EPL Talk Archives for January 2008

Redknapp Must Resist Overhaul

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Harry Redknapp's arrival at Tottenham has been seen as a chance for Spurs to start again and get back on track, something that is becoming an annual event at White Hart Lane. But back in 2004 Tottenham were again on the brink of a new era. French national team coach Jacques Santini had just taken [.

Top 10 Surprising Premier League Statistics

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Which Premier League club has the highest percentage of foreigners? Who has the youngest squad? And who has the oldest squad? Read the following top 10 statistics to find the answers to those questions and many more. Oldest squad: Hull City, average age 27.48 years Player to have spent the most number of seasons at a Premier [.

Arsenal 4-4 Spurs: The Devil Made Me Do It

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Tottenham's unbelievable 4-4 draw against Arsenal may end up being a modern day classic, one of the best Premier League games in several years. Problem is, if you're like me and live in the United States, you probably missed it. Living in the U.S, the only way to catch the game was to make a visit [.

Kinnear Must Stay On as Newcastle Seek Stability

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It is not quite time for the champagne to come out at St James Park after Newcastle finally won their second match of the season against West Bromwich Albion and lifted themselves out of the drop zone, though for a moment in the press room afterwards Joe Kinnear considered the idea. Though the club still languish [.

Latest Premier League TV Schedule For U.S. Residents

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Here's the Premier League TV schedule for U.S. residents through December 30, 2008 on Fox Soccer Channel, Setanta Sports and Setanta Xtra. All times eastern. TV schedules are subject to change. Wednesday, October 29 Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur, 4pm, Setanta Xtra (also shown delayed on Setanta Sports at 6pm) Liverpool v Portsmouth, 4pm, Setanta Sports Manchester United v West [.

Almunia Proving His Worth

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Out of the first choice goalkeepers of the top four clubs in England, Manuel Almunia has always been cast as the ugly duckling. But that may be about to change. After seeing off his bitter rival Jens Lehmann last year, the Spaniard has made the number one jersey his own and has repaid Arsene Wenger's [.

The Third Half 7 is Live

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The early week edition of The Third Half starts with me and Kartik Krishnaiyer discussion the final weekend of the MLS season, a preview of the playoffs, and transfer talk. I come back at the end of the show to discuss the Juande Ramos sacking, Harry Redknapp's appointment at Tottenham and Tony Adams appointment at [.

Who Will The British Tabloid Football Reporters Vilify Next?

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In a typical football season, football journalists and bloggers find one victim after another to write about. When one tragedy or soap opera ends another begins. In the past weekend, the 'Sack Juande Ramos and Damien Comolli' saga ended with both men being booted out and replaced by Harry Redknapp. The Mike Ashley soap opera at [.

Today’s Top 3 Must-Read Football Articles

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If you have a few minutes to spare, be sure to read these excellent articles: A rare one-on-one interview with Alex Ferguson (The Times). Lots of pearls of wisdom in this interview including the story about how Fergie now stops praying for his club to win as well as one of the two footballers Ferguson was [.

Levy Makes His Last Throw Of The Dice

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There is no doubting about the ramifications of Saturday nights late late show at Tottenham and just how important a decision the installing of Harry Redknapp is for one man above any other involved with Tottenham Hostpur. After the despicable way that Martin Jol was treated a year ago, booted out for having the audacity [.

Poll: Which Premier League Club Will Sign Landon Donovan?

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Landon Donovan has again expressed a desire to play in the Premier League, according to Sky Sports. The American midfielder will approach MLS officials this week to be granted permission to seek a January transfer window move to a Premier League or La Liga club. According to Donovan, "Whether that happens I don't know but I [.

I’m On Setanta Sports: The Great Debate

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In the latest episode of I'm On Setanta Sports, watch Wayne Rooney host the special debate between Jose Mourinho and Fabio Capello. The show includes cameos by Dave from Newcastle, Didier Drogba, Roy Keane and others. Be champions. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!

Liverpool Win Against Chelsea Conjures Up Memories Of Golden Period

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Liverpool's display Sunday in their historic 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea reminded me of the classic Liverpool side from the late seventies and early eighties. The link-up play between Xabi Alonso, Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane, Dirk Kuyt (and later Ryan Babel) was incredible up front, showing off a ton of creativity that was [.

If You Were A Professional Footballer, What Club Would You Sign For?

