AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

May 17th, 2012
Drogbacite

This weekend Chelsea play Bayern Munchen in the European Champions League final. One player whose contribution is likely to be decisive is the Ivorian Didier Drogba. Cup finals always end in triumph or disaster, and Drogba has made a habit of exaggerating those extremes, either scoring the winner or else missing a penalty or getting himself disastrously sent off. Above is a clip of Drogba doing the rounds of English chat shows.

This one was before the FA Cup final, a game in which Drogba scored the winner and became the first player to score in four FA Cup finals, his eighth goal in as many appearances at the New Wembley Stadium. The host, Graham Norton, is clearly clueless about Drogba’s cultural impact and overstates Drogba’s political impact (“You ended a civil war!” Norton simpers, to which Drogba sort of shrugs).

There’s also an annoying guest (stand-up comic Simon Amstell) at the end of the couch who is trying lamely to goad Drogba. The best moments comes from about the 5.40 mark when Drogba is told: “You say football is a religion. You’re a god.” And then he does some moves from Drogbacite.

Drogba’s intention to stay at Chelsea beyond this season is clear, but there have been suggestions that he could be moved on as Chelsea look to rebuild their squad with a fresh generation of players. If Saturday really is his last match in a Chelsea shirt, don’t be at all surprised to see him scoring the winner. He’s a big game player, provided he leaves the flip-flops at home.

* Elliot Ross contributed to this post.

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Sean Jacobs

Otherwise known as Hasan Wasan.


2 thoughts on “Drogbacite

  1. Drogba repeatedly gets told that he ended the Ivorian civil war by journalists who’ve never visited our lovely country of Africa. I hope he keeps his feet on the ground, because if you’re told something enough, you risk believing it. Ivorians would probably laugh if they heard it – fortunately for them, they don’t tend to speak English. Drogba played a role, but the real credit should go to far less glamorous figures.

  2. I have to disagree here a bit; I didn’t feel that Simon Amstell was particularly attempting to goad Drogba. If anything he was toning down his usual style quite a bit. Perhaps out of respect or perhaps just wanting to avoid offending anyone (although that certainly isn’t something he ever did with musicians). Also, I think for a footballer – or any quest actually – Drogba was dealt with an utmost respect on Norton’s show. In fact they were trying too hard to be extra respectful which is where they went so wrong. It made this a terribly awkward interview and in my view they could have skipped it because it didn’t sit in their entertainment format, but I guess since this show took over the number one BBC chat show slot I think they might have had pressures to broaden their topics and include different types of quests. Normally quests are comedians, musicians, authors, actors etc. and I think they were all uncomfortable because the conversation with an athlete, whose first language isn’t English and who isn’t Anna Kournikova, wasn’t as flowy as it tends to.

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