EPL Talk Archives for January 2008

Dunne and Dos Santos to join Ramos’ White Hart Lane Revolution

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The Manchester City and Ireland defender Richard Dunne and Barcelona's Mexican wonder kid Giovanni Dos Santos are set to become Juande Ramos' latest signings this weekend. City seem resigned to losing Dunne after he turned down their offer of a new contract this week and Spurs look set to complete a £5 million transfer for [.

FIFA Votes For Quotas On Foreign Players

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I've been meaning to do an in-depth piece on FIFA president Sepp Blatter's proposal to introduce quotas on the number of foreign players that teams can field. Yesterday, FIFA held a vote and Blatter's proposal cleared its first major hurdle. The FIFA Congress delegates voted 155-5 in favour of the proposal which would limit [.

Everton Adds US Tour To Preseason Schedule

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Everton will be playing two friendlies in the United States this summer. According to ToffeeWeb, the club is rumored to be playing against Chicago Fire on July 30th and Colorado Rapids on August 3rd. Last July, Everton played a friendly against Real Salt Lake and trained at the Home Depot Center outside Los Angeles, California.

EPL Talk Ranked Second Most Valuable Soccer Blog

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EPL Talk is the second most valuable soccer blog according to the list of the Top 100 Most Valuable Sports Blogs researched by Juiced Sports Blog. The criteria used to compile the list measured the number of links, Google Page Rank, traffic rank and other factors. In the Top 100, EPL Talk is ranked number 36 [.

Tottenham Hotspur Signs John Bostock From Palace

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Tottenham Hotspur has announced the signing of John Bostock from Crystal Palace. The 16-year-old attacking midfielder made his debut for Palace in October 2007 and is a highly regarded player. Both Chelsea and Barcelona were rumored to be trying to sign Bostock, so this is a excellent coup by Spurs. Bostock made four appearances for Crystal [.

Free Ticket to Italy vs Holland At Euro ‘08

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I have an extra ticket to the Italy vs Netherlands game at Euro 2008 scheduled for Monday, June 9th in Berne, Switzerland. If you're interested, please email me privately at thegaffer[at]epltalk[dot]com before midnight on Monday, June 2nd with your name, passport number and postal address (UEFA is asking for the details in order to issue [.

Sirius Satellite Radio To Broadcast Euro ‘08 Matches

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Sirius Satellite Radio has announced it will broadcast every match of Euro 2008 live beginning on June 7th with the Switzerland vs Czech Republic game all the way through to the final scheduled June 29th, 2008. This is a wonderful coup for Sirius Satellite. The 2006 World Cup was broadcast live on XM Radio.

Setanta Sports Coming to RCN Cable & Verizon FIOS Soon?

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Setanta Sports may be unveiled on RCN Cable and Verizon FIOS in the next 4-8 weeks, or will they? AFANA.com uncovered an article in The Morning Bridge cable industry newsletter which quoted Setanta Sports CEO Roger Hall as saying that Setanta will begin a rolling launch on RCN cable systems beginning June 1st and on Verizon [.

Steven Gerrard’s Goal Against The USA

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Steven Gerrard put in a Man of the Match performance last night at Wembley, thrusting himself even more into the permanent captaincy discussion.  The first of the two videos below shows his well-worked goal that made it 2-0, set up by his good friend and perhaps soon-to-be Liverpool teammate Gareth Barry.

West Ham United Announces Friendly Against Columbus Crew

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West Ham United announced this morning that the club has scheduled a friendly against MLS side Columbus Crew for Sunday, July 20 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The friendly is West Ham's second on their North American tour. On Thursday, July 24 the east London will play against the MLS All-Star Team in Toronto, Canada.

Something is afoot at Stamford Bridge

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3 days after being told his job was secure and he had a contract until 2010, Henk Ten Cate has had his contract terminated with immediate effect. Chelsea's website broke the story this afternoon and the removal of Ten Cate would seem to shut the door on any possibility of Frank Rijkaard taking over as [.

First Clue to Chelsea’s Mangerial intentions

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The British press have reported today that Portugals vice-president, Amandio De Carvalho , has confimed that he is aware that Roman Abramovic is interested in Felipe Scolari. Scolari's contract is up on June 30th and whilst rumours have surrounded his future, this was the first confirmation of any real interest.

Release Dates For 08/09 Premier League Shirts

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Subside Sports has released the schedule for the 2008/2009 shirts for Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Tottenham, West Ham, Arsenal and Chelsea. JUNE Spurs Third West Ham Home Fulham Home JULY Sunderland Away Wigan Home Spurs Away Arsenal Home Chelsea Away Liverpool Away Portsmouth Home Manchester United Away Bolton Home Arsenal Away Manchester City Home Newcastle United Away AUGUST Aston Villa Home Fulham Away Chelsea Third (Euro) Manchester City Away Liverpool Third (Euro) Wigan Away Bolton Away Newcastle Third Aston Villa [.

Capello chooses his Caribbean crew

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Fabio Capello has confirmed the 22 man squad that will play Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday night in the Port of Spain for England's last game of the season. It is no surprise at all that Capello has only included Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Bridge from the players who played in last Wednesdays Champions League [.

How England Or The United States Can Win The 2018 World Cup Bid

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The United States announced this week that it's interested in hosting the 2018 World Cup. No surprise there. They've been talking about bidding for the 2018 World Cup for quite some time although an official campaign launch isn't expected until later this summer. However, the British media treated the news as a revelation and a [.

Football And Sexy Women: A Match Made In Heaven

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If you're an England fan and you're still depressed about your national team not playing in Euro 2008, sit back and enjoy this video entitled "The Bootyful Game." It'll make the pain go away. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to:

Sky Sports Commentator Andy Gray Joins ESPN Euro 08 Broadcast Team

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ESPN confirmed its lineup of announcers and analysts today for their coverage of Euro 2008 in a press release. There has been much speculation on who would be used between ESPN's international talent and the network's own US lineup. The answer the release gives us is a little bit of both... and some outside help [.

Euro 2008 Preview–Group C (Part 2)

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After watching England thoroughly dominate the US in their 2-0 friendly victory at Wembley this afternoon, I'm back for the second half of this Group C preview. Italy: As the current world champion, Italy enters this tournament right at the top of the list of favorites. They are also the team everyone wants to beat; Italy will [.

Man United Season Review On Fox Soccer Channel

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If you missed the Season Review of Manchester United on Fox Soccer Channel this past weekend, the TV network will be showing it again this Friday, May 30 2008, at 4pm ET. The program will also be replayed at Noon ET on Saturday, May 31. At 3pm ET on Friday, Fox Soccer Channel will air the [...]

Capello’s England Continue to Stutter in Unconvincing USA Win

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England 2-0 USA Wembley way mourned the loss of its soul last night as the fans filling its three-quarter full stadia could only muster up a mediocre atmosphere to compliment England's dull 2-0 triumph over a woeful USA side. Only a timely flicked header from skipper John Terry and beautiful move finished off by man-of-the-match Steven [.

