Bangladesh Premier League
Organising bodiesBangladesh Football Federation
Founded2 March 2007; 14 years ago (2 March 2007)
CountryBangladesh
ConfederationAFC
Number of teams13
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toBCL
Domestic cup(s)Federation Cup
Independence Cup
International cup(s)AFC Cup
Current championsBashundhara Kings (2nd title)
(2020–21)
Most championshipsDhaka Abahani
(6 titles)
TV partnersT Sports
Websitewww.bff.com.bd/leagues/men-leagues-domestic/bpl/
Current: 2021

The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) is a top tier of Bangladeshi professional football league pyramid. It is run directly by the professional football league committee of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF). Dhaka Derby is one of the most popular matches in the league.[1] The league is the successor of National Football Championship, which existed from 2000 to 2006.[2][3][4][5]

History

Founded in 2007, the league was previously known as the B League. The league was renamed to Bangladesh League in 2009[6] Then in 2012, it was renamed to Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).[7] The start of BPL marked the start of professional league and a wide open national league.

The first B League match took place on 2 March 2007 between Dhaka Abahani and Muktijoddha Sangsad KC. The match, which took place at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, ended in a goalless draw.[8] The next day in Khulna, Prashanta Dey scored the first goal in the history of professional football in the country as Khulna Abahani blanked the capital side Rahmatganj MFS 2–0.[9] On 27 March 2007, Alfaz Ahmed netted the first hat-trick in B.League history to give Muktijoddha SKC a 4–1 win over Rahmatganj MFS.[10]

Dhaka Abahani have won the league a record six times since 2007. During 2016 Bangladesh Football Premier League, Dhaka Abahani also became the first team to win the professional league title with an unbeaten record.[11]

Champions

Successful clubs by seasons

Further information: List of Bangladeshi football champions

Season Champions Runners–up Third place Ref.
2007 Dhaka Abahani Dhaka Mohammedan Muktijoddha Sangsad [12]
2008–09 Dhaka Abahani Dhaka Mohammedan Sheikh Russell [13]
2009–10 Dhaka Abahani Dhaka Mohammedan Sheikh Russel [14]
2010–11 Sheikh Jamal DC Muktijoddha Sangsad Sheikh Russel [15]
2012 Dhaka Abahani Muktijoddha Sangsad Dhaka Mohammedan [16]
2012–13 Sheikh Russel Sheikh Jamal DC Dhaka Abahani [17]
2013–14 Sheikh Jamal DC Dhaka Abahani Muktijoddha Sangsad [18]
2015 Sheikh Jamal DC Sheikh Russel Dhaka Mohammedan [19]
2016 Dhaka Abahani Chittagong Abahani Sheikh Russel [20]
2017–18 Dhaka Abahani Sheikh Jamal DC Chittagong Abahani [21]
2018–19 Bashundhara Kings Dhaka Abahani Sheikh Russel [22]
2019–20

Competition abandoned due to COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh[23]

2020–21 Bashundhara Kings Sheikh Jamal DC Dhaka Abahani

Performance by clubs

Club
Titles Runners–up Winning seasons Runners–up seasons
Dhaka Abahani 6 2 2007, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2012, 2016, 2017–18 2013–14, 2018–19
Sheikh Jamal DC 3 3 2010–11, 2013–14, 2014–15 2012–13, 2017–18, 2020–21
Bashundhara Kings 2 2018–19, 2020–21
Sheikh Russel KC 1 1 2012–13 2014–15
Dhaka Mohammedan 3 2007, 2008–09, 2009–10
Muktijoddha Sangsad 2 2010–11, 2012
Chittagong Abahani 1 2016

Clubs

Stadiums and locations

Team Location Stadium[24] Capacity
Arambagh KS Dhaka Bangabandhu National Stadium 36,000
Bangladesh Police FC Dhaka

Bangabandhu National Stadium

36,000

Bashundhara Kings Nilphamari Sheikh Kamal Stadium 20,000
Brothers Union Dhaka Bangabandhu National Stadium 36,000
Chittagong Abahani Ltd. Chattogram MA Aziz Stadium 30,000
Dhaka Abahani Ltd. Dhaka Bangabandhu National Stadium 36,000
Dhaka Mohammedan SC Ltd. Comilla Shaheed Dhirendranath Stadium 8,000
Lt. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Ltd. Dhaka Bangabandhu National Stadium 30,000
Muktijoddha Sangsad KC Gopalganj Sheikh Fazlul Haque Mani Stadium 5,000
Rahmatganj MFS Dhaka Bangabandhu National Stadium 36,000
Saif Sporting Club Mymensingh Rafiq Uddin Bhuiyan Stadium 12,000
Sheikh Russel KC Sylhet Sylhet District Stadium 25,000
Uttar Baridhara Club Dhaka Bangabandhu National Stadium 36,000

Former clubs

The following clubs are not competing in the Bangladesh Football Premier League during the 2019–20 season but competed in the Premier League for at least one season.

