Barclays English Premier League History
History of Barclays English Premier League
Barclays English Premier League
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The Barclays English 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 premier football competition. Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Football League. The Barclays English 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 is currently sponsored by Barclays Bank and therefore officially known as the Barclays Premier League. Outside of England it is commonly referred to as the English Premier League (EPL).
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Since 1888, a total of 23 clubs have been crowned champions of the English football system. Of the 45 clubs to have competed since the inception of the Barclays English Premier League in 1992, five have won the title: Manchester United (12 titles), Arsenal (3), Chelsea (3), Blackburn Rovers (1) and Manchester City (1). The current champions are Manchester City, who won the title in the 2011–12 season.
The 2012–13 English Premier League (known as the Barclays English Premier League for sponsorship reasons) will be the 21st season of the English Premier League since its establishment in 1992. The fixture schedule was released on 18 June 2012. The season is scheduled to begin on 18 August 2012 and end on 19 May 2013.
Manchester City are the defending champions, having won the previous 2011–12 Barclays English Premier League season. The season will feature 17 teams from the2011–12 Barclays English Premier League and three new teams promoted from the 2011–12 Football League Championship: Reading, Southampton and West Ham United who replace relegated Bolton Wanderers,Blackburn Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers. A total of 20 teams will contest the league, including 17 sides from the 2011–12 season and three promoted from the 2011–12 Football League Championship.
The Barclays English Premier League is now in its 20th season. Every year over the past two decades the players, managers, Clubs and the League have created some great moments and matches that tell the story of a season.
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The competition is formed as the Premier League, 22 teams compete in the first season. Sheffield United's Brian Deane scores the first goal on 15th August in a campaign that Manchester United go on to win. Premier League grounds are 69.6% full and the season’s aggregate attendance is 9.75m. Premier League turnover is £46m.
Carling become the first Title Sponsors and the competition is known as the Carling Premiership. Manchester United become only the fourth team in the 20th century to do the League and FA Cup double. Andy Cole scores a record 34 goals for Newcastle United.
Blackburn Rovers, managed by Kenny Dalglish, win the Championship on the final day of the season. Rovers striker Alan Shearer equals Andy Cole's scoring record with 34. It is the final season with 22 teams – four are relegated and only two come up from the Football League.
Manchester United again complete a League and FA Cup double - and Eric Cantona is named Footballer of the Year. Manchester United also record the biggest ever Premier League victory, beating Ipswich Town 9-0. Now at Newcastle United, Alan Shearer scores a record 31 goals for a 38-match season.
On the opening day of the season Manchester United's David Beckham scores from the half-way line; he goes on to win the Professional Footballers’ Association Young Player of the Year as Manchester United lift their fourth Premier League trophy. Arsenal appoint the little known Arsene Wenger as manager.
Arsenal win the Premier League by a point from Manchester United, overhauling an 11-point lead in the process. Arsene Wenger becomes the first overseas manager to win the title in England. Arsenal become the fifth team 20th century team to do the Premier League and FA Cup double.
The Premier League Academy system is set up. Manchester United secure a unique 'treble' of League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League. England gets three UEFA Champions League places. Premier League turnover rises to £281m.
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Manchester United beat Arsenal into second for the third season in a row and Sir Alex Ferguson becomes the first manager to win three successive English titles. Ledley King scores the fastest goal in Premier League history (10 seconds). England gets four UEFA Champions League places.
Barclaycard becomes the new league Title Sponsor. Arsenal complete a League and FA Cup double and score in every Premier League game. Barclays Premier League turnover now stands at £570m. All three promoted Clubs avoid relegation - Fulham, Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers.
Manchester United go on an 18-match unbeaten run from Boxing Day, overhauling Arsenal's eight-point lead in the process to win their eighth Premier League title.
The first biennial pre-season Asia Trophy takes place in Malaysia. Arsenal win the League, going through the entire season undefeated and earn the nickname ‘The Invincibles’. Thierry Henry becomes the fourth player to score 30 goals in a Premier League season and Roman Abramovich takes over as owner of Chelsea.
Barclays become the new Title Sponsor for the League. Jose Mourinho takes over as manager of Chelsea, who go on to win their first top flight title in 50 years with the most wins (29) and fewest goals conceded (15) in a season. Goalkeeper Petr Cech keeps a record 24 clean sheets.
Chelsea retain the Barclays English Premier League title and equal their own most wins in a season record (29). Alan Shearer retires, having scored a record 260 goals. Arsenal leave Highbury for the Emirates Stadium and their striker Thierry Henry wins the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award for a record third time.
Manchester United become the third different Club to win the League in four seasons. Fulham's Moritz Volz scores the 15,000th Premier League goal. The Barclays English Premier League attendance record is set when 76,098 watch Manchester United v Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford on 31 March 2007.
Premiership is dropped from the competition title and the Barclays English Premier League is the new name for the English top-flight. The first all-English UEFA Champions League final takes place as Manchester United defeat Chelsea and the Premier League tops the UEFA Club Co-efficient for the first time. Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo is top scorer with 31 goals - in just 31 Barclays Premier League starts – tying Alan Shearer’s record for a 38-match season.
Manchester United win their 11th Premier League and equal Liverpool's record of 18 top-flight titles. Barclays English Premier League turnover is £1.005bn, with £136m going to external good causes and solidarity payments.
Chelsea reclaim the Barclays English Premier League title from Manchester United for the first time since 2006. The success caps an excellent first season for Chelsea manager Carlos Ancelotti, with his side scoring 103 goals – a new Premier League record – and winning The FA Cup.
Manchester United win their 12th Premier League title and 19th overall. A new record of 1,063 goals scored is set in a 38-fixture season. On Saturday 5th February 2011 a record 41 goals are scored in one day, in only eight matches. Barclays English Premier League grounds are 92.2% full and the season’s attendance is 13.4m. Barclays English Premier League turnover stands at £1.202bn, with more than £165m distributed outside of the League in solidarity, good causes and grassroots funding.
Manchester City wins there first Barclays English Premier League Title in this season .
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