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Auditions For A Chelsea Advert ··· Thursday 4th December 2008

Chelsea Supporters Commercial Received info today from Sports Promotions who are looking for enthusiastic Chelsea fans (you!) to appear in a footie advert. Auditions will be taking place on the 12th/13th December with filming in Europe the week of 12th January 2009.

If you're selected your food, travel and accommodation will be paid for plus you'll get around £1,300 on top. Click on the image for more details and let us know if you take part!

Welcome Home, Ray ··· Thursday 18th September 2008

Ray Wilkins has been appointed Chelsea's assistant first-team coach following Steve Clarke's move to West Ham United. The 52-year-old returns to Stamford Bridge where he played for six years from 1973 and also coached with Gianluca Vialli between 1998 and 2000. Wilkins began his career with Chelsea, making 198 appearances and being made captain at the age of 18.

» Read the full story from BBC Sport.

"Scolari identified two targets when we appointed him as manager. One was Deco and the other was Robinho." ··· Peter Kenyon (August 2008)

How NOT To Sign Robinho ··· Monday 1st September 2008

Breaking news - Robinho has signed for Man City for around £32.5million right at the transfer window deadline:

Chelsea had been favourites to sign Robinho but Real apparently refused to sanction a switch for him to join them as they were upset at the Stamford Bridge club's conduct in the matter.

A statement on Real's website said: "Real deplore the way Chelsea's directors have acted despite knowing perfectly well the decision not to sell the player, making statements and even going so far as to sell shirts with the player's name on through their official website."

I expect we'll see what we missed out on when we play City on the 13th then. Robinho down one wing and SWP on the other. Nice partnership, akin to the original Duff 'n Robben that was so effective in its first season.

"I am absolutely delighted to get the opportunity to work with such an incredible talent like Robinho. I have said that in order to compete with the best teams in the Premier League we have to be in the market for players of this calibre, and Robinho is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world." -- Mark Hughes just now.

"Osgood" got some things off his chest on Chelsea Chat just now too:

[Osgood] - i said it the other day that kenyon cannot be blamed because of calderon and madrids antics but there is no doubt his premature announcement which led to the shirt sale fiasco put us in this position. if man city had not come along then robhino would not have arrived. however kenyon is a tube and i for one will not forget his embarassing display after the champions league final
Monday, 23:21:23

...and don't get me started on punting SWP back to City just the other day (scoring 2 goals on his reincarnation, no less)!

» Read the full story from BBC Sport.

Sky Sports Interviewer: "Felipe, are you disappointed with today's result?" -- Scolari: "No, no. Because I expect a difficult game." ··· (31st August 2008 - following the dismal 1-1 draw with no-mark Spuds)

Good Start To The Season ··· Sunday 17th August 2008

Nice 4-0 trouncing of Pompey and it looks like Scolari has the team well organised already - midfield dynamite! Wouldn't be surprised if we see a couple of fresh teams in the top 6 this season and it'll be interesting to see who's up there challenging with us this time round. Hoping we can avoid the injuries that blighted us last season.

» There's an interesting technical analysis of the Pompey game by Lee Dixon.

Pre-Season Fixtures ··· Thursday 12th June 2008

July 23rdGuangzhouGuangzhou Pharmaceutical
July 26thMacauChengdu Blades
July 29thKuala LumpurMalaysian XI
August 1st-3rdMoscowLokomotiv Moscow
AC Milan

» The 2008/2009 Premier League fixtures have been released now too.

"We have very high expectations at Chelsea and a couple of second place finishes is just not good enough for us. Although it was an excellent season, we are still disappointed." ··· Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck (24th May 2008 - after Avram Grant was sacked)

Scolari Our New Manager ··· Wednesday 11th June 2008

Official statement from Chelsea:

Chelsea Football Club is delighted to confirm that Luiz Felipe Scolari will be the club's new manager from July 1, 2008.

Felipe has great qualities. He is one of the world's top coaches with a record of success at country and club level, he gets the best out of a talented squad of players and his ambitions and expectations match ours. He was the outstanding choice.

