The Premier League Hall of Fame honors association football players who have competed in the Premier League, the highest level of the English football league system. The Hall of Fame, which was supposed to open in 2020 but was delayed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is intended to recognize and honor players who have achieved great success and made significant contributions to the league since its inception in 1992.
The goal is to recognize retired players who have “an exceptional record of on-field success and have made significant contributions to the league.”
The vote will be decided by a combination of nominations from fans and the Premier League Awards Panel. Supporters have the opportunity to vote for six of the 25 available players.
Following the close of voting for the class of 2022, the Premier League has announced the new Hall of Fame inductees on their website.
In this article, we’ll be focusing on the following:
- What Is The Premier League Hall Of Fame?
- What Are the Criteria for Being Inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame?
- Careers of the New Inductees to the Hall of Fame.
What Is The Premier League Hall Of Fame?
The Premier League Hall of Fame recognizes and honors former players who have demonstrated exceptional on-field success and have made significant contributions to the League since its inception in 1992. It is the Premier League’s highest individual honor bestowed upon players.
“A place in the Premier League Hall of Fame is reserved for the very best,” said chief executive Richard Masters last April, after announcing the inaugural names of Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry. “It will be an opportunity for our fans all over the world to reflect on the years and join us in celebrating some truly exceptional playing careers.”
What Are the Criteria for Being Inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame?
Several criteria are considered for induction into the Premier League Hall of Fame, primarily players who have an “exceptional record of on-pitch success and have shown significant contribution” since the Premier League’s inception in 1992. Other factors are also considered, with players required to have retired prior to the start of the awarding season and being judged solely on their domestic performances in the Premier League, with no other competitions taken into account. In addition, players must have made 250 league appearances or achieved one of the following:
- For one club, he made over 200 Premier League appearances.
- Selected for the Team of the Decade or the 20th Anniversary teams.
- Have you ever won a Premier League Golden Boot or Golden Glove?
- Won three Premier League titles and was named Premier League Player of the Season.
- goalkeepers who have kept 100 Premier League clean sheets or goalkeepers who have scored 100 Premier League goals.
Careers of the New Inductees to the Hall of Fame.
Patrick Vieira is the manager of Premier League club Crystal Palace. He is a French professional football manager and former player. Vieira began his career in 1994 at Cannes, where several standout performances in his first season earned him a move to Serie A club Milan a year later, despite having limited first-team playing time.
At the heart of an Arsenal midfield that won three Premier League titles, the Frenchman provided a rare combination of power, aggression, and skill.
His long-range shots and late runs into the penalty area resulted in 31 goals, including the one that ended Arsenal’s undefeated season in 2003/04, with the captain lifting the Premier League Trophy after an unbeaten season.
- Appearances: 307
- Goals : 31
- Assists: 34
- Titles: 3
- Season Award: 1
Wayne Rooney is a former player and manager in the English Premier League. He is the manager of Derby County in the EFL Championship, where he previously served as interim player-manager. He spent the majority of his playing career as a forward, but he was also used in various midfield positions. Rooney is widely regarded as one of the best players of his generation, having scored the most goals for both the England national team and Manchester United, as well as having made the most appearances for the England national team (excluding goalkeepers).
In 491 Premier League appearances, Rooney scored 208 Premier League goals, second only to Alan Shearer, and provided 103 assists, the third-highest total in the competition’s history.
In a glorious 13-year spell at Old Trafford, bookended by two spells at Goodison Park, he won five titles, one Player of the Season award, and was named Player of the Month five times.
- Appearances: 491
- Goals: 208
- Assists: 103
- Titles: 5
- Season Awards: 1
- Monthly Awards: 6
Ian Wright is a former professional footballer from England who now works as a television and radio personality. He currently works as a pundit for BBC Sport and ITV Sport.
Ian Wright, a latecomer to the professional game, made up for lost time in his career.
The livewire striker was Arsenal’s leading scorer in the club’s first five seasons in the Premier League after joining from Crystal Palace.
