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Brighton and Hove Albion is a football club that is based in the seaside town of Brighton. They play their home matches in the Falmer Stadium, otherwise known as The AMEX Stadium. Brighton FC’s nickname is ‘the seagulls’. This nickname was born in 1975 after Brighton fans were trying to think of a chant to combat rival Crystal Palace fans chanting ‘Eagles’. This is when the ‘seagulls’ chant was born and it later became synonymous with the club even being represented on the badge and kits. 

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Brighton History

In the early years of its existence, Brighton played in multiple local leagues before joining the Southern League in 1908. The team quickly established itself as a competitive force in the league and won the Southern League title in 1910 and 1911. After World War One, the club changed its name to Brighton & Hove Albion and continued to play in the Southern League before joining the Football League’s Third Division in 1920. The team experienced mixed fortunes in the lower divisions of English football, and it was not until the 1970s that the club began to experience some success.

Under the management of Alan Mullery, Brighton won promotion to the First Division for the first time in 1979. After relegation from the First Division in 1983, Brighton experienced a period of decline, and the club faced financial difficulties in the 1990s. However, under the ownership of Dick Knight, the team enjoyed a period of rejuvenation. Then in 2009 Tony Bloom became the owner and under him Brighton were able to make it out of League 1 and over the next 10 make it to the Premier League

Who Owns Brighton?

Brighton FC’s current owner is British billionaire Tony Bloom. Tony Bloom is a lifelong Brighton fan and his family have previously worked at the club. His uncle is a director and his grandfather was a chairman in the 1970s. He became the chairman in 2009 and has since helped Brighton make their way up the English Football League. Now in the Premier League he has been a very successful owner for Brighton. 

Brighton Manager

Brighton’s current manager is Roberto De Zerbi. De Zerbi started his managing career underwhelmingly with spells at many Italian clubs where he underperformed. Then he became manager of Sassuolo and helped guide them to 8th place twice only missing out on Conference League football by points difference. He then went and won the Ukraine league with Shakhtar Donetsk however left due to the political conflicts. He then joined Brighton after Graham Potter left and led them to 6th place achieving Europa League football. 

Biggest Brighton Transfers

Brighton being a team that have only recently made their way into the Premier League means that they haven’t had the resources to spend on massive signings. Furthermore, their transfer strategy of bringing in young players and selling them on for more means that they are never spending millions on an already world class player. However, with this being said they have still made some impressive signings recently. There biggest fees have been:

  • Joao Pedro from Watford for £34.20m
  • Enock Mwepu from RB Salzburg for £23.00m
  • Adam Webster from Bristol City for £22.22m
  • Bart Verbruggen from RSC Anderlecht for £20.00m
  • Alireza Jahanbakhsh from AZ Alkmaar for £19.00m

The departures are where things get interesting. There biggest departures have been:

  • Marc Cucarella to Chelsea for £65.30m
  • Ben White to Arsenal for £58.50m
  • Alexis Mac Allister to Liverpool for £42.00m
  • Yves Bissouma to Tottenham for £29.20m
  • Leanardo Trossard to Arsenal for £24.00m

If Caicedo is sold this window he will no doubt join his list with fees being rumoured to be around £70.00m and Brighton valuing him at over £100.00m.

Brighton Drama

In 1997, Brighton were almost in the mud after receiving a point deduction and being in financial trouble. They were a game away from not just relegation but also the end of Brighton FC entirely. Luckily, Brighton were able to win and save the club but if that game didn’t go as well Brighton as we know it would not exist. 

Who Plays For Brighton Now?

Brighton have a very young and talented squad that features a lot of breakout stars and unknown players who aim to make their way into the first team this season. Their defence has many players such as Robert Sanchez, Bart Verbruggen, Adam Webster, Lewis Dunk, Jan Paul Van Hecke, Pervis Estupinan, Tariq Lamptey and Joel Veltman. 

Their midfield is a mix of experienced players and unknown quantities such as Caicedo, Dahoud, Milner, Gilmour, Moder, Grob, Ayari, Alzate, Buonanotte, Sarmiento and lallana. 

The same can be said for their attack which features many players such as Mitoma, Adingra, March, Enciso, Pedro, Ferguson, Undav, Welbeck and Zeiri.

What Have Brighton Won?

Brighton have spent the majority of their club history in the lower leagues, only being promoted to the Premier League in 2017. As a result, their trophy cabinet is quite small, however, this is something they will look to change now that they are in the Europa League and last season made it to the FA Cup semi-final. The trophies they have won however include 1 Community Shield, 2 English 3rd Tier Championships and 2 English 4th Tier Championships. 

Brighton FC 2023/24 Season Prediction

Brighton finished last season in 6th and qualified for the Europa League. However, this season despite Brighton strengthening in multiple positions they will also lose some of their best players. This paired with other teams around them strengthening will lead to a difficult season for Brighton this year. We at Balls Out Bet believe Brighton will qualify for the Europa Conference League or just miss out. We believe this as while other teams are strengthening they will lose some of their best players while having to rotate their squad to accommodate for the Europa League. 

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