McBride leaves Fulham to return to the MLS

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A suprising announcement this evening has seen talismanic striker Brian McBride announce that he is to leave Fulham to return to the USA. McBride had apparently been planning this for a while but it has come as something of a shock due to his impact in the final few games that saw Fulham, relegated at one [.

Euro ‘08 Final Rosters–Group B

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Austria: GK (3): Alex Manninger (Siena), Jürgen Macho (AEK Athens), Ramazan Özcan (Salzburg) DEF (8): Martin Stranzl (Spartak Moscow), Emanuel Pogatetz (Middlesbrough), Ronald Gërçaliu (Salzburg), Markus Katzer, Martin Hiden, and Jürgen Patocka (Rapid Wien), György Garics (Napoli), Sebastian Prödl (Sturm Graz) MID (8): Joachim Standfest (Austria Wien), Christian Fuchs (Mattersburg), René Aufhauser and Christoph Leitgeb (Salzburg), Ivica Vastic [.

Euro 08 Coverage From ESPN Classic

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In the United States, ESPN Classic has kicked off their build-up to the coverage of Euro 2008 with a bang. In addition to the nightly broadcast of classic encounters from previous European Championships, the TV network is also airing the Euro 2008 Preview Show, a 30-minute show hosted by James Richardson from The Guardian's Football [.

England v U.S.: Why Brits Hate U.S. Soccer Fans

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Earlier this morning, in the build-up to today's England against United States friendly at Wembley (live on ESPN Classic beginning at 3pm ET), I wrote about why Americans hate English soccer supporters. To be fair, there are a lot reasons why Brits hate U.S. soccer supporters as well, which are revealed below: Soccer fans in the [.

Euro ‘08 Final Rosters–Group C

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France: GK (3): Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Grégory Coupet (Lyon), Sébastien Frey (Fiorentina) DEF (8): Eric Abidal (Barcelona), Jean-Alain Boumsong, Francois Clerc, and Sebastien Squillaci (Lyon), William Gallas (Arsenal), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Willy Sagnol (Bayern Munich), Lilian Thuram (Barcelona) MID (7): Lassana Diarra (Portsmouth), Claude Makelele and Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Jeremy Toulalan (Lyon), Patrick Vieira* (Inter Milan), Franck [.

Euro 2008 Final Rosters–Group A

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Czech Republic: GK (3): Petr Cech (Chelsea), Jaromír Blažek (Nuremberg), Daniel Zítka (Anderlecht) DEF (7): Zdenek Grygera (Juventus), Radoslav Kovác (Spartak Moscow), Marek Jankulovski (AC Milan), Zdenek Pospech (FC Copenhagen), Michal Kadlec (Sparta Prague), Tomáš Ujfaluši (Fiorentina), David Rozehnal (Lazio) MID (8): Jan Polák (Anderlecht), Tomáš Galásek (Nuremberg), Libor Sionko (FC Copenhagen), David Jarolím (Hamburg), Marek Matejovský (Reading), [.

Euro 2008 Preview–Group C (Part 1)

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As I said yesterday, today's plan goes like this: this preview (France and Holland), the final rosters for the Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Turkey (Group A) all in one post, the final rosters for Austria, Germany, and Poland (Group B) in another post, the final rosters for France, Italy, and Romania (Group C) in another [.

US Soccer Federation Open to Hosting FA Community Shield, And Maybe the 39th Game

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A variety of English newspapers are reporting today that the United States Soccer Federation is set to launch a rival bid against England's Football Association for the 2018 World Cup.  This comes as the England national team is set to host the US in a friendly at Wembley later in the day, and four days from a friendly [.

BBC Launches Euro 2008 Blog

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There are only 11 days (or 264 hours) between now and the beginning of Euro 2008, and it all seems a lot like World Cup 2006 all over again.To me, World Cup 2006 was the zenith of soccer coverage on the Internet. I watched all of the matches on a daily basis from my desktop [...]

England vs USA: Why Americans Hate English Football Supporters

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Later this evening, the United States will play England at Wembley (8pm BST/BBC1) in a friendly match between two countries who have a love-hate relationship with each other. But in this war, the battle is waged off the pitch rather than on it. On the pitch, the competition between the two sides is waged fairly.

Greece’s Euro 2008 Squad

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Wow, as soon as I finished posting the Dutch squad, Greece came out with their final roster. Tomorrow's workload is getting lighter by the minute, as now only nine more nations still need to submit their teams. Greece is the defending champion, and will compete in Group D with Sweden, Spain, and Russia.

Holland’s Euro 2008 Squad

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Dutch coach Marco van Basten just announced his final 23-man roster, leaving ten nations needing to do the same before tomorrow's deadline. His last cut was former Chelsea and now Sevilla defender Khalid Boulahrouz. As you'll see, this team is loaded with attacking players that fit the traditional Dutch 4-3-3 "total football" system, but this emphasis on going forward [.

Euro 2008 Preview–Group B

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I'll get right to it here's a look at Group B, comprised of co-hosts Austria, Croatia, Germany, and Poland. If you're a history buff and know anything about war in Europe over the past few centuries, you'll understand why this group could provide some of the tensest, most passionate games in the tournament.

Russia’s Euro 2008 Squad

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Last week, Guus Hiddink denied reports that he was in talks with Roman Abramovich to become Chelsea's newest manager. Today, the Russian boss announced his 23-man squad for Euro 2008, with his team set to fight it out with Sweden, Spain, and defending champion Greece in Group D. GK: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Amkar [.

Fulham Announces Preseason Tour Of South Korea

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Fulham announced this morning that it'll be playing two preseason friendlies in South Korea this July. The club will play against FC Seoul on July 23 and against Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i FC on July 26. Fulham's decision to travel to South Korea this summer dashes any hopes of the club visiting the United States, where it [.

Javier Mascherano And The Seven Nation Army

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When Jack White and Meg White of The White Stripes wrote the song Seven Nation Army, which was released in 2003, little did they know it'd be adopted and twisted and turned into a chant by Liverpool fans in support of their masterful midfielder Javier Mascherano. If you're not familiar with the version chanted by the [.

TV Schedule for European Championship Matches On ESPN Classic

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If you live in the United States and you have ESPN Classic on your satellite or cable package, you're in for a treat over the next two weeks. Earlier today (Monday, May 26), ESPN Classic broadcasted the 1972 European Championship final between West Germany and USSR. If you're like me, you missed it (ESPN Classic [.

Euro 2008 Preview–Group A (Part 2)

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After taking a little break to watch some afternoon baseball, I'm back with the second part of my Group A preview.  Switzerland: Coming off their unexpected progression to the Round of 16 in World Cup 2006, where they were the only team to not concede a goal during regulation, Switzerland has fairly high hopes in this edition [.

