Some of you may know that former England striker Teddy Sheringham was released by West Ham United
at the end of this past season. The 41-year-old is now a free agent after his contract expired. But
how many of you know that Teddy's son, Charlie, is currently Stateside playing for Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace USA, based in Baltimore, plays in the USL.
The Internet has transformed the way fans experience football/soccer online, but we're still in the
very early stages of the technology. What we need now more than ever are imaginative people who can
take the technology and develop new, creative ideas.
Two such people are Chris from footy247.co.uk and Matt from footypod.co.uk. FootyPod is a novel idea.
Here in the States, we've gotten accustomed to watching the English Premier League on Fox Soccer
Channel and Setanta Sports. For those readers in the UK, it'll be Sky Sports and Setanta starting
in August. Elsewhere in the world, ESPN provides many football fans in Asia and Australasia with
their Premier League content.
But in the Middle East and North Africa, there's an unlikely network that holds the TV rights for
the next three seasons: SHOWTIME.
Out of all of the new shirts coming out this summer for Premiership teams, there's been one club
where there has been the most speculation and controversy. That team is Liverpool FC, where we have
seen countless images and sketches purporting to be the real thing.
Now, finally, we can reveal the new official Liverpool away shirts for the 2007/2008 seasons.
Congratulations to Derby County on being promoted to the English Premier League after beating West
Bromwich Albion 1-0 today at Wembley. While not a scintillating match, Derby was yet again
impressive in the way they defended a lead and prevented West Brom from hitting the back of the
net. Their defense should especially be commended.
Episode 68 of the EPL Talk Podcast features an exclusive interview with Rodney Marsh, the former
England, Tampa Bay Rowdies, QPR, Man City and Fulham wizard (as well as a former pundit for Sky
Sports and TalkSport).
Subscribe to the EPL Talk Podcast today via iTunes to make sure you don't miss this episode and all
of the ones that are coming up in the next several weeks featuring other celebrities.
The seventies are back in style. That's according to Premier League new boys, Birmingham City, who
recently unveiled their new home shirt for the 2007/2008 season (pictured). Instead of creating a
more modern design (such as Manchester City's new home shirt), they've gone back to the past.
Their new 07/08 shirt is very similar to the ones they wore from 1971 to 1976 (see designs here).
Liverpool and Adidas have craftly come up with a marketing idea that will get many Reds fans
anxious about their new kits this year. They've created a countdown clock showing the amount of
time until the new 07/08 Liverpool away and third kits are released.
View the countdown clock and glimpses of the shirt here.
The football season may appear over, but there's still plenty of action within the next two
First is this Monday (Memorial Day) for the Coca-Cola Championship clash between Derby County and
West Bromwich Albion (9am ET, Setanta). The match will decide which will be the third team to be
promoted to the Premier League.
If you've never had a chance to watch a Championship match before, this one is a must-see.
It's something that most Premier League clubs have and it's ruining the game. It's called The
I brought up the topic last night when I interviewed Rodney Marsh for this Monday's EPL Talk
Podcast episode. Why is four-five-one more prevalent now than ever before? Why has the standard of
football, as a whole, dropped? Why do we see far fewer matches with free-flowing football that
excites and gets us up off the couch?
The Champions League has produced some classic, top quality games this season, it always does, but
like the F.A Cup, it produced a poor final that left me feeling that neither side really deserved
to win it and wondering whether it is time for a change to the whole format of the competition.
Don't forget to listen to tonight's live episode of the EPL Talk Show (10pm ET, 7pm PT, 3am GMT)
where we'll discuss the Champions League Final and chat with guest co-host John Nicholson from
Here's how you can listen in and participate during the live show:
1. Visit talkshoe.com and click on the "Sign Up" button
In the next few weeks, Aston Villa will reopen a part of its history when the Holte Hotel
restoration is completed outside Villa Park.
The Victorian building, which dates back to the 19th century, used to feature 10 bedrooms, its own
400 capacity music hall, billiard rooms and two bowling greens. The hotel, essentially a late
Victorian pub, was located adjacent to Villa Park, one of the most historic stadiums in England.
