Of course, one victory does not represent a full season, but for newly promoted teams, getting that first win out of the way is a major boost to team confidence. In Cardiff’s case, this accomplishment came at the expense of one of the top clubs picked to challenge for the title.
The yearly battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League is watched almost as closely as the title race. Inevitably, the three promoted clubs are usually favorites to go straight back down to the Championship.
In addition to the extra prestige that comes from being a part of the Premier League, the financial benefits are substantial.
In an April 2013 article from the Daily Mail, Adam Bull, a senior consultant in Deloitte’s Sports Business Group, explains the financial benefits for teams promoted to the Premier League:
The three Championship clubs which are promoted this season can expect a revenue increase of more than £60m in 2013/14.The vast majority of this uplift, approximately £55m, will be from broadcast income as the Premier League enters the first year of its greatly enhanced three-year TV deals.
In the 21-year history of the EPL, a total of 46 clubs have spent time in the league. Only seven of them have never experienced relegation from the top flight. This group includes Arsenal, Aston Villa, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham, Everton, and Liverpool.
For the rest of the teams, there have been some great success stories as well as some disasters.
Here’s a look at the top five triumphs and failures of newly promoted EPL clubs.