The definitions of football differ in the United States and the United Kingdom. English football dates back to the medieval times described as one of the "kicking ball games" of England. At present, England hosts the first national team, the oldest national governing body (The Football Association), the oldest national league (The Football League) and the oldest national knockout competition (the FA Cup). Apart from this, England is home to 40,000 football clubs which is more than any other country. Football is primarily played by men, but in the recent years women's football is also on the rise.
With bases in Holloway, North London, Arsenal Football Club is an English professional football club that was formed in 1886. The team has secured 10 FA Cups and 13 Premier League and First Division titles. They are one of the most thriving clubs in English football that play in the Premier League. The club is on record for remaining undefeated in a Premier League season and also commands distinction for serving the longest uninterrupted period in the English top flight. The club became the first one from the south of England to become a part of the Football League in 1893.
The 1930s proved to be very eventful for the club when they secured their first key trophies; notable amongst these are two FA Cups and five League Championships. A lean period followed after the World War II, but they resumed their eminence by winning the FA Cup Double and the League in the 1970-71 season, becoming the second club of the 20th century to command such a distinction. The 1990s and the 2000s brought further glory to Arsenal who won a series of successes including two further FA Cup and League Doubles, a Cup Double besides making it to the UEFA Champions League Final recording themselves as the first London club to achieve such a feat.
Red and white are the club's traditional colors that have been finalized over time. Initially, the club was based in Woolwich, south-east London, but they moved to Highbury in 1913 playing at the Arsenal Stadium. The club presently plays in Holloway at the Emirates Stadium, a move they made in 2006. Approximately 27 million fans across the globe cheer for Arsenal. The club has a long-standing rivalry with Tottenham Hotspur who competes with them regularly in the North London derby. The British culture with its portrayals of football is incomplete without the mention of Arsenal. The team is valued at $1.2 billion making them the third richest club worldwide. In women's football, the Arsenal football team is also considered the most successful English club.
When the club originated in 1886, it was titled Dial Square, but the name was then changed to Royal Arsenal soon afterwards. In 1891, the club was started being called Woolwich Arsenal. The Football League membership was granted to the club in 1893. At first Arsenal fell in the Second Division but were promoted in 1904 to the First Division. When they shifted to Highbury at their new Arsenal Stadium, "Woolwich" was removed from their name. In 1919, the team was able to secure only fifth place but were ultimately inducted in the First Division capturing the slot of Tottenham Hotspur who could not make it there.
In 1925, Arsenal hired Chapman as their manager who catapulted the team to new heights. He devised brilliant training measures including the recruitment of shining players like Cliff Bastin and Alex James who contributed to the team's supremacy in English football in the 1930s. The 1930 FA Cup Final victory could be owed to him besides the success in two League Championships.
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