Champions League & Roman Abramovich

The Champions League Twenty20, also referred to as the CLT20, is an annual international Twenty20 cricket competition played between the top domestic teams from major cricketing nations. Roman Arkadyevich Abramovich (born 24 October 1966) is a Russian businessman and the main owner of the private investment company Millhouse LLC. 5.0/5

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Chelsea will miss out on a Champions League place for the first time under Roman Abramovich next season and Cesc Fabregas hop…
Roman Abramovich is set to miss crunch Champions League clash with Porto on Wednesday night. [Daily Star]
Chelsea managers under Roman Abramovich - how they rated 1.Claudio Ranieri (2000-04) - The Tinkerman signed Frank Lampard and agreed a deal for Petr Cech before becoming Roman Abramovich's first sacking. He blew a Champions League semi-final against Monaco. 6 2. Jose Mourinho (2004-07) - Joined as a Champions League winner with Porto. Secured a first top-flight title since 1955 and then set a record Premier League points total. He won five major tophies in three seasons before falling out with Abramovich. 9 3. Avram Grant (2007-08) - He had already arrived as a director of football, which angered Mourinho, and then took over as manager. He got to a Champions League final in Moscow, but didn't win a single trophy. 5 4. Phil Scolari (2008-09) - Having turned down the England job, the Brazilian World Cup-winning manager arrived with a big reputation. But he never won the respect of the dressing room and didn't last a season. 3 5. Guus Hiddink (2009) - Job-shared as caretaker while he was Russia manager. He w ...
Chelsea FC reports a record £18m in annual profit 56 minutes ago From the section Business Chelsea Football Club has reported a record profit of £18.4m ($29m) for the year to June 2014 - despite last season's lack of silverware. The London team has only once before turned a profit in the 10 years since it was acquired by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. The club said a new TV broadcasting deal, as well as the sale of players such as Juan Mata, had boosted profits. Chelsea are currently unbeaten at the top of the Premier League. They also top their Champions League group. In 2012, Chelsea reported a profit of £1.4m, its first under Mr Abramovich. The club then made a loss in 2013. This year's profits mean the club satisfies the Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules imposed by Uefa, European Football's governing body. Under FFP, clubs need to balance football-related expenditure - transfers and wages - with television and ticket income, plus revenues raised by their commercial departments. Money spent on ...
The talk in Spain was that Roman Abramovich is on the brink of buying Real Mallorca. Now duel ownership is not unknown in European Football. But it is fraught with difficulty especially if the clubs end up competing against each other in the Champions League. If that is the case and he takes on Mallorca then he would have to ditch one or the other. Could it be that Roman has grown tired of Chelsea and or UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations? Or even Jose Mourinho’s requests? Or will one of his yachts sit better in Mallorca than London? Chelsea suddenly seem to have become a selling club given the sale of David Luiz and possibly Eden Hazard. Why is that? Is it because Roman can’t compete with the Manchester City owners that he wants to take on Real Madrid and Barcelona? Is this the end of Chelsea’s Roman empire ? [Copy pasted from Daily Mail] -JCon
Chelsea are preparing a €100million offer for Atletico Madrid trio Diego Godin, Filipe Luisand Diego Costaaccording to Spanish reports. Following a mediocre season which resulted in missing out on both the Premier Leagueand the Champions League, Chelsea are planning on making big strides next season. It is all set up for a busy summer in West London, with the departures of Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Samuel Eto’o and David Luiz just being the beginning. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wants to build a new era at the club, and it appears Russian owner Roman Abramovich is on board and willing to back him heavily in the transfer market. According to the Spanish press AS, the Bluesare plotting a €100million raid on recent La Ligawinners Atletico Madrid. Here are the three names the Premier League club are reportedly preparing to break the bank for: Diego Costa: Brazilian-born Spanish international Diego Costa has been in lethal form for Atletico Madrid this season, scoring 36 goals in 52 appearances through ...
Jose Mourinho’s position at Chelsea is under threat as Blues owner Roman Abramovich has grown tired of his exploits and wasn’t impressed with his first season back at Stamford Bridge. According to Le10Sport, Abramovich is so frustrated he is looking into the possibility of bringing in Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone as his replacement. Simeone’s side beat Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final and are on the verge of a remarkable Double having already landed the La Liga title. That has made Simeone Europe’s most in-demand manager while Mourinho’s stock has fallen following an unconvincing spell at Real Madrid and now a trophyless campaign at Chelsea. The Portuguese boss failed to improve on last season’s third place finish in the Premier League despite his constant barracking at the job done by his predecessor Rafael Benitez. A run to the last four of the Champions League was his sole overachievement of this season but the manner in which his side let slip a lead in the second leg prove ...
WHEN FOOTBALL PREVAIL OVER EVIL Roman Abramovich considers replacing Mourinho with Simeone Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is questioning whether he made the right choice hiring Jose Mourinho last summer after a poor season at Stamford Bridge. According to Le 10 Sport, the Russian oligarch is considering the possibility of sacking Mourinho less than a year after the Special One started his second stint in charge of Chelsea. The Blues have had a poor season by Abramovich's high standards, winning nothing and finishing third behind Manchester City and Liverpool. Mourinho has claimed Chelsea's failing have been down to a lack of strikers, refusing to take the blame for himself. Meanwhile, Diego Simeone has inspired Atletico Madrid to a famous La Liga title victory and could also win the Champions League on a tiny budget compared to Chelsea's. Needless to say, Abramovich sees Simeone as a potential future manager of Chelsea and could even offer him the job this summer if he does decide to sack Mourinho. Not on ...
Chelsea linked with SHOCK move to SACK Jose Mourinho and bring in Diego Simeone CHELSEA are ready to sack Jose Mourinho and replace him with Diego Simeone after the Champions League final. The improbable reports coming out of France suggest that Blues owner Roman Abramovich is unhappy with Mourinho's failure to win any silverware this summer and believes Simeone is the man to take Chelsea forward. Indeed, French publication Le10Sport sensationally suggest that Abramovich now doubts Mourinho's ability to take Chelsea back to the top and that the Russian could swing the axe before the end of the month. Simone was heavily linked with Manchester United job before Louis Van Gaal was appointed but Abramovich believes he has a better chance of convincing the Argentine to make the move to Stamford Bridge. It is suggested that Simeone has a release clause in his contract that has not yet expired which Chelsea will look to exploit. Chelsea preparing to sell David Luiz to PSG in £50m deal to fund Diego Costa move W ...
HAS Roman AbramovicH CHANGED HIS POLICY? Jose Mourinho became the fourth Chelsea manager during the reign of Roman Abramovich to sign off from a season without a trophy – the previous three were all fired. The Russian owner has not taken kindly to zero return on his investment. Claudio Ranieri was the first to pay the price for the absence of any silverware, the Italian axed after less than a year of Abramovich’s tenure in 2004. The Blues had finished second in the table. Four years later it was Avram Grant informed that his services were no longer required. The Israeli had come within one kick of winning the Champions League only for John Terry to slip up - literally as well as metaphorically - during the penalty-shootout defeat by Manchester United in Moscow. Again, a second-placed finish was deemed unsatisfactory and Grant was dismissed. Then, in 2011, Carlo Ancelotti -despite delivering a domestic double 12 months earlier was served with his end of service letter. And, for the third time under A . ...
Despite coming close in both the Premier League and the Champions League, Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side have ended the season empty- handed. The second coming of the “Special One” at Stamford Bridge has so far yet to produce any silverware. But with Roman Abramovich being notoriously trigger-happy, is Mourinho actually lucky to still be at Chelsea? There should be no doubt that the “Special One” has underachieved this season and it is surprising that it hasn’t been discussed more widely. Although they figured more prominently in the title race this time around, Mourinho could only match Rafa Benitez in guiding Chelsea to third place. While the former Liverpool manager delivered the Europa League and Fa Cup in his interim spell last season, defeats to Atletico Madrid and Manchester City ended any hopes of success in the most recent campaign. For the first time in eleven seasons, the Portuguese manager has failed to finish in the top two of the respective domestic league. It is an impressive reco ...
Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Jose Mourinho had the chance to join Liverpool in the 2000s and build a legacy there instead of moving to Chelsea. The Portuguese manager will feel vindicated by his choice, having won two Premier League titles with the Blues in consecutive years since being inculcated into the team by Roman Abramovich. However, Liverpool were also rewarded for keeping faith in Rafa Benitez who helped them win the Champions League during that period. Meanwhile, in the current season, Rodgers, who was Mourinho's assistant during his time with Chelsea, is set to beat his mentor to the Premier League title with the Reds. Liverpool are currently nine points ahead of Manchester City and five ahead of Chelsea, though City have two games in hand over their rivals in Merseyside. A win over Chelsea in their upcoming game at Anfield will pretty much seal them the title - Liverpool's first in over 24 years. Rodgers believes that Liverpool's situation could have been much different if Mourinho had ta ...
Ab :O ut Chelsea : Chelsea Football Club are an English Football Club based in Fulham, London. Founded in 1905, the club plays in the Premier League and have spent most of their history in the top tier of English football. The club's home ground is the 41,837-seat Stamford Bridge stadium, where they have played since their establishment. Chelsea had their first major success in 1955, winning the league championship, and won various cup competitions during the 1960s, 1970s, 1990s and 2000s. The club has enjoyed its greatest period of success in the past two decades, winning 15 major trophies since 1997. Domestically, Chelsea have won four league titles, seven Fa Cups, four League Cups and four FA Community Shields, while in continental competitions they have won two UEFa Cup Winners' Cups, one Uefa Super Cup, one UEFA Europa League and one UEFA Champions League. Chelsea are the only London club to win the UEFA Champions League,[4] and one of four clubs, and the only British club, to have won all three mai ...
Jose Mourinho will ask the Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, for permission to surrender the Premier League title to Liverpool. "My priority is the Champions League".
Chelsea are set to sign highly rated Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa this summer according to UK newspaper, the Metro. The 25 year old has been in sensational form this season, more than capably filling the void left by his departed predecessor Radamel Falcao with 35 goals in all competitions for Atleti. With Chelsea’s roster of big name strikers including Fernando Torres and Demba Ba failing to deliver the goals on a regular basis this season, it’s hardly surprising Blues boss Jose Mourinho has been given the all clear by Roman Abramovich to part ways with the £50 million required in order to bring the Brazilian to South West London. The classy striker, who netted in Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 win over Getafe today, will get to sample a taste of London life much earlier than expected (injury pending) with Diego Simeone’s side and Chelsea drawn together in the Semi finals of this year’s Champions League on Friday
Five facts on Chelsea who qualified for the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday by beating Paris St Germain- *Chelsea are now in the Champions League semi-finals for the seventh time in 11 years. They won in 2012. *Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich, who is worth a reputed $14 billion according to Forbes, took over Chelsea in 2003 and has since spent more than $1 billion on the team where he rarely misses a home game. *Abramovich has changed manager 10 times in his time as owner, clashing with top names such as Felipe Scolari, Carlo Ancelotti and Andre Villas-Boas. *Fernando Torres, the Spanish international who came on as a substitute for Chelsea against Paris St Germain, cost a then British record £50 million ($85 million) when signed from Liverpool in January 2011. He is now struggling to get a start for Spain's World Cup team. *Manager Jose Mourinho, in his second stint at Chelsea, is bidding to become the first coach to win the Champions League with three different clubs after Porto (2004) and Inte ...
