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Opinion

The Best Five Chelsea Flair Players in Premier League History

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We look back at some of the most talented and skilful players to wear a Chelsea shirt in the past twenty-five years.
While football is a team game and success owes everything to collective effort, Chelsea supporters love to get value for money by watching skilful players on show and the Blues have had a steady stream of them over the past few years.

ZOLA - "The poor form of key offensive players Eden Hazard and Diego Costa has not helped"

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Gianfranco Zola has taken time out to answer questions on Chelsea's poor start to their Premier League title defence this season and believes that key players are to blame!

Zola was answering questions after he launched a new business venture and when the subject turned to Chelsea he said:

"There is no one compelling reason for the poor start to the season.

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ZOLA: When I came here I found a high level of football but, above all else, enjoyment.

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Chelsea Legend Gianfranco Zola has been speaking to the Media this week about his time in England and has described how he rediscovered his love for Football in England.

At the end of the 2002-2003 season, Gianfranco Zola left Chelsea after seven amazing years having been voted Chelsea's greatest ever player.

Chelsea Legend believes two victories over Leicester City and Manchester United will put Antonio Conte back on track.

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Gianfranco Zola believes that Antonio Conte and Chelsea have a chance to record two statement victories against Leicester and Manchester United to put our season back on track after setbacks against Liverpool and Arsenal.

Without question, Chelsea head into these two fixtures as must win games this early in the season and that's purely because of our two previous defeats.

The Sunderland hot seat may still be an Italian job

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The Sunderland hot seat may still be an Italian job - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's often said that countries have national characteristics, that there's certain similar traits that people brought up in a similar culture seem to have. At least sometimes, that's simply not true however.

Gianfranco Zola says Mourinho’s Chelsea return ‘should be good’

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Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola says former manager Jose Mourinho's expected return to the club 'should be good'. Asked about the Special One's imminent return to Stamford Bridge, he said: "Well, it looks like it. He's certainly a great manager, he knows the players, he knows the atmosphere, so... it should be good.

The End of the Rafa-lution

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The date read 19thMay 2012. It had just gone 23:20 local time when an eerie silence fell upon the Allianz Arena in Germany's capital city of Munich. He stood at 6 feet 1 inches and had the look of a man possessed, this was to be his night, his time to be written in the history of the club.

Gianfranco Zola: ‘Pain of 2008 Champions League Final will double Chelsea’s strength against Bayern Munich’

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Gianfranco Zola says the pain of Chelsea's Champions League Final defeat to Manchester United four years ago will help them as they take on Bayern Munich tomorrow night. When OTP caught up with the Stamford Bridge legend, we asked him whether Chelsea can defy the odds in Europe one last time and defeat Bayern in [.

Dennis Wise was better than Diego Maradona, says Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola

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Diego Maradona's footballing ability was put to shame by Dennis Wise. That's according to Gianfranco Zola, who played with both of them. We suspect that Zola immediately clocked on to OTP's mischievous line of questioning when we asked him which of the pair was the better player. He told OTP: "I think Dennis Wise was [.

Chelsea great Gianfranco Zola: “I don’t star in Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart video”

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Gianfranco Zola has laid one of football's great urban legends to rest by confirming that he didn't appear in the music video for Bonnie Tyler's 1980s classic Total Eclipse of the Heart. Myth and Wikipedia has long claimed that the pint-sized forward featured in the power ballad video. But Zola says it's not [.

Liverpool Name Steve Claarke As First Team Coach

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Kenny Dalglish has already began to put his stamp on Liverpool by hiring Steve Clarke as his first team coach. Sammy Lee will remain as assistant manager,

"It is important we have good backroom staff and Steve comes into that category," Dalglish said on Liverpool's website.

Clarke appointed Liverpool’s 1st team coach

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Kenny Dalglish has already began to put his stamp on Liverpool by hiring Steve Clarke as his first team coach. Sammy Lee will remain as assistant manager,

"It is important we have good backroom staff and Steve comes into that category," Dalglish said on Liverpool's website.

Videos

Twenty years ago today - Chelsea signed Gianfranco Zola and the rest is history.

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Twenty years ago today on the 8th November 1996, Chelsea signed a 30-year old Gianfranco Zola from Parma for a fee of £4.5m and changed Chelsea forever.

We talk these days of players who make an impact in games, players who have the ability to produce a moment of magic to inspire or to turn a game on it's head; Zola was one of those players in that era.

Gianfranco Zola - Chelsea FC - Ultimate Goals Compilation | HD

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VIDEO: Premier League Legends – Gianfranco Zola – Documentary

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JUAN MATA: 18 GOALS 31 ASSISTS - BETTER THAN ZOLA?

