There are few football clubs in the world that attract as much interest in the modern game as Chelsea. Whether it is the latest observations from coach Carlo Ancelotti, big-money transfer targets, the style of play or results in Europe, everybody thinks they know what's happening - or at least has an opinion on it. The arrival of Russian billionaire tycoon Roman Abramovich as owner turned a glamorous club with a long history of under-achievement, into an international powerhouse. After one championship in 99 years, the Blues won two Premier League titles in a row, 2005-06 and reached a UEFA Champions League Final. The club always was a magnet for well-known names - vaudeville legend George Robey played for the Pensioners in the club's earliest days - and, in the modern era, Stamford Bridge has become home to a dazzling array of world stars. From Ron 'Chopper' Harris and Ken Bates through Ruud Gullit, Jose Mourinho, Roberto Di Matteo and Glenn Hoddle to Ancelotti, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba, there is no lack of characters to draw on for quotes.
Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd