Who doesn’t know football sports? Yep, this one sport is often dubbed as the world’s most popular sport. Almost all countries in the world have a national football club, complete with a league structure and an established match system – regardless of their country and wherever they are.
This sport seems to be a universal language that everyone can understand across borders. Not excessive to call football sports as a sport of unithe man. This is evident in the Asian Games yesterday, when the entire fans of Sepa football Indonesia waives the identities of their respective club fans to support their people.
The English league is one of the most popular football leagues in the world. The English league competition is also the oldest league in football compared to other countries, since it has begun in 1888. Currently the main caste competition in England is the Premier League, a new league format that started in 1992. Previously the top competition in the UK was named Football League First Division or Premier Division.
Of course, the English league competitions also had a long history of formation from the early 19th century, then entered the World War II era through to the more modern era of the Premier League. Here is a history of the English league from the beginning of the stand until now more recent updates.
History of the English League
Football sports are claimed to be first found in UK countries. In the 19th century, British society had many people playing the ball. Britain began to develop football towards a more popular sport. The first football club to be founded was Sheffield FC in 1857, which became the oldest club in the world. Since then, many other football clubs have stood in the UK.
The rules of football also began to be serianted in order to create the rules of football used everywhere. In the year 1863 stood The Football Association or FA, which was the main football Federation in England. After that the FA Cup competition was first held in 1871, becoming the oldest tournament in the world that is still active today. The British national football team was formed and the first international match between England against Scotland took place in 1870.
Initially football was only played on the amateur level only. Professional soccer is banned in the UK at the time so there are no clubs or professional players like now. It was briefly triggered the pros and cons. New in 185, professional football started to be allowed by FA. This led to the creation of a new league competition that overshadowed the English league club.
The need for a more competitive regular Football league competition continues to be sticking out. Finally, in 1888, a new competition was formed called Football League. The competition was first formed by Aston Villa Director at the time, William McGregor. Early members of the Football League consisted of 12 clubs: Blackburn Rovers, Burnley, Bolton Wanderers, Accrington, Everton, Preston North End, Aston Villa, Derby County, Notts County, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
In the first season of the Football League, Preston North End successfully became the first champion in the English league history. Other clubs in the early English league competitions include Aston Villa, Everton, Sunderland and Sheffield United. Originally, the Football League had only one division, but after many other clubs, the Football League started to implement a two-division system, the First Division and the Second Division.
Over the next few years, the English league competitions are growing. In the 1905-06 season, a total of 40 clubs were involved divided into two divisions. During World War I, the English league was temporarily suspended and again began after the war. The same thing happened during World War II (1939-1946). Starting from 1920 there is division 3 to accommodate the addition of other clubs divided into northern and southern regions. In the year 1924, a total of 88 clubs were registered in the Football League.
In the 50s and 60s, Wolverhampton Wanderers became one of the most successful English clubs. Wolves repeatedly defeated other European country clubs in friendly matches. This then became the start of the European Cup competition or the Champions League which brought together clubs from the European country. The first English league participated in the European Cup, which began in the 1956-57 season, represented by Manchester United. At the end of the 50s, there was a Munich tragedy, a plane crash carrying the Manchester United squad at the time.
In 1963, Tottenham became the first English club to champion in the European competition, the Winners Cup. The success of the British club was being transmitted to the successful British national team squad in the 1966 World Cup champion by beating West Germany in the final. The late 70s and early 80s period became the Golden age of the British club in Europe, where Liverpool (4 times), Nottingham Forest (2 times) and Aston Villa (1 time) were successful Champions league winners.
In 1985 Heysel was a tragedy where the Liverpool fans had resulted in the death of 39 Juventus ‘ supporters when the two met in the Champions League final. As a result, British clubs were then banned to compete at the European level for 5 years. It was also exacerbated with Hillsborough tragedy in 1989. This made the English league competition a decline so many players moved to clubs in other leagues. The English league was still lost in competition with the Italian Serie A or the Spanish La Liga.
The end of the 80s was a setback point for British football. Various problems ranging from the violence of supporters, the stadium’s lack of decent facilities, the punishment from UEFA to the UK club as well as the number of the best players of the English league who moved to foreign clubs became the cause. The English league authorities also Berbenah. The rules of the stadium are applied. Many English clubs have become businesses that bring financial benefits to the club’s operations.
At the end of the 1991-92 season, a proposal was proposed to create a new league that would bring more money to profit. On 17 July 1991, The Founder Members Agremenet was approved to form a new league called FA Premier League. The Premier League received substantial financial gains from Sky Sports TV rights and other sponsors. The results of Premier League clubs will also be richer and ready to compete with other European clubs.
Premier League was also the main caste competition in the English league system. While the Football League consists of 4 divisions (First Division, Second Division, Third Division, Fourth Division), it is under the Premier League caste. The system of promotion-degradation remains implemented in each division. The 1992-93 season became the first season of the Premier League, followed by 22 clubs, where Manchester United came out as a champion.
In the list of all-time English league champions, Manchester United also became the club’s most champion. Up to now, more than 40 clubs participated in the Premier League. Only 6 clubs have been champions in the Premier League era, namely Manchester United, Arsenal, Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea, Manchester City and Leicester City. In the 2000s, there was also the term Big Four consisting of 4 clubs that always dominated the position of 4 major English league standings.
Today, the Premier League has grown into the world’s most popular league and is the world’s most watched league. With major broadcast and profit rights, the English club also dominated the list of the richest clubs in the world. Liverpool remained the most successful club in the Football League era, while Manchester United became the most successful club in the Premier League era and in the history of the British League.