The return of the English Premier League

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Some 672 million Tweets were sent about the 2014 World Cup as football fans from around the globe shared the highs and lows of the world’s biggest sporting event on Twitter.

As memories of the World Cup begin to fade, the @PremierLeague springs back into action tonight as Manchester United (@ManUtd) host Swansea City (@SwansOfficial) in the first match of the 2014/2015 season. With all 20 Premier League teams on Twitter, following each team is a great way to get closer to the action throughout the upcoming year.

The most followed team in the Premier League is @Arsenal, with more than 4.24 million followers. Joining #AFC in the top five are:

  1. Arsenal (@Arsenal) - 4.24 million
  2. Chelsea (@ChelseaFC) - 4.18 million
  3. Liverpool (@LFC) - 3 million
  4. Manchester United (@ManUtd) - 3 million
  5. Manchester City (@MCFC) - 1.92 million

More than 60% of Premier League players are now on Twitter, as well as two managers, @RonaldKoeman of Southampton and Garry Monk (@GarryMonk16) of Swansea.

A handful of Aussies playing in the Premier League are also gearing up for another massive season in England:

Tottenham (@SpursOfficial) begin the new season with 76% of their first-team squad on Twitter — the highest of any team Premier League team. However with the transfer window open until September 1, it remains to be seen whether they’ll maintain that position.

Follow the conversation with Twitter

Throughout the season, many of the best-known voices within the game Tweet their observations and opinions, directly engaging with fans in real-time. Join the conversation by subscribing to this list of journalists, commentators and pundits who are providing 24/7 reaction, breaking news and insight on all things @PremierLeague.

According to research*, 74% of Australian Twitter users watch live football on TV. More than half of Aussie Twitter users say they use Twitter for something football related, while a similar number (45%) say football news breaks quicker on Twitter than anywhere else.

In keeping with this, @FoxFootball has made Twitter a more integral part of its EPL coverage than ever before and with all 380 games live you won’t miss a thing.

Their expert commentators are always worth a follow for those late night insights and behind-the-scenes access

Here is our list of some key Australian Twitter accounts to follow as the season unfolds.

Wherever you are in the world this season, keep an eye on @PremierLeague and #BPL for chapter and verse on every match.

*GlobalWebIndex Twitter User Football Research 2014