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It was announced today that John Terry will be offered a new one year contract at the club- here is the story of his long and prosperous career so far.

The Break-Through

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John Terry in the early days.

In  1998 John Terry made his debut against Aston Villa, coming on as a substitute. Shortly after that he made his first start for the Blues against Oldham Athletic in a FA cup match.

Shortly after the Millennium Terry started to make a name for himself and became a regular in the first team. In the 2000-2001 season Terry earned 23 starts for Chelsea and even won Chelsea’s player of the year award.

In the following season Terry continued his progress and formed a solid partnership with Marcel Desailly.

Achieving Greatness

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Terry scoring against Charlton back in 2004.

After Terry’s first 3/4 seasons he established himself as one of the best defenders in the world. Terry managed to become a the starting CB in the 2004 England Euro’s squad after an impressive debut in the summer of 2003.

Shortly after the Euros, Terry achieved the ultimate award- the Premier League. He led the Chelsea team to two consecutive titles in 2005 and 2006 and while doing this the Chelsea team broke the record for best Defensive Record in Football League history.

However before John Terry could achieve greatness he had to overcome some devastating injuries. After having surgery on his back he was out of the Chelsea squad for 3 months. Terry then suffered even more injuries including a broken foot, Dislocated elbow and concussion.

Despite Terry’s injuries he fought hard and was able to lead Chelsea to a league cup, FA cup and Champions League Semi-Final. He then went on to have some great performances for England- playing in the 2006 World Cup, 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.

European Success

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Terry Lifting the European Cup in 2012

In 2008 Terry was the Captain of the team that made it to the Champions League final. He missed a crucial penalty in the game which led him to break down into tears. Although he did win European defender of the year that season.

Since that failure in the Champions League final Terry has been part of teams that have made it to the later stages of the competition numerous times.

In 2012 Chelsea made it to the Champions League final and won- However Terry was suspended for the game… although this didn’t stop him turning up in full kit and joining in the celebration

Becoming a Chelsea legend

terryAs Terry progressed into his 30’s the trophies and awards where still rolling in. He continued to Captain Chelsea and won hundreds of games with us. In 2014 Terry captained Chelsea for the 500th time in his career- an achievement that very few players have accomplished.

Terry also led Chelsea to two more Premier League victories. Making him one of Chelsea’s and the Premier League’s biggest legends ever.

Here are the trophies he has won over his long and prosperous career:

  • the Premier League(x4)
  • the FA Cup(x5)
  • the League Cup(x3)
  • the Community Shield(x2)
  • the Champions league(x1)
  • the Europa league(x1)

What next?

Terry now has a very big decision to make. To accept his contract and potentially retire with Chelsea or move elsewhere and end his career somewhere like China or the USA. The 35 year old now has a chance to add to his amazing 703 appearances. Whatever happens- the Chelsea faithful will always respect and love John Terry for his contribution to CFC.

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