With the sights and sounds of the summer’s World Cup in Brazil now just a distant memory, the focus has switched to the upcoming Premier League kick-off next month. With the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool all looking set to be in the race for this season’s title, we could be about to witness the most exciting Premier League campaign in recent years.
It’s been a wild World Cup so far, and if you’ve been betting the underdogs you’re a happy guy right now. Traditional powers like Spain were booted, and Italy got screwed on a lame red card and a biting incident that was missed by the officials, highlighting just how difficult it has been to predict the outcome.
So keep that in mind when you’re about to bet on sports at www.williamhill.com. Sure, some traditional powers are winning as well, as Argentina looks pretty damn good with Messi pumping in goals. Brazil keeps winning, but they’ve looked pretty mediocre so far. Still, if you predicted a Brazil/Argentina final things are shaping up that way even with all the upsets so far.
Sir Alex Ferguson will end this Premier League season having managed Manchester United for the 1,500th time.
The retiring Old Trafford boss who has won 38 trophies now during his 26 year reign will be replaced by Everton manager David Moyes. Check out http://www.freebets.com to keep up to date with the odds on Manchester United to win the Premier League next season or for who will be the next Everton manager.
Last week Manchester United played Swansea which was Ferguson’s final home game in charge of the Red Devils. Ferguson received a huge ovation before thousands of people lined the streets for the Premier League champion’s parade on Monday.
“Sunday was amazing and the parade on Monday, it was incredible, even better than 1999.” Ferguson said.
“I thought the scenes after the treble in 1999 couldn’t be beaten but I think Monday probably did.”
“I went home that night and got 10 hours sleep, the first time in my life. It was marvellous, really good.”
Ferguson will stay on at Old Trafford as a director and an ambassador and has asked United fans to support Moyes when he takes over as manager this summer.
The 71-year-old prepared for his last game at the helm by holding his final pre-match press conference on Friday morning at United’s training ground. The media presented Ferguson with a cake before the news conference to honour the 26 years he has spent in charge of Manchester United.
Ferguson admits his final act will be to look to the future. “I’ll make some changes to the team and play some of the younger ones on Sunday,” he said. “Anders Lindegaard will be in goal and I want to play Phil Jones and Jonny Evans at centre half as they could be the future. ”Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic can sit on the bench with me.”
Sir Alex Ferguson’s Trophies
Premier League: 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013 FA Cup: 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2004
League Cup: 1992, 2006, 2009, 2010
Champions League: 1999, 2008
Cup Winners Cup: 1991
FIFA Club World Cup: 2008
UEFA Super Cup: 1992
Inter-Continental Cup: 1999
FA Charity/Community Shield: 1990 (shared), 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011
Going into the soccer match between England and Spain, the prevailing wisdom was that Spain looked unbeatable and poised to win their third straight European championship in 2012. England of course always has first-class soccer in the Premiere League, but the national team has been a mess. Perhaps expectations are too high for the Brits as they always think their players are elite but then they get slammed in international competition.
With that backdrop, England’s 1-0 win over Spain this weekend was quite a shocker and has put the focus back on the national team. For soccer maniacs across the nation it will only intensify the focus on the national religion.
With that in mind, it’s a great time to consider that trip to England you’ve been wanting to make. Summer is over so the fares are coming down. While it’s not the ideal time to travel to England if you’re into golf, it’s the perfect time if you want to witness first-hand the intensity of an English football match. It will also take you to parts of England that you might not consider if you’re only focused on castles and history. You’ll find yourself checking the football schedules in Manchester and Liverpool hotels.
Naturally you can mix in more traditional tourist areas. You can zip up to Scotland and the hotels in Glasgow won’t be as packed this time of year.
Of course you’ll also want to spend some time in and around London. There will be plenty of football matches around the city this time of year and you can also catch all the traditional sites as well. So check the fares and get ready for some football – English style!