EPL Talk Archives for January 2007

GolTV's Fitting Tribute to 11-Year-Old Rhys Jones

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If GolTV will ever get an opportunity to broadcast Premier League matches in the future, soccer fans in the United States got a preview of what type of coverage they could expect during Tuesday's Champions League qualifying round match featuring Liverpool against Toulouse.

From the second the coverage began, GolTV commentators Phil Schoen and Ray Hudson set the mood and eloquently shared with viewers what makes an Anfield European night so special.

Book Review: Provided You Don't Kiss Me: 20 Years With Brian Clough

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By The Scout

With former protégés like Martin O'Neill, Roy Keane and Stuart Pearce managing at the top-levels of English football, Brian Clough's name continues to swirl around the game that he was a part of for the bulk of his life. Often the most mentioned aspect of Clough's career in football is that he took an unfashionable, regional clubs like Nottingham Forest to two successive European Cup victories.

Ronaldinho Not a Fit for Chelsea or Premier League

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The Daily Telegraph has the scoop that Ronaldinho's agent is in talks with Chelsea about a possible move to England for the world's most popular Brazilian.

While he undoubtedly is one of the most skillful players on the planet, the chances of him flourishing in the Premier League are slim. We've seen time and time again how he has difficulty dealing with the more physical nature of the game (especially in international matches like last summer's World Cup) so much so that he often fades away in games.

Spurs TV Coming To a TV Set Near You

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Tottenham Hotspur has hired a company to produce three hours of TV programming weekly to provide to international viewers. In the United States, we've seen Arsenal TV, Liverpool TV, MUTV and Chelsea TV, so don't be surprised if one of the U.S. networks picks up Spurs TV in the near future.

Meanwhile, TV ratings for the Premier League have increased in the UK compared to the same time last season (see here).

Latest Premier League Media Coverage News

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  • Former Premier League referee Jeff Winter reviews David Beckham's autobiography from the most unusual setting in this brief video here from the Fanbanta website.

  • Splended article here by Martin Smith of The Daily Telegraph on a particular Man United programme from the past and what happened on the field during that day against Spurs.

Championship Talk Podcast Launches

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One of the most competitive leagues in Britain isn't the Premier League. It's the Championship League. Last season's competition was a perfect example as nine to ten clubs battled for promotion during the last few weeks of the season.

To provide you with one podcast featuring news and analysis of the Coca Cola Championship League, EPL Talk has launched a sister podcast and website entitled Championship Talk.

England's National Team Is In Crisis

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By John Nicholson

If you're an England fan, then I will be telling you what you already know, England are in a crisis.

I don't use the c word very often because in modern day media, a crisis can be anything from a full blown terrorist attack to the local store selling out of bread. The word is used without regard and with no quality control.

GolTV Pass on Arsenal TV and Liverpool TV

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A GolTV spokeswoman has confirmed that GolTV has decided not to continue its coverage of Arsenal TV and Liverpool TV. The 24/7 soccer network aired the shows last season.

Setanta Sports currently shows MUTV and Chelsea TV. Due to a rule by the Premier League, each soccer network can show no more than two club TV channels. This leaves room for both Fox Soccer Channel and GolTV to add club TV channels in the future to their network.

Review of The Friday Football Show from Setanta

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You can always tell a good soccer show but how many things you learn or how many times you laugh. With Setanta's The Friday Football Show, there are few of either but the show definitely has potential.

Featuring James Richardson as the presenter (best known Stateside as the host of the Football Weekly podcast from The Guardian), the Englishman is more subdued and less humorous in the studio but he does slip in a few wisecracks here and there.

Man United Looks Ordinary & Predictable

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Manchester United's poor start to the season has fooled many critics and fans who felt they would storm out of the gates especially with the signing of Carlos Tevez who was so electrifying during this summer's Copa America.

If you think back to one year ago (August 2006), many critics (myself included) predicted Man United would have a bumpy start to the season especially after Ruud van Nistelrooy exited the club and United made no new signings worth mentioning.

