Thursday, June 26, 2014

Chelsea Star Eden Hazard Gets Belgium to Last 16 at World Cup 2014

Eden Hazard

A final 10 minutes flourish was enough to see Belgium book a place in the last 16 stage of the World Cup 2014 after a 1-0 win over Russia. Eden Hazard, as always, was a major factor in the Belgians getting this victory. This match ranks alongside the Iran 0-0 Nigeria encounter as one of the poorest games – for entertainment purposes – for the neutrals. Yet, one moment of magic from Hazard was enough to secure three points and passage to the knockout stages.

Hazard may have not scored in a World Cup yet, but he has had a major contribution in both of their matches. Skipping past two defenders with ease, Hazard laid the ball for substitute Divock Origi to score with just one minute of normal time remaining. The latest World Cup odds from Betfair place the Chelsea star as 5/1 to finish as Belgium’s top scorer in the tournament. An elated Hazard admitted after the match that Belgium has not been great. He said:

"We didn't play a very good match but the last 10 minutes were better and maybe the Russian defence got tired and we got more space for the substitutes, who were fresh, to exploit."

"I felt fit though - I'm in good shape and as I often make the difference towards the end of the match it shows I am still fresh."

The mark of great teams is the ability to win even when not playing well. It is, however, easy with players like Hazard the team.

After the spectacular campaign with Chelsea, Hazard came into the tournament with a lot of pressure. He admitted before the Russia match that the pressure of being one of the few players in this Belgian team to create chances was a heavy burden on him.

While there was positive news for Chelsea in the form of Hazard, there was equally bad news after yet another disappointing performance from Romelu Lukaku. He could not last until the hour mark after Belgium manager Marc Wilmots decided that had seen enough. His obvious displeasure was clear to see, but Wilmots was proved right as Lukaku’s replacement scored the winner.

It now looks highly unlikely that Lukaku will start Belgium’s final group match against Korea.

Thibaut Courtois did not have much to do, but he was good enough to get his first clean sheet of World Cup. The next step for Hazard will be to find the back of the net.

Courtois, Lukaku, and Hazard became the first Chelsea players to progress to the knockout stages of the World Cup.

Matchbook Review 1

Introduction


Matchbook has been in operation since 2004 and is one of the most aesthetically polished betting exchanges in the business. In 2011, ownership of the site changed hands to a new group of UK investors, and there have been several changes over subsequent years.

The first change involved their affiliation with poker. At one time Matchbook was sponsoring upwards of 25 professional poker players, who would play in events such as the European Poker Tour (EPT), World Poker Tour (WPT) and the World Series of Poker (WSOP).

It’s widely believed that the idea was to attract more punters to the exchange, and when this didn’t bear fruit, the effort involved in handling so many players meant a decision was made to drop all sponsorship with professional poker players.

The site also decided to pull out of ‘grey’ markets such as the US and France, and this decision led to them losing a lot of their liquidity, as the US sports market was one of the thriving markets on the site. Liquidity has since been restored since that decision was made and the focus now seems to be on the European and Asian markets.

In 2013, the site underwent a significant paint job and it’s this pristine, polished and pretty exchange that you see today.



Pros

•    A live chat function is a must in today’s sportsbooks and Matchbook doesn’t disappoint. During testing, the representatives were made available within seconds of the request.

•    The Matchbook owners care about customer feedback. There is a button on the bottom right hand corner that allows customers to leave feedback, comment on other people’s feedback and monitor progress.

•    With commission rates at just 1% they are amongst the lowest in the business.

•    Multilingual options in both English and Chinese.

•    Mobile compatibility for both Android and iOS platforms.

•    Good American sports market.

•    A great help section for beginners.

Cons

•    No longer in the US or French markets

•    The withdrawal system insists on proof of identity in the form of photographic identification, and proof of address, which may deter some recreational punters.

•    There is no loyalty system.

Summary

The biggest selling point for Matchbook has to be the 1% commission. It may not mean much to the recreational punter, but to the regular sports bettor, that 1% is going to make a huge difference over the long run.

