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Worst Teams in Premier League History (Part 3)

Sunderland (2002/03)

Despair for Gavin McCann of Sunderland which also has been ugly for Sunderland fans as the 2002/03 season was nothing but a nightmare after just four victories all season.

With the club falling down towards the bottom of the table, manager Peter Reid was fired and replaced with Howard Wilkinson. However, he worked just five months before being relieved of his position, and successor Mick McCarthy also failed to make any progress for the team.

Sunderland finished the year with just 19 points, a shame of 25 points behind the 17th-placed  Bolton Wanderers. Kevin Phillips’ six goals was simply insufficient, and the Black Cats dropped back to the second tier.

 Portsmouth (2009/10)

Portsmouth officially finished the season  with 19 points, which is one of the lowest record in history, but this was no fault of the players.

In fact, the team managed seven wins and seven draws, which should have been counted with 28 points (still they will be played at bottom of the table), but financial problems araised the same year and Portsmouth were eventually deducted nine points after entering administration, dropping their tally down to 19 points.

Players and staff were unpaid for most parts of the year, and the club found themselves in debt to several clubs after they failed to finance their transfer dealings. With 19 points, they will be recorded as one of the worst performing teams in Premier League history.

Aston Villa (2015/16)

 The 2015/16 season was not so memorable for  Aston Villa fans, but they will remember it for all the wrong reasons as the Villains signed a total of 12 new footballers, including current  Everton player Idrissa Gueye and Wolverhampton Wanderers dribbling phenom Adama Traore, but they managed just three wins and 17 points all year, and they slumped to the Championship with little more than whimper.

The best and weirdest named football clubs in the world (Part 4)

Triangle United F.C. – Chiredzi, Zimbabwe
Established in 1972, Triangle United are famous with nickname the ‘Sugar Sugar Boys’.

Tottenham Hotspur F.C. – London, England
The club are named after Sir Henry Percy, more famous as Sir Harry Hotspur, an English nobleman who is the descendants owner of many land in the area.

Salsa Ballers F.C.- George Hill, Anguilla
This club’s logo actually features a red pepper. How’s weird is that!

Grasshopper Club Zürich – Zürich, Switzerland
Grasshopper are led by Murat Yakin, and is assisted by his little brother, Hakan Yakin. According to FIFA, the origins of the club name are “together in mystery and have sadly evaporated into the course of time”. 

Grenades F.C. – St John’s, Antigua
Founded in 1990, Antigua’s Grenades F.C. currently ranks at second position in the country’s Premier Division.

Club The Strongest – La Paz, Bolivia
Originally named ‘The Strong Football Club’, the founders and co-founder Victor Manuel Franco ultimately decided in 1908 that ‘The Strongest’ was better and they eventually went with it.

Miscellaneous S.C. – Serowe, Botswana
Miscellaneous Sporting Club was established in 1962 by Sir Seretse Khama, the first president of the Republic of Botswana

Hard Rock F.C. – Sauteurs, Grenada
Hard Rock is the three-time winner of the Grenada Premier Division and finished runners-up in the Waggy T Super Knockout Championship in 2016.

Humble Lions F.C. – May Pen, Jamaica
Humble Lions came at eighth place in the 2017-18 Red Stripe Premier League and famous for having the smallest stadium in the Jamaican top flight with a capacity of 1,000 which named the Effortville Community Centre.

Lincoln Red Imps F.C. – Gibraltar
The name Gibraltar’s Lincoln Red Imps was inspired by the name of English team Lincoln City F.C., with famous nickname is ‘The Imps’.
The crest of the club looks like the Manchester United logo went off the rails, lost its confidence and trying to hard to hold it all together but couldn’t.

Ranking the best and weirdest named football clubs in the world (Part 1)

Football is filled with boring team names including ‘United’, ‘Rovers’ and ‘City’. Still, look at the right places, and you’ll find some really, really good or awkward names.

The rapid increase of fantasy in football has changed what we consider of as a good football team name. ‘Inter Ya Gran’ is now officially the most famous football club name in the world, and similar unique names aren’t much far behind.

But while anyone can make up a silly name, not everyone gets the opportunity to give a silly name for a football club playing in its own country’s premier division.

In this post, there is a list of the most brilliant football club names on earth. Not all of them are major football forces in the world of football, but every single one competes in its country’s highest league.

You might know a few of them while be surprised by many others. Still, you’re sure to become an enthusiast of at least one of the top five.

Millonarios F.C of Bogotá, Colombia

Initially name was the ‘Municipal Sports Club’, the ‘Millionaires’ then got their nickname — and eventually their official name — after signing expensive Argentine players in the late 1930s.

LA Galaxy of Los Angeles, USA

Football stars like David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Zlatan Ibrahimović have invested in the Galaxy to make it into a global brand. Which is appropriate, since the name ‘Galaxy’ was selected to present all the ‘stars’ of Hollywood.

Kick4Life F.C of Maseru, Lesotho

Established by two brothers from Southampton, Kick4Life is not only a football a club but also a registered charity. The club’s approach is buio on the belief that football clubs do not have to be operated for private profit, and that we can more effectively use the enormous amount of money and influence of the football industry for social development purposes by becoming a part of it..

The New Saints F.C. of Wales; Oswestry, England

Between 1997 and 2006, The New Saints F.C. were called with the name of ‘Total Network Solutions’. 

HOW DO FOOTBALL CLUBS MAKE MONEY ? (Part 2)

Merchandise

Football Clubs generate huge money from selling kits and other club merchandise to its fans around the world. It is not hard to find shops that sell Jerseys shirts or flags around stadiums, or even club owned stores that sell hundreds of items of club Merchandise.

Transfers

Selling players to other clubs is another profitable source of income for football clubs. Small clubs those are good at nurturing a pool of amazing young talents can make massive profits by selling them off to bigger clubs with skyrocketed prices. Some football clubs even include sell-on clauses which allow them as parent clubs to create an avenue to earn money when the player is sold again to other clubs.

Prize Money

Clubs take part in different competitions at the start of a football season, in England’s top flight league, clubs compete in the domestic Premier League, then the F.A Cup and many other domestic cup competition. As long as they get into the Top 4 of the previous season, they will qualify for another competition — The Union of European Football Associations Champions League. If they finish two spots behind the top 4 which means top 6, they will qualify for the Europa League. Each competition comes with a prize which is huge amount of money. The higher the club finishes on the League table, the bigger their prize money. The more competitions they win, the more money they get.

Why do clubs need to win tournaments?

By winning tournaments, clubs not only satisfy their fans which help them sell more merchandise but also it brings in money. However, it is nothing especially significant. Part of the prize money from winning tournaments might come in the form of television rights while the other part includes matchday revenue and profit. But from a commercial point of view, it is vital to win tournaments as that will attract the attention and interest from the public and lure some new sponsors who will pump in huge cash into the football club.

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