Located in west London, Chelsea is one of England’s and Europe’s biggest football teams, as they have continued to emerge as one of the main powerhouses of the sport.
Affectionately known by their fans and others as The Blues, the Londoners are one of the most supported teams around the world, with a fanbase that covers all corners.
Having been founded in 1905, Chelsea has a rich history within the sport, although it is one that has only started to be littered with the top honours and trophies that many will judge their success upon.
Whilst they won their first First Division title in 1955 – which had come as a huge shock as the heavily-supported London outfit had regularly failed to finish in the top half of the division – they managed to secure a taste for victory around 50 years later, following the arrival and backing of a Russian oligarch, Roman Abramovich; many years after Ken Bates initially bought the club for £1 in 1982.
The Blues would go on to secure numerous Premier League titles, whilst also adding to the many FA Cup and League Cups that they had managed to win. As of the 2020/21 season, Chelsea is the only team from London to have won a UEFA Champions League, as well.
The Blues have only ever played at Stamford Bridge throughout their 120+ year history, with the stadium continuing to evolve and improve as much as Chelsea does. The ground currently holds 41,837 fans, although the record attendance was in 1935 when 82,905 fans watched them take on Arsenal in a league match.
Best Players & Managers
Regardless of what era you are from, there will be a number of Chelsea players that will be remembered fondly because of what they managed to achieve whilst playing in the famous blue colours used.
Individuals such as Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris, Peter Osgood, Peter Bonetti, John Hollins, Jimmy Greaves and Bobby Tambling all starred, whilst others such as Glenn Hoddle, Dennis Wise, Kerry Dixon, Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink, Marcel Desailly, Gianfranco Zola and Ruud Guillt all tried to make Chelsea successful again, whilst a certain John Terry came through the academy ranks.
With the emergence of Abramovich, many top-quality players soon arrived, with legends such as Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, Arjen Robben, Petr Cech, Eden Hazard, Michael Essien, Michael Ballack, Cesc Fabregas all helping to take Chelsea to the title.
There are many stars currently at Stamford Bridge, with each looking to play a role in helping the Londoners to obtain more silverware.
Abramovich is known to go through managers like footballers go through football boots, but he has had a host of the best in the dugout. Prior to his time, Gianluca Vialli was one of the most successful managers in Chelsea history, but since then, Jose Mourinho has that honour, whilst Carlo Ancelotti, Antonio Conte, Maurizio Sarri, Guus Hiddink, Rafa Benitez and Roberto Di Matteo have all been successful.
Historic & Memorable moments
Whilst Chelsea’s rise through the ranks and their dominance as a top football club in the 00s will be remembered fondly by many Blues, many would find it difficult to find a more iconic moment than their UEFA Champions League victory against Bayern Munich in the 2011/12 campaign.
Chelsea would beat the Germans in their own stadium in a penalty shoot-out, but not after Drogba rescued them from what appeared to be a late-winner from Thomas Muller.