EPL Talk Archives for January 2009

Legends of English Football No.6 # Sir Tom Finney

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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.

Premiership Promotion Preview No.2 : Birmingham City

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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.

What’s Happening With Setanta US?

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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.

£3.5m: Not Enough For Alvaro Arbeloa

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£3.5 million for Arvalro Arbeloa? That's all? Seriously?

I mean, I know that's probably what his services are worth but that's not the issue. When Real Madrid have their checkbook out and are licking the tip of their bottomless ballpoint pen there is no call to stop at £3.5 million.

Hungry For The FA Cup

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I know it's only July... I know the first round proper is months away... But 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 to devote themselves as fully to a domestic cup with League and continental priorities weighing heavily on their minds and competitive well-being.

Who are the early title favourites?

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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.

What Will Arsenal Do With the £39m from Manchester City?

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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 £25m. Less than two weeks later, they are prepared to sell them defender Kolo Toure for another £14m, as the 28-year-old Ivorian has been turned by the £100,000 per week wage offer.

Chelsea US Tour: More Photos And Stories

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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 Seattle Sounders.

ESPN360 Now Available To Comcast Customers

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ESPN360 is now available to Comcast customers a few days earlier than its originally planned August 4th launch date.

This is spectacular news for soccer fans who are also Comcast customers. ESPN360 is only available online to customers of ISPs who have contracted with ESPN to make the service available.

Premiership Promotion Preview No.1: Wolverhampton Wanderers

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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.

GolTV To Televise 2009 Emirates Cup Featuring Arsenal

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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 Glasgow Rangers.

The tournament begins on Saturday, Aug. 1 as Rangers take on Paris Saint-Germain at 9:30 a.

Wigan Athletic Away 09/10 Kit Revealed

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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.

Interview with John Terry And Carlo Ancelotti

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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 itself.

Football For Breakfast

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Sunday morning, 26th of July:

On five hours of sleep, I pull myself from my bedroom, cross the hall to the living room and land on the couch. It's a journey of maybe 20 feet, but it feels like Stage 20 of the Tour de France. I am a zombie on NyQuil dragging bags of concrete behind me.

Exits Will Hurt United Says Anelka

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The departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez will seriously dent Manchester United's title challenge, according to Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka.

Ronaldo joined Real Madrid for a world record £80million, whilst Tevez left for rivals Manchester City after his loan deal expired.

7 Things We Learned About The World Football Challenge

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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 of 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.

Chelsea 2-1 AC Milan: Soccer Fans In Blue Heaven

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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 friendly.

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.

Fox Soccer Channel Prepares for Champions League Launch

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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 to Fine Arsenal and Manchester United £5,000, Why Bother?

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UEFA will fine both Arsenal and Manchester United £5,000 respectively for fan incidents during last years Champions League semifinals. An Arsenal fan hit Nemanja Vidic with a plastic bottle. A Manchester United supporter hurled a smoke bomb onto the pitch.   The actions were potentially serious.

ESPN360 Adds EPL Friendlies This Summer

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ESPN today announced that several summer friendlies involving Premier League teams will be shown on ESPN360, its broadband product, this summer.

The games that will be shown live on ESPN360 are:

  • Sunderland vs. Atletico Madrid, July 26, 1pm ET
  • Chelsea vs. Club America, July 26, 7pm ET
  • Manchester United vs.

News Update: Steven Gerrard Cleared Of Affray Charges

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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 Southport after an argument over the music in the club's CD player.

Aston Villa Home Jersey 09/10 Season Revealed

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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.

EPL Talk Podcast: Tom Glick

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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 Home Jersey 09/10 Season

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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 season.

New Pictures Of Man United Away Jersey 09/10 Season

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Two more photographs have been leaked of what is reportedly Manchester United's new away jersey for the 2009/2010 season.

The black shirt with blue trim is designed and manufactured by Nike and is a similar design to the new home jersey except for the color changes.

The above two images are feature an almost identical jersey to a photograph of one that was leaked a couple of months ago.

Bolton Wanderers Away Jersey 09/10 Season

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The new Bolton Wanderers away jersey for the 2009-2010 season has been revealed (pictured above).

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 Away Jersey For 09/10 Season

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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.

How Football Is Like Foreign Films

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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.

The FA Releases Nike Spoof Video To Promote Local Game

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There's Premier League football, and then there's Sunday League football. One is glamourous. The other is a mixture of aching limbs, no glory, pints of beer and having a laugh.

The latter is portrayed in a surprisingly trendy viral video from The FA (yes, the Football Association). It's a spoof of the Nike video that was released a few months ago.

Can Sven-Goran Eriksson Bring Notts County To The Premier League?

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Former England, Manchester City and Mexico manager Sven Goran-Eriksson did not become director of football at Notts County "for the money." Nor, apparently, did he go for the prestige or mild degree of difficulty. Eriksson inherits a club that finished 19th in League Two last season, essentially the worst club in England that can be called professional.

What Do We Want From Our Pre-Season Friendlies?

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It was the Merseyside derby... in Thailand?

