Fulham Football Club is one of English football clubs, which has its headquarters in London, and exactly in Hammersmith and Fulham – the same in which operate famous football clubs such as Chelsea FC and Queens Park Rangers. Club nicknames include The Cottagers and The Whites. The club is owned by Shahid Khan.
Fulham Football Club is currently the oldest professional football club in London – the beginning was the year 1879. It was then established as Fulham St Andrew's Church Sunday School by the followers of the Church of England from Kensington. A few years later the club played his first match in the competition the London FA Cup and the following season won the West London Cup. In December 1888 the club changed its name to Fulham Football Club, which is used until today. In subsequent years it had a lot of success, including in the West London League Second Division London League and the Southern League Second Division. At the end of the sixties the club survived a fall and in two years went to the third division. Then it was promoted to the second division. Since 1980 once again it was relegated to a lower division.
In the season 2012/2013 Fulham took 12. place in the league table. In 2013 the owner of the club was Pakistani businessman Shahid Khan. In 2013 coach Martin Jol lost his job. His place was taken by René Meulensteen. In 2014 René Meulensteen was replaced by German coach Felix Magath. In the 37. English Premier League Fulham Football Club fell to the Championship after losing 1:4 to Stoke City Fulham. In 2014 a new striker joined the club – Ross McCormack from Leeds United, he became the most expensive player acquired by the club. In the Premier League Fulham played very poorly Felix Magath was dismissed as manager. His place was taken by Kit Symons. In 2014 the club was eliminated from the League Cup after losing to Derby County, in 2015 lost the fourth round of the FA Cup with Sunderland.
The most important successes of the club is the FA Cup final in 1974/75, UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2002 and the final of the Europa League in the 2009/2010 season. Among the most famous players of the club are Johnny Haynes, Rodney Marsh, George Cohen, Bobby Robson and Alan Mullery. Currently the club’s first-team squad are players such as: Shaun Hutchinson, Kostas Stafylidis, Scott Parker, Matt Smith, Dan Burn, Ross McCormack.
One of the important football matches for Fulham Football Club is the West London derby, during which play teams like Brentford, Chelsea, Fulham and Queens Park Rangers. The name of the derby comes from the place of London, within which the clubs operate.
Fulham is considered a rival of Chelsea. Fulham Football Club has a wide range of supporters. Among them there are also such stars as Hugh Grant, Keith Allen, Example, Tony Curtis, Daniel Radcliffe.
The current club location is Craven Cottage stadium, which is located in Fulham. It is situated on the bank of the River Thames. It was inaugurated in 1896. Its capacity is 24 600 seats. Currently various types of meetings, including international are organized here, the stadium is also the venue for various events.