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Chelsea Football Club

Full name: Chelsea Football Club
Nickname: The Blues
Founded: 1905
Ground: Stamford Bridge, London
Capacity: 42,449
Chairman: Bruce Buck
Manager: José Mourinho



Chelsea Football Club (also known as the Blues, previously known as the Pensioners), founded in 1905, is a Premier League football team that plays at Stamford Bridge football ground in South west London. Notwithstanding the club's name, it is not actually based in the borough of Chelsea, but just outside its boundaries, in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. It is on the Fulham Road, which runs between Fulham and the borough district of Chelsea. Chelsea currently have the seventh longest unbroken tenure in the top division, having been there since the 1989-90 season.

History

Chelsea's history is inextricably linked to Stamford Bridge - the club's stadium since its inception - and its history, therefore, begins with the building of the stadium although this was before the foundation of the Club.

Stamford Bridge officially opened on 28 April 1877. For the first 28 years of its existence it was used almost exclusively by the London Athletic Club as an arena for athletics meetings and not for football at all. In 1904 the ownership of the ground changed hands when H A (Gus) Mears and his brother, J T Mears, obtained the deeds, having previously acquired additional land (formerly a large market garden) with the aim of establishing a football team there on the now 12.5 acre (51,000 m²) site. The Mears family remained the owners of the ground (and subsequently the Club) until the 1970s.

Stamford Bridge was designed by Archibald Leitch and initially included a 120 yard long stand on the East side which could hold 5000 spectators. The other sides were all open in a vast bowl with thousands of tons of material excavated from the building of the underground railway providing high terracing on the West side.

The stadium was initially offered to Fulham Football Club, but the offer was turned down. As a consequence, the owners decided to form Chelsea Football Club to occupy the new grounds. Most football clubs were founded first, and then sought grounds in which to play. By contrast and a historical quirk, Chelsea was founded for Stamford Bridge - a readymade club for the ground. Although technically in Fulham, the founders decided to adopt the name of the adjacent borough of Chelsea for the new club as there was already a Fulham Football Club in existence.

Chelsea F.C. was founded on March 14, 1905 at The Rising Sun pub (now The Greene Room) opposite today's main entrance to the ground on the Fulham Road. This was followed by the club's election into the Second Division at the Football League AGM on May 29, 1905. Chelsea's first match took place away at Stockport County on September 1, 1905. The Club began with established players recruited from other teams and promotion to the top flight was swift, but the club's early years were uneventful. Chelsea reached the FA Cup final in 1915, but no major honours were won until the 1954-55 season when Chelsea finished top of the First Division and lifted its first trophy - the league title.

The swinging 60's ushered in an era that saw football and inimitable style merge in the heart of London; with the fashionable King's Road at the heart of the swagger. A 60's Chelsea that oozed charisma and class soon built up a major following, but ultimately failed to match its swagger with on-field triumphs. No major domestic titles were won, except for the League Cup in 1965 (Chelsea's first League Cup), followed by an FA cup final loss in 1967.

The early 1970s saw a great Chelsea team which is still fondly remembered (not least because it was a couple of decades before its achievements were matched at the club): it featured the likes of Ron 'Chopper' Harris, Ian Hutchison and Peter Osgood. In 1970 Chelsea ran out F.A. Cup winners (beating 'dirty' Leeds 2-1 in a pulsating final). A UEFA Cup Winners' Cup triumph was added to the haul the following year - Chelsea's first non-domestic honour.

But there was no further success in that decade as the discipline of the team degenerated and an over-ambitious redevelopment of the stadium (which only got as far as the pioneering East Stand, which retains its place even in the modern stadium) threatened the financial stability of the club as well. Further problems were caused by a fearsome reputation for violence amongst a section of the supporters (the boundary between passion and hooliganism being dangerously narrow in those days) and the club started to fall apart both on and off the field.

