EPL Talk Archives for January 2008

Saturday Takeaway

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How good was the move by Portsmouth for Defoe? Defoe has a goal per game average with six since the move while Benjani has scored just once since joining City. Manchester United is a wrecking ball heading for a double. Right now Christiano Ronaldo is virtually unstoppable and I feel lucky to be watching him in his [.

Jose Mourinho Heading to Inter?

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Former Chelsea boss and current "I'm on Setanta Sports" presenter Jose Mourinho has had discussions with Inter Milan about becoming their new manager. Current Milan boss Roberto Mancini previously mentioned he would resign at the end of the season, before retracting the comment one day later. The situation would be ideal for Mourinho.

2010 Champions League Final in Madrid, 2010 UEFA Cup Final in Hamburg

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The 2010 Champions League final will be held at the Bernabéu, home to the team that has won Europe's top club competition on more occasions than anyone else, Real Madrid. The Spanish stadium has hosted the final three times, most recently in 1980, and was battling for this honor with Wembley and the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

Cahill’s Injury is a Massive Blow for Everton

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Everton midfielder Tim Cahill will likely miss the rest of the season, manager David Moyes said today, after the Australian was diagnosed with a recurrence of a broken bone in his foot. It's no secret that I think very highly of Cahill as a player; in December, I wrote a post illustrating and praising his proclivity [.

Down, down, down: Derby v Fulham

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Given a choice, I might not normally put much thought into viewing this game but I decided that I needed to watch at least one complete Derby match this season to truly assess if they are the worst Premier League team ever. The numbers for Derby are staggeringly bad. -54 goal differential, no wins away [.

Liverpool Deserves Better Owners Than Hicks & Gillett

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It seems that Liverpool FC co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett will not learn from their mistakes. The American owners continue to air their dirty laundry in public, which is doing a disservice not only to them (as professionals), but also to Liverpool FC and its fans. The latest episode in this real-life soap opera is [.

Wayne Rooney Joins I’m On Setanta Sports

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Wayne Rooney will be the latest puppet to join the hit show, "I'm On Setanta Sports." Rooney will join Jose Mourinho and Sven-Goran Eriksson on a weekly basis beginning Saturday, March 29th. It'll be interesting to see how the dynamic between Mourinho, Eriksson and Rooney will work. The combination of Mourinho and Eriksson has been hilarious, [.

Chelsea American Summer 2008 Tour Looks Doubtful

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Chelsea's summer pre-season tour may exclude the United States for the first time in a few years. Yesterday, Chelsea announced that the club will be playing friendlies in Malaysia and China in July 2008. In prior years, Chelsea played friendlies in California and Illinois. Most notably, the Blues played against L.

Two Reasons to Get Excited About Sunday’s Merseyside Derby

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The last time a Merseyside derby was scheduled as the match of the week (in the much-coveted Sunday timeslot of 4pm GMT/11am ET), it was three years ago. Liverpool beat Everton 2-1 at Anfield with goals by Gerrard and Luis Garcia. Cahill pulled one back for Everton, but of course the match featured the obligatory [.

Top 20 Best Supported Clubs in the Premier League

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Which clubs in the Premier League have the fewest empty seats, on average as a percentage of their capacity? And which ones have the most empty seats on matchdays? You may be surprised by the facts for the 2007/2008 season thus far. Note, the numbers show the average attendance, followed by the capacity of the stadium [.

Soccer Friendlies on U.S. TV (March 26, 2008)

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For soccer fans in the United States, it's often confusing trying to figure out which matches will be on what channels. Especially today when there are so many friendlies being played around the world. So to make life easier, here's where you can find the matches on TV today: Estonia v Canada, Noon ET, Setanta Sports Egypt [.

Man United Leads the Premier League in Average Attendance

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If you're wondering what the average attendances are for Premier League clubs in the 2007/2008 season thus far, here they are. Not only does Man United lead the league table, but they also have the highest average attendance. Of course, it doesn't hurt to also have the largest capacity among the 20 Premier League clubs.

