How Berekum Chelsea is being inspired by Chelsea FC

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The name Berekum Chelsea does not ring enough bells in the ears of Chelsea football fans. In faraway Ghana in Africa, a football club has been inspired by the success model employed by the illustrious English side, Chelsea FC.

Berekum Chelsea F.C is a team that competes at the top-level of Ghana football, the Globacom Premier League. The Berekum in the name is derived from the region of Ghana, Berekum in Bono Region of Ghana.

The story of Berekum Chelsea

The team was founded by Obed Nana Nketiah in July 2004. And it has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top. The owner aimed to instill an attacking philosophy into his team, and made the 4-3-3 formation a key style of play of the team.

The owner is much inspired by Chelsea that he designed the club logo to be the same match as Chelsea F.C’s logo. The only difference was the replacement of the “rampant lion” with an eagle.

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Berekum Chelsea logo is similar to Chelsea FC logo

They retained Chelsea’s blue color and brand. The team’s kit was also inspired by Chelsea’s team colors too.

Berekum Chelsea plays at the Golden City Park, a 6000-capacity stadium in Berekum, Brong-Ahafo.

Achievement

For a team that started in 2004, the club mirrored Chelsea F.C’s ambition and rise to the top. They gained promotion to the top flight in 2008 after just four years in the lower divisions.

They won the one Premier League title in the 2010/11 season, one President Cup. At the continental level, they made a maiden appearance at CAF Champions League in 2011/12 and the next season in 2012/13 season.

They came close to winning the league title again in 2012/13 finishing just 3 points behind favorite Asante Kotoko.

Recent Years

Though in recent season, they have been struggling domestically after finishing third in 2015. They finished in mid-table positions for many seasons before securing another 3rd placed finish in 2019/20 season.

Seth Hoffman was appointed as a new coach in January 2021. The coach, who previously coached Heart of Oaks and Great Olympic replaced Michael Hesse Odmatten.

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