The financial problems exacerbated the club's other difficulties and a spiral of decline began. Star players were sold off, the team was relegated, and the freehold of the stadium site was sold off to property developers, which was to create serious problems in the years to come.

As always, however, Chelsea retained its high profile; and its widespread base of supporters, many of them very hard core, saw it through what proved to be the very difficult years of the 1970's and 1980's. However, although relegated to the Second Division twice, it never fell further (although it came dangerously close).

Chelsea was, at the nadir of its fortunes, acquired from the Mears family interests by new Ken Bates for the princely sum of £1, and Bates proved to be a real fighter as the new Chairman, although his opponents included supporters (who did not take kindly to his suggestion of electrified fences to keep them off the pitch) as well as the property developers who now owned the freehold. In 1992, Bates finally outmanoevred the latter and reunited the freehold with the Club, by seeing the property developers go bust and doing a deal with their banks.

In the meantime, Chelsea had achieved promotion to the First Division again as Second Division champions in 1989 and, this time, it managed to stay in the top flight: indeed, it has remained there ever since.

In 1989-90, Chelsea finished fourth in the First Division under Bobby Campbell but were denied a place in the UEFA Cup because only the runners-up (Aston Villa) qualified for the competition. Campbell quit as manager the following season to be replaced by Reading manager Ian Porterfield, a former Chelsea player. In the inaugural 1992-1993 season of the Premier League Chelsea finished 11th, but not before seeing Porterfield resign and replaced (in a stop-gap capacity till the end of the season) by another former Chelsea player - David Webb, who had been part of the legendary 1970 FA Cup winning side. He made way for 35-year-old player-manager Glenn Hoddle at the end of the season.

Although Hoddle himself had no Chelsea pedigree at all - having spent his best playing years at rival London club Tottenham Hotspur - his appointment proved to be a turning point. Hoddle recruited world class players, albeit at the end of their careers, such as Ruud Gullit, and a vision of continental flair (Hoddle himself had played for AS Monaco) was introduced to the club. Upgrading of the stadium facilities also began again, now that the ownership question had been resolved, and a large contribution from millionnaire supporter Matthew Harding (later killed in a helicopter accident whilst travelling to an away game) made it possible to construct the present Matthew Harding Stand (the North Stand).

Hoddle's first season saw the club's league position drop 3 places to 14th - but this was made up for by the club reaching in 1994 its first FA Cup final since 1970. The final was lost 4-0 to Manchester United in a game marred by the award of two penalties against Chelsea.

But since Manchester United had won the Premiership, the runners up spot nevertheless qualified Chelsea for the 1994-95 Cup Winners' Cup competition. This was its first participation in non-domestic competition since its former glory days in the early 1970's and marked another step forward for the club. Chelsea reached the semi-finals in the 1994-1995 Cup Winners' Cup competition (losing by a single goal). The same season saw a respectable if unexciting mid-table Premiership finish at 11th place.

The 1995-96 season saw Chelsea finishing 11th in the Premiership - its third 11th place finish in four seasons. Hoddle left at the end of the season to manage the England national team. He was replaced as player-manager by the 33-year-old Ruud Gullit, the celebrated Dutch exponent of 'total football' who had joined the club a year earlier on a free transfer from Sampdoria.

Under Gullit, Chelsea started winning major honours again. He made history in 1996-97 by being the first foreign manager to win the FA Cup when his Chelsea side beat Middlesbrough 2-0 in the Final. That game set the record for the fastest goal scored in an F.A. Cup ever - with Chelsea's Roberto di Matteo scoring 43 seconds into the game. This was Chelsea's first major trophy for 25 years. Chelsea also achieved its best-yet finish in the Premiership, in sixth place.

