EPL Talk Archives for January 2008

Who Will Move Premiership Clubs In January?

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  A little under 32 hours remain until the transfer window finally opens once again in World Football and the merry go round of mad money begins once again. I've seen several people claim that due to the economic climate, it's probably going to be a quiet window with little money changing hands, but don't bet [.

Only Manchester United Can Stop Liverpool Winning The Premier League

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Well they'll be dancing in the red half of Manchester this morning after the fantastic day December 29th turned out to be for the Red Devils. Firstly, I awoke to discover that Steven Gerrard had been arrested after a night out in the Liverpudlian Rivera, or Southport as it's really known, apparently after having an [.

Poll: What Was The Most Entertaining Match This Past Premier League Weekend?

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So much football to watch, so little time. It's one of those crazy times of the year when there's so much going on in my family life around the holidays yet there are so many football matches on TV (hence fewer posts from me during the past week). But for you, which was the most [...]

Liverpool End Anfield Drought with Impressive Bolton Hammering

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By Sam Dalton at Anfield Liverpool's last three home performances in the league have drawn stinging criticism for a lack of creativity and spark in front of goal, and rightly so, but on Boxing Day the recent Anfield drought came to end quite magnificently, as a Robbie Keane-inspired home side fired three well-taken goals to easily [.

Can Aston Villa Win The Premier League?

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It was early in the second half against Arsenal when all seemed lost for Aston Villa. The team looked shell-shocked after Abou Diaby scored a wonderful team-effort goal that seemingly took both Aston Villa and their fans out of the game. After that second goal went in, I thought to myself that the remainder of [.

Boxing Day Football: Live and Online

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Well with December 26th comes in my mind the best day of football all season. You know there will be madness as the slew of games takes place. So what madness will bestow us today? Can Stoke City shock Manchester United? Can Portsmouth and Tony Adams get a win at home against West Ham? Will Chelsea [.

Top Three Set for Intriguing Premier League Showdown

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 This season's Premier League title race is turning into more of a 1500m running race, with the two front-runners too reluctant to step into first position because they are so worried that the competitor they are fiercely battling with will creep up and overtake them from behind when they can't see.

Arsene Wenger Slams Referees After Graham Poll Highlights Weaknesses in Officials

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 It was on Monday night, when Graham Poll was speaking live on Setanta Sports in the aftermath of John Terry's controversial dismissal against Everton, that a serious weakness in top flight referees was revealed. Poll claimed that even the best of officials find it extremely hard to send off big-name players, and that it is more [.

Christmas Cards From Villa, Blackburn and Everton

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I've received more e-cards this year than other holiday season. Not sure if everyone is getting more tech savvy or just cheap. Even Premier League clubs are getting in on the act, namely Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers and Everton. Take a look: Aston Villa Christmas Card: Pure class. Blackburn Rovers Christmas Card: Rovers have used Shockwave to [.

Poll: Who Is The Best Manager In The Premier League Right Now?

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Based on current form, who would you say is the best football manager in the Premier League right now? Consider what players he has at his disposal and what he's getting out of them. Vote now. Who's The Best Manager In The Premier League Right Now?

I’m On Setanta Sports: Big In Japan

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The latest episode of I'm On Setanta Sports features an assortment of classic scenes such as Fergie losing his mind, Wayne Rooney singing "Big In Japan," Jose's viewpoints on the Champions League draw, and satellite delay problems which cause a comedy of errors. Enjoy the latest episode now, and be champions!

It’s A Wonderful Life: Premier League Style

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Earlier last week, I wrote how on paper the Premier League weekend fixtures seemed boring other than the Arsenal against Liverpool match-up. Boy, was I wrong. To me, this was one of the most entertaining weekends of the season. Here are the matches I caught this weekend and my thoughts on them: The first half and [.

Poll: Who Will Win? Arsenal or Liverpool?

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Sunday's match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates is massive for both clubs for different reasons. And these are the two clubs who have had the most success so far against Chelsea and Manchester United. But who do you think will win? Vote now. <a href="http://answers.polldaddy.

