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Michael Essien Biography

Michael Kojo Essien is a Ghanaian footballer who plays for Chelsea, and the Ghana national football team. He is a midfielder who has often been touted as a box-to-box midfielder and a centre back. Essien began his career playing for Liberty Professionals in his home country. In 2000, he moved to France joining SC Bastia. Essien spent three seasons at the club appearing in over 60 matches before joining league champions Olympique Lyonnais in 2003. At Lyon, Essien won back-to-back league titles in 2003–04 and 2004–05 and also played in the UEFA Champions League for the first time. In 2005, Essien signed with Chelsea for a fee of £24.4 million and was considered as the most expensive African footballer in history. At Chelsea, Essien helped the club win the Premier League in 2006 and 2010, as well as three FA Cups, and one Football League Cup. In 2008, he appeared in the UEFA Champions League Final. He has won the Chelsea Goal of the season award twice, in the 2006–07 and 2008–09 seasons. As a Ghanaian international, he represented his country at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship and 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship with the latter team finishing as runner-up.

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The five most valuable Premier League transfers adjusted for current prices
The five most valuable Premier League transfers adjusted for current prices
Paul Pogba's move to Manchester United is only the seventh most valuable deal in Premier League history adjusted for current values.
5 events in the history of football that could have benefited from the use of technology
5 events in the history of football that could have benefited from the use of technology
We travel down the memory lane to bring to you 5 instances where technology could have helped the game.
Ashley Cole, Joe Cole and Michael Essien back training with Chelsea
Ashley Cole, Joe Cole and Michael Essien back training with Chelsea
The trio are attempting to regain fitness during the off season.
5 Chelsea youngsters waiting for the first team
5 Chelsea youngsters waiting for the first team
A glimpse at the lesser known youth at Chelsea, who are hot on the heels of their first team counterparts.
Jose Mourinho hated Real Madrid, their lack of team-spirit and the entire Galactico culture
Jose Mourinho hated Real Madrid, their lack of team-spirit and the entire Galactico culture
Jose Mourinho reveals that he didn't like his time at Real Madrid due to the lack of team spirit, politics and warring factions
Michael Essien heading to the A-League as Melbourne Victory move nears completion
Michael Essien heading to the A-League as Melbourne Victory move nears completion
Michael Essien will move down under for fresh challenge, as Australian side Melbourne Victory hopes to sign him.
10 best midfielders in the Premier League era
10 best midfielders in the Premier League era
We rank the top 10 midfielders of the Premier League era
5 unexpected players to have made the Puskas Award shortlist
5 unexpected players to have made the Puskas Award shortlist
5 unexpected names to have made the Puskas award shortlist
Nemanja Matic names the three Chelsea players who helped him become a better player
Nemanja Matic names the three Chelsea players who helped him become a better player
Nemanja Matic says he came back stronger in his second stint at Chelsea
Reports: Michael Essien fields interest from ISL
Reports: Michael Essien fields interest from ISL
A player of Essien’s calibre, who has managed only seven Serie A starts this season, will be invaluable in the ISL. Brazilian legend Kaka was also recently linked to an ISL move, indications of the direction the 1-year-old league is heading in.
Pippo Inzaghi the villain in AC Milan’s defeat to Juventus
Pippo Inzaghi the villain in AC Milan’s defeat to Juventus
There are multiple reasons why Milan lost to Juventus last night. The much talked about boardroom chaos, Silvio Berlusconi’s reluctance to open his wallet and the internal politics that have deteriorated this club are important, yet somewhat indirectly related reasons. To my understanding, it is largely down to the coach and his incomprehensible tactical nous.
Essien, Hoddle, Mikel and Chopper Harris have their say on Lampard
Essien, Hoddle, Mikel and Chopper Harris have their say on Lampard
Michael Essien, Glen Hoddle, Mikel and Ron "Chopper" Harris have all had their say on Frank Lampard's return and the reception they believe he will receive from the fans.
Michael Essien: Facing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge will be difficult for Frank Lampard
Michael Essien: Facing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge will be difficult for Frank Lampard
Michael Essien talks about Frank Lampard's return to Stamford Bridge with Chelsea in the coming weekend, and says it will be difficult for him to play against them.
Former Chelsea player Michael Essien talks about the title race and Jose Mourinho
Former Chelsea player Michael Essien talks about the title race and Jose Mourinho
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 bi...
10 WWE Superstars and their favourite football Clubs
10 WWE Superstars and their favourite football Clubs
While some picked the household big names to support, other WWE stars went with some eyebrow-raising choices.
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