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PostSubject: Liverpool F.C.   Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:14 pm

Liverpool Football Club is an English professional football club based in Anfield, Liverpool. The club currently plays in the Premier League, of which it was a founding member in 1992, and has competed in European competition every year since the 19992000 season. The club was founded in 1892 when Everton left Anfield after a dispute over rent. They were admitted to the Football League a year later, and first competed in Europe during the 196465 season. Liverpool have played at Anfield since their foundation, although the club have plans to move to a new stadium in the nearby Stanley Park.

Having won a joint-record 18 league titles, seven FA Cups and a record seven League Cups, Liverpool is the joint most successful club in the history of English football and one of the wealthiest and most widely supported football teams in the world. The club is the most successful English club in European competition, having won five European Cups and three UEFA Cups.

The club have long-standing rivalries with several other clubs, particularly the local rivalry with Everton and an intense rivalry with Manchester United. The club's supporters have been involved in two major tragedies. The first was the Heysel Stadium disaster in 1985, where charging Liverpool fans caused a wall to collapse, resulting in the death of 39 Juventus supporters. The Hillsborough Disaster occurred four years later, 96 Liverpool supporters lost their lives due to a crush against perimeter fencing.

After a lengthy search for investment the club was purchased by George Gillett, Jr. and Tom Hicks in February 2007, in a deal that valued the club at 218.9 million. Liverpool are the sixth most valuable club in the world as of 2010, valued at $822m (532m), excluding debt.[2] The club is currently seventh in the Deloitte Football Money League.

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