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3rd May '16 11:36:10 AM KYCubbie
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** AKA "The Foxes". Came out of freaking nowhere to win the Premier League title in 2015/16, the first top-flight title in the club's history. By "freaking nowhere", we mean it—they had been in the Championship as recently as 2013/14; were nailed, bolted and hard welded to the bottom of the table for much of the 2014/15 season; only survived relegation by collecting 7 wins and a draw in their final 9 matches, and were ''5,000–1'' shots to win the title entering the 2015/16 season.

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** AKA "The Foxes". Came out of freaking nowhere to win the Premier League title in 2015/16, the first top-flight title in the club's history. By "freaking nowhere", we mean it—they had been in the Championship as recently as 2013/14; were nailed, bolted and hard welded to the bottom of the table for much of the 2014/15 season; only survived relegation that season by collecting 7 wins and a draw in their final 9 matches, matches; and were ''5,000–1'' shots to win the title entering the 2015/16 season.
3rd May '16 11:35:24 AM KYCubbie
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** Could be considered TheArtifact of the Premier League. Everton and Aston Villa were founding members of the Football League, and neither have been relegated from the Premier League in its current iteration. However, while Everton still consistently challenge for European football, since Martin O'Neill's departure Villa are usually lower mid-table and battling relegation. As of 2015/16, they're rooted to the bottom of the table and show no signs of going anywhere.

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** Could be considered TheArtifact of the Premier League. Everton and Aston Villa were founding members of the Football League, and neither have been relegated from the Premier League in its current iteration. However, while Everton still consistently challenge for European football, since Martin O'Neill's departure Villa are usually lower mid-table and battling relegation. As of 2015/16, they're rooted to the bottom of the table and show no signs are now assured of going anywhere.a drop to the Championship in 2016/17.



* Leicester City
** AKA "The Foxes". Came out of freaking nowhere to win the Premier League title in 2015/16, the first top-flight title in the club's history. By "freaking nowhere", we mean it—they had been in the Championship as recently as 2013/14; were nailed, bolted and hard welded to the bottom of the table for much of the 2014/15 season; only survived relegation by collecting 7 wins and a draw in their final 9 matches, and were ''5,000–1'' shots to win the title entering the 2015/16 season.



** The club is well known outside of football for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsborough_disaster Hillsborough Disaster]], where 96 fans were crushed to death prior to an FA Cup semi-final. The youngest victim, ten year old Jon-Paul Gilhooley, was the cousin of a then 9 year old little boy called Steven Gerrard. Gerrard grew up to become a club legend, talismanic captain of club and country and is widely considered one of the best players of his generation, with luminaries such as [[TheAce Zinedine Zidane]] calling him the best midfielder in the world. He revealed in 2006 that he played for Jon-Paul.

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** The club is well known outside of football for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsborough_disaster Hillsborough Disaster]], where 96 fans were crushed to death prior to an FA Cup semi-final. The youngest victim, ten year old Jon-Paul Gilhooley, was the cousin of a then 9 year old little boy called named Steven Gerrard. Gerrard grew up to become a club legend, talismanic captain of club and country and is widely considered one of the best players of his generation, with luminaries such as [[TheAce Zinedine Zidane]] calling him the best midfielder in the world. He revealed in 2006 that he played for Jon-Paul.



** At the end of the 09/10 season Spurs became the team that broke the "Big 4" (the first since Everton in 04/05) and gained the chance to qualify for Champions League football. They did well in the Champions League, beating top Italian teams AC Milan and Internazionale, before going out in the quarter-finals to Real Madrid, but failed to qualify again for the next season. They subsequently placed in the Top 4 following the 2010/11 season but due to the almost unprecedented achievement of Chelsea in coming 6th but managing to win the Champions League - Liverpool had come fifth in the 2004/05 season when they won the Champions League. That time, both Liverpool and 4th placed Everton had gone through the qualifying stages of the Champions League, but this time, Tottenham failed to qualify. This made them the first team in Football to place within the Champions League Qualification places but fail to qualify due to a lower-placed side winning the Tournament.

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** At the end of the 09/10 season Spurs became the team that broke the "Big 4" (the first since Everton in 04/05) and gained the chance to qualify for Champions League football. They did well in the Champions League, beating top Italian teams AC Milan and Internazionale, before going out in the quarter-finals to Real Madrid, but failed to qualify again for the next season. They subsequently placed in the Top 4 following the 2010/11 season but due to the almost unprecedented achievement of Chelsea in coming 6th but managing to win the Champions League - Liverpool had come fifth in the 2004/05 season when they won the Champions League. That time, both Liverpool and 4th placed Everton had gone through the qualifying stages of the Champions League, but this time, Tottenham failed to qualify. This made them the first team in Football to place within the Champions League Qualification places but fail to qualify due to a lower-placed side winning the Tournament. The future looks bright for Spurs, with young stars such as Harry Kane and Dele Alli making them the main challengers to Leicester City for much of the latter's surprise 2015/16 championship season.



* Formed in 1872, '''Rangers Football Club''' are the older of the two, wear blue and play out of Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow's southside. The most successful side in Scottish football, Rangers have won a record 54 league championships (including nine straight championships from 1989 and 1997), 27 League Cups (they presently hold both) and 33 Scottish Cups. They also acheived European success in the form of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1972, and finished runner up in the 2008 UEFA Cup. The 'Gers once had an informal "no Catholics" signing policy, but this was abolished in the 1980s to kick-start the nation-wide anti-Sectarianism campaign. Rangers went into liquidation (bankruptcy) in 2012. The assets were purchased by a Newco, which was refused entry into the SPL. As a result, Rangers were relegated to the Third Division (now known as Scottish League Two). The team have since won the championship of both the Third Division in 2012–13 and the renamed Scottish League One (the former Second Division) in 2013–14, putting them in the Scottish Championship (the former First Division) for 2014–15, where they remain as of 2015–16.

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* Formed in 1872, '''Rangers Football Club''' are the older of the two, wear blue and play out of Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow's southside. The most successful side in Scottish football, Rangers have won a record 54 league championships (including nine straight championships from 1989 and 1997), 27 League Cups (they presently hold both) and 33 Scottish Cups. They also acheived European success in the form of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1972, and finished runner up in the 2008 UEFA Cup. The 'Gers once had an informal "no Catholics" signing policy, but this was abolished in the 1980s to kick-start the nation-wide anti-Sectarianism campaign. Rangers went into liquidation (bankruptcy) in 2012. The assets were purchased by a Newco, which was refused entry into the SPL. As a result, Rangers were relegated to the Third Division (now known as Scottish League Two). The team have since won the championship of both the Third Division in 2012–13 and the renamed Scottish League One (the former Second Division) in 2013–14, putting them in the Scottish Championship (the former First Division) for 2014–15, where they remain as of 2015–16.remained for two seasons until winning the 2015–16 title and punching their ticket back to the top flight.
1st May '16 1:04:15 PM Josef5678
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* '''St Johnstone''' - one of several clubs known as The Saints - were formed in 1884 and call McDiarmid Park their home. They hail from Perth and wear light blue, but had no major honours to their name until winning the Scottish Cup in 2014.

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* '''St Johnstone''' - one of several clubs known as The Saints - were formed in 1884 and call McDiarmid [=McDiarmid=] Park their home. They hail from Perth and wear light blue, but had no major honours to their name until winning the Scottish Cup in 2014.
25th Apr '16 10:45:42 PM Drakrrth
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** Equally, there is a similarly long standing (and arguably much more vicious, lacking the family ties mentioned above) rivalry between United and Liverpool, one that can be traced back to the inter-city rivalry of the industrial revolution as well as the fact that they are by far the two most successful teams in English history. This can lead to epic footballing clashes and to unsavoury scenes on the pitch and in the stands, such as [{TokenEvilTeamMate Luis Suarez']] racial abuse of Patrice Evra and United fans singing about the Heysel and Hillsborough disasters.

