EPL Talk Archives for January 2009

Poll: Who Will Win? Liverpool Or Chelsea?

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The next battle of the Big Four is set for this Sunday when Chelsea travels to Anfield in a crunch match for both sides. Rafa needs to regain his composure and get his team winning at the ground that used to be a fortress. Chelsea needs to prove that they're capable of beating a Big [...]

Only a Miracle Will Save Premier League for Liverpool

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So much has gone wrong for Liverpool in January. They have recorded no league wins, their captain has appeared in court, their manager got himself involved in stupid mind games with Sir Alex Ferguson and Everton forced them into a horribly-timed FA Cup replay at Goodison Park.  Oh, and Manchester United have been in the [.

Only a Miracle Will Save Premier League for Liverpool

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So much has gone wrong for Liverpool in January. They have recorded no league wins, their captain has appeared in court, their manager got himself involved in stupid mind games with Sir Alex Ferguson and Everton forced them into a horribly-timed FA Cup replay at Goodison Park.  Oh, and Manchester United have been in the [.

Anticipation Building For Launch Of Special 1 TV

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The characters from Special 1 TV, the new show to replace I'm On Setanta Sports, have spoken. The show will debut after the Manchester United versus Everton match this weekend on Setanta Sports UK, and will be available shortly thereafter on the interweb. Here's the latest statement from our favorite trio, The Special One, The [.

Hull City’s U.S. Charm Offensive Will Pay Dividends

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EPL Talk's ex-pat and Anglophile readers familiar with the classic British sitcom Only Fools and Horses will likely remember the program's 1985 Christmas special, "To Hull and Back," in which Del Boy and Rodney unwittingly end up in the northern English city of Hull on their way to picking up smuggled diamonds in Holland.

Poll: Who Will Win? Liverpool Or Chelsea?

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The next battle of the Big Four is set for this Sunday when Chelsea travels to Anfield in a crunch match for both sides. Rafa needs to regain his composure and get his team winning at the ground that used to be a fortress. Chelsea needs to prove that they're capable of beating a Big [...]

In This Year’s Relegation Battle, No One Is Safe

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The beauty of the Premier League is that there are always three distinct races within the table, and after 23 rounds of this Premier League season, none of those races are decided. In the race for first place, only two points separate top-of-the-table Manchester United from Liverpool and Chelsea, while Aston Villa is only three points [.

Wembley Gets Champions League Final and Other Stories

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It took a little time, but the Champions League Final is heading to Wembley Stadium. It took a little extra time, and a vote by parliament to exempt tax rules on players who would play in the final, for Wembley to get the final that will be played in 2011. What it also means is that [...]

The Joe Kinnear Video That Upset Charles N’Zogbia

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It only takes a spark to ignite a fire, and that's exactly what happened today when Newcastle winger Charles N'Zogbia became so infuriated with manager Joe Kinnear that the Frenchman vowed never to play for the Tyneside club again as long as Kinnear remains in charge. The spark that upset N'Zogbia was his gaffer not knowing [.

Liverpools Title Challenge Is Slipping Away

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What is Rafa Benitez playing at? Liverpool have had a nightmare January and from being out in front, now find themselves back amongst their rivals in third place, having dropped 6 points in the last 3 league games. Comparing their performances in the Premiership since their emphatic win at Newcastle on December 28th, they seem like a different [.

Special 1 TV Trailer: New Show Will Launch This Saturday

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Special 1 TV has launched a short advert to tease viewers about the launch of the new show. Special 1 TV, which is the name of the new show to replace I'm On Setanta Sports will debut on Saturday, January 31 on Setanta Sports after they air the Manchester United against Everton game on Setanta [...]

Rafa’s Ranting Is Doing Liverpool No Favors

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The sooner Rafa Benitez keeps his mouth shut about how teams are playing against Liverpool, even in off handed ways, and focuses on getting your team back on the winning path; the better off you will be. The comments made after Liverpool's 1-1 draw at the JJB against Wigan in my mind read like a [..

Will Robert Kraft Purchase Gillett’s Share of Liverpool?

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 American billionaire Robert Kraft may make a £270m bid for George Gillett's 50 percent share of Liverpool. "We haven't ruled it out completely," Kraft told Sky Sports News. "But I'm worried a little bit. I want to be able to win whatever we do. But there are no rules in terms of spending on players.

Mike Pollitt Costs Wigan Three Points Against Liverpool

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You never commit too soon. Mike Pollitt did just that towards the end of the first half of Wigan's home tie with Liverpool and paid the price. While Mido equalize late in the match, this was a game where Wigan seriously had a chance at getting all three points. Yes it's harsh to blame one person with [.

Vinnie Jones Interview: Questions Please

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Vinnie Jones will be the next guest on the EPL Talk Podcast. If you have any questions you'd like host Johnathan Starling to ask him on air, please post them in the comments with your name, and we'll pick out the best ones to ask the former Wimbledon player. Jones is an accomplished actor and footballer.

