Since this site focuses exclusively on the Premier League, it's pretty rare that we discuss other
leagues unless it's in comparison to the Premiership. However, I want to take this opportunity to
plug three things you should definitely read and listen to, which I thoroughly recommend. The first
is the latest episode of the Major League [.
Alright, maybe this wouldn't be as big of a surprise as some people would think, but I like Aston
Villa's chances to go to the Emirates and beat Arsenal on Saturday. Martin O'Neill's young side has
only lost twice on the road this season, and they gave Arsenal everything they had and more at
Villa Park [.
Arsenal 2- Birmingham 2 Eduardo's injury - a horrific broken leg - stole the headlines.Â Â But, it
did not decisively affect the outcome.Â Luck controlled much of it.Â Birmingham capitalized upon
one free kick - a questionable call - and one penalty - a blatantly wrong call.Â Fabregas had two
goal-worthy efforts, one stopped by [.
February has been a month to forget for me, and it's still not over. Some of you may recall that I
was rushed to the hospital in late January due to blood clots. Unfortunately, it's been one episode
after another and I now find myself back in the hospital again in just as many weeks [...]
Jonathan Woodgate's extra-time header completed an impressive comeback for Spurs as the North
London club beat West London rivals Chelsea today 2-1 to win the Carling Cup. I don't want to focus
as much on the game itself here as I want to talk about how this result was good for the Premier
League as a [.
Tomorrow's Carling Cup final at Wembley represents the first chance at meaningful silverware this
year in England. The Community Shield, whose winner does get a trophy, is generally considered to
be nothing more than a glorified preseason exhibition match. I think I can safely say that
tomorrow's game will be anything but an exhibition, and [.
Kevin Keegan was hired for his second stint in charge of Newcastle on January 16. I wrote a post
that day questioning that move by Magpies owner Mike Ashley, saying Keegan was nothing more than a
blast from the past and that the way to move forward in the future was not by looking back [...]
Wow, it's been an extremely busy week of cup competitions what with FA Cup Fifth Round action last
weekend, Champions League Round of 16 first legs on Tuesday and Wednesday, and UEFA Cup Round of 32
second legs today. Four out of the five British teams, including all three English teams, left in
the UEFA Cup [.
After the matches Tuesday and Wednesday, some teams have clearly put themselves in a good position
heading into the second leg in a couple weeks' time. Others put themselves into a hole that they'll
have to climb out of in that second leg. Here, I'm going to examine the teams that fit into each of
The Times Online has a review of the book Uppies and Downies: The Extraordinary Football Games of
Britain by Hugh Hornby. The book is a fascinating look at Atherstone Ball Game and other ancient
contests that still take place in Britain. Hornby's take on the history of football is that too
many books are preoccupied [.
They say hindsight is 20/20, and that's certainly true. That doesn't make it worthless though,
especially when the party involved has already made a few questionable decisions in the past. So
then, Mr. Grant, let me ask you why you didn'tÂ start John Terry, Frank Lampard, and Nicolas Anelka
yesterday in your Champions League Round of 16 [.
The Champions League game tomorrow versus AC Milan could easily define the season for Arsenal. At
times this year no team in Europe has looked better then Arsenal and their free flowing style of
football has been a joy to watch. Players such has Fabregas and Gallas have spoken about their
It's that time again, time to listen to the official Champions League Hymn that we hear before and
after TV matches and sing as high as we can. Don't kid yourself; you do it, I do it, it's no big
deal, even if we don't understand the words. The Champions League is back tomorrow and I [...]
The draw for the quarterfinal round of the world's oldest soccer competition was conducted today in
Soho Square. From a record 731 teams that entered the 2007-2008 edition of the FA Cup, we're down
to the last 8/9 and for a neutral fan like myself, this draw shaped up very nicely. All four ties
They were surprise shocks felt around the world, or so much of the media would have you believe.Â
Vultures scrupulously circled a cavernous Anfield as the Scouse nation struggled to surmount the
sickly hangover of a late Liverpool crumble.Â Ferguson's men shattered Arsenal's fragile psyche,
leaving them fighting to keep the fabric of the fantastic [.
Seven out of the eight FA Cup 5th Round ties were settled this weekend, with only the
Middlesbrough-Sheffield United pairing in need of a replay. That match will come at the Riverside
on the 26th, but both teams will be in the hat for tomorrow's quarterfinal draw. Two surprise teams
will be joining the aforementioned sides [.
I don't think I need to explain to you what an upset this is, so I won't. Liverpool should've won
the game. It's that simple. They had more shots, more possession, more chances, more everything.
