EPL Talk Archives for January 2010

Fan Diary #22: A Quick One Before Liverpool v. Bolton

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Liverpool v. Bolton. Alright. As I'm starting this it's nearly 2am here on the east side of America so I'm going to reel off a few hundred words before bed. Sorry for the brevity compared to my usual output, but kickoff is eight hours away and this writer needs some sleep. But I do want to get my pre-match thoughts in.

The Conundrum of the Green and Gold Protests at Manchester United

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The video below, which was spotted by our pals at 101 Great Goals, was taken at Old Trafford during Manchester United's 4-0 win over Hull City last weekend. In the video, we can see many United supporters sporting green and gold the colors of Newton Heath FC, which was the original club name of Man United in protest of the shady financial tactics of club owner Malcolm Glazer.

ABC to Televise England Against USA World Cup Match On US TV

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The TV schedule for the 2010 World Cup has been released for viewers in the United States, and the most highly anticipated match of the opening round featuring England against the United States of America will be televised live on ABC on Saturday, June 12 beginning at 2pm ET.

In England's second game of the tournament, the match against Algeria will be shown live on ESPN2 on Friday, June 16 with coverage beginning at 2pm ET.

Fox Soccer Channel Now Broadcasting In HD

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Fox Soccer Channel is now broadcasting in HD, according to several reports from viewers nationwide. The 24/7 soccer network has added the HD symbol to its coverage and is now available to all carriers nationwide. However not all programming shown by Fox is HD content, and not all carriers have added the HD feed as of yet.

Premier League Preview – Jan. 30-Feb. 1

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Two of the top three teams in the Premier League table will clash on Sunday when Manchester United come to London to face Arsenal.

You won't want to miss it, and if you check out the EPL Talk TV schedule, you won't.

It's a huge match for both clubs, but hardly the only one as the Premier League's 2009-2010 marches towards its conclusion.

Premier League Footballer Of The Week, 1/26 – 1/27

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Authors note: As this is the first of many in an ongoing series I'll attempt to keep some form of continuity throughout the end of the season but am sure to change aspects of the column to fit mine and readers needs. It'll be difficult deciding what defines a week as various Premier League teams are spread thin through other obligations including European competitions and domestic Cups.

Craig Bellamy Coin Incident Gave Man United Unfair Advantage

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Watching the Manchester derby Wednesday night I was appalled to see Craig Bellamy get hit by an object and to see other objects thrown at him as he went to take a corner for Manchester City.

Bellamy was struck by a coin that knocked him to the ground and saw a beer bottle narrowly miss his head.

Four games, Two Weeks To Define Arsenal’s Season

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For five seasons Arsenal has been all but out the race of winning the Premier League title with a country mile still left to run. Now the opportunity has arisen and to the challenge of bidding for a 14th league championship. 4 games, 2 weeks against the best of what English football has to offer that will shape and define a season and the credentials of Arsene's young guns.

Portsmouth and West Ham: Two Teams That Don’t Deserve To Go Down

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Watching Tuesday night's relegation battle between Portsmouth and West Ham United was like seeing two young adults groping each other. It was awkward, clumsy but performed at such a frenetic pace that it was entertaining to watch and you never quite knew what was going to happen next.

West Ham United Owners Aim To Take Hammers To New Highs

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Pornography isn't everyone's cup of meat. However, it's all around us. You are currently two clicks away from watching as much hot lovin' as your body can stand. Quite whether this is a good thing or a deeply immoral thing, is open to debate. A mass debate, perhaps.

However, one thing is not in question.

Setanta Sports US Agrees Terms With Fox Soccer Channel

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Setanta Sports confirmed today that its US and Caribbean sports channel will cease broadcasting on February 28, 2010 and that much of its TV programming rights, including premium soccer games and rugby events, will be transferred to Fox Soccer Channel, according to a press release on the Setanta US website.

EPL Talk Podcast: Mick Dennis

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Mick Dennis, longtime football writer, currently with the Daily Express joins us to discuss his career and some of greatest memories in football.

Don't forget that the EPL Talk Podcast is the only Premier League interview and analysis podcast available for free. In the past few weeks, we've interviewed legends of the game such as Steve McManaman, Efan Ekoku, Martin Chivers and Robbie Earle as well as experts such as Declan Hill, Simon Kuper, Misha Sher, Matt Dickinson and many others.

African Cup Of Nations Round Up Days 10-18

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The final round of the group games saw several well fancied sides struggling for form and in danger of going out, but Group B's final game saw Ghana edge it 1-0 to progress with Ivory Coast in to the quarter finals. It had certainly been a weird group with Mali pulling out but eventually, the two major sides got through, though Burkina Faso can be proud at their efforts.

Santos or Swim? Robinho Has A Choice To Make

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Numerous reports have one-time wunderkind Robinho fleeing Manchester City for Santos, the legendary Sao Paolo club where his career began. The loan deal could see Santos youngsters Paulo Henrique Ganso or Neymar don sky blue. Manager Roberto Mancini has stated that, while concerned about a lack of depth at forward, he would not stand in Robinho's way.

Why Are Premier League Club Websites So Awful?

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When was the last time you visited the official web site of your favorite Premier League club? If you're honest, the answer is pretty seldom. There's a reason for that. Sixty percent of the sites are developed and maintained by one company, Perform.

Perform is more commonly known as Premium TV.

Coming Soon To EPL Talk: Premier League Footballer Of The Week

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In our attempts to further break down and analyze all things Premier League, EPL Talk proudly announce the addition of a new weekly column entitled Premier League Footballer of the Week. The column will be opinion driven, but we'll strive to take an in-depth look at one single player in the Premier League who impressed during the most recent round of matches.

