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Players of The Chelsea 2014/2015 Title Win

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Here are the players and revelations of the 2014/2015 Chelsea title win

1) Kurt Zouma

The Zouma seen at the end of this season is nothing like the Zouma seen during pre-season. Pre-season Zouma was all raw potential – physical ability without polish. I am still amazed at how much he has developed in one single season. He went from raw to cool and composed, playing a massive role in Chelsea’s second game against Manchester City. Whenever he played in central defense he looked ruthless, engaging the ball, making crunching tackles, winning headers, making last-ditch interceptions, was one of the first to wade into fights between players, and just generally got “stuck in”, as coaches like to say. He rarely made serious mistakes, and had the pace to correct them.

I remember two instance, first in the City game, where Aguero slipped free and was about to score, only for Zouma to race back and put in the perfect slide tackle to block him. Then against Everton, Lukaku managed to escape him and would have been through on goal…except that Zouma used his freakish pace to make up the ground and put in a good tackle. The kid still has work to do to improve, but this season marked his progression from a boy into a man. Next up for him is to improve awareness and passing ability.

2) Cesc Fabregas

I hated Fabregas. I hated him at Arsenal, I hated him at Barcelona. But he was the man the squad needed. He pulled the strings in midfield, and used his exceptional passing ability to set the tempo and keep the team moving. I have since grown to respect him more, and I am glad he is in the squad. His ability to make goals and chances is second to none, and he has developed a fantastic attitude. Suck failure, Wenger.

3) Diego Costa

If you’re a Chelsea fan, you love Diego Costa. If you aren’t a Chelsea fan, you hate Diego Costa. There is no middle ground here. Costa epitomizes Chelsea teams – ruthless, aggressive, fierce, brave. He plays with a snarl on his face, he has this street-fighter attitude, he plays like he’s always the underdog, having something to prove. Basically, he’s a Mourinho player. I had some misgivings about him going into the season, but those are gone now.

He’s been brilliant, and he knows how to score goals, something Chelsea lacked in previous strikers. Now he can rest and get his hamstring problem sorted out, so that he is 100% ready for next season.

4) John Terry

The guy only seems to get better with age. A few seasons ago he looked spent, and finished. But last season and this season, he has been brilliant, nigh on perfect. This is a defender who has been refined and refined and is now a true master at the craft. He was never blessed with pace, but uses superior positioning and reading of the game to snuff out danger. He always wins aerial duels, and throws his body on the line time and again to make blocks and stop shots and crosses.

He has rarely been caught out of position, and more surprisingly, barely ever gets a card these days. I can’t even remember the last time Terry got a yellow card. More importantly, he has never picked up a serious injury this season or the last, which is a testament to the coaching staff that Mourinho has. Terry has played every minute of every league game this season, and the vast majority of every other game as well.

He has never looked tired, or off the pace. At his age to be able to continue playing at such a high level is brilliant, and I can’t wait to see him again next season.

5) Eden Hazard

It is so exciting watching a young player get progressively better and better as each season goes on. Under Mourinho he has transformed, stepping it up every season. This season, he was out of this world, truly phenomenal. The future looks bright with this fella, so keep an eye on him.

The Mourinho Factor In Winning The League

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Last season, Chelsea almost went all the way in the Champions League, succumbing to a late collapse in the 2nd leg of the semi final against Athletico Madrid. In the league, they only needed 4 wins to secure the title, but could not pull it off. All of this was despite missing several crucial pieces to the squad. Mourinho identified these gaps early on, and as soon as last season ended, the club went out and acquired the players Mourinho needed.

Enter the Mourinho factor to winning the league.

The strikers were cleared out, and better ones brought in. A new left back was acquired, and Courtois was brought back from his loan. Chelsea also brought in Fabregas, who turned out to be the midfield general the team needed. Deadwood was cleared out, and promising young players sent out on loan. The result? Mourinho crafted a well balanced squad, that had a mix of talented young players with exciting potential, veterans who were in the prime of their career, and seasoned war dogs who had the experience to guide the squad through any challenge.

But having the right players isn’t enough, if there is no strategy on how to use them. And here, this season we saw Mourinho at his best, he was Ender in Ender’s Game. For those of you who never read the book, the short synopsis is that Ender is a genius kid, with a talent for strategy and leadership. He is given command of an army made up of the youngest kids in the battle school, the weakest, the smallest. the rejects.

However, unknown to the rest of the school, these kids are individually the best, and when put under the leadership of Ender, turn into the most feared army in battle school, routinely demolishing armies made up of kids who were significantly older and bigger and faster. Why? Ender turned his army into a machine that was infinitely adaptable. It could respond to any challenge, adapt to any problem, and find the resolve and steel to grind out results when needed.

