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Premier League
Premier League.svg
Countries England England
Confederation UEFA
Founded 20 February 1992
Number of teams 20
Relegation to Football League Championship
Levels on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) FA Cup, League Cup
International cup(s) Champions League, Europa League
Current champions Manchester United (2008–09)
Most championships Manchester United (11)
TV partners Sky Sports, ESPN
Website PremierLeague.com
2009–10 Premier League
.The Premier League is an English professional league for association football clubs.^ The English Premier league was founded in 1992.
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^ View English Premier League betting .
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^ Blackburn Rovers Football Club are an English Premier League football club based in the town of Blackburn, Lancashire.
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.At the top of the English football league system, it is the country's primary football competition.^ The Scottish Premier League is Scotlands top professional football league competition.
  • Scotland Premier League Live Scores, Streams, Schedules, Fixtures, Results, Tables, Videos, News :: Live Soccer TV 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC www.livesoccertv.com [Source type: General]

^ At the top of the English football league system , it is the country's primary football competition.
  • The English Premier League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ At the top of the English football league system, it is the country's primary football competition.
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.Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with The Football League.^ Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with The Football League .
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^ Currently contested by 20 clubs, the Premiership operates on a system of promotion and relegation with The Football League.
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^ Currently sponsored by Barclays Bank, the EPL is made up of 20 teams, with sides promoted from and relegated to The Championship.
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.The Premier League is a corporation in which the 20 member clubs act as shareholders.^ The Premier League, any member Club of The Premier League, or the game of football into disrepute; 5.

^ Barclays premier league - week 20 .
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^ Bolton are an established Premier League club.
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.Seasons run from August to May, with teams playing 38 games each totalling 380 games in the season.^ And the third season saw history made, with champions Arsenal going through the entire 38-game campaign unbeaten, as part of their 49-match record-breaking undefeated league run.
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^ A proposal is reportedly being 'explored' by the football league and a Premier League chairman, and is believed to include a suggested increase in the amount of games in a season from 38 to 39.
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^ When I asked an Aston Villa fan what he thought of his team’s prospects for the new season, he replied, “Just refer to the Liverpool game.” He may be right.
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.Most games are played on Saturdays and Sundays, with a few games played during weekday evenings.^ It’s unbelievable, it was the most one-sided game we’ve had during the first half,” he said.

^ Liverpool are currently four points behind Arsenal , having played a game more than the visitors, so this is an even bigger contest than it would normally be.
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^ On two weekends teams play both Saturday and Sunday; the rest of the autumn they play just one day (no games are scheduled on PSAT, SAT or ACT test dates).
  • Club Profile: Coast Soccer League Premier: Getting It Right 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC www.cslpremier.com [Source type: General]

.It is sponsored by Barclays Bank and therefore officially known as the Barclays Premier League.^ Finally, the Barclays Premier League is back.
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^ It is currently sponsored by Barclays Bank.
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^ Barclays premier league - week 20 .
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.The competition formed as the FA Premier League on 20 February 1992 following the decision of clubs in the Football League First Division to break away from The Football League, which was originally founded in 1888, and take advantage of a lucrative television rights deal.^ How many of the clubs that played the first ever Premier League season in 1992-93 were among the twelve original Football League founding sides in 1888-89?
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^ The English Premier league was founded in 1992.
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^ More importantly, in 1992/93 FA Premier League clubs earned around 36 times more money from television rights than clubs in the Football League's lowest division.
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.The Premier League has since become the world's most watched sporting league.^ Premier League ref since 2006.
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^ Premier League referee since 2003.
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^ Premier League referee since 1999.
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[1] .It is the world's most lucrative football league, with combined club revenues of £1.93 billion ($3.15bn) in 2007–08.[2] It is also ranked first in the UEFA coefficients of leagues based on performances in European competitions over the last five years, ahead of Spain's La Liga and Italy's Serie A.^ It is also ranked first in the UEFA coefficients of leagues based on performances in European competitions over the last five years, ahead of Spain's La Liga and Italy's Serie A .
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^ In European Football, the Premier League is ranked in second spot after the Spanish La Liga , measured on the Premier League Clubs' performance in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Cup over the last 5 years, including the 2006-2007 season.
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^ European Leagues contested tonight in the second most prestigious competition in European football.

[3]
.A total of 43 clubs have competed in the Premier League, but only four have won the title: Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Arsenal, and Chelsea.^ Barclays Premier League - Manchester United vs...
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^ In the league Chelsea will roll back the years, beating the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool to the Premier League title.
  • 2009-10 English Premier League Preview | Prost Amerika Soccer 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.prostamerika.com [Source type: General]

^ Manchester United take EPL title with Arsenal draw .
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.The current champions are Manchester United, who won their eleventh Premier League title in the 2008–09 season, the most of any Premier League team.^ Premier League champions Season Winner .
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^ Who’d be a Premier League footballer at Christmas?
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^ At the end of the season, the champions are the team with most points.
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.This title triumph also levelled United and Liverpool on 18 top-flight championships altogether.^ In the league Chelsea will roll back the years, beating the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool to the Premier League title.
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^ It should be remembered that United, Arsenal and Liverpool all have to visit Stamford Bridge as well and this too could have a huge bearing on the destination of the title.
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^ As a Chelsea fan, neither prospect is that inviting, but at least the Liverpool players have carried themselves with a certain level of class, at least relative to the behavior of Manchester United.
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Contents

History

Origins

The original logo of The Premier League (1992–2007)
.Despite significant European success during the 1970s and early 1980s, the late 80s had marked a low point for English football.^ Despite significant European success during the 1970s, the 1980s had marked a low point for English football.
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^ The late 1980s were an eventful time to be a Sunderland fan, as the team bounced up from the third to the first tier of English football.
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^ Liverpool Live Liverpool have one of the most glamorous and successful histories in world football and have won more trophies than any other English team.
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.Stadia were crumbling, supporters endured poor facilities, hooliganism was rife, and English clubs were banned from European competition for five years following the events at Heysel in 1985.[4] The Football League First Division, which had been the top level of English football since 1888, was well behind leagues such as Italy's Serie A and Spain's La Liga in attendances and revenues, and several top English players had moved abroad.^ The Scottish Premier League is Scotlands top professional football league competition.
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^ This was their first ever season in the top tier division of the English League since joining the league in 1920.
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^ The Football League First Division, which had been the top level of English football since 1888, was well behind leagues such as Italy's Serie A and Spain's La Liga in attendances and revenues, and several top English players had moved abroad."
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[5] .However, by the turn of the 1990s the downward trend was starting to reverse; England had been successful in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, reaching the semi-finals.^ FIFA World Cup 2010 .
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^ England success at World Cup will hit supporters in the pocket .
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^ England World Cup tickets undersubscribed .
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.UEFA, European football's governing body, lifted the five-year ban on English clubs playing in European competitions in 1990 (resulting in Manchester United lifting the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1991) and the Taylor Report on stadium safety standards, which proposed expensive upgrades to create all-seater stadia in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster, was published in January of that year.^ Why they won't win : Manchester United will be competing in five competitions this year.
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^ UEFA , European football's governing body, lifted the five-year ban on English clubs playing in European competitions in 1990 and the Taylor Report on stadium safety standards, which proposed expensive upgrades to create all-seater stadiums in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster , was published in January of that year.
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^ European Super Cup: Winners 1991.
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[6]
.Television money had also become much more important; the Football League received £6.3 million for a two-year agreement in 1986, but when that deal was renewed in 1988, the price rose to £44m over four years.^ Premier League income, television money.
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^ Television money had also become much more important; the Football League received £6.3million for a two-year agreement in 1986, but when that deal was renewed in 1988, the price rose to £44m over four years.
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^ Gallas to get his two-year Arsenal deal .
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[7] .The 1988 negotiations were the first signs of a breakaway league; ten clubs threatened to leave and form a "super league", but were eventually persuaded to stay.^ The Founder Members Agreement, signed on 17th July 1991 by the game’s top-flight clubs established the basic principles for setting up the F.A. Premier League.
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^ In 1992 the First Division Clubs resigned from the Football league en masse and on the 27th May 1992 the F.A. Premier League was formed as a limited company, which worked out of an office at the then Football Association’s headquarters, Lancaster Gate.
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^ The newly formed top division would have commercial independence from the Football Association and the Football League, giving the F.A. Premier League license to negotiate its own broadcast and sponsorship agreements.
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[8] .As stadia improved and match attendance and revenues rose, the country's top teams again considered leaving the Football League in order to capitalise on the growing influx of money being pumped into the sport.^ As stadiums improved and match attendance and revenues rose, the country's top teams again considered leaving the Football League in order to capitalise on the growing influx of money being pumped into the sport.
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^ At the top of the English football league system , it is the country's primary football competition.
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^ At the top of the English football league system, it is the country's primary football competition.
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Premier League champions
Season Winner
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

Foundation

.At the close of the 1991 season, a proposal for the establishment of a new league was tabled that would bring more money into the game overall.^ No, the real drama in the world's best league lies at the bottom of the table where just eight points separate slots 11-19 with 6 games to go.

^ And according to an article by Judy Battista of The New York Times , N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell said that a 17th game, if adopted, could be played at neutral sites, which would give the league the flexibility to play more games outside the United States.
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^ 'THE GLOBAL GAME' Watch the BBC News Channel/BBC World on Friday for interviews and analysis on the global growth and appeal of the Premier League, with coverage also on radio and online .
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.The Founder Members Agreement, signed on 17 July 1991 by the game's top-flight clubs, established the basic principles for setting up the FA Premier League.^ FA Cup and Premier League previews .
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^ Is Donovan set for a Premier League move?
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^ Premier League - Is this the worst signing ever?
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[9] .The newly formed top division would have commercial independence from the Football Association and the Football League, giving the FA Premier League license to negotiate its own broadcast and sponsorship agreements.^ The newly formed top division would have commercial independence from the Football Association and the Football League, giving the FA Premier League license to negotiate its own broadcast and sponsorship agreements.
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^ FA Cup and Premier League previews .
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^ Who’d be a Premier League footballer at Christmas?
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.The argument given at the time was that the extra income would allow English clubs to compete with teams across Europe.^ The late 1980s were an eventful time to be a Sunderland fan, as the team bounced up from the third to the first tier of English football.
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^ I believe the argument that it would be viewed as Scotland vs England is ridiculous - there are so many non-English players in England's top teams for example and even if this seemed the case in the first instance I believe that those feelings would disappear as time goes on.
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^ This was considered necessary so that English clubs could once again compete with and beat the best of Europe, while attracting the best talent in the world, something which in 1991 seemed practically unthinkable.
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[10]
.In 1992 the First Division clubs resigned from the Football League en masse and on 27 May 1992 the FA Premier League was formed as a limited company working out of an office at the Football Association's then headquarters in Lancaster Gate.^ FA Cup and Premier League previews .
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^ Who’d be a Premier League footballer at Christmas?
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^ FA Cup & Premier League as it happened .
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[5] .This meant a break-up of the 104-year-old Football League that had operated until then with four divisions; the Premier League would operate with a single division and the Football League with three.^ Who’d be a Premier League footballer at Christmas?
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^ This meant a break-up of the 104-year-old Football League that had operated until then with four divisions; the Premier League would operate with a single division and the Football League with three.
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^ The landmark match came almost exactly 10 years after Chelsea became the first British side to field an entirely foreign starting line-up in a Premier League match against Southampton on December 26, 1999.
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.There was no change in competition format; the same number of teams competed in the top flight, and promotion and relegation between the Premier League and the new First Division remained on the same terms as between the old First and Second Divisions.^ When English Premier League news breaks, we will bring it to you first.
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^ Premier League team news .
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^ Premier League team news: Defensive headache for Manchester United .
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.The 22 inaugural members of the new Premier League were Arsenal, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea, Coventry City, Crystal Palace, Everton, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, Oldham Athletic, Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, and Wimbledon.^ They have seriously failed to capitalise on more strange goings on in the Premier League, which has seen Manchester United lose two games in a row.
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^ Aston Villa, Everton chasing Lens striker Boukari .
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^ Jason Pereira - (14) - 29/09/2007 Grading Summer 2007's 20 Most Expensive Transfers by Marco Pantanella - (30) - 29/09/2007 Premier League Headlines: Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and more by Jason Pereira - (2) - 29/09/2007 Weekend Predictions by Ahmed Bilal - (11) - 28/09/2007 Premier League Headlines: Chelsea, Sunderland, Tottenham, Newcastle, Liverpool and more by Jason Pereira - (0) - 28/09/2007 Top 4 vs Rest of England: Is the Gap Widening?
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Establishment

.As of the end of the 2008–09 season, there had been 17 completed seasons of the Premier League.^ Barclays Premier League 08/09 .
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^ Barclays Premier League 09/10 .
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^ Premier League Preview 2008/9 .
  • English Premier League Football - Premiership Clubs,teams,news,2006/07 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.football-england.com [Source type: General]

.The league held its first season in 1992–93 and was originally composed of 22 clubs.^ US sports broadcaster will screen 46 live Premier League matches next season which were formerly held by Setanta .
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^ Yesterday, the English soccer club defeated mighty Manchester United, 1-0 , in its first home game in the Premier League.
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^ Hoping to end a nineteen-year league title drought, Liverpool Football Club enter the 2009-2010 season riding a wave of enthusiasm.
  • 2009-10 English Premier League Preview | Prost Amerika Soccer 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.prostamerika.com [Source type: General]

.The first ever Premier League goal was scored by Brian Deane of Sheffield United in a 2–1 win against Manchester United.^ Murphy scored three winning goals against United when he was a Liverpool player.
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^ Ronaldo scored 42 goals and led United to Premier League and Champions League trophies.
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^ In England, Manchester United needs a draw or a victory at home against Arsenal to win the Premier League.
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.Due to insistence by FIFA, the international governing body of football, that domestic leagues reduce the number of games clubs played, the number of clubs was reduced to 20 in 1995 when four teams were relegated from the league and only two teams promoted.^ We played a game of football and I’m not looking at that as an excuse.

^ I played football for 20 years and I managed at other clubs.
  • Archive for English Premier League Category | Soccer News Info - Soccer News Info 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.footballcupleague.com [Source type: General]

^ Premier League - Team news: Van Persie out Wenger: Gunners can send message Southgate Denies Ronaldo Feud Talk Football .
  • Premier League - FA to investigate alleged bribe - Yahoo! Eurosport UK 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC uk.eurosport.yahoo.com [Source type: News]

.On 8 June 2006, FIFA requested that all major European leagues, including Italy's Serie A and Spain's La Liga be reduced to 18 teams by the start of the 2007–08 season.^ It is also ranked first in the UEFA coefficients of leagues based on performances in European competitions over the last five years, ahead of Spain's La Liga and Italy's Serie A .
  • The English Premier League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Football League First Division, which had been the top level of English football since 1888, was well behind leagues such as Italy's Serie A and Spain's La Liga in attendances and revenues, and several top English players had moved abroad.
  • The English Premier League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This is the myth, the Holy Grail.­ Spain, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Portugal and most other­ European leagues have operated like this for years,­ three or four teams snapping away for the title, the­ rest swimming behind with the occasional 'blip'­ (Blackburn?
  • Barclays Premier League - Countdown: Sunderland - Yahoo! Eurosport UK 11 September 2009 6:14 UTC uk.eurosport.yahoo.com [Source type: General]

.The Premier League responded by announcing their intention to resist such a reduction.^ The FA has announced that it will investigate reports that a former Premier League player accepted 50,000 to fix a match.
  • Premier League - FA to investigate alleged bribe - Yahoo! Eurosport UK 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC uk.eurosport.yahoo.com [Source type: News]

^ Admittedly, most clubs would not consider fourth in the Premier League as "going wrong," but such is the cruel reality of high expectations.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ "We are working closely with the Premier League and other rights holders to clamp down on piracy such as that represented by Justin.tv."
  • FA and Sky TV chief's outrage after American website Justin.tv illegally broadcasts Premier League matches for free | News Of The World 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC www.newsoftheworld.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[11] .Ultimately, the 2007–08 season kicked off again with 20 teams.^ September 1 2009 The 2010 Indian Premier League season will kick off in Hyderabad.