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Imagine for a minute that you're a teenager gifted with incredible soccer talents. Several scouts have been following you, and you've heard rumors that a couple of different clubs in the Premier League are interested in bringing you on to their books. If you were in that position, which Premier League club would you choose to [.

West Ham United v Arsenal: Live and Online

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Follow West Ham United against Arsenal live and online today via the EPL Talk Chat featuring football fans discussing the match from around the world. Kick off time is 12:00 pm ET/4:00 pm GMT. We'll also keep you up to date with events from Fratton Park as Portsmouth host Fulham. If you're new here, you may want [.

Video of Sunderland v Newcastle Crowd Trouble

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Sunderland's 2-1 derby win against Newcastle was marred with skirmishes before, during and after the game at the Stadium Of Light. The Football Association (FA) is investigating the trouble to determine if Sunderland will be fined. Despicable incidents included a police horse being badly burned by fireworks before the game, and Joey Barton being pelted with [.

Chelsea v Liverpool: Live and Online

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Follow Blackburn Rovers against Manchester United live and online today via the EPL Talk Chat featuring football fans discussing the match from around the world. Kickoff is 9:30 am EST/1:30 pm GMT. We will also be keeping track of events from The City of Manchester Stadium between Manchester City v Stoke City, White Hart Lane between [.

Redknapp New Spurs Manager after Ramos Sent Packing

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Harry Redknapp is set to become the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur after the club sensationally sacked Spanish Head Coach Juande Ramos late on Saturday night. Tottenham will pay Portsmouth a £5m compensation fee for Redknapp and the deal is set to be concluded before Spurs take on Bolton tomorrow.

Housecleaning Begins at Tottenham. Ramos Out, Redknapp in.

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The BBC is reporting that the house cleaning at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has begun. Manager Juande Ramos, Sporting Director Damien Comolli, and first team coaches Gus Poyet and Marcos Alvarez are all looking for work after being sacked Saturday night ahead of their tie with Bolton Wanderers on Sunday.

Blackburn Rovers v Middlesbrough: Live and Online

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Follow Blackburn Rovers against Middlesbrough live and online today via the EPL Talk Chat featuring football fans discussing the match from around the world. Kick off time is 12:30 pm ET/5:30 pm BST. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to: yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = "Blackburn Rovers v Middlesbrough: Live [.

Take the Premier League Global Fan Survey

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Barclays Bank, the sponsors of the Premier League, has launched a Global Fans Survey 2008 where you could win a free trip to watch an EPL team of your choice play live (airfare and hotel included). The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and asks a series of questions such as who your favorite player [.

Everton v Manchester United: Live and Online

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Follow Everton against Manchester United live and online today via the EPL Talk Chat featuring football fans discussing the match from around the world. Kickoff is at 7:00 am EST/12:00 pm BST. The EPL Talk Chat will also be keeping you up to date on events  from the Stadium of Light as Sunderland take on Newcastle [.

Curbishly and Keegan Prove Foreign Owners Should Lerner from Randy

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If the decisions that Alan Curbishly and Kevin Keegan took earlier this season to leave their respective Premier League clubs doesn't serve as good enough evidence to foreign owners that trying to get involved with matters on the pitch is a terrible idea, then the future hopes of some of England's top-flight teams are in [.

Big weekend for…

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As we arrive at the quarter mark for the current Premier League season the standings are starting to take shape, although who would have ever thought we would see Tottenham rock bottom or Hull City in the Champions League places. As such it is another big weekend of fixtures coming up and about [.

The Third Half 6 Is Live

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The late week edition of The Third Half starts with Johnathan Starling interviewing Mark Moll of Bundesliga Talk as we take a look back at the previous weekend of action and take a look at the weekend to come. Kevin of Serie A Talk follows as a discussion of David Beckham, the Champions League and Jose [.

Arsenal’s Eduardo Close To Comeback, While Wenger Asks Fans For Support

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The news that Arsenal's Croatian striker Eduardo Da Silva will be back playing within the next three weeks was one of the highlights that emerged from the clubs Annual General Meeting yesterday. The Brazilian-born forward was a vital part of the Arsenal team that had charged to the top of the Premier League last season until [.

Where To Find Chelsea v Liverpool On U.S. TV This Weekend

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Don't forget that this Sunday morning the clocks are going back one hour in England, which means that all games between Sunday and November 2nd will be shown one hour later than usual for those of us watching from the United States. The games will return to their regularly scheduled time difference on November 2nd [.

