EPL Talk Archives for January 2009

Everton May Tour Down Under This Summer

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The likelihood that Everton will tour the United States this summer for preseason friendlies is slim. That's because the club are in negotiations to visit Australia and New Zealand, according to an online Kiwi newspaper. Everton are in talks with Phoenix, a club team in Wellington, New Zealand to play a match at their Westpac stadium [.

Man United Fan Creates Wembley Experience In His Home

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For many football fans, it's a dream come true. The possibility of seeing your favorite team play in a cup final at Wembley. But in the case of Man United fan Phil Spark, it turned into a nightmare when he couldn't get a ticket to see his team play Spurs in the Carling Cup Final. [...]

Player to Watch: Savio Nsereko & Other Thoughts

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It seemed like a whirlwind footballing weekend. We got confirmation that Arsenal and Liverpool are in a freefall, while Chelsea still has a long way to go if they have any hopes of closing the gap with Man United. And the Red Devils, even with a B team, showed how much depth they had against [...]

England: New Three Lions Crest Revealed

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The Football Association has unveiled a new Three Lions Crest for the FA and England teams, which will be worn for the first time when England wears their new Umbro shirts for the March 28th friendly against Slovakia at Wembley. Pictured above is the old crest (left) and the new one (right). The new design takes [.

EPL Talk Podcast: Harry Harris

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On Episode 112 of the EPL Talk Podcast, Johnathan Starling interviews Harry Harris. Harry Harris is author of the book 'Down Memory Lane'. In this episode, Harris answers questions with regards to how this book is different from other Tottenham books. We then shift to his career in the red tops and how he got into [.

Rafa Benitez Fallout and Wenger’s Reaction to Fourth Nil Draw

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The two big stories this weekend not related to Manchester United's getting the first leg of the quadruple would have to be events that transpired at the Riverside and at the Emirates Stadium. We'll start with Liverpool because after such a great result midweek against Real Madrid, their loss at the Riverside defied belief.

Man United Quadruple is Bittersweet Possibility

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It's the first of March and although there is everything to be decided, you can smell it in the air. This could be the year United do what hasn't been accomplished by a British club since Celtic in 1967: winning the League, FA, and European Cups, in addition to the Premier League trophy. Yet as can [.

Chelsea Win Late but Far From Impressive

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On Friday, during my game previews, Sam wondered how Wigan could score? Today, Chelsea gave us an answer, complacency. For much of Wigan's trip to Stamford Bridge, it was Chelsea on the back foot. Completely against the run of play, John Terry put Chelsea ahead twenty-five minutes in. Before that, Chelsea saw Wigan have five near [.

Could Manchester City Send Robinho to Chelsea for John Terry?

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It would be a sane Premier League week if there wasn't an outlandish Manchester City rumor, but where is the fun in that? This week's circulation is a doozy.  Manchester City reportedly are including Robinho in a cash plus player offer for Chelsea captain John Terry this summer.  City would entice Terry by doubling his £135,000 [.

Tactics and the Modern Game: the Perils of Overstating the Case

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And my particular bugbear, this week, is bullshit-artists who try to over-complicate a perfectly simple game by waffling on interminably about formations and tactics; holding midfielders, players in the hole, galloping wing-backs blah, blah, blah snooze yawn in a bid to make out they're more clever than everyone else.

Win a Free Pair Of Adidas Predator Football Boots

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Win a free pair of customized Adidas Predator football boots courtesy of Adidas and EPL Talk. Here's how the contest will work: On www.miadidas.com fans can select from an assortment of performance footwear spanning soccer, running, basketball, and tennis as well as Originals footwear models.  How many total shoe models are available on miadidas.

Special 1 TV: Jose Is Big In Germany

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Episode 4 of Special 1 TV is now available. This week's escapades include: Wayne Rooney gets benched again, Jose's secret plan to overcome Man United in the Champions League, The quest for a nickname for Guus Hiddink, Fergie and Voyeur have a war of words, Ronaldo has a new song, and Special 1 TV is big in Germany.

Chelsea Win Late but Far From Impressive

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On Friday, during my game previews, Sam wondered how Wigan could score? Today, Chelsea gave us an answer, complacency. For much of Wigan's trip to Stamford Bridge, it was Chelsea on the back foot. Completely against the run of play, John Terry put Chelsea ahead twenty-five minutes in. Before that, Chelsea saw Wigan have five near [.

Special 1 TV: Jose Is Big In Germany

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Episode 4 of Special 1 TV is now available. This week's escapades include: Wayne Rooney gets benched again, Jose's secret plan to overcome Man United in the Champions League, The quest for a nickname for Guus Hiddink, Fergie and Voyeur have a war of words, Ronaldo has a new song, and Special 1 TV is big in Germany.

Win a Free Pair Of Adidas Predator Football Boots

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Win a free pair of customized Adidas Predator football boots courtesy of Adidas and EPL Talk. Here's how the contest will work: On www.miadidas.com fans can select from an assortment of performance footwear spanning soccer, running, basketball, and tennis as well as Originals footwear models.  How many total shoe models are available on miadidas.

Tactics and the Modern Game: the Perils of Overstating the Case

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And my particular bugbear, this week, is bullshit-artists who try to over-complicate a perfectly simple game by waffling on interminably about formations and tactics; holding midfielders, players in the hole, galloping wing-backs blah, blah, blah snooze yawn in a bid to make out they're more clever than everyone else.

Could Manchester City Send Robinho to Chelsea for John Terry?

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It would be a sane Premier League week if there wasn't an outlandish Manchester City rumor, but where is the fun in that? This week's circulation is a doozy.  Manchester City reportedly are including Robinho in a cash plus player offer for Chelsea captain John Terry this summer.  City would entice Terry by doubling his £135,000 [.

How Predictable is the Premier League?

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There has been so much talk about the 2008/2009 Premier League season being one of the most exciting in years, but that dream is over. After a heroic start to the season, Hull City could be relegated by May. Manchester United are seven points clear at the top of the table and seem invincible. Aston [.

Rick Parry Is To Leave Liverpool

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  What on earth is happening at Liverpool this week? There seems to some major leaking going on behind the scenes that seem to point to two camps eager to try and score points against each other. News has begun to circulate this morning that the chief executive, Rick Parry is to leave his position at Liverpool this [.

Weekend Premier League and Carling Cup Final Television Schedule and Preview

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Saturday 7:45 am Everton v West Bromwich Albion (Live Setanta Sports). Even with Everton's large injury list, West Brom just haven't shown any fight against top half of the table sides. Add the fact West Brom are away, and have shipped twelve in their last four, it's a recipe for everyone not Everton supporters to get [.

New Man United Home Shirt

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Man United's new home shirt for the 2009/2010 season will be red with a white 'V' on the front, designed and manufactured by Nike. Pictured above, the shirt is a tribute to the Manchester United shirt worn in the 1909 FA Cup Final which United won. Albeit the shirt design is a reverse of what Man [.

Arsenal Finances Paint Positive Picture While FIFA Wins Round One of the Six Plus Five Battle

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So Arsenal's half-year finances are out and in all fairness, for being in a recession, they did pretty damn good. When you generate more match day revenue (an increase of 3.3 million to 44.4 million pounds), more television revenue (an increase of 4.5 million to 28.9 million pounds), and end up with a bigger pre-tax [.

Poll: Who Will Win The 2009 Carling Cup?

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It feels too early to be having a cup final, but this Sunday Manchester United will take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Carling Cup Final at Wembley. There's good news and bad news for United. Bad news, Rafael da Silva is out for a month with an ankle injury. Good news. Spurs keeper Carlo [...]

