2012–13 Premier League

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Premier League
Season2012–13
Dates18 August 2012 – 19 May 2013
Champions Manchester United
13th Premier League title
20th English title
Relegated Wigan Athletic
Reading
Queens Park Rangers
Champions League Manchester United
Manchester City
Chelsea
Arsenal
Europa League Wigan Athletic
Tottenham Hotspur
Swansea City
Matches played380
Goals scored1,063 (2.8 per match)
Top goalscorer Robin van Persie
(26 goals) [1]
Best goalkeeper Joe Hart
(18 clean sheets)
Biggest home win Chelsea 8–0 Aston Villa
(23 December 2012)
Biggest away win Newcastle United 0–6 Liverpool
(27 April 2013)
Highest scoring Arsenal 7–3 Newcastle United
(29 December 2012)
West Brom 5–5 Manchester United
(19 May 2013)
Longest winning run7 games [2]
Manchester United
Longest unbeaten run18 games [2]
Manchester United
Longest winless run16 games [2]
Queens Park Rangers
Longest losing run7 games [2]
Reading
Highest attendance75,605 [2]
Manchester United 1–0 Reading
(16 March 2013)
Lowest attendance15,436 [2]
Wigan Athletic 3–2 Reading
(24 November 2012)
Average attendance35,931 [2]
2013–14

The 2012–13 Premier League (known as the Barclays Premier League for sponsorship reasons) was the 21st season of the Premier League, the English professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1992. The fixture schedule was released on 18 June 2012. [3] [4] The season began on 18 August 2012 and ended on 19 May 2013. [4]

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Manchester City were the defending champions, having won their first Premier League title the previous season. This was their first top division league title since the 1967–68 season.

On 22 April 2013, Manchester United won their 13th Premier League title and 20th English title overall by defeating Aston Villa 3–0 at Old Trafford. This left reigning champions Manchester City 16 points behind with only 15 left to play for. [5] It was the first time the title had been decided in April since Chelsea were the winners in 2005–06. It was also only the fourth time in the history of the Premier League that it had been won with at least four games remaining in the season, the last time being in 2003–04 when Arsenal were champions.[ citation needed ] England national football team manager, Roy Hodgson declared that United's manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, was a "magician" having won 13 titles in 21 seasons. [6]

On 28 April 2013, Queens Park Rangers and Reading were both relegated from the Premier League after a 0–0 draw against each other. [7] Wigan Athletic were the third and final club to be relegated, after a 4–1 defeat to Arsenal on 14 May 2013. This brought an end to their eight-year stay in the Premier League, and came three days after winning the season's FA Cup. This made them the first club to win the FA Cup and suffer relegation in the same season. [8]

Season summary

The season opened the weekend of 18 August 2012. Defending champions Manchester City opened their season with a narrow 3–2 victory over Southampton, who had just been promoted back to the Premier League after seven seasons in lower divisions. Man City had taken a 1–0 lead, with Southampton turning it on its head to go 2–1 up with 20 minutes remaining. City eventually came back and Samir Nasri scored the winning goal with ten minutes left. [9] In a Monday evening fixture at Goodison Park, Manchester United started their season with a 1–0 loss to Everton, the goal scored by Marouane Fellaini. [10] The first goal of the season, however, was scored by Swansea City's Michu, [11] whose team thrashed Queens Park Rangers 5–0 away from home. [12]

Manchester United recovered from their opening week loss with a 3–2 win over Fulham in their opening home game at Old Trafford, but lost striker Wayne Rooney to injury during the match. [13] Other second week highlights included Chelsea's 2–0 win over Newcastle United, with recent Belgian signing Eden Hazard involved in both goals. [14] [15]

Early leaders Chelsea had week three off, while a win by Manchester City over Queens Park Rangers left the defending champions two points off the pace. The game was a highly anticipated rematch between the two teams that squared off on the final day of the 2011–12 season, when Manchester City snatched the title on goal difference with a late goal by Sergio Agüero. This time though, it was less exciting, with Manchester City comfortably winning 3–1. [16] Level on points with Manchester City in second place were Swansea City, who registered a 2–2 draw with Sunderland, and West Bromwich Albion, who defeated Everton 2–0. [17]

The fourth week of the season began with controversy, as the Chelsea v Queens Park Rangers match was fraught with racial tensions when QPR's Anton Ferdinand refused to shake hands with Chelsea's John Terry, who had been suspended for four games for using racial epithets against Ferdinand during the previous season. [18] The teams would play out a 0–0 draw, however second place Manchester City could not gain ground as they also drew, with Stoke City. [19]