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Roberto Di Matteo: Champions League Winners (2012) and Rafael Benitez: Europa League Winners (2013) On 4 March, following a 1–0 defeat against West Bromwich Albion, Andre Villas-Boas was sacked as Chelsea manager after 9 months in charge; his win percentage was under 50%, which was unprecedented for Abramovich-era Chelsea managers. At the time of his sacking the team were 5th in the league and on the brink of Champions League elimination after a disastrous 3-1 away loss to SC Napoli; many fans supported the decision, with the song 'Roman Abramovich, he sacks who he wants' being sung at the first match after his sacking. A club statement read that results had "not been good enough and were showing no signs of improving at a key time in the season."[86] Italian first team assistant manager (and Former Chelsea player) Roberto Di Matteo was appointed caretaker manager until the end of the season. In his first match in charge, Chelsea beat Birmingham City 2–0 to reach the Fa Cup quarter-finals thanks to se ...
Mourinho: I'd return to Inter after Chelsea! Jose Mourinho admits he would consider a return to Inter if Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich no longer wanted him at Stamford Bridge. The 51-year-old spent two seasons with the Italian club and left in 2010 having won Serie A, the Champions League and the Coppa Italia in his final campaign. "Right now I'm fine at Chelsea, but in the future Abramovich could decide that my adventure here is over," Mourinho told Mediaset. "That day I could go back to Italy and it's normal for me to think about Inter. But only Inter, not another Italian club." Mourinho joined Real Madrid after his spell at San Siro, before returning to Stamford Bridge last summer to takeover from interim coach Rafa Benitez.
Chelsea is looking to bring Didier Drogba back to Stamford Bridge in the summer, with owner Roman Abramovich reportedly the driving force behind the move. Drogba, who turns 36 in March, is wanted back in West London as a coach, reports The Times and Sunday People, to help Chelsea create their own star strikers of the future rather than spend millions on proven talent. The move could well appeal to the striker, whose Galatasaray host Jose Mourinho's Premier League leaders on Wednesday in the Champions League round of 16, as his wife Lalla and children still live near London. VIDEOScroll down to see Drogba scoring a superb goal for Galatasaray
Come and join me! Thierry Henry wants Chelsea legend Didier Drogba with him in New York. In other news,... Thierry Henry wants Didier Drogba to join him for one last farewell fling to his career at the New York Red Bulls. The Galatasaray star and Chelsea legend, 35, will be a free agent at the end of this season and is set to move on from the Turkish club. And now Drogba is at the centre of a tug of war between two of the Major League Soccer’s biggest clubs, Henry’s Red Bulls, and the Seattle Sounders. Drogba faces Chelsea tomorrow night in Istanbul for the first time since he drilled home the penalty that won the Champions League in 2012. The Ivorian also also has the chance to return to Stamford Bridge in a coaching role working with Chelsea’s strikers. But the offer of a lucrative move to the USA to share a pitch with Henry in New York will be hard to resist. Drogba is still close to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who wants to bring him back to Stamford Bridgee - but that is likely to mean a mas ...
Didier Drogba considering summer return to Stamford Bridge as coach. Didier Drogba is considering rejoining Chelsea when his contract with Galatasaray expires at the end this season. The Ivorian striker, who is preparing for Wednesday's emotional Champions League reunion with the club he won that competition for, has been invited to start his coaching career under Jose Mourinho in an approach sanctioned by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. The opportunity to play at Stamford Bridge for the first time since he led Chelsea to Champions League glory in 2012 — he scored a late equaliser and a shootout decider in the final against Bayern Munich — is regarded by Drogba as “a gift from God”. So powerful is the Ivorian’s affinity with Chelsea that he rejected a multimillion-pound offer to move from Galatasaray to Major League Soccer in the winter transfer window. He did not want to miss the two round-of-16 ties. Read more here:
They're underachievers! Jose sticks the boot into City before clash of the Big spenders Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes Manchester City have underachieved, particularly in Europe, since the start of one of the most extravagant spending sprees football will ever see. City won a first Premier League title in 44 years in 2012, but have yet to make a firm impact on the Champions League, in which they face the might of Barcelona later this month in the first knockout round. Mourinho was manager early in the Roman Abramovich revolution, guiding Chelsea to a first championship in 50 years, something they successfully defended, while also winning the League Cup twice and the Fa Cup in a period bankrolled by the billionaire Russian oligarch. The early trophy return following Abramovich's outlandish spending compares favourably with Sheikh Mansour's outlay under Roberto Mancini, who is now in charge of a Galatasaray team Chelsea face in Europe this month. 'They won one title, won a couple of cups,' said Mourinh ...
CHELSEA MAKES Luis Suarez THEIR TOP TARGET - METRO REPORTS Chelsea are believed to have made Liverpool striker Luis Suarez their top summer transfer target following talks this week. Blues boss Jose Mourinho was scheduled to sit down with Roman Abramovich to discuss the fallout from the January window – along with plans for buying players next season. And according to reports in South America,Mourinho made it clear that Liverpool hitman Suarez is the player he wants to drive the club forward. The Chelsea manager admitted last week that he is keen to bring in a world class striker to the club,but said the player he wanted would only be available in the summer. That player is said to be Suarez,who has enjoyed a stunning season so far,&could well fire Liverpool into the Champions League next season – underlining exactly why he was not for sale last month. A summer move looks more likely,but Chelsea will face competition from Arsenal,where Arsene Wenger admits he is still a huge fan of the striker,&Real M ...
After 20 years of Premier League football fanatix thought it was about time to take a look back at the 20 greatest players to grace the English top tier during that time. 20. Matt Le Tissier Club: Southampton. Hardly built like an athlete, but what Le Tissier lacked physically the forward more than made up for in talent, scoring 102 league goals in 270 matches despite not playing as an out-and-out striker. 19. Rio Ferdinand Clubs: West Ham United, Leeds United, Manchester United. Was the British record transfer in 2001 when the Red Devils paid a whopping £30m for the centre-back, who in nearly 13 years at Old Trafford has won six league titles and the Champions League. 18. Gianfranco Zola Club: Chelsea. Remains a hugely popular figure at Stamford Bridge despite leaving the club before the influx of success Roman Abramovich's millions bought and the Italian was a truly top-class star. 17. John Terry Club: Chelsea. Another Blues legend and a captain that has guided the West London club to three league titl ...
MATA OPEN LETTER TO CHELSEA FC PART2 Furthermore, thanks to every manager I have had the pleasure to work with during my time here. They have all been a big help for my progression as a player. I have always respected their decisions, whatever they were; they made me more mature and a stronger person. You learn from everything, and certain situations make you think about other team mates who are coping with similar situations more regularly. Thank you Andre for giving me the opportunity to join Chelsea FC. Without your support, none of this would have happened. To Robbie and Rafa, for their unlimited trust in me. And to Jose, for making me a stronger player, because in difficult moments, I have learnt to remain positive and to keep working hard. Lastly, I want to thank the Club, and in particular its owner, Roman Abramovich, for trusting me and making an important investment when signing me. Also for their understanding regarding my situation over the last months. I’m very glad to have been part of the ...
Michael Essien has revealed that it was new AC Milan boss Clarence Seedorf who convinced him to leaveChelsea.The Rossoneri confirmed on Friday that the midfielder was set to join the club on a free transfer, having spent most of the Premier League season on the bench under Jose Mourinho."I can't wait to play for Milan," the Ghana international, 31, told reporters after landing in Italy on Friday. "Kaka and Balotelli are great players."I joined Milan because of Seedorf. I spoke with him two days ago. Seedorf is a great man and I hope that he will also become a great manager."I'm happy to be at Milan. They're a great club. l will do my best for them."I want to thank [Chelsea chairman] Roman Abramovich, the squad and Mourinho, who gave me the chance to join Milan."Essien will be the latest expense-free arrival at Milan in the January window on the back of Keisuke Honda's free transfer from CSKA Moscow and Adil Rami's loan move from Valencia.The Ghanaian is eligible to compete in the Champions League for Seed ...
It is now been over decade since I became a loyal Chelsea fan. In these years we - the club and we the supporters - have had many years of pain and near-misses, especially on the biggest stage of Club Football: the UEFA Champions League. However, we have equally enjoyed times of success on the domestic front and finally on the much-coveted European stage - I doubt if any Chelsea fan will ever forget the night of 19 May 2012 at the Allianz Arena. As a very ambitious club side, we've been lucky to be bankrolled by a Russian business tycoon, Roman Abramovich, whose ambitions are just as tall. The Russian's arrival signalled a sweeping change in the club's policies, especially in the transfer market, where the club has spent heavily to secure gifted players but selling theirs - at the twilight of their careers, it must be noted - at a very paltry sum. Regardless of the effects of this on the balance sheet, the club has continued to progress on and off the pitch, and despite occasional losses of form, the resu ...
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is a “pioneer” who has transformed football in his decade at the club, ex-sporting director Frank Arnesen has said. The Blues have won three Premier League titles, one Champions League and four Fa Cups since the Russian billionaire bought them in July 2003...
Millionaires in football The arrival of Peter Lim in Valencia is not the first instance of a multi-millionaire entering the world of football. Here are a few of the better-known ones: Roman Abramovich He was the first oligarch to take an interest in football. In 2003 he acquired Chelsea, a club which he is still the proprietor of. His record is one Champions League, one Europa League, 2 Premier Leagues and 3 Fa Cup wins. Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani The visible spokesman at PSG is Nasser Al-Khelaifi, but the actual owner of the club is the Emir of Qatar. He is not on the Forbes List, but his fortune is incalculable. Peter Lim Heads the list of those interested in Valencia. Has the fifth-biggest fortune in Singapore, nowadays the nation with the greatest transparency in business the world over, together with Denmark and New Zealand. Alisher Usmanov From Uzbekistan. One of the 40 biggest fortunes in the world. The owner of Arsenal, and he is also president of the International Fencing Federation which has enabl ...
When Roberto Di Matteo was sacked by Roman Abramovich despite winning the Champions League
When Andre Villas-Boas woke up on Tuesday morning, he probably would've had a shred of regret, and wondered why he ever walked into English football. Two jobs at Chelsea and Tottenham, two failures. When his bank statement is ready to be viewed, he may just manage a wry smile. The Portugese boss has collected a staggering £16 million in compensation from his sackings in the Premier League. £12 million from Roman Abramovich at Chelsea, and £4.5 million from Spurs. AVB may be advised to divert himself away from English football, for the sake of his managerial career. If the decision was made based on the health of his bank account, he'll be a permanent fixture in the managerial merry-go-round of the Premier League. He's been linked to the managerial vacancy at West Brom, but he may opt to take time out of the game after spending little time in between his two London jobs. Villas-Boas is not the only one to get a big pay-cheque from Chelsea, with Champions League winner Roberto Di-Matteo still picking up ...
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'Bale sale the root of Villas-Boas sacking' 16 December 2013 Updated 14:09 GMT By Phil Mcnulty - Chief football writer, BBC Sport The nightmare played out in front of Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy at White Hart Lane on Sunday was simply too grim for manager Andre Villas-Boas to survive - and so it proved as he was sacked only 16 games into the Premier League season. Spurs are only six points behind the vibrant Liverpool side that dismantled them piece by piece in that 5-0 defeat and five points adrift of the Champions League places that represented the minimum requirement for Villas-Boas this season. But it was the scale of the gap in style and quality between Spurs and Liverpool, with the recent 6-0 loss at Manchester City no doubt still fresh in Levy's mind, that was the final straw for this demanding chairman. And to trace the roots of Villas- Boas's demise requires a journey back to the summer and the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid in an £85.3m move. Villas-Boas lost his match winner, th ...
Jose Mourinho admits Chelsea could end up winning nothing this season - which would be the first trophyless campaign of his career. Mourinho has won silverware every year he has been in work for the last decade, at Porto, in his first spell at Chelsea, then Inter Milan and Real Madrid. No Chelsea boss has ever been spared the axe by owner Roman Abramovich if they failed to win a trophy - and some have been sacked even if they did win silverware. And Mourinho admits failing to add a trophy to the Chelsea cabinet this season would fall short of his employer's expectations. He said: "Last season was the worst I have had - at Real. We only won the Spanish Super Cup.It was not much, but it was something. "Would it be acceptable to win nothing this season, what with my personal approach, my philosophy and the nature of this club? No, it's not acceptable. "But it's possible it could happen. We're competing with very important teams in the Champions League and domestically. "I'm not happy.
