We can all agree 2015 has been a gripping year of football, with a host of historic triumphs, shocks and records broken, not to mention one of the most unpredictable Premier League title races ever in store as we roll into 2016.
However, it must be said that the new, closer and tighter Premier League has come at the expense of some quality. Perhaps ten years is not long enough to be getting this nostalgic, but we're starting to think football was in a much better place in 2005.
Don't agree that 2005 was a high point of English and European football? You'll change your mind after you read this…
1. Thierry Henry, not Jamie Vardy, was the Premier League's best striker
Take a little look at the current top scorers in the Premier League…where now you see the likes of Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane and Odion Ighalo as the main contenders for the Golden Boot, in 2005 we had Thierry Henry and Ruud van Nistelrooy scrapping it out for the award.
PL top scorers by calendar year since 2005
2005 – Frank Lampard (20) 2006 – Thierry Henry (23) 2007 – Robbie Keane (19) 2008 – Cristiano Ronaldo (26) 2009 – Wayne Rooney (22) 2010 – Carlos Tevez (25) 2011 – Robin van Persie (35) 2012 – Robin van Persie (26) 2013 – Luis Suarez (31) 2014 – Sergio Aguero (26) 2015 – Harry Kane (27)
Sure, we all love seeing the smaller clubs do well, but in recent departures of world class stars like Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale, we're not actually left with many genuine greats, hence Vardy being his generation's Henry.
2. English clubs actually did well in Europe
2015 was another dreadful year for Premier League clubs in the Champions League, with Liverpool knocked out at the group stage and Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City all exiting after the first knockout round.
Remember when English sides actually used to do something in Europe? 2005 was the start of an extremely dominant era in that regard, with Liverpool winning the competition after a memorable encounter with Chelsea in the semi-finals.
For the following four seasons, there was a Premier League side in the Champions League final every time, including the all-English clash between Manchester United and Chelsea in 2008.
3. England were on the brink of greatness
Remember when England's biggest problem was deciding how to fit both Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard into the team?
Of course, that golden generation of England players never won anything, but with the 2006 World Cup ahead the nation at least had hope, with so many world class players still with their best years ahead of them.
Ten years on, Gerrard and Lampard have retired from England, are playing in the MLS, and Wayne Rooney is only our best player because everyone else is so decidedly average.
4. These great players were still at Premier League clubs
Believe it or not, there was a time when world beaters Arjen Robben, Cristiano Ronaldo and Xabi Alonso were plying their trade in England rather than at the super-dominant European clubs they find themselves at today.
Back in 2005, the Premier League was the place to be for the world's best players. Meanwhile, Real Madrid were signing Thomas Gravesen from Everton.
5. Jose Mourinho was still special
Yes, 2015 may be yet another year in which Jose Mourinho has picked up a Premier League winners' medal, but it's not the same.
Rewind back to a decade ago and everything the Portuguese touched turned to gold. He called himself the Special One and we believed it, because he won an amazing Champions League title with Porto in 2004 and followed it up with a double in his first season at Chelsea.
And by this point in the 2005/06 season it was fairly obvious the Blues would stroll to the title again under Mourinho's guidance. Now, however, he's been sacked after somehow leading his team into a relegation scrap.
6. Barcelona didn't have shirt sponsors
Remember how Barcelona were 'more than a club'? Back then it meant a little more than just playing stunningly good football and winning every trophy in sight.
Amazingly, as recently as 2005, Barca were the only truly big club in world football not to have a sponsor on their shirts.
Fast forward to 2015 and it's Qatar Airways splashed across the front of that famous strip. Don't pretend it's not a big deal.
7. And this lot were contesting El Clasico
Need we say more?
8. Ageing greats didn't just flock to the MLS
We're not going to pretend footballers didn't like money back in 2005, they did, but again, it was just different.
When players come towards the end of their careers now, they're jetting off to the MLS, Qatar, India, China and other places where they're never likely to be seen again.
Give us the good all days when you'd get surreal signings like Gaizka Mendieta to Middlesbrough, Fernando Hierro to Bolton, Edgar Davids to Tottenham and Steve McManaman to Manchester City – legends looking for one last hurrah with small clubs in England!
9. Manchester City and PSG weren't rich yet
Chelsea were getting rich owners and signing all the best players before it was cool, and there were no Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain copycats back in 2005.
Of course, there's reason to be grateful for City's purchase by the Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008, or we may never have had the 'Aguerooooooooooo' moment that capped one of the most exciting seasons ever in 2010/11.
But wasn't it a bit nicer when money didn't buy success? Or at least, when it was clubs with history who had the money.
10. No selfies!
Social media can be really great, and there's no doubt that the game has, to some extent, been enriched by the truly 24-hour coverage and instant access to stats, funnies and whatever floats your boat.
But footballers on Twitter and Instagram is one sad consequence of the new technology available at our fingertips.
Now it seems like every win is a reason for a celebratory selfie…
This is Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud celebrating a win against…Hull City…which put them third in the table in May.
And then there's the awful official club account banter…
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