EPL Talk Archives for January 2008

ESPN Has The Power To Make Soccer Successful In America

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ESPN has finally cracked the code of how to produce soccer for the American audience. Show it in high definition, feature a strong team of commentators, promote the tournament across your networks, don't cut the national anthems, include advertising at appropriate moments, reduce the hype and include intelligent discussions during the pre-game, halftime and post-game [.

Fox Soccer Channel Poll

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If you live in the USA, how many hours did you watch Fox Soccer Channel in June, 2008? ( polls) If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to:

Football And The Decline Of The Western Civilization

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Many scholars of art, literature, football and music will argue that the classics are far better than the recent and current crop of artistes. Legends such as Dali, Picasso, Shakespeare, Yeats, Dickens, Cruyff, Pele, Pukas, Lennon, Sinatra, Presley and Marley come to mind, people who were far more talented than our present day idols.

Highlights Of Preseason Friendlies For Premier League Clubs

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Now that Euro 2008 is over, don't be surprised if you go through withdrawal symptoms over the next few days. But while one of the most entertaining European Championships in recent history has finished, many Premier League clubs will begin playing their first friendlies as early as next week. With only 47 days to go until [.

Final Standings For EPL Talk Euro 2008 Fantasy Football League

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The EPL Talk Euro 2008 Fantasy Football League ended in 46th place in the Best Leagues standing with an average score of 268.2. As far as we can tell, we ended up in first place among the private leagues originating from the United States. Here are the top 10 winners. First placed Luis Arias wins [..

SPAIN CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE!

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Spain are the champions of Europe after defeating Germany 1-0 in the final of the European Championships in Vienna. The Spanish, so long the perennial underachievers, thoroughly deserved their victory after dominating the final from start to finish. Simply put, Spain were far too good for the Germans and no one would begrudge them their victory.

What Is The Best Soccer Tournament In Recent Memory?

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What has been your favorite tournament?
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Official Premier League Ball For 08/09 Season

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The Premier League has unveiled its official ball for the 2008/2009 season, which features a unique red stripe design. Named the Nike Total 90 Omni Ball, the ball features geometrically precise panel shapes which distribute pressure evenly across panels and around the ball for consistent, accurate and powerful striking.

Google Celebrates Euro 2008 With Homepage Doodle

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Google is getting into the mood for today's Euro 2008 final by showing a soccer doodle on its homepages in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. As of writing, Google Spain's homepage didn't feature the image. German seventeen year old Mai Dao Ngoc drew the winning picture. Related article: Google Adds Premier League Fixtures And Results To Its Search Engine [.

Jack Bell Is A Wanker, Part II

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It's pretty sad when two soccer columnists who represent what is supposedly one of the nation's top newspapers are so incompetent and out-of-touch with reality. Last November, I called New York Times soccer columnist Jack Bell a wanker for writing an idiotic article criticizing Fox Soccer Channel for broadcasting the Premier League, the world's most popular [.

Spain-Italy Most Watched Match So Far And Other ESPN Euro Ratings News

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As we head into the final weekend of Euro 2008, ESPN decided to take the occasion yesterday to put out a new press release talking about how the tournament is doing viewership wise through the quarterfinal round.  So, what did they have to say? As noted in the headline, the Spain v Italy quarterfinal shown on ESPN Sunday was [.

Friday Transfer Rumor Mill (6/27/08)

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Mee-lan look set to make Emmanuel Adebayor their newest signing, sending Arsene Wenger scouring for replacements. The Boss may like the cut of Peter Crouch's under-rated jib, but not for £15m. Expect Tottenham to outbid themselves by £3m on him, just to be safe. (Football 365) Arsene may actually have his sights on Sporting [.

Spurs To Sign PSV’s Gomes — Will Robinson Move To Villa?

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Several news sources are reporting that Tottenham have agreed a deal with PSV Eindhoven to sign goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, subject to personal terms, a medical and a work permit. Gomes is 27 and has played internationally for Brazil. He helped PSV to the Dutch title last season, his fourth title since joining from Brazilian club [.

New 08/09 Blackburn Rovers Home Shirt Revealed

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Blackburn Rovers has unveiled their new home shirt for the 2008/2009 season. New manager Paul Ince is pictured on their website holding the above shirt. Manufactured by Umbro and sponsored by Crown Paints, the new shirt looks like it has removed the red trim that was a part of last year's kit design.

New 08/09 Manchester City Home & Away Shirts Unveiled

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Manchester City has officially unveiled their new home and away shirts for the 2008/2009 season. As correctly predicted before, the new home shirt design features Thomas Cook as the sponsor and Le Coq Sportif as the manufacturer, not Nike. According to the Manchester City website, "This year's strips are a return to tradition, with a home [.

EPL Talk Fantasy Football: Euro 2008 Winds Down

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There's just one game left in Euro 2008, which means there's one last chance to get as many points as possible in the EPL Talk Euro 2008 Fantasy Football game. The winner will receive a replica jersey of the Euro 2008 team of his or her choice courtesy of Subside Sports. Here's the top 10 rankings [.

ESPN’s Euro 2008 Advertising Gone Wrong

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When was the last time you saw a banner advertisement on the homepage of a major website promoting soccer in the United States? I had to rub my eyes when I saw it earlier Thursday afternoon on the homepage of Yahoo Finance, one of the top financial websites in the U.S. (see screenshot below). The banner [.

ESPN’s Euro 2008 Dream Goes According To Plan

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ESPN and ABC's dreams have come true. Sunday's Euro 2008 final between Germany and Spain is a far better proposition for the Disney owned TV networks than Turkey against Russia would have been. With plenty of German Americans living in the United States as well as a massive hispanic population, TV ratings should be high.

Euro 2008 Semi Final Preview Spain v Russia

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Tonight could give us one of the tournaments great games and after yesterday's dramatic 5 goal thriller anything else will be a disappointment. It is impossible to gauge who can take the game tonight, such is Russia's improvement after Spain spanked them in the opening game of Group D. Russia were absolutely phenomenal against Holland [.

