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Premier League

Premier League or Barclays Premier League as it is more correctly called is the English football league at the top of the brittish football system. The league is open to teams from the entire greta brittain but at the moment there are only English and Welsh clubs playing in the Premier league. Several attempts have been made to include teams from Scottland and Ireland but as of the time this is written no team has been entered from these areas.

The Premier League is home to 20 different clubs (6 of which are welsh). It was originally home to 22 teams but was later downsized. The league operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Football League and the teams in the league varies between each season. A total of 46 teams have played in the league. Some teams are always present while other move between the premier league and the football league without being able to establish themselves in Premier league. The Teams acts as shareholders in the Premier League corporation.

The Premier league was formed on 20 February 1992. There was several reasons for this decision. Brittish football had gone through a low point whit a lot of problems with poorly maintained stadiums, a lot of problem with hooligaans and the English clubs had been banned from playing in Europe and in European leagues for 5 years following the Heysel Stadium disaster. The biggest reason behind that fact that the clubs in the Football League First Division decided to break away from the Football League was however to be able to take advantage of a very lucrative television deal, a deal that now is worth £1 billion a year for the Premier League. English football was falling behind the rest of Europe in the 70s and 80s but are now back at the top and the English Premier League is the most watches football league in the world. The games also have the second highest occupancy rate of all the professional leagues at 92.2% capacity. The only league to see better occupancy is the German Bundesliga.

Premier League sometimes faces critic due to the dominance of the top 4 teams in the league.

  • Arsenal
  • Chelsea
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester United

This Critic has somewhat subsided during the last few years as other teams then the 4 above have succeed to make it into the top 4 teams in the league. The dominance do however continue with Manchester united winning the premier league in 2012/13. Manchester United have won 13 of the

21 premier leagues titles to date. Arsenal and Chelsea have won 3 each. While Blackburn and Manchester City has won 1 each. Liverpool is the only big four team that has not won the league. The fact that Manchester City won the title 2011–12 might indicate that we will see more competition going forward.

Another area of criticism has been the ever increasing disparity between teams in the Premier League and the teams in the football league. This makes it hard for teams that get promoted to stay in the Premier League and a lot of teams fall back into the Football League. A big reason behind this disparity is the money Premier League teams get from the TV rights. The average team in the Football League get £2 million a year from TV rights, the teams in Premier league get an average of £55 million. More than 25 times more.

The Premier League is the second most profitable football league e in the world, again after German Bundesliga. Total club revenues were €2.479 billion in 2009–10 . Premier league is the league with the 4th highest revenue of all sport leagues in the world after only NBA, MLB och NFL.

Premier League Winners

Season Champions Runners-up
1992–93 Manchester United Aston Villa
1993–94 Manchester United Blackburn Rovers
1994–95 Blackburn Rovers Manchester United
1995–96 Manchester United Newcastle United
1996–97 Manchester United Newcastle United
1997–98 Arsenal Manchester United
1998–99 Manchester United Arsenal
1999–2000 Manchester United Arsenal
2000–01 Manchester United Arsenal
2001–02 Arsenal Liverpool
2002–03 Manchester United Arsenal
2003–04 Arsenal Chelsea
2004–05 Chelsea Arsenal
2005–06 Chelsea Manchester United
2006–07 Manchester United Chelsea
2007–08 Manchester United Chelsea
2008–09 Manchester United Liverpool
2009–10 Chelsea Manchester United
2010–11 Manchester United Chelsea
2011–12 Manchester City Manchester United
2012–13 Manchester United Manchester City

Teams That Have Played in Premier League

Club Town or City Total
Seasons
Total
Spells
Years
Absent
Seasons
Arsenal London Borough of
Islington
22 1 0 1992–
Aston Villa Aston, Birmingham 22 1 0 1992–
Barnsley Barnsley 1 1 21 1997–1998
Birmingham City Birmingham 7 3 15 2002–2006
2007–2008
2009–2011
Blackburn Rovers Blackburn 18 2 3 1992–1999
2001–2012
Blackpool Blackpool 1 1 21 2010–2011
Bolton Wanderers Horwich, Bolton 13 3 8 1995–1996
1997–1998
2001–2012
Bradford City Bradford 2 1 19 1999–2001
Burnley Burnley 1 1 20 2009–2010
Cardiff City Cardiff, Wales 1 1 20 2013–
Charlton Athletic London Borough of
Greenwich
8 2 14 1998–1999
2000–2007
Chelsea London Borough of
Hammersmith and Fulham
22 1 0 1992–
Coventry City Coventry 9 1 13 1992–2001
Crystal Palace London Borough of
Bromley
5 5 17 1992–1993
1994–1995
1997–1998
2004–2005
2013–
Derby County Derby 7 2 6 1996–2002
2007–2008
Everton Liverpool 22 1 0 1992–
Fulham London Borough of
Hammersmith and Fulham
13 1 10 2001–
Hull City Kingston upon Hull 3 2 18 2008–2010
2013–
Ipswich Town Ipswich 5 2 12 1992–1995
2000–2002
Leeds United Leeds 12 1 10 1992–2004
Leicester City Leicester 8 3 10 1994–1995
1996–2002
2003–2004
Liverpool Liverpool 22 1 0 1992–
Manchester City Manchester 17 3 0 1992–1996
2000–2001
2002–
Manchester United Trafford, Greater Manchester 22 1 0 1992–
Middlesbrough Middlesbrough 14 3 5 1992–1993
1995–1997
1998–2009
Newcastle United Newcastle upon Tyne 20 2 2 1993–2009
2010–
Norwich City Norwich 7 3 0 1992–1995
2004–2005
2011–
Nottingham Forest West Bridgford 5 3 15 1992–1993
1994–1997
1998–1999
Oldham Athletic Oldham 2 1 20 1992–1994
Portsmouth Portsmouth 7 1 4 2003–2010
Queens ParkRangers London Borough of
Hammersmith & Fulham
6 2 1 1992–1996
2011–2013
Reading Reading 3 2 1 2006–2008
2012–2013
Sheffield United Sheffield 3 2 7 1992–1994
2006–2007
Sheffield Wednesday Sheffield 8 1 14 1992–2000
Southampton Southampton 15 2 0 1992–2005
2012–
Stoke City Stoke-on-Trent 6 1 0 2008–
Sunderland Sunderland 13 4 0 1996–1997
1999–2003
2005–2006
2007–
Swansea City Swansea, Wales 3 1 0 2011–
Swindon Town Swindon 1 1 20 1993–1994
Tottenham Hotspur London Borough of
Haringey
22 1 0 1992–
Watford Watford 2 2 7 1999–2000
2006–2007
West BromwichAlbion West Bromwich 8 4 0 2002–2003
2004–2006
2008–2009
2010–
West Ham United London Borough of
Newham
18 3 0 1993–2003
2005–2011
2012–
Wigan Athletic Wigan 8 1 1 2005–2013
Wimbledon London Borough of
Merton
8 1 14 1992–2000
WolverhamptonWanderers Wolverhampton 4 2 2 2003–2004
2009–2012