On August 17, 2003, Chelsea played their first Premier League game since being taken over by Roman Abramovich. It was the start of a wonderful era.
Plenty of players – and managers – have come and gone since Abramovich took control of the club, but during that period Chelsea have won more trophies than any other English team, with five Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, a Champions League and a Europa League trophy added to their cabinet.
To emphasise just how far the Blues have come under Abramovich, we’ve revisited the first team to take the field in a competitive match after his takeover.
Chelsea famously beat Liverpool 2-1 to secure Champions League football in the final match before his buyout, and the opening fixture of the following season was also against the Reds, with the Londoners triumphing by the same scoreline at Anfield.
A truly brilliant documentary about Mohamed Salah.
There have only ever been 10.
Gerard Pique admits Fergie lost faith in him.
Who would win between Arsenal 04 and Man City 18?
Xavi still remembers Mario Rosas.
Who creates the most for your club?
The story of ex-West Ham youngster Matthias Famino
How Liverpool’s Academy graduates have fared.
Only the post denied us a ludicrous goal.
A throwback to Moussa at his best.