LONDON, 26 June 2023— After a wild end to the 2022-23 football season, fans of Europe’s top clubs are taking a moment to reflect on the chaos that was. The jubilation. The agony. The excitement. Around Europe’s top leagues, the story lines played out predictably – unpredictably.

Match schedules will be released later this month for the 2023-24 season, and as supporters look ahead to the promise of a new run for the championship, many will lament what could have been last season.

LOOKING BACK: Here’s a quick recap of what happened in the top European leagues in 2022-23:

England: In the Premier League, London-based Arsenal’s grip on the trophy (which would have been their first in nearly 20 years) slipped late and they ceded the title to powerhouse Manchester City who have now won 3 in a row and 5 of the last 6. Man City’s spectacular treble win (with the UEFA Champions League Title and FA Cup) was an English club’s first since 1998-99.

Germany: In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich had come into the season with 10 straight titles but were vulnerable after losing talisman striker Robert Lewandowski to transfer. Borussia Dortmund fans went into the final day confident of a championship before disaster struck and Bayern Munich came back to snatch consecutive title #11.

Italy: In Serie A, Napoli secured its third title ever and first since 1989-90 with a dominant season, drawing well clear of the competition. In fact, the biggest threat to Napoli came from its supporters who had to be warned repeatedly not to celebrate on Mt. Vesuvius, an active volcano outside of Naples!

Spain: In LaLiga, Barcelona steered clear of its rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid to capture its first title since 2018-19 and club legend Lionel Messi’s departure. The championship was notable as it came in manager Xavi’s first full season with the club.

France: In Ligue 1, Paris Saint-Germain just edged out Lens to take home the crown. Persistent transfer rumors around the clubs top stars Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar offered up a bit of a distraction, but not enough to deter PSG from claiming their 5th title in the last six years.

LOOKING FORWARD: Fans of European football are eagerly anticipating the schedule release for the 2023-24 season and the upcoming player transfer window. Combined with the international Euro 2024 competition, it will be quite a busy schedule for players and fans alike.

“In the summer (off-season) fans tend to focus on player transfer news, but the match fixture schedule release will be a big deal too,” Ryan Forney of notes. “But don’t put off buying tickets,” he says, “if you wait, you’ll pay a lot more and your choices will be limited, particularly for the big matches.”

Forney recommends purchasing directly through the club or official channels if you can. “Many of our site visitors utilize a partner we promote who only sells official match tickets with an event guarantee.” This helps eliminate fan “surprises” on matchday.

But many matches will sell out quickly leaving folks looking for more alternatives. The ticket resale market (i.e. StubHub, viagogo, VividSeats) is another popular way to gain entry. But is it safe? “Thousands of fans are buying tickets through these forums, and generally speaking things usually go off without a hitch…” Forney says, “…but its always good to arrive a little earlier and always have the phone numbers to their (website’s) help desk handy- just in case.”


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