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London based Arsenal Football Club has developed a strong following since its founding in 1886. Since the 1980s, Arsenal's fans have often been referred to as Gooners, a derivation from the team's nickname, the "Gunners". Many fanzines, blogs, podcasts and fans websites have been dedicated to the club and the fans have long-standing rivalries with several other clubs; the most notable of which is with near neighbours Tottenham Hotspur, with whom they regularly contest the North London derby. The club and the fans have regularly featured in portrayals of football in British culture but Gunners fans come from far and wide; a 2005 report estimated Arsenal's global fanbase at 27 million, the third-largest in the world. A September 2011 report estimated Arsenal's fanbase at 100 million worldwide, still making them the third-largest team in terms of supporters.The club is also noted for constant, dissatisfied criticism of the team by many of its own supporters, even at times of success. This group have since around 2010 been referred to as "The Anti-Arsenal Arsenal". Although the contemporary version of this group focused its antipathy primarily on manager Arsène Wenger, earlier reports note antagonism towards the title winning teams of 1971, 1953, and even the Arsenal team of the 1930s, with Herbert Chapman complaining of the activities of the "boo-boys".In 2010 Arsenal supporters became the first fans of a Premier League club able to buy percentages of a stake in Arsenal through a "fanshare" scheme, therefore giving them rights to attend shareholders meetings...


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