Jose Mourinho last night conceded a trophyless season would not be “acceptable” at Chelsea. Blues boss Mourinho has tried to take the heat off his players by insisting they are not favourites for the Premier League or Champions League. But he is aware of the price of “failure” exacted on every Chelsea manager in the Roman Abramovich era. Mourinho said: “We don’t want to accept the idea of being able to play for free, to have no targets. We want to think that not winning is not acceptable. “But what I always say is that the second season at any club is normally the best. After one season, we can analyse in a cold way, look at 12 months, 60 matches. “Normally, teams in their second season have to be better than the first. We’re in a transitional period.” Ashley Cole, whom Mourinho admitted would be “not happy” at giving way to Cesar Azpilicueta on Saturday, after ending his seven-game absence against Steaua Bucharest, is among three Chelsea stalwarts out of contract at the end of the ...
BIOGRAPHY OF Bruce Buck THE CHAIRMAN FOR Chelsea Football Club Born in New York and educated at Colgate University and Columbia University School of Law, Bruce Buck has been a Chelsea supporter since coming to London in 1983 and a season ticket holder since 1991. He is a shareholder in Chelsea Limited, the ultimate owner of the club, and the company used by Roman Abramovich for the takeover in 2003. During his chairmanship of Chelsea, the club has enjoyed the most successful period in our history with the winning of three Premier League titles, four Fa Cups, two League Cups, the Europa League and, for the first time by a team from the city he has made his home, the Champions League. However as well as working on the development of the club into a major player on the world football stage, Buck also devoted energy to the club's history with the founding of the Past Players' Trust which raises money for former players and staff in need of medical or financial assistance. Away from Chelsea, Buck is the managi ...
Within 10 Years of his takeover of Chelsea Football Club, Roman Abramovich lifts the 'UEFA Champions League'.
Cole back for Blues Ashley Cole is available again as Chelsea take on Barclays Premier League title rivals Manchester City on Sunday. The England left-back has been absent with a rib problem, but is expected to slot straight into the side in place of Cesar Azpilicueta, the right-back who played on the left in Tuesday's Champions League clash at Schalke. Midfielder Marco Van Ginkel, who is out long-term with a knee injury, is the only injury absentee. Jose Mourinho is well aware his side face a significant test of their title ambitions but the Blues boss is relaxed about the outcome of the Stamford Bridge clash. The contest is one of the most eagerly awaited of the season so far, pitting squads lavishly assembled by Roman Abramovich and Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Mansour, one of the few men in the world with more disposable cash than the Russian oligarch. Chelsea are a point better off than City after eight games and enter the contest on the back of a seven-match unbeaten run which has included 14 goals in their l ...
PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V Manchester City - PART TWO Chelsea's home game against Manchester City closes this weekend's fixtures and a day ahead of the game, club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton complete their look ahead to the game… WE HAVE HISTORY Manchester City have scored in just two of their last 11 matches at Stamford Bridge and won two top- flight league games at Stamford Bridge in 21 attempts over 35 years. However, they have won seven of the last 10 meetings between the clubs since December 2009, and won four and drawn one of the last five games in all competitions since we won at Stamford Bridge in December 2011. One of the last matches at Stamford Bridge before the arrival of Roman Abramovich in summer 2003 was the visit of Kevin Keegan's Manchester City on 22 March. The hosts lay in fourth place following back-to-back defeats a week earlier but a 2-0 win at West Brom restored confidence in a top-four finish and a chance to qualify for the Champions League. Botto ...
LAMPARD: A NIGHT NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN Posted on: Tue 22 Oct 2013 It was 10yrs ago today that Frank Lampard made his 1st big impact on the Champions League. The midfielder,who was then a 25yrs-old in this 3rd season at Chelsea,had played in the competition before,but on 22 Oct 2003 at home against one of the big names of Italian football,Lazio,he scored a goal&Chelsea secured a victory that set the tone for many Champions League campaigns to come. It was the club's 1st season in the Europe's top club competition since our debut 4yrs earlier. Since then there had been some short&forgettable UEFa Cup runs but now Roman Abramovich had arrived on the scene&we were back in the continental big time. Having successfully negotiated a qualifier vs Zilina from Slovakia,the Blues under the management of Claudio Ranieri won our 1st group stage game,away to Sparta Prague. Lampard,along with John Terry,was named on the bench for that match but he came on at half-time&played an important part in an improved 2nd-half dis ...
Mourinho To Enjoy Successful First Term Back At Bridge Jose Mourinho has not had things all his own way in his second coming at Chelsea but there were signs before the international break that he was beginning to stamp his authority on his talented squad. The Blues began life under Mourinho with two victories but then went four games without a win in all competitions, including a Uefa Super Cup penalty shoot-out loss to Bayern Munich. Defeat at Everton meant it was their worst start to a league season since Roman Abramovich took over in 2003. Chelsea got back on track at home to Fulham and have looked more like a side that will challenge on all fronts since. They showed their steel as they earned a draw at Tottenham and their class in a 4-0 victory over Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League. Mourinho has every chance of winning silverware in his first season back at Stamford Bridge. He has a wealth of talent at his disposal, a fact highlighted both at Swindon and Norwich. The Portuguese made 10 changes ...
Chelsea's Willian believes he's starting to recover his best form Samba star took just five minutes of his Premier League debut to show his quality with a sizzling strike. Brazilian attacker Willian netted his first goal for Chelsea within minutes of making his first Premier League appearance for the club, and has subsequently let it be known that he only expects to improve moving forwards. The fleet-footed Brazilian arrived at Stamford Bridge in August, having apparently been destined for London rivals Tottenham. However, after the intervention of the Blues owner Roman Abramovich, the 25-year-old agreed to leave former club Anzhi Makhachkala for the 2012 Champions League winners instead, after a pursuit which had lasted for over two years. Since his arrival, the former Shakhtar Donetsk man has had to battle for a place amongst Chelsea's galaxy of attacking stars, with manager Jose Mourinho having only offered him 76 minutes in the Champions League and a 90 minute showing in the League Cup at Swindon unti ...
To many Chelsea fans, Jose Mourinho is a God who has taken the form of a mortal; to the rest of us, he is simply a well-dressed, slightly annoying and possibly even overrated manager. He surpassed all expectations at FC Porto, and during his first spell at Chelsea, before impressing with Inter Milan by joining the elite group of managers to have won the Champions League with two different clubs. Although he tasted success with Real Madrid, he only won La Liga once in three years, and failed to deliver the coveted tenth Champions League title that the Spanish club so desperately crave. Many will look on his time at the club back with indifference. Now, just a few weeks into his second tenure as Chelsea manager, things aren’t exactly going to plan either. He lost his first competitive game against old foe Pep Guardiola, before losing to Everton and Basel within a week; certainly not the start he or Chelsea fans would have hoped for. His blatant exclusion of fans’ favourite Juan Mata has raised a few eye ...
Jose Mourinho admitted his Chelsea side were ‘emotionally immature’ following their 2-1 Champions League defeat by Basle. Mourinho also questioned his players’ fighting spirit as the Blue’s Champions League campaign got off to a disastrous start on Wednesday night. Goals from Mohamed Salah and Marco Streller left the Stamford Bridge boss with egg on his face as his side slumped to shock 2-1 home defeat to Basle. The defeat prompted unhappy Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to head straight down to the tunnel to see his players.
Continuing the official Chelsea website's week of celebration for the 10 th anniversary of Roman Abramovich becoming owner, Pat Nevin writes a special, midsummer column on an incomparable decade for his former club… Sometimes specific dates can become lost in the mists of time, but surely 1 July 2003 will be etched in the history of Chelsea FC, as well as the memories of those who followed the club before and after that momentous day. Before Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea from Ken Bates it is worth remembering this was not a club floundering in the game's backwaters. The fourth-place finish in the Premier League was historically impressive for Chelsea, but also a quick look at the playing staff around underlined this wasn't a bunch of overachieving toilers. Franco Zola and Marcel Desailly were among those who were gracing the pitch, as of course had Gianluca Vialli and Ruud Gullit previously. There had been impressive cup successes but the Premier League and Champions League trophies still seemed a lon ...
A decade of Roman rule: Chelsea's 72 buys under Abramovich costing a cool £713m - but who are hits and who are the misses? Roman Abramovich 'parked Russian tanks on our lawn, firing £50 notes at us,' complained former Arsenal director David Dein. But what was the result of all that spending (other than three titles, two League Cups, four Fa Cups, a Champions League and a Europa League)? Analysing each and every man Roman brought to the Bridge since he arrived 10 years ago today, July 1 2003. 2003-04 Glen Johnson (Age at start of season: 18, Club signed from: West Ham, Fee: £6.3m) The first signing of the Abramovich era. Johnson threatened to blossom into a good defender but always looked better going forward than at the back. Sent on loan to Portsmouth, before being sold there. Chelsea recouped most of their outlay. Alexei Smertin (28, Bordeaux £3.5m) Signed as a squad player and in his handful of appearances proved to be no more than that. Geremi (24, Real Madrid £7m) Although never a headline-hitte ...
Here are the major honours that have been won by Chelsea's main rivals over the past 10 years under Roman Abramovich's reign: Manchester United: A Champions League, five Premier Leagues, one Fa Cup, three League Cups and a World Club Championship. Arsenal: One Premier League and one Fa Cup. Manchester City: One Premier League and one Fa Cup.
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How Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich changed the face of football in England As Chelsea prepare to celebrate 10 years of owner Roman Abramovich's time at Chelsea, Jeremy Wilson charts the telling moments of his Stamford Bridge tenure. The headlines were shared by David Beckham and the Brazilian Ronaldo, who scored five goals between them, but Real Madrid’s extraordinary Champions League victory over Manchester United held a more far-reaching significance. Among the spectators at Old Trafford that night was an unknown billionaire Russian who was sufficiently captivated to decide that a Football Club should be his next purchase. Abramovich quickly settled on Chelsea as his desired club. As well as the London location, the share structure meant Chelsea was relatively quickly attainable. A meeting was swiftly arranged at Stamford Bridge between Abramovich and then chief executive Trevor Birch. “I wasn’t totally convinced he was the real thing,” admitted Birch. Abramovich made no attempt to haggle over m ...
On this day, 10 years ago - 17/6/2003, Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea Football Club for 140 millions pound! He was the man who brought all the glory, the man who helped the club to be in this position now, to have achieved the Champions League, Europa, BPL. It was all because of Roman.
It was some terrific soccer in the past season that concluded. The EPL had an emotional moment as the one of the most talismanic figures in EPL history; Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down as the manager of Manchester United. Sir Alex and EPL, is a love affair that won’t be forgotten ever, after all Manchester United have remained a constant fixture in the top three of the EPL since its inception and have won it thirteen times till date. The UEFA Champions League also had a fantastic finale as two German clubs clashed for the title in Wembley, a first all German final in the history of the competition. The managers of the finalists were talk of the town in all of Europe throughout the season. While Jupp Heynckes signed off on a high, landing the treble, Jurgen Klopp certainly has won a lot of fans in the footballing world with his success and charisma on and off the pitch.   The above is a testament of the ever growing importance of managers in Football. As a matter of fact for teams nowadays it is more imp ...
