EPL Talk Archives for January 2009

New Stadium Fever?

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Pompey's Spectacular Horsea Island Plans

I was having a good look at Tottenham's proposal for a new stadium overlapping their current plot at White Hart Lane last night and my brain started to tick. However difficult  these proposals appear to be (and indeed i hope they go through) it seems Spurs are not alone in their ambitions and indeed there are a glut of club's trying to relocate from their traditional homes from all rungs of the English football ladder.

EPL: Clubs Quick To Drop Managers

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Paul Ince sacked by Blackburn. Kevin Keegan pushed out of Newcastle. Roy Keane frustrated by Sunderland. Ince was an outright firing after Blackburn only registered 3 wins in 17 matches. Keegan technically resigned, but has made allegations that the club forced him out. Roy Keane left Sunderland after failing to agree on contract negotiations.

Stoke City Deserve Some R.E.S.P.E.C.T

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The Premier League season is reaching its conclusion and it is time for tributes and awards to be given to those individuals and teams that have excelled throughout the season. Ryan Giggs has already scooped the PFA Player of the Year award and EPL Talk has made its case for why Roy Hodgson should be given the manager of the year honour.

Champions League to EPL: All in a Days Work for Man Utd and Chelsea

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Having cleared the small matter of the Champions League first leg. Manchester United and Chelsea can continue their war of attrition with Liverpool. With both teams gaining positive results and turning in performances that were polar opposites, the upcoming weekends matches will prove vital in both the domestic and European stage.

Premiership Preview - May 2-4

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Will Hull City fans be cheering in the Prem next season?

Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra once said, "it's getting late early."

That's certainly true of this year race to avoid relegation at the bottom of the Premiership table.

Newcastle and Middlesbrough are in 18th and 19th place, respectively, and both are three points adrift of safety, where Hull City is currently holding on for dear life in 17th.

Slagging Ryan Giggs a Big Mistake

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I was running late on Wednesday, so I had to catch the opening moments of the Champions League semi final between Manchester United and Arsenal on the computer. There is one match tracker in particular that I enjoy using when I can't get to the TV on time, but my estimation of that service dropped significantly in the flash of one comment.

Sunderland Unveils New Home Shirt For 09/10 Season

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Sunderland have unveiled their new home shirt for the 2009-10 season. Designed and manufactured by Umbro, the new shirt design is very similar to the current one. The biggest difference is the V-neck.

On closer look, there is an embossed Sunderland crest behind the Sunderland badge above the heart.

Newcastle United Just Keep Getting Things Wrong

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Why is it so hard to do things right at Newcastle United? Well, I know the majority of issues are down to the current owner but sometimes I think the club seem to be a vacuum for bad decisions, bad signings and mixed messages. It's no wonder the fans are so fed up with the nonsense that seems to surround the club at the moment.

Is It Time Refereeing Became A Full-Time Job?

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Is the pressure on the likes of Howard Webb unrealistic considering this is not a full-time job?

 The criticism directed at referees and their assistants these days is becoming more of a talking point than many games themselves. Howard Webb made an incorrect judgement and awarded Manchester United a penalty against Tottenham last week, a decision that Spurs manager Harry Redknapp clearly felt changed the game.

West Ham Fans To Get A Surprise

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When the final whistle went and those West Ham fans who'd spent most of Saturdays game against Chelsea abusing former old boys, Frank Lampard and John Terry, had disappeared to the pubs around and about, I bet they never thought they'd ever see either player back at Upton Park that soon. Obviously they were unaware that both players have agreed in principle to play for West Ham in a testimonial match for the Hammers' academy director, Tony Carr as a celebration of his 36 years working for West Ham.

No Away Goals For Chelsea

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What was Guus Hiddink thinking?

Yes, clean sheet at the Camp Nou is a commendable achievement, and I still feel Chelsea are the more likely to go through to the final. But after promising that the Blues would try to score in the away leg, Hiddink's tactics against FCÂ Barcelona show he had absolutely no intent of doing anything but protect his own net.

Everton Announced As The Opponent for MLS All-Stars

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Major League Soccer has announced Everton as the opponent for this year's MLS All-Star game.

