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Premier League
2011-12
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Season information
Winners Manchester City
Relegated Bolton(18th)
Blackburn(19th)
Wolves(20th)
Domestic cup winners
FA Cup Chelsea
Carling Cup Liverpool
Community Shield Manchester United
Continental cup qualifiers
Champions League Manchester City(1st)
Manchester United(2nd)
Arsenal(3rd)
Chelsea(Winners)
Europa League Tottenham(4th)
Newcastle(5th)
Liverpool
(League Cup Winners)
Season statistics
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1066
Average 2.81
Top goalscorer Robin van Persie (30)
Biggest home win Man Utd 8-2 Arsenal
Arsenal 7-1 Blackburn
Fulham 6-0 QPR
Biggest away win Man Utd 1-6 Man City
Norwich 1-6 Man City
Bolton 0-5 Man Utd
Wolves 0-5 Man Utd
Highest scoring Man Utd 8-2 Arsenal (10 goals)
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The 2011–12 Premier League (known as the Barclays Premier League for sponsorship reasons) was the 20th season of the Premier League since its establishment in 1992. The 2011–12 fixtures were announced on 17 June 2011 at 9:00 BST. The season began on 13 August 2011 and ended on 13 May 2012. Manchester City won their first league title since 1968, beating Queens Park Rangers 3–2 on the final day of the season with stoppage time goals from Edin Dzeko and Sergio Agüero. The title was City's first Premier League success and first league title since 1968, making them the fifth club to win the Premier League in its twenty-year history. It was the first time the Premier League had been won on goal difference and the first time a previously relegated club in the Premier League had won the title.

The league was contested by 20 teams, seventeen returning from the 2010–11 season and three promoted from the Football League Championship. Championship winners Queens Park Rangers and runners-up Norwich City gained automatic promotion whilst Swansea City gained promotion through the Football League Championship play-offs beating Reading 4–2 in May 2011 becoming the first non-English team to play in the Premiership in the history of the current league setup.. All three promoted clubs avoided relegation for the first time since the 2001–02 campaign. The season was voted as the greatest Premier League season in the Premier League 20 Seasons Awards.

Season summary

Manchester City won the title in a tense finale, their first championship since 1968. City's local rivals Manchester United were the early pace-setters, leading the table until October when they drew at Liverpool allowing Manchester City to overtake them. The following week, City increased their lead to 5 points with a shock 6-1 away victory at Old Trafford, which they maintained until December, when they dropped points and their lead narrowed, but City remained in front until March, when a defeat at Swansea City saw them drop behind United. City's bad form continued for the next month while United went on a winning run, so that with six matches remaining United were 8 points ahead of City and the title seemingly decided. However United, then faltered with a defeat and a draw in their next three games, while City won all three to narrow the gap to 3 points. City then beat United 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium to move back ahead of United on goal difference. Both sides won their penultimate matches to maintain the situation.

Going into the final matches, which were played simultaneously, City were top of the league, ahead of Manchester United on goal difference. However, a Wayne Rooney goal away to Sunderland gave United the advantage. A 39th minute goal from Pablo Zabaleta, his first of the season, put City back on top at half time. In a dramatic second half Djibril Cissé equalised for Queens Park Rangers in the 48th minute. Shortly after, Joey Barton of QPR was sent off for elbowing Carlos Tévez; on his way off the pitch, he kicked Sergio Agüero, attempted to headbutt Vincent Kompany and squared up to Mario Balotelli. Despite the numerical advantage, City went behind after Jamie Mackie gave QPR the lead in the 66th minute. As time wound down in both matches, it appeared that Manchester United would win the title with their victory over Sunderland. But Edin Džeko equalised for City in the 92nd minute. While United players waited on the field at Sunderland for a possible trophy presentation, Manchester City's Sergio Agüero scored the game winner in the 94th minute to clinch the title on goal difference.

