- Champions League Final....Check
- Women's World Cup....Check (Megan Rapinoe is my hero)
- Copa America....Check
- CONCACAF Gold Cup...Check
With the summer tournaments over, and with clubs now well into their money-spinning foreign summer tours, a new cycle begins. Unless you're Sadio Mané or Bobby Firmino, in which case you hardly get a break and it just seems like nonstop football....
MLS continues to rumble on, but they are always out of sync with the FIFA calendar so let's just not worry about that (Columbus are currently stinking the place out anyway, so I am OK not dwelling on MLS for now...)
Not a lot of big transfer stories this summer...Bale looks to be heading to China. Barca have got Griezmann and May also get Neymar back.
What else is happening... Juventus have mortgaged themselves to the hilt to try and win the Champions League this year before Ronaldo leaves, Man City are in a spat with the Chinese government, Liverpool are losing all of their big summer friendlies, Man Utd still don't have a director of football.
Will Dortmund make a credible challenge for the title this season? Will Barca's galacticos tip the balance against Zidane this season? Have Juventus overreached themselves looking for European glory? Will PSG actually look better without Neymar (and can any French team step out of their shadow)? Will Man City do something in Europe? Can Liverpool keep things interesting? Will Arsenal get relegated? (kidding!)
And, uh...<chuckles> can Celtic retain all their domestic silverware?