In a week that hosts one of the biggest football matches off them all, the official Chelsea website publishes memories our players have shared of a big match from early in their lives which stands out in their minds.
In some cases, they’ve chosen games they attended as a supporter, while in others they’ve plumped for matches in which they’ve taken part.
Today we hear from two players in action for Brazil later today, Oscar and Willian…
The first big game I played in was as a 16-year-old, I’d just turned professional and I played for Sao Paulo against Corinthians, our biggest rivals. I came on a substitute at half-time and played the whole second half. It was a great experience for me, there were 60,000 supporters inside the stadium and it was amazing to be involved but unfortunately we lost the game 2-1.
The first big game I went to as a fan was Sao Paulo against Corinthians in Sao Paulo. It was a big game in Brazil. I was about 12 years old. When I was younger I saw State Championship games in my city but that was the first very big game I saw.
The atmosphere was fantastic. There were about 60,000 people there. Luis Fabiano was playing and Mineiro, who played here at Chelsea, was playing for Sao Paulo.
I remember the first big match I played in. It was a bad day. I played for Corinthians against Palmeiras, a big game in Brazil, and we lost 3-0! As I said, it was a bad day!