Rio Tabbed as England Captain, Becks Will Get 100th Cap

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England manager Fabio Capello has selected Manchester United center back Rio Ferdinand to lead out the side in the Three Lions' friendly in Paris tomorrow, which, given Capello's desire to rotate the captaincy until World Cup qualifiers begin in September, wasn't really a surprising choice to many people.

Joost to Offer Premier League Highlights Via Internet

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In an interesting development relating to soccer and technology, Joost the online TV network from the creators of Skype has won the rights to show highlights from Premier League matches for viewers in India only. The highlights will form a dedicated Joost channel for viewers in India. The channel will be supported by advertising.

Not-So-Bold Prediction: Arsenal Will Finish Trophyless

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I think we can all agree that there is no way Arsenal is going to win the Premiership this year, which is something I said before Christmas, even when Arsenal were playing incredibly well and sat on top of the table. The six point gap between the Gunners and defending champions Manchester United isn't a huge problem [.

Singapore: Champions League and UEFA Cup Moving to mio TV

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Beginning next season, soccer fans in Singapore will have to pay more money if they want to see their Champions League and UEFA Cup matches on TV. That's because fans will need to subscribe to mio TV to watch the European cup competitions, while the Premier League will remain on StarHub. More details about the story [.

GolTV to Broadcast Germany v England Friendly on U.S. TV

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GolTV has achieved quite a coup in the United States by acquiring the exclusive rights to Germany's 2010 World Cup qualifying matches. The U.S-based broadcaster has also acquired rights to six friendlies involving the German national team. Most importantly, especially for EPL Talk readers, is that one of those matches is the friendly against England, [.

Be Champions! I’m On Setanta Sports Returns

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In this week's installment of "I'm On Setanta Sports," Jose forces Sven to wear a costume. Sven apologizes for pimping the show. Jose chats with Alex Ferguson, Mick McCarthy, Arsene Wenger, David Beckham and Dave from Newcastle. Be champions! If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed.

Chelsea is Closer to Winning the Premier League Title Than You Think

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Can Avram Grant and Chelsea do the seemingly impossible job of overtaking Manchester United and winning the 2008/2009 Premier League title? Before you laugh at the suggestion, consider the following facts: Out of the final seven games for Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal, Avram Grant's side has the easiest schedule.

Revealed: The Masterminds Behind I’m On Setanta Sports

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One of the biggest hits in viral soccer videos has been the hilarious "I'm On Setanta Sports" videos starring the Jose Mourinho and Sven-Goran Eriksson puppets. According to Setanta, the videos have received more than 500,000 hits on YouTube. But relatively little is known about the creators behind the videos.

BBC Sport Blocks Video Interviews for Overseas Visitors

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BBC Sport, which has long been a trusted source of football news for years, has scored an own goal with one of their new initiatives. The site is now embedding video interviews into their football articles (view example). However, visitors from outside the UK are teased with a still from the video but are then robbed [.

Premier League Odds and Sods 23 March 2008

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Manchester United 3 – Liverpool 0: The scoreline was unfair, United should have won by more. Rooney and Ronaldo combined for five fluffed chances. Captain Stevie disappeared twice for the Reds. First, when he decided to stop running and not defend on the Wes Brown goal. Second, when he failed to get between the referee [.

Arsenal Slips to Third After 2-1 Loss Against Chelsea

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It wasn't the greatest of games, but the end result deals a massive blow to Arsenal's title hopes and boosts Chelsea's chances of giving Manchester United a run for the money. The first half was poor with both sides unable to make their all-important final touches count. Drogba knocked the ball too far in front of [.