Poll: Which Season Was The Worst Ever For a Big Premier League Club?

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Tottenham's season so far has been abysmal, but how does it compare with other dreadful seasons from Premier League clubs? Leeds United's 2003/2004 season was particularly poor especially the comical performances by Roque Junior, which I'll never forget. What for you has been the worst season by a big Premier League side?

7 Premier League Players Who Used To Be Brilliant But Now They’re Crap

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It's a joy to watch players evolve in the Premier League and become world-class footballers. A few examples include Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Theo Walcott. But for every starlet, there are also shining stars who seem to get worse each week and fail to live up to the promises they showed earlier on in [.

Poems And Drawings From a 10-Year-Old Soccer Obsessed Boy

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Going through some old boxes last week, I found a handmade poetry book I created in primary school when I was living in Wales. I thought it'd be interesting to share the poems and my pictures no matter how crude and silly they are to help paint a picture of what a ten-year old soccer [...]

The Third Half Five

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This early week edition of The Third Half starts with Johnathan Starling speaking with Shakira Graham of Championship Talk discussing the weekend that was the Championship, news on the Derby County/Norwich City alleged match fixing, and attempt to predict the future as the midweek fixtures hadn't been played, but we tried to predict.

London 0 Hull 4: Hull City Make History

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In 1986, an English pop band named The Housemartins released their debut album entitled "London 0 Hull 4," which perfectly summed up what the four northern lads thought of music from London as well as their contention that they were the fourth best band in Kingston Upon Hull. The Housemartins were best known for their cover [.

Liverpool Up For Sale: The Details

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Liverpool FC has sought the help of investment bank Merrill Lynch to find a buyer for the club, according to a report in The Times newspaper. Out of the 20 clubs in the Premier League, Liverpool has been one of the hardest hit in the credit crunch due to the £350 million that American owners George [.

What Impact Is The Credit Crunch Having On Premier League Attendances?

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How are attendances at Premier League clubs being affected, if at all, by the Credit Crunch this season? Based on research compiled by EPL Talk comparing the percentage difference between the average attendance season to date and last season's average attendance, we can reveal that average attendances haven't been affected that much at all, which is [.

The Third Half 5

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This early week edition of The Third Half starts with Johnathan Starling speaking with Shakira Graham of Championship Talk discussing the weekend that was the Championship, news on the Derby County/Norwich City alleged match fixing, and attempt to predict the future as the midweek fixtures hadn't been played, but we tried to predict.

Poll: Which Premier League Ground Has The Best Atmosphere?

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If you watched the Stoke against Spurs game on Sunday, you would have heard the deafening roars from the Britannia Stadium as well as the Stoke fans belting out "Delilah." But which ground for you has the best atmosphere either coming across the TV or if you've had the fortune to see a game there [..

Highest Average Attendances In The Premier League

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Which clubs have the highest average attendances in the Premier League? Here are the results for the 2008/2009 season thus far up until October 21, 2008: Manchester United, 75,482 Arsenal, 60,059 Newcastle United, 47,199 Liverpool, 43,789 Manchester City, 42,871 Chelsea, 41,652 Sunderland, 40,367 Aston Villa, 39,492 Everton, 36,618 Tottenham Hotspur, 36,002 West Ham United, 33,530 Middlesbrough, 28,929 Stoke City, 27,478 West Bromwich Albion, 26,030 Hull City, 24,637 Fulham, 24,498 Blackburn Rovers, 23,299 Bolton Wanderers, [.

Fox Soccer Channel Almost Beats ESPN2 In TV Ratings

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Fox Soccer Channel's first Nielsen Ratings have been released giving soccer fans and advertisers alike a glimpse into how many people watch soccer on the network in the United States. Here are the figures for the opening weekend of October: Manchester City v Liverpool, 224,000 viewers Blackburn Rovers v Manchester United, 199,000 viewers England v Kazakhstan, 176,000 viewers West Bromwich [.

Who Are The Best Supported Clubs in the Premier League?

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EPL Talk has a list of the best supported clubs in the Premier League for the 2008/2009 season thus far based on the percentage of seats filled in a football stadium. So, for example, Arsenal's ground has a capacity of 60,432. The average attendance at the Emirates Stadium this season has been 60059, which means that [.

What English Football Team Does John McCain Support?

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If Barack Obama is a West Ham United fan, then what English football club would John McCain support, and why? Click the comments link below and share your ideas. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to: yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = "What English Football Team Does John McCain Support?

