5 Reasons to Believe the 2013-14 Premier League Season Will Be the Best Yet
The English Premier League is the biggest and the best league in the world, and in 2013-14 it looks set to get even better.
The Eredivisie in Holland may boast the highest goals-per-game rate in the world, the German Bundesliga may boast the highest crowd attendances and La Liga in Spain may boast the two best players in football, in Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. However, there is no beating the EPL in terms of excitement and honesty of endeavor.
Here, Willie Gannon looks at why the 2013-14 Premier League campaign could turn out to be the best and most exciting since the EPL began in 1992.
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The Best Title Race of All Time?
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Manchester United ran away with the title in 2012-13 and will once again be the team to beat next season.
Manchester City will be hurting over the loss of their title and will be sure to come back after the summer stronger than ever. Chelsea, with their new manager in tow, will want to set things right and charge right back into the title race. Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur will show up as the dark horses and be more than capable of putting a title run together if all the pieces fall into the right places.
And Liverpool will be looking to improve once again.
Put all those teams together, and the 2013-14 title race could be the best yet.
The Best Managers in the World
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It's official: The Premier League boasts the highest number of successful coaches in the world.
Five managers in the EPL have won major league or major European trophies. Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Andre Villas-Boas, Roberto Mancini and Rafael Benitez have all won either league titles in other jurisdictions or major European honors.
Sure, Rafa may not be around next season, but you can count on Roman Abramovich to bring in a manager who has won at least one major trophy.
In case you are wondering, the Bundesliga is second with just three major trophy-winning managers.
The five managers named may be the guys with the trophies, but there are a number of men hot on their heels.
Brendan Rodgers, Michael Laudrup, Mauricio Pochettino, Steve Clarke and David Moyes lead the brigade of good young managers all vying for a berth at the top table.
With each and every manager capable of pulling out all the stops on any given weekend, the Premier League is the place to be for a young coach.
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Money makes the world go around, and it is no different in football.
In terms of finance, no other league in the world can compete with the Premier League.
Starting with the 2013-14 campaign, the Premier League has secured a TV rights deal worth over £3 billion for the next three seasons.
In short, that means that each and every single EPL team will earn around £60 million per season from television revenue alone.
Those finances will give intelligent Premier League managers an advantage over their worldwide counterparts for the next three years in terms of transfer fees and wages.
Expect big-name signings in the summer.
World-Class Players Will Have EPL Experience
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Think of all the debutante players who have excelled in the Premier League in 2012-13.
Eden Hazard, Santi Cazorla, Jan Vertonghen, Christian Benteke, Michu, Oscar, Shinji Kagawa, Chico Flores, the list goes on and on.
It says much about these players' characters that they acclimatized to the rough and tumble of the EPL so quickly.
Next season they will have vital experience, and their extraordinary skill set and game should progress to the next level again. That can only mean good news for their respective teams.
Each and every team is expected to strengthen on the back of the new TV deal. Combine this with the evolution of current star players, and we could be looking at 2013-14 being the dawn of a new EPL era.
The World Cup
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Make no mistake about it, nothing in football motivates like the World Cup.
The best tournament in football convenes in Brazil in 2014 and, as ever, the EPL will contribute a massive contingent of players for the tournament.
Like any professional with a bit of pride in their work, the players will do everything possible to make sure they give it their best in an effort at making one of the many flights to Rio.
This can only mean good things for the EPL as players put in that little bit of extra effort to make their respective World Cup squads.
At present, the EPL holds more international World Cup stars than any other league.
It will contribute players from Belgium, Argentina, Spain, Germany, Ivory Coast, Australia, Holland, Japan amongst others, not to mention England.
Roll on the Premier League 2013-14 season.
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