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** Won the [[FIFAWorldCup World Cup]] in 1966, still their only major trophy to date. Traditionally play home games in white shirts and navy shorts, with their away kit usually red shirts and white shorts, the colours in which they won in 1966. Grey has also been known on one infamous occasion. Despite the 40+ years that have passed since their one and only triumph, great things are still expected every time. Despite frequently producing any number of internationally admired world class players, including the so-called 'Golden Generation' of the noughties, featuring Beckham, Gerrard, Lampard, Rooney, Terry, Ferdinand, Seaman and Owen, among others, some of the best players on the planet (though Owen was, after about 2004, frequently injured) and having the best league on the planet, they never get anywhere. This is down to a puzzling inability for the team to play together (the Gerrard-Lampard dichotomy baffled many a manager), exhaustion after the gruelling domestic season and a somewhat proverbial problem with penalty shoot-outs, being eliminated in the '90, '98 and 2006 World Cups and Euro '96, 2004 and 2012 on penalties, meant that this star studded team never got anywhere. The fact that their number one goalkeeper was nicknamed 'Calamity James' didn't exactly help.

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** Won the [[FIFAWorldCup World Cup]] in 1966, still their only major trophy to date. Traditionally play home games in white shirts and navy shorts, with their away kit usually red shirts and white shorts, the colours in which they won in 1966. Grey has also been known on one infamous occasion. Despite the 40+ 50 years that have passed since their one and only triumph, great things are still expected every time.time (albeit somewhat half-heartedly nowadays). Despite frequently producing any number of internationally admired world class players, including the so-called 'Golden Generation' of the noughties, featuring Beckham, Gerrard, Lampard, Rooney, Terry, Ferdinand, Seaman and Owen, among others, some of the best players on the planet (though Owen was, after about 2004, frequently injured) and having the best league on the planet, they never get anywhere. This is down to a puzzling inability for the team to play together (the Gerrard-Lampard dichotomy baffled many a manager), exhaustion after the gruelling domestic season and a somewhat proverbial problem with penalty shoot-outs, being eliminated in the '90, '98 and 2006 World Cups and Euro '96, 2004 and 2012 on penalties, meant that this star studded team never got anywhere. In 2014 they reached an all new low, failing to even get out of the Group Stage. Sadly, no-one was particularly surprised. The fact that their number one goalkeeper for much of this period was nicknamed 'Calamity James' didn't exactly help.



*** In the 2014 World Cup, they reached an all new low, failing to even get out of the Group Stage, something that owed, partly, to the unanticipated success of Costa Rica. Mostly however, it was just general incompetence. Sadly, no-one was particularly surprised.
*** 2015 has led to some hope of a revival, however, with the last of the old guard being largely cleared out and an exciting generation of youngsters coming through, including highly rated striker Harry 'Hurricane' Kane, £49 million winger Raheem Sterling, attacking midfielder Ross Barkley and immensely talented centre back John Stones, as well as the steady maturing of goalkeeper Joe Hart, regarded as England's first world class keeper since Peter Shilton and singled out for praise by Lionel Messi himself and striker Daniel Sturridge, both coming into their prime, as well as outsiders Jamie Vardy and Jonjo Shelvey. This was underlined by England executing a faultless qualifying campaign, being the only team not to drop a point and the first to qualify after the hosts, France. While this was criticised due to the only real challenge in England's group being from Switzerland, others have retorted that you can only play the team in front of you and that a 3-1 hammering of Scotland and a close fought draw with Italy demonstrate that this England side can take on big teams. The optimism is cautious, however - England romped to the 2010 World Cup finals, being the highest scorers in qualification and were thrashed in the second round by Germany - and most reckon that the real tests will come in friendlies against superpowers Spain (lost 2-0), France (won 2-0, but only a few days after the Bataclan gun attacks, meaning that French hearts weren't quite in it) [[note]] And in any case, that particular match was more notable for [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming the heartwarming response]] by the Football Association and the English fans, with Wembley lit up in the colours of the French tricolore, the motto of the Republic emblazoned on the side, the usual massive St. George's Cross at the home end replaced with a tricolore and the entire stadium impeccably observing the [[DueToTheDead minute of silence]] before raucously joining in with the French national anthem. [[/note]] and Germany, with a mooted 'best of British' clash with high flying Wales before the tournament - though that seems to have been put off after England and Wales were drawn in the same group at Euro 2016.

