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 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.
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 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.
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.Â It'll be difficult deciding what defines a week as various
Premier League teams are spread thin through other obligations including European competitions and
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 youngstersÂ Paulo
Henrique Ganso orÂ Neymar don sky blue. Manager Roberto Mancini has stated that, while concerned
about a lack of depth at forward, heÂ would not stand in Robinho's way.
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.
In our attempts to further break down and analyzeÂ all things Premier League, EPL Talk proudly
announce the addition of a new weekly column entitled Premier League Footballer of the
Week. The columnÂ 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.
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
Last week,Â Manchester United caused quite a stir when the club announced that its players had
been told not to use social networking sites.
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.
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.
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:
Liverpool v Aston Villa,Â 8/24/2009, Monday, 3pm ET, 398,391 viewers
Portsmouth v Manchester United,Â 11/28/2009, Saturday, 10am, 396,995
Wigan v Man United, 8/22/2009, Saturday, 10am,Â 374,799
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur, 10/31/2009, Saturday, 8:45am, 325,187
Manchester City v West Ham United, 9/28/2009, Monday, 3pm, 293,600
Portsmouth v Burnley, 12/5/2009, Saturday, 7:45am, 278,078
Portsmouth v Liverpool, 12/12/2009, Saturday, 7:45am, 276,160
Stoke City v Liverpool, 1/16/2010, Saturday, 7:45am, 273,000
Portsmouth v Everton, 9/26/2009, Saturday, 7:45am, 270,927
Bolton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur, 10/3/2009,Â Saturday, 10am, 265,508
Tottenham v Sunderland, 11/7/2009, Saturday, 10am, 259,831
Chelsea v Burnley, 8/29/2009, Saturday, 7:45am, 253,934
Liverpool v Burnley, 9/12/2009, Saturday, 10am, 253,779
Aston Villa v Manchester City, 10/5/2009, Monday, 3pm, 248,956
Birmingham City v Chelsea, 12/26/2009, Saturday, 7:45am, 246,000
Liverpool v Manchester City, 11/21/2009, Saturday, 7:45am, 236,247
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.
President BarackÂ Obama's favorite footie club,Â 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.
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
Could the wordsÂ "Like a phoenix from the ashes"Â be uttered by Manchester United
players, supporters and financial nerdsÂ 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.
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
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.
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!
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;Â and to that list youÂ may wellÂ
add 'bootlicker' -Â kissing the feet of his manager, expressing his 'views' to present
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.
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.
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.Â There's unquestionably great technical skill at
the Emirates, but more often, at crucial moments, belief is what Arsenal lack.Â 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
TonightÂ 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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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
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
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.
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
Donovan.Â Another solid performance.Â 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.Â I don't care if Everton go down in a smoking mass of decaying blue
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.
Manchester United is for sale and is the subject of a takeover at a bargain price of Â£1.2
million according to The Daily Express. Except that it isn't Â£1.2 million, it's Â£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?
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
Â£50,000 extra on top of the Â£80,000 a week he is currently on.
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.
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
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
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.Â 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.
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.
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).
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 HaitiÂ 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.
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
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
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.
Jesse Chula is not alone in thinking that the Glazers are a blight on Manchester United's proud
history.Â It is almost conventional wisdom that the Glazers represent an uncomfortable trend â€“
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.
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 placeÂ 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.
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.
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 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 thatÂ Fox was involved in negotiations to acquire
Setanta Sports US.
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
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
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.Â Three people
are killed and two players are shot and in serious condition.Â The rest of the players feel
fortunate to have escaped with their lives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Call me a naive American, but how capableÂ are the United Kingdom and football officialsÂ 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).
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
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!
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.Â I always reply that supporting Arsenal and
the Galaxy is like having two friends who are destined never to meet.Â 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.
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
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.
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 aÂ spoiled kidÂ that doesn't care about the
game enough to reach his full potential can be saved for another post.
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
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.
Date of birth: 15 January 1992 (age 17)
Place of birth: Oslo, Norway
Playing position: Forward
Current club: Manchester United
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.
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.
If you've followed EPL Talk over the past week or so, you'll have seen reportsÂ 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 questionÂ IÂ believe readers of EPL Talk would like to debate.
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.
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
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 toÂ become the manager of a club he served so well for two years between 1993 and
In his chapter on Brazil in The Thinking Fan's Guide to the World Cup, John Lanchester
"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.
Attempting to shift the blame from his players poor performances, Fergie has yet again
critizedÂ 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 toÂ blame in Manchester United's 0-1 shock loss to Leeds United in the
FA Cup third round.
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.
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.
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.
In a football world full of foreign fans, which have never once traveled to England, Manchester
United is the flavor of theÂ 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.
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.
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, itÂ was great to see the added touch of snow across England to make the games more
Liverpool announced that Glen Johnson will miss at least a month after tearing a knee ligament.
Â It may be paradoxical to claim this for a recent Â£18m signing, but Johnson's absence may aid the
Reds in their battle for fourth.
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?
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?
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