Out of respect for his current role as Head Coach of the Portuguese national team, and to ensure minimum disruption to this work, there will be no further comment from Chelsea FC nor from Felipe about his new role until his employment with us commences.

He had major concerns last time round regarding the invasive style of the British press, said he wasn't up for it, so this'll be interesting...

» Read the BBC report

"They come out sharp, all guns blazin. Chelsea, once they score it's probably the most difficult team in the world to score against ... incredible" ··· Colin Kazim-Richards (8th April 2008 - after we beat Fenerbahce 2-0)

FA Cup 5th Round Draw ··· Monday 28th January 2007

ChelseavHuddersfield Town
Manchester UnitedvArsenal
Bristol RoversvSouthampton
Cardiff CityvWolves
Sheffield UnitedvMiddlesbrough
Coventry CityvWest Brom

"If I play them in the Champions League, I want to go there and kill them - that's my message" ··· Jose Mourinho (6th March 2008 - don't be bitter you turnip!)

New Signing: Ivanovic ··· Tuesday 15th January 2008

Another signing made today - Serbia's captain Branislav Ivanovic.

» Read the BBC report
» Branislav Ivanovic profile
» Nicolas Anelka profile

"I want to tell the Chelsea fans that I see this as a great opportunity and an honour and I will not disappoint them" ··· Nicolas Anelka (11th January 2008 - the day he joined Chelsea)

Nostalgia: Our View ··· Saturday 12th January 2008

I was flicking through Our View just now and came across something thought-provoking. Below are a couple of the questions from the January 2003 mid-season survey. Interesting how times change eh?

Our View Chelsea Poll Survey

» See the rest of the questions and responses here
» You can see other Our View polls going back 10 years here
» Don't be surprised if the Official Site say they were the first to run internet polls back in 1967. They like to rewrite history ;)

"I do not think I would receive the love I get from the Chelsea fans anywhere else. I would love another six or seven years of it" ··· Frank Lampard (3rd January 2008, still waiting to put pen to paper on the new contract)

Injury Mountain ··· Sunday 30th December 2007

Those who take part in the BPL use the PhysioRoom site to check which players are injured (and avoid picking them, obviously!). It doesn't make good reading at all right now:

A ShevchenkoLeg Injuryno return date
F LampardThigh Muscle Strain30th Jan 08
C CudiciniRib Injury1st Jan 08
J TerryMetatarsal Fracture10th Feb 08
D DrogbaKnee Injuryno return date
F MaloudaKnee Injuryno return date
P CechHip/Thigh Injury1st Jan 08

That's only one piece though. There are also the suspensions of Cole and Carvalho (incidentally, you can track suspensions here) and we'll be losing Drogs, Essien, Kalou and Obi for the African Cup of Nations (Jan 20th - Feb 10th).

Unfortuantely the return of Der Jogger (aka Michael Ballack) doesn't give me that warm feeling that a glass of Glühwein would. Still - we have Shevchenko and he'll score 20 by March, right? ;)

» Think you can predict Chelsea results? The BPL. Get in there.
» Check the African Nations Cup schedule. Who's off, and when.

Jose Mourinho Has Left The Building ··· Thursday 20th September 2007

Jose Mourinho - True Blue

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has stunned the world of football by leaving Stamford Bridge by mutual consent.

The decision comes after the club held a crisis meeting to discuss the indifferent start to the new season.

Quite the shocker - although I had vibes when Grant was brought over from Pompey. Talk about an antagonistic move. All the best Jose - you're up there with Luca.

UPDATE: thelondonpaper emailed me about an exclusive they've just done with Ken Bates. Can you believe he's blaming the current regime for jacking-up ticket prices at the Bridge? Short memory he has. After continually pushing up prices in the late 90's Bates would gleefully remind us: "If they don't pay the prices, others will". Read the full interview here.

UPDATE: Mourinho's backroom staff have also left the club, including assistant managers Baltemar Brito and Rui Faria. Head opposition scout Andre Villas and goalkeeping coach Silvino Louro have also departed Stamford Bridge.

