne Rooney was selected as the captain of Manchester United back in July of 2014 and was officially elected as the new leader of England after Steven Gerrard announced his retirement from playing in the international stage when the 2014 World Cup was over and Roy Hodgson believes that this new role which Rooney was appointed, has helped the player substantially.
Hodgson praised Wayne Rooney as the manager of England said: “Wayne has been fantastic all the time I’ve been with the national team, but I would say he has stepped up a notch in terms of being an England player since he got the captaincy. He researched the role a little bit, took in his experience of playing under previous captains, and he works very closely with me and the players. But, most importantly of all, he plays well for the team.”
The English national football side has been playing better than some time ago and this is evidenced by the fact that they still have not lost a single qualification match in their journey of making it into the next rounds of the 2016 Euro’s.
England is at the top of Group E with 18 points collected so far and Roy Hodgson believes that appointing Rooney as the captain has helped the player in developing even further and this has also helped the English national side in performing better as well as scoring more goals. (more…)
Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard is of the opinion that the club will definitely miss the presence of Didier Drogba next season.
The former Ivory Coast international decided to leave Chelsea for a second time in his career. Drogba had returned to the blues for a one year spell only last summer. It proved to be a very successful one indeed after he lifted two more titles to add to his collection. Drogba may have featured little during the Premier League campaign, but he scored important goals against the likes of Tottenham to set up a famous fourth league winners’ medal.
Drogba is known to share a great relationship withHazard, who won the PFA Player of the Year title last season.Hazard says that the amount of influence that Drogba had on the squad – despite not being a first-team regular – was immense. A leader and motivator of men, Drogba has hinted that he will return to Stamford Bridge in another capacity in the future. He is expected to join a MLS club in this transfer window before ending his career next year. Drogba stated that the reason for leaving Chelsea once again was the lack of first-team football at the end of his career. (more…)
Jose Mourinho himself knows that he has not been able to give Loic Remy as much playing time as he should have.
The ability that the former Rangers player possesses demands him to be played more, but, sometimes, you have to pay the price of being a part of an immensely powerful team.
Had Remy been elsewhere, he would have featured regularly without a shadow of doubt, but, just because Chelsea is so equipped upfront, Mourinho hasn’t had the room to get the 28-year old in and give him a persistent run.
However, with Diego Costa having taken a bit of a blow in his hamstring and tipped to be out for some time, this might be the breakthrough which Remy had been looking for.
Remy was the substitute for a brief period in the Hull game after Costa sustained that injury of his and Mourinho dropped hints in the post match presser that the Frenchman might be starting the next game.
Speaking in the news conference, the Blues boss said, “Loic can probably consider himself a touch unlucky in the sense that he has missed out on playing time quite a bit despite being so talented and in good form.” (more…)
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has stood by his decision to allow midfielder Frank Lampard to leave the club in the summer. The Chelsea legend departed Stamford Bridge after his 13 years that brought numerous trophies like the Premier League and the Champions League.
Lampard is regarded as one of most important players in the club’s history after also scoring more than 200 goals in all competitions – despite being a midfielder. The 36-year-old has continued his goal scoring form even at Manchester City, where he is set to spend the next six months on loan from New York City. (more…)