Chelsea FC Roster

GK: Jamal Blackman

Age: 18     Nationality: England

 
Currently with Chelsea's reserve and youth teams, Blackman is a native of London. He joined the club's ranks in 2006 and has represented England at Under-16, Under-17, Under-18 and Under-19 levels. Although he has yet to appear for the senior team, he was included on the club's Champions League A-list as a home-grown player.

GK: Petr Cech

Age: 30     Nationality: Czech Republic

 

The incumbent No. 1 goalkeeper for the Blues since 2004, Cech has been one of the top goalkeepers in the Premier League since his first season in the league. His recent heroics include lifting Chelsea to the UEFA Champions League title by stopping a penalty kick during extra time against Bayern Munich and two more in the penalty shootout that followed. He recently signed a new contract with the club that will keep him with Chelsea through the 2015-16 season.

GK: Henrique Hilario

Age: 36     Nationality: Portugal

 
Hilario joined Chelsea in 2006 and has largely served as Cech's backup ever since. He appeared in Cech's stead once during the 2010 Champions League Round of 16 and has been the backup for the club's four FA Cup titles since 2006.

GK: Ross Turnbull

Age: 27     Nationality: England

 

Turnbull joined the Chelsea goalkeeping ranks in 2009 after coming through the ranks of Middlesborough, and made his EPL debut the same year. He appeared in two league matches during the 2011-12 season.

DF: Gary Cahill

Age: 26     Nationality: England

 
Cahill joined the Blues in January after four seasons as a regular on the back line for Bolton, and he didn't disappoint in his first season with the club. He was recently left off England's roster for Euro 2012 due to a broken jaw, but he has nine appearances for the Three Lions since 2010.

DF: Nathaniel Chalobah

Age: 17     Nationality: Sierra Leone

 

Originally from Sierra Leone but a regular with England at all the teenage levels, Chalobah is a defender on Chelsea's youth and reserve teams. He was the starting centerback for England at the 2010 European Under-17 Championships, which England won.

DF: Ashley Cole

Age: 31     Nationality: England

 

A regular with Chelsea for the past six years, Cole has appeared in at least 30 games for the club every season since he joined up from Arsenal in 2006. Cole recently featured for the England national team at Euro 2012.

DF: Paulo Ferreira

Age: 33     Nationality: Portugal

 

Brought to Chelsea by former manager Jose Mourinho in 2004, Ferreira has struggled at times for regular minutes with the club since a solid debut season in 2004-05. He retired from international football in 2010 after earning 61 caps for the Portuguese national team.

DF: Sam Hutchinson

Age: 23    Nationality: England

 
A versatile defender whose history with the club dates back to his youth days, Hutchinson actually retired in 2010 due to chronic knee problems. But he returned to the reserve team in 2011 and has worked to regain his fitness ever since.

DF: Branislav Ivanovic

Age: 28     Nationality: Serbia

 

Ivanovic joined Chelsea in 2008 and was perhaps best known early on for his two goals at Anfield during Chelsea's Champions League Round of 16 win over Liverpool in 2009. He's since evolved into a crucial cog for the Blues and a regular at right back for Serbia.

DF: Todd Kane

Age: 18    Nationality: England

 

Another one of Chelsea's reserve players on this traveling roster, Kane joined the club's ranks at the Under-8 level. He was capped by England at Under-19 level in October and November of 2011 and scored his first international goal against Slovenia in May 2012.

DF: David Luiz

Age: 25    Nationality: Brazil

 

One of Chelsea's most recognizable players and a vital part of the club's run to the UEFA Champions League title this spring. He joined the club in January 2011 and appeared in 20 league matches last season, and scored one goal in 11 Champions League appearances.

DF: John Terry

Age: 31    Nationality: England

 

The heart and soul for Chelsea and a regular since 1998, Terry was also one of the lead figures for the club when they played against the MLS All-Stars in 2006. He appeared in 31 league matches for the Blues last season and another eight in the Champions League, and recently appeared for England in Euro 2012.

MF: Yossi Benayoun

Age: 32    Nationality: Israel

 

The Israeli winger joined Chelsea in July 2010 from Liverpool, but has struggled to find minutes in the midfield ever since. He's appeared in just eight league games since signing, and suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in September 2011 that sidelined him for six months.

