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SI.com: Jonathan Wilson: Chelsea's unlikely triumph a testament to Di Matteo's tacticsupdated: Sat May 19 2012 20:17:00

Sometimes football simply doesn't make sense. The cliché that a club's name is on a trophy can't have any truth, and yet it was hard during Chelsea's Champions League final victory not to feel it had some greater power behind it.

Ancelotti questions Chelsea changesupdated: Fri Feb 24 2012 12:22:00

Carlo Ancelotti paid the ultimate price for failing to deliver trophies at Chelsea last season, being sacked by the English club's billionaire owner Roman Abramovich just hours after a defeat on the final day.

Man Utd win EPL thrillerupdated: Mon Sep 19 2011 06:36:00

Manchester United beat Chelsea 3-1 at Old Trafford Sunday in an English Premier League top of the table clash which mixed superb attacking play with comical misses by star strikers Fernando Torres and Wayne Rooney.

SI.com: Ben Lyttleton: Clichy joins a crowded position at Man Cityupdated: Mon Jul 11 2011 12:22:00

The timing was typical Carlos Tevez. Within hours of Manchester City confirming their first signing of the summer, Gael Clichy, the controversial club captain had released yet another statement declaring his wish to leave the club. His comments overshadowed the new arrival but of the two stories, it was Clichy's signing that was the more surprising.

SI.com: Jonathan Wilson: Ancelotti reverts to 4-3-2-1 formation against United to no availupdated: Tue Apr 12 2011 18:45:00

In moments of crisis, return to basics. Carlo Ancelotti wrote his dissertation for his coaching diploma on the 4-3-2-1, and it was to the Christmas tree he returned against Manchester United at Old Trafford. It might have been an inspired reversion -- and indeed it did address some of the problems Chelsea had suffered in the first leg -- but in the harsh light of a 2-1 defeat it may seem like a doomed manager scrabbling desperately for the comforts of the familiar.

SI.com: Georgina Turner: Quality left backs emerging in EPLupdated: Fri Mar 04 2011 12:25:00

Any conversation about left backs that does not begin with Giacinto Facchetti has already taken a wrong turn. At Internazionale under Helenio Herrera in the 1960s, Facchetti defined the European imagining of an attacking fullback: When Inter crushed Liverpool's hopes of a first European Cup final (on its way to a second successive title) in 1965, the Guardian's David Lacey reported that the break for Facchetti's winning goal "was carried out at top speed and took Liverpool's defense almost completely unawares .. Facchetti burst through and beat Lawrence with a splendid low shot." The innovation was Herrera's, Facchetti, as immaculate playing the ball as winning it, the perfect manifestation.

SI.com: Georgina Turner: Chelsea vs. Man United play-by-playupdated: Tue Mar 01 2011 07:06:00

If this match had been played when originally scheduled, in December, top-of-the-table United would kickoff only three points ahead of its host. Instead, Chelsea is 15 points back and struggling just to make certain of a Champions League spot ... if Carlo Ancelotti is going to turn this ship around, he needs to sound the horn long and loud with a performance here.

Chelsea to select Cole despite shooting incident; Rooney escapes banupdated: Mon Feb 28 2011 14:22:00

England soccer star Ashley Cole received the backing of his club manager on Monday in the wake of reports that the Chelsea player had shot a work-placement student with an air rifle.

Italy suffer Buffon setback; Robben 8 days from fitnessupdated: Wed Jun 16 2010 05:26:00

Italy have admitted they do not know when star goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will be able to return to action at the 2010 World Cup.

SI.com: Gabriele Marcotti: Bridge quits England at curious timeupdated: Thu Feb 25 2010 18:09:00

OK, so we all feel very sorry for Wayne Bridge. The mother of his child, Vanessa Perroncel, and John Terry allegedly had an affair. Terry is not just Bridge's former teammate at Chelsea; he is also his teammate on the England team. And, until Terry was stripped of the England armband last month -- as a direct result of his alleged affair with Perroncel -- he was the national-team captain, too.