List of 30 Premier League Footballers On Twitter and Facebook

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If you're looking for a list of Premier League footballers who have Twitter and/or Facebook accounts, you've come to the right place. After hours of research, EPL Talk has amassed a comprehensive list of Twitter and Facebook accounts for footballers of most Premier League clubs.

Last week, Manchester United caused quite a stir when the club announced that its players had been told not to use social networking sites.

“Sparsenal” vs. Stoke

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Hubris. That's all it can be labeled.

How many of us saw the "Sparsenal" team Arsene Wenger fielded Sunday versus Stoke, and said to ourselves, "Aw come ON."Â I mean, most of us tune in to Arsenal games to watch the beautiful game be beautiful, and looking at the line-up Wenger started, it was instantly obvious that the Gunners were in for a tough match.

EPL Talk Podcast: A Look at Algeria

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Algeria has been drawn into England's group in the upcoming World Cup tournament. Kartik Krishnaiyer and Richard Farley look at the Cup of African Nations performance for Algeria, who defeated Ivory Coast on Sunday in Quarterfinals.

Don't forget that the EPL Talk Podcast is the only Premier League interview and analysis podcast available for free.

ESPN2 TV Ratings For 2009-2010 English Premier League: Aug to Jan

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It's been a while since I've had a chance to share the TV ratings for ESPN2's coverage of the Barclay's Premier League 2009-2010 season, so here are the most recent ratings from late December 2009 through last week.

The new ratings are bolded. See below.

Nielsen Ratings for Premier League Games on ESPN2: August through January 16, 2010:
  1. Liverpool v Aston Villa, 8/24/2009, Monday, 3pm ET, 398,391 viewers
  2. Portsmouth v Manchester United, 11/28/2009, Saturday, 10am, 396,995
  3. Wigan v Man United, 8/22/2009, Saturday, 10am, 374,799
  4. Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur, 10/31/2009, Saturday, 8:45am, 325,187
  5. Manchester City v West Ham United, 9/28/2009, Monday, 3pm, 293,600
  6. Portsmouth v Burnley, 12/5/2009, Saturday, 7:45am, 278,078
  7. Portsmouth v Liverpool, 12/12/2009, Saturday, 7:45am, 276,160
  8. Stoke City v Liverpool, 1/16/2010, Saturday, 7:45am, 273,000
  9. Portsmouth v Everton, 9/26/2009, Saturday, 7:45am, 270,927
  10. Bolton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur, 10/3/2009, Saturday, 10am, 265,508
  11. Tottenham v Sunderland, 11/7/2009, Saturday, 10am, 259,831
  12. Chelsea v Burnley, 8/29/2009, Saturday, 7:45am, 253,934
  13. Liverpool v Burnley, 9/12/2009, Saturday, 10am, 253,779
  14. Aston Villa v Manchester City, 10/5/2009, Monday, 3pm, 248,956
  15. Birmingham City v Chelsea, 12/26/2009, Saturday, 7:45am, 246,000
  16. Liverpool v Manchester City, 11/21/2009, Saturday, 7:45am, 236,247
  17. Wolves v Manchester City, 12/28.

Football Footage From 1901-1905 Including First Film Of Man United

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It's incredible to think that this following collection of vintage videos, which were shot over 100 years ago at football grounds across England, would be added to YouTube and we'd be viewing on a computer via this thing called the World Wide Web. But no matter how much technology has changed in the hundred plus years, two things haven't changed that much.

Four Star Rooney Lifts Manchester United, Again

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  • In the weekend's only Premier League match, Wayne Rooney puts on a clinic in finishing and claims the United captaincy of the future.

- Then and Now

Not since the Hamburg-bound Ruud van Nistelrooy did it for United in November of 2004 has a Manchester United player scored four goals in a competitive contest.

Hammers Executive Ponders Name Change to West Ham Olympic

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President Barack Obama's favorite footie club, West Ham United, could undergo a radical identity change if the club's new vice-chairman has her way.

Karren Brady, who was appointed vice-chairman of the Hammers by the new joint chairmen, David Sullivan and David Gold, just this month, fancies the idea of changing the club's venerable, and 110-year-old, name from "West Ham United" to "West Ham Olympic.

Jermaine Beckford Earns Leeds United FA Cup Replay Against Spurs

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I'm getting sick of people who say that the FA Cup is dead or dying. All you had to do was watch the Tottenham Hotspur against Leeds United match on Saturday and you would have walked away convinced that the tournament is very much alive and kicking.

In a tremendously exciting game, Leeds United held their own against an almost full-strength Tottenham side.

Manchester United’s Season Poised For Silverware

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Could the words "Like a phoenix from the ashes" be uttered by Manchester United players, supporters and financial nerds as the club and current Premier League Champions seem to be on the brink of turning an almost tumultuous season around? Recent happenings at Old Trafford seem to be more conclusive and surefooted than those of the past few weeks and months.

Poll: Should Man United Have Kept Carlos Tevez?

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The Guardian posted a poll asking its readers whether Manchester United should have kept Carlos Tevez. A surprising majority said 'yes.' Can this be chalked up to the fickle feelings of fandom? Or is it sincere affection for the man who scored 37 goals in all competitions while wearing red?

Where Do You Sit Or Stand At Football Grounds?

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It's so easy to get spoiled by watching English football games on television each week. Without thinking about it, you always have the best seat in the stadium. And you have the luxury of seeing close-ups, action replays, slow-motion, different camera angles and more.

So when you do physically go to the stadium to see a match, you sometimes feel disappointed.

EPL Talk Podcast: Simon Chadwick

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Noted sports economist and strategist, Dr. Simon Chadwick from Coventry University is our guest on this edition of the EPL Talk podcast. Among the topics discussed are finance in football, the 39th game in the Premier League, what Football can learn from other sports, The Premier League's ascendancy in Asia and much much more!