In February 1998, Gullit was suddenly sacked as manager following a dispute with the board of directors. Another of Chelsea's star foreign players, the veteran Italian striker Gianluca Vialli took over as player-manager and quickly established himself by winning two major competitions - the domestic League Cup and the European Cup Winners Cup, both in 1998. By now, Chelsea had one of the largest contingents of foreign players in the Premiership, and had the dubious distinction of being the first team to field a non-English starting 11. Out went the likes of Gareth Hall, Mark Stein, Paul Furlong, David Rocastle and John Spencer. In came Dutch goalkeeper Ed de Goey, Nigerian defender Celestine Babayaro, Italian striker Gianfranco Zola (in 2003, voted as the best player in club history by the fans) and French midfielder Bernard Lambourde. But important English players remaining in the side included defender Graeme Le Saux and midfielder and Captain Dennis Wise.

Under Vialli, Chelsea continued to win trophies faster than at any time in its previous history. Chelsea lifted the European Super Cup at the start of 1998-99 season when it beat the reigning European Cup champions Real Madrid. Vialli subsequently led Chelsea to victory in the FA Cup in 2000 (the last showpiece final to be held at Wembley before its redevelopment). Chelsea also won the Charity Shield in August 2000. But despite these trophies, Vialli was sacked in September 2000. He had, it was reported, lost the confidence of his players.

Another Italian, Claudio Ranieri, replaced him as manager and set about rebuilding what was now an ageing side. Ranieri was Chelsea manager for four years, and bought players wisely without having unlimited funds at his disposal. His team, whilst it disappointingly won no honours, routinely pushed for a top 3 finish in the league and qualified, through its league positions, for UEFA Cup competition in the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons. In 2002 Chelsea reached the final of the FA Cup, but were beaten finalists at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. Ranieri qualified for the 2003-04 Champions League competition in his penultimate season - a competition that saw the high of an emotional Chelsea victory over their London rivals Arsenal, followed by the low of ignominous defeat in the semi-final by 10-man Monaco. In the Premiership, Chelsea finished an extraordinary 2003-4 season as Premier League runners up - their highest league placing for half a century - once again qualifying them for the Champions League.

By now, the Club's extravagant spending on players and on buildings had caused it to accumulate huge debts of some £80 million which had brought it to the brink of insolvency. But in July 2003, Chelsea was suddenly acquired from Ken Bates by Roman Abramovich, a previously unknown Russian billionaire who was far and away the richest person ever to acquire a British football club. British tabloids immediately dubbed the club Chelski.

At a stroke, Abramovich used his fortune to wipe out the club's substantial debt, and then proceeded to fund the acquisition of new players on an unprecedented scale. New signings for the start of the 2003/04 season included the Irish left winger Damien Duff, Cameroon international right-sided midfielder Njitap Geremi, French midfielder Claude Makelele who joined from Real Madrid, Argentinian striker Hernán Crespo, English youngsters Wayne Bridge, Glen Johnson and Joe Cole and the Argentinian midfielder Juan Sebastián Verón. During the Christmas transfer period English midfielder Scott Parker joined after having impressed with his performances for Charlton Athletic.

Despite his side finishing runners-up in Premier League during the 2003-2004 season, and reaching the semi finals of the Champions League, manager Claudio Ranieri was sacked at the end of his fourth season at the Club, and first season under Abramovich's ownership, on 31 May 2004. It was clear that Abramovich wanted more than runners up status for his new club - and it seemed that he had the money to get what he wanted. Ranieri was well-liked inside and outside the Club, but he had won nothing, worked only with the first team, and did not share the holistic vision the board had for a manager in his capacity.

Ranieri's replacement is one of the most successful young managers of recent times - José Mourinho. Having won successive Portuguese league titles, the UEFA Cup, and the Champions League on the trot with an unfancied FC Porto, he was appointed Chelsea manager on 2 June 2004.

Mourinho's signings of Didier Drogba, Mateja Kezman, Paulo Ferreira, Ricardo Carvalho, and Tiago, coupled with the already-agreed deals for Arjen Robben and Petr Cech, pushed Abramovich's total spending on players above £200 million.