Tim Vickery Interview

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Episode 105 features an interview with Tim Vickery, one of the most astute writers on the topic of South American football and a co-host of the BBC World Football Phone-In Show as well as writer for World Soccer Magazine and Sports Illustrated. Vickery has lived in Brazil since 1994. His knowledge of South American football [.

Euro 2008 Preview–Group A (Part 1)

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First of all, I want to wish all of my fellow countrymen here in the States a wonderful Memorial Day. Almost everyone I know has or had a family member in the armed forces, and today is all about remembering those who died while in military service to their country. We know it as the [...]

Europe’s Finest Prepare to Perform in Spectacular Fashion

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The dust has settled on another dramatic, frenetic and typically unpredictable domestic campaign across the top leagues in Europe, and only the international feast of football that is Euro 2008 remains on the soccer calendar this season.   Supporters and enthusiasts across the globe will gaze and admire the brilliance and technical prowess of Europe's elite on [.

Top 10 Most Visited Soccer Websites By U.S. Visitors

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There are some movers and shakers in the list of the top 10 most visited soccer websites by visitors from the United States, according to Hitwise for the week ending May 17th. Compared to the week ending April 26th, ESPN Soccernet is still number one, but with slightly less overall market share. Goal.

Breaking News: EPL Talk Is Going To Euro 2008

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EPL Talk will be at Euro 2008 bringing you a first-person account of what the atmosphere is like as well as the latest news and analysis. I'll be there for three days and have a ticket to the Italy against Holland match on Monday, June 9 in Berne, the Swiss capital. Depending on availability, I'll [.

Who’s Your Fantasy Team Of Football Commentators?

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If you could pick your favorite football commentators from around the world, who would they be and why? Consider both radio and television. My fantasy lineup is as follows: Lead commentator: Martin Tyler (Sky Sports) Co-commentator: Mike Ingham (BBC Five Live) Pitchside commentator: Stuart Hall (BBC) Studio analyst: Andy Gray (Sky Sports) TV Pundit: Eamonn Dunphy TV Presenter: Gary Lineker (BBC) It's [.

Euro 2008 - Predictions from the gut

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It's been a couple weeks since I initially posted but I'm back with some predictions for the European Championships (13 days away). Group A: Winner - Portugal; Runner-up - Switzerland Group B: Winner - Germany; Runner- up - Croatia Group C: Winner - Netherlands; Runner-up - Italy Group D: Winner - Spain; Runner-up - Russia Final Four: Portugal v.

Goodbye, Avram Grant

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This was a long time coming, and definitely the right move by chief executive Peter Kenyon. Grant was sacked today as manager, not even a year into his four-year contract. Kenyon and Bruce Buck, the club's chairman, said that Chelsea's performance this season was "simply not good enough", and they're right.

Chelsea Fires Avram Grant After 8 Months as Manager

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Chelsea Football Club has announced it has sacked manager Avram Grant after 8 months in charge.  The news comes three days after the team finished its season with a loss to Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League final.  Grant was named manager and given a four year contract after the depature of Jose Mourinho earlier this season, and had managed to [.

Top 10 Most Visited English Soccer Club Websites By U.S. Visitors

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Manchester United is not just European champions as well as Premier League title holders. The team's web site is also the number one most visited English football club by visitors from the United States. Here's the top 10 list for the week ending May 17, 2008 (source: Hitwise). Manchester United Arsenal Chelsea Liverpool Leeds United West Ham United Newcastle United Manchester City Fulham Wigan Athletic There [.

How The Champions League Final Revives The Idea Of The 39th Game

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As I sat down to watch the Champions League Final this past Wednesday, the first thought that entered my mind was how the final in Moscow was a preview of what the Premier League's global expansion could look like. Football chairmen and tycoons around the world must have wondered too how they could get their [.

American TV viewership for Champions League Final Tops 1 Million

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It may not be anywhere near the 27% of an entire nation that ITV and Sky got in the UK, but for ESPN, their numbers for the American broadcast of the UFEA Champions League Final on Wednesday has given the network its own reason to celebrate. According to overnight Nielsen ratings, ESPN2 netted a .8 rating [.

Carlos Bocanegra Released By Fulham

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Fulham FC announced this morning that U.S. international Carlos Bocanegra has been released by the west London club. Bocanegra sat on the sidelines for most of the 2007/2008 season and wasn't favored by new manager Roy Hodgson. Bocanegra did however captain Fulham for the first time in a Premier League match in September 2007 against Spurs, [.

New 08/09 West Brom Home and Away Shirts Leaked

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Photographs of West Bromwich Albion's home and away shirts for the 08/09 season have been leaked. The shirts are manufactured by Umbro. The away shirt is a yellowish gold color, which may upset some Baggies supporters because their cross-town rival wears a similar color. That team is Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Bristol City or Hull City in the Premier League? Vote Now

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Would you rather Bristol City or Hull City be promoted to the Premier League? ( surveys) If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to:

Euro 2008 Trailer From Setanta Sports

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In Australia, Setanta Sports will be providing live coverage of Euro 2008. Most of the matches will be on in the middle of the night, but I'm sure there'll be plenty of mad soccer fans down under watching the games live. Be sure to surf over to EPL Talk throughout the summer for daily Euro 2008 [...]

UK TV Ratings For Champions League Final

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The 2008 Champions League Final between Manchester United and Chelsea scored the biggest ratings of the year for a TV event in the United Kingdom. ITV said that their audience peaked at 14.6 million. Combined with the 2 million people who watched the match on Sky Sports, it means that 27% of UK residents watched [.

ESPN Deserves Praise For Excellent Champions League Coverage

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So much focus is put on the Champions League Final and what happened during the game that it's often easy to overlook the admirable job that ESPN2 did behind the scenes yesterday. Their production was excellent and what I was most impressed by is that they continued the coverage all the way through until after Man [.

360 Degree Tour Of Fulham’s Craven Cottage

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At one of the oldest grounds in the Premier League, Fulham has launched a state-of-the-art feature to its website that allows you to get a 360 degree tour of inside their historic Craven Cottage ground. Sure, the video tour is meant to increase ticket sales by allowing fans to see where their seats would be in [.

Euro 2008 Trailers From BBC and ITV

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In the United Kingdom this summer, both BBC and ITV will be sharing live TV coverage of the Euro 2008 tournament. To build anticipation for the month long European Championships, both TV networks have released trailers. Here they are for your enjoyment: BBC ITV Which one do you prefer and why? Share your feedback by clicking on the comments [.

Champions League Final Reveals Ugly Side Of English Football

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The marathon of the Champions League Final is over, and what an ordeal it was. Frankly I'm embarrassed by what I witnessed. Embarrassed because of the lack of sportsmanship shown by both sides. Embarrassed because this was supposed to be the final that provided an entertaining example of what English football can be.

Manchester United–The Champions of Europe

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It was always going to come down to one break or mistake either way, and it was the cruelest of fates for Chelsea captain John Terry and his team as Edwin van der Sar punched Nicolas Anelka's weak penalty away to clinch the Champions League for Manchester United. Terry could've won the shootout in the [.

