2008–09 Chelsea F.C. season

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Chelsea
2008–09 season
Chairman Bruce Buck
Owner Roman Abramovich
Manager Luiz Felipe Scolari
(until 9 February 2009)
Ray Wilkins
(caretaker manager)
Guus Hiddink
(interim manager)
Stadium Stamford Bridge
Premier League 3rd
FA Cup Winners
League Cup Fourth round
UEFA Champions League Semi-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Nicolas Anelka (19)
All:
Nicolas Anelka (25)
Highest home attendance 41,810 v Manchester City
(15 March 2009)
Lowest home attendance 37,857 v Barcelona
(6 May 2009)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2008-09 season was Chelsea Football Club's 94th competitive season, 17th consecutive season in the Premier League and 103rd year in existence as a football club.

Season summary[edit]

After again finishing second to Manchester United in the Premier League the previous season, Chelsea sacked their manager Avram Grant, replacing him with the Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari, who had managed the Portuguese national team at Euro 2008. The first few months of his management went according to plan, as Scolari's narrow 4-1-4-1 tactic, using Ashley Cole and new arrival José Bosingwa as wing-backs initially took the league by storm, leaving Chelsea top ahead of Liverpool after thirteen games.

By the end of November, however, Scolari's Chelsea began to lose their form. They suffered a 3-1 defeat away to Roma in the Champions League and being eliminated from the League Cup at Stamford Bridge by Championship side Burnley on penalties. In the league, they had a 0-0 draw at home to Newcastle United, (who were later to be relegated). Chelsea lost a home league game for the first time since 2004 (and 86 matches) when they lost to Liverpool, and a second home league defeat to rivals Arsenal dropped Chelsea to second place.

Chelsea qualified for the knock-out stages of the Champions League with a 2-1 victory against Romanian champions CFR Cluj at Stamford Bridge in the final match of the group. During Winter, they drew against West Ham United, Fulham, Hull City. and League One's Southend United in the FA Cup. Chelsea suffered defeats away to Manchester United and Liverpool, which left them in 4th place during February which would mean a Champions League place would not be certain. Long-term injuries to Michael Essien and Joe Cole marked the period while Didier Drogba was not included frequently.

Chelsea sacked Scolari, replacing him with Russian national manager Guus Hiddink for the remainder of the season. Hiddink's regenerative effect was immediate, with four straight league wins, including a vital 1-0 victory away to Aston Villa in his first game in charge, moving Chelsea into the top three. Eleven wins in the team's last thirteen league games, marked by a 4-1 victory over Arsenal away at the Emirates Stadium, finally secured third place in the league, and Champions League football for a seventh consecutive season.

Although Chelsea's title challenge was already realistically over when he arrived, Hiddink led Chelsea to their fifth Champions League semi-final, knocking out Juventus and Liverpool before they were eliminated by FC Barcelona on away goals in the semi-final, with the performance of second leg referee Tom Henning Ovrebo proving particularly controversial. Despite the Champions League exit, the season culminated in a trip to Wembley Stadium, with Chelsea's final game of 2008-09 contested against Everton in the 2009 FA Cup Final. Chelsea won 2-1, winning the FA Cup trophy for the fifth time in their history.

Key Dates[edit]

