American Solution FC: World Club's Facts & Links

Tuesday, December 25
Glasgow Celtic, Scottish Premier League Champions 2012, Into Last 16 in Europe.
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 Glasgow Celtic,
Scottish football club based in the Parkhead area of Glasgow, which currently plays in the Scottish Premier League.  Celtic's home stadium is Celtic Park, the biggest football stadium in Scotland, with a capacity of 60,832. Together with their Glasgow rivals, Rangers, they form the Old Firm, one of the most famous and fierce rivalries in sport. The club's traditional playing colours are green and white hooped shirts with white shorts and white socks.           
                            Celtic were formally founded in St. Mary's Church Hall on East Rose Street what would be Forbes now, by Brother Walfrid, an Irish Marist brother, in November 1887. Brother Walfrid's move to establish the club as a means of fund raising for his charity, The Poor Children's Dinner Table, was largely inspired by the example of Hibernian who were formed out of the immigrant Irish population thirteen years earlier in Edinburgh, with 7 of Celtic's first eleven players signing from Hibs. Walfrid's own suggestion of the name Celtic was intended to reflect the club's Irish and Scottish origins, and was adopted at the same meeting.
The club's official nickname is The Bhoys. The term "Boys" was used for most football teams of Glasgow at the time, most probably in reference to the local, sectarian, youth gangs prevalent in Glasgow at the time, the (Catholic, Irish) Timalloys and the (Protestant, Loyalist) Billyboys.
                     May 28 1888, Celtic played their first official match against Rangers and won 5–2. During their formative years, Celtic played in a white shirt with a green collar and a red Celtic cross on the breast, then switched to green and white vertical stripes around 1890. They made the switch to their green and white hoops in 1903.
                     Celtic's traditional rivals are Rangers; collectively, the two clubs are known as the Old Firm. The two have dominated Scottish football's history; between them, they have won the Scottish league championship 96 times since its inception in 1890 - all other clubs combined have won 19 championships. The two clubs are also by far the most supported in Scotland, with Celtic having the third highest home attendance in the UK. Celtic have a historic association with the people of Ireland and Scots of Irish descent, who are both mainly Catholic.
                      In 1967, Celtic became the first British team, and only Scottish team, to win the European Cup. The players, subsequently known as the Lisbon Lions, were all born within a 30-mile radius of Parkhead. Celtic won every competition they entered that season: the Scottish League Championship, the Scottish Cup, the Scottish League Cup, the European Cup and the Glasgow Cup. Celtic also reached the 1970 European Cup Final, but were beaten by Feyenoord. Celtic won nine straight Scottish League titles from 1966 to 1974, establishing a world record which was not equaled until 1997.
                      In 2003, Celtic reached the UEFA Cup Final, where they lost 3-2 to FC Porto. An estimated 80,000 Celtic supporters traveled to Seville for the occasion. Celtic fans received awards from UEFA and FIFA for their behavior at the match. In April 2003 the club was estimated to have a fan base of nine million people, including one million in North America
                   One of the World's most supported teams, estimated 9 million fans worldwide. Holders of 42 Scottish League titles, 34 Scottish cups, and one European Cup in 1967 (Lisbon Lions). Fans sing their beloved "You'll Never Walk Alone" song while 'The Bhoys' are in full form.
Swedish footballer Henrik Larsson is one of Celtic's most beloved players of All-time.


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Henrik 'The Great' Larsson

Tuesday, December 25
Manchester United land Robin Van Persie, looking for hardware in 2013.
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Eric Cantona, United Legend
Manchester United. Manchester United was formed in 1878 as Newton Heath LYR Football Club by the Carriage and Wagon department of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway depot at Newton Heath. The team initially played games against other departments and rail companies, but in November 1880, they competed in their first recorded match, wearing the colors of the railway company – green and gold – they were defeated 6–0 by Bolton Wanderers' reserve team. By 1888, the club had become a founding member of The Combination, a regional football league. However, following the league's dissolution after just one season, Newton Heath joined the newly formed Football Alliance, which ran for three seasons before being merged with the Football League. This resulted in the club starting the 1892–93 season in the First Division, by which time it had become independent of the rail company and dropped the "LYR" from its name.
                      The club crest is derived from the Manchester City Council coat of arms, although all that remains of it on the current crest is the ship in full sail. The devil stems from the club's nickname "The Red Devils". Newton Heath initially played on a field on North Road, close to the railway yard, the original capacity was about 12,000. In June 1893, after the club was evicted from North Road by its owners, Manchester Deans and Canons, who felt it was inappropriate for the club to charge an entry fee to the ground, secretary A. H. Albut procured the use of the Bank Street ground in Clayton. It initially had no stands, by the start of the 1893–94 season, two had been built, one spanning the full length of the pitch on one side and the other behind the goal at the "Bradford end". At the opposite end, the "Clayton end", the ground had been "built up, thousands thus being provided for". in February 1909, six weeks before the club's first FA Cup title, Old Trafford was named as the home of Manchester United, following the purchase of land. Original plans called for seating capacity of 100,000, though budget constraints forced a revision to 77,000.
                        Bombing in the Second World War destroyed much of the stadium, the central tunnel in the South Stand was all that remained of that quarter. After the war, the club received compensation from the War Damage Commission. While reconstruction took place, the team played its "home" games at Manchester City's Maine Road ground.
                        Manchester United is reputed to be the most popular football club in the world, with the highest average home attendance in Europe. The club's worldwide fan base includes more than 200 officially recognized branches of the Manchester United Supporters Club (MUSC), in at least 24 countries. Manchester United has rivalries with three clubs. Leeds United, Liverpool and Manchester City, against whom they contest the Manchester derby. The rivalry with Liverpool is rooted in competition between the cities during the Industrial Revolution when Manchester was famous for its textile industry while Liverpool was a major port. The "Roses Rivalry" with Leeds stems from the Wars of the Roses, fought between the House of Lancaster and the House of York, with Manchester United representing Lancashire and Leeds representing Yorkshire.
                    United have 19 English League Titles, just wrapping up the last in the 2011 campaign. In 2004, the Red Devils won their 11th FA Cup. The European Cup has been won in 1968, 1999, and 2008. Manchester United is one of the wealthiest and most widely supported football teams in the world. The club is said to be worth £1.13 billion, making it the most valuable football club in the world. After being floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1991, the club was purchased by Malcolm Glazer, who also owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In May 2005 Glazer's deal valued the club at almost £800 million.


