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.

End of the Road for Arsenal; What Next for Arsene Wenger?

Same Arsenal, same old story, what a night to forget for the Gunners as they are faced with another prospect of early exit from this season Champions League after being thrashed 5-1 by Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. Arsenal were defeated by the same score line at the group stage last season by the […]

Liverpool – The right destination for Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel

So much have always been expected of Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, probably because he is the son of Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel who was also a keeper. At the initial stage of his career, he found it difficult living up to his father’s legacy but with time he grew into himself and now the […]

Chelsea FC news: Injury To This Chelsea Player May Affect Their Title Push

Chelsea are presently leading the Premier League with eight points and are strong favourites to win the title. Obviously this hasn’t come on a platter of gold; there has been a change in tactics, approach and strategies as well as players’ delivery which in turn has yielded positive outcomes. Antonio Conte has been able to […]

Manchester City FC news: Gabriel Jesus “could miss rest of the season after breaking metatarsal”

Manchester City’s forward Gabriel Jesus is reportedly expected to be out of the team for up to three months after sustaining a broken metatarsal in his side’s win over Bournemouth. The Brazilian international lasted just 14 minutes of his side Monday’s clash on the south coast with the 19-year-old sustaining a knock to his foot […]

Champions League: Xabi Alonso ready for Arsenal after injury scare

Bayern Munich can count on playmaker Xabi Alonsi for their Champions League tier round of 16 first-leg clash with Premier League giants Arsenal on Wednesday (Live RTÉ 2, 7.45pm) after the Spanish maestro recovered from a knock that forced him out of training. Embed from Getty Images Per Daily Mail via Squawka News, the midfielder […]