It’s getting to be that time of the year when football fans the world over ready themselves for the start of their favorite domestic league competitions and wear their team jerseys with pride. The Barclays Premier League is no exception…
Despite Spain’s La Liga, France’s Ligue 1 and the German Bundesliga, the Barclays Premier League is the most watched season-long competition in the world. According to the Premier League website it’s broadcast in 212 countries in collaboration with 80 separate broadcasters.
The top four Premier League clubs even contest in the popular UEFA Champions League in a bid to become ‘Champions of Europe’. This hotly-anticipated Champions League season should be particularly interesting considering Manchester United, the most successful Premiership side in English football, won’t be a part of it.
Liverpool on the other hand will make their much-awaited return to Europe after four long seasons. After coming within inches of clinching the title last season they’ll certainly be looking to make a lasting impression this time around.
Despite the transfer of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, Brendan Rodgers has made some decent signings like Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, and Emre Can that have given the squad more depth. Even if a direct replacement for Suarez does not arrive in the summer transfer window, they already have the likes of Daniel Sturridge and new signing Ricki Lambert from Southampton.
The Telegraph reported that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was given as much as £100 million this summer for a little ‘shopping’. He has used it to bring-in Chilean World Cup sensation Alexis Sanchez, Frenchman Mathieu Debuchy, Colombian David Ospina and Southampton’s Callum Chambers. After winning the FA Cup last season, the Gunners finally ended their nine year silverware drought. With some exciting new additions to the squad, they are now one of the strongest teams to look out for.
Last season, Chelsea saw the return of favorite Jose Mourinho as manager. Under his guidance, the Blues managed to make it to the semi-finals of the Champions League and came in third in the Premiership. This season Mourinho has added the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and Didier Drogba.
Costa had an excellent season with current Spanish champions Atletico Madrid. He was their top scorer and should be able to continue his blistering form in England. The future of £50 Million man Fernando Torres also remains in question, though Mourinho has publicly stated his intentions to keep him at Stamford Bridge.
And finally, we have defending champions Manchester City. Due to restrictions imposed by UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations, they have not made any major signings this season except for Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna and FC Porto’s Fernando. Boasting a star-studded squad featuring Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and David Silva, the Citizens are considered among the favorites this season.
Will Manchester United claw their way back to the top four under incoming manager Louis Van Gaal? Will Liverpool get another chance to secure the title? Will this be a special season for the Special One? Will Wenger add league silverware to the FA Cup?
Please hold, all questions will be answered when the season starts August 16th.