Ah, Sir Tom Finney, one of the finest exponents of footballing skill ever to wear the shirt of
England is a living legend. A gentleman and a true star of the post war game, Finney epitomises
everything that was great about those halcyon days of English football. Born in Preston, in 1922,
Finney is a rare breed of footballers that saw active service in the Second World War and continued
playing up to 1960.
They seemed as if they'd thrown it all away, but they pulled themselves together on the last
match of the season to gain automatic promotion. Birmingham City always seem to do things the hard
way and they just about squeezed over the line. The fact of the matter is that they should have
never been relegated from the Premiership, but the board have continually refused to accept the
blame for the Carson Yeung fiasco.
It's amazing what a difference a year makes. Last summer, the majority of summer friendlies
involving Premier League teams were televised live on Setanta US. This summer, though, Setanta US
has shown zero friendlies and the majority of games have been aired by either Fox Soccer Channel,
GolTV and ESPN360.
Â£3.5 million for Arvalro Arbeloa? That's all? Seriously?
I mean, I know that's probably what his services areÂ worth but that's not the issue.
When Real MadridÂ have their checkbook out and are licking the tip of their bottomless ballpoint
pen there is no call to stop at Â£3.5 million.
I know it's only July... I know the first round proper is months away... ButÂ I've decided to
give some extra love to The FA Cup this season.
Lately the top clubs have been treating the world's oldest football competition like the
red-headed step-child of trophy runs. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, and United refuse toÂ devote
themselves as fullyÂ to aÂ domesticÂ cup with League and continental priorities weighing heavily on
their minds and competitive well-being.
The summer is far from over and we haven't even got close to seeing the end to the transfers for
the Premiership, but who are the early favourites for the league title next season?
Manchester United have certainly lost one of their major assets in the form of Cristiano Ronaldo
which would appear to make them a weaker proposition for next season, however they have signed
Valencia who may turn out to be a good player for the club and add a good shape to the team and
most importantly they have signed Michael Owen.
Manchester City are spending their way into the Premier League top four. Paradoxically, the club
most amenable to their ambition is Arsenal, whom they wish to supplant. The Gunners sold City
striker Emmanuel Adebayor for Â£25m. Less than two weeks later, they are prepared to sell them
defender Kolo Toure for another Â£14m, as the 28-year-old Ivorian has been turned by the Â£100,000
per week wage offer.
Chelsea players have now returned to London after an incredibly satisfying US tour. So
successful, in fact, that it was the most successful US tour by a Premier League club ever.
During their time in the States, EPL Talk featured extensive coverage of their tour including
interviews with Mikel John Obi, John Terry and Carlo Ancelotti, as well as articles such as 7
Things That We Learned From The World Football Challenge, a review of Chelsea's 2-1 victory against
AC Milan, a review of Chelsea's 2-0 victory against Inter Milan and Chelsea's 2-0 win against
As is the usual preseason prediction, the three promoted sides are always the favourites to go
straight back down. Last season gave us something of a novelty in recent years, with two of the
three sides that came up in 2007-2008 staying with us for another year, as close as Hull tried to
throw it all away.
Following up on its successful coverage of the 2009 Peace Cup, GolTV announced this morning that
it'll be televising the Emirates Cup featuring Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Paris St. Germain and
The tournament begins on Saturday, Aug. 1 as Rangers take on Paris Saint-Germain at 9:30 a.
Wigan Athletic have unveiled their new away kit for the 2009/2010 season in honour of the famous
Netherlands side from the 1978 World Cup.
Wigan's new away kit is orange with black trim, and black shorts. Designed and manufactured by
Vandanel, the new away kit celebrates the year that Wigan entered the Football League (1978) as
well as the Dutch home kit from that year.
Episode 124 of the EPL Talk Podcast features interviews with Chelsea's John Terry and Carlo
Ancelotti after Chelsea's 2-0 victory against Club America in the final of the World Football
Challenge in Arlington, Texas. Both Terry and Ancelotti discuss their reflections on the tournament
On five hours of sleep, I pull myself from my bedroom, cross the hall to the living room and
land onÂ the couch.Â It's a journey of maybe 20 feet, but it feels like Stage 20 of the Tour de
France. IÂ am a zombie on NyQuil dragging bags ofÂ concrete behind me.
Chelsea's squad returns to London today after an incredibly successful 10-day tour of the United
States. While they were in the States, the club won the World Football Challenge, played in front
of an average attendance ofÂ 68,687, demonstrated a renewed sense of enthusiasm and playing ability
under new manager Carlo Ancelotti, and managed to wade off Manchester City's advances toward
captain John Terry.
Last night's match between Chelsea and AC Milan was another exciting evening in the World
Football Challenge tournament. Off the pitch, it was another sold-out crowd, 71,000. And on the
pitch it was another extremely exciting night of football. This was nothing close to a
What has struck me so much about watching these games is the level of intensity that all of the
teams have shown as well as the speed of the attacks, especially Chelsea, and the tenacity that
teams have displayed to win the tournament.
Visit the FoxSoccer.com website and you certainly can't miss the news that Fox Soccer Channel
will begin its Champions League TV coverage on August 18, 2009. The first thing you see on Fox's
website is a landing page featuring a clock counting down the number of days until the first
Champions League match on Fox.
UEFA will fine both Arsenal and Manchester United Â£5,000 respectively for fan incidents during
last years Champions League semifinals.Â An Arsenal fan hit Nemanja Vidic with a plastic bottle.Â
A Manchester United supporter hurled a smoke bomb onto the pitch.Â Â Â The actions were
Steven Gerrard was cleared of affray today when the jury at the Liverpool Crown Court delivered
a verdict of not guilty. Gerrard insisted he had been acting in self-defense when he punched Marcus
McGee at the Lounge Inn in SouthportÂ after an argument over the music in the club's CD player.
Aston Villa's new home jersey for the 2009-2010 season has been revealed.
Thankfully, Villa and Nike haven't tried to reinvent the new Aston Villa kit but have instead
gone back to the basics with a clean and simple design that reminds me of the simplicity that Umbro
used for the new Manchester City home kit.
Episode 123 of the EPL Talk Podcast features an interview with Tom Glick, the Chairman of Derby
County FC. Host Kartik Krishnaiyer has a free flowing discussion with Glick, including conversation
about why Glick choose to purchase Derby County, what the Rams marketing stratgey is, what derby
day versus Nottingham Forrest is like, as well as other general English football conversation.
Portsmouth FC have released an image of their new hone shirt for the 2009/2010 season.
The new home jersey for Portsmouth is designed and manufactured by Canterbury, the New Zealand
company, and is sponsored by Jobsite. Canterbury Europe went into administration recently but the
new kits for Portsmouth were already created, so it appears very likely that Pompey will be wearing
Canterbury kits this season and will have new kits from a different kit manufacturer next
The new Bolton Wanderers away jersey for the 2009-2010 season has been revealed (pictured
Designed and manufactured by Reebok, the new Bolton away shirt is navy blue with red trim. The
shirt is designed similarly to the new Bolton home shirt and features the annoying bar code lines
near the bottom of the front-side of the jersey.
Everton has unveiled their new away jersey for the 09/10 season, and it's bound to generate a
lot of debate whether positive or negative.
Everton's new away kit for the 2009-2010 season will be black with pink horizontal stripes. Not
only does the entire kit feature pink quite prominently, but even the Everton crest is in pink
instead of the traditional blue and white.
With huge advances in cable, satellite and Internet technology, we can now watch practically any
major football league on our TV screens or monitors in the comfort of our living room. Your
favorite football team could be the one that's in the city near you, or it could be a club that's
on the other side of the world.
Former England, Manchester City and Mexico manager Sven Goran-Eriksson did not become director
of football at Notts County "for the money."Â Nor, apparently, did he go for the prestige or mild
degree of difficulty.Â Eriksson inherits a club that finished 19th in League Two last season,
essentially the worst club in England that can be called professional.
