1998–99 Chelsea F.C. season

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Chelsea
1998–99 season
Chairman Ken Bates
Manager Gianluca Vialli
FA Premier League 3rd
FA Cup Quarter-finals
League Cup Quarter-finals
UEFA Super Cup Winners
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Semi-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Gianfranco Zola (13)
All:
Gianfranco Zola (15)
Highest home attendance 35,016 (vs. Derby County, 16 May 1999)
Lowest home attendance 17,714 (vs. Helsingborgs IF, 17 September 1998)
Average home league attendance 34,754
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 1998–99 season was Chelsea F.C.'s 94th competitive season, seventh consecutive season in the Premier League and 93rd year as a club.

Season summary[edit]

After a solid fourth place finish coupled with European and League Cup success the previous season, Chelsea really felt that they could challenge for the title this season. Chelsea made more big name signings, including French World Cup winning defender Marcel Desailly from A.C. Milan, Spanish international full-back Albert Ferrer from Barcelona and, in a club-record £5.4 million move, Italian international striker Pierluigi Casiraghi from Lazio. Casiraghi's season and career was cut short by a knee injury, but his compatriot Gianfranco Zola had arguably the best season of his career, leading Chelsea to a serious title challenge, scoring 15 goals in all competitions and setting up many other goals for his team-mates.

Ultimately, the European Super Cup, won by beating Europeans champions Real Madrid, was the only trophy that Chelsea had to show for their excellence. Their defence of the now-defunct Cup Winners' Cup ended in the semi-finals, while their title challenge was ended in early May when they just couldn't get the better of Manchester United or Arsenal. Nonetheless, a final third place finish booked them their first ever UEFA Champions League campaign and was another triumph for their excellent young manager Gianluca Vialli, who, at 35, announced his retirement as a player to concentrate on his managerial duties.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pl W D L F A GD Pts
1. Manchester United 38 22 13 3 80 37  +43 79
2. Arsenal 38 22 12 4 59 17  +42 78
3. Chelsea 38 20 15 3 57 30  +27 75
4. Leeds United 38 18 13 7 62 34  +28 67
5. West Ham United 38 16 9 13 46 53  –7 57
6. Aston Villa 38 15 10 13 55 51  +4 55
7. Liverpool 38 15 9 14 68 49  +19 54
8. Derby County 38 13 13 12 40 45  –5 52
9. Middlesbrough 38 12 15 11 48 54  –6 51
10. Leicester City 38 12 13 13 40 46  –6 49
11. Tottenham Hotspur 38 11 14 13 47 50  –3 47
12. Sheffield Wednesday 38 13 7 18 41 42  –1 46
13. Newcastle United 38 11 13 14 48 54  –6 46
14. Everton 38 11 10 17 42 47  –5 43
15. Coventry City 38 11 9 18 39 51  –12 42
16. Wimbledon 38 10 12 16 40 63  –23 42
17. Southampton 38 11 8 19 37 64  –27 41
18. Charlton Athletic 38 8 12 18 41 56  –15 36
19. Blackburn Rovers 38 7 14 17 38 52  –14 35
20. Nottingham Forest 38 7 9 22 35 69  –34 30
Key
Qualified for the Champions League
Qualified for the UEFA Cup
Relegated to Division 1

Squad[edit]

[1][2] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Netherlands GK Ed de Goey
2 Romania DF Dan Petrescu
3 Nigeria DF Celestine Babayaro
4 England DF Michael Duberry
5 France DF Frank Leboeuf
6 France DF Marcel Desailly
8 Uruguay MF Gustavo Poyet
9 Italy FW Gianluca Vialli
10 Italy FW Pierluigi Casiraghi
11 England MF Dennis Wise (captain)
12 Denmark MF Bjarne Goldbæk
13 England GK Kevin Hitchcock
14 England DF Graeme Le Saux
15 Italy MF Samuele Dalla Bona
16 Italy MF Roberto Di Matteo
17 Spain DF Albert Ferrer
No. Position Player
18 England DF Andy Myers
19 Norway FW Tore André Flo
20 Wales DF Danny Slatter
21 France DF Bernard Lambourde
22 England FW Mark Nicholls
23 Russia GK Dmitri Kharine
24 England MF Eddie Newton
25 Italy FW Gianfranco Zola
26 England DF John Terry
27 England DF Jon Harley
28 England MF Jody Morris
29 England DF Neil Clement
30 Italy DF Luca Percassi
32 Finland FW Mikael Forssell
34 England MF Nick Crittenden

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
4 Scotland DF Steve Clarke (retired)
7 Denmark MF Brian Laudrup (to Copenhagen)
No. Position Player
15 England DF David Lee (to Bristol Rovers)
20 Jamaica DF Frank Sinclair[3] (to Leicester City)