Aston Villa’s Premier League Success Makes No Sense Whatsoever

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 I have no idea how this keeps happening! Now, before you start calling me charlie and suggest I place various things in my nether regions, I should begin by mentioning I am in fact an Aston Villa supporter, so much so that each Christmas I go through the official Aston Villa merch catalogue to order a [.

Is Robinho Worth the Headache?

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I wonder if Manchester City are ready to cut their losses with Robinho at this time.  After the impromptu vacation he took last week, all Manchester City seem willing to do is fine him two weeks wages. To that I say 'big deal'. Do you think Robinho cares about missing a couple hundred more thousand [.

New 09/10 Liverpool Away Shirt: New Picture Leaked

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A new photograph has been leaked of Liverpool's away shirt for the 2009/2010 season. Manufactured by Adidas, the new Liverpool away jersey is black with gold trim. In the above photograph found on a Liverpool fan forum, the image shows a color pantone guide next to the shirt presumably to use for color correcting.

Was Paul Robinson Deserving of Red Card?

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When you see West Brom v Manchester United, it's almost written in stone what the outcome is going to be. However in being the first live match I have seen in over two weeks, I was happy to see any and all live football. When it's all said and done, most will remember this match [...]

FA Cup 5th Round TV Fixtures Announced

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The TV schedule for the fifth round of the FA Cup has been announced for the United Kingdom. And by looking at the schedule, we can also determine which matches will be on US television. The only question mark about US television is which 3pm GMT kickoffs on Saturday, February 14th will be shown (to [.

For Martin O’Neill, Fourth Place Finish Is Bigger Prize Than Winning a Trophy

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In a finer world, each football club would try to win every competition it entered. Only the biggest clubs, however, have that luxury, and managers of smaller clubs are forced to look at their fixture lists and determine what their biggest priorities are. Such is the case with Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill, who told The [.

US TV Schedule For Midweek Premier League Games

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It's one of those rare weeks in the Premier League where all twenty clubs are not playing in the Champions League, UEFA Cup, League Cup or FA Cup replays. Instead, it's back to the Premier League for some major matches. Here's the TV schedule for today and tomorrow for readers in the United States: Tuesday, January 27 West [.

Emmanuel Adebayor Stars In Virtual Video

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Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor stars in a new video alongside his virtual doppelganger from the FIFA 09 video game. The video shows Adebayor juggling the ball and passing it to his virtual counterpart and back and forth. The video was produced by Adidas. Enjoy. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed.

Website Interview: Classic Football Shirts

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If, like me, you're always looking around the Internet for those hard to find football shirts from your past, frustrated as someone gazumps on you on e-bay for the classic 1987 Tottenham away kit with 3 seconds to go, then there has to be only one website for you to visit: www.classicfootballshirts.

Chelsea Players Star In New Adidas Video

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Chelsea players Frank Lampard and Michael Ballack star in a new viral video from Adidas to promote the brand's new range of football boots. Rather than playing like an advertisement, Adidas has done a decent job putting a story together of football fans who descend on Chelsea's Cobham training ground and, with all of the [.

EPL Talk Is Now Hiring

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Microsoft, Home Depot, Harley Davidson and even Halliburton have all announced they're having layoffs, but here at EPL Talk we're one of the few places that are actually hiring. If you're interested in writing for EPL Talk or any of our eight sister sites covering the world of football, please e-mail a writing sample to thegaffer[at]epltalk[dot]com One [.

Wigan Begin To Rebuild But Can Mido Help Or Hinder?

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When the season began, few people would have given Wigan Athletic a snowball's chance in hell of finishing in the top ten, never mind pushing on the brink of European Football as January almost comes to a close. After a fantastic first season under Paul Jewell in 2005-2006, which saw them finish in 10th place [.

Fox Drew 243,000 TV Viewers For Man Utd v Chelsea Game

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Fox Soccer Channel got its highest TV rating for a Premier League match recently when 243,000 viewers watched the January 11th match between Manchester United and Chelsea. Since October 2008, Fox Soccer Channel has been monitored by Nielsen Ratings. In October, the network had 224,000 TV viewers for the Manchester City against Liverpool match.

Vote For EPL Talk

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If you enjoy reading EPL Talk, please take a few minutes to vote for the site in two very important award competitions. Fanzine Awards 2009 (The New Football Pools): The British website is accepting nominations for the several categories including "Best Premier League - Online Fanzine," "Best Blog - Online" and "Best Writer - Either Media.

The Damned United Movie Trailer

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One of the most eagerly anticipated movies of the year is scheduled to debut on March 27 when "The Damned United," the story of Brian Clough's 44-day reign as manager at Leeds United, hits the silver screen in the United Kingdom. This promises not to be just another football movie. Based on the novel by acclaimed [.

Destroying The Myth Of Liverpool Fans As Hubcap Stealers And Dole Collectors

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Residents of Liverpool are far less likely to be the victims of crime compared to Greater Manchester residents, according to the most recent crime statistics from British government organizations. Stereotypes permeate the mainstream. The danger is when people don't know the difference between fact and fiction, stereotypes, in their minds, become reality.

