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Admit it, you have a couple of friends that are passionate, bordering on crazy, about their English Premier League club and you are intrigued about what made them go from being an easy going sports fan to a soccer ‘nutter.’  After waking up early to find out what it is all about, you have decided it is time to take the leap and follow in the footsteps of many Americans and become a full-on club supporter but 2 huge questions remains.

What club should I support?  How do I go about selecting a Premier League team to support?

Picking a Premier Club to support is a challenge but keep in mind how ‘lucky’ you really are.  As an American you get to pick your club.  This is not the case for the majority of English fans who are born into a club.  Fans’ allegiances are usually dictated by the team their parents support which is largely based on the city they live in or in the case of bigger cities (eg London) the neighborhood they live in.

The 20-team Premier League (and all European soccer leagues for that matter) has its own challenges in regards to picking a team with relegation and promotion as well as domestic, cup, and European play to factor into the decision.

The 1st step is to narrow down what really matters to you.  The process is very much like buying a car or house or even picking a girlfriend/boyfriend.  No option will be perfect so know going in to the relationship what matters most to you.  Unlike buying a car or house or dating a girlfriend/boyfriend picking a Premier League team is forever!

Title Contender vs Relegation Battler

Do you like title contenders, mid-table challengers, or relegation battlers?

The choice you make will over the long run determine how much and the kind of heartache you can handle.  It is one thing to miss out on the title by 1 point (that sucks but next year will bring a new opportunity) and another to be relegated to the Championship (that really sucks and could be forever).

A quick note for the new fans on promotion and relegation.  At the end of each season the bottom 3 teams from the Premier League are relegated to the Championship, the second tier of English soccer.  The 3 relegated teams are replaced by 3 teams (the top 2 finishers and a playoff winner among the teams finishing in 3rd – 6th place) from the Championship.  Sounds confusing but just imagine if the worst 3 teams in Major League Baseball were pushed down into the Triple-A of Minor League Baseball and vice versa and you get the picture.

The mid-table challengers are never too far from top and the dreams of greater glory or too close to the bottom and lower division worries.  This middling can allow the teams to play with their own style and not get too caught up in gamesmanship of each fixture and fly under the radar.  But with any run of good or bad form comes more scrutiny and pressure.

In addition to the domestic league title, Premier League teams are playing for a chance to play in Europe competitions.  The mid-table teams frequently understand winning the league is not possible but qualifying for 1 of Europe’s 2 competitions is within reach.  The top 3 EPL teams qualify for the UEFA Champions League, Europe’s most prestigious club competition, while the 4th place team faces a playoff to make the Champions League.  The 5th placed team gets automatic berth into the UEFA Europa League, Europe’s 2nd most prestigious club tournament, and the 6th and 7th placed teams can gain entrance depending on the winners and runners-up of England’s domestic cup competitions.

Premier League teams also compete in domestic cup competitions simultaneous to the league campaign.  The FA Cup and Football League Cup (currently known as the Capital One Cup) carry their own prestige and some clubs take them seriously hoping to win some silverware while other teams trot out the second team in the cup matches.  If silverware is important it is good to keep in mind which clubs will give their all in the domestic cup competitions.

Band Wagon vs Trend Setter

Are you eager and ready to jump on the bandwagon or are you a trend setter.  Since Fox Sports World started covering the Premier League in early 2000 the following in the U.S. has grown by leaps and bounds.  It is not surprising that some teams (mainly the ones regularly at the top of the table) seemingly have a fan on every corner that frequently claim to have been a fan since before soccer became popular.     These teams will bring with them some ridicule from other fans but who really cares.

For the trend setter just remember that tough times and heartache may be around the corner and a year supporting a Championship team may not be worth the statement you made when selecting the club.

Location, Location, Location

Let’s face it, not every English city/town with a Premier League team is one that you would want to visit one day so be upfront with yourself and ask if you ever plan to watch a game at the team’s home ground.  And more importantly if you do what you (or what your wife/husband) will be doing after the match is worth vacation time.

The good news is that London is the home to many Premier League teams so give an option for a variety of clubs and is a good place to vacation.

