With the breaking news that ESPN has conceded defeat to Fox Soccer Channel in the quest to acquire
the TV rights in the United States to the UEFA Champions League, a big question on the minds of
soccer fans will be what commentators Fox Soccer Channel will use for some of the biggest club
So, the FA have finally come out and asked Arsenal to respond within 7 days to Hull City and their
Assistant Manger, Brian Horton's, accusations that Cesc Fabregas spat at him in the tunnel. I'm
amazed on several fronts, firstly the FA have managed to start an enquiry in the same month an
actual incident [.
It's confirmed. Fox Soccer Channel has acquired the rights to the UEFA Champions League on U.S. TV
beginning with the 2009-2010 season, according to the Associated Press. This confirms the news that
EPL Talk reported on March 19 when ESPN, Fox Soccer Channel and Setanta Sports bid on the TV rights
while at the SportelAmerica Conference, [.
Why can't Stewart Downing show us the form that makes him such a sought after player when he pulls
on the England shirt? There is no doubting that at Premier League level, Downing is one of the most
dangerous and creative players in the country but after Saturdays performance against Slovakia,
it's clear to see [.
Maybe I'm a sentimentalist, but watching a former top flight stalwart fight for promotion holds an
undeniable appeal. Former league giants Leeds United nearly made it back to the top flight in 2006,
and I found this notion exciting. Leeds repaid my interest with a disastrous season the following
year and relegation in the [.
Why are they bothering having a Young Player Of The Year vote this season is beyond me as Stephen
Ireland is head and shoulders above every other candidate playing in the Premiership this season.Â
Ireland has been in magnificent form since the season started and with everything going on at
Manchester City on and off [.
Fabio Capello's quiet demeanor and considered words give him an aura of deep intelligence and
authority, so much so it can sometimes seems he's foreseen everything through 2010 and beyond. But
this week the aura's faded a bit under over doubts about his decision last week to call-up perma
knee-knacked Tottenham defender Ledley [.
It's been a relatively quiet few days in terms of Premier League news (understandably so given the
focus on international friendlies and World Cup qualifying matches), but here are several stories I
picked that you may be interested in reading. Check back here daily at EPL Talk for more stories
throughout the day, and have [.
It's the football supporters version of eye candy photographs of classic football shirts that have
been unearthed from Umbro's ever-expanding photo archives available over at Flickr. Some of these
shirt designs will have more meanings for supporters because of the memories and experiences
attached to them.
This summer should be a restructuring time for Chelsea, when new faces are brought in everywhere.
Manager:Â If Guus Hiddink stays, this would be a great boon for Chelsea as so far, he seems to
have instilled belief, or at least provided results, Tottenham game aside.Â If he does leave, and
the wily Dutchman has stated [.
Satellite sports broadcaster, Sky Sports, has played a crucial, though largely hidden role in the
revitalization of English club football. In the early 1990s English football was in a crisis, with
match attendances dropping, English teams banned from European competition and the top flight of
the Football League lagging well behind the top divisions in [.
While more than 85,000 fans filled Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening to watch England's 4-0
victory against Slovakia, more than 41,500 watched live streams of the match illegally via the
popular website Justin.tv. In the United Kingdom, the England against Slovakia friendly was
televised live on Setanta 1.
Daniel Agger is stalling on signing a new contract with Liverpool FC. The obvious problem: his
position is overcrowded with quality. The top Danish centre back must compete with Jamie Carragher
and Martin Skrtel who have enjoyed the bulk of the starts this season and don't forget Sami Hyypia.
Jamie Carragher: When Steven Gerrard comes off, [.
Over the past few months there has been more hype about the new England home shirt than the actual
friendly match against Slovakia. Thankfully, the suspense can be lifted today at 1:15pm ET/5:15pm
UK time when England unveil the new England football kit in front of 90,000 supporters at Wembley
When Guus Hiddink joined Chelsea the club seemed to breathe a collective sigh of relief. The
Scolari era over, fans and players were looking forward to the reign of the placid Dutchman, albeit
only until the end of the season. Petr Cech even suggested the club could go on to complete a
treble of FA cup, [.
Stoke City are a newly promoted side from the Championship, and they certainly play like one. The
operating procedure has been physicality, holding the line at home and hoping for some magic from
Rory Delap's wicked throw-ins. It has worked with a modicum of success. They are sixteenth in the
table on 32 points.
