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Drogba´s departure a blow for Africa

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By Mark Gleeson

Celebrations down London´s King’s Road would have been matched for fervour and passion by those in Abidjan on Saturday night as Didier Drogba delivered for Chelsea.

The pride of an African striking the decisive blow on one of world football’s biggest stages has been reflected across the continent in the post UEFA Champions League final coverage.

It is typical of the forgiving nature of Africa that Drogba’s horrid penalty miss for his country in February’s African Nations Cup final against Zambia has been quickly forgotten amid all the euphoria.

His super hero status will have been completely restored by the role he played in the match in Munich; the late equaliser with that thumping header and then the calmness of converting the all-important kick in the shootout (especially having given away a missed penalty in extra time).

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Drogba, Ferdinand…who next for the World Cup curse?

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A top player seems to get injured on the eve of every major tournament and this year it looks like Didier Drogba and Rio Ferdinand have suffered the World Cup curse.

Ivory Coast captain Drogba is seriously doubtful for the extravaganza after injuring his elbow in a friendly against Japan on Friday.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Chelsea lose their heads and their dignity

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Maybe Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo was wrong on all the big decisions in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg --- it absolutely does not justify Chelsea's reaction.

UEFA's "Respect" campaign was, again, left in tatters as pandemonium erupted after Andres Iniesta's late equaliser sent Barcelona through on the away goals rule.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

The Real Madrid Presidential Candidacy ‘Promisometer’

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The campaign to be the next president of Real Madrid Football Club has finally kicked into gear with the claim from the little known Eduardo Garcia that, if elected on June 14, he will bring with him the Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.

Promising big-name signings has long been an easy way for candidates to drum up support for the presidency at Real and Barcelona, the two member-owned Spanish clubs, but ever since Florentino Perez came from nowhere to take the 2000 election what was once an entertaining sideshow has become the key battleground.

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