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*** In As a result of the 2014 World Cup, they reached an all new low, failing to even get out of the Group Stage, something that owed, partly, to the unanticipated success of Costa Rica. Mostly however, it was just general incompetence. Sadly, no-one was particularly surprised.
*** 2015 has led to some hope of a revival, however, with
debacle, the last of the old guard being largely was cleared out out, old captain Steven Gerrard retiring from international football. The only real survivors were new captain Wayne Rooney and goalkeeper Joe Hart (who was widely considered to have not had much of an ability to prevent the rest of his team from folding like wet paper). Instead, an exciting generation of youngsters coming through, and former outsiders was pushed to forefront for the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, including highly rated striker and 2015/16 Premier League top scorer Harry 'Hurricane' Kane, £49 million winger Raheem Sterling, attacking midfielder midfielders Dele Alli and Ross Barkley and immensely talented centre back John Stones, as well as the steady maturing of goalkeeper Joe the aforementioned Hart, regarded as England's first world class keeper since Peter Shilton and singled out for praise by Lionel Messi himself and himself, striker Daniel Sturridge, both Sturridge and defenders Kyle Walker, Chris Smalling and Danny Rose all coming into their prime, as well as outsiders Jamie Vardy bursting onto the scene as a Premier League champion and Jonjo Shelvey.runner up to Kane for top scorer by 1 goal. This was underlined by England executing a faultless qualifying campaign, being the only team not to drop a point and the first to qualify after the hosts, France. While this was criticised due to
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the only real challenge in England's group being came from Switzerland, others have retorted that Switzerland. That said, you can only play the team in front of you and that a 3-1 hammering of Scotland and a close fought draw with Italy demonstrate demonstrated that this new look England side can take on big teams. had spine. The optimism is cautious, however - England romped to the 2010 World Cup finals, being the highest scorers in qualification and were thrashed in the second round by Germany - and most reckon that the real tests will come came in friendlies against superpowers Spain (lost 2-0), hosts and favourites France (won 2-0, but only a few days after the Bataclan gun attacks, meaning that French hearts weren't quite in it) [[note]] And in any case, that particular match was more notable for [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming the heartwarming response]] by the Football Association and the English fans, with Wembley lit up in the colours of the French tricolore, the motto of the Republic emblazoned on the side, the usual massive St. George's Cross at the home end replaced with a tricolore and the entire stadium impeccably observing the [[DueToTheDead minute of silence]] before raucously joining in with the French national anthem. [[/note]] and World Champions Germany, with a mooted 'best of British' clash with high flying Wales before the tournament - though that seems to have been put off after in which England and Wales were drawn executed a stunning 3-2 comeback victory in Berlin. In other words, a bit of a mixed bag - the same group general consensus is that this young team (with an average age of 25, the youngest squad at Euro 2016.the tournament) is brilliant going forward (indeed a large body of public opinion thinks that Wayne Rooney, England's top scorer, shouldn't start at the Euros) but not quite so good at the back.



** In recent years, Wales have been developing a series of top players in Bale (Real Madrid), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) and Joe Allen (Liverpool), along with a team spirit to match any team on the planet, leading some hopes that an epic revival might be on the cards. With their now topping their qualifying group for the European Championships when they were expected to struggle to even be in contention for qualification, holding Belgium (ranked #2 on the planet) to a draw away, then beating them at home, having not lost a match, former players such as Thierry Henry are pointing out that if they believe that they can do it, they might just be capable of going on and winning the tournament. Underlining this, as of October 2015, [[CrowningMOmentOfAwesome they have risen to 8th in the FIFA World Rankings]], two places above England, who are in 10th.