"We are very excited about Everton FC agreeing to be the opponent for the 2009 MLS All-Star Game," MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a league statement. "Everton is an elite European club that features many world-class players, including former MLS standout Tim Howard, who will challenge our unbeaten record against English Premier League teams in the MLS All-Star Game series.

Howard Webb deserves credit for admitting mistake

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Referees - the bane of a football fan's life.

Your hopes and dreams can be shattered by one shrill peep of the man-in-black's (or red or green or whatever colour they choose to wear these days) shiny whistle.

They are also, of course, an easy target for fans, players and managers who divert the attention onto the ref rather than their own team's inadequacies.

Barca 0-0 Chelsea: Victory For Anti-Football

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I don't know whether to congratulate Chelsea for deactivating the explosive Barcelona attack. Or chastise them for playing a very negative, defensive brand of football that has nothing to do with the reasons why we call this the beautiful game.

The reality is that if Chelsea played their usual brand of attacking football, they would have been torn apart by the attacking prowess of Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto'o.

Wenger Hoping To Shift The Power Back Arsenal’s Way

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There was 55 minutes on the Old Trafford clock when Freddie Ljungberg'a shot was spilled by Fabien Barthez. The first player to react was Sylvain Wiltord, Arsenal's then record signing, to slot the ball home with minimum fuss to put Arsenal 1-0 up and ultimately wrap up the Premier League title.

Has Wenger’s Thrift Kept Arsenal From Silver?

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Arsenal fans love to speak of Arsene Wenger's shrewd and miserly eye for talent. Up until a few years ago, Wenger's net spending in the transfer market was something around ten million pounds, extraordinary when you consider the amount of trophies Arsenal have won since his arrival. Of course, much of Wenger's bottom-line performance can be attributed solely to selling Nicolas Anelka, who's sale managed to pay for everyone else on the France squad, including Thierry Henry, Sylvain Wiltord and Robert Pires.

Liverpool to be in same predicament after being told to sell

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The transfer merry-go-round has begun to turn once again as we approach the summer when all there is to talk about is who you would like your club to sign. For Liverpool top of their list appears to be Gareth Barry from Aston Villa, and David Villa and Raul Albiol from Valencia. The problem for the Reds is that their cash flow isn't the best at the moment, what with George Gillett and Tom Hicks plunging the club into massive amounts of debt and being unable to fund the repayments.

Arsenal v Boro - Does the Offside Goal Expose a Flaw in Refereeing?

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This is not a post to moan about a referee getting a decision wrong. Â Rather, this particular incident got me wondering, "How is that supposed to work then?" Â Maybe you have the answer...

It's been reasonably well accepted that Arsenal's opener against Middlesbrough should have been flagged offside (video link).

Hiddink Is Right To Fear Barcelona, Not Just Messi

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How do you stop the best player in the world, Lionel Messi will probably be keeping Guus Hiddink awake tonight as he prepares for his stiffest test yet as Chelsea's interim manager. Whilst I appreciate the bravado that Hiddink is giving in regards to his own players, he is right to dampen down the furore over just concentrating on the supreme Argentine magician.

Dirk Kuyt: Unlikely Hero

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When Dirk Kuyt tries to collect a long pass out of the air it's like the the scene in the nature channel documentary when the gazelle eludes the mountain lion. The cat gets a paw on his prey, but cannot take the thing down. The ball scoots out of Kuyt's reach and he helplessly chases after it.

Jimmy Bullard Interview: Questions Please

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Jimmy Bullard, the Hull City midfielder, will be the next guest on the EPL Talk Podcast. Bullard, who previously played at Fulham, Wigan Athletic, West Ham United and other teams, will be interviewed tomorrow (Wednesday, April 29, 2009).

Here's your chance to ask any questions you may have to Jimmy.

Chelsea’s visit to Barcelona - Mission Impossible?

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Chelsea's epic 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge against Liverpool drew high praise from football fans, with some going as far to call it the match of the century.

The reward for the Blues was a berth in the Champions League semifinals against Barcelona, and that two-legged tie begins today at Camp Nou.

Save The Red House: A Part of Tottenham Hotspur History

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A few weeks ago when Tottenham Hotspur unveiled ambitious plans to rebuild its White Hart Lane stadium, little attention if any was given to the fate of the old red Victorian house at the corner of Bill Nicholson Way and High Road, the house that is the physical address of the club at 748 High Road.

