West Ham United Football Club

West Ham United Football Club is an English football club founded in 1895 and located in the district of Newham, a suburb east of London. The club plays in the Premier League Premier League, chaired by David Gold and David Sullivan. Karren Brady is currently the Executive Director.


Founded in 1895 as Thames Iron Works FC, the club adopted its current name in 1900 and opted for professional status. The Hammers join the League in 1919 (Division 2).

Since 1904, the club has been playing at home in the Boleyn Ground stadium, which has a capacity of 35,146. The stadium is located in the vicinity of West Ham, in the district of Newham in East London.

On October 17, 1970, 42,322 spectators attended the derby against Tottenham, which is the record attendance club.

West Ham United is sometimes dubbed The Academy because it has revealed many talented young players like Bobby Moore, Paul Ince, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick, Rio Ferdinand, Glen Johnson, Joe Cole, Anton Ferdinand and Jermain Defoe.

The club is rivaling Tottenham, Chelsea, Millwall (London rivalries) and Sheffield United because of the deal that took place in the 2007 season and saw Carlos Tévez play illegally for the Hammers and helped keep the club at bay. detriment of Sheffield. The West Ham club had to repay £ 25m to the Sheffield United club as a fine.

West Ham spent 2 seasons on the lower floor between 2003 and 2005, which delayed his progress started in the 90s when he had completed several seasons at the doors of the Champions League at a time when the hegemony of the Big oven is not yet relevant.

After having maintained with a victory at Old Trafford in May 2007 during the final day thanks to Carlos Tévez, the Hammers chained the correct seasons without ever succeeding to hang a European place through the Championship, relying on cuts like in 2006 losing in the penalty shoot-out the final of the FA Cup against Liverpool Reds already qualified for the C.

In financial difficulties, the club has had to part with its best players in recent seasons as illustrated by the departures of Carlos Tévez, Javier Mascherano, James Collins, and Craig Bellamy. These starts did not stop the Hammers from hanging an honorable 10th place in 2008 and 9th in 2009. The following season is much more difficult, West Ham wins only 8 small games but ensures its maintenance at the 36th day when a 3-2 win over Wigan Athletic. Gianfranco Zola is thanked despite everything and replaced by Avram Grant. But, despite an ambitious recruitment, the Hammers achieve a 2010-2011 season, after which the club is relegated to Championship. His coach is relieved of his duties.

West Ham entrusts the mission to go back to the Premier League to Sam Allardyce, former coach of Bolton, Newcastle and Blackburn. The latter recruits several players like Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye, Matthew Taylor or Kevin Nolan that he had under his orders in his previous clubs. The championship is going well since the club is in the top 3 of the championship from late October until the end of the season. In March 2012, a series of 5 consecutive draws distance the club in the standings. The direct promotion flies away and it will be necessary to go through the Play-Offs. In the semifinal, Cardiff City is easily sidelined 2-0 and 3-0. The opponent in the final is Blackpool, beaten twice in the regular season 4-0 at Boleyn Ground and 4-1 at Bloomfield Road. In Wembley, and in front of 78,523 spectators, the Hammers won 2-1. In a close match, Ricardo Vaz Tê scored the winning goal in the 87th minute and propels the club into the first division, one year after their relegation.

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