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** In recent years, Wales have been developing a series solid core of top proven Premier League players in Bale (Real Madrid), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), defenders Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur), James Chester (West Bromwich Albion), James Collins (West Ham United) and captain Ashley Williams (Swansea), midfielders Joe Allen (Liverpool), Andy King (Leicester), Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace), sprinkled with a couple of world class players in Bale (Real Madrid) and Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), along with a team spirit to match any team on the planet, leading some hopes that an epic revival might be on the cards. With their now their topping their qualifying group for the European Championships for a long period when they were expected to struggle to even be in contention for qualification, holding Belgium (ranked #2 on the planet) to a draw away, then beating them at home, and finally qualifying having not lost a only one match, former players such as Thierry Henry are pointing out that if they believe that they can do it, they might just be capable of going on and winning the tournament. Underlining this, as of October 2015, [[CrowningMOmentOfAwesome they have risen to 8th in the FIFA World Rankings]], two places above England, who are in 10th.
10th. While they have since slipped down the rankings again to a respectable 26th, considering a recent drop-off in form and some unsurprising complacency.
** The current crop of players was largely nurtured and brought through by legendary former player and Manager Gary Speed, who tragically took his own life in November 2011 [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome after, with only four months of prior managerial experience, taking them over seventy places up the FIFA rankings in less than a year in the position.]] While current manager Chris Coleman is acknowledged to have done a superb job since, it is undoubted that this current Wales team is very much a product of Speed's tenure and that he is sorely missed.



Additionally, the Republic of Ireland is often regarded as an honorary Home Nation, due to the close links between Britain and Ireland. The bit in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'' where the (emphatically English) Weasleys (and others) energetically support Ireland in the absence of a British team is quite true to life (except in footy rather than Quidditch, obviously).

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Additionally, the Republic of Ireland is often regarded as an honorary Home Nation, due to the close links between Britain and Ireland. The bit in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'' where the (emphatically English) Weasleys (and others) energetically support Ireland in the absence of a British team is quite true to life (except in footy rather than Quidditch, obviously). The reverse is not usually true - at least, where the English are concerned.



** In recent years however the youth experiment got abandoned following a [[EpicFail pathetic 8-2 loss to Man Utd]] where because of [[RunningGag injuries]] they fielded a very inexperienced team. However the tendency for key players to be out for long periods has only gotten worse, and continued to hamper progress in the league. Despite breaking the trophy drought with the FA Cup and Community Shield and buying players like Alexis Sanchez, they have been struggling so far this season ([[BrickJoke like Liverpool!]]), conceding too many goals and dropping too many points, part of the problem is only having 6 first team defenders, and watching them [[RuleOfThree get injured.]] In 2015/16, they tightened up somewhat and emerged as the team of the old guard most likely to challenge the apparently unstoppable Leicester in a famously unpredictable season.

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** In recent years however the youth experiment got abandoned following a [[EpicFail pathetic 8-2 loss to Man Utd]] where because of [[RunningGag injuries]] they fielded a very inexperienced team. However the tendency for key players to be out for long periods has only gotten worse, and continued to hamper progress in the league. Despite breaking the trophy drought with the FA Cup and Community Shield and buying players like Alexis Sanchez, they have been struggling so far this season ([[BrickJoke like Liverpool!]]), conceding too many goals and dropping too many points, part of the problem is only having 6 first team defenders, and watching them [[RuleOfThree get injured.]] In 2015/16, they tightened up somewhat and emerged as the team of the old guard most likely to challenge the apparently unstoppable Leicester in a famously unpredictable season. While they ultimately finished second, much to their glee as local rivals and season long title chasers Tottenham squandered the chance to finish above Arsenal for the first time in 20 years, this was more due to a process of elimination than actual skill.



** 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 are now assured of a drop to the Championship in 2016/17.

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** Could be Were 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 they lost that battle, spending the entire season rooted to the bottom of the table and are now assured of a drop to the Championship in 2016/17.table.



*** Similarly, striker Fernando Torres cost Chelsea a whopping £50 million. Presently, he's played 125 games and scored 32 goals. That's over 1 million per goal. In all fairness, it should be noted that when Fernando Torres was bought, he was widely considered to be the best striker on the planet, scoring over 25 goals per season and had, in combination with [[TheCaptain Steven Gerrard]], very nearly won Liverpool the League Title, along with powering his country to the 2008 European Championship title and would, a year after his purchase, help them win the 2010 World Cup.

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*** Similarly, striker Fernando Torres cost Chelsea a whopping £50 million. Presently, he's played 125 games and scored 32 goals. That's over 1 million per goal. In all fairness, it should be noted that when Fernando Torres was bought, he was widely considered to be the best striker on the planet, scoring over 25 goals per season and had, in combination with [[TheCaptain Steven Gerrard]], very nearly won Liverpool the League Title, along with powering his country to the 2008 European Championship title and would, a year after his purchase, help title, scoring the winning goal in the final, before helping them win the 2010 World Cup.



