Pep Guardiola will definitely have many thoughts running through his mind as his team suffered a huge blow to their title bid following their 1-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday. The former Barcelona boss may have, probably never envisaged he will face challenges like this when taking the job. And in the same […]
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.
Arsene Wenger was pleased to see his team who were without Mesut Ozil due to illness, started the year with a win. The Gunners defeated Crystal Palace 2-0atvthe Emirates on New Year Day. Giroud scored a fantastic scorpion kick – similar to Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s goal- which is favoured to be the goal of the season. […]
Chelsea defence was breached more than once for the first time since September. Antonio Conte’s were given areal test for their title credentials as Stoke City produced performances that matched in all departments. In fact Potters gained the upper hand in the first half and could have taken the lead. Mark Hughes men were defeated […]
Eyebrows were raised when Man United decided to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer this summer. There were assumptions that the 35-year-old is too old for the rigours and the physical demand of the Premier League but he has quashed such doubts with his performances. He experienced a temporary blip at a point in […]
Sergio Aguero returns terrorize Liverpool shaky defence as Man City face the Reds at An field on Saturday. The Argentine missed City last four games through suspension for his dangerous tackle on Chelsea David Luis in the dying moments of his side’ s 3-1 loss to the Blues. Jurgen Klopp is not new to the busy […]
Chelsea are two games away from equalling Arsenal’s Premier League record of 14 consecutive wins. The blues created a new club record of 12 straight wins following their 3-0 victory over Bournemouth. Antonio Conte’s team are unstoppable especially after successfully coping with the absence of their two stars Diego Costa and N’Golo Kante through suspension. […]
Man United will be hoping to continue their new found winning run when they take on Middlesbrough at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday, December 31. The Reds have won their last four league games, keeping clean sheets in two of those. United are beginning to find their rhythm and it is paying […]
Leicester City may have hijack the Premier League title in May, but it’s Chelsea who’s now on top of the table for the 2016 calendar year. The Foxes boss pulled off one of the biggest surprises in football history to get the crown last season, while defending champions Chelsea finished a turbulent campaign in 10th […]
Man United manager José Mourinho will be delighted with the results in their last four games and his sides’ performances could be signs of better improvements to come. The Reds have won their last four games and their summer signings are beginning to live up to expectations. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has rediscovered his scoring form, with […]
The transfer window is three days away from reopening in January and clubs will be busy looking for ways to bolster their squad. And obviously clubs around Europe already have their transfer lists drawn out and their target players. The Premier League will definitely not be left out as they have arguably been the busiest […]