EPL Talk Archives for January 2008

Sanchez v Hodgson — Comparing Fulham Transfer Signings

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Everton are on the verge of selling striker Andy Johnson to Fulham for a tidy profit. Johnson joined Everton from Palace for £8.6m in May of 2006 and after scoring 22 goals in 74 appearances, his value has gone up significantly. Fulham will reportedly pay a fee that could eventually rise to £13m for the [.

Fulham Unveils New Away Shirt For 2008/2009 Season

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Fulham has unveiled their new away shirt for the 2008/2009 season. The new shirt was first worn by Fulham last night in their 0-0 friendly match against Crystal Palace, which was a testimonial for Palace favorite Dougie Freedman. Designed by Nike and sponsored by LG, the new Fulham away shirt is black and red, and can [.

Bolton Unveils New Away Shirt For 2008/2009 Season

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Bolton Wanderers have unveiled their new away shirt for the 2008/2009 season on their website. Designed and sponsored by Reebok, the new shirt is a mustard yellow color with navy blue trim. The new Bolton away shirt features the same style as the home shirt. The shirt is available for pre-order via the club's website and [.

Why Fox Soccer Channel Viewers Need To Subscribe To Setanta Sports

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For soccer fans in the United States, it's the $179.88 question. That's the cost* for the next 12 months for hundreds of live football matches on Setanta Sports. But in these tough economic times, should you splash the cash? And, if not, what Premier League matches featuring your favorite club will you miss?

Premier League Teams Appearing Most Often On Fox Soccer Channel

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In our continuing analysis of Premier League matches on TV, here are the teams that will be shown most frequently on Fox Soccer Channel for the first few months of the 2008/2009 season, as of press time: Arsenal, 6 times Liverpool, 4 Man City, 4 Newcastle, 4 Spurs, 4 Aston Villa, 3 Blackburn, 3 Chelsea, 3 Everton, 3 Sunderland, 3 West Ham, 3 Bolton, 2 Fulham, 2 Hull, 2 Manchester [.

Premier League Teams Appearing Most Often On Setanta Sports

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In our continuing analysis of Premier League matches on TV, here are the teams that will be shown most frequently on Setanta Sports for the first few months of the 2008/2009 season, as of press time Liverpool, 7 times Everton, 7 Chelsea, 6 West Ham, 6 Aston Villa, 5 Blackburn, 5 Bolton, 5 Fulham, 5 Middlesbrough, 5 Sunderland, 5 Spurs, 5 Arsenal, 4 Man United, 4 Newcastle, 4 Portsmouth, 4 Stoke, [.

How Often Your Favorite Premier League Club Will Be Shown On US TV

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While your Premier League brethren in the United Kingdom have to wait more than two months before they'll be able to see all 20 clubs playing entire matches on television, viewers in the United States will only have to wait one week thanks to coverage from Setanta Sports and Fox Soccer Channel. In fact, you'll be [.

Which Premier League Clubs Are You’re Most Likely To See On UK TV?

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Sky Sports and Setanta Sports recently unveiled their TV schedule for the 2008/2009 season. But out of the 53 Premier League matches currently scheduled through 1st December, which clubs will be shown most often on television? And what clubs will you have to wait two months to see on telly? Some of these findings may surprise [.

A Summer Break Brings Fresh Optimism

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When the British summer attempts to wave away the pouring rain and welcome the blissful sunshine in late July, every football fan in the county can leave behind their stressful life as an avid supporter and adopt a more relaxed approach for a few weeks - of garden barbeques, sunbathing and enjoying the rare blue [.

Poll: Who Should Tottenham Buy Next?

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Guide To 2008/2009 Premier League Referees

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They're the men in black that you love to hate, but someone has to do the job. Here's EPL Talk's guide to the Premier League referees for the 2008/2009 season (click on the referee's name to view his photograph): Martin Atkinson. Premier League ref since 2005. Age 37. On August 13, 2006 he took charge of [.

