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Having qualified for the European Champions League competition following a famous end of season victory over Liverpool, the Blues charismatic manager Claudio Ranieri, short on cash, and resigned to losing his star player, Gianfranco Zola, looked like having little chance of success. Enter Roman Abramovich. the billionaire Russian oligarch purchased the club and financed a spending spree unprecedented in the annals of the game. Over Land and Sea overlays the team's fortunes with the transient adventures of blues fanatic Marco and his Chelsea Gate 17 cohorts as they carouse their way around the bars, fleshpots and football grounds of europe. 'glorious unpredictability,' that's what the Gate 17 boys called it. 'proper chels,' you never knew what was going to happen next. Whatever it was, Marco, Young Dave, Ugly John, Ossie, Baby Gap Brian and the rest of the Gate 17 crew had no intention of missing any of it in what turned out to be a ribald men behaving badly meets match of the day adventure.

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