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2000s Summary

Winning the league title for the first time in 50 years, 2005

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Claudio Ranieri (2000-04)
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Jose Mourinho (2004-07)
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Avram Grant (2007-08)
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Guus Hiddink celebrates with the players after winning the FA Cup, 2009

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Luiz Felipe Scolari (2008-09)
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Guus Hiddink (2009)
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Carlo Ancelotti (2009-11)
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When Colin Hutchinson described Chelsea as a ‘Continental club playing its football in England’ he was talking about the 2001 model, but the suggestion would have chimed with supporters from many decades earlier. The comment came ahead of the appointment of another overseas coach, Claudio Ranieri. A fine team-builder without a great record of actual success, Ranieri lifted the Blues from sixth to second place in the top flight and reached a Champions League semi-final but, equally importantly, first saw the potential in Frank Lampard and John Terry.

The ‘Tinker Man’ lost the 2002 FA Cup final but succeeded in one of the most important matches in our history, against Liverpool on 11 May 2003, to secure a Champions League berth at a time of rising financial difficulties. That was crucial in convincing Russian businessman Roman Abramovich to buy Chelsea FC from Ken Bates on 1 July that year.

He cleared all debt and made the biggest outlay on players in British history up to that point, including Premier League-based talents such as Joe Cole and Damien Duff, alongside proven stars who were perhaps under-appreciated elsewhere: Claude Makelele, Didier Drogba. Abramovich also lured over Porto’s all-conquering young manager, Jose Mourinho.

In his first season ‘the Special One’, as he had predicted, brought the league title to Stamford Bridge for the first time in 50 years, and followed it, remarkably, with a straight second win. The orchestra now had a world-class conductor and the symphony was awesome. 

The club’s centenary year was celebrated with the return of the old rampant lion badge and a move from Umbro to adidas as kit suppliers. History was made in many other ways in a golden age on the Fulham Road, including the first FA Cup final win at the new Wembley and another league title – part of the club’s first Double, under new boss Carlo Ancelotti. 

Europe continued, though, to tease. Close to a final appearance on three occasions, the Blues were just a post’s width away from winning an all-English Champions League final in Moscow 2008. There was more still to achieve for what was now a major force on the world stage of football. 

 

Spirit Of The Age

On 30 December  2004 online community website Facebook registers its millionth user, confirming the world was ‘in a relationship’ with social media. When they were not poking, stalking and unfriending, people were tracking down old school pals to discover how little they now had in common.

Key Players

Wembley king Didier Drogba scores the winning goal in the 2007 FA Cup final

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Frank Lampard (2001-14)
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Arjen Robben (2004-07)
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Claude Makelele (2003-08)
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John Terry and Roman Abramovich celebrate after winning the title, 2005

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Ricardo Carvalho (2004-10)
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Carlo Cudicini (1999-09)
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Jimmy Floyd Hasslebaink (2000-04)
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Eidur Gudjohnsen (2000-06)
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Key Matches : 2000-09

 

 

