Brentford Football Club is a professional association football club based in Brentford, Greater London, England. The team play in the Championship, the tier of English football. It was founded on 10 October 1889 and plays its games at Griffin Park, its home stadium since 1904. Brentfords most successful spell came during the 1930s, when it achieved consecutive top six finishes in the First Division, Brentford have been FA Cup quarter-finalists on four occasions, and have been runners-up of the Football League Trophy on three occasions. As a result of a vote, by eight votes to five, taken six days later, the very first fixture, between Brentford FC and Kew FC, was on 23 November 1889. Due to ownership of the land changing hands, Brentford FC was on the lookout for a new ground after only 30 months, in October 1892, Benns Field – land behind The Plough PH Little Ealing Lane – in Little Ealing, was the clubs new home. The football club decided to move nearer to Brentford and in December 1894 it moved to Shotters Field – what is now Gunnersbury School, The Ride – and stayed there until April 1898. As the club grew, therefore entertaining larger crowds, a move to a ground with the chance of improving better spectator facilities, with under cover enclosures and changing rooms, was looked for. Boston Park Cricket Ground, in York Road, Brentford – what is now land along the east side of Ealing Road, finally, in January 1904, the club agreed a 21-year lease on an orchard, once owned by Chiswick brewers Fuller, Smith and Turner. The clearance of the orchard, over 200 trees, and the levelling of the land took several months, in August 1904 trial matches were played on the pitch. Then the first competitive match was played, a team game in the Western League v Plymouth Argyle. On 7 September 1904, Brentford and West Ham United played out a 0–0 draw, in the Southern League First Division, in 1920 it was a founder member of the Football League Third Division. In 1921–22, the Football League Third Division was regionalised and Brentford FC was placed in the Southern section, during the late 1920s and 1930s, the club began to make real progress. In the 1929–30 season, the side won all 21 of its matches in the Third Division South. It is the last of six teams in English football to amass a perfect record. After several more near-misses, promotion to the Second Division was finally achieved in 1932–33, Two years later, Brentford reached the First Division and finished 5th in its debut season – which is still the clubs highest ever league position – to complete a remarkable rise for the club. Under manager Harry Curtis and captain Arthur Bateman, Brentford achieved more impressive placings in the league for the rest of the decade before the Second World War interrupted. During the war, Brentford competed in the London War Cup, the club was relegated in the first season after the war, and a downward spiral set in, which culminated in relegation to the Third Division in 1953–54 and the Fourth Division in 1961–62
Dean Smith (footballer, born 1971)
Dean Smith is an English footballer turned football manager, who is now in charge of Championship club Brentford. Starting his playing career with Walsall in 1989, over the course of five years he played 166 league, signing with Hereford United in 1994, three years and 146 appearances later he moved on to Leyton Orient. In six years with Orient he made 309 appearances in all competitions, after a season with Wednesday he moved on to Port Vale, retiring in January 2005. He scored 54 goals in 566 league games in a 16-year career in the Football League, returning to Leyton Orient, he worked as assistant manager until January 2009. In July 2009, he was appointed as Head of Youth at Walsall and he took Walsall from relegation certainties to safety in his first four months in charge. He took Walsall to the 2015 final of the Football League Trophy, Smith started his playing career at Walsall, as the club suffered relegation from the Third Division in 1989–90 under John Barnwells stewardship. They then struggled to adapt to life in the Fourth Division under new manager Kenny Hibbitt, finishing 16th in 1990–91, the Saddlers qualified for the play-offs with a fifth-place finish in 1992–93, but were badly beaten by Crewe Alexandra at the semi-final stage. Walsall finished tenth in 1993–94, and Smith left the club, having played a total of 166 games for the Saddlers, in summer 1994, Smith was sold to Hereford United for £80,000, a club record fee for the Bulls. They finished 16th in the Third Division in 1994–95 under John Layton, Smith scored 26 goals in 146 appearances in all competitions during his time at Edgar Street. Smith signed with Tommy Taylors Leyton Orient in August 1997, with a setting the fee at £42,500. He scored ten goals in 51 games in 1997–98, Orient would have finished one point outside the Third Division play-offs had they not been deducted three points. He captained Orient to the play-offs in 1998–99, and converted a penalty in the victory over Rotherham United at the semi-final stage. However his team were beaten 1–0 by Scunthorpe United in the Wembley final, over the course of the campaign he scored ten goals in 49 appearances. Orient then struggled in 1999–2000, finishing in the half of the table. Smith was again a key player, scoring six goals in 50 appearances, following a fifth-place finish in 2000–01, he again captained the Os to the play-off final in 2001, this time at the Millennium Stadium. Despite twice taking the lead against Blackpool, they lost the match 4–2, over the course of the season he scored five goals in 54 games. He scored four goals in 51 games in 2001–02, but Paul Brushs team struggled and finished in mid-table, closer to the relegation zone than the play-offs, Smith continued to feature heavily in the 2002–03 campaign, though he left the club in mid-season. He had played 309 games for the club in all competitions and he joined First Division side Sheffield Wednesday in February 2003, then managed by Chris Turner
Griffin Park is a football ground in Brentford, situated in the London Borough of Hounslow, west London. It has been the ground of Championship side Brentford since it was built in 1904. The ground is situated in a residential area and is known for being the only English league football ground to have a pub on each corner. The ground gets its name from the griffin, featured in the logo of Fullers Brewery, between forming in 1889 and prior to 1904, Brentford played at five grounds around Ealing – Clifden Road, Benns Field, Shotters Field, Cross Road and Boston Park Cricket Ground. After a gypsy camp was removed from the site, work began on building the ground in January 1904, the orchard was cut down by local volunteers, who were allowed to keep the wood. The ground was built with a 20,000 capacity in mind, with a provision for an increase to 30. An 800-capacity stand from Boston Park was rebuilt alongside the Braemar Road side of the ground, beneath and behind the stand were three dressing rooms, a number of offices and a recreation room. The ground was named Griffin Park after a pub, The Griffin. After a number of games, Griffin Park was opened on 1 September 1904. Season tickets for the 1904–05 season sold out, the first competitive match to be played at Griffin Park was a Western League fixture versus Plymouth Argyle on 1 September 1904. The Braemar Road grandstand had been completed by the time of the fixture, but as the rooms were not ready. The borough surveyor also declared the grandstand unsafe and banned its use until improvements had been made, Argyle scored the first competitive goal at the ground through Fred Buck, but four minutes from the final whistle, Tommy Shanks converted a James Swarbrick cross to secure a 1–1 draw. The attendance was estimated at between 4,000 and 5,000, the first truly first team fixture to be played at the ground was a Southern League First Division match on 3 September 1904, which yielded a 0–0 draw between Brentford and West Ham United. The Bees would have to wait until 22 October 1904 for their first victory at the ground, the first Football League match to be played at the ground was on the opening day of the 1920–21 season, a 3–0 Third Division defeat to Exeter City. Unlike the old grandstand, the new stand ran the length of the pitch, after the season, it was announced that Griffin Park would be completely redeveloped over the following decade. Concrete terracing was installed at the Ealing Road end of the ground in 1930. A new stand was constructed at the Brook Road end of the ground in the 1933 off-season, a further extension to the terracing and a roof was added prior to Brentfords debut First Division season in 1935–36, taking the New Road stands capacity to 20,000. Little development occurred at Griffin Park between the mid-1930s, and the mid-1980s, the frontage of the Braemar Road stand was rebuilt in 1963, adding club offices and a club room
The English Football League Championship is the highest division of the English Football League and second-highest overall in the English football league system, after the Premier League. Each year, the top finishing teams in the Championship are promoted to the Premier League, the Football League Championship, which was introduced for the 2004–05 season, was previously known as the Football League First Division, and before that was known as Division Two. The winners of the Championship receive the Football League Championship trophy, the Championship is the wealthiest non-top flight football division in the world and the seventh richest division in Europe. With an average attendance for the 2015-16 season of 17,578. Bundesliga as the secondary league in the world. In the 2015–16 season, Burnley were the champions, Middlesbrough were the runners up. At present, Ipswich Town hold the longest tenure in the Championship, the total figures were aided somewhat by the presence of 24 clubs, compared to 20 clubs in both Serie A and Ligue 1, and 18 in the Bundesliga. A major factor to the success comes from television revenue. On 30 September 2009, Coca-Cola announced they would end their deal with The Football League at the end of the 2009–10 season. On 18 July 2013, UK bookmaker Sky Bet announced that signed a 5-year agreement to sponsor the league. Three points are awarded for a win, one for a draw, the teams are ranked in the league table by points gained, then goal difference, then goals scored and then their head-to-head record for that season. At the end of the season, the top two teams and the winner of the Championship play-offs are promoted to the Premier League and the three teams are relegated to Football League One. The Football League Championship play-offs is a competition for the teams finishing the season in third to sixth place with the winner being promoted to the Premier League. In the play-offs, the team plays against the sixth-placed team. The winners of each semi-final then compete in a match with the prize being promotion to the Premier League. From 2009 to 2012, Sky Sports had the rights to broadcast 65 live matches, the BBC had the rights to show 10 first choice live games for the regular season as well as the rights to show a highlight show. The deal is on a contract and is worth £264m that will mostly be paid by Sky. The deal included 75 live league games, all the matches,15 League Cup ties
The FA Cup, known officially as The Football Association Challenge Cup, is an annual knockout association football competition in mens domestic English football. First played during the 1871–72 season, it is the oldest association football competition in the world and it is organised by and named after The Football Association. For sponsorship reasons, from 2015 through to 2018 it is known as The Emirates FA Cup. A concurrent womens tournament is held, the FA Womens Cup. A record 763 clubs competed in 2011–12, the tournament consists of 12 randomly drawn rounds followed by the semi-finals and the final. The last entrants are the Premier League and Championship clubs, into the draw for the Third Round Proper, in the modern era, only one non-league team has ever reached the quarter finals, and teams below Level 2 have never reached the final. As a result, as well as who wins, significant focus is given to those minnows who progress furthest, especially if they achieve an unlikely giant-killing victory. Winners receive the FA Cup trophy, of which there have two designs and five actual cups, the latest is a 2014 replica of the second design. Winners also qualify for European football and a place in the FA Community Shield match, in 1863, the newly founded Football Association published the Laws of the Game of Association Football, unifying the various different rules in use before then. On 20 July 1871, in the offices of The Sportsman newspaper, the inaugural FA Cup tournament kicked off in November 1871. After thirteen games in all, Wanderers were crowned the winners in the final, Wanderers retained the trophy the following year. The modern cup was beginning to be established by the 1888–89 season, following the 1914–15 edition, the competition was suspended due to the First World War, and did not resume until 1919–20. The 1922–23 competition saw the first final to be played in the newly opened Wembley Stadium, due to the outbreak of World War II, the competition was not played between the 1938–39 and 1945–46 editions. Having previously featured replays, the modern day practice of ensuring the semi-final and final matches finish on the day, was introduced from 2000 onwards. Redevelopment of Wembley saw the final played outside of England for the first time, the final returned to Wembley in 2007, followed by the semi-finals from 2008. The competition is open to any club down to Level 10 of the English football league system which meets the eligibility criteria, all clubs in the top four levels are automatically eligible. Clubs in the six levels are also eligible provided they have played in either the FA Cup. Newly formed clubs, such as F. C. United of Manchester in 2005–06 and also 2006–07, all clubs entering the competition must also have a suitable stadium
Notts County F.C.
