FourFourTwo - - NEWS - @Four­fourt­woed Hitesh Ratna Edi­tor

So the Premier League turns 25 this year. Go­ing into the in­au­gu­ral cam­paign of the new-look top tier, Alan Shearer signed for Black­burn from Southamp­ton for £3.3 mil­lion – break­ing the Bri­tish trans­fer record in the process – Leeds were the reign­ing cham­pi­ons of Eng­land and Mon­day Night Foot­ball wasn’t even a thing. A quar­ter of a cen­tury on and how times have changed. Turn to p80 to re­live the goals, games, gaffes and gar­ish kits of that maiden Premier League sea­son.

What hasn’t changed, though, is the ex­cite­ment we feel ahead of a new cam­paign, not just in the Premier League but up and down the di­vi­sions and across Europe. For our cover fea­ture, we have tried to dis­til this ex­cite­ment into a se­ries of de­mands for the foot­ball gods – 99 of them to be pre­cise. We don’t think it’s too much to ask, es­pe­cially in a sea­son that con­cludes with a World Cup.

On that sub­ject, we in­tro­duce a brand new colum­nist for the new sea­son: Lothar Matthaus. The ex-ger­many cap­tain opens up on Kevin Kee­gan, fac­ing Nor­wich in Europe and his pre­dic­tions for 2017-18 (p34). What­ever the cam­paign has in store for your team, we hope you have a good one.

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