It is back! For all you football enthusiasts out there, it is time to rejoice again as the football season gets underway once more. After more than two months of intense transfer drama (of course, some more action continues to erupt everyday), the action is all set to begin. Come August year after year and all the club rivalries begin another time. European football is all set to start and the whole world is watching.
The most followed and the most popular league is the Barclays English Premier League (or EPL for short) in which the top 20 teams of England battle it out for ultimate glory. The EPL turns friends into foes and enemies into buddies every single year. Every season has its set of fireworks, and this season promises to be another explosive one!
Transfer speculation was terrific and interesting throwing up out-of-the-world headlines as it is every year with all tabloids competing with each other for the latest news more fiercely than the 20 EPL teams. This year had the most rumors on Sneijder, Nasri, and Fabregas with none of them being yet confirmed. It was highly entertaining to watch dramatic reports being churned out everyday. In future, I think a Newspaper Premier League can be started! 😉
Well, the 20 teams are not the same every year. Each season, the bottom three are relegated to the lower division and the top three of the lower league are promoted to the Premier League. The 20 teams this year are Arsenal, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Chelsea, Everton, Fulham, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Norwich City, Queens Park Rangers, Stoke City, Sunderland, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion, Wigan Athletic, and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Manchester United, who won the league for a record 19th time last season are the defending champions. They will of course look to snatch that for a 20th time. The other strong contenders are Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Tottenham. Chelsea will look back to get their crown which they last won in 2009-2010. They will analyze their astonishing mid-season slump last year after having the best start ever to an EPL season. Moreover, Arsenal would sacrifice even their bodies to win a title because it is such a long time since they put their hands on some worthy silverware!!! Liverpool will be glad to forget last season and take solace in the fact that a certain Rafa Benitez isn't their manager. 😉
Alright, jokes apart. This EPL season is going to be one of the toughest and most hardly contested League in recent times. Ferguson, Wenger, Dalglish, Villas-Boas et al will all be out to prove their mettle. The stage is set for one cracker of a season. So, pull out your jersey and shout for your team!!! Wondering who my favorite is? It is the Red Devils. United forever!!! 😃