The English Premier League No Longer Has a Dominant Team

It used to be very hard to beat them at Old Trafford but that seems to have changed. Instead, a number of teams that are equal seem to be set to challenge for honors going forward. The club was then a European soccer superpower. Alex Ferguson was both shrewd and an inspirational manager; so is Jose Mourinho.. This term, they have lost even to West Bromwich Albion at home. The year 1992 saw them win the inaugural Premier League title. In 1998, the club won the famous treble- the PL, FA, and UEFA Champions League. He spent a few years revamping United, and in 1991 won the UEFA cup winners cup and the UEFA super cup. The Era of Liverpool

When Alex Ferguson arrived at Man United from Aberdeen in 1986, his expressed desire was to knock Liverpool off the top of English soccer.

Liverpool dominated the domestic scene from 1975 to 1990. A side like Manchester City has assembled some of the best players in the world, owing to the purchasing power at their disposal. Arsenal itself has had an American majority shareholder since 2011.

A coach who has a strong personality and shrewdness is also vital to the success of a club. During the Ferguson years, the side also won five FA cups. The team has had superstars in that period: notably, Eric Cantona, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, and Robin Van Persie.

The Era of Manchester United

The year 1992 saw the top teams break away from the football league to form the Premier league, which gave them more TV rights. During this period, they also won four European club honors, besides other honors. However, the club has lately experienced resurgence and is a genuine title contender.

Equal Contenders

As things stand now, there is no dominant club in the English League; rather a number of teams stand equal chance of taking the title. As things are, the club is in real danger of missing a chance of 2014/15 UEFA Champions League. No doubt, manager Moyes is trying to rebuild the outfit.

Since the 1970s, two teams have dominated the English top tier soccer competition. Time will prove whether a certain team emerges as the alpha male.

The last few years have seen wealthy individuals and groups buy English clubs, which has enabled them to buy world-class foreign players. Manchester United and Liverpool have also come under American owners in the last few years. Liverpool ruled the 70s and the 80s, while Manchester United has ruled from the 90s until now. Since then, they have won a further 12 titles. Right now, the English Premier League seems to have entered a period where there is no dominant side. The club has won an amazing 13 titles since then. Manchester United won the first title. Buying of players is one of the main reasons the balance of English club power is changing. Manchester united has taken a dip in form that the league has not known for years. Chelsea and Arsenal have won thrice, and Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers once each.

Having a galaxy of players may not always guarantee victory, but many times, it may do. No doubt, other teams have occasionally grabbed the honors in between. The other competitors have been in the shadow of United in this era. The year 2008 saw them win UEFA champions league against Chelsea. Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, and Liverpool are all in a position to be crowned champions. Sheikh Mansour bought Manchester City, and Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea. The club has won 18 first division titles, and most came from this era. Manchester United and Tottenham are farther back, with the only realistic hope being Europa League places.

Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 after taking his 13th PL title; and former Everton manager David Moyes took over. The top teams seem to have equal strength, unlike Germany where Bayern Munich reigns or Spain where Real Madrid and Barcelona rule alternately.

Conclusion

The English Premier League appears to have entered an era where no outstanding club reigns. Kenny Dalglish was the star of the 80s. Four teams have won it among themselves the eight times that Manchester United did not win. Since 1990, the outfit has never won the domestic title; but in 2005, they won the UEFA champions league fifth time by beating AC Milan against the odds

Red Devils watching spending of rivals.

Woodward was asked by United investors on a conference call when it would become clear whether FFP was effective.

But the figures also highlighted potential grey areas where the club has sold intellectual property rights to “related parties” for PS22.5million, and sold two subsidiaries of the club to a third subsidiary in deals totalling PS22.3million.

“This year is the first point where we see how FFP is going to bite, works and has an impact on potential inflation in football.

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“We will probably start to get a sense of how UEFA are coming out five or six months, although the process may take somewhat longer than that.”

UEFA declined to comment on Woodward’s remarks when contacted.

MANCHESTER United are watching closely to see how UEFA deal withclubs who are close to breaching financial fair play (FFP) rules, theclub’s executive vicechairman Ed Woodward said yesterday.

UEFA’s regulations say that clubs in the Champions League and Europa League can only spend what they earn, and are known to be scrutinising clubs that have made big losses in recent years.

“I would agree that how UEFA deals with those clubs who have breached the rules or are close to breaching the rules will be important to see how FFP impacts on the industry.

He said: “We are working towards breaking even this season.”

UEFA’s FFP rules cap total losses over the three seasons (including 2013/14) at [euro]45million (PS37million), but clubs are permitted to write off spending on facilities, youth development, and player contracts signed before 2010.

Qatar-owned Paris St Germain’s huge sponsorship deal with the Qatar Tourism Authority is worth [euro]200million (PS165m) annually and is also set to be scrutinised by UEFA to ensure it is of fair market value.

