English Premier League
We can say that England is the homeland and birthplace of football. Although not fully professional, Sheffield FC, founded in 1857, is England’s first football club. Having two founders, Creswick and Prest, the club had a chance to even interfere with the rules of the game for a while, since the English Football Union was not formed yet. The first professional football team was Notts Country, founded in 1862. Universal football tournaments started for the first time in 1863.
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Photo of the Sheffield FC team in 1857
Spanish La Liga
At the end of the 19th century, it became widespread by the British immigrant people who came to the country by sea, by telling the students who finished their education in Britain and returned to their country.
The oldest club is Recreativo Huelva, which was founded in 1889. Although Tarragona was founded before, Huelva has priority as it does not have a football branch. Also in the Basque region, Athletic Club, whose current name is Athletic Bilbao, was founded in 1890. The league was founded in 1929 and its first champion. It’s FC Barcelona.
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The Recreativo Huelva Team at that time
Italy Serie A
We know that different versions of football have been played here since the Roman History, but the arrival of modern football rules coincides with 1880. Although a definite judgment about the first football club is still not reached, Genoa Cricket and Football Club, which was founded in 1863 by an Englishman to represent his country, is accepted as the first club. The league started in 1898, but the league gained a national identity in 1929. Genoa became the champion in 1898 and Inter became the champion in 1930.
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Genoa Cricket and Football Team – 1922/23 season
The first football club to be established was Hamburg in 1887. Clubs such as Bayern Munich, Stuttgart, Werder Bremen were also established until they switched to the Professional league method in 1963. The first champion of professional leagues is FC Köln.
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Hamburg team squad in 1927
French Ligue 1
The oldest team in the league is the Bordeaux team, which was founded in 1881. Ligue 1 started with the name National on September 11, 1932. Its name was changed to Ligue 1 in 2002. The first champion of the league, which started in 1932, was the Marseille team.
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Bordeaux team – 1937