2003–04 Chelsea F.C. season

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Chelsea
2003–04 season
Chairman Ken Bates
(until March 2004)
Bruce Buck
Manager Claudio Ranieri
FA Premier League 2nd
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Quarter-finals
UEFA Champions League Semi-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (13)
All:
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (18)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2003–04 season was Chelsea F.C.'s 89th competitive season, 12th consecutive season in the Premier League and 98th year as a club. Manager Claudio Ranieri was sacked on 31 May 2004 and was replaced by José Mourinho. In July 2003, long-time chairman Ken Bates sold the club to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.

Chelsea finished second to the unbeaten Arsenal in the Premier League. In the Champions League Chelsea reached the semi-finals against AS Monaco, but failed to reach the final, losing 5–3 on aggregate to the French side. They also exited the FA Cup in the fifth round to Arsenal and the Carling Cup in the quarter-finals to Aston Villa.

Chelsea supporter Mark Worrall chronicled the 2003–04 season in his critically acclaimed book "Over Land and Sea", which was first published in September 2004 and documented the takeover of Chelsea F.C. by Roman Abramovich and the departure of manager Claudio Ranieri.

Team kit[edit]

The team kit was produced by Umbro. The shirt sponsor was Emirates Airline; the kit bore the "Fly Emirates" logo. Chelsea's home kit was all blue with a white collar. Their new away kit was all white with black and blue stripes down the center. Last season's away kit (all black with blue accents) was retained as the club's third kit.

First team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season

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

No. Position Player
2 England DF Glen Johnson
3 Nigeria DF Celestine Babayaro
4 France DF Claude Makélélé[1]
6 France DF Marcel Desailly
7 Romania FW Adrian Mutu
8 England MF Frank Lampard
9 Netherlands FW Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
10 England MF Joe Cole
11 Republic of Ireland MF Damien Duff
12 Croatia MF Mario Stanić
13 France DF William Gallas
14 Cameroon MF Geremi
15 Netherlands DF Mario Melchiot
17 France MF Emmanuel Petit
No. Position Player
18 England DF Wayne Bridge
19 England MF Scott Parker
20 Argentina MF Juan Sebastián Verón
21 Argentina FW Hernán Crespo
22 Iceland FW Eiður Guðjohnsen
23 Italy GK Carlo Cudicini
26 England DF John Terry
27 Cyprus MF Alexis Nicolas
28 Portugal MF Filipe Oliveira
29 Germany DF Robert Huth
30 Denmark MF Jesper Grønkjær
31 Italy GK Marco Ambrosio
32 Finland FW Mikael Forssell[2]
34 Scotland GK Neil Sullivan

Reserve squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
33 England DF Joel Kitamirike
35 Austria GK Jurgen Macho
36 England MF Joe Keenan
37 Germany FW Sebastian Kneißl
38 Italy DF Valerio Di Cesare
39 England FW Carlton Cole
40 England GK Lenny Pidgeley
41 England MF Craig Rocastle
42 England DF Ben Hudell
43 England MF Danny Jeffreys
44 Portugal MF Filipe Morais
45 England MF Billy Sentance
No. Position Player
47 England DF Sam Tillen
48 Scotland DF Steven Watt
49 England DF Danny Woodards
50 Belgium GK Yves Ma-Kalambay[3]
England DF Ed Brand
England DF Adrian Pettigrew
England DF Dean Smith
Netherlands DF Winston Bogarde
Brazil DF Gustavo Lazzaretti
England MF Danny Hollands[4]
Netherlands MF Mbark Boussoufa

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

# Pos Player From Fee Date
N/A GK Austria Jürgen Macho England Sunderland Free[5] 1 July 2003
31 GK Italy Marco Ambrosio Italy Chievo Verona Free 1 July 2003
2 DF England Glen Johnson England West Ham United £6,000,000[6] 15 July 2003
14 MF Cameroon Geremi Spain Real Madrid £7,000,000[7] 16 July 2003
18 DF England Wayne Bridge England Southampton £7,000,000[8] 21 July 2003
11 MF Republic of Ireland Damien Duff England Blackburn Rovers £17,000,000[9] 21 July 2003
10 MF England Joe Cole England West Ham United £6,600,000[10] 6 August 2003
20 MF Argentina Juan Sebastián Verón England Manchester United £15,000,000[11] 6 August 2003
7 FW Romania Adrian Mutu Italy Parma £15,800,000[12] 12 August 2003
5 MF Russia Alexey Smertin France Bordeaux £3,450,000[13] 25 August 2003
21 FW Argentina Hernán Crespo Italy Inter Milan £16,800,000[14] 26 August 2003
34 GK Scotland Neil Sullivan England Tottenham Hotspur £500,000[15] 29 August 2003
4 MF France Claude Makélélé Spain Real Madrid £16,000,000[15] 31 August 2003
19 MF England Scott Parker England Charlton Athletic £10,000,000[16] 30 January 2004

Out[edit]

# Pos Player To Fee Date
18 DF Spain Albert Ferrer Unattached Released 03-06-2003
25 FW Italy Gianfranco Zola Italy Cagliari Free[17] 2 July 2003
20 MF England Jody Morris England Leeds United Free[18] 18 July 2003
14 DF England Graeme Le Saux England Southampton £500,000[8] 21 July 2003
1 GK Netherlands Ed de Goey England Stoke City [19] 1 August 2003
  • Total spending: Decrease £121,150,000
  • Total income: Increase £500,000
  • Overall loss/gain: Decrease 120,650,000

Results[edit]

Premier League[edit]