Liquidity is never going to be as big as the likes of Betdaq or Betfair, and the variety of markets is going to be much smaller, but there is a sense of a family feel to the site and the friendliness of the help desk.


There are many options in terms of how to get money onto the site, and despite the archaic photo ID/proof of address, pain in the ass withdrawal policy, once completed, getting money off site is also sweet as a nut.

There is also a small casino with various different limits of Blackjack and Roulette, to keep you entertained in between bets.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Breaking News: 2014-15 Premier League Fixtures Announced

The 2014-15 Barclay's Premier League Fixtures have been announced


Barclay's Premier League


So the schedule for the 2014-15 Premier League was announced some moments ago. Chelsea kick-off their campaign against newly promoted side Burnley who were the Championship runners up last season. Our first home game at Stamford Bridge sees us take on another promoted side Leicester City. 

Highlight or turning point of this campaign could well be the final fixtures which sees Chelsea take on Manchester United (Home), Arsenal (Away) and Liverpool (Home) in the last month of the 2014-15 Premier League campaign.

We take on the 2013-14 Champions Manchester City at Etihad on 20th September, the fifth game of the season. All our home London derbies against Arsenal, Tottenham and QPR take place before Chirstmas. 

Our final away game takes us to the Hawthorns whereas our final home game at Stamford Bridge is against the Black Cats.

Chelsea's Premier League Fixtures for 2014-15


16/08/2014 15:00 Burnley v Chelsea
23/08/2014 15:00 Chelsea v Leicester City
30/08/2014 15:00 Everton v Chelsea
13/09/2014 15:00 Chelsea v Swansea City
20/09/2014 15:00 Manchester City v Chelsea
27/09/2014 15:00 Chelsea v Aston Villa
04/10/2014 15:00 Chelsea v Arsenal
18/10/2014 15:00 Crystal Palace v Chelsea
25/10/2014 15:00 Manchester United v Chelsea
01/11/2014 15:00 Chelsea v Queens Park Rangers
08/11/2014 15:00 Liverpool v Chelsea
22/11/2014 15:00 Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion
29/11/2014 15:00 Sunderland v Chelsea
03/12/2014 19:45 Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur
06/12/2014 15:00 Newcastle United v Chelsea
13/12/2014 15:00 Chelsea v Hull City
20/12/2014 15:00 Stoke City v Chelsea
26/12/2014 15:00 Chelsea v West Ham United
28/12/2014 15:00 Southampton v Chelsea
01/01/2015 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea
10/01/2015 15:00 Chelsea v Newcastle United
17/01/2015 15:00 Swansea City v Chelsea
31/01/2015 15:00 Chelsea v Manchester City
07/02/2015 15:00 Aston Villa v Chelsea
11/02/2015 19:45 Chelsea v Everton
21/02/2015 15:00 Chelsea v Burnley
28/02/2015 15:00 Leicester City v Chelsea
03/03/2015 19:45 West Ham United v Chelsea
14/03/2015 15:00 Chelsea v Southampton
21/03/2015 15:00 Hull City v Chelsea
04/04/2015 15:00 Chelsea v Stoke City
11/04/2015 15:00 Queens Park Rangers v Chelsea
18/04/2015 15:00 Chelsea v Manchester United
25/04/2015 15:00 Arsenal v Chelsea
02/05/2015 15:00 Chelsea v Crystal Palace
09/05/2015 15:00 Chelsea v Liverpool
16/05/2015 15:00 West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea
24/05/2015 15:00 Chelsea v Sunderland



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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Cesc Fabregas - Chelsea's New Number 4

Chelsea sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona for £27million on a five-year deal

Cesc Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas to Chelsea! I guess this was a signing which none of us expected will happen. Fabregas who spent three years at Barcelona FC was on the transfer list after finding himself short of first team games. Most of us thought he might be on his way back to Arsenal; main reason being the buy-back option which Arsenal had inserted in his contract when we moved to Barcelona three years ago. Jose Mourinho has been an admirer of Fabregas when he was at Arsenal and Barca, but did any of us believe he will join Chelsea? I doubt so.


But I would definitely say I am very pleased to see him at Chelsea, Why?

