English Premier League

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Premier League
Country England and Wales
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
Europa League
Current champions Leicester City (2014–15)
Most successful club Manchester United (13)
Website PremierLeague.com
Soccerball current event.svg2015–16 Premier League


The Premier League ('The Premiership' or 'Barclays Premier League') is the top league competition for English football. It is above The Football League. For historic reasons, a few clubs from Wales compete in the English football system. One of these, Swansea City, has played in the Premier League since the 2011–12 season. Cardiff City also played in the Premier League in the 2013–14 season.

The competition started in 1992. Clubs in the Football League First Division decided to break away from The Football League, 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 46 clubs have competed in the Premier League, but only six have won the title: Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Leicester City.

Clubs in the 2015–16 season[change | change source]

Club
Position
in 2014–15
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
AFC Bournemouthb 1st in the

Championship

2015-16 1 1 2015-16 0 n/a
Arsenala, b 3rd 1903–04 99 24 1919–20 13 2003–04
Aston Villaa, c 17th 1888–89 105 24 1988–89 7 1980–81
Chelseaa, b 1st 1907–08 81 24 1989–90 5 2014-15
Crystal Palacea 10th 1969–70 16 7 2013–14 0 n/a
Evertona, b, c 11th 1888–89 113 24 1954–55 9 1986–87
Leicester City 14th 1908–09 47 10 2014–15 0 n/a
Liverpoola, b 6th 1894–95 101 24 1962–63 18 1989–90
Manchester Citya 2nd 1899–1900 87 19 2002–03 4 2013–14
Manchester Uniteda, b 4th 1892–93 91 24 1975–76 20 2012–13
Newcastle United 15th 1898–99 85 22 2010–11 4 1926–27
Norwich City 3rd in the Championship*

*play-off winners

1972-73 25 8 2015-16 0 n/a
Southamptona 7th 1966–67 39 17 2012–13 0 n/a
Stoke Cityb, c 9th 1888–89 60 8 2008–09 0 n/a
Sunderland 16th 1890–91 85 15 2007–08 6 1935–36
Swansea Cityb, d 8th 1981–82 7 5 2011–12 0 n/a
Tottenham Hotspura, b 5th 1909–10 81 24 1978–79 2 1960–61
Watford 2nd in the

Championship

1982-83 9 2 2015-16 0 n/a
West Bromwich Albionc 13th 1888–89 79 10 2010–11 1 1919–20
West Ham United 12th 1923–24 58 20 2012–13 0 n/a

a: Founding member of the Premier League
b: Never been relegated from Premier League
c: One of the original 12 Football League teams
d: Club based in Wales

Champions[change | change source]

Season Champions Runner-up Third place
1992–93 Manchester United Aston Villa Norwich City
1993–94 Manchester United Blackburn Rovers Newcastle United
1994–95 Blackburn Rovers Manchester United Nottingham Forest
1995–96 Manchester United Newcastle United Liverpool
1996–97 Manchester United Newcastle United Arsenal
1997–98 Arsenal Manchester United Liverpool
1998–99 Manchester United Arsenal Chelsea
1999–00 Manchester United Arsenal Leeds United
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
2013–14 Manchester City Liverpool Chelsea
2014–15 Chelsea Manchester City Arsenal
2015-16 Leicester City Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur

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