Chelsea Football Club

Geographic Location: The Chelsea Football Club is based just outside the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. The stadium is located in West London.

Team’s History: Chelsea were founded on March 14, 1905 at The Rising Sun pub (now The Butcher’s Hook), opposite the present-day main entrance to the ground on Fulham Road.
In June 2003, Chelsea was sold to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich for £140 million, completing what was then the biggest-ever sale of an English football club.

Current Success: During the 2005-06 season, they became Premier League champions for the second consecutive year.

Past Success: Chelsea has won three league titles, three FA Cups, three League Cups and two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups.

First Division/FA Premier League: (3)
1954-55, 2004-05, 2005-06
Second Division/First Division: (2)
1983-84, 1988-89
FA Cup: (3)
1970, 1997, 2000
League Cup: (3)
1965, 1998, 2005
FA Charity Shield/Community Shield: (3)
1955, 2000, 2005
Full Members Cup: (2)
1986, 1990
UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup: (2)
1971, 1998
European Super Cup: (1)

Current and Past Players:
Mark Hughes (Wales)
Petr Cech (Czech Republic)
Ashley Cole (England)
Claude Makelele (France)
Michael Essien (Ghana)
Andriy Shevchenko (Ukraine)
Joe Cole (England)
Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast)
Michael Ballack (Germany)
Arjen Robben (Netherlands)
John Terry (England)
Hernan Crespo (Argentina)
Damian Duff (Ireland)

Club Manager: José Mourinho (Portugal)

Uniforms: The club’s traditional kit colours are royal blue shirts and shorts with white socks. Their traditional crest is a ceremonial blue lion holding a staff.

Fans: Chelsea’s traditional fanbase comes from working-class parts of West London, such as Hammersmith and Battersea, from wealthier areas like Chelsea and Kensington, and from the Home Counties. In addition to the standard football chants, Chelsea fans sing songs like Carefree, “We all follow the Chelsea” (to the tune of Land of Hope and Glory), “Ten Men Went to Mow” and the celebratory “Celery”, with the latter often
resulting in fans ritually throwing celery.

Team Nicknames: The Blues, The Pensioners, The Lions

Stadium: Chelsea’s home is the 42,055 capacity Stamford Bridge football stadium in Fulham, West London. The club plans to increase its capacity to over 50,000, and there are rumors that the club will move away from Stamford Bridge to sites including the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Battersea Power Station and the Chelsea Barracks because of the current stadium’s expansion constraints.

PROS: Superstar players, located in London, lots of media coverage

CONS: The “Yankees of the EPL” (they buy all the high-priced superstars), large bandwagon, no American players


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