If the 2017 Vitality Netball Superleague teams were football clubs
The 2017 Vitality Netball Superleague promises to be bigger and better than ever with new players, new coaches and new teams!
To the surprise of some, significant parallels can actually be drawn between sides in the domestic netball league and some of the best European football divisions.
So which top football club does each Superleague team most resemble and why?
Celtic Dragons – Swansea
Wales is the obvious link between the two sides – both in terms of location and championing up-and-coming talent. But they are also both guilty of lacking consistency in their performances.
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Hertfordshire Mavericks – Arsenal
Both are top four teams: Mavs have never dropped outside the top four since the inaugural 2006 season, while the Gunners haven’t finished lower than fourth since Arsene Wenger took over in 1996.
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Loughborough Lightning – Liverpool
Loughborough missed the play-offs, while Liverpool missed out on Europa League qualification last season. Both strengthened over summer with high-profile signings - Sadio Mane and Beth Cobden.
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Manchester Thunder – Manchester United
Both teams have successful histories in their respective competitions but are without a title in a few years. They also have new bosses at the helm – Karen Greig and José Mourinho – for the season.
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Severn Stars – West Ham
Both sides have well-known and highly-regarded coaches in Pamela Cookey and Slaven Bilić. The squads also contain talented youngsters, including Eleanor Cardwell and Reece Oxford (currently on loan at Reading).
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Sirens – Rangers
Both sides are Scottish, aiming high and determined to make an impact. There is also a shared emphasis on nurturing home-grown talent and blending players with international pedigree.
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Surrey Storm – Leicester
Both sides are defending champions. The Premier League side have had to adjust to life without 2016’s standout performer, N'Golo Kante; Storm have seen a significant number of high-profile departures, including Rachel Dunn.
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Team Bath – Borussia Dortmund
Both teams are five-time champions in their respective leagues. Despite some fluctuations in form from season to season, they are traditionally always there or thereabouts in the title race.
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Team Northumbria – Tottenham Hotspur
There were high expectations for both sides last season but ultimately, it didn’t work out. Both sides boast young and promising squads with particularly strong defences.
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Wasps Netball – RB Leipzig
Both teams are exciting newcomers to their respective leagues and function under well-established brands. They brought in high-profile coaches – Tamsin Greenway and Ralph Hasenhüttl – and won the race to sign in-demand players, e.g. Sophia Candappa and Oliver Burke.
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