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Stoke City is believed to be the world's oldest football club, being founded in 1863. The team was one of the twelve founding members of the English Football League in 1888. Since 1997 Stoke has played its home games at the Bet365 Stadium, and before that, at the Victoria Ground.
Despite their over 150-year-long history, Stoke is yet to win a major trophy, excluding a League Cup from 1972. The Potters came extremely close to recording an FA Cup final victory but lost 1-0 to Manchester City in 2011. Since then, they've performed as a mid-table Premier League side, and their best rankings were three consecutive 9th place finishes under Mark Hughes.
Stoke City Transfers
Ben Foster from RC Warwick for £100,000 in 2001 – Foster began his career with Racing Club Warwick, before signing his first professional contract in 2001. Scout Colin Dobson was responsible for finding and recruiting the youngster. Despite spending four years with The Potters, the goalkeeper only made a total of 4 appearances, all of which in his last season with Stoke. While Sir Alex Ferguson watched his son play at the 2005 Football League Trophy Final, he spotted Foster, who was goalkeeping for the opposing team. Ferguson went on to buy the keeper for £2 Million. He went on to set the record for most Premier League saves with upwards of 1,100.
Asmir Begovic from Portsmouth for £3.75 Million in 2010 – Another goalkeeper to feature in our list. Begovic abandoned Portsmouth's sinking ship and became part of Stoke in February 2010. At the time of the transfer, The Potters' board claimed that they've been tracking the Bosnian and believed that he is one of the best keepers in England at the time. Begovic went on to make over 170 appearances for Stoke and scored the only goal of his career from nearly 90 meters in a 1-0 win over Southampton.
Steven Nzonzi from Balckburn Rovers for £4.40 Million in 2012 – A product of French side Amiens’ youth academy, Nzonzi rose to prominence following his move to the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers. In 2012 he was bought by Stoke City and played in 120 matches across three seasons, including not missing a Premier League match in 2014/2015. Nzonzi’s career continued with La Liga side Sevilla who bought him for £8 Million in 2015. He later played for AS Roma.
Xherdan Shaqiri from Inter Milan for £17 Million in 2018 – The prominent Liverpool winger's first encounter with English football was with Stoke. The Potters had expressed their desire to sign Shaqiri prior to his move to Serie A with Inter Milan. His stay in Italy was the least productive in his career, and both Shaqiri and Inter recognized its best to move on. Setting a club record, Stoke bought him for £17 Million. The winger’s 92 matches for the Potters were marked by 15 goals and 15 assists, which saw Jürgen Klopp bidding for him. Shaqiri joined Liverpool for £14.7 Million and went on to win the Premiers League and the Champions League.
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