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  1. Eden Hazard

    Chelsea had been regularly linked with a move for Hazard over previous months, along with other major European clubs who had scouted the youngster extensively, but with the Blues' disappointing league form during the 2011-12 season increasing the likelihood that they would miss out on Champions League qualification as the season drew to a close, the media reported that Hazard had narrowed his options down to the two major Manchester clubs, with the opportunity to play in Europe's premier competition seen as a pre-requisite. However after Chelsea won the 2012 UEFA Champions League they secured entry into the following season's tournament, and reports emerged from France that Hazard was once again considering a move to Stamford Bridge. On 28 May 2012 Hazard announced on Twitter that he would be signing for the "Champions League winner". Joining for a reported fee of £32 million, the signing was confirmed by Chelsea on 4 June after the Belgian completed his medical. Upon signing Hazard stated "It's a dream come true for me. I can't wait to get started and for the season to start so I can meet my new team-mates, the supporters and all the people who are involved. I want to play as many games as possible, score as many goals as possible and win a place in the hearts of the supporters." He commented that his decision to move to Stamford Bridge was due to a variety of factors, including the opportunity to live in London, to be part of a young, emerging Chelsea side, and to play for a club which continued to win silverware after years of success: "Ultimately, for a player it's all about winning things; I want to win as many trophies as possible, which is another reason why I came here as Chelsea have been winning things for a long time now, and I hope to win many more during my time here." Hazard also revealed that former Chelsea player Joe Cole a team-mate at Lille had recommended a move to Chelsea: "I spoke to Joe Cole and what he said above all was that Chelsea was the right club for me. As somebody who loves the club himself, he said he could really see me in the shirt, so when I see him next I'll tell him he was right." Click here to view the record
  2. Nemanja Matic

  3. Loïc Rémy

    On 30 August 2014, Rémy was left out of QPR's match against Sunderland after it was reported that Chelsea had activated his £10.5 million release clause. Although he wanted to play, manager Harry Redknapp thought that he would not be at his best due to the pending transfer. The next day, he signed a four-year contract, saying "I feel very happy and very proud. When I heard Chelsea wanted to sign me I said "let's go" straight away because they are one of the best clubs in the world" Click here to view the record
  4. John Terry