Jose Mourinho has told Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to sign Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder this summer, according to reports. The 29-year-old, who currently plays for Turkish side Galatasaray, played for Mourinho at Inter Milan, where they won the treble – including the Champions League – together. Relationship The pair built up an extremely close working relationship, and now it appears Mourinho is desperate to link up with Sneijder again, according to the Sunday People . Whether Galatasaray would be willing to let the midfielder leave remains to be seen, as they only signed him in January for £6.5million. However, should the player express a desire to join Mourinho again, the Turkish side may find it difficult to hold onto their prized asset. Andre Schurrle became Mourinho’s first signing of his second spell at Stamford Bridge earlier this week when his arrival from Bayer Leverkusen was confirmed. Abramovich And now the Portuguese boss appears to want to make Sneijder his second signing. Acco ...
'...Chelsea's main title rivals, Manchester United and City, will be less enamoured with his return. Both will have new managers for the 2013-14 campaign—David Moyes at United and Manuel Pellegrini at City. Neither has won a domestic league title in Europe, let alone a Champions League. Mourinho has won seven titles in four countries and twice been king of Europe. He might have butted heads at Real Madrid and failed to bring home the "decima" (10th European title), but his record of consistent success is without equal among active coaches at the highest level...'- Bleacher Report.
CHELSEA'S SEASON SUMMARY. FA Premier League - third (qualified for the Champions League group stage) Europa League - winners (qualified for the Super Cup against Bayern Munich) Fa Cup - semi-finalists Capital One Cup - semi-finalists FA Community Shield - runners-up Champions League - group stage Uefa Super Cup - runners-up FIFA Club World Cup - runners-up FA Youth Cup - runners-up NextGen Series - runners-up Major trophies won in the 10 seasons of the Roman Abramovich era - 13 1 UEFA Champions League 3 Premier League 1 UEFA Europa League 4 Fa Cup 2 League Cup 2 FA Community Shield Milestones of the season Club record number of games in a season - 69 Beating the 64 set in 2006/07. Most Chelsea goals in a season - 147 Beating the 142 set in 2009/10. 43 games to reach 100 goals The second-equal fastest in our history (with 2009/10). The quickest we have achieved a ton was in 1960/61 when it took 40 games. The first English club, and fourth overall, to win all three major UEFA competitions: the Champions Lea ...
UP CHELSEA.4 LIFE. CHECK THIS OUT. English football expectantly awaits the return of José Mourinho. The Special One livens up most things and his impending appointment at Chelsea will shake up an already bristling European transfer market. But who should top the shopping list that Mourinho will hand to Roman Abramovich upon his arrival at Stamford Bridge? Edinson Cavani (pictured) Mourinho will find a £50m striker in Fernando Torres when he arrives at Chelsea, as well as Demba Ba, signed from Newcastle in January. Yet the club still lack a truly exceptional striker to spearhead an otherwise formidable attacking force. Fortunately an abundance of such frontmen are being touted round Europe’s top clubs. Radamel Falcao looked the most natural fit for Chelsea and Mourinho, but with the Colombian set to join French nouveau riche AS Monaco and Robert Lewandowski expected to swap Borussia Dortmund for their Champions League final conquerors Bayern Munich, Mourinho should now turn to Napoli’s Cavani. Like D ...
Mourinho return to Chelsea is a massive gamble By Eurosport | Jan Molby – 21 hours ago * Email0 * Share0 * * Is it good to go back over old ground? In the case of Jose Mourinho returning to Chelsea, I'm not so sure. Of course, the club's best period under Roman Abramovich was when Mourinho was there. From that perspective, Mourinho's appointment makes sense. When you are Chelsea and you possess their wealth, you pick from the top shelf. Most managers will be available to them. There was a minor fall-out between owner and manager, but you can't deny Mourinho's performance as the club's coach. It is popular with the fans, and I think it is an easy call to go back to that. But you ask whether or not it will work the second time around? Is Mourinho the same guy when he came in? Is he still desperate to prove himself? When he came to Chelsea first time around, he was hungry after his success at Porto in winning the Portuguese titles, the UEFa Cup and the Champions League. Do you think Mourinho still believes ...
Chelsea to make an shocking move for Wayne Rooney roo-280_1148300a.jpg?w=610 Blues’ billionaire owner Roman Abramovich has personally sanctioned a stunning £30million move for the unsettled Manchester United star – who had a plea for a move rejected by manager Alex Ferguson a fortnight ago. There has been growing speculation about Wayne Rooney’s future at Man United, pre-dating news of Ferguson’s departure, and the 27 year old has certainly played a less pivotal role in the club’s Premier League title success this term as he has in previous campaigns. Rooney has started 22 out of 36 Premier League fixtures this term and has, perhaps more tellingly, not started crucial fixtures in recent months, including last weekend’s home match with Chelsea as well as Man United’s Champions League second leg encounter with Real Madrid. Indeed Chelsea may feel that the potential appointment of David Moyes as Ferguson’s successor could lead Rooney to seek a Man United exit. The Everton boss was very vocal ...
The Special One has taken perennial European underachievers Inter Milan to the brink of European glory – just don’t call them negative Duncan Castles  The Sunday Times Published: 16 May 2010   Jose Mourinho: The best football coach on the planet. It is an equation so broadly accepted that statistics are no longer cited as evidence. They are worth an abbreviated recap. Should Inter sustain their two-point advantage over AS Roma through a final Serie A fixture at Siena this afternoon, Mourinho will have his sixth league title as a manager. He will have finished top of the table in every full season he has led a club — bar the 2006-07 Chelsea campaign in which Roman Abramovich forced Andriy Shevchenko upon him while refusing to sign a badly needed centre-back. Starting with his first Portuguese title campaign at FC Porto in 2002-03, Mourinho’s teams have not lost a home league fixture for seven complete seasons. Defeat Bayern Munich at the Bernabeu in Saturday’s Champions League final and the 47- ...
Atletico Madrid's in-demand striker could be moving to France's Ligue 1 if he accepts a contract offer from Monaco Duncan Castles  The Sunday Times Published: 12 May 2013   Roman Abramovich has failed in his efforts to furnish his new Chelsea manager with arguably the world’s best centre-forward after a fellow Russian billionaire outbid him for Radamel Falcao.    The Monaco owner, Dmitry Rybolovlev, has agreed to buy the Colombia international out of his contract at Atletico Madrid for about £50m. Falcao’s annual salary, already one of the highest in world football, is likely to rise to €9.8m after tax. The striker, who has scored 27 goals in 32 La Liga matches this season for third-placed Atletico, could still move elsewhere, but close friends expect he will accept the Monaco deal.    He will spearhead Rybolovlev’s plan, first to depose Paris Saint-Germain as French champions and then win the Champions League. Though Monaco will only return to France’s top division in time for next seaso ...
Barcelona have stepped up their interest in Chelsea star David Luiz as they look to rebuild following their humiliating Champions League exit at the hands of Bayern Munich.
Desailly: Abramovich sacking policy has worked wonders for Chelsea.Former Chelsea captain Marcel Desailly has defended the sacking policy of Blues owner Roman Abramovich. Desailly insists the Russian's approach has proved successful. He told The Sun: “Not every club has an Alex Ferguson or an Arsene Wenger. “Chelsea have an owner in Roman Abramovich who as soon as he detects some mistakes wants to change things and move on. When he sacked Andre Villas Boas people thought why hasn’t he given a young manager more time to express himself. “But then Di Matteo came in and won the Champions League so people at the club need to accept the way Abramovich works.”
CHELSEA SUMMER CLEAR- OUT•LAMPARD&TORRES LIKELY TO BE AMONG With a change of manager almost certain&big spending inevitable to bridge the gap between West London&Manchester,it's already set to be a summer of upheaval at Chelsea. But while Roman Abramovich gets out his cheque book again to sign new,world class players,others will have to make way. With the restrictions of Financial Fair Play looming,&Champions League football not yet guaranteed,Chelsea will have to slash the wage bill&trim the fat on their bloated squad. So who is likely to be waved off down the Fulham Road at the end of the campaign? Frank Lampard Age:34 Appearances this season: 36 Joined Chelsea: 2001 Estimated value: £4M On the verge of becoming Chelsea’s all-time record scorer,Lampard might run out of time to achieve it. The club denied again this week that they are in contract negotiations with the England star,to the great disappointment of fans,who have campaigned vocally for him to be given another year. Unfortunately,the club ...
Steaua Bucharest chairman Gigi Becali has launched a stinging attack on Chelsea’s Europa League flops, writes the Sunday People. After the Romanians’ 1-0 win on Thursday night , he mocked owner Roman Abramovich and Blues’ stars in a TV interview – claiming his side will knock last season’s Champions League winners out of Europe. In the incredible Sport TV rant, Becali said: “You can have all the billions in the world, it’s not important. Spirit is all that matters.
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FIVE POSSIBLE BUYERS OF Wayne Rooney CHELSEA THIS would depend on who takes over from current interim manager Rafa Benitez in the summer. But billionaire owner Roman Abramovich would surely love to see a strike pairing of Rooney and Fernando Torres. Rooney could be just the spark to re-ignite the Spaniard’s faltering career. Man City MONEYBAGS City could easily offer Rooney more money and the chance of competing for all the major trophies at home and in Europe. Rooney would not even have to move house but would face an enormous backlash from United fans. They would hate him for signing for their bitter rivals. PSG THE French club became one of the richest in the world after last year’s takeover by the Qatar Investment Authority. PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has promised to invest £100m in the transfer market and the chance to play alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic and possibly David Beckham would appeal. Real Madrid A SWITCH to United’s Champions League conquerors could help swing a move back to Old ...
ROO'S HIGHS and LOWS and the 5 possible clubs who'd step up for him TAKE a look back at the ups and downs of Roo’s life at Old Trafford — and the clubs who might try to snap him up HIGH: England’s four-goal star of Euro 2004 joins United for £27million and scores a hat-trick on his debut in a 6-2 Champions League win over Fenerbahce. LOW: Sent off for sarcastically clapping ref in a 2005 clash with Villarreal. HIGH: First trophy. Scores twice in 4-0 win over Wigan in 2006 Carling Cup final. LOW: Breaks his foot at Chelsea as the Blues seal 2006 title. England still take him to the World Cup but gets sent off in quarter-final defeat by Portugal. HIGH: Wins his first Premier League title in 2007 after signing two-year extension. LOW: A fractured foot suffered in United’s opening league game of the new 2007-08 season keeps him out for two months. HIGH: Wins the 2008 Champions League and Premier League titles. Also notches up his 100th United goal. LOW: Barcelona outclass United in the 2009 CL final ...
Good News if Loose  Mourinho set for Stamford Bridge return. (©GettyImages) Jose Mourinho could be on his way back to Chelsea this month if Real Madrid are dumped out of the Champions League by Manchester United tonight, reports the Daily Star. The 50-year-old Portuguese tactician is being lined up by Roman Abramovich for a sensational return to West London, to oversee the Blues' bid for Champions League qualification.  Interim boss Rafa Benitez is proving increasingly unpopular amongst Chelsea supporters, with the team's recent poor run of form adding to the unrest at Stamford Bridge at the moment. Mourinho's future in the Spanish capital has been the subject of much speculation over the past few months, and despite recent improved performances, the Former Chelsea boss remains unhappy at the Santiago Bernabeu. Having lost the support of players and the club's hierarchy, 'The Special One' has found himself under increasing pressure, with Real Madrid currently lying third in La Liga table, 13 points ...
Facts on a similar fixture way back in 2003;   Manchester United 4-3 Real Madrid – stories from a stunning night in 2003 Ahead of the forthcoming clash between the two European heavyweights, Jamie Jackson recalls the night when Ronaldo lit up Old Trafford in a seven-goal Champions League thriller. The date was 23 April 2003. United defeated Madrid 4-3 but were still knocked out of the quarter-finals 6-5 on aggregate by the galacticos of Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Luis Figo and Roberto Carlos. A Russian billionaire named Roman Abramovich, a guest at the ground that night, was so inspired by what he saw that he decided to buy Chelsea that summer, changing the face of British football   United had lost the first leg 3-1 to Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu on 8 April. A Raul double plus a Luis Figo strike was answered by a Ruud van Nistelrooy finish which grabbed Ferguson’s team a precious away goal. Quinton Fortune, Manchester United midfielder: “We were frustrated over there the way the ...
