Dan Levene


Dan Levene is a journalist of 20 years standing, who has covered the soap opera of Chelsea Football Club for more than a decade. In that time he has reported on the reigns of 10 managers, and a haul of 15 trophies - from Wycombe to Yokohama, via Munich.
  • Diego Costa Is The Aggressor In His Chelsea Divorce

    The reporter knocked, and waiting behind the door was Chelsea's AWOL striker: watching the match on the telly in his front room. No payments, no pre-arrangements, no lawyers acting as brokers, no spin doctors – all of which would, of course, be an almost certain breach of Costa's Chelsea contract – the player was ready and willing to spill the beans, mano y mano. ...

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  • Roman Abramovich Retains Sole Responsibility For Chelsea’s Trajectory

    There is a social media trope, in Chelsea circles, which seems as old as the genre itself. “Roman loves this club,” it goes, “but the people who run it for him, The Board, are a disgrace.” It's there almost every day, if you look for it, and doubly so at the peak times of transfer windows. Fans are aggrieved at what they see as dithering by those Board members: frittering away their boss' investment, and his club's chance of success, in a cut throat transfer market. ...

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  • Chelsea’s Youth Need To See A World Beyond The Classroom

    After impressive showings for a couple of youngsters on tour, why is the route to the first team seemingly still so strewn with obstacles at Chelsea? Every pre-season at Chelsea brings one or two such names. This year it was Jeremie Boga and Charly Musonda: long-time youth prospects grasping with both hands the chance to shine in friendly contests while on tour. How they progress this season – whether they stay where they are, get involved at all, or (the Holy Grail) actually break through to the first team – is something we will have to wait to see. ...

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  • Chelsea in Singapore – Observations From Pre-Season

    Chelsea went from a storming 3-0 win over Arsenal in pre-season, to a crushing defeat to Bayern. What does this tell us about the Blues' readiness for the big kick off? If Antonio Conte's side destroyed one set of reds in Beijing, then they were taken apart by another in Singapore just three days later – at least in a very one-sided first half (it ended 2-3). Bayern looked fitter, readier, and better organised than the Londoners. ...

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  • Chelsea’s Must Minimise Their Loss On Diego Costa

    With Chelsea and their number one striker continents apart, just what is going on in the world of Diego Costa? Antonio Conte and his team jetted off to China this week: for a friendly against Arsenal, before taking on the might of Bayern and Inter in the International Champions Cup in Singapore. Meanwhile, in Brazil, Costa was busy breaking the internet with his partying antics. In case there was any doubt over whether the forward would be joining-up with the Blues this pre-season, he nailed his colours firmly to the mast with that Instagram post. Partying with pals: guitars strumming, drinks being swigged, foolery being enacted – in the way Costa loves it. And, as for those colours: the red and white of Atletico Madrid. ...

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