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How is Djibril Cisse getting on ever since leaving QPR?

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Queens Park Rangers saw the brilliance of Djibril Cisse’s football during his spell with the West London club. 

Having arrived in January 2012, Cisse bagged eight goals during the second-half of the 2011/12 campaign, including strikes against the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.

His goal in the thrilling 3-2 defeat to the latter on the final day of the season faded into insignificance as QPR survived and City won the title in dramatic fashion. Cisse, though, had played a crucial part in keeping the R’s in the Premier League.

During that incredible run into the end of the season, QPR also saw another side to Cisse: two red cards in defeats to Wolves and Sunderland.

Cisse’s spell at QPR was something of a last hoorah on the big stage. He’d won the Champions League with Liverpool, having excelled for Auxerre and earned the chance to move to England. Periods with Marseille and Lazio would come either side of a stint with Sunderland, before the Frenchman ended up in the capital with QPR.

Alongside an up-and-down football career, Cisse maintained an image away from the beautiful game: flash cars, designer clothes, standout hairstyles. As he once claimed, though, football was his priority, always.

QPR, then, was his last chance on the big stage of the Premier League.

2012/13 wouldn’t be as fruitful as Cisse’s first six months with the R’s and his career from there took him to Al Gharafa, Kuban Krasnodar and Bastia.

Most recently, you can find Cisse has been on the books with Panathinaikos Chicago in the American fourth tier. Stats at that level, though, are harder to find.

Perhaps, then, it’s easier to look on the 40-year-old’s Instagram page to find out just what he’s up to: promoting Joa Bet on big international fixtures, continuing to take a keen interest in his fashion and turning a hand (or turntable) to becoming a DJ.

Life after football allowed Cisse to continue building the image he always had away from the day job.

Yet, as he told the Guardian back in 2008: “Football is my number one. Yes, I like clothes and flashy things, but I know why I have all these clothes: football.”

QPR saw that in 2012 and you suspect it still remains his ultimate passion.


Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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