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West Ham United

2016/17 was a big season in the history of West Ham Utd Football Club. This season was the first in their new home - London Stadium, or more commonly known as the Olympic Stadium, in Stratford, London. West Ham United was founded in 1895 and had played their home games at the Boleyn Ground, which is more commonly called Upton Park, since 1904. The new stadium, which is about 5km from their old home, has a capacity of 60010.

The current manager is Slaven Bilic, who is from Croatia and was a successful Premier League player for Everton and West Ham! West Ham have two nicknames, 'The Irons' or 'The Hammers', both of these names are related to their original name which was 'Thames Ironworks FC'. On the club badge, you can see two hammers, which relate to the club's industrial past.

Dimitri Payet is West Ham's key player.

West Ham play in claret shirts with blue sleeves, white shorts, and claret socks. West Ham's colours are the same as Aston Villa's because in 1899, Bill Dove, the father of a West Ham United player, went to a fair in Birmingham. Bill Dove was a professional sprinter and was challenged to a race by four Aston Villa players. The Aston Villa players made a bet that they could beat Bill Dove, but in the end, they all lost and didn’t have the money to pay. The Aston Villa players gave Bill Dove a complete team’s football kits instead of payment and Bill gave these kits to his son.

West Ham have played in the Premier League for a total of 19 seasons, they have been relegated twice, in 2002-03 and 2010-11, and promoted to the Premier League three times, in 1993, 2005 and 2012. The highest West Ham have ever finished in the Premier League was 5th place in 1998-1999 but they did finish 3rd in the league in 1985-86, which was their highest ever finish in the top division. West Ham have won four major trophies in their history; they won the FA Cup in 1964, 1975 and 1980 and they won the European Cup Winners Cup in 1965, beating 1860 Munich in the final. That winning team included Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters, who would also win the World Cup with England the following year.

"Bobby Moore was my friend as well as the greatest defender I ever played against." - Pelé

Andre Ayew signed for West Ham for a club record fee.

In 2016/17, West Ham finished 11th in the Premier League after a largely disappointing season under Bilic. For most of the season, The Hammers were in the bottom half, and at one point it looked like they might even be involved in a relegation battle. In the end, they improved and moved up the table. The Hammer’s top scorer was England international Michail Antonio, with 9 Premier League goals. Bilic has been busy trying to improve West Ham's strike force and has bought Javier Hernandez, who used to play for Manchester United, from Bayer Leverkusen and Marko Arnautovic from Stoke City. Bilic will be hoping for more from Ghanaian forward Andre Ayew and Andy Caroll this season, too. West Ham have also signed the England goalkeeper, Joe Hart, on loan from Manchester City.  Can the Hammers finish in the top half of the Premier League this season?

Prediction 2018/19: 10th

Key player: Felipe Anderson

Did you know......?

In 1965, West Ham became only the second English team to win a European trophy, after Tottenham Hotspur (1963).

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Activity 1: In this activity, you have to match West Ham's manager, top scorer, stadium, stadium capacity, and club colours.
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West Ham have a new home this season - the London Stadium.

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Rema's picture
Rema
23/11/2015
RS
538
points

Hi teacher1- Thanks for responding. Can you imagine final of Champions league at the Olympic Stadium: West Ham- Barcelona ;)


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Rema
23/11/2015 16:34
Serbia
West Ham United
538

Hi teacher1- Thanks for responding. Can you imagine final of Champions league at the Olympic Stadium: West Ham- Barcelona ;)

1teacher's picture
1teacher
23/11/2015
ES
46
points

Hi Rema,
No, at the moment honestly I can't! Barcelona play otherworldly football right now. Last Saturday they crushed Real Madrid with an insulting ease. Just watch the game if you can get hold of it. It's a masterclass of how to play footie..

I would love Barcelona playing a Champions League final against anybody we hate (Real Madrid, any team coached by Mourinho...) at the London Olympic Stadium. Not against West Ham, though, as in that case I wouldn't know who to support.


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1teacher
23/11/2015 18:59
Spain
West Ham United
46

Hi Rema,
No, at the moment honestly I can't! Barcelona play otherworldly football right now. Last Saturday they crushed Real Madrid with an insulting ease. Just watch the game if you can get hold of it. It's a masterclass of how to play footie..