** As of 2015/16, they've become a serious threat to any team that comes their way, with extremely talented youngsters Romelu Lukaku (considered the heir to Didier Drogba's crown) and Ross Barkley (becoming, at the tender age of 21, the fulcrum around which the England team revolves) in scorching form, ably supported by former Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu leading to extraordinary demolitions of Sunderland and Aston Villa, 6-2 and 4-1 respectively. However, their defence is still thoroughly suspect, with Tim 'Secretary of Defence' Howard losing some of his edge and John Stones (rated as the best young defender in Europe) having his inexperience exposed at times, and teams with better front lines, such as Leicester, have managed to take advantage of this.
*** The latter led to the sacking of [[NiceGuy Roberto Martinez]] after the fans become impatient with the scale of the underachievement.

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** As of 2015/16, they've become they became a serious threat to any team that comes came their way, way in the first half of the season, with extremely talented youngsters Romelu Lukaku (considered the heir to Didier Drogba's crown) and Ross Barkley (becoming, at the tender age of 21, the fulcrum around which the England team revolves) in scorching form, ably supported by former Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu leading to extraordinary demolitions of Sunderland and Aston Villa, 6-2 and 4-1 respectively. However, their defence is still wasstill thoroughly suspect, with Tim 'Secretary of Defence' Howard losing some of his edge and John Stones (rated as the best young defender in Europe) having his inexperience exposed at times, and times. In the second half of the season, teams with better front lines, such as Leicester, have managed to take advantage of this.
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this. Local arch rivals Liverpool were one of those teams. Despite having their most in-form striker injured in a brutal tackle by an Everton centre back who was immediately sent off and compounded his crime by beating the badge, trying to imply that he'd done it for the club (this earned him a well deserved DopeSlap from his assistant manager), [[HumiliationConga they sauntered to a 4-0 win, one so comfortable that with nearly a quarter of the match to go, Liverpool were practically camped outside the Everton box and trying to get fan favourite defensive midfielder/centre back Lucas Leiva to score.]] [[CherryTapping Lucas has played regularly for Liverpool for nine years. In that time, he has scored a grand total of one goal, in an FA Cup match against a side in the sixth division of English football, way back in January 2008.]] This was a tactic so ridiculous that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was caught on tv ''laughing.'' This unsurprisingly led to the sacking of Everton manager [[NiceGuy Roberto Martinez]] after the fans become impatient with the scale of the underachievement.Martinez]].



** 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; and were ''5,000–1'' shots to win the title entering the 2015/16 season.
** For further context, they smashed record after record - they became the first team to be bottom at Christmas in one season and top at Christmas the following year, star striker Jamie Vardy (signed four years before from non-league Fleetwood Town for £1 million) scored goals in ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome eleven consecutive games]]'' breaking the record set by legendary Netherlands and Manchester United striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy and their ''entire first team'' cost £22 million. For context, Manchester United shelled out £36 million for the unproven but talented teenager Anthony Martial and most teams in the top 10 have at least one £20 million player and/or several £10 million plus players.
** Their unexpected success led to some people having to double down on rash declarations, including that of legendary former England and Leicester striker Gary Lineker, current host of British cultural institution ''Series/MatchOfTheDay'' (and face of Walker's Crisps), who had declared when Leicester were top at Christmas that if they won he would host ''Match of the Day'' in his underwear. After Leicester were crowned champions, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Prime Minister David Cameron officially called on Lineker to keep his promise in Parliament]].

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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 125 plus year 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 Premier League 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; and were ''5,000–1'' shots to win the title entering the 2015/16 season.
** For further context, they smashed record after record - they became the first team to be bottom at Christmas in one season and top at Christmas the following year, next, star striker Jamie Vardy (signed four years before from non-league Fleetwood Town for £1 million) million - in other words, what England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney earns in a ''month'') scored goals in ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome eleven consecutive games]]'' breaking the record set by legendary Netherlands and Manchester United striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy and their ''entire first team'' cost £22 million. For context, Manchester United shelled out £36 million for the unproven but talented teenager Anthony Martial and most teams in the top 10 have at least one £20 million player and/or several £10 million plus players.
** Their unexpected success led to some people having to double down on rash declarations, including that of legendary former England and Leicester striker Gary Lineker, current host of British cultural institution ''Series/MatchOfTheDay'' (and face of Walker's Crisps), who had declared when Leicester were top at Christmas that if they won he would host ''Match of the Day'' in his underwear. After Leicester were crowned champions, everyone called him on it, including [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Prime Minister David Cameron officially called on Lineker to keep his promise in Parliament]].