Papers Unanimous in Ramos to Spurs Link

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The major British newspapers are reporting that Sevilla manager Juande Ramos may be appointed the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur by the end of the week to replace Dutchman Martin Jol after a poor start to the season.

Rather than ridicule Spurs for the potential decision to remove Jol so quickly, let's take a minute to compare the reporting of the story by The Guardian, The Independent and The Daily Telegraph newspapers.

TV Footage Proves Essien Avoided Red Card

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Watching the Chelsea against Liverpool match on Fox Soccer Channel courtesy of TWI, commentators Ian Darke and Robbie Earle were puzzled whether Chelsea's Michael Essien was awarded two yellow cards without being sent off or not.

At first, they seemed sure the mistake had happened. Then later, after receiving confirmation from assistant referee Phil Dowd, they appeared to change their mind and believe that referee Rob Styles had shown the yellow card to John Terry.

Newcastle United v Aston Villa: Live and Online

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If you're searching for a way to experience Saturday's match between Newcastle United and Aston Villa online, join the EPL Talk Chat hosted by BC John.

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

Manchester City v Man United: Live & Online

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If you're searching for a way to experience Sunday's match between Manchester City and Manchester United online, join the EPL Talk Chat hosted by BC John.

We'll have Man City, Man 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 Manchester C against Man Utd radio coverage and how to listen live (depending on what part of the world you live in).

Liverpool versus Chelsea: Live and Online

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If you're searching for a way to experience Sunday's match between Liverpool and Chelsea online, join the EPL Talk Chat hosted by BC John.

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

Portsmouth v Bolton: Live and Online

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If you're searching for a way to experience Saturday's match between Portsmouth and Bolton online, join the EPL Talk Chat hosted by BC John.

We'll have Pompey, Trotters and neutral fans from around the world chatting in real-time about the final. We'll also be able to tip you off regarding Portsmouth against Bolton Wanderers radio coverage and how to listen live (depending on what part of the world you live in).

Spurs v Derby: Live and Online

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If you're searching for a way to experience Saturday's match between Spurs and Derby online, join the EPL Talk Chat hosted by BC John.

We'll have Spurs, County and neutral fans from around the world chatting in real-time about the final. We'll also be able to tip you off regarding Tottenham Hotspur and Derby County radio coverage and how to listen live (depending on what part of the world you live in).

Feel Extra Sorry for EPL Managers This Season

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It's absolutely ridiculous that this much pressure is being placed on Premier League managers already so soon into the season. If this much talk about managers getting the sack so early in the season was in place during the past five to 10 years, then EPL managers such as Alex Ferguson and David Moyes would have gotten the heave-ho a long time ago.

Battle of the Soccer Podcasts Just Beginning

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With the growing popularity of podcasts, it's a shame that more media organizations aren't embracing the technology to provide content to their readers and viewers (and an opportunity to generate new streams of revenue).

Soccer/football podcasts are a perfect example. The Guardian has expanded its Football Weekly podcast to a twice weekly show (with its typical Monday episode plus a new Football Weekly Extra episode released on Thursdays).

Sky Sports's Through The Night Gets a Makeover

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In the past month, the EPL has taken on a fresh new look. The letters and numbers on the kits have been enhanced to improve the readability on TV. Sky Sports and the Premier League have launched their redesign of their web sites. And now Sky Sports's "Through The Night" program has a completely new look and feel, which debuted on August 5, 2007.

No Worries for Man Utd After Portsmouth Draw

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Some Man United fans may be worried after tonight's 1-1 draw against Portsmouth and the fact that United now only has two points from as many matches.

The fact is though that United have faced difficult opposition in both of those matches. Reading and Portsmouth are never easy teams to beat and Pompey, especially at Fratton Park during night matches, is a formidable force.

Fox Football Fone-In Light On Substance

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Was I the only one who was completely bored while watching the new season debut of Fox Football Fone-In last night on Fox Soccer Channel?

