An insight by a football/football fan born in Jacksonville.
Shad Khan recently purchased Fulham Football Club (F.F.C.) Fulham finished 12th of 20 in the Barclays Premier League last year. This league is well accepted as the best league in the world. Fulham plays in a stadium known as Craven Cottage in London. Five other major teams play in the city.
Craven Cottage is on a river just like us, the Thames. Craven Cottage seats around 27,000 and has a fan base that is at least as dedicated as our own. There are 20 teams in the Premier League, but the worst teams are relugated (kicked out)every year and replaced by the best 3 teams from the league below. There is no salary cap in soccer, so if you have enough money you can buy up the best players if you choose. This is good because Khan apparently has spare change, but some of the teams are owned by people with much more spare change, and a reputation for winning, which gets you millions to buy players with.
Fulham is the oldest team playing in London. If you go to youtube.com and search "Fulham A proper football club", you will see a somewhat recent history of the club by an obviously opinionated fan, but its worth watching.
In the NFL, you can win your division or the Superbowl
. In the premier league, you can win the league or one of several cups...F.A. Cup, League Cup, Europa Cup, Champions League Cup. The Champions League is the best thing to win ever, as it is a battle between the best teams of any league in any country, and has an auduience bigger than the Superbowl. Fulham has not ever won any of these despite their 100+yr history. They are a team possibly on the way up just like us.
Here is a link to their starting 11. Watch Berbatov. He's their best scorer and previously played for the owner of the Tampa Bay Bucs team, Manchester United. Man U, as they are known, is the Yankees, or the Patriots
, of soccer. They have all the money, and are expected to win everything.
Khan has pledged to upgrade Craven Cottage and I hope they let us play some of our London games there. Their fans are now pulling for us and we should pull for them.
I was born a Jag and started liking soccer so I know a bit of both. Please fill in the gaps.
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