Aston Villa Reminds Us What Football is All About

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You may have heard that football is about striving for glory, trying your best to win whatever the circumstances, and pleasing the fans by giving it your all each and every fixture.  If you heard that, the person you heard it from is a liar.  Instead, as Aston Villa's surrender to CSKA Moscow in the [.

The UEFA Cup: What Is The Point?

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The question I am posing is looking purely at what the UEFA Cup means to clubs from the English Premier League. Judging by recent participants and how they have fared, it appears to feature very low on most Premiership clubs' list of priorities. Before the profile of the European Cup was sufficiently raised and rebranded [.

Man United and Spurs Fans Prepare For A Face Off

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Here are some of my favorite football stories from the day that you may have missed: "Your Chants To Help Charity" (Man United Official Website). In addition to Carling allowing fans to create their own banners for the pitch-side advertising for this Sunday's final, Carling has now come up a new, unique idea.

New England Home Shirt: Mystery Unraveling

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Is it or isn't it? That's the question regarding the recently leaked photographs of the alleged new England home shirt. Umbro says it's fake, but I'm still not 100% convinced. And now, there's a new piece of evidence that casts doubt on Umbro's story. Last week, Umbro unveiled its newest version of its logo a [.

Not a Happy Guus While Rafa’s Going No Where,

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I'm happy Guus is not as thrilled about Chelsea's 1-0 win as I am. A bit of a side bar before I get into the news tonight. Chelsea are extremely lucky they are a goal to the good heading into their Champions League second leg. For starters, I don't believe Didier Drogba's goal should have counted. [.

Four Tips For Helping Premier League Footballers Handle The Recession

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From an extravagant Russian billionaire to the post-peak stripper living paycheck to paycheck, the economic crisis has affected all.  At some point, the recession will even reach the insular world of Premier League footballers.  To help these normally fiscally free dandies adjust to these more responsible times, here are four helpful tips.

Fulham Continue To Progress Under Hodgson

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Why doesn't Roy Hodgson get the credit he deserves in the United Kingdom? As I've mentioned before, In Scandinavia and Italy, he's held in high regard, in  Britain people point to his sacking at Blackburn Rovers back in1997. With 33 points gained so far this season, Fulham are one win away from emulating their points [.

Ferguson versus Mourinho: Clash of the Chess Player-Like Football Tactician Grandmasters

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The delicious mind-game between former Premier League rivals Jose Mourinho and Alex Ferguson didn't disappoint yesterday afternoon.  Whether making sure each player wore the correct shirt to the organizing their players in a way to enhance the scoring of goals, these two towering geniuses of the modern game proved beyond a doubt they are football [.

Bookies Suspend Betting On Benitez Leaving Liverpool

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Sky Sports News seems to be having a strange day today as it winds itself up again over the information that certain bookmakers here in the U.K. have suspended betting on Rafa Benitez leaving Liverpool after tonight's match. Now whilst I've been highly critical of Benitez this season, this is another ludicrous situation developing  at [.

The Return of Ranieri While Villa and Spurs Forget UEFA Cup

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Chelsea's first leg clash with Juventus is all about one man, Claudio Ranieri. The manager who was first fired by Roman at Chelsea, after getting one season, knew he was a lame duck and insists the fact he didn't give up shows the character he has. For a man who thinks he did ok, he [...]

It’s All About the Champions League While The Injuries Start to Mount

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Well the next two days will be most interesting viewing. The time has come and gone for words, the threats and promises manager and player alike have made now have to turn into results. That doesn't mean we can't look at what is being said ahead of the Champions League to come. The big war of [...]

Top 10 Soccer Bloggers

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It's hard to imagine life without soccer blogs, but there was a time when they didn't exist. Nowadays, they're such a vital source of news, analysis, video highlights, humor and uncensored opinions. But who are the top soccer bloggers that bring you the best coverage? Here's our top ten based on original content, dependability, writing [.

Hull City To Go Down?

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Can anyone remember the last time Hull City won a Premier League game? December 6th at home to Middlesbrough was the last time. Since then, they have been very much in freefall.  When Hull first arrived in the Premiership, they were tipped to go straight back down but decided to tear up the script and [.

Premier League Should Emulate Major League Baseball’s Wage Structure

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Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore rejected the notion of a salary cap, suggested by UEFA. "If you say 60% or 50% can be capped on wages, what it really does is absolutely lock in the natural order," he told BBC Radio Five's Sportsweek programme yesterday. "It would help the big clubs far more than the [.

The Return of Ranieri While Villa and Spurs Forget UEFA Cup

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Chelsea's first leg clash with Juventus is all about one man, Claudio Ranieri. The manager who was first fired by Roman at Chelsea, after getting one season, knew he was a lame duck and insists the fact he didn't give up shows the character he has. For a man who thinks he did ok, he [...]

Premier League Should Emulate Major League Baseball’s Wage Structure

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Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore rejected the notion of a salary cap, suggested by UEFA. "If you say 60% or 50% can be capped on wages, what it really does is absolutely lock in the natural order," he told BBC Radio Five's Sportsweek programme yesterday. "It would help the big clubs far more than the [.

Hull City To Go Down?

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Can anyone remember the last time Hull City won a Premier League game? December 6th at home to Middlesbrough was the last time. Since then, they have been very much in freefall.  When Hull first arrived in the Premiership, they were tipped to go straight back down but decided to tear up the script and [.

Top 10 Soccer Bloggers

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It's hard to imagine life without soccer blogs, but there was a time when they didn't exist. Nowadays, they're such a vital source of news, analysis, video highlights, humor and uncensored opinions. But who are the top soccer bloggers that bring you the best coverage? Here's our top ten based on original content, dependability, writing [.

It’s All About the Champions League While The Injuries Start to Mount

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Well the next two days will be most interesting viewing. The time has come and gone for words, the threats and promises manager and player alike have made now have to turn into results. That doesn't mean we can't look at what is being said ahead of the Champions League to come. The big war of [...]

This Week’s Champions League Match-Ups Form the Perfect Storm for Lazy Journos

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I'm not one to advise anyone how to spend their Champions League February knock-out phase Week One matchday(s), but I know from experience there are worse ways than at your local public house over a pint, or if you're in America, your local Sports Bar and Family Restaurant Chain tearing soggy corn chips from a [.

Interview: Andy Brassell

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Where it regards what BBC Radio 5 Live overnight presenter Dotun Adebayo has termed ‘Brazilian shirt names,' Andy Brassell has gone by many in his professional career. ‘Top Brass.' ‘The Lion of Lyon.' ‘(Getting Down To) Brass Tacks.' Even once, on a night when he was on 5 Live's World Football [.

Gerrard Rhapsody: A Night At A Southport Club

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It's the best of times and the worst of times for Liverpool fans. The club has been uncharacteristically impotent in most league matches at Anfield this season. Yet Liverpool is enjoying one of their best seasons in several years. Off the pitch, it's been a horrible season as many of us know. Contract issues.

New Manchester United Away Shirt: 09/10 Season

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Watch the video below to see an artist's rendition of what the 09/10 Manchester United away shirt will look like. It's a tribute to the Manchester United side that won the 1909 FA Cup Final 100 years ago. The design mockup is a lot more appealing than the original shirt design from 1909 (see above link).

Carling Offer Fans More Personal Cup Final

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So the countdown to this years Carling Cup Final enters the final week of tension as Tottenham fans nervously await Sundays final, whilst Manchester United's supporters will be as calm as anything. This year though, Carling have decided to give up 32 minutes of digital perimeter board advertising to allow supporters to create their own banners to be [.

