WHAT IS THE PREMIER LEAGUE? The facts
Ever sat and asked yourself; What is the premier league?
The Premier League…. Where have you been if you don’t know!
History of the League
The Premier League is the first tier and top of the football/ Soccer pyramid in England and Wales. The Premier League was formed in 1992. This new league replaced the ‘old first division’. The premier league corporation was formed by the clubs in the old first division to take advantage of lucrative sponsorship and broadcasting deals. The breakaway from the old first division was designed to bring more money into the English game as it allowed the corporation members to negotiate their own sponsorship and broadcasting deals.
The 22 teams that contested the first-ever premier league season were; Arsenal, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea, Coventry City, Crystal Palace, Everton, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, Oldham Athletic, Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, and Wimbledon.
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The premier league has been known by a number of different names since its inception due to sponsorship deals that have been made. During the league’s inaugural season it was known as the FA Premier League. The following year saw Carling obtain the sponsorship rights so the league was then known as the FA Carling Premiership; this deal ran 8 years until 2001.
From 2001 until 2004 the league was sponsored by Barclaycard and was known as the FA Barclaycard Premiership. 2004 until 2016 saw Barclays take over as the main sponsor although it underwent another name change in 2007. 2001 – 2007 the league was known as the FA Barclays Premiership and then in 2007 the name changed to the Barclays Premier League or BPL for short. Since 2016, the Premier League has had no sponsor and the name is quite simply the Premier League although in some countries outside of the UK it is known as the EPL (English Premier League).
The Premier League currently consists of 20 teams although when the league was formed, this was 22 (this was changed in 1995). Each season the league is played in a round-robin format with each team playing each other on 2 occasions; once at their own stadium and once at the stadium of their opposition. Points are then allocated to each team in the division depending on the result of each match contested. 3 points are awarded for a win, 1 point to each team is awarded for a draw and teams receive 0 points in defeat.
The points are tallied after each match determining the position in the league table. The team at the top of the league table following all 38 games is declared the winner. The 3 teams at the bottom of the table are relegated and drop out of the premier league to be replaced by the 3 best teams from the football league Championship. The other information to make up the rest of the league table is the number of goals each team scores and concedes; this is called goal difference.
Working out goal difference is quite simple; you take the number of goals the team scores and then subtract the number of goals conceded. Each club is then assigned a goal difference score (whether negative or positive) and this determines the league placement in the event that points are tied.
Teams of the Premier League
The teams competing in the 2019/20 Premier League are; Arsenal, Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Brighton, Burnley, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Norwich City, Sheffield United, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford, West Ham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Since the beginning, there have been 49 teams that have contested the premier league. In the 19/20 season, there are 12 of the Premier League’s founding members and only 6 founding members have played every single season. The founding members currently playing in the Premier League are; Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Norwich City, Sheffield United, Southampton, and Tottenham Hotspur. The 6 teams to have never been relegated and have played every Premier League season are; Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur.
The other teams to have competed in the Premier League are as follows; Barnsley, Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool, Bolton Wanderers, Bradford City, Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic, Coventry City, Derby County, Fulham, Huddersfield Town, Hull City, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forrest, Oldham Athletic, Portsmouth, Queens Park Rangers, Reading, Sheffield Wednesday, Stoke City, Sunderland, Swansea City, Swindon Town, West Bromich Albion, Wigan Athletic, Wimbledon.
Although over the years there have been 49 participating teams trying to be the Premier League Champions; only 6 teams have managed to do so.
Manchester United are the team with the most Premier League Champions titles with 13. Man United is the only team in Premier League history to win 3 titles in a row and they have managed to do this on 2 occasions 1998/99, 1999/2000, 2000/01 & 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09.
Chelsea and Manchester City have won the title a combined 9 times with Chelsea winning 5 times and Manchester City winning 4. All of the combined wins from these two teams have come since the 2004/05 season which was Chelsea’s first in the top flight for 50 years.
Arsenal is next on our list having won the Premier League 3 times although their last win came in 2003/04.
Then we have Leicester City and Blackburn Rovers with a single solitary win each; Blackburn’s came in 1994/95 and Leicester City’s in 2015/16.
