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Football is the most popular sport in England, where the first modern set of rules for the code were established in 1863, which were a major influence on the development of the modern Laws of the Game. With over 40,000 association football clubs, England has more clubs involved in the code than any other country. England hosts the world's first club, Sheffield F.C.; the world's oldest professional association football club, Notts County; the oldest national governing body, the Football Association; the joint-oldest national team; the oldest national knockout competition, the FA Cup; and the oldest national league, the English Football League. Today England's top domestic league, the Premier League, is one of the most popular and richest sports leagues in the world, with five of the ten richest football clubs in the world as of 2022.

The England national football team is one of only eight teams to win the FIFA World Cup, having done so once, in 1966. A total of six English club teams have won the UEFA Champions League, formerly known as the European Cup. (Full article...)

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View from Carrow Road, Home of Norwich City Football Club, towards the city of Norwich
Norwich City Football Club is an English professional football club based in Norwich, Norfolk. Norwich were promoted to the top flight for the first time in 1972, but they have been referenced as a yo-yo club in recent years. The Canaries suffered relegation from the top tier on nine separate occasions, with only five clubs having been sent down more than them at this level. As of now, they reside in the second tier, after their most recent relegation from the Premiership in 2021-22. The club, however, has also won the League Cup twice, in 1962 and 1985.

Founded in 1902, Norwich have played their home games at Carrow Road since 1935, a ground that was constructed in just 82 days. Its record attendance of 43,984 was achieved in 1963 for an FA Cup game against Leicester City. Following new legislation and redevelopment into an all-seated stadium, its current capacity is 26,034.

The club have a long-standing rivalry with East Anglian neighbours Ipswich Town, with whom they contest the East Anglian derby. Other teams in the area also compete with Norwich for the informal Pride of Anglia award.

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Stoke City team - 1877-78.

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Opening Ceremony at the 2014 final
The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition. Like the FA Cup, it is played on a knockout (single elimination) basis, but unlike the FA Cup, where almost 700 or more teams enter through the preliminaries, only the 92 professinal league clubs —the 20 clubs of the Premiership, and the 72 clubs of The Football League — participate in the competition. Another difference from the FA Cup is that the semi-finals are played over two legs. Currently, apart from the final, if the match ends in 90 minutes with the scores level, the tie would be decided via penalties immediately. Back then, the winners would qualify for the UEFA Cup (Now named the Europa League), if they have not qualified for European competition in some other way. The same format applies, but the winners now would qualify for the UEFA Europa Conference League. If the winner qualifies for the Champions League, the Conference League spot is given to the team that finishes highest in the Premiership, that has not already qualified for a European competition.


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Woolwich Arsenal versus Newcastle United in 1906
Woolwich Arsenal versus Newcastle United in 1906
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Woolwich Arsenal (now Arsenal) and Newcastle United playing in the 1906 semi-final of the FA Cup. They played this game at the Victoria Ground in Stoke. Newcastle ultimately won the game 2-0, but lost out to Everton in the final.

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