^ Coincidentally, Bradford will be beginning season 2007-08 in League 2, effectively the fourth division in England.
  • The UrbanWire » English Premier League 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC theurbanwire.com [Source type: General]

^ After all the qualification dust has settled, the thirty two teams involved, know their opponents, and begin their final preparations ahead of the June 11 kick off .
  • English Premier League - Tag - Online Betting News 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.online-betting.me.uk [Source type: General]

The league changed its name from the FA Premier League to simply the Premier League in 2007.[12]

Corporate structure

.The Premier League is operated as a corporation and is owned by the 20 member clubs.^ Yesterday, the English soccer club defeated mighty Manchester United, 1-0 , in its first home game in the Premier League.
  • PREMIER LEAGUE - Goal Blog - NYTimes.com 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC goal.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: News]

^ In July, reporter Billy Witz visited with Burnley Football Club while it prepared for the club’s first ever Premier League campaign.
  • PREMIER LEAGUE - Goal Blog - NYTimes.com 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC goal.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: News]

^ McCarthy is right to put the needs of his club before those of any other and to do all he can to keep them in the Premier League — but his action unbalances the competition.
  • http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/tag/premier-league/ 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC blogs.reuters.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Each club is a shareholder, with one vote each on issues such as rule changes and contracts.^ Van Nistelrooy joins Hamburg Ruud van Nistelrooy has joined Hamburg on a one-and-a-half-year contract from Real Madrid, the German club have announced on their website.
  • Latest Football news, Euro and World Soccer — English Premier League Football news, European Championships, Champion’s League footy news, all the latest football headlines and rumours. 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.sportsbreakingnews.com [Source type: News]

.The clubs elect a chairman, chief executive, and board of directors to oversee the daily operations of the league.^ Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with The Football League .
  • The English Premier League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Rick Parry, Chief Executive of the FA Premier League, sees pay-to-view as the future for televised football arguing that it is: .
  • British Football on Television: Centre for the Sociology of Sport, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester 17 September 2009 1:28 UTC www.le.ac.uk [Source type: News]

^ Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore welcomed the deal.
  • ESPN wins Premier League football rights | Media | guardian.co.uk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

[13] .The Football Association is not directly involved in the day-to-day operations of the Premier League, but has veto power as a special shareholder during the election of the chairman and chief executive and when new rules are adopted by the league.^ Premier League team news .
  • Premier League clockwatch - as it happened! | Tom Bryant | Football | guardian.co.uk 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ A surprising day of Premier League results then.
  • The Offside - English Premier League 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC epl.theoffside.com [Source type: General]

^ Who’d be a Premier League footballer at Christmas?
  • http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/tag/premier-league/ 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC blogs.reuters.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[14]
.The Premier League sends representatives to UEFA's European Club Forum, the number of clubs and the clubs themselves chosen according to UEFA coefficients.^ It is also ranked first in the UEFA coefficients of leagues based on performances in European competitions over the last five years, ahead of Spain's La Liga and Italy's Serie A .
  • The English Premier League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Wayne Rooney celebrated the first four-goal haul of his career as he helped send Manchester United back to the top of the Premier League.
  • English Premier League | Football News from TEAMtalk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.teamtalk.com [Source type: News]
  • English Premier League | Football News from TEAMtalk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.teamtalk.com [Source type: News]

^ But for clubs who are not among the elite of European football, the UEFA Cup provides them with a chance to compete for silverware against other second tier clubs.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

.The European Club Forum is responsible for electing three members to UEFA's Club Competitions Committee, which is involved in the operations of UEFA competitions such as the Champions League and UEFA Europa League.^ Angry Ferguson to wield axe after FA Cup loss (6) European round-up: Great win for Real but Barca stay ahead (5) Foreign investors could destroy Premier League clubs (5) Interesting Champions League draw for English sides (5) Recent Forum Posts .
  • Is Donovan set for a Premier League move? 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC www.soccernews.com [Source type: General]

^ If the Domestic Cup winner has also qualified for the Champions League, then the Europa League spot gets to the Cup runner-up.
  • Scottish Premier League - Standings - FOX Sports on MSN 28 January 2010 0:41 UTC foxsports.foxnews.com [Source type: News]
  • Premier League - Standings - FOX Sports on MSN 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC foxsports.foxnews.com [Source type: News]

^ But for clubs who are not among the elite of European football, the UEFA Cup provides them with a chance to compete for silverware against other second tier clubs.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

[15]

Competition format and sponsorship

Competition

.There are 20 clubs in the Premier League.^ The Premier League is a corporation in which the 20 member clubs act as shareholders .
  • The English Premier League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Premier League - Fansfc FansFC.com Soccer Babe Video Sitemap Contact 11 Jan, 2010 :04 04 AM Player Search: Club News: --Team-- .
  • Premier League - Fansfc 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC www.fansfc.com [Source type: News]

^ The competition formed as the FA Premier League on 20 February 1992 following the decision of clubs in the Football League First Division to break away from The Football League , which was originally founded in 1888, and take advantage of a lucrative television rights deal.
  • The English Premier League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.During the course of a season (from August to May) each club plays the others twice (a double round robin system), once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents, for a total of 38 games.^ Seasons run from August to May, with teams playing 38 games each.
  • The English Premier League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ He returned to Southport but fell out of favour as the club won just two games out of fifteen towards the end of the 2002/03 season, resulting in relegation.

^ When I asked an Aston Villa fan what he thought of his team’s prospects for the new season, he replied, “Just refer to the Liverpool game.” He may be right.
  • The UrbanWire » English Premier League 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC theurbanwire.com [Source type: General]

.Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a draw.^ Premier League Standings 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, no points for a loss.
  • Premier League - Standings - FOX Sports on MSN 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC foxsports.foxnews.com [Source type: News]

^ And the three newly promoted teams, Burnley, Wolverhampton and Birmingham City, all have one victory.
  • PREMIER LEAGUE - Goal Blog - NYTimes.com 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC goal.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: News]

^ The 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge provided one of the games of the season and Villa will always believe all three points would have been theirs' had it not been for Zat Knight's sending off on the stroke of half time when they were 2-0 up.
  • English Premier League Football - Premiership Clubs,teams,news,2006/07 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.football-england.com [Source type: General]

.No points are awarded for a loss.^ Premier League Standings 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, no points for a loss.
  • Premier League - Standings - FOX Sports on MSN 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC foxsports.foxnews.com [Source type: News]

.Teams are ranked by total points, then goal difference, and then goals scored.^ Premier League Tiebreakers If two or more teams have equal points the following tiebreakers shall be employed: Goal Difference Goals scored Play-off at neutral venue (champion or relegation places only).
  • Premier League - Standings - FOX Sports on MSN 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC foxsports.foxnews.com [Source type: News]

^ Joe Cole, Nicolas Anelka, Frank Lampard, and Deco all scored as Chelsea soared to the top of the table on goal difference.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ Add to that fact, that Arsenal are the top scoring team in the Premier League , then goals are definitely expected on Sunday.
  • English Premier League - Tag - Online Betting News 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.online-betting.me.uk [Source type: General]

.At the end of each season, the club with the most points is crowned champion.^ Hoping to end a nineteen-year league title drought, Liverpool Football Club enter the 2009-2010 season riding a wave of enthusiasm.
  • 2009-10 English Premier League Preview | Prost Amerika Soccer 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.prostamerika.com [Source type: General]

^ He returned to Southport but fell out of favour as the club won just two games out of fifteen towards the end of the 2002/03 season, resulting in relegation.

^ Cook states that he and the club’s owners gave Hughes all the resources that he needed to achieve the target of 70 points for the season.
  • http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/tag/premier-league/ 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC blogs.reuters.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.If points are equal, the goal difference and then goals scored determine the winner.^ Premier League Tiebreakers If two or more teams have equal points the following tiebreakers shall be employed: Goal Difference Goals scored Play-off at neutral venue (champion or relegation places only).
  • Premier League - Standings - FOX Sports on MSN 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC foxsports.foxnews.com [Source type: News]

^ Joe Cole, Nicolas Anelka, Frank Lampard, and Deco all scored as Chelsea soared to the top of the table on goal difference.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ If Newcastle draw, then they are at 35 points with a much better goal difference than Boro.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

If still equal, teams are deemed to occupy the same position. .If there is a tie for the championship, for relegation, or for qualification to other competitions, a play-off match at a neutral venue decides rank.^ Premier League Tiebreakers If two or more teams have equal points the following tiebreakers shall be employed: Goal Difference Goals scored Play-off at neutral venue (champion or relegation places only).
  • Premier League - Standings - FOX Sports on MSN 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC foxsports.foxnews.com [Source type: News]

^ There will be an extra game in 2010, the third place play-off after the two semifinals.

^ Benny McCarthy is a proven scoring threat and even though Blackburn is not a great side, there are other teams that will beat them to the relegation punch.
  • 2009-10 English Premier League Preview | Prost Amerika Soccer 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.prostamerika.com [Source type: General]

[16] .The three lowest placed teams are relegated into the Football League Championship and the top two teams from the Championship, together with the winner of play-offs involving the third to sixth placed Championship clubs, are promoted in their place.^ There will be an extra game in 2010, the third place play-off after the two semifinals.

^ Premier League - Team news: Van Persie out Wenger: Gunners can send message Southgate Denies Ronaldo Feud Talk Football .
  • Premier League - FA to investigate alleged bribe - Yahoo! Eurosport UK 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC uk.eurosport.yahoo.com [Source type: News]

^ Premier League Tiebreakers If two or more teams have equal points the following tiebreakers shall be employed: Goal Difference Goals scored Play-off at neutral venue (champion or relegation places only).
  • Premier League - Standings - FOX Sports on MSN 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC foxsports.foxnews.com [Source type: News]

[17]

Qualification for European competitions

.As of the 2009–10 season qualification for the UEFA Champions League changes, the top four teams in the Premier League qualify for the UEFA Champions League, with the top three teams directly entering the group stage.^ Premier League 2009/10 .
  • English Premier League - Stats 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.soccerbible.com [Source type: General]
  • English Premier League - Stats 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.soccerbible.com [Source type: General]

^ Premier League 2009/2010 .
  • England Premier League Live Scores, Streams, Schedules, Fixtures, Results, Tables, Videos, News :: Live Soccer TV 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.livesoccertv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ English Premier League 2009/2010 .
  • English Premier League 2009/2010 - Page 12 - Beastie Boys Message Board 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.beastieboys.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • English Premier League 2009/2010 - Page 2 - Beastie Boys Message Board 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.beastieboys.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Previously only the top two teams qualified automatically.^ That’s three big points against an in-form team and six points from nine against the top two and Evesham.” .

^ The teams in Groups E, F, G, and H still have one game remaining, but the top two clubs in each of those groups have mathematically advanced.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ The only previous first-team game in which the 35-year-old had featured this season was with Notts County in League Two for a 2-1 defeat at Morecambe in September.
  • Latest Football news, Euro and World Soccer — English Premier League Football news, European Championships, Champion’s League footy news, all the latest football headlines and rumours. 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.sportsbreakingnews.com [Source type: News]

.The fourth-placed team enters the Champions League at the play-off round for non-champions and must win a two-legged knockout tie in order to enter the group stage.^ The fourth-placed Stags are well in the hunt for a play-off place.

^ The winners of these cup ties will enter the group stage of the Champions League.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ Here are 16 clubs in the knockout stage of the Champions League: .
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

[18] .The fifth team automatically qualifies for the UEFA Europa League, and the sixth and seventh-placed teams can also qualify, depending on the winners of the two domestic cup competitions.^ If the Domestic Cup winner has also qualified for the Champions League, then the Europa League spot gets to the Cup runner-up.
  • Premier League - Standings - FOX Sports on MSN 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC foxsports.foxnews.com [Source type: News]

^ It is also ranked first in the UEFA coefficients of leagues based on performances in European competitions over the last five years, ahead of Spain's La Liga and Italy's Serie A .
  • The English Premier League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Premier League Tiebreakers If two or more teams have equal points the following tiebreakers shall be employed: Goal Difference Goals scored Play-off at neutral venue (champion or relegation places only).
  • Premier League - Standings - FOX Sports on MSN 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC foxsports.foxnews.com [Source type: News]

.If one of the cup winners qualifies for Europe through their league position, the sixth-placed team in the Premier League will qualify for the Europa League.^ Premier League team news .
  • Premier League clockwatch - as it happened! | Tom Bryant | Football | guardian.co.uk 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ FA Cup & Premier League as it happened .
  • BBC SPORT | Football | FA Cup | FA Cup & Premier League as it happened 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC news.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Premier League Tiebreakers If two or more teams have equal points the following tiebreakers shall be employed: Goal Difference Goals scored Play-off at neutral venue (champion or relegation places only).
  • Premier League - Standings - FOX Sports on MSN 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC foxsports.foxnews.com [Source type: News]

.If both of the cup winners qualify for Europe through their league position, the sixth and seventh-placed teams in the Premier League will qualify for the Europa League.^ Premier League champions Season Winner .
  • The English Premier League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Premier League team news .
  • Premier League clockwatch - as it happened! | Tom Bryant | Football | guardian.co.uk 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ FA Cup & Premier League as it happened .
  • BBC SPORT | Football | FA Cup | FA Cup & Premier League as it happened 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC news.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

.A further place in the UEFA Europa League is available via the Fair Play initiative.^ A seventh place finish in the previous campaign allowed the Cottagers to qualify for the Europa League, thereby raising the expectations of the club’s fan base.
  • 2009-10 English Premier League Preview | Prost Amerika Soccer 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.prostamerika.com [Source type: General]

^ Some snippets from the FA Premier League’s scathing response (via DLA Piper) to the Ofcom Pay TV Consultation (available here ): .
  • FA Premier League to Ofcom: ‘and the horse you rode in on!’ : | OfcomWatch | 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC www.ofcomwatch.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ A defeat for the home side would put them seven points adrift of the third placed team in the Premier League, still having played an extra game.
  • English Premier League - Tag - Online Betting News 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.online-betting.me.uk [Source type: General]

.If the Premier League has one of the three highest Fair Play rankings in Europe, the highest ranked team in the Premier League Fair Play standings which has not already qualified for Europe will automatically qualify for the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round.^ In fact, some teams have already played their first qualifying matches in the UEFA Cup.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ Premier League, Round 23 .
  • Premier League Fixtures - Fox Soccer - Fox Sports on MSN 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC nmsn.foxsports.com [Source type: News]

^ Indian Premier League 2008 Standings .

[19]
.An exception to the usual European qualification system happened in 2005, when Liverpool won the Champions League, but did not finish in a Champions League qualification place in the Premier League that season.^ Premier League champions Season Winner .
  • The English Premier League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Close Premier League clockwatch - as it happened!
  • Premier League clockwatch - as it happened! | Tom Bryant | Football | guardian.co.uk 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Premier League clockwatch - as it happened!
  • Premier League clockwatch - as it happened! | Tom Bryant | Football | guardian.co.uk 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

.UEFA gave special dispensation for Liverpool to enter the Champions League, giving England five qualifiers.^ UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Third qualifying round draw: .
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ If the Domestic Cup winner has also qualified for the Champions League, then the Europa League spot gets to the Cup runner-up.
  • Premier League - Standings - FOX Sports on MSN 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC foxsports.foxnews.com [Source type: News]

^ Ahmed Bilal - (5) - 04/06/2008 Hughes swaps Blackburn for Manchester City, but can he swap Uefa Cup for the Champions League?
  • English Premier League 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerlens.com [Source type: General]

[20] .UEFA subsequently ruled that the defending champions qualify for the competition the following year regardless of their domestic league placing.^ UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Third qualifying round draw: .
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ As always, when we play them in any kind of competition, like the league or Champions League, the smaller things can make a big difference and it will be that way once again.
  • Premier League | Premiership | Fantasy Football | Videos | Table | Scores 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC www.premierleaguefootball.tv [Source type: News]

^ Plus with the extra money they earn in England they would be able to threaten the cosy quartet who get into the Champions League every year.
  • TheGame - Times Online - WBLG: Old Firm must play in the Premier League 28 January 2010 0:41 UTC timesonline.typepad.com [Source type: General]

.However, for those leagues with four entrants in the Champions League, this means that if the Champions League winner falls outside of its domestic league's top four, it will qualify at the expense of the fourth-placed team in the league.^ "Not always a team top of the league.
  • Sky Sports | Football News | Premier League | Liverpool | Saudis eye English influx 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.skysports.com [Source type: News]

^ Wayne Rooney celebrated the first four-goal haul of his career as he helped send Manchester United back to the top of the Premier League.
  • English Premier League | Football News from TEAMtalk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.teamtalk.com [Source type: News]
  • English Premier League | Football News from TEAMtalk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.teamtalk.com [Source type: News]

^ The top four teams will then figure in the two semi-finals and a final.