Capello to read riot act to England starsupdated: Wed Feb 24 2010 05:02:00

England coach Fabio Capello has warned his players to behave or face the risk of missing out on a trip to the World Cup finals.

World Sport talk Chelseaupdated: Wed Feb 24 2010 05:02:00

As Chelsea and Inter Milan prepare to face each other, their players and managers make headlines off the pitch.

Cole and Giggs suffer injury setbacksupdated: Thu Feb 11 2010 16:30:00

English Premier League title chasers Chelsea and Manchester United have suffered injury blows on Thursday, with the news that key players Ashley Cole and Ryan Giggs face lengthy spells on the sidelines.

Chelsea crash seven past Sunderlandupdated: Sat Jan 16 2010 15:22:00

English Premier League leaders Chelsea smashed seven goals past hapless Sunderland on Saturday, while second-placed Manchester United kept up the pressure with a 3-0 victory at home to Burnley.

'Pimp my golf cart'updated: Mon Nov 30 2009 12:38:00

It seems the world of the golf cart is changing if certain industry manufacturers are to be believed. By shedding their normal surroundings, improving their dowdy image and hitting the streets -- "pimped up" carts may increasingly be seen away from the course.

Drogba double sinks Arsenal at Emiratesupdated: Sun Nov 29 2009 13:34:00

Didier Drogba scored twice as Chelsea re-established a five point lead at the top of the English Premier League with a 3-0 win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Chelsea suffer Cole injury setbackupdated: Mon Nov 09 2009 12:33:00

Chelsea have been rocked by a leg injury to England left-back Ashley Cole, which threatens to keep him out of action for several weeks.

Ferguson 'losing faith' in refereesupdated: Mon Nov 09 2009 06:54:00

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson admitted he is losing faith in referees after he disputed the decision which led to the decisive goal in his side's English Premier League defeat to Chelsea.

Chelsea extend lead with tense win over Manchester Unitedupdated: Sun Nov 08 2009 14:50:00

Chelsea moved five points clear in the English Premier League after claiming a controversial 1-0 victory at home to defending champions Manchester United on Sunday.

Ukraine beat 10-man England to boost 2010 hopesupdated: Sun Oct 11 2009 21:18:00

Ukraine claimed a 1-0 victory over 10-man England which boosted their hopes of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa via the playoffs.

Man United and Chelsea claim crucial derby winsupdated: Sun Sep 20 2009 13:36:00

Manchester United substitute Michael Owen broke Manchester City hearts with a dramatic winning goal deep into injury-time at Old Trafford on Sunday, but Chelsea stayed top of the English Premier League with a 3-0 crushing of London rivals Tottenham.

Chelsea to appeal FIFA's player-transfer banupdated: Thu Sep 03 2009 13:02:00

English Premier League side Chelsea have said they will mount the "strongest appeal possible" following the transfer ban placed on the club by world football's governing body FIFA.

Chelsea cap Hiddink reign with FA Cup triumphupdated: Thu Jun 04 2009 03:28:00

Chelsea recovered from falling behind to the fastest goal in FA Cup final history to beat Everton 2-1 at Wembley on Saturday in coach Guus Hiddink's final game in charge of the English club.

Deco and Carvalho both absent for Chelseaupdated: Tue Apr 28 2009 10:00:00

Chelsea will be without midfielder Deco and defenders Ricardo Carvalho and Ashley Cole for tonight's Champions League semifinal first leg against Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

Chelsea star Cole apologizes after arrestupdated: Mon Mar 09 2009 12:00:00

Chelsea and England defender Ashley Cole has apologized to London police for a foul-mouthed tirade that led to him being arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct in the early hours of Thursday morning.

SI.com: The Limey: England's Big Four all go chasing tournament gloryupdated: Fri Mar 06 2009 13:09:00

Silverware, iPods, playground spats, free booze and nights in jail. Confused? You should be, but it's all in a day's work for Team Limey in the reporting of what's happening in English soccer.