But they only scored one goal and as I've said countless times, the only stat that matters in a
team sport [.
ESPNsoccernet is reporting that Red and White Holdings Ltd. has increased it's share of Arsenal
F.C. to 24%, making the group the second largest shareholder behind Daniel Fiszman who has 24.11%.Â
The lock-down agreement preventing a takeover bid expires in April. Cue the Darth Vadar Theme
(David Dein enters) If you're new here, you may want to [.
Join us this weekend in the EPL Talk Chat to discuss the live FA Cup matches including: Saturday,
February 16: Liverpool v Barnsley, 10am ET Chelsea v Huddersfield, 10am ET Cardiff v Wolves, 10m ET
Coventry v West Brom, 10am ET Manchester United v Arsenal, 12:15pm ET Sunday, February 17:
Sheffield United v Middlesbrough, 9am ET Preston v Portsmouth, 11am ET Access the chat this [.
Middlesbrough left winger Stewart Downing signed a new five-year contract with the club today after
weeks of maintaining his wish to leave Boro when his previous contract expired after the 2009-2010
season. Downing has seemingly been rumored to join Tottenham in every recent transfer window, and
looked a good bet to do just that in January.
In this video, we catch up with The Special One unveiling a shock signing for his chat show. Be
Champions! If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!
ITVN, the company that provides Setanta Sports via an IPTV set-top box to subscribers in the United
States, appears to be in serious trouble. In what is typically a bad sign in business, ITVN is no
longer accepting new subscribers. According to ITVN, "[we are] currently going through a corporate
reorganization and we are no longer [.
Solid away victories for Everton and Tottenham, at Brann and Slavia Prague respectively, have
propelled the two Premiership sides into great position heading into their UEFA Cup Round of 32
second legs next week. Everton had the more straightforward road game of the two, although going to
Norway in February really couldn't have been pleasant.
In an interview with the BBC, FIFA President Sepp Blatter has today revealed that FIFA will never
accept the Premier League's proposal to play a round of games overseas. The news will come as a
damning blow to the Premier League's hopes of playing matches overseas beginning as early as the
Just a few quick notes: Don't forget to enter the Setanta Sports competition where you could win a
free one year subscription to Setanta Broadband. The contest ends tomorrow (Friday, February 15).
All you have to do is guess who the new character will be on the hit viral video, "I'm On Setanta
In some ways, the 39th Game concept is the best thing that could happen to English football right
now. The supporters in England need a wake-up call. Something to make their blood boil and to show
that they still care. Or have most of them already given up completely? For more than 12 months,
many of [.
Like Manchester United supporters who grew disillusioned by the debt-laden takeover of their club,
Liverpool supporter Alun Parry grew frustrated with the perceived greed of the Premier League and
the foreign-ownership team of George Gillett and Tom Hicks. Rather than sit back and moan about the
state of things, Alun decided to do something.
It was night of black armbands and barren kits in Manchester, which only served to emphasize the
sponsorship everywhere else as Man City shocked Man United 2-1 at Old Trafford.Â It is no
coincidence that most of Man U's losses come without Wayne Rooney on the pitch.Â Ronaldo can score
goals but even he with [.
Former Republic of Ireland midfielder and current RTE pundit, Eamon Dunphy, launched one of his
famous tirades in Roy Keane's direction on RTE's Pat Kenny Show on Radio 1 on Monday. "I know Roy
well and the one thing he hated when I knew him and when we were working on that book, he hated the
The game of English football has changed considerably from the 80s to today. In some ways, it's
unrecognizable especially in the stadiums and the business dealings off the pitch. But how much has
it changed, if any, on the field? EPL Talk would like to get your valuable insight and observations
on how the Premier League [.
Reporter Jamie Trecker from Fox Soccer Channel has today written an excellent article entitled
"Proposed Premiership Expansion Has Silver Lining," which is definitely required reading. His money
quote: "It's clear that, like it or not, these games are going to happen. FIFA won't stop it as
long as they get their cut, and the FA would just [.
Next week, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore will fly to Zurich to meet with FIFA
president Sepp Blatter. After outlining his plans to FIFA, Scudamore will then fly to meet with the
different confederations to share his plan as well as meeting with the potential host cities.
Depending on next week's developments, we may know [.
England's position on top of the UEFA Fair Play rankings, calculated using a number of different
criterion such as avoidance of yellow and red cards, crowd behavior, and the performance of club
teams and national teams in European competitions, could lead to another UEFA Cup spot next season.
