As the most popular and beloved league in the world, the English Premier League comes with a great and fascinating history with no doubt.
The Premier League, also referred to as TheEnglish Premier League
(EPL), is one of the most popular leagues in the world and was founded on 20th February 1992.
EPL is known as the richest league in the world in terms of money, with a total payout of $3B per year, consisted of twenty British clubs and home to some of the most famous football players.
So what do you know about the
history of the Premier League
? Let’s take a closer look at the league and its story through the history!
To talk about
the history of the Premier League
as one of the most powerful leagues in the world today, we need to go far back in time, when in 1888, The Football League formed by twelve most professional clubs.
Later on, in 1892, when the league admitted new members, it was divided into two divisions and for the next 100 years, the organization of The Football League remained the same, until, in the late 1980s, British Football, after a decade of victories and significant success started going downhill.
Stadiums were collapsing, players were suffering from poor facilities, and not only that but English clubs were not even allowed to participate in any European competition after the Heysel stadium disaster in 1985.
What happened on 29th May that year was a catastrophic event. A human stampede caused by Liverpool fans led 39 people to death and left more than 600 hundred injured. After this tragedy, all British clubs got banned from all competitions for five years.
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Later on, in the early 1990s, English First Division clubs decided that some radical changes were essential in the structure of the British Football League for them to develop. Meanwhile, major English clubs had begun to maximize the revenue by involving in business activities, for instance, by taking a 50% share of all televisions and sponsorship income.
They signed the Founder Members Agreement on July 17, 1991, a year after their gathering with Greg Dyke, the managing director of London Weekend Television, who played an important role in convincing them to resign from the Football League by suggesting them a larger share in television rights money.
On February 20, 1992, after a hundred years of the First Division being the top professional league in English football, the 22 clubs making up the First Division broke away from the Football League and formed the FA Premier League as a limited company working at the Football Association. The teams were Leeds United,Manchester United
, Sheffield Wednesday, Arsenal,Manchester City
, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, Queen Park Rangers, Everton, Wimbledon, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton, Oldham Athletic, Norwich City, Coventry City, Luton Town, Notts Country, West Ham United.
All of a sudden, the 104-years-old Football League that had always operated with four divisions broke up, although the competition format remained the same.
To continue with the
Premier League history
, we have to go back to the beginning of the 21st century. The beginning of the 2000s was the beginning of The Premier League's bright future as they earned the top four spots in 5 out of 6 seasons from 2003-4 to 2008-9.
As you can see, the four top clubs, Arsenal, Chelsea,Liverpool
, and Manchester United, called so "the top four" always qualifying for European Competitions during the 2000s.
In the 2003-4 season, Arsenal gained the nickname "the Invincibles" since they were the first club and the only club in the whole history of The Premier League that complete the campaign without losing any game.
From 2005 to 2012, you could see the Premier League in seven of the eight Champion League finals, although they have lost all the finals. While the top four clubs were the only clubs reaching that point, Leeds United was the only club except for the Top Four, reaching the semi-finals in the 2000-01 season.
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2010 turned the "Top Four" into the "Big Six" after Tottenham finished fourth in the 2009-10 season, becoming the first club to break the Top Four after Everton did five years before.
Then it was Manchester City's turn to become the first club winning the title out the Top Four by taking the title home in the 2011-12 season.
WithUEFA Champions League
only qualifying the first four places in the League, the competition for qualification would become harder for The Premier League clubs considering the fact of having six powerful clubs now instead of four.
The 2011-12 season was the beginning of the Top Four break down. Manchester Utd and Liverpool both were left outside the Top Four three times after that season, with Chelsea finishing 10th in 2015-16 and Arsenal finishing 5th in 2016-17, and that was the beginning of the end for their 20 consecutive Top Four finishes.Leicester City
unexpectedly winning the League and qualifying for the Champions League was the termination of the “Top Four”.
In the last few years, many new clubs have been promoted and joined the Premier League, but they founded so hard to avoid relegation and remain in that position.
Almost every season, at least one newcomer team will be relegated back to the Football League.
In 1997-98, three newly-promoted teams were relegated at the end of the season.
Till now, 49 clubs have played in the Premier League, and still, there are only 20 clubs remained with no new name after Brighton and Huddersfield promoted in 2017.
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The Premier League, with a total payout of $3B per year, is the fourth wealthiest league in the world after NBA, NFL, and MLB.
According to Deloitte's (Football Money League) reports, seven clubs from The Premier League were listed in between the 20 richest football clubs in the world.
The last ranking released in February 2020 shows that 10 out of
the Premier League
20 clubs are amongst the riches football clubs regarding their revenue.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea, West Ham United, Everton, Leicester City, Crystal Palace, and Wolver Hampton Wanderers are those clubs.
Amusingly, The Premier League has the highest revenue of any other leagues in the world.
In 2010, they've been given the Queen's Award for their contribution to the international trade and the value it brought to English football and their broadcasting industry while the revenue for the average Football League Championship is only £2 million.
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Time to take a look at the best clubs in the history of the Premier League.
