With the English Premier League kicking off today (Sorry about the pun) and the increasing popularity of soccer amongst Americans I thought it would be a good idea to write something about one of the best leagues in soccer in an attempt to help introduce people to the beautiful game.
Starting with the very basics, there are twenty teams in the league, each team plays each other twice. The team with the most amount of points at the end of the season wins the title, bottom three get demoted (relegated) into the division below.Teams placed 1-4 in the league also get to play in the European Champions League (All the best teams in Europe play each other) next season.
For the teams, I’m going to do a short analysis of the teams to watch this season.
First off there is the current FA cup holders Arsenal, Arsenal are coached by 65 year-old Arsene Wenger from France, he has been head coach of Arsenal for nearly 10 years (longest serving head coach in the league) In this time Wenger has coached Arsenal to six FA cup wins and two Premier League title wins, with rumours circling around that Arsenal may be about to sign Real Madrid and French superstar Karim Benzema I definitely think they can retain their FA cup title however I do not think they have the quality to win the league.
Next we have the current Premier League title owners Chelsea, Chelsea are owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovic who’s money has gone a long way in helping Chelsea achieve success. Coached by one of the best coaches in the world Jose Mourinho who has brought them three Premier League titles and four cup wins coupled with one of the all-around strongest roster in the league I firmly believe that Chelsea can win the league again.
Third on the list is legacy team Manchester United, United have dropped pace a bit after their long-serving head coach Alex Ferguson retired three years ago, in his tenure as head coach United were an unstoppable force, now with head coach Louis van Gaal at the helm Manchester United have a chance to return to former glory. United have also made steps in the right direction regarding offseason signings, namely, 31 year-old German powerhouse Bastian Schweinsteiger who will almost certainly help Manchester United return to their former glory.
Another Manchester team is next, Manchester City, owned by another billionaire, Manchester City have only had major success recently (2011 they qualified for the champions league), City have won the league twice in the last four years, accused of buying their way to the top (they’ve been purchasing the top players for ridiculous amounts of money) their spending spree hasn’t stopped, brining in players like Raheem Sterling in an attempt to win the league for a fourth time.
Now for the most important team of all, my team, Newcastle United. We are owned by English billionaire Mike Ashley who has (untill this season) refused to put a lot of investment into the club, he stuck by a policy of buy cheap sell expensive. Spending an average of $5million on players in his 8 year tenure, this is appalling for a top league team. However after an end-of season relegation scare it seems as though Mike Ashley is willing to spend money, he’s brought in three players for a combined fee of $35million this offseason and brought in English coach Steve McClaren leading me to believe that Newcastle United will be a very interesting team to support.
Hopefully this overview has given you some insight into English soccer.
By Dryden DeMarco @Dryden74