** AKA "The Reds" or rarely "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 the club's motto 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 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, a {{Determinator}} who never, ever gives up, with luminaries such as [[TheAce Zinedine Zidane]] calling him the best midfielder in the world. What could motivate such a man? [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Well, he revealed in 2006 that he played for Jon-Paul.]]

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** AKA "The Reds" or much more rarely "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 the club's motto 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 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, a {{Determinator}} who never, ever gives up, with luminaries such as [[TheAce Zinedine Zidane]] calling him the best midfielder in the world. world in his prime. What could motivate such a man? [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Well, in 2006 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 Kop, Rodgers was sacked after a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby. Some consider this unfair, pointing out that Liverpool weren't far off first place at the time, Rodgers had been given a considerable transfer kitty in the summer and argued he just needed time. However, his replacement, charismatic German Jurgen Klopp, famous for 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 all. 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.
** They 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 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, 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 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, before coming back from a 1-0 first leg defeat to Villareal to crush them 3-0. 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, but in the end they fell at the final hurdle to Sevilla, losing 3-1, having failed to translate first half dominance into enough goals to put the game to bed.
** 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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*** Following a somewhat limp start to the 2015/16 season that led to boos from the Kop, Rodgers was sacked after a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby. Some consider this unfair, pointing out that Liverpool weren't far off first place at the time, Rodgers had been given a considerable transfer kitty in the summer and argued he just needed time. However, his replacement, charismatic German Jurgen Klopp, famous for 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 them to the Champions League final, [[100PercentAdorationRating was met with hearty approval by Liverpool fans 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 all.heaven. 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.
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check. They 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 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.Final. 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, 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 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, before coming back from a 1-0 first leg defeat to Villareal to crush them 3-0. 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, but in the end they fell at the final hurdle to Sevilla, losing 3-1, having failed to translate first half dominance into enough goals to put the game to bed.
** 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 ''challenge.'' 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.demonstrate this perfectly. 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.



** 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. 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. 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 Scotland, with 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 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.]] 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.]] He was never quite the same again. 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 did so 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 - 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.

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** 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. 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. 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 Scotland, with a long tradition of star players club legends from those countries, such as club legends all time top scorer Ian Rush (Welsh), (Welsh) and defenders 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.Dortmund. 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 fan favourite John Arne Riise, Champions League winner of almost every trophy under the sun with Liverpool and Liverpool, famous for having a left foot that regularly did passable impersonations of [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Mjolnir.]] 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.]] He was never quite the same again. 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 did so 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. When they do, the result is usually UnsportsmanlikeGloating. 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 - 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.



** AKA "City" or "The Blues". The ''other'' major club from Manchester, perhaps unfairly defined by long-standing rivalry with crosstown Manchester United (For the non-Brit footy fans out there, imagine the LA Clippers and the NY Mets in relation to the Lakers and the Yankees.[[note]]Peculiarly, though, City has gone in with the Yankees to establish a new MLS football club in New York, which is called New York City FC (get it?) and play in City's light-blue strip. [[/note]] That's how they compare Man City to United). In their 117-year history they have won the league twice (last in 1968), and until recently were the butt of many a football based joke.
** However, in 2008 an [[UsefulNotes/UnitedArabEmirates Abu Dhabi]]-based investment group took over the club, bringing in massive amounts of finance. In turn this brought several experienced international stars to the club, making City serious trophy contenders. Following their 2011 FA Cup victory they beat Manchester United to the 2011-12 Premier League, and won the Prem again in 2013–14. Thus, they are now considered part of the "Big 4," usually at Liverpool's expense. The 2012 Premiership title was won with a [[DownToTheLastPlay 94th minute 3-2 win over QPR in the last game of the season]]. Had the match ended at full time[[note]]90 minutes[[/note]], City would have ''lost'' 2-1 and conceded the Premier League to Manchester United by two points. The victory put them level on points, but with a greater goal difference.

