Chelsea Football Club was founded in 1905 in West London and they have spent almost entire history playing in the elite division of English football. The Blues managed to win four league titles so far, while also lifting six FA Cup trophies and four League Cups. The club have had some success in Europe, winning the Cup Winners’ Cup twice, while reaching the Champions League final in 2007-08.
Chelsea were pretty successful during the 50s, 60s and 70s, but they then failed to win a major title until 1997. The club’s most successful period has started with the arrival of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, with the Blues fighting for domestic and European honours every season since 2003. The club play their home games at Stamford Bridge, which is, oddly enough, situated in Fulham rather than Chelsea.
- Stadium (capacity):
- Stamford Bridge (41841)
- Andre Villas-Boas
- Star Players:
- John Terry, Frank Lampard, Juan M. Mata
- Last Season Top Scorer:
- Florent Malouda
- Last League Title(s):
- 04/05, 05/06, 09/10
- Last Season Finish:
- European Qualification:
- Champions League
- Current Odds:
- 9.20 (41/5) Betfair
Chelsea Football Club was founded on 10th March 1905 in a pub now called The Butcher’s Hook, which is situated directly opposite the club’s stadium. Stamford Bridge FC, Kensington FC and London FC were some of the names proposed, but Chelsea FC was eventually elected and the story could begin. On May 29th 1905, Chelsea FC was elected to the Second Division, thus becoming the first English club to enter a league without playing a single game.
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The only notable success in the early years included the FA Cup final in 1915, although the time saw Chelsea gain reputation for signing big name players, something that still follows them. Former England striker Ted Drake took over the reigns in 1952, bringing numerous changes to the club set up, before leading Chelsea FC to their first ever league title in 1954-55. The 60s and early 70s were a pretty successful period for the club, with the Blues constantly challenging for honours and winning FA Cup, League Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup.
The club experienced major problems during the next two decades, with heavy investment in redevelopment of Stamford Bridge seriously affecting club’s financial stability, and the club kept bouncing between the top two tiers of English football in the 80s. The arrival of Ruud Gullit as player-manager in 1996 was seen as a major boost, not only because of the player’s qualities, but also because he managed to help the Blues attract other star names such as Gianluca Viali, Gianfranco Zola and Gustavo Poyet, to name just a few.
However, it was not until Roman Abramovich completed the club takeover in 2003 that Chelsea were able to mount a serious title challenge. The Russian billionaire immediately splashed over £100 million on new players, which led to the Blues winning back to back Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006. Chelsea have since been regarded as one of the best sides in English football, although the Champions League trophy still remains just a dream, mostly due to the infamous penalty miss by John Terry in the competition final in 2008.
Despite entering the late stage of their careers, captain John Terry and Frank Lampard are still considered to be club icons and very important players. Fernando Torres was expected to make a big impact after arriving from Liverpool, but the Spaniard has been pretty disappointing so far, having even failed to command a starting place at Stamford Bridge. Juan Manuel Mata and Daniel Sturridge have been showing a lot of potential of late and everything suggests that they will soon become key players at Stamford Bridge.
Juan Manuel Mata
Win FA Cup: 6/1 at BetVictor
Win Champions League: 14/1 at StanJames
Lampard Top Scorer: 100/1 at Bet365
Torres Top Scorer: 80/1 at Bet365
Sturridge Top Scorer: 40/1 at Bet365
Villas Boas Next Manager to be Sacked: 7/1 at Ladbrokes
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