Don't miss




Seven African countries' economies at risk over Brexit decision

Read more


Britain votes out: What next?

Read more

#TECH 24

The 'fintech' revolution

Read more


A certified 'palace': How hotels strive for excellence

Read more

#THE 51%

In her own image: Women in Art

Read more


World War I: When northern France was on German time

Read more


Video: Ugandan city still scarred by Lord's Resistance Army atrocities

Read more


#Brexit sparks a storm on social media

Read more


Markets, pound plunge on Brexit vote

Read more

Names to watch

Latest update : 2008-01-27

A review of some of the major stars that will be taking part in the competition: Drogba from the Ivory Coast (pictured), Mali's Kanoute, Cameroon's Eto’o...

Didier Drogba: The winner of the Confederation of African Football’s Best Player Award in 2006 and shortlisted for the honour in 2007, the Ivoirian striker is one of the world’s best footballers. Yet although he’s collected a number of titles with his English club Chelsea, Drogba is still to win an international championship. He came close at CAN 2006, making it to the finals with the 'Elephants', Ivory Coast’s national team (and losing to Egypt). This time round, the country’s football idol hopes to take the Elephants to their second title, after their first and only victory in 1992.

Samuel Eto’o: Despite a nightmare season in 2007, Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o is the other giant of African football. In Spain, he is admired by Barça fans as much as he is feared and dreaded by his rivals. Elegant and elusive on the field, his great speed and precision will be precious assets for the Untamable Lions.

Michael Essien: The big star of the Ghana team (in the absence of Stephen Appiah), Chelsea’s tireless midfielder carries on his shoulders the hopes and expectations of an entire nation, this year's host country. The Black Stars will count on the experience, selflessness and power that earned Essien a rock-solid reputation in Europe.

Frédéric Kanouté: Coveted by Europe's major clubs, FC Seville's Malian striker has proved throughout the last two seasons the extent of his talent by winning two UEFA cups and a European Supercup.

Date created : 2008-01-17