Cesc Fabregas at Arsenal

Well here's a guy who has started his career as a trainee at Barcelona and came to spotlight after being signed by Arsene Wenger in September 2003 when he was just 16. Soon he was one of the most versatile midfielders in the Premier League as he would play as an attacking midfielder and as a playmaker. At Arsenal he broke many records & also captained the side and earned the reputation as one of the best players in the midfield position.
Fabregas Barcelona

After eight glorious years at Arsenal, Barcelona signed Fabregas for £35 million with a further £5 million in variables in August 2011. By then he had earned the reputation and accolades to be counted as prominent midfielder and soon he was in the starting line-up against the likes of Xavi and Iniesta and a regular goal-scorer in his three seasons at Barcelona. Now he has signed a five year deal with Chelsea and he is still 27 years of age. So that pleases me a lot.

Many look at Fabregas as a replacement for the legendary Frank Lampard who recently announced his departure from Chelsea Football Club. Frank Lampard will be dearly missed but will Fabregas be able to replace him, well only time will tell. But as of now no one can replace Frankie Jr. :)


This is what Cesc Fabregas told Chelsea FC after penning down a five year deal

"Firstly I would like to thank everyone at FC Barcelona where I enjoyed three wonderful years. It was my childhood club and I will always be proud and honoured that I had a chance to play for such a great team."
"I do feel that I have unfinished business in the Premier League and now is the right time to return."
"I considered all the other offers very carefully and I firmly believe that Chelsea is the best choice. They match my footballing ambitions with their hunger and desire to win trophies. They have an amazing squad of players and an incredible manager. I am fully committed to this team and I can't wait to start playing."
"It was extremely important to me that this transfer was completed before the World Cup so that my mind will only be focused on hopefully helping my country try to retain the trophy.”
Source: chelseafc.com

 

Where will Fabregas fit in? And who will lose out? 


Another question which many fans and experts had raised after his signing was which position will he play at when Chelsea already have surplus in the midfield position. With the likes of Hazard, Ramires, Oscar, Salah, Matic, Schurrle and Willian already fighting for the midfield positions it is going to get more competitive when Fabregas comes into the fray.

Signing of Fabregas looks to be an impetus required for moving from the usual 4-2-3-1 formation deployed by Jose during the 2013-14 season. With the signing of Fabregas Jose might move towards a more attack minded 4-3-3 position with Fabregas acquiring the attacking midfielder position just like Frankie Jr. did during the 2004-05 EPL winning season. 

With the signing of Diego Costa almost confirmed it only makes sense to see Costa as the front man flanked by Eden Hazard and Oscar/Salah/Willian. Ramires will get a more free role where he can attack more compared to last season when he bombarded forward only during counterattacks where Jose used his brisk speed. Now the holding midfielder position could possibly be taken over by Matic, we do have options for the same spot with Mikel being my favorite but for some reason he doesn't fit into Mourinho's tactics. 

So we can easily see that there will one or two surplus players, the likes of Salah and Andre Schurrle might be used occasionally as substitutes but will they be happy with that role? Well that is something we will find out once the season draws closer.


To conclude, I do feel Jose Mourinho and Chelsea have made an astute signing by bringing Fabregas on-board, he will be the last piece in the jigsaw puzzle which will see Jose employ more attacking formations. With Costa signing near to completion it only seemed eminent that any of our three strikers will depart and now with Fabregas signing completed it wouldn't surprise me if one or two midfielders depart Chelsea.


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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Diego Costa - The New Chelsea Front Man

Chelsea close in on Diego Costa after agreeing £32m fee with Atletico Madrid

Diego Costa

Diego Costa has completed a medical at Chelsea and is set to move to Jose Mourinho’s side for a reported £32m transfer fee.

What seems to be a done deal, will only come to effect when the transfer window opens on June 10th. With the Brazil World Cup just around the corner it seems the move will only be finalized once the World Cup concludes.

A transfer fee of around £32m seems to be have been agreed between both the clubs. Diego Costa was the 3rd in the list of top goal-scorers in the Spanish La Liga for the 2013-14 season amassing 36 goals for Atletico Madrid on their way to the Champions League final and the La Liga title. He scored 27 goals in La Liga and only finished third behind Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (31) and Barcelona's Lionel Messi (28) on the list of top goalscorers.