» Read the full article from the BBC
» Follow the developments using the CSR Newshound
» Leave your thoughts and comments for Jose in the CSR Guestbook
» Talk about it in Chelsea Chat
» Watch the video re-enacting the Mourinho-Abramovich bust-up

Chelsea 1 - 1 Rosenborg ··· Tuesday 18th September 2007

From BBC 606:

Chelsea's lack of potency without Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba, and a worrying indication of tactical bankruptcy from Mourinho, was bad enough.

But what of a hugely worrying statistic to exercise the minds of demanding owner Roman Abramovich and the rest of the Chelsea hierarchy?

Namely, a desperate attendance of only 24,973 to watch what is supposed to be the Blue Riband tournament on Chelsea's calendar.

Rosenborg are not glamourous opponents, but what a truly wretched turn-out under any circumstances.

» Read the full article from BBC 606
» Mull over the match report
» Check the Champions League tables so far

2007/2008 Season Kickoff! ··· Thursday 9th August 2007

Chelsea are on course to set a new top-flight record. If they avoid defeat, they will stretch their unbeaten home league run to 64 games and smash Liverpool's record set between 25 February 1978 and 27 December 1980.

If Chelsea win this "Battle of the Blues" against last season's Championship runners-up, it will be the sixth season running the Londoners' have got their Premier League account off on a winning note.

» Read the full match preview

Pre-Season Kickoff At Stanford! ··· Tuesday 10th July 2007

Chelsea FC v Club America at Stanford University After what seems like eons, Chelsea are finally back in action this Saturday in the first of the pre-season matches!

Our opponents are the Mexican champions Club America and it's going off at the Stanford Stadium - halfway between San Francisco and San Jose in Northern California. Check out the map.

Got my tickets.


FA Cup Winners! ··· Sunday 20th May 2007

United may have taken the Premiership but we stuck it up 'em in the FA Cup Final!

» FA Cup Final coverage, pics and reports here.
» The new Wembley. Check out the video.

Reasons To Be Cheerful, Part I ··· Friday 4th May 2007

Leeds United are officially in administration and have been deducted 10pts because of it. Nice work again, Ken!

» Read more on this

Reasons To Be Cheerful, Part II ··· Thursday 3rd May 2007

Man Utd are out of the Champions League after being sliced up 3-0 by AC Milan.

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Play For A Chelsea Legends XI ··· Wednesday 2nd May 2007

I was contacted by Jill Stratton who's running an auction on eBay UK for a Chelsea Legends XI event that will raise money for the Isabel Hospice, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, and the Dons Trust. She asked if I could make other Chelsea fans aware through the CSR. Of course, Jill !!

Here's what's happening:

Fancy playing in a Chelsea Legends side alongside ex Chelsea heroes such as Kerry Dixon, Ray Wilkins and Dave Beasant for charity?

This auction gives you the chance to do just that!

A Chelsea side will be taking to the pitch against Wimbledon legends such as Warren Barton, Efan Ekoku and Marcus Gayle at The Fans Stadium, Kingsmeadow, at 3pm on Monday 7th May 2007.

The game is taking place to raise money for the Isabel Hospice, Chelsea and Westminster Childrens Hospital, and the Dons Trust.

The sucessful bidder will, as a player for the day, will go through the whole match day experience as any professional would. This includes warming up with the squad, taking part in the pre-match and half time team talks, be in the line up for photos, take part in the match and enjoy post-match hospitality with both the Chelsea and Wimbledon legend teams.

The Chelsea team will include some top names from the past such as Kerry Dixon, Dave Beasant, Ray Wilkins, Graham Le Saux and many more.

» View the full auction details and place your bid here! You'll need to move sharpish, auction ends this Saturday.
» Visit the official AFC Wimbledon site for more info.

"We will try to have a bigger impact on the Premiership next season. But the league is so hard, when you see Man Utd and Chelsea winning every game, you have to be almost perfect." ··· Blimp Benitez, manager of that no-title-wins team confirming that the Champions League is easier than the Premiership (2nd May 2007)

Reasons To Be Cheerful, Part III ··· Tuesday 1st May 2007

Leeds are getting relegated to the equivalent of the 3rd Division for the first time in their history. Great work Ken, Dennis, Gus.