.No association can have more than four entrants in the Champions League.^ Much different than what we have come to expect from Chelsea and Liverpool in the Champions League.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ The running joke around London was that Carlos Bocanegra of Fulham scored 5 league goals this season, one more than Shevchenko—and he’s a centre-back!
  • The UrbanWire » English Premier League 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC theurbanwire.com [Source type: General]

^ However, Rangers and Celtic are big fish in a small pond right now and if they make the move to the Premiership they will be little more than mid-table clubs and will certainly not qualify for the Champions League.
  • TheGame - Times Online - WBLG: Old Firm must play in the Premier League 28 January 2010 0:41 UTC timesonline.typepad.com [Source type: General]

.The Premier League was recently promoted to the top of the UEFA rankings of European leagues based on their performances in European competitions over a five-year period.^ Wayne Rooney celebrated the first four-goal haul of his career as he helped send Manchester United back to the top of the Premier League.
  • English Premier League | Football News from TEAMtalk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.teamtalk.com [Source type: News]
  • English Premier League | Football News from TEAMtalk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.teamtalk.com [Source type: News]

^ Managers field weaker teams in the cups to save their top players for Premier League (or Champions League) matches.
  • http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/tag/premier-league/ 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC blogs.reuters.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The recent history of English dominance in the Champions League is testament to the superiority of the English sides in general when compared to European counterparts.
  • Celtic and Rangers Could Destroy English Premier League 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC gnews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.This broke the eight-year dominance of the Spanish league, La Liga.^ Put your knowledge of Spanish football to the test with our Fantasy La Liga game.
  • Premier League Football | Premiership Results & Fixtures - Yahoo! Eurosport UK 28 January 2010 0:41 UTC uk.eurosport.yahoo.com [Source type: General]

^ I believe that if the EPL is to safeguard it's ranking as the best league in the world then this is a certainty, as the Spanish La Liga is looking ominously strong from where I'm sitting.
  • TheGame - Times Online - WBLG: Old Firm must play in the Premier League 28 January 2010 0:41 UTC timesonline.typepad.com [Source type: General]

^ The fact Americans are beginning to play in the PL (the TOP league in the world, in my opinion) along with Serie A and even La Liga shows that we are getting better.
  • Is Donovan set for a Premier League move? 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC www.soccernews.com [Source type: General]

[21] .The top three leagues in Europe are currently allowed to enter four teams into the Champions League.^ "Not always a team top of the league.
  • Sky Sports | Football News | Premier League | Liverpool | Saudis eye English influx 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.skysports.com [Source type: News]

^ As stadiums improved and match attendance and revenues rose, the country's top teams again considered leaving the Football League in order to capitalise on the growing influx of money being pumped into the sport.
  • The English Premier League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This meant a break-up of the 104-year-old Football League that had operated until then with four divisions; the Premier League would operate with a single division and the Football League with three.
  • The English Premier League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The UEFA president Michel Platini, had proposed taking one place from the top three leagues and allocating it to that nation's cup winners.^ Until the UEFA Cup match, Guzan’s only appearance was in a League Cup match back in September, when Villa was bounced from the tournament by visiting Queens Park Rangers.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE - Goal Blog - NYTimes.com 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC goal.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: News]

^ Managers field weaker teams in the cups to save their top players for Premier League (or Champions League) matches.
  • http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/tag/premier-league/ 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC blogs.reuters.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Ahmed Bilal - (5) - 04/06/2008 Hughes swaps Blackburn for Manchester City, but can he swap Uefa Cup for the Champions League?
  • English Premier League 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerlens.com [Source type: General]

This proposal was rejected in a vote at a UEFA Strategy Council meeting.[22] .In the same meeting, however, it was agreed that the third-placed team in the top four leagues would receive automatic qualification for the group stage, rather than entry into the third qualifying round, while the fourth-placed team would enter the play-off round for non-champions, guaranteeing an opponent from one of the top 15 leagues in Europe.^ The fourth-placed Stags are well in the hunt for a play-off place.

^ The winners of these cup ties will enter the group stage of the Champions League.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ Today, the 3rd round qualifying matches for the Champions League were announced.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

.This was part of Platini's plan to increase the number of teams qualifying directly into the group stage, while simultaneously increasing the number of teams from lower-ranked nations in the group stage.^ It will be the second World Twenty20 and will consist of 12 teams, contested by all Test-playing nations plus qualifiers (Ireland, Netherlands and Scotland) Get the latest news from World Twenty20 .

^ The two times the teams met in the group stage, Delhi won both encounters.

^ I have a few suggestions on how to improve the league and quality of the SPL. why not increase the number of teams from 10 to 18 teams per league.
  • TheGame - Times Online - WBLG: Old Firm must play in the Premier League 28 January 2010 0:41 UTC timesonline.typepad.com [Source type: General]

[23]

Sponsorship

.The Premier League has been sponsored since 1993. The sponsor has been able to determine the league's sponsorship name.^ It is sponsored by Barclays Bank and therefore officially known as the Barclays Premier League .
  • The English Premier League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Okay, it's been a few weeks since our last Premier League review and much has happened in the meantime.
  • English Premier League Football - Premiership Clubs,teams,news,2006/07 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.football-england.com [Source type: General]

^ These strengths have turned them into an established Premier League club, less than two years since winning promotion.
  • English Premier League - Tag - Online Betting News 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.online-betting.me.uk [Source type: General]

The list below details who the sponsors have been and what they called the competition:
  • 1993–2001: Carling (FA Carling Premiership)
  • 2001–2004: Barclaycard (Barclaycard Premiership)
  • 2004–2007: Barclays (Barclays Premiership)
  • 2007–present: Barclays (Barclays Premier League) [24]

Finances

.The Premier League is the most lucrative football league in the world, with total club revenues rising 26% to £1.93 billion ($3.15bn) as of 2007–08.[2] Eleven of the twenty Premier League teams made an operating profit in that year.^ Making a grand total of £1.6 billion to be shared by 20 FA Premier League clubs over three years.
  • British Football on Television: Centre for the Sociology of Sport, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester 17 September 2009 1:28 UTC www.le.ac.uk [Source type: News]

^ English Premier League Football - Premiership Clubs,teams,news,2006/07 .
  • English Premier League Football - Premiership Clubs,teams,news,2006/07 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.football-england.com [Source type: General]

^ The Premier League is one of the best and most competitive leagues in the world.
  • Celtic and Rangers Could Destroy English Premier League 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC gnews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Wage costs also reached €1.51 billion in 2007/08, considerably higher than that of the next highest-spending league, the Italian Serie A (at €972m).^ Coincidentally, Bradford will be beginning season 2007-08 in League 2, effectively the fourth division in England.
  • The UrbanWire » English Premier League 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC theurbanwire.com [Source type: General]

^ ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 2007/08 LONDON ENGLAND Chelsea Vs Tottenham Hotspur(L) .
  • Watch online & free internet TV - Sports on Jan 14 & Jan 15: Serie A, English Premier League, UEFA, baseball etc.. 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC yourglobaltv.com [Source type: News]

^ Italian Serie A Record 2009/2010 Overall: 18-12-4 +19.94 Totals: 3-3-1 +0.51 Sides: 15-9-3 +19.43 .
  • Half-Season English Premier League Report - The Punters Lounge - The World's Best Betting Forum 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.punterslounge.com [Source type: General]

.Individual salaries are rarely, if ever, confirmed in public, although a survey of players in 2006, conducted in conjunction with the Professional Footballers' Association, showed the average basic wage in the Premier League was £676,000 per year, or £13,000 per week, before bonuses.^ Where the Premier League's players come from .
  • BBC SPORT | Football | Premier League | Where the Premier League's players come from 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC news.bbc.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ The Premier League is an English professional league for association football clubs.
  • The English Premier League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The newly formed top division would have commercial independence from the Football Association and the Football League, giving the FA Premier League license to negotiate its own broadcast and sponsorship agreements.
  • The English Premier League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[25]
.The Premier League's gross revenue is the fourth highest of any sports league worldwide, behind the annual revenues of the three most popular North American major sports leagues (the National Football League, Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association), but ahead of the National Hockey League.^ Indeed there is a theory, suggested by one Premier League chief executive, that football at the highest club level is a business which, for now, because of the guaranteed revenues from television money and, to a point, ticket sales, is almost recession-proof.” .
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE - Goal Blog - NYTimes.com 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC goal.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: News]

^ Premier League - Team news: Van Persie out Wenger: Gunners can send message Southgate Denies Ronaldo Feud Talk Football .
  • Premier League - FA to investigate alleged bribe - Yahoo! Eurosport UK 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC uk.eurosport.yahoo.com [Source type: News]

^ The LA Galaxy's Donovan, who has played 120 times for his country (fourth most) and scored 42 goals (the most), has joined Everton of the English Premier League for a 10-week loan spell.
  • PhillyBurbs.com:  Landon Donovan may make his English Premier League debut Saturday 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.phillyburbs.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.On a per club basis, the average revenues of the 20 Premier League teams are thought to be close to those of the 30-team NBA. However, there is much greater financial disparity among Premier League clubs when compared to the members of any of the "Big Four" North American leagues.^ Close Premier League clockwatch - as it happened!
  • Premier League clockwatch - as it happened! | Tom Bryant | Football | guardian.co.uk 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Premier League team news .
  • Premier League clockwatch - as it happened! | Tom Bryant | Football | guardian.co.uk 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Up to 30 teams per League .
  • Download English Premier League Software: Streaming Stats, Odds Wizard, Soccer Match Predictor, ... 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.filebuzz.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In terms of world football, the Premier League clubs are some of the richest in the world.^ The Premier League is an English professional league for association football clubs.
  • The English Premier League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ 'THE GLOBAL GAME' Watch the BBC News Channel/BBC World on Friday for interviews and analysis on the global growth and appeal of the Premier League, with coverage also on radio and online .
  • BBC SPORT | Football | Premier League | Where the Premier League's players come from 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC news.bbc.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ In 1992 the First Division clubs resigned from the Football League en masse and on 27 May 1992 the FA Premier League was formed as a limited company working out of an office at the Football Association's then headquarters in Lancaster Gate .
  • The English Premier League Thread - Sports General - PlayStation.com Forums 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC boardsus.playstation.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Deloitte, who annually release figures on club revenues through its "Football Money League", listed eight Premier League clubs in the top 20 for the 2005–06 season.^ Indeed there is a theory, suggested by one Premier League chief executive, that football at the highest club level is a business which, for now, because of the guaranteed revenues from television money and, to a point, ticket sales, is almost recession-proof.” .
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE - Goal Blog - NYTimes.com 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC goal.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: News]

^ Premier League - Team news: Van Persie out Wenger: Gunners can send message Southgate Denies Ronaldo Feud Talk Football .
  • Premier League - FA to investigate alleged bribe - Yahoo! Eurosport UK 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC uk.eurosport.yahoo.com [Source type: News]

^ English Premier League champions Chelsea recorded a pre-tax loss of 80.2 million pounds ($156.3 million) in the 2005/06 financial year, the club announced on Monday.
  • The F.A. Premier League: News & Videos about The F.A. Premier League - CNN.com 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

[26] .No other league has more than four clubs in this table, and while La Liga rivals Real Madrid and FC Barcelona take up two of the top 3 places, no other Spanish clubs are listed in the top 20. Premier League teams have dominated the list for many years, and even topped the list for almost a decade until the 2004–05 season.^ Real Madrid stay top of soccer's rich list .
  • The F.A. Premier League: News & Videos about The F.A. Premier League - CNN.com 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Premier League Table - January 20 2010 .
  • Sky Sports | Football | Premier League | News | FA to study Ade incidents 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC www.skysports.com [Source type: General]

^ Premier League Team of the Decade (2000-2009) .
  • Squarefootball :: original football articles: Premier League 28 January 2010 0:41 UTC articles.squarefootball.net [Source type: General]

.After the Premier League's new TV deal went into effect, the league-wide increase in revenues is expected to increase the Premier League clubs' standing in the list, and there is a possibility that a Premier League club will be top of the list.^ Indian Premier League 2008 Standings .

^ Premier League team news .
  • Premier League clockwatch - as it happened! | Tom Bryant | Football | guardian.co.uk 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ The English Premier League has negotiated a new overseas television deal which will now guarantee next season's champions being paid at least £50 million ($98 million).
  • The F.A. Premier League: News & Videos about The F.A. Premier League - CNN.com 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

[26][27]
.Another significant source of regular income for Premier League clubs remains their revenue from stadium attendances, which, with the 2008–09 average attendance of 35,632 for league matches, is the fourth highest of any domestic professional sports league in the world, ahead of Serie A and La Liga, but behind the German Bundesliga.^ Premier League Preview 2008/9 .
  • English Premier League Football - Premiership Clubs,teams,news,2006/07 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.football-england.com [Source type: General]

^ English Premier League 09/10 .
  • English Premier League 09/10 - Page 2 - SpursTalk.com - Forums 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC spurstalk.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Indian Premier League 2008 .

.This represents an increase of 14,506 from the average attendance of 21,126 recorded in the league's first season (1992–93).^ Premier League Season Preview  -  Categories: EPL  -  Jeremy Granade @ 07:11:14 pm Premier League Predictions 2009-10 1.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ However, even in early 2002, with claims of TV football overload, FA Premier League attendances had reached an average record high of 34,000, compared to 25,700 in Spain and 25,200 in Serie A in Italy.
  • British Football on Television: Centre for the Sociology of Sport, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester 17 September 2009 1:28 UTC www.le.ac.uk [Source type: News]

^ Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari is targeting success on all fronts in his first season in charge of the English Premier League club.
  • The F.A. Premier League: News & Videos about The F.A. Premier League - CNN.com 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

[28] .However, during the 1992–93 season the capacities of most stadia were reduced as clubs replaced terraces with seats in order to meet the Taylor Report's 1994–95 deadline for all-seater stadia.^ In the deal with BSkyB in 1992 it was agreed that a minimum of one home game a season of each Premiership club would be broadcast.
  • British Football on Television: Centre for the Sociology of Sport, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester 17 September 2009 1:28 UTC www.le.ac.uk [Source type: News]

^ The percentage of money gained from television rights for the lowest two divisions fell from 12% in 1987 to only 2% and 3%, respectively, in the 1992-93 season.
  • British Football on Television: Centre for the Sociology of Sport, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester 17 September 2009 1:28 UTC www.le.ac.uk [Source type: News]

^ Soccerlens focuses the most on the Premiership , and as a result there is comprehensive coverage of the Premiership here – from season previews to transfer news to match reports to statistics.
  • English Premier League 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerlens.com [Source type: General]

[29][30] .The Premier League's record average attendance of 35,989 was set during the 2007-08 season.^ Is Donovan set for a Premier League move?
  • Is Donovan set for a Premier League move? 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC www.soccernews.com [Source type: General]

^ US sports broadcaster will screen 46 live Premier League matches next season which were formerly held by Setanta .
  • ESPN wins Premier League football rights | Media | guardian.co.uk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ However, even in early 2002, with claims of TV football overload, FA Premier League attendances had reached an average record high of 34,000, compared to 25,700 in Spain and 25,200 in Serie A in Italy.
  • British Football on Television: Centre for the Sociology of Sport, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester 17 September 2009 1:28 UTC www.le.ac.uk [Source type: News]

.Average attendances fluctuate depending on which teams are in the league.^ Now, Premier League teams have, on average, 13 foreign-born stars within their ranks.
  • BBC SPORT | Football | Premier League | Where the Premier League's players come from 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC news.bbc.co.uk [Source type: News]

[31]