Fulham’s Clint Dempsey spot on with Premier League manager of the year choice

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In the past the Premier League's manager of the year award has normally been a forgone conclusion with the gaffer who lifts the Premier League trophy at the end of the season usually receiving a second award a couple of weeks down the line. However, with the top flight so tight this season and with so many clubs having good campaigns the award for the best manager might be a little closer than usual.

Where Did It All Go Wrong For Hull City

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When a team only wins 2 games out of 18, the expectation is that they'll be propping up the Premiership table, already planning for life in the Championship the following season. Thankfully for Hull City, their fantastic start to the season has kept them out of the bottom 3, hanging on by their fingernails to 17th and desperately looking over their shoulder, at the three teams below them and hoping they can struggle to the finish line and not fall away at the last.

Everton: Triumph Over Adversity

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Jagielka - to miss FA Cup final

Another game, another catastrophic knee injury to one of Everton's key players. The sight of Wembley hero Phil Jagielka writhing in agony around the Goodison turf was a sobering one for the Blues, coming just a week after the ecstasy of that semi-final win over Manchester United.

The Grass Was To Green And The Ball Was Too Round

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It appears the pitch isn't winning as many fans at Wembley

Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger's post match reactions following last weeks FA cup semi finals predictably brought up the issue of the Wembley pitch. To be fair to the man with a KBE and his old rival, the surface at Wembley doesn't seem fitting to a stadium as iconic (and costly) as the re-built Wembley.

Andrei Arshavin: Arsenal’s Added Cutting Edge

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Football fans are not the most patient of breeds and short memories are part and parcel of the game. As Arsenal hit top form and sit comfortably within the coveted Champions League places, few Gunners will recall that spell between January and February when their attack floundered haplessly.

Ryan Giggs Swipes PFA Award

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He took down the long pass along the left side touchline. He turned the first West Ham defender who came at him and carried the ball into the box. Two quick touches and he turned the next defender as well. The box was still thick with players from the recent corner kick, but Giggs didn't worry about anyone as he fired the ball through traffic, into the far corner.

Setanta-i Wish List: What’s Missing

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For those of you who have had a chance to experience Setanta-i the new broadband video service from Setanta Sports, you should be now sold on how incredible the interface is plus the quality of the video and the array of features available (read the product review here).

But after experiencing Setanta-i no matter how it's improved leaps and bounds compared to Setanta Broadband there are still some enhancements which would take it into the next stratosphere.

Sunderland Keep Slipping Under Sbragia

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When Roy Keane walked out of the Stadium of Light back in December, they had 15 points from 15 games. He'd become exasperated as his expensively recruited side simply hadn't gelled as quickly as he'd hoped and felt he couldn't inspire them from the insipid performances they'd shown, especially in his last game in charge, the 4-1 home defeat to Bolton Wanderers.

Pundits Are Killing The Premier League For Me

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Pundits...Some played football once upon a time you know..

 Am i the only person who is sick to death of having the league table flashed up at every opportunity? Am i the only person sick to death of hearing 'If Liverpool win today they will go back above United' (despite the fact they will have played more games)?

The Empire Strikes Back !!!!!

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Liverpool winning 3-1 away at the KC stadium. Surely, no-one expected anything less if not anything more. The reigning champions level again for the umpteenth time, their leaky defence ensuring that the goal difference keeps them in behind Liverpool in second place. Yes, they did have two games in hand but chasing points and championships is not the most comfortable proposition especially when you have key champions league encounters looming on the horizon.

That’s Why We’re Champions

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They say the mark of true Champions is how they overcome adversity. Well if that is the case then we might as well hand Manchester United the Barclays Premier League trophy for the third successive year after a truly stunning second half comeback against an impressive Tottenham side, who had stunned Old Trafford by racing into a 2-0 half-time lead thanks to strikes from Darren Bent and Luka Modric.

Special 1 TV: Squeaky Bum Time

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Mario Rosenstock and his puppets are back with another hilarious episode.

What's the difference between Alan Shearer and Match of The Day? Shearer will be on Match of The Day next season!