Manchester City Considering Twenty Million Pound Bid for Non-Existent Forward Masal Bugduv

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   Masal!  Willifred the Destroyer is open! Manchester (AP) Manchester City, after failing to acquire AC Milan and Brazil midfielder Kaka for the proposed sum of a Gajillion pounds [Bajillion American dollars], are considering making a bid for former Arsenal target Masal Bugduv.  Mark Hughes acknowledged the extraordinarily high fee for the non-existent Moldovan forward, but [.

How Manchester United Are Outliers

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To be one of the top footballers, it takes more than just skill. As peculiar as it may sound, it also makes a difference when you're born. Take, for example, the eleven Manchester United players who started against Chelsea on January 11, 2009: Edwin van der Sar, Gary Neville, Nemanja Vidic, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra, Cristiano [.

The Forgotten Men: Dietmar Hamann

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With all of the attention focused on Manchester City's latest acquisition, defensive midfielder Nigel de Jong signed from Hamburger SV for a fee believed to be around £18 million spare a thought for the latest forgotten man at Eastlands, Dietmar Hamann. Just as left back Wayne Bridge pushed Javier Garrido and Michael Ball to [.

Chelsea Organizes Friendly Against Seattle Sounders

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Chelsea will play Seattle Sounders in a friendly on July 18, according to Emerald City Supporters, a Sounders supporters group. No official statement has been made by Chelsea or Seattle Sounders, the newest team to Major League Soccer, but EPL Talk has a message in to the Sounders to confirm or deny the story received confirmation [.

Finding the FA Cup Fourth Round Upsets

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The weekend calendar takes a scheduled break from league action with the oldest domestic cup tournament in the world taking centre stage, as the 128th tournament continues.  With the field of competitors narrowed to 32 teams here is the weekend menu: Jan 23 - Derby V Nottingham Forest Jan 24 - Chelsea v Ipswich Jan 24 - Doncaster v Aston [.

Transfer Window: The Good, The Bad and The Strange

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With only a week left of the January transfer window, this week has seen a flurry of transfers go through as clubs look to add some quality to their squads for the vital second half of the season. The problem with the January transfer window is that it can often prompt rash decisions from both [...

Should Manchester City Refocus Their Mega-Spending Efforts Domestically?

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Manchester City's new ownership sent chairman Garry Cook, brimming with billions, to build a super-club capable of Champions League qualification.  The club's £91m bid for Kaka was a noted fiasco, but, as details have emerged, that's hardly been their only activity. City reportedly made an equally irresponsible bid for Spain and Valencia star David Villa, in [.

FA Cup Fifth Round Draw Announced

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The draw for the fifth round of the FA Cup has been announced, and here are the fixtures to be played over the weekend of February 14 and 15, 2009: Sheffield United v Hull City Watford v Chelsea West Ham United v Middlesbrough Sunderland/Blackburn v Coventry City Derby/Nottingham Forest v Manchester United Swansea City v Fulham Liverpool/Everton v Doncaster/Aston Villa Cardiff/Arsenal v [.

Liverpool 1-1 Everton: Video Highlights

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The fourth round FA Cup match between Liverpool and Everton ended in a 1-1 draw on Sunday at Anfield the second draw between the two Merseyside clubs in less than one week. Everton scored the opener in the first half after Liverpool was again guilty of poor defensive marking from a set play. This time, [.

Just What the Hell is Wrong with Arsenal?

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 Sorry Mum.  Uh, I mean, sorry Arsene. Okay, this is getting ridiculous, and I don't even support Arsenal. Sure, publicly we talk about the Gunners's depressingly sub-par performance this season as a victory for parity in the Premier League.  Privately though, like for instance this morning over a nice warm cup of coffee for what should have [.

Just What the Hell is Wrong with Arsenal?

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 Sorry Mum.  Uh, I mean, sorry Arsene. Okay, this is getting ridiculous, and I don't even support Arsenal. Sure, publicly we talk about the Gunners's depressingly sub-par performance this season as a victory for parity in the Premier League.  Privately though, like for instance this morning over a nice warm cup of coffee for what should have [.

Liverpool 1-1 Everton: Video Highlights

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The fourth round FA Cup match between Liverpool and Everton ended in a 1-1 draw on Sunday at Anfield the second draw between the two Merseyside clubs in less than one week. Everton scored the opener in the first half after Liverpool was again guilty of poor defensive marking from a set play. This time, [.

FA Cup Fifth Round Draw Announced

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The draw for the fifth round of the FA Cup has been announced, and here are the fixtures to be played over the weekend of February 14 and 15, 2009: Sheffield United v Hull City Watford v Chelsea West Ham United v Middlesbrough Sunderland/Blackburn v Coventry City Derby/Nottingham Forest v Manchester United Swansea City v Fulham Liverpool/Everton v Doncaster/Aston Villa Cardiff/Arsenal v [.

