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On the 10th anniversary of his arrival, there are rumours going around that Didier Drogba is about to return to Chelsea as a player-coach two summers since leaving the club after winning the Champions League in Munich.  He is a legend at Stamford Bridge, but is bringing back the 36 year old the right move?

Didier Drogba is quite rightly a Chelsea his goals won trophies particularly his one man show to win the Champions League in 2012. The fear previously has been that his return to Chelsea would hinder the confidence of the other strikers particularly Fernando Torres.

With Chelsea signing Diego Costa this concern melts away as he is a fully confident and powerful striker that will know that he is first choice. Torres is just a figure in the shadows and I would hope he is only third choice next season.

The expectation would be that Drogba would be an impact player. One club that would hope he does not have a starting role are Arsenal who were tormented by Drogba, time and time again during his 8 years at Stamford Bridge.

As a coach I feel he would have a lot to offer, he is a great presence in the dressing room and he would be able to help develop players like Lukaku (if he stays) and Bamford. Now that Luiz has left he can also teach somebody else his side foot free kick technique.

I would love to see Didier Drogba back at Stamford Bridge, it would feel almost like a one year testimonial season where he could also contribute in a back up role on the pitch.

Adding depth to the team and bringing back a legend for a swansong, what could possibly go wrong?

Would you like to see Drogba return home to Stamford Bridge this summer?

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Diego Costa Chelsea

Diego Costa signed for Chelsea today but already you can hear the pessimistic fans worrying about whether he will make it in the Premier League. But let’s not be so down in the dumps about signing a world class striker. 

Chelsea fans should be optimistic about Costa given his record in the last two seasons, support Falcoa and then as the main man for Athletico Madrid. The Brazilian, Spanish international was a beast for Madrid last year scoring 27 goals in their La Liga triumph and 8 in their run to the Champions League Final.

The problem is we have been burned before and this makes Chelsea fans naturally cautious, we have a long production line of big name flops to fuel our doubt. First there was Robert Fleck, then Chris Sutton followed by Andre Shevchenko and incumbent Fernando Torres.

He did not have a good world cup but I do not think that he was fully fit and Spain were hardly giving him great service as they struggled to defend their title.

Only time will tell for Diego Costa flop forecasts, the pressure will be on but he will have Stamford Bridge fully behind him.

Diego Costa Flop – How To Avoid It

Of course there are things that will help, an early goal will help relieve the fan and media hype, but at Chelsea there wll always be pressure.

Fans will be happy if he is seen running through walls for the team. We have gotten behind our flops in the past but from now on let’s avoid the Diego Costa flop and focus on the fact that we have just signed a world class striker.

Here is a video of all Diego Costa’s goals to get your appetite going for watching him at the Bridge next season. We hope you enjoy it.

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Edison Cavani to Chelsea is once again a story but in the last 2 years I have become convinced that this would be a disaster.

This rumour has just failed to go away with it turning into a key part of any transfer window, no matter how he performs or who he plays for you can expect a transfer story or two linking him to Chelsea each window.

Despite his impressive record for Napoli and Paris St Germain and a strike rate of well over a goal every other game, he has just not impressed me when I have seen him play.

Since the Olympics I have seen Cavani play on numerous times from that tournament, the Champions League and the World Cup and in each appearance he has been a liability unable to get into the game.

Edison Cavani

Cavani To Chelsea An Unlikely Fit

This makes me think that in the demanding role as a Chelsea striker in the toughest defensive league in the world he would struggle, like many fine strikers that have dominated in Serie A and struggled.

At 27 he is at his peak but the price would mean breaking our transfer record and with the Torres millstone still round his neck and Costa on his way, Cavani to Chelsea would make little sense.

I am sure that he will have another great season and this will look like a foolish article, but with FFP and serious doubts about his ability to adapt to life at Chelsea and the Premier League I am going to have to pass.

There are other players we could get to fill gaps in our squad and an overpriced South American does not fit the bill.

Would you sign Cavani, does his record impress you?

Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Danubio 25 (10)
2007–2010 Palermo 109 (34)
2010–2013 Napoli 104 (78)
2013– Paris Saint-Germain 30 (16)

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Football is meant to exist for the fans however those who attend games are a small minority and with the money in global audiences so high, placating them through BT Sport and BSKYB is only natural. The recent fixture announcement proves match going fans are a low priority.

The Burnley game is a nightmare for Chelsea fans, Burnley is a 4 hour drive for fans making work on the day and the day after impossible. What would have made more sense would have been the Arsenal v Crystal Palace derby to have been on the Monday instead.

Chelsea have had 7 fixtures changed by the announcement of the TV fixtures upto the end of November. I understand that TV changes are necessary given the need to give value to broadcasters, but a balance with the needs of match going fans is needed.

This may only affect 2,000 fans compared to a football audience of millions but this disregard shows the chasm between football authorities and the fans that make the game what it is today.

Fans are the lifeblood of football and the atmosphere away fans help create is a major selling point for the “Global Brand” that the Premier League is trying to promote. However this seems to be conveniently forgotten by those counting the money.

So in the long run all that will happen is Sky & BT will get the ratings, ticket prices will go up and games will get even more ridiculous. Don’t forget Game 39 was  on the table a few years ago, all involved should be ashamed.

Here are the affected games as confirmed by the Chelsea website

Burnley v Chelsea
Monday 18 August
8.00pm
Live on Sky Sports

Everton v Chelsea
Saturday 30 August
5.30pm
Live on Sky Sports

Manchester City v Chelsea
Sunday 21 September
4.00pm
Live on Sky Sports

Chelsea v Arsenal
Sunday 5 October
2.05pm
Live on Sky Sports

Manchester United v Chelsea
Sunday 26 October
4.00pm
Live on Sky Sports

Liverpool v Chelsea
Saturday 8 November
12.45pm
Live on BT Sport

Sunderland v Chelsea
Saturday 29 November
5.30pm
Live on Sky Sports

 

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Chelsea Football Club announced that they will be ending their arrangement with Viagogo to launch an in house ticket exchange! This marks a huge victory for Chelsea supporters who will now get a fairer deal without lining the pockets of glorified touts.

Members will have more access to tickets at the standard match price tickets, season ticket holders will have an easier way to sell their tickets at the per match value they paid. The difference between the two amounts will be given to the Chelsea Foundation, a charity helping local and international communities.

Previously Chelsea had been using Viagogo as an exchange who took large fees costing season ticket holders and members more money. The company showed its true colours in the build up to the Champions League Final in 2012, they were selling tickets at huge mark ups, fleecing the average fan.

FamousCFC.com is delighted the club is no longer associated with each other.

This is a massive positive step and an indication that complaining at the club endlessly can eventual lead to positive action by the club. Last season saw the launch of several fan led ticket exchanges by fans wanting to give fellow fans a better deal.

Well done Chelsea FC and well done to those like www.twitter.com/cfctickets who campaigned to make this happen.

As the club said in their statement.

“The aim of this scheme is to ensure as many of our fans can attend a match as possible and for every seat at Stamford Bridge to be occupied. It most definitely is not to generate additional money for the club on top of our regular season ticket and individual match ticket sales.

Therefore all extra money raised by season ticket seats being sold on at the regular members’ price will be donated to the Chelsea FC Foundation, the club’s charity organisation which uses the power of sport to bring about positive changes in people’s lives and their communities.

The leading community programme in the world of football, the Foundation engaged more than 750,000 people home and abroad last season, and operates more than 500 projects each week providing schemes to promote sport, social inclusion, health, education and equality. Our total community investment is more than £5 million per year, including more than £3m developing grassroots sporting opportunities with a further £905,000 invested in UK social inclusion programmes.

At the end of each season the club will announce the sum of money raised and donated straight into the Foundation’s funds by the Ticket Exchange, as well as the number of tickets exchanged. The tables below display the price figures involved for each ticket category.”

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Yaya Toure is an amazingly talented footballer but he has proven in the last few months that despite being rich, successful and adored at the Etihad yet he wants to leave. Rumours are Chelsea could be a destination, but FamousCFC.com think this would be a mistake.

Initially this piece was going to be an attack on Yaya Toure for the reaction to the club “forgetting” his birthday, however unsure of the role that the tragic death of his brother has had in his interactions with the club, it would be unfair to factor that in.

With his current ability beyond question (he was my Premier League player of the year) my thoughts on Toure are primarily based on his age and the fact that his wages would not represent a return on investment.

Yaya Toure Not Getting Any Younger

Yaya Toure may have only been in English football for a few seasons, but he is now 31 which means that anything longer than a two year contract would constitute a big risk.

He could play at the same level for three or four years or start to tail off. As he gets into his early 30′s he will be more susceptible to injuries and will not be as powerful or quick as he is now, which would severely affect his play.

Wage Demands

As the world class star that he is playing for the richest club in the world, Toure’s wage expectations would be astronomical (200k+).  As we are already pretty set in midfield already, with Nemanja Matic more than holding his own in duels against Toure there is no desperation to reel him in.

In all he would be an expensive luxury in a team that is shaping up rather nicely without him.

Other Premier League Clubs

The other club that may go for Yaya Toure could be Liverpool, but they would have the same trepidation that we would, whilst Gerrard is in his last season or two,  Toure would only be an expensive temporary stopgap. Could he be the force that wins them the league?

Potentially but its extremely unlikely in any case that Man City would sell to either Chelsea or Liverpool their two rivals for the league last season.

Enter the Parisens I guess.

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Chelsea 2013/2014 Talking Points

With the arrival of Diego Costa, Fernando Torres determined to stay and Romelu Lukaku back from loan, the future of Demba Ba is far from certain. Despite not having many opportunities he will always be a cult hero for two goals he scored last season.

Demba Ba is a quality player however he is not quite good enough in my opinion to be a regular starter at the Bridge, that being said I would have played him ahead of Torres all last season.

Should he be sold he would be perfect for Everton, Newcastle or a team of that calibre, given the right service he is nailed on for 15-20 goals next season.

I will be sad to see him go but there are two moments that mean he will always be a cult hero to me.

Demba Ba Cult Hero

The first was the goal against PSG at Stamford Bridge in the Quarter Final of the Champions League, chasing a goal to go ahead on away goals he popped up in the right place to send us through.

Then there is the goal at Anfield following the Gerrard slip. Liverpool seemed destined for the title until Stevie “zero Premier League titles” Gerrard slipped and Demba took care of the rest.

This was a purely joyous moment, Liverpool winning the league would have been terrible and I am so glad that we were able to spoil the party. At one point it looked certain but we went to Anfield and stole the dream away, with Crystal Palace completing the job in midweek.

Depriving Gerrard the league is something we will be able to hold that over the Scousers for generations, petty I know but goto banter is always useful to have.

Whatever happens though he will be a cult hero for me and I will wish him well.

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The World Cup particularly the early stages, creates superstars from the virtually unknown and occasionally they end up in the Premier League. Should Chelsea take a punt on one of these World Cup 2014 stars or maybe even a player who came of age?

There is a precedent for English teams buying stars of the World Cup with mixed results, from the French dominance in the late 90’s to the Senegal boom post 2002 clubs can allow a good World Cup to influence buying decisions.

So could any World Cup 2014 star players find themselves under the transfer microscope or even at Stamford Bridge this summer?

Tale Of The Goalkeepers

Unknown goalkeepers were the theme of the early stages of the World Cup with Guillermo Ochoa and Keylor Navas taking the plaudits with multiple man of the match performances.

Ochoa arrived at the World Cup without a club, however he is unlikely to struggle for somewhere to play next season following on from his performances including an amazing shut out against Brazil in the group stages.

The other amazing goalkeeper was Keylor Navas who was a key part of his side’s run to the Quarter Finals. Costa Rica may have lost to the Netherlands on penalties but once again Navas was man of the match.