    Terry made his Chelsea debut on 28 October 1998 as a late substitute in a League Cup tie with Aston Villa; his first start came later that season in an FA Cup third round match, a 2-0 win over Oldham Athletic. He spent a brief period on loan with Nottingham Forest in 2000 to build up his first team experience. While playing for Forest, Terry was spotted by then-Huddersfield Town manager Steve Bruce who bid £750,000 for the defender. Chelsea reportedly accepted the offer, but it fell through as Terry opted to remain with the Premier League club and learn his trade in the top tier. In addition to his spell at Forest, he made nine appearances for Chelsea during the 1999-00 season, and scored his first goal for the club against Gillingham in the FA Cup 6th Round. The Blues went on to win the FA Cup, with Terry receiving a winners' medal as an unused substitute; his first major honour. Terry began to establish himself in the Chelsea first team from the 2000-01 season, making 23 starts, and was voted the club's player of the year. He continued his progress during 2001-02, becoming a regular in the defence alongside club captain and French international Marcel Desailly. On 5 December 2001 he captained Chelsea for the first time, in a league match against Charlton Athletic. Chelsea reached the FA Cup final, following wins against London rivals West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth and sixth rounds respectively, and Fulham in the semi-final where Terry scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory. A virus denied Terry a place in the starting line-up for the final, although he came on as a second-half substitute as Chelsea lost 2-0 to Arsenal. In the 2003-04 season, his performances led to him being handed the captain's armband by manager Claudio Ranieri when Desailly was out of the side. He played well in the absence of the French international, forming a strong defensive partnership with William Gallas. Following Desailly's retirement, new Chelsea manager José Mourinho chose Terry as his club captain, a choice which was positive throughout the 2004-05 season as Chelsea won the Premier League title in record-breaking fashion with the best defensive record in Football League history with the most clean sheets and the most points accrued. He was voted Player of the Year by his fellow professionals in England, the first defender to receive the honour since 1993. He also scored eight goals from defence in 53 appearances, half of which were in European competition, including a late winner against Barcelona, in the UEFA Champions League, and was voted the best defender in the competition for the season. In September 2005, Terry was selected as a member of the World XI at the FIFPro awards. The team was chosen by a vote of professional footballers based in 40 countries. Chelsea defended their Premier League title in 2005-06, earning 91 points, and confirming the title with a 3-0 victory against Manchester United. Terry made 50 appearances and scored seven goals over the season, three of which were solitary goals in 1-0 victories. 2006-07 In a match on 14 October 2006 against Reading, Terry had to take over in goal for Chelsea after both of Chelsea's usual keepers, Petr Čech and Carlo Cudicini were injured in the game. He wore the number 40 shirt belonging to third-choice goalkeeper Henrique Hilário. The defender had to keep goal for little over a minute, and Chelsea hung on for a 1-0 victory. On 5 November 2006, playing against Tottenham Hotspur, Terry was sent off for the first time in his Chelsea career. He received two yellow cards as Chelsea lost at White Hart Lane for the first time since 1987. Terry was charged with misconduct by the FA for questioning the integrity of match referee Graham Poll after the game. On 10 January 2007, John Terry was ordered to pay £10,000 for the inappropriate conduct after he changed his mind and pleaded guilty to the FA. Over the course of the season Terry missed matches for Chelsea due to a recurring back problem. After the match against Reading on 26 December 2006, José Mourinho stated that his captain may require surgery to fix the problem. In the games that he had missed, Chelsea had conceded six goals. On 28 December Chelsea released a press statement saying Terry had had back surgery: "The operation to remove a sequestrated lumbar intervertebral disc was successful." Although he was expected to return at the game against Wigan Athletic, Terry was missing once again, due to the recurring back problem. He made his return against Charlton Athletic on 3 February 2007. He then played his first 90 minutes of football for nearly three months against Middlesbrough. Playing in the UEFA Champions league last-sixteen away tie against Porto, he suffered another injury, this time to his ankle, and was set to miss the 2007 League Cup Final against Arsenal, but managed to recover from the injury within days and played in the final. During the second half of the match, at an attacking corner, he threw himself at the ball with a diving header; Arsenal's Abou Diaby, in an attempt to clear the ball, kicked Terry in the face. Terry was unconscious for several minutes, at which point he nearly swallowed his tongue. He was carried off the field on a stretcher and immediately transferred to the University Hospital of Wales, where he was successfully treated. Terry discharged himself the same day and returned to the Millennium Stadium to celebrate his team's 2-1 win. The only recollection he had of the second half is walking out onto the pitch and he did not remember the 10 minutes he played prior to his injury. Following the incident, Terry thanked the Arsenal physiologist Gary Lewin for saving his life. Lewin was the first medic that rushed over to assist him after his tongue had blocked his airways. After spending two weeks on the sidelines, he made his return to the Chelsea team in March. He went on to lead Chelsea to the semi-finals of the Champions League, the third time in four years that Chelsea had made it to the final four of the competition. In May 2007, Terry captained Chelsea to the FA Cup, in the first final at the new Wembley Stadium. In 2007-08 Despite failing to agree terms to a new contract immediately following the 2006-07 season, Terry stated on several occasions that he had no intention of leaving Chelsea. In late July he signed a new five-year contract with a base salary in the region of £135,000 per week, making him the highest-paid player in the Premier League at the time. On 16 December 2007 whilst playing against Arsenal, Terry's foot was stepped on by Emannuel Eboue as the Chelsea defender cleared the ball, resulting in 3 broken bones in Terry's foot. He was expected to be out for at least three months but made a speedy recovery and managed to captain Chelsea to the 2008 League Cup Final against Tottenham Hotspur, which Chelsea lost 2-1. On 11 May 2008 whilst playing in the last league game of the season against Bolton Wanderers, he collided with goalkeeper, Petr Čech, and suffered a partially dislocated elbow which was put back in while in the ambulance on the way to hospital. This injury didn't prevent him playing in the Champions League final against Manchester United. The match went to penalties, and Terry missed a penalty which would have won Chelsea the match (and the Champions League). In heavy rain, his standing leg slipped as he took his kick, and though Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar was sent the wrong way, the ball clipped the post and went wide. Chelsea lost the shootout 6-5, with Nicolas Anelka missing the crucial kick in sudden death; the result leaving the Chelsea captain in tears. On 28 August 2008, Terry was awarded the Defender of The Year award from UEFA at the UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw in Monaco, together with Frank Lampard and Petr Čech who received the award relating to their respective positions. On 13 September 2008, Terry received the first straight red card of his career against Manchester City for pulling down Jô just inside the Chelsea half. However, this was later rescinded on appeal. At the end of the season, which had been disrupted by the mid-season departure of Luiz Felipe Scolari, Terry led Chelsea to the FA Cup under interim manager Guus Hiddink, the Blues recovering from conceding a goal in the first minute to defeat Everton 2-1. It was Chelsea's fifth FA Cup title, and the third of Terry's career. Prior to the 2009-10 season there was prolonged speculation that Terry would join Manchester City, though new Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti insisted that Terry would remain at Chelsea. In late July, Terry pledged his future to Chelsea "once and for all", and was rewarded with a new five-year contract. Terry claimed that during discussions with the club he had sought assurances that Chelsea would secure key existing players for the long term, adding "I'm as committed as ever to helping drive Chelsea forward and I'll be proud to lead the team for as long as I can." Chelsea started the season strongly under Ancelotti, despite away defeats against Wigan Athletic and Aston Villa. During the latter game the Chelsea captain clearly displayed his frustration following Villa's second goal, the second of the game to come from a set piece. On 8 November 2009, Terry scored the decisive goal in Chelsea's match against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge to preserve their perfect home record for the season. Terry scored another crucial goal against Burnley in January 2010, scoring a headed winner from a corner in the 82nd minute, to earn Chelsea all three points. The Blues went on to secure the Premier League title, the third of Terry's career, and clinched the double with victory over Portsmouth in the FA Cup Final, with Terry earning the permanant distinction of being the first Chelsea captain to lead the club to both titles in the same season. 2010-11 was a relatively disappointing season for Terry and Chelsea. Despite finishing second in the Premier League, the club finished the season trophyless and manager Carlo Ancelotti was sacked at the end of the campaign. With many players failing to reach the heights of the previous season, Terry was one of the side's most consistent players, his defensive performances (aided by a fine season from goalkeeper Petr Čech) helping Chelsea finish the season with the joint-lowest number of goals conceded in the league. Terry also contributed four goals throughout the season, and passed the landmark of 500 appearances for the club, only the fifth player to reach the total after Ron Harris, Peter Bonetti, John Hollins and Frank Lampard. Click here to view the record
  5. Diego Costa

