Bangladesh Football Premier League

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Bangladesh Premier League
Founded 2 March 2007; 10 years ago (2 March 2007)
Country Bangladesh Bangladesh
Confederation AFC
Number of teams 12
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to BCL
Domestic cup(s) Federation Cup
Super Cup
Independence Cup (Bangladesh)
International cup(s) AFC Cup
Current champions Dhaka Abahani (6th title)
Most championships Dhaka Abahani (6 titles)
TV partners Bangla TV
2017–18 Bangladesh Football Premier League

Bangladesh Premier League is the top-tier association football league of Bangladesh run by the country's football federation. It is the country's most popular sports league after the BPL. It was previously known as the B. League that began in 2007. The league was renamed Bangladesh League in 2009. In 2012 it was given its current name. It marked the start of the professional era and an open wide national league. It was sponsored by Manyavar for the 2015 season, thus known as Manyavar Bangladesh Premier League. In the following season, 2016, it is sponsored by the JB Group. The Dhaka Derby is one of the most popular matches in the league.


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 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.

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
2013–14 Sheikh Jamal 27 19 7 1 78 26 52 64
2015 Sheikh Jamal 20 16 3 1 60 22 38 51
2016 Dhaka Abahani 22 15 7 0 48 16 32 52
2017–18 Dhaka Abahani 22 16 4 2 35 13 22 52

Total champions[edit]

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

Dhaka Abahani 6
Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club 3
Sheikh Russel KC 1

Total national football championship titles:[2]

7 Abahani Ltd.

3 Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club

2 Mohammedan SC

2 Brothers Union

1 Sheikh Russel KC

1 Muktijoddha Sangsad KC

Clubs and locations[edit]

Bangladesh Football Premier League is located in Bangladesh
Locations of teams in Bangladesh Premier League

Top clubs:

Club Location
Brothers Union Dhaka
Chittagong Abahani Chittagong
Dhaka Abahani Dhaka
Dhaka Mohammedan SC Dhaka
Feni Soccer Club Feni
Muktijoddha Sangsad KS Gopalganj
Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Dhaka
Sheikh Russel KC Dhaka
Team BJMC Dhaka

Dhaka Derby[edit]

Two most old and famous clubs in the history of Bangladesh football Dhaka Abahani and Dhaka Mohammedan SC. The match between these rivals called Dhaka Derby. The Dhaka Derby played in Bangabandhu National Stadium



Year Top scorer Team Goals
2007 Nigeria Elijah Obagbemiro Junior Brothers Union 16
2008 Nigeria Alamu Bukola Olalekan Dhaka Mohammedan 18
2009 Bangladesh Enamul Haque Dhaka Abahani 21
2010 South Sudan James Moga Muktijoddha Sangsad KC 19
2012 Guinea Ismaël Bangoura Team BJMC 17
2012–13 Ghana Osei Morrison Dhaka Mohammedan 11
2013–14 Haiti Wedson Anselme Sheikh Jamal DC 26
2014–15 Haiti Wedson Anselme Sheikh Jamal DC 18
2015–16 Nigeria Sunday Chizoba Dhaka Abahani 19[3]



Currently, the league's official name begins with Bangladesh's official football sponsors Manyavar. 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. Currently Manyavar is title sponsors of premier League.

Period Sponsor
2007–10 Citycell
2010–13 Grameenphone
2013–14 Nitol Tata
2014–15 Manyavar
2015–16 JB Group
2016-17 Saif Power Battery

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Bangladesh - List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Top Scorers". FIFA. 
  4. ^ "Top Scorers". Bangladesh Football Federation. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 

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