Soriano said that City’s losses were within the FFP limits, adding: “There is a lot of relief that can be taken for investment in youth football and old investments.”

Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano said on Monday that the club was aiming to break even this year.

Manchester City are one of those – their latest accounts showed a PS51.6million annual loss last season.

He replied: “I am not going to talk about specific teams.

“A number of clubs are being looked at more closely by UEFA.

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“Iniesta did really well for them and he’ll get a handshake as soon as I see him.

Barca are understood to be lining up a megabucks swoop for Valencia and Spain hitman David Villa and Hunt added: “They’re not exactly stuck for cash so they could sign whoever they want. Iniesta and his Barcelona team-mates face Dundee United in a glamour friendly at Tannadice on July 26 and last night Hunt vowed to seek out the Spanish superstar.

“There’s a lot of excitement building. Like last year’s game, it will be a great occasion.”

“This time I will just have to wait and see who’s playing before I go for it.”

Byline: By Euan McArthur

NOEL HUNT put his shirt on Spain to win Euro 2008 and he can’t wait to thank Andres Iniesta for swelling his bank balance.

“My brother and I had money on them from the very start and I think we got 16-1 so I’ll have to thank the Barcelona boys when they come to Tannadice.

The Arabs frontman said: “I was in Spain when they won through to the semi-finals and it was crazy because the locals were celebrating in the street.

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“Thierry Henry scored when Barca beat us 1-0 last season and I was lucky to get his jersey.

United Vidal swoop threatened by knee issue.

Vidal underwent surgery on his right knee in May before returning to help his country reach the last 16 in Brazil.

Meanwhile, Van Gaal has given a significant hint that he is also interested in Fiorentina’s Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado.

Quoted by El Mercurio, a newspaper in Vidal’s homeland, Sampaoli made reference to a potential $80million (around PS47million) deal between Juve and United potentially being jeopardised by the knee issue.

Sampaoli was quoted as saying: “The problem in Vidal’s transfer from Juventus to Manchester United for 80 million dollars is the doubt that Van Gaal has with respect to the improvement of Arturo’s knee.”

MANCHESTER United manager Louis van Gaal has doubts about signing Arturo Vidal due to concerns over the midfielder’s knee, Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli has claimed.

United have been strongly linked this summer with Juventus’ Vidal, the 27-year-old who featured for Chile at the World Cup.

The United manager said: “I cannot talk about Cuadrado, because if I say something about him the price will rise.”

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Anybody who witnessed Manchester United’s demolition of Wolves on Saturday might not think Sir Alex Ferguson’s side are in a particularly charitable mood these days..

Loved up: Michael Carrick and wife Lisa grinning, while Ashley Young and his childhood sweetheart Nicky Pike pose for the camera

Boss Ferguson will hope he can have a similarly pleasant evening after his team visit Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

Stalwarts: Albert Morgan (left), the Manchester United kit-man, with Sir Alex Ferguson (right)Stalwarts: Albert Morgan (left), the Manchester United kit-man, with Sir Alex Ferguson (right)

If the players are anywhere near as sharp as they were here, he should have no trouble cutting through the QPR defence. The event, hosted at Old Trafford, celebrated twelve years of partnership between the two organisations – the longest such link between a Premier League club and a charity.

Unlikely partners: Rafael and Fabio da Silva smile for the cameraUnlikely partners: Rafael and Fabio Da Silva smile for the camera

R&R: Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand looking sharp at the UNICEF event

Also present and correct were ‘The Only Way is Essex’ star Mark Wright and ‘Coronation Street’ actress Catherine Tyldesley.

Trio: Jonny Evans (left) with Darron Gibson (right) and Danielle Carter (centre, Darron's girlfriend)Trio: Jonny Evans (left) with Darron Gibson (right) and Danielle Carter (centre, Darron’s girlfriend)

United: David de Gea and Javier Hernandez looked like they were having fun

Stylish: Patrice and Sandra Evra on the red carpetStylish: Patrice and Sandra Evra on the red carpet

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But on Monday the Red Devils were altogether less troublesome than their moniker suggests, as they held their annual charity ‘United for UNICEF’ gala dinner.

TV stars: Mark Wright and Catherine Tyldesley were dressed for the occasion

Wright also got in on the Twitter action, saying he was having ‘a lovely night for such a lovely cause’, which Ferdinand promptly retweeted.

Chart-topping singer-songwriter Emeli Sande performed at the event, which was hosted by actor and broadcaster Angus Deayton and attended by several first team players and their wives and girlfriends, along with the boss himself.

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Serial tweeter Rio Ferdinand mentioned the event on the social networking site and even gave a ‘big shout’ to one girl’s parents, who donated 10,000 to UNICEF so she could meet and greet the players

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HAVANA – Cuba’s highest authority says it is releasing 3,522 prisoners ahead of next week’s visit to the island by Pope Francis, the third time Cuba has granted inmates freedom before a papal visit.

