To say it was a week to forget for Evertonian's is an understatement.
Three games, three defeats, 10 goals conceded and a casualty list befitting a small battlefield, it
is no wonder Toffees fans are wearing concerned expressions at the moment.
In previous weeks, we shared with you the video highlights of the 1990-91 English First Division
season (the precursor to the Premier League). Today, we have the next season, 1991-92, which was
the final season of the First Division before the Premier League debuted. In 1991-92, Leeds United
won the title with Manchester United coming in second, and Sheffield Wednesday then a feared team
finishing in third place.
Simon Kuper, bestselling and critically acclaimed author joins us on the EPL Talk Podcast to
discuss his new book. the book, titled "Why England Lose" in the UK and "Soccernomics" in the US is
a comprehensive look at all aspects of the game and evaluates insight from economics, statistics,
business and psychology to evaluate the world game.
For any of you that have been living under a rock for the last few years, Hull City Football
Club have taken a roller coaster ride that even the most serious coaster enthusiasts would envy.
Last year they made their first top flight appearance in the history of English Football &
subsequently stayed up, albeit barely.
Those of you living in America probably couldn't stop hearing about last weekend's big National
Football League game in London, the third such contest in three years, in which the New England
Patriots tonked Malcolm Glazer's hapless Tampa Bay Buccaneers who have cut costs to the bone this
season, and we can all have a guess as to why.
For the past three days, we've been giving away a copy of FIFA 10 the new video game from EA. In
the next few days to next couple of weeks, we'll be giving away a copy of the game on random days
as well as football books.
In partnership with Russian Football Now, EPL Talk presents the eleventh
episode of RNF's podcast.
Just as Rubin Kazan's victory at the Nou Camp was fading from headlines, the Russian Premier
League was thrust back center stage with the shock departure of Juande Ramos from CSKA Moscow after
only 47 days in charge.
Longtime Liverpool Echo and current News of the World Football writer Chris Bascombe joins
Kartik Krishnaiyer to discuss the latest from Liverpool as well as some history of the club.
Additionally, we discuss topics pertinent to News of the World and Football Journalism in
Be sure not to miss a single episode of the EPL Talk Podcast, the only Premier League interview
show on the Internet.
February 2nd 2002 was a pretty non-descript day in the History of Football, or indeed the
history of anything Prince Willem -Alexander of Orange, heir to the Dutch throne got married,
Euro-Monarchy Fans will tell you (and, er... wikipedia) but that aside, Manchester United stayed
atop of the Premier League with a 4-1 win against Sunderland, with Newcastle just behind after
beating Bolton, and Arsenal dropped seemingly crucial points at home against Southampton, 1-1.
My normal pre-match bravado wasn't at full strength after the four-game losing streak
(Liverpool's worst run since the Spring of 1987) and going into the fixture against Manchester
United Sunday I was a sleepless bag of frenetic nerves.
We tend to play our best against the strongest opposition (I thought our outing against Chelsea
was one of our best performances of the season except for of course the two moments that led to
their two goals) and Fernando Torres was on the starting team sheet.
Fulham FC has revealed their third kit for the 2009/2010 Premier League season. Designed and
manufactured by Nike, the third kit is midnight blue in color and will be worn for the first time
in their upcoming away matches against Stoke City and Sunderland.
The new Fulham third shirt is midnight blue, while the shorts are white and the socks are also
For the past two days, we've been giving away a copy of FIFA 10 the new video game from EA. In
the next few days to next couple of weeks, we'll be giving away a copy of the game on random days
as well as football books.
Yesterday's winner of FIFA 10 was Patrick Keating.
Joe Royle, Football and Management legend and current ESPN UK co-commentator joins us on the EPL
Hear Royle's thoughts about the opportunity to work with the legendary Jon Champion on ESPN, as
well as his memories of the epic second division playoff final at Wembley between Manchester City
I've lost track of the number of times Americans ask me where I'm from, and I mention Wales only
to hear the next follow-up question, which is "Where is Wales? Is that part of England?"
