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With Chelsea set to play Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in a crunch game with the title on the horizon it seem appropriate to look back through the archives and past performances.

Both sides have some great flare players in their teams with Hazard, Mata, Oscar, Di Maria and Rooney all likely to have some involvement and each capable of producing something out of this world to make their mark on the game.

With so much at stake a moment of magic could be the difference between the two sides today and in the past when you think of magic and Chelsea a diminutive Italian comes to mind and as you would expect he has a beauty of a goal against Manchester United in the archive.

The goal we are sharing with you comes from way back in 1997, Ruud Guillit was in charge and it was a time when Chelsea were still a few months away from winning the FA Cup. Which was the first major domestic trophy won by the club for 26 years that would forever write the name Roberto Di Matteo into folklore.

Manchester United were on a comfortable march to the title, whilst Chelsea would finish 6th, which for the time was another step forwards as teh club moved from mid table mediocrity towards being the force in English football we all know today.

Chelsea made an barnstorming start to the match with Zola setting the world alight with an amazing goal, he twisted and turned beating players this way and that before slamming the ball home with only 2 minutes on the clock. A young David Beckham equalised but Chelsea gained a respectable draw and Zola once again underlined his immense quality and ability to change a game.

So let’s just take a minute to see and appreciate the brilliance of this moment from one of Chelsea’s greatest ever players Gianfranco Zola

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This summer will see Chelsea Football Club wave goodbye to Samsung as our shirt sponsor with Yokohama taking over.

Samsung have been emblazoned on the front of our shirts for nine years, during which time Chelsea have won everything domestically and in Europe with the exception of the European Super Cup. In fact you could say that Samsung have got excellent exposure as winners during their time in the hotseat.

Chelsea have won the following since 2005/2006

  • Two Premier League titles
  • More FA Cups than you can shake a stick at
  • One European Cup
  • One Europa League
  • Some Community Shields
  • At least one League Cup (its hard to keep up)

The announcement of a new primary sponsor always gets people excited as it means that there will be an inevitable change in kit and often a change in style. Over the last few generations Chelsea have had some iconic kits and the sponsor plays a part in that.  From Commodore to Coors when I think of iconic players such as Lampard, Zola and co I can clearly see the sponsors logo emblazoned on their head.

Here is one of the theories as to what the shirt could look like

Here are the sponsors we have had in my time

COMMODORE (1987-93) and AMIGA (1993-94)

Computer company, hardly rock and roll but Amiga was on our shirts for our first Cup finals in more than 25 years and the first kits I remember, I will always love them.

COORS (1994-97)

US based beer maker, they graced the chest of Dennis Wise, Gianfranco Zola, Roberto Di Matteo and Gianluca Vialli and were sponsors for the 1997 FA Cup Final. To prove advertising works, I still look to see if the bar I am in serves their lager. Who can forget this gem.

 

AUTOGLASS (1997-01)

Hardly rock and roll but success continued under this windshield replacement company. They also were the sponsors for this my favourite Chelsea away kit chels-45

FLY EMIRATES (2001-05)

Although now associated with Arsenal, the Middle Eastern airline a forerunner of a previous sponsor Gulf Air sponsored Chelsea in their first foray into British sponsorship. They were on the chest of Frank Lampard at the Reebok as he scored the goals that saw Chelsea lift their first ever Premier League trophy. It almost feels like sacrilidge that they are now associated with Arsenal.

To explore other retro kits check out our sponsors CampRetro and their range of historic designs here – http://bit.ly/1AO1dZM

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Charlie Adam beat Thibaut Courtois with a swerving strike from 60 yards to score a goal that will be remembered as one of the most iconic in Premier League history.

Whilst some people may be looking to blame Thibaut Courtois for his positioning, this is wholly unfair, instead we should just appreciate that Adam scored a world class goal and respect that. But rather than focus too much on a member of the opposition, this is an opportunity to see some beautiful goals scored by Chelsea players throughout our history.

We have gone through the archives with CampoRetro to find some iconic goals from Chelsea legends over the years!

Chelsea legends!

Gianfranco Zola Backheel

Playing against Norwich in the FA Cup Gianfranco Zola scored a goal that defies belief. A sidefooted back heeled volley into the top corner, a magical goal with added poignance when we found out that Zola had promised to dedicate his next goal to terminally ill child who had died days before.

One of Chelsea’s greatest ever players he was a true magician and this goal sums up how he could create something from nothing.

Mario Stanic Opening Day v West Ham

After winning the FA Cup in 2000, Chelsea signed two expert finishers in Eidur Gudjohnsen and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. However on his Premier League debut fellow new signing Mario Stanic announced himself to the world.

He controls the ball, flicks it up a few times then volleys it into the net in a emphatic opening day victory.

Roberto Di Matteo FA Cup Final Goal

The Champions League winning manager also scored one of the quickest and stunning goals in FA Cup Final history. After just 43 seconds against Middlesbrough he unleashed a shot into the top corner just at the Chelsea fans got to the crescendo of 10 men went to mow. Poetic and awe inspiring this goal helped deliver Chelsea’s first trophy in more than 25 years.

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Yesterday was a game of contradictions, despite one of our best performances at home for a couple of months, we only just limped over the line against Stoke City. The game was packed with incident, a world class goal and a potentially medium term injury to Diego Costa.

During the game we dominated possession and attempts in a high tempo and dominant performance yet lacked the goals, meaning we relied on errors to secure the points.

The Chelsea goals came from a penalty and quick thinking from Willian after a mistake from Amir Begovic with Hazard taking it on and giving Loic Remy a tap in.

The Stoke goal was one for the ages, an iconic goal that could win goal of the decade let alone goal of the year. Breaking from a suspected foul on Eden Hazard 80 yards from goal Stoke brought the ball out and seeing Courtois off his like, let fly with a swerving shot from 65 yards that a scrambling Courtois could only parry into the net.