Benitez and Mowbray’s Words Fail to Show Up on the Pitch

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You would think Rafa Benitez would have already learned his lesson. Instead Rafa is left to choke on more words, and a title dream lost. Before Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Manchester City, Rafa reacted to Arsene Wenger's comments that Manchester United were untouchable. "I can only talk of my team but I don't think they are [.

Premier League News Stories You May Have Missed

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Here are some of the Premier League-related news stories you may have missed: "Meet Hull City: America's New Team, Albeit From Britain" (ESPN Magazine). ESPN catches up to the biggest story in the Premier League this season. This year's Wigan Athletic, Fulham and Reading three teams who have warmed the hearts of many Americans during [.

Is Mourinho Really The Special One?

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Tomorrow night sees a meeting between two of  Europe's best coaches in the Champions League when Alex Ferguson's Manchester United travel to Milan to face Jose Mourinho's Inter side. Mourinho's magic touch is still continuing in his current spell in Italy, with one trophy already safely stashed away with the SuperCoppa and 3 more on the horizon [.

Gerrard Rhapsody: A Night At A Southport Club

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It's the best of times and the worst of times for Liverpool fans. The club has been uncharacteristically impotent in most league matches at Anfield this season. Yet Liverpool is enjoying one of their best seasons in several years. Off the pitch, it's been a horrible season as many of us know. Contract issues.

New Manchester United Away Shirt: 09/10 Season

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Watch the video below to see an artist's rendition of what the 09/10 Manchester United away shirt will look like. It's a tribute to the Manchester United side that won the 1909 FA Cup Final 100 years ago. The design mockup is a lot more appealing than the original shirt design from 1909 (see above link).

Is Mourinho Really The Special One?

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Tomorrow night sees a meeting between tow of  Europe's best coaches in the Champions League when Alex Ferguson's Manchester United travel to Milan to face Jose Mourinho's Inter side. Mourinho's magic touch is still continuing in his current spell in Italy, with one trophy already safely stashed away with the SuperCoppa and 3 more on the horizon [.

Benitez and Mowbray’s Words Fail to Show Up on the Pitch

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You would think Rafa Benitez would have already learned his lesson. Instead Rafa is left to choke on more words, and a title dream lost. Before Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Manchester City, Rafa reacted to Arsene Wenger's comments that Manchester United were untouchable. "I can only talk of my team but I don't think they are [.

Premier League News Stories You May Have Missed

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Here are some of the Premier League-related news stories you may have missed: "Meet Hull City: America's New Team, Albeit From Britain" (ESPN Magazine). ESPN catches up to the biggest story in the Premier League this season. This year's Wigan Athletic, Fulham and Reading three teams who have warmed the hearts of many Americans during [.

Kevin Nolan Should Be Suspended Further

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So Kevin Nolan will now face a three match ban for violent conduct, after his dreadful tackle on Victor Anichebe in today's match, but I don't think it's sufficient punishment for such a bad challenge. It's about time that the Premier League and the F.A. clamped down on such challenges more often. His team mate [.

Isn’t there Something Funnier than Special 1 TV?

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The Football Comedy is closely related to the Football Film: both are nearly impossible to pull off and both tend to leave fans deeply divided.  In my experience, football comedy is usually best when it targets soccer's absurd periphery, like When Saturday Comes' tongue-in-cheek reporting on money in modern English football, Mitchell and Webb's exquisite [.

Liverpool Have Blown Their Title Chance

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Alex Ferguson will be singing the praises of Manchester City today after Liverpool stuttered, spluttered and failed to find the winning goal they needed to have any chance of winning the title. From a fantastic position before Christmas, Liverpool have thrown point after point away to allow Manchester United to catch them up, draw level [.

Special 1 TV: Tom Cruise Tries To Save Beckham

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Episode 3 of Special 1 TV is now available featuring an interview with David Beckham and Tom Cruise. Plus, Sven shares his desire to leave the Mexico job for Portsmouth. And Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose build up their camaraderie ahead of the Inter Milan against Man United game. Related Posts

Stoke City Benefit From The Chest of Johnson

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For seventy minutes at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke City and Portsmouth football clubs were getting very close to contending for my 'worst match ever watched' title. The last twenty minutes redeemed it. When it's all said and done we will remember one thing from today's match between Stoke City and Portsmouth, the penalty that should have [.

Poll: Which Champions League Match Are You Looking Forward To?

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In many ways, the opening rounds of the Champions League tournament this season has simply been a dress rehearsal before the most competitive stages which begin on Tuesday when Arsenal battles Roma, and Manchester United plays Inter Milan, just among two of the matches. Out of all of the matches involving teams from the Premier [.

Gianfranco Zola: How Do You Say “Lucky” In Italian?

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His owner is trying to sell the club after the global economic recession virtually wiped out his fortune in Iceland. His club is embroiled in a massive lawsuit with a £25 million fine sitting over it's head. His better players were sold off at an alarming rate, with no possibility of new [...]

Weekend Premier League TV Schedule and Preview

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Saturday 7:45 am ET Aston Villa v Chelsea (Live Setanta Sports). Guus Hiddink has had a week with Chelsea, and he gets thrown right into the fire with an away trip to third place Aston Villa. Villa at home have only lost twice...but have five draws in the process while Chelsea have shown they can win [.

Where Is The Love? Ebbsfleet United Kicked To The Curb

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There's a financial crisis at an English football club. No, it's not the obvious candidate of Newcastle United, where Mike Ashley has only just begun to attend games again after the police warned him about threats to his well-being. Not Chelsea, where the Russian oligarch owner seems to hemorrhage billions a day and the [.

Drogba Wants to Stay at Chelsea

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Sorry Drogba, but I have to call BS on this one. After spending this season doing more sulking than any professional football player should be allowed to do by law, and in a week where Marseille's president has said he wants Drogba back, Didier Drogba has attempted to shut people up by saying he wants to [.

Questions For Harry Harris, Author of New Spurs Book

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One of the most famous English football tabloid journalists, Harry Harris, will be the next guest on the EPL Talk Podcast, the only Premier League interview show on the Internet. Harris is the author of a brand new Tottenham Hotspur book entitled Down Memory Lane, which chronicles a Spurs fan's view of the last fifty [.

Juande Ramos and Rafa Benitez Were Both Wrong About Robbie Keane

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Real Madrid manager Juande Ramos, formerly of Tottenham, criticized Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez for giving up on Robbie Keane after half a season. "You can't tell me Robbie will not score goals at a top club," Ramos is quoted as saying in The Sun. "He is a top player and I don't think he did badly at [.

Why The Premier League Is Clueless About The Internet

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If you were to pick an industry which has been revolutionized by the explosion of the Internet, soccer would be it. The irony is that the authorities such as FIFA, UEFA and the Premier League had nothing to do with the sport's success online. This was entirely a movement by the people, for the people.

Sir Alex Ferguson Adds to Chelsea Misery

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I wonder why Sir Alex Ferguson waited until tonight to say what he said, when he had every opportunity to do so last week. Then again, he always has had a knack for waiting until the points were in the bag before opening his mouth (see Kevin Keegan and Rafa Benitez). Fergie waited to damn Chelsea [.

Scholes Inimatble as United Delete Fulham

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"His passes stretched forever." To cite any other player being more dominant and expressive in a match this season than Paul Scholes was against Fulham is nigh impossible. The ginger prince shies from cameras and adulation, but on the field he feels, more profoundly than any fortunate observer, the artistry and sheer magnificence he manifested Tuesday like [.

Are Manchester City Really Destroying Football?

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FC Copenhagen chairman Stale Solbakken suggests that Manchester City's spending will ruin football. "The amounts of money that have been mentioned are incredible," Solbakken told Ekstra-Bladet. "I think that such incredible sums will take part in destroying football. "They are creating too big a mental distance between what we call reality and then Manchester City.

