Michael Essien

Ghana

Asamoah Gyan Becomes Latest Ghanaian Hero To Be Given Strange, Lumpy Statue In Kumasi (Photo)

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Asamoah Gyan has become the latest Ghana international to receive a questionable sculptural homage, just days after Michael Essien was immortalised in weird, angular form by a local artist.

Essien's harrowing statue was unveiled in the Ghanaian city of Kumasi last Wednesday, with the entire internet recoiling in horror in unison at first sight.

Reports of Ghana Players Revolting Against Coach Are Denied By FA

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Following Ghana's underwhelming performance in Monday's 2-1 loss to the United States, reports from popular Ghanaian radio station Joy FM are that the Black Stars have revolted against manager Kwesi Appiah.

Fans, reporters and allegedly players are upset with Appiah's starting 11 in their World Cup opener that left midfielder Michael Essien and playmaker Kevin-Prince Boateng on the bench over youngsters Jordan Ayew and Mohammed Rabiu.

Same Day Takes: USA vs. Ghana

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UNCOMFIRMED LINE-UP

A possible Ghana line-up per reports this morning.

Ghana team to play USA: Kwarasey, Opare Asamoah, Mensah, Boye; Sulley, Rabiu Atsu, A Ayew ;J Ayew, Gyan-
Theo Sakyi (@TKSakyi) June 16, 2014

Breakdown:

The skinny: This is a massive departure from the standard 4-4-2 line-ups sent out there by Appiah during qualifying.

Ghana – 2014 World Cup squad

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Ghana shone in the 2010 World Cup and were famously one penalty away from becoming Africa's first team to reach a semi final. Heading to Brazil the Black Stars still have many players surviving from that successful team, but will the advantage of added experience count or will it just be simply older legs?

Second Teams: Ghana

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PSP's old contrarian friend Conor O'Grady pitches in on our World Cup series to tell you why Ghana is the team you should root for after the United States. Yes, THAT Ghana. Really.

Ghana names 23-man World Cup squad

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By DAN KARELL

Andre Ayew, Michael Essien, and Asamoah Gyan will lead the line for Ghana at the 2014 World Cup.

Following Ghana's 1-0 defeat to the Netherlands on Saturday afternoon, head coach Kwesi Appiah trimmed his squad by three to finalize his 23-man roster, cutting defenders JerryAkaminko, Jeffrey Schlupp and midfielder David Accam from the World Cup squad.

Ghana names 26-player preliminary World Cup squad

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Ghana head coach Kwesi Appiah has chosen one of the strongest sides in memory to represent their nation at the World Cup this summer.

Appiah announced on Monday a 26-man provisional World Cup squad featuring the likes of Kevin-Prince Boateng, Asamoah Gyan, and Michael Essien.

Chelsea

Ex-Chelsea Midfielder Michael Essien Recipient Of Harrowing Statue Tribute In Ghana (Photo)

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It's been a long time coming, but Michael Essien has finally taken his rightful place among the Hall of Misshapen, Partially-Melted Heroes the elite strata of footballers who have had dreadful statues forged in their honour.

A life-size tribute to the former Chelsea midfielder has been unveiled inKumasi, Ghana's second city, and by the looks of things, the artist responsible did so without having the first clue what a 'Michael Essien' actually is or does.

Marquee Signings Raise Interest In Local Game

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Persib Bandung's announcement they had signed ex Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien didn't just cause a stir domestically. The news made headlines around the world. It's not often events in Indonesian football make headlines beyond tanah air so for once it is quite nice to read stories that don't have a negative angle though the amount of ignorance regarding Persib, one website called them a team its readers had ‘probably never heard of' says much about the quality of journalism in some countries.

Manchester United’s Lost Prodigy & a Fallen Chelsea Idol: Juventus-Milan in Contrasting Fortunes

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Paul Pogba squared up to Sulley Muntari as the Ghanaian attempted to get an incoming pass under control. Muntari would never get the chance to settle the ball.

ESSIEN SPEAKS!!

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Michael Essien is quoted on the BBC Website speaking of Chelsea, Jose Mourinho in particular and the title race and has revealed that he sees similarities with this team to the team he joined in 2005.

He said of Chelsea and the title race:

"It's not a big surprise they are doing so well.

Why Would MLS Be Interested In Michael Essien?

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I thought MLS had moved away from signing over the hill overseas players, but it looks like former Chelsea star Michael Essien could be coming to Major League Soccer as early as January.

Essien has just changed his agent to US-based Clavijo Soccer Agency, operated by Nicolas Clavijo, son of former player and now-FC Dallas Technical director Fernando Clavijo, who fueled speculation of a potential move to MLS with this tweet:

In is prime the 31-year-old Essien was one of the most dominant midfielders in the world during his time at Chelsea.

ALL THE RIGHT MOVES AT CHELSEA - POSITIVE FEELINGS!