While we all know that Manchester United finished at the top of the Premier League table this
season, how do the top 20 teams compare in the financial league table? How much money are the teams
pulling in from their kit manufacturer? And who's getting the most money from their main club
Here's the league table of how much money the top 20 are getting from their sponsors (thanks to
superb research by PurelyManCity):
What's surprising to me in the above chart is the relatively small amount of money, in
comparison, the Merseyside clubs are getting.
Here are a few articles from this past weekend that were of interest to me and that you will
probably find interesting too:
An excellent article in The Times from the man who is on top of his game, Gabriele Marcotti.
This time Gab talks to Pele at a recent GolTV press conference. Topics include what impact Beckham
may have on America and whether soccer fans in the States know their sport or not.
This week's episode of the EPL Talk Podcast features an exclusive interview with legendary U.S.
soccer commentator JP Dellacamera.
Dellacamera previews this week's Champions League Final (where he'll be hosting the pre-game show
starting at 2pm ET on ESPN2 on Wednesday). During the podcast interview, we take a walk down memory
lane and get his thoughts on how big indoor soccer was in America, his most memorable moments as a
soccer commentator, what is was like working the 1999 Champions League final when Man United
overcame the odds and won it 2-1 at the end, and much more.
I had the opportunity today to test out Joost, a new web site that's in beta from the creators of
Joost is essentially a network of TV channels online. Rather than live programming, the web site
offers some of the best recorded shows from MTV, CNN, Comedy Central, Adult Swim and other
networks. The interface and quality of streaming content is extremely cutting edge, taking control
of your desktop rather than playing through a browser.
Blink and you may have missed it, but this past weekend the English Premier League announced that
it officially changed the name of its league from the Barclays Premiership to Barclays Premier
Previously, the official names used was Barclays Premiership (in the UK) and Barclays Premier
League (outside the UK). Now, the EPL has decided to adopt one name worldwide, the Barclays Premier
With the Premiership season over, many of us (myself included) are craving more soccer/football.
The perfect antidote is Spain's La Liga for a few more weeks, but don't overlook Major League
Soccer, which has been revitalized this summer with the entry of Toronto FC and their boisterous
fans and the pending arrival of David Beckham.
To follow all of the action, reader Kartik Krishnaiyer has launched a new sister site named Major
League Soccer Talk, which features a blog and will, in the coming weeks, feature a podcast focused
on MLS and US soccer.
While you're watching the FA Cup Final today wherever you are in the world, spare a thought for the
thousands of football fans watching the final from Kenya.
The rise of the EPL in that country has created "Premier League Bars," passion that has degenerated
into fighting and die-hard fans, including women, who will be wearing the colors of the FA Cup
In the past week, I received many excellent e-mails, two of which I thought I'd share with you. The
first is a question and the second is a statement. Feel free to respond to these two points by
clicking the 'comments' link near the bottom of this article and share your knowledge of the game
with the rest of the readers.
Financially the Premier League has evolved to a league of tiers, the upper echelon top 4, the
second tier and the also rans.
What was your favorite match of the entire 06/07 EPL season? Reader Damir Selimovic submitted this
story. West Ham United 3 v 4 Tottenham Hotspur
Upton Park; March 4, 2007
If you are searching for a game to simplify the EPL, to really understand why it's one of the
favorites among all the rest of the leagues in the world, well this game stood out from the rest.
Chelsea will play Club America at Stanford Stadium on July 14 at 6pm PT. The match will be the
first of Chelsea's three friendlies scheduled this summer in the United States. The second is
against Suwon Bluewings on July 17, while the third is against the LA Galaxy on July 21.
Stanford Stadium is located in Palo Alta, California. Club America is one of the top teams from
Reader Neil Russell sent me an irate email this morning about the price that Toronto FC is charging
for tickets to the Aston Villa friendly on July 25. I don't blame him.
The cheapest ticket to the match is CA $110, which is $100 US. In comparison, I can buy a ticket to
this weekend's Toronto match against DC United for $54 US and that's price level 2 (presumably the
cheaper tickets are already sold out).