  • 24.05.08 - Avram Grant is sacked as Chelsea manager.
  • 29.05.08 - Chelsea terminate assistant manager Henk ten Cate's contract.
  • 11.06.08 - Chelsea name Luiz Felipe Scolari as new manager, with his contract officially starting on 1 July 2008.
  • 03.08.08 - Chelsea thrash Milan 5–0 to take third place in the preseason Russian Railways Cup.
  • 17.08.08 - Chelsea start their 2008–09 Premier League campaign with an emphatic 4–0 home victory over Portsmouth.
  • 15.09.08 - Assistant manager Steve Clarke leaves Chelsea to become number two under Gianfranco Zola at West Ham United.
  • 16.09.08 - Chelsea defeat Bordeaux 4–0 at Stamford Bridge in the opening match of the UEFA Champions League.
  • 18.09.08 - Ray Wilkins is appointed assistant manager of Chelsea, in place of the departed Steve Clarke.
  • 21.09.08 - Exactly four months after the 2008 Champions League final, Chelsea draw 1–1 at home against Manchester United in the Premier League.
  • 24.09.08 - For the third time in a row, Chelsea start a competition with a 4–0 win, beating Portsmouth 4–0 away at Fratton Park in the League Cup.
  • 26.10.08 - Chelsea lose 1–0 against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League. Chelsea's home unbeaten run ends after an astonishing 4 years, 8 months and 86 games.
  • 12.11.08 - Chelsea lose 5–4 on penalties after a 1–1 draw in extra time against Burnley at home in the fourth round of the League Cup.
  • 30.11.08 - Chelsea lose 2–1 against Arsenal at home in the Premier League after a Robin van Persie brace. Replays later show the Dutchman's first goal to be offside.
  • 09.12.08 - Chelsea fight back to win 2–1 against CFR Cluj in the UEFA Champions League at home. With the win, they secure second place in Group A and advance to the First knockout round.
  • 03.01.09 - Chelsea draw 1–1 against Football League One side Southend United in the third round of the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge.
  • 11.01.09 - Chelsea lose 3–0 against Manchester United in the Premier League at Old Trafford, their first away loss in the Premier League this season.
  • 17.01.09 - Chelsea snatch a crucial 2–1 home victory against Stoke City in the Premier League after two last minute goals from Juliano Belletti and Frank Lampard. Lampard also makes his 400th appearance for Chelsea.
  • 01.02.09 - Chelsea lose 2–0 against Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League by way of two late Fernando Torres goals after Frank Lampard is incorrectly sent off in the 60th minute.
  • 09.02.09 - Due to the team's poor run of form, endangering Chelsea's hopes of Champions League qualification for the following season, the Chelsea board dismiss Luiz Felipe Scolari from his position as manager with immediate effect. Ray Wilkins is named as caretaker manager while a suitable replacement for Scolari is found.
  • 11.02.09 - Russian national manager Guus Hiddink is named as temporary Chelsea manager until the end of the season.
  • 14.02.09 - With Ray Wilkins in charge as caretaker manager, a Nicolas Anelka hat trick against Watford at Vicarage Road gives Chelsea a 3–1 victory and a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals against Coventry City. Michael Essien makes his return from the bench after six months out of action due to an ACL injury.
  • 21.02.09 - In Guus Hiddink's first match as manager, a Nicolas Anelka goal and a gritty Chelsea performance bring about a vital 1–0 win against Aston Villa at Villa Park, Chelsea's first Premier League victory there since 1998–99. With it, Chelsea overtake Villa to reclaim third place in the table.
  • 25.02.09 - Chelsea end the first leg of their Champions League first knockout round tie against Juventus with a slight advantage, winning the first ever competitive meeting between the clubs 1–0 by a Didier Drogba goal. The match also marks Petr Čech's 200th appearance for Chelsea.
  • 28.02.09 - A John Terry volley and a late Frank Lampard header seal a 2–1 victory for Chelsea over Wigan Athletic in the Premier League. While Liverpool's 2–0 loss to Middlesbrough at the Riverside returns Chelsea to second place, Michael Mancienne makes his first ever Premier League start at right back, John Terry's goal makes him the highest scoring defender in Chelsea history, and Frank Lampard joins George Mills as Chelsea's joint sixth all-time scorer with 125 goals.
  • 10.03.09 - A tempestuous 2–2 second-leg draw at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino against Juventus, with goals scored by Michael Essien in his first start since September and a reborn Didier Drogba, gives Chelsea a 3–2 victory on aggregate in their Champions League first knockout round clash, sending them through to the quarter-finals of the competition.
  • 08.04.09 - Chelsea claim a commanding 3–1 win in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie with Liverpool at Anfield, recovering from an early Fernando Torres goal to score twice from the head of Branislav Ivanović, with a reborn Didier Drogba capping off the scoring. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is notably marked out of the game by Michael Essien.
  • 11.04.09 - Chelsea take a 4–0 lead after 63 minutes against Bolton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League, scoring through Michael Ballack, a double from Didier Drogba and a penalty from Frank Lampard, for Bolton to surprisingly surge back into the game, scoring three goals in an eight minute span. Although Bolton come close to equalising in injury-time, Chelsea just manage to hold off their comeback to scrape a 4–3 victory.
