The English Premier League is by far the most popular football league on the planet ahead of other top leagues such as La Liga and the Bundesliga. Over 3.2 billion people tuned into Premier League fixtures across the 2019/20 season and over 500,000 people travelled to the United Kingdom to watch games in person.
Why is the league so popular?
The league is so popular due to its competitiveness with all of the teams in the league receiving significant revenue in prize money to attract the biggest names to the English top flight. Every season there is an intense battle for the title as well as the European qualification spots and many teams get drawn into a relegation dogfight at the bottom of the table. In the current season, Arsenal had a healthy lead at the top of the table at the midway point of 19 games played. In Premier League football betting tips their form is not expected to slow down any time soon as they are tipped by many to go on to lift the league title. But what are the most interesting facts over the course of the league’s history and which teams and players have been the most successful since the league began in 1992?
Who has won the most titles?
Manchester United have been the most successful club in terms of title triumphs since the league’s inauguration in 1992 having lifted the famous trophy 13 times, all of which came under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson. The Red Devils won the first edition of the Premier League in 1992/93 and their last title win came 20 years later in 2012/13. United have experienced a drought ever since after struggling to adapt to life after Ferguson, with the Scottish coach’s tenure having lasted an enormous 27 years.
Sir Alex Ferguson never finished below 3rd in the Premier League:
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 6, 2020
The all-time record goalscorer?
Alan Shearer is the record goalscorer in the history of the league, the Englishman scored 260 goals over his time at Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers. Shearer’s greatest scoring return over an individual season came in the 1994/95 season when he scored 34 in 42 appearances for Blackburn.
The only team to go unbeaten over a league season?
In the Premier League’s 30 years of existence, only a single team has managed to play an entire season without losing a single game. That team was Arsenal in 2003/04 and they earned the title of ‘the Invincibles’ as a result of their 26 wins and 12 draws which also earned them the league trophy.
307 #PL appearances
3 PL titles
Ⓒ Captained Arsenal’s Invincibles season
— Premier League (@premierleague) July 4, 2021
The most points recorded over a season?
The Manchester City team of 2017/18 had the league wrapped up as early as March and at the latter end of the season, they were competing solely for the chance to create new records. On the final day, they faced a resilient Southampton side away from home and required a victory to become the first-ever Premier League centurions. City secured the feat in dramatic fashion as Gabriel Jesus netted in the fourth minute of added time to secure a place in the history books for Pep Guardiola’s side.
There have been many spectacular players and teams in the Premier League’s history, and many unique records and achievements have been made. In the future, there will undoubtedly be more great players and teams that will set fresh records, as the English game continues to improve due to its excellent global support.