UK Football Team - Chelsea 1998

As I said in the last topic (Before his coaching career : Steve CLARKE), the 1997-98 season was the last one of legend Steve Clarke with Chelsea. This season was a double glory for Chelsea. In League Cup Chelsea beat Middlesbrough 2-0 to give new manager Gianluca Vialli his first major trophy just weeks after being appointed and a few weeks later Chelsea won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup football versus Stuttgart. Chelsea won the match 1–0, thanks to a Gianfranco Zola goal. Have a look back of this glorious season. With conceding goals being a major issue last season, Chelsea signed Dutch international goalkeeper Ed de Goey, who proved to be a relative success. Chelsea's only other major signings were young Norwegian striker Tore Andre Flo and Uruguayan international midfielder Gustavo Poyet from Real Zaragoza, who added more goals from an otherwise very defensive midfield. Chelsea were well on course for a top-five finish and success in the European Cup Winners' Cup and the League Cup when manager Ruud Gullit was sacked on 12 February following a dispute with chairman Ken Bates. His job went to 33-year-old striker Gianluca Vialli, who took on the role of player-manager and achieved instant success - within three months of his appointment, Vialli had guided the Blues to glory on the continent and at Wembley. This success gave Chelsea fans hope that the following season could spell the end of their title wait which began in 1955. Steve CLARKE's last game was the 1998 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final at Råsunda Stadium in Stockholm. Chelsea's breakthrough came when Gianfranco Zola was introduced after 70 minutes. Zola had been left out of the starting line-up due to a groin strain, but he made an immediate impact. Racing on to Dennis Wise's defence-splitting pass, he unleashed a spectacular shot that flew straight into the top corner. This splendid goal on video.


And now the Chelsea's 1997-98 roster in Panini :

1 commentaire:

  1. Mon équipe favorite est Liverpool, je n'aime pas ce qu'est devenu Chelsea, mais cette équipe, avec les Le Saux, Wise, Di Matteo, Poyet & consorts était vraiment sympa, à la fois cosmopolite mais bien british dans l'esprit. Le jour où Flo avait mis un hat-trick contre le club protégé par l'UEFA !
    Celle de 2003-2004 était pas mal aussi, avec Duff & Gudjohnsen.

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