  • 14.04.09 - The second leg of Chelsea's Champions League quarter-final match with Liverpool ends in a stunning 4–4 draw. After a clever Fábio Aurélio free-kick and a Xabi Alonso penalty give Liverpool a 0-2 lead in the first 30 minutes, Chelsea fight back in the second half to make the score 3–2 with goals from Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard sandwiching a trademark Alex cannonball free-kick. Two more goals from Lucas and Dirk Kuyt give Liverpool renewed hope in progression, but a second Frank Lampard strike puts the tie to bed. The tie ends 7–5 to Chelsea on aggregate, leaving them to play a rampant Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals, Chelsea's fifth attendance at this stage in six seasons. Ashley Cole's yellow card in this game rules him out of the first leg of that tie, leaving Chelsea without a recognised left back to field at the Camp Nou.
  • 18.04.09 - A mistake by goalkeeper Łukasz Fabiański gifts Didier Drogba an 84th minute winner in Chelsea's FA Cup semi-final clash against Arsenal at Wembley Stadium, sending Chelsea to a tense 2–1 victory after a goal by Florent Malouda equalises Theo Walcott's early strike. Chelsea consequently reach their ninth FA Cup final, to be contested against Everton on 30 May.
  • 25.04.09 - Petr Čech's save from Mark Noble's penalty secures Chelsea a 1–0 Premier League victory over West Ham United at Upton Park after Salomon Kalou scores his ninth goal of the season before giving away a spot-kick at the other end. Michael Mancienne starts his second Premier League game of the season, while José Bosingwa makes an experimental appearance at left back in preparation for Chelsea's visit to the Camp Nou.
  • 28.4.09 - A masterful defensive display by Chelsea sees them become the first team not to concede a goal at the Camp Nou this season in an intriguing 0–0 draw with Barcelona, the first leg of the clubs' Champions League semi-final tie. Petr Čech shrugs off his recent media criticism with a string of important saves and despite Barcelona's domination on possession, Didier Drogba has an excellent chance to secure an away goal for Chelsea, only to be stopped by a double save from Víctor Valdés at the end of the first half.
  • 02.5.09 - John Terry's 400th game for Chelsea, a West London derby at Stamford Bridge against Fulham in the Premier League, ends in a 3–1 victory to the home side following goals from Gallic trio Nicolas Anelka, Florent Malouda, and Didier Drogba. The asymmetric 4–3–3 formation used by Chelsea in this game, with Anelka playing more like a second striker, was Guus Hiddink's preference for the remainder of the season.
  • 06.5.09 - A controversial 1–1 draw in the second leg of Chelsea's Champions League semi-final tie against Barcelona at Stamford Bridge eliminates Chelsea from the competition on the away goals rule, sending Barcelona to the final to play Manchester United in Rome. Essien's brilliant left footed volley early in the game gives Chelsea the lead, but unclinical finishing and four viable penalty appeals turned down by Norwegian referee Tom Henning Øvrebø allow Barcelona to equalise in the ninety-third minute with their only shot on target all game, a strike from outside the penalty area by Andrés Iniesta, despite the earlier sending off of Éric Abidal. Incensed by the referee's terrible performance, Chelsea players surround and criticise Øvrebø after the final whistle, with Didier Drogba controversially labelling the result "a fucking disgrace" on live international television.
  • 10.5.09 - Chelsea shake off their post-Barcelona blues with an emphatic 4–1 victory against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League. After surviving an early bout of Arsenal pressure, Chelsea take a 3–0 lead through an Alex header, a long range shot from Nicolas Anelka against his former club, and a Kolo Touré own goal. Nicklas Bendtner pulls one back for the home side, but a tap in from Florent Malouda completes the rout. The result ends the Gunners' 21 game unbeaten run in the league, and is the joint best away result against Arsenal in the league in Chelsea's history. Chelsea will finish the league season in at least third place, securing automatic Champions League qualification for 2009–10.
  • 17.05.09 - Chelsea's last home game of the season against Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge ends in a 2–0 victory, with goals scored by Florent Malouda and Nicolas Anelka. The game is marked by an end-of-season party atmosphere as fans chant repeatedly for Guus Hiddink to remain at the club, criticising the club's apparent pursuit of Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti to replace Hiddink over the summer.
  • 24.05.09 - The last game of Chelsea's 2008-09 season ends in a 3–2 victory against Sunderland away at the Stadium of Light. In preparation for the FA Cup final against Everton the following Sunday, Frank Lampard and Alex are rested, and Sunderland's still uncertain survival in the Premier League leads to a tense first half. Nicolas Anelka's long-range curler early in the second half, his 19th league goal of the season, secures him the Premier League 2008-09 Golden Boot ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo. Salomon Kalou replies to Kieran Richardson's equaliser, and, despite Kenwyne Jones' late header, Ashley Cole's first goal of the season wins the game for Chelsea.
  • 30.05.09 - Chelsea win the 2009 FA Cup Final with a 2–1 victory over Merseysiders Everton, who were chasing their first FA Cup since their victory over Manchester United in 1995. A Louis Saha goal after 25 seconds becomes the fastest in FA Cup history, but Chelsea quickly recover with a Florent Malouda cross finding the head of Didier Drogba. Chelsea continue to dominate before finally taking the lead in the 70th minute, after Frank Lampard escapes his marker Phil Neville for the first time in the game and unleashes a shot from 25 yards. A Malouda shot from 40 yards is incorrectly judged not to have crossed the line after rebounding from the crossbar, but Chelsea hold on for a famous victory. Guus Hiddink ends his short tenure as Chelsea manager with silverware.

