The History of Chelsea: From 2004 to 2013
After the period of time during which Chelsea was on the verge of bankruptcy in 2004 (the debt was about 80 million euros), the club was unexpectedly bought from Ken Bates by the Russian Billionaire by the name of Roman Abramovich, who at that time was very much distant from football, yet he became the richest person who ever bought a football team.
A big staff overhaul process took place. Abramovich covered a substantial portion of the club’s debt and began actively investing in the transfer budget of the team: the club acquired players such as Damien Duff, Geremi Njitap, Hernan Crespo. Chelsea was also replenished with young promising players, such as Glen Johnson, Wayne Bridge, Joe Cole. In addition, an Argentinean midfielder by the name of Sebastian Veron joined the team. During the winter transfer window, English midfielder Scot Parker joined the club.
As for changes on the coaching team, Abramovich immediately made it clear that he was quite certain they will bring positive results. While we are at the topic of positive results, it is better to enjoy football with a person you love, so, be sure to visit VavaDating.com and find a partner right now.
The Russian businessman was counting on something more than just the top prizes of the Premier League, and therefore, to replace the dismissed Italian specialist, he invited one of the most promising managers of the time, Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese expert, who by that time had boomed all over Europe as the winner of the UEFA Champions League (in the 2003/2004 season), in turn, insisted on the acquisition of Didier Drogba, Mateja Kezman, Ricardo Carvalho, Thiago Mendes, and Paulo Ferreira.
If we add to everything else the signing of contracts with Petr Peter Čech, and Arjen Robben, then Abramovich spent about 200 million euros in total for the acquisition of new players. In the end, such a huge outflow of money simply had to translate into some sort of a result: Mourinho helped lead the team through the brackets and won the national championship and EFLC twice during the first two seasons of being in Chelsea. In addition, in the same period of time, the Portuguese mentor led Chelsea to win the FA Community Shield. In the 2006/2007 season, the specialist failed to win the Premier League, but then they’ve also won the FA Cup and the EFLC.
However, even such an abundance of trophies did not prevent the owner of the club, Roman Abramovich, from dismissing the Portuguese specialist at the first serious disagreement with Mourinho. The rest of the way, basically, consisted of a few short periods of time, during which one mentor followed another. Thus, Avram Grant was replaced by Luiz Felipe Scolari. The Brazilian, however, failed at his job and was fired shortly after. Guus Hiddink (the coach of the Russian national team at that time) came to save the situation, and he agreed to work with the Londoners until the end of the season.
In the 2009/2010 season, the team was led by the Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti. Under his leadership, the team was extremely dominant. Under Ancelotti, they won the “Blue” won the double for the first time in their history (they’ve won the Premier League and EFLC) and set a record for goals scored in the Premier League in one season (103).
The following season, the Londoners failed to achieve that much success and the team finished in the second place of the UEFA Champions League. However, the owner of the club, Roman Abramovich, had already made plans for inviting a new star to the team in the face of André Villas-Boas, who had won all possible trophies with Porto at that time. It was this Portuguese specialist who headed Chelsea in the future. But after the disastrous period in the 2011/2012 season, Villas-Boas was fired (Chelsea’s loss to Napoli during the UEFA Champions League, and then yet another loss to West Bromwich 1: 0 were the main reasons for this). Assistant head coach Roberto di Matteo was appointed to replace the Portuguese manager.
On May 5, 2012, under the leadership of an Italian specialist, the London club won the FA Cup, beating Liverpool at Wembley with a score of 2: 1. On May 19, 2012, Chelsea faced with Bavaria in the UEFA Champions League finals. The match ended in a draw: Thomas Muller scored a goal in the 83rd minute, and then Didier Drogba made it 1:1 on the 89 th minute. In extra time, nothing has changed either, but Roberto Di Matteo turned out to be the stronger coach in the end. Ending up 4: 3 in the series and the London “Chelsea”, for the first time in its history, became the winner of the UEFA Champions League. A year later, Chelsea won another European trophy – the Europa League, but with another coach leading the way, that being Rafael Benitez. Despite the success of the Spanish coach, the management decided to cut ties with the coach.