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The 2011–12 season was Chelsea Football Club's 98th competitive season, their 23rd consecutive season in the top flight of English football (20th in the Premier League), and their 106th year in existence as a football club. While their sixth place in the league was their lowest domestic finish since 2001–02, they completed a cup double by winning their seventh FA Cup and their first UEFA Champions League.

Chelsea
2011–12 season
OwnerRoman Abramovich
ChairmanBruce Buck
ManagerAndré Villas-Boas
(until 4 March 2012)
Roberto Di Matteo
(caretaker manager)
StadiumStamford Bridge
Premier League6th
FA CupWinners
League CupQuarter-finals
UEFA Champions LeagueWinners
Top goalscorerLeague: Frank Lampard
Daniel Sturridge (11)

All: Frank Lampard (16)
Highest home attendance41,830 vs Tottenham Hotspur (24 March 2012)
Lowest home attendance33,820 vs Bayer Leverkusen (13 September 2011)

Contents

Key datesEdit

  • 22 June 2011: André Villas-Boas is appointed as the new manager on a three-year contract, with immediate effect.[1][2]
  • 7 July 2011: Villas-Boas and the rest of the first team squad have their first training of the season together.[3]
  • 13 July 2011: Chelsea win their first friendly match against Wycombe Wanderers.
  • 26 July 2011: Chelsea confirm Thibaut Courtois, a Belgian goalkeeper, as Villas-Boas' first signing. He is immediately loaned out to Atlético Madrid of La Liga.[4]
  • 14 August 2011: Chelsea draw first match of the Premier League season away to Stoke City. It finishes 0–0 on Villas-Boas's debut as Chelsea manager.
  • 20 August 2011: Villas-Boas wins his first competitive match as a Chelsea manager after Chelsea defeat West Bromwich Albion 2–1 at Stamford Bridge.
  • 22 August 2011: Chelsea and Valencia agree a deal for Juan Mata, who signs for Chelsea for a fee rumoured to be £23.5 million.[5]
  • 27 August 2011: Juan Mata scores on his debut match in a 3–1 home victory against Norwich City.
  • 27 August 2011: Chelsea and Guadalajara agree a deal for Ulises Dávila. He joins Chelsea on a five-year contract.[6]
  • 31 August 2011: The transfer deadline day sees Raul Meireles join from Liverpool, whilst Yossi Benayoun and Patrick van Aanholt depart on seasonal loan deals. France Under-20 international Gaël Kakuta joins Bolton Wanderers on loan until 1 January 2012.
  • 18 September 2011: Chelsea suffer their first defeat of the season, losing 1–3 to Manchester United at Old Trafford. Fernando Torres scored Chelsea's goal.
  • 29 November 2011: Liverpool knock Chelsea out of the League Cup at the Quarter Final stage, winning 2–0 at Stamford Bridge. The loss is Chelsea's third in four games, and sixth of the season overall.
  • 3 December 2011: Manager André Villas-Boas confirms that Nicolas Anelka and Alex have been transfer listed, and banned from training with the first team, after handing in transfer requests to the club. Both will be allowed to resume full training if the transfer does not happen in the January transfer window. The announcement is made after the away match against Newcastle United, which Chelsea win 3–0.
  • 6 December 2011: Chelsea win their final Champions League group game against Valencia 3–0 to secure progress to the knockout stages. Racing Genk's 1–1 draw against Bayer Leverkusen means that Chelsea top Group E.
  • 12 December 2011: Chelsea become the first team in the 2011–12 edition of the Premier League to defeat leaders Manchester City. Chelsea come from behind in a fiery encounter by goals from Raul Meireles and a late penalty by Frank Lampard to turn the deficit into a victory.
  • 4 March 2012: Villas-Boas is sacked and removed of his duties by the director's board following a 0–1 defeat against West Bromwich Albion.[7] Italian first team assistant manager Roberto Di Matteo Is officially appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the season.
  • 14 March 2012: Chelsea win their second match in the round of 16 of the UEFA champions league against Napoli with a 5–4 aggregate victory. Branislav Ivanović scores the winner in extra time to secure a spot in the quarter-finals. Following defeat of Arsenal by Milan and defeats of the Manchester clubs in their respective Europa League ties, Chelsea becomes the only remaining English representative in all European competitions.
  • 18 March 2012: Chelsea progress to the FA Cup semi-finals for a fifth time in seven years after beating Leicester City 5–2 at Stamford Bridge. Fernando Torres was the man of the match with two goals and two assists.
  • 4 April 2012: Chelsea progress to the Champions League semi-finals for the sixth time in the past nine seasons after beating Benfica 3–1 on aggregate.
  • 15 April 2012: Chelsea progress to the FA Cup final for the third time in four seasons, courtesy of a 5–1 win against Tottenham Hotspur. Controversy over Chelsea's second goal by Juan Mata adds to calls for goal-line technology.
  • 24 April 2012: Chelsea progress to the Champions League final in spectacular fashion, drawing 2–2 with Barcelona at Camp Nou despite playing with ten men for more than two thirds of the game. Chelsea win 3–2 on aggregate.
  • 28 April 2012: Chelsea agree personal terms with Werder Bremen's Marko Marin. He is set to join in the summer.[8]
  • 5 May 2012: Chelsea win the FA Cup for the seventh time after beating Liverpool 2–1 in the Final. Didier Drogba scores in his fourth FA Cup Final – a new record.
  • 19 May 2012: Chelsea win their first Champions League title, defeating Bayern Munich on penalties after a 1–1 draw in the Final. In doing so, Chelsea becomes the 22nd club to win the European Cup, the fifth English team and the first team from London to win the trophy.

ClubEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Position Staff
Manager   Andre Villas Boas
(until 4 March 2012)
Caretaker manager   Roberto Di Matteo
(from 4 March 2012)
Assistant manager   Steve Holland
  Roberto Di Matteo
(until 4 March 2012)
  Eddie Newton
(from 5 March 2012)
Technical Director   Michael Emenalo
Goalkeeper Coach   Christophe Lollichon
First Team Fitness Coach   Jose Mario Rocha
(until 4 March 2012)
Assistant First Team Fitness Coach   Chris Jones
Head Opposition Scout   Daniel Sousa
(until 4 March 2012)
Senior Opposition Scout   Mick McGiven
Medical Director   Paco Biosca
First team doctor   Eva Carneiro
Reserve Team Manager   Dermot Drummy
Youth Team Manager   Adrian Viveash
Academy Manager   Neil Bath
Match Analyst   James Melbourne

Other informationEdit

Owner   Roman Abramovich
Chairman   Bruce Buck
Chief Executive   Ron Gourlay
Director   Eugene Tenenbaum
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Stamford Bridge (41,837 / 103x67 metres)
Training ground Cobham Training Centre

KitsEdit

Supplier: Adidas / Sponsor: Samsung

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Kits informationEdit

Adidas launched new Chelsea home, away, third and goalkeeper kit for this season.

  • Home: The new home kit was launched in April 2011 and featured a very broad horizontal shadow design, inspired by the kits of the 1980s. The other unique feature was that the stripes had a white block on them, the stripes were blue for the first time in the history of the club's home kit.
  • Away: The away kit was unsurprisingly black and featured a 'fresh splash' turquoise squares on the upper chest, giving it a unique design.
  • Third: The new third kit was white with an indigo and yellow block on the upper chest.
  • Keeper: The new goalkeeper kit turned out to be white with maroon trimmings and socks, while the macaw/black from last season and navy/fluo green goalkeeper outfits from the 2009–10 seasons were retained, should they be needed.

SquadsEdit

First team squadEdit

No. Name Nationality Position (s) Date of Birth (Age) Signed from
Goalkeepers
1 Petr Čech   GK (1982-05-20)20 May 1982 (aged 30)   Rennes
22 Ross Turnbull   GK (1985-01-04)4 January 1985 (aged 27)   Middlesbrough
40 Hilário   GK (1975-10-21)21 October 1975 (aged 36)   Nacional
Defenders
2 Branislav Ivanović   RB / CB (1984-02-22)22 February 1984 (aged 28)   Lokomotiv Moscow
3 Ashley Cole   LB (1980-12-20)20 December 1980 (aged 31)   Arsenal
4 David Luiz   CB (1987-04-22)22 April 1987 (aged 25)   Benfica
17 José Bosingwa   RB / LB (1982-08-24)24 August 1982 (aged 29)   Porto
19 Paulo Ferreira   RB / LB (1979-01-18)18 January 1979 (aged 33)   Porto
24 Gary Cahill   CB (1985-12-19)19 December 1985 (aged 26)   Bolton Wanderers
26 John Terry (C)   CB (1980-12-07)7 December 1980 (aged 31)   Chelsea Academy
27 Sam Hutchinson   RB / CB (1989-08-03)3 August 1989 (aged 22)   Chelsea Academy
34 Ryan Bertrand   LB (1989-08-05)5 August 1989 (aged 22)   Chelsea Academy
Midfielders
5 Michael Essien   CM / DM (1982-12-03)3 December 1982 (aged 29)   Lyon
6 Oriol Romeu   DM / CM (1991-09-24)24 September 1991 (aged 20)   Barcelona
7 Ramires   CM / RM (1987-03-24)24 March 1987 (aged 25)   Benfica
8 Frank Lampard (VC)   CM (1978-06-20)20 June 1978 (aged 33)   West Ham United
10 Juan Mata   LW / RW / AM (1988-04-23)23 April 1988 (aged 24)   Valencia
12 John Obi Mikel   DM / CM (1987-04-22)22 April 1987 (aged 25)   Lyn
15 Florent Malouda   LW / CM (1980-06-13)13 June 1980 (aged 31)   Lyon
16 Raul Meireles   CM / DM (1983-03-17)17 March 1983 (aged 29)   Liverpool
20 Josh McEachran   CM (1993-03-01)1 March 1993 (aged 19)   Chelsea Academy
Forwards
9 Fernando Torres   ST (1984-03-20)20 March 1984 (aged 28)   Liverpool
11 Didier Drogba   ST (1978-03-11)11 March 1978 (aged 34)   Marseille
18 Romelu Lukaku   ST (1993-05-13)13 May 1993 (aged 19)   Anderlecht
21 Salomon Kalou   RW / LW / ST (1985-08-05)5 August 1985 (aged 26)   Feyenoord
23 Daniel Sturridge   RW / LW / ST (1989-09-01)1 September 1989 (aged 22)   Manchester City