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** Equally, there is a similarly long standing (and arguably much more vicious, lacking the family ties mentioned above) rivalry between United and Liverpool, one that can be traced back to the inter-city rivalry of the industrial revolution as well as the fact that they are by far the two most successful teams in English history. This can lead to epic footballing clashes and to unsavoury scenes on the pitch and in the stands, such as [{TokenEvilTeamMate [[TokenEvilTeamMate Luis Suarez']] racial abuse of Patrice Evra and United fans singing about the Heysel and Hillsborough disasters.
17th Apr '16 12:55:41 PM DarkPhoenix94
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** Pursuant to the above, Liverpool are known for bringing their A-Game in Europe, even (especially) when technically speaking they are completely outclassed, thriving on ridiculous odds. This is a club that tends to regard a three goal deficit against a technically superior team as a challenge, as the 2005 Champions League final (3-0 down 45 minutes in, level at 3-3 on the hour, after 3 goals in 6 minutes) and the 2016 Quarter Final Second Leg against Borussia Dortmund (3-1 down at 60 minutes, 4-3 up at 92 minutes) demonstrate. And these are just two of the more recent examples. As a result, they're sometimes known as Europe's Comeback Kings (as in, after the latest against-the-odds-victory, #ComeBackKings was trending on Twitter). They're also not shy of handing out thrashings, either, crushing Real Madrid 4-0 at Anfield in 2009 and having in 2007 responded to a 1-0 first leg defeat by Turkish team Besiktas by breaking the Champions League's goal scoring record, obliterating them ''8-0.'' In short, Liverpool are not a team you want chasing a game in Europe, nor is Anfield a place you particularly want to go.

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** Pursuant to the above, Liverpool are known for bringing their A-Game in Europe, even (especially) when technically speaking they are completely outclassed, thriving on ridiculous odds. This is a club that tends to regard a three goal deficit against a technically superior team as a challenge, as the 2005 Champions League final (3-0 down 45 minutes in, level at 3-3 on the hour, after 3 goals in 6 minutes) and the 2016 Quarter Final Second Leg against Borussia Dortmund (3-1 down at 60 minutes, 4-3 up at 92 minutes) demonstrate. And these are just two of the more recent examples. As a result, they're sometimes known as Europe's Comeback Kings (as in, after the latest against-the-odds-victory, #ComeBackKings #[=ComeBackKings=] was trending on Twitter). They're also not shy of handing out thrashings, either, crushing Real Madrid 4-0 at Anfield in 2009 and having in 2007 responded to a 1-0 first leg defeat by Turkish team Besiktas by breaking the Champions League's goal scoring record, obliterating them ''8-0.'' In short, Liverpool are not a team you want chasing a game in Europe, nor is Anfield a place you particularly want to go.
17th Apr '16 12:44:47 PM DarkPhoenix94
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** Had some bad luck in Europe in recent years, being knocked out of the UsefulNotes/UEFAChampionsLeague semi-final stage more than once thanks to contentious decisions and match-ups with bogey team Liverpool, who tended to bring their A-Game for European matches. In the 2009 home leg against Barcelona, the referee missed several clear penalties and had to flee the UK after receiving death threats.

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** Had some bad luck in Europe in recent years, being knocked out of the UsefulNotes/UEFAChampionsLeague semi-final stage more than once thanks to contentious decisions and match-ups with bogey team Liverpool, who tended tend to bring their A-Game for European matches. In the 2009 home leg against Barcelona, the referee missed several clear penalties and had to flee the UK after receiving death threats.



** Part of one of (arguably) the most famous rivalries in Football, with the neighbouring Liverpool FC, a fixture which has produced the most red cards in history. This has ranged everywhere from friendly competition to seemingly utter hatred over the hundred plus years of the clubs existence. Currently seems to be the latter as of 2016.

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** Part of one of (arguably) the most famous rivalries in Football, with the neighbouring Liverpool FC, a fixture which has produced the most red cards in history. This has ranged everywhere from friendly competition to seemingly utter hatred over the hundred plus years of the clubs existence. Currently seems to be the latter as of 2016.2016, with the fixture officially having the most red cards in Premier League history. However relations between fans remain cordial enough that it's the only derby not to enforce fan segregation.



*** Then they did it again in 2013/14, when they very nearly won it with an entire season of stylish attacking football that had them tear almost of all of their closest rivals to shreds in one CurbstompBattle after another, only fizzling out in the last couple of matches due to a mixture of exhaustion, nerves and the not inconsiderably sized road block of Chelsea, who beat them at home with a sucker punch or two in the last ten minutes. After that, their confidence collapsed. Their 2014/15 got off to a decent start, and in the middle of the season, they went on a thirteen game undefeated streak, before stalling against rivals United and Arsenal. After that, partly because of a kind of long term HeroicBSOD, because they had to sell their brilliant striker, Luis Suarez [[ManBitesMan who was unfortunately prone to biting people during matches]] and because of injuries, their confidence collapsed, they went out of the FA Cup in the semi-finals to Aston Villa and they limped to a 6th place finish after an absolutely dire final game of the season, also the final game of [[TheCaptain Steven Gerrard's]] Liverpool career, when they were thrashed 6-1 by Stoke. This was their worst defeat since ''1963''.
*** Following a somewhat limp start to the 2015/16 season that led to boos from the Kop, Brendan Rodgers was sacked following a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby. Some consider this unfair, pointing out that Liverpool were only six points off first place at the time, Rodgers had been given a considerable transfer kitty in the summer and just need time. However, his replacement, charismatic German Jurgen Klopp, famous for the sort of attacking game that is generally considered a Liverpool trademark and for breaking Bayern Munich's stranglehold on the German title with Borussia Dortmund, winning it back to back, then taking Dortmund to the Champions League final, was met with hearty approval by Liverpool fans and naked envy by fans of other teams. Since Dortmund are a club of similar philosophy to Liverpool, to the point where they adopted Liverpool's club anthem, 'You'll Never Walk Alone', this was considered a match made in heaven by fans, players and pundits alike, something apparently confirmed by Klopp turning a team that couldn't buy a goal into one that [[CurbstompBattle thrashed Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge and destroyed title contenders Manchester City 4-1 at the Etihad, which both sides agreed could have ended up at around 8-1,]] and, crucially, could dig out a messy win as required. This had some fans dreaming of a title win, and other more realistic fans dreaming of a top 4 place. After a slump, involving a 3-0 hammering by Watford, these dreams faced a reality check.
** Though having got through a jam-packed January with a decent record (including the [[CurbstompBattle brutal 6-0 curbstomping]] [[ChewToy Aston Villa]], spurred on by the returns of frequently injured but brilliant striker Daniel Sturridge [[note]] By frequently injured, we mean he's missed about half the games he could have played since he joined the club through injury and seems to get injured at the drop of a hat, leading to derisive complaints from fans that he's made of glass/matchsticks/crisps (chips, for Americans)[[/note]], phenomenally talented Brazilian attacking midfielder Philippe 'the Little Magician' Coutinho and the hitting of top form by his compatriot, Roberto Firmino, who steadily won over the sceptical Anfield crowd, in time for the League Cup Final, seemed like just the tonic this team needed. However, said final was against Manchester City, and while Liverpool pushed them all the way to Extra Time and Penalties, they were eventually beaten. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge They immediately got revenge]] by [[CurbstompBattle crushing City 3-0]] at Anfield, however, before edging out [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter bogey team]] Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park, despite going 1-0 down and having a player sent off, and then in the first leg of their Last 16 Europa League tie with hated rivals Manchester United, kicking them up and down Anfield in a 2-0 win that would have been 6-0 or more were it not for the heroics of the United goalkeeper and sealing the deal with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, before going on to hold competition favourites Borussia Dortmund 1-1 at the Westfalenstadion and pulling off a breathtaking 4-3 comeback win at home, scoring three goals in half an hour. This run of form has at the very least revived dreams of taking the Champions League place given to the winner of the Europa League.

