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2012–13 Premier League

The 2012–13 Premier League (known as the Barclays Premier League for sponsorship reasons) was the 21st season of the Premier League, the English professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1992. The fixture schedule was released on 18 June 2012.[3][4] The season began on 18 August 2012 and ended on 19 May 2013.[4]

Premier League
Season2012–13
Dates18 August 2012–19 May 2013
ChampionsManchester United
13th Premier League title
20th English title
RelegatedWigan Athletic
Reading
Queens Park Rangers
Champions LeagueManchester United
Manchester City
Chelsea
Arsenal
Europa LeagueTottenham Hotspur
Swansea City
Wigan Athletic
Matches played380
Goals scored1,063 (2.8 per match)
Top goalscorerRobin van Persie
(26 goals)[1]
Best goalkeeperJoe Hart
(18 clean sheets)
Biggest home winChelsea 8–0 Aston Villa
(23 December 2012)
Biggest away winNewcastle United 0–6 Liverpool
(27 April 2013)
Highest scoringArsenal 7–3 Newcastle United
(29 December 2012)
West Brom 5–5 Manchester United
(19 May 2013)
Longest winning run7 games[2]
Manchester United
Longest unbeaten run18 games[2]
Manchester United
Longest winless run16 games[2]
Queens Park Rangers
Longest losing run7 games[2]
Reading
Highest attendance75,605[2]
Manchester United 1–0 Reading
(16 March 2013)
Lowest attendance15,436[2]
Wigan Athletic 3–2 Reading
(24 November 2012)
Average attendance35,931[2]

Manchester City were the defending champions, having won their first Premier League title the previous season. This was their first top division league title since the 1967–68 season.

On 22 April 2013, Manchester United won their 13th Premier League title and 20th English title overall by defeating Aston Villa 3–0 at Old Trafford. This left reigning champions Manchester City 16 points behind with only 15 left to play for.[5] It was the first time the title had been decided in April since Chelsea were the winners in 2005–06. It was also only the fourth time in the history of the Premier League that it had been won with at least four games remaining in the season, the last time being in 2003–04 when Arsenal were champions.[6][deprecated source] England national football team manager, Roy Hodgson declared that United's manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, was a "magician" having won 13 titles in 21 seasons.[7]

On 28 April 2013, Queens Park Rangers and Reading were both relegated from the Premier League after a 0–0 draw against each other.[8] Wigan Athletic were the third and final club to be relegated, after a 4–1 defeat to Arsenal on 14 May 2013. This brought an end to their eight-year stay in the Premier League, and came 3 days after winning the season's FA Cup. This made them the first ever club to win the FA Cup and suffer relegation in the same season.[9]

Season summaryEdit

The season opened the weekend of 18 August 2012. Defending champions Manchester City opened their season with a narrow 3–2 victory over Southampton, who had just been promoted back to the Premier League after seven seasons in lower divisions. Man City had taken a 1–0 lead, with Southampton turning it on its head to go 2–1 up with 20 minutes remaining. City eventually came back and Samir Nasri scored the winning goal with ten minutes left.[10] In a Monday evening fixture at Goodison Park, Manchester United started their season with a 1–0 loss to Everton, the goal scored by Marouane Fellaini.[11] The first goal of the season, however, was scored by Swansea City's Michu,[12] whose team thrashed Queens Park Rangers 5–0 away from home.[13]

Manchester United recovered from their opening week loss with a 3–2 win over Fulham in their opening home game at Old Trafford, but lost striker Wayne Rooney to injury during the match.[14] Other second week highlights included Chelsea's 2–0 win over Newcastle United, with recent Belgian signing Eden Hazard involved in both goals.[15][16]

Early leaders Chelsea had week three off, while a win by Manchester City over Queens Park Rangers left the defending champions two points off the pace. The game was a highly anticipated rematch between the two teams that squared off on the final day of the 2011–12 season, when Manchester City snatched the title on goal difference with a late goal by Sergio Agüero. This time though, it was less exciting, with Manchester City comfortably winning 3–1.[17] Level on points with Manchester City in second place were Swansea City, who registered a 2–2 draw with Sunderland, and West Bromwich Albion, who defeated Everton 2–0.[18]