Avram Grant EAGER TO HELP CHELSEA: Avram Grant is willing to take charge of Chelsea should Rafa Benitez be dumped. The Telegraph says a source close to Grant suggests the 58-year-old was monitoring developments with Benítez and would give serious consideration to accepting a second spell in charge if called upon by owner Roman Abramovich. The source added that Grant, who has been spending time with his family in Israel, “really, really wants to help his friends” at Chelsea, should they seek his assistance in ensuring they finish in the Champions League qualification places. IS Avram Grant THE RIGHT MAN??? LIKE/COMMENT AND SHARE
Kind of like how Roman Abramovich had to keep Roberto Di Matteo on board because he won the Champions League.
Avram Grant: wins Premier League - gets sacked Roberto Di Matteo: wins Champions League - gets sacked Rafa Benitez: 4th in the Premier League, out of the Champions League already, has a go at the fans, and the board, says he's going to quit anyway. Does not get sacked. At what point are Chelsea fans going to wake up and realise that it's not Rafa that's the problem, it's the man who hasn't got a clue about football, Roman Abramovich?
Tony Pulis, Roberto Martinez, Neil McDonald, Brian McDermott, Martin Jol and Steve Clarke have given their views on Rafa Benitez's comments. Speaking after Chelsea's 2-0 Fa Cup win at Middlesbrough, Benitez turned on those who gave him the title of 'interim manager' when he succeeded Roberto Di Matteo in November, and the fans who have never forgiven him for guiding Liverpool to the 2005 Champions League final at the Blues' expense. Benitez's relationship with club owner Roman Abramovich is coming under scrutiny but Tony Pulis said only the Chelsea manager would know what level of support he has. He said: "What goes on at Chelsea goes on at Chelsea - I can't control that. In terms of what Rafa is going through, the best person to talk to is Rafa. "Every manager has a different relationship with chairmen. I have had different relationships with other chairmen at other Football Clubs to what I have got with Peter (Coates). "I'm very privileged to have the (Coates) family here, who are absolutely fantastic p ...
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich famously first caught the football bug while watching Real Madrid play Manchester United in the Champions League at Old Trafford in 2003, deciding ...
This is shocking, what a horrible classless club Chelsea are Becoming!... From Eurosport's paper round! Benitez will soon become a quickly-forgotten piece of Chelsea's history - much as is the case with Roberto Di Matteo already, according to the Daily Mail. The paper reports that Di Matteo has been "airbrushed out of history" after a picture outside Stamford Bridge of him with the Champions League trophy was replaced by one of the players alone with the trophy, and Di Matteo nowhere in sight.
Chelsea have had some memorable games in recent years and some of those matches have had something special about them. Since Roman Abramovich arrived at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have enjoyed unprecedented success. They've won Premier Leagues, League Cups and a Champions League trophy since the Russian turned up in West London - and they've also signed some of the most famous players in the world. Here, GMF looks at five of the best Chelsea matches since Abramovich arrived at the club ten years ago... 5. Chelsea 4-4 Liverpool (Stamford Bridge, Champions League, Quarter-Final, Second Leg) An amazing night at Stamford Bridge ended in a draw between two massive rivals but Chelsea went through 7-5 on aggregate. After beating Liverpool at Anfield 3-1, Chelsea were favourites going into the game. However, goals from Xabi Alonso from the spot and a cheeky free kick from Fabio Aurelio pulled the game level on aggregate. After the half time break, Chelsea came out positively and a Pepe Reina misjudgement, along wit ...
Chelsea and City cruise Frank Lampard and John Terry scored in front of owner Roman Abramovich as holders Chelsea overcame stubborn Brentford 4-0 in an Fa Cup replay at Stamford Bridge to set up a fifth- round clash with Middlesbrough. Juan Mata fired a clinical opening goal after 54 minutes and Oscar, who hit the outside of a post in the first half, tucked in his second goal in four days after 68 minutes. Mata was the provider for Lampard's 199th Chelsea goal before Terry headed in an 81st-minute fourth as last season's Champions League winners stayed on course for a fifth Fa Cup triumph in seven seasons. Sergio Aguero struck twice as Manchester City kept their season alive by breezing into the Fa Cup quarter-finals 4-0 at the expense of Leeds. The Championship side were no match for the reigning Premier League champions, who responded to last week's title setback with a dominant display at the Etihad Stadium. Yaya Toure began the procession early on before Aguero added a penalty and a fine finish either ...
Spanish TV show Punto Pelota claim that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez doesn't want to ruin the pact of 'non aggression' between themselves and Atletico Madrid, which gives Chelsea a free run at long-term target Radamel Falcao and suggested a deal may be in place. Following the continuing failures of goal-shy forward Fernando Torres it's fairly certain that Roman Abramovich would like to bolster their attacking options this summer and it was even rumoured that Falcao was given a tour of London and the club's training facilities, so could he be the man to lead the line for Chelsea next season? I can imagine Falcao arriving after the end of this season but I doubt anything is concrete yet and even if a fee and terms had been agreed, any deal would likely depend on Champions League qualification and he may even want to see who our next manager will be. The forward has been in fine goal scoring form for the past four years for Porto before moving to Atletico Madrid. During his time in Portugal he play ...
Just got sacked by Roman Abramovich on FM after winning the Premier League twice, the Fa Cup, the League Cup, the Champions League, the Super Cup, the Club World Championship and the Community Shield twice in two seasons. What more does the guy want?
Manchester United v Real Madrid in the Champions League. today for the first time since 2003 Seems like only yesterday I was sitting in Collis with Peter Brewitt Peter Bohler Jonathan Eisenman Jamil Batcha, watching Ronaldo (fat one) score a hat trick over poor United. Beckham's falling out with SAF made clear to the whole world by being benched for the game in place of Ole Gunnar Solksjaar with Becks sold to Madrid that summer, and replaced by a pimple faced phenom, the real Ronaldo, who now also plays for Madrid. In the stands, one Roman Abramovich, who was so caught up in the excitement he decided to spend billions on buying Chelsea a few titles and clutching for the Champions League. Ten Years goes by pretty fast.
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PREVIEW: United vs Real Madrid Date, time and coverage: Wednesday 13 February, 19:45 GMT kick-off. Live on Sky Sports. Also follow it live on ManUtd.com with text and radio commentary. Form guide: For all the talk of Real Madrid's domestic struggles, with Jose Mourinho's side sitting in third place in La Liga, the recent form has hardly been disastrous. A 1-0 defeat at Granada was a shock but that's the only reverse in the last 10 fixtures. Comprehensive thumpings of Celta Vigo, Valencia, Getafe and Granada all came during that run. United's last defeat came in the Champions League dead rubber against CFR Cluj in early December and four wins on the spin have set things up nicely for the Bernabeu, helping to extend the lead at the Barclays Premier League summit to 12 points. Last meeting: A 4-3 win at Old Trafford ultimately proved fruitless with Real progressing 6-5 on aggregate but it was a compelling game that, legend has it, caused Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to fall in love with football. Ronaldo h ...
Chelsea have suffered a major blow in their search for a new permanent manager after Jurgen Klopp insisted he will not move to ‐Stamford Bridge next season. The 45-year-old Borussia Dortmund boss is one of Chelsea’s main targets to take charge next term after their first choice, Pep Guardiola, decided to join Bayern Munich in the summer. Klopp is one of the best young coaches in Europe, having won the Double in 2012 playing an exciting brand of football. He also impressed Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich as Dortmund topped a Champions League group this season featuring Real Madrid, Ajax and Manchester City. -jla
WOULD SACKING RAFEL BENITEZ BRING CHELSEA BACK ON TRACK? Benitez would most probably be shown the door should Chelsea falter against Wigan on Saturday in the Barclays Premier League It has been a tough season for Chelsea. The club lacks stability and the hire and fire policy of Roman Abramovich is clearly backfiring. The latest loss against Newcastle United has made matters worse. Would sacking Rafael Benitez bring the club back on track? This is something for you to ponder upon. In the meantime, here are three managers who could replace Benitez and get the current Chelsea campaign back on track. 1.David Moyes: The work done by David Moyes at Everton has been laudable, Everton have been really consistent in the Premier League and they even qualified for the Champions League under the guidance of Moyes. He has been operating on a shoestring at Everton; he would surely have much more money to spend should he take over the reins from Benitez. Moyes deserves a bigger chance because he has proven himself at Ev ...
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will make money no object as he goes for Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao. The West Londonclub will offer the 26-year-old a deal worth in the region of £200,000-per-week, to lure Falcao. The pay package would eclipse the club’s current top earner Fernando Torres, who is understood to earn £175,000-per-week. The staggering salary underlines how serious the current Champions League holders are about signing Falcao, who is viewed as the hottest property in world football. Chelsea are lining up the staggering £10.4m-a-year offer to persuade him to snub Manchester City and Real Madrid to join the Blues. The deal would dwarf the £170,000 Fernando Torres and John Terry bank every week.
We begin with the never-ending and never-interesting story regarding Chelsea's perpetual search for a new manager. The revolving door's been spinning round since the days of Danny Blanchflower and Geoff Hurst, you can't just pin this one solely on Roman Abramovich. OK, with the Mears family long gone, you probably can. Whim Boy's decided that this Rafael Benítez experiment could be going better, and will replace the Champions League-winning, UeFa Cup-winning, two-time La Liga-winning, Fa Cup-winning, World Club Cup-winning manager with Gianfranco Zola of Watford and formerly, of course, Chelsea. It won't be so long before John Terry, Frank Lampard or Winston Bogarde gets the job for a couple of months, will it? Also in the frame, should the club wish to go down a more sensible route, are Borussia Dortmund's Jürgen Klopp, Swansea City's Michael Laudrup, Atlético Madrid's Diego Simeone, José Mourinho's José Mourinho, former Saudi Arabia boss Frank Rijkaard, and the Ron Noades de nos jours, Roman Abramo ...
Newcastle hitman Demba Ba has turned his back on a move to Stamford Bridge and told Chelsea that he's planning to speak to other clubs. The Senegal striker's representatives met Chelsea officials last night to discuss a £7.5million move - but the two sides were unable to reach agreement over personal terms. The talks were labelled 'unproductive' which has immediately let Arsenal, Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers back into the race. However, last season's Fa Cup and Champions League winners are not completely out of the running and could come back in with a better offer if owner Roman Abramovich feels Rafa Benitez's squad needs help up front if they are to mount a title challenge this season. The West Londoners were understood to be offering a double-your-money deal to Ba, 27, who agreed to a basic weekly salary of £20,000 with another £20,000 on top for appearances when he joined Newcastle because medics found issues within his knees. Ba, who has one of the best goal-to-game ratios in world football o ...
Good morning, afternoon, and evening fans. Chelsea are set to start off their January spending by triggering Demba Ba's £7.5 million release clause and are set to follow that up by signing Brazillian duo Paulinho and Taison,who play for Corinthians and Metalist Kharkiv respectively. The Daily Mirror are running with the rumour and there had been reports towards the end of November that Taison, 24, had visited Stamford Bridge to discuss a potential £10 million switch from Ukraine to West London, whilst Chelsea have managed to get a first hand look at box-to-box midfielder Paulinho during the World Club Cup final against Corinthians. After a winter slump,the Blues have enjoyed some better form in recent weeks and we're once again being talked about as potential challengers, albeit with something of a gap to make up. But we crashed out of the Champions League in the first round and Roman Abramovich is reportedly keen to see through the overhaul that started with Andre Villas-Boas last season and we should ...
