The English Premier League has brought about many moments since 1992. Beautiful playing style from exceptional players has wowed followers of the English Top Flight League so much so that some unbelievable goals and breathtaking saves in action-packed matches have made all of these moments to be unforgettable.
So, these moments have birthed some records in the EPL, but in as much as records are meant to be broken, some records remain evergreen.
And considering the twist and turns of the EPL, thousands of records in the history books of the most followed football league and arguably the best league in the world are waiting for that special set of players and perfect moment that a major onslaught will be launched on these records.
Here are 10 of the top English Premier League record that might come really hard to be broken.
- Chelsea’s Record Of Fewest Goals Conceded (15) In The 2004/2005 Season
Sir Alex Ferguson once said: “attack wins you games, defense wins you titles”.
The beauty of the above statement is the fact that it was made by a manager who believed in the attacking philosophy.
But looking deeply at the words of Sir Alex, there’s something to be said for a solid, robust, and coordinated defensive unit keeping a tight lid on their 18-yard box.
And this record is definitely a feat that NO club will be able to achieve. Chelsea’s 2004/2005 title-winning season under the tutelage of the Special One, Jose Mourinho brought about some never imagined records in the English top-flight league.
To think that the Chelsea team actually went over one thousand minutes without conceding a goal is worthy of note with the likes of John Terry, Ricardo Carvalho, and William Gallas making it almost impossible for opponents to get in on goal.
And even when the opposition did breach that air-tight defense, the tall, imposing figure of goalkeeper Petr Cech was there to meet them. That record has been on holiday since then and up to date, no club has neared such an inconceivable record in English.
- Manchester City’s Domestic Quadruple(2018/2019)
Another unassailable record in the English Premier League is City’s unprecedented domestic Quadruple feat in which they swept all the domestic trophies in just one season.
“What a season, what a tremendous club.” City captain Vincent Kompany said. The feat ensured that City became the undisputed powerhouse of English football — a status it claimed from neighbor Manchester United.
Only two other English teams have still had the chance of winning the quadruple by 30 March: Chelsea in 2006-07, and Manchester United in 2008-09.
Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side lasted until May 1 in the 2006-07 season, with their hopes of a clean sweep alive, before losing to Liverpool on penalties in the Champions League semi-finals.
Two years later, Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United side made it to April 19 before their dream ended with a penalty shootout defeat by Everton in the FA Cup semi-finals.
- The ‘Arsenal Invincibles’ ( 49 games – Arsenal – 7 May 2003 – 24 October 2004)
Manchester City may have smashed the record for the most points in a single season in the Premier League era when they bagged 100 points to become the Champions of the EPL in the 2017/2018 season.
Also, Manchester United may have won the league with more than 90 points in a single season.
But neither of these teams have gone unbeaten a whole season. This makes Arsenal’s 2003-04 team stand high than any other team in the Premier League history.
Not only that the Arsenal players of the 2003-04 team are incomparable, but the Manager who led the team to achieve this fantastic feat also deserves accolades.
Arsene Wenger did not only revolutionized Arsenal but the entire division, introducing new training, fitness, and dieting regimes that forced managers across the country to follow suit and demand greater professionalism and discipline from their players.
Although that was his last league trophy for the Gunners it’s the achievement that made Wenger Sir Alex Ferguson’s first true equal when considering the fact that after Arsenal’s victory over Leicester City that completed Arsenal’s unbeaten season.
The Guardian writer Kevin Mitchell labeled Wenger the most astute manager in the Premier League, and “probably all of football at that moment“.
However, Wenger bowed out of Arsenal in 2018 but his astonishing feat of winning the League unbeaten in 2004 with his players remain untouchable, unmatched, and unconquerable.
- Longest Spell As Manager Sir Alex Ferguson (November 1986 – May 2013) & Arsene Wenger -Arsenal (October 1996 – May 2018)
Sir Alex Ferguson’s record of the longest-serving manager in the EPL is one record that will be there for multiple years to be broken. The Scottish veteran manager spent 26 years at the helm of United’s managerial affairs.
