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With the Premier League season getting fired up and Champion's League matches taking place at the same time, football fans have to be excited about what is to come over the next few months. The top flight of English football always provides a fun time for supporters, but there is a lot of other stuff to get excited about, as well. For instance, the 2010 World Cup finals are approaching next summer in South Africa, and the lower levels of English football are also providing some nice story lines.
When we start with the Premier League, we have to first worry about the big four teams. Chelsea are in good form to start the season and they're the current owners of a 100% record. Joining them at the top are Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, and the surprising Manchester City squad. Many teams have been known to make bids at the top group, and City are strong enough to put up a good effort in this year's race. In addition, there are some newly promoted squads who seem intent on hanging around this season. Burnley is one of those clubs, and they have yet to have a blemish on their home record in Premier League play.
In the always competitive League Championship, one of the stories of the year is newly relegated Newcastle United and their quest to get back to the top flight league. The Castle are one of the biggest teams in all of Europe and they have been a fixture in the Premier League for many decades. Through the first few weeks of the new campaign, they have shown to be too much for many of the second tier league's teams. It will be interesting for English football fans to see if Newcastle can complete their quest and earn an all important promotion. They'll have to fight some very hungry, up and coming teams to attain that goal.
Meanwhile, football looks great on the national level. Though almost every team in the world has some sense of optimism going right now as the World Cup looms large, England might have a legitimate case. The roster is full of great, young talent and they have been very successful in the qualifying stages. When the national side takes the field in South Africa next summer, they figure to be one of the prevailing favourites to take home the cup.