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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 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.  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 2015/16 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.

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

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 Aston Villa is well-known for this color scheme as well) 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.  MLS recently signed a former player in Frank Lampard.

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 2014/15 Premier League campaign in 12th place.

West Bromwich Albion
Nickname – The Baggies
Founded – 1878
Location – West Bromwich in the West Midlands
Team Colors – Blue and White Stripes
Team Sponsor – TLCBET
Ground – The Hawhorns
Website – http://www.wba.co.uk/

2015/16 will be West Brom’s 10th consecutive season in the Premier League.  Who can’t get into a club where the fans jump up and down and say ‘boing-boing’ as a goal celebration and sing ‘The Lord’s My Shepard’ as an anthem?

The Baggies have distinct blue and white striped jerseys but are not too high on themselves with their last major trophy, the FA Cup, coming in 1968.

But their list of famous fans are known to rock out.  The list is headlined by such musicians as the Rolling Stones Ronnie Wood, Eric Clapton, and the members of Judas Priest.  Tennis player Goran Ivanisevic (and supposedly his friend John McEnroe) are fans along with One Direction’s Liam Payne.

West Brom finished the 2014/15 Premier League campaign in 13th place

Watford Football Club
Nickname – The Hornets
Founded – 1881
Location – Hertfordshire
Team Colors – Yellow/Black/Red
Team Sponsor – 138.com
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 pretty cool 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.

But results are ultimately what matter and Watford will be challenged to stay in the Premier League after earning a promotion last season.  But hard core fans can take to heart this good omen.  When Watford were first promoted to the top flight in 1982 their first 5 fixtures in alphabetical order were Everton, Manchester City, Southampton, Swansea and West Bromwich Albion. They finished the run with 4 wins and at the top of the table. Can you guess what their first 5 fixtures in alphabetical order are this year, yep Everton, Manchester City, Southampton, Swansea and West Bromwich Albion.

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 earned automatic promotion to the Premier League after finishing 2nd place in the Championship in 2014/15.

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 the 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, that year’s Champions League winner, to take it away from them.

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.

The London club is fashionable and has good U.S. connections.  US international DeAndre Yedlin is on the roster and former US international Brad Friedel closed out his record breaking career with the club.  And current US MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann was a fan favorite in his playing days at White Hart Lane and current 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), and the late great Bob Marley, golfer Luke Donald.

Tottenham finished the 2014/15 Premier League campaign in 5th place.

Swansea City Football Club
Nickname – The Swans
Founded – 1912
Location – Swansea, Wales
Team Colors – Blue/White
Team Sponsor – GWFX
Ground – Liberty Stadium
Website – http://www.swanseacity.net/

Swansea became the first Welsh team to play in the Premier League with their promotion in 2010/11 and have become a fixture in the top flight.  After an impressive inaugural campaign, manager Brendan Rodgers was lured away by Liverpool but it has not slowed the Swans.

The team plays their best at the Liberty Stadium and have been known to be giant killers in front of their home fans.

Catherine Zeta-Jones is the best known celebrity fan and her husband Michael Douglas comes along for good measure.

Swansea finished the 2014/15 Premier League campaign in 8th place

Sunderland Football Club
Nickname – Black Cats
Founded – 1879
Location – Sunderland
Team Colors – Red/White
Team Sponsor – Dafabet
Ground – Stadium of Light
Website – http://www.safc.com/

Sunderland has won 6 top flight titles but all of them were pre-World War II but have consistently been in the Premier League since 2007/08.  They miraculously avoid relegation last season so will have much to prove this campaign.

Black Cats became the official nickname in 1997 after a vote by the club members and it is a pretty cool logo.  The name is not completely random as the club has a historical link with black cats as the nearby ‘Black Cat Battery’ was located on the River Wear.

American Abroad Claudio Reyna played for the club from 2001-2003.

Peter O’Toole was a celebrity fan of the club but was thought to have waned in his support after the club moved to the Stadium of Light from Roker Park.

Sunderland finished the 2014/15 Premier League campaign in 16th place.

Stoke City Football Club
Nickname – The Potters
Founded – 1863
Location – Stoke-on-Trent
Team Colors – Red/White
Team Sponsor – bet365
Ground – Britannia Stadium
Website – http://www.stokecityfc.com/

Stoke has long been seen as a hard-nosed team that were hard to breakdown and stole the points when possible remaining largely in the middle of the table.  But after a 6-1 thrashing of Liverpool and talent coming back this side is one of the new teams looking to gain traction and a larger following.

Sugar Ray Leonard has been known to pull on the jersey of the Potters.

Stoke City finished the 2014/15 Premier League campaign in 9th place.

Southampton Football Club
Nickname – The Saints
Founded – 1885
Location – Southampton
Team Colors – Red/White
Team Sponsor – Veho
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 4 years ago but flash forward they have become the darlings of the Premier League with back-to-back top 10 finishes, last year’s finish being especially impressive.