During his reign at United, he led the team to multiple domestic and international cups before retiring in May 2013. Considering the pressure of instant success mounted on new managers at every club, this means Fergie’s legacy is likely to stand the test of time.
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger is the longest-serving manager in the Premier League having spent 7,894 days with Arsenal. The Frenchman called time on his spell in May 2018, bringing to an end his 22-year stint in charge.
The Frenchman enjoyed instant success with the Gunners – leading them to the Premier League and FA Cup double in 97-98 – as well as building the famous 03-04 Invincibles side which won the league.
- Most Clean sheets in the Premier League – Petr Cech, 202 (Chelsea & Arsenal)
Considered by many as the greatest Premier League goaltender of all-time, the Czech international has got the distinctive statistics to back up the huge claim.
Cech with an unbelievable 202 shut-outs in his spells with the biggest London clubs (Chelsea and Arsenal), becomes the first goalkeeper in the history of the Premier League to reach the double century of clean sheets.
Coming to England as a backup for Carlo Cudicini, Cech cemented his place as the first choice in Jose Mourinho’s squad after the regular No.1 was injured.
He went on to keep a record of 24 clean sheets in 38 matches that season, and incidentally, it was a time that the Special One came to England with his dark defensive philosophy and took the EPL by surprise which resulted in a win-win case for Cech, Chelsea, and Jose Mourinho.
Since then, Cech’s incredible record of 24 clean sheets in 38 games is yet to be broken, also, his total haul of 202 clean sheets remains a daunting task for any goalkeeper in the league to be broken.
Manchester United’s David de Gea is the closest of any active player to his record, with 102 clean sheets so far, but has dropped in his performance, and not having a reliable back four ahead of him will hamper his chance of equalling or bettering the Chelsea legend’s tally.
- Lowest attendance (3,039 – Wimbledon 1–3 Everton – Selhurst Park, 26 January 1993)
Perhaps the safest bet on this list, it would take a minuscule team to gain promotion or some sort of protest for less than 3,000 people to watch a game in the world’s greatest league.
- Most headed goals in Premier League – Peter Crouch, 53 (Aston Villa, Southampton, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Tottenham Hotspur & Stoke City)
Lots of goalscorers have graced the English Premier League but none of them is as aerially consistent as Peter Crouch. The former Liverpool forward, Crouch, stands apart from them having scored almost half of his all top-flight goals through headers.
During his days as a player, Crouch would be the tallest guy on the pitch and his height gave him an advantage when it’s time to vie for the ball in the air.
His career spanned nearly over two decades, and he scored an astonishing 53 headed goals before retiring from professional football last July.
- Smallest title-winning margin (0 points, 8 goal difference from Man City in 2011/12)
There will always be some tight title races in the Premier League, including Manchester City again involved in a close battle to finish a point clear of Liverpool in the 2018/2019 season
We’ll surely never see anything like Sergio Aguero’s winner against Queens Park Rangers ever again. the breathtaking last-gasp strike gave Manchester City the title on goal difference ahead of local rivals Manchester United, with the sides tied on 89 points but City holding an eight-goal swing over the Red Devils.
For United to miss out by such a minute margin still seems mind-boggling eight years on.
- Highest Number Of Premier League Appearances And Medals Won By Ryan Giggs.
Manchester United Legend, Ryan Giggs remains the only player to have 13 Premier League Medals (13) and also with second-highest EPL appearances (632).
He’s second to former Manchester City midfielder. In the modern era, players do not stay in a club or a league for long, Therefore, Barry’s record and Giggs’ appearances for a single club in the EPL, will likely remain on forever
Also, Giggs is the All-time assist leader in the EPL with 162 assists registered for Manchester United.