While the preparation and hype build for this Saturday's first FA Cup Final at the new Wembley, my
message to Chelsea and Manchester United fans is to enjoy it while you can. I don't think either
team will put much emphasis on the tournament next year.
We saw this year how competing for four trophies can ruin a team. Chelsea definitely ran out of gas
during the past few months which was also hampered by injuries.
While the EPL continues to expand its coverage around the world, it's also having a positive impact
on the amount of tourists heading to England to watch matches in person.
Take, for example, The New York Times. The newspaper is embracing the latest technology to provide
readers with more than just words. For example, Times travel writer Henry Fountain recently took a
weekend trip with his son to watch Arsenal v West Ham and a Championship match featuring Southend
against Colchester United.
If you're searching for a way to experience Saturday's FA Cup Final match between Manchester United
and Chelsea online, join the EPL Talk Chat hosted by BC John.
We'll have Chelsea, Manchester United and neutral fans from around the world chatting in real-time
about the final. We'll also be able to tip you off regarding Man Utd v Chelsea radio coverage and
how to listen live (depending on what part of the world you live in).
If you haven't noticed already, more major U.S. investors are getting giddy over the English
Premier League. Dazzled by the opportunity to make enormous fortunes by increasing revenues for a
global brand, GE is the latest to have caught the bug. Yes, General Electric.
According to ThisIsMoney.co.uk, GE hopes to make one or two major takeovers in England or on the
Aston Villa and soccer fans in the States can give a huge sigh of relief knowing that the North
American tour will happen now that Villa didn't get selected as the recipient of the Fair Play
Award from UEFA, which would have meant their North American pre-season friendlies being postponed
Villa will play Toronto FC on July 25 and Columbus on July 28.
In a very tight finish at the top, only ten points seperated first place Tokyo Toffeeman from
second place Lech Poznan in the first-ever EPL Talk Predictions League. The final top ten (out of
the 19 total contestants) was:
1. Tokyo Toffeeman, 1185 pts 2. Lech Poznan, 1175 3. The Gaffer, 990* 4.
Manchester City today unveiled its new home shirt for the 2007/2008 Premier League season. Designed
by manufacturer Le Coq Sportif, the design represents the most radical departure in a design of a
football shirt for a Premiership club so far.
The new shirt designs revealed thus far have been more predictable (Spurs, Everton, Newcastle,
Blackburn, Bolton and Man United).
It's hard to believe the season is over. Sure, there are the finals of the FA Cup and Champions
League to look forward to followed by pre-season friendlies (some of them in the States). But our
Saturdays and Sundays won't be the same until August 11th when the Premier League returns.
Yes, we all deserve a break (the players and clubs included) so we can recharge our batteries and
not get burned out from soccer 365 days a year.
The final day of the Premier League season can best be summed up by the five minutes of added time
at Bramall Lane with Wigan Athletic leading 2-1 against Sheffield United.
For those of us who were on the EPL Talk Chat, we had the pleasure of hearing the passion and
excitement from Jeff Stelling on the Gillette Soccer Saturday show from SkySports (thanks to Lemon,
an EPL Talk fan).
If you attended the May 12th episode of the EPL Talk Show, please take a couple of
minutes and answer a brief nine question survey so we can learn what you thought about the show and
how it can be improved in the future.
Take the survey now.
Thanks in advance for sharing your honest feedback.
Plans for Aston Villa's North American tour this July may be rescheduled or postponed depending on
whether UEFA awards Villa the Fair Play Award and thus entry into next season's UEFA Cup.
The Fair Play Award is given to teams who display positive play, crowd behaviour and respect for
referees. If awarded to Aston Villa, Martin O'Neill's side will play their UEFA Cup first round
qualifying matches on July 19 and July 24 or 25, while the second round qualifying matches would be
on July 31 or August 1 and August 7 or August 8.
Last week it was Aston Villa updating its crest. This week it's Middlesbrough. The northeast club
has decided to follow a similar tactic to Villa by unveiling a radically different logo that plays
up the team's proud history.