The Independent Newspaper Scores One for Liverpool

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Looks like the headline writers at The Independent newspaper have fallen asleep as they scored an own goal this Grand Slam Sunday. See screenshot below. Don't be too surprised if the headline is fixed by the time you read the article. Bookmark to:

Good For You, Steve Bennett

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I don't want to hear Liverpool fans criticize referee Steve Bennett for dismissing Javier Mascherano late in the first half today. I just don't want to hear it, simple as that. It's about time that a referee stood up for himself and didn't take any BS. I've complained all year long about the referees and how [.

Capello Announces 23-Man Squad for France Friendly

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To no one's surprise, David Beckham was retained by England manager Fabio Capello in the final 23-man squad for the Three Lions' friendly in Paris next week. Beckham is one cap short of 100 in his England career and if he doesn't get it against France, and it appears that he will based on this [...]

Everton Misses Chance to Solidify 5th Place

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I've been harping on the race for the UEFA Cup spots all season, especially lately since it looks like only two (one through league finish, one possibly through the Intertoto Cup) and possibly three (depending on UEFA Fair Play table results) teams will qualify for Europe's second-tier club competition.

Super Saturday??

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Yes I know that the big boys are matched together this weekend in what has been deemed Grand Slam Sunday but for some teams outside of the top four Saturday's matches will prove just as important and may provide even more dramatic. While it seems there has been endless analysis of the matchups this Sunday [.

Happy Easter from EPL Talk

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For obvious reasons (i.e. Grand Slam Sunday), it's going to be a massive week for football fans around the world. While so much attention will be placed on two games in particular that could be pivotal in deciding who will be in or out of the Premier League race, I want to take this opportunity [...]

Manchester City 1980-81 Documentary

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The Manchester City club of 2008 is a far cry from what it was in 1980. At that time, the club was managed by Malcolm Allison, a larger-than-life figure that embodied so much of what was characteristic of the old style of managers (smoking a cigar, wearing a sheepskin coat, etc). Thanks to our friends at [.

New 08/09 Chelsea Away and Third Shirts Revealed

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Recently EPL Talk shared a picture of the new 08/09 Chelsea home shirt that appeared in a British tabloid newspaper. If you haven't had a chance to see the new Chelsea away and third shirts for the 2008/2009 season, here they are (courtesy of Football Shirt Culture): Away shirt: A sigh of relief will be heard around [.

Capello Announces 30-Man Provisional Squad for France Friendly

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David Beckham is one step closer to winning his 100th England cap after the LA Galaxy midfielder was named by Fabio Capello to the 30-man provisional squad for the Three Lions' friendly against France in Paris next week. Capello sent his second-in-command, Franco Baldini, to Dallas last week to watch Beckham in the Galaxy's pre-season friendly [.

Premier League Odds and Sods 21 March 2008

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Manchester United 2 – Bolton 0 Cristiano Ronaldo may be masking United's problems, but he's doing a damn good job. His record-breaking brace bumped the Red Devils into sole possession of first – one they are not likely relinquish. He now has something else in common with George Best, besides his number, his good looks [.

United States to Play England at Wembley in May, 2008

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As reported back in February, EPL Talk can now confirm that England will be playing the United States in a friendly on May 28th at Wembley Stadium. The match will be an excellent opportunity to extinguish or fan the flames regarding the animosity that many Americans have against English soccer and vice-versa.

Americans on Display in Fulham-Everton Match

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I kept hearing the Star-Spangled Banner in my head during Fulham's critical 1-0 victory over Everton today as six Americans, five of whom currently still play for the national team, took part in the game. Kasey Keller, the US all-time leader in wins and shutouts, posted another of each at the club level for Fulham [.

Prediction: Fulham Will Not Be Relegated

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Fulham FC sprang back to life on Sunday, with a startling 1-0 victory over European-bound Everton. The win, Fulham's fourth of the season, places gives them 23 pts – an effective four points away from safety. However, Odds and Sods will now make a bold prediction. Fulham will not be relegated. The club has momentum.

Newcastle United–England’s Version of the Chicago Cubs?

