The 2009-10 Premier League (known as the Barclays Premier League for sponsorship reasons) was the 18th season of the Premier League since its establishment in 1992. A total of 20 teams competed in the league, with Chelsea unseating the three-time defending champions Manchester United, scoring a Premier League record 103 goals in the season began on 15 August 2009 and concluded on 9 May 2010. Prior to each opening week match, a minute’s applause was held in memory of Sir Bobby Robson.
Last season’s Premiership clubs earned a record total revenue of more than 2-billion in six Premier League clubs reported profits in 2009 with Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur leading the table.Arsenal look to be one of the best run clubs in the Premiership financially, having the highest turnover of 313.3 million and the lower percentage of turnover being spent on wages with 33.2%. Last season Arsenal made a profit of 45.5 million, just another 237 million to go until the club is out of debt!
At bottom Burnley had the lowest wage bill in 2009 but it still managed to exceed the clubs turnover. Their wage to turnover ratio was 119.9%. The clubs debt is relatively low at 11.9 million but surely their wages/turnover ratio will have to be brought down to nearer the UEFA’s guideline in order to avert financial problems in the long run.
2090-2010 was a thrilling season in the Premier League. The battle was carried until the end of the season and in the final, Chelsea won it with style, 8-0 against Wigan, in the last round at home, in front of the own supporters.
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba won the Golden Boot award as the league’s top goalscorer for the second time. The victorious Chelsea side were noted for their attacking style of football: the team averaged 2.71 goals per game (scoring a Premier League record 103 goals for the season), compared to the average of 1.89 when they won the title in the 2005-06 season.
In February 2010, Portsmouth became the first club to go into administration whilst a member of the Premier League. They were deducted nine points, and two months later they were the first team of the season to be relegated. Hull City and Premier League debutants Burnley were relegated alongside them.
Here are the summary and the team of the season.
Winners: Chelsea Relegated: Burnley, Hull, Portsmouth Top Scorer: Didier Drogba (29) Most Assists: Frank Lampard (17) Overachievers: Birmingham City Underachievers: Liverpool Best signing of the season: Carlos Tevez Worst signing of the season: Alberto Aquilani Player of the Year: Wayne Rooney Manager of the Year: Roy Hodgson
Team of the year:
Goalkeeper: Joe Hart (Birmingham) Defenders: Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea), Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal), Richard Dunne (Aston Villa), Patrice Evra (Manchester United) Midfielders: James Milner (Aston Villa), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Florent Malouda (Chelsea) Forwards: Didier Drogba (Chelsea), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
Here are the top team transfers of the 2009-2010 Season in the Premier League
Arsenal Signed: Thomas Vermaelen (Ajax, 10m)
Chelsea Signed: Ross Turnbull (Middlesbrough, free); Daniel Sturridge (Manchester City, free); Yuri Zhirkov (CSKA Moscow, undisclosed Liverpool Signed: Alberto Aquiliani (Roma, 20m); Chris Mavinga (PSG); Glen Johnson (Portsmouth, 18.5m); Sotiris Kyrgiakos (AEK Athens, 2m); Aaron King (Rushden and Diamonds, free) Manchester United Signed: Antonio Valencia (Wigan, undisclosed); Michael Owen (Newcastle, free); Gabriel Obertan (Bordeaux, 3m); Mame Biram Diouf (Molde); Paul Pogba (Le Havre) Tottenham Hotspurs Signed:: Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker (Sheffield United, undisclosed); Peter Crouch (9m);Sebastien Bassong (Newcastle, 8m);Niko Kranjcar (Portsmouth) Manchester City Signed: Joleon Lescott (Everton, 24m); Kolo Toure (Arsenal, 15m); Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal, 25m); Gareth Barry (Aston Villa, 12m); Nils Zander (Schalke 04); Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn, 17m); Stuart Taylor (Aston Villa, undisclosed); Carlos Tevez (MSI, 25.5m); Sylvinho (free agent)
Here are some of the most surprising results from the 2009-2010 season of Barclays Premier League: 24 Aug, 20:00 Liverpool 1 – 3 Aston Villa 26 Sep, 15:00 Wigan Athletic 3 – 1 Chelsea 7 Nov, 15:00 Manchester City 3 – 3 Burnley 12 Dec, 17:30 Manchester United 0 – 1 Aston Villa 2 Feb, 19:45 Hull City 1 – 1 Chelsea