While I liked Aston Villa's new crest, I'm not won over by Boro's new one. To me, the new Boro
crest looks more like a crest you'd see on a blazer of a public school in England than a football
Tottenham Hotspur has unveiled their new shirts for the 07/08 season. But in a move that's bound to
irate many Spurs fans, the club has released four different jerseys, one of which is a special
125th anniversary shirt (click for larger image).
Designed by Puma, the new shirts are white (home), yellow (away), dark blue/grey (third) and half
white/half light blue (anniversary shirt).
Tomorrow sees the debut of the EPL Talk Show, an interactive football talk-show
available live via the Internet. It'll begin precisely at Noon ET (9am PT, 5pm UK time), so be sure
to log on when the "doors open" at 11:45am ET on May 12. More details about how to register and the
steps you need to take can be found here.
Some of the topics we'll discuss on the show include:
Has the English Premier League reached its peak in the US?
One of the EPL Talk visitors, Charles Kerr, has emailed an excellent question about English Premier
League managers. Rather than answer the question myself, I thought I'd let you, the reader, review
it and offer your own expertise by answering the question (just click on the 'comments' link
Here's the email and the question:
I'm a new, but passionately rabid, fan of the EPL and Championship League and as I become
immersed in the sport I have question that seem difficult to google answers for.
Aston Villa has announced the second match of its North American tour. Villa is scheduled to play
against Columbus Crew in a friendly on Saturday, July 28 at the Columbus Crew stadium. Since the
match will be on a Saturday night, it's likely that it may be televised.
The match may be the closest that Aston Villa will get to a friendly near Randy Lerner's Cleveland
It's the time of the year when the Premiership clubs begin announcing dates for their preseason
friendlies. In the United States, of course, we're keeping our eyes out for matches involving
English teams coming here. But, so far, the majority of teams are focusing their efforts on the Far
East in lieu of the States.
Previously, EPL Talk revealed that it's very unlikely that Man United will tour America this
Palm Springs, for a pallid white kid from the industrial wastelands of the north east of England is
about as close to Eden as I'm likely to get. As I write its 90 degrees in the shade, the pool at
the villas I'm staying at is blue and inviting and the beers are colder than a witch's tit. I could
get used to this way of life, especially with $2 to the Â£1 making me feel unreasonably rich.
If you're searching for a way to experience Sunday's Premiership match between Manchester United
and West Ham online, join the EPL Talk Chat hosted by bcjohn.
We'll have Man Utd, Hammers and neutral fans from around the world chatting in real-time about the
final match of the season. We'll also be able to tip you off regarding Man United v West Ham United
radio coverage and how to listen live (depending on what part of the world you live in).
Today is a convenient time to wrap up my articles about the EPL Talk Tour that I took in November.
The tour took me to England for five matches in 10 days, where I reported my experiences via the
blog, podcast and Flickr account.
The last day of my journey was to Old Trafford to see Manchester United against Chelsea.
It's incredible to think how much has happened since that 1-1 match and today.
The May 7th episode of the EPL Talk Podcast features an exclusive interview with
Tim Glynne-Jones of MyFootballClub.co.uk.
What is My Football Club, you may ask? And why should you care? I've come across several hundred
soccer web sites in the past 12 months and MyFootballClub is honestly the most original and
revolutionary site I've seen.
The TV schedule has been announced for the final matches of the Premiership season. Fox Soccer
Channel will show the Manchester United against West Ham United match, while Setanta Sports will
show Portsmouth v Arsenal.
The schedule is as follows:
Sheffield United v Wigan Athletic (Setanta Xtra, 10am ET)
Portsmouth v Arsenal (Setanta Sports, 10am ET)
Manchester United v West Ham United (Fox Soccer Channel, 10am ET)
Blackburn Rovers v Reading (Fox Soccer Channel, 12:30pm ET)
Chelsea v Everton (Fox Soccer Channel, 2:30pm ET)
After the Manchester United against West Ham United, the Red Devils will be presented with the
Premier League trophy.