Club Current league
Farashganj SC Bangladesh Championship League
NoFeL Sporting Club Bangladesh Championship League
Team BJMC Defunct
Mohammedan Sporting Club (Chittagong)
Khulna Abahani
Feni Soccer Club Dhaka Second Division Football League
Narayanganj Suktara Sangsad
Beanibazar SC

All-time BPL table

The all-time BPL table is an overall record of all match results, points, and goals of every team that has played in BPL since its inception in 2007. The table is accurate as of the end of the 2019–20 season. Teams in bold are part of the 2019–20 season.

All-time table
Pos. Team S Pts GP W D L GF GA GD 1st 2nd 3rd Debut Since/Last App. Best
1 Dhaka Abahani 12 544 243 164 52 27 462 162 +300 6 2 1 2007 2007 1
2 Sheikh Russel KC 12 421 243 119 64 60 373 233 +140 1 1 5 2007 2007 1
3 Dhaka Mohammedan 12 407 243 112 71 60 385 245 +140 0 3 2 2007 2007 2
4 Sheikh Jamal DC 9 341 178 99 44 35 348 198 +150 3 2 0 2010-11 2010-11 1
5 Muktijoddha Sangsad KC 12 338 242 94 56 92 320 287 +33 0 2 2 2007 2007 2
6 Brothers Union Ltd. 12 307 242 76 79 87 311 330 −19 0 0 0 2007 2007 4
7 Chittagong Abahani 10 231 207 59 54 94 198 285 −87 0 1 1 2007 2012-13 2
8 Arambagh KS 10 213 195 54 51 90 204 283 −79 0 0 0 2007 2016 5
9 Rahmatganj MFS 10 181 200 44 49 107 219 372 −153 0 0 0 2007 2015 7
10 Team BJMC 7 167 151 41 44 66 178 214 −36 0 0 0 2010-11 2018-19 4
11 Feni SC 7 136 151 30 46 75 143 232 −89 0 0 0 2009-10 2016 4
12 Farashganj SC 7 131 148 28 47 73 123 221 -98 0 0 0 2007 2017-18 6
13 Saif SC 3 99 52 28 15 9 78 45 +33 0 0 0 2017-18 2017-18 4
14 Chittagong Mohammedan 4 99 86 24 27 35 81 116 −35 0 0 0 2007 2010-11 5
15 Bashundhara Kings 2 73 30 23 4 3 64 23 +41 1 0 0 2018-19 2018-19 1
16 Uttar Baridhara Club 3 31 54 7 10 37 41 135 −94 0 0 0 2013-14 2016 10
17 Khulna Abahani 2 21 40 5 6 29 31 102 -71 0 0 0 2007 2008-09 9
18 NoFeL SC 1 20 24 5 5 14 23 42 −19 0 0 0 2018-19 2018-19 12
19 Narayanganj SS 1 20 24 4 8 12 12 35 −23 0 0 0 2009-10 2009-10 12
20 Beanibazar SC 1 17 24 3 8 13 19 43 −24 0 0 0 2009-10 2009-10 13
21 Bangladesh Police FC 1 5 5 1 2 2 4 7 −3 0 0 0 2019-20 2019-20 8
2019–20 Bangladesh Premier League
Bangladesh Championship League
No information
Defunct clubs

Head coaches

In terms of coaching performance, after the first 11 seasons of the BPL, a Bangladeshi head coach has won the BPL six times while a foreign head coach has won it five times. Pakir Ali of Sri Lanka was the first foreign head coach to win the BPL while the second coach was Ali Akbar Pourmoslemi of Iran. Spaniard Óscar Bruzón was the most recent foreign coach to win the BPL in the 2018–19 season.

Amalesh Sen was the first Bangladeshi coach to win the BPL in the league's opening season and he has the most BPL championships at three. Maruful Haque and Atiqur Rahman Atiq the only other Bangladeshi coach to win the Bangladesh Premier League.

