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    Do you happen to know a football team that has the definite article?
    The ones that I know like Manchester United do not have the article.
    But American football and basketball teams do like the Los Angeles Lakers?

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    In the USA most of the sports team names are plural. Perhaps that is why they get the definite article ("the").

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bartosz Cierach
    Do you happen to know a football team that has the definite article?
    The ones that I know like Manchester United do not have the article.
    But American football and basketball teams do like the Los Angeles Lakers?
    Arsenal is a team that appears both with and without the artcile. Also, some teams with an unusual second name take the article when the first is dropped:
    Bolton Wanderers or the Wanderers.

    Articles are used when the team's nickname is used- The Magpies, etc. However, I cannot think of a team that always takes the article in BE. I'll keep trying. BTW, welcome to the forum, Bartosz.

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