Is Gary Neville a ‘Bootlicker’ or a Legend… or both?

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Gary Neville is many things to many people: a legend; 'a red who hates Scousers' in the eyes of United fans; an insufferable manc in the eyes of opposition fans; and to that list you may well add 'bootlicker' - kissing the feet of his manager, expressing his 'views' to present a-fan's-view-that-conveniently-supports-that-of-his-boss.

Premier League Preview – Jan. 23-27

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It might only be for five days, but Manchester United has the chance to jump Arsenal and Chelsea in the league standings when it welcomes Hull City for the only Premier League game scheduled for the weekend on Saturday.

It's an FA Cup weekend, after all.

But there's still plenty of action for you on TV.

The Damned United Coming to DVD in United States

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Good news for soccer fans in the United States. The Damned United, the brilliant film by Tom Hooper and starring Michael Sheen, will be available in DVD format in the United States beginning February 23, 2010.

The movie which tells the story of the working relationship between Brian Clough and Peter Taylor is one of the finest British soccer movies seen on these shores.

Arsenal At The Top After Back-to-back Wins Against Bolton

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Belief is an oft-used word by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, as he has belief in his team's abilities to vie for the league and perhaps more. There's unquestionably great technical skill at the Emirates, but more often, at crucial moments, belief is what Arsenal lack. The Gunners will relish their top spot in the league for a few days, and it's deserved, in developing a bit more grit since a humiliating loss to Chelsea at home in November.

EPL Talk Podcast: David Conn

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David Conn, whose critically acclaimed work for the Guardian focuses on Football finance, joins us on the EPL Talk Podcast. Hear Conn's opinions on the Glazer family's running of Manchester United, as well as his reporting on a number of other subjects related to finance in the game.

Big Changes At EPL Talk and MLS Talk

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It's with great pleasure to announce spectacular news today, and that is Kartik Krishnaiyer, the host of the EPL Talk and MLS Talk Podcasts, as well as writer for both sites, has been appointed Public Relations Director for the North American Soccer League (NASL).

As a result of the full-time position, Krishnaiyer will be stepping down as the host of both podcasts.

Looking for Eric

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I just stumbled across this trailer for "Looking for Eric", the 2009 film directed by Ken Loach. The film opened at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, and was released across Europe throughout last year. So far, there are no US DVD (Region 1) release dates. It looks like a good one, I wonder if us Yanks will ever get a chance to see it.

Fan Diary #21 – Give Yourselves A Lift, Liverpool!

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I won't argue that Liverpool FC deserve something more out of the last two matches based on form. Reading were the better team in both cup ties and Stoke were just about on par with the flailing Merseyside giants last weekend. And with Torres, Gerrard and Benayoun still out for today's fixture, one feels like the struggle to put a much-needed win away is less likely than ever.

Does Manchester City Have The Self Belief To Be Cup Winners?

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It's probably not often that Manchester City and Prince get mentioned in the same sentence. I doubt the little funky fella spends much time pondering events at Eastlands or writing songs inspired by Micah Richards. However, we can look to his hit, Little Red Corvette to inform us about the current situation at the club.

Liverpool v Spurs: Has-Been’s Versus Wannabe’s

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Tonight sees Liverpool and Tottenham go head-to-head in the latest battle between the contenders for fourth spot. If week 22 matches were anything to go by then all teams are doing their best to give the priceless spot to someone else.

Liverpool's average display against Stoke is a microcosm of their 'pants on the ground' season, with performances lacking sharpness, imagination and concentration (not bad luck) in dropping points in key Premier League and Champions League games.

Hull City’s Signing of Amr Zaki Sends the Wrong Message

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Egyptian international striker Amr Zaki has officially signed on a loan deal to Hull City from Egyptian side El Zamelek. The deal, which holds until the end of the season, looks like a shrewd signing for the Tigers. Â At just a measly 20 league goals, Hull city are the fourth lowest scoring team in the premiership, narrowly edging out Stoke City, Portsmouth and Wolves.

8 Highlights From the Manchester Carling Cup Semi-Final Derby, 1st Leg

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Tuesday's Manchester Derby, doubling as the first leg of the League Cup Semi-Final, was sleepy for certain stretches but produced plenty of encouraging highlights for supporters of both sides, including:

  1. Antonio Valencia. After receiving a gorgeous pass from Patrice Evra, thoroughly embarrassed Craig Bellamy, first with a neat nutmeg, then with a sensational step-around to set up Man United's first goal.

Breaking News: Gold And Sullivan Reveal West Ham’s True Debt

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In a refreshing change of events, former Birmingham City owners, David Gold and David Sullivan took control of the Hammers and admitted straightaway the mess that West Ham United have been battling with. Since the crashing collapse of the Icelandic banking system, West Ham had been financially stricken and the true extent of the footballing debt is now apparent.

EPL Talk Podcast: Jon Champion

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Jon Champion, the lead football commentator for ESPN UK's coverage of the Premier League joins us to discuss the latest news and issues from the game. Champion is a familiar voice in football loving homes across the globe. Â Hear his opinions on the standard of the Premier League, the title race, youth development and much much more in today's show.

He Walked Away Like An Egyptian – The Return Of Amr Zaki

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While The Pharaohs secure passage into the quarter-finals in Angola attempting to defend their African crown, one of their brightest sons is making a highly anticipated return to Old Blighty after a somewhat maligned exit. This time around, Amr Zaki will attempt his goal scoring prowess a few hours down the M62 from Wigan towards the North Sea and end up with relegation-fighting Hull City Football Club on a five month loan deal.

3 Reasons to Experience English Football On Radio Rather Than TV

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Last Thursday, I was away from the television set so I decided to follow the Blackburn Rovers against Aston Villa Carling Cup tie via the radio for a change.