Media coverage

United Kingdom and Ireland

A 2004 match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur
.Television has played a major role in the history of the Premier League.^ The midfield in general is extremely strong with Jonas Gutierrez (an Argentine regular), Alan Smith and Danny Guthrie all comfortably capable of playing in the Premier League.
  • English Premier League - Tag - Online Betting News 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.online-betting.me.uk [Source type: General]

^ For a start, reducing the top tier from 20 teams to 18 means fewer games overall will be played in the Premier League.
  • Celtic and Rangers Could Destroy English Premier League 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC gnews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In a previous article I wrote about the LA Galaxy and their improvement, I sang Donovan’s praises and said he deserved a chance to play in the Premier League.
  • Is Donovan set for a Premier League move? 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC www.soccernews.com [Source type: General]

.The money from television rights has been vital in helping to create excellence both on and off the field.^ The percentage of money gained from television rights for the lowest two divisions fell from 12% in 1987 to only 2% and 3%, respectively, in the 1992-93 season.
  • British Football on Television: Centre for the Sociology of Sport, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester 17 September 2009 1:28 UTC www.le.ac.uk [Source type: News]

^ Clubs in the PL make far more money from television rights then they do from season ticket sales.
  • TheGame - Times Online - WBLG: Old Firm must play in the Premier League 28 January 2010 0:41 UTC timesonline.typepad.com [Source type: General]

.The League's decision to assign broadcasting rights to BSkyB in 1992 was at the time a radical decision, but one that has paid off.^ More importantly, in 1992/93 FA Premier League clubs earned around 36 times more money from television rights than clubs in the Football League's lowest division.
  • British Football on Television: Centre for the Sociology of Sport, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester 17 September 2009 1:28 UTC www.le.ac.uk [Source type: News]

^ In the deal with BSkyB in 1992 it was agreed that a minimum of one home game a season of each Premiership club would be broadcast.
  • British Football on Television: Centre for the Sociology of Sport, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester 17 September 2009 1:28 UTC www.le.ac.uk [Source type: News]

^ ESPN. Everyone thought they were fools when they were outbid for the champions league but is seems that all along they were planning to slowly poach the EPL broadcast rights.
  • ESPN wins Premier League football rights | Media | guardian.co.uk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

.At the time pay television was an almost untested proposition in the UK market, as was charging fans to watch live televised football.^ Here the live action becomes televised 'live' action, with both fans and participates increasingly looking towards the screen to see themselves and the action replays.
  • British Football on Television: Centre for the Sociology of Sport, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester 17 September 2009 1:28 UTC www.le.ac.uk [Source type: News]

^ Furthermore it can be argued that television coverage of football deprives the viewer of the freedom and the experience of the live spectator.
  • British Football on Television: Centre for the Sociology of Sport, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester 17 September 2009 1:28 UTC www.le.ac.uk [Source type: News]

^ This deal with BSkyB heralded the disappearance for some time of "live" top class League football from terrestrial television and secured the position of the BBC as the only terrestrial channel with access to recorded domestic highlights.
  • British Football on Television: Centre for the Sociology of Sport, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester 17 September 2009 1:28 UTC www.le.ac.uk [Source type: News]

.However, a combination of Sky's strategy, the quality of Premier League football and the public's appetite for the game has seen the value of the Premier League's TV rights soar.^ Premier League - Team news: Van Persie out Wenger: Gunners can send message Southgate Denies Ronaldo Feud Talk Football .
  • Premier League - FA to investigate alleged bribe - Yahoo! Eurosport UK 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC uk.eurosport.yahoo.com [Source type: News]

^ 'THE GLOBAL GAME' Watch the BBC News Channel/BBC World on Friday for interviews and analysis on the global growth and appeal of the Premier League, with coverage also on radio and online .
  • BBC SPORT | Football | Premier League | Where the Premier League's players come from 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC news.bbc.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Blackburn Rovers vs Wigan Athletic Online Live Stream - Daily TV and Sports Buzz (blog) The soccer game that everyone is waiting for and now it's between Blackburn vs Wigan for the English Premier League 2010 that will be airing hours from now.
  • England Premier League Live Scores, Streams, Schedules, Fixtures, Results, Tables, Videos, News :: Live Soccer TV 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.livesoccertv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[7]
.The Premier League sells its television rights on a collective basis.^ Forget the Premier League rights.
  • ESPN wins Premier League football rights | Media | guardian.co.uk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ According to the Premier League website, "Actim Stats are a collection of team, player and match statistics.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ "The Premier League is extremely pleased to have added ESPN as a UK rights holder," Scudamore said.
  • ESPN wins Premier League football rights | Media | guardian.co.uk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

.This is in contrast to some European Leagues, including Serie A and La Liga, in which each club sells its rights individually, leading to a much higher share of the total income going to the top few clubs.^ They have seriously failed to capitalise on more strange goings on in the Premier League, which has seen Manchester United lose two games in a row.
  • English Premier League - Tag - Online Betting News 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.online-betting.me.uk [Source type: General]

^ The top tier would consist of 18 clubs, with relegation and promotion awarded in a similar way the football league works now.
  • Celtic and Rangers Could Destroy English Premier League 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC gnews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Why should Celtic and Rangers go straight into the Premier League when clubs such as Hull, who in recent years were in Division 3, have fought hard to be in it?
  • TheGame - Times Online - WBLG: Old Firm must play in the Premier League 28 January 2010 0:41 UTC timesonline.typepad.com [Source type: General]

.The money is divided into three parts:[32] half is divided equally between the clubs; one quarter is awarded on a merit basis based on final league position, the top club getting twenty times as much as the bottom club, and equal steps all the way down the table; the final quarter is paid out as facilities fees for games that are shown on television, with the top clubs generally receiving the largest shares of this.^ Risks are part of football and this club has been that way for a long, long time.
  • Premier League | Premiership | Fantasy Football | Videos | Table | Scores 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC www.premierleaguefootball.tv [Source type: News]

^ Chelsea - UEFA Champions League - Quarter-finals Preview by Victor Li - (19) - 02/04/2009 Why We Should All Be Jealous Of Newcastle Fans by Scott the Red - (13) - 02/04/2009 Why the Premier League table lies by Michael James - (9) - 02/04/2009 Wanted: One thick-skinned, super genius to fill open manager position at Stamford Bridge by Andy Roach - (3) - 02/04/2009 Has time run out on Stoke City, Middlesbrough and West Brom?
  • English Premier League 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerlens.com [Source type: General]

^ The clubs that are at or near the top of the league rely less on strikers for their goals than the clubs near the bottom.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

The income from overseas rights is divided equally between the twenty clubs.
.The first Sky television rights agreement was worth £304 million over five seasons.^ Clubs in the PL make far more money from television rights then they do from season ticket sales.
  • TheGame - Times Online - WBLG: Old Firm must play in the Premier League 28 January 2010 0:41 UTC timesonline.typepad.com [Source type: General]

[33] .The next contract, negotiated to start from the 1997–98 season, rose to £670 million over four seasons.^ City have won promotion for four successive seasons, but after a bright start to this one they have found life in the premier division difficult.

^ (He would have been out of contract at the end of next season had he not extended.
  • PREMIER LEAGUE - Goal Blog - NYTimes.com 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC goal.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: News]

^ A fine start to the season, including a win against Arsenal, had Hull in the top four for a while.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

[33] .The third contract was a £1.024 billion deal with BSkyB for the three seasons from 2001–02 to 2003–04. The league brought in £320 million from the sale of its international rights for the three-year period from 2004–05 to 2006–07. It sold the rights itself on a territory-by-territory basis.^ The rights for UK and international are sold separately.
  • ESPN wins Premier League football rights | Media | guardian.co.uk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Retaining Ljungberg a major MLS coup - Toronto Sun Ljungberg helped Arsenal to its undefeated 2003-04 English premier League campaign and, as a former Calvin Klein model, has a massive international profile.
  • England Premier League Live Scores, Streams, Schedules, Fixtures, Results, Tables, Videos, News :: Live Soccer TV 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.livesoccertv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ His team has won three consecutive championships, and, for the third season in a row, the vocal Scot has been hit with a ban for berating the performance of referees.
  • PREMIER LEAGUE - Goal Blog - NYTimes.com 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC goal.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: News]

[34] .Sky's monopoly was broken from August 2006 when Setanta Sports was awarded rights to show two out of the six packages of matches available.^ US sports broadcaster will screen 46 live Premier League matches next season which were formerly held by Setanta .
  • ESPN wins Premier League football rights | Media | guardian.co.uk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ The new ITV Sport network lost out on bidding for the FA Premier League and FA Cup rights and so turned its attention to securing the rights for Football League coverage.
  • British Football on Television: Centre for the Sociology of Sport, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester 17 September 2009 1:28 UTC www.le.ac.uk [Source type: News]

^ But I now appreciate that as far as matches go Setanta may still hold rights to international broadcasts.
  • ESPN wins Premier League football rights | Media | guardian.co.uk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

.This occurred following an insistence by the European Commission that exclusive rights should not be sold to one television company.^ Bourne owns or controls the relevant exclusive rights in the following Protected Works, musical compositions (the "Bourne Works"), among others: .
  • Youtube English Premier League Law Suit 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.scribd.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Further, within the Constitution itself, one finds authority for Congress to exercise its Power to moderate “the exclusive Right” under certain constitutionally certified circumstances: .
  • Patent Law Blog (Patently-O): Post EBay Injunctive Relief 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.patentlyo.com [Source type: Original source]

.Sky and Setanta paid a total of £1.7 billion, a two-thirds increase which took many commentators by surprise as it had been widely assumed that the value of the rights had levelled off following many years of rapid growth.^ Having paid the millions to secure the rights the TV companies have to protect their businesses , you pay the BBC a licence fee for " Utter Crap " so why object to paying SKY / Setanta for a product you actually want ?
  • FA and Sky TV chief's outrage after American website Justin.tv illegally broadcasts Premier League matches for free | News Of The World 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC www.newsoftheworld.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Following that, will be ill-informed comment on the rest of the 3pm kick-offs that shape up like this: .
  • Premier League clockwatch - as it happened! | Tom Bryant | Football | guardian.co.uk 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ The $1.65 billion paid by Google to purchase Y ouTube in 2006, and the concomitant $4 billion increase in Google's market capitalization, vastly understates both the value of the intellectual property rights of the Class that Y ouTube has misappropriated and the harm to the Class caused by Defendants' unlawful conduct.
  • Youtube English Premier League Law Suit 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.scribd.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Setanta also hold rights to a live 3 pm match solely for Irish viewers.^ US sports broadcaster will screen 46 live Premier League matches next season which were formerly held by Setanta .
  • ESPN wins Premier League football rights | Media | guardian.co.uk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ In fact, some matches were reckoned to make modern TV sports history by having more live attenders than TV viewers!
  • British Football on Television: Centre for the Sociology of Sport, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester 17 September 2009 1:28 UTC www.le.ac.uk [Source type: News]

^ But I now appreciate that as far as matches go Setanta may still hold rights to international broadcasts.
  • ESPN wins Premier League football rights | Media | guardian.co.uk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

.The BBC has retained the rights to show highlights for the same three seasons (on Match of the Day) for £171.6 million, a 63% increase on the £105 million it paid for the previous three year period.^ Murdoch's BSkyB network to "live" coverage of 60 games a season, and gave the BBC limited access to edited highlights from the Premiership.
  • British Football on Television: Centre for the Sociology of Sport, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester 17 September 2009 1:28 UTC www.le.ac.uk [Source type: News]

^ Having paid the millions to secure the rights the TV companies have to protect their businesses , you pay the BBC a licence fee for " Utter Crap " so why object to paying SKY / Setanta for a product you actually want ?
  • FA and Sky TV chief's outrage after American website Justin.tv illegally broadcasts Premier League matches for free | News Of The World 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC www.newsoftheworld.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Jack Collison and James Tomkins share their views on the last match of the season and Hammer of the Year Watch .
  • West Ham United | Media Centre | Highlights 11 September 2009 6:14 UTC www.whufc.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[35] Raidió Teilifís Éireann broadcast the highlights package in Ireland. .Sky and BT have agreed to jointly pay £84.3 million for delayed television rights to 242 games (that is the right to broadcast them in full on television and over the internet) in most cases for a period of 50 hours after 10 pm on matchday.^ Having paid the millions to secure the rights the TV companies have to protect their businesses , you pay the BBC a licence fee for " Utter Crap " so why object to paying SKY / Setanta for a product you actually want ?
  • FA and Sky TV chief's outrage after American website Justin.tv illegally broadcasts Premier League matches for free | News Of The World 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC www.newsoftheworld.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Its not really free cos I have to pay sky or BT to use the internet , & one of main reasons I have BB is to watch streaming, so they win every which way .
  • FA and Sky TV chief's outrage after American website Justin.tv illegally broadcasts Premier League matches for free | News Of The World 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC www.newsoftheworld.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I don't understand why EVERY game isn't broadcast on a pay per view system.
  • FA and Sky TV chief's outrage after American website Justin.tv illegally broadcasts Premier League matches for free | News Of The World 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC www.newsoftheworld.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[36] Overseas television rights fetched £625 million, nearly double the previous contract.[37] .The total raised from these deals is more than £2.7 billion, giving Premier League clubs an average media income from league games of £45 million a year from 2007 to 2010. They also receive smaller amounts from media rights for the domestic cups and in some cases substantial amounts from media rights for European matches.^ Premier League 2009/2010 .
  • England Premier League Live Scores, Streams, Schedules, Fixtures, Results, Tables, Videos, News :: Live Soccer TV 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.livesoccertv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ English Premier League 2009/2010 .
  • English Premier League 2009/2010 - Page 12 - Beastie Boys Message Board 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.beastieboys.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Making a grand total of £1.6 billion to be shared by 20 FA Premier League clubs over three years.
  • British Football on Television: Centre for the Sociology of Sport, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester 17 September 2009 1:28 UTC www.le.ac.uk [Source type: News]

.The TV rights agreement between the Premier League and Sky has faced accusations of being a cartel, and a number of court cases have arisen as a result.^ Forget the Premier League rights.
  • ESPN wins Premier League football rights | Media | guardian.co.uk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Blackburn Rovers vs Wigan Athletic Online Live Stream - Daily TV and Sports Buzz (blog) The soccer game that everyone is waiting for and now it's between Blackburn vs Wigan for the English Premier League 2010 that will be airing hours from now.
  • England Premier League Live Scores, Streams, Schedules, Fixtures, Results, Tables, Videos, News :: Live Soccer TV 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.livesoccertv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In fact, the correlation between number of goals from leading non-striker goal scorer and league position is 0.73, again a strong positive relationship.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

.An investigation by the Office of Fair Trading in 2002 found BSkyB to be dominant within the pay TV sports market, but concluded that there were insufficient grounds for the claim that BSkyB had abused its dominant position.^ Setanta Sports marketing director Timothy Ryan said: "As rights holders we believe what Justin.tv is doing amounts to piracy.
  • FA and Sky TV chief's outrage after American website Justin.tv illegally broadcasts Premier League matches for free | News Of The World 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC www.newsoftheworld.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It looked as if there were sports precedents everywhere for the BSkyB/ Manchester United linkup (Table 3).
  • British Football on Television: Centre for the Sociology of Sport, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester 17 September 2009 1:28 UTC www.le.ac.uk [Source type: News]

^ The MMC concluded that the proposed 'merger' would give BSkyB additional influence over the selling of football TV rights.
  • British Football on Television: Centre for the Sociology of Sport, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester 17 September 2009 1:28 UTC www.le.ac.uk [Source type: News]

[38] .In July 1999 the Premier League's method of selling rights collectively for all member clubs was investigated by the UK Restrictive Practices Court, who concluded that the agreement was not contrary to the public interest.^ Premier League table All tables .
  • Sky Sports | Football News | Premier League | Liverpool | Saudis eye English influx 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.skysports.com [Source type: News]

^ The MMC concluded that there would be occasions when the interests of broadcasters would not be the same as those of football and that: " decisions based on football authorities' perception of the long term interests of the game are more likely to be in the public interest than those based on the commercial interests of broadcasters " (MMC, 1999: 47).
  • British Football on Television: Centre for the Sociology of Sport, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester 17 September 2009 1:28 UTC www.le.ac.uk [Source type: News]