Notts County Football Club is a professional association football club based in the city of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England. With records of games as early as 28 November 1862, Notts County is recognised as the oldest association football team in the world now playing at a professional level. Between 1888–89 and 2013–14 they played a total of 4,756 Football League matches – more than any other English team, the team plays in League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system. County play their games at Meadow Lane in black and white striped shirts. The club has had spells in the top division of English football, most recently in 1991–92. Notable former managers of Notts County include Jimmy Sirrel, Howard Wilkinson, Neil Warnock, Howard Kendall, the club has had several owners. In the 21st century, a series of problems has seen the club owned by a supporters trust. Notts County are the oldest professional club in the world having been formed in 1862. Notts pre-dated The Football Association and initially played a game of its own devising, at the time of its formation, Notts County, like most sports teams, were considered to be a gentlemen-only club. Notts County are considered to be one of the pioneers of the game and are the oldest of the worlds professional association football clubs. In November 1872, the Notts County full-back Ernest Greenhalgh played for England against Scotland in the international match. In 1888, Notts County, along with 11 other football clubs and they finished their first league season in 11th place, but avoided the dubious honour of the wooden spoon, which went to Midlands rivals Stoke. However, Notts County did achieve their highest ever finish of third in 1890–91. On 25 March 1891, Notts County reached the FA Cup final for the first time, the Magpies were defeated 3–1 by Blackburn Rovers at The Oval, despite having beaten the same side 7–1 in the league only a week earlier. This achievement is also memorable for Notts County becoming the first club outside the top division to win the FA Cup, in 1910 they moved to Meadow Lane. Notts County were relegated in 1926 in what was to be their last season in the English top flight for half a century. The 1925–26 season was the last season that famed giant goalkeeper Albert Iremonger played for the club, in the 1946–47 season, the ground was used temporarily by Nottingham Forest after the River Trent flooded both Meadow Lane and the City Ground. Forest again used Meadow Lane in 1968, after fire destroyed the main stand at the City Ground, the golden age of the club came just after the end of World War II
The EFL Cup, or simply the League Cup, is an annual knockout football competition in mens domestic English football. First held in 1960–61 as the Football League Cup, it is one of the three top domestic competitions in England, alongside the Premier League and FA Cup. It concludes in February, long before the two, which end in May. It was introduced by the league as a response to the popularity of European football. It also took advantage of the roll-out of floodlights, allowing the fixtures to be played as midweek evening games, with the renaming of the Football League as the English Football League in 2016, the tournament was rebranded as the EFL Cup from the 2016–17 season onwards. The tournament is played over seven rounds, with single leg ties throughout, the final is held at Wembley Stadium, it is the only tie in the competition played at a neutral venue and on a weekend. Entrants are seeded in the rounds, and a system of byes based on league level ensures higher ranked teams enter in later rounds. Winners receive the EFL Cup, of which there have been three designs, the current one also being the original, the current holders are Manchester United, who beat Southampton 3–2 in the 2017 final to win their fifth League Cup. Some clubs have fielded a weaker side in the competition. Many of the top English sides, Arsenal and Manchester United in particular, have used the competition to give young players valuable big-game experience. However, in 2010, in response to Arsène Wengers claim that a League Cup win would not end his trophy drought, Alex Ferguson described the trophy as a pot worth winning. The original idea for a League Cup came from Stanley Rous who saw the competition as a consolation for clubs who had already knocked out of the FA Cup. However it was not Rous who came to implement it, the re-organisation of the league was not immediately forthcoming, however, the cup competition was introduced regardless. The trophy was paid for personally by Football League President Joe Richards, Richards was proud of the competition, Richards described the competitions formation as an interim step on the way to the leagues re-organisation. I hope the Press will not immediately assume that the League is going to fall out with the F. A. or anybody else, the time has come for our voice to be heard in every problem which affects the professional game. The League Cup competition was established at a time when match day attendances were dwindling, the league had lost 1 million spectators compared to the previous season. It was established at a time when tensions between the Football League and the Football Association were high, the biggest disagreement was how revenue was shared between the clubs. During the late 1950s, the majority of senior English clubs equipped their grounds with floodlights and this opened up the opportunity to exploit weekday evenings throughout the winter
Norwich City F.C.
Norwich City Football Club is an English professional football club based in Norwich, Norfolk. The club currently plays in the Championship, the tier of English football. They were first promoted to the top flight in 1972, Norwich have won the League Cup twice, in 1962 and 1985. The club has never won the top flight, but finished third in 1993, the club was founded in 1902. The fans song On the Ball, City is regarded as being the oldest football song in the world which is still in use, the club plays in characteristic yellow and green kits and are nicknamed The Canaries after the history of breeding the birds in the area. They joined the Norfolk & Suffolk League for the 1902–03 season, but following a FA Commission, the club was ousted from the amateur game in 1905, deemed a professional organisation. Later that year Norwich were elected to play in the Southern League and with increasing crowds, they were forced to leave Newmarket Road in 1908, moving to The Nest, a disused chalk pit. During the First World War, with football suspended and facing spiralling debts, the club was officially reformed on 15 February 1919 – a key figure in the events was Charles Frederick Watling, future Lord Mayor of Norwich and the father of future club chairman, Geoffrey Watling. When, in May 1920, the Football League formed a third Division and their first league fixture, against Plymouth Argyle, on 28 August 1920, ended in a 1–1 draw. The club went on to endure a mediocre decade, finishing no higher than eighth, the inaugural match, held on 31 August 1935, against West Ham United, ended in a 4–3 victory to the home team and set a new record attendance of 29,779. The biggest highlight of the four seasons was the visit of King George VI to Carrow Road on 29 October 1938. However, the club was relegated to the Third Division at the end of the season, the league was suspended the following season as a result of the outbreak of the Second World War and did not resume until the 1946–47 season. City finished this and the season in 21st place, the poor results forcing the club to apply for re-election to the league. The 1958–59 season saw Norwich reach the semi-final of the FA Cup as a Third Division side, in the 1959–60 season, Norwich were promoted to the Second Division after finishing second to Southampton, and achieved a fourth-place finish in the 1960–61 season. In 1962 Ron Ashman guided Norwich to their first trophy, defeating Rochdale 4–0 on aggregate in a final to win the League Cup. They made their first appearance at Wembley Stadium in 1973, losing the League Cup final 1–0 to Tottenham Hotspur. Relegation to the Second Division in 1974 came after Saunders had departed and been succeeded by John Bond, a highly successful first season saw promotion back to the First Division and another visit to Wembley, again in the League Cup final, this time losing 1–0 to Aston Villa. Bond departed to Manchester City in the autumn of 1980 and the club were relegated six months later, Norwich had also been the beneficiaries of one of English footballs first million-pound transfers when they sold striker Justin Fashanu to Nottingham Forest in August 1981
Neal Maupay is a French footballer who plays for French club Stade Brestois 29 on loan from Saint-Etienne in Ligue 2. He plays as either a midfielder or a winger. Maupay is a France youth international having represented his nation at under-16 and he also holds Argentine citizenship through his mother. Maupay started his career at US Valbonne and was signed by Nice in 2007, on 14 September 2012, at 16 years and 32 days, he was named in the team to face Brest in a league match two days later. In this match, he made his debut appearing as a substitute in a 3–2 win. He scored his first goal on 15 December against Evian, on 18 April 2013, Maupay underwent surgery for a ruptured cruciate ligament. At the start of the 2012–13 season, Maupay was loaned out to Nices second team and he made his debut for the side on 26 August 2012 against Corte and scored in a 3–1 win. In total he made 8 appearances for the side, scoring 8 goals, on 10 August 2015, Maupay signed a contract with Saint-Etienne for a fee of €600k. On 20 July 2016, Maupay agreed to a loan at Brest. He started the season in Ligue 2 scoring a goal each in his second, third, Maupay has played for the France U-16, France U-17, France U-19 and France U-21 youth teams. As of 27 January 2017 Maupay was born in Versailles but is eligible to play for either France or Argentina through parentage, France profile at FFF Neal Maupay – French league stats at LFP Neal Maupay at LÉquipe Football
Queens Park Rangers F.C.
