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Interestingly, English football fans widely consider Chelsea to be the most hated club in the country. Reason for that is quite simple, knowing that Blues were the first English club to go through a stellar rise fuelled by foreign funds.
Through their entire history – and no the most recent ones – Chelsea have had a couple of fierce rivalries, dating back to as early as the 1930s. It was during these early days that Arsenal and Chelsea, as two clubs from the capital, began to go head-to-head in heated encounters. Moreover, recent surveys reveal the majority of Chelsea fans consider Arsenal to be their biggest rival.
Furthermore, the West London Derby is a game which used to attract great attention. It’s a derby played between Chelsea, Fulham, Brentford and QPR, all of whom are from West London. The Blues moved away from this fiercely-contested affair by taking it up a notch compared to these lower-ranked clubs but memories remain.
Leeds United and Manchester United are also two teams Chelsea fans consider their main rivals. With all three clubs taking different paths and enduring contrasting fortunes, the hatred and rivalry tend to die down and reignite depending on the circumstance.
The London-based giants were founded in 1905. The Blues boast 6 top-flight titles, first of which arrived in 1955. Chelsea play their home games at a 40,800-seat stadium called Stamford Bridge. This club had a fair share of ups and downs with the late 1970s and 1980s being arguably the most difficult period.
Chelsea enjoyed a revival during the 199s, whereas the proper renaissance started with the arrival of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. Under his reign, Chelsea won all of the remaining five league titles. The Blues also climbed the top of Europe in 2011/12 when they lifted the Champions League trophy.
Blue is the colour they’ve worn since inception and their nickname is great testament to the colour which signifies stability, intelligence, tranquillity and calmness. These traits, however, are not exactly the way to describe Chelsea and particularly their owner who is notorious for having an itchy finger on the trigger when it comes to firing managers.