^ The new ITV Sport network lost out on bidding for the FA Premier League and FA Cup rights and so turned its attention to securing the rights for Football League coverage.
  • British Football on Television: Centre for the Sociology of Sport, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester 17 September 2009 1:28 UTC www.le.ac.uk [Source type: News]

[39] .The BBC's highlights package on Saturday and Sunday nights, as well as other evenings when fixtures justify, will run until 2013.[40] Television rights alone for the period 2010 to 2013 have been purchased for £1.782bn.^ He also went some way to justifying his enormous £24.4 million ($73.2 million) transfer fee when he showed amazing versatility by playing well as a defensive midfielder, right-back and even centre-back!
  • The UrbanWire » English Premier League 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC theurbanwire.com [Source type: General]

^ Furthermore, it is evident that smaller and even non-League clubs have received a greater degree of coverage on BSkyB and recently on other channels than they ever did on terrestrial television alone.
  • British Football on Television: Centre for the Sociology of Sport, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester 17 September 2009 1:28 UTC www.le.ac.uk [Source type: News]

^ The other thing I think it is worthwhile to point out is that playing on Monday and Thursday nights offers a longer rest period than playing Wednesday night and Saturday afternoon.
  • English Premier League Football - Premiership Clubs,teams,news,2006/07 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.football-england.com [Source type: General]

[41]
On 22 June 2009, due to the troubles encountered by Setanta Sports after it failed to meet a final deadline over a £30m payment to the Premier League, ESPN was awarded the two packages of UK rights containing a total of 46 matches that were available for the 2009/10 season as well as a package of 23 matches per season from 2010/11 to 2012/13.[42]

Worldwide

.Promoted as "The Greatest Show On Earth", the Premier League is the world's most popular and most watched sporting league, followed worldwide by over half a billion people in 202 countries,[43] frequently on networks owned and/or controlled by NewsCorp who also own Sky Sports.^ The English Premier League is probably the most successful domestic league with the highest amount of revenue and most profitable with an estimated 3 Billion USD annual revenues.
  • England Premier League Live Scores, Streams, Schedules, Fixtures, Results, Tables, Videos, News :: Live Soccer TV 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.livesoccertv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Struggling duo get capital results on Saturday (10) Premier League team of the ‘noughties’ (8) Premier League – Who’s Hot and Who’s Not?
  • Is Donovan set for a Premier League move? 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC www.soccernews.com [Source type: General]

^ The West Ham United players were training hard ahead of the opening Premier League game with Wolves on Saturday Watch .
  • West Ham United | Media Centre | Highlights 11 September 2009 6:14 UTC www.whufc.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In the United States, coverage is shared between Fox Soccer Channel, Setanta Sports USA and ESPN; NewsCorp sometimes buys pitch-side advertising boards with the Fox Soccer Channel logo replacing that of Sky.^ To ESPN, soccer is a second-rate sport.
  • ESPN wins Premier League football rights | Media | guardian.co.uk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ I check ESPN for my basketball fix almost daily and their coverage of the NBA and wider, sometimes niche sports is second to none.
  • ESPN wins Premier League football rights | Media | guardian.co.uk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ I also wouldn't be surprised to see them take over Setanta's physical presence here in the states, with a separate channel on satellite for $15/mo.
  • ESPN wins Premier League football rights | Media | guardian.co.uk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

[44] .ESPN's acquisition of UK rights was originally said to have no effect on Setanta Sports in North America, which is a “separate operation that has separate agreement to show the Barclays Premier League” in the U.S.[45] ESPN's U.S. channels later acquired two game packages that Setanta's also-financially troubled North American branch returned to NewsCorp to ensure its survival (Setanta retained about half of its original rights).^ Forget the Premier League rights.
  • ESPN wins Premier League football rights | Media | guardian.co.uk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ "The Premier League is extremely pleased to have added ESPN as a UK rights holder," Scudamore said.
  • ESPN wins Premier League football rights | Media | guardian.co.uk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ I can't get excited about ESPN winning the rights to the EPL games.
  • ESPN wins Premier League football rights | Media | guardian.co.uk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

.In Canada, Setanta Canada broadcasts all but two EPL games each week; Rogers Sportsnet and The Score broadcast one weekend game each.^ The teams in Groups E, F, G, and H still have one game remaining, but the top two clubs in each of those groups have mathematically advanced.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ In the deal with BSkyB in 1992 it was agreed that a minimum of one home game a season of each Premiership club would be broadcast.
  • British Football on Television: Centre for the Sociology of Sport, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester 17 September 2009 1:28 UTC www.le.ac.uk [Source type: News]

^ Spurs lose again  -  Categories: EPL  -  Jeremy Granade @ 03:35:42 pm Stoke City 2 - 1 Tottenham The most exciting and dramatic game of the weekend featured two teams at the bottom of the Premier League table, and the result was another bad one for Spurs.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

.On 4 December 2009, Sportsnet announced on-air that they had secured the EPL rights for the next three years, starting with the 2010-11 season.^ January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 More...
  • Patent Law Blog (Patently-O): Post EBay Injunctive Relief 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.patentlyo.com [Source type: Original source]

^ January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 2008 sitemap .
  • English Premier League - Tag - Online Betting News 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.online-betting.me.uk [Source type: General]

^ Premier League Season Preview  -  Categories: EPL  -  Jeremy Granade @ 07:11:14 pm Premier League Predictions 2009-10 1.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

[46]
.In Australia, Fox Sports (Australia), shows the games with a Viewers Choice option for up to five live games and up to nine games live on any given game-week.^ There is Fox Soccer Channel, but usually they aren't showing the game I want to see, but live streams give me almost ANY game, with only a few seconds delay.
  • FA and Sky TV chief's outrage after American website Justin.tv illegally broadcasts Premier League matches for free | News Of The World 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC www.newsoftheworld.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ These changes led to a vast increase in the "live" coverage of football on British television, with sometimes in excess of seven live games a week being available to the British television audience.
  • British Football on Television: Centre for the Sociology of Sport, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester 17 September 2009 1:28 UTC www.le.ac.uk [Source type: News]

^ ESPN now own the rights to the games Setanta were to show next season, but all these games will now be shown on Sky Sports?
  • ESPN wins Premier League football rights | Media | guardian.co.uk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

[47]
.The Premier League is particularly popular in Asia, where it is the most widely distributed sports programme.^ The English Premier League is probably the most successful domestic league with the highest amount of revenue and most profitable with an estimated 3 Billion USD annual revenues.
  • England Premier League Live Scores, Streams, Schedules, Fixtures, Results, Tables, Videos, News :: Live Soccer TV 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.livesoccertv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The new ITV Sport network lost out on bidding for the FA Premier League and FA Cup rights and so turned its attention to securing the rights for Football League coverage.
  • British Football on Television: Centre for the Sociology of Sport, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester 17 September 2009 1:28 UTC www.le.ac.uk [Source type: News]

^ Franck Ribery’s signature will probably be the most coveted in the transfer window and the Bayern winger has been strongly linked with the Premier League leaders.
  • http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/tag/premier-league/ 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC blogs.reuters.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[48] .For example, in the People's Republic of China, matches attract television audiences between 100 million and 360 million, more than any other foreign sport.^ The more users Defendants can attract to Y ouTube, the more revenue the website generates from advertising and other uses of the site.
  • Youtube English Premier League Law Suit 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.scribd.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It is evident that sport, and particularly football in England, is a major source of television audience interest.
  • British Football on Television: Centre for the Sociology of Sport, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester 17 September 2009 1:28 UTC www.le.ac.uk [Source type: News]

^ In fact, some matches were reckoned to make modern TV sports history by having more live attenders than TV viewers!
  • British Football on Television: Centre for the Sociology of Sport, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester 17 September 2009 1:28 UTC www.le.ac.uk [Source type: News]

[49] .Due to this popularity, the league has held three pre-season tournaments in Asia, the only Premier League affiliated tournaments ever to have been held outside England.^ Premier League Season Preview  -  Categories: EPL  -  Jeremy Granade @ 07:11:14 pm Premier League Predictions 2009-10 1.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ Horror in that City can sack their manager despite only two defeats in all competitions this season and in a better league position than Liverpool are.
  • Squarefootball :: original football articles: Premier League 28 January 2010 0:41 UTC articles.squarefootball.net [Source type: General]

^ What is truly unbelievable is that Frank Lampard not only did not win the PFA Player of the Year award, he didn't even make the Premier League team of the year: .
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

.In July 2003, the FA Premier League Asia Cup was held in Malaysia, featuring three Premier League clubs, Chelsea, Newcastle United and Birmingham City, and the Malaysia national team.^ Chelsea vs Birmingham City .
  • England Premier League Live Scores, Streams, Schedules, Fixtures, Results, Tables, Videos, News :: Live Soccer TV 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.livesoccertv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Birmingham City vs Manchester United (1 - 1) .
  • England Premier League Live Scores, Streams, Schedules, Fixtures, Results, Tables, Videos, News :: Live Soccer TV 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.livesoccertv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ FA Cup 2008/9 Torquay United vs. Coventry City .
  • Live P2P Soccer, P2P Football TV Schedule - Premier League,Ligue 1,Serie A,Bundesliga,Primera Division,UEFA 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC live-soccer.allp2ptv.org [Source type: News]

[50] .In 2005 the Asia Trophy featured a similar format, held in Thailand and featuring the Thailand national team competing against three English clubs—Everton, Manchester City and Bolton Wanderers, the last of which won the trophy.^ Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester City: Will Wolves have a team to beat City?
  • Squarefootball :: original football articles: Premier League 28 January 2010 0:41 UTC articles.squarefootball.net [Source type: General]

^ Subhankar Mondal - (0) - 12/12/2008 Do Manchester City fans know what their team will look like after January?
  • English Premier League 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerlens.com [Source type: General]

^ Manchester United have won their last eight meetings with Fulham, and have scored eight goals in the last three.
  • BBC SPORT | Football | FA Cup | FA Cup & Premier League as it happened 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC news.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

[51] .In 2007, the Barclays Asia Trophy was held in Hong Kong and featured Liverpool, Portsmouth, Fulham and the Hong Kong FA Cup winning team, South China, with Portsmouth winning the competition.^ Like their semi-final win against Arsenal in the FA Cup, Chelsea fell behind early.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ Portsmouth boss Grant again skips media conference after Cup win .
  • Premiership News - EPL News: England Football News & English Premier League Soccer News | tribalfootball.com 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.tribalfootball.com [Source type: General]

^ "Will never forget Coventry winning the FA Cup.
  • BBC SPORT | Football | FA Cup | FA Cup & Premier League as it happened 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC news.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

[52]
The FA has faced difficulty fighting internet copyright infringement. .In an effort to stop the broadcasting of streams of live games on the net they have hired NetResult, a company that specialises in protecting trademark rights online.^ Blackburn Rovers vs Wigan Athletic Online Live Stream - Daily TV and Sports Buzz (blog) The soccer game that everyone is waiting for and now it's between Blackburn vs Wigan for the English Premier League 2010 that will be airing hours from now.
  • England Premier League Live Scores, Streams, Schedules, Fixtures, Results, Tables, Videos, News :: Live Soccer TV 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.livesoccertv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Sky and setanta sold the rights to anybody willing to pay and thats why you have no legal right to stop these companies brodcasting on the net, maybe they can stop justin tv but not the tv companies from the arab emirates or china.
  • FA and Sky TV chief's outrage after American website Justin.tv illegally broadcasts Premier League matches for free | News Of The World 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC www.newsoftheworld.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ There is Fox Soccer Channel, but usually they aren't showing the game I want to see, but live streams give me almost ANY game, with only a few seconds delay.
  • FA and Sky TV chief's outrage after American website Justin.tv illegally broadcasts Premier League matches for free | News Of The World 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC www.newsoftheworld.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[53]

Website

.The Premier League did not launch their first official website, www.premierleague.com, until April 2002, although there was an existing website being run by the title sponsor Barclaycard, who intended to continue it in parallel.^ What is truly unbelievable is that Frank Lampard not only did not win the PFA Player of the Year award, he didn't even make the Premier League team of the year: .
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ According to the Premier League website, "Actim Stats are a collection of team, player and match statistics.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ Sir Alex Ferguson has warned his side’s title rivals that Manchester United will only improve in 2010 as they look to retain their Premier League trophy.

[54][55]

Criticisms

Widening gap between lower leagues

.One of the main criticisms levelled at the Premier League is the increasing gulf between the Premier League and the Football League.^ In the Premier League at the KC Stadium, Samba has just hit one over the bar as Blackburn travel to Hull.
  • Premier League clockwatch - as it happened! | Tom Bryant | Football | guardian.co.uk 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ A new deal with the Scottish Premier League, and with coverage also coming in from the Spanish League later meant that TV football was spread over the whole weekend on Sky .
  • British Football on Television: Centre for the Sociology of Sport, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester 17 September 2009 1:28 UTC www.le.ac.uk [Source type: News]

^ The new ITV Sport network lost out on bidding for the FA Premier League and FA Cup rights and so turned its attention to securing the rights for Football League coverage.
  • British Football on Television: Centre for the Sociology of Sport, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester 17 September 2009 1:28 UTC www.le.ac.uk [Source type: News]

.Since its split with the Football League, many established clubs in the Premier League have managed to distance themselves from their counterparts in lower leagues.^ One of about a dozen clubs trying to distance themselves from the bottom 3.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ Since the Premier League is too expensive for me, I just assume attend games in the lower leagues, Darlington in my case.
  • FA and Sky TV chief's outrage after American website Justin.tv illegally broadcasts Premier League matches for free | News Of The World 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC www.newsoftheworld.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The football authorities will need to juggle to find a way to stick the Old Firm in the Premier League, or at worst the Championship, straight away, rather than make them plough through all the lower leagues, which would be daft.
  • TheGame - Times Online - WBLG: Old Firm must play in the Premier League 28 January 2010 0:41 UTC timesonline.typepad.com [Source type: General]

.Owing in large part to the disparity in revenue from television rights between the leagues,[56] many newly promoted teams have found it difficult to avoid relegation in their first season in the Premier League.^ Forget the Premier League rights.
  • ESPN wins Premier League football rights | Media | guardian.co.uk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Premier League team news .
  • Premier League clockwatch - as it happened! | Tom Bryant | Football | guardian.co.uk 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ When the season concludes, the bottom 3 teams are relegated to the lower division.
  • England Premier League Live Scores, Streams, Schedules, Fixtures, Results, Tables, Videos, News :: Live Soccer TV 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.livesoccertv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In every season except 2001–02 (Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers and Fulham) at least one Premier League newcomer has been relegated back to the Football League.^ After last season's near relegation, Fulham were one of the leading candidates this season too.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ Blackburn Rovers vs Wigan Athletic Online Live Stream - Daily TV and Sports Buzz (blog) The soccer game that everyone is waiting for and now it's between Blackburn vs Wigan for the English Premier League 2010 that will be airing hours from now.
  • England Premier League Live Scores, Streams, Schedules, Fixtures, Results, Tables, Videos, News :: Live Soccer TV 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.livesoccertv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Jan-27 Everton vs Sunderland Jan-27 Aston Villa vs Arsenal Jan-27 Chelsea vs Birmingham City Jan-26 Bolton vs Burnley Jan-26 Portsmouth vs West Ham United Jan-26 Tottenham Hotspur vs Fulham Jan-23 Manchester United vs Hull City Jan-20 Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur Jan-20 Arsenal vs Bolton Jan-19 Manchester City vs Manchester United Jan-17 Bolton vs Arsenal Jan-17 Blackburn Rovers vs Fulham Jan-17 Aston Villa vs West Ham United Jan-16 Everton vs Manchester City Jan-16 Chelsea vs Sunderland Jan-16 Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Wigan Athletic Jan-16 Manchester United vs Burnley Jan-16 Tottenham Hotspur vs Hull City Jan-16 Stoke City vs Liverpool Jan-11 Manchester City vs Blackburn Rovers More Premier League Videos » .
  • England Premier League Live Scores, Streams, Schedules, Fixtures, Results, Tables, Videos, News :: Live Soccer TV 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.livesoccertv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In 1997–98 all three promoted clubs were relegated at the end of the season.^ The Spaniard strike provided a pulsating end to a disappointing encounter and Liverpool’s joy at snatching a morale-boosting three points was clear for all to see.