Champions League Final–Halftime Thoughts

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• Interesting choice by Avram Grant to start Florent Malouda on the left wing instead of the more explosive Salomon Kalou, and by Sir Alex Ferguson to start Owen Hargreaves wide right ahead of Park Ji-Sung, who didn't even make the bench tonight. • Clarence Seedorf, who I am a big fan of, was [.

Fernando Torres And Soccer Superstars Coming To Texas This Summer

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On July 5, Premier League star Fernando Torres is scheduled to play in the Free Kick Master 2008 tournament at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Accompanying the Liverpool striker at the event is a who's-who of the star players in the world including Lionel Messi, Ronaldinho, Rafael Marquez, Alessandro del Piero, Robinho, Deco, Didier Drogba (final [.

Champions League Final Live Audio Commentary Online

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If you're desperate to follow the Champions League Final today, you can't watch it on TV and you don't have a Slingbox, listen to the live radio commentary from The Sun. The audio quality is usually suspect, but at least you'll be able to follow the biggest match of the year online. And, don't forget, you [.

New 08/09 Fulham Home Shirt: Sneak Preview

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Fulham will unveil their new 08/09 home shirt on June 2nd. The new shirt will then be officially launched in Fulham's club shop on July 15. Here's a sneak preview of the shirt (courtesy of Football Shirts): Fulham's new home shirt is manufactured by Nike again. However, this time, it looks like the polo shirt design [.

Manchester United Confirms Dates for Friendlies in South Africa

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Manchester United will be playing three friendlies in South Africa this summer. On Saturday, July 19, they'll play against Kaizer Chiefs. That match is then followed by a game against Orlando Pirates on Tuesday, July 22. And then on Saturday, July 26 the Red Devils will play the winner of the July 24th match between [.

Spurs Considering Preseason Tour to South Africa

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Tottenham Hotspur may be traveling to South Africa for a preseason tour this summer. According to Pretoria News, Spurs may play South African Premier League champions SuperSport United in Pretoria, according to SuperSport club chairman Khulu Sibiya. Last summer, Spurs played several friendlies in South Africa against teams such as Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

Champions League Final TV Schedule: UK, US and India

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Around the world, tens of thousands of soccer fans will be taking time off work on Wednesday in preparation for the biggest match of the year the Champions League Final. Below we have news on which TV networks will be showing the Champions League Final in the United States, United Kingdom and India.

Don’t Miss A Minute Of Euro 2008 With Slingbox

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Depending where you live in the world, this summer's Euro 2008 tournament will be a true test of your football watching stamina. That's because sixty four percent of Euro 2008 matches will be televised live on weekdays (with kick-off times of Noon and/or 2:45pm ET). That 64% includes the majority of first round games, two [.

Cassano offered lifeline for Euro 2008

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  The whirlwind of controversy that is Antonio Cassano is the name on most Italian football fans lips tonight. Roberto Donadoni suprised virtually everyone in Italian football by recalling the striker to his 24 man squad. Cassano has been one of Italy's most talked about players in recent years, unfortunately more for his petulance and sulking than the [.

Frank Lampard To Inter Milan? The Daily Express Walks A Fine Line

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British tabloid The Daily Express may have embarrassed itself again twice in one week. Last Friday, Manchester City threatened legal action against the Express saying it "will pursue those who continue to run or repeat this false story (about Shinawatra putting his whole squad up for sale) and its allegations without the Chairman's rebuttal.

Samir Nasri to Arsenal?

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If the papers were to believed, Arsene Wenger would have a Solomonesque Harem of young studs at his disposal.  However, the rumors of OM star Samir Nasri moving on up to the Emirates seem to have some juice. Nasri, 20, recently signed a four-year deal with Marseilles.  But, the deal contains a £13.

Where To Find The England vs USA Friendly On TV

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Soccer fans on both sides of the Atlantic can look forward to watching England battle the United States at Wembley Stadium. For TV viewers in the U.S., you won't find the match on Fox Soccer Channel, Setanta Sports or GolTV. Instead, it'll be on ESPN Classic on Wednesday, May 28th at 3pm ET. If you live in [.

Van Basten Stunned as Seedorf Quits Dutch Squad

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Clarence Seedorf has remarkably asked to be withdrawn from the Netherlands squad which will take part in this summer's European Championships in Switzerland and Austria. In a statement, Seedorf said: "It is a decision that comes after serious consideration and months of reflection. Since my return to the national team, the right conditions have not been [.

Domenech turns away from Trezeguet and introduces the world to Bafétimbi Gomis

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France coach Raymond Domenech has left Juventus striker David Trezeguet out of his provisional 30 man squad named today. Yet it's no real suprise to see him omitted, Trezeguet's star has certainly been fading over the last couple of seasons and looking at the strikers that the coach has named, it's hard to argue for [.

Larsson Returns to Sweden Squad Once Again

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Four years ago in Portugal, Henrik Larsson returned from international retirement to score three goals at the European Championships for Sweden to re-ignite a long lasting love affair with his nation. And quite remarkably, this summer he will attempt to do the same once again, after he was surprisingly included in Sweden's Euro 2008 squad by [.

Cesc Fabregas Video Remix: SuperFab

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Cesc Fabregas is starring in The Cesc Fabregas Show, set to premiere on Tuesday, May 19 on Sky Sports 1 in the UK at 6:30pm and 9:30pm BST. To get you in the mood, here's a music video remix that you'll definitely enjoy. Here are a few other related posts you might find interesting: Cesc Fabregas Visits [.

Aston Villa Not Touring United States This Summer

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Aston Villa will not be touring the U.S. this summer due to their involvement in the Intertoto Cup. The Midlands club had made tentative plans to visit the U.S.A. for the second consecutive year, but will be playing important Intertoto Cup games instead in the hopes of qualifying for the UEFA Cup. Villa will enter the [.

Chelsea Fans Voted Worst Behaved By Premier League

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The Premier League has released the results of the Behavior of the Public Fair Play League for the 2007/2008 season and Chelsea fans have been voted the worst.During each Premier League match, delegates from the Premier League score fans based on the following criteria: (1) verbal support in acceptable form and (2) recognition of outstanding [.

Champions League Final Press Coverage Is Too Excessive

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Am I the only person who is getting a bit sick of the Champions League press coverage? The match hasn't even begun yet, but the newspapers continue writing article after article leading up to Wednesday's match between Manchester United and Chelsea. Sure, I'm looking forward to the match just as much as anyone, but I [.

Euro 2008 Introduction and Final Rosters for Portugal, Croatia, Spain, and Sweden

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Co-hosted by Austria and Switzerland, Euro 2008 is just three weeks away. It'll be kicked off by a Group A matchup on June 7 between the Swiss and the Czech Republic in Basel, followed up by Portugal-Turkey in Geneva. The final 23-man rosters, of which three must be goalkeepers, for each nation aren't required to be [.

