EPL Talk Archives for January 2010

Did Nani Cheat With His Controversial Goal Against Spurs? (Video)

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On Saturday, Manchester United's Nani scored a goal against Tottenham Hotspur which was extremely controversial and will be the topic of many conversations over the next few days. Looking at it again and again, the goal was a result of poor sportsmanship by Nani and a mix-up in communication between Spurs goalkeeper Heurehlo Gomes and the referee and assistant referee.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 10: Open Thread

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As the trio on the EPL Talk Podcast mentioned in the latest episode, it's been a long week in terms of there being little major news breaking and not a lot of football on television. But now that Saturday has arrived, we're graced with the familiar return of the Premier League.

Today there are several mouthwatering matches on offer including West Ham against Arsenal, Wolves versus Manchester City and the big one, Manchester United against Tottenham.

Charlie Adam Takes On Blackpool

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In a worrying development for Ian Holloway and Blackpool, club captain Charlie Adam will take his club to a Premier League arbitration court next week over unpaid bonuses. Adam is set to take the club to court over unpaid payments after the Seasiders avoided relegation from the Championship.

Why Blackpool Needs To Become A Blueprint

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It's safe to say that this year's promotion class has been a revelation. Newcastle will of course, always be a top-flight side for whom relegation is an aberration, but both West Brom and Blackpool have been a breath of fresh air in the way they've consistently played attractive football.

Special 1 TV: Wayne Rooney Strikes Back (Video)

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When the creators of Special 1 TV chose Jose Mourinho, Wayne Rooney, Sven-Goran Eriksson and Sir Alex Ferguson as some of the main characters of the show, it was an incredibly wise decision not only because they're wonderful characters but also because they're in the news all the time.

It’s A Big Weekend For… Stoke City

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By all accounts Stoke have been one of the sides underachieving so far in the Premier League. One of the more active teams in the transfer market over the summer, many expected the Potters to push for a top-half finish this term, but as of yet they have shown little to suggest they are capable of this.

Diego Maradona To The Premier League?

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Argentina legend Diego Maradona has admitted that he does want to manage in the Premier League. It's sure to be a statement that will raise a few eyebrows, but would any Premier League club really want the man, who's infamous hand-ball effectively knocked England out of the World Cup, in charge of their club?

The Tyne-Wear Derby: Preview And Why It Is So Big This Year

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Bitter Rivals...

Newcastle and Sunderland...where to begin? They may not be the most recognisable teams in the world and I'm pretty sure there are a lot of people in the world that have never even heard of these two places. They sound quite simple settlements, yet the history in the North East England is spectacular and you'll hear any pundit coin phrases such as "football is life up there".

Manchester United v Spurs Preview: Three Key Match Ups to Watch

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Saturday's late game features Tottenham's visit to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United in arguably the weekend's most entertaining contest. Manchester United are coming off a decent enough week which saw them finally win away in the Premier League at Stoke City by the score of 2 goals to 1.

Match Of The 70s, 1971-72: Friday Flashback Videos

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In this week's installment of Friday Flashback Videos, we continue out journey through 1970s English football by landing on the 1971-72 season and taking us from August until the end of the season.

As usual, there is so much to watch and so many observations that can be made of how different the game was back then versus now.

English Premier League Preview: EPL Talk Podcast

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Not even a slow, non-Champions League week can slow down the EPL Talk Podcast team, with myself, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna bringing you this wrap-up of Carling Cup action and the week's news before previewing this weekend's fixtures in the English Premier League. Front and center, as far as the matches are concerned: Tottenham Hotspur's visit to Old Trafford, Saturday's late kick-off.

Fantasy Premier League Tips – Gameweek 10

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Hello and welcome to EPL Talk's new weekly Fantasy League tips column. If you are constantly experiencing selection problems ahead of the weekends fixtures this is the column for you (hopefully!). Every week I will do my best to not only pick out the weeks potential points grabbers but also suggest who might benefit from a weekend of bench warming.