^ All of the clubs facing relegation lost today.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ Three fans in the West Ham United Supporters club offer their opinions on how they feel the season has gone Watch .
  • West Ham United | Media Centre | Highlights 11 September 2009 6:14 UTC www.whufc.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[57]
.The Premier League distributes a small portion of its television revenue to clubs that are relegated from the league in the form of "parachute payments". Starting with the 2006–07 season, these payments are in the amount of £6.5 million over the club's first two seasons in lower leagues, although this rose to £11.2 million per year for clubs relegated in 2007–2008.[56] Designed to help teams adjust to the loss of television revenues (the average Premier League team receives £45 million while the average Football League Championship club receives £1 million),[56] critics maintain that the payments actually widen the gap between teams that have reached the Premier League and those that have not,[58] leading to the common occurrence of teams "bouncing back" soon after their relegation.^ Who’d be a Premier League footballer at Christmas?
  • http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/tag/premier-league/ 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC blogs.reuters.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Posted November 3 2008 at 11:56 AM. .
  • FA and Sky TV chief's outrage after American website Justin.tv illegally broadcasts Premier League matches for free | News Of The World 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC www.newsoftheworld.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Barclays Premier League 07/08 .
  • Tottenhamhotspur.com - Matches - Fixtures/Results 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC www.tottenhamhotspur.com [Source type: News]

.For some clubs, including Leeds United, Charlton Athletic, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday, Bradford City, Leicester City, Southampton and most notably Wimbledon F.C. who have failed to win immediate promotion back to the Premier League, financial problems, including in some cases administration or even liquidation have followed.^ Premier League Clubs Homes for the most loyal fans.
  • Premier League - Soccer forums - BigSoccer 28 January 2010 0:41 UTC www.bigsoccer.com [Source type: General]

^ Who’d be a Premier League footballer at Christmas?
  • http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/tag/premier-league/ 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC blogs.reuters.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The LA Galaxy's Donovan, who has played 120 times for his country (fourth most) and scored 42 goals (the most), has joined Everton of the English Premier League for a 10-week loan spell.
  • PhillyBurbs.com:  Landon Donovan may make his English Premier League debut Saturday 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.phillyburbs.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Further relegations down the footballing ladder have ensued for several clubs unable to cope with the gap.^ They're currently 2-1 down at Rhyl, and they deserve to be if they're going to go around thinking that's an acceptable thing to call a football club.
  • Premier League clockwatch - as it happened! | Tom Bryant | Football | guardian.co.uk 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

[59][60]

"Big Four" dominance

"Big Four" since the start of the Premier League[61]
Season A C L M
1992–93 10 11 6 1
1993–94 4 14 8 1
1994–95 12 11 4 2
1995–96 5 11 3 1
1996–97 3 6 4 1
1997–98 1 4 3 2
1998–99 2 3 7 1
1999–00 2 5 4 1
2000–01 2 6 3 1
2001–02 1 6 2 3
2002–03 2 4 5 1
2003–04 1 2 4 3
2004–05 2 1 5 3
2005–06 4 1 3 2
2006–07 4 2 3 1
2007–08 3 2 4 1
2008–09 4 3 2 1
.Another major criticism is the development of the so-called "Big Four" clubs.^ Clubs outside "the big four" are hardly ever on Sky or Setanta (both of which I subscribe to by the way).
  • FA and Sky TV chief's outrage after American website Justin.tv illegally broadcasts Premier League matches for free | News Of The World 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC www.newsoftheworld.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[62] .From the 1995–96 season onwards, the "Big Four" (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United) have dominated the top four spots, thus a place in the UEFA Champions League.^ Chelsea's real target has to be the Champions League.
  • English Premier League Football - Premiership Clubs,teams,news,2006/07 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.football-england.com [Source type: General]

^ Arsenal vs Manchester United .
  • England Premier League Live Scores, Streams, Schedules, Fixtures, Results, Tables, Videos, News :: Live Soccer TV 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.livesoccertv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Manchester United have, for me anyway, failed to click thus far this season.
  • English Premier League - Tag - Online Betting News 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.online-betting.me.uk [Source type: General]

.Since Liverpool won the Champions League 2005, the next four consecutive seasons have seen a Big Four club reach the final.^ Things are getting serious now for Liverpool , as their place in the Champions League next season is by no means guaranteed, as they have fallen to the fringes of being a Big Four Team.
  • English Premier League - Tag - Online Betting News 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.online-betting.me.uk [Source type: General]

^ US sports broadcaster will screen 46 live Premier League matches next season which were formerly held by Setanta .
  • ESPN wins Premier League football rights | Media | guardian.co.uk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ PM ET Liverpool, PSV advance to Champions League semis Goals were as scarce as violence in Torino, a pair of positives for Liverpool supporters on Wednesday.
  • Premier League - Tag Story Index - USATODAY.com 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC www.usatoday.com [Source type: News]

.Since Blackburn Rovers lifted the trophy in 1994–95, only three clubs have won the Premier League title – Manchester United (nine of the club's eleven titles), Arsenal (three times) and Chelsea (twice).^ Arsenal vs Manchester United .
  • England Premier League Live Scores, Streams, Schedules, Fixtures, Results, Tables, Videos, News :: Live Soccer TV 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.livesoccertv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Manchester City vs Blackburn Rovers (4 - 1) .
  • England Premier League Live Scores, Streams, Schedules, Fixtures, Results, Tables, Videos, News :: Live Soccer TV 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.livesoccertv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Hiddink insists Chelsea have not given up on the Premier League title.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

.In addition, Manchester United have not finished outside the top three since the formation of the Premier League, with Arsenal finishing inside the top five in all but two seasons (including 12 consecutive top 4 finishes and 8 consecutive top 2), while Liverpool, without an English league title since their pre-Premier League era win in 1990, have only finished outside the top 4 twice in the last 10 years.^ Mid Season Update An overdue update of all the shite in the Premier League.
  • English Premier League Football - Premiership Clubs,teams,news,2006/07 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.football-england.com [Source type: General]

^ Barclays Premier League Top Goalscorer 09/10 - Win Outright .
  • Barclays Premier League | Football Betting | Sky Bet 28 January 2010 0:41 UTC www.skybet.com [Source type: General]

^ Outrights Barclays Premier League 2009/10 - Win Outright .
  • Barclays Premier League | Football Betting | Sky Bet 28 January 2010 0:41 UTC www.skybet.com [Source type: General]

.Also, in the last three seasons, three of the "Big Four" teams have reached the Champions League semi-final stage.^ PM ET Liverpool, PSV advance to Champions League semis Goals were as scarce as violence in Torino, a pair of positives for Liverpool supporters on Wednesday.
  • Premier League - Tag Story Index - USATODAY.com 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC www.usatoday.com [Source type: News]

^ How they must hate the guts of Cristiano Ronaldo though, as twice this season, his dives in the penalty box caused Boro league points and eventually, an FA Cup semi-final.
  • The UrbanWire » English Premier League 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC theurbanwire.com [Source type: General]

^ Champions League Draw  -  Categories: Champions League  -  Jeremy Granade @ 10:58:21 am Final 16 Match-ups The three Italian clubs were all paired against English competition.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

Chelsea hold the record for the most points in a single season (95),[63] while Arsenal are the first team since Preston North End in 1888-89 never to lose a single league match in one season (38 games played), earning them the nickname of "The Invincibles".[64]
.Also, in the last five seasons, two members of the big four have won the Champions League (Liverpool in 2005, Manchester United in 2008) and each of the big four has been a runner up in the last four years (Arsenal in 2006, Liverpool in 2007, Chelsea in 2008 and Manchester United in 2009).^ Chelsea's real target has to be the Champions League.
  • English Premier League Football - Premiership Clubs,teams,news,2006/07 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.football-england.com [Source type: General]

^ Gallas to get his two-year Arsenal deal .
  • Premiership News - EPL News: England Football News & English Premier League Soccer News | tribalfootball.com 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.tribalfootball.com [Source type: General]

^ Liverpool - 2008-2009 Champions League Preview by Victor Li - (14) - 17/02/2009 Chelsea v.
  • English Premier League 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerlens.com [Source type: General]

.In recent years, the success of these clubs has led to these four teams being increasingly referred to as the "Big Four". The Big Four clubs have finished in the first four positions for the last four seasons, therefore they have all qualified for the last three seasons of the Champions League and receive the financial benefits of such qualification.^ Things are getting serious now for Liverpool , as their place in the Champions League next season is by no means guaranteed, as they have fallen to the fringes of being a Big Four Team.
  • English Premier League - Tag - Online Betting News 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.online-betting.me.uk [Source type: General]

^ Avram Grant took over last season after Jose's sudden departure (still not sure if he quit or was forced out), and guided the club to three runners-up finishes: second in the league, and losers in the League Cup and Champions League finals.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ As it stands, Villa know they will need to win these kind of games if they are to push on in the 2 nd half of the season.
  • English Premier League - Tag - Online Betting News 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.online-betting.me.uk [Source type: General]

.The benefits, especially increased revenue, is believed to have widened the gap between the Big Four clubs and the rest of the Premier League.^ The English Premier League is probably the most successful domestic league with the highest amount of revenue and most profitable with an estimated 3 Billion USD annual revenues.
  • England Premier League Live Scores, Streams, Schedules, Fixtures, Results, Tables, Videos, News :: Live Soccer TV 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.livesoccertv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Liverpool are something of a crisis club at the minute, arguably one of many in the Premier League.
  • English Premier League - Tag - Online Betting News 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.online-betting.me.uk [Source type: General]

^ English Premier League Football - Premiership Clubs,teams,news,2006/07 .
  • English Premier League Football - Premiership Clubs,teams,news,2006/07 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.football-england.com [Source type: General]

[62] In May 2008, Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan said the Big Four's dominance threatened the division, saying, "This league is in danger of becoming one of the most boring but great leagues in the world."[65] Following Keegan's comments, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore defended the league, saying, "There are a lot of different tussles that go on in the Premier League depending on whether you're at the top, in the middle or at the bottom that make it interesting."[66].
.Marcelo Pantanella of The Times also criticised the widening financial power of the division's top teams, naming the Premier League the 2nd worst thing about modern football, saying "What’s changed since the Premier League broke away from the Football League in 1992? Everything.^ Premier League - Is this the worst signing ever?
  • Yahoo! Eurosport - Sport News | Sports Scores | Sports Results 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC eurosport.yahoo.com [Source type: General]

^ Premier League team news .
  • Premier League clockwatch - as it happened! | Tom Bryant | Football | guardian.co.uk 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Everything in football (from the players to the top people in the FA and Premier League) is about greed and money.
  • FA and Sky TV chief's outrage after American website Justin.tv illegally broadcasts Premier League matches for free | News Of The World 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC www.newsoftheworld.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.If you won the First Division title, you were the best team in England.^ Tony Gale believes the team will need to be at their best to win at the Reebok Stadium for the first time Watch .
  • West Ham United | Media Centre | Highlights 11 September 2009 6:14 UTC www.whufc.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Momo Sissoko Profile: From Liverpool to Juventus for £8.2m by Marco Pantanella - (15) - 30/01/2008 The Best Pub Team in England?
  • English Premier League 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerlens.com [Source type: General]

^ It won't cost as much as bailing out the banks...give us our right to watch our teams in England .
  • FA and Sky TV chief's outrage after American website Justin.tv illegally broadcasts Premier League matches for free | News Of The World 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC www.newsoftheworld.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.If you win the Premier League, you owe someone £500 million."^ What is truly unbelievable is that Frank Lampard not only did not win the PFA Player of the Year award, he didn't even make the Premier League team of the year: .
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ Week 1: 2008-9 Season Chelsea off to a flier, Man Utd held & Hull win 1st Premier League game.
  • English Premier League Football - Premiership Clubs,teams,news,2006/07 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.football-england.com [Source type: General]

^ When English Premier League news breaks, we will bring it to you first.
  • Premiership News - EPL News: England Football News & English Premier League Soccer News | tribalfootball.com 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.tribalfootball.com [Source type: General]

[67]

Influence on the global game

.Nigerian football officials have claimed the increase in popularity of the Premier League and subsequent world wide media coverage is having a damaging effect on the national leagues of other footballing countries, with Nigeria being a recent example, citing lower domestic attendances when games clash with Premier League fixtures, and the drain of young talent being lured to the Premier League by wage offers no local club can hope to match.^ Premier League Football Fixtures and Stats skip to content .
  • Premier League Football Fixtures and Stats 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC www.football.co.uk [Source type: Reference]

^ Premier League Football Results and Match Reports skip to content .
  • Premier League Football Results and Match Reports 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC www.football.co.uk [Source type: Reference]

^ The broadcaster's managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Lynne Franks, added: "We are clearly delighted that our bid for exclusive media rights to the Barclays Premier League matches in the UK has been successful.
  • ESPN wins Premier League football rights | Media | guardian.co.uk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

.In an extreme case of worldwide influence, after the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final, seven people died in Nigeria after clashes between rival supporters of Chelsea and Manchester United.^ Chelsea's real target has to be the Champions League.
  • English Premier League Football - Premiership Clubs,teams,news,2006/07 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.football-england.com [Source type: General]

^ Manchester United beat City to reach League Cup final .
  • English Premier League 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.soccernews.com [Source type: General]

^ Andy Jackson - (15) - 06/04/2009 Newcastle still poor despite Shearer while Tottenham didn't deserve to win by Soccerlens - (7) - 06/04/2009 2008-2009 UEFA Champions League - Quarter-finals Preview by Victor Li - (4) - 05/04/2009 2008-2009 UEFA Cup - Quarter-finals Preview by Victor Li - (1) - 05/04/2009 Manchester United 3-2 Aston Villa - English Premier League - 5 April 2009 - Live Blog by Victor Li - (18) - 05/04/2009 Chelsea FC are calling.
  • English Premier League 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerlens.com [Source type: General]

[68]

Match balls

.For the inaugural season of the Premier League, clubs were obliged to supply their own match balls, which were usually provided by the clubs' kit manufacturers.^ Premier League Season Preview  -  Categories: EPL  -  Jeremy Granade @ 07:11:14 pm Premier League Predictions 2009-10 1.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ Mid Season Update An overdue update of all the shite in the Premier League.
  • English Premier League Football - Premiership Clubs,teams,news,2006/07 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.football-england.com [Source type: General]

^ The Premier League season is now well under way...
  • English Premier League Football - Premiership Clubs,teams,news,2006/07 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.football-england.com [Source type: General]

.In 1993, the Premier League came to an agreement with Mitre for them to supply the league's teams with their match balls.^ Premier League team news .
  • Premier League clockwatch - as it happened! | Tom Bryant | Football | guardian.co.uk 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Premier League Team of the Week  -  Categories: EPL  -  Jeremy Granade @ 07:00:42 pm Soccerword's Premiership Team of the Week - 08 .
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ What is truly unbelievable is that Frank Lampard not only did not win the PFA Player of the Year award, he didn't even make the Premier League team of the year: .
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

.Mitre supplied balls to the Premier League for seven years, starting with the Mitre Pro Max (1993–1995) and then the Mitre Ultimax (1995–2000)[citation needed].^ What is truly unbelievable is that Frank Lampard not only did not win the PFA Player of the Year award, he didn't even make the Premier League team of the year: .
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ Premier League leaders Chelsea will be looking to avoid any Boxing Day hangover, as they need to get back to the form and the heights which they were hitting earlier in the year.
  • English Premier League - Tag - Online Betting News 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.online-betting.me.uk [Source type: General]

^ December 14th, 2009 / Lee A Jackson Barclays Premier League Old Trafford Tuesday, 15 December Kick-off: 2000 GMT .
  • English Premier League - Tag - Online Betting News 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.online-betting.me.uk [Source type: General]

The 2000–01 season saw Nike take over as match ball supplier, introducing the Nike Geo Merlin ball, which had been used in the UEFA Champions League. .The Geo Merlin was used for four seasons before being replaced by the Nike Total 90 Aerow, which ran for another two seasons.^ All of that takes place before the Ashes of course, and will prove to be another very long and tiring season for the players on an England contract.
  • English Premier League - Tag - Online Betting News 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.online-betting.me.uk [Source type: General]

^ Wilkin confirmed he has spoken to “one or two” possible replacements for the pair but he believes it is unlikely there will be any arrivals before tomorrow’s trip to Workington.

