I know the NFL doesn’t kick off until the beginning of September, but to me, the greatest league in the world starts on April 13th. The English Premier League (EPL) begins its 9-month journey to crowning a champion when newly-promoted Brentford takes on perennial underachievers Arsenal. While some pundits and experts have already crowned Manchester City as champions, this year should still provide plenty of excitement. Listed below are a few things to look forward to as well as a video compilation of my favorite slogan in sports “limbs in the away end”.
Familiar Faces, New PlacesThe summer transfer window is still open but here are a few of the more notable transfers so far:
Jadon Sancho– Dortmund to Manchester United. A former Watford/Manchester City youth product returns to the EPL from Bundesliga side Dortmund. A pacy winger who should play well alongside the plethora of talent the Red Devils currently employ.Romelu Lukaku- Inter Milan to Chelsea. Lukaku returns to Chelsea who initially paid 20 million Euros for his services in 2011 before letting him leave to join Everton for free. They now shell out well over 100 million in an effort to jump-start this offense. I look forward to watching American superstar Christian Pulisic feed him passes at Stamford Bridge.
A slogan that may be new to American sports fans but something that does happen here as well. The sheer euphoria of scoring a game-winner that leads the crowd to be so delirious that all that is discernible on the T.V is flailing limbs. Here are a few of my favorite instances:And finally, the best soccer-related video on YouTube, although not from the English Premier League. To set the stage a bit, the winner of the match moves on in a playoff with a chance to secure promotion to the EPL. Leicester City “wins” a penalty and if they score it’s over. The following madness ensues:
Madness… Pure madness.
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29yo, 2 kids, former place kicker for the worst high school football team in Minnesota history. 2/2 xp, 0/2 field goals, led the state in total punts.