Kit[edit]

Supplier: Adidas / Sponsor: Samsung

Home
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Away
Third
Goalkeeper 1
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Goalkeeper 2
Goalkeeper 3

Kit information[edit]

The kit first worn in the last Premier League game of the 2007-08 season, as well as in the 2008 UEFA Champions League final. An all-black kit with white stripes replaced the electric yellow away kit from the 2007-08 season. On 1 August, the new yellow third kit was unveiled on Chelsea's website, reminiscent of the away kit of the club's 1996-98 seasons.[1]

Squad[edit]

First-team squad[2][edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Czech Republic GK Petr Čech
2 Serbia DF Branislav Ivanović
3 England DF Ashley Cole
5 Ghana MF Michael Essien
6 Portugal DF Ricardo Carvalho
8 England MF Frank Lampard (vice-captain)
9 Argentina FW Franco Di Santo
10 England FW Joe Cole
11 Ivory Coast FW Didier Drogba
12 Nigeria MF John Obi Mikel
13 Germany MF Michael Ballack
15 France MF Florent Malouda
17 Portugal DF José Bosingwa
18 Portugal MF Ricardo Quaresma (on loan from Inter)
No. Position Player
19 Portugal DF Paulo Ferreira
20 Portugal MF Deco
21 Ivory Coast FW Salomon Kalou
26 England DF John Terry (captain)
27 Brazil MF Mineiro
30 Wales GK Rhys Taylor
33 Brazil DF Alex
35 Brazil DF Juliano Belletti
39 France FW Nicolas Anelka
40 Portugal GK Henrique Hilário
42 England DF Michael Mancienne
43 Slovakia FW Miroslav Stoch
50 England MF Jacob Mellis

Reserve squad[3][edit]

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

No. Position Player
Wales GK Rhys Taylor
England DF Nana Ofori-Twumasi
England DF Sam Hutchinson
England DF Carl Magnay (On loan at Northampton Town)
Netherlands DF Jeffrey Bruma
England DF Michael Mancienne
England DF Ryan Bertrand (On loan at Norwich City)
Netherlands DF Patrick van Aanholt
England MF Jack Cork (On loan at Watford)
England MF Liam Bridcutt
Portugal MF Ricardo Fernandes
England MF Lee Sawyer (On loan at Wycombe Wanderers)
No. Position Player
England MF Tom Taiwo
England MF Jacob Mellis
England MF Michael Woods
Spain MF Sergio Tejera (On loan at Real Mallorca)
France FW Gaël Kakuta
Portugal FW Fábio Ferreira (On loan at Oldham Athletic)
Slovakia FW Miroslav Stoch
England FW Shaun Cummings (On loan at MK Dons)
Israel FW Ben Sahar (On loan at De Graafschap)
Denmark FW Morten Nielsen
England FW Jimmy Smith (On loan at Leyton Orient)

Youth squad[4][edit]