While most US residents get an F in geography (not just from me, but from many scholars), I've
found that soccer fans living in the United States are far smarter than average Americans for the
Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster has been under a lot of criticism recently after making
several crucial mistakes in front of goal. And now his reputation sunk to a new low Tuesday night
after a couple of Barnsley yobs invaded the pitch at Oakwell and scored a goal past him.
Here's an interesting little fact for you: the two longest serving managers in Premier League
history also happen to be in charge of the two most successful teams in Premier League history. So
why is it then that fans and chairmen are so quick to jump on the back of a struggling manager and
It appears very likely that some or all of the FA Cup matches will be shown on Sky Sports
television in the United Kingdom this season. Setanta Sports UK had the rights to the FA Cup last
season until they closed its doors this past summer.
Hello, I'm just writing in to send this along to you.
I received an enthusiastic e-mail last week from EPL Talk reader Jake Islas who asked me for
advice about how he could create a blog and a vibrant community similar to mine here at EPL Talk. I
was tempted to warn him not to venture into the field. The pay is lousy. It requires an incredible
amount of hard work.
It was a weekend with mixed results for the Americans who apply their trade in the Premier
League. All U.S. players who saw action or are on current rosters were only able to manage a point
with their respected sides.
Fulham striker Clint Dempsey came out on top of the U.
Just two months into the 2009-2010 season, the "big four" of Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea
and Liverpool have lost 10 matches combined. Compare that with 18 matches lost by the league's
elite combined in the entirety of last season, and it's clear that either the big four are weaker,
or the rest of the league is getting stronger.
When Michael Lewis published Moneyball in 2003, it instantly became one of the most influential
books about American sports in a generation.Â Michael Lewis, normally a financial writer, analyzed
how baseball's Oakland A's managed to consistently produce highly competitive teams despite a
payroll that was a fraction of their biggest rivals.
During the next two weeks, we'll be giving away copies of FIFA 10 the new game from EA as well
as three different football books as prizes, so be sure to keep on coming back each day to see when
the next contest is announced.
Today, for the first time, we'll be giving away a copy of FIFA 10 to one lucky person who
correctly answers the following trivia question and sends his or her answer in by the deadline of
5pm ET/9pm UK time on Monday, October 26, 2009.
Kartik Krishnaiyer, Max Bell and Laurence McKenna review all of this weekend's Premier League
action from one location in London. A unique EPL Talk podcast with all three analysts in the same
room. Among the topics discussed are Liverpool's win over Man United, the continued struggles of
Everton, Roy Hodgson's great job with Fulham, and much, much more.
If AZ Alkmaar was a foreshadowing, the Gunners did their best to not heed the warning. Â Anyone
who has watched this team over the past five years knew what was coming, both in the Netherlands
and at Upton Park. Â It's just too predictable.
For the neutral or Liverpool supporter, Sunday's massive fixture between England's two most
historically successful clubs had it all: sending offs, goals, incredible atmosphere, more beach
balls & definitely loads of drama. Are United's fiercest rivals & Northwest neighbors slowly
becoming their bogy team?
The Premier League has long been a test of consistency more than quality. Â A feature of the
last season-plus has been Liverpool's success against Manchester United, Chelsea, and, to a lesser
extent, Arsenal. Â Sunday's 2-0 Anfield win was the third consecutive against the champions in the
It's been a week of hell for the players and supporters of Liverpool Football Club, but a much
deserved 2-0 win against their arch-enemy Manchester United Sunday will remove the gloom and doom
on Merseyside and offer Rafael Benitez vindication as a football manager.
Simply put, Liverpool were deserved winners in this game.
Life is tough at the top. Â Last year at this stage of the season, Tottenham were propping up
the Premier League table. Â Coming into this game they actually had a chance to go top with a big
win, or at least draw level on points. Â Instead, Stoke gave them a lesson in defensive tenacity
and profligacy in should-win games.
Maybe it was because it looked and felt like Autumn had truly arrived in England (i.e. blame it
on the weather), but Saturday's Premier League matches were the first boring day of the season thus
far in my opinion. Let's hope Sunday's crop of games will raise the bar a little because Saturday's
matches left an unsatisfying taste.