Week five saw Chelsea extend their league lead to 3 points with a 1–0 win over Stoke City. A late goal in the 85th minute by Ashley Cole secured the win for the Blues. [20] Everton and West Bromwich Albion maintained control of second place, with both teams notching a win in week five, though a draw by the Baggies in week six would drop them back to fifth place, which they would share with Tottenham Hotspur following their surprise 3–2 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford. Chelsea, Everton, and Manchester City would all win in week six. The results table after six games would have Chelsea in the lead with 16 points, followed by Everton and Manchester City with 13 points each, and Manchester United with 12. At the bottom of the league, Liverpool forward Luis Suárez scored a hat trick against Norwich City, leading Liverpool to a 5–2 victory. It was the second consecutive year that Suárez had scored a hat trick at Carrow Road. [21]

The month of October saw a tightening at the top of the standings, with Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City all winning their first two of three games for the month, setting up a vital Sunday afternoon match at Stamford Bridge between third placed Manchester United and the leaders Chelsea. The game did not disappoint, as Chelsea went down 2–0 early on an own goal by David Luiz in the fourth minute and a goal by Robin van Persie in the 12th. Van Persie had also taken the shot that had rebounded off of Luiz, and thus was ultimately responsible for the Red Devil's one-goal lead at half-time, following a late first half goal by Chelsea's Juan Mata from a free kick. Eight minutes into the second half Ramires equalised for Chelsea, and in the 75th minute United's Javier Hernández scored what proved to be the deciding goal via a rebound from a missed Van Persie shot. Replays showed that Hernández was in an offside position, generating a great deal of controversy. After the game, only a single point separated leaders Chelsea from second placed Manchester United. [22] The rest of the standings were tightly packed in mid-table as 4 points separated fourth through ninth place. Another key match in October included a fixture between Liverpool and Reading, with Liverpool winning 1–0 (with winger Raheem Sterling scoring his first goal for the club) and giving manager Brendan Rodgers his first win at Anfield in the league against Reading, a team he formerly managed. [23] The final week of October featured the longest match in the 20-year history of the Premier League, a 103-minute game between Manchester City and Swansea that featured two serious injuries, one to the groin of Swansea keeper Michel Vorm and the other to the knee of Manchester City back Micah Richards, both of which required stretchers to carry them off. City prevailed 1–0 in the marathon event with a goal from Carlos Tevez. [24] [25]

League leaders Chelsea suffered a dip in form in November. They opened the month with draws against Swansea City and Liverpool, dropping them to third in the standings. A loss to West Bromwich Albion on 17 November was marked by ineffective second half play, as the team was unable to capitalise on a late first half equaliser by Eden Hazard. [26] The Blues closed out the month with uninspiring 0–0 draws against Manchester City and Fulham. The primary beneficiaries of Chelsea's slide were Manchester United and Manchester City, as the two rivals moved into commanding control of the first two places in the league table. Key November games included a 2–1 Manchester United win over Arsenal on 3 November, [27] and a dominating 5–0 win by Manchester City over Aston Villa on 17 November marked by a pair of two-goal performances by Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero. [28] West Bromwich Albion proved to be the biggest mover up the league table, moving from eighth up to joint third with Chelsea, on the strength of four wins over Southampton, Wigan Athletic, Chelsea, and Sunderland. At the bottom end of the table, Queens Park Rangers found themselves as the only team without a league win by the end of November.

The month of December saw minimal change in the standings at the top end of the table. The situation by New Year's Eve with the top three places was the same as it was at the start of the month, though Manchester United had extended their lead over second place Manchester City to seven points, with Chelsea four points back from City in third place. Tottenham Hotspur occupied fourth place with Arsenal, Everton, and West Bromwich Albion all tied for fifth. Chelsea stopped their November slide with a 3–1 win at Sunderland on 8 December on the strength of two goals by Fernando Torres. [29] The Manchester derby was renewed on 9 December at the City of Manchester Stadium with first place on the line. United took a two-goal lead thanks to two goals from Wayne Rooney in the 16th and 30th minute. City responded with a Yaya Touré goal in the 60th minute, a goal that followed two saves in rapid succession by United keeper David de Gea. Pablo Zabaleta equalised in the 86th minute, but Robin van Persie once again proved to be the hero for United, scoring the winning goal two minutes into extra time to extend United's lead over City at the top of the table to six points. [30] The last team without a league win, Queens Park Rangers, finally got their first win of the season on 15 December.

