Monday, March 5, 2012
Andre Villas-Boas has parted company with Chelsea Football Club today.
The board would like to record our gratitude for his work and express our disappointment that the relationship has ended so early.
Unfortunately the results and performances of the team have not been good enough and were showing no signs of improving at a key time in the season.
The club is still competing in the latter stages of the Uefa Champions League and the FA Cup, as well as challenging for a top-four spot in the Premier League, and we aim to remain as competitive as possible on all fronts.
With that in mind we felt our only option was to make a change at this time.
With immediate effect Roberto Di Matteo has been appointed first team coach on an interim basis until the end of the season.
Monday, October 11, 2010
A statement on the Football Association website reads:
'John Terry has returned to Chelsea with a back injury.
'Terry was assessed by England medical staff on Sunday and will not be fit to play any part in Tuesday's game against Montenegro.
'No further call-ups will be made at this time.'
The Chelsea captain missed England matches against Bulgaria and Switzerland last month as he recovered from hamstring and glut muscle injuries.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
For the third year running the extensive facilities available in the West Stand are hosting the Leaders in Football conference and on Wednesday afternoon Chelsea FC chairman Bruce Buck was one of the main speakers.
The conference is attended by 1,000 senior executives from the world of football and other delegates giving talks include Mohamed bin Hammam, a member of Fifa's Executive Committee and president of the Asian Football Confederation, and Danny Jordaan who was chief executive of the World Cup Finals in South Africa back in the summer. The various bid teams for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were also represented,
However it was the hot topic of club ownership that brought Buck to the microphone for a session titled 'The chairman's view: Is ownership a rich man's play thing?'
He was joined on stage by David Gold, joint chairman of West Ham United, Steve Morgan, chairman of Wolverhampton Wanderers and Dave Checketts, owner of St Louis Blues hockey team and Real Salt Lake soccer team in the USA.
There couldn't have been a more appropriate time for such a discussion with Liverpool FC dominating the sports news.
'I don't think foreign owners per se are bad,' Buck told the conference.
'Of course I would say that, but it depends on what the objective of the foreign owner is in buying a club. If it is to make a quick few dollars, or if it is long-term profit, they are probably barking up the wrong tree.
'If they are in the position to recognise the history and the traditions of whatever club they are buying I would say let's welcome the new owner with open arms.'
Checketts stated that most US businessmen moving into club ownership this side of the Atlantic see it is an opportunity to invest and then exit and multiply their investment.
'But like most American sports owners they think they are going to go in there, do a job and be a big hero and win many championships,' he added. 'Sometimes that doesn't work out. See Exhibit A, Liverpool.
'I don't think the owners there built a relationship with the fan groups. I don't think they listened.'
While the consensus among the speakers was against the type of heavy leverage when purchasing football clubs that leaves them saddled with big debts, Buck defended debt that can be properly paid off. He explained it may become an even more important part of football financing under Uefa's new financial rules that will control money that can be invested in by owners.
'I think everybody supports financial fair play but it depends how you do it,' he added. 'It is the fine print that is really the issue.'
It was agreed limits on club debt and salary capping similar to that seen in US sports could only work in the Premier League if the rules applied across all Europe, while relegation, which does not occur in the States, is here to stay even if it has the potential to blow apart financial plans.
'Relegation and promotion is one of the great cultural aspects of European football,' insisted Buck, 'and although it is a problem for the teams at the bottom of each league in terms of the risk-to-reward ratio when they consider investment, it should always be the case that someone in Dagenham can hope his club will be in the Premier League one day.'
Last season Portsmouth showed that financial meltdown could occur in the Premier League before relegation. The panel were confident that was a one-off.
'The Premier League clubs feel we didn't have rules in place that gave us early warnings of Portsmouth's financial difficulties in terms of payment to tax authorities and debt repayment that was overdue,' Buck explained.
'So in the summer we passed a variety of rules that will allow the Premier League board to have much closer scrutiny of how clubs are doing and if they see things that are problem, give us a way of dealing with them before they are a real problem.'
The Leaders in Football conference continues today (Thursday).
