EPL Talk Archives for January 2009

Poll: Which Commentators Should FSC Pick For Champions League?

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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 matches [..

Fabregas and Horton Prepare For Round Two

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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 [.

Fox Soccer Channel Acquires Champions League TV Rights In U.S.

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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, [.

Nerves Will Destroy Stewart Downings England Career

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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 [.

Will Wolverhampton Wanderers Return To The Top Flight?

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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 [.

Stephen Ireland Deserves The Young Player Of The Year Award

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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. Ireland has been in magnificent form since the season started and with everything going on at Manchester City on and off [.

Capello Owns Critics on Owen Decision

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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 [.

Football News (Other Than England’s New Kit, For Once)

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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 [.

Classic Football Shirts From The Umbro Archives

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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.

Restructuring Chelsea

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This summer should be a restructuring time for Chelsea, when new faces are brought in everywhere. Manager: 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. If he does leave, and the wily Dutchman has stated [.

Sky Sports and the Premier League: Money, Money, Money

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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 [.

Justin.tv Rains On FA Setanta’s Parade In England’s 4-0 Win Against Slovakia

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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.

Will Daniel Agger Stay At Liverpool?

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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, [.

Pictures Of England Home Shirt Revealed

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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 Stadium.

Hiddink’s Arrival Relieves Pressure on Chelsea, Increases it On Manchester United

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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, [.

The Relegation Rumble: Stoke City

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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.

Liverpool need to relax if the title will actually be theirs.

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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 [.

England Respects David Beckham, Why Can’t We?

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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.

Where To Find England On US TV And Other Adventures

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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 Shows English Favoritism With Champions League Schedule

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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 [.

FA Cup Matches On U.S. TV Revealed

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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 [.

The Relegation Rumble: Portsmouth

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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.

The Relegation Rumble: Sunderland

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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 [.

Is Arsenal Better Off Without Cesc Fabregas?

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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, [.

Gerrard And Torres: Striking Partners

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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 [.

The Anglophile’s Guide to British TV

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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 a [.

The Relegation Rumble: Hull City

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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.

Man City Tells Credit Crunch To Get Stuffed (Again) – Will It Work This Time?

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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 [.

Whelan Warns Of Looming Financial Disaster

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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 [.

More Ballon d’Or Winners from the EPL, Please

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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 [.

The Relegation Rumble: Bolton Wanderers

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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 [.

Newcastle Ban Journalist From St James’ Park

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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.

Red Card Rising

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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 [...]

Talks Regarding Champions League On US TV Still Ongoing

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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 [.

Man United Need Leaders Like Roy Keane

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"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.

Google Street View Guide to Premier League Clubs

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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 Expand Summer Tour To 4 U.S. Cities

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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 [.

Middlesbrough Are In Freefall

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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 [.

Do or die for West Brom

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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 [.

Newcastle Call For Venables? Things Can’t Get Any Worse

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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 [.

Photos of England Home Shirt Leaked

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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: Episode 6: The Potato

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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: [.

Spurs End Hiddink Magic

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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 [.

Villa’s Poor Form Should Give England Fans Pause

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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 [.

Manchester United and Aston Villa Wait For a Bounce Back

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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 [.

Has Martin O’Neill’s Magic Run Out?

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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 [.

Is Arsene Wenger The Prophet Of Football?

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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.

The Rise And Fall Of Cristiano Ronaldo

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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.

Ref Misses The Point, Man United Lose The Points

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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 [.

Champions League Quarter-Final Draw Revealed

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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, [.

Liverpool to enjoy some stability thanks to Rafael Benitez’s new contract.

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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 [.

Can Manchester City Win The UEFA CUP?

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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 [.

Fox Soccer Channel Acquires Champions League TV Rights in US

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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 [...]

Photoshop, Football Shirts, The Recession, And Maybe Not You Personally, But…

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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, ESPN Setanta Battle for Champions League US TV Rights

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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.

