Premier League: Which clubs are most popular worldwide?
Twitter's new interactive map reveals country-by-country allegiance.
The NFL, NBA and MLB all think they have global reach, but none of them have the reach that the Premier League does. The United Kingdom-based soccer (or, as the rest of the world calls it, "football") league consists of 20 teams, many of whose jerseys (or "kits" in the local parlance) are as ubiquitous around the world as Yankees or Lakers jerseys are in the U.S.
The league is so popular that Twitter created an interactive world map that identifies each country's favorite Premier League club (we're guessing Twitter researched hashtags and other analytics to gather this info). It works like this: hover your mouse over a country and the favorite club will be revealed.
Interactive map of Premier League support around the world. (Photo: Twitter)
Here are a few of the more interesting results:
United States and Canada
Arsenal (in red) plays Reading during the 2015 FA Cup Semi Final in London. (Photo: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
Americans and Canadians root mostly for Arsenal. The London-based club is one of the best in the league and has been around since the 1880s. Its rivalry with Manchester United makes Yankees-Red Sox look like a cotillion by comparison.
Chelsea and Manchester United fight for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match on April 18, 2015, in London. (Photo: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
Israelis, appropriately enough, root for the blue and white of the Chelsea F.C., also based in London. Arsenal was a very close second. Chelsea won the 2012 UEFA Champions League, which consists of the best teams in leagues across Europe.
Manchester City battles Manchester United on April 12, 2015, in Manchester, England. (Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
India is a Manchester United nation. Man U, as it's often called, is one of the biggest sports brand names on the planet. The red-and-gold-clad Manchester-based club last won the Premier League in 2013.
Liverpool (in yellow) faced Aston Villa in London on April 19, 2015. (Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)
Apparently, people in Norway root for the underdog, as they prefer to follow Liverpool. Liverpool also has a rivalry with Man U. Wow, everyone wants to beat Man U, don't they?
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