Thursday, April 23, 2009

Soccer Season nearing its climax

The climax to the soccer season in England is fast approaching. The Premier League have only 5 games left of a 38 game season and at the present time Manchester United, owned by the Glazier family, are favourites to retain their position as Champions. The top 4 clubs of Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal regularly fight it out for the title. Since the League was formed in 1992 only Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea have won the title, with the exception of Blackburn Rovers who won it in 1995. These top 4 clubs gain financial security year on year by their participation in the UEFA Champions League, allowing them to secure the services of the best players in the world. At this time of year, with the draft system coming in to play in the USA, it throws up the contrast between how professional leagues are managed on different sides of the pond. I am no expert, having only lived in the USA for 2 years, but the system in the USA seems to be a fairer way of allowing clubs or franchises to achieve and spread the championship winning teams throughout the league instead of restricting it to one or two. My soccer team, as you already know, is Sheffield United and they are in the 2nd tier of the English game but are in a good position to gain promotion to the Premier League this year. They have 2 games to play of a 42 game season and are currently in 3rd place. They have to secure a top two position to gain automatic promotion but there is a play-off system, allowing the 3rd to 6th placed clubs to compete for an additional place in the Premier League. If Sheffield United have to go through the play-offs and make it to the Final I will be back in England and so will be able to attend the game, which will be played at Wembley Stadium in London. I will keep you posted as to how it goes.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! I can't believe they 38 games, we only play 19 a season but I guess it is their job. That's awesome you're going to a game! Have fun!