Watching Liverpool FC and the Thai National Team come out of the tunnel side-by-sideÂ was
eerie:Â the hosts wore all-blue kits and Chang Beer is their sponsor. I had to double check the tv
menuÂ and make sure I was actually watching this morning's pre-season friendly and not an FSC
Premier League replay.
Long before the Premier League debuted on August 15, 1992, top flight English football was
available on US television. It was nothing compared to today's offering where practically every
weekend game is available to watch. But it's been consistently available, in one form or another,
to US viewers since the early 1990s.
When Arsene Wenger told the press he was in no hurry to spend Emmanuel Adebayor's transfer fee
and would replace him with "an internal player," more than a few people probably had the same
reaction: "Same old Wenger, always stingy."
A quick look over Arsenal's roster, however, proves Wenger indeed has no shortage of options at
Little more than an hour's drive from Jose Mourinho's reunion match with Chelsea, before the
largest southern Californian soccer crowd in a decade, the Gold Coast simultaneously played host to
an international friendly of a smaller scale, but a truer sense of the term.
Burnley, the tradition-rich Lancashire club which earned promotion in May's playoff final win
over Sheffield United at Wembley, pummeled its host, the Ventura County Fusion of American soccer's
fourth tier, 5-0, Tuesday night before 3,358 in a high school football stadium.
What a long, strange trip it's been for Portsmouth supporters. Just a little over a year ago,
Portsmouth Football Club lifted the FA Cup, qualified for Europe, and was enjoying its second
straight season in the top half of the table. Harry Redknapp was forgiven for his brief trip to
How is it that an international striker with 16 goals in 34 games for his country and a
Premiership strike rate of one goal in under every 3 games simply keeps being moved on? Now I could
understand it if the player in question was a boorish, thuggish hooligan who whines about not being
treated fairly and then beats up team mates in training, attacks children in hotels and puts lit
cigars out in youth players eyes.
Say what you will about the obscene amount of money being spent by Manchester City this summer,
but you have to admit that there's a certain perverse pleasure in watching someone build a
real-life club lineup in much the same way that most regular joes would create their starting XI in
a video game.
I am anticipating some serious Craig Bellamy antics in the upcoming season. It's to the point
where, if he stays at City, I'll almost be dissapointed if we don't see something on par with The
Golf Club Incident (on par...Â sorry, couldn't resist). I'm not saying I condone personal
injuryâ€”but serious property damage from a swinging cricket batÂ or somethingÂ could be on the
horizon at least.
Real Madrid are determined to snap up as much of the top talent in world football as they can
with Xabi Alonso being tipped to be the next big signing for the club. I know this has been getting
put about for quite a while now with no concrete movement quite yet but I fear for Liverpool next
season without Alonso and possibly Mascherano.
If one player ever encapsulated the prestige, honour and sacrifice that being a one club man,
then few could match the career of Billy Wright. Like Dean and Matthews, he set standards and
records without batting an eyelid. In these modern days of superstar footballers, loathed and loved
in equal measure, Wright personifies a halcyon era when respect and honour went hand in hand.
ESPN's fledgling new sports channel is beginning to pull things together rather nicely since it
won the rights that Setanta lost last month. Capturing those 46 games is certainly a coup for them
but the work really begins when they add the front row staff to present the output and act as a
front for the channel itself.
Â I've beenÂ fullyÂ enamoured with the concept of the shirt swap since I first saw it in action.
Mind you, I'm an American and a latecomer to world football, and we don't have anything like this
in American sports. I'veÂ never seenÂ a baseball pitcher record the last strike of the last out of
a playoffÂ game and then trot to home plate, unbutton his shirtÂ andÂ give it to the batter.
Fulham striker Bobby Zamora is in talks with Hull City over a proposed Â£5million transfer. The
fee has already been agreed but now Zamora must decide if he is prepared to move to the north of
England for the first time in his career.
The 28 year old has been in Hull since Friday but Tigers boss Phil Brown says Zamora has been
laid low by jet lag.
Some managers may be cursing Mark Hughes and Manchester City, with their bucketloads of cash and
a needy addiction to trying to sign every troublesome and moody striker in the world. Yet, Arsene
Wenger may be quiet relieved after this weekend though as Emanuel Adebayor joined the Eastlands
revolution ending his 3 year spell at Arsenal.
