Heroes of Munich 2012: Where are they now?
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Almost eight years have passed since Chelsea miraculously managed to beat a star-studded Bayern Munich side at the Allianz Arena to win the UEFA Champions League.

With John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Raul Meireles and Ramires all suspended, Chelsea had to name a makeshift starting eleven that night.

But who were they and where are they now?

GK - Petr Cech

Arguably the hero on the night, saving Arjen Robben's penalty in extra time and saving Ivica Olic's penalty to turn the tide towards Chelsea during the penalty shootout, Petr Cech will always go down in Chelsea folklore.

The Czech Republic international played 494 times for Chelsea and won 13 major trophies, but that night in Munich will surely be the one he remembers most fondly.

Cech left Chelsea for Arsenal in 2015 and only recently retired following the Europa League final in May, in which Chelsea beat Arsenal 4-1.

He is now back at Chelsea in a technical and performance advisor role.

RB - Jose Bosingwa

After starring for Portugal in Euro 2008, Jose Bosingwa followed manager Luis Felipe Scolari and Portuguese legend Deco to Stamford Bridge in a £16.3 million deal from Porto.

Bosingwa spent his time at Chelsea in a constant battle with Branislav Ivanovic and fellow Portuguese international Paulo Ferreira for the right-back position.

With Ivanovic suspended for the Champions League final, manager Roberto Di Matteo put his trust in Bosingwa on the biggest stage of all.

After winning the Champions League, Bosingwa moved in the summer to QPR.

After this, he spent the rest of his career in Turkey playing for Trabzonspor before retiring in 2016.

CB - David Luiz

Brazilian international David Luiz enjoyed two spells at Chelsea.

He joined the Blues in January 2011 and, just 18 months later, was tasting success on the biggest stage of all.

He stepped up to take a penalty on the night and scored to settle a few nerves after Juan Mata had missed Chelsea's first penalty.

Luiz and Gary Cahill formed a formidable partnership in the absence of captain John Terry.

Luiz left Chelsea in 2014 for PSG but returned in 2016 and won the Premier League in his first season back.

After the Europa League final in May, Luiz signed a one year contract extension at the club but made a U-turn and signed for Arsenal on the last day of the summer transfer window.

CB - Gary Cahill

Gary Cahill limped off injured during Chelsea's semi-final second leg match against Barcelona and there was real worry that he would miss the final.

Thankfully, he was able to play in the final and had a Champions League medal round his neck just 6 months after joining Chelsea from Bolton Wanderers.

Cahill added seven more trophies during his Chelsea career, and was captain for a short time, before joining Crystal Palace last summer, where he has impressed at the heart of their defence.

LB - Ashley Cole

Having joined Chelsea from Arsenal in 2006, Ashley Cole went on to become one of the best left-back's in Europe.

Winning the Champions League capped off what had been a brilliant career at the club for him. 

In total, Cole won seven major trophies for Chelsea before moving to Roma when his contact expired in 2014.

After short spells at LA Galaxy and Derby County, where he was managed by current Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, Cole retired in 2019 and is now back at Chelsea coaching the under-15 side.

CM - John Obi Mikel

Remarkably, John Obi Mikel is still only 32 and is playing his football for Turkish side Trabzonspor.

The Nigerian international played for Chelsea between 2006 and 2017, winning eight trophies and becoming a fan favourite at the club.

His defensive nature was loved by Jose Mourinho during his two spells at the club. 

Despite this, Mikel was often used as a substitute during his time at Chelsea and arguably only played the Champions League final due to suspensions for Ramires and Raul Meireles.

CM - Frank Lampard

Current Chelsea manager Frank Lampard had some unfinished business in Champions League finals going into this one.

Having scored in the 2008 final and still seen his side lose, Frank Lampard captained his side to glory in 2012 in the absence of John Terry.

The club's all-time top-scorer won 13 trophies in total during his playing days at Chelsea before having brief spells at Manchester City and New York City.

RW - Salomon Kalou

Salomon Kalou enjoyed a fruitful time at Chelsea, scoring 60 goals in 6 years at the club.

For much of his Chelsea days, the forward was in the shadow of the likes of Didier Drogba, Andriy Shevchenko, Nicolas Anelka, Fernando Torres and others.

However, he proved to be very consistent and a very handy asset to have, especially in big games.

He left the club for Lille after the Champions League triumph and has spent the last 5 seasons at German club Hertha Berlin, where he still plays his football.

CAM - Juan Mata

Having joined the club in summer 2011, Juan Mata played a crucial in Chelsea's success during the 2011-12 season, winning the player of the year award having notched up 12 goals and 20 assists for the season.

Alongside Fernando Torres, Mata became the first player to hold the World Cup, European Championships and Champions League at the same time.

Despite winning Chelsea's player of the year award again in 2012-13, the Spaniard wasn't given much game time when Mourinho returned to the club in 2013 and left to go to Manchester United in January 2014, where he still plays his.

LW- Ryan Bertrand

Left-back Ryan Bertrand was drafted in to play left-wing for the final, and became the first player in Champions League history to make his European debut in the final.

Despite being at the club for 9 years, Bertrand only made 28 appearances for Chelsea and was loaned out 9 times during his time at Chelsea.

Very much an unsung hero in the win at the Allianz Arena, Bertrand finally left Chelsea in 2015 and has been at Southampton ever since.

ST - Didier Drogba

The man that won man of the match during that special night in Munich.

Didier Drogba scored in the 88th minute of the match to take the game to extra-time and scored the winning penalty in the shootout to win the trophy in what everyone presumed was going to be his last game for the club.

However, Drogba returned to the club in 2014 and added another two trophies to his collection before going to Canada.

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