Chelsea

The final of the UEFA Champions League of 2012 brought Chelsea and Bayern Munich together. Both teams were highly motivated to erase painful memories they had from this occasion. Both had lost the final to Manchester United in dramatic makeovers Bayern in 1999 and Chelsea in 2008.

 

And now, playing in their home stadium and leading 1-0 with only 7 minutes left, Bayern were sure the title was not going to slip through their fingers this time. But it did. Didier Drogba equalized the score in the 88th minute and sent the teams to extra time and a penalty shoot-out. At the end, it was the Blues who lifted their first Champions League trophy. This was yet another proof of the winning spirit of the club, which started to emerge in the late 1990s.

FC Chelsea was established in 1905. Stamford Bridge (now with a 41,837 seats capacity) has served as its home ever since. uccess came only 50 years later, when, in 1955 Chelsea surprisingly won their first Premier League championship and thereafter first Community Shield. The players that achieved these successes for the club were remembered for many years due to the fact that Chelsea would not win any titles for many years to come.

Manager Ted Drake and players Bill Robertson, Ken Armstrong, John Harris, Roy Bentley, Stan Willemse, Eric Parsons, John McNichol, Les Stubbs, Peter Sillett, Derek Saunders and Frank Blunstone are names that hard-core fans of Chelsea still remember to these days.

In the following decades success was scarce and sporadic for the London club, accompanied with relegations to the second league. They won the League Cup in 1965, the FA Cup in 1970, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1971 (with players Charlie Cooke, Peter Osgood and David Webb) and won twice the Full Members Cup in the late 1980s. (A competition held in England for 7 seasons in the years in which English clubs were banned from the European tournaments after the Heysel Stadium Disaster).

But after the establishment of the Premier League in 1992 which has attracted investors and foreign players, Chelsea started winning titles on a regular basis.  An FA Cup win in 1997 in a season in which Ruud Gullit was the manager and a League Cup, UEFA Winners' Cup and a European Super Cup in 1998 were the first titles in an impressive title winning era for the club. Mark Hughes, Dennis Wise, Steve Clarke, Dan Petrescu, Roberto Di Matteo, Gianfranco Zola and Gianluca Vialli (who replaced Gullit as a player-manager) were the protagonists of this squad.

When Russian Billionaire Roman Abramovich became the owner of the club in 2003, big money started pouring in. He contracted manager Jose Mourinho who had just amazed the football world by winning the Champions League title with Porto and contracted many other great players such as Claude Makélélé, Petr Čech, Arjen Robben, Didier Drogba, Ricardo Carvalho and Michael Essien. Together with English players Frank Lampard, John Terry and Joe Cole and under Mouribho's management between 2004-2007, Chelsea won their 2nd and 3rd back to back championships, 2 League Cups, 1 FA Cup and 1 Community Shield. The winning of titles continued with managers that came after Mourinho: Guus Hidink (FA Cup), Carlo Ancelotti (Championship, FA Cup, Community Shield), Roberto Di Matteo (FA Cup, Champions League) and Rafa Benitez (UEFA Europa League).  Chelsea became the most successful English trophy winning team in the decade of 2000 - 2010 and was the first English team to win all European trophies.

Although today Chelsea is consisted mostly of foreign players it also has a legacy of having some of the best British players in history. Many great British players have played for the club along the years among them Jimmy Greaves (1957-1961), Terry Venables (1960-1966), George Graham (1964-1966), Ray Wilkins (1973-1979), Kerry Dixon(1983-1992) and Frank Lampard (2001-2014).

Lampard is top goal scorer of the club with 211 goals. Ron Harris with 795 appearances (between 1961-1980) holds the record for most appearances.

 

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Chelsea tickets - 2017-2018
Event
Date
Price
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English Premier League (Football (Soccer)) Brighton & Hove Albion vs Chelsea
Brighton, England - Falmer Stadium
20 Jan 2018,
12:30
EFL Cup (Football (Soccer)) Semi-final: Arsenal vs Chelsea
London, England - Emirates Stadium
24 Jan 2018,
20:00
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69
FA Cup (Football (Soccer)) Fourth Round: Chelsea vs Newcastle United
London, England - Stamford Bridge
28 Jan 2018,
13:30
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69
English Premier League (Football (Soccer)) Chelsea vs A.F.C. Bournemouth
London, England - Stamford Bridge
31 Jan 2018,
19:45
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74
English Premier League (Football (Soccer)) Watford FC vs Chelsea
London, England - Vicarage Road
05 Feb 2018,
20:00
Not Final
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95
English Premier League (Football (Soccer)) Chelsea vs West Bromwich
London, England - Stamford Bridge
12 Feb 2018,
20:00
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137
UEFA Champions League (Football (Soccer)) Round of 16: Chelsea vs FC Barcelona
London, England - Stamford Bridge
20 Feb 2018,
19:45
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554
English Premier League (Football (Soccer)) Manchester United vs Chelsea
Manchester, England - Old Trafford
25 Feb 2018,
14:05
Not Final
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319
English Premier League (Football (Soccer)) Manchester City vs Chelsea
Manchester, England - Etihad Stadium
03 Mar 2018,
15:00
Not Final
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188
English Premier League (Football (Soccer)) Chelsea vs Crystal Palace
London, England - Stamford Bridge
10 Mar 2018,
15:00
Not Final
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135
UEFA Champions League (Football (Soccer)) Round of 16: FC Barcelona vs Chelsea
Barcelona, Spain - Camp Nou
14 Mar 2018,
20:45
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139
English Premier League (Football (Soccer)) Burnley vs Chelsea
Burnley, England - Turf Moor
17 Mar 2018,
15:00
Not Final
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296
English Premier League (Football (Soccer)) Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur
London, England - Stamford Bridge
31 Mar 2018,
15:00
Not Final
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268
English Premier League (Football (Soccer)) Chelsea vs West Ham United
London, England - Stamford Bridge
07 Apr 2018,
15:00
Not Final
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162
English Premier League (Football (Soccer)) Southampton vs Chelsea
Southampton, England - St Marys Stadium
14 Apr 2018,
15:00
Not Final
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175
English Premier League (Football (Soccer)) Chelsea vs Huddersfield Town
London, England - Stamford Bridge
21 Apr 2018,
15:00
Not Final
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162
English Premier League (Football (Soccer)) Swansea City vs Chelsea
Swansea, Wales - Liberty Stadium
28 Apr 2018,
15:00
Not Final
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429
English Premier League (Football (Soccer)) Chelsea vs Liverpool
London, England - Stamford Bridge
05 May 2018,
15:00
Not Final
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405
English Premier League (Football (Soccer)) Newcastle United vs Chelsea
Newcastle, England - St James Park
13 May 2018,
15:00
Not Final
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239