Where are they now? Chelsea’s 2007 FA Cup winners

Chelsea, 2007 FA Cup Final

Garry Hayes remembers Jose Mourinho’s team that toppled Manchester United a decade ago in the first final at a shiny-new Wembley

Petr Cech

Remember that time when Cech wasn’t just fearing for his career, but also his life? It happened when he collided with Reading’s Stephen Hunt early on in a match at the Madejski Stadium, and he was taken off with a fractured skull.

This was the season Cech collided with Reading’s Stephen Hunt and was taken off with a fractured skull

That was in the early stages of the 2006/07 campaign but, by the end of it, Cech was starting for Chelsea at the grand opening of New Wembley against Manchester United. It was a miraculous turnaround for the goalkeeper – one made all the sweeter by the fact Chelsea didn’t just help defeat United, but also kept a clean sheet.

Cech, protective helmet in tow, remained Chelsea’s No.1 right through until the start of 2014/15 when he was eventually replaced by Thibaut Courtois. The Czech has since moved across London, joining Arsenal in 2015.

Petr Cech

Paulo Ferreira

Jose Mourinho’s first signing as Chelsea boss in 2004, Ferreira is one of the key figures who is often forgotten in a golden era of success along the King’s Road.

The ex-Porto man was very much one of Jose’s boys and would follow his manager’s instructions to the nth degree

A man of undoubted style away from the pitch, he wasn’t exactly flashy on it – but that’s what Mourinho liked about him. The ex-Porto man was very much one of Jose’s boys and would follow his manager’s instructions to the nth degree.

It’s showering him with faint praise to say that the Portuguese’s discipline and graft were his standout attributes, yet they were so effective in the defensive resilience Chelsea fans witnessed at Stamford Bridge in Mourinho’s first spell.

Ferreira being a safe pair of hands in that sense hasn’t gone unnoticed in the Chelsea boardroom, either – since his retirement, he has become a club ambassador, helping spread the Chelsea message to a global audience.

Paulo Ferreira

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