Chelsea FC is one of the biggest success stories in English, European, and world football. The rise of the team from an average team in West London to becoming a European giant is phenomenal.
The arrival of Roman Abramovich and his insatiable quest for success has created a sort of envy from other football clubs. Even the fans have been labeled ‘plastic fans’ because of their inpatient with coaches and players that fail to deliver success immediately.
Chelsea Success and Records
Europe – Champions League and Europa League
Chelsea rose from the early days of mediocrity to become one of the most successful clubs in England and Europe. They are the first club in London to win the Champions League. The history was written in Allianz Arena, in 2012, the home of all-conquering Bayern Munich who was the eventual finalist.
Chelsea FC will go on to repeat this feat in 2021 against Pep Guardiola’s inspired Manchester City team in Lisbon. Thomas Tuchel came at half-season to replace Lampard, who was relieved of his duties after a difficult start to his second season as a Chelsea manager.
The German tactician will turn Chelsea season around and deliver a sucker punch to deny Guardiola and Manchester the hope of being a European champion for the first time.
Chelsea is the only London team (other London rivals are Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham, Crystal Palace) to win the Champions League and the Europa League.
Recently, Chelsea defeated Villareal, the current Europa League holders to win the UEFA Super Cup for the second time.
They have won the Europa League twice, first in 2013 under Benitez and then in 2019 under Maurizio Sarri.
The Premier League or EPL started in 1992 after the split from the Football League with 22 teams as members.
Before the formation of the Premier League, Chelsea has managed to win only one league title in 1995 under Ted Drake.
The arrival of Roman propelled Chelsea to a new level. Chelsea FC has won the Premier League five times since its inception. The only other London team to have won it isArsenal, with three titles to their name.
Chelsea has also won the FA Cup eight times in addition to the five Carabao Cups.
Important Players and Coaches
Ron Harris is the player with the biggest appearances for Chelsea FC with 795 appearances. Frank Lampard is the highest goal scorer for Chelsea with 211 career goals.
Other Chelsea legends are John Terry, Didier Drogba, Bobby Tambling, Peter Osgood, Eden Hazard, Petr Cech, Claude Makelele, Ray Wilkins, Gianfranco Zola.
Peter Osgood has a statue in front of Stamford Bridge, and he is fondly called the “King of Stamford Bridge”
Jose Mourinho remains Chelsea’s most successful coach of the modern era. He delivered the first-ever Premier League title for Chelsea. In his two stints at the club, he won 3 Premier League titles, 3 League Cups, and one FA Cup.
Chelsea fans call themselves the Blues due to the famous blue uniform that has been used by Chelsea over the years. Another less-known nickname is the Pensioners. This was used earlier by Chelsea fans due to Chelsea’s connection with the Stamford hospital. Ted Drake then made Chelsea fans drop the nickname when he was the coach in the 1950s.
Chelsea fans sometimes use the slogan COYB (Come on Ye Blues) though the slogan is thought to be connected with Everton fans.
Stamford Bridge with a capacity of about 40,834 is the home ground for the Chelsea team since 1905. The last renovation was done in the 1990s.
Chelsea planned to increase and redesign Stamford Bridge since 2014 and it was approved in 2017. However, the plan was put on hold in 2018.
According to the 2021 Deloitte Football Money League, Chelsea FC has a revenue of about €469.7m making it the eighth-best in Europe.
Chelsea has an estimated value of around 2.7 billion euros according to Forbes. This put Chelsea as the seventh most valued team in the world.
Chelsea FC was originally founded by Gus Mears in 1905. Since 2003, Chelsea has been owned by Israeli-Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich who bought the club from Ken Bates and other shareholders.
Due to the heavy debt that Abramovich inherited, Chelsea did not make a profit until 2012 when they reported a profit of £1.4 million.
The Global Fan Base
Chelsea has grown tremendously into a global powerhouse since the early 2000s following the acquisition and funding by Abramovich.
Chelsea has over 29 million followers on Instagram, 49 million on Facebook, over 17 million on Twitter, 3 million subscribers on Youtube as of August 2021. This will make a combined social media following of 100 million people.
This has increased the ability of the club to attract investors and sponsorship. Popular brands such as Nike, Samsung, Trivago, 3, Yokohama tires, Adidas have partnered with Chelsea FC.