Didier Drogba

He’s leaving Chelsea after eight years with the club. There are/will be paeans to the man everywhere you look, but I thought I’d share a couple of photos. Below is from his debut for Chelsea in the summer of 2004, when he faced Roma in Pittsburgh and scored the third goal in a 3-0 victory. And the header is the Old Guard in Drogba’s second game with Chelsea, celebrating a goal against AC Milan in Philadelphia.

The debut, in the US of A, is a symbol in part of both his and Chelsea’s new found global appeal in the early stages of the Roman Abramovich takeover (it’s also why I’ve always found Run of Play’s wordless take, with the prescient selection of Duke Ellington’s “Far East of the Blues,” on the striker to be the best). Rumours still circulate that he will go to China, but it has yet to be confirmed.

Owen Hargreaves

Yup. My cynical self would encourage Hargreaves to produce some YouTube videos kissing the Canadian flag in the blue centenary kit all to the tune of Brenda Lee’s I’m Sorry, in order to send them over to the Canadian Soccer Association for some sort of cushy first team job. Or perhaps to MLSE.

Manuel Almunia

This video sums up his time at Arsenal, which ended today after he was released by the club, more than any poncy speech from me could. The Agony and the Ecstasy indeed.