The current head coaches in the Bangladesh Premier League are:

Current head coaches
Team Head Coach
Arambagh KS Brazil Douglas Silva
Bangladesh Police FC Sri Lanka Pakir Ali
Bashundhara Kings Spain Óscar Bruzón
Brothers Union Iran Reza Parkas
Chittagong Abahani Limited Bangladesh Maruful Haque
Dhaka Abahani Limited Portugal Mário Lemos
Dhaka Mohammedan SC Limited England Sean Lane
Lt.Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Limited Bangladesh Shafiqul Islam Manik
Muktijoddha Sangsad KC Malaysia Raja Isa
Rahmatganj MFS Bangladesh Syed Golam Jilani
Saif Sporting Club Bangladesh Zulfiker Mahmud Mintu
Sheikh Russel KC Bangladesh Saiful Bari Titu
Uttar Baridhara SC Bangladesh Jahidul Islam Milon
Winning head coaches
Head coach Club Wins Winning years
Bangladesh Amalesh Sen Dhaka Abahani 3 2007, 2008–09, 2009–10
Bangladesh Maruful Haque Sheikh Russel KC
Sheikh Jamal DC
2 2012–13
2013–14
Spain Óscar Bruzón Bashundhara Kings 2 2018–19, 2020–21
Austria György Kottán Dhaka Abahani 1 2016
Bangladesh Atiqur Rahman Atiq Dhaka Abahani 1 2017–18
Iran Ali Akbar Pourmoslemi Dhaka Abahani 1 2012
Nigeria Joseph Afusi Sheikh Jamal DC 1 2014–15
Sri Lanka Pakir Ali Sheikh Jamal DC 1 2010–11

Stats and players

Seasonal statistics

Season Total Goals Matches played Average per Game
2007 273 110 2.48
2008–09 280 110 2.54
2009–10 391 156 2.50
2010–11 337 132 2.55
2012 295 110 2.68
2012–13 162 72 2.25
2013–14 382 135 2.82
2014–15 332 110 3.01
2016 342 132 2.59
2017–18 302 132 2.28
2018–19 439 156 2.81
2019–20 95 36 2.64
2020–21 472 156 3.03

Top scorers

BPL Golden Boot winners[25]
Year Nationality Player Club Goals
2007 Nigeria Elijah Obagbemiro Junior[26] Brothers Union 16
2008–09 Nigeria Alamu Bukola Olalekan Dhaka Mohammedan 18
2009–10 Bangladesh Enamul Haque Dhaka Abahani 21
2010–11 South Sudan James Moga Muktijoddha Sangsad KC 19
2012 Guinea Ismael Bangoura Team BJMC 17
2012–13 Ghana Osei Morrison Dhaka Mohammedan 11[27]
2013–14 Haiti Wedson Anselme Sheikh Jamal DC 26[28]
2014–15 Nigeria Emeka Onuoha Sheikh Jamal DC 19[29][30]
2016 Nigeria Sunday Chizoba Dhaka Abahani 19[31]
2017–18 The Gambia Solomon King Kanform Sheikh Jamal DC 15
Nigeria Raphael Odovin Onwrebe
2018–19 Nigeria Raphael Odovin Onwrebe Sheikh Russel KC 22
2019–20 Nigeria Eleta Kingsley Arambagh KS 5
Nigeria Sunday Chizoba Dhaka Abahani
2020–21 Brazil Robson Azevedo da Silva Bashundhara Kings 21

Awards

Player of the Season

Season Player Team
2007 Bangladesh Jahid Hasan Ameli[32] Dhaka Abahani
2018–19 Costa Rica Daniel Colindres Bashundhara Kings

Young Player of the Season

Season Player Team
2018–19 Bangladesh Robiul Hasan Arambagh KS

Sponsorship

Period Sponsor Notes Ref.
2007–10 Citycell Bangladesh Football Federation(BFF) signed a three-year partnership deal with Citycell.

Citycell was co- sponsor for the Federation Cup, the B. League and the School football tournament across the country.

[33]
2010–13 Grameenphone
2013–14 Nitol-Tata Nitol-Tata Group sponsored of the Bangladesh Premier League after 35 matches into the ongoing league. [3][34]
2014–15 Manyavar Besides Manyavar; KFC, Pragati Insurance, Amber Group and Treasurer had joined the country's professional football league as co-sponsors. [35][36][37]
2015–16 JB Group JB group had bought the title rights for Tk 4 crores. [38][39][40][41]
2016–18 Saif Power Battery Saif Power Battery bought the title rights this for Tk 1.5 crores. [38]
2018–2019 TVS BFF ink a one-year deal with TVS after finishing first leg of season. [42][43][44][45]
2019 –Present TVS

Media coverage

132 matches of season 2015-2016 were broadcast live at BTV World and Boishakhi TV, also live commentary was produced by Radio Next FM.[46] Every match of this league has been streaming live on BFF's page of Mycujoo platform from 2018 to 2019 season. Bangla TV started broadcasting selected matches of the BPL 2018-19 matches live from 9 May 2019.[43] The first sports channel of Bangladesh T sports started to broadcast the matches of BPL 2020-21 from 13 January 2021.

See also

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