Chelsea and Nigeria Midfielder Mikel John Obi (or John Obi Mikel) joins us on this episode of
the EPL Talk Podcast. Hear Mikel's thoughts on playing for Carlo Ancelotti. Also listen to the
thoughts of the midfielder on facing Jose Mourinho again in the World Football Challenge and his
hopes for Chelsea this season.
Each day, I have a 45 minute commute, which means I have one hour and 30 minutes of 'me time' to
listen to the radio, take phone calls, listen to podcasts, or, like I've been doing for the past 12
months, listening to audio versions of some incredible books.
I've been able to make that commute time zoom by and enrich it with top quality books.
For most football fans, when discussions come round to arguing about who was the greatest
English striker of all time, one name will surely always be brought up. William Ralph Dean or Dixie
Dean as he became better known is a legend throughout footballing history, with a record that
possibly may never be beaten.
The Premiership season begins on August 15th, just under four weeks away and for most clubs in
the top flight, July has seen them scurrying about trying to strengthen their squads. At Fratton
Park however, Portsmouth find themselves hampered by the current process of due diligence for
Sulaiman Al Fahim's proposed takeover to be completed.
Controversy over the future of Chelsea captain John Terry's time at Stamford Bridge continues as
Manchester City manager Mark Hughes this morning expressed his desire to bring JT to the blue half
of Manchester. John Terry has not publicly come out to express his commitment to Chelsea yet. And
the intensity of the situation will continue to escalate after a French newspaper reported today
that John Terry got into a heated argument with Chelsea players in the dressing room after the game
yesterday, and stormed out.
Sixty seven thousand fans will watch Chelsea play Seattle Sounders today at Qwest Field.
Approximately 700 tickets are still available from Ticketmaster, but if you don't live in the
Seattle area, you can watch the game in the U.S. on ESPN2 at 3pm ET.
Yesterday, Chelsea played a practice at Qwest field in Seattle in front of 4,500 supporters.
Graham Smith, longtime goalkeeper in English Football and current manager in the United States.
Smith recently recommended Anton Peterlin to David Moyes, and now the midfielder has been
transferred to the Toffees. Here Smith's thoughts on Burnley's promotion to the EPL, and his
memories of playing in England.
During day two of Chelsea's US tour, the squad visited Seahawks training facility in Renton,
Washington. Chelsea players Frank Lampard, John Terry, Michael Essien and Michael Ballack took tips
from Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (pictured) before heading over to their 4pm PT
training session at Qwest Field.
Was I dreaming or did I really see Sir Alex on television this week, complaining about the high
prices of players in today's transfer market? This man once helped set the standard forÂ the
ÃœBER-BIGÂ SPENDING. He would never hesitate to bring in enough top players for nearlyÂ
two starting XIs worth of winners.
One of the amazing things about the Premier League today is thanks to advancements in technology
and its rapid growth in worldwide popularity a match can be enjoyed not just by the 40,000+ people
in the stadium, but millions across the world in pubs, clubs and front rooms.
Whether it is in the middle of the night, early in the morning, tea-time or lunchtime, It
doesn't seem to matter, devoted fans of EPL clubs will make sure they catch all the action, be it
via dodgy internet feed, cable TV, their local pub, or the ground itself.
The Chelsea squad touched down in Seattle yesterday afternoon after a long flight from London.
After getting transferred to the team hotel in downtown Seattle, there was a traditional team
stroll before some free time.
Today, Chelsea players will begin training. In fact, if you live in or near Seattle, their
training session is open to the public at 4pm today at Qwest Field.
4.) Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool - 14 March 2009
Even after the mind-shattering come-from-behind win on 13 September (see Part 3), I couldn't let
myself feel too optimistic about the trip to Old Trafford. (Going into the biggest
matches, I try to remain spiritually pragmatic.
The new Birmingham City home jersey for the 2009-2010 season has been officially revealed on its
Thankfully, Birmingham have decided not to use their penguin design that they last used when
they were in the Premier League (no offence Brummie fans but that design was awful no matter how
traditional it was).
