EPL Talk Archives for January 2008

Chelsea-3, Liverpool-2; Blues Heading to Moscow

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Wow. That's all there is to say. That was how a Champions League semifinal should be played. That was a terrific, terrific two hours of soccer. Congratulations to Chelsea, obviously, for winning 3-2 and advancing to Moscow to play Manchester United on May 21, in what will be the first all-English final in Champions League history.

U.S. TV Schedule for Final Day of Premier League 07/08 Season

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Imagine for a minute that you're one of the executives at either Fox Soccer Channel or Setanta Sports, and you have to decide which Premier League matches you'll show on the final day of the season on U.S. TV. All of the matches on May 11 kick off at the same time: 10am ET/3pm GMT. Here [...]

Halftime Thoughts–Chelsea vs. Liverpool (Second Leg)

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• Great atmosphere at Stamford Bridge tonight. This is a proper, proper European occasion. It wouldn't be complete without pouring rain either; the drearier, the better. • Terrific long, diagonal ball from Ballack to Ashley Cole in the 8th minute. The German captain has been a man on a mission recently.

New 08/09 Spurs Home, Away and Third Shirts Revealed

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Here are pictures of what are rumoured to be the new designs for the Tottenham home, away and third shirts for the 2008/2009 season. Home shirt: Away shirt: Third shirt: Thanks to reader Brandon Jerger for the tip. The images are from the N7Teen blog. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed.

Manchester United v Barcelona: Post-Game Thoughts

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This was more of the game everyone wanted to see. Not loaded with chances but a very dramatic tilt as United clung to their one goal lead with some desperate defending as they dropped everyone into their own half to nullify the Barcelona attacks. Backed by one of the louder Old Trafford crowds in recent [.

Manchester United Punches Ticket to Moscow

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Without their best forward in Wayne Rooney and their best defender in Nemanja Vidic, Manchester United made a fabulous 14th-minute strike from Paul Scholes stand up with a 1-0 victory over Barcelona to win their Champions League semifinal tie. Patrice Evra put in a man of the match-type performance at left back this afternoon for the [.

Manchester United v Barclona: Half Time Thoughts

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One moment of magic is all that seperates the sides at the half. A cracking goal from Paul Scholes has United in the lead 1-0. Scholes was gifted the chance after a poor clearance from Zambrotta fell at his feet and he cracked a half-volley into the top corner from about 25 yards out. The first [...

Top 10 Most Visited Soccer Websites in the USA

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Have you ever wondered what are the most popular soccer sites that American visit? EPL Talk has the answer thanks to Hitwise. Here are the most recent statistics based on market share for the week ending April 26: ESPN Soccernet, 15.93% Fox Sports Soccer, 7.50% Soccer.com, 5.66% Goal.com, 5.04% UEFA.

Manchester United v Barcelona: Live Blogging

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I'll be on blogging live today so check back at the half for my comments. A few thoughts prior to kick-off: 1) Surprised to not see Rooney even make the bench and both Park & Nani starting. It points to a wide game from United as they'll hope to pressure the Barca fullbacks. 2) Yaya has recovered [.

Barcelona v Manchester United: Catanaccio be Damned!

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After a strangely defensive match at the Nou Camp in which they seemed to adopt a catenaccio mindset, United will look to get back to their usual attacking approach. At the Nou Camp, United appeared content to hope for something on the counter-attack often leaving Cristiano Ronaldo isolated alone up front with Rooney defending on [.

Sven to be sacked

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As I wrote previously, it looks like Manchester City are going to sack Sven-Goran Eriksson after just one season in charge. In that article, I outlined my reasoning for stating that this was a bad move. Pat Doyle of The Guardian has his say on the matter, The Telegraph ponders the candidates to replace Sven, while [.

Chelsea’s Blue Revolution Coming to Fox Soccer Channel

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Fox Soccer Channel couldn't have picked a better time to show the U.S. premiere of "Blue Revolution," the movie about Chelsea FC. The 24/7 soccer network will be debuting the film on Wednesday, May 7. Blue Revolution chronicles the three record breaking seasons at Chelsea FC from 2004-2007 seen through the eyes of management, players, staff [.

Relegation Rumble

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It's squeaky bum time in the Premier League, with two matches left to play.  There is the ever exciting battle between underwhelming uberclubs for the title.  Yawn.  The second tier battle to see which club can send itself careening down next year's table for the right to lose to a Spanish club in the UEFA [.

PFA Premier League Team of the Year

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Along with their announcement of their Player of the Year (Cristiano Ronaldo) and Young Player of the Year (Cesc Fàbregas), the PFA announced their Premier League Team of the Year yesterday. For once, I have no real issue with any of the selections made; I think the players did a good job with this and [.

Setanta Sports Monopolizes U.S. TV Coverage of Premier League Title Race

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In the race for the 2007/2008 Premier League title, Setanta Sports in North America is monopolizing the share of the key matches. This past Saturday morning, they showed the biggest match of the season between Chelsea and Manchester United. And now for this crucial upcoming weekend, Setanta Sports will be broadcasting both the early kickoff [.

Fulham’s Premiership Survival Battle Is Not Over Yet

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Those of you who read this blog on a regular basis know of my undying hope for Fulham to stay in the Premiership. It seems like every couple weeks for the past two months, I've written a post saying that it's unwise to write Fulham off, but then they go and screw up where they [...]

Interview with Steven Wells

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The Guardian's Steven Wells never shies away from controversy. In fact, just as I was writing this article, my RSS feed to The Guardian popped up with a new column from Wells the British writer who now lives in Philadelphia. The article argues that "In order to relieve the pressure on those in the [.

