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A Handy Guide to Every English Premier League Club
By Mike Jasko

Welcome to my Team-by-Team Guide to the Barclay's Premier League. For my comprehesive guide to the format of the Barclay's Premier League, Click Here.

For your expeditious introduction to the teams of the Premier League, I’ve compiled this short guide, complete with helpful links and a little info on each club. Click on the Club’s name for a link to their Wikipedia page.

A wonderful website that will allow you to see each clubs’ uniforms for the upcoming season can be found here. You can also click on the name of each club in order to see their “kits” as their known, from each year of existence, dating all the way back to the 19th century in most cases. It’s a very cool site, and one I’ve lost a great deal of time to, as they have kits for teams from a variety leagues.

 

 

 

Arsenal

Full name

Arsenal Football Club

Nickname(s)

The Gunners

Founded

1886; 128 years ago as Dial Square

Ground

Emirates Stadium,
Holloway, London

 Capacity

60,338[1]

Owner

Arsenal Holdings plc

Chairman

Sir Chips Keswick

Manager

Arsène Wenger

League

Premier League

2013–14

Premier League, 4th

Website

Club home page

 

Based in London, Arsenal is one of the most successful and most popular Premier League sides. They’ve won the League title 13 times since 1931, most recently in the 2003-04 seasons. Arsenal has also won the FA Cup 11 times, including last season’s thrilling extra time win versus Hull City. Their home ground, known as Emirates Stadium, is one of the modern gems of the sport, seating over 60,000 people.

The team’s current stars include Englishmen Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Jack Wilshire. In terms of World Cup participants from other nations, Arsenal has Oliver Giroud who played well for France in Brazil, as well as recent signing Alexis Sanchez who played quite impressively for Chile. They also have Mesut Ozil, who played well for World Cup champions, Germany.

Aston Villa

Full name

Aston Villa Football Club

Nickname(s)

The VillaThe VillansThe Lions,The Claret and Blue

Short name

Villa, AVFC

Founded

March 1874; 140 years ago[1]

Ground

Villa Park[2]

 Capacity

42,682[3]

Owner

Reform Acquisitions LLC

Chairman

Randy Lerner

Manager

Paul Lambert

League

Premier League

2013–14

Premier League, 15th

Website

Club home page

   

 

Representing the region of England known as the West Midlands, and the city of Birmingham, is Aston Villa. Aston Villa won the tournament now known as UEFA Champions’ League in 1982, and are one of only five English teams to have won that tournament. They have won the First Division in England seven times, though only twice since 1900, most recently in 1981. Their last major trophy win was the League Cup in 1996.

Aston Villa has American goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who served as Tim Howard’s back-up in the 2014 World Cup. Their captain, Ron Vlaar, was also captain of the Netherlands squad in Brazil. They do also have a talented striker in Christian Benteke, who would have been a likely starter for Belgium had he not suffered an injury last spring.

Burnley

Full name

Burnley Football Club

Nickname(s)

The Clarets

Founded

1882; 132 years ago as Burnley Rovers

Ground

Turf Moor,
Burnley

 Capacity

21,401

Chairman

Mike Garlick and John Banaszkiewicz

Manager

Sean Dyche

League

Premier League

2013–14

The Championship, 2nd (promoted)

Website

Club home page

   

 

Burnley F.C. are new members to the Premier League, having been promoted due to their second place finished last season in The Championship (England’s second highest league). They played in the Premier League in the 2009-10 season, but before that, had not played in England’s top league since 1976. The have won two first division titles (1921 & 1960) and one FA Cup (1914) in their history. As is often the case with newly promoted teams, Burnley will likely struggle to remain in the Premier League beyond this season. If they were to remain in the Premier League by finishing in 17th place or higher, it would be considered a successful season.  

Chelsea

Full name

Chelsea Football Club

Nickname(s)

The Blues, The Pensioners

Founded

10 March 1905; 109 years ago[1]

Ground

Stamford Bridge,
Fulham, London

 Capacity

41,837[2]

Owner

Roman Abramovich

Chairman

Bruce Buck

Manager

José Mourinho

League

Premier League

2013–14

Premier League, 3rd

Website

Club home page

   

 

One of the other prominent London-based clubs, Chelsea is one of the most widely-supported English clubs in the world. They have won the first division four times, three times since 2005. They have also won the FA Cup 7 times, lastly in 2012. Chelsea also won the UEFA Champions League in 2012, the last English team to do so. The Blues finished third last season (meaning they will also compete in the main draw of Champions League), and will likely be title contender again this season.