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Ho-hum. Another day, another winless result for Kevin Keegan and Newcastle today as his side managed to earn a 1-1 draw at fellow bottom-feeder Birmingham City. Michael Owen's oh-so-masterful toe-poke into the back of the net levelled the score in the second half and both teams came away with a point, a point that could turn [.

Premier League Odds and Sods 17 March 2008

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Derby 0 - Manchester United 1 This match epitomizes the season for both clubs. Derby worked but weren't quite good enough. United's only enemy was their own cuteness. Ronaldo should have scored at least three, or more according to his own verbal tally. Birmingham 1 - Newcastle 1 The result risked being critical, but little Mickey [.

Inter Accused of Tapping Up Hleb

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Want to enrage Arsene Wenger? Try buying one of his young lads an ice cream. According to the Guardian, the Arsenal manager will report Inter Milan to UEFA, after the club tapped up Alexander Hleb during the team's trip to Milan. Hleb reportedly left Arsenal's hotel with an agent Claudio Vigorelli, who Wenger believes escorted the 26 [.

John Terry In a Nutshell

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Park in the lot across the street? Not John Terry. Capt. John parked his Bentley in a handicapped parking space while having lunch with his family at Pizza Express. Surely, he will stand up and be counted by paying his 60 GBP fine. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks [.

New 08/09 Liverpool Shirts: Home, Away and Third

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In case you missed it, pictures of Liverpool's home, away and third shirts for the 2008/2009 season have been leaked courtesy of our friends at Football Shirt Culture. Here's the home shirt: As you can see, Adidas has designed a very classy home shirt with a similar style to the Chelsea home shirt (except for a different [.

Newest Episode of I’m On Setanta Sports

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Before we head on over to the latest episode of "I'm On Setanta Sports" featuring Jose Mourinho and Sven-Goran Eriksson, be sure to keep an eye out on Setanta at the end of this month for the latest edition to the show a brand-new character. Who could it be? Rafa? Wenger? Beckham? We'll have [...]

Spurs 4-4 Chelsea: Why Setanta Needs Cable TV

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Tonight's match between Spurs and Chelsea was a perfect example of how Fox Soccer Channel has lost the creme de la creme of Premier League TV rights in the United States. In the incredible 4-4 London derby described by BBC London as the best match of the Premier League season thus far Setanta Sports [.

Another 4-4 Draw for Chelsea, Tottenham

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What a remarkable game. This 4-4 draw was the second of its kind for both Spurs and Chelsea this season; remarkably, Aston Villa was the opponent for both London clubs in their other 4-4 game. Spurs also drew 3-3 with Fulham and beat Reading 6-4 earlier in the year, showing their knack for high-scoring contests.

Newest Episode of I’m On Setanta Sports

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Before we head on over to the latest episode of "I'm On Setanta Sports" featuring Jose Mourinho and Sven-Goran Eriksson, be sure to keep an eye out on Setanta at the end of this month for the latest edition to the show a brand-new character. Who could it be? Rafa? Wenger? Beckham? We'll have [...]

John Terry In a Nutshell

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Park in the lot across the street? Not John Terry. Capt. John parked his Bentley in a handicapped parking space while having lunch with his family at Pizza Express. Surely, he will stand up and be counted by paying his 60 GBP fine. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks [.

New 08/09 Liverpool Shirts: Home, Away and Third

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In case you missed it, pictures of Liverpool's home, away and third shirts for the 2008/2009 season have been leaked courtesy of our friends at Football Shirt Culture. Here's the home shirt: As you can see, Adidas has designed a very classy home shirt with a similar style to the Chelsea home shirt (except for a different [.

Inter Accused of Tapping Up Hleb

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Want to enrage Arsene Wenger? Try buying one of his young lads an ice cream. According to the Guardian, the Arsenal manager will report Inter Milan to UEFA, after the club tapped up Alexander Hleb during the team's trip to Milan. Hleb reportedly left Arsenal's hotel with an agent Claudio Vigorelli, who Wenger believes escorted the 26 [.