Teams

Twenty teams competed in the league – the top seventeen teams from the previous season and the three teams promoted from the Championship. The promoted teams were Reading, Southampton and West Ham United, returning to the top flight after absences of four, seven and one year respectively. They replaced Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers (both teams relegated after eleven years in the top flight) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (ending their three-year top flight spell).

Stadiums and locations

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Greater London Premier League football clubs
Note: Table lists in alphabetical order. [31]
TeamLocationStadium [32] Capacity
Arsenal London (Holloway) Emirates Stadium 60,362
Aston Villa Birmingham Villa Park 42,785
Chelsea London (Fulham) Stamford Bridge 41,798
Everton Liverpool (Walton) Goodison Park 40,157
Fulham London (Fulham) Craven Cottage 25,700
Liverpool Liverpool (Anfield) Anfield 45,276
Manchester City Manchester City of Manchester Stadium 55,097
Manchester United Old Trafford Old Trafford 75,765
Newcastle United Newcastle upon Tyne St James' Park 52,405
Norwich City Norwich Carrow Road 27,224
Queens Park Rangers London (Shepherd's Bush) Loftus Road 18,439
Reading Reading Madejski Stadium 24,197
Southampton Southampton St Mary's Stadium 32,689
Stoke City Stoke-on-Trent Britannia Stadium 27,740
Sunderland Sunderland Stadium of Light 48,707
Swansea City Swansea Liberty Stadium 20,750
Tottenham Hotspur London (Tottenham) White Hart Lane 36,284
West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich The Hawthorns 26,445
West Ham United London (Upton Park) Boleyn Ground 35,016
Wigan Athletic Wigan DW Stadium 25,133

Personnel and kits

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

TeamManagerCaptainKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
Arsenal Flag of France.svg Arsène Wenger Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Thomas Vermaelen Nike Fly Emirates
Aston Villa Flag of Scotland.svg Paul Lambert Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ron Vlaar Macron Genting Casinos
Chelsea Flag of Spain.svg Rafael Benítez Flag of England.svg John Terry Adidas Samsung
Everton Flag of Scotland.svg David Moyes Flag of England.svg Phil Neville Nike Chang Beer
Fulham Flag of the Netherlands.svg Martin Jol Flag of Norway.svg Brede Hangeland Kappa FxPro
Liverpool Ulster Banner.svg Brendan Rodgers Flag of England.svg Steven Gerrard Warrior Sports Standard Chartered
Manchester City Flag of England.svg Brian Kidd (caretaker) Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Vincent Kompany Umbro Etihad Airways
Manchester United Flag of Scotland.svg Sir Alex Ferguson Flag of Serbia.svg Nemanja Vidić Nike Aon
Newcastle United Flag of England.svg Alan Pardew Flag of Argentina.svg Fabricio Coloccini Puma Virgin Money
Norwich City Flag of Ireland.svg Chris Hughton Flag of England.svg Grant Holt Erreà Aviva
Queens Park Rangers Flag of England.svg Harry Redknapp Flag of England.svg Clint Hill Lotto AirAsia
Reading Flag of England.svg Nigel Adkins Flag of Jamaica.svg Jobi McAnuff Puma Waitrose
Southampton Flag of Argentina.svg Mauricio Pochettino Flag of England.svg Adam Lallana Umbroaap3
Stoke City Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Tony Pulis Flag of England.svg Ryan Shawcross Adidas Bet365
Sunderland Flag of Italy.svg Paolo Di Canio Flag of England.svg Lee Cattermole Adidas Invest in Africa
Swansea City Flag of Denmark.svg Michael Laudrup Flag of England.svg Garry Monk Adidas 32Red
Tottenham Hotspur Flag of Portugal.svg André Villas-Boas Flag of England.svg Michael Dawson Under Armour Aurasma
West Bromwich Albion Flag of Scotland.svg Steve Clarke Ulster Banner.svg Chris Brunt Adidas Zoopla
West Ham United Flag of England.svg Sam Allardyce Flag of England.svg Kevin Nolan Macron SBOBET
Wigan Athletic Flag of Spain.svg Roberto Martínez Flag of Scotland.svg Gary Caldwell MiFit 12BET