Euro 2008 Semi-Final Plagued By 17 Minutes Of TV Transmission Issues

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Football fans around the world must have cursing their TV sets Wednesday night when the TV transmission was interrupted three separate times during key moments in the thrilling Euro 2008 semi-final between Germany and Turkey. UEFA is investigating the situation to find out what happened, but it appears that a thunderstorm is blamed for the interruptions.

Euro 2008 Semi Final Preview Germany v Turkey

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When you get to the semi final of a major tournament, you need your best players available to assist you in the task in front of you. You're facing one of the most consistent international sides of the last 50 years, a side whose reputation is forged in steel and who have reached 10 international [..

Powerful Germany Should Breeze Through Turkey Tie

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If a depleted Turkey side manage to beat tournament favourites Germany in tonight's European Championship semi-final in Basel, they will have pulled off one of the greatest miracles in the history of international football. It is unfortunate that the underdogs, who have previously performed stunning comebacks in this tournament against Switzerland, Czech Republic and Croatia, will [.

Latest Soccer News From Around The World

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If you're not reading the other sites in our network, you're missing some great articles. Soccer On Dish writes about how the curse of ITVN has returned to Setanta Sports. La Liga Talk interviews Guillem Balague. Jeff Hash at Major League Soccer Talk writes about the latest results in the U.S. Open Cup (the tournament that's [.

Are Football Match Programmes Slowly Becoming Extinct?

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Growing up in Wales, many of my cold, wet winter nights were spent cowering under a lightbulb studying every word and every page of football programmes. I had my Swansea City programmes that I brought home from matches, but I was deeply indebted to Steve Earl Football Programmes for helping to grow my collection.

New 08/09 Liverpool Third Shirt: New Picture

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If you had to guess what color Liverpool's new third shirt will be for the 2008/2009 season, you wouldn't expect it to be green but as ridiculous as it sounds, it's true. Last season Liverpool wore black for their European away shirt. This year, the Adidas shirt will be green with a white trim (pictured [.

Website Review: Portsmouth Football Club

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Over the next several weeks, EPL Talk will be reviewing all of the websites for the 20 Premier League clubs. The first club website to be reviewed is Portsmouth and for good reason. It's one of the best ones in the Premiership. If you've ever met a Portsmouth fan, you'll know that they're very passionate about [.

New 08/09 Wigan Athletic Home Shirt

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Wigan's new home shirt for the 2008/2009 season is now available for pre-order from their website. The official launch date for the new Wigan kit is July 15. Pictured above, the new shirt is modeled by Emile Heskey and designed and manufactured by Champion. In the United States, Champion is best known for their bras, panties [.

Euro 2008 Coverage Has Failed To Match The Tournament

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Having watched most of Euro 2008 spread out between the BBC and ITV I have come to the conclusion that both channels need a major shake up in the ways they cover sport. Both sides irritate people with different aspects of their coverage, for example they both need some new pundits and co-commentators in because [.

New 08/09 Manchester City Home Shirt Revealed

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A photograph has leaked of the new Manchester City home shirt for the 2008/2009 season. Manufactured by Le Coq Sportif, their current kit designer, the new home jersey looks very similar to the the current City shirt. The new shirt design does feature a white diagonal line from the neckline to under the left arm.

5 Reasons Why The European Football Championship Is Better Than The World Cup

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Ask any soccer fan about their favorite World Cup memory and you'll immediately see a smile on their face and hear the enthusiasm in his or her voice. My favorite memory was my first World Cup when I saw Archie Gemmill go on that incredible run to score against Holland in 1978 in Argentina. Over the [.

New Liverpool 08/09 Away Shirt: Pictures

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Liverpool FC has unveiled their new away shirt for the 2008/2009 season. The grey Adidas kit with red trim will conjure up a lot of memories for Liverpool fans. The club used to have a grey shirt with Candy Paints as the sponsor. What are your thoughts about the new Liverpool away shirt? Click the comments [.

New 08/09 Sunderland Away Shirt: Photo

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The new Sunderland away shirt for the 2008/2009 season has been revealed. Designed by Umbro, the blue and black striped shirt (pictured above, worn by Kieron Richardson) is sponsored by Boyles Sports. Judging by the above picture, this is one of the smartest Umbro designs in quite some time. What do you think of the new [.

The Thin Line Between Euro 2008 Winners And Losers

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In international tournaments such as Euro 2008, tactical formations are overrated. Just because a team that plays a 4-3-2-1 formation beats a country playing 4-4-2, that doesn't mean that a Christmas Tree lineup is better. At the end of the day, so much of football comes down to chance. When you think about the 16 teams [.

New 08/09 Hull City Away Shirt Revealed

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A photograph of Hull City's away shirt for the 2008/2009 season has been revealed. The color is flint a very dark grey. Manufactured by Umbro, the shirt features an amber and black trim and is sponsored by Kingston Communications. Fair play to Hull, this is one of the most aesthetically pleasing shirts among the 20 [.

New 08/09 Chelsea Away Shirt: Pictures

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Chelsea has confirmed that their new away shirt for the 2008/2009 season will be all black. Designed by Adidas and sponsored by Samsung, the new shirt design is a welcome change from Chelsea's away shirt that it wore last season, which was a yellow day-glo color. The new shirt may be partially inspired by the success [.

Euro 2008 Poll: Who Will Be The Finalists?

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Spain And Italy’s Bore Draw Gives Soccer A Bad Name

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It was supposed to be a classic. Two of the top teams in Europe, Italy and Spain, with some of the best footballers in the world on display. But what we saw was a dire game featuring two teams more focused on avoiding defeat than trying to win. Other than the Romania against France game, [...]

Euro 2008 Quarter Final Preview Spain v Italy

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And so the last of the quarter finals is upon us and of course this is the one with most needle involved. To say that there is a little bit of animosity between these two sides would be an understatement and it is 88 years since Spain beat Italy in a competitive fixture, way back in the [...]

Win A Euro 2008 Shirt From Castrol And EPL Talk

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EPL Talk has two Euro 2008 shirts to give away as prizes courtesy of sponsor Castrol Oil, creator of the excellent Castrol Performance Index which provides statistics and analysis of the Euro 2008 matches. To win one of these shirts, all you have to do is visit http://www.castrolindex.com/ and search through the pages looking for interesting [.