Listening to the Tunin.FM radio app on my iPhone, I was immediately captivated by the commentary for a few different reasons.

Gary Neville Feeling Off Color According to Daily Star

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The Daily Star newspaper in England is reporting that Gary Neville is feeling a bit gray according to their headline they published Monday night (see above picture).

It's an actual mistake that appeared in their article here (which may have been corrected by the time you read this), but it's also another example of shoddy journalism that we've noticed quite a bit recently in other British newspapers such as The Daily Express and, in another example, The Daily Star.

Vote for EPL Talk In the 2009 Soccerlens Awards

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EPL Talk has been nominated in the following two categories of the latest Soccerlens Awards:

  • Best football podcast, and
  • Best competition site.

If you enjoy the EPL Talk Podcast and EPL Talk website, we highly encourage you to vote for us by clicking on the above links (one vote per person, and no registration is required, so it'll take less than 30 seconds).

African Cup Of Nations Round Up: Days 5-9

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Now that's what I call a tournament mascot. I don't need modern interpretations of peace, harmony and good will like the dreadful trio that South Korea and Japan gave us in 2002. Dreadful mascots and a dreadful tournament. I want giant animals or characters that can play football or playing football.

How Can Manchester City Solve A Problem Like Robinho?

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It was the marquee signing that announced that Manchester City had money to burn and were determined to usurp the comfy old pals act at the top of the Premiership. Fans flocked to Eastlands in tea-towels to show their new Arabic allegiance and the shock that seemed to follow such a transfer.

Liverpool FC: Is It Time To Sell Steven Gerrard?

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With Liverpool languishing in lowly seventh, things are certainly looking gloomy over at Anfield. Not a day goes by without fresh reports surfacing from the press about the imminent sale of Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard. Who can blame them? Liverpool is ripe for the picking at the moment with the talk of a new manager, nonexistent transfer funds, mounting debt, and a divided board room all casting the club in a highly precarious light.

Man United Shuts Down Twitter and Facebook Accounts For Its Footballers

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Manchester United posted an announcement on its website Friday that said that none of its players maintain personal profiles on social networking sites.

"The club wishes to make it clear that no Manchester United players maintain personal profiles on social networking websites," said the note posted on ManUtd.

Arsenal Force A Victory Over Bolton

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Owen Coyle's managerial debut for Bolton ended in a 0 2 defeat against the Gunners. The scoreline suggests an easy victory. It was anything but. To Bolton's credit, they started the match brightly and nearly scored twice within the first 5 minutes. Arsenal, though intially stunned by Bolton's aggressive approach and passing movement, regained their composure to take control of the match.

Ruminations on Landon Donovan: a Yankee Perspective

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Donovan. Another solid performance. While all the nay-sayers are stewing, waiting for him to stumble, donning the ill-got rep they bestowed on him after a couple short stints in Germany, I want to see him score goals. I don't care if Everton go down in a smoking mass of decaying blue matter (occasionally.

Fox Soccer Channel Impress With: The Greatest, The Contenders

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For one reason or another, FSC have enjoyed a lot of headlines on EPL Talk lately. 2010 is already scheduled to be a massive year for the network that continues to provide footie fans the beautiful game with a variety of leagues on offer each week. We're all anxiously waiting to turn on our TVs one morning only to miraculously experience the magic of full HD.

Premier League Launches Official Weekly Podcast

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The Premier League has launched an official podcast, which will be released every Thursday evening with a preview of the upcoming weekend's fixtures as well as analysis and trivia questions.

The first episode was released last week to very little fanfare featuring Ian Payne as host and Nigel Winterburn as co-host.

EPL Talk Podcast: Transfer Window Dealings, Cup of African Nations

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Host Kartik Krishnaiyer is joined by Set Piece Analysts' Richard Farley to break down the needs of all 20 Premier League clubs in the transfer market.

We also discuss which Premier League players have made the biggest impact thus far in the Cup of African Nations.

Don't forget that the EPL Talk Podcast is the only Premier League interview and analysis podcast available for free.

MSNBC Joe Scarborough Wants Rafa Benitez Sacked

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Count MSNBC TV host Joe Scarborough among the growing number of people who think Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez should be fired.

With Liverpool's season seemingly getting worse each week, it was a bit of a surprise to see Scarborough, the host of Morning Joe on MSNBC, mention Benitez on his Twitter account.

Manchester United For Sale At a Bargain Price of £1.2m

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Manchester United is for sale and is the subject of a takeover at a bargain price of £1.2 million according to The Daily Express. Except that it isn't £1.2 million, it's £1.2 billion (they flubbed the headline). And if The Daily Express can't get the headline correct, how trustworthy is the actual story itself?

Joe Cole set to quit Chelsea for Manchester City?

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With Joe Cole out of contract at Chelsea in the summer, there's no surprise in there being a few Premiership Clubs 'poking their noses' into the status of the current situation regarding the player at the moment.

Negotiations are currently under way between Joe Cole and Chelsea, with Cole wanting around £50,000 extra on top of the £80,000 a week he is currently on.

UK Media Reaction to Landon Donovan: Everton 2-0 Man City

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Landon Donovan made his home debut for Everton Saturday against a strong Manchester City side in a very entertaining and exciting game. How did Donovan do? Here's what the UK media thought:

"Everton tried to hit back through Landon Donovan – making his home debut – who was only inches away from chipping Shay Given after a clever one-two with Louis Saha.

Open Letters to Fox Soccer HD, Fox Soccer Plus HD, Setanta, ESPN, And Other American Soccer Broadcasters

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Okay, I am officially ready for soccer coverage in America to change. Here are my gripes, complaints, whinings, and otherwise negative comments about the current state of affairs...

HD: Dear HD Gods, Fox Soccer HD and Fox Soccer Plus HD cannot come soon enough.

