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Will the spirit of 2012 haunt Barca in our next pre-season match in Japan

22 Jul 2019 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

Having lost against Japanese J-League champions Kawasaki Frontale 1-0, Chelsea now faces Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona at the Saitama Stadium in Saitama, home of the Urawa Red Diamonds. Although Ngolo Kante has returned to London to deal with his knee problems, Tammy Abrahams and Kepa Arrizabalaga have recovered from their illness and should be included in the match squad.

Barcelona is expected to play debutants Griezmann, Frankie de Jong and Neto in tomorrow’s match. For details on how to watch tomorrow’s game, click: https://www.chelseafc.com/en/news/2019/07/17/chelsea-s-game-against-barcelona–when–where-and-how-to-watch-l

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As we know we have had many a duel with the Spanish champions and no other sweeter match was against them in the 2012 Champions League semi-final at the Camp Nou when Fernando Torres broke the hearts of Catalonia as we won on the away goal rule.

Come on #ChelseaFC, remember it is PRESEASON!!!

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Pre-season news for Chelsea Fans in South Africa

17 Jul 2019 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

Whilst most of us are happy that our former manager left the building and our all-time goal-scoring, swashbuckling former midfield maestro Frank Lampard has been appointed as the new manager – all should be well for the coming season. While it is still early days with two matches played against Irish opposition in Ireland with a draw and a win, the feel-good factor has returned to the team as mentioned by various senior and junior team members of the current squad. We wish them well in Japan and in Germany later this month. Onward and upward!

IMG_2633Other exciting news is that Chelsea as a Football club has recognised the efforts of all supporters club globally and have introduced a new way for supporters to experience games at the Bridge through opening up membership to the club via their website and The 5th Stand App. As the executive of the Chelsea Supporters Club South Africa (CSCSA) we are encouraging all of you to register on the App by becoming a Chelsea Fan Club members, whereupon you can find the South Africa supporters page. This can only be done via the App. You will find there are several other supporters clubs from South Africa (Cape Town, Pretoria, Rustenberg, and Durban) registered – you need to choose the South Africa one! Our official club chairperson, Matt Kretzmer will be sending out an email to all known Chelsea members explaining this process. For additional information of this process, you can check out this link: (https://www.chelseafc.com/en/supporters-clubs)

Separate to this initiative, we are also once again asking our loyal club members to once again complete forms as per every year and stand a chance to win excellent prizes. The forms (online) will be made available just before the start of the 2019/2020 season. Membership will now be deemed a ‘raffle’ and will be charged at R50 that includes 1 raffle ticket and R25 for any additional ticket in their household. We will not deem this as to extended family members as we have done in the past.

If you haven’t followed us on our newest Twitter page – do so now – https://twitter.com/ChelseafcSa2

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Fans favourite son Frank Lampard becomes Chelsea’s new manager

05 Jul 2019 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

As expected #SuperFarnkieLampard is back at Chelsea as the new manager for the next three years after a long drawn out process of appointment. Fans all over the world went gaga went the news was announced. In his first press conference as Chelsea manager on Thursday, 4 July 2019, he said: “This is the one club that made my decision to come here easy. I was playing here for 13 years, the possibility to manage this club was huge in my decision to come here.”

 

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“I am very aware of what this job entails coming here. I understand the pressure of being here. I am a realist. I know what the club wants from me coming here. I know how this club works,” he said. “We have a lot of work to prepare for this coming season,” he said. Joining Frank will be his trusted friend, and former Chelsea player and academy coach, Jody Morris, Chris Jones, former Chelsea player Eddie Newton (who assisted Roberto di Matteo in 2012/2013) and Joe Edwards. With Petr Cech already back home – this coming season would see academy and experienced players forming a new team under Lampard. “My idea is to work with the best squad and we want to play Champions League football year in and year out. We want to compete in every competition, ” he said.

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“Everybody knows I love this club,” Lampard said. My playing career is done. Coming here 19 years ago as a player was a challenge. I am really going to work very hard as a manager,” he said.

 

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Announcement of new Chelsea manager imminent

29 Jun 2019 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

It’s only a matter of time, we hear when the new manager of Chelsea Football Club will be announced. Various unconfirmed sources are stating that the favourite to take up the hot seat at the Bridge would indeed be the former fan favourite, player and highest scorer of Chelsea FC, Frank Lampard.

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With pre-season about to begin, it looks like the announcement is merely hours away. Is Frank the right choice now seeing that we are indeed facing a ban that would prevent us from purchasing new players for the next two windows? Some supporters in Twitter say it is too soon, others say he is the right man for the job and the young players in the academy and those on loan will benefit from him and his coaching team.