The star performers of the game were Willian and Eden Hazard. Willian was tireless in his work and was bright to set up the winning move. Hazard was magnificent drifting all over the pitch, taking on defenders, holding the ball and setting up chance after chance.

With Chelsea level at half time Mourinho took a gamble by bringing on Diego Costa for an ineffective Oscar, the gamble did not work as Costa lasted just 10 minutes before limping off with a hamstring injury that could keep him out for weeks.

Therefore the impetus was on Remy and Drogba as it may be for a key part of the season to get the decisive goal.

A world class goal but Chelsea take the points in a commanding performance that lacked the ruthless streak of goals. The title mathematics is now five wins and a draw from 8 games and no one will be able to catch Chelsea.

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Diego Costa Chelsea

Diego Costa is set to sign for Liverpool today in a sensational cut price deal, despite making few friends on Merseyside so far this season it appears that the Chelsea striker just had to play for a team and set of fans as warm as those in Liverpool.

After failing to impress at Stamford Bridge due to his lack of goals, meek attitude to training and shying away from confrontation his time in London seems over. Chelsea are believed to be looking to cash in and get as much of their investment back as possible.

At the moment it seems likely that the fee will be £10m plus a further £5m if Costa develops a scouse accent during his time at Anfield. This standard clause represents a loss to the London club who have been distraught with Costa and desperately miss former blue Fernando Torres.

Costa will likely receive a wage of around £72.40 p/w in line with the rest of the Liverpool squad over the age of 25.

The move may have taken a few by surprise but Costa has come out and said how much he admires Liverpool Football Club and wants to play at a club that challenges for the Premier League title around once per decade.

Costa will be excited to link up with best friend Martin Skrtel and analysts believe that a move to the North will toughen him up both on and off the pitch. An unnamed reporter said

“This move makes sense for everyone and his national team coach will be delighted, now he will have to fight to survive on and off the pitch, this should see this wallflower come out of his shell for a team that can totes win the league.”

This move may be a shock to Chelsea fans, but it appears that the Brazilian is on his way to Anfield

*look at the publish date*

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Lewis Baker is one of Chelsea’s highest rated young talents with Jose Mourinho claiming that one day he will play for England, this Lewis Baker Lob for MK Dons for whom he is on loan suggests Mourinho may be right.

19 year old Baker has so far made one appearance for Chelsea. This came in the early rounds of the FA Cup last season impressing for the youth and reserve sides including the run to the final of the NextGen series.

This season has seen the young talent go out on loan and Baker is currently on loan at League One high flyers MK Dons and has made five appearances scoring twice including this cool lob.

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Last night’s performance in the Champions League was an absolute shambles, Chelsea lacked the heart to overcome PSG despite the visitors spending the majority of the game a man short, twice coming from behind to stun Stamford Bridge.

One of the main talking points was the performance of former Blue and European champion David Luiz who put in a world class performance and scored against his former club. He also celebrated and was a general nuisance to our chances all night. This has led to lots of frustrated Chelsea fans taking out their frustration on David Luiz and have fallen out of love with this former blue.

However let’s be realistic he is no longer a Chelsea player and it is his highly paid job to do what he can to win. It is understandable that he would celebrate as it was an important moment in the match.

He has since apologised but that is in my opinion unnecessary, celebrating when you score is a part of football and all this ex player “respect” has become a faux parade of political correctness.

David Luiz was loved by Chelsea fans because although he was not perfect he left it all on the pitch and was a larger than life member of the team. This curly haired defender may not have been a Chelsea legend but he played his heart out for Chelsea and won a bunch of trophies. Not to mention the fact we sold him for £50m a figure which one game will not stop being an insanely good ROI for the club.

David Luiz was a cult figure when he was a Stamford Bridge and should be remembered for what he did here good and bad, not what he did once we sold him for big monies. During his time at the club fans would sing this song

Oh David Luiz, you are the love of my life

Oh David Luiz I’d let you shag my wife

Oh David Luiz I want curly hair too

He may no longer be Chelsea but the game needs more players with the personality and mentality of David Luiz, and deep down I will always remember the time when I wanted curly hair too!

 

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Chelsea FC anti racism

The Paris Metro racism incident involving so called Chelsea fans whilst not surprising was a major embarrassment to the club we love.

The club we support is not perfect and neither are our fans who come from a diverse number of backgrounds of race, religion and creed, unfortunately within that are those that believe that racism is acceptable, what is even more unfortunate is they think sharing their view in a public place is also acceptable. This is not the view of the vast majority of Chelsea fans and quite frankly now is the time to reinforce this.

The club and fans not involved have reacted brilliantly to this, the club has reached out to the victim of the incident and done everything in its power to identify, shame and ban those involved. With Paris coming to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday a group of fans have gone about ensuring that any travelling Parisiens know that the actions on that Metro that made international headlines are not acceptable to Chelsea fans.

There will be a fan banner against racism displayed at the ground and coordinated to get posters made up and distributed in English and French that simply read “No racism at the Bridge, and that’s the way we like it” in direct reference to the song being sung on the Metro that day.

I want to applaud these fans for deciding not to let the view that Chelsea fans are racist become mainstream by taking public action, our reputation has been damaged byt his incident but letting everyone know this is a minority is important.

Let’s hope that this conciliatory message is taken in the manner it is sent and that the tie against Paris St Germain will build bridges and the reputation of our loyal fans.

If you would like to know more about what these fans are doing against racism at Stamford Bridge or want to help email – chelseafansagainstracism@hotmail.com

Chelsea Anti Racism poster

 

Chelsea FC anti racism

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