EPL Talk Archives for January 2008

Replay Does not Belong in Football

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I've read with some interest recent posts on this website and others advocating some form of instant replay or goal line technology. Being an American with some understanding of the troubles instant replay has had in some American sporting leagues, I very openly and bluntly say, keep replay out of football.

What Would You Do If You Were In Charge At Tottenham?

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Tottenham Hotspur's downfall this season is befuddling. On paper this summer, the team seemed stacked with a wealth of talent. But by the way the team has played so far this season, something is seriously lacking. It's the desire to win. Watching Spurs play, they look like a team of losers. Not by the results they achieve, [.

Football Clubs Must Be Laughing All The Way To The Bank

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If you were a businessman, what would you call a consumer who remains loyal for life, buys exorbitant amounts of your product and services, and hardly ever complains no matter how you treat him? In the business world, that consumer would be a dream come true. But we know him better as a typical football fan.

Time For Football Clubs To Stop Using Doublespeak

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In 1949 when George Orwell wrote his epic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, he painted a forboding picture of a world where Big Brother monitored all of our activity and doublespeak (or as Orwell coined it, newspeak) disguised the true meaning of our language. When Orwell wrote that classic book, I'm sure he didn't have football on his [.

Arsenal Stunned, As Hull’s Great Start Continues

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Hull City arrived at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday fearing the worst. Arsenal's kids had dispatched Sheffield United 6-0 in midweek, so with the first team put back in and in good form, Hull had every right to be scared. Yet 90 minutes later they had emerged with a 2-1 victory that, if lucky at [.

Amr Zaki: Walking In A Wigan Wonderland

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The number of days that Wigan striker Amr Zaki will be a Wigan Athletic player are numbered. Even when the Egyptian ends his loan spell and becomes a Wigan player, it's only a matter of time before a massive club signs one of the brightest, most talented players the Premier League has seen in years.

I’m On Setanta Sports: September 27, 2008 Episode

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Can you believe it? The Special One was Dennis Wised on the latest episode of I'm On Setanta Sports. That plus The Special One does a special exclusive story on the Newcastle United takeover including the return of Dave who has a conspiracy theory involving Shola Ameobi, like. Enjoy the latest episode.

Poll: The Role Of Technology And Referees In Premier League Matches

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In light of all of the mistakes by referees this past weekend, what are your feelings about introducing technology into games to help referees during important game-changing decisions? Should referees use technology to aid their decisions?

Wigan Athletic v Manchester City: Live and Online

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Follow Wigan Athletic against Manchester City live and online today via the EPL Talk Chat featuring football fans discussing the match from around the world. Kick off time is 11:00 am ET/4:00 pm BST. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to: yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = "Wigan Athletic v Manchester [.

Portsmouth Turning Into A Farce Due To Financial Troubles

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Alarming reports are coming out of England this morning regarding the future of Portsmouth Football Club. According to The News Of The World, owner Alexandre Gaydamak has put the club up for sale to avert a financial crisis, and is looking to sell Pompey for an initial £20 million. Incredibly, the newspaper is also reporting that a [.

All Hail Hull City, Giant Killers Of The Premier League

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Who would have expected Hull City tipped by many for relegation, myself included to go to the Emirates Stadium and pull off one of the shocks of the season against the mighty Arsenal? Every player on the Hull City side yesterday deserves a massive round of applause for the way they played in their [.

Portsmouth v Tottenham: Live and Online

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Follow Portsmouth against Tottenham live and online today via the EPL Talk Chat featuring football fans discussing the match from around the world. Kick off time is 8:30 am ET/1:30 pm BST. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to: yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = "Portsmouth v Tottenham: Live and Online"; http://www.

Torres Double Overshadowed by Mike Riley

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Fernando Torres two goals in three minutes is the difference as Liverpool take the short trip to Goodison Park and come out 2-0 victors that was marred by the horrific refereeing of Mike Riley.I am going to say it like I see it here, Mike Riley has officially ended the FA's respect campaign over the [.

Arsenal v Hull City: Live and Online

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Follow Arsenal against Hull City live and online today via the EPL Talk Chat featuring football fans discussing the match from around the world. Kick off time is 12:30 pm ET/5:30 pm BST. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to: yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = "Arsenal v Hull City: Live [.

Everton v Liverpool: Live and Online

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Follow Everton against Liverpool live and online today via the EPL Talk Chat featuring football fans discussing the match from around the world. Kick off time is 7:45 am ET/12:45 pm BST. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to: yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = "Everton v Liverpool: Live and Online"; http://www.

Manchester United v Bolton Wanderers: Live and Online

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Follow Manchester United against Bolton Wanderers live and online today via the EPL Talk Chat featuring football fans discussing the match from around the world. Kick off time is 10:00 am ET/3:00 pm BST. We'll also be following all the 10:00 am ET/3:00 pm BST kickoffs (Aston Villa v Sunderland, Fulham v West Ham United, Middlesbrough [.

Premier League Predictions: Gameweek 6

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First off, I welcome everyone to join us in the EPL Talk Chat this weekend. Starting Saturday from 7:20 am and Sunday from 8:20 am. Now onto the predictions. All times are Eastern and TV Schedules are subject to change without notice. Everton v Liverpool (Saturday 7:45 am, Live on Setanta Sports from 7:30 am.

Road To Wembley 2008-09: FA Cup First Qualifying Round Results

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Time to check in with the FA Cup again as the Second Qualifying Round gets under way. So far, I've seen a couple of my initial teams drop by the wayside as have their replacements. This stage of the tournament is quite tumultuous but still exciting for the clubs involved. 160 clubs are involved in [.

Babel and Riera Key for Liverpool

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Following Albert Riera's timely arrival at Liverpool on the last day of the transfer window, Rafa Benitez finally has two good wide players to deploy in his line-up who he can trust to produce excellent performances consistently. Ryan Babel can be played on either flank, but now that the left-footed Riera has turned up he should [.

Would You Honestly Pay More to Watch UEFA’s Europa League?

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Say what you will about Maradona he never put on a suit.  Michel Platini on the other hand is on one hell of a roll at the moment. Earlier this week, he went off Arsene Wenger as if the man had murdered half his family, instead of appointing youngters to play at the highest club [...]