I would love Barcelona playing a Champions League final against anybody we hate (Real Madrid, any team coached by Mourinho...) at the London Olympic Stadium. Not against West Ham, though, as in that case I wouldn't know who to support.

Rema's picture
Rema
24/11/2015
RS
538
points

Hi 1teacher- I know that this sounds really unrealistic, especially at this moment but if I predicted good for this match in the future you might make an exception and promise me that you will sing with other Hammers: I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles ;) That mean that you would support West Ham in that case ;)


Rema's picture
Rema
24/11/2015 19:57
Serbia
West Ham United
538

Hi 1teacher- I know that this sounds really unrealistic, especially at this moment but if I predicted good for this match in the future you might make an exception and promise me that you will sing with other Hammers: I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles ;) That mean that you would support West Ham in that case ;)

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1teacher
27/11/2015
ES
46
points

When (not 'if'!) your prediction comes true, Barcelona will have already won their 11th Champions league title, so yes, I'll blow lots of bubbles and definitely root for West Ham United then!


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1teacher
27/11/2015 07:58
Spain
West Ham United
46

When (not 'if'!) your prediction comes true, Barcelona will have already won their 11th Champions league title, so yes, I'll blow lots of bubbles and definitely root for West Ham United then!

Rema's picture
Rema
27/11/2015
RS
538
points

Maybe it's better that I said: i'll hold you to it?


Rema's picture
Rema
27/11/2015 10:39
Serbia
West Ham United
538

Maybe it's better that I said: i'll hold you to it?

Rema's picture
Rema
27/11/2015
RS
538
points

I'll take your word for it ;)


Rema's picture
Rema
27/11/2015 10:34
Serbia
West Ham United
538

I'll take your word for it ;)

mkoriev
04/11/2015
UZ
813
points

Mr. Teacher I have just read your comments and liked them very much. It's amazing to support the team which isn't on the top. I can imagine how you love and respect your dad after your story. To be honest I'm not a West Ham Unt fan but I really appreciate their coach. He is one of my favorite coaches. Wish you all the best to you, to your family and of course to your club!


mkoriev
04/11/2015 19:03
Uzbekistan
Manchester City
813

Mr. Teacher I have just read your comments and liked them very much. It's amazing to support the team which isn't on the top. I can imagine how you love and respect your dad after your story. To be honest I'm not a West Ham Unt fan but I really appreciate their coach. He is one of my favorite coaches. Wish you all the best to you, to your family and of course to your club!

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1teacher
21/11/2015
ES
46
points

Thank you! I am happy that you liked my family's story of West Ham fandom and really appreciate your comments and good wishes.

I had come to see Big Sam as an integral part of West Ham, but Bilic must get credit for keeping the spirit of the team and improving its attacking performance.


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1teacher
21/11/2015 15:41
Spain
West Ham United
46

Thank you! I am happy that you liked my family's story of West Ham fandom and really appreciate your comments and good wishes.

I had come to see Big Sam as an integral part of West Ham, but Bilic must get credit for keeping the spirit of the team and improving its attacking performance.

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almirpereira
23/10/2015
BR
1315
points

HELLO,WE'RE HERE!!!!!


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almirpereira
23/10/2015 03:19
Brazil
Chelsea
1315

HELLO,WE'RE HERE!!!!!

Abdallah
26/09/2015
KW
1813
points

They are goo team


Abdallah
26/09/2015 14:10
Kuwait
Chelsea
1813

They are goo team

Rema's picture
Rema
21/09/2015
RS
538
points

I want to start this season from here, where is page about West Ham- the Giant Slayer.


Rema's picture
Rema
21/09/2015 11:46
Serbia
West Ham United
538

I want to start this season from here, where is page about West Ham- the Giant Slayer.

Rema's picture
Rema
08/08/2015
RS
538
points

If my counting is right, I'm now on the top of the leaderboard. I chose this topic to win one point to conquered the top. Now, I'm the leader ;)


Rema's picture
Rema
08/08/2015 11:13
Serbia
West Ham United
538

If my counting is right, I'm now on the top of the leaderboard. I chose this topic to win one point to conquered the top. Now, I'm the leader ;)

admin's picture
admin
21/09/2015
GB
334
points

Congratulations Rema - You are the 2014-2015 champion!


