Claude Makelele

Chelsea

Analyzing The Importance Of Defensive Midfielders

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Claude Makelele is widely acknowledged as one of the best defensive midfielders in history. In 2003, he was sold by Real Madrid to Chelsea. Following this move, Zinedine Zidane famously said, "Why add another layer of gold to the Bentley when you are losing the entire engine?" And Zidane was not wrong, Makelele had a very successful career at Chelsea, and his impressive performances prompted the English media to call the defensive midfield role "the Makelele" role.

REPORT: Chelsea's World Cup midfielder offered to clubs for just £5m??

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It's being reported that John Mikel Obi is being offered by Chelsea for transfer for a fee of just £5m and if that is true I am amazed! Having featured in the World Cup for Nigeria recently £5m is ridiculous!

Mikel is one of those players that divides opinion of Chelsea fans all over the world.

Jose Mourinho’s All Time Best Chelsea XI

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Jose Mourinho's All Time Best Chelsea XI - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jose Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge last summer for his second period in charge of Chelsea. Before the relationship with club owner Roman Abramovich broke down in 2007 and the Portuguese left the club, the Blues had enjoyed two trophy-laden years and seemed on the cusp of breaking the stranglehold of Manchester United over the Premier League.

Claude Makelele Was The Worst Thing That Happened in the Premier League, Says Les Ferdinand

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Tottenham Hotspur first team coach Les Ferdinand has criticized the defensive midfielder position and says that Claude Makelele is the first worst thing that happened in the Premier League, in a revealing interview in the Tottenham Journalnewspaper.

Ferdinand's words shine new light on how new Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood believes in playing compared to former manager Andre Villas-Boas who was a lot more conservative and defensively-minded in his tactics and player selection.

Chelsea and City Targeting Former Manchester United Youngster

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Since his move to Italian Champions Juventus, former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been a major success and is creating interest from all around Europe.

The 20-year-old has been linked with a £40 million move to Manchester City recently by the Mirror, and even more interestingly has been pegged as a potential January target for Chelsea by TalkSPORT with a price tag of £43 million.

Four Former Premier League Stars Involved in Football Coaching

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Four Former Premier League Stars Involved in Football Coaching - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ryan Giggs has said he is "enjoying" his role in David Moyes's backroom team at Manchester United.

Red Devils legend Giggs, who turns 40 next month, told the Manchester Evening News: "Education is the next step in my career and I'm enjoying it.

The Changing Face of the Chelsea-Tottenham Rivalry

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Second place Tottenham Hotspur host fourth place Chelsea this Saturday.

A little slice of history Jose Mourinho will not want to recall from his first spell at Chelsea relates to Tottenham.

On November 5, 2006, Mourinho's side became the first Chelsea team to lose to Tottenham in the league for over 16 years (though the latter had defeated their London rivals 5-1 in the League Cup in 2002).

Mourinho: I Want to Make Chelsea Fans Happy

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Jose Mourinho seems to be saying all the right things at the moment, as he promises Chelsea fans a more attractive brand of football next season.

During his first stint at the club, Chelsea was known for a ‘win at all costs' attitude. Resolute defending led by John Terry, and a stiff nosed midfield anchored by Claude Makelele were key to his team's constancy and solidity.

The Pirlo, Mascherano and Makelele: An insight into the role of the Number 6

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By Ogo Sylla

The holding midfielder, or defensive midfielder, or number 6 as we can also call it, is a thankless task that often gets overlooked in today's football of marauding fullbacks, twinkle-toed playmakers and dead-eye strikers. However what is most underappreciated about the number6 (as we will refer to it from henceforth) are its complexities that most fail to recognize.

The Eternal Search for the Next Makélélé

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Career stats for Claude Makélélé at Chelsea: App: 217 Goals: 2
The numbers don't exactly jump out of the page when you read about the diminutive Frenchmen who was once famously (prophetically?) defended by Zinedine Zidane after being criticized by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.

Appraisal of an overcrowded Chelsea midfield

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Nicks' note: Some Chelsea stuff for those of you who bend that way. Krish Prashanth looks ahead to next season, and gives his verdict on each of Chelsea's midfielders. You can follow him on twitter at @krishprash

Back in 2001, when the team was in dire need of rebuilding, Claudio Ranieri acquired the services of a particular youngster from West Ham United who eventually turned out to be one of the most talismanic midfielders of the PL era.

Chelsea v PSG At Yankee Stadium on July 22

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Chelsea has announced that they will play mega-rich French side Paris St Germain at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, July 22. This will the first soccer game to be held at the new Yankee Stadium.

Chelsea's USA tour will now include four games, as they had previously announced fixtures against Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field on July 18 and Philadelphia on July 25 where we will meet the MLS All-Stars at PPL Park.