A new photograph of Liverpool's third kit for the 2009-2010 season has been officially revealed
by the club website.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is pictured wearing the European away kit for the 2009-2010
season. Designed and manufactured by Adidas, the new kit is white with the familiar three red
stripes from Adidas, while the sponsor name is shown in green.
For most Sunderland fans, there is nothing finer than taking a player from Newcastle and making
him one of your own. When the Mackems broke the transfer record in 1948 by paying Â£20,500 to bring
Shackleton to Roker Park, they captured one of English football'sÂ most mercurial talents.
Shackleton was a mould breaker, a player who refused to conform and loved to entertain the
In Parts 1 & 2 I nominated Manchester City 2-3 Liverpool and Portsmouth 2-3 Liverpool for
Classic Match consideration. These nominees come from a supporter's perspective. I invite others to
say what they deem a potential classic from their own perspectives in the comment section. I'll
cover one more match tomorrow.
Breaking news. Setanta Sports has won the last remaining package of TV rights to show the
Premier League in the Republic of Ireland.
The company, whose U.K. unit shut down after losing rights to show EPL matches in England,
Scotland and Wales, will show 33 games on Saturday afternoons, the league said today in an e-
This Saturday, Chelsea kicks off its preseason tour of the United States with a friendly against
Seattle Sounders. Its the first of four matches the Blues will play across America this July.
But before the first game kicks off in a front of a Seattle crowd that's expected to exceed
60,000, EPL Talk is proud to announce the two winners of a Chelsea grand prize-pack, courtesy of
World Football Challenge.
There have been plenty of unofficial leaks of Manchester City's new home jersey for the
2009-2010 season. And there have been glimpses of the shirt unveiled through official channels too.
But with the transfer signing of Carlos Tevez, who was unveiled to the media and public today, we
can now officially reveal the Manchester City jersey for the 09-10 season.
Sir Alex Ferguson has a practical take on morality.Â Anything benefitting Manchester United is
right.Â Anything hindering Manchester United is wrong.Â With Manchester City and Real Madrid
suddenly able to outbid Manchester United for players.Â It should surprise no one that the
grizzled Scot spoke out for the little man.
Yesterday I covered the Perfect Drama Classic. Today, I'll look at the You Were
Right I Was Wrong Classic...
2.) Portsmouth v. Liverpool - 7 Feb 2009
I try to be the biggest proponent of Rafa Knows Best whenever I can. Though I amÂ at
timesÂ puzzled by some of his decisionsÂ and have my own staunch opinion on how things should be
done (this is a requirement for being a football supporterâ€”FIFA will fine me if I don't question
starting line-upsÂ 15Â times in all competitions).
Photographs of the new Stoke City home jersey for the 2009-2010 season have been revealed on the
club'a web site featuring the familiar red and white stripe design of one of the most historic
clubs in English football.
Designed and manufactured by Le Coq Sportif, the new design is the perfect balance between
tradition and style with a neat V-neck collar, and shirt sponsorship that fits in with the design
rather than looking like an afterthought.
There is nothing football supporters enjoy more than a talking point, something to stir debate,
boil the blood and argue about. In honour of this noble pursuit I decided to compile two teams made
up from the best English players ever to grace the Premier League and pit them against the best
In Fever Pitch, Nick Hornby tells us what a match requires to be "really, truly
memorable." He wants as many of the following as possible (and I paraphrase): goals, bad
refereeing decisions,Â a noisy Crowd, rain etc, opposition missesÂ a penalty, opposition recieves a
red card, a disgraceful incident.
Fox Sports Net (FSN), the regional Fox TV sports affiliates around the United States, will play
more of a pivotal role during the 2009-2010 season in broadcasting not only the recently acquired
Champions League coverage but also Premier League football, according to a unnamed source.
In fact, you'll be able to enjoy five hours of continuous soccer coverage on Tuesdays when
Champions League matches are scheduled.