Queens Park Rangers Football Club is a professional association football club based in White City, London, that plays in the Championship, the second tier of English football. Their honours include winning the League Cup in 1967, as well as finishing top of the tier in 1983 and 2011. QPR were also runners-up of the Football League First Division in 1975–76, Queens Park Rangers were founded in 1886 after the merger of Christchurch Rangers and St. Judes Institute. Owing to their proximity to other west London clubs, QPR maintain long-standing rivalries with other clubs in the area. The most notable of these are Chelsea, Fulham and Brentford, outside London, QPR also traditionally share rivalries with Watford, Luton and Cardiff, although in recent years these fixtures have become less prominent. For the current season see 2015–16 Queens Park Rangers F. C. season The club was formed in 1886, the resulting team was called Queens Park Rangers, because most of the players came from the Queens Park area of north-west London. QPR were promoted as champions of Division 3 South in the 1947–48 season, Dave Mangnall was the manager as the club participated in four seasons of the Second Division, being relegated in 1951–52. Tony Ingham was signed from Leeds United and went on to make the most ever league appearances for QPR, arguably the clubs greatest ever manager, Alec Stock, arrived prior to the start of the 1959–60 season. The 1960–61 season saw QPR achieve their biggest win to date, in time, Stock, together with Jim Gregory who arrived as chairman in the mid-1960s, helped to achieve a total transformation of the club and its surroundings. It is still the major trophy that QPR have won. It was also the first League Cup final to be held at Wembley Stadium, after winning promotion in 1968 to the top flight for the first time in their history, Rangers were relegated after just one season and spent the next four years in Division Two. Terry Venables joined from Spurs at the beginning of the 1969–70 season, during this time, new QPR heroes emerged including Phil Parkes, Don Givens, Dave Thomas and Stan Bowles. These new signings were in addition to home-grown talent such as Dave Clement, Ian Gillard, Mick Leach, after completing their 42-game season, QPR sat at the top of the league, one point ahead of Liverpool who went on to defeat Wolverhampton Wanderers to clinch the title. Wolves were relegated to the Second Division that same season, following Sextons departure in 1977 the club eventually slipped into the Second Division in 1979. In 1980 Terry Venables took over as manager and the club installed a plastic pitch, in 1982 QPR, still playing in the Second Division, reached the FA Cup Final for the only time in the clubs history, facing holders Tottenham Hotspur. Tottenham won 1–0 in a replay, the following season QPR went on to win the Second Division championship and returned to English footballs top division. After a respectable fifth-place finish, and UEFA Cup qualification, the following year, in 1988 the club had a new chairman, Richard Thompson. Who at 24 was the Premier Leagues youngest ever chairman, over the next seven years, various managers came and went from Loftus Road and the club spent many seasons finishing mid table but avoided relegation
Kit (association football)
In association football, kit is the standard equipment and attire worn by players. The sports Laws of the Game specify the minimum kit which a player must use, footballers generally wear identifying numbers on the backs of their shirts. Professional clubs also usually display players surnames or nicknames on their shirts, Football kit has evolved significantly since the early days of the sport when players typically wore thick cotton shirts, knickerbockers and heavy rigid leather boots. The Laws of the Game set out the equipment which must be worn by all players in Law 4. Five separate items are specified, shirt, shorts, socks, footwear, goalkeepers are allowed to wear tracksuit bottoms instead of shorts. While most players wear studded football boots, the Laws do not specify that these are required, shirts must have sleeves, and goalkeepers must wear shirts which are easily distinguishable from all other players and the match officials. Thermal undershorts may be worn, but must be the colour as the shorts themselves. Shin pads must be covered entirely by the stockings, be made of rubber, plastic or a similar material, and provide a reasonable degree of protection. The only other restriction on equipment defined in the Laws of the Game is the requirement that a player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself or another player. In the event of a match between teams who would wear identical or similar colours the away team must change to a different colour. The England national team plays in red shirts even when it is not required. Many professional clubs also have a kit, ostensibly to be used if both their first-choice and away colours are deemed too similar to those of an opponent. Most professional clubs have retained the basic colour scheme for several decades. Teams representing countries in international competition generally wear national colours in common with other sporting teams of the same nation, shirts are normally made of a polyester mesh, which does not trap the sweat and body heat in the same way as a shirt made of a natural fibre. Depending on local rules, there may be restrictions on how large these logos may be or on what logos may be displayed, competitions such as the Premier League may also require players to wear patches on their sleeves depicting the logo of the competition. The captain of team is usually required to wear an elasticated armband around the left sleeve to identify him as the captain to the referee. Most current players wear specialist football boots, which can be either of leather or a synthetic material. Modern boots are cut slightly below the ankles, as opposed to the high-ankled boots used in former times, studs may be either moulded directly to the sole or be detachable, normally by means of a screw thread
Henrik Dalsgaard is a Danish footballer who plays for Zulte Waregem in the Belgian Pro League. Dalsgaard played for the low-tier Danish team Møldrup/Tostrup IF during his younger years, when he was twenty years old, he was discovered by Danish Superliga team AaB who signed him to a contract with a view to introducing him to their Superliga team. While playing for AaB, Dalsgaard played as a winger even though he was signed as a striker, however, Dalsgaard became a first team regular and a solid performer once he started playing as a right back. On December 8,2015, Zulte Waregem from the Belgian Pro League announced that they had signed Dalsgaard on a free transfer, Dalsgaard played eleven games for the Denmark U21. On March 9,2016, following a start at Zulte Waregem, Dalsgaard was, for the first time ever. He made his debut against Iceland in a friendly on March 24,2016, AaB Danish Superliga, 2013–14 Danish Cup, 2013–14 Danish national team profile AaB profile Career statistics at Danmarks Radio
S.V. Zulte Waregem
Sportvereniging Zulte Waregem, commonly known as Zulte Waregem or by their nickname Essevee, is a Belgian professional football club based in Waregem, West Flanders. Zulte Waregem plays in the Belgian Pro League and their highest finish at the highest level was a 2nd place in Belgian First Division 2012–13. They have won 1 Belgian Cup and they subsequently qualified for the 2006-07 UEFA Cup, only to lose in the round of 32 to Newcastle United. The club is a product of a partnership in 2001 between Zultse VV and KSV Waregem, a former first division regular, Zulte Waregem first reached the highest level in Belgian football by winning the 2004–05 second division. The club outfits are red and green and they play their home matches at the Regenboogstadion, the former stadium of KSV Waregem. Zulte Sportief was founded in 1950 and directly became a member of the national association, the club Zultse V. V. was started after the 1976 merger between Zulte Sportief and S. K. Zulte. In 2001, the merged with K. S. V. Waregem, who had played in the first division for many years, no team from Zulte ever achieved promotion to the second division before S. V. Zultse V. V. though, gained access to the division in 1995. The club finished 14th out of 16 for two seasons and was relegated the second time after the playoff, in 1999, the season in which it came back, Zultse finished 4th in this division. Two years later, the new club became champion of the 3rd division A, the registered office of Zulte Waregem lies in Zulte but the club is based in the stadium of K. S. V. Waregem in Waregem and the red and white colours of K. S. V. Zulte Waregem dropped to the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League play-off round, at the group stage their rivals were Rubin Kazan, Wigan Athletic and Maribor. Zulte Waregem started with a draw against Wigan, after that they lost to Rubin and Maribor, but later managed to defeat Maribor at Ljudski vrt and Wigan at DW Stadium. Finally, a loss against Rubin at home and Maribors win over Wigan eliminated Zulte Waregem from the European competition, Zulte Waregem plays its home matches at the Regenboogstadion, which means Rainbow Stadium in Dutch. The stadium used to be the home of K. S. V, Waregem until the withdrawal of the club. It has 6,800 seats, with a capacity of 10,200. The hospitality accommodations and the field can be seen their own Virtual Tour or on Google Streetview, the field is surrounded by a track
Luke Matthew Daniels is an English footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Scunthorpe United. Born in Bolton, Greater Manchester, Daniels joined West Bromwich Albion in 2004 after being released by Manchester United and his good form saw him make his international debut for England Under-18s in their 2–1 win over Slovenia in April 2006. Daniels spent seven years at Old Trafford before being offered a trial at West Brom, Daniels was an unused substitute in the 2007 Championship play-off Final. He joined Scottish Premier League side Motherwell on loan for the rest of the 2007–08 season on 25 January 2008, after returning to West Brom for the summer, he joined Shrewsbury Town on a season loan on 1 August. He shone in Shrewsburys playoff semi final, second leg against Bury at Gigg Lane and his man of the match display ensured Shrewsbury a place in the League Two play-off final at Wembley. Daniels was the BBC Sport Player Rater man of the match in the final after making several saves, after signing a new two-year contract at Albion, Daniels joined Tranmere Rovers on loan for the 2009–10 season. On 14 July, it was confirmed by Bristol Rovers that Daniels had signed a season-long loan deal after keeping his identity secret for nearly a week. Unfortunately, after sustaining an injury during pre-season, his loan spell was terminated. On 17 September, Daniels joined Charlton Athletic on a 28-day loan after Robert Elliot suffered an injury that was expected to keep him out for about a month. On 5 January 2011, Daniels joined Bristol Rovers on loan until 31 May 2011, Daniels made his Rovers debut in the home draw with fellow League One strugglers Walsall. The loan period, which had due to expire on 26 November was extended by a month. After nine years at West Brom, Daniels eventually made his Premier League debut, at the age of 25 and he came on as a substitute for first-choice goalkeeper Ben Foster, who had to be replaced due to injury. On 22 January 2015, Daniels completed a move to Scunthorpe United after the League One sides two goalkeepers had suffered broken arms in the same game against Bristol City the previous weekend. Daniels signed a contract with Scunthorpe, who paid West Brom an undisclosed fee. As of 10 May 2014 Luke Daniels at Soccerbase
Scunthorpe United F.C.