Diego Costa had earned heaves of praises from his current manager Diego Simeone who scripted Atletico Madrid's history books by clinching the first La Liga title since the 1995/96 season. Simeone was the mastermind behind their success but it was the goal scoring ability of Diego Costa who got them some of those incredible wins.

During the recently concluded EPL campaign Jose Mourinho was very verbal when it came to striker shortfall in Chelsea. Mourinho had stated last month that what was needed was an ‘attacking player with that killer instinct'. Despite having the likes of Torres, Ba and Eto'o Chelsea were unable to stamp their authority on games which required crucial goals from the front men. None of three were able to create any sort of impact that would have been appreciated by the Blue fans around the world. Inadvertently as the season came to an end the talks & rumors surrounding various strikers was already in the air.



End of Torres, Ba and Eto'o?

 Chelsea Strikers

Arrival of Costa could signal end of the road for either or all of Torres, Ba and Eto'o. None of them have been able to prove their worth for Chelsea so far, especially Torres who lost his shine after the £50m move from Anfield. Eto'o had signed only a one-year contract and seems to be heading away from the Bridge. Demba Ba's previous club Newcastle have shown interest in signing Ba on-loan and Torres could make his way back to his parent club Atletico Madrid, but these are only speculations and only time will decide whether they stay or move away from Stamford Bridge.


To conclude, I do hope Diego Costa brings the killer instinct which has been lacking from our strikers and he continues his prolific goal scoring form in the Blue jersey of Chelsea Football Club.


Do you think Diego Costa is the right man to solve Chelsea's and Mourinho's striker issues? If not, then who according to you should Chelsea have signed?



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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Kenneth Omeruo Signs New Deal

Kenneth Omeruo Signs New Deal


Nigerian Kenneth Omeruo has signed a new contract that will keep him at Chelsea Football club until 2018.

The 20-year old defender who is currently preparing to travel Brazil  for the World Cup was excited and thrilled about his future at Chelsea.

Kenneth Omeruo who joined Chelsea from Standard Liege in 2012 is yet to make a first team experience in the Blue jersey. Although he did make one appearance is the Under-21's game but later he gained first team experience with Dutch outfit ADO Den Haag and in the 2013-14 season with Championship Middlesbrough where he put in a number of impressive displays.

Omerou who is part of the Nigeria's squad traveling to World Cup Finals conveyed his feelings after signing the long-term contract with Chelsea

"I'm thrilled to sign a new contract with Chelsea and am really excited about the future.To play at such a fantastic club is a real honour for me and I'll be working incredibly hard to be successful. I've thoroughly enjoyed my time in England so far and can't wait to get going."

With the Brazil World cup around the corner this definitely is a good news for the Nigerian who now looks to perform well for his national side, if you are looking to bet during the Brazil World Cup then visit http://sports.williamhill.com/bet/en-gb/events/world-cup-2014 for more details.

Middlesbrough who are currently in the Championship League have already confirmed their interest in taking Kenneth Omeruo back on-loan next season.

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David Luiz Move Agreed

David Luiz Move Agreed

Chelsea Football Club and Paris Saint-Germain have agreed upon a deal for the transfer of Chelsea's attacking defender David Luiz to the French Ligue 1 club.

Both clubs have agreed a deal which is believed to be worth-around 40 million pounds ($67 million) and 50 million pounds ($84 million) depending on incentives, which would be a record for a defender.

The move is not yet official completed as the transfer window opens on June 10 but both clubs have formally announced that a deal has been made which will see David Luiz join PSG after the Brazil World Cup.

David Luiz took to twitter to thank all CFC fans around the world and the club for the wonderful partnership of three years


David Luiz


The 27-year-old Brazilian had joined from Benfica in January 2011, signing a five-and-a-half-year contract in a deal reportedly worth £21m. David Luiz made 143 appearances for Chelsea, 34 of them in the 2013-14 season which just concluded, including against PSG in the Champions League quarter-finals where he scored 12 goals.

