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7 Amazing Facts about Arsenal FC

Arsenal Football Club or Arsenal FC is an English professional football club which plays in the first division of English Premier League. The London club was the first ever club from the South of England to join The Football League, in 1893. They enrolled the First Division in 1904 and have since gained the second most points. The club has also relegated only once only in 1913 and they have been continuing their longest streak in the top division. In this article, I am going to write about the 7 Amazing Facts about Arsenal FC. Although till now AFC has failed to win the major European Trophy, the club is regarded as one of the most successful clubs in Football.

7 Amazing Facts about Arsenal FC


7. The club was not intentionally founded to play Football

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The formation of Arsenal Football Club was originally for the purpose of celebrating the 1886th victim of the Satanic cult. The club was originally founded by a secret society. However, the official statement of the club was announced in 1886.

6. The terrifying tale of the stadium

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Before the division of the continents in ancient times, North London was the homeland to the earliest Aboriginal Americans. Moreover, a lot of dead bodies of the Ancient Indians are buried below the stadium ground.

5. Osama Bin Laden was a Gunner

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It would surprise you that Osama Bin Laden, the founder of Al-Qaeda group was a regular season holder of Arsenal Football Club. It is believed that he attended the several major games of Arsenal. After the revelation of this unknown fact, the club finally decided to ban Bin Laden from attending the Highbury.

4. The golden Premier League Trophy

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The 2003-2004 season was the life-memorably season for the whole football fans around the world. Arsenal Football Club successfully managed to win the Premier League title without losing a single match in 38 games played. The North London club managed to equal the Preston North End FC’s previous record of not losing an entire season in Premier League. Arsenal FC, however, grabbed the record of a record of 26 wins and 12 draws. The club was handed the only Golden Premier League trophy by the FA.

The longest undefeated run was 49 until the controversial penalty of Ruud van Nistelrooy ended the record. Since then, there has been a great hatred between two clubs.

3. The only team that hasn’t been relegated

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Since it’s promotion to the first division in 1919, Arsenal FC has never got relegated. Probably the only team in the history of Premier League, the team has been in the top flight English football since 1919-1920.

2. The only British team to beat the other great teams away.

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Arsenal FC is the first English team ever to beat Bayern Munich at Allianz Arena, Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu, and AC Milan at San Siro. Before that, other premier league teams struggled to grab a victory away.

1. The second Largest Club Stadium in England.

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The Emirates Stadium is the second largest stadium in England after Old Trafford of Manchester Untied. This stadium has a capacity of 60,432 while Old Trafford has a total capacity of 75,635.

So these are the famous Facts about Arsenal FC. Write in the comment form below if you know any interesting facts about Arsenal FC.

 

10 Facts about FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona, or simply Barça, is one of the most famous and successful clubs  in the world. The club was originally founded in 1899 by Joan Gamper from the local advertisement and the rest is history. Till date,  the Spanish club has won many trophies and there’s yet to come more. Barca has also won more trophies that any European clubs. Below are some weird top 10 Facts About FC Barcelona you probably didn’t know.

 

  • Name: Futbol Club Barcelona
  • Nickname: Barça
  • Founded:29 November 1899
  • Ground Name: Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Ground Capacity: 98,000
  • League Name: La Liga BBVA
  • Websitehttps://www.fcbarcelona.com/

10 Facts about FC Barcelona


1. The club was formed after an Advertisement

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In 1899 , October 22, a great football fan Hans Kamper, later known as Joan Gamper,  placed a notice in the Spanish local newspaper stating that he would want to form a Football Club and interested players could contact him.  After seeing the advertisement, only 11 players approached him along with Joan Gamper and Gimnasio Sole. Then finally on 29th of November, 1899 the club was registered officially and formed.

2. Nickname of Barcelona fans is Ass

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Did you know culés, the term used to call Barca fans when translated into English means “A$$”? No, they are not called the donkey (Ass) but Ass related to the real body part, Butt. The nickname was originated during the Barca match in the Twenties when Barcelona fans used to sit in the highest stadium row seat with their butt very much noticeable to the most people passing by.

