The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of SC Paderborn 07

In May 2014, they finally did it. Having begun as an amateur outfit, before languishing in the lower reaches of German football for years, SC Paderborn won promotion to the top table, the Bundesliga, for the first time in their 107-year history. The ecstasy did not end there, though. It ended after four games into their debut season in Germany’s highest football order, when they sat top of the pile, thanks in no small part to an astonishing 82.3 metre-strike from midfielder Moritz Stoppelkamp to seal a 2-0 win over …

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5 English Football Teams That Don’t Play Where They’re ‘From’

What’s in a name? Well, not the whole truth in the case of some English clubs, who aren’t actually based where their misleading title would suggest. Here are five who live somewhere else rather than their namesake towns and cities: Everton Although many think of them as a Liverpool-based club, technically, Everton don’t play where their name would suggest. Goodison Park, their home since 1892, is based in the Walton district of the city, about a mile-and-a-half away from the region known as Everton. Before then, they didn’t play in …

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Which Football Clubs Generate Most Revenue?

Even though football clubs love to waste money on extortionate transfer fees every year, it epitomises just how awash the game is with cash that the biggest and best still find ways to consistently generate eye-watering amounts of profit. But which five clubs are the best at it? And just how much money have they made? *Figures taken from the 2019 Deloitte Money League, covering profits generated over the course of the 2017-18 season 5. Manchester City – £511.5m Unsurprisingly, the European clubs dominated again, with all of the top …

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What is a Derby in Football and Why is it Called a ‘Derby’?

Celtic vs Rangers. Boca Juniors vs River Plate. Manchester United vs Manchester City. Whether it’s bragging rights in school, work or the family, nothing quite revs football fans up like a clash with their fiercest rivals, otherwise known as a ‘derby’. But how do we define derbies? Can games between United and Liverpool be truly considered a derby when they come from different cities, purely because they’ve been in direct competition with each other for as long as football has been played? And just why is it called a ‘derby’ …

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5 of the Shortest Managerial Reigns in English Football

It’s become synonymous with modern football in England that managers aren’t given enough time to stamp their authority on clubs, with the average life spans of the men in the hot seat shortening by the season. But even by today’s standards, some tenures have been ridiculously short. Let’s take a look back at five which were over before they had barely even begun: Leroy Rosenior – Torquay United, 2007 – 10 Minutes The quickest managerial reign in the history of the English game – a record he will likely hold …

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What is the Oldest Football Club in the World? Sheffield FC: In Profile

Contrary to popular belief that Notts County are the first football club to form that are still around today, this accolade, in fact, belongs to non-league outfit, Sheffield FC. But just how old are they, and what’s their story? When Were Sheffield FC Formed? ‘Sheffield Club’, as they are known in the Yorkshire city, were founded in 1857, meaning they outdo Notts County by five years. In 1855, members of a Sheffield cricket club arranged ‘kick-arounds’ without any official rules to go by. These games continued over the next two …

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