When watching the English Premier League, I am fascinated by the rivalries among the various teams and the history of those teams. Most of the rivalries within the Premier League are rooted in the history and geography of the clubs. When thinking of historic or geographic rivalries, I invariably think of HBO's Game of Thrones. The geopolitics of Game of Thrones is fascinating and all the enmity between some of the major families is rooted in their pasts. There are several noble families vying for control of the Iron Throne and the continent of Westeros. This is akin to Premier League clubs vying for the title and dominance in English football.
This article lists the major Houses in HBO's Game of Thrones and their corresponding counterparts in the English Premier League. Firstly, only major houses that have been seen in the first three seasons (and the first two episodes of Season 4) have been listed. In all, 11 houses and 11 corresponding clubs have been listed. The list focuses on the HBO show rather than the books. While I have read the books, it is easier to convert the major houses into teams using the contents of the show and it avoids any spoilers for those who have not read the books as the plot in the show is behind that of the books. As readers of the books know, the situation in Westeros changes constantly and the situation at the end of George R.R Martin's fifth book is different from the situation currently depicted in the television series.
Finally, the article focuses on the 2013/2014 Premier League season. If this article was written last year the analogies between certain houses and teams would not apply. For one, House Martell did not fully appear in the show until Season 4 and Manchester United are thought of differently this season as compared to last season. The similarities between the Houses of Westeros and the listed Premier League teams is sometimes geographic, while in some cases the characteristics and ethos of the clubs led to the comparisons. While the teams listed do not have all the characteristics of the major Houses of Westeros, they do share quite a few.
11 House Arryn - Newcastle United
10 House Greyjoy - West Ham United
9 House Frey - Everton
8 House Tully - Tottenham Hotspur
7 House Targaryen - Leeds United
6 House Bolton - Liverpool
5 House Stark - Manchester United
4 House Baratheon of Dragonstone - Arsenal
3 House Martell - Fulham
2 House Tyrell - Manchester City
1 House Lannister - Chelsea
The similarities between House Lannister and Chelsea are striking. House Lannister are one of the dominant houses in Westeros and are distinguished by their wealth and ruthlessness. Chelsea are a dominant Premier League team that are noted for their financial clout and their ruthlessness. Jose Mourinho is a calculating and ruthlessly efficient manager similar to Tywin Lannister. Chelsea's captain John Terry is one of the faces of the team and has a rare talent in that everything he does manages to alienate the public and other teams. This characteristic is very similar to that of Cersei Lannister. Tywin Lannister cannot stand his second son, Tyrion Lannister and struggles to hide his disdain. If that does not describe the relationship between Jose Mourinho and Fernando Torres, I don't know what does.
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