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Why UK Footbal remains a crowd-pullerSaturday, November 12th, 2011
Many sports commentators regard England to be the birthplace of football. And after traveling around the world for 100 or so years, the UK may be regarded as the home of football. Or soccer, as the Americans like to call it.
Most of the teams that participate in the UK leagues were for many years in the last century regarded with indifference. Teams from Italy, Spain and Germany had stolen the limelight by winning regularly at international club competitions.
However, UK football teams have gradually clawed back to the top since the 1960s when Manchester United won their first European Cup trophy in 1968. The Old Trafford-based outfit is regarded as the most successful team in the UK with 19 top-division titles, 3 European Cups and a couple of local cups. Alongside Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea, Manchester United are regarded as the top teams in England.
These top 4 teams have recently undergone transformation with changes in coaching and playing personnel. Ownership has also been changing hands in the league regularly. And Manchester is also in the limelight for the foreign ownership of its other major club, Manchester City.
Manchester City is a bitter rival of Manchester United’s and its recent acquisition by oil-rich investors from the Arabian Gulf have seen it threaten to break the dominance of the top clubs.
It made its intentions clear on a dark October day at Old Trafford when the team whitewashed Manchester United 6-1. This bitter defeat left a flabbergasted United manager to call it the worst day in his life. Sir Alex Ferguson is the most successful manager in the top UK league-the Premier League but his actions on that day were criticized and his team selection that day was unable to cope with the onslaught of City attacks. City players, David Silva and Sergio Aguerro combined well with Mario Balotelli to control the game leaving United goalkeeper David De Gea with little choice but to collect the ball 6 times from his own net.