Chelsea Players Cech, Ferreira Mobbed At Starbucks In Japan
Millionaire Chelsea players PETR CECH and PAULO FERREIRA "popped into a Starbucks for coffee after training at the Club World Cup in Japan on Tuesday and were mobbed as they waited in line," according to Alastair Himmer of REUTERS. Picking up a small size coffee, Cech asked his teammate: "Do you want to drink here or go back (to the hotel)?" Closely watched by team security, the players "patiently signed autographs and posed for photos with fans as they waited" before Ferreira nervously replied: "Go back" (RETUERS, 12/11). In London, Richard Sharpe reported Chelsea Manager RAFA BENITEZ "may be struggling to win over the Chelsea fans back in England, but over in Japan the Blues’ faithful can’t get enough of their interim boss." He "was not the only one to receive a warm welcome from the Japanese fans." The Spaniard "was greeted by fans wanting his autograph, which was a far cry from the boos and jeers that welcomed him at Stamford Bridge when he was unveiled as manager last month against Manchester City" (DAILY MAIL, 12/11).