Barclays Premier League: A different affair this year
The 2013-2014 Premier League will be the 22nd season of Premier League. The most anticipated league in the world of the domestic football kicks off on 17 August,2013.
Well this year’s league will be full of excitement and thrill as we get to see newly transferred players, new managers, new teams and some new technological changes. The Barclays Premier League will surely be a different affair this year.
The following are the reasons that can be cited as the reason for this different affair:
New Managers: Manchester United will be playing under David Moyes this year, for the first ever time since the Premier League started. The league will be surely different without Sir Alex, not only for Man Utd but also for the entire EPL fanatics.
Then next big name that comes on the list of managerial changes is Portuguese or ‘The Great one’ Jose Mourinho. After an unsuccessful stint with Real Madrid (2012-13 season), Mourinho makes a comeback to the club he managed from 2004-2007: Chelsea.
Under him, Chelsea had won back to Premier League and Football League Cup titles, so he surely remains a change not only affecting Chelsea but all the other teams as well.
Another managerial change that would be prominent is the departure of David Moyes from Everton after 11 successful years to Manchester United. Roberto Martinez, who led Wigan to the FA Cup victory will be the replacement to the outgoing Scot.
Another name on the list is of the man who ended Manchester City‘s 36 years trophy drought and led them to become the Premier League Champions in 2011-12 season: Roberto Mancini. Mancini, who was sacked as Manchester City manager due to a trophyless season for the team has been replaced by Manuel Pellegrini (a former Malaga and Real Madrid manager).
New Teams: This change is witnessed every year: 3 teams placed at number 18,19 and 20 in the Premier League table are relegated, and the 3 teams are promoted from Football League Championship, but this year the change is a bit different.
The promoted teams this year are: Cardiff City, Hull City and Crystal Palace. The difference is that Crystal Palace is playing in the Premier League for the first time after 2004-05 season, Hull are playing after a brief three seasons while Cardiff City is playing after in the top division after 51 years.
It will also be for the first time that South Wales Derby (Swansea City vs Cardiff City) will feature in the top division.
Transfer Window: The summer transfer window is always the most awaited period for any football fan. The thrill and excitement of seeing their favorite player join a new club or their favorite club signing some top player is always great to witness.
Though the transfer window has just started but certain signings which have been done or are on the verge of completion are pretty exciting. These include Tevez departing from Manchester City to Juventus, Anelka coming to Wigan, Higuain’s possibility of coming to Arsenal etc.
Some rumoured signings like Baines to Man Utd, Rooney’s departure, Bale to Man Utd or Real Madrid, Lewandowski to Chelsea or Man Utd (likely to remain a rumour), Di Maria’s arrival in Premier League etc., if completed, will surely add to the thrill of all the football rooters.
New Technology: This will be the first season of Premier League to use goal-line technology, with the Football Association having announced that Hawk-eye (a complex computer technology used to track the trajectory of the ball and track its moving image) will be installed in the stadiums of all the participating teams before the League kicks-off.
Let’s wait for 17th August to witness the EPL in a new look. This long wait for every football fan is kind of frustrating as they have to wait for nearly three months to get set for the new season, but patience needs to be kept and fans should remain regularly updated on the Transfer Window.
Hopefully, it’ll be the start of another dramatic season of the Barclays Premier League. With new managers, new players and new teams, this season will surely be an exciting, competitive and a highly anticipated one.