Premier League Clubs Face Tricky Opposition In Champions League

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The draw for round of last 16 in the Champions League was announced this morning, and there are some massive matches in store featuring Premier League teams. Here's the draw in full: Chelsea v Juventus Villarreal v Panathinaikos Sporting Lisbon v Bayern Munich Atletico Madrid v FC Porto Lyon v Barcelona Real Madrid v Liverpool Arsenal v Roma Inter Milan v Manchester United  There [.

UEFA Cup Draw For Premier League Teams

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The draw for the last 32 and the last 16 of the UEFA Cup was announced this morning. Here's the draw for the last 32 with Premier League teams in bold (matches to be played February 18-19 and February 26): Paris Saint-Germain v Wolfsburg FC Copenhagen v MANCHESTER CITY NEC Nijmegen v Hamburg Sampdoria v Metalist Kharkiv Braga v Standard [.

Premier League Needs A New Sponsor

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The 2010-2011 season could be a turning point for the Premier League. ESPN could have the TV rights to the league by then and could share it with either Sky Sports or Setanta Sports in the UK, and possibly Setanta Sports in the United States. And now we learn that the Premier League may have [...]

Man United Advance to Club World Cup Final After 5-3 Win In Japan

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Getting up at five o'clock this morning to watch a game on TV live from Japan reminded me of World Cup 2002. But this time, instead of watching England lose against Brazil in Japan, it was the turn of the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup featuring Manchester United against Gamba Osaka from Yokohama. From the first [.

Big Sam Named New Blackburn Rovers Manager

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Just when we thought this Saturday was going to be a bit of a snoozer in the Premier League, Paul Ince gets sacked and Blackburn Rovers have now appointed Sam Allardyce as the club's new manager. His first match in charge will be this Saturday at Ewood Park against Stoke City. In some ways, Big Sam [.

Premiership Considers Premier League TV

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On Monday, the Premier League formally send out invitations to the UK networks interested in bidding on the next round of TV rights for the league, for the 2010-2011 to 2012-2013 seasons. If you've been reading EPL Talk for a while, you won't be surprised to read that the invitations were sent to ESPN, Setanta [.

EPL Talk: Runner-Up In Best British Blog Category

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Thanks to everyone who voted for EPL Talk in the 2008 Soccerlens Awards. Alas, EPL Talk didn't win, but we did achieve the runner-up spot in the Best British Blog category, as well as having the honor of narrowly beating The Guardian's Football Weekly in the Best Football Podcast category. Take that Barry Glendenning ; [.

Poll: Who Will Be The Next Blackburn Manager?

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Blackburn Rovers announced this morning that Paul Ince has been sacked. The move was a smart decision by Rovers who can't afford for the club to get relegated. But who will Blackburn put in charge to replace Incey? Vote now. Who should be the next Blackburn manager? ( surveys) If you're new [...

Racing Santander vs Manchester City On U.S. TV

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GolTV has announced that it'll be televising the UEFA Cup match live between Racing Santander and Manchester City, scheduled Thursday, December 18 at 2:45 p.m. ET. For Manchester City, they're guaranteed at least second place in their group, but they need to get a better result in Santander than FC Twente do against Paris Saint Germain, [.

Roy Keane: Perfect Fit For Blackburn Rovers Job

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Paul Ince has been sacked as manager of Blackburn Rovers. It's not much of a surprise, especially after their convincing loss away to Wigan on Saturday, but they need to move quickly to replace Ince. Blackburn face Stoke on Saturday in a must-win relegation battle. I believe the perfect replacement for Paul Ince is Roy Keane.

Will Saturday Be The Most Boring Matchday In The Premier League?

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All the attention this week will be on Manchester United's FIFA Club World Cup matches in Japan, and Sunday's tantalizing Arsenal against Liverpool battle. But spare some thought for the matches on Saturday. On paper, it looks like it could be one of the most boring matchdays in the history of the Premier League.

Premier League Eyes American Soccer Next

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The Premier League has its eye on securing an agreement in North America and Central America next that will bring itself a massive step closer to seeing the 39th Game become a reality. After the Premier League's historic agreement last week with the Asian Football Federation (AFF) where they agreed to work together at administrative and [.

I’m On Setanta Sports: Jose Interviews Rafa

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The latest episode of I'm On Setanta Sports has a decidedly North American feel to it this week with a caller from San Diego, a letter from Toronto and a focus on Liverpool America FC with a Rafa Benitez interview. Be champions! If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. [...]

