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Arsenal Football Club (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) are an English professional football club based in north London. They play in the FA Premier League and are one of the most successful clubs in England. Arsenal have won thirteen First Division and Premier League titles, and the FA Cup ten times, although the team have yet to achieve similar success in the UEFA Champions League.
Arsenal were founded in south-east London in 1886, but moved to their current home ground, the Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, in 1913. In August 2006 the club will move to the new 60,000-seat Emirates Stadium in nearby Ashburton Grove. Arsenal have a long-standing and fierce rivalry with Tottenham Hotspur, from nearby Tottenham, whom they play in the North London derby.
Manchester United Football Club is an English football club, based at Old Trafford Football Ground located just outside of the city boundaries of Manchester, Lancashire. The club is one of the most successful clubs in England, having won the FA Premier League/Football League fifteen times, FA Cup eleven times and the European Cup twice. The club has had the highest average attendance in English football for the majority of the past fifty seasons.
The club did not see great success again until the 1990s and early 2000s, when Sir Alex Ferguson guided it to eight league championships in eleven years, most recently in the 2002-3 season. In 1999, Manchester United became the only team to win the FA Premier League, the FA Cup and the European Cup in the same season. The club had been run as a Public Limited Company since 1991, and an attempted takeover by Rupert Murdoch had been blocked by the British Government in 1999, but in 2005 Malcolm Glazer completed a hostile takeover of the club, despite considerable protests from many of United supporters.
Liverpool Football Club (usually known simply as Liverpool) is an English football club based in Liverpool, Merseyside; the current champions of Europe, they are also statistically the most successful English football team to date. Since being founded in 1892, Liverpool is the only English team to have won the Champions League five times. The club also has 18 Football League titles to its name, as well as being the English club to have won the most number of UEFA Cups, European Supercups and English League Cups. Despite having won the most number of Football League titles, the club have yet to win the FA Premier League since its first season in 1992/3. The club's home ground is the 45,362 capacity Anfield stadium, which is about three miles from the centre of Liverpool.
The club was present at two of the biggest tragedies in European football — at Heysel in 1985 and Hillsborough in 1989. After Heysel, English clubs were withdrawn from European competition for a period of five years, six in the case of Liverpool.
Liverpool Football Club is not to be confused with Liverpool (Rugby) Football Club which was formed in 1858 and is now known as Liverpool St. Helens.
Real Madrid is a football club ranked as 'The 20th Century's Best Club' by FIFA. Their home stadium is the Santiago Bernabéu in Chamartín, Madrid. It has a capacity of 80,354 spectators. Real Madrid have won a record 9 European Cups, 2 UEFA Cups, 29 La Liga titles, and 17 Copas del Rey. They also have a reserve team, Real Madrid Castilla, and a very successful basketball team, Real Madrid-Teka.
The club has acquired a number of nicknames. Among the earliest were los merengues, after a white sweet, and los blancos. Both simply referred to the club's legendary all-white strip. In the 1970s the nickname los vikingos became more popular, especially among the Ultras Sur. This nickname apparently refers to the club's decision to sign a number of players from northern Europe after the restrictions on using foreign players were lifted. More recently the media dubbed the club los galácticos, referring to club decision to sign star players. This name is unpopular among fans of the club.
Associazione Calcio Milan is an Italian football club. Based in Milan, Lombardy, they play in red-and-black stripes and black shorts ( the same as Bohemian F.C. ), giving them the nickname rossoneri ("red-blacks"). One of the most successful clubs in the world, they have won the prestigious European Cup 6 times (second only to Real Madrid), Serie A 17 times (only rivals Juventus have more Scudetti) and Coppa Italia five times. It is also one of the most supported football clubs in the world.
Historically, AC Milan (usually referred to as "Mìlan" in Italy) was supported by the city's working classes and trade unionists, while Inter was mainly supported by the more prosperous. However, in recent years, the clubs have seen a significant reversal in supporter bases, since Milan is now owned by media magnate and current conservative Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi, while Inter is now owned by a centre-left oil businessman, Massimo Moratti.
Philips Sport Vereniging (English: Philips Sports Union), widely known either as PSV or PSV Eindhoven, is a sports club from Eindhoven, the Netherlands. It is best known for its professional football section.PSV is one of the three 'big' football clubs of the Netherlands, the other two being Ajax Amsterdam and Feyenoord Rotterdam. The club won the European Cup, the predecessor of today's Champions League, in 1988 and is a regular competitor in the current European Champions' League. They are often nicknamed Boeren (Dutch for 'Farmers') in reference to their provincial city origins.
PSV has evolved into a fully professional football club. Its home in Eindhoven is the Philips Stadion with a modest capacity of 36,500 spectators which is fully-seated. It was, however, the stadium where many European Cup final matches were played, and more recently was one of the Dutch venues for the Euro 2000 competition held jointly by the Netherlands and Belgium. It was built at the same time as the inauguration of the club, although its current capacity was only achieved by various modernisation programmes throughout its glorious history. The average attendance in 2004/05 was 31,700 people.
Bayern Munich or FC Bayern München is a German football club based in Munich, the capital of the state of Bavaria.
With 2 Intercontinental Cups, 4 European Champion's League titles, 19 national championships, and 12 German Cups, Bayern Munich is Germany's foremost football club. Bayern is a membership based club and with more than 100,000 members, the second largest in the world after FC Barcelona.