Despite the good results, the reality is that it is still hard for the club to keep their top players with Calum Chambers, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren and Luke Shaw last summer and Morgan Schneiderlin and Nathaniel Clyne this summer making the exodus to ‘bigger’ clubs.

The celebrity fans are Craig David and Lucy Pinder

Southampton finished the 2014/15 Premier League campaign in 7th place.

Norwich City Football Club
Nickname – The Canaries
Founded – 1902
Location – Norwich
Team Colors – Yellow/Green
Team Sponsor – Aviva
Ground – Carrow Road
Website – http://www.canaries.co.uk/

‘On the Ball, City’ is the oldest soccer anthem/song that is still in use so what more really needs to be said?  The club stands out in the yellow and green kits.  But it could be a long season for the Canaries having just earned a promotion back to the Premier League.  They will once again be a relegation battler.

Hugh Jackman has talked about his support of Norwich in interviews and celebrity chef and team chairperson Delia Smith is a devoted fan along with Stephen Fry, on the City board.

Norwich City finished the 2014/15 English Championship in 3rd place and won the subsequent playoff with wins over Ipswich Town and Middlesborough.

Newcastle United Football Club
Nickname – The Magpies, Geordies
Founded – 1892
Location – Newcastle upon Tyne
Team Colors – Black/White
Team Sponsor – Wonga
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 but seldom are relegated.  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.

But regardless Newcastle fans are diehard and know what they want and are not afraid to speak their mind, recently going so far as to call for the ouster of owner Mike Ashley.

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

Newcastle finished the 2014/15 Premier League campaign in 15th 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 and the club has struggled (by their standards) the last 2 seasons.

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 2014/15 Premier League campaign in 4th 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, and again in 2013/14.

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 the apart from other clubs.

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 finished the 2014/15 Premier League campaign in 2th place.

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 people.

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.

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 2014/15 Premier League campaign in 6th place.

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/

After pulling a great escape last season, their 1st in the Premier League in a decade, this is a team that could easily find itself back in the lower divisions.  The club is tied for the most second tier titles with 7 but which pretty much sums up how their time in top division is usually short lived but they have only dropped below the 2nd tier once in their history.

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 2014/15 Premier League campaign in 14th place.

Everton Football Club
Nickname – The Toffees
Founded – 1878
Location – Liverpool
Team Colors – Blue/White
Team Sponsor – Chang Beer
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.  US MNT goalkeeper Tim Howard backstops the side and they are known to bring in other American players, Landon Donovan on his loan spells, Joe-Max Moore, and Brian McBride before his move to Fulham.

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 2014/15 Premier League campaign in 11th place.

Crystal Palace Football Club
Nickname – Eagles
Founded – 1905
Location – London
Team Colors – Red/Blue
Team Sponsor – Mansion Group
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.

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 2014/15 Premier League campaign in 10th 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 is the current Premier League holders after running away with the title in 2014/15.  The Blues 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) as well as 2012 UEFA Champions League.

Current manager Jose Mourinho, in his second stint with the club, is much like the club in that fans either love him or hate him.  There is something great about a coach who gives himself the nickname ‘The Special One.’

The London club has done a great job of spreading their brand around the world with a big focus in the U.S. so if you don’t mind jumping on the bandwagon this could be your club.

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

Chelsea finished the 2014/15 Premier League campaign in 1st place.

Aston Villa Football Club
Nickname – The Villans, Claret and Blue Army
Founded – 1874
Location – Birmingham
Team Colors – Claret and Blue
Team Sponsor – Intuit QuickBooks
Ground – Villa Park
Website – http://www.avfc.co.uk/

Aston Villa is the oldest and one of the most successful clubs in England but none of that success has come recently.  They have flirted with relegation some over the past couple of seasons but are one of the teams to have played in every Premier League campaign.

It is pretty cool that they still play in Villa Park that was first opened in 1897, their jersey colors Claret and Blue are pretty cool (see West Ham), and they are currently owned by an American, Randy Lerner, but he has been looking to sell the club.

It does not hurt that Prince William tops the list of celebrity fans. Who needs other celebrity fans when the future King of England is on your side…OK maybe one of their other celebrity fans David Cameron.  Tom Hanks is included in the list of fans.

Aston Villa finished the 2014/15 Premier League campaign in 17th 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.  They play a stylish game (sometimes at the expense of losing), have the longest serving manager in Arsene Wenger, usually don’t splash cash to buy the biggest name players, but still compete for the title and always qualify for the Champions League (OK maybe not always but for the last 18 years).

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.

‘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 2014/15 Premier League campaign in 3rd 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/

For longevity in the Premier League you may not want to select AFC Bournemouth.  Sure a new owner has started to pour money into the club but this is the first time in the Cherries’ 125 year history they have played their way into the English top flight and future success is not certain.

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

One question on whether they can stay up is if they can hold on to their top players and long-time manager Eddie Howe who helped save the team from administration and built a competitive side.

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 2014/15 Championship in 1st place.

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