Although the 2020-2021 English Premier League season, the 29th edition of the Premier League, is yet to wrap up, we can’t help but wonder about the next season.
The 2021-2022 Premier League season will be the 30th of its kind, also the third season featuring the VAR system. It will start from 14th August 2021 and last till 22nd May 2022. The 2019-2020 and the 2020-2021 seasons have been tough for football. The COVID-19 pandemic disturbed the former’s schedule and kept the fans away from the latter. Hopefully, things will get back to normal in the following season.
There are several levels of football in the English football league system, and the EPL is on the top. It features 20 clubs, playing 38 matches throughout the season, competing for the league trophy, a champions league spot and various other achievements. The EPL is the most-watched sports league globally and a major contributor to the popularity of football.
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History of The English Premier League
Prior to the EPL, the top tier division was called the Football League First Division. It was one of the oldest leagues in football and any sport, existing since 1888.
An increase in football hooliganism, inadequate facilities, deterioration in English football quality, and an imminent European football ban were some factors that led to the proposal of a new league. The proposed league was also seen as a potential source of televised screening, maximizing revenues by commercializing English football and bringing better football to the world.
22 members or clubs resigned from the First Division in May 1992 and paved the way for the inaugural season of the English Premier League in 1992-1993.
Manchester United dominated the 1990s, winning 6 out 7 Premier League trophies. In the 2000s, the dominance was divided between Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United. However, in the 2010s, dominance was traded with competitiveness, with three new clubs lifting the Premier League trophy and the unpredictable nature of the games.
The Premier League features 20 football clubs that play 38 games throughout the season. Each team faces an opponent team at their home stadium and the away stadium. Without question, the team with the highest points at the end of the season is crowned champion. The top four finishing teams in the league qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stages.
Three teams with the lowest points in the league are relegated to the bottom tier, the Championship. In their place, the top two teams from the Championship are promoted to the Premier League, and a third team is selected after play-offs between the third, fourth, fifth and sixth ranking teams.
The Premier League is also home to two Welsh football clubs, Swansea City and Cardiff City, despite these clubs being members of the FA Wales.
With the current status of the 2020-2021 Premier League season, we can confirm that the following clubs will remain in the Premier League:
- Aston Villa
- Leeds United
- Leicester City
- Manchester City
- Manchester United
- Tottenham Hotspur
- West Ham United
On the other hand, Sheffield United is relegated to the Championship. Norwich City and Watford are promoted to the 2021-2022 Premier League season.
Premier League Trophy
The trophy features a golden crown and malachite plinth base. The main body features sterling silver gilding, and the trophy’s design derives inspiration from the “Three Lions,” which is also a symbol of English football. Royal Jewellers Asprey of London designed the trophy.
Arsenal is the only club winning the Premier League without a defeat in a single season, famously called “The Invincibles,” Arsenal is the only club that holds a gold version of the trophy.
- Manager of the month
- Player of the month
- Goal of the month
- The Golden Boot
- Playmaker of the season
- The Golden Glove
Premier League: A Collection of Records & Stats
- Manchester United has won 13 Premier League titles, making them the most successful side in the English Premier League. Overall, the team has 20 top-flight titles to its name. Manchester United is also the only team with a hattrick of Premier League title wins on 2 separate occasions.
- Manchester City holds the record of scoring the highest number of goals in a season – 106 and the most number of points – 100.
- Arsenal is the only club that has secured a Premier League title without losing a game in a single season – 2003-2004.
- Sergio Aguero has the most number of hattricks in the Premier League – 12 and has the best goalscoring records, scoring 181 goals in 272 matches with a 0.68 average.
- Ryan Giggs has the second-highest number of appearances in the Premier League – 632 games. He also has the highest number of assists, 162 in the Premier League and has 13 winner medals under his name.
- Sir Alex Ferguson holds several accolades to his name; he has 13 Premier League titles under his belt. Also, he has bagged the Premier League manager of the season award a record 11 times and the Premier League manager of the month a record 27 times.
- The Premier League generates 2.2 billion Euros annually.
- 7 of the 20 richest football clubs are part of the Premier League.
- The average salary in the Premier League is 2.99 million Pounds.
- Some of the highest transfer fees have originated from and paid by Premier League clubs.
Can you think of any other league or sport that is as nail-biting, competitive and influencing as the English Premier League?
We cannot help but anticipate how the remaining fixtures of the current season will turn out, who will end on the top, and who will see a heartbreak.
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