Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o became the top scorer in African Cup of Nations finals history today
when he converted his second PK of the tournament in the 28th minute, and Cameroon benefited from a
Sudanese own goal just six minutes later and went on to win 3-0. Eto'o also scored again right
before the end [.
According to readers of EPL Talk, Tottenham Hotspur is most likely to be the next club to be
purchased by American investors. In the poll, 25% of voters chose Spurs. The other Premier League
teams most likely to be taken over by U.S. investors are: 2. Arsenal, 21% 3. Blackburn, 11% 4.
Everton, 11% 5.
I've seen some dreadful football matches in my time, but Tuesday night's matches on Fox Soccer
Channel were exceedingly dire. First shown was Arsenal against Newcastle, while the second match
was Bolton against Fulham. In the Arsenal match, Newcastle employed a very negative
counter-attacking style of play.
OK. I'm sorry about the headline-itis there. I was up late last night and I haven't had my coffee
yet The transfer market has had some interesting moves in the last few days and I will be back on
Feb 1st to recap things. The news I want to discuss right now is the [...]
Chelsea stalwart Michael Essien scored once and set up Portsmouth midfielder Sulley Muntari for
Ghana's second goal and that was all The Black Stars needed to see off Morocco yesterday and win
Group A, likely avoiding Ivory Coast in the quarterfinals by doing so. The 2-0 scoreline was even a
bit misleading as Ghana really [.
In the past 30 years, England's national team has suffered a lot of disappointments. The country
that failed to qualify for Euro 2008 also failed to qualify for the 1974, 1978 and 1994 World Cups.
Then, of course, there were the horrible performances in the 1988, 1992 and 2000 European
Things have been pretty busy in the soccer world recently at least as far as this site goes, what
with the African Cup of Nations in full swing and the FA Cup 4th Round ties and 5th Round draw over
the past few days. Let's not forget the bread and butter though. Premier League action heats [...]
Cast your vote in the 2007/2008 Soccer Fanzine Awards and let the public know which bloggers and
fanzines you rate the best. Take 2 minutes and complete the four-question survey today. Note that
you can leave answers blank if you're not sure who to pick. Vote now before the deadline, which is
Friday, February 8th.
Have you all seen the article on the Telegraph's website "revealing" that Democratic presidential
hopeful Barack Obama is a West Ham supporter? I'm not sure what to make of this. Reports state that
ever since Obama went on a trip to England five years ago, the Illinois senator has been a fan of
the Claret and [.
Manchester United are looking smarter and smarter for their interest in Manucho as the Angolan
striker scored twice in seventeen minutes in the second half to propel his country to a
come-from-behind 3-1 win yesterday over Senegal. Manucho now has three goals in two games in this
edition of the African Cup of Nations, Angola has [.
The draw for the 5th Round of the FA Cup was conducted at 8:30 Eastern Time this morning and I have
to say, there are some very interesting ties that will be worth watching. Here's the complete draw
(Premiership teams are in bold, home teams are listed first): Bristol Rovers v Southampton Cardiff
City v Wolverhampton Wanderers Sheffield United [.
Andy Appleby, owner of General Sports and Entertainment Group (GSE) and vice chairman of AstroTurf,
will be unveiled today as part of the latest foreign consortium to take charge of a Premier League
club, this time Derby County, according to The Daily Mirror newspaper. General Sports and
Entertainment was founded in 1998 by Appleby.
The second half of Sunday's Sheffield United against Manchester City FA Cup match was a thrilling
encounter and a good testament to what the FA Cup should be all about. Two teams playing their
hearts out and the fans trying to outsing their opposition, creating an incredible atmosphere. On
the pitch, one of the things we [.
ESPNsoccernet is reporting that a significant amount of money believed to be in the region of
$3,000-$4,000 US was stolen right out of wallets from the Manchester City dressing room at some
point during the afternoon today. City occupied the visitors' changing room as they were in
Sheffield to take on Sheffield United in the 4th Round [.