Premier League Odds and Sods 17 March 2008

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Derby 0 - Manchester United 1 This match epitomizes the season for both clubs. Derby worked but weren't quite good enough. United's only enemy was their own cuteness. Ronaldo should have scored at least three, or more according to his own verbal tally. Birmingham 1 - Newcastle 1 The result risked being critical, but little Mickey [.

Newcastle United–England’s Version of the Chicago Cubs?

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Ho-hum. Another day, another winless result for Kevin Keegan and Newcastle today as his side managed to earn a 1-1 draw at fellow bottom-feeder Birmingham City. Michael Owen's oh-so-masterful toe-poke into the back of the net levelled the score in the second half and both teams came away with a point, a point that could turn [.

Prediction: Fulham Will Not Be Relegated

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Fulham FC sprang back to life on Sunday, with a startling 1-0 victory over European-bound Everton. The win, Fulham's fourth of the season, places gives them 23 pts – an effective four points away from safety. However, Odds and Sods will now make a bold prediction. Fulham will not be relegated. The club has momentum.

Americans on Display in Fulham-Everton Match

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I kept hearing the Star-Spangled Banner in my head during Fulham's critical 1-0 victory over Everton today as six Americans, five of whom currently still play for the national team, took part in the game. Kasey Keller, the US all-time leader in wins and shutouts, posted another of each at the club level for Fulham [.

Give Credit to Reading, Middlesbrough and Derby

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After returning home from the hospital on Wednesday after being away for almost six weeks, I was finally able to watch some live Premier League matches on Fox Soccer Channel yesterday. The matches du jour for me were Liverpool against Reading and Arsenal versus Middlesbrough. What I witnessed brought a smile to my face.

Point Leaking

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You almost had to figure that Jeremie Aliadiere would score the goal that would see Boro to a 1 – 1 draw at the Emirates. This is the guy that could not buy a goal during his long stay at Arsenal yet pops up with one that leads again to points dropped by the Gunners. [...]

Are Arsenal’s Title Ambitions Dead in the Water?

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Arsenal have just one defeat in the league this season – shoddy solace for a third-place finish. The Gunners have played four Premier League matches since Feb 11. Though maintaining their ever crucial unbeaten streak, they have dropped eight points to Manchester United, who are now level on points, ahead on goal difference and have the [.

Champions League Quarterfinal Draw Fixed?

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A message posted in the Liverpool FC forum on the Liverpool Echo's website has sparked speculation about a fixing of Friday's Champions League draw in Nyon. The post, received at 10:28 AM (90 min prior to the draw) read as follows. "RUMOUR going around the draw has been leaked . . . this is no doubt rubbish [.

ITVN and Setanta: Service Comes to an End

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It's official. ITVN, who we reported a few weeks ago was in serious financial trouble, will discontinue its Setanta Sports feed this month, according to Setanta Sports. Many ITVN customers complained today of difficulty accessing their Setanta feed and were met with "Cannot Connect - Server May Be Down" messages.

Premier League Chat This Weekend

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Chat live this weekend with EPL Talk readers from around the world as we follow the Premier League matches. Join us at http://www.epltalk.com/chat at any of the following times: Saturday, March 14 Derby County v Manchester United, 11am ET/3pm GMT Liverpool v Reading, 11am ET/3pm GMT Portsmouth v Aston Villa, 11am ET/3pm GMT Sunderland v Chelsea, 11am ET/3pm GMT West Ham v [.

Latest Standings for EPL Fantasy Leagues

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With only eight matches left in the season, for most teams, the race for the Premier League title is coming to its most exciting end. That also includes the fantasy leagues such as the official Barclays Fantasy Premier League and I Know The Score. In both competitions, EPL Talk is featured. Here are the latest standings.

UEFA Cup Roundup and Quarter Final Predictions

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From ChampionsLeagueTalk.com Benfica's struggles continued as they failed to make any impression in Spain, as Getafe progressed to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup with a 1-0 (Agg. 3-1) win thanks to Albin's gorgeous lob. Getafe's reward is a quarter-final matchup against my favourites to win FC Bayern Munich.