The fourth week of the season began with controversy, as the Chelsea v Queens Park Rangers match was fraught with racial tensions when QPR's Anton Ferdinand refused to shake hands with Chelsea's John Terry, who had been suspended for four games for using racial epithets against Ferdinand during the previous season.[19] The teams would play out a 0–0 draw, however second place Manchester City could not gain ground as they also drew, with Stoke City.[20]

Week five saw Chelsea extend their league lead to 3 points with a 1–0 win over Stoke City. A late goal in the 85th minute by Ashley Cole secured the win for the Blues.[21] Everton and West Bromwich Albion maintained control of second place, with both teams notching a win in week five, though a draw by the Baggies in week six would drop them back to fifth place, which they would share with Tottenham Hotspur following their surprise 3–2 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford. Chelsea, Everton, and Manchester City would all win in week six. The results table after six games would have Chelsea in the lead with 16 points, followed by Everton and Manchester City with 13 points each, and Manchester United with 12. At the bottom of the league, Liverpool forward Luis Suárez scored a hat trick against Norwich City, leading Liverpool to a 5–2 victory. It was the second consecutive year that Suárez had scored a hat trick at Carrow Road.[22]

The month of October saw a tightening at the top of the standings, with Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City all winning their first two of three games for the month, setting up a vital Sunday afternoon match at Stamford Bridge between third placed Manchester United and the leaders Chelsea. The game did not disappoint, as Chelsea went down 2–0 early on an own goal by David Luiz in the fourth minute and a goal by Robin van Persie in the 12th. Van Persie had also taken the shot that had rebounded off of Luiz, and thus was ultimately responsible for the Red Devil's one-goal lead at half-time, following a late first half goal by Chelsea's Juan Mata from a free kick. Eight minutes into the second half Ramires equalised for Chelsea, and in the 75th minute United's Javier Hernández scored what proved to be the deciding goal via a rebound from a missed Van Persie shot. Replays showed that Hernández was in an offside position, generating a great deal of controversy. After the game, only a single point separated leaders Chelsea from second placed Manchester United.[23] The rest of the standings were tightly packed in mid-table as 4 points separated fourth through ninth place. Another key match in October included a fixture between Liverpool and Reading, with Liverpool winning 1–0 (with winger Raheem Sterling scoring his first goal for the club) and giving manager Brendan Rodgers his first win over Reading, a team he formerly managed.[24] The final week of October featured the longest match in the 20-year history of the Premier League, a 103-minute game between Manchester City and Swansea that featured two serious injuries, one to the groin of Swansea keeper Michel Vorm and the other to the knee of Manchester City back Micah Richards, both of which required stretchers to carry them off. City prevailed 1–0 in the marathon event with a goal from Carlos Tevez.[25][26]

League leaders Chelsea suffered a dip in form in November. They opened the month with draws against Swansea City and Liverpool, dropping them to third in the standings. A loss to West Bromwich Albion on 17 November was marked by ineffective second half play, as the team was unable to capitalise on a late first half equaliser by Eden Hazard.[27] The Blues closed out the month with uninspiring 0–0 draws against Manchester City and Fulham. The primary beneficiaries of Chelsea's slide were Manchester United and Manchester City, as the two rivals moved into commanding control of the first two places in the league table. Key November games included a 2–1 Manchester United win over Arsenal on 3 November,[28] and a dominating 5–0 win by Manchester City over Aston Villa on 17 November marked by a pair of two-goal performances by Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero.[29] West Bromwich Albion proved to be the biggest mover up the league table, moving from eighth up to joint third with Chelsea, on the strength of four wins over Southampton, Wigan Athletic, Chelsea, and Sunderland. At the bottom end of the table, Queens Park Rangers found themselves as the only team without a league win by the end of November.