    Having completed his medical in June, Chelsea announced on 1 July 2014 that they had agreed to meet the £32 million buy-out clause in Costa's contract. On 15 July, Chelsea confirmed the completion of the signing of Costa, who signed a five-year contract on a salary of £150,000 a week. Costa said: "I am very happy to sign for Chelsea. Everybody knows it is a big club in a very competitive league, and I am very excited to get started in England with a fantastic coach and team-mates. Having played against Chelsea last season I know the high quality of the squad I am joining". Following the departure of former Chelsea striker Demba Ba, Costa inherited his number 19 shirt, the same number he wore at the 2014 World Cup for Spain, and previously at Atlético. Costa scored on his Chelsea debut on 27 July, running onto a through ball from Cesc Fàbregas in a 21 friendly win against Slovene club Olimpija. Costa then scored his second goal of pre-season in a 20 friendly win against Fenerbahçe, on 8 August, described by the Daily Mail as a "wondergoal". He ended his pre-season with two goals in his first match at Stamford Bridge, a 20 friendly win against Real Sociedad, on 12 August. Costa in Chelsea's game against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in October 2014 His first competitive match was Chelsea's first game of the league season, away to Burnley on 18 August, scoring the team's equaliser in a 31 victory. Costa also scored in his second league game, opening a 20 home win over Leicester City. He scored in his third consecutive match on 30 August, netting the first and last goals of a 63 win at Everton, the first goal coming after 35 seconds. Costa was given the Premier League Player of the Month award for August 2014. He completed his first Premier League hat-trick in his fourth game of the season against Swansea City as Chelsea continued their perfect start to the season with a 42 win. With seven, Costa holds the record for most goals in his first four Premier League matches, surpassing the tally of six by both Sergio Agüero and Micky Quinn. In spite of his form at the start of the season, Costa had been suffering from a recurring hamstring problem which limited his participation in training; manager José Mourinho said that it would not heal until mid-November. Costa scored his 10th goal of the league season to give Chelsea a 21 win away to Liverpool on 8 November, preserving their unbeaten start to the campaign. On 17 January 2015, he scored twice in the first half as Chelsea won 50 away at Swansea. Later that month, Costa was charged by the FA in relation to a stamp on Emre Can during Chelsea's win over Liverpool in the League Cup semi-finals, and was given a three-match ban. Costa won his first trophy for Chelsea on 1 March, as they defeated Tottenham Hotspur 20 to win the League Cup Final at Wembley Stadium. In the 56th minute, his shot was deflected in by Kyle Walker for the second goal of the game. Initially the goal was given as a Walker own goal, but Costa was later awarded the goal. On 26 April, Costa was chosen of one of two forwards for the season's PFA Team of the Year, alongside Tottenham's Harry Kane. Five of Costa's Chelsea teammates were also in the selection. Due to injury, he missed was due to miss the remainder of the season, in which Chelsea won the league title with a 10 home win over Crystal Palace on 3 May. However, he featured in their last match of the season on the 24th, replacing the injured Didier Drogba after half an hour against Sunderland. Seven minutes later scored his 20th goal of the league campaign, a penalty to equalise in an eventual 31 home win. Click here to view the record
  6. Salomon Kalou

