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FA Premier League 2006-07
FA Premier League
FA Premier League
Sport Football
Founded 1992
No. of teams 20
Country  England
Current champions Chelsea F.C.

The FA Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays Premiership in England and the Barclays English Premier League or just simply The EPL internationally) is a league competition for football clubs located at the top of the English football league system (above The Football League), making it England's primary football competition. It is the world's most watched sporting league and most lucrative football league, followed by over a billion people.[1] It is widely regarded as one of the best leagues in the world along with Spain's La Liga and Italy's Serie A. The Scottish Premier League (SPL) is the top division within the current structure of football in Scotland. ... Image File history File links Current_sport. ... The 2006-07 FA Premier League season, the fifteenth since its establishment, started on August 19, 2006. ... Image File history File links Logo of the FA Premier League File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Football (soccer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... See also: 1991 in sports, other events of 1992, 1993 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Davey Allison won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Alan Kulwicki CART Racing - season championship won by Bobby Rahal Indianapolis 500 - Al Unser, Jr. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... Chelsea Football Club, founded in 1905, are an English Premier League football club, nicknamed The Blues or previously The Pensioners, a reference to the Chelsea Pensioners. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... Football (soccer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... The English football league system, otherwise known as the football pyramid, is a series of interconnected leagues for club football in England (although for historical reasons a small number of Welsh clubs also compete). ... The Football League is a league competition for professional football clubs in England, the oldest such competition in world football. ... Liga de Fútbol Profesional (Professional Football League), commonly known as La Liga, is the professional football league in Spain and is widely regarded as one of the best leagues in the world. ... This article is about the Italian football (soccer) league. ...


The FA Premier League was formed in 1992 (and branded as "The Premiership" in the United Kingdom from the 1993-94 season) from the top division of The Football League, and is currently contested by twenty clubs. In a total of fourteen seasons, the title has been won by only four teams: Arsenal, Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea and Manchester United. Of these, the most successful is Manchester United, who have won the title eight times and are the only team to have won the title three consecutive times. The current Premier League champions are Chelsea, who won their second consecutive title in the 2005-06 season. This article describes the FA Premier League 1993-94 season. ... Arsenal Football Club (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) are an English professional football club based in north London. ... Blackburn Rovers Football Club are an English Premier League football club based in the town of Blackburn, Lancashire. ... Chelsea Football Club, founded in 1905, are an English Premier League football club, nicknamed The Blues or previously The Pensioners, a reference to the Chelsea Pensioners. ... Manchester United Football Club are a world-famous English football club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and are one of the most popular sports clubs in the world with over 50 million supporters worldwide. ... Location of teams in the 2005-06 season The 2005-06 season of the FA Premier League saw Chelsea defend and win a back-to-back-titles by defeating Manchester United on 29 April. ...


The FA Women's Premier League, more specifically the National Division, is the Premiership's female counterpart, as most of its clubs are affiliated with Premiership and Football League sides; however, the league is semi-professional and has a much lower profile than the mens' game even within its national boundaries. The FA Womens Premier League is the major womens football (soccer) competition in England. ... FA Womens Premier League logo The FA Womens Premier League National Division is at the top of the English womens football league pyramid. ... Association football is the unofficial national sport of England. ... The Football League is an organisation representing 72 professional football clubs in England and Wales, and runs the oldest professional football league competition in the world. ...

Contents

History

FA Premier League champions
Season Winner
2005-06 Chelsea
2004-05 Chelsea
2003-04 Arsenal
2002-03 Manchester United
2001-02 Arsenal
2000-01 Manchester United
1999-00 Manchester United
1998-99 Manchester United
1997-98 Arsenal
1996-97 Manchester United
1995-96 Manchester United
1994-95 Blackburn Rovers
1993-94 Manchester United
1992-93 Manchester United
Further information:
English football champions

Location of teams in the 2005-06 season The 2005-06 season of the FA Premier League saw Chelsea defend and win a back-to-back-titles by defeating Manchester United on 29 April. ... Chelsea Football Club, founded in 1905, are an English Premier League football club, nicknamed The Blues or previously The Pensioners, a reference to the Chelsea Pensioners. ... The 2004-05 season of the FA Premier League began in August 2004 and ended in May 2005. ... Chelsea Football Club, founded in 1905, are an English Premier League football club, nicknamed The Blues or previously The Pensioners, a reference to the Chelsea Pensioners. ... Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira presenting the Premier League trophy at Highbury The 2003-04 FA Premier League season was mainly contended between Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea. ... Arsenal Football Club (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) are an English professional football club based in north London. ... The FA Premier League 2002-03 season ended with Manchester United as champions for the eighth time in 11 years, an achievement made all the more remarkable by the fact that defending champions Arsenal had led by eight points at the beginning of March. ... Manchester United Football Club are a world-famous English football club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and are one of the most popular sports clubs in the world with over 50 million supporters worldwide. ... This article describes the FA Premier League 2001-02 season. ... Arsenal Football Club (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) are an English professional football club based in north London. ... This article describes the FA Premier League 2000-01 season. ... Manchester United Football Club are a world-famous English football club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and are one of the most popular sports clubs in the world with over 50 million supporters worldwide. ... The FA Premier League 1999-00 season was the eighth season of the FA Premier League, and Manchester United secured their sixth Premiership title. ... Manchester United Football Club are a world-famous English football club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and are one of the most popular sports clubs in the world with over 50 million supporters worldwide. ... The 1998-99 FA Premier League season will always be remembered as the season in which Manchester United won a unique treble of the Premiership title, FA Cup and European Cup. ... Manchester United Football Club are a world-famous English football club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and are one of the most popular sports clubs in the world with over 50 million supporters worldwide. ... The FA Premier League 1997-98 season saw Arsenal lift their first league title since 1991, and also become only the second team to win the double twice. ... Arsenal Football Club (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) are an English professional football club based in north London. ... 1996-97 was the fifth season of the FA Premier League. ... Manchester United Football Club are a world-famous English football club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and are one of the most popular sports clubs in the world with over 50 million supporters worldwide. ... This article describes the FA Premier League 1995-96 season. ... Manchester United Football Club are a world-famous English football club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and are one of the most popular sports clubs in the world with over 50 million supporters worldwide. ... // A Season of Sleaze The 1994-95 Premiership season was troubled by disciplinary problems more than any other English league season in modern times. ... Blackburn Rovers Football Club are an English Premier League football club based in the town of Blackburn, Lancashire. ... This article describes the FA Premier League 1993-94 season. ... Manchester United Football Club are a world-famous English football club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and are one of the most popular sports clubs in the world with over 50 million supporters worldwide. ... This article describes the FA Premier League 1992-93 season. ... Manchester United Football Club are a world-famous English football club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and are one of the most popular sports clubs in the world with over 50 million supporters worldwide. ... The English football champions are the winners of the highest league in English football, which is currently the FA Premier League. ...