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Third qualifying round[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group G
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
England Chelsea 6 4 1 1 9 3 +6 13
Czech Republic Sparta Prague 6 2 2 2 5 5 0 8
Turkey Beşiktaş 6 2 1 3 5 7 –2 7
Italy Lazio 6 1 2 3 6 10 –4 5

Knockout phase[edit]

Round of 16[edit]
Quarter finals[edit]
Semi-finals[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

Statistics[edit]

No. Nat Pos Player Total Premier League Champions League FA Cup Football League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2 England DF Glen Johnson 32 4 17+2 3 8+1 1 1 0 3 0
3 Nigeria DF Celestine Babayaro 14 1 5+1 1 3 0 2 0 3 0
4 France MF Claude Makélélé 46 0 26+4 0 11 0 3 0 1+1 0
6 France DF Marcel Desailly 25 0 15 0 7+1 0 1 0 1 0
7 Romania FW Adrian Mutu 36 10 21+4 6 6+1 1 3 3 0+1 0
8 England MF Frank Lampard 58 15 38 10 13+1 4 4 1 1+1 0
9 Netherlands FW Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 44 18 22+8 13 4+4 2 3 1 3 2
10 England MF Joe Cole 50 3 18+17 1 3+6 0 2+1 0 2+1 2
11 Republic of Ireland MF Damien Duff 37 6 17+6 5 7+4 1 0+1 0 2 0
12 Croatia MF Mario Stanić 5 0 0+2 0 0+1 0 0 0 0+2 0
13 France DF William Gallas 45 1 23+6 0 11 1 4 0 1 0
14 Cameroon MF Geremi 39 1 19+6 1 7+3 0 1 0 3 0
15 Netherlands DF Mario Melchiot 33 2 20+3 2 4+1 0 3 0 2 0
17 France MF Emmanuel Petit 7 0 3+1 0 1+1 0 0+1 0 0 0
18 England DF Wayne Bridge 48 3 33 1 11+2 2 2 0 0 0
19 England MF Scott Parker 17 1 7+4 1 4+1 0 1 0 0 0
20 Argentina MF Juan Sebastián Verón 14 1 5+2 1 5+1 0 0 0 1 0
21 Argentina FW Hernán Crespo 31 12 13+6 10 7+3 2 0 0 1+1 0
22 Iceland FW Eiður Guðjohnsen 41 13 17+9 6 8+2 3 2+2 2 1 2
23 Italy GK Carlo Cudicini 38 0 26 0 9 0 3 0 0 0
26 England DF John Terry 49 3 33 2 11 0 3 1 2 0
27 Cyprus MF Alexis Nicolas 3 0 1+1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
28 Portugal MF Filipe Oliveira 2 0 0+1 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
29 Germany DF Robert Huth 20 1 8+8 0 0+2 1 0+1 0 1 0
30 Denmark MF Jesper Grønkjær 48 3 19+12 2 6+4 1 4 0 2+1 0
31 Italy GK Marco Ambrosio 15 0 8 0 3 0 1 0 3 0
32 Finland FW Mikael Forssell 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
34 Scotland GK Neil Sullivan 8 0 4 0 0 0 1+1 0 2 0

Statistics taken from [1] and [2]. Squad details and shirt numbers from [3] and [4].

References[edit]

  1. ^ Makélélé was born in Kinshasa, Zaire.
  2. ^ Forssell was born in Steinfurt, West Germany.
  3. ^ Ma-Kalambay was born in Brussels, Belgium, and has represented Belgium internationally at youth level, but also qualified to represent the DR Congo and made his full international debut for DR Congo in May 2010.
  4. ^ Hollands previously wore the #41 jersey, until it was given to Rocastle.
  5. ^ "Macho to join Chelsea". BBC Sport. 21 May 2003. Retrieved 2003-05-21. 
  6. ^ "Johnson seals Chelsea move". BBC Sport. 15 July 2003. Archived from the original on 12 July 2003. Retrieved 2003-07-15. 
  7. ^ "Geremi signs for Chelsea". BBC Sport. 16 July 2003. Retrieved 2003-07-16. 
  8. ^ a b "Bridge signs for Chelsea". BBC Sport. 21 July 2003. Retrieved 2003-07-21. 
  9. ^ "Duff completes Chelsea move". BBC Sport. 21 July 2003. Archived from the original on 22 July 2003. Retrieved 2003-07-21. 
  10. ^ "Cole completes Chelsea move". BBC Sport. 6 August 2003. Retrieved 2003-08-06. 
  11. ^ "Veron signs for Chelsea". BBC Sport. 7 August 2003. Retrieved 2003-08-07. 
  12. ^ "Mutu completes Chelsea switch". BBC Sport. 12 August 2003. Retrieved 2003-08-12. 
  13. ^ "Chelsea bag Smertin". BBC Sport. 25 August 2003. Archived from the original on 19 August 2003. Retrieved 2003-08-25. 
  14. ^ "Chelsea sign Crespo". BBC Sport. 26 August 2003. Archived from the original on 4 September 2003. Retrieved 2003-08-26. 
  15. ^ a b "Chelsea sign Sullivan". BBC Sport. 29 August 2003. Archived from the original on 29 August 2003. Retrieved 2003-08-29. 
  16. ^ "Parker joins Chelsea". BBC Sport. 30 January 2004. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  17. ^ "Zola quitting Chelsea". BBC News. 2 July 2003. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  18. ^ "Morris completes Leeds move". BBC News. 19 July 2003. 
  19. ^ "Stoke sign De Goey". BBC Sport. 1 August 2003. Archived from the original on 3 August 2003. Retrieved 2003-08-01. 

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