Unless you are familiar with both towns it would be easy to confuse an image ofÂ Burnley for
its near neighbour Blackburn. Both share the marauding rows of tight Victorian terraced housing,
offering a window to England's past and evoking images of men in cloth caps and the bustling noise
and billowing smoke of busy cotton mills.
Liverpool Football Club may be far behind in the race for number of Premier League trophies, but
the club is way ahead in the number of its Twitter followers. So much so that they have more
followers than all of the other 19 Premiership clubs combined.
Embarrassingly, clubs that are institutions in English football such as Manchester United,
Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United don't have official Twitter feeds.
West Ham United's new home kit won't be released until Monday, but we have a leaked picture of
what is presumably it thanks to Football Shirt Culture.
Designed and manufactured by Umbro and sponsored by SBOBET, the new jersey features a
checkerboard design on the front in claret, and a very minimal blue trim as opposed to previous
seasons when the sleeves were blue.
It's been a few weeks since I've had a chance to update you on the latest news stories affecting
English football fans from around the world. So even though some of these stories are stale, most
of them have not been covered by the blogosphere and remain topical to us die-hard football
The wait is over. EPL Talk can now reveal many of the 2009-2010 Premier League matches that will
be shown on U.S. TV between August and the end of November.
In the United Kingdom, the Premier League has announced which matches will be shown by Sky
Sports and ESPN UK. As a result, we can ascertain which matches will be shown by Setanta US and Fox
Soccer Channel in the United States, both of which have the rights to show the Premier League
matches in the U.
The Premier League has hit a road bump in its lawsuit against YouTube.
In the Premier League's claim, which was filed more than two years ago, it argued that YouTube
was profiting from a knowing violation of its copyrights in the league and in footage of games in
that league. Now, however, a US district judge has filed an opinion that the Premier League cannot
claim statutory damages against YouTube for user-submitted video clips of non-live football
matches, even if it proves that the site infringed its rights, because it failed to register its
The English First Division came into being in 1888 and within 4 years, a young man named Steve
Bloomer signed for Derby County from local league side Tutbury Hawthorn. Whilst he may have been
highly thought of in the local area, such was the turnover of young men trying their hand at
football; Bloomer could have easily been another statistic of those days of the Football League's
As a Liverpool supporter I have a soft spot for Michael Owen.
Now, for the sake of full journalistic disclosure, I must admit I came to the party late. I'm an
American who, seduced by the 2006 World Cup, went looking for an English club to support. Through
the right mixture of Steven Gerrard, Peter Crouch and a childhood Beatles obsession (I see that
puzzled look on your faceâ€”more on all this in an upcoming article), I fell in love with Liverpool
We're just weeks away from the start of the 2009-2010 Premier League season, and the excitement
and suspense is already building (Fulham today played the first friendly of the season involving an
English team down under today). But this upcoming football season will be unlike any other because
of the Twitter effect, the impact that the social media tool will have on the way we follow the
world's most popular sports league.
Since the outlaw of standing areas English stadia have undergone huge changes. From the
crumbling relics of the 1980s the Premier League now boasts some of the finest stadiums in the
The names Old Trafford, Anfield and Stamford Bridge all roll off the tongue but within these
fine stadiums there is that one stand that best captures the fervour with which English fans follow
Last season, Gerrard and Torres missed substantial chunks of play. And Liverpool suffered for
it. When they were both fit, Liverpool hit some astounding results: v. Real Madrid: 4-0; v. Chelsea
2-0; v. Villa 5-0; and @ United 4-1!!! They even managed strong results against big sides with one
or the other missing from the starting lineup.
"The man who taught us the way football should be played" Pele
Well if you're going to start a series like this, there is only one person to start withÂ in my
opinion, Sir Stanley Matthews, the wizard of dribble. Matthews is a name that will always be
mentioned as one of the greatest footballers of all time, never mind a legend of the English
Over the next couple of weeks, I'm going to be focussing on 11 of the legendary playersÂ of
English football to perhaps give some of you an insight to some names that you may not be aware of.
In the modern footballingÂ climate, we can sometimes forget the players and names that used to play
football more as a well paid hobby than a profession.
