Premier League Preview: Aston Villa

Last Year-

Premier League: 16-12-10 (6th)

Founded: 1874 by members of a local Wesleyan chapel

Manager: Martin O’Neill (Northern Irish)

Stadium: Villa Park (42,640)

Nicknames: The Villans

Top Players: Gareth Barry, Ashley Young, John Carew, Gabriel Agbonlahor

Famous Fans: Prince William, Ozzy Osbourne, Tom Hanks, Amy Winehouse

With 98 seasons in the Top Division, Aston Villa has spent the 2nd most amount of time at the top of English Football. A well-established club, they are only one of four English teams to have won the European Championship (1982), but have not won the top domestic division since 1980. American sportswriter Chuck Culpepper has said that Aston Villa has the best name of any sports team in the world (that’s debatable).

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