Category: Premier League

The Premier League is an English professional league for men’s association football clubs. At the top of the English football league system, it is the country’s primary football competition. Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the English Football League (EFL; known as “The Football League” before 2016–17). Welsh clubs that compete in the English football league system can also qualify.

The Premier League is a corporation in which the 20 member clubs act as shareholders. Seasons run from August to May. Teams play 38 matches each (playing each team in the league twice, home and away), totalling 380 matches in the season.[1] Most games are played on Saturday and Sunday afternoons; others during weekday evenings. It is colloquially known as the Premiership and outside the UK it is commonly referred to as the English Premier League (EPL).

The competition formed as the FA Premier League on 20 February 1992 following the decision of clubs in the Football League First Division to break away from the Football League, which was founded in 1888, and take advantage of a lucrative television rights deal.[2] The deal was worth £1 billion a year domestically as of 2013–14, with BSkyB and BT Group securing the domestic rights to broadcast 116 and 38 games respectively.[3] The league generates €2.2 billion per year in domestic and international television rights.[4] In 2014/15, teams were apportioned revenues of £1.6 billion.[5]

The Premier League is the most-watched sports league in the world, broadcast in 212 territories to 643 million homes and a potential TV audience of 4.7 billion people.[6] In the 2014–15 season, the average Premier League match attendance exceeded 36,000,[7] second highest of any professional football league behind the Bundesliga’s 43,500.[8] Most stadium occupancies are near capacity.[9] The Premier League ranks third in the UEFA coefficients of leagues based on performances in European competitions over the past five seasons.[10]

While 47 clubs have competed since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, only six have won the title: Manchester United (13), Chelsea (5), Arsenal (3), Manchester City (2), Blackburn Rovers (1) and Leicester City (1). The current champions are Leicester City, who won the title in 2015–16.

Tottenham ‘leading the race’ for 22-year-old playmaker who is ‘ready to quit’ club

According to the Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur are ‘leading the race’ for playmaker Jack Grealish who is ‘ready to quit Aston Villa’ this summer. The 22-year-old wants a return to the Premier League and is waiting for Spurs to make an official bid to take him to White Hart Lane. After Villa lost in the Championship […]

Chelsea will agree loan deal for highly-rated midfielder

According to the Guardian, Chelsea will agree a loan deal for highly-rated midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek this summer. The 22-year-old is unlikely to be in the Blues’ first-team next season, but he won’t be sold either. Instead, a loan move away from Stamford Bridge will be sanctioned to ensure Loftus-Cheek can continue his development. The English […]

Manchester United could agree £50m deal with Bayern for 29-year-old

According to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United could agree a £50m deal with Bayern Munich for Jerome Boateng.  Chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitted the 29-year-old could be on his way out of the Allianz Arena this summer, and United are hoping they can convince him to ply his trade at Old Trafford next season […]

Chelsea could agree £70m deal with Juventus for 28-year-old, says ex-chief

Former Juventus director Luciano Moggi believes Chelsea will agree a deal for Miralem Pjanic this summer. He’s also expecting ex-Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri to make the switch to Stamford Bridge. Antonio Conte is still manager of the Blues, but Sarri should replace him in the coming weeks when compensation packages are agreed. Pjanic could be […]