Premier League

Sport: Soccer
Country: England England
Founding year: 1992
Teams: 20
Teams promoted / relegated: 3

The Premier League is the top-flight domestic football league in England. It is recognized as the richest and most popular domestic league in the world and is officially known as the Barclays Premier League.

The Premier League was founded at the close of the 1991 season when the entire English football structure was revamped in an attempt to revitalize the popularity of football in England after the relative doldrums of the 1980s. On May 27,1992 the FA Premier League was established as a limited company.

Since then the Premier League has grown and developed and is now a huge money spinning machine. It is comprised of 20 clubs and the season lasts from August to May of the following year. At the end of the season, the team that gathers the maximum number of points gets to win the league. The bottom three clubs are relegated to the Football League Championship.

The top four teams in the Premier League qualify for the UEFA Champions League. The first two automatically qualify for the group stages while the third and the fourth placed team go to the third qualifying round.

Manchester United are the most successful club in Premier League history and have won 10 Premier League titles so far. They are also the reigning Premier League champions. Arsenal, Blackburn Rovers and Chelsea too have won the Premier League.

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Standings table 2016/17

Rank Team G W D L GF GA Pts
1 Chelsea FC Chelsea 38 30 3 5 85 33 93
2 Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham 38 26 8 4 86 26 86
3 Manchester City Man City 38 23 9 6 80 39 78
4 Liverpool FC Liverpool 38 22 10 6 78 42 76
5 Arsenal FC Arsenal 38 23 6 9 77 44 75
6 Manchester United Man Utd 38 18 15 5 54 29 69
7 Everton FC Everton 38 17 10 11 62 44 61
8 Southampton FC Southampton 38 12 10 16 41 48 46
9 AFC Bournemouth Bournemouth 38 12 10 16 55 67 46
10 West Bromwich Albion FC West Brom 38 12 9 17 43 51 45
11 West Ham United FC West Ham 38 12 9 17 47 64 45
12 Leicester City FC Leicester City 38 12 8 18 48 63 44
13 Stoke City FC Stoke City 38 11 11 16 41 56 44
14 Crystal Palace FC Crystal Palace 38 12 5 21 50 63 41
15 Swansea City AFC Swans 38 12 5 21 45 70 41
16 Burnley FC Burnley 38 11 7 20 39 55 40
17 Watford FC Watford 38 11 7 20 40 68 40
18 Hull City AFC Hull City 38 9 7 22 37 80 34
19 Middlesbrough FC Middlesbrough 38 5 13 20 27 53 28
20 Sunderland AFC Sunderland 38 6 6 26 29 69 24

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