Saturday 20 July 2013

On this day in 2004: Drogba era begins at Chelsea

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall powerful striker Didier Drogba joining Chelsea

  • Didier Drogba made an instant impact after arriving from Marseille in July 2004

  • He helped Chelsea win their first Barclays Premier League title in the 2004/05 campaign

  • Drogba scored 29 league goals in his third league title-winning season with the Blues

  • In his last match for Chelsea, Drogba helped them win the UEFA Champions League

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 20 July 2004 - Didier Drogba moves to Chelsea

Chelsea completed the signing of Ivory Coast international forward Didier Drogba from Marseille in the summer of 2004 as Jose Mourinho’s side looked to mount a charge for their first ever Barclays Premier League title.

Drogba had caught the attention of Mourinho with a superb season at Marseille, just a year after joining from French minnows Guingamp. The forward scored 18 goals in 35 league matches and was voted Footballer of the Year in France.

In his debut season in the English top flight, Drogba instantly became a fans' favourite, scoring 10 goals in 26 league appearances as Chelsea sealed a historic Premier League title with a record haul of 95 points.

The Ivorian went on to have a glittering career at Stamford Bridge, winning a further two league titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups on domestic soil. In his third title-winning season of 2009/10, Drogba scored 29 Premier League goals and 37 in all competitions, the second highest seasonal total in the club's history.

Drogba brought an end to his fine Chelsea career in some style, scoring the winning spot-kick as Chelsea won the UEFA Champions League for the first time by virtue of a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Bayern Munich.

Overall, he scored 100 goals in 226 Barclays Premier League appearances during eight successful years with the Blues.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Chelsea signed Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba from Marseille