Poll: Who Is The World’s Number One Authority On Soccer?

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American football has its John Madden, but among the media soccer doesn't have a recognized authority figure on soccer? Or do we? Vote now who you believe is the number one authority on soccer worldwide. Who's the number one authority in the world on soccer?

FIFA 09 Interview With Aaron McHardy

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The interview about FIFA 09 with Aaron McHardy from EA Sports is now available on the EPL Talk Podcast. Interviewed by Johnathan Starling, McHardy discusses the latest features of FIFA 09 as well as answering questions from you, the readers, and chatting about his playing career which included participating in a World Cup qualifier match for [.

Tottenham Fans: Stop Making Damien Comolli The Scapegoat

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What's most revealing about the demise of Tottenham Hotspur is not how Juande Ramos appears so dispassionate and out of his depth on the touchline, but how Spurs fans are blaming the downfall of their club on Damien Comolli and not Ramos. In two separate polls conducted by EPL Talk, fans appear to more upset about [.

I’m On Setanta Sports: Jose Makes A Shock Revelation

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Jose Mourinho makes a shock revelation in the latest episode of I'm On Setanta Sports, which promises quite a lot of great entertainment in the coming weeks. In fact, this past weekend's episode is one of the funniest yet with great segments from The Boy, It and a hilarious joke on Joe Kinnear's behalf.

Poll: Who’s To Blame For The Disaster At Tottenham Hotspur?

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After Spurs losing 2-1 to Stoke City today, the history books will show that the 2008/2009 season is the worst start in the entire history of Tottenham Hotspur. But who's to blame? Vote now. Who's to blame for Spurs's disastrous season?

Fabio Capello Restores Faith In England National Team

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When Fabio Capello was appointed England manager, people asked me what my thoughts were on the matter. My viewpoint at the time was that it would bring clarity to whether the England national team was still a football power or not. After all, if Capello couldn't turn England into a winning football team, then no [.

Fulham Unveils Johnny Haynes Statue At Craven Cottage

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The greatest player in the history of Fulham Football Club was immortalized Saturday when a statue of legend Johnny Haynes was unveiled outside Craven Cottage in west London. Haynes, who played a club-record 658 games and scored 158 goals for Fulham between 1952 and 1970, died in 2005. Pele once called Haynes the best passer of [.

Two Premier League Matches Subject Of Match Fixing Investigation

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Two Premier League matches are subject of a match fixing investigation by the London fraud unit, according to The Daily Telegraph. The games in question are a Premier League match from 2007 and a Premier League game from 2001. Both matches were accompanied by suspicious betting swings in the Asian betting market.

Big Four Return To Top of Premier League

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Today was a turning point in the 2008/2009 Premier League season as one, it marked the first weekend this season when all Big Four clubs won their matches. And two, the top four teams in the Premier League are now the Big Four clubs at least for the next 24 hours. Each of the Big [...]

Manchester United v West Brom: Live and Online

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Follow Manchester United against West Brom live and online today via the EPL Talk Chat featuring football fans discussing the match from around the world. Kick off time is 12:30 pm ET/5:30 pm BST. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to: yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = "Manchester United v West [.

Arsenal v Everton: Live and Online

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Follow Arsenal against Everton live and online today via the EPL Talk Chat featuring football fans discussing the match from around the world. Kick off time is 10:00 am ET/3:00 pm BST. The chat is currently ongoing. We will also be keeping everyone up to date on Aston Villa v Portsmouth, Bolton v Blackburn, Fulham v [.

Ramos’s Poor English Speaking Skills Will Be The Downfall Of Spurs

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It's no wonder that Tottenham Hotspur are playing so abysmally this season. Have you heard Juande Ramos's English? Seriously, if you were a player on the Spurs squad and you listened to Ramos speak, would you understand him, respect him and be motivated by him? Listen to his Friday press conference below and you tell me.

Friday Night Links

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Previews of the weekend's fixtures courtesy of The Sun, The Telegraph and Sky Sports. The Injury Front Michael Owen does it again. I guess it's comforting Beye, Gutierrez and Martins are coming back...then again, maybe not. If Kinnear can stay calm about this, it will be the first sign of hell freezing over.

Scolari Is God, Benitez Is The Devil

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It's so rare these days that a football manager says anything new or remotely intelligent other than the rehearsed lines he memorizes from media training. Other than Joe Kinnear, of course. But Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari said so many refreshing things on Friday that I felt compelled to write about it.