This move now opens the door for cash inflow required for signing Athletico Madrid striker Diego Costa who looks to be Chelsea's number one transfer target this summer.With the new FFP rules in place, this cash influx will definitely help Chelsea in managing the new transfers within the prescribed rules of Financial Fair play.

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We all at Chelsea FC wish David Luiz all the best for his future at PSG.

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The Geezer - David Luiz


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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The World Cup’s influence on Chelsea’s Team Spirit

Only a year left for the upcoming World Championship that will take place in Brazil from the 12th of June till the 13th of July.

The entire world of football and especially the players are starting to get prepared for this important event. The only problem is that playing for two teams at the same time is not always that easy. As Ian Blackshaw, an international sports law expert said: "There's always been tension between playing for your club and your country".

This counts especially for Chelsea FC because the club exists of players from more than 10 different nationalities and during the World Cup 2014 most of them will play for different national teams. Especially Ramires, Oscar and David Luiz playing for Brazil the host country 2014 will get prepared well. But also other Chelsea players take the upcoming event serious and will have special training sessions. And as players start to focus on their position in the national team and get trained in different ways it is not that easy to keep Chelsea’s cohesion together. The players still train and play with each other as always but the closer it gets to the World Cup the awareness of being competitors in Brazil is rising.

 The possibility to play against another Chelsea team colleague during the World Cup is pretty high as most of the Chelsea players are star players of their national teams. When betting on the performance of Chelsea FC just before or after the World Cup it is a good idea to use the Stan James promo code because they may not play together as usual.

For instance in 2009 when Guus Hiddink trained Chelsea and the Russian National team at the same time his contract was not extended because the club realized that a trainer definitely needs to focus on one team. Sure Chelsea is not able to do that with its players but in fact of course it’s hard for the club to keep the team spirit while players are caught between two stools – the club and their country.
The very fact that the World Cup is always associated with intense emotions we can wait in suspense to see what will happen. Somehow it works out but for the club itself it is important to be aware of the fact that Chelsea’s team spirit might be in danger before, during and after the World Cup and arrangements need to be made.

Marco Van Ginkel is Chelseas’ new midfielder

Chelsea has just managed to sign the young Dutch talent Marco Van Ginkel as a natural successor to Frank Lampard.

It’s not official yet but Chelsea FC will have to pay around £9 million to Van Ginkels’ former club Vitesse Arnhem. This is probably the price to see the 20-year old play for the Blues next season. An agreement of the transfer has already been made, Van Ginkel only needs to pass a medical and agree to personal terms. With the help of the Sportingbet promotional code we can wait in suspense how the new midfielder will perform together with the rest of the team.

The young Dutch player hesitated for a while to join Chelsea because his success story with Vitesse has just started in 2010 and with 10 assists and 8 goals in only 33 league matches he had a major impact on the outcome of Arnhems’ qualification for the European league. Furthermore he really wants to attend the World Cup in Brazil 2014 and is afraid of sitting on the bench more often when playing for Chelsea. But fortunately he has changed his mind and will be José Mourinho's second signing after getting Andre Schuerrle for the new season 2013/2014.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Chelsea vs Manchester City - Preview

Chelsea vs Manchester City

Match Preview
Sunday 27th October, 16:00 GMT 
Stamford Bridge


Chelsea take on Manchester City in what will be the toughest test yet for the Blues. Chelsea are currently 2nd in the Premier league table with 17 points two behind leaders Arsenal, while Manchester City find themselves in 4th position with 16 points. Even though the game is at Stamford Bridge it will be a tough game fought between the two Title contenders for this years EPL crown.

Chelsea have started to hit form lately with the squad gelling up well under Jose Mourinho and with an unbeaten streak of seven straight games Chelsea will look to continue where they left off. Eden Hazard, Oscar, Torres and Eto'o look in supreme form and could again dictate the game for Chelsea in the attacking line up. As far as defense is concerned there's some good news for Chelsea supporters as Ashley Cole has been declared fit and could play against Manchester City this Sunday at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester City have also started to hit some form lately by winning their last three matches by scoring eight goals and conceding three. Aguero, Silva and Toure are the men to look out for when it comes to Manchester City's attacking prowess. Vincent Kompany will miss out on this game as well due to thigh problem.


