From thrilling games to crazy controversies, the English Premier League is no stranger to all that throughout their illustrious history. Since rebranding in the early ’90s, the league has grown into the world’s greatest sporting spectacle, giving the fans iconic moments that are forever etched in their minds. Let’s revisit some of the greatest moments in the EPL so far:
Bruce Sparks United’s Dynasty with a Last-Minute Double (1993)
For younger generation premier league fans betting on Betway, it may be unfathomable to think that Manchester United once had a rough time trying to get the Silverware. In the Inaugural season of the English Premier League, with teams backed by TV funds, Sir Alex Ferguson was trying to get the first league title with United. Ferguson’s men faced Sheffield Wednesday in April 1993 at Old Trafford, conceding the first goal through a penalty.
Manchester’s defeat would have given Aston Villa a two-point lead for the title, though a dramatic finish gave them an advantage for the title race. With only four minutes remaining, Steve Bruce scored the equalizer after meeting Denis Irwin’s corner with a header. The defender seemed to have saved a point for Manchester, but he sparked wild celebrations six minutes into the injury time after scoring the winning goal.
Cantona Kung-Fu Kick (1995)
On its own, Cantona’s signing was a defining moment for Manchester United and the Premier League. The Frenchman had a good career with the United, but the most memorable season for him was in 1995 when he lunged at a Crystal Palace fan. The event headlined the English Premier League football news, earning Cantona 120 hours of community service and also got a ban for the rest of the season.
Aguero Gives Manchester City the Title (2012)
Arguably the most memorable moment in the Premier League, Manchester City, denied their rivals the United the chance to end their 44-year drought for the Premier League title. The bitter Manchester United was embroiled in a fierce race for the 2011/2012 league title with the City stars, who were heading to face the relegation-threatened QPR. As such, Manchester City knew they would be the crowned champions if they won this match against QPR.
Pablo Zabaleta put Mancini’s men ahead, but QPR equalized with goals from Jamie Mackie and Djibril Cisse. Joey Barton’s red card put City at a disadvantage, though Edin Dzeko restored their hope two minutes in the allotted five minutes. Manchester continued pressing on, and Aguero secured their win, sealing the title with only a few seconds to stoppage time.
Leicester City’s Coronation (2016)
In the history of football, few stories are as magical as Leicester City’s in the 2015/2016 season. After pulling off the great escape to avoid relegation in the previous season, Leicester was among the top teams likely to drop next season. As such, they were given 5000-1 odd on Betway to win the Premier League, a feat that they miraculously managed to achieve.