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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Didier Drogba
One third of the way through the Champions League group stage, it's no longer too early to start drawing some conclusions. As expected, Europe's big teams are already starting to pull ahead. Here are five thoughts to chew on from this week's matches:
David Beckham will announce the next stop in his soccer career near the end of the year. Until then, he's focusing on winning one more trophy with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Chelsea captain John Terry pointed to his work helping African footballers and their charities as evidence he isn't prejudiced during police interviews heard at his racism trial on Tuesday.
Chelsea can plan its future from an unexpected position of strength as champion of Europe following its dramatic upset of Bayern Munich.
You can't keep Didier Drogba down.
Lots of money, lots of luck, and players who didn't care about winning ugly _ just so long as they won _ turned Chelsea into the champions of Europe.
Bayern Munich heads into the Champions League final against Chelsea at its own stadium as a strong favorite to win a fifth European Cup, a title that could make up for its failures in domestic competitions.
Lionel Messi scored four times to take his season tally to an unprecedented 72 goals and give Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola a 4-0 win over crosstown rival Espanyol in his last home game at Camp Nou on Saturday.
A British man has been banned three years from attending soccer matches worldwide after he was found guilty of racially abusing Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.
Chelsea has agreed a fee with Liverpool to sign Fernando Torres in what would be soccer's third-most expensive transfer.
Lionel Messi scored twice in the second half, raising his season total to 27 goals in 22 games, and Barcelona routed Real Sociedad 5-0 Sunday night to extend its winning streak to nine.
Liverpool fans protested the club's American owners and their slumping team as the 18-time champions' terrible start reached a new low with an embarrassing 2-1 defeat to Blackpool on Sunday.
Manchester United conceded two stoppage-time goals to draw 3-3 at Everton, while Chelsea maintained a perfect start to its title defense by beating West Ham 3-1 in the Premier League on Saturday.
MOSCOW (AP) — John Terry ran up to the ball, with Chelsea needing only a successful penalty kick to win its first European Champions League title. The Blues captain slipped on the wet turf of Luzhniki Stadium and his shot glanced off a post.
"It's only the second time we've reached a final for Chelsea, so we're going to do everything to go there and give everything," Drogba said.
"That's the reason why I came here, to win trophies and to make history with the club," said Drogba, who joined Chelsea in 2004. "The result is great for us, for the fans, for the club. Our fourth FA Cup final, fourth win, fourth trophy."