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  • BA: VERY IMPORTANT WIN BA: VERY IMPORTANT WIN - 14.04.2014
    Demba Ba felt our 1-0 win at Swansea was made all the more important by the fact Liverpool had beaten Manchester City earlier in the day...
  • THE SELECTOR: DEMBA BA THE SELECTOR: DEMBA BA - 12.03.2014
    Demba Ba is the latest player to put six subjects into the categories first, last, best, worst, easiest and hardest…
  • BA: NET REWARDS BA: NET REWARDS - 09.03.2014
    Two-goal Demba Ba discusses a good Saturday for him and for the team...
  • ALL BA NONE ALL BA NONE - 19.02.2014
    Ahead of our Game for Equality with Everton on Saturday the official Chelsea website caught up with the game's ambassador Demba Ba to discuss his early days in football and what his faith has taught him on and off the pitch...
  • ALL BA NONE ALL BA NONE - 19.02.2014
    Ahead of our Game for Equality with Everton on Saturday the official Chelsea website caught up with the game's ambassador Demba Ba to discuss his early days in football and what his faith has taught him on and off the pitch...
  • BLUES PAIR WELCOME NBA STARS BLUES PAIR WELCOME NBA STARS - 14.01.2014
    Andre Schurrle and Demba Ba hosted NBA star Kevin Garnett of the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, before welcoming the entire Atlanta Hawks team later in the day.
  • BA: KEEPING IT GOING BA: KEEPING IT GOING - 04.12.2013
    With the Blues facing two successive Barclays Premier League away games, Demba Ba is confident we can pick up maximum points before we play again at Stamford Bridge...
  • DEMBA BA: HAPPY WITH THE WIN DEMBA BA: HAPPY WITH THE WIN - 07.10.2013
    Demba Ba was pleased with his overall contribution to our first Premier League away win of the season...
  • BA: TIME TO SHINE BA: TIME TO SHINE - 17.09.2013
    If selected tomorrow, Demba Ba is relishing the opportunity to test himself against a strong European side...
  • A QUESTION OF SPORT: BA AND COLE A QUESTION OF SPORT: BA AND COLE - 09.07.2013
    Professional footballers have spent the majority of their lives focused on mastering their art but, away from the beautiful game, which other sports do they take an interest in?
  • DEMBA BA: PERFECT RESPONSE DEMBA BA: PERFECT RESPONSE - 03.04.2013
    After scoring the only goal of the game against Manchester United to book our place in the FA Cup semi-finals, Demba Ba spoke of the collective desire to ensure we go on and retain the trophy...
  • KINGSTON TRIO LAUNCH KITS FOR KIDS KINGSTON TRIO LAUNCH KITS FOR KIDS - 28.03.2013
    A very special launch took place today at our Kingston megastore as Demba Ba, Branislav Ivanovic and Marko Marin announced a new initiative to recycle football kits for underprivileged children around the world...
  • THE TWEET SPOT: DEMBA BA THE TWEET SPOT: DEMBA BA - 27.03.2013
    Demba Ba was the latest Chelsea man to sit down and answer fans' questions sent in via Twitter this week, responding to topics varying from his toughest opponents to his favourite foods.
  • KINGSTON SIGNING SESSION WITH BLUES TRIO KINGSTON SIGNING SESSION WITH BLUES TRIO - 26.03.2013
    Our Kingston Megastore will be hosting a signing session on Thursday 28 April, with three members of the first team squad popping down to meet supporters...
  • INTERNATIONALS: HOME SIDES HELD IN AFRICA INTERNATIONALS: HOME SIDES HELD IN AFRICA - 23.03.2013
    John Mikel Obi was the only Chelsea man to complete a full game in African World Cup qualifiers on Saturday, as the three Blues to feature suffered disappointment on home soil.
  • TRIO IN KINGSTON NEXT WEEK TRIO IN KINGSTON NEXT WEEK - 19.03.2013
    Branislav Ivanovic, Marko Marin and Demba Ba will be at the Kingston Store for a signing session on Thursday 28 March...
  • BA: TIME FOR MEDALS BA: TIME FOR MEDALS - 27.02.2013
    Demba Ba sees the FA Cup as the perfect opportunity to claim his first piece of silverware in professional football...
  • BENITEZ: LOOKING FOR ANSWERS BENITEZ: LOOKING FOR ANSWERS - 09.02.2013
    Rafael Benitez has been discussing some of the work that has gone in behind the scenes as we look to return to winning ways against Wigan on Saturday...
  • NUMBERS GROW FOR WIGAN NUMBERS GROW FOR WIGAN - 08.02.2013
    Demba Ba, David Luiz and Petr Cech will all be available to face Wigan on Saturday afternoon, but captain John Terry misses out with injury.
  • BA LOOKING FOR READING REPEAT BA LOOKING FOR READING REPEAT - 29.01.2013
    Demba Ba has already scored twice at the Madejski Stadium this season, and will be hoping to add to that tally when he revisits Reading on Wednesday night.
  • CHELSEA TV EXCLUSIVE: BITTERSWEET BA CHELSEA TV EXCLUSIVE: BITTERSWEET BA - 17.01.2013
    Demba Ba's joy at scoring his first home goal was tempered by Southampton's second-half comeback, as the two teams shared the spoils at Stamford Bridge...
  • BA: BEST FEELING BA: BEST FEELING - 07.01.2013
    Our latest acquisition, Demba Ba, made it a debut to remember as he netted a goal in each half during our 5-1 FA Cup win against Southampton...
  • THE DATA DAY: SOUTHAMPTON V CHELSEA THE DATA DAY: SOUTHAMPTON V CHELSEA - 07.01.2013
    We had to come from behind to book our place in the FA Cup fourth round, but the win was well deserved according to the important facts and figures.
  • Name: Demba Ba
  • Nationality: French
  • Date of Birth: 25/05/1985
  • Height: 189 cm
  • Weight: 86.0 kg
  • Previous Clubs: Newcastle, West Ham, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
  • Position: Striker