Bolton Giving Away Free Beer To Lure Fans

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Bolton against Blackburn isn't one of the biggest derbies in the Premier League season, but Saturday's battle between the two Lancashire sides separated by 17 miles will be watched by the biggest home crowd of the season including 1,000 fans supplied with free beer in the new Fanzone and "singing end" behind one [.

The Third Half 4 is Live

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This edition of The Third Half with Johnathan Starling starts with Christopher Murphy as we discuss the upcoming weekend in the Bundesliga. Shakira Graham from Championship Talk discusses the upcoming weekend of the Championship along with some news tidbits. Kartik from Major League Soccer Talk talks about the week that was CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers and [.

Poll: Who Should Be The Next Manager Of Tottenham Hotspur?

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This Sunday at 4pm UK time, Stoke City plays at home against Spurs. If Spurs lose this match, what should happen? Vote now. If Spurs lose to Stoke on Sunday, who should be in charge of Tottenham?
( poll Tottenham Hotspur juande ramos Harry Redknapp Stoke City Gus Poyet Terry Venables Gerry Francis

New 08/09 Fulham Third Shirt Revealed

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Fulham has unveiled their third shirt for the 2008/2009 season. Designed and manufactured by Nike, the new third shirt is yellow and will be available exclusively through Fulham's online store and club shops. The new shirt is yellow with black trim and is modeled in the picture by Jimmy Bullard, Danny Murphy and Andrew Johnson.

Moyes signature to steady Everton ship?

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Everton manager David Moyes has finally ended months of speculation by signing a new five-year contract with the club, worth a reported £16.5million. Some have said that Moyes' failure to sign the deal has contributed to the Toffees poor start to the season, with the club currently in 15th place with eight points from their [.

L4Men: Smells Like Kop Spirit

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Liverpool FC is launching its own men's aftershave for the holiday season. No, it's not a joke. Named L4Men, the aftershave will be available exclusively through the club's stores after it was recently debuted at the Liverpool Style Awards and was modeled by captain Steven Gerrard. What next? Will Mike Ashley release a body lotion for those [.

Gotcha: Evidence That Sky Sports Hates Setanta

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Near the end of the Sky Sports news programme Through The Night, the hosts always flip through the back pages of the British daily newspapers to point out the headlines of what the morning papers are saying. It's a standard news segment on their show. Except for what happened last night. When the hosts last night [.

Where To Find Belarus vs England On TV

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With a convincing win today for England against Belarus, Fabio Capello's side will be in pole position with maximum points to qualify for the 2010 World Cup. Here's how you can watch the game on live television today when the match kicks off at 2:30pm ET/11:30am PT/7:30pm BST: USA: Pay-per-view television.

Farewell To Highbury: Arsenal Video

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Highbury, one of the most remarkable grounds in the history of English football, will never be forgotten by the millions of people who have experienced a match inside its hallowed walls. For those of you who want to go down memory lane, whether you've visited the ground or not, watch the following video that captures the [.

Sky Sports

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Rafa, Stevie G, Carra, Mikey Owen and Crouchosaurus Impersonations

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This may be Darren Farley's only 15 minutes of fame. The football fan has created a hysterical collection of impersonations of several characters familiar with Liverpool FC. Rafa Benitez, Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen and Peter Crouch. If you haven't seen the video yet, be sure to watch it and enjoy.

What Is The Premier League Cup?

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In the next few weeks, Premier League chairmen will be presented with a couple of options to consider regarding their clubs playing overseas matches in an international competition in the near future. Two of the options being considered include a mini-tournament being played during a winter break, and a summer friendly competition named the Premier League [.

Which Premier League Teams Will Get Relegated?

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With almost 20% of the season completed, we already have a good idea of which clubs will shine and underwhelm this 2008/2009 Premier League season, as well as which ones are destined for mid-table mediocrity. Sure, we still have 80% of the season remaining, but out of the clubs you've seen thus far, which ones do [.

Why Liverpool Won’t Win The Premier League Title This Season

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One game doth not a champion make. In Liverpool's case, their victory against Manchester United at Anfield was a moral victory, a win that was in the long time making, but I don't believe it signifies that the Reds are now title material. Wake me up when they beat Man United at Old Trafford. Then [.