Scunthorpe United Football Club is a professional association football club based in the town of Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, England. The team play in League One, the tier of the English football league system. The team is nicknamed The Iron, and has played in a strip of claret. It plays its games at Glanford Park, having moved from the Old Show Ground in 1988. Grimsby Town, Hull City, Doncaster Rovers, Lincoln City and York City are its main rivals, the club was formed in 1899, turned professional in 1912 and joined the Football League in 1950. It achieved promotion to Division Two in 1958, where it stayed until 1964, the club has had more success recently, however, it was promoted from Football League Two in 2005, and then spent three out of four seasons from 2007 in the Football League Championship. The Iron were relegated to Football League One in 2011, having finished bottom of the Championship, in recent years, the club has developed a reputation for developing promising young strikers, having sold Billy Sharp, Martin Paterson and Gary Hooper on for seven-figure sums. The club was considered one of the most financially prudent in English football. Scunthorpe United was formed in 1899, in 1910 they merged with local rivals North Lindsey United to become Scunthorpe & Lindsey United, and joined the Midland Football League in 1912. After an unsuccessful application to join the Football League in 1921, Scunthorpe & Lindsey won the Midland League in 1926–27, after the end of the war, in 1945, Scunthorpe & Lindsey United would re-apply to join the Football League at every opportunity. The club finished as runners-up in the Midland League in 1947–48, the clubs first game in Football League Division Three North was against fellow new entrants Shrewsbury Town. After an unremarkable few years in the Football League, which included the clubs first ever third and fourth round FA Cup ties, in 1958 Scunthorpe United won promotion to Football League Division Two as champions of the old Division Three under the guidance of manager Ron Suart. This was despite the sale of its leading marksman Barrie Thomas to Newcastle United for a reported £40,000, after relegation from Division Two, the Iron spent the next four years bouncing around in the Third Division. Freddie Goodwin left the club during the 1967–68 season, however his replacement Ron Ashman was unable to save the club from relegation to Division Four at the end of the season. The Iron were unable to cement a place in the Third Division, at the same time Ron Ashman departed to manage local rivals Grimsby Town, only to return during 1976. The period between his two tenures saw several management changes and a league campaign which saw the Iron finish rock bottom of the Football League in 1975. The next five years saw United stagnate in the bottom-half of Division Four, in 1988 Scunthorpe United became the first English football club in the modern era to move to a new, purpose-built stadium, Glanford Park. The ground was sold to the supermarket chain Safeway and the search was started for a new location
Luton Town F.C.
Luton Town Football Club /ˈluːtən ˈtaʊn/ is a professional association football club based at Kenilworth Road, Luton, Bedfordshire since 1905. Founded in 1885, it is nicknamed the Hatters and affiliated to the Bedfordshire County Football Association and its first-team is contesting the fourth tier of English football, League Two, during the 2016–17 season. The clubs history includes major trophy wins, several financial crises, numerous promotions and relegations, the club was the first in southern England to turn professional, making payments to players as early as 1890 and turning fully professional a year later. It joined the Football League before the 1897–98 season, left in 1900 because of financial problems, Luton reached the First Division in 1955–56 and contested a major final for the first time when playing Nottingham Forest in the 1959 FA Cup Final. The team was relegated from the top division in 1959–60. However, it was promoted back to the top level by 1974–75, Luton Towns most recent successful period began in 1981–82, when the club won the Second Division, and thereby gained promotion to the First. Luton defeated Arsenal 3–2 in the 1988 Football League Cup Final, between 2007 and 2009, financial difficulties caused the club to fall from the second tier of English football to the fifth in successive seasons. The last of these came during the 2008–09 season, when 30 points were docked from Lutons record for various financial irregularities. Luton thereafter spent five seasons in non-League football before winning the Conference Premier in 2013–14, Luton Town Football Club was formed on 11 April 1885, the product of a merger of the two leading local teams, Luton Town Wanderers and Excelsior. Initially based at Excelsiors Dallow Lane ground, the club began making payments to individual players in 1890. The following year, Luton became the first club in southern England to be fully professional, the club was a founder member of the Southern Football League in the 1894–95 season and finished as runners-up in its first two seasons. It then left to form the United League and came second in that leagues inaugural season before joining the Football League for 1897–98. The club continued to enter a team to the United League for two seasons, and won the title in 1897–98. A return to the Southern League was therefore arranged for the 1900–01 season, eight years after arriving at Dunstable Road, Luton moved again, settling at their current ground, Kenilworth Road, in 1905. Captain and left winger Bob Hawkes became Lutons first international player when he was picked to play for England against Ireland on 16 February 1907, a poor 1911–12 season saw Luton relegated to the Southern Leagues Second Division, the club won promotion back two years later. After the First World War broke out, Luton took part in The London Combination during 1915–16, a key player of the period was Ernie Simms, a forward. Simms was invalided back to England after being wounded on the Italian front, however, after Luton finished fourth in the division, the squad was broken up as Simms, Bookman and Mathieson joined South Shields, Port Vale and Exeter City respectively. Luton stayed in the Third Division South until 1936–37, when the team finished top and won promotion to the Second Division, during the early 1950s, one of Lutons greatest sides emerged under manager Dally Duncan
Akaki Gogia is a German professional footballer of Georgian descent who plays as a midfielder for Dynamo Dresden, on loan from Brentford. He began his career in Germany with VfL Wolfsburg, before signing for Hallescher FC in 2013 and he won international youth caps for Germany at U18 and U19 level. A midfielder, Gogia began his career in Germany as a junior with FSV67 Halle and Hannover 96 and he came through the youth ranks and made his reserve team debut in February 2010, going on to make 9 appearances. He scored prolifically for Wolfsburgs U17 and U19 teams, netting 44 goals in 86 games and helping the side to the U19 Bundesliga championship in the 2010–11 season, scoring in the final versus 1. After being included in the party for a training camp in Marbella. He remained a substitute for the 1–1 draw and was called up twice more during the 2010–11 season. He failed to win any further first team call ups and departed the club in July 2013, on 11 May 2012, it was announced that Gogia had joined Bundesliga side FC Augsburg on loan for the 2011–12 and 2012–13 seasons. He made the first professional appearance of his career when he came on as a substitute for Marcel Ndjeng in a 2–1 DFB-Pokal first round win over Rot-Weiß Oberhausen on 30 July 2011. He made 14 appearances during his spell, which was cut short by torn ligaments in his left knee, Gogia returned to Wolfsburg at the end of the 2011–12 season. In July 2012, Gogia signed on loan with 2, Bundesliga side FC St. Pauli on a season-long loan. He scored the first senior goal of his career in a 3–2 win over SSV Jahn Regensburg on 8 March 2013 and he made 24 appearances and scored once before returning to Wolfsburg at the end of the 2012–13 season. After failed trials with SC Paderborn 07 and Heracles Almelo, Gogia dropped down the 3, liga to sign for hometown club Hallescher FC in July 2013 on a two-year deal. He made 80 appearances and scored 26 goals during his two seasons with the club and he finished their 2014–15 Saxony-Anhalt Cup campaign as joint-top scorer and netted in a 6–0 rout of neighbours VfL Halle 1896 in the final. On 16 May 2015, it was announced that Gogia had signed a term contract with English Championship club Brentford on a free transfer. He made his debut with a start on the day of the 2015–16 season. A further injury in March 2016 kept him on the sidelines, after finding himself far down the midfield pecking order at the end of the 2016–17 pre-season, Gogia left Griffin Park on a season-long loan on 8 August 2016. On 8 August 2016, Gogia joined 2, Bundesliga club Dynamo Dresden on loan for the duration of the 2016–17 season, with an option to buy. 12 days later, he made his debut as a substitute for Stefan Kutschke in a 2–2 DFB-Pokal first round draw with neighbours RB Leipzig and scored in the deciding shootout
