With John Terry having agreed to spent yet another season at Chelsea, UEFA.com looks back at five of the Blues captain’s most memorable nights in Europe. “Everyone knows I’m Chelsea through and through,” Terry said, and the youth product has undoubtedly left a major mark during his 18 years at Stamford Bridge.
Vålerenga 2-3 Chelsea: 1998/99 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-finals, second leg
Aged 18, Terry made his UEFA club competition debut alongside Michael Duberry in defence as holders Chelsea reached the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup semi-finals. The youngster played his part in the opener for player-manager Gianluca Vialli on a night when Bernard Lambourde and Tore André Flo also struck for the visitors to seal a 6-2 aggregate success, while a young John Carew grabbed one for Vålerenga.
Paris 0-3 Chelsea: 2004/05 UEFA Champions League, matchday one
José Mourinho’s first UEFA Champions League tie as Chelsea manager was a sign of things to come, as an impressive away triumph provided a confidence boost in their bid to overcome the traditional powers in Madrid, Milan, Turin and Manchester. Appointed captain by Mourinho, Terry nodded the Premier League club in front before summer signing Didier Drogba added two more as the Blues showcased their new-found belief in Europe’s elite competition.
Chelsea 4-2 Barcelona: 2004/05 UEFA Champions League round of 16, second leg
With his team heading for the exit, Terry settled an extraordinary contest by heading in a Damien Duff corner 14 minutes from time. Trailing 2-1 after the first leg, the hosts raced into a 3-0 lead but were on their way out when Ronaldinho struck twice, only for their skipper from Barking to turn the tide with his never-say-die attitude. “This win is up there with the best of them,” said Terry, who was named in UEFA.com’s Team of the Year for the first of four times at the end of the season.
Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea (aet, United win 6-5 on penalties): 2007/08 UEFA Champions League final
Terry’s only UEFA club final to date was an encounter he would no doubt prefer to forget, the former England centre-back slipping as he took the shoot-out spot kick that could have won the trophy for Avram Grant’s side. Instead, the ball clipped Edwin van der Sar’s post and Manchester United went on to clinch the title when Van der Sar denied Nicolas Anelka. “I’ll definitely never be over it,” he later explained. “I still have a few times a year when I wake up and, bang, it’s on my mind.”
Chelsea 4-1 Napoli: 2011/12 UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg
The Blues finally reached the summit of the European game in 2012, and it was their unlikely victory against Napoli that truly gave them momentum. Beaten 3-1 in Italy, Roberto Di Matteo’s men turned the tide thanks to their old guard, Terry finding the net either side of goals from Drogba and Frank Lampard before settling the tie via Branislav Ivanović in extra time. Terry excelled at the back too as he played a full part in Chelsea’s progress towards the trophy – despite being suspended for the final after his red card in the semi-final decider against Barcelona.