Origins

For more details on this topic, see History of English football

The 1980s had marked a low point for English football. Stadiums were crumbling, supporters endured poor facilities, hooliganism was rife, and English clubs were banned from European competition following the events at Heysel in 1985.[2] The Football League First Division, which had been the top level of English football since 1888, was well behind foreign leagues such as Italy's Serie A and Spain's La Liga in attendances and revenues, and several top English players had moved abroad.[3] However, by the turn of the 1990s the downward trend was starting to reverse; England had been hugely successful in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, losing the semi-finals on penalties. UEFA, European football's governing body, lifted the ban on English clubs playing in European competitions in 1990 and the Taylor Report on stadium safety standards, which proposed expensive upgrades to all-seater stadiums, was published in January of that year.[4] The sport of association football is the national sport of England, and as such has an important place within English national life. ... This article or section needs a complete rewrite for the reasons listed on the talk page. ... The Heysel Stadium disaster occurred due to football hooliganism in which a retaining wall of the Heysel Stadium in Brussels collapsed on May 29, 1985 during a football match between Liverpool F.C. from England and Juventus FC from Italy. ... From 1889 until 1992, this was the highest division overall of organized football in England. ... This article is about the Italian football (soccer) league. ... Liga de Fútbol Profesional (Professional Football League), commonly known as La Liga, is the professional football league in Spain and is widely regarded as one of the best leagues in the world. ... First international Scotland 0 - 0 England (Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872) Biggest win Ireland 0 - 13 England (Belfast, Ireland; 18 February 1882) Biggest defeat Hungary 7 - 1 England (Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1950) Best result Winners, 1966 European Championship Appearances 7 (First in... The 1990 FIFA World Cup was designated by FIFA in 1984 to be held in Italy, making it the second country to host the event twice. ... The Union of European Football Associations, almost always referred to by the acronym UEFA (pronounced (you-AY-fuh) or (oo-Ay-fuh) or ), is the administrative and controlling body for European football. ... The Taylor Report is a document, whose development was overseen by Lord Justice Taylor, concerning the aftermath and causes of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989. ...


Television money had also become much more important; the Football League had received only £6.3 million for a two-year agreement in 1986, but when that deal was renewed in 1988, the price had risen to £44m over four years.[5] 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.[6] 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. ISO 4217 Code GBP User(s) United Kingdom Inflation 2. ...


Establishment

The league held its first season in 1992–93 and was originally composed of twenty-two clubs. The first ever Premiership goal was scored by Brian Deane against Manchester United in a 2-1 win for Sheffield United. 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 twenty in 1995 when four teams were relegated from the league and only two teams were promoted. On 8 June 2006, FIFA requested that all major European leagues, including Italy's Serie A and Spain's La Liga be reduced to eighteen teams by the start of the 2007-08 season. The Premier League responded by announcing their intention to resist such a reduction.[7] This article describes the FA Premier League 1992-93 season. ... Brian Deane (born February 7, 1968 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England) is an English footballer. ... Manchester United Football Club are a world-famous English football club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and are one of the most popular sports clubs in the world with over 50 million supporters worldwide. ... Sheffield United Football Club are a professional English football club based in the City of Sheffield, South Yorkshire. ... The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA, French for International Federation of Association Football) is the international governing body of association football (soccer). ... June 8 is the 159th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (160th in leap years), with 206 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... This article is about the Italian football (soccer) league. ... Liga de Fútbol Profesional (Professional Football League), commonly known as La Liga, is the professional football league in Spain and is widely regarded as one of the best leagues in the world. ...


Structure

FA Premier League trophy
FA Premier League trophy

The Premier League is operated as a corporation that is owned by the 20 member clubs. Each club is considered a shareholder with one vote each on such issues as rule changes and contracts. The clubs elect a Chairman, Chief Executive, and Board of Directors to oversee the daily operations of the league.[8] 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.[9] Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (561x897, 106 KB) Summary A replica of the FA Premier League trophy, held in the Arsenal FC trophy cabinet in the club museum. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (561x897, 106 KB) Summary A replica of the FA Premier League trophy, held in the Arsenal FC trophy cabinet in the club museum. ... Corporate redirects here. ... A shareholder or stockholder is an individual or company (including a corporation) that legally owns one or more shares of stock in a joint stock company. ... For other uses of chair, see chair (disambiguation). ... A Chief Executive Officer (CEO), or Chief Executive, is the highest-ranking corporate officer, administrator, corporate administrator, executive, or executive officer, in charge of total management of a corporation, company, organization or agency. ... In relation to a company, a director is an officer of the company charged with the conduct and management of its affairs. ... The Football Association (The FA) is the governing body of football in England and the Crown dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. ...