Ronaldo is PFA Player of the Year, Fabregas is Young Player of the Year

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This makes no sense, or at least half of it doesn't. For the second year in a row, Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo was named the Premiership Player of the Year by his peers. He's scored 38 goals in all competitions this season and is fully deserving of the award. If he didn't win it unanimously, or [.

Flamini Signs With AC Milan

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According to The Independent, Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini is Milan bound as of July 1. Flamini will reportedly sign a five-year 20 million Euro contract with A.C. Milan. The Rossoneri see him as the eventual replacement to Gennaro "The Snarling Dog" Gattuso. The contract was worth a million more per year than Juventus' offer and much [.

I’m On Setanta Sports Video: April 26, 2008

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In the latest episode of I'm On Setanta Sports, we see the return of Dave from Newcastle, all three hosts take turns at a talent contest to the scorn of Simon Cowell, Rooney translates emails for Sven and much more. Be champions! If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. [...]

Most Exciting Weekend of the Year

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Wow! Have you caught your breath yet? If there was one round of games to watch this season, this was it. I remember the last weekend of the 2007 calendar year being pretty good, but I think what we saw yesterday and today took the cake. The title race is alive and kicking. The relegation fight will [.

Are Hleb and Flamini Really Necessary?

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With Alexander Hleb's agent orchestrating ice cream flirtations with Inter and Mathieu Flamini stalling over signing a new Arsenal contract, Arsene Wenger has urged his young stars not to leave the club for more money. Both players were key components of Arsenal's success early in the season, but tailed off–along with the rest of the team–toward [.

Chelsea 2-1 Man United: Premier League Title is Up for Grabs

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Sometimes you just can't make this stuff up. Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Manchester United featured so many highlights during and after the match that at times it was quite breathtaking. If the Premier League needed a jab in the arm to restore the faith of fans after awful performances by English sides in Europe, this [.

Manchester United vs Chelsea: Video Evidence of Penalty Decision

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The biggest match of the Premier League season featuring Chelsea vs Manchester United came down to one crucial decision by referee Alan Wiley. Unfortunately, we've only seen one camera angle of the alleged Michael Carrick handball, but here it is again: Pay particular attention to the 15th second of the video and you'll clearly see the [.

It’s time for the Premier League to Concede Defeat in Video Highlights Fight

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Within a couple of hours of the Chelsea versus Manchester United match concluding, there were 35 videos on YouTube featuring highlights of the game. By the time you read this article, that number will have increased considerably and that doesn't even include the hundreds of other video sites that are similar to You Tube.

Interview with Jim White from The Daily Telegraph

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Episode 103 of the EPL Talk Podcast features an exclusive interview with Jim White from The Daily Telegraph. Plus, I include my thoughts on the just concluded match between Chelsea and Manchester United and why it's an outrage. If you're new to the EPL Talk Podcast, it's the only Premier League interview show on the Internet.

Chelsea v Man United: Live Match Reaction

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Let's hope that the biggest match of the season today lives up to its expectations and produces an entertaining clash between the top two clubs in England. I'll be at a pub watching the match, but feel free to post your comments regarding the game throughout the 90 minutes and afterwards by clicking the comments link [.

Spurs Beats Newcastle, Arsenal and Chelsea to Land £20 Million Star Midfielder Luka Modric

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Tottenham Hotspur has announced a major coup after beating Newcastle, Arsenal, Chelsea and several other teams to the signing of one of the most sought after midfielders in the world, Luka Modric from Dinamo Zagreb. In doing so, Spurs has smashed their transfer record with a fee believed to be in excess of £20 million.

Ronaldo, Wenger, Rooney and Fabregas Star in new Nike Video

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When Nike shoots TV commercials, they really push their creativity to new heights. Their newest advert, "Take it to the Next Level," is scheduled for its UK TV debut on Tuesday before the Man United versus Barcelona match. Directed by Guy Ritchie, the video is shot in a first person perspective as you see your [.

Tottenham Hotspur 08/09 Summer Friendlies

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If you have £500,000 ($991,502), you too can have Tottenham Hotspur play a friendly in your town. That's the "participation fee" that Spurs reportedly demands. And if a beer sponsor pays that princely sum, Spurs will very likely play a team from India named East Bengal on May 18, just one week after the Premier [.

Chelsea v Manchester United: South Florida Meetup

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If you're in South Florida tomorrow and you're interested in meeting up to watch the Chelsea against Manchester United match, you can find me at The Blue Anchor Pub in Delray Beach. They have a giant screen TV as well as smaller-sized monitors scattered around the establishment. Kick off time is at 7:45am.

Benitez Is Right To Rotate Lineup

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Despite former Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock's furious claims to the contrary last season and more whining this week, Rafa Benitez has every right to rotate his squad for a game against a relegation-threatened team. This issue has come up in recent days because Liverpool will make the trip to St.

Liverpool New Home Shirt 08/09: Pictures

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Liverpool today unveiled their new home kit for the 2008/2009 season. Manufactured by Adidas, the red design harkens back to a more classic Adidas look-and-feel (see below). One of the most unique features of the new home shirt is that the inner neck of the shirt features a red checkered area, which is inspired by the [.

Chelsea New Home Shirt 08/09: Pictures

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More pictures of Chelsea's new home shirt for the 08/09 season have been released (thanks to the Football Shirts website). The photographs below were sent to fans to encourage them to pre-order the new kits. Enjoy. Noticeably there's no mention of Didier Drogba in the above picture. Could Drogba be heading to Real Madrid or Inter [.

Champions League Semi-Finals Bring Out the Worst in Premier League

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If I wasn't a regular viewer of the English Premier League and I watched the Champions League semi-finals this week, I'd walk away with a feeling that English teams were horrible. Bereft of skill, no composure on the ball, an inability to control games, and as negative as the worst examples of stereotypical Italian soccer.