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of vacancyPosition in tableIncoming managerDate of appointment
West Bromwich Albion Flag of England.svg Roy Hodgson End of contract13 May 2012 [33] Pre-season Flag of Scotland.svg Steve Clarke 8 June 2012 [34]
Aston Villa Flag of Scotland.svg Alex McLeish Sacked14 May 2012 [35] Flag of Scotland.svg Paul Lambert 2 June 2012 [36]
Liverpool Flag of Scotland.svg Kenny Dalglish 16 May 2012 [37] Ulster Banner.svg Brendan Rodgers 1 June 2012 [38]
Swansea City Ulster Banner.svg Brendan Rodgers Signed by Liverpool 1 June 2012 [38] Flag of Denmark.svg Michael Laudrup 15 June 2012 [39]
Norwich City Flag of Scotland.svg Paul Lambert Signed by Aston Villa 2 June 2012 [36] Flag of Ireland.svg Chris Hughton 7 June 2012 [40]
Tottenham Hotspur Flag of England.svg Harry Redknapp Sacked13 June 2012 [41] Flag of Portugal.svg André Villas-Boas 3 July 2012 [42]
Chelsea Flag of Italy.svg Roberto Di Matteo 21 November 2012 [43] 3rd Flag of Spain.svg Rafael Benítez 21 November 2012 [44]
Queens Park Rangers Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Hughes 23 November 2012 [45] 20th Flag of England.svg Harry Redknapp 24 November 2012 [46]
Southampton Flag of England.svg Nigel Adkins 18 January 2013 [47] 15th Flag of Argentina.svg Mauricio Pochettino 18 January 2013 [47]
Reading Flag of England.svg Brian McDermott 11 March 2013 [48] 19th Flag of England.svg Nigel Adkins 26 March 2013 [49]
Sunderland Ulster Banner.svg Martin O'Neill 30 March 2013 [50] 16th Flag of Italy.svg Paolo Di Canio 31 March 2013 [51]
Manchester City Flag of Italy.svg Roberto Mancini 13 May 2013 [52] 2nd Flag of England.svg Brian Kidd (caretaker)13 May 2013 [52]

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C)3828558643+4389Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Manchester City 3823966634+3278
3 Chelsea 3822977539+3675
4 Arsenal 38211077237+3573Qualification for the Champions League play-off round
5 Tottenham Hotspur 3821986646+2072Qualification for the Europa League play-off round
6 Everton 38161575540+1563
7 Liverpool 38161397143+2861
8 West Bromwich Albion 38147175357449
9 Swansea City 381113144751446Qualification for the Europa League third qualifying round [lower-alpha 1]
10 West Ham United 381210164553846
11 Norwich City 3810141441581744
12 Fulham 3811101750601043
13 Stoke City 389151434451142
14 Southampton 389141549601141
15 Aston Villa 3810111747692241
16 Newcastle United 381181945682341
17 Sunderland 389121741541339
18 Wigan Athletic (R)38992047732636
Qualification for the Europa League group stage [lower-alpha 2]
Relegation to the Football League Championship
19 Reading (R)386102243733028Relegation to the Football League Championship
20 Queens Park Rangers (R)384132130603025
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Play-offs (only if needed to decide champion, teams for relegation or teams for UEFA competitions). [53]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
Notes:

Results

Home \ Away ARS AVL CHE EVE FUL LIV MCI MUN NEW NOR QPR REA SOU STK SUN SWA TOT WBA WHU WIG
Arsenal 2–1 1–2 0–03–32–20–2 1–1 7–33–11–04–16–11–00–00–2 5–2 2–05–14–1
Aston Villa 0–01–21–31–11–20–12–31–21–13–21–00–10–06–12–00–41–12–10–3
Chelsea 2–1 8–02–1 0–0 1–10–02–32–04–1 0–1 4–22–21–02–12–02–21–02–04–1
Everton 1–13–31–21–0 2–2 2–01–02–21–12–03–13–11–02–10–02–12–12–02–1
Fulham 0–11–0 0–3 2–21–31–20–12–15–0 3–2 2–41–11–01–31–20–33–03–11–1
Liverpool 0–21–32–2 0–0 4–0 2–2 1–2 1–15–01–01–01–00–03–05–03–20–20–03–0
Manchester City 1–15–02–01–12–0 2–2 2–3 4–02–33–11–03–23–03–01–02–11–02–11–0
Manchester United 2–1 3–00–12–03–2 2–1 1–2 4–34–03–11–02–14–23–12–12–32–01–04–0
Newcastle United 0–11–13–21–21–00–61–30–31–01–01–24–22–1 0–3 1–22–12–10–13–0
Norwich City 1–01–20–12–10–02–53–41–00–01–12–10–01–02–12–21–14–00–02–1
Queens Park Rangers 0–11–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–30–00–21–20–01–11–30–23–10–50–01–21–21–1
Reading 2–51–22–22–13–30–00–23–42–20–00–00–21–12–10–01–33–21–00–3
Southampton 1–14–12–10–02–23–13–12–32–01–11–21–01–10–11–11–20–31–10–2
Stoke City 0–01–30–41–11–03–11–10–22–11–01–02–13–30–02–01–20–00–12–2
Sunderland 0–10–11–31–02–21–11–00–1 1–1 1–10–03–01–11–10–01–22–43–01–0
Swansea City 0–22–21–10–30–30–00–01–11–03–44–12–20–03–12–21–23–13–02–1
Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 2–02–42–20–12–13–11–12–11–12–13–11–00–01–01–01–13–10–1
West Bromwich Albion 1–22–22–12–01–23–01–25–51–12–13–21–02–00–12–12–10–10–02–3
West Ham United 1–31–03–11–23–02–30–02–20–02–11–14–24–11–11–11–02–33–12–0
Wigan Athletic 0–12–20–22–21–20–40–20–42–11–02–23–22–22–22–32–32–21–22–1
Source: Premier League
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics

Scoring

Top scorers

RankPlayerClubGoals [1]
1 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Robin van Persie Manchester United26
2 Flag of Uruguay.svg Luis Suárez Liverpool23
3 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Gareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur21
4 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Christian Benteke Aston Villa19
5 Flag of Spain.svg Michu Swansea City18
6 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Romelu Lukaku West Bromwich Albion17
7 Flag of Senegal.svg Demba Ba Chelsea / Newcastle United15
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Dimitar Berbatov Fulham
Flag of England.svg Rickie Lambert Southampton
Flag of England.svg Frank Lampard Chelsea


Hat-tricks

PlayerForAgainstResultDate
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Robin van Persie Manchester UnitedSouthampton3–2 [56] 2 September 2012
Flag of Uruguay.svg Luis Suárez LiverpoolNorwich City5–2 [57] 29 September 2012
Flag of Spain.svg Jordi Gómez Wigan AthleticReading3–2 [58] 24 November 2012
Flag of Spain.svg Santi Cazorla ArsenalReading5–2 [59] 17 December 2012
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Gareth Bale Tottenham HotspurAston Villa4–0 [60] 26 December 2012
Flag of England.svg Theo Walcott ArsenalNewcastle United7–3 [61] 29 December 2012
Flag of Japan.svg Shinji Kagawa Manchester UnitedNorwich City4–0 [62] 2 March 2013
Flag of Uruguay.svg Luis Suárez LiverpoolWigan Athletic4–0 [63] 2 March 2013
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Robin van Persie Manchester UnitedAston Villa3–0 [64] 22 April 2013
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Christian Benteke Aston VillaSunderland6–1 [65] 29 April 2013
Flag of England.svg Daniel Sturridge LiverpoolFulham3–1 [66] 12 May 2013
Flag of England.svg Kevin Nolan West Ham UnitedReading4–2 [67] 19 May 2013
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Romelu Lukaku West Bromwich AlbionManchester United5–5 [68] 19 May 2013

Clean sheets

Player

RankPlayerClubClean sheets
1 Flag of England.svg Joe Hart Manchester City18
2 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Petr Čech Chelsea14
Flag of Spain.svg Pepe Reina Liverpool
4 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Asmir Begović Stoke City12
5 Flag of Spain.svg David de Gea Manchester United11
Flag of Finland.svg Jussi Jääskeläinen West Ham United
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Simon Mignolet Sunderland
8 Flag of the United States.svg Tim Howard Everton10
Flag of Poland.svg Wojciech Szczęsny Arsenal
10 Flag of France.svg Hugo Lloris Tottenham Hotspur9

Club

  • Most clean sheets: 18 [2]
    • Manchester City
  • Fewest clean sheets: 5 [2]
    • Aston Villa
    • Reading
    • Wigan Athletic

Discipline

Player

Club

  • Most yellow cards: 78 [70]
    • Stoke City
  • Most red cards: 5 [70]
    • Arsenal