The first noises started when Real Madrid were humbled at Anfield. Then Liverpool managed to
make up ground on United since what seems like the first time since the winter break with a
thumping of the champions at Old Trafford. It got noisier still. Then, what seemed like
an impossibility happened: Man U dropped three [.
Say what you will about David Beckham, but at least the man isn't on Twitter. Too bad in a way,
because Beckham epitomizes the Internet age. Thirty years ago, football's ignominious
sideshow used to be known only to players and pub owners; today, David Beckham has made the 24 hour
netnews tabloid periphery the main event.
International weekends always seem very surreal to me. It's the luck of the draw whether England
will be on TV. Plus you get a see an awful lot of football through a new set of eyes when you watch
different national teams playing that you may have never seen in years or never at all. [...]
ESPN and Setanta Sports have both unveiled their TV schedules for the Champions League
quarter-final games, to be played on April 7-8 and April 14-15, and unfortunately it's a slap in
the face to soccer purists. There's no surprise on April 7 when ESPN2 will feature Manchester
United against Porto, while Setanta will show Villarreal against [.
The US TV schedule for the 2009 FA Cup semi-finals and final can now be revealed. Setanta Sports
will show the final on Saturday, May 30th at 10am ET, while the semi-finals are scheduled as
follows: Arsenal v Chelsea, 10am, Setanta Sports Manchester United v Everton, 11am, Fox Soccer
Channel What do you think about Setanta Sports showing [.
Until late October, Portsmouth seemed destined for a mid-table season. After a rough August start
against Chelsea and Man United, the trophy-winning club won four out of seven matches, looking
frisky once again. Then Harry Redknapp left for the Tottenham and the seam exploded. Tony Adams has
no perceivable managerial skill.
Sunderland rose to the Premier League two seasons ago with Roy Keane's magnetism, and it was the
same presence that kept them afloat last season. The reform movement lost steam when Keane
left, and Sunderland have been rudderless since Ricky Sbragia transcended the interim label.
The club is in fourteenth place, but just three points [.
Here's a statistic I had to look at twice and then verify before believing it: since star
midfielder Cesc Fabregas went out with an injury last December, Arsenal hasn't lost a match in the
Premier League. This is not to say they haven't dropped points. In their last 12, Arsenal has won 6
and drawn 6, [.
Baros. Cisse. Morientes. Crouch. Kuyt. Bellamy. Voronin. Keane. Since Rafael Benitez took the helm
at Liverpool FC, he's maintained a revolving door of strikers, searching for the perfect frontline
duo. And while he's fielded many natural hitmen with the ability to keep his side in top four
contention and remain a serious Champions League threat, it [.
When I was an impressionable 12-year old, I saw something on Channel 13 that changed my life. A
lecherous older man was surrounded by dozens of lovely girls, all of whom had very charming British
accents and very short skirts. The man was Benny Hill, of course, and from that moment on I've been
This is the second in a series of relegation assessments. For a similar look at Bolton
Wanderers. Check here. Hull City surprised everyone at the start of the season, winning six
of their first nine, knocking off an over-confident Arsenal. The club lost composure. Phil Brown
lost his sweet goatee, and perhaps his sanity.
If at first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, or seventh you don't succeed, try and try again.
This seems to be Manchester City's mantra ahead of next month's UEFA Cup quarterfinal tie with
Hamburg, made apparent by the fact that the club has slashed ticket prices through this Sunday for
Apr. 16's home leg to just [.
Dave Whelan, the owner and chairman of Wigan Athletic has today been discussing his feelings that a
Premiership club going bankrupt is only a matter of time due to the level of debts certain clubs
are carrying. Whilst I think he may be overcooking the situation a little but if I'm honest, i'm
surprised it's [.
Why does the Premier League produce so few Ballon d'Or winners? This year's edition of the
Champions League has followed the script so far, and unless a major upset occurs in the
quarter-finals, then at least one English team will be in the finals for the fifth straight year.
One oft-cited reason for this dominance is that [.
With Aston Villa's demise the top of the league once again appears calcified, so, like Kim
Kardashian crammed into a designer dress, the bulk of the tension will be at the bottom. Here
is the first of a series of assessments of this season's relegation candidates. As wretched as
Manchester City and Tottenham have been at [.