Top 10 Sources for Intelligent Football Coverage

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Depending on how long you've been following football, you've undoubtedly listened to, read or watched hundreds if not thousands of stories about the world's game. But stop for a moment and think when was the last time one of those stories actually taught you something you didn't already know about your favorite sport?

Barcelona 0-0 Man United: United Outplayed But Still Alive

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For 90 minutes, it was a game of men against boys as Barcelona completely played Manchester United off the park. Despite this, the blaugrana crucially failed to score which now puts Man United in the driving seat to win the game at Old Trafford to play in the Champions League Final. Yesterday's Chelsea against Liverpool match [.

Check Out the Center Circle at the Camp Nou

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 Obviously this picture doesn't show the point I'm trying to make. I just had to use for it aesthetic purposes, so I hope you don't mind. In all seriousness though, if you're watching the Champions League semifinal first leg between Barcelona and Manchester United at the Camp Nou right now, take a look at the center [.

Rob Styles Demoted to League Two for a Weekend

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From the Daily Telegraph's website: "A week after officiating at Blackburn's Premier League game against leaders Manchester United, referee Rob Styles will be in charge of Saturday's League Two match between Shrewsbury Town and Chester City. Styles turned down two United penalty appeals and cautioned Wayne Rooney when he complained about a challenge by Steven Reid.

Barceona v Manchester United Preview: Champagne Wishes

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Posted from ChampionsLeagueTalk.com: Unlike the comedy of errors that Chelsea and Liverpool managed to produce in their first leg match, I have sky-high expectations for the Barcelona - Manchester United match. Barca will look to salvage something from what has been a bit of a lost season for them while United will be looking to overturn [.

Bundesliga Bloggers Wanted

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If you're a fan of the Bundesliga and you know your Borussia Monchengladbach from your Bochum, you'll be interested to know that we're launching a new site in the coming weeks named Bundesliga Talk. We're on the lookout for fans of German football who would be interested in blogging about the top German league as well [.

Arsenal to Relaunch Website in Summer 2008

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Arsene Wenger's team will not be the only thing at Arsenal getting an overhaul this summer. The Arsenal.com website will undergo a complete redesign as well as other significant changes. Liverpool-based digital media agency Rippleffect has won the four-year contract. The agency will be responsible for the complete redesign of Arsenal.

Liverpool’s Spanish Connection is Greater Than Barcelona

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How many times have you heard the argument that there are too many foreigners playing in England and that it's ruining the future of the sport in that country? Interestingly, the issue isn't confined to England. Spain faces a similar problem. Read this quote from Marca, the Spanish daily sports newspaper, to learn how.

A Rough Night for John Arne Riise

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Liverpool and Chelsea are often blamed for sucking the essence and style out of football, and no player embodies that more than Dirk Kuyt.  His work-rate is tremendous., his vitamins are in order, and he covers great ground.  At the same time, he has the finesse of a demented walrus and is as pleasing to [.

Full-Time Thoughts–Liverpool vs. Chelsea

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• The second half was a much better 45 minutes of soccer to watch. Both teams went after it, particularly early in the half, and the game was played at a faster tempo. • Didier Drogba is so ridiculously disinterested in playing for Chelsea that it's a joke. If I was Avram Grant, I would [...]

Halftime Thoughts–Liverpool vs. Chelsea

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 • I miss Tommy Smyth and Derek Rae on the call. I'm assuming they'll be working the Manchester United-Barcelona game tomorrow, but I'm not sure why they couldn't do this game as well... • The first shot on goal came nearly eight minutes in, and it was a relatively slow dribbler from Steven Gerrard.

Congratulations to West Bromwich Albion

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  Math has never been my strong point, at least not since 6th grade. Once I started taking pre-algebra the next year, I just knew I was in trouble for the rest of my school days. I believe, however, that my math is correct in this scenario. If West Brom, currently on top of the Coca-Cola Championship [.

Stay Tuned…

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Make sure you check back here at halftime, and again at full-time, of today's Champions League semifinal first leg at Anfield. As I did in both games of the Liverpool-Arsenal tie, I'll have my halftime and post-match thoughts for you to undoubtedly pick apart. For those of you want to see attractive, free-flowing soccer, this [.

Liverpool v Chelsea Preview: Bring Your Own Stick

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Posted from ChampionsLeagueTalk.com Most of you will be familiar with the history behind this matchup, if not check the feature over at the Telegraph, and more often than not the recent history has produced tight matches with little entertainment value though plenty of drama and hype. Jorge Valdano, former Real Madrid player and World Cup winner [.

The Guardian’s Football Site Loses Its Soul With New Redesign

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The Guardian newspaper launched a redesign of its football site today. As sport editor Sean Ingle said, "Finally, it's our turn." Maybe he meant "my turn" because that's precisely the problem. Let me explain. The new design is definitely a welcome change from the narrow one column format that we've grown to be accustomed to over [.

If Only Home Supporters Could Behave Like Away Fans

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One of the most impressive sights from this past weekend's match between Man United and Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park wasn't just the grit and determination shown by United, who seemed hellbent on pushing for all three points right up until the final whistle. Instead, it was seeing the impressive support from the Manchester United [.

Interview with Setanta Sports: EPL Talk Podcast

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In episode 102 of the EPL Talk Podcast, EPL Talk interviews Shane O'Rourke from Setanta Sports to discuss: the latest developments from the 24/7 soccer network in North America, Australia, Bermuda and the Caribbean, when Setanta may be available on cable, how Fox Soccer Channel and Setanta will decide who gets to show which FA Cup matches [.