The Premier League sends representatives to UEFA's European Club Forum, the number of clubs and the clubs themselves chosen according to UEFA coefficients. 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 Cup.[10] In European football, the UEFA coefficients are statistics used for ranking and seeding teams in club and international competitions. ... UEFA Champions League (which used to be named and is often called the European Cup) is an annual club football competition organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) for the most successful football clubs in Europe. ... The UEFA Cup is a football competition for European club teams, organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). ...


Competition format and sponsorship

Competition

There are twenty clubs in the Premier League. During the course of a season (which lasts from August to May) each club plays the others twice, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents for a total of 38 games for each club, and a total of 380 games in a Premier League season. Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a defeat. Teams are ranked by total points, then goal difference and then goals scored. At the end of each season, the club with the most points is crowned as champion. If points are equal the goal difference and goals scored then determines the winner. If still equal they are deemed to occupy the same position; if the champions, teams for relegation or qualification for other competitions thus cannot be decided, a series of play-off matches are played between the affected teams at neutral venues (this is yet to occur). 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. In sports such as ice hockey and soccer, goal difference (that is, goals scored less goals conceded) is often the first tie-breaker used to rank teams which finish a competition with an equal number of points. ... In most sports leagues around the world (with the North American professional leagues as the most important exception), relegation (or demotion) means the mandated transfer of the worst team(s) of a higher division into a lower division at the end of the season. ... The Football League Championship (often referred to as The Championship for short or the Coca-Cola Football League Championship for sponsorship reasons) is the highest division of The Football League and second-highest division overall in the English football league system after the FA Premier League. ... In most sports leagues around the world (with the North American professional leagues as the most important exception), relegation (or demotion) means the mandated transfer of the worst team(s) of a higher division into a lower division at the end of the season. ...


Qualification for European competitions

Bolton Wanderers and Fulham compete in the FA Cup.
Bolton Wanderers and Fulham compete in the FA Cup.

The top four teams in the Premiership qualify for the UEFA Champions League, with the top two teams directly entering the group phase. The third and fourth placed teams enter the competition at the third qualifying round and must win a two-legged knockout tie in order to enter the group phase. The fifth placed team automatically qualifies for the UEFA Cup, and the sixth and seventh placed teams can also qualify, depending on what happens in the two domestic cup competitions. If the FA Cup champions and runners-up both finish in the top five of the Premier League, the FA Cup's UEFA Cup spot goes to the sixth placed team in the League. If the League Cup is won by a team that has already qualified for Europe, the League Cup's UEFA Cup spot also goes to the next highest placed team in the League (unlike the FA Cup spot, it is never transferred to the losing finalist). The highest placed team that has not qualified for the UEFA Cup is allowed the opportunity to compete in the UEFA Intertoto Cup, the winner of which is automatically entered into the UEFA Cup. The Premiership is third in the UEFA rankings of European leagues based on their performances in European competitions over a five year period, behind Spain's La Liga and Serie A.[11] Image File history File linksMetadata Fulham_on_the_attack. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Fulham_on_the_attack. ... Bolton Wanderers F.C. are a English professional football club based in Horwich, in the Bolton borough. ... Fulham Football Club (FFC) are a football team based in Fulham, London. ... Note: for the full results of all FA Cup finals, see FA Cup Final The FA Cup - this is the fourth trophy, in use since 1992, and identical in design to the third trophy introduced in 1911. ... UEFA Champions League (which used to be named and is often called the European Cup) is an annual club football competition organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) for the most successful football clubs in Europe. ... The UEFA Cup is a football competition for European club teams, organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). ... Note: for the full results of all FA Cup finals, see FA Cup Final The FA Cup - this is the fourth trophy, in use since 1992, and identical in design to the third trophy introduced in 1911. ... The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition. ... The UEFA Intertoto Cup, also abbreviated as UI Cup is a summer football competition for European clubs that have not qualified for one of the two major UEFA competitions, the Champions League and the UEFA Cup. ... The UEFA Cup is a football competition for European club teams, organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). ... The Union of European Football Associations, almost always referred to by the acronym UEFA (pronounced (you-AY-fuh) or (oo-Ay-fuh) or ), is the administrative and controlling body for European football. ... Liga de Fútbol Profesional (Professional Football League), commonly known as La Liga, is the professional football league in Spain and is widely regarded as one of the best leagues in the world. ...


Sponsorship

Since 1993, the FA Premier League has been sponsored. The sponsor has been able to determine the league's sponsorship name. So far, all sponsors have referred to the competition as the 'Premiership'. 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)
  • 2004–2010: Barclays (Barclays Premiership)

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Finances

The Premiership boasts some of the best players in the world, including many from outside England. The Premier League is the most lucrative football league in the world, with total club revenues of over £1.3 billion in 2004–05 according to Deloitte, more than 40% above its nearest competitor, Italy's Serie A.[12] Revenues will increase substantially by the 2007–08 season, when new media rights deals start (see below). Based on January 2007 exchange rates, £1.3 billion converts to annual league revenue of about US$2.51 billion. This figure is the fourth highest for 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 slightly ahead of the National Hockey League. Considering that the Premier League has only 20 clubs, and depending on exchange rates and what is defined as revenue, the Premier League's average per-team revenues are very close to, and could be ranked ahead of, the NBA's. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (branded as Deloitte) is one of the largest professional services firms in the world, and a Big 4 accountancy firm, along with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young and KPMG. In addition to its accounting practice, Deloitte is one of the largest business advisory firms in the world, providing strategic... This article is about the Italian football (soccer) league. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 3. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... The major professional sports leagues are those professional sports leagues with the largest fan bases and the most lucrative television contracts (and therefore, the largest revenues and player salaries). ... For other uses of National Football League, see National Football League (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the USAs premier mens professional basketball league. ... NHL redirects here. ...


