EPL Talk Archives for January 2008

African Cup of Nations Recap–Day 11

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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 [.

African Cup of Nations Recap–Day 10

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Disgruntled Chelsea striker Didier Drogba scored just nine minutes in and two second half goals were added insurance for Ivory Coast yesterday as Les Éléphants, my pre-tournament pick to win the whole thing, cruised to a 3-0 win over Mali. Mali came into this game knowing they really needed a result because Nigeria was playing [.

Spurs Next In Line to Be Taken Over By American Investors

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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.

Newcastle, Bolton and Fulham are Depressing to Watch

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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.

A Wise move for Newcastle?

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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 [...]

African Cup of Nations Recap–Day 9

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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 [.

England: Back to Life, Back To Reality With Fabio Capello

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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 Championships.

A Trio of Six-Pointers

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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 [...]

2007/2008 Fanzine Awards: Cast Your Vote

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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.

Poll: Which Premier League Club Will American Investors Buy Next?

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Now that Derby County has been taken over by Americans, U.S. investors now own four of the 20 Premier League clubs. The others are Liverpool, Manchester United and Aston Villa. In all, 50% of Premier League clubs are owned by foreign investors. The question is, which clubs are next? Arsenal Manchester City Liverpool Chelsea Bolton Wanderers Birmingham City Newcastle United Manchester United all tags

Barack Obama is a West Ham Fan

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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 [.

African Cup of Nations Recap–Day 8

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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 [.

FA Cup 5th Round Draw Revealed

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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 [.

Revealed: The New American Owners Behind Derby County FC

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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.

Daniel Sturridge: A Name to Remember

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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 [.

Adding Insult to Injury

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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 [.

Fox Needs to Learn How to Pronounce ‘Premier League’

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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 [.

FA Cup 5th Round Draw

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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 [.

African Cup of Nations Recap–Day 7

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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 [.

FA Cup and Premier League Chat

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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:

African Cup of Nations Recap–Day 6

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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 [...

Transfer window update: Deals finally getting done

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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 [...]

African Cup of Nations Recap–Day 5

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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 [.

Hicks and Gillet’s Excellent Adventure to Continue

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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 [.

African Cup of Nations Recap–Day 4

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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 [.

Arrivederci, Rolando Bianchi

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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 [.

African Cup of Nations Recap–Day 3

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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.

New Mourinho Setanta Sports Video Now Available

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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 subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to:

Latest News from Fox Soccer Channel

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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 [.

African Cup of Nations Recap–Day 2

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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 [.

Steve McClaren at the NSCAA Event

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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 [.

Premier League Odds and Sods 21 Jan 2008

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Newcastle buzzed with electricity. The entire town pitched in, stealing Burger King hats and spray painting them black and white. The Geordie Messiah took the pitch to a rockstar's welcome. Mike Ashley ordered a whopper, but he didn't have it his way as Newcastle drew Bolton 0-0 at St. James park.

Changes Must be Made at Liverpool

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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 6′7″ [.

African Cup of Nations Recap–Day 1

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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 [...]

Get well Calum Davenport

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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 Considers Allowing Clubs to Play Matches Overseas

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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 [.

Premier League Odds and Sods 16 Jan 2008

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Manchester United dismantled Newcastle 6-0. It really should have been 10 or 11 goals for United. 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. Ronaldo poured it on with another hat-trick, and is on pace to break [.

FA Cup: More Third Round replay shocks

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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 [.

More Entertaining Off The Pitch Than On It

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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 more [..

Fox Soccer Channel Announces Venues for Viewing Parties

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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 Washington DC.

A Weekend to Forget? Not So Fast, My Friend

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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 [.

NSCAA Coverage: Live from Baltimore

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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 [.

NSCAA Photo Slideshow

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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:

Win an Autographed Bolton Wanderers Pennant

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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 signature [.

Interview with Steve McClaren, Gerard Houllier and Jozef Venglos

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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 [.

Soccer America Miss The Ball with Gerard Houllier Interview

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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, [.