"Payback's a bitch."

League Cup Winners! 1965, 1998, 2005, 2007 ··· Sunday 25th February 2007

Chelsea FC - Carling (League) Cup Winners

Don't be fooled by the "Arsenal Youngsters" line that's put out by our lesser London neighbours. 10 of the 14 Arsenal players today are older than Mikel Jon Obi. Their keeper, Almunia, is older than 11 of our 14 that played! With an average age difference of 22 versus 25, it's hardly Kids v Pensioners.

Silverware. Yum. Isn't it nice. Bet you'd like some of that Arsene - to try and salvage something from your 'building' season? It wasn't to be though - with two goals from Didier Drogba and the same amount off the woodwork the class was apparent even though we're only running on 4 cylinders rather than 12 at the moment.

What more can you say about the man John Terry. Pure class. Always puts the team before himself. They can trip him and kick him but you know he'll just come back for more. Diaby's kick to John's face was hardly 'accidental' when you see how high his boot was (see the pic).

With games coming thick and fast we're looking forward to having our lion back in the realm as we attempt to do just as well in the Champions League and FA Cup and claw back the 9pts the Mancs have on us.

Onwards and upwards, Rodders.

» See more pics from the game
» Read the full match report
» Check in on Terry's recovery

"Overall we can only look at ourselves and next time not lose our nerves." ··· Arsene Wenger (25th February 2007, after losing the League Cup Final to Chelsea)

Chelsea FC On YouTube ··· Monday 19th February 2007

YouTube Premier League champions Chelsea have signed a deal with YouTube to allow the video-clip web site to carry match footage and news clips, a major step towards legitimising and legalising the carriage of lucrative football footage on free-access web sites.

Chelsea, the first Premier League club to sign an agreement with YouTube, now have a branded channel on the site showing daily updates and other content. It will not show live footage as this is already subject to a separate Premier League rights deal.

"We are delighted to work with YouTube," said Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon. "Chelsea is the first football club to move into what is clearly one of the fastest growing new media platforms.

"This will allow us to ... reach a whole new audience."

» Visit the Chelsea FC section on YouTube

"Six points is nothing. In previous seasons we have gone 11, 12 points clear and killed things off by Christmas." ··· Jose Mourinho (2nd January 2007)

Reinforcements! ··· Wednesday 3rd January 2007

Happy New Year and a very prosperous 2007 to us all! The reinforcements are being readied for battle!

Mourinho: "Considering the problems Chelsea have had, Manchester United should be 10, 12, 14 points clear of us. I am happy to be six points behind. In my opinion, Manchester United did not take advantage of our bad moments."

Mourinho is preparing to welcome back John Terry, Arjen Robben and Petr Cech from injury. Skipper Terry has been pencilled in for the next league game with Wigan at Stamford Bridge on 13th January, with Robben and Cech set to be available for the trip to Liverpool the following week.

"Other clubs wanted me to play but these old legs can't go on much longer" ··· Dennis Wise (December 2005)

New Signings ··· Sunday 4th June 2006

 Author: dorsetblue

Same old Chels! You go away for a few days holiday and when you get back there are two new strikers waiting for you on the mat. Frankly, I would have needed the wisdom of Salomon to have worked out that Kalou was on his way here, while Sheva was always a front runner in the Roman 30 Million Guinea Trophy Player Stakes. At least that's how I still like to view the deal because it means I can hold on to the dying vestiges of a Tevez signing somewhere along the ever shortening line leading to the World Cup. Why so greedy, you might ask, when the CL's greatest goal scoring machine has already put pen to paper? Well, here's my take on how things could pan out next season and why the little Argentinean would (and hopefully still might) be a key element.

