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Yet here we are again at the start of another European season. In fact the likes of Juventus and Liverpool have already begun competitive action in Europa League qualifiers and this weekend France’s Ligue 1 begins and England’s Community Shield pits double winners Chelsea against runners-up Manchester United.
It all feels a bit surreal and excitement among fans does not seem to be as palpable as previous seasons. The World Cup was a letdown for many and the transfer market is as dead as a dodo.
Could the beautiful game be losing some of its spark?
The harsh economic realities in the rest of industry are filtering through to soccer. AS Roma are up for sale after big debts and Liverpool are hunting for a buyer while Manchester City are the only European club spending big given no “must haves” were really discovered in South Africa.
One of the dullest Israeli soccer seasons for many years dawdled to a quiet close this week with newly-crowned champions Maccabi Haifa and cup winners Beitar Jerusalem sharing the honours in a 1-1 draw that changed nothing.
It was a microcosm of an entire season almost bereft of “champagne moments” and prospects for improvement next season look doubtful.