Wright, a spectacular goal scorer, also had the knack of being in the right place at the right time, and in helping Arsenal win the Premier League in 1997/98, he broke Cliff Bastin’s club record of 178 goals.
- Appearances: 213
- Goals: 113
- Assists: 22
- Titles: 1
- Monthly Awards: 1
Peter Schemeichel, is a former professional football goalkeeper from Denmark. He is best known for his time at Manchester United, where he captained the club to victory in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final, completing the Treble. He also helped Denmark win the UEFA Euro in 1992.
He was among the first to feel at ease with the new backpass law.
Schmeichel’s long throws, which launched United’s attacks, were another first in the competition.
His spectacular saves, including his “star fish” jump, denied many strikers and helped him win five titles, including Player of the Season in 1995/96.
- Appearances: 310
- Clean Sheets: 128
- Titles: 5
- Season Award: 1
Paul Scholes, is an English football coach, pundit, former player, and Salford City co-owner. Between 1993 and 2013, he spent his entire professional playing career with Manchester United, where he scored over 150 goals in over 700 appearances. He is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders of his generation and one of Manchester United’s all-time greats.
Scholes was a creative force and an attacking threat in Manchester United’s midfield.
His vision and passing range contributed to 55 assists for his teammates, while his fearsome shooting ability resulted in some memorable strikes among the 107 goals he scored in 499 league appearances.
- Appearances: 499
- Goals: 107
- Assists: 55
- Titles: 11
- Monthly Award: 4
Didier Drogba, is a retired Ivorian professional footballer who played as a striker. He is the Ivory Coast national team’s all-time leading scorer and a former captain. He is best known for his time at Chelsea, where he scored more goals than any other foreign player and is now the club’s fourth highest goal scorer all time.
Didier Drogba, endowed with speed, power, and skill, was instrumental in Chelsea’s two consecutive Premier League titles in 2004/05 and 2005/06.
The Ivorian has the most Premier League goals by an African, with many of them coming from long range or with his head.
Drogba won the Premier League Trophy four times in two spells with Chelsea, as well as two Golden Boots.
- Appearances: 254
- Goals: 104
- Assists: 54
- Titles: 4
- Golden boots: 2
Vincent Kompany, is a Belgian professional football manager and former centre-back player. He is currently the manager of the Belgian club RSC Anderlecht. He most notably played for Manchester City for 11 seasons, eight of which he captained. He also played for the Belgium national team for 15 years, seven of which he was captain.
Man City’s Captain Fantastic, Vincent Kompany, was presented with the Premier League Trophy four times after leading the team from mid-table to the top in 11 glorious years at the Etihad Stadium.
He earned 94 shutouts in total and continued his knack for scoring crucial title-race goals, with a last-day effort in 2013/14 and a 2018/19 wonder strike versus Leicester City both pivotal in City’s title triumph.
- Appearances: 265
- Goals: 18
- Cleansheets: 94
- Titles: 4
- Season Awards: 1
Sergio Aguero, is a retired Argentine footballer who played as a striker. During his decade-long association with Manchester City, he was regarded as one of the greatest strikers of his generation and one of the greatest players in Premier League history.
No player with 20 or more goals can match the Man City striker’s minutes-per-goal ratio, and the Argentinian has the most Premier League goals by an overseas player with 184.
Aguero made Manchester City history with a stoppage-time winner to secure the club’s first Premier League title in his debut season in 2011/12, the first of five winners’ medals.
He also won the Premier League Golden Boot in 2014/15 and was named Player of the Month seven times.
- Appearances: 275
- Goals: 184
- Assists: 47
- Titles: 5
- Golden Boots: 1
- Monthly Awards: 6
Here’s a quick recap on the hall of fame 2022 Inductees:
- Patrick Vieira
- Wayne Rooney
- Ian Wright
- Peter Schemeichel
- Paul Scholes
- Didier Drogba
- Vincent Kompany
- Sergio Aguero