CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SQUAD NAMED

Posted on: Wed 02 Sep 2009

The squad list for the group stage of this season's Champions League has been announced.

Clubs are allowed to submit an A List and a B List, both equally eligible for selection for games. Regulations mean the A List consists of the majority of the first team squad while young players who have been at Chelsea for a period of time make up List B.

The squad lists are:

A List
Petr Cech
Branislav Ivanovic
Ashley Cole
Michael Essien
Ricardo Carvalho
Frank Lampard
Joe Cole
Didier Drogba
John Mikel Obi
Michael Ballack
Florent Malouda
José Bosingwa
Yury Zhirkov
Deco
Salomon Kalou
Ross Turnbull
Daniel Sturridge
John Terry
Alex
Juliano Belletti
Nicolas Anelka
Henrique Hilario
Sam Hutchinson

B List
Rhys Taylor
Jeffrey Bruma
Gaël Kakuta

No club may have more than 25 players on List A during the season. Eight places on List A are reserved for 'locally trained players'.

A 'locally trained player' is either a 'club-trained player' or an 'association-trained player' and no club may have more than four 'association-trained players' listed among the eight.

A 'club-trained player' is a player who, between the age of 15 and 21, and irrespective of his nationality and age, has been registered with his current club for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or of 36 months.

In the case of Chelsea, an 'association-trained player' is a player who, between the age of 15 and 21 and irrespective of his nationality and age, has been registered with another club affiliated to the FA for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or of 36 months.

These regulations mean Chelsea's A List will contain 23 players for this season's group stage.

A player may be registered on List B if he is born on or after 1 January 1988 and has been eligible to play for Chelsea for any uninterrupted period of two years since his 15th birthday.

Following the submission of these lists, a club may register up to three new eligible players for the remaining matches, such registration completed by 1 February.