From Didier Drogba to Ross Turnbull – Where are Chelsea’s 2012 Champions League winners now?

Chelsea head into their UEFA Champions League final meeting with Manchester City aiming to harness the spirit of 2012.

Against all odds, the Blues lifted the trophy against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.

Where are that side and what are they up to now?

Petr Cech

One of the heroes in Munich for the Blues, the Czech saved Arjen Robben’s penalty in stoppage time before then denying Ivica Olic and Bastian Schweinsteiger in the shoot-out.

Cech remained at Stamford Bridge for a further three seasons before signing for Arsenal, where he retired in 2019.

The former goalkeeper then returned to Chelsea soon after as the club’s Technical and Performance Advisor – a role he still holds. He was intriguingly named in the Blues’ 25-man Premier League squad for the 2020/21 campaign.



Chelsea's Petr Cech kisses Champions League trophy (Image: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/GettyImages)
Chelsea’s Petr Cech kisses Champions League trophy (Image: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/GettyImages)

Jose Bosingwa

A two-time Champions League winner, the Portuguese international started on the right vs Bayern. It was to be his final Chelsea appearance before departing the club for Queens Park Rangers.

He then represented Trabzonspor for three seasons before retiring in 2016.

David Luiz

The first of the Chelsea starting XI to still be playing, Luiz was a popular figure at Stamford Bridge having had two spells with the club. He initially departed for Paris Saint-Germain but returned after just two years.

The Brazilian played a key role in Premier League and Europa League successes before he left for a second time, on this occasion for Arsenal.

The 34-year-old has been at the Emirates Stadium for two seasons but is now set to depart on a free transfer.

Gary Cahill

Another hugely popular figure in West London, the English defender only left Chelsea two years ago having made 290 appearances for the club.

The 61-cap international has since been a Crystal Palace player. His contract at Selhurst Park is set to expire this summer.



Gary Cahill in action for Crystal Palace
Former Chelsea defender Gary Cahill in action for Crystal Palace

Ashley Cole

Now at age 40, the left-back has only been out of the game for a short while. After winning his first Champions League crown, Cole remained as a Chelsea player for a further two seasons before linking up with Serie A giants AS Roma.

He stayed in the eternal city for just a solitary campaign and then joined MLS outfit LA Galaxy. Cole rounded off his career with Derby County, where he then became a coach under former teammate Frank Lampard.

He then returned to Stamford Bridge once again in a coaching capacity.

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John Obi Mikel

At 34, the Nigerian is still firmly involved in the playing side of the game. After leaving Chelsea in 2016, he made the move over to China and Tianjin TEDA.

Mikel then returned to England with Championship outfit Middlesbrough ahead of a move to Trabzonspor. He has most recently represented Stoke City, playing in 39 out of a possible 46 league games throughout the 2020/21 campaign.

His contract is set to come to an end this summer.

Frank Lampard

One of the players who it is somewhat easier to remember where he is. Chelsea’s record goalscorer, Lampard moved to Premier League rivals Manchester City before a switch to New York City.

The former midfielder called time on his playing career in 2017. He was only out of the game for a year though, then taking the reins at Derby County.

Lampard guided the Rams to the playoffs, then being rewarded with the managerial job at Chelsea. He was in charge for 18 months before being sacked in favour of Thomas Tuchel.



Frank Lampard was in charge at Stamford Bridge for 18 months. (Image: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images).
Frank Lampard was in charge at Stamford Bridge for 18 months. (Image: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images).

Salomon Kalou

Another to leave following the success against Bayern, the Ivorian followed that up with two hugely successful seasons with Lille.

He then enjoyed five years in Germany with Hertha BSC, where he remained until July 2020.

Kalou then made a surprise move to Brazilian club Botafogo, suffering relegation from the top-flight.

Juan Mata

Chelsea Player of the Year on two occasions, Mata was a Chelsea player for only a further 18 months following the Champions League success.

He was sold to Manchester United in the 2014 January transfer window and remains a Red Devil seven-and-a-half years later.

The Spaniard’s contract is set to expire this summer so will hope to round off his Old Trafford spell with a UEFA Europa League winners’ medal.

Ryan Bertrand

Infamously handed a starting berth in Munich, it did not get much better for the left-back with Chelsea. He had loan spells with Aston Villa and Southampton before sealing a permanent switch to St Mary’s ahead of the 15/16 campaign.

Bertrand is set to bring his stay on the South Coast to an end this summer and has been linked with moves to Arsenal and Leicester City.

Didier Drogba

The trophy-winner vs Bayern, it was Drogba’s header that saw the game end level, whilst he also tucked home the winning penalty.

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That kicked appeared to be his last contribution in a Blues shirt before stints with Shanghai Shenhua and Galatasaray.

Jose Mourinho surprisingly brought Drogba back in 2014 as he sealed another Premier League title.

The Ivorian was then given another memorable send-off ahead of spells in America with Montreal Impact and Phoenix Rising.



Drogba holds the Champions League trophy for Chelsea in 2012
Drogba holds the Champions League trophy for Chelsea in 2012

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Ross Turnbull

Only afforded 19 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions, the goalkeeper left Stamford Bridge in 2013.

He only made another 50 career appearances for the likes of Doncaster Rovers and Barnsley before a stay with Leeds United.

Turnbull retired in 2017 and is now Goalkeeper Coach at Hartlepool United.

Paulo Ferreira

Another of the Portuguese contingent at Chelsea, Ferreira was only at the club for another season before retirement.

He has since worked for the Blues in an ambassadorial role, whilst also acting as a Loan Player Technical Coach.

Michael Essien

Yet to announce his official retirement at the age of 38, it appears that the Ghanaian’s playing days are over.

Since leaving Chelsea, Essien has represented AC Milan, Panathinaikos and FK Sabail.

He joined Danish outfit FC Nordsjaelland in September 2020 as part of the club’s coaching staff.

Oriol Romeu

Much like Bertrand, Romeu found it tough to forge a starting place at Chelsea before going on to have great success elsewhere.

The Spaniard had loan spells at Valencia and Stuttgart before joining Southampton in 2015. He remains on the South Coast.

Florent Malouda

A key player between 2008 and 2011, Malouda’s final season at Chelsea was spent in the reserves after failing to secure a move away from the club.

He had played for Trabzonspor, Metz, Delhi Dynamos, Wadi Degla and FC Differdange 03 before his retirement in 2018.

The former winger later became a coach with FC Zurich but was only in Switzerland for a matter of months.

Fernando Torres

A cult hero for his goal against Barcelona at the Nou Camp, the Spaniard never quite hit the heights expected of him at Chelsea.

He was sent on-loan to AC Milan in 2014 before a switch back to boyhood club Atletico Madrid, where he stayed for three-and-a-half seasons.

The striker then rounded off his career in Japan with Sagan Tosu. However, he has hinted at a return to football via Instagram.

Daniel Sturridge

After winning the Champions League, Sturridge only remained at Chelsea for a matter of months.

A switch to Liverpool saw the striker forge a hugely successful partnership with Luis Suarez, whilst he also won the Champions League at Anfield.

He was released in 2019 to join Turkish outfit Trabzonspor but only played 16 matches having been banned from football for breaching betting rules and is yet to return to the sport.

Source by Football London

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