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It’s called the English Premier League (EPL) and that’s exactly what it is – England’s top flight football competition. Held from August to May each year, it’s widely regarded as the most exciting league in the world, and with over 600 million people tuning in from over 200 countries; it’s also the most watched. The league’s inauguration came back in February 1992 when it replaced the English First Division as the country’s leading football competition. The EPL is also known as the British Premier League, as clubs from Wales are also eligible to compete.
Like most European leagues, the EPL’s format is straight forward. Each of the 20 teams plays each other twice, both home and away, with the winner ending the season on top of the table. A win is rewarded with three points, a draw yields one point, while a loss brings nothing. The clubs that finish in the top four also gain automatic qualification into the next season’s UEFA Champions League. The three clubs that finish at the bottom of the table are relegated into the English Championship, with the top three clubs in that league promoted to the EPL.
The most successful team in England of all time is Manchester United. With 20 titles to their name, including 13 EPL wins, the Red Devils surpassed Liverpool’s 18 titles in 2011. This has produced a fiery rivalry between the two clubs over the past decade or so, and whenever they face, there’s always fireworks. Manchester City have spent most of the Premier League era in the shadows of their cross-town rivals. However, a much-needed injection of funds and the acquisition of star players saw them win in 2012 and 2014. Arsenal and Chelsea are also very competitive clubs with three EPL titles each.
|YEAR||WINNER||RUNNERS UP||TOP GOAL SCORER|
|2014/2015||CHELSEA||MANCHESTER CITY||SERGIO AGUERO (26)|
|2013/2014||MANCHESTER CITY||LIVERPOOL||LUI SUAREZ (31)|
|2012/2013||MANCHESTER UNITED||MANCHESTER CITY||ROBIN VAN PERSIE (26)|
|2011/2012||MANCHESTER CITY||MANCHESTER UNITED||ROBIN VAN PERSIE (30)|
|2010/2011||MANCHESTER UNITED||CHELSEA||D. BERBATOV, C. TEVEZ (20)|
|2009/2010||CHELSEA||MANCHESTER UNITED||DIDIER DROGBA (29)|
|2008/2009||MANCHESTER UNITED||LIVERPOOL||NICOLAS ANELKA (19)|
|2007/2008||MANCHESTER UNITED||CHELSEA||CRISTIANO RONALDO (31)|
|2006/2007||MANCHESTER UNITED||CHELSEA||DIDIER DROGBA (20)|
|2005/2006||CHELSEA||MANCHESTER UNITED||THIERRY HENRY (27)|
|2004/2005||CHELSEA||ARSENAL||THIERRY HENRY (25)|