West London team, Chelsea Football Club were formed in 1905. Although now one of the European giants, they took half a century to secure their first significant success – the Football League championship in 1955. The Sixties brought success in the League Cup in 1965 but the Seventies took the club to a new level, with success in the FA Cup 1970 and the European Cup Winners’ Cup 1971.
Chelsea flirted with failure after that but evoked memories of the past when they won the FA Cup in 1997, the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1998, and the FA Cup in 2000. When Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003, Chelsea entered a new era. Under Jose Mourinho, Chelsea won the Premier League in 2005 and 2006, and won the FA Cup and League Cup in 2007. In 2008, under Avram Grant, Chelsea lost in the final of the Uefa Champions League to Manchester United Football Club and the League Cup and finished runners-up in the Premier League. In 2009, under Guus Hiddink, Chelsea won the FA Cup. In 2010, under Carlo Ancelotti, Chelsea won the Premier League and FA Cup double. In 2012, they won the FA Cup and the Uefa Champions League under Roberto Di Matteo.
Under Abramovich, Chelsea have gained a reputation for lacking patience, with managers rarely lasting more than two seasons in the job. However, the past decade has witnessed the most successful in the club’s history, turning an underachieving institution into one of the best and richest in Europe.
Some of the stars of the Abramovich era, like Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Ashley Cole, and John Terry, have entered the pantheon of Chelsea greats, alongside Peter Osgood and Ron Harris from the Seventies, Jimmy Greaves from the Sixties, and Roy Bentley from the Fifties. Bobby Tambling is Chelsea's all-time top goalscorer, with 202 goals in 370 games, from 1959-1970.
Chelsea's home stadium is Stamford Bridge and it was officially opened on 28 April 1877. The ground started life with an open bowl-like design and one covered terrace, and had an original capacity of around 100,000. In May 2012, the club made a formal bid to purchase Battersea Power Station, with a view to developing the site into a 60,000 seater stadium. Stamford Bridge's current capacity is 41,837.