Chelsea have had quite an illustrious history, especially since Roman Abramovich took over the club back in 2003. In this article we look at Chelsea’s honours, detailing what they’ve won and when.
How many trophies have Chelsea won?
36 in total. Chelsea’s trophy list is broken down as follows:
Years: 1954–55, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2014–15, 2016–17
1954–55: The Inaugural Triumph
Chelsea’s first-ever top-flight league title came in the 1954–55 season. However, during this period, the league was known as the First Division.
2004–05: Mourinho’s Masterstroke
Probably the favourite amongst fans in Chelsea’s trophy list, under the managerial prowess of Jose Mourinho, Chelsea stormed to the Premier League title in the 2004–05 season. The team’s solidity at the back, famously conceding just 15 goals in the league, laid the foundation for their success. The top scorer during this campaign was Frank Lampard, Chelsea’s midfield maestro. Lampard’s dynamic performances contributed crucial goals, showcasing his prowess in both scoring and creating opportunities.
2005–06: Back-to-Back Brilliance
In the following season (2005–06), Chelsea successfully defended their Premier League crown. Frank Lampard once again played a pivotal role, finishing as the team’s top scorer. His ability to control the midfield and contribute consistently in front of goal highlighted Lampard’s importance to the team during this successful period.
2009–10: The Double Delight
The 2009–10 season remains iconic in Chelsea’s history as they clinched the Premier League title and the FA Cup, achieving a historic domestic double. Didier Drogba emerged as the top scorer, showcasing his clinical finishing and physical prowess. Drogba’s goals played a crucial role in Chelsea’s double-winning campaign, and his performances earned him widespread acclaim.
2014–15: Mourinho’s Resurgence
Under the management of Jose Mourinho once again, Chelsea claimed the Premier League title in the 2014–15 season. Eden Hazard, the Belgian wizard, had a standout season and was the team’s top scorer. Known for his dribbling ability, flair, and goal-scoring prowess, Hazard’s performances were instrumental in guiding Chelsea to the title. His individual brilliance and contributions in key moments solidified his status as one of the Premier League’s brightest talents.
2016–17: Conte’s Dominance
In the 2016–17 season, Chelsea, under the management of Antonio Conte, reasserted their dominance in the Premier League. The Italian manager implemented a tactical masterclass, switching to a three-at-the-back formation that proved highly effective. Chelsea secured the title with a record 30 victories in a 38-game season. The top scorer during this campaign was once again Diego Costa, whose physical presence and clinical finishing were crucial to Chelsea’s success.
Years: 1969–70, 1996–97, 1999–2000, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2017–18, 2017–22
1969–70: The First Triumph
In the 1969–70 season, Chelsea secured their first FA Cup triumph. Under the management of Dave Sexton, the Blues faced Leeds United in a replayed final after a 2-2 draw in the initial match. The replay at Old Trafford saw Chelsea emerge victorious with a 2-1 win, marking the beginning of the club’s success in one of English football’s most prestigious competitions.
1996–97: Gullit’s Glory
Managed by Ruud Gullit, Chelsea captured the FA Cup in the 1996–97 season. The final against Middlesbrough showcased Chelsea’s attacking flair. Roberto Di Matteo’s early goal set the tone, and Eddie Newton’s goal secured a 2-0 victory at Wembley. This triumph ended a 27-year trophy drought for the club.
1999–2000: Wembley Elation
The 1999–2000 FA Cup final against Aston Villa saw Chelsea prevail in a thrilling encounter. Under Gianluca Vialli’s management, goals from Roberto Di Matteo and Eddie Newton secured a 2-0 win. This victory marked Chelsea’s third FA Cup triumph and added another chapter to the club’s growing history.
2006–07: Mourinho’s Double
In the 2006–07 season, Chelsea, under Jose Mourinho, clinched the FA Cup in a dramatic final against Manchester United. The match ended 1-1 in regular time, with Didier Drogba equalizing for Chelsea. The Blues eventually triumphed 1-0 in extra time, courtesy of a Frank Lampard goal. This victory, coupled with their Premier League success, secured a domestic double for Chelsea.
2008–09: Hiddink’s Interim Impact
Under interim manager Guus Hiddink, Chelsea faced Everton in the 2008–09 FA Cup final. The match remained goalless until the 21st minute of extra time when Didier Drogba scored the decisive goal, securing a 2-1 victory for Chelsea. Hiddink’s short-term tenure ended with FA Cup success, adding another trophy to Chelsea’s cabinet.
2009–10: The Double Delight
The 2009–10 season was historic for Chelsea as they achieved a rare domestic double. In the FA Cup final against Portsmouth, goals from Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard secured a 2-1 victory. This triumph, coupled with their Premier League success, marked a memorable season for the club.
2017–18: Conte’s Farewell
In Antonio Conte’s final match as Chelsea manager, the Blues faced Manchester United in the 2017–18 FA Cup final. Chelsea emerged victorious with a 1-0 win, thanks to a first-half penalty from Eden Hazard. This victory provided a fitting farewell for Conte and added another FA Cup trophy to Chelsea’s collection.
