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Incredible scenes as Drogba arrives at Shanghai Pudong Airport

Didier Drogba was given a heroes welcome by around 750 ecstatic Shanghai Shenhua supporters as he stepped out of the arrival hall at Pudong airport this morning.

was, as ever, in the thick of it and at the scene to witness the amazing spectacle as Drogba emerged at around 8.10am to be greeted by a sea of Shenhua fans chanting his name.

The former Chelsea star wore a beaming smile and greeted his new admirers. He looked almost overwhelmed at one point, as a large police presence struggled to hold back the wildly excited fans.

Shenhua supporters had been waiting for up to an hour and a half, virtually taking over the line 2 metro out to Pudong Airport, which takes around an hour to reach from the centre of Shanghai. They carried Ivory Coast Flags, Shenhua banners and custom made “Welcome to Shanghai” banners for the new king of Hongkou.

“Didier Drogba, la-la-la-la-la” and “Shenhua are champions” were some of the chants  sung by the fans, who broke into a chorus of “Guoan SB” on several occasions to insult their old rivals who they play tonight in the China Derby.

Drogba will appear before Shenhua fans on the pitch during tonight’s China’ Derby, but won’t play until next Wednesday away to Changchun in the CFA cup.

UK trained journalist and long-time Chinese football observer Cameron Wilson has been writing about Chinese football for over a decade...

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Damian Jones

    14/07/2012 at 12:26

    2:50 .. priceless 🙂

  2. Tan_ley

    14/07/2012 at 13:15

    I love it.

  3. Shining Path

    15/07/2012 at 00:23

    And lo, it came to pass, the coming of the Messiah to lead us to the Promised Land.

    • Yiddo Huayi

      15/07/2012 at 11:35

      He’s not the Messiah, he’s just a very rich boy.

  4. kevincrumbs

    15/07/2012 at 08:07

    Loved the Guoan shabi chants!

  5. Leo

    15/07/2012 at 10:34

    Latest news!!!!!
    MESSI going to China next season!!!!!

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