Rooney double as 5-goal England find touchupdated: Sat Oct 11 2008 15:28:00

Wayne Rooney led the way with two goals as England ultimately ran riot against Kazakhstan at Wembley with a 5-1 win to stay firmly on course for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

Late Cole strike earns draw for Englandupdated: Wed Aug 20 2008 18:12:00

England midfielder Joe Cole scored in injury time to salvage a 2-2 friendly draw against the Czech Republic at Wembley.

SI.com: Tim Vickery: Fullback's role has evolved over game's historyupdated: Tue Aug 19 2008 13:55:00

Is a fullback primarily an attacker or a defender? It's not an easy question, and there's no right or wrong answer. The word "back" might point strongly to the latter option, but soccer is a dynamic sport, and one of the reasons for its global popularity is that it's open to so many different interpretations.

Cole takes his place in Chelsea line-upupdated: Wed May 21 2008 13:59:00

Chelsea's England international left back Ashley Cole is fit to play in the Champions League final against Manchester United in Moscow, despite suffering a last-minute injury scare.

England beaten as Beckham wins 100th capupdated: Thu Mar 27 2008 03:26:00

David Beckham's 100th cap ended in disappointment as France beat England 1-0 in their friendly international at the Stade de France on Wednesday.

Keegan pleased that Cole apologizedupdated: Fri Mar 21 2008 13:46:00

Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan is pleased that Chelsea's Ashley Cole apologized for turning his back on referee Mike Riley when he was booked during the 4-4 draw with Tottenham this week.

Cole apologizes for Hutton challengeupdated: Thu Mar 20 2008 15:17:00

Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole has apologized to Tottenham defender Alan Hutton for his high, studs-up challenge in Wednesday's 4-4 draw at White Hart Lane.

SI.com: The Limey: Capello plays a different game; the Prem goes abroadupdated: Sun Feb 10 2008 16:29:00

Welcome to the Fabio Capello era. England's players got their first taste of the new headmaster's regime leading up to Wednesday's friendly with Switzerland in a situation reminiscent of the opening half of Full Metal Jacket.

Cole and Knight fail with appealsupdated: Fri Dec 28 2007 11:30:00

Chelsea's Ashley Cole and Aston Villa's Zat Knight failed with appeals against their red cards in Wednesday's Premier League game at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea dealt Terry and Cole blowsupdated: Fri Oct 19 2007 10:22:00

Chelsea's hopes of regaining ground in the English Premier League title chase have been dealt a double blow with captain John Terry ruled out of action for up to three weeks and fellow England defender Ashley Cole sidelined for a month.

Injury-hit England call up Youngupdated: Sun Oct 14 2007 14:28:00

England coach Steve McClaren has been forced to call up defender Luke Young for Wednesday's vital Euro 2008 qualifier against Russia after Ashley Cole was ruled out.

Cole's injury mars England victoryupdated: Sat Oct 13 2007 16:19:00

England maintained their bid for Euro 2008 qualification with a routine 3-0 win over Estonia on Saturday, but had defender Ashley Cole stretchered off in the second half at Wembley.

Van de Sar is hero of Shield winupdated: Sun Aug 05 2007 01:04:00

Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar saved all three penalties he faced in the shootout as Manchester United beat Chelsea 3-0 on spot-kicks after a bruising 1-1 draw in the FA Community Shield match at Wembley.

Ferdinand injury blow hits Englandupdated: Tue May 29 2007 09:41:00

Central defenders Rio Ferdinand and Michael Dawson have pulled out of England's prestige friendly with Brazil and the crucial Euro 2008 qualifier in Estonia through groin injuries.

Ballack goal puts Chelsea throughupdated: Tue Mar 06 2007 17:07:00

Germany midfielder Michael Ballack volleyed Chelsea into the Champions League quarterfinals in a stirring 2-1 comeback victory at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

Chelsea lose Terry for League Cup updated: Thu Feb 22 2007 09:43:00

Chelsea captain John Terry will miss Sunday's League Cup final after damaging his ankle against in the 1-1 Champions League draw with Porto on Wednesday.

Essien blast saves Chelsea recordupdated: Sun Dec 10 2006 13:22:00

Michael Essien's explosive swerving shot from well outside the penalty area enabled Chelsea to preserve their long unbeaten home league run by drawing 1-1 at home to London rivals Arsenal.

