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Chelsea Wins Champions League Final: Fans Join Jubilant West London Parade (PICTURES)

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Chelsea won the Champions League Final
Chelsea won the Champions League Final

Chelsea fans lined the streets of west London on Sunday as the team celebrated the club's historic Champions League and FA Cup double win with a victory parade.

Players, including captain John Terry, showed off the Champions League trophy, which they won less than 24 hours ago in a dramatic penalty shoot-out in Munich.

Jubilant fans waved flags as the open top blue bus passed by and players waved club scarves. Fans blew horns and cars travelling down the Fulham Road tooted their support for the West London club.

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Chelsea fans greet their team with cheers

When the players were given a microphone and asked to say a few words, Terry led chants of "Champione, champione, ole, ole, ole".

The Blues were crowned European club champions for the first time in their history when they overcame Bayern Munich in their home stadium after the match went to extra time.

Around 25,000 Chelsea fans packed behind one of the goals in the Allianz Arena, while many more crammed into bars in London and around the UK to follow the action live on TV.

Even Prime Minister David Cameron managed to catch the nail-biting shoot-out, watching the drama unfold alongside German chancellor Angela Merkel and other world leaders at the G8 summit at Camp David.

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Didier Drogba was Chelsea's hero, scoring the equalising goal in the dying minutes of normal time and netting the spot kick to win the shootout 4-3.

It followed his match-winning goal which saw the west Londoners overcome Liverpool 2-1 in the FA Cup final at Wembley earlier this month.

At 34, Drogba is said to be leaving Stamford Bridge, so his winning goal could well be his last kick for the club.
But the Ivorian star will certainly be immortalised as a Chelsea legend by the fans.

He said of his team-mates on ITV: "They never give up until the end. This team is amazing.

"It was written, I think, a long time ago.

"I want to dedicate this cup to all the managers we've had before, all the players I've played with before."

Roman Abramovich, the club's owner, joined in the celebrations from the stands.

The team's last victory parade saw around 70,000 excited fans flocked to the streets to celebrate the clubs 2010 Premier League and FA Cup double.

Today's bus celebration follows the same route, travelling along streets including Fulham Road and King's Road before ending in Parsons Green.

Local roads will be restricted and some closed to traffic from early this morning until the crowds disperse, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham said.

Councillor Nick Botterill, H&F Council Deputy Leader, said: "Chelsea's historic Champions League and FA Cup double is a monumental achievement that will never be forgotten in these parts.

"Like a phoenix from the flames Roberto Di Matteo turned around what could have been a disappointing year for the Blues to deliver the top prize in world club football to west London.

"This will forever be remembered as the year the Blues achieved their European destiny!"

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