Chelsea v Paris St Germain At Yankee Stadium on Sunday, July 22

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Chelsea has announced that they will play mega-rich French side Paris St Germain at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, July 22. This will the first soccer game to be held at the new Yankee Stadium.

Chelsea's USA tour will now include four games, as they had previously announced fixtures against Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field on July 18 and Philadelphia on July 25 where we will meet the MLS All-Stars at PPL Park.

John Terry – Good Or Bad For England’s Euro 2012 Campaign?

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John Terry Good Or Bad For England's Euro 2012 Campaign? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The extraordinary delays in a resolution to the Terry-Ferdinand affair have already resulted in the wholly unnecessary cop-out by the FA and the Premier League in asking Chelsea and QPR to forego handshakes in their recent league clash.

What to Watch This Wekend: Random Saturday Selections

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None of today's matches are necessarily must-see; but if you must watch some football, here's what we recommend:

Saturday, Jan 21

Chelsea's new Catalonian Makélelé?

England, Norwich-Chelsea (7:30amET ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com): Norwich (and Swansea) have attracted attention as newly-promoted sides that have fought their way into the top half the table.

What to Watch This Weekend: Random Saturday Selections

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None of today's matches are necessarily must-see; but if you must watch some football, here's what we recommend:

Saturday, Jan 21

England, Norwich-Chelsea (7:30amET ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com): Norwich (and Swansea) have attracted attention as newly-promoted sides that have fought their way into the top half the table.

Top 20 #PreemptiveChelseaStatement tweets

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Yesterday, we took Twitter by storm with our #PreemptiveChelseaStatement hashtag as we pondered what might happen if Chelsea put out a statement to defend John Terry in a similar vein to Liverpool's Luis Suarez statement. 1. Some of John Terry's favourite mistresses are black. 2. John Terry once co-refereed a football match with Uriah Rennie.

Paris Saint Germain

PSG Starts 2014-15 Season At Reims

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The 2014/15 French Ligue 1 schedule has been released and the two time defending champions, Paris Saint-Germain begin their season away to the Reims on August 8.

PSG's first home match of the season arrives in Week 2 on the weekend of August 16, against Bastia at the Parc des Princes. The fixture sparks memories of those amazing goals scored last season by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani against the Corsicans at Le Parc.

PSG Hope To Keep Top Newcastle Target This Summer

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Paris Saint-Germain assistant manager Claude Makelele, the former Chelsea defensive midfielder, says it is not possible for potential Newcastle defensive target Mamadou Sakho to leave the French club in the summer. Mamadou Sakho still unhappy at PSG The 23 year-old French International couldn't get many games in the first part of the season at [.

David Beckham's PSG full debut ends in victory

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Paris Saint-Germain defeated Olympique Marseille 2-0 in their last-16 French Cup match at Paris's Parc des Princes on Wednesday.

David Beckham was deployed in a deep-lying central role, but was overshadowed by Zlatan Ibrahimovic who scored both goals. At 37 years and nine months, David Beckham is the oldest outfield player to feature in Ligue 1 since Claude Makelele (38 years old and three months) in May 2011, also at PSG.

David Beckham's PSG full debut ends in victory

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Paris Saint-Germain defeated Olympique Marseille 2-0 in their last-16 French Cup match at Paris's Parc des Princes on Wednesday.

David Beckham was deployed in a deep-lying central role, but was overshadowed by Zlatan Ibrahimovic who scored both goals. At 37 years and nine months, David Beckham is the oldest outfield player to feature in Ligue 1 since Claude Makelele (38 years old and three months) in May 2011, also at PSG.

Real Madrid

Gareth Bale enters a familiar warzone at Madrid following Ozil’s Arsenal move

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Gareth Bale enters a familiar warzone at Madrid following Ozil's Arsenal move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When Claude Makelele departed the Spanish capital way back in 2003, he did so amidst a cacophony of flabbergasted cries from the famous Galácticos themselves. French legend, and now club assistant manager, Zinedine Zidane was most vociferous in his objection to the sale of Makelele, saying with regard to the David Beckham purchase that same transfer window,

'Why put another layer of gold paint on the Bentley when you are losing the entire engine?

Raves: Brian Carroll

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Editor's note: At the end of the 2010 season, we posted a series of raves "Raves" about some of our favorite Philadelphia players. They need not be the team's best players, but they're guys and gals we like. Over the next two weeks, we continue the series again with some of the PSP contributors favorite players of 2011.

Manchester United

Man Utd Legends Robson, Sharpe, Irwin And…Silvestre Reunite To Take On Real Madrid Old Boys At Old Trafford (Video)

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By Chris Wright

If you'll excuse the slightly tenuous use of the word "legend" for a moment, a squad full of Manchester United old boys are currently whipping themselves into shape to take on a selection of equally venerable ex-Real Madrid players in aid of charity at Old Trafford on 2nd June.