2000s Matchday Programme Cover

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Players of the 2000s

Player Years League Apps League Goals Total Apps Total Goals
ALEKSIDZE Rati 2000-02 0+2 0 0+3 0
ALEX 2007-12 72+14 7 115+19 10
AMBROSETTI Gabriele 1999-03 9+7 0 11+12 1
AMBROSIO Marco 2003-04 8 0 12 0
ANELKA Nicolas 2008-12 104+21 38 145+39 59
BABAYARO Celestine 1997-05 118+14 5 177+20 8
BALLACK Michael 2006-10 87+18 17 140+27 26
BELLETTI Juliano 2007-10 29+25 5 54+40 5
BEN-HAIM Tal 2007-08 10+3 0 17+6 0
BERTRAND Ryan 2006-2015 21+7 0 42+15 2
BOGARDE Winston 2000-04 2+7 0 4+8 0
BORINI Fabio 2008-11 0+4 0 1+7 0
BOSINGWA Jose 2008-12 79+10 3 111+15 3
BOSNICH Mark 2001-03 5 0 7 0
BOULAHROUZ Khalid 2006-08 10+3 0 19+4 0
BRIDGE Wayne 2003-09 74+13 1 124+18 4
BRUMA Jeffrey 2009-13 1+3 0 3+7 0
CARVALHO Ricardo 2004-10 129+6 7 203+7 11
CASIRAGHI Pierluigi 1998-00 10 1 13+2 1
CECH Petr 2004-15 332+1 0 492+2 0
CLEMENT Neil 1995-00 1 0 1+3 0
COLE Ashley 2006-14 221+8 7 325+13 7
COLE Carlton 2000-06 4+21 4 6+26 8
COLE Joe 2003-10 122+61 27 189+93 39
CRESPO Hernan 2003-08 33+16 20 47+26 25
CRITTENDEN Nick 1997-00 0+2 0 1+2 0
CUDICINI Carlo 1999-09 138+4 0 210+6 0
DALLA BONA Sam 1998-02 42+13 6 51+22 6
DE GOEY Ed 1997-03 123 0 178+1 0
DE LUCAS Quique 2002-03 17+8 0 21+10 1
DECO 2008-10 31+12 5 42+16 6
DEL HORNO Asier 2005-06 25 1 32+2 1
DESAILLY Marcel 1998-04 156+2 6 219+3 7
DESCHAMPS Didier 1999-00 24+3 0 44+3 1
DI MATTEO Roberto 1996-02 108+11 15 155+20 26
DI SANTO Franco 2008-10 0+8 0 0+16 0
DIARRA Lassana 2005-07 9+4 0 21+10 0
DROGBA Didier 2004-12 & 2014-15 187+67 104 288+93 164
DUFF Damien 2003-06 63+18 14 95+30 19
ESSIEN Michael 2005-14 150+18 17 223+33 25
FERREIRA Paulo 2004-13 107+34 0 167+50 2
FERRER Albert 1998-03 71+5 0 105+8 1
FLO Tore Andre 1997-00 59+53 34 94+69 50
FORSSELL Mikael 1998-05 6+27 5 12+41 12
GALLAS William 2001-06 147+12 12 213+12 14
GEREMI 2003-07 48+24 4 74+35 4
GOLDBAEK Bjarne 1998-00 15+14 5 21+19 5
GRANT Anthony 2005-08 0+1 0 0+1 0
GRONKJAER Jesper 2000-04 56+32 7 77+42 11
GUDJOHNSEN Eidur 2000-06 126+60 54 177+86 78
HAMPSHIRE Steven 1997-00 0 0 0+1 0
HARLEY Jon 1997-01 22+8 2 30+12 2
HASSELBAINK Jimmy Floyd 2000-04 119+17 69 156+21 87
HILARIO Henrique 2006-14 18+2 0 35+4 0
HITCHCOCK Kevin 1988-01 92+4 0 131+4 0
HOGH Jes 1999-01 6+3 0 11+6 0
HUGHES Paul 1994-00 13+8 2 15+8 2
HUTCHINSON Sam 2006-14 1+4 0 2+4 0
HUTH Robert 2001-06 23+19 0 32+30 2
IVANOVIC Branislav 2008-17 240+21 22 352+25 34
JAROSIK Jiri 2005-06 3+11 0 6+14 0
