Arguably, London is the football hub of the United Kingdom. Besides playing host to Wembley Stadium, the venue of FA Cup finals, and the home ground of the England national team, the city house some of the best clubs in the English Premier League.
In the 2019-2020 season, there are five London clubs in the Premier League – Chelsea football club, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal football club, Crystal Palace, and West Ham United. On the current standing on the league table, all the clubs are likely to make it to next season in the Premier League, especially the usual suspects – Chelsea 4th with 45 points, Tottenham 8th with 41 points, and Arsenal 9th with 40 points. Crystal Palace and West Ham are currently sitting on the 11th and 16th spots with 39 and 27 points respectively.
Below are what you need to know about these London Teams:
Arsenal football club is arguably the most successful team in London as far as the number of titles won is concerned. The club was established in 1886 and plays its home matches at the 60,383 capacity Emirates Stadium.
The club has won 13 League titles, a record 13 FA Cups, two League Cups, 15 FA Community Shields, the only League Centenary Trophy, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and one Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. One record Arsenal fans like to brag about is the unbeaten run of the club in the 2003-2004 season tagged “the invincible”.
Chelsea football club is the biggest rival to Arsenal. The club was established in 1905. Its home ground is a 41,798 capacity stadium known as Stamford Bridge.
In recent history, especially since Russia businessman Roman Abramovich took over the ownership of the club, Chelsea has risen to become one of the most successful clubs in the Premier League. They have been league champions six times and won over thirty competitive honors – including six European trophies.
Their fans will always want to remind you that the club is the first and the only club in London to win the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League Cup. They also hold other numerous records which include conceding the fewest number of goals during a league season (15).
Like Arsenal, Tottenham has played in the UEFA Champions League finals but are yet to win the prestigious title. The club was founded in 1882 and currently plays in a 62,062 capacity stadium known as Tottenham Stadium.
Tottenham is The first London club to win a European trophy, the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1963. Also, the inaugural winner of the UEFA Cup in 1972. In total, the club has won two league titles, eight FA Cups, four League Cups, seven FA Community Shields, one European Cup Winners’ Cup and two UEFA Cups.
Crystal Palace was established in 1905 and currently plays its home matches in a 25,486 capacity stadium known as
Selhurst Park. The club’s highest ever league finish to date is third place in the old First Division, now known as the Premier League, achieved in the 1990–91 season. Palace was denied a place in Europe at the end of that season only because of the partial UEFA ban on English clubs at that time following the Heysel Stadium disaster.
The club has been FA Cup finalists twice, losing to Manchester United on both occasions in 1990 and 2016.
West Ham United was established in 1900 and currently uses London Stadium as its home ground with 60,000 sitting capacity. West Ham has been winners of the FA Cup three times; in 1964, 1975 and 1980, and have also been runners-up twice; in 1923 and 2006. The club has reached two major European finals, winning the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1965 and finishing runners-up in the same competition in 1976. West Ham also won the Intertoto Cup in 1999.