First and foremost, the switch away from the young and hungry towards the old and established will inevitably lead to a fresh wave of Media criticism and there are signs of this already as they plough into us on topics ranging from high inflated salary scales to likely low morale amongst disillusioned fringe players. Whilst it has bothered me less with each passing title, over the past two seasons we have been able to counter such slurs by pointing out the balance being struck between our 'stars' and those learning their trade like Huth, Johnson and Carlton Cole.

Not any more. Indeed, those three might not even be around come August, so the club's fall back position has to be reassessed. Kalou's signing helps in as much as he is going to be seen as an improvement on Carlton and keeping his fee undisclosed brooks no further comparison. However, (and this hypothetical point will appeal to you, Brian) should the latter start scoring regularly in the Premiership at a new club, we will be in for more flak, especially so if Kalou is used sparingly or fails to hit the ground running.

To my mind the 'experience gap' between Kalou and Shevchenko is just too great for the youngster to expect to be treated that much better than Carlton in terms of game time, unless Eidur leaves us without being replaced by a forward (Obi Mikel being regarded as his replacement?) or he becomes the late arriving substitute with pace, so prevalent in the modern game.

All this leads to the conclusion that Jose's answer to his critics on the entertaining football front will revolve around a Sheva/Drogba spearhead (at times both), supplemented by Ballack and Lamps from midfield, plus overlapping full backs. Should this mean that Carlos is the 'further world class player' destined to join us it would be the final, old and defensively rusty, nail in my Tevez coffin, at least for this season and maybe for as long as it takes a Brazilian or a Ukrainian to drop off their respective perches. And so, rather like Nibs has said on another thread, after the euphoria of the Sheva signing dies down, the lack of a younger (22/23) world class striker amongst those targeted and bought is a little disappointing.

"I do not want to be on the pitch when they are jumping around celebrating winning the league. We had to clap them on to the pitch last year and though they were worthy champions, it was not a nice feeling." ··· Ryan Giggs (before Chelsea 3-0 Man Utd)

The Surreal Dinner Party ··· Thursday 18th May 2006

 Author: Dorset Blue

As many of you CSR regulars will know, I have been blessed with two daughters, the first married an Arsenal supporter and the second a Spurs fan. Despite the inevitable football tensions, we all get on well and last night the wife and I played hosts for a Champions League Final get together. Suitably coached in the required etiquette for the evening (don't upset anyone with constant Chels chat) and full of enthusiasm for the game ahead, I limited the banter to a prediction that referee Hauge was trigger happy in the card department so, if we wanted to see a level playing field, we had better get on with the meal and not miss the start of the match.

I had toyed with the idea of saying Grace - for what we are about to receive may the Lord make it Carlos Tevez - but I bottled it and merely expressed the hope that we would see a good game after our well prepared pre-match meal. Both son-in-laws smiled knowingly at that comment and I think I got away with it, even though youngest daughter flashed a stern look in my direction. Anyway, kick-off soon approached and off we went to position ourselves in front of the telly. Naturally, eldest daughter and husband had the best seats in the house and were offered choice of channels. Sky was selected, which was marginally the lesser of two evils as I wasn't really looking forward to yet another cringingly biased ITV coverage. In pride of place and resplendent in redcurrant replica shirts, the guests of honour brought back memories of Howard and Hilda from Ever Decreasing Circles and I found myself hoping that their dreams would not be too easily shattered.

It did not take long to realise that favouritism was going to weigh heavily on Barca's shoulders and the early chance for Henry was greeted with gasps all round followed by an optimistic shout of 'We can do this' from the couch. Spur son-in-law and yours truly bided time and we didn't have long to wait before Hauge did what he had to do and unlevelled the playing field. Confusion reigned as to whether it was better to be a man or a goal down and, smug bastard that I am, the voice of experience convinced everybody that, against Barca and UEFA combined, it doesn't much matter. Of course, just like Just on the CSR, conspiracy theorists are easy targets and so it proved as the ten men go a goal up right in the middle of my denunciation of the Eboue dive (don't you just hate it when they do that?). From this moment on the game flies by, with the half-time whistle cutting through the tension as well as a deep, hushed, conversation with son-in-law Spur about Media coverage in general and the difference between winning a free-kick and cheating.