Catch this joke and plenty more, including a irreverant conversation between Rafa, Fergie and Wenger plus the latest antics of The Special One, Wayne Rooney and Sven.

Liverpool pay the cost for Benitez being too Keane

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On the february 2nd 2009 there was a massive outcry in the media, from Liverpool fans and football fans in general at the return of one Robbie Keane to Spurs. This move was maybe not a suprise given the apparent unprofessional way that Rafa dealt with Keane. Benching him for key games even when Gerrard or Torres were injured and there was a position he could fulfil.

Friday Football Stories: Recommended Reading

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Here are some fun football stories for a Friday. Have a wonderful weekend.

  • Championship Manager is Coming to the iPhone (Just Another iPhone Blog). Just one day after I write about the top 5 essential iPhone apps for soccer fans, The Times reveals that the makers of Championship Manager are bringing the game to the iPhone.

Premier League Footballers Do Not Make Too Much Money

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Premier League footballers make extraordinary salaries. The common implication from this is that they make too much money. Players are the scapegoat for the endemic money culture that has invaded football. It's held as common sense that salary caps and other punitive measures are the only way to save a game gone wrong.

New era for Liverpool?

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Top 5 Essential iPhone Apps for Soccer Fans

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This week, Apple expects to hit the magic number of one billion downloads in its App Store. An incredible achievement by any means in addition to the 3.9 million iPhones that have been sold that have revolutionized the cellular phone industry.

With so many apps available on the App Store, the choice can be overwhelming, which is why we've put together a list of what we consider the top 5 essential iPhone apps for soccer fans.

Why Are Premier League Crowds So Quiet?

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Watching last night's match on television between Manchester United and Portsmouth, I was dumbfounded by the lengthy periods of silence I heard from the crowd of 74,895 at Old Trafford.

Sure, this is nothing new. Sir Alex Ferguson has described the atmosphere created by the Old Trafford fans as a funeral before, but come on, before the match kicked off, Manchester United were in second place in the league (only on goal difference), had two games in hand and would take a commanding lead in the Premier League if they won last night (which they did, 2-0).

Newcastle United Unveils New Home Shirt Design for 09/10 Season

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Newcastle United may be near the bottom of the Premier League this season, but they're at the top of the league in terms of their commercial department.

The Tyneside club are the first to make their new home shirt for the 2009-10 season available. In fact, it went on sale today.

The new Newcastle United football shirt, at first glance, doesn't look much different than the current strip.

Gazzas Good

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This Sunday, Paul Gascoigne appeared on Match of the Day 2 as a pundit/guest. This was part of a triumvirate of televisual appearances. One in which perhaps we have seen a refreshing look a man we have all been seriously worried about, a man all who love football deeply care about and one we are worried that could be another George Best happening in front of our eyes.

Can Southgate Continue His Arsenal Hoodoo?

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Well its one of those strange things that football sometimes conjures up some little nugget that makes you check the facts fully before you really believe its true such as Liverpool never lost when Ian Rush scored until the League Cup final of 1987 against Arsenal. 145 games Liverpool went without losing when Ian Rush scored, a truly remarkable run by any standard.

Will The Real Dimitar Berbatov Please Stand Up?

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So the dust seems to be finally settling on the criticism about Berbatov's mishit penalty on Sunday in the semi-final defeat against Everton. There's no doubting it was a badly hit penalty, but it seems to have unpicked a scab over his performances for Manchester United as his time so far with the Red Devils.

Can Alan Shearer Save Newcastle?

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The return of Alan Shearer to Newcastle United was proclaimed as the ‘Return of the Messiah' (MK II). Newcastle supporters far and wide rode the wave of optimism and turned up in their thousands to hail the saviour of their cherished club. Shearer, it seems, is the antidote to the cockney mafia poison.

Liverpool & Arsenal Flatter to Deceive in 8 Goal Cock-up

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Over the last 12 hours, I've heard terms such as "instant classic" and "Great game" and "advert for football" when reading and watching highlights of to of Liverpool's last three outings. Eight Goals! Offense galore!

Sure, but shouldn't the actual quality of play come in to consideration?

Should Tony Pulis Be Manager Of The Year?

