After what feels like the first summer break from men’s football in a very long time, the 2022–23 campaign is almost upon us, and what a fascinating season it promises to be.
On paper, we are set for some familiar–looking podiums at the top of Europe’s major leagues by next summer, yet in reality the upcoming campaign has the potential to be one of the most unique and unpredictable ever.
In a word, the cause of that unpredictability is: Qatar.
The interruption of a winter World Cup is sure to have huge ramifications for the upcoming campaign. The hope is that this will mean less predictability; the fear is that the best-resourced squads will simply outmuscle their rivals once again.
Either way, an intriguing season is sure to come, and as always our network of experts have assessed the runners and riders from Europe‘s biggest leagues, and some of its smaller ones, too.
Jamie Evans, Assistant Editor
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