Breaking News: Joe Kinnear Named Newcastle Interim Manager

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Newcastle United has named Joe Kinnear as their interim manager until the end of October. Newcastle Executive Director Dennis Wise must have had his grubby hands involved in the appointment of Kinnear. The Irishman managed Wimbledon from 1992 to 1999. But while Kinnear never managed Wise at Wimbledon, there's undoubtedly a close connection between him and [.

Who Is Ellis Short?

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The number of Premier League clubs owned by Americans became four this week after Dallas-based businessman Ellis Short acquired controlling interest in Sunderland. Short now owns the largest single stake of Sunderland at more than 30 per cent, and gives him effective control of the northeast club. He joins fellow Americans Malcolm Glazer, Randy Lerner, Tom [.

FIFA 09 TV Advert Starring Wayne Rooney: Video

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To promote the upcoming release of FIFA 09, EA Sports came up with a remarkable way of advertising the new version of the game. During halftime of the Chelsea against Man United match last weekend that was televised on Sky Sports in England, EA debuted a four minute TV commercial starring Wayne Rooney and Gonzalo [.

Sheffield United Players Should Sue West Ham United

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After a Football Association appointed arbitration hearing ruled in the favor of Sheffield United earlier this week, lawyers in England must have smelled blood because now up to 12 Sheffield United players who were relegated at the end of the 2006/2007 season are seeking legal advice regarding the possibility of suing West Ham United for [.

WAGs Or The Carling Cup: Which Is More Important to Football?

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By Brian Phillips, Run Of Play I can still remember the day I first asked myself the question. Accrington Stanley had gone down to Leyton Orient in an early-round Carling Cup match, and like all other football fans everywhere in the world, I immediately logged on to the website of The Sun in order to jot [.

Interview With Gary Taphouse, Football Commentator

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The voice of football commentator Gary Taphouse will be very familiar if you watch a lot of Premier League football matches on TV. His unmistakable voice has graced plenty of EPL commentaries as well as World Cup qualifiers, Chelsea radio and much more. If you're interested in what a life is like for a football commentator, read [.

Discover The Wonderful World Of Football Annuals

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You may not want to hear it, but it's the time of the year when stores are frantically getting ready for the holiday shopping season. The Christmas displays in shop windows seem to appear earlier and earlier each year. Football is not immune to this, of course. The sport generates a tremendous amount of revenue for [.

Steve Bruce Deserves Praise For Wigan Athletic Turnaround

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The cold hard truth is that no one cares about Wigan Athletic. I've written about them in the past but even their own supporters aren't bothered to participate in the discussion. Out of the 20 teams in the Premier League, Wigan is the most underreported side. Unless, that is, there's controversy or a outspoken comment needed, [.

Newcastle United Hits New Low In 2-1 Carling Cup Loss To Tottenham

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Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse for Newcastle United, it just did. In the battle of the two bottom teams of the Premier League, Newcastle lost 2-1 at home tonight to fellow underachievers Tottenham Hotspur in the Carling Cup in front of their lowest attendance in years. The performance by Newcastle was utterly [.

Poll: Who Will Win The Merseyside Derby?

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Everton plays Liverpool this Saturday in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park. The winner will have the bragging rights in the seaside port of Liverpool for the next few months. Will it be the blue half or the red half that will be victorious? Be sure to catch the game in the EPL Talk Chat, which [.

Pavlyuchenko Gets The Wrong End Of The Stick From Ramos

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New Spurs striker Roman Pavlyuchenko may face punishment from Tottenham because he's not learning English quickly enough according to the Russian newspaper, Tvoi Den. If the newspaper report is true, it's a bit unfair on Pavlyuchenko. He's only been with Spurs since September 1st and, in that time, he also played in Moscow for Russia aganst [.

Closer Look At Arsenal’s Youngsters That Thrashed Sheff Utd

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What does it say about Arsenal when their reserve team last night beat Sheffield United 6-0 in the Carling Cup? Maybe the tournament should be renamed the Arsenal Youngsters Cup? Here are some of the impressive young starlets who played last night: Kieran Gibbs. Midfielder, 18 years old, only made his second appearance for Arsenal last night.

Book Review: Perry Boys

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Perry Boys is a memoir written by Ian Hough and covers the 'Casual' gangs of Manchester and Salford. However, if you're thinking that this is simply another book on hooligan culture, you're quite wrong. Hough takes the reader on a journey into the subculture of fashion that defined many of the soccer gangs of the [.

Tell Us What’s Missing In Your Soccer Experience

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Because you're someone who lives and breathes the beautiful game, I want to tap your knowledge for a couple of minutes to find out what are the obstacles and/or pains you encounter when trying to watch or follow the Premier League on a weekly basis. Sure, HD broadcasts of games would be wonderful, but what - [.

Soccer Fans: Boycott Sony Bravia HD TVs

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If you're in the market for a new TV between now and the end of the year, be sure to boycott Sony's Bravia HD TV. Why? The Japanese manufacturer is making fun of soccer in its TV commercials. The new TV commercial features Peyton Manning, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and other celebrities hating on soccer. If you're new [.

Time For West Ham To Pay Up And Shut Up

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Sheffield United have won the latest legal round against West Ham United over the Carlos Tevez saga. A Football Association arbitration hearing ruled in the favor of United and now are seeking £30 million in compensation from West Ham. During the 2006/2007 season, the Hammers fielded Carlos Tevez who was an ineligible player.

Everton Launches Live Goodison Park Webcam

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Everton has become only the second club in the Premier League to feature a webcam showing live pictures from its stadium. The other club is Chelsea who have had webcams pointing at their ground for at least a few years. Everton's Goodison Park, one of the most historic stadiums left in the Premier League, has hosted World [.

How To Make Newcastle United A Successful Club Again

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Contrary to popular belief, Newcastle United is not a poisoned club. Nor are they jinxed with injuries. At worst, they're a poorly run club who has made one bad decision after another after another. With news that a Nigerian consortium are interested in buying Newcastle, Toon fans will be keeping their fingers crossed that current owner [.

How Arsene Wenger Motivates His Arsenal Players

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In preparation for every game, Arsene Wenger gives his players a motivational handout that helps to focus his team on the task ahead. A copy of the handout was found in a Bolton hotel for this past weekend's 3-1 win by Arsenal at the Reebok Stadium. Here's a transcript of what the handout said: Confidential Team meeting [.

