EPL Talk Archives for January 2009

Everton’s painful wait

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David Moyes - Management is a lonely job at times

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.

1991-92 English First Division Season In Review: Video

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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.

EPL Talk Podcast: Simon Kuper On His New Book

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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.

When Will Phil Brown Go?

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Pop Idol, he's not.

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.

Premier League Preview, Oct. 31-Nov. 1

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The North London Derby highlights this week's slate of games as Arsenal prepares to entertain Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.

Somebody in Bristol is smiling today, as the early match on ESPN figures to be the most-watched game yet on the network.

It's on at 8:45 a.m. on ESPN2, if you're wondering.

David James and Fabio Capello: The Biggest NFL Fans in England

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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.

Win A Copy Of Motty, John Motson’s Autobiography

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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.

Yesterday's winner of FIFA 10 was JD Thomas.

Russian Football Now Podcast #11: In the Wake of Juande’s Exit

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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.

EPL Talk Podcast: Chris Bascombe

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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 general.

Be sure not to miss a single episode of the EPL Talk Podcast, the only Premier League interview show on the Internet.

Half-Forgotten Gems – Arsenal’s Other Title Triumph

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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.

Fan Diary # 13: 2-0 Over United

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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 Third Kit For 2009/2010 Season Revealed

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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 midnight blue.

Yet Another Chance to Win FIFA 10 for Xbox 360, Wii or PS3

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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.

ESPN2 TV Ratings For Wolves v Aston Villa Revealed

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It's no surprise that last Saturday's Wolverhampton Wanderers against Aston Villa tie didn't garner a massive audience on ESPN2. In fact, it was the third lowest viewed match of the season on ESPN2.

Here are the Nielsen ratings for the Premier League matches televised by ESPN2 so far this season (from highest to lowest audience figures):

  1. Liverpool v Aston Villa, Mon.

EPL Talk Podcast: Joe Royle

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Joe Royle, Football and Management legend and current ESPN UK co-commentator joins us on the EPL Talk Podcast.

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 and Gillingham.

How American Soccer Fans Are Smarter Than Average Americans

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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 following reasons:

  1. Time difference wizards.

Barnsley Fan Scores Against Ben Foster and Man United: Video

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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.

Foster didn't look too amused, did he?

Patience Pays Off At Anfield But Will Other Contenders Follow Suit?

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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 demand change?

Has Sky Sports Acquired the FA Cup Rights In UK?

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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.

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When Was The Last Time A Manager Was Sacked So Late In The Premier League Season?

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It's been a strange but heartwarming Premier League season so far in that no manager has been sacked, at least not quite yet. But when was the last time a manager was sacked so late in the season?

According to the record books, the 2009/2010 Premier League season is on course to have the fewest managers sacked before November for several years.

Another Chance To Win FIFA 10 On Xbox 360, PS3 or Wii

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Yesterday we debuted our new FIFA 10 contest where we'll be giving away a copy of the game on random days within the next two weeks as well as football books.

Yesterday's winner of FIFA 10 was TJ Brustowicz. But if you want to try and win a copy of FIFA 10 for yourself, go ahead and enter today's contest.

Tell Us How EPL Talk Can Improve

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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.

Americans In The Premier League: A Recap

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Jozy, less tweeting, more football.

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.

Premier League catches up with “big four”

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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.

Arsene Wenger’s Moneyball Strategy

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When Michael Lewis published Moneyball in 2003, it instantly became one of the most influential books about American sports in a generation. 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.

Win FIFA 10 For the Xbox 360, Wii or PS3

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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.

EPL Matchday Ten Review Show

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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.

Welcome Back, Arsenal!

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There is reason to be concerned.

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.

Liverpool Football Culb: United’s New Bogey Team?

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Vidic, unable to cope with Liverpool,....again.

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?

No, We Don’t Think Liverpool Are Weak

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It was a statement game.

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 league.

Liverpool 2-0 Man United: Vindication For Rafa Benitez

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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.

Spurs Feel Big Four Pressure

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Three points dropped.

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.

Observations from Saturday’s Premier League Matches

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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.

Wolves v Villa Match Highlights Problem With “Last Man” Rule

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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).

Questions Please For Martin Chivers

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Tottenham Hotspur legend Martin Chivers will be a guest on an upcoming episode of the EPL Talk Podcast, the daily Premier League interview and analysis show.

Chivers made 367 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur between 1968 to 1976, scoring 174 goals. He also won 24 caps for England between 1971-73.

Could Liverpool miss out on a top 4 finish?

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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.

Friday Football Links

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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. 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.

The Football Managers: Poetry In Motion

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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.

EPL Talk Reader Visits England Training Session

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Congratulations to EPL Talk reader Danny Godfrey for recently winning the dream chance of attending an England training session.

The chance-of-a-lifetime experience was courtesy of Umbro who gave Godfrey the opportunity to watch a behind closed doors training session featuring the England national team.

EPL Talk Podcast: Liverpool in Crisis as Man United comes to Anfield

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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.

Liverpool v United: Problem areas add up to fascinating contest

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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.