Bridge named to face Levski Sofiaupdated: Sat Dec 02 2006 06:07:00

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will rest left back Ashley Cole and midfielder Claude Makelele for Tuesday's Champions League game against Levski Sofia.

Richards given first England startupdated: Tue Nov 14 2006 15:06:00

Teenage defender Micah Richards will make his England debut and striker Andy Johnson will get a rare start in their friendly against the Netherlands, coach Steve McClaren has revealed.

Refs chief to probe Chelsea claimsupdated: Tue Nov 07 2006 07:35:00

English Premiership referees chief Keith Hackett has said that he will be investigating Chelsea's claims that Graham Poll told their players they needed to be taught a lesson in discipline during Sunday's game at Tottenham.

Cole's agent handed nine-month banupdated: Tue Sep 26 2006 12:17:00

British football agent Jonathan Barnett has been banned for nine months and fined 100,000 pounds ($189,500) by the Football Association for his role in the transfer of England defender Ashley Cole to Chelsea.

Arsenal betrayed me - claims Coleupdated: Mon Sep 11 2006 11:50:00

England defender Ashley Cole has fanned the flames of his acrimonious departure to champions Chelsea by accusing former club Arsenal of betraying him.

Cole joins Chelsea in Gallas swapupdated: Fri Sep 01 2006 03:38:00

England star Ashley Cole moved from Arsenal to Chelsea with French defender William Gallas going in the opposite direction late on Thursday, ending one of English football's most protracted transfer sagas.

Arsenal reject Atletico Reyes bidupdated: Thu Aug 24 2006 12:13:00

Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein has confirmed the club have turned down a bid from Atletico Madrid for their want-away Spain striker Jose Antonio Reyes.

Cole puts ball in Arsenal's courtupdated: Fri Aug 18 2006 06:51:00

Arsenal defender Ashley Cole has made himself available for their Premier League opener against Aston Villa on Saturday despite the widespread belief that he is headed across London to Chelsea.

Chelsea, Arsenal in Cole deadlockupdated: Wed Aug 09 2006 18:10:00

Chelsea have said their attempts to sign Ashley Cole from Arsenal have reached deadlock with the clubs unable to agree a fee for the England left-back.

Reyes transfer speculation growsupdated: Wed Aug 09 2006 05:15:00

Arsenal's Jose Antonio Reyes is close to completing a much publicized transfer to Real Madrid, news reports said on Wednesday.

Arsenal, Chelsea hold Cole talks updated: Fri Jul 28 2006 10:43:00

Arsenal have confirmed they have held informal talks with fellow-Premier League side Chelsea over the possible transfer of England left-back Ashley Cole to Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho: Duff can leave Chelseaupdated: Thu Jul 20 2006 13:32:00

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will let Damien Duff leave the English champions because he cannot guarantee the Republic of Ireland winger a regular place in his side.

Wenger eager for Cole to stay putupdated: Sat Jul 15 2006 15:05:00

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted he wants Ashley Cole to stay at the English Premier League club.

England come top after Sweden drawupdated: Tue Jun 20 2006 16:59:00

A scrappy last-minute goal from Henrik Larsson saw Sweden draw 2-2 with England in Group B -- a result that sees them go through to play hosts Germany in the last 16 with group winners England facing Ecuador.

Rooney boost ahead of crucial scanupdated: Tue Jun 06 2006 06:52:00

Striker Wayne Rooney, whose chances of playing at the World Cup hinge on a scan on Wednesday, joined his England team-mates in a training session in Germany on Tuesday.

Green's agony as England slip upupdated: Fri May 26 2006 03:10:00

England suffered a faltering start to their World Cup preparations as an experimental 'B' side slid to a 2-1 defeat to Belarus on Thursday night and reserve goalkeeper Robert Green was ruled out through injury.

Agent given charge over Cole saga updated: Fri Apr 07 2006 12:41:00

Ashley Cole's agent has been charged with breaching English FA and FIFA rules over the Arsenal player's illicit talks on a possible move to rivals Chelsea.