The list of Premier League Winners is as follows:
1 1992–93 Manchester United
2 1993–94 Manchester United
3 1994–95 Blackburn Rovers
4 1995–96 Manchester United
5 1996–97 Manchester United
6 1997–98 Arsenal
7 1998–99 Manchester United
8 1999–2000 Manchester United
9 2000–01 Manchester United
10 2001–02 Arsenal
11 2002–03 Manchester United
12 2003–04 Arsenal
13 2004–05 Chelsea
14 2005–06 Chelsea
15 2006–07 Manchester United
16 2007–08 Manchester United
17 2008–09 Manchester United
18 2009–10 Chelsea
19 2010–11 Manchester United
20 2011–12 Manchester City
21 2012–13 Manchester United
22 2013–14 Manchester City
23 2014–15 Chelsea
24 2015–16 Leicester City
25 2016–17 Chelsea
26 2017–18 Manchester City
27 2018–19 Manchester City
The Premier League is home to and has been home to some of football’s greatest minds – the managers. The Premier League currently boasts some of the world’s best managers such as Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Jurgan Klopp & Carlo Ancellotti.
The most successful manager in the Premier League Era is Sir Alex Ferguson. Sir Alex was Manchester United manager for all of Manchester United’s 13 title wins. Sir Alex was with Manchester United from 1986 in the old first division; he was also in charge of an incredible 810 Premier League matches.
Arsene Wenger has 3 Premier League titles to his name including the famous win in 2003/04 when his Arsenal team went unbeaten. At the end of that incredible 2003/04 season, Arsenal was presented with a special Premier League trophy with Gold Ribbons for their achievement. The name given to Arsene Wenger’s unbeaten team in 2003/04 is the ‘invincible’s’. This achievement was the first in English top-flight history.
Jose Mourinho also has 3 Premier League titles all with Chelsea although they came in 2 separate stints at the club. Jose was a young manager when he joined Chelsea following a Champions League win with Porto. In his first season with Chelsea, Jose Mourinho’s team broke all sorts of long-standing Premier league records. Jose was hailed as being the “future of English football”. Jose was the first manager other than Sir Alex to have won 2 consecutive Premier League titles.
List of Premier League Managers
The other managers to have graced the Premier League are; George Graham, Stewart Houston, Bruce Rioch, Pat Rice, Unai Emery, Freddie Ljungberg. Mikel Arteta, Ron Atkinson, Brian Little, John Gregory, John Deehan, Stuart Gray, Graham Taylor, David O’Leary, Martin O’Neill. Kevin MacDonald, Gérard Houllier, Gary McAllister, Alex McLeish, Paul Lambert, Scott Marshall, Tim Sherwood, Rémi Garde, Eric Black. Dean Smith, Danny Wilson, Steve Bruce, Kenny Dalglish, Ray Harford, Tony Parkes, Roy Hodgson, Brian Kidd, Graeme Souness, Mark Hughes. Paul Ince, Sam Allardyce, Steve Kean, Ian Holloway, Roy McFarland, Colin Todd, Sammy Lee, Archie Knox, Gary Megson and…..
Owen Coyle, Eddie Howe, Paul Jewell, Chris Hutchings, Stuart McCall, Jim Jefferies, Chris Hughton, Graham Potter, Brian Laws. Sean Dyche, Malky Mackay, David Kerslake, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Neil Warnock, Alan Curbishley, Iain Dowie, Les Reed, Alan Pardew. Ian Porterfield, David Webb, Glenn Hoddle, Ruud Gullit, Gianluca Vialli, Graham Rix, Ray Wilkins, Claudio Ranieri, Avram Grant. Luiz Felipe Scolari, Guus Hiddink, Carlo Ancelotti, André Villas-Boas, Roberto Di Matteo, Rafael Benítez, Antonio Conte, Maurizio Sarri. Frank Lampard, Bobby Gould, Phil Neal, Gordon Strachan, Steve Coppell, Alan Smith, Attilio Lombardo, Tomas Brolin, Ron Noades. Ray Lewington, Keith Millen, Tony Pulis, Frank de Boer, Roy Hodgson, Jim Smith, Billy McEwan and…..
