Ever since English football top flight was rebranded in the ’90s, the Premier League has become one of the world’s greatest sporting spectacles.
The Premier League has been filled with some iconic happenings which will forever be remembered by many football fanatics. But which ones were the most famous? We tried to narrow down a very long list and came up with the following FIVE.
Cantona’s kung-fu kick – 1995
More recently we witnessed some shocking moments in the Premier League. These include the famous Luis Suarez biting Branislav Ivanovic.
One can never forget Paolo Di Canio pushing over referee Paul Alcock back in his Sheffield Wednesday days.
However, no incident can come close to that involving Man United forward Eric Cantona and a Crystal Palace fan. In a match between the Red Devils and the Eagles, Cantona actually performed a kung-fu kick on a supporter in the stands.
It was a crucial fixture for United having been title-contenders with Blackburn Rovers that season. Cantona, who was constantly targeted by opposition defenders, was dismissed following a very bad kick to one of the Palace players.
On his way out of the pitch, Palace fan Matthew Simmons began to hurl abuse at the Frenchman. In turn, this led to Cantona jumping over the barrier and launching a kung-fu kick and punches towards Simmons.
He was later handed a nine-month ban from football. The incident remains one of the most famous, negatively, in Premier League history.
Man City’s dramatic Premier League title win – 2012
Since Manchester City were acquired by billionaire Sheikh Mansour, one can say they have seen more success than ever. They are now considered as an elite side in the Premier League.
Maybe what kicked off this fantastic run for the Citizens was the title win in 2012 which was done in the most dramatic of ways. Heading into their final fixture, they met relegation-threatened QPR.
A win was a must for them to clinch the title and their opponents knew that very well. Until just before stoppage time, they were losing 2-1 to 10-man QPR.
Two minutes into the allotted five minutes, Edin Dzeko headed home to give City hope. Wayne Rooney’s goal had secured United a 1-0 victory at Sunderland, and the title seemed to be heading to Old Trafford.
City continued to press, and with just seconds remaining Aguero scored the late, late goal which sealed the title.
That was it! City were crowned Premier League champions for the first time in 44 years!
When Gerrard let it slip… – 2014
Let’s just say, the Premier League hasn’t been kind to Liverpool ever since it was rebranded in the early ‘90s.
It has now been 29 years since the last of their 18 league titles. They got very close last season as well as in 2014. In the 2013/14 season, they were on an 11-game winning streak before they met Chelsea in late April.
They had to win to maintain their place on top and City were ready to take advantage of any blunder from the Reds.
Then, in a moment which seemed almost scripted, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, so often their hero throughout his career, made a mistake which will forever haunt him.
City would finish the season in faultless fashion, pipping Liverpool to the title by just two points.
It was a cruel twist of fate for Liverpool’s iconic number eight, who would never win the elusive league title he so desperately craved.
Leicester’s fairytale season – 2016
If Leicester’s title-winning season is not considered a miracle then we don’t know what is. They certainly started the season as underdogs and went on to be crowned champions in the 2015/16 Premier League season.
Having pulled off the ‘great escape’ to narrowly avoid relegation the previous season, Leicester were amongst the favourites for the drop the following season.
Given odds of 5000-1 to win the league title, a feat they somehow, miraculously achieved.
They were crowned champions following a victory against Chelsea in May. It was also their first-ever league title in their 132-year history.
The day Fergie-time was born – 1993
Another of the iconic moments to make the list actually took place in the inaugural season of the Premier League. It was in 1993 that United had been struggling for silverware.
They were involved in a fierce title race with Aston Villa as they faced Sheffield Wednesday in one of the last matches of the season. United trailed for almost all the 90 minutes.
Defeat would have conceded a two-point lead to the Midlands side, before a dramatic finish turned the title race on its head.
With four minutes remaining, stand-in captain Steve Bruce met Denis Irwin’s corner to head home and bring United level. The defender looked to have salvaged a point for the hosts, but United weren’t finished.
Six minutes into injury-time, Bruce was in the right place again to bravely nod in his second, sparking wild celebrations with United assistant Brian Kidd on his knees on the pitch.
United would go on to clinch a first league title in 26 years, embarking on a run of domestic dominance which saw Ferguson guide the club to 13 Premier League titles, establishing the Old Trafford outfit as the most successful in English football history.