Bundesliga is the second division of professional football in Germany. Bundesliga is ranked below the Bundesliga and above the 3, liga in the German football league system. Bundesliga clubs qualify for the DFB-Pokal, the annual German Cup competition, a total of 125 clubs have competed in the 2. The decision to establish the league as the level of football in West Germany was taken in May 1973. The league started operating in August 1974, then two divisions of 20 clubs. It was reduced to a division in 1981. From the 1991–92 season onwards clubs from former East Germany started participating in the league and it returned to a single division format again at the end of that season and has had 18 clubs as its strength since 1994. Bundesliga are directly promoted to the Bundesliga, while a third promoted club has been determined through play-offs from 1974 to 1991, between 1991 and 2008 the third-placed club in the league was directly promoted. The bottom clubs in the league are relegated to the division which has been, from 1974 to 1994 the Oberliga, from 1994 to 2008 the Regionalliga. The number of relegated clubs has fluctuated over the years, since 2008 two clubs are directly relegated while the third-last team has the opportunity to defend its league place in play-offs against the third placed team of the 3. FC Nürnberg holds the number of championships in the league with four. The club also holds the record for number of promotions from the 2, for the 2015–16 season, an average of 19,176 spectators watched 2. Bundesliga the worlds most-watched secondary football league, the decision to establish the 2. Bundesliga as a professional league below the Bundesliga was made at the annual convention of the German Football Association. The league replaced the five Regionalligas that were at this level from 1963 to 1974, the qualified teams were established through a ranking that took the last five seasons of the Regionalliga into account. Bundesliga was split into a northern and a division with 20 clubs each. Each division had its champion directly promoted to the Bundesliga while the two runners-up would contest a two-leg play-off to determine the promoted team. The first-ever game of the league was played on Friday,2 August 1974 between 1, FC Saarbrücken and SV Darmstadt 98 and ended in a 1–0 win for Saarbrücken, with Nikolaus Semlitsch scoring the first-ever goal of the new league
Sportgemeinschaft Dynamo Dresden e. V. commonly known as SG Dynamo Dresden or Dynamo Dresden, is a German association football club, based in Dresden, Saxony. It was founded on 12 April 1953, as an affiliated with the East German police. After the reunification of Germany, Dynamo played four seasons in the top division Bundesliga, the club will begin the 2016–17 season in the 2. The city of Dresden had played a significant part in German football before, after the war the occupying Allied authorities dissolved organizations across the country, including sports and football clubs like SC, as part of the process of denazification. DSC was reestablished in 1946 as SG Friedrichstadt, but with the part of the country, including Dresden, under Soviet control. After a riot at the final of the 1950 East German championship, the city needed a new, ideologically safe representative, and a new football club as founded, as part of SG Deutsche Volkspolizei Dresden. A team was assembled with players delegated from 11 other police-affiliated clubs, in April 1953, the central sports society SV Dynamo was founded, to which VP Dresden were affiliated, taking the name of SG Dynamo Dresden. Shortly after this the club claimed its first East German title and this success, though, proved to be the clubs undoing. Erich Mielke, head of the Stasi, of which Dynamo were now part, was unhappy that Dresden was enjoying footballing success, while the capital, East Berlin, in 1954, Dynamos team were moved to Berlin, to form Dynamo Berlin. Dynamo Dresden were left with a composed of youth and reserve players. They began to climb the leagues, though, and by 1962 they were back in the DDR-Oberliga and they recovered equally well from another relegation in 1968, and remained in the Oberliga from 1969 until its dissolution in 1991. Dynamo Dresden were one of these, although retained the title of Sportgemeinschaft. During the 1970s, Dynamo established themselves as one of the top teams in East Germany and they won five league titles, and two cups. FC Magdeburg for domination of the league, and became the most popular the side in the country, regularly drawing crowds of 25,000, around three times what other clubs were attracting. During this time Dynamo came up against West German opposition for the first time, on three occasions they were eliminated by English side Liverpool, twice in the UEFA Cup and once in the European Cup, and each time Liverpool went on to win the competition. In 1973, Hans-Jürgen Kreische was the first Dynamo Dresden player to be named East German Footballer of the Year, Kreische was the leagues leading goalscorer on four occasions, and was named in East Germanys squad for the 1974 World Cup, along with team-mate Siegmar Wätzlich. History was to repeat itself, though, at the end of the 1970s, East German football had generally been set up in favour of the Fußballclubs, who were usually delegated the best players, but the authorities had usually kept out of on-pitch matters. This changed in the late-1970s and 80s though, as players, BFC won ten consecutive titles, from 1979 to 1988
1. FC Union Berlin
FC Union Berlin is a professional German association football club based in Berlin. The club emerged under the current name in 1966 but can be traced back to 1906 and they have competed in the 2. The home ground Stadion An der Alten Försterei is the largest single-purpose football stadium in the German capital and it has been home to Union Berlin and its forerunners since it was opened in 1920. The stadium became famous for concerts and events like the annual Weihnachtssingen. The club is known for its enthusiastic and creative fan base. FC Union Berlin was used by two clubs that shared a common origin as FC Olympia 06 Oberschöneweide, founded in 1906 in the Oberschöneweide district of Berlin. The side took on the name SC Union 06 Oberschöneweide in 1910, early on the team was nicknamed Schlosserjungs, because of their then all blue kit, reminiscent of the typical work clothing worn in the factories of the industrial Oberschöneweide district. The popular cry of Union-supporters – Eisern Union, – also emerged at this time. In 1933, German football was reorganized under the Third Reich into 16 top flight divisions known as Gauligen, Oberschöneweide became part of the Gauliga Berlin-Brandenburg where they generally earned middling results. They were relegated in 1935 and returned to first division play in 1936 after only one seasons absence, in 1940, the team finished first in Group B of the division and then defeated Blau-Weiss to win the overall division title. That advanced the club to the playoffs where they were put out by Rapid Wien in the opening group round. Union resumed its place as an unremarkable side and they were relegated again in 1942 and played the final war-shortened Gauliga season in 1944–45. After World War II, occupying Allied authorities ordered the dissolution of all organizations in Germany, including sports, a new Municipal Sports Group called SG Oberschöneweide was formed in late 1945 and it played in the City League organized immediately after the war which had four regional departments. The club finished the 1949–50 season in place in Berlin. However, escalating Cold War tensions led Soviet authorities to refuse the team permission to travel to take part. Two Union teams then emerged as most players and coaches fled to the west to form Sport-Club Union 06 Berlin which took part in the playoff match in Kiel against Hamburger SV. The players remaining in the east carried on as Union Oberschöneweide while a number of players who had fled to the west to form SC organized a third side called Berliner Ballspiel-Club Südost. The western team was a strong side until the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, the division of the city led to a change of fortunes for the club which plays today in the lower divisions before meager crowds
Stevenage Football Club is a professional association football club based in the town of Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England. The team play in League Two, the tier of the English football league system. They play their games at The Lamex Stadium on Broadhall Way in Stevenage. Following three promotions in four seasons in the early 1990s, the club were promoted to the Conference National in 1994, despite winning the league in the 1995–96 season, the club were denied promotion to the Football League due to insufficient ground facilities. Stevenage were finally promoted to the Football League after winning the Conference National in the 2009–10 season, on securing Football League status, the club dropped the word Borough from its title. Stevenage earned back-to-back promotions when they beat Torquay United 1–0 at Old Trafford in the 2010–11 play-off final, the club won the competition again in 2009, beating York City 2–0 in the final. Stevenage Borough were formed in 1976 following the bankruptcy of Stevenage Athletic, chairman Keith Berners, and a number of like-minded volunteers were tasked with arranging a team to play Hitchin Town Youth at Broadhall Way in November 1976, as a curtain-raiser for the new club. Stevenage Borough Council granted consent for the club to incorporate the name Borough in their title, in 1980, the council reacquired the lease for Broadhall Way and allowed the football club to become its tenant. With the council as their landlords and a stadium, Stevenage Borough took on senior status. The clubs first competitive match was a 3–1 victory over ON Chenecks on 16 August 1980. In their first season as a club, the side won the United Counties League Division One championship. The club also secured the United Counties League Cup the same season, however, two years later the club were relegated back to the Division Two North, having finished second bottom of the division. The following season, the won the Division One championship, remaining unbeaten at home again. The clubs long unbeaten record was finally ended by Dulwich Hamlet, with the streak lasting 44 matches. During the 1993–94 season, Stevenage won the Premier Division, and were promoted to the Football Conference. During the same season, the Hertfordshire club reached the First Round of the FA Cup for the first time, the 1996–97 season witnessed the club progress to the Third Round of the FA Cup for the first time after a 2–1 win over Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road. The side were drawn against Birmingham City at Broadhall Way, but ground issues saw the tie switched to St Andrews, the following season, the club went one better, reaching the Fourth Round, where they drew Premier League club Newcastle United. A temporary stand was erected behind the end to house the Newcastle supporters
Carlisle United F.C.
