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New English Premier League Season Kicks off August 14

The English Premier League, sometimes referred to as the Barclays Premier League (because of the sponsorship of Barclays banking) is probably the most popular soccer league in the United States.  Twenty clubs battle it out for supremacy, and in some cases, survival, in the league schedule that goes from August until May.  The Premiership, or Prem as it’s sometimes called, opens league play on Saturday August 14, with big clubs Liverpool and Arsenal slated to clash.  London-based club Chelsea, coached by Carlo Ancelotti, won the 2009-2010 title by one point over Manchester United.  Portsmouth, Hull City and Burnley were relegated to the Coca-Cola Championship, while Newcastle United, West Bromwich Albion and Blackpool earned promotion to the top English league.   Blackpool’s promotion to the Premier League is the first time they have played at that level since the English first division was renamed the Premier League in 1992.  The Lancashire seaside club was founded in 1887, and last played in the top flight of English football 39 years ago.

The Premier League is famous not only for its legendary players, but also its longtime derby rivalries between clubs from the same city.  Some of the most noted derbies include Manchester United-Manchester City, Arsenal-Tottenham, Aston Villa-Birmingham City and Liverpool-Everton.  With both Wolverhampton and West Bromwich Albion in the top flight at the same time, that heated derby can resume along with the northeast Sunderland-Newcastle United rivalry. 

Last year, games were televised in the United States on Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Soccer Plus and the ESPN family of networks.  The season is introduced by the FA Community Shield game, this year on Sunday August 8, between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium.  Below is a link to the upcoming league fixtures.  Enjoy.   http://msn.foxsports.com/foxsoccer/premierleague/fixtures          The English League Championship kicks off Friday August 6 when Norwich City hosts Watford.   Their 2010-2011 fixture schedule  http://soccernet.espn.go.com/fixtures?league=eng.2&cc=5901

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One Response

  1. Please focus on AC St. Louis… I don’t care about the Premier League – we can get that stuff anywhere 🙂

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