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English Premier League


The English Premier League (EPL) is an annual football league played in England which starts in August and ends in May. It is the most popular league and the most competitive league in the world.
It consists of 20 clubs in top flight English football. The first season took place in 1992/93 which was won by Manchester United. The most recent season was won by Leicester City which was the biggest shock ever. The most successful club in the PL is Manchester United with a jaw-dropping 13 titles. In the 2016/17 PL season the clubs participating are:





  • AFC Bournemouth
  • Arsenal 
  • Burnley
  • Chelsea 
  • Crystal Palace 
  • Everton 
  • Hull City 
  • Leicester City
  • Liverpool 
  • Manchester City 
  • Manchester United
  • Middlesbrough 
  • Southampton 
  • Stoke City
  • Sunderland 
  • Swansea City 
  • Tottenham Hotspurs 
  • Watford: Walter Mazzari
  • West Bromwich Albion 
  • West Ham United  


Qualification For UEFA Competitions



Out of the 20 clubs, the top-four teams qualify for the UEFA Champions League. The top three are directly qualified whereas the fourth placed team has to go through the qualification round.
The next two team, finishing fifth and sixth, qualify for the UEFA Europa League. Also, the winners of the FA Cup and EFL Cup also qualify for this league. But if the clubs who finished among the top four win these tournaments then the qualifications are passed to the seventh and eighth placed teams.


Relegation And Promotion




Also, the last three teams are relegated to the lower division whereas the top three teams from the lower division qualify for the EPL.


FA Community Shield


Before the new season of the Premier League begins, the winners of the EPL and FA Cup of the last season battle it out for supremacy in the FA Community Shield.


Transfer Window


The teams are allowed to buy new players, sell some players, give some players for a loan to other clubs. This process takes place only when the Transfer Window is open, from July to August and again in January. Once the Transfer Window is closed, no more deals can be completed.


Contracts


All the players and the managers sign for the club on contracts. They are paid their wages weekly by the respective club they represent. The players and the manager can extend their contracts or even terminate them. Sometimes, if the owner of the club is not happy with the team's performance he may sack the manager and look for a better replacement. The managers are not necessarily transferred during the Transfer Window. Unlike the players, they can be appointed any time.


Premier League Champions




1992/93: Manchester United
1993/94: Manchester United
1994/95: Blackburn Rovers
1995/96: Manchester United
1996/97: Manchester United
1997/98: Arsenal
1998/99: Manchester United
1999/00: Manchester United
2000/01: Manchester United
2001/02: Arsenal
2002/03: Manchester United
2003/04: Arsenal
2004/05: Chelsea
2005/06: Chelsea
2006/07: Manchester United
2007/08: Manchester United
2008/09: Manchester United
2009/10: Chelsea
2010/11: Manchester United
2011/12: Manchester City
2012/13: Manchester United
2013/14: Manchester City
2014/15: Chelsea
2015/16: Leicester City