By the looks of it, this game promises to bring out the attacking talent within both teams and it will be a tough job for both teams defense to stop them from scoring goals. It does promises to be an exciting tie and it also marks debut for Mourinho vs Pelligrini clash. Chelsea won their last game against Cardiff city with a scoreline of 4-1 whereas Manchester City won their first away match of the season with a scoreline of 3-1 against West ham at Upton Park. Last time when the Eastlanders visited Stamford Bridge it ended in a goalless draw, when the both teams were under different management. Sports betting giant bwin currently have Chelsea down as favorites due to their home advantage, however we all know what Man City are capable of on their day.

Here's what the Juan Mata had to say before the start of the game which takes place on Sunday at Stamford Bridge.




Here's what the Manchester City coach Pellegrini had to say before the start of the game which takes place on Sunday at Stamford Bridge.

Part 1



Part 2


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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Andre Schurrle Joins Chelsea

Andre Schurrle Joins Chelsea



Andre Schurrle became the first signing under the watchful eye of Jose Mourinho.

The 22-year old joins Chelsea from Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen where he spend two years. Schurrle has signed a five-year contract and will wear the number 14 Chelsea blue jersey.

Andre Schurrle shared his first feelings after joining Chelsea Football Club

"I am so happy now I have signed and it is an honour for me to play for this club, with this team and for these great fans. I am really looking forward to it."


Schurrle is considered as a versatile striker who can play as an attacking wide player or as a central striker. Andre is very well known for his movement around the flanks and his ability to score some spectacular goals. He began his footballing career with German Club Ludwigshafener SC, before moving to Mainz in 2009. It was here where he was able to showcase his talents and was pivotal in guiding Mainz to a respectable ninth position in the league, Andre scored five goals in 34 appearances during his first year at Mainz.

This was soon followed by the announcement of a five-year contract with Bayern Leverkusen, the club which he was going to join after the end of 2010/11 season. Andre finished the 2010/11 season with Mainz in style, by playing a crucial role in helping Mainz qualify for the Uefa Europa League. He finished the season on a high by scoring a club-record 15 goals in 34 appearances for Mainz.

Andre-Schurrle-Leverkusen

Having completed his move to Leverkusen, Schurrle scored on his debut in a 4-3 German Cup win against Dynamo Dresden. Schurrle scored his first league goal for the club in October during a 2-2 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach. In his first season with Leverkusen he scored 9 goals in 40 appearances for the club.

After his impressive first year at Leverkusen, Schurrle continued and improved his goal tally for the next season and finished thr 2012/13 season by netting 14 goals in 43 matches.

Andre Schurrle has also played senior international games for Germany where he has scored 7 foals in 24 appearances.

On behalf of all the Chelsea Fans around the world, I would like to welcome Andre Schurrle to this amazing football club.

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

New 2013/14 Chelsea Away Kit Revealed

New 2013/14 Chelsea Away Kit



Chelsea and Adidas today revealed the upcoming 2013-14 Chelsea Away kit.

And the new kit looks good!!

The new away kit follows the most recently launched Chelsea home kit under the "IT'S BLUE, WHAT ELSE MATTERS" campaign.

This away will be worn in selected away fixtures in the upcoming 2013-14 season. The new design leads with white as the primary color, the sixth time a Chelsea away kit has featured this color scheme. The strip is a clear homage to the club's iconic white kits with blue and red trim during the 1960s.

The use of red makes a return with its first appearance on a kit since the 2010/11 season's home shirt.



Technology

The traditionally-styled white kit features the latest Adidas technologies to ensure that it gives the players an edge on the pitch:

Climacool - Adidas ClimaCool™ technology provides a mixture of heat and moisture controlling materials, ventilation channels and 3D fabrics to improve air flow to the skin in key heat zones.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Jose Mourinho returns to Chelsea

Jose Mourinho Returns


He is back!!! SPECIAL ONE Returns!! Jose back home!! Mourinho reunited with Chelsea!!!
Words are falling short, after nearly two and half months of speculation, rumors and gossips, but like any other Chelsea fan I am absolutely delighted to see Mourinho return back to Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho has signed a four-year contract and will return to the club where he won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups between 2004 and 2007.

