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English professional league for association football clubs

  • Barclays Premier League is a corporation with 20 Football clubs as its shareholders.
  • Premier League history dates back to 1888 making it the oldest such competition in world football.
  • The Premier League was formed in May 1992 when all the teams of the Football League First Division all resigned and formed the "super league".
  • The tournament is sponsored by Barclays Bank and thus officially known as the Barclays Premier League.
  • This is the most watched sporting event in broadcasting history.
  • Of the 45 clubs to have competed since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, five have won the title: Manchester United (12 titles), Arsenal (3), Chelsea (3), Blackburn Rovers (1) and Manchester City (1).
  • Manchester City won the 2011-12 season.
  • The Premier League season is from August to May.
  • The first tournament was played on the fifteenth of August in the year 1992. Nine matches were played on the first day of the league.
  • Each team plays with other team twice in a double round robin system thus playing a total of 38 matches.
  • The trophy for the current Premier League was created by Royal Jewellers Asprey of London.
  • Fourteen professional soccer teams, five of which are in the current PL, are based within the London city limits.
  • Americans are the majority stakeholders in five EPL teams.
  • Alex Ferguson has won 12 Premier League titles, but he's a Scot.
  • The league has been renamed four times in 20 years (FA Carling Premiership, Barclaycard Premiership, Barclays Premiership and Barclays Premier League).
  • Teams spend an average of $115 million per year on player salaries.
  • Just seven clubs have participated in all 20 EPL seasons.
  • 45 different clubs have spent at least one season in the EPL.
  • Foreign players make up nearly two-thirds of the league.
  • The league earns $2.3 billion in overseas television rights alone.
  • Alan Sherer is the highest goal taker in the EPL.
  • The first goal in the history of the Premier League was scored by Brian Deane for Sheffield United.
  • David James has played the highest number of matches in the EPL.
  • The manager who was brought to justice for taking bribe in the 1994-1995 season was George Graham.
  • During the season 2005-2006, Cristiano Ronaldo scored his thousandth goal, for the team Manchester United.
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