Will Mike Ashley never learn? It seems that Ashley is attempting a Emperors New Clothes scenario at
Newcastle by banning anyone who dares to speculate on the future of Joe Kinnear. Celebrated Geordie
journalist, Alan Oliver, has been banned from entering St James' Park by Newcastle United
after writing an article about Joe Kinnear's health.
Not since the fall of the Soviet Union has there been a menacing force like the red card. It
somehow magically appears out of thin air, from the referee's pocket to rear its ugly head. The red
card is to football players, what Valhalla was to the Vikings. A place where the souls of the [...]
Here are a few important news updates during one of those mid-weeks where it feels strange that
there's no massive football games going on. Fox Soccer Channel and Setanta Sports are still in
talks regarding the U.S. TV rights to the Champions League beginning with the 2009-2010 season. The
negotiations to finalize the deal are taking [.
"There's only one Keano" usually isn't sung as a lamentation, but never before have Man United
missed Roy Keane so much. Whether berating a prawn sandwich culture, or throwing under-performing
players publicly under the bus, the man Keane never hesitated to put the spotlights—and
pressure—upon his own shoulders.
If you've ever been fascinated to use the satellite feature in Google Maps to zoom in on Premier
League grounds to see what they look like from the air, you'll be glad to know that Google has
recently launched their Street View feature for many cities in the United Kingdom. Google hasn't
been able to capture [.
Chelsea Football Club have expanded their preseason tour of the United States for the summer of
2009 to include friendlies in the following cities: Seattle, Pasadena, Baltimore and Arlington.
Chelsea kick off their tour on July 18 when they play Seattle. On July 21, the Blues will play
Inter Milan at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena [.
Why can everyone else see Middlesbrough's problems but Steve Gibson? Whilst his support for
Southgate is edifying, it worries me that the Chairman seems so detached from the situation Boro
are in by continuing to back Southgate over the evidence of results, performances and the fans. Yet
by backing Southgate, Steve Gibson is in danger [.
With 24 more points available in the 2008-2009 season, I hesitate to say that next weekend's
match with Stoke City is a must-win for West Bromwich Albion for its hopes for avoiding the drop.
But it really is. The Baggies are rooted to the bottom of the table with 24 points with eight
matches to go and any [.
Well, can things get any worse for Newcastle United than they currently are? One win in the league
in 3 months, the manager still recovering from his triple heart bypass operation, crowds are
falling, the caretakers pointing out, in case you've missed it, that Newcastle find themselves in a
relegation battle and then today the [.
Here it is. One of the biggest secrets in football during the past few months has been leaked, a
picture of England's new home shirt.. Modeled by John Terry, the new England shirt designed and
manufactured by Umbro features a traditional white collar. The shirt is influenced by a photograph
of Bobby Moore wearing an England [.
Special 1 TV returns with a new episode this time featuring the unveiling of Guus Hiddink's new
nickname, the debut of Wayne Rooney as a virtuoso, the crew go Twitter crazy and Jose and Sven take
on the United States in a special US segment. Enjoy. Related posts:I'm On Setanta Sports: May 3,
2008 EpisodeSpecial 1 TV: [.
Guus Hiddink and Chelsea saw the magic come to a deflating end against Tottenham Hotspur on
Saturday, as a Luka Modric's strike in the 50th minute put a serious dent in the West London
club's title chances. After the improvement in form that always seems to come with a change
in managers, Chelsea had won [.
Title race back on, blah blah blah, Aston Villa torn apart like a dingo on a newborn, yada yada
yada, England expects ahead of international week—wait just one minute there, pal. It would
be safe to say that Villa is a sort of stand-in England B side in the Premier League, at least
according to the [.
What a time for an international break. Despite perhaps one of the most exciting weekends in
the Premier League this season, we now must endure the pomp and criticism surrounding the Three
Lions as they take on Slovakia in a friendly on Saturday. More importantly, they meet Ukraine
in a World Cup qualifier the following [.
Throughout the year we have been given the chance to enjoy a breath of fresh air into the otherwise
stagnant big four. With slip-ups and controversy coming from the usual champions league spot
contenders, many began to believe that there was a real chance for Martin O'Neill and his men to
make a real challenge [.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has never held back on mincing words when it comes to the state of
affairs in football today and his recent comments about the possibility of a militant attack on a
football stadium almost came to fruition in Pakistan. The Sri Lankan cricket team was attacked in a
pre-planned terrorist attack.
