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Manolo Gabbiadini plays for Southampton.

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Southampton FC was founded in 1885 and play their home games at St. Mary's Stadium. The stadium opened in 2001 and has a capacity of 32589, which makes it the biggest stadium in the south of England, outside of London. The stadium was built to replace 'The Dell', where Southampton played between 1898 and 2001. The current manager is Claude Puel, who is managing in the Premier League for the first time this season after successful spells with Monaco, Lille, Lyon and Nice in his native France. Southampton's nickname is 'The Saints', and the team plays in red shirts with thin white stripes, red shorts, and red and white socks.

"The Saints mean a lot to me. Don't forget that I was with Southampton from nine years of age until I was 17, so they are always going to be a club close to my heart. And I still have so many close friends on the south coast." Gareth Bale, ex-Southampton player.

Southampton have played in the Premier League for a total of 16 seasons, they have been relegated once, in 2004-05, but were promoted back to the Premier League in 2011/2012. They reached the Premier League after back to back promotions from the third and second divisions of English football. In each of those promotion seasons, Rickie Lambert (now with West Brom) was Southampton's top scorer, before moving to Liverpool. Until 2014/15 when they finished 7th, the highest Southampton had ever finished in the Premier League was 8th place in 2002-2003 and 2013-2014 but they did finish 2nd in the league in 1983-84, which is their highest ever finish in the top division. Southampton have won one major trophy in their history; they won the FA Cup in 1976. In the final, they beat Manchester United 1-0 in one of the greatest ever  FA Cup shocks, as Southampton were a second division team at that time.

Dusan Tadic is a key player for Southampton.

Southampton’s strongest rivalry is with Portsmouth, which is another city very close to Southampton on the south coast of England. The first league game between Southampton and Portsmouth was played in 1920 and won 2-0 by Southampton. There probably won't be another league match for some time, as Portsmouth are currently playing in League 2, which is the fourth level of English football.

The club has been nicknamed “The Saints” since the club was founded in 1885. This is because it was founded as a church football team and was originally called St Mary’s Young Men’s Association. The club was renamed Southampton F.C. after the club won the Southern League in 1897, but the nickname has endured. 

Southampton fans - young and old.

In 2015/16, Southampton finished 6th in the Premier League, their best ever Premier League finish, after a fantastic season. Southampton also qualified for the Europa League. Italian international, Graziano Pelle and Senegalese international Sadio Mane were top scorers, with 11 goals each. Both players have left the club this summer along with last season's manager - Ronald Koeman. Puel will be hoping to rebuild the Southampton squad in the transfer market and has already bought Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Bayern Munich. The Saints will need to make quite a few new signings this season if they want to improve on last season's performances. Will they be able to continue their impressive progress?

Prediction 2016/17: 15th

Key player:  Dusan Tadic

Did you know......?

Rickie Lambert scored all 34 penalties he took for Southampton!

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The first activity is a matching activity. If you're not sure of an answer, go back to the Read section.

Activity 1: In this activity, you have to match Southampton's manager, top scorer, stadium, stadium capacity, and club colours.
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Maya Yoshida plays in defence for Southampton.

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Anec's picture
Anec
18/06/2014
LK
0
points

Next season will be better for the Saints with The Reds.


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Anec
18/06/2014 16:33
Sri Lanka
Chelsea
0

Next season will be better for the Saints with The Reds.

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SajidaXI
03/07/2014
PK
0
points

No


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SajidaXI
03/07/2014 18:33
Pakistan
Manchester United
0

No

Abdallah
25/09/2015
KW
1807
points

I like lampart he's very good striker


Abdallah
25/09/2015 17:23
Kuwait
Chelsea
1807

I like lampart he's very good striker

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Salloum
01/10/2015
SY
1308
points

Southampton is very great team


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Salloum
01/10/2015 15:07
Syria
Manchester United
1308

Southampton is very great team

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aragorn1986
24/10/2015
ME
6882
points

I think it is beautiful thing when all the fans keep supporting their club even when it is been relegated. Oh, when the Saints go marching in...I love to hear that song while I watch Southampton playing on St.Mary's stadium.