First Black Footballers To Play For Premier League Clubs

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Incredibly, it wasn't until 1980 that a black player debuted for Liverpool FC. Howard Gayle, the silky winger, come on as a second half substitute for David Fairclough against Manchester City. While Liverpool was late to the game, the history of the other clubs in the top flight of the English football is pretty varied in [.

The Third Half Podcast: Episodes Two and Three

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Episodes two and three of The Third Half Podcast are now available. If you haven't had a chance to listen to them, click on the player at the foot of this message to hear the episodes via your browser. Or, better yet, subscribe to the EPL Talk Podcast stream via iTunes where you'll automatically get [.

Joost Moves Soccer Channels to Flash-Based Video

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Joost, the online video site that was launched by the creators of Skype, has changed its platform from peer-to-peer to Flash-based video. In addition to offering TV shows and movies, the site still features a selection of soccer-related channels. Here are a few recommended ones that are worth watching: UEFA Training Ground UEFA Magazine US Soccer The Soccer Channel JumpTV [.

How Should Fox Soccer Channel Commentate International Matches?

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What would you do if you were in charge of Fox Soccer Channel's TV coverage? The dilemma is that you're trying to establish your own brand and to build an audience with your own personnel, but soccer fans as you'll probably agree are difficult people to please. We always want perfection. A perfect example [.

FIFA 09 Interview With EA Sports’ Aaron McHardy: Questions Please

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FIFA 09 will be released in North America this Tuesday. To coincide with the launch, EPL Talk's Johnathan Starling will interview EA Sports Gameplay Producer Aaron McHardy. If you have any questions about the new game, what it's like behind the scenes at EA or anything else FIFA 09-related, please post your questions here before [.

To err is human, to boo is madness!!

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Firstly I want to make it clear that I am not an English fan, I am from Ireland, but what I heard whenever I was watching the England game on Saturday on TV was one of the worse things that I have ever heard at a football match.So Ashley Cole makes a mistake and presents [...]

England vs Kazakhstan Live and Online

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Follow England against Kazakhstan live and online today via the EPL Talk Chat featuring football fans discussing the match from around the world. Kick off time is 12:15 pm ET/5:15 pm BST. The chat will begin at 12:00 pm ET/5 pm BST. Check this space for the EPL Talk Chat Button If you're new here, you may want [.

Tottenham Coming To USA For Future Preseason Tour

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Not to be outdone by rivals Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur has announced a strategic partnership with a Major League Soccer club. In 2007, Arsenal announced a partnership with Colorado. Now Spurs have announced a deal with San Jose Earthquakes. The major difference with the Spurs deal is that it sets the wheel in motion for Tottenham to [.

England vs Kazakhstan To Be Televised Live On Fox Soccer Channel

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Where can you find England against Kazakhstan on US TV tomorrow? The important 2010 World Cup Qualifying match will be shown live on Fox Soccer Channel beginning at Noon ET/9am PT. This is part of the deal that Fox Sports International announced in May whereby Fox Soccer Channel has the TV rights to England's home matches [.

GolTV Brings The Art of Football To U.S. TV

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The import business is not what it used to be. Over the years, I can't even begin to imagine how much money I've spent on import records, CDs, magazines, newspapers, books and crisps from my mother country, the United Kingdom. These days, the import business has lost its flavor. Most things Anglophile are available pretty readily [.

Best New Football Books To Add To Your Holiday Wish List

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Other than a few soccer blogs and a handful of literate newspapers, there isn't a plenitude of intelligent football writing available. But there is one last bastion that we can continue to depend on and that's football books. A good way to find out which books to buy are to find the ones nominated for the [.

How To Get Setanta Sports On Comcast Cable

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If you're a Comcast Cable customer and you want Setanta Sports, the time to act is now. I just spoke with a source inside Comcast Cable who confirmed that their head office in Philadelphia has signed a contract with Setanta Sports so that local Comcast Cable companies have the green light to add the 24/7 soccer [.

How Michel Platini Is Writing UEFA’s Obituary

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Michel Platini is making a fool of himself again this week after his tirade against the prominence of English teams in European football. If you caught his interview on Sky Sports, you wlll have seem him ramble on and on, venting his anger and seeming quite unfocused and unpresidential especially for someone who is [.

Which Debt-Ridden Premier League Clubs Were Contacted By Banks?

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Creditors have contacted at least three Premier League clubs to express their concern that their level of debt is unsustainable, according to Paul Kelso of The Daily Telegraph. The question is which clubs do you believe are the ones most likely to have been contacted? Vote now. English Premier League poll

Would A Salary Cap Combat Debt?

