Chelsea: All the latest Chelsea flavoured news, views, rumours and other assorted bits and bobs
Heâ€™s gone from the countryâ€™s most expensive signing to a misfiring misfit who’s struggling to command a transfer fee, but Andriy Shevchenko still has his admirers.
Chase me, chase me, chase me! â€¦ oh, they’ve buggered off. Sevilla, the little teases, have apparently failed in their bid to get Roman Abramovich to part with almost Â£25m for a right-back/Star Trek character. They should really have accepted Chelsea’s reported bid of Â£21.5m, which is still way over the odds for Alves, who is very good, but not that good.
John Terry discusses England’s defensive options ahead of the Germany game. Just like that!
With a combined cost of around Â£250m, even Romanâ€™s roubles would be stretched to afford this team consisting of the most expensive players (in their position) in the Premier League.
Portsmouth 1-1 Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo grimaces after being shown a red card for violent conduct.
As previously reported on Pies, midfield barndoor misser and KD Lang lookalike, Frank Lampard, has his own TV channel dedicated to him. Orange announced the launch of Frank TV, a mobile channel dedicated to England and Chelsea star, and will be available exclusively to the 1.3 million Orange 3G customers on its mobile phone TV service. Orange mobile TV channels also include BBC, Channel 4, Sky and FHM…
The big kick-off is nigh and we don’t have a thing to wear. Well, we do now. This is part one of a bumper Kit Parade Special from Pies.
This looks a little familiar… wait a cotton picking minute! Yes, Arsenal have retained last season’s home kit for a further season. It makes my job a bit harder because you have all seen it before, but I’d be delighted if I was a Gooner. Comiserations to the parents of young Arsenal fans who will have to think a bit harder about birthday presents this year! Click here to buy it from Kitbag.
He may well be a born leader of men but that doesnâ€™t mean Fergie wears the trousers at home. Apparently, the United manager has been grounded tonight and will miss Unitedâ€™s final pre-season friendlies while he helps his missus move house.
Chelseaâ€™s squad for last weekendâ€™s Community Shield match was so bare that they played without a recognised striker for most of the match. And it looks like theyâ€™ll have to make up the numbers when their Premier League kicks off on Sunday.
1 Chelsea’s reserves have pretty much got their league sewn-up already.
2 Thomas Kuszczak and Ben Foster (when he is fit again) will have their work cut out ousting Edwin van der Sar.
3 Wayne Rooney is back! Was he ever away? Anyway, Fergie has predicted a big season from the England star and he made a promising start as he ran at defenders in a way he didn’t seem confident enough to do at times last season.
Edwin van der Sar was the star of the show as Manchester United lifted the first silverware of the season. The Dutch keeper saved three consecutive Chelsea penalties to win the Community Shield for his side in a shootout. The game had finished 1-1, with Ryan Giggs giving United the lead and Chelsea new boy Florent Malouda equalising with a neat finish. Van der Sar then saved from Claudio Pizarro, Frank Lampard and Shaun Wright Phillips in the shootout.
The business end of the Premiership has been dominated in recent years by the Big Four, namely Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. Few teams have even come close to challenging that dominance, but Chelski boss Jose Mourinho believes that Spurs are now strong enough to challenge that group this coming season, and thus create a ‘Big Five’.
There’s tough and then there’s John Terry. Despite breaking his toe during Chelsea’s pre-season jolly against the Suwon Bluewings, he played on and still expects to be fit for this weekend’s game against Beckham’s LA Galaxy.
Some good news and some bad news for Chelsea fans. First, the bad news: Chelsea skipper John Terry reportedly broke a toe in the 1-0 win over Suwon Bluewings in LA on Wednesday. JT played on until half-time when he was taken off in a pre-planned substitution. It has been claimed he was given a painkilling injection and could return to face LA Galaxy on Saturday, but it remains to be seen whether or not the injury will prevent Terry from starting the Premiership season.
The “Chelsea FC Girls” welcome fans to the World Series of Football match between Chelsea and Suwon Bluewings outside the LA Galaxy’s Home Depot Center on July 17, 2007. Chelsea defeated the Korean side 1-0, thanks to a Didier Drogba goal, which you can watch after the click… [Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images]