Kolo Toure has just completed a move to Celtic to end his time with Liverpool once and for all.
The defender had been linked with a move almost every summer since he came from Manchester City on a free transfer. Even though he became an influential part of Jurgen Klopp’s revival at Anfield towards the end of last season, concerns about his age were a major factor in the club deciding to let him go in the summer. Toure was one of the players released by Liverpool and it made him an attractive proposition for the clubs across the world.
Even though he was approaching 35,Toure still had the ability to play on for a couple of years. His immense talent and experience are second to none. Newly appointed Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has decided to take advantage of his presence in the Bosman market by convincing him to move to Celtic Park. The Scotland club will face renewed rivalry in the Scottish Premier league since the return of Rangers to the top division has been completed. This coupled with the need to do well in European competitions puts a lot of pressure on Rodgers. After the move that reunited him with his former boss,Toure said that he is happy to be playing for Rodgers once again.
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The best striker of Montreal Impact Didier Drogba, who has been the top scorer, will be rejoining his team next week after his recovery from an injury.
The 38 year old striker left the stadium in the 70th
minute wherein there was a draw of 1-1 against the Philadelphia Union. However, Drogba scored the goal of Montreal in that game.
The coach of Montreal Impact, Mauro Biello said that Drogba has played several games in recent times and it was a game that was tough to cope with rainy condition. Didier made a late entry to the season, but achieved 4 goals and 3 assists in 7 games in this season. The player has scored 11 times in all 11 season games in spite of joining Montreal Impact late in the last season. Dominic Oduro who achieved 4 goals and 4 assists will be chosen to play as a replacement to Drogba along with Ignacio Piatti.
The head coach of Montreal is quite positive and believes that every player in the game brings something unique to the team. Drogba has good qualities and hence when different players make an entry in the team, the coach manages to adapt to those changes. Drogba is good when it comes to playing with his back. As per Biello, the team has to make adjustments by following the same principles when playing with the opposition. Read more »
Montreal Impact striker, Didier Drogba, led the resilient attack of the team that forced a draw with Columbus Crew SC despite their lead.
The draw sent Montreal Impact to the top of the table. Columbus were sitting pretty while holding a three-goal lead early in the second half at MAPFRE Stadium but the Montreal Impact mounted an impressive comeback to grab a share of the points in an improbable 4-4 draw.
Kei Kamara scored the first in the 16th minute for Columbus but the Ex-Chelsea centre forward assisted Ignacio Piatti as he equalized for Impact ten minutes later. Before the first half ended, Kei Kamara scored in the extra minutes sending the hosts into wild jubilation.
The second half started with the 2-1 score line but changed very quickly in the 48th minute when Federico Higuain (Napoli’s Higuain elder brother) scored his first of the game. The goal increased the lead for the hosts and nobody would have expected what happened next as all was well for a deserved victory.
In the 53rd minute, Crew SC won a penalty and Federico Higuain took the kick and converted but there were arguments as Federico Higuain didn’t allow Kei Kamara score his first career hat-trick. Same Kamara had been confirmed to be traded by MLSSoccer before Wednesday’s MLS trade deadline.
Manager Gregg Berhalter admitted at Tuesday’s training session that there’s plenty of interest as Wednesday’s MLS trade deadline approaches. He said: Read more »
Didier Drogba spoke excitedly to reporters after his first goal this season against Chicago in the Major League soccer. The 38-year old Ivorian had only played as a substitute twice in his first six weeks of the MLS season, Didier Drogba is hoping to start his first match of 2016 when his Eastern Conference-leading Montreal Impact host Canadian rivals Toronto FC this weekend.
“I’m improving. It was good to play those minutes, but now I need to push in the training sessions to make sure I’m ready to start.
“Maybe not 90 [minutes], but at least start and play 60 or 70. It depends how long I can rely on my legs,” Drogba said.
Drogba played for English giant, Chelsea FC after his switch from Marseille for 38.5 million Euros. He played from 2004 till he left on a high in 2012. He had a brief stint in China before moving to Turkish side, Galatasaray. Jose Mourinho gave him an opportunity in the 2014 season as they linked up again successfully before the centre-forward moved to MLS side, Montreal Impact.
The player has been battling a chronically sore knee since the preseason. The club decided not to play him just to be safe especially on artificial turf. This effectively ruled the striker him out for four of the new season’s first five games.
Drogba made his debut off the bench this season in the game against FC Dallas, playing the final 20 minutes of the 2-0 loss. Last weekend in Chicago, he entered just after halftime and scored a spectacular equalizer in Montreal’s 2-1, come-from-behind win.
Since arriving in July last season, the striker has 12 goals to his credit. Read more »
Morten Olsen began coaching the Danish national football team back in 1999 as he replaced Bo Johansson and a few years later Olsen managed to push Denmark to the qualification for the 2002 FIFA World Cup and they managed to make it into the round of 16 where they had to face off with England and ultimately lost 0-3.
From there on out, Morten Olsen has been extending his contract as the coach of the Danish national side but his time at the helm is reaching it’s end as the veteran manager stated that he will not be extending his stay any further after the upcoming 2016 Euro’s reaches it’s end.
Denmark’s Morten Olsen said: “After 19 years as a player and 16 years as coach, it is an emotionally delicate decision to take. I feel good about it, and there are two reasons for that: I do not want the distraction of people discussing ‘is he staying or is he going?’.
And the DBU will get more time to find a replacement.Now we can all focus on what it is really about qualifying for the final tournament in France. I am looking forward to the last 16 months. We have a fantastic spirit in the team, and a fantastic staff around the team. Everyone knows it is not a one-man show.” Read more »
The French side Le Mans was the initiation of Didier Drogba’s career at the professional stage and it was a very difficult start for the attacker hailing from Ivory Coast as he was hampered with injuries and his family life made it very difficult for the player as he was a father at the age of 21 which was the same time when he signed his first contract with Le Mans.
Even with all of those initial struggles and obstacles that Didier Drogba faced during first few years, the player managed to overcome all the odds and turn into one of the best forwards in the history of the Premier League and for Chelsea as well.
After having played for over 16 years with some of the biggest clubs and players in the world, Didier Drogba is well aware that his playing career is reaching it’s last few phases and this is why he recently has been saying words of wisdom to his fellow teammates and helping out the younger players in the start of their careers.
“When I was younger I was training with amateur teams once or twice a week and going to school.I was 22 or 23 when a friend told me to focus on football for six months eating well, no clubbing, sleeping well, going to train. It did work. Read more »