Barclays Premier League – Footballistically speaking

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Sponsored by Barclays Bank, and thus officially known as the Barclays Premier League, is an ’s association football clubs.

Contested by 20 clubs and the country’s leading football competition, it operates on a system of promotion and regulation with the Football League Championship. This is a favourite league amidst sports betting fans.

The Premier League is a corporation in which the 20 member clubs act as shareholders. Seasons run from August to May, with teams playing 38 matches each (playing each team in the league twice, home and away) totalling 380 matches in the season.  Most games are played in the afternoons of Saturdays and Sundays; the other games during weekday evenings. It is currently sponsored by Barclays Bank and thus officially known as the Barclays Premier League. Outside England, it is commonly referred to as the English Premier League (EPL).

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The History of the Barclays Premier League

  • 1992/93: Competition is formed.
    • 22 teams compete in the first season
    • Premier League grounds are 69.6% full and the season’s aggregate attendance is 9.75m. Premier League turnover is £46m.
  • 1993/94: Carling became the first Title Sponsors and the competition is known as the Carling Premiership.
  • 1994/95: Blackburn Rovers win the Championship.
  • 1995/96: Eric Cantona is named Footballer of the Year/
  • 1996/97: On the opening day of the season Manchester United’s David Beckham scored from the half-line; he goes on to win the Professional Footballers’ Association Young Player of the Year as United lift their fourth Premier League trophy.
  • 1997/98: Arsenal wins the Premier League by a point from Manchester United.
  • 1998/99: The Premier League Academy system is set up. Manchester United secure a unique ‘treble’ of League, FA Cup, and UEFA Champions League.
  • 1999/2000: Manchester United win the Premier League by a record 18 points, setting a new high of 97 goals scored in the process.
  • 2000/01: Arsenal was defeated by Manchester United leaving MU second for the third season in a row. The first manager to ever win three successive English titles was Sir Alex Ferguson.
  • 2001/02: Barclaycard becomes the new league Title Sponsor. Arsenal completes a League and FA Cup doubles and score in every Premier League game.
  • 2002/03: From Boxing Day Manchester United were unbeaten in 18 matches, overtaking the eight-point lead Arsenal had processing to win their eighth Premier League title.
  • 2003/04: Arsenal wins the first biennial pre-season Asia League, going through the entire season undefeated, earning them the nickname ‘The Invincibles.’
  • 2004/05: Barclays become the new Title Sponsor for the League.

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  • 2005/06: Chelsea retain the Premier League title and equal their own most wins in a season record (29) and having scored a record of 260 goals, Alan Shearer retires.
  • 2006/07: Fulham’s Moritz Volz scores the 15,000th Premier League goal and Manchester United win the League in four seasons, becoming the third different club to receive the title.
  • 2007/08: Premiership is dropped from the competition title and the Barclays Premier League is the new name for the English top-flight. The first all-English UEFA Champions League final takes place as Manchester United defeat Chelsea and the Premier League tops the UEFA Club Coefficient for the first time.
  • 2008/09: Manchester United win their 11th Premier League and equal Liverpool’s record of 18 top-flight titles. Premier League turnover is £1.005bn, with £136m going to external good causes and solidarity payments.
  • 2009/10: Chelsea reclaims the Premier League title from Manchester United for the first time since 2006. With this success, they have an excellent first season.
  • 2010/11: Manchester United win their 12th Premier League title and 19th overall. A new record of 1,063 goals scored is set in a 38-fixture season. On Saturday 5th February 2011 a record 41 goals are scored in one day, in only eight matches. In that year 92.2% of the Premier League grounds were full with the season’s attendance at 13.4m.
  • 2011/12: The final strike of the season, Sergio Aguero secured the first ever Premier League title for Manchester City with a dramatic 3-2 victory over QPR as Manchester United finished second. Chelsea also lifted the UEFA Champions League trophy for the first time, ensuring that England was top of the UEFA League coefficient for the fifth season in a row.
  • 2012/13: Sir Alex Ferguson, after a glorious 26 years in charge celebrates his final season were Manchester United win their 13th Premier League trophy. Long-serving top flight stars Paul Scholes, Michael Owen and Jamie Carragher also called time on their playing careers.
  • 2013/14: Crowned Barclays Premier League champions for the second time in three seasons, Manchester City came out on top in a thrilling title race that went down to the final weekend. Liverpool, who, like Man City, scored over 100 goals in the league campaign, finished two points adrift of Manuel Pellegrini’s side, who also won the League Cup.

An image of people at a soccer stadiumChampions of Barclays Premier League:

  • 2000/01: Manchester United
  • 2001/02: Arsenal
  • 2002/03: Manchester United
  • 2003/04: Arsenal
  • 2004/05: Chelsea
  • 2005/06: Chelsea
  • 2006/07: Manchester United
  • 2007/08: Manchester United
  • 2008/09: Manchester United
  • 2009/10: Chelsea
  • 2010/11: Manchester United
  • 2011/12: Manchester City
  • 2012/13: Manchester United
  • 2013/14: Manchester City

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