Scottish Premier League

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Scottish Premier League
Scottish Premier League logoTemplate: Infobox football competition / maintenance / logo format
Full name Clydesdale Bank Premier League
abbreviation SPL
Association Scottish Football Association
First edition 1998/99
Last event 2012/13
Teams 12 teams
Record champions Celtic Glasgow (8)
Record player Steven Pressley (306)
Record scorer Kris Boyd (164)
Website Scottish Premier League
Qualification for Champions League
Europa League

The Scottish Premier League (short: SPL) was the highest football league in Scotland from 1999 to 2013 . It was also named Clydesdale Bank Premier League after the main sponsor Clydesdale Bank . The Scottish champions will be played in the newly founded Scottish Premiership from the 2013/14 season. Before 1998, the now under-class Scottish Football League was the top division in the country.

The two most successful teams were Celtic Glasgow and the Glasgow Rangers from Scotland's largest city with around 600,000 inhabitants. Since the last time Aberdeen FC won the championship in 1985 , the two clubs have made it out between themselves. The Rangers have won the championship 54 times and the Cup 33 times . So far, Celtic has won the championship 44 times and the cup 36 times. The record holder of the Scottish Premier League is Celtic Glasgow with 8 trophies. The last Scottish champion in the 2012/13 Scottish Premier League season was Celtic Glasgow.


League logo

The league's twelve teams played 38 games per season: After 33 games, in which all teams competed against each other three times, the league was divided into two groups with the six best and worst teams. Now the teams of the respective groups played against each other once either for the championship (group of the six best teams) or for relegation (group of the six worst teams). After these five more games, the season was over. (This means that at the end of the season, for example, the seventh placed can have more points than the sixth placed.

The first in the group with the six best clubs was Scottish champions . The bottom of the table in the group with the six worst clubs was relegated and replaced by the First Division champion , provided that he met certain economic criteria (e.g. full profitability) and requirements for his stadium (purely seated stadium, etc.).


season Scottish Champion (total / SPL)
1998/99 Glasgow Rangers  (48/1)
1999/00 Glasgow Rangers  (49/2)
2000/01 Celtic Glasgow  (37/1)
2001/02 Celtic Glasgow  (38/2)
2002/03 Glasgow Rangers  (50/3)
2003/04 Celtic Glasgow  (39/3)
2004/05 Glasgow Rangers  (51/4)
2005/06 Celtic Glasgow  (40/4)
2006/07 Celtic Glasgow  (41/5)
2007/08 Celtic Glasgow  (42/6)
2008/09 Glasgow Rangers  (52/5)
2009/10 Glasgow Rangers  (53/6)
2010/11 Glasgow Rangers  (54/7)
2011/12 Celtic Glasgow  (43/7)
2012/13 Celtic Glasgow  (44/8)

League play has been played in Scotland since 1890. Initially, the Scottish Football League (SFL) consisted of one, from 1894 of two seasons (" Division One " and " Division Two "). For the 1975/76 season, the professional league system was restructured under the umbrella of the SFL. The ten best of the former 18 first division clubs formed the new " Premier Division " and the remaining 28 professional teams were divided into the now second-class First Division and a new third division, which was called the Second Division . For the 1994/95 season a fourth class (" Third Division ") was added and ten teams played at all levels at this time.

In 1998, the Premier Division decided to split off from the Scottish Football League and create the Scottish Premier League. The ten clubs expected better marketing and consequently higher income. Above all, the system that all clubs up to the third division participate in the sponsorship money of the league was abolished.

Until 2000 ten teams played in the Scottish Premier League, then an increase to twelve clubs was decided in order to guarantee recognition by the SFL clubs. In order to avoid a bloated game board, the game system was changed in the above-mentioned way.

In August 2006, the SPL managing director Lex Gold proposed the introduction of an SPL 2 . However, this proposal is controversial among the supporters of many First Division clubs, as the clubs have to meet strict conditions (full profit, pure seating stadium with at least 3000 seats).

The highest victory in the history of the SPL took place on November 6, 2010 in a 9-0 Celtic Glasgow against FC Aberdeen .

Together with 23 other national professional league associations, the SPL is a founding member of the international World Leagues Forum , which was founded in Zurich in February 2016 , the aim of which is, among other things, to bundle the interests of the professional leagues and their common views in front of FIFA and other institutions from sport and To represent politics.

Members of the Scottish Premier League

In the last season 2012/13 the following twelve teams played in the Scottish Premier League. For the following seasons in the Scottish top division see Scottish Premiership .

All winners of the highest Scottish football league

See also

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Individual evidence

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