Should Manchester City Refocus Their Mega-Spending Efforts Domestically?

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Manchester City's new ownership sent chairman Garry Cook, brimming with billions, to build a super-club capable of Champions League qualification.  The club's £91m bid for Kaka was a noted fiasco, but, as details have emerged, that's hardly been their only activity. City reportedly made an equally irresponsible bid for Spain and Valencia star David Villa, in [.

Transfer Window: The Good, The Bad and The Strange

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With only a week left of the January transfer window, this week has seen a flurry of transfers go through as clubs look to add some quality to their squads for the vital second half of the season. The problem with the January transfer window is that it can often prompt rash decisions from both [...

Finding the FA Cup Fourth Round Upsets

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The weekend calendar takes a scheduled break from league action with the oldest domestic cup tournament in the world taking centre stage, as the 128th tournament continues.  With the field of competitors narrowed to 32 teams here is the weekend menu: Jan 23 - Derby V Nottingham Forest Jan 24 - Chelsea v Ipswich Jan 24 - Doncaster v Aston [.

Chelsea Organizes Friendly Against Seattle Sounders

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Chelsea will play Seattle Sounders in a friendly on July 18, according to Emerald City Supporters, a Sounders supporters group. No official statement has been made by Chelsea or Seattle Sounders, the newest team to Major League Soccer, but EPL Talk has a message in to the Sounders to confirm or deny the story.

The Forgotten Men: Dietmar Hamann

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With all of the attention focused on Manchester City's latest acquisition, defensive midfielder Nigel de Jong signed from Hamburger SV for a fee believed to be around £18 million spare a thought for the latest forgotten man at Eastlands, Dietmar Hamann. Just as left back Wayne Bridge pushed Javier Garrido and Michael Ball to [.

Manchester City Considering Twenty Million Pound Bid for Non-Existent Forward Masal Bugduv

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   Masal!  Willifred the Destroyer is open! Manchester (AP) Manchester City, after failing to acquire AC Milan and Brazil midfielder Kaka for the proposed sum of a Gajillion pounds [Bajillion American dollars], are considering making a bid for former Arsenal target Masal Bugduv.  Mark Hughes acknowledged the extraordinarily high fee for the non-existent Moldovan forward, but [.

How Manchester United Are Outliers

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To be one of the top footballers, it takes more than just skill. As peculiar as it may sound, it also makes a difference when you're born. Take, for example, the eleven Manchester United players who started against Chelsea on January 11, 2009: Edwin van der Sar, Gary Neville, Nemanja Vidic, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra, Cristiano [.

Weekend FA Cup Schedule For US and UK TV Viewers

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The TV schedule has been announced for this weekend's FA Cup matches for both the USA and UK TV markets. The schedule is as follows: Friday, January 23 Derby County v Nottingham Forest, 2:45pm ET, Setanta Sports USA Derby County v Nottingham Forest, 7:45pm GMT, Setanta Sports UK Saturday, January 24 Hartlepool v West Ham United, 7:40am ET, Setanta Sports [.

Poll: Why Did Robinho Walk Out On Manchester City?

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The Independent is reporting that Robinho walked out on Manchester City during their training camp in Tenerife this past weekend. Despite being incredibly immature, why do you think the Brazilian superstar walked out? What's the real reason why Robinho walked out on Manchester City?

New 09/10 Liverpool Away Shirt

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Rumors are circulating that Liverpool's new away shirt for the 2009/2010 season will be black with gold trim. The new shirt features a round collar. Carlsberg will continue to be Liverpool's shirt sponsor, while the football kit itself is manufactured by Adidas. No official confirmation has been announced yet, but thanks to Football Shirts for the tip.

Manchester City Left Broken Hearted By Kaka

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So it's all off then, Kaka has shunned the millions on offer to switch the San Siro for Eastlands, turned his back on an alleged £500,000 a week ( A measly take home salary of £260,000 per week after tax) and declared his love for AC Milan. Am I surprised? A little bit, but it's certainly reaffirmed [.

Tottenham Need A Fit Ledley King

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When Ledley King limped off for Tottenham after just 44 minutes during their 1-1 draw with Portsmouth on Sunday it wasn't so much a case of Déjà vu, as Déjà vu - Déjà vu. Another failed comeback for the Spurs skipper who, after taking over Darren Anderton's place on the treatment table, will soon be [.

Arsenal Should Recall Armand Traore From His Portsmouth Loan

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Arsenal have a flawed squad, abundant injuries and a pint-sized transfer budget.  To compete for the top four they must supplement themselves, and apparently must do so cost-effectively.  A simple measure, and one which would cost nothing, would be to recall Armand Traoré from his loan at Portsmouth.

Liverpool’s Title Chances On The Brink

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Three weeks is a long time in football and Liverpool must be wondering why there season is beginning to splutter just when they needed to kick on. The game against Newcastle United on December 28th easily saw Liverpool's best performance of the season so far, completely ripping the Geordie's apart at will.