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** AKA "City" or "The Blues". The ''other'' major club from Manchester, perhaps unfairly defined by long-standing rivalry with crosstown Manchester United (For the non-Brit footy fans out there, imagine the LA Clippers and the NY Mets in relation to the Lakers and the Yankees.[[note]]Peculiarly, though, City has gone in with the Yankees to establish a new MLS football club in New York, which is called New York City FC (get it?) and play in City's light-blue strip. [[/note]] That's how they compare Man City to United). In their 117-year history they have won the league twice (last four times (prior to 2012, the last time they did so was in 1968), and until recently were the butt of many a football based joke.
** However, in 2008 an [[UsefulNotes/UnitedArabEmirates Abu Dhabi]]-based investment group took over the club, bringing in massive amounts of finance. In turn this brought several experienced international stars to the club, making City serious trophy contenders. Following their 2011 FA Cup victory they beat Manchester United to the 2011-12 Premier League, and won the Prem again in 2013–14. Thus, they are now considered part of the "Big 4," usually at Liverpool's expense.expense - and won the 2013-14 title at Liverpool's expense too. The 2012 Premiership title was won with a [[DownToTheLastPlay 94th minute 3-2 win over QPR in the last game of the season]]. Had the match ended at full time[[note]]90 minutes[[/note]], City would have ''lost'' 2-1 and conceded the Premier League to Manchester United by two points. The victory put them level on points, but with a greater goal difference.



** Has a long standing rivalry with City - the fact that it is located at Stretford (techincally outside Manchester, but within the Greater Manchester Area) makes most Mancunians who are not fans treat United as a bastard team to the area, though Mancunian United fans will bite back. That said, much like the Liverpool[=/=]Everton rivalry mentioned above, there are times where the fans will unite, such as the anniversary of the Munich plane crash in 1958 which killed several members of the United squad & left several others seriously injured.

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** Has a long standing rivalry with City - the fact that it is located at Stretford (techincally (technically outside Manchester, but within the Greater Manchester Area) makes most Mancunians who are not fans treat United as a bastard team to the area, though Mancunian United fans will bite back. That said, much like the Liverpool[=/=]Everton rivalry mentioned above, there are times where the fans will unite, such as the anniversary of the Munich plane crash in 1958 which killed several members of the United squad & left several others seriously injured.
31st May '16 11:29:52 PM KYCubbie
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** AKA "City" or "The Blues". The ''other'' major club from Manchester, perhaps unfairly defined by long-standing rivalry with crosstown Manchester United (For the non-Brit footy fans out there, Imagine the LA Clippers and the NY Mets in relation to the Lakers and the Yankees.[[note]]Peculiarly, though, City has gone in with the Yankees to establish a new MLS football club in New York, which is to be called New York City FC (get it?) and play in City's light-blue strip. [[/note]] That's how they compare Man City to United). In their 117-year history they have won the league twice (last in 1968), and until recently were the butt of many a football based joke.

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** AKA "City" or "The Blues". The ''other'' major club from Manchester, perhaps unfairly defined by long-standing rivalry with crosstown Manchester United (For the non-Brit footy fans out there, Imagine imagine the LA Clippers and the NY Mets in relation to the Lakers and the Yankees.[[note]]Peculiarly, though, City has gone in with the Yankees to establish a new MLS football club in New York, which is to be called New York City FC (get it?) and play in City's light-blue strip. [[/note]] That's how they compare Man City to United). In their 117-year history they have won the league twice (last in 1968), and until recently were the butt of many a football based joke.



*** The team created by the move of Wimbledon to Milton Keynes. The name "Dons" is a reference to Wimbledon's old nickname, but most other fans call them "Franchise FC" due to the manner of their creation. Taking over Wimbledon's old position in the third tier of the league, they were swiftly relegated to the fourth, but have bounced back to the second tier as of 2015-16, picking up a minor trophy along the way.

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*** The team created by the move of Wimbledon to Milton Keynes. The name "Dons" is a reference to Wimbledon's old nickname, but most other fans call them "Franchise FC" due to the manner of their creation. Taking over Wimbledon's old position in the third tier of the league, they were swiftly relegated to the fourth, but have bounced back to the second tier as of in 2015-16, picking up a minor trophy along the way.way. However, their stay in the second tier only lasted that season.