A lot of the boredom was due to the show's decision to go back as far back as June and conjure up stale topics such as the Gold Cup and the U-20 World Cup, and then July events such as David Beckham's debut and the Asia Cup, etc.

Same As It Ever Was: Premier League Teams

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I finally got caught up on my soccer watching. In 12 continuous hours, I managed to squeeze in five matches in the following order: West Ham United v Manchester City, Aston Villa v Liverpool, Derby County v Portsmouth, Arsenal v Fulham and Manchester United v Reading. Here are some of my observations from the matches:

Times change but team's habits rarely do.

Relax, Don't Do It When The Premier League Comes

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By John Nicholson

There was this woman called Candy. And there was this Motel 6 room on the 101 outside of San Luis Obispo. She suffered from premature ejaculation. Oh yes. And I was thinking this weekend that she was just like so many football fans.

Not only did she actually – well, squirt is how I'd have to put it – she did so after little or no stimulation.

MLS, La Liga & Serie A Podcasts Now Available

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The latest episodes of the podcasts from the EPL Talk sister sites are now live:
  • Major League Soccer Talk, episode 12. Visit the web site, podcast page or subscribe via iTunes.

  • La Liga Talk, episode 2. Visit the web site, podcast page or subscribe via iTunes.

  • Serie A Talk, episode 2. Visit the web site, podcast page or subscribe via iTunes.

Fox Soccer Match Day: Two Thumbs Up

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Now that I'm home recovering, I'm living in a bizarre world of not knowing what any of the scores were from this past weekend's opening season. Reason being is that I don't want to spoil the pleasure of knowing the score as I watch each of the matches that taped via DVR. Unfortunately I haven't been able to watch the matches that played on Setanta because I own an ITVN player and, of course, on-demand or DVR are not available with that IPTV solution.

2007/2008 Premier League Predictions

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The past few weeks for EPL Talk have been extremely hectic (and that was even before the hospital episode). In addition to helping launch two new podcasts (La Liga Talk and Serie A Talk), I've been working on the redesigned web site, launching SoccerOnDish.com, interviewing people for the EPL Talk Podcast and more. What I found is that I ran out of time to add my predictions for the 2007/2008 Premier League season.

The Gaffer: It's Good to be Back

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During the past few days, I've felt like I've been stranded on a deserted island. Instead of being in the Caribbean however, I've been stuck in a hospital after being rushed to the hospital on Wednesday night diagnosed with blood clots in my lungs. The good news is that I'm fine and I'm recuperating at home – thanks to everyone for your best wishes.

Sunderland v Spurs: Live and Online

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It's hard to believe that the season is almost here. I can't wait! If you're searching for a way to experience Saturday's first match of the new season between Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur online, join the EPL Talk Chat hosted by BC John.

We'll have Sunderland, Tottenham and neutral fans from around the world chatting in real-time about the final.

New Podcasts: La Liga Talk & Serie A Talk

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EPL Talk is proud to announce that we've doubled the number of podcasts on our network and now offer La Liga Talk and Serie A Talk in addition to Major League Soccer Talk and, of course, EPL Talk.

Both La Liga Talk and Serie A Talk are brought to you by Forza Futbol. Their knowledge of the game and the Spanish and Italian leagues respectively can be heard on episode 1 of each podcast, which were released within the last 24 hours and available via the EPL Talk podcast stream from iTunes if you're already a subscriber.

The Beautiful Game Podcast Calls It a Day

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In news that is bound to shock many soccer podcast listeners, the hosts of The Beautiful Game Podcast have decided to pack it in after publishing their final episode released on August 6, 2007.

According to TBG host Chris Slegg who broke the sad news on Facebook, "Unfortunately we're going to be unable to continue producing The Beautiful Game Podcast this season, but we just wanted to say a big thankyou to everyone for their support over the last 18 months.

Fox Soccer Channel's Coverage of 07/08 EPL Season

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In this week's episode of the EPL Talk Podcast, we feature an interview with two executives from Fox Soccer Channel where we discuss the 07/08 Premier League season and what we can expect to see and hear on the channel in relation to new shows, matches available via broadband and more.