Celebrity Fans

Before you become famous you may want to consider who you will be partying with when you make it big.  The club you support will certainly determine the type of celebration after a big win or taking the title.

The future King of England, Prince William, is an Aston Villa fan while the king of British rock, Sir Paul McCartney, is an Everton fan and Rolling Stone Ron Wood is a West Brom fan.

Gold medal winning speedster Usain Bolt is a Manchester United fan.

Academy Award winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones is a Swansea fan while Daniel Craig is a Liverpool fan and American comedian Will Ferrell is a Chelsea fan.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama is a West Ham fan.

Every team has a list of famous fans who can make the difference between a club being that much cooler or one to avoid.

Team History

Every club is more than their most recent result and knowing what is special about the past could help you make the decision about your future selection.  What are the club colors?  Do they have a story behind their team jersey? What is their home ground? When was the club’s Golden Era and what silverware have they won?

USA, USA, USA

For most soccer fans in the U.S., the US national teams are a unifying aspect of the game.  The Premier League is the ultimate goal for many of the players aspiring to a European league and some clubs tend to have Americans Abroad playing with them more than others.  This of course changes from season-to-season but could be a factor in deciding between 2 teams.

Supporters Groups in the U.S.

The game has taken hold in the U.S. so that more and more clubs have domestic based supporters groups.  The supporters groups usually have a home pub where fans regularly meet to watch the matches to provide a stadium-like atmosphere to watch.  They also are often affiliated with the club and can be a huge resource in getting tickets for matches if you ever travel to England to see a game in person.

OK, now you are ready to start narrowing down the field and what to look at from the 20 teams in the Premier League for the 2018/19 campaign.  This is just some information to get started with your search but will help point you in the right direction to finding the perfect club for you.

The Best Soccer Jersey

And of course when all else fails, you can always select the club that has the coolest looking jersey.  There is great variety among the jerseys, especially when you take a look at the away and third jerseys for clubs, for colors and styles.  The soccer jersey has some of the club’s history woven into the fabric with each look telling its own story.  Premier League jerseys are becoming easier to find in the U.S. (certainly for the bigger clubs) and we have included a link to the soccer jersey release article on Soccer365 for each club.

Once you have found your Premier League club to cheer for this season, let’s us know by leaving comments below.

(Clubs are listed alphabetically and to change things up they are listed from Z to A)

Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club
Nickname – Wolves, The Wanderers
Founded – 1877
Location – Wolverhampton
Team Colors – Old Gold and Black
Jersey Sponsor – W88
Ground – Molineux Stadium
Website – https://www.wolves.co.uk/

Wolverhampton won the 2018/19 English Championship with 99 points and automatic promotion to the Premier League.  The club have more talent heading into the season than most newly promoted sides with many thinking a top 10 finish should be their goal rather than merely survival.  This is an impressive achievement considering they finished 15th in the Championship in 16/17 and it had been a long 6 year hiatus from England’s top flight before securing their return.

The club’s geometric wolf head logo is one of the most distinctive in the Premier League although a fan recently filed a lawsuit claiming the club stole his design.  Regardless, it is a cool design.  The wolf has been a part of the Wolverhampton crest since the 1960’s.

Related: Wolves Release 18/19 Home and Away Soccer Shirts

Wolves have a longer history than many fans realize most of their history spent in the top 2 divisions of English soccer.  They have won 3 first division titles and the FA Cup 4 times.  Interestingly, they were one of the first clubs to have flood lights installed and the took part in the ‘Floodlight Friendlies’ against overseas teams which helped lay the ground work for the creation of the European Cup

May the Force be with You and it just may be with Wolverhampton as Mark Hamill, the actor who played Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movies, is a fan. Led Zepplin frontman Robert Plant is a lifelong fan recently performing at the club’s 17/18 awards banquet, another rock legend (well maybe legend is a little strong) Kevin Rowland of ‘Come on Eilene’ fame with Dexys Midnight Runners, Monty Python’s Eric Idle is a fan, and even ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson is said to be a fan after claiming he would ‘like to see them in action’ after manager Dean Saunders compared the 12/13 club with the boxer.

