Here is a statement from the club’s official website;
Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce
the signing of goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer on a
The Australian international has signed a one-
year contract that will keep him with the club
until next summer’s World Cup in Brazil, for
which he helped his country seal qualification
‘It’s a phenomenal club,’ he said upon signing.
‘It’s one of the biggest and best clubs in the
world, and it’s an honour to sign for Chelsea. I
didn’t take much convincing to come here.’
Schwarzer, 40, brings with him a wealth of
experience after more than 15 years in England
with Bradford City, Middlesbrough and most
recently Fulham, and last season became the
first overseas player to have made 500 Premier
Born in Sydney, Schwarzer began his career
with Marconi Stallions before moving to
Europe with German side Dynamo Dresden in
1994, which was followed by a short spell in
the Bundesliga with Kaiserslautern.
A move to England followed in 1996, with
Bradford City the platform from which
Schwarzer signed for Middlesbrough, going on
to play more than 400 times in 11 years, lifting
the League Cup in 2003 and appearing in the
2006 UEFA Cup final against Sevilla.
In 2008, he moved south to west London with
Fulham, spending five years at Craven Cottage,
where he made 220 appearances.
Schwarzer made his international debut in
1994, and has since represented Australia 108
times, including at the 2006 and 2010 World cups.