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Chelsea Football Club
Visit "The Blues" at the Stamford Bridge Football Stadium in West London.
History of Chelsea Football Club
The year 2005 saw them reach the major milestone of 100 years-old. What better way was there to mark the centenary than by becoming champions of England for the second time in their existence?
Their golden jubilee had been similarly honoured. The club won silverware in the 1960s, the 70s, the 90s and at the turn of the new millennium, but 1955 was the year they finished above all other teams in the League for the first time.
It was also Chelsea's earliest major trophy. The first five decades had seen the club develop into an integral part of sporting life in England's capital city with famous players and a large, often full stadium.
Chelsea were popular, but achievement fell a long way short of that now enjoyed by Jose Mourinho's team; the team that began the second 100 years of Chelsea history as the best in the land and the biggest football story throughout the world.
Chelsea Football Club Now
Chelsea have become one of the Premier League's success stories. The London club have flourished since the competition's inception in 1992 and former chairman Ken Bates oversaw a radical redevelopment of their plush Stamford Bridge base. Mid-table mediocrity was the order of the day before Ruud Gullit's appointment as Chelsea boss in 1996 ushered in a new era. The flamboyant Dutchman helped attract a number of world-class players to Stamford Bridge with Roberto Di Matteo and Gianfranco Zola soon becoming heroes in the royal blue jersey. Chelsea's attractive brand of football earned them sixth place in the Premier League in 1997 and FA Cup glory confirmed their improvement.
When Gullit departed in 1998, Gianluca Vialli achieved a fourth-place finish and European Cup Winners' Cup and League Cup wins. The big names continued to arrive, including World Cup winners Marcel Desailly and Didier Deschamps. A third FA Cup triumph was secured in 2000 before Vialli made way for Claudio Ranieri, who soon moulded a competitive side, securing four more top-six placings until his departure in May 2004.
A fresh chapter in the club's history was opened with the arrival of new owner Roman Abramovich in summer 2003 as he financed the arrivals of several big-name signings, including Didier Drogba, Arjen Robben and Joe Cole. Champions League-winning coach Jose Mourinho was added to the Chelsea staff in June 2004 and collected his first piece of silverware in February 2005 with victory over Liverpool in the Carling Cup final. And the club's first Premier League title was clinched on April 30, 2005, with three games of the season remaining, to cap an astonishing debut campaign for Mourinho. The following season, Chelsea became only the second club to retain the Premier League crown when they beat nearest rivals Manchester United on April 29, almost a year to the day after their first triumph. In May 2006, Mourinho bolstered an already formidable squad with the club-record signing of AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko. And in February 2007 the Blues won their second Carling Cup in three seasons by beating Arsenal at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.
For more information visit www.chelseafc.com
Place to stay when visiting Chelsea Football Club
If you decide to visit Chelsea Football Club, we could offer you a place to stay - at Georgian House Hotel, which is located just 10min walk from King's Road and offers a variety of rooms, prices and facilities, delicious English Breakfast and welcoming atmosphere.
Georgian House Hotel is ideally situated in a very central location, so visiting sights all over London is quick and easy. Why not book Georgian House Hotel when you plan your trip to the Chelsea Football Club? You can book online or email to make a reservation on firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone on 0044(0)207 834 1438