The return of the Barclays Premier League

16 August 2:33 pm

The return of the Barclays Premier League

By Alex Dubov

Portland soccer fans often have the opportunity for double features--sometimes even concurrent features--on the weekends when the Timbers and Thorns both have games. This weekend is no different, with the Timbers and Thorns both playing at 8pm on Saturday night.

In addition to two Portland matches, soccer fans are looking forward to the beginning of the Barclays Premier League season. It’s been a long three months since Manchester United took last season’s title and fans of the other 19 teams have been chomping at the bit for their shot at redemption. On the eve of a massive soccer weekend, we look ahead to the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season.

First thing is first. No team looks the same at the beginning of a new season. The Guardian has compiled a quick infographic to illustrate which clubs have made the most moves during the transfer window. Check it out here.

NBC Sports Network debuts their coverage of the EPL this weekend. They recently did an interesting "documentary" on the difference between football and . . . football with friends from Tottenham Hotspur.

On this side of the pond, our friends at KICKTV have debuted the first episode of KICKTV Live with Jimmy Conrad in which they addressed several headlines surrounding the BPL season. You can watch the full episode here:

Finally, NBC Sports’ Pro Soccer Talk can get you all caught up on everything you need to know heading into this season. Check out their preview here.

And, if you happen to be one of the few who doesn't yet have a favorite EPL club, Joe Posnanski from NBC Sports has you covered