With the 2021/22 English Premier League season kicking off on Saturday 14 August 2021, fans are waiting to see what the 20 members clubs have in store. In this article, we explore the history of the league and also look into the future of the most popular football championship in the world.
Football leagues across Europe have taken a break but football betting apps are up and running as other tournaments are still going on in different parts of the world. When it comes to football, they say there is action anytime and anywhere. When Europe breaks, the Americas and other regions are running, this means fans and those who rely on football betting apps will always have a game to enjoy. However, for some without European leagues and more particularly the English Premier League and La Liga, something is missing. This is the group that is eagerly waiting for the season to kick-off, and truly it will. The 2021/22 Premier League season will kick off on Saturday 14th August 2021. In this article, we will focus on the 2021/22 Premier League season; start by looking at its history of the league and then focus on the coming season.
How EPL is managed
English Premier League (EPL) is a private entity wholly owned by the twenty-member clubs at any given season of the league. This means that each of the twenty clubs is a shareholder in the company called Premier League. So, one may ask, then how are clubs that are relegated handled in this company since in a season that they will be away from the Premier League they will not be shareholders? An annual general meeting is held at the end of the league season and the clubs which have been relegated transfer their shares to those which have been promoted. In the season of 2020/2021, the teams that transferred their shareholding rights in the league are Fulham, West Brom, and Sheffield United. Norwich Union, Watford, and Brentford will be joining the group of 20 Clubs as new shareholders.
The league which operates based on promotion and relegation was started in 1992. Another question that is often asked is why the English Premier League is so young given others in Europe date back to the 19th Century. Scottish Championship is the oldest in Europe having been founded in 1890, Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A, and Germany Bundesliga were founded in 1929 and 1963 respectively, but Serie A andBundesliga has a pre-history of 1898. With the Premier League starting in 1992; it joins France Ligue 1 (2002), Ukraine (2008), Serbia (2007), and Russia (1992) in the group of the youngest leagues in Europe. However, it is worth noting that FA Premier League was formed after the clubs that formed the Football League First Division broke away from the Football league which was started in 1888. They took advantage of the television right deals which were very lucrative. It seems that history was about to repeat itself when fifteen clubs wanted to break away from the UEFA.
Place of the EPL in Europe football
Premier league ranks highly in European football based on the performances of clubs in the continental championship. Manchester City emerged the winner of the UEFA champion’s league where Chelsea another FA Premier League club was the runners-up. Manchester United was the runners-up in European Cup.
Ever since the league was started a total of 49 clubs have participated with Manchester United topping the title’s race with thirteen wins, followed by Manchester City and Chelsea which have five titles each. Arsenal has won the league three times while Blackburn Rovers, Leicester City, and Liverpool have one title each.
Facts about Premier leagues 2021/22 season:
- Premier leagues 2021/22 season kicks off on August 14th
- The season will end on May 22, 2022
- Premier leagues 2021/22 marks its 30th anniversary
- Brentford will be playing at Premier League for the first time
- Manchester City are defending champions
- Video Assistant Referee (VAR) review system will be used for the third season
Relegations and Promotions
Every season comes with its casualties and celebrations. Last season saw Fulham, West Brom, and Sheffield relegated to English Football League. Fulham and West Brom are being relegated after a year in the glory while Sheffield is down after two years stint in the top flight. Norwich Union and Watford are returning to the top league after spending a year in the cold while Brentford is playing in the premier league for the first time and after spending a whopping seventy-four years out of the top flight.
Managerial changes so far
Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur, Wolves, and Everton will be under new leadership after the managers who were in charge of the teams last season depart for various reasons. Crystal Palace Roy Hodgson retired in May. Tottenham Hotspur is now without a manager after the short stint of Ryan Mason came to an end in May 2021 while Wolves manager Nuno Santo left through mutual consent in May. Everton will miss the services of Carlo Ancelotti who moved to Real Madrid. Just like it has happened before, more changes are expected as the season draws near and even during the league.
There are reports that the following players will transfer, in and out of the EPL clubs while others within the clubs in the English Football league and premier league. IbrahimaKonate will be moving from RB Leipzig to Liverpool, Theo Walcott (Everton) to Southampton, Kieran Gibbs (WBA) to Inter Miami FC, Craig Dawson (Watford) to West Ham United. Those who will be moving from EPL include: Angelino (Manchester City) will be joining RB Leipzig, Sergio Aguero, and Eric Garcia (Manchester City) to Barcelona while Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) had earlier to Boca Juniors. Some of the transfers in and out of the league are still under negotiation and with time we will be in a position to know who is moving where.
Although most of the matches were played without fans while others, especially towards the end of 2020/21 saw a few of them being allowed, the season did not disappoint. 2021/22 season will see fans streaming back into the stadiums after the long break. It is expected that the season will offer football fans, not just in England but across the world exciting moments. Betting enthusiasts are in for a season that promises more action as well as improved football betting sites that will not only make it easy to bet but also make the right predictions.