Can Eduardo Get Past an Apology

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Now that Eduardo is back, I was expecting this one. Last year when the injury happened, we got headlines galore about no apology being made. Tonight, that same headline is back. Of course there is two sides to every story, and Martin Taylor certainly has his. He claims to have done everything to apologize after Eduardo [.

World Football Phone In: Fan Dedication Song

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I just got a message on Facebook from BBC Radio 5 Live's Up All Night's fan page about a new mash-up song that a fan by the pseudonym of 'Kalou' has put up on YouTube about the World Football Phone In program. I will say it would help if you have prior konwledge of [...]

Chelsea and Hiddink’s “Country-Club” Manager Idea is Brilliant. Right?

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Hiddink the Hero. Credit hspam via flickr. If I had my way, Guus Hiddink, unveiled today at Chelsea, would be the first of several managers to manage both their national and club sides at the same time. It makes perfect sense: the running gag in the British press always seems to be the enormous [.

Famous Soccer Celebrities On LinkedIn

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LinkedIn isn't just the place for successful professionals. It's also the home to successful soccer celebrities. Here are the top 10 most well-known soccer celebrities that you can find on LinkedIn. Marcelo Balboa. On the football pitch, Balboa was best known for his overhead kicks. Off the pitch, his claim to fame includes commentating World Cup [.

Beckham Divorce with MLS Mutual, Inevitable, Deserved

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David Beckham deserves a final run in Europe on a top-class stage, and he looks likely to get it. Feeling the competitive fire again burn again in Italy, the footballing professional wants to leave the Los Angeles Galaxy and stay in Italy, and so does the MLS—but they won't admit it. The current transfer saga itself, as [.

Rare Football Shirts Revealed From Umbro’s Archives

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Umbro has been going through its football archives and have unearthed a treasure trove of classic football shirts from the 1970's and onwards. Whether you're a fan of club or international football, there are plenty of shirt designs here that will send you back in time. Included in the archive are classic shirts from Manchester United, [.

Welcome Back Eduardo While Russian Increases Arsenal Share

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I have to admit this is one retun I am glad to see. After getting match fit in the reserves, and helping Croatia to a friendly victory, Eduardo Da Silva returned to the Arsenal starting eleven in glorious fashion Monday night as his two goals blasted Arsenal into the fifth round of the FA Cup in [..

Who Will Cash-Strapped Chelsea Sell This Summer?

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Chelsea announced a £65.7m loss for last year, a staggering sum, particularly as it marks an improvement over the loose-pursed past.  Though the tangible sum is less, the impact will be felt more, after Roman Abramovich as billionaire Roman Abramovich potentially lost the bulk of his fortune.  Abramovich's woes have already affected Chelsea.

Eduardo Returns In Style For Arsenal

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358 days have passed since one of the worst injuries I've ever seen in a live game was sustained by Eduardo Da Silva against Birmingham City on February 23rd 2008. It make me cringe, I was shocked and stunned and urged the medical staff on to help him as quickly as they could. The players [...]

Mike Ashley Faces His Most Important Decision

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Whether they want him or not, the Geordie nation are stuck with Mike Ashley as much as he's stuck with them. Since the Keegan debacle back in September, the hard pressed fans have continued to watch their beloved Magpies struggle along with no real resolution in sight and last weeks news regarding the long term [.

West Ham Reward Their Fans And Deserve Credit

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So after Saturdays draw, it would be an honest enough opinion to think that not many of the Hammers faithful would be relishing a midweek trip to Teeside next week. After visiting the area 4 times since the 1st November, the West Ham board have made the generous gesture to pay for all fans wishing [.

Famous Soccer Celebrities On Plaxo

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Previously on EPL Talk, we identified some of the top footballers on MySpace and Facebook. Now it's the turn of Plaxo, the online address book used by more than 40 million people worldwide. Steve Sampson. It's pretty sad when someone spends practically his entire career in sport and what he's remembered most for is his role [.

What If Fox Soccer Channel Loses Its EPL TV Rights Deal?

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Within the next two months, we'll learn who will win the bid for the US TV rights to the Premier League for the 2010-2013 seasons. What if Fox Soccer Channel loses its EPL TV rights deal to ESPN and/or Setanta. What should they do to make up for the massive loss? If Fox Soccer Channel loses [...]

John Utaka Launches Premier League Game Show In Nigeria

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In another example of how popular the Premier League is worldwide, Portsmouth forward John Utaka is hosting a new game show in Nigeria entitled the "John Utaka Premier League Challenge TV Quiz show." The show was unveiled this past Friday in Lagos, and will run on most Nigerian TV stations. The concept of the game is to [.

EPL Talk Podcast: John Kerr Interview

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John Kerr Interview On Episode 111 of the EPL Talk Podcast, Johnathan Starling interviews John Kerr, the first American to play in the old English first division. We discuss what it was like to be a kid around the New York Cosmos during the days of Pele, what made him decide to play college soccer at Duke.

Cahill Does It Again, FA Cup Draw Thoughts, And Other Premier League News

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Is there anything Tim Cahill can't do? Tim Cahill's week defines the word jet lag. From Liverpool to Japan for a World Cup Qualifier. His performance for Australia wasn't exactly great, then again neither was Australia's. Cahill had to be thankful Everton's FA Cup tie against Aston Villa was on Sunday, I don't think he would [.

Is Michael Owen Past It?

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The question is simple. Can Michael Owen still perform at the highest level? While many would say no, he's past it, he's too injury prone and when he is on the pitch he doesn't do anything anyway, I tend to disagree. Yes Michael Owen is injury prone, it's been well documented. Over the course of [..

Special 1 TV: Wenger Gives Arshavin An Arse-Shavin

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For those of you who haven't seen the second episode of Special 1 TV from last week, it's a classic. Jose plays word games with Wenger, which results in Wayne Rooney requiring medical attention. Plus there are a bunch of other hilarious gags in this episode. Enjoy. Related Posts

Premier League and FA Cup Weekend Preview and US TV Schedule

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FA Cup Saturday 7:45 am Swansea City v Fulham (Live Setanta Sports). Swansea's first game at home in this season's competition sees them host Fulham, who's only wins this season away have been in the FA Cup. Swansea have more draws than wins at the Liberty Stadium and are close to the playoff places in the Championship.

New 09/11 England Home Shirt Revealed

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Umbro has been keeping the new England home shirt under tight wraps before it's official unveiling in the friendly against Slovakia on March 28. But several pictures have leaked of what is allegedly the shirt in question. The web site Todo Sobre Camisetas has the scoop. Instead of incorporating the usual navy blue, the design by [.

Samba Saves Blackburn Blushes

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Blackburn Rovers have to consider themselves fortunate they are looking at a Ricoh Arena replay instead of losing in front of the most faithful of the faithful at Ewood Park. After Roque Santa Cruz put Blackburn ahead inside of ninety seconds, two second half goals from the Sky Blues should have been enough.

Special 1 TV: Wenger Gives Arshavin An Arse-Shavin

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For those of you who haven't seen the second episode of Special 1 TV from last week, it's a classic. Jose plays word games with Wenger, which results in Wayne Rooney requiring medical attention. Plus there are a bunch of other hilarious gags in this episode. Enjoy. Related Posts

Samba Saves Blackburn Blushes

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Blackburn Rovers have to consider themselves fortunate they are looking at a Ricoh Arena replay instead of losing in front of the most faithful of the faithful at Ewood Park. After Roque Santa Cruz put Blackburn ahead inside of ninety seconds, two second half goals from the Sky Blues should have been enough.