.The 2004–05 season also saw the introduction of a yellow "Hi-Vis" ball for use in the winter months.^ Should City maintain their explosive start through the freezing winter months, yours truly reckons it might just come a season sooner.
  • The UrbanWire » English Premier League 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC theurbanwire.com [Source type: General]

Next came the Nike Total 90 Aerow II, which featured an asymmetrical design to help players judge the flight and spin of the ball. .For the 2008–09 season, the official ball of the Premier League was the Nike Total 90 Omni, which featured yet another pattern in dark red and yellow and a modified panel design, and has been replaced by the Nike T90 Ascente for the 2009–10 season, with blue, yellow and orange trim[citation needed].^ Premier League 2009/2010 .
  • England Premier League Live Scores, Streams, Schedules, Fixtures, Results, Tables, Videos, News :: Live Soccer TV 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.livesoccertv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Barclays Premier League 08/09 .
  • Tottenhamhotspur.com - Matches - Fixtures/Results 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC www.tottenhamhotspur.com [Source type: News]

^ Barclays Premier League 09/10 .
  • Tottenhamhotspur.com - Matches - Fixtures/Results 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC www.tottenhamhotspur.com [Source type: News]

Clubs

.A total of 43 clubs have played in the Premier League from its inception in 1992 and the end of the 2008–09 season.^ Barclays Premier League 08/09 .
  • Tottenhamhotspur.com - Matches - Fixtures/Results 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC www.tottenhamhotspur.com [Source type: News]

^ Barclays Premier League 09/10 .
  • Tottenhamhotspur.com - Matches - Fixtures/Results 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC www.tottenhamhotspur.com [Source type: News]

^ Premier League Preview 2008/9 .
  • English Premier League Football - Premiership Clubs,teams,news,2006/07 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.football-england.com [Source type: General]

.Two other clubs (Luton Town and Notts County) were signatories to the original agreement that created the Premier League, but were relegated prior to the inaugural Premier League season and have not subsequently returned to the top flight.^ They have seriously failed to capitalise on more strange goings on in the Premier League, which has seen Manchester United lose two games in a row.
  • English Premier League - Tag - Online Betting News 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.online-betting.me.uk [Source type: General]

^ US sports broadcaster will screen 46 live Premier League matches next season which were formerly held by Setanta .
  • ESPN wins Premier League football rights | Media | guardian.co.uk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Premier League Season Preview  -  Categories: EPL  -  Jeremy Granade @ 07:11:14 pm Premier League Predictions 2009-10 1.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

.For a list of all clubs past and present see List of FA Premier League clubs and an amalgamated table can be found at All-time FA Premier League table.^ Full Premier League table .
  • BBC SPORT | Football | FA Cup | FA Cup & Premier League as it happened 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC news.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ FA Cup & Premier League as it happened .
  • BBC SPORT | Football | FA Cup | FA Cup & Premier League as it happened 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC news.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ All times listed are GMT. .
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

.For a list of winners and runners-up of the Premier League since its inception, and top scorers for each season, see English football champions.^ This sounds terribly similar to the case of football’s English Premier League.
  • English Premier League - Tag - Online Betting News 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.online-betting.me.uk [Source type: General]

^ Welcome to our English Premier league football page.
  • English Premier League Football - Premiership Clubs,teams,news,2006/07 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.football-england.com [Source type: General]

^ Chelsea ends Birmingham's unbeaten run to top Premier League - Xinhua Chelsea's Frank Lampard, left, celebrates with his teammate Deco after scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between ...
  • England Premier League Live Scores, Streams, Schedules, Fixtures, Results, Tables, Videos, News :: Live Soccer TV 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.livesoccertv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Seven clubs have been members of the Premier League for every season since its inception.^ Premier League Season Preview  -  Categories: EPL  -  Jeremy Granade @ 07:11:14 pm Premier League Predictions 2009-10 1.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ Mid Season Update An overdue update of all the shite in the Premier League.
  • English Premier League Football - Premiership Clubs,teams,news,2006/07 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.football-england.com [Source type: General]

^ The Premier League season is now well under way...
  • English Premier League Football - Premiership Clubs,teams,news,2006/07 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.football-england.com [Source type: General]

.This group is composed of Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur.^ Manchester United v Everton .
  • Premier League Football Results and Match Reports 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC www.football.co.uk [Source type: Reference]

^ Aston Villa, Everton chasing Lens striker Boukari .
  • Premiership News - EPL News: England Football News & English Premier League Soccer News | tribalfootball.com 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.tribalfootball.com [Source type: General]

^ Posted by Antony Melvin at 10:00 AM in Arsenal , Aston Villa , Awards , Champions League , Champions' League , Chelsea , Leeds United , Liverpool , Manchester United , Newcastle United , Premier League , Premiership Hall of Fame .
  • Squarefootball :: original football articles: Premier League 28 January 2010 0:41 UTC articles.squarefootball.net [Source type: General]

[69]

Members for 2009–10

.The following 20 clubs will compete in the Premier League during the 2009–10 season.^ Premier League 2009/2010 .
  • England Premier League Live Scores, Streams, Schedules, Fixtures, Results, Tables, Videos, News :: Live Soccer TV 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.livesoccertv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Indian Premier League 2009 .
  • Indian Premier League 2009 | Cricket news, live scores, fixtures, features and statistics on Cricinfo.com 28 January 2010 0:41 UTC www.cricinfo.com [Source type: General]

^ Barclays Premier League 09/10 .
  • Tottenhamhotspur.com - Matches - Fixtures/Results 23 January 2010 0:13 UTC www.tottenhamhotspur.com [Source type: News]

Club
Position
in 2008–09
First season in
top division
Number of seasons
in top division
Number of seasons
in the Premier League
First season of
current spell in
top division
Top division
titles
Last top division title
Arsenala,b 0044th 1904–05 93 18 1919–20 13 2003–04
Aston Villaa,b 0066th 1888–89 99 18 1988–89 7 1980–81
Birmingham City YYY2nd: Championship 1894–95 56 6 2009–10 0 n/a
Blackburn Roversa 01515th 1888–89 70 16 2001–02 3 1994–95
Bolton Wanderers 01313th 1888–89 71 11 2001–02 0 n/a
Burnleyb ZZZ5th: Championship 1888–89 52 1 2009–10 2 1959–60
Chelseaa,b 0033rd 1907–08 75 18 1989–90 3 2005–06
Evertona,b 0055th 1888–89 107 18 1954–55 9 1986–87
Fulhamb 0077th 1949–50 21 9 2001–02 0 n/a
Hull Cityb 01717th 2008–09 2 2 2008–09 0 n/a
Liverpoola,b 0022nd 1894–95 95 18 1962–63 18 1989–90
Manchester Citya 01010th 1899–1900 81 13 2002–03 2 1967–68
Manchester Uniteda,b 0011st 1892–93 85 18 1975–76 18 2008–09
Portsmouthb 01414th 1927–28 33 7 2003–04 2 1949–50
Stoke Cityb 01212th 1888–89 54 2 2008–09 0 n/a
Sunderland 01616th 1890–91 79 9 2007–08 6 1935–36
Tottenham Hotspura,b 0088th 1909–10 75 18 1978–79 2 1960–61
West Ham United 179th 1923–24 53 15 2005–06 0 n/a
Wigan Athleticb 01111th 2005–06 5 5 2005–06 0 n/a
Wolverhampton Wanderers XXX1st: Championship 1888–89 61 2 2009–10 3 1958–59
a: Founding member of the Premier League
b: Never been relegated from Premier League

Players

All-time appearances in the Premier League
(Premier League appearances only)
Rank Player Appearances
1 England David James 566 0(0)
2 Wales Ryan Giggs 540 (105)
3 Wales Gary Speed 535 (14)
4 England Sol Campbell 487 (12)
5 England Emile Heskey 459 (46)
6 England Frank Lampard 458 (21)
7 England Alan Shearer 441 (14)
8 England Paul Scholes 436 (77)
9 England Gareth Southgate 426 0(0)
10 England Jamie Carragher 425 (14)
As of 28 February 2010
(Bold denotes players still playing in the Premier League)
(Italics denotes players still playing professional football)
(Numbers in brackets indicate number of substitute appearances)[70]
.Premier League clubs have almost complete freedom to sign whatever number and category of players they wish.^ Premier League Team of the Week  -  Categories: EPL  -  Jeremy Granade @ 07:00:42 pm Soccerword's Premiership Team of the Week - 08 .
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ Transfer Deadline Deals  -  Categories: EPL  -  Jeremy Granade @ 09:19:04 pm The transfer window has officially closed, and several last minute deals went through involving Premier League Clubs.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ The West Ham United players were training hard ahead of the opening Premier League game with Wolves on Saturday Watch .
  • West Ham United | Media Centre | Highlights 11 September 2009 6:14 UTC www.whufc.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.There is no team or individual salary cap, no squad size limit, no age restrictions other than those applied by general employment law, no restrictions on the overall number of foreign players and few restrictions on individual foreign players – all players with EU nationality, including those able to claim an EU passport through a parent or grandparent, are eligible to play, and top players from outside the EU are able to obtain UK work permits.^ So those of us outside the UK are unchanged?
  • ESPN wins Premier League football rights | Media | guardian.co.uk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ For no other reason than a goalflash has just popped up and I've had to read the team name twice to make sure, is there any more ridiculous a football club moniker than Technogroup Welshpool.
  • Premier League clockwatch - as it happened! | Tom Bryant | Football | guardian.co.uk 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ The following players have had years similar to if not better than Giggs, and no one would even consider giving them the award this year: .
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

.The only area where the Premier League's player registration rules are more restrictive than those of some other football leagues, such as those of those of Belgium and Portugal, is that academy level non-EU players have little access to English football by law.^ Welcome to our English Premier league football page.
  • English Premier League Football - Premiership Clubs,teams,news,2006/07 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.football-england.com [Source type: General]

^ For no other reason than a goalflash has just popped up and I've had to read the team name twice to make sure, is there any more ridiculous a football club moniker than Technogroup Welshpool.
  • Premier League clockwatch - as it happened! | Tom Bryant | Football | guardian.co.uk 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ The West Ham United players were training hard ahead of the opening Premier League game with Wolves on Saturday Watch .
  • West Ham United | Media Centre | Highlights 11 September 2009 6:14 UTC www.whufc.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[71] .Also, clubs competing in the Champions League or UEFA Europa League must comply with UEFA's player-eligibility rules for those competitions.^ But for clubs who are not among the elite of European football, the UEFA Cup provides them with a chance to compete for silverware against other second tier clubs.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ Ahmed Bilal - (5) - 04/06/2008 Hughes swaps Blackburn for Manchester City, but can he swap Uefa Cup for the Champions League?
  • English Premier League 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerlens.com [Source type: General]

^ Champions League Draw  -  Categories: Champions League  -  Jeremy Granade @ 10:58:21 am Final 16 Match-ups The three Italian clubs were all paired against English competition.
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.At the inception of the Premier League in 1992–93, just eleven players named in the starting line-ups for the first round of matches were 'foreign' (players hailing from outside of the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland).^ US sports broadcaster will screen 46 live Premier League matches next season which were formerly held by Setanta .
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^ In the Premier League at the KC Stadium, Samba has just hit one over the bar as Blackburn travel to Hull.
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^ The West Ham United players were training hard ahead of the opening Premier League game with Wolves on Saturday Watch .
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[72] .By 2000–01, the number of foreign players participating in the Premier League was 36%.^ The West Ham United players were training hard ahead of the opening Premier League game with Wolves on Saturday Watch .
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^ The celebrations from both players and fans were unrestrained and the point maintains United's position as clear favourites for the Premier League.
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^ What is truly unbelievable is that Frank Lampard not only did not win the PFA Player of the Year award, he didn't even make the Premier League team of the year: .
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In the 2004–05 season the figure had increased to 45%. .On 26 December 1999, Chelsea became the first Premier League side to field an entirely foreign starting line-up,[73] and on 14 February 2005 Arsenal were the first to name a completely foreign 16-man squad for a match.^ Hiddink insists Chelsea have not given up on the Premier League title.
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^ Ahmed Bilal - (14) - 17/04/2009 Premier League makes a play for global domination by Ahmed Bilal - (0) - 17/04/2009 Alex Ferguson is a naughty old man by Ahmed Bilal - (8) - 17/04/2009 Relegation Wars: Tottenham to beat Newcastle, Aston Villa to beat West Ham, Man City and Sunderland to win and more by Ben King - (1) - 17/04/2009 City Fall But Can Hold Their Heads Up High by Ben King - (3) - 17/04/2009 Proof that Riley will be 100% unbiased during Everton-United game by Soccerlens - (2) - 17/04/2009 Win TWO tickets to the Chelsea/Arsenal match this weekend!
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^ US sports broadcaster will screen 46 live Premier League matches next season which were formerly held by Setanta .
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[74] .No English manager has won the Premier League; the four managers to have won the title comprise two Scots (Alex Ferguson (Manchester United, eleven wins) and Kenny Dalglish (Blackburn Rovers, one win), a Frenchman (Arsène Wenger, Arsenal, three wins) and a Portuguese (José Mourinho, Chelsea, two wins).^ And it's no coincidence that Sir Alex and Arsene Wenger are the two longest serving managers in the league.
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^ If United win, it will be their third consecutive title.
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^ Hiddink insists Chelsea have not given up on the Premier League title.
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.In response to concerns that clubs were increasingly passing over young British players in favour of signing less-expensive foreign players, in 1999, the Home Office tightened its rules for granting work permits to players from countries outside of the European Union.^ The newly promoted clubs tend to have the fewest foreign players: Burnley have 7 and Wolves have 6.
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^ For the club, of course, what is most important is not the country of origin but the quality of the player.
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^ Portsmouth boss Grant now has much to ponder as he sees four of his players head to the Nations Cup in Angola, with the club still under a transfer embargo.

[75] .Currently a non-EU player applying for the permit must have played for his country in at least 75% of its competitive 'A' team matches for which he was available for selection during the previous two years, and his country must have averaged at least 70th place in the official FIFA world rankings over the previous two years.^ In fact, some teams have already played their first qualifying matches in the UEFA Cup.
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^ He helped Liverpool to only their sixth win from 19 matches in all competitions, which lifts them above Birmingham into seventh, four points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and two adrift of Villa.