Robbie Keane Is A Ticking Time Bomb Waiting To Explode At Liverpool

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Robbie Keane, one of the most prolific goalscorers in the history of the Premier League, has joined Liverpool from Spurs for £19 million, which could increase to £20.3 million depending on appearances. The move is an excellent coup for Liverpool who are desperate for a proven striker to partner Fernando Torres up front.

Televisa Launches New Soccer Network, Planeta Futbol

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Just when you thought there weren't enough room for another soccer network, Televisa will soon be launching Planeta Futbol. The new network, for Spanish-speaking countries, will feature the Premier League, Mexican tournament matches and La Liga. Planeta Futbol will be available through foreign cable and satellite providers.

Book Review: Jinky

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EPL Talk was recently sent a copy of "Jinky: The Jimmy Johnstone Story" written by Jim Black and I was given the honour of reviewing it. Jinky, born James Connolly Johnstone, was a dynamic winger that played for the Celtic side that won nine Scottish championships in a row between 1966 and 1974. He was also [.

Cass: Movie Trailer For New Film About Hooligans

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Cass, a new movie scheduled for release in the United Kingdom this Friday August 1, is a true story about a West Ham United supporter and his remarkable life. Quite a few of the West Ham fans who responded to the articles about the violence at the recent Columbus Crew match mentioned the upcoming movie.

Appearance On BBC Radio 5 & World Football Phone-In Show

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For those of you who may have missed it, I had the pleasure of being on the BBC this past weekend for more than two hours. For the first five minutes, I was interviewed by BBC Five Live's Dotun Adebayo about my new book, the free EPL travel guide entitled In Pursuit Of Real Football. At [...]

Join The I Know The Score Prediction League From EPL Talk

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Today the Premier League launched its latest version of the free predictions game named I Know The Score. EPL Talk has created a mini-league (i.e. private league) for you to join so you can play against fellow EPL Talk readers from around the world. To go ahead and join, visit http://iknowthescore.premierleague.

2008 Community Shield On Fox Soccer Channel In U.S.

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Fox Soccer Channel will be broadcasting this season's Community Shield featuring Manchester United against Portsmouth. The game will be televised live and shown at 10am ET on Sunday, August 10th. The match has been the traditional opener to the new season and pits the winner of the Premier League against the winner of the FA Cup [.

Liverpool Does the Right Thing: German Clubs Do Not

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On the European Continent and on the British Isles the view of the Olympic football Tournament is completely different than in the rest of the world. In Europe the tournament is seen as more of a nuisance than anything, while among those in the Western Hemisphere and in Africa it is seen as big deal.

Shock Scores In Friendlies, But Do The Results Really Matter?

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Hull City, Bolton and Newcastle all suffered surprising friendly defeats against lower league sides in England on Saturday afternoon, but do the results of these pre-season fixtures really matter? Crewe, Macclesfield and Doncaster may be reveling in their victories over their Premier League counterparts, but will Phil Brown, Gary Megson and Kevin Keegan be particularly worried [.

Poll: Is Carlos Tevez Worth £32 Million?

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Several British newspapers are reporting that Manchester United are willing to pay £32 million to sign Carlos Tevez on a permanent basis. Is he worth it? You decide. Is Carlos Tevez Worth 32 Million Pounds?
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Blackburn Signs Paul Robinson For £3.5 Million

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Three of my most vivid memories of Paul Robinson are (1) the back pass from Gary Neville that bounced past Robinson into the net against Croatia, (2) the long range free kick when Robinson scored for Spurs against Watford, and (3) the time when I saw Robinson play in goal for Spurs against Blackburn in [.

Poll: Newly Promoted Clubs To Premier League

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Forget a four-horse race, it will be Man United and Chelsea at the top again

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There is familiar talk circulating around the football world at the moment. It has occurred at this time of the year for the last few seasons now, but never has its idea come to fruition. The many managers, fans and newspapers who spoke of its possibility in the past were left embarrassed when their opinions [.

