EPL Talk Archives for January 2007

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Champions League U.S. TV Scheduled Released

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This morning, the Soccer Mad In America blog announced the Champions League TV Schedule for next week's matches, and it's good news for fans of English football.

ESPN2 will be showing the Liverpool versus Barcelona and Manchester United against Lille matches. Both matches are sure to be firecrackers, although I have a feeling that the Old Trafford match will end up being a comfortable stroll for United despite a tense beginning to the match.

Arsenal's Season Comes Undone with Rovers Loss

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In the space of just one week, Arsenal's entire season has come undone. The team failed to get a valuable away goal against PSV Eindhoven last week, which may signify their Champions League demise. Last night the youngsters couldn't overcome Blackburn Rovers despite numerous chances to put the game away, and the same young side lost the Carling Cup Final -- undeservedly so -- this past Sunday.

Results from EPL Talk Email Newsletter Survey

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The results are in from the EPL Talk Email Newsletter survey, where we asked your opinions about the e-newsletter and what we can do to improve. Thanks to everyone who participated. We'll be picking one lucky survey respondent's name out of the hat and will announce the winner of a World Soccer Shop T-shirt in Friday morning's edition of the newsletter.

Liverpool v Manchester United: Live and Online

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If you're searching for a way to experience Saturday's match between Liverpool v Man United online, join the EPL Talk Chat hosted by bcjohn.

We'll have Man United, Liverpool and neutral fans from around the world chatting in real-time about one of the biggest matches of the season. We'll also be able to tip you off regarding Liverpool v Man Utd radio coverage and how to listen live (depending on what part of the world you live in).

The Chelsea & Arsenal Carling Cup Final "Brawl"

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By John Nicholson

With so many genuinely important issues in football to address, it amazes me that the F.A. and the media in general devote so much time focusing on incidents like the 'brawl' at the end of the League Cup Final. From the sheer amount of coverage it has received you would have thought that someone had exploded a small nuclear device, or at the very least had sacrificed a couple of virgins on a burning pyre.

Premiership Clubs Playing Friendlies in the U.S.

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The American influence in the Premiership is continuing to escalate. Just today, for example, there are articles about the possible takeover of Manchester City by American investors (rumored to be AEG), and a piece about Robbie Fowler having talks with New England Revolution's coach Steve Nicol.

Then, of course, there are the Americans who regularly turn out for their English teams.

New Premiership Shirt Lettering/Numbering

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Starting with the 2007/2008 season, the Premier League will unveil a new style of numbering and lettering for the jerseys of Premiership clubs.

The new Premier League lettering will appear more modern in design and will be easier to read. The Premiership jerseys will also feature numbers that are in the same design as well as a new Premier League badge design.

Interview with Jeff Winter

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The latest episode of the EPL Talk Podcast has been published featuring an exclusive interview with former Premiership referee Jeff Winter.

Jeff talks about his book, his opinions regarding video refereeing, his insights into the decisions made in the controversial Manchester United against Lille match, and much more.
If you'd like to read Jeff Winter's weekly columns, learn more about his football phone-in show or order an autographed copy of his autobiography, visit his blog here.

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2006/2007 Premiership Ticket Prices

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Curious who has the most expensive tickets to watch Premiership football? Some of the answers may surprise you. EPL Talk researched all 20 teams and found that Arsenal is, by far, the most expensive, Liverpool is very affordable in contrast, while Wigan is downright cheap.

Here's the comparison of Premiership tickets. Note that all prices are in British pounds, and that most clubs price matches based on different categories.

Setanta to Feature Premiership Matches Via Broadband

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According to the North American version of Setanta Sports's web site, the Irish broadcaster will begin offering Premier League matches via broadband starting with the 2007/2008 season.

This is wonderful news for EPL fans. No word yet on how many matches will be available, but it's definitely a positive step.

To learn more about Setanta Broadband, read issue number two of the EPL Talk Magazine where we feature a review of the service.

Premiership Fans Protesting Away Ticket Prices

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The topic of match tickets has been in the news this week. First, Bolton announced that they're reducing prices for next season. Now Manchester United fans have decided to protest at Craven Cottage for tomorrow's match and will be encouraged not to buy any food, beverages or merchandise in order to send a message to Fulham.

Fulham is charging Man United away supporters 45GBP ($88), which is pretty outrageous.

