Hodder & Stoughton To Publish Didier Drogba Autobiography On 22nd October 2015

16 Apr 2015

Consultant Editor at Hodder & Stoughton, Roddy Bloomfield, has acquired World Rights for Didier Drogba’s autobiography from The Sports PR Company and David Luxton Associates, to be published in October 2015.

Didier Drogba is one of the most successful African footballers in history, and without doubt one of the greatest players of the Premier League era. With his imposing physique he is renowned for his heading brilliance and sheer strength; his career began in France playing for Le Mans, Guincamp and Marseille, but it was his move in 2004 and subsequent career at Chelsea that he is best known.

During Didier’s time at Chelsea from 2004-2012 he made 341 appearances, scored 157 goals, and was a crucial member of the team that brought the championship to Stamford Bridge for the first time in 50 years. He scored more goals than any other foreign player at Chelsea, and is the club’s fourth highest goal scorer of all time.

In his eight years at the club Didier won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two Carling Cups, and the UEFA Champions League where he not only scored the late equaliser against Bayern Munich but also converted the winning penalty. 2012 also saw him score his 100th Premier League goal and in doing so become the first African player to achieve this feat. He also became the only player in history to score in four separate FA Cup finals.

Such exploits with Chelsea ensured Didier legendary status among supporters and in Oct 2012 he was voted their greatest ever player.

Didier’s career for Cote d’Ivoire has been equally successful. Winning 104 caps he led his country to three World Cups, two African Cup of Nations finals, and became their all-time top goal scorer with 65 goals. Twice named African Footballer of the Year he was also the first African footballer to win the prestigious Golden Foot.

In 2012 Didier moved to Shanghai Shenhua in China and then Turkish side Galatasaray where he led the club to the Turkish league, the Turkish Super Cup in 2013, and the Turkish Cup in 2014.

In Summer 2014 Jose Mourinho announced that the man he refers to as ‘The King’ was to return to Chelsea FC and on 18th September Didier made a triumphant and emotional return in his iconic number 11 shirt. More success followed with Didier being part of the Chelsea team that won the 2015 Capital One Cup.

Didier is a UN Ambassador and founder of the Didier Drogba Foundation which is currently building clinics in the Ivory Coast. During the Ivorian Civil War he was involved in brokering peace and Time magazine named him one of the World's 100 Most Influential People for his humanitarian work.

Roddy Bloomfield says: ‘Apart from Didier Drogba’s long and spectacular football career he has a most impressive record of achievements as someone who cares passionately about the world’s underprivileged. Hodder are thrilled to be publishing his unusually gripping and inspirational story’.

For more information please contact Eleni Lawrence, Hodder & Stoughton Communications Director:
eleni.lawrence@hodder.co.uk 020 3122 6327
or Jenni Leech jenni.leech@hodder.co.uk 020 3122 6352

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