Saturday August 14 2010. The Premier League season begins in earnest. We may still be shaking off our World Cup hangovers, as the tournament climaxed in Johannesburg just five weeks ago. But at least the English players have had a bit more time off.
Here are nearly twenty reasons to be very, very excited about the 2010-11 English Premier League season, the best league in the world.
Off to a flyer
These are the two sides who could finally put the nail in the coffin of "Big Four" dominance. Spurs ended four consecutive seasons of Chelsea-Manchester United-Arsenal-Liverpool premiership last term, and should play in the Champions League for the first time. Their prodigiously talented midfield is up to the task.
City have spent over £100 million this summer, and should chuck their new signings in at the deep end in the season opener. The brash boys in sky blue are far from shy when it comes to talking about their ambitions for the summit of the Premier League’s new order.
Manchester City’s defense
The "home grown" rule
Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere
Bowing out in style?
As will the man who has overseen their careers at Old Trafford. Sir Alex Ferguson will have enjoyed 25 years at the club, and be months off his 70th birthday, in the summer of 2011. He wants to win the Champions League a third time, but it must be time to go.
Who will replace him? Jose Mourinho, after just a year in Madrid? A Guus Hiddink or Louis van Gaal? Or someone closer to home? The patient, and Scottish, David Moyes? Martin O’Neill? Or one of Ferguson’s former-United apprentices? Steve Bruce, Mark Hughes, Roy Keane?
A question for another day? Perhaps. In the mean time, there’s football to watch.
Tom Sheldrick is a freelance writer and can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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