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20 Clubs in 20 Weeks: Chelsea
Chelsea Chelsea. Wherever you may be. You ain't got no history. Hazard's fat. Terry's square. You ain't gonna win nothing this year. This is a club that I despise more than all other clubs bar two, but here's a brief history of Chelsea FC. Chelsea was formed in 1905 and quickly became a mid-table regular. Starting in the Second Division, Chelsea's early fortunes were yo-yoing between the divisions having been promoted in 1907, relegated in 1910, promoted in 1911, and would have been relegated at the end of 1915 had the First Division not expanded the number of teams. Their best season to point came in 1920, where they finished third in the First Division. In 1924, Cheslea were relegated before earning promotion again in 1930. Chelsea would spend some money in the next few years but to no avail and only narrowly avoided relegation in 1951 after 2 results went their way and a run of four straight games guaranteed safety on the final day of the season. Then came the breakthrough as Chelsea won the First Division title in 1955, their first ever trophy. In 1962 the fortunes had run dry, seeing the side relegated before earning promotion in 1963. In 1965, Chelsea won the League Cup, just their second piece of silverware. In 1970, the FA Cup Final was one Chelsea were the heavy underdogs for as they face a Leeds United team competing well in Europe. After a replay and a 2-1 extra time win, Chelsea's first FA Cup was secured. The European Cup Winners' Cup was to follow in 1971, which saw Chelsea beat Real Madrid in the final for their first European honour. The club's quality soon declined, seeing them relegated in 1975. Chelsea's matches in the mid 70s became marred by hooliganism and violence. Among the FA sanctions, Chelsea were promoted in 1977. The end of the season in 1979 saw them finish with just 5 league wins, and they were relegated again to the Second Division. 1983 saw the side's weakest season yet, with the club in huge financial debt, a draw on the last day was the only saving grace from relegation to the Third Division. 1984 began the revival, with promotion to the First Division at the end of the season. 1988 saw it's end with relegation to the Second Division before their promotion a year later in 1989. Success soon followed their now big revenues and 1997 saw the first silverware from it in the form of the FA Cup. In 1998, they did a double of the Euro Cup Winners' Cup and League Cup. The arrival of Italian players like Gianfranco Zola helped Chelsea win the FA Cup in 2000, before Portugese manager Jose Mourinho took over the club shortly after in 2004. The club then went on to win the Premier League in 2005 and 2006, the League Cup in 2007 and the FA Cup in 2007. Mourinho would leave for Real Madrid, and two years later Carlo Ancelotti would take over the club, bringing them success in the FA Cup in 2009 and 2010 and the Premier League title in 2010. Andre Villas-Boas would take over the club in 2011 before being sacked just a year later and replaced by Roberto Di Matteo. Di Mattero would take Chelsea to their first Champions League crown in 2012. He was sacked and replaced by Rafa Benitez, who won the Europa League with the club in 2013 before leaving. Now, Jose Mourinho has returned to guide the club in this 2014-15, with the Blues sitting a top the table after 15 games.
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