The Barclays’ Premier League is the most popular league in the world, and its season is underway.
First, we’ll start off with one of the biggest and richest clubs in the world, Manchester United. Selling two of their best players, Robin Van Persie and Angel Di Maria, for cash considerations may prove a bad decision for Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal. But with new talented players being brought in such as forwards Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial they may be able to compete with the best of them.
Chelsea won the league and the Capital One Cup last season, but with very little activity in the pre-season transfer window and the loss of a legendary goalkeeper Petr Cėch to close rival Arsenal, many think they will have a more difficult season this time around. “Chelsea will win the league again, they have Hazard”, said Premier League follower sophomore Blake LaViale.
Arsenal has lacked a goalscorer for quite some time, but hopefully if forward Theo Walcott and their defense can stay healthy, they can challenge for the title.
Manchester City, the wealthiest sports team in the world, have made a couple of interesting signings, including a controversial amount of money spent on young English winger Raheem Sterling, around $65 million USD. Many fans think they have spent the money to win the league, especially if last season’s top scorer Sergio Agüero can stay healthy. “Manchester City are too good, they have too many great players not to win the BPL,” said sophomore Isaac Oh.
Liverpool had a season of ups and downs last year, but with a lot of key signings such as Roberto Firmino and Nathaniel Clyne in the transfer market, many think they will challenge for a Champions League spot.
Chelsea Football Club ran away with the title last season, but many fans think this season may be much more competitive. Any team in the top four of a major European league will gain a place in the United European Football Association’s Champions League. The Barclays’ Premier League is the most watched league in the world, and one of the main reasons is its unpredictability. Liverpool manager, Brendan Rogers once said to a Sky Sports reporter, “On any given day any team can beat any other team in the Premier League.”
One of the biggest examples of the league’s unpredictability is Leicester City last season. Relegation is a constant threat to teams who are placed lower down in the table. The bottom three teams at the end of every season are relegated to the second division, and the top three of the second division are promoted. Halfway through the season they were at the bottom of the league with almost no hope of staying up, but by hard work and a bit of luck, they managed to pull it off and avoided relegation to the second division with a win on the last day of the season.
This Barclays’ Premier League season is sure to be exciting and filled with entertaining games, and many fans at San Marcos are looking forward to seeing how their favorite teams will do this season.