Holland 1-3 Russia - Arshavin On Top Of The World

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Watching Russia beat Holland 3-1 tonight in Basel to qualify for the semi-finals of Euro 2008, we may have seen the future champions of Europe. Their performance, at times, was simply breathtaking. Over the entire 120 minutes, the best team deservedly won the match. Holland had plenty of chances to score but they were, for once, [.

The Pitfalls Of Watching Soccer On Satellite TV

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Sometimes readers ask me why I don't have DirecTV or DISH Network. One of the main reasons why was on display today, and it's definitely one of the pitfalls of watching soccer on satellite television.The culprit is the weather in South Florida. During the summer here, you can almost guarantee that by 2pm that the [.

EURO 2008 Match Preview

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I have a new name in my house. I have now been dubbed the Spectre of Football Death by my partner after my two stunning Quarter Finals failures. She is now highly concerned as her favourites are playing today and tomorrow, so to prevent myself suffering some sort of domestic incident, I have promised to [.

EPL Talk Gets Behind Holland!

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Here's a photograph of me, The Gaffer, partying with two friendly Dutch fans in the streets of Berne, Switzerland before the Italy against Holland match. I'll be at Slainte's Pub in Boynton Beach this afternoon cheering on the Dutch. Come back later tonight for a full report as well as articles throughout the day from the [.

Is Fan Segregation At Football Matches A Good Thing?

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One of the pleasures of going to see a live match in England and continental Europe these days is the lack of fan segregation.After leaving Wales in 1984 and returning to England in 2006 to attend a professional match again, I was shocked by how fans were allowed to mingle together in the streets outside [.

New 08/09 Newcastle United Away Shirt

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Newcastle United has unveiled their new away shirt for the 2008/2009 season. Modeled by Michael Owen, the blue shirt is designed in the new Adidas template. While the new Newcastle United kit looks attractive, it looks similar to Chelsea's new home shirt although the blues are definitely different shades.

Soccer’s Bermuda Triangle Of TV Camera Angles

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Fans of association football will have all experienced this at one time or another. When watching a match on TV, there's a specific camera angle that's diagonal to the goal where it looks like the ball is going near the net, only to find out that the ball goes up and is sent in the [...]

Win An EPL Talk T-Shirt

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The first person who emails a PDF of issue number two of the EPL Talk Magazine to me at thegaffer[at]epltalk[dot]com will receive their very own EPL Talk T-shirt (pictured; blonde not included). As soon as I receive it, I'll update this post. So if you see no note here, then you still have a chance [.

Euro 2008 Croatia v Turkey Preview & Prediction

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First of all, let me say what a super performance Germany gave last night. They tactically outclassed Portugal from the get go and thoroughly deserved their win. Anyway, enough of yesterday, now for today's big clash. Before yesterday, I'd have put my house on Croatia winning this game, now I'm not so sure I don't [.

Time Shifting Helps Increase The Popularity Of Soccer

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Time shifting, the recording of programming to watch or listen to later at a more convenient time, has changed the way we consume media, but I believe it's also led to the increased popularity of soccer worldwide. Out of all of the Premier League, Euro 2008 and Champions League soccer that you watch, how much of [.

Thanks For Making EPL Talk A Success

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It's been a good week for EPL Talk. We broke the 500 barrier in terms of number of RSS subscribers (see screenshot above). We were ranked the number one soccer blog for several days this week by Ballhype. And we were interviewed on the homepage of the Euro 2008 Statistics website as well as touted [.

How England Football Fans Are Celebrating The Euros

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Why Manchester United Should Let Cristiano Ronaldo Go

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The only thing stopping Cristiano Ronaldo from becoming a Real Madrid player is Manchester United themselves. In his body language and in the words he says, it's so apparent that Ronaldo wants to join Real Madrid. It's always been his desire to play in Spain, so if the opportunity comes along he's going to try to [.

ESPN2 Sees 64% Increase in Households For Euro ‘08 Over Network Average

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If you happen to notice a sense of relief coming from ESPN in the last few days, there is a reason for it.  It's because, while they are not coming in World Cup numbers, viewers are tuning in to the network's broadcasts of Euro 2008. ESPN announced today that, for the 15 Euro 2008 matches shown [..

Euro 2008 Portugal v Germany Quarter Final Preview

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So here we go, we've had 12 days of blood and thunder football, sublime skills, shock results, new stars and the retirement of legends. Tonight sees the first of the Quarter Finals and what a way to start this section of the competition. There is no doubting over the last 10 years, Portugal's stock has [.

The Cure For Obsessed Soccer Fans

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If your obsession about football isn't limited to just the Premier League and Euro 2008, be sure to visit the other sites in our network. At Champions League Talk, Lonnie Smetana has been writing about the top stories among continental European teams such as Porto being allowed to participate in the Champions League and Perrin leaving [.

Nolberto Solano Loses His Mind

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Footballers can do stupid things sometimes. Former West Ham, Newcastle and Aston Villa midfielder Nolberto Solano who is currently without a club after being released by the Hammers was pictured this week on the cover of the most-read Peruvian sports daily in the build-up to their match against Uruguay.

New 08/09 Manchester United Away Shirt Photos

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After plenty of rumors during the past few months, official photographs of Manchester United's new away shirt for the 2008/2009 season have been released. Modeling the new kit were Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and Carlos Tevez. The Sun newspaper also has video from the launch of the new away kit. Share your thoughts regarding what you think [.

Raymond Domenech Should Be Fired

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The French participated in Euro 2008, but only in name. Their performance was a still, lifeless damp squib. The blame lies with one man, Raymond Domenech. France missed their renowned number 10, but, more pressing was the lack of any number 10 in Domenech's formation. The French used a depressed 4-4-2, with two [.

The Euro 2008 Stadium Experience: Berne

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Experiencing Euro 2008 from the comfort of your home, office or local pub is so different than seeing the game live in person. But what goes on inside a stadium in the buildup to a Euro 2008 game? For the first round of Euro 2008 matches that began at 2.45pm ET, most if not all [...]

Euro 2008 Poll: Who’s Going To Win?

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Now that the final eight have made it through to the quarter-finals of Euro 2008, let us know who you think will win it. Who's going to win Euro 2008? ( surveys) If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to:

Russia progress thanks to the brilliant Arshavin.

