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 […]
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. 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. 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. The league generates €2.2 billion per year in domestic and international television rights. In 2014/15, teams were apportioned revenues of £1.6 billion.
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. In the 2014–15 season, the average Premier League match attendance exceeded 36,000, second highest of any professional football league behind the Bundesliga’s 43,500. Most stadium occupancies are near capacity. The Premier League ranks third in the UEFA coefficients of leagues based on performances in European competitions over the past five seasons.
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.
Liverpool have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Gremio forward Luan, as Lazio could agree a deal for the 25-year-old, reports the Mirror. The Brazilian international was linked with a move to Anfield, but Lazio appear to be leading the race for his signature. Inter Milan are also rumoured to be interested […]
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 […]
According to Estadio Deportivo, Arsenal are ‘trying to convince’ Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega to make the summer switch to the Emirates Stadium. New manager Unai Emery wants a reunion with the player he managed in Spain and could procure his signature for £17.6m – his release clause. Banega is in his second stint as Sevilla, […]
Liverpool have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Barcelona defender Yerry Mina, with Sport revealing that Real Betis could agree a loan deal for the 23-year-old. Diario Gol reported last month that Liverpool were close to signing Mina on loan this summer, but it appears the young centre-back will be plying his […]
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 […]
According to The S*n, Juventus could agree a surprise deal for Arsenal’s departing midfielder Jack Wilshere. The English international recently announced he will be leaving the club after 17 years this summer and has a host of clubs keen to procure his signature. Juve recently signed Liverpool’s Emre Can and surprisingly want the injury-prone playmaker […]
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 […]
According to The S*n, Celtic will agree a £7m deal with Southampton for Stuart Armstrong. The 26-year-old is expected to exit Parkhead from St Mary’s within 48 hours. It’s a major blow for Brendan Rodgers as Armstrong had nailed down a starting place in the Celtic side last season and was a standout performer. But […]
According to Calciomercato, Liverpool could agree a £26.4m deal with Lazio for Albanian goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha. The 23-year-old could be a replacement for Loris Karius this summer, and Lazio have given them a major boost in their pursuit of signing him by lining up Anderlecht’s Proto as Strakosha’s potential replacement. The Serie A-based stopper has […]