West Brom Makes History With Sponsorless Football Shirts

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Let's hope that West Bromwich Albion are better on the pitch than off it this season. Due to the club's complete incompetence, the Baggies have not secured a club sponsor for the 2008/2009 season. This means that the fans and players will adorn their official football shirts without a sponsor's name emblazoned across the chest.

BBC Five Live Radio Interview Tonight

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Good news. I'm scheduled to be interviewed tonight at 9:20pm ET (2:20am GMT) on BBC Radio Five Live on the topic of EPL Talk's free EPL travel guide. Dotun Adebayo, host of the World Football Phone-In Show, will be conducting the interview a few minutes before the phone-in show starts. Listen to the interview live on [.

MUTV Online Promotes Coverage Of Preseason Matches

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Manchester United sent out an e-mail campaign earlier this week to all MUTV Online subscribers to promote the new season. To catch the reader's attention, they used this unique photograph showing three United fans wearing turbans looking thoroughly bored by the lack of football this summer. No word on whether these three guys are the same [.

Ashton and West Ham Show Flashes of What Can Be

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Blanco and Beckham from MLSNET.com Last night's MLS All Star game from BMO Field in Toronto was an outstanding show for fans of the beautiful game in the United States. One of only two MLS matches all season carried by both ESPN/ABC and Spanish language Telefutura, viewers like myself disgusted with ESPN's presentation and story [.

Liverpool Launches New Third Shirt For 2008/2009 Season

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No, Steven Gerrard isn't wearing a goalkeeper's jersey in the picture. It's Liverpool's third strip for the 2008/2009 season, which was just officially unveiled by the club. Designed by Adidas and sponsored by Carlsberg, the new third strip will be worn in select Champions League matches. The shirt features a black collar, white trim and aqua [.

ESPN Coverage Hits New Low With West Ham vs MLS All-Stars

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ESPN's broadcast of Euro 2008 was the best production ever of a soccer tournament for TV viewers in the United States. While it wasn't perfect, it was clearly evident that ESPN had listened to the past criticism and corrected the annoying habits that had previously distanced diehard soccer fans from its network.

Which Club Will Crack The Big Four This Season?

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What club has the best chance of cracking the Big Four this season?
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Tottenham Hotspur Is Ready To Crack The Big Four

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Sometimes it's hard to fathom, but the Big Four as we know them won't be able to sustain their power forever. At some point in time, one or more of those four will be dislodged and replaced by a new heavyweight. The question is, what team is capable of breaking the monopoly and which of [...]

West Ham United v MLS All-Stars On ESPN Tonight

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Tonight West Ham United plays the Major League Soccer All-Star Team in Toronto, Canada. The match will be shown live on ESPN and ESPN360.com beginning at 7pm ET. I'm intrigued by this match but it's hard to get excited. West Ham is one of the most vanilla football clubs in the Premier League. The club has [.

Poll: Landon Donovan Heading To The EPL?

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Sky Sports is reporting that U.S. star player Landon Donovan has expressed an interest in playing in the Premier League. Take the following poll and let us know how you think he would fair. Could Landon Donovan succeed in the Premier League?

Where’s The Wisdom In Andy Johnson’s Move From Everton To Fulham?

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Andy Johnson is on the brink of joining Fulham from Everton. The clubs have already agreed a £10.5 million transfer fee, so all that's left is for Johnson to agree personal terms. Unless another club steps in with a higher offer in the next 48 hours, Johnson will be wearing the white shirt of Fulham [.

A Flying Winger is still a Necessity for Liverpool

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Aston Villa's steady midfielder Gareth Barry and Tottenham's crafty forward Robbie Keane look to set be Liverpool's two most significant transfers this summer, if the club can secure the signatures of the pair, but in my opinion it is a another flying winger that would benefit the team most. With youngster Ryan Babel already making an [.

