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Season review: England

Published: Thursday 11 June 2015, 9.27CET
Chelsea FC led the Premier League for a record 274 days in winning the title for the first time since 2010, with Arsenal FC retaining the FA Cup in fine style.
Season review: England
Chelsea celebrate the club's fifth top-flight title ©AFP/Getty Images

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Published: Thursday 11 June 2015, 9.27CET

Season review: England

Chelsea FC led the Premier League for a record 274 days in winning the title for the first time since 2010, with Arsenal FC retaining the FA Cup in fine style.

Champions: Chelsea FC
Chelsea dominated the Premier League – there is no other way of putting it. The west Londoners led the table for a record 274 days, surpassing the previous best of 262 set by Manchester United FC in 1993/94, having seized top spot in August. Save for a brief wobble, if you can call it that, at the turn of the year that enabled Manchester City FC to draw level, the Stamford Bridge side were untouchable in landing their fifth top-flight title and third under José Mourinho. Imperious defensively, Chelsea were inspired by Eden Hazard and Diego Costa, the latter scoring 20 Premier League goals in his debut season in England following a transfer from Club Atlético de Madrid.

Cup final: Arsenal FC 4-0 Aston Villa FC
Arsenal retained the FA Cup with a dominant display at Wembley, in so doing winning the competition for a record 12th time. The outcome was never in doubt once Theo Walcott put the Gunners ahead five minutes before the break. The impressive Alexis Sánchez, from long range, Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud added second-half strikes, giving Arsène Wenger a joint-record sixth triumph in the tournament. "We have shown that we are a real team and can deal with pressure," said Wenger. "I congratulate the players, the staff and the fans. We are so happy."

European places*
Chelsea FC – UEFA Champions League group stage
Manchester City FC – UEFA Champions League group stage
Arsenal FC – UEFA Champions League group stage
Manchester United FC – UEFA Champions League play-offs
Tottenham Hotspur FC – UEFA Europa League group stage
Liverpool FC – UEFA Europa League group stage
Southampton FC – UEFA Europa League third qualifying round
West Ham United FC – UEFA Europa League first qualifying round**

*subject to final confirmation from UEFA
** England has one of the three Respect Fair Play berths

Player of the year: Eden Hazard (Chelsea FC)
The Belgian international was named as the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) player of the year for an outstanding campaign in which he registered 19 club goals in all competitions, the last of them a penalty against Crystal Palace FC that wrapped up the championship on a sunny afternoon at Stamford Bridge. Hazard, along with Cesc Fàbregas, was the creative force behind Chelsea's fourth title of the Premier League era, providing nine assists to the Spain midfielder's 18.

One to watch: Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea FC)
A key member of the side that won the 2014/15 UEFA Youth League, the box-to-box midfielder finished the season by starting two of Chelsea's last three fixtures. The Londoner, who has been at the club since Under-8 level, made his senior debut on UEFA Champions League matchday six against Sporting Clube de Portugal. Uncapped Loftus-Cheek, 19, will travel to the Czech Republic this month as part of the England squad for the UEFA European U21 Championship.

Leading scorer: Sergio Agüero (Manchester City FC) – 26 goals

Relegated: Hull City AFC, Burnley FC, Queens Park Rangers FC

Promoted: AFC Bournemouth, Watford FC, Norwich City FC

Last updated: 11/06/15 14.44CET

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