Gutted: n. 1) A feeling of intense desolation, akin to the feeling of having one's insides
ripped out. 2) A sweet colloquialism that should be adopted into American parlance along with the
words "wanker", "bullocks" and "knackered". Example: Ethan Armstrong will be
gutted if Liverpool FC sell Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid.
It's now possible for football supporters to watch most of the major foreign and domestic
leagues either on television or on the Internet. As a result, the number of clubs that a supporter
follows has presumably grown from one to many.
So, what clubs do you support from the different leagues around the world, why, and how did you
become a supporter of that club?
The rumours first started in January that Manchester City were interested in landing John Terry,
but nothing seemed too concrete and I, perhaps along with a lot of people, just dismissed it as
paper talk.Â Why on earth would Terry leave the Blues to take a risk on Manchester City. Now
though, its official, City are chasing Terry and they've made two offers.
I'd like to take a minute to wish the American readers to EPL Talk a very happy independence day
today. I hope you and your family have a wonderful relaxing day and get to enjoy your fireworks,
BBQ and adult beverages.
I've written about this in the past, but for me, July 4th is the weirdest of American holidays
that I always have a problem trying to figure out what to do.
Is this the new Man United away jersey for the 2009-2010 season? It sure looks like it.
The leaked picture features a gray shirt with a blue V (or chevron, as the Brits like to say).
Designed and manufactured by Nike, it features a similar design to Man United's new home kit.
The shirt colours are definitely a diversion from what United has done in the past, but if the
colours represented in the picture above are true, I wonder what the Red Devils will think about
wearing the sky blue colour of their cross-town brethren?
Â£56 million here... Â£80 million there... this summer has been dominated by the outlandish
spending of a select few, with transfer records tumbling at every turn. But one deal that will grab
most of the headlines could well be a free transfer.
Michael Owen, labelled a fallen idol, a faded star, even a has-been by the media, looks set to
complete a dramatic move to Manchester United.
Barcelona winning everything last season could have deeper repercussions for the Premier League
beyond felling Manchester United in the Champions League. They've awoken the sleeping spending
giant that is Real Madrid. Desperate to overtake the unstoppable BarÃ§a, Real Madrid have
obliterated all transfer records and don't look anywhere near stopping.
Just when you thought Real Madrid had sated their appetite for extravagant ability in the
transfer market, with the signings of Ronaldo and Kaka, they swoop for one of French football's
most prized assets in a deal reported to be worth up to 41 million euro. The signing of Karim
Benzema from Lyon takes Real Madrid's summer spending past the 200 million euro markÂ andÂ into the
realm of pure fantasy, if itÂ had not reached that point already!
It's just a rumour right now, but it's one which will have most football fans salivating. Is
Martin Tyler in talks with ESPN to become one of the network's commentators for its coverage of the
2010 World Cup?
In an interview with Sports Illustrated published today, ESPN's executive vice president for
content John Skipper said that ""we will have international talent.
First a shout out to our readers in Canada. Happy Canada Day!
In a world where loyalty is hard to come by, it's still nice to know that in some part of the
world it still exists. Case in point, Manchester United and Nemanja Vidic. But before I go into
that let us take aÂ brief trip down memory laneÂ to see how those who were tempted by cash and left
for so called "greener" pastures.
Every year, once the season ends, the rumors really start buzzing around our heads like a dark
swarm of thirsty mosquitoes. And where we should wisely swat the nasty beasts away, the depth of
our summer football boredom makes us strip off our shirts, hold out our arms, and beg them to
It's only fitting that with all of the hype and suspense surrounding the launch of Manchester
City's new website that the site came crashing down and never launched as planned at 9am BST today.
In many ways, it has parallels to Manchester City last season after all of the hype was generated
by the Middle Eastern owners, the purchase of Robinho, the ridiculous attempt to sign Kaka and how
Manchester City's season fell flat on its face.
Umbro has unveiled the new home and away kits for Hull City for the 2009/10 season.
The shirts feature Hull City's new sponsor, Totesport. The home shirt features its typical amber
and black colors. However, the black stripes that Hull normally wear are much thinner on the new