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admin
21/09/2015 11:58
United Kingdom
Arsenal
334

Congratulations Rema - You are the 2014-2015 champion!

Rema's picture
Rema
21/09/2015
RS
538
points

Thank you so much Jack ;)


Rema's picture
Rema
21/09/2015 13:15
Serbia
West Ham United
538

Thank you so much Jack ;)

Rema's picture
Rema
07/06/2015
RS
538
points

I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles ;)


Rema's picture
Rema
07/06/2015 20:10
Serbia
West Ham United
538

I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles ;)

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1teacher
14/01/2015
ES
46
points

Not only does he save, but he also scores!
Adrian's the man!!


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1teacher
14/01/2015 17:39
Spain
West Ham United
46

Not only does he save, but he also scores!
Adrian's the man!!

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1teacher
31/12/2014
ES
46
points

When Alex Song shoots, there are two West Ham players off side. One of them (Sakho) spreads his legs to let the ball go through. He doesn't touch it but the referee considers that he is in the goalkeeper's line of sight (which is clearly not true when you see it). Most of the times the goal would have been conceded. On the other hand, the first time an Arsenal player falls in the area it's a penalty!

I think they are doing a great season when you consider the squad they have. Adrian is in impressive form, saving pretty much everything which is thrown at him, Carroll does a fantastic job as an attacking reference and the whole team shows a lot of determination. They had equalizing chances up to the very last second.


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1teacher
31/12/2014 07:57
Spain
West Ham United
46

When Alex Song shoots, there are two West Ham players off side. One of them (Sakho) spreads his legs to let the ball go through. He doesn't touch it but the referee considers that he is in the goalkeeper's line of sight (which is clearly not true when you see it). Most of the times the goal would have been conceded. On the other hand, the first time an Arsenal player falls in the area it's a penalty!

I think they are doing a great season when you consider the squad they have. Adrian is in impressive form, saving pretty much everything which is thrown at him, Carroll does a fantastic job as an attacking reference and the whole team shows a lot of determination. They had equalizing chances up to the very last second.

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1teacher
30/12/2014
ES
46
points

Just back from London after an undeserved 1-2 loss to Arsenal. A draw would have been a fair result, but the referee seemed to be pushing for the stronger team all the time. Great game though!
No wonder West Ham are leaving the Boleyn Ground. It's an uncomfortable dangerous matchbox.


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1teacher
30/12/2014 11:28
Spain
West Ham United
46

Just back from London after an undeserved 1-2 loss to Arsenal. A draw would have been a fair result, but the referee seemed to be pushing for the stronger team all the time. Great game though!
No wonder West Ham are leaving the Boleyn Ground. It's an uncomfortable dangerous matchbox.

Rich's picture
Rich
30/12/2014
ES
370
points

Do you know why the Alex Song goal was disallowed? I know lots of West Ham fans that will be sad to leave the Boleyn Ground, but a match at the Olympic Stadium will be a great experience. Despite the result I bet you're happy with West Ham's season so far?


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Rich
30/12/2014 14:17
Spain
Liverpool
370

Do you know why the Alex Song goal was disallowed? I know lots of West Ham fans that will be sad to leave the Boleyn Ground, but a match at the Olympic Stadium will be a great experience. Despite the result I bet you're happy with West Ham's season so far?

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Dienekes92
19/10/2014
ES
0
points

Hi! Yes I'm a West Ham fan due to Green Street Hooligans film. In this film you can see the awesome supporters that have this team. Moreover, "the hammers" have an legendary history so was not a hard choice be fan to this magnificent team. Nowadays, my favourite player is the younger Leo Chambers cause he will be the hammer's future.


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Dienekes92
19/10/2014 10:39
Spain
West Ham United
0

Hi! Yes I'm a West Ham fan due to Green Street Hooligans film. In this film you can see the awesome supporters that have this team. Moreover, "the hammers" have an legendary history so was not a hard choice be fan to this magnificent team. Nowadays, my favourite player is the younger Leo Chambers cause he will be the hammer's future.