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Stoke City's victory at home to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday all but confirmed their place in the Premier League for a second season. After being written off by the media from the start and with bookmakers Paddy Power paying out on their relegation back in September, this is as an amazing achievement for Tony Pulis and his players.

Premier League News: Recommended Reading

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We've scoured the Internet for the latest Premier League news, so you don't have to. Enjoy the following articles:

  • Manchester United to Unveil New Home Kit On Asia Tour (Football Shirts). Man United will unveil their new home shirt from Nike on their tour this July in Asia.

Interview with Keir Radnedge

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During a recent trip to Miami, Kartik Krishnaiyer and I had a chance to interview Keir Radnedge, the former editor of World Soccer Magazine and an author of more than a dozen books including The Complete Encyclopedia of Soccer.

For many of us, World Soccer Magazine was a staple of our diet especially in the 80s and 90s when soccer news was difficult to find, especially before the advent of the Internet.

Setanta-i Product Review

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Setanta Sports last week unveiled Setanta-i, their new broadband video player that replaces Setanta Broadband. And it's a dramatic improvement.

In the past 12 months, I've spent more time watching live football matches on my laptop than I have on my TV set. Partly because I need to be more mobile around my home when I'm watching or playing with my four children.

Hillsborough Disaster As Reported By U.S. Newspaper

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In the aftermath of the Hillsborough Disaster, many of us saw the headlines that adorned the front covers of English newspapers. But what was the coverage like in America, and how did the newspapers report the news?

In 1989, my local newspaper was The Palm Beach Post. On Saturday, April 15 1989, I listened to Sportsweek on BBC World Service using my shortwave radio.

Liverpool 4-4 Arsenal: Arshavin Delivers

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In just seven days, Liverpool have been involved in two of the most entertaining games in years. First, it was the 4-4 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League last week. And second, it was tonight's 4-4 draw against Arsenal at Anfield.

Whatever happens this season, Liverpool has been an incredibly entertaining and adventurous side showing a wonderful passion and drive.

Steven Cohen Offers Liverpool Fans No Hillsborough Apology

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On Monday's episode of the World Soccer Daily show, radio co-host Steven Cohen failed to apologize to Liverpool supporters regarding the inaccurate statements he made about their role in the Hillsborough Disaster that occurred on April 15, 1989.

The inaccurate statements made by Cohen on his April 13, 2009 episode of World Soccer Dailywere that:

  1. Ticketless Liverpool supporters were the root cause of the Hillsborough Disaster,
  2. 6-8,000 ticketless Liverpool supporters showed up outside Hillsborough, and
  3. Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough Stadium was used week-in week-out without incident.

New Chelsea Home, Away & Third Jerseys For 2009/2010 Season Revealed

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Photographs have been leaked of what are supposedly Chelsea's new home, away and third jerseys for the 2009/2010 season. Designed and manufactured by Adidas and sponsored by Samsung, the new shirts are quite modern in design and feature similar templates (especially the home one) to the new kits coming out this summer for Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and other teams wearing the Adidas brand.

Who Will Win The 2008-2009 Premier League Trophy?

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The cat and mouse game between Manchester United and Liverpool at the top of the Premier League returns this mid-week with Liverpool taking on Arsenal at Anfield on Tuesday (3pm, Setanta Sports), while Manchester United plays against Portsmouth on Wednesday at Old Trafford (3pm, Setanta Sports). Also on Wednesday is the EPL encounter between Chelsea and Everton from Stamford Bridge (3pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

New Everton Home Jersey For 2009/2010 Season Revealed

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More images of Everton's new home shirt for the 2009-10 season have been revealed. Designed and manufactured by Le Coq Sportif, the new home shirt is a tribute to the famous Le Coq Sportif shirt worn by Everton between 1983-85 when Everton won the FA Cup, First Division title and European Cup Winners Cup trophy.

Just How Much Trouble Are Setanta In?

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More news seems to be filtering through over the continued rumours that Setanta Sports are in financial difficulty here in the UK and are desperately trying to find some finance to help them through after they only won one of the six Premier League Packages for the next deal that starts in 2010.

