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Most Iconic Moments In The Premier League History – Top 15

Premier League over the years has seen many iconic moments in its history. From last minute title clinching goals to team mates fight on the pitch – it has seen it all. Let us have a look at some of the most iconic moments in the Premier League history.

Here are the 15 most iconic moments in the Premier league history –

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15. Bust-up between teammates – Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer ( April 2, 2005 )

Teammates Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer took their frustrations out on each other in front of 50,000 plus fans at St James’ Park – not to forget the millions watching on TV. With Newcastle 3-0 down to Aston Villa, Bowyer took offence to Dyer not passing him the ball and the pair lashed out at each other. Three goals down and down to 10 men with eight minutes to go, things got even worse for Newcastle United at St James’ Park against Aston Villa as they were both sent off, leaving the Magpies with just eight players on the pitch. Both players had to later make a public apology in a press conference and were suspended.

14. Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira go head to head (1999-2000)

You can really take your pick from 1998-99, 2004-05 and so many other flashpoints between Keane and Vieira, but Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Arsenal at Highbury was probably the volcanic peak, not least because one of them scored twice to win the game and they so dictated it by going head to head as well as the fact this was when the rivalry – between the two clubs and two players – was at its most ferocious. The Premier League still hasn’t seen anything like it, and these two best defined the aggression and energy that has so characterised the competition.

13. Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle (April 3, 1996 )

This was a brilliantly entertaining match on a floodlit night at Anfield. Both teams were challenging for the title, neither could really defend. Newcastle desperately needed to win after seeing a 12-point lead over Manchester United at the top of the table swing into a three-point deficit.

From 1-0 to the hosts to 1-1; 1-2, 2-2, 2-3, 3-3 and then, in stoppage time, Reds striker Stan Collymore beat Newcastle goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek. Liverpool manager Roy Evans would later describe the game as “kamikaze football.” The teams would play out another 4-3 thriller the following season, but the first time is always the best.

12. Everton’s great escape  (1993-94)

The first of the Premier League’s many great escapes from relegation, but one that had more historical meaning than all others, given that Everton were looking to preserve 40 years of top-flight status. They just about kept it, thanks to a comeback from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at home to Wimbledon, as Goodison Park struggled to keep the roof on when Graham Stuart beat the hapless Hans Segers to hit his second of the game and one of the biggest goals in the grand old ground’s history.

It is definitely one of the most iconic moments in the Premier League history for Everton fans.

11. Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra incident (2011-12)

Perhaps the ugliest controversy in Premier League history, because of the reported details of the incident, the reaction to it, and how deeply rancorous the already heated United-Liverpool rivalry got. After the match on 15th October ,when interviewed by French television, Evra suggested that, during an extended argument about an earlier foul, the Liverpool striker had subjected him to a barrage of racist slights. He had called him “a certain word” at least 10 times, Evra said. When told of the accusations, Suarez denied them and wrote, in a Facebook post, that he was upset at the very idea he might be thought racist.

Suarez was found guilty by an FA commission of using “insulting words with a reference to Mr Evra’s colour”, and the Premier League found itself in a period of general unpleasantness arguably not seen otherwise. It even tipped into farce with Liverpool’s decision to wear t-shirts in support of Suarez, but mostly just so much anger and so much argument, at a level beyond the normal.

10. Blackburn Wins The Title (1995)

Former Liverpool great Kenny Dalglish became the club’s manager when they were in the bottom half of the second tier of English football. Aided by the millions of benefactor Jack Walker, and Dalglish’s canny signings, they won promotion to the new Premier League at the first attempt.

In their first season in the top flight they finished fourth, then were runners-up to Manchester United before being crowned champions in 1995, pipping United on the last day of the season by a point despite defeat by Liverpool. Blackburn Rovers may have been remarkably – in Sir Alex Ferguson’s words “bottling it” to lose 2-1 late on at Liverpool but that was rendered irrelevant by West Ham United’s 1-1 draw at home with Manchester United, who by then simply needed one goal to claim a third title in a row. With the whole episode only further charged by the fact Kenny Dalglish needed a result against a Liverpool side who would have loved him winning it, as well as Eric Cantona’s suspension, it all added up to glorious, and a unique manner of victory to go with Blackburn’s unique title.

9. Cantona’s kung-Fu Kick (1995)

No matter what has happened in the Premier League since, there will never be anything to match this in terms of pure shock. The very idea of a player launching himself into the crowd to attack some remains almost incredible, all the more so when it is the competition’s best and most famous – if not necessarily the most serene.

25 January, 1995. Defending champions United travel to south-east London in second place, two points behind leaders Blackburn, who they had beaten 1-0 at Old Trafford three days earlier with Cantona scoring the winner. Victory at lowly Palace would return United to the top of the league.

Cantona was already getting frustrated in Manchester United’s eventual 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace, before kicking out at Richard Shaw, getting red-carded and then getting a volley of abuse as he walked down the touchline. Matthew Simmons shouted at Eric, “f*** off back to France”, and the rest is history. The “kung-fu kick” earned him a nine-month ban.

