Regarded by many as the best division in the world of soccer, the English Premier League is the envy of many competitions around the globe.
Since its first year in the 1992/93 season only seven different teams have lifted the coveted trophy and here we take a look at the most successful clubs in Premier League history.
United And Gunners Enjoy 90s Rivalry
Having lost out to Leeds United the previous year in the last season of the First Division, it was Manchester United who were crowned the very first Premier League champions. Enjoying a strong rivalry with Arsenal through the 1990s, United and the Gunners were two of the teams to beat at that time. Arsenal has enjoyed a resurgence this season after years down the table and is priced at -150 to win the Premier League title this term for those looking to place a sportsbook bet. Arsenal and United were the only winners of the English crown in the first 12 years of the Premier League, except for an anomaly in the 1994-95 season when Blackburn Rovers finished top of the pile.
While Arsenal was in the mix in those years under boss Arsene Wenger, it was United who dominated, with their iconic manager Sir Alex Ferguson guiding the Red Devils to eight titles in the first 11 years of the Premier League. United enjoyed further success with Ferguson at the helm, and in total won 13 league titles under the Scottish tactician. United, who are by far the most successful club in the Premier League era, last lifted the trophy in the 2012/13 season and have been desperate to work their way back to the top ever since.
Success For Chelsea And The Rise Of City
Chelsea emerged as a power in English soccer once again in the mid-2000s as they finished runners-up to Arsenal in 2003/04 before claiming their first Premier League title the following year under manager Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese coach, referred to as “The Special One”, helped Chelsea claim the title the following year and again in a second spell at Stamford Bridge in 2014-15. In total, the Blues have won five titles, ahead of London rival Arsenal who is pushing for a fourth English crown this term.
The most recent shift in power in English football emerged in the 2011/12 season when Manchester City finished top of the table for the very first time. The Citizens have gone on to be the dominant force in the top flight, winning six of the last 11 seasons. United did manage their last league title in that time, while Chelsea, Leicester City, and Liverpool have also lifted the trophy. Manchester City has enjoyed tremendous success under manager Pep Guardiola and is likely to be a force in English football for many years to come.
Man City still has plenty of work to do though if it is to leapfrog the most successful team in Premier League history in their neighbors Manchester United.