The month of December saw minimal change in the standings at the top end of the table. The situation by New Year's Eve with the top three places was the same as it was at the start of the month, though Manchester United had extended their lead over second place Manchester City to seven points, with Chelsea four points back from City in third place. Tottenham Hotspur occupied fourth place with Arsenal, Everton, and West Bromwich Albion all tied for fifth. Chelsea stopped their November slide with a 3–1 win at Sunderland on 8 December on the strength of two goals by Fernando Torres.[30] The Manchester derby was renewed on 9 December at the City of Manchester Stadium with first place on the line. United took a two-goal lead thanks to two goals from Wayne Rooney in the 16th and 30th minute. City responded with a Yaya Touré goal in the 60th minute, a goal that followed two saves in rapid succession by United keeper David de Gea. Pablo Zabaleta equalised in the 86th minute, but Robin van Persie once again proved to be the hero for United, scoring the winning goal two minutes into extra time to extend United's lead over City at the top of the table to six points.[31] The last team without a league win, Queens Park Rangers, finally got their first win of the season on 15 December.

TeamsEdit

Twenty teams competed in the league – the top seventeen teams from the previous season and the three teams promoted from the Championship. The promoted teams were Reading, Southampton and West Ham United, returning to the top flight after absences of four, seven and one year respectively. They replaced Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers (both teams relegated after eleven years in the top flight) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (ending their three-year top flight spell).

Stadiums and locationsEdit

Greater London Premier League football clubs
Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.[32]
Team Location Stadium[33] Capacity
Arsenal London (Holloway) Emirates Stadium 60,362
Aston Villa Birmingham Villa Park 42,785
Chelsea London (Fulham) Stamford Bridge 41,798
Everton Liverpool (Walton) Goodison Park 40,157
Fulham London (Fulham) Craven Cottage 25,700
Liverpool Liverpool (Anfield) Anfield 45,276
Manchester City Manchester City of Manchester Stadium 55,097
Manchester United Old Trafford Old Trafford 75,765
Newcastle United Newcastle upon Tyne St James' Park 52,405
Norwich City Norwich Carrow Road 27,224
Queens Park Rangers London (Shepherd's Bush) Loftus Road 18,439
Reading Reading Madejski Stadium 24,197
Southampton Southampton St Mary's Stadium 32,689
Stoke City Stoke-on-Trent Britannia Stadium 27,740
Sunderland Sunderland Stadium of Light 48,707
Swansea City Swansea Liberty Stadium 20,750
Tottenham Hotspur London (Tottenham) White Hart Lane 36,284
West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich The Hawthorns 26,445
West Ham United London (Upton Park) Boleyn Ground 35,016
Wigan Athletic Wigan DW Stadium 25,133

Personnel and kitsEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Arsenal   Arsène Wenger   Thomas Vermaelen Nike Fly Emirates
Aston Villa   Paul Lambert   Ron Vlaar Macron Genting Casinos
Chelsea   Rafael Benítez   John Terry Adidas Samsung
Everton   David Moyes   Phil Neville Nike Chang Beer
Fulham   Martin Jol   Brede Hangeland Kappa FxPro
Liverpool   Brendan Rodgers   Steven Gerrard Warrior Sports Standard Chartered
Manchester City   Brian Kidd (caretaker)   Vincent Kompany Umbro Etihad Airways
Manchester United   Sir Alex Ferguson   Nemanja Vidić Nike Aon
Newcastle United   Alan Pardew   Fabricio Coloccini Puma Virgin Money
Norwich City   Chris Hughton   Grant Holt Erreà Aviva
Queens Park Rangers   Harry Redknapp   Clint Hill Lotto AirAsia
Reading   Nigel Adkins   Jobi McAnuff Puma Waitrose
Southampton   Mauricio Pochettino   Adam Lallana Umbro aap3
Stoke City   Tony Pulis   Ryan Shawcross Adidas Bet365
Sunderland   Paolo Di Canio   Lee Cattermole Adidas Invest in Africa
Swansea City   Michael Laudrup   Garry Monk Adidas 32Red
Tottenham Hotspur   André Villas-Boas   Michael Dawson Under Armour Aurasma
West Bromwich Albion   Steve Clarke   Chris Brunt Adidas Zoopla
West Ham United   Sam Allardyce   Kevin Nolan Macron SBOBET
Wigan Athletic   Roberto Martínez   Gary Caldwell MiFit 12BET
  • Additionally, referee kits are now being sponsored by Expedia.com, and Nike has a new match ball, the Maxim Premier League.