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Rooney!!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 25
Liverpool Football Club, New Manager Brendan Rogers takes charge.
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"All Round The Fields of Anfield Road"
Liverpool was founded in 1892 over a dipute between Everton FC and the land owner of Anfield John Houlding. Anfield is the home ground, and has always been. Houlding was going to name his team Everton Athletic, but the FA would not allow it..., and Liverpool FC commenced. Nicknamed 'The Reds' since they went all red in 1964 when then manager Bill Shankly dropped the white shorts and went all red. Long standing rivals with Manchester United and Everton(Merseyside Derby). Supporters are named 'Kopites', named after the back section of the stadium Kop. Liverpool fans were involved in two major tragedies. The Heysel Stadium disaster in 1985 where 39 Juventus supporters were killed when a wall collapsed. And the Hillsborough Disaster at the beginning of a FA Cup tie with Nottingham Forest where 96 fans were crushed on a perimeter fence after too many fans were allowed in the designated Liverpool side. Liverpool was the most successful English Club of the 20th Century. The 1983 side was the first to win three major titles in the same year(treble). English League Champions 18 times, the last coming in 1990. FA & League Cup winners 7 times each. European Champions in 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984 & 2005. UEFA Cup & Super Cup three times each. "You'll never walk alone" is the fans most cherished song at games.


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Dirk Kuyt Dutch International

Tuesday, December 25
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi breaks All-Time Goal scoring mark in 2012 calender year.
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 Sports Notice: Our friend and companion Hans Gamper... former Swiss football champion, being keen on organizing some football games in the city asks anyone who feels enthusiastic enough about the sport to present themselves at the office of this newspaper any Tuesday or Friday evening between the hours of 9 and 11pm. This advertisement in the local Barcelona paper Los Deportes on November 22, 1899 would start one of the greatest football clubs in the world.
                       FC Barcelona is a Spanish professional football club, based in Barcelona, Spain. They play in La Liga, and is one of the only three clubs to have never been relegated, along with Athletic Bilbao and rival Real Madrid. Founded as Foot-Ball Club Barcelona in 1899 by a group of Swiss, English, and Spanish footballers the club has become a symbol of Catalan culture and Catalanism, hence the motto "Més que un club" ( More than a club). The official Barça anthem is the "Cant del Barça". Unlike many other football clubs, the supporters own and operate Barcelona. It is the world's second richest football club in terms of revenue, with an annual turn-over of €398 million. The club holds a long-standing rivalry with Real Madrid, and matches between the two teams are referred to as "El Clásico".
                      FC Barcelona is the second most successful club in Spanish football in terms of overall trophies, having won twenty-one La Liga titles, a record twenty-five Spanish Cups, nine Spanish Super Cups, and two League Cups. It is also one of most successful clubs in European football, having won ten UEFA competitions. It is the only European club to have played continental football every season since 1955. In 2009, Barcelona became the first club in Spain to win the treble consisting of La Liga, Copa del Rey, and the Champions League. That same year, it also became the first football club ever to win six out of six competitions in a single year, thus completing the sextuple, comprising the treble and the Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. 
                      Barcelona holds the record for most Copa del Rey titles (25) and for the most Spanish Supercups with 9 titles.Barcelona's highest home attendance was 120,000, for a European Cup quarter-final against Juventus on 3 March 1986. The modernization of Camp Nou during the 1990s and the introduction of all-seater stands means the record will not be broken in the future as the current legal capacity of the stadium is 98,772.
Xavi presently holds the team records for number of total games played (555) and La Liga appearances (369). FC Barcelona's all-time highest goalscorer in all competitions is Paulino Alcántara with 357 goals.The record league scorer is César Rodríguez , who scored 195 goals in La Liga between 1942 and 1955. That record is likely to be broken soon as the current leading league scorer Lionel Messi has scored 119 goals. FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi is their best player and a few may argue the best in the world. 2011 Winners of the UEFA Champions League with a 3-1 victory over Manchester United at Wembley Stadium, London.