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  FA chairman David Treisman mentioned introducing a salary cap, to combat the "very tangible dangers" of the current financial climate.  Premier League clubs have a combined £3 billion of debt.  But, is wage expenditure really the most prominent issue? Yes, players make an absurd amount of money for wearing short pants and playing a kid's game.

UEFA Considers Banning Premier League Clubs From Europe

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UEFA's general secretary David Taylor has lost his marbles. He's warned clubs that they may face being banned from competing in European competitions if they continue to carry excessive debt. "There would be forms of communication, even warnings, even reprimands before one would ever get to a situation of exclusion but it's absolutely possible," said Taylor.

Ramos Faces Axe at Spurs Unless Results Improve

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The last time Tottenham endured such a poor start to a season was the year the Titanic went down, and if the dreadful results continue at White Hart Lane in the coming weeks then manager Juande Ramos will be the one sinking into unemployment. The board and directors are unforgiving at Tottenham, as Martin Jol well [.

Poll: Do You Want Premier League Matches Played Overseas?

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This week, some of the top decision makers in world football met at the Leaders In Football conference at Stamford Bridge in London to discuss a host of topics. Richard Scudamore, chief executive of the Premier League, spoke about his vision for making the Premier League into a global league. When interviewed about the topic, Scudamore [.

The Beginning Of The End For Debt Ridden Clubs?

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With the prediction by Lord Triesman, head of the Football Association, that the current global economic crisis could spell a ‘terrible danger' to clubs with spiralling debt, meaning could we actually see a Premier League club go to the wall? According to Triesman the Premier League is currently in £3bn worth of debt so the [.

Poll: Tell Us Which Fox Soccer Channel Features You Use

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For me, the height of FoxSoccer.com was the summer of 2006 during the World Cup when there was a tremendous community built around the reporters who were in Germany including Jamie Trecker, Nick Webster and Oliver Hinz. But since then, what Fox Soccer Channel features do you use and is the website part of your [.

Which Tottenham Players Would You Put On The Transfer List?

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With Tottenham Hotspur experiencing their worst start to a season since 1912, it's time for desperate measures at White Hart Lane. If you were in charge of the club, which players would you put on the transfer list, which personnel would you sack and who would you keep? Here are my picks: Sack them: Daniel Levy, chairman, Damien Comolli, [.

The Third Half Update

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The early week edition of The Third Half will be released tomorrow night no later than 10 pm. On the show will be Kevin from Serie A Talk and Shakira Graham from Championship Talk as well as my thoughts on the weekend in the Premier League. The late week edition will be released on Friday. Joining [.

Hull City: Punching above their weight or a blessing in disguise?

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With the season well underway and the league table starting to take some sort of shape, it is quite a surprise to see an unfamiliar team sitting in third place in the league.  At the start of the season everyone is asking whether the big four of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool can be [.

Newcastle and Liverpool Impress During Premier League Super Sunday

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Finally. We finally got a Premier League weekend where we had two matches with teams playing their hearts out and giving it 100%. Too often this season the majority of matches have been one-sided and negative. But fair play to Manchester City and Liverpool, and Everton and Newcastle for two thoroughly exciting matches.

Poll: Did Vidic Foul Blackburn Goalkeeper Jason Brown?

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It was the big talking point from this weekend's game at Ewood Park. Should Manchester United's first goal been disallowed because Vidic backed in to Blackburn goalkeeper Jason Brown and elbowed him in the face, or - as the commentators mentioned - it was Brown's mistake for not asserting himself and punching the ball to [.

I’m On Setanta Sports: October 4, 2008 Episode

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In this week's episode, It does a hilarious impression of Wayne Rooney like, while Alex Ferguson calls in to, chew chew, give his opinion, chew chew, on matters. Excellent stuff as always. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to: yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = "I'm On Setanta Sports: October 4, [.

West Ham United v Bolton Wanderers and Chelsea v Aston Villa: Live and Online

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Follow West Ham United against Bolton Wanderers live and online today via the EPL Talk Chat featuring football fans discussing the match from around the world. We will also keep you up to date on all games on this Sunday including the big one at Stamford Bridge. Can Aston Villa end the Chelsea streak (this Chelsea [.

