Chelsea Football Club

I am watching the Champions League Semi Final between Liverpool and Chelsea. I am a Liverpool fan so take that for what you will, but I am stunned by the poor behaviour exhibited by a number of the Chelsea players. This is one of the biggest teams in the world and has many (millions) of young fans looking for examples of how to play the game.

Didier Drogba dives. He is well known as the man who gets “shot” by a phantom sniper during games. He falls to the ground looking for all the world to have been mortally wounded when TV replays show he has not been (or barely has been) touched.

John Terry is dirty. He kicks, elbows, punches whenever he can outside of the referees eyesight. This is the man who has been captain of the England team and is the captain of Chelsea. I watched him dig his knee into the back of Torres who had been knocked to the ground.

Ricardo Carvalho makes Terry look like an angel. I have watched him punch Torres in the back of the head, use his arm to deflect a ball, and elbow someone in the ribs.

While he hasn’t done it in this game, Steven Gerrard of Liverpool is building up a reputation as one of the top divers in the world. He was seen this past week falling to the ground with great acting when going past someone untouched.

This is the behaviour of the top (skilled and paid) players in the world. What behaviour should we expect from the young people in our neighbourhoods? What responsibility does the team have to curb these kinds of actions? Should we expect to deal with explaining to our kids why their sports stars are not to be emulated?

Some of the ridiculous antics of professional, adult, soccer players below.

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10 Responses to Chelsea Football Club

  1. tazdog April 22, 2008 at 5:39 pm #

    That video was so funny. I’m surprised that people at my work didn’t come ask me what I was doing.. Nice post..!!

    ~tazdog
    http://tazdog.com

  2. dickiebo April 23, 2008 at 2:58 am #

    You’re right Matt; thank God that our Liverpool are just perfect, eh? (I do feel for Riise though!).

  3. Matt Langdon April 23, 2008 at 9:37 am #

    Haha. As I said, Gerrard is a world class diver – perhaps he just didn’t get the opportunity in this game.

    Thanks for the comment Tazdog. I’m glad to make people laugh out loud.

  4. Josh Best April 24, 2008 at 9:37 pm #

    It hurts me to hear such things about my beloved Chelsea, so I must come to their defense (don’t worry, I won’t throw any elbows). I feel that, similarly to the kids I work with, the leadership of this team sets an example for them. They are just coming out of the Jose Mourino years. Through the course of this year I have seen a lot better behavior (specifically our of Drogba) and I attribute that to Avram Grant. He does not tolerate the kinds of behaviors that Jose let go and even encouraged. I think that Grant and the improvements he is making is what we should look at.

    I won’t even go into Rafa. 🙂

  5. Matt Langdon April 25, 2008 at 11:20 am #

    Josh, as I’m sure you know, Rafa is without sin.

    As for Grant fixing the problems, I’m not sure about that. I am excited to see if Capello sticks to his word and picks players with character for his England team. That should at least strip Terry of the captaincy and leave Ashley Cole on the outer. It would be a great message if he went through with it.

    I think Drogba is behaving better because he wants to make sure he gets a good salary at whichever team he’s going to run away to this summer.

  6. Anonymous April 25, 2008 at 1:42 pm #

    A single tear rolls down my cheek.

  7. ali.rafi@hotmail.com July 2, 2008 at 2:58 am #

    Chelsea is the best team in the world,Your a scouser, thats all you will say.. No wonder we defeated u in that match then ?

  8. chris cole September 14, 2008 at 5:24 pm #

    chelsea is my team but i am impartial if u wanna moan about a team moan about manchester united if u saw the champions league final just gone notice how joe cole was attacked by a kick that would have been illegal ina kickboxing match let alone footbal but fine thats onli 1 occasion. and as for that vid u moan about chelsea and post that vid i didnt see 1 chelsea play except ballack and he wasnt the 1 rolling arround (if u didnt notice it wasa liverpool player that was) which makes ur post a wasta time by ur own evidence i laugh at ur atempts my friend lol

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