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

No. Position Player
Germany GK Niclas Heimann
Kosovo GK Aldi Haxhia
England GK Sam Walker
Czech Republic GK Jan Šebek
Sri Lanka DF Nikki Ahamed
England DF Tom Hayden
England DF Jack Saville
England DF Ben Gordon
England DF Billy Joe-King
Portugal MF Aliu Djaló
No. Position Player
Republic of Ireland MF Conor Clifford
Turkey MF Gökhan Tore
England MF Danny Philliskirk
Italy MF Jacopo Sala
England MF Jordan Tabor
Italy FW Fabio Borini
Sweden FW Marko Mitrović
England FW Adam Phillip
England FW Frank Nouble

UEFA Champions League squad[5][edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Czech Republic GK Petr Čech
2 Serbia DF Branislav Ivanović
3 England DF Ashley Cole
5 Ghana MF Michael Essien
6 Portugal DF Ricardo Carvalho
8 England MF Frank Lampard (vice-captain)
9 Argentina FW Franco Di Santo
10 England MF Joe Cole
11 Ivory Coast FW Didier Drogba
12 Nigeria MF John Obi Mikel (from List B)
13 Germany MF Michael Ballack
15 France MF Florent Malouda
17 Portugal DF José Bosingwa
No. Position Player
19 Portugal DF Paulo Ferreira
20 Portugal MF Deco
21 Ivory Coast FW Salomon Kalou
26 England DF John Terry (captain)
27 Brazil MF Mineiro
30 Wales GK Rhys Taylor (from List B)
33 Brazil DF Alex
35 Brazil DF Juliano Belletti
39 France FW Nicolas Anelka
40 Portugal GK Henrique Hilário
41 England DF Sam Hutchinson (from List B)
42 England DF Michael Mancienne (from List B)
43 Slovakia FW Miroslav Stoch (from List B)

Club[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari
(until 9 February 2009)
England Ray Wilkins
(caretaker manager)
Netherlands Guus Hiddink
(interim manager)
Assistant managers Brazil Flávio Murtosa
(until 9 February 2009)
Scotland Steve Clarke
(until 15 September 2008)
England Ray Wilkins
First team fitness coach Brazil Darlan Schneider
(until 9 February 2009)
England Glen Driscoll
Goalkeeping coach France Christophe Lollichon
Brazil Carlos Pracidelli
(until 9 February 2009)
Head scout Nigeria Michael Emenalo
Match observer scout England Mick McGiven
Club doctor England Dr. Bryan English
Chief scout and director of youth development Denmark Frank Arnesen
Reserve team manager England Brendan Rodgers
(until December 2008)
England Paul Clement
Youth team manager England Paul Clement
(until December 2008)
England Dermot Drummy
Academy manager England Neil Bath
Match analyst England James Melbourne

Source: Chelsea FC

Other information[edit]

Owner Russia Roman Abramovich
Chairman United States Bruce Buck
Chief Executive England Peter Kenyon
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Stamford Bridge (41,841 / 103x67 metres)

Source: Chelsea FC

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Summer[edit]

# Pos Player From Fee Date
17 DF Portugal José Bosingwa Portugal Porto £16.2 million[6] 12 May 2008
20 MF Portugal Deco Spain Barcelona £7.9 million[7] 30 June 2008
FW Portugal Fábio Paím Portugal Sporting CP Loan[8] 21 August 2008
27 MF Brazil Mineiro Germany Hertha Berlin Free[9] 24 September 2008

Winter[edit]

# Pos Player From Fee Date
MF Turkey Gökhan Töre Germany Bayer Leverkusen £0.5 million 30 January 2009
18 MF Portugal Ricardo Quaresma Italy Internazionale Loan [10] 2 February 2009

Out[edit]

Summer[edit]

# Pos Player To Fee Date
MF Denmark Per Weihrauch N/A Retired April 2008
FW Philippines Phil Younghusband Unattached Released Summer 2008
FW The Gambia Momoudou Ceesay Belgium Westerlo Free Summer 2008
MF England James Simmonds Unattatched Released Summer 2008
DF England Harry Worley England Leicester City Free[11] 8 May 2008
DF England Adrian Pettigrew Unattached Released 31 May 2008
FW Argentina Hernán Crespo Italy Internazionale Free[12] 3 July 2008
9 MF England Steve Sidwell England Aston Villa £5.0 million[13] 10 July 2008
4 MF France Claude Makélélé France Paris Saint-Germain Free[14] 21 July 2008
DF Netherlands Khalid Boulahrouz Germany Stuttgart £3.9 million[15] 21 July 2008
22 DF Israel Tal Ben Haim England Manchester City £5.0 million[16] 30 July 2008
31 MF England Anthony Grant England Southend United Free[17] 7 August 2008
24 MF England Shaun Wright-Phillips England Manchester City £9.0 million[18] 28 August 2008

