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English Premier League
- "Premiership" redirects here, for a list of the Premier Leagues in the World, see Premier League.
|Number of teams||20|
|Relegation to||Football League Championship|
|Domestic cup|| FA Cup|
|International cup|| Champions League|
|Current champions||Manchester City (2013–14)|
|Most successful club||Manchester United (13)|
|2014–15 Premier League|
The Premier League ('The Premiership' or 'Barclays Premier League') is the top league competition for English football. It is above The Football League. For historic reasons, a few clubs from Wales compete in the English football system. One of these, Swansea City, has played in the Premier League since the 2011–12 season. Cardiff City also played in the Premier League in the 2013–14 season.
The competition started in 1992. Clubs in the Football League First Division decided to break away from The Football League, founded in 1888. The Premier League has since become the world's most watched sporting league. It is the world's most lucrative football league, with combined club revenues of £1.93 billion ($3.15bn) in 2007–08. It is also ranked first by UEFA. This rating is based on performances in European competitions over the last five years. In this English Premier League is ahead of Spain's La Liga and Italy's Serie A.
Clubs in the 2014–15 season
|First season in
in top division
seasons in the
|First season of
current spell in
|Aston Villaa, b, c||15th||1888–89||104||23||1988–89||7||1980–81|
|Burnleyc||2nd in the
|Evertona, b, c||5th||1888–89||112||23||1954–55||9||1986–87|
|Leicester City||1st in the
|Manchester Uniteda, b||7th||1892–93||90||23||1975–76||20||2012–13|
|Queens Park Rangersa||4th in the
|Stoke Cityb, c||9th||1888–89||59||7||2008–09||0||n/a|
|Swansea Cityb, d||12th||1981–82||6||4||2011–12||0||n/a|
|Tottenham Hotspura, b||6th||1909–10||80||23||1978–79||2||1960–61|
|West Bromwich Albionc||17th||1888–89||78||9||2010–11||1||1919–20|
|West Ham United||13th||1923–24||57||19||2012–13||0||n/a|
a: Founding member of the Premier League
b: Never been relegated from Premier League
c: One of the original 12 Football League teams
d: Club based in Wales
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