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Thursday, June 2
Real Madrid win 2012 Spainish League with Record 101pts.
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Cristiano Ronaldo
Royal Madrid Football Club,  known as Real Madrid, is a professional football club based in Madrid, Spain. It is the most successful club in Spanish football and was voted by FIFA as the most successful football club of the 20th century, having won a record 31 La Liga titles, 18 Spanish "Copa del Rey" Cups, 8 Spanish Super Cups, a record 9 UEFA Champions Leagues, 2 UEFA Cups, 1 UEFA Supercup, and 3 Intercontinental Cups. Real Madrid was a founding member of FIFA. The word "Real" in the club's name is the Spanish term for "royal", and was given by the King Alfonso XIII in 1920 together with the royal crown in the emblem. Several other Spanish football teams also received this royal distinction Real Sociedad, Real Unión de Irún, Real Betis, and Real Zaragoza.
                             Founded in 1902, Real Madrid has never been relegated from La Liga. The club established itself as a major force in both Spanish and European football during the 1950s. In the 1980s, the club had one of the best teams in Spain and Europe, winning two UEFA Cups, five consecutive Spanish championships, one Spanish Cup and three Spanish Super Cups.
                           The team's traditional home kit color is white, although it originally adopted a blue oblique stripe on the shirt. Real Madrid's home ground is the 80,354 seat Santiago Bernabéu football stadium in downtown Madrid, where it has played since 1947. Real Madrid holds long-standing rivalries with other football clubs, most notably FC Barcelona, with matches between the two teams referred to as "el Clásico". Unlike most European football clubs, Real Madrid's members have owned and operated the club since its inception. The club is the world's richest football club  in terms of revenue.
                          Raul holds the record for most Real Madrid appearances, having played 741 first-team matches from 1994 to 2010. Raúl is Real's all-time top goal scorer, with 323 goals. Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo holds the record for the most league goals scored in one season with 40 in 2010–11. In June 2009, the club broke its own record for the highest transfer fee ever paid in the history of football by agreeing to pay Manchester United $131.5 million,  for the services of Cristiano Ronaldo. The fee of over $100 million for Zinedine Zidane's transfer from Juventus to Real Madrid in 2001 was the previous highest transfer fee ever paid.


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Tuesday, December 25
Manchester City Win English Premiership 2012, First League Title since 1968. Out of Europe Again!
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Manchester City, founded 1880 as St. Mark's (West Gorton). Changed name in 1887 to Ardwick Assoc. FC, finally Manchester City in 1894. Club Honours include English League Champions twice 1937 & 1968. Winners of the FA Cup (4) 1904, 1934, 19...56, 1969. Also Lost FA Cup final on four occassions. League Cup titles in 1970 & 1976. 1970 European Cup Winners Cup for only non-domestic title. Played games in East Manchester's Maine Road from 1923-2003. 2003 moved to their current site the 'City of Manchester Stadium'. Currently, Saudi ownership are spending loads of money in a effort to put Manchester City tops in English Football.


Tuesday, December 25
West Ham Relagated from 2011/12 Premiership. Right back up for 2012/13!!
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Blowing Bubbles from his Nose
West Ham United, England. Founded in 1895 as Thames Ironworks featuring a number of Ironworks employees. Reformed in 1900 as West Ham United. Played in various leagues until joining the Football League in 1919. Ironworks played at Memorial Park in Plaiston before th...e name change and moved to their current location of Upton Park in 1904. Their first game at Upton Park was with their fiece rivals Millwall, who was also a Ironworks team of a rival company. The team crest is a pair of rivet hammers used by ironworkers, the castle represents the 'Green Street House' or 'Boleyn Castle'. Team colors used to be a dark blue before a wager game with Aston Villa, Villa thought there was no way they would lose and did. Payment ended up being a full set of Villa uniforms that West Ham embraced and became their permanent colors. West Ham have never won the top tier in English Football, but have won the FA Cup in 1964, 1975, and 1980. In 1965, won the European Cup Winners Cup, and 1999 won UEFA Intertoto Cup. One of England's best supported clubs. Fans sing their favorite song "I'm forever Blowing Bubbles" when the Hammers are doing well on the pitch.


Tuesday, December 25
Rangers enter Adminstration and are dropped to Scottish 3rd Division. Big Debts!
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Glasgow Rangers, Scotland. Play at Ibrox Stadium in SW Glasgow, protestant following, and have been knocking the ball since 1872 at the lengendary Glasgow Green. Celtic-Rangers Old Firm since 1888, Rangers came first in 1873 and are Scotland's top championed club. 53 League (World Record), 26 League Cup, and 33 Scottish Cups in the trophy room.
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Heart of Midlothian
Hearts are a Scottish football club from Edinburgh who currently play in the Scottish Premier League. They are one of the two principal clubs in the city, with the other being Hibernian. Hearts were founded around 1874. A number of alternative explanations of the club's name exist. One suggests that Hearts are named after a popular local dance hall. The story goes that around 40 youths who often attended the dance hall bought a football and founded the football club, at the encouragement of a policeman who teased them about their dancing. Another explanation is that the club is named after the Heart of Midlothian jail, around which boys played football in the street. 
              Hearts moved to their current Tynecastle site in 1886. Hearts' traditional rivals are Hibernian. The Edinburgh derby is one of the oldest sporting rivalries in world football. Hearts have won the Scottish League 4 times latest coming in 1960, 7 time Scottish Cup winners (2006), and 4 League Cup titles.
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Hibernian
Hibernian were founded in 1875 by Irish immigrants. The Irish heritage of Hibernian is still reflected, in its name, colors and badge. Home matches are played at the Easter Road stadium, which the club have played at since 1893, when the club also joined the Scottish Football League.
                       Hibernian have won the Scottish league championship four times, most recently in 1952. Three of those four championships were won between 1948 and 1952, when the club had the services of The Famous Five, a notable forward line.  Hearts are their Derby Rival of Edinburgh.
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Dundee United, Scottish Premier League club formed in 1909. Originally known as Dundee Hibernian and changed to United in 1923. Dundee FC is their derby rival and they play in Dens Park. United's home groung is Tannadice Park, which is located 170 yards away from Dens, making them the closest senior football stadiums in the world. In 1983, Dundee United won their only Scottish League Championship, won Scottish League Cups in 1980 & 1981. Scottish Cup winners in 1994 and 2010. Lost the UEFA Cup final in 1987 to IFK Gothenburg, and were European Cup Semi-Finalist in 1984 for their best finish in the competition.