- Fastest goal (7.69 seconds – Shane Long for Southampton vs Watford, 23 April 2019)
Considering Ledley King’s long-standing record looked almost untouchable, it will be even tougher for somebody to shatter Long’s eye-watering romp to goal in less than eight seconds.
Shane Long pounced on a defensive error just after the kick-off whistle – and it’s hard to imagine how a fast goal could possibly be scored. There have been quicker goals in history but they are extremely rare.
- Fastest Premier League hat-trick (2 minutes 56 seconds – Sadio Mané for Southampton vs Aston Villa, 16 May 2015)
Mane stamped his name in Premier League record books towards the end of his debut season at Southampton, scoring EPL fastest ever hat-trick as the Saints humiliated Aston Villa at St Mary’s.
Mane’s quick-fire treble saw him eclipse Robbie Fowler’s previous record of 4 minutes and 33 seconds, the former Liverpool forward’s landmark having stood for more than 20 years.
7 Of The Most Loyal Football Players
When it comes to loyalty and commitment in the beautiful game, there are few football players who are able to pledge their allegiance and refused to be swayed by big offers. For every Ashley Cole, there’s also a Totti.
There are players who when they reach their potentials, will get easily swayed by money and the probable fame that will follow their transition to other clubs. While other players would simply remain at their current club because of the love they have for the club.
The first set of players who leave the club when bigger clubs come calling are always remembered for their exploits while at the club. But, the second type of football player who ignores the temptations of leaving their ‘most loved’ football club sides is regarded as heroes.
Meanwhile, there are some known players who have showcased utmost loyalty for their respective clubs. For instance, Francesco Totti waved off Real Madrid’s offer in 2006, stating AS Roma as his family and he’s never seen a situation where a child would leave his poor parents to go live with rich strangers.
But what about other unpopular loyal players like Francesco Totti, Stephen Gerrard or even Mark Noble?.
Here’s a list of 7 most loyal football players
- David Zibung (Goalkeeper) – FC Luzern (18 Years +)
The life of this Swiss goalkeeper has been all about his boyhood club, FC Luzern. The +37-year old was born in Hergiswil which is in the Nidwalden region in Switzerland.
He joined the youth team of FC Luzern in 1999 and was there till 2003. Zibung grew in leaps and bounds with the Luzern main team, ever since he broke into the first team, he’s never for once considered leaving the club.
Technically, Zibung would’ve spent eighteen years at Luzern by July 2021. But he’s definitely spent more than eighteen years given that he’s been at the club’s feeder team before 2003.
Zibung remains one of the oldest and longest-serving loyal goalkeepers of the Swiss League.
- Hidekazu Otani (Midfielder) – Kashiwa Reysol (18 Years)
Otani is a midfielder of note, who joined his one and only club in 2000 as a teenager. Now 36 years-old, Okami has been deployed in many parts of the midfield but his natural position is the defensive midfield where he plays comfortably well.
The Japanese veteran midfielder has on numerous occasions been offered to leave his club but his love for the Sun King club has held him back so much so that he’s willing to retire at the club when the time comes.
While some quarters may believe that Hidekazu Okani had been at Kashiwa for eighteen years, the fans of the club see him as an integral part of the club’s history given that he’s won laurels with the club severally.
- Igor Akinfeev (Goalkeeper) – CSKA Moscow (18 Years)
Akinfeev is probably the most popular player we’re x-raying in this Exposé. Akinfeev, Russian, is the Russian National Team goalkeeper and captain, as well as his club side, CSKA Moscow.
History has it that the 34-year old shot-stopper has been at CSKA Moscow since the age of four. His father sent him to the Sports School of CSKA where he began his goalkeeping career and won the Russian Junior Championship in 2002 with the CSKA Moscow team.
Akinfeev would make his debut for CSKA Moscow at sixteen, precisely 2001 where he saved a penalty and also had a clean sheet. He has played over five hundred matches for CSKA Moscow, winning six Russian Cup titles, six Russian Premier League titles as well as the 2005 UEFA Cup with the club.
