Michael Essien

Born Dec 3, 1982

Michael Kojo Essien is a Ghanaian footballer who plays for Chelsea and the Ghanaian national team. He is a midfielder who has often been touted as a box-to-box midfielder for his ability to exert boundless energy in supporting offensive and defensive play. Essien can also play in the defending position, as a right back or centre back. Essien began his career playing for Liberty Professionals in his home country.… Read More

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  • Michael Essien Leaves Chelsea To Join Ac Milan
    USA Today - Jan 27, 2014
  • Ac Milan Agree Deal To Sign Chelsea's Essien - Jan 24, 2014
  • Soccer Essien Ends Ghana Exile For World Cup Qualifier
    Yahoo News - Aug 28, 2013
  • Essien To Return For Ghana
    Yahoo News - May 31, 2013


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Essien.


1982 Birth Born on December 3, 1982.


Essien is a Ghanaian international. At youth level, he represented his country at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship and 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship with the latter team finishing as runner-up.
European scouts began to take notice, and Essien had a trial at Manchester United in April 2000. … Read More
2001 18 Years Old In 2001, even though he was one of the youngest players in the tournament, Essien took part in the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship with the Black Satellites in Argentina. … Read More
Essien made his senior team debut in January 2002 and has represented his nation at three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and the 2006 FIFA World Cup, where Ghana reached the Round of 16. … Read More


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He was also nominated for the 2005 FIFA World Player of the Year Award.
In January 2006, Essien was himself stretchered off the field, after a challenge from West Ham United captain Nigel Reo-Coker, and was sidelined for three weeks.
On 12 August 2007, Essien grabbed the winner with his first goal of the 2007–08 Premier League campaign, as Chelsea defeated Birmingham City, to set an English record for unbeaten league matches at home – eclipsing Liverpool's previous top-flight record of 63 set between 1978 and 1981.
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In 2008, he appeared in the UEFA Champions League Final. … Read More
However, on 7 March 2009, he came on as a substitute in the second half of the FA Cup game against Coventry City. … Read More
Essien was injured on international duty during the 2010 African Nations Cup and missed the rest of the English domestic season.
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In pre-season training for the 2011–12 Premier League season, Essien ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus, and received surgery on 11 July 2011. … Read More
Essien made his comeback for Chelsea from a serious knee injury on 9 January 2012, playing for 75 minutes of the reserves' 3–2 defeat to West Bromwich Albion. … Read More


2014 31 Years Old Essien signed for Italian club Milan on a one-and-a-half-year contract on 27 January 2014.
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On 2 June 2015, Michael Essien signed a two-year-contract with Greek club Panathinaikos. … Read More
2016 33 Years Old On 24 January 2016 he scored his first goal for Panathinaikos in a 2-0 league away win over Levadiakos.
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