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    I became a fan of Man U, but before I knew anything about soccer? lol we can search back to the 2006 WC, and I was in here asking questions about who to look for. I remember people telling me abotu Rooney on England and Ronaldo on Port. and then found out they were on the same team. So by default I just liked them then found out they were as raid put it "yankees and cowboys" of soccer. Still root for them but may have went a different way had I known that.

    my brother roots for Arsenal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fandango View Post
    It might be reaching a bit, because I would hate to be a fan of a club like Man City that simply buys their way to glory. But the difference, especially recently, between clubs like Liverpool and Arsenal and the other three I mentioned is that I cannot think of a single instance recently when the Reds or the Gunners poached a star player in their prime from ManU, City or Chelski, but the inverse has happened quite frequently.



    I would say Villa and Newcastle are a step behind Everton, and after that you get into pretty murky waters where pretty much any team is at risk of being relegated. West Ham had a long stint in the top flight but was down for a while. Fulham previously belonged to this group but was relegated last season, hopefully they make it back soon. Bolton, Blackburn and Middlesborough allused to be in this group as well but now have been relegated a couple seasons. Stoke City has been up for a while now and are looking pretty steady. West Brom, Swansea City, Sunderland and Southhampton all have a few straight seasons in the Premiership, but could go down next season.

    Back in the 80's the big five teams were probably United, Liverpool, Everton, Arsenal and Spurs but then everything changed when the Premier League was formed and the amount of money involved become crazy.

    City and Chelsea are out on their own because of the amount of money their owners have been able to spend on new players over the last few years. United are up there because they did such a good job of commercialisation and increasing stadium capacity in the last 20 years. The difference between them and City/Chelsea is that so much of their income is self generated that way.

    Liverpool and Arsenal are trying to copy the United model but that takes a lot of time to catch up (Arsenal didn't have much of a transfer budget while the Emirates Stadium was being paid for and it looks like they just starting to see the benefits of that now).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fandango View Post



    I would say Villa and Newcastle are a step behind Everton, and after that you get into pretty murky waters where pretty much any team is at risk of being relegated. West Ham had a long stint in the top flight but was down for a while. Fulham previously belonged to this group but was relegated last season, hopefully they make it back soon. Bolton, Blackburn and Middlesborough allused to be in this group as well but now have been relegated a couple seasons. Stoke City has been up for a while now and are looking pretty steady. West Brom, Swansea City, Sunderland and Southhampton all have a few straight seasons in the Premiership, but could go down next season.
    Eh, I don't know... Let's remember that Everton did much of its damage last season with loans, and Lukaku and Deulofeu are both apparently not coming back... Still looking pretty decent, but I don't think they'll be challenging for a top 4 this season....

    On a side note... As I stated in the WC thread, I think that we might pick up a fair amount of fans in the US, as you had Martinez as an analyst and the fantastic play of Tim Howard, so if Americans get drawn to watch the Premier League this season, you'd have to think that Everton would be a side they'd pay attention to.... Getting Lukaku to return would have likely helped as well, as he scored against the U.S. for Belgium so fans might have had some knowledge of him at least (But alas, that ain't gonna happen).... Mirallas didn't really show well, so I doubt his presence in that game helped much...
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    If I remember correctly, Everton hasn't been out of the top 10 in quite a number of seasons. Newcastle was relegated just a few years back, and has seen a lot of financial swings under the owner Mike Ashley. Aston Villa has been in the top tier for quite some time the same as Everton, but it has seemed more recently that they have consistently finished behind Everton.
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    Hmmm, yeah I just looked it up and I guess you're right... Just never hear about it. Looks like they had a horrid stretch in the 90's, but have been pretty consistent since... Newcastle looks like its had higher highs, but much lower lows as well...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fandango View Post
    If I remember correctly, Everton hasn't been out of the top 10 in quite a number of seasons. Newcastle was relegated just a few years back, and has seen a lot of financial swings under the owner Mike Ashley. Aston Villa has been in the top tier for quite some time the same as Everton, but it has seemed more recently that they have consistently finished behind Everton.
    Had to remind me, eh? I was sooooooooo disheartened. That COULD have been the kiss of death for years, but they smoked it to get back to the Premier.
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    Liverpool are the 3rd highest spenders in the PL. Just because they've pissed most of their money up the wall doesn't mean they're poor.
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    Payton will enjoy Everton all the way to the final of the Europa League when they lose 5-4 on PK's as Ross Barkleys attempt goes wide right.

    More fun to root against teams in Soccer then for any particular one. Especially Chelsea.
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    Hey man, I'm excited though.... Signed Barkley, Got Lukaku permanently from Chelsea now....

    I'm liking that the team's trying....
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