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*** Then they did it again in 2013/14, 2013/14 under Brendan Rodgers, when they very nearly won it with an entire season of stylish attacking football that had them tear almost of all of their closest rivals to shreds in one CurbstompBattle after another, only fizzling out in the last couple of matches due to a mixture of exhaustion, nerves and the not inconsiderably sized road block of Chelsea, who beat them at home with a sucker punch or two in the last ten minutes. After that, their confidence collapsed. Their 2014/15 got off to a decent start, and in the middle of the season, they went on a thirteen game undefeated streak, before stalling against rivals United and Arsenal. After that, partly because of a kind of long term HeroicBSOD, because they had to sell their brilliant striker, Luis Suarez [[ManBitesMan who was unfortunately prone to biting people during matches]] and because of injuries, their confidence collapsed, they went out of the FA Cup in the semi-finals to Aston Villa and they limped to a 6th place finish after an absolutely dire final game of the season, also the final game of [[TheCaptain Steven Gerrard's]] Liverpool career, when they were thrashed 6-1 by Stoke. This was their worst defeat since ''1963''.
*** Following a somewhat limp start to the 2015/16 season that led to boos from the Kop, Brendan Rodgers was sacked following after a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby. Some consider this unfair, pointing out that Liverpool were only six points weren't far off first place at the time, Rodgers had been given a considerable transfer kitty in the summer and argued he just need needed time. However, his replacement, charismatic German Jurgen Klopp, famous for the sort of attacking game that is generally considered a Liverpool trademark full throttle ''gegenpressing'' football and for breaking Bayern Munich's stranglehold on the German title with Borussia Dortmund, winning it back to back, then taking Dortmund to the Champions League final, was met with hearty approval by Liverpool fans and naked envy by fans of other teams. Since Dortmund are a club of similar philosophy to Liverpool, to the point where they adopted Liverpool's club anthem, 'You'll Never Walk Alone', this was considered a match made in heaven by fans, players and pundits alike, something apparently confirmed by Klopp turning a team that couldn't buy a goal into one that alike. Results seemed to bear this out as Liverpool [[CurbstompBattle thrashed Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge and destroyed title contenders Manchester City 4-1 at the Etihad, which both sides agreed could have ended up at around 8-1,]] and, crucially, could dig out a messy win as required. This had some fans dreaming of a title win, and other more realistic fans dreaming of a top 4 place. After a slump, involving a 3-0 hammering by Watford, these dreams faced a reality check.
** Though having got through a jam-packed January with a decent record (including the [[CurbstompBattle brutal 6-0 curbstomping]] [[ChewToy Aston Villa]], spurred on by the returns of frequently injured but brilliant striker Daniel Sturridge [[note]] By frequently injured, we mean he's missed about half the games he could have played since he joined the club through injury and seems to get injured at the drop of a hat, leading to derisive complaints from fans that he's made of glass/matchsticks/crisps (chips, for Americans)[[/note]], phenomenally talented Brazilian attacking midfielder Philippe 'the Little Magician' Coutinho and the hitting of top form by his compatriot, Roberto Firmino, who steadily won over the sceptical Anfield crowd, crowd in time for the League Cup Final, seemed like just the tonic this team needed. However, said final was against Manchester City, and while Liverpool pushed them all the way to Extra Time and Penalties, they were eventually beaten. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge They immediately got revenge]] by [[CurbstompBattle crushing City 3-0]] at Anfield, however, though, before edging out [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter bogey team]] Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park, despite going 1-0 down and having a player sent off, and then in the first leg of their Last 16 Europa League tie with hated rivals Manchester United, kicking them up and down Anfield in a 2-0 win that would have been 6-0 or more were it not for the heroics of the United goalkeeper and sealing the deal with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, before going on to hold competition favourites Borussia Dortmund 1-1 at the Westfalenstadion and pulling off a breathtaking 4-3 comeback win at home, scoring three goals in half an hour. This run of form has at the very least revived dreams of taking the Champions League place given to the winner of the Europa League.League.
** Pursuant to the above, Liverpool are known for bringing their A-Game in Europe, even (especially) when technically speaking they are completely outclassed, thriving on ridiculous odds. This is a club that tends to regard a three goal deficit against a technically superior team as a challenge, as the 2005 Champions League final (3-0 down 45 minutes in, level at 3-3 on the hour, after 3 goals in 6 minutes) and the 2016 Quarter Final Second Leg against Borussia Dortmund (3-1 down at 60 minutes, 4-3 up at 92 minutes) demonstrate. And these are just two of the more recent examples. As a result, they're sometimes known as Europe's Comeback Kings (as in, after the latest against-the-odds-victory, #ComeBackKings was trending on Twitter). They're also not shy of handing out thrashings, either, crushing Real Madrid 4-0 at Anfield in 2009 and having in 2007 responded to a 1-0 first leg defeat by Turkish team Besiktas by breaking the Champions League's goal scoring record, obliterating them ''8-0.'' In short, Liverpool are not a team you want chasing a game in Europe, nor is Anfield a place you particularly want to go.
*** Having won five Champions League trophies (in '77, '78, '81, '84 and '05), they are the first and only (thanks to a rule change in 2009) English team to be allowed to keep the trophy, a new one being made for the following season.
15th Apr '16 11:28:27 AM DarkPhoenix94
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** AKA "The Reds" or sometimes "The Anfield Reds"[[note]] Anfield is their home ground, which was formerly occupied by crosstown rivals Everton. Anfield is only added to the name to distinguish the team from the other red team at Manchester[[/note]] is the other Merseyside club. Won everything in sight in the 1970s and 80s, and have 18 league victories. They have the most Champions' League wins in England (5) and they have never let anyone forget it. Fans famously sing "You'll Never Walk Alone", a song originally from the musical ''Theatre/{{Carousel}}'', which is so bound up with the club's identity that the title is part of the club's crest and atop the famous Shankly Gates. Something of an EarWorm, it has since become one of the best known and most popular anthems in football, having been adopted by Celtic FC of Scotland, Club Brugge of Belgium, Feyernoord, FC Twente and FC Cambuur of the Netherlands and [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff about half the teams in the German Bundesliga]], even by teams as far afield as FC Tokyo of Japan.
** The club is well known outside of football for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsborough_disaster Hillsborough Disaster]], where 96 fans were crushed to death prior to an FA Cup semi-final. The youngest victim, ten year old Jon-Paul Gilhooley, was the cousin of Steven Gerrard, future club legend, talismanic captain and widely considered one of the best players of his generation, who revealed in 2006 that he played for Jon-Paul.

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** AKA "The Reds" or sometimes "The Anfield Reds"[[note]] Anfield is their home ground, which was formerly occupied by crosstown rivals Everton. Anfield is only added to the name to distinguish the team from the other red team at Manchester[[/note]] is the other Merseyside club. Won everything in sight in the 1970s and 80s, and have 18 league victories. They have the most Champions' League wins in England (5) and they have never let anyone forget it. Fans famously sing "You'll Never Walk Alone", a song originally from the musical ''Theatre/{{Carousel}}'', which is so bound up with the club's identity that the title is part of the club's crest and atop the famous Shankly Gates. Something of an EarWorm, it has since become one of the best known and most popular anthems in football, having been adopted by Celtic FC of Scotland, Club Brugge of Belgium, Feyernoord, FC Twente and FC Cambuur of the Netherlands and [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Borussia Dortmund, as well as about half the other teams in the German Bundesliga]], even by teams as far afield as FC Tokyo of Japan.
** The club is well known outside of football for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsborough_disaster Hillsborough Disaster]], where 96 fans were crushed to death prior to an FA Cup semi-final. The youngest victim, ten year old Jon-Paul Gilhooley, was the cousin of a then 9 year old little boy called Steven Gerrard, future Gerrard. Gerrard grew up to become a club legend, talismanic captain of club and country and is widely considered one of the best players of his generation, who with luminaries such as [[TheAce Zinedine Zidane]] calling him the best midfielder in the world. He revealed in 2006 that he played for Jon-Paul.



