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Season review: England

Published: Wednesday 26 May 2010, 14.15CET
Free-scoring Chelsea FC ended three years of Manchester United FC dominance by taking the Premier League title and adding a third FA Cup in four years to complete their first double.
Season review: England
Chelsea lift the Premier League trophy on the final day of the season ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 26 May 2010, 14.15CET

Season review: England

Free-scoring Chelsea FC ended three years of Manchester United FC dominance by taking the Premier League title and adding a third FA Cup in four years to complete their first double.

After three years of dominance by Manchester United FC it was the turn of a revitalised Chelsea FC to take the Premier League title, their third since 2005 and fourth overall. The west London club capped a memorable domestic campaign with victory in the FA Cup final to seal a first league and cup double. Manchester United lifted England's League Cup by way of consolation.

Champions: Chelsea FC
Carlo Ancelotti proved an immediate success at Stamford Bridge, guiding Chelsea to the championship by one point from United with a Premier League record of 103 goals scored, surpassing United's previous best of 97 in 1999/2000 (the all-time record remains Aston Villa FC's 128 from 1930/31). Didier Drogba contributed 29 of those strikes and Frank Lampard 22. Indeed, Chelsea hit seven goals three times and clinched the crown with an 8-0 demolition of Wigan Athletic FC on the final day.

Cup final: Chelsea FC 1-0 Portsmouth FC
Chelsea claimed the FA Cup for the third time in four years, successfully defending the trophy they had won against Everton 12 months before. Drogba's fine 59th-minute free-kick secured the Wembley spoils. Kevin-Prince Boateng missed a penalty moments earlier for a Portsmouth team who endured a torrid campaign on and off the park. Chelsea themselves rattled the woodwork five times in the first half and squandered a late penalty through Lampard.

League Cup final: Manchester United FC 2-1 Aston Villa FC
United took the silverware for a fourth time but had to come from behind at Wembley. James Milner's spot kick gave Aston Villa a fifth-minute lead after Nemanja Vidić had pulled down Gabriel Agbonlahor. Michael Owen swiftly levelled, however, and though the United striker limped off soon after with a season-ending hamstring injury, Wayne Rooney came off the bench to head a 74th-minute winner.

European places*
Chelsea FC – UEFA Champions League group stage
Manchester United FC – UEFA Champions League group stage
Arsenal FC – UEFA Champions League group stage
Tottenham Hotspur FC – UEFA Champions League play-off
Manchester City FC – UEFA Europa League play-off
Aston Villa FC – UEFA Europa League play-off
Liverpool FC – UEFA Europa League third qualifying round
*Subject to final confirmation from UEFA

Player of the year: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United FC)
The England striker has stepped up to the plate following Cristiano Ronaldo's departure for Real Madrid CF, scoring 26 league goals to better his previous best tally for a season by ten. He was awarded both the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year and the Football Writers' Association equivalent.

One to watch: Adam Johnson (Manchester City FC)
The 22-year-old winger started the campaign in the Championship (or second division) with Middlesbrough FC, his eleven goals in the first half of term persuading Manchester City to part with €8.2m for his services in January. Johnson responded with nine assists and a goal, forcing his way into Fabio Capello's initial 30-man squad for the FIFA World Cup.

Surprise package: Tottenham Hotspur FC
The established top four of Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool FC was broken for the first time since 2004/05 as Tottenham earned a UEFA Champions League qualifying place thanks to eight wins in their last 12 games, including home victories over Arsenal and Chelsea and, crucially, a 1-0 triumph at Manchester City in their penultimate fixture.

Leading scorer: Didier Drogba, Chelsea FC (29)

Relegated: Portsmouth FC, Hull City AFC, Burnley FC

Promoted: Newcastle United FC, West Bromwich Albion FC, Blackpool FC

Number: 68
The total of goals Chelsea scored in 19 league outings at Stamford Bridge. Their overall haul of 103 was also a club record.

Quote
"Wayne Rooney is the best striker in England. Well, he is the best English striker."
Didier Drogba after pipping the United forward to England's golden boot.

Last updated: 01/06/10 18.55CET

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