Billy Davies, Howard Kendall, Jimmy Gabriel, Mike Walker, Joe Royle, Dave Watson, Walter Smith, David Moyes, Roberto Martínez, David Unsworth, Ronald Koeman, Marco Silva, Duncan Ferguson, Carlo Ancelotti, Jean Tigana, Chris Coleman, Lawrie Sanchez, Martin Jol, René Meulensteen, Felix Magath, Slaviša Jokanović, Scott Parker, David Wagner, Mark Hudson, Jan Siewert, Phil Brown, Mike Phelan, John Lyall, Paul Goddard, John Wark, George Burley, Howard Wilkinson, Terry Venables, Peter Reid, Eddie Gray, Mark McGhee, Peter Taylor, Dave Bassett, Micky Adams, Nigel Pearson, Craig Shakespeare, Michael Appleton, Claude Puel, Adam Sadler and……..
Mike Stowell, Brendan Rodgers, Roy Evans, Phil Thompson, Rafael Benítez, Brendan Rodgers, Jürgen Klopp, Tony Book, Brian Horton, Alan Ball. Kevin Keegan, Stuart Pearce, Sven-Göran Eriksson, Roberto Mancini, Brian Kidd, Manuel Pellegrini, Pep Guardiola, Ryan Giggs. Louis van Gaal, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Lennie Lawrence, Bryan Robson, Steve McClaren, Gareth Southgate, Aitor Karanka, Steve Agnew, Terry McDermott. Steve Clarke, Bobby Robson, John Carver, Glenn Roeder, Nigel Pearson, Chris Hughton, Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer. John Carver, Steve Bruce, John Deehan, Nigel Worthington, Neil Adams. Alex Neil, Daniel Farke, Brian Clough, Frank Clark, Stuart Pearce, Micky Adams, Harry Redknapp, Velimir Zajec, Alain Perrin, Joe Jordan and……
And more and more
Tony Adams, Paul Hart, Gerry Francis, Ray Wilkins, Mark Bowen, Kevin Bond. Chris Ramsey, Brian McDermott, Nigel Adkins, Chris Wilder, Trevor Francis,David Pleat, Peter Shreeves. Ian Branfoot, Dave Merrington, Dave Jones, Stuart Gray, Steve Wigley, Paul Sturrock, Steve Wigley, Mauricio Pochettino, Mauricio Pellegrino. Kelvin Davis, Ralph Hasenhüttl, Eddie Niedzwiecki, Mick McCarthy, Kevin Ball, Roy Keane, Ricky Sbragia. Paolo Di Canio, Gus Poyet, Dick Advocaat. Michael Laudrup, Garry Monk, Alan Curtis, Francesco Guidolin and…..
Bob Bradley, Paul Clement, Leon Britton, Carlos Carvalhal, John Gorman, Doug Livermore, Ossie Ardiles, Steve Perryman, Christian Gross, David Pleat, Jacques Santini, Clive Allen, Alex Inglethorpe, Juande Ramos, Aidy Boothroyd, Quique Sánchez Flores, Walter Mazzarri, Javi Gracia, Hayden Mullins, Frank Burrows, Tony Mowbray, Steve Clarke, Keith Downing, Pepe Mel, Alan Irvine, Rob Kelly, Gary Megson, Darren Moore, Billy Bonds, Trevor Brooking, Kevin Keen, Gianfranco Zola, Slaven Bilić, David Moyes, Frank Barlow, Egil Olsen, Terry Burton, Terry Connor, Nuno Espírito Santo
Players in the Premier League
The Premier League has also been home to some of the greatest football players to ever play the game. The greatest player to play in the Premier League is up for debate. In this category, there is no clear winner like in the manager’s section. Everyone will have an opinion although it will likely be dictated by a bias towards the team they support. There are far too many to name but if you watch the video below, you will see some of the Premier League’s greats.
Did you know this about the Premiership…
Arsene Wenger managed Arsenal for 828 games
Alan Shearer scored the most Premier League goals (260)
Manchester United have won 13 Titles although they have won none since Sir Alex retired
Manchester City are the only team to score 100 points in a single season
In 2007/08 Derby County only scored 11 points all season
That year, Derby only won 1 game
6 teams have gone a whole season without winning away from home (Leeds 1992/93, Coventry 1999/00, Wolves 2003/04, Norwich 2004/05, Derby 2007/08, Hull 2009/10)
Chelsea once went 86 games without losing at home
Liverpool once scored 97 points although they have never won the league
Jamie Vardy once scored in 11 consecutive games
Manchester City once won the league on goal difference
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