Cristiano Ronaldo needs to break down his current system and reset himself. His head is nowhere
near the pitch. His attacking is indirect. His tantrums are ubiquitous. His emotions run completely
unchecked. Where he once out-smarted most defenders, most now out-muscle him, sending the winger
downward again into the whining spirals which mar his ever-declining reputation.
On a morning (Eastern time) when all the winners are lower in the table than the vanquished
opponents, today is a classic example where people will boast about the greatness of the
Premiership and its unpredictability, a great league with tons of entertainment and intrigue.
However, a closer look at one result in particular will show [.
The draw for the quarter-finals of the Champions League was announced earlier this morning. The
games to be played April 7/8 and April 14/15 are: Villarreal v Arsenal Manchester United v FC Porto
Liverpool v Chelsea Barcelona v Bayern Munich The chances of having one or more English teams in
the semi-final were increased by Arsenal being paired against Villarreal, [.
Having endured yet another drawn out football related saga, it's nice to see that Rafael Benitez
and the Liverpool board have finally come to an agreement. Decisions over the Spaniard's new
contract had been ongoing for months and there were periods when it looked as though Benitez would
turn down any sort of deal in [.
Could Manchester City finally put their 33 year major trophy drought to bed this season by winning
the UEFA Cup this season? Why not, what with Ajax crashing out last night at the hands of
Marseille and Zenit St Petersburg and CSKA Moscow losing today, the competition for the trophy is
getting into the nitty [.
Breaking News: Fox Soccer Channel has beaten ESPN to the US TV rights to the UEFA Champions League.
This is a massive coup for Fox Soccer Channel and a huge blow for ESPN. Plus this is the second
time in 2 weeks that ESPN has lost Champions League rights to Fox. Just two weeks Fox Sports [...]
I'm just going to come right out and say it: I suck at Photoshop. A year ago, a Digital Photography
course I had to take for my degree at university pushed me head-first into the world of
photo-doctoring. Not to the point where we were creating things that weren't there, but just
touching pictures up [.
Fox Soccer Channel, ESPN and Setanta Sports were in heated discussions Tuesday to acquire the US TV
rights to UEFA's Champions League. The three sports networks attended SportelAmerica, an industry
conference held in Miami Beach, Florida. EPL Talk and MLS Talk were the only members of the
American media at the conference.
Where does this idea of a European Super League keep coming from? Scratch that, WE know where the
idea comes from, The European Club Association, the collective of 135 clubs dotted around Europe,
keeps trying to push for this dreadful idea to come into fruition. I can't think of anything I'd
rather watch less than [.
Well this may come as some surprise, but a film about a manager that only had one season in the
Premiership may not garner the most interest outside of the United Kingdom but Brian Clough is a
legend in European football. Today sees the film version of David Peace's tome have its World
Premier in [.
Kartik Krishnaiyer and I went down to Miami yesterday morning to attend the SportelAmerica
Conference where we interviewed executives from Setanta Sports and GolTV as well as former World
Soccer editor Keir Radnedge and a few surprise guests. We covered a lot of news. The biggest
headline was that the US TV rights to the Champions [.
West Ham fans must be some of the hardest-suffering supporters on the planet. The "Academy of
Football" enjoys a sterling reputation for developing talent. No less than 8 of the 23-man
squad called up for the Spain Friendly had ties to The Upton Park outfit, many of them coming
through the youth set-up.
Could this be Manchester City's new home shirt for the 2009-10 season? We knew that Le Coq Sportif
had been dropped in favor of Umbro, and that Thomas Cook's days as the shirt sponsor were numbered.
And that Man City had talks with Etihad Airlines. But is the above photo the genuine article or a
It seems like yesterday for some football fans, a day burned in to the memories of English
footballs collective consciousness. The 1980's saw three major footballing disasters hit English
football, The dreadful fire at Bradford City's title party which claimed the lives of 56 fans on
May 11th, 18 days later we then witnessed the [.
Anyone who's caught Tottenham in action recently will not fail to have been impressed by Aaron
Lennon's recent form on the right hand side of Spurs' midfield. For me, it'll be a major surprise
if he's not in Fabio Capello's next England squad for the Friendly against Slovakia and the
qualifier in Kiev against the [.
