How Much Do You Know About British Football Teams?

By: Michele Tescher
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About This Quiz

Soccer, or football as it is called in most of the world, isn't just the most popular sport on the planet: it is also one of the oldest. There are records of a competition that is clearly soccer being played many centuries ago. By the mid-1800's, the game began to professionalize, and soon teams popped up in all major towns in the UK. 

It was said many years ago that rugby is a hooligan's game played by gentlemen, and that soccer is the opposite. Undoubtedly many of the millions of people who adore the Premier League, the oldest and arguably highest quality soccer league in the world, would agree that's pretty darn fair.

The Premiership contains the top teams in England, as it consists of 20 teams, of whom the top four qualify to play in the European Championship against Europe's other top teams. The next several teams qualify for the UEFA Cup, a slightly less prestigious but still extremely important game. 

Below that are the teams that land in the middle and the ones in the dreaded relegation zone, the bottom four who are kicked down into the First Division and lose all the money and glory. However, even outside these top 20 teams and then maybe ten others who cycle in and out of the Premiership, there are plenty of teams whose diehard fans would say they are the best of all time, even if the statistics disagree. Let's see how well you know them!

What is extra time or stoppage time?

Stoppage time was added to prevent a team from protecting a lead by running the clock down during stoppages of play. Stoppage time is determined by the fourth official who wears two watches, one which is stopped during play for such things as injuries, substitutes and goal celebrations. The final measure of stoppage time is at the discretion of the referee.

Who has been crowned Championfor the English Premier League the greatest number of times?

Manchester has been crowned Champion of the English Premier League 15 times since the league began in 1992.

How many teams make up the English Premier League?

Each year the bottom three teams in the standings are moved down to the Championship League and the top three teams from the Championship League are move into the Premier League.

Where does Manchester United Play?

The first stadium, which was built on the old Tafford Park Industrial Estate, began construction in 1909 and seated 12,000 under cover. The first game played in the new stadium was on February 19, 1910.

Who is playing at Wembley Stadium for the 2017-18 season?

This stadium was originally know as the Empire Stadium and was built at the end of WW I, but was officially opened on April 23, 1924, by King George V. It has 90,000 seats spread over three tiers.

Manchester United's manager, Alex Ferguson, won 12 Premier League titles. Where was he from?

Alex Ferguson from Glasgow, Scotland, is considered to be one of the most successful managers of all time. He played in the Scottish League and was the top goalscorer in the 1965-66 season. He managed Manchester United from 1986 to 2013.

The Tottenham Hotspurs, Arsenal and Chelsea are located in what area of England?

Football was banned in the City of London in 1331,1365,1388,1410,1414,1477 and so on. In fact, it was only legalized in the 19th Century.

Where does Chelsea play its home games?

The Stamford Bridge sporting arena was designed by Archibald Leitch and opened on April 28, 1877. The first football game was held in 1904. Initially, the venue was offered to Fulham FC but they turned it down and the Chelsea Football Club began playing there in 1905.

Who was the sponsor of the English Premier League from 2004-2016?

Barclay's Bank was formed when 20 banks merged together in 1896. They are located in 40 countries around the world and employ approximately 120,000 people.

During what months does the English Premier League play its matches?

Although there is a lot of inclement weather in the UK, very few stadiums have roofs (stationary or retractable) over their stadiums. The main reason there are not more roofs is due to the cost of retractable roofs and the fact that pitches need to be exposed to the elements to maintain the surface.

What is the average number of goals scored each year?

Sergio Aguero has scored the opening goal five times in the English Premier League, more times than any other player. Dimitri Payet has created 40 goal scoring opportunities, more than any other player in the Big Five European Leagues in 2016-2017.

Why is Arsenal known as "The Gunners"?

The Arsenal Football Club was nicknamed "The Gunners" because of their early association with the Woolwich Arsenal which manufactured ammunition and guns.

Who has scored the greatest number of goals in the English Premier League?

Alan Shearer began playing for Newcastle United at the age of 15 and still holds the English Premier League record for total number of goals scored. He scored 260 goals during his time in the league.

There are currently 650 players in the Premier League. They are from how many countries?

More than 40 percent of the league is made up of players from England. France contributes the next largest number of foreign players. There are currently nine American players in the Premier League.

Who was the first goalkeeper to score a goal in the English Premier League?

Peter Schmeichel, who is known as the best goalkeeper in the English Premier League, scored a goal while playing with Aston Villa on October 20, 2001. In the 90th minute on a corner kick from Steve Staunton, Schmeichel made history.

How many points are teams in the English Premier League awarded for a win?

Each completed match is awarded a point value. A team is awarded three points for a win, one point for a draw (tie), and 0 points for a loss. At the end of the season, the team with the most points wins.

Which of the following teams play in the English Premier League?