^ According to the Premier League website, "Actim Stats are a collection of team, player and match statistics.
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If a player does not meet those criteria, the club wishing to sign him may appeal if they believe that he is a special talent and "able to contribute significantly to the development of the game at the top level in the UK."[71]
.Over 260 foreign players compete in the league, and 101 players from England's domestic leagues competed in the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea and Japan.^ England World Cup tickets undersubscribed .
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^ News Domestic leagues International cups Teams Players Betting WC 2010 Top leagues .
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^ England success at World Cup will hit supporters in the pocket .
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.At the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, the Premier League was the most represented league with more than eighty players in the competition, including 21 of the 23 players in England's squad.^ England World Cup tickets undersubscribed .
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^ England and Germany named and shamed as World Cup party poopers .
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^ The West Ham United players were training hard ahead of the opening Premier League game with Wolves on Saturday Watch .
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.As a result of the increasingly lucrative television deals, player wages rose sharply following the formation of the Premier League.^ The West Ham United players were training hard ahead of the opening Premier League game with Wolves on Saturday Watch .
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^ The celebrations from both players and fans were unrestrained and the point maintains United's position as clear favourites for the Premier League.
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^ What is truly unbelievable is that Frank Lampard not only did not win the PFA Player of the Year award, he didn't even make the Premier League team of the year: .
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In the first Premier League season the average player wage was £75,000 per year,[76] but subsequently rose by an average 20% per year for a decade,[77] peaking in the 2003–04 season, when the annual salary of the average Premier League player was £676,000.[78]
.The record transfer fee for a Premier League has been broken several times over the lifetime of the competition.^ Transfer Deadline Deals  -  Categories: EPL  -  Jeremy Granade @ 09:19:04 pm The transfer window has officially closed, and several last minute deals went through involving Premier League Clubs.
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^ Andy Sammons - (12) - 02/02/2009 Premier League extend transfer deadline past 5 p.m.
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^ I would happily pay a "resonable" fee to watch my premier league team live either on TV or as a stream.
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.Prior to the start of the first Premier League season Alan Shearer became the first British player to command a transfer fee of more than £3 million.^ US sports broadcaster will screen 46 live Premier League matches next season which were formerly held by Setanta .
  • ESPN wins Premier League football rights | Media | guardian.co.uk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ The West Ham United players were training hard ahead of the opening Premier League game with Wolves on Saturday Watch .
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^ Premier League Season Preview  -  Categories: EPL  -  Jeremy Granade @ 07:11:14 pm Premier League Predictions 2009-10 1.
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[79] .The record rose steadily in the Premier League's first few seasons, until Alan Shearer made a world record breaking £15 million move to Newcastle United in 1996.[79] This stood as a British record for four years until it was eclipsed by the £18 million Leeds paid West Ham for Rio Ferdinand.^ When English Premier League news breaks, we will bring it to you first.
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^ Move to West Ham is on says source .
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^ West Ham 18.
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[79] .Manchester United subsequently broke the record three times by signing Ruud van Nistelrooy, Juan Sebastián Verón and Rio Ferdinand.^ Ruud van Nistelrooy to Liverpool ( 1 2 ) urbanstriker .
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^ Sir Alex Ferguson bemoaned the lack of stoppage time after Manchester United lost 1-0 to Villa .
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^ Manchester United recorded their first win of the season, a 1-0 victory at Portsmouth, and it was Darren Fletcher who once again provided the only goal of the game for United.
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[80][81] .Chelsea broke the record in May 2006, when they signed Andriy Shevchenko, from AC Milan.^ City lost out on Berbatov, but they signed Robinho from Real Madrid, beating Chelsea to the Brazilian striker's signature.
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The exact figure of the transfer fee was not disclosed, but was reported as being around £30 million.[82] .This was eclipsed by Manchester City's transfer of Robinho from Real Madrid on 1 September 2008 for £32.5 million.^ Ahmed Bilal - (5) - 04/06/2008 Hughes swaps Blackburn for Manchester City, but can he swap Uefa Cup for the Champions League?
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^ Ahmed Bilal - (29) - 07/07/2008 Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea v AC Milan, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid by Ahmed Bilal - (10) - 07/07/2008 Who could replace Queiroz at Manchester United?
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^ Subhankar Mondal - (0) - 12/12/2008 Do Manchester City fans know what their team will look like after January?
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[83]
David James holds the record for the most Premier League appearances, overtaking the previous record held by Gary Speed of 535 appearances in February 2009.[84]

Top scorers

All-time top scorers in the Premier League
(Premier League goals only)
Rank Player Goals
1 England Alan Shearer 260
2 England Andrew Cole 187
3 France Thierry Henry 174
4 England Robbie Fowler 163
5 England Les Ferdinand 149
6 England Michael Owen 147
England Teddy Sheringham 147
8 Netherlands Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 127
9 Trinidad and Tobago Dwight Yorke 123
10 Republic of Ireland Robbie Keane 121
.As of 25 February 2010
(Bold denotes players still playing in the Premier League)
(Italics denotes players still playing professional football).
^ The celebrations from both players and fans were unrestrained and the point maintains United's position as clear favourites for the Premier League.
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^ What is truly unbelievable is that Frank Lampard not only did not win the PFA Player of the Year award, he didn't even make the Premier League team of the year: .
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^ Scott the Red - (2) - 27/02/2009 MATCH REPORT: Inter Milan vs Manchester United by lapfanzine - (0) - 25/02/2009 Premier League Round 26.
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[70]
.Players in the Premier League can compete for the informal competitions of Goal of the Month and Goal of the Season.^ The West Ham United players were training hard ahead of the opening Premier League game with Wolves on Saturday Watch .
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^ Premier League Season Preview  -  Categories: EPL  -  Jeremy Granade @ 07:11:14 pm Premier League Predictions 2009-10 1.
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^ Lampard has 12 Premier League goals, comparable to Gerrard's 13 and Ronaldo's 15, and well ahead of Giggs' single goal.
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.Other titles players compete for include the top-scorer for a season.^ How & Why Chelsea Lost The Title This Season by Blue Champion - (53) - 30/06/2007 And the Premiership's greatest player is...
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^ Accrington to keep top-scorer Symes until end of season .
  • Premiership News - EPL News: England Football News & English Premier League Soccer News | tribalfootball.com 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.tribalfootball.com [Source type: General]

.Former Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer holds the record for most Premier League goals with 260. Shearer finished among the top ten goal scorers in 10 out of his 14 seasons in the Premier League and won the top scorer title three times.^ For Anelka, that goal means he will be the leading scorer in the Premier League this season as Ronaldo is not playing for Man United.
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^ Ahmed Bilal - (11) - 02/11/2008 All-Time Premier League Top Scorers: Alan Shearer, Andy Cole, Thierry Henry, Robbie Fowler and Les Ferdinand by Graham Fisher - (23) - 02/11/2008 Manchester United 4-3 Hull City - English Premier League - 1 November 2008 - Live Blog by Victor Li - (15) - 01/11/2008 Should Kinnear stick around?
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^ Rob Parker - (23) - 23/09/2008 Premier League Highlights: Bolton 1-3 Arsenal, West Ham 3-1 Newcastle, Liverpool 0-0 Stoke, Blackburn 1-0 Fulham by goalcentre.com - (0) - 22/09/2008 Arsenal's first goal was offside, Liverpool didn't deserve to score by Soccerlens - (11) - 22/09/2008 10 observations on Manchester United v Chelsea by Rob Parker - (22) - 21/09/2008 Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United - 21 September 2008 - English Premier League - Live Blog by Victor Li - (24) - 21/09/2008 Welcome back Liverpool - where have you been?
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.During the 1995–96 season he became the first player to score 100 Premier League goals.^ US sports broadcaster will screen 46 live Premier League matches next season which were formerly held by Setanta .
  • ESPN wins Premier League football rights | Media | guardian.co.uk 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ The celebrations from both players and fans were unrestrained and the point maintains United's position as clear favourites for the Premier League.
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^ Premier League Season Preview  -  Categories: EPL  -  Jeremy Granade @ 07:11:14 pm Premier League Predictions 2009-10 1.
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[85] Since then, 17 other players have reached the 100-goal mark.
.Since the first Premier League season in 1992–93, 13 different players have won or shared the top scorers title.^ The West Ham United players were training hard ahead of the opening Premier League game with Wolves on Saturday Watch .
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^ The celebrations from both players and fans were unrestrained and the point maintains United's position as clear favourites for the Premier League.
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^ Since the Premier League is too expensive for me, I just assume attend games in the lower leagues, Darlington in my case.
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.Thierry Henry won his third consecutive and fourth overall scoring title by scoring 27 goals in the 2005–06 season.^ If United win, it will be their third consecutive title.
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^ Finally Derby managed to concede six goals at home for the third time this season after being slaughtered 6-2 by Arsenal.
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^ How & Why Chelsea Lost The Title This Season by Blue Champion - (53) - 30/06/2007 And the Premiership's greatest player is...
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.This surpassed Shearer's mark of three titles which he won consecutively from 1994–95 through 1996–97. Other multiple winners include Michael Owen and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink who have won two titles each.^ Villa could still challenge but have ground to make up on the two Merseyside teams who both won on Sunday.
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^ Both managers had spells of two or three years without winning the league, but both kept their jobs and bounced back with titles.
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.Andrew Cole and Alan Shearer hold the record for most goals in a season (34) – for Newcastle and Blackburn respectively.^ Blackburn want Smith in Newcastle bid for Andrews .
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^ Manchester United recorded their first win of the season, a 1-0 victory at Portsmouth, and it was Darren Fletcher who once again provided the only goal of the game for United.
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^ Benni McCarthy scored his first league goal of the season but it was not enough for Blackburn to edge their derby clash with Wigan.

.Cole's record came in the 1993–94 season, while Shearer's came in 1994–95, both of which were 42-game seasons.^ United came out more eager to make a game of it after half time and the contest was more even with both sides suddenly looking capable of scoring.
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^ Manchester United recorded their first win of the season, a 1-0 victory at Portsmouth, and it was Darren Fletcher who once again provided the only goal of the game for United.
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^ Tomorrow's game against Arsenal, though still very, very early in the season, could be a pivotal match for both clubs.
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[86] .Shearer's mark of 31 goals from a 38-game season in 1995–96 was equalled in the 2007–08 season by Cristiano Ronaldo, a mark which surpassed the record of most goals by a midfielder in a season.^ Best Goals from the EPL in August 2006 by Ahmed Bilal - (6) - 31/08/2006 Manchester City 1-0 Arsenal: SHOOT!!!
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^ Manchester United started well, with Cristiano Ronaldo getting a couple early shots at goal, but after the first eight minutes, it was all Barcelona.
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^ Ronaldo helped himself to a couple more goals in his remarkably prolific season while Carlos Tevez rifled home spectacularly against his former club.
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[87]
.Manchester United became the first team to have scored 1,000 goals in this league after Cristiano Ronaldo scored, in a 4–1 defeat of Middlesbrough, in the 2005–06 season, having been the first team to have conceded a Premier League goal following the League's inception.^ For Anelka, that goal means he will be the leading scorer in the Premier League this season as Ronaldo is not playing for Man United.
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^ Rob Parker - (23) - 23/09/2008 Premier League Highlights: Bolton 1-3 Arsenal, West Ham 3-1 Newcastle, Liverpool 0-0 Stoke, Blackburn 1-0 Fulham by goalcentre.com - (0) - 22/09/2008 Arsenal's first goal was offside, Liverpool didn't deserve to score by Soccerlens - (11) - 22/09/2008 10 observations on Manchester United v Chelsea by Rob Parker - (22) - 21/09/2008 Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United - 21 September 2008 - English Premier League - Live Blog by Victor Li - (24) - 21/09/2008 Welcome back Liverpool - where have you been?
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^ Graham Fisher - (8) - 15/04/2008 2007/2008 Premier League Team Of The Season by Graham Fisher - (89) - 15/04/2008 Chelsea 1-1 Wigan (Video Highlights) by goalcentre.com - (1) - 15/04/2008 Liverpool 3-1 Blackburn and Manchester United 2-1 Arsenal - Video Highlights by goalcentre.com - (0) - 14/04/2008 I hate Arsenal (I think…) by Liviu Bird - (28) - 13/04/2008 Premier League Highlights: All of Saturday's games by goalcentre.com - (0) - 13/04/2008 Manchester United v Arsenal - History and Preview by Ahmed Bilal - (10) - 12/04/2008 Ronaldo v Torres - who should win the PFA awards this season?
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.Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are the only other teams to have reached the 1,000-goal mark.^ Currently the top six clubs are within a point of one another: Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Arsenal, West Ham, and Middlesbrough.
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^ Lampard has scored key goals for Chelsea, as evidenced by his two second-half goals in the Champions League against Liverpool.
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^ Elsewhere there were expected away wins for Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea while Liverpool dropped more points at home with a draw against Aston Villa.
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[88][89] .The highest-scoring match to date in the Premier League occurred on 29 September 2007 when Portsmouth beat Reading 7-4. Five goals is the record individual scoring total for a player in a single Premier League game, and as of November 2009, only three players had achieved this feat, Andy Cole first, followed by Alan Shearer and then Jermaine Defoe.^ Indian Premier League 2009 .
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^ He's played in 24 of United's 32 league games, scoring only a single goal.
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^ Indian Premier League, 2009 .
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[90] .Only Ryan Giggs of Manchester United has scored in all 18 Premier League seasons.^ Those in the running for the award are: Steven Gerrard of Liverpool, and Nemanja Vidic, Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand, Cristiano Ronaldo and Edwin van der Sar, all of Manchester United.
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^ The West Ham United players were training hard ahead of the opening Premier League game with Wolves on Saturday Watch .
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^ Premier League Season Preview  -  Categories: EPL  -  Jeremy Granade @ 07:11:14 pm Premier League Predictions 2009-10 1.
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[91]

Awards

Trophy

The Premier League trophy
.The current Premier League trophy was created by Royal Jewellers Asprey of London.^ Sir Alex Ferguson has warned his side’s title rivals that Manchester United will only improve in 2010 as they look to retain their Premier League trophy.

^ At the other end of the table Derby lost yet again, 2-0 at Wigan, after giving a performance that their manager Paul Jewell described as the worst he had ever seen in the Premier League.
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^ However, the victory moved the Gunners to within four points of Premier League leaders Chelsea with a game in hand over their London rivals.

It weighs 4 st (25 kg; 56 lb), and is 76 cm (30 in) tall, 43 cm (17 in) wide and 25 cm (9.8 in) deep. Its main body is solid sterling silver and silver gilt, while its plinth is made of malachite, a semi-precious stone. .The plinth has a silver band around its circumference, upon which the names of the title-winning clubs are listed.^ At the end, Barcelona fully deserved the 2-0 victory, a win that gave the Catalan club a unique treble: Spanish League title, Copa del Rey, and Champions League.
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Malachite's green colour is also representative of the green field of play.[92] The design of the trophy is based on the heraldry of Three Lions that is associated with English football. .Two of the lions are found above the handles on either side of the trophy – the third is symbolised by the captain of the title winning team as he raises the trophy, and its gold crown, above his head at the end of the season.^ If United win, it will be their third consecutive title.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ With little prospect of a trophy to crow about come the end of the season bragging rights over the neighbours is obviously going to be of extreme importance.
  • English Premier League Football - Premiership Clubs,teams,news,2006/07 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.football-england.com [Source type: General]

^ Only 10 points cover the top six sides, while third-placed Arsenal can close to within one point of Chelsea if they win their two games in hand.

[92] .The trophy has borne several names on its face since it was first created, when it read "The F.A. Premier League". The one Manchester United lifted in 2006–07 read "The Barclays Premiership". From the 2007–08 season onwards, the trophy has read "Premier League" on one side and "Barclays Premier League" on the other.^ Premier League team news: Defensive headache for Manchester United .
  • Premier League clockwatch - as it happened! | Tom Bryant | Football | guardian.co.uk 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ In the Premier League at the KC Stadium, Samba has just hit one over the bar as Blackburn travel to Hull.
  • Premier League clockwatch - as it happened! | Tom Bryant | Football | guardian.co.uk 10 January 2010 22:022 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Ahmed Bilal - (5) - 26/08/2006 Can Manchester United make it 3 out of 3?
  • English Premier League 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerlens.com [Source type: General]

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.In 2004, a special gold version of the trophy was commissioned to commemorate Arsenal winning the title without a single defeat.^ Arsenal slipped up again and someone needs to tell Arsene Wenger's men that late equalisers don't actually win you the title in the end.
  • English Premier League Football - Premiership Clubs,teams,news,2006/07 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.football-england.com [Source type: General]

^ They will feel that the title is theirs for the winning if they can beat Arsenal and United when they visit the Bridge.
  • English Premier League Football - Premiership Clubs,teams,news,2006/07 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.football-england.com [Source type: General]

^ Arsenal have suffered a harrowing few weeks having not only slipped out of contention in the title race but suffering defeat in the Champions League to Liverpool as well.
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Monthly and annual

.In addition to the winner's Trophy and the individual Winner's Medals, the Premier League also awards the monthly, Manager of the Month and Player of the Month awards, and the annual Manager of the Year and Golden Glove awards.^ It's the award for the best player of the year.
  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC soccerword.com [Source type: General]

^ The following players have had years similar to if not better than Giggs, and no one would even consider giving them the award this year: .
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^ The celebrations from both players and fans were unrestrained and the point maintains United's position as clear favourites for the Premier League.
  • English Premier League Football - Premiership Clubs,teams,news,2006/07 31 January 2010 12:42 UTC www.football-england.com [Source type: General]

10 Seasons

In 2003, the Premier League celebrated its first decade by holding the 10 Seasons Awards:

See also

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A Premier League is normally a league in sports at the top of the league system.

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in basketball

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in rugby league:

  • the NSWRL Premier League is now the New South Wales Cup

in speedway:

  • Speedway Premier League

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  • Ligat ha'Al. The Israeli Premier League of football


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