8. Beckham Half-Way Line Goal (1996)

On the opening day of the season, Manchester United were playing Wimbledon at Selhurst Park . United were leading 2-0 when, in the final minute, Beckham collected the ball inside his own half, looked up and went for goal from 60 yards out. The ball floated over the head of goalkeeper Neil Sullivan and into the net, making it one of the most iconic moments in the Premier League history.
“I was more happy about the fact that Eric Cantona came up to me afterward and said ‘good goal.’ That was better than scoring the goal for me,'” Beckham has said.


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7. Manchester Utd 1-6 Manchester City and Balotelli’s ‘ Why Always Me’

After so many years of Manchester United superiority, and so many recent games when Sir Alex Ferguson’s side had punished City with late goals, it was as if Roberto Mancini’s side were channeling all the frustration of that into one fantastical crescendo for Edin Dzeko to make it a sensational 6-1. The Italian’s side scored three emphatic late goals of their own to inflict Sir Alex Ferguson’s worst defeat as United boss and his club’s worst at home since 1930. It also changed the course of history, as City showed there was more substance to them than money, going on to become champions and ensuring that the shockwaves of this had an even greater effect than similar big United defeats like the 5-0 to Newcastle United.

One of the major talking points of the game was Balotelli ‘ Why Always Me’ shirt celebration , after he scored the opening goal of the game.

6. Arsenal Invincibles (2003-04)

Arsene Wenger’s team of the 2003-04 vintage is the first to win the Premier League title having not lost a game. They played 38 league games, won 26 and drew 12, scored 73 goals and conceded just 26, for a total of 90 points.
Captained by Frenchman Patrick Vieira, the team consisted of some of the greats of the Premier League era: Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Ashley Cole and Sol Campbell. Winning the title by 11 points, they were the first team since Preston North End in 1889 to achieve the feat in the top flight, having played 16 matches more.

5. Alex Ferguson retirement and David Moyes appointment (2013)

In his final season in charge of the one of the world’s most famous clubs, Sir Alex Ferguson — the most successful football manager in British history — bowed out with a Premier League title. Ferguson ended his reign with 49 trophies: 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups and two Champions League titles, to name but a few.
If Ferguson’s retirement was stunning news but obviously inevitable, Moyes’ appointment was both intensely perplexing and surprising. He was given the benefit of the doubt by virtue of who chose him, but it so quickly became apparent he was out of depth, and thereby sent the entire dynamic of the Premier League out of kilter.

After two decades where you could be pretty much guaranteed that Manchester United would be the baseline of competitiveness for winning the title; the threshold. That all evaporated with Moyes, and created the most unpredictable and open period in the English top flight since before the Premier League began.

4. Luis Suarez’s bite (2014)

The Premier League has seen bad fouls, bad fights and some downright bad moments but, even with aggression, Suarez took it to new levels. It had never seen a bite, even if the Uruguayan’s career has bizarrely seen more than one.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez made his mark on the Premier League in myriad ways. The striker will be remembered as one of the greatest goalscorers to have played in the league, but also as one of its most controversial.
The Uruguayan bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during a match at Anfield, which led to a 10-match ban for the Liverpool player. Even Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron had an opinion on the matter, calling on the Football Association to make an example of the player, which it did.

3. Gerrard’s Slip (2015)

Liverpool were in brilliant form and seemed on course to secure a first league title for 24 years. They had won 11 consecutive matches and were unbeaten in 16 when Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea came to Anfield. But a Steven Gerrard error would cost them dearly that season. Just two weeks after the club captain had tried to so consciously lead by example by demanding that the league leaders “do not let this slip”… he slipped, to see Demba Ba score, Chelsea win 2-0 and the fate of the trophy to go into Manchester City’s hands.
Inside his own half, the captain slipped, lost possession and Chelsea’s Demba Ba capitalized, putting the Londoners on their way to a 2-0 victory. Liverpool’s title charge came to a halt after that loss. A disastrous draw at Crystal Palace followed and Manchester City clinched the title. “There’s not a day that doesn’t go by that I don’t think about what if that didn’t happen,” Gerrard has said.


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2. Leicester Wins The Premier League (2015-16)

This was a season which captured the imagination of the world. Leicester City had started the campaign as 5,000-1 outsiders for the title after almost being relegated the season before and Claudio Ranieri was seen as an uninspired choice to replace Nigel Pearson, who was sacked prior to the start of the campaign.
But Ranieri and his team of bargain buys and journeymen started the season brilliantly and, incredibly, sustained their challenge. At the end of March they became odds-on favorites for the first time and, in May, won the first top-flight title in the club’s history.  All of this was something we may never see again.

1. Aguerooooooooooooooo (2012)

There has simply never been a single moment in the entire Premier League history, that brought the season down to the literal last seconds and had the maximum possible significance: a goal that settled the title itself. No equivocation, no caveats, no time for anything else. Pure spectacle and pure pandemonium.

Manchester City and Manchester United started the final day of the season level on points. With minutes of their respective games remaining, United were set to become champions once more. But then came the twist: Edin Dzeko scored for City in stoppage time to level at home against QPR, giving Roberto Mancini’s men hope — but they needed to win.
With the last kick of the match, along came Sergio Aguero, dancing into the box… Mario Balotelli found the Argentine, who struck low into the bottom-left corner. Ecstasy for the men in blue. City won the title for the first time in 44 years.

We have repeated this in many of our articles, we will repeat it once more, ”City should build a statue of Aguero scoring that goal once he retires from football”.

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