Comparing the Premier League to the Seven Wonders of the World

James WillisAnalyst IOctober 18, 2010

Comparing the Premier League to the Seven Wonders of the World

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    8 Jan 2000:  Statue of Christ the Redeemer during the FIFA Club World Championship in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. \ Mandatory Credit: Tom Shaw /Allsport
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    Having been following a TV series about the 7 wonders of the world recently and also having read articles which compare sports to pretty much anything, I decided to write an article comparing the seven wonders of the world to things from the Premier League.

    Here are the seven wonders of the world in Premier League terms...

The Great Wall of China: Chelsea, 2004-2005

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    LONDON - MAY 19:  Jose Mourinho manager of Chelsea talks to defender Paulo Ferreira during the FA Cup Final match sponsored by E.ON between Manchester United and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 19, 2007 in London, England.  (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Ima
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    The Great Wall of China was built to keep out the Mongols from the country. The 2004-2005 Chelsea defence was successfully built to keep out all other teams from their goal.

    Since the Premier League started in 1992, the record for least goals conceded in a season is held by Chelsea in the 2004-2005 season having let in only 15 goals in 38 games (and scoring 72 in the process).

    If any team is going to be compared to the Great Wall of China it must be the great defence of Chelsea.

Chichen Itza: Arsenal 2003-2004

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    SOUTHAMPTON - DECEMBER 29:  Thierry Henry of Arsenal strikes the ball during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Southampton and Arsenal on December 29, 2003 at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, England.  Arsenal won the match 1-0.  (Photo by Mik
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    Chichen Itza is an ancient monument built by the Mayans in Mexico, where people would be sacrificed. Highbury in the 2003-2004 season was also a place where teams would go to die, although in this case not literally.

    The 2003-2004 season was a spectacular one for Arsenal during which they went the entire season unbeaten. Although teams would struggle even when playing Arsenal at their home ground, they would be putting themselves in for so much worse when they had to play them at Highbury.

Egyptian Pyramids: Manchester City

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    BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17:   Nigel de Jong of Manchester City acknowledges the fans at the end of the Barclays Premiership match between Blackpool and Manchester City at Bloomfield Road on October 17, 2010 in Blackpool, England. (Photo by Alex Lives
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    The Pyramids in Giza were built by dominant rulers who wanted something that the world would remember. They are still now shrouded in mystery as to how they were built and what is really deep inside them all.

    Manchester City have a team of superstars built by rich rulers who want something that will dominate football. The club are shrouded in mystery as to how much they can do following a disappointing season last year but a strong start to this season.

Christ the Redeemer: Sir Alex Ferguson

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    SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson looks on before the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester United at the Stadium of Light on October 2, 2010 in Sunderland, England.  (Photo by Michael
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    No, this is not meant to compare Sir Alex Ferguson to Christ. It is comparing Alex Ferguson to the monument.

    The monument of Christ The Redeemer, is arguably the most iconic view of Rio De Janiero as the monument appears over the city on its hill. When people who don't know to much about Rio think about the place, one of the first things that they would come up with would be the monument.

    Sir Alex Ferguson is arguably the most iconic person in the Premier League. He has been manager of the club since before the league was even named the Premier League in the early 1990's. When people who do not know much about the Premier League think about it, one of the first names they will come up with is Sir Alex Ferguson. 

Taj Mahal: Cristiano Ronaldo

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    ROME - MAY 27: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Barcelona and Manchester United at the Stadio Olimpico on May 27, 2009 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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    The Taj Mahal was built as a monument to Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan's third wife. It is a very ornate and fancy building which not only looks spectacular but is also known around the world for its deeper meaning.

    Cristiano Ronaldo was bought into Manchester United as a replacement for David Beckham. He became a very skilled and fancy player who not only looked spectacular but also got his team the results they needed. 

Petra: St James' Park

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    NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11:  Blackpool goalkeeper Matthew Gilks saves from Kevin Nolan during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Blackpool at St James' Park on September 11, 2010 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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    Petra is not one of the first monuments which comes to mind when thinking of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is however one of the most unique structures in the world, where most travel enthusiasts are particularly excited to see.

    St James' Park is not one of the first Stadiums which comes to mind when thinking of Premier League Stadia. The ground is actually one of the most special in the league with an electric atmosphere combined with the size of it. Most football enthusiasts are normally particularly excited to see this ground.

    Also, Indiana Jones was filmed at Petra while the movie 'Goal' was filmed at St James' Park.

Machu Picchu: Wimbledon FC

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    4 Jan 1998:  (left to right) Robbie Earle, Michael Hughes and Vinny Jones of Wimbledon confront the referee, Steve Dunn, after having a goal disallowed due to the whistle going for full time during the FA Cup third round tie against Wrexham at Selhurst Pa
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    Machu Picchu is a site of what once was a very important civilization, if a little violent. The site is fascinating to see for anyone who enjoys those sort of experiences and it contains a very rich history.

    Wimbledon FC is an example of what once was a particularly prominent Premier League team, despite being rather aggressive. The decline of the team is an interesting story for the clubs fans (whether that's MK Dons or AFC Wimbledon now) and the team has a relatively successful history.