The Premier League is the professional English football league.
The Premier League is the highest league in English football. Twenty teams participated in the league, meeting each other twice per season, once at home and once away. As such, the football season consists of 38 matches total. After the season, the three lowest placed teams move down to The Championship, which is the second highest football league in England.
The Premier League is relatively young when compared to other leagues and was founded in 1992. From its start, Manchester United dominated the competition. Although manager Sir Alex Ferguson had a rough start and was even fired from the club, "The Red Devils" managed to take over Liverpool's dominance in English football, making Manchester United England's most winning team.
The 2 most well-known teams in the Premier League are considered as "The class of 92" from Manchester United as well as Arsenal's "The Invincibles 2003-2004". "The class of 92" consisted of many young players, led by Sir Alex Ferguson and consisted of many, at the time, rising stars such as David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Phil Neville, Gary Neville and Nicky Butt. Ironically, after losing the opening match against Aston Villa, a former Liverpool player and television commentator, Allan Hansen said "You can not win anything with kids" - after which the "kids" actually ended the year as champion and also formed the founding team of the team who won The Treble in 1999 (winners of both the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League)
In the 2003-2004 season, Arsenal did the same as Preston North End managed to do back in 1880: Playing a full Premier League season without losing in the league. This gave them (also inspired by Preston North End) the deserved surname "The Invincibles". No other team has done this since.
|Arsenal||Londen||Emirates Stadium||60361||The Gunners|
|Bournemouth||Bournemouth||Dean Court||12000||The Cherries|
|Burnley||Burnley||Turf Moor||22546||The Clarets|
|Chelsea||Londen||Stamford Bridge||42449||The Blues|
|Crystal Palace||Londen||Selhurst Park||26225||The Eagles|
|Everton||Liverpool||Goodison Park||40157||The Toffees|
|Newcastle||Newcastle||St James' Park||52404||The Magpies|
|Leicester City||Leicester||King Power Stadium||32262||The Foxes|
|Manchester City||Manchester||Etihad Stadium||55097||The Citizens|
|Manchester United||Manchester||Old Trafford||75811||The Red Devils|
|Huddersfield||Huddersfield||John Smith's Stadium||24500||The Terriers|
|Southampton||Southampton||St. Mary's Stadium||32689||The Saints|
|Stoke City||Stoke-on-Trent||Britannia Stadium||2774||The Potters|
|Brighton||Brighton and Hove||American Express Community Stadium||3075||The Seagulls|
|Swansea City||Swansea||Liberty Stadium||2052||The Swans|
|Tottenham Hotspur||Londen||Wembley Stadium||90000||The Spurs|
|Watford||Watford||Vicarage Road||20877||The Hornets|
|West Bromwich Albion||West Bromwich||The Hawthorns||26445||The Baggies|
|West Ham United||Londen||Olympisch Stadion||60000||The Hammers|
Distribution of European places
Every year, the UEFA Champions League has four places available for English teams to participate in the tournament. The first three in the final ranking will qualify for next year's Champions League. The number four has to force the qualification in August by defeating a foreign club in the last round of the play-off. That game is decided in two games, a home and away match.
For the Europa league, there are also three English teams that are allowed to participate. The FA has decided to give the number five a place and the other two entries through the FA Cup and League Cup. If a cup tournament is won by a team from the top five, the sixth, and if in both cup tournaments a club from the top five is the winner, also the seventh, go to the Europa League.
|11||West Ham United||739||240||194||306||915||1,24||872||1043||?171|
|20||West Bromwich Albion||390||96||110||184||398||1,02||411||603||?192|
- Most scored goals in the Premier League: Alan Shearer, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle: 260 goals
- Most goals in 1 season: Andy Cole (1993-1994) and Alan Shearer (1994-1995): 34 goals
- Most Premier League matches: Gareth Barry, 633 matches
- Most Premier League seasons: Ryan Giggs: 22 seasons (1992-2014)
- Most Premier League titles: Ryan Giggs: 13 Premier League titles
- Most matches scored in a row in the Premier League: Jamie Vardy: 11 matches
- Quickest Red Card: 13 seconds - Kevin Pressman in the match Sheffield Wednesday against Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 August 2000