Condition: 8/10 Excellent. Light wear
Size: Adult's Medium
Chest Measurement: 38-40 Inches / 97-101 CM
Colour: Black, white trim
Official Adidas Chelsea away football shirt from the 2008/09 season.
Condition of this original football shirt is 8/10 – Excellent. Light wear (see photos).
Material is bright, vivid and smooth. Fantastic looking shirt, ideal for a collector or for framing and a great piece of football memorabilia.
Chelsea qualified for the knock-out stages of the Champions League with a 2-1 victory against Romanian champions CFR Cluj at Stamford Bridge in the final match of the group. During Winter, they drew against West Ham United, Fulham, Hull City. and League One's Southend United in the FA Cup. Chelsea suffered defeats away to Manchester United and Liverpool, which left them in 4th place during February which would mean a Champions League place would not be certain. Long-term injuries to Michael Essien and Joe Cole marked the period while Didier Drogba was not included frequently.
Chelsea sacked Scolari, replacing him with Russian national manager Guus Hiddink for the remainder of the season. Hiddink's regenerative effect was immediate, with four straight league wins, including a vital 1-0 victory away to Aston Villa in his first game in charge, moving Chelsea into the top three. Eleven wins in the team's last thirteen league games, marked by a 4-1 victory over Arsenal away at the Emirates Stadium, finally secured third place in the league, and Champions League football for a seventh consecutive season.
Although Chelsea's title challenge was already realistically over when he arrived, Hiddink led Chelsea to their fifth Champions League semi-final, knocking out Juventus and Liverpool before they were eliminated by FC Barcelona on away goals in the semi-final, with the performance of second leg referee Tom Henning Ovrebo proving particularly controversial. Despite the Champions League exit, the season culminated in a trip to Wembley Stadium, with Chelsea's final game of 2008-09 contested against Everton in the 2009 FA Cup Final. Chelsea won 2-1, winning the FA Cup trophy for the fifth time in their history.
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