How TV Is Changing The Way We Experience Football

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Here are three articles from this weekend, all of which discuss a different aspect of how technology and television are changing the way we experience football. Enjoy. "Setanta In Funding Talks For UK Soccer TV" Setanta is reportedly seeking new funding to prepare itself for the new bidding for the next round of Premier League [.

Big Four Teams Are Playing Copycats With Premier League Results

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It used to be a lot easier. All top flight matches used to be played on a Saturday at 3pm GMT. There were no early kick-offs. No late kick-offs and, heaven forbid, no Sunday matches. Now, of course, everything has been turned upside down. Because only a few of the matches are played at the same [...

Liverpool and Arsenal Are Flat-Track Bullies; Only In Reverse

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It's been the same story from Liverpool and Arsenal all season. To become Premier League champions, both teams lack the consistency needed not only in their results, but also in their performances on the pitch. Saturday was another perfect example as both teams underwhelmed against opposition they should have beaten.

Dark Days Ahead For Blackburn, West Brom and Arsenal

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Yesterday was a day of reckoning in the Premier League. Good news for Aston Villa. Bad news for Arsenal, West Bromwich Albion and Blackburn Rovers. In sport, there are miracles, but there's a reason they call them miracles. They happen too infrequently. So, unless any miracles happen in the next few weeks, here's what we learned [.

Tottenham Keeper Gomes Denies Man United

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Heurelho Gomes has grabbed his share of the headlines this season mostly for reasons that I am sure he and Spurs fans alike would rather not relive.  In the first 3 months of the season it seemed a match week did not go by without the White Hart Lane faithful grimacing and groaning at another howler by the Brazilian [.

Seasons Greetings From GolTV

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It's time of the year when corporations send out holiday cards, and U.S. soccer networks are no different. Instead of the traditional greeting card sent through the mail, GolTV has decided this year to send an electronic card. View GolTV's holiday greeting card now. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed.

Winner Of EPL Talk Contest Announced

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Thanks to everyone who participated in the EPL Talk contest this week. The winner of the Fox Soccer Channel bag packed with soccer merchandise is Douglas R. Fiumara. And the winner of the Love & Blood book by Jamie Trecker is Andrew Bredholt. If you didn't get a chance to vote for EPL Talk in the [.

Forget El Classico, The EPL Has More To Offer This Weekend

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Sometimes the fixture gods of the Premier League generate a random weekend where there are so many talking points to look forward to, such as the games scheduled this weekend. While many of us will be keeping a close eye on the Real Madrid against Barcelona El Classico, there are plenty of classics in store [.

Poll: Who Should Start? Nicolas Anelka Or Didier Drogba?

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Didier Drogba is back at or near his top form, while Nicolas Anelka has been banging in the goals. For Chelsea's derby against West Ham United on Sunday, who should start? Vote now. Who Should Start As Chelsea Striker?
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Win a Fox Soccer Channel Bag And Soccer Book

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It's that time of the year when we start dreaming about soccer presents, so EPL Talk wants to get in the spirit by giving you a few chances to get your own soccer goodies including a Fox Soccer Channel bag packed with soccer merchandise and a copy of Jamie Trecker's latest book about the World [...]

Man United 2-2 Aalborg: Tevez Has A Lot To Learn

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If Carlos Tevez wants to be a starter for Manchester United, he needs to be more clinical in front of goal. Against Danish side Aalborg on Wednesday night in the Champions League, Tevez blew several chances to put the game out of the gutsy Aalborg's reach. Instead the match ended 2-2, securing United's position as [.

Champions League Potential Parings

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Now that the final matchday has come and gone of the Champions League, we now know what the potential parings for the final sixteen of the Champions League could be. With the draw a week from Friday, it's always good to have a little bit of fun with what could possibly be. Here is the [...]

Which Premier League Clubs Are Punching Above Their Weight?

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After watching last Sunday's sensational win by Aston Villa against Everton, it made me start thinking about how Premier League teams punch above, at or below their weight. And how you can see how teams rely on certain individual players too much to the detriment of the team. By the way, punching above your weight means [.

