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Chelsea 2012 Champions League winners: Where are they now?

Drew Goodsell | 19 May 2020

We look at where some of those Champions League heroes are today

Eight years ago, on the 19th May 2012, Chelsea Football Club reached the pinnacle of the European game by winning the Champions League final in Munich.

The Blues famously beat Bayern Munich on penalties in their own stadium to lift the trophy and become the European champions for the first time.

But where are they now? We’ve looked at what some of the key figures from the greatest night in Chelsea’s history are up to now.

Frank Lampard

With John Terry suspended for the final, Frank Lampard captained the side to glory in Munich, despite not being in coach Andre Villas-Boas’ plans at the start of the campaign.

Lampard remained at Chelsea for two seasons after winning the Champions League, winning the Europa League the following campaign and becoming the club’s all-time leading goalscorer in May 2013.

A controversial single-year spell at Manchester City followed, as well as a spell at New York City FC before he retired in 2016.

Frank Lampard Chelsea

In 2018, Lampard made his first move into management at Derby Country. He guided Derby to sixth in the Championship, missing out on a Premier League spot after losing 2-1 to Aston Villa in the play-off final.

Now, club legend Frank Lampard is the first team head coach of Chelsea, signing a three-year deal in July 2019.

David Luiz

The eccentric centre-back remained with Chelsea for their Europa League triumph in 2013, before moving to Paris Saint-Germain for a then world record transfer fee for a defender of £50 million.

Luiz returned to Chelsea in August 2016 for a reported £34 million, where he went on to win a Premier League title, an FA Cup and another Europa League title too.

In August 2019, Luiz was told he was not in head coach Frank Lampard’s plans for the current season and moved across London to Arsenal for £8 million.

Gary Cahill

Cahill signed for Chelsea for £7 million in January 2012, and only became a member of the starting XI thanks to John Terry’s suspension. But it was an opportunity he’d grab with both hands.

The Englishman became a defensive stalwart for Chelsea, partnering John Terry at the heart of the defence until Terry’s retirement in 2017.

Gary Cahill Chelsea

Cahill was appointed club captain in July 2017, a role he filled until his departure in July 2019. In his time at Chelsea, Cahill won two Premier league titles, two FA Cups, one League Cup, one Champions League and two Europa League titles.

He signed for Crystal Palace on a two-year contract in August 2019 following his release from Chelsea.

Juan Mata

The Spanish magician may have only been at Chelsea for two-and-a-half seasons, but in that time, Mata won the Champions League, Europa League and an FA Cup.

Mata was also voted the club’s Player of the Year for 2011/12 and 2012/13, despite missing the first penalty in the shootout in the Champions League final.

In January 2014, Mata moved to Manchester United in a £37.1 million deal after losing his place under Jose Mourinho. The Chelsea boss suggested Mata needed to adapt to playing wider and more defensively and preferred Oscar instead.

The former Chelsea fan favourite has remained with Manchester United since his move, winning an FA Cup, EFL Cup and Europa League title in his six-and-a-half years in Manchester.

Ryan Bertrand

The evening’s most surprising participant, head coach Roberto Di Matteo opted to hand a then 23-year-old Bertrand his European debut. He played as left-winger that night and became the first player to make their European debut in a Champions League final.

Despite his impressive performance that night, Bertrand failed to hold down a starting position in the team and was sent out on loan to Aston Villa in the 2014 January transfer window.

Ryan Bertrand Southampton

The following transfer window, he joined south-coast side Southampton on loan for the season, taking Luke Shaw’s starting spot after his move to Manchester United.

After impressing, Southampton turned his loan into a permanent deal in February 2015 for an undisclosed fee. He’s remained at St Mary’s ever since, where he’s joined by Oriol Romeu. Romeu didn’t make it onto the pitch in for the Final.

Michael Essien

Michael Essien may not have made it onto the Allianz Arena pitch that night, but he played an important role in making it to the final.

The 37-year-old Ghanaian midfielder went on to play for the likes of Real Madrid, AC Milan and Panathinaikos until 2016, before Essien moved to Persib Bandung in 2017 for a season in the Indonesian Liga 1.

Surprisingly, Essien’s career is still ongoing. In March 2019, Essien signed a one-and-a-half-year contract with Sabail FK in the Azerbaijan Premier League. He’s also the coach of the team’s U19 squad.

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