Awards

Monthly awards

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Reference
ManagerClubPlayerClub
September Flag of Scotland.svg David Moyes Everton Flag of Scotland.svg Steven Fletcher Sunderland [71]
October Flag of Scotland.svg Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United Flag of Spain.svg Juan Mata Chelsea [72]
November Flag of Scotland.svg Steve Clarke West Bromwich Albion Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Marouane Fellaini Everton [73]
December Flag of Portugal.svg André Villas-Boas Tottenham Hotspur Flag of the Netherlands.svg Robin van Persie Manchester United [74]
January Flag of England.svg Brian McDermott Reading Flag of England.svg Adam Le Fondre Reading [75]
February Flag of Portugal.svg André Villas-Boas Tottenham Hotspur Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Gareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur [76]
March Flag of Scotland.svg David Moyes Everton Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Jan Vertonghen Tottenham Hotspur [77]
April Flag of Spain.svg Rafael Benítez Chelsea Flag of the Netherlands.svg Robin van Persie Manchester United [78]

Annual awards

Premier League Manager of the Season

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, 71, received the Premier League Manager of the Season. It was his 11th win, awarded in the final season of his managerial career. [79]

Premier League Player of the Season

The Premier League Player of the Season was awarded to Gareth Bale. [79]

PFA Players' Player of the Year

The PFA Players' Player of the Year was awarded to Gareth Bale. [80]

PFA Team of the Year

PFA Team of the Year [ citation needed ]
Goalkeeper David de Gea (Manchester United)
Defenders Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United) Leighton Baines (Everton)
Midfielders Juan Mata (Chelsea) Eden Hazard (Chelsea) Michael Carrick (Manchester United) Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)
Forwards Robin van Persie (Manchester United) Luis Suárez (Liverpool)

PFA Young Player of the Year

The PFA Young Player of the Year was also awarded to Gareth Bale. [80]

FWA Footballer of the Year

The FWA Footballer of the Year was also awarded to Gareth Bale. [81]

Premier League Golden Glove

The Premier League Golden Glove award was won by Joe Hart of Manchester City. [82]

Premier League Fair Play Award

Arsenal won the Premier League Fair Play Award after finishing the 2012–13 Premier League top of the Fair Play Table. [83] The award for best behaved fans went to Norwich City for the second year running. [84]

Premier League Merit Award

The Premier League Merit Award was awarded to Sir Alex Ferguson. [85]

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The 2012–13 season was the 133rd season of competitive football in England.

2013–14 Premier League

The 2013–14 Premier League was the 22nd season of the Premier League, the top-flight English professional league for men's football clubs. The fixtures were announced on 19 June 2013. The season started on Saturday 17 August 2013, and concluded on Sunday 11 May 2014.

2013–14 Manchester City F.C. season Manchester City 2013–14 football season

The 2013–14 season was Manchester City Football Club's 112th season of competitive football, its 85th season in the top division of English football and its 17th season in the Premier League since the league was first created, with Manchester City as one of the original 22 founder-members.

The 2013–14 season was Everton's 22nd season in the Premier League and 60th consecutive season in the top division of English football. It was also Everton's 115th season of league football and 117th season in all competitions. It was the first season without David Moyes as manager since 2002, with Moyes leaving Everton to succeed Alex Ferguson as manager of Manchester United. In addition, the club crest was redesigned ahead of this season for the first time since 2000. On 5 June 2013, Roberto Martínez was announced as the new Everton manager, having left his post at relegated FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic. Everton finished in sixth position in the domestic league in the previous season, missing out on qualification for the UEFA Europa League, meaning it failed to qualify for any European competitions for the fourth season running.

2014–15 Premier League

The 2014–15 Premier League was the 23rd season of the Premier League, the top English professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1992. The fixtures were announced on 18 June 2014. The season started on 16 August 2014 and concluded on 24 May 2015.

2015–16 Premier League

The 2015–16 Premier League was the 24th season of the Premier League, the top English professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1992. The season began on 8 August 2015, and was scheduled to conclude on 15 May 2016. However, the match between Manchester United and Bournemouth on the final day was postponed to 17 May 2016 due to a suspicious package found at Old Trafford.

The 2019–20 Premier League was the 28th season of the Premier League, the top English professional football league, since its establishment in 1992. The season started on 9 August 2019 and concluded on 26 July 2020. Manchester City were the defending champions for the second successive year, after picking up the domestic treble the previous season. Liverpool won their first league title since 1990, the club's first of the Premier League era and nineteenth overall.

The 2019–20 season was Aston Villa's 25th season in the Premier League, and their 106th season in the top flight of English football, following their promotion from the EFL Championship by winning the play-offs. It is the club's 145th year in existence.

The 2020–21 Premier League was the 29th season of the Premier League, the top English professional league for association football clubs since its establishment in 1992. The season was initially scheduled to start on 8 August, but this was delayed until 12 September as a consequence of the postponement of the previous season's conclusion due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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