New 09/11 England Home Shirt Revealed

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Umbro has been keeping the new England home shirt under tight wraps before it's official unveiling in the friendly against Slovakia on March 28. But several pictures have leaked of what is allegedly the shirt in question. The web site Todo Sobre Camisetas has the scoop. Instead of incorporating the usual navy blue, the design by [.

Premier League and FA Cup Weekend Preview and US TV Schedule

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FA Cup Saturday 7:45 am Swansea City v Fulham (Live Setanta Sports). Swansea's first game at home in this season's competition sees them host Fulham, who's only wins this season away have been in the FA Cup. Swansea have more draws than wins at the Liberty Stadium and are close to the playoff places in the Championship.

Premier League Clubs Can’t Afford to Be Patient With Managers

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The firings of Tony Adams by Portsmouth and Big Phil Scolari by Chelsea brought the total number of clubs that have changed managers this season to seven, and the number of managerial changes to eight.  That turnover rate seems quite high and quickly cycling managers seldom leads to success.   It would seem that managers deserve [.

Chelsea Players Play Blame Game and Other Premier League News

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It took a couple of days, but the rift in the Chelsea dressing room seems to have finally made it out onto the public forum of the press. It all had to start with John Terry, doing his best to absolve his blame in Scolari's sacking by saying he was behind the manager 100 percent, but [...]

Top 7 Essential Soccer Websites

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Type 'soccer' into Google, and the search engine will return 180 million search engine results. Whether you're new or a veteran of soccer, here are the top 7 essential ones that every soccer fan should have bookmarked: Soccerbase. There's more than meets the eye at Soccerbase. At first, the site looks deceivingly limited in the information [.

Top 7 Essential Soccer Websites

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Type 'soccer' into Google, and the search engine will return 180 million search engine results. Whether you're new or a veteran of soccer, here are the top 7 essential ones that every soccer fan should have bookmarked: Soccerbase. There's more than meets the eye at Soccerbase. At first, the site looks deceivingly limited in the information [.

Chelsea Players Play Blame Game and Other Premier League News

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It took a couple of days, but the rift in the Chelsea dressing room seems to have finally made it out onto the public forum of the press. It all had to start with John Terry, doing his best to absolve his blame in Scolari's sacking by saying he was behind the manager 100 percent, but [...]

Premier League Clubs Can’t Afford to Be Patient With Managers

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The firings of Tony Adams by Portsmouth and Big Phil Scolari by Chelsea brought the total number of clubs that have changed managers this season to seven, and the number of managerial changes to eight.  That turnover rate seems quite high and quickly cycling managers seldom leads to success.   It would seem that managers deserve [.

Spain vs England On U.S. TV

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Today's friendly between Spain and England will unfortunately not be on U.S. TV. Instead, Setanta Premium has the rights to the game and will be showing the match nationwide at select pubs. Coverage starts at 4pm ET. To find a venue closest to you, use Setanta's Venue Finder. In the UK, the game will be shown live [.

New 09/10 Arsenal Away Shirt: Design Mockups

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Arsenal's new away shirt for the 2009/2010 season will reportedly be hunter green, reminscent of their away shirt from the 1982-83 season. Manufactured by Nike, here are two design mockups of what the shirts may look like courtesy of Football Shirts and designer Whitey. The design mockups show two possibilities.

Spain vs England On U.S. TV

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Today's friendly between Spain and England will unfortunately not be on U.S. TV. Instead, Setanta Premium has the rights to the game and will be showing the match nationwide at select pubs. Coverage starts at 4pm ET. To find a venue closest to you, use Setanta's Venue Finder. In the UK, the game will be shown live [.

Where Now For Chelsea?

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Where were you when the news of Scolari's sacking broke this afternoon? I saw it on facebook, followed by a text message from a friend who works at ESPN. I can honestly say that the decision by Roman Abramovich and the Chelsea board has stunned me, after only 7 months in charge at Stamford Bridge. [.

Chelsea Dig Their Own Grave

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I must have been the only Chelsea fan in the world who wasn't surprised by today's news. Realistically with the FA Cup the only legit chance of Chelsea winning any trophy this season, the move had to be made now. Had Scolari been in charge Saturday when Chelsea went to Watford, Chelsea would be out [.

Tony Adams and Luiz Felipe Scolari Less News Digest

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These will be rapid fire after the fun day of news already discussed. * Shawn Wright-Phillips receives a three match ban for the kick he gave Rory Delap. Delap is supporting SWP saying he deserved what he got after his tackle on him. And through all of this, Jose Bosingwa is just laughing that he got [.

Hiddink to Chelsea And Other Premier League News

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For Chelsea fans, this is another case of 'here we go again'. The Chelsea international manager merry-go-round continued Tuesday after Roman went all guns blazing after the man who has been managing the national team of his birth. Despite all the media reports of Avram Grant, Frank Rijkaard, even the team of Giofranco Zola and Steve [.

New 09/10 Arsenal Away Shirt: Design Mockups

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Arsenal's new away shirt for the 2009/2010 season will reportedly be hunter green, reminscent of their away shirt from the 1982-83 season. Manufactured by Nike, here are two design mockups of what the shirts may look like courtesy of Football Shirts and designer Whitey. The design mockups show two possibilities.

Hiddink to Chelsea And Other Premier League News

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For Chelsea fans, this is another case of 'here we go again'. The Chelsea international manager merry-go-round continued Tuesday after Roman went all guns blazing after the man who has been managing the national team of his birth. Despite all the media reports of Avram Grant, Frank Rijkaard, even the team of Giofranco Zola and Steve [.

Tony Adams and Luiz Felipe Scolari Less News Digest

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These will be rapid fire after the fun day of news already discussed. * Shawn Wright-Phillips receives a three match ban for the kick he gave Rory Delap. Delap is supporting SWP saying he deserved what he got after his tackle on him. And through all of this, Jose Bosingwa is just laughing that he got [.

Chelsea Dig Their Own Grave

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I must have been the only Chelsea fan in the world who wasn't surprised by today's news. Realistically with the FA Cup the only legit chance of Chelsea winning any trophy this season, the move had to be made now. Had Scolari been in charge Saturday when Chelsea went to Watford, Chelsea would be out [.

Why Abramovich May Really Have Sacked Scolari

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I can sum up in two words why Roman Abramovich may have sacked Luiz Felipe Scolari: Aston Villa. Seeing Aston Villa in third place, two points ahead of Chelsea, must have been eating Abramovich up. Here's this Russian oil tycoon who has spent hundreds of millions of pounds to try to build the world's biggest football [.

Where Now For Chelsea?

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Where were you when the news of Scolari's sacking broke this afternoon? I saw it on facebook, followed by a text message from a friend who works at ESPN. I can honestly say that the decision by Roman Abramovich and the Chelsea board has stunned me, after only 7 months in charge at Stamford Bridge. [.

Portsmouth Sacking Adams Makes No Sense

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Poor Tony Adams, he can't even win the headlines on the day he loses his job. Why have Portsmouth taken the decision to sack Tony Adams after the Liverpool game? It is an ludicrous decision to sack a manager after losing to Liverpool at home and especially a week after the transfer window closed for [.

Chelsea Sack Scolari

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Luiz Felipe Scolari has been sacked by Chelsea. The last straw for Chelsea FC was the club's uninspiring 0-0 draw at home against Hull City. The draw pushed Chelsea further behind in the league title race after Liverpool and Manchester United both recorded wins. The club are now seven points behind league leaders Manchester United.

Poll: Who’s To Blame For Scolari Getting Sacked?

