Premier League

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PosTeamP WDLFA WDLFA WDLGDPTS
1Chelsea FC logo on ForGamblers.clubChelsea15 701214 511127 12122237
2Arsenal FC logoArsenal15 5211810 520185 10412134
3Liverpool logoLiverpool15 520216 4221614 9421731
4Manchester City logoManchester City15 331138 6021911 9331330
5Tottenham logoTottenham15 520144 242107 7621327
6Manchester United logo on 4Gamblers.clubManchester United15 341116 322910 663424
7Watford logo on 4Gamblers.clubWatford15 4131312 223814 636-521
8West Bromwich Albion logo on ForGamblers.clubWest Bromwich15 3221310 23378 555220
9New Everton logoEverton15 340105 215914 555020
10Southampton logoSouthampton15 43185 124610 555-120
11Stoke City logoStoke City15 313911 233811 546-519
12Bournemouth logoBournemouth15 412149 125716 537-418
13Burnley FC15 5131410 015115 528-1017
14Leicester City logoLeicester City15 431158 016618 447-516
15Crystal Palace logoCrystal Palace15 2141110 2241619 438-215
16Middlesbrough15 21467 15279 366-315
17West Ham United logoWest Ham United15 223714 1251017 348-1413
18Swansea City15 2241316 115615 339-1212
19Hull City15 224915 115517 339-1812
20Sunderland logoSunderland15 2141014 116413 3210-1311

Premier League

Football is a national sport in England. It plays a great role in the English lifestyle and culture. The sport was legalized in the end of 19th century and it became a starting point for the development of English professional football. The Football Association (also known as the FA) was created in 1885, and the English Football League (also known as the EFL) was founded by William McGregor in 1888. He shared both positions: the president of the FA and the chairman of the EFL, being at the same time a committee member of Aston Villa. English Football Association became the first professional football organization in the world. Several leagues were created one by one. The only question had been left: how to unite all football clubs and elaborate the system that could monitor the progress of teams; how to delegate teams to the top leagues irrespective what league it belongs. According to FIFA stats, England ranks first in the world by the number of football clubs and it reaches up to 40k.

1992 became a prominent year for the English football history. The Football League failed and took a back seat. Prestigious English clubs resigned from the Champions League and created their own, the Premier League. The main target of the new organization – to increase the revenue of the football clubs. According to the statute, 3 bottom clubs in the leaderboard relegate from the main tournament. The Premier League have 20 clubs nowadays. The EPL champion of 2016 was unexpected for all over the world – Leicester City. According to the inner procedures, every EPL team is a holder of the even block of shares. It guarantees the equal rights and responsibilities of all English clubs.

Apart from the Premier League, there is a so-called English Football Conference (also known as the Conference National). It consists of 68 teams from National, South and North Conferences. It is the initial stage for all semi-professional teams.
1999 saw some new football entities, e.g. Premier Reserve League (Northern and Southern). It has 20 more clubs in reserve. They take an active part in the Champions League. Numerous clubs try to attract very young players to turn them into very talented and famous players. The top division for all young players is the Premier Academy League launched in 1997. U18 Clubs with their own football academy can only take part in the tournament. Thus, if you like to be at the front side, you need to come through numerous levels.

 

Rules and Regulations

EPL consists of 20 football clubs starting from 1995. 3 teams with the bottom positions in the leaderboard at the end of a season relegate from the tournament and play in the first division. At the same time, the other 3 teams from the first division are delegated to the Premier League. FIFA requested the top European championships to decrease the number of teams up to 18 in 2006. The EPL became the one that approved the request and it is played with 18 teams starting from the season 2007-2008. The English leaderboard is based on the number of points and ratio between goals scored and missed at home and away. The top 4 Premier League clubs are qualified to the Champions League. The fifth one is qualified to the UEFA Europa League. The sixth and seventh positions can also take part in the UEFA, but it depends on the results in the FA Cup and League Cup.
Management
Premier League has a corporate management under the chair of 20 clubs-member of the league. Every team is a separate shareholder and has its own single vote in case of some rule changes of the Premier League. Every club has its own Chairman, Executive Officer and Management Board for the EPL to control all routine operations of the championship. The FA is not involved in the everyday agenda of the organization. However, it has the veto right as a special shareholder during the elections of a Chairman and Executive Officer. Furthermore, they can take part in voting for any rule change of the league.

 

Finance

The General Premier League Sponsor appeared first in 1993. Carling was the acting sponsor until 2001. Starting from 2001, Barclays remains the General Sponsor of the league. The EPL is one the most profitable football championships in the world. The total profit is over 1.7 billion pounds. It can only lag by the criteria behind NBA, NHL and NFL. The average amount of visitors in 2015-2016 seasons reached 38 875, and ranked 4th among all sports leagues worldwide. The visitors’ activity over 15 years has been increased by 60%. If we speak about the transfer budgets, the records are being broken each year. For instance, MU paid Internazionale 28,1 million pounds for Juan Sebastián Verón, Chelsea bought Andrei Shevchenko from Milan for 37 million pounds. Several record transfers of EPL happened the last 10 years:

  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan – £36 mln
  • Sergio Agüero – £37 mln
  • Juan Mata – £38 mln
  • Mesut Ozil – £40 mln
  • Fernando Torres – £50 mln
  • Oscar dos Santos Torres – £51 mln
  • Kevin de Bruyne – £63 mln
  • Luis Suárez – £70 mln
  • Christiano Ronaldo – £80 mln
  • Gareth Bale – £85 mln
  • Paul Pogba – £89 mln etc.

Chelsea was the first squad in the football history consisting of 100% of legionaries in 1999. Arsenal became the 2nd by the criteria in 2005.

Champions of Premier League

7 Clubs that took part in all the 17 Premier League championships: Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Man United and Tottenham. Newcastle did not relegate from the EPL since the last time it qualified to it. There are only 4 clubs that won the championship at least once. Manchester United won 14 times, Chelsea – 4, Arsenal – 3 times, Man City, Leicester City and Blackburn Rovers – once.

  • 1992-94 – Manchester United
  • 1994-95 – Blackburn Rovers
  • 1995-97 – Manchester United
  • 1997-98 – Arsenal
  • 1998-91 – Manchester United
  • 2001-02 – Arsenal
  • 2002-03 – Manchester United
  • 2003-04 – Arsenal
  • 2004-06 – Chelsea
  • 2006-09 – Manchester United
  • 2009-10 – Chelsea
  • 2010-11 – Manchester United
  • 2011-12 – Manchester City
  • 2012-14 – Manchester United
  • 2014-15 – Chelsea
  • 2015-16 – Leicester