Didier Drogba Retires From International Football

Didier DrogbaDidier Drogba has announced his retirement from International Football after 12 years of playing for Ivory Coast.

The Ivorian Striker, who recently re-signed for Chelsea, has made his 104th appearance and played in three World Cups with a record of 65 goals.

In a statement, Drogba acknowledged his teammates and support from fans through his years of playing football for Les Elephant.

“It is with much sadness that I have decided to retire from international football.

“I am very proud to have been captain of this team for eight years and to have contributed to placing my country on the world stage of football, taking part in three World Cups and two African Cup of Nations finals.

“I cannot convey enough thanks to the fans for all the love and support during these years. All my goals, all my caps, all our victories are for you.

“I also owe much gratitude to my team-mates – the players with whom I have shared all these emotions – and I wish you all much success for the future and a very warm welcome to the new manager, Herve Renard,” Didier Drogba said.

The two-time African Footballer of the Year returned to London club, Chelsea for a second spell this summer.

John Terry retires from international football

John Terry has announced his retirement from international football.

This was a personal and difficult decision for John to take as playing for and captaining his country was a boyhood dream.

John first represented England in June 2003 against Serbia and Montenegro.

John George Terry plays in a centre back position for the Three Lions also the captain of Chelsea in the Premier League. He was also captain of the England national football team, holding the post from August 2006 to February 2010 and from March 2011 to February 2012.

Terry was named UEFA Club Defender of the Year in 2005, 2008 and 2009. PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 2005, and was included in the FIFPro World XI for four consecutive seasons, from 2005 to 2008. He was also named in the all-star squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the only English player to make the team. He wears the number 26 shirt for Chelsea.

Terry is Chelsea’s most successful captain, having led them to three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups and a UEFA Champions League since 2004. He is one of five players to have made over 500 appearances for Chelsea and is also the club’s all-time highest scoring defender.

In 2007, he became the first captain to lift the FA Cup at the new Wembley Stadium in Chelsea’s 1–0 win over Manchester United, and also the first player to score an international goal there, scoring a header in England’s 1–1 draw with Brazil.

The 31-year-old was named England captain in August 2006 and went on to lead his country 34 times.

John also won nine caps at Under-21 level.

Ambrose Efe signs three year deal with Celtic

Nigeria international; Efe Ambrose has signed a three-year deal with Celtic.

Ambrose, a 23-year-old defender, joins Celtic after a three-year spell with Israeli side FC Ashdod.

Efe said on the official website of his new club that it has been a long day, but it has been worth it and today is one of the happiest days of his life as he signed for one of the biggest clubs in the world, a club he has known about since he was a young man.

He said he can’t just wait to get started, to play in front of the fans, he said he would like to thank God for everything, the  manager and directors of Celtic, who placed their trust and confidence in him.

Efe said the move to Israel really opened the door for him and gave him his opportunity.

He also thanked the coaches and directors at FC Ashdod, his agent Dudu Dahan and his colleagues and fans.

Ambrose can play anywhere across the back line or in midfield and he said: “I am the kind of player who plays where it is of benefit to the team.

Celtic confirmed their place in the Champions’ League group stage this week with a victory over Helsingborgs and Ambrose is delighted to be facing some of the finest sides in Europe.

Capello close to sealing Russia coaching job

Inching closer to becoming the new head coach of the Russian national team, Fabio Capello and the RFU crossed another hurdle after agreeing to the terms of personal contract.

Capello is currently jobless, after leaving the English national team because of the country’s Football Association action against John Terry who was stripped of the captain’s arm band against his wishes.

The Russian Football Union’s acting president, Nikita Simonyan confirmed the progress saying ‘The personal contract has been agreed and what is remaining for the contract to be sealed finally is the signature of the parties’.

Russia chose Capello from the list of 13 local and foreign coaches, which was revealed earlier this month and included the likes of Pep Guardiola, Harry Redknapp and Rafael Benitez.

As hopes are high on the contract, the media in the country are so optimistic that the deal will be totally sealed and announced officially to the footballing world by Friday, a deal that will keep Fabio Capello in Russia for the next two years as agreed, making the Italian the highest paid coach in the world, with an annual salary of $12 million.

While in some quarters, the information making the round is that the 66-year-old Italian will only get $6 million annually which is less than what Dick Advocaat, his predecessor.

Capello has won five Serie A titles with AC Milan and Roma as well as two Spanish crowns and the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid.