Ranking the Premier League Club Badges: Liverpool's Tradition Trumps All
Players kiss it after they score, and fans worship it as a valuable representation of their club.
Of course, I am talking about the club badges of the English Premier League.
The 20 badges of the EPL are rich in history, tradition and stories of how the club came to be.
Those three criteria, along with visual appeal, helped determine where the 20 badges land on this list.
20. Cardiff City
Cardiff City's current badge has existed for just a few years, but it has not lacked a storm of controversy surrounding it.
Owner Vincent Tan rebranded the club when he took over, as he changed not only the badge, but the team's colors as well.
The Tan regime in South Wales has not gone as expected in the category of pleasing the fans, but at least they dominated the Championship last season to earn a spot in the EPL.
19. Swansea City
Swansea City, Cardiff's main rival, do have a traditional badge, but it is bland in its design.
A black swan placed upon a white background makes the Swans' badge look simple, but it does not have the wow factor that other badges in the EPL have.
It takes very little effort to try and emulate the badge of Fulham FC.
Three red letters representing the initials of the club going north to south on a white background is just a bland design.
Adding black trim to the edges of the badge makes it looks a bit better, but the Cottagers could do much better to make this a more visually appealing design.
17. Stoke City
The same words that can be used to describe Stoke City's play since they re-entered the EPL can be used to characterize the badge of the Potters.
Three red vertical stripes can be seen underneath the team's name on the main part of the badge.
Beneath all the striped design is the founding year of the club and their nickname.
The badge of the Potters gives us enough to know a little bit about their history but leaves us wanting more, much like their style of play.
16. West Bromwich Albion
In a step up from the badges at the back end of this list, West Brom has stripes, the team name and an animal.
However, it is still a bit bland due to the clean nature of the stripes and the lack of exciting color in the club name.
A plus for the Baggies is that they do have a throstle in the middle of their badge, which pays homage to the old nickname of the club.
15. Tottenham Hotspur
A proud blue cockerel is the defining part of the Tottenham Hotspur badge.
While it is not restricted to being forced inside of a shape like all of the other animals on EPL crests, the cockerel just blends in when seen on the kits of Tottenham.
Seen here on the right of Jermain Defoe, the cockerel standing on top of a football seems like it is just another part of the uniform, instead of standing out on its own.
Let me be brutally honest here: there is way too much going on with the club badge of Southampton.
From the halo and scarf at the top to the white rose steeped in the red background at the bottom, there is just too much to follow when it comes to the badge of the Saints.
While it may seem a bit unorganized, the badge does have a ton of meaning behind it, with every object containing a back story that endears itself to the locals.
One example of this is the tree, which is centered behind a white landscape that stands for the location of the New Forest and its proximity to Southampton.
13. Norwich City
When glancing at the 20 EPL badges lined up against one another, the one of Norwich City definitely sticks out.
The green and gold color pattern with a canary smack dab in the middle of it makes the Norwich badge a can't-miss.
However, not all people are fans of the green and gold scheme that gives the Canaries that stand-out quality.
Having the guts to wander off the path and stick with the colors that mirror the NFL's Green Bay Packers is admirable, but unlike the Packers' logo, the Norwich badge is still just an acquired taste.
12. Hull City
There is bold, and there is Hull City tiger badge bold.
The open-mouthed Tiger makes an otherwise bland design look like something that will draw eyes to it.
Everything else about the Hull City badge is just plain boring with the team's name and nickname in bold white letters on top of a black background.
Maybe that is why the club's ownership has adapted a more Tiger-first mentality of late?
Compared to their other badges in club history, the current Chelsea crest has been toned down a bit.
The blue lion positioned in the center of the badge has been a part of the club for a while, but compared to the previous badge, the animal has a more conservative look.
If you look at it close enough, the entire Chelsea badge has a bit of conservative look to it, which is the last word you would use to describe the actions of owner Roman Abramovich and manager Jose Mourinho.
10. Aston Villa
It takes a special type of club to pull off the color combination of claret, sky blue and green, and Aston Villa do just that.
Up and down the badge, the colors never intrude any of the others, and the result is a clean-cut, traditional-looking crest.
As is typical with most EPL clubs, the Villains have an animal, in their case a lion, centrally placed on their logo.
The club's motto of "Prepared" also appears on the badge at the bottom, which is a nice touch that most clubs do not have on their respective crests.
Since the newest edition of Everton's badge (pictured in the back) is not going to be on the club's kit until next season, I will keep the current crest (front left) as the one I use in the ranking.
Let's start with the Latin sentence on the bottom of the crest, which when translated means "Nothing but the best is good enough".
Adding to the Latin on the crest is the picture of "The Beacon", a landmark that has been associated with Everton over time, and two laurel wreaths.
With all of the elements placed on to the blue background, it makes the finished product a solid and respectable badge to represent the club.
Saying there is a ton of history behind Sunderland's badge is an understatement.
From the black cats of Sunderland guarding each side of the crest to the representations of the Penshaw Monument and Wearmouth Bridge, this logo has it all.
It also contains the Latin saying, "Consectatio Excellentiae", which translated means "In search of excellence".
Excellence may not be what the current players of the club want to pursue at the moment with a few wins to escape the relegation zone being a better goal.
7. Newcastle United
Just like the badge of their primary rival, the one of Newcastle United is steeped in history.
The crest is guarded by two sea horses, which represent the city's placement on the River Tyne.
As you look upward from the sea horses, you will see a lion sticking out of a castle.
The castle stands for the fortress that handed the city of Newcastle its name, part of which is still standing today.
The crest also mirrors the coat of arms for the city of Newcastle upon Tyne.
6. West Ham United
West Ham United presents us with a badge design that uses a few different colors and includes a historic backdrop guarded by two hammers.
The claret, blue and yellow on the crest go together quite nicely, as the yellow makes the representation of Boleyn Castle stand out in the claret background.
The subtle appearance of the club's name on the bottom of the badge is a nice touch to a clean-looking crest that gets the most out of its small amount of features.
5. Manchester City
Manchester City's badge is draped in light colors that make it visually pleasing from the first time you lay eyes on it.
The standout piece of the badge is the eagle, whose wings surround each edge of the crest.
The eagle is supposed to represent the aviation industry, while the ship at the top of the symbol stands for the shipping industry.
Near the bottom of the logo, the three white stripes may seem insignificant, but they stand for the city's three rivers (Irwell, Irk and Medlock).
If you stripped the Arsenal badge of the club's name, you would have no problem deciphering whom it belonged to.
The cannon placed upon the red shield lets fans make an instant identification of the Arsenal badge.
The Gunners are separated from their competitors' badges by the cannon that has found its way onto the badge in some manner since 1922.
While there is not much going on in the badge itself, the marks on the badge clearly let you know whom a player is representing.
For that clear, no gimmicks badge strategy, the Gunners find themselves high on this list.
3. Manchester United
Just like Arsenal, Manchester United's badge is recognizable in an instant all over the world.
There is also plenty of meaning behind the logo, as it was originally modeled after the City of Manchester crest.
While it may look completely different from the city crest nowadays, United has still kept the ship above the red devil character.
The red devil, which is the team's nickname, is the focal point of the inside while the club's name in writing is the main draw on the outside.
Every component of the badge has its own space to make sure there is no overcrowding of elements, and that is what makes it even better.
2. Crystal Palace
What is better than an eagle holding a football above a crystal palace?
When it comes to club badges, not many match the creation put together by Crystal Palace Football Club.
The parts that put this badge together so perfectly have very simple meanings behind them, as the eagle is the club's nickname, and they were named after the Crystal Palace erected near Hyde Park.
If only the club itself was as good as the badge this season, we would be talking about the Eagles in a more positive manner.
The Liverpool badge has everything you could ask for and then some.
At the top, the Shankly Gates are honored with the famous "You'll Never Walk Alone" line underneath them.
On each side of the badge, there is an eternal flame that symbolizes the remembrance of those lost in the Hillsborough disaster.
In the middle of the badge, the Liverpool city symbol of the liver bird is presented in a dominant fashion.
With everything in the badge representing something meaningful to the club, it is only right that the design makes Liverpool look like a proud, historic football club that has the best badge in the EPL.