By The Rundown (original post from Yahoo! Eurosport can be found here)
Okay, so the Premier League has been regarded as greedy and profit-driven since its inception, and the national side has been choking on a regular basis for almost as long since a memorable campaign on home soil at Euro 1996.
But despite being institutionally jeered and hissed at by a large pocket of outsiders for many moons now, football has nonetheless prospered on these shores: domestic league and cup matches are followed globally, success in Europe had become mandatory and some of the game's finest players are lured to our miserably-rainy climates by the cash which comes with such a high profile.
Yet after nine of the most underwhelming nine months of top level English football that we can remember, our resident doom-mongers have reason to believe that the end is nigh.
Here are 12 reasons why it's been the worst season ever, and why England may well have begun a fall from grace in the footballing world:
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