The Story Of Cristiano Ronaldo Before Man United

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From humble beginnings, Cristiano Ronaldo has become to be regarded by many as the best footballer in the world. He was born Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro on February 5th, 1985. Cristiano was the youngest of four children. His mother Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro was a cook and his father José Dinis Aveiro, a gardener.

New 09/10 Manchester United Home Shirt

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Manchester United's new home shirt for the 2009/2010 season will be red with a large white v-shape sash down the front. Manufactured by Nike, the new shirt is a tribute to the Manchester United side that won its first FA Cup 100 years ago in the 1909 FA Cup Final when they beat Bristol City [...]

A Weekend of Drama in the English Premier League

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Fans of the English Premier League need little reassurance that the English top flight consistently provides excitement and interest that is matched by no other domestic league.  Any dissenters or doubters just had to tune into some EPL coverage over the weekend to be rewarded with a full slate of action packed games which, in several [.

Martin Tyler Interview

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Martin Tyler, legendary football commentator, is the first interview guest of 2009 in the return of the EPL Talk Podcast, the only Premier League interview show on the Internet. Tyler's voice is synonymous with the Premier League. Many may argue, myself included, that he is the last of a great generation of football commentators.

The Premier League Horror Hair Starting XI

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This team would win neither titles nor plaudits.  But, they certainly would entertain.  They may even possibly scare small children.  Without further delay, here is the most follically challenged/enlightened team in the English Premier League. Manager: Joe Kinnear (Newcastle) Joe Kinnear is old school and tempestuous, his hair coincides.

Video Footage Of 1902 Merseyside Derby

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Monday's Merseyside derby is the 209th time Liverpool will have battled Everton. As usual, there's a lot at stake for the match and it isn't just bragging rights on Merseyside. Liverpool need a win to regain the top position in the table, while Everton need a win to edge closer to European qualification.

I’m On Setanta Sports Returning As Special 1 TV

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I'm On Setanta Sports, the cult TV hit featuring a parody of Jose Mourinho, will be returning as a new show entitled Special 1 TV. EPL Talk broke the news on January 9th. The rumor has now been substantiated in the January 17th episode of I'm On Setanta Sports, which clearly shows the "office" door having [.

Why Stoke City Should Play There Own Game

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Anti-football, 1890's tactics, cheating, dirty Stokies. That seemed to be the general consensus from the debate on The Times 'The Game' blog when Oliver Kay posed the question: Are Stoke City the least popular top-flight club since Wimbledon? Fans from pretty much all corners had their say and the overwhelming answer seemed to be, yes, Stoke [.

Manchester City Raise Kaka Bid To £243 Million

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Manchester City has reportedly raised their bid for Kaka to £243 million in the hopes of securing the Brazilian attacking midfielder from AC Milan, according to The Sun newspaper. The £243 million deal breaks down to: £108 million for AC Milan. £108 million for the superstar's wages including taxes.

Poll: Is Kaka Going to Manchester City?

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British newspapers are reporting that Manchester City are considering an incredible $197 million bid to sign AC Milan's Kaka. It seems that the Abu Dhabi United Group are quite adamant about signing Kaka, but will AC Milan relent? Vote now. <a href="http://answers.polldaddy.com/poll/1278134/" >Will Manchester City Succeed In Signing Kaka?

Tottenham Use Texting Service To Eliminate Discrimination

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Sunday's big game in the Premier League will be an intriguing affair featuring Tottenham Hotspur against Portsmouth at 11am ET/4pm GMT. Intriguing because it sees Spurs manager Harry Redknapp and striker Jermain Defoe up against their former club. Only three points separate both teams, and based on current form both clubs could be in for [.

Are Manchester United’s Second-Tier Players the Key to Their Success?

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Fans, pundits and fellow players considered Kieran Richardson lazy, inadequate and many other unfortunate synonyms when he was at Manchester United.  He made only 41 league appearances in five seasons at the club, scoring just two goals.  Richardson's £5.5 signing seemed at the time a misguided move by Roy Keane in the summer of 2007.

Kaka to Manchester City Heats Up

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After plenty of speculation, it's finally happened. Just hours after AC Milan said that Kaka wasn't for sale, the newswires went crazy over the fact Manchester City has indeed opened talks to purchase the star player, and the figures are simply staggering. The 100 million euro purchase price, yes it's there.

Man Utd’s Pick and Roll Play

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Did everyone spot Nemanja Vidic's contribution to Manchester United's third goal against Chelsea on Sunday?  The tactic, reminiscent of basketball's pick-and-roll, has been creeping into Premier League play over the course of this season.  Sunday's example was the most blatant to date - and it still wasn't picked up by the referee.

Martin Samuel Makes His Debut At The Daily Mail

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When it comes to English football, the number one columnist is Martin Samuel who recently hung up his boots at The Times and is now writing for cross-town rival The Daily Mail. In 2008, Samuel was named Sports Journalist of The Year in England. The seven times winner of Sports Writer of the Year award is [.