2008/2009 Premier League TV Schedule On U.S. TV: Dec to Mar

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The latest U.S. TV schedules have been released for the Premier League now through March, 2009. For example, Setanta Sports will show Tottenham against Arsenal on February 8. Here's the latest schedule as of writing. TV schedules are subject to change: Saturday, December 13 Middlesbrough v Arsenal, 7:45am, Setanta Sports Man City v Everton, 10am, Fox Soccer Channel Liverpool [.

Poll: Where Will Roy Keane Go Next?

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Former Sunderland manager Roy Keane has expressed an interest in returning to football management sometime in the near future, but which club do you predict he'll most likely end up at next? Vote now. Which Club Will Roy Keane Manage Next?

RCN Offers Freeview Of Setanta Sports

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Setanta Sports is now available on RCN Cable in the following markets: Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and New York. Setanta Sports will cost subscribers $14.95/month. RCN digital customers in the above areas will be able to get a free peek at Setanta's exclusive live soccer and rugby coverage [.

HD Coming To Fox Soccer Channel

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It's one of the questions I get asked quite often. When will Fox Soccer Channel be available in high definition TV (HDTV)? Until now, there wasn't a succinct answer, but we finally have good news. Fox Soccer Channel will be in HD by the end of 2010. Multichannel News, a cable newsletter, broke the news that [.

Soccer News From The Blogosphere

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Champions League football returns today with both Chelsea and Liverpool in action. Chelsea is at home versus Cluj in a must-win game for Gene Hackman, I mean Luiz Felipe Scolari, (ESPN2 and ESPN360, 2:30pm ET) while PSV takes on Liverpool in a must-score game for Robbie Keane (Setanta Sports, 2:30pm ET).

Soccer Surgeon To The Stars Suffers Injury Setback

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A massive injury crisis has hit the Premier League. It's not at Newcastle United, nor Everton. Instead it's in the snowy slopes of Vail, Colorado in the United States. Richard Steadman, the top football-serving surgeon in the world is himself injured after breaking an arm in a skiing accident. The doctor to the stars is the [.

Poll: Who’s The Worst Player In The Premier League?

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Emmanuel Eboue had a nightmare performance for Arsenal against Wigan at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. So many bad passes. So many mistakes on the ball. And it was the Arsenal fans that were booing him. Watch the highlights here, if you missed them. But while Eboue had a disaster of a day, how does it [.

Calamity James Strikes Again

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Portsmouth are out of the UEFA Cup after losing tonight against Wolfsburg 3-2. The match had plenty of incidents, but the highlight (or lowlight if you're a Portsmouth or England national team fan) was David James's idiotic mistake (see video above). Instead of booting the ball out, he telegraphs his intentions to the Wolfsburg striker [.

The Ghosts of Watford Past are Alive in the Premier League

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In the 2006/2007 season, Watford finished on bottom of the Premier League with 28 points. While it looks like it'll be a while before Watford gets promoted from the Championship again given their current league form, the ghosts of Watford past are still alive and well in the Premier League today. There were two players that [.

Tony Cascarino: Footballer, Pundit and Poker Junkie

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Poker is all about competition.  Its rush stems from the risk, reward, guile and ultimate satisfaction from conquering an opponent and, of course, the money. It sounds an awful lot like professional football, so it's not a great surprise that footballers would peruse the top poker sites or know where to find the best poker rooms.

West Ham United Shirts Now Feature New Sponsor

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West Ham United will be wearing their new home shirt for the first time against Tottenham Hotspur in the London derby Monday night at 8pm GMT/3pm ET. Well, the same new home shirt but with the name of a new sponsor. It's interesting how football shirts can look so different with new sponsor names. Earlier this [.

I’m On Setanta Sports: There’s Only One Keano

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In the latest episode of I'm On Setanta Sports, Jose Mourinho scores an exclusive interview with Roy Keane as they discuss the aftermath of his departure from Sunderland including what Keano has been up to since. Plus Jose, Wayne Rooney and Sven bring you Managers On The Edge, a new segment that lists the top five [.

Carling Cup Semi-Final Draw Announced

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The draw for the semi-finals of the 2008/2009 Carling Cup have been announced. Current holders Tottenham Hotspur will take on Burnley, while Manchester United faces Derby County. The semi-finals will be a two leg affair. The first leg will be played on January 5th and the return leg on the 19th. So I guess it'll be an [.

