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Chelsea
Full nameChelsea Football Club
Nickname(s)The Blues, The Pensioners[1]
Short nameCFC, CHE
Founded10 March 1905; 116 years ago (1905-03-10)[2]
GroundStamford Bridge
(capacity: 40,834[3])
OwnerRoman Abramovich
ChairmanBruce Buck
Head coachThomas Tuchel
LeaguePremier League
2019–20Premier League, 4th of 20
WebsiteClub home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

Chelsea F.C. is an English football club that plays in the English Premier League. Their home stadium is Stamford Bridge in Fulham, London.

Chelsea is considered to be one of the most successful clubs of England, having won many trophies, including 6 Premier League, 1 UEFA Champions League, 2 UEFA Europa League, 5 League Cup, 8 FA Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup and 2 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup titles. Their all-time highest goalscorer is Frank Lampard and their most successful goalkeeper (on the basis of clean sheets and titles statistics) is Petr Čech. Chelsea is owned by the Russian billionaire businessman Roman Abramovich.

There was a supposed breakaway European Super League that Chelsea were apart of but this quickly collapsed as many English teams pulled out due to fan disagreement. Chelsea were the first of the English teams to pull out after Chelsea fans protested outside of the stadium before their match against Brighton.

History

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 untul 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,[4] 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. Frank Lampard, former Chelsea player, became Chelsea F.C.'s successor manager. He was sacked in mid-season of 2020/21 following series of poor performances and Thomas Tuchel replaced him who successfully took Chelsea to play the finals of UEFA Champions League 2020/21 to be held in Istanbul,Turkey later in May 2021.

League position

Season League Position
2000–01 Premier League 6th
2001–02 Premier League 6th
2002–03 Premier League 4th
2003–04 Premier League 2nd
2004–05 Premier League Champions
2005–06 Premier League Champions
2006–07 Premier League 2nd
2007–08 Premier League 2nd
2008–09 Premier League 3rd
2009–10 Premier League Champions
2010–11 Premier League 2nd
2011–12 Premier League 6th
2012–13 Premier League 3rd
2013–14 Premier League 3rd
2014–15 Premier League Champions
2015–16 Premier League 10th
2016–17 Premier League Champions
2017–18 Premier League 5th
2018-19 Premier League 3rd
2019-20 Premier League 4th

Former position


First-Team Squad

As of 20 October 2020[5]
No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Kepa Arrizabalaga
2 Germany DF Antonio Rüdiger
3 Spain DF Marcos Alonso
4 Denmark DF Andreas Christensen
5 Italy MF Jorginho (vice-captain)
6 Brazil DF Thiago Silva
7 France MF N'Golo Kanté (3rd captain)
9 England FW Tammy Abraham
10 United States MF Christian Pulisic
11 Germany FW Timo Werner
13 Argentina GK Willy Caballero
14 England DF Fikayo Tomori
15 France DF Kurt Zouma
No. Position Player
16 Senegal GK Édouard Mendy
17 Croatia MF Mateo Kovačić
18 France FW Olivier Giroud
19 England MF Mason Mount
20 England MF Callum Hudson-Odoi
21 England DF Ben Chilwell
22 Morocco MF Hakim Ziyech
23 Scotland MF Billy Gilmour
24 England DF Reece James
28 Spain DF César Azpilicueta (captain)
29 Germany MF Kai Havertz
33 Italy DF Emerson

Notable players

References