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21 May, 2008 - Published 12:09 GMT
Champions League Moscow final
Thousands of English football fans are in Moscow for the first all-English Champions League final. Manchester United and Chelsea will do battle for the most prestigious prize in club football. Here is our Sports news reporter Alex Capstick:
For the past two seasons England has provided three of the four semi-finalists in the Champions League. The richest domestic league in the world, fuelled by huge television deals, has attracted and kept the best players, with the top four - Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool - taking the cream.
The high tempo English game and the superior skills of the foreign imports have been developed into a potent mix. The money, the dominance of English clubs in Europe and the worldwide appeal of the Premier League will continue to grab the attention of top international footballers.
Envious eyes, from Spain and Italy in particular, will be watching the Champions League final in Moscow. The big clubs, like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Milan, aren't exactly poor, but they're being outshone by their English opponents. They'll be hoping their decline is temporary, but the Premier League isn't resting on its laurels. Its chief executive Richard Scudamore said recently, "it can only get better". The rest of Europe has been warned.
Alex Capstick, BBC
fuelled by huge television deals
taking the cream
a potent mix
to grab the attention of top international footballers
they're being outshone by
their decline is temporary
isn't resting on its laurels
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