Wolverhampton won the 17/18 English Championship to earn a promotion to the Premier League

West Ham United
Nickname – The Hammers
Founded – 1895
Location – London
Team Colors – Claret and Blue
Jersey Sponsor – Betway
Ground – Boleyn Ground (1904-2016), Olympic Stadium (2016-)
Website – http://www.whufc.com/

West Ham are regulars in the Premier League but have been relegated so are familiar with some pain and suffering while supporting their team, the Hammers.  How can a fan not like the ‘Hammers’ nickname.  And their jerseys are pretty cool as well.  The Claret and Blue stands out and is different (OK Burnley is known for this color scheme as well…and of course Aston Villa but they are no longer in the Premier League) but better than many other jersey colors.

The London club is well-known for developing players with the development program called ‘The Academy of Football’ and that produce high caliber players who are then snapped up by their competition.  Maybe not the best reason to support the club.  Fomer MLS’er Frank Lampard grew up in the West Ham system.

Related: West Ham Release 18/19 Home and Away Soccer Shirts

Not for the faint of heart the fans have a hooligan past.  Their Mile End Mob was notorious in the 1970’s and 1980’s but fortunately most of that element has been forced from football.

American Abroad and former U.S. international Jonathan Spector made 101 appearance from 2006-2011 for the club.

The list of famous fans include Russell Brand (and Katy Perry while married to Brand), Alfred Hitchcock, and Lennox Lewis.

The Hammers finished the 2017/18 Premier League campaign in 13th place but there were some nervy moments staring down a possible relegation.

Watford Football Club
Nickname – The Hornets
Founded – 1881
Location – Hertfordshire
Team Colors – Yellow/Black/Red
Team Sponsor – FxPro
Ground – Vicarage Road
Website – http://www.watfordfc.com/

If Watford Football Club sounds familiar it could be that Elton John was a former club chairman.  The charismatic singer is a lifelong supporter of the club and has had 2 stints in charge of the club.  He took over the first time in 1976 and the Foxes rose to the pinnacle of their success by finishing 2nd to Liverpool in the First Division in 1982/83.  After selling the club in 1987, he re-purchased it in 1997 but stepped down as chairman in 2002.  He is no longer a majority shareholder but still no doubt has some connections.

Despite being nicknamed the ‘Hornets’ the club’s badge features a hart, a male red deer, and is pretty cool looking on the black/yellow background.  Before settling on the ‘Hornets’ the club had been known as the Brewers and Blues and cycled through jersey colors with red/green/blue jerseys, to blue jerseys, to black/white jerseys, to their current yellow ones.

Related: Watford 18/19 Home Soccer Shirt 

Jennifer Anniston is a celebrity fan of the club although she made the trip to Vicarage Road and presented with a jersey with her name on it while promoting the film ‘We’re the Millers’. When told the club was not the biggest in the world she replied, “I don’t care, big or small. I am just very flattered by this. I think that is really special. And you know what? Small, you can only go up from there, right?”

Watford finished the 17/18 Premier League campaign in 14th place.

Tottenham Hotspur
Nickname – Spurs, the Lilywhites
Founded – 1882
Location – London
Team Colors – Blue/White
Team Sponsor – AIA
Ground – White Hart Lane
Website – http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/

Tottenham Hotspur or Spurs (never a combination of both) are the team for you if you want the team that has all the potential in the world but never has been able to push to the top.  Their futility was highlighted after the 2011/12 Premier League campaign. Spurs finished in 4th to earn a qualifying berth in the Champions League only for 6th place Chelsea to take it away from them; advancing to the European competition the following year as the holders.

The side continues to make Top 10 finishes but with more and more clubs spending more and more than Spurs it seems like a title is getting harder and harder to come by.

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The London club is fashionable and has good U.S. connections.  Former US international Brad Friedel closed out his record breaking career with the club.  And former USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann was a fan favorite in his playing days at White Hart Lane and former LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane played for the club.

The list of famous fans is long but starts with the NBA’s Steve Nash.  But it also includes a wide range of people from Goodfella’s Ray Liotta, locally born singer Adele, writer Salman Rushdie, musician Jeff Beck and Emma Bunton (better known as Baby Spice), the late great Bob Marley, and golfer Luke Donald.

Tottenham finished the 17/18 Premier League campaign in 3rd place.

