The Academy Decade: Former Blues Far And Wide

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June 22, 2019

As we enter the last six months of the footballing decade, we’re presented with the opportunity to reflect upon the work done by Chelsea at academy level between 2010 and 2019. In the first of several pieces that will both look back and take a peek at the future, we’ll focus on the numerous Cobham graduates who have flown the nest and made a name for themselves elsewhere. For, while…

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Sporting Directors: A Reality Cech

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June 9, 2019

With the imminent arrival of club legend Petr Cech in what we expect to be a Sporting Director role, I felt compelled to write something about it. The good, the bad and, most importantly, to dispel any misconceptions about what the role entails. It is worth noting that clubs big and small have adopted the role across continental Europe, although the concept still seems foreign to most fans, teams and…

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The Loan Report: May 20-27

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May 27, 2019

In the last Loan Report of the 2018-19 season, we look back on a Chelsea-filled day at Wembley Stadium where Aston Villa and Derby went head-to-head for a place in the Premier League, and we round up the last few goals and appearances from around Europe at the end of a record-breaking campaign. Headliners Frank Lampard. Jody Morris. Chris Jones. Mason Mount. Fikayo Tomori. Ashley Cole. John Terry. Tammy Abraham….

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Academy Season Review: Under-18s

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May 11, 2019

When beginning to evaluate Chelsea’s 2018-19 Under-18 season, there are a few things to address up front. The first of those is that success is not guaranteed. Simply because Chelsea won back-to-back league titles, four consecutive regional crowns and a record five FA Youth Cups in a row does not mean they will win silverware for ever more. It’s a central part of the academy’s manifesto for success, sure, but…

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Academy Season Review: Development Squad

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May 10, 2019

If you tap a destination into your SatNav you’ll get more than one route to your destination. Some of them will be longer than others, some will come with different obstacles, but you’ll get there most of the time. For Chelsea’s Development Squad, the 2018-19 season looked rather similar to the 2017-18 campaign, at least on paper. Reaching the UEFA Youth League Final only to lose at the last, they…

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