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Jeffrey Bruma (pictured) continued the impeccable start to his Under 21 international career as Netherlands made it four wins out of four in their European Championship qualification group, all without conceding a goal.
On his 18th birthday, the defender, who made his Chelsea first team debut last month, played the whole of a 3-0 home win against Liechtenstein.
It was also a landmark Friday for Fabio Borini as he made his Italy Under 21 debut aged just 18. The striker, another recent Chelsea debutant, was introduced by coach Pierluigi Casiraghi at half-time in an away match in Hungary.
Unfortunately, playing up front with Inter Milan regular Mario Balotelli, Borini could not help his side turn around a one-goal deficit and Hungary added another late on to win 2-0. Italy are behind Wales and Hungary in their group and have their work cut out to qualify.
Conor Clifford, recently capped by Republic of Ireland Under 21s, was back with the Under 19s on Friday and played the full 90 minutes in a 5-0 home win over San Marino. It was the first game in a European Championship qualification campaign for the midfielder's team.
In the same group are Italy who included Jacopo Sala in their midfield and matched Ireland with a 5-0 home win over Albania.
Sala, who was delivering many of the dead-balls, was subbed on 66 minutes.
Goalkeeper Jan Sebek made his debut for Czech Republic Under 19s and although he didn't keep a clean sheet, was still victorious as his side ran out 3-1 winners over Cyrpus.
Gael Kakuta played for France Under 19s in a 3-3 draw against Greece in friendly tournament, having played the first-half of a 1-0 win over Poland on Wednesday.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Posted on: Mon 02 Nov 2009
Carlo Ancelotti will unleash Didier Drogba on the Champions League for the first time this season as tomorrow in Madrid, he looks to secure passage to the knockout stage.
Chelsea coped admirably without our principal centre-forward for the three matches of his suspension, winning them all, but with Drogba in top form, like so many of his team-mates in the current run of wins, the squad can only be stronger for his availability once more.
Ancelotti has drawn a line under the incidents against Barcelona and is only looking ahead.
'I didn't speak with Drogba about last season,' the Italian says. 'I only speak about him being out in the last three games - I said to him to prepare for when he returns, ready to work for the team. Now he is ready to work for the team.'
Ancelotti is also ready to welcome Ashley Cole back into the side after a three-game absence due to a knee injury. With Yury Zhirkov injured and Saturday's stand-in left-back Paulo Ferreira not in the Champions League squad, it's a well-timed return.
'He [Cole] is ready to be able to play tomorrow,' Ancelotti reports. 'Yesterday he trained with us and it has gone well. We want to assess him tonight [in training] but I think he is good to play tomorrow.'
The team sent out onto the Vicente Calderon pitch on Tuesday evening will face an Atlético side with a new coach, although not a new opponent to Chelsea. Quique Sanchez Flores was in charge of Valencia when they played the Blues in the 2006/07 and 2007/08 seasons. He is also known to Ancelotti.
'He [Flores] is a good coach, he had good experience at Valencia and I think he can do a good job at Atlético Madrid.
'We have respect for Atlético because they play very good players. [Tomas] Ujfalusi is a good defender, [Sergio] Aguero is a very good striker, [Diego] Forlan is a very good striker and [Maxi] Rodriguez is a very good midfielder. Now is not a good moment for them but they have the quality to go out of this period.'
Praise from the manager for Aguero, linked in the press with a move to Chelsea in the summer, may make ears prick up but Ancelotti qualified his observation on the 21-year-old Argentine.
'For his age he is one of the most important in the world. He is very young, a fantastic striker. He has a lot of quality and every big club looks at this player. But we haven't thought of buying Aguero at this moment.'
For the time being Ancelotti is happy to concentrate on the squad that in the last four games has served him so well.
'In this period we played good football. Sometimes it was not always easy to play good football, but in this moment the team has a good idea of how to continue to maintain this and to go on the pitch and play good football for 90 minutes.
'I am happy because in three months we have improved."
link from http://www.chelseafc.com/page/LatestNews
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Chelsea Football Club can confirm that we have reached agreement with CSKA Moscow for the transfer of Yuri Zhirkov.
