Author: Rick Glanvill
Publisher: Headline Book Pub Limited
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Sports & Recreation
CHELSEA FC: THE OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY goes to the heart of what gives the club its personality. The author has access to all the key characters, including Mourinho, Abramovich and the star players, plus legendary names of the past. He addresses all the controversies, including: the near suffocation through lack of cash in the 1970s and in 2002; the impact of Abramovich's money; the club and fans' response to racism; how the hooliganism which dogged Chelsea for years has been tackled. On the lighter side, Chelsea is regarded as the country's glamour club, and fashions, good and dreadful, will feature alongside celebrity fans and the worlds of art and music. And then there is the football at the core of it all, creating moments of huge tension and excitement.
Tommy Docherty managed Chelsea FC for six tumultuous years. Between 1961 and 1967 he got hired, relegated, promoted, lauded, let down, criticised, vilified, backed, victimised and fined. His departure was in keeping with much of his time at Chelsea - controversial and played out in newspaper headlines. Garrulous, volatile, unpredictable, impulsive, innovative, intensely competitive, highly talented and much-loved by Chelsea supporters, 'The Doc' won one trophy for The Blues and was close to winning plenty more. He transformed and modernised the club, built a highly-regarded young team from the ashes he inherited but over time he fell out with, and sold, key players. In the end, amid gathering controversy, his parting was probably inevitable. It can be argued that more happened to Chelsea in the six years of The Doc's reign than in any comparable period before or since and this book to cover every major incident and key personality. The famous victories. The numbing defeats. The players - Venables, Tambling, Bridges, Bonetti, Mortimore, Blunstone, Upton, Shellito, Murray, Harris, McCreadie, Graham, Hollins, Hinton, Boyle, Osgood, Cooke and more. The supporters. The heroes. The villains. The rows and the fall-outs. The controversies - Blackpool, Bermuda, the Roma riot and more. His relationships with chairmen, players, journalists and the football authorities. The stars he created, bought and sold. Diamonds, Dynamos and Devils utilises extensive newspaper and book research to examine all of these and more, and draws a series of conclusions about one of the most exciting periods in Chelsea history. It also includes an exclusive recent interview with The Doc, whose talent for expressing trenchant views remains undimmed. Docherty is still revered by many lifelong supporters who saw his teams play and Tim Rolls explains exactly why he is remembered with such affection, half a century after he left the club.
Author: Phil Ascough
Publisher: A&C Black
Release Date: 2012-05-07
Genre: Sports & Recreation
Two decades of Premier League football have brought glitz and glamour, wonder-goals and WAGs, billionaires and bail-outs - but how much do you remember? Whether you're a die-hard fan or a cosseted member of the prawn-sandwich brigade, Kissing the Badge will test your football knowledge and refresh your memory of the heroes and zeroes, the one-season wonders and the ever-presents. With 20 categories of facts and stats, quiz questions and soundbites, Kissing the Badge recalls the brilliant best of the Premier League - and the occasions when football's superstars haven't quite covered themselves in glory. It's time to sort the seasoned football anoraks from the part-timers who only sing when they're winning.
There are few soccer clubs in the world that attract as much interest in the modern game as Chelsea. Whether it is the latest observations from former coach Jose Mourinho, his successor Antonio Conte, big-money transfer targets, the style of play or results in Europe, everybody thinks they know what's happening--or at least has an opinion on it. The arrival of Russian billionaire tycoon Roman Abramovich as owner turned a glamorous club with a long history of under-achievement into an international powerhouse. After one championship in 99 years, the Blues have, in a dozen years, won four Premier League titles, plus the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, four FA Cups and three Football League Cups. The club always was a magnet for well-known names--vaudeville legend George Robey played for the Pensioners in the club's earliest days--and, in the modern era, Stamford Bridge has become home to a dazzling array of world stars. From Ron "Chopper" Harris and Ken Bates through Ruud Gullit, Roberto Di Matteo and Glenn Hoddle to Mourinho, Costa, John Terry, Diego Costa, David Luiz, and Thibaut Courtois, there is no lack of characters to draw on for quotes.
Author: Colin Carter
Publisher: Independently Published
Release Date: 2017-12
Genre: Sports & Recreation
Are you a true fan of the Blues? Do you follow every match? Have you picked up lots of little known facts about Chelsea Football Club along the way? Then the time has come to put your knowledge to the test with this fun and enjoyable Chelsea quiz book. Fully revised for the 2018/19 season, this book contains one hundred and one informative and entertaining trivia questions with multiple choice answers. With 101 questions, some easy, some challenging, this entertaining book will test your knowledge and memory of the club's long and successful history. The book is packed with information and is a must-have for all loyal Blues supporters. You will be asked a Shed full of wonderful questions on a wide range of topics associated with Chelsea Football Club for you to test yourself. You will be quizzed on players, legends, managers, opponents, transfer deals, trophies, records, honours, fixtures, terrace songs and much more, guaranteeing you both an educational experience and hours of fun. Sample questions include:- Why do Chelsea wear blue? Who was the youngest ever goalscorer? What song do the players run out to? Who was the club's first foreign signing? Why you should buy this book Educational, enjoyable and fun, The Chelsea Quiz Book will provide the ultimate in entertainment for Chelsea FC fans of all ages, and will test your knowledge of your club and prove you know your Chelsea trivia in this fun addictive quiz book. This is a must-have book for every true blue lover of Chelsea, so buy it now !
