Fulham Football Club of London makes their triumphant return to the Premier League, after winning promotion through the Championship playoff final. Founded in 1879, they are London's oldest football club currently in operation. Fulham have contested two major finals in their history: in 1975 West Ham United in the FA Cup Final and in 2010 against Atlético Madrid in the UEFA Europa League Final. Despite such modest achievements, Fulham maintains rivalries with various fellow West London clubs such as Chelsea, Queens Park Rangers and Brentford – which they defeated during the Championship playoff final to gain promotion into the Premier League.
Fulham Football Club is best known for their stint in the Premier League from 2001 to 2014, establishing themselves as a solid, mid-table side with a penchant for being a potential banana skin for the strong, more major Premier League sides. Fulham Football Club reached its absolute zenith under future England national team manager Roy Hodgson, who led the club into the UEFA Europa League, only to be defeated by Atletico Madrid in extra-time. Fulham Football Club fans could not be blamed for thinking about what could have been – had they won the UEFA Europa League final against Atletico Madrid, they would have become the first Premier League side from London to have won a European trophy