Top 10 conclusions Premier League 11 April

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1. If OTP didn't know better we'd say that sounded very much like the sound of a squeaky bum emanating from Manchester United's direction. 2. Carlos Tevez is back with a bang. 3. Fergie has tried Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, but it turns out the best protection he [.

Guard of Honour?

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It was a marvellous occasion. Late Spring 2007. Wednesday evening. The pitch was so green. Their royal blue stood in marked contrast to our bright red. The stadium was sombre, all but for the 3000 man choir in the corner of the Shed End, singing to the man with orange skin and a silver puffa jacket.

FC Barcelona players abroad – Updates on Nolito, Romeu, Krkic, Keirrison, Henrique and Botia

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Nolito has got off to a quick start with Portuguese side Benfica (Photo: Francisco Seco/AP)

Back again to take a look at some of our players playing abroad. I will be adding Henrique and Keirrison to the list of players to watch and will update about their Brazilian adventures as best as I can.

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A scenario in which PSG fail miserably this season

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With all of the talent PSG have gobbled up over the last two years since beginning their Qatari revolution, it's assumed to be a foregone conclusion that the club will dominate in Ligue 1 and Europe this season. But, even with all the money in the world, things don't always go according to plan.

Euro 2012: France at it again as Samir Nasri fuels a locker room feud

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Looks like Samir Nasri is showing his true colours again. After that one England performance, he seems to have reverted to his usual "I am in it for myself" routine.

He's getting plenty of censure from his team mates for being peripheral to the Sweden game which resulted in an embarrassing loss and setting themselves on a collision course with defending Euro and World Cup champions, Spain.

What?

FSOU – the Tragic Allure of the Half-Assed Tag Team Post

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FSOU – the Tragic Allure of the Half-Assed Tag Team Post

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FSOU – the Tragic Allure of the Half-Assed Tag Team Post

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Didier Drogba

Chelsea at home - never a dull moment

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Terry and Cole recreate a scene from 'Blades of Glory'

For many years - too many to mention - Tottenham simply could not beat Chelsea. Yes, there was the 5-1 victory at White Hart Lane in the 2002 League Cup semi-final, when everything clicked an even Sergei Rebrov scored, but in the Premier League up until 2006, it just would not happen for Spurs.

Hamburg SV All-Stars 4, Ronaldo-Zidane All-Stars 5: Match Highlights

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French great Zinedine Zidane and Brazilian icon Ronaldo put on their annual Match Against Poverty event Tuesday, taking on a team of Hamburg SV All-Stars in Germany, and the legend-laden squad did not disappoint.

Ronaldo scored as part of his team's 5-4 victory, with proceeds from the event going toward combating poverty in the Horn of Africa.

AVB, is he truly the next ''Special One''?

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Hi everyone,

It has been clearly seen that Roman Abramovich is starving for titles and does everything possible to dominate England and Europe. However, things have not been going the way he wishes. Unlike some other clubs, finance is one of the least of worries that the owner has, thanks to his outside business which does not make him shy to spend almost unlimited amount of money with the club.

Opinion

French giants in for Chelsea striker?

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It has been reported, and especially after AVB has reportedly told six of our first team squad that they are free to leave the club, that Paris St Germain are more than interested in Salomon Kalou.

Kalou as we all know has failed to hold down a regular first team spot ever since he has been at Chelsea really if you think about it.

DEBATE: How good is Romeu and should he been playing every week?

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After watching his two performances for Chelsea this season where he has started and played the full games, I think we have all realised that we have found an absolute gem in Oriol Romeu. Brave enough to leave Barcelona and come over here when he realised that life would be difficult with Mascherano and Busquets ahead of him, he has really made a big impression here in just two games.

5 things we learned from watching Spurs v Man City

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1. Niko Kranjcar is not Claude Makelele

When I walked into White Hart Lane and discovered that we were playing Niko Kranjcar alongside Luka Modric, it was instantly obvious that we would lose. I like Kranjcar, but the only positions I want to see him play in for Spurs are out on the left, or possibly in the Van der Vaart position behind a lone striker.

The Rest

MIKEL: Recent form shows just how much we miss him.

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I have gone on record on here before and I will say it again, I AM a big fan of Mikel. He is like Marmite as in the fact that you either love him or you hate him. It's fair to say Chelsea fans are divided when it comes to Mikel and surely our recent defensive performances have proven just how much we take him for granted and just how much we miss him being there.

Curbs thinks Parker talented has been wasted by England

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Former Charlton and West Ham manager Alan Curbishley believes England have failed to utlise the talents of midfielder Scott Parker during his career.

The 31-year-old has only just begun to play for England regular after winning his first four caps while with four different clubs across eight years.