We're now into the final week of a long but memorable Premier League season. While we know
Manchester United is champions, there's still much to play for this week. And it's no surprise that
the Premiership revolution will be televised. Here's the rundown from EPL Talk:
Monday: Charlton versus Spurs (Fox Soccer Channel, 3pm ET) If Alan Pardew's
Charlton side loses this pivotal match, the club south of London's Thames River will be relegated
to the Championship.
This Saturday, the first interactive soccer radio show of its kind will debut with star guests,
prizes and unique football topics. It's the inaugural episode of the EPL Talk
Show, which you can participate in live wherever you live in the world beginning at Noon
Here's how you can listen in and participate during the live show:
Chelsea Football Club and its race to catch up with Manchester United throughout the entire
Premiership season paid its toll this evening by tieing Arsenal 1-1 and thus handing the title to
Sir Alex Ferguson's side.
Yet again, Chelsea's performance was below average in what must be one of the worst weeks in recent
memory for Chelsea fans (gifting the trophy to United after drawing 2-2 against Bolton, losing to
Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final again, and drawing Arsenal today).
I came across a new site recently called RetroFootballShirts.co.uk that you may want to check out.
The site features irreverant shirt designs for many famous football clubs and legends (such as
Peter Osgood and Bill Shankly).
No shipping is available to the United States right now, but if you're in Europe, the company ships
to a long list of countries (detailed on homepage, right column).
Boy, did Manchester United look tired today? Despite their lack of energy and Manchester City's
thug tactics, their one-nil one piles the pressure on Chelsea tomorrow at the Emirates. A draw or a
win by Arsenal and the Premiership title will be handed to Man United at Stamford Bridge on
Here's an interesting look at Stan Kroenke, the Arsenal investor, at this San Diego newspaper
This week has been the busiest ever for the EPL Talk Blog based on the number of visitors to just
this one section of EPL Talk. This past Wednesday, we had more than 17,000 unique visitors.
Thursday was more than 12,000 and so on.
Of course, the blog is just one part of the whole EPL Talk experience. One area that's gaining much
popularity is the EPL Talk Chat, hosted by the gracious BCjohn each weekend.
This Premier League filed a lawsuit this afternoon against YouTube in a New York court alleging
that "[YouTube] encourages massive copyright infringment on its Web site to generate public
attention and boost traffic. This has resulted in the loss of valuable content."
The lawsuit goes on to say that the "Defendants, which own and operate the Web site YouTube.
An image of the new lettering and numbering style for the 07/08 Premiership shirts has
The shirt on the right (click to see a larger version) incorporates the new EPL logo and new
numbering/lettering font that's supposed to be easier to read than the current one. More detail
about the new style can be found here.
If you're searching for a way to experience Saturday's Premiership match between Fulham v Liverpool
online, join the EPL Talk Chat hosted by bcjohn.
We'll have Fulham, Liverpool and neutral fans from around the world chatting in real-time about the
penultimate Premiership match. We'll also be able to tip you off regarding Fulham v Liverpool radio
coverage and how to listen live (depending on what part of the world you live in).
If you're searching for a way to experience Saturday's Premiership match between West Ham United
and Bolton Wanderers online, join the EPL Talk Chat hosted by bcjohn.
We'll have West Ham, Bolton and neutral fans from around the world chatting in real-time about the
huge relegation dogfight for the Hammers. We'll also be able to tip you off regarding West Ham v
Bolton radio coverage and how to listen live (depending on what part of the world you live in).
If you're searching for a way to experience Saturday's Premiership match between Villa and Sheff
United online, join the EPL Talk Chat hosted by bcjohn.
We'll have Villa, Blades and neutral fans from around the world chatting in real-time about the
huge relegation dogfight match for Sheffield. We'll also be able to tip you off regarding Villa v
Sheff Utd radio coverage and how to listen live (depending on what part of the world you live in).
If you're searching for a way to experience Saturday's Premiership match between Arsenal v Chelsea
online, join the EPL Talk Chat hosted by bcjohn.
We'll have Gunners, Blues and neutral fans from around the world chatting in real-time about the
huge London derby. We'll also be able to tip you off regarding Arsenal and Chelsea radio coverage
and how to listen live (depending on what part of the world you live in).
