Didier Drogba Launches Underwear Line (For A Good Cause)

17 Apr

DrogsDidier Drogba is launching an underwear connection with French brand Hom. 1 euro from each pair sold will go to benefit the Didier Drogba Foundation.

GQ had an exclusive interview with the Galatasary star.


Exclusive: Didier Drogba on style, Jose Mourinho and Michael Jackson
By Brett Leppard Photos by James Dimmock 17 April 14

Meeting Didier Drogba at Galatasaray’s training ground in Istanbul, the Ivorian striker is every bit as as cool and calm as the 2012 Champions League final penalty shoot out would have you believe. We’re here to discuss his new underwear collaboration with Marseille brand Hom, with one euro from each pair sold going towards the Didier Drogba Foundation, dedicated to providing healthcare and education in the Ivory Coast. To mark the collaboration one of the world’s best strikers talks about being dressed by Ozwald Boateng, wearing Kanye’s trainers and Jose Mourinho’s best piece of advice.

GQ: No one has filled your boots since leaving Chelsea – who would you choose to sort out their strike force?
Didier Drogba: I really think that the players that are there now are the ones. Why? Because when I was playing there the team was different. The strikers… maybe they don’t score 35 goals, but they score very, very important goals. With Demba Ba came off the bench [against Paris St Germain] and hadn’t played for many games? He scored a goal. And Fernando, when Chelsea came to play here, nobody expected him to play and he delivers, he scores. Big players, big strikers are there for big games and I think they’ve showed that many times. Samuel Eto’o has been scoring important goals for Chelsea too. I think it’s a different system, a different time, a different Chelsea. It’s a successful one as well.

What would you rather happen this year: Galatasaray win the Süper Lig or Chelsea win the Premier League and Champions League?
I’d pick the league here with Galatasaray. I took the league with Chelsea three times and only one time here! [Laughs]

What’s the best piece of advice Jose Mourinho has ever given you?
He once told me a story about the good orange and the bad orange. We had a match and after a few days off I had an injury but I didn’t tell him. When you’re injured you’re not allowed to fly. So I went to the Ivory Coast and came back two days later and in the morning I said: “Coach, I can’t train. I feel pain – I need to rest a little bit.” And then he said to me [puts on Mourinho voice]: “Y’know, Didier? I’m going to tell you something. Y’know, those oranges? When you put one in a basket with the others and one is bad – what happens to the other ones? They become bad as well, yeah? So make sure you don’t become a bad one!” [Laughs] All I could say is: “I’m not a bad one!”

Who is the best defender you have ever played against?
It’s a big question. I like to judge players when I’ve played them many times. If I play against a player one time, it can be good or a bad day, so it’s difficult to judge. The defenders who put up a good fight and gave me a good game were Jamie Carragher, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand. They were good defenders, but also played a fair game. I always had to think the week before a match of how to score, I had to put a lot of thought into it.

When were you last starstruck?
The only person I was really, really impressed by was Michael Jackson. I’m a big fan. I was in L.A. around 2007 or 2008 when I met him. I didn’t get to talk to him, otherwise I wouldn’t be here – I’d be doing my moonwalk! [Laughs]

Who was the most clothes-obsessed player you’ve ever met?
I think Claudio Pizarro was very elegant, but with the team they have now it’s probably Ashley Cole.

We hear you collect trainers…
I’m a big fan of Jordans and Yeezys. I was lucky to get the recent Kanye West Red Octobers from Nike.

As a young man you spent a lot of time in Paris. Were you influenced by the Parisian style?
Of course. I think it has a big influence on how I dress now because obviously the French dress well – so I hope I do!

Have you ever made a major style mistake?
Maybe, but not with my watches. They are a good investment because they never lose their value. I got a Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph as a gift, and I quite like its shape.

What’s the well dressed man on the Ivory Coast wearing these days?
African people like to dress well and they like to look good. So anything that looks good on you, will look good on them. [Laughs] I wear a lot of Ozwald Boateng suits. I like them because they look good on me and because of how he keeps that African touch in the style.

What was the detail you really wanted the designers to get right with this line of underwear?
The details from the design are very important to me because it’s an African product, so the colour has to be vibrant.

Do you ever feel that African players have to bear an extra burden in their home nations – having to be akin to ambassadors and investors as well as performing at the highest level?
I’d not say it’s a pressure, but more a need for the players to not forget where they come from. To think about the other ones who didn’t have a chance to come and make it here, to be successful even though they are trying very hard. Our need is to change the mentalities in our continent. We have to be able to give a chance to everyone and not only to the rich people. The difference is too big between the rich and the poor. When you come from a poor family like me and most of the other African players, you know where you come from. You know how difficult it is.

Did that give you more passion on the pitch?
I think it’s related. I really think that: “OK, I play with passion”, but it’s because I love what I’m doing. This little extra is just the mentality in Africa to never give up, and always try and fight because there’s always a chance. A bit like with the Champions League…

Didier Drogba’s range for Hom is on sale 1 May. hom.com/didier-drogba.

Here’s a couple of shots from the launch:

Didier-Drogba-04-GQ_16Apr14_pr_b_304x456 Didier-Drogba-02-GQ_16Apr14_pr_b_304x456

– Lozil

2 Responses to “Didier Drogba Launches Underwear Line (For A Good Cause)”

  1. Christine April 17, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

    Whew! Keep it clean, keep it clean. (my inner voice) lol!

  2. jellyace April 19, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

    So now we can all get our hands on Didier’s Drogbas and feel good about it?

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