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Chelsea Team News: Diego Costa To Miss Rest Of Season

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Jose Mourinho says that Diego Costa will miss the rest of the season, that is unless Chelsea spectacularly blow their Premier League title bid on Sunday.

Costa has missed the champions-elect last four games since suffering a recurrence of a hamstring problem against Stoke on April 4.

Asked whether he would pay feature again this season, Mourinho, whose side will be Champions if they beat Crystal Palace on Sunday, said:

"There is a chance he might not.

Chelsea Team News: Projecting Mourinho's Opening Day Starting XI

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Following a three year term with Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho has returned to Chelsea, the club that he managed and led to two Premier League titles between 2004 and 2007. Mourinho is widely considered to be one of the best, if not the best, managers in world football and Chelsea fans will be hoping that the return of the "Special One" will mean a return to Premier League glory.

2011-12, in review: Signing of the season (poll)

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Fresh faces. Some complete with appalling hair.

We continue our look back at the season that was with Day 3 of our reader polling. In this space, we look to establish which of the new guys proved to be the coolest kid on the block. There were, as you know, several signings completed in the summer of 2011.

Modric Madrid Bound?

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If you believe Marca, then Luka Modric has agreed to join Real Madrid this summer, effectively banishing him to the nether-world that is their midfield mayhem. Let me be the first on the record to say, this news has saddened me to my core. I weep within. More, after the jump:

Priceless

Marca are carrying the story this morning that little Luka has decided the best place for him to play next year is, yeah, Madrid.

Videos

I hate goodbyes – so this isn’t one

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Goodbye? More like hello.

Yes, a new day awaits us all. By now you are well aware of the latest development in the brief but cracking existence of Chelsea Offside. In short, this space, in just a few hours, will be no more. A redirect and a lovely archive at our new home, We Ain't Got No History will be all that's left of this small slice of the web I called home for a good long time.

Video: John Terry, not guilty – a CO interpretation

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Our sabbatical has been lengthy. And thorough.

But we had to return today to comment (briefly) on the fact that John Terry was cleared of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand in a no-blame verdict. NOT GUILTY, ho.

I'm not going to get too far into it, but let's just say the case bordered on the farcical before and during the trial, and this is exactly what was expected.

2011-12, in review: And the readers’ match of the season is …

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What a difficult decision this must have been for you, the readers. This truly was a season brimmed with unforgettable matches, some historic, some not so much. There were in fact so many spectacle-level games that I'm not quite sure how I'd vote if I had actually had a vote.

Video: Flo scores a beauty for Les Blues

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So, Flo Malouda reached back a couple of years for this stunner against Serbia on Wednesday. Good on him. It's not changing my mind, though. Pack your bags, playa.

Champions League

A Farewell to The Offside

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Indeed, the time has come friends for us to say our goodbyes. If you follow us on Twitter, then you're well aware of the news. If not, then hit the jump to get informed. We're not disappearing, just moving locations of sorts. More, after the jump:

Love

I haven't been at this craft for too long.

Di Matteo takes over on two-year contract

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We knew it was only a matter of time before Roberto Di Matteo was made permanent manager. Well, the club has made that move official today. And, you know, Di Matteo received a two-year deal after pulling off a miraculous double of the FA Cup and Champions League.

Good on him. Now, let's get down to business.

Di Matteo to get the job, says basically everyone

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It appears the club has finally decided on a manager for next season. That man is none other than Roberto Di Matteo. Please join me in saying: Well done, Roman.


Welcome back

I believe it was The Telegraph that dropped the 411 on this first. Then, over the last few hours, pretty much every news outlet in the UK has run with it.

Frank Lampard

Rant Box: Chelsea v. AC Milan

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Chelsea's tour of the United States comes to a close tonight on South Beach against Milan, a club we defeated on American soil three years ago. Drogba opened with a stunner that evening. Expect some proper competition tonight and, you know, a little bit of Nando.


I'll miss Sheva.