England would need to maintain their current position [.
Manchester United announced recently that Brazilian youngter Rodrigo Possebon signed for the club
in the January transfer window in a move that somehow managed to sneak under the radar of all the
major football media. The story has takenÂ many Manchester United fan sites (one example post here)
and message boards by storm since it was [.
It's been a trying week for Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore. After unveiling the
Game 39 proposal last week, the plan has today been rejected by the Asian Football Confederation
and has received a lukewarm response from the U.S. Soccer Federation. With the Asian Football
Confederation rejecting the proposal, that one decision could be enough [.
After a nice long break from the action both the Champions League and UEFA Cup competitions will
kick off their knockout rounds. We'll first look at the UEFA Cup as their Round of 32 first leg
fixtures take place this week. Spanish clubs have dominated this competition in recent years but
Germany, with 5 clubs, and [.
I know what you all are thinking. "C'mon Michael, why are you taking another shot at Liverpool? Why
are you so biased against Liverpool? Why don't you like Stevie and Carra??" Let me clear things up
for once and for all. I have NOTHING against Liverpool FC, nothing. My brother is a Liverpool fan
and so yes, [.
For the past 12 months, EPL Talk has reported several times about speculation that media companies
have allegedly been involved in behind-the-scenes discussions about taking over Setanta Sports. Now
the news has hit the mainstream press with The Sunday Telegraph reporting that Setanta had received
an unsolicited approach potentially worth almost 2 billion dollars from [.
With the G14 recently being disbanded, the timing of the Premier League's announcement regarding
expansion of the league into overseas markets is a perfect marketing ploy. While talk of a European
Super League has died down, the Premier League - if the proposal passes - would supersede the
concept of the European Super League.
This Saturday (February 16, 2008), one of the hottest TV shows in the world of soccer will feature
a new addition. The show is "I'm On Setanta Sports" starring the Jose Mourinho puppet. As of this
Saturday, though, you can expect to see another character on screen next to The Special One. Who
that new puppet [.
Â Seeing Manchester United play in its 1950's style uniform yesterday in the Manchester derby was
a beautiful site to see. It reminded me of an age of innocence where simplicity of design and focus
on beauty reigned supreme instead of the shirts of present that are moving billboards. In contrast,
while Manchester United impressed, Manchester City's [.
The U.S. national team is now favorites to play England in an international friendly on May 28th,
2008 according to the News of the World and Sunday Mirror newspapers. The specific article is short
on detail and doesn't attribute the news source to anyone, but the match could up being the stage
for David Beckham's 100th [.
After last week's Premier League announcement that a proposal is being examined to play 10 league
matches outside of England during the 2010/2011 season, understandably there's been a lot of
opposition to the idea in the press and on the blogs. On the EPL Talk message boards, EPL Talk
reader Unoriginal_Name raised an excellent concern by [.
Egypt defended their 2006 African Cup of Nations championship successfully today in a 1-0 victory
over Cameroon, giving the Pharaohs a record 6th continental title. It was a rematch of the opening
game in Group C, a 4-2 Egyptian victory. Mohamed Zidan scored twice in that game for the winners
and his success against Cameroon continued [.
So I waited almost two weeks to finally watch a live Premier League match after a stay at a local
hospital and which one did I having the privilege of watching? The twice annual tedious encounter
between Chelsea and Liverpool, which usually ends up in a nil nil draw. It's a travesty to watch
two teams [.
Episode 100 of the EPL Talk Podcast has been released. It's a 'best of' episode which includes some
of the highlights of the first century of the episodes. Included in the selection of the best
interviews are Alan Mullery, Simon Inglis, Steven Cohen, Gary Richards, Ronnie Whelan, Toby
Charles, Rodney Marsh, Henry Winter and many [.
I was so glad to see the capacity crowd at Old Trafford respect the minute of silence for the
victims of the Munich Air Disaster this afternoon. Many people were worried that some moronic
Manchester City fans would ruin the moment and jeer and howl and shout, so much so that City
supporters' groups had [.
After 10 grueling days in the hospital, I'm back. For those of you who may not have heard, I was
rushed into the hospital on Thursday, January 31st and was just released last night. I'm so glad to
be home, back with my family (wife and three girls) and able to communicate with the outside [...]
Few issues in soccer recently have sparked more debate than the Premier League's announcement that
they are considering playing competitive, meaningful matches overseas starting in the 2010-2011
season. Here are the main aspects of the proposal: 1. An additional round of Premier League
fixtures, extending the season to 39 games, from January 2011.