FIFA And The Contest for World Football: Free Book

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The best things in life are free, and that even includes the football book "FIFA And The Contest For World Football," courtesy of Google. Well, 20 percent of it that is. In Google Book Search, the search engine features thousands of books that are viewable online. According to Google, "You can search within the book, zoom [.

The Problems at Spurs

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The attention before and after this weekend's Premier League fixtures was focused towards Stamford Bridge and the first meeting of Chelsea and Manchester United since the European Cup final in May. Fans of clubs outside the ‘big' four' often bemoan their lack of coverage in the media but one club should be thanking their lucky stars [.

Do Soccer Celebrations Go Too Far For American TV Viewers?

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Slowly but surely some of my repressed memories of being a soccer fan in the States are coming back to me. Almost a year ago, I wrote about the common "soccer is for fags" insults I remembered hearing in the 1980s. Then, all of a sudden last week, I remembered another insult that American jocks used [.

No Excuse for Attack of Manchester United Team Bus

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Shortly after Manchester United's 1-1 draw at Chelsea yesterday, their team bus was attacked by an as-of-yet unknown assailant, who cracked the bus' front windshield (as pictured here) with a thrown bottle. No one was hurt, and United continued their short trip across London to the train station and following trip back to Manchester.

Kalou Keeps Chelsea Streak Intact Against Manchester United

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Salomon Kalou's header ten minutes from time cancels out Ji-Sung Park's opener and preserves Chelsea's unbeaten record at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea and Manchester United ends honors even at 1-1.Unlike the Liverpool/Manchester United clash last weekend, this was more typical big four fare. The game wasn't pretty by any means, plenty physical and full of [.

I’m On Setanta Sports: September 20, 2008 Episode

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The latest episode of I'm On Setanta Sports is back with program director Fabio Capello meddling with the show, the return of Arsene "Voyeur," and Setanta Sports making fun of RTE's Eamonn Dunphy. Be champions! If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to: yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = "I'm On [.

Chopra ignites passionless Wear-Tees Derby

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Michael Chopra's two goals in the final ten minutes are enough to see off Middlesbrough 2-0 at the Stadium of Light.A game that was more frantic than metered, this was a game that took a long time for anything to build. Yes both sides had plenty of chances (per Soccernet, 21 for Sunderland, 18 for [.

Poll: How Much Attention Do You Give To Football Games?

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The way that we experience soccer on television has changed considerably in the past 10 years. There's more of it available on television. There are more channels showing matches. And we're even watching more games online. But I'm curious to know whether you attention to watching soccer games has changed too.

Chelsea v Manchester United: Live and Online

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Follow Chelsea against Manchester United live and online today via the EPL Talk Chat featuring football fans discussing the match from around the world. Kick off time is 9:00 am ET/2:00 pm BST. We'll also be following all the 10:00 am ET/3:00 pm BST kickoffs (Hull City v Everton, Manchester City v Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur [.

West Bromich Albion v Aston Villa: Live and Online

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Follow West Bromich Albion against Aston Villa live and online today via the EPL Talk Chat featuring football fans discussing the match from around the world. Kick off time is 7:00 am ET/12:00 pm BST. The Chat will open at 6:45 am ET/11:45 am BST. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS [.

Chelsea vs Manchester United: Get Ready For Battle Of The Bridge

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The last two times Chelsea played Manchester United, nothing much happened. Other than one of the most exciting finales in Champions League history and a Premier League firestarter at Stamford Bridge that included a fight between the groundsman and Patrice Evra, and a penalty four minutes from time to win it for Chelsea 2-1.

Bolton v Arsenal: Live and Online

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Follow Bolton against Arsenal live and online today via the EPL Talk Chat featuring football fans discussing the match from around the world. Kick off time is 12:30 pm ET/5:30 pm BST. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to: yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = "Bolton v Arsenal: Live and Online"; http://www.

Liverpool v Stoke City: Live and Online

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Follow Liverpool against Stoke City live and online today via the EPL Talk Chat featuring football fans discussing the match from around the world. We'll also be keeping a close eye on West Ham United v Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers v Fulham as well giving updates as appropriate. Kick off time is 10:00 am ET/3:00 pm [.

Sunderland v Middlesbrough: Live and Online

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Follow Sunderland and Middlesbrough live and online today via the EPL Talk Chat featuring football fans discussing the match from around the world. Kick off time is 7:45 am EST/12:45 BST. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to: yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = "Sunderland v Middlesbrough: Live and Online"; http://www.

West Ham United To Wear Squad Numbers On Shirts

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West Ham United's shirt fiasco is far from over. The east London club has received permission from the Premier League to feature squad numbers on the front of their shirts beginning with tomorrow's game at home against Newcastle United. After their sponsor XL Holidays went bankrupt, West Ham had patches sewn on the front of their [.

Berbatov can Ignite United’s Trophy Push

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For so long this past summer it seemed that Sir Alex Ferguson was not going to capture the top striker that he craved so much, but on transfer deadline day Dimitar Berbatov finally arrived from Tottenham and the Scotsman could breathe a huge sigh of relief. An attack of Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney [.

Poll: Chelsea Or Manchester United?

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Who will win the Battle Of The Bridge this Sunday? ( polls) If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to: yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = "Poll: Chelsea Or Manchester United?"; http://www.epltalk.com/poll-chelsea-or-manchester-united/3257

  The recent press reports linking Arsenal and other Premier League clubs t

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  The recent press reports linking Arsenal and other Premier League clubs to 14 year old  attacking midfielder Charles Renken whose sterling play for the US U-17 team in the Bradenton Invitational last year caught many eyes is terrifying from my perspective as an American football fan. Despite the success Arsenal has had in developing young [.

Battle Of The Highlight Shows: Match Of The Day vs Premier League Review Show

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Which is the better Premier League highlight show? BBC's Match Of The Day or TWI's Premier League Review Show? Millions of people around the world watch the highlight packages that feature the best bits of each Premier League match, so the shows should be quite similar, right? Wrong. Read on to learn the major differences between the [.

Ian Curtis: An Unlikely Manchester City Supporter

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The first time I heard about the movie Control, about the life of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis, was three years ago after I just finished "Touching The Distance," the excellent book by his widow Deborah Curtis. When the film was finally released in 2007, I agonized over the fact that it was only shown [.

ESPN To Acquire Premier League TV Rights? Roundtable Discussion

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According to a recent article in The Times newspaper, the Walt Disney Company has expressed an interest in bidding for the TV rights to the Premier League in the United Kingdom and United States. The next auction of broadcast rights is due to start next January for the 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons.