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
West Bromwich Albion   Roy Hodgson Signed by England 13 May 2012[34] Pre-season   Steve Clarke 8 June 2012[35]
End of contract
Aston Villa   Alex McLeish Sacked 14 May 2012[36]   Paul Lambert 2 June 2012[37]
Liverpool   Kenny Dalglish 16 May 2012[38]   Brendan Rodgers 1 June 2012[39]
Swansea City   Brendan Rodgers Signed by Liverpool 1 June 2012[39]   Michael Laudrup 15 June 2012[40]
Norwich City   Paul Lambert Signed by Aston Villa 2 June 2012[37]   Chris Hughton 7 June 2012[41]
Tottenham Hotspur   Harry Redknapp Sacked 13 June 2012[42]   André Villas-Boas 3 July 2012[43]
Chelsea   Roberto Di Matteo 21 November 2012[44] 3rd   Rafael Benítez 21 November 2012[45]
Queens Park Rangers   Mark Hughes 23 November 2012[46] 20th   Harry Redknapp 24 November 2012[47]
Southampton   Nigel Adkins 18 January 2013[48] 15th   Mauricio Pochettino 18 January 2013[48]
Reading   Brian McDermott 11 March 2013[49] 19th   Nigel Adkins 26 March 2013[50]
Sunderland   Martin O'Neill 30 March 2013[51] 16th   Paolo Di Canio 31 March 2013[52]
Manchester City   Roberto Mancini 13 May 2013[53] 2nd   Brian Kidd (caretaker) 13 May 2013[53]