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The government says the group includes some foreigners whose home countries have agreed to repatriate them.

The Council of State announced in state media Friday morning that the prisoners to be freed include a mix of women, people younger than 20, inmates suffering from illnesses and people whose terms were coming to an end next year.

The government won’t release people convicted of serious crimes like murder, child sexual abuse or violations of state security. The final category is often applied to people considered political prisoners by Cuban and international human rights groups.

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The museum is shut on match days.

Prices: adults: 13 euro – under 14s/over 65s and Cuore Rossonero holders 10 euro.

Museum and Stadium Tour Adults: 12.50 euro – under 14s/over 65s and Cuore Rossonero holders: 10 euro

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The San Siro Museum, the only museum in Italy to be housed inside a stadium and was inaugurated on October 5th 1996. Milan changing room with red and black leather seats

The huge pitch is nurtured all year round, particularly in winter, when we visited it was being nurtured with special lights – which the local pigeon population had also discovered as they were there feeding and taking a bit of sun too.

Entrance: Gate n 14

Opening hours: Every day from 10am to 5pm. But I am not an expert and its the first time I have been inside a football stadium, but still the prospect of getting an insider view is still exciting.

There is also a cinema hall where you can see films about the history of the teams.

Our guide explained the differences between the changing rooms of the teams – Inter Milan having more spartan facilities – basic wooden benches and A.C.’s luxury padded seating and overhead monitors.. We go to Gate 14 which is the entrance for the museum and guided tours around the inside of the stadium.

The San Siro football stadium makes a bold architectural statement – as attractive as a building for its purpose can be. It started as a private collection and has been continually replenished with new exhibits that tell the story of Milan and Inter through unique heirlooms: historic shirts (from Rivera to Mazzola, from Pel and Maradona, to Zidane and Crujiff), cups, trophies, footballs, boots and artistic objects.

There are general memories from the past and also more recent ones such as the shirts of Ronaldo (above) and Beckham (below).

The A.C. There are also mementos from famous visitors including Popes and Presidents.

On the day we visited the stadium was not in use so we goto the full works – inside both teams dressing rooms, showers, the players’ tunnel and more.

The high-tech grow lights make it possible to have a good quality pitch all year round

Football boots (below) looked a bit painful before they went hi-tech

Entrance to the San Siro Museum and guided tours above

For a meeting with your own champions, in a room inside the museum, you will find24 natural-height statuesof Zenga, Bergomi, Facchetti, Mazzola, Suarez, Vieri, Zanetti, Matthus, Meazza, Picchi, Rummenigge, Herrera, Cudicini, Gullit, Van Basten, Rijkaard, Liedholm, Nordahl, Cesare and Paolo Maldini, Baresi, Rivera, Trapattoni and Rocco.

It’s 10am in the morning and the huge car park is empty

the Tommy Gun in Crime and Law Enforcement

In later days it is believed that no less than 500 Thompsons were used by IRA terrorists during their campaign in Northern Ireland.

Prison and Security Use

The US Bureau of Prisons, US Mint Police, Postal Inspectors as well as many state Corrections Departments purchased small lots of the M21 civilian model and were later given many post-WWII M1928 and M1 military Thompsons for use. This stock of weapons was sold in small batches by traveling salesmen, through mail order and in local hardware stores and sold to the public including postal service, FBI, US Marines, Texas Rangers and Coast Guard through 1938. More than 1400 Thompsons were confiscated from Neo-Nazi Richard Lauchli in 1969. The easy to control and reliable Thompson soon became a favorite of such hi-speed public enemies as John Dillinger, Homer Van Meter, Pretty Boy Floyd and the hit men of Murder Inc.

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It was the seminal weapon of the prohibition gangsters and the tool of choice at the St Valentines Day Massacre on February 14, 1929 in Lincoln Park Chicago. It was often marketed to bank guards, law enforcement agencies and courier services as “the Anti-Bandit gun”.

Many small law enforcement agencies, namely the Mitchell County Sherriffs offices, among others in the mid-west still have one or two of these old relics in their armory. Newsreel footage of the opening of Alcatraz, the building and stocking of the Federal Gold Depository at Ft Knox, and of the turbulent prison riots of the 1960s and 1970s show guards poised and ready with their Tommy Guns ready to respond.. It was decreed however that the Thompson was to be removed from US Federal law enforcement use during post-Hoover reforms in 1970.

Criminals and the Tommy Gun

Since the weapon was not a controlled item until after the National Firearms Act of 1968, many hundreds of the M21 Thompsons sold on the public market were purchased legally by criminals. Today the Thompson has quietly marched away into the history books of cops and robbers, terrorists and lawgivers across the world .

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Richard Lauchli and his arsenal of Tommy gunsThe first production models of the Thompson Submachine Guns were 15,000 M21s made by Colt on contract to Auto-Ordnance in 1921-22. One of these “St Valentines Guns” is still maintained in storage by the Berien County Sherriffs Office

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