We have been waiting and waiting and waiting, but today Jose Mourinho has made my day! It feels great to welcome him back to the Bridge, a home welcoming for a manager who carries Chelsea in his heart and this new beginning for him and Chelsea surely seems to bring excitement and expectation for the upcoming 2013-14 season.

Here is the exclusive interview of the Special One after joining Chelsea

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On behalf of all the Chelsea fans worldwide, we would like to welcome Jose Mourinho to Chelsea and wish him All The Very Best for the season's to come.

Catch the full interview on Official Chelsea FC website.

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Guinness International Champions Cup

Guinness International Champions Cup




The International Champions Cup in America marks the first competitive tournament in which Chelsea will be participating after the recently concluded EPL 2012-13 campaign and the triumphant Europa League.

The tournament begins on July 27 and will take place in Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, Indianapolis and New York. All eight teams will play in Miami's Sun Life Stadium.


The International Champions Cup which starts on July 27th includes eight teams split in two groups with AC Milan, Inter and Valencia the other teams on our East side of the draw, and Real Madrid, Juventus, LA Galaxy and Everton making up the West side.



This will also mark the first competitive outing for Chelsea players but most importantly it will mark the entry of the new manager at Chelsea Football Club. Jose Mourinho seems to be the answer here and its all over the media that he is the Chosen One for Chelsea but for now its only to speculate until officially confirmed. But if he truly comes on board (announcement of which is expected in the next few days) then it will mark a return to Jose Mourinho to his formerly managed clubs Real Madrid and Inter Milan.

Everton will be the second English team in this competition, again a club who is still to announce their manager for upcoming season. Similar to Chelsea, Martinez (ex-Wigan manager) seems to the hot favorite to take this job but nothing is official yet. Inter, AC Milan and Juventus are the three Italian sides participating in this competition, with Inter and AC Milan in same group as Chelsea. LA Galaxy will be the sole MLS side representing American contingent in the International Champions Cup. The last two teams include Real Madrid and Valencia who will be playing their last domestic matches today on 1st June, which will conclude the 2012-13 La Liga campaign for both teams. It will also mark the last game in-charge for Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.



Chelsea finished the season on a strong note by winning the Europa League in an emphatic manner and also sealing third spot in the English Premier League table thereby confirming automatic qualification in next season's Champions League.


It marked an end for Rafa Benitez who left Chelsea on a very good note and later joined Italian team Napoli. Benitez who was rumored to take on Everton as his managerial club decided to join Italian side Napoli where his first task will be to keep hold of Italian striker Cavani who seems bound to Manchester City. 

On behalf of majority of the Chelsea fans worldwide, we would like to THANK Benitez for his valuable contribution and CONGRATULATE him for his new venture at Napoli.

 

Everton finished sixth in the Premier League and had to part ways with longtime Manager David Moyes who has recently joined Manchester United. David Moyes spent 10 years at the Toffes before his move to Manchester this season following Alex Ferguson's retirement. Just like Benitez, the first task at hand for Moyes will be keep hold of Rooney who has already handed over a transfer request and is on the wish list of Real Madrid, PSG and Chelsea.

Chelsea's participation in the Guinness International Champions Cup in America will begin when we meet Inter Milan at Indianapolis's Lucas Oil Stadium on August 1.

On August 4, we will travel to the MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Giants to meet either AC Milan or Valencia. Valencia, Milan, Chelsea and Inter will play the tournament's "eastern" semifinals at MetLife Stadium in New York on 4 August; Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, Everton and Juventus will contest the "western" semifinals at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on 3rd August.

All eight teams then descend on Miami, Florida, and the Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins, for a two-day final festival. From August 6-7, four matches will be played where each first, second, third and fourth-placed team meet their corresponding opponents from the opposite group, with the finalists meeting at 9pm on Wednesday, August 7.