Premier League Preview – Oct. 24-25

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It's hard to look at the table and see a "9″ in the "played" column and call the next match on the schedule a must-win.

But that may just be the case for Liverpool on Sunday when Manchester United visits Anfield.

The Reds are already seven points adrift of table-topping United, so going 10 down with 10 games in the books is not the stuff of which title-winning dreams are made.

Premier League TV Ratings Take A Dip On ESPN2

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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.

Russian Football Now Podcast #10: Champions League Review

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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 their pitch.

What Was Your First Computer?

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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.

Your Chance To Win FIFA 10 And 3 Classic Football Books

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Win a copy of FIFA 10 for the Xbox 360 and a chance to win one of three soon-to-be classic football books from EPL Talk during the next few days to few weeks.

Watch the video to find out more details and be sure to visit EPL Talk daily to find out when you can enter the contests.

Dotun Adebayo Interview

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Dotun Adebayo is the latest guest to be interviewed on the EPL Talk Podcast, the Premier League interview show.

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.

Fan Diary #12: Flailing at Sunderland and Anfield

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It's tempting to heave my piling anger, frustration, pain, and total bewilderment on a red beach ball. 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 Wins EPL Rights On US TV for 2010-2013

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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 the similar rights for Central and South America to its associated company, Fox Sports Latin America.

Behind the Scenes at Fox Soccer Channel

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Miles and Barton in the Studio

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." That is undoubtedly true. 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.

EPL Talk Podcast: Liverpool-Lyon Review, Champions League Matchday Three

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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 podcast.

Liverpool 1-2 Lyon: Benitez Faces A Massive Uphill Battle

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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 Merseyside.

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.

When Football Commentators Sound Better With The Volume Turned Off

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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.

Nothing Bounces Like Beach Ball: Ask Liverpool FC

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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?

EPL Talk Podcast: Behind-The-Scenes At Fox Soccer Channel

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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.

Questions Please For Paul Peschisolido

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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.

Football Imitates Art

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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 various genres.

Questions Please For Dotun Adebayo Of BBC World Football Phone-In

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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 Wheelock.

ESPN Hires Martin Tyler As World Cup 2010 Commentator

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Martin Tyler has joined ESPN's 2010 World Cup team as the main commentator, according to Sports Illustrated.

EPL Talk speculated back in July that ESPN were interested in acquiring Tyler. And now, according to SI, they expect ESPN to make a formal announcement this week.

Without a doubt, Tyler is by far the number one football commentator in the world and it's an incredible achievement for ESPN to acquire his talent.

Arsenal Looking Good

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Arsenal are fantastic right now. Simply brilliant. Wonderful play. Fast and thrilling, even when they lose. Perfect passing. Crisp finishes. Superb combination play. You get the picture.

Okay, please do not kill me on this post. I am neither a fortune teller, palm reader, love guru, snake charmer, nor am I a genius.

EPL Talk Matchday #9 Review Show

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Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna dive into the following subjects:

  • Balloons at the Stadium of Light
  • Tom Hicks and George Gillett versus Elliot Short
  • Thomas Rosicky's health and how it has turned Arsenal into title contenders
  • Chelsea looking disjointed
  • Emile Heskey's future
  • A derby weekend in the Northwest
  • The Premier League rebirth of James Beattie
  • Too big to fail: Why does West Ham always fit this thought?

Aston Villa 2-1 Chelsea: Observations About The Match

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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.

The four takeaways I had from this game were:

  1. Is Aston Villa the reverse of a flat track bully?

Football Manager 2010: Demo Now Available

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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.

Liverpool Deflated After 1-0 Loss To Red Balloon and Sunderland

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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.

Sheffield United 2-1 Manchester City: Historic Balloon Incident On Video

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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.

Sir Bobby Robson Documentary: 1933-2009

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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 you, live.

The Damned United Now Playing In More US Movie Theatres

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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.

Premier League Preview – Oct. 17-19

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The international break is over, so it's time to get back to work for the guys in the EPL.

The weekend starts with a bang as Chelsea makes the trip to Birmingham to face Aston Villa and wraps up with a battle of bottom dwellers on Monday when Hull City visit Craven Cottage.

Here's a look at the table.

Are the European playoff seeds fair?

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Supporters of various national teams across the globe are already 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.

Russian Football Now Podcast #9: Premier, Champions League Previews

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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.

Which 20 Clubs Would Be In Your Premier League?

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If you could pick any 20 teams to be in the Premier League, which clubs would you pick and why?

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.

EPL Talk Podcast: Miles Jacobson Discusses Football Manager 10

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Miles Jacobson from Sports Interactive Games stops by the EPL Talk podcast to answer all your questions about the new Football Manager game. Included in the discussion are:

- New features for 2010

- Questions about patches

- Why the game will no longer be called, Worldwide Soccer Manager in the US

- Licensing of leagues

- Changes to the international manager gameplay

- New customizable leagues

- New management tools

- Much Much More

Be sure not to miss a single episode of the EPL Talk Podcast, the only Premier League interview show on the Internet.

Today’s Football Guru Searching For Answers In The Digital Abyss

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"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.