Two Academy Subs Would Be a Mistake

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According to an article on ESPNsoccernet, the Premier League will explore the possibility of implementing a rule that would require its 20 member teams to include at least two academy graduates from that particular club in the seven available substitutes on gameday. This was one of the options put forward this summer in addition to [.

Poll: Which Big Club Runs The Risk Of Being Relegated This Season?

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Which clubs are doomed this season? Which big club has the most potential to be relegated this season?
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Mike Ashley Snubs Dubai Investors For Cocktails

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Yesterday in Dubai, Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley was offered $360 million for the club by Dubai investors, but called the offer an insult and snubbed Arab investors to instead partake in drinking cocktails at a local bar, according to ArabianBusiness.com. Ashley reportedly received the offer earlier in the day and was supposed to meet with [.

Poll: Fernando Torres Or Dimitar Berbatov? Your Pick

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Ten Football Stories To Make You Go Hmm

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Here are the top 10 football-related stories today that caught my eye: Newcastle's Tony Jimenez In UAE To Find Club Buyer (Arabian Business) The Return Of The Ligapokal (Bundesliga Talk) La Liga Team Of The Week: Numancia (La Liga Talk) How The Donovan Deal to Bayern Munich Could Have Killed MLS (Major League Soccer Talk) Goal Of The Week In [.

Why Isn’t Setanta Sports Available In Widescreen Format?

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Ever wonder why Setanta Sports doesn't offer a 16×9 widescreen format of its channel for viewers in the United States? EPL Talk Reader Martin Day had that question. Here's what he wrote: Setanta Sports has gone to a 16:9 widescreen format thereby making the highlights near impossible to watch as they compress/crop it to 4:3 here [.

Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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The group stage of the Champions League begins today with several intriguing matches as well as the return of Chelsea and Liverpool to continental football. Be sure to set your DVRs for the following matches on TV today in the United States (all times eastern). Bordeaux vs. Chelsea: 2:30pm ESPN2/ESPN360.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Has Retired

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The Premiership's 8th-leading goalscorer of all time, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, retired today, and I'm amazed at how quietly the whole thing has gone down. The Dutchman is one of two players never to have played in the Eredivisie and still be selected to Holland's national team, scoring 9 goals in 23 games for the the [.

Tottenham 1-2 Aston Villa: Don’t Blame The Loss On Scapegoat Gomes

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In British newspaper match reports of Aston Villa's 2-1 away win against Tottenham Hotspur, almost all of the stories lead with sentences similar to this one found in The Sun: "Calamity keeper Heurelho Gomes messed up to leave Spurs rooted at the foot of the table." True, yes, but it doesn't provide a complete accurate picture [.

Hicks Involved In Liverpool Hotel Disturbance After Win Against United

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Alex Hicks, the son of Liverpool FC co-owner Tom Hicks, was embroiled in a hotel disturbance Sunday morning when one of his bodyguards was arrested after allegedly punching a hotel security guard. According to The Times, it's understood that the "fracas revolved around Alex Hicks and his group of friends, who were staying at the hotel.

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

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The Daily Mirror focuses on Monday night's blunder by Heurelho Gomes, but commits a blunder of its own in the headline pictured above. Let's see how long it takes before the British tabloid fixes the headline. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to: yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = "What's [.

Freddie Mac, Merryl Lynch and Mike Ashley

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  A while ago, an SNL skit featured an ad for a book that could get you out of debt and save your life.  It was called "Don't Buy Stuff You Cannot Afford."  It's a book that the CEOs and owners behind Freddie Mac and Lehman Brothers, as well as Mike Ashley, may want to look [...]

Poll: How Does The NFL Affect Your Premier League TV Viewing Habits?

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Delap Throws, but Cahill Sees Everton Through

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Picture via Sky Sports Tim Cahill comes to the rescue again as Stoke City's set piece defending comes back to haunt them as despite coming back to level at two thanks to Rory Delap's throws, Everton leave the Britannia Stadium 3-2 winners. One goal from open play, four set piece goals, and an extremely entertaining game at [.

New Portsmouth Third Shirt 08/09 Revealed

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Portsmouth will launch their new third shirt for the 2008/2009 season this Thursday, September 18. The new kit is designed by Canterbury and features the same design as the away kit except that the third kit is black with gold trim. The shirt celebrates Portsmouth's 110th anniversary as a football club.

Phishers Turn Their Attention To Premier League

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The Premier League and its clubs are so rich with cash these days that they're giving away £500,000 to fans. Well, not exactly. Take a look at the following phishing e-mail that my wife received last week: The phishing company is hoping to get unsuspecting football fans to provide their private data.

Mike Ashley Got the Message

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After a week of protest and criticism from fans and neutrals alike, myself included, current Newcastle owner Mike Ashley finally got the message: he's not wanted anymore. Here's the complete transcript of the statement he made earlier today: "I have enjoyed sport since I was a boy. I love football.

Legend of Cahill Continues

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Last December, I wrote a post detailing the impressive late-game exploits of Everton and Australia attacking midfielder Tim Cahill. There is no doubt that Cahill is the most clutch player in the world, bar none. Cristiano Ronaldo? No. Lionel Messi? Nope. Fernando Torres? No. If your team needs a goal to either equalize or win a match, Cahill [.

I’m On Setanta Sports: The Battle For Berba

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The newest episode of I'm On Setanta Sports is back and it's one of the best this season. Jose Mourinho, The Boy and It reenact the transfer deadline day drama at Manchester City and Manchester United involving Dimitar Berbatov. Fantastic stuff! If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed.

Marlon King Further Dampens Day As Newcasle United Fans Protest

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Picture via this link. Before I write, I want to thank everyone for the turnout this weekend for the EPL Talk Chat. You honestly have no idea how happy it made me. Anyways enough of the gushing, back to the meat of this post. Marlon King's double was enough to see off Newcastle United 2-1. I have [.

Chelsea Ruins Manchester City’s Samba Party

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In less than three weeks, my wife and I have a new arrival planned for our household: our first baby boy. So while my wife was enjoying her baby shower yesterday, I ended up watching our three other children. Needless to say, I didn't get a chance to watch as much live football as I [...]