I know I had said that I would do this roundup before Saturday's matches but I didn't say which
Saturday ! Seriously though I do apologize for not posting this sooner but things got busy in
arranging and finalizing my own "transfer". As I mentioned in my last transfer update, my wife and
Â The TV schedule for ESPN's coverage of the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16
ties has been released, and I have to say, I think "The Worldwide Leader in Sports" has it exactly
right. Not only did they select the best ties of the round to broadcast (their first legs, at [...]
Alright, so I was 0-2 in predicting the results of today's African Cup of Nations semifinals. I
think that's what makes this game so special. I went with both of the "favorites" for all of the
logical reasons, and my logic was proven to be skewed. Hey, I can live with that. The biggest
surprise, at [.
Another change coming out of the Premier League meetings this week is the decision to allow clubs
to name seven substitutes in matches from the start of next season. The change was suggested by
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy last year and replicates the regulations in European and
According to the BBC, at a meeting in London on Thursday, all 20 Premier League clubs agreed to
explore a proposal to extend the season to 39 games. Those 10 extra games would be played at venues
around the world, with cities bidding for the right to stage them. It is understood the additional
Distinctly average. That's how I would categorize England's performance for the majority of their
2-1 friendly victory over Switzerland tonight. Distinctly average. If the England players wanted to
come out and set a positive tone to impress new manager Fabio Capello, I'd have to say that as a
group, they didn't accomplish their goal.
The latest installment of the Jose Mourinho parody "I'm on Setanta Sports" is now online. In this
clip, Jose announces that he has made a dramatic new signing for his Setanta show, and shows a clip
of his classic Champions League press conference when he named the entire Barcelona team. If you're
new here, you may [.
I've been focusing on the England national team over the past week or so here, trying to divert
attention away from the Premiership a little bit and to the new era under Fabio Capello. Injuries
have limited the options Capello was able to choose from for the friendly today against
Switzerland, but if I had to [.
I don't thinkÂ this is a shock to anyone. Liverpool's local hero had been the skipper in John
Terry's absence in the fateful Euro 2008 qualifiers against Russia and Croatia last year and with
Terry injured AGAIN, Gerrard was the odds-on favorite to lead England out today in their friendly
For those of who've been wondering why Ty (BillE Shears), Lonnie (The Scout), and myself have been
the only ones writing blog posts recently, there's a very good reason. The Gaffer, who's the
mastermind of EPL Talk and its affiliate sits, has been in the hospital with some respiratory
issues. Chris was in the hospital for [.
EPL Talk has been nominated in two categories for the Soccerlens 2007 Awards Readers' Choice Poll.
If your a fan of this site and podcast, please take a moment and vote for us in the categories of
Best EPL Blog and Best Football Podcast. We appreciate your support! If you're new here, you may
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After this weekend a Google search for "Sven" and "Up the Arse" won't lead you astray as Arsenal
defeated Manchester City 3-1 away from home to move to the top of the table. Adebayor dropped a
deuce, scoring in his eighth straight match. Eduardo also controlled a ball magnificently with his
chest to [.
Listen. I'm not the type of guy to fake humility and modesty; when I predict something or hype
something up beforehand and it comes to fruition, I'm the first person to stand up and say "Yeah,
that's right, I said that would happen." I don't see what's wrong with that. To me, the majority of
The quarterfinal round of the 2008 African Cup of Nations opened in style today as Ghana snatched a
2-1 victory over their fierce West African rivals, Nigeria, through an 83rd minute goal from former
MLS star Junior Agogo. Portsmouth midfielder Sulley Muntari threaded a low, left-footed shot/cross
across the six-yard box to leave the easiest [.
I've given Arsenal their share of criticism all year long and been hesitant to jump on the Gunners'
bandwagon, especially because of the relatively soft away schedule they've played up to this point.
Manchester United are still going to win the title in my opinion and I've said that since last
summer, so don't mistake [.
With the announcement of the 30-man provisional squad selected by new England coach Fabio Capello
yesterday for the upcoming friendly against Switzerland, I thought it was time for me to weigh in
on the "Does Becks deserve his 100th cap?" debate. Let me make something clear first. I have no
problem whatsoever with Beckham not being [.
Both teams said they were playing to win the game. Both teams only needed a point to advance the
quarterfinals. What was the result? As I predicted here a few days ago, the Tunisia-Angola match
yesterday ended in a boring 0-0 draw. The crowd was depressingly small, it was a hot afternoon, the
match was [.