2021–22: Tuchel’s Continued Success
Under the management of Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea reached the 2021–22 FA Cup final against Liverpool. In a thrilling encounter, Chelsea emerged triumphant with a 6-5 win in a penalty shootout after a 0-0 draw in regular and extra time. This victory showcased Tuchel’s tactical acumen and the squad’s resilience, securing another FA Cup title for the Blues.
Chelsea’s success in the FA Cup spans decades and includes iconic moments, legendary players, and the managerial brilliance of various figures. From the inaugural triumph in 1970 to the recent successes under Tuchel, the FA Cup holds a special place in the hearts of Chelsea supporters. Each final has contributed to the rich tapestry of the club’s history, and the FA Cup remains a symbol of Chelsea’s enduring glory on the domestic stage.
League Cup (EFL Cup)
Years: 1964–65, 1997–98, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2014–15
Chelsea’s success extends to the League Cup, where they have lifted the trophy on five occasions. The Blues’ inaugural League Cup triumph in the 1964–65 season paved the way for future successes. Notable victories include the 2004–05 triumph, part of Jose Mourinho’s inaugural season in charge, and the 2014–15 victory that added to Chelsea’s domestic silverware collection.
1964–65: The Maiden Triumph
Chelsea’s first success in the League Cup came in the 1964–65 season. The Blues navigated through the early rounds and secured a place in the final against Leicester City. Chelsea emerged victorious with a 3-2 aggregate win, marking the club’s first major domestic trophy.
1997–98: Vialli’s Era Begins
Under player-manager Gianluca Vialli, Chelsea clinched the League Cup in the 1997–98 season. The final against Middlesbrough ended in a thrilling 2-0 victory for Chelsea, with goals from Roberto Di Matteo and Frank Sinclair. This triumph signaled the beginning of a successful era for Chelsea in the late 1990s.
2004–05: Mourinho’s Debut
In Jose Mourinho’s debut season as Chelsea manager, the Blues secured the League Cup in the 2004–05 campaign. The final against Liverpool went to extra time, and Chelsea emerged victorious with a 3-2 win, with goals from John Terry, Steven Gerrard (own goal), and Didier Drogba. This triumph set the tone for Mourinho’s successful tenure at the club.
2006–07: Back-to-Back League Cups
Chelsea defended their League Cup title in the 2006–07 season under Mourinho. In the final against Arsenal, the match ended 2-1 in Chelsea’s favor, with Drogba and Theo Walcott scoring. This victory showcased Chelsea’s dominance in domestic competitions and their ability to secure silverware consistently.
2014–15: Mourinho’s Return
In Jose Mourinho’s second spell as Chelsea manager, the team clinched the League Cup in the 2014–15 season. The final against Tottenham Hotspur saw Chelsea secure a 2-0 victory, with goals from John Terry and Diego Costa. This triumph marked Mourinho’s first trophy in his return to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s success in the League Cup spans different eras, highlighting the club’s ability to adapt and succeed in various periods of its history. The competition has served as a platform for Chelsea to showcase its depth, resilience, and commitment to domestic success. Each League Cup triumph contributes to the rich tapestry of Chelsea’s trophy-laden history.
UEFA Champions League
Years: 2011–12, 2020–21
2011–12: The Miracle of Munich
The pinnacle of Chelsea’s European conquest came in the 2011–12 season, under the guidance of manager Roberto Di Matteo. The Blues navigated a challenging group stage before overcoming formidable opponents in the knockout rounds. The defining moment arrived in the final against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. Chelsea showcased resilience and determination, with Didier Drogba’s late equalizing header forcing extra time. The drama intensified as the match went to a penalty shootout, where Chelsea emerged triumphant, securing a 4-3 victory on penalties. This historic win marked Chelsea’s first-ever UEFA Champions League title and etched the names of heroes like Drogba, Petr Čech, and Frank Lampard into club folklore.
2020–21: Tuchel’s Triumph
In the 2020–21 season, Thomas Tuchel took the reins midway through the campaign, inheriting a team that had navigated a challenging group stage. Tuchel’s tactical acumen and the squad’s collective resilience shone through as they dispatched Atletico Madrid, FC Porto, Real Madrid, and ultimately Manchester City in the final. The final, held at the Estádio do Dragão, showcased Chelsea’s defensive solidity and attacking flair. Kai Havertz’s well-timed goal secured a 1-0 victory, and Chelsea once again were crowned champions of Europe. This triumph marked the club’s second UEFA Champions League title and reinforced Chelsea’s status as a force to be reckoned with on the continental stage.
Chelsea’s success in the UEFA Champions League not only brought joy to the fans but also solidified the club’s standing among the European elite. The triumphs in 2011–12 and 2020–21 showcased Chelsea’s ability to navigate the challenging landscape of elite European football and emerge victorious. The journey to these titles included memorable performances, dramatic comebacks, and the forging of indelible memories that will forever be cherished by the Stamford Bridge faithful. As Chelsea continues to compete at the highest level, the UEFA Champions League remains a symbol of the club’s enduring legacy in the realm of European football.