The Mourinho factor has crafted this Chelsea side into an infinitely adaptable weapon. The squad can do anything he wishes for them to do, for as long as he wants them to do. This season, Chelsea played every kind of game: Possession-heavy styles with quick incisive passing, possession-heavy styles against teams that park the bus, defensive styles against more attacking teams with reliance on counter attacks, high pressing defensive games to force teams into errors.

Chelsea have also had to adapt to numerous challenges: teams that rely on long balls into the box, critical injuries to Diego Costa and Fabregas, suspensions, congested fixture schedules. And in almost every test, Chelsea have responded with the result. In effect, the Mourinho factor has created a pragmatic side, that has no fixed style, and adapts based on the opponent that day. Being so flexible is what won the title, and being flexible is what will see Chelsea have sustained success going into the future.

Chelsea Meme Shows Blues Football Dominance

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Yesterday Chelsea won the Premier League with three games to spare underlining the force of nature and hunger for winning at Stamford Bridge. This hunger extends beyond the first team and has permeated across the English game at a Mens, Womens and Youth level, even our loanees have been getting in on the act.

This Chelsea meme shows the dominance that the Blues have had in English football this season across all levels of the game.

Premier League Champions – won with three games to go, we are Champions for the first time in five years

League Cup Champions – As in his first season at the Bridge this was Mourinho’s first trophy that was followed up with a Premier League title

UEFA Youth Cup Champions –  The U19’s beat Shaktar Donestk to win the UEFA Youth Cup as part of an exciting double for our youth team

FA Youth Cup Champions – For the second year in a row our u18’s won the most prized competition in domestic youth football with talented players such as Dominic Solanke starring.

Championship Player Of The Year – Patrick Bamford’s goals on loan to Middlesbrough earned him the player of the year award in the Championship.

Women’s Player Of The Year – Ji So-Yun won the PFA Women’s player of the year award and the Chelsea Ladies team sit top of the Womens Super League. Whatever level or competition across the board the blues are dominating.

Six Players In The Player Of The Year Team –  Chelsea players took more than half the spots in the PFA team of the year – John Terry, Diego Costa, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic, Eden Hazard, Nemanja Matic

PFA Player of The Year –  Eden Hazard took home the PFA player of the year award ahead of Harry Kane and co

 

 

Chelsea Dominance Meme

What a brilliant season for the Blues.

We’re Going To Win The League – Thoughts Ahead Of Palace

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At FamousCFC.com we are the most cautious and superstitious fans you could imagine, however after Leicester we cannot help but feel wholly optimistic and borderline celebratory.

It has been a long season and a nervy couple of month but it now seems that Chelsea are set to win the Premier League at a canter.

It is now a case of when and not if we will win the title as even if our closest rivals win all their games in the run in only Arsenal can currently overhaul the blues with 15 points to win and the Blues 13 ahead.

It is conceivable the Blues could lose their last four games of the season and still lift the trophy. Yet with three of our four remaining games at home it would be a brave man that would predict Chelsea will triple their number of season defeats.

Victory against Leicester means that a win at home to Crystal Palace would see the Blues win the trophy with three games to spare, which will be one hell of a statement given the jealous charge of “boring” being levied by rival fans.

Win It Against Palace

The hope among Chelsea fans will be that the league is won against Crystal Palace on Sunday giving fans an afternoon in central London to properly celebrate and be 100% sure that the job is done.

Another side effect of this would be that Liverpool have confirmed that they would give Chelsea a guard of honour should Chelsea have won the league ahead of the fixture between the two clubs.

Something that would be incredibly satisfying given the history between the two clubs and that Chelsea were instrumental in denying the scousers a title last season.

It should be a great day out and we look forward to a brilliant day in London and hopefully a party on the Fulham road.

Cesc Fabregas Song – Fabregas Is Magic He Wears A Magic Hat

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It has taken almost a year but Cesc Fabregas finally has his own song from the Chelsea faithful to the tune of “My Old Man’s A Dustman”

The Cesc Fabregas song was doing the rounds before, during and after the Arsenal game and has caught fire since then with fans even bringing their own magic hats.

Here are the words

Fabregas is Magic, He Wears A Magic Hat

He Could Of Signed For Arsenal But He Said No F&*K That!

He passes with his left foot, he passes with his right

And When We Win The League Again We’ll Sing This Song All Night

Video – Chelsea Fans Celebrating After Manchester United Game

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Saturday’s game was huge for Chelsea and here are some videos of just before the end of the game and outside Stamford Bridge. The photo was taken just before kick off in the Matthew Harding Upper against Manchester United.

Zola Causing Mayhem Against Manchester United (Video)

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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

Is This Chelsea’s New Kit? A Trip Down Shirt Sponsor Memory Lane

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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

Charlie Adam Hit A Worldie – Here Are Some Stunning Chelsea Goals

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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.

Title Creeps Closer After Nervy But Commanding Win

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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.