Keep a Manager for More Than a Few Months Andre Villas-Boas lasted less than a year. So did Roberto Di Matteo. The latter even won the Champions League and Fa Cup. How long, then, will Rafa Benitez remain Chelsea's manager? It probably wouldn't hurt Chelsea to keep a manager for more than a few months, especially if it's the guy Roman Abramovich really wants. It also wouldn't hurt to stop alienating the fans.
Lowlight | The Ferdinand-Terry saga rocked English football & unveiled its hypocrisy Andriy Shevchenko's double for Ukraine against Sweden illuminated Euro 2012 early and a goal of rare beauty from Jordi Alba in the final bore all the hallmarks of a Spain team for the ages. Relentless dominance from la Roja and their player of the tournament Andres Iniesta. The only thing that will beat them is time. More Spanish glory came in the Europa League with Atletico Madrid overcoming a sapped Athletic Bilbao side who thrilled at Old Trafford earlier in the competition. Radamel Falcao was the star for them and continues to be so. Chelsea's Champions League victory, after nine years of trying on the part of Roman Abramovich, seemed to have been written above such was the sense of fate about it. Defiantly they overcame Barcelona. They overcome Bayern Munich too. Didier Drogba, with his last touch of a ball for the Blues, rolled a penalty home which denied the Germans the famous old cup on home soil. Roberto Di Matte ...
MOSES: How impressed have you been? I have to say before Rafa Benitez turned up, most of the talk about Chelsea was one of two things. Firstly the amount of goals we had conceded and how open we had been at the back and secondly, the combination of Mata, Hazard and Oscar - MAZACAR. The attacking threat Chelsea have is immense compared to other teams and we all spent our time raving about finally having the entertaining football that Roman Abramovich has craved in all these years. Rafa came in and apart from his first game in charge, Victor Moses has been an almost ever present in his starting line up and has played a huge part in our up turn in fortunes. Moses has really found his feet and has settled into our way of playing football and credit to him. It can't have been easy coming into our squad having just won the Champions League and then adding Hazard and Oscar to our attacking third. It's been noticeable that Benitez has chosen to rotate either Oscar, Hazard or Mata since he has been here and Moses ...
Roman Abramovich is planning to make a swoop for Tottenham's coveted playmaker target Willian in January, according to reports on Christmas day, with the Chelsea owner believed to be willing to pay £35 million to sanction the star's move. Tottenham have been connected with a move for Willian since Andre Villas-Boas took over the managerial job at White Hart Lane in the summer, with the Shakhtar Donetsk star shining for his club in both the Ukrainian League and the Champions League. But as Chelsea look to put some serious money into their attacking force in January, and take a serious challenge to the Manchester clubs for the title, the side will be looking to bring in the Brazil international for a fee that Tottenham have so far been unable to match. In October Willian admitted that he would happily go to either of the London clubs, though he insisted that until serious interest was shown by Chelsea or Tottenham, he wants to continue to remain committed to Shakhtar. "Tottenham are a big club and they hav ...
Juventus are keen to sign Didier Drogba in the January transfer window and have him playing in Serie A when the African Cup of Nations is finished. Drogba is currently of the books of Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua, but it doesn’t seem as though his move to Asia has gone all that smoothly. The Chinese top flight is currently in its closed-season and the Ivorian is training with English Premier League side and former employers Chelsea, but is not likely to return to Stamford Bridge. Although Roman Abramovich would be keen to sign the man that won him in the Champions League, it is thought Drogba is happy to be remembered as a legend at the club and doesn’t want to do anything to damage that status. So, Juve are looking to bring in some fire-power in the window this season and Drogba is still a very good forward that can cause a lot of trouble for defences. He might see this as another challenge in his superb career, and could be ready to help the Italian champions reach the latter stages of the Europ ...
News.. Roman Abramovich has stepped in to push Chelsea in the right direction over Radamel Falcao as the Daily Mail reports that the Russian owner is prepared to offer a staggering £10m-a-year contract to the Atletico Madrid striker. The astronomical salary would have to be preceded by a hefty transfer fee to begin with as the Blues are fighting Real Madrid for the Colombian’s signature. The Mirror reports that Liverpool, currently in 10th spot in the standings, have legitimate fears that Theo Walcott will not even consider them as an option if he does leave Arsenal in January due to the lack of Champions League football, thus putting Chelsea and Man United at the head of the queue for the winger. United could also be in the market for a winger should Nani be allowed to leave in the winter, with the Corriere Dello Sport claiming that Roma are interested in taking the out-of-favour Portuguese star to his preferred Serie A. Frank Lampard’s long and illustrious association with Chelsea is nearing its en ...
Chelsea made history last week for all the wrong reasons, despite a powerful 6-1 win over Danish side FC Nordsjaelland in a midweek Champions League group stage match. The Blues, the defending champions, were eliminated from Europe's premier Club Football tournament, becoming the first holders to surrender their crown so early in the season. The win at Stamford Bridge should have been accompanied by a positive result for Ukrainian Premier League side Shakhtar Donetsk, who, having already qualified, were hosting Italian champions Juventus at the Donbass Arena. Unfortunately for Roman Abramovich's side, the eastern Europeans were beaten by an Olexandr Kucher own goal, just before the hour mark. Guardiola has been linked with several clubs after leaving the Spanish giants Barcelona last summer Abramovich's sacking of the Champions League-winning Roberto Di Matteo led to suggestions that former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola would be targeted with renewed vigour. The Catalan was the subject of considerable spe ...
Chelsea will be the first team ever to play in 8 different competitions thisseason: - Barclays Premier League - UEFA Champions League - UEFA Europa League - Uefa Super Cup - FIFA Club World Cup - Community Shield - Capital One Cup - Fa Cup SR
Roman Abramovich is looking to strengthen Chelsea and their Champions League chances by buying Celtic, British Isles, and the rest of Europe
UCL- MATCH REPORT: Chelsea 6-1 Nordsjaelland: Torres double in vain as Champions League holders crash out: A brace from the Spaniard and goals from Luiz, Cahill, Mata and Oscar helped to sweep aside the Danish opponents but Rafa Benitez's team will be in the draw for the Europa League. The new Chelsea manager secured his first win in four attempts but he was left to reflect on an evening that ultimately ended in eviction from the Champions League. Benitez’s team were relatively impressive in annihilating Group E minnows Nordsjaelland 6-1 but a points haul of 10 was not enough to prevent the European champions becoming the first holders to fail to qualify for the last 16. With Juventus simultaneously defeating Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 to join the Ukrainian champions in the knockout stages, Benitez will lead his team into the far less glamorous environs of the Europa League. Nothing can be taken for granted where Roman Abramovich is concerned, even if Benitez might have bought himself a smidgen of room to man ...
Mancini not afraid despite UCL exit "If Manchester City's Abu Dhabi owners were as ruthless as Chelsea's Russian billionaire boss Roman Abramovich, then City coach Roberto Mancini would already be out a job following his side's elimination from the Champions League."
TORRES TREATMENT CAUSING A RIFT A rift is developing in the Chelsea dressing room over the special treatment being received by misfiring striker Fernando Torres. According to the Daily Star,other Stamford Bridge stars are tired of the Spaniard being given countless chances by Blues owner Roman Abramovich,despite being in poor form for some time. The report claims Torres has now become something of an outcast at Chelsea&Roberto Di Matteo dropping him for the dismal 3-0 loss to Juventus in the Champions League last week,is 1 of the reasons for the Italian’s dismissal. It also says there are suspicions among Chelsea players that new interim manager Rafael Benitez was hired in the hope he could coax Torres’s best form out of him once more,after doing so when both were at Liverpool. It appears Blues fans may have to wait a bit longer to see the old Torres,as he was ineffective once more in the 0-0 draw with Man City in the Premier League on Sunday. The 28yrs-old didn’t see much of the ball in what was a ...
3 - Roman Abramovich decided to sack Roberto Di Matteo because Chelsea have not won the Champions League in the last 3 months. Patient
After failing to qualify for the knockout stage of the Champions League, Roman Abramovich has sacked Roberto Mancini.
I am just drifting out of a juve-induced coma suffered on a grey Tuesday night at the Stadio Delle Alpi in Torin, only to be fed with the bitter tonic. Roman Abramovich, Chelsea FC's larger-than-life bankroller hires erstwhile Blues bogey-man Rafael 'Rafa' Benitez to the coveted top job of Chelsea Manager. I grimaced, and then gaped in awe dismay, and then became even more angered at the thought of replacing a manager who won the UEFA Champions League by fluke with another who achieved similar feat much earlier in 2005. I hate to say this but 'blue-blood' which depicts royalty does not mix with 'mud-blood.' I know our team was far from perfect but we were a working case in progress. With recent flair and skills coupled with dribbling prowess I felt a level headed manager could have done a decent job. Maybe a Harry Redknapp could have done the trick but definitely not a spent force Rafa Benitez. He has passed his hypnotic prime. Five years ago, his bellicose ego got a better part of him when out of complac ...
LONDON (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger accused Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich of failing to show loyalty to Roberto Di Matteo after the Italian was sacked just months after winning the Champions League.
Roberto Di Matteo has insisted it was "an honor" to have managed Chelsea, following his sacking on Wednesday morning. The Italian was shown the door by Roman Abramovich just hours after the Blues were beaten 3-0 by Juventus to leave their Champions League hopes hanging by a thread. Rafael Benitez has been hired as the 42-year-old's replacement, while the former midfielder has hailed last season's European triumph with the Blues as the greatest achievement of his entire career. In a statement released via the League Managers Association, Di Matteo said: "It was an honor for me to be appointed manager of a club that I loved playing for and one that is so close to my heart. "I am extremely proud of the successes and trophies that we were able to bring to the club in recent months. "Lifting Chelsea's first Champions League trophy, in Munich, was the best achievement in club history and without doubt the highlight of my career to date, both as a player and manager. "It is a memory I will treasure for the rest ...
Roman Abramovich relieved Di Matteo of his duties on Wednesday morning despite the Italian guiding the club to their maiden Champions League trophy and a seventh Fa Cup last season. Di Matteo signed a two-year deal in the summer, but has seen his position questioned almost continually since with Pep Guardiola thought to wanted by the Russian oligarch to lead the club.
Not even winning the Champions League was good enough to appease Roman Abramovich, says chief football writer Phil Mcnulty
THIS IS A MUST TO READ ABOUT MY CLUB.(STAR) Buying an item of clothing that didn't suit us or a gadget that didn't do what we hoped is a mistake many of us make. But not many of us lose our jobs over it. Roberto Di Matteo was a brave man for making it clear to all of Europe that his boss, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, made a 50-million pound mistake in the shape of super-flop striker Fernando Torres. Dropping Torres to the subs' bench for a Champions League game Chelsea couldn't afford to lose was a damning statement on the Spanish international. It was also a necessary one, because Torres has consistently failed in nearly two years at the London club to do what was promised on the packaging: score important goals. Rather than absorb Di Matteo's message, Abramovich shot the messenger. Di Matteo is out, abruptly shown the revolving door at Chelsea that has now swallowed eight managers in nine years. Abramovich can argue that chopping and changing so frequently has worked. Since the billionaire bought Che ...
Roberto Di Matteo discovers that not even winning the Champions League is enough to appease Roman Abramovich.
Speaking in a post-match press conference the Chelsea boss took the blame for the costly defeat that leaves the Champions League holders hopes of qualification from the group stage hanging by a thread. Di Matteo had gambled tactically by leaving misfiring striker Fernando Torres out of the Turin starting lineup, a decision which meant that Chelsea began the game without a recognised centre-forward. "I decided to reinforce midfield and control the left side. I didn't want to give the (Juventus) centre backs a reference point," Di Matteo told reporters. "The first good chance fell to us, Oscar had a second one, Mata found himself in front of the goal, in transition we were dangerous and created chances. The first goal was lucky for Juventus, there was a big deflection. In tight games, the first goal is a lot of times decisive," he said. With rumours beginning to fly that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich may look to replace his coach with former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez or Former Chelsea caretaker Avra ...
