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.
  • Chelsea Edge Forward Together

    If the feeling in the stands was more than a little nervy, Chelsea's players seem to have wrenched the crutch of confidence from somewhere else as this title run-in plods steadily on. Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night, a little like Wembley three days before, seemed on-edge. The element of swagger, seen in no short measure in recent years but severely depleted by the disaster of last season, was absent once more. Antonio Cote has done much to restore it this season, with his emphatic, emotional, slightly crazed reaction to events on-pitch. Awaydays, in particular, have been dosed-up on confidence this spring – and not just the sort you buy over the bar. ...

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  • John Terry Is Flawed, But Still Rightly Revered

    Over the course of 22 years, it has often been an unenviable task going into battle for the reputation of John George Terry. As his triumphs have accumulated on pitch, so has his charge sheet off it. The 'racist'; the 'philanderer'; the England 'rebellion leader'; the 'dodgy dealer' – he has been a pantomime villain in the eyes of many for a long while. ...

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  • Chelsea: Player Of The Year Contenders

    Seeking a Chelsea player of the season for 2015-16 was a task that would cast into shadow several of the labours of Hercules. Many plumped, perhaps a little lazily, for Willian: though, truth be told, his second half of the campaign was as nondescript as his first half was stand-out. I think, in the end, I gave my vote to nobody. This season that choice is, in a way, no less difficult: though for entirely the opposite reasons. Chelsea's season has been remarkable – and shows every sign of outstripping the expectations of even the most wildly optimistic dreamers among the club's fans. And the list of potential nominees is long. ...

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  • Victor Moses’s Importance To Chelsea Has Never Been More Apparent

    Once in a while, a team will get a player that seemingly nobody can agree upon. John Mikel Obi was one of these: a man who was dismissed as slow, pedestrian, negative by many; but equally celebrated as a world beater by others. ...

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  • Could Diego Costa’s Chelsea Career Fall Victim To A War Of Attrition Between Super Agents?

    The uneasy peace made between Chelsea and Diego Costa this January, the one that saw him return from the brink of a transfer window move, does not look long for this world. ...

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