    Name: Salomon Kalou Position: Forward/Winger Number: 21 Joined From: Feyenoord Fee: Undisclosed Signed by: Jose Mourinho Age: 22 ------------------------------------------ TC Profile: Coming Soon!
  7. Frank Lampard

    Frank Lampard was born in Romford, Essex on the 20th of June 1978. He is an English footballer who represents Chelsea FC and the English National Team. Frank Lampard is well known for being one of England's most recognized players in the last 10 years. He plays in a Central Midfield position and is well known for being a Box-to-Box Midfielder. He is one of Chelsea's most feared players and tends to make an impact in most games he plays. Frank Lampard started playing football from an early age. With a lot of his family heavily involved in the sport already, Frank decided to take a strong interest in the game himself. His Father Frank Lampard Senior represented West Ham United for most of his career (19671985), with a total of 551 games for the hammers. Frank then decided to follow in his father's footsteps and signed a contract with West Ham after having trials with Tottenham and Arsenal. Frank stayed with West Ham for one season before going out on loan with Swansea in 1995. He had a successful loan spell even though the facilities were limited. He came back to Upton Park stronger and more knowledgeable about the game. Frank did not earn a right to be a first team player until the 98-99 season, in which he helped the Hammers to a 5th place finish playing every game. For the next couple of seasons Frank went onto impress many people, Scoring 23 goals. After players like Rio Ferdinand had left the club, Frank decided to do the same and signed for Chelsea for £11 million pounds in 2001. Frank Lampard was Claudio Ranieri's first English signing. It took him a while to adapt to Chelsea's playing style and it was not until the end of his first season at Chelsea, fans could see the best of him. Frank Lampard impressed all, playing in his first FA Cup final that year. All his hard work did not help Chelsea win the trophy, losing 2-0 to Arsenal. But he got the recognition that he deserved from the media and fellow players. He missed out on the chance to be in the England squad for the World Cup in 2002. In the next couple of season Frank did exactly what he was signed to do, score goals and assist others. He kept making a name for himself, Scoring 27 goals. In the 03/04 season Frank got his first taste of Champions league football and was the man that kept taking Chelsea forward. He missed out on one of those games and the squad looked lost without him. Frank earned his first Individual Honor, September Player of the Month 2003. Claudio Ranieri departed at the end of the 03/04 Season, and must be thanked for signing such an incredible player. Jose Mourinho took over the managerial post at Chelsea and quickly started changing things at the club. He signed several players in his first season and reformed Chelsea into a World Class team. Frank Lampard and Jose quickly formed a strong bond, and Jose continuously announced his satisfaction in Lampard's potential. Soon after Mourinho made Frank Lampard vice Captain and gave the Captains arm band too John Terry. Frank showed the world he could be as good as any other. Jose let frank play with more freedom and it showed on the pitch. The game in which Chelsea won the title Frank Lampard scored two brilliant goals. The first being a classy solo goal after a flick on from Didier Drogba, he then out muscled one defender and took it around a second and put in into the bottom left hand corner. The second goal came from an amazing through Ball by Claude Makelele, Frank took it on beautifully and took it around Jaaskelainen and made it 2-0. Frank finished with 19 goals in all competitions that year. The team won the Carling Cup and their first Premiere League title in 50 years and this could not have been done without Frank Lampard. To the 2005-2006 season now and it was just another record breaking year for Frank Lampard. Chelsea won their first ever back to back Premiere League titles and was quickly becoming a force in Europe. Frank was not just trying to impress the Chelsea faithful but was also trying to impress the English coaching staff, for the upcoming World Cup. Frank won the PFA Fans Player of the Month in October and was Runner up in the FIFA World Player of the Year. He scored another 20 goals that season. Lamps ended up making the English squad for the World Cup. From 2006-2007 to 2008-2009. There was a bit of up and down for a long time at Chelsea in which almost caused Frank to leave Chelsea. His Coach at the time Jose Mourinho called a time on his Chelsea Career and was replaced by Avram Grant who took over a quarter of the way though the 07-08 season. Avram helped Chelsea get to a Champions League Final, and Frank scored in this game and also hit the cross bar late on. Chelsea went on to lose the game on penalties. Frank finished with 21 goals that season. Avram Grant was replaced by Luiz Felipe Scolari at the start of the 2008-2009 season and this did not last long. The squad morale was at an all time low and you could see the frustration in most players including Frank Lampard. But this did not stop Frank from showing his best, scoring a late winner against Stoke in what you could call a very frustrating night. Scolari was then replaced half way through the season by Guus Hiddink. Guus quickly changed things at Chelsea and had the lads believing in themselves again. Things could not have ended in a better way that season with Chelsea winning the FA Cup and Frank Lampard scoring the winner from 20 yards out. Frank finished with 20 goals. Now to the 2009-2010 Season. Chelsea had to say goodbye to Guus Hiddink who was only at Chelsea helping out, he had to head back to the Russian national team. The great man Carlo Ancelotti took over the empty managerial seat at Chelsea and quickly made the squad his own. He made strong bonds with the players and pointed out Frank Lampard's abilities on several occasions. Frank was as good as ever that season and continued to put goal after goal away. He scored some crucial goals that season in which gave Chelsea there first Premiere League trophy in three seasons, also getting the FA Cup on the way with Chelsea winning there first ever League and Cup Double. Frank finished with an amazing 27 goals and 20 assists that campaign, breaking all sorts of records for a midfielder. He is now sitting third in Chelsea's all time Goal scorers with 158 goals, just behind Kerry Dixon (193 Goals) and Bobby Tambling (202 Goals). Frank Lampard will go down as one of Chelsea's all time greatest players. Let's hope this great midfielder continues on his way and breaks even more records in the coming season! Click here to view the record
  8. Ramires