Observations of Premier League Saturday Matches, Gameweek 22

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Oh my gosh, what a mish-mosh of Premier League football we saw on television on Saturday. I've still making my way through the matches I've recorded, but we've seen one of the scrappiest games in the league featuring Stoke City against Liverpool, followed by an unconvincing display by Manchester United in their tense match with Burnley, and a match that was so one-sided that it looked more like an exhibition friendly between Chelsea and Sunderland.

Setanta Sports US Service to End February 28, Reports Say

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When Setanta Sports US hands back the TV rights to the Premier League and Champions League on February 28, 2010 which it had sub-licensed from Fox Soccer Channel, that will be Setanta's last day in business according to a Setanta affiliate mentioned in industry publication Multichannel News.

Football Stereotypes Infuriate Me

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In my on going attempts to unite football supporters across the world, I want to shed some light on some ridiculous stereotypes that seem to follow certain groups of football fans quite unfairly. If you're like me, you spend countless hours searching the web for news stories, discussion, debate and opinion.

Liverpool is at the Abyss. Do They Have the Stomach for the Hard Decisions to Come?

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Having crashed out of the Champions League in the group stages, the FA Cup in the third round, and hanging out in 7th place on the table with their three best players out of action, Liverpool are staring straight at catastrophe. Without the revenues available to buy their way out of this mess, and with no more money coming in from the Champions League or ticket sales from the FA Cup and a probable lack of Champions league football next year, all those unthinkable questions now need to be asked.

EPL Talk Podcast: Jimmy Jean-Louis on Haitian Relief

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On Wednesday night, Hull City and US international striker Jozy Altidore appeared on CNN's Larry King Live to discuss the Haiti earthquake disaster and the impact it has had on him and his family. Despite only being on the show for a very short period of time, you could easily see how visibly shaken Altidore was by the catastrophe and how he was deeply worried whether several of his family members, who are in Haiti, were alive or not.

What Does Rafa Benitez Have To Do To Get Sacked?

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Rafa's poor financial management forced Liverpool to sell out to the Americans

It's a simple question but a difficult answer. Whether you're a Liverpool supporter or not, you have to agree that if Benitez was at any other Premier League club, he would have been sacked months ago. Liverpool has been dismal in the league (in seventh place but not playing impressively), in the Champions League (already knocked out) and now in the FA Cup (getting knocked out in the third round of the tournament by Reading).

Jozy Altidore Effected By Devastating Earthquake In Haiti

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It's been a tough week for alot people around the world. First, the shocking attack on the Togo international football team in Angola and most recently, a devastating earthquake in Haiti where more than 100,000 people are feared dead. Haitian-American Jozy Altidore who applies his trade with Hull City FC was hit especially hard.

Brian Laws Crashes The Premiership Party At Burnley

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Now, I suppose some people out there are still scratching their heads over Burnley's appointment of Brian Laws and I must admit I was a tad taken aback. Anyone without a knowledge of the game outside of the Premiership, and there are plenty of those fans in England, never mind outside the U.

African Cup Of Nations Round Up: Days 1-4

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Well we all know how the competition started but the tournament kicked off in earnest on Sunday evening with the host nation Angola entertaining Mali. Hopes were high after all the political wrangling that engulfed the weekend, football could return to the forefront. What no-one expected was a series of breathless games and major shocks that have turned the Cup Of Nations on its head.

Liverpool Crash Out Of FA Cup: A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

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Two Most Common Mistakes That Soccer Commentators Make

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When listening to soccer commentary, that there are two things that always irk me. One is when they shout "Offsides!" Two is when they talk about "goal differential."

Offside is a singular term, not plural unless you are talking about more than one offside that happened during a match.

When Was The Last Time You Went To A Professional Soccer Match?

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All of us that read this blog consume mass amounts of soccer whether it's on television, the Internet, radio or, for the fortunate few, in person. But take a second and consider when was the last time you watched a professional game in person?

For me, it's been many months. The only professional team near me is Miami FC, which was formerly in the USL.

The Glazers Have Done a Fine Job of Managing Manchester United

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Jesse Chula is not alone in thinking that the Glazers are a blight on Manchester United's proud history. It is almost conventional wisdom that the Glazers represent an uncomfortable trend – wealthy foreign interlopers with more money than passion buying English clubs and, through a combination of debt and unfamiliarity with the culture of English football, running those teams into the ground.

For Manchester United Supporters, Glazer Era Must End Soon

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It seems the sky is begin to fall at Old Trafford as of late, supporters are beginning to wonder where the goals will come from as their beloved surge down the stretch in second place with teams on either side of them each having a game in hand. Every new day brings sour news of financial woes as an oddly bearded old man smiles reluctantly with his offspring.

British Managers Squander Opportunities To Join Premier League Elite

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In his WSJ column, Gabriele Marcotti brings up the dearth of British managers at the top of English football. Â Seven of the 20 Premier League managers are foreign. Â Sir Alex Ferguson is the only British manager among the so-called "Big Four." Â Manchester City dumping Mark Hughes for Roberto Mancini seems only to exacerbate this trend.

Arsenal FC: Here’s To The Off-Days

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We all have off-days. If we play sports, we have off-days and occasional injuries. If we're Arsenal we have off-days, occasional injuries, and the opportunity to win a lot of trophies if we use the transfer window well. If not? Well, it's not as up in the air as last year felt at this time, but it's still up in the air.

Fox Soccer Plus Scheduled To Launch March 1, 2010

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Fox Soccer Channel will announce Tuesday that it'll launch it's second all-soccer network named Fox Soccer Plus on March 1, 2010, according to the Associated Press.

The news comes almost one week after EPL Talk broke the story that Fox had acquired the trademark and domain name to Fox Soccer Plus and that Fox was involved in negotiations to acquire Setanta Sports US.