Stoke City v Everton: Live And Online

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Follow Stoke City against Everton live and online today via the EPL Talk Chat featuring football fans discussing the match from around the world. Kick off time is 12:30pm ET/5:30pm BST. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to: yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = "Stoke City v Everton: Live And Online"; http://www.

EPL Talk Featured In The New York Times

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If you're visiting EPL Talk after reading the article in The New York Times or International Herald Tribune, welcome. The goal of EPL Talk is to provide you with daily news and analysis of the Premier League.  We have a team of more than a dozen writers who bring a unique perspective on the world's most [.

Premier League Predictions: Gameweek 4

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Before I begin writing my predictions for this weekend, I would invite everyone into the EPL Talk Chat this weekend. Staring from 7:30 am Eastern/12:30 pm UK on Saturday and from 8:20 am Easter/1:20 pm UK on Sunday, join myself and many others as we discuss all the action from the Barclays Premier League.

Liverpool Manchester United Video Highlights

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Liverpool certainly raised their game today with a historic 2-1 win against arch rivals Manchester United in an entertaining game. Watch the video highlights of the goals here. It was an impressive team performance from Liverpool who definitely seemed more up for the game than a Manchester United side that seemed lethargic and on the backfoot [.

Man City vs Chelsea: Live And Online

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Follow Manchester City against Chelsea live and online today via the EPL Talk Chat featuring football fans discussing the match from around the world. Kick off time is 12:30pm ET/5:30pm BST. The match will be the first since the Abu Dhabi United Group rocked the world on transfer deadline day by announcing that they were acquiring Manchester [.

Liverpool vs Manchester United: Live And Online

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Experience the live chat and text commentary now between Liverpool and Manchester United from Anfield. Join football fans from around the world in the EPL Talk Chat as we discuss all the developments in the match. Plus, we'll have Man City versus Chelsea, Blackburn vs Arsenal and much more. Experience the free online chat right now hosted [.

EPL Talk Chat Is Live

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Click here to join myself and others as we discuss this weekend's Premier League fixtures, and whatever else comes to mind. It's your chat, I just moderate it! If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to: yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = "EPL Talk Chat Is Live"; http://www.

Premier League Predictions: Gameweek 4

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Before I begin writing my predictions for this weekend, I would invite everyone into the EPL Talk Chat this weekend. Staring from 7:30 am Eastern/12:30 pm UK on Saturday and from 8:20 am Easter/1:20 pm UK on Sunday, join myself and many others as we discuss all the action from the Barclays Premier League.

England Have Renewed Hope after Croatia Crushing

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It may only be one victory but England's comprehensive beating of Croatia on Wednesday night could represent a dramatic turn in fortunes for the famous footballers who for so long have failed miserably to live up to their nations' expectations. Not quite good enough under Sven Goran Eriksson, an absolute shambles under Steve McClaren, and now [.

Setanta UK To Offer Its Own Free-To-Air Highlight Program Of Croatia-England

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The Guardian is reporting that Setanta Sports in the United Kingdom has reached a series of deals with several television providers to go unencrypted and offer its own highlight program for tonight's match between Croatia and England.  The program starts at 10:45 PM British time, and will feature highlights of both the England match and [.

Croatia 1-4 England: Walcott Grabs Hat-Trick In Zagreb

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England achieved a massive three points tonight with an emphatic 4-1 away win against Croatia in their second match of 2010 World Cup qualifying. It was far from an ordinary night for England in Zagreb. Wayne Rooney scored his first goal for England since October 2007. Theo Walcott, who started on the right wing in place [.

England Croatia Video Highlights

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Here are all five goals from England's 4-1 victory against Croatia, including Theo Walcott's hat-trick: If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to: yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = "England Croatia Video Highlights"; http://www.epltalk.com/england-croatia-video-highlights/3186

How Small Town America Covered News Of The Munich Air Disaster

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The Munich air disaster in 1958 devastated the soccer world after a plane carrying the Manchester United team crashed killing 23 of the 44 passengers on board, many of them United players and personnel. While the crash sent shockwaves through Great Britain and the soccer community, the news was also covered in the United States.

Is Justin.tv The Killer App For Soccer Fans?

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On Wednesday, there was only one TV network in the UK where you could watch the 2010 World Cup qualifying match against Croatia and that was Setanta Sports. Well, at least legally that is. While only four million people in the UK had access to Setanta's pay channels yesterday, the remaining England football supporters were on [.

RTE Mocks Setanta Sports With Sellotanta Sports Video

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RTE, the Irish broadcaster, has mocked Setanta Sports with a cheeky video featuring two comedians impersonating Setanta presenters Paul Dempsey and Pat Dolan. Dempsey is a former Sky Sports reporter who was interviewed by EPL Talk in 2007. Dolan is a former Arsenal reserves footballer who currently manages a team in Ireland.

When Wayne Rooney Met Fabio Capello: Part Two

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Wayne Rooney returns with his second part of an interview with Fabio Capello to discuss all sorts of topics including Coronation Street, WAGs, opera, music and culture. Enjoy. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to: yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = "When Wayne Rooney Met Fabio Capello: Part Two"; http://www.

What Do Liverpool Cops Do All Day?

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Poor Robbie Keane has joined the growing list of Liverpool players to be burgled over the not too distant past. He, along with at least six other players (now past and present) have had their homes burglarized in the Liverpool area. This makes me ask, after the first three, why wouldn't the police force of [.

Mike Ashley is a Moron

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You're an owner of a Premiership team, one that's well-known all across Europe and is one of the best-supported in England. You've just gotten rid of your manager, one who you brought back just a few months ago to rescue the club from perennial mediocrity and is a hero to the fans. Those fans [...]

Liverpool And Newcastle Supporters Plan Protests Against Owners

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In Newcastle and Liverpool this Saturday, thousands of football fans will be marching in protest against the owners of their respective clubs. Members of a Liverpool supporters group named Spirit Of Shankly will be marching to Anfield in protest against owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett. According to the supporters union, it'll be "a march of [.

Why The Bundesliga Is Better Than The Premier League

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Find out why the Bundesliga is better than the Premier League according to blogger Double Pivot, as well as several other interesting articles I'm reading right now. Enjoy. 7 Reasons Why The Bundesliga Is Better Than The EPL (Bundesliga Talk) Champions League Group Previews: Group A and Group B (Champions League Talk) How The US Can Learn From [.