Reserve squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
- England GK Rhys Evans
- England DF Stephen Broad
- England MF Paul Hughes
- Scotland FW Steven Hampshire
No. Position Player
- England FW Sam Parkin
- England FW Joe Sheerin
- England FW Rob Wolleaston

Statistics[edit]

No. Nat Pos Player Total FA Premier League Cup Winners Cup FA Cup Football League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 Netherlands GK Ed de Goey 48 0 35 0 7 0 6 0 0 0
2 Romania DF Dan Petrescu 45 3 23+9 3 6 0 4 0 3 0
3 Nigeria DF Celestine Babayaro 43 4 26+2 3 7 1 4+1 0 3 0
4 England DF Michael Duberry 32 0 18+7 0 2 0 2 0 3 0
5 France DF Frank Leboeuf 45 7 33 4 6 1 4 1 2 1
6 France DF Marcel Desailly 44 1 30+1 0 7 1 6 0 0 0
7 Denmark MF Brian Laudrup 10 1 5+2 0 3 1 0 0 0 0
8 Uruguay MF Gustavo Poyet 37 13 21+7 11 6 0 0 0 3 2
9 Italy FW Gianluca Vialli 20 10 9 1 5 1 3 2 3 6
10 Italy FW Pierluigi Casiraghi 14 1 10 1 4 0 0 0 0 0
11 England MF Dennis Wise 36 2 21+1 0 7 1 5 1 2 0
12 Denmark MF Bjarne Goldbæk 31 5 13+10 5 0 0 2+4 0 2 0
13 England GK Kevin Hitchcock 3 0 2+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 England DF Graeme Le Saux 45 0 30+1 0 8 0 6 0 0 0
15 England DF Andy Myers 4 0 1 0 1 0 0+2 0 0 0
16 Italy MF Roberto Di Matteo 45 3 26+4 2 7 0 4+2 1 1+1 0
17 Spain DF Albert Ferrer 40 0 30 0 7 0 2 0 0+1 0
19 Norway FW Tore Andre Flo 44 13 18+12 10 8 2 2+1 0 2+1 1
20 England MF Jody Morris 27 1 14+4 1 2 0 5 0 2 0
21 France DF Bernard Lambourde 25 1 12+5 0 3 1 2 0 2+1 0
22 England FW Mark Nicholls 16 0 0+9 0 2 0 0+3 0 2 0
23 Russia GK Dmitri Kharine 5 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
24 England MF Eddie Newton 9 0 1+6 0 1 0 0+1 0 0 0
25 Italy FW Gianfranco Zola 48 15 35+2 13 5 1 6 1 0 0
26 England DF John Terry 7 0 0+2 0 1 0 2+1 0 0+1 0
29 England DF Neil Clement 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+2 0
32 Finland FW Mikael Forssell 13 3 4+6 1 0 0 1+2 2 0 0
33 Italy DF Luca Percassi 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
34 England DF Jon Harley 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0

Statistics taken from [1]. Squad details and shirt numbers from [2] and [3].

Results[edit]

Premier League[edit]

Goal Scorers[edit]

UEFA Super Cup[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
28 August 1998 Spain Real Madrid N 1-0 10,000 Poyet

Goal Scorers[edit]

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
17 September 1998 R1 Sweden Helsingborg H 1-0 17,714 Leboeuf
1 October 1998 R1 Sweden Helsingborg A 0-0 12,348
22 October 1998 R2 Denmark Copenhagen H 1-1 21,207 Desailly
5 November 1998 R2 Denmark Copenhagen A 1-0 24,188 Laudrup
4 March 1999 QF Norway Vålerenga H 3-0 34,177 Babayaro, Zola, Wise
18 March 1999 QF Norway Vålerenga A 3-2 17,936 Vialli, Lambourde, Flo
8 April 1999 SF Spain Mallorca H 1-1 35524 Flo
22 April 1999 SF Spain Mallorca A 0-1 18,848

Goal Scorers[edit]

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
28 October 1998 R3 Aston Villa H 4-1 26,790 Vialli (3), Flo
11 November 1998 R4 Arsenal A 5-0 37,562 Leboeuf, Vialli (2), Poyet (2)
1 December 1998 QF Wimbledon A 1-2 19,286 Vialli

Goal Scorers[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
2 January 1999 R3 Oldham Athletic A 2-0 12,770 Vialli (2)
25 January 1999 R4 Oxford United A 1-1 9,059 Leboeuf (pen.)
3 February 1999 R4 (R) Oxford United H 4-2 32,106 Wise, Zola, Forssell (2)
13 February 1999 R5 Sheffield Wednesday A 1-0 29,410 Di Matteo
7 March 1999 R6 Manchester United A 0-0 54,587
10 March 1999 R6 (R) Manchester United H 0-2 33,075

Goal Scorers[edit]

References[edit]