Founded on Feb. 20 1992, the English Premier League is regarded as the best domestic soccer league in Europe and possibly the world. And it's well known that the 'The Big Four' including Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, can attract the best players around the world, simply by their history and name. But the new Premier League Season is subject to change this 'The Big Four' perception. The reason is simple: money has changed everything.
Everything started in June 2003 when the soccer world met the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. He introduced us to his 'Blue Revolution' and showed every soccer fan that money could be the main motivation for everybody in this big business. Abramovich's Chelsea, a big but definitely not the biggest club in England till that day, bought a lot of big stars in the 2003 transfer window and just became a potential championship candidate. The rest of the story is well known and today, Chelsea is a real big power in world soccer. But the issue is not what Chelsea has become. It's the road wide opened by Abramovich and how he made the Premier League a target for the richest men around the world like Hicks and Gillett owning Liverpool or Glazer Family owning Manchester United. And there also were some other soccer loving tycoons joined this Premier League invasion but they called it quits after some time and nobody could show the passion to continue spending money for another club outside 'The Big Four' since September 2008.
In September 2008, Manchester City, a club overshadowed by Manchester United for a long time, was bought by the Abu Dhabi United Group and this buyout made them the wealthiest club in the world. And the new owners of the club seemed to have the real passion to spend unlimited money till the day City's going to join the biggest ones in the soccer world. However, to find the success couldn't be as easy as these rich guys have thought.
In spite of the big money spent, Manchester City had one and a half frustrating seasons with ex-Manchester United legend Mark Hughes until December 2009, the date the club made a contract with Italian manager Roberto Mancini who led Inter Milan to glory for 2 consecutive years in Italy. And with the start of this summer transfer window, they let the Italian to spend more and more. This could be a real opportunity for Mancini to build his squad for the new season and he has showed that he's definitely enjoying his privileges by bringing 6 important names to the Eastlands for about 200 million pounds. The amount of money used for the new boys Boateng, Silva, Kolarov, Yaya Toure, Balotelli and Milner has become the biggest spending spree undertaken by any British club. But more importantly, this amount of money is nearly equal to the whole Spanish La Liga clubs' spending spree.
To sum up, this year can be a real revolution year for British soccer again and just like Abramovich did in 2003, the Abu Dhabi United Group can prove that money can change everything in the soccer world by making Manchester City the new member of 'The Big Four' in England. But if they can't, the winner's going to be the real soccer lovers who definitely don't believe money's the main power in this beautiful game.
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