*** Following a somewhat limp start to the 2015/16 season that led to boos from the almost pathologically loyal Kop, Brendan Rodgers was sacked following a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby. Some consider this unfair, pointing out that Liverpool were only six points off first place at the time, Rodgers had been given a considerable transfer kitty in the summer and the general consensus was that Liverpool were on the cusp of making the dozens of chances they created into goals. However, his replacement, charismatic German Jurgen Klopp, famous for the sort of pressing, attacking game that is generally considered a Liverpool trademark and for breaking Bayern Munich's stranglehold on the title with Borussia Dortmund, winning it back to back and doing a league and cup double, then taking Dortmund to the Champions League final, has been met with hearty approval by Liverpool fans and naked envy by fans of other teams. Since Dortmund are a club of similar philosophy to Liverpool, to the point where they adopted Liverpool's club anthem, 'You'll Never Walk Alone', this is considered a match made in heaven by fans, players and pundits alike, something apparently confirmed by Klopp turning a team that couldn't buy a goal into one that [[CurbstompBattle ripped apart Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge and destroyed title contenders Manchester City 4-1 at the Etihad, which both sides agreed could have ended up at around 8-1,]] and, crucially, could dig out a messy win as required. This had some fans dreaming of a title win, and other more realistic fans dreaming of a top 4 place. After a slump, involving a 3-0 hammering by Watford, these dreams have faced a reality check.
** Though having got through a jam-packed January with a decent record (including the handing out of a [[CurbstompBattle brutal 6-0 curbstomping]] to league ChewToy Aston Villa, something spurred by the returns of frequently injured but brilliant striker Daniel Sturridge (by frequently injured, we mean he's missed about half the games he could have played since he joined the club through injury and seems to get injured at the drop of a hat, leading to derisive complaints from fans that he's made of glass/matchsticks/crisps (chips, for Americans)), phenomenally talented Brazilian attacking midfielder Philippe 'the Little Magician' Coutinho and the hitting of top form by his compatriot, Roberto Firmino, who has steadily won over the sceptical Anfield crowd, in time for an upcoming League Cup Final, seemed like just the tonic this team needed. However, said League Cup final was against Manchester City, who weren't exactly push overs, and while Liverpool pushed them all the way to Extra Time and penalties, they were eventually beaten. Three days later, though, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge they immediately got revenge]] by [[CurbstompBattle crushing City 3-0]] at Anfield, before edging out [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter bogey team]] Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park, despite going 1-0 down and having a player sent off, and then in the first leg of their first meeting in Europe with hated rivals Manchester United, kicking them up and down Anfield in a 2-0 win that would have been 6-0 or more were it not for the heroics of the United goalkeeper. This run of form (4 wins in the last 5 games), combined with the general inconsistency of the league, has revived those top 4 dreams.
** Liverpool's fans, colloquially known as 'the Kop' or 'Kopites', after the Kop End, which itself is named after the hill on which the Battle of Spion Kop was fought in 1906, are some of the most famous in the footballing world and certainly among the most vocal, giving Anfield a reputation as one of the most atmospheric stadiums on the planet, famed for 'the Anfield Roar'. No matter how well or badly the club is doing, the sight and sound of the Kop in full voice is truly breathtaking, having achieved legendary status in the footballing world. Speaking of the fans, they're also a fairly cosmopolitan bunch, with, like Manchester United, a global fanbase estimated to be in the hundreds of millions, and the club takes advantage of this with its summer tours to the US, Australia and South East Asia. More local support is drawn from Wales, Ireland and (to a lesser extent) Scotland, with Liverpool having a long tradition of star players from those countries, such as club legends Ian Rush (Welsh), Mark Lawrenson (Irish) and Alan Hansen (Scottish). More puzzlingly, there's a [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff massive fan base in Norway.]] No one is quite sure why. One possible explanation is the prominence of the usually under-represented Norwegians in Liverpool sides down the years, such as Stig Inge Bjorneybie and more notably, fan favourite John Arne Riise, winner of almost every trophy under the sun with Liverpool and famous for having a left foot that regularly did passable impersonations of [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Mjolnir.]] As in, once when he took a free kick against Manchester United in 2006, Alan Smith, the unfortunate player standing in the way [[UpToEleven ended up out for eight months with his leg broken in two separate places]] and was never quite the same again afterwards. Matchgoers in particular are pathologically loyal to the club; it takes ''a lot'' to make them stop singing for any length of time and if they have done so, it's a very bad sign. If they have started booing and you are the manager, you are likely to be fired soon afterwards. Recently, they demonstrated their displeasure at a proposed ticket price hike to £77 and demonstrated this displeasure by leaving in the 77th minute of Liverpool's match with Sunderland. Liverpool, who had been winning 2-0, drew 2-2. The owners hurriedly backed down.

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*** Following a somewhat limp start to the 2015/16 season that led to boos from the almost pathologically loyal Kop, Brendan Rodgers was sacked following a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby. Some consider this unfair, pointing out that Liverpool were only six points off first place at the time, Rodgers had been given a considerable transfer kitty in the summer and the general consensus was that Liverpool were on the cusp of making the dozens of chances they created into goals. just need time. However, his replacement, charismatic German Jurgen Klopp, famous for the sort of pressing, attacking game that is generally considered a Liverpool trademark and for breaking Bayern Munich's stranglehold on the German title with Borussia Dortmund, winning it back to back and doing a league and cup double, back, then taking Dortmund to the Champions League final, has been was met with hearty approval by Liverpool fans and naked envy by fans of other teams. Since Dortmund are a club of similar philosophy to Liverpool, to the point where they adopted Liverpool's club anthem, 'You'll Never Walk Alone', this is was considered a match made in heaven by fans, players and pundits alike, something apparently confirmed by Klopp turning a team that couldn't buy a goal into one that [[CurbstompBattle ripped apart thrashed Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge and destroyed title contenders Manchester City 4-1 at the Etihad, which both sides agreed could have ended up at around 8-1,]] and, crucially, could dig out a messy win as required. This had some fans dreaming of a title win, and other more realistic fans dreaming of a top 4 place. After a slump, involving a 3-0 hammering by Watford, these dreams have faced a reality check.
** Though having got through a jam-packed January with a decent record (including the handing out of a [[CurbstompBattle brutal 6-0 curbstomping]] to league ChewToy curbstomping]] [[ChewToy Aston Villa, something Villa]], spurred on by the returns of frequently injured but brilliant striker Daniel Sturridge (by [[note]] By frequently injured, we mean he's missed about half the games he could have played since he joined the club through injury and seems to get injured at the drop of a hat, leading to derisive complaints from fans that he's made of glass/matchsticks/crisps (chips, for Americans)), Americans)[[/note]], phenomenally talented Brazilian attacking midfielder Philippe 'the Little Magician' Coutinho and the hitting of top form by his compatriot, Roberto Firmino, who has steadily won over the sceptical Anfield crowd, in time for an upcoming the League Cup Final, seemed like just the tonic this team needed. However, said League Cup final was against Manchester City, who weren't exactly push overs, and while Liverpool pushed them all the way to Extra Time and penalties, Penalties, they were eventually beaten. Three days later, though, beaten. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge they They immediately got revenge]] by [[CurbstompBattle crushing City 3-0]] at Anfield, however, before edging out [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter bogey team]] Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park, despite going 1-0 down and having a player sent off, and then in the first leg of their first meeting in Europe Last 16 Europa League tie with hated rivals Manchester United, kicking them up and down Anfield in a 2-0 win that would have been 6-0 or more were it not for the heroics of the United goalkeeper. goalkeeper and sealing the deal with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, before going on to hold competition favourites Borussia Dortmund 1-1 at the Westfalenstadion and pulling off a breathtaking 4-3 comeback win at home, scoring three goals in half an hour. This run of form (4 wins in has at the last 5 games), combined with the general inconsistency of the league, has very least revived those top 4 dreams.
dreams of taking the Champions League place given to the winner of the Europa League.
** Liverpool's fans, colloquially known as 'the Kop' or 'Kopites', after the Kop End, which itself is named after the hill on which the Battle of Spion Kop was fought in 1906, are some of the most famous in the footballing world and certainly among the most vocal, giving Anfield a reputation as one of the most atmospheric stadiums on the planet, famed for 'the Anfield Roar'. No matter how well or badly the club is doing, the sight and sound of the Kop in full voice is truly breathtaking, having achieved legendary status in the footballing world. Speaking of the fans, they're also a fairly cosmopolitan bunch, with, like Manchester United, a global fanbase estimated to be in the hundreds of millions, and the club takes advantage of this with its summer tours to the US, Australia and South East Asia. More local support is drawn from Wales, Ireland and (to a lesser extent) Scotland, with Liverpool having a long tradition of star players from those countries, such as club legends Ian Rush (Welsh), Mark Lawrenson (Irish) and Alan Hansen (Scottish). There's also a certain fondness for Liverpool in Germany, partly because of Liverpool's new manager Jurgen Klopp being widely beloved by fans of his former team, Borussia Dortmund, and the two clubs have a very similar philosophy. More puzzlingly, there's a [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff massive fan base in Norway.]] No one is quite sure why. One possible explanation is the prominence of the usually under-represented Norwegians in Liverpool sides down the years, such as Stig Inge Bjorneybie and more notably, fan favourite John Arne Riise, winner of almost every trophy under the sun with Liverpool and famous for having a left foot that regularly did passable impersonations of [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Mjolnir.]] As in, once when he took a free kick against Manchester United in 2006, Alan Smith, the unfortunate player standing in the way [[UpToEleven ended up out for eight months with his leg broken in two separate places]] and was never quite the same again afterwards. Matchgoers in particular are pathologically loyal to the club; it takes ''a lot'' to make them stop singing for any length of time and if they have done so, it's a very bad sign. If they have started booing and you are the manager, you are likely to be fired soon afterwards. Recently, they demonstrated their displeasure at a proposed ticket price hike to £77 and demonstrated this displeasure by leaving in the 77th minute of Liverpool's match with Sunderland. Liverpool, who had been winning 2-0, drew 2-2. The owners hurriedly backed down.


