Picking a Football Club – Finals

We’ve reached the end.
What started as a journey to football fandom has morphed into something else, and I am perfectly okay with that. I have read more about English football this week than almost any other subject in a very long time.
As an American, it’s hard to move away from the way sports work in this country, but I have also grown in appreciation of the way that association football works in Europe and around the world. The United States will probably never change – even Major League Soccer, the youngest (major) professional league in the country cannot be incentivized to change – and I fear that it will be one of the major reasons that USA Soccer will continue to lag the rest of the world in football. We can’t even qualify for the World Cup currently, and our best young players, the future of our domestic team, don’t play in their domestic league.

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Picking a Football Club – Semifinals

I am days away from figuring out who I am going to dedicate my Premier League fandom. It’s been quite a journey, and as way of review, here’s how we reached this point:

This semifinal post is going to be much shorter, as I won’t have to go as far in depth with the clubs as I have before. Feel free to refer back to the quarterfinal posts if you want more than I provide here in these matchups.

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Picking a Football Club – Quarterfinal 4

In this final matchup, 4-seed Crystal Palace is going against 5-seed Everton. First, a tale of the tape (most information from this wonderful post):
Crystal Palace
Nickname: The Eagles
Founded: 1905
Location: London
Team Colors: Red / Blue
Kit Manufacturer: Puma (since 2018)
Primary Kit Sponsor: ManBetX
Ground: Selhurst Park (capacity 26,309)
Manager: Roy Hodgson (since 2017)
Everton
Nickname: The Toffees
Founded: 1878 (as St. Domingo Football Club)
Location: Liverpool
Team Colors: Royal Blue / White
Kit Manufacturer: Umbro (since 2018)
Primary Kit Sponsor: SportPesa
Ground: Goodison Park (capacity 39,572)
Manager: Marco Silva (since 2018)

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Picking a Football Club – Quarterfinal 3

Today’s matchup is between the 3-seed Leicester City and the 6-seed Newcastle United. First, a tale of the tape (most information from this wonderful post):
Leicester City
Nickname: The Foxes
Founded: 1884 (as Leicester Fosse FC)
Location: Leicester
Team Colors: White / Royal Blue
Kit Manufacturer: Adidas (since 2018)
Primary Kit Sponsor: King Power
Ground: King Power Stadium (capacity 32,315)
Manager: Claude Puel (since 2017)
Newcastle United
Nickname: The Magpies
Founded: 1892
Location: Newcastle
Team Colors: Black / White
Kit Manufacturer: Puma (since 2010)
Primary Kit Sponsor: Fun88
Ground: St. James’ Park (capacity 52,354)
Manager: Rafael “Rafa” Benitez (since 2016)

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Picking a Football Club – Quarterfinal 2

Today’s matchup is between the 2-seed AFC Bournemouth and the 7-seed Southampton. First, a tale of the tape (most information from this wonderful post):
AFC Bournemouth
Nickname: The Cherries
Founded: 1890
Location: Bournemouth
Team Colors: Red / Black
Kit Manufacturer: Umbro (since 2017)
Primary Kit Sponsor: Mansion.com
Ground: Vitality Stadium (capacity 11,360)
Manager: Eddie Howe (since 2012)
Southampton
Nickname: The Saints
Founded: 1885 (as St. Mary’s Young Men’s Association F.C.)
Location: Southampton
Team Colors: Red / White
Kit Manufacturer: Under Armour (since 2016)
Primary Kit Sponsor: Virgin Media
Ground: St. Mary’s Stadium (capacity 32,505)
Manager: Mark Hughes (since 2018)

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Picking a Football Club – Quarterfinal 1

Today’s matchup is between the 1-seed Burnley and the 8-seed West Ham United. First, a tale of the tape (most information from this wonderful post):
Burnley
Nickname: The Clarets
Founded: 1882
Location: Burnley
Team Colors: “Claret” Red / Blue
Kit Manufacturer: Puma (since 2010)
Primary Kit Sponsor: LaBa360
Ground: Turf Moor (capacity 21,994)
Manager: Sean Dyche (since 2012)
West Ham United
Nickname: The Hammers/The Irons
Founded: 1895 (as Thames Ironworks)
Location: London
Team Colors: Red (Claret) / Blue
Kit Manufacturer: Umbro (since 2015)
Primary Kit Sponsor: Betway
Ground: London Stadium (capacity 60,000)
Manager: Manuel Pellegrini (since 2018)

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