Every set of football supporters has the ultimate faith that their club is indeed the best team to follow.
Whether it be for reasons of geography, heritage, or even glory, football fans can throw at you an endless list of reasons as to why they support the team they do, here we brief the 10 prominent reasons why you should be a Chelsea fan.
1. The First and Only London Club to Win the Champions League
Arsenal fans, Tottenham, West Ham, Fulham, and the rest best look away now. For all the success clubs in London have enjoyed throughout the 150-year history of football in England, none can match Chelsea‘s achievement in lifting the Champions League trophy in 2012 and 2021, as well as lifting the Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. They are the first London club to do it, and with the way things are shaping up across the continent right now, it could be a long time before any of their rivals can get a realistic shot to emulate their success.
2. Roman Abramovich Has Changed Modern Football
Not many clubs can claim to have played the role Chelsea have in shaping the modern game, not only in England but across Europe. Since Roman Abramovich took control of Chelsea in 2003, the Russian’s presence has seen football’s profile and appeal sore to new heights. Sure, there are some aspects of that change which could be looked upon with a negative eye, but there’s no doubting the positives that have followed Abramovich. The Russian has pumped millions into the game, and that has filtered down through the varying levels of football. Not only that, but from a nationalistic perspective, the interest in Premier League football has also grown significantly in the past decade, and with it has the appeal to the point it’s seen as the No. 1 league in the world. It’s not solely down to Abramovich of course, but he has played an integral part both in the signing of best players for the club.
3. The King’s Road
It’s seen some wild parties in the past and present as Chelsea have celebrated success, but the King’s Road is famous for a whole lot more. Just a stone’s throw from Stamford Bridge, it has a long glamorous history that has seen film stars and musicians frequent its restaurants, bars, and boutiques. It brings an element of glamour to Chelsea that is not necessarily seen at other clubs, and with that comes mystique and an air of envy from their rivals. The King’s Road has been part of the Chelsea fabric since the club’s early days, and it remains a key part of the Chelsea iconography to this day.
4. The Never-Say-Die Attitude
It takes spirit and guts to not only make it to the top but stay there. Throughout the club’s history, Chelsea has faced their fair share of challenges, and while faces have changed, and generations have separated each test put before them, one thing has remained true—Chelsea’s character.
In more recent times, that has been personified by Jose Mourinho and the never-say-die attitude he has instilled in his players.
Under the Portuguese, during his first spell in charge, Chelsea was never beaten, regardless of the predicament, they found themselves in. Sure, they may not have got themselves out of trouble every time, but they always battled for one another.
That characteristic survived long after he left in 2007 and was, perhaps, best demonstrated when the Blues lifted the Champions League trophy in 2012, secondly conquering Europe in 2021/2022 by winning the Champions League, Super Cup, and Club World Cup under current coach, Thomas Tuchel.
They came from behind in matches, stared defeat in the face more times than they would have cared to mention, yet still battled through to lift the trophy.
6. Frank Lampard
What an ambassador to the English game Frank Lampard has been. he continues to shine and brings so much to Chelsea on and off the pitch.
With 211 goals, he is the club’s all-time goalscorer—a living legend.
It’s players such as the man they call “Super Frank” who add gravitas to a football club. They bring an air of class, creating an aura to be admired.
The formal England international forms part of the Chelsea backbone, On 4 July 2019, Lampard was appointed as the new head coach at former club Chelsea on a three-year contract, making him the first English manager to manage the side in over two decades coping with the club transfer ban.
In the following season, Chelsea made five major signings in the summer transfer window the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz, and Edouard Mendy. Chelsea initially started strong, topping their Champions League group and the Premier League in early December. However, after a run of two wins in eight Premier League matches, Chelsea dropped to ninth, and Lampard was dismissed on 25 January 2021. His dismissal came just 24 hours after Chelsea’s 3–1 win over Luton Town in the FA Cup. On 26 January, German coach Thomas Tuchel was announced as his replacement.
It was reported that Lampard’s departure was also influenced by disagreements with the club’s transfer policy, Lampard also reportedly fell out with or had limited communication with some players, causing former teammate and club advisor Petr Cech to have to serve as an intermediary, Having been out of work for a year, Lampard was appointed manager of Premier League club Everton on 31 January 2022.
7. Chelsea Are the Only Club Elected Straight into the Football League
In its 134-year history of the competition, Chelsea remains the only club to be directly elected in The Football League, having not played competitively prior to the club’s inclusion.
Chelsea entered what is now The Football League Championship in the 1905-06 season, having not once competed in a competitive fixture.
And for the record, their first-ever match was against Stockport County on Sept. 2, 1905. It wasn’t the best of starts, though, with the Blues losing the match, 1-0. After that loss, they did remain unbeaten for six games, winning five.
8. Ruud Gullit and Sexy Football
Prior to the appointment of Glenn Hoddle as Chelsea manager in 1993, the Blues were in the doldrums.
They were often battling relegation or at least had it hanging over them until the latter stages of the campaign.
A major trophy hadn’t been forthcoming since 1971 either, and things needed to change.
They did, too, with Hoddle signing Dutch legend Ruud Gullit from AC Milan in 1995. It was a major coup for the club, with Gullit replacing England-bound Hoddle as manager the following season.
From that moment, the team scaled heights it hadn’t seen for over two decades, winning the FA Cup in 1997, followed by the League Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1998.
The glory days were back, and Chelsea was winning things, playing Gullit’s very own “sexy football.”
9. Wembley’s First and Last
In 2000, Chelsea beat Aston Villa, 1-0, to win their third FA Cup.
The game wasn’t exactly one to remember for footballing reasons, but it held historical significance as being the last FA Cup final at the old Wembley Stadium.
The first had been staged in 1923, and after 77 years of history, the stadium was being torn down and redeveloped.
Fast forward to 2007 and Chelsea were back at Wembley once more—this time visiting the brand new venue in all its glory for another FA Cup final.
Not content to be in the record books as the last team to lift the FA Cup at the old stadium, Didier Drogba’s extra-time winner ensured Chelsea became the first club to lift the famous trophy at the new venue also, beating Manchester United, 1-0.
10. John Terry
A one-club man, something we rarely see in the 21st century, he is the club’s most successful skipper in its history, and he continues to lead by example.
His reputation may be tarnished, but rising through the ranks at Stamford Bridge, Blues fans see him very much as one of their own and someone who has served the club with incredible passion and desire.
“JT” also gives other youngsters coming through, hope that they, too, can make the grade at Stamford Bridge and become a regular, a true Club Legend.