15
May

World Cup stickers: Then-and-now photos of stars from 2006-2014

The fine folks over at Eurosport did some digging and came up with some of the best old-school Panini sticker cards of stars at the World Cup. Without further ado, here are some of our favorite before-and-after looks:image

Look at that! Even the dashing Cristiano Ronaldo went through an awkward phase. It looks like the sunshine of Madrid has treated the Portuguese quite nicely over the years. Not only did he pick up a tan, he also picked up another earring!imageThe 2006 edition of Clint Dempsey would fit right in where the 2014 edition plies his footballing trade professionally: Seattle, a.k.a. the grunge capital of the world.

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Look at little Lionel Messi. Eight years of tirelessly running around melted that baby fat from 2006 right off.

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3
May

Chelsea players look exactly like soccer players while shooting hoops

Despite what is looking increasingly like a trophy-less season for Chelsea, it looks like the Blues aren’t spending too much time sulking.

Chelsea TV caught footage of some of the players playing a pickup game of basketball during training. We’re hoping it was just a fun way to stay fit, because if this was meant to showcase any skills for a prospective career-switch, they’re barking up the wrong tree.

You can tell these gents spent the bulk of their time using their feet, not their hands. It’d be like asking a carpenter to use his feet to build a set of stairs. Sure, the job would get done (maybe), but it certainly wouldn’t look natural.

One lesson we can extract from this video, though? David Luiz is as gun-shy from distance with a basketball as he is with a soccer ball. Brick city! Oh, and don’t forget to watch out for Jon Obi Mikel playing some Dennis Rodman defense on Cesar Azpilicueta.

Back in December, Bayern Munich’s stars also tried their hand at basketball, with similar results. Check it out here.

14
Apr

Ask Jose! Mourinho on attacking players, Premier League and more

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The road to the UEFA Champions League final is down to just four teams, with one of those clubs Chelsea FC from the Barclays Premier League.

Chelsea is set to play Atletico Madrid in the semifinals, but before then club manager Jose Mourinho sat down for a fan Q&A session with Chelsea Magazine. Chelsea FC granted FOX Sports early access before the magazine launched on Monday.

Here are Mourinho’s thoughts on defensive strategy, versatile players on the pitch, and Premier League play versus La Liga, and much more:

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1
Jun

Brazilian Chelsea fan names son “Leandro Lampard”

FA TV may have found the biggest Chelsea fan in South America.

With England in Rio for a friendly match with Brazil, fans are getting very excited, none more than this diehard Chelsea supporter. He has gone as far to say he supports no teams in Brazil, only his beloved Chelsea. He named his backyard Stamford Bridge and even named his son after a team legend.

The day Chelsea knocked Barcelona out of the 2012 Champions League his son was born, and to honor the club he named his baby son after all-time leading scorer Frank Lampard.

Lampard was not part of the visit so he did not have a chance to meet young Leandro Lampard, but he was humbled to hear the story.

"I wasn’t there unfortunately, but I did hear about it," Lampard said. "I would like to meet the father and the kid because it’s an honor. It would be an honour if someone from London did that, but for someone from Brazil to do it… what can you say to that?"

We’ll keep our eye on little “Lampardinho” as he rises the Brazilian youth soccer ranks.

28
May

While training with the English national team for its upcoming friendly match against Ireland, Frank Lampard scored this slick 50-yard lob over goalkeeper Ben Foster.

Soccer can be more fun when the pressure of the regular season is finally switched off. And of course, there are no more contract rumors for Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer to deal with after he signed a 1-year extension earlier this month. That must take a great deal of weight off of his shoulders.

11
May

Frank Lampard breaks Chelsea scoring record

Frank Lampard broke Chelsea's all-time scoring record today, scoring both goals in the Blues 2-1 win over Aston Villa, which all but clinched Chelsea a spot in next year’s Champions League.

Lampard’s first goal tied the game and matched him with Bobby Tambling’s record of 202 goals. Super Frank then did him one better with just two minutes to play, scoring the game-winner and breaking the record at the same time. Here’s what Lampard had to say after the game:

9
May

Lamp to light up Stamford Bridge for another year?

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MLS looks to have lost the battle to sign Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, who will be offered a new one-year deal to stay at Stamford Bridge, according to the UK press. We’ve got more on this and the latest gossip on Wayne Rooney, whose future has emerged as an intriguing sideshow to Alex Ferguson’s retirement. Click here to read all about it.