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After seven months in charge of Chelsea, Luiz Felipe Scolari was sacked today. But who's to blame? Vote now. <a href ="http://answers.polldaddy.com/poll/1355176/" >Who's to blame for Scolari's departure?</a> <br/> <span style="font-size:9px;" mce_style="font-size:9px;"> (<a href ="http://www.

New 09/10 Arsenal Away Shirt: News

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Arsenal's new away shirt for the 2009/2010 will be hunter green, according to the Football Shirts website. The new shirt will be very similar in color to the away shirt from the 1982/83 season (pictured). No images of the new shirt have been leaked as of yet. Historically, Arsenal has worn an array of different colors for [.

Breaking News: Tony Adams Sacked as Portsmouth Manager

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Despite saying that he's going no where, Portsmouth feel like they have had enough. The Telegraph are reporting that come Monday morning, Tony Adams will be officially sacked as manager after only 22 games in fifteen weeks in charge. His last match in charge ended in disappointment as Portsmouth blew two leads before falling 3-2 [.

A New And Improved EPL Talk

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Chances are that you may have done a doubletake when you visited EPL Talk today. Instead of seeing the customary black, red and white theme, the site has been completely redesigned. It's a stark contrast from what we had before, so we hope you enjoy it. And if you don't, that you give it time [...]

Steve Bennett’s Mouth, Joe Kinnear’s Health and More

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I wonder if Steve Bennett will be more careful with who he talk to in regards to his job. Now I'll be honest with everyone. When Jeffrey Hash linked me to this story earlier Sunday morning, I simply went "It's the News of the World...why should I care?" What I read woke me up. His revelations that [.

New 09/10 Chelsea Home Shirt Revealed

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A picture of Chelsea's new home shirt for the 2009/2010 season has been leaked. Manufactured by Adidas and sponsored by Samsung, the new Chelsea shirt features a design that makes the shirt look like it's divided into panels. While that effect makes the shirt look more three dimensional, the top section of the shirt looks like [.

New 09/10 Arsenal Away Shirt: News

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Arsenal's new away shirt for the 2009/2010 will be hunter green, according to the Football Shirts website. The new shirt will be very similar in color to the away shirt from the 1982/83 season (pictured). No images of the new shirt have been leaked as of yet. Historically, Arsenal has worn an array of different colors for [.

New 09/10 Chelsea Home Shirt Revealed

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A picture of Chelsea's new home shirt for the 2009/2010 season has been leaked. Manufactured by Adidas and sponsored by Samsung, the new Chelsea shirt features a design that makes the shirt look like it's divided into panels. While that effect makes the shirt look more three dimensional, the top section of the shirt looks like [.

Steve Bennett’s Mouth, Joe Kinnear’s Health and More

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I wonder if Steve Bennett will be more careful with who he talk to in regards to his job. Now I'll be honest with everyone. When Jeffrey Hash linked me to this story earlier Sunday morning, I simply went "It's the News of the World...why should I care?" What I read woke me up. His revelations that [.

A New And Improved EPL Talk

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Chances are that you may have done a doubletake when you visited EPL Talk today. Instead of seeing the customary black, red and white theme, the site has been completely redesigned. It's a stark contrast from what we had before, so we hope you enjoy it. And if you don't, that you give it time [...]

Breaking News: Tony Adams Sacked as Portsmouth Manager

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Despite saying that he's going no where, Portsmouth feel like they have had enough. The Telegraph are reporting that come Monday morning, Tony Adams will be officially sacked as manager after only 22 games in fifteen weeks in charge. His last match in charge ended in disappointment as Portsmouth blew two leads before falling 3-2 [.

Did One Substitution Forever Curse Rafa Benitez’s Liverpool?

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For a manager it must be the worst scenario to find yourself in. You've gone to all the effort of reaching a Champion's League final only to not bother turning up on the night itself. In your first season in charge of a new club as well. It could have been oh so perfect and yet [...]

Cristiano Ronaldo Before Manchester United

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Over the years, football has produced some truly great players. In the last 5 years or so, one that has risen to worldwide prominence is Portuguese winger, Cristiano Ronaldo, who has attracted plaudits from some of the greatest-ever names in football. Former Dutch maestro and "European Player of the Century", Johan Cruyff, said of Ronaldo, [.

Sky Sports Mock ITV over Missed Goal Blunder

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During Saturday morning's Soccer AM programme on Sky Sports, the programme mocked ITV's midweek blunder of showing adverts instead of Everton's winner against Liverpool in the FA Cup. Just as studio guest John Barnes was about to show everyone how good he was at baton twirling, the picture cut to Soccer Am's intro titles and then [.

It’s Time to End Talk of Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka Being Strike Partners

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  When Nicolas Anelka arrived at Stamford Bridge 13 months ago, pundits everywhere talked up the possibility of a devastating strike partnership between him and Didier Drogba. Even Drogba himself described the potential pairing as "terrifying." One year later, however, it's become plainly obvious that the strike partnership everyone wants is simply never going to materialize.

Villa Continue to Amaze While Chelsea Needs to Think UEFA Cup

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One streak was going to end at Ewood Park this afternoon. Either Sam Allardyce was going to lose his first match for Blackburn in the league, or Aston Villa was going to win seven on the trot away from Villa Park. When it was all said and done, Blackburn Rovers turned over and Aston Villa turned [..

Who Would You Rather See Relegated: Tottenham or Newcastle?

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It's two-thirds of the way through the season, and purported big clubs Newcastle and Tottenham remain entrenched in the relegation rumble. Newcastle sputtered amid boardroom confusion, after the departure of manager Kevin Keegan.  Tottenham played woefully under Juande Ramos and their squad has flat-lined after an early revival from Harry Redknapp and his magical ketchup.

Who Would You Rather See Relegated: Tottenham or Newcastle?

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It's two-thirds of the way through the season, and purported big clubs Newcastle and Tottenham remain entrenched in the relegation rumble. Newcastle sputtered amid boardroom confusion, after the departure of manager Kevin Keegan.  Tottenham played woefully under Juande Ramos and their squad has flat-lined after an early revival from Harry Redknapp and his magical ketchup.

Villa Continue to Amaze While Chelsea Needs to Think UEFA Cup

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One streak was going to end at Ewood Park this afternoon. Either Sam Allardyce was going to lose his first match for Blackburn in the league, or Aston Villa was going to win seven on the trot away from Villa Park. When it was all said and done, Blackburn Rovers turned over and Aston Villa turned [..

It’s Time to End Talk of Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka Being Strike Partners

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  When Nicolas Anelka arrived at Stamford Bridge 13 months ago, pundits everywhere talked up the possibility of a devastating strike partnership between him and Didier Drogba. Even Drogba himself described the potential pairing as "terrifying." One year later, however, it's become plainly obvious that the strike partnership everyone wants is simply never going to materialize.

Sky Sports Mock ITV over Missed Goal Blunder

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During Saturday morning's Soccer AM programme on Sky Sports, the programme mocked ITV's midweek blunder of showing adverts instead of Everton's winner against Liverpool in the FA Cup. Just as studio guest John Barnes was about to show everyone how good he was at baton twirling, the picture cut to Soccer Am's intro titles and then [.

Cristiano Ronaldo Before Manchester United

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Over the years, football has produced some truly great players. In the last 5 years or so, one that has risen to worldwide prominence is Portuguese winger, Cristiano Ronaldo, who has attracted plaudits from some of the greatest-ever names in football. Former Dutch maestro and "European Player of the Century", Johan Cruyff, said of Ronaldo, [.

Arsenal Or Villa: Who Is Your Favourite In The Race For Fourth Place?