Berbatov Sparking Manchester United Revival

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Manchester United were not quite home and dry at a sodden Ewood Park yesterday evening but so comfortable was their victory over Blackburn Rovers that they must've felt as relaxed as if they were enjoying a kick-about in their own back yard. Sir Alex Ferguson is accustomed to watching his side suffer sluggish starts to a [.

Podcast Review: The Third Half

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It may be just me, but lately I've been burned out listening to podcasts. So much so that my weekly diet of half a dozen different shows has now dwindled down to one or two. The same goes for non-soccer podcasts too. I find myself occupying my listening time with my newest addiction, Audible books, [.

Send In The Cockney Clowns: Newcastle Contemplates Signing Gerry Francis

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Gerry Francis has been offered a coaching position at Newcastle United, according to Sky Sports. But, according to The Daily Telegraph, he may reject the offer. If he takes the position, the former Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers manager will join a club overflowing with cockneys including owner Mike Ashley, vice president Tony Jimenez, executive [.

Warning: Sun Outages May Ruin Your Premier League Football

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Watching today's Blackburn against Manchester United match on television, I couldn't help but notice that Fox Soccer Channel ran a message across the bottom of the screen apologizing in advance for any satellite transmission difficulties due to solar outages. Solar outages? "What the heck is that," I thought.

Blackburn v Manchester United: Live and Online

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Follow Blackburn Rovers against Manchester United live and online today via the EPL Talk Chat featuring football fans discussing the match from around the world. Kick off time is 12:30 pm ET/5:30 pm BST. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to: yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = "Blackburn v Manchester United: [.

Sunderland v Arsenal: Live and Online

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Follow Sunderland against Arsenal live and online today via the EPL Talk Chat featuring football fans discussing the match from around the world. We'll also be keeping track of the other traditional kickoffs (West Bromwich Albion v Fulham and Wigan Athletic v Middlesbrough) Kick off time is 10:00 am ET/3:00 pm BST.

Preview: Chelsea v Aston Villa

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You have to go all the way back to 21st February 2004 to find the last time Chelsea lost at home in the Premier League. Since then 85 teams have attempted to beat the Blues at Stamford Bridge but none have left with more than a point. One of the teams to go closest to ending [...]

Poll: Which EPL Game This Weekend Will Feature A Shock Win?

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It should be a very interesting weekend in the Premier League. Be sure to catch the matches live in the EPL Talk Chat all weekend long, hosted by Johnathan Starling. Which match will most likely feature the shock win this weekend? ( surveys) If you're new here, you may want to subscribe [...]

Joe Kinnear’s Newcastle United Press Conference: Audio

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We have the audio of Joe Kinnear's unbelievable tirade against journalists from yesterday's Newcastle United press conference. If this isn't a sign of a club in serious trouble, I don't know what is. What was Mike Ashley and Dennis Wise thinking about hiring Kinnear who obviously isn't able to handle the pressure?

Strong Start Gives Liverpool Platform to Glory

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Liverpool's performances in the early stages of this campaign may not have been pretty, but with the club sitting level on points with Chelsea at the top of the Premier League and having earned two victories from two games in the Champions League, Kopites have plenty of reasons for hope on all fronts this season.

Tottenham and Everton to continue to struggle in Europe

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How Sports TV Networks Can Shake Up Their Football Coverage

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Thanks to Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey, there will be millions of people around the watch watching the vice-presidential debate tonight between Sarah Palin and Joseph Biden. Most people will secretly be looking forward to seeing Palin make another embarrassing gaffe. While debates can be unpredictable, nearly all football related shows on television are the opposite.

What Soccer Websites Could You Not Live Without?

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We all have our vices, and that includes those soccer websites or blogs that we visit frequently sometimes several times a day. What, for you, are the soccer websites and/or blogs that you can't live without? The type of sites where you wouldn't know what to do if they no longer existed. Share your list below [.

Gaffer Jr Is Born

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A new football fan entered the world yesterday. Christopher, aka Gaffer Jr., was born in Boca Raton. Weighing nine pounds six ounces, he's a beautiful baby boy the first boy for my wife and I. His three sisters are already cooing over him and will undoubtedly spoil him to bits over the coming years.

ESPN2 Shows EPL Teams Too Often In Champions League

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I love watching Premier League teams on television just as much as anyone, but I must admit that I'm a bit sick of EPL teams monopolizing ESPN's Champions League coverage in their Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon timeslots. This has been happening for a couple of years. I'm sure ESPN thinks that the more often they show [.