Swansea City was founded in 1912 and play their home games at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, Wales. The capacity of the Liberty Stadium is 20532 which makes it one of the smallest stadiums in the Premier League, where they have been playing since 2005. Before then, Swansea or 'The Swans' had been playing at Vetch Field Stadium, which had been their home from 1912. The current manager is Paul Clement, who has been assistant manager at Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. Only just over 10 years ago, Swansea were in the fourth division of English football. Swansea play in white shirts, shorts and socks with a gold trim.
At the end of 2001, Swansea City football club was bought for just £1.
Swansea have won one major English trophy, which was the League Cup in 2013, under then manager, Michael Laudrup. However, Swansea have won the Welsh Cup 10 times, but as a Welsh club playing in England are no longer able to play in this competition. Swansea finished in their highest-ever Premier League position in 2014/15 (8th), but their highest ever finish in the top division was in 1981-82, when they finished 6th. By winning the League Cup, Swansea qualified for the UEFA Europa League for the first time through the English system, Swansea had played in the UEFA Cup 7 times previously, after winning the Welsh Cup.
Swansea City, along with other Welsh clubs such as Cardiff City, have played in England since the clubs were formed. This was because, at that time, there was no specific Welsh League and both English and Welsh clubs played together in regional leagues because there were much better transport links between South Wales and England than between North Wales and South Wales. When the Welsh Premier League was created in 1992, Swansea and Cardiff decided to continue playing in the English Leagues.
Swansea’s strongest rivalry is with Cardiff, which is another city in South Wales. The 'South Wales Derby' between Swansea and Cardiff was first played in 1912. It has been played 107 times, with Cardiff winning 44 times and Swansea 35. In November 2013, the first ever 'South Wales Derby' was played in the Premier League, with Cardiff City winning 1-0.
In 2015/16, Swansea City finished 12th, which a comfortable mid-table finish after being near the relegation zone earlier in the season. Swansea’s top scorer was Ghanaian international Andre Ayew, with 12 goals. Ayew has now left Swansea in a £20 million transfer to West Ham and will leave a big gap in the Swansea City team. Swansea fans will be hoping that the arrival of the Spanish international striker, Fernando Llorente, will help to fill that gap. With players like Gylfi Sigurdsson, Ki Sung-Yeung and Lukasz Fabianski in the team, Swansea should have enough quality to avoid a battle against relegation or finish higher up the Premier League table this season.
Prediction 2016/17: 12th
Key player: Fernando Llorente
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Swansea City are not the only team that play at the Liberty Stadium, it is also home to rugby team, Ospreys.
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