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Bangladesh League
Country Flag of Bangladesh.png Bangladesh
Confederation AFC
Founded 2 March 2007
Number of teams 13
Level on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) Federation Cup
Super Cup
AFC cup(s) AFC President's Cup
Website Official website

The Bangladesh League (Citycell Bangladesh League for sponsorship reasons) is the top-tier football league of Bangladesh run by the country's football association. It was previously known as the B.League that began in 2007 and in 2009 the league was renamed to the current one. It marked the start of the professional era and an open wide national league.

History

A national league was first started in 2000, before that, the Dhaka League was renowned as the top-tier football league in Bangladesh.

In 2007, the winner of the Dhaka League and top club teams mainly from Dhaka and other parts of the country were promoted to the first pro league. The B.League replaced the National Football Championship as the premier national league. A total of 12 clubs were scheduled to participate before Sylhet DSA withdrew and were not replaced.

With clubs playing professional football from all over the country and not from the capital only unlike the Dhaka League, the professional league even then failed to gain the popularity of the Dhaka League and to improve the country's football.

The 2009-10 season brought, along with the change in name of the league, newly-built football clubs like Beanibazar. This might seem promising for the country's football.

No second division league was introduced until in 2011 and this hampered the fate of the relegated teams. Clubs were selected from regional leagues especially from the Dhaka League and called up.

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