Pompey-Villa Looms Large Tomorrow

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With all the hype surrounding the respective Champions League and UEFA Cup draws today, the Premiership seems to be flying under the radar a little bit and one game in particular tomorrow has huge implications. Portsmouth will welcome fellow UEFA Cup spot hopeful Aston Villa to Fratton Park and the hosts are playing very well at [.

UEFA Cup Quarterfinal + Semifinal Draw

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After tough, gut-wrenching exits from the UEFA Cup Round of 16 for Bolton, Tottenham, and Everton, Rangers are the only British team left in the competition. The Scottish giants will host Sporting Lisbon, who eliminated Bolton 2-1 on aggregate, on April 3 and travel to Lisbon a week later for the return leg.

Champions League Quarter-Final Draw and Early Predictions

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The draw for the Champions League Quarter-Finals was held today at UEFA headquarters in Nyon and the big news was that we will be treated to a rematch of AS Roma and Manchester United, which promises the most attractive football from both sides. The first leg of the quarter-final ties are scheduled to be played April [.

Champions League Quarterfinal+ Semifinal Draw–Live

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The quarterfinal ties are scheduled to be played April 1/2 and 8/9, and the semifinal ties are scheduled to be played April 22/23 and 29/30. More analysis later. Quarterfinal round; first leg home team listed first; Premiership teams highlighted in bold: Arsenal vs. Liverpool AS Roma vs. Manchester United Schalke 04 vs.

Totally Frank About His Contract

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Chelsea Midfielder Frank Lampard has, unsurprisingly, begun clamoring for a new contract with the club. Lampard, 29, has 15 months remaining on his current deal, expiring at the end of next season. After talks slowed last Summer, Lampard halted negotiations so that he could concentrate on football. He now feels slighted that Chelsea held him at his [.

My Dream Champions League Quarterfinals Draw

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The real Champions League draw for the quarterfinals, semifinals, and final will take place tomorrow in Nyon, Switzerland, and for the first time in the competition, teams from the same group or country can be paired against each other. It's likely that we'll get a few duds and also a few exciting ties; that's just [.

Fox and Setanta Face Tough FA Cup PPV Choice

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Guest editorial by Jeff Hash When it comes to broadcasting the FA Cup in Britain, broadcasters always face a dilemma of who to highlight and who not to take a chance on. This can lead to choices that come back to bite them, as shown when nobody carried live Barnsley's upset [...]

PK’s Unkind to Spurs, Everton

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Clubs from England, England, of all countries, struggling in a penalty shootout? Not surprising in the least. Everton needed to reverse a 2-0 deficit heading into their second leg against Fiorentina at Goodison Park today and did so. Both teams had their chances late in normal time and then in extra time to win the tie [.

West Ham United to Play in 2008 MLS All-Star Game

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West Ham United will play in the MLS All-Star Game this summer, according to a newspaper report. The game will take place in Toronto and is scheduled for July 28, 2008 at the BMO Field. This will be the first time West Ham has played in the MLS All-Star Game. In previous years, fellow Premier League [.

The Politics of Football: The Premier League Against UEFA and FIFA

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In 1863, the laws of the game of football were created in England. As the sport expanded overseas, mostly as a result of Englishmen introducing the game to countries around the world such as Brazil, Argentina, Spain, etc, England ever-so slowly lost their grasp on the game as the dominant footballing power.

Why is the EPL dominating the Champions League?

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From Champions League Talk: After Liverpool's win on Tuesday against Internazionale, the quarter-final participants are now set and the draw will be held on Friday. Torres struck a lovely goal to win the second leg 1-0 for his team and insure that they would progress with a 3-0 aggregate score. It is interesting to note the shift [.

