Premier League Logo – The Premier League (officially Barclays Premier League for sponsorship reasons), also known in the United Kingdom as The Premiership is the top flight of league football clubs in England . The Premier League was founded on July 17th of 1991 , following the decision of the teams in the Football League First Division (previously the top flight of English league) to secede from the Football League to take advantage of a lucrative rights deal television.

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The tournament is considered by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics of FIFA as the strongest league in the last decade in Europe, overtaking Spain Primera Division and Serie A (Italy) who occupy the second and third place respectively.

While European football had been through good times in the decades of 1970 and 1980 , by the end of the 1980 English football was at a critical time. The stadiums were in poor condition, thehooligans caused distubios in games and began to increase more and more in number, and the English clubs could not play in European competitions following the Heysel tragedy in 1985 that killed 39 fans. The Football League First Division , which had been the country’s football showpiece since 1888 , was far from the level reached by leagues like Serie A of Italy or the Spanish soccer league in terms of attendance and revenue, while a number considerable English players had emigrated to other countries. However, in the years 1990 to decline comezó trend to reverse, the England football team made ​​it to the semifinals of the World Cup in 1990 . The UEFA , European football’s governing body, lifted the ban on English clubs playing in European competitions in 1990 (barely a year later, in 1991, Manchester United won the Cup Winners Cup ) and the Taylor Report on Safety Standards they should have the stadiums, which proposed that all the stadiums earmarked a substantial budget with which to purchase seats for all spectators from the Hillsborough tragedy , was published in January of that year.

The issue of television income rose to be addressed with interest, the Football League had received only 6.3 million GBP for a two-year in 1986 , but when the deal ended in 1988 , the price rose to 44 million GBP for a period of four years. The 1988 negotiations were the first sign of a league divided, ten clubs threatened to leave the league and form a “super league”, but finally were persuaded to stay in the Football League. As stadiums improved and match attendance and revenues rose, the country’s top teams again considered leaving the Football League to capitalize on the growing influence of money that was generated by sports activities.

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