Southampton Football Club
Nickname – The Saints
Founded – 1885
Location – Southampton
Team Colors – Red/White
Team Sponsor – Virgin Media
Ground – St Mary’s Stadium
Website – http://www.saintsfc.co.uk/

Southampton is a star rising but one that may have hit their glass ceiling of reality.  The Saints were playing in the English third division only 7 years ago but flash forward they have become the darlings of the Premier League with regular top 10 finishes.  But last season was a strange ride with the club only narrowly surviving relegation finishing in 17th place and some questions still surrounding the side.

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The celebrity fans are Craig David and Lucy Pinder

Southampton finished the 17/18 Premier League campaign in 17th place.

Newcastle United Football Club
Nickname – The Magpies, Geordies
Founded – 1892
Location – Newcastle upon Tyne
Team Colors – Black/White
Team Sponsor – Fun88
Ground – St James’ Park
Website – http://www.nufc.co.uk/page/Welcome/

The classic black and white stripes and passionate fan base of this northeastern club sets them apart from other sides.  The Magpies start almost every season with high hopes but mostly never live up to those lofty expectations.  They finished as Premier League runners-up in 1995/96 but gave the title away after being up by 12 points in the 2nd half of the season to add to the disappointment.  They also finished as runners-up in 1996/97.

Fans were giving a wake-up call being relegated after the 2015/16 season.  The club’s diehard fans stood with the club along with manager Rafa Benitez and many top players to earn an immediate promotion the following season.  But it illustrates how easily a club’s fortunes can change.

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USMNT player DeAndre Yedlin plays for the club.

Their celebrity fans include Sting, and AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, as well as politician Tony Blair.

Newcastle finished the 17/18 Premier League campaign in 10th place.

Manchester United Football Club
Nickname – Red Devils
Founded – 1878
Location – Manchester
Team Colors – Red/White
Team Sponsor – Chevrolet
Ground – Old Trafford
Website – http://www.manutd.com/

The most bandwagon team of all the Premier League.  But with a record 20 English top flight titles (13 in the Premier League era) it should come as no surprise.  But don’t give up on the Red Devils too quickly.  Some of the bandwagon has started to clear out since Sir Alex Ferguson retired with the club struggling after his departure.

The club’s 2nd place finish was impressive but they never were really a threat to eventual winner and have many questions lingering heading into this season.

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The new team has a new look and with the long history maybe worth pledging your allegiance too.  Just be ready for some grief from long-time Premier League fans.

And who cares what they think anyway with a lineup of celebrity fans that includes Usain Bolt, Megan Fox, Justin Timberlake, Eva Longoria, Drake, Rhianna, and a long list of others.

Manchester United finished the 17/18 Premier League campaign in 2nd place.

Manchester City Football Club
Nickname – The Citizens
Founded – 1880
Location – Manchester
Team Colors – Light Blue/White
Team Sponsor – Etihad Airways
Ground – Etihad Stadium
Website – http://www.mcfc.co.uk/

Manchester City went from being a mid-table battler to title challenger when the Abu Dhabi United Group bought the club and started pouring in cash in 2008.  It has paid dividends with the Citizens winning the Premier League title in 2011/12, their first top division title in 44 years, again in 2013/14, and most recently in impressive style in 2017/18.

Despite all the recent success, City are still the baby brother to crosstown rival Manchester United but that along with their bandwagon status are quickly changing.  Their baby blue jersey color helps set them apart from other clubs.

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Former US international Claudio Reyna played for the club from 2003 – 2007.

The celebrity fans include Noel and Liam Gallagher of Oasis, he attends almost every home game and almost always makes it on TV for being there, and boxers Ricky Hatton.

Manchester City won the Premier League title in 17/18.

Liverpool Football Club
Nickname – The Reds
Founded – 1892
Location – Liverpool
Team Colors – Red/White
Team Sponsor – Standard Charter
Ground – Anfield
Website – http://www.liverpoolfc.com/welcome-to-liverpool-fc

If you grab a seat on this train expect lots of other fans!  Liverpool is the 2nd most successful club in English history (although they have never won a Premier League title) and have one of the largest fan clubs in the world.