And The Winner Is…

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Two weeks ago, I announced the five nominees for my Premiership Manager of the Year award. Amongst the five were a Scotsman (David Moyes), an Irishman (Roy Keane), a gentleman from Northern Ireland (Martin O'Neill), a Spaniard (Juande Ramos), and a voyeur...excuse me, a Frenchman (Arsene Wenger). That list was then narrowed down to three "semifinalists", [.

Tevez’s Tally Saves Title

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You just knew it was coming, didn't you? Anyone watching the last 25-30 minutes of the Blackburn-Manchester United game today just knew that the Red Devils were going to pull some magic out of the hat. Brad Friedel made several outstanding saves to keep Rovers ahead, but they only delayed the inevitable.

Scouser Supporters the Next Sub-prime Loan Victims?

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Fernando Torres has titillated the Anfield crowd with thirty goals this season, but–due to recent revelations about the club's finances–banks may cut his Merseyside career short. Liverpool borrowed £31.5m last summer to purchase Torres and winger Ryan Babel, unusual since most Premier League clubs use TV revenue cash to cover transfers.

Man United One Match Away from Being Premier League Champions

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The Premier League and Sky Sports couldn't have planned it better. With Man United's draw against Blackburn, the title could be decided this Saturday if United beats Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Going into the match, Man United definitely has the psychological advantage. Sir Alex Ferguson knows that Chelsea has to win to keep their chances alive [.

End of the Season Finale for Premier League Teams

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It's amazing when you think about it. The 2007/2008 Premier League season kicked off on August 11. Since then, more than 250 days have passed where teams have played week-in, week-out. Now, in the space of 10 days, the Premier League title will likely be decided. Plus we'll know which teams will be in the [.

Top 10 Most Visited British Football Websites

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Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks complained last week that the club is being poorly run by Liverpool CEO Rick Parry, but one thing he didn't give Parry credit for is the Liverpool FC website. Why? It's been the number one most visited football website in the UK for months. Here are the top 10 most visited football [.

Where Does Your Club Rank in the All-Time Premier League Table?

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It's hardly surprising that Manchester United is the most successful club in Premier League history. What is quite surprising, though, is where a lot of the other clubs are positioned in the all-time Premier League table. Where does your favorite team rank from the beginning of the Premier League in 1992-93 until now?

Football Superstars: The Future of Online Football Games

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I have seen the future of online football gaming and its name is Football Superstars. Since the launch of the original Football Manager game in 1982 (developed by Kevin Toms; interviewed here), the world of football games for computers and video game consoles has made huge advancements both in terms of graphics and playability.

Who Will Win the 2007-08 Champions League?

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I’m On Setanta Sports: April 20, 2008 Episode

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Hot off the presses, here's the latest episode of "I'm On Setanta Sports" from Sunday, April 20, 2008. Be champions! If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to:

Young Makes Case for England Call-Up

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Watching yesterday's edition of the Second City Derby, won in style 5-1 by Aston Villa, one had to have been impressed with the victors. They scored from open play and set pieces. They ran Birmingham ragged from start to finish. Ever since manager Martin O'Neill altered his team's formation to a 4-3-3, they've been almost [.

Questions Please for Tim Vickery, Jim White and David Conn Interviews

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The EPL Talk Podcast returns this weekend with an exclusive interview with an executive from Setanta Sports to discuss soccer coverage in North America and how soon we can see the network on cable as well as the programming changes we can look forward to next season. That episode will be available via iTunes by [.

Avram Grant At His Finest

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It's no secret that the Prince of Darkness, Avram Grant, is not a pleasant man to talk to. He's a guy who wears all black all the time, and when Chelsea plays during the day, I'm surprised that he even comes out of the dark tunnel to manage. He has no personality whatsoever. None. Zero. It's [...]

Setanta Sports Now Available on GEK TV: New IPTV Network

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Setanta Sports is now available via another source other than DirecTV and DISH Network. It's a little known company named GEK TV, who is offering the Setanta channel via their set top box (similar to the IPTV technology used by the now defunct ITVN). GEK TV caters to the Asian market in the United States by [.

Interview with Tom Hicks: Sky Sports Video

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Watching the recent Sky Sports interview with Tom Hicks, the first word that jumped into my mind after listening to the first two minutes was greed. Hicks talks about the poor results Liverpool CEO Rick Parry has achieved with sponsorships, in Asia, the stadium and how the team has fallen behind the other top clubs.

Chelsea’s Win at Everton Keeps Slim Premier League Title Chances Alive

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Sky Sports must be rubbing their hands with glee. With Thursday night's important 1-0 win by Chelsea over Everton at Goodison Park, this ensures that there'll still be plenty to play for when Chelsea battles Man United on April 26. Chelsea currently sits just two points behind Man United, although the Old Trafford club has one [.

Sven for the sack?

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Just what the English Premier League needs, another ill-informed, tinkering owner. I'm certain that Manchester City's billionaire owner Thaksin Shinawatra is a reasonably intelligent man. You don't get to be a billionaire without a little nous. However, like many other rich sports franchise owners, he does not appear to be content to stay at arm's [.

Manchester City Wins FA Youth Cup

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We talk a lot about the senior version of the world's oldest domestic tournament, but the FA Youth Cup goes largely unnoticed in the media and I don't think that's a good thing. More and more, the big teams in England are importing their players from overseas or buying already established or up-and-coming stars from smaller [.

The Rise and Fall of ITVN

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The dirty secret about ITVN, the company that brought Setanta Sports via broadband to TV set top boxes in North America, is that its sister company (XTV) was an adult entertainment company. Both companies used the same technology. The set top boxes looked identical (except for the stickers on the front).

Spurs to Unveil New 08/09 Shirts on May 6

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Tottenham Hotspur has announced it'll be unveiling its new kits for the 2008/2009 season in a unique way. They'll be debuted live on Spurs TV, which will be available via a free webcast on Tuesday, May 6. The new Spurs 08/09 home shirt will then be available on May 10, while the away and third shirts [.