Every Boro Shirt Has A Silver Lining

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Relief is on the way for Middlesbrough fans who often spill beer on their football shirts.Errea, the manufacturers of Boro's new home and away football jerseys, have woven in flecks of titanium and silver into the new shirts making them waterproof and resistant to other liquids. No, I'm not making this up.

Top 5 Best Football Shirts Of 08/09 Premier League Season

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It's a pretty sad reflection on the state of football shirt design when it's much to pick the five worst ones than is to find the best kits for the 2008/2009 Premier League season. Many of the new shirt designs are boring and predictable, borrowing the designs from already created templates. Adidas and Umbro are particularly [.

The Ronaldo Saga Will Continue To Interest

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Even when the competitive football begins again in August, and when Manchester United's wonderfully creative displays are likely to re-emerge once more and fans across the nation endlessly talk about the unbelievable goals they scored the night before, the transfer saga surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo is certain to remain on the lips of many.

Wigan Unveils New Away Shirt For 2008/2009 Season

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Wigan Athletic has unveiled their new away shirt for the 2008/2009 season, which is a flourescent yellow shirt designed by Champion.While Wigan's new home shirt is elegant, the new away one is horrid. The shirt looks very similar to Chelsea's failed experiment from last season when their away shirt was also flourescent yellow.

England World Cup Qualifying Campaign

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Having suffered the heart break of not reaching Euro 2008 perhaps now, as we gear up for the new season would be an interesting time to look at England's World Cup qualifying schedule. With just less than seven weeks to go before England start their campaign against Andorra we can begin the build up to [.

Poll: Which Premier League Manager Will Be Sacked First?

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Who'll be the first manager of the new season to get sacked?
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West Ham & Columbus Violence Is The Wake Up Call America Needs

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If you ask an average American what words he or she associates with soccer, chances are that the first one uttered will be 'hooligans.' It's a word that has long tarnished mainstream America's view of the sport, but it's always been perceived as "The English Disease." That perception, however, will change if incidents such as the [.

Top 5 Worst Football Shirt Designs Of 08/09 Premier League Season

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Sometimes it's difficult to remove your team bias and the emotional connection you feel with the colors of your favorite club. But try, for a minute, to be objective and open minded as you read through EPL Talk's list of the Top 5 Worst Football Shirts of the 08/09 Premier League season (in order from [.

Arsenal’s 2008-2010 Emirates Cup Will Be Televised On GolTV

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Arsenal fans in the United States, rejoice. The next three Emirates Cups, featuring Arsenal and an assortment of top clubs, will be televised on GolTV every summer between now and 2010. This summer's treat will feature live coverage of the following matches (all times eastern): Real Madrid v Hamburg, August 2, 9am Arsenal v Juventus, August 2, 11:15am Juventus [.

West Ham United Launches New 2008/2009 Home Shirt

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West Ham United today launched their new home kit for the 2008/2009 season. Designed by Umbro and sponsored by XL, the new shirt looks more traditional than previous designs. The shirt features a collar, while the design of the sleeves harkens back to older times. The new shirt will be available as of July 30.

Columbus Crew 1-3 West Ham United: Your Reaction To The Game And Violence

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Nothing much usually happens in Ohio. Last night was an exception, though. West Ham United beat Columbus Crew 3-1 in a preseason friendly at the Columbus Crew Stadium, but most of the action happened off the pitch, not on it.According to the Washington Post, a halftime brawl between more than 100 fans marred the match.

Football Superstars Video Trailer Now Released

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Back in April, I told you about a revolutionary new online football game that was going to cause a seismic shift in the way we think about online computer games. That game is Football Superstars, a cross between Grand Theft Auto, Second Life and Pro Evolution Soccer. The game is scheduled for release later this summer, [.