The second half proved more notable for absentees than presence on the park. Why Rijkaard left it so long to bring on Larsson is a mystery. I'm sure Jose would have made the double substitution of Edmilson and van Bommel at half time, especially as the latter was getting away with murder (was he booked and if not, why not?!). And then there was the non-performance of Ronaldinho. Inexplicably given a 9 out of 10 in the Telegraph, he looked to me to be the victim of some bizarre date rape doping incident, while Henry decided to take the referee accusing road at the end, to cover what was for him a poor night in the finishing department...

Our little party was philosophical about things when it was all over, drowning sorrows, counting blessings and looking to the future. That is until Richard Keys at last got round to analysis of the Eboue dive with Redknapp, Ruud and an openly honest Merson. Verdict? Well, it was a case of let's all have a good laugh lads and on this occasion, bearing in mind the fact that it wasn't Drogba or Robben, the cheating Chelsea foreigner theory wasn't trotted out. Still, I'm not bitter - it was the only laugh of the evening for them, whereas we had a good time.



Now that the season is just about over,
how about thoughts on season-long player ratings?
Player Ratings
10 Perfection
9 World-class
8 Excellent
7 Very good
6 Good job
5 Average work
4 Left something to be desired
3 Really not good
2 Horrible
1 Couldn't be worse
Petr Cech8Superb season; maybe a slight blip in the middle of the year, but still utterly fantastic.
Carlo Cudicini7Very good job as backup. Could be #1 at just about any other club.
John Terry10 The only perfect score on the team. Our captain. The spine of our defense. The rock upon which our team is built. Couldn't ask for more from him.
William Gallas9Came through big again and again all season long. Always there when we need him, and even scored 5 times.
Paulo Ferreira8Underappreciated, but very steady in our back.
Robert Huth7Played his role as backup center wonderfully.
Ricky Carvalho6Complaining about playing time certainly stained his season, and it is what he will be remembered for at the end of the year.
Asier Del Horno5Started out with such promise but faltered badly over the past 4-5 months.
Glen Johnson4His heart doesn't seem to be with the club any longer. The very times he even featured, he seemed very shaky.
Joe Cole9A breakout year for him. Became indispensible to his club and country. Even survived getting tossed through a window after getting caught shagging a topless model. There's only one Joe Cole!
Frank Lampard9Only notched down a peg because he has built such a huge reputation for himself and we now all expect him to walk on water. Something to be said for him setting a record for most goals by a midfielder and leading our team in goals in a year when some thought he had a dip in form.
Claude Makalele8Cannot imagine a better holding midfielder.
Njitap Geremi7Good "glue" guy -- he will play anywhere and do anything for us, and is part of the glue that holds the squad together.
Michael Essien7Did a very good job considering all the world thought he was another Robbie Savage and he had a lot of pressure after the protracted transfer saga.
Damien Duff6Seemed a step slower this season, and not as willing to make the big play when needed.
Shaun Wright-Phillips5Disappointing by most standards. Hopefully he is learning a lot on the bench and will star for us in a year or two.
Arjen Robben5Last year fans were naming their kids after him. This year his petulance on and off the pitch has worried many fans and his manager. This summer's WC and next season could be make-or-break periods for him as a player for us. Let's hope his class shines through.
Nuno Maniche4Don't let the door hit you on the way out, amigo.
Didier Drogba8In the last few months, he has started to endear himself to fans with his work rate and his passion. Not without moments of controversy and drama, but a very good job all in all.
Hernan Crespo7Ten goals isn't bad for a part-time striker who split duties, but many still wonder if he isn't more than just a hired gun who is looking to leave our club.
Eidur Gudjohnsen6A good job, considering his playing time was sacrificed mostly to Essien and then to a 2-striker system. However, failed to show consistency that will win him a place in the lineup each week; one week looking like "the blonde Maradona," the next week being missing in action.
Jose Mourinho8Excellent job, but might bear some of the blame for failure to succeed in Europe and the League Cup due to lineup selection and arrogance that casts us in a bad light. Would hate to see him go.

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