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The Guardian Ultimate Guide

Info from The Guardian on their pre-season 'ultimate guide'

The Season is the Guardian’s ultimate guide to the new football season and is free with the paper on Monday 10 August. As well as providing you with essential team-by-team information, the Season, also offers readers some off-the-wall and interesting critiques on the football league's top teams. This all comes in a handy guide size, small enough to take to the terraces, but large enough to satisfy your appetite for endless stats and rumours.

Highlights include:

Manchester United without Ronaldo
Manchester City’s prospects after spending almost £100m in the summer
Rafael Benitez, Liverpool’s history and their need for the title
Foreign players' experiences in England focusing on Wigan’s Roberto Martinez
World Cup qualifying clips and great World Cup clichés
Newcastle's chances of getting out of a tough Championship
Carlo Ancelotti's Twitter page
The Michael Owen-style brochures you might have missed
The possible shift in power from the Premier League to La Liga
ESPN and the BBC’s involvement in showing live football
A funny look at the new and very complicated Europa League
Uefa's experiment with five referees per match
Also, Featured: Premier League team-by-team guide and previews of the Championship/League One/League Two and the Scottish Premier League

For full details, feel free to click on the advert when it appears which is frequently up til Monday!

With thanks to The Guardian for the advertising currently being dispalyed on Vital Football. Readers, do remember without the adverts Vital can't operate, so please do have a look what is on offer and help us out!



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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday August 7 2009
Time: 1:28PM

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