FC Chelsea – 2011/12 Season Stats


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Ivory Coast World Cup striker DIDER DROGBA (left), the aging 34-year-old whose production has dropped from 37 goals in all competitions during the 2009/10 season to 25 goals in all games the past two years combined, and Czech Republic international goalkeeper PETR CECH pose with the prestigous English Football Association Cup trophy won by FC Chelsea two weeks ago at Wembley Stadium in London, England … the four fingers displayed by the pair of imported players, who each arrived at Stamford Bridge from France in 2004, represent the number of F.A. Cups the pair have now won with FC Chelsea.
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Despite a most disappointing English Premier League campaign which saw the London-based club sack the trainer at the beginning of March, interim manager ROBERTO DI MATTEO and FC CHELSEA still have the rare opportunity to complete an impressive double this season and deliver on the ultimate conquest for Russian billionaire owner ROMAN ABRAMOVICH.

The Blues, who were originally founded in March of 1905, only celebrated its first-ever year with twin titles more than a century later in 2010. An E.P.L. championship, the fourth domestic league crown in club history, and a triumph in the annual Football Association Cup competition saw to that. But now FC Chelsea, having just defeated FC Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in the capital city to claim the prestigous F.A. Cup for the seventh time, are in position to strike again and snatch the continent’s top prize with a victory over German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich in the Final of the UEFA Champions League.

The task at hand will be difficult. Bayern Munich will be playing on its very own home turf at the Allianz Arena in Bavaria and desperate to make up in front of its fans for a disastrous performance against Borussia Dortmund in the Deutscher Fussball Bund Pokalfinale just one week ago in Berlin. Also, FC Chelsea must take the pitch in southern Germany minus four influential but suspended players from its starting eleven.

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Brazil international midfielder RAMIRES (7), the 25-year-old Olympic bronze medalist with 27 caps for the senior national side, is one of four FC Chelsea players suspended for the UEFA Champions League Final opposite Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in Bavaria this Saturday … it was Ramires, who also later tallied in the F.A. Cup Final against FC Liverpool, that scored the critical away goal at Camp Nou in the second leg of the Champions League semifinal opposite FC Barcelona and netminder Victor Valdes (above).
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FC CHELSEA – 2011/12 all competitions
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appearances/starts
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Cech 55/54, Mata 53/46, Lampard 48/37, Torres 48/32, Cole 47/45, Ramires 47/44, Ivanovic 45/42, Meireles 45/37, Terry 44/43, Sturridge 43/37, Bosingwa 42/35, Malouda 42/21, David Luiz 39/36, Mikel Obi 34/26, Drogba 34/24, Kalou 25/15, Romeu 24/17, Essien 19/11, Cahill 18/15, *Anelka 15/6, Bertrand 14/12, Lukaku 12/4, *Alex 9/6, Ferreira 9/5, Turnbull 5/4, *McEachran 5/3, Hilario 2/2, Hutchinson 2/1, *Benayoun 1/0

goals
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Lampard 16, Sturridge 13, Drogba 12, Mata 12, Ramirez 12, Torres 11, Terry 7, Meireles 6, Kalou 5, Ivanovic 5, Malouda 3, David Luiz 3, Cahill 2, *Anelka 1, Bosingwa 1

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England World Cup center back and club captain JOHN TERRY of FC Chelsea, the highly-experienced 31-year-old defender who scored seven goals in all competitions for the Blues this term, receives a straight red card from Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir during the 37th minute of the UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg opposite FC Barcelona at Camp Nou in Catalonia.
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Aside from the Brazilian midfielder Ramires and the English center back Terry, hard-hit FC Chelsea will also have to make due without the services of Serbia World Cup central defender BRANISLAV IVANOVIC as well as those of Portugal World Cup midfielder RAUL MEIRELES in the UEFA Champions League Final against Bayern Munich on Saturday.

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