Winter[edit]

# Pos Player To Fee Date
18 DF England Wayne Bridge England Manchester City £12.0 million[19] 3 January 2009
GK England Stuart Searle England Watford Free 23 January 2009
23 GK Italy Carlo Cudicini England Tottenham Hotspur Free[20] 26 January 2009

Loaned out[edit]

# Pos Player To Start End
FW Israel Ben Sahar England Portsmouth 1 July 2008 1 January 2009[21]
MF England Jimmy Smith England Sheffield Wednesday 2 July 2008 1 January 2009[22]
DF England Ryan Bertrand England Norwich City 5 July 2008 31 May 2009[23][24]
DF Serbia Slobodan Rajković Netherlands Twente 9 July 2008 1 July 2009[25]
FW England Shaun Cummings England Milton Keynes Dons 4 August 2008 3 May 2009[26][27]
14 FW Peru Claudio Pizarro Germany Werder Bremen 15 August 2008 30 June 2009[28]
MF England Lee Sawyer England Southend United 18 August 2008 18 November 2008[29]
DF England Jack Cork England Southampton 21 August 2008 1 November 2008[30]
7 FW Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko Italy Milan 25 August 2008 1 July 2009[31]
42 DF England Michael Mancienne England Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 October 2008 29 December 2008[32]
MF England Liam Bridcutt England Watford 27 November 2008 31 January 2009[33][34]
DF England Jack Cork England Watford 2 January 2009 1 July 2009[30]
FW Israel Ben Sahar Netherlands De Graafschap 3 January 2009 1 July 2009[35]
16 MF England Scott Sinclair England Birmingham City 6 January 2009 3 February 2009[36]
MF England Lee Sawyer England Coventry 26 January 2009 22 February 2009[29]
DF Northern Ireland Carl Magnay England Milton Keynes Dons 30 January 2009 30 February 2009[37]
MF England Jimmy Smith England Leyton Orient 1 February 2009 1 July 2009[38]
MF Spain Sergio Tejera Spain Mallorca 2 February 2009 1 July 2009[39]
FW Portugal Fábio Ferreira England Oldham Athletic 20 February 2009 20 March 2009[40]
DF Northern Ireland Carl Magnay England Northampton Town 9 March 2009 9 April 2009[41]
MF England Lee Sawyer England Wycombe Wanderers 19 March 2009 1 July 2009[42]

Overall[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Competitions[edit]

Overall[edit]

2009 FA Cup Winners
Competition Started round Current
position / round
Final
position / round
First match Last match
Premier League 3rd 17 August 2008 24 May 2009
Champions League Group stage Semi-finals 16 September 2008 6 May 2009
Football League Cup 3rd round 4th round 24 September 2008 12 November 2008
FA Cup 3rd round Winners 3 January 2009 30 May 2009

Source: Competitions

Premier League[edit]

League Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 38 28 6 4 68 24 +44 90 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Liverpool 38 25 11 2 77 27 +50 86
3 Chelsea 38 25 8 5 68 24 +44 83
4 Arsenal 38 20 12 6 68 37 +31 72 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
5 Everton 38 17 12 9 55 37 +18 63 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Play-off round

Source: Barclays Premier League
For further information on European qualification see Premier League - Competition
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 25 8 5 68 24 +44 83 11 6 2 33 12 +21 14 2 3 35 12 +23

Source: Barclays Premier League

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground H A H A H A H A H A H A A H H A H A H A A H H A H A H A H A A H H A H A H A
Result W W D W D W W W L W W W W D L W D D W D L W W L D W W W W L W W D W W W W W
Position 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 2 3 4 3 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Source: Matches
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group A
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Italy Roma 6 4 0 2 12 6 +6 12
England Chelsea 6 3 2 1 9 5 +4 11
France Bordeaux 6 2 1 3 5 11 –6 7
Romania CFR Cluj 6 1 1 4 5 9 –4 4