Why is Michael Essien so underrated is a mystery to me. I must admit that I was nonplussed about
him as a player, knowing next to nothing about him when he signed for Chelsea from Lyon in August
2005 for £24 million. That was in the dark days before I had Setanta and could immerse [...]
Finally nearly two years later, this matter has come to a close. As a Sheffield United fan i
found the behaviour of my own club at times to be embarrassing. The blame though has to be
laid at the Premier Leagues door. The initial punishment for West Ham United's actions at the time
was pathetic. A £5.
Read through the following news headlines from this past weekend that I handpicked. Enjoy.
"Humiliated Sir Alex Ferguson Laments Scheduling" (The Times). Fergie shows what a sore
loser he is after the Liverpool match by refusing to be interviewed by Sky Sports because of the
early Saturday afternoon kick-off.
Those of us round long enough to remember the Ipswichs, Blackburns and QPRs of old running rampant
in the early days of the Premier League may have winced listening to Setanta's commentators gag
with delight as Dossena's lobbed long ball made it Liverpool 4, Manchester United 1.
"This is why this is the greatest league [.
I've wondered for a long time what it is that managers see in Stewart Downing, particularly England
managers. Since his first call up in February 2005, Downing has been pretty much been a regular in
the England squad, but why? I don't understand how one player can have gained 22 caps without ever
making an [.
Following Liverpool's 4-0 dismantling of Real Madrid at Anfield last midweek, France legend
Zinedine Zidane described Steven Gerrard as "the best player in the world." "Is he
the best in the world? He might not get the attention of Messi and Ronaldo but yes, I think he just
might be. "No team will be successful without [.
Episode 5 of Special 1 TV has premiered, but to me this is one of the weakest ones to date. Mario
Rosenstock is well known for imitating voices of famous football stars for the Gift Grub show on
Irish radio. Talented he is, no doubt. But if you watched the above Special 1 TV episode [...]
Liverpool humiliated Man United 4-1 Saturday at Old Trafford in a statement victory that may
sustain the Merseysiders' title ambitions: fact. For United, losing soundly to their most fierce
rivals at home couldn't have been better timed or circumstanced: thesis. Yes, Manchester United
This has to be one of the best weeks in Liverpool's history under Rafa Benitez. After beating Real
Madrid so convincingly during mid-week in the Champions League, the Reds did the unthinkable today
by thrashing Manchester United 4-1 at Old Trafford. The Premier League title race is back on.
Liverpool's win takes Benitez's side to within 4 [.
On Tuesday, EPL Talk will be hitting the road to Miami to attend the SportelAmerica Conference.
It's the event of the year where the major sports leagues and TV networks meet to negotiate the
rights to TV and new media. The Premier League will be there. So too will the Bundesliga and Major
Both Manchester United and Liverpool managed to exorcise some demons this midweek, which leads up
to a mouth-watering clash at Old Trafford on Saturday (8:45am ET, Setanta Sports USA). For Sir
Alex, he took on the greatest nemesis of his 35-year managerial career and sent him home empty
handed. It was a controversial win against [.
If you have previous writing experience whether it's for a blog or newspaper and you're interested
in writing for EPL Talk, please let us know. Even if you don't have any professional writing
experience, you may be a good fit. If you are interested, please send an e-mail to
thegaffer[at]epltalk.com with a couple of [.
Chelsea will play a friendly against Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan this summer in San Francisco,
according to The New York Times Goal Blog. The friendly is scheduled for July 21. Three days
earlier, on July 18, Chelsea will play Seattle Sounders in a friendly (kick off time Noon PT). So
far, Chelsea is the only Premier League [.
Gavin & Stacey TV star James Corden has taped a hilarious sketch with the England football team to
raise money for the British version of Comic Relief. Featured in the video are David Beckham, Peter
Crouch, David James, John Terry, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick, Shawn Wright-Philips, Ashley Cole
and Rio Ferdinand.
Admit it. It's something that's happened to you, too. You get psyched about a specific game, maybe
it's a Champions League match. You set the DVR or VCR to record it. You get home and it didn't
record. Or if it did tape, it gets cut off when the match goes to penalties. We've all [...]
Forgiving the Gaffer's scheduling criticisms, ESPN mostly has been wonderful for soccer promotion
in the U.S.. Top goals are making the top-ten plays. Sportscenter features highlight
reels. Yesterday's Real Madrid-Liverpool match, though it was not the greatest testament,
featured on the flagship network.
