EPL Chelsea wins historic FIFA Club World Cup

English premiership side, Chelsea, has become the World Club Champions after winning the trophy for the first time in their history.

Callum Hudson-Odoi’s side struggled to break down Palmeiras, their Brazilian opponents in the FIFA Club World Club final.

Romelu Lukaku scored on the 54th minute mark and Raphael Veiga leveled the score 10 minutes later after a fight back by the Brazilians.

After a goalless first half and a hard fought second half, Chelsea finally sealed the historic victory after Kai Harvertz converted from the spot in extra time.

Reacting to the win, Hudson-Odi posted a photo of himself in the dressing room holding the trophy. He captioned it: “WORLD CHAMPIONS.”

Thomas Tuchel’s side had two African players who had just returned from the African Cup of Nations i.e. Hakim Ziyech of Morocco and Edouard Mendy of Senegal.

Other players of African-descent in the Chelsea side aside Hudson-Odoi were Anthony Rudiger (currently German but with Sierra Leonean
parentage) and Romelu Lukaku (currently Belgian but with Congolese parentage.)

The game was played on Saturday evening at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on 12 February 2022.