Bangladesh Premier League (football)

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Bangladesh Premier League
GP BPL logo.jpg
Country  Bangladesh
Confederation AFC
Founded 2 March 2007 (7 years ago) (2007-03-02)
First season 2007
Number of teams 10
Levels on pyramid 1
Relegation to Bangladesh Championship League
Domestic cup(s) Federation Cup
Super Cup
International cup(s) AFC President's Cup
Current champions Sheikh Russel (1st title)
(2012–13)
Most championships Dhaka Abahani (4 titles)
TV partners Bangladesh Television
Website www.bffonline.com
2013–14 Bangladesh Football Premier League

Bangladesh Premier League is the top-tier association football league of Bangladesh run by the country's football association. It was previously known as the B.League that began in 2007. The league was renamed to Bangladesh League in 2009. In 2012 it was renamed to the current name. It marked the start of the professional era and an open wide national league. It is currently sponsored by Grameenphone, thus it is also known as Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League.

History[edit]

A national football championship was first started in 2000, before that, the Dhaka League was renowned as the top-tier football league in Bangladesh.[1]

In 2007, the winner of the Dhaka League and top club teams mainly from Dhaka and other parts of the country were promoted to the first pro league. The B.League replaced the National Football Championship as the premier national league. A total of 12 clubs were scheduled to participate before Sylhet DSA withdrew and were not replaced.

With clubs playing professional football from all over the country and not from the capital only unlike the Dhaka League, the professional league even then failed to gain the popularity of the Dhaka League and to improve the country's football.

The 2009-10 season brought, along with the change in name of the league, newly built football clubs like Beanibazar. This might seem promising for the country's football.

No second division league was introduced until in 2011 and this hampered the fate of the relegated teams. Clubs were selected from regional leagues especially from the Dhaka League and called up.

Bangladesh Football Federation introduced the second-tier league Bangladesh Championship League in 2012 as 5th season of Premier League was commencing.

List of winners[edit]

Champions so far are:[1]

Season Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts
2007 Dhaka Abahani 20 14 5 1 36 8 28 47
2008-09 Dhaka Abahani 20 16 2 2 45 11 34 50
2009-10 Dhaka Abahani 24 22 1 1 63 8 55 67
2010-11 Sheikh Jamal 22 15 6 1 42 12 30 51
2012 Dhaka Abahani 20 13 6 1 42 15 27 45
2012–13 Sheikh Russel 16 12 2 2 30 14 16 38

Total Championships[edit]

The number of national championships that clubs in Bangladesh have attained since the professional Bangladesh Premier League (formerly B. League or Bangladesh League) was introduced, is as below.

Club
Number of Championships
Dhaka Abahani 4
Sheikh Jamal 1
Sheikh Russel 1

Clubs, stadiums and locations[edit]

Bangladesh Premier League (football) is located in Bangladesh
Dhaka
Dhaka
Chittagong
Chittagong
Feni
Feni
Gopalganj
Gopalganj
Locations of teams in the 2013-14 Bangladesh Premier League

The following 10 clubs are competing in the Bangladesh Premier League during the 2013-14 season.

Club Stadium Location
Brothers Union Bangabandhu National Stadium Dhaka
Chittagong Abahani MA Aziz Stadium Chittagong
Dhaka Abahani Bangabandhu National Stadium Dhaka
Dhaka Mohammedan Bangabandhu National Stadium Dhaka
Feni Soccer Club Shaheed Salam Stadium Feni
Muktijoddha Sangsad Sheikh Fazlul Haque Mani Stadium Gopalganj
Sheikh Jamal Bangabandhu National Stadium Dhaka
Sheikh Russell Bangabandhu National Stadium Dhaka
Team BJMC Bangabandhu National Stadium Dhaka
Uttar Baridhara SC Dhaka

Bangladesh Army Stadium is an alternative venue.

Topscorers[edit]

Year Top scorer Team Goals
2007 Nigeria Elijah Obagbemiro Junior Brothers Union 16
2009 Nigeria Alamu Bukola Olalekan Dhaka Mohammedan 18
2012 Guinea Ismaël Bangoura Team BJMC 17
2012-13 Ghana Osei Morrison Dhaka Mohammedan 11

Sponsorship[edit]

Currently, the league's official name begins with Bangladesh's official football sponsors Grameenphone, the country's leading mobile phone telecommunications company. Another telecommunications company, Citycell first sponsored professional football in the country after Nitol Tata kicked off semi-pro tournament but did not seek to renew its contract with the football association leaving in the previous season. It was an uncertain situation for the country's already underdeveloped football but BFF managed to get Grameenphone in the last minute.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bangladesh - List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 

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