3. Players require learning the Catalan Language

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Did you know all the Barcelona players are required to read, learn and speak the Catalan Language? This includes new signings and foreign players too. The only exception made is to the very own Lionel Messi. He hasn’t spoken publicly in the Catalan language yet except when he got drunk during treble trophy celebration in 2009 😛

4. A prized club

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Another interesting fact about Barca is it is the only club that has got the most number of renowned prize Ballon d’Or to its name. Till date, There have been 11 Ballon d’Or prizes won by Barcelona players. And 5 of them comes from Lionel Messi.

5. The club has never got relegated

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Did you know since its promotion, FC Barcelona has never got relegated ? Furthermore, it is only the team to win all the 6 trophies in a single season in the 2008-2008 season under Pep Guardiola. The club has made historic treble in 2014-2015 season too under the manager Luis Enrique.

6. The club hosted Olympic in 1992

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It’s no wonder the Camp Nou has one of the largest stadiums in Europe. In 1992, the club officially hosted the Olympic Games. The Span National team defeated Poland by 3-2 in the match.

7. The only club to win the treble twice

10 Facts about FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona is the most successful Club in the world which has won all the European Trophies in a single year two times. The Spanish giant won the famous treble La Liga, Copa Del Rey, and UEFA Champions League in 2008-2009 and 2014-2015 seasons. In 2015-2016 season too, the club was an inch away from winning treble but ended up winning just two trophies.

8. Club’s motto Meaning

10 Facts about FC Barcelona

You might have heard or seen the club’s famous slogan “Més Que un club”. But did you know what it means ? [Més Que un club] when translated into English, means [More than a Club]. Despite being one of the most successful clubs, it also plays an immense part when it comes to helping. The club donates almost €1.5 Million each year to UNICEF as per the five-year-agreement deal.

9. Forced to change the club’s name

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In 1939, under Francisco Franco regime, FC Barcelona was enforced to change their name to Club de Futbol Barcelona . The Catalan symbols and language were also banned under the cruel regime and the flag was forcefully detached from the club shield. Regardless of this, the club hesitated to accept the Franco’s order. Instead, the Catalan language was spoken and the flags were freely shown. In 1974, the club renamed their name to “FC Barcelona“.

10. Madrid and Barca Fierce Rivalry

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FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are obviously rival in football. The club always wants to defeat each other no matter what the circumstances they face. In addition, these are the two of the most successful clubs in the world that share many history and trophies between them. But did you know they are rival in outside of football too ? Madrid is a symbol of nationalism favored by Francisco’s Dictatorship whereas Barcelona or Catalan was always against their policy. There have been a lot of bloodsheds because of this.

 

These are the 10 Facts about FC Barcelona. Feel free to comment if I’ve missed any important facts. 🙂

5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi or Lionel Andres Messi is probably the best player in the history of football. The Argentine professional footballer plays for the Spanish club FC Barcelona. Till now, The Argentine captain has won Ballon d’Or for 5 times more than any football player in the history. Although Leo has won FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2005 and Olympic Gold Medal in 2008, he is still in search for a major trophy with senior level National team with Argentina. In this article, we’ll discuss 5 facts you didn’t know about Lionel Messi.

5 facts you didn’t know about Lionel Messi

1. Messi Turned down Spain to play for Argentina

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In 2004, Spain approached Messi to play for the Span National Team for the under 20 team. Because of love for his national team Argentina, Leo immediately refused to play for Spain national team. He always dreamt of playing in Argentina shirt since childhood, so it was not so hard decision for him. Any team would pick the rising talent without hesitation.

2. Contract with FC Barcelona was done in napkin paper

When Lionel Messi moved to FC Barcelona in 2003, he was just 13 years old. FC Barcelona promised to pay for the hormone growth deficiency that Messi suffered when he was a child. The club had its contract postponed to 3 times but finally, the club decided to sign a contract with the little magician. The contract was done on a small piece of napkin paper which was near the table. Hope this tissue paper would be worth millions in the near future.