We have no way of knowing whether this is valid or fake, but one of the EPL Talk readers has sent
us the following image of the supposed Liverpool shirts for next season (pictured right).
The picture features an away jersey for Liverpool's 07/08 season and an international home shirt to
be played on nights when Champions League matches would be played.
If you're searching for a way to experience Saturday's Premiership match between Manchester City
and Manchester United online, join the EPL Talk Chat hosted by bcjohn.
We'll have City, United and neutral fans from around the world chatting in real-time about the huge
Manchester derby. We'll also be able to tip you off regarding Man City and Man Utd radio coverage
and how to listen live (depending on what part of the world you live in).
Here are just a couple of the interesting stories that caught my eye in the past 24 hours:
If Reading qualifies for the UEFA Cup, Steve Coppell will play reserves in the
tournament. And he isn't joking. Coppell knows where his bread is buttered and the lure of the
money that can be made in the Premiership far outweighs the TV rights from the UEFA Cup and the
thought of travelling across Eastern Europe on a cold Thursday night to play football.
The rumors that Arsenal will be adopting a white shirt as their away kit for the 07/08 season have
been circulating for weeks now. Rough designs had been posted, but it was unclear whether it was
authentic or not.
Now a new image of the alleged shirt has appeared across the Internet. But is this one real or
fake? You decide.
The new Arsenal away shirt is scheduled to be available on August 7th, while the new home jersey
from Arsenal is scheduled to be available on July 7.
Everton will be officially unveiling their new home shirt on their web site May 3rd, but here's a
sneak preview of it. According to the Everton web site, the shirt will be worn for the first time
this Saturday when the Toffees play Portsmouth at home, the last match of the season at Goodison
The shirt will officially be available on June 1st.
It's that time of the season when football clubs start pushing the new shirts for football
supporters to buy. Next in the list is Blackburn Rovers, who will be staying with their
manufacturer Lonsdale but will be releasing a new home and away shirt for the 07/08 season
The new jerseys were supposedly voted on by the Blackburn Rovers fans.
Chelsea's defeat last night in the Champions League semi-final may feel like deja vu for many Blues
supporters. But not for the reasons that many of you may imagine.
Incredibly, Chelsea's fortunes have gone full circle. At the tail end of the 2004 season, Claudio
Ranieri's Chelsea side lost in the semi-final of the Champions League and finished the season in
The domination by English football in Europe and around the world in the form of TV viewing is
immense. If Manchester United overcome AC Milan tonight, expect more and more newcomers to football
around the world becoming fans of one of the two Premiership clubs.
But it always wasn't like that, of course. To get a better understanding of how English football
used to be, you have an assignment.
It appears that Joey Barton may have played his last match for Manchester City this past Saturday.
The fiery midfielder reportedly punched City teammate Dabo in the mouth during today's training
session, and Man City has suspended Barton til the end of the season.
Barton, who missed a penalty against Aston Villa on Saturday, spoke out recently about Manchester
City's season and said he wouldn't pay to watch the club play.
ITV has launched a completely redesigned version of their website at itv.com
The British broadcaster, who owns the TV rights to show the Champions League on UK television, is
supposed to have integrated a Player on the site to rival BBC's popular Player that displays some
of the best audio and video. However, despite the colorful redesign of ITV's site, it's not easy to
find the Player link.
If you get a chance, listen to today's episode of the Soccer Shout podcast where I was the guest
co-host. Phil and I discussed the past weekend's Premiership action and got into a long discussion
about whether West Ham should have been deducted three points or not.
Also, EPL Talk was in the news this past Sunday when the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper
reporter Jeff Rusnak wrote about the inaugural EPL Talk Video Podcast.
The future of Jose Mourinho's position at Chelsea hangs in the balance today dependent on whether
the Blues can overcome their 1-0 aggregate at Anfield. Win on aggregate and Jose is a hero. Lose on
aggregate and don't be surprised if Abramovich and Kenyon again start looking for a
One of the main factors is Jose Mourinho's decision to drop Andrei Shevchenko.