Top Money Earners

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After reading a thread here on the site, I did a bit of research to find information on the top paid players. No one on Arsenal's squad makes an appearance until 60th place, where captain William Gallas pops up. No big surprise that last year's Footballer of the Year, AC Milan's Kaká, tops the pile [.

Return of the Setanta Puppets

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In the latest episode of "I'm On Setanta Sports," Wayne speaks, Arsene and Jose get into a spat, Sven plays guitar and didgeridoo, and Rooney gives us the word of the day. I don't know about you, but I'm still enjoying each episode. They've made Jose Mourinho more popular than he was before. I can't wait [.

Derby County Cancels U.S. Summer Tour Plans

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The number of Premier League teams heading to the United States this summer on preseason tours isn't too impressive thus far. First, Aston Villa announced they may have to skip their American tour if they qualify for the Intertoto Cup. Now Derby County has said that it has canceled its plans to head stateside and [.

Wake Up Brits: It’s Time for a Daily Sports Newspaper

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Now that England appears to be leading the pack with some of the best club teams in Europe, it's time the country gets with the times and does something that the Spanish, French and Italians have mastered for some time. That's publishing a daily sports newspaper with an emphasis on football. Incredibly, despite the popularity of [.

EPL Talk Podcast Returns: More Interviews On The Way

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The EPL Talk Podcast, the only football interview show on the Internet, is set to return to the airwaves next week. It's been over a month since the last episode, and it feels good to be back. Many of you may know that I took a break for a while due to health reasons (after being [...]

08/09 Man United Third Shirt

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Could the above photograph be Man United's third shirt for the 08/09 season? It's hard to tell, but it's entirely possible (source: Football Shirts). It's quite possible that this may be a fake, but at this stage of the season it's too early to tell until Nike releases images of the official shirt. From all accounts, [.

Aston Villa May Tour United States this Summer

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If Aston Villa fails to qualify for the Intertoto Cup, they'll be visiting the U.S. for a preseason tour this summer. That's according to Villa manager Martin O'Neill who has two plans depending on what happens in the next few weeks. If the Birmingham club does qualify for the Intertoto, then Villa fans can kiss [.

Remembering the Hillsborough Tragedy: Match of the Day Videos

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Nineteen years ago on this very date, 25,000 Liverpool fans traveled to Sheffield for the FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest. In one of the darkest days in football, 96 Liverpool fans died at Hillsborough. Please feel free to pay tribute to those lost souls in a minute's silence at 3:06pm GMT/10:06am ET.

The Also-Ran Trilogy

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After a turbulent encounter at Old Trafford on Sunday the pressure was on a Chelsea team to reciprocate their own winning result and keep alive the Premiership title race at least until Thursday. The reverse scenario was prevalent last week as Chelsea won away from home at Man City on the Saturday afternoon and Man [.

Chelsea v Man United Decider to be Aired on Setanta Sports in U.S.A

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What may become the most important match of the season when Chelsea plays Manchester United on Saturday, April 26 will be televised around the world. Viewers in America, however, be forewarned. The match will be shown live on Setanta Sports, not Fox Soccer Channel. The kickoff time will be 7:45am ET/12:45pm GMT.

Man Utd Could be Crowned Champions at Stamford Bridge

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In the future when historians look back to the 2007/2008 Premier League season, the date they'll agree that Chelsea blew their chances of winning the Premier League title was April 14, 2008. To make matters worse for Chelsea fans, it's now entirely possible that Manchester United may be crowned Premier League champions at Stamford Bridge [.

Take a Virtual Tour of Aston Villa’s Villa Park

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One of the finest, but often overlooked stadiums, in England is Villa Park, home to Aston Villa. It's a four star UEFA rated stadium, and was traditionally used as a preferred venue for FA Cup semi-finals before the honor was given to Wembley. Villa Park has also hosted 16 England international games.

Liverpool’s Hicks and Gillett: Incompetence Personified

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The soap opera at Anfield continues to evolve. In Sunday's News of the World newspaper, journalist Chris Bascombe exclusively revealed that Tom Hicks has allegedly been seeking the advice of Jurgen Klinsmann in recent weeks. Not just any advice, but feedback on what the German thinks of Rafa Benitez's summer transfer targets!

Where Have All the Good Investigative Journalists Gone?

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For football reporters, last season was an investigative journalist's wet dream. There was Kia Joorabchian's role in the Tevez and Mascherano loan signings. BBC's Panorama lifted the lid off the bung scandal. Plus the riveting boardroom drama inside Arsenal. And these were just a few of the headlines.

The Song Remains the Same

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The scene after the match at Old Trafford looked quite familiar for Arsenal.  Their legs spent.  Their effort admirable.  The run of play theirs'.  The scoreline favoring the opposition. The Gunners have won just two of their last thirteen matches in all competitions.  The only wins coming from a late brace against a gassed AC Milan [.

Tiers of Leagues in Europe

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In recent weeks and months, there's been some discussion on two of the sources for soccer news I check routinely Clever Football and the World Soccer Daily podcast about the tiers of leagues in Europe and where MLS would fit in. Personally, I think that particular debate shouldn't even be had; it's like comparing [.

Man United 2-1 Arsenal: Same Old Story from Gunners

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The last few weeks have been a frustrating but predictable time for Arsenal players and fans. Despite controlling significant moments in key matches and creating plenty of chances in front of goal, they continue to fail to take advantage of their good fortune and it all seems to end in despair. Such was the case again [.

