Chelsea have enjoyed huge success domestically and in Europe and many of their finest performances have been delivered at Stamford Bridge.
One of England’s oldest football venues, first opened in 1876, Stamford Bridge has been extensively redeveloped in recent years. Now holding 41,600 spectators, the stands are very close to the pitch, meaning fans are right at the heart of the action and there’s always a passionate atmosphere.
Chelsea first won the English league back in 1955, and managed a few cup titles too through the decades, but their record of success since 1997 has been unparalleled.
The arrival of overseas stars at Stamford Bridge such as Ruud Gullit as player manager, and later Gianluca Vialli who took over from the Dutchman, saw the additions to the trophy cabinet increase.
Then, in 2003, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich bought the club. His investment in the playing staff, and the appointment of Jose Mourinho as manager, saw Chelsea win back-to-back league titles in 2005 and 2006. More FA Cups and League Cups followed and then, in 2010, Carlo Ancelotti steered them to a first league and cup double.
The crowing glory came in 2012 when Chelsea, against all the odds, came from behind to beat Bayern Munich in Germany to win the Champions League final and become the first London club to lift the European Cup.
The following year they won the Europa League and so became the first club to hold both major European trophies at the same time.
In a short period of history Chelsea have become one of the giants of the English game.
Located in wealthy west London just off the Fulham Road, Chelsea’s fan base has continued to grow with the club’s success and most league matches at Stamford Bridge are now sold out.
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