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.
- 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
|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|
|2011–12||Manchester City||Manchester United|
|2012–13||Manchester United||Manchester City|
Teams That Have Played in Premier League
|Club||Town or City||Total
|Arsenal||London Borough of
|Aston Villa||Aston, Birmingham||22||1||0||1992–|
|Bolton Wanderers||Horwich, Bolton||13||3||8||1995–1996
|Cardiff City||Cardiff, Wales||1||1||20||2013–|
|Charlton Athletic||London Borough of
|Chelsea||London Borough of
Hammersmith and Fulham
|Crystal Palace||London Borough of
|Fulham||London Borough of
Hammersmith and Fulham
|Hull City||Kingston upon Hull||3||2||18||2008–2010
|Manchester United||Trafford, Greater Manchester||22||1||0||1992–|
|Newcastle United||Newcastle upon Tyne||20||2||2||1993–2009
|Nottingham Forest||West Bridgford||5||3||15||1992–1993
|Queens ParkRangers||London Borough of
Hammersmith & Fulham
|Swansea City||Swansea, Wales||3||1||0||2011–|
|Tottenham Hotspur||London Borough of
|West BromwichAlbion||West Bromwich||8||4||0||2002–2003
|West Ham United||London Borough of
|Wimbledon||London Borough of