In a summer of many transfers, sponsorship deals and club tours to the far reaches of every corner of the world, one has to beg the question: Is the Premier League the greatest league in the world?
Manchester United are currently adding to their outrageously large fanbase by touring the United States, along with Chelsea who return there for the umpteenth time. Arsenal, Everton and Stoke have all competed in the Barclays Asia Trophy in Singapore.
Despite the best clubs in the world currently being the Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, Italian champions Juventus and the dominant Bayern Munich of Germany, these pose almost no commercial threat to the Premier League at all.
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Bayern Munich fans question Pep Guardioal if their team do not win the Bundesliga with seven games to spare. In Spain, Atletico Madrid's unlikely triumph in 2014 was more of an anomaly rather than the start of a longstanding challenge to the duopoly.
Therefore, it could be seen how the Premier League is still wearing its crown of superiority over the rest of the world's elite. Next season, the league could quite easily be won by either of the Manchester teams, Chelsea or Arsenal.
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Added to this will be sizeable competition from the likes of Newcastle, West Ham, Tottenham, Everton and Southampton who will fight and take points off the big guns at the top of the league, to earn their qualification into Europe.
Last season saw unbelievable results, such as bottom of the table Leicester smashing Manchester United 5-3, Arsenal losing 1-0 at home to Swansea and Stoke sweeping Manchester City aside with a 1-0 victory.
Results such as these prove the sheer unpredictability of the English Premier League: on their day, any team can beat any of their rivals.
A league to be proud of
Furthermore, just look at the cases of Juan Cuadrado and Angel Di Maria. Each player looked like world-beaters in Italy and Spain respectively, yet when faced with the stern competition and strong defences of the Premier League, they shrivelled under the pressure.
Perhaps Bastian Schweinsteiger's decision to leave Bayern Munich for pastures anew in Manchester was due to this lack of competition, perhaps even boredom with the ease at which his former club could stroll to the championship.
On top of this, England is the only country where Louis van Gaal has not won the championship in his debut season as manager.
We all need to be proud of the strength of our league. Granted, we may not have the best teams in the world, yet the best standard of football and competition throughout the league. Brace yourselves for another whirlwind season in 2015/16.
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