Their line-up is filled with players who represented their country at the World Cup this summer. Their long-time goalkeeper, Peter Cech, played for the Czech Republic. They have Brazilians Oscar, Ramires, and Willian: they also have Spanish stars Cesc Fabregas (a new arrival from FC Barcelona) and Diego Costa, as well as a host of others. Chelsea tends to have one of the more star-studded line-ups year after year.

Crystal Palace F.C

Full name

Crystal Palace Football Club

Nickname(s)

Eagles, Glaziers

Founded

10 September 1905; 108 years ago

Ground

Selhurst Park

 Capacity

26,255[1]

Owner

Jeremy Hosking (25%)
Martin Long (25%)
Steve Parish (25%)
Stephen Browett (25%)

Co-chairmen

Steve Parish
Stephen Browett

Caretaker Manager

Keith Millen

League

Premier League

2013–14

Premier League, 11th

Website

Club home page

   

 

Crystal Palace F.C. is one of the less prominent teams based in the London area. They have spent most of the past 40 years playing in England’s second division but finished in 11th place last season after being promoted to the Premier League in 2013. Crystal Palace has never won a major trophy, with their best showings being their 1990 FA Cup finals appearance, and their 1991 third place finish in the first division.

Palace is a team that if they play exceptionally well, will probably end up in the middle of the pack, but if they play poorly, they are a prime candidate for relegation.

Everton

Full name

Everton Football Club

Nickname(s)

The Toffees, The Blues,
The School of Science,
The People's Club.

Founded

1878; 136 years ago as St Domingo's F.C.[1]

Ground

Goodison Park,
Liverpool

 Capacity

39,572[2]

CEO

Robert Elstone

Chairman

Bill Kenwright

Manager

Roberto Martínez

League

Premier League

2013–14

Premier League, 5th

Website

Club home page

   

Based in Liverpool, Everton is an English first division mainstay, having played in the top flight for 110 years overall, more than any other club. They have won the first division title 9 times, most recently in 1987. Everton also won their fifth ever FA Cup in 1995. Over the past several seasons, Everton has typically been placed in the top half of the Premier League, finishing fifth in 2014.

Everton’s goalkeeper is none other than American Tim Howard, who shall be remembered from his outstanding performance in the World Cup. They also have English defender Leighton Baines, one of their stalwarts in the backline. During this summer, they re-acquired Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea; he scored the second of Belgium’s extra-time goals against USA in Brazil.

Hull City A.F.C

Full name

Hull City Association Football Club

Nickname(s)

The Tigers

Founded

1904; 110 years ago

Ground

KC Stadium
Kingston upon Hull

 Capacity

25,400[1]

Chairman

Assem Allam

Manager

Steve Bruce

League

Premier League

2013–14

Premier League, 16th

Website

Club home page

   

 

Hull City, another smaller club, placed 16th last year in the Premier League, narrowly avoiding relegation. However, the Tigers did manage to make it to the FA Cup final last season, losing in Extra Time to Arsenal. Hull City is a club that has the ability to make a little noise if things go right for them, but they are liable to end up in a relegation battle as well. The club turns 100 years old this season, young by the standards of most English clubs.

 

Leicester City

Full name

Leicester City Football Club

Nickname(s)

The Foxes, City, Blue Army

Founded

1884 (as Leicester Fosse)

Ground

King Power StadiumLeicester (Filbert Way)

 Capacity

32,262[1]

Owner

King Power International

Chairman

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

Manager

Nigel Pearson

League

Premier League

2013–14

The Championship, 1st (promoted)

Website

Club home page

 

Promoted as a result of their 1st place finish in The Championship last season, Leicester City is a club that frequently bounces between England’s first and second tiers. In their history they have won the League Cup three times, most recently in 2000. They have also won the second division of English football seven times, there most recent such title being last season, which brought them back into the Premier League for the first time since 2004. This is a team whose primary goal will be to stay up in the Premier League, so anything higher than a 18th place will be considered a success.

