Dimitry Berbatov of Manchester United is booed by resentful Spurs’ fans in a game played between the two teams at White Hart Lane, London. picture appears courtesy of afp/reuters ……………………..
The financial constraints will be felt wholeheartedly amongst many of the top teams even if their owners happen to be multi-billionaires or corporate behemoths. That being said the purpose of this piece is to look at what is happening now with the game in England. Where in particular this season it is felt that the race for the Premiership title won’t be as one sided as many had come to believe. The perennial powerhouses such as Manchester United , Chelsea , Arsenal and Liverpool are all fighting for league supremacy and the benefits thereof financially. Winning the Premiership means almost immediate financial benefits to a team as it presents them with an automatic berth into the Champions League tournament. However domestic supremacy and the bragging rights certainly does mean a great deal to the teams as well.
Dimitry Berbatov and Rio Ferdinand question the referee’s decision in a second booking of a United player during the game . picture appears courtesy of afp/reuters ………………….
The Premiership table as it now stands has Liverpool , Chelsea , Manchester United ,Aston Villa and Arsenal leading the pack. And though it can be said that if one had to choose which team would be in with a chance of winning the division outright. One would be hard pressed as a betting man which team overall would be favored. The once mighty Manchester United hasn’t been anywhere near as invincible as some would believe. And even their most feared of enemies Chelsea, seemingly a team whose largesse knows no bounds when it comes to their billionaire owner Roman Abramovich, has been playing well. But not as consistently as many believe that they can. The fact of the matter is that this season we could very well see a very tight race for the Premiership title with it quite possibly going right down to the end of the season. And as laborious as the season is with multiple domestic as well as European competition. All of the top contenders had better be on notice that they cannot fail or even for one moment take their eyes of the prize.
Villa manager Martin O’Neill celebrates his team’s 4-2 triumph over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday. picture appears courtesy of afp/reuters …………
For the most discerning fans they feel that they’d like to see their teams prevail. The teams themselves know that some semblance of success is all that they can strive for. Much has been made of the fact that the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool , Manchester United and Arsenal have seen this all before. But there’s an ever so remote a possibility that neither of these teams could prevail in the end. But those chances seemingly are ever so remote. One of these titans of the game will end up winning the title another time. The quartet in question have won the domestic championship between them in excess of thirty times. And whilst United are traveling off to the other side of the world to face Gamba Osaka,of Japan the champions of Asia in the World Club Championship. Another some might feel contrived and meaningless tournament. But the very fact of the matter it’s the financial rewards and what little prestige that one summizes goes with being anointed champions of the world goes a long way in gaining further worldwide notoriety for the game.
Jermain Defoe slots home the winner slots home the winner for Portsmouth against Barnsley in a Premiership game played on Saturday. picture appears courtesy of afp/reuters ………………………..
The Premiership League as I’ve alluded to earlier is the most eagerly contested soccer league in the world. It has a vast array of superstars from all corners of the globe. And if anything this is what makes the game and the league itself all the more appealing for fans across the world. It can’t be truly expressed as to how popular the game itself is right across the globe. Tens of millions of people each week tune in to watch the games of the Premiership League. And the entertainment provided is a justification of what the fans really appreciate. And that’s certainly not just in the United Kingdom but worldwide. The game has become a multi billion dollar industry and the revenues seemingly are on the rise.
Joleon Lescott scores his second goal for Everton in a Premership game in a game against Aston Villa. picture appears courtesy of afp/reuters ………..
For now the game has yet to find a substantial foothold in North America but even with the advent of the introduction of David Beckham into the MLS. It has to be said that the introduction has yet to meet its goals. Furthermore it’s beginning to look as if the whole endeavor won’t reap the rewards that the league had hoped for. Other than the most keen of interests merely out of intrigue more than anything else the fans haven’t been overly forthright of their affinity of the game. However in the UK the fans eat, live and breathe for the game and all that it entails. And the clubs and the fans have profitted from it greatly. But it can be said as these uncertain economic times we may well be seeing something of a curtailment in the spending of many of the teams within the Premiership and throughout the game itself and in the remainder of Europe.
As the game thrives and it does but the real problem will be how the teams continue to best serve up the entertainment that the fans desire without having them delve even deeper into their pockets. Teams such as the behemoths within the Premiership will continue to survive merely because of the dividends that comes from the game by way of its corporate sponsors.