Premier League Preview: Fulham

Last Year-

Premier League: 8-12-18 (17th)

Founded: 1879 as Fulham St. Andrew’s Church Sunday School

Manager: Roy Hodgson (English)

Stadium: Craven Cottage (30,500)

Nicknames: The Cottagers

Top Players: GK Mark Schwarzer, F Andrew Johnson, M Jimmy Bullard, M Simon Davies, M Danny Murphy

Famous Fans: Hugh Grant, Michael Caine

Fulham have spent relatively little time in the top English Division and have never won a title there.  As a club, the only real success they’ve ever had was 2002-2003 UEFA Cup qualification through the Intertoto Cup (the Cottagers knocked out Croatia’s top two sides, Zagreb and Split, before falling to Hertha Berlin in the third round).  Last season, Fulham languished in the relegation zone for most of the year.  Interim Manager Lawrie Sanchez was relieved of his duties in December, and Roy Hodgson managed to save the team on goal difference after a tie in points with Reading.  After last season’s debacle, Hodgson brought in 9 new faces and sent 13 old ones packing.  Until recently, Fulham was infamous for having more Americans on their roster than any other English side (earning them the occasionally-used nickname “Fulhamerica”).  Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey, Marcus Hahnemann, Eddie Johnson, Eddie Lewis, Kasey Keller, and Brian McBride have all recently been Cottagers, but only Eddie Johnson and Clint Dempsey remain for the 2008-2009 iteration of the team, and neither of them are projected starters.

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