The success has come with equal tragedy as the club was involved with the Heysel Stadium Disaster and the Hillsborough Disaster.  96 Liverpool fans lost their lives in the latter tragedy and the Eternal Flame still adorns the team’s jersey in tribute to those who died.

Hard to beat the club’s classic red home jersey, the singing of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ before matches, the fact that Pink Floyd used Liverpool fans singing on their studio album Meddle in the song Fearless, or on the other side of the spectrum the ‘Anfield Rap’, the Merseyside Derby against Everton is fierce but friendly, and the list goes on.

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Owned by American John Henry, who also owns the Boston Red Sox, and a long list of celebrity fans like Dr Dre, Mel C (Sporty Spice), LeBron James, Mike Myers, Liam Neeson, Kim Cattrall, Daniel Craig, Caroline Wozniacki, and let’s not forget Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

Liverpool finished the 17/18 Premier League campaign in 4th place. They also finished runners-up in the 17/18 Champions League.

Leicester City Football Club
Nickname – The Foxes
Founded – 1884
Location – Leicester
Team Colors – Blue/White
Team Sponsor – King Power
Ground – King Power Stadium
Website – http://www.lcfc.com/

Leicester City shocked the world when they won the 2015/16 Premier League title and have successfully used that triumph (along with more money) to develop into a regular mid-table finisher.  But with some always predicting the top flight fairy tale can not go on forever.

But can it?

The Foxes have finished in 12th and 9th places the past two season and hope to build on that success. One challenge is bigger clubs coming for their top players which could end up costing the club if they can not replace them.

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The Foxes give celebrities another great opportunity to be the top dog in the luxury box with a the list of known fans down to Willie Thorn, and professional snooker player, who could double as Dr Phil, ex-TV Chef Rusty Lee, and let’s not forget X Factor winner Sam Bailey.

Leicester City finished the 17/18 Premier League campaign in 9th place.

Huddersfield Town AFC
Nickname – The Terriers
Founded – 1908
Location – Huddersfield
Team Colors – Blue and White
Jersey Sponsor – OPE Sports
Ground – Kirklees Stadium
Website – https://www.htafc.com/

Huddersfield Town returned to the Premier League for the first time in 45 years in 2017/18 and if anything their sophomore season back will be more difficult their their first.  The Terriers were challenged (to put it nicely) last season failing to score in 21 of their 36 league matches.

The club was the first to win 3 consecutive first division titles (only 3 other clubs have matches that accomplishment) but those were won in the mid-1920’s so most fans don’t remember them.  Since the golden years, the club has spent most of their time in lower divisions making this run in the top flight extra special.

American Abroad Danny Williams plays for Huddersfield Town.

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Actor Sir Patrick Stewart known for playing Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek as well as his work in Shakespeare plays and other roles is the most famous.  He is said to have cleared his calendar to watch as Huddersfield played for promotion in 2016/17.  And is not the only thespian to cheer for the club.  Actor Danny Kirrane was born in Huddersfield and has always supported his boyhood club.  Game of Thrones star Lena Headey is related to former chairman Geoff Heady.American actress Mercedes McNab, who is the daughter of former player Bob McNab, cheers for the club. And the politician, former English Prime Minister, Harold Wilson was a fan during the club’s golden years.

Huddersfield Town finished the 2018/19 Premier League campaign in 16th place.

Fulham Football Club
Nickname – The Cottagers, The Whites, Lilywhites
Founded – 1879
Location – London
Team Colors – White and Black
Jersey Sponsor – dafabet
Ground – Craven Cottage
Website – http://www.fulhamfc.com/

After 4 seasons in the English championship, Fulham are back where they and their fans feel they belong…the Premier League.  The London club spent 13 seasons in the top flight before being relegated so most young fans only knew of the good times.

The club has a special connection with the USA.  Fulham supporters selected Americans Abroad Clint Dempsey and Brian McBride to the club’s Best XI for the years 2001-2014.

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Dempsey scored a club record 50 Premier League goals between 2007 and 2012.  Brian McBride played for the club from 2004-2008 and scored 33 goals in 140 matches.  Carlos Bocanegra is another former USMNT player to suit up for Fulham.

