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Happy Birthday Carlo Ancelotti

The current manager of Chelsea, having been appointed on 1 June 2009, during his first season in charge he led the club to the League & FA Cup Double, becoming the first Chelsea manager to achieve the feat, and the first Italian manager to win the Premier League title. Carlo opened the season with a penalty shoot-out win over Man Utd in the Community Shield, ending a hoodoo of several…

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A Look At Michael Ballack

Michael Ballack scored 17 goals from 105 league games whilst at Chelsea and scored 27 in 167 games in all competitions since joining in 2006 on a free transfer from Bayern Munich. On the 27 August 2006, Ballack earned his English League début for Chelsea against Blackburn Rovers. In making his UEFA Champions League début for Chelsea against Werder Bremen on the 12 September 2007, Ballack scored his first goal…

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Out With The Old…

Suddenly, Chelsea’s first team squad is a whole lot lighter as Wednesday saw the confirmed departure of Joe Cole, Juliano Belletti, and Michael Ballack. With the club’s apparent new policy of both getting tough on wages and reducing the average age of the side well and truly underway, we’re very much interested in the second part. It opens up three first-team squad berths, and with both Deco and Paulo Ferreira…

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A Look At Juliano Belletti

Juliano Belletti joined Chelsea on the 23rd of August 2007, when the club officially announced a three-year contract, signing from Barcelona for an undisclosed fee. He made his Premier League debut for Chelsea on the 25th August 2007 when he came on as a substitute in the 64th minute against Portsmouth at Stamford Bridge. He made his first start for away at Aston Villa. Following the departure of Jose Mourinho,…

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Smoke And Mirrors

Football’s magic isn’t it? Yes, even during the close season. Is it called the close season because everyone keeps their cards ‘close’ to their chest I wonder? Story after story, rumour after rumour. Very few pieces of hard fact. And the scope for Fleet Street’s finest – oh sorry, you can’t call them that anymore can you? That would imply reporters’ gathering real news, informative journalism at its best; opinion…

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A Question Of Blame

There are things that leave me feeling frustrated. Like a team of winners who appear not to have turned up, and who lose to a team of lesser skill and ability who put a lot more effort into the game. There are things that leave me feeling angry. Like a deliberate handball that robs a nation of a dream-fulfilling place in the World Cup. Or when the ball crosses the…

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FA Cup Retained, Double Done

Chelsea sealed their first league and cup double with a 1-0 win in the FA Cup Final against Portsmouth, at Wembley Stadium. After hitting the woodwork five (yes, five!) times in the first half, Chelsea looked like they would pay when Portsmouth were awarded a penalty, but Petr Cech’s penalty save closely followed by Didier Drogba’s free kick, saw Chelsea close out a deserved victory. Chelsea were unchanged from the…

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Blues On Brink Of Historic Double

In just a few hours Chelsea have the chance to write their names into an elite group of clubs who’ve won the ‘double’ in England. Avram Grant’s Portsmouth team, relegated from the Premier League this season, and riddled with all manor of financial problems, stand in our way. With Chelsea coming off the back of a record 8-0 thrashing of Wigan last week, confidence will surely be at a premium,…

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No Doubt

So the weekend began, a Friday night full of excitement and anticipation. I looked at the Chelsea team to face Wigan and I smiled. The little gremlin Doubt sat in the corner, tiny and huddled. It was a shame I did not notice the evil glint in his eye or I would have done something about it then. Something like watching a few vids of our triumphs on TheChels.tv. But…

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The Perfect Ending

Chelsea stormed to the English Premier League title by thrashing hapless Wigan Athletic 8-0 in the final match of the season. Manchester United’s 4-0 win at home to Stoke City was irrelevant, as Didier Drogba’s hat trick, Nicolas Anelka’s brace and further goals from Frank Lampard, Salomon Kalou and Ashley Cole rounded out a sensational victory. Wigan started brightly, but the Blues took the lead in the sixth minute and…

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