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*** Liverpool-United derbies, however, are much more combustible affairs, with vile chants about the Hillsborough Disaster aimed at Liverpool fans, some of whom have been known to reply with chants about the Munich Air Disaster.
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** AKA "The Reds" or sometimes "The Anfield Reds"[[note]] Anfield is their home ground, which was formerly occupied by crosstown rivals Everton. Anfield is only added to the name to distinguish the team from the other red team at Manchester[[/note]] is the other Merseyside club. Won everything in sight in the 1970s and 80s, and have 18 league victories. They have the most Champions' League wins in England (5) and they have never let anyone forget it. Fans famously sing "You'll Never Walk Alone", a song originally from the musical ''Theatre/{{Carousel}}'', which is so bound up with the club's identity that the title is part of the club's crest and atop the famous Shankly Gates. Something of an EarWorm, it has since become one of the best known and most popular anthems in football, having been adopted by Celtic FC of Scotland, Club Brugge of Belgium, Feyernoord, FC Twente and FC Cambuur of the Netherlands and [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff about half the teams in the German Bundesliga]], even by teams as far afield as FC Tokyo of Japan. The club is well known outside of football for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsborough_disaster Hillsborough Disaster]], where 96 fans were crushed to death prior to an FA Cup semi-final. The youngest victim, ten year old Jon-Paul Gilhooley, was the cousin of Steven Gerrard, future club legend, talismanic captain and widely considered one of the best players of his generation, who revealed in 2006 that he played for Jon-Paul. Since 1990, their fortunes have been decidedly mixed, with high points including a Treble (they won three trophies) in 2001, an epic underdog comeback Champions League win in 2005 against AC Milan, then one of the best teams on the planet (while even Liverpool's own players didn't think that their squad was exactly vintage) who raced into a 3-0 half time lead. Six second half minutes later, it was 3-3 and Liverpool won on penalties. For this reason it is generally referred to as 'the Miracle of Istanbul'. Then there was the FA Cup Final of 2006 against West Ham, in which the score was also 3-3 and was almost singlehandedly won by Steven Gerrard, another Champions League Final appearance in 2007 (in which Milan got their revenge), a League Cup triumph in 2012 and highly creditable title challenges in 2001/2002 and 2008/9. After that, it went decidedly downhill for a few years, though that era seemed to have ended with the title challenge of 2013/14. However, this was followed by another steep decline, so who knows? For this reason, 'Liverpool fan' is sometimes considered synonymous with 'masochist'.

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** AKA "The Reds" or sometimes "The Anfield Reds"[[note]] Anfield is their home ground, which was formerly occupied by crosstown rivals Everton. Anfield is only added to the name to distinguish the team from the other red team at Manchester[[/note]] is the other Merseyside club. Won everything in sight in the 1970s and 80s, and have 18 league victories. They have the most Champions' League wins in England (5) and they have never let anyone forget it. Fans famously sing "You'll Never Walk Alone", a song originally from the musical ''Theatre/{{Carousel}}'', which is so bound up with the club's identity that the title is part of the club's crest and atop the famous Shankly Gates. Something of an EarWorm, it has since become one of the best known and most popular anthems in football, having been adopted by Celtic FC of Scotland, Club Brugge of Belgium, Feyernoord, FC Twente and FC Cambuur of the Netherlands and [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff about half the teams in the German Bundesliga]], even by teams as far afield as FC Tokyo of Japan. Japan.
**
The club is well known outside of football for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsborough_disaster Hillsborough Disaster]], where 96 fans were crushed to death prior to an FA Cup semi-final. The youngest victim, ten year old Jon-Paul Gilhooley, was the cousin of Steven Gerrard, future club legend, talismanic captain and widely considered one of the best players of his generation, who revealed in 2006 that he played for Jon-Paul.
**
Since 1990, their fortunes have been decidedly mixed, with high points including a Treble (they won three trophies) in 2001, an epic underdog comeback Champions League win in 2005 against AC Milan, then one of the best teams on the planet (while even Liverpool's own players didn't think that their squad was exactly vintage) who raced into a 3-0 half time lead. Six second half minutes later, it was 3-3 and Liverpool won on penalties. For this reason it is generally referred to as 'the Miracle of Istanbul'. Then there was the FA Cup Final of 2006 against West Ham, in which the score was also 3-3 and was almost singlehandedly won by Steven Gerrard, another Champions League Final appearance in 2007 (in which Milan got their revenge), a League Cup triumph in 2012 and highly creditable title challenges in 2001/2002 and 2008/9. After that, it went decidedly downhill for a few years, though that era seemed to have ended with before the title challenge of 2013/14. However, this was followed by another steep decline, so who knows? confirming the club's reputation as a footballing yo-yo. For this reason, 'Liverpool fan' is sometimes considered synonymous with 'masochist'.