The player is in London today and will join Chelsea subject to a medical and agreement of personal terms.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Inter Milan sporting director Marco Branca has arrived in London to finalise the signings of Ricardo Carvalho and Deco from Chelsea.
The two clubs are a small distance apart on the fee and Chelsea's interest in Inter right-back Maicon gives the two sides plenty to talk about.
The Blues are happy to offload Portugal playmaker Deco for the £8million they paid out for him last year. Chelsea also hope to recoup at least half the £20m they paid to Porto for Carvalho five years ago.
Inter's offer for the pair is £8.5m plus Argentina defender Nicolas Burdisso, according to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, but they are open to negotiation.
Former Chelsea boss has made the signing of the 31-year-old Carvalho his priority.
New Stamford Bridge boss Carlo Ancelotti is said to be an admirer of raiding right-back Maicon and the 27-year-old's chances of leaving the San Siro are said to be 50-50.
The Brazil international has four years left on his current contract but realises it may be time to leave and has also attracted interest from Real Madrid.
The meeting with Branca may also bring the opportunity for Chelsea to probe Zlatan Ibrahimovic's availability, though he is likely to be beyond the west London club's clutches.
Meanwhile, reports in Portugal say Mourinho is to divorce his wife Matilde after 20 years of marriage.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The Blues are ready to 'Maic' their move for the flying Nerazzurri full-back...
Chelsea may have missed out on landing Glen Johnson, after the England international signed a deal with Liverpool yesterday with the club confirming an £18.5 million deal had been completed.
However, the Blues have their sights set on Inter right-back Maicon, who has impressed with his marauding runs down the right-hand side in the Confederations Cup and has kept Barcelona star Dani Alves out of Brazil's starting line-up.
The Sun reports that Inter will accept £25m for the 27-year-old defender and are even willing to part with idol Zlatan Ibrahimovic, also 27, for another £50m.
Both players were thought to be targeted by Real Madrid, but recent developments suggest that the powers that be at the Bernabeu are only interested in Maicon.
The former Monaco man has become unsettled at San Siro over the past few weeks, as he believes he has received little recognition for his considerable efforts in the Nerazzurri shirt.
Con Stamocostas, Goal.com
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Chelsea offer new deals to Drogba , Alex and Florent Malouda
If Chelsea do miss out on Kaka then they will prepare a £45m deal for AC Milan forward Alexandre Pato. - Times
RUSSIAN ace Yuri Zhirkov insists he has NOT agreed to join Chelsea.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Chelsea have confirmed Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager following the departure of interim boss Guus Hiddink.
The Italian has signed a three-year contract and will start work on July 1.
Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce that Carlo Ancelotti has agreed to become our new manager.
He has signed a three year contract and will start on July 1, 2009.
Carlo was the outstanding candidate for the job. He has proved over a long period his ability to build teams that challenged for, and have been successful in, major domestic and European competitions.
He also had a highly successful playing career in those competitions and therefore brings unparalleled all round experience to the job.
We are sure everybody at Chelsea will give him a warm welcome and we are all looking forward to working with him.A Chelsea TV exclusive interview with Carlo Ancelotti is now on www.chelseafc.com. The full interview will be on Chelsea TV tonight at 5pm. To subscribe to CTV go to Sky Channel 421 or call 0844241020
Sunday, May 31, 2009
"I haven't signed yet but I have agreed for another year," Ballack, 32, told BBC Sport, adding he expected Milan's Carlo Ancelotti to succeed Guus Hiddink as coach next season at Stamford Bridge.
"I haven't worked under him and I don't know him very well but you can see from the work he has done at Milan that he is a successful manager," Ballack said.
"It's not done yet but it looks like he will be coach."