For two weeks in a row now, glaring penalty calls have been missed in the early Saturday EPL
game. Â Wolves' striker Kevin Doyle was fouled twice, by my count, when through on goal, and last
week it was Villa's Agbonlahor who was being tripped in the act of shooting. Â (Here are the videos
for the Wolves and the Villa incidents).
A lot has been made of Liverpool's recent dip in form with the team looking a shadow of the side
that we saw last year. Liverpool lost key personnel most notably in the form of Alonso with his
replacement Aquilani yet to take the field in a Liverpool shirt.
Key players Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard have both missed games this season and the lack
of suitable back up players for Liverpool seems to be evident at the moment.
Each day, I scour the Internet looking for fascinating stories regarding the Premier League and
share most of them on my Twitter account and my shared items on Google Reader.Â But I often come
across some mouthwatering stories that I save to share with you on EPL Talk instead. Trouble is I
often run out of time and I'm not able to post them.
Come Sunday, expect the television cameras to be zooming in on the faces of Rafa Benitez and Sir
Alex Ferguson as they try to detect whether the pressure is getting to either manager. Attention
will be paid to body language and how each manager interacts with one another, what the handshake
is like and to make sure they exchange pleasantries after the final whistle is blown.
Martin Rogers, the senior World Soccer writer for Yahoo! Sports joins Kartik Krishnaiyer to
discuss the epic clash that defines English Football: Liverpool-Man United. This Sunday's game
however is different than so many in the past as Liverpool comes in having lost four on the trot
while United sits atop the table.
There is history, here. England's two greatest football clubs lining up on the hallowed turf of
Anfield, some of the World's greatest players are there; two of the World's greatest managers are
there; but this is worth more than simply names and people: this is about bragging rights, this is
to prove which is actually England's Greatest Club.
Up until the past week, ESPN has been the golden child of Premier League coverage in the United
States. We've been spoiled by pictures in HD, match coverage that begins when the players enter the
tunnel, Monday evenings that bring us the UK feed of ESPN's coverage, and Saturday
mornings with Georgie Bingham and company.
In partnership with Russian Football Now, EPL Talk presents the tenth
episode of RNF's podcast.
The Russian Premier League made headlines this week when Rubin Kazan beat Barcelona at the Nou
Camp. It was the first time since February 22 that a team had beaten the European champions on
Yes, this is a football blog. And no, this post isn't very football-related, but it's something
that we all have in common. We've all, at one time or another, used a computer to surf the Internet
and visit EPL Talk. So I thought it'd be interesting to hear from you, the readers, what your first
computer was so we can get a better idea of how far we've all come.
Dotun Adebayo is the latest guest to be interviewed on the EPL Talk Podcast, the Premier League
Adebayo is the host of the BBC World Football Phone-In Show, which is without a doubt the best
football show on radio and the Internet. Host Stephen Darwin delves into what makes Adebayo tick by
exploring what it means to be a Charlton Athletic supporter, what his thoughts are about expanding
the show in the future, whether the show can be released in its entirety on the podcast, how he
co-founded ColourTelly and what it is, and what his life is like outside the BBC studios.
It's tempting to heave my piling anger, frustration, pain, and total bewilderment on a red beach
ball.Â It's tempting to lament the many injuries my side picked up while the players were
dispersed for the international break. But after watching Liverpool lose their third and fourth
matches in a row, their worst losing streak since 1987, I know these things are easy scapegoats for
my desperate state of trying to figure it all out.
Fox Soccer Channel and the Premier League today announced that Fox Sports International has won
the bidding for the rights to show the Premier League on US television for the 2010-2013 seasons.
Fox has also won theÂ similar rights for Central and South America to its associated company, Fox
Sports Latin America.
As Fox Soccer Channel's Nick Webster told me, "Americans have more access to soccer from around
the world than in any other country on earth."Â That is undoubtedly true.Â On any given weekend,
you can flip around the dial and find the EPL, Serie A, La Liga, the MLS, the Bundesliga, the
Mexican leagues, French Ligue 1 and an odd assortment of other broadcasts from around the world,
not to mention the weekday Champions league games.