** Though having got through a jam-packed January with a decent record (including the handing out of a [[CurbstompBattle brutal 6-0 curbstomping]] to league ChewToy Aston Villa, something spurred by the returns of frequently injured but brilliant striker Daniel Sturridge (by frequently injured, we mean he's missed about half the games he could have played since he joined the club through injury and seems to get injured at the drop of a hat, leading to derisive complaints from fans that he's made of glass/matchsticks/crisps (chips, for Americans)), phenomenally talented Brazilian attacking midfielder Philippe 'the Little Magician' Coutinho and the hitting of top form by his compatriot, Roberto Firmino, who has steadily won over the sceptical Anfield crowd, in time for an upcoming League Cup Final, seemed like just the tonic this team needs. However, said League Cup final was against Manchester City, who weren't exactly push overs, and while Liverpool pushed them all the way to Extra Time and penalties, they were eventually beaten. Three days later, though, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge they immediately got revenge]] by [[CurbstompBattle crushing City 3-0]] at Anfield, before edging out [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter bogey team]] Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park, despite going 1-0 down and having a player sent off, combined with the general inconsistency of the league have revived those top 4 dreams.
** Liverpool's fans, colloquially known as 'the Kop' or 'Kopites', after the Kop End, which itself is named after the hill on which the Battle of Spion Kop was fought in 1906, are some of the most famous in the footballing world and certainly among the most vocal, giving Anfield a reputation as one of the most atmospheric stadiums on the planet, famed for 'the Anfield Roar'. They're also a fairly cosmopolitan bunch, with, like Manchester United, a global fanbase estimated to be in the hundreds of millions, and the club takes advantage of this with its summer tours to the US, Australia and South East Asia. More local support is drawn from Wales, Ireland and (to a lesser extent) Scotland, with Liverpool having a long tradition of star players from those countries, such as club legends Ian Rush, Mark Lawrenson and Alan Hansen. More puzzlingly, there's a [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff massive fan base in Norway.]] No one is quite sure why. One possible explanation is the prominence of usually under-represented Norwegian players in Liverpool sides down the years, such as Stig Inge Bjorneybie and more notably, fan favourite John Arne Riise, winner of almost every trophy under the sun with Liverpool and famous for having a left foot that regularly did passable impersonations of [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Mjolnir.]] As in, once when he took a free kick against Manchester United in 2006, Alan Smith, the unfortunate player standing in the way [[UpToEleven ended up out for eight months with a broken leg]] and was never quite the same again afterwards. Matchgoers in particular are pathologically loyal to the club; it takes ''a lot'' to make them stop singing for any length of time and if they have done so, it's a very bad sign. If they have started booing and you are the manager, you are likely to be fired soon afterwards. Recently, they demonstrated their displeasure at a proposed ticket price hike to £77 and demonstrated this displeasure by leaving in the 77th minute of Liverpool's match with Sunderland. Liverpool, who had been winning 2-0, drew 2-2. The owners hurriedly backed down.
** Merseyside derbies are sell-outs and pretty scrappy matches - they have more red cards than any other games - and, often, surprisingly high scoring, since both teams desperately want to win. Although in times of need both sets of fans can and do become very close, with supporters of both teams often being found in the same family, after Hillsborough there was a chain of scarves [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming connecting Anfield and Goodison Park.]] This is something helped by the fact that, more often than not, supporters of both teams can be found in the same family, and, in essence, the rivalry's more like a family feud.

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** Though having got through a jam-packed January with a decent record (including the handing out of a [[CurbstompBattle brutal 6-0 curbstomping]] to league ChewToy Aston Villa, something spurred by the returns of frequently injured but brilliant striker Daniel Sturridge (by frequently injured, we mean he's missed about half the games he could have played since he joined the club through injury and seems to get injured at the drop of a hat, leading to derisive complaints from fans that he's made of glass/matchsticks/crisps (chips, for Americans)), phenomenally talented Brazilian attacking midfielder Philippe 'the Little Magician' Coutinho and the hitting of top form by his compatriot, Roberto Firmino, who has steadily won over the sceptical Anfield crowd, in time for an upcoming League Cup Final, seemed like just the tonic this team needs.needed. However, said League Cup final was against Manchester City, who weren't exactly push overs, and while Liverpool pushed them all the way to Extra Time and penalties, they were eventually beaten. Three days later, though, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge they immediately got revenge]] by [[CurbstompBattle crushing City 3-0]] at Anfield, before edging out [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter bogey team]] Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park, despite going 1-0 down and having a player sent off, and then in the first leg of their first meeting in Europe with hated rivals Manchester United, kicking them up and down Anfield in a 2-0 win that would have been 6-0 or more were it not for the heroics of the United goalkeeper. This run of form (4 wins in the last 5 games), combined with the general inconsistency of the league have league, has revived those top 4 dreams.
** Liverpool's fans, colloquially known as 'the Kop' or 'Kopites', after the Kop End, which itself is named after the hill on which the Battle of Spion Kop was fought in 1906, are some of the most famous in the footballing world and certainly among the most vocal, giving Anfield a reputation as one of the most atmospheric stadiums on the planet, famed for 'the Anfield Roar'. They're No matter how well or badly the club is doing, the sight and sound of the Kop in full voice is truly breathtaking, having achieved legendary status in the footballing world. Speaking of the fans, they're also a fairly cosmopolitan bunch, with, like Manchester United, a global fanbase estimated to be in the hundreds of millions, and the club takes advantage of this with its summer tours to the US, Australia and South East Asia. More local support is drawn from Wales, Ireland and (to a lesser extent) Scotland, with Liverpool having a long tradition of star players from those countries, such as club legends Ian Rush, Rush (Welsh), Mark Lawrenson (Irish) and Alan Hansen.Hansen (Scottish). More puzzlingly, there's a [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff massive fan base in Norway.]] No one is quite sure why. One possible explanation is the prominence of the usually under-represented Norwegian players Norwegians in Liverpool sides down the years, such as Stig Inge Bjorneybie and more notably, fan favourite John Arne Riise, winner of almost every trophy under the sun with Liverpool and famous for having a left foot that regularly did passable impersonations of [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Mjolnir.]] As in, once when he took a free kick against Manchester United in 2006, Alan Smith, the unfortunate player standing in the way [[UpToEleven ended up out for eight months with a his leg broken leg]] in two separate places]] and was never quite the same again afterwards. Matchgoers in particular are pathologically loyal to the club; it takes ''a lot'' to make them stop singing for any length of time and if they have done so, it's a very bad sign. If they have started booing and you are the manager, you are likely to be fired soon afterwards. Recently, they demonstrated their displeasure at a proposed ticket price hike to £77 and demonstrated this displeasure by leaving in the 77th minute of Liverpool's match with Sunderland. Liverpool, who had been winning 2-0, drew 2-2. The owners hurriedly backed down.
** Merseyside derbies are sell-outs and pretty scrappy matches - they have more red cards than any other games - and, often, surprisingly high scoring, since both teams desperately want to win. Although in times of need both sets of fans can and do become very close, with supporters of both teams often being found in the same family, after Hillsborough there was a chain of scarves [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming connecting Anfield and Goodison Park.]] This is something helped by the fact that, more often than not, supporters of both teams can be found in the same family, and, in essence, the rivalry's more like a family feud.feud - and accordingly, can vary between its current status of mutual hatred and, as in the 80's, being known as 'the Friendly Derby', with one notable FA Cup final featuring both sets of fans mixing freely and singing, 'Merseyside, Merseyside' and, predictably, 'Are You Watching Manchester?' While relations have not so much cooled but frozen, it is notable that to this day, it is the only major derby that does not enforce fan segregation.



** Liverpool, however, tend to get their own back whenever City come to Anfield (most recent result: 3-0). To this day, it is the only stadium which City haven't won at in the Premier League following the Abu Dhabi takeover, and they haven't won there at all since 2003. And this status as chief pain in the neck isn't always restricted to Anfield visits, as Liverpool demonstrated when [[CurbstompBattle they turned over City 4-1 at the Etihad]] earlier in the 2015/16 season.



** Probably the most famous football club in England, and for that matter the world, with an official fan club that comprises 5% of the planet's population. They are also the world's largest sports club, last valued at billion ($2.5 billion). Because Manchester United fans can be found around the world (witness the incredibly lucrative promotional tours in the far east) it is often said - by City fans and just about everyone else - that real Mancunians support City and/or most Manchester United fans have never been to Manchester. Which is of course, nonsense, as Manchester is very divided between City and United and United had a solid large fanbase before the worldwide success of the Nineties and Noughties.