Welcome Back To The Premiership Wolves

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So, 5 years after relegation, the famous Black and Gold strip of Wolverhampton Wanderers has made a belated return to the Premiership after Saturdays tense 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers at Molineux. It's an impressive return from a complete turn around from the side relegated from the Premiership under Dave Jones back in 2003-2004 season, Jones was unable to push them back up and was replaced by Glenn Hoddle but he also failed in his attempt to return Wolves back to the Premiership.

The “Power Of Scotland”

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A very happy Moyes

Reaching the FA Cup final was a long overdue reward for Everton manager David Moyes. Â As the Premierships' third longest serving manager, Moyes has brought consistent performances for a low budget club. Â It is worth considering that at Everton he has been subject to budgetary constraints that perhaps much of his fellow managers at clubs of such stature do not have to endure.

Steven Cohen Blames Liverpool Fans For Hillsborough Disaster

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Steven Cohen, co-host of the World Soccer Daily radio show, has been at it again.

While the rest of the world last week was paying tribute to the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough Tragedy, Cohen was complaining on his U.S. radio show that Liverpool fans failed to take responsibility for Hillsborough as well as claiming that if 6,000-8,000 ticketless fans had not shown up, the Hillsborough Disaster would never have happened.

Bolton Wanderers Push For Two Tier Premiership

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Well interesting news has appeared this morning asBolton chairman, Phil Gartside's has a proposal to increase the Premiership to two leagues of 18 teams with 14 clubs from the Championship and Rangers and Celtic. The proposal is to be put before the Premier League at their meeting this Thursday and it raises some interesting points.

FA Cup Semi-Finals: Wake Me Up When They’re Over

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I'm not a fan of penalty kicks. Never have been. Last year, I was heavily criticized for describing the Champions League Final between Manchester United and Chelsea as being an example of the ugly side of English football. Sure, the penalty kicks themselves were exciting, but they quickly erased from our minds how boring the previous 120 minutes had been and how poor the sportsmanship was.

Ruud is better then Berba

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I never thought I would say this, but I miss Ruud van Nistelrooy. I know he had his critics, but he was the right fit for United. It's unfortunate that not playing him in the 2006 Carling Cup final in favor of Saha was the final straw. This was one of Fergusons not so bright moments as a manager when your ego gets the better of you.

Can FC Barcelona Prevent Another All-English Final?

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On paper, FC Barcelona could be the world's most formidable attacking side. Messi, Henry, Eto'o, Xavi, Alves, Iniesta, Abidal. Some of the most prestigious names in world football and are among the great wealth of talent in Barcelona's ranks. They have been a dominating force this season with 24 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses, and while they only enjoy a 6 point lead over second place Real Madrid, they have an 18 point lead over third place Sevilla FC.

Riley Rumpus

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Guest editorial by Tom Mallows

Don't let David Moyes' conspiracy theories fool you - his side are ready for Manchester United.

It has made an amusing sub-plot in the build up to this weekend's FA Cup semi-final between Everton and Manchester United.

Steve Bennett, the official originally chosen to take charge of the match, had to pull out due to illness and Mike Riley was picked by the FA to replace him.

Benitez Body Language Irks Big Sam

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It's quite rare to find myself defending Rafa Benitez in any respect, but I think the recent comments by Sam Allardyce are more than ridiculous. After Liverpool's second goal in a 4-0 romp of his team, the Blackburn manager claims Benitez showed a "lack of respect" for failing to meet for the traditional post-game drink.

Clubs Gear Up for FA Cup Semifinals

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It's a busy part of the calendar for some squads, but the chance for FA Cup glory presents itself this weekend at Wembley in a pair of semifinal games.

Arsenal and Chelsea won't have much time to celebrate mid-week successes in the Champions League when they square off on Saturday while Manchester United and Everton will decide the other spot in the May 30 final on Sunday.

More Details About Fox’s Champions League TV Rights

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David Sternberg

As each day passes, more and more details are unveiled about Fox Soccer Channel televising the Champions League, which begins this summer. The latest revelations come from an interview with an interview in The New York Times with the executive vice president and general manager of Fox Sports International.

Sneak Preview of Everton’s New 09/10 Home Jersey

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Everton's new football kits to released this summer will be from Le Coq Sportif, as we revealed in March. But now two new images have been unveiled which adds more evidence to what the home shirt and goalkeeper jersey will look like.

