Why Chelsea

How does someone end up supporting a premier league club? If you are in the UK, the choice of whom to support may not be that difficult. You could live in Manchester and support Man City or live in Merseyside and support Everton or your family could be supporting a certain club which you grow up watching and supporting. Mostly, you could start supporting a club even before you can start appreciating football.

For the football fans outside the footballing nations in Europe, there should be a trigger to start supporting a top club from Europe. What could be that trigger? It could be the club’s continued success, your favourite player in a club, a bunch of players from your nationality in the club, the playing style of the team etc. For the people outside of these footballing nations, especially in Asia, sometimes people do need a reason to support a club. This might sound strange for the football fans in England, Spain, Italy, Germany etc. Probably I should first talk a little bit about football in India and then explain you ‘why Chelsea’.

In India, football was almost obscure but for some presence in certain pockets. The nation was/is so cricket-crazy that the fans and media had no time or money for any other sport. It is only after the satellite channels started televising the premier league and la liga matches, the game really caught on in India. When football started featuring in the Indian television channels, it was Man Utd who were ‘the’ team. It was their era of dominance. It’s natural to find a lot of Man Utd fans in India who are in their 20s or 30s and a lot of Liverpool fans in their 30s or 40s.

In non-footballing countries like India, you find a lot of people who follow certain sports when there is an event. When the world cup was there, lot of them would appear to be fan. When Wimbledon was on everyone’s a tennis fan. Once the event is over, they might have no idea of what’s happening in the football world or tennis world. It’s not wrong but that’s the way it’s here. Whichever team is ‘now trending’ tends to gather a lot of fans.

It is only now, I see school children and college kids following and talking football. When I was in school or college, I could not remember even one conversation that was about football. The other big interest-driver in these non-footballing countries is the television coverage. I started watching football only when we got satellite television coverage in India. Still I was not really following football as such.

As an avid gamer, I always loved strategy games. So one day, when I was looking for a new strategy game, I saw this game Championship Manager 4. I was told that it is a fine football management and strategy game. That sounded pretty interesting. More than anything, this game did not need a new video card! It was this game that brought me closer to football. It taught me the concepts, the methods, introduced me to the game’s personalities, the styles, the everything. If I remember right I played as Real Madrid then because they were the most popular and were always on the news.

So then, I started watching the weekend football matches on TV. That was very casual. I didn’t know the teams or the players. I didn’t know about the league structure or the rules. But I enjoyed watching football. In the sports channels in India, they normally would show all matches of Man Utd, Liverpool and Arsenal. They show the matches of the other teams only if the slots did not clash with that of the top three. So all the games I used to see were of this ‘despicable three’.

Being an internet freak, my new found interest in football trickled into my time on the internet. I started understanding and studying the game with the help of internet. I started reading the news and rumours but my internet back then wasn’t good enough for streaming videos. It was the championship/football manager and the internet sources that helped me with the deeper understanding of the game. So when and why exactly did my connection with Chelsea happen?

Thanks to Jose Mourinho. He was a big thing when he won the champions league with Porto. He was the talk of the town. He was young, he was brash, he was intelligent and he was successful too. He was devilish and he was special. I truly admired him, still admire him. It was because of Jose Mourinho, I started following Chelsea. And then I started supporting Chelsea. I do not know from which moment on, though. I seriously do not know.

You know you’ve become a fan of a team, when you feel upset like hell after a defeat. You know you’ve become a fan of a team, when you get into never-before superstitions for a team to hold on to that lead. You know you’ve become a fan of a team when you defend a team to death, though having different opinions in your mind, which you never bring on to the argument. All these things started happening to me with Chelsea. Without even knowing from when, I had become a thorough Chelsea fan. Very soon, everything about me turned Chelsea. The wallpapers, the passwords, the pillows, the car hangings – everything turned Chelsea. Sometimes, it got a bit too much that it even pissed off folks around me.

I did talk about the need to have a reason to follow a club. The crucial point is, if you’re a real fan, the reason need not continue to exist. I know a lot of people in India who are Liverpool fans who started following them in the 80s when they were very successful and they are still supporting Liverpool thoroughly. For them the success was a reason why they started to follow Liverpool but the disappearance of that reason has not changed their loyalty. Similarly, my reason – Jose Mourinho, left Chelsea. That’s not changed me a bit. Even though Mourinho left, my feelings for Chelsea did not change. I think it’s a bit difficult to express what makes you a fan and why. It’s a form of a love – it’s about how we feel inside – the joy and the pain – that defines our love for our team/club.

Becoming a Chelsea fan in the Roman era takes a lot of gut. That too if you’re not from West London, it’s even tougher. You get laughed at for being a Chelsea fan. You get ridiculed that you became a fan after the money walked in. You are told that you’d be supporting another club once Roman leaves Chelsea. The biggest taunt is about your lack of knowledge about Chelsea’s history. Sometimes, even the Chelsea fans themselves do it to their new fellow-Chelsea fans.

My response to them all: You can go f*** yourselves. I don’t need to explain to anyone. I knew nothing about Indian cricket history but I was a fan of Indian cricket. By the way, I have no idea what my great grandfather was doing for his livelihood and haven’t seen my grandfather even in a photograph.

I know there are millions of Chelsea fans outside of West London who became so after Roman bought the club. There could be a small percentage of people who are fans for the excitement but every club has this kind of fans. But the super majority are real fans that laugh and cry with the fortunes of the club. Almost all of them I know are deeply passionate about the club and invest so much time, money, effort and emotions into Chelsea Football Club.

Why did I start this blog? I love football, I love Chelsea, I love internet and I love writing. Add up all this, you get a chelsea blog. There were/are not too many Chelsea blogs around. I don’t think I’m better at football or writing. But what I think that I bring through this blog, is just my personal views and opinions on the game and on Chelsea. I’m no expert but I’m just one of you. This blog is not meant to be the voice of the fans – this is just the voice of me as a Chelsea fan. BlueChampions Blog has been a great experience for me and I thank you for that!

Keep The Blue Flag Flying High!

130 Comments

  1. danski blue says:

    Hi i'm Dan Tomlinson, im 20 and live in North West of England, Followed Chelsea since age of 2 ( i still got the Kevin Peacock Shirt haha) when dad took me to stamford Bridge and iv never looked back since!
    Am currently a Legal Advisor for Consumer Direct and working my way to get myself to a City lol.
    Love Life, Love Football, Love CHELSEA!!

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  2. Giridhar says:

    I am a Chelase fan from Chennai, India. Been a Chelsea fan from 2002. Been more a Hater of ManU before that.

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  3. Manish says:

    Hi...I am Manish from India....I support Chelsea from the first day I started following EPL....honestly speaking I am not sure why and how it happened because I really disliked the way Chelsea played and still do so.....but I kept watching EPL only for Chelsea matches (really not sure why) and in due course I found that I have become a Chelsea supporter...may be its what they call love at first sight....

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  4. Adonis says:

    I'm Adonis Agha, and I'm 18. I, like Giridhar, have been a Man U hater since the late 90's and then I moved to the US where I couldn't get any soccer games on TV, so I lost contact, but not love, of the sport. I tried the internet, but it's not very good, hearing about a fantastic Chelsea squad that's whooping everyone, and not seeing it. The first game I saw, after I got the soccer subscriptions for my TV, was Chelsea's 3-0 match against Manure to win the title (when Rooney broke his foot), and I've been a Chelsea fan ever since. I envy those of you who've been Chelsea fans all your lives and who know the club history inside and out, but it's alright. I try to learn as much as I can about this fantastic club all the time.

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  5. proudly blue says:

    hi,am dipo a banker from nigeria,i have been following chelsea since babayaro joined in 97,i watched chelsea evolve from a crowd pleasing midtable team to an all conquering peolple hating time.and i just love it!

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  6. SpecialOne says:

    Great post mate. Like you, I don't like to disclose to much personal info, so call me SpecialOne. :D Me? I am from Australia, 17 and love watching the good old Chels' play. To be honest I haven't supported Chelsea for that long, thus I am often on the receiving end of the "band-wagon" slurs. But I proclaim my innocence from their insults, as I was not aware of such band-wagon when I began supporting! Being in Australia it is hard to watch every game due to most of them being shown in the earliest hours of the morning and half not being shown on TV (doesn't stop me watching them elsewhere .. muahaha). Nevertheless I follow every move by the club with huge interest and can't wait to see us tackle the new season. KTBFFH!