Why I’m Tired Of World Cup Qualifying

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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 To Broadcast Liverpool v Man United Game

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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.

Latest TV Ratings For ESPN2’s EPL Coverage

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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 ESPN2.

Are the Best Young Players in the World Shunning the EPL?

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Who are the very best young players in the world? 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. 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.

EPL Talk Podcast: Bill Shankly and Don Revie

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Alexander Caulfield and Kartik Krishnaiyer take a trip down memory lane in discussing the historic legacy and the managerial styles of both Bill Shankly (Liverpool) and Don Revie (Leeds United).

A must listen to show for fans of either club!

Be sure not to miss a single episode of the EPL Talk Podcast, the only Premier League interview show on the Internet.

Waiting For Aquilani

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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 £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 curiosity.

Zola and Pearce can nurture unpolished gem

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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 2.

Phil Cornwell Interview: EPL Talk Podcast

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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.

RFN Podcast #8: Germany Downs Russia

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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.

The Everton Collection: The Greatest Football Memorabilia On Display

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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 ever assembled.

Known as The David France Collection, it's an incredible assortment of more than 18,000 items that Dr.

EPL Talk Podcast: Capello and Trapattoni

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On this edition of the EPL Talk podcast, we get insights from Reuters Sports Writer Simon Evans on both Fabio Capello and Giovanni Trapattoni. Evans covered both gentlemen when he was posted to Italy.

We hear about Capello and Trapattoni's management styles, their interaction with the media and their history.

What If England Plays USA In 2010 World Cup?

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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.

1966 World Cup Semi-Final: England v Portugal: Video Flashback

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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 opponents.

Match Report: U21 Euro 2011 Qualifier England v. Macedonia

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K. Gibbs - The Boy's a Bit Special

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 affair.

Arsenal Footballers Wage Nerf Warfare Against Each Other

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Stop That Bickering!

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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.

EPL Talk Podcast: Peter Lupson Interview

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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.

Russell Brand Sings West Ham Songs On Jimmy Fallon Show

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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.

Russian Football Now Podcast #7: Germany. Russia. Finally.

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In partnership with Russian Football Now, EPL Talk presents the seventh episode of RNF's podcast.

At Russian Football Now, we have been looking forward to this match since our inception. The seventh episode of the podcast celebrates the wait coming to an end.

Why Is ESPN2 Experiencing Technical Difficulties With EPL Games?

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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.

Premier League TV Schedule For US: December Matches Revealed

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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.

EPL Talk Podcast: Revisiting Elland Road, Leeds Support, Liverpool and Man City Issues

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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.

How Old Is Too Old For A Footballer?

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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.

Why I Love Football Vol. 1 – Last Gasp Goals

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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 goals.

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 Derby 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.

See What Became Of Arsenal’s Highbury Stadium: Video

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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.

Ferguson Rages At Ben Foster

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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. Foster made a poor decision coming out to catch Andy Reid's chipped ball for Kenwyne Jones, resulting in the Black Cats' second goal.

EPL Talk Podcast: David Rutter, EA Sports FIFA 10

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David Rutter, one the chief developers of EA Sports FIFA 10 video game joins us on the EPL Talk podcast.

Among the topics discussed are:

- New features of the 2010 game
- Which new leagues are on the game
- New features of the manager mode
- Balancing realism versus gameplay.

Pompey: On Everyone’s Mind

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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 Portsmouth.

Lucas Leiva: Good Enough for Liverpool?

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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.

Interview With Bhavesh Patel of FoxSoccer.com And FoxSoccer.tv

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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.

Will West Ham be O.K.?

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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: Exclusive Clip From The Film

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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.

EPL Talk Podcast: Nick Szczepanik Interview

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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 sports.

Aston Villa 1-1 Man City: Dirty Deeds Dunne Dirt Cheap

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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 team.

Fan Diary #11: Chelsea v. Liverpool

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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 feasible.

EPL Talk Meets Henry Winter

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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.

EPL TV Ratings On ESPN2 From August to September, 2009

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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 on ESPN2:

  1. Liverpool v Aston Villa, Mon., Aug. 24, 3 pm, 398,391 viewers
  2. Wigan v Man United, Sat.

Movie Review: The Damned United

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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 – 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.

Movie Review – The Damned United

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There is a thin line between being a mad genius and simply being mad. 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.

Russian Football Now Podcast #6: Champions League Review

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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.

What A Difference A Year Makes At White Hart Lane

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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.

Ferguson And Wiley Deserve To Be At Center Of Controversy

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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.

A Brief Apology To Our RSS Subscribers

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My apologies, but we've experienced issues with the RSS feeds to EPL Talk (and our sister sites) over the past week, so if you're reading this in your RSS reader and you're wondering why it's been a while since we've posted, the reality shock is that we've been publishing tons of exciting stories over the past week.

EPL Talk Podcast: Michael Sheen and The Damned United

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Episode 140 of the EPL Talk Podcast features an interview with Michael Sheen, the star of The Damned United, the new motion picture about the life of Brian Clough.

The podcast episode also features a discussion with EPL Talk correspondent Eric Altshule who gives a mini-review of the film.