Inside A Premier League Dressing Room: Video

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Watch this hilarious video featuring English comedian Paul Whitehouse pretending to be the manager of a Premier League club. It gives you an insight into what it must be like in some dressing rooms at Premier League clubs. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!

Spurs Warn Fans About Wisla Krakow Stadium

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No this isn't a view from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. It's the obstructed view for away fans at Wisla Krakow's stadium in Poland. Tottenham Hotspur will be playing their second leg of their UEFA Cup first round match against Wisla Krakow on October 2nd. Spurs has warned fans to expect severely restricted views of the pitch [.

World Cup Qualifying: Your Running Commentary

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England's away match today against Croatia is massive for several reasons. First, a loss against Croatia will be a huge blow to England's hopes of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup. Second, a loss would put immense pressure under Fabio Capello. Third, if England can secure a draw or a win, it'll be a huge [.

The Dark Side Of Anfield That No One Wants You To See

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There's the Anfield that we all know on TV. The sight of Liverpool supporters waving their scarves as millionaires such as Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard run around the pitch. But directly behind Anfield is something that Liverpool owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett don't want you to see. The most deprived neighborhood in Britain.

Ray Hudson Interview

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Former Newcastle United player Ray Hudson, one of the most colorful English language commentators around, is the guest on the latest episode of the Major League Soccer Talk Podcast. Interviewed by Kartik Krishnaiyer, Hudson discusses what he thinks of the England team and the Premier League, which league he finds most entertaining to watch, as well [.

Roy Keane’s Selfish Act Threatens Trinidad’s World Cup Future

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Roy Keane of all people shouldn't have done this. Keane whose spat with Mick McCarthy led to the Irish legend missing World Cup 2002 has now seemingly pulled a stunt of equal temerity. Bowing to pressure from Keane, Dwight Yorke, the captain of Trinidad and Tobago has withdrawn from the squad due to take on [.

Too Bad They Can’t Play a Four Four Three

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Looking forward to seeing how Manchester United employ new signing Dimitar Berbatov this weekend versus Liverpool, or better yet, who gets the hook up front: Wayne Rooney or Carlos Tevez. While Rooney may need a breather after playing for England the past couple of weeks, I don't see how Sir Alex Ferguson can leave out [.

How Did You Fall In Love With Your Football Team?

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No offense to the celebrities that we've interviewed over the past few years for EPL Talk, but sometimes the best stories are from the actual fans themselves, like yourself. If you're a regular reader to EPL Talk, you've read hundreds if not thousands of words from the fingertips of myself and the team of bloggers on [.

Too Bad They Can’t Play a 4-4-3

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Looking forward to seeing how Manchester United employ new signing Dimitar Berbatov this weekend versus Liverpool, or better yet, who gets the hook up front: Wayne Rooney or Carlos Tevez. While Rooney may need a breather after playing for England the past couple of weeks, I don't see how Sir Alex Ferguson can leave out [.

Manchester City Set To Break Home Attendance Record

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Manchester City looks set to break their home attendance record this Saturday when they play Chelsea in front of a sold out crowd at the City of Manchester Stadium. The previous highest attendance at Eastlands was 47,321 on December 30, 2007 for City's match against Liverpool. The stadium's capacity for football is 47,726.

FIFA Needs To Revamp International Football

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It's time for FIFA to rethink international football. In 1992, UEFA changed the European Cup to the Champions League and transformed European club football into a more entertaining product that generates vast sums of money. It also didn't hurt that the tournament now attracts a cumulative television audience of 4 billion viewers in 227 countries.

England Football Fans Shut Out On Both Sides Of The Atlantic

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For once, the Brits know how it feels to be American. That is, they know how difficult it is to watch England play football on TV. With the TV rights for England in Britain going to Setanta Sports, most Englanders didn't see the two nil win against Andorra on Saturday. The same will apply to the [..

Bad Teeth, Bad Food and Football Hooligans

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Ask an average American what the British are famous for and the common answers are bad teeth, bad food and hooligans. I've heard these stereotypes so many times in the 25 years since I moved to the States from Wales in 1984 that the jokes aren't funny anymore. Well, at least not that funny. Rather than [.

Football Manager 2009 Preview

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One of the most addictive computer games is, without a doubt, Football Manager. Bad news for the wife and girlfriend. Football Manager 2009 is scheduled for release in Europe on November 14, 2008. Here's a preview of the new game as well as a trailer with plenty of interviews: Thanks to The Offside for the tip.

Holy Sh*t: New Comments System Launches

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By popular demand, the comments system at EPL Talk has been completely revised. I've been testing it on the sister sites for the past few weeks and I think you guys will enjoy it. You'll find the new-and-improved 'Recent Comments' section in the right sidebar. Some of the advantages of the new commenting system are: View the most [.

Joe Cole Can’t Save England Blushes

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Fabio Capello asked for patience. Between the Czech Republic last month and Andorra today, I would say the fans patience has run out. England's performance against Andorra this afternoon can only be described in one word, dire.  From the team selection that had me wondering if Fabio Capello thought this was a friendly, to a first half [.

When Wayne Rooney Met Fabio Capello: Part One

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The masterminds from I'm On Setanta Sports are back with a one-on-one interview between Wayne Rooney, like, and Fabio Capello. Enjoy part one of the interview. Part two will be released after the Croatia against England game on Wednesday. If you're not sure, learn more about what a chip butty is. If you're new here, you may want [.

Middlesbrough Musings: Week Three - Own Goals and Oversize Shirts

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It's taken me a little while to catch up on the goings on this week as I was away over the weekend. My wife and I took a camping trip and got away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a while. We ended up with some rainy weather but made the best [...]

Arsenal Partnership Pays Dividends for MLS Side

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Stan Kroenke's possible takeover attempt on Arsenal a few years back has paid dividends for Kroenke's MLS side, Colorado Rapids. As part of the agreement when Kroenke bought into Arsenal, a partnership was developed with the MLS team which includes the development of a youth academy at DSG Park, the home of the Denver outfit, [.

Premier League More Entertaining Than Reality TV

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If reality TV executives are looking for the next smash hit, they should consider Premier League football. Consider the real world drama that happened this week alone. There was Fergie picking up Berbatov in his Bentley under the noses of Man City's executives. In Newcastle, there was the two-day boardroom drama involving Keegan, his lawyers and [.

Premier League August Report And September Forecast -2

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Here I go again with August's report card and September prediction/expectation for another 6 clubs from England's finest football league.      Aston Villa Aston Villa had a flying start to the season when they outplayed a somewhat disorganized Manchester City side by 4 goals to 2 but then their fortunes took an inexplicable turn when they were [.

Goodbye, Kevin Keegan

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Another Premiership manager bit the dust today as Kevin Keegan joined Alan Curbishley on the unemployment line. The "Geordie Messiah" was supposed to turn Newcastle's fortunes around and make them a top-four contender, if you believe most of the Toon Army, but didn't even last a full season's worth of games after returning to the [.

Alan Curbishley Resigns As West Ham United Manager

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Alan Curbishley has handed in his resignation as manager of West Ham United. In a statement released by the club, West Ham confirms it has accepted the resignation, and has not yet announced any plans for a successor. Curbishley became manager of the club in December 2006, several months after leaving his long-time job at Charlton [.

Goodbye, Alan Curbishley

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The first managerial departure of the season came today as Alan Curbishley resigned his post as West Ham manager. Curbishley had been at or near the top of the list of managers speculated to go, along with Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan, so this bit of news shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. However, the [.

Wenger Criticism Is Wide Of The Mark

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In the immediate aftermath of Arsenal's 1-0 defeat at Craven Cottage on  the second Saturday evening of the Premiership, several pundits queued up to pass judgement on Arsenal, the players who performed and the lack of signings. Two games into the season and Arsenal have no chance of winning anything, finishing in the top four [.

How Not To Run A Football Club

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Congratulations Mike Ashley and Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson on showing everyone how not to run a Premiership Football Club over the last 48 hours. Both of them have shown incredible levels of naivety in their experience of how to support a manager, keep the fans on side and lose all the good faith they'd generated by selling [.

PES 2009 Preview

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PES 2009 isn't scheduled for release in Europe until October 17, 2008 and in North America until November 12, but we have four different previews for you today. PES (Pro Evolution Soccer), by Konami, is the most critically acclaimed football video game title. PES 2009 will be available for the PS3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable, PS2, [.

Mike Ashley Drinking A Pint: Video

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Mike Ashley drinking a pint? Here's the video by popular request of the Newcastle owner guzzling a beer during his side's recent 3-0 hammering by Arsenal. And if you're a Geordie, what's your opinion about commentator Steve Banyard's stereotypical comment? Bookmark to: yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = "Mike Ashley Drinking A Pint: Video"; http://www.

Sack Dennis Wise And Keep Kevin Keegan

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If Mike Ashley wants to do the right thing and avoid being run out of Newcastle, he needs to sack Dennis Wise and get on his knees to convince Kevin Keegan to stay at Newcastle United. King Kev is hardly a master tactician but what he does have is an immense passion for the Tyneside club [...]

Interview With BigSoccer Founder Jesse Hertzberg

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One of the top destinations on the Internet for soccer news and conversation is BigSoccer.com, but many of us don't know much about the man who created the mega popuar site. That is, until now. Enjoy the interview with BigSoccer founder Jesse Hertzberg: The Gaffer (TG): When was BigSoccer launched and how did you come up [.

Hypocrisy Typifies The Reaction of Opposing Fans to City Takeover

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Color me sky blue and call me biased. On Monday, my concern about the takeover of Manchester City by Arab investors from Abu Dhabi had me concerned. Could these men be as callous and destructive as the American and other foreign ownership groups that have invested in Premier League clubs? Three days later after much [.

Keegan Resigns Officially

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Literally in the last few minutes, the BBC are reporting that Keegan has resigned due to the football structure of Newcastle United. He feels that his position has been completely undermined by Dennis Wise and Tony Jiminez. A hastily released statement by Keegan pointedly clarifies that his position has become untenable due to pressure put on [.

Premier League August Report And September Forecast - Big Four

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After a relatively internet free long weekend I return to see three new pages of posts on this blog. As I catch up on the news about the flurry of buying activity on the last day of transfer markets I am perplexed to see there is not one article I can write about transfers. So [...]

Fox Soccer Channel Pays $7.5 Million For Nielsen Ratings

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Fox Soccer Channel is paying approximately $7.5 million a year to be rated by Nielsen, a ratings system used to gauge television viewing habits in the United States. Beginning October 1st, Fox Soccer Channel will be rated by Nielsen for the first time. "This is a big step for our network," said David Sternberg, executive vice president [.

11 Days Until Berbatov & Robinho Show Comes To Town

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With all of the activity in the Premier League transfer window yesterday, the excitement is already building for the next round of Premiership games. After the international break, there are two massive games we have to look forward to on September 13: Liverpool against Manchester United (7:45am ET/12:45pm UK) and Manchester City v Chelsea (12:30pm ET/5:30pm [.

Poll: Next Premier League Club Targeted By Middle East Investors

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Which club is next most likely to be taken over by Middle East investors? ( surveys) If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Bookmark to: yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = "Poll: Next Premier League Club Targeted By Middle East Investors"; http://www.

Peter Reid Becomes New Manager of…Thailand??

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Here's one of those random news stories we read about every season: Born in the same Liverpool suburb as current well-known midfielders Steven Gerrard and Joey Barton, Peter Reid had a solid playing career, most notably at Bolton, Everton, and Manchester City. He won the FA Cup and old First Division twice (both at Everton).

Soccer News From Around The World: Sept. 2, 2008

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If your head is spinning like mine is from all of the Premier League news from the past 48 hours, maybe it's time to get back to reality and read some interesting posts about other football leagues other than the Premiership. Here are just a few of the excellent articles penned by the other bloggers [.

Beer And English Football: A Match Made In Heaven

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Saturday's match between Arsenal and Newcastle featured a glimpse of something you rarely see on television someone drinking a pint of beer. It's ridiculous, really. Millions of football fans around the world drink beer either at home, the pub or from the refreshment kiosks when watching football, but it's against the law in England to [.

Keegan Staying?

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Newcastle United have just released a statement saying that they wish for Kevin Keegan "to continue to play an instrumental role as manager of the club". This announcement further confuses the matter of whether Keegan will be staying at St James' Park, or not. To see a full copy of the statement go to: http://www.

Manchester City Are Going To Be The Biggest Club In The World

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Imagine an all-star team of footballers featuring the top names in the sport. Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Cesc Fabregas, Fernando Torres, Thierry Henry, Robinho and David Villa. Now imagine all of these players on the same team, Manchester City. Before yesterday, that notion sounded ridiculous, but now that the Abu Dhabi United Group is in charge of [.

Mike Ashley Loses The Tyneside Fans

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Kevin Keegan's departure from Newcastle United signals the lowest point for Mike Ashley during his 15 month tenure at the club. Keegan was the Toon's prodigal son, and by leaving the club he has incurred the wrath of the fans against Ashley. The majority of Newcastle fans think that it is Ashley's fault that Keegan has [.

Breaking News: Newcastle United Sacks Kevin Keegan

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Kevin Keegan has been sacked by Newcastle United after his second stint as manager of the northeast club. No official statement has been by the club as of yet, but Sky Sports has confirmed that Keegan has been sacked. Keegan rejoined Newcastle as manager in January, 2008. However, during Keegan's second reign at Newcastle, he only won [.

Dimitar Berbatov Wearing Man United Shirt

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Many Manchester United fans have been waiting for the day to see Berbatov wearing a Man United shirt, and here it is. Talk about a sheepish grin. The lad must be counting in his head how much money he'll be making each week and what he plans on spending it on. If you're new here, you [...]

BREAKING NEWS: Kevin Keegan Is Close To Leaving Newcastle

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Sources close to Newcastle have revealed that Kevin Keegan is currently having crisis talks with the board and is close to leaving the Northern club due to a lack of control, especially over transfers. Reportedly Keegan, 56, had an argument over the future of  midfielder, Joey Barton, and this was the tipping point for him.

Manchester City Is The New Chelsea Of Premier League

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When Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003 and splashed £600 million to-date on the football club, few would have expected that a rival billionaire would outspend Chelsea's owner. And even fewer would have predicted that the club would have been Manchester City. But Manchester City has done it by being taken over by the investment company [.

Manchester United Signs Dimitar Berbatov For £30.75 Million

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Manchester United has confirmed that they've captured the signing of Dimitar Berbatov for a transfer fee believed to be worth £30.75 million. As part of the deal, Man United striker Fraizer Campbell will join Tottenham Hotspur on a season-long loan. "This is a key signing. Dimitar is one of the best and most exciting strikers in [.

BREAKING NEWS: Manchester United Match Manchester City’s Bid For Berbatov And Throw In Campbell

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Real Madrid Accepts Manchester City £32.5 Million Bid For Robinho

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Marca, the daily Spanish sports newspaper, is reporting that Real Madrid has accepted a £32.5 million bid for Robinho. The audacious bid by new Man City owners Abu Dhabi United Group was made at the last minute, and now we await whether Chelsea is willing to match or exceed the bid with less than 90 [.

Man United Website Features Berbatov As New First Team Player

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Manchester United's website has Dimitar Berbatov featured as one of its first-team players (see above screenshot). While a final decision has yet to be announced regarding whether Berbatov will join Man United, Manchester City or Real Madrid, the webmaster at ManUtd.com either knows something we don't or is working ahead of time to ensure that [.

Is Today The Day The Premiership Changed Forever?

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I got up this morning expecting another tense, dull day to be spattered with the occasional factual transfer as the transfer window creaked shut getting excited about nothing much in particular. A day spent scouring the BBC and Sky Sports transfer vidi-printers and tutting at bored 14 year old's just texting and e-mailing rubbish to [.

Who Is Abu Dhabi United Group?

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What is known about the Abu Dhabi United Group, the new owners of Manchester City Football Club? Abu Dhabi United Group for Development and Investment (ADUG) is the investment arm of the Abu Dhabi royal family. ADUG is expected to be represented on the new board by Dr Sulaiman Al Fahim (pictured below), the chief executive [.

Is Manchester City Really Better Off with New Owners?

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So, the shortish reign of Thaksin Shinawatra has finally come to an end. None too soon perhaps for Man City fans settling down to some Pepto Bismol after that ridiculous and probably unnecessary roller-coaster ride.    While stern looking Premier League officials waxed on about 'fit and proper persons,' it was clear that the former Thai Primer [.

Man City Bids For David Villa and Mario Gomez

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Manchester City has placed bids to capture the signings of David Villa and Mario Gomez before the August transfer window deadline ends in less than six hours at midnight UK time. "We have bids in for three players," said Dr Sulaiman Al-Fahim, head of the Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG). "There is Berbatov, but there [.

Manchester United In Trouble After Manchester City’s Berbatov Bid Is Accepted

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Manchester United will have been flabbergasted by Manchester City's shock last minute, albeit uncompleted, move for Dimitri Berbatov. The Bulgarian forward was all set to be the spearhead of what would have been the most potent striking force in the Premiership. However as City's bid was accepted United are in a whole lot of bother; with no [.

Breaking News: Spurs Accepts Manchester City Bid For Berbatov

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According to Sky Sports News, Manchester City has made a shock bid for Dimitar Berbatov which has been accepted by Spurs. Incredibly, Tottenham is reported to have made a bid in excess of £30 million. The massive transfer fee makes him the most expensive transfer signing in British history. Man City manager Mark Hughes says that [.

Breaking News: Middle East Company Buys Manchester City

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Manchester City officials have confirmed that a Middle East company is in the process of taking over the club from Thai owner Thaksin Shinawatra. A memorandum of understanding (i.e. a statement of intent) has been signed between between the Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG) and Manchester City Football Club Limited.

Premier League Transfers On Deadline Day

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Stay updated on the latest transfers in the Premier League today on deadline day, which marks the end of the August transfer window (extended one day because the last day of August was a Sunday): Vedran Corluka (Croatia) joins Tottenham Hotspur from Manchester City, Roman Pavlyuchenko (Russia) joins Tottenham Hotspur from Spartak Moscow, Xisco (Spain) joins Newcastle United [.

Fox Soccer Channel Selling Its Soul For Advertising Dollars

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Fox Soccer Channel was featured in Adweek last week, the bible for the advertising industry in the United States. The article focused on Bass Ale's sponsorship of the Super Sunday Plus show featuring Christian Miles, Gary Richards and Keith Costigan. The main message in the article is how Fox Soccer Channel is producing branded entertainment for [.

10 Man Stoke City Foiled by Tuncay

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Tuncay's winner five minutes from time is all the difference as Middlesbrough win at the Riverside 2-1. First off it must be said that Middlesbrough were pushed to the limit. Despite being a man down for seventy minutes (if you add both first and second half stoppage time), Stoke City were resolute at the back, but [.