The English Premier League (EPL) returns this week with Manchester United and Leicester kicking off Friday. United are currently listed as third-favorites at 7/1, behind Manchester City (2/3) and Liverpool (4/1) to win the title, according to MyTopSportsbooks. Manager Jose Mourinho has made a few additions to the squad, but is still looking for more […]
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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.
With talks about Chelsea signing Russian World Cup star Aleksandr Golovin this summer looks bleak, the Blues could consider the singing of France international and Lyon star Nabil Fekir. However, this will only be happening if either Willian or Eden Hazard leave the club this summer window of which seems likely that the duo will […]
Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil has released a second statement in response to the criticism both he and Ilkay Gundogan received in the wake of their meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Ozil in his new statement, aim at the German media and disloyal sponsors. The Gunners midfielder released the first part of a three-part statement […]
Jose Mourinho is on a mission and any person not on his wavelength will be let go with no fuss whatsoever. Same for arrivals, as the United boss faces a defining third season in charge of the Old Trafford outfit. He is also hoping to break his bow famous third-season syndrome, where his team’s crumble […]
News around London club, Chelsea in recent days have been about the firing of Antonio Conte and the subsequent arrival of compatriot, Maurizio Sarri in the managerial dugout. The Chelsea players were pictured laughing and playing at Cobham, the club’s training ground the next day which many have said pointed to the fact that most […]
The announcement of the sacking of Antonio Conte took so long that football fans all over the world started to doubt it. The fiery Italian had been expected to be relieved of his duties by the Stamford Bridge hierarchy, but resumed pre-season amid talks of a standoff between him and his employers. The former Juventus […]
According to Goal, Manchester City could agree a £15m deal with Southampton for goalkeeper Angus Gunn. The 22-year-old has yet to make a first-team appearance for City and could be moved on this summer to get regular playing time. Gunn joined the Sky Blues from Norwich City in 2011 and has gone on to make […]
According to Sky Sports, Arsenal could agree a new deal for Calum Chambers, with manager Unai Emery holding the 23-year-old in high regard. Chambers spent last season on the periphery under former manager Arsene Wenger, but this latest move could suggest he’ll play a more important role in 2018/19. The English international joined Arsenal from […]
Manchester United confirm they have agreed a new deal for midfielder Marouane Fellaini. The Belgian international looked on his way out of Old Trafford this summer after rebuffing the club’s efforts to extend his contract, leading to interest from Arsenal, but he was convinced to stay in Manchester by manager Jose Mourinho. Signed from Everton […]