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Premier and Champions League history

The Premier and Champions league are both very popular football competitions. The Premier league is for England only and the Champions league is for every team that is member of the UEFA.

Premier League

The FA Premier League (or the Barclays Premiership) was formed in 1992 and only the top English clubs are allowed to enter this league. In the Premier League 20 teams compete against eachother for the cup of England´s primary football competition, that is watched by over a billion people every year and the world´s most watched sporting league.

Only four clubs have won the Premier League in the fourteen seasons that have been played untill now. These winners were Arsenal, Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea and Manchester United. Manchester United won the cup eight times in total.

There is also a female counterpart of the Premier League: the FA Women´s Premier League. Although this league is the same is the Premier League, the women´s Premier League gets much less attention.

The Founder Members Agreement, signed on 17 July 1991, was the start of the Premier League. It contained the basics of this new league. This league would be independent of the FA (Football Association) and the Football League, so the Premier League could negotiate its own broadcast and sponsorship agreements.

After the Premier League was completed and everything was okay, all First Division clubs resigned from the Football League and entered the Premier League. This was the beginning of the Premier League, but also the end of the Football League, that existed for 104 years.

Champions League

The Champions League was founded in 1955 as the European Champions Club´s Cup (often abbreviated to European Cup). This competition is held every year in a different country of Europa. This competition has changed its rules, name and organization over the years more than once.The European Cup wasn´t a UEFA competition at the beginning, but it was started as a French initiative by the L´Equipe (French for ´the team´). They didn´t care about the best clubs of their respective countries, but the teams with the most fan appeal were invited to join this league.

The European Cup wasn´t a UEFA competition at the beginning, but it was started as a French initiative by the L´Equipe (French for ´the team´). They didn´t care about the best clubs of their respective countries, but the teams with the most fan appeal were invited to join this league.

The European Cup was renamed to the Champions Leaguehe 1992/1993 season. This was a big turning point for the Champions League, as the rules changed and it changed into a UEFA competition instead of a L´Equipe one.

In the 1997/1998 season another big change was made. The Champions League changed its qualification system. Before this season only the previous cup winner and the winning team of every participating country were allowed to join. Now also teams that didn´t win the national cup of their respective countries had a chance to enter the Champions League. The new system allowed these teams to enter, if they were good enough according to UEFA. This was done because it made the Champions League more exciting and UEFA brings more sponsorship money in.

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