Be like Roman Abramovich dont settle for less - even if you are still standing in Champions League, 3rd on Premier Division Log - Quarter Finals of Capital One Cup ja neh Chippaism
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Regardless of Roberto Di Matteo’s departure, Chelsea’s defeat by Juventus was a reminder they are a club in transition. Di Matteo was not the one insisting on a more attacking style. He did not create the problem of Fernando Torres’s form. Nor was the Italian solely responsible for shaping a squad with a lack of holding midfielders and defensive cover. These decisions were taken by Roman Abramovich and his advisers. Yet Di Matteo was today made the fall guy as soon as Chelsea faltered. And they faltered in spectacular fashion against a supremely talented Juventus side to leave Champions League qualification uncertain. Chelsea’s switch from containers to entertainers was never going to be a quick process. They were overtly defensive in forging a path to a maiden success in Europe’s premier competition last season and during this campaign they have been almost gung *** with a vibrantly attacking style. Last night, they were neither. Di Matteo was instructed to win with flair but his 4-2-3-1 system ...
Absolutely disgusted at the treatment of Roberto Di Matteo. Former Chelsea player and the man who delivered Roman Abramovich's dream of winning the Champions League only 6 months ago... Questions my faith in a club I truly love.
Tinker man: Claudio Ranieri was the first man to get his hands on Roman Abramovich's millions... but he lasted just one season Big players bought: Damien Duff (Blackburn, £17m), Hernan Crespo (Inter Milan, £16.8m), Claude Makelele (Real Madrid, £16.6m), Adrian Mutu (Parma, £15.8m), Juan Veron (Manchester United £15m), Scott Parker(Charlton, £10m), Wayne Bridge (Southampton, £7m), Geremi (Real Madrid, £7m), Joe Cole (West Ham £6.6m), Glen Johnson (West Ham, £6m),Alexei Smertin (Bordeaux, £3.5m). What went on: Ranieri was already under pressure before a ball had been kicked but armed with a blank cheque book, the Italian came so close to instant success. However, an agonising Champions League semi-final exit to Monaco and double defeats against Arsenal in the league ensured the Blues ended the season potless and Ranieri was soon dismissed. Premier League finish: Runners-up Trophies : None Special One: Jose Mourinho 2004/05 Who was in charge : Jose Mourinho Big players bought in : Didier Drogba ( ...
Roman Abramovich is potential the only person who is more of a nutjob football owner than Mike Ashley. Sacking Roberto Di Matteo because they have failed in the Champions League thus far - if it weren't for Di Matteo parking the bus they wouldn't even be in it! - incredibly stiff and I feel for Roberto. And now word is that Benitez could take over in the short term. I know that his Inter Milan stint is a mark against his name but he worked well with a very good team at his disposal at Liverpool. But Abramovich only wants Benitez as a short term solution before he makes a bid for Guardiola. Again.
SEE WHATS ADVICE WAS GIVEN TO HIM BY CHELSEAS PAST COACHES.Matteo their advice in his difficult time By Brooks Peck | Dirty Tackle – 15 hours ago (Getty) After an excellent start, Chelsea have once again slipped into a Fall lull (two wins in seven matches). Despite winning the Champions League and Fa Cup just last season, this has still led to talk of manager Roberto Di Matteo's job being in danger because of Roman Abramovich's famous impatience. So, all of the managers in the Abramovich era who have come before Di Matteo have offered him a bit of advice to help him through these tough times. Claudio Ranieri: As a fellow Italian, I can assure you everything will be fine, Roberto. You'll go to Spain for a season, bounce around Italy for a while and then end up in Monaco. And I'll tell you right now this place is sick. They have all kinds of parties and stuff. It's like living in a James Bond film, but one that includes a Ligue 2 Football Club. Anyway, don't worry about anything. Jose Mourinho: Roberto. I ...
Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours TRANSFER GOSSIP Liverpool have opened negotiations to sign Chelsea's £15m-rated striker Daniel Sturridge, 24, in January. Full story: Daily Mirror Jeffren began his career at Barcelona before moving to Sporting Lisbon in 2011 Liverpool could solve their problems up front with a move for Sporting Lisbon's 24-year-old Spaniard Jeffren on loan, with an option to buy. Full story: Metro Arsenal winger Theo Walcott, 23, who can sign a pre-contract agreement in January with any overseas club, is open to a move abroad and is interesting several clubs on the continent. Full story: the Guardian West Ham manager Sam Allardyce would be interested in a January move for Shanghai Shenhua's Nicolas Anelka, 33. Allardyce worked with the French striker at Bolton in 2006. Full story: the Independent Striker Fernando Torres, 28, wants to move back to his native Spain, as he faces being axed for Chelsea's crucial Champions League clash with Italian club Juventus. Full story: .. ...
By Mark OgdenLast Updated: 3:35PM GMT 28/10/2012 Sir Alex Ferguson has challenged Manchester United to end their 10-year search for a Premier League victory at Stamford Bridge to deliver a signal of intent in what he believes has already become a three-horse race for the title. United last claimed all three points at Chelsea with a 3-0 win in April 2002. Roman Abramovich might have seen Ferguson’s team deny him a Champions League title in Moscow in 2008, but when it comes to league business, Chelsea’s Russian owner has still to see United spoil an afternoon at Stamford Bridge. United’s rivals have come and gone during Ferguson’s 26-year reign as manager, but none have been a source of irritation to the Scot quite like Chelsea. Even when the current European champions were little more than First Division also-rans at the outset of Ferguson’s Old Trafford career, Chelsea’s ability to prove a thorn in United’s side was already well established. “They have had a terrific record against us sinc ...
Chelsea owner Abramovich won't go beyond £40M for Falcao Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich refuses to pay over the odds for Atletico Madrid star Radamel Falcao. The Daily Star says Abramovich is only willing to pay up to £40m for Atletico Madrid’s superstar striker. The Blues’ lack of firepower was shown up on Tuesday when £50m Fernando Torres put on a woeful display in the 2-1 Champions League defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk. But Abramovich’s maximum bid is still £8m short of the massive release clause cash-strapped Atletico have slapped on the 26-year-old. My take Indeed, things have changed at the Bridge but Falcao will pay back every kobo invested in him unlike.
Chelsea suffered their first Champions League defeat under Roberto Di Matteo last night against Shakhtar Donetsk, and it certainly made me wish I could turn back to the clock and change a couple of decisions made by Roman Abramovich in the last few seasons. For starters I was over the moon when Di Matteo finally took Fernando Torres off the field after 70 minutes of last nights game.
Lille star Salomon Kalou is convinced Roman Abramovich is building a new Chelsea team to win the Champions League. The ex-Blue is sure Chelsea will do well in the tournament again this year.
Tuesday, 2nd October, 2012 Jose Mourinho has revealed that he would work under Roman Abramovich at Chelsea once again, insisting he has a good relationship with the Russian oligarch. Mourinho and Abramovich parted ways in 2007 after the Portuguese tactician had spent three years at Stamford Bridge. RELATED NEWS STORIES: Jose Mourinho Wants Sir Alex Ferguson Still In Charge at Manchester United When He Returns to English Game Arsenal and Manchester United Keep Eye On Raul Albiol We Will Win At Barcelona – Cristiano Ronaldo Ups Clasico Ante Real Madrid Are Taking Us Seriously Claims Ajax Striker Ryan Babel Zinedine Zidane Clears Up Real Madrid Role Insisting He Remains Upon the split, there was much talk of a breakdown between the two, especially picking up pace with the purchase of Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko, who was widely seen as having been an Abramovich signing and not Mourinho’s. The former FC Porto boss headed next to Italy and Inter, where he won the 2010 Champions League, before landin ...
Di Matteo: Gunners model different 8 hours ago Chelsea may be playing more like Arsenal but there is one way in which they will always differ while Roman Abramovich remains their owner. Asked on Friday whether he would still be manager if he went seven years without winning a trophy like Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, Roberto Di Matteo said: "What do you think?" Di Matteo acknowledged Chelsea and Arsenal had two completely different philosophies when it came to achieving success, and ahead of the Barclays Premier League clash between the sides, the Blues boss added: "I think it's great that Arsene Wenger has been able to work so many years at a big club like Arsenal. But they are two different kinds of models. I didn't say inferior. Just different." Never mind seven years - Di Matteo would be lucky to survive seven months if it looked like he might fail to build on last season's extraordinary Champions League and Fa Cup double. And that applies not just to results but performances after the way the Blues fin ...
Roberto Di Matteo insists he isn't concerned that Roman Abramovich paid a visit to Chelsea's training ground in the aftermath of their Champions League meltdown against Juventus.
Well, the next level down of punishment is fines. And I think that's the direction we're headed, mainly because it suits everyone. I could see it working a bit like the luxury tax they have in the NBA or Major League Baseball. Imagine you have losses of, say, $50 million when you're allowed losses of only $20 million. You might end up paying a fine of one dollar for every dollar that you go over the limit. So, in this case, you'd pay UEFA $30 million in luxury taxes. That money could be used in different ways. Some could go to grassroots initiatives or UEFA-backed charities. Some of it could be distributed to other Champions League clubs. And some could go into prize money.That way, a guy like Sheikh Mansour or Roman Abramovich could still spend as much as he likes, but there would be a major disincentive to doing so. And his spending would end benefiting other clubs.
Moses: I came to Chelsea to win trophies alongside world-class players.New Chelsea signing Victor Moses has revealed he moved to Stamford Bridge in order to win silverware, admitting it is an honor to play for the Champions League holder. The 21-year-old had been the subject of prolonged speculation over the summer with reports constantly linking the winger with a transfer to West London, a deal that was officially completed on Friday. The Nigerian admits the Blues' interest shocked him at first, but says he was delighted to make the switch to the reigning European champions, something he believes any player would have done. "When I first heard that Chelsea had come in for me I was surprised, but I had a call from my agent saying they were really interested in me and what did I think," he told the club's official website. "I said they are the European champions and anyone would like to play there and now that everything is sorted, I am delighted to be here." Roman Abramovich has dug deep into his pockets ...
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Poll of the Day: Which of the Big Six have the most to do in the final week? With the transfer window set to closethis Friday at 23:00,the biggest clubs have gone some way to addressing their weaknesses over the summer, but which club has furthest to go? 27 Aug 2012 12:45:00 English Premier League 2012-2013, rooney, tevez, hazard, luis Luis Suarez - Podolski POLL Two weeks of the new season have passed, and the Premier League ’s biggest clubs have each made moves in the transfer market for the players they think will improve their squads in the new season ahead. Champions League winners Chelsea received heavy investment from owner Roman Abramovich this summer, signing twinkle-toed attackers Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Victor Moses, playmaker Oscar, as well asright-back Cesar Azpilicueta. The Blues are light on alternatives to Fernando Torres in attack but look to have made considerable improvements to their squad already as they seek to improve on last season’s sixthplace finish. Arsenal made the big ...
When Roberto Di Matteo screamed “We won it” at Roman Abramovich as Chelsea started their Champions League celebrations, the Blues manager can’t have realised he was signalling the end of an era at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea boosted by €64m Champions League winnings Roman Abramovich will have welcomed the cash injection, having forked out over €50 million for the additions of Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Kevin De Bruyne recently
Football Club, originally known as The Pensioners, was formed in 1905 and Stamford Bridge has always been their home. They have had two periods of success, one in the late 1960s and early 1970s and the other from the late 1990s to the present day. In the early 1980s the Blues suffered crippling financial problems and were forced to sell the best Chelsea players. Big Chelsea news saw Ken Bates buy the club for the nominal sum of £1 before selling the club to Russian oil magnate Roman Abramovich for £140 million in 2003. Chelsea have won three league titles, four Fa Cups, four League Cups, two Cup Winners' Cups and reached last year's Champions League final. Two successive Premier League triumphs under Jose Mourinho raised expectations even higher but that elusive European title remains a priority for new manager Felipe Scholari. The likes of Glenn Hoddle, Ruud Gullit, Luca Vialli, Claudio Ranieri, Mourinho and Grant have all tried and failed - so now it's over to Big Phil.