With Petr Cech already announced to kick start this partnership, who will follow them to the Bridge? It is a no brainer that former Chelsea academy coach, player and assistant Manager to Frank at Derby, Jody Morris will join him. What just came from sources in Italian is that Zola might just stay on as one of Frank assistants, even though it has been thought he turned down an ambassadorial post for the Blues in pursuit of his own managerial career. Other names such as Claude Makelele, Michael Ballack and Didier Drogba will play some part of his backroom team this coming season. The announcement of Frank’s appointment will surely bring back the good times to the Bridge.

Any thoughts on his appointment? Is it too soon, or not? Are there any other coaches Chelsea could go for, if so, who are they?

 

 

 

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Goodbye Hazard, thanks for the memories

08 Jun 2019 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

You knew this day would come. The little Belgian magician, Eden Hazard, has left the Chelsea family. That shy 21 year-old who joined us seven years ago from Lyon has grown into a superstar with all the finest qualities to thrive on the world’s biggest stages.

Seeing Hazard leave is almost like watching one of your children leave the house for the first time. You want to protect him/her, you want to hold on to him/her for a little longer, yet you know from the start s/he would be turn out great and make you proud.

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Hazard has finally realized one of his dreams to play for Real Madrid under Zidane after he completed his transfer to the Spanish team yesterday (Friday, 7June 2019). Thank you for the memories Hazard, we will miss you, but we wish you all the best. YOU ARE ONE OF US!!!

The  following is what he wrote to us, his Chelsea family.

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To my Chelsea friends and family,

You now know that I will be joining Real Madrid. It’s no secret that it was my dream to play for them since I was a young boy just scoring my first goal. I have tried my very best not to distract myself or the team through this difficult period of speculation and media attention, especially the last 6 months.

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Now the Clubs have reached an agreement I hope you understand I had to pursue my next chapter, just as each and every one of you should when you have the chance to pursue your dreams. Leaving Chelsea is the biggest and toughest decision in my career to date. Now it’s in the open I would like to put on record one thing was always clear to me, I have loved every moment at Chelsea and not once did I ever consider, nor would I have left for any other Club.

I was only 21 when I joined, so I have grown up as a man and a player with all of you, you have helped me become Captain of the Belgium National team after all. There have of course been tough times, for the team as a whole and for me personally, this is professional football. However, football to me is about having a ball at my feet, playing games and enjoying every moment, we are lucky to play the beautiful game and this is always my advice to those who ask for a coaching tip! Play football and have fun!

Even when we were not playing well, I tried to do my best and this has been thanks to your amazing support. That fighting spirit, desire and the refusal to ever give up is part of the culture here at Chelsea and it comes directly from you.

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When I think back over my special moments in a Chelsea shirt, there are so many, we are lucky to win many more games than we have lost. Those who know me understand it is not me to list what I have won, all I can say is each and every award both as a team and as an individual have been incredible. One day I will be able to sit down over a beer and talk about or laugh with pride about my missed penalty that set up my header to win the league against Palace, or those goals against Tottenham, Arsenal or Liverpool.

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The memories are so vivid because of the atmosphere and occasion you create, I hope you always remember them with pride, as I do. Whether it’s on tour in the USA, or at Sunderland on a Tuesday night, in Russia on a Thursday, or of course EVERY game at The Bridge – you’ve always supported me and encouraged me to play football and be me – Like I have enjoyed myself I hope you have enjoyed yourselves, I am only sorry not leave with a defending award amongst my honours!

We have many great players and my proudest moments were always as part of the team. We’ve won the FA Cup, League Cups, Europa Leagues and Premier Leagues all as a family. Each one so special in its own way and of course the game in Baku a couple of weeks ago is the perfect way to sign off from a long tough season after the World Cup.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Olivier Giroud celebrates with Eden Hazard of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge on September 15, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 15: Olivier Giroud celebrates with Eden Hazard of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge on September 15, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Chelsea and especially Chelsea fans will always be special to me and next season I will look for your results first. I hope that we are drawn against each other in the Champions League next season and every season so we can meet again.

Before I go, one last thank you to everyone at the Club for their tremendous effort as we lived through every moment. To all of my ex-Colleagues we will say our goodbyes at the right time but I must thank the owner Mr Abramovich and his board for helping me realise not one, but two dreams, my first in becoming a Chelsea player and today my second, becoming a player at Real Madrid.

I wish each and every one of you the very best my friends.

Eden

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