Watching Liverpool FC and the Thai National Team come out of the tunnel side-by-side was eerie: the hosts wore all-blue kits and Chang Beer is their sponsor. I had to double check the tv menu and make sure I was actually watching this morning's pre-season friendly and not an FSC Premier League replay.

History Of Premier League On US TV

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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.

Is It Theo Walcott’s Time At Arsenal?

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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 forward.

Ventury County Fusion 0-5 Burnley And Owen Coyle Interview

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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.

Chelsea’s US Tour Is A Preview Of 39th Game

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By all accounts, Chelsea's tour of the United States thus far has been a rousing success both on and off the field.

After playing in front of 65,289 fans on Saturday against Seattle Sounders at Qwest Field, Chelsea played in front of another massive crowd Tuesday night at Pasadena's Rose Bowl.

Sanity Returns To Portsmouth FC Now That Takeover Is Complete

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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 Southampton.

Why Does No-One Love Peter Crouch?

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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.

Is Mark Hughes Building a Barcelona Clone at Eastlands?

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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.

The Craig Bellamy Factor

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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... sorry, couldn't resist). I'm not saying I condone personal injury—but serious property damage from a swinging cricket bat or something could be on the horizon at least.

Alonso rumour just won’t go away

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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.

Legends Of English Football No.5 # Billy Wright

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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 Recruitment Drive Begins To Warm Up

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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.

Suspending Animosity: The Football Shirt Swap

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It's the little things.

 I've been fully 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've never seen a baseball pitcher record the last strike of the last out of a playoff game and then trot to home plate, unbutton his shirt and give it to the batter.

Zamora Opens Talks With Hull

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Fulham striker Bobby Zamora is in talks with Hull City over a proposed £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.

Arsenal Bid Farewell To Bad News

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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.

EPL Talk Podcast: Mikel John Obi

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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.

Top 5 Soccer Audiobooks

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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.

Legends Of English Football No.4 # William “Dixie” Dean

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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.

Portsmouth Need To Sort The Takeover Out Quickly

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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.

Seattle 0-2 Chelsea: Videos And Photos From US Tour

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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.

Chelsea Practice At Qwest Field In Seattle (Video)

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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.

EPL Talk Podcast: Graham Smith

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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.

Chelsea Scrimmage With Seattle Seahawks Quarterback

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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.

Has The Transfer Market Really “Caught Fire”?

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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 for the ÜBER-BIG SPENDING. He would never hesitate to bring in enough top players for nearly two starting XIs worth of winners.

Manchester City Fans Poke Fun At United Supporters

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Manchester City supporters poked fun at their cross-town rival Man United this morning by hanging this poster on the Victoria Bridge in the city (see above picture).

The EPL Match Day Experience Part 1 – Home Sweet Home

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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.

Chelsea Arrives In Seattle: Day One

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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.

What Makes A Classic Football Match? Part 4: Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool

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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.

Birmingham City Home Jersey 09/10 Officially Revealed

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The new Birmingham City home jersey for the 2009-2010 season has been officially revealed on its club website.

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).

Liverpool Third Kit 09/10 Season Officially Revealed

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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.

Legends of English Football No3: # Len Shackleton

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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 £20,500 to bring Shackleton to Roker Park, they captured one of English football's most mercurial talents. Shackleton was a mould breaker, a player who refused to conform and loved to entertain the public.

Fox Soccer Channel to Televise Upcoming Liverpool Friendlies

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Fox Soccer Channel announced today that it'll be broadcasting three of the upcoming friendlies involving Liverpool this summer.

The U.S. TV network will be showing the following games live:

  • Thai national team v Liverpool, July 22, 9am ET
  • Singapore national team v Liverpool, July 26, 8am ET
  • FC Lyn v Liverpool, August 5, 1pm ET.

What Makes A Classic Football Match? Part 3: Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United

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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.

Setanta Wins Irish TV Rights For Premier League

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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- mailed statement.

Roll Out The Red Carpet: Chelsea Are Heading Stateside

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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.

Manchester City Home Jersey For 09/10 Season Revealed

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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.

Why Has Manchester United Resigned Itself To Being Outspent?

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Sir Alex Ferguson has a practical take on morality. Anything benefitting Manchester United is right. Anything hindering Manchester United is wrong. With Manchester City and Real Madrid suddenly able to outbid Manchester United for players. It should surprise no one that the grizzled Scot spoke out for the little man.

What Makes A Classic Football Match? Part 2

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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 am at times puzzled by some of his decisions and have my own staunch opinion on how things should be done (this is a requirement for being a football supporter—FIFA will fine me if I don't question starting line-ups 15 times in all competitions).

Stoke City Home Jersey For 09/10 Season Revealed

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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.

Premier League All Time: English XI vs Foreign XI

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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 foreign XI.

What Makes A Classic Football Match? Part 1

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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, a noisy Crowd, rain etc, opposition misses a penalty, opposition recieves a red card, a disgraceful incident.

FSN TV Schedule For Champions League And EPL Games Revealed

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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.

Blackburn v Burnley – Friends reunited?

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Unless you are familiar with both towns it would be easy to confuse an image of 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.

