This year, the top tier of English football celebrates a quarter of a century in existence. Over the 25 years, 47 teams have scored 25 769 goals in 9 746 Premier League matches. It’s been an era dominated by the Red Devils, foreign managers and way out amounts of cash paid for the top flight TV rights.
Aside from the NFL and the German Bundesliga, the Premier League is the most popular sports league on the planet. An average of 35 903 fans storm stadia all over England to cheer their teams on, a figure that translates to the third highest per match attendance stats in the world. Collectively, the league attracts a live audience of more than 13.6 million footie fans in just one season!
In recognition of the wizardry that is the English Premier League, we’ve hunted down statistics, records and interesting trivia about the teams, players and managers:
0 – English Managers Who Have Won the League
No English manager has ever won the league. Scot, Kenny Dalgleish guided Blackburn Rovers to victory, while countryman, Alex Ferguson and Manchester United claimed a record 13 titles. Italian, Roberto Mancini was the driving force behind log leaders Manchester City and Arsenal scooped up three titles under the watchful eyes of Frenchman, Arsène Wenger. Five-time title winners, Chelsea triumphed under Italy’s Carlo Ancelotti and Antonio Conte and in the 2014-15 season, Portugal’s José Mourinho!
1 Player in 1 Match – Assist, Goal, Own Goal & Yellow Card
Only one player has ever pulled off an assist, a goal at both ends and a yellow card in a single match. In an ironic mishmash of fortunes, Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale was involved in a majestic assist before sending a 25-yard free kick soaring past Liverpool keeper, Hugo Lloris. His fortune nosedived as he accidentally headed the ball into the opponent’s net and was later shown a yellow card for simulation!
2 minutes and 56 seconds – Fastest Hat-trick
Southampton forward, Sadio Mané set the record books alight when he scored the fastest hat-trick in history in a match against Aston Villa. The Senegalese winger ended the reign of Liverpool’s Robbie Fowler who sneaked a treble past Arsenal keeper, David Seaman in 4 minutes and 23 seconds.
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5 – Players Who Have Scored 5 Goals in 1 Match
In a Premiership record that oozes synergy, only five players have scored five goals in a match. The honours are shared by:
– Manchester United’s Andy Cole against Ipswich Town
– Newcastle United’s Alan Shearer versus Sheffield Wednesday
– Red Devil’s Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov against Blackburn Rovers
– Argentine striker Sergio Aguero in a match between Manchester City and Newcastle
– Tottenham Hotspur’s Jermaine Defoe versus Wigan
10 + – Premier League Games without a Win
Former striker, Terry Connor is the only manager to be in charge of more than 10 Premier League games without recording a win. His stint as manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers was short and sweet. Of the 38 matches contested that season, the Wolves won only five. The team finished bottom of the log with 25 points and were relegated to the Football League Champs.
£10.2 million – the average cost per match paid by broadcasters to televise 168 games live.
£150.8 million – the amount of money paid to 2016-17 title holders, Chelsea by the Premier League, up by 50 percent on the previous year.
£5.136 billion – the record fee paid by Sky and BT Sports to secure the television rights for three EPL seasons, as of 2016-17!