Manchester United Announce 2009 Asia Summer Tour

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Manchester United has announced that the club will be playing several friendlies in Asia during the summer of 2009. The projected dates for the summer tour, as of press time, are: China - Date, city to be confirmed Korea - July 20, Seoul, Korea Indonesia - July 24, Jakarta versus an Indonesia Super League Select, Malaysia - July 26, Kuala [.

ESPN Insider Confirms UK Premier League TV Bid

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An insider source at ESPN has revealed that the Disney-owned company is planning on bidding for one to two of the six UK TV packages available for the 2010-2013 Premier League seasons, according to Bloomberg. While the news hardly comes as a surprise to regular readers of EPL Talk, we at least now have confirmation that [.

Chelsea Need To Exorcise Mourinho’s Demons

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In life, attitude is everything. You can be one of the most gifted artists in the world, but unless you're willing to work hard and have the right attitude, your chance of success is slim. The same applies to football. A perfect example of this is at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea have a talent pool of [.

Manchester City: Lottery Winners Eating TV Dinners

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Manchester City are, we're told, the world's richest football club.  They harbor ambitions of winning...well...everything that Manchester United just won in the last 12 months.  But where's the beef?  The players that City are buying - or trying to buy - are more UEFA Cup qualifiers than Champions League winners.

Poll: Can Southend Beat Chelsea?

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After Chelsea's nightmare result from Sunday, Luiz Felipe Scolari now has to travel to Roots Hall Stadium tomorrow night for a FA Cup replay against Southend. On a cold night in Essex, the last club Chelsea want to face is a League One side known for pulling off a cup upset of their own when [...]

No Excuse For Frozen Pitches While Rafa Fails With Words

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How would like to have been a Manchester City or Blackburn Rovers fan heading from the north of England to the south, only to do a turnabout and head home after finding out your upcoming fixture was canceled. I know if it was me, a few words of the four letter variety would have came [...]

Premier League Preview: Manchester United v Chelsea

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Please note all times are Eastern Time and TV Schedules are subject to change without notice. Manchester United v Chelsea (Sunday 11 am, Fox Soccer Channel. Replays: Sunday 11 pm, Monday 1 pm, Friday 11 pm). This is a critical match for Chelsea. A loss here more than likely sees them drop to third once Manchester [.

Benitez Attacks Ferguson: Press Conference Video

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Watch the video of Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez who has launched a blistering attack against Sir Alex Ferguson in a Liverpool press conference early Friday morning. This will definitely start a war of words between Rafa and Fergie, and expect plenty of sparks to fly in the coming days and leading up to the March 14 [.

John Kerr Interview: Questions Please

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John Kerr, the first American ever to play in the top division in England, will be the guest in a future episode of the EPL Talk Podcast, the only Premier League interview show on the Internet. Kerr is a trailblazer in the history of American soccer. He made his debut for Portsmouth in 1987, five years [.

Arsenal Win But Still Unconvincing

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Arsenal got three more valuable points today but their display was far from convincing and they struggled to break down a depleted, if resilient, Bolton. We know that the injuries to Cesc Fabregas, Theo Walcott, Eduardo and Tomas Rosicky leave the Gunners short on pace, experience and creativity but for me one of the most [.

Arsenal Escape the Cold While Liverpool Left Out to Freeze

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On a day where the weather saw two Premier League ties called off, one London side will be glad their match was played while Liverpool will be wishing their tie at Stoke City was frozen off. Whenever Arsenal and Bolton get together, you know two things are certain. The first being it will be a physical [.

I’m On Setanta Sports: The Final Episode

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The final episode of I'm On Setanta Sports has been released. In it, The Special One, It and The Boy say their goodbyes. Whether it is actually the end of this wonderful program, we'll have to wait and see. In the meantime, 624 people have signed the Bring Back I'm On Setanta Sports Petition. Add your [.

Middlesbrough’s Academy of North-East Starlets

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Middlesbrough may not be achieving much these days in terms of league position, but one thing they can take pride in is the rate they are churning out local young Premier League players. Boro regularly feature at least four local youngsters in the starting line up.  In their most recent game against Sunderland, a total [.

Chelsea Pathetic at the Post as Manchester United Blitz Chelsea

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Frank Lampard midweek stated that Chelsea needed to work on set piece defense. Obviously the team needs to be completely retrained from scratch as two of them came to their undoing as Manchester United thrashed Chelsea 3-0 at Old Trafford setting them up to be league leaders should they win both of their games in [.

What Would Martin O’Neill Do?

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If Martin O'Neill managed any other club in the Premier League, would he be able to achieve more success than the club's current manager? What if O'Neill was in charge of Chelsea or Liverpool? Could he do a better job than Scolari and Benitez? I believe he could, by far. Read on to find the answers [.

Billsportsmaps: Interview With Bill Turianski

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There are literally thousands of soccer websites throughout the Internet, but there's only one that features the exquisite map drawings of Bill Turianski that make the beautiful game come alive. Turianski is the mapmaker and wizard behind the curtain at the must-see billsportsmaps.com where he features beautifully handmade maps focused on several sports including soccer.