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  7. Raging Bull says:

    Hi Guys, I'm Anthony (Anto, Antwan) lol 24 from Lisburn, N.Ireland.. Supported the Chels since i can remember which is probably bout 20 years, Love gettin to the bridge and cant wait til start of the season...

    WE WANT OUR TITLE BACK!!!!!

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  8. True Blue Fusion says:

    Hi Guys,
    This Is A Guy,age 17 from lucknow............U May Call Me Fusion That's My Net Name....................................Why i support Chelsea............Because unlike other clubs It's making history instead of resting on past laurels..................................I Admire Jose as he is the best manager

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  9. Mourofsame says:

    Hi Guys,
    My name is Fifi. I am from Ghana. I am 40 years. Never initially thought much about the english game. In fact I thought it was crap and started following only when my favourite italian players started arriving. since Chelsea were the favourite destination, i started developing interest in chelsea. coincidentally, the Azzuris are my favourite national squad and have been since i first followed live world cup matches in 1978. since Chelsea were also were blue like Italy, the love grew more intense. juventus, was still my number one. but over the past five years Chelsea has even outpaced my favourite local team, Accra Hearts of Oak. I love the blues with a passion. I love Mourinho for his directness, his confidence and his ability to withstand all the hate. Chelsea is the future of football- My cup is now full because since the arrival of essien a couple of seasons back, support for Chelsea in Ghana has completely outpaced that of Arsenal and Man U. Blue is the colour.

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  10. LDN says:

    My name is Suraj, currently living in Northwest of England orginally come from London!!. Been a blues fan since knee high, every time I go back home I always past the bridge which is a welcoming sight to see. My favourite blues player in this time has to be the mighty Essien (I haven't seen a player for the blues that gives so much on the pitch for a single team).

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  11. Maysam says:

    My name is Maysam. I have been supporting Chelsea from the game in which Gianfranco Zola missed a penalty (Italy-Germany), I do remember Kopke was Germans goal keepers then. I think it was 1996.
    I am always talking about soccer and Chelsea. My friends think I am insane, and call me ‘Mr. Chelsea’ at work and university.
    I am good at analyzing games because I worked for a professional team in Iran (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PAS_Tehran_F.C.). I helped their manager to analyze games by computer and prepare power point for players.
    I love Vialli , Zola , Cudicini and Mourinho the most.
    I am also good soccer player, I have played for my high school and university team. I have won a cup with my university team. My friends say I play like Makelele but faster. By the way my position is defensive midfielder.
    I am that kind of fan who don’t hide tears, I usually cry for soccer games , specially CL. My first cry was for Zola, his lap of honor.
    I start my day by checking www.Chelseafc.com and this website and some sports websites.
    That’s me.

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  12. Siddharth says:

    Hi, I'm Siddharth - 28 yrs. of age. I'm software professional from Pune.

    I started watching football (not supporting chelsea) in 2001. I started supporting them in 2003.

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  13. nihongo blue says:

    friends...konichiwa from japan. i am gaurav , 26 software professional, come from india presently in japan from a year and maybe a few years ahead.

    We used to bet beers on the football matches and my love for chelsea started there. Won a lot many beers from my peers... oh jose i owe u a lot ;)

    blue is the colour football is the game
    we are all together and winning is our aim!!

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  14. joeblue says:

    Hey guys , i am Jyotirmay from India , i m 17 and studying at Delhi University , and i too started out as a Manure hater , which brought me closer to CFC , since 2001 i hav regularly followed the teams progress , but the last four seasons hav been a revolution , a Chelsea revolution , as Roman and Jose hav built this world-beating team , i do not blindly follow anyone and hav indulged in a lot of management and games of football , with indepth research as well!!!!

    Most people on this blog or visiting this blog hate me , and cant help but take a swipe at me , but it does not even make me flinch as i hav struggled my way all life, which is why i luv CFC , the struggle and then the prize , anyone who i hav ever abused or embarrased i m really sorry , its never personal , its just that hot-streak that goes with me , but Chelsea is my life , my inspiration , my passion , a hope for the weak and struggling to rise up and fight the ones dominating , True Blue forever!!!!

    Thanx BC for this wonderful blog , i too hav worked a lot in this computers field and i kno how difficult , time-consuming and hard-work takes its toll , but iam always there for every CFC supporter!!!

    Cheers mates
    Joeblue

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  15. Chris says:

    I'm Chris, 18, a student from Manchester, England. The first ever Chelsea game I watched was the Champions League semi-final second leg against Monaco during the 03-04 season, and I've followed the team ever since.

    My membership will be in its second year this year. I look forward to seeing our fortunes with Malouda, Pizarro et al this season!

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  16. Chelsea, MA says:

    Hello, I am Alex from Boston Massachusetts; Age 32. I started following Chelsea at the start of last season. I finally got Fox Soccer Channel and a DVR so I can now follow the English game. I liked Chelsea as an "Anti Man-U". I also like their international roster. I went to my first game at the Bridge in May (The unfortunate 2-2 draw to Bolton). I loved the atmosphere in the stadium.

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  17. RomanHoliday says:

    Hiya there everyone ,
    I'm RomanHoliday presently in Mandalay,Burma. I have been a Chelsea supporter and proud member of the bandwagon since...... I forget the dates altho I have always liked Zola and Torre Andre Flo , And the Swede also whose name I do not remember. I became a committed Chelsea fan afterwe lost to Monaco in CL semi -final,picture me gritting my teeth and swearing at Morientes. I had to buy friends a lot of beers when once I bet against Chelsea and Jimmy Floyd smacked in a hat-trick... but that hasn't yet since JM
    arrived.
    I am fat -middle aged and bespectacled, have horrible grammar and usually write in this blog when drunk so sometimes I can be incomprehensible.

    I work for an oil company and try to manage a bunch of hooligan engineers and technicians who are mostly Manure fans so I must be very careful not to upset them too much ( like when I flip flopped on the carpet on the FA win night) and the team spirit at work altho I have CFC stickers in my cubicle and wallpaper on my PC.
    I appreciate BC's work on the blog and will always remember the welcome that he and Blue58 gave me the first few times I visited the blog. JoeBlue after a mighty spat with me, is my best friend on the blog and I hope the rest of you will be too soon.
    I enjoy using pseudo-fruedian pychiatric ,psycho babble to anaylze and bait any wayward fans of Manure,Arsey or Liverpuddle who happen to insult us in this blog.
    Swede's name is jesper..cannot spell the rest.... sker.

    Cheers . BC, Joe Blueand all

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  18. Cashif says:

    Hi people, first off ther'es something really uniquely homely about this place (credit to you guys out there, esp Bluechampion.)
    I'm Cashif, 20, was raised in a zoo of man u fanatics but was saved by Poyet, Zola, Wise, Petrescu and co (4-0 sunderland my first Chelsea game)... Been following football since Vialli's reign. Something about the multinational squad of ours that got me hooked...Now Chelsea's a sort of drug for me...
    KTBFFH

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  19. Danski Blue says:

    ROMANHOLIDAY: jesper Gronkjaer is the guy ur thikning of (i think) and he was danish not sweedish buddy!

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  20. dipsblue says:

    my name is dips i am from nigeria,i love chelsea,the history and everything we stand for.blues till manure goes on relegation!!!!!!

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  21. chelsea_crazy says:

    Hi!,
    My name is Abigail. I am 12 years-old..hm. well, I can't say that I've been supporting Chelsea since I was really young but I started really supporting at the age of.. 10? 9? But since then I've always been a true-blue!!
    Chelsea!!

    Abigail

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  22. Crusader in Blue! says:

    Hey Guys... This is Kaushik from India.
    I am a massive fan of football and i follow chelsea in & out.
    The first game that i saw of the EPL was a chelsea match in which Zola scored a goal which caught my attention(2001-2002 season) and have been following the Blues since.
    Jose's appointment was the best thing to happen to chelsea and for me, he's the man to take it to glory.....

