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Queens Park Rangers Football Club

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Queens Park Rangers Football Club is an English football club, which is situated in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in west London. Nicknames of the club are The Hoops, Super Hoops and Rangers. It is described also as QPR. From the new season 2015/2016 it will be playing in The Championship, which is the 2nd tier of English football. The current team president is Tony Fernandes of Malaysia, the director is Kamarudin Meranun also from Malaysia.

The club was founded in 1886 as a combination of Christchurch Rangers and St. Judes Institute teams and two years later it became a professional football club. The team was called that because most players came from Queen's Park area. Its traditional colors are blue and white. For a long time Queens Park Rangers Football Club changed the stadiums – played on over 20 different until the time at which they settled at Loftus Road. In the forties of the twentieth century the team got into the Division 3 South, then played in the Second Division. In 1967 it won the League Cup, defeating West Bromwich Albion 3:2. The main domestic triumphs of the team are: runners-up in the First Division, which level 1 of the English football league system, champions in the Football League Championship and predecessors, champions in the Football League One and predecessors, runners-up in the FA Cup 1981-1982, winners in the League Cup and runners-up in the FA Charity Shield.

In 2011 Queens Park Rangers Football Club secured promotion to the Premier League by winning the Championship with Watford. In 2013 after two seasons in the top flight QPR were relegated from the Premier League down to the Championship after a 0–0 draw against Reading. During the 2013–2014 season the team had a fourth place the Championship. Later it qualified for the play-offs, in the semi-finals they defeated Wigan Athletic. In the final against Derby County QPR won 1-0 and made its return to the Premier League.

Among the most popular and best players of the club include among others: Phil Parkes, Dave Clement, Paul Parker, Alan McDonald, Ian Gillard, Trevor Sinclair, Stan Bowles, Gerry Francis, Rodney Marsh, Les Ferdinand and Dave Thomas.

The stadium of Queens Park Rangers Football Club is Loftus Road, it is also known as Rangers Stadium. It has been home to Queens Park Rangers in 1917 and since then their matches takes place here. Its current capacity is 19 148 seats. A record of 35 353 people was placed in 1974 during a match between Queens Park Rangers FC and Leeds United A.F.C. Address of the stadium: South Africa Road, London, W12 7PA. Currently QPR want to build a new 40,000 seat stadium at Old Oak Common in north-west side of London.

QPR uphold long-lasting rivalries with numerous other clubs in the area. The most distinguished are Fulham, Chelsea and Brentford – they play during the West London Derbies. Outside London, QPR traditionally have rivalries with Luton, Watford and Cardiff. They are less prominent than other derbies in English football.