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Manchester City regained their Premier League title after an enthralling title race last campaign, edging out a Suarez inspired Liverpool. City have grown stronger with the additions of Fernando and Mangala and while Suarez has left the reds for Spain, Liverpool have added depth and still possess quality. Both teams will have competition this season though, Chelsea have invested heavily with Mourinho splashing the cash most notably on Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas. Arsenal splashed the cash again to bring in Alexis Sanchez, Debuchy and Chambers while Manchester United will hope to be back in force under new man Louis van Gaal. The chasing pack are all equally contested, and it's sure to be another important season for Everton, Newcastle, Tottenham and the likes. It promises to be another season of fantastic football, controversial decisions, high intensity atmospheres and wonderful unpredictability. Just around the corner is a whole different experience in the Football League too, which will produce another frantic race to the top. English football has it all!

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When Saturday arrives you know it's the return of that old English faithful. The Football League beckons, so roll out the match ball. Tough tackling, hard working, and now with the odd foreign import; the pitch is run down, but not half as bad as the clubs coach transport. There's the half time pint to digest the games play, then a talk over the tactics to make this our teams day. Don't forget those steak and ale pies or pre-packed sarnies, before you rise to the stand and chant like an army. It's that old beautiful game, some say it's been taken, but in the lower leagues it thrives, so take a look - you're all welcome.

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Arsenal

After another turbulent summer at The Emirates, Arsenal head into the 2012/13 campaign with quite a new look side. The departures of key players in Robin van Persie and to a lesser extent, Alex Song means that Arsenal must yet again rebuild. However, there is still some cautious optimism amongst Gooners given the genuine quality of the arrivals with Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla all signing. With Thomas Vermaelen captaining this team and Steve Bould's potential to improve a previously shaky back four, Arsenal will be hoping to impress this season despite the summer departures. If key players can stay injury free, we might even challenge for a trophy or two! Who knows? As always, it should be an interesting and exciting campaign for the Arsenal!

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Aston Villa

The Villans embark on a 3rd season under the stewardship of Paul Lambert, after two seasons of mixed feelings at Villa Park. Having survived the drop in his first season, improvement was called for last but it never came as Villa struggled, only just surviving the drop. Lambert's lions though are anything but sheepish this time round with a bolstered defence and a greater emphasis on counter-attacking play. Lead by captain Ron Vlaar, coupled with a whole host of fresh faces from lower-league stalwarts to European delights, this season is sure to be interesting. Stay with us and hold on tight, for the quest is on, but together we fight: prepared.

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Chelsea

Chelsea Football Club celebrated its greatest ever night last season, winning the coveted Champions League that eluded them for so long. With the departure of their talisman, Didier Drogba, and the arrival of young superstars Eden Hazard and Oscar, Chelsea are transitioning to a more fluid attack. Will the arrival of this attacking talent lift them in their quest for more glory and more trophies or will their rivals from Manchester once again prove too strong in the league? One thing is for certain: with Roman Abramovich at the helm, Chelsea will never be far from the spotlight.

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Liverpool

This is Anfield, where the iconic You'll Never Walk Alone echoes from the Kop. Shankly, Paisley, Dalglish, Rush, Clemence, Barnes, Fowler have all had their day but their names are still sung and their legacy remains, one which saw Liverpool well established as one of the world's elite clubs with 18 League Titles and 5 European Cups to prove it. However, many years waiting on that elusive 19th league title have had their toll, players and managers have come and gone but now there seems a renewed hope. Brendan Rodger's footballing philosophy has Liverpool playing their best football in years, and after coming so close last year they'll be hoping for more of the same. Suarez may be gone but the squad has strengthened - Markovic, Lallana, Lovern, Lambert, Can, Manquillo, Moreno - adding depth to a squad of the exciting Coutinho, Sturridge and Sterling. It could be another interesting season on the red of Merseyside in their quest to bring the glory days back to Anfield where they well and truly belong.

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Manchester City

Manchester City now attempt to do what only Manchester United and Chelsea have achieved: retain the championship in the Premier League era. An improved squad, players who will be even more familiar with Pellegrini’s systems and a manager who, in his 2nd year in England, should have a better grasp on the quirks and surprises of the Premier League. If their key attackers stay fit, City will have more firepower than last year: Sergio Agüero missed half of that league campaign and Stevan Jovetic only started twice. Combined with the additions of Managla, Fernando and Sagna, Manchester City may just prove once again to be hard to stop.

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Manchester United

The Stretford End starts a chant of 'Glory, Glory, Man United' that reverberates around the historic stands Old Trafford. The champions of old and the soon to be champions of new emerge from the tunnel to the roar of the United faithful. The history of the club and the sky high expectations of the fans weigh heavily on the shoulders but to be a United player, it must be no burden and success is paramount. Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton watch on from the sidelines, Sir Matt Busby from above. This is the pinnicle of Football. This is Manchester United.

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Tottenham Hotspur

The date is the 19th of May 2012, and Chelsea have just beaten Bayern Munich in the Champions League final and in the process snubbed Tottenham of their qualification for the tournament. The following summer see the lilywhite outfit perform several changes at the club. Media favourite Harry Redknapp is shown the door for André Villas-Boas appointment, Ledley King's knees gives up and the king is forced to abdicate, and the creative duo Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart moves abroad. In the wake of all departures Daniel Levy takes his time upon him to sign six players; Sigurdsson, Vertonghen, Adebayor, Dembélé, Dempsey and Lloris. With a newly crafted side and a new generation stepping out on the grass at White Hart Lane, will André Villas-Boas finally shrug his doubters off? Will his Tottenham side meet the high sights, or will failure have it in another echo of glory? No matter what happens, it should prove to be excellent entertainment.

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The Three Lions

Wayne Rooney steps onto the pitch, breathing heavily, chest heaving; as if preparing for war. He sings the national anthem with pride, hears the whistle and he's off. He chases after the ball time and time again, defending and attacking, waiting for his chance to come. Finally it comes, the net cracks as the ball is hammered home, he beats his chest and lets out a victorious cry. This is England.

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