The clubs are back with a vengeance and a nose for revenge with only one goal in mind: to get that elusive EPL trophy! With purchases of new players, incoming managers at the helm, and your weekend heroes battling for first place, the 2014/2015 EPL season kicks off on Saturday, August 16, 2014, with a string of matches that will leave you at the edge of your seat. Each nail-biting, heart-stopping match with 11 full-fledged experienced players on each team will leave you hoping, wishing, and praying hard that the team you support will end the season on a high!
The Nike Ordem footballs in three different colours by NIKE, Inc.
Did you know…
… that Nike has unveiled the official match ball for the 2014/2015 Premier League? The ‘Nike Ordem’ is the most innovative, aerodynamic, tech-savvy football assembled from fuse-welded panels that offers unprecedented flight control with special grooves woven to grip and channel the air to produce better trajectory. With maximum visibility in mind, this ball may well be the reason for some top-flight wonder goals!
Community Shield Winners: Arsenal 3 – 0 Manchester City by Yahoo! Sport
Last weekend, Arsenal kickstarted their new season campaign with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Manchester City in the Community Shield. Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey, and Olivier Giroud gave the Gunners and their fans hope that the team will rise through the ashes and deliver the trophy. Manager Arsene Wenger has made some changes to the team by bringing in several new players: Mathieu Debuchy, Alexis Sanchez, David Ospina, and Calum Chambers. Debuchy, Sanchez, and Chambers were in the Gunners’ 3-0 victory over City, and their first trophy as an Arsenal player. This is Mikel Arteta’s second trophy as a Gunner ever since moving from his former team Everton.
Other clubs have also made changes, the biggest being Louis van Gaal’s instalment as Manchester United’s manager. Man Utd fans are praying that the Dutchman can instil some improvement to the once-fearless team that Sir Alex Ferguson left behind. Van Gaal recruited 3 new players for his first season’s battle for top spot: Ander Herrera (Athletic Bilbao), Luke Shaw (Southampton), and Vanja Milinkovic (Vojovdina). Big names like Ferdinand, Giggs, Vidic, and Evra have left Old Trafford to pursue their footballing careers elsewhere.
Liverpool emerged with biggest haul. Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, and Dejan Lovren, all from Southampton, Emre Can (Bayer Leverkusen), Lazar Markovic (Benfica), Divock Origi (Lille), and Javier Manquillo (Athletic Madrid) hope to spur the Reds to remain in the top-four and fight for the EPL trophy. Luis Suarez, despite his inglorious days as a villain on the field, will be wearing Barcelona colours as he takes on his La Liga rivals while former goalkeeper Pepe Reina has gone to Bayern Munich.
Here are the kick-off of the first ten matches this weekend, all in our local Malaysian time:
Saturday, August 16, 2014
- Manchester United vs Swansea, 7.45pm
- Leicester vs Everton, 10pm
- Queens Park Rangers vs Hull City, 10pm
- Stoke City vs Aston Villa, 10pm
- West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspurs, 10pm
Sunday, August 17, 2014
- Arsenal vs Crystal Palace, 12.30am
- Liverpool vs Southampton, 8.30pm
- Newcastle vs Manchester City, 11pm
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
- Burnley vs Chelsea, 12.30am
Who will be the Man of the Match? Who will be the player with the fastest goal or the most unsual goal scored? All will be revealed this weekend! Make sure to prepare the couch for the match, and please, guys, try not to antagonize the girls just to watch the match or she might throw you AND the TV set out the door! Alternatively, you can call a few buddies over to your nearest mamak restaurant and watch the match together. Don’t forget to support your favourite teams with posters from our Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, and other EPL clubs albums at our Posterific Facebook page!