Carefree! is a detailed exploration of the chants, songs and terrace culture associated with Chelsea Football Club. Hugh Hastings' brilliant cover photograph and an illuminating foreword by Chelsea legend Kerry Dixon set the scene while access to the previously unpublished memoirs of legendary Chelsea supporter Mick Greenaway and interviews with old-school faces and the youth of today entwined with their own personal experiences enable Mark and Walter to paint a vivid description of the events that led to the birth of The Shed and the many changes that have followed. A host of old-school classics including Zigger Zagger and One Man Went to Mow are dissected and dated with forensic precision, while the stories behind modern favourites such as Ivanovic and Willian are certain to bring a smile to the face as are the assortment of chants that never made it out of the pub. Find out who walked alone first, why Nottingham Forest were hated and the remarkable truth about following Chelsea Over Land and Sea (and Leicester). From The Liquidator to La Donna e Mobile, Amazing Grace to the Adventures of Rupert the Bear and Only Fools and Horses to One Step Beyond, the ties with many different styles of music are explained. Interwoven with the narrative are details of the games, players and events that have shaped Chelsea's history and inspired many of the chants and songs you will read about. Wherever we may be, we are the famous CFC...
£80 million in debt and with financial meltdown a matter of weeks away, in July 2003 Chelsea Football Club were saved from almost certain penury by Roman Abramovich, a reclusive young billionaire that few people outside his native Russia had heard of. Making History, Not Reliving It recounts the first decade of Roman’s rule in London mirrored against a backdrop of an ever-changing, social-media-driven, angst and envy-ridden world where the revolving door of change seems to spin as fast as that of the manager’s at Stamford Bridge. Granular season-by-season detail of exactly how Chelsea amassed three league titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, a Champions League and a Europa League in ten eventful years is entertainingly supplemented with news and entertainment bulletins and rounded off with enlightening and diverse points of view provided by a broad cross section of supporters unified by their blissful enjoyment of the desperate jealousy of rival fans now only able to relive the history that their own precious club’s once made.
Chelsea's steady, multi-trophy-winning ascent to football's summit has been well documented. In the modern Blues era, relegation is something that happens to other clubs, while a defeat to bitter London rivals Tottenham Hotspur is as rare an occurrence as a total eclipse of the sun. But life wasn't always quite so carefree at Stamford Bridge. April 1975, Spurs beat Chelsea 2-0 at White Hart Lane -- all but preserving their own top-flight status, while effectively condemning the Blues to Division Two. Managing Chelsea for the first time that day was 35-year old Eddie McCreadie who'd already achieved cult hero status at the Bridge as an integral part of the swashbuckling kings of the King's Road Blues side that lit up the game in the mid-late '60s and early '70s. Set against a gloomy backdrop of economic recession, trouble on the terraces, and a football club on the verge of bankruptcy, Eddie Mac, Eddie Mac forensically details how McCreadie placed his faith in young players and achieved promotion to Division One in 1977. Cheered on by the burgeoning hordes that went by the name of Eddie McCreadie's Blue and White Army, Chelsea were back and seemingly set for great things -- but suddenly Eddie left. Why? The supporters were both perplexed and saddened - the media didn't really have a clue. There were rumours about a row over a company car, but no-one ever got to know the real reason -- until now. In his own inspiring words, McCreadie details his time as Blues boss and explains why he left. Fascinating interviews with players of the day who clearly revered him paint a picture of a maverick manager ahead of his time, while comedian Omid Djalili sets the scene from a supporters' perspective with an insightful foreword. Eddie Mac, Eddie Mac is the greatest Chelsea story never told -- the missing piece of the complex jigsaw puzzle that depicts Blues history.
“A beautiful story, expertly told.” —Per Mertesacker, Arsenal defender and member of the German national team, winners of the 2014 World Cup Estádio do Maracanã, July 13, 2014, the last ten minutes of extra time in the World Cup Final: German forward Mario Götze jumps to meet a floated pass from André Schürrle, cushions the ball with his chest, and in one fluid motion volleys the ball past the onrushing Argentine goalkeeper into the far corner of the net. The goal wins Germany the World Cup for the first time in almost thirty years. As the crowd roars, Götze looks dazed, unable to comprehend what he has done. In Das Reboot, Raphael Honigstein charts the return of German soccer from the dreary functionality of the late 1990s to Götze's moment of sublime, balletic genius and asks: How did this come about? The answer takes him from California to Stuttgart, from Munich to the Maracanã, via Dortmund and Amsterdam. Packed with exclusive interviews with key figures, including Jürgen Klinsmann, Thomas Müller, Oliver Bierhoff, and many more, Honigstein's book reveals the secrets of German soccer's success.