Farewell 2007, Hello 2008

Two thousand and seven has been a very eventful year for the Premier League and its clubs. Foreign takeovers, a high profile manager arrested, plenty of sackings, sublime goals and the closest title race in recent memory. Plus, most importantly of all, the amount of TV coverage of the league has increased for many of us around the globe.

A new year beckons. Here are a few of my predictions:

  • Liverpool and/or Manchester United will have a new owner in 2008. The credit crunch and the weak U.S. dollar are making American investors sweat. If the Glazer family or Hicks/Gillette receive an attractive offer, they’ll jump at the chance to sell.
  • The Premier League will continue to act as a feeder system for La Liga. One or two of the top players in the Premier League will leave England and join former Premier League stars van Nistelrooy and Thierry Henry in Spain. Could it be Ronaldo, Fabregas, Lampard or Gerrard?
  • A club that has never played in the Premier League before will be promoted from the Championship. Bristol City, Stoke City and Plymouth Argyle are just three teams in with a shout of going up that have never played in the top league since it became known as the Premier League.
  • ESPN will purchase Setanta Sports. ESPN will make Sky Sports nervous that the American broadcaster will get the majority of UK TV rights to Premier League matches beginning in the 2010/2011 season.

On behalf of EPL Talk, I’d like to wish you and your family a Happy New Year!

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013. View all posts by Christopher Harris →
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One Response to Farewell 2007, Hello 2008

  1. Louis says:

    This is a snazzy new site. Love it! Keep up the good work.

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