Another seven former Chelsea stars have signed up to play at Stamford Bridge in the Game4Ukraine, all of them title winners from across both our men’s and women’s teams.
The latest additions to the squads which will take part in a special match at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 5 August have been announced, with a number of familiar faces for Blues supporters joining up to help raise funds for the rebuilding of a school in Ukraine that was badly damaged by the ongoing war in the country.
There was already strong Chelsea representation in the game at the Bridge, with Ricardo Carvalho, Danny Drinkwater, Michael Essien, Samuel Eto’o, William Gallas, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Claude Makelele, Christian Panucci and Gianfranco Zola all playing for Team Sheva, captained by another former Blue and Ukraine international Andriy Shevchenko.
They are now joined by four members of the Chelsea side which won back-to-back Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006 to make us champions of England for the first time in 50 years. Petr Cech, Joe Cole, Carlo Cudicini and Glen Johnson made an incredible 1,064 Chelsea appearances between them and were all part of the squad for those famous 2004/05 and 2005/06 campaigns.
Cech and Cole were also part of the sides which reached the Blues’ first Champions League final in 2008 and secured our first Premier League and FA Cup Double two years later, while Petr’s massive role in Munich in 2012 to help us become kings of Europe will never be forgotten.
The team featuring a number of former Blues will be managed on the day by current Chelsea Women boss Emma Hayes, fresh from guiding us to an unprecedented fourth successive Women’s Super League title, and her squad for the Game4Ukraine now includes three players who have won that competition under her leadership at Chelsea.
The first women’s players confirmed to be putting their boots back on at the Game4Ukraine are Katie Chapman, Claire Rafferty and Carly Telford, with all three having been part of the Chelsea team which won the Women’s Super League and Women’s FA Cup Double in 2018. Chapman and Rafferty had also helped us win our first Double in 2015 – Chapman captaining the Blues on both occasions – while Telford added two more WSL titles in 2020 and 2021.
Of course, it is not just former Chelsea players who will be taking to the Stamford Bridge pitch for this worthy cause on 5 August, with Team Shevchenko and Team Zinchenko’s impressive line-ups bringing a combined medal haul of 20 Champions League, eight World Cup, and two Ballon d’Or wins.
It is shaping up to be quite a match when the Game4Ukraine kicks off at 6pm at Stamford Bridge on 5 August. Tickets to see them all in action are now available on general sale here, up to 20 tickets per person, priced £28 for adults and £15 for concessions.
Supporters can also watch the Game4Ukraine in style and luxury, with seat-only packages available for £50 per person and full hospitality from £120 per person. You can find further details on the hospitality options and reserve your spot here.