Premier League Profiles: Who are Chelsea FC?
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They are regarded as one of England's most successful clubs. Chelsea was founded in 1905, a year after the director of the club Gus Mears acquired the Stamford Bridge Athletics stadium, so the club was established along with a ground for The Blues. During their early years, Chelsea were elected to be part of the Football League and they won promotion to the First Division in their second season and in 1915 they reached the FA Cup final but lost out to Sheffield United at Old Trafford. Chelsea during the inter-war years became known as the club who could attract the big names in English Football but success still eluded them. In 1952, former Arsenal and England forward Ted Drake became the manager in the hopes of transforming Chelsea into a modernised streamlined club who could compete for honours domestically and on the continent. Within three years, Chelsea had won that elusive First Division Championship which coincidentally they wouldn't win again for another 50 years under the Premier League brand name. Chelsea continued to compete for success in the 1960's picking up the FA Cup, League Cup and by the turn of the decade picked up the UEFA Cup Winners Cup. Their recent history has arguably been the most successful in the club's history. In 2003, Chelsea were taken over by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and the season after they won their first title in 50 years under Jose Mourinho notching up a record 95 points in the process. They then went on to retain to the title in 2005/06 becoming the fifth English side to win back to back league titles since the Second World War. The Blues reached the Champions League final in 2008 but lost out to Manchester United on penalties. Two years later they won yet another League title under Carlo Ancelotti achieving their first League and Cup double. In 2012 they finally captured the Champions League trophy becoming the first London side to do so. In the last three years, they have won two out of the four available League titles, one under Jose Mourinho and one under Antonio Conte in 2017. In Jorginho - Napoli, undisclosed Rob Green - free Out Trevor Chalobah - Ipswich, loan Reece James - Wigan, loan Dujon Sterling - Coventry, loan Nathan Baxter - Yeovil, loan Lewis Baker - Leeds, loan Jordan Houghton - MK Dons, free Kenedy - Newcastle, loan Jamal Blackman - Leeds, loan Mitchell Beeney - Sligo Rovers, free Ruben Sammutt - Falkirk, loan
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