With ESPN on Tuesday, I didn't know whether to kiss them on the cheek or kick them in the balls.
The Disney owned network only had since December 19, when the knockout round draw was originally
announced, to figure out which second leg matches would be shown on which ESPN channels. However,
the mass confusion caused [.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter will present Manchester United with a special Champions badge before
tonight's Champions League match at Old Trafford between United and Inter Milan. The special
Champions badge (pictured above) is in recognition of United's triumph in the FIFA Club World Cup
tournament. The white emblem features an image of the Club World Cup trophy [.
If the Man United against Inter Milan match can even be half as good as the Liverpool versus Real
Madrid match, this will be one of the most entertaining Champions League weeks in such a long time.
But in the battle between Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho, who do you think will win the [...]
New rule. All Liverpool games at Anfield have to be played on weeknights. I'm kidding, of course,
but why can't Liverpool play like they did against Real Madrid in the Premier League? They would
wipe the opposition clean. Such tenacity. Such passion. Such skill. Incredible stuff. If it wasn't
for Iker Casillas, Liverpool could have been 4-0 [.
Jonathan Wilson, the inimitable scholar of tactical mechanics with his recent Inverting the
Pyramid: A History of Football Tactics (a book I included in a piece on tactical reductionism for
this website) has made a very convincing argument why English Premier League clubs have come to
dominate the Champions League in the last four seasons.
It's quite common to hear supporters of Premier League teams who live in the United Kingdom
complaining about kickoff times. You'll often hear them moan about kickoff times being too late or
too early, as they reminisce about the good old days of traditional 3pm Saturday start times. The
bottom line is that they're spoiled.
Here are five stories I've handpicked that you may be interested in reading, as well as a link to
all of the day's top stories (again, handpicked for your reading pleasure). Enjoy. "Patrick
Collins Named British Sports Writer of The Year" (Sports Journalists' Association). The Daily
Mail journalist wins the top honors.
This is it. After months of foreplay, the Champions League finally comes down to one of the most
exciting stages of the tournament the second leg of the first knockout round. Over the next 48
hours, we'll witness which eight teams will qualify for the quarter-finals of the illustrious
tournament. Over at ESPN, they've made [.
An interesting story coming out of this weekend comes from the lips of Arsene Wenger. In a story
that started to circulate on Saturday, Arsene spoke about his concern that after the terrorist
attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team this past week, football could become a target for
terrorists. Wenger isn't a rookie to [.
Very few of us look forward to Mondays, so instead of wallowing in the depression of going back to
work, here are several Premier League-related stories I handpicked for your reading pleasure.
Enjoy. "Acorns Children's Hospice will sponsor Aston Villa's shirts next season" (Aston
Villa). Congratulations to Aston Villa for deciding to allow Acorns to be [.
One of the best places to experience Premier League football, other than in person at a stadium, is
at your local British pub. But, if you're like me and you're not a expert on what ale or lager to
buy, here's a helpful article from EPL Talk writer Scott Miller: Samuel Johnson, who liked a pint
And then there were five. With one FA Cup Quarterfinal yet to be played (Arsenal v Hull City, to be
played on either the 17th or 18th of March per the BBC), Sunday afternoon the FA Cup Semi-Final
draw was held. Both matches will be played at Wembley Stadium April 18th or 19th for a chance [...]
I can't imagine what it must feel like to be a Manchester United supporter. Each game is almost
guaranteed to be a win. Not only that, but it's almost always a one-sided win against an inferior
opponent. Then, every season there are several trophies to add to the cabinet. For supporters of
other clubs, every [.
Another picture has been leaked of Liverpool's new away shirt for the 2009-10 season. The black
away shirt with gold and red trim, is designed and manufactured by Adidas and sponsored by
Carlsberg. The new leaked picture is consistent with the other images of the new Liverpool away
shirt that have been released.
Thanks to early first half goals from Didier Drogba and Carlos Tevez, Chelsea and Manchester United
weakened the will of their opposition and saw out relatively elementary victories to advance to the
FA Cup Semi-Finals. Yea, Coventry City then Fulham folded up cheaper than any cheap tent or
Photographs have been leaked of what are presumably the new home and away Everton shirts for the
2009-10 season. Designed by Le Coq Sportif, who are set to take over from Umbro as Everton's
official kit suppliers, the shirts feature radically different designs than what Everton currently
have. The home shirt pictured is a modern tribute [.
