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Premier League
Premier League Logo.svg
Country Flag of England.svg England (19 teams)
Other club(s) from Flag of Wales 2.svg Wales (1 team)
Confederation UEFA
Founded 20 February 1992
Number of teams 20 (from 1995–96)
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Football League Championship
Domestic cup(s) FA Cup
FA Community Shield
League cup(s) EFL Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions Manchester United (17th title)
(2016–17)
Most championships Manchester United (17 titles)
TV partners Sky Sports & BT Sport (live matches)
Sky Sports & BBC (highlights)
Website PremierLeague.com
33px-Soccerball current event.svg 2016–17 Premier League

The Premier League is an English professional league for men's association football clubs. At the top of the English football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the English Football League (EFL; known as "The Football League" before 2016–17). Welsh clubs that compete in the English football league system can also qualify.

The Premier League is a corporation in which the 20 member clubs act as shareholders. Seasons run from August to May. Teams play 38 matches each (playing each team in the league twice, home and away), totalling 380 matches in the season. Most games are played on Saturday and Sunday afternoons; others during weekday evenings. It is colloquially known as the Premiership and outside the UK it is commonly referred to as the English Premier League (EPL).

The competition formed as the FA Premier League on 20 February 1992 following the decision of clubs in the Football League First Division to break away from the Football League, which was originally founded in 1888, and take advantage of a lucrative television rights deal. The deal was worth £1 billion a year domestically as of 2013–14, with BSkyB and BT Group securing the domestic rights to broadcast 116 and 38 games respectively. The league generates €2.2 billion per year in domestic and international television rights. In 2014/15, teams were apportioned revenues of £1.6 billion.

The Premier League is the most-watched football league in the world, broadcast in 212 territories to 643 million homes and a potential TV audience of 4.7 billion people. In the 2014–15 season, the average Premier League match attendance exceeded 36,000, second highest of any professional football league behind the Bundesliga's 43,500. Most stadium occupancies are near capacity. The Premier League ranks third in the UEFA coefficients of leagues based on performances in European competitions over the past five seasons.

While 47 clubs have competed since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, only five have won the title: Manchester United (17), Arsenal (3), Chelsea (3), Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City (1). The current champions are Manchester United, who won the title in 2015–16.

ClubsEdit

ChampionsEdit

See also: List of English football champions
Season Champions
1992–93 Manchester United
1993–94 Manchester United (2)
1994–95 Blackburn Rovers
1995–96 Manchester United (3)
1996–97 Manchester United (4)
1997–98 Arsenal
1998–99 Manchester United (5)
1999–2000 Manchester United (6)
2000–01 Manchester United (7)
2001–02 Arsenal (2)
2002–03 Manchester United (8)
2003–04 Arsenal (3)
2004–05 Chelsea
2005–06 Chelsea (2)
2006–07 Manchester United (9)
2007–08 Manchester United (10)
2008–09 Manchester United (11)
2009–10 Chelsea (3)
2010–11 Manchester United (12)
2011–12 Manchester City
2012–13 Manchester United (13)
2013–14 Manchester United (14)
2014–15 Manchester United (15)
2015–16 Manchester United (16)
2016–17 Manchester United (17)

Wins by clubEdit

Club Wins Winning years
Manchester United 17 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01,
2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2013–14,
2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
Arsenal 3 1997–98, 2001–02, 2003–04
Chelsea 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10
Blackburn Rovers 1 1994–95
Manchester City 2011–12

2016–17 seasonEdit

Club Position

in 2015–16

First season in
top division
Seasons
in top division
Seasons
in Premier League
First season of
current spell in top division
Top
division titles
Last top
division title
AFC Bournemouth 16th 2015–16 2 2 2015–16 0 n/a
Arsenal 3rd 1904–05 100 25 1919–20 13 2003–04
Burnley 1st in the Championship 1888–89 54 3 2016–17 2 1959–60
Chelsea 10th 1907–08 82 25 1989–90 4 2009–10
Crystal Palace 15th 1969–70 17 8 2013–14 0 n/a
Everton 11th 1888–89 114 25 1954–55 9 1986–87
Hull City 4th in the Championship 2008–09 5 5 2016–17 0 n/a
Leicester City 2nd 1908–09 48 11 2014–15 0 n/a
Liverpool 8th 1894–95 102 25 1962–63 18 1989–90
Manchester City 5th 1899–1900 88 20 2002–03 3 2011–12
Manchester United 1st 1892–93 92 25 1975–76 23 2015–16
Middlesbrough 2nd in the Championship 1902–03 61 15 2016–17 0 n/a
Southampton 6th 1966–67 40 18 2012–13 0 n/a
Stoke City 9th 1888–89 61 9 2008–09 0 n/a
Sunderland 17th 1890–91 86 16 2007–08 6 1935–36
Swansea City 12th 1981–82 8 6 2011–12 0 n/a
Tottenham Hotspur 4th 1909–10 82 25 1978–79 2 1960–61
Watford 13th 1982–83 14 4 2015–16 0 n/a
West Bromwich Albion 14th 1888–89 80 11 2010–11 1 1919–20
West Ham United 7th 1923–24 59 21 2012–13 0 n/a

ManagersEdit

Nat. Name Club Appointed Time as manager
Flag of France.svg Arsene Wenger Arsenal 1 October 1996 20 years, 23 days
Flag of England.svg Eddie Howe AFC Bournemouth 12 October 2012 4 years, 12 days
Flag of England.svg Sean Dyche Burnley 30 October 2012 3 years, 360 days
Flag of Wales 2.svg Mark Hughes Stoke City 30 May 2013 3 years, 147 days
Flag of England.svg Sir James Harrison Manchester United 1 July 2013 3 years, 115 days
Flag of Spain.svg Aitor Karanka Middlesbrough 13 November 2013 2 years, 346 days
Flag of Argentina.svg Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham Hotspur 27 May 2014 2 years, 150 days
Flag of Wales 2.svg Tony Pulis West Bromwich Albion 1 January 2015 1 year, 297 days
Flag of England.svg Alan Pardew Crystal Palace 2 January 2015 1 year, 296 days
Flag of Croatia.svg Slaven Bilic West Ham United 9 June 2015 1 year, 137 days
Flag of Italy.svg Claudio Ranieri Leicester City 13 July 2015 1 year, 103 days
Flag of Germany.svg Jurgen Klopp Liverpool 8 October 2015 1 year, 16 days
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ronald Koeman Everton 14 June 2016 132 days
Flag of France.svg Claude Puel Southampton 30 June 2016 116 days
Flag of Italy.svg Antonio Conte Chelsea 1 July 2016 115 days
Flag of Spain.svg Pep Guardiola Manchester City 1 July 2016 115 days
Flag of Italy.svg Walter Mazzarri Watford 1 July 2016 115 days
Flag of England.svg Mike Phelan Hull City 22 July 2016 94 days
Flag of Scotland.svg David Moyes Sunderland 23 July 2016 93 days
23px-Flag of the United States.svg Bob Bradley Swansea City 3 October 2016 21 days

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