In the 2004-05 season, Chelsea went on to win the 2005 League (Carling) Cup, beating Liverpool 3-2 in the final. They are also top of the Premiership, and have advanced to the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

Honours
FA Premier League
Runners-Up: 2003-04
Division 1
Winners: 1954-55
Division 2
Winners: 1983-84, 1988-89
Runners-Up: 1906-07, 1911-12, 1929-30, 1962-63, 1976-77
FA Cup
Winners: 1970, 1997, 2000
Runners-Up: 1915, 1967, 1994, 2002
League Cup
Winners: 1965, 1998, 2005
Runners-Up: 1972
FA Charity Shield/Community Shield
Winners: 1956, 2000
Runners-Up: 1971, 1997
Full Members' Cup
Winners: 1986, 1990
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
Winners: 1970-71, 1997-98
UEFA Super Cup
Winners: 1998
FA Youth Cup
Winners: 1960, 1961
Runners-Up: 1958

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HalfLife

Youth Team
Six points out. I still think we have a chance at the league, with matchers still to play against Arsenal, and Man U. Of course, it's going to take victories in both of those games. The draw against Birmingham hurt, what with Man U losing to Wolves(hehe). But that just proves that anything is possible.

For now, must focus on beating Scarborough in the FA Cup! (Y)
 

manutd4eva

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Charlton reject 'final' Parker bid

Dominic Raynor

Charlton have turned down an improved offer from Chelsea for England international Scott Parker.

Scott Parker: Chelsea interest (MarkThompson/GettyImages)

The Addicks dismissed a £7m offer last week and today snubbed a £7.5m deal, with additional cash to be paid after 90 first team appearances, and consider the matter closed.


Chelsea made it clear that this would be their final offer for the highly-rated midfielder and Parker will now remain at The Valley.

Charlton chief executive Peter Varney said: 'The board unanimously felt that both £7m and £7.5m were unacceptable offers for the best young midfield player in the country.

'Furthermore, the offer of further sums when Scott had made up to 90 appearances is not, in our opinion, something we can realistically budget to ever receive.

'Chelsea are one of the teams that rotate their playing squad and it could take several years, if at all, before such monies become payable.

'It has been an unsettling period both for us and Scott Parker, and brought us unwanted added pressure at a time when the focus should be on the excellent achievements we have made on the field.

'However, by turning down Chelsea's final offer, we can hopefully put this behind us and concentrate on maintaining our position of fourth place in the Premiership.'

Parker was dropped by manager Alan Curbishley after Chelsea's initial bid unsettled the midfielder and he only returned to training today.
 
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youfool

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Chelsea are coached by an ardently conservative Italian coach


enuff said right there
 
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youfool

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Chelsea on paper and on the field should be one of the most exciting teams to view

some coaches (nahh a lot of the coaches) go by the philosophy that if you're seeking entertainment you should go elsewhere like to the circus or something and they really don't much care for aggressive attacking and the such

now I'm not saying Claudio is too conservative, I'm just saying that they (chelsea) play uninspired football way too often


maybe it's because he's being told that he's gonna get fired everyday that makes him a bit too defensive minded
 

Rob

Mourinho’s Assistant
:rolleyes: I will have 100 posts in here by next week. :crazyboy:

Tomas Rosicky said himself he has agreed to terms at Chelsea, all that needs to be done is a price agreed bewteen Dortmund and Chelsea. They will mlik us for money since they do not know what Champions League football is. The link to Tomas Rosicky saying this himself is on BBC. Here is the link. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/chelsea/3412231.stm

As for the title race, we are by no means out of it. 6 points is only 2 games, I am sure Arsenal will drop points as will Manchester United and we have to play them still. We should beat Arsenal at Stamford Bridge while at Old Trafford, I think we will play for a draw, but on paper it does appear Chelsea is a better cup side than League side, and that has also been proven over the last few years.

