1. Ed Sarfo: Basics of the English Premier League

Ed Sarfo is a soccer fan who enjoys keeping up with many of the sport’s international circuits, including the English Premier League. Since its establishment in the early 1990’s, the English Premier League (EPL) has grown to become one of the best soccer leagues in the world. World class players, both past, and present, have made their mark known in the league: Thierry Henry, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo made a name for themselves in England, alongside many others. Each week during the season, fans are treated to high-quality football matches from teams that have garnered attention all over the world. Teams like Manchester United and Arsenal are popular with fans, including those from both the Far East and South America.

Astronomical commercial deals have helped popularize the EPL. Sponsorships deals run into hundreds of millions of dollars for the top teams, and broadcasting rights are sold for billions. Free spending billionaires and oil magnates have been attracted by the league to make it one of the most valuable leagues in the world. The top ten Forbes List of valuable clubs features at least four EPL clubs on an annual basis.

For players, pride and money are often the compelling factors that make it attractive to seek employment in the EPL. Participation in Europe’s top tier football competitions is another appealing aspect, with players who shine on a continental stage more likely to be called up to their national squads. Competing against other top players on a weekly basis pushes individuals to become better, thus raising the level of play.