    Ramires completed his move to Chelsea on 13th August 2010, on a four year contract for a reported fee of £17m. Upon his arrival at Chelsea, he said: "Every player in the world would love to play for Chelsea and it's a great opportunity that was given to me, I will give my best to repay this chance, and I am very happy... I have seen most of the facilities and it is really impressive. I believe what you have here is everything and a little bit more that every player needs to do well. I know I haven't seen everything but with a little time I will get to know everything and I am sure I will be very happy here. "Just to think that I will wear Chelsea's shirt is a dream come true for any player. I know it is a very strong, competitive league but I just hope that I can adapt as fast and as well as I can to give my best, and I am sure everything is going to be fine." Ramires made his debut against Stoke City on 28 August 2010 in the Premier League, coming on as a substitute for Michael Essien in the 85th minute. On 11 September 2010, he made his full Premier League debut, starting against West Ham United. He also started in Chelsea's 2-0 win over Arsenal on 3 October 2010, winning possession and then putting Ashley Cole through to cross to Didier Drogba for Chelsea's first goal. Ramires went on to establish himself in the starting line-up, and scored his first goal for Chelsea in a 4-0 win against Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium. Ramires settled into English football in the second half of the season, putting in a string of energetic and consistent performances. In March he scored a sublime goal to seal a 2-0 victory against Manchester City, dropping a shoulder and beating three defenders before finishing confidently. The strike was later voted "Goal of the Season" by Chelsea fans. Ramires was sent off for two bookable offences in Chelsea's Champions League Quarter Final defeat against Manchester United, but overall his first season in England was a personal success, having cemented his place in the side and made 41 appearances in all competitions. The 2011-12 season was tempestuous even by the standards of Chelsea's recent history, but Ramires was one of the stand-out performers throughout the season, scoring 12 goals in 47 appearances and providing exceptional energy and stamina in the Blues' midfield. Having established himself as a key player during his first season in England the Brazilian international was a regular starter under new manager André Villas-Boas. He scored his first goals of the season in late September, scoring a brace against newly-promoted Swansea City in a 4-1 win. A knee injury kept him out briefly in October but he returned to help Chelsea qualify as group winners in the UEFA Champions League, with goals against Genk and Valencia. In the New Year he scored another brace, this time against Portsmouth in the FA Cup 3rd Round, but an injury sustained in the next round would keep him out for three weeks. In early March, just a couple of days after André Villas-Boas had been sacked as manager, it was announced that Ramires had signed a new contract that would keep him at the club until 2017. Despite the poor run of results that had lost Villas-Boas his job, Chelsea remained in contention in the remaining cup competitions, and Ramires contributed to the Blues reaching both the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League finals. In the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur he scored the third goal, killing off the North London side, with Chelsea eventually winning 5-1. In the Champions League semi-finals against Barcelona he was even more influential, setting up Didier Drogba for the only goal of the 1st leg before scoring with a beautifully taken chip to put Chelsea back in contention in first half injury time in the 2nd leg, the Blues having been 2-0 down on the night and down to 10 men as half time approached. Chelsea eventually drew the match 2-2 to progress 3-2 on aggregate, but Ramires picked up a booking that would rule him out of the final. In the FA Cup final he scored after 11 minutes following a trademark driving run to put Chelsea 1-0 up against Liverpool in a match they would eventually win 2-1; Ramires' first trophy at the club. A second followed two weeks later as Chelsea won the UEFA Champions League for the first time, despite the Brazilian's absence through suspension. One of the outstanding players of Chelsea's season, and also scoring crucial goals at crucial times, Ramires was one of the final three candidates for Player of the Year, but ultimately lost out to Juan Mata. He was voted Players' Player of the Year however; his team-mates fully acknowledging the enormous contribution he had made to Chelsea's success. Click here to view the record
  9. Shaun Wright-Phillips