Tuesday, May 31
AC Milan win Serie A Championship 2011.
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    AC Milan , professional Italian football club based in Milan. It was founded in 1899. The club has spent most of its history in Serie A, the top-flight of Italian football, having played only two seasons in Serie B in the early 1980s. Milan has won 18 officially recognized UEFA and FIFA international titles, and remains tied with Boca Juniors as having won the most in the world. Milan has won four world titles, more than any other club in the world, having won the Intercontinental Cup three times and the FIFA Club World Cup once. Milan has won the European Cup/Champions League on seven occasions, only Real Madrid has exceeded this total. The club has also won the UEFA Super Cup a record five times and the Cup Winners' Cup twice. Domestically, Milan has won 19 league titles the last coming this past season. Making the club the second most successful in Serie A. Milan's home games are played at San Siro. The stadium, which is shared with Inter, is the largest in Italian football, with a total capacity of 80,074. The owner of the club is Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi.  Milan is one of the wealthiest clubs in Italian and world football. Throughout the entire history of the club, it has been represented by the colors red and black. Due to Milan's striped red and black shirts, the club has gained the nickname rossoneri. White shorts and black socks are worn as part of the home strip. Milan's away strip has always been completely white.
                        Milan is one of the most supported football clubs in Italy.  Historically, Milan was supported by the city's working-class. Cross town rivals Internazionale were mainly supported by the more prosperous and typically Milanese middle-class. Genoa fans consider Milan a hated rival after Genoa fan was tragically stabbed to death by a Milan supporter in January 1995. However, Milan's main rivalry is with neighbor club Internazionale.

 

Juventus

Juventus is a professional Italian football club based in Turin. The club is the third oldest of its kind in the country and has spent its entire history, with the exception of the 2006–07 season, in the top flight First Division (known as Serie A since 1929). Founded in 1897, as Sport Club Juventus by Turin youths and linked to the industrial Agnelli family since 1923, the club has become a symbol of Italian culture. May 2006, Juventus became one of the five clubs linked to a Serie A match fixing scandal, the result of which saw the club relegated to Serie B for the first time in its history. Juventus have played in black and white striped shirts, with white shorts, sometimes black shorts since 1903.
                      Juventus are the best supported football club in Italy, with over 12 million fans. Juventus have significant rivalries with two clubs. Their traditional rivals are intercity club Torino F.C. and matches between the two side are known as the Derby della Mole (Derby of Turin). The rivalry dates back to 1906 as Torino was founded by break-away Juventus players and staff. Their most high-profile rivalry is with Internazionale, another big Serie A club located in Milan. Overall, Juventus are the club that has contributed the most players to the Italian national team in history, they are the only Italian club that has contributed players to every Italian national team since the 2nd FIFA World Cup. With 27 Serie A titles, 9 Italian Cups , and 2 European cups, Juventus is one of the top clubs in the world. Club player Alessandro Del Piero is Juventus FC All-Time leading scorer.

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 Roma, Top tier Serie A Italian Club founded in 1927 by a merger between 3 Rome club teams. Champions League regular. Lost 1983 European Cup Final to Liverpool. Italian League champs 3 times, and Coppa Italia Champs 9 times. Play in the Olympic Stadium in Rome sharing dates with Roman derby club Lazio. 
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  Football Club Internazionale Milano, is a professional Italian football club based in Milan, Italy. The club was founded on March 9, 1908. A group of Italians and Swiss were unhappy about the domination of Italians in the AC Milan team, and broke away from them, leading to the creation of Internazionale. From the beginning, the club was open to foreign players and thus lived up to its founding name.
Inter have several rivalries, two of which are highly significant in Italian football. They participate in the inter-city Derby della Madonnina with AC Milan, the rivalry has existed ever since Inter splintered off from Milan in 1908. The name of the derby refers to the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose statue atop the Milan Cathedral is one of the city's main attractions. The match usually creates a lively atmosphere, with numerous banners unfolded before the match. Flares are commonly present. The other most significant rivalry is with Juventus.
Internazionale have never been relegated from the Italian top flight in their entire history, From 2006 to 2010 the club won five successive league titles, equalling the all-time record. Inter are the reigning European and World Club Cup champions 2010.
Wearing black and blue stripes, Inter have played in Serie A since 1908. The club has won 29 domestic trophies, including the league eighteen times, the Coppa Italia six and the Supercoppa Italiana five. Inter play in the San Siro stadium who they share dates with AC Milan.
Inter have won three European Cups; two back-to-back in 1964 and 1965 and then another in 2010. The last completed an unprecedented Italian treble with the Coppa Italia and the Scudetto(League). The club has also won three UEFA Cups, two Intercontinental Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup.


