|Full name||Chelsea Football Club|
|League||English Premier League|
|2017/18||Premier League, 5th out of 20|
Chelsea's owner is Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. Chelsea finished sixth in the Premier League (highest division) in the 2011–12 season, but won Europe's club championship, the UEFA Champions League, in the same season. Eden Hazard was their player of the year for 2015 and they also became champions of the Premier League in the same year at the end of the 2014-15 season.
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Chelsea started in 1905 and played the second division of the league. They won their first trophy in 1955, when they became Champions of the First Division. They won the FA Cup in 1970, 1997, 2000 and 2007. They won the League Cup in 1965, 1998, 2005 and 2007. In 1970s Chelsea failed to maintain their position of the first division, due to the financial difficulties. In 1990s they challenged the title of Premier League. They came close but did not win it until 2005 and 2006.
In 2003 the Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich, purchased Chelsea and invested lots of capital to employ new football players. He also employed Luiz Felipe Scolari, as the manager of the club. Abramovich also employed Peter Kenyon as the chief executive to be responsible for the commercial strategies of the club. This made Chelsea more and more powerful, and they won the Premier League in consecutive years. A third straight FA Premier League title slipped through Chelsea's fingertips after their failure to defeat Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium meant that Manchester United had won their ninth league title in fifteen tries.
On September 20, 2007, the very successful manager José Mourinho left the club by "mutual consent". This exit came just days after a shockingly poor performance which saw them barely scrape out a 1-1 draw in a Champions League tie against Norwegian side Rosenborg B.K.. Following Mourinho's exit, Chelsea made Director of Football Avram Grant, the former manager of Israel from 2002 to 2006, the new manager of the club, until May 2008. Grant took over with Chelsea trailing in the Premier League "title race" behind Manchester United and Arsenal, and managed to keep Chelsea in the hunt for the league until the last game of the season. He got Chelsea into the Champions League Final for the first time as well as the Carling Cup Final, but he was sacked at the end of the season, along with assistant Henk ten Cate. Grant was sacked from the job after he lost in the final in a 5-6 penalty shootout loss to Manchester United and replaced by Luiz Felipe Scolari, the then-Portugal coach, in August. However, after a poor run of results Scolari was sacked on February 9, 2009. Guus Hiddink took over the club until the rest of the season. In early June they played in the FA Cup final against Everton, where Chelsea won 2-1, after Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba scored goals. In that final, Louis Saha of Everton scored the fastest goal in FA Cup history, in 25 seconds. A week later, the former Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti was named as the new manager of Chelsea. Antonio Conte was their manager until July 2018 and helped them win the 2016/17 league title. Maurizio Sarri, Napoli's former manager, is Chelsea F.C.'s, current manager.
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Current squad[change | change source]
- As of 10 February 2019
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
For recent transfers, see 2018–19 Chelsea F.C. season.
Notable players[change | change source]
- Frank Lampard
- John Terry
- Didier Drogba
- Petr Cech
- Michael Ballack
- Michael Essien
- Andriy Shevchenko
- Joe Cole
- Florent Malouda
- Ashley Cole
- Eden Hazard
- Peter Bonetti
- Wayne Bridge
- Claude Makélélé
- William Gallas
- Jimmy Greaves
- Peter Osgood
- Dennis Wise
- Ruud Gullit
- Mark Hughes
- Gianfranco Zola
- Celestine Babayaro
- Tore André Flo
- Marcel Desailly
- Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
- Damien Duff
- Shaun Wright-Phillips