Carlisle United Football Club is a professional association football club based in Carlisle, Cumbria, where they play at Brunton Park. The team play in League Two, the tier of the English football league system. Formed in 1904, they have won three titles and two cup competitions in their history. They played in the then First Division in the 1974–75 season, making the city of Carlisle the smallest location, by population, to have had a resident top-flight English football club since 1906. The club has reached the final of the Football League Trophy 6 times, more than any other team, the clubs traditional kit is blue with white and red detail. The badge takes elements from the coat of arms including two wyverns which are the regent of Cumbria. The club was formed on 17 May 1904 at Shaddongate Uniteds annual general meeting where the members voted to change the teams name to Carlisle United. The newly formed club initially played at Milhome Bank and later at Devonshire Park, when the Carlisle United first team left to join the Football League the reserve team resumed its place in the competition. Carlisle United were crowned champions of the North Eastern League in 1922, the 1927–28 season was Carlisles last in the North Eastern League. An excellent home record helped them to second in the table finishing a full 10 points behind Champions Sunderland Reserves, the close season meant the usual round of applications to join the Football League. Carlisle went up against Chester City, Durham City, Nelson, on 4 June 1928 a delegation of representatives from Carlisle United took their seats at the Football League meeting in London to hear the results of the vote. Carlisle received the second-most votes with 33, and replaced Durham City and their next game was played against Hartlepool United and still stands to this day as their record victory at 8 goals to nil. When the Second World War began in 1939, Carlisle United withdrew from national and regional competitions, when the war was over the club returned to the Football League and appointed Ivor Broadis as player-manager, making him the youngest league club manager in history. He then had the distinction of becoming the first manager to transfer himself when he moved to Sunderland, he continued to live, Broadis returned to Carlisle United in 1955 an ex-England international. In 1949, the became the first to appoint Bill Shankly as manager. It is at Carlisle where he met local player Geoff Twentyman, who he would sign as head scout at Liverpool. According to Shankly, he said to Broadis, What do you think youre doing, who do you think you are. If you do the training we do you can train with us and well play five-a-side, Carlisle were members of the Third Division North until 1958 when it combined with the Third Division South to become the Fourth Division
DSC Arminia Bielefeld is a German sports club from Bielefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia. Arminia offers the sports of football, field hockey, figure skating, the club has 12,000 members and the club colours are black, white and blue. Arminias name derives from the Cheruscian chieftain Arminius, who defeated a Roman army in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest, the club is most commonly known for its professional football team that play in the 2. Bundesliga and mostly played in the first or second tier of the German football league system, Arminias most successful years were the 1920s, the early 1980s and the middle 2000s. In 1947 and in the 1950s Arminia had sunk down to a team playing in a local area in the third tier. Arminia plays their games at the Bielefelder Alm Stadium since 1926. Since 2004 the stadium has been named SchücoArena through a sponsorship deal, Arminia Bielefeld was founded on 3 May 1905 as 1. The fourteen men who founded the club were from the local bourgeoisie, two weeks later, the club played its first match against a team from Osnabrück. Neither the name of the opponent nor the result are known, the club was admitted to the German Football Association in the same year and started to play in a league in 1906. In 1907, local rivals FC Siegfried joined Arminia, a move which strengthened Arminia‘s squad. after playing on various grounds, Arminia moved to a new home at the Pottenau in 1910. Their first big achievement came in 1912, when they won the Westphalian championship after a 5–1 win over BV04 Dortmund in the final, the outbreak of World War I interrupted Arminias rise to the top. In 1919, Arminia merged with Bielefelder Turngemeinde 1848 to form TG Arminia Bielefeld, however, the two merged teams dissolved the merger in 1922 and both parent clubs were formed again. Arminia won the West German championship in 1922, originally, they were level on points with Kölner BC01, but Köln fielded an ineligible player in one match. Arminia played for the first time in the German Championships but were eliminated in the quarter-finals after losing 0–5 to FC Wacker München, in 1923, Arminia won their second West German championship in a dramatic way. They trailed TuRU Düsseldorf 1–3 at half time of the final, Arminia faced Union Oberschöneweide in the quarter-finals of the German championships. The match ended goalless, so a replay was held, Arminia led 1–0 and suffered the equalizer in injury time. The Berlin side won the match after extra time, Walter Claus-Oehler became Arminia‘s first player to win a cap in the German national team. Arminia won further Westphalian titles from 1924 to 1927 but were unable to repeat their success in the West German Championships, a match between SC Preußen Münster and Arminia in November 1925 was the first football match to be broadcast on German Radio
Florian Jozefzoon is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a winger for English club Brentford. He is a product of the Ajax Youth Academy and won 10 caps for the Netherlands at youth level, a winger and attacking midfielder, Jozefzoon began his career with spells at CTO70 and AFC. He joined the Ajax Youth Academy in 2006 and signed a professional contract in June 2008. Jozefzoon won his maiden call into the first team squad for the match of the 2010–11 Eredivisie season versus FC Groningen. He made his debut six days later, replacing Urby Emanuelson at half time during a 4–2 win over SBV Vitesse. He scored his goal for the club in a 5–0 KNVB Becker third round win over MVV Maastricht on 22 September 2010. After five appearances during the 2010–11 season, Jozefzoon signed a contract extension in June 2011. Jozefzoon spent the 2011–12 season on loan at Eredivisie club NAC Breda and he made 17 appearances and scored no goals during his spell. On 25 May 2012, Jozefzoon joined Eredivisie club RKC Waalwijk on a free transfer and he made 36 appearances and scored seven goals during the 2012–13 season before departing the Mandemakers Stadion in June 2013. In June 2013, Jozefzoon joined Eredivisie giants PSV Eindhoven for a €400,000 fee, despite making 25 appearances and scoring four goals during his debut season, he failed to fully break into the first team at the Philips Stadion. Jozefzoons 15 league appearances during the 2014–15 season were enough to win him an Eredivisie winners medal, after largely falling out of the first team picture through 2015 and 2016 due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury, Jozefzoon left the club in January 2017. On 27 January 2017, Jozefzoon moved to England to join Championship club Brentford for a fee on a deal until the end of the 2016–17 season. He made his debut four days later, playing the first 71 minutes of a 3–0 win over Aston Villa at Griffin Park, Jozefzoon won 10 caps for the Netherlands at U19 and U21 level. He was part of the Netherlands squads at the 2010 European U19 Championship and 2013 European U21 Championship finals, Jozefzoon was born in Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni, French Guiana and moved with his parents, six brothers and two sisters to the Netherlands at age two. As of match played 4 April 2017, PSV Eredivisie, 2014–15 Florian Jozefzoon at Soccerbase Florian Jozefzoon – UEFA competition record