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2010 World Club Champs!

Tuesday, May 31
Borussia Dortmund run away with 2011 Title. Bayern to play Chelsea in UEFA Final for 2012.
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 Borussia (BVB) Dortmund is a German sports club based in Dortmund, and is one of the most successful clubs in German football. The club plays its games in Signal Iduna Park which holds 80,000. With seven German football championships and two German Cup victories, Dortmund won the Cup Winners' Cup in 1966 (first German team to win a European title) and the UEFA Champions League in 1997.
                     The club was founded in December 1909 by a group of young men unhappy with church-sponsored Trinity Youth, where they played football under the stern and unsympathetic eye of the local parish priest. The name Borussia is Latin for Prussia and was taken from the nearby Borussia brewery. In 1913, they donned the black and yellow stripes so familiar today.
                     Over the next decades the club enjoyed only modest success playing in local leagues. The 30s saw the rise of the Third Reich which restructured sports and football organizations throughout the nation to suit the regime's goals. Borussia's president was replaced when he refused to join the Nazi party, and a couple of members who used the club's offices to produce anti-Nazi pamphlets were executed in the last days of the war.
                    In 1962, the DFB met in Dortmund and voted to finally establish a professional football league in Germany to begin play in August 1963 as the Bundesliga. Borussia earned its place by winning the last pre-Bundesliga championship. In 1965, Dortmund captured its first German Cup. They had a mixed result the next year when they won the European Cup Winners Cup.
                   In 1993 the club made it to the UEFA Cup final, which they lost 1–6 on aggregate to Juventus. In spite of this result, Borussia walked away with DM25 million under the prize money code. Dortmund was able to sign players who later brought them a numerous honors later in the 1990s. They won Bundesliga championships in 1995 and 1996. In a memorable 1997 UEFA Champions League Final in Munich, Dortmund faced  Juventus. Borussia lifted the trophy with a 3–1 victory. Dortmund then went on to beat Brazilian club Cruzeiro 2–0 in the 1997 Intercontinental Cup Final.
                            At the turn of the millennium, Borussia Dortmund became the first and so far the only publicly traded club on the German stock market. The club had a remarkable run in the 2011 season securing the title with two games remaining on the schedule for their fourth league title.
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Bayern is a German sports club based in Munich, Bavaria. FC Bayern Munich was founded by members of a Munich gymnastics club. When a congregation of members of MTV 1879 decided on 27 February 1900 that the footballers of the club would not be allowed to join the German Football Association, eleven members of the football division left the congregation and on the same evening founded Fußball-Club Bayern München.
Bayern played its first training games at the Schyrenplatz in the center of Munich. The first official games were held on the Theresienwiese. In 1901 Bayern moved to its first own field, which was located in Schwabing at the Clemensstraße. As the crowds gathering for Bayern's home games increased at the beginning of the 1920s, Bayern had to switch to various premises in Munich. For the Olympic Games of 1972 the city of Munich built the Olympic Stadium. That is where Bayern played for the next 33 years. Currently as of 2005 Bayern play games in the Allianz Arena.
Bayern is one of three professional football clubs in Munich. Bayern's main local rival is TSV 1860 Munich, who were the more successful club in the 1960s, winning a cup and a championship. Bayern have been German Champions on 22 occasions with the latest coming in 2010. Also, 4 time European Cup winners the last coming in 2001.


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Tuesday, May 31
Chelsea 2012 Kings of Europe. Spurs to Europa League.
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Chelsea Football Club. West London club founded in 1905. Stamford Bridge has always been their home ground, the stadium is actually in Fulham. Chelsea's traditional fanbase comes from the working class of West London. Bought by Russian oil ...tycoon Roman Abramovich in 2003, 'The Blues' spend loads of money on top players. Midfielder Frank Lampard makes the most in all of English Football. Chelsea's struggles to win titles finally happened in 1955, winning the League. Recently, back-to-back league titles in 2005 & 2006, and are the current holders winning the 2010 Premiership. FA Cup winners 6 times, current holders on that also 2009 & 2010. League Cup 4 times and UEFA Champions League Runner-up in 2008. 1971 & 1998 UEFA Cup winners Cups and UEFA Super Cup in 1998.

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Arsenal, England. Top Flight English club based in north London. Founded in 1886 by a Arsenal munitions worker and were first known as 'Dial Square'. In 1891, the club put a some money together and renamed the side 'Woolwich Arsenal'. In 1913, the club moved... to the Highbury district to be closer to the underground(trains). That move is when the team became just Arsenal. Club honours include 13 English League titles, 10 FA Cups, and in 1994 won the Cup Winners Cup of Europe. Currently play games in the state of the art Emirates Stadium completed in 2006. Nicknamed 'The Gunners'.

