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Wolves are an English club based in Wolverhampton in the midland and play in the Premier League. They play their home games at the Molineux Stadium which holds just over 32,000 spectators and despite being called Wolverhampton Wanderers, they are commonly known as Wolves for short. 

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Wolves History

Despite being one of the English League’s founding members Wolves were relatively unsuccessful until the 1930s where they won two FA Cups. After the second World War between 1950 and 1970 Wolves went on to win three English League titles, and after multiple international friendly matches pushed UEFA to create the Champions League

In 1977, Wolves were relegated to the Second Division and after nine years then found themselves in the fourth division. They remained a relatively mediocre club until their takeover in 2016. Wolves  would then go on to earn multiple promotions to make their way back to the Premier League. As it currently stands Wolves are trying to recreate their previous successes and establish themselves as a top premier league club. 

Who Owns Wolves?

The current owner of Wolves is Guo Guangchang, a chinese businessman and investor. He is the chairman of Fosun International Limited and purchased the club in 2016. Wolves then went on to win the 2017-18 Championship title, topping the EFL Championship table by 9 points, and finished 7th in their first season back. 

Fosun International also has a stake in Jorges Mendes’ agency known as Gestifute. Because of this connection Wolves have developed a reputation for purchasing Portuguese players. 9 of the 29 players in the Wolves squad are from Portugal with 2 Brazillians meaning there are 11 Portuguese-speaking players in the squad. Not to mention they have a Spanish manager as well as 3 Spanish players. Almost half of the players in the Wolves squad are from Portugal or similar speaking countries. Furthermore in the last 3 years Wolves have sold 7 Portuguese players. 

Wolves Manager

Wolves current manager is Julen Lopetegui. Julen Lopetegui is a Spanish manager who has had an interesting coaching career. His first job was at Rayo Vallecano where he was very poor and contributed to them being relegated to La Liga.3. The then worked with various youth teams and the Spanish youth national teams. He then became manager of Porto. Despite an impressive win percentage of 67.95% and taking them to the quarterfinals of the Champions League they finished 3rd in the League, trophyless and he was sacked. He then became the manager of Spain and went unbeaten in 20 games to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Then he joined real madrid but was sacked after winning just 6 in 14 games.  He then joined Sevilla where he was able to help them qualify for the Champions League and win the Europa League. Now at Wolves he was able to guide them out of the relegation zone and help Wolves finish 13th in the league. 

Biggest Wolves Transfers

In recent years Wolves have established themselves as a competent Premier League team. As a result they have splashed money on some signings to help them compete. Some of there top arrivals are:

  • Matheus Cuhna from Atletico Madrid for £50.00m
  • Matheus Nunes from Sporting for £45.00m
  • Fabio Silva from FC Porto for $40.00m
  • Raul Jimenez from Benfica for £38.00m
  • Goncalo Guedes from Valencia for £32.60m

They have also been able to develop some players and sell them for respectable fees. There top sales have been:

  • Ruben Neves to Al-Hilal for £55.00m
  • Diogo Jota to Liverpool for £44.70m
  • Morgan Gibbs-White to Nottingham Forest for £29.50m
  • Nathan Collins to Brentford for £26.85m
  • Helder Costa to Leeds for £17.70m

Wolves Drama

Wolves have become the first club to be fined by the Football Association over the homophobic chant ‘Chelsea rent boy’. The club has been fined £100,000 and have been given a plan by the FA to reduce this from happening. 

Who Plays For Wolves Now?

Wolves squad will need reinforcements this season as currently it features many players who are either very young or relatively unproven in the Premier League. Their defence has some quality players such as Jose Sa, Kilman, Dawson, Jonny, and Matt Doherty. But also has players such as Toti, Ait-Nouri, Hugo Bueno, Ryan Giles, and Nelson Semedo.

Their midfield is very young and features players such as Lemina, Traore, Nunes and Gomes. Their attack is also full of exciting players who are once again mostly unproven. These players include Guedes, Podence, Neto, Sarabia, Cuhna, Silva and Hee-chan Hwang. 

What Have Wolves Won?

In the early days of the English Football League, Wolves were a very competent side winning the 1st Division in 1958 and 1959. Other than a Community Shield and some other minor trophies they didn’t win any other trophy until 1974 when they won the EFL Cup. In total Wolves have won 3 English 1st Division Titles, 4 FA Cups, 2 EFL Cups, 4 Community Shields, 4 English 2nd Tier Championships, 2 English 3rd Tier Championships and 1 English 4th Tier Championship. 

Wolves 2023/24 Season Prediction

This season we at Balls Out Bet predict the Wolves will struggle. Wolves will be in a relegation battle unless they are able to add some more players to improve the depth of the squad and the overall quality. On paper they have great players such as Arabia and Semedo who played for PSG and Barcelona. However not many of the players in Wolves’ squad have been able to perform in the Premier League. This season they will have to strengthen the squad or these players will have to perform. However Lopetegui is a great manager and there are also many clubs with worse squads such as Bournemouth, Sheffield United and Luton.

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