    I am a Doctor by Proffesion, Luckily, Just out of Med School So have a lil free time to follow footie.
    Have a lot of interest in the tactical and technical side of the game. Being a football player for college helps in that.
    This blog is a wonderful avenue for Fans like us to share our views and catch up on some club news.
    Thanx BC....

    Jose Rocks ....He's the best manager by a country mile!!!!

    and guys..........
    "It's in the Blood"

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  23. Maverick says:

    I dont know when it all started. But I simply love it!!! Im 22 and belong to south asia. The affair betn me and blues seems to be getting stronger year after year.
    Its a good blog.

    "its in blood"

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  24. Jagreets says:

    I am 29,I fell with luv with Jose when he won UCL with Portoo,when he came to Chelsea,so I start liking chelsea too.But now I like Chelsea b'coz of many ppl.
    1.Roman

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  25. Jagreets says:

    I am 29,I fell with luv with Jose when he won UCL with Porto,thenhe came to Chelsea,so I start liking chelsea too.But now I like Chelsea b'coz of many ppl.
    Roman, Terry, Ballack, Sheva, Robben, j Cole, Chec.

    I like Chelsea's Neverdying spirit,may be because of Jose only it is in players.
    Of Course as long as JM is there I think I ll luv Chelsea.

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  26. Aj says:

    If i am a Chelsea fan now, you know the reason, you. I appreaciate what you are doing. All the best

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  27. huntycfc says:

    Figure I'd introduce myself here. My name's Dave, I'm 21 years old, and I'm from Hammersmith, West London. I was brought up as a Chelsea fan by my dad, him by his dad, and so forth. I count myself lucky, living so close to Stamford Bridge I'm able to watch my beloved Chelsea play when I can (money permitting, that is), and obviously being from England there is extensive coverage of the Premiership.

    I started viewing this blog about a month ago, but have only started to get involved within it, so I raise my glass to everything blue, and yourself Blue_Champion :o)

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  28. QJA says:

    Dan, 18 yo from Reston, VA, USA. I've been supporting Chelsea since 2004. It's funny, but I started following Chelsea before I started following EPL, Europe, or even the MLS with much depth. I liked Drogba and Cech and Mourinho and after that I was hooked.

    My ambition for the near future is to get straight A's in college and make a pilgrimage to Stamford Bridge to see my beloved Blues play on their home ground.

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  29. TrueBlueInd says:

    Hi..I'm Manjith Thomas From India..I am a Networking professional at a company in the UAE..I hold a Masters Degree In Engineering..I want to do my PHD as well n get into teaching after that:)
    I was an Arsenal fan till 2003..Then with Roman taking over chelsea there was a lot of hype n i just fell in love with the blues..I've been a chelsea supporter for the last 4 years.
    This is a great place n i'm starting to enjoy the discussions here:)

    Go BLUES Go

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  30. longrange says:

    I'm a 19 yr old Indian studying in Singapore...I too started out as a Manure hater (i dint know there were so many others!)...i officially became a fan last season and i'm completely in awe of Jose Mourinho...my first season was the one which Chelsea lost their title (06-07), but i was proud to be rooting for them the way through and was even more proud of how they played...with injuries they were in contention for 4 prizes at a time, and i've really come to love the grit and determination that is synonymous with Chelsea..

    this blog is great! Thanks BC!

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  31. joe says:

    hi!i'm joe from malaysia..i'm undergradute in sc.comp..i'm fan of chelsea start from the era of zola..that time claudio raneiri is the manager..i'm not much seeing their match but i'm supporting chelsea than other club..hope the injuries issue won't problem the blues to grab back the ttle from MU..glory to chelsea!
    n i would like to link this site to my blog..

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  32. Surinder Singh Gill says:

    Hi! I'm Surinder from New Delhi. I'm a Training and Development Manager- General Motors India. I really support chelsea and love the way they play. Hi "Manjit Thomas" remember me? ur schoold friend! u can mail me at ssgill.mail@gmail.com. I hope u see this and write back! bye

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  33. FleetofFoot says:

    Hey everyone. I'm Kevin, and a Chelsea supporter from the United States. Like BC I have to admit I did not follow Chelsea until after Roman arrived, but I watched Chelsea in the Champions League in 2004/2005 and immediately was taken by the spirit of the Blues. At any rate, I enjoy discussing soccer (football) with fellow fans, and that's what I hope to do here.

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  34. Troeger says:

    Hey, my name is Graham, and I live in Florida, USA.
    I grew up in a football (american football) town, but I always loved and wanted to play soccer (real football). I played in high school, and at college, and now I play in community leagues.

    I mostly just watched World Cup Football since 1998, sometimes I see an MLS game and they are getting better. After the 2006 World Cup, I decided to learn more and follow European games. I found a game on television and it was Chelsea vs. Werder Bremen (2-0), and many of my favorite World Cup players were with Chelsea, so I was a supporter from then. I tend to support/follow players more than teams, but if there is a team I support it is Chelsea.

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  35. Sumesh says:

    Hey, I am Sumesh, from India.

    I am a 15-year old student, currently in 10th grade.

    I have been a Chelsea fan for as long as I watched EPL - since 2004. Coincidence, it was also Chelsea's title reign.

    That's why I really fell in love. I do hate the new bigmoney signings, with the exception of Shevchenko. They're not as dedicated as the squad of '04.

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  36. Owonatty says:

    I am a 30yrs old male from Nigeria. Go by name Owo. I am into Computer Repairs and Maintenance I started supporting Chelsea since the Champions league quarter final away match against Arsenal at Highbury. Since then i have been a true and always going deep to know more about the History of this wonderful club. Everything became superb when Jose Morinho came in and we started winning trophies. We have more enemies and I love arguing with them and proving Chelsea right for action and step taking by the board or any member of the team. I hate Arsenal . I wish we win the Champions League ahead of Arsenal.
    Go Chelsea. Blues4life

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  37. bestboyvijay says:

    hi all. i am vijay from Pune india. i have been supporting chelsea since 2002. I wanna be a part of the great blue revolution and hope to create and rewrite history along with the blues. go blues go.....

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  38. Syed says:

    Hi, I am Syed, 20-year old male from London. I was born in Bangladesh. I have been following Chelsea since Jose Mourinho arrived at the Bridge, and have been a (True Blue) member of the club ever since. Of course, I'm sad at the departure of TSO, but still very much a fan of the Blues, watch the Blues in action telly every game and go to the Bridge occasionally when I can get the tickets/have time from studying. My next game at the Bridge will probably be the Carling Cup Quarter Final against the Red Scousers. Passionately hate Arse-Anal, Liverpool & Barcelona, as much as, if not more, than I love the Blues. Come on You Chels!

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  39. Asa says:

    i am Asa - Chelsea Fans from Bangkok, Thailand - been chelsea supporters from 1996

    i am the owner of www.chelseathailand.com (only few Chelsea Supporters in Thailand i would say)

    Let's sing Blue is the Colour !

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  40. Sundraa says:

    hi all,

    Nice to see a place where all chelseafootball fans have united. Got the link to this website from a frnd of mine who is the cousin of the mod of this website. Nice place to hangout for football reviews.

    Kick off from today ! 26-Jun-2008

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  41. Sagar says:

    Hi everyone, iam a Chelsea man from Nepal. Been supporting the blues from the 04/05 season, which was our greatest ever. Its great that we have a good place to share our views about our club. Blue Blood!!! Common CFC. And i desperately hope that Lamps doesn't leave the club. Common u Blues... CFC for life.Blue Blood!!!!!

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  42. Bipin says:

    Hi.. Bipin from Bangalore.. 24 now.. Supporting Chelsea since 1999.. Started supporting mostly because I support the team that plays against the team my bro supports !!! :) He was a Man Utd fan back then.. and the 1st EPL match i watched basically happened to be Manc vs Chels... So there myepisode began wd Chelsea and its been going very strongly till now !!! Rite nw working towards my dream of making a visit to he Bridge !! Hopefully I can get it thru one of my onsite visits frm my company ... :) Love Life.. Love Footy.. Love Chelsea.. Love Roman :)

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  43. mike ayad says:

    Hi! my name is mike and im 14! i know im a young fan on this blog lol

    my dad basically lived in london and so he introduced me to chelsea and thus i supported them. the funny thing is that he introduced arsenal to my twin :P.

    so there it is me and my bro basically support teams which rival each other!
    i started supporting chelsea in 2003(when i was 9).
    the bad thing was that arsenal had an unbeaten season that year, i was sooo jealous lol
    anyway talk to ya later guys on this blog!

