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.
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
• 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
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.
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
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 [.
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
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%
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
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [...]
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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.
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
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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.
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.
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 [.
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.
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 [.
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 [.
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.
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 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 [.
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 [.
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.
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?
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 [.
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 [.
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.
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 [.
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 [.
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.
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.
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 [.
• 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
• 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.
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
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 [.
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 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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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", [.
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.
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.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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?
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.
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:
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 [.
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 [.
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 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 [.
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.
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 [.
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 [.
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 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
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [...]
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, [.
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 [.
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.
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 [.
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.
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 [.
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
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!
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
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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.
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) [.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 [.
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 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 [.
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 [.
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
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 [.
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!
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 [.
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
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 [.
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 [.
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.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
According to the Times Online, and you can read it for yourself at
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.
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.
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 [.
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 [.
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, [.
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 [.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 [.
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 [.
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.
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 [...]
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 [.
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 [.
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.
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.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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
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 [.