Knockout phase[edit]

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

Football League Cup[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: FA Cup 2008–09

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

No. Nat Pos Player Total Premier League Champions League FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 Czech Republic GK Petr Čech 55 -44 36 -25 12 -13 6 -6 1 0
2 Serbia DF Branislav Ivanović 27 2 12+5 0 4 2 3+1 0 2 0
3 England DF Ashley Cole 50 1 33+1 1 9 0 7 0 0 0
5 Ghana MF Michael Essien 20 3 11+1 1 5 2 2+1 0 0 0
6 Portugal DF Ricardo Carvalho 18 1 11+1 1 3+1 0 2 0 0 0
8 England MF Frank Lampard 57 20 37 12 11 3 7 3 1+1 2
9 Argentina FW Franco Di Santo 16 0 0+8 0 0+3 0 0+3 0 0+2 0
10 England MF Joe Cole 20 3 14 2 4 1 2 0 0+0 0
11 Ivory Coast FW Didier Drogba 42 14 15+9 5 7+3 5 5+1 3 2 1
12 Nigeria MF John Obi Mikel 50 0 34+1 0 9 0 5 0 0+1 0
13 Germany MF Michael Ballack 46 4 22+7 1 9+1 0 5+1 3 1 0
15 France MF Florent Malouda 48 9 25+7 6 9+1 1 4 1 2 1
16 England FW Scott Sinclair 4 0 0+2 0 0 0 0+1 0 0+1 0
17 Portugal DF José Bosingwa 48 2 34 2 10 0 4 0 0 0
18 England DF Wayne Bridge 12 0 3+3 0 3+1 0 0 0 2 0
18 Portugal MF Ricardo Quaresma 5 0 1+3 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
19 Portugal DF Paulo Ferreira 12 0 1+6 0 0+2 0 1 0 1+1 0
20 Portugal MF Deco 30 3 17+7 3 4 0 0+1 0 1 0
21 Ivory Coast FW Salomon Kalou 43 10 17+10 6 6+2 1 5+1 2 2 1
23 Italy GK Carlo Cudicini 4 -2 2 0 0 0 1 -1 1 -1
24 England MF Shaun Wright-Phillips 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 England DF John Terry 51 3 35 1 11 2 4 0 1 0
27 Brazil MF Mineiro 2 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
33 Brazil DF Alex 40 4 22+1 2 9 1 6 1 2 0
35 Brazil DF Juliano Belletti 33 3 5+14 3 0+8 0 2+2 0 2 0
39 France FW Nicolas Anelka 54 25 33+4 19 8+4 2 5 4 0 0
40 Portugal GK Henrique Hilário 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
42 England DF Michael Mancienne 6 0 2+2 0 0+1 0 1 0 0 0
43 Slovakia FW Miroslav Stoch 5 0 0+4 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0

Start formations[edit]

Qnt Formation Match(es)
27 4-1-4-1 1-18 and 21 Premier League, 1-6 UEFA Champions League & 1-2 League Cup
25 4-3-3 19-20, 22-32, 34-35 and 38 Premier League, 7-10 UEFA Champions League & 1-5 FA Cup
7 4-2-3-1 33 and 36-37 Premier League, 6-7 FA Cup and 11-12 UEFA Champions League

Source: Match reports in Competitive matches
Only competitive matches.


Top scorers[edit]

Includes all competitive matches. The list is sorted by shirt number when total goals are equal.

Position Nation Number Name Premier League Champions League League Cup FA Cup Total
1 France 39 Nicolas Anelka 19 2 0 4 25
2 England 8 Frank Lampard 12 3 2 3 20
3 Ivory Coast 11 Didier Drogba 5 5 1 3 14
4 Ivory Coast 21 Salomon Kalou 6 1 1 2 10
5 France 15 Florent Malouda 6 1 1 1 9
6 Germany 13 Michael Ballack 1 0 0 3 4
= Brazil 33 Alex 2 1 0 1 4
8 Portugal 20 Deco 3 0 0 0 3
= Ghana 5 Michael Essien 1 2 0 0 3
= England 10 Joe Cole 2 1 0 0 3
= England 26 John Terry 1 2 0 0 3
= Brazil 35 Juliano Belletti 3 0 0 0 3
13 Serbia 2 Branislav Ivanović 0 2 0 0 2
= Portugal 17 José Bosingwa 2 0 0 0 2
15 England 3 Ashley Cole 1 0 0 0 1
= Portugal 6 Ricardo Carvalho 1 0 0 0 1
/ / / Own Goals 3 0 0 0 3
TOTALS 68 20 5 17 110

Disciplinary record[edit]

Includes all competitive matches. Players with 1 card or more included only.