The 2005–06 average attendance of 33,875 for league matches is the fourth highest of any domestic professional sports league in the world, ahead of Serie A and Primera Division, but behind the german Bundesliga. This represents an increase of over 60% from the average attendance of 21,126 recorded in the league's first season (1992-93).[13] However, during the 1992-93 season the capacities of most stadiums were reduced as clubs replaced terraces with seats in order to meet the Taylor Report's 1994-95 deadline for all-seater stadiums.[14][15] The 2005-06 figure is lower than the Premier League's record average attendance of 35,464, set during the 2002-03 season.[16] // This article lists the attendances at many sports competitions around the world. ... The Taylor Report is a document, whose development was overseen by Lord Justice Taylor, concerning the aftermath and causes of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989. ... All-seater is a terminology applied to sports stadiums in which every spectator must be seated. ...


Media coverage

England

See also: English football on television
A 2004 match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur
A 2004 match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur

Television has played a major role in the history of the FA Premier League. The money from television rights has been vital in helping to create excellence both on and off the field. 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. At the time pay television was an almost untested proposition in the UK market, as was charging fans to watch live televised football. However a combination of Sky’s marketing strategy, the quality of the FA Premier League football and the public’s appetite for the game has seen the value of the FA Premier League’s TV rights soar. It also saw the creation of regularly scheduled games on Sundays and Mondays, taking a page from the National Football League's Sunday Night and Monday Night games. In both cases, the featured TV games are normally the only ones played at that time. English Football has been screened on television since 1937, and since the early 1990s has become a multi-million pound industry. ... Image File history File links Ruud. ... Image File history File links Ruud. ... Manchester United Football Club are a world-famous English football club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and are one of the most popular sports clubs in the world with over 50 million supporters worldwide. ... Tottenham Hotspur Football Club are an English football club, which play in the FA Premier League. ... British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB — formerly two companies, Sky Television and BSB) is a company that operates Sky Digital, the most popular subscription television service in the UK and Ireland. ... For other uses of National Football League, see National Football League (disambiguation). ...


The Premier League sells its television rights on a collective basis. 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. The money is divided into three parts:[17] 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 receiving the largest shares of this. The income from overseas rights is divided equally between the twenty clubs. This article is about the Italian football (soccer) league. ... Liga de Fútbol Profesional (Professional Football League), commonly known as La Liga, is the professional football league in Spain and is widely regarded as one of the best leagues in the world. ...


The first Sky television rights agreement was worth £191 million over five seasons.[18] The next contract, negotiated to start from the 1997–98 season, rose to £670 million over four seasons.[18] The Premier League’s current £1.024 billion deal with BSkyB runs over the course of three seasons from August 2004. 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.[19] 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. This occurred following an insistence by the European Commission that exclusive rights should not be sold to one television company. 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. 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.[20] 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 10pm on matchday.[21] Overseas television rights fetched £625 million, nearly double the previous contract, [2] and there was also a smaller deal for mobile phone rights. The total raised from these deals is more than £2.7 billion, giving Premiership 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. British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB — formerly two companies, Sky Television and BSB) is a company that operates Sky Digital, the most popular subscription television service in the UK and Ireland. ... Setanta Sports is a leading Irish international sports broadcaster, operating 12 channels in 24 countries. ... The European Commission (formally the Commission of the European Communities) is the executive body of the European Union. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, usually known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is one of the largest broadcasting corporations in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the UK alone and with a budget of more than £4 billion. ... Match of the Day (sometimes abbreviated as MotD) is the BBCs main football television programme. ... BT Group plc (formerly British Telecommunications plc) which trades as BT (also previously as British Telecom and is still commonly known as such amongst the general public) is the privatised UK state telecommunications operator. ...


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. 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.[22] 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.[23] The Office of Fair Trading or OFT is a UK statutory body established by the Fair Trading Act 1973, which enforces both consumer protection and competition law, acting as the UKs economic regulator. ...