Telegraph Blooper Confuses Ashley Young With Luke Young

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Anyone who witnessed the remarkable comeback win by Aston Villa over Everton on Sunday will have no doubt who scored a brace for Martin O'Neill's side. But The Daily Telegraph headline writers obviously do. Instead of crediting two goal hero Ashley Young, they mistakingly wrote that fellow teammate Luke Young scored.

Say No To Sunderland’s Negative Tactics

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It's quite odd that in some circles Sunderland's near draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford this past Saturday is being heralded as a massive achievement. What I saw was one of the most negative and anti-soccer performances in ages. For the entire 90 minutes, Sunderland "parked their bus" in front of their goal and had [.

Aston Villa Stun Everton 3-2 In Old-Fashioned English Encounter

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It was fitting that a game between two of the oldest clubs in English football, Everton and Aston Villa, would exemplify the best parts of the old-fashioned English game on Sunday at Goodison Park. In an unbelievable end to the match on Sunday, Everton equalized in the 93rd minute to make it 2-2 after Joleon Lescott [.

Vote For EPL Talk In The 2008 Soccerlens Awards

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Fellow blogger and friend Ahmed Bilal over at Soccerlens has launched the 2008 edition of the Soccerlens Awards, and EPL Talk has been nominated in two categories: Best British Blog and Best Football Podcast. If you haven't voted yet, please take 30 seconds and vote for EPL Talk in the Best British Blog and Best Football [.

Manchester United’s FIFA Club World Cup Games on U.S. TV

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Fox Soccer Channel has announced that Manchester United's FIFA Club World Cup 2008 games will be shown live on its network in the United States. The first game involving Man United will be shown on Thursday, December 18 at 5:30am ET when United will play one of the following opponents: LDU Quito (Ecuador), Gamba Osaka (Japan), [.

If Premier League Clubs Were Rock Bands

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If your Premier League club was a rock band, which rock band would it be? Would your favorite club be The Rolling Stones with a bunch of players over the hill? Or perhaps they're more like Foreigner with the lack of Englishmen in their starting lineup? Arsenal - The Gunners used to be on top of the [.

Who Are The All-Time League Leaders in English Football?

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If you took every professional team in English football and compiled an all-time league table that calculated the number of points the clubs have earned since their existence, which teams would be at the top? You may be surprised by the findings: Manchester United, 5559 points Liverpool, 5513 Arsenal, 5346 Wolverhampton Wanderers, 5137 Preston North End, 5105 Aston Villa, 5005 Sheffield United, [.

Does Anyone Want to Win the Premier League This Season?

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Is it me or does it seem like none of the Big Four want to win the Premier League title this season? Just when Liverpool gain momentum, they stumbled to another nil nil draw at Anfield Monday night against West Ham United. How can Liverpool beat Manchester United and Chelsea, but fail to defeat the [.

Poll: Which FA Cup Match Should Be Televised?

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The draw for the third round of the FA Cup was announced yesterday, but which of the potential giantkilling upsets would you like to see on television on January 3-4? Vote now. Which FA Cup 3rd Round Tie would you want to see televised?

Why Americans Don’t Get Soccer

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To most Americans, feet are a very foreign object. Americans use their hands in American football, basketball, baseball and even ice hockey. Those ten toes are good for running, but that's about it. It's no wonder that most American children are raised to correlate sporting prowess with the ability to master the use of one's [.

I’m On Setanta Sports: Wayne Rooney’s Street Striker

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The craze that's hitting the nation. Listen to the beat, I'm a striker on the street, Alright like like like like. And watch out for Jose's exclusive news about the whole Drogba tapping up incident. It makes me wonder what a hypothetical episode of "I'm On Sky Sports" would look like. If you're feeling creative, put [.

Man United: One Step Away From Equaling Liverpool’s Greatness

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Out of all of the races near the top, bottom and middle of the Premier League this season, perhaps the most ignored battle is the one between England's two most successful clubs: Liverpool and Manchester United. If Man United can win the Premier League title this season, the Red Devils will equal the most number of [.