FC Chelsea (England) – 2011/12 Current Roster : Total Cost


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The Startelf for English Premier League side FC CHELSEA pose for the traditional team photograph just prior to the start of the UEFA Champions League semifinal first round match opposite Spanish La Liga powerhouse FC Barcelona at a jam-packed Stamford Bridge in London.

back row : Obi Mikel, Cahill, Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Lampard
front row : Meireles, Ramires, Cole, Mata, Drogba
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Compared to some of the other clubs that four-times European champion BAYERN MUNICH have already had to face in this year’s 2011/12 UEFA Champions League tournament, it might appear to some that London-based FC CHELSEA are really something of a knock-off, reduced-price luxury opponent for the German Bundesliga club.

After all, this season’s FC Chelsea roster only cost wealthy Russian billionarie ROMAN ABRAMOVICH an austere 282.185 million English pounds (or roughly 352.735 million Euros) to assemble. But that figure, quite simply, still leaves Abramowich’s charges roughly 80.0 million English pounds (or about one hundred million Euros) shy of the total roster cost of domestic rival Manchester City. At the time the Bavarians met the eventual 2011/12 English Premier League titlists in Group A of the UEFA Champions League earlier this season, the playing staff then currently available to Sheik Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nayhan’s club had been put together for the total sum of 361.550 million English pounds (or somewhere around 452.282 million Euros) excluding the value of player exchanges.

Eighty million English pounds, coincidentally, is the exact same amount that Bayern Munich’s opponent at the semifinal stage of this year’s UEFA Champions League paid to acquire Portugal World Cup star CRISTIANO RONALDO. Then again, in terms of total roster cost, Real Madrid had Manchester City beat by about twenty or so million Euros this season. Altogether, a total of 471.5 million Euros were necessary to construct the 2011/12 Spanish La Liga winners that took the Bavarians to penalty kicks before ultimately falling short.

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At the price of 7.0 million English pounds, Premier League club FC Chelsea negiotiated themselves a real bargain with French outfit FC Stade Rennes when purchasing goalkeeper PETR CECH, the 29-year-old with 89 international caps for the Czech Republic thus far in his career, in July of 2004; the world-class shot-stopper, who just recently won a fourth FA Cup with the Blues, played a huge role in FC Chelsea’s defeat of highly-regarded Spanish La Liga side FC Barcelona at the semifinal stage of the UEFA Champions League.
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FC CHELSEA – 2011/12 roster
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50.000 ep … Fernando TORRES ………. (1/2011 : FC Chelsea)
24.400 ep … Michael ESSIEN ………….. (8/2005 : Olympique Lyon)
24.000 ep … Didier DROGBA …………… (7/2004 : Olympique Marseille)
23.500 ep … Juan MATA …………………. (8/2011 : CF Valencia)
17.585 ep …. RAMIRES ……………………. (8/2010 : Benfica Lisbon)
16.300 ep … Jose BOSINGWA ………….. (6/2008: FC Porto)
16.000 ep … John OBI MIKEL …………. (6/2006 : FK Lyn Oslo)
13.200 ep … Paulo FERREIRA …………. (6/2004 : FC Porto)
13.000 ep … Florent MALOUDA ……….. (8/2007 : Olympique Lyon)
13.000 ep … Romelu LUKAKU ………….. (6/2011 : RSC Anderlecht)
12.000 ep … Raul MEIRELES ……………. (9/2011 : FC Liverpool)
11.000 ep … Frank LAMPARD …………… (8/2001 : West Ham United)

9.700 ep … Branislav IVANOVIC ………. (1/2008: Lokomotiv Moscow)
9.000 ep … Salomon KALOU …………….. (6/2006 : Feyenoord Rotterdam)
7.000 ep … Petr CECH ……………………… (7/2004 : Stade Rennes)
7.000 ep … Gary CAHILL …………………. (1/2012 : Bolton Wanderers)
6.500 ep … Daniel STURRIDGE ………… (7/2009 : Manchester City)
5.000 ep … Ashley COLE …………………… (8/2006: FC Arsenal)
4.000 ep … Oriol ROMEU …………………. (8/2011 : FC Barcelona)

Free : Henrique HILARIO, Ross TURNBULL
Youth System : John TERRY, Ryan BERTRAND, Sam HUTCHINSON

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NOTES — John Obi Mikel’s total transfer fee was divided by English Premier League club Manchester City and Norwegian side FK Lyn Oslo … the transfer fee paid for David Luiz does not reflect consideration of value for Serbia international midfielder NEMANJA MATIC, who was shipped to Portuguese giant Benfica Lisbon to complete the transaction … the transfer fee paid for Ashley Cole does not reflect consideration for France international defender WILLIAM GALLAS, who was sent to FC Arsenal by FC Chelsea as part of that transfer agreement.

One expensive asset who departed FC Chelsea during the season was veteran France international NICOLAS ANELKA, who had been purchased from Bolton Wanderers for the transfer fee of 15.0 million English pounds in 2008; the experienced, 33-year-old striker signed with Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua along with aging Brazil international defender ALEX at the start of 2012.

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