The Championship is wildly unpredictable, but experts don’t shy away from making bold claims about this league every year, even if only to prove the inadequacies in their own analysis. Just consider the number of self-assured people we all came across before the beginning of the 2018-19 season who were fiercely arguing in favor of […]
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.
Leicester City have been told to offer a whooping €20m fee if they want to sign their summer target in SPAL striker Andrea Petagna. As reported by Italian news outlet Calcio Mercato, the Serie A side are set to sign him permanently at the end of the season, which they are now looking to exercise […]
Sky Sports are reporting Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur to be in talks with Olympique Lyonnais over the signing of Tanguy NDombele in the summer transfer window. The report, though, has claimed that the Premier League club and the French outfit are still far from agreeing on a deal. The report, however, comes after reports […]
Inter Milan have begun talks with Tottenham Hotspur in a bid to making a summer swoop to sign Denmark international Christian Eriksen, according to reports. Eriksen’s current contract with the North London club expires next summer and he is also a reported target for Real Madrid and Juventus. The Dane has yet to sign an […]
Bayern Munich confirmed on Wednesday that 2018 world cup winner Lucas Hernandez will link-up with the team by the end of this season, having reached an €80m deal with Atletico Madrid for his signature. According to the Bundesliga Champions, the Frenchman will join them after this campaign and he will be officially unveiled to the […]
Arsenal boss Unai Emery has reportedly identified Celtic’s Kieran Tierney as a potential summer transfer target, according to a report from the Mirror. Tierney is a real fan favourite at Parkhead, and Hoops fans would hate to see him leave in the summer. Celtic could find it hard to keep hold of the 21-year-old, however, […]
Glasgow Rangers are looking to sign Bristol City defender Tomas Kalas and could face competition from reigning Scottish champions Celtic. According to a reports from the Scottish Sun, Steven Gerrad’s side are interested in the 25-year-old. While the report also mentions Celtic to be keeping a close tab on the defender who is playing on […]
Wolverhampton Wanderers took a point away from Stamford Bridge on Sunday as they held Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea side to a 1-1 draw. A last minute goal from Eden Hazard denies Nuno Santo’s side the three points which could have reduce the gap between the Blues and Wolves the 11 points for the Europa League spot, […]