Daily Dose of Premier League News

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In a tribute to The Offside's Daily Dose, here are several Premier League-related articles EPL Talk came across that we thought you may found interesting. Some of them are a little dated but still relevant. Enjoy. A day in the life of football commentator Martin Tyler (Sky Sports). Premier League fans in England paid an average of [.

Which Premier League Clubs Will Get Relegated?

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One week ago, it seemed that the Premier League relegation battle was over. Fulham and Bolton both look destined for the drop after devastating losses against Sunderland (1-3) and Aston Villa (4-0) respectively. But incredibly, everything changed yesterday when Fulham recorded their first away win in 33 matches, while Bolton picked up a vital three [.

New 08/09 Man United Away Shirt Revealed

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A photograph of Manchester United's 08/09 away shirt has been revealed on the Internet. Thanks to the great site Football Shirts for pointing us to it. Designed by Nike, the white shirt uses a new Nike template. Interestingly, the trim lines are blue which isn't a color you'd usually associate with Man United.

Release Date for 08/09 Chelsea Home Shirt

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Chelsea has announced the release date and launch of its 08/09 home shirt. The design will be unveiled on April 24, while the shirt will be available for purchase on May 8. Source: Football Shirts. Of course, you don't have to wait that long. EPL Talk revealed the Chelsea home shirt on March 11 (see below) [.

New Picture of Liverpool’s 08/09 Home Shirt

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In March, we revealed a glimpse of the new Liverpool home shirt for the 08/09 season. Now, thanks to the Football Shirts website, there's a much better close-up picture of the new shirt. The new design looks more like a classic Adidas style than the current Adidas template worn by Liverpool, Chelsea and other clubs.

Where’s Rooney?

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The PFA Player of the Year nominees are a formality.  Ronaldo will in it.  No contest. But one has to ask.  Where is Wayne Rooney? Rooney has 11 goals and 11 assists in just 23 league appearances.  Despite Ronaldo's grandiose stats, one can still make the argument that Rooney was equally as valuable.

PFA Award Nominees Released

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The Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) has named their candidates for their Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards. No problem here with the nominees for Player of the Year, but I definitely take exception with a couple of the possibilities for Young Player of the Year. More on that in a bit.

UEFA Cup Semi-Finals Set

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From ChampionsLeagueTalk.com Luca Toni continued to justify his massive transfer fee as his brace in extra-time rescued FC Bayern München's UEFA Cup campaign from being derailed by Spanish club Getafe on Thursday. His 120th minute header allowed Bayern to steal the tie on away goals after an action packed 3-3 second leg draw.

Liam Brady Gets Upset at RTE’s Joke Against Wenger

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It's always refreshing to watch the unrehearsed football analysis and debate from Ireland's RTE TV network. Author and pundit Eamonn Dunphy is often entertaining to watch and listen to, as are his colleagues Johnny Giles and Liam Brady. But the Irish duo of Dunphy and Brady caused some controversy in Ireland recently when Dunphy compared Arsene [.

Video Homage to English Football Grounds of the Past

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In the last ten years, English football has seen an immense amount of money flow into the game, more than at any other time in the history of the sport. However, the greed knows no boundaries. Instead, clubs are intent on finding new ways to generate more revenue. Often many of them are seeking new pastures [.

I’m On Setanta Sports

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I'm On Setanta Sports has returned with a new episode featuring the trio of The Special One, Sven and Rooney. The new episode is another great one and features a smart way of showing off Rooney's talents. The question is how long can they keep the United star from not speaking and whether they'll be able [.

Questions to Consider After Man United’s 1-0 Roma Win

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What does it say about English dominance in Europe when Alex Ferguson picks practically a B side to play Roma to ensure qualification for the semi-finals of the Champions League? And, after all that, his team still wins? Is this how far English clubs have progressed where even their B-sides are better than one of the [.

Manager of the Year–Semifinalists

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First off, I want to let everyone know that I'm going to make a bit of a change in this Premiership "Manager of the Year" award procedure. Instead of naming my personal winner on Friday as previously planned, I'm going to wait and do it on the 21st. Two more rounds of games will have been [...]

Big Win for Portsmouth

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Amidst all the Champions League hype yesterday, Portsmouth's 1-0 away victory at West Ham, keeping their hopes of finishing in 5th place alive, more than sailed under the radar and I would be remiss to not talk about it and its ramifications a little bit. England killer Niko Kranjcar scored on a terrific effort from just [.

What Fabio Capello Really Thinks of the England Team

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Take a break for two minutes and watch this hilarious video featuring Fabio Capello in "The Italian Job" from a new British show called "Headcases." Thanks to TT for leading me down this path. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to:

Chelsea’s Season Comes Down to 2 Massive Matches in 3 Days

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While most of the furor on the internet and in the newspapers Tuesday night and Wednesday has been laser focused on the highs and lows of the classic encounter between Liverpool against Arsenal, Avram Grant and his Chelsea side quietly flew under the radar last night and dispatched Fenerbahce to qualify for the Champions League [.

When Does Arsene Become Accountable?

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The Kids, they're alright. But alright does not win you a title. Yes, Arsenal got hosed. Theo Walcott's coming out party was spoiled by a pathetic penalty decision, a putrid product of the Kop End. Stevie G got to grin and smile like he had won the match, though he did everything in his power [...

How the Spanish Press Views Liverpool’s Triumph Over Arsenal

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Sometimes it's refreshing to get an outside opinion to see what the rest of the world thinks. So, his the view from the Spanish newspaper, Marca, regarding the win by Liverpool against Arsenal: "Everything that a fan could demand was at the legendary stadium, home to the 'Reds'. These meetings are the ones that make the [.