For most of the season, Tottenham Hotspur were in third place, a couple of points behind the Manchester clubs, and there was much speculation as to whether Tottenham could mount a title challenge. However from late February onwards their season collapsed, starting with a 5-2 defeat to local rivals Arsenal, who they had been 10 points ahead of before the game, and just 4 wins in their last 13 games condemned Tottenham to finishing a point below Arsenal, who finished third to join Manchester City and Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League, completing a strong recovery from a disastrous start to the season including an 8-2 defeat at Manchester United in August. Tottenham finished in the fourth and final Champions League slot but missed out on qualification for the competition because Chelsea's victory in the 2012 Champions League Final automatically entitles them to defend their title in the 2012-13 tournament at the expense of the lowest ranked team that would otherwise qualify for the competition through league position. This is the first time that this rule has been implemented in the Premier League, having been introduced by UEFA after Liverpool's controversial qualification for the 2005-06 UEFA Champions League. This consequently marked the first time that the club finishing fourth in the Premier League had not qualified for the tournament since the fourth qualifying spot was introduced in the 2001-02 season. Newcastle United finished fifth and qualified for the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League. Everton finished 7th, just above local rivals Liverpool. Despite finishing above them for the first time in seven years, it was Liverpool who claimed the final Europa League slot, by virtue of winning the 2011–12 Football League Cup.

Elsewhere in the league, QPR avoided relegation, despite losing to Manchester City; Bolton Wanderers could only draw at Stoke City, failing to overtake QPR, and therefore joining Blackburn Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers in being relegated to the Championship. For the second time in the Premier League's history, none of the three clubs promoted from the Championship in the previous season were relegated at the end of the season with the other two teams, Swansea City and Norwich City, finishing 11th and 12th respectively. The last time all three newly promoted teams stayed up (2001-02), Blackburn and Bolton were two of those teams.

Promotion and Relegation

Start of season

Teams promoted from The Championship 2010-11

End of season

Teams relegated to The Championship 2012-13

Final Table

Team PLD W D L FOR AGA GD PTS Notes
Manchester City 38 28 5 5 93 29 64 89 Champions League 2012-13 Group Stage
Manchester United 38 28 5 5 89 33 56 89 Champions League 2012-13 Group Stage
Arsenal 38 21 7 10 74 49 25 70 Champions League 2012-13 Group Stage
Tottenham Hotspur 38 20 9 9 66 41 25 69 Europa League 2012-13 Group Stage
Newcastle United 38 19 8 11 56 51 5 65 Europa League 2012-13 Play Offs
Chelsea 38 18 10 10 65 46 19 64 Champions League 2012-13 Group Stage
Everton 38 15 11 12 50 40 10 56
Liverpool 38 14 10 14 47 40 7 52 Europa League 2012-13 3rd Qualifying Round
Fulham 38 14 10 14 46 49 -3 52
West Bromwich Albion 38 13 8 17 45 52 -7 47
Swansea City 38 12 11 15 44 51 -7 47
Norwich City 38 12 11 15 52 66 -14 47
Sunderland 38 11 12 15 45 46 -1 45
Stoke City 38 11 12 15 36 53 -17 45
Wigan Athletic 38 11 10 17 42 62 -20 43
Aston Villa 38 7 17 14 37 53 -16 38
Queens Park Rangers 38 10 7 21 43 66 -23 37
Bolton Wanderers 38 10 6 22 46 77 -31 36 Relegated to The Championship 2012-13
Blackburn Rovers 38 8 7 23 48 78 -30 31 Relegated to The Championship 2012-13
Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 5 10 23 40 82 -42 25 Relegated to The Championship 2012-13
Premier League 2011-12 Winners
Manchester City
1st Premier League title

Top Scorers

Player Goals Club
Robin van Persie 30 Arsenal
Wayne Rooney 27 Man Utd
Sergio Agüero 23 Man City
Clint Dempsey 17 Fulham
Emmanuel Adebayor Tottenham
Yakubu Blackburn
Demba Ba 16 Newcastle
Grant Holt 15 Norwich
Edin Džeko 14 Man City
Mario Balotelli 13 Man City
Papiss Cisse Newcastle

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