Liverpool

Full name

Liverpool Football Club

Nickname(s)

The Reds

Founded

3 June 1892; 122 years ago[1]

Ground

Anfield

 Capacity

45,276[2]

Owner

Fenway Sports Group

Chairman

Tom Werner

Manager

Brendan Rodgers

League

Premier League

2013–14

Premier League, 2nd

Website

Club home page

   

One of the most storied clubs in English Football history, Liverpool F.C. has won 18 first division titles, second most of any club. They won the first division 11 times between 1973 and 1990, but haven’t won since. They also have won more Champions League titles (5) than any English club, with their last title coming in 2005. They nearly pulled off an improbable run to win the title last season, but ultimately fell short and finished 2nd. The increased work-load due to participation in Champions League this season will be one major challenge faced by Liverpool.

The other will be the loss of Luis Suarez, an integral part of their team last season. Suarez was sold to Barcelona but would not be eligible for quite some time had he stayed in Liverpool, due to his lengthy ban given by FIFA as a result of his biting incident in the World Cup.

Remaining stars for Liverpool include their captain and long-time leader, Steven Gerrard; as well as English internationals Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge. Liverpool will have aspirations to claim to title that they failed to claim last season, but it remains to be seen what effect the loss of Luis Suarez will have on their play.

Liverpool F.C. has a heated rivalry with the other major Liverpool club, Everton. Match-ups between the two sides are known as the Merseyside Derby.

Manchester City

Full name

Manchester City Football Club

Nickname(s)

City, The Citizens, The Sky Blues

Founded

1880 as St. Mark's (West Gorton)
1894 as Manchester City[1]

Ground

City of Manchester Stadium

 Capacity

47,405[2]

Owner

City Football Group

Chairman

Khaldoon Al Mubarak

Manager

Manuel Pellegrini

League

Premier League

2013–14

Premier League, 1st

Website

Club home page

   

 

The reigning Premier League champions are Manchester City. Historically speaking, Manchester City has a very successful period in the late 1960s, winning the League title in 1966, the FA Cup in 1969, and the League cup in 1970. The club then went through a downturn, spending much of the 1980s and 1990s in the second division, including a brief drop to the third division in 1999. An influx of cash by new owners has propelled them to being competitors once more, winning the FA Cup in 2011, then winning their first League title in 44 years in 2012. They followed that up by winning the title again in 2014, along with the League Cup as well.

Another team packed with star power, their captain Vincent Kompany was a defensive anchor for Belgium in the World Cup. Bacary Sagna, Samir Nasri, and Gael Clichy all starred for France, and this year they present Brazilian midfielders Fernando and Fernandinho. There are also the Argentine stars Sergio Aguero and Pablo Zabaleta.

Manchester United

Full name

Manchester United Football Club

Nickname(s)

The Red Devils[1]

Founded

1878; 136 years ago, as Newton Heath LYR F.C.

Ground

Old Trafford

 Capacity

75,731[2]

Owner

Manchester United plc (NYSEMANU)

Co-chairmen

Joel and Avram Glazer

Manager

Louis van Gaal

League

Premier League

2013–14

Premier League, 7th

Website

Club home page

   

 

The chief rival to the current champions is Manchester United. They are the one of the most successful clubs in English football history, with a record 20 first division titles, 11 FA Cup titles, and 3 Champions League titles. 13 of Manchester United’s titles have come since 1993. They are probably the most globally recognized English club, and like the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball, are definitely despised by opposing fans more than any other club.

Manchester United has a number of international superstars. England’s Wayne Rooney is their captain and they also have English internationals Ashley Young and Danny Welbeck. One of their other prized forwards is the Dutchman, Robbie van Persie, who scored this famous and sensational goal for the Netherlands in their first World Cup game.  Man U’s roster also includes Spain’s Juan Mata, Portugal’s Nani, and Mexico’s Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez.

Newcastle United

Full name

Newcastle United Football Club

Nickname(s)

The MagpiesThe ToonGeordies

Founded

9 December 1892; 122 years ago

Ground

St James' Park

 Capacity

52,405[1]

Owner

Mike Ashley

Managing Director

Lee Charnley

Manager

Alan Pardew

League

Premier League

2013–14

Premier League, 10th

Website

Club home page

   

 

Newcastle United is a squad that has not had much success in the Premier League in the last few years. They have four first division titles in history, the last came in 1927. They also won six FA Cups, most recently in 1955. After finishing in 10th place last season, they will probably be in the same type of territory this year, unlikely to be relegated, but probably not good enough to reach for any of the European spots.

