According to The S*n, Arsenal could agree a £35m deal with SC Freiburg for Caglar Soyuncu. The 22-year-old’s agent Mustafa Dogru revealed to Turkish Football that talks over personal terms have gone well and all that needs to be agreed is the asking price. “Sven Mislintat has been keen on Caglar since he was at […]
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.
Jose Mourinho has spent over £300m since being appointed manager of Manchester United in 2016, but only has the Europa League and League Cup to show for his efforts. His second campaign in Manchester ended trophyless. It’s been five seasons since Sir Alex Ferguson had retired and United are still a shadow of their former […]
Manchester United losing the FA Cup final in May was a disappointing end to a campaign that promised so much early on. Jose Mourinho’s side finished trophyless and 19 points behind Manchester City in the Premier League. They were dumped out of the League Cup by Bristol City and suffering an embarrassing home defeat to […]
The 2018 World Cup in Russia is around the corner, with national team coaches having released their 23-man squads for the tournament. Some managers had a provisional list of names that featured back-up players who would go on to be cut when the squad was trimmed to 23. There have been some high-profile omissions this […]
England international Trent Alexander-Arnold was Liverpool’s first choice-right back last season, which proved to be a hefty task. And with Nathaniel Clyne struggling with injuries, Liverpool are lacking depth in the right-back position. If the Reds are challenging for a top-four finish next season, a new right-back is desperately needed this summer. Here we take […]
Chelsea have been dealt a major blow this summer, with West Ham United looking to agree a deal for Jean Michael Seri. The OGC Nice midfielder has a release clause of £35m and could be on the move after impressing in Ligue 1 last season. According to The S*n, new Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini is […]
According to Calcio Napoli, Manchester City could agree a £59m deal with Napoli for Jorginho. Manager Pep Guardiola is keen to sign the Brazilian-born Italian international to bolster the midfield next season after Yaya Toure left the club at the end of his contract this summer. Jorginho has contributed 20 goals in 160 appearances for […]
According to RTL France, Chelsea are in ‘advanced talks’ over OGC Nice’s box-to-box midfielder Jean Michael Seri, who has been ‘personally chosen’ by owner Roman Abramovich. The energetic 26-year-old, who has been linked with Arsenal, could be on his way to Stamford Bridge as the Blues appear to be leading the race for his signature. […]
According to the Daily Star, Arsenal could lose midfielder Jack Wilshere to West Ham United this summer, with new manager Manuel Pellegrini keen on signing the out-of-contract England playmaker. The 26-year-old has yet to sign an extension with the Gunners and could leave for nothing in the coming weeks. West Ham are looking to capitalise […]
According to Top Calcio via The S*n, Manchester City could agree a £39m deal with Valencia for Joao Cancelo. The right-back is believed to be the subject of a bid from the Sky Blues and could provide back-up for Kyle Walker next season – raising doubts about the future of Danilo. Cancelo joined Valencia from […]