Football in London is a tradition. It is the most popular sport when it comes to participants and spectators in London. London is home to several leading England football clubs and 14 professional teams and over 80 amateur leagues under the regulation of the London Football Association.
England’s national football stadium, Wembley Stadium is in London. It is the home venue of the national football team and is host for the FA Cup Final since 1923.
Although there are 14 professional teams, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are the most successful London football teams in domestic and European competitions.
Arsenal Football Club nicknamed ‘The Gunners’ is one of the leading football clubs founded in 1886. It was formed by workers at the Woolwich Arsenal Armament Factory and the team was moved to the Arsenal Stadium in Highbury in 1913. The team is currently based in the Emirates Stadium and includes players from different countries including Spain, Netherlands, France and Switzerland.
In 1891, the club changed its name to Woolwich Arsenal and in 1893 joined the Football League. Thirty years after their formation, the club won major trophies including League Championship titles and FA cups for the first time. Arsenal made a record in the UEFA Champions League 2005-2006 by going ten matches without conceding a goal. Red and White are the club colors and a Canon symbolizes the club depicting a symbol of Armament factory. Arsenal has media coverage and appears in sports news, television and also millions of online viewers.
Chelsea Football Club nicknamed ‘The Pensioners’ or ‘the Blues’ was formed in 1905. It is based in Stamford Bridge football stadium in Fulham, West London and includes players from different countries including England, Brazil, France, Nigeria, Spain and Portugal.
Chelsea have been champions in the national games, winners of the FA Cup six times and have won League Cups for times. In 1955, the club had its major success for the first time in the UEFA Cup Winners Cup twice. After 1970 till 1997, the club faced only defeats and did have a winning record. But, the club won the Premier League titles in 2005, 2006 and 2010, the latter being the first League and FA Cup Double. Royal blue shirts and shorts with white socks have been the colors of the Chelsea since the 1960s. The crest keeps changing and the current crest features a ceremonial lion holding a staff.
Tottenham Hotspur Football Club nicknamed ‘Spurs’,’ Lilywhites’ was founded in 1882. The team is currently based in White Hart Lane stadium in Tottenham, North London. The team includes players from different countries including Brazil, England, Spain, Nigeria, Netherlands, France and Switzerland.
In 1901, Tottenham won the FA Cup for the first time. It was the first team to win the League and FA Cup Double in the 20th century. Tottenham is the first British club to win the prestigious European Trophy whilst defending the FA Cup in 1962. The team won the inaugural UEFA Cup in 1972 and placed record as the first club to win two different European trophies. In the eighties, the team won the FA Cup twice, FA Community Shield and the UEFA Cup and won the FA Cup in the 90’s. In 2008, the club won the League cup again matching the records of Manchester united. Since 1901, a cockerel and ball have been the identity of the club. personalized fuzzy socks