Fulham quick review - season 2013/2014
Fulham Football Club is a professional football club based in Fulham, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, southwest London. Founded in 1879, they play in the English Premier League, and are currently in their 11th consecutive season in the division. They are the oldest established football team from London playing in the Premier League.
The club has spent twenty-four seasons in English football's top division, the majority of that in two spells during the 1960s and 2000s. The latter spell was associated with chairman Mohamed Al-Fayed, after the club had climbed up from the fourth tier in the 1990s. Fulham have never won a major honour, although they have reached two major finals. In 1975, as a Second Division team, they contested the FA Cup final for the only time in their history, losing 2–0 to West Ham United. Fulham reached the 2010 Europa League final, which they contested with Atlético Madrid in Hamburg, losing 2–1 after extra time.
The club has produced many English greats including Johnny Haynes, George Cohen, Bobby Robson, Rodney Marsh and Alan Mullery. They play at Craven Cottage, a ground on the banks of the River Thames in Fulham which has been their home since 1896. Fulham's training ground is located near Motspur Park, where the club's Academy is also situated.
On 29 July 2010, Mark Hughes was named the successor to Roy Hodgson, signing a two-year contract. Hughes had previously managed Manchester City, Wales and Blackburn Rovers. Hughes' first match in charge was against Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium. The highlight of the season was a 4–0 win in the FA Cup over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, all goals coming in the first half. Hughes resigned as manager of Fulham on 2 June 2011, having spent fewer than eleven months at the club. The Whites had an encouraging finish in 8th position and qualified for the Europa League via Fairplay.
On 7 June 2011, Martin Jol signed a two-year contract with Fulham, becoming the successor of Hughes. Jol's first match was a 3–0 UEFA Europa League win against NSÍ Runavík of the Faroe Islands on 30 June. Fulham then navigated their way with some ease to the Group stage in the Europa League through late summer. However, the Cottagers were knocked out agonisingly with the last seconds of the Group Stage matches, Odense equalising to make a draw, meaning points-wise Fulham were stranded in third place, with Wisla Krakow instead somewhat unexpectedly going through. Fulham's Premiership form has been mixed bag, with the continuing away-record hangover of previous seasons dragging on. A 6–0 home win over neighbours QPR in October bought fans jubliance, as well as Fulham's first hatrick in the Premier League, scored by Andy Johnson. The January transfer window saw Zamora move over the Hammersmith flyover to Loftus Road with high-profile Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak coming in place.
The New Year saw two further hatricks scored by Clint Dempsey, bringing his tally currently to 16 in all competitions, though Fulham were knocked out of the 4th Round of the FA Cup 2–1 by Everton. Progrebnyak scored on his debut in the 2–1 win over Stoke City on 11 Feb 2012. Highlight of the season so far would be doing the double over QPR after beating them 1–0 at Loftus Road after Pavel Pogrebnyak scored his 2nd goal in as many games. A 5–0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers a week later saw a hat-trick from Pogrebnyak bringing his total to 5 goals from 3 games becoming the only Fulham player to score on his first three games in the Premier League. The Cottagers broke their historic drought on Merseyside with a 0–1 win at Anfield on Mayday and another win against Sunderland in the last home game meant Fulham were only one point short of equalling their largest points haul in the Premiership, with just one game remaining. However, they failed to achieve this after losing their last game away at Tottenham Hotspur.
Fulham F.C. is owned by Mafco Holdings, based in Bermuda. Mafco Holdings is owned by Mohamed Al-Fayed and his family. By 2011, Al-Fayed had provided Fulham F.C. with £187 million in interest free loans. In March 2011 Fulham posted annual losses of £16.9 million, Al-Fayed stated that he would continue to make "funds available to achieve our goals both on and off the pitch" and that the "continued success of Fulham and its eventual financial self-sustainability is my priority.
12/13 Fulham Home Shirt
12/13 Fulham Away Shirt
Fulham 12/13 team squad
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