Monday, May 21, 2012

CHELSEA FC Won Champions League Cup

The 2012 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match between Bayern Munich of Germany and Chelsea of England, played at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, to decide the winner of the 2011-12 season of the UEFA Champions League, Europe's premier club football tournament organized annually by the UEFA confederation. Chelsea became the first London club to capture the Champions League after winning the match on penalties after the game finished 1–1 with extra time. The game was the culmination of the 57th season of the tournament, and the 20th since it was renamed the Champions League.

It was the first Champions League Final to be held in the Allianz Arena (known as "Fußball Arena München" for the final) which opened in 2005. With Bayern being one of two tenants of the Arena, it was the first time since 1984 that a finalist had home stadium advantage. Didier Drogba get the honors man of the match. FC Barcelona were not in Munich to defend their European title, but Lionel Messi won the top scorer honors for a record fourth successive season with an unsurpassed 14 goals.

2011/12 UEFA Champions League top scorers:
14 Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona), 12 Mario Gomez (FC Bayern München),10 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid CF),7 Karim Benzema, (Real Madrid CF),6 Didier Drogba (Chelsea FC),5 José Callejón (Real Madrid CF).

 The teams had not met before in the final. Bayern entered the competition as four-time winners from eight final appearances, most recently losing in 2010, while Chelsea had reached the final just once before, losing on penalties in 2008. Defending champions Barcelona were eliminated by Chelsea in the semi-finals. Neither team reached the final as champions of their 2011–12 domestic leagues (the Bundesliga and Premier League, respectively), although Chelsea won the 2012 FA Cup Final. The winners, Chelsea, will play the 2011-12 Europa League winners Atletico Madrid of Spain in the 2012 UEFA Super Cup, and also enter the semi-finals of the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup as the UEFA representative.

To reach the final, in the knockout phase Bayern defeated Basel, Marseille, and Real Madrid (3–1 on penalties after a 3–3 aggregate score), while Chelsea overcame Napoli, Benfica, and the defending champions Barcelona (3–2 on aggregate). Both teams reached the final having already lost out in their domestic leagues (the Bundesliga and Premier League respectively), but having also reached the final of their domestic cup competitions (the DFB-Pokal and FA Cup respectively), to be played prior to the Champions League Final. Chelsea won the FA Cup by defeating Liverpool 2–1 while Bayern lost the Final of the DFB-Pokal 2–5 to Borussia Dortmund.

Both clubs lost their most recent Champions League final, Bayern in 2010 to Internazionale 0–2, Chelsea in 2008 to Manchester United on penalties after a 1–1 draw. While that was Chelsea's only Champions League final, Bayern have played in eight Champions League/European Cup finals, winning four (1974,1975,1976,2001) and losing four (1982.1987,1999and 2010).They have only met each other once in Europe before, with Chelsea winning 6–5 on aggregate in the quarter-finals of the 2004-05 UEFA Champions League.

The two teams each received 17,500 tickets to distribute to their supporters. A further 7,000 tickets were available for sale to fans worldwide via, with prices between €70 and €370. The remaining tickets were allocated to the local organizing committee, UEFA's 53 national football associations, and commercial and broadcast partners. Former German player Paul Breitner was named as the ambassador for the final. The UEFA Champions Festival was held at Munich's Olympia park from 16–19 May. An official public screening of the final took place at the Olympiastadion during the match, with capacity for 65,000 fans including a section for Chelsea supporters. A second public screening was planned on the Theresienwiese, where the famous Oktoberfest takes place. is the most specialized and fully dedicated football ticket website offering the best place to buy football tickets for all the popular football matches around.Ticket4Football offers 100% safe and secure online booking system .

Friday, May 18, 2012

Scottish Cup Final 2012

The 2012 Scottish Cup Final will be the 127th final of the Scottish Cup, Scottish football’s most prestigious knockout association football competition. The match will take place at Hampden Park on 19 May 2012 and will be contested by the Edinburgh derby rivals, Hibernian (Hibs) and Heart of Midlothian (Hearts). It will be Hibs' 12th Scottish Cup Final and Hearts' 14th. It is also the first time the clubs have met in a Scottish Cup Final since 1896.

As Scottish Premier League (SPL) clubs, Hibs and Hearts both entered the competition in the fourth round. Hibs won all four of their ties at the first attempt, defeating two other SPL clubs and two Scottish Football League clubs. After winning against a junior club in the fourth round, Hearts defeated three other SPL clubs to reach the final. Hearts needed replays to eliminate St Johnston and St Mirren, then beat cup holders and SPL champions Celtic in the semi-final.

Scottish Premier League club Hibernian (Hibs) entered the competition in the fourth round. They began their campaign against Second Division leaders Cowdenbeath at Central Park, which was suggested as a possible cup upset due to Hibs' poor league form. Cowdenbeath took the lead after just 15 seconds, but Hibs recovered to win 3–2. Hibs then took on fellow Scottish Premier League  club Kilmarnock at their home ground, Easter Road, having made several signings in January 2012. An early goal by Irish striker Eoin Doyle was enough to give Hibs a 1–0 win.

