The Greatest Football League in The World

Read our introduction to what many consider to be the greatest football competition in the world - The English Premier League. After you're finished, put what you've learnt to the test and click on our free EPL Exercise Sheet. Let's go!

The Premier League is England's top tier of football and one of the best competitions in the world, which over the years has included iconic stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry and David Beckham.

A total of 20 teams play each other twice each during the nine month competition and at the end of the season one side is crowned champion, while the three worst sides are relegated to the second tier.

The current Premier League title holders are Manchester City, whose world-renowned Spanish manager Pep Guardiola coaches international mega stars including Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne.

Liverpool, a team also based in the North West of England, are top of the table this season.

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Mo Salah celebrates with his Liverpool teammates.

Two of Liverpool's most famous players are the Egyptian forward Mohammed Salah, who has won African Footballer of the Year twice, and Senegalese winger Sadio Mane, who took the award from his teammate last year.

Fans of the club, which has won the European Cup an English record six times, would also say that Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino and the dutch defender, Virjil Van Dijk, are also two of the team's most important players.

As well as Liverpool, the most famous English side are Manchester United, who have won the Premier League 13 times - more than any other club.

Their most famous player in recent years is Portuguese forward Ronaldo, who scored 84 goals in 196 appearances before moving to Spanish giants Real Madrid in 2009 for a then world record £80million.

Some other iconic Manchester United players considered Premier League legends include Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Eric Cantona, Peter Schmeichel, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Rio Ferdinand.

Other greats to have played the English top tier over the past 20 years from big clubs such as Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur include Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, John Terry, Didier Drogba, Eden Hazard, David Silva and Harry Kane.

The Premier League's all time top scorer is English striker Alan Shearer who scored 260 goals for Southampton, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United between 1992 and his retirement in 2006. Shearer also holds the record for the most hat-tricks in the Premier League with 11 and has scored the most penalties with 58.

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The official Premier League ball.

While English football has been around for hundreds of years, the EPL is still rather new. Forty-nine clubs have competed since the league began in 1992, including two clubs from Wales: Cardiff City and Swansea.

Six of them have won the title: Manchester United (13), Chelsea (5), Manchester City (4), Arsenal (3), Blackburn Rovers (1), and Leicester City (1). The Leicester league win in 2016, came as one of the biggest surprises in sports of that year and is still considered to be one of the greatest underdog stories of all time. The record of most points in a Premier League season is 100, set by Manchester City in 2017–18.

As well as providing hundreds of hours of entertainment to fans every year, the Premier League is the richest football league in the world, earning £2.2 billion a year from TV rights alone.

It is also the most-watched sports league in the world, broadcast in 188 countries to 643 million homes and a potential TV audience of 4.7 billion people.

Like every other major sporting division in the world, the Premier League is not currently being played due to coronavirus.


The game's not over just yet! Click on the link below to download the exercise sheet and test your knowledge on what you've just learnt. Answers can be found below (but only once you've finished all the answers yourself!) Good luck!

EPL - Exercise Sheet PDF

EPL - Answers PDF

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