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Chelsea Football Club was founded in 1905 in London, making it one of London’s oldest sides. The club plays its football at Stamford Bridge, which seats 41,000 spectators.
For most of its history, the club has been in the top flight of English football. It is one of England’s most successful sides having won four League titles, seven FA Cups, four League Cups, the Europa League and the Champions League.
In 2003 Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich bought the club. Over the last decade he has invested millions in the club, turning them into one of the richest teams in world football.
In 2004, Abramovich appointed Jose Mourinho as manager. Mourinho, who called himself “The Special One”, quickly became a fan favourite. The club spent heavily on new players. The most significant signing was that of Didier Drogba who signed from Marseille to replace club legend Gianfranco Zola.
Mourinho won six trophies in his four years at Chelsea, including their first ever Premier League title when Chelsea broke the record for the most points in a single season, finishing on 95. In 2008 Mourinho left the club to join Inter Milan.
In 2011 Chelsea broke the English transfer fee record when they signed striker Fernando Torres for £50 million from Liverpool.
Chelsea Football Club’s greatest moment came in 2012 when the club won the UEFA Champions League final against Bayern Munich, with club legend Didier Drogba scoring the winning penalty in a penalty shootout in Munich.
The club’s captain is defender John Terry, who is the club’s longest serving player. In 2013 midfielder Frank Lampard became the club’s all time leading goalscorer. Chelsea has a very attacking squad with lots of depth. Players like Juan Mata, Oscar, David Luiz and Eden Hazard make them one of the best teams in England.
In 2013 Abramovic appointed Mourinho as manager to begin his second spell at the London club. Mourinho’s first signing was that of Andre Schurrle. Mourinho will be looking to win his third Premier League title with Chelsea.
2013 - 2014 fixtures:
Nov 9 Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion Stamford Bridge Premier League
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