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Chelsea seek to write more history at Club World Cup

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How they qualified

Chelsea secured their place at the FIFA Club World Cup with victory over Manchester City in the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League final, claiming one of the 12 berths open to teams who play under European football’s governing body. That was the second time The Blues had lifted the coveted trophy, following victory over Bayern Munich nine years prior.

Club Factfile

  • Year formed: 1905
  • Stadium: Stamford Bridge
  • Nickname: The Blues

Club history

Chelsea FC was founded in 1905 after English businessman Gus Mears acquired the Fulham-based athletics stadium Stamford Bridge with the hopes of turning it into a football ground. After failing to find a suitable side to lease the stadium, he set about founding a club of his own.

Following on from a successful run in the 1990s, the club embarked on a transformative era at the beginning of the new millennium. With the arrival of new ownership in 2003 came new investment as the club quickly set about signing the biggest players and appointing the best coaches on a quest to take Chelsea to the pinnacle of domestic and European football.

Under the guidance of Jose Mourinho, the club lifted its second top flight title in their centenary year. Mourinho, who famously referred to himself as ‘The Special One’ upon his arrival from FC Porto, led Chelsea to the title with a then-record 95 points in 2005, before winning the Premier League again the next season.

Perhaps the greatest night in the club’s history came on 19 May 2012, as Chelsea lifted the UEFA Champions League for the first time. Following a rollercoaster run to the decider, which included a stunning comeback win over Napoli and a dramatic defeat of Barcelona, a heavily-depleted Blues side stunned Bayern Munich in their own stadium in a tense penalty shootout.

Chelsea would lift the trophy for a second time in 2021, as Thomas Tuchel masterminded a 1-0 victory over Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the Porto final thanks to a Kai Havertz goal. The Blues would go on to complete their trophy set by winning the FIFA Club World Cup in February 2022, defeating Brazilian giants Palmeiras 2-1 in Abu Dhabi.

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