Chelsea v Arsenal Live and Online

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If you're searching for a way to experience Sunday's League Cup Final between Chelsea vs Arsenal online, join the EPL Talk Chat hosted by bcjohn.

We'll have Arsenal, Chelsea and neutral fans from around the world chatting in real-time about the first cup final of the season. We'll also be able to tip you off regarding Chelsea vs Arsenal radio coverage and how to listen live (depending on what part of the world you live in).

Aston Villa's Preseason Tour of America

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Aston Villa will be visiting the U.S. this summer to play a series of preseason friendlies, according to the New York Villans Aston Villa Supporters Club.

Dates and locations are to be determined, but we'll let you know as soon as we find out the details. Remember that Villa is owned by American businessman Randy Lerner, so it makes total sense for Villa to come to America again to start to develop its brand here.

Race for EPL Talk Fantasy League Titles Heating Up

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While this has been a tremendous week for watching European football, EPL Talk readers have also been busy playing fantasy football and prediction leagues. Here are the most updated top 5 positions in the respective charts:

Fantasy Champions League:

1. Foolish FC (Mark Aegerter), 371
2. Gratefullawyer (Wayne Novick), 317

Liverpool Rock The World With 2-1 Win Against Barcelona

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If American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr. know anything about soccer, they'll be grinning from ear to ear tonight after Liverpool's historic 2-1 victory against Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

The win creates a whole host of riveting topics to debate: Is Rafa Benitez a better manager than Jose Mourinho based on Chelsea's exit to Barcelona last year?

Fox Soccer Channel Missing Out on Champions League

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Think back for a second and consider the last time that one day had so many brilliant matches as today. For me, it has to be last summer's World Cup.

Today, of course, we have the extremely intriguing match-ups between Barcelona and Liver

Win a Copy of Pro Evolution Soccer 2007

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If you want to win a copy of the Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 video game for the PS2, listen to this week's EPL Talk Podcast interview with Derek Rae to find out how.New features of the game from Konami include:- International Challenge mode, allowing yo

Soccer Special from Sky Sports

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I had the rare fortune of watching Sky Sports's coverage of the Champions League on Tuesday -- not one of the matches they showed, but instead the coverage from the Sky Sports studio with presenter Rob McCaffrey on Gillette Soccer Special.The

Giggsy's Goal Nearly Starts A Riot in France

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Who would have imagined that the Lille versus Manchester United first leg tie tonight would have been so controversial? To me, it reminded me of the drama of 80s football, and it certainly sets up a remarkable return leg at Old Trafford.For those of you w

Champions League is Full of Surprises

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Today begins a fabulous week of football as the Champions League returns after its three month winter break, followed by UEFA Cup matches on Thursday, a return to the Premiership on Saturday and the League Cup final on Sunday.And the best part about the n

Interview with Derek Rae

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In all the years of following football, I don't think I've once come across someone who didn't like the work of Derek Rae, the Scottish football commentator for ESPN. Well if you're as big a fan as I am, you'll definitely want to listen to the Derek Rae i

Daylight Savings Time Favors Soccer Fans in U.S.

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For you soccer die-hards who have been waking up at all hours of a Saturday or Sunday morning to get your Premiership fix, relief is on its way. Beginning March 11, the U.S. will move to Daylight Savings Time several weeks before usual, while the European

Soccer Shout Launches Redesigned Web Site

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Soccer Shout, the daily podcast on English and Scottish football, has launched a redesigned version of their web site.The new-and-improved site will feature blog posts (previously at cleverfootball.com) as well as links to all of the latest episodes of th

Pirate Feed of Fox Soccer Channel Creates Issues

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Fox Soccer Channel is causing a bit of a stink down under, but it's not the sports network's fault. It seems that a web site named channelsurfing.net is playing an illegal stream of Fox Soccer Channel to viewers around the world, which has particularly up

It's Time To Put The Four Horse Race Out to Pasture

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By John NicholsonThe Champions League returns this week. Thank God. It seems to have been away for months. With 5 British clubs involved, at last we'll see some proper, competitive football games featuring the Premiership big four and Celtic.The top sides

Chelsea Announces Groundbreaking Deal with YouTube

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Chelsea is paving the way forward for Premiership clubs after they announced a deal with YouTube to offer videos online for their fans. This is a first for a Premier League club.This is a perfect example of how clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester United

Premier League Redesigning Web Site

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The Premier League has announced that they're redesigning their premierleague.com web site. Incredibly, the current design of the site hasn't changed since December, 2004. In fact, the design from September, 2002 looks remarkably similar.For a corporation

2007/2008 Premier League Shirts/Jerseys/Kits

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It's never too early to start looking at the new kits that the Premiership clubs will be unveiling this summer for the 20072008 Premier League season.There's already been a lot of activity, but here's what we know so far:Arsenal:Will be keeping their same

Who Said the FA Cup Isn't Entertaining?