How Football Matches on TV Affect Attendances (And Vice-Versa)

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Oh, to be a Londoner or to live near its vicinity. On April 30th, a lecture is being held at Birkbeck College on a topic that would be perfect for most EPL Talk readers. "A Tale of Two Audiences: Gate Attendance and Broadcast Demand in European Football" will be the topic of discussion. Two professors will [.

Liverpool Magic Destroys Arsenal’s Trophy Dreams

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The sensational match between Liverpool and Arsenal was a wonderful advertisement for English football. The Gunners absolutely dominated Liverpool for the first 30 minutes, running circles around the Reds with their one-touch passing movements which were mesmerizing to watch. After Diaby scored the opening goal, it seemed that Arsenal was unstoppable.

Full-Time Thoughts–Liverpool vs. Arsenal (Second Leg)

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It's all over at Anfield, and as predicted here before the quarterfinal round started, Liverpool has advanced after winning 4-2 tonight. Captain Steven Gerrard stepped up and converted the game-winning penalty just minutes after Arsenal had equalized at 2-2 through Adebayor. That scoreline obviously would've sent the Gunners through on the away goals rule, but [.

Halftime Thoughts–Liverpool vs. Arsenal (Second Leg)

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I'm typing this as sort of a live blog as the game goes on, so yes, there are a few contradictions but soccer is a game that can change very quickly. • Clever stuff from Derek Rae right before kickoff..."most anticipated end to a trilogy since Return of the Jedi." Quality. • Good to see Peter Crouch [.

Cardiff City Should Be Allowed into the UEFA Cup

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I'm not sure what the issue is here. There shouldn't even be any debate about it; if Cardiff City becomes eligible for the UEFA Cup based on winning the FA Cup, the Bluebirds should play in Europe. If Portsmouth qualifies for the UEFA Cup through their final league position, which is possible, that would give [.

Why the Premier League Can Only Get Bigger in the U.S.

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In a recent reply to an article on EPL Talk, a reader commented that "the market for the Premier League is limited in the US, and quite frankly is at its ceiling." That comment was posted by Kartik Krishnaiyer, a regular contributor, expert on U.S. soccer and friend of mine. If you've been reading the EPL [.

Stan Kroenke Invests in Arsenal.com

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In the past few years, American owners have taken over Manchester United, Aston Villa, Liverpool and Derby County. Now Stan Kroenke may be starting a new trend by being the first American businessman to invest in a Premier League club's website, Arsenal.com. The Colorado Rapids owner has purchased a 50% stake in Arsenal Broadband Limited for [.

Is The End Near For John Motson’s Career?

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Few football commentators create as much debate as John Motson. Either you love him or you hate him. Sentimentally, I'm a supporter of Motty but it's for the same reasons that I still feel warm and fuzzy when I think about Subbuteo, the original Football Manager computer game, Shoot and Match annual yearbooks and my football [.

Setanta Aims to Revolutionize FA Cup Coverage

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It's been a busy seven days for Setanta Sports. First, Setanta has quietly abandoned plans to put itself on the chopping block after their asking price of $2 billion was reportedly rejected by fellow media broadcasters. With the perilous state of the U.S. and U.K. economies due to the Credit Crunch, it looks like Setanta may [.

New 08/09 Sunderland Home Shirt Revealed

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Just this past weekend, EPL Talk leaked a photograph of what we believe is the new Sunderland away shirt for the 2008/2009 season. Now, thanks to our friends at Football Shirts, we can see what the new Sunderland home shirt will look like. Modeled by Kenwyne Jones, the new Sunderland shirt from Umbro features a [.

Injury Time Winners

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In a week of tragedy for Manchester Utd's European and Premiership title hopes Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic both suffer injuries that threaten to jeopardize everything. Vidic was assisted off the field during the midweek Champions League game in Rome and then Rio gimped out of the Middlesbrough fiasco after a degree of culpability [.

John Collins Set to Take Over at Fulham

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According to the Times Online, and you can read it for yourself at http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/article3701789.ece, former Hibernian manager and Everton and Fulham (amongst others) player John Collins will begin talks with ownership later this week, with a formal announcement to be made if/when Fulham get relegated.

A Letter to Toby Charles

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Editor's note: The following is a heartfelt letter from soccer fan Barnett Turk to football commentator Toby Charles and his fans out there. Hope you enjoy it and I hope Toby Charles comes across it. In the meantime, feel free to listen to the exclusive EPL Talk interview we did with Toby Charles here.

Manager of the Year

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Out of the 20 managers currently in charge of Premiership teams, I've narrowed the list down to five for my personal "Manager of the Year" award for the 2007-2008 season. I'll trim it down further to three on Wednesday, and announce the winner here on Friday. Your comments and feedback are definitely welcome; if you're [.

Champions League Quarter Finals Second Leg Preview

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from ChampionsLeagueTalk.com With their other first choice centre-back Nemanja Vidic already ruled out for three weeks with a knee injury, Manchester United now face the prospect of Rio Ferdinand missing out the return leg of the quarter-final against Roma after he limped off with 20 minutes remaining in a 2-2 Premier League draw at Middlesbrough on [.

Joost Faces Tough Competition Despite Offering EPL Highlights to More Countries

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A couple of weeks ago, EPL Talk reported that Joost will be offering highlights of Premier League soccer to customers in India beginning in August. Now, Joost has announced that they're expanding the Premier League highlights package to include eight other areas around the world, namely the Middle East, North Africa, Brazil, Belgium, Greece, Portugal, [.

How Arsenal Can Help Chelsea Win the Premier League Title

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Chelsea's best chance of winning the Premier League title is in the hands of their cross-city rivals, Arsenal Football Club. If the Gunners can get one point against Man United in this Sunday's match at Old Trafford, that will set up Chelsea for a possible last gasp title win. Of course, there are still plenty of [.

