NEW YORK, NY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With the Barclays Premier League nearing the halfway point of the season, Sporting iD have released the Top 10 Player jerseys sold in North America this 2012/13 season.
Topping the rankings is Manchester United’s summer signing, Robin van Persie, who arrived from the formidable London club, Arsenal. Van Persie wasted no time winning over North America “ManU” fans by becoming the leading goal scorer for the club so far this season. The biggest mover on the rankings is American Clint Dempsey who finds his way to the # 6 spot thanks to his stellar play and move to Tottenham Hotspur during the summer transfer window. Dempsey is the first US player to make it on to the top 10 North America ranking.
Robert Thayne, Sporting iD’s Global Sales & Marketing Director, commented: “North American soccer fans continue to support the Barclays Premier League as fanatically as anywhere else, often waking at 4:00 AM to catch games on TV. Players like V. Persie, Hazard, Dempsey, Gerrard and Wilshere are top class players playing for the biggest Clubs in the world and their fans in North America are really no different than the ones who live in the UK. They are clearly showing their support of these players and their Club by personalizing jerseys with official Premier League player names, numbers and sleeve badges”.
Top Selling Official BPL Player Jerseys in North America
Based on name and number sales 12/13 season to date
1. ROBIN VAN PERSIE, Manchester United
2. WAYNE ROONEY, Manchester United
3. FERNANDO TORRES, Chelsea
4. EDEN HAZARD, Chelsea
5. FRANK LAMPARD, Chelsea
6. CLINT DEMPSEY, Tottenham
7. STEVEN GERRARD, Liverpool
8. CHICHARITO , Manchester United
9. SHINJI KAGAWA, Manchester United
10. JACK WILSHERE, Arsenal
The Top 10 Best Selling Barclays Premier League Players in the North America is compiled by Sporting iD, which since 1993 has developed the technology behind the Official Players and Replica names, numbers and sleeve badges of the Barclays Premier League. Rankings are based off of sales of official player names & numbers to all North American retailers during the 2012-2013 BPL season.
Barclays Premier League
The Barclays Premier League is the biggest continuous annual global sporting event in the world. Last season more than 13.1m fans attended matches with average stadium occupancy in excess of 92% for the fourth season in a row. Across nine months of the year 380 matches are viewed in 212 territories worldwide. Coverage of the matches is available in approximately 720m households.