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.

Chelsea odds-on winning the Europa League ahead of Arsenal

Maurizio Sarri

Ever since he took charge of struggling Chelsea side in favor of Antonio Conte, Maurizio Sarri has made an immeasurable impact on the team that failed to qualify for the Champions League last season. After securing the signatures of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic, the former Napoli boss has solved Blues’ problems in the midfield, which […]

Three replacement who Liverpool can sign as Joel Matip replacement

There has been a report linking Liverpool defender Joel Matip with a move away from the club recently, with Premier League rival Fulham believed to be keen on signing him. The Cameroon forward joined Liverpool from Bundesliga side Schalke in 2016, having initially signed a pre-contract agreement in February that year. However, since joining the […]

Fellaini’s late strike got United through to the knockout stage of Champions League

Marouane Fellaini

Marouane Fellaini struck a goal in the stoppage time against Young Boys to get Manchester United through to the knockout stages of the Champions League. With Juventus beating Valencia, Mourinho knew that a victory would get his side to the next round. And now that qualification is secured, he will have no pressure to face […]

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Forget whatever the tabloids and Twitter pundits might tell you, Sterling deserves his new £300,000 per week deal

The transfer saga surrounding Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling threatened to be an exciting one. With his contract running down, the likes of Real Madrid were reportedly readying a bumper offer for the 23-year-old, before Sterling penned a new deal at the Etihad that made him the highest-paid English player. The new deal is said to be worth £300,000 per […]