Rant Box: MLS All-Stars v. Chelsea

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The Illadelph welcomes Chelsea. That being said, tonight represents "The Next Movement" for our upcoming season.


Awkward.

Team sheets
MLS All-Stars

Goalkeepers: Dan Kennedy (Chivas USA), Jimmy Nielsen (Sporting Kansas City); Defenders: Steven Beitashour (San Jose Earthquakes), Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Ramiro Corrales (San Jose Earthquakes), Jay DeMerit (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Heath Pearce (New York Red Bulls), Carlos Valdes (Philadelphia Union); Midfielders: Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders FC), David Beckham (LA Galaxy), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Dwayne De Rosario (D.

Preseason preview: MLS All-Stars v. Chelsea

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From NY to Philly.

Ben Franklin's town welcomes Chelsea this evening as the club's preseason tour of the states continues with the MLS All-Star Game at PPL Park. There will be no Fernando Torres unfortunately, but at least we'll be blessed with the flowing grace of one David Beckham. Score.

Preseason preview: Chelsea v. PSG

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West Coast. East Coast.

Chelsea make the move from Seattle to the Apple for the second match of their preseason tour of the United States. Some wealthy Parisians await. This should be pretty good for a meaningless, insignificant friendly, I reckon.


Making room.

2011-12, in review: And the readers’ goal of the season is …

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This is, well, no surprise.

Goal of the season, as expected, was never really going to be a difficult decision for our readers. Ramires' absurd chip from out of nothing at the Camp Nou, just as everything appeared to be broken, walks away with the award by a sizable margin.

2011-12, in review: Goal of the season

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I said it last year. Why not say it again? Cue the screamers.


Damn, William

Our review of the season continues. Today, the second day of poll week, we feast on some rather scrumptious fare the season's finest goals.

Goal of the season always seems to draw plenty of attention, and for good reason.

2011-12, in review: Best match (poll)

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The season hath ended. About a month ago.

Apologies for the lack of activity around this space, but both Devin and I have been in the midst of a recharge following a season in which the sanity of Chelsea supporters far and wide was tested with regularity. It really was an astonishing year for the club.

Eden

It’s official: Oscar joins Chelsea, finally

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Talk about worst kept secrets.

Chelsea have finally announced that the club has completed the signing of Oscar from Internacional for a fee widely being reported to be around £25 million. The 20-year-old, a Brazilian international, adds even more creativity to a side that has been bolstered by the likes of Eden Hazard and Marko Marin already this summer.

Thorgan Hazard Signs, Inferior Brothers Everywhere Rejoice

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The title sums it up. Chelsea have released an official statement confirming the capture of Eden's little bro. Let the picture speak for itself.

Derp

Ray and Graham Wilkins, Ron and Allan Harris, John and Peter Sillett and Chris and William Ferguson. Now, the Brothers Hazard.

Seattle 2-4 Chelsea: some thoughts, some feelings

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Chelsea opened their preseason tour of the United States last night with a 4-2 win over Sounders FC in the Emerald City. It was, for the most part, a nice run-out for the squad new additions, veterans and the like. Sure we can't read that much into an exhibition, particularly our first of the new season, but there are a few things worth noting.

Rant Box: Seattle Sounders v. Chelsea

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Chelsea have come to America. Hallelujah.


Eden. He's a prince.

The preseason kicks off tonight in Washington state. Thanks the heavens for that. We'll be back around with lineups and the like a little later, but for now talk amongst yourselves. Who do you reckon will leave the biggest imprint tonight?

Will he? Won’t he? Oscar ‘deal done’

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Sky Sports News understands Chelsea have agreed a £25million deal in principle to sign Brazil international Oscar.

You understand, eh?


What's the deal, son?

With Chelsea, there is never not a transfer saga. It's become, well, the norm.