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With the title race effectively coming down to just three realistic contenders now, there is only one spot remaining for qualification into next season's Champions' League. Currently, Aston Villa are sitting fourth on 48 points, with a nice five point gap separating them from Arsenal who are in fifth.

Carlton Cole and West Ham Flying Under the Radar

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At just over 6 feet 4, it is hard to imagine West Ham's target man Carlton Cole easily fitting under anything.  But in recent weeks Cole and his West Ham team mates, under the guidance of first year manager, Gianfranco Zola have been quietly putting in some solid performances and getting results that has seen [.

ESPN Loses Premier League UK TV Rights Battle

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Breaking news: The Premier League has announced that out of the six TV packages available for bidding in the UK for the 2010-2013 seasons, Sky Sports won five of those packages with Setanta getting the sixth and final one. That means that ESPN's attempt to bid on the rights ended in failure in the [.

It is Time for The World Cup to Come Home, to England

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FIFA have a massive decision to make in December 2010: who will host the 2018 World Cup? There are many strong contenders to stage the tournament, from Australia to Russia, but there should really only be one country in FIFA's minds. As well as looking at transport links and stadia, the 24-man executive committee who will [.

Poll: Who Will Win The US Premier League TV Rights?

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Once the final two TV packages are finalized in the United Kingdom, the Premier League will focus next on the bidding for TV rights in the US. While the rights in the UK will still primarily be owned by Sky Sports, there may be more revolutionary changes in the United States. But who will win? [...]

Premier League Stories You May Have Missed: 6 February

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If you're bored with the same old story lines in the Premier League that are repeated on blogs and websites around cyberspace, choose from the following Premier League-related articles that you may enjoy instead: ECB Abandon Plans for English Premier League (The Cricket Blog). We can now thank the Credit Crunch for one thing.

Premier League Weekend Preview and US TV Schedule

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Saturday 7:45 am Manchester City v Middlesbrough (Live Setanta Sports. Replays: Saturday 8:30 pm, Monday 11 am, Wednesday 9:15 am and 6 pm). The time has come for Gareth Southgate to shut up and simply get a win, something his side hasn't done in twelve games. Shay Given should be between the posts for Manchester [.

Another City Arrest, Arshavin Explaintion Satis

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Micah Richards wins the Christmas stupidity award. It took seven weeks, but we find out tonight that Micah Richards was arrested over a December 24th attack outside a Hale nightclub.  It is alleged that Richards attacked an eighteen year old male. In something that Mark Hughes has had some practice with, he's already coming out in [.

Does Anybody Remember Leeds United And Sheffield Wednesday?

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Wednesday were all at sea for years...  Did you ever think that you would look at the Premier League table and see the Wigan in 7th, Hull take 20 points in the first 9 games and Fulham challenging for 6th? If  that wasn't strange enough, once Champions League semi-finalists Leeds United are currently sitting in the middle of [.

Just One of Those Horrible Nights for Liverpool…

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January was a difficult month for Liverpool, from the frustrating draws to the distracting court hearings, and, though February began in encouraging fashion with the defeat of Chelsea, things continue to be miserable for Rafael Benitez and his men, with fierce rivals Everton this time inflicting the pain.

What Now For Joe Hart?

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  When Manchester City signed Shay Given from Newcastle on Sunday, most at Eastlands will have been pleased by this capture. But not quite everyone.  Given will instantly become City's first choice goalkeeper, displacing Joe Hart. This in turn will leave the young goalkeeper as nothing more than a bench warmer, at least for the remainder [.

Oasis Won’t Look Back in Anger at Kaká’s Snub

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Noel and Liam Gallagher might be the most famous Manchester City fans on the planet. So when they found themselves performing in Milan on Monday night, it only made sense that they would dedicate a song to the most famous transfer target in the history of their club in the city where he decided [..

Man City Finish Transfer Window Back Where They Started

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When the financial and managerial reins to Manchester City Football Club changed hands early on this season for the second time in fairly quick succession on both fronts, this time with the Blues having instantly catapulted to the top of the world football rich list, everyone's attention immediately turned to the January transfer window.

Does ESPN Have What It Takes To Win UK Premier League TV Rights?

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In the next 24 hours, we'll find out if the future of Premier League TV coverage will change forever. Sky Sports has already won the bids for the first four of six packages made available by the Premier League for TV coverage from 2010-2013 for an estimated £1.3 billion. By Thursday night, we'll learn whether [.

ITV Screws Up Everton v Liverpool TV Coverage: Video

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Spare a thought for football fans in the United Kingdom. If you thought the coverage in the United States was bad, Independent Television (ITV) made a gigantic flub Wednesday night that was reminscent of the worst of US soccer coverage from the 1980s and 1990s. During the Everton against Liverpool FA Cup replay, ITV went to [.

Steven Gerrard Injured, Can Arsenal Survive Missing Champions League and More

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It wasn't a good night for Liverpool Football Club, or for ITV. Liverpool's FA Cup run this season is over after 19 year old Dan Gosling's extra time goal sees Everton into the fifth round of the FA Cup. That's only the start of Liverpool's problems. 1) Steven Gerrard limps off with a hamstring injury.

Fox Soccer Channel Nets 230,000 Viewers For EPL Match

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Fox Soccer Channel scored 230,000 viewers who watched the Liverpool against Chelsea match on its US TV network on February 1, 2009, according to Nielsen TV ratings. In comparison, here are the number of viewers for a selection of other Premier League matches (and an England match) televised by Fox since October, 2008: Manchester United v Chelsea, [.

ESPN and Setanta To Team Up To Beat Fox?

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The Guardian newspaper is reporting that ESPN and Setanta Sports are expected to team up to try to win the U.S. TV rights to the Premier League from Fox Soccer Channel for the 2010-2013 seasons. The relationship between Setanta and ESPN is already close. In October 2008, Setanta Sports sub-licensed some of its internet rights to [.

Poll: Who Will Win On Sunday? Tottenham or Arsenal?

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The North London derby is always a special match, but this Sunday's encounter will be even more exciting than usual. We'll see the return of Robbie Keane to the Tottenham squad. The Irish striker has a lot to prove. Plus the team needs three points not only for bragging rights but to propel them away [.

Just One of Those Horrible Nights for Liverpool…

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January was a difficult month for Liverpool, from the frustrating draws to the distracting court hearings, and, though February began in encouraging fashion with the defeat of Chelsea, things continue to be miserable for Rafael Benitez and his men, with fierce rivals Everton this time inflicting the pain.

Poll: Who Will Win On Sunday? Tottenham or Arsenal?

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The North London derby is always a special match, but this Sunday's encounter will be even more exciting than usual. We'll see the return of Robbie Keane to the Tottenham squad. The Irish striker has a lot to prove. Plus the team needs three points not only for bragging rights but to propel them away [.

Fox Soccer Channel Nets 230,000 Viewers For EPL Match

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Fox Soccer Channel scored 230,000 viewers who watched the Liverpool against Chelsea match on its US TV network on February 1, 2009, according to Nielsen TV ratings. In comparison, here are the number of viewers for a selection of other Premier League matches (and an England match) televised by Fox since October, 2008: Manchester United v Chelsea, [.

ESPN and Setanta To Team Up To Beat Fox?

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The Guardian newspaper is reporting that ESPN and Setanta Sports are expected to team up to try to win the U.S. TV rights to the Premier League from Fox Soccer Channel for the 2010-2013 seasons. The relationship between Setanta and ESPN is already close. In October 2008, Setanta Sports sub-licensed some of its internet rights to [.

