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The English Premier league or in short EPL is officially known as the “Barclays Premier League” for sponsorship issues. It is actually a UK based professional football league for English clubs.
Twenty clubs compete in the English Premier league. Seasons continue from August and ends up on May. 38 games are played by each team.
The competition began as the Football Association or in short FA Premier League on 20th February, 1992. The very first game was held on 15th August in the very same year. Few of the clubs in the First Division of the Football League took decision to break away from the Football League in order to derive benefits from a more profitable TV right contract.
Since 1888, The Football League has been arranged as the main football competition of the United Kingdom. As a matter of fact, since its inception the Premier League has turned out to be the most watched and anticipated sporting football league of the world.
It is also one of the highest and most well paid football leagues of the world. In the 2005-06 season, the cumulative club revenue was approximately $1.4 billion. It may well rise to as such as $1.8 billion in the 2007-08 season simply because of the rising media attention and revenues received from it.
The number of clubs taking part varies each year. New clubs join, older ones leave, or get merged with other club to form new clubs. On an average there are 15 clubs on an average per division. This signifies that more than 7000 clubs are the proud members of a league in the EPL.
For winning one match teams receive 3 points and for a draw 1 point. The cumulative points and the goal differences identify the ranks of the teams participating in the league. As seasons end, the club having the maximum no. of points is declared the champion. Factors like the goal difference and the no. of goals scored, decides the champion if two or more teams ends the season with equal points.
Till date only 4 out of the 40 English Premier League clubs have been able to lift the title of the premier league. The teams are the Arsenals (also known as the Gunners), Blackburn rovers, Chelsea (Men in Blue) and Manchester united (The Red Devils). The current champion of the Premier league is Manchester United (also known as the red devils). They lifted the title for the ninth time in 2006-07 season. No Premier League team has ever won that many number of premier league titles ever.