The Premier League, England’s top division, is regarded as perhaps the best and most exciting league in the world.
It combines top quality players with a fast-paced and physical style of football, attracting bigger TV audiences than any of its competitors.
Of the so-called ‘big five’ European Leagues – the rest comprising the Bundesliga (Germany), La Liga (Spain), Serie A (Italy) and Ligue Un (France) – the Premier League is considered the least predictable.
The others are typically dominated by one or two teams, whereas the Premier League has had five different champions over the last decade.
Success in the Champions League is often seen as a measure of a league's strength, with Man City and Chelsea competing in last season's final.
The Premier League, which was formed in 1992, has benefitted from an influx of money from international sponsorship and broadcast deals.
This money, which is more evenly distributed than in La Liga and Serie A, for example, has enabled clubs to attract and retain better players.
But inequality is still rife, with the biggest clubs actively seeking an ever larger share based on their global appeal.
This was the principle underpinning the proposed European Super League, which would have featured clubs from Spain, Italy and England.
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