You would think that if you were in charge of a soccer TV network that your on-air personalities
would know how to correctly pronounce the name of the flagship league that your channel carries.
But in the case of Fox Soccer Channel, that isn't the case. It's actually quite a common mistake
that I hear often [.
The draw for the fifth round of the 2007-2008 edition of the world's oldest domestic cup
competition will take place tomorrow, and the eight ties are scheduled to be played on February 16
and 17. None of the fourth round ties need replays as they all were decided this weekend. Coca-Cola
League One sides Huddersfield Town [.
Samuel Eto'o converted a PK in the 66th minute to draw even with Ivory Coast legend Laurent Pokou
for most goals scored (14) in the African Cup of Nations finals and Joseph Job bagged a brace to
propel Cameroon over Zambia 5-1 yesterday. This was a game Cameroon absolutely needed to win after
their opening [.
Follow along with the FA Cup matches and the one Premier League today on the online chat hosted by
the Tokyo Toffeeman at http://www.stickam.com/profile/TokyoToffeeman If you're new here, you may
want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to:
Ivory Coast became the first nation to punch their ticket to the quarterfinals of the 2008 African
Cup of Nations today after a 4-1 romp over Benin, a game in which Benin needed a 90th minute goal
to avoid a shutout and the Toure brothers combined on a nice goal for the winners. Ivory Coast now
It's been a while since I wrote an update, largely because there has only been a few new moves to
bring you up to speed on. Largely deals have been getting bogged down with work permit issues,
medicals and arguments over terms and fees. The action has started to pick up in the last few [...]
Ghana put themselves in a very strong position to win Group A and qualify for the quarterfinals of
the 2008 African Cup of Nations with their 1-0 win over Namibia yesterday. The Black Stars aren't
exactly winning with style right now, but they're getting the job done and former MLS star Junior
Agogo's 41st minute [.
Liverpool owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett have announced the approval of their 350m GBP debt
refinancing, allowing them to maintain ownership of the club and to begin construction on a new
70,000 seat stadium. Only 105m GBP of the debt will be saddled upon Liverpool F.C., with the
remainder to be assumed by Hicks and [.
I'll tell you what, this year's edition of the African Cup of Nations is getting better and better.
The quality of some of the goals scored has been absolutely fantastic and yesterday we saw more of
the same. The 2010 World Cup hosts, South Africa, earned a point out of nothing against Angola as
substitute Elrio [.
You all know my feelings towards Rolando Bianchi. After he came out in an interview with Italian
newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport back in late December and criticized all things English soccer, I
wrote here about how selfish Bianchi is and how he should be on the next plane out of Manchester
when the January [.
Yesterday's action in the African Cup of Nations involved Group C, and Egypt's 4-2 victory over
Cameroon put the defending champions in a great position while Cameroon will now have to battle out
of a hole to advance to the quarterfinals, which had to have been their minimum expectation before
the tournament began.
The latest "I'm On Setanta Sports" episode featuring Jose Mourinho is now available. This one
focuses on Kevin Keegan and Big Brother. Enjoy. View it now. If you're new here, you may want to
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While at NSCAA, EPL Talk interviewed Fox Soccer Channel Senior Vice President of Marketing and
Communications and Creative Services Raul de Quesada. Here's what we learned from Raul and other
Fox representatives: To find out which matches your local Fox Soccer Channel Viewing Party location
will be showing, you'll need to visit the pub's website or [.
The first important game of the 2008 African Cup of Nations took place yesterday and once again, a
player who earns his paycheck in the Premiership took center stage. Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou
capped a beautiful solo run by coolly slotting the ball past Nigerian goalkeeper Austin Ejide and
into the net to give Ivory [.
The future looks bright for Steve McClaren. Unless Major League Soccer decides to appoint him as a
coach or McClaren gets desperate, I don't see Second Choice Steve getting a job anytime in the near
future. The future does look bright for him, though, because he definitely could continue doing the
speaking engagements as he did [.