Hicks And Gillett Regime Continue To Alienate Liverpool Fans

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Imagine that you, as a fan, decided to drop your club an e-mail asking about potential signings. You wrote the e-mail in good faith and asked questions about the amount of money the manager had, would it be bolstered by additional monies raised by selling deadwood and the long term investment.

Prepare For British Invasion Of Soccer Pundits and Commentators

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When ESPN announced late last year its roster of talent the network would feature during World Cup 2010 games, the Disney-owned company definitely raised the bar with high-profile names such as Martin Tyler, Efan Ekoku, Steve McManaman, Roberto Martinez, Ruud Gullit, John Harkes and Alexi Lalas.

Sepp Blatter is a World Class Weenie

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In a FIFA sanctioned event of great importance to the football world, the African Cup of Nations, the Togolese team is attacked by a bunch of machine gun wielding whackos. Three people are killed and two players are shot and in serious condition. The rest of the players feel fortunate to have escaped with their lives.

There Will Be Goals – What Makes A Goal Celebration Great?

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A fan favorite, the previously planned.

If you've been a supporter of the Premier League for just a few months, or, since it's inception in 1992, you're sure to have one thing in common:Â you've definitely seen some incredible goals. There's been hundreds over the past 18 years and ultimately too many great ones to count.

Andy Gray and Richard Keys Added to Fox Soccer Channel World Cup Coverage

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Fox Soccer Channel is adding Sky Sports personalities Andy Gray and Richard Keys to its summer coverage of the World Cup, according to Multichannel News.

The move is surprising because few anticipated Fox would feature such high-profile talent to host its World Cup program, "Ticket To South Africa," especially since Fox Soccer Channel will not be showing any of the games.

09/10’s Best Premiership Signings

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In the days where the sun is still ablaze in the sky at 9pm, there is nothing more gripping than staying glued to rumours about new transfers for your club on Sky Sports News and the Internet. Be it a youthful Spanish prodigy or an established International, it is the perfect way to wet the appetite for the new season.

Thanks For Supporting EPL Talk

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It's been a good week for EPL Talk. In the past few days, we've been mentioned in USA Today, Yahoo Sports, Sports Illustrated, NBC Sports and print newspapers across the United States after we broke the story regarding Fox Soccer Channel in talks to acquire Setanta Sports US.

For us at EPL Talk, it's another example of what we've been doing since 2005 which is covering the experience of watching the Premier League whether it's on television, Internet, on mobile devices or, for you lucky b**tards, seeing the matches in person.

No Wonder Online Piracy Of Soccer Broadcasts Is So Rampant

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Sometimes I'm not surprised that online piracy is so rampant when it comes to soccer. Trying to find out who has the rights to a game or tournament is very difficult, and even when you find a stream, you're not sure whether it's an official one or not.

Take, for example, the African Nations Cup which kicks off in a few hours from Angola.

Chaos and Tragedy Strike The African Cup Of Nations

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The news started coming through early on Saturday morning and as the information became clearer, it was soon apparent that the whole African Cup Of Nations would now be tainted. When the dust had settled, 3 members of the Togo party were dead and several were seriously injured. Angolan rebels had attacked the team bus as it drove through the dangerous territory of Cabinda.

Manchester United 1-1 Birmingham City: Champions Fail To Capitalize On Arsenal Draw

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A week after Manchester United's shock FA Cup exit, Sir Alex Ferguson fielded a side with immense respect for Birmingham City's Alex McCleish at St. Andrews. A match that was 1 of only 2 to survive the inclement weather on Saturday saw a 4-5-1 with Wayne Rooney in a lone striker role supported by Ji-sung Park and Antonio Valencia on the wings.

Arsenal 2-2 Everton: Landon Donovan Shines In EPL Debut

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It's only one game, but judging by Landon Donovan's debut for Everton against Arsenal on Saturday, the American playmaker easily fit in to playing at the highest level in the best soccer league in the world.

Donovan started for Everton and played 68 minutes for the Toffees. During that time, Donovan created several chances for Everton, as well as getting an assist on Everton's first goal as he floated a perfectly stuck corner into the box for Leon Osman to score with an incisive header.

Breaking News: EPL Games Temporarily Return to Setanta Sports USA

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Setanta Sports USA will televise two high-profile Premier League games this weekend, according to its website, which was updated late Friday.

Both the Arsenal versus Everton (Saturday, 10am ET) and West Ham versus Wolves (Sunday, 8:25am ET) games will be shown on Setanta USA, as long as mother nature cooperates and the games aren't postponed due to the adverse weather conditions in England.

How Capable Are The United Kingdom And Football Officials In Coping With Extreme Weather Conditions?

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Call me a naive American, but how capable are the United Kingdom and football officials in coping with extreme weather conditions? Most Yank readers of EPL Talk will know that when extreme weather hits the States, the process to clear roads, sidewalks and major interstates immediately begin (and usually with quick results).

Sturridge Has To Step Up In Place Of Drogba

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The top four heavyweights in the Premier League are all immense forces it has to be said, but they are most tested when without their talisman. Look at Liverpool without Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard, and how Arsenal have at times struggled without Robin Van Persie against Sunderland and Burnley.

EPL Talk Podcast: Simon Kuper in Miami

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Host Kartik Krishnaiyer had the opportunity to sit down with acclaimed author and Financial Times columnist Simon Kuper in Miami this week and discussed among other things The integration of the Dutch National Team with racial minorities The future of Serie A the legacy of World War II in Dutch Football The financial stability of relegated clubs And much much more!

Arsenal vs Galaxy

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As both an Arsenal fan and a longtime Los Angeles Galaxy season ticket holder, I have been asked how I reconcile my support for two different teams. I always reply that supporting Arsenal and the Galaxy is like having two friends who are destined never to meet. This Saturday at the Emirates, that quip will be forever buried as my beloved Arsenal takes on Everton who will likely feature Landon Donovan, the captain of my beloved Galaxy.

