Chelsea, last season's UEFA Champions League winners, will contest another European final on Wednesday night, this time taking on Benfica in the Europa League's marquee event. Lampard, the Blues' veteran 34-year-old midfielder, will lead the team out as captain (per The Guardian) in place of the injured John Terry.
The honor comes on the heels of another, perhaps even greater, distinction. Lampard set the club's scoring record (he now has 203) on Saturday with two goals against Aston Villa in the Premier League.
On Tuesday, the Daily Telegraph broke a report that said Lampard and Chelsea had agreed to a new one-year contract that would extend the England international's stay at Stamford Bridge.