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The club was formed in 1882, as Hotspur F.C., and played in the Southern League until 1908, when they were elected into the Football League Second Division. Referred to as Spurs, are an English Premier League association football club based in Tottenham, North London
Tottenham played their first matches at Tottenham Marshes on the available public pitches and remained there for six years. It was at this ground that Spurs first played arch rivals Arsenal. Spurs were winning 2–1 until the match got called off due to poor light after the away team arrived late. There were occasions on which fights would break out on the marshes, in dispute of the teams that were allowed to use the best pitches. Crowds were increasing and a new site was needed to accommodate these supporters. In 1898 the club moved from the marshes to Northumberland Park. They only remained at this ground for a year as in April 1899 14,000 fans turned up to watch Spurs play Woolwich Arsenal. The ground was no longer able to cope with the larger crowds and Tottenham Hotspur were forced to move to a new larger site. They moved 100 yards down the road to their current ground. White Hart Lane was originally a disused nursery owned by the brewery Charringtons and located behind a public house. In 1905 Tottenham raised enough money to buy the freehold to the land and became the permanent owners of the ground. As the club grew new stands were added.
Tottenham won the FA Cup for the first time in 1901, making them the only non-League club to do so since the formation of the Football League. Tottenham were the first club in the 20th century to achieve the League and FA Cup Double, winning both competitions in the 1960–61 season. After successfully defending the FA Cup in 1962, in 1963 they became the first British club to win a UEFA club competition – the European Cup Winners' Cup. In 1967 they won the FA Cup for a third time in the 1960s. In the 1970s they won the League Cup on two occasions and were the inaugural winners of the UEFA Cup in 1972, becoming the first British club to win two different major European trophies. In the 1980s Spurs won several trophies: the FA Cup twice, FA Community Shield and the UEFA Cup in 1984. In the 1990s they won the FA Cup and the League Cup. When they won the League Cup once more in 2008, it meant that they had won a major trophy in each of the last six decades – an achievement only matched by Manchester United.
The club's Latin motto is Audere est Facere "To Dare Is to Do", and its emblem is a cockerel standing upon a football. The club has a long-standing rivalry with near neighbours Arsenal, and matches between the two teams are known as the North London derby.
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Aston Villa Football Club were formed in March 1874, by members of the Villa Cross Wesleyan Chapel in Handsworth which is now part of Birmingham. Aston Villa's first match was against the local Aston Brook St Mary's Rugby team. As a condition of the match, the Villa side had to agree to play the first half under rugby rules and the second half under football rules. Villa soon established themselves as one of the best teams in the Midlands, winning their first honour, the Birmingham Senior Cup in 1880.
Based in Aston, Birmingham. The club have played at their current home ground, Villa Park, since 1897. Villa Park is the most used stadium in FA Cup semi-final history, having hosted 55 semi-finals. Aston Villa were founder members of The Football League in 1888. They were also founder members of the Premier League in 1992, and have remained there ever since. In 2006, full control of the club was acquired by Randy Lerner, who also owns the Cleveland Browns.
They are one of the oldest and most successful football clubs in England, having won the First Division Championship seven times and the FA Cup seven times. Villa also won the 1981–82 European Cup, one of only four English clubs to win what is now the UEFA Champions League. Aston Villa has the fourth highest total of major honours won by an English club.
They have a fierce local rivalry with Birmingham City. The Second City derby between Aston Villa and Birmingham City has been played since 1879. The club's traditional kit colours are claret shirts with sky blue sleeves, white shorts and sky blue socks. Their traditional crest is of a rampant gold lion on a light blue background with the club's motto "Prepared" underneath; a modified version of this was adopted in 2007. Aston Villa have a large fanbase and draw support from all over the Midlands and beyond, with supporters clubs all across the world.
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Blackburn Rovers, English club founded in 1875 and was a founding member of the Football League in 1888. In 1890, Rovers moved into Ewood Park where they still play today. In 1992, many years removed from top league football Blackburn was back. Winning the P...remiership Championship in 1995. 2010 season marks Blackburn's 70th in England's top flight, 6-time FA Cup Champs the latest coming in 1928. Most recent honour is the 2002 League Cup winners.
 
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Fulham Football Club is a professional English Premier League club based in Fulham, in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. Fulham were formed in 1879 as Fulham St Andrew's Church Sunday School F.C., founded by worshipers at the Church of England on Star Road, West Kensington (St Andrew's, Fulham Fields). Fulham's mother church still stands today with a plaque commemorating the team's foundation. They play in the Premier League, their 10th current season 2010. Fulham is the oldest professional football team in London. They play at Craven Cottage, a ground on the banks of the River Thames in Fulham which has been their home since 1896. The club's training ground is located near Motspur Park, where Fulham's Academy is also situated
The club has spent twenty-four seasons in English football's top division, the majority of that in two spells during the 1960s and 2000s. The latter spell was associated with chairman Millionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed purchase of the club in summer 1997 after the club had climbed up from League Two in the 1990s. Fulham has never won a major honour, although they had reached two major finals. In 1975, as a Second Division team, they contested the FA Cup final for the only time in their history, losing 2–0 to West Ham United. Fulham reached the 2010 Europa League final, which they contested with Atlético Madrid in Hamburg, losing 2–1 after extra time. Fulham have twice qualified for European Competition, qualifying for the Intertoto Cup after their inaugural season in the Premier League, and the Europa League after their club-best seventh place finish in the 2008–09 Premier League season. Fulham have never lost at home in European competition, with a record of eleven wins and four draws. American Star Clint Dempsey is latest of Yanks to play at Fulham, one of England's more American player friendly clubs. Fulham's more hardcore fans are known to congregate at the back of the Hammersmith end, the traditional home end of Fulham fans, Chelsea is considered their biggest rivals for Fulham fans.