Liverpool Through to Quarterfinals, Neutrals Cringe

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Everyone was crying after this match. Merseyside denizens shed tears of joy. The Nerrazzuri cried into their cappuccinos. Neutrals bellowed in agony at having been forced to watch the full ninety minutes. But, for better or for worse, Liverpool is through to the Champions League quarterfinals defeating Inter Milan 3-0 on aggregate.

New Arsenal 08/09 Shirts Revealed

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Football Shirts, the leading website for the latest news and selection of football jerseys, has done it again. The website has uncovered sneak peaks of the 08/09 Arsenal shirts, both home and away. Both shirts are designed by Nike. The photographs aren't the best quality, but they provide an excellent behind-the-scenes look of what will presumably [.

Liverpool Beats Inter Milan To Qualify for Final 8

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Earlier today, I wrote about how Liverpool had a mountain to climb to win against Inter Milan on aggregate. Sure, they had the aggregate lead going into the game, but they faced an all-star team of some of the best players in the world as well as playing inside the cauldron of the Giuseppe Meazza. Liverpool [.

The Comprehensive Guide to Following Premier League Matches Online

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Trying to navigate the Internet to find live coverage of Premier League football can be a difficult experience especially if you're not familiar with many of the different options available. Sure, the optimal experience is to watch a match on TV, but oftentimes your favorite club isn't on the box. Here's EPL Talk's guide to help [.

New 08/09 Chelsea Shirt Revealed

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The Sun newspaper has published a photograph of the new Chelsea home shirt, which will be available for the 2008/2009 season. Modeled by Frank Lampard, the new shirt features more of a retro feel than the current Chelsea design. The new shirt features yellow trim lines, which are more prominent than the current blue and white [.

Liverpool Faces Mountain to Climb Against Inter Milan

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Liverpool today will have an opportunity to regain the faith of many disbelievers and to exonerate Rafa Benitez from the incredible amount of pressure and blame that has fallen on his shoulders this season, deservedly so for the Merseyside club's poor performances in the FA Cup and Premier League. In the competition where Rafa Benitez continues [.

FA Cup Semifinal Draw

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A record 731 teams set out for eternal glory in winning the 2007-2008 edition of the FA Cup and after matches since August 18 of last year, we're down to the last four remaining clubs: Portsmouth, Barnsley, West Bromwich Albion, and Cardiff City. Bryan Robson conducted the draw for the semifinals this afternoon, with both matches [.

Wigan Should Consider a Synthetic Turf Field

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Watching today's game at the JJB Stadium between hosts Wigan and Arsenal, one thing was made patently obvious: That field is a disaster and shouldn't be used for Premiership games. It has gotten worse and worse as the season has gone on and it's gotten to the point where it just seems unplayable; the surface [.

Nightmare Saturday for Chelsea, UEFA Cup Spot Contenders

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What a day. For Liverpool, who are now just two points behind Chelsea for third place in the Premiership, although Chelsea have two games in hand, today couldn't be any better. Led by Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard, who have been carrying the team all year, the Reds strolled to a 3-0 win over Newcastle.

Do stats tell the story?

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One thing I've always lamented since starting to follow soccer seriously is the lack of statistics that are readily available to the average fan. Other sports (I think of American baseball and football for examples) tend to have large volumes of statistics available to fuel fan debates about who really is the most dominant [.

Pick the Winner of the 2008 FA Cup Final

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Barnsley Knock Chelsea Out of FA Cup

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The final whistle has just blown and Barnsley has achieved one of the biggest shocks in recent FA Cup memory by defeating Chelsea 1-0 at Oakwell. In the previous round, Barnsley beat Liverpool. The Yorkshire club are now heading to Wembley to compete in the FA Cup semi-final. What an amazing achievement for the side who [.
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Chat Live with Soccer Fans Around the World This Weekend

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Chat live this weekend with EPL Talk readers from around the world as we take in the FA Cup and Premier League matches. Join us at http://www.epltalk.com/chat at any of the following times: Saturday, March 8 Manchester United v Portsmouth, 7:45am ET/12:45pm GMT, FA Cup Liverpool v Newcastle, 10am ET/3pm GMT, Premier League Blackburn v Fulham, 10am ET/3pm GMT, Premier [.