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It was a marathon, but I really enjoyed watching last night's FA Cup Fourth Round replay match on Fox Soccer Channel between Bolton against Arsenal.Arsenal made it all the more entertaining by missing two penalties and Adebayor squandering an open goal. B

Follow The Money: U.S. Now In Vogue With Soccer

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During the past few weeks, America is suddenly in vogue in regards to soccer. The latest development is that representatives from UEFA attended this year's Super Bowl in Miami to see how they can take some of the American ideas and make them work for the

Platini Proposes Five Referees

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New UEFA President Michel Platini has the answer for how to reduce the number of incorrect decisions made by referees: Add two referees in a match, so there are five officials on the pitch at one time.Platini's idea is to place a referee's assistant in ea

The Phoenix Rising From The Ashes: Arsenal's Emirates Stadium

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In the continuing series that explores my recent trip to England to watch top flight football, we take a look at my visit to Arsenal's Emirates Stadium:It's not often that the outside of ground looks just as attractive as the inside, but Arsenal's Emirate

Arsenal Football Programmes

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If you grew up like me where collecting football programmes was a fabric of your life, you'll be interested to know that Arsenal now offers a free version of their programme as a downloadable PDF.To download the programme from the Wigan match, go here. Or

Derek Rae

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It's with great pleasure to announce that the next guest of the EPL Talk Podcast will be the legendary football commentator Derek Rae from ESPN.Derek has been the lead commentator for Champions League matches for several years, and is -- without a doubt -

Listen to These Two Recommended Soccer Podcasts

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Just as many of you are, I'm also an avid listener of football podcasts. I don't know what I'd do without them as I now listen to podcasts 100% of the time and never seem to switch on the radio anymore.Two football podcasts of note that I want to tell you

Champions League Could Decide Premiership Champion

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To many, the race for the Premiership title seems all but over unless Manchester United comes undone between now and the end of the season. While the chance of that happening seems very doubtful, we have to consider what effect the Champions League will h

Liverpool Preseason Tour of U.S. Looks Unlikely

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The likelihood of Liverpool playing any pre-season friendlies in North America lessened today with Canada's National Post newspaper reporting that Liverpool will be embarking on a tour of the Far East to play several friendlies this summer.It's been a cou

LA Galaxy v Chelsea, July 21, 2007

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ESPNsoccernet is reporting that David Beckham will make his LA Galaxy debut on July 21st against Chelsea, presumably at The Home Depot in southern California.In March of 2006, Chelsea announced an agreement with Galaxy owners AEG (Anshutz Entertainment Gr

New Premier League Logo

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Without any fanfare, the English Premier League has completely revised their logo.The lion still remains a core part of the logo, but now the lion appears more regal, more confident and the blue is much darker in color than before. The Premier League has

Fans United

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Several months ago, I highlighted a new show that GolTV was adding to its programming entitled "Fans United." And even though I've been watching the episodes since it began, I only now got a chance to write about it.Bottom line: If you haven't w

The Gillette Soccer Saturday Experience

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I had the pleasure this weekend of watching Gillette's Soccer Saturday from Sky Sports for my very first time.For those of you who don't know, the show plays on Saturdays and brings viewers all of the latest scores and news live from the Premiership match

Book Review: Soccer In A Football World

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By The ScoutOn January 12, 2007, a new era in American professional soccer was launched with the announcement that David Beckham had signed on to join the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer. That the deal could be worth as much as $250 million US o

Fox Soccer Channel Losing Monday EPL Matches

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Oliver Tse from SoccerTV.com is reporting that starting with the 2007-2008 EPL season, the Monday night matches (usually at 3pm ET) will air on Setanta Sports instead of Fox Soccer Channel in the U.S.Presuming that the rest of the weekend schedule remains

Arsenal Colorado

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The news for Premiership soccer fans living in America just keeps on getting better and better. This afternoon, at 3pm ET, the Colorado Rapids will be launching a press conference to announce the new name of their team: Arsenal Colorado.Yep, that's right.