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  44. Ballack Fan says:

    Hello fellow Blues fans. My name is Ian and I am a 35 year old from Greensboro, NC USA. I began following Chelsea after their acquisition of Michael Ballack following the '06 World Cup. I fell in love instantly w/ the English game.

    I do not have satellite due to too many trees in my yard, but thanks to Fox Soccer Channel and Sentanta Broadband, I can see quite anumber of Chelsea matches.

    I'm expecting a great season!

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  45. Wisey says:

    Hey all. I'm CP, an American from Kapolei, Hawaii. My Chelsea connection is a connect the dots kind of story. I was living in Germany in 1990 and loved the AC Milan team with dutch trio Gullit, VB, and Rijkaard. Gullit, being my favorite, became my talisman for football. Holland became my favorite national team. When Gullit was traded to Sampdoria, they became my favorite club team. And when he was then traded to Chelsea, the Blues became my team. After his player-coaching role, and then full-time coach, and then subsequent firing (imagine, a coach wanting £1 million a year in salary!! scandalous!! haha), Chelsea was in my blood and I've never looked back since. If I had to list any favorites, it would have to be Wisey, Zola, and Gudjohnsen, although it's hard to not like anyone that puts on the blue shirt. Ok, maybe a few cause me to pull my hair out from time to time but that's football, yea. I watch at least 30 games a year on FSC and Sentanta Broadband, so I've got no complaints. The only bad part is having to get up at 0400 to watch games on Sentanta. I'm so looking forward to the season starting and feel Scolari is the man to get us back to our winning ways! So come on you Blues!!!

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  46. Girie says:

    Hi guys,Iam the Chelsito whom Blue Champion mentions every now and then.hope guys following this blog would know.For me,Chelsea is "THE" team.Why do i like the blues,Win or Loose we always keep the opponents heart in their mouth.Hey Blue lead(thats how i call Blue Champ) i still remember the Barca - Chelsea(Camp Nou) champions league match we saw along with Barcito.

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  47. Azeez Ahmed says:

    From Pakistan... I love Chelsea and the Azzuris.... the 'blues'... cant wait for the season to start... I think Chelsea has a very good chance at the title this year.. I hope they dont let in too many late equalisers unlike last season... anyway... keep up the good work

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  48. Lissette Evil Blue says:

    Firts congratulations great intro and nice site men

    Well guys I'm lis I'm 19 I'm from Dominican Republic And I love Chelsea win or loose Cus thats wat a true fan does. Well fellow blues Chelsea may be responsible for getting myself in to football (the beautiful game). My mother says that she doesn't get how i got football. And honestly she doesn't need to. As long as she stays away from the tv during a Chelsea match . This is how it all begin I was clicking the remote I stopped at the Fox soccer chanel and the chels were playing me and my brother were betting on a colour I chosed the blue team (blues its my fav colour) he chose red the blues won the game since then Ihave being behind Chelsea FC I give props to those have followed Chelsea for hundreds of years, I wich i had discovered them before.

    Now to the present. The new 08-09 has begun And Beloved Chelsea has started with right foot (as we say in (latin america) Ihope they do well this season with Scolari And all the good things that he can bring to the club

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  49. CJ - 16yrs Blues Fan says:

    Hi, name's CJ, 31 y.o from Malaysia.... fan of 16 wonderful years.....
    If I recall correctly, it was 1991, my first live telecast on national TV featuring Chelsea vs. Liverpool. The living room was filled with red jerseys and chanting "You'll never walk alone".... I was a fan of none but really enjoyed the anticipation for the match. The match started and ended with CFC winning 4-2... although I cannot recall who scored, but I surely enjoyed the sudden silence of room filled with watery eyes. It was my first 90+minutes live football and I knew at that instance I'm a football fan, not a club-fan yet. It wasn't until the 92/92 season
    (at that time age 12) where I find myself searching and seeking for Chelsea's team news and results through what ever means you can find as internet and satellite TV was for the privileged. But by then, I knew I'm a TRUE BLUES ... cannot fully explain why but it just happen. Till now, my weekly mood is dependent on the weekend results, especially against Liverpool and Man Utd. My wife hates it but hey, I cannot change a blue heart and it is now in my blood. Blues forever!
    (p.s: I recently converted my dad (age 62) whom is not even a football fan to join me every weekend to watch CFC games... which is a big deal as he has to give up his weekend pub session for it, shocking what the blues can do to you).

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  50. KG says:

    hi, I'm Kng from Malaysia and i've been a massive Blue fan since i was 7. am 20 now and that means i've been a Blue follower for over a decade. its really tough being a Chelsea fan over here in Malaysia since the Liverpool and Manure following are way too massive. plus since the post Roman era, the number of Chelsea-haters have popped out by a lot. i do get freaked out at times especially watching Chelsea v Manure at outsides stores with friends. them Manure hooligans can be real scary at times. anyways, Blue to the heart, forever. cheers

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  51. Waseem says:

    Hello,
    I'm Waseem from Chennai, India. I love football. I don't hate Manchester United.
    Heck, I even like Liverpool.

    But, what makes me stand, and sing, and even shed a tear or two are the boys from Stamford Bridge. Be it a reckless penalty kick by Terry, or a red card to Drogba.(I can't say, I like Vidic) or, even a loss at the Champions League Final. Chelsea is what makes me sad or happy.

    To the Premiership Title & Champions League, this year. The absense of José Mourinho makes me twitch. But, let's give Scholari a chance.

    Chelsea forever,
    Waseem.

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  52. Waseem says:

    Hello,
    I'm Waseem from Chennai, India. I love football. I don't hate Manchester United.
    Heck, I even like Liverpool.

    But, what makes me stand, and sing, and even shed a tear or two are the boys from Stamford Bridge. Be it a reckless penalty kick by Terry, or a red card to Drogba.(I can't say, I like Vidic) or, even a loss at the Champions League Final. Chelsea is what makes me sad or happy.

    To the Premiership Title & Champions League, this year. The absense of José Mourinho makes me twitch. But, let's give Scholari a chance.

    I am in search of Chelsea fans in my local area, so we can watch the match together. There's no better thing to do on a weekend. People in Chennai, do leave me a message at s.waseem[at]gmail.com

    Chelsea forever,
    Waseem.

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  53. chinaman says:

    Hi
    Where did you get words for this paper? Is it from your head???

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  54. mcurto says:

    I completely missed this resume thing, been posting for a while but didn't present myself:

    My name is Miguel Curto and im 32 and live in Lisbon,Portugal.Altought the club ive always supported here is Sporting ive always been a fan of Mourinho since his times as coach at Uniao de Leiria when he took a team that usually was fighting to get out of relegation to be one of the top 3/4 teams in country.Funny how no one mentions that when ever, i regretted when he went to FCPorto because they were and still are the strongest/richest team here but from the moment it was known he was going to Chelsea I turned a Chelsea fan.
    Heck,before that I didnt even saw EPL games,I was more into LaLiga games.All the student I was postponing family things just to be glued on TV whatching Chelsea.
    Even as he left I cant seem to detach and like many i was p***ed off as Avram stepped in but from the moment Scolari was appointed I just knew things would be better.
    The two are very similar in the way they handle teams and after Mourinho, Scolari would be my coach of election.
    Go Chelsea!

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  55. BIG BLUES says:

    Chelsea fans from Bangkok (Thailand)

    I made my site http://www.big-blues.com (all about CHELSEA)

    We'll keep the blue flag flying high !!

    p.s. to admin, you have done GREAT JOB so far. Cheers! carefree :)

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  56. Blue NRI says:

    Hi im an Indian guy living in Malaysia. I have been supporting Chelsea for 6 years now. Football is very famous in Malaysia, and most of the fans are Man u, liverpool or arsenal fans. I have been reading an enjoying your blog for more than a year, but this is my first post. Really appreciate your work in this blog...

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  57. Since66 says:

    Alrite people, I have supported Chelsea since 1966 (hence my nick Since66). I did post a year or so back as Blueblood 58 but as someone 'outed' me today on another post I am now known as Since66.