The European Super League Raises Its Ugly Head Once More

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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 [.

Don’t Be Fooled By The Damned United

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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 [.

Champions League TV Rights In US Almost Finalized

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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 Saga Finally Over? Not By A Long Shot!

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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.

Is This Man City’s New Home Shirt for 09/10 Season?

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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 fake?

UEFA Need To Show Common Sense Over Hillsborough Anniversary

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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 [.

Time For Aaron Lennon To Show Consistency

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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 [.

Essien Returns As Chelsea’s Fulcrum

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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 [...]

Tevez Saga Is Finally Over

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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.

Fergie Is A Sore Loser

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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.

The Premier League is Not, in Fact, a League

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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 [.

Stewart Downing: The Enigma

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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 [.

Is Steven Gerrard the Best Player in the World?

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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 [.

Special 1 TV: Jose Phones Home (Episode 5)

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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 [...]

Man United Defeat Against Liverpool A Blessing In Disguise

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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 were cruising.

Man United 1-4 Liverpool: Premier League Title Race Is Back On

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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 [.

Questions Please for Setanta, GolTV and NetResult

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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 League Soccer.

Man United v Liverpool: Battle Of The European Victors

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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 [.

EPL Talk Is Now Hiring

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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 to Play Inter Milan in San Francisco Summer Friendly

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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 [.

England Footballers Star In Gavin and Stacey Sketch

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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.

Man United Shuts The Special One Up

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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 [...]

Why Can’t ESPN Pronounce English Soccer Terms Correctly?

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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.

ESPN Fail To Perfect Champions League TV Coverage

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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 [.

Champions Badge Added to Man United Shirts

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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 [.

Poll: Who Will Win? Man United or Inter Milan?

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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 [...]

Liverpool Destroy Real Madrid With Dreamlike Performance

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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 [.

Premiership’s Big Four Dominate Europe Because They’re the Big Four: News?

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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.

Best And Worst EPL Kickoff Times Around The World

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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.

Patrick Collins Named Sports Writer of The Year, And Other News

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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.

Champions League Schedule On US TV

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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 [.

Wenger’s Fear of Terrorism in Football While There is a New Twist to Possible Liverpool Sale

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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 [.

Man United v Inter Match Moved to ESPN Classic

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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 [.

A Proper Pint: What to Order in a British (or Irish) Pub

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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 [...

FA Cup Semi-Final Draw

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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 [...]

Manchester United Are So Good They’ve Become Boring

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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 [.

Is This Liverpool’s New 09/10 Away Shirt?

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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.

Early Goals See Top Two Advance to FA Cup Semi-Finals

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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 umbrella.

New 09/10 Everton Home & Away Shirts Revealed

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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 [.

Is This Man United’s New 09/10 Away Shirt?

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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 [.

Time Change Impacts English Football TV Times In U.S. For Next 3 Weeks

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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 [.

Manchester United Could be in for a Rough Ride at Fulham

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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 [.

The West Brom Win Changes Little for Arsenal

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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 Heading To Asia For Summer 2009 Tour

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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 [.

Ashley Cole Can’t Keep His Mouth Shut While Liverpool Is Overpriced

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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 [.

Manchester United: Best Eleven Of The Premiership Years

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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 [.

Glory Glory? Ban Man United

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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 [.

Ronaldo v Taylor and the LMA Makes Recommendations About Refs

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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 [.

Why Aren’t More Premier League Clubs Using the iPod?

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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.

When Did It Go Wrong For Hull City?

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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.

Umbro Reveals More Details About England Home Shirt

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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 [.

Wednesday Premier League US TV Schedule and Preview

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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 [.

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. [...]

Setanta’s Football Matters Reminds Us Football is for the Kids

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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 Premier League Television Schedule and Preview While Chelsea Say Title Race Isn’t Over

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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 Soccer Channel).

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 [.

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 [.