EPL Talk Archives for January 2008

Two Crazy Offside Calls in the West Ham v Blackburn Game

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I enjoyed the West Ham / Blackburn game today, as a neutral.  There were goals, some red blooded tackling and a couple of contentious decisions to debate. The first was the own goal 'credited' to Samba that put Blackburn 2-0 down.  That Dean Ashton was in an offside position is not up for debate.  The only [.

Tottenham Hotspur Signs Roman Pavlyuchenko For £14 Million

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Tottenham Hotspur has announced that the club has reached an agreement with Spartak Moscow to sign Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko for a transfer fee believed to be £14 million. The star striker who made a huge impression in Euro 2008 won't be ready to play against Chelsea in the London derby today.

GolTV Tells Dish Network Customers To Switch

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DISH customers can practically kiss their chances goodbye of seeing GolTV back on their satellite provider. The 24/7 soccer network says that it doesn't see any compromise with DISH being reached in the near future and is recommending that DISH customers select an alternate source such as DirecTV. On August 1st, DISH Network dumped GolTV from its [.

The Return Of Joey Barton: One Touch And 3 Minutes Of Controversy

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Joey Barton is never far from controversy and such was the case today when the Newcastle midfielder returned to professional football. In his game today for Newcastle, he only touched the ball once during the three minutes he played. In those three minutes, he commited a controversial tackle, showed little respect, was purposefully tripped by an [.

What’s The Best Country To Watch Weekend Soccer Matches?

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Taking my kids to a friend's birthday party on Saturday morning, I had the sudden realization that perhaps the best place in the world to watch weekend soccer matches on TV is the United States. Well, at least the Eastern Time Zone in the U.S. Why? I was able to schedule my DVR to record the best [.

Premier League Gameweek Three (Your Running Commentary)

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Some of the biggest storylines from the opening two weeks of the new Premier League season have been the surprising displays by Hull, Stoke, Middlesbrough and Newcastle. All four teams are playing today in matches that will show whether their results from the first two weeks were a flash in the pan or not.

Disgraceful

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Does this need any explanation other than my utter disappointment in the fact that just a few short weeks ago I extolled the virtues of English Footballers for playing a  more honest game than their counterparts from other parts of the planet? I've seen cheeky, over the line plays like this before, but not since [.

Road To Wembley 2008-09: FA Cup Preliminary Round

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It was just a few short months ago, May 17th to be exact, that Portsmouth claimed their first FA Cup since 1939. Well now the whole journey kicks off again. I missed the Extra Preliminary Round (there were 203 fixtures so I am not going to recap!) but I'm jumping in now at the Preliminary [...]

Premier League Predictions: Gameweek Three

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Can we not talk about last week's predictions please? Well I guess you want to laugh at me with the same intensity I kicked my own backside. Only five predictions correct (eleven of twenty so far this season), missed the banker entirely (one for two on banker predictions). The only two solaces I had was [.

Premier League Predictions: Gameweek 3

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Can we not talk about last week's predictions please? Well I guess you want to laugh at me with the same intensity I kicked my own backside. Only five predictions correct (eleven of twenty so far this season), missed the banker entirely (one for two on banker predictions). The only two solaces I had was [.

How Chelsea Ruined Shaun Wright-Phillips

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The way Chelsea Football Club ruined Shaun Wright-Phillips is a travesty. Go back in time to 2005 and the dimunitive winger was tearing down the right wing at the City Of Manchester Stadium. The player was such a joy to watch as he took on players and went on mazy runs often beating two or three [..

Setanta Has Its Rights, But Is Not Selling England Highlights In Its Best Interests?

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We are barely a month into the new four year contract that saw England national team matches move from the BBC and Sky to ITV and Setanta, but already Setanta, despite its smaller reach and operation, is playing tough.  The Times Online is reporting that Setanta has yet to reach a deal with any broadcaster [.

Premier League Bets for Week 3: Bolton, Sunderland, Aston Villa

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Another week, another punt at picking some winners from the Premier League deck. First though, a little look back at last week where I didn't get any of my three picks right.   They were all long-ish odds and I think I can count myself unlucky with two of them.  Everyone and their dog is talking [.

How to Watch the Best Premier League Game of the Day

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Does the following situation sound at all familiar? You record a bunch of Premier League games on a Saturday and Sunday because you're too busy (or too asleep) to watch the games live.  You avoid the results.  You find some time later in the day to watch one or two of the games you've recorded.  You sometimes end [.

Where Have All Of The Transfers Gone?

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During the past two weeks, I can't count how many times I've seen a headline from a major British newspaper tout that a major transfer deal was going to be concluded within the next 48 hours. Unbelieveable. It's now Thursday and there's only a few days remaining before the transfer window slams shut on Monday.

Can Liverpool Turn Luck into Fortune?

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In one sense, Liverpool have had a perfect start to their season.  Six points from two Premier League games and successful passage into the next stage of the Champions League is the best they could have accomplished to date.  They've been almost-perfect at the back, conceding just one goal in 390 minutes of football.

Warren Barton Joins LA Galaxy Staff

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Newcastle legend and former England defender Warren Barton has joined the new look LA Galaxy staff under former US National Team Head Coach Bruce Arena. Barton, who serves as a FOX Soccer Channel analyst for the Premier League on the weekends will work during the week with the Major League Soccer  sides' U-18 team.

Why So Many Empty Seats For Cup Competitions?

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Coventry City hasn't been in the Premiership since the 2000-2001 season, when they were relegated after finishing 19th with 34 points. The Sky Blues have spent every season since then in the Championship, so close to England's top flight, but yet so far. They're a proud club — they've been in existence since the [.

Middlesbrough Musings: Week Two — Parmo And Points Dropped

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This week's match was against Liverpool. Though I had to work, I managed to keep an eye on the game (gotta love Slingbox and P2P technology) and saw Boro forced into a late change to the line-up as keeper Brad Jones injured a hand in the warm-up and Ross Turnbull took his place between the [...]

Who Are The Premier League Players You Love To Hate The Most?

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Admit it. There are some players in the Premier League who get under your skin. The type of players you love to hate. But who are they and why do you hate them so much? Names of players who often get fans irate include: Ashley Cole (Chelsea) John Terry (Chelsea) Frank Lampard (Chelsea) El Hadji Diouf (Sunderland) Lee Bowyer (West Ham [.

Premiership All-Star Team — Round Two

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Manchester United's 1-0 victory at Portsmouth earlier this afternoon concluded the second round of fixtures in the Premiership. It would be foolish to read too much into the standings at this point in this season, but it's still interesting to see the likes of Hull City and Newcastle near the top of the table [.

Premiership All-Star Team–Round 2

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Manchester United's 1-0 victory at Portsmouth earlier this afternoon concluded the second round of fixtures in the Premiership. It would be foolish to read too much into the standings at this point in this season, but it's still interesting to see the likes of Hull City and Newcastle near the top of the table [.

Portsmouth vs Manchester United (Your Running Commentary)

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It's Bank Holiday Monday in Britain today where those lucky Brits are at the seaside or relaxing while the rest of the world is working. Down near the coast, Portsmouth will be entertaining Manchester United at Fratton Park, which is usually a very tricky place for United to get all three points. After Pompey's thrashing by [.

Play Match Magazine’s Super League Football Game

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If you're interested in spending a few carefree minutes playing an online football game, one that's worth playing is Match's Super League. While the game looks pretty simple and slightly unappealing at first, it quickly becomes extremely addictive. You play against fictitious clubs in your mini-league as you try to become champions.

Does Setanta Broadband Work On An Apple iPhone?

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Setanta Broadband isn't currently compatible with the Apple iPhone, but a source inside Setanta Sports USA has informed me that they are currently in the process of implementing a new solution and intend to make it as cross-platform as possible and are specifically seeking support for the iPhone with Safari.

Warning: Websites Are More Dangerous Than Football Grounds

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Going to see a football match at Old Trafford, Goodison Park, Stamford Bridge or any other ground in the Premier League is a far different experience than what happened 20 years ago. No more terracing. No violence between the opposing sets of fans, and no more cheap tickets that would allow a larger percentage of [.

I’m On Setanta Sports Returns With Berbatov Appeal

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I'm On Setanta Sports has returned with the second episode of the new season featuring a heartfelt Berba Appeal by Wayne Rooney. Jose Mourinho and Sven-Goran Eriksson star alongside The Boy, as well as the usual cast of callers. Have a great week. Be champions! If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS [.

Premier League Wants To Be The NFL

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You may have missed an article by Oliver Kay in The Times this past weekend that featured a very revealing interview with Manchester City executive chairman Garry Cook regarding the future of the Premier League. The headline perfectly sums up Kay's article: "Vision Of A Breakaway League With No Relegation.

Michael Owen to leave Newcastle on a free transfer?

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 This morning the News of the World printed a story that will strike fear through most Newcastle United fan's hearts; their most expensive player, Michael Owen, could be leaving them for £16 million less than he cost. Owen, believed to be earning £120, 000 per week, is refusing to renew his contract with Newcastle, because they will [.

Sheva’s Milan Move: A Score to Settle?

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The last two plus years I've viewed with some amusement the dismissive nature with which the British media has viewed Andriy Shevchenko's football career thanks to his failures with Chelsea. Many in the British media have judged Sheva as a complete waste of a player and have used his troubled time at Chelsea to [.

Harry Redknapp Interested In Coaching 2012 UK Team

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Portsmouth boss ‘Arry Redknapp confirmed his interest in leading a Great Britain soccer tean in the 2012 Summer Olympics, which will be held in London. Redknapp is from London and spent a combined 15 years playing for and managing West Ham, a club based in the eastern section of England's capital.

Everton Launches New Third Kit For 2008/2009 Season

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Add Everton to the hall of shame that includes Chelsea and Wigan. All three teams are guilty of producing yellow flourescent shirts that are absolutely horrible. I mean, come on, who would actually buy these shirts and wear them in the main street? Everton debuted the new third shirt during yesterday's 2-0 away win against West [.

Premier League: August 24, 2008 (Your Running Commentary)

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Get ready for another Super Sunday of English Premier League matches. Chelsea visits Wigan, where the Blues infamously dented their Premier League title hopes in April when Emile Heskey scored a dramatic late equalizer. Manchester City, meanwhile, will hope to bring a smile to their fans by winning their first home match of the new season.

Paddy Powers Stoke City to Aston Villa Shock

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Picture from The Telegraph via Getty Images. Maybe Tony Pulis was right. Mamady Sidibe's header gives Stoke City a shock 3-2 win at the Britannia Stadium. If you heard me this week on The Third Half, I pretty much mocked the fact I pulled this game out of the hat to do as one of my two full [...]

Do Early Results Spell Hope for Parity in Premier League?

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Lovely Craven Cottage. The name conjures images of a county hamlet where you might retire after an afternoon of fox hunting and lawn bowling. Hardly the Gates of Hell for a club like Arsenal who have only conceded defeat to Fulham twice since 1966, a factoid repeated ad nauseam by commentators and [.

Shevchenko finally leaves Chelsea

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This  evening it was announced that Ukrainian flop, Andriy Shevchenko, is leaving Chelsea to go back to AC Milan. Most Chelsea fans will be asking why it has taken so long for Shevchenko to get the boot. There were questions asked about his age and suitability to English football when he was bought two years ago.

Observations of England Friendly Against Czech Republic–First Half

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??? Well, I had it wrong earlier when I said Gareth Barry would be on the left and Steven Gerrard in the middle. The two were reversed to start, though Gerrard ended up drifting inside anyway. Ashley Cole and Wes Brown, the left and right backs, respectively, both needed to get forward and provide [.

Final Observations of England Friendly Against Czech Republic (2-2)

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??? It???s clear that England is really lacking in two positions ??? left wing and center forward. Steven Gerrard is a very good player and performed well on the left today, but that???s not his natural position and he doesn???t give England much width. He needs to play in the position Frank Lampard occupied [.

More Woes for England in Capello???s Final Friendly

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No matter how much Fabio Capello has tried to defend England???s performances in all five of the friendlies he has taken charge of, it remains blatantly clear that the team are not currently ready for the daunting trip to Croatia next month. After previous unconvincing Wembley wins against Switzerland and USA under Capello, and a poor [.

CONCACAF Qualifying: EPL Impact

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Former Manchester City and England Manager Sven Goran Eriksson and Cuauhtemoc Blanco discuss strategy/Reuters photo The first matchday of group play in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying brought us some outstanding football and some great escapes most notably by Mexico whose performance against Honduras at Estadio Azteca left little to be desired for seventy minutes.

Potential Upsets This Weekend: Bolton, Boro, West Brom

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If you like a drop a couple of [your local currency] having a flutter on the football results, pull up a chair and let's have a chat.?? I like to look for value, rather than a sure thing, and here is where I see it this weekend. Newcastle v Bolton - Away Win (@ 15/4) Newcastle did [...]

Games To Watch This Weekend

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With a relatively lazy Friday as far as soccer news is concerned, I thought I'd put out a quick primer for the weekend's most interesting matchups. This is something I'll be doing sporadically throughout the year, though more so for domestic and continental cup competitions (when English teams are involved) rather than the Premierhip.

Premier League Predictions: Gameweek 2

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Matchday one is now gone and we look forward to another weekend of action from the Barclays Premier League. As I mentioned last week, I'm going to be tracking my performance in the same manner IKTS does. Even I will admit I was pretty bad by predictions standards last week. Only six out of ten correct, [.

Premier League: Gameweek Two (Your Running Commentary)

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Gameweek two of the Premier League features several intriguing match-ups. Liverpool faces their bogey team Middlesbrough. Tottenham is looking for their first points of the season at home against Sunderland, which is quickly being transformed into a contender. Everton faces more doom and gloom if they lose at the Hawthorns against West Brom, and Arsenal make [.

Warning Signs For Liverpool Despite Injury Time Winner Against Boro

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If Liverpool fans have dreams of winning the Premier League this season, they can kiss them goodbye. Today at Anfield, Liverpool escaped with a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough with a woeful performance that was rescued by an own goal and then an injury time goal by Steven Gerrard. This was a cruel blow to Middlesbrough who [.

Shevchenko finally leaves Chelsea

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This ??evening it was announced that Ukrainian flop, Andriy Shevchenko, is leaving Chelsea to go back to AC Milan. Most Chelsea fans will be asking why it has taken so long for Shevchenko to get the boot. There were questions asked about his age and suitability to English football when he was bought two years ago.

Warning Signs For Liverpool Despite Injury Time Winner Against Boro

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If Liverpool fans have dreams of winning the Premier League this season, they can kiss them goodbye. Today at Anfield, Liverpool escaped with a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough with a woeful performance that was rescued by an own goal and then an injury time goal by Steven Gerrard. This was a cruel blow to Middlesbrough who [.

Premier League: Gameweek Two (Your Running Commentary)

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Gameweek two of the Premier League features several intriguing match-ups. Liverpool faces their bogey team Middlesbrough. Tottenham is looking for their first points of the season at home against Sunderland, which is quickly being transformed into a contender. Everton faces more doom and gloom if they lose at the Hawthorns against West Brom, and Arsenal make [.

Premier League Predictions: Gameweek 2

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Matchday one is now gone and we look forward to another weekend of action from the Barclays Premier League. As I mentioned last week, I'm going to be tracking my performance in the same manner IKTS does. Even I will admit I was pretty bad by predictions standards last week. Only six out of ten correct, [.

Games To Watch This Weekend

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With a relatively lazy Friday as far as soccer news is concerned, I thought I'd put out a quick primer for the weekend's most interesting matchups. This is something I'll be doing sporadically throughout the year, though more so for domestic and continental cup competitions (when English teams are involved) rather than the Premierhip.

Potential Upsets This Weekend: Bolton, Boro, West Brom

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If you like a drop a couple of [your local currency] having a flutter on the football results, pull up a chair and let's have a chat.  I like to look for value, rather than a sure thing, and here is where I see it this weekend. Newcastle v Bolton - Away Win (@ 15/4) Newcastle did [...]

CONCACAF Qualifying: EPL Impact

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Former Manchester City and England Manager Sven Goran Eriksson and Cuauhtemoc Blanco discuss strategy/Reuters photo The first matchday of group play in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying brought us some outstanding football and some great escapes most notably by Mexico whose performance against Honduras at Estadio Azteca left little to be desired for seventy minutes.

More Woes for England in Capello’s Final Friendly

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No matter how much Fabio Capello has tried to defend England's performances in all five of the friendlies he has taken charge of, it remains blatantly clear that the team are not currently ready for the daunting trip to Croatia next month. After previous unconvincing Wembley wins against Switzerland and USA under Capello, and a poor [.

Final Observations of England Friendly Against Czech Republic (2-2)

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• It's clear that England is really lacking in two positions – left wing and center forward. Steven Gerrard is a very good player and performed well on the left today, but that's not his natural position and he doesn't give England much width. He needs to play in the position Frank Lampard occupied [.

Final Observations of England Friendly Against Czech Republic (2-2)

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• It's clear that England is really lacking in two positions – left wing and center forward. Steven Gerrard is a very good player and performed well on the left today, but that's not his natural position and he doesn't give England much width. He needs to play in the position Frank Lampard occupied [.

Observations of England Friendly Against Czech Republic–First Half

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• Well, I had it wrong earlier when I said Gareth Barry would be on the left and Steven Gerrard in the middle. The two were reversed to start, though Gerrard ended up drifting inside anyway. Ashley Cole and Wes Brown, the left and right backs, respectively, both needed to get forward and provide [.

Lampard Paired With Gerrard in England’s Starting Lineup

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Yes, you read correctly. We've seen this story before. Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard can't play together in the same midfield, but yet England boss Fabio Capello is going to give it another try in today's friendly against the Czech Republic. This should be interesting. The other surprise in the starting lineup is Gareth Barry, not [.

Observations of England U-21 Friendly Against Slovenia

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• I was disappointed to see how many empty seats there were at Hull City's KC Stadium. I know this was only a friendly, but come on. These players are the future of England's national team, and the already small stadium wasn't even half-full to watch them. • I liked the 4-3-3 employed by Pearce.

England v Czech Republic (Your Running Commentary)

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England plays the Czech Republic in a friendly today at 3pm ET/8pm UK time. The game will be shown live on Fox Soccer Channel for U.S. viewers, while U.K. viewers can find the match on Setanta Sports. It should be interesting to see how Fabio Capello's side does at Wembley on a night when Emile Heskey [.

Play Football Manager: 1982 Sinclair ZX Spectrum Version

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If you want to take a walk down memory lane or you're interested in seeing what all of the fuss is about, you can now play an online version of the original Football Manager game. This revolutionary game runs on an online emulator so it looks, feels and plays like the 1982 version of the game [...]

John Terry Should Not Be England’s Captain

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I'm sure you've all heard it by now: England manager Fabio Capello named John Terry captain of the Three Lions today. If you believe the numerous media reports, the strong favorite to be handed the armband on a permanent basis was Manchester United center back Rio Ferdinand, whose steady, and at times fantastic, play tends [.

Karthik’s Observations - Premier League Week I

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This last weekend, I had to miss the mouthwatering season start fixtures and move houses. So here is my late report based on the highlights I was able to catch online.  Geovanni I cant believe this fellow was released by Manchester City. Facing their mini personnel crisis and lack of funds, I have no idea why [.

BBC World News Interviews The Gaffer

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It's a really busy but exciting time in the Premier League right now, and the same is true at EPL Talk HQ where Hurricane Fay, now Tropical Storm Fay, is bringing a ton of rain, wind and tornadoes on us. While we're trying to stay dry and safe, there's a few important updates I'd like [...]

Middlesbrough Musings: Week One - Tottenham And Transfers

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I've decided to document my journey this season as I follow my new team Middlesbrough. Thanks again to all of you that left comments and suggestions on teams to follow for this season. This week's goal was to do some reading and research ahead of the season opener. While I was familiar with the club on [.

Another Reason To Hate NBC’s Olympic Soccer Coverage

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Watching Brazil against Argentina in the semi-final of the Olympic games this morning, I felt like I was in a timewarp back to the late 1980's. That's because NBC, in their infinite stupidity, are breaking for TV commercials in the middle of the game. And just as it routinely happened in the late 1980's (including the [.

Terry Retains England Captaincy

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  John Terry has been handed the Captain's armband once more by Fabio Capello but this time on a permanent basis. Terry was England's skipped under Steve McLaren leading England to a 3-0 thrashing of Russia at Wembley and also scoring a critical goal in a near famous victory over Brazil to open the new Wembley.

Nine Football Announcing Cliches We Could Do Without

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With the 1.24 billion league matches on offer at Sky, Setanta, and the Other Ones, you can't really blame professional football announcers for over-relying on their trusty grab bag of football clichés.  But now that John 'Motty' Motson has left for good, I think it's time to wipe the slate clean in English football.

Chelsea’s Joe Cole Changes His Name To Jole Cole

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The Daily Telegraph must have been so mesmerized by Joe Cole's performance on Sunday that it forgot what the Chelsea winger's name was. See the screenshot above from the online version of the newspaper tonight, and don't be surprised if the headline is fixed by the time you read the article. If you're new here, you may [.

Premiership All-Star Team–Round 1

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I'm going to do something new this season. After every round of games that is to say, after any league games that have been played between Tuesday of one week and Tuesday of the next (which takes into account the rare Monday night game) I'm going to name an All-Star Team based [...]

Domestic Tips from Wheater and Pogatetz

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  When Boro's defenders aren't busy keeping Spurs' expensively-assembled forward line at bay, they like to kick back with a little baking. On the pitch, Pogatetz is a fierce tackler and Wheater uses his massive frame to ward off attackers.  Off the pitch, Wheater mixes the icing and Pogatetz applies it with a flat knife.

Chelsea Unusually Stylish on Scolari’s Debut

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The opening fixture of the new season does not always give the best clues as to how successful a team may be in the coming campaign, but Chelsea's impressive victory over last season's overachievers Portsmouth certainly made their rivals stand up and take note on Sunday afternoon. It was the country's first insight into how [.

EPL in World Cup Qualifying

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  World Cup Qualifying begins in earnest this week in the CONCACAF region and come September UEFA, AFC and COMNEBOL rejoin the fun. Beginning Thursday we'll have an extensive wrap up on all Premiership footballers involved in CONCACAF qualifying. The big matchup this Wednesday is between CONCACAF's two most talented sides: Mexico and Honduras at the [.

Are Manchester City Fans Getting Fatter?

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Are Manchester City fans getting fatter or are they requesting baggier shirts for fashion reasons?! I think the former. The above image is taken from Man City's online shop. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to:

Premiership All-Star Team–Round 1

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I'm going to do something new this season. After every round of games that is to say, after any league games that have been played between Tuesday of one week and Tuesday of the next (which takes into account the rare Monday night game) I'm going to name an All-Star Team based [...]

Premier League Footballers On All-Star Injury Fantasy Team

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We thought it'd be fun to pick our all-star injury football team featuring those Premier League players that always seem to be injured. Thanks to the EPL Talk readers who participated in last weekend's EPL Talk Chat for the idea. Chris Kirkland Gary Neville Mikael Silvestre Jonathan Woodgate Ledley King Owen Hargreaves Kieron Dyer Tim Cahill Craig Bellamy Michael Owen Louis Saha Subs: Andy Johnson Mark Viduka Tim Cahill Valeri Bojinov Emile [.

Gary Oldman Stars In ITV Football Commercial

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Famous actor Gary Oldman stars in a new TV commercial to promote ITV's football coverage for the upcoming season. The London born actor has starred in so many great movies including True Romance, The Dark Knight, JFK, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Sid & Nancy and other great films. In the TV commercial, Oldman walks through different film [.

New Manchester City Third Shirt: Your Opinion

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Manchester City may want to quickly forget their debut performance in their new third shirt. City wore the new orange football kit for the first time Sunday when they lost 4-2 against an on-song Aston Villa side. Designed by Le Coq Sportif and sponsored by Thomas Cook, the new Manchester City third shirt features blaze orange [.

EPL Talk Readers Lead Worldwide Fantasy Premier League Table

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Out of the thousands of private leagues participating in the official Fantasy Premier League, we're proud to announce that EPL Talk sits in first place worldwide after the opening weekend of the new season. With 830 managers and growing, the average number of points for EPL Talk managers is an impressive 61.

Live Chat: Opening Day Of Premier League Season

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Join EPL Talk bloggers Ian Cahir and I as we chronicle the twists and turns of the opening day of the Premier League season. We'll be here today from 7:30am to 2:30pm ET. Click below to experience the liveblogging: If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to:

Latest League News From U.S., England, Germany, Italy and Europe

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Be sure to visit the whole network of our sites. Some of the interesting topics include: Kartik Krishnaiyer over at Major League Soccer Talk takes on a controversial topic that very few journalists are brave enough to write about and that's the cozy relationship between the Mexican Federation and Major League Soccer.

New I’m On Setanta Sports Video: August 16, 2008

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With all of the transfer moves this summer, it comes as a bit of surprise that Jose Mourinho, Sven Goran-Eriksson and Wayne Rooney haven't left their places on I'm On Setanta Sports. All three return, as well as the regular cast of callers, to entertain and humor we football fans for another new season.

Fox Soccer Channel Drops The Ball With Premier League TV Coverage

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The opening day of the new 2008/2009 Premier League season is over, and there was plenty of entertainment in store. We'll share our opinions of what we saw on the pitch over the next few days. But first, for viewers in the United States, I want to share my thoughts on the coverage from Setanta [...]

Middlesbrough Dazzles With Opening Day Premier League Performance

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The most impressive side I watched, by far, on Saturday was Middlesbrough. The link-up play between Tuncay, Alves, Downing, Aliadiere and, later, Mido was sensational. Wheater was also impressive. At times, it was like watching Brazil with all of the backheels and blistering attacks. Seriously. While Spurs controlled a lot of the possession in this match [.

Premier League: Gameweek One (Your Running Commentary)

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Today marks day two of the Premier League season and our first chance to see teams such as Manchester United and Chelsea in the new season. How will Scolari fair for Chelsea, can Man United shake off the injuries and start the season better than last season, is Manchester City crumbling, can Aston Villa win our [.

Work Permit Rules Need to be Revisited

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As the Premier League become more and more international (something I personally object to, but a reality nonetheless) the UK Home Office continues to subject potential transfers who are not holders of a European Union passport to a highly subjective standard for whether or not they will be granted a work permit in the [.

Memories Of Sunday Mornings and English Football

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Growing up in Wales, August for me was synonymous with long summer nights, the excitement of a new season starting and Sunday morning rituals. Sunday mornings for my family were filled with traditional English breakfasts, cups of tea, the late morning smell of the roast beef cooking in the oven and reading the British tabloid newspapers [.

Hope Springs Eternal For Big Four Gatecrashers

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The first weekend of the Premier League is over, and what an entertaining weekend it was. Thirty two goals and an average of 3.2 goals per match, and a few surprise results. Who said the Premier League was boring?! Here are some of the highs and lows from this past weekend, as well as my two [...]

Agbonlahor Can Wear Shearer’s Crown

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England have been missing a rampaging forward ever since Alan Shearer retired from national duty in 2000.  Gabriel Agbonlahor has the physique, the skill and the attitude to finally replace Shearer at the center of England's attack. A potted history of England's strikers since 2000: Michael Owen has continued to shine whenever he's pulled on the England [.

Hope Springs Eternal For Big Four Gatecrashers

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The first weekend of the Premier League is over, and what an entertaining weekend it was. Thirty two goals and an average of 3.2 goals per match, and a few surprise results. Who said the Premier League was boring?! Here are some of the highs and lows from this past weekend, as well as my two [...]

Memories Of Sunday Mornings and English Football

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Growing up in Wales, August for me was synonymous with long summer nights, the excitement of a new season starting and Sunday morning rituals. Sunday mornings for my family were filled with traditional English breakfasts, cups of tea, the late morning smell of the roast beef cooking in the oven and reading the British tabloid newspapers [.

Work Permit Rules Need to be Revisited

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As the Premier League become more and more international (something I personally object to, but a reality nonetheless) the UK Home Office continues to subject potential transfers who are not holders of a European Union passport to a highly subjective standard for whether or not they will be granted a work permit in the [.

Middlesbrough Dazzles With Opening Day Premier League Performance

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The most impressive side I watched, by far, on Saturday was Middlesbrough. The link-up play between Tuncay, Alves, Downing, Aliadiere and, later, Mido was sensational. Wheater was also impressive. At times, it was like watching Brazil with all of the backheels and blistering attacks. Seriously. While Spurs controlled a lot of the possession in this match [.

Premier League: Gameweek One (Your Running Commentary)

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Today marks day two of the Premier League season and our first chance to see teams such as Manchester United and Chelsea in the new season. How will Scolari fair for Chelsea, can Man United shake off the injuries and start the season better than last season, is Manchester City crumbling, can Aston Villa win our [.

Latest League News From U.S., England, Germany, Italy and Europe

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Be sure to visit the whole network of our sites. Some of the interesting topics include: Kartik Krishnaiyer over at Major League Soccer Talk takes on a controversial topic that very few journalists are brave enough to write about and that's the cozy relationship between the Mexican Federation and Major League Soccer.

New I’m On Setanta Sports Video: August 16, 2008

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With all of the transfer moves this summer, it comes as a bit of surprise that Jose Mourinho, Sven Goran-Eriksson and Wayne Rooney haven't left their places on I'm On Setanta Sports. All three return, as well as the regular cast of callers, to entertain and humor we football fans for another new season.

Fox Soccer Channel Drops The Ball With Premier League TV Coverage

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The opening day of the new 2008/2009 Premier League season is over, and there was plenty of entertainment in store. We'll share our opinions of what we saw on the pitch over the next few days. But first, for viewers in the United States, I want to share my thoughts on the coverage from Setanta [...]

Live Chat: Opening Day Of Premier League Season

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Join EPL Talk bloggers Ian Cahir and I as we chronicle the twists and turns of the opening day of the Premier League season. We'll be here today from 7:30am to 2:30pm ET. Click below to experience the liveblogging: If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to:

Predictions: Gameweek One

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It's amazing how things can sometime go full circle. It feels weird blogging back here again, but it's safe to say I'm back. For those who don't know me, I'm Johnathan Starling. Started out blogging on the old Community and it's even safer to say plenty has changed here since I [...]

Premiership Preview–1. Manchester United

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The two-time defending champion of England and current champion of Europe experienced quite the drawn-out saga this summer, as there were times when it seemed certain that Cristiano Ronaldo, the most talented player in the world, would be leaving Old Trafford for Real Madrid. He stayed put, delaying his inevitable move to the club [.

Premier League Can Learn A Lot From NBC Olympics Website

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Like many of you, I've been hooked by the Olympic Games. I've consumed an extraordinary diet of gymnastics, swimming and beach volleyball on TV this past week. Now I'm looking forward to the track and field part of the games, which begins today. But while the Olympic Games has dazzled us with amazing feats, it's also [.

Latest Premier League News From Around The World

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It's Friday, so if you're in the mood for I'd-rather-be-reading-than-working, here are several very revealing Premier League-related articles from around the world. Enjoy. "Credit Crunch Makes Premier League Clubs Feel The Squeeze" (The Telegraph). Read how the Credit Crunch, which started in the U.

One Wish For The 2008/2009 Premier League Season

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For the upcoming Premier League season, I have one wish. If you're a neutral follower of the league, as I am, all I wish is that we can find a team that has the balls to play attractive, attacking football and that isn't afraid to go for the jugular against the Big Four. Simply put, I'm [...]

Reclaiming the Spirit of 66

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What England accomplished in 1966 so few nations on the globe can claim to equal in a major international team sporting competition. Ridiculed at home by an over zealous press and negative fans, the Three Lions entered the annals of history with their unbelievable World Cup winning run. As we enter a new Premier League [.

Reclaiming the Spirit of 66

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What England accomplished in 1966 so few nations on the globe can claim to equal in a major international team sporting competition. Ridiculed at home by an over zealous press and negative fans, the Three Lions entered the annals of history with their unbelievable World Cup winning run. As we enter a new Premier League [.

How Premier League Players Flaunt Wealth Is Absolutely Sickening

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Sport stars are entitled to earn a decent living, but the way that some of the top Premier League stars are splashing their cash is absolutely sickening. A good example is Steven Gerrard. The Liverpool captain is having a gymnasium added on to his home at a cost of $700,000. The gym will feature changing rooms, plunge [.

Get ‘The Best Of EPL Talk: Volume I’: Free eBook

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This morning, I launched a brand-new eBook for subscribers to the weekly EPL Talk E-Mail Newsletter. The new eBook is entitled "The Best Of EPL Talk: Volume I," which chronicles the best writing from 2006 to 2007. Each article stands the test of time and is as relevant today as it was when it was [..

Liverpool’s Champions League Dream Still Alive after Lucky Liege Draw

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Maybe Champions League glory is just meant to be for Liverpool this season. Rafa Benitez was counting his lucky stars in Liege last night after watching his side scrape a very fortunate goalless draw against the Belgian champions on their home patch, meaning the dream of returning to Rome, scene of two previous European Cup [.

Premiership Preview–2. Liverpool

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For Liverpool FC, it's all about the Premiership this season. Another deep run in the Champions League would be nice, don't misunderstand, but the primary focus for Rafa Benitez and his team is the domestic league. Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, the two leaders of the club, have said as much since the middle of [.

Hodgson Looks To Build On The Great Escape

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Roy Hodgson is one of the great unsung English managers of the last 30 years and I'm a big fan of Englands most underated manager. A polite, erudite professor of the game and an intelligent, well spoken man, he's simply never received the recognition his career and achievements deserve in England due to the majority of his success being on [.

New Stoke City Podcast Recommended

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Football fans have always been fighting for the right to express themselves above the din of mainstream media. The football fanzine movement in the 1980s gave birth to the When Saturday Comes magazine. More recently, football podcasts have given supporters the chance to speak their mind and share their uncensored thoughts with the listening public.

Setanta Sports Adds Video Forum To North American Websites

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Setanta Sports North America has added a new feature to its U.S. and Canadian websites. The new feature allows you, the viewer, to voice your opinion by uploading a video recorded on your webcam or computer. The first topic is: Which team do you think will break the Big Four in the Premier League this season?

Nothing Will Change With Premier League’s Get On With The Game Campaign

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On Tuesday afternoon, the Premier League rolled out a massive new program entitled "Get On With The Game" that brought players, managers, chairmen and referees together to agree on common goals for the new season: to bring order back to the league and get on with the game. The Premier League's PR machine was in high [.

Premiership Preview–3. Chelsea

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Chelsea has not finished outside the top two in five seasons, a span in which they're averaging a mind-blowing 88.5 points a season. They've won two Premiership titles, two Carling Cups, an FA Cup, and, for what it's worth, a Community Shield, during this stretch. They have an impressive, slightly overrated in my opinion [.

United Must Recruit a Masterful Striker to Bolster Their Trophy Hopes

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With Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka, Salomon Kalou and Andriy Shevchenko in their striking ranks, Chelsea own one of the most exciting, powerful and experienced attacking line-ups in world football. And complemented by the offensive starlets of Deco, Florent Malouda and Joe Cole, who themselves sit in front an immensely strong central midfield duo of Frank [.

Join The Premier League Season Opener LiveBlogging/Chat Experience

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To celebrate the opening of the new Premier League season, bloggers Ian Cahir and myself will be hosting a live blogging session online here at EPL Talk with you, the readers, from around the world. We'll be sharing our thoughts about the games as they're played in real-time. Plus, you'll be able to participate by: Submitting comments [.

Everton FC Launches Redesigned Website

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The design of official Premier League club websites is becoming as predictable as the race for the Big Four. Late last week, Everton launched a new design of its EvertonFC.com website and surprise, surprise it looks like most other football websites out there. As is often the case in Internet marketing, competitors look at what [.

2008/2009 Premier League Table Predictions

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Here are my predictions of how I think the Premier League will finish at the end of the 2008/2009 season. Manchester United will continue to excel, while I believe Spurs have the talent and determination to break into the top four knocking Liverpool into fifth place. Liverpool has done well to capture Robbie Keane, but the [.

Premiership Preview–4. Arsenal

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2008 hasn't been a great year for Arsenal and their fans. In February, they watched their hated North London rivals Tottenham win a major trophy (Carling Cup), something Arsenal hasn't done since winning the Premiership four seasons ago. They've watched Spurs bring in several high-profile players this summer already and significantly strengthen the team, whereas [.

Interview With Newcastle Legend Warren Barton

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Former Newcastle and Wimbledon defender Warren Barton will make his Fox Soccer Channel debut this Saturday as analyst for Fox Soccer Match Day. If you had the pleasure of watching Newcastle shine in the late 90s under Kevin Keegan, you'll no doubt remember the probing runs by Barton down the wing where he was an integral [.

Are Manchester City About To Go Into Meltdown?

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When the Vedran Corluka story broke on Thursday, it seemed nothing more than  transfer speculation hitting the news wires, stoked by the usual rumour mongers and agents, desperately trying to earn a bit of corn for themselves, pushing a transfer through. Manchester City denied it, Tottenham didn't mention it and Mark Hughes came out and said that [.

Warren Barton Joins Fox Soccer Channel

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U.S. TV network Fox Soccer Channel will feature a new co-host and analyst for its Fox Soccer Match Day beginning Saturday, August 16, when former Wimbledon, Newcastle United and England defender Warren Barton joins the network. At Wimbledon, Barton made 180 appearances during the club's hugely successful period from 1990 to 1995 when he played on [.

Arsenal Launches Redesigned Version Of Its Website

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Arsenal Football Club launched their redesigned official club website this morning, and boy is it different. While the previous design was sleek, the new one is much simpler and more closely resembles a typical football website we've grown accustomed to especially with the placement of the left and top navigation bars.

Who Has The Strongest Substitutes Bench In The Premier League?

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In the race for the Premier League title, a big factor of whether a team can succeed is not so much the talent on the pitch but rather off it. In a long season of 38 Premier League matches as well as the FA Cup, Carling Cup and, for some teams, the Champions League and [...]

Man United Wins Community Shield 3-1 On Penalties: Your Thoughts

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So, Manchester United has picked up another piece of silverware after beating Portsmouth 3-1 on penalties in the annual curtain raiser to the new season. The game, which ended 0-0 in regular time, was a bit of a sleeper at times with Man United controlling large portions of the match but unable to score.

Why Sky Sports News Sucks

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Thought for the day: If you were an alien that landed on earth and were forced to watch the Sky Sports News program "Through The Night," would you know that the biggest sporting event in the world waa taking place, the one that happens only once every four years, the summer Olympic games? The answer is [.

Spot The Difference: New Rangers Away Shirt vs 1980-83 England Home Shirt

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Many Glasgow Rangers fans may not be too pleased with the new design of the club's away shirt. Manufactured by Umbro, the shirt looks very similar to the classic England shirt that the national team wore in the 1982 World Cup in Spain. It makes you wonder if some Rangers fans will refuse to buy the [.

New Newcastle United Third Shirt For 2008/2009 Season

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The new Newcastle United third shirt for the 2008/2009 season has been unveiled, and it's silver with a white trim. Designed by Adidas and sponsored by Northern Rock, the shirt will be worn today (August 9th) for the first time in a friendly against Valencia. Silver shirts are quite rare in football.

Interview with Iain McNee, Founder Of The Onion Bag

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The key ingredients of football culture are beer, football shirts and laughter, so it's appropriate that we introduce you to The Onion Bag. Created by football mad Iain McNee, the site features a wide selection of football shirts for sale as well as  The Onion Bag Blog that highlights soccer pubs, funny videos and more.

Premiership Preview–5. Aston Villa

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Aston Villa surprised many neutrals last season, and probably even some of their own supporters, with their 6th-place finish. In 2006-2007, the Villans checked in at a respectable 11th, a nice improvement from 16th the season before. Villa's emergence, led by manager Martin O'Neill, came with one of the smallest, if not THE smallest, [.

Premiership Preview–6. Tottenham

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The 2007-2008 season was a roller coaster for Tottenham Hotspur. Martin Jol was removed from the manager's post in late October, but only found out through a text message sent to his nephew, who then forwarded the news to the Dutchman's phone. A team that was a trendy pick to break into the top [...

Ronaldo Transfer Saga Creates Unlikely Heroes

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Imagine how many hundreds of thousands of words were wasted discussing the possibility of Cristiano Ronaldo moving from Man United to Real Madrid this summer. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if the word count went into the millions as the story was the biggest tease from June through August. While the episode appears to be [.

Clattenburg Gets Red Card Ahead of Community Shield Final

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This Sunday marks the traditional beginning of the top flight of English football when Portsmouth battles Manchester United in the Community Shield Final at Wembley Stadium in London. If you're like me, you're excited about seeing the return of English football after being without it since the end of May.

Olympics Football Matchday One: Premier League Stars

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Solomon Kalou of Chelsea celebrates the Ivory Coast's goal with a teammate / AP Photo Matchday one is in the books for 2008 Men's Olympic Football tournament with Argentina, Brazil, the United States and Italy all recording victories. However some performances were more impressive than others: Brazil for example were outplayed badly by Belgium for [.

Premiership Preview–7. Portsmouth

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Just like Manchester City and Everton, Portsmouth is coming off their best season in England's top division in years, and I'm not sure there'd be much argument from the South Coast side's supporters by saying it was the best season in club history. Portsmouth wound up in 8th place, their highest-ever finish in the [.

Ramos’ Revolution Can Pay Dividends

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It's certainly been a busy summer at White Hart Lane this year as Juande Ramos begins to weed out the players he feels are holding Spurs back over the last few weeks and looks to bring in the kind of players he feels can bring more silverware Tottenham's way. With the exception of Robbie Keane, [...]

Premiership Preview–10. West Ham

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I think it would come as a surprise to many to know that West Ham, not Middlesbrough, not Aston Villa, not any of the promoted clubs, had the highest average of English players in their starting lineups (6.61/11) in the 2007-2008 Premiership season. That surprise symbolizes a commonly-held feeling towards West Ham from outside [.

Who Will Push The Big Four This Year?

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The elite group that is the big four - Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United, have dominated the top four places in the Premiership for the past six year with the exception of Everton three seasons ago. But can this season be different and a club outside of this elite group break into a Champions [.

Premiership Preview–9. Everton

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As much as Everton fans may not want to admit it, their club will always operate under arch-nemesis and cross-town rival Liverpool. There's no way around it; Liverpool is statistically the most successful team in English history, having won more league titles (18), Carling Cups (7), and European Cups/Champions League trophies (5) than any other [.

Social Experiments In Fandom: Choosing An EPL Side To Follow

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As some of you might recall, I decided that for the upcoming season that I was going to leave Manchester United behind (the club I have followed since 1997-98) and find a new club to follow this year. I solicited ideas from the EPL Talk community and the reactions were fascinating. Some expressed utter outrage [.

Soccer On Dish News

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Greetings from the sister site! Over at Soccer on Dish, we're back from a summer holiday, and we're ready and raring to wake up at 5:45 to watch the Community Shield. But there are a few items you might want to know about: Aside from dropping GolTV, Dish Network has added the NBC Olympics Soccer Channel, and [.

Karthik’s Pick - 10 Young Sizzling Transfers

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Ok... with the premiership all ready to kick off, here are my picks for the best young stars that have made a transfer this summer who are going to keep us glued to the TV and YouTube and all the football boards including this one. Carlos Vela Not quite the finished article yet, but under the [...]

Manchester City Third Shirt Revealed For 2008/2009 Season?

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Manchester City's new third shirt for the 2008/2009 season is orange, or is it? The new shirt has been uncovered on the Internet and published by our friends at Football Shirts. However, it's quite possible that the shirt design is fake. The design and creases are exactly the same as the ones featured in this picture.

Interview With Mani Honigstein, Co-Founder Of Footbo.com

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When TechCrunch announced in June that a new social network for football fans was being launched in beta, football aficionados flocked to the site to see what all of the fuss was about. A couple of months later, EPL Talk has followed up the co-founder of Footbo.com to see how the site has evolved since [.

The FA Launches New Respect Campaign That is Sure to Test the Resolve of the Top Referees

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On Sunday, when Manchester United take on Portsmouth in the annual Community Shield fixture at Wembley, a marker may have been set for the future of our game and the respect that referees rightfully receive in times to come. We may look back in ten years time and say that that was the day when [...]

Premiership Preview–8. Manchester City

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Manchester City's 2007-2008 campaign was their best since rejoining the Premiership after a few years of purgatory in England's lower levels. Manager Sven-Göran Eriksson compiled a very respectable 19-11-15 record in his first year on the job, guiding the club to a 9th-place finish, a trip to the Carling Cup quarterfinals, and a berth [.

How The Olympics Will Affect Premier League

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So with the Olympic torch set to be lit in five days I thought it might be a good time to have a look at how the football side of this global gathering will affect the Premier League when that kicks-off the following week. Well in fact the football side of things kicks-off two days [...]

English Football: Recapturing True Football

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Gary Lineker played Football the way it was meant to be played  All of the reaction to the article about Wigan Athletic here the other day got me thinking. I personally have a soft spot for Wigan because they are a small town club that has achieved great things under a local owner. This is the [...

Premiership Preview–13. Sunderland

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Backed by the loudest supporters in the Premier League last season, measured at average peak volume at 129.2 decibels, almost as loud as a jet, Sunderland will look to improve on last season's respectable 15th-place finish. The Black Cats were the only newly-promoted team to survive in the Premiership, an accomplishment in itself, but [.

Top Up TV Offering Setanta Free For A Season To New Customers In The UK

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For what is suppose to be a pay-tv service, Setanta is becoming a favorite option for television providers looking to offer an cheap incentive for customers. Top Up TV, a subscription service that offers on-demand programming alongside the Freeview TV platform, has announced today that it's offering Setanta Sports 1 free for the 2008/2009 EPL season to [.

Premiership Preview–14. Middlesbrough

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According to the BBC in an online article published in December of last year, Middlesbrough's youth academy has produced the most graduates (9) eligible to represent England at international level and start in at least five senior games for the club since the 2002-2003 season, including Stewart Downing, Lee Cattermole (now at Wigan), David [.

Arsenal Outclass Real Madrid in Emirates Cup

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Despite being no fan of Arsenal, I enjoyed my first visit to the Emirates Stadium very much yesterday when I went to see Arsenal play Real Madrid on the second day of the annual pre-season tournament The Emirates Cup, courtesy of my younger brother being an avid supporter. No pre-season encounter will ever provide the most [.

Everton Launches New Everton Away Shirt For 2008/2009 Season

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Everton has officially unveiled their new away shirt for the 2008/2009 season. The white Umbro shirt, sponsored by Chang, will be available for sale from Friday (check the EPL Talk Shop for more details). The Toffees will be sporting a white shirt with a two thin bands - navy and grey - going from shoulder to [.

Premiership Preview–15. Wigan Athletic

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They play some of the ugliest soccer in the Premiership. Their field surface is undoubtedly the worst in the Premiership and sits in one of the league's smallest stadiums, which is also shared with a rugby club. They have no star players to speak of, and are run by a 71-year-old chairman with questionable [.

Premiership Preview–16. Fulham

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Fulham's "Great Escape" was one of the best stories of the '07-'08 Premiership season. The Cottagers looked down and out so many times, so close to the end of the year, but a shocking 3-2 come-from-behind victory at Manchester City was the first of three consecutive triumphs and the second of four in five games [.

Everton And Newcastle Could Be On The Chopping Block

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The Sunday newspapers in England are reporting that Everton and Newcastle United could be sold in the near future. If both clubs are sold to foreigners, that'll mean 11 out of the 20 Premier League clubs will be foreign owned. According to The Observer, Everton could be put up for sale if the government approves the [.

Football Shirts and Football Kits: Widest Selection

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Football shirts, we all love them. So, for the widest online selection of football shirts for Premier League teams, visit the EPL Talk Shop. We have soccer shirts for all 20 Premiership teams from Arsenal to Wigan Athletic and every team in-between. The official replica football shirts for the Premier League teams are available from the [.

Expert Football Coverage From Around The Leagues

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While you're enjoying EPL Talk, don't forget to check out the sister sites in our network for a taste of German, Italian, Spanish, European and American soccer. Bundesliga Talk has the statistics comparing Schalke to Atletico Madrid for the most enticing Champions League third round qualifying match.

Premier League Online Chat For Opening Day Of Season

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We're just two weeks away from the beginning of the new Premier League season, and anticipation is building for what we hope will be an even better season than the tremendous one that concluded in May. To capture the excitement and share the experience with fans from around the world, EPL Talk will be hosting a [.

Premiership Preview–17. Bolton Wanderers

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For everyone outside of Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Arsenal, success in the Premiership can be fickle. We saw it last year with Tottenham, who wound up an extremely disappointing 11th after two straight 5th-place finishes. We saw it last year with Reading, a club that was relegated a season after finishing comfortably in [.

Premierhip Preview–18. West Bromwich Albion

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After two years in the Coca-Cola Championship, West Brom returns to the top flight of English soccer as the team best primed to make a run at survival amongst their fellow promotees. Tony Mowbray's club made a surprising appearance in the FA Cup semi-finals last year before being knocked out by Portsmouth, the eventual [.

GolTV Removed From DISH Network

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As of August 1, GolTV - the 24/7 soccer network - has been removed from DISH Network due to a contract dispute. According to GolTV, "this occurs despite efforts to continue GolTV's availability to Dish customers." DISH Network, in retort, inserted this message when you hit the INFO button where GolTV's channel used to be: "GolTV [.

Premiership Preview–19. Hull City

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The most profitable single game in the world was won by...no, not Manchester United...no, not the New York Giants...Hull City last season, as the Tigers' 1-0 Coca-Cola Championship playoff final victory over Bristol City at Wembley will net the East Yorkshire club an estimated $120 million when all is said and done.

What’s Happened to Aaron Lennon?

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With Tottenham's $30 million acquisition of David Bentley from Blackburn, it would appear that the meaningful tenure of Aaron Lennon, who was a boy wonder and the next big thing in English soccer just a few years ago, at White Hart Lane is over. At 14, Lennon signed a cleat-sponsorship contract with Adidas, becoming the [.

Premiership Preview–20. Stoke City

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August is finally here, and with it comes the final run-in to the start of the 2008-2009 Premiership season. You all know my preview plans by now — I'll cover all 20 teams in the next 10 days — and it all starts today. Without further ado, let's light this candle. 20. Finishing 2nd in [...]

American Owners Must Find a Truce to Retain Liverpool’s Identity

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When Tom Hicks and George Gillett first took on the role of ownership at Liverpool, there was an air of excitement and ambition around the club, and there was genuine hope that the new cash injection could fire Liverpool to greater heights – particularly in the Premier League. But two years on, and the pair are [.

Liverpool Discovers Opponents in Champions League Qualifying

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The draw for the third and final qualifying round of the Champions League has been made today with Liverpool drawn against Standard Liege. The first leg will be played in Belgium on August 12th or 13th, while the second leg at Anfield is scheduled for August 26 or 27th. Standard is one of the most popular clubs [.

Arsenal Faces Steve McClaren In Champions League Qualifying

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The draw for the third and final qualifying round of the Champions League has been made today with Arsenal scheduled to play FC Twente, the Dutch team managed by former England and Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren. The first leg will be played in Holland on August 12th or 13th, while the second leg at the Emirates [.

Everton Performance Against Chicago Disappoints Diehard EPL Fan

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The following article is written by EPLNFL, a longtime reader of EPL Talk and a resident of Chicago. Every year now about the end of June many EPL fans in the US and Canada get the news they long to hear, the teams that they often get up before sunrise for on a frigid December morning [...]