Southampton Football Club

Southampton Football Club, nicknamed The Saints, is an English football club founded in 1885 and based in Southampton.

The club regains its place in the Premier League in 2012, seven years after its last passage at this level. Meanwhile, he even fell in League One, the third echelon, where he had not changed since 1960. Southampton has scored only one major title to his record, the FA Cup in 1976, although he finished runner-up in England in 1984.

Since 2001, Southampton FC have played their home games at St Mary’s Stadium after leaving The Dell, a stadium that they have been playing since 18981.

The Southampton players usually wear red and white striped jerseys, but to celebrate its 125th birthday, the club has taken on the style of its original red jersey. Several former Saints players have enjoyed international fame like Alan Ball, Kevin Keegan, Peter Shilton, Matthew Le Tissier, James Beattie, Alan Shearer and Peter Crouch. Southampton is also the training club of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who play today at Arsenal, and Gareth Bale, gone to Real Madrid.

Since 2010, the club is owned by Katharina Liebherr, daughter of the Swiss businessman Markus Liebherr (20102), who saved the club from bankruptcy in 2009.

The return to the top (since 2009)

The 2009-2010 season begins with a penalty of 10 points8 for Southampton, after the club was put under judicial control the previous season. Although they do not have the favor of prognosis because of this handicap, the Saints achieve an honorable season, finishing in 7th place, 7 points of Huddersfield Town, 6th and last qualified for the promotion dams. Without the sanction of the Football League, Southampton could have hoped for an immediate recovery, which is finally postponed to the 2010-2011 season, where the Saints finish vice champions League One and get the promotion. At the end of the 2011-12 season, the club is promoted to the Premier League, and it ends the 2012-13 season in 14th position. In the 2013-14 season, he finished eighth. However, at the end of the season, coach Mauricio Pochettino leaves the club for Tottenham Hotspur and the club suffers from an exodus of promising players. Luke Shaw, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Calum Chambers leave the club for clubs competing in Europe.

Despite this, the club, now trained by the former coach of Feyenoord Rotterdam Ronald Koeman, yet achieve one of the best start of the season of its existence. At the end of the day, a mercato led by a master hand. This is how Eredivisie’s revelations such as FC Twente Dušan Tadić’s Serbian playmaker, including Feyenoord’s Italian “scorer” Graziano Pellè, landed for the Saints, as well as former FC Metz Sadio’s great prospect. Mané. The defensive sector has also undergone a complete overhaul, with the arrival of Ryan Bertrand on loan from Chelsea and Belgian central defender Toby Alderweireld on loan from Atletico Madrid, as well as Fraser Forster, the English international, as goalkeeper. . In addition, the metronome of midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, long announced on the departure to more prestigious clubs, remains with the Saints. Thus armed, despite a complicated start to the season with a first match concluded by a defeat against Liverpool, the Saints will then continue an impressive series until November with a record of 11 victories (including a resounding 8-0 against Sunderland), 2 draws and 2 losses (Tottenham and League Cup disappointment against Sheffield United). However, the club will gradually loose the ballast by chaining 4 defeats in rank, especially against big teams, before recovering and consolidate its place in the top of the rankings.