Position Nation Number Name Premier League Champions League League Cup FA Cup Total (FA Total)
Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card
GK Czech Republic 1 Petr Čech 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 (0) 0
DF Serbia 2 Branislav Ivanović 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 (3) 0
DF England 3 Ashley Cole 5 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 9 (6) 0
MF Ghana 5 Michael Essien 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 (0) 0
DF Portugal 6 Ricardo Carvalho 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 (3) 0
MF England 8 Frank Lampard 3 1* 2 1 0 0 1 0 6 (4) 2* (1*)
MF England 10 Joe Cole 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 (2) 0
FW Ivory Coast 11 Didier Drogba 1 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 5 (3) 0
MF Nigeria 12 John Obi Mikel 6 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 11 (10) 0
MF Germany 13 Michael Ballack 6 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 11 (8) 0
FW France 15 Florent Malouda 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 (3) 0
DF Portugal 17 José Bosingwa 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 (6) 0
MF Portugal 20 Deco 3 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 6 (3) 1 (0)
MF Ivory Coast 21 Salomon Kalou 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 (0) 0 (0)
DF England 26 John Terry 7 2* 3 0 0 0 0 0 10 (7) 2* (2*)
DF Brazil 33 Alex 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 (1) 0
DF Brazil 35 Juliano Belletti 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 (2) 0
FW France 39 Nicolas Anelka 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 (0) 0
DF England 42 Michael Mancienne 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 (1) 0
TOTALS 50 3** 30 2 2 0 9 0 91 (61) 5** (3**)

* = 1 suspension withdrawn
** = 2 suspensions withdrawn

Overall[edit]

Games played 59 (38 Premier League, 12 UEFA Champions League, 7 FA Cup and 2 League Cup)
Games won 37 (25 Premier League, 5 UEFA Champions League, 6 FA Cup and 1 League Cup)
Games drawn 15 (8 Premier League, 6 UEFA Champions League and 1 FA Cup)
Games lost 7 (5 Premier League, 1 UEFA Champions League and 1 League Cup)
Goals scored 110
Goals conceded 44
Goal difference +66
Yellow cards 91
Red cards 5 (2 withdrawn)
Worst discipline England John Terry (10 Booked, 2 Red card(1 withdrawn))
Best result 5-0 (A) v Middlesbrough - Premier League - 2008.10.18
5-0 (H) v Sunderland - Premier League - 2008.11.01
Worst result 0-3 (A) v Manchester United - Premier League - 2009.01.11
Most appearances England Frank Lampard (57 appearances)
Top scorer France Nicolas Anelka (25 goals)
Points 126/177 (71.2%)

Source: Chelsea FC

Honours[edit]

Individuals[edit]

Name Number Country Award
Petr Čech 1 Czech Republic Czech Republic UEFA European Club Goalkeeper of the Year (2008), Czech Golden Ball (2008)
Ashley Cole 3 England England Samsung Players' Player of the Year (2008-09)
Michael Essien 5 Ghana Ghana Goal of the Season (2008-09) v Barcelona (UEFA Champions League Semi finals) 6 May 2009
Frank Lampard 8 England England UEFA European Club Midfielder of the Year (2008), October Premier League Player of the Month (2008), Chelsea Player of the Year (2008-09)
Deco 20 Portugal Portugal August Premier League Player of the Month (2008)
Salomon Kalou 21 Ivory Coast Ivory Coast CAF Young Player of the Year (2008)
John Terry 26 England England UEFA European Club Defender of the Year (2008), FIFPro World XI (2007-08), UEFA Team of the Year (2008) Special Commitment Award (2008-09) for his 10 years of first team service.
Nicolas Anelka 39 France France November Premier League Player of the Month (2008), Barclays Golden Boot (2008-09), PFA Team of the Year (2009)
Michael Mancienne 42 England England Chelsea Young Player of the Year (2008-09)

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