The English Premier League began in 1992. Forty teams participate. Each year, the bottom three teams are moved to the Champions League, and the top three teams in the Champions League are moved to the Premier League.

What teams played in the highest-scoring game?

Manchester United has the largest goal winning margin in the league for both home and away wins. On March 4, 1995, they defeated Ipswich 9-0 with Andy Cole scoring five times. They also hold the greatest goal win margin for an away game when on February 6, 1999, they beat Nottingham Forest 8-1.

How many countries currently receive broadcasts of the English Premier League?

The English Premier League is the most-watched league in the world. Matches are broadcast live in Argentina after Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano signed with West Ham United.

What English football stadium is the fourth largest in the world?

The largest football stadium in the world is Camp Nou in Barcelona. Its capacity is 99,786 and is frequently packed to capacity for football matches featuring Barcelona's team.

Who is nicknamed "The Pensioners" or "The Blues"?

A Chelsea Pensioner is a resident of the Royal Hospital Chelsea which is a retirement home and nursing home for former members of the British Army. Chelsea FC's badge was the crest of the Pensioners until it was changed in 1952 to the Blue Lion.

Who has fans named scousers?

People who live in Liverpool, and fans of Liverpool FC, are called scousers. Scouse was a stew eaten by sailors. It is made of fish and ship's biscuits. It is believed that this is where the nickname scouser originated.

For what team did Tom Cleverley, Wayne Rooney and George Best play?

George Best was named the European footballer of the year in 1968 and played winger for Manchester United. He also played for the Northern Ireland National team.

What is the average number of red cards handed out in the English Premier League each year?

The Everton has received the greatest number of red cards, 80. Players Richard Dunne, Patrick Vieira and Duncan Ferguson have currently been issued eight red cards apiece.

What teams have the greatest number of American players?

There are currently nine players from the USA playing in the English Premier League. Aston Villa and Fulham each have two American players. Goalkeeper Bradley Guzan and Defender Eric Lichaj play for Aston Villa. Defender Brede Hangeland and Midfielder Clint Dempsey play for Fulham.

For what team did the "Busby Babes" play?

Matt Busby became the coach of Manchester United in the mid-1940s. His vision was to shape the future with younger, fresher legs and mold the players. He worked with Walter Crickmer to form the Manchester United Junior Athletic Club. Within two years, he delivered United's first trophy in 40 years.

Whose nickname is "The Toffees"?

The nickname "The Toffees" comes from Mother Noblett's, a local sweet shop that sold and advertised the Everton mint. Everton was also the first club to wear numbered shirts 1-11 in the 1933 FA Cup final.

Whose anthem is "You Will Never Walk Alone"?

Before the start of each home game, the Gerry and the Pacemakers version of "You'll Never Walk Alone" is played. This song was originally from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, "Carousel."

What Welsh club gained entry into English Premier League in 2011?

In 2011, the Welsh club, Swansea City, gained entry into the English Premier League. It was the first time a Premier League match was played outside of England. Swansea City played Wigan Athletic at Liberty Stadium in Plasmarl, Wales,

What was the average attendance of games for the English Premier League for the 2015-16 season?

The English Premier League had an average aggregated attendance of 36,500 people per game for the 2015-16. The only other European soccer league that had a higher per game attendance was the German Bundesliga.

What is the Statue of Bobby Charlton, George Best and Denis Law that stands in front of Manchester United's Stadium called?

These three had a united attitude.The "United Trinity" bronze is located outside Old Trafford. The statue was unveiled on the 40th anniversary of the three-time European championship.

What team had the following members: Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, and Tony Adams?

All three players are on The Gunners' 50 Greatest Players list. Thierry Henry played Forward with Arsenal from 1999-2007, and during that time scored a club record 228 goals in 377 appearances. Dennis Bergkamp played Forward from 1995-2006 and scored 120 goals in 423 appearances. Tony Adams, Defender played from 1983-2002 and scored 48 goals in 669 appearances.

Which team's mascots are Cyril and Cybil the Swans?

Swansea City was promoted to the English Premier League after winning the Football League Championship in 2010/11. They had won the Welsh Cup 10 times. Swansea City plays its games at Liberty Stadium where it shares the pitch with the Welsh Rugby team, The Ospreys.

With what team are Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, and Kenny Dalglish associated?

The Scot, Bill Shankly, one of the most iconic figures in the Liverpool FC history, took over management of the club in 1959. He took them to three league championships, one 2nd Division Championship, two FA Cups, one UEFA Cup, and three Charity Shields. Bob Paisley followed Bill Shankly as manager of Liverpool and also racked up an impressive collection of wins, seven league championships, three League Cups, three European Cups, one UEFA Cup, one UEFA Super Cup, and six Charity Shields.

What does the term “hat trick” mean?

A “hat trick,” also called a “treble,” is when a player scores three goals during regulation, added time or extra time. If a match goes into penalty kick, the goals scored would not count towards a “hat trick."

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