Despite failing to beat Corinthians in the final, Chelsea and Rafa Benitez must have enjoyed the World Club Cup as it meant they could get away from the everyday grind of Stamford Bridge life, at least for a short while. Chelsea have won only one of the four league games they’ve played at home since Rafa Benitez took over, losing one to QPR and drawing two more. Considering that much of the new Chelsea power was established by an excellent home record under Jose Mourinho, the losses don’t go down well whoever their latest manager is, but as that new manager is a Spaniard who was adopted by Merseyside and Liverpool FC in particular, those losses go down like a Read more..
Chelsea have capitalized on their Champions League win by signing one of the most coveted young talents in European football, in the shape of Eden Hazard. It was originally thought that Manchester would be the Belgian attacking midfielder’s destination of choice, but he announced on Twitter that he was to join the current European Champions for £32m. Chelsea are also said to be interested in Brazilian forward Hulk, who currently plays in Portugal for Portuguese champions FC Porto. The striker is strong and powerful and enjoys cutting in from the right, deploying his bullet like left foot shot, but many commentators have worried that he might be a bit green, and will need time to Read more..
Below is a list of footballers in the Premier League who will be out of contract this summer, or who have already been released by their clubs. Chelsea especially have a number of high profile players whose contracts run out at the end of the 2011/12 season, and club legend Didier Drogba has already announced his intention to leave the club this summer at the age of 34. His last kick of a ball for the club being the winning penalty in the Champions League final. Other players with contracts expiring at the London club include Jose Bosingwa and Soloman Kalou. Many players from the clubs relegated from the Premier League will be looking for jobs elsewhere, Read more..
Eden Hazard is still confusing everybody with stories being leaked firstly saying he wants to play in blue, then saying he wants to play in Manchester. Whilst this suggests Manchester City, many Manchester United fans are still hopeful he will join a team who play in red. Another player linked with the red side of Manchester is Everton’s Leighton Baines. Rumours suggest the clubs have already been in contact and Manchester United have bid around £12m. Newcastle will continue their shopping on the continent, as they approach French champions Montpellier for central defender and captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and return to Lille for defender Mathieu Debuchy. Chelsea‘s Champions League win means they will have much more clout in this transfer window. Read more..
We’ve now reached the end of one of the strangest and most exciting seasons in Premier League history. The FA Cup winners and Champions League finalists Chelsea finished 6th, big spending soccer ballers Liverpool win the League Cup but finish 8th below Everton, and Manchester City wait until the last few minutes of the season to secure their status as the best team in England, and claim the title for the first time since 1968. Even now all the games have been played, the European spots are still undecided as Chelsea can qualify for next seasons Champions League if they win the final next week, meaning Spurs would miss out on Europe’s most lucrative and prestigious competition, Read more..
It’s like some sort of sadistic “KEAN OUT” party at Blackburn lately. Balloons daubed with the “supporter’s” favourite new slogan, banners held high as more fans try to get their picture in the newspapers (now controversially banned from the ground), and even the ridiculous sight of a plane flying over Ewood Park carrying the same message behind it, which will, no doubt, be quipped about by the comedians on the Match of the Day panel tonight. All this was taking place during a game in which they were the equals of, if not better than, last season’s second place team – the multi-millionaires of Chelsea FC. In the modern game there is no patience shown Read more..
Numerous reports are suggesting that Chelsea have arranged a deal to sign Juan Mata from Valencia, with the most notable source being the ever reliable (cough) Spanish football newspaper Marca. Many clubs in England had been considering bids for Mata, including Arsenal who desperately need a player of his ilk to fill a creative Spanish gap, but Chelsea have ended up as the team taking the plunge. It appears that they are getting impatient with Tottenham’s unwillingness to accept a bid for Luka Modric as Danial Levy holds out for yet more money, so instead they have opted for a player who will provide a similar spark to the midfield, at what could turn out to be a lower transfer Read more..
Didier Drogba has announced he will retire before he reaches the age of 80, in a shock statement made as Chelsea enjoyed a pre season game in Malaysia. Soccer Football sources understand that he could even retire before he is 79. The Ivorian came out with the following statement when discussing his competition for a first team striker role for the upcoming season: “I am not going to play until i am 80 years old and so i know there will come a time when a younger player will come and take my place” The news will come as a shock to many at Chelsea, and Roman Abramovic will be especially confused as he had hoped that Read more..
Manchester City look well on the way to completing the purchase of Sergio Aguero from Atlético Madrid, as they seek to secure a like for like replacement for Carlos Tevez if this particular Argentine were to leave the club. Meanwhile, Chelsea are moving ever closer to the signing of Romelu Lukaku from Belgian club Anderlecht, a move which seems to have been on the cards for a long time as the club look to replace Didier Drogba with a younger model. And you guessed it, Lukaku is the new Drogba. Both clubs seem to be looking for replacements to secure the future of their respective strike forces with these signings, and both players should provide Read more..
As all the football writers are eagerly building up to the new season with their ridiculously early preview articles, which were probably written at the end of last season, we decided to get ahead of the pack by previewing the 2012 – 2013 English Premier League season. There are starting line-ups being listed in the newspapers, which include players that Andre Villas-Boas hasn’t even had chance to sign yet. So we will go one step further to beat off any competition, and gain the ultimate prediction prize by looking nearly 3 transfer deadline days into the future. BREAKING NEWS. Newly promoted West Ham, who surprised everyone with their Tiki-taka style which resulted in an unbeaten Read more..