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** Probably the most famous football club in England, and for that matter the world, with an official fan club that comprises 5% of the planet's population. population, with arch-rivals Liverpool close behind in both respects. They are also the world's largest sports club, last valued at £2.1 billion ($2.5 ($3.1 billion). Because Manchester United fans can be found around the world (witness the incredibly lucrative promotional tours in the far east) it is often said - by City fans and just about everyone else - that real Mancunians support City and/or most Manchester United fans have never been to Manchester. Which is of course, nonsense, as Manchester is very divided between City and United and United had a solid large fanbase before the worldwide success of the Nineties and Noughties.



** Equally, there is a similarly long standing (and arguably more vicious, lacking the family ties mentioned above) rivalry between United and Liverpool, one that can be traced back to the inter-city rivalry of the industrial revolution as well as the fact that they are by far the two most successful teams in English history.

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** Equally, there is a similarly long standing (and arguably much more vicious, lacking the family ties mentioned above) rivalry between United and Liverpool, one that can be traced back to the inter-city rivalry of the industrial revolution as well as the fact that they are by far the two most successful teams in English history.history. This can lead to epic footballing clashes and to unsavoury scenes on the pitch and in the stands, such as [{TokenEvilTeamMate Luis Suarez']] racial abuse of Patrice Evra and United fans singing about the Heysel and Hillsborough disasters.
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** AKA "The Reds" or sometimes "The Anfield Reds"[[note]] Anfield is their home ground, which was formerly occupied by crosstown rivals Everton. Anfield is only added to the name to distinguish the team from the other red team at Manchester[[/note]] is the other Merseyside club. Won everything in sight in the 1970s and 80s, and have 18 league victories. They have the most Champions' League wins in England (5) and they have never let anyone forget it. Fans famously sing "You'll Never Walk Alone", a song originally from the musical ''Theatre/{{Carousel}}'', which is so bound up with the club's identity that the title is part of the club's crest and atop the famous Shankly Gates. Something of an EarWorm, it has since become one of the best known and most popular anthems in football, having been adopted by Celtic FC of Scotland, Club Brugge of Belgium, Feyernoord, FC Twente and FC Cambuur of the Netherlands and [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff about half the teams in the German Bundesliga]], even by teams as far afield as FC Tokyo of Japan. The club is well known outside of football for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsborough_disaster Hillsborough Disaster]], where 96 fans were crushed to death prior to an FA Cup semi-final. The youngest victim, ten year old Jon-Paul Gilhooley, was the cousin of Steven Gerrard, future club legend, talismanic captain and widely considered one of the best players of his generation. Since 1990, their fortunes have been decidedly mixed, with high points including a Treble (they won three trophies) in 2001, an epic underdog comeback Champions League win in 2005 against AC Milan, then one of the best teams on the planet (while even Liverpool's own players didn't think that their squad was exactly vintage) who raced into a 3-0 half time lead. Six second half minutes later, it was 3-3 and Liverpool won on penalties. For this reason it is generally referred to as 'the Miracle of Istanbul'. Then there was the FA Cup Final of 2006 against West Ham, in which the score was also 3-3 and was almost singlehandedly won by Steven Gerrard, another Champions League Final appearance in 2007 (in which Milan got their revenge), a League Cup triumph in 2012 and highly creditable title challenges in 2001/2002 and 2008/9. After that, it went decidedly downhill for a few years, though that era seemed to have ended with the title challenge of 2013/14. However, this was followed by another steep decline, so who knows? For this reason, 'Liverpool fan' is sometimes considered synonymous with 'masochist'.

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** AKA "The Reds" or sometimes "The Anfield Reds"[[note]] Anfield is their home ground, which was formerly occupied by crosstown rivals Everton. Anfield is only added to the name to distinguish the team from the other red team at Manchester[[/note]] is the other Merseyside club. Won everything in sight in the 1970s and 80s, and have 18 league victories. They have the most Champions' League wins in England (5) and they have never let anyone forget it. Fans famously sing "You'll Never Walk Alone", a song originally from the musical ''Theatre/{{Carousel}}'', which is so bound up with the club's identity that the title is part of the club's crest and atop the famous Shankly Gates. Something of an EarWorm, it has since become one of the best known and most popular anthems in football, having been adopted by Celtic FC of Scotland, Club Brugge of Belgium, Feyernoord, FC Twente and FC Cambuur of the Netherlands and [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff about half the teams in the German Bundesliga]], even by teams as far afield as FC Tokyo of Japan. The club is well known outside of football for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsborough_disaster Hillsborough Disaster]], where 96 fans were crushed to death prior to an FA Cup semi-final. The youngest victim, ten year old Jon-Paul Gilhooley, was the cousin of Steven Gerrard, future club legend, talismanic captain and widely considered one of the best players of his generation.generation, who revealed in 2006 that he played for Jon-Paul. Since 1990, their fortunes have been decidedly mixed, with high points including a Treble (they won three trophies) in 2001, an epic underdog comeback Champions League win in 2005 against AC Milan, then one of the best teams on the planet (while even Liverpool's own players didn't think that their squad was exactly vintage) who raced into a 3-0 half time lead. Six second half minutes later, it was 3-3 and Liverpool won on penalties. For this reason it is generally referred to as 'the Miracle of Istanbul'. Then there was the FA Cup Final of 2006 against West Ham, in which the score was also 3-3 and was almost singlehandedly won by Steven Gerrard, another Champions League Final appearance in 2007 (in which Milan got their revenge), a League Cup triumph in 2012 and highly creditable title challenges in 2001/2002 and 2008/9. After that, it went decidedly downhill for a few years, though that era seemed to have ended with the title challenge of 2013/14. However, this was followed by another steep decline, so who knows? For this reason, 'Liverpool fan' is sometimes considered synonymous with 'masochist'.



*** Then they did it again in 2013/14, when they very nearly won it with an entire season of stylish attacking football that had them tear almost of all of their closest rivals to shreds in one CurbstompBattle after another, only fizzling out in the last couple of matches due to a mixture of exhaustion, nerves and the not inconsiderably sized road block of Chelsea, who beat them at home with a sucker punch or two in the last ten minutes. After that, their confidence collapsed. Their 2014/15 got off to a decent start, and in the middle of the season, they went on a thirteen game undefeated streak, before stalling against rivals United and Arsenal. After that, partly because of a kind of long term HeroicBSOD, because they had to sell their brilliant striker, Luis Suarez [[ManBitesMan who was unfortunately prone to biting people during matches]] and because they've had rotten luck with injuries, their confidence collapsed, they went out of the FA Cup in the semi-finals to Aston Villa and they limped to a 6th place finish after an absolutely dire final game of the season, also the final game of [[TheCaptain Steven Gerrard's]] Liverpool career, when they were thrashed 6-1 by Stoke. This was their worst defeat since ''1963''. The fans are regarding this with an air of grim resignation - it's not like they aren't used to it and it's not like it's unfamiliar. The exact same thing happened with Fernando Torres in 2009...
*** Following a somewhat limp start to the 2015/16 season that led to boos from the almost pathologically loyal Kop, Brendan Rodgers was sacked following a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby. Some consider this unfair, pointing out that Liverpool were only six points off first place at the time, Rodgers had been given a considerable transfer kitty in the summer and the general consensus was that Liverpool were on the cusp of making the dozens of chances they created into goals. However, his replacement, charismatic German Jurgen Klopp, famous for the sort of pressing, attacking game that is generally considered a Liverpool trademark and for breaking Bayern Munich's stranglehold on the title with Borussia Dortmund, winning it back to back, doing a league and cup double, and taking Dortmund to the Champions League final, has been met with hearty approval by Liverpool fans and naked envy by fans of other teams. Since Dortmund are a club of similar philosophy to Liverpool, to the point where they adopted Liverpool's club anthem, 'You'll Never Walk Alone', this is considered a match made in heaven by fans, players and pundits alike, something apparently confirmed by - after a couple of weeks of bedding in time - Klopp turned a team that couldn't buy a goal into one that [[CurbstompBattle ripped apart Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge and destroyed pace-setters and title contenders Manchester City 4-1 at the Etihad, a match that both sides agreed could have ended up at around 8-1,]] and, crucially, could dig out a messy win as required. This, and the fact that Liverpool's 7 hardest away games are over and done with, had some fans dreaming of a title win, and other more realistic fans dreaming of a top 4 place. After a sudden slump, involving a 3-0 hammering by Watford, these dreams have faced a reality check.
** Though having got through a jam-packed January with a decent record (including the handing out of a [[CurbstompBattle brutal 6-0 curbstomping]] to league ChewToy Aston Villa, something spurred by the returns of frequently injured but brilliant striker Daniel Sturridge (by frequently injured, we mean he's missed about half the games he could have played since he joined the club through injury and seems to get injured at the drop of a hat, leading to derisive complaints from fans that he's made of glass/matchsticks/crisps (chips, for Americans)), phenomenally talented Brazilian attacking midfielder Philippe 'the Little Magician' Coutinho and the hitting of top form by his compatriot, Roberto Firmino, who has steadily won over the sceptical Anfield crowd, in time for an upcoming League Cup Final, seemed like just the tonic this team needs. However, said League Cup final was against Manchester City, who weren't exactly push overs, and while Liverpool pushed them all the way to Extra Time and penalties, they were eventually beaten. Three days later, though, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge they immediately got revenge]] by [[CurbstompBattle crushing City 3-0]] at Anfield.

