Arsenal may not have escaped their nemesis in the Champions League after all and Arsene Wenger may probably be racking his head at the moment. The Gunners have always been eliminated in the last 16 of the European competition since 2009/2010 when they were defeated by Barcelona. And they have been handed a tough draw […]
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.
Chelsea have put forth enviable performances in the Premier League so far this season. The team has been evidently transformed by Antonio Conte and are sitting atop the Premier League standings with 37 points. They have won their last nine league matches and looks unstoppable at the moment. Even though Conte has played down the […]
Alexis Sanchez has been involved in contract saga with his employers since the summer. The Attacker who is currently on £130,000 per week is yet to sign anew contract as Arsenal are yet to give in to his wage demand. The Chilean international is making a demand of wages in excess of £200,000 per week […]
Liverpool are one of the prolific scoring side in the Premier League this season. Their attack has been flying high under Jurgen Kloppp. They have been impressive in the final third but despite that their defence does not portray that of a genuine title contender. The hole in their back line was exposed in the […]
No coach likes to sell his playmakers no matter what, and some star players do go over the moon in their wage demand. And when their contributions are put into considerations at times their club may be forced to dance to their tune. Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have been embroiled in contract […]
In what could be his final season at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger is leaving no stone unturned to ensured that his team claim the Premier League title. The league crown has eluded them in the last 12 years, managing a top four finish. The Gunners have had a bright start to this season and are currently […]
Ask Premier League fans who they would most like their club to sign and nine times out of ten the answer would be either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo – obviously. However, with neither looking likely to leave Spain anytime soon, the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City must assess other realistic options. […]
Jose Mourinho could be right after all. The Man United boss made the assertion few weeks back when Arsenal forced his side to a 1-1, that the club is the unluckiest in the Premier League due to their unimpressive results despite dominating games but failing to kill it off. Not that their Europa League campaign […]