Worldwide

Promoted as "The Greatest Show On Earth", the FA Premier League is the world's most popular and most watched sporting league, followed worldwide by over a billion people.[24] It is widely watched overseas, with matches being shown in 195 countries,[25] generally on networks owned and/or controlled by NewsCorp, which owns BSkyB and thus the primary UK and Ireland TV rights. NewsCorp has purchased ad space at some Premier League stadiums to promote Fox Soccer Channel, which is the company's US broadcaster (as in Britain, the rights are shared with Setanta Sport). The Premier League is particularly popular in Asia, where it is the most widely distributed sports programme.[26] In the People's Republic of China, matches attract television audiences between 100 million and 360 million, more than any other foreign sport.[27] Due to this popularity, the league has held two pre-season tournaments in Asia, the only Premier League affiliated tournaments ever to have been held outside England. In July 2003 the Asia Cup was held in Malaysia, featuring three Premiership clubs and the Malaysia national team.[28] 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 latter of whom won the trophy.[29] Radio coverage of the Premier League can also be heard in the United States on Sirius Satellite Radio. News Corporation (abbreviated to News Corp) (NYSE: NWS, NYSE: NWSa, ASX: NWS, LSE: NCRA) is one of the worlds largest media conglomerates. ... Fox Soccer Channel is a United States digital cable network, owned by News Corporation, that specializes in soccer. ... World map showing the location of Asia. ... First international South Korea 3 - 2 Malaya (Singapore; April 13, 1953) Largest win Malaya 15 - 1 Philippines (Jakarta, Indonesia; August 27, 1962) Worst defeat 2 - 8, once; 1 - 7, once; 0 - 6, four times AFC Asian Cup Appearances 2 (First in 1976) Best result Round 1, 1976 and 1980 The... First international South Vietnam 3 - 1 Thailand (South Vietnam; Date Unknown, 1956?) Largest win Thailand 10 - 0 Brunei (Bangkok, Thailand; May 24, 1971) Worst defeat Great Britain 9 - 0 Thailand (Melbourne, Australia; November 26, 1956) AFC Asian Cup Appearances 5 (First in 1972) Best result Third place, 1972 The Thailand... Everton Football Club are an English football club located in the city of Liverpool. ... Manchester City Football Club are an English football club based in the city of Manchester. ... Bolton Wanderers F.C. are a English professional football club based in Horwich, in the Bolton borough. ... Sirius Satellite Radio NASDAQ: SIRI is one of two satellite radio (SDARS) services operating in the United States and Canada. ...


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 specializes on protecting trademark rights on online. Although NetResult has cut down the number of site offering free streams some see their actions as heavy handed. The British Broadcasting Corporation reported that NetResult on behalf of the Premier League - emailed a official DMCA warning to the website www.footyclips.com, an independent site that links to youtube videos, that forced its temporary closure.[30] The British Broadcasting Corporation, usually known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is one of the largest broadcasting corporations in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the UK alone and with a budget of more than £4 billion. ...


Players

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).[31] By 2000-01, the number of foreign players participating in the Premiership was 36%. In the 2004-5 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,[32] and on 14 February 2005 Arsenal were the first to name a completely foreign 16-man squad for a match.[33] This article describes the FA Premier League 1992-93 season. ... This article describes the FA Premier League 2000-01 season. ... The 2004-05 season of the FA Premier League began in August 2004 and ended in May 2005. ... December 26 is the 360th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, 361st in leap years. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... February 14 is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Arsenal Football Club (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) are an English professional football club based in north London. ...


Despite being an English competition, no English manager has ever actually won the Premier League. Only four different managers have won the title as of 2006: two Scots (Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United and Kenny Dalglish, Blackburn Rovers), a Frenchman (Arsène Wenger, Arsenal) and a Portuguese (José Mourinho, Chelsea). Two English managers have achieved second place in the Premiership. They are Ron Atkinson (Aston Villa in 1993) and Kevin Keegan (Newcastle United in 1996). Motto: (Latin for No one provokes me with impunity)1 Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official language(s) English, Gaelic, Scots 2 Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister of the UK Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Jack McConnell MSP Unification    - by Kenneth I... Sir Alexander Chapman Ferguson KBE (born 31 December 1941 in Govan, Glasgow) is a Scottish football manager and former player, currently managing Manchester United F.C. He has won more trophies than any other manager in the history of English football and been in charge of Manchester United for more... Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish MBE (born 4 March 1951, Dalmarnock, Glasgow) is a former Scottish international football player. ... Motto: Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité Liberty, Equality, Fraternity Anthem: La Marseillaise Capital (largest city) Paris French Government Unitary republic  - President Jacques Chirac  - Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin Formation    - French State 843 (Treaty of Verdun)   - Current constitution 1958 (5th Republic)  Accession to EU March 25, 1957 Area  - Total 1 674,843 km... Arsène Wenger, OBE (born October 22, 1949 in Strasbourg) is a French football manager, who is currently managing Arsenal, where he has become the clubs most successful manager, in terms of trophies, and the longest-running manager, and in terms of matches played (over 550, as of September... José Mourinho, GOIH (pron. ... Ronald Frederick Big Ron Atkinson (born 18 March 1939 in Liverpool, England) is a British former football player and manager. ... Joseph Kevin Keegan, OBE (born February 14, 1951 in Armthorpe, South Yorkshire)[1] is a former English football coach and player, and one of its all time greatest players. ...


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. At the 2006 World Cup, 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. Qualifying countries The 2002 FIFA World Cup, the 17th staging of the World Cup, was held in South Korea and Japan from May 31 to June 30. ... Motto: Broadly bring benefit to humanity[1] Anthem: Aegukga (Patriotic Hymn) Capital (and largest city) Seoul Official languages Korean Government Republic  - President Roh Moo-hyun  - Prime Minister Han Myeong Sook Establishment    - Gojoseon October 3, 2333 BCb   - Liberation declared March 1, 1919 (de jure)   - Liberation August 15, 1945   - First Republic August... Qualifying countries Italian team celebrating the cup July. ... This article lists the confirmed squads for the 2006 FIFA World Cup tournament held in Germany, between June 9 and July 9, 2006. ...


As a result of the increasingly lucrative television deals, player wages rose sharply following the formation of the Premier League. In the first Premier League season the average player wage was £75,000 per year,[34] but subsequently rose by an average 20% per year for a decade,[35] peaking in the 2003-04 season, when the annual salary of the average Premier League player was £900,000.[36] Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira presenting the Premier League trophy at Highbury The 2003-04 FA Premier League season was mainly contended between Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea. ...


Transfer records

The first few seasons of the Premier League saw the record transfer fee paid by English clubs broken almost every season, a practice that resumed in the first few years of the twenty-first century.

