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Premier League

Chelsea 2012/2013

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Chelsea quick review - season 2012/2013

Chelsea Football Club is an English football club based in Fulham, London. Founded in 1905, they play in the Premier League and have spent most of their history in the top tier of English football. Their home is the 41,837-seat Stamford Bridge stadium, where they have played since their establishment.

Chelsea had their first major success in 1955, when they won the league championship, and won various cup competitions during the 1960s, 1970s, 1990s and 2000s. Overall, Chelsea have won four league titles, seven FA Cups, four League Cups and four FA Community Shields. The club have also been successful in continental competitions, winning two UEFA Cup Winners' Cups, one UEFA Super Cup and one UEFA Champions League title. In 2009–10, the club won their first "Double" and in 2012 became the first London club to win the UEFA Champions League.

Chelsea's regular kit colours are royal blue shirts and shorts with white socks. The club's crest has been changed several times in attempts to re-brand the club and modernise its image. The current crest, featuring a ceremonial lion rampant regardant holding a staff, is a modification of the one introduced in the early 1950s. The club has sustained the fifth highest average all-time attendance in English football.Their average home gate for the 2011–12 season was 41,478, the sixth highest in the Premier League.In April 2012 it was ranked by Forbes Magazine as the seventh most valuable football club in the world, at £473 million ($761 million). Since 2003, Chelsea have been owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.

Chelsea have the fifth highest average all-time attendance in English football and regularly attract over 40,000 fans to Stamford Bridge; they were the sixth best-supported Premier League team in the 2011–12 season, with an average gate of 41,478. Chelsea's traditional fanbase comes from all over the Greater London area including working-class parts such as Hammersmith and Battersea, wealthier areas like Chelsea and Kensington, and from the home counties. There are also numerous official supporters clubs in the United Kingdom and all over the world. In 2012 Chelsea were ranked fourth worldwide in annual replica kit sales, with 910,000. At matches, Chelsea fans sing chants such as "Carefree" (to the tune of Lord of the Dance, whose lyrics were probably written by supporter Mick Greenaway), "Ten Men Went to Mow", "We All Follow the Chelsea" (to the tune of Land of Hope and Glory), "Zigga Zagga", and the celebratory "Celery", with the latter often resulting in fans ritually throwing celery. The vegetable was banned inside Stamford Bridge after an incident involving Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fàbregas at the 2007 League Cup Final.

Up until the 1950s, the club had a long-running association with the music halls, with their underachievement often providing material for comedians such as George Robey. It culminated in comedian Norman Long's release of a comic song in 1933, ironically titled "On the Day That Chelsea Went and Won the Cup", the lyrics of which describe a series of bizarre and improbable occurrences on the hypothetical day when Chelsea finally won a trophy. The song "Blue is the Colour" was released as a single in the build-up to the 1972 League Cup Final, with all members of Chelsea's first team squad singing; it reached number five in the UK Singles Chart. (The song was later adopted, as an anthem, by the Vancouver Whitecaps in Canada, after being changed to "White is the Colour".) In the build-up to the 1997 FA Cup Final, the song "Blue Day", performed by Suggs and members of the Chelsea squad, reached number 22 in the UK charts. Bryan Adams, a fan of Chelsea, dedicated the song "We're Gonna Win" from the album 18 Til I Die to the club.

 

Trophies list

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    FA Premier League Cup

    1954, 2004, 2005, 2009

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    FA Cup

    1970, 1997, 2000, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012

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    Football League Cup

    1965, 1998, 2005, 2007

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    FA Charity / Community Shield

    1955, 2000, 2005, 2009

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    European Cup / UEFA Champions League

    2012

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    UEFA Super Cup

    1998

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    European Cup Winners' Cup

    1998, 1971

ESTABLISHED

1905

MANAGER

Rafael Benitez

NICKNAME

The Blues

STADIUM

Stamford Bridge

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12/13 Chelsea Home Shirt

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12/13 Chelsea Away Shirt

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Chelsea 12/13 team squad

  • Goalkeeper

  • Petr Cech
  • Henrique Hilario
  • Ross Turnbull
  • Defender

  • Branislav Ivanovic
  • Ashley Cole
  • David Luiz
  • Paulo Ferreira
  • Gary Cahill
  • John Terry
  • Cesar Azpilicueta
  • Ryan Bertrand
  • Midfielder

  • Frank Lampard
  • Juan Mata
  • Ramires
  • Oriol Romeu
  • Oscar
  • Mikel
  • Victor Moses
  • Florent Malouda
  • Eden Hazard
  • Marko Marin
  • Yossi Benayoun
  • Forward

  • Fernando Torres

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