Football. Fútbol. Soccer. 足球 (I had to use Google Translate for that one). Whatever term you use to describe the world’s most popular sport, Friday kickstarts the best and most competitive league in the world – the English Premier League. Below are three momentous dates in recent Premier League history that will prove to you why the EPL is the best league in the world. Also, this article will hopefully get you as excited for the 2018/19 season as much as the rest of the football community is.
May 2, 2016. Leicester crowned Premier League Champions *raises eyebrows*
You’d think this was the ending to a simulated FIFA season, but no, Jamie Vardy had a PARTY. In case you somehow, someway missed the many headlines over here in the States, Leicester City were crowned Champions in 2016 ahead of a roster of teams including Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool… even if you’ve been living under Patrick Star’s rock in Bikini Bottom you should still recognise one of those team names. But what makes this so significant? Well, with 5000/1 odds at the beginning of the season, the chances of Leicester winning the league was unlikely to say the least. ESPN’s Paul Carr wrote an article comparing Leicester’s odds with other “long shots” in other sports, including the Cleveland Brown’s 200/1 odds to win the 2017 Superbowl… which ended in a 1-15 season and a franchise fandom thinking it couldn’t get any worse… Okay, back to football/soccer. With that being said, you can see why the 2015/16 season for Leicester is arguably one of the biggest achievements in sporting history.
April 27, 2014. The Steven Gerrard Slip *giggles*
Sorry Steven Gerrard but putting together Premier League prolific events wouldn’t be the same if your infamous slip wasn’t included. Liverpool were top of the table in the final three weeks of the league headed towards a first Premier League title in 28 years, and only Manchester City were in their rear-view mirror 5 points behind. In what seems to be the unfunniest joke of all time (to Liverpool fans), Gerrard was quoted in an earlier interview rallying his fellow comrades to not let this lead “slip”. Liverpool were set to showdown with Chelsea and went into the game playing as confidently as they had done all season long. This however, was until the ball was played back to the last defending man, Steven Gerrard, who slipped over and subsequently allowed Chelsea forward Demba Ba to score a one-on-one with the goalkeeper which saw Liverpool’s remaining season crumble and eventually finish second. Heartbreak for the Scousers, but a spectacle for the rest of the U.K. and world.
Real talk though, Stevie G, you were one hell of a player to grace the football pitch and I thank you for you service to England…kinda
May 13, 2012. Agüeroooooooooooooooooooooooooo *jaw drops*
The final day of the season. Two teams. One rivalry. Both Manchester sides were tied on points after 37 games, and both battling it out for the Premier League title. Oh, they were also scheduled to play at the EXACT. SAME. TIME. More drama here than a compilation of Kobe’s dramatic temper tantrums or Neymar’s diving in this year’s World Cup. With Manchester City holding the advantage by having a better goal difference, provided Manchester United beat Sunderland, United had to rely on relegation contenders Queens Park Rangers to provide the miracle against City by either drawing or defeating the co-leaders. United drew first blood by comfortably beating Sunderland, but it was only until after the final whistle had gone in this game that the drama ensued in the other. City were down 2-1 heading into stoppage time when Edin Dzeko headed in a lifeline to make it 2-2. No, it can’t be, surely? 90+5 minutes played. The ball falls to Sergio Agüero, and what may be the most memorable finish to a season ever, he calmly slots the ball into the back of the net. Pure and utter madness.
So, as I’ve been reminiscing about the Premier League, I assure you that very much like these three famous moments in the EPL, this upcoming season will provide just as much entertainment. I tried to be unbiased toward my favourite team and not include their unbeaten season in here, but who knows, maybe I’ll dedicate an entire article to them in the near future.
Just an informal ending note. As you read this article you may have been punching your computer screen or smashing your phone because your small case of OCD hates the incorrect spellings and different terminology you found in here. There were actually no mistakes. The lad who wrote this article, yes me, is English (and a lifelong Arsenal fan). I appreciate your patience and understanding, but yeah, 99% of the world calls “soccer” football except for you stubborn wankers. I know football is a U.S. treasure and all but come on where’s the logic guys.
Do you have some fond EPL memories? Comment them below and stay tuned for my predicted EPL 2018/19 table.
(FYI, it was Arsenal who went the 38 games unbeaten, Arsenal went the WHOLE season unbeaten, pretty sick if you ask me, they even got a better trophy to show for it. Spurs fans where you all at? Oh, you’ve finished above Arsenal these past two seasons? That’s cool, where are your trophies? What trophies you say? Lmao)