Queens Park Rangers

Full name

Queens Park Rangers Football Club

Nickname(s)

  • The Hoops[1]
  • The R's

Founded

1882; 132 years ago

Ground

Loftus Road Stadium

 Capacity

18,489[2]

Owner

Tony Fernandes (66%)
The Mittal family (33%)

Chairman

Tony Fernandes

Manager

Harry Redknapp

League

Premier League

2013–14

The Championship, 4th (promoted via playoffs)

Website

Club home page

 

Queens Park Rangers is a club based in London that was the last club promoted to the Premier League last season, after having been relegated in 2013. The club has never won a first division title or the FA Cup, but they did win the League Cup in 1967. QPR will be a squad that struggles to stay in the Premier League once again, and anything better than relegation will be a success. The club’s only really talented asset, Frenchmen Loic Remy, will probably have to be sold by the team due to financial constraints.

Southampton F.C.

Full name

Southampton Football Club

Nickname(s)

the Saints

Founded

21 November 1885; 128 years ago as St. Mary's YMA

Ground

St Mary's Stadium

 Capacity

32,589[1]

Owner

Katharina Liebherr

Chairman

Ralph Krueger[2]

Manager

Ronald Koeman[3]

League

Premier League

2013–14

Premier League, 8th

Website

Club home page

   

 

A club based on the South coast of England, Southampton finished 8th in the Premier League last season, which was quite positive for a club that is usually in the bottom half of the league. Their current stint in the Premier League began in 2012, marking their first appearance in the top flight since 2005. Having never won the first division, the lone major trophy won by Southampton is their FA Cup win in 1976. This season’s Southampton team should be good enough to finish near the middle of the pack, but if things head south for them, they may end up in the relegation fight.

Stoke City

Full name

Stoke City Football Club

Nickname(s)

The Potters

Founded

1863; 151 years ago as Stoke Ramblers F.C.

Ground

Britannia Stadium,
Stoke-on-Trent

 Capacity

27,740[1]

Chairman

Peter Coates

Manager

Mark Hughes

League

Premier League

2013–14

Premier League, 9th

Website

Club home page

   

 

The second oldest football club in the world, Stoke City made their return to the first division of English football in 2008. Their most prominent trophy win was a League Cup win in 1972. Stoke City is a side that is good enough to finish in the top half, as they did last year, and even under the worst circumstances, shouldn’t be facing relegation this year

Sunderland

Full name

Sunderland Association Football Club

Nickname(s)

The Black Cats[1]

Founded

1879; 135 years ago
(as Sunderland and District Teachers)

Ground

Stadium of Light

 Capacity

48,707[2]

Owner

Ellis Short

Chairman

Ellis Short

Manager

Gus Poyet

League

Premier League

2013–14

Premier League, 14th

Website

Club home page

   

 

Sunderland finished a disappointing 14th in the Premier League last season, but things could have been worse for the Black Cats, who looks destined for relegation early in the year. In their history, Sunderland have won the first division six times, but not since 1936 have they done so. They have won two FA Cups, most recently in 1973. Sunderland’s most notable player is American striker Jozy Altidore, who you might remember from Team USA’s opening match against Ghana, in which he scored, but was later carted off the field with a hamstring injury. Altidore struggled mightily for Sunderland last season, finding the goal only once before ultimately being dropped to their reserves. A resurgent season from Altidore will be key for Sunderland to avoid another relegation battle.

 

Swansea City

Full name

Swansea City Association Football Club

Nickname(s)

The Jacks, The Swans

Founded

1912; 102 years ago (as Swansea Town)

Ground

Liberty StadiumSwansea

 Capacity

20,750[1]

Chairman

Huw Jenkins

Manager

Garry Monk

League

Premier League

2013–14

Premier League, 12th

Website

Club home page

   

 

The only Welsh team that competes in the Premier League is Swansea. The club finished 12th last season, and they have one League Cup win that occurred in 2013. They don’t appear to be a candidate for relegation, and should in fact build on their 12th place finish.

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