We wanted the five big questions that fans will be asking themselves ahead of the big kick-off.
Next up it is the turn of the Premier League, with some big managerial personalities ready to do battle.
1. Can David Moyes step into Sir Alex Ferguson’s shoes?
Remarkably, this is the first season of British football that will not feature Sir Alex Ferguson as a player or manager since 1956-57. Though he will still wield influence behind the scenes at Old Trafford, Fergie’s retirement last season left a gaping hole at United and the Premier League and it could fundamentally reconfigure the landscape of English football.
His replacement hasn’t had a smooth ride so far: David Moyes presided over an unimpressive pre-season and a rather uninspiring Community Shield victory over Wigan Athletic, and his work in the transfer market has been disappointing. United lost out to Bayern Munich over Thiago and their public pursuit of Cesc Fabregas bordered on embarrassing at times. It’s fair to say Moyes still has much to prove if he is to convince as a replacement for the greatest manager football has known.
2. Will Manuel Pellegrini bring a more 'holistic' approach at Manchester City?
Gone is the combative Roberto Mancini, who thrived on conflict but saw a faltering Manchester City side fail to mount a consistent title challenge last season. City memorably said they wanted a more "holistic" approach when sacking Mancini – a sign that Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano were angling for a better working environment, and in comes Manuel Pellegrini, who is expected to bring a more relaxed feel, combined with some attractive football.
City have undergone substantial changes with big fees paid for Stevan Jovetic, Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas to revamp the attack, while Fernandinho rejuvenates a rather stale midfield. Last summer, City's awful transfer business was a key contributing factor to their disappointing season; this year things should be very different. If Pellegrini can bring the squad together and get them playing cohesive football, then England's richest club should be a renewed force.
3. Will lightning strike twice with Jose Mourinho?
England has yearned for the return of the Special One ever since he left Chelsea following a row with Roman Abramovich in September 2007, taking his suave grey coat and his meticulously-crafted one liners with him. He returns a different man: more successful, certainly, having won the Treble with Inter and La Liga with Real Madrid, but perhaps more world weary too. The challenge of taking on Barcelona in Spain proved an erosive one as he fell out with a number of senior players and after returning to Chelsea he has lacked some of his past sparkle.
Mourinho’s first Chelsea side were one of the most relentless winning machines English football has ever seen, setting a new record for a seasonal points tally, conceding a stingy number of goals and dominating with their combative midfield, lightning counter-attacks and a battering ram of a forward in Didier Drogba. The Chelsea he inherits is very different: Abramovich has invested heavily to make them a more fluid, technical side in the Barcelona model, with small playmakers prevalent in midfield and, at present, a bit of a void in attack. Can Mourinho bend Chelsea to his will once again, or will his return to Abramovich’s side prove a misguided step?
4. How will the new TV money manifest itself?
Premier League clubs have been spending heavily again this summer (over 100 million euros more than any other league in fact), but it is not only the big teams who have been splashing out. Clubs like Southampton and Norwich have completed notable deals for players such as Victor Wanyama and Ricky van Wolfswinkel while Cardiff have broken their transfer record three times already this summer for Andreas Cornelius (£7.5m), Stephen Caulker (£8m) and then Gary Medel (£9.5m).
This latest transfer splurge is inspired by the fact that next season the team finishing last in the league will take more prize money than last season’s champions, so clubs will be flush with cash thanks to the gargantuan new TV deals coming into effect. It seems as though weaker clubs have been able to strengthen significantly: will this mean a tighter, more competitive division, narrowing the gap between the haves and the have nots? It’s certainly possible.
5. What influence will Luis Suarez have?
Suarez is suspended for the first six games of the season having bitten Branislav Ivanovic at the end of the last campaign. Irrespective of this sizeable ban, though, he will play a crucial role in deciding the final Champions League spot (assuming that, as widely expected, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea take the first three).
If he stays at Liverpool (and gives it his all on the pitch) then Brendan Rodgers's side will have an outside chance at a top-four place; should he join Arsenal then their credentials will look very strong indeed and Liverpool's will be non-existent; should he go to Spurs as a replacement for Gareth Bale then it would be easy to see AVB’s team finally supplant their North London rivals in the table. It is not too much of a stretch to say Suarez is the key figure in the battle for fourth, and the riches that the final Champions League spot entails.