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Barclays Premier League

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Barclays Premier League

The Premier League is an English professional league for men's association football clubs. At the top of the English football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Football League. Besides English clubs, some of the Welsh clubs can also qualify to play, and participation by some Scottish or Irish clubs has also been mooted.

The Premier League is a corporation in which the 20 member clubs act as shareholders. Seasons run from August to May, with teams playing 38 matches each, totalling 380 matches in the season. Most games are played in the afternoons of Saturdays and Sundays, the other games during weekday evenings. It is currently sponsored by Barclays Bank and thus officially known as the Barclays Premier League. Outside of Great Britain it is commonly referred to as the English Premier League.

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. This deal will be worth £3 billion as of 2013–14, with BSkyB and BT Group securing the rights to broadcast 116 and 38 games respectively. The Premier League is the most-watched football league in the world, broadcast in 212 territories to 643 million homes and a potential TV audience of 4.7 billion people. In the 2010–11 season the average Premier League match attendance was 35,363, the second highest of any professional football league other than the German Bundesliga, and stadium occupancy was 92.2% capacity. The Premier League ranked second in the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) coefficients of leagues based on performances in European competitions over the last five years.

Since 1888, a total of 23 clubs have been crowned champions of the English football system. Of the 45 clubs to have competed since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, five have won the title: Manchester United (13), Arsenal (3), Chelsea (3), Blackburn Rovers (1) and Manchester City (1). The current champions are Manchester United, who won the title in the 2012–13 season.


Clubs
Here are the clubs for the 2013-2014 Barclays Premier League Season.
Team Stadium Capacity
Arsenal Emirates Stadium 60,362
Aston Villa Villa Park 42,785
Cardiff City Cardiff City Stadium 26,828
Chelsea Stamford Bridge 41,798
Crystal Palace Selhurst Park 26,309
Everton Goodison Park 39,571
Fulham Craven Cottage 25,700
Hull City KC Stadium 25,586
Liverpool Anfield 45,276
Manchester City Etihad Stadium 47,405
Manchester United Old Trafford 75,765
Newcastle United St James' Park 52,405
Norwich City Carrow Road 27,224
Southampton St Mary's Stadium 32,689
Stoke City Britannia Stadium 27,740
Sunderland Stadium of Light 48,707
Swansea City Liberty Stadium 20,750
Tottenham Hotspur White Hart Lane 36,284
West Bromwich Albion The Hawthorns 26,445
West Ham United Boleyn Ground 35,016

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