MF: Michael Essien

Age: 29    Nationality: Ghana

 

Another fixture for Chelsea who also featured prominently during the 2006 All-Star Game, Essien has appeared in 163 league games for the club since joining in 2005 and 49 games in the Champions League. He also appeared in the 2006 World Cup for Ghana.

MF: Eden Hazard

Age: 21    Nationality: Belgium

 

One of the new faces on the Chelsea roster after signing in June, Hazard is a winger and attacking midfielder who scored 22 goals and added 16 assists last season for French side Lille. He's also earned 28 caps for Begium.

MF: Frank Lampard

Age: 34    Nationality: England

 

Currently third all-time in club scoring and the top scoring midfielder in club history, Lampard recently completed his 11th season with Chelsea. He scored three goals in the team's 12 Champions League matches last season before featuring for England at Euro 2012, raising his senior caps with the Three Lions to 90.

MF: Florent Malouda

Age: 32    Nationality: France

 

A regular for Chelsea since joining in 2007, Malouda has appeared in at least 20 league games in each of his five seasons with the club. He scored a career-high 13 goals in 2010-11 and was a fixture for the team during their run to the Champions League title this spring.

MF: Marko Marin

Age: 23    Nationality: Germany

 

Another newcomer to the club who will make his Chelsea debut this summer, the Blues announced in April they were bringing the Werder Bremen youngster on board. He signed a five-year deal with the club.

MF: Josh McEachran

Age: 19    Nationality: England

 

A Chelsea youth product who signed a professional contract in July 2010. He has 11 career appearances for the senior team and added another four with Swansea City while on loan last season.

MF: Raul Meireles

Age: 29    Nationality: Portugal

 

A former star at Porto who joined Chelsea in August 2011, Meireles appeared in 28 league games for the club and scored two goals in 11 Champions League matches last season. He also boasts 61 appearances for the Portuguese national team, and featured in Euro 2012 earlier this summer.

MF: John Obi Mikel

Age: 25    Nationality: Nigeria

 

A regular in the midfield for Chelsea since 2006, Mikel has appeared in at least 20 games every season he's been with the club. He also appeared in nine matches for the team during the Champions League last season, and boasts 35 caps for the Nigerian national team.

MF: Ramires

Age: 25    Nationality: Brazil

 

One the steadiest players on the roster in 2011-12, Ramires scored five goals in 30 league games and another three in 10 Champions League matches. He's also a rising star in the ranks for the Brazilian national team, after making three appearances off the bench during the 2010 World Cup.

MF: George Saville

Age: 19    Nationality: England

 

Saville came to Chelsea as an 11-year-old, and currently plays for the Reserve team. He has been called up to the England Under-16 squad on one occasion and the England Under-18 squad as an injury replacement, but remains uncapped.

FW: Patrick Bamford

Age: 18    Nationality: England

 

Another teenager in the Chelsea Reserve ranks, Bamford signed with the club in January from Nottingham Forest. He scored his first goal for England at the Under-19 level against the Czech Republic in February.

FW: Kevin De Bruyne

Age: 21    Nationality: Belgium

 

De Bruyne signed a five-and-a-half year contract with Chelsea in January. He joins the team from Belgian side Genk, where he scored five goals and added 16 assists in 2011-12, and also featured against Chelsea during the group stage of the Champions League.

FW: Gael Kakuta

Age: 21    Nationality: France

 

Kakuta joined Chelsea in 2009 but has struggled for regular minutes ever since. He's been loaned out every season since 2010, but enjoyed a promising 2011-12 season with French side Dijon, scoring four goals in 14 games.

FW: Romelu Lukaku

Age: 19    Nationality: Belgium

 

A former teen prodigy for Belgian side Anderlecht, Lukaku made his Chelsea debut in August 2011. He made eight league appearances for the club last season and one in the FA Cup, and has also featured for the Belgian national team.

FW: Lucas Piazon

Age: 18    Nationality: Brazil

 

Piazon has yet to appear for the senior team, but he scored four goals in 10 appearances for the Reserve team last season. He has represented Brazil at Under-15 and Under-17 levels, featuring in the 2011 FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

FW: Fernando Torres

Age: 28    Nationality: Spain

 

A World Cup champion and two-time European Championship winner with Spain, Torres made headlines when he signed for Chelsea from Liverpool for a for a British record fee of £50m in January 2011. He scored six goals in 32 league games last season and another three in 10 Champions League games, including the breakaway goal that finished off reigning champion Barcelona in the semifinals.