Carlos Tevez and West Ham United Seem Linked Forever, Ronaldo Car Crash and More

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If there is one story that I want to just be over and never have to hear about again, the Carlos Tevez saga with West Ham United and Sheffield United would be that story. When I first read that the FA and the Premier League were going to reopen the case against West Ham and [...]

West Ham Should Fear The Worst

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Who would have guessed that the slowly turning wheels of the Premier League and FA's disciplinary panels would finally get round to re-opening their botched enquiry into the Carlos Tevez affair. I mean it's only been 4 months since Lord Griffiths ruled that West Ham broke the rules and misled the Premier League over Tevez's [.

Preview: Middesbrough v Sunderland

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  The Riverside will witness something interesting five minutes before the kick-off of this Tees-Wear derby.  Indeed, it could be one of the pivotal moments in the Teessiders' up-but-mostly-down season. Will Stuart Downing be walking out in red along with his team mates, and if he does, how will the home crowd react?

Are Hull City Destined to Stay or Slide in the English Premier League?

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Hull City have been a breath of fresh air for the EPL this season as, on their first foray in the English top flight, they took the Premier League by storm.  Almost every football expert, and non-expert, had the Tigers pegged as certain relegation fodder before a Premiership football was even kicked back in August.

Manchester United’s Pride Park Night, The Busy Day in Newcastle and Other Various Musings

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Congrats to Derby County. On a day where Cricket was the headline in England throughout (thanks ECB), Derby County came up with another dozy...technically being 180 minutes away from European competition. However that's where the hyperbole stops for me. Sir Alex Ferguson obviously had a plan in mind for tonight's game, damage control.

Help Decide Who EPL Talk Should Interview Next

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The first EPL Talk Podcast episode of 2009 will feature Martin Tyler as our esteemed guest (there's still time between now and Sunday night to submit your questions to the guest). But, in the meantime, I need your assistance to help decide who should be the guest we interview for the second episode of 2009.

Aston Villa In the Top Four: Be Careful What You Wish For

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Back When it Was All So Simple Imagine for a moment you're walking through the streets of Manhattan on a lovely June day.  You pass by a Nike store and notice a display stand decked out in a familiar claret and blue.  Ashley Young poses next to January-transfer signing David Villa in a larger than [.

Poll: Chelsea or Man Utd? Who Will Win This Sunday?

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This Sunday features a massive match at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Chelsea. If either club loses, it'll be a massive blow to the losing side's Premier League title chances. Meanwhile, Liverpool, Arsenal and Aston Villa supporters will be hoping for a draw. Who do you think will win? <a href="http://answers.

Defoe Joins The Boomerang Gang

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When Jermaine Defoe rejoined Tottenham yesterday, he became the newest member of an extremely unique club that has seen it's membership dwindle over the last few seasons. Very few players rejoin a club they used to play for whilst at the peak of their powers but Defoe returns to Tottenham with his best years ahead [.

Arshavin Moves Closer to Arsenal and is the Sell Off Beginning at West Ham United

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So Andrei Arshavin is starting to make loud noises about his future, and it doesn't look like playing in Russia is a part of it.  He's telling Zenit St. Petersburg that if he has to, he'll buy out his contract (this is the only link that is currently available, the Telegraph also reported the same [.

English Premier League Ranked Number One by the IFFHS

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First of all, a quick, somewhat belated, Happy New Year to the readers of EPL Talk, my fellow writers, and, of course, The Gaffer, to whom I'd like to express my gratitude for inviting me to be a member of his 2009 squad.  I look forward to sharing news, opinions, and participating in debates regarding [.

Giovani Dos Santos: The Forgotten Man

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When Jermain Defoe walked on to the hallow turf of White Hart Lane Tuesday night, the former Portsmouth striker was met with a rapturous applause from the faithful Tottenham fans. One man who was unlikely to cheer Defoe's arrival was Tottenham colleague and fellow striker Giovani Dos Santos. While Defoe was paraded in front of his [.

Five Facts to Explain Fulham’s Premier League Resurgence

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One year ago, Fulham was arguably the worst team in the Premier League not named Derby.  The club showed little holiday spirit, sacking Lawrie Sanchez just four days before Christmas.  New manager Roy Hodgson needed a great escape, scraping to 36 points and safety on the season's final day. This season, however, Hodgson has revolutionized Fulham, [.

Tottenham Sign Defoe But Is It The Wrong Move?

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Striker Jermain Defoe should complete his return to Tottenham Hotspur after the two sides agreed terms on an as yet undisclosed transfer fee. The fee is expected to be in the £15m range, a significant increase from the £7.5m that Pompey paid Spurs for Defoe's services in 2008. The BBC reports that the deal will [.

Martin Tyler Interview: Questions Please

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Martin Tyler will be the featured guest on the first 2009 episode of the EPL Talk Podcast. The number one football commentator in the world began his commentating career in 1974, and was recently voted as the Premier League Commentator of The Decade. If you've listened to an episode of the EPL Talk Podcast before, you'll know [.

