The English Premiership League (EPL) is indeed one of the most popular leagues around the world. In fact, the EPL has an average viewership of more than 12 million people. According to a statistic made by a sports news site, there are only about 16% of EPL audience in the United Kingdom and the rest are coming from different countries.
Believe it or not, here are some of the reasons why EPL is widely popular:
Reason no.1: The Fanbase
The Premier League has one of the biggest active fan bases around the world. With the power of social media, there are instances that the ‘EPL’ is trending worldwide. In most instances, news and updates about the EPL are posted and updated through several social media sites.
Reason no.2: The Influence of Language
Aside from a strong fanbase, the language also contributes a big factor to the popularity of EPL. With English being the most spoken language worldwide, it is undeniable that the fans find it easy to relate and follow the game.
Yes, other leagues are also available in English… subtitles. In EPL, English is the standard language of all the live broadcast and commentary.
Reason no.3: The Live Stream Coverage
With the emergence of technology, fans around the world can now watch their favourite teams in an ultra-high-quality live broadcast with just a simple click.
Reason no.4: The Fierce Rivalries
With several teams in this league, it is undeniable that there is a fierce rivalry between the teams, players, and even the fans. Here are some of the top five rivalries in the EPL:
- North West Derby (Liverpool vs Manchester United)
- North London Derby (Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur)
- Manchester Derby (Manchester City vs. Manchester United)
- Merseyside Derby (Everton vs. Liverpool)
- A23 Derby (Crystal Place vs. Brighton & Hove Albion)
Reason no.5: The Competitiveness
Aside from the rivalries, the competitiveness of each player is worth the watch. The top EPL clubs which is commonly known as the ‘Big Six’, present high-level competitions that attract millions of audiences. There are many more reasons that contribute to the popularity of the league. The six teams are:
- Manchester City
- Manchester United
- Tottenham Hotspur
Reason no.6: The Key Players
One of the main attractions of the EPL is the key players of each team. In fact, the star players play a big role not just to help their team to win but to also make their squad known worldwide.
Here are some of the top players in EPL history:
- Nigel Winterburn
- Sol Campbell
- Paul McGrath
- Brad Friedel
- Jamie Carragher
Reason no.7 Transfer Deals
Fans around the world always want to know the recent transfer deal of players. The fans always want to know who has been signed in and which player has shipped out. What’s fascinating is that the transfer fee is gradually increasing each year. Actually, Alan Shearer is the first British player to make a transfer fee of more than £3 million.
FUN FACT! The two players who have scored penalties with both feet are Bobby Zamora and Obafemi Martins.