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1teacher
08/11/2014
ES
46
points

Hi Dienekes92,
I just saw "Green Street". I didn't know it even existed, but I got hold of it because of your comment. I loved the language and the depiction of the (East) London atmosphere, but there's too much violence in it for me (and obviously for my students). It's a pity I can't show it in the classroom (maybe some bits), but I liked it anyway. Thank you!


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1teacher
08/11/2014 11:34
Spain
West Ham United
46

Hi Dienekes92,
I just saw "Green Street". I didn't know it even existed, but I got hold of it because of your comment. I loved the language and the depiction of the (East) London atmosphere, but there's too much violence in it for me (and obviously for my students). It's a pity I can't show it in the classroom (maybe some bits), but I liked it anyway. Thank you!

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1teacher
04/09/2014
ES
46
points

That's a good point, Rich. It's been two home defeats so far...

Actually my dad says I might have chosen a worse opponent, so we could have a better chance to see them win! However, I thought it was the best option because it's in the Christmas holidays (so I dont' have to take any days off work) and it's also a London derby.


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1teacher
04/09/2014 11:24
Spain
West Ham United
46

That's a good point, Rich. It's been two home defeats so far...

Actually my dad says I might have chosen a worse opponent, so we could have a better chance to see them win! However, I thought it was the best option because it's in the Christmas holidays (so I dont' have to take any days off work) and it's also a London derby.

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1teacher
01/09/2014
ES
46
points

It's official: I've got two tickets for my dad and I to watch West Ham vs. Arsenal on December 28th!
I just can't wait to be there!!


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1teacher
01/09/2014 12:11
Spain
West Ham United
46

It's official: I've got two tickets for my dad and I to watch West Ham vs. Arsenal on December 28th!
I just can't wait to be there!!

jaymejunior10
02/01/2017
BR
149
points

Did you win the game ? How good was your experience watching your favorite team playing ?


jaymejunior10
02/01/2017 00:50
Brazil
West Ham United
149

Did you win the game ? How good was your experience watching your favorite team playing ?

Rich's picture
Rich
01/09/2014
ES
370
points

Great news! Do you think you'll get to see a Hammers victory? It's a difficult one.
Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
01/09/2014 14:27
Spain
Liverpool
370

Great news! Do you think you'll get to see a Hammers victory? It's a difficult one.
Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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SajidaXI
03/07/2014
PK
0
points

No . i m not


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SajidaXI
03/07/2014 19:45
Pakistan
Manchester United
0

No . i m not

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1teacher
16/06/2014
ES
46
points

I am a West Ham fan because of my dad. I was born in 1966, the year England won the World Cup. Three of their best players (Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters) played for West Ham, so my father became a fan of that team, even though he has never been to London and doesn't speak any English at all!

He is an Espanyol fan at home, and I think both teams share a very strong local spirit and the underdog quality, usually struggling to avoid relegation but always ready to fight and give the big teams a bad day.

Curiously enough, the only West Ham game I have ever seen live (with my dad, of course) was last summer's City of Barcelona trophy in which they beat RCD Espanyol 0-1. It was a rather dull pre-season event, but I was positively surprised by some of Ravel Morrison's skills. He was the most talented player on the pitch.

I am very bad at predicitons, so I don't know whether they will have a more peaceful season next year. What I do know is that I'll try to bring my father to see a match at the Boleyn Ground before they make the move to the Olympic Stadium.


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1teacher
16/06/2014 12:30
Spain
West Ham United
46

I am a West Ham fan because of my dad. I was born in 1966, the year England won the World Cup. Three of their best players (Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters) played for West Ham, so my father became a fan of that team, even though he has never been to London and doesn't speak any English at all!

He is an Espanyol fan at home, and I think both teams share a very strong local spirit and the underdog quality, usually struggling to avoid relegation but always ready to fight and give the big teams a bad day.

Curiously enough, the only West Ham game I have ever seen live (with my dad, of course) was last summer's City of Barcelona trophy in which they beat RCD Espanyol 0-1. It was a rather dull pre-season event, but I was positively surprised by some of Ravel Morrison's skills. He was the most talented player on the pitch.

I am very bad at predicitons, so I don't know whether they will have a more peaceful season next year. What I do know is that I'll try to bring my father to see a match at the Boleyn Ground before they make the move to the Olympic Stadium.

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