Cardiff City Football Club (Welsh: Clwb Pêl-droed Dinas Caerdydd) is a professional association football club based in the city of Cardiff, Wales that competes in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. The club was founded in 1899 as Riverside A.F.C. before changing its name to Cardiff City in 1908. They play their home games at the Cardiff City Stadium, after moving from Ninian Park in 2009.
The club is one of six Welsh sides playing within the English football league system, having joined the Southern Football League in 1910 before moving into the Football League in 1920, and is the only club from outside England to have won the FA Cup, doing so in 1927. They have also reached two other cup finals in English competitions, the 2008 FA Cup Final against Portsmouth and the 2012 Football League Cup Final against Liverpool, suffering defeat on both occasions, and have won the Welsh Cup on 22 occasions, making them the second most successful team in the competition's history behind Wrexham. The club's longest period in the top-tier of English football came between 1921 and 1929 and they have spent seven seasons in the top-flight since this period, the most recent being in the 2013–14, being relegated after a single season.
Since 1908, the club's home colours have been blue and white, leading to a nickname of The Bluebirds, with the exception of a period between 2012 and 2015 when the club's owner, Vincent Tan, rebranded the club and changed the home colours to red. The club reverted to their traditional blue in January 2015. They have long-standing rivalries with nearby clubs Swansea City, known as the South Wales derby, and Bristol City, known as the Severnside derby.Close