Saturday, May 30, 2009
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ဂိုး၀င္သြားေသာ္လည္း မေပးခဲ့သည့္ မာေလာက္ဒါ၏ သြင္းခ်က္
ပဲြအစမွာ ဆာယာရဲ႕ မထင္မွတ္တဲ့ ဂိုးကေန ခ်ဲလ္ဆီးတို႕ ပထမဆံုးဂိုး ေပးလုိက္ရတာေၾကာင့္ အနည္းငယ္ေတာ့ ျပာသြားခဲ့ပါတယ္။ သို႕ေသာ္လည္း အထူးတလွယ္ ၾကိဳးစားကစားတာ မေတြ႕ရပါဘူး။ ေဘာလံုးကို အကိုင္မ်ားခဲ့ျပီး ေသခ်ာမယ့္ အကြက္ေတြကိုပဲ လုပ္ေဆာင္ေနတာေၾကာင့္ ခ်ဲလ္ဆီးပရိတ္သက္မ်ား အားမလို အားမရျဖစ္ခဲ့ရပါေသးတယ္။
အဲဗာတန္ကလည္း ခ်ဲလ္ဆီးတိုက္စစ္ကို နည္းမ်ိဳးစံုနဲ႔ ဖ်က္ထုတ္ျပီး တန္ျပန္တိုက္စစ္ ဆင္ခဲ့ေပမယ့္ မာလူဒါရဲ႕ ဘယ္၀န္းကေန ရိုက္တင္မႈဟာ ဒေရာ့ဘာရဲ႕ ေခါင္းနဲ႔ ေပါင္းစပ္သြားတဲ့ အခါမွာေတာ့ အဲဗာတန္ဂိုးသမား ေဟာင္း၀ပ္ရဲ႕ ဘယ္ဘက္ေထာင့္ထဲကို ခပ္ျပင္းျပင္း ၀င္ေရာက္သြားရင္း ၁ း ၁ ဂိုးစီ သေရက်ခဲ့ျပီး ပထမပုိင္း ျပီးဆံုးသြားခဲ့ပါတယ္။
ဒုတိယပိုင္းအစမွာ အျမဲတမ္း သံုးသပ္ျပီး ဂိုးရေအာင္ အကြက္ေဖာ္လုပ္ေဆာင္တက္တဲ့ ဟစ္ဒင့္ဟာ ပဲြျပန္အစမွာလည္း ဘယ္လိုမွာၾကားလုိက္လည္း မသိပါဘူး။ ပဲြက ခပ္ေလးေလးပဲ ထြက္လာပါတယ္။ မာေလာက္ဒါရဲ႕ ဂိုး၀င္သြားတဲ့ အလံုးက မေပးေသာ္လည္း ထိုအလံုးကလဲြရင္ နွစ္ဖက္အသင္းေတြဟာ ကြင္းလယ္မွာပဲ ေဘာလံုးအေဆာ့မ်ားေနခဲ့ပါတယ္။
လမ္းပတ္ရဲ႕ ကိုယ္ေယာင္ျပျပီး ေနာက္လွည့္ကန္မႈသာ မ၀င္ခဲ့ရင္ေတာ့ ပဲြဟာ အခ်ိန္ပို ၊ ပင္နလ္တီအထိ ဆက္သြားမွာ ေသခ်ာပါတယ္။ အခုေတာ့ အဂၤလိပ္ေတြရဲ႕ ၂၀၀၉ ရာသီမွာေတာ့ ေနာက္ဆံုးဖလားျဖစ္တဲ့ အက္ဖ္ေအဖလားကုိ ခ်ဲလ္ဆီးတို႕ ရယူနိင္ခဲ့ပါျပီ။ ဒီဖလားကို ရခဲ့ေပမယ့္ ခ်ဲလ္ဆီးကစားသမားေတြ ပဲြကို ေအာင္ပဲြခံတာ သိပ္မေတြ႕ခဲ့ရပါဘူး။ ခ်န္ပီယံလိဂ္ဒဏ္ရာက ရွင္သန္ေနတုန္းပဲလို႕ ယူဆမိပါတယ္။
ဘာပဲျဖစ္ျဖစ္ အက္ဖ္ေအဖလား ၅ လံုးဖူးသူျဖစ္သြားတဲ့ အက္ရွ္ေလကိုးလ္အတြက္ေရာ ၊ ခ်ဲလ္ဆီးအတြက္ေရာ ၊ နုတ္ဆက္ေတာ့မည့္ ဆရာဟစ္ဒင့္အတြက္ေရာ ဂုဏ္ျပဳလုိက္ပါသည္ ခင္ဗ်ာ။