Chelsea play Galatasaray and find themselves in a very familiar position of holding the hopes of Premier League success in Europe. For a few years now it has become the duty of Chelsea to represent the Premier League as the only team competing for European honors. This did not change this season either.
Premier League Teams in Europe
Manchester City 0-2 Barcelona
Olympiacos 2-0 Manchester United
Arsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich
Dnipro 1-0 Tottenham
Swansea City 0-0 Napoli Continue reading
I’m Sam, and I’m a Chelsea fan.
It all started innocently enough, with a home blue strip. Then there was a scarf. Next thing you know I was dealing with a full-blown addiction. Probably I’m not the only guy with more Blues gear than I can really make a rational case for, and the other day I found myself counting. How much Chelsea merchandise do I have, anyway?
Here’s the inventory, not counting keychains (1), snow globes (1), flags and banners and the like. Continue reading
United must have the worst negotiators in football history.
ME: I have a proposition for you. I have this car I bought three years ago. But then I bought a couple of others I like better. I never drive it anymore and, to be honest with you, I’m never going to. Even worse, it’s costing me a fortune every month to keep it in storage. It’s a great car – seriously, it’s one of the hottest cars in town. Sleek, stylish, high performance. Chicks dig it, too. But nobody else wants it for some reason. And man, am I desperate for cash. The ex is bleeding me dry on alimony.
Tell you what, I paid $50,000 for it. I’ll let you have it for $100,000, cash on the barrelhead.
YOU: Really? SHWEET!
Seriously? Which one of these guys are you, anyway?
David Moyes and Avram Glazer Star in Dumb and Dumber
Nemanja Matic (Estimated Cost: £21m, Market Value: £22.45m) 25 Years old: Left-footed Defensive Midfielder
Strengths: The first thing people notice about Matic is his size. Standing 6’4″, Matic will be Chelsea’s biggest player upon arrival (with the exception of goalkeepers). He adds serious muscle to the midfield as he will also be one of Chelsea’s strongest players in the squad. His size and strength are not his best ability though – he is known for being a superior playmaker from the middle of the pitch. Matic led Benfica in accurate long balls, showing a great passing range. Other strong qualities include a high defensive work rate, above average ball possession skills, an aggressive defensive mentality and the ability to win the ball back. Matic is arguably one of the most well-rounded defensive midfielders in the entire world. Continue reading
Full of potential and full of promise, the 2009/10 Chelsea FA Youth Cup winning squad was Chelsea’s first youth team to win the title since the 1960 and 1961 team that included future Chelsea stars Ron Harris, Bobby Tambling, Peter Bonetti and Terry Venables. They followed it up the next season by winning the reserve league a year later. Despite this incredible crop of talent, none of the players have left their mark on the first team.
Sam Walker-GK (22): Colchester United
Plucked from Millwall’s academy, Walker looked to be a promising talent, allowing just three goals the entire tournament. Continue reading
What the hell is going on? No. Seriously. What the hell is going on? Continue reading
About two years ago Alex Kiwomya burst onto the scene for Chelsea’s youth academy, scoring at will while managing to be one of the youngest players on the team. His impressive displays caught my eye and I posted this about his potential.
Two years later he has not progressed quite as some might have expected. He has one cap at the U18 level for England but he has mostly been forgotten about, despite some impressive performances. One problem is that he has been getting overlooked in a youth team full of stars including Lewis Baker, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and John Swift. Continue reading
Last weekend I was near despair. As I wrote Sunday, I had marched forth in search of a Chelsea FC community here in my new city only to come up empty. Given the vibrance of the Rocky Mountain Blues supporters club in Denver, I was not exaggerating when I explained the emptiness and disappointment I was feeling.
Within a couple hours of posting my lament, I heard from Jason Smith, the man in charge of Shed End Seattle, the city’s main (and perhaps only – the existence of the Northwest Blues is very much in question at present) CFC group. Continue reading
UEFA (the governing body of European football) has given its tentative approval to moving the 2022 World Cup to the winter.
The prospect of a winter World Cup in 2022 took a step forward after European football chiefs agreed a summer event could not be played in Qatar.
Summer temperatures in the Gulf state can reach 50C, sparking health fears for players and fans alike.
Uefa’s 54 member associations backed the switch at a meeting in Croatia.
Yeah, I can see that.
“The World Cup cannot be played in Qatar in the summer,” said Fifa vice-president Jim Boyce. “Everyone was certainly in agreement about that.”
Right. Everyone was in agreement. And I do feel sorry for FIFA. When they awarded the Cup to Qatar back in 2010, there was no real way to foresee that there could be problems. For instance, since meteorology hadn’t been invented yet, there was no way for the committee to understand that daily high temperatures in Qatar average 106F during the summer months. Continue reading
Periodically friends will accuse me of being “pure evil.” I cherish these moments, and am proud of the fact that my mind goes where no demented mind has gone before. But it can be something of a plague, because there’s this part of me that thinks if I’m that sinister, other people must be, too. This quality has not rendered me the most trusting of people, I fear.
Anyhow, if you follow football (not throwball, but football of the global variety, or “soccer,” as you Yanks insist on calling it), you know that one of the protracted dramas of the summer transfer season was Chelsea FC’s pursuit of Manchester United’s star forward, Wayne Rooney (aka “Shrek”). The Blues needed a proven presence up top, and Rooney was disenchanted both with ManUre in general and with incoming manager David Moyes in particular. Shrek played for Moyes back when he was at Everton, and apparently is not fond of the man. Continue reading