Bangladesh Premier League (football)
Nitol Tata BPFL
|Founded||2 March 2007|
|Number of teams||10|
|Levels on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||Bangladesh Championship League|
|Domestic cup(s)||Federation Cup
|International cup(s)||AFC Cup (Play-off stage)|
|Current champions||Sheikh Jamal (2nd title)
|Most championships||Dhaka Abahani 4 Titles|
|TV partners||Bangladesh Television|
|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 Nitol Tata, thus it is also known as Nitol Tata Bangladesh Premier League.
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 professional 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.
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.
List of winners
Champions so far are:
Bangladeshi football champions
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.
Clubs, stadiums and locations
The following 10 clubs are competing in the Bangladesh Premier League during the 2013-14 season.
|2007||Elijah Obagbemiro Junior||Brothers Union||16|
|2009||Alamu Bukola Olalekan||Dhaka Mohammedan||18|
|2012||Ismaël Bangoura||Team BJMC||17|
|2012-13||Osei Morrison||Dhaka Mohammedan||11|
|2013-14||Wedson Anselme||Sheikh Jamal||26|
Currently, the league's official name begins with Bangladesh's official football sponsors Nitol Tata . 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 2009-10 season. It was an uncertain situation for the country's already underdeveloped football but BFF managed to get Grameenphone, the country's leading mobile phone telecommunications company. Nitol Tata has become sponsor of the league in 2013–14 season.
- "Bangladesh - List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
- Bangladesh Sports News Portal
- Bangladesh Football Federation
- GP Bangladesh Premier League at FIFA.com
- League at soccerway.com