Chelsea transfer gold: The Blues sign Ballon d’Or winner

first_img George Weah lifted the FA Cup with Chelsea 1 On 12 January 2000 Chelsea signed a Ballon d’Or winner on loan and he made an instant impact.George Weah had become the first African player to win the old version of the Ballon d’Or, when he was crowned European Footballer of the Year in 1995, as well as claiming FIFA’s World Player of the Year award that same year.After five years with AC Milan in Serie A, the Liberian was tempted to Stamford Bridge in January 2000 by the Blues’ Italian manager, Gianluca Vialli.And Chelsea fans didn’t have to wait long to find out if the 34-year-old Weah still had it, because he was given clearance to play for the club on the same day he signed, in a London derby with Tottenham.Vialli brought Weah on as a substitute with half an hour to play and he duly scored the only goal of the game with three minutes left.“It’s a good beginning,” said Weah. And it was soon to get even better, as he helped Chelsea reach the FA Cup final.Having scored five goals in 14 matches for the club, Weah started the FA Cup final against Aston Villa – the last final to be played at the old Wembley – and helped the Blues win 1-0.It turned out to be his last game for Chelsea, as Weah was snapped up by Manchester City later that summer.A spell with Marseille followed, before Weah wound down his career in the United Arab Emirates.Here’s a reminder of how good Weah was, as he scored the winner and created Chelsea’s other goal in a 2-1 win over Leicester, en route to FA Cup glory 16 years ago…last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL cyclist Matthew Doyle has been snapped up by a top Belgian team to compete on the continent in 2013.The Muff man competed for the Irish team at the World Championships in his first year as a junior.The Foyle CC rider has been in Belgium in recent days finalising his plans for 2013, when he will be a member of the ‘Jonge Renners’ team which is based in Roselare. “They saw me when Daniel Stewart and I first went to Belgium with the Belgian Project for four weeks in the second half of the season,” a delighted Doyle told the cycling website stickybottle.“I managed to win a kermesse when I was there and the team offered me a contract on the basis of that. It really was an opportunity I couldn’t refuse.”Doyle was part of the youth FBD Talent Team 2020 concept this time last year and has since progressed very well into the junior ranks. While he was not included in an international junior line-up that went for a racing and training stint in Europe to prepare for the European Championships, to his great credit that did not deter him.Instead, he travelled to Belgium with equally promising Antrim East Audi rider Stewart, for a stint of racing with the Belgian Project. Both adapted to the harder races immediately and Doyle did enough to gain selection for the Irish team for the Worlds in Valkenburg. His silver medal in both the National Junior Road Race and TT Championships also underlined his form and potential.The Donegal teenager said he is relishing the idea of riding the bigger interclub races in Belgium next year and is hopeful it would bring him on to the next level now that he has completed his Leaving Cert.He will be living around 10km from the team’s base. Through the Belgian Project, he will again be staying with Rik and Sabien Masil.“They’ve been amazing this year,” he said of the couple.“The team has produced some very good riders. Jelle Feys who is only a first year U23 has signed for EFC Quickstep. So I’m really looking forward to starting work with the team and hopefully getting a few results.” Doyle added he had received help from a lot of people in the past season or two and was very grateful for all of their support.“They know who they are and I hope they know that I genuinely appreciate everything they’ve done for me to get me this far.”DELIGHT FOR DONEGAL CYCLIST AS HE’S SNAPPED UP BY TOP BELGIAN TEAM was last modified: October 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more