Just some of the topics discussed are:
  • The delay of the Saturday 10am ET matches and why they sometimes start a few minutes late (or more)
  • Whether Ant & Dec will be joining Fox Soccer Channel as reported in the Sunday Express newspaper
  • Will FSC incorporate matchday TV shows and analysis from Sky into its broadcasts
  • The latest developments regarding Fox Soccer Channel and broadcasts in high-definition (HD)
  • Which matches will be shown on broadband on FoxSoccer.

Everything You Need to Know about Setanta & EPL Coverage In Canada

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There's a lot of change happening in Canada for this upcoming 07/08 Premier League season and some of it can be quite confusing. That's why EPL Talk decided to interview Shane O'Rourke from Setanta Sports to learn more about the Premier League coverage being available in Canada this season and what this means for the people across the country.

Review of Community Shield Coverage on Fox

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It's back again and it feels just as good as it did in May. Of course, I'm talking about English soccer and the Community Shield final, which kicked off today on Fox Soccer Channel.

It wasn't a classic (the Community Shield rarely is) but the quality of play on the pitch was more impressive than I expected. I'll dissect the performance on the pitch in tonight's EPL Talk Podcast but will focus here on the coverage.

Interview with Setanta Sports regarding Canada

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I know that there's a large number of Canadian residents who read the EPL Talk Blog each day. It looks very likely that I'll have an interview later today with Setanta to discuss the upcoming launch of their network in Canada and their Premier League TV rights. So, if you have any specific questions you'd like me to ask the executive, please post them in the comments with your name or e-mail them to thegaffer[at]epltalk[dot]com

If your question is asked during the interview, I'll mention your name on the podcast.

Recommended Soccer Blogs for your Reading Pleasure

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I've got to hand it to the bloggers on the EPL Talk Community who have been volunteering their time and writing lots of intelligent thought provoking articles over the summer (and last season).

If you haven't had a chance to catch them, you're missing out. Some of the highlights include:
  • Several pithy articles from Football Weekly cult hero BillEShears on his Odds and Sods blog about whether Arsenal can make a run for the title in the 07/08 season, the bumbling bureaucracy in the Premier League and more.

Join the EPL Talk Premier League Prediction League

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More than 250 of you have already signed up for the EPL Talk Fantasy Premier League. If you haven't had a chance to register for free yet, sign up today and see if you're a better manager than Sven, Fergie, Jose, Rafa and 'Arry.

But if you're in the mood for a change of pace and you want to sign up for something even more challenging (some would argue), register today for the EPL Talk Premier League Prediction League.

Premier League News From Around the World

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It's been one of the busiest weeks ever for EPL Talk and the season hasn't started yet. We worked hard on getting you the world exclusive on breaking the official Setanta Sports news about being available on DISH Network including an interview with Setanta's Shane O'Rourke.

And we're pleased to say that this weekend's episode of the EPL Talk Podcast will feature two back-to-back interviews with executives from Fox Soccer Channel regarding exciting developments for the 07/08 season (as well as answering your questions you posted on the EPL Talk Community).

Chelsea v Manchester United: Live & Online

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If you're searching for a way to experience Sunday's Community Shield 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).

Premier League Launches Redesigned Website

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The Premier League today launched the redesigned version of their website at http://www.premierleague.com

Designed and programmed by PremiumTV, the new web site is a stark improvement in design compared to the previous site which looked quite outdated. The colors red, white and blue are pretty dominant throughout the site.

New features worth mentioning are the 'tickets' section, which allows fans to easily locate and purchase tickets online.

It's Official: Setanta Signs Deal with DISH Network

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It's official. Setanta Sports has signed an agreement with DISH Network. In an exclusive interview with Setanta's President of North American and Australian operations for Setanta Sports Shane O'Rourke, he details how soon DISH will be ready to accept orders, how much it'll cost and what the announcement means to Setanta.

Listen to the interview now on the EPL Talk Podcast.