At the point where the whistle blows for the season’s curtain raiser, all teams in the league are equal. Each club wants nothing more than to have their named etched upon the Premier League trophy come the curtain call, sending a signal to the rest of the country that they’re the ones to beat.
In its short history, just five teams have emerged victorious in the Premier League. Here, we take a look at those five, and the managers and players involved in their famous wins.
Seasons won title (13): 1992-93, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2012-13.
Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson.
Top scorer (overall): Wayne Rooney – as of March 2016, Rooney has scored 192 goals in the Premier League, making him second highest scorer in the Premier League behind the now-retired Alan Shearer.
Rooney’s tally in all competitions stands at 244 goals, putting him second on the all-time Manchester United scorers list, behind Bobby Charlton with 249.
Notable players: Eric Cantona, Peter Schmeichel, Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Rio Ferdinand, Cristiano Ronaldo and many others!
Season won title (1): 1994-95.
Manager: Kenny Dalglish.
Top scorer: Alan Shearer – scored 34 goals. Shearer formed a lethal strike partnership with Chris Sutton who scored 15. Shearer was also top scorer in the Premier League this season.
Notable players: Shearer, Sutton, Tim Sherwood, Tim Flowers.
Back in the mid-1990s, Blackburn were the big money club thanks to a seemingly endless supply of cash from owner and lifelong fan, Jack Walker.
They broke the British record transfer fee to sign Shearer from Southampton in 1992. This move clearly paid off: by 1995, they became league champions for the first time in 81 years.
Seasons won title (3): 1997-98, 2001-02, 2003-04.
Manager: Arsène Wenger.
Top scorers: Dennis Bergkamp, 16 (1997-98), and Thierry Henry, 24 (2001-02), and 30 (2003-04). Both of these players formed a fearsome strike partnership during the 2003-04 season, during which Arsenal went a whole season without losing a single match.
Notable players: David Seaman, Tony Adams, Henry, Patrick Viera.
Seasons won title (4): 2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10, 2014-15.
Managers: José Mourinho (3), Carlo Ancelotti (1).
Top scorers: Frank Lampard, 13 (2004-05) and 16 (2005-06), Didier Drogba, 29 (2009-10), and Diego Costa 20 (2014-15).
Notable players: Petr Cech, John Terry, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba.
Chelsea won the Premier League for the very first time in 2004-05 when José Mourinho became manager. He led Chelsea to a run of 75 home games without losing once. They also won a record 95 points in Mourinho’s first season at Stamford Bridge.
Season won title (2): 2011-12, 2013-14.
Managers: Roberto Mancini, Manuel Pellegrini.
Top scorers: Sergio Agüero, 23 (2011-12), and Yaya Touré, 20 (2013-14).
Notable players: Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Touré, Sergio Agüero.
In the 2011-12 season, City won the league title for the first time since 1968 (44 years).