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The Premier League’s Smallest Club Wants an American Friend

The Premier League season kicks off on August 8, with many eyes on AFC Bournemouth - one of the smallest teams ever to compete with the big boys of English soccer.
AFC Bournemouth v Cardiff City - Pre Season Friendly
Photographer: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

The new kid on the block in the English Premier League already has a Russian owner. Now it wants an American best friend.

When the new soccer season gets under way on Saturday, global giants Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea will be joined in the Premier League by AFC Bournemouth, a tiny club that started the 2008/09 season almost at the very bottom of England’s 92-club professional league system. Financial irregularities meant Bournemouth was deducted 17 points before a ball was even kicked, and was kept off the bottom only by Luton Town, an even worse offender, which started on minus-30.