Barclays Premiership Fixtures 2007-2008

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The 2006-2007 season isn't even close to being over yet, but I'm already getting a lot of people asking when the fixtures will be announced for the 2007-2008 Premier League season.The fixture list is typically announced in late June. For example, the fixt

Georgie Bingham ESPN

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Georgie Bingham, the former Sky Sports presenter and guest co-host on World Soccer Daily last summer, is moving to ESPN.That's according to a post by Sky Sports presenter Hayley McQueen on Georgie's MySpace page. In the message, McQueen congratulates Bing

The History of Football is Alive and Well Online

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I had two fascinating interviews during the past 12 hours with Peter Lupson, author of the new book entitled "Thank God For Football" -- and Andy Sloan, author of a book named "23 Sweet FA's." Both are incredible stories in their own w

Liverpool Takeover Moves Premiership Closer to NFL

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Now that Liverpool FC has accepted the takeover offer from American businessmen George Gillett Jr and Tom Hicks, is it a time of celebration or concern for Reds fans? Personally I feel it's a time for restrained glee. The Americans have a strong track rec

Politicians Move to Bring Back Standing In Stadiums

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Over 100 members of Parliament in the UK have signed a motion to urge the British government to re-examine the case for the introduction of safe standing areas at football grounds across Britain.The measure is also supported by David Cameron (see video),

Umbro Unveils New England Shirt

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Umbro unveiled England's new home kit today in preparation for their match against Spain on Wednesday (3pm ET, Fox Soccer Channel). Overall, the new jersey looks pretty decent.Umbro's design isn't a departure from their previous jersey. Instead there are

Simply The Best: Manchester United's 2006-07 Side

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Manchester United is playing together so well as a team right now that they appear unstoppable. If they keep on playing like this, the FA Cup and Champions League trophies must surely be within their grasp.Take Man United's performance yesterday against T

McClaren's Weaknesses Spell Disaster for England

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By John NicholsonIs Steve McClaren a two-faced hypocrite? Yes, says ex-players Massimo Maccarone and Danny Mills, no says, well, nobody except McClaren.Both sides are obviously biased, but there is an air of truth about these criticisms simply because the

New Enhancements to EPL Talk For You

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This past weekend, EPL Talk debuted a new feature to its Premiership Community site: a RSS Reader for football fans.The RSS (Really Simple Syndication) Reader allows you to pick and choose your favorite sites, blogs and podcasts from the Internet and disp

Top 50 EPL Talk Podcast Downloads

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EPL Talk recently completed its fiftieth episode, so I thought it'd be interesting to reveal the most popular episodes measured by the number of downloads:01. 2006 Holiday Special: Graham Bell, Ronaldo, Phil McThomas and John Nicholson02. Steven Cohen03.

Interview with Author of a New Book about Subbuteo

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I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Mark Adolph about a book he recently wrote about a topic that's near and dear to my heart -- and many football fans around the world... Subbuteo.For those who don't know, Subbuteo was THE game growing up. Playe

Preview of Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United

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This Sunday's clash between Spurs and Manchester United at White Hart Lane will be a close one, I believe. The level of crowd noise at White Hart Lane this season has been tremendous and it really is a twelfth man on the pitch for Spurs.Crowd noise apart,

Sunday Bloody Sunday & Premiership Football

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What's your favorite day of the week?If you ask most Brits, they'd say Saturday. If you ask Americans, I believe they'd answer Sunday. This may seem unimportant, but in the world of soccer -- and especially the English Premier League -- it means everythin

Battle Of The Pods: The Guardian vs The Times

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In the United Kingdom, the newspaper industry is extremely competitive. There are more than 11 national daily newspapers compared with just two in the US (USA Today and Christian Science Monitor).While the competition in print is fierce, the UK newspapers

The Americans Are Invading the Premiership

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You have to admit that there's quite an American invasion happening in the Premiership right now. Oguchi Onyewu joins Newcastle United. Liverpool may be taken over by an American company, and of course there's players like Clint Dempsey, Carlos Bocanegra,