Premier League squadEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Petr Čech
2   DF Branislav Ivanović
3   DF Ashley Cole HG
4   DF David Luiz
5   MF Michael Essien
6   MF Oriol Romeu U21
7   MF Ramires
8   MF Frank Lampard HG
9   FW Fernando Torres
10   MF Juan Mata
11   FW Didier Drogba
12   MF John Obi Mikel
15   MF Florent Malouda
16   MF Raul Meireles
17   DF José Bosingwa
No. Position Player
18   FW Romelu Lukaku U21
19   DF Paulo Ferreira
20   MF Josh McEachran U21
21   FW Salomon Kalou
22   GK Ross Turnbull HG
23   FW Daniel Sturridge HG
24   DF Gary Cahill HG
26   DF John Terry HG (Captain)
27   DF Sam Hutchinson HG
34   DF Ryan Bertrand HG
35   MF Lucas Piazon U21
40   GK Hilário
45   DF Nathaniel Chalobah U21
46   GK Jamal Blackman U21
  • HG = Home Grown Player
  • U21 = Under 21 Player

Source: 2011–12 Premier League squad

Reserve teamEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
27   DF Sam Hutchinson
35   MF Lucas Piazon
45   DF Nathaniel Chalobah
47   DF Billy Clifford
48   MF Conor Clifford
49   DF Aziz Deen-Conteh
No. Position Player
51   DF Rohan Ince
53   FW Marko Mitrović
54   DF Todd Kane
56   MF George Saville
58   DF Daniel Pappoe
  FW Adam Phillip

UEFA Champions League squadEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Petr Čech
2   DF Branislav Ivanović
3   DF Ashley Cole HG1
4   DF David Luiz
5   MF Michael Essien
6   MF Oriol Romeu
7   MF Ramires
8   MF Frank Lampard HG1 (Vice-Captain)
9   FW Fernando Torres
10   MF Juan Mata
11   FW Didier Drogba
12   MF John Obi Mikel
15   MF Florent Malouda
16   MF Raul Meireles
17   DF José Bosingwa
19   DF Paulo Ferreira
20   MF Josh McEachran B
21   FW Salomon Kalou
22   GK Ross Turnbull HG1
No. Position Player
23   FW Daniel Sturridge HG1
24   DF Gary Cahill HG1
26   DF John Terry HG2 (Captain)
34   DF Ryan Bertrand HG2
40   GK Henrique Hilário
45   DF Nathaniel Chalobah B
46   GK Jamal Blackman B
47   DF Billy Clifford B
48   MF Conor Clifford B
49   DF Aziz Deen-Conteh B
51   DF Rohan Ince B
53   MF Marko Mitrović B
54   DF Todd Kane B
55   MF James Ashton B
56   MF George Saville B
57   DF Archange Nkumu B
58   DF Daniel Pappoe B
60   GK Rhys Taylor B
  • B = List B Player
  • HG1 = Association-trained player
  • HG2 = Club-trained player