Portsmouth Should Go Into Administration Now

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During the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon claimed on national television that "There can be no whitewash at the White House", yet history shows that there was indeed a whitewash and Nixon orchestrated it through delusions of power and presidential etiquette. It seems that time has taught people nothing about that lying whilst hoping no-one notices usually causes more of a fuss.

Manchester City Signing Patrick Vieira Is A Risky Business

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Well when your side is screaming out for a centre half, why not simply go out and sign a centre midfielder who's lost his pace and has struggled with injuries for 3 seasons. Yes, Roberto Mancini seems to think that by signing a creaky Patrick Vieira, it'll help shore up a leaky defence.

Premier League Preview – Jan. 9-11

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So, will he or won't he?

Will Landon Donovan, now on loan at Everton, get on the field at the Emirates this weekend?

He's easily the most polarizing figure in American soccer and the debate on whether he's the best player ever to pull on a national team shirt or a spoiled kid that doesn't care about the game enough to reach his full potential can be saved for another post.

Two Amazing American Goals In English Football: Dempsey and Harkes

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Two Americans who will never be forgotten in English football are Clint Dempsey and John Harkes. Nothing is more memorable than scoring one of the goals of the season.

In 1990, John Harkes scored his first goal for Sheffield Wednesday and what a beauty it was. The 35 yard screamer ended up being the goal of the season.

You Say City And I Say United, Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off

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Listening to the BBC Radio Five Live commentary last Sunday of the match between Manchester United and Leeds United, I was taken aback by a statement that the commentator made at the onset of the program. I'm paraphrasing, but the commentator said that in the interests of simplicity, whenever he mentioned "United" in the commentary, he would mean Manchester United, not Leeds United.

Jan Molby Interview: EPL Talk Podcast

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EPL Talk recently had the chance to interview one of the Liverpool legends, Jan Molby, when he was in New York City to attend an event sponsored by the Liverpool FC New York Supporters Club.

Jan Molby was a legend at Liverpool and played at the club from 1984 to 1996, making more than 211 appearances in the red and white.

United’s Norwegian Connections Could Change Premier League Projections

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Manchester United have very many lucrative connections but none other has produced so many top class players as Norway and the new generation of Norwegians have yet to let Premier League Champions down yet.

Joshua King

Personal information

Date of birth: 15 January 1992 (age 17)

Place of birth: Oslo, Norway

Playing position: Forward

Club information

Current club: Manchester United

Number: 41

King was first spotted in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's old summer school by United scouts in 2008 and on his sixteenth birthday he was snapped up by the Premier League champions.

Burnley Have To Make The Right Choice

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So it's official then, Owen Coyle will be the new manager of Bolton Wanderers and Burnley now have to find the right man to replace him as they look to continue the good work this season has produced. It is crucial that the chairman, Barry Kilby, makes the right decision in who to appoint as Coyle's successor at Turf Moor.

Should Managers Be Allowed To Change Clubs When Players Cannot?

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If you've followed EPL Talk over the past week or so, you'll have seen reports on the possibility of Owen Coyle leaving current club Burnley and taking over at Premier League rivals Bolton. The story has been covered daily since it broke everywhere from The Telegraph to The Guardian, but I recently read an interesting post from Gabriele Marcotti on the Times Online that raised a question I believe readers of EPL Talk would like to debate.

Fox’s New Channel to Be Baptized Fox Soccer Plus?

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With the exclusive story earlier this week reporting that Fox Soccer Channel is in talks with Setanta Sports to acquire the US company, EPL Talk has found evidence that Fox has trademarked the name Fox Soccer Plus (and also the variation Fox Soccer +) as well as acquired the domain name FoxSoccerPlus.

Clint Dempsey Scores Goal Of The Season Contender: Video

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US striker Clint Dempsey is in the form of his life right now with Fulham. The American has solidified a role in the attack for Fulham and to his credit scored one of the goals of the season Tuesday night in the Premier League game against Stoke City.

You could say that Dempsey is showing Landon Donovan how to make a mark in England.

Setanta’s Likely Demise Will Be a Dark Day For Soccer Fans in US

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It doesn't look good for Setanta Sports. The network, which over the past decade transformed the soccer landscape in the United States by offering more soccer coverage than anyone else, is on its last legs and in the next 72 hours looks likely to be acquired by Fox Soccer Channel.

While on the surface this sounds like good news, I beg to differ.

Why Premier League TV Commentators Should Be Licensed

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At the end of a productive week you shuffle off to your living room for some deserved rest. You plonk yourself down on the comfy couch, arrange a smorgasbord of snacks on the table and tune in to the game of the week.

Everything is aligned for an ideal Sunday afternoon fiesta when suddenly it seizes you like fingernails scratching a blackboard: your game's commentator is a serial abuser of proper diction.

Breaking: Fox Sports International in Talks to Acquire Setanta Sports

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Fox Sports International is in discussions to acquire Setanta Sports USA and an announcement is expected in the next 72 hours, sources confirmed to EPL Talk on Monday.

Fox Sports International is best known to soccer fans as the company that runs Fox Soccer Channel.

In related news, Setanta Sports USA has dropped the Premier League from its list of sports programming available on its network.

EPL Talk Podcast: Shane O’Rourke, Premium Sports

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After 14 years working for Setanta Sports North America, Shane O'Rourke, President of North American & Australian Operations of Setanta Sports, has left the company and is now the chief executive of Premium Sports.

In this exclusive interview, O'Rourke reveals:

  • why he left Setanta Sports,
  • what his biggest achievement was at Setanta,
  • the impact that Fox Soccer Channel and Setanta Sports has had on soccer in North America,
  • new cable deals for Setanta Sports,
  • how Premium Sports will impact sports fans in North America,
  • and more.