3. Messi hand of god part 2

In 1986 FIFA World Cup, Diego Maradona scored stunning hand goal against mighty England in the semi-final. The infamous goal still today is known as hand-of-god. Not only that, the Argentine forward also scored another famous goal dribbling 6-7 defenders including the keeper.

21 years after the famous hand-of-god goal, Lionel Messi was up to the same trick. He just punched the ball into the net with his left hand against the derby club Espanyol in 2007. There were a lot of controversies regarding the goal . But who cares if it’s Messi. 🙂

4. Messi holds two passports

We all have heard about the Queen Elizabeth-II having no passport and still can travel the world. But did you know that Messi holds two passports of two different countries? Messi was granted passport of Spain despite rejecting to play for the country in 2004. He also has the passport of his birth country Argentina. This means he can travel other EU countries with Spanish Passport.

5. Messi doesn’t watch highlights of himself

5 facts you didn't know about Lionel Messi

We all watch Messi’s highlights just to feel his magic again. But it is surprising Messi doesn’t like to watch highlights of himself playing. Instead he is busy with his family to give more time to them. It may be because he just loves to play football. Even he doesn’t have his favorite goal. Weird no ?

These are the 5 facts you didn’t know about Lionel Messi. There are hundreds of facts relating to Messi. If you have any other important facts do comment in the form below.

Top 5 Richest Football Clubs in 2016

Forbes recently published the lists of the Richest Football Clubs in 2016. Among top 10, five Premier League clubs feature on the list. Two Italian Clubs, two Spanish teams, and only one club from Germany have made it to the top 10 list. So how do these clubs earn so much fortune and other clubs barely earn 10% of them? Well, the revenues mostly collected are from TV sponsors, new Kit deals, European participation, winning major trophies, and stadium match tickets. Let’s discuss the top 5 richest football clubs in 2016.

Top 5 richest football clubs in 2016

1. Real Madrid ($3.26 billion club value)

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Real Madrid is one of the most successful clubs not only in Europe but in the whole world. They recently won the European Champions League under new coach Zinedine Zidane in 2015-2016 season. The Spanish club’s total value is $3.26 billion with the yearly revenue $746 million. The primary sponsor of the Spanish giant is Adidas. Furthermore, the club is also sponsored by UAE Air Corporation Fly Emirates.

2. FC Barcelona ($3.17 billion club value)

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FC Barcelona or Barca is probably the best club in the last decade and the second richest club in the world. No clubs have ever won as many as trophies in the last decade. Also, the club has won the historic treble two times. The Catalan club’s value is $3.17 billion with the yearly revenue of $657 million. With the new extension deal with the Nike, the club has agreed $157 million a year deal which is one of the most lucrative sponsor fees in football history. Qatar Airways is also the major sponsor of FC Barcelona.

3. Manchester United ($3.10 billion club value)

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Manchester United is one of the most successful clubs in the world. Although the English team hasn’t won the major trophies in the recent years, it is still the third richest club in the world with the club value of $3.10 billion and yearly revenue of $703m (few less than Real Madrid).  Chevrolet, the Principal Partner of Manchester United, made a 7-year deal with American automobile corporation with the vast amount of fee.

4. FC Bayern Munchen ($2.34 billion club value)

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FC Bayern Munchen is the richest club in Germany and 4th richest club in the world. The German giant has total club value of $2.34 billion and it’s yearly revenue is $661 million. Qatar’s Doha Airport International signed up as a [platinum] sponsor of the Munich Club.

5. Manchester City ($1.37 billion club value)

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On September 2008, Manchester City was taken over by the multi-billionaire Sheikh Mansour. This made the club highly valued and since then, the club has earned a high revenue winning Premier League titles and from sponsor deals. In 2016, Manchester City’s net value was reported $1.37 billion becoming the top 5 richest club in the world. The club climbed up from 7th from the previous year to 5th with the yearly revenue of $562 million.

These are the list of Top 5 richest football clubs in 2016. The other teams who made it to top 10 are 6. Chelsea, 7. Arsenal , 8. Liverpool, 9. Juventus, and 10. AC Milan. In addition, the revenue and club value may change in the next year due to different factors