Guinness International Champions Cup Schedule



July 27 - Valencia v AC Milan - Mestalla Stadium, Valencia
July 31 - Everton v Juventus - AT&T Park, San Francisco
August 1 - Chelsea v Inter - Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis (8pm)
August 1 - Real Madrid v LA Galaxy, University of Phoenix Stadium, Phoenix
August 3 - West side semis - Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
August 4 - East side semis - MetLife Stadium, New Jersey
August 6 - 7th place and 5th place matches - Sun Life Stadium, Miami
August 7 - 3rd place and 1st place matches - Sun Life Stadium, Miami

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Chelsea Europa League Champions

Chelsea Europa League Champions


YES!! We are the Europa League Champions!! What a win!! Chelsea once again were crowned the European Champions and with that became the first team in the history to hold UEFA Champions League and Europa League trophy simultaneously.  


Fernando Torres scored the opener, a wonderful solo goal, typical of his style. But Benfica hit back via a Cardozo penalty few minutes later and it seemed as if the game was going into extra-time but Branislav Ivonovic pounced with a fantastic header deep into injury time to give Chelsea a hard-fought but an emphatic win over Benfica and lift the EUROPA LEAGUE trophy.

It was a remarkable win that is worth watching hundreds of times. As predicted in my Benfica vs Chelsea match preview, things started on a slow note and it was Benfica who looked the most dangerous. They had some good exchanges and Chelsea were finding it hard to keep the ball in Benfica's half. Possession-wise as well Benfica held the upper hand and were looking to negate the influence of Mata and Lampard as much as possible.

Lampard though had his goal bound shot saved brilliantly by Benfica goalkeeper Artur, a swerving hit was palmed to safety by Artur's out-stretched hand as he misjudged the flight and swing Lampard generated off his shot. Benfica tried their best but couldn't get the lead they were looking for, as the first-half ended goalless at the amazing Amsterdam Arena.

Chelsea began the second-half on a much more attacking tempo and started to create chances of their own. Second-half got lively when Cardozo thought he had headed his side in front on 50th minute only for the linesman to flag him offside.



But at the stroke of an hour Fernando Torres struck for Chelsea with his vintage strike. Torres showed pace and body strength to escape the attentions of Ezequiel Garay and Luisao before rounding Artur to score from the tightest of angles. The goal did bring back the memories of his winner against Barcelona, which he had scored at Camp Nou in Chelsea's win in 2011-12 Champions League semi-final.



Although Chelsea couldn't hold on to the lead for that long, as Cesar Azpilicueta handled Eduardo Salvio's header and referee was quick to point to the penalty spot. And it was Benfica's leading goal scorer Cardozo who scored emphatically from the penalty spot to level the tie just ten minutes after Torres' opener.

Both teams now looked nervous as the game neared its end and it was that man again Cardozo who nearly gave Benifca the lead but it required superb acrobatic save from Cech to prevent Cardozo putting Benfica in front with nine minutes left, a full stretch by Cech to turn Cardozo's dipping 20-yard shot over the bar.

If that wasn't enough then it was our record goal-scorer Frank Lampard who came even closer with only three minutes left when his 20-yard drive beat Artur but bounced back out to safety off the bar. It was a superb curling effort by Frank Jr. and even he knew how important that could have been had his shot been a few inches lower.


And as the game was destined for extra-time, out came Ivanovic with a looping header off Mata's cross over stranded Artur.  Ivanovic scored in the final minute of extra-time to send Chelsea fans wild around the stadium and all those watching worldwide. It was a fitting end to a thrilling encounter at Amsterdam Arena more so for Ivanovic who missed last season's Champions League final against Bayern.

With that win Chelsea became the first team in the history to held Europa League and Champions League accolade's simultaneously



WE WILL LIKE TO THANK THE ENTIRE CHELSEA SQUAD AND MORE SO OUR MANAGER RAFA BENITEZ WHO HAS DONE A VERY GOOD JOB IN HIS SHORT STINT AS THE CHELSEA MANAGER. KUDOS TO BENITEZ!!

Goals and Match highlights



Frank Lampard after winning the Europa League



Fernando Torres after winning the Europa League



Branislav Ivanovic after winning the Europa League





Rafa Benitez after winning the Europa League





Montage of the Europa League Win





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