Chelsea F.C. 2016/2017: Antonio Conte & John Terry

CFC Trio - AC, JT, RA

The following post was written on June 3rd, 2016.

Chelsea Football Club must learn from the mistakes of 2015/2016. It was an embarrassing season for the club. The club, then managed by club legend José Mourinho, was unable to put up a fight in the first half of the season, and Guus Hiddink steadied the ship in the latter half. Chelsea Football Club finished as the tenth best team in the Premier League just one year after they won the title. Absolutely awful.

Now, Chelsea won’t participate in any continental club competition, and their former manager, José Mourinho, has signed with rivals Manchester United. But there were some highlights at the end of the season. Talents like Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham got some playing time with the first team squad, Antonio Conte signed on to manage Chelsea, and club captain John Terry has extended his stay at Chelsea Football Club.
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Awful. Upsetting. Disgusting. – The Future of Chelsea F.C.?

Jose and Terry - Past?

I don’t often write about sports on this blog anymore. It has to be something significant for me to sit down and write some of my thoughts on the matter. Sometimes I’ve previewed or reviewed a season, and sometimes I’ve said goodbye to a legend of a certain sport or team. This post is a mixture of what I’ve done before. I’ll mention how the season has gone for Chelsea, how the future might be for Chelsea, and, angrily, write about what the club is currently in the process of doing.  Continue reading “Awful. Upsetting. Disgusting. – The Future of Chelsea F.C.?”

REVIEW: English Premier League 2014/2015

And there it is. Chelsea’s 5th Top League Title, 4th Premier League title.

Chelsea were the champions, which, of course, pleases me. They were on top from the start, and they, we, completely deserve it. But this season also marks the end of three great Premier League careers.

Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard end their Premier League careers, and will now go to the United States to take over the Major League Soccer. As a surprise on the last day of the season, Didier Drogba also revealed that it would be his very last game for Chelsea Football Club. Three great legends. Continue reading “REVIEW: English Premier League 2014/2015”

#ThankYouFrank – A Tribute To Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard of Chelsea celebrates his teams title with a drink of champagne


Today’s date will forever feel sad to me. June 2nd 2014. It is the day that Frank James Lampard has confirmed that he is leaving Chelsea Football Club. I started watching football in the early 2000s, and became a fan of hometown heroes FC Copenhagen. But it felt more like a local team than my team. You have to understand that I was not a football fan per se, seeing as my father never watched sports – it was all up to me to find something to care about, as my father was constantly working or spending his free time enjoying film after film – the birth of my cinematic interest.

Along came Frank Lampard. I had always loved the English culture, and had been raised somewhat as if I was English – ‘Mary had a little lamb’ etc. was what my parents gave me and my sister – not something Danish. An English team seemed natural. In that time Peter Schmeichel was still supported heavily in Denmark, and therefore people always wanted me to support Manchester United. I did not. Neither did I note that Chelsea Football Club had signed Danish winger, Jesper Grønkjær – a man who, undoubtedly, is to blame for early coverage of Chelsea in the media.

Frank Lampard was signed by Chelsea Football Club in June 2001, 13 years ago, and his resemblance to Lee Ryan of the Pop Group ‘Blue’ intrigued me. That was when I fell in love with how he played. Suddenly, almost over night, I had been turned into a Chelsea Football Club Fan solely because of Lampard. I even remember buying his autobiography ‘Totally Frank’ in the original language, even though I had little real English teaching. It strengthened my language skills, and thus has a major impact on my current study – English at the University of Copenhagen.

Since then he has become the best player in Chelsea Football Club history, the most scoring player for Chelsea, as well as a stellar example of intelligence and respect on the pitch. My faith in ‘super’ Frank Lampard was never lost, and thus my relationship with Chelsea grew. I became a fan, I fell in love with the team by proxy.

Today broadcaster Kay Burley tweeted the following statement from Frank Lampard, following rumours of him signing with New York City Football Club, a new Major League Soccer Team created by the owners of Manchester City:


“This club has become part of my life and I have so many to thank for the opportunity. Ken Bates who put his neck on the line to sign me as young player. Abramovich, the man who saved our club and took us to a new level. Special mention to all the staff and people behind the scenes who do not receive the glory. Finally and most importantly I would like to thank the Chelsea FC fans. I believe they are the greatest fans in world football. Whatever the next challenge I will always be among you and have Chelsea in my heart. Thank you for the memories Chelsea Football Club and keep making history!” – Frank Lampard statement, through Kay Burley.


I am forever grateful to Frank Lampard, and I wish him all the best in the future – I will always follow his career as a fan. The greatest footballer I have ever seen play – and I am truly thankful to have attended games in which he played – versus Copenhagen, Brøndby and Nordsjælland.

 

Thank you for everything Frank Lampard. A True Chelsea Legend – Forever and Always.