It's often said that Britain is the home of football (the real one eh, where the players use foot to play the ball). The game flourished in the British Isles from the eighth century, with many forms and versions. Only in 1863 that the Laws of the Game were codified in England by The Football Association, yielding the football as we know today.
Now, as the capital city of England, it's obvious that football is also very famous in London. Not only that it's the most popular sport there, but football also become a way of life for the Londoners.
Football Culture in London
London is currently the home of fourteen professional football teams, including six in the 2012/2013 Premier League season, they are Arsenal, Chelsea, Fulham, Queens Park Rangers, Tottenham Hotspur, and West Ham United.
If you have a plan to visit London, try to go there on a football weekend. You'll see how fans fill the street and subway to go to the stadium. They who don't have match ticket will watch the game in pubs while drinking beer with other supporters. Those who prefer a more exclusive place will go to the best clubs in London and enjoy the game while having dinner or just an expensive drink.
In the event of London derbies, the atmosphere will increase tenfold. London derby match, especially Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur, is known as one of the greatest rivalries in sports. Arsenal fans have even gone as far as creating a holiday, St. Totteringham’s Day, which is the day in the season when Tottenham can’t mathematically catch Arsenal on the league table anymore! The teams' home stadiums are located in North London, separated by only five miles. So, if one team loses at home, you wouldn't want to show your face on the street, as the rival fans will mock you. Good thing about these rivalry, violence between fans is a rare thing.
Football Stadiums in London
With so many football teams there, needless to say that there are also a lot of stadiums in London. Each of the 14 professional teams operate out of their own stadiums. Big teams like Arsenal and Chelsea have stadium with high capacity, namely Emirates Stadium (60,361) and Stamford Bridge (41,837). While the capacity of smaller teams' stadiums are vary between 15,000 to 35,000 seats. Not to mention that London also has dozens of amateur teams, with their stadiums that can accommodate 1,000 to 7,000 fans. Every match-day, almost all of those stadiums are full with attendance, so you can imagine how many football fans are there in London.
Speaking about stadium, we have to mention the legendary Wembley Stadium. It's the home of none other than the famous England national football team. The current stadium with 90,000 seats is a new stadium that was opened in 2007. It's built on Wembley Park, Brent, on the exact spot of the old Wembley stadium (built in 1923). The earlier Wembley stadium, originally called the Empire Stadium, was often referred to as "The Twin Towers" and was one of the world's most famous football stadium until its demolition in 2003.
Besides used for the national team, Wembley also regularly hosts important domestic and international matches, namely FA Cup Finals and few European Champions League Finals. In case of major events held in London, such as 2012 Summer Olympics, Wembley stadium also usually used as one of the main venues.
This stadium is the pride of England and London football fans, which symbolizes the football cultures and history of the city.