Chelsea's Champions League triumph was the icing on the cake for a core of older players that have enjoyed sustained success since Jose Mourinho arrived at the club in 2004, but with Didier Drogba, Jose Bosingwa and Salomon Kalou departed from Stamford Bridge and Frank Lampard 34 years old, the Blue...
Soccer News : Chelsea boosted by 64m euro Champions League winnings (Roman Abramovich will...
Chelsea’s Champions League success in 2011-12 has given the club a real boost, with Roman Abramovich looking to bolster his squad to challenge on all fronts next term. Despite the enterprise and talent of new midfielders Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Marko Marin, with Didier Drogba’s departure a ...
Chelsea trailing Modric as Madrid interest wanes Luka Modric remains a target for Champions League winners Chelsea but interest in the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder from Real Madrid has lessened over the last week, the Daily Telegraph has reported. The newspaper adds that Tottenham are prepared for Modric to leave this summer but chairman Daniel Levy will not let the 26-year-old leave for anything less than what he believes is his full value. The Telegraph claims Spurs will not accept less than £50m for the Croatia international. Chelsea were dogged pursuers of Modric a year ago, having a series of bids rejected by Levy, with the Telegraph revealing both that one such offer was turned down shortly before the close of the summer transfer window, and that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich vowed to Modric that he would pick up his interest again this summer. Madrid’s interest in Modric is said to have declined after Nuri Sahin, the Turkey midfielder, refused to be included in any offer as a makeweight. Manche ...
When Chelsea won the Champions League and even though Roman Abramovich told the players after the game that "This is just the beginning", It will also mark the end of an era at Chelsea. In a couple of days time and as the transfer window re-opens we all know there will be people leaving and coming into the club. We all know that Didier Drogba is leaving but there are also reports that Salomon Kalou, Florent Malouda and Jose Bosingwa will follow him. As usual with Chelsea and the press, there are rumours of plenty more but let's stick with reality for the time being. Each of these players have played their part in the most successful time in our history and it's important that we recognise that fact. More than anyone Didier Drogba has become immortalised here and without question will enter the hall of fame at the club. He was the best £24m Roman ever spent!. The others have also played their part and that's also been important. OK, being honest, they all have had their moments here and haven't been every ...
NA WAA FOR CHELSKI FC: Chelsea, the 2011/12 UEFA Crackpots winners, sorry, the 2011/12 Champions League winners have been left embarrassed after staff damaged the European Cup they won last May in Munche. As part of the investigation, three members of Chelsea's staff have been suspended as a result of that. The problem is that one of the Cup handles was left hanging off after three security person...nel posed for pictures with the trophy to show off to friends. Although it was returned to its original position, another member of staff noticed the damage the following day and reported it to the senior club officials. Nevertheless, the Champions League winners immediately sent the trophy to a London silversmith for emergency repairs following the incident at Stamford Bridge, which happened when the staff were outside their normal shift hours. It is a huge embarrassment just weeks after the team finally achieved owner Roman Abramovich's ambition of winning the most illustrious competition in European club fo ...
Roman Abramovich has handed Roberto Di Matteo as two-year deal to stay as Chelsea manager. The Italian guided the team to Champions League and ,,,
Chelsea owner Abramovich yet to make Di Matteo decision Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich still hasn't decided whether to continue with manager Roberto Di Matteo. The Mirror says Abramovich is still hedging his bets on the manager who will open Chelsea’s defence of their Champions League title. Di Matteo, the interim miracle-worker who salvaged two trophies from the wreckage of the short-lived Andre Villas-Boas era, expects to be cast aside if former Barcelona gaffer Pep Guardiola can be persuaded to turn his planned 12-month sabbatical from football into a brief holiday. My Take All bcos Pep is proving difficult!
BARCELONA are eyeing up a move to nab Didier Drogba on a free transfer from Chelsea. The Spanish giants want to offer Drogba, 34, a two-year deal worth up to £5million a season to quit Chelsea and snub a move to China, Milan or the USA. Chelsea have also offered the striker a new two-year deal with owner Roman Abramovich pulling out all the stops to keep him. But Drogba is out of contract and could quit the Blues after the Champions League final on Saturday. Though a move to Shanghai FC could be far more lucrative, the lure of playing alongside Lionel Messi and Co could prove irresistible for the Ivory Coast star.
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck says that the club's owner Roman Abramovich is targeting three more Champions League wins
Chelsea has agreed a fee of £38m for Porto's Brazilian forward Hulk. The deal is expected to be signed imminently, with personal terms and a medical reported to be mere formalities. Hulk, who scored twice in Brazil's recent friendly against the Denmark, looks set to bring Roman Abramovich's summer spending to a total of £70m already, with the £32m singing of Eden Hazard set to be confirmed. The 25-year old has scored 122 goals in just 200 career appearances, including 52 since joining Porto in 2008 Chelsea are currently in managerial limbo, with Abramovich hesitant to hand Roberto Di Matteo a full contract for next season. But the billionaire Chairman, with the help of influential technical director Michael Emenalo, is already setting out plans for next season after the Russian was reportedly disappointed by the fashion in which the London side managed to finally lift the Champions League trophy. Hulk is considered a player to excite the crowds, playing as either a striker or a right winger where he is ...
Winning the Champions League seemed the height of Roman Abramovich's Chelsea ambitions, but Eden Hazard signing reveals the 'end' was actually the beginning...
Dear SRK - Thank you for killing IPL. Roman Abramovich won Champions League after 9 years of taking over the club. Learn from him *** if u can not go far atleast learn from CSK, Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals !! Hadd hoti hai... Circus bana diya hai IPL ka!!
When rivals can't think of how to criticize Chelsea, they start ranting about how many managers we've sacked, especially United & Arsnela fans. Well let me educate you: Since Roman took over Chelsea we've won 3 EPL Titles, 4 Fa Cups, 2 League Cups and 1 UEFA Champions League. Yes Trophy's galore! In the same period of time more honours than Arsenal, Liverpool and Man United. So have that!! If that's what sacking managers does then maybe you lot should follow our lead. CHELSEA FC.European Champions Roman Abramovich.best owner in the WORLD!!
Torres: Abramovich convinced me to stay Fernando Torres has revealed the faith shown in him by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich helped persuade him to carry on at Stamford Bridge. The striker, who was on Sunday named in Vicente Del Bosque's Spain squad for Euro 2012, had shocked the Blues with an outburst following the triumphant Champions League final, attacking his treatment by the club and threatening to quit West London this summer. However, four days ago the 28-year-old backtracked, insisting he had simply wanted to play more last season when his "mind was like a rollercoaster" and that he was happy at Chelsea. Today he revealed that Abramovich's trust convinced him to stay. Torres told reporters at a press conference: "I had a conversation with the owner of Chelsea and he trusts me.
To CHELSEA FC Any time I misplaced something and I am looking for it, I've always apply the principle that ''whatever you are looking for is within reach don't go thousand miles to get''. Barcelona applied this and it worked for them. After Frank Rjkaard was shown the way out, a former player of the club (barce) was appointed (Pep Guardiola). This resulted in the overhauling of trophies into the club (Barce FC). I mean a total of fourteen trophies. Now, what I my getting at? Romans Abramovich decision to appoint Roberto DiMatteo after axing Villas Boas paid-off excellently well. RDM's appointment has seen confidence installed in the team. Note: RDM was a chelsea player. Retired as a chelsea player. When Chelsea owner appointed RDM i thought ''that is what am talking about. Yes! Finally a coach that really knows about the club''. That resulted in chelsea winning an Fa Cup and the Champions League. After DiMatteo achieved this feat I was not expecting any speculations before giving him the job permanently. ...
Who would have thought that 34-year-old Didier Drogba, benched by coach Andre Villas-Boas, would be the hero of the Champions League final, scoring the tying goal and then the final penalty kick to make all the dreams of rich owner Roman Abramovich come true? Tactics, humility and intelligence played a major role. Inheriting a divided and defeated team, Di Matteo first had to restore harmony in his dressing room. Above all, he instilled in his team a warrior spirit and character, getting the most out of his players by making the forwards defend and the midfielders attack. Chelsea were not the most talented team in the Champions League but they were certainly the team that wanted to win the most. Hats off to this group of veteran warriors - Diego Amando Maradona
Resize Font: A- A+Chelsea F.C.: Can't Buy Me LoveThe most unlikely of Cinderellas makes her runBy Brian Phillips on May 24, 2012PRINTIf you take the long view with Chelsea — the view that starts on the day Roman Abramovich first wrote his name on the club in 2003 — the amazing thing isn't that they ...
Roberto Di Matteo hasn't received anywhere near enough praise for our achievements this season in the Fa Cup and Champions League. If anything, Robbie has taken a back seat compared to the likes of Didier Drogba and Roman Abramovich this week and I thi...
One man who has become synonymous with the Roman Abramovich era at Chelsea is Ivorian striker Didier Drogba. Arriving in 2004 for between £24-26 million his powerful presence up front led the club to unprecedented success and although he also found many critics for his theatrical performances under challenges, ''Drogba'' ensured his place as one of the greatest foreign players in Premier League history before he decided to leave after winning the 2012 Champions League title. What a nice time to say goodbye.''Dada Aderogba'' you've done us proud.
Chelsea players made it clear they wanted Roberto Di Matteo to be given the coach's job full-time after the Italian's whirlwind three months in charge ended with the Champions League trophy - the prize owner Roman Abramovich had craved the most.
Roman Abramovich to hand Roberto Di Matteo one-year Chelsea managerial trial after Champions League success – report
ONDON, May 20, 2012 (AFP) - Tens of thousands of Chelsea fans gave their team a hero's welcome on Sunday as they made an open-top bus parade through their West London home after their Champions League win over Bayern Munich. Blue-clad fans lined the streets and roared their delight as the hero of Saturday's victory Didier Drogba held the trophy aloft, flanked by captain John Terry, who was suspended for the final in Munich. The bus was emblazoned with a banner proclaiming "Champions of Europe" and Drogba, who scored the decisive spot kick in the penalty shootout, milked the cheers of the crowd. Fans cheered and sounded horns as the bus passed along the route. It was the first time that Chelsea have won Europe's biggest club prize and fulfilled the ambition of their oligarch owner Roman Abramovich, who has pumped hundreds of millions of pounds into the club.
This time, no, this time the UEFA Champions League did pass by, and the prized trophy went to Chelsea on penalties to wipe out any bad memories. They had to wait for the last kick in the final round of spot-kicks and it was converted by Didier Drogba to give Roman Abramovich his dream Champions Leag...
What now for Chelsea heroes? As the bells and sore heads rang out across Munich on Sunday morning and Chelsea prepared to make a triumphant return home, owner Roman Abramovich was keeping his thoughts to himself. Even the capture of the Champions League, the prize Abramovich has cherished most since he made the journey from the Russian territory of Chukotka to buy Chelsea in July 2003, could not prompt him to break his silence. Abramovich was able to touch that precious piece of silverware he has pursued with such zeal and even allowed himself to be caught on camera tapping a foot, clapping and singing along with the Chelsea anthems that echoed around the Allianz Arena after their victory on penalties against Bayern Munich. Apart from congratulating his players and hoping for further successes, Abramovich gave little of his emotions away and the greatest interim manager of all time, Roberto Di Matteo, flatly declined to discuss what message the man he calls "The Boss" had given him after the game.
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