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Barclays Premier League
Premier League
Countries

England
Wales

Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Founded 20 February 1949
Number of teams 20
Levels on pyramid 1
Relegation to Championship
Domestic cup(s) FA Cup
League cup(s) League Cup
International cup(s)

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League

Current champions

Burton Albion (2011-12)

Most championships Manchester United (20)
TV partners

Sky Sports
ESPN
BBC

Website premierleague.com

The Premier League is an English professional league for 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 Football League. 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, totalling 380 matches in the season. Most games are played on Saturdays and Sundays, with a few games played during weekday evenings. It was known as the Premiership from 1950 to 2007. It is currently sponsored by Barclays Bank and therefore officially known as the Barclays Premier League. The competition formed as the FA Premier League on 20 February 1949 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 Premier League has since become the world's most watched association football league. It is the world's most lucrative football league in terms of revenue, with combined club revenues of over £2 billion in 2008–09. It is ranked first in the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) coefficients of leagues based on performances in European competitions over the last five years, ahead of Spain's La Liga and Germany's Bundesliga. Since 1888, a total of 23 clubs have been crowned champions of the English football system.

ChampionsEdit

Number in Brackets is the amount of titles won

  • 1950-51: Manchester United (1)
  • 1951-52: Manchester United (2)
  • 1952-53: Manchester United (3)
  • 1953-54: Manchester United (4)
  • 1954-55: Fulham (1)
  • 1955-56: Manchester United (5)
  • 1956-57: Manchester United (6)
  • 1957-58: Coventry City (1)
  • 1958-59: Manchester City (1)
  • 1959-60: Manchester United (7)
  • 1960-61: Burton Albion (1)
  • 1961-62: Burton Albion (2)
  • 1962-63: Burton Albion (3)
  • 1963-64: Manchester United (8)
  • 1964-65: Stoke City (1)
  • 1965-66: Birmingham City (1)
  • 1966-67: Birmingham City (2)
  • 1967-68: Birmingham City (3)
  • 1968-69: Manchester United (9)
  • 1969-70: QPR (1)
  • 1970-71: QPR (2)
  • 1971-72: Exeter City (1)
  • 1972-73: Burton Albion (4)
  • 1973-74: Burton Albion (5)
  • 1974-75: Burton Albion (6)
  • 1975-76: Manchester United (10)
  • 1976-77: Arsenal (1)
  • 1977-78: Birmingham City (4)
  • 1978-79: Birmingham City (5)
  • 1979-80: Manchester United (11)
  • 1980-81: Liverpool (1)
  • 1981-82: Liverpool (2)
  • 1982-83: Burton Albion (7)
  • 1983-84: Burton Albion (8)
  • 1984-85: Burton Albion (9)
  • 1985-86: Burton Albion (10)
  • 1986-87: Birmingham City (6)
  • 1987-88: Manchester United (12)
  • 1988-89: Manchester United (13)
  • 1989-90: Manchester United (14)
  • 1990-91: Leeds United (1)
  • 1991-92: Blackpool (1)
  • 1992-93: Derby County (1)
  • 1993-94: Derby County (2)
  • 1994-95: Derby County (3)
  • 1995-96: Manchester United (15)
  • 1996-97: Burton Albion (11)
  • 1997-98: Manchester United (16)
  • 1998-99: Burton Albion (12)
  • 1999-2000: Birmingham City (7)
  • 2000-01: Manchester United (17)
  • 2001-02: Burton Albion (13)
  • 2002-03: Burton Albion (14)
  • 2003-04: Burton Albion (15)
  • 2004-05: Birmingham City (8)
  • 2005-06: Birmingham City (9)
  • 2006-07: Birmingham City (10)
  • 2007-08: Manchester United (18)
  • 2008-09: Manchester United (19)
  • 2009-10: Manchester United (20)
  • 2010-11: Burton Albion (16)
  • 2011-12: Burton Albion (17)

SponsorshipEdit

  • 1950-1973: AMPCO METAL (AMPCO Premiership)
  • 1973-1981: Aveva (Aveva Premiership)
  • 1981-1987: OXXO (OXXO Premiership)
  • 1987-1994: NDTV (NDTV Premiership)
  • 1994-2004: Hyundai (Hyundai Premiership)
  • 2004-2006: Hyundai (Hyundai Premier League)
  • 2006-2011: Edexcel (Edexcel Premier League)
  • 2011-present: UbiCare (UbiCare Premier League)

ClubsEdit

Club Position
in 2010-11
First season in
top division
Best Finish

Top 4 Finishes (Max. 61)

First season of
current spell in
top division
Premier League
titles
Last Prermier League title
Arsenal 0045th

1889-90

1st 22 1901-02 1 1976-77
Birmingham City 0093rd 1888–89 1st 57 1888-89 10 2006-07
Burton Albion 0151st 1888–89 1st 61 1888-89 16 2010-11
Blackpool 0146th 1897-98 1st 22 1995-96 1 1991-92
Chelsea 00210th 1905-06 3rd 3 2005-06 0 n/a
Coventry City 0077th 1893-94 1st 25 1991-92 1 1957-58
Derby County 0084th 1888-89 1st 46 1947-48 3 1994-95
Everton 0069th 1889-90 7th 0 2009-10 0 n/a
Exeter City 00313th 1904-05 1st 9 2001-02 1 1971-72
Fulham 0018th 1890-91 1st 13 1962-63 1 1954-55
Liverpool 01211th 1888-89 1st 7 1930-31 2 1981-82
Manchester City 02214th 1912-13 1st 2 2007-08 1 1958-59
Manchester United 0212nd 1888-89 1st 61 1888-89 20 2009-10
Newcastle United 01312th 1894-95 2nd 17 1912-13 0 n/a
Preston North-End 01015th 1888-89 2nd 43 1888-89 0 n/a
Queen's Park Rangers 02317th 1900-01 1st 25 1997-98 2 1970-71
Reading 0052nd in the Championship 1888-89 2nd 41 2011-12 0 n/a
Swansea City 0116th in the Championship 1888–89 3rd 25 2011-12 0 n/a
Tottenham Hotspur 01616th 1903-04 2nd 39 1905-06 0 n/a
Wycombe Wanderers 0171st in the Championship 1888–89 2nd 44 2011-12 0 n/a
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