Top 5 Soccer Blogs

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When you type the words "soccer blogs" into Google, the search engine returns a listing of 2.9 million pages indexed. Rather than wade through the massive amount of blogs, here are the top 5 blogs based on the number of subscribers to their Feedburner RSS feeds: ArseBlog, 2,991 subscribers Soccerlens, 1,565 EPL Talk, 466 Soccer Shout, 312 Throughball, 171 Sadly, Throughball.

Raul Axed by Spain

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Raul will not take part in this summer's European Championships after being told of his exclusion from the 23-man Spain squad chosen by coach Luis Aragones.   That means the responsibility of scoring goals will fall on the shoulders of Liverpool's Fernando Torres, Valencia's David Villa and Real Zaragoza's Sergio Garcia, all of whom have the talent [.

Harry Redknapp’s FA Cup

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Congratulations must go to Portsmouth Football Club and especially Harry Redknapp for lifting the 127th FA Cup trophy in the history of the esteemed cup competition. There are few clubs that deserve the trophy as much as Portsmouth. The south coast club has won a lot of respect for the way its fans sing during matches, [.

Housekeeping Notes

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The EPL Talk Podcast has been nominated for a Football FanCast Podcast of 2007/2008 Award. Please take 30 seconds and vote for EPL Talk now. No registration required, and thanks in advance for your vote. We don't make a single dime from the podcasts, so if you can show your appreciation with a vote, we'd [.

Premier League Goals of the Season & Season In Review On TV Tonight

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Fox Soccer Channel viewers in the United States will be in for a treat tonight. At 8pm, EPL Goals of the Season will be aired, which is followed at 9pm with the EPL Season In Review. Thanks to reader Christopher Kull for the tip. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. [...]

Cesc Fabregas Visits The Shrink

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In a trailer for the debut of The Cesc Fabregas Show, scheduled to air on Sky Sports 1 on Tuesday at 6:30pm and 9:30pm, the Arsenal star midfielder makes a visit to a sports psychiatrist where strange things happen unbenownst to Fabregas. Here are a few other related posts you might find interesting: The Cesc Fabregas Show: [.

Manchester City grab UEFA Cup spot

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Manchester City will play in next season's Uefa Cup after claiming a place via the Premier League's fair play table. England were awarded an extra place in the tournament after the Premier League came top of Uefa's fair play rankings. City had feared losing out to Fulham in the race for European football after [.

How ESPN Would Change The Face of Premier League Coverage On U.S. TV

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Imagine it's Saturday, August 15 2009. This is not just any Saturday, though. It's the kickoff of the 2009/2010 Premier League season. Leeds United has been promoted back to the big league. Man United is hoping to win their fourth EPL title in a row, and Arsenal will play their first new season without Arsene [.

Shinawatra Wants To Sell Entire Manchester City Squad. Or Does He?

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The Daily Express newspaper is reporting that Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra has sent a letter to each Man City player saying that he's dissatisfied with the team's performance in the second half of the year, that each player is up for sale and that he plans on having an entirely new squad before the [.

New 08/09 Portsmouth Home Shirt Revealed

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A photo of Portsmouth's new home shirt for the 2008/2009 season has been leaked. Manufactured by Canterbury, the home shirt features a blue and gold design that will mark the club's 110th anniversary. Thanks to the Football Shirts web site for discovering the picture. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed.

Why The FA Cup Final Fever Is Missing This Week

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The FA Cup Final has been bothering me all week. With so much of the focus from the past two weeks centering around the qualification for the Champions League Final and one of the best endings to a Premier League season ever, it's been hard to focus on Saturday's match between Portsmouth and Cardiff City.

ESPN Launches Ads to Promote Euro 2008 TV Coverage

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ESPN has launched a series of ads on their network to promote their coverage of the upcoming Euro 2008 tournament. The TV ads feature Germany, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Italy. My personal favorite is the Portugese one, but each of them is well done. So far, ESPN hasn't made a wrong move in their preparation for [.

When Does The Premier League Season Return?

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Mark your calendars. The 2008/2009 Premier League season will begin on Saturday, August 16 93 days from today. The FA Community Shield, meanwhile, will be played on Sunday, August 10. It'll feature Manchester United, winner of the Premier League title, against the winner of Saturday's FA Cup Final either Portsmouth or Cardiff City.

Countdown to Euro 2008: 24 Days To Go

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Euro 2008 will be here before you know it, but first we have the business of the FA Cup Final and Champions League Final to deal with, as well as the Championship Playoff final between Bristol City and Hull City. But for those of you who can't wait for Euro 2008 to begin, be sure to [...]

Poll: How Will You Experience the 2007/2008 FA Cup Final?

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Where will you watch the FA Cup Final this weekend?
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The Cesc Fabregas Show: In Person Review & Photos

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By Milo Hewitt First, thanks to The Gaffer I had the opportunity to attend this one-off exclusive show, a must for any Arsenal fan. My friend and I arrived at Fountain Studios in Wembley at approx 5:45 pm. While waiting in the queue we saw Paul Merson and Michael Thomas waiting by the stage door. [.

Setanta Sports Launches Redesigned Sites in North America

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Setanta Sports in North America has redesigned their website as well as creating country-specific websites. The new website for Setanta Sports in the United States is http://www.setantaus.com, while the new site for Canada is http://www.setantacanada.com. Setanta's current site, http://www.setantanorthamerica.

Fulham Would Be Mad Not To Visit America This Summer

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You've just escaped relegation on the last day of the season on goal difference. What are you going to do next? "I'm going to Disney World." Or, at least, that should be the answer if you were Fulham Football Club. Now, the timing is better than ever for Fulham to visit the United States this summer [.

Lagerback returns to Larsson, Van Basten loses Seedorf ,Nedved says no thanks

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http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/44654000/jpg/_44654034_larsson_b226.jpg Henrik Larsson, the 36 year old Swedish legend, has been coaxed out of retirement once again to come to the aid of Sweden in Euro 2008. Larsson, who has retired twice from international football, in 2002 and 2006, was the suprise name in the Swedish squad that Lagerback released today.

Which Reading, Birmingham & Derby Players Would You Rescue From The Drop?

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If you were a manager of a Premier League club, which players from Reading, Birmingham City and Derby County would you snap up? Despite the clubs having parachute payments to lessen the blow of landing in the Championship League, the reality is that some of those three teams will be torn apart and rebuilt.

Premier League Clubs With Highest Average Attendances, 2007-2008 Season

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The old cliche says that the table never lies. Well, it does when you consider the average attendances in the Premier League. While the Big Four rules based on points, Liverpool had a smaller average attendance in the 2007/2008 season than Newcastle. Now you know why Hicks and Gillett are so adamant about a new [.

