Transfer excitement lacking as the big kick-off looms

This afternoon’s Community Shield marks the beginning of the football season in England, with the Big Four’s dominance likely to be threatened by a replenished Manchester City, writes Linda Maher

8th August, 2009

It’s been a long, not very hot summer for football fans, but they can take solace in the fact that the wait is almost over. The FA Community Shield, the traditional curtain-raiser for the season, takes place today at Wembley, when league winners Manchester United take on FA Cup winners Chelsea.

It is less than a week until this Saturday’s kick-off of the new Premier League season.

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