There have been several different versions of Man United's new away shirt floating around the
Internet, including even a video of a Photoshopped shirt. Now a new picture of the Manchester
United away shirt in question has been revealed. The retro design is on purpose. The shirt is a
tribute to the 1909 shirt that Man [.
In the United States, the clocks will be moving ahead one hour tomorrow morning. In the United
Kingdom, the clocks won't be moving ahead until Sunday, March 29. So that means for the next three
weeks, all football matches televised live from England will be shown one hour later than usual.
For example, the 7:45am early [.
Despite their current supremacy, their abundance of exquisite footballers and their unwavering
determination to succeed on all fronts, Manchester United may find an FA Cup sixth round trip to
Craven Cottage a difficult challenge to overcome tomorrow. Sir Alex Ferguson's thoroughbreds
continue to vanquish their opposition week after week, playing with a swagger and style as [.
Arsenal broke their four match scoreless streak on Tuesday, beating West Brom 3-1. Arsene
Wenger commented afterward that he never lost faith in his squad. Wenger said: "You are
quickly questioned, when you don't score. "There was no open discussion about the problem, but
subconsciously it certainly has an influence on the way you think, so the [.
Liverpool FC will be traveling to Asia this summer for their 2009 preseason tour. The Reds will
play in Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong between July 17-26, 2009. No ticket news has been revealed
as of press time, but it looks likely that Liverpool will play the Thai national team in Bangkok.
Thailand is managed by [.
So we have another Premier League footballer in trouble with the law. Chelsea defender Ashley Cole
early Thursday morning decided after a night out doing charity work, that he would decide to have a
little too much booze and then get into a one sided yelling match with the police. The police won
when they [.
They seen to have been mentioned on here quite a lot recently but since the inception of the
Premiership in 1992, the dominant force in English football has undisputedly been Manchester
United. Over the years they have had a number of fantastic footballers on their books but who have
been the best? Below I have [.
For years, the Anyone But United (ABU) contingent railed against the 1999 treble winners' decision
to head to the FIFA world club championship in Brazil. The ABU crew claimed that United were
putting personal glory ahead of "the game" and thought nothing of sacrificing the
integrity of the FA Cup on the way toward world [.
So the big story that will be blown out of proportion from United's 2-1 victory over Newcastle is
the war of words at halftime between Cristiano Ronaldo and Stephen Taylor. Nothing too serious,
Ronaldo calling Taylor's a rubbish footballer and Taylor in grand reply going 'well you are ugly'
like some high school girl would [.
Apple's iPod is a magical little device. It has disseminated knowledge, has alleviated boredom, has
provided a personal soundtrack and, most crucially, has eliminated virtually the mutually dreaded
"stop and chat" with awkward acquaintances. After last weekend's rocking Carling Cup
final, the iPod can help a goalkeeper save penalties.
In light of the news of Phil Brown "attacking" Geovanni, many football fans are
wondering, when did it go wrong for Hull? As the season started, fans and pundits alike were raving
about the breath of fresh air he brought to the Premiership. Bucking the trend for promoted sides,
his team attacked and results followed.
Slowly but surely, more details are coming out about England's new home shirt scheduled to be
unveiled on March 28th when England plays Slovakia at Wembley. In a new article on the Umbro blog
entitled "The New England Kit: How It All Began," Umbro senior designer David Blanch
reveals that the new England shirt will feature [.
Manchester City v Aston Villa (2:45 pm live on Fox Soccer Channel). This is big for both sides.
Manchester City wants to keep it's distance from the relegation zone, Aston Villa just wants to
return Arsenal's serve. Two things have to worry Manchester City right now. The first being the
absence of Craig Bellamy and [.
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 [.
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. [...]
North Americans don't get much in the way of involving chit chat shows covering the Premier League.
Sky's CNN talking-head-over-ticker-tape style sports news is good for watching endless loops of
Steven Gerrard looking forlorn as Liverpool's title chances evaporate into thin air, but it's
hardly the sort of thing that makes you feel [.
Tuesday and Wednesday bring a full slate of Premier League action to us as the reverse fixtures of
the opening weekend are played. Tonight I'll preview Tuesday's action, tomorrow night I'll preview
Wednesday's action. Remember all times are Eastern. Portsmouth v Chelsea (2:45 pm live on Fox
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
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 [.
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 [.
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.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.