Template:Infobox football league 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.
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.
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.
List of winners
The number of national championships that clubs in Bangladesh have attained since the professional Bangladesh League (formally B. League) was introduces is as below.
||Number of Championships |
Bangladesh League 2010-11 teams, stadia and locations
Teams relegated in 2009-10 season
| Muktijoddha Sangsad KC
|2007||Elijah Obagbemiro Junior||Brothers Union||16|
|2009||Alamu Bukola Olalekan||Dhaka Mohammedan||18|