Wigan Athletic Unveils New Club Crest

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Wigan Athletic has unveiled a brand-new club crest to replace their current one. The new crest features a change of colors and more of a modern look than the traditional Wigan Athletic crest that the club has used in the past. Here's the new crest for the 2008/2009 season and onwards: And here's what the old [.

Sky Pay-TV Freeview Plan Delayed

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British media regulator Ofcom announced today that it was delaying a decision on a planned Sky pay-TV service for Freeview until a larger investigation into the enitre pay-TV market can be completed later this summer.  The announcement makes a full decision on the Sky service unlikely before 2009.

Football News of The Day

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has bought an obscenely expensive mansion in Colorado. The price tag? $37 million! Hat tip to Du Nord for the link. For a breath of fresh air, read this revealing look inside the world of sports journalism and one Guardian writer's perspective on how the world of print journalism has changed in [.

Top 5 Sources for Adult-Only Football Coverage

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A few weeks ago, EPL Talk wrote an article featuring our list of the Top 10 Sources for Intelligent Football Coverage. To show that we can be lowbrow just as much as we can be highbrow, EPL Talk now shares with you the Top 5 Sources for Raunchy Football Coverage. Warning: Not safe for work. FHM [...

I Know The Score Final Table for EPL Talk

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The final league standings for EPL Talk's private I Know The Score prediction league are in, and here are the top ten finishers. Garyi, 2925 points Tokyo Toffeeman, 2630 RockfishDG, 2435 BCWildcatJohn, 2380 JBCook2007, 2280 DanMona, 2250 iSage, 2195 SLKnowles, 2040 Oakers, 1955 Luvlycruz, 1900 Garyi will receive prizes from EPL Talk for coming in first place.

New 08/09 West Ham Away Shirt Revealed

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West Ham United has revealed its away shirt for the 08/09 season, which is manufactured by Umbro and features a new design and sky blue color. Thanks to Football Shirts for the tip-off. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to:

EPL Talk Fantasy League Final Table

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It's not only been a long season for your favorite footballers in the Premier League, but also the fantasy players such as yourself who have persevered through one challenge after another all season. Out of 113,062 teams that participated in the 2007/2008 Fantasy Premier League from PremierLeague.com, EPL Talk ended in sixty first position.

Most Visited Football Web Sites in the UK

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Here are the most visited football websites in the UK as of the week ending May 3, 2008, according to Hitwise: Liverpool FC, 4.68% Manchester United, 4.13% TEAMtalk Football, 3.43% FootyMad.com message boards, 2.37% Arsenal.com, 2.19% Leeds United, 2.11% Rangers FC, 1.69% FootyMad, 1.65% Full Time, 1.

Responses to Your EPL Talk Feedback

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Less than a week ago, I asked you what EPL Talk could do to improve. Your feedback is vital to the continued success of this blog, so I appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to send in your suggestions. Here are the responses to the suggestions made by the readers: @LemmusLemmus and Django: EPL [.

Top 20 Best Supported Premier League Clubs of the 2007/2008 Season

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While the 07/08 Premier League season has been a success on the pitch, it's also done exceedingly well off the field with massive attendances and very few empty seats: 13,384,880 people attended Premier League matches this season Average attendance as a percentage of capacity equaled 90.23% Average attendance was 35,223 Average capacity was 39,039 The 2007/2008 season has been a [.

Manchester United Wins the League As Predicted

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For all the backlash the Premier League faced this season, the 2007/2008 season will go down as one of the best in my memory. Sure, we didn't have as many classic matches as we've had in seasons past but taken as a whole, it was one of the closest races at the top and bottom. Looking [...]

Manchester United on Course to Become the Most Successful Club in English History

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Manchester United's achievement of a record tenth Premier League title yesterday was not only well deserved after a brilliant season from the Red Devils. It was an example of the managerial prowess and drive that exists in the club thanks to Sir Alex Ferguson. With everything that Man United does, it's clear that they want [.

Chelsea Beat Man United in Race to Sign Bosingwa

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Chelsea has beaten Man United in the race to sign right back Jose Bosingwa from Porto for a transfer fee of £16.2 million. Porto FC has confirmed the signing on its official web site, while Chelsea has announced the news too. Bosingwa will slot in as a preferred right back instead of Javier Belletti who has [.

Hats Off to Manchester United

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Manchester United defeated Wigan 2-0 to win their second consecutive Premier League title.  The brace flowed fittingly for this season.  The young generation won it, with Cristiano Ronaldo deftly slotting in a penalty.  The older generation sealed it with Ryan Giggs, in his record-tying 750th appearance for United, touching in a through-ball from Rooney.

Fulham Plays a Starring Role in The Great Escape

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Fulham has done it again. For the second season in a row, they've escaped relegation by the slimmest of margins. This time it was on goal difference as they squeezed a victory against Portsmouth at Fratton Park, while the teams below them Reading and Birmingham both had emphatic victories on the last day (4-0 [.

I’m On Setanta Sports: Season Finale, May 11, 2008

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One of the things I'll miss most about this classic 2007/2008 Premier League season is looking forward to watching the brilliant I'm On Setanta Sports. Here's the final episode of the first season to bring back some cherished memories. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!

Fulham FC: American Grit

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Wigan v Man United: Live Text Commentary & Liveblogging

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Join EPL Talk at 9:45am ET/2:45pm BST today for a liveblogging event as new EPL Talk blogger Ian Cahir and I chronicle the twists and turns of the final day of the Premier League season. All you have to do is visit this page between 9:45am and Noon ET and experience the liveblogging with readers from [.

The Beauty of the Playoffs

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Those of you against some form of playoffs at the end of the season, what do you have to say for yourself now? Bristol City, a relative lightweight who won League One just last year, stunned most pundits' pick to win promotion to the Premiership, Crystal Palace, today with a 2-1 victory at Palace's Selhurst Park.

A Feast to Savour

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Firstly, I would like to show my huge appreciation to the gaffer for allowing me to contribute to the EPL Talk website over the coming weeks, a view which I know is shared by many others. As a young football enthusiast from the UK, it is a very strange feeling to see my nation not involved [...]

England Tops Fair Play Table, Gets Another UEFA Cup Spot

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Manchester City may be looking for new management next season, but it may also find itself playing in Europe as well.  UEFA has announced today that England have finished in the top spot of this season's Fair Play rankings.  The rankings are based on evaluations of all games played in UEFA competitions (national or club), [.

Rosicky out of Euro 2008

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Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky has announced that he will not be taking part in next month's European Championships due to a recurring knee injury. Rosicky held a news conference to announce the decision. "I'm not capable of starting the European Championships. My injury requires an operation. I will go (for it) at the start of [.

Win Tickets to The Cesc Fabregas Show

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EPL Talk has two pairs of tickets to give away to this Tuesday's premiere of The Cesc Fabregas Show, recorded live in London. Entry is strictly by ticket only. Fabregas will be the star of the show, which will be televised before a private audience of 400 people. Several surprise special guests will join Fabregas [.

