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 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 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 [.
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?
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 [.
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, [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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, 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.
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.
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, 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
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 [...]
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
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 [.
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
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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'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.
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 [...]
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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.
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 [.
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 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.
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 [.
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 [.
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 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 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.
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.
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, [.
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 [.
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
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 [.
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 [.
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.
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 [.
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 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 [.
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 [.
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 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 [.
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
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 [.
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.
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 [.
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 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 [.
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.
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
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 [.
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 [.
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?
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?
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).
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 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 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
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [...]
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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.
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 [.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.