Nicholas Harry Nico Yennaris is an English professional footballer who plays for Brentford as a defensive midfielder. He began his career in the academy at Premier League side Arsenal and has described as a rugged, all action defensive player, with a positive. He won 10 caps for England between U17 and U19 level, Yennaris was born in Leytonstone, London. His fathers family is of Cypriot origin and his mothers is of Chinese origin and he joined the Arsenal Academy in May 2001 at age seven and progressed through the ranks. He began his career as a striker and was moved back into a midfield position. Injuries in 2008 halted his progress and the club were planning to release him just weeks before he signed two-year scholarship deal in 2009, Yennaris won his first silverware with the club when he captained the U18 side to the 2009–10 Premier Academy League title. Yennaris signed his first professional contract in July 2010, but missed much of the 2010–11 season with an ankle problem. Yennaris received his first call up to the squad for a League Cup third round tie versus Shrewsbury Town on 29 September 2011 and was an unused substitute during the 3–1 win. His first team came on 25 October 2011 in the following round versus Bolton Wanderers. He made his Premier League league debut two weeks later, coming off the bench to replace Johan Djourou at half time of a 2–1 defeat to Manchester United, Yennaris made three first team appearances during the 2011–12 season. He received his call up to the first team of the 2013–14 season for a 2–0 League Cup fourth round defeat to Chelsea on 29 October 2013. In the final year of his contract, Yennaris departed Arsenal on 27 January 2014, on 23 March 2012, Yennaris joined League One side Notts County on an emergency loan for the remainder of the 2011–12 season. He made his debut with a start in a 0–0 draw with Scunthorpe United the following day and he made just one further appearance and returned to Arsenal early through injury. Yennaris joined Championship club Bournemouth on 28 November 2013, on loan until 2 January 2014 and he was an unused substitute on three occasions and failed to make an appearance for the club. On 27 January 2014, Yennaris joined League One side Brentford for a fee on a two-and-a-half-year contract. He made his debut in a 1–1 draw at Shrewsbury Town on 1 February, though he made only eight appearances during the second half of the 2013–14 season, Yennaris received a League One runners-up medal after the final game of the season against Stevenage. Yennaris made his first appearance of the 2014–15 season in a League Cup first round match versus Dagenham & Redbridge on 12 August 2014 and he spent the remainder of the campaign away on loan and finished the 2014–15 season with just three appearances. He quickly re-established himself as a starter in midfield, playing through the pain of his niggling calf injury
Kamohelo Mokotjo is a South African professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for FC Twente in the Dutch Eredivisie. As a 12-year-old he captained South Africas under-12 national team to victory in the 2003 Danone Nations Cup in France, Mokotjo revealed that in order to be a footballer, he moved out his family home when he was twelve. Mokotjo played one season for SuperSport United in his country and made one appearance, coming on as a substitute for Shane Poggenpoel. After making one appearance for SuperSport United, Mokotjo joined Feyenoord in the summer of 2009 and it wasnt until on 16 October 2009 for Mokotjo to make his Excelsior debut, coming on as a substitute in the 45th minutes, in a 3-0 win over PEC Zwolle. In a match against De Graafschap on 20 November 2009, Mokotjo set up two goals, in a 2-1 win for Excelsior, Mokotjo scored his first Excelsior goal on 26 February 2010, in a 2-1 win over De Graafschap. At the end of the 2009-10 season, making thirty appearance and scoring once in all competition, after returning to Feyenoord in the summer of 2010, Mokotjo returned to the first team and was given number fifteen shirt. It wasnt until on 22 September 2010 when he made his Feyenoord debut against Roda JC in the round of the third round of KNVB Cup. Four days later on 26 September 2010, Mokotjo made his debut for the club. Despite suffering from an injury, Mokotjo finished the 2010-11 season. Despite this, Mokotjo was determined to stay at the club, in a rivalry match against Ajax on 29 January 2012, Mokotjo set up one of the four goals, in a 4-2 win. His performance at the club saw him signed a contract with the club, despite suffering an injury as the 2011-12 season progressed, Mokotjo finished the season, making twenty-five appearance in all competition. In the 2012-13 season, Mokotjo struggled to remain his first team place and was out of the squad by Manager Koeman, as well as. But the clubs technical director Martin van Geel stated that Mokotjo needed time to develop at the club, though he could be sold if he doesnt develop well. However, in November, Mokotjo was among three players expected to be sold in the January transfer window, but it never happened, despite this, Mokotjo made one appearance. Coming on as a substitute, this season against ADO Den Haag on 19 December 2012. After three seasons in which he could not fully impress, Mokotjo signed with PEC Zwolle in the summer of 2013, signing a three-year contract with the club. Mokotjo scored his first PEC Zwolle goal in the game, in a 3-0 win over Hercales, followed up scoring in the next game with a 5-1 win over NEC, as well as. Despite suffering from injuries, Mokotjo helped the club beat Ajax 5–1 in the KNVB Cup and finished the season, making thirty-three appearance, for his performance, Mokotjo was nominated for the Most Valuable Player of the Eredivisie
Football Club Twente is a Dutch professional football club from the city of Enschede, playing in the Eredivisie. The club was formed in 1965 by the merger of 1926 Dutch champions, Sportclub Enschede, Twentes home ground since 1998 is De Grolsch Veste. The club was formed in 1965 as a merger of two clubs, Sportclub Enschede and the Enschedese Boys. One of such predecessors, SC Enschede, had won a single Dutch championship in 1926. The first successes of the club started just after the merger of 1965, Twente finished third in 1969, fourth in 1970, fifth in 1971, third in 1972 and again in 1973. The teams key figures were local heroes, such as Epi Drost, Eddy Achterberg, Kick van der Vall and their finest Eredivisie season was 1973–74, in which Twente battled for the Dutch championship with Feyenoord. A head-to-head confrontation in the very last game of the season, in Rotterdam, nonetheless, this earned the side a position in the UEFA Cup. The Tukkers nearly made the very most out of that UEFA Cup ticket—after beating Juventus in the semi-finals, in 1977, Twente won its first trophy, the KNVB Cup, after beating PEC Zwolle 3–0. After enjoying some success in the 1970s, prospects went downhill for Twente, with the club suffering relegation to the Eerste Divisie. However, Twente returned to the top flight a year later and this new reputation as boring Twente overshadowed the fact that the club kept qualifying for European football on a fairly regular basis, with five times since 1985. Re-establishment then followed in the 1990s, German coach Hans Meyer led Twente to third-place in the Eredivisie of 1997, on 24 May 2001, Twente clinched their second triumph in the KNVB Cup after beating PSV in the final after being 3–1 down in the penalty shoot-out. The season after, Twente crashed out of the Cup at hand of Ajaxs second team, additionally, results in the league were poor, with hardcore Twente fans Ultras Vak-P eventually going on a rampage at the clubs brand-new stadium out of frustration. The clubs mother corporation was declared bankrupt in the 2002–03 season, the club, now chaired by ambitious businessman Joop Munsterman, survived such problems and made it to another KNVB Cup final in 2004, and then finished in fourth place in the league table in 2006–07. In the 2007–08 season, Twente placed fourth and won the play-offs for a ticket to the Champions League qualifiers by defeating Ajax in the play-off finals, in the 2008–09 season, Twente hired former England manager Steve McClaren as its new head coach. Under his tenure, unseeded Twente entered the draw for the qualifying round of the Champions League. The two legs were played at home on 13 August and away on 27 August 2008, Twente lost 6–0 on aggregate, resulting in their elimination from the Champions League and subsequent entry of the 2008–09 UEFA Cup first round. The club was admitted to the Europa League, where it enjoyed a relatively successful path that ended in a 4–2 aggregate defeat at the hands of Werder Bremen in the round of 32. At the domestic level, Twente won its first Eredivisie title at the end of a campaign in which they lost just twice, the victory qualified Twente for the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League group stage, the clubs first appearance in the competition
Aldershot Town F.C.
