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Michael Essien

Michael Essien
 
Complete Name: Michael Essien
Nationality: Ghanaian
Place of Birth: Accra,  Ghana
Date of Birth: 08/12/1982
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 78 kg
National Team: Ghana
Current Club: Chelsea FC (England)
Position: Midfielder
 

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Club career history

Bastia (France), Lyon (France), Chelsea FC (England)
 

Honours

2003 Vainqueur du Trophée des champions (Lyon)
2004 Vainqueur du Trophée des champions (Lyon)
2004 French 1st Division.. Champions (Lyon)
2005 French 1st Division.. Champions (Lyon)
2002 French Cup Finals (Bastia)
 

Biography

Michael Essien (born December 3, 1982) is a Ghanaian football player. He currently plays for Chelsea F.C. in England.

He began his career in a local club in his native Ghana, called Liberty Professionals. He broke through when he played in the Under-17 World Cup in 1999 in New Zealand. This led to considerable attention from European scouts.

In July 1999, Bastia, a club from Corsica, signed Essien. At Bastia, he was not very regular, playing at right back, left back and central defense. Then because of an injury to one of his teammates, he was given a temporary opportunity to play in central midfield. Essien played very well in this role. In 2001, even though he was one of the youngest players in the tournament, he took part in the World Youth Championship in Argentina, and performed exceptionally well. He made his Ghana senior debut in the 2002 African Nations Cup.

Soon he was compared to Frenchman Patrick Vieira because of his ability to go from box to box. In 2002/2003 season he brought Bastia into the UEFA Cup. He scored 6 goals that season. He became physically stronger and a harder tackler. Soon Paris Saint-Germain, Lyon and Marseille made offers for him. He was not only popular in France, but also in England. Both major Merseyside teams, Liverpool and Everton, made offers for him.

PSG made the best offer and Bastia accepted it, but Essien rejected it, and moved to Lyon. At Lyon, Essien played more defensive midfield, featuring regularly in the Lyon team that won the third of their current string of four consecutive Ligue 1 titles.

In August 2005, Essien declared that he would "go on strike" against Lyon because of the club's refusal to transfer him to English Premiership champions Chelsea. It was announced on 14 August that Lyon and Chelsea had agreed a £26m fee for the Ghanaian, finally ending one of the longest running transfer sagas in recent English football history.

The transfer went through on 19 August, purportedly for a slightly reduced fee of £24.4m, nevertheless breaking Chelsea's previous record transfer fee, which they achieved the previous season by paying £24m for Olympique Marseille's Didier Drogba. He made his debut against Arsenal on August 21, wearing the number 5 on his shirt. He has already seemingly cemented his place in José Mourinho's side, starting the majority of the league games since his debut. He got an assist in his full debut against West Bromwich Albion, and he replaced the injured Claude Makélélé in the defensive midfield role against Sunderland in the 2-0 win on September 10, 2005. The midfield of Chelsea looks to have been strengthened by the powerful, athletic Essien, who could well form the Chelsea midfield with Frank Lampard for the next five or more years. On 15 December, he was handed a 2-match ban by UEFA for a controversial tackle on Dietmar Hamann.
 

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