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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Chelsea defeated Bayern Munich to win the Champions League trophy


                
                 Fans chanted and sang 'We are the champions' along with Didier Drogba

               

                 
                



Tens of thousands of fans have been cheering Chelsea's Champions League-winning squad on a parade through west London.

The team, on two open-top buses, has been on a procession from its Stamford Bridge home up to Parsons Green.

The Blues secured victory in a clash with four-time cup winners Bayern Munich in Germany, on Saturday. Chelsea won 4-3 on penalties.

It is the first time a London football club has won the European cup.

Fans sang "Happy Birthday" to goalkeeper Petr Cech and Didier Drogba, who scored two goals in the nail-biting final, sang back "We are the Champions".

Supporters then chanted "We want you to stay", at the prompt of club staff on the bus.

Captain John Terry took the microphone first and began chanting victory slogans, with fans joining, as the players on the bus took turns to address fans.As the cup was handed to the interim manager Roberto di Matteo, a huge cheer went up in the crowd.

Fans dressed in the Chelsea strip have created a sea of blue all along the route of the parade.
Chelsea defeated Bayern Munich to win the trophy 

The team's bus, decked in club colours with Champions of Europe written in the front, has been stopping along the route as players, in the first bus, lift the trophy for fans.

Fans are waving flags and throwing celery at the players, as a mark of respect - a tradition that began in the late 1980s, when supporters started throwing sticks in the air, accompanied by a song.

The parade, which began from Stamford Bridge's west entrance, took in Fulham Road, Hortensia Road, King's Road and New King's Road, before arriving at Eel Brook Common.

After making a short stop, the bus with the players and the trophy continued on to Parsons Green where the procession ended.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council closed several local roads west of Fulham Palace Road.

Close to 70,000 fans turned out for Chelsea's last victory parade in 2010 after the team won the Premier League and FA Cup.

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