The Premier League Has a Hold on Me

Of all the top leagues around the world, I have always been partial to the English Premier League. I am not sure quite sure how it started, but once I go into it, it was love at first sight and I’ve never looked back. It could be because the Premier League is the easiest accessible league for me to watch here in the United States, but when I first got into club football it was the Champions League that caught my eye, so that can’t entirely be the reason. Although Premier League teams usually go pretty far in the Champions League, hardly any of them have won, so the love didn’t come from there.

La Liga, Serie A, and Bundesliga have tremendous amounts of talent, and the Premier League’s best did not perform well at the World Cup compared to the other leagues. An England squad comprised entirely of Premier League players underachieved. After this summer’s World Cup, I promised to pay more attention to other leagues, as the tournament’s best players came from outside the Premier League. Post-World Cup, I watched every replay of Bundesliga and La Liga on GOL TV that I could. I was excited. The play was great, I was more familiar with the players because of the World Cup, and I was sure that I would be just as big of a fan of other leagues this year as the Premier League.

Then, the preseason tours from the Premier League started, and I had never been so excited. Yes, preseason games..without most of the star players..against MLS sides. How could this be? How could a game with no meaning, without the stars of the world, excite me so much? I’m not entirely sure, but the Premier League has a hold on me. I was familiar with all the players, knowing they weren’t international stars, and that was a positive for me. The World Cup didn’t spoil me, in fact, I think the World Cup made me appreciate the Premier League more. There was no diving, no defensive play. These preseason games reminded me of everything I love about the Premier League. Somehow just seeing a Giggs, a Scholes, a Gareth Bale, even a Berbatov, got me super excited for the season. I love seeing the new kits, the new boots, the new ball, and all the young players.

I can’t explain it %100, but for me, the play mixed with the atmosphere and personalities of the players, coaches, and clubs as a whole is unmatched in the world of football. I also think the thrill of the Premier League lies in the importance of every game. On any given day, any club could grab the points. Every game means something, even more so than in other leagues. The constant battles to avoid relegation, to qualify for Europe, or to win the league make the stakes high for everyone. This article isn’t my argument for the best league in the world, but as far as my enjoyment in watching matches, the Premier League takes the cake.

While I will be watching more of other leagues this year, I am now more confident than ever that no league will be stealing my heart now or anytime in the future. Why do you like the Premier League the most? Which leagues besides the Premier League have you fallen in love with?

14 thoughts on “The Premier League Has a Hold on Me”

  1. I was initially attracted to the Premier League as a supporter of one of the clubs. But when the game became available to me on television here in the States, immediately it became apparent that this was not the easygoing soccer I had seen in the NASL and the MLS. No, the Premier League was, if you’ll pardon the expression, balls-to-the-wall, pedal-to-the-metal nonstop ACTION, compared to what I endured when watching the American version of the game.

    A few years ago, the matches I watched from Italy, Spain and Germany were pretty fair soporifics: walk it up, don’t break a sweat, maybe someone will put in a penalty after diving. Now I’m seeing life in those leagues.

    Therefore, I conclude that the Premier League is the most fun-to-watch league on earth, and as players in the other leagues see what’s going on, they are beginning to emulate the style of play.

    May it ever continue.

    1. Like you I started watching Fox and ended up getting addicted to the EPL. I find myself recording all the games. I have no horse in the race, unlike here in the states where I am a diehard fan of my teams, but it is great. I think the passion of the englis fans have something to do with it, but I really can’t put my finger on why it has grabbed me the way it has.

  2. Well it’s my favorite league because my favorite club plays in it.
    But it’s style of play is very exciting as well, and for this reason I’m starting to fall in love with the Bundesliga as well…

  3. 1. It is the most physical top flight league in the world (American appeal)
    2. Comparatively there is little diving
    3. History of football having been invented in England
    4. Old school grounds like Craven Cottage
    5. Critics say there is too much long-ball (compared to say La Liga and the Spanish/Dutch national “total football” style). Yet the long-ball/offensive style of play is exactly what uninterested Americans complain about football. “It’s boring. No goals. All they do is pass it around”. Only pure football fans can appreciate all styles of play. The EPL lends itself, albeit slightly, better to American sport standards with physical, offensive-minded attack.

  4. You said: “On any given day, any club could grab the points. Every game means something, even more so than in other leagues. The constant battles to avoid relegation, to qualify for Europe, or to win the league make the stakes high for everyone.”

    On any given day, yes any side could grab the points…. but this could be said about any league. I’d say the Bundesliga is more competitive than the Premiership. How many teams have won the Prem in the last 10 years? Compare that with the Bundesliga.
    That said, I’m English and the weight of knowledge would have me watching the Prem any time because I’m more familiar with all the storylines week in week out.


    1. Yeah – now do that same excercise over the last 50 years. Your arbitrary 10 year time frame does not tell the whole story.

      1. OK, but I very much doubt the original poster has been watching the Prem for 50 years. That’s why I gave the 10 year comparison.

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