  • £3.75million in June 1993 (Roy Keane, Nottingham Forest to Manchester United)
  • £5million in July 1994 (Chris Sutton, Norwich City to Blackburn Rovers)
  • £7million in January 1995 (Andy Cole, Newcastle United to Manchester United)
  • £7.5million in June 1995 (Dennis Bergkamp, Inter Milan to Arsenal)
  • £8.5million in July 1995 (Stan Collymore, Nottingham Forest to Liverpool)
  • £15million - world record - in July 1996 (Alan Shearer, Blackburn Rovers to Newcastle United)
  • £18million in November 2000 Rio Ferdinand, West Ham to Leeds Utd
  • £19million in May 2001 (Ruud van Nistelrooy, PSV Eindhoven to Manchester United)
  • £28.1million in July 2001 (Juan Sebastián Verón, Lazio to Manchester United)
  • £29million in July 2002 (Rio Ferdinand, Leeds Utd to Manchester United)
  • £30million in June 2006 (Andriy Shevchenko, A.C. Milan to Chelsea)


None of the first five transfer records lasted more than one year -- Dennis Bergkamp's lasted a mere month. Alan Shearer's £15-million record lasted nearly five years in England, although his worldwide record was broken within a year. Rio Ferdinand's record lasted nearly four years, before it was marginally broken in 2006 by the summer transfer of Andriy Shevchenko from A.C. Milan to Chelsea for £30 million. The creation of the Premier League, therefore, has seen the record fee paid by English clubs broken 11 times in under 15 years. The 2006 record is nearly nine times more than the 1992 record. Roy Maurice Keane (born in Cork, 10 August 1971) is the manager of Sunderland in Englands Coca-Cola Championship league. ... Christopher Roy Sutton (born 10 March 1973) is an English footballer, currently playing for Aston Villa. ... Andrew Alexander Cole (born 15 October 1971 in Nottingham) is an English footballer who plays as a striker for Premiership side Portsmouth, and is one of the highest scoring players in the games history. ... Dennis Nicolaas Maria Bergkamp (born May 10, 1969 in Amsterdam) is a retired Dutch professional footballer. ... Stanley Victor Collymore (born January 22, 1971 in Stone, Staffordshire) was a talented but controversial English footballer. ... Alan Shearer OBE (born 13 August 1970 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England) is a former professional English footballer who starred for the England National Football team and three English Premiership clubs, Southampton, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United. ... Rio Gavin Ferdinand (born November 7, 1978 in Peckham, London) is an English footballer of mixed St Lucian and Anglo-Irish descent. ... Rutgerus Johannes Martinius van Nistelrooy (originally spelled Van Nistelrooij) (born July 1, 1976 in Oss, North Brabant, Netherlands) is a Dutch footballer who plays in the position of centre forward for Real Madrid. ... Juan Sebastián Verón (born March 9, 1975 in La Plata) is an Argentine professional football player who plays as a midfielder for Estudiantes de La Plata. ... Rio Gavin Ferdinand (born November 7, 1978 in Peckham, London) is an English footballer of mixed St Lucian and Anglo-Irish descent. ... Andriy Mykolayovych Shevchenko (Ukrainian: , born 29 September 1976, Dvirkivschyna, Kiev Oblast) is a Ukrainian football striker who plays for Chelsea F.C. in the FA Premier League. ... Associazione Calcio Milan is an Italian football club based in Milan. ... Andriy Mykolayovych Shevchenko (Ukrainian: , born 29 September 1976, Dvirkivschyna, Kiev Oblast) is a Ukrainian football striker who plays for Chelsea F.C. in the FA Premier League. ... Associazione Calcio Milan is an Italian football club based in Milan. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Media:rofl. ...


Premiership-Football League gulf

Main article: Premiership-Football League gulf

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. Owing in large part to the disparity in revenue from television rights between the leagues,[37] many newly promoted teams have found it difficult to avoid relegation in their first season in the Premier League. In every season except 2001-02 at least one Premier League newcomer has been relegated back to the Football League. In 1997-98 all three promoted clubs were relegated at the end of the season. Since the FA Premier League began at the start of the 1992–93 season, its members have received larger amounts of money in TV rights than their Football League counterparts. ... The Football League is a league competition for professional football clubs in England, the oldest such competition in world football. ... This article describes the FA Premier League 2001-02 season. ... The FA Premier League 1997-98 season saw Arsenal lift their first league title since 1991, and also become only the second team to win the double twice. ...


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.[37] Though designed to help teams adjust to the loss of television revenues (the average Premier League team receives £28 million while the average Football League Championship club receives £1 million[37]), critics maintain that the payments actually widen the gap between teams that have reached the Premiership and those that have not,[38] leading to the common occurrence of teams "bouncing back" soon after their relegation. Some teams get promoted and relegated so often they're referred to as "yo-yo" teams. The 2006-07 FA Premier League season, the fifteenth since its establishment, started on August 19, 2006. ... The Football League Championship (often referred to as The Championship for short or the Coca-Cola Football League Championship for sponsorship reasons) is the highest division of The Football League and second-highest division overall in the English football league system after the FA Premier League. ... Since the FA Premier League began at the start of the 1992–93 season, its members have received larger amounts of money in TV rights than their Football League counterparts. ...


Premier League clubs

Premier League champions

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. The English football champions are the winners of the highest league in English football, which is currently the FA Premier League. ...


Current Premier League members

Locations of the 20 Premiership clubs in the 2006-2007 season.
Locations of the 20 Premiership clubs in the 2006-2007 season.

The following twenty clubs will compete in the FA Premier League during the 2006-07 season. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (500x617, 136 KB) Locations of the 20 Premiership clubs for the 2006/2007 season. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (500x617, 136 KB) Locations of the 20 Premiership clubs for the 2006/2007 season. ... The 2006-07 FA Premier League season, the fifteenth since its establishment, started on August 19, 2006. ...