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As a Chelsea fan the last week has been difficult knowing that it became more and more likely that our Player of the Year for the past two seasons was about to leave us. Let's be honest, none of us ever thought it would happen did we? It has and we move on and in doing so, sitting back and taking stock of the situation with the squad now I have nothing but a positive feeling.

PHOTO: Michael Essien shaking hands with Adriano Galliani

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AC Milan have announced the signing the Michael Essien from Chelsea.

The Ghana international passed his medical on Sunday and signed an 18-month deal with the San Siro giants.

The first part of the medical didn't went smoothly as it exposed a knee problem but eventually Essien got the green light after further tests on Sunday.

TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL ESSIEN - "THE BISON".

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Michael Essien's free transfer to AC Milan has been somewhat overshadowed by the other major piece of transfer business between Chelsea and Manchester United this week. Now, it's time to pay our tribute to 'The Bison".

In recent seasons having been plagued by injury, Michael Essien has found it hard to maintain his fitness and make a consistent contribution to the team.

PHOTO: Michael Essien holding the AC Milan shirt

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AC Milan are on the verge of completing the signing of Michael Essien from Chelsea, with the Ghanaian having flown Italy for a medical.

The 31-year-old was greeted at the airport in Milan, draped in a scarf, and presented with the club's shirt by the excited fans.

Chelsea’s Michael Essien due in Italy to complete AC Milan switch

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Michael #Essien is expected in Milan this evening! http://t.co/oExmE7sjcs AC Milan (@acmilan) January 24, 2014 Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien is expected in Italy this evening to finalise a move to AC Milan. The Serie A side confirmed that the Ghana international is due to arrive with them to complete a move tonight.

Done Deal: AC Milan sign Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien

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According to Italian sources, Serie A side AC Milan have completed the signing of Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien on a free transfer.

The midfielder has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, and has been linked with a move to Italy these past few weeks.

Chelsea midfielder nearing exit as agent negotiates with Milan

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The agent of Michael Essien is currently talking with AC Milan representatives, with a view to securing a deal to take his client to Italy this January.

The Ghanaian, who has struggled for first team opportunities this season, has been linked with a move away this month, with the big-money purchase of Nemanja Matic leaving him well down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

Ramires suspended for Liverpool. Who replaces him?

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Ramires picked up his fifth booking of the season against Swansea on Boxing Day and is now suspended for the all important clash with Liverpool tomorrow afternoon. The question I am asking you the Chelsea fan reading this blog post, is "Who replaces him?".

Now before you people answer, I want you to consider something here.

Chelsea star looking to leave on loan to boost World Cup chances.

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If there was one surprise for me at the start of the season it was the fact that Michael Essien was hardly involved!

We all sat and watched his performances in pre season. He looked hungry and sharp once again and looked as though the knee problems that have plagued his recent Chelsea career were a distant memory.

GUARIN REPORTS: Why are we looking at signing another midfielder??

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Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move for Inter Milan's Columbian midfielder Fredy Guarin in recent days and if reports are to be believed, a deal has been agreed for the January transfer window. I am asking why Chelsea need another midfielder!?

The Guarin to Chelsea rumour has intensified as the player removed the fact that he plays for Inter Milan from his Twitter profile.

Sunderland v Chelsea: De Bruyne, Mikel and Ba to start?

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Tonight as part of a massive week for Chelsea, we make the long trip up north to take on Gus Poyet's Sunderland. After Sunday's win against Southampton, how many changes if any should Jose Mourinho make? You pick the starting eleven!

I believe that Jose Mourinho will make at least three changes to the side that started against Southampton with one being an enforced change due to the injury to Oscar that rules him out of this one.

Chelsea 3 Southampton 1: Five things we learned

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Jose Mourinho's Chelsea side came back from conceding a goal in the first minute of their clash against Southampton on Sunday to win three points and close the gap on table toppers Arsenal.

Despite Jay Rodriguez's opener, goals from John Terry, Gary Cahill and Demba Ba gave the hosts a hard-fought victory.

FC Basel 1-0 Chelsea: Sorry Jose, that was BOLLOCKS!

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I am so annoyed! What is it about Chelsea this month, we take a step forward then another bloody step backwards and still, the same players are not being given a chance!!!

It's all well and good Jose Mourinho admitting he made mistakes with his team selection and claiming that the players were "tired" but what about the other players in the squad who continuously sit there on the bench or in the stands waiting to be given a chance?

DE BRUYNE: Urged to leave but a massive couple of weeks for our Belgian.

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Eden Hazard as spoken out about the situation Kevin De Bruyne faces at Chelsea with it being World Cup year in Brazil next summer and has urged him to leave Chelsea.

As we know KDB has struggled to make any sort of impact at Stamford Bridge as it stands and was criticised by the manager for his performances.

