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San Francisco 49ers tipped for British NFL fixture

by Tim Love

San Francisco 49ers
Quarterback Alex Smith will lead the 49ers out at Wembley

San Francisco 49ers will be the home team for one of this year's two NFL games to be held in Britain, according to reports in the United States.

The 49ers have strong support in the UK because of their success in the 1980s.

The agreement is being finalised in New York, with the Philadelphia Eagles rumoured to be their opponents.

"If we're going to play in a parking lot or if we're play in London, we're going to play a football game," said 49ers head coach Mike Singletary.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat newspaper has reported the 49ers are keen to play a 'home' game in London before they move to a new stadium in San Francisco in time for the start of the 2014 season.

The 49ers gained a large following in the UK during the 1980s when they won four Super Bowls at a time when the sport was enjoying great popularity amongst British fans.


In 2007 the New York Giants defeated the Miami Dolphins in the first regular season NFL game to be played in the UK before a sell-out crowd at Wembley.

Following on from this success the NFL committed to playing regular season games in the UK, and 83,226 people watched the 2008 encounter between the San Diego Chargers and the New Orleans Saints.

The New England Patriots beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in front of an 84,254 crowd at last year's event, which led to the announcement that two games would be staged in Britain in 2010.

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