*** ('''A''' '''F'''ans' '''C'''lub) Feeling alienated by all of the above, a group of Wimbledon fans [[StartMyOwn founded their own team]], starting in the amateur London leagues. The club was rapidly promoted through the regional leagues and gained entry to the Football League in 2011, only nine years after the club was founded. Although the club does not ''officially'' claim to be a continuation of the old Wimbledon FC, it is regarded by its own fans and most neutrals as at least a SpiritualSuccessor. Crowd turnout at their home games tends to be significantly higher than both home crowd turnout for other clubs in their division ''and'' MK Dons' average turnout. Brian in ''Series/NewTricks'' is a supporter. Managed to get the honours won from Wimbledon FC to be returned to the Wimbledon area, seeing them as part of the area rather then just the club itself. They also hold the record for the longest unbeaten run in any league at 78 games!

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*** ('''A''' '''F'''ans' '''C'''lub) Feeling alienated by all of the above, a group of Wimbledon fans [[StartMyOwn founded their own team]], starting in the amateur London leagues. The club was rapidly promoted through the regional leagues and gained entry to the Football League in 2011, only nine years after the club was founded. Although the club does not ''officially'' claim to be a continuation of the old Wimbledon FC, it is regarded by its own fans and most neutrals as at least a SpiritualSuccessor. Crowd turnout at their home games tends to be significantly higher than both home crowd turnout for other clubs in their division ''and'' MK Dons' average turnout. Brian in ''Series/NewTricks'' is a supporter. Managed to get the honours won from Wimbledon FC to be returned to the Wimbledon area, seeing them as part of the area rather then just the club itself. They also hold the record for the longest unbeaten run in any league at 78 games! After five seasons in League Two, they won the 2016 promotion playoff, creating at least two potentially combustible fixtures with MK Dons in 2016–17.
30th May '16 1:46:51 PM malifee
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** Notably, their jersey appears in the music video for The Undertones' mid-sized punk hit, "My Perfect Cousin" in the very early 80s, as well as on the single sleeve, probably due to the Undertones hailing from the same city and a a reference to Subbuteo midway the song.
25th May '16 12:21:30 PM 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 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 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.

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** AKA "The Reds" or sometimes rarely "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 motto 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 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, a {{Determinator}} who never, ever gives up, with luminaries such as [[TheAce Zinedine Zidane]] calling him the best midfielder in the world. He What could motivate such a man? [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Well, he revealed in 2006 that he played for Jon-Paul. Jon-Paul.]]



** Famous for, when they're playing well, fast, skilful counter-attacking football, spearheaded by lightning fast strikers who usually do phenomenally well, then get snapped up by Real Madrid, Barcelona or Chelsea (and frequently suffer a collapse in form thereafter. Michael Owen and Fernando Torres have certainly never quite been the same. [[KarmaHoudini Luis]] [[TokenEvilTeamMate Suarez]], on the other hand, seems to be doing just fine). When they're not playing well... well, the results are generally a little embarrassing. Internationally very popular, with hundreds of millions of fans worldwide. Their rivalry with Manchester United is so intense it's pretty much hatred.

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** Famous for, when they're playing well, fast, skilful counter-attacking attacking football, spearheaded by lightning fast strikers who usually do phenomenally well, then get snapped up by Real Madrid, Barcelona or Chelsea (and frequently suffer a collapse in form thereafter. Michael Owen and Fernando Torres have certainly never quite been the same. [[KarmaHoudini Luis]] [[TokenEvilTeamMate Suarez]], on the other hand, seems to be doing just fine). When they're not playing well... well, the results are generally a little embarrassing. Internationally very popular, with hundreds of millions of fans worldwide. Their rivalry with Manchester United is so intense it's pretty much hatred.



*** Then they did it again in 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, Rodgers was sacked after a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby. Some consider this unfair, pointing out that Liverpool weren't far off first place at the time, Rodgers had been given a considerable transfer kitty in the summer and argued he just needed time. However, his replacement, charismatic German Jurgen Klopp, famous for 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. 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 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, 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 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 under Brendan Rodgers, when they very nearly won it with an entire season of stylish attacking football that had them tear football, tearing 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, Rodgers was sacked after a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby. Some consider this unfair, pointing out that Liverpool weren't far off first place at the time, Rodgers had been given a considerable transfer kitty in the summer and argued he just needed time. However, his replacement, charismatic German Jurgen Klopp, famous for 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.all. 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 They 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, 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 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. hour, before coming back from a 1-0 first leg defeat to Villareal to crush them 3-0. 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, but in the end they fell at the final hurdle to Sevilla, losing 3-1, having failed to translate first half dominance into enough goals to put the game to bed.



