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CHELSEA FC

CHELSEA FC



HISTORY


Chelsea FC is a football club based in West London and was founded in 1905. In the early days, the club was not much famous until they reached the top tier of English football. The increase in fanbase was seen in 1955 when the club unexpectedly won its first top tier title. In the 1980s, financial problems led the club to many disastrous seasons.



GOLDEN ERA




The Golden Era of the club began in 2003 when a Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich, took over the club. He invested good money to get better players and managers. This led to Chelsea winning the English Premier League for the first time in 2005. They then retained the title the very next year in 2006. In the Golden Era Chelsea has won the English Premier League 4 times, the FA Cup 4 times, the Football League Cup 3 times and the FA Community Shield 2 times. Not only this but Chelsea won the UEFA Champions League in 2012 and the UEFA Europa League in 2013.  In fact they have won 21 major titles since 1997. They also are first on the points table in the English Premier League in 2016/17 and also have qualified for the semi-finals of the FA Cup.



SQUAD


 The first team squad for the 2016/17 season for Chelsea is as follows-

Goalkeepers

Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)
Asmir Begovic (Bosnia and Herzegovinia)

Defenders

John Terry (England) Captain
Gary Cahill (England) Vice-Captain
Marcos Alonso (Spain)
David Luiz (Brazil)
Cesar Azpilicueta (Spain)
Kurt Zouma (France)
Nathan Ake (Netherlands)
Ola Aina (England)

Midfielders

Eden Hazard (Belgium)
Cesc Fabregas (Spain)
Pedro (Spain)
Willian (Brazil)
Nemanja Matic (Serbia)
N'Golo Kante (France)
Victor Moses (Nigeria)
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (England)
Kenedy (Brazil)
Nathaniel Chalobah (England)
Charly Musonda (Belgium)

Forwards

Diego Costa (Spain)
Michy Batshuayi (Belgium)
Dominic Solanke (England)

Manager

The club is managed by the Italian manager, Antonio Conte, who is in charge since July 2016.

LEGENDS




Frank Lampard is Chelsea's all time top goalscorer with 211 goals. He joined the club in 2001 and finally left in 2014. He is considered as one of the best midfielders in football history. he is also the highest scoring midfielder in the English Premier League with 177 goals.





Didier Drogba is the only African player to score more than 100 goals in the Premier League. He will always be remembered for scoring the winning penalty for Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League final in 2012. He signed for the club in 2004 and left in 2012. He came back to the club again in 2014 for one more season.








Ron Harris has played 795 games for the club and thus makes him the most capped player for the club. His career spans to almost two decades at the club when he joined in 1961 and left in 1980.











Gianfranco Zola played for Chelsea between 1996 and 2003. The Italian will continue to be one of the most important strikers and goal scorers of the club before its Golden Era scoring a lot of goals. 










John Terry joined Chelsea in 1998 and is currently the Captain of the club. He has played over 500 games for Chelsea and continues to remain the most successful captain in the club's history. He plays as a centre back and will forever be Chelsea's most famous legend. He is regarded as one of the best defenders in football history.