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aragorn1986
24/10/2015 22:47
Montenegro
Arsenal
6882

I think it is beautiful thing when all the fans keep supporting their club even when it is been relegated. Oh, when the Saints go marching in...I love to hear that song while I watch Southampton playing on St.Mary's stadium.

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MUGEMANYI
20/11/2015
RW
2320
points

The Saints played well in last two season but they didn't have a good start as they did in previous seasons.


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MUGEMANYI
20/11/2015 06:28
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

The Saints played well in last two season but they didn't have a good start as they did in previous seasons.

nikosonris
24/11/2015
UA
2453
points

Ronald Koeman was also upset with his team performance after this weekend's defeat against Stoke City. I hope they would rediscover their winning ways. Jack Rich, am I right to use 'would' here or should it be 'will'?


nikosonris
24/11/2015 10:07
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Ronald Koeman was also upset with his team performance after this weekend's defeat against Stoke City. I hope they would rediscover their winning ways. Jack Rich, am I right to use 'would' here or should it be 'will'?

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aragorn1986
07/12/2015
ME
6882
points

I believe that Southampton's players believed more in themselves. They had the best defence in the PL. So, what has changed this year? They'll shape their form, I know.


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aragorn1986
07/12/2015 13:50
Montenegro
Arsenal
6882

I believe that Southampton's players believed more in themselves. They had the best defence in the PL. So, what has changed this year? They'll shape their form, I know.

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aragorn1986
18/01/2016
ME
6882
points

Saints academy is one of the best in the world.


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aragorn1986
18/01/2016 19:05
Montenegro
Arsenal
6882

Saints academy is one of the best in the world.

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Genrilon
30/01/2016
UZ
137
points

Excellent football academy, Matthew Le Tissier, Ronald and Erwin Koeman are in coaching positions (manager and assistant manager respectively)


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Genrilon
30/01/2016 07:14
Uzbekistan
Chelsea
137

Excellent football academy, Matthew Le Tissier, Ronald and Erwin Koeman are in coaching positions (manager and assistant manager respectively)

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HakanUslu1881
04/03/2016
TR
1750
points

I am not a fan of Southampton F.C. but I like teams which play attackingly style.


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HakanUslu1881
04/03/2016 02:19
Turkey
Leicester City
1750

I am not a fan of Southampton F.C. but I like teams which play attackingly style.

nikosonris
24/03/2016
UA
2453
points

Southampton's Academy is a real source of football talents.


nikosonris
24/03/2016 08:48
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Southampton's Academy is a real source of football talents.

assemjuve
08/04/2016
PS
3433
points

I think that Southampton will finish in the top seven,they are doing a nice job with Roland Koman.


assemjuve
08/04/2016 03:57
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

I think that Southampton will finish in the top seven,they are doing a nice job with Roland Koman.

assemjuve
08/04/2016
PS
3433
points

I can remember the match between Southampton and Man United this season, they scored a goal in the last few minutes of the game.


assemjuve
08/04/2016 03:58
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

I can remember the match between Southampton and Man United this season, they scored a goal in the last few minutes of the game.

kaysmallz
09/04/2016
NG
112
points

nice


kaysmallz
09/04/2016 02:48
Nigeria
Arsenal
112

nice

Josuè
04/05/2016
ES
46
points

hello


Josuè
04/05/2016 15:33
Spain
Manchester City
46

hello

Arsenal Cris
06/11/2016
VN
372
points

Southampton 's logo is the most beautiful .


Arsenal Cris
06/11/2016 08:05
Vietnam
Hull City AFC
372

Southampton 's logo is the most beautiful .

sabanoleg
09/11/2016
UA
470
points

My prediction 2016/2017-14th.


sabanoleg
09/11/2016 13:46
Ukraine
Arsenal
470

My prediction 2016/2017-14th.

dejo123
17/12/2016
BA
10
points

Southampton is the best team in England.I love them because they are not like other clubs. Favourite player is Dusan Tadic.


dejo123
17/12/2016 07:51
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Stoke City
10

Southampton is the best team in England.I love them because they are not like other clubs. Favourite player is Dusan Tadic.

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Caco
29/01/2017
MK
140
points

:)


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Caco
29/01/2017 14:55
Macedonia
Arsenal
140

:)

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