Richard Farley the host of the Inside the Six podcast and co-host of Russian Football now joins
Kartik Krishnaiyer to break down Liverpool's loss at Anfield to Lyon. We also discuss Arsenal's
draw in Holland, Rangers collapse at Ibrox, and Rubin Kazan's shock victory at the Nou Camp.
Richard Farley is one of the foremost experts on European leagues outside the Premier League, and
it is a pleasure to welcome him as an EPL Talk contributor covering the Champions League for the
Liverpool supporters talk about European nights at Anfield, but it was French side Lyon who "did
a Liverpool" Tuesday night with an injury-time goal to seal a 2-1 come from behind victory on
The win for Lyon was a bit of a harsh result for the Reds especially since Rafael Benitez's side
played far better than they did against Sunderland.
The mark of an exceptional football commentator is when they add value to a match you're
watching on television. Otherwise, if they're not adding anything worthwhile, you're better off
watching the game in silence.
Take for example the incident when Dirk Kuyt scored for Liverpool in the first half of Tuesday's
Champions League match against Lyon, only for the goal to be disallowed.
Did Graham Poll blow the call? Yeah, sure. I suppose it could be also be argued that Darren Bent
struck the ball flush, that it's path was not diverted by the beach ball and that Pepe Reina should
have kept his eyes on the more important ball. But the question of far more importance is why would
any fan, let alone one at his own team's end, bat a beach ball onto the pitch?
The latest episode of the EPL Talk Podcast features interviews with Warren Barton, Christian
Miles and Nick Webster. The trio discuss several topics including how they got their start
commentating, how ESPN's acquisition of the Premier League impacts Fox Soccer Channel, the
Champions League coverage by Fox, and more.
Paul Peschisolido will be a guest on an upcoming episode of the EPL Talk Podcast. Peschisolido
is a familiar name in English football from the Premier League to the Football League. During his
playing career, he played at Fulham, Birmingham City, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion, Sheffield
United, Derby County, Luton Town, Norwich City, Queens Park Rangers and several other clubs.
This past weekend saw quite a few talking points in what remains the most exciting, entertaining
& most dramatic football league in the world, the English Premier League, or more officially, the
Barclays Premier League.
Any given weekend in the EPL reminds me of a series of highly entertaining films based on
By far, the World Football Phone-In show on BBC Radio 5 is the must-listen-to
football podcast. The weekly show exudes everything that is wonderful about football from the
lovely and knowledge callers to the scholarly pundits such as Tim Vickery, Andy Brassell and Sean
After the two-week international break, it was refreshing to see the return of the Premier
League. Within minutes I could see why I had missed it so much. Vocal crowds singing songs, the
fast pace of the football and the entertaining open style of play.
Download the Football Manager 2010 demo today before the new game is released later this month.
The demo is available for both the PC and Mac.
With the demo, you can pick from a select number of leagues and play the role of a football
manager for half a season. If you like what you see, you can upgrade to Football Manager (when
available) and transfer your saved data from the demo to the full version.
Can it get any worse for Liverpool? The club played one of their worst first-half performances
against Fiorentina in the Champions League a few weeks ago and lost 2-0, which was followed by a
very unconvincing display in the 2-0 loss against Chelsea. In addition, the club has already lost
to Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur in the league.
In the opening five minutes of Sunderland against Liverpool today, a red balloon played a
decisive role in the first goal when Darren Bent's shot at goal resulted in the ball being diverted
when it hit the red balloon in the penalty box. The ball went one way towards the goal, while the
balloon went the other way and past the post.
One of the misfortunes of living outside the United Kingdom and supporting English football is
that when a legend dies, there are incredible heartwarming documentaries and news programs shown in
the UK profiling that hero but they're unavailable due to rights restrictions where I, and many of
The American release of The Damned United, the story of Brian Clough's relationship with Peter
Taylor and their reign at Derby County and Leeds United, has now expanded to San Diego, Chicago and
Cambridge. The film is now playing in nine movie theatres nationwide so if you live near any of
these theatres, be sure to support the film and the beautiful game.
Supporters of various national teams across the globe are alreadyÂ packing their bags, updating
their passports & booking flights to South Africa for next Summer's World Cup Finals. With their
beloved nation's automatic qualification secure, they've only the stress-free decision of which
player's replica kit their going to wear during their teams opening match left to decide.