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Juan Mata is quite simply "El Mago" or "The Magician". 18 goals and 31 assists in all competitions so far this season, he has become the one player Chelsea simply cannot do without in his two years at the club.

Speaking at the launch of the Adidas "It's Blue, What else matters?

VIDEO: Gianfranco Zola explains what the FA Cup means to him.

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Gianfranco Zola has been part of the FA CUP Trophy tour in Asia this year and has spoken to the Football Associations very own TV channel about the importance of the competition and what it means to him.

Speaking openly he admits he never realised just how important the FA Cup is in this country and what it means to fans all over the world.

La Liga

Zola ‘linked’ to vacant Inter job

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Milan (AFP) Former Chelsea fans' favourite Gianfranco Zola has emerged as a surprise, last-minute candidate to replace sacked Inter Milan coach Frank De Boer, reports suggested Saturday.

De Boer's sacking after a 1-0 defeat at Sampdoria last week has plunged the San Siro giants into crisis just 11 games into the season.

Zola ‘linked’ to vacant Inter job

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Milan (AFP) Former Chelsea fans' favourite Gianfranco Zola has emerged as a surprise, last-minute candidate to replace sacked Inter Milan coach Frank De Boer, reports suggested Saturday.

De Boer's sacking after a 1-0 defeat at Sampdoria last week has plunged the San Siro giants into crisis just 11 games into the season.

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Samp contro il Cagliari di un traballante Zola. In serata Inzaghi all’ultima spiaggia contro il Verona

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Torna in campo la Serie A. Alle 18, nel primo dei due anticipi della 26^ giornata, la Sampdoria di Mihajlovic cerca i tre punti, al Ferraris, contro il Cagliari di un traballante Zola, per agganciare momentaneamente la Fiorentina quinta con 42 punti, mentre in serata il Milan di Pippo Inzaghi sfida l'Hellas con l'unico imperativo [.

The man who always finds a job: Claudio Ranieri (By Dominic...

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The man who always finds a job: Claudio Ranieri (By Dominic Vieira)

Whether you think he's world class or not, it's clear Claudio Ranieri is a lucky manager. Since the Italian retired as a player in 1986, he has rarely experienced unemployment.

English Premier League

Which Of The Promoted Sides Has The Best Chance Of Staying Up?

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Which Of The Promoted Sides Has The Best Chance Of Staying Up? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Last season's promoted sides were a revelation. Swansea dazzled the league with an adherence to short passing football stronger than Elton John's adherence to ill-fitting wigs, Norwich showed a tactical flexibility rarely seen in England before while QPR relied on more prosaic methods to fashion an impressive escape from relegation, almost causing one of the biggest upsets in British football history against Manchester City in the process.

George Graham – Arsenal’s (Increasingly) Forgotten Genius

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Like other ‘80s phenomena including the video recorder and the ZX81, George Graham is now almost viewed almost with a degree of scorn by a modern generation of Arsenal fans. But just as we shouldn't forget the impact the video market and Clive Sinclair's opening stab at bringing computers into our homes have had on our lives, the same applies to George's managerial tenure at Highbury.

Call for Di Matteo to be installed as permanent Manager!.

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Now it's my personal opinion that people have under estimated the job that "Bobby Di Matteo" has done so far at Chelsea. Think about it for a second, in arguably (if you believe what the press are saying) the most ego filled dressing room in the Premier League, with masses of experience and big personalities that have reportedly seen off previous managers, he has gone in there done fantastic.

Premier League’s greatest ever player: Giggs, Ronaldo, Henry, Shearer, Zola, Henry or Gerrard? You decide!

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Premier League's greatest ever player: Giggs, Ronaldo, Henry, Shearer, Zola, Henry or Gerrard? You decide!

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Lazar Markovic Delivers Liverpool Snub By Revealing Chelsea Dream

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Partizan Belgrade starlet Lazar Markovic has delivered a snub to Liverpool by revealing his ‘dream' move would be to their Premier League rivals Chelsea.
The 17-year-old striker is being followed by a host of clubs across the world, and is largely recognised as one of the most exciting young prospects in Europe.

Butt’s Brain: Wednesday

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Lots of news around the Premier League and Europe and it all starts with Tottenham's unfortunate crashing out of the Champions League yesterday at Real Madrid 4-0... Here's what else is in Butt's Brain: Zola believes Chelsea will topple Manchester ... Continue reading →

Follow-ups: Adu, Edu, Junior, More

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Monday bullets & weekend follow-ups:

• Lots of transfer hubbub sure to come down the pike today: Luis, Torres, and more...

Gauranteed never to wear a Benfica kit again...

• Freddy Adu, according to Washington Post reporter Steve Goff, now testing out his wheels at Turkish 2nd division side Rizespor.