His incredible rise to stardom is down to his personality and ingenuity as a goalkeeper. He’s arguably the best goalkeeper the Russian nation has ever produced and has been on several international tournaments for the country since he joined the national team.
It may sound bizarre but Akinfeev has spent thirty years at the Red-blues. That is a huge commitment mixed with loyalty.
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- Ismed Sofyan (Defender) – Persita Jakarta (18 Years)
Talking about the most loyal player, Sofyan’s loyalty isn’t about his club alone, it’s for his country and his country’s elite league, The Indonesian Super League – Not that he’s an amateur.
Yes, he may have played for a couple of club sides in the Indonesian league, but his love and unwavering support for his country is immeasurable.
Sofyan currently plays for Persita Jakarta, a club he joined in 2002 that has made him become the longest-serving player in the club until now. The 41year-old right full-back is a free-kick specialist. He was only privileged to play for the Indonesian National Team for just 53 times.
- Dean Lewington (Defender) – Milton Keynes Dons FC (18 Years)
As of July 2020, Lewinton is the longest-serving player for a single club in English League having spent sixteen years with The Dons.
The English left-back joined MK Dons after a successful spell with Wimbledon in 2004. Lewington, 32, has made over seven hundred appearances with more than 250 different team-mates.
He’s witnessed two promotions and relegations as the club’s captain for the years he’s been at MK Dons and he’s grateful for the sort of longevity he’s had.
He told daily mail in 2016 ‘It’s not like the Premier League where you get five-year deals. It is one or two years. When we won promotion to the Championship in 2015, I was out of contract on the final day as we were celebrating.’
- Koji Homa (Goalkeeper) – Mito HollyHock (21 Years)
Undoubtedly a popular figure in the Japanese league, the 43-year-old goalkeeper currently plays for the above-named club in the second tier of the Japanese League, J2.
After graduating from high school, he joined the J1 League side Urawa Reds in 1996 but couldn’t play more often before crossing to Mito HollyHock in 1999 and never looked back.
He’s helped Mito HollyHock achieve some amazing feats since he joined in 1999 with the biggest of them being the promotion of the club to J2 in 2000.
In his twenty-one-year sojourn with the club, Koji Homma holds the record for the player with the highest number of matches played in J2.
- Lee Casciaro (Forward) – Lincoln Red Imps (22 Years)
The 38-year-old Gibraltar striker scored the only goal of the game when his Gibraltarian minnows club (Lincoln Red Imps) shocked Celtic and to a larger extent, the rest of Europe in their Champions League qualifier at the Victoria Stadium in 2016,
Cascario, 39, has been at the club since he was eight years old and has spent twenty-three years as a first-team member.
It should be agreed that Lincoln Red Imps was made for Cascario, given that two of his younger brothers have played for the club as well.
With three international goals, Lee Henry Cascario is currently Gibraltar’s all-time goalscorer since the 33,684 populated nation joined UEFA.