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When it was announced that Sven-Göran Eriksson was to leave his post as England manager after the 2006 World Cup Guus Hiddink was seen by many as the man to finally galvanise the so-called ‘golden generation'. England chose Steve McClaren, Russia chose Hiddink and we all know what happened next. Despite losing their opening game to [.

Euro 2008 Group D Final Match Preview And Predictions

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So we enter the final group games tonight, the Spanish are already through to face Italy and Russia and Sweden face each other to see who earns the right to play Holland. Sweden have certainly been the better of the two sides so far in this group and know that a draw will be more [...]

‘Squeaky bum time’ for Russia and Sweden

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  To take a phrase from Sir Alex Ferguson's dictionary it really is ‘squeaky bum time' for the two sides left fighting it out for the final quarter final spot. Having witnessed three days of tense, nervy encounters we can expect to be treated to one more before the tournament progresses. Whilst this one may not [.

Julie Foudy: You Are ESPN’s Weakest Link, Goodbye!

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At the start of the Euro 2008 tournament, ESPN pundits were asked who was going to be their star of the tournament. Pundit Julie Foudy picked Thierry Henry. Her choice showed how clueless she is about the sport. I'm still scratching my head why ESPN selected Foudy as a member of their Euro 2008 broadcasting team.

2008/2009 Premier League Fixtures As Predictable As League Itself

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Pundits and fans often complain about the predictability of the Premier League. Looking at the fixtures announced for the 2008/2009 season, the fixtures themselves seem awfully predictable too. There's the token match pitting the newly promoted side against one of the top clubs. This August, it's West Bromwich Albion away against Arsenal.

Soccer Blogs Beat Mainstream Media To News Stories

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In the world of technology, the top sites aren't magazines or newspapers. They're blogs. Web sites such as TechCrunch, Engadget and Boing Boing lead the way with the latest breaking news and analysis, as well as receiving more visitors than some of the giants in tech publishing. While soccer blogs aren't in the same echelon as [.

Shoot Magazine, Thanks For The Memories

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Over the next few days, expect to read a multitude of odes written by bloggers from the UK regarding the demise of Shoot Magazine, the popular British football publication which owner IPC announced it would be shutting it down at the end of this month. Shoot! was a hugely popular weekly football magazine aimed at children.

Could ESPN Steal Andy Gray From Sky Sports?

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Modern day football coverage is such that the commentators don't even need to be in the stadiums anymore. ESPN's Euro 2008 commentators are all huddled in Bristol, Connecticut. Most TWI commentators, meanwhile, broadcast Premier League games out of their studios in west London. With the world being a much smaller place today plus with the global [.

Group C Final Match Preview and Predictions

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Sunday July 9th 2006, 11pm. Italy had just beaten France to become World Champions for the 4th time. The sound of car horns blaring could be heard in every major city in the Western world as Italians celebrated a historic win and looked forward to a new golden age of football for their country. The party [.

Piturca Looks To Complete The Job

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Romania go into tonight's game against Holland knowing that a win against the already qualified Dutch side will seal qualification to the Quarter Finals at the expense of Italy and France. Very few people had tipped Piturca's side to be anything other than whipping boys in the Group of Death but they have shown both [.

Download Wallpapers of Arsenal’s New Home Shirt

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Arsenal fans can now download wallpapers of William Gallas, Cesc Fabregas, Theo Walcott and Manuel Almunia wearing the new Arsenal home shirt for the 2008/2009 season.Three options are available: 1600 x 1200 1280 x 1024, and 1024 x 768. You may also find these related articles interesting: Arsenal's Preseason Friendlies, Arsenal Fans Say It With Flowers, Pictures Of New Arsenal Away Shirt.

The Daily Telegraph Goes Back To The Future

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What's wrong with this picture above? Either The Daily Telegraph has a magic crystal ball where they can predict what's going to happen at Euro 20008 or maybe reporter Jeremy Wilson had a few drinks too many in Zurich? If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!

Share Your Thoughts On How To Make EPL Talk More Interactive

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I'd like to get your valuable input on a couple of new ideas I'm interested in implementing to EPL Talk. Over the past 12 months, the EPL Talk site has zoomed up the charts and you've posted 7,943 comments. As a result, I've taken down the message boards because the banter between you, the readers, [.

Euro 2008 Group B Final Match Preview & Predictions

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Group B will come to the end tonight and every team has a chance to join Croatia in the Quarter Finals. Austria need to beat Germany and hope that Poland do not beat Croatia by a bigger winning margin to have a chance to qualify but they'll be up against it. Austria's last competitive win [...]

Phil Scolari Set to Sign…Everyone

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Portugal manager Luiz Felipe Scolari stirred the footballing pot when Chelsea announced an agreement with him to become their next manager, at the termination of his Portugal contract after Euro 2008. Throwing even more chum into the water, are the ever truthful transfer magicians, who now have just about everyone available linked to Chelsea.

Euro 2008 Group D predictions

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Today's clashes throw up some potentially exciting games with everything still to play for in this Group. The first game today, Sweden v Spain, gives us a mouth-watering start to the proceedings. Spain looked awesome against Russia and will be looking to qualify to the next stage with a game to spare.

The Pleasure Of Watching Spain v Sweden In An Irish Pub

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Earlier this week I wrote an opinion piece about how the experience of watching football matches on TV are oftentimes better than seeing the games in person. Well, I want to take that back. That's because watching a match on TV in a pub is better than both watching matches at home and in person, [..

Man United Website Receives Record Number Of Visitors

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Manchester United's web site received over 5.4 million unique visitors in May, 2008, which is a record for the site. The website has been managed by IMG Media since 1998 and has trebled the amount of traffic on its site every two years. The figures were boosted by the launch of Chinese, Japanese and Korean [.

Everton Goes Bananas

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In celebration of the city of Liverpool being Europe's Capital of Culture, Goodison Park is the home for an unusual figurine: A lambanana! Named the Super St Domingo Lamb Banana, the figure was erected this morning in front of the Dixie Dean statue outside Goodison Park. Part banana, part lamb, the structure is one of 119 [.

