Chelsea Football Club
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Below is a bit about Chelsea history:
“Chelsea Football Club /ˈtʃɛlsiː/ are an English football club based in Fulham, London. Founded in 1905, the club play in the Premier League and have spent most of their history in the top tier of English football. The club’s home ground is the 41,837-seatStamford Bridge stadium, where they have played since their establishment.
Chelsea had their first major success in 1955, winning the league championship, and won various cup competitions during the 1960s, 1970s, 1990s and 2000s. The club have enjoyed their greatest period of success in the past two decades, winning 15 major trophies since 1997. Domestically, Chelsea have won four league titles, seven FA Cups, four League Cups and four FA Community Shields, while in continental competitions they have won two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups, one UEFA Super Cup, one UEFA Europa League and oneUEFA Champions League. Chelsea are the only London club to win the UEFA Champions League,and one of four clubs, and the only British club, to have won all three main UEFA club competitions.
Chelsea’s regular kit colours are royal blue shirts and shorts with white socks. The club’s crest has been changed several times in attempts to re-brand the club and modernise its image. The current crest, featuring a ceremonial lion rampant regardant holding a staff, is a modification of the one introduced in the early 1950s. The club have sustained the fifth highest average all-time attendance in English football. Their average home gate for the 2012–13 season was 41,462, the sixth highest in the Premier League. Since July 2003, Chelsea have been owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.In April 2013 they were ranked by Forbes Magazine as theseventh most valuable football club in the world, at £588 million ($901 million), an increase of 18% from the previous year.”
So here are facts about Chelsea:
Chelsea’s regular kit colors are royal blue shirts and shorts with white socks. The club’s crest has been changed several times in attempts to re-brand the club and modernize its image. The current crest, featuring a ceremonial lion rampant regardant holding a staff, is a modification of the one introduced in the early 1950s.
Domestically, Chelsea have won four league titles, seven FA Cups, four League Cups and four FA Community Shields, while in continental competitions they have won two UEFA Cup Winner’s Cups, one UEFA Super Cup, one UEFA Europa League and one UEFA Champions League.
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Chelsea have only ever had one home ground, Stamford Bridge, where they have played since foundation. It was officially opened on 28 April 1877 and for the first 28 years of its existence it was used almost exclusively by the London Athletics Club as an arena for athletics meetings and not at all for football.
The Stamford Bridge freehold, the pitch, the turnstiles and Chelsea’s naming rights are now owned by Chelsea Pitch Owners, a non-profit organization in which fans are the shareholders. The CPO was created to ensure the stadium could never again be sold to developers.
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Chelsea have the fifth highest average all-time attendance in English football and regularly attract over 40,000 fans to Stamford Bridge; they were the sixth best-supported Premier League team in the 2012–13 season, with an average gate of 41,462.
At matches, Chelsea fans sing chants such as “Carefree” (to the tune of “Lord of the Dance”, whose lyrics were probably written by supporter Mick Greenaway), “Ten Men Went to Mow”, “We All Follow the Chelsea” (to the tune of “Land of Hope and Glory”), “Zigga Zagga” and the celebratory “Celery”, with the latter often resulting in fans ritually throwing celery.
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Chelsea do not have a traditional rivalry on the scale of the Merseyside derby or the North London derby because their West London derbies with Fulham or Queens Park Rangers have not been as prominent over the years since the clubs have often been in different divisions. A 2004 survey by Planetfootball.com found that Chelsea fans consider their main rivalries to be with (in order): Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.
Chelsea also operate a women’s football team, Chelsea Ladies. It has been affiliated to the men’s team since 2004, and is part of the club’s Community Development program. They play their home games at Imperial Fields, the home ground of Isthmian League club Tooting & Mitcham United.