A Champions League manager with a Championship squad. That’s the way that Newcastle United has been described this season. And no, Championship is not a good thing when it comes to English soccer. The Championship is actually the league below the Premier League, and for teams near the bottom of the table in the EPL standings, Championship is not a word that any of them want to hear. Unfortunately, Newcastle fans have become very familiar with that word over the last decade. Read more
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England fans were treated to a different World Cup experience than they were used to this year. While it didn’t end the way many had hoped, it’s safe to say that it ended better than pretty much everybody expected prior to the tournament kicking off last month.
Fans are used to a team with big expectations that typically falls short. However, this year felt different from the start. This is a younger team than fans are used to seeing. In fact, England was the third youngest team in the tournament, with only Nigeria and France fielding younger squads. The biggest star on the team, Harry Kane, is just 24 years old. The Wayne Rooney-Frank Lampard-Steven Gerard era that most casual fans are familiar with is gone. The only remaining connection from the previous era is Ashley Young, and at 33 years old it’s likely that his time with the national squad has come to an end.
It’s nothing new that European legends look to the MLS to continue their career once their time across the pond has come to an end. We’ve seen it happen countless times, with David Beckham being one of the first notable players to do so. With his transfer to D.C. United now official, Wayne Rooney has become the latest star play to take his remaining talents to the MLS.
Summer is coming to an end, and that only means one thing to soccer fans: the return of Premier League action. Now, as a Newcastle fan it’s been a long year without seeing my team in the top tier, but along with the new season comes a new feeling of excitement (although it’s likely to be short-lived). With some familiar faces in new places, let’s take a look at what to expect this season before kick off with Arsenal taking on Leicester Friday afternoon. Read more