A look back before stepping forward
By Zack Goldman and Maxi Rodriguez
The Premier League season is upon us.
At long last, the world’s most popular circus of sport has returned, pitching a tent in our front yards and living rooms for the next nine months.
There will be passion, drama and genius painted on the pitch and the terraces, across the screens of our televisions and the pages of our dailies.
Premiership football will again return to Anfield, to Goodison, to Eastlands…
But let us not forget where it’s already been this summer.
From Los Angeles, to Sydney, to North Ferriby, the Premier League has traveled — and traveled in style.
Sold-out six-figure crowds abroad and domestic late-night television audiences turned out and tuned in to catch a glimpse of new signings and old friends, easing back into the whirlpool of club football after a summer spent in the deep end of the World Cup.
Overseas supporters, marooned a few flights and a few worlds away from their favorite clubs, could previously only root from afar and dream of watching their heroes play live.
This July, those dreams, for many, became reality.