CHELSEA HANDED EUROPEAN CLUB ACCOLADE

Chelsea Football Club has been named European Club of the Year 2012 by the organisation representing the leading clubs across the continent.

The European Club Association (ECA) announced that the award recognises our outstanding achievement during the 2011/12 season on European and domestic level. It was presented at the ECA's General Assembly which is currently taking place in Geneva, Switzerland.

Chelsea FC chief executive Ron Gourlay said: 'We are proud to have received this accolade. Last season saw us win the Champions League for the first time in our history as well as the FA Cup for the seventh time and it is an honour that the ECA has recognised our success in such a way.'

Chelsea is one of the member clubs of the ECA, which is the independent body that replaced the G14 Group and the European Club Forum when both were dissolved at the beginning of 2008. It is fully recognized by UEFA and FIFA.

The ECA awards were introduced in 2010 with the aim of rewarding outstanding club performances, encouraging best practice and highlighting successful club management.