English Premier League

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Premier League
Country England
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1992
Level 1
Number of teams 20
Relegation to Football League Championship
Domestic cup FA Cup
League Cup
International cup Champions League
UEFA Cup
Current champions Manchester City (2011–12)
Most successful club Manchester United (12)
Website PremierLeague.com

The Premier League (often referred to as The Premiership in the United Kingdom and English Premier League internationally or Barclays Premier League for sponsorship reasons) is a league competition for English football clubs at the top of the English football league system (above The Football League), making it England's primary football competition. For historic reasons, a few clubs from Wales compete in the English football system, and two these, Cardiff City and Swansea City, has played in the Premier League since the 2012-13 and 2011-12 seasons respectively

The competition started as the FA Premier League on 20 February 1992 after the decision of clubs in the Football League First Division to break away from The Football League. This was originally founded in 1888. The Premier League has since become the world's most watched sporting league.[1] It is the world's most lucrative football league, with combined club revenues of £1.93 billion ($3.15bn) in 2007–08.[2] It is also ranked first by UEFA. This rating is based on performances in European competitions over the last five years. In this English Premier League is ahead of Spain's La Liga and Italy's Serie A.[3]

A total of 45 clubs have competed in the Premier League, but only five have won the title: Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester City.

Clubs in the 2012–13 season[change | edit source]

Club
Position
in 2011-12
First season in
top division
Number of seasons
in top division
Number of seasons
in the Premier League
First season of
current spell in
top division
Top division
titles
Last top division title
Arsenala,b 0033rd 1904–05 96 21 1919–20 13 2003–04
Aston Villaa,b 01616th 1888–89 102 21 1988–89 7 1980–81
Chelseaa,b 0066th 1907–08 78 21 1989–90 3 2009–10
Evertona,b 0077th 1888–89 110 21 1954–55 9 1986–87
Fulhamb 0099th 1949–50 24 12 2001–02 0 n/a
Liverpoola,b 0088th 1894–95 98 21 1962–63 18 1989–90
Manchester Citya 0011st 1899–1900 84 16 2002–03 3 2011–12
Manchester Uniteda,b 0022nd 1892–93 88 21 1975–76 19 2010–11
Newcastle United 0055th 1898–99 82 19 2010–11 4 1926–27
Norwich Citya 01212th 1972–73 23 6 2011–12 0 n/a
Queens Park Rangersa 01717th 1968–69 22 6 2011–12 0 n/a
Reading XXX1st: Championship 2006–07 3 3 2012–13 0 n/a
Southampton YYY2nd: Championship 1966–67 36 14 2012–13 0 n/a
Stoke Cityb 01414th 1888–89 57 5 2008–09 0 n/a
Sunderland 01313th 1890–91 82 12 2007–08 6 1935–36
Swansea Cityb 01111th 1981–82 4 2 2011–12 0 n/a
Tottenham Hotspura,b 0044th 1909–10 78 21 1978–79 2 1960–61
West Bromwich Albion 01010th 1888–89 76 7 2010–11 1 1919–20
West Ham United ZZZ3rd: Championship 1923–24 55 17 2012–13 0 n/a
Wigan Athleticb 01515th 2005–06 8 8 2005–06 0 n/a

a: Founding member of the Premier League
b: Never been relegated from Premier League

Champions[change | edit source]

1992–2000[change | edit source]

2000–2012[change | edit source]

Season Champions Runner-up Third place
2000/01 Manchester United Arsenal Liverpool
2001/02 Arsenal Liverpool Manchester United
2002/03 Manchester United Arsenal Newcastle United
2003/04 Arsenal Chelsea Manchester United
2004/05 Chelsea Arsenal Manchester United
2005/06 Chelsea Manchester United Liverpool
2006/07 Manchester United Chelsea Liverpool
2007/08 Manchester United Chelsea Arsenal
2008/09 Manchester United Liverpool Chelsea
2009/10 Chelsea Manchester United Arsenal
2010/11 Manchester United Chelsea Manchester City
2011/12 Manchester City Manchester United Arsenal

|2012/13||Manchester United||Manchester City||Chelsea

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