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*** Then they did it again in 2013/14, when they very nearly won it with an entire season of stylish attacking football that had them tear almost of all of their closest rivals to shreds in one CurbstompBattle after another, only fizzling out in the last couple of matches due to a mixture of exhaustion, nerves and the not inconsiderably sized road block of Chelsea, who beat them at home with a sucker punch or two in the last ten minutes. After that, their confidence collapsed. Their 2014/15 got off to a decent start, and in the middle of the season, they went on a thirteen game undefeated streak, before stalling against rivals United and Arsenal. After that, partly because of a kind of long term HeroicBSOD, because they had to sell their brilliant striker, Luis Suarez [[ManBitesMan who was unfortunately prone to biting people during matches]] and because they've had rotten luck with of injuries, their confidence collapsed, they went out of the FA Cup in the semi-finals to Aston Villa and they limped to a 6th place finish after an absolutely dire final game of the season, also the final game of [[TheCaptain Steven Gerrard's]] Liverpool career, when they were thrashed 6-1 by Stoke. This was their worst defeat since ''1963''. The fans are regarding this with an air of grim resignation - it's not like they aren't used to it and it's not like it's unfamiliar. The exact same thing happened with Fernando Torres in 2009...\n
*** Following a somewhat limp start to the 2015/16 season that led to boos from the almost pathologically loyal Kop, Brendan Rodgers was sacked following a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby. Some consider this unfair, pointing out that Liverpool were only six points off first place at the time, Rodgers had been given a considerable transfer kitty in the summer and the general consensus was that Liverpool were on the cusp of making the dozens of chances they created into goals. However, his replacement, charismatic German Jurgen Klopp, famous for the sort of pressing, attacking game that is generally considered a Liverpool trademark and for breaking Bayern Munich's stranglehold on the title with Borussia Dortmund, winning it back to back, back and doing a league and cup double, and then taking Dortmund to the Champions League final, has been met with hearty approval by Liverpool fans and naked envy by fans of other teams. Since Dortmund are a club of similar philosophy to Liverpool, to the point where they adopted Liverpool's club anthem, 'You'll Never Walk Alone', this is considered a match made in heaven by fans, players and pundits alike, something apparently confirmed by - after a couple of weeks of bedding in time - Klopp turned turning a team that couldn't buy a goal into one that [[CurbstompBattle ripped apart Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge and destroyed pace-setters and title contenders Manchester City 4-1 at the Etihad, a match that which both sides agreed could have ended up at around 8-1,]] and, crucially, could dig out a messy win as required. This, and the fact that Liverpool's 7 hardest away games are over and done with, This had some fans dreaming of a title win, and other more realistic fans dreaming of a top 4 place. After a sudden slump, involving a 3-0 hammering by Watford, these dreams have faced a reality check.
** Though having got through a jam-packed January with a decent record (including the handing out of a [[CurbstompBattle brutal 6-0 curbstomping]] to league ChewToy Aston Villa, something spurred by the returns of frequently injured but brilliant striker Daniel Sturridge (by frequently injured, we mean he's missed about half the games he could have played since he joined the club through injury and seems to get injured at the drop of a hat, leading to derisive complaints from fans that he's made of glass/matchsticks/crisps (chips, for Americans)), phenomenally talented Brazilian attacking midfielder Philippe 'the Little Magician' Coutinho and the hitting of top form by his compatriot, Roberto Firmino, who has steadily won over the sceptical Anfield crowd, in time for an upcoming League Cup Final, seemed like just the tonic this team needs. However, said League Cup final was against Manchester City, who weren't exactly push overs, and while Liverpool pushed them all the way to Extra Time and penalties, they were eventually beaten. Three days later, though, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge they immediately got revenge]] by [[CurbstompBattle crushing City 3-0]] at Anfield. Anfield, before edging out [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter bogey team]] Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park, despite going 1-0 down and having a player sent off, combined with the general inconsistency of the league have revived those top 4 dreams.
4th Mar '16 10:49:59 PM KYCubbie
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* Paisley's only representative in top-flight football is '''St Mirren'''. Formed in 1877 the club are based out of St Mirren Park, originally at Love Street (which the stadium was commonly known as) before moving to a new home in 2009. The Buddies, who play in black and white, have won the Scottish Cup on three occasions and are regular winners of the Refrewshire Cup, which they take part in every summer with old rivals Greenock Morton.



* Along with Dundee FC, the side most recently promoted back to the Premiership is '''Hamilton Academical''', known as "The Accies" and playing at New Douglas Park. Founded in 1874, they wear red and white hoops and have no major honours. Returned to the Prem by winning the promotion/relegation play-offs at the end of the 2013–14 season.
* Another recent Premiership returnee (most recently promoted in 2013) is '''Partick Thistle''', one of the Glasgow clubs outside the Old Firm. Founded in 1876, they have played at Firhill Stadium in Maryhill since 1909, but retain their "Partick" name. ''The Jags'' wear yellow and red stripes and have won the Scottish Cup once.

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* Along with Dundee FC, the Another side most recently promoted back to the Premiership is '''Hamilton Academical''', known as "The Accies" and playing at New Douglas Park. Founded in 1874, they wear red and white hoops and have no major honours. Returned to the Prem by winning the promotion/relegation play-offs at the end of the 2013–14 season.
* Another Still another recent Premiership returnee (most recently promoted in 2013) is '''Partick Thistle''', one of the Glasgow clubs outside the Old Firm. Founded in 1876, they have played at Firhill Stadium in Maryhill since 1909, but retain their "Partick" name. ''The Jags'' wear yellow and red stripes and have won the Scottish Cup once.
* '''St Mirren''' was Paisley's only representative in top-flight football from 2006–07 to 2014–15, after which they were relegated to the Championship. Formed in 1877 the club are based out of St Mirren Park, originally at Love Street (which the stadium was commonly known as) before moving to a new home in 2009. The Buddies, who play in black and white, have won the Scottish Cup on three occasions and are regular winners of the Refrewshire Cup, which they take part in every summer with old rivals Greenock Morton.
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