Aldershot Town Football Club is a professional association football club based in Aldershot, Hampshire, England. The club participates in the National League, the tier of English football. The club was founded in the spring of 1992 after the closure of debt-ridden Fourth Division club Aldershot F. C. Aldershot Town play at the Recreation Ground in Aldershot. They competed in Football League Two from 2008 to 2013 but were relegated from the Football League at the end of the 2012–13 season, Aldershot Town entered administration on 2 May 2013. In March 1992, the town of Aldershot was without a club after Aldershot F. C. became the first Football League team to fold during the football season since Accrington Stanley in 1962. Aldershot Town was born later the year, and began life competing in the Isthmian League Division Three. Despite Aldershot Town playing five divisions lower than the Football League, ten successive victories were recorded under the guidance of former player Steve Wignall and Aldershot won the championship by an 18-point margin. A further promotion and an FA Vase quarter-final placing was achieved in the 1993–94 season, when Steve Wignall departed to take charge of Colchester United midway through the 1994–95 season, former Nottingham Forest winger Steve Wigley took over. The club finished the 1994–95 season with a run of six successive victories, after narrowly missing out during the next two seasons Wigley left in July 1997 to become Youth Development Officer at Nottingham Forest. He was replaced by George Borg, the success under Borg continued with an Isthmian League Cup, two Hampshire Senior Cups and a runners-up spot in the Isthmian League Premier Division. The clubs reserves were reinstated in 2000–01 and entered the Suburban League, in the following seasons FA Cup the Shots held Bristol Rovers to a home draw in the First Round, but again missed out on the Second Round after losing the replay in Bristol. George Borg resigned as manager in November 2001 after pressure from supporters and was replaced by Terry Brown and he won his first game in charge beating Newport IOW 1–0 in the Hampshire Senior Cup Semi-final Second Leg, taking The Shots on to win the final against Havant & Waterlooville. The club also retained the Hampshire Senior Cup with a 2–1 win over Bashley, a crowd of 3,680 saw Aldershots first game in the Conference, a 2–1 win over Accrington Stanley. The club went on to stay in the positions in the league table for all but 3 days of the season. The Shots equalled their best ever run in the FA Cup, reaching the 2nd Round, the club reached their first FA Trophy semi-final, losing to eventual winners Hednesford Town and the average attendance for league matches at The Rec ended on a record high of 3,303. A 1–1 draw against Tamworth on the last day of the season carried the Shots into the play-offs for a place in the Football League, over two legs the Shots held their own against favourites Hereford United, drawing 1–1 at The Rec and 0–0 at Edgar Street. Extra time finished without any score and the tie was concluded on penalties with the Shots winning 4–2. The 2004 Conference play-off Final against Shrewsbury Town finished 1–1 after extra time, Shrewsbury returned to the league with a 3–0 win in the penalty shoot-out
Divvonne-les-Bains is a commune in the department of Ain in eastern France. Divonne-les-Bains is a spa town situated on the border with French-speaking Switzerland and it is situated in the Pays de Gex, about eight km from Gex, from which the area takes its name. Divonne is about 20 km from Geneva to the south-west and 10 km from Nyon to the east, since 2012 Divonne forms part of a wider agglomeration known as Grand Genève. A short way above the town there are springs, which were exploited in the 19th century to provide spa facilities for which Divonne became renowned. The golf course was built in the 1930s, many of its present-day amenities - casino, hippodrome, open air swimming pool and artificial lake - were built after 1945. The Casino de Divonne was opened in 1954, a cultural centre by the lake was completed in 2005. Divonne used to host a chamber music festival every summer, centred on its tiny theatre. The Chateau of Divonne, now a hotel, suffered a serious fire in January 2017. There is a market on Sundays and a succession of cultural. The Latin quatrain was engraved on a tablet above a spring at Divonne in the nineteenth century by persons erroneously supposing that Divonne was referred to. It can still be seen near the Casino, julius Cesar decisively defeated the local Helvetii in 58 B. C. Roman settlements flourished in Nyon and Geneva. The natural springs of Divonne were appreciated by the Romans, who built an aqueduct of about 11 km from Divonne to Nyon to supply water to their garrison. Many traces of this aqueduct have been found, and continue to be found and excavated, in the Middle Ages Divonnes name emerges, as a parish and in the context of its fortified castle and feudal owners. In the twelfth century the parish of Divonne was part of the diocese of Geneva. By the beginning of the century the Lords of Divonne, in the fiefdom of the lords of Gex, had constructed a fortified castle. In 1225 Amadeus II, the Lord of Gex gifted the fiefdom of Divonne to the monastery of Saint-Claude, sixty years later in 1285, Léonète, the Lady of Gex, and her son Pierre successfully petitioned Amadeus V of Savoy for the return of the castle to them. The Lord of Divonne in 1356 was Amé II de Joinville and her descendant, Laurent de Gignins, was the last of his line to be Lord of Divonne. He had married Jeanne de Symond, and following his death in 1653, during the eighteenth century the old castle was demolished and the present Chateau built
FC Lausanne-Sport is a Swiss football club based in Lausanne. The club was founded in 1896 under the name of Montriond Lausanne, however, the Lausanne Football and Cricket Club was established in 1860, believed to be the oldest football club on the European continent by some historians. The club took the name Lausanne-Sports FC in 1920 after the football section merged with the Club Hygiénique de Lausanne, the club plays at the Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, a 15,850 all-seater stadium used for the 1954 FIFA World Cup. They played in Swiss First Division between 1906–1931 and 1932–2002, after the 2001–02 season, Lausanne-Sports were relegated because the club did not obtain a first level license for the 2002–03 season. Following the 2002–03 season in the division, Lausanne-Sports FC were again relegated due to bankruptcy. They were reformed as FC Lausanne-Sport for the 2003–04 season and had to play at the fourth tier. The team was promoted in consecutive seasons from the division after the 2003–04 season. After an additional six years in the tier of Swiss football. Lausanne-Sport qualified for the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League after they reached the 2010 Swiss Cup final against Champions League-qualified Basel. In the 2010–11 Europa League, while playing in the second tier Challenge League. Lausanne-Sport were relegated to the Swiss Challenge League at the end of the 2013-14 Swiss Super League season, two years later, they finished first in the 2015-16 Swiss Challenge League, which promoted them back to the top tier of Swiss football for the 2016-17 season. Lausanne-Sport has won the Swiss First Division seven times and the Swiss Cup nine times, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Recent season-by-season performance of the club, Key Lausanne-Sports Aviron is the club of Lausanne-Sport. Football department Athletics department Roller hockey department Rowing department
Exeter City F.C.
Exeter City Football Club /ˈɛksɪtə ˈsɪti/ is a professional association football club based in Exeter, Devon, England. The team play in League Two, the tier of the English football league system. The club is owned by the clubs supporters through the Exeter City Supporters Trust, the club was a member of the Football League from 1920 to 2003. Following five seasons in the Conference National, Exeter were promoted back to League Two for the 2008–09 season, in the 2011–12 season of League One Exeter City were relegated to League Two, finishing 23rd with 48 points, they have remained in League Two ever since. Exeter City was founded in 1904 and began playing on an old used for fattening pigs. Exeter remain at St James Park to this day, the club is nicknamed The Grecians. For the 2016–17 season Citys home kit is supplied by Joma and it consists of red and white shirts, black shorts, and black and white socks. The club is known as the first side to play a team from Brazil. As a result, City and Brazilian side Fluminense are now also partner clubs, Exeter City F. C. was formed from two predecessor clubs, Exeter United F. C. and St Sidwells United. Exeter United was a club from Exeter, Devon, that played between 1890 and 1904. In 1904, Exeter United lost 3–1 to local rivals St Sidwells United, the new team took the name Exeter City and continued to play at Exeter Uniteds ground, St James Park, where Exeter City still play today. Exeter United was formed from the team of the same name and were one of the first football teams with the moniker United. St Sidwells United was a club that had formed from the regulars who frequented the Foresters Inn in Sidwell Street, Exeter, although the house was always known as the Drum. The team played in St Sidwells old colours of green and white, on 10 September 1904, Exeter City played its first ever competitive match, a 2–1 victory at St James over 110th Battery of the Royal Artillery, in the East Devon League. The attendance was 600, and the goal scored by Sid Thomas. City topped the East Devon League with 11 wins, two draws, one defeat in its first season, and transferred to the Plymouth & District League for next three seasons, in 1908, Exeter City A. F. C. became a limited company. City became a professional team, and applied successfully for membership of the Southern League. A wooden grandstand was erected, and the club entered into an arrangement over the ground
Oxford United F.C.
Oxford United Football Club is a professional football club based in the city of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. The team play in League One, the tier of English football. The chairman is Darryl Eales, the coach is Michael Appleton. Founded in 1893 as Headington United, Oxford United adopted its current name in 1960 and it joined the Football League in 1962 after winning the Southern Football League, reaching the Second Division in 1968. After relegation in 1976, between 1984 and 1986 the club earned successive promotions into the First Division, and won the League Cup in 1986, however, Oxford was unable thereby to enter the 1987 UEFA Cup because of the UEFA ban on English clubs in European competitions. Relegation from the top flight in 1988 began an 18-year decline which saw the club relegated to the Conference in 2006 and this was the first time in the history of English football when a team that had won a major trophy was relegated from the Football League. After four seasons, Oxford was promoted to League Two in 2010 via the playoffs, in total, nineteen players have made international appearances while playing for the club. Uniteds home ground is the Kassam Stadium in Oxford and has a capacity of 12,500, United moved to the stadium in 2001 after leaving the Manor Ground, their home for 76 years. Swindon Town is the main rival. Oxford United were formed as Headington in 1893, adding the suffix United in 1911 after merging with Headington Quarry, the club was founded by Rev. John Scott-Tucker, the vicar at Saint Andrews Church in Headington, and a local doctor named Robert Hitchings. A football team was a way for the cricketers of Headington Cricket Club to maintain their fitness during the winter break, the first football match played was against Cowley Barracks. Headington had no home until 1913, when they were able to purchase Woottens Field on London Road. A permanent home was found in 1925, when they purchased the Manor Ground site on London Road, the facility was used as a cricket pitch in the summer, and a football pitch in the winter. In 1921 the club was admitted into the Oxon Senior League, the first season included a 9–0 victory, with eight of those goals coming from P. Drewitt. This remains a record for the highest number of goals scored by an Oxford player in a first-team match, at this time a small rivalry existed with Cowley F. C. who were based a few miles south of Headington. During a league game on May Day, the referee gave two penalties to Cowley, supporters broke past security and players, resulting in the referee being freely baited. The first FA Cup tie played was in 1931, against Hounslow F. C. in the Preliminary Round, United spent two seasons in the Spartan League in 1947 and 1948, finishing fifth and fourth respectively. It was around this time that the team left the Manor