Euro 2008 Group A Final Match Predictions

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Tonight sees the first dual clash with Czech Republic playing Turkey whilst Switzerland host Portugal. With Portugal through as Group Winners, all eyes will be on Geneva. We could potentially have a first in Group qualification with the fact that should tonight's game end in a draw, we will go straight into a penalty shoot out [.

ESPN Find Magic Formula With Andy Gray & Derek Rae

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Soccer fans in the United States watching the Turkey against Czech Republic game were in for a double treat on Sunday. There was the incredible comeback from Turkey who found themselves two nil down but came back to win the match 3-2, which knocked the Czechs out of the tournament. But there was also the [.

Euro 2008 Coverage By Sky Sports Is Pathetic

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Right now, football fans throughout Europe and around the world are riveted to Euro 2008. But if you've watched "Through The Night" the past few days, you'll have noticed that Sky Sports has led with different stories and relegated Euro 2008 news to the second or third stories of the night. While Sky Sports doesn't own [.

Premier League Fixtures Start Countdown

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So it's here, the day the gets us all excited and begins the countdown to the new season starting on August 16th, a mere 61 days away. Everyone eagerly checks the fixtures, scanning to see when they've got that away trip to Old Trafford, Anfield, The Emirates and Stamford Bridge, who'll they'll be playing near their [.

2008/2009 Premier League Fixtures

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The 2008/2009 Premier League fixtures have been announced and here are some mouthwatering matches to look forward to (all dates subject to change): Sunday, August 31* Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur Saturday, September 13 Manchester City v Chelsea Sunday, September 14* Liverpool v Manchester United Sunday, September 21* Chelsea v Manchester United Saturday, September 27 Everton v Liverpool Saturday, October 25 Chelsea v Liverpool Tuesday, October 28 Arsenal v Tottenham [.

Key To Holland’s Success: Orlando Engelaar

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Watching the Holland against Italy match earlier this week in Bern, the biggest relevation for me was seeing how Orlando Engelaar mastered the midfield for the Netherlands. The tall, lanky Dutchman was a key part of Holland's success. Playing in the center of the park, the 28-year-old FC Twente midfielder dictated possession.

Holland Light up Euro 2008 with Dutch Delight

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Switzerland has so far been covered by a sea of orange during this month's European Championships as Dutch fans have turned up in unbelievable numbers to cheer on their footballing heroes of this generation. And the footballer's themselves have performed magnificently as well, producing classy and emphatic victories over World Cup finalists Italy and France in [.

Euro 2008: Better Than World Cup 2006 So Far

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I've finally had a chance to catch up on watching some of the Euro 2008 matches I missed. The jet lag hit me later in the week, so I found myself watching many of the games this week at weird hours on DVR. The one thing about football is that it can be so subjective. Earlier [...]

Hup, Holland, Hup

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Here's a brief video I shot of the Dutch friends we made in Bern. It's one of those delightful football songs that's almost impossible to get out of your head after you've heard it. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to:

Tales Of Euro 2008 Ticket Scalpers

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The Guardian's Barney Ronay wrote an excellent article this week about ticket scalpers at Euro 2008. While in Zurich, I didn't see one scalper. But the minute I walked off the train in Bern on the day of the Holland against Italy match, there were scalpers everywhere. That day, I probably saw about 20-30 different scalpers.

Arsenal Fans Say It With Flowers

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Many of us have been in love with our football teams longer than our relationships with our partners. Family members come and go while football teams always stay with us. But when a loved one departs, what better way to pay tribute than to send flowers? And for a massive football fan who dies, why [.

Premier League News From Around The World

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While soccer fans worldwide are living and breathing Euro 2008, here are a few Premier League-related stories of interest: Chelsea has signed with CAA to handle their branding and marketing efforts, Fans are upset about the new home Arsenal shirt, Success of cricket's Indian Premier League eyes English Premier League next, Chelsea and Manchester United debts at record £1.

Euro 2008 Group C Match Predictions

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Italy are staring into the abyss, the players have been arguing the weekend, the Italian press have being going ballistic and the manager Roberto Donadoni is under massive pressure. Under enormous pressure, the coach is expected to ring the changes for tonight's game against Romania. He's already confirmed that Del Piero will return to the [.

Euro 2008: How Seeing A Football Match On TV Can Be Better Than Seeing It In Person

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Before the Holland vs Italy match at Euro 2008, the last professional football match I attended was in November 2006 when I saw Manchester United draw Chelsea 1-1 at Old Trafford. The reason why I haven't seen any games in person since 2006 is because the nearest professional team to me is exactly 1,000 miles [.

Euro 2008 Group B Match Predictions

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Group B throws us another tantalising opening game this evening as Croatia entertain Germany. A win for either side will see them join Portugal in the last eight and after the performances on Sunday, Germany will be strong favourites to do so. Yet, Croatia are a team that have shown over the last 12 months that [.

Swiss Show The World How To Run A Football Tournament

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Miami is not known for good road signage. I've lived near the city for 24 years and I still get confused when I go downtown looking for the I-95 on-ramp. It's not that the signage is poor. In some places, it simply doesn't even exist. In Switzerland, it's an entirely different story. From the moment I [.

Euro 2008 Fantasy Football League Table

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Out of the 76 teams playing in EPL Talk's private version of the Euro 2008 Fantasy Football League competition, here are the top 10 managers as of this morning: Riverdale FC, James Dutra, 95 points Rafa's Redmen, David James, 89 points SPAOTP FC, Chris Oakley, 87 points KambeNFC, Blawak Rakus, 86 points Indian Devils, Sujayjumar Bedekar, 86 pints The Estadio, Reynna [.

Viewership Numbers For ESPN Euro ‘08 Broadcasts So Far Are Not Bad

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So, after having over 1 million viewers tune in for the UEFA Champions League Final last month, how is ESPN doing with the early broadcasts for Euro 2008?  The answer is not as well as the final, but fairly decent overall.  According to the Associated Press, these were the numbers for each game broadcast over [.

Luiz Felipe Scolari Will Be Chelsea’s New Manager

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Before I get to Scolari's appointment as Chelsea manager, I just want to announce that there will no Euro 2008 daily recaps from me for today's and tomorrow's action. I'm taking a five-week summer school class right now and had to record both games today and will do the same tomorrow because of my class [.