What The Di Matteo Deal Means

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Assuming you've had a chance to read the post below, you're well aware that Chelsea have handed former interim manager Roberto Di Matteo the double role of permanent manager and first team coach, on a two-year deal. Though it was expected, it was also never a guarantee with Chelsea taking a serious look at Pep Guardiola.

Poll: What ‘problem’ area should Chelsea address now?

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Admit it, Chelsea have done some excellent business this summer. The fact that most of said business was done prior to the European Championships is that more impressive. But still, there are those (me included) who feel that other areas need to be given a close look.

This space is reserved for those people.

Video: Lille pays tribute to Hazard

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Eden's former club gives the young man a visual send-off. Respect.

Report: Signing of Heat fan Hazard to be announced Sunday?

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Eden Hazard is doing the damn thing in England at the moment. You know, the kid's prepping for an international friendly at Wembley, repping the Miami Heat whenever possible, mean mugging in photos featuring Chelsea jerseys the usual.

While he's here, he may as well make this move to London official.

Have we bagged a Hulk yet?

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No. But a slew of rags suggested yesterday that we've agreed a fee with FC Porto for the chiseled Brazilian. It's only a matter of time then, right?


Moving in.

The Guardian was the first to tell us that Porto had accepted a £38 million bid from Chelsea for Hulk.

Analysis

Blues Record Opening Round Knockout

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It wasn't perfect, and there's still plenty of work to be done. But for the moment, Chelsea appear to be on the verge of identifying themselves as a new-look counter-attacking side with plenty of pace and trickery. More, after the jump:

Flair

Preseason friendlies are hard to judge.

The Evolution of ‘Revolution’

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In its simplest terms, a revolution requires equal parts dramatic change and rebellion. There's a tinge of insurrection inherent which defines the root of a revolution as damaging- a violent uprising that ultimately brings about new beginnings. Evolution, revolution's slightly less awkward step-sister, invokes a sense of rebirth and advancement, perpetuated by notions of cosmic Darwinistic-development and calm transformation.

Chelsea

Report suggests Oscar is undergoing a medical

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This is pretty straightforward. Via Globo Esporte:

Oscar barely arrived in London and went straight to the home of Chelsea. Still at Heathrow, the player was released by the Brazilian team to conduct medical examinations in English club and sign the contract. The official announcement should happen in the coming hours.

A bid for Victor Moses rejected, what next?

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Rumors linking Victor Moses with Chelsea had been bubbling for close to a month. It was an intriguing but unsubstantiated claim. However, thanks to Wigan chairman Dave Whelan, we now know that the club actually has taken a liking to the player. Interesting.


Good value?

The Rest

The Merits of Movement

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After two tune-up fixtures on opposite coasts of the continental United States, Chelsea are bunkered down in the city of brotherly love for a Wednesday evening showcase against the MLS All Stars. Fernando Torres has rejoined the squad, along with Raul Meireles, leaving our only outstanding players the Spanish duo of Juan Mata and Oriol Romeu.

Chelsea Ink Partnership with Gazprom

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For those unaware, Chelsea are well in the flow of adding commercial partners to the fold. Presumably, it's an attempt to offset the impending restrictions attached to Financial Fair Play. After signing a deal with Delta Airlines, the latest confirmation sees Chelsea adding Russian conglomerate Gazprom to the fold, as the club's 'official energy partner'.

Chelsea Release Architect Renderings of Battersea

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Self explanatory. Hit the jump for images of what the club are imagining a proposed move to Battersea would look like.

The Future

While Chelsea might have hit a roadblock regarding the proposed move to Battersea, it has not stopped the upper levels of management from pushing forward with their imagined vision for the club's potential new home.

It’s official: Drogba moves to Shenhua

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He's finally gone. I'm going to have a cry now.


This saddens me

I don't know if you, like me, continued to hold onto some semblance of hope that Didier Drogba would ink a short-term deal with Chelsea this summer. Sure, the idea may no sense whatsoever as the end to last season was, well, a perfect ending to a legendary career at the club but that didn't matter.