Founded in 1867, Sheffield Wednesday is one of the oldest football clubs. Nicknamed the Owls, the side plays its home games at the Hillsborough Stadium. Historically Sheffield Wednesday is Yorkshire county's most successful team, having won the FA Cup, the FA Community Shield, the Football League cup, and being crowned English Champions on four occasions. The team has never earned an honor outside of England, and it will probably take quite some time before it's able to see European football. Since last playing in the Premier League in the '90s, the club has become a regular Championship participant and has struggled to regain promotion. The closest they came was in 2016/2017 with coach Carlos Carvahal who ranked them 4th. Since then, the Owls have managed only the bottom half of the table finishes being an average side in the 2nd tier of English football.
Sheffield Wednesday Transfers
Darko Kovacevic from Red Star Belgrade for £5 Million in 1996 – Even at a young age, it was evident that Kovacevic is destined to become one of the greatest ever Serbian strikers. The forward scored 47 goals in 57 matches for his first club Proleter Zrenjanin which earned him a move to Serbian colossus Red Star Belgrade. With Red Star, his goal-scoring ratio didn't slow down as he made 37 goals in 47 matches. At this point, Kovacevic's career was ready to move on, and he was bought by Sheffield Wednesday in January 1996. However, it seemed that the club and the player weren't a nice match, and he left the Owls after just half a season with them. In the summer of 1996, he was sold to Real Sociedad, with which Kovacevic rose to prominence.
Paolo di Canio from Celtic on a free transfer in 1997 – Paolo di Canio enjoyed a successful 1996/1997 season with Celtic, during which he scored 15 times in 37 matches. However, these results were being outshined by his controversial aggressive behavior. After the campaign concluded, di Canio asked for a significant pay-rise, something which Celtic declined. In a form of protest, the Italian refused to travel to the Netherlands for the squad's pre-season training and decided to join Sheffield Wednesday. During his time with The Owls, he became a club favorite. However, his aggressive manners haunted him and resulted in £10,000 fine after attacking referee Paul Alcock who sent him off. Di Canio didn't last long at Sheffield and was sold to West Ham for a £2.23 Million fee.
Madjid Bougherra from FC Gueugnon for £440,000 in 2006 – Bougherra's short loan spell with Crewe Alexandria was the reason why Sheffield Wednesday spotted him. Being part of Ligue 2 club Gueugnon, Bougherra struggled for play-time with just 49 matches in 4 seasons. The Frenchmen's loan to Crewe made him a fan favorite, and the Crewe supporters were disappointed that he chose to join the Owls instead permanently. Despite having a relatively short stay with the Yorkshire side, Bougherra managed to be awarded Player of the Month and also captain the squad. After 28 matches, he was sold to Charlton Athletic for £3.79 Million in January 2007.
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