Source: 2011–12 UEFA Champions League squad

TransfersEdit

InEdit

SummerEdit

No. Pos Player Transferred From Fee Date Source
GK   Thibaut Courtois   Genk 9 million 26 July 2011 [9][10]
6 MF   Oriol Romeu   Barcelona €5 million 4 August 2011 [11][12]
18 FW   Romelu Lukaku   Anderlecht €12 million 18 August 2011 [13][14]
10 MF   Juan Mata   Valencia £23.5 million 22 August 2011 [15][16]
MF   Ulises Dávila   Guadalajara £1.75 million 27 August 2011 [6][17]
16 MF   Raul Meireles   Liverpool £12 million 31 August 2011 [18][19]

WinterEdit

No. Pos Player Transferred From Fee Date Source
27 DF   Sam Hutchinson Comeback Free transfer 1 December 2011 [20][21]
DF   Kenneth Omeruo   Standard Liège Undisclosed 6 January 2012 [22]
24 DF   Gary Cahill   Bolton Wanderers £7 million 16 January 2012 [23][24]
35 MF   Lucas Piazon   São Paulo 7.5 million 20 January 2012 [25][26]
FW   Patrick Bamford   Nottingham Forest £1 million 31 January 2012 [27][28]
MF   Kevin De Bruyne   Genk £6.7 million 31 January 2012 [29][30]

OutEdit

SummerEdit

No. Pos Player Transferred To Fee Date Source
FW   Bobby Devyne   Chesham United Free transfer 30 June 2011 [31][32][33]
45 FW   Fabio Borini   Parma 360,000 1 July 2011 [34]
42 DF   Michael Mancienne   Hamburger SV £3 million 1 July 2011 [35][36]
24 MF   Nemanja Matić   Benfica Free transfer* 1 July 2011 [37]
60 MF   Danny Philliskirk   Sheffield United Free transfer 1 July 2011 [38]
MF   Anton Rodgers   Brighton & Hove Albion Free transfer 1 July 2011 [31][32]
55 MF   Jacopo Sala   Hamburger SV €100,000 1 July 2011 [39]
DF   Ben Sampayo   Brighton & Hove Albion Free transfer 1 July 2011 [31][32]
61 GK   Jan Šebek   Baumit Jablonec Free transfer 1 July 2011 [40][41]
63 MF   Gökhan Töre   Hamburger SV €1.3 million 1 July 2011 [42][43]
59 MF   Michael Woods   Yeovil Town Free transfer 1 July 2011 [40]
MF   Jack Cork   Southampton £750,000 7 July 2011 [44][45]
18 MF   Yuri Zhirkov   Anzhi Makhachkala €15 million 6 August 2011 [46][47]
DF   Slobodan Rajković   Hamburger SV £1.75 million 24 August 2011 [48][49]

WinterEdit

No. Pos Player Transferred To Fee Date Source
MF   Mesca   Fulham Free transfer 20 September 2011 [50][51]
39 FW   Nicolas Anelka   Shanghai Shenhua Undisclosed 1 January 2012 [52][53]
DF   Carl Magnay   Gateshead Free transfer 1 January 2012 [54]
33 DF   Alex   Paris Saint-Germain £4.2 million 27 January 2012 [55][56]
50 MF   Kaby   AEL Limassol Free transfer 27 January 2012 [57]
59 FW   Philipp Prosenik   Milan Undisclosed 31 January 2012 [58]
52 MF   Jacob Mellis   Barnsley Free transfer 20 March 2012 [59]

Loan outEdit

No. Pos Player Loaned To Start End Loan Fee Source
43 DF   Jeffrey Bruma   Hamburger SV 1 July 2011 30 June 2012 500,000 [60]
54 GK   Sam Walker   Northampton Town 11 July 2011 23 December 2011 Free [61][62]
GK   Thibaut Courtois   Atlético Madrid 26 July 2011 30 June 2012 Free [4]
DF   Ben Gordon   Peterborough United 17 August 2011 24 September 2011 Free [63][64]
64 FW   Milan Lalkovič   Doncaster Rovers 18 August 2011 15 October 2011 Free [65][66]
DF   Tomáš Kalas   Vitesse 22 August 2011 30 June 2012 Free [67]
FW   Ulises Dávila   Vitesse 30 August 2011 30 June 2012 Free [68]
30 MF   Yossi Benayoun   Arsenal 31 August 2011 31 May 2012 Free [69]
44 FW   Gaël Kakuta   Bolton Wanderers 31 August 2011 1 January 2012 Free [70]
38 DF   Patrick van Aanholt   Wigan Athletic 31 August 2011 6 January 2012 Free [71][72]
GK   Matej Delač   České Budějovice 13 September 2011 30 June 2012 Free [73]
48 MF   Conor Clifford   Yeovil Town 4 November 2011 3 January 2012 Free [74][75]
60 GK   Rhys Taylor   Rotherham United 2 January 2012 5 May 2012 Free [57][76]
DF   Kenneth Omeruo   ADO Den Haag 7 January 2012 30 June 2013 Free [22]
DF   Ben Gordon   Kilmarnock 11 January 2012 31 May 2012 Free [77]
44 FW   Gaël Kakuta   Dijon 11 January 2012 30 June 2012 Free [78]
20 MF   Josh McEachran   Swansea City 15 January 2012 31 May 2012 Free [79]
38 DF   Patrick van Aanholt   Vitesse 16 January 2012 30 June 2012 Free [80]
GK   Sam Walker   Yeovil Town 19 January 2012 31 May 2012 Free [81]
MF   Kevin De Bruyne   Genk 31 January 2012 30 June 2012 Free [29]
64 FW   Milan Lalkovič   ADO Den Haag 31 January 2012 11 April 2012 Free [82][83]