Newcastle buzzed with electricity.Â The entire town pitched in, stealing Burger King hats and
spray painting them black and white.Â The Geordie Messiah took the pitch to a rockstar's welcome.Â
Mike Ashley ordered a whopper, but he didn't have it his way as Newcastle drew Bolton 0-0 at St.
If you had just walked into the room and didn't know the score of today's game between Aston Villa
and Liverpool and saw the way Peter Crouch wheeled off to the corner after scoring an 88th minute
goal, you'd probably think that he just won the Premier League for the Reds. In reality, the
As I said before in my previous post about the 2008 African Cup of Nations, I'm very disappointed
that I'm not going to be able to watch the games on TV. I'm going to try and do my best to keep
with this tournament as best I can on the Internet through some live streaming [...]
I just want to send some good thoughts the way of Calum Davenport, who is in hospital after
fracturing a bone in his neck during his first match on loan at Watford. The injury brings an
immediate end to Devenport's loan spell and he will return to West Ham. The 25-year-old defender
had to be stretchered [.
Premier League executives are discussing proposals for clubs to play one match a season overseas
when the international TV rights deal comes up for renewal in 2010, according to The Daily Mirror
in an article entitled "United's Friendly Match is a Taste of Things to Come." The reason why the
Premier League is considering this revolutionary [.
Manchester United dismantled Newcastle 6-0.Â It really should have been 10 or 11 goals for
United.Â There were numerous squandered chances from Rooney and others, combined with a valiant
effort by Newcastle in the first half to merely keep the scoreline reasonable.Â Ronaldo poured it
on with another hat-trick, and is on pace to break [.
Blue Square Conference South club Havant and Waterlooville beat League One leaders Swansea 4-2 to
book a dream trip to Anfield in the fourth round of the FA Cup on January 26. Richard Paquette,
Jamie Collins and Rocky Baptiste gave the Hampshire side a three-goal lead, before Guillem Bauza
pulled a goal back for the [.
In a week like this, it's easy to see how the Premier League is sometimes more exciting off the
pitch than on it. Of course, that depends which club you support. Here are my picks of what's more
exciting off the pitch than on it: Jose Mourinho. The manager that everyone loved to hate is now
As previously reported, Fox Soccer Channel along with a beer sponsor will be promoting Fox Soccer
Viewing Parties from now through May when the season concludes. Now, Fox has announced which pubs
will be hosting the parties in Atlanta, Miami, New York, Chicago, Boston, Columbus, Denver and
If you're a neutral observer like me, this weekend's slate of games really doesn't have any
compelling storylines or reasons to get excited, at least from the outside. None of the big teams
are playing each other and there are no rivalry games. The closest thing to a true derby is the
Fulham-Arsenal affair at [.
My first day in Baltimore attending the NSCAA event (National Soccer Coaches Association of
America) has been a success. I interviewed Gerard Houllier and asked him whether he was in the
running for the Republic of Ireland manager's position, met Steve McClaren, spoke with a senior
vice president of marketing from Fox Soccer Channel, interviewed [.
View EPL Talk's photo slideshow from the NSCAA event featuring a picture of a relaxed Steve
McClaren, Gerard Houlier, the new stars of GolTV and much more. Enjoy. If you're new here, you may
want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to:
EPL Talk is giving away an autographed Bolton Wanderers pennant to one lucky person. It was won
today, and rather than hang it on my wall, I thought one of you out there would love to have it.
It's 100% authentic and, notably, it's one of the last few pennants to feature Nicolas Anelka's
Episode 99 of the EPL Talk Podcast features exclusive interviews with Steve McClaren, Gerard
Houllier and Jozef Venglos from the 2008 NSCAA event hosted in Baltimore. The brief interviews
discuss whether McClaren is interested in managing in America, if the reports are true that
Houllier will be the next Republic of Ireland manager and what [.
What would you do if you had 15 minutes with Gerard Houllier and you had the opportunity to ask the
world-class manager any questions you'd like? If you're a reporter for Soccer America, you won't
believe what they asked and how out of touch they are with the world of soccer. Let me explain. On
Friday evening, [.