Tim Ream currently plays for the club.

As a London club, Fulham has plenty of famous fans.  Hugh Grant is a fan as well as Daniel Radcliffe (aka Harry Potter), and James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan, and we can’t forget Honor Blackman, who played Pussy Galore in James Bond movie Goldfinger.  Michael Jackson was a friend of chairman Mohammed Al Fayed and some claim he was a fan although he only attended 1 match.  He did, however, have a statue outside of Craven Cottage for a number of years.  The club even has a number of fictional characters who are fans.

Fulham finished the 2017/18 English Championship in 3rd place.  They Derby Country in the Championship playoff semifinal tie and Aston Vila in the Championship playoff final at Wembley to earn their promotion to the Premier League.

Everton Football Club
Nickname – The Toffees
Founded – 1878
Location – Liverpool
Team Colors – Blue/White
Team Sponsor – SportPesa
Ground – Goodison Park
Website – http://www.evertonfc.com/

Everton regularly punch above their weight and have high hopes of cracking the Top 4 but usually must settle for a successful top 10 finish.

The team is well known for fielding USMNT players.  Tim Howard was the club’s longtime goalkeeper, and American Landon Donovan had successful loan spells at the club, while Joe-Max Moore was a regular with the club and Brian McBride played at Goodison Park before his move to Fulham.

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Sir Paul McCartney is a lifelong Everton fan, English actress Amanda Holden and Judie Dench.  Sylvester Stallone has been spotted at Goodison Park before and Justin Bieber was known to sport an Everton jersey during pick-up in his younger days.

Everton finished the 17/18 Premier League campaign in 8th place.

Crystal Palace Football Club
Nickname – Eagles
Founded – 1905
Location – London
Team Colors – Red/Blue
Team Sponsor – Manbet X
Ground – Selhurst Park
Website – http://www.cpfc.co.uk/

Crystal Palace tends to jump from the Premier League to the Championship every couple of years but could be a good choice for the fan not that worried about having to work back to the top every so often.  They are based in London and their first home was at the location of the Crystal Palace Exhibition with the bulk of their original team workers on the structure.   They were known as the Glaziers at the time but are now nicknamed the Eagles.

There fans are passionate.  One fan heckled Manchester United Eric Cantona so much that the Frenchman jumped in the stands and karate kicked him.  That is probably reason enough to support Crystal Palace.

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The list of celebrity fans include actor Liam Neeson, Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman, transvestite comedian Eddie Izzard, and of course World Soccer Shop founder Bernard Frei.

Crystal Palace finished the 17/18 Premier League campaign in 11th place.

Chelsea Football Club
Nickname – The Blues
Founded – 1905
Location – London
Team Colors – Blue/White
Team Sponsor – Yokohama Tyres
Ground – Stamford Bridge
Website – http://www.chelseafc.com/

Chelsea are possibly the most loved and hated team in England and maybe throughout Europe.  Roman Abramovich started the trend of buying mid-table clubs and then buying players and buying titles. It has worked as the billionaire’s side have won 4 titles since he took over (2004/05, 2005/06, 2009/10, and 2014/15, 2016/17) as well as 2012 UEFA Champions League.

The popularity has started to fade with some of the bandwagon fans jumping off and others hesitant to jump on.

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The celebrity fan includes Will Ferrell, Michael Caine, chef Gordon Ramsay, Emma Watson, Charlize Theron, and Cara Delevingne.

Chelsea finished the 17/18 Premier League campaign in 5th place.

Cardiff City Football Club
Nickname – The Bluebirds
Founded – 1899
Location – Cardiff, Wales
Team Colors – Blue and White (and Red)
Jersey Sponsor – Visit Malaysia
Ground – Cardiff City Stadium
Website – https://www.cardiffcityfc.co.uk/

Cardiff City is back in the Premier League and fans have to smile. If for no other reason, the Neil Warnock is at the helm.  The manager is loved or loathed on the field and a character off the field with a passion for Motown, a love for his love for his 1958 Massey Ferguson tractor, named Gladys, not to mention being a qualified podiatrist.