In partnership with Russian Football Now, EPL Talk presents the ninth
episode of RNF's podcast.
The ninth episode of Russian Football Now's Podcast is the second consecutive where hosts Chris
Riordan and Richard Farley welcome a guest onto the show. EPL Talk's own Kartik Krishnaiyer, spends
the show with us, giving his thoughts on
the national team,
Andrei Arshavin's ideal position (and his value relative to Cristiano Ronaldo),
the future of Tottenham's Roman Pavlyuchenko,
the Champions League prospects of Rubin and CSKA,
this weekend's derby between Spartak Moscow and Lokomotiv, and
the chances of Russia being awarded either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup.
If you could pick any 20 teams to be in the Premier League, which clubs would you pick and
To make it harder, you can only pick clubs from the Premier League, Football League and
non-league football. And, to make it fun, you can select teams from the Scottish Premier League
too, if you like.
"Who pays the players when they're on international duty?" asks Doug.
Here in the football wilderness that is the states, I find more and more of my friends,
neighbors and coworkers growing curious about the beautiful game. The "football-curious" we'll call
them. And since they know me as somebody who's fanatical about the sport, they inevitably come to
me when they have questions.
It goes without saying that I'm a massive football supporter. But, I am honestly so sick and
tired of the long, dragged out qualifying process for the 2010 World Cup. And it's not even over
after today. Then we'll go into the playoff process.
It's scary to think that the first game of qualification for the 2010 World Cup kicked off on
August 25, 2007 over two years ago.
Fox Soccer Channel will be televising the Liverpool against Manchester United game scheduled for
October 25 at 10am ET.
Up until now, we weren't sure whether Setanta Sports or Fox Soccer Channel would show the game,
but the game is now listed on Fox Soccer Channel's TV schedule. Following the game, FSC will show
West Ham United versus Arsenal at Noon ET.
The Nielsen Ratings for ESPN2's most recent Premier League match have been released. For the
October 3rd game between Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur, the network achieved a 0.2 rating
with an audience of approximately 265,508 viewers.
The Bolton against Spurs game garnered the fifth highest Premier League TV ratings for
Who are the very best young players in the world?Â For the purposes of this article, "young
players" are those no older than 22.
First there are the obvious: Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Alexandre Pato, Francesc Fabregas,
Karim Benzema, etc.Â Their class has been established before this mysterious "young" label
vanished, and subsequently they command enormous transfer fees, if their clubs are even willing to
part with them.
How did it come to this? I'm resting my hopes for Liverpool's season on an injured Italian
midfielder who remains unproven in the Premier League. Alberto Aquilani, bought this summer for
Â£20m to replace Xabi Alonso (if that's possible) came to Liverpool a broken man. Hints that he's
been training and we could see him by the end of the month tickle at my expectations and
Stuart Pearce's England U21 squad for last Friday's European U21 Championship qualifier against
Macedonia included players from towns such as Essex, Doncaster and Basingstoke; so it was ironic
that a man born in Jamaica, the island nation in the Greater Antilles with a population of just
Last week, I posted a tweet that if I was reborn, I would become a Tottenham Hotspur supporter
simply because of The Spurs Show podcast. And I meant it. Most of the readers here know me
as a Swansea City supporter, but there's something completely endearing, refreshing, honest and
depressing about being a regular listener to The Spurs Show that makes me feel closer to
the pain one must feel supporting THFC.
In partnership with Russian Football Now, EPL Talk presents the eighth
episode of RNF's podcast.
After months of build-up, the German national team's trip to Moscow lived up to the hype.
Punching their ticket to the World Cup, Germany downed the upstart Russians 1-0, leaving hosts
Chris Riordan and Richard Farley to explain where things went wrong for Guss Hiddink's men.
If you need proof that kindness still exists in football, look no further than Dr. David France
and Everton Football Club, and the story behind the greatest collection of football memorabilia
Known as The David France Collection, it's an incredible assortment of more than 18,000
items that Dr.