Football Manager Live Trailer

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Sports Interactive has released a trailer for its much anticipated Football Manager Live game. The new game was launched in November 2008, but the trailer was just released to help spread the word about the new game. Football Manager Live differs significantly from previous Football Manager titles, whilst keeping the same match engine and many of [.

Carlos Tevez Uncertainty and is Stewart Downing This Winter’s Berbatov?

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Well the rumblings of yesterday have come to fruition today, on two counts. The first happening in South America, the other happening at the Riverside. I can understand Carlos Tevez wanting his future sorted. But the situation with Manchester United seems to get crazier by the day. After firing back at Ferguson's claims of rejecting a [.

Javier Garrido: The Forgotten Man

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The transfer window has been open a few days but there's only one signing that has been announced thus far in the Premier League and that's the Wayne Bridge move from Chelsea to Manchester City for an undisclosed sum thought to be around £10 million. It's so easy to get caught up in the big news [.

D-Day Approaches for Tottenham

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  There are strong rumours today that Tottenham Hotspur are on the verge of signing Portsmouth striker Jermaine Defoe and Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing; two arrivals that could be hugely important in the club's push to stay in the Premier League. Tottenham are a club famous for recruiting English talent, and new manager Harry Redknapp appears [.

FA Cup Action Shows That the Romance is Not Evaporating

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   Though it would be fair to say that the past weekend of FA Cup football has not produced a great number of real shocks, it would be totally unreasonable to suggest that the smaller sides from the lower divisions have not been extremely tough opposition for some of the Premier League's high-flyers.

Time For Tottenham Fans To Forgive Hossam Ghaly

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Why are Tottenham fans still so unforgiving toward Hossam Ghaly is a mystery to me, but Friday night left me even more perplexed as to why the Egyptian is still disliked so much still at White Hart Lane. There were 12 minutes to go on Friday night and Ghaly seemed set to be sent on [...]

The Saga of Mark Hughes While Defoe Receives Death Threats

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The biggest story to come out of the FA Cup Third Round this weekend was the way Manchester City was torn apart by Nottingham Forest. Given the media's need for a story, the immediate response from the press was to put Mark Hughes on the hottest of hot seats along with even starting the short [...]

What’s So Special About The FA Cup

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On Monday, expect several of the talking heads on English football podcasts and radio to whinge and joke about the FA Cup. How the top football clubs don't treat it seriously anymore. How the FA Cup has lost its glamor. And how there are literally very few upsets compared to how many there used to [.

The Derby Rules The FA Cup Fourth Round Proper

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Two big derby match-ups are the key draws of the FA Cup Fourth Round Draw. When the first tie drawn is Liverpool v Everton, you know something special was in the air. The other derby of the round takes place at Pride Park where Derby County will host Nottingham Forest. There is one potential derby that [.

I’m On Setanta Sports: 2008 Manager Of The Year

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I'm On Setanta Sports is back with a highlight reel of the best clips in 2008 as well as some new content such as which special manager received the 2008 Manager Of The Year Award. It's quite an accomplishment for Mario Rosenstock when a weekly five minute program is more entertaining online than some of the [.

Derby County Need a Penalty to Survive While Preston Shoot Themselves in Foot

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Personally, I think the weekend of the FA Cup Third Round is the most exciting weekend of the English Football campaign. The one weekend where all sixty-four teams are equal and the weekend where it doesn't matter how strong your squad it, it's a matter of wanting it more than your opposition...regardless of the gulf [.

FA Cup Third Round Chat

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Join the EPL Talk Chat as we take a journey through what I consider the best weekend in the English Footballing Calendar. While the ties may not be as sexy as one would like, but we already have one upset on the cards.  Will we see plenty more by the time the weekend is up? If [...]

Who Is Zoran Tosic?

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Manchester United has announced the signing of two Serbian players, Zoran Tosic and Adem Ljajic, both from Partizan Belgrade. Tosic, 21, will sign with immediate effect and will wear the number 14 shirt, while 17-year-old striker Ljajic will remain with Partizan until the end of 2009. Zoran Tosic is a left winger who can also play as [.

West Ham United Face Administration Threat And Possible Relegation

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In Friday's British newspapers, The Guardian has the scoop that West Ham United's Icelandic owner has just over two months to sell the club before his company, Hansa Holdings faces the possibility of being declared insolvent. According to Guardian reporter Sachin Nakrani, "Interest has been shown but [West Ham owner Bjorgolfur] Gudmundsson, who bought the [.

Football Transfer Twaddle: Defoe, Arteta, Toure and Pennant

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After accepting a sordid envelope with £20m for "Lass" Diarra, Portsmouth rejected shrewd dealer Harry Redknapp's £30m overture for Jermain Defoe, Glen Johnson and Peter Crouch.  Pompey then lessened Defoe's value markedly, by announcing they would sell him for a fair price. "It looks like Jermain wants to go," Portsmouth executive chairman Peter Storrie said.