 In the quarter-final Hibs were drawn against the other senior club from Ayrshire, away to Ayr United. Again the match was tipped as a possible cup upset, as Ayr had beaten Hibs (after a replay) in the 2010-11 Scotish Cup competition. Hibs scored two early goals, however, and progressed to the semi-final with a 2–0 victory. In the semi-final, Hibs took on Aberdeen at Hampden Park. Garry O’Connor scored an early goal, but  Rory Fallon equalised for Aberdeen in the second half with a spectacular looping volley. Hibs won 2–1, however, thanks to a late winning goal by Leigh Griffiths.

Heart of Midlothian (Hearts), also a Scottish Premier League club, entered the competition in the fourth round. They began their campaign against Junior club Auchinleck Talbot at their home ground of Tynecastle Stadium. A late goal by Gordon Smith gave Hearts a 1–0 victory in a match they had been expected to win comfortably. Hearts then needed replays to beat Scottish Premier League opponents St Johnston and St Mirren in the fifth round and quarter final respectively.

In the replay of the tie against St. Johnstone, Hearts needed a penalty kick (converted by Jamie Hamill) to force a period of extra time , during which Marius Zaliukas scored the winning goal. Hearts progressed to the semi-final, where they had been drawn against cup holders and league champions Celtic. Hearts took the lead early in the second half, but Gary Hooper scored a late equaliser from an offside position. Within a few minutes, however, Hearts were awarded a penalty kick for handball. This opportunity was converted by Craig Beattie and gave Hearts a 2–1 victory.

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Scottish Cup Final

Date: Saturday May 19, 2012 (15:00)
Venue: Hampden Park, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Chelsea Winning History- Overview

ChelseaFootball Club is an English football club based in Fulham, London. Founded in 1905, they play in the Premier League and have spent most of their history in the top tier of English football. Chelsea has been English Champions four times, FA Cup winners six times and League Cup winners four times. They have also achieved European success, winning the UEFA Cup Winners Cup twice. 

Bobby Tambling is Chelsea's all-time top goals corer, with 202 goals in 370 games (1959–70). Eight other players have also scored over 100 goals for Chelsea: George Hilsdon (1906–12), George Mills (1929–39),Roy Bentley (1948–56),  Jimmy Greaves (1957–61),  Peter Osgood (1964–74 and 1978–79), Kerry Dixon (1983–92), Frank Lampard (2001–) and Didier Drogba   (2004–). With 193 goals, Dixon is the only player to have come close to matching Tambling's record. Greaves holds the record for the most goals scored in one season (43 in 1960–61). Lampard is the top scorer currently at the club with 184.

Chelsea's biggest winning score line in a competitive match is 13–0, achieved against Jensen Hautcharge in the Cup Winners in 1971. The club's biggest top-flight win was an 8–0 victory against Wigan Athletic in 2010. Chelsea's biggest loss was an 8–1 reverse against Wolverhampton Wanders in 1953. Officially, Chelsea's highest home attendance is 82,905 for a First Division match against Arsenal on 12 October 1935. However, an estimated crowd of over 100,000 attended a friendly match against Soviet team Dynamo Moscow on 13 November 1945. The modernization of Stamford Bridge during the 1990s and the introduction of all-seater stands mean that neither record will be broken for the foreseeable future. The current legal capacity of Stamford Bridge is 41,837.
Chelsea hold the English record for the highest ever points total for a league season (95), the fewest goals conceded during a league season (15), the highest number of Premier League victories in a season (29), the highest number of clean sheets overall in a Premier League season (25) (all set during the 2004-05 season), and the most consecutive clean sheets from the start of a league season (6, set during the 2005-06 season). The club's 21–0 aggregate victory over Jaunesse Hautcharge in the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1971 remains a record in European competition. Chelsea hold the record for the longest streak of unbeaten matches at home in the English top-flight, which lasted 86 matches from 20 March 2004 to 26 October 2008. They secured the record on 12 August 2007, beating the previous record of 63 matches unbeaten set by Liverpool between 1978 and 1980. Chelsea's streak of eleven consecutive away league wins, set between 5 April 2008 and 6 December 2008, is also a record for the English top flight.

Chelsea has recorded several "firsts" in English football. Along with Arsenal, they were the first club to play with shirt numbers on 25 August 1928 in their match against Swansea Town. Chelsea were the first English side to travel by aero plane to a domestic away match, when they visited Newcastle United   on 19 April 1957, and that First Division side to play a match on a Sunday, when they faced Stoke City  on 27 January 1974. On 26 December 1999, Chelsea became the first British side to field an entirely foreign starting line-up (no British or Irish players) in a Premier League match against Southampton. 

On 19 May 2007, they became the first team to win the FA Cup at the new Wembley Stadium, having also been the last to win it at the old Wembley.  After the conclusion of the 2007–08 seasons, Chelsea became the highest ranked club under UEFA’s five-years coefficient system used in the seeding of European club competitions in the following season, the first English club to do so in the 21st century. On the final day of the 2009–10 seasons, Chelsea became the first team in Premier League history to score at least 100 goals in a single season. Their £50m purchase of Fernando Torres in January 2011 is a British record transfer fee. Chelsea holds the dubious distinction of having conceded the fastest goal in both the FA Cup Final and the League Cup Final; though they went on to win on both occasions.

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