Club
Finishing position
in 2005-06
First season in
top division
First season of
current spell in
top division
Arsenal [39][40] 4th 1904–05 1919–20
Aston Villa [39][40] 16th 1888–89 1988–89
Blackburn Rovers [40] 6th 1888–89 2001–02
Bolton Wanderers 8th 1888–89 2001–02
Charlton Athletic 13th 1936–37 2000–01
Chelsea [39][40] 1st 1907–08 1989–90
Everton [39][40] 11th 1888–89 1954–55
Fulham 12th 1949–50 2001–02
Liverpool [39][40] 3rd 1894–95 1962–63
Manchester City [40] 15th 1899–1900 2002–03
Manchester United [39][40] 2nd 1892–93 1975–76
Middlesbrough [40] 14th 1902–03 1998–99
Newcastle United 7th 1898–99 1993–94
Portsmouth 17th 1927–28 2003–04
Reading 1st in the Championship 2006–07 2006–07
Sheffield United [40] 2nd in the Championship 1893–94 2006–07
Tottenham Hotspur [39][40] 5th 1909–10 1978–79
Watford 3rd in the Championship
(promoted after winning play-off)
1982–83 2006-07
West Ham United 9th 1923–24 2005–06
Wigan Athletic 10th 2005–06 2005–06

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Everton Football Club are an English football club located in the city of Liverpool. ... Fulham Football Club (FFC) are a football team based in Fulham, London. ... This article describes the FA Premier League 2001-02 season. ... Liverpool Football Club is a football club based in Liverpool, in the north west of England. ... Manchester City Football Club are an English football club based in the city of Manchester. ... The FA Premier League 2002-03 season ended with Manchester United as champions for the eighth time in 11 years, an achievement made all the more remarkable by the fact that defending champions Arsenal had led by eight points at the beginning of March. ... Manchester United Football Club are a world-famous English football club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and are one of the most popular sports clubs in the world with over 50 million supporters worldwide. ... Middlesbrough Football Club are an English football club, commonly known as The Boro, currently in the FA Premier League. ... The 1998-99 FA Premier League season will always be remembered as the season in which Manchester United won a unique treble of the Premiership title, FA Cup and European Cup. ... Newcastle United Football Club are an English professional football team based in Newcastle upon Tyne. ... This article describes the FA Premier League 1993-94 season. ... Founded in 1898, Portsmouth Football Club are an English football club based in the south coast city port of Portsmouth. ... Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira presenting the Premier League trophy at Highbury The 2003-04 FA Premier League season was mainly contended between Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea. ... Reading Football Club are an association football club, based in the English town of Reading, in Berkshire. ... 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Former Premier League members

A total of forty clubs have played in the Premier League between 1992 and 2006. Two other clubs were signatories to the original agreement that created the Premier League, but were relegated prior to the inaugural Premiership season and have never returned to the top flight. For a list of all clubs past and present see List of FA Premier League clubs. The following is a list of teams who have played in the FA Premier League at any time following its formation in 1992 . ...


Seven clubs have been members of the Premiership for every season (15) since its inception. This elite group includes Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur. Newcastle United has next longest streak at 14 seasons, since being promoted to the Premier League in 1993.


Top scorers

All-time top scorers in the Premier League (please note these are just for the Premiership)
Rank Player Goals
1 Alan Shearer 260
2 Andy Cole [41] 188
3 Flag of France Thierry Henry [41] 174
4 Robbie Fowler [41] 160
5 Les Ferdinand 149
6 Teddy Sheringham [41] 147
7 Flag of Netherlands Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink [41] 127
8 Michael Owen [41] 125
9 Flag of Trinidad and Tobago Dwight Yorke 122
10 Ian Wright 113
As of 4 February 2007 (Bold notes players still in Premier League).[42]
Dwight Yorke is still in English football, but plays at Championship side Sunderland.
Further information: English football champions

Former Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer holds the record for most Premiership 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. Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... Alan Shearer OBE (born 13 August 1970 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England) is a former professional English footballer who starred for the England National Football team and three English Premiership clubs, Southampton, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... Andrew Alexander Cole (born 15 October 1971 in Nottingham) is an English footballer who plays as a striker for Premiership side Portsmouth, and is one of the highest scoring players in the games history. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_France. ... Thierry Daniel Henry (born 17 August 1977 in Les Ulis, Essonne, France) (IPA: ) is a French football player who plays as a striker for the French national team, and for the English club Arsenal, where he is the clubs all-time leading scorer in both league matches and all... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... Robert Bernard Robbie Fowler, born 9 April 1975, and commonly known as God by Liverpool F.C. supporters, is an English footballer who currently plays as a striker for Liverpool F.C. Fowlers career began with Liverpool, with whom he made his debut in 1993. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... Leslie Ferdinand MBE (born December 18, 1966 in Paddington, London) is an English footballer who currently plays for Watford. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... Edward Paul Teddy Sheringham (born April 2, 1966 in Highams Park, London) is a veteran English footballer. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Netherlands. ... Jerrel Floyd Hasselbaink (born March 27, 1972 in Paramaribo, Suriname), usually known as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink,[1] is a Dutch football striker who currently plays for Charlton Athletic in the Premiership. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... For other persons named Michael Owen, see Michael Owen (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Trinidad_and_Tobago. ... This article is about Dwight Yorke, a football (soccer) player. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... For the host of Globe Trekker (Pilot Guides), see Ian Wright (traveller). ... February 4 is the 35th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Sunderland Association Football Club is a professional football club, based at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, in North-East England. ... The English football champions are the winners of the highest league in English football, which is currently the FA Premier League. ... Blackburn Rovers Football Club are an English Premier League football club based in the town of Blackburn, Lancashire. ... Newcastle United Football Club are an English professional football team based in Newcastle upon Tyne. ... The striker (wearing the red shirt) has run past the defender (in the white shirt) and is about to take a shot at the goal, while the goalkeeper positions himself to attempt to stop the ball. ... Alan Shearer OBE (born 13 August 1970 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England) is a former professional English footballer who starred for the England National Football team and three English Premiership clubs, Southampton, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United. ...


