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Ivory Coasts Tragedy, Drogba remembers


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http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/sport/5867...s-the-wall.html?

horrible to read about that, puts a football result in perspective. a couple of good things to take from the interview though, this one being the most interesting for me.

Yet sit down with him, flick through a variety of topics and Drogba deals with them with intelligence and insight. He wants to talk about his son Issac, recently signed to play in Chelsea's academy alongside Michael Ballack's boy.

so baby Drogba and baby Ballack for the future Chelsea team? hmmm

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I remember him being quite an ambasador for the Ivory Coast in all of his speeches, and he certainly was quite vocal in his support of calming things down in his home country before. I think it is often overlooked just how much he carries on his shoulders outside of football.

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being completely serious didi has said a few times that he has been approached to become president or whatever of cote d'ivoir - if he did run he would certainly win apparently he is like a god there. it is of no interest to him however. he has though appealed to his nations warring sides for calm to stem the tide of civil war in front of tens of thousands - thats some pretty heavy sh*t..

an excerpt from an article:

Almost every street corner housed a giant billboard on which the Chelsea striker advertised everything from chocolate to mobile phones.

It was clear that Drogba was the face of his country; the symbol of a new, post-civil war Ivory Coast. What was yet to emerge, however, was his pivotal role in bringing about that peace.

Civil war had been raging for five years when, moments after leading his nation to the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany back in October 2005, Drogba picked up a microphone in the dressing room and, surrounded by his team-mates, fell to his knees live on national television. He begged both warring factions to lay down their arms and, within a week, his bold wish had been granted. "It was just something I did instinctively," he explained. "All the players hated what was happening to our country and reaching the World Cup was the perfect emotional wave on which to ride."

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That's what I'd read in the past ES, thanks. I don't think it was to become president, I'm sure they wanted him in some role as a diplomat or ambassador. I think he could do that in the future after his playing career. But yeah, that is some serious things to have on your mind outside of footy!

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