Top 20 Premier League Clubs Most Likely To Burn A Hole In Your Pocket

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This is one of those league tables where football fans may not want their club to do that well since it could indicate how greedy a club is. But football today is a business, and when it comes down to the business of making money, commercial departments are extremely vital. Other than doing sponsorship deals, a [.

Sky Sports Promotes Upcoming Football Season With Video Trailer

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When it comes to the Premier League, no one can hype it up as much as Sky Sports. A perfect example of this is their trailer to promote their coverage of the upcoming season. The girls in the video are in the electronic string quartet named Escala, who rose to fame when they performed on ITV's [...]

Update From EPL Talk HQ

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There are only 27 days to go before the 2008/2009 Premier League begins when Arsenal kicks off at the Emirates Stadium against West Bromwich Albion. After taking a little break to write the EPL Travel Guide, I'm now back on a daily basis for what will hopefully be insightful analysis and news regarding anything and everything [.

Fox Soccer Channel & Setanta Sports Announce 08/09 EPL TV Schedule

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The U.S. TV schedules for the first part of the 2008/2009 Premier League season have been announced. Here are the scheduled games to appear on Setanta Sports and Fox Soccer Channel. Thanks to Jeff Hash and Mike Kenna for their help. Saturday, August 16 Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion, 7:45am ET, Setanta Sports Middlesbrough v Tottenham, 10am [.

Setanta North America Announces Its BPL Schedule; So, What About Fox Soccer Channel?

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This afternoon, Setanta North America released its complete broadcast schedule for the first two months of the 2008/09 Barclays Premier League season, along with confirming its lineup of Sunday and Monday matches for the two months after.  You can take a look at the announced matches at Setanta's website.

Is This Liverpool’s Year At Last?

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As the July sunshine finally scorches down on England after weeks of summer downpour this month, a familiar feeling ripples through the stomach of Liverpool supporters throughout the nation. This sensation has occurred in the soul of every Reds fan at this time of the year for over a decade now, and will only be wiped [.

Poll: Tell Us What You Think Of The Fiver

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How has your opinion of The Fiver changed, if at all?
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Tottenham Hotspur Launches New Website Redesign

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Not to be outdone by its London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur has recently launched a redesigned version of its website at http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/ The new Spurs site features a sleek design but it's nothing new in comparison to other recently redesigned sites such as the ones from Chelsea and Portsmouth.

Middlesbrough Unveils New Away Shirt For 2008/2009 Season

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Middlesbrough has unveiled their new away shirt for the 2008/2009 season with a design that's manufactured by Errea and sponsored by Garmin. The blue and black striped shirt is reminiscent of Inter Milan's home shirt. But interestingly, according to the Middlesbrough web site, "the new shirt sees a return of the blue and black vertical stripes [.

Will The Better Team Win The Penalty Shootout?

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The FA Cup often pitches teams from different divisions against each other. Sometimes those ties have to be decided by a penalty shootout. This has happened 22 times in the last seven years. Team in a higher league vs team in a lower league. Penalty shootout. How many of the 22 have been won by the team [.

Alexander Hleb’s Departure From Arsenal Not A Huge Loss

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So Alexander Hleb has moved from Arsenal to Barcelona in a £11.9m transfer. While some Arsenal fans may fret about the loss, I'm not worried. To me, Hleb isn't a huge loss. When I first saw him play for the Gunners in a friendly match in the summer of 2005, I immediately liked the player and [...]

The Independent Retracts Story About Gary Megson Sacking

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The Independent newspaper has publicly acknowledged that it got its facts wrong in a story about the future of Bolton manager Gary Megson, which was originally published on April 8, 2008. The newspaper originally wrote that the club was "planning an overhaul in its management structure and was set to appoint a coach to work with [.

Manchester City and North America: The Strong Connection

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Article by Kartik Krishnaiyer The connections between Major League Soccer and my favorite international football club, Manchester City continue to grow with time. Monday, San Jose announced the signing of Darren Huckerby and Paul Dickov is about to sign with Toronto FC according to published reports.