ESPN announces Euro 2008 broadcast schedule

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It has been a day of introductions here at EPL Talk, so let me be the latest to say hello to all of you. I am honored to be joining the site alongside all the new members, and I would like to thank The Gaffer for the opportunity to write here. Now to the big news. [...]

Do You Know The Way to Sven Jose?

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Let's hope that I'm On Setanta Sports creator Mario Rosenstock is madly rewriting the script for the final episode of the season. That's because the British press is reporting that "It" (aka Sven-Goran Eriksson) is interested in becoming the next manager of Chelsea if Avram Grant is sacked. We'll have to wait until Sunday to see [.

30 days & nights

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until the lastest football bonanza kicks off with Swizerland versus the Czech Republic in Basel. It's going to be quite odd here in the UK with no home nations competiting in a tournament for the first time since USA 94 but everyone I've talked to is really looking forward to it without the numbing pangs [.

Trix and Flix haunt my dreams…

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For those of you who are unaware, Trix and Flix are the mascots of Euro 2008.  While clicking through the tournament's homepage for a few hours the other day, I came across these two lovable characters in an animated music video featuring the musical stylings of Shaggy.  Yes, Shaggy.  I'm not quite sure how he [.

Max Bretos is my hero …

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except he's not. Well, hello there! I'd like to thank The Gaffer for letting me out of the cage and onto the Interwebs as a new helper with this little venture. I'll try not to make a fool out of him or myself (if I can make sure to tag things correctly). As for other people, well, [...]

Oldest Photograph of England Football Team Ever

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The earliest known photograph of the England football team has been discovered in a library in Derby. The team picture from 1876 features ten footballers and one referee. The eleventh player missed the photocall. The photograph was taken of the team that was to play Scotland on April 4, 1876. It was to be England's fifth [.

New Middlesbrough Home Shirt 08/09 Revealed

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Middlesbrough has unveiled their new home shirt for the 08/09 season, and Boro fans should be pleased. An important part of Middlesbrough's history has returned: The white band across the middle of Boro's shirt, which has long been a feature of their home shirt that made their football club unique. According to the Middlesbrough web site, [.

Champions League, FA Cup and England Internationals Coming to UK in HD

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BBC and ITV have teamed together to launch a free digital TV service called FreeSat, which will offer its programming in high-definition (HD) including Champions League, FA Cup and England internationals. While the service will be available for free, a one-time fee of £200 will be required for equipment and installation.

Inside the World of Collecting Football Memorabilia

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So you have your prized collection of football programmes gathering dust or old football shirts that don't fit anymore stuck in a closet somewhere. They have sentimental value to you, but in the world of collecting football memorabilia, they're practically worthless. Enter the world of the serious collector.

Oldest Photograph of England Football Team Ever From 1876

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The earliest known photograph of the England football team has been discovered in a library in Derby. The team picture from 1876 features ten footballers and one referee. The eleventh player missed the photocall. The photograph was taken of the team that was to play Scotland on April 4, 1876. It was to be England's fifth [.

Interview with David Hall, Author of “Manchester’s Finest”

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The latest episode of the EPL Talk Podcast has been published featuring an interview with David Hall, author of a new book entitled "Manchester's Finest: How the Munich Air Disaster Broke the Heart of a Great City." Hall describes how much of an impact the tragic disaster had on Manchester. Plus the author discusses some of [.

Liveblogging Wigan vs Man Utd, Chelsea vs Bolton & Relegation Battle

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Join EPL Talk on Sunday, May 11 for a liveblogging event as new EPL Talk blogger Ian Cahir and I chronicle the twists and turns of the final day of the Premier League season. The liveblogging will begin at 9:45am ET. Set a reminder now so you don't forget. If you're near a computer on Sunday, [...]

A Long Premier League Season Comes to a Close

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The 2007/2008 Premier League season has almost come to a close. For me, it's been a thrilling spectacle but, by far, it's been the longest season I can ever remember (mostly for personal reasons). Sometimes people forget that even football supporters need a rest, too, not just the players. If you're new here, you may want [.

Tell Us How EPL Talk Can Improve

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The 2007/2008 season has been the most successful one in EPL Talk's history (since our launch in 2005). In April, the web site had more traffic than World Soccer Daily and CSRN combined, has grown a whopping 5457% since April 2007 and is currently the number four soccer blog according to BallHype. But before any of [.

Tottenham’s rebuild to be without Berbatov?

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I had started planning my season end series of articles on what I thought would be the areas each club would look at strengthening and who would be moving out. However, Tottenham have already started their work with one purchase and heavy rumours of a sale in the very near future. Tottenham manager Juande Ramos [.

New 08/09 Tottenham Hotspur Kits: Home, Away and Third

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Tottenham Hotspur has unveiled its new home, away and third shirts for the 2008/2009 season. Manufactured by Puma, Spurs debuted the new shirts Tuesday night in London. The event was webcasted live via the official Spurs web site. See the new shirts below: If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed.

U.K. TV Coverage for Wigan v Man Utd & Chelsea v Bolton

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Four of the final ten Premier League matches of the 2007/2008 season will be televised on TV in the United Kingdom. Sky Sports 1 will televise Wigan against Manchester United (3pm BST). Sky Sports 2 will televise Chelsea versus Bolton (3pm BST), while Sky Sports 3 will show Birmingham City against Blackburn Rovers (3pm BST).

New 08/09 Portsmouth Away Shirt Revealed

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A picture of the new Portsmouth away shirt for the 2008/2009 season has been leaked. Manufactured by Canterbury, the white and blue shirt design has a retro look about it especially with the old school collars. The image is courtesy of our friends over at Football Shirts. As their readers point out in the comments section [.

New 08/09 Liverpool Away Shirt Revealed

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Liverpool's new away shirt for the 2008/2009 season will definitely be gray. In March, EPL Talk shared a leaked picture of the new Liverpool away shirt, but now - thanks to our friends at Football Shirts - we have distinctive proof. Here's the most recent leaked picture of what will be Liverpool's 08/09 away shirt: If [.

FA Cup Final: Portsmouth vs Cardiff On U.S. TV

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Soccer fans in the United States will have one last chance to pay for the rights to watch a FA Cup Final. This year, on Saturday May 17, you'll have to pay approximately $25 to watch Portsmouth play Cardiff City on pay-per-view (PPV) television. Next season, the final should be available live on either Fox [.

U.S. TV Coverage for Wigan vs Man Utd & Chelsea vs Bolton

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If you live in the United States and you want to watch Manchester United lift the Premier League trophy this Sunday, you better wish you have Setanta Sports. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to:

Football League Playoff Schedule

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First of all, congratulations to West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City for their automatic entry into the Premier League next season, congratulations to Swansea and Nottingham Forest for heading up to the Championship, and congratulations to Paul Ince's MK Dons, Peterborough, and Hereford for their promotions to League One.

