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Aston Villa

Aston Villa

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Aston Villa are back in the big time after winning the Championship Play-Off Final against Derby County after three seasons in England's second division. Villa were founder members of the Premier League back in 1992/93 and one of the twelve teams that created the Football League when it all began in 1888/89. The Birmingham team would love to replicate what happened in that first-ever Premier League season. Villa finished second which is their best-ever Premier League finish.

The Club

The Villa

  • Stadium: Villa Park 
  • Stadium Capacity: 42,785
  • Location: Birmingham
  • Founded: 1874
  • Nickname: The Villa, The Villans
  • Manager: Dean Smith
  • Kit: Claret shirts with blue sleeves, white shorts and blue socks

Aston Villa captain, Jack Grealish, and manager, Dean Smith, celebrating victory in the play-offs.

Aston Villa are one of the oldest clubs in English football, Villa were created in 1874, and are the oldest club in the current Premier League. Villa are also one of the most successful football teams, they have won the league title seven times, the FA Cup seven times and the League Cup five times, but the last time they won a cup was in 1996 and the last time they won the league title was in 1981. In 1982, Villa also won the European Cup (now the Champions League) when they beat Bayern Munich in the final.

The City

Birmingham

Aston Villa play Premier League football in Birmingham, the UK's second-biggest city. If you want to find out more about the city, its culture and learn some English that is connected to the city then listen to our podcast all about Birmingham:  

The Fans

Famous Fans

The movie star, Tom Hanks, is one of Villa's most famous fans.

Aston Villa have some very famous fans, some of these famous supporters include:

  • Tom Hanks: The Hollywood movie star lives in New York (USA), not in Birmingham (UK). So why is he a supporter of Aston Villa? He says that watching an Aston Villa match in London, ‘I thought: “I like their colours and I like the name, so I’m gonna be an Aston Villa man from now on!”. Here is what Hanks said just before Aston VIlla played Derby County in the play-off final:

On Monday I will bleed claret and blue for Aston Villa. One match away for a return to the Premier League. Up the Villa! Hanx

— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) May 25, 2019

Prince WIlliam is an Aston VIlla fan and Villa are proud of their Royal connection.

  • Prince William: The future king of England has been a Villa supporter ever since he saw his first live game (Aston Villa v Bolton Wanderers). And he’s a fan of the Villa fans too: ‘Villa supporters are dedicated – they are great because, although Villa don’t always win, they stay loyal,’ he says.

Why does Prince William support Aston Villa? Find out in this video from the BBC.

Players

Three to Watch

Aston Villa have spent more money than any team that has just won promotion in the history of the Premier League. They have spent over £120 million during the transfer window and brought in twelve new players. Here are three players to watch out for in the Premier League this season:

Captain

Jack Grealish

Jack Grealish is a local lad and Aston Villa fan. He's also Aston Villa's captain

Jack Grealish is one of the few survivors of the Aston Villa squad that was relegated from the Premier League in 2015/16 with one of the lowest points totals in Premier League history (17). Grealish who was born in Birmingham and is an Aston Villa fan is now the team's captain and arguably most important player. The attacking midfielder is still just 23 years old and will want to catch the eye of the England manager while keeping Villa in the Premier League this season.

Fact

Grealish played for the Republic of Ireland at youth level but decided to represent England at senior level.

Winger

Mahmoud Hassan (Trezeguet)

Trezeguet has played over 40 times for Egypt.

Villa have paid around £9 million to Kasimpasa in Turkey for the Egyptian midfielder, Trezeguet. The 24-year-old has been named in the Turkish League's team of the season for the last two years and will be a good addition to the Villa squad. He can play on either the right-wing or the left, has good dribbling skills and an eye for goal. His nickname 'Trezeguet' comes from an old coach in Egypt who thought Hassan played a similar style of football to David Trezeguet, the French World Cup winner.

Fact

Trezeguet will join the captain of the Egyptian national team at Villa Park: Ahmed Elmohamady.

Record Signing

Wesley Moraes

Wesley Moraes is Aston Villa's record signing at £22 million.

Wesley has arrived at Villa Park from Club Brugges in Belgium and is Villa's record-signing at £22 million. The Brazilian striker won the Belgian League twice with Brugges and was named Belgium's Young Player of the Year in 2017/18. The 22-year-old has a strike rate of one goal every three matches but he is a strong physical striker with pace who will be the focal point of Villa's attack.

Fact

Aston Villa hold the record for most goals scored in a single season in the top division. Villa scored 128 goals in the 1930-31 season!

Last Season

Play-Off Winners

Villa fans celebrate promotion to the Premier League at Wembley Stadium.

Last season Aston Villa won promotion from the Championship through the play-offs. They beat Derby County 2-1 in the final in what is often described as 'the richest match in football' due to the Premier League money that is on offer to the winner (estimated to be around £170 million this season). Villa finished in fifth place in the regular season.

Prediction

2019/20: 16th

Aston Villa have brought a lot of new players to the club over the summer and spent a lot of money. The Villa fans won't be expecting a relegation fight but the new players may take some time to settle in, which could mean a difficult first few months of the season. However, we believe that once the team starts firing, Villa could cause plenty of surprises this season. 

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ldzingirai's picture
ldzingirai
31/08/2019
ZW
1568
points

As a Zimbabwean, my connection to Aston Villa is Marvelous Nakamba, another Villa new signing who was playing in Belgium top division. I hope he will lift our flag high. He should follow the footsteps of other Zimbabweans Peter Ndlovu and Benjani Mwaruwari who made a name for themselves and left a mark at Coventry City and Manchester City respectively.

I would be happy if you could do a program on Marvelous Nakamba on your Players section. He is a good player and he is not going to disappoint Villa fans.


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ldzingirai
31/08/2019 01:42
Zimbabwe
Chelsea
1568

As a Zimbabwean, my connection to Aston Villa is Marvelous Nakamba, another Villa new signing who was playing in Belgium top division. I hope he will lift our flag high. He should follow the footsteps of other Zimbabweans Peter Ndlovu and Benjani Mwaruwari who made a name for themselves and left a mark at Coventry City and Manchester City respectively.

I would be happy if you could do a program on Marvelous Nakamba on your Players section. He is a good player and he is not going to disappoint Villa fans.

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RafaelRC
31/08/2019
BR
606
points

Aston Villa has two Brazilians Douglas Luiz and Wesley Morais. I remember Douglas at Vasco da Gama, good player. But I've never heard about Wesley Morais.

I think they will fight against relegation.


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RafaelRC
31/08/2019 01:36
Brazil
Wolverhampton Wanderers
606

Aston Villa has two Brazilians Douglas Luiz and Wesley Morais. I remember Douglas at Vasco da Gama, good player. But I've never heard about Wesley Morais.

I think they will fight against relegation.

englishman
05/08/2019
DZ
1727
points

This lesson is very interesting


englishman
05/08/2019 19:07
Algeria
Manchester City
1727

This lesson is very interesting

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elghoul
04/08/2019
DZ
3306
points

Aston Villa will finish in the middle of the table this year. 


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elghoul
04/08/2019 19:47
Algeria
Manchester City
3306

Aston Villa will finish in the middle of the table this year. 

englishman
04/08/2019
DZ
1727
points

I am so sorry because this is my first time that I know The Villa


englishman
04/08/2019 10:42
Algeria
Manchester City
1727

I am so sorry because this is my first time that I know The Villa

wsanta
02/08/2019
AR
3347
points

In River Plate, we love David Trezeguet, the King David.


wsanta
02/08/2019 17:43
Argentina
Liverpool
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In River Plate, we love David Trezeguet, the King David.

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