One player that did himself no harm was out of contract Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa who was a rock for the Mexicans appearing almost unbeatable at times.

With Schwarzer, Cech and Courtois Chelsea are pretty stocked at goalkeeper it seems unlikely we will join the hunt.

Divlock Origi

The Belgian striker that usurped our Belgian striker during the tournament after some impressive substitute appearances he started the last two Belgium games of the World Cup.

Incredibly young he is yet another bright spark of this golden generation and several clubs including Liverpool are in for him.

With Diego Costa arriving, Lukaku and Liverpool on his heels another young striker is not on the cards and Liverpool should have a clear run from him.

So it appears as I type we will face him at Anfield next season.

James Rodriguez Comes Of Age

Rodriguez cannot be classified as an unknown given his £40m transfer to Monaco, however he came of age at the World Cup and caught the attention of the world.

His volley in the group stages lives long in the memory and although his Columbian side eventually fell to Brazil the legend of Rodriguez will live on.

I would love to have him at the Bridge but it seemed a little bit far-fetched.

Sadly it seems that there will be no World Cup 2014 star chasing for Chelsea.

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Ashley Cole Leaving Chelsea

Today it has been confirmed that Ashley Cole has completed a free transfer to AS Roma just over a week after his contract at Chelsea officially came to an end. At FamousCFC we would like to wish him the best in his new career in Italy.

Ashley Cole may be vilified by most English football fans but for Chelsea he was nothing but the ultimate professional (the shooting of a work experience kid with an air rifle aside) when playing for Chelsea.

Since it was clear he would not be offered a new contract Cole has shown nothing but class and respect to Chelsea and us the fans. He is a key part of our history and will always be remembered as a Double Winner and Champion of Europe.

We will never forget his final day goal against Wigan or the penalty to make it level in the shootout?

Ashley Cole AS Roma

AS Roma is an interesting choice, I think Cole would be suited to just about any league but at Roma he will continue to play at the highest level with Roma due to enter the Champions League at the group stage and challenge for Serie A.

Even his choice of club showed respect, he could have quite easily found a club in the Premier League to play for, but rumour has it that he was only listening to offers from abroad out of respect for his time at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal fans see Ashley Cole as the ultimate Judas however this act shows that he was misrepresented or in the 8 years since his move he has developed beyond the media caricature that has followed him throughout his career.

Either way we can expect them to be even more enraged by “Cashley” or should we say European Champion and world class Ashley Cole.

Whatever they think Ashley was amazing for Chelsea and we are sure he still has plenty to offer.

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The Shed End Stamford Bridge is one of my favourite places in the world let alone football, yet it has suffered in the last decade from a perceived lack of atmosphere. Not helped by having to share our iconic stand with away fans, one group of fans is trying to return it to the maelstrom it once was.

In the last two decades like the majority of English football grounds decibel levels have declined at Stamford Bridge, with the gentrification of the game, an increase in ticket prices and the all seater dynamic all making atmosphere a talking point across the Premier League.

At Chelsea there is now a group that is seeking to increase the atmosphere by clubbing together and getting organised. Now we are not talking forced cheerleaders and pumped in music (USA and Barcelona anyone) but an attempt to get fans all pulling in the right direction to support the club.

Whilst even having this discussion may invite ridicule few clubs in the Premier League can claim they do not have a similar problem, particularly those at the top of the table.  Only Stoke and Crystal Palace have really stood out in recent years at home.

So what do you think can be done to improve the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge and more specifically the Shed?

Should we look to rejuvenate the “Return to the Shed” campaign or find ways for non-season ticket holders who want to create atmosphere to all sit together rather than being dispersed by older fans or the prawn sandwich brigade?

The group have a meeting this Saturday to discuss ideas going forward so if this is something you want to get involved with or you have some ideas please share them in the comments or by emailing the guys directly.

See their website  http://shedatmosphere.wordpress.com/ or contact them via Twitter

www.twitter.com/Shed_Atmosphere

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