** 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'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. breathtaking. 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 millions. 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 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 places.]] He was never quite the same again afterwards.again. 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 did so 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.
23rd May '16 3:24:05 PM Ryan1875
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* '''Hibernian'''. Wearing green and known simply as Hibs (or the Hibees), Hibernian's home at Easter Road is based in the Leith region of Edinburgh. Won their fourth (and so far last) Title in 1952, they have also won the League Cup three times and the Scottish Cup twice (most recently in 1902, and the 112-year wait is a source of mocking for Hearts fans). Sharing Celtic's Irish roots (but predating the Glaswegian side) Hibs were a Catholics-only club in the early years but have long since moved away from their sectarian/political roots. Also relegated to the Championship at the end of the 2013–14 season, but unlike their crosstown rivals have yet to return to the Prem.

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* '''Hibernian'''. Wearing green and known simply as Hibs (or the Hibees), Hibernian's home at Easter Road is based in the Leith region of Edinburgh. Won their fourth (and so far last) Title in 1952, they have also won the League Cup three times and the Scottish Cup twice three times (most recently in 1902, and the 112-year 2016, ending a 114-year wait is for the trophy that was formerly a source of mocking for Hearts fans). Sharing Celtic's Irish roots (but predating the Glaswegian side) Hibs were a Catholics-only club in the early years but have long since moved away from their sectarian/political roots. Also relegated to the Championship at the end of the 2013–14 season, but unlike their crosstown rivals have yet to return to the Prem.
15th May '16 9:48:20 AM DarkPhoenix94
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** In recent years however the youth experiment got abandoned following a [[EpicFail pathetic 8-2 loss to Man Utd]] where because of [[RunningGag injuries]] they fielded a very inexperienced team. However the tendency for key players to be out for long periods has only gotten worse, and continued to hamper progress in the league. Despite breaking the trophy drought with the FA Cup and Community Shield and buying players like Alexis Sanchez, they have been struggling so far this season ([[BrickJoke like Liverpool!]]), conceding too many goals and dropping too many points, part of the problem is only having 6 first team defenders, and watching them [[RuleOfThree get injured.]] As of 2015/16, they have tightened up somewhat and seem to emerging as the team of the old guard most likely to challenge the apparently unstoppable Leicester in a famously unpredictable season.

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** In recent years however the youth experiment got abandoned following a [[EpicFail pathetic 8-2 loss to Man Utd]] where because of [[RunningGag injuries]] they fielded a very inexperienced team. However the tendency for key players to be out for long periods has only gotten worse, and continued to hamper progress in the league. Despite breaking the trophy drought with the FA Cup and Community Shield and buying players like Alexis Sanchez, they have been struggling so far this season ([[BrickJoke like Liverpool!]]), conceding too many goals and dropping too many points, part of the problem is only having 6 first team defenders, and watching them [[RuleOfThree get injured.]] As of In 2015/16, they have tightened up somewhat and seem to emerging emerged as the team of the old guard most likely to challenge the apparently unstoppable Leicester in a famously unpredictable season.


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*** The latter led to the sacking of [[NiceGuy Roberto Martinez]] after the fans become impatient with the scale of the underachievement.


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** For further context, they smashed record after record - they became the first team to be bottom at Christmas in one season and top at Christmas the following year, star striker Jamie Vardy (signed four years before from non-league Fleetwood Town for £1 million) scored goals in ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome eleven consecutive games]]'' breaking the record set by legendary Netherlands and Manchester United striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy and their ''entire first team'' cost £22 million. For context, Manchester United shelled out £36 million for the unproven but talented teenager Anthony Martial and most teams in the top 10 have at least one £20 million player and/or several £10 million plus players.
** Their unexpected success led to some people having to double down on rash declarations, including that of legendary former England and Leicester striker Gary Lineker, current host of British cultural institution ''Series/MatchOfTheDay'' (and face of Walker's Crisps), who had declared when Leicester were top at Christmas that if they won he would host ''Match of the Day'' in his underwear. After Leicester were crowned champions, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Prime Minister David Cameron officially called on Lineker to keep his promise in Parliament]].
4th May '16 12:00:59 PM KYCubbie
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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 remained for two seasons until winning the 2015–16 title and punching their ticket back to the top flight.

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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 remained for two seasons until winning the 2015–16 title and punching their ticket back to the top flight.Scottish Premiership (the former UsefulNotes/ScottishPremierLeague).
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.
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