 



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US Midfielder moves to Spurs.

Tuesday, December 25
Ajax win 2012 Eredivise. Finish 3rd in Champions League Death Group, spot in Europa 2013.
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Arsenal's Dennis Bergkamp started at Ajax
AJAX, Holland.
Ajax is historically one of the most successful clubs in the world;, Ajax were the seventh most successful European club of the 20th century. The club is one of the five teams that has earned the right to keep the European Cup and to wear a multiple-winner badge; they won consecutively in 1971–1973. In 1972, they completed the European treble by winning the Dutch Eredivisie, KNVB Cup, and the European Cup. The club is historically one of the three clubs that dominate the Dutch national football league (Eredivisie), the others being PSV and Feyenoord. Ajax plays at the Amsterdam Arena which opened in 1996.                  
                       The club is also particularly famous for its renowned youth program that has produced many Dutch talents over the years – Johan Cruijff, Edwin van der Sar, Dennis Bergkamp, national team top scorer Patrick Kluivert, and former national team coach Marco van Basten. Dutch national first-team players Ryan Babel, Wesley Sneijder, Rafael van der Vaart, Maarten Stekelenburg, Eljero Elia, André Ooijer, John Heitinga and Nigel de Jong had also came through the ranks at Ajax and all are now playing for top-flight clubs. Ajax also regularly supplies the Dutch national youth teams with local talent.


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Ajax youth star Rafael Van Der Vaart

Tuesday, May 31
Serbia Top Clubs.
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Red Star
In February 1945, during World War II, a group of young people, members of the Serbian United Antifascist Youth League, decided to form a Youth Physical Culture Society, that was to become Red Star in March. The name Red Star was assigned to the club after a long discussion by the Sport Society.
Red Star is the only Serbian and ex-Yugoslav club to have become European and World Champions having won the 1991 European Cup and 1991 Intercontinental Cup. They are also the only Serbian club ever to win an international title. Red Star is the most popular football club in Serbia, with nearly half of the population supporting the club. Their main rivals are fellow Belgrade side, FK Partizan.
Red Star's home ground is Stadion Crvena Zvezda (Red Star Stadium). It has a capacity of 55,000 and is the largest stadium in Serbia. Supporters of the various Red Star sports teams are known as Delije A rough English translation might be "courageous and brave young men" or simply "The Heroes". In addition to their rivalries, Red Star has two friend clubs, Olympiacos of Greece and Spartak Moscow of Russia. The fans of the three teams have been dubbed "Orthodox Brothers". Red Star have won 25 National League Titles, and 23 National Cups. Both the most of any Serbian side.
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Partizan was founded on October 4, 1945, as part of the Yugoslav Sports Association, and was named after the Partisans, the communist military formation during the World War II in Yugoslavia. The club is still a member of the same sports association, which includes 25 clubs in different sports, as well as the Football Association of Serbia, but it has complete independence regarding organization, management, finances, material goods and facilities. The club was initially formed under the Yugoslav People's Army, and the stadium was named Stadion JNA (Stadium of Yugoslav People's Army). The club's stadium is now named Stadion FK Partizan. In the early 50s, the club became independent from the Army.
Partizan Football Club is a professional football club based in Belgrade, Serbia. In its long history, FK Partizan won as many as 36 trophies. The club is the holder of 22 national championships, 12 national cups and 1 national supercup, and has also won the Mitropa Cup in 1978. It holds records such as playing in the first European Champions' Cup match in 1955, becoming the first Eastern European club to play in the European Champions' Cup final in 1966, and becoming the first club from Serbia to take part in the UEFA Champions League group stages. It is a major part of the Sports Association Partizan. The FK Partizan is the second most popular football club in Serbia behind rivals Red Star Belgrade, with a third of the population supporting the club.
Partizan's supporters, Grobari (The Gravediggers), were formed in 1970. The nickname itself was given by their biggest rivals (Delije of Red Star Belgrade), referring to the club's mostly black colors which were similar to the official uniforms of cemetery undertakers.


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Thursday, June 2
Argentine Clubs play every year in a Fierce Rivalry.
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Boca Juniors, Argentina.
On April 3, 1905, five Italian boys met in order to found a club. The house where the meeting was arranged was Esteban Baglietto's and the other four people who attended were Alfredo Scarpatti, Santiago Sana and brothers Juan and Teodoro Farenga. After some hours of discussions Baglietto's father threw the boys out of the house and they had to continue with the project in the Plaza Solís, which is recognized today as the place where Boca Juniors was finally founded. The affiliation request sent by Boca to the Argentine Football Association was accepted.
                      A third level to Boca's stadium was added in 1953, giving the ground its nickname La Bombonera 'The Chocolate Box'. Three sides of the Bombonera are made up of traditional sloping stadium stands, but the fourth side had to be built vertically, with several seating areas stacked one on top of the other, to stay within the stadium's property. La Bombonera is renowned for vibrating when fans start to jump in rhythm; in particular, the unique vertical side will sway slightly, leading to the phrase, "the Bombonera does not tremble. It beats."
                      River Plate are Boca's main rival. Boca Juniors is traditionally regarded as the club of Argentina's working class, in contrast with the supposedly more upper-class base of cross-town arch rival River Plate.
                       Boca Juniors claims to be the club of "half plus one" of Argentina's population. The Boca-River Superclásico rivalry is one of the most thrilling derbies in the world. Diego Maradona's home club with special tradition. Carlos Tevez, former United and current City man played in Cleveland 2003 vs. Glasgow Celtic for Boca in a 1-0 loss at Browns Stadium.  
   Club Atlético River Plate is an Argentine sports club based in Buenos Aires. It is best known for its professional football team, which currently plays in the Argentine Primera División. River Plate is one of the most successful teams in Argentine football. They have won the Primera División a record 33 times, their last domestic title was the 2008 Clausura. The club was officially founded in 1901 and took its name from the common English name for the Río de la Plata. River has a fierce rivalry with Boca Juniors, also from Buenos Aires. Matches between them are known as Superclásico, and is amongst the most heated rivalries in the sport due to both teams' local and global popularity. River's home stadium is Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, known simply as "El Monumental", which is the largest stadium in the country.


