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THE 2012/13 SEASON IN PICTURES: SEPTEMBER
The official Chelsea fan page is taking a look back at the 2012/13 season through images taken over the course of the campaign, capturing the action as it unfolded, including goals scored, team celebrations, supporters’ reactions and behind-the-scenes shots.
It was a season which saw the Blues play an astonishing 69 matches, and with no shortage of moments to reflect on, today we move on to the month of September…
Our first London derby of the season took place early in September at Loftus Road against Queens Park Rangers, with the two sides playing out a tight, tense goalless draw, although we could, and probably should, have been awarded two penalties.
The Champions League trophy was paraded around the pitch by members of the army ahead of our group-stage game against Juventus at Stamford Bridge as the defence of the trophy began.
Oscar, making his full debut for the club, scored twice to give us a 2-0 lead, the second goal deservedly winning our Goal of the Season award. The Italian side, however, pulled themselves back into the game just before the break, before equalising late on.
A rare Ashley Cole strike proved decisive when Stoke City came to Stamford Bridge late in the month. The Blues’ passing steadily turned up the pressure, but with game seemingly heading for a draw, up popped the Chelsea left-back to seal the win.
CHELSEA AND ADIDAS ANNOUNCE EXTENSION OF GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP
Chelsea Football Club and adidas are delighted to announce an extension to our global partnership.
This is the biggest deal to date Chelsea FC has signed with a partner and will see the sports brand continue to be the official sponsor and sportswear supplier for the club over the next 10 years.
The partnership, which began in 2006, has continued to grow during a period of continued success for Chelsea. The Blues have won major honours both domestically and in Europe including being the first London club to win the UEFA Champions League. We have also won the Premier League, four FA Cups, the League Cup and last season, the UEFA Europa League.
This year adidas worked with the club to launch the iconic ‘It’s blue, what else matters’ campaign - the most successful club home kit launch ever. Designed to preview the new kit for the 2013/14 season in an unexpected way, the campaign featured several players dipped head to toe in blue paint.
Chief Executive Ron Gourlay said: ‘We are delighted to extend our partnership until 2023 after a highly successful first seven seasons. Both organisations share the same ethos and ambition and the new deal reaffirms adidas’ belief in the club’s status in world football.’
Herbert Hainer, Chief Executive Officer of adidas AG, added: ‘Both adidas and Chelsea FC have a long and proud heritage in football and we are delighted to continue our working relationship with one of Europe’s elite football clubs. We look forward to many more years of success, working closely with the club on product, marketing and grassroots initiatives in the UK and around the globe.’
MOURINHO PLEASED WITH BRIDGE BEGINNING
Jose Mourinho will wait no longer than the opening weekend of the Barclays Premier League season to be reacquainted with the Stamford Bridge support, and he welcomes the fixture list released this morning (Wednesday).
The Portuguese won all four of his opening league fixtures during his first spell as Chelsea manager, three at home and one away, and the 2013/14 schedule begins with Hull City travelling to London.
'Starting the season at home is a great way for our supporters to show the players they are ready to be behind the team all the way, and at the same time it is a great way for the players to show how much they are motivated and committed,' Mourinho says.
'I am so happy to start at the Bridge, but at the same time Hull City is a team who were promoted from the Championship and they will have that spirit, even if now they are in the Premier League. So it is an emotional but a hard start.
'I wish every club well for the season and I especially hope we can all make it a great competition for Premier League fans all around the world.'