    Shaun rejoined Manchester City on 28/08/08 after 3 years at Chelsea. In his time at the club he won the Premier League, FA Cup and Carling Cup.
  10. Carlo Cudicini

    Name: Carlo Cudicini Position: Goalkeeper Number: 23 Joined From: Castel di Sangro Fee: £160,000 Signed by: Gianluca Vialli Age: 34 ------------------------------------------ TC Profile: Coming Soon!
  11. Juliano Belletti

    Name: Juliano Belletti Position: Right Back Number: 35 Joined From: Barcelona Fee: £3.5 million Signed by: Jose Mourinho Age: 31 ------------------------------------------ TC Profile: Juliano Belletti signed for Chelsea in the summer of 2007 for around £3.5million from FC Barcelona. He is most famous for scoring the winner in the 2006 Champions League final for Barcelona against Arsenal. After a long summer chasing Sevilla's Brazilian right-back Daniel Alves, Chelsea instead settled for his compatriot Juliano Belletti, due to the price tag demanded for Alves. Belletti first moved to Europe in 2002, as a World Cup winner with Brazil earlier in the summer. Spanish club, Villarreal snapped him up, after spells with Brazilian clubs Cruzerio, Sao Paulo and Atletico Mineiro. After two-years with Villarreal he moved on however to FC Barcelona. The move was understandably exciting for Belletti, as Barcelona were a team in transition, after a few years struggling in La Liga. The likes of Samuel Eto'o, Deco and Ludovic Guily joined with Belletti that summer, adding to a squad that already contained Ronaldinho, Carles Puyol and Xavi. Belletti and Barcelona won La Liga in his first season, with Juliano becoming a first team regular with the Catalan side. The following season, they won the title again, as well as the UEFA Champions League, where Belletti scored an 82nd minute winner to beat 10 men Arsenal. Despite the season not going as well personally for Belletti, he finished it in pretty much the ideal fashion, putting his name in Barcelona's history books forever. Despite Belletti's match-winner, he was not included in Brazil's World Cup 2006 squad, and Barcelona decided to spend big on Juventus' full-back Gianluca Zambrotta. The 2006-2007 was a hugely disappointing season for Belletti. Due to injury and competition from Thuram, Oleguer and Zambrotta, games were limited, and it was no surprise he decided to move on in 2007. On 23rd August 2007, Chelsea officially announced the signing of Juliano Belletti from Barcelona. This game as a shock to the majority of Chelsea fans, as many expected the club to spend big of Daniel Alves instead. However, Belletti has impressed Chelsea fans thus far since making his debut for Chelsea on the 25th August against Portsmouth. His first start for the club came in a two-nil defeat to Villa. After just a month of Belletti being with Chelsea, manager Jose Mourinho left the club, and was replaced by Avram Grant. Under Grant, Belletti has pretty much been a constant feature in the side, due to impressive form, and injury to Paulo Ferriera. He scored his first Chelsea goal away to Wigan on the 3rd November 2007 in spectacular fashion, dribbling the length of the pitch before riffling an unstoppable shot past Chris Kirkland. In his first few months at the club, Belletti has impressed the Chelsea faithful with his attacking ability, although many believe he must still improve defensively. His long range shooting ability as well as his talent to dribble, cross and pick a pass has made him a popular member of the Chelsea squad.
  12. Filipe Luís