Scolari Named New Chelsea Manager

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Chelsea have just announced the Luis Felipe Scolari has been named as the new Chelsea manager as of July 1st. Scolari will be out of contract with the Portuguese FA on June 30th. Speculation had been rife that Scolari would take over for the last 3 weeks and this announcement doesn't come as too much of [.

Euro 2008 Group A Match Predictions

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After one set of games, we now have the groups beginning to take shape and we move into the second phase of matches. Everyone who wins in this particular round knows that they still have a chance of qualifying or indeed making sure that they have qualified for the Quarter Finals. The first of tonight's matches [.

Euro 2008 Adventure: Day Three (Bern)

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The football fever that was absent in Zurich was well and truly present in Bern from the moment when I arrived at the train station of the Swiss capital. Before we even arrived in Bern, I was prepared for the crazy Dutch fans. Back in the summer of 1994, I was introduced to the Clockwork Orange [...

Euro 2008 Photos

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Here are just some of the 57 photos that are in the Euro 2008 photo set from EPL Talk. Be sure to view the slideshow or view all of the images separately to read the descriptions. Enjoy. The above picture was taken at Zurich's train station. Picture of Julius Caesar look-a-like above was taken outside Bern's [.

Latest Gaffe Confirms The Premier League’s Biggest Weakness Is The League Itself

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You have to hand it to the Premier League at times; when it decides they really want to shoot a hole in their foot, they know how to do it with little effort. The Guardian broke an exclusive story today on comments made by Sir David Richards, chairman of the Premier League for the last nine [...]

Euro 2008 Applauds As Sweden Win For Football

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Thank god. Thank you Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thank you Lars Lagerberg. Thank you Sweden. Tonight you have re-affirmed my belief and love of football with your win over Greece. Watching Greece is the antithesis of why I love football, they make me hate the game, make me angry, burrow at my relationship with football and sportsmanship [.

Holland Gives Ruud Awakening To Italy: First Person Account

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It was a night to remember for the Dutch and neutral football fans, and a nightmare Italian supporters will hope to soon forget. For those of us who were there at the stadium, myself included, it was by far the most entertaining match of the tournament and an incredible experience. Of course, the topic that everyone [.

Euro 2008 Recap–Day 4

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An alarming trend is developing after one round of games at Euro 2008 eight matches have been played so far, and only one of them has featured goals from both teams. Once a team takes the lead, they're basically a sure bet to hold on and win, and that doesn't make for compelling [...]

Euro 2008 Group D Match predictions

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So after getting both results spot on yesterday (I must have typed Italy when I really meant Holland!! Haha!), today gives us another great clash to look forward to with Spain's first game of Euro 2008. The perennial underachievers will be looking for their first trophy in 44 years, since winning Euro 64 and are [.

Euro 2008 Recap–Day 3

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It's fair to say that the third day of Euro 2008 didn't necessarily provide us with entertaining soccer for the duration of both games (certainly not in the first one), but the results of those games were perhaps the most unexpected of the tournament so far. The favorites had won each of the previous [.

Euro 2008 Group C Predictions

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So, after watching Croatia give a wonderful impression of England and Germany win their first game at Championships since 1996, today gives us the first day we've been waiting for. Group C is the Group of Death, where one of the big boys will definitely go out. Yet I think it will be worse than that, I [.

Croatia no longer the Dark Horses of Euro 2008?

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Before this tournament started a lot of people had Croatia down as their dark horses to cause a major upset in the European Championships and who cold blame them after Slaven Bilic's side came through a tough qualifying group to make it to this years competition. But having watched them struggle to overcome Austria last [.

Euro 2008 Recap–Day 2

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Was it just me, or did you all also get a sense of déjà vu when watching today's action from Group B? I felt like I was witnessing yesterday's games all over again. Consider: • Both yesterday's first game and today's first game ended 1-0, and yesterday's second game and today's second game both ended 2-0.

Euro 2008 Adventure: Day Two (Zurich)

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I arrived safely in Zurich this morning after almost 24 hours of traveling from the States. I'm exhausted but so glad I've made the trip. Surprisingly Zurich hasn't caught football fever yet. The city is pretty silent although the city centre and shops are busy with tourists. So far, though, it seems that most of the [.

Euro 2008 Group B Match Predictions

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So yesterday saw Portugal and the Czech Republic take massive strides to joining the last and their potential opponents all open their accounts today. We've two David and Goliath clashes here in terms of history and ability and we could see two very one sided games. First up, it's the co-hosts Austria, who begin with [.

Euro ‘08 Recap–Day 1

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The 13th edition of the European Championships started out in decent fashion today, as both games had their exciting moments and neither ended in draws. The picks of many to advance from Group A, Portugal and the Czech Republic, both came away with victories, setting up a showdown in Geneva between the two in [.

Day One: First Impressions of ESPN’s Euro ‘08 Coverage

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Euro 2008 is finally here after the standard mega sports event buildup.  And for ESPN, today is the beginning of their broadcast of the entire tournmanet for the first time.  The network has been rolling the ads for weeks and made a big addition to its on-air talent with Andy Gray.  Now, at last, the coverage itself is the focus.

Match Statistics From Switzerland 0-1 Czech Republic

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The opening match of Euro 2008 has finished with Czech Republic winning one-nil against Switzerland in Basel. Here are some statistics from the match: Czech Republic 1. Petr Cech    11.26 (top speed; kph)    3840 (distance; metres) 2. Zdenek Grygera    22.68    9674 3. Jan Polak    22.

Video Highlights of Pepe’s Goal For Portugal Against Turkey

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Real Madrid striker Pepe scored his first goal for Portugal today in their game against Turkey. While the goal was impressive, the interplay between Pepe and captain Nuno Gomes was exceptional. There are few aspects of soccer that are a better example of teamwork than a well executed one-two. Watch this perfect example: If you're new [.

ESPN Makes Smart Move With Andy Gray Hiring

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Andy Gray, one of the top football co-commentators and pundits in the world, made his appearance this afternoon not on Sky Sports but instead on ESPN. What Gray gives ESPN is instant credibility, which the network desperately needs if it's to establish itself as an authority on soccer coverage both in the United States and [.

Debate: Who’ll Be Your Player Of Euro ‘08?

