Chelsea named European Club of the Year

European champions, ChelseaChelsea have been recognised for their domestic and continental success during the 2011/12 season by being crowned ‘European Club of the Year’ by the European Club Association.

According to Sky Sports, the award was distributed to the Blues on Monday at the third annual ECA awards.

The award highlights an incredible contrast in the fortunes of Chelsea football club, who, in March, sacked the current Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas after a poor run at form which saw the club not only outside the Champions League qualification places but also facing a potential early exit from the Champions League itself, after a 3-1 defeat away to Napoli.

Although the incumbent manager Roberto Di Matteo was unable to improve Chelsea’s league position which resulted in the West London side finishing sixth, the Italian did manage to win two very important finals for the club.

Firstly Chelsea defeated Liverpool 2-1 in the FA Cup final in May. Then against all odds, after dramatically overcoming Barcelona in the Nou Camp in the semi-finals, (which, for if nothing else, will forever be remembered thanks to Sky Sports’ Gary Neville getting a little too excited at Fernando Torres’ equaliser) Chelsea then defeated German giants Bayern Munich in their own back yard thanks to an enthralling penalty shoot-out.

The Premier League leaders will now be hoping to maintain their 100% start to the campaign when they travel to Loftus Road to face Queen’s Park Rangers in an eagerly anticipated West London derby.