    Where I grew up I had the choice of going to Crystal Palace, Wimbledon or Chelsea as it happens I was taken to Chelsea by a 'passionate' Chelsea fan (sadly passed away) and that was it. My passion or obsession with the boys in blue started from then.

    A bit of advice for all the blokes on this board. When you find a girl u want to settle down with, 1st make sure she likes Chelsea or at least she likes football.

    Why?

    When it comes to match-day you won't have to go shopping!!

    Simple

    Me and the Mrs have been married for 25 years next year, know what I mean?

    KTBFFH

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  58. Carvalho's friend says:

    mcurto, eu tambem sou do Sporting e' o meu clune favorito.
    I have been Chelsea thru n thru since my days at Royal Dental Hospital, in London
    when I was a student there.
    used to spend a fortune, for me in those days, to go and Chelsea all over the London
    stadia, since scollari another of my favourite managers I started going to SB, had stopped going there when
    the toad, was appointed.
    Now i work from home,internet business, CFDs and Forex and so far so good.
    My team in Italy used to be Fiorentina but since JM joined I support Inter, but still have a soft spot for
    " i gialli".
    Now that Felipao is in Chelsea cant wait for the last game of the season to see Chelsea champions.
    I think they are going to change the name of CFC for CPFC( Chelsea Portuguese Football Club) LOL.

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  59. Oh My Blue says:

    Oh My God!! I have never seen this thing.

    I am 26 yrs, presently living in Orlando, and i have previously lived in Bangalore & Paris. I work as software professional & I speak Telugu(mother tongue), Hindi, Kannada, English,French and little bit of Spanish, Italian and German. I am from Hyderabad, India and you believe it or not, Hyderabad is the city which has largest number of Chelsea fans in India. I bet my money on this. I have got a good football circle, thanks to my colleagues all across India and Europe, and we discuss football all the time, we play fantasy football against each other and i mostly come 1st or second.

    From Childhood, like all kids in India, I used to play cricket and i have been cricket crazy all the time till 2003. I used to discuss hours and hours of cricket each day, used to worship Sachin 'GOD' tendulkar, and i lost count on how many times i saw the sachin's 143 & 134 against Australia in Sharjah!! Boy , gem of an innings. i still remeber the lofted shots against Shane Warne. But All this changed after 2003, I vividly remember 2003, since that is when my heart broke watching India lose the Cricket World cup. I cant bear that pain and to come out of that started watchin ESPN and that is when i came across this game called "FootBall". And from then, there is no looking back. Within a couple of years or so, I instantly became CHELSEA Fan. No , its not becos of Jose Morinho, nor because of Roman , but because of our one and only one , Frank Lampard. I still remember how he used to score amazing long range goals and year after year, season after season, he produces the best football for chelsea and scores 20+ goals. That's what i call consistency mates. I am not kiddin, if Frank would have switched to Inter , i would have written, GOD fuck Chelsea and I go to Nerazzuri. I am so much passionate about this guy!!

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  60. johnarejr says:

    How did I, a life long fan of the American National Football League, convert to this great sport and team? It was too strange of a tale to believe.
    In March 2003, my soon to be former President got us involved in a needless war against a country that did us no harm. I wanted to protest in a more long term way. I wouldn't burn the flag that some of my relatives served and were serving under. So, I decided to be a fan of the most un-American sport I could find. Soccer is the most unpopular sport the world loves. And, although the first games I watched were of our Major League Soccer, I fell in love with the fact that I was not bombarded with usless time-outs, silly commercials, and anoying pre-game hype. This 90 minutes of sport from a less than two hour broadcast made more sense to me than sitting in front of a TV for 3-1/2 hours for a 60 minute game.
    A friend who coaches youth soccer suggested that I get Direct TV (a satilite service) with the sports package so I could watch the European leagues. I planned to do that sometime after I purchased my house. Oddly enough, the home my wife and I selected was on CHELSEA ROAD. One August of September Saturday, I was playing around with an antique shortwave radio and tuned into BBC Sportsworld and the were broacasting a Chelsea match. Geremi scored. I quickly looked up the club on the internet and saw that this team was a nemesis to the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, and the one English team everybody had heard of thanks to Mr. Beckham. A co-worker and one of my close cousins were Manchester United fans. Thus, I welded myself to the Chelsea Football Club.
    How welded am I to Chelsea? The American Superbowl (so-called World Championship due to our arrogance) game in 2004, I watched the replay of the Chelsea vs. Birmingham City match instead. I felt it was better to watch Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink score a hat-trick than endure a "half-time" show with Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake. The next morning, I felt uniquely isolated from all sports conversations as I must have been the only black man in the US that didn't see Janet's breast.
    Do I regret my conversion? HECK NO! Despite sending my favorite player to Real Madrid (Robben), the "Unthinkable Dismissal" of the clubs best manager in it's history, and this extremely frustrating season; I wouldn't trade being a Chelsea and Football fan for any other club or sport.

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  61. Naveed Zafar Kiani says:

    Great job BC!."Why Chelsea" might be different for different people but you pretty much gave the basic infrastructure as to how it gets evolved in this part of of the world.I am Kiani, 24 year old,banker at a multinational,proud Pakistani and a supporter of Chelsea since 2005. My love for football started with the 1990 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina which i so badly wanted Argentina to win. I watched world cups regularly since then but it was in summer of 2005 when i traveled to London for my brothers convocation and as they say "rest is history". My triggering point was to watch the Special One do his magic with wisdom. Genius when it comes to football and what charisma!.I will always regret him leaving for Inter although for me the club is bigger than an individual no matter what. Im not too pleased with our recent performance but thats how fans are made ryt!.You dont become a fan if u havent seen "the dark side".That slippery turf in Moscow still haunts me and it took me a while to realise that we actually lost the final in such dramatic way..eeerrr flashback flashback!
    As they Say if good times did not last nor will bad times. If we had moments to sing "the color is blue" when the special One threw his medal into the crowd, we should stand tall and accept our mistakes when set pieces become a regular pain in the ass. Criticizing is valid as long as its positive. My love for Chelsea is here to stay and ill cheer them down till my last. Hail Chelsea

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  62. vovka says:

    Hi everybody, I am from Brno, Czech Republic and I've been a fan of Chelsea since approx. 96/97 season. It is funny that I chose this team because I never wanted to be a fan of the "best of the best" like Manchester, Liverpool, etc. So for example in the NHL I like Toronto Maple Leafs, in NFL Denver Broncos, etc. etc. Nevertheless, I did not feel bad when Roman came and started to build a world-class team :))

    Moreover, I liked the way the team played under Gianluca Vialli, with the likes of Zola, Wise, Di Matteo, Flo, Desailly, Petrescu, etc. In particular Zola - his arrival to the Stamford Bridge and the way he played was probably a crucial moment for me to become a Chelsea fan.

    62 | Mansoor Khan (ubersoldat) - Welcome to the globalized world, man! U can be anywhere but your heart will be still with Chelsea - no matter if you will come to the stands on Saturday or watch it with friends on TV in India, USA, Czech Republic or anywhere else. I like it, but for somebody it can be a source of sadness - the times when the only fans lived around the stadium and met each other in the pub on the Fulham Road are probably gone, like it or hate it. Hoping it won't affect your desire for the club :)

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  63. Pablo says:

    I will give attention to the Brazilian football would be a good recruitment half Ramirez (cruise), Dragoberto attacker (Sao Paulo), Hernan half (Sao Paulo), Bertulde (Corinthians) and newme (International). The technical training that is the Chelsea goalkeeper type a line that knows fazerlançamentos, also make the zageiros releases. Place the Essian back in time

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  64. jabi says:

    Hi fellow chelsea fans!

    My name is Javkhlan, 22 years old, programmer, and i am from Mongolia.
    I know it sounds far and strange to most of you (to be from Mongolia), but i am just as same as you.
    I am kinda fan of all russian things (their olympic team, especially of big red machine (it's a hockey national team), Fedorov(both hockey player and fighter), and much more).
    It was a shame that they didn't have a good football club to play in the Europe. So when the russian guy named Abramovich bought one club with blue jerseys, i immediately pledged my loyalty to Chelsea or Chelski (some chelsea fans don't like the word "Chelski", but i like it, coz' chelsea haters are jealous of our success and hate us, that's why they call us "Chelski")

    First, i was a fan of J.Terry, becoz' he scored that winner when Chelsea beat Barcelona 4:2 at Stamford Bridge, but now (after his long time of silence about his future) i kinda lost it, and i am more fan of Lampard and Essien.
    I hated Mourinho for his wars of words, and sometimes becoz' of his actions like throwing his EPL medal after 2nd EPL title and calling Liverpool small club which resulted in their later success. But still Jose was a good coach.
    And yes, i really hate Liverpool, later i think i will start hating City.