Everton Searches for Sponsor to Acquire Naming Rights to New Stadium

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Chances are that if you're reading this article, you're not a CEO of a Fortune 500 company. But if you were, don't be surprised to see a DVD and possibly even a DVD player being delivered to you from Everton Football Club. Everton has hired AEG to find a company willing to pay approximately £4.5 million [.

Tottenham’s White Hart Lane May Be Extinct by 2012

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Tottenham Hotspur looks likely to announce within the next month that they'll be building a brand new stadium next to their current White Hart Lane home. The new 50,000 seater ground will be open by 2012 and will most probably feature a corporate name rather than the hallowed White Hart Lane moniker.

Euro 2008 Bloggers Wanted

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Only 33 days remain before Euro 2008 kicks off on Saturday, June 7 when Switzerland play Czech Republic in the opening game of the tournament. Despite the fact that England didn't qualify for the competition, EPL Talk will have daily coverage as well as the latest news about the upcoming 2008/2009 Premier League season.

Dixie Dean - Greatest Centre Forward Ever?

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Today marks 80 years since the greatest record in English football was set. W.R. "Dixie" Dean scored 60 times in a single season. His remarkable feat was honoured yesterday when his great grandson stepped out as club mascot for Everton's match against Arsenal. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed.

New 08/09 Birmingham City Away Shirt Revealed

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Birmingham City today unveiled their new away shirt for the 08/09 season, which features a penguin-style design more reminiscent of Ajax than anything that the Brummies have worn in the past. Designed by Umbro, the design of the shirt is similar to the current home kit except that the main color is red instead of blue.

Where to Watch UK TV Coverage of Euro 2008

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In the United Kingdom, BBC and ITV will have live TV coverage of the 2008 European Championship this summer. Twenty seven of the matches will be shown between BBC1 and ITV1, while four will be shown on digital channels BBC3 and ITV4. According to the Euro 2008 schedule, most of the matches will be shown [.

Google Adds Premier League Fixtures and Results to Search Engine Results Pages

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Google has added a new feature to its search engine that displays upcoming fixtures and recent results for Premier League clubs. All you have to do is type in the name of any of the 20 clubs and the information will be displayed at the top of the screen above the search engine results. For example, [.

Stoke City, Welcome to the Premier League

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Congratulations to Stoke City on their deserved promotion to the Premier League. It's the first time The Potters have been promoted to the English Premier League. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to:

Sky Sports Interviews Brad Friedel and Kasey Keller

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Sky Sports interviewed American goalkeepers Brad Friedel and Kasey Keller this past weekend on the Goals On Sunday program. Watch the Kasey Keller interview and Brad Friedel interview here (thanks to 101 Great Goals for discovering the link). If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed.

Should the Premiership Have Playoffs?

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There are those out there who believe the answer to the question is a resounding "no"; in fact, the vast majority of people I talk to are firmly against the concept of playoffs in the Premiership. I hear the same arguments all the time: "Every game means something in the Premiership; it's not like the regular [.

Arsenal v Everton and Liverpool v Manchester City: Live Audio

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The Sun newspaper is providing live audio from the two matches today featuring Arsenal vs Everton, and Liverpool vs Manchester City. The audio is available to listeners worldwide, for free. Listen now. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to:

I’m On Setanta Sports: May 3, 2008 Episode

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I'm On Setanta Sports returns with its penultimate episode of what has been a FAN-tastic first season on the airwaves. In the latest episode, IT (aka Sven) is caught red-handed on CCTV, Rooney interviews Dave from Newcastle and there are several callers including Roman Abramovich and more. Plus, the unedited video of the interview is available [.

Bloggers Wanted

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If you're a fan of soccer/football, love to write and want to share your thoughts and analysis with other readers around the world, we want you! I'm currently looking for bloggers who are interested in writing for any of the following sites: Major League Soccer Talk, La Liga Talk, Serie A Talk, Champions League Talk, Championship Talk, World Cup Buzz (for news [.

Poll: Who’s Going Down in the Premier League Besides Derby?

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Who will be the final two teams relegated from the Premier League?
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Cesc Fabregas is on Fire, Literally (Video)

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Cesc Fabregas stars in an unbelievable new ad where he is set alight but continues to juggle the ball and score a goal. Nike is continuing to push the envelope with their creative football ads. This one is so intriguing to watch especially to see how the ball reacts to being on fire. Even with the [.

The Dream Lives On!

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Fulham is a victory at Fratton Park next weekend away from completing a great escape after their 2-0 win today over Birmingham. A trademark Brian McBride diving header to finish off a fabulous in-swinging free kick from Jimmy Bullard opened the scoring for the Cottagers, and Erik Nevland sealed it late once again to account [.

Manchester United 4-1 West Ham United: 90 Minutes Away from the Title

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Manchester United obliterated West Ham United 4-1 today at Old Trafford and now move within 90 minutes of winning the Premier League title for the second consecutive year. A win next Sunday away at Wigan Athletic will guarantee the Red Devils the trophy. Or, if Newcastle manages to draw or beat Chelsea on Monday, then [.

Liverpool Wants Gareth Barry–Why?

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Numerous reports today have confirmed what has basically been common knowledge over the past couple of weeks: Liverpool is interested in signing Aston Villa's captain, Gareth Barry. Villa manager Martin O'Neill came out today criticizing Liverpool for publicizing this interest; a part exchange offer has been made for sure, with Peter Crouch, John Arne Riise, [.

Gattuso Coming to England?

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AC Milan midfielder Gennaro "the snarling dog" Gattuso has admitted his desire to play in the English Premier League, potentially next season. Gattuso, 30, previously played in Britain for Scottish side Rangers and has an English speaking wife.  He has been rumored in the past to be a target of Manchester United.

Video: Memories of Everton’s Goodison Park

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It's one of the oldest and most historic football grounds in the world. It has hosted the FA Cup Final and a World Cup Semi-Final, but its future looks bleak. If Everton Football Club moves to Kirkby, then Everton's Goodison Park that they've been in since 1892 will be no more. When you have a couple [.

New 08/09 Spurs Home Shirt: Leaked Photo

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Tottenham Hotspur will be officially unveiling its new 2008/2009 kit on Tuesday, May 6, but you can see a sneak preview of the shirt now which was released via Facebook (thanks to the excellent Football Shirts website for uncovering it). The new shirt is designed by current manufacturer Puma. If you're new here, you may want to [.

For All You Lower-League Fans Out There…

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Admittedly, this is a blog focusing mainly on the Premiership, with occasional Champions League talk and even discussion about the UEFA Cup when the situation calls for it. I've tried to pay as much attention as possible to the promotion, playoff, and relegation races in the lower leagues in English soccer this year, though, and so [.

Why Fulham Needs to Stay in the Premier League

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Football stadiums can do bizarre things to people's minds sometimes. For example, I don't want Fulham to be relegated. It has nothing to do with the fact that they have several American players. Nor does it have anything to do with an admiration for the pleasing style of football that their players employ.