Gambling on the Premiership

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Listening to The Guardian's Football Weekly Podcast, especially contributor Sean Ingle, you'd think that every grown Brit who was a football fan bets on matches week-in, week-out. Obviously that isn't the case, but how prevalent is betting on matches? Remarkably, I've never once bet on a Premier League match.

Analysis of Premier League TV Coverage in Japan

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Editor's note: Today's guest column is written by Tokyo Toffeeman regarding the current state of Premier League TV coverage in Japan. Enjoy. By Tokyo Toffeeman I had to laugh a few weeks ago when listening online to a Radio Five Live discussion on the proposed 39th game issue. The presenter casually commented "So you'd have say, a [.

Interview with Paul Gardner and Martin Rogers

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It's been a while since the last episode of the EPL Talk Podcast. Reason being I'm still in the hospital but hope to return home early next week. So while I recover to full health, here's the latest episode which features two exclusive interviews. The first is with Englishman Paul Gardner who discusses how he became [.

A Tale of Two Midfields

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If someone had told me a year ago that Mathieu Flamini would completely shut down Kaka in two legs of a CL knockout round I would have been amazed that he would be even included in the lineup for the matches. Flamini has been defying the odds all season as he has proven himself an [...]

Double dose of Mourinho

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There have been two new episodes of the popular "I'm on Setanta Sports" since I last had a chance to post. Both my wife and father are recovering from their surgeries so I hope I can return to posting on a more regular basis. For now, enjoy the vids! Bookmark to:

Do or Die Time for West Ham

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The race for the UEFA Cup is in full swing, with essentially six or seven teams fighting for two spots. Tottenham's triumph in the Carling Cup Final guaranteed them a place in Europe next season, something they wouldn't have achieved through their league position, but that took away the UEFA Cup berth usually handed to [.

Full Credit to Arsenal

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The title of this post says it all. I've criticized Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger a lot recently, although there was every reason for me to do so. Today, there's nothing for me to do but salute the Gunners' performance in Milan, as they beat the hosts 2-0 and advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals.

Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg–TV Schedule

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ESPN2: AC Milan vs. Arsenal (Tomorrow, 2:45 PM ET) Chelsea vs. Olympiacos (Wednesday, 2:45 PM ET) ESPN Classic: Barcelona vs. Celtic (Tomorrow, 5:00 PM ET, Tape-Delayed) Real Madrid vs. Roma (Wednesday, 5:00 PM ET, Tape-Delayed) Setanta: Manchester United vs. Lyon (Tomorrow, 2:45 PM ET) Sevilla vs. Fenerbahçe (Tomorrow, 6:00 PM ET, Tape-Delayed) Schalke 04 vs.

Premier League Odds and Sods 3 March 2008

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Birmingham 4 - Tottenham 1 Spurs tried on the big boy pants, only to end up wearing them around their ankles. They had a sick party last weekend. This weekend they were simply sick. The rear guard is rubbish. Robinson has evolved from awfully fat to just awful. They are closer to the relegation zone [.

Should the Premiership Have an All-Star Weekend?

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 This is an idea I've been kicking around in the back of my mind for a few weeks now, and I wanted to put it out there for discussion. Here in the US, all of our major professional sports leagues (NHL, NBA, NFL, and MLB) have their own versions of an All-Star Game, and the NBA, [...]

Keegan Gets Dreaded Vote of Confidence

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Uh-oh. Newcastle chief executive Chris Mort came out and publicly backed his manager, Kevin Keegan, today, saying that Keegan is the man to turn the club around and that there is no "doubt or worry" at Newcastle's recent form. Now that Keegan has the vote of confidence, expect him to be gone by the end of [.

Pleasant Distractions

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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 [.