Premier League Odds and Sods 7 April 2008

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Arsenal Reserves drew Liverpool Reserves 1-1 in a Saturday thriller. Rafa went with Jermaine Pennant and frisky Peter Crouch. Arsene started two English lads. Liverpool should have put the match away earlier. Crouch had a brilliant effort saved. Riise missed a sitter with his footballingly handicapped foot.

The Future of Premier League Goal Highlights on the Internet

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EPL Talk has seen the future of Premier League highlights on the Internet and it may be legal. If you missed it, The Daily Telegraph has recently started including highlights of matches on their website. But they're not just normal highlights. Instead, they're 3D animated representations of key moments in matches.

Why this Welshman will be Supporting Portsmouth in the FA Cup Final

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Allegiances can be tricky things at times. For example, at this summer's Euro 2008 tournament, what team will you root for? With England not qualifying, I'll likely root for the team that plays the most attractive football. But it isn't always so easy. I was born in Wales and grew up there until I was 14.
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Middlesbrough v Manchester United: Live and Online

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The Sun newspaper has live audio commentaries of today's matches between Middlesbrough and Manchester United, and Everton and Derby. Access them through their website here. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to:

Reading’s 3-0 Loss to Newcastle Exposes Weaknesses

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Watching Reading crumble this afternoon against Newcastle reminded me of how silly Steve Coppell must feel at times. By not strengthening his side last summer with the class of players that were needed to keep the Berkshire club as a competitive side, the Reading side has failed to impress this season and are even tinkering [.

New 08/09 Sunderland Away Shirt Revealed

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Sunderland is changing the color and design of its 2008/2009 shirt from the current white to a blue and black color with stripes (pictured). Umbro will continue to be Sunderland's shirt manufacturer. The new design features a unique shoulder and arm design with streaks. The decision to feature vertical stripes on the chest, however, may upset some [.

An American League in England?

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Well, not really, but there are definitely some similarities between professional sports leagues here in the States and England's most exciting, most competitive soccer league. And no, I'm not talking about the Premiership. I want to show a little bit of love to the Coca-Cola Championship, England's second-tier domestic league.

Road to Wembley: FA Cup Semi-Finals

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Due to a variety of personal situations, it has been a while since I was able to write an update on the FA Cup though I have continued to follow each round. When last I wrote, I was following the fate of Bury. They lost to Southampton in the fourth round. Southampton went [...]

Fulham Needs Victory Against Sunderland

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The title of this post says it all. It's straightforward for the Cottagers. Anything but a win against Sunderland tomorrow and Fulham can start packing their bags for the Coca-Cola Championship next year. Instead of lucrative home games against the likes of historic Premiership city rivals like Tottenham, Arsenal, and Chelsea, the fans at Craven Cottage [.

2008 Summer Tour: Another EPL Team Heading to Asia Instead of U.S.A.

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The number of Premier League clubs who could possibly play summer friendlies in the United States or Canada has been reduced by one. That's because Tottenham Hotspur looks likely to play matches this summer in India, Singapore, China and Netherlands according to The Daily Mail newspaper. The article also mentions the possibility of Newcastle United [.

Champions League Odds and Sods 2 April 2008

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Liverpool and Arsenal had an Oscar and Felix feel.  Both clubs are each other's bogey teams.  Arsenal's Frenchified fancy dans cannot break down disciplined defenses and remain prone to adept counterattack.  Lump and pray Liverpool struggle when forced to play chess on the ground rather than checkers in the air.

Full-Time Thoughts–Arsenal vs. Liverpool

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It's all over in North London and after the first leg, Arsenal and Liverpool are level 1-1 on aggregate and will settle things at Anfield in six nights' time. Briefly, here's what I thought of today's game: First of all, it should be said, and I know I'm stating the obvious, that this was a proper game of soccer.

Halftime Thoughts–Liverpool vs. Arsenal

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It's been a tale of two halves; Arsenal had the better of things and were in control for the first 20 minutes or so, and Liverpool came alive for the last 20-25 minutes. Very impressed with Liverpool's immediate response to Adebayor's goal. Once again, Steven Gerrard, the captain, put the team on his back and came [.

The Next Generation of Forward – Cristiano Ronaldo

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Roma 0 - 2 Man Utd Tuesday 1st April 2008: Stadio Olimpico The Next Generation of Forward – Cristiano Ronaldo When Ronaldo cannoned that header past a leisurely Roma defence he looked nothing like the flamboyant flair player, Ronaldo had no veneer of the tentative school child, he illustrated no semblance of the theatre that dramatised his way [.

Roma undone by The Roon & Ron Show

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From: ChampionsLeagueTalk.com The hype going into this match was of course centered on the 7-1 thrashing that Roma took from Manchester United last season at this same stage. However, anyone with common sense could see that this match would have very little in common with that famous night. For starters, this match was at the Stadio Olimpico [.

What Will FIFA 09 From EA Sports Look Like?

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By age 21, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was already an accomplished classical pianist who was traveling Europe playing to crowds in Paris, London, Vienna and Berlin. These days, 21 year-olds have different priorities. A perfect example of this is videogame player Damian H from England. In a post on the British message board for EA Sports' FIFA [.

Fergie Deserves Praise for Grooming Rooney and Ronaldo

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Sir Alex Ferguson continues to amaze me. Not only does he manage to pull off incredible results, but he's also able to shape players into true superstars. Two perfect examples of this are the Man United players who scored the crucial goals on Tuesday night in Rome: Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Premier League and Major League Soccer Sign Exclusive Agreement

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The Premier League and Major League Soccer today announced a landmark agreement to establish a tournament during the summer to be played in the United States beginning in 2009. Full details have yet to be announced, but here's what we understand thus far. From mid-July to early August, four Premier League teams will compete in games [.