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Euro 2008 hasn't even started yet, but that hasn't stopped so many pundits who have been writing off Holland's chances of success in the tournament. The critics keep on pointing at the Dutch defense as a weakness, but what they're forgetting is the Oranje's power in midfield and up front. An integral part of that attack [.

Euro 2008 Group A Match Predictions

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So this afternoon sees the opening two matches in Euro 2008 and it will one of the co-hosts, Switzerland will open proceedings for us against the Czech Republic in Basel.  Whilst I appreciate that no host nation has failed to qualify from a group in championship history, I feel that Switzerland are easily the weakest [.

EPL Talk’s Euro ‘08 Adventure: Day One

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Newark isn't the first place that comes to mind when you picture Euro 2008, but EPL Talk's Euro '08 Adventure has to begin somewhere. After being jarred by my 4:45am wake-up call today, I kissed the wife and kids goodbye and jumped on the plane from Palm Beach International Airport in Florida heading to New [.

My Favourite European Championship Games (Part Three)

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So, here are my two final choices as my two favourite games from the European Championships and both may seem suprising. Number 2: Spain Vs Yugoslavia Euro 00 Group C June 21 2000 So this was one of these games were both sides could qualify or be eliminated depending on other results. Sometimes, that can lead to [.

TV Schedule for Euro 2008 Group Stage

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 The long wait for Euro 2008 is just about over as we're roughly 17 hours away from kickoff in the tournament opener between Switzerland, the co-host, and the Czech Republic. The group stage will end on June 18, with two games played every day until that date. Starting Sunday, June 15, both games will kick off [.

Euro ‘08 Final Prediction

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I've been building up to the start of Euro 2008 for two weeks now, providing you with a one-stop-shop of sorts with final rosters for each of the 16 nations involved, previews of each nation and group, and my predictions for the quarterfinals and beyond. Every tournament has a winner, obviously, and we're at that [.

Mutu Ordered To Pay Chelsea £9.6 million

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Romanian striker Adrian Mutu has been ordered to repay Chelsea a staggering £9.6 million in compensation after his sacking in 2004. FIFA ruled on the decision following Chelsea's attempt to sue Mutu to cover losses incurred by his transfer fee and wages paid to him during his 14 month spell.  Mutu was banned from football [.

Dos Santos Confirms Tottenham Move

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  The Mexican winger Giovani Dos Santos has completed his £5million move to White Hart Lane from Barcelona this afternoon. Dos Santos has signed a 5 year contract and joins up with his team mates for pre-season training on July 7th. It was a signing we discussed last weekend here on EPLTalk.com. Spurs had been in the running [.

Dossena joins Liverpool

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Udinese fullback Andrea Dossena has become the first Italian international to sign for Liverpool. The players agent has confirmed that Dossena has passed his medical at Anfield earlier this week and expects the move to be finalised next week. Liverpool have paid £7 million to capture the exiciting fullback and he had a clutch of suitors chasing his [.

Debate: Who’ll Be Your Player Of Euro ‘08?

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Euro 2008 hasn't even started yet, but that hasn't stopped so many pundits who have been writing off Holland's chances of success in the tournament. The critics keep on pointing at the Dutch defense as a weakness, but what they're forgetting is the Oranje's power in midfield and up front. An integral part of that attack [.

France Face Injury Worries For European Championship Opener

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French manager Raymond Domenech is facing the prospect of being without 3 key players for Mondays opening Group C clash with Romania in Zurich. Patrick Vieira is extremely doubtful to recover from his thigh strain but he has now been joined by worries over Thierry Henry and Franck Ribery's fitness.

It’s Official (Finally): Setanta Sports USA Launching On Verizon FiOS In July

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It has been a long test of patience for EPL fans in America and Setanta to see if the sports channel would finally make the jump to cable.  Today, the wait has finally come to an end. Verizon and Setanta have confirmed that Setanta Sports USA will be added to Verizon's fiber optic cable system beginning next month in some areas, [.

Mark Hughes Takes on Mission Impossible at Man City

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It takes a very brave man to risk his managerial credibility being diminished and take on the lead role at Manchester City, and Mark Hughes has proved he has the heart of a lion by agreeing to work with ruthless owner Thaksin Shinawatra. Just days after Sven Goran Eriksson's controversial sacking, Hughes takes the manager's position [.

Ronaldo picks Real Madrid over Manchester United

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As the old saying goes, money talks and Cristiano Ronaldo is listening. The 23-year-old Portugese superstar finally ended his silence in an exclusive interview with respected Brazilian website Terra he is reported as stating: "I would like to play for Real Madrid but only if it is true they are ready to pay what Manchester [.

My Favourite European Championship Games (Part Two)

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After my initial choice for 5th, Here are my next two favourite matches from the European Championships. Number 4: Holland Vs Yugoslavia Euro 00 Quarter Finals June 25th 2000 Occasionally, when you're as obsessed with football as much as me, you sit through some dire games. This wasn't a game that I had that bad a feeling for [.

Why The Premier League Needs To Think Big Globally

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Members of the 20 Premier League clubs will convene in Leicester today and tomorrow for their annual meeting. At the top of the agenda will be a topic that could have a profound impact on the future of the game determining the league's global expansion plans. According to The Press Association, a watered down version [.

New 08/09 Arsenal Home Shirt: Photograph

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New 08/09 Everton Home & Away Shirts: Photographs

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Who’s Mad Enough To Become Chelsea’s Next Manager?

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Have you ever worked for one of those bosses who is almost impossible to please no matter how hard you try? You work, work, work and the ogre still isn't satisfied. If so, you have an inkling of how it must have felt for Jose Mourinho or Avram Grant managing Chelsea and failing to impress [...]

BBC Sport Pays Homage To Mozart With Euro ‘08 Trailer

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If BBC Sport could be as creative and slick with their live football coverage as they are with their promotional trailers, the Beeb would rule the TV roost once again and kick Sky Sports to the gutter. Such is the artistry and fine detail that's included in BBC Sport's trailer for Euro 2008 (see below).

This Is Not Your Father’s Panini Sticker Collection

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Panini is making a comeback this summer (although they never really left us) with their series of Euro 2008 stickers and its de rigueur sticker album. But they're also trying something brand new. The Italian sticker company has entered the world of, gasp, digital stickers. Surely Panini doesn't get the point, you wonder?