    On 16 July 2014, Chelsea and Atlético Madrid agreed a fee of £15.8 million for the transfer of Filipe Luís, subject to personal terms. The player signed a three-year contract, on 18 July 2014. He said: "This move is a dream come true for me. I now have the opportunity to play for Chelsea, and also in the Premier League. Im very happy and looking forward to getting started and giving my best for the team during the coming seasons". Filipe Luís made his debut in a pre-season friendly against Wolfsberger AC, on 23 July 2014. His squad number was confirmed as 3, replacing Ashley Cole who moved to AS Roma soon before Filipe Luís' arrival. In Chelsea's first match of the league season, away to Burnley, Filipe Luís was an unused substitute with César Azpilicueta playing at left back. He expressed that he was content to be second choice behind Azpilicueta if Chelsea were playing well, comparing his situation to the team's experienced goalkeeper Petr Čech who had been benched for Thibaut Courtois. Filipe Luís made his debut in Chelsea's third league match, playing the last 7 minutes of a 63 win at Everton in place of Eden Hazard on 30 August. He started for the first time on 17 September, playing the entirety of a 11 home draw against Schalke 04 in Chelsea's first game of the Champions League group stage. Filipe Luís made his first league appearance in six weeks on 18 October, brought on by José Mourinho after Azpilicueta had been sent off in the first half at Crystal Palace; Chelsea went on to win 21. With Azpilicueta suspended, Filipe Luis started a Premier League match for the first time eight days later, a 11 draw away to Manchester United. His first goal for Chelsea came on 16 December 2014, a 25-yard free-kick in a 31 League Cup quarter-final win away to Derby County Click here to view the record
  13. The Conte Thread

    It's unlikely Spalletti will renew his contract at Roma and Suning are apparently about to hire Walter Sabbatini as Sporting Director for both Inter and the Chinese club they own. All pointing towards Spalletti going to Inter.
  14. Eden Hazard

    0%. Dogshit every summer.
  15. Chelsea Kits thread

    £110m a year between Nike, Yokohama and Caraboa apparently. Crazy money.
  16. Chelsea Kits thread

    That's the 'cup competition training kit' which would have been the European training kit had we qualified which would of adorned the CL logo where you'd expect the adidas logo to be.
  17. 23. Michy Batshuayi

    Hopefully people remember that his price was dictated by a hugely inflated transfer market. Hell of a lot of money but £32m last summer probably would of been around £20m. This guy has a great attitude though, very likeable and our fans will always get behind a player who gives his all, whatever the price.
  18. 7. N'Golo Kante

    Leicesters chief scout said at the end of last season 'we always play three in midfield, Drinkwater in the middle with Kante either side'.
  19. 23. Michy Batshuayi

    Lol, yes, it's fake.
  20. The Conte Thread

    Don't feel like Bonucci was ever going to happen, to us or City. He's got everything he could possibly want at Juve.
  21. The Conte Thread

    Probably is a queue of them who would like to come. It's whether or not Conte/Chelsea want them here or not. Of the ones that have been linked though, Pelle has chosen money over career, Giaccherini is off to Napoli, and Candreva is still undecided.
  22. The Conte Thread

    It's going to be live on chelseafc.com, in just over two hours time.
  23. Kalidou Koulibaly

    They're loaning out Benatia though. Still they have Hummels, Boateng, Javi Martinez, Badstuber + Kimmich so seems pretty unlikely.
  24. Chelsea Kits thread

    It's funny, people moan saying the home kit would be decent without the lions over it. The third kit is the same design minus the lions and the same people moan saying it's boring.
  25. The Conte Thread

    No time off? I'm not surprised. The likes of Oscar have just had twelve months of doing nothing. Conte should make him run til his feet bleed.