THE FOOTBALL! IT’S BACK! The ceremonial opening of the 2016-17 Premier League season is upon us as we’re set to watch the annual Community Shield match.
This year’s lineup features Premier League title holders Leicester City (still feels weird typing that) against Jose Mourinho-led Manchester United (still feels weird typing that, too). It doesn’t count in the standings, but it’s still football, and it’s still silverware, and clubs and fans still care about it.
Leicester City lost arguably their best and most important player in N’Golo Kante to Chelsea during the summer, but extended the contract of star striker Jamie Vardy and still have the services (for now) of Riyad Mahrez. They’ve made a few upgrades, but it hardly seems possible for them to successfully defend their title. Of course, we didn’t think they’d win last year either.
Meanwhile, United have spent some of their formidable capital by signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund, defender Eric Bailly from Villarreal, and of course, His Majesty Lord Zlatan.
It’s perhaps not meaningful football, but it’s still football. So let’s watch it!
How to Watch
Date/time: Sunday, August 7, 2016, 11 a.m. (ET), 4 pm (BST)
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London, UK
TV: Fox Sports 1 (USA), BT Sport 2 (UK), ESPN / beIN Sports 1 (Australia) Sportsnet World (Canada), other listings at livesoccertv.com
Streaming: Fox Sports Go / Fox Soccer2Go (USA), BT Sport Live Streaming (UK).
Radio: BBC Radio 5 Live
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