Michael Essien

By IndepthAfrica
In 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
Jan 17th, 2013
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Julian Finney/Getty Images The Africa Cup of Nations 2013 gets underway in South Africa on Saturday, with Ghana one of the biggest favourites for success even though they have not won the competition since 1982. There was plenty of speculation over the final squad until it was named last week, with p...
By IndepthAfrica
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Mar 28th, 2012
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Chelsea took a big step towards the last four after securing a narrow victory over Benfica in Lisbon. Salomon Kalou’s close-range finish gave Chelsea a hard-fought win after Benfica had carved out the better chances but failed to land the knockout blow. The result also represented vindication for int...
By IndepthAfrica
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Feb 20th, 2012
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Napoli have a largely full strength squad to choose from ahead of the clash in Naples – and most importantly, the ‘Big Three’ of Marek Hamsik, Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi are all expected to start. Uruguay international Cavani netted twice to condemn Manchester City to an early exit from the ...
By IndepthAfrica
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Jan 16th, 2012
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The Ghana Football Association has expressed its delight at the return of star player Michael Essien from injury. The Chelsea midfielder has been off the pitch for about six months because of a serious knee injury and as a result missed selection for Ghana’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign in Ga...
By benim
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Aug 8th, 2011
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Didier Drogba and his African team-mates go into the new Premier League season determined to convince Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas they deserve to be part of the club’s future. Villas-Boas has promised to give everyone a chance to impress after his close-season arrival at Stamford Bridge a...
By benim
In Soccer
Jan 15th, 2011
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Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti has signalled a sea change in the club’s selection policy by admitting he will consider dropping Michael Essien. This comes after Ancelotti revealed that the champions’ most experienced players are no longer guaranteed a place in his first-choice team. Another player bei...
By benim
In Soccer
Dec 5th, 2010
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Chelsea were given a huge helping hand by Manchester United old boy Phil Neville, but they still could not end their winless run as Arsenal moved to the top of the Premier League on Saturday. The defending champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Everton after Jermaine Beckford levelled Didier DrogbaR...