Monday, 10 August 2009

Let Battle Commence

Yesterday's Community Shield, won by F.A. Cup winner's Chelsea on penalties over English champions Manchester United officially raised the curtain on the new football season, which has been as eagerly anticipated as ever.

Manchester City's summer spending, which has seen the likes of Carlos Tevez, Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure, among others, come through the doors at Eastlands, has raised questions over whether City have to team now that can break the top four monopoly.

On the other side of Manchester, the much publicized departure of Ronaldo to Real Madrid for £80million and the loss of Tevez to their Manchester rivals has sparked questions over whether United can retain the league title for a record fourth time.

The surprise arrival of Michael Owen on a pay as you play deal, may well turn out to be a great piece of business by Sir Alex Ferguson, if he can keep the Englishman fit.

If the Community Shield game, a game I was in attendance for, was anything to go by, this season will certainly be a very memorable one.

The football league season however is already underway with some remarkable results already on the first day of the campaign, most notably Norwich's 7-1 thumping by East Anglia rivals Colchester United at Carrow Road.

Other big wins came from Gillingham and Sven Goran Eriksson's Notts County who both recorded 5-0 drubbings of Swindon and Bradford respectively.

But, in my opinion, the day belonged to Cardiff, who's woeful run at the end of the season, including an embarrassing 6-0 defeat by Preston North End, saw them lose out on a playoff place by one goal.

The Bluebirds opened the new campaign with a handsome 4-0 win over newly promoted Scunthrope in the first competitive game to be played at their new 27,000 all seater stadium, literally a stones throw away from the notorious Ninnian Park.

The season has only just begun and already there is so much to talk about up and down the divisions, and all across Europe, and thank god for the football aye? Kept my eyes well a truly away from Headingly.

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