English Premier League: Former Top Flight Clubs and Where They Are Now

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English Premier League: Former Top Flight Clubs and Where They Are Now
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West Ham couldn't avoid the drop last season

The English Premier League is considered one of the toughest and most competitive football leagues on the planet.  Since it's formation 20 years ago, the EPL has become the highest revenue generating sports league in the world. (The Bundesliga brings in less revenue but is more profitable due to the higher wages earned by players in the EPL).

Top flight status brings with it many financial benefits, including lucrative television deals and the opportunity to attract higher quality players.

A total of 45 teams have enjoyed EPL status since its creation. Of the 25 former league members, some have enjoyed long runs at the top, while others have fallen on hard times.

Clubs that were part of the EPL within the last five years include:

Birmingham City, Blackpool, Burnley, Charlton, Derby, Hull, Middlesbrough, Portsmouth, Reading, Sheffield United, Watford and West Ham.

As for the rest, here's a look at what's become of former EPL members that have been away the longest:

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