Didier Yves Drogba Tébily is an Ivorian retired professional footballer who played as a striker. He is the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team, he is best known for his career at Chelsea, for whom he has scored more goals than any other foreign player and is the club's fourth highest goal scorer of all time. He was named African Footballer of the Year twice, winning the accolade in 2006 and 2009. After playing in youth teams, Drogba made his professional debut aged 18 for Ligue 2 club Le Mans, signed his first professional contract aged 21. After finishing the 2002–03 season with 17 goals in 34 appearances for Ligue 1 side Guingamp, he moved to Olympique de Marseille, where he finished as the third highest scorer in the 2003–04 season with 19 goals and helped the club reach the 2004 UEFA Cup Final. In July 2004, Drogba moved to Premier League club Chelsea for a club record £24 million fee, making him the most expensive Ivorian player in history. In his debut season he helped the club win their first league title in 50 years, a year he won another Premier League title.
His displays saw him named in the FIFA World XI for 2007. In March 2012, he became the first African player to score 100 Premier League goals. Just two months he scored in Chelsea's 2012 FA Cup Final win over Liverpool to become the first player to score in four separate FA Cup finals, he played in the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final, in which he scored an 88th-minute equaliser and the winning penalty in the deciding shoot-out against Bayern Munich. After spending 6 months with Shanghai Shenhua in China, one and a half seasons with Turkish club Galatasaray where he scored the winning goal in the final of the 2013 Turkish Super Cup, Drogba returned to Chelsea in July 2014. With a career record of scoring 10 goals in 10 finals winning 10 trophies at club level, Drogba has been referred to as the "ultimate big game player." He joined Canadian club Montreal Impact in 2015 as a Designated Player and played 41 matches over two seasons, scoring 23 goals. Drogba became a player–owner for Phoenix Rising of the United Soccer League in 2017, retired a year at the age of 40.
An Ivory Coast international between 2002 and 2014, Drogba captained the national team from 2006 until his retirement from the Ivory Coast team and is the nation's all-time top goalscorer with 65 goals from 105 appearances. He led the Ivory Coast to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, their first appearance in the tournament, scored their first goal, he captained the Ivory Coast at the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups. He was part of the Ivory Coast teams that reached the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2006 and 2012, but were beaten on penalties on both occasions. On 8 August 2014, he announced his retirement from international football. In 2018, Drogba retired from professional football at the age of 40. Afterwards, on 11 December, he became Vice President of the international organization Peace and Sport. Drogba was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, at the age of five was sent to France by his parents to live with his uncle, Michel Goba, a professional footballer. However, Drogba returned to Abidjan after three years.
His mother nicknamed him "Tito", after president Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia, whom she admired greatly. He played football every day in a car park in the city but his return to the Ivory Coast was short lived. Both of his parents lost their jobs and he again returned to live with his uncle. In 1991, his parents travelled to France, it was here that he began playing team football more joining a local youth side. Drogba joined the semi-professional club Levallois, gaining a reputation as a prolific scorer in the youth team and impressing the coach with his professional attitude, his performances earned him a place in the senior squad but despite scoring in his debut, the 18-year-old Ivorian failed to make an impression on Jacques Loncar, the first team coach. When Drogba finished school he moved to the city Le Mans to study accountancy at university and he had to change clubs, becoming an apprentice at Ligue 2 club Le Mans. However, his first two years there were marred by injuries and he was physically struggling to cope with the training and match schedule.
Former Le Mans coach Marc Westerloppe remarked that "it took Didier four years to be capable of training every day and playing every week". Furthermore, Drogba's complicated family life meant that he had never attended a football academy and only began daily football training as a grown adult. By age 21, Drogba realised that he had to establish himself as a player soon or else he would have little chance of becoming a professional footballer, he made his first team debut for Le Mans soon thereafter and signed his first professional contract in 1999. The same year, he and his Malian wife Alla had Isaac, he grew into his new responsibilities stating: "Isaac's birth was a turning point in my life, it straightened me out". His first season, in which he scored seven goals in thirty games, boded well for the future, but during the following season he did not live up to expectations. Drogba lost his place to Daniel Cousin due to injury upon his return, he failed to score throughout the remainder of the season.
However, he returned to form the following season, scoring five goals in 21 appearances. Halfway through the 2001–02 season Ligue 1 club Guingamp consolidated months of interest with a transfer offer and Drogba left Le Mans for a fee of £80,000; the second half of the 2001
Tennessee Wesleyan University is a private Methodist university in Athens, Tennessee. It is affiliated with the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church, it maintains a branch campus in Knoxville, where it offers evening programs in business administration. It conducts its nursing classes in Knoxville. Tennessee Wesleyan offers ten varsity sports; the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs compete in the Appalachian Athletic Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Tennessee Wesleyan was founded in 1857 as Athens Female College, it consisted of one building. In 1866 the name was altered to East Tennessee Wesleyan College, in 1867 it became East Tennessee Wesleyan University. At that time, the college was one of only a handful of coeducational colleges in the Southern United States. In 1886, college president John F. Spence changed the name to Grant Memorial University in an attempt to receive financial support from Northern benefactors. In 1889, it merged with Chattanooga University to form U.
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Wilson Community College is a member of the North Carolina Community College System. It is a two-year accredited college able to grant associate degrees and certificates. Established in 1958, the College has experienced extraordinary student growth since 1997 and continues to serve as a major source of education and training for the workforce in Wilson County. Students at Wilson Community College installed a small wind turbine; the College was chartered on April 1958, as Wilson Industrial Education Center. In 1964, the State Board of Education granted authority to award the Associate in Applied Science Degree and the school name was changed to Wilson County Technical Institute. Starting in 1971 and continuing today, the college has received both federal and state grants; this has made it possible to provide more services, which include tutoring disadvantaged students and training in Adult Basic Education. In 1989, The name was changed to Wilson Technical Community College. In 1993, the Department of Community Colleges granted the College the authority to award the Associate in Arts degree.
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