The new images (pictured above) feature a training jacket which gives a strong hint of what the actual home shirt will look like underneath.

Friday Morning Football News

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We comb the Internet for the soccer news so you don't have to. Here are several intriguing stories that caught our eye that we believe you'll be interested in reading:

  • BBC News Presenter Revisits Hillsborough (BBC News). Mark Edwardson hadn't been back to Hillsborough since the first time he had seen the crush in 1989.

Football’s Kitwalk

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It is around 3.45pm on April 13th 1996 on the South Coast at the Dell. Southampton are hosting Manchester United, the hosts are 3-0 up. The Man Utd squad clad in grey enter the changing room to an apparent furious Alex Ferguson. The fiery Scot is annoyed and in one of his more bizarre moves in football forces Man Utd to change their kit.

The PFA Player Of The Year Shortlists Are A Joke

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If today's PFA Player of the Year shortlist shows us anything, announcing the player of the year with almost 6 weeks of the season left looks a stupid decision. With only Steven Gerrard not from Manchester United on the six player shortlist, it just shows how quickly things in football can change.

Chelsea 4-4 Liverpool: An Instant Classic

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Years from now, we'll look back and talk about that incredible four-all draw between Chelsea and Liverpool in the 2009 Champions League quarter-final from Stamford Bridge. We'll lament how Champions League football isn't as exciting as it used to be, how teams don't play as open a game that they used to, and how we saw an incredible 12 goals in a two-leg affair.

Where Were You On April 15, 1989?

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On today, the 20th anniversary of the most tragic day in English football history, I want to ask you the readers where you were on April 15, 1989 and what your memories were from that day. With an audience from different parts of the world, it'll be interesting to hear your perspective on how you found out about the news about the Hillsborough tragedy and what your thoughts were at that time.

Newcastle United: When Magpies Fall Out of the Sky

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Leeds, Charlton, Southampton, Watford etc. The list is continuous, the list of clubs that in recent years have fallen from the Premiership and now battle relegation at the bottom of the championship. Or in the case of Leeds, Leicester, and come Saturday Charlton have dropped into League One.

Champions League Final: Who Do You Want To See?

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Manchester United and Arsenal both proceeded to the Champions League semi-finals last night after beating Porto and Villarreal respectively. Such is the dominance of English clubs in the semi-finals for the third year in a row that you can almost guarantee Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter will be expressing their disgust of the English monopoly.

Film Review - Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait

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Who knew staring at a sweaty, stoic Frenchman for ninety-three minutes could be this rewarding?

Filmmakers Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno must have suspected such when they set out to create Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait. The film was shot in 2005, released (limited) in 2006, but is now finally starting to reach a wider audience.

Arsenal maintain their grip on fourth

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Thanks to a brace from Emmanuel Adebayor, Arsenal continue on their quest to retain Champions League play for next year. With a vacuum of newsworthiness over the last weeks, at least in regard to the Premier League, speculation turned to Cesc Fabregas' return and whether or not the Gunners were a better team without their [.

Aaron Lennon: Potential Starting To Pay Dividends

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Since the turn of the year, Aaron Lennon has been in outstanding form. His club exploits have been rewarded with not just an international call up, but a place in the starting eleven in England's last two matches, the latter being a competitive qualifier. This is just rewards for Lennon as he has been absolutely [.

Can the Whites do it again?

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Back on March 21, Fulham turned the race for the 2008-2009 Premiership title on its ear with a stunning 2-0 defeat of nine-man Manchester United at Craven Cottage. On Saturday, the Whites will take aim at another big four team when Liverpool comes calling. Before the win over the Red Devils, there wasn't much to suggest that [.

Interview: Ján Figel’ (European Commission)

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If you consider yourself a political junkie on top of being an EPL newshound, then we certainly have quite the interview for you today. With FIFA's proposed ‘6+5' rule to place limits on the number of foreign-born players in domestic club teams rearing its ugly head in the press once again in recent weeks, we here [.

The Relegation Rumble: Can Gareth Southgate Save Middlesbrough From Relegation?

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Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate has the "it" quality as a manager. Not "it" in the genius sense like Arsene Wenger or Sir Alex Ferguson. Southgate has it in the Raymond Domenech sense where he could strip naked, smear himself with his own fecal matter and reenact the Monty Python Silly Walks skit down the touchline [.

