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Aug 18 2013

The Return of the Premier League

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This weekend marked the return of the English Premier League, the most watched sports league in the world. The start of the 2013/14 season marks the first of a three-year deal NBC made with the Premier League for $250 million dollars, and the most noteworthy result from the weekend was Arsenal’s surprising 1-3 defeat to Aston Villa, with the Gunners being loudly booed at the end of the match. The overall message from fans to manager Arsene Wenger and Arsenal ownership was to spend some money, having only secured one signing this summer on a free transfer.

As is always the case, the transfer gossip dominates the start of the season, with several high-profile players potentially on the move. There is talk of England striker Wayne Rooney going to Chelsea (which was given further fuel considering Rooney’s lack of celebration during Man United’s goals this Saturday), Liverpool striker Luis Suarez going to Arsenal and Tottenham midfielder Gareth Bale heading to Spanish giants Real Madrid. Considering the potential transfer fee Tottenham are requesting (around 90 million british pounds), there seems to be no doubt that the role of money, foreign owners and player transfer demands are altering the landscape of English football-with the inclusion of cheaper foreign talent significantly affecting the talent pool for England’s national team. One bright side for me (being half English and half Belgian) is the overwhelming amount of Belgian talent on display throughout the Premier League, which bodes well for les Diables Rouges’ World Cup campaign in Brazil next year.

 

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