    Chelsea FTW!

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  65. Lampard and the Blues. says:

    Hey guys, I'm a 17 year old from Dubai, UAE (kinda in the footballing news more often now since the takeover of Citeh and now Pompey lol).

    I'm actually from India and I remember that everytime I visited during the summer, I would catch a glimpse of some footballing highlights on ESPN or Star Sports and see at the end of it, a certain Alex Ferguson holding this large, shiny trophy with red strips flowing from its brim like well-groomed hair, as Manchester United ''were again crowned champions of England''. Almost everywhere you went in India, at that time, you would spot someone wearing a Red jersey (if any footballing jersey in a cricket-crazy nation) and declaring himself 'a Red Devil'.

    Then a few years later, something changed. A revolution of sorts. One day in May I spotted a grey-haired gentleman holding that trophy that Ferguson had been holding for so long. Its red strips were replaced with dark blue (believe it or not I liked it that way). Things had changed around in EPL as Jose Mourinho had declared his presence in English Football by winning the nations most coveted football honour. Chelsea FC had arrived to get what it rightly deserves.

    Ever since then, that rebel feeling got the better of me. I became a Blue. Terry, Lampard, Essien, Cech, Drogba, Makalele, J.Cole, all these players were now synonymous with greatness for me. And also that man Mourinho. He had to go but the love still remains Haha. And thats my story guys.

    KTBFFH !!

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  66. BlueYank says:

    I've been following the Blues since the days of Wise, LeSaux,Gullit, ect. See Chelsea for the first time live tomorrow
    here in Baltimore against AC Milan. Can't wait!! Go you Blues!

    Joe

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  67. Nick says:

    I'm a fellow blue who hails from Malaysia; I wasn't very interested in football until I noticed a team that everybody loved to hate - world-class players, a wealthy billionaire owner and certain special one. Life is tough as a Chelsea fan - everybody jeers you when you win and laughs at you when you lose, but that's why its so great being a blue fan; glory-hunting Mancs, history-thumping reds and ignorant gunner fans can stick it; we're afraid of no one cause we're better than them all!

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  68. BlueChampion says:

    [quote comment="50468"]Hi
    Where did you get words for this paper? Is it from your head???[/quote]

    Ha . . . I happen to be a blogger. I wrote that. Btw, I take it that you're complimenting me :-)

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  69. Abe - MY says:

    Hi..i'm Chelsea fan from Malaysia..supporting chelsea since Renieri...and now Carlo..Nice page you got here...come to Lowyat.Net forum..inside that forum we got Football Louge..dop by the Chelsea thread...we gather there..for Malaysian fan..

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  70. Deepak says:

    Chelsea! THE BIGGEST FUCKING CLUB ON PLANET EARTH!!! I love Chelsea!

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  71. prashant sharma says:

    i am from delhi, india and i have supported da club for da past ten years!!!!! i love everything about da club,
    its players, stamford bridge....everything related to da club!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    hop chelsea wins da champions league this season!!!!!!!!!

    Blue is the colour, football is the game
    We're all together and winning is our aim
    So cheer us on through the sun and rain
    Cos Chelsea, Chelsea is our name.

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  72. tafadzwa says:

    Im from zimbabwe.I support chelsea first because of Drogba..now Im all chelsea.I eat,drink and sleep chelsea.

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  73. vinay says:

    I thank for the note above. I have true football interest as a player and as a spectator. I like Man United way back in india 6-7 years back....recently I am thinking of supporting chelsea, an upcoming team with very less supporters.Firstly I like team blue color, and football game is being played good by this team. I like Micheal Ballack and Lampard. In Man United I like Giggs, O'Shea and Ferdinand.
    Keep the blue flag fluttering high.

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  74. miss S says:

    it started with shevchenko.. but it will last 4eva!! :)

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  75. sitokebaboom, Malaysia says:

    i'm started support chelsea since i was 14. My hero at that time is Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. now i'm 21 and do support Chelsea till I die, I'm Chelsea till I die, I know I am, I'm sure I am, I'm Chelsea till I die..

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  76. Rahul Nair says:

    Been a Chelsea fan since I saw G. Zola against liverpool!!! Man was I smitten by him!!! Magician.......... 1999 was the year...

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  77. Harsh says:

    I have been a chelsea fan since 2005. I dont know why i love chelsea. But its just dat i love chelsea ever since i started loving footbal. I will be a chelsea fan all my life. Chelsea is the team and blue is the colour.

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  78. suraj says:

    hi guys im suraj 18 from alleppey, india.
    i still remember i was 8 yrs old and a friend of mine was watching a cassette of some chelsea matches, i did not like football then.......but the pre recorded match was soo good zola score........ it was the day i began my decade long love affair with football and most of all chelsea.
    since i was 13 yrs old strong enough to play football, i had one aim -get into chelsea..........but in a way i dont want to because i know i am not good enough..........

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  79. Ajay says:

    well am also ba passionate chelsea fan...................................In a country like india were football is still an infant...........i know one thing i hate to c chelsea looooose...........................they r the best

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  80. Abhishek says:

    Hey I'm Abhishek. I'm 16 years old and have been a true blue since my age of 11 when i started watching football.

    Chelsea is the ULTIMATE FOOTBALL team on the planet. Nothing to stop them this season from winning the League and hopefully the Champions League as well.

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  81. aduket says:

    been a blues fan since i saw the awesome zola ... and ever since lampard n joe cole got here .... but i liked west hame before that, and still do. UP THE CHELSEA!

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  82. adnan says:

    ps. i'm from dhaka, bangladesh ... good to see a blog from a neighbour

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  83. Nilay Shah says:

    Hi...im Nilay from Mumbai, India......been a Chelsea fan since the time of the great ZOLA.......ive always supported the underdoags and so i started following Chelsea when they came 4th in the premier league.

    Its been more than 7 years on and each year my support for the team only increases....nothing can stop us this season.......we will be champions

    PS: I probably hate Man united as much as i love Chelsea.

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  84. jelani_zulkif@hotmail.com says:

    love chelsea......... blue blood keeps me alive.........

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  85. el tito says:

    sup..im tatenda
    im in new zealand but originally from zimbabwe.
    started watching chelsea in early 2001 but then suddenly it would ruin my whole day if we lost.jose was the final pull though.

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  86. okafor says:

    chelsea has been performing wonderfully well over couple of years
    but why should chelsea be bouted out of champions league

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  87. KarmaCW says:

    No idea how i have missed this, but i have seen all the friends above and am happy that it is spread over the globe! I am KarmaCW from Bhutan. My blood is blue!

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  88. DanaBlue says:

    Never seen this place here before, even though I've been a true follower for a long time. I'm Danish, but have been living in the UK for the past 15 years. Have just recently returned to my beloved Denmark.
    For me it all started out in springtime way back in 1970. Watching the drama of a FA-Cup final against Leeds and seeing the (at the time) underdog Chelsea win the cup. I was hooked and has been a fanatic True Blue ever since. That year we came second in the League (Division 1). Since then it's been a roller coaster ride with ups and downs ( 5 years in the next best league in the early eighties). Getting through the tough times, however hard it turns out and enjoying the very best of times is for me proof that Chelsea will always be the team for me.

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  89. ChelseaALLtheWay says:

    You can change the name...from urs to mine...and story and words you wrote are SAME....3 matches to GO!!!!!

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  90. BlueBastard says:

    My name is Christian. I am an American living in India for the past 8 months and have met nothing but ManUre fans since getting here. It drives me crazy knowing most of them are Manchester United fans simply because they win often and most don't even know their team is playing (cricket dominates everything in TN).

    Don't meet many Chelsea fans in India. Glad to see i'm not alone out here.