Steven Gerrard Injured, Can Arsenal Survive Missing Champions League and More

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It wasn't a good night for Liverpool Football Club, or for ITV. Liverpool's FA Cup run this season is over after 19 year old Dan Gosling's extra time goal sees Everton into the fifth round of the FA Cup. That's only the start of Liverpool's problems. 1) Steven Gerrard limps off with a hamstring injury.

ITV Screws Up Everton v Liverpool TV Coverage: Video

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Spare a thought for football fans in the United Kingdom. If you thought the coverage in the United States was bad, Independent Television (ITV) made a gigantic flub Wednesday night that was reminscent of the worst of US soccer coverage from the 1980s and 1990s. During the Everton against Liverpool FA Cup replay, ITV went to [.

Does ESPN Have What It Takes To Win UK Premier League TV Rights?

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In the next 24 hours, we'll find out if the future of Premier League TV coverage will change forever. Sky Sports has already won the bids for the first four of six packages made available by the Premier League for TV coverage from 2010-2013 for an estimated £1.3 billion. By Thursday night, we'll learn whether [.

Man City Finish Transfer Window Back Where They Started

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When the financial and managerial reins to Manchester City Football Club changed hands early on this season for the second time in fairly quick succession on both fronts, this time with the Blues having instantly catapulted to the top of the world football rich list, everyone's attention immediately turned to the January transfer window.

Oasis Won’t Look Back in Anger at Kaká’s Snub

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Noel and Liam Gallagher might be the most famous Manchester City fans on the planet. So when they found themselves performing in Milan on Monday night, it only made sense that they would dedicate a song to the most famous transfer target in the history of their club in the city where he decided [..

What Now For Joe Hart?

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  When Manchester City signed Shay Given from Newcastle on Sunday, most at Eastlands will have been pleased by this capture. But not quite everyone.  Given will instantly become City's first choice goalkeeper, displacing Joe Hart. This in turn will leave the young goalkeeper as nothing more than a bench warmer, at least for the remainder [.

Can The Arshavin Talk Finally Stop And Sky Clean up on UK Rights

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Well we know the Andrei Arshavin deal according to the Premier League is complete, but how much trouble was there in completing this deal? It seems that lawyers had to be called in to make sure everything was in order as this deal was finally competed almost twenty-four hours after the deadline. What's making this deal [.

Premier League Stories You May Have Missed

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Here are some of the most interesting Premier League stories you may not have read this week: UK Internet Traffic to Top Premier League Football Websites (Hitwise): Chelsea may be near the top of the table, but the volume of web traffic to its web site still pales in comparison to clubs such as Arsenal, Spurs, [.

An Interview with Steven Wells

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Steven Wells, scholar of punk, smasher of football's sacred cows, and scribe for guardian.co.uk, FourFourTwo and Philadelphia Weekly, is not one to mince words when it comes to the prejudices held about football on both sides of the UK/USA divide.  Much like EPL Talk, he is one of those rare sources who can both challenge [.

Eat My Snow, English Football

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 The FA Cup tie that could have been. Twenty-five football matches scheduled for today have been canceled due to...snow?  What?  Some puffy white water falling majestically from the sky?  This is particularly ironic considering the prognosticators of climate change doom predicted an all-year-round Premier League as one of the upsides to flooded capitals, widespread famine, [.

Interview With Roger Hunt: Questions Please

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England and Liverpool legend Roger Hunt will be interviewed this week for an upcoming episode of the EPL Talk Podcast, the only Premier League interview show on the Internet. Roger Hunt was a member of England's 1966 World Cup winning side. Hunt is the player whom strike partner Hurst always mentions when discussing his controversial second [.

Snow Wreaks Havoc on Transfer Deadline, and FA Cup

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Don't you just love the weather? Thanks to snow that has been unkind to transport within the UK, the five  pm transfer deadline got extended. Now obviously the catch to that was deals had to already been agreed and loose ends tied up, but just the fact the transfer window had to be extended makes me [.

Selling Robbie Keane Could Be a Huge Mistake for Liverpool

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Having only scored five goals in the league and two in the Champions League, you might not think that letting Robbie Keane re-sign for Tottenham would be a particularly bad decision for Liverpool. But the Anfield staff and board should ask themselves this: what happens if Fernando Torres gets injured again?

Disgraceful FIFA Need Rules Shake-up after Boswinga Let-off

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When I first saw the news that Chelsea defender Jose Bosingwa will not be punished for his blatant stamp on the back of Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun in yesterday's Premier League clash, my first reaction was one of complete and utter disgust. How can such a violent act be overlooked when Frank Lampard receives a red [.

Mike Riley Should Never Referee a Big Match Again

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If anyone deserves Liverpool man of the match award, it's not a Liverpool player. Instead of the honor going to Fernando Torres, that award should be awarded to the man in the middle Mike Riley. Every time I see Mike Riley as referee to any game, my thoughts immediately change from how the game is going [.

Chelsea In Trouble

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   Late Liverpool Halt Chelsea's Faltering Challenge It's a cold Sunday afternoon and I've parked my backside on the sofa to watch Liverpool vs Chelsea, a clash of the title contenders. Man United's ominous form coupled with their rivals inability to keep pace means we all know that the team that loses Sunday's game is well and truly out of the title [.

The Transfer Window Needs To Be Shut Permanently

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When the transfer window was brought in to the Premier League (being the last of the major European leagues to take up this format) it was met with a very mixed reception. Although it makes for some interesting television in the final few days, particularly in the January version, I believe that the transfer window [.

Fernando Torres and Santonio Holmes Come To The Rescue

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Superbowl Sunday is always a strange day for me. The last time I watched an entire Superbowl game was more than 20 years ago when Chicago's "Superbowl Shuffle" beat the Patriots. Usually I spend the day doing the opposite of what the majority are doing. For example, for Superbowl 2006, I had a launch party for [.

Vinnie Jones Interview

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On this episode of the EPL Talk Podcast, Johnathan Starling interviews Vinnie Jones. We discuss the Wimbledon side that won the FA Cup Title, how Howard Wilkinson kept his card count down while at Leeds United, what his second stint at Wimbledon was like, what he wants to be remembered for during his football career.

Vinnie Jones Interview

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On this episode of the EPL Talk Podcast, Johnathan Starling interviews Vinnie Jones. We discuss the Wimbledon side that won the FA Cup Title, how Howard Wilkinson kept his card count down while at Leeds United, what his second stint at Wimbledon was like, what he wants to be remembered for during his football career.

Fernando Torres and Santonio Holmes Come To The Rescue

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Superbowl Sunday is always a strange day for me. The last time I watched an entire Superbowl game was more than 20 years ago when Chicago's "Superbowl Shuffle" beat the Patriots. Usually I spend the day doing the opposite of what the majority are doing. For example, for Superbowl 2006, I had a launch party for [.

The Transfer Window Needs To Be Shut Permanently

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 When the transfer window was brought in to the Premier League (being the last of the major European leagues to take up this format) it was met with a very mixed reception. Although it makes for some interesting television in the final few days, particularly in the January version, I believe that the transfer window [.

Chelsea In Trouble

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   Late Liverpool Halt Chelsea's Faltering Challenge  It's a cold Sunday afternoon and I've parked my backside on the sofa to watch Liverpool vs Chelsea, a clash of the title contenders. Man United's ominous form coupled with their rivals inability to keep pace means we all know that the team that loses Sunday's game is well and truly out of the title [.

Mike Riley Should Never Referee a Big Match Again

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If anyone deserves Liverpool man of the match award, it's not a Liverpool player. Instead of the honor going to Fernando Torres, that award should be awarded to the man in the middle Mike Riley. Every time I see Mike Riley as referee to any game, my thoughts immediately change from how the game is going [.