Posted May 20, 2012 on AP on Fox
Chelsea will be planning for the future from an unexpected position of strength as champion of Europe following its dramatic upset victory over Bayern Munich. Since Saturday, owner Roman Abramovich has the Champions League trophy he had craved since buying the club in 2003, plus a place in next season's competition which is key to the club's business plan and status among Europe's elite teams. Now the Russian billionaire and his advisors must decide if Chelsea's immediate future includes new contracts for inspirational interim coach Roberto di Matteo and talismanic forward Didier Drogba. Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck says Di Matteo will ''have serious consideration,'' and talks with Drogba's agent are expected next week.

Chinese Clubs Guangzhou and Shanghai Jockey for Didier Drogba's Signature

Just like Michael Jordan, rabid NBA fan Didier Drogba went out on top. His final act as a Chelsea player was to heroically lead his team to victory on club soccer's biggest stage. On Monday, Drogba announced that he is leaving Chelsea this summer. Reports say he is close to signing with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, but there is some doubt about that move. His days in top-level...

88th Minute Equaliser: Didier Drogba V Bayern Munich


Drogba, Chelsea win first European Cup

Arjen Robben rocked on the balls of his feet, eyes staring straight ahead. Frank Ribery's head slumped, his eyes barely visible over his track suit. Bastian Schweinsteiger, inconsolable, didn't even look at his runner's up medal; he simply took it and stalked off the stage. Mighty Bayern had been beaten, at their home. Their fans stayed in their seats, unsure of what...

Eye-witness: A Female Chelsea Fan Breaks Down In Tears After Didier Drogba’s Winner

Drogba: We never gave up

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba hailed his side’s never-say-die attitude after they overcame Bayern Munich to win the Champions League final....

Chelsea, Drogba win Champions League

Chelsea has won the 2012 UEFA Champions League after beating Germany's Bayern Munich in a penalty shootout at the Allianz Arena. The unlikely storyline of an English team beating a German team on penalties in a high-profile match provided a fitting end to a dramatic night, as Chelsea became Europe's champion club for the first time. The often theatrical figure of 34-year...

Drogba confirms Chelsea exit

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba will leave the club when his contract expires in June, both club and player have confirmed....

Thousands greet Chelsea in UCL parade

Tens of thousands of Chelsea fans were lining the streets of West London on Sunday to celebrate the English soccer club's historic UEFA Champions League win. The homecoming victory parade, which was scheduled to kick off from the club's Stamford Bridge home at 4:00pm local time, will see interim manager Roberto Di Matteo, final MVP Didier Drogba and the rest of the team...

The best calls from Chelsea's dramatic Champions League Final victory

On Saturday, Chelsea finally reached the summit and lifted the Champions League trophy by defeating Bayern Munich in Munich on penalties.  Chelsea achieved their longtime goal of winning the Champions League in decidedly un-Chelsea like fashion.  After playing the role of rich, talented, European favorites for the last several years, Chelsea's victory in 2012 was a shock.  Here...

Chelsea players support boss Di Matteo

Senior Chelsea players have called for interim manager Roberto Di Matteo to be given the job on a full-time basis after leading the English club to its first UEFA Champions League title. Striker Didier Drogba scored the decisive penalty Saturday as Chelsea won the final of Europe's premier club competition in a thrilling shootout over Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena. Chelsea...

Chelsea parade first European Cup through London

Tens of thousands of Chelsea fans lined the streets of west London on Sunday to see the club's first Champions League-winning side parade the trophy. The Blues went straight to their Stamford Bridge ground from the airport after flying back from Munich, where they beat Bayern Munich in a penalty shootout the previous evening. The new kings of Europe paraded the cup from an...

The Top 10 strikers of the Premier League era

After compiling a list of the top 10 defenders of the Premier League, I decided to try and do something similar on the attacking players we have been fortunate enough to watch over the last 20 years.  The criteria for the list was to combine sheer talent, goals scored, trophies won and the duration that each has spent in the Premier League.  The man at No. 9 was one of the most...
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