John Terry

OTP Podcast: Episode 39 – Oh Didier!

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Ep. 39 Oh Didier! by Off The Post on Mixcloud David Cameron getting one over Angela Merkel at the G8 Summit. David Luiz conducting an interview for Italian TV half-cut. Michael Essien and Salomon Kalou making the female physio the filling in their grind sandwich. John Terry wearing shin pads even though he took no [.

JT: "Great memories but to go further, we might need to move"

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Everyone who is a Chelsea fan is well aware of the situation regarding the proposal the club has put to the CPO (Chelsea Pitch Owners) last week. If you missed it, check it out here and my take on things too.

Surprisingly enough, and to his credit he even says so himself, John Terry has decided to give his view on the situation rather than keep quiet and he raises some interesting points.

ZOLA on Chelsea.

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Gianfranco Zola has taken time out to speak of Chelsea. He has talked about our plight this season, the arrival of Torres and Luiz and the future for us.

He said:
To be honest they've lost important players throughout the season, like John Terry and Frank Lampard to injury and Didier Drogba who had had malaria for several months.

Rumours

Mark Hughes / Rafa Benitez - Could Roman turn to one of them?

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After my last post on here and the fact that Guus Hiddink's agent has said he will still be in charge of Turkey for their two Euro 2012 qualifying games in September, I just wonder now if Roman Abramovich will turn to Mark Hughes or Rafa Benitez?.


I mentioned about Hughes on here the other day and being an ex-Chelsea player and fan favourite, I wonder if that will hold any sway with the board.

Mark Hughes as a late candidate for Chelsea Manager?

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After quitting Fulham yesterday, Mark Hughes had been installed last night as 8-1 for the Chelsea manager's job. I am not so sure. Everything is pointing to Guus Hiddink coming back to Chelsea after tonight's game between Turkey and Belgium and I still predict that will be the case, but can we rule Hughes out of the running as easily as that?

West Ham United

Soccer World: West Ham were blowing leads, not bubbles

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West Ham United's relegation from the Premier League has been on the cards for some time. This in itself prevents the Hammers' demotion from being a surprise, but a look at the club's squad suggests a bottom placed finished was unexpected and something few predicted at the start of the season.

When Avram Grant replaced Gianfranco Zola as manager in June 2010, optimism at Upton Park was genuine.

New Liverpool First-Team Coach Steve Clarke Couldn't Turn Down Chance To Work With Kenny Dalglish

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Steve Clarke has spoken of his excitement at joining the coaching staff at Liverpool after the former Chelsea assistant manager was appointed as first-team coach at Anfield.
Clarke, who played over 500 senior matches for St Mirren and Chelsea, was assistant manager at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho, and also at West Ham United under Gianfranco Zola.

The Rest

Results for Bergen ( 1 – 3 ) Club Brugge at Stade Charles Tondreau on August 26, 2012, 7:30 pm

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Match just over at Stade Charles Tondreau Jupiler League Home Team Bergen Goals & Scorers 66′: penalty Mustapha Jarju Toubabo; Keeper Olivier Werner Midfield Arnor Angeli; Benjamin Nicaise; Tom Van Imschoot; Zola Matumona; Mustapha Jarju Toubabo; Forwards Aloys Nong; Defense Nicolas Timmermans; Jérémy Sapina; Daan Van Gijseghem; [.

Playful Pals: Gianfranco Zola & Steffen Freund

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Watford manager Gianfranco Zola (l) and Tottenham Hotspur assistant manager Steffen Freund monkey around prior to the pre-season friendly match between Watfod and Tottenham Hotspur at Vicarage Road on 5 August 2012. Image:Â Pete Norton/Getty Images Europe.

The ditching of Dyche

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Watford aren't my club, but when I heard the news that Sean Dyche had been given the boot by the Hornets' new Italian owners to make way for Gianfranco Zola, I found myself strangely furious on Dyche's behalf. How dare they breeze into Vicarage Road and and with breathtaking arrogance treat a club legend so shoddily - especially one who had worked so diligently and in difficult circumstances to engineer an improbably lofty position in last season's Championship table.

Young Reds Crash Out Of Cup

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It was a disappointing night for Liverpool U18s after they crashed out of the FA Youth Cup losing 3-1 to Swansea City on Tuesday night.
Mike Marsh's charges were boosted by the inclusion of Raheem Sterling and Brad Smith in their starting line-up, but they were second best to Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

King Of Kings

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My name is Sam Allardycias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!


...and for my next trick FC Basel will take Radoslav Kovac from this club and actually pay money for the privilege. You read that correctly. Radoslav Kovac is off to Switzerland and it's not to join Dignitas.