Wednesday 17 January 2018

Roman Abramovich's nine-year itch

Saturday was the crowning glory of Roman Abramovich's nine years at Chelsea, the Russian finally claiming the Champions League at the ninth time of asking after eight managers, nine major trophies and £607.5m spent on transfers.

Abramovich bought the club for £140m from Ken Bates in June 2003 and immediately set about investing, funding £150m worth of transfers in his opening season. His first trophy was the 2005 League Cup under Jose Mourinho, before the first of successive league titles a month later. A losing Champions League final in 2008 remained his best return, until Saturday.

Managers under Abramovich

2003-'04 Claudio Ranieri

2004-'07 Jose Mourinho

2007-'08 Avram Grant

2008-'09 Luiz Felipe Scolari

2009 Guus Hiddink

2009-'11 Carlo Ancelotti

2011-'12 Andre Villas-Boas

2012 Roberto di Matteo

Trophies under Abramovich

Champions League: (1), 2011-'12

Premier League: (3), 2004-'05, 2005-'06, '2009-10

FA Cup: (4) 2007, '09, '10, '12

League Cup: (2) 2005, '07

Biggest five transfers

£50m F Torres, Liverpool, 2011

£30m A Shevchenko, AC Milan, 2006

£26m D Luiz, Benfica, 2011

£24m D Drogba, Marseilles, 2004

£24m M Essien, Lyon, 2004

Irish Independent

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