Liverpool without Javier Mascherano…

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It was a strange booking. Xabi Alonso stuck out a leg and caught Real Madrid's onrushing defender, Pepe, but Javier Mascherano took the booking. This may have been for kicking the ball away, but the Argentinian seemed to be clearing it in case play didn't stop. It didn't look a bookable offense. As Liverpool's midfield janitor, [.

Steve Bruce Is Right To Come Clean Over Zaki

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Why don't more managers come clean in the press about disruptive or unprofessional players? It seems that more and more in these sanitised and sponsorship heavy times that too many people keep quiet about the players who are taking the Michael. At least Steve Bruce has bucked the trend and come out in public with [.

The Relegation Rumble: Will Alan Shearer’s Newcastle Be Relegated?

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Newcastle has been in a rudderless malaise for most of the season. Kevin Keegan resigned and nearly every potential replacement rejected the offer. The club pulled backdated Joe Kinnear out of retirement, gave him the full time job and then watched him succumb to heart trouble. Chris Hughton took over as a caretaker, and the [.

Fox Soccer Channel Officially Announces Champions League Coverage

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Fox Soccer Channel just completed a press conference to officially announce the acquisition of the Champions League TV coverage in the United States. Among some of the findings were that: Fox Soccer Channel will go ahead and do the highlight shows and pre-game shows on Fox, Fox is seriously considering using the international feed for the commentators, Video highlights [.

Details of Fox’s Champions League Coverage Revealed

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Fox Soccer Channel has announced the details of their Champions League TV rights deal. Here are the most important points to know: Fox will broadcast 31 live and 79 delayed matches on FSC next season. Sixteen games will air on Fox Sports Net on Tuesdays. The final from Madrid on May 22, 2010, will be on FX.

Crouch’s Robotic Dance Moves Make A Return

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Peter Crouch's infamous robot dance moves that he blessed us with a few years ago have made a return. In last night's last gasp 2-1 victory by England against Ukraine, Crouch scored with an acrobatic volley and the joy on his face was plain for everyone to see. In the middle of his goal celebrations, he [.

Arsenal’s Losses to WPS Could Become Gunners’ Gain

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If Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) sides Boston Breakers and Chicago Red Stars have their way, Arsenal America had better get ready for a new wave of members. This weekend, both Boston and Chicago hit the road to make their WPS debuts, facing the – it has to be said – curiously-named FC Gold Pride (Santa Clara, [.

2 Players Who Should Move On: Daniel Agger And Didier Drogba

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1. Didier Drogba Possibly the sulkiest striker at Chelsea, Didier Drogba has been constantly linked elsewhere since the departure of the Special One in 2007. First Barcelona and La Liga, and then Inter and the Serie A tempted the hitman. Drogba has alternately loved the London club and then claimed he was unhappy.

If I Was Richard Scudamore

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While many know Richard Scudamore as the Chief Executive of the Premier League, many more would probably know him as "That guy who keeps talking about a 39th game." After a good long run in the papers last year, the 39th game proposal has been mostly out of the news for a while now. [...]

ESPN’s Premier League Dilemma

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What a difference a year makes. Last summer ESPN was raving about its better than expected TV ratings for Euro 2008, which was one of the best produced tournaments soccer fans in the United States had ever seen (helped by the bonus of games being available in HD). But since then, ESPN dumped its MLS Thursday [.

Tottenham Unveil Latest Plans for Mini-Me Emirates Stadium

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Lots of news from England in the last 24 hours (read EPL Talk's Premier League news feed updated daily). Here are just a few of the highlights: Tottenham Hotspur Unveil Future Plans for White Hart Lane (Tottenham Hotspur). Spurs have released detailed plans for their mini-me Emirates Stadium to replace their current ground at White Hart [.

Fox Soccer Channel and Setanta Sports To Merge?

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We here at EPL Talk usually don't publish rumors, but this one is too big to overlook. We've received several anonymous reports that Fox Soccer Channel and Setanta Sports have agreed to merge to form a new company. Setanta Sports, who have reportedly been in financial trouble in the United Kingdom, have long worked with Fox [.