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  91. Pushpinder Gill says:

    My days for Chelsea also started along with jose mourinho and since that day I haven't looked back. I am writing this blog when chelsea has suffered most consecutive defeats in 10 years. However still know that they will bounce back. Chelsea for life and till death.

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  92. LAN, CHRIS says:

    Hi fans
    my name is Chris Lan, Liberia, I started supporting chls when I was 14 year and I having a good time and been enjoying chelsea, but this season, have been greatly disapointed with result of the 2-0 lost aganist chelsea..... any way let keep pressing why we go thruogh this month of disapointment

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  93. The Swedish Chelsea blog says:

    I see that every readers are describing ther selfs, so here I go!

    I am a girl, lives in Sweden, but my parents comes from Bangladesh, and im 18 yrs old. I love Chelsea, its like a big thing in my life, I always want to talk about Chelsea. Thats why I visit your site, because its about Chelsea and its really good! :D KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

    And I also have a Chelsea blog. I write Chelseas latest news in my Chelsea blog:

    / www.chelsea-prideofengland.blogspot.com

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  94. Muserazak says:

    Hi,
    Can anyone give me all the listing website regarding Chelsea Fan Club around the world? (i.e MyChelsea Fan Club - Malaysia). Glad if anyone can help me. Tq.

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  95. SaiSanty says:

    You are true by saying, 'It’s a form of a love – it’s about how we feel inside – the joy and the pain – that defines our love for our team/club.' I tried to become a Chelsea fan to follow some serious Chelsea fans, However it did not work!! For some reason my heart goes behind Man U. I don't watch or follow football that often but love to watch it every time they play...probabilities of me switching onto to a different channel is pretty less when they play! I think it started from Beckham days and then Ronaldo, Rooney & Giggs! I love them all more than Drogba or Lampard. I also love Gerrard since the day I saw him score against West Ham in 2006 in FA Cup final! However Liverpool certainly not my choice! When there is something which you love doing without anyone's push you keep doin it on & on & on & on....4 years is pretty less time...I believe this will go on until Chelsea exists :)

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  96. Wxwax says:

    Muserazak,

    Giridhar,

    Have you tried contacting Chelsea through their website? They might be of some help. And Google, of course!

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  97. wEa says:

    At first i was a fan of none ... not following a team. It started with hating the red devil supporter from England in 2002. i was bump into this lad in my hometown .. started with light conversation with small thing and then suddenly football .... he was so proud and arrogant when telling me MU is the greatest club in the world bla bla bla ... Annoying but it was still OK. then he involved the country ... "You should be ashamed with your country, cant even shine in asia" ... wooooo that is over the limit .. Involving one country could start a war. Swore to myself ... No MU for me.

    That was the beginning .... it was 2002 ... world cup ... and i support german. then ballack join chelsea in 2006. So my road to chelsea was Arrogant Man U fan - World Cup 2002 - German - Ballack - Chelsea ...
    - a fan from Malaysia.

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  98. Jevull says:

    Hi, I'm Elif Nazik from Turkey. I'm 15 and I have been a Chelsea fan since I'm 13... It's not been a long time but easily I can say that Chelsea is my team, my all, my life. There's nothing to explain, just saw and love this team to death. I hate living in Turkey, I want to be in London, to go to my teams matches and to talking about Chelsea easily. The people around me are getting me crazy, asking foolish questions like "are you supporting Chelsea because of handsome men" or "are you supporting Chelsea just to be cool"... Even I don't know what they mean. It makes me feel more comfortable to know there're Chelsea fans all around the world.

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  99. Harjas says:

    hey, i am 15... i have been a Chelsea fan since that 2008 Champs league FINAL loss.... i am from India and here, it's all ManU and ManU.... in my school.. there are 1000 manU supporters and a 100 Chelsea supporters. That's bad. I used to follow football since I was 10. Watched the ones which telecast on Star Sports (no ESPN, and it's Delhi). Then I watched the UEFA CL final. And I don't know why I got really pissed when Chelsea lost. At that time, I didn't even know any Chelsea player. I was all Barca! Barca! But now, I have not missed a single Chelsea match in the last 2 seasons, either watching the streaming or listening to bet365 commentary. I maintain an Excel worksheet of the stats of each player. No. of matches played, minutes played, goals scored, match highlights, bookings received... i have them all. I LOVE CHELSEA!!! Also I ahve my own superstitions. When there is a set play for either side, I will close my eyes and mute the sound coz i fear if i see or listen the play, Chelsea will concede a goal. That's my superstition. Also I have begun to write a blog about our UEFA CL matches. Check it out everyone and please tell how it is:
    http://cfcmaniac.blogspot.com/

    GO CHELSEA!!!!!

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  100. Mich says:

    Aye There! I'm 20- A Chelsea Female Fan from India ! I don't get the bandwagon slurs! But then Ive heard my share of sexist remarks too !! And then i turn and challenge them. Thats when they shut it up! But yeah-The guy Chelsea fans have ALWAYS been supportive. It gets tough when you have to prove every single time that your not JUST another wannabe fan. I know the game-the rules-the history-the chants-the jersey codes! So yeah- KEEP THE BLUE FLAG FLYING HIGH !! :D

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  101. Kepha Gershom says:

    I Love your story on how you became a CHELSEA Fan! I have a similar story, I had been watching Football (Champions League) because nothing else was on, and I was really enjoying the moves and ball control. After a few matches I realized that the easy part was striking the ball, and the hard part was blocking it. Petr Cech was the player who stood above the rest in my eyes. He was so intuitive and in symbience with the movement of the ball and players. CECH is the very reason I am a CHELSEA supporter.
    AWESOME save in the2012 FA Cup CECH, right Carroll

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  102. Somesh Menon says:

    Absolutely brilliant post. I just felt an instant connect with whatever the author was trying to say, maybe because I became a fan in nearly the same way. Just that in my case it was FIFA 2000 (Thank you E.A. Sports!) which twisted my mind totally and made me completely football (and Chelsea) obsessed. And I am still mystified as to why I chose them as my team (maybe it was coz of my favourite colour blue?). But here I am, 12 years on, and its amazing to believe that even though I am only 20, I have spent more than half my life supporting the blues. Whether we win or lose tonight won't matter, I am just proud to see that my team is out there, at the Allianz, and they will do everything possible to make us all proud. Next year, we may not even be in the Champions League, but if the blood is true and blue, that's hardly gonna matter! Hell we will conquer the Europa league then ;) ! Chelsea forever!

    P. S. Really really glad to come across so many of you blue folks in India. It sure is lonely and frustrating being a Chelsea fan surrounded by idiots dressed in red all the time. :D

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  103. deng dang says:

    I pledge allegiance to Chelsea since they won big in most of the game at the start of season.. I have a memory of a gold fish so i cant remember which season, which team they beat and who's the manager. During that time i was just choosing a team to support just to have a lil bit of joy in watching football with my mates whom i had a crush with one of 'em. But then I start to really fall in love with the team. There have been ups and downs and I start to enjoy riding the roller coaster life with the team. I googled the player, the manager, the owner and every single thing about Chelsea. I may not remember every game, every legend Chelsea have or every single manager they have hired. People say if you're a true fan, you need to know you're team through and through. Well I beg to differ. All i know is my day at work is spoiled when Chelsea lose. I refused to talk to anyone when people makes fun of Terry when he made a couple of mistake that caused us to lose to Arsenal. I'm living in the moment. I refused to look at the past whether on their victory or their failure. It doesnt matter if one player goes, because a new player will come. If a manger is sacked, a new one will be hired. But Chelsea will always be there! From his year onward, my blood is pumping blue fluid. I'll be with them through good and bad time. All hail Chelsea!

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  104. Sathis says:

    Yo broo.. whats up, i came across this blog when i was reading articles about BLUES.. By the way im from Malaysia and supports chelsea in what ever shape they r.. Initially i just watch EPL not supporting anyone. And i have no intention to support United/Arsenal/City. Every football freaks i meet happen to be either one of that team supporters. So i decided to go for out of it. One thing for sure i started to like BLUES from JoseMourinho era, and still respects his success wherever he goes. I would say im happy to see him again with chelsea. About the owner, i clearly can see that Roman really have obsession to make BLUES famous and does not care about total money he spent so far. He bought the team for 140m pound, and estimated spent nearly 1billion pound so far. Sacked 8 managers, hired 66 players. Still he hunting for the best. The only thing im looking forward is, he get the best and hire for the rest of life. Like Alex Fergeson in United. Thats what we need. I will keep liking chelsea rest of my life.

