Transfer windows have become an integral part of the modern football landscape.
The season may end when the fixtures run out, but the soap opera continues as the on-pitch drama of the most global of sports is replaced by the intrigue and chicanery of player purchase and trading.
Each year the price tags go up as the deals go down, and the media makes ever more hay from the speculation and subterfuge that surrounds the transactions. FULL POST
The wait is over. Soccer devotees across Europe, strung out during the off season with only the scraps of transfer rumors and player sales to keep them sated, can now quench the pang of their addiction with weekly hits of league football.
The German Bundesliga returned on August 9 with Bayern beating Borussia Monchengladbach, France's Ligue 1 saw nouveau riche champions PSG held by Montpellier on the same day, while Italy's Serie A gets going on August 24. The two remaining elite divisions of Spain and England kick off this weekend.
There have been many managerial moves since May but the English Premier League has seen a fascinating shuffling of characters that now hold the reins at a clutch of the world’s biggest clubs. FULL POST