Get A Free Premier League Travel Guide Ebook

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For those of you wondering what the major announcement was that I teased you with earlier this week, here it is. EPL Talk has launched a free ebook entitled In Pursuit Of Real Football: The Soccer Fan's Ultimate Travel Guide To Attending EPL Matches In England. If you've always dreamed of going to England to experience [.

Setanta Ireland Select Their 3PM Saturday Matches: Possible Hint Of What May Come To America?

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To go along with the announcement of the first wave of Premier League matches for TV in the UK, Setanta has also announced the schedule for its channel in Ireland.  This is noteworthy becuase Setanta in Ireland, like North America, airs live matches from the UK blackout time of 3PM GMT Saturday.

Poll: Premier League Signings

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BT Vision To Bundle Setanta Sports With New Packages In UK

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UK broadband television service BT Vision announced today it will offer Setanta Sports 1 for free to subscribers who sign up for one of the service's new value packages beginning next month or subscribe to the current value pack.  Those who want to take advantage of this offer will have to pay 10 pounds in [.

The Premier League Kick-off is in Sight

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It is July 14th 2008, and there are still precisely 33 days until the new Premier League season kicks off here in England. The sun may have returned to its summer shine after a week of downpour, but still something remains missing from my life. A something that causes me to feel a catalogue of [...]

Arsenal Away Shirt For The 08/09 Season: New Photo

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Arsenal has released an official photograph of their new away shirt for the 2008/2009 season modeled by Cesc Fabregas. The shirt design is similar to the home shirt except that the away kit is yellow with navy sleeves and a red trim. Manufactured by Nike, the new shirt design is based on the 1989 Championship winning [.

News From The Football Network

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July is definitely the calm before the storm in English football. Next month the transfer window opens. Plus we'll experience the start of a brand-new season, which I'm definitely excited about. But even in the calm of July, there's still plenty of news floating around from EPL Talk and its network of sites.

Berbatov To Man United: British Newspapers Follow The Sun’s Lead

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The biggest news of the past 24 hours is that Manchester United has reportedly tabled an official £20 million bid for Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov. Problem is there's no evidence of an actual bid being made and all we have to go on is a quote from his agent in The Sun newspaper. What is [...]

Setanta North America Announce Seven Pre-Season Matches Coming to TV

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Setanta North America has confirmed its first seven pre-season matches the network will be showing in the United States and Canada in the buildup to the new Premier League season. Five of the matches will be friendlies involving Liverpool and Sunderland, while the other two matches will bring us Aston Villa's 3rd round UEFA [.

2008/2009 Premier League TV Schedule For UK Residents

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Sky Sports and Setanta Sports today announced their schedule of live games on TV for the first few months of the season: Saturday, August 16 Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion, 12:45pm GMT, Sky Sports Sunderland v Liverpool, 5:30pm GMT, Setanta Sports Sunday, August 17 Chelsea v Portsmouth, 1:30pm GMT, Sky Sports Manchester United v Newcastle United, 4pm GMT, Sky [.

2008/2009 Premier League TV Schedule For US Residents

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In the UK, Sky Sports and Setanta Sports have announced their schedule of live games on TV for the first few months of the season, so we can now deduce which matches will be shown on Fox and Setanta Sports. More games will be announced soon, but what are your thoughts about the current lineup? Saturday, [.

Premier League Clubs Are Not Alone In Cashing In On Our Money

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Most of us would agree that Premier League clubs have sold out. Each year teams find new ways to cash in on our money by launching new football shirts, increasing ticket prices and selling overpriced souvenirs and merchandise. But are Premier League clubs really that different than other brands and forms of entertainment?

Rare Football Memorabilia Found On eBay

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Collection of 50 tobacco cards of famous footballers from 1939. The 1930's were the hey-dey for the hobby of collecting cigarette cards and vast amounts were produced especially of sport stars. This particular collection contains some beautifully colored photographs of footballers from the English leagues (pictured above).