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  105. Niloy says:

    hi, i'm Niloy from Dhaka, and i find it great that you wrote this article and i totally agree with you with that part you mentioned about the club that you support, its true that you cannot express how feel for the club you support, its like an form of joy and pain that comes right from the inside..i have been a chelsea fan since 2006 and its from then i'm in love with football and chelsea and before that i was a die hard fan of Bangladesh Cricket just like you!! slowly by slowly i began to understand what football has given this world and what it has to offer and i did more and more research about chelsea and started to feel proud about everything i read about them...and since then i knew it was deep inside for me to support Chelsea..and no matter what happens to chelsea in the future i will keep on supporting then.

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  106. Mithun says:

    Good article !!

    One Fellow Blue's Fan From Kerala, Cochin

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  107. Chel Shite says:

    History? What history?!?!?!!? HAHAHAHAHA

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  108. Zack Sande says:

    True Grit, True Blue, True Lionhearts.....CHARACTER and humble too, what's not to love....WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!!!

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  109. sean says:

    I find it odd that so many people say they "chose" Chelsea. One does not choose one's favorite club, the club chooses you. You had no choice but to be a lifetime supporter from that point forward.

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  110. Mark says:

    I'm 20 years old from Ireland and have been a fan since 2000, It was the players, kit and stadium that attracted me to them, blue and yellow always were my favourite colours. I've been to a few games, I also have been going to my local Gaelic Football teams games since I was 7 as I also think it's important to follow sport in your own country.

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  111. Dejavuetall says:

    Hi ?A??????????? deji from nigeria. ?? support chelsea because it ????? ??t a fake team like manure. ?? believe chelsea will go places. This ????? my 10th year of being a chelsea fan! Twitter- @blues_et_all

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  112. Numan says:

    I've been supporting Chelsea since the first day I saw play (Chelsea vs Monaco 2004, I was 8 at the time). Although it was in the Roman, I had no idea at the time how rich we were or what happened in our history. I did not choose Chelsea because we were successful. I chose it because they made me happy inside. After Mourinho arrived that summer, that's when I got serious as a fan.

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  113. Muhlis says:

    OI, I'm Muhlis from Indonesia. no matter what the reason is, as long as you're the blues fan, Cheers! by the way your blog can't be opened from blackberry's browser, so i find it hard to read your post when i'm not on laptop.

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  114. Olaniyi Success says:

    Hi,
    My name is OLANIYI SUCCESS am 4rm Oyo State in Nigeria, i'm a true Chelsea fans and i always proud to be. But pls there is something which is happening dat is not good in d team, concerning d selection in d team, most especially d striking position pls d coach shld take note. Thanks Up Chelsea till i die..

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  116. James says:

    I'm a bit of a strange case. My family are from Italy, and emigrated to Coventry, in Britain, in the 1950s. My Grandfather was a big football fan and he was an avid follower of AC Milan . I suppose this appetite for football drove him to support an English team he could call his own. He always told me that he picked Chelsea because they had the most Italian players! This support passed onto my father, who passed it onto me. I've now even got my girlfriend supporting them! So I never really picked Chelsea - they were passed down to me, but I'm not complaining!

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  117. karma bhutia says:

    hi,
    Karma from india following chelsea since 6th grade ,03-04 season i think.Me and my friends were reading articles on a sports page in a news paper called telegraph when i saw chelsea there for the first time.Back then didnt knew who was roman abramovic or any other person affiliated chelsea .I remember Claudio Ranieri was the manager back then,had a few glance of him in the TV.My first chelsea kit was in veron name lol..i partially remember crespo,joe cole,gudjonson,JT,lampard playing back then.Been love with chelsea since then and following regularly since.

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  118. gerrard says:

    why chelsea difficulty in fighting with troops alex ferguson ??
    and why retainer like Drogba chelsea sell ??

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  119. Chabs says:

    Wow... It's exactly similar to why I am supporting Chelsea. Because of Mou, & when I started following EPL (after getting satellite TV), every tom, dick, & harry were ManU/Arsenal/Liv fans, Chelsea got me interested. I realized I became a true fan, when we lost the '08 Moscow CL final, I was so upset & angry that night.
    And buying Chelsea stuffs, haha, that's absolutely true.
    Also, the taunting of Chelsea fans by others (esp. god-awful ManU fans). What they fail to understand is that, if not for Roman, EPL would have become a very boring league (even more than LaLiga which I find very very boring until this season), with ManU monopolizing like anything. Chelsea were the only team during that period which gave ManU a run for their money (literally).
    And yeah, on a final note, I also don't know what my great-great-grandfather did for a living, and I still haven't seen my paternal grandfather in a photograph.
    By the way, I'm from Manipur, a state rich in football traditions.

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  120. dhianjot singh says:

    Hey I also live in India in Amritsar Punjab. I was raised in the states playing football since I was really young my mum being half Egyptian half British (two huge footballing nations) always supported me through my practices and games. But also growing up in America I never got the chance to watch the matches which always disappointed me.
    I remember seeing a blue scarf hanging on my mothers wardrobe and I once asked her what it was and who Chelsea was and her reply was, "I was raised in Chelsea London, that's our football club."
    Probably ten years later or last year I decided to start following the Premier League. Being a football coach at the school I teach at and always having the kids talking about who's team is better (Manchester United or Liverpool) I decided to start following Chelsea and went all out. The first blogger I found was you through Bleacher Report and I have been following you since and actually have found that we share many the same opinions. Thank you for writing and keep up the good work.

    Chelsea in my blood Chelsea for life.

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  121. johnson "blue boys from west london" olutayo says:

    i have been supporting chelsea since 2003, and one thing i like about our team is the "spirit of never-back-down". KTBFFH

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  122. cancuckcfcfan says:

    I'm from Canada and have been a blues fan for a few years since I really got into EPL. Can totally relate to your blog- don't know why I am now so obsessed with cfc, all I know is that every time I try to turn away I keep coming back. blue blood I suppose, but talented team, great will to be the best, the industrious brand that mourinho perpetuated. Blue is the color

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  124. ashuthe says:

    l'm from Mumbai and I recently started supporting Chelsea .l don't know what triggers it but maybe its FIFA 09 ,Thanks to EA SPORTS.

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  125. otooman says:

    die hard blues fan since 2004
    it all started with the bash and taunts chelsea always had so i kinna choose the weak side, started supporting it, jose came fell in love with it
    with people talking of their stupid history n shit.............we are living it, what more should we ask
    KTBFFH

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  126. otooman says:

    die hard blues fan from pakistan since 2004
    it all started with the bash and taunts chelsea always had so i kinna choose the weak side, started supporting it, jose came fell in love with it
    with people talking of their stupid history n shit.............we are living it, what more should we ask
    KTBFFH

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  127. narjess says:

    i am a fan off chelsea from iran. i love lampard

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  128. Sunny Rajpoot says:

    Here is the Biggest Fan of Chelsea Name Sunny Rajpoot from Pakistan I Love whole Chelsea Team and All the Player who play at Chelsea Are my Favorate Because they Play for Chelsea Started ? I Love Chelsea nd InSahALLA one Day I Will Be There (Stamford Bridge) to see Chelsea Playing.
    in the Last i would Love to say
    Blue we Are N Blue we Bleed

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  129. Terry's girl says:

    Hi, I'm from Germany. I've watched first game of CFC in 2007 and I 've noticed Didier Drogba. His talent, his skills, his playing of ball - I was in love with him and his team. I used to love football all my life, but I never supported any team. I started supporting CFC. I love this team since 2007 and I never stop loving them. They make my wonderful weekends, I can refuse everybody and stay at home watching CFC game. When they play , I wear blue , my blue shirt . I still support Didier Drogba despite he plays in new team. I will always support him, because thanks him I support the most amazing team in whole world. I love CFC <3 .

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  130. Fanzai says:

    Keep up to date with Chelsea stars like John Terry on Fanzai, the new interactive app where players chat to fans: http://goo.gl/1HHQ0i

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