Get to know the San Diego Chargers
The San Diego Chargers are one of the oldest Franchises currently playing in the NFL. Founded in 1959, they have been playing in San Diego since 1961 after one season in Los Angeles. Originally starting life in the AFL the San Diego Chargers were one of the founder members of NFL as it is known today when the two leagues merged in 1970.
The Chargers play their home games at the Qualcomm Stadium, which has been their home since 1967. It has a capacity of over 71,000 and is the only stadium to ever host the Superbowl and Baseball’s World Series in the same year (1998).
The most successful period in the Chargers history came in the early 1960’s when they won the AFL West championship five times between 1960 and 1965, winning the overall AFL title once in 1963. Since then, success has somewhat eluded the Chargers.
For many years the Chargers have performed inconstantly in the NFL, having long periods were they failed to record winning seasons and make it to the post season Play Offs. They have made the play offs a total of ten times in 38 seasons in the NFL and have made just once Super Bowl appearance in 1994, when they went down at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers. They have made it to the AFC Championship game on four occasions, but 1994 was the only occasion that they won the title and most recently they lost the AFC Championship game to the New England Patriots at the end of the 2007 season.
At present, the San Diego Chargers are certainly a team on the up, enjoying one of the most successful periods in the Franchise’s history. They have winning records in each of the past four seasons and made it to the play offs in three of those four years. They have one of the strongest rosters in the NFL and after reaching the AFC Championship game in just his season in charge, Chargers head coach Norv Turner, will be looking to lead the team to a second Superbowl appearance in its history and possibly claim that elusive first major title and become the second Superbowl Champions to have been a part of the NFL London game in as many years following the New York Giants victory in 2007.