After 96 agonising days of waiting we are only hours away from the start of another reason to love weekends - the start of the English Premier League. Or for the uninitiated the best football league in the world.
The excitement, drama, disappointment and controversies of match days captivate the hearts and minds of the nation like nothing else. To see evidence of this you only need look at the effect the World Cup had across the UK.
Hundreds of thousands of us stayed up late to watch as many games as possible even the tiresome marathon sessions that went to penalties just so that we could go into the office and relive the highs and lows through our own “Match of the Day” style analysis. The reason the Premier League is so great is that it offers the same level of unmissable excitement on a weekly basis which keeps us obsessed and in suspense for months on end.
Another aspect that sets the Premier League apart is that it is one of the few top leagues in the world that is not easy to predict which team will walk away with the title.
Consider how easy it is to predict the team that is likely to win either the German or Spanish leagues. Although the Bundesliga and La Liga can easily out do the Premier League in terms of the calibre of players who play in them with the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Arjen Robben, Luis Suarez, Bastian Schweinsteiger and James Rodriguez playing week in week out.
However, there is no contest when it comes to the entertainment factor that the Premier League’s race for the title holds. Instead of it being the usual two horse race that La Liga has traditionally been known- at least prior to Atletico Madrid’s historically unceremonious triumph last season - or the unrivalled dominance which Bayern Munich holds in the Bundesliga, the Premier League always has at least three genuine title contenders.
Over the last few years the Premier League has produced some of the most exhilarating endings to any top flight sporting league in the world which has captivated the interests of avid fans and those who were simply interested.
This year's Premier League season promises to be as exciting as the last few seasons and offers an array of interesting points for even those who claim to be "neutrals":
-Will Louis van Gaal’s arrival mark the return of Manchester United’s glory days?
-Can Arsene Wenger's Arsenal finally come of age and win an overdue Premier League title?
-Will the returns of Frank Lampard and Cesc Fabregas come back to haunt their former clubs?
-Who will be the star player of this season?
And last but not least which team will emerge as the Champions of this season? All will be revealed.
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