Chelsea Career
Demba Ba signed on 4 January 2013 for an undisclosed fee.

The Senegal international moved to Stamford Bridge following an 18-month spell with Newcastle United, and signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the Blues.

Most comfortable playing as a lone striker, Ba's predatory instincts in and around the penalty area make him a difficult player to handle and he also possesses the ability to score spectacular goals.

He was eligible to play in the FA Cup and Capital One Cup in his first season here, but could not play for us in the Europa League having appeared in the competition for Newcastle. Ba made his Chelsea debut in an FA Cup third round tie away at Southampton, and it proved an introduction to remember as he scored twice in a 5-1 win for the Blues.

He scored his first home goal for the club 11 days later in a Premier League game against the same opposition, opening the scoring in a 2-2 draw. Ba suffered a broken nose on his return to St James' Park as the Blues fell to a 3-2 defeat in February.

It was a solitary Ba goal which secured our place in the FA Cup semi-finals, when a well-taken volley helped us overcome Manchester United in a sixth-round replay.

He was on target again at Wembley, but unfortunately his goal couldn't prevent us from falling to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City.

Ba has featured sparingly during the current season, but his professionalism and desire certainly cannot be called into question, and he continues to pop up with vital goals when he does play, including a brace in the 4-0 win over Tottenham in March.

Pre-Chelsea
Born in Sevres, in the suburbs of Paris, Ba's career began at Port Autonome du Havre, where he played for two years between 1998 and 2000, before moving to Frileuse.

After a short spell with the French club, Ba, who started out playing in the centre of midfield but moved up front at the age of 18, transferred to Montrouge in 2001.

It was there he began to make a name for himself, and he then headed to England where he was offered trials with Barnsley and Watford.

Having enjoyed a fruitful relationship with former Chelsea player Ray Lewington, who was Watford manager at the time, it looked as though Ba had found a place to settle.

However, when Lewington left soon after, Ba moved back to France where he signed a one-year deal with Rouen in the Third Division.

A return of seven goals in 32 matches earned him a move to Mouscron, in the Belgian top flight, where an impressive albeit short spell paved the way for his transfer to 1899 Hoffenheim in the German Second Division at the beginning of the 2007/08 campaign.

It was to prove a significant time in Ba's development, and he was a key figure in helping the club gain promotion to the Bundesliga.

Their first season back in the top flight saw Hoffenheim finish in a respectable seventh, aided in no small part by Ba's 14 goals.

In January 2011, he was back in England, and signed for West Ham United.

After making his bow for the Hammers as a substitute in a game against Birmingham City, Ba endeared himself to the supporters a week later on his full debut, where his two goals helped West Ham fight back from 3-0 down to earn a 3-3 draw away at West Bromwich Albion.

On a personal level, his time at Upton Park went well, with seven goals in 12 appearances, but collectively the team underperformed resulting in their relegation from the Barclays Premier League, prompting Ba's move to Newcastle United.

The 27-year-old enjoyed a memorable time on Tyneside, where his ruthlessness in front of goal played a major part in their fifth-placed league finish in 2011/12.

He netted two hat-tricks in quick succession, against Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City, at the beginning of that season.

This impressive start to life at St James's Park was rewarded with the Premier League Player of the Month award in December 2011, and he finished the season as the club's top scorer with 16 goals to his name.

The 2012/13 campaign saw Ba continue where he left off, as he broke the deadlock with a fantastic volley against Tottenham Hotspur on the opening day of the season, while shortly after his brace at Goodison Park helped Alan Pardew's men secure a well-earned 2-2 draw against Everton.

His last performance in a Newcastle shirt came in their final game of 2012, a 7-3 defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates where he netted a brace.

International Career
Ba has established himself as a regular in the Senegal international set-up since scoring on his debut back in 2007 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania, though he has found himself out of favour of late.

He is the first Senegalese player to join Chelsea.

Select Season

Defensive Stats

  • Goals Conceded/Game1.36
  • Shots on Target/Goals Conceded4.82
  • Clean Sheets/Game0.18

Attacking Stats

  • Goals41
  • Shots/Goals Ratio0.15
  • Shots on Target Ratio0.59

How Goals Scored

  • Left Foot4
  • Right Foot27
  • Headers10
  • Other0

Discipline

  • Red Cards0
  • Yellow Cards2
  • Fouls69
  • Fouls/Cards Ration0.03

Goals Times

How Goals Scored