Now that the United States team has qualified for the 2010 World Cup, the agonizing wait begins
until the final draw is held on December 4, 2009. The draw will be beamed around the world, and
we'll finally be able to learn which countries will be grouped against each other next summer in
the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Yesterday's impressive three-nil victory by Portugal over Hungary puts Carlos Queiroz's just one
game away from qualifying for a play-off place in their quest to go to the 2010 World Cup. England,
meanwhile, suffered a 1-0 loss versus Ukraine in a game that meant much more for England's
The England U21's continued their qualification campaign for the 2011 European Championships v.
Macedonia Friday at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. The match featured Premier League & Championship
talent from the (young) Three Lions & ended up being quite an exciting & high scoring 9-goal
Ever wondered what a Saudi Prince likes to do in his spare time? Well, it's not marriage
counselling according to Prince Faisal's aide Barry Didato.
According to Didato, the Saudi Royal could be set for a takeover bid of Liverpool football club
but he still has concerns over the club's debt and does not want to get involved in any dispute
between co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
It isn't often that I interview personalities for the EPL Talk Podcast. In the past six months,
I've interviewed two people. The first was Barney Ronay, the scholarly and humorous writer for
The Guardian and author of a new book entitled The Manager. And the second is
Peter Lupson, today's guest on the EPL Talk Podcast.
Popular British comedian and actor Russell Brand recently shared his passion for West Ham United
on the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon show.
Brand sang a couple of West Ham United songs to amuse Fallon, the former Saturday Night Live
star who played in the American version of the film, Fever Pitch, which bastardized the Nick Hornby
novel and turned it into a baseball film.
Georgie Bingham doesn't have the easiest job on television, that's for sure. From that early
morning Saturday kickoff in August when ESPN kicked off its coverage of the Premier League to the
last match shown between Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur, Georgie has experienced the highs
and lows of being the presenter of the Premier League coverage on ESPN2.
Yesterday, the Premier League announced which December matches have had their kickoff times
rescheduled so they can be shown on television worldwide. Even though Fox Soccer Channel, Setanta
Sports and ESPN haven't announced which games they'll show for that month, I've been able to deduce
which games will be shown on US television by matching up the network's schedules with when the
games are shown.
Kartik Krishnaiyer is joined by Alexander Caulfied to discuss his recent trip to Leeds and
Manchester to watch two league cup matches.
Caulfield, a Merseyside native has much of his family who support Leeds. Hear about the
supporters of Leeds at Elland Road even in the bad time, their views on Ken Bates, and on former
players Alan Smith and Rio Ferdinand.
I find myself asking it all the time: how old is that player? My last such quandary was over
Arshavin (older than I would have guessed). Before that it was over Jovetic (younger than I would
have guessed). When I' m looking up a player's age for an article or to settle a bet or for the
hell of it and a date before 1980 pops up, my initial reaction is: "Wow, he's getting old.
Hi Guys, I'm here with my first post. I'm going to be doing a weekly post on the reasons why I
love the beautiful game so much. This week I will be starting, ironically, with last gasp
It doesn't matter how they are scored, whether it's a tap in like Aaron Lennon in last seasons
dramatic 4-4 in the North London DerbyÂ and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer winning the treble at the Camp
Nou, or beautifully crafted like Beckham lighting up Old Trafford once again to send England to the
2002 World Cup and Gerrard smashing home against Olympiakos in the 86th minute, giving them the
2-goal lead they needed to progress past the group stage of the 2004 Champion's League, a
competition they would go on to win.
Arsenal's old Highbury Stadium, down the road from its modern neighbor at Ashburton Grove, is no
more but it has been redeveloped into a housing development and has maintained two of the previous
Highbury buildings as well as a lot of the charm of the stadium. While this isn't new news, the
above video is new and it gives us a good idea of what it would be like to visit the current
Highbury Square, as it has been renamed.
The fallout of Manchester United's 2-2 draw with Sunderland extended to the dressing room, as
reports suggest Alex Ferguson and goalkeeper Ben Foster had a bit of an argument.Â Foster made a
poor decision coming out to catch Andy Reid's chipped ball for Kenwyne Jones, resulting in the
Black Cats' second goal.
