Jose Fonte won Euro 2016 with Portugal.
Southampton FC


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 following activities will help you learn about Southampton football club. 

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.
Can you match the facts and figures?

Maya Yoshida plays in defence for Southampton.

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Anec Wed, 18/06/2014 - 16:33

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

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SajidaXI Thu, 03/07/2014 - 18:33


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Abdallah Fri, 25/09/2015 - 17:23

I like lampart he's very good striker

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Salloum Thu, 01/10/2015 - 15:07

Southampton is very great team

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aragorn1986 Sat, 24/10/2015 - 22:47

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 Fri, 20/11/2015 - 06:28

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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nikosonris Tue, 24/11/2015 - 10:07

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 Mon, 07/12/2015 - 13:50

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 Mon, 18/01/2016 - 19:05

Saints academy is one of the best in the world.

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Genrilon Sat, 30/01/2016 - 07:14

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

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HakanUslu1881 Fri, 04/03/2016 - 02:19

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

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nikosonris Thu, 24/03/2016 - 08:48

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

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assemjuve Fri, 08/04/2016 - 03:57

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

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assemjuve Fri, 08/04/2016 - 03:58

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

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kaysmallz Sat, 09/04/2016 - 02:48


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Arsenal Cris Sun, 06/11/2016 - 08:05

Southampton 's logo is the most beautiful .

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sabanoleg Wed, 09/11/2016 - 13:46

My prediction 2016/2017-14th.

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dejo123 Sat, 17/12/2016 - 07:51

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 Sun, 29/01/2017 - 14:55



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