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After a tough 1-0 loss in the big game

Thursday, June 2
Brazilian Club Teams.
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Early Days

Corithians 

Corithians-Brazil. Founded by labourers of Portuguese decent in 1910, Sau Paulo, Brazil. Actually named after a London based amatuer team who played friendlies in Brazil. Holders of 4 Brazil Serie A titles, and 3 Brazil Cups, 1st team to win the FIFA World Club Cup. Fans are known as the 'File', or loyal and faithful. The History of Sport Club Corinthians Paulista starts on September 1, 1910, when a group of laborers in the neighborhood of Bom Retiro decided to create their own club. Their idea was to found a football team in which anyone could display his abilities in the sport, since back then, in the beginning of the 20th century, football in Brazil was considered to be an elitist sport, played mainly by British descendants and people who worked for British companies.
The first order of business after deciding who would become the first club president was to declare that "Corinthians will be a team of the people, by the people and for the people," a claim in reference to the previous "elite"-only football culture in Brazil at the time. The claim stuck and is still used to this day with Corinthians being known as the "Time do Povo" or the "Team for the People". Corinthians is the second most popular club in Brazil in number of supporters, after Flamengo of Rio de Janeiro. Founded by labourers of Portuguese decent in 1910, Sau Paulo, Brazil. Actually named after a London based amatuer team who played friendlies in Brazil. Holders of 4 Brazil Serie A titles, and 3 Brazil Cups, 1st team to win the FIFA World Club Cup. Fans are known as the 'File', or loyal and faithful
Corinthians club championships:
FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2000
Campeonato Brasileiro Série A (4): 1990, 1998, 1999, 2005
Copa do Brasil (3): 1995, 2002, 2009
Supercopa do Brasil (1): 1991
Rio-São Paulo Tournament (5)
Campeonato Paulista (26)

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Flamengo
  Flamengo's football team—the most popular club in Brazil with an estimated 35 million supporters. Flamengo was founded on November 17, 1895 as a rowing club. The group used to gather at Café Lamas, in the Flamengo neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, and decided to form a rowing team. Rowing was the elite sport in Rio de Janeiro in the late 19th century and the youngsters hoped having their own club would make them popular with the young ladies of the city's high society. Flamengo only embraced football when a group of dissatisfied players from Fluminense Football Club broke away from the club following a dispute with the board.
Flamengo is one of the three clubs to have never been relegated or removed from the Brazilian First Division, the others being Cruzeiro and Internacional. Their biggest rivals are the other three top clubs from Rio de Janeiro: Fluminense, Botafogo and Vasco da Gama. Nowadays, Vasco da Gama are considered Flamengo's top rivals. Although the most historical rivalry is with Fluminense, dating from the beginning of football in the club, at 1912. Flamengo's home stadium is nominally the José Bastos Padilha Stadium (also known as Gávea Stadium), which was inaugurated on September 4, 1938 and has a capacity of 8,000 fans. Lately Gávea Stadium has been used only as the first team's training ground. Most games, however, are played in Maracanã Stadium, considered by the supporters as the real Flamengo's home ground. With 6 Brazil National titles the latest in 2009, 2 Brazil Cups (1990, 2006), and in 1981 winning the Copa Libertadores & Intercontinental Cup for one of their most successful years.



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Flamengo Cup Winners!

Thursday, June 2
Portuguese Club Football.
Benfica
 Benfica is a multi-sports club based in the capital Lisbon, and the biggest club of Portugal. Although they successfully compete in a number of different sports, Benfica is mostly known for its association football team. Historically, Benfica has been the most successful football club in domestic competitions and is the greatest of Portugal's clubs. Benfica have over 150 official trophies, one of the most titled sports club in the world. Benfica was one of the founding members of the Primeira Liga in 1933, and, together with Porto and Sporting, they have never been relegated from the First Division of Portuguese football.
Domestically, Benfica has won a total of 32 Portuguese Liga titles, 24 Portuguese Cup titles, three Portuguese League Cup titles, and four Portuguese SuperCups titles. Internationally, Benfica has won two European Cup titles.
Benfica owns state-of-the-art training facilities in Seixal. The complex is called the Caixa Futebol Campus, It is here that the professional team trains daily and also is the home of all Benfica's youth squads. Benfica's youth squads have become to be known as one of the best academies in the world. The club scouts players from all over the world.