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As one famed stadium era ends, which others predate the Model T?

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With White Hart Lane’s 118-year history coming to an end this weekend, it got me thinking: what are the oldest stadiums in the Premier League?

As we hurtle into a brave new world in the Premier League with more fans than ever wanting to travel across the globe to watch games in person, teams are expanding and moving stadiums wherever and whenever they can.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the current 20 stadia in the Premier League and how long they’ve been around.

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Of course, many of these venues have been renovated, upgraded and expanded over time but many have remained on the same site. And as Tottenham knock down their historic home and build a sparking new stadium in its place, their London rivals Chelsea are planning to do the same in the next few years. The stadium rush in the PL is well and truly on.

Below is a list of each stadium which is home to each PL club and they are ranked by the date the stadium was opened.


1. Chelsea – Stamford Bridge, 1877-present (Chelsea’s home since formation in 1905, last renovated in 1998 & to be demolished for new stadium on same site)


2. Burnley – Turf Moor, 1883-present (Last renovated in 1996)


3. Liverpool – Anfield, 1884-present (Used by Everton 1884-92 and Liverpool from 1892 onwards)


4. Everton – Goodison Park, 1892-present (Plans to move to new stadium near docks edging closer)


5. West Bromwich Albion – 1900-present (Last renovated in 2008)


6. Tottenham Hotspur – White Hart Lane, 1899-2017 (Demolished in 2017, new stadium on same site)


7. Manchester United – Old Trafford, 1910-present (Renovated in 2006)


8. AFC Bournemouth – Vitality Stadium, 1910-present (Renovated in 2001)


9. Watford – Vicarage Road, 1922-present (Renovated in 2016, 2017)


10. Crystal Palace – Selhurst Park, 1924-present (Planned expansion/renovation yet to begin)


11. Middlesbrough – Riverside Stadium, 1995-present (Renovated in 1998)


12. Stoke City – Bet365 Stadium, 1997-present (Renovated for start of 2017-18 season)


13. Sunderland – Stadium of Light 1997-present (Renovated in 2002)


14. Southampton – St Mary’s Stadium, 2001-present


15. Leicester City – King Power Stadium, 2002-present


16. Hull City – KCOM Stadium, 2002-present


17. Manchester City – Etihad Stadium, 2002-present (Switched from athletics to soccer stadium in 2003, plus renovated in 2015)


18. Swansea City – Liberty Stadium, 2005-present


19. Arsenal – Emirates Stadium, 2006-present


20. West Ham United – London Stadium, 2012-present (Switched from athletics stadium to soccer stadium in 2016)

Everton announce lifetime ban for fan involved in altercation with Lyon player

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On a night when UEFA unveiled a new campaign for respect, there wasn’t enough of it shown both on and off the field.

Everton has followed up on UEFA opening up disciplinary proceedings against them by banning a fan from Everton matches after the fan was seen to punch at an Olympique Lyon player in the second half of Lyon’s 2-1 win at Goodison Park.

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“Club Officials have reviewed the footage of an incident that occurred in the 64th minute of the game against Olympique Lyonnais where supporters towards the front of the lower Gwladys Street End became involved in a confrontation between players,” Everton said in a statement. “We have identified one individual whom action will now be taken against. This will include a ban from attending future Everton fixtures and the Club registering a formal complaint with Merseyside Police.”

The video below shows a fan – amazingly, holding onto a small boy in one arm – throwing some punches at Lyon players after a fracas on the field.

The punch and ban is yet another dark moment for Everton, which has just one point from its first three Europa League matches and sits in 16th place in the Premier League with eight points from eight games.

Russia glad to welcome Blatter, Platini as World Cup guests

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MOSCOW (AP) President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov says Russia “would be glad” to see banned former soccer leaders Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini in Russia next year at the World Cup.

Though banned from soccer duty for six and four years, respectively, Blatter and Platini were the presidents of FIFA and UEFA when Russia won the 2018 hosting contest seven years ago.

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FIFA ethics rules allow Blatter and Platini to attend games but not engage in official soccer business.

Blatter publicly accepted Putin’s World Cup invitation in March 2016, before his ban for financial wrongdoing with Platini was upheld on appeal.

Peskov says Friday, “Putin has a long and, you may say, friendly relationship with Blatter. He knows Platini well, too.”

Rapinoe, Morgan, Ertz lift US past South Korea, 3-1

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) Alex Morgan scored in a fourth straight game, Julie Ertz scored for the fourth time in five games, and the United States women beat South Korea 3-1 on Thursday night.

Megan Rapinoe added her 34th international goal and her 42nd assist.

Having assisted on Ertz’s diving header in the first half, Rapinoe scored on a penalty kick she drew in the 49th minute when pounced on a loose ball about 12 yards in front of the goal and was tripped by Ji Sohyun.

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Han Chaerin scored her first international goal in her South Korea debut to make it 2-1 just before the end of the first half.

U.S. forward Mallory Pugh had to leave the game late in the first half with a right hamstring injury. There was no immediate word on the severity of her injury after she was helped off the field by trainers.

Meanwhile, Carli Lloyd returned from a nine-week absence because of ankle injury, entering the game as a substitute in the 77th minute.

Midfielder Andi Sullivan started for the U.S. about 11 months after having reconstructive knee surgery. Her third minute shot narrowly missed the far post from about 18 yards. She was substituted out, as planned, at halftime.

South Korea began the game in a defensive posture and the U.S. maintained a decisive edge in possession, forcing Kang Gaae to make several sprawling saves before breaking though on Ertz goal in the 24th minute

Ertz dove in front of two defenders to redirect Rapinoe’s hard, low corner kick between the legs of Kang as the goal keeper tried to respond at the near post.

Morgan scored in the 40th minute, using her right foot to settle Kelley O’Hara’s bouncing pass from the end line, then pivoting and whipping her left foot through the ball from point-blank range. The goal was the 28-year-old Morgan’s 78th for the national squad.

Han scored against the run of play with a hard shot from about 25 yards that sailed beyond U.S. goal keeper Alyssa Naher’s reach before dipping under the cross bar.

Lloyd’s introduction drew an enthusiastic response from nearly 10,000 spectators in the Superdome. The two-time FIFA World Player of the Year missed a pair of U.S. exhibition wins over New Zealand last month because of an Aug. 13 ankle sprain in a National Women’s Soccer League match.

Forward Tobin Heath, who has an ankle injury, and defender Taylor Smith, who has an injured shoulder, were not in the lineup and are not expected to play in a second friendly scheduled between South Korea and the U.S. on Sunday in Cary, North Carolina.

Both women were hurt in the NWSL championship match.

UEFA charge Roma after racist chanting witnessed

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AS Roma and its fans could face severe penalties after alleged racist chants were hurled in the direction of Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger.

It appears via broadcast footage from Chelsea’s 3-3 UEFA Champions League draw with Roma at Stamford Bridge this week that after shepherding a ball out of play, Rudiger was subjected to monkey noises and other racist abuse from the away end where the AS Roma fans were congregated.

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In the past, UEFA has ordered either partial or full closures of stadiums and announced fines to the clubs, though it doesn’t seem to have stamped out the problem of racist chanting in Europe.

Hopefully, UEFA will investigate this fully and ban the individuals who allegedly committed the chants.

Rudiger signed for Chelsea this past summer for a reported $44.8 million.