African Cup Of Nations Begins The Year With A Bang in Angola

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So, if the only time you've ever come across this tournament is when certain Premiership managers whine about it, let me welcome to you to one of World Football's best kept secrets. Over the years, the African Cup Of Nations has grown and grown to be one of the most respected tournaments in World Football.

Will Owen Coyle Take Over At Bolton Wanderers?

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Well it certainly sounds like Owen Coyle will be moving the 25 or so miles to Bolton Wanderers to replace the sacked Gary Megson. After being given permission to talk to the Trotters, Coyle looks set to become the manager of a club he served so well for two years between 1993 and 1995.

Fan Diary #20 – Give Me Those Stupefying Moments, Liverpool FC

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In his chapter on Brazil in The Thinking Fan's Guide to the World Cup, John Lanchester writes:

"Most football writing is about that experience, one way or another; in the overall run of writing about football, most of it is about the epiphenomenon of being a fan rather than the phenomenon of the game itself.

Is Sir Alex Ferguson Losing The Plot?

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  • Attempting to shift the blame from his players poor performances, Fergie has yet again critized a match official.
  • Ferguson's team selection not as weak as you may think.

Sir Alex has come out yet again and criticized a refereeing decision when his players performances were ultimately to blame in Manchester United's 0-1 shock loss to Leeds United in the FA Cup third round.

Why ESPN’s BottomLine Ticker Annoys Soccer Fans

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If I had to count the number of times that ESPN has ruined Premier League games for me this season by running latest scores on their BottomLine Ticker while I'm recording games on Fox Soccer Channel or Setanta Sports, it would be definitely number more than a dozen.

Yes, before the readers respond by saying that you should be lucky ESPN shows any games, let me add that I appreciate everything ESPN has done this season in terms of Premier League coverage by raising the bar.

Arsenal Survives For Now

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A handful of first team regulars were uncharacteristically slotted into the FA Cup team by Arsene Wenger as Arsenal survived West Ham's efforts to upset them. The Hammers looked to be in control and ready to apply yet another blow to Arsenal's season after coming back from two goals down to draw earlier in the season.

Liverpool Home, Away and Third Shirts 2010-2011: Leaked Photos

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Photos of Liverpool's alleged new home, away and third football shirts for the 2010-2011 have been leaked by a supporter's group in Asia. The new shirts are designed and manufactured by Adidas. And if they're the real ones, they're leaked more than six months ahead of time.

The new Liverpool football jersey for the 2010-2011 season is simple in design with a round collar, white trim and white lines that are along the sleeve and near the bottom of the front of the shirt that enhance the design.

EPL Talk Podcast: Welcome Back Leeds United

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Dave Trotter, the publisher of the French Football Blog, and longtime Leeds United fan joins us to discuss the the renewal of the Roses Rivalry, and celebrate Leeds return to prominence.

Don't forget that the EPL Talk Podcast is the only Premier League interview and analysis podcast available for free.

Manchester United 0:1 Leeds United- Welcome to the War of the Roses, New Footy Fans

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In a football world full of foreign fans, which have never once traveled to England, Manchester United is the flavor of the millennium. But those of us, who love and appreciate the English game, and its history and passion, felt liberated today.

Leeds United, one of the giant clubs of the last forty years in English football signaled its return to relevance with a fantastic 1-0 victory at Old Trafford.

Hull City Preparing Surprise Bid For Freddy Adu

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Hull City manager Phil Brown is preparing a surprise bid for US international and Benfica player Freddy Adu, according to the News Of The World.

Benfica would accept a bid of £1.5m for Adu. The American striker is currently on loan at Belenenses, a fellow Portugese side but Adu has only made a handful of appearances there.

Landon Donovan Arrives At Everton

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U.S. international star Landon Donovan has arrived in England and made his first public appearance today for Everton, the club he has joined on loan for the next 10 weeks.

Donovan arrived at Goodison Park for the second half of the Toffees FA Cup win against Carlisle. He flew in to Manchester Airport on Saturday morning and then made the journey to Liverpool according to Everton FC.

Why FA Cup Third Round Matches Are Better On Radio Than TV

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The third round of the FA Cup is like Christmas to me. There's always a surprise or two that you never expect. Plus, I usually get up early in anticipation of the matches that are before me. And this year, it was great to see the added touch of snow across England to make the games more festive.

Could Glen Johnson’s Knee Injury Help Liverpool?

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Liverpool announced that Glen Johnson will miss at least a month after tearing a knee ligament.  It may be paradoxical to claim this for a recent £18m signing, but Johnson's absence may aid the Reds in their battle for fourth.

Johnson is an attacking right back. Â He's adept.

Ten Premier League Players To Watch In 2010

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A new decade, a new year, and 10 players I'll be keeping a watchful eye on for one reason or another in 2010. We all know Drogba, Rooney, Torres, Defoe and the lot will get their 20+ goals and single handily place their teammates on their shoulders and march onwards. But what about the role players that could make or break their clubs championship winning run, help their club break into the top 4, or save their club from relegation and a year in the Championship?

Poll: Which FA Cup Matches Will Most Likely Feature An Upset?

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Which FA Cup matches will most likely feature a shock result?(polls)

It's one of my favorite weekends of the year the third round of the FA Cup when there's always an upset result. The question is, which Premier League is going to suffer a shock defeat against a team from the lower leagues?

Fox Soccer Channel Still On Time Warner After Brief Extension Agreed

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January 1, 2010 was supposed to mark day one of Fox Soccer Channel not being available on Time Warner Cable due to a squabble over how much Time Warner would pay News Corp., which owns Fox Soccer Channel (as well as other Fox networks), for the right to carry its cable and broadcast channels.