Cole fit for World Cup says Wengerupdated: Fri Mar 03 2006 13:07:00

Injured Arsenal left back Ashley Cole will be ready to play for England in the World Cup in June, according to his manager Arsene Wenger.

Cole missing for three more weeksupdated: Thu Mar 02 2006 12:10:00

Arsenal and England leftback Ashley Cole will be out for at least three more weeks with a sprained ankle.

Arsenal suffer Clichy injury blowupdated: Thu Nov 17 2005 12:17:00

Arsenal's French defender Gael Clichy has been ruled out for three to four months by a stress fracture of his right foot.

Clichy deals Arsenal another blowupdated: Mon Nov 14 2005 13:07:00

Arsenal full back Gael Clichy could be out for several weeks after suffering a suspected broken foot during France's Under-21 playoff against England on Friday.

Arsenal suffer Hleb, Cole setbacksupdated: Fri Oct 14 2005 09:37:00

Arsenal's injury woes have increased after manager Arsene Wenger revealed that Belarus midfielder Alexander Hleb needed knee surgery and would be out for eight weeks.

Cole blow hits England world bid updated: Tue Oct 04 2005 12:20:00

Arsenal's Ashley Cole has been ruled out of England's World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Poland with a stress fracture to his foot.

England scramble to win over Walesupdated: Sat Sep 03 2005 11:43:00

England kept their World Cup qualifying hopes on track but were made to work hard for a 1-0 victory over Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.

Cole goes to CAS over transfer rapupdated: Fri Sep 02 2005 11:51:00

Arsenal defender Ashley Cole has filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport to have his quilty verdict overturned for breaking Premier League transfer rules.

Cole signs Arsenal deal extensionupdated: Mon Jul 18 2005 08:52:00

England defender Ashley Cole has signed a one-year contract extension with Arsenal - the player's agents have revealed.

Mourinho fighting 'tap-up' verdictupdated: Wed Jun 15 2005 14:53:00

Chelsea have accepted their 300,000 ($542,900) fine for "tapping up" Arsenal's Ashley Cole but their manager Jose Mourinho will appeal the verdict.

Chelsea facing Arnesen accusationsupdated: Sat Jun 04 2005 11:49:00

Tottenham Hotspur have suspended sporting director Frank Arnesen after claiming that he has been approached by Chelsea, without permission.

Chelsea unhappy with Arsenal roleupdated: Thu Jun 02 2005 14:24:00

Chelsea will find it hard to forget Arsenal's role in the Ashley Cole tapping-up affair, chairman Bruce Buck has said.

Premier League explain punishmentupdated: Wed Jun 01 2005 14:38:00

Statement by the Premier League disciplinary committee after Chelsea, manager Jose Mourinho and Arsenal defender Ashley Cole were found guilty of breaking rules governing the transfer of players still under contract:

Chelsea, Mourinho and Cole guiltyupdated: Wed Jun 01 2005 10:22:00

Chelsea and manager Jose Mourinho plus Arsenal defender Ashley Cole have been found guilty of breaking Premier League rules and fined a total of 600,000 pounds ($1.088m) on Wednesday.

Cole verdict announced next monthupdated: Wed May 18 2005 15:18:00

The verdict in the "tapping up" enquiry involving Arsenal fullback Ashley Cole and Chelsea will be announced on June 1.

Cole 'tapping up' verdict delayedupdated: Wed May 18 2005 07:37:00

The verdict in the Ashley Cole `tapping-up' inquiry has been delayed until after Saturday's FA Cup final between Cole's Arsenal and Manchester United.

Chelsea chiefs answer Cole chargesupdated: Tue May 17 2005 09:51:00

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and chief executive Peter Kenyon appeared at a Premier League hearing Tuesday to answer allegations they tried to lure Ashley Cole away from Arsenal.

Arsenal will keep Cole says Wengerupdated: Tue Apr 19 2005 11:26:00

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is "100 percent certain" England defender Ashley Cole will not be joining London rivals Chelsea next season.