- Iker Muniain (Athletic Bilbao): 11 years, 8 months, 3 days
- Tarantini (Rio Ave): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
- Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
- Stefan Radu (Lazio): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
- Vincent Manceau (Angers SCO): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
- Anthony Lopes (Lyon): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
- Koke (Atletico Madrid): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
- Roberto Torres (Osasuna): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
- Gerard Pique (Barcelona): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
- Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow): 12 years, 8 months, 3 days
- Mario Gaspar Perez (Villarreal): 12 years, 8 months, 3 days
- Guilherme (Lokomotiv Moscow): 13 years, 1 month, 3 days
- Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur): 13 years, 1 month, 10 days
- Volodymyr Chesnakov (Vorskla Poltava): 13 years, 2 months, 3 days
- Mahmut Tekdemir (Istanbul Basaksehir): 13 years, 2 months, 3 days
- Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund): 13 years, 2 months, 3 days
- Sergio Busquets (Barcelona): 13 years, 2 months, 3 days
- Andriy Pyatov (Shakhtar Donetsk): 13 years, 8 months, 3 days
- Anton Shunin (Dynamo Moscow): 13 years, 8 months, 3 days
- Marcelo (Real Madrid): 13 years, 8 months, 3 days
- Sammy Bossut (Zulte Waregem): 14 years, 2 months, 4 days
- Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid): 15 years, 4 days
- Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus): 15 years, 2 months, 4 days
- Francesco Magnanelli (Sassuolo): 15 years, 2 months, 4 days
- Jessy Moulin (Saint-Etienne): 15 years, 2 months, 4 days
- Oier (Osasuna): 15 years, 2 months, 4 days
- Sergio Alvarez (Celta de Vigo): 16 years, 2 months, 4 days
- Mark Noble (West Ham United): 16 years, 8 months, 3 days
- Lionel Messi: (Barcelona): 16 years, 8 months, 3 days
- Denis Sinyayev(FC Avangard Kursk)18 years
- Ismaeil Matar (Al-Wahda): 19 years
- Petr Literak(Frýdek-Místek): 22 years
Erling Haaland: The Story Behind His Striking Rise
Erling Haaland was always going to become the ultimate striker and probably the best number 9 on the planet. Also, there’s every possibility that one day, he may become a Ballon D’or winner. But, there’s still one mystery, how did he become the cyborg that he is today?
Haaland continues to be a goal machine, becoming the quickest player in history to reach 20 Champions League goals. His goal from the spot in the UCL round-16 second leg tie against Sevilla was his 20th goal in just 14 appearances in the competition, which broke Harry Kane’s previous record of 24 games.
“Of course he’s fast, powerful, good around the goal and he’s got real soccer sense. But it’s more of his energy, it’s his infectious personality that I think is like a magnet; it draws people to him, it makes people want to be around him.” Those are the words of Red Bull Salzburg manager, Jesse Marsch.
Grab a handful of popcorn and sit back as we unfold the story behind the rise of this Norwegian beast, goal machine, and keeper’s nightmare, Erling Braut Haaland.
Haaland’s Salzburg Breakthrough
As at when Jesse Marsch was appointed as Salzburg manager, Haaland had been at the club for about six months and had only played one game. And then he went to the U-20 World Cup where he scored nine goals in one game.
From his Salzburg debut, Haaland, who had already impressed at the Norwegian league with Bryne and Molde left observers with no doubt about the quality he possesses.
He would become one of the best strikers on the planet because the talent in him was very obvious. In a chat with oh-my-goal, Jesse Marsch revealed that Haaland’s personality was the first thing he fell in love with about Haaland.
“The first couple of days I worked with him, what impressed me more than anything else was his personality on the pitch. He was just relentless! He worked harder than anyone.”
But beyond his raw talent in Salzburg, Erling Haaland left his mark on the locker room with his personality. He had a smile on his face and got along incredibly well with his teammates. Therefore, it wasn’t just his talent, it was his overall energy.
Erling in person had a really positive influence on his teammates. Erling the player, was a selfish assassin who scored 29 goals in 27 appearances for the Austrian club.
Meanwhile, he also always talked about making his teammates happy. “The best memory I Had of him was when we were getting penalties in just about every game, and he was giving them to all the other attacking players.“
“And then, after a player missed a penalty, I said Ok, Erling has to take the penalties and I told him he would be taking the penalties”
“It’s incredible to have such a talented player who loves to score goals, be the one that is giving the penalty responsibilities to the others because he wants them to feel the power of success, the power of scoring goals, and the power of confidence. That says a lot to me about the character of Erling.” Marsch revealed.
At 19, when most people think about personal glory, Haaland was already a perfect teammate and a future leader which was unprecedented for a player as good as he was and in his age range.