Since the first Premier League season in 1992-93, eleven different players have won or shared the top scorers title. Thierry Henry won his third consecutive and fourth overall scoring title by scoring 27 goals in the 2005-06 season. 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. Shearer and Andrew Cole hold the record for most goals in a season (34) which they scored in seasons that lasted 42 rather than 38 games. Shearer's mark of 31 goals in 1995-96 is the highest total in a 38 game season. Thierry Daniel Henry (born 17 August 1977 in Les Ulis, Essonne, France) (IPA: ) is a French football player who plays as a striker for the French national team, and for the English club Arsenal, where he is the clubs all-time leading scorer in both league matches and all... For other persons named Michael Owen, see Michael Owen (disambiguation). ... Jerrel Floyd Hasselbaink (born March 27, 1972 in Paramaribo, Suriname), usually known as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink,[1] is a Dutch football striker who currently plays for Charlton Athletic in the Premiership. ... Andrew Alexander Cole (born 15 October 1971 in Nottingham) is an English footballer who plays as a striker for Premiership side Portsmouth, and is one of the highest scoring players in the games history. ...


Manchester United became the first team to have scored 1,000 goals in this league after Cristiano Ronaldo scored, in a 4-1 defeat by Middlesbrough, in the 2005-06 season, having been the first team to have conceded a Premiership goal following the League's inception. Manchester United are still the only club to have scored 1,000 goals. Manchester United Football Club are a world-famous English football club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and are one of the most popular sports clubs in the world with over 50 million supporters worldwide. ... Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, OIH (pron. ... Middlesbrough Football Club are an English football club, commonly known as The Boro, currently in the FA Premier League. ...


See also

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Notes

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  2. ^ "1985: English teams banned after Heysel", BBC. Retrieved on 2006-08-08.
  3. ^ The History of the F.A. Premier League. Archived from the original on 2005-03-09. Retrieved on 2006-08-05.
  4. ^ Taylor of Gosforth, Lord (1990). Final Report into the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster. HMSO. Cmnd. 962. . See also The Football Spectators (Seating) Order 1994. Controller of HMSO. Retrieved on 2006-10-14.
  5. ^ Fact Sheet 8: British Football on Television. University of Leicester Centre for the Sociology of Sport. Retrieved on August 10, 2006.
  6. ^ The History Of The Football League. Football League official website. Retrieved on August 10, 2006.
  7. ^ "Fifa wants 18-team Premier League", BBC. Retrieved on 2006-08-08.
  8. ^ Our relationship with the clubs. Premier League. Retrieved on 2006-08-08.
  9. ^ The Premier League and Other Football Bodies. Retrieved on 2006-08-08.
  10. ^ European Club Forum. Retrieved on 2006-08-08.
  11. ^ UEFA Country Ranking 2006. Retrieved on 2006-08-10.
  12. ^ "First fall in Premiership wages", BBC News, 31 May 2006. Retrieved on 2006-08-08.
  13. ^ Football Stats Results for 1992 - 1993 Premiership. Retrieved on 2006-08-10.
  14. ^ Fact Sheet 2: Football Stadia After Taylor. Retrieved on 2006-08-10.
  15. ^ Shifting stands. Retrieved on 2006-08-10.
  16. ^ Premiership Attendance - 2002/03. Retrieved on 2006-08-10.
  17. ^ "Frequently asked questions about the F.A. Premier League", premierleague.com. Retrieved on 2006-08-08.
  18. ^ a b Martin Cave. "Football rights and competition in broadcasting", Football Governance Research Centre, University of London. Retrieved on 2006-08-08.
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  20. ^ "BBC keeps Premiership highlights", BBC News, 8 June 2006. Retrieved on 2006-08-08.
  21. ^ "TV deal pays another £84m", Daily Telegraph, 26 May 2006. Retrieved on 2006-08-08.
  22. ^ "BSkyB investigation: alleged infringement of the Chapter II prohibition", Office of Fair Trading, 17 December 2002. Retrieved on 2006-08-08. (pdf)
  23. ^ "Sport and European Competition Policy", European Commission, 1999. Retrieved on 2006-08-08. (pdf)
  24. ^ Campbell, Dennis. "United (versus Liverpool) Nations", The Observer, January 6, 2002. Retrieved on 2006-08-08.
  25. ^ "About Us FAQs", Premier League, 15 July 2006. Retrieved on 2006-08-08.
  26. ^ "ESPN-Star extends pact with FA Premier League", The Hindu Business Line, March 21, 2004. Retrieved on 2006-08-09.
  27. ^ "Chinese phone maker's fancy footwork", BBC News, 27 October 2003. Retrieved on 2006-08-09.
  28. ^ Premiership trio launch Asia Cup. Retrieved on 2006-08-09.
  29. ^ English Premier League Launch Asia Trophy. Retrieved on 2006-08-09.
  30. ^ Goal footage warning for website. Retrieved on 2006-08-09.
  31. ^ Ron Atkinson. "England need to stem the foreign tide", The Guardian, 2002-08-23. Retrieved on 2006-08-10.
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