Euro 2008 Semifinals Predictions

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The countdown to Euro 2008 is now on in earnest as we're less than three days away from kickoff in the opener, Switzerland-Czech Republic. Along with my final prediction on Friday, I'll post the complete TV schedule for the group stage for everyone's convenience. I can't wait for this thing to get started.

Mark Hughes Leaves Blackburn, Goes to City

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Manchester City announced the arrival of Mark Hughes to the Eastlands today, where he signed a three-year contract to manage the team he hated playing against when he was at crosstown rivals United. Hughes took Blackburn as far as he could during his four-year tenure at the club, finishing in the top half of the [.

Art And Football: A L.S. Lowry Masterpiece Goes On Auction

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This Friday, Christies will auction an original painting from one of the most revered artists in England - L.S. Lowry (1887-1976). The masterpiece is entitled "Manchester City v Sheffield United." While his compatriots in England were painting idyllic flowers and landscapes, Lowry was capturing what it was like to live in the north (northern England, that [.

Silly Season Sillier Than Ever

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While Premiership footballers are working on their tans, the businessmen within football are busier than ever. Silly season has well and truly begun as football agents, chairmen, publicists and executives burn the midnight oil. As we've seen in the past few days, it's not been just player transfers that clubs have been dealing with (such as [.

Moyes Wins Damages From Rooney

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The Everton manager, David Moyes has been awarded compensation in his writ against Wayne Rooney for damaging his professional reputation. The case was brought over allegations made in Wayne Rooney's 2006 Autobiography " My Story So Far" regarding how Rooney came to leave Everton and sign for Manchester United.

Aston Villa To Feature Name Of Charity On Its Shirts

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The Premier League has given Aston Villa permission to have a charity's name emblazoned across their shirts next season instead of a sponsor's name. The landmark decision by the Premier League will allow Aston Villa to have Acorns Children's Hospice printed on its shirts. "Real credit must go to Aston Villa for being the first Premier [.

My 5 Favourite Tournament Matches

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As we build up to the impending start of the 13th European Championships, I thought I'd take a walk down memory lane and share my five favourite games that this tournament has thrown up over the years with you and I'll start with the match that hooked me in to become the football obsessive that [...

Euro ‘08 Quarterfinals Predictions (Part 2)

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OK, I'm back. Quarterfinal #3 (June 21, 2:45 PM; St. Jakob-Park, Basel): Italy (Group C winner) vs. Russia (Group D runner-up): This would be a sneakier game for Italy then many people would think, especially if they just looked at the two names and knew that Italy is the current world champion. The loss of captain Fabio [.

Italy have Cannavaro headache

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The Italian squad has suffered a major scare today with the news that talismanic defender, Fabio Cannavaro, is having to seek hospital treatment on ankle injury received in training. Cannavaro was injured in an accidental clash with the full back Giorgio Chiellini. Reportedly, Italy's doctor, Paolo Zeppilli said "We have to do tests but it does not [.

Euro ‘08 Quarterfinals Predictions (Part 1)

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Last week was devoted to previewing each of the four groups in Euro 2008 and with the start of the tournament less than a week away, it's time for me to take those previews and make predictions for the knockout rounds. Today, I'll cover the four quarterfinal matchups I believe will take place, on Wednesday, [.

Vieira injury causes Domenech problems.

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  Less than a week after being cut from the French 23 for the European Championships, the AC Milan midfielder Matthieu Flamini has been recalled as cover for Patrick Vieira. Squads can be changed anytime until midnight on June 8th and Domenech has serious concerns that Vieira may not recover from a thigh injury in time to play [.

Why Capello Has Reason to be Positive for England Furture

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England's performances against USA and Trinidad and Tobago can hardly be described as spectacular, but Fabio Capello has learnt some extremely valuable lessons for when the real business begins in September. Of course, supporters will expect a much more vibrant and cohesive display of football against Andorra and Croatia in the opening two World Cup qualifiers, [.

Fulham Unveils New 08/09 Home Shirt

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Fulham has unveiled the design of their new home shirt for the 2008/2009 season. Manufactured by Nike, here's a picture of the design: The simplistic design features a black v-neck. The back of the collar does feature a unique design feature, though: The shirts will go on sale on July 15. If you're new here, you may want [.

Mark Hughes given permission to speak to Manchester City

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Blackburn Rovers fans will be stunned to discover this morning that the club have allowed Manchester City permission to discuss the vacant manager's position with Mark Hughes. A brief statement has been placed on Blackburn's website and reads as follows:  "Blackburn Rovers can confirm that they have received a request an approach from Manchester City to talk to manager [.

Available Hotel Rooms Almost Impossible To Find At Euro ‘08

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It's not easy being a soccer crazy fan living in South Florida where the closest Major League Soccer team is exactly 1,000 miles away. Believe it or not, but the last professional match I attended was way back on November 25, 2006 and that was Fulham against Reading in London! Thankfully my drought will end in [.

England cruise in the Caribbean

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England finished the season with a comfortable win against the home side last night. Two goals from Portsmouth's Jermaine Defoe and a lovely volley from Gareth Barry made light work of sticky temperatures and a bouncy pitch. England's line took to the field in this commerative fixture to the T & T FA's 100th birthday in [.

Eriksson sacked by Shinawatra

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In a move that has surprised no-one, Manchester City chairman Thaksin Shinawatra has sacked Sven Goran Eriksson. The only thing that has surprised everyone is how long this crazy situation has dragged on for. In my honest opinion, it is a disgrace, one based purely on ego and delusion on the part of the owner's [.

International Friendly round up

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This weekend has seen most of the participants for the European Championships have their final friendly games before the tournament begins on Saturday and saw a mixed bag of results. France could only draw 0-0 against Paraguay in Paris, though they did hit the post twice. Missing, Thuram, Vieira, Sagnol and Gallas, Les Blues will be [.

A Brief History of the European Championships

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With Euro 2008 only a week away now it's about time we looked back over what has gone before the tournament kicks-off in Basel. The European Championship may not be as old as the World Cup or even as prestigious but the tournament has provide the beautiful game with some of its most memorable moments.