Now Scott Parker? Do we want him? Do we not? Personally I would prefer Rosicky over Parker, but I am woried Rosicky may be injury prone to the English game, while Parker is already acustomed to it, but we should get Rosicky due to the fact we lack a creative midfielder of his quality sometimes and its duely noticeable, also he has the ability to pick out the longball. His passing is superb and Crespo and Mutu will profit from it.

But who will Chelsea's next big signing be....?
 

Rob

Mourinho’s Assistant
By the way HalfLife, enjoy ya stay here at soccergaming. We need more Blues in this forum. :)
 

HalfLife

Youth Team
Originally posted by Rob
:rolleyes: I will have 100 posts in here by next week. :crazyboy:

Tomas Rosicky said himself he has agreed to terms at Chelsea, all that needs to be done is a price agreed bewteen Dortmund and Chelsea. They will mlik us for money since they do not know what Champions League football is. The link to Tomas Rosicky saying this himself is on BBC. Here is the link. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/chelsea/3412231.stm

As for the title race, we are by no means out of it. 6 points is only 2 games, I am sure Arsenal will drop points as will Manchester United and we have to play them still. We should beat Arsenal at Stamford Bridge while at Old Trafford, I think we will play for a draw, but on paper it does appear Chelsea is a better cup side than League side, and that has also been proven over the last few years.

Now Scott Parker? Do we want him? Do we not? Personally I would prefer Rosicky over Parker, but I am woried Rosicky may be injury prone to the English game, while Parker is already acustomed to it, but we should get Rosicky due to the fact we lack a creative midfielder of his quality sometimes and its duely noticeable, also he has the ability to pick out the longball. His passing is superb and Crespo and Mutu will profit from it.

But who will Chelsea's next big signing be....?
That's good to know about Rosicky. I guess ESPN need to get their story straight!:crazyboy:

I totally agree with you about the league race. It's gonna be a long road to the end, and I think we have the horses to pull it out.

I wouldn't min seeing Vieri come, but I think he just got hurt recently, didn't he? That squash any talks of that happening, I would think.
 

Rob

Mourinho’s Assistant
Hello Rusi :ewan:

Real Madrid galactico Ronaldo is set to join Chelsea at the end of the season. Brazilian daily O Globo says the former World Player of the Year has told Real president Florentino Perez he's moving to the London club after being offered a king's ransom by Blues owner Roman Abramovich.

The report also claims Ronaldo is so unhappy at Madrid that he went to see Perez on Tuesday, told him that Chelsea had offered to double his wages and added that he wanted to go.

The breaking point for the Brazilian was the fine Real slapped him with for an unauthorised trip to London last week.

Ronaldo is fuming since he said he believed he had done nothing wrong, having only travelled to London to fulfil publicity obligations for his sponsors Nike.
 

northstar

Senior Squad
Originally posted by youfool

maybe it's because he's being told that he's gonna get fired everyday that makes him a bit too defensive minded

I dont think you know what you're talking about, you fool.

If anything, the defense has been an issue at Chelsea this year.
 

Rob

Mourinho’s Assistant
Defence, and Hasselbaink infront of goal. Crespo is on notice himself, as is Mutu.

Good ol Eidur won't let me down :)

But we seem to be a bit troubled when a cross comes in, Charlton games anyone? :ewan:
 

HalfLife

Youth Team
Originally posted by Rob
Hello Rusi :ewan:

Real Madrid galactico Ronaldo is set to join Chelsea at the end of the season. Brazilian daily O Globo says the former World Player of the Year has told Real president Florentino Perez he's moving to the London club after being offered a king's ransom by Blues owner Roman Abramovich.

The report also claims Ronaldo is so unhappy at Madrid that he went to see Perez on Tuesday, told him that Chelsea had offered to double his wages and added that he wanted to go.

The breaking point for the Brazilian was the fine Real slapped him with for an unauthorised trip to London last week.

Ronaldo is fuming since he said he believed he had done nothing wrong, having only travelled to London to fulfil publicity obligations for his sponsors Nike.
Wow. This is a shocker. Rob, do you have a link for this?
 
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