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Shanghai goes crazy over Drogba

Shanghai Shenhua’s messiah finally arrived in Shanghai, as the wild scene from Wild East Football shows. Didier Drogba, Ivorian and former Chelsea star, was welcomed by a huge mob of adoring fans at Pudong airport who chanted his name, their club, and some nice words for archrival Beijing Guoan, who Shenhua, coincidentally, would play that night. Drogba was unveiled (check out the big cheer at 1.58 when Drogba says “ni hao” to the crowd) before the game at Shanghai’s Hongkuo stadium (see video highlights here or below: that night, but not as a player), and no doubt, helped inspire Shenhua beat Beijing. I’m not a big Chinese league football fan but I couldn’t help feeling chills at the passion in the airport video, especially at 2.05 and 2.50 (warning: vulgar language).


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