Man United is the first England club that won the European Cup in 1968. The most prestigious club in The Premier League and of course, in the world. And it is all thanks to Sir Alex Ferguson, who joined the club in 1986 in a time where Liverpool had eighteen league titles while Manchester United had only seven. But Ferguson's legendary management and his master tactic turned the page to the point that other club managers would've dreamt of. Man Utd is listed between the most valuable football clubs in the world after overtaking Real Madrid in 2017.
Liverpool with five times champions of Europe and three UEFA Cup trophies and eighteen league championship despite the bad management and poor ownership in the past twenty-eight years get the second place in the ranking.
Arsenal’s reputation these days is thanks to two big men in the history of Arsenal. The first one is Herbert Chapman, who took over the club in 1925 and changed the way things were done to bring Arsenal to its glory days and trophies. The second man was Arsene Wenger, who arrived in 1996 to set new ideas of turning Arsenal into one of the best clubs in the world by modernizing, investing in facilities, building a new stadium, and creating a new style of play.
Chelsea with five Premier League titles since 2003 and many FA cups become the first club to be crowned kings of Europe. They were the first London club to lift the Champion League trophy in 2012. There were some dark days in the history ofChelsea
, but no matter what, they’ve never been competing lower than the Championship.
Manchester City was the Premier League's best club over the last decade, with claiming domestic titles on four occasions. Six Premier League titles, six FA Cups, and seven League cups in their history make them one of the most successful teams in the Premier League. The reason why they don't have as many fans as Liverpool or Arsenal do is that they don't have the history other big clubs do.
Tottenham is a top-flight club in the past 40 years. With a lack of trophies, which last won the League in 1961.
Everton with the last major honor in 1995 and a total of 15 trophies, is now the England 7th biggest club despite its glory days in 2010 being a member of “Big Six”.
New castle’s last major honor goes back to 1995, but they still have their loud and loyal fans by their side.
West ham with a reputation much bigger than the number of their trophies is one of the other best clubs in
the Premier League
For Leicester the most notable thing was them reaching the quarter-finals in the 2016-17 UEFA Champion Leagues.
Media has had a significant effect on the Premier League since the first day.
Reviewing the history of the Premier League, television played a significant role in the success of the English Premier League.
Premier League is the most-watched league in the world, broadcasting to 643 million homes and having 4.7 billion audiences, promoted as "The Greatest Show On Earth".
In contrast to some European big Leagues such as La Liga, which each club sells its television right individually,
sold its rights with a total worth of £191m, all together to BSkyB in 1992 and another contract agreed between them in 1997 costing £670m.
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Nowadays, Sky Sport exclusively securing 128 out of 200 Premier League televised games remains the main broadcaster in the UK, BT Sport broadcasts 52, and Amazon Prime video broadcasts 20 with a total cost of £5.1B.
The UK broadcasting revenue is divided into three parts: 50% is divided equally between the 20 clubs, 25% goes to Merit Payments based on the final league position.
The top club gets paid 20 times more than the bottom club, and the other 25% is paid in Facilities Fees for the games that are shown on the television. The top clubs will receive a bigger share, with Manchester United getting the highest payment of £14943865.
The Premier League is broadcast in the USA by NBC Sports.
The Premier League
teams battle 38 matches for the trophy; the trophy which was created by the royal jewelers. In addition to the trophy, there are other awards throughout the season.
"Man of the Match" is the award to be given to the individual who has the most impact on a match.
Other awards will go to the "Manager of the Month", "Player of the Month", and "Goal of the Month". There is also another award, called The Golden Boot, which will be given to the best goal scorer at the end of each season.
The "Playmaker of the Season" award will be given to the player who makes the most assists of every season and the "Golden Glove" award will be given to the goalkeeper who has the cleanest sheets at the end of the season.
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Last but not least, is the history of the Premier League logo.
As the next important thing in
the Premier League history
, we have to take a look at the league’s logo.
Despite many changes the Premier League logo had through years, the lion always existed as the main symbol of the league, referring to royal blood since the lion is the king of animals.
The history behind the lion in the logo goes back to 1872, and since then it has symbolized the English football.
In 1992 the Premier League, as a powerful organization used this symbol in its logo.
the Premier League logo
, was more like a depressed lion than a passionate, strong one, showing the power, and it also had many useless details which were unnecessary with a terrible color combination.
Nine years later, in 2001, the logo was redesigned. During these nine years, it experienced some small insignificant changes.
However, after it rebranded in 2001, some professional designers still believed that it has many problems, and instead of getting better, it has turned worse.
Three years later, in 2004, it changed again. Though the color combination got better and the unnecessary details have been removed, but the desperate lion remained the same for another three years.
Until in 2007, a successful rebranding took place. They created a better background, and the lion was improved. At least you could see the pride in his face instead of frustration.
It remained like that until recently in 2016, it completely changed into another logo but still with a lion.
The lion in the new design has completely changed, but what is noticeable here is the harmony you can see through its simplicity. The royal purple and the font they've used in the logo, conveys the sense of power, strength, honor, exactly how it must have been from the beginning.
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