Indonesia

Persib Season Ends In Disgrace After Perseru Loss

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Following on from their 2014 Indonesia Super League title success it looked like Persib were set fair to dominate the domestic game for years to come. They had the squad, they had the supporters and they had the vision off the field.
Then came the FIFA suspension. Persib had reached the last 16 of the AFC Cup but the rug was pulled from under their feet and domestically the ISL was halted.

Marquee Players Leave Indonesia Less Than Impressed

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With the Liga 1 season coming to an end it's time we look back at the marquee players and how they did over the course of the campaign. Were they any that stuck out from the crowd? Were there any flops? What memories will they take from Indonesia?
The notion of the marquee player came pretty late.

Indonesia's Marquee Players

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I must admit to being slightly confused by who qualifies as a marquee player. There I was thinking Michael Essien was one, setting the bar pretty high. You know, Champions League winner, won titles in England and France. But, and no disrespect, some of those who have followed in his footsteps have hardly been cut from the same mould.

Essien, Cole banned from playing in Indonesia without permits

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Bandung (Indonesia) (AFP) – Indonesian authorities on Tuesday banned Michael Essien and Carlton Cole from playing until they get work permits after their new club did not obtain the necessary documents for the ex-English Premier League players.

The two were signed with great fanfare last month by Persib Bandung, one of the country’s best clubs, in a boost for Indonesian football as it seeks to bounce back from a FIFA suspension and launch a new league.

Essien, Cole banned from playing in Indonesia without permits

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Bandung (Indonesia) (AFP) – Indonesian authorities on Tuesday banned Michael Essien and Carlton Cole from playing until they get work permits after their new club did not obtain the necessary documents for the ex-English Premier League players.

The two were signed with great fanfare last month by Persib Bandung, one of the country’s best clubs, in a boost for Indonesian football as it seeks to bounce back from a FIFA suspension and launch a new league.

Persib Bandung - What Can Carlton Cole And Michael Essien Expect?

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Sunday sees Persib hold their official launching ahead of the new season which kicks off 15 April when they host Arema at the Gelora Bandung Api Stadium. For high profile new recruits Carlton Cole and Michael Essien this launching may come as a bit of a culture shock. Launches are common place in Indonesia, allowing the club to introduce their squad and kit to the fans, allowing supporters to meet and greet the players who will represent them on the football pitch.

Ex-Chelsea star Essien joins Indonesia’s Persib

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Bandung (Indonesia) (AFP) – Former Chelsea, AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder Michael Essien has signed for Indonesia’s Persib Bandung, the club announced Tuesday, the highest-profile player to join a team in the country for years.

The Ghanaian signed a one-year contract for an undisclosed sum to join Persib, which is one of the best clubs in the country.

Ex-Chelsea star Essien joins Indonesia’s Persib

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Bandung (Indonesia) (AFP) – Former Chelsea, AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder Michael Essien has signed for Indonesia’s Persib Bandung, the club announced Tuesday, the highest-profile player to join a team in the country for years.

The Ghanaian signed a one-year contract for an undisclosed sum to join Persib, which is one of the best clubs in the country.

Manchester United

How Mourinho Has Forced United Into U-Turn On Paul Pogba

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His departure makes the most embarrassing moment of Sir Alex Ferguson. He let Paul Pogba walk away for basically nothing (£800,000). Pogba, who immediately walked into the first team of Juventus. Pogba who is tipped as a future winner of the Ballon d'Or and is expected the smash the transfer record when he does leave Juventus.

Video: Top nine transfers from January 2014 feat. Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal

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The video above rounds up the transfers that grabbed most headlines during the January 2014 transfer window. We didn't compile it, but included in there are: - Michael Essien - Yohan Cabaye - Mohamed Salah - Hernanes - Kim Kallstrom - Juan Mata - Ever Banega - Nemanja Matic - Dimitar Berbatov Arsenal fans would [.

The Rest

Odemwingie Scores On Debut As Liga 1 Kicks Off

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Barito Putera v Mitra Kukar 2-1 (Thiago dos Santos Cunha, Dedi Hartono; David Maulana)

First game of the season saw Jacksen F Tiago get off to a winning start against Mitra Kukar in Banjarmasin.

Persib v Arema 0-0

More than 34,000 saw these two heavyweights go toe to toe at Bandung Api Stadium though Cristian Gonzales had a goal disallowed for the visitors.

Sakiewicz says now is not the time to point fingers, more Union bits, more news

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More on the "Union fans deserve better" protest. Pfeffer up for Goal of the Week. Edu earns Team of the Week mentions. More news.

Greatest Champions League Goals: Michael Essien Goal v Barcelona

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Michael Essien didn't score that many goals for Chelsea but when he did they were spectacular none mre so than this one against Barcelona in 2009!

Preseason IMG Tournament schedule announced, Bradley says players “ready to strike,” WWC turf suit dropped, more

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IMG announces preseason Suncoast Pro Classic tournament schedule. Michael Bradley says players ready to strike over free agency. Solo suspended. Turf lawsuit dropped. More.