Transiting through London Heathrow this morning, on a journey from Florida to India, all the
talk among football supporters (who I sought out in the airports and on the plane because they
stand out in their club kits or England shirts) was not about any title contender but about
If you believe Liverpool manager Raphael Benitez there are few midfielders more suited for the
Premier League than Lucas Leiva. After all, Benitez has spent much of his 2009-2010 campaign
lobbying on behalf of the twenty-two year old Brazilian. Benitez praises Levia's work rate and
dedication to the team, all the while ignoring his glaring deficiencies.
Behind the scenes at Fox Soccer Channel, there was a significant signing last year when Fox
recruited Bhavesh Patel from the NBA to head up the channel's FoxSoccer.com and FoxSoccer.tv
websites, among other duties. While so much of the attention is on what happens on the screen at
Fox Soccer Channel, we thought it'd be interesting and helpful to our readers to interview Patel
and learn more about what's happening with the Fox websites and what the future plans are.
As we enter into another International break, many Hammers fans will quietly be asking
themselves that exact same question. Inspired by Nick Frost's (Shaun of the Dead, Hot
Fuzz, Spaced) twitter feed over the weekend, I quickly realized what a passionate yet
disheartened bunch the Hammers supporters are this year.
The Damned United debuts in American movie theaters this Friday, October 9th and,
courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics, with an exclusive clip from the film which features without a
doubt the best line from the film.
Click on the above video to watch Brian Clough on his first day as manager of Leeds United.
Episode 141 of the EPL Talk Podcast features an interview with Nick Szczepanik, writer for The
Times newspaper and a regular co-host on TheGame Podcast. Szczepanik offers an intriguing insight
to English football by having lived in the United States and being a follower of American
Aston Villa has been a Jekyll and Hyde team so far this season. While they have yet to surpass
the impressive performances they showcased for portions of last season, they showed glimmers of
hope Monday night with an admirable defensive display against a very talented Manchester City
Facing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge is never easy. But with Petr Cech suspended and with Liverpool's
knack for playing well against the London giants, I felt optimistic going into yesterday's match.
And with Liverpool dominating the first stretch of play, I felt a goal was inevitable and a win was
Henry Winter is one of Britain's most respected football journalists and currently works for the
Daily Telegraph. His career started at the Independent and he moved to The Telegraph in 1994. A
familiar face on Sky's Sunday Supplement, Henry was been kind enough to have a quick chat with us
about himself and football.
Nielsen Ratings have released the latest TV ratings for Premier League matches on ESPN2. With
the TV ratings now available for August and September, 2009, here are the top 8 most viewed matches
Liverpool v Aston Villa, Mon., Aug. 24, 3 pm, 398,391 viewers
I was sitting in a plush screening room at the Sony Pictures Lot in Culver City, CA just a short
walk down the hallway to anything and everything Spider-Man (hell, Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst
may have been on premises for all I know â€“ the studio lot was so infested with Spider-Man promos)
but when The Damned United kicked-off I was no longer in warm Los Angeles.
There is a thin line between being a mad genius and simply being mad.Â If Brian Clough was the
mad genius of English football, the new film The Damned United explores Clough's simply mad stage
when he got fired at Derby County and then, after 44 days in charge of Leeds United, got himself
dismissed there as well.
In partnership with Russian Football Now, EPL Talk presents the sixth
episode of RNF's podcast.
It was a better week for Russian football in UEFA Champions League play, with CSKA Moscow
getting three points while league champion Rubin Kazan got their first every Champions League point
in a draw against Internzaionale Milano.
With the season starting slightly earlier this year due to the World Cup, most teams in the
Premiership have played 8 league games already. Last season, the 8th round of matches was played
two weeks later, on the weekend of October 18th/19th. By the end of it, Tottenham were staring up
at every other team in the league with a lowly 2 points.
Whether by design or not, Sir Alex Ferguson's rant against referee Alan Wiley's performance
during the Manchester United against Sunderland match on Saturday worked to divert attention away
from United's poor performance.
Personally, I find it ironic that it was Alan Wiley of all referees especially because he was
the fourth official in the Manchester derby, and laughed with Fergie during the added time while
Mark Hughes looked on in anger.
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