UEFA Europa League
Years: 2012–13, 2018–19
2012–13: Benitez’s Redemption
In the 2012–13 season, Chelsea experienced a remarkable journey in the UEFA Europa League, providing redemption for interim manager Rafael Benitez. Following their group-stage exit from the UEFA Champions League, Chelsea dropped into the Europa League knockout stages. The Blues navigated past Sparta Prague, Steaua Bucharest, Rubin Kazan, and FC Basel to reach the final.
The final against Benfica at the Amsterdam Arena showcased Chelsea’s resilience. Fernando Torres opened the scoring, but Benfica equalized late in regular time. In the 93rd minute, Branislav Ivanović rose to meet a Juan Mata corner, heading home the decisive goal. Chelsea won 2-1, securing their first UEFA Europa League title. The victory marked a triumphant end to a season that had faced its share of challenges and established Chelsea as a force in European competitions.
2018–19: Sarri’s Silverware
Under the management of Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea reached the UEFA Europa League final in the 2018–19 season. The Blues progressed through the group stage and knockout rounds, overcoming opponents like Malmo, Dynamo Kyiv, Slavia Prague, and Eintracht Frankfurt.
In the final, held at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Chelsea faced Arsenal in an all-English showdown. Chelsea dominated the match, with goals from Olivier Giroud, Pedro, and Eden Hazard securing a comprehensive 4-1 victory. The win not only clinched the UEFA Europa League title but also secured Chelsea’s place in the following season’s UEFA Champions League. The final was particularly significant for Eden Hazard, who contributed two goals in what turned out to be his farewell match for Chelsea before his move to Real Madrid.
Chelsea’s success in the UEFA Europa League highlights the club’s ability to compete and triumph on the European stage even after setbacks. The victories in 2012–13 and 2018–19 showcased the depth of the squad, the impact of different managers, and the resilience of the players. As Chelsea continues to evolve, their legacy in the Europa League remains an integral part of the club’s storied history, contributing to the narrative of success in both domestic and continental competitions.
Years: 1955, 2000, 2005, 2009
1955: Early Success
Chelsea secured their first Charity Shield title in 1955, marking an early triumph for the club in the annual curtain-raiser event.
2000: Return to Glory
In the 2000 Charity Shield, Chelsea emerged victorious, setting the tone for a successful period under the management of Gianluca Vialli.
2005: Mourinho’s Impact
Under Jose Mourinho’s leadership, Chelsea claimed the 2005 Charity Shield, signaling the beginning of a highly successful era for the club.
2009: Ancelotti’s Arrival
The 2009 Charity Shield victory marked Carlo Ancelotti‘s first piece of silverware as Chelsea manager, providing a positive start to his tenure.
UEFA Super Cup
1998: European Supremacy
Chelsea triumphed in the 1998 UEFA Super Cup, defeating Real Madrid over two legs to claim the prestigious European trophy.
FIFA Club World Cup
2021: Global Recognition
Chelsea secured the FIFA Club World Cup in 2021, adding a global honour to their list of achievements. The tournament showcased Chelsea’s prowess on the international stage, beating Palmeiras 2-1 after extra time in the final.
UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup
Years: 1970–71, 1997–98
1970–71: Early European Success
Chelsea’s first major European triumph came in the 1971 Cup Winners’ Cup, with the Blues defeating Real Madrid in the final.
1997–98: Zola’s Magic
In the 1998 Cup Winners’ Cup, Gianfranco Zola’s magic played a crucial role as Chelsea secured the trophy by overcoming VfB Stuttgart in the final.
Second Division (Old Division Two)
Years: 1983–84, 1988–89
1983–84: Bouncing Back
After a brief spell in the second division, Chelsea bounced back emphatically in the 1983–84 season, securing the title and earning promotion.
1988–89: Continued Success
Chelsea once again claimed the second division title in the 1988–89 season, showcasing the club’s ability to navigate challenges and maintain a strong presence in English football.
Full Members’ Cup
Years: 1985–86, 1989–90
1985–86: Inaugural Triumph
The Full Members’ Cup, created as a replacement for the traditional Football League Cup, saw Chelsea emerge as the inaugural champions in the 1985–86 season. The Blues defeated Manchester City in the final, marking the beginning of their success in this competition.
1989–90: Continued Dominance
Chelsea’s success in the Full Members’ Cup continued in the 1989–90 season. The team secured the title by overcoming Middlesbrough in the final, underlining the club’s consistency in this tournament.
While the Full Members’ Cup was not as prestigious as some other competitions, Chelsea’s triumphs in 1985–86 and 1989–90 demonstrate the club’s ability to compete across various tournaments. The now-defunct competition holds a unique place in Chelsea’s history, showcasing the club’s commitment to success on multiple fronts during these specific seasons.
Chelsea’s trophy cabinet boasts an impressive array of titles, spanning domestic and international competitions. From early successes in the Charity Shield to global recognition in the FIFA Club World Cup, each trophy reflects the club’s enduring commitment to excellence and success across various tournaments.