Book Review: Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United Quiz Books

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A quick review on two excellent trivia volumes that were sent our way from Apex Publishing. The first is The Tottenham Hotspur Quiz Book, which was compiled by John DT White and includes a foreword written by two Spurs legends – Gary Mabbutt and Pat Jennings. The 1,250 questions in this quiz book cover every aspect [.

New Bolton Home Shirt Revealed For 2008/2009 Season

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Bolton has unveiled their new home shirt for the 2008/2009 season. Out of all of the new shirts revealed so far this summer, Bolton's is the most adventurous. Designed by Reebok, the shirt features the new Reebok logo, navy shoulders and a red trim. Wanderers will also revert back to their traditional navy blue shorts for [.

Childhood Memories Of Experiencing Summer Friendly Matches

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Growing up in the UK, the summers were surreal for me. There was the rare but glorious sunshine. The Butlin's Holiday Camp. And spending time with relatives on my grandparent's farm. But it was also surreal because it was a rare moment for my favorite team, Swansea, to be playing friendlies against some of the top [.

Premier League 2.0: Turning The 39th Game Concept Into A Winner

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England can no longer lay claim to the Premier League. Instead it's now the world's game. In fact, the Premier League should contemplate changing its name to the World Premier League, which would more accurately describe its global appeal. Before you report me to the loony bin, consider the fact that there are far more followers [.

Barack Obama Supports West Ham United

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New 08/09 Blackburn Rovers Away Shirt Revealed

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A photograph of the new Blackburn Rovers away shirt for the 2008/2009 season has been leaked. Designed and manufactured by Umbro and sponsored by Crown Paints, the new design is very unique by Rovers standards. The navy blue away shirt features the familiar blue and white colors of Blackburn's home kit that run down the center [.

Was Xavi Really The Best Of Euro 2008?

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EPL Talk reader Alan Jacobs posed an excellent question about Euro 2008 and Xavi. Here's the question: Alan Jacobs: I have scanned the papers and blogs and, while I have found many all-tournament teams, I have yet to find a single one that names Xavi. Conversely, almost everyone (rightly in my view) singles out Senna for [.

The History Of English Football Before The Big Four

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Sometimes it's hard to believe because they monopolize the Premier League so much, but the Big Four in England have not always been the big four. Chelsea only joined the ranks in 2003. Prior to that, the league was topped by the Big Three or Big Two depending on Liverpool's inconsistent form. To understand how the [.

Aston Villa Launches New 08/09 Home Shirt

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Aston Villa today unveiled their new home shirt for the 2008/2009 season. The new shirt is designed by Nike and sponsored by Acorns Children's Hospice and is, in fact, the same shirt design that Football Shirt Culture leaked on Friday. The new kit will be available for sale beginning July 24, and is currently available for [.

Aston Villa Launches New 08/09 Away Shirt

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Aston Villa today unveiled the design of their new away shirt for the 2008/2009 season, as well as their new home shirt. The new shirt, designed by Nike, is in stark contrast to previous designs of their away shirt. Last season's was white, but this new one appears to be blue with navy or black [...

Is The Premier League Becoming A Home For Mercenaries?

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This year saw the birth of Indian Premier League cricket. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the concept, it's a shortened version of the regular game played by the best cricket players in the world with all the glitz and glamour you would never have associated with cricket ten years ago. In essence it [.

Join The 2008/2009 Fantasy Premier League

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Great news. The Premier League has opened the doors to its 2008/2009 Fantasy Premier League, and on behalf of EPL Talk, I'd like to invite you to join our private league. To play for free against hundreds of football fans from around the world, here's all you have to do: Visit the Fantasy Premier League site and [.

Leaked Pictures Of Football Shirts Are Often The Real Deal

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Every year, mass media organizations such as Sky Sports, the BBC and The Guardian are scooped by a small band of football bloggers who leak photographs of new, never seen before football kits sometimes months before they're officially unveiled to the public. The race to be the first to post these rare pictures has become an [.

Bored By The EPL’s Big Four

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I'm a free transfer in search of a new club! As I follow the EPL this season, I will not be following Manchester United. I have decided to pick a club outside the Big Four as 'my club' for this season. It will be a tough change (I'll probably still root for them when [...]

5 Best Online Football Games

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In 1982, when Kevin Toms launched the original Football Manager simulation game, it was a seismic event that allowed football supporters, for the first time, to experience what it was like to be in the manager's hot seat.The role of a manager and football simulation games have changed a lot since then, but at the [.

Photos Of New Aston Villa Home Shirt Leaked

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Photographs of Aston Villa's new home shirt for the 2008/2009 season have been leaked courtesy of Football Shirt Culture. The new shirt from Nike features the name of Acorns Children's Hospice as its chief sponsor. The home shirt is designed in the traditional claret and blue of Aston Villa and features the recently updated club crest [.

New Hull City 08/09 Home Shirt Launched

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Hull City today unveiled their new home shirt for the 2008/2009 season. The Yorkshire club, who are in the Premier League for their first time, have gone back to their traditional black and amber stripes for their home shirt, designed by Umbro. Sponsored by Karoo, the new shirt goes on sale at their club shop on [.

Happy 4th of July To EPL Talk Readers

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On behalf of EPL Talk, I'd like to wish our readers in America a happy independence day on this fourth of July. I hope you and your family have a safe and wonderful holiday. It's ironic when you think about it because sometimes we forget that when the United States celebrates its independence, it's celebrating its [.

New Man United Third Shirt Revealed: Photos

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Nike has beaten Manchester United to the punch and unveiled the new Man United third shirt for the 2008/2009 season. The club badge is on the left of the shirt and there is writing around it saying, "May 29th 1968″ and "40th Anniversary" which commemorates the 1968 european cup win over Benfica.

New Arsenal Away Shirt Revealed: Photo

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An official photograph of Arsenal's new away shirt has been leaked. Designed by Nike, the new shirt is yellow with navy sleeves and a red trim, which is reminiscent of Arsenal's famous away shirt from the late 1980s. Pictured in the rehearsed scene from the Arsenal changing room are Arsenal legends Alan Smith, Steve Bould and [.

Benitez Burns His Bridges

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Liverpool seem to have decided on a new transfer policy this summer which makes the same impact as Real Madrid's lovelorn chase for Ronaldo. Liverpool seem to be using their local paper, The Echo, to release transfer target information into the public domain to unsettle players at other clubs. Gareth Barry became the first and now it seems [.

Chelsea Launches Redesigned Website

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Chelsea today launched a redesigned version of its club website. The new look-and-feel of the site is completely different than the previous incarnation which was a very difficult to navigate site designed in Flash that was launched in November 2006 by Premium TV. The new site is much more intuitive and interactive than the previous version.

How Fox Soccer Channel Can Improve Its Summer Programming

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Television companies that feature the Premier League throughout the season face the harsh reality of trying to keep their viewers returning during the three months in late Spring to early summer when the Premiership is on break. The issue is especially troubling for soccer networks such as Fox Soccer Channel, GolTV and Setanta Sports.

ABC Gets 3.1 Overnight Rating For Spain-Germany Final: So What’s Next For ESPN?

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Sunday afternoon's Euro 2008 final between Spain and Germany on ABC was watched by 2.4 million overnight households according to numbers announced by Nielsen Media Research.  That gives the broadcast a 3.1 overnight rating based on the 77 million households in America which make up the overnight numbers.

Interview With Dave Moor, Creator Of Historical Football Kits Website

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One of the greatest aspects of the internet is the ability for communities to come together to build exhaustive collections of information, which would be impossible if developed by the printing press. The perfect example of this is the Historical Kits website, which is a work of passion developed by Dave Moor.