Without a doubt, Haaland’s personality was great enthusiastic and it did really have a big effect on a lot of people at Salzburg.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Influence
Erling Haaland may owe his incredible rise to his immense talent and his positive leadership qualities. But that’s not all, Cristiano Ronaldo also played a huge role in Haaland’s evolution.
People often say that Erling Haaland is the next Cristiano Ronaldo but is the CR7 comparison justified?
Certainly, Erling is more of a pure striker than Cristiano but from a power football perspective, his ability in the transition to affect games like the Portuguese ace makes the comparison justifiable.
Haaland himself admitted that Cristiano Ronaldo was his role model but if like Cristiano, Erling broke all the goalscoring records, it’s not really the part of football that CR7 has influenced.
Haaland is following in Cristiano Ronaldo’s footsteps in terms of leadership and he even is now a role model to many players just like Ronaldo was to him.
Cristiano Ronaldo has had positive effects on his teammates and in every team, he’s played in which really helped him overtime right from his days at Manchester United and Real Madrid. But for Erling, one could really see that right from his young age that it’s a natural quality he has.
It will be up to Haaland to continue to modify that aspect of himself and mold that in a way that he can become a really strong leader within his teams as he continues to grow older.
Above all, Haaland took inspiration from Cristiano Ronaldo in one essential area, work ethic. Like CR7, he’s always hungry to improve. “He really worked hard a lot. After training, he would stick around to finish, to hit some crosses, to work on his heading.” – Jesse Marsch, RB Salzburg Coach.
Like CR7, Erling Haaland thinks every little detail counts. He would wear special glasses because he felt like when you look at your computer all day long or your cell phone, that your eyes would start to fade and so he had that special glasses he always wears.
And while he has his own personality, Erling is directly inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo especially when it comes to nutrition and work ethic by picking the most hardworking professional football player in history as his role model.
Perfect With BVB
Borussia Dortmund activated his €20 million (£17m/$22m) release clause, beating United and Leipzig to his signature after all three clubs held meetings with the player, his father, and agent Mino Raiola.
Borussia Dortmund already had forward Paco Alcacer on the books, but saw Haaland as such a generational talent, that they were willing to offload the Spain international to give the Norwegian teen an even better chance of success.
CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke says that they had been looking for someone with Haaland’s particular skill set for a long time and could not pass up the opportunity to sign him.
“We always wanted to have a center-forward who has a different way of playing football,” Watzke told Goal and DAZN. “But this guy also had to come onto the market first.
There are not many who are 1.94 meters (6 ft 4 in) tall and that fast. Actually, nobody else comes to mind. It was just an opportunity that you don’t get very often. – Goal.com
Dortmund offered the striker the best chance of regular game time as they promised to make him their first-choice striker, something Alf-Inge Haaland admits is crucial to his development.
Haaland’s Dortmund story got off to the perfect start with the most incredible debut against Augsburg. Trailing 3-1, Lucien Favre sent on the teenager from the bench and was rewarded with a 22-minute hat-trick to help secure a 5-3 win.
Having revealed all the secrets that make Haaland an outstanding striker, in all honesty, the Norwegian striker has no limit because he keeps getting better at Dortmund.
He was incredible at Salzburg. “We were obviously so sad to lose him so quickly because we had a lot of fun and success with him, but we’re also very proud of him and we’re really excited to see him continue to push himself and move forward and show everybody in the world how good he is.”
And today, he’s showing just how good he is in Germany. He used to only be seen as a superpowered and superfast goalscorer. But at Dortmund? He’s also shown his technical advances and his in-game intelligence and influence.
He’s more and more capable of keeping the ball, playing in different positions, taking part in the game, in short, he’s become the ultimate striker.
Giving his unique skill-set and amazing personality, he will definitely sign for a bigger club in years to come. Yes, he may experience some difficulties, but his quality will help him manage whatever challenge that comes his way and in-turn become the best number 9 of not only his generation but in football history.