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 38 28 5 5 86 43 +43 89 Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Manchester City 38 23 9 6 66 34 +32 78
3 Chelsea 38 22 9 7 75 39 +36 75
4 Arsenal 38 21 10 7 72 37 +35 73 Qualification for the Champions League play-off round
5 Tottenham Hotspur 38 21 9 8 66 46 +20 72 Qualification for the Europa League play-off round
6 Everton 38 16 15 7 55 40 +15 63
7 Liverpool 38 16 13 9 71 43 +28 61
8 West Bromwich Albion 38 14 7 17 53 57 −4 49
9 Swansea City 38 11 13 14 47 51 −4 46 Qualification for the Europa League third qualifying round[b]
10 West Ham United 38 12 10 16 45 53 −8 46
11 Norwich City 38 10 14 14 41 58 −17 44
12 Fulham 38 11 10 17 50 60 −10 43
13 Stoke City 38 9 15 14 34 45 −11 42
14 Southampton 38 9 14 15 49 60 −11 41
15 Aston Villa 38 10 11 17 47 69 −22 41
16 Newcastle United 38 11 8 19 45 68 −23 41
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 41 54 −13 39
18 Wigan Athletic (R) 38 9 9 20 47 73 −26 36
Qualification for the Europa League group stage[a]
Relegation to the Football League Championship
19 Reading (R) 38 6 10 22 43 73 −30 28 Relegation to the Football League Championship
20 Queens Park Rangers (R) 38 4 13 21 30 60 −30 25
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Play-offs (only if needed to decide champion, teams for relegation or teams for UEFA competitions).[54]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ARS AST CHE EVE FUL LIV MCI MUN NEW NOR QPR REA SOU STK SUN SWA TOT WBA WHU WIG
Arsenal 2–1 1–2 0–0 3–3 2–2 0–2 1–1 7–3 3–1 1–0 4–1 6–1 1–0 0–0 0–2 5–2 2–0 5–1 4–1
Aston Villa 0–0 1–2 1–3 1–1 1–2 0–1 2–3 1–2 1–1 3–2 1–0 0–1 0–0 6–1 2–0 0–4 1–1 2–1 0–3
Chelsea 2–1 8–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–3 2–0 4–1 0–1 4–2 2–2 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–2 1–0 2–0 4–1
Everton 1–1 3–3 1–2 1–0 2–2 2–0 1–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 3–1 3–1 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 2–1
Fulham 0–1 1–0 0–3 2–2 1–3 1–2 0–1 2–1 5–0 3–2 2–4 1–1 1–0 1–3 1–2 0–3 3–0 3–1 1–1
Liverpool 0–2 1–3 2–2 0–0 4–0 2–2 1–2 1–1 5–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 3–0 5–0 3–2 0–2 0–0 3–0
Manchester City 1–1 5–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–3 4–0 2–3 3–1 1–0 3–2 3–0 3–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–0
Manchester United 2–1 3–0 0–1 2–0 3–2 2–1 1–2 4–3 4–0 3–1 1–0 2–1 4–2 3–1 2–1 2–3 2–0 1–0 4–0
Newcastle United 0–1 1–1 3–2 1–2 1–0 0–6 1–3 0–3 1–0 1–0 1–2 4–2 2–1 0–3 1–2 2–1 2–1 0–1 3–0
Norwich City 1–0 1–2 0–1 2–1 0–0 2–5 3–4 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 4–0 0–0 2–1
Queens Park Rangers 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–3 0–0 0–2 1–2 0–0 1–1 1–3 0–2 3–1 0–5 0–0 1–2 1–2 1–1
Reading 2–5 1–2 2–2 2–1 3–3 0–0 0–2 3–4 2–2 0–0 0–0 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–3 3–2 1–0 0–3
Southampton 1–1 4–1 2–1 0–0 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–3 2–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 0–3 1–1 0–2
Stoke City 0–0 1–3 0–4 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 3–3 0–0 2–0 1–2 0–0 0–1 2–2
Sunderland 0–1 0–1 1–3 1–0 2–2 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 2–4 3–0 1–0
Swansea City 0–2 2–2 1–1 0–3 0–3 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 3–4 4–1 2–2 0–0 3–1 2–2 1–2 3–1 3–0 2–1
Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 2–0 2–4 2–2 0–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 3–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 3–1 0–1
West Bromwich Albion 1–2 2–2 2–1 2–0 1–2 3–0 1–2 5–5 1–1 2–1 3–2 1–0 2–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 0–1 0–0 2–3
West Ham United 1–3 1–0 3–1 1–2 3–0 2–3 0–0 2–2 0–0 2–1 1–1 4–2 4–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–3 3–1 2–0
Wigan Athletic 0–1 2–2 0–2 2–2 1–2 0–4 0–2 0–4 2–1 1–0 2–2 3–2 2–2 2–2 2–3 2–3 2–2 1–2 2–1
Source: Premier League
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statisticsEdit

ScoringEdit

  • First goal of the season: Michu for Swansea City against Queens Park Rangers (18 August 2012)[12]
  • Fastest goal of the season: 20 seconds, Theo Walcott for Arsenal against Queens Park Rangers (4 May 2013)[55]
  • Last goal of the season: Urby Emanuelson for Fulham against Swansea City, (19 May 2013)[56]
  • Largest winning margin: 8 goals
    • Chelsea 8–0 Aston Villa (23 December 2012)
  • Highest scoring game: 10 goals
    • Arsenal 7–3 Newcastle United (29 December 2012)
    • West Bromwich Albion 5–5 Manchester United (19 May 2013)
  • Most goals scored in a match by a single team: 8 goals
    • Chelsea 8–0 Aston Villa (23 December 2012)
  • Most goals scored in a match by a losing team: 3 goals
    • Reading 3–4 Manchester United (1 December 2012)
    • Swansea City 3–4 Norwich City (8 December 2012)
    • Manchester United 4–3 Newcastle United (26 December 2012)
    • Norwich City 3–4 Manchester City (29 December 2012)
    • Arsenal 7–3 Newcastle United (29 December 2012)

Top scorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals[1]
1   Robin van Persie Manchester United 26
2   Luis Suárez Liverpool 23
3   Gareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur 21
4   Christian Benteke Aston Villa 19
5   Michu Swansea City 18
6   Romelu Lukaku West Bromwich Albion 17
7   Demba Ba Chelsea / Newcastle United 15
  Dimitar Berbatov Fulham
  Rickie Lambert Southampton
  Frank Lampard Chelsea


Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date
  Robin van Persie Manchester United Southampton 3–2[57] 2 September 2012
  Luis Suárez Liverpool Norwich City 5–2[58] 29 September 2012
  Jordi Gómez Wigan Athletic Reading 3–2[59] 24 November 2012
  Santi Cazorla Arsenal Reading 5–2[60] 17 December 2012
  Gareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur Aston Villa 4–0[61] 26 December 2012
  Theo Walcott Arsenal Newcastle United 7–3[62] 29 December 2012
  Shinji Kagawa Manchester United Norwich City 4–0[63] 2 March 2013
  Luis Suárez Liverpool Wigan Athletic 4–0[64] 2 March 2013
  Robin van Persie Manchester United Aston Villa 3–0[65] 22 April 2013
  Christian Benteke Aston Villa Sunderland 6–1[66] 29 April 2013
  Daniel Sturridge Liverpool Fulham 3–1[67] 12 May 2013
  Kevin Nolan West Ham United Reading 4–2[68] 19 May 2013
  Romelu Lukaku West Bromwich Albion Manchester United 5–5[69] 19 May 2013

Clean sheetsEdit

PlayerEdit

Rank Player Club Clean sheets
1   Joe Hart Manchester City 18
2   Petr Čech Chelsea 14
  Pepe Reina Liverpool
4   Asmir Begović Stoke City 12
5   David de Gea Manchester United 11
  Jussi Jääskeläinen West Ham United
  Simon Mignolet Sunderland
8   Tim Howard Everton 10
  Wojciech Szczęsny Arsenal
10   Hugo Lloris Tottenham Hotspur 9

ClubEdit

  • Most clean sheets: 18[2]
    • Manchester City
  • Fewest clean sheets: 5[2]
    • Aston Villa
    • Reading
    • Wigan Athletic

DisciplineEdit

PlayerEdit

ClubEdit

  • Most yellow cards: 78[71]
    • Stoke City
  • Most red cards: 5[71]
    • Arsenal

AwardsEdit

Monthly awardsEdit

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Reference
Manager Club Player Club
September   David Moyes Everton   Steven Fletcher Sunderland [72]
October   Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United   Juan Mata Chelsea [73]
November   Steve Clarke West Bromwich Albion   Marouane Fellaini Everton [74]
December   André Villas-Boas Tottenham Hotspur   Robin van Persie Manchester United [75]
January   Brian McDermott Reading   Adam le Fondre Reading [76]
February   André Villas-Boas Tottenham Hotspur   Gareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur [77]
March   David Moyes Everton   Jan Vertonghen Tottenham Hotspur [78]
April   Rafael Benítez Chelsea   Robin van Persie Manchester United [79]

Annual awardsEdit

Premier League Manager of the SeasonEdit

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, 71, received the Premier League Manager of the Season. It was his 11th win, awarded in the final season of his managerial career.[80]

Premier League Player of the SeasonEdit

The Premier League Player of the Season was awarded to Gareth Bale.[80]

PFA Players' Player of the YearEdit

The PFA Players' Player of the Year was awarded to Gareth Bale.[81]

PFA Team of the YearEdit

PFA Team of the Year[82][deprecated source]
Goalkeeper David de Gea (Manchester United)
Defenders Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United) Leighton Baines (Everton)
Midfielders Juan Mata (Chelsea) Eden Hazard (Chelsea) Michael Carrick (Manchester United) Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)
Forwards Robin van Persie (Manchester United) Luis Suárez (Liverpool)

PFA Young Player of the YearEdit

The PFA Young Player of the Year was also awarded to Gareth Bale.[81]

FWA Footballer of the YearEdit

The FWA Footballer of the Year was also awarded to Gareth Bale.[83]

Premier League Golden GloveEdit

The Premier League Golden Glove award was won by Joe Hart of Manchester City.[84]

Premier League Fair Play AwardEdit

Arsenal won the Premier League Fair Play Award after finishing the 2012–13 Premier League top of the Fair Play Table.[85] The award for best behaved fans went to Norwich City for the second year running.[86]

Premier League Merit AwardEdit

The Premier League Merit Award was awarded to Sir Alex Ferguson.[87]

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