Stories about Chelsea

Racism and football

The 2011-12 English Premier League (EPL) football season will forever be remembered for all the wrong reasons. While the football on display has hardly lit up the televisions this season, other incidents on and off the pitch have revived the long-standing controversy of racism among players and supporters. The embarrassing developments first occurred in a league match in October 2011 between rivals Manchester United and Liverpool, in which the latter’s Luis Suarez allegedly racially abused the former’s Patrice Evra, a coloured player. Suarez later admitted to calling him a “negro”. He was subsequently banned for eight matches by the Football ...

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The inadequacies of ‘Financial Fair Play’

There’s an ongoing debate over the financial muscle of ‘big clubs’ and the amount of money they throw on player transfers – extraordinary amounts of money are seen being splashed out in the transfer window even with the existence of what we’ve come to know as an ‘economic recession’. While clubs like Real Madrid and Manchester City have bored followers by their excessive transfer spending, the recent excursion into the window by Chelsea has raised quite a few eyebrows among the general public and UEFA officials. UEFA’s answer to all these problems is the controversial ‘Financial Fair Play’ legislation. ...

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Chelsea’s detrimental obsession

Another year has gone by, and Chelsea still waits to win the European Cup. The Blues were well beaten by a Manchester United team who Marseille manager Didier Deschamps claimed lacked fantasy and who Spurs boss Harry Redknapp stated were winning the league by default. It was a disappointing exit for Chelsea who have been banging on the door year after year but have not been let in despite spending millions and changing managers. It was built up to be a classic all-English quarter-final between two giants that were in no mood to miss a chance to reach a London final. ...

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Jose Mourinho: Truly a special one

Jose Mourinho is popularly known as “the special one”, a self-proclaimed title that was later taken up by the British media. People will argue about his coaching style (and they have a right to) but if there is one thing Jose Mourinho is, it is efficient. He has moved from Porto to Chelsea to Inter Milan and now to Real Madrid. He has won the respective leagues and has also won domestic cup competitions with three of the four teams. With Inter Milan and Porto he won the UEFA champions league and it is safe to say that he rarely loses ...

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Chelsea and Liverpool: Will the winter of discontent continue?

For more than just a few teams in top flight football across Europe this winter has been one to forget. Previous performances by clubs that were full of confidence and potential seem to have been completely disregarded as bookies across the world collectively scratch their heads with respect to the question of who will win the Premiership this year. There are however a few very realistic assumptions that one can make about the fall from grace for Chelsea and Liverpool thus far. Chelsea As an AC Milan man myself, I can attest to the quality of Ancelloti’s coaching. He is most ...

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Chelsea down in the dumps

After a rampant start to the Barclays Premier League 2010/11 season when they were scoring goals left, right and center, the West London based Chelsea (or the Blues to give them their pet name) have recently suffered a down slide of a magnitude that not even the most astute of football pundits would have been able to predict. Having opened up quite a large gap between themselves and fellow title contenders Manchester United and Arsenal earlier in the season, Chelsea now find themselves holding third spot in the Barclays Premier League table. The troubled Blues have managed to garner a miserable five points ...

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Stamford Bridge, Green Street and Shor Macha!

With Chelsea running away to a thumping victory on the opening day of the season, Pakistani’s doing what they do best, that is making some noise, and one of my favourite bands coming out with a very cool video, my annual leave to London got off to a perfect start. I love my work as a broadcast journalist at express 24/7, but after 21 months of work in the newsroom it was a time for a break, so I packed my bags and headed off to London. After 2 days of relative calm, my annual leave came to life ...

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Vive la football

What’s with the football craze these days? Cricket or football, please choose? Well, for all those football-lovers out there aren’t these questions just so annoying? Why do some of us in Pakistan take offence if there has been a recent liking for football among the youth? Regardless, there is no denying that hockey remains our national sport, and cricket our nation’s pride. Sports in general are becoming a great source of television entertainment and with our cricketers not providing much, and footballers making for better eye-candy, it is indeed becoming the preferred sport among the youth. So for all ...

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