Bayern was founded in 1900 by some disgruntled members of a Munich gymnastics club. They wanted a club more devoted to the up-and-coming game that football then was in Germany. Franz John from Berlin became the first President, followed by the Dutchman Dr Willem Hesselink who also was team captain and coach. Bayern soon was a major factor on the local scene, but failed to make any major impact beyond although in 1910 Max Gablonskly debuted as the first Bayern player in the national team
Beginning with the 2005-06 season, Bayern moved from the Olympic Stadium to the new Allianz Arena, which the club owns jointly with TSV 1860. Thus far Bayern has won all their matches there, and also the fans haved received it well; almost all home matches were sold out.
The team has dominated the league in the 1st half of the season as never before in its history and also qualified for the semi-finals of the German cup and Champions League's last 16.
FC Barcelona is a polideportivo in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, Founded in 1899 by a group of Swiss, British and Catalan footballers led by Joan Gamper. Its motto is El Barça és més que un club (Barça is more than a club). Its main stadium is the Nou Estadi del Futbol Club Barcelona, popularly known as the Camp Nou.
FC Barcelona is very much more than a football club. It is perhaps the best example of a polideportivo. Although best known for its La Liga football team and its reserve football team FC Barcelona B, the club also incorporates other professional sports teams, having expanded into basketball, handball, roller hockey and American football. The teams involved in these sports are subsidised by the football section and wear the same colours. These include Winterthur FCB, FC Barcelona-Cifec and the now defunct FC Barcelona Dragons.
The rivalry between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid is legendary. From the start the clubs were seen as representatives of the two rival regions of Spain, Catalonia and Castile, as well as the two cities themselves. However the rivalry reached a new level during the Franco years when Real Madrid was considered to be the "regime team" while FC Barcelona was regarded as the team of the opposition.
Juventus Football Club (Latin for Youth, pronounced /ju.ˈvɛn.tus/) is one of Italy's oldest and most renowned football clubs. Based in Turin, the club competes in Serie A.
With 11 official international titles in team honours (second in Europe), Juve is the 3rd best club in All-time ranking of the UEFA's European Tournaments and 4th in All-time ranking of the UEFA Champions League. It is widely regarded as one of the most supported and successful football clubs in the world.
From 1931, the club collected the record of five consecutive Italian league championships (Italian scudetto). In 1933, they began playing at the Stadio Municipale 'Benito Mussolini' (later renamed Stadio Comunale). Post-war the club was very successful domestically, winning its tenth championship in 1961, but did not win any European titles until 1977 with the UEFA Cup.
The height of European success was not reached until 1985, when they won the European Champions Cup, but this success was largely overshadowed by the Heysel disaster that had occurred during the final between Juventus and Liverpool. Juventus repeated the success by winning the Champions League for a second time in 1996 in a penalty shootout, and have not won it again since, the closest chance being when they lost to A.C. Milan in the 2003 final due to losing in a penalty shootout.
Juventus also won the Cup Winners' Cup in 1984 and two more UEFA Cup titles (1990, 1993). However, in 1999, due to their poor domestic season, they were forced into the ignominy of entering the UEFA Intertoto Cup in order to qualify for Europe. They have won 29 Italian titles and nine Coppa Italias to date, both national records. The club is also one of only three to have won all Three Major European trophies. (the other two been; Ajax, and Bayern Munich)
Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax (Euronext: AJAX) also referred to as Ajax Amsterdam, AFC Ajax, or simply Ajax (pronounced Ah-yahx), is a football club from Amsterdam, Netherlands. The club is historically one of the top-10 football clubs in the world, and one of the three clubs that dominate Dutch football, the other two being Feyenoord Rotterdam and PSV Eindhoven. Ajax is one of only four clubs to have won all three major European trophies at least once (the European Champions Cup, the European Cup Winners Cup and the UEFA Cup). They were the first team to win what has become the UEFA Intertoto Cup. Ajax has also expanded its talent searching program to South Africa and the United States with Ajax Cape Town and Ajax Orlando respectively
The club was founded in Amsterdam on March 18, 1900 by Floris Stempel, Carel Reeser and the brothers Han and Johan Dade.
Ajax dominated European club football during the early 1970's by winning the European Champion Club's Cup in 1971, 1972 and 1973. The success had two main causes: the highly disciplined coaching by Rinus Michels and the genius of Johan Cruijff. From the 1960's onwards Ajax had developed the concept of total football, ending the traditional division of labour between defenders, midfielders and attackers. All players were to participate in all aspects of the game, in an organization that would fill gaps when a player moved to a different position.
The club is also famous for its excellent youth program and has introduced a many great footballers - Cruijff being the best example. Its satellite club is the Ajax Cape Town of South Africa from where youth players have been drafted into the Eredivisie squad, such as Steven Pienaar and Aaron Mokoena. In 1995, the year that they won the UEFA Champions League, Ajax was the team that could best represent the Dutch national team in all departments, with goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, players such as Michael Reiziger, Frank de Boer and Danny Blind in defense, Ronald de Boer, Edgar Davids and Clarence Seedorf in midfield, and Patrick Kluivert and Marc Overmars in attack. The team was coached by Louis van Gaal, and also featured foreign stars such as Jari Litmanen, Nwankwo Kanu and Finidi George. Its current successes are mostly domestic, notwithstanding some minor successes in the 2002-03 Champions League. Its youth team continues to develop fairly talented individuals like Rafael van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder, Nigel de Jong, Johnny Heitinga, Hedwiges Maduro and Ryan Babel who regularly represent their nation.