Wolverhampton Wanderers were promoted to the Premier League after winning the Championship in 2017/18. Wolves are the oldest club in the Premier League and it will be their second season in the top division since their relegation in 2011/12.
- Stadium: Molineux (Stadium)
- Stadium Capacity: 31,700
- Location: Wolverhampton (the Black Country)
- Founded: 1877
- Nickname: Wolves
- Manager: Nuno Espirito Santo
- Kit: Gold shirt and socks, black shorts
Wolverhampton Wanderers was formed in 1877 and was also one of twelve clubs that created the first-ever football league in 1888. Throughout its history, Wolves have played most of their football in the top two divisions of English football. Here are some of the highlights:
- First Division Champions: 1953/54, 1957/58, 1958/59
- FA Cup Winners: 1893, 1908, 1949, 1960
- League Cup Winners: 1974, 1980
- UEFA Cup Runners-up: 1972
- Premier League best finish (7th): 2018/19
Nuno Espirito Santo has been the Wolves manager since May 2017. Before starting his managerial career, Espirito Santo had success as a goalkeeper. The Portuguese player played in Spain, Russia and Portugal and was part of the Portugal squad at the European Championships in 2008. As a manager, he found success in Spain (Valencia) and Portugal (Porto) before leading Wolves to the Premier League in May 2018.
Three to Watch
The Wolves manager is not the only Portuguese influence on the Wolves squad. Here are three players to watch out for in the Premier League this season:
Wolves paid Porto a club record fee for Neves in June 2017. He hasn’t let anyone down. He was named Wolves Player of the Season and scored the goal of the season in the Championship (v Derby County). The 21-year-old from Mozelos in Portugal is an exciting attacking midfielder who likes to take a shot from long-range.
Jota is another exciting attacking midfielder form Portugal. Again just 21 years-old, Jota had been on loan from Atletico Madrid but is now a permanent player at Wolves. He was the top scorer for Wolves last season with 17 goals.
Rui Patricio is another signing from Portugal but with lots more experience the 30-year-old goalkeeper made over 300 appearances for Sporting Lisbon and has over 70 caps for Portugal. He is Portugal’s first-choice goalkeeper and helped the team win the European Championships in 2016.
Wolves will be looking to consolidate their position in their second season back in the Premier League after a sensational seventh-place finish in their first season after promotion to the top flight. This season will be even more challenging as they seek to juggle European matches with greater fan expectations. Can they challenge the top six?