Overall transfer activityEdit

CompetitionsEdit

OverviewEdit

Competition Started round Final
position / round
First match Last match
Premier League 6th 14 August 2011 13 May 2012
UEFA Champions League Group stage Winners 13 September 2011 19 May 2012
Football League Cup 3rd round Quarterfinal 21 September 2011 29 November 2011
FA Cup 3rd round Winners 8 January 2012 5 May 2012

Pre-season and friendliesEdit

Barclays Asia TrophyEdit

Premier LeagueEdit

League tableEdit

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 20 9 9 66 41 +25 69 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Group stage
5 Newcastle United 38 19 8 11 56 51 +5 65 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
6 Chelsea 38 18 10 10 65 46 +19 64 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Group stage 2
7 Everton 38 15 11 12 50 40 +10 56
8 Liverpool 38 14 10 14 47 40 +7 52 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 1

1Liverpool won the 2011–12 Football League Cup and qualified for the third qualifying round of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League.
2Chelsea won the 2011–12 Champions League and qualified for the group stage of the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League; assigning Tottenham to the Europa League.

Results summaryEdit

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 18 10 10 65 46  +19 64 12 3 4 41 24  +17 6 7 6 24 22  +2

Results by roundEdit

Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
GroundAHHAAHAHAHAHHAHAAHHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAH
ResultDWWWLWWWLLWLWWWDDDLWWDDDLWLWLDWWDDWLLW
Position116433333344554344454444455555555666666
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

MatchesEdit

UEFA Champions LeagueEdit

Group stageEdit

Group E
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Chelsea 6 3 2 1 13 4 +9 11
  Bayer Leverkusen 6 3 1 2 8 8 0 10
  Valencia 6 2 2 2 12 7 +5 8
  Genk 6 0 3 3 2 16 −14 3

Knockout phaseEdit

Round of 16Edit
Quarter-finalsEdit
Semi-finalsEdit
FinalEdit

League CupEdit

FA CupEdit

StatisticsEdit

Appearances and goalsEdit

As of end of season[93]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Premier League FA Cup League Cup Champions League
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK   Petr Čech 56 0 34 0 7 0 1+1 0 13 0
2 DF   Branislav Ivanović 45 5 26+3 3 5 0 1 0 10 2
3 DF   Ashley Cole 48 0 31+1 0 4 0 0 0 11+1 0
4 DF   David Luiz 40 3 18+2 2 5+1 0 3 0 11 1
5 MF   Michael Essien 19 0 10+4 0 0+3 0 0 0 1+1 0
6 MF   Oriol Romeu 24 0 11+5 0 0+2 0 3 0 3 0
7 MF   Ramires 47 12 28+2 5 6 4 0+1 0 10 3
8 MF   Frank Lampard 49 16 26+4 11 3+2 2 1+1 0 8+4 3
9 FW   Fernando Torres 49 11 20+12 6 5+1 2 1 0 6+4 3
10 MF   Juan Mata 54 12 29+5 6 7 4 0+1 0 11+1 2
11 FW   Didier Drogba 35 13 16+8 5 2+1 2 0 0 7+1 6
12 MF   John Obi Mikel 37 0 15+7 0 5 0 0+1 0 7+2 0
15 MF   Florent Malouda 43 3 11+15 2 2+3 1 3 0 5+4 0
16 MF   Raul Meireles 45 6 23+5 2 5+1 2 0 0 9+2 2
17 DF   José Bosingwa 43 1 24+3 1 4 0 1 0 7+4 0
18 FW   Romelu Lukaku 12 0 1+7 0 0+1 0 3 0 0 0
19 DF   Paulo Ferreira 9 0 3+3 0 0 0 1 0 1+1 0
21 FW   Salomon Kalou 26 5 7+5 1 4+1