Almunia saves clinch Arsenal winupdated: Tue Mar 01 2005 18:00:00

Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia saved two penalties in the shootout and Ashley Cole fired in the decider as the Gunners scraped into the quarterfinals of the FA Cup after a goalless 120-minute replay away to Sheffield United.

Campbell to miss Bayern Munich tieupdated: Fri Feb 18 2005 13:27:00

Arsenal central defender Sol Campbell will miss the Champions League knockout round game at Bayern Munich on Tuesday due to an ankle injury.

Wright-Phillips flops in drab drawupdated: Wed Feb 09 2005 16:42:00

Shaun Wright-Phillips's first international start was a major disappointment as England were held to a goalless draw by an inexperienced Netherlands at Villa Park.

Chelsea face probe over Cole linkupdated: Sun Feb 06 2005 11:45:00

The English Premier League is to investigate allegations runaway leaders Chelsea made an illegal approach for Arsenal's left back Ashley Cole.

Report: FA inquiry into Cole caseupdated: Sat Feb 05 2005 08:16:00

The English Premier League has launched an investigation into an alleged illegal approach by Chelsea to Arsenal and England defender Ashley Cole, according to newspaper reports on Saturday.

Kluivert will miss Arsenal fixtureupdated: Tue Dec 28 2004 10:50:00

Newcastle striker Patrick Kluivert will miss Wednesday's Premier League match at home to champions Arsenal.

Cole sees Arsenal as the real dealupdated: Wed Dec 22 2004 12:50:00

Arsenal defender Ashley Cole is ready to open talks on a new contract despite Real Madrid showing an interest in the England left-back, the player's agent said Wednesday.

Spanish FA sorry for racist tauntsupdated: Fri Nov 19 2004 12:02:00

The English FA has received a letter of apology from the Spanish FA after fans racially abused England players during Wednesday's match in Madrid.

Calf injury sees Campbell miss outupdated: Fri Oct 29 2004 12:05:00

Arsenal and England defender Sol Campbell has sustained a calf injury and will miss the Premier League match against Southampton on Saturday.

Row over Old Trafford 'food fight'updated: Tue Oct 26 2004 06:55:00

The English Football Association has launched an inquiry into the aftermath of Sunday's controversial clash between Manchester United and Arsenal, when an Arsenal player was alleged to have thrown soup and pizza at United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Owen clinches England win in Bakuupdated: Wed Oct 13 2004 14:18:00

Michael Owen's first half header kept England on course for the 2006 World Cup with a 1-0 win in qualifying group six.

Cole's rare goal keeps Arsenal topupdated: Sat Sep 25 2004 12:24:00

A rare goal from Ashley Cole fired Arsenal to a 1-0 win at Manchester City as the Gunners maintained their slender advantage over Chelsea at the top of the English Premier League.

Reyes inspires Arsenal Shield winupdated: Sun Aug 08 2004 12:01:00

Jose Reyes inspired Arsenal to a 3-1 victory over fierce rivals Manchester United in the Community Shield - the traditional curtain-raiser to the English season.

Hasselbaink is cleared for Chelseaupdated: Thu Apr 01 2004 11:16:00

Chelsea's Dutch striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has been cleared of violent behaviour after an incident in an FA Cup match against Scarborough in January.

Beckham set to miss England matchupdated: Fri Mar 26 2004 06:49:00

England captain David Beckham may miss his side's friendly international against Sweden next week because of heavy bruising to his right leg.

Arsenal lose Cole for United clashupdated: Thu Mar 25 2004 14:05:00

Ashley Cole is out of Arsenal's Premiership clash against Manchester United on Sunday due to a knee injury and faces a scan to determine how long he will be on the sidelines.

Pires denies Chelsea Champions winupdated: Wed Mar 24 2004 16:57:00

Frenchman Robert Pires scored a vital away goal as Arsenal earned a 1-1 draw at London rivals Chelsea in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal.

Defender Cole misses Chelsea clashupdated: Thu Feb 19 2004 13:35:00

Arsenal full back Ashley Cole has been ruled out of Saturday's Premiership game at Chelsea after failing to recover from a back injury suffered with England.

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