Rants and musings from the magazine team
The Premier League is fast approaching the climax to its 20th season. Two decades is a long time in football: long enough for stories to grow into legends, long enough for babies to grow into full international players, and certainly long enough to deserve a retrospective what-was-all-that-about look back from FourFourTwo.
So all this week we'll be looking back at the last 20 years of top-flight football – a fascinating time of massive changes, for better or worse, in the game we love. It won't be a whitewashed love-in, but nor will it be a week-long grumble-fest about how things were better in the olden days when you could always expect a dart in the head at your local league ground.
There'll be some of the finest features from the history of FourFourTwo – itself nearing 18 years old – and some new thoughts from our staff members and freelance writers alike: you'll be hearing from Jonathan Wilson and David Conn, among others. We'll examine the effect of Sky, and Roman Abramovich and the rise of foreign ownership, but it won't all be bad news: our writers will be nominating their favourite Premier League players and explaining their choices. Feel free to bicker.
On Friday, in a move designed to infuriate bosses everywhere, we'll reveal the Top 100 Premier League Games. (Yes, that one's in there. No, not that one, it was rubbish.)
And we'll be asking for your opinion. Toward the end of the week we'll be naming two Premier-era Perfect XIs: one of UK players, one of foreigners. Tell us on Twitter and Facebook who you'd pick; you never know, we might even agree…
PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK FEATURESThe 100 Best Premier League Games
All-time domestic and foreign Premier League Perfect XIsMy Favourite Premier Player: The badly drawn artistThe Premier League's 20 worst kits and 20 best kits
My Favourite Premier Player: The Emperor of RomeJudgement Day, 1994: The four-way relegation play-offMy Favourite Premier Player: The French revolutionaryBack to the future: How Sky changed football foreverMy Favourite Premier Player: The classy clownRoman Abramovich: He came, he saw, he conqueredMy Favourite Premier Player: The all-American hero
What is the destiny and presage of the English Premier League? Where will it be i
n another 20 years time? Will it still be as lucrative, entertaining, [url=http:/lighthouseuk.org/]church in maidstone[/url]encapsulating and still ruled by foreign investment? Will Manchester United finally relinquish their stronghold of the Premiership and will Sir Alex Ferguson finally have given up the reins?
Surely even the most die-hard United fan couldn’t argue the latter to be conceivable. However, last month, some of the Premier League’s greatest writers, commentators and thinkers clashed, collided and confronted each other to celebrate the 20th season of Premier League and debate all the issues surrounding the self-proclaimed greatest league on the planet, from its inauguration to the present day and beyond.
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