JOHNSON Glen 2003-07 35+7 3 61+11 4
JOKANOVIC Slavisa 2000-02 19+20 0 28+25 0
KAKUTA Gael 2009-15 1+5 0 5+11 0
KALOU Salomon 2006-12 94+62 36 147+107 60
KEENAN Joe 1999-06 0+2 0 0+3 0
KEZMAN Mateja 2004-05 6+19 4 14+27 7
KITAMIRIKE Joel 2001-04 0 0 1 0
KNIGHT Leon 1999-03 0 0 0+1 0
LAMBOURDE Bernard 1997-01 29+11 2 43+17 3
LAMPARD Frank 2001-14 404+25 147 593+55 211
LE SAUX Graeme 1987-93 & 1997-03 210+20 12 280+32 16
LEBOEUF Frank 1996-01 142+2 17 200+4 24
MAKELELE Claude 2003-08 132+12 2 201+16 2
MALOUDA Florent 2007-13 110+39 35 173+56 45
MANCIENNE Michael 2006-11 2+2 0 3+3 0
MANICHE 2006-06 3+5 0 5+6 0
MATIC Nathaniel 2009-11 & 2014-17 108+15 4 128+21 7
MELCHIOT Mario 1999-04 117+13 4 149+16 5
MELLIS Jacob 2008-11 0 0 0+1 0
MIKEL John Obi 2006-17 183+66 1 282+90 6
MINEIRO 2008-09 0+1 0 1+1 0
MORAIS Nuno 2004-07 0+4 0 1+8 0
MORRIS Jody 1995-03 82+42 5 113+60 9
MUTU Adrian 2003-04 21+6 6 30+8 10
NICHOLLS Mark 1995-01 11+25 3 16+36 3
NICOLAS Alexis 2001-04 1+1 0 2+1 0
OLIVEIRA Filipe 2001-05 0+5 0 0+8 0
PANUCCI Christian 2000-01 7+1 0 9+1 1
PARKER Scott 2004-05 8+7 1 19+9 1
PERCASSI Luca 1998-00 0 0 0+2 0
PETIT Emmanuel 2001-04 52+3 2 71+5 3
PETRESCU Dan 1995-00 134+16 17 186+22 23
PIDGELEY Lenny 2003-06 1+1 0 1+1 0
PIZARRO Claudio 2007-09 4+17 2 10+22 2
POYET Gustavo 1997-01 79+26 36 110+35 49
QUARESMA Ricardo 2009-09 1+3 0 1+4 0
ROBBEN Arjen 2004-07 51+16 15 74+32 19
SAHAR Ben 2007-09 0+3 0 0+5 0
SHEERIN Joe 1997-00 0+1 0 0+1 0
SHEVCHENKO Andriy 2006-09 30+18 9 53+24 22
SIDWELL Steve 2007-08 7+8 0 13+12 1
SINCLAIR Scott 2006-10 1+4 0 6+8 1
SMERTIN Alexey 2003-06 11+5 0 19+6 1
SMITH Jimmy 2005-09 0+1 0 0+1 0
STANIC Mario 2000-04 39+20 7 54+26 10
STOCH Miroslav 2007-10 0+4 0 0+5 0
STURRIDGE Daniel 2009-13 31+32 13 49+47 24
SULLIVAN Neil 2003-04 4 0 7+1 0
SUTTON Chris 1999-00 21+7 1 27+12 3
TERRY John 1998-2017 473+19 41 686+31 67
THOME Emerson 1999-00 19+2 0 20+2 0
TIAGO 2004-05 21+13 4 31+21 4
TURNBULL Ross 2009-13 6+1 0 16+3 0
VAN AANHOLT Patrick 2007-14 0+2 0 3+5 1
VERON Juan Sebastian 2003-07 5+2 1 11+3 1
VIALLI Gianluca 1996-00 46+12 21 69+19 40
WATT Steven 2002-06 0+1 0 1+1 0
WEAH George 2000-00 9+2 3 13+2 5
WISE Dennis 1990-01 322+10 53 434+11 76
WOLLEASTON Robert 1998-03 0+1 0 0+2 0
WOODS Michael 2007-11 0 0 0+2 0
WRIGHT-PHILLIPS Shaun 2005-08 43+39 4 65+60 10
ZENDEN Boudewijn 2001-04 24+19 4 30+29 4
ZHIRKOV Yury 2009-11 16+13 0 32+17 1
ZOLA Gianfranco 1996-03 185+44 59 260+52 80

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