Official Twitter Accounts For Premier League Clubs

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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 09/10 Home Jersey Leaked

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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.

Switching On To English Football: An American Supporter Awakes… Part 2

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In Part 1, I described how the 2006 World Cup drew me into football. With the World Cup finished, I was hungry for more. I turned to the English Premier League to slake my thirst...

Part 2: Inhaling the Premier League...

When the World Cup ended I went into withdrawel.

Latest News From ESPN, Setanta, GolTV and Others

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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 fans.

Poetic Justice: BBC Unveil New Football Signing

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Switching On To Football: An American Supporter Awakes… Part 1

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After hearing from fellow Americans who follow the Premier League, I've been pondering the idea of coming to English football as an outsider. Here's how my own love affair from distance got started...

Part 1: Inhaling the World Cup...

Back in 2006, my inner football junkie came alive when I discovered the World Cup.

U.S. TV Schedule For Premier League Games: Aug Through Nov 09

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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.

Premier League Hits a Road Bump In YouTube Lawsuit

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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 copyrights.

Legends Of English Football: #2 Steve Bloomer

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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 infancy.

Join the 2009/2010 Fantasy Premier League

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Great news. The Premier League has opened the doors to its 2009/2010 Fantasy Premier League, and on behalf of EPL Talk, I'd like to invite you to join our private league.

To play for free against hundreds of football fans from around the world, here's all you have to do:

  1. Visit the Fantasy Premier League site and log in
  2. If you've never registered before, go to http://fantasy.

Michael Owen: Am I Supposed To Hate Him Now?

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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 face—more on all this in an upcoming article), I fell in love with Liverpool Football Club.

Twitter Killed The Premier League Star

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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.

Iconic Premiership Stands

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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 world.

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 their teams.

Stay Fit, Keep Xabi, Masch: Liverpool Can Win… part 2

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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.

Mitchell And Webb Tackle Plastic Football Fans

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Tip of the hat to Two Footed Tackle for uncovering the video.

Legends Of English Football: #1 Sir Stanley Matthews

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"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 with 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 game.

Legends Of English Football

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Over the next couple of weeks, I'm going to be focussing on 11 of the legendary players of English football to perhaps give some of you an insight to some names that you may not be aware of. In the modern footballing climate, we can sometimes forget the players and names that used to play football more as a well paid hobby than a profession.

Stay Fit, Keep Xabi, Masch: Liverpool Can Win… part 1

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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.

Barclays Premier League Review Show Returning To FSN

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The Barclays Premier League Review Show will be returning to the Fox Sports Regional Networks for the 2009-2010 season after a break of several years, according to an inside source.

Many followers of English football on U.S. television may remember the early incarnations of the Review Show, which was shown on Fox regional affiliates throughout the late 80s and early-to-mid 90s.

The Best EPL Strike Partnerships

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Michael Owen's shock transfer to Manchester United gives him the chance to be re-united with Wayne Rooney, a strike partnership that proved so fruitful with the England national side.

A successful pairing up front is often at the heart of a side's success and if they develop a mutual understanding can prove greater than the sum of their parts.

Which Football Clubs Do You Support?

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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?

Is John Terry Really Going To Join Manchester City?

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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. 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.

What Football Shirts Are Hiding In Your Closet?

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There's something beautiful about a football shirt. It's not just the fabric, how it looks on you or what it represents. To me, it means so much more. It's all about memories.

When you wear a new one for the first time, such as any of the new football shirts for the 2009-2010 Premier League season, it's all about the material and the identity of your club.

Happy Independence Day America

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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.

Manchester United Away Jersey For 09/10 Season Leaked

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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?

Kenny Dalglish Returns To Liverpool FC

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King Kenny is back! After a 18 year hiatus, the man many hail as Liverpool's greatest ever player, Kenny Dalglish, will rejoin Liverpool Football Club.

From the club's official site:

"Dalglish will assume a senior role at the Liverpool Academy and will also act as a Club ambassador working with the commercial side of the business around the world.

Michael Owen to Man United – Gamble or not?

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£56 million here... £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.

Real Madrid Storms Transfer Market - Can English Clubs Cope?

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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 Barça, Real Madrid have obliterated all transfer records and don't look anywhere near stopping.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 Trailer In HD

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Karim Benzema Transfer A Blow To Manchester United’s Summer Plans

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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 mark and into the realm of pure fantasy, if it had not reached that point already!

Could Martin Tyler Be Joining the ESPN 2010 World Cup Team?

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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.

Total Loyalty

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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 a brief trip down memory lane to see how those who were tempted by cash and left for so called "greener" pastures.

Will All These Transfer Rumors Please Give Us Something Real?

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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 land.

Manchester City Experiences Technical Difficulties

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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.

Arsenal Third Kit For 09/10 Season Unveiled

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Arsenal's new third kit for the 2009/10 season has been officially unveiled on the Arsenal website.

Designed and manufactured by Nike, the white shirt features redcurrant stripes and a polo collar. Further shirt details include a panel of horizontal stripes at the back of the shirt.

Hull City Home And Away Kits For 09/10 Season Revealed

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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 shirt design.