After ten years since Chelsea football club obtained the record as the second team in the premier league history to have won the title two years in a row, former player Paulo Ferreira, who was a part of the victories at the club, has come out to reminisce about his time at the club.
“It’s always hard after winning the league because other top teams buy new players and increase the quality of their squad, we had a wonderful squad at that time, and there weren’t too many major changes. We knew how difficult it was going to be to retain the title,” Ferreira said.
The former Chelsea defender who played for the second time at the club during the 2005/2006 season recalls the wonderful experiences he had at the club; he has spoken about the key moments in competitions that were responsible for the team’s gradual journey to victory. Continue reading →
Fans of Real Madrid turned on the club’s superstar due to his record poor form.
The Portuguese football star has not gotten a goal in four games for his side. This makes a record since joining the spanish side in 2009. The fans jeered at him during the 2-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. The result took Madrid to the top of the current La Liga standings, but the fans want more from their star player.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine ‘Zizou’ Zidane says he is surprised at the response from the fans over Ronaldo’s form.
“I don’t understand the jeers but at the same time, I was also jeered and it can happen. The public demands a lot from the players and the Bernabeu is special. Cristiano knows that and is not concerned by it,” said Zidane.
Other club stars have risen to the defence of their teammates. Welsh superstar Gareth Bale claims that Ronaldo is excelling in other parts of the game. Zizou says that he knows that Ronaldo would rerurn to his excellent goalscoring form in no time.
Continue reading →
Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea are all of the Premier League clubs that have enjoyed going through a perfect start of the season as each one of them have claimed 3 victories out of their 3 opening matches.
Chelsea’s Antonio Conte has recently talked about the great start that he and his team has been experiencing and how he has accomplished this task.
“It’s always important to score one more goal than your opponent, but to keep a clean sheet is also important for the confidence of the whole team. When you keep a clean sheet, the whole team works very well, not only the defenders. When we concede a goal, all of the team concedes a goal.
‘’I want to work with my players to improve them and to put them in the best condition. It’s important to keep the last season in our mind, when there is a difficult situation it is important to look behind to find new strength to go forward. We have started the season in the right way.’’ Chelsea’s Antonio Conte said.
Even though Antonio Conte’s debut season as the head coach of Chelsea has kicked off in a sublime form, the Italian coach does not want to get carried away and still wants to remain focused on the day by day instead of longer point of view. Continue reading →
Among the many footballers who ended their career at their heights is Paulo Ferreira.
He had played nine seasons with the Chelsea club and helped the club to win three trophies in the Premier League during his tenure. He ended his professional career in football in 2012-13. Fans of the club still hold him close to their hearts. He was a dedicated member of the club and did not complain even if he was not given opportunities to play as the first team always. The genuine love that he portrayed for the club is hard to find these days among the modern professional players.
It quite befitted the honor that he received in 2014 to be an ambassador for the club. He took up the role of helping out at the Digicel Kick-start Academy that offers training grounds for young players in the Caribbean. He is now on the verge of becoming a fully fledged coach as he serves the role of an assistant technical coach in the youth development program of Chelsea.
If you have not heard or seen him up close, you would not know that he is a soft spoken, pleasant man who was known as a defender in the Chelsea team. Many people often wonder what made him stick to the Blues for nearly a decade, whereas people have moved and changed teams so often.
He had been part of the UEFA Champions League in 2004 after which he followed teaming mates like Ricardo Carvalho and Jose Mourinho to join the Chelsea club. At that time the deal that was struck was about twenty million Euros. Even if he did fall out of favor at times, he remained a loyal servant of the club and gave his all for the defense that he played. The year the contract was not renewed with him was the year he decided to stop playing as well. However, he has been given due honor as ambassador of the club now.
Paulo Ferreira was a member of the Porto team that won the Champions League in 2004 and ultimately makes the move to Chelsea in 2004.
He was one of the first players that Jose Mourinho signed when he took charge of Chelsea.
The Portuguese defender quickly established himself as an important member of the team even if he was not always sure of starting a game. Jose Mourinho described him as the type of player that will never win a man-of-the-match award but rather as a consistent and hardworking player. It is this quality that will allow him to stay for more than 9 years at Stamford Bridge.
He left Chelsea in 2013 after the London Club decided that his contract will not be renewed. But by then, Paulo Ferreira did not have much playing time and when asked why he decided to stay even if he did not play he replied that he was happy to help. He said that he is someone that never gives up and that he remained at Chelsea so as to compete with the other defenders. Continue reading →
Former Chelsea player, Paulo Ferreira has been named among the most successful players of the English Premier League by The Sun.
The 37-year old right-back played for EPL giant, Chelsea after moving from FC Porto for 20 million Euros in 2004. The computation employed data that comprised of games won, games played and percentage of win.
In the top ten, the list included former Chelsea skipper Arjen Robben in first place, Paulo Ferreira in second place, followed by Claude Makelele. Former Red Devils captain, Nemanja Vidic was next, then another Blues former player, Michael Ballack. Ricardo Cavalho was next with 70 percent win. Javi Garcia was next after Cavalho with same 70 percent win but less wins.
Edu was next, and then Frenchman Patrice Evra before Ivorian Didier Drogba completed the list.
Current Bayern Munich winger, Arjen Robben was placed top due to his impressive 82 percent win of the games he played. He was at Chelsea FC for three seasons. He scored 15 times in 67 games he played. Since leaving Stamford Bridge, he has only gotten better. During his three year stay at the Bridge, Chelsea lifted two Premier League titles with former Portuguese coach, Jose Mourinho. Continue reading →
A few weeks ago IkerCasillas was released from Real Madrid as he joined the Portuguese side Porto after penning a 2 year long deal. This switch ended the relationship that Casillas had with Real Madrid which extended for over 24 years.
Even though IkerCasillas was offloaded away from his childhood club, the coach of the Spanish national side Vicente del Bosque has stepped up and supported IkerCasillas as the coach said that the experienced goal-keeper will continue to play a big role with his country in the international stage.
Spain is positioned in the 2nd spot of Group C and so far IkerCasillas has been the main man in between the sticks as he has played in almost all the group stages matches of the 2016 Euro’s.
Spain’s Vicente del Bosque said: “He had worse moments last season and played almost every match for Spain hasn’t caused any problems and has been a great servant to the national team”.
The main problem that IkerCasillas will face with trying to find a regular spot in the Spanish national side will be David de Gea as his Spanish counterpart continues playing at a high level and the younger shot-stopper took center stage in Spain’s qualification match against Luxembourg as IkerCasillas was dropped to the bench. Continue reading →