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Enough with the manager, the club will have a huge challenge staying in the Premier League.  The Welsh club has only played 1 season in the Premier League 2013/14 and so were obviously immediately relegated having spent the majority of their time over the last 20 years in the Championship.

Cardiff City finished the 2017/18 English Championship in 2nd place to earn an automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Burnley Football Club
Nickname – The Clarets
Founded – 1882
Location – Burnley
Team Colors – Claret and Sky Blue
Jersey Sponsor –
Ground – Turf Moor
Website – https://www.burnleyfootballclub.com/

Burnley punched above their weight last season while finishing 7th in the Premier League. Many pundits thought it was the biggest surprise of the season and it could turn out to be the high point for the Clarets, a club that has ping-ponged between the Premier and Championship over the last decade with this season being the first time they have played through to a sophomore opportunity.

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The club was one of the 12 founding members of the Football League.  They are one of only 5 teams to win all 4 top professional divisions of English football (Wolverhampton is the only other team currently in the Premier League to achieve that goal) and have won the first division 2 times.

Burnley may not have many famous fans but they arguably have one of the most famous fans.  Prince Charles is a fan of the Clarets

Burnley finished the 17/18 Premier League in 7th place.

Brighton and Hove Albion
Nickname – The Seagulls, Albion
Founded – 1901
Location – Falmer
Team Colors – Blue and White
Jersey Sponsor – American Express
Ground – Falmer Stadium (known as the Amex Stadium)
Website – https://www.brightonandhovealbion.com/

Brighton and Hove Albion have worked their way to the Premier League from the English Third Division over the course of the years since 2000 and while fans think earning a promotion to the Premier League is the toughest task many think it is consolidating your club as a Premier League regular.  That is the challenge for the Seagulls this season.

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Brighton is a coastal town about an hour south of London but pretty easy to access for the new fans who is willing to travel.  Their biggest rival is Crystal Palace despite the clubs being 45 miles apart.

The club’s most famous fan is Norman Cook, better known as Fatboy Slim.

Brighton and Hove Albion finished the 17/18 Premier League in 16th place.

Arsenal
Nickname – The Gunners
Founded – 1886
Location – London
Team Colors – Red/White
Team Sponsor – Fly Emirates
Ground – Emirates Stadium
Website – http://www.arsenal.com/home

Arsenal have one of the biggest fan bases in England and the U.S. so you won’t be alone if you choose the Gunners.  And many hardcore fans are happy (for the moment) with Arsene Wenger stepping aside as manager after 20 years at the end of last season.  The new manager will bring a new look and hopefully for fans more silverware but success if never guaranteed.

They can also point to the Invincibles season of 2003/04 when they went undefeated.  They are still the only team with a 38 game league schedule to go undefeated.

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Nick Hornby’s memoir, ‘Fever Pitch’, probably helped make them the team of many Americans.

The celebrity fan list is a hodgepodge with such fans as Spike Lee, Jay Z, Johnny Rotten, Roger Waters, Chris Martin, Colin Firth, Kevin Costner, Jackie and Joan Collins, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry, Fidel Castro, John Gotti, Michael Moore, Piers Morgan, Zac Effron, and Osama Bin Laden.

Arsenal finished the 17/18 Premier League campaign in 6th place.

AFC Bournemouth
Nickname – The Cherries
Founded – 1890
Location – Bournemouth
Team Colors – Red/Black
Team Sponsor – Mansion Group
Ground – Dean Court
Website – http://www.afcb.co.uk/

AFC Bournemouth has surprised many fans and pundits by remaining in the Premier League after first debuting in the English top flight for the 2015/16 season.  The club ownership has been willing to invest in a future making the club an interesting choice although future success is not certain.

They will be recognizable but possible mistaken for AC Milan as they play in red and black stripes.

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American Abroad Emerson Hyndman.

But Bournemouth could offer a great opportunity for celebrities out there as you would be the first (or one of the first) to join the ranks.  Jayne Middlemiss, the English TV and radio presenter, is a fan along with drummer of British indie band Bloc Party, Matt Tong.  In a stretch some Bournemouth fans claim that Batman, Christian Bale, is a fan but only because he spent part of his childhood in the city.

AFC Bournemouth finished the 17/18 Premier League campaign in 12th place.

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