Scrap The Carling Cup For The Good Of The England Side

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After this weeks "enthralling" Carling Cup fixtures we are one step closer to knowing which club will be winning the lesser of the English trophies this season. But does anybody really care about the trophy which is rapidly losing its appeal.

I think the attendances of this weeks games tells a story about the demand for a secondary cup completion.

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 10

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What a weekend we have ahead! Â Three big derbies, plus two Champions League sides facing off in the Saturday tea-time match at Old Trafford.

First, please note that in Europe they move their clocks back this Sunday morning, whereas we in America wait an extra week.

Michael Owen Continues His Unfortunate Slide Into Football Obscurity

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While his most recent revelation has proved, one in which Michael Owen expressed his desire to languish on Manchester United's bench instead of pursuing first team football elsewhere, the story of Owen's decline into English football obscurity, while often times sad, continues.

With yet another fresh injury to the hamstring again placing Owen on a bench in England's top flight, even now the optimists must believe the striker is considering what would be a semi early retirement at only 30.

Fernando Torres and Pepe Reina Ready to Quit Liverpool In January

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For those readers expecting to read a juicy story about why Torres and Reina are ready to quit Liverpool in January, I apologize.

You see, The Daily Mirror published a story about it last night. Whether it's true or not, we'll have to wait and see, but I'm sure it gave the Mirror the traffic it wanted despite there being no sources named in the article.

9 Years Of PES and Winning Eleven In 6 Minutes Of Awesome

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Some people prefer Microsoft over Apple. Others prefer Pro Evolution Soccer (aka Winning Eleven) over the FIFA video game series. But for those of you who prefer the Konami title instead of EA Sports, here's a video which bring you 8 years of Pro Evolution Soccer (aka Winning Eleven) history, in just over 9 minutes.

Carlos Tevez Stars In Bizarre Pepsi Commercial: Video

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Every once in a while I come across something so bizarre that I have to share it with you. This time it's a strange Pepsi TV commercial featuring Carlos Tevez (or should I say Sir Charles Tevez?).

I'm not sure which is more surreal.. Carlos Tevez's awful English or his partner who is at the podium with him.

Comparing Arsenal and Blackpool Based On Where Players Were Born

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There's very little in common between Arsenal and Blackpool. Both clubs couldn't be more opposite. But they do both enjoy playing an attractive style of football rather than hoofing it up the pitch. But perhaps one of the biggest differences between the clubs is the number of foreign players that play for both sides.

How the FIFA Video Game Series Evolved, 1993 to 2009: Video

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The FIFA video game series has continued to evolve since it launched in late 1993. With the recent launch of FIFA 11, the game is now the fastest selling sports game ever with over 2.6 million games sold and over $150 million generated in less than a week of the game being released.

Why No Praise For West Bromwich Albion

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One of the things that has surprised me this season is the lack of praise being thrown towards Roberto Di Matteo and his very impressive West Bromwich Albion side. Of the three promoted sides, Blackpool have the best manager for soundbites, Newcastle have some off the field issues and strange living arrangments for some of the squad.

The Curious Case of Football Contracts

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I've had it with your negative comments, I can't take it. I quit!

Still here? Why? I quit didn't I? Oh, that's right I'm on one of those football contracts, the most bizarre of conventions in modern sports. Of course fixed term contracts are not unique to football but in what other profession except as an athlete are you forced to work for an employer you don't want to?


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Controversial as it may sound, I just could not help but share my thoughts. Some might agree and some might not, but it's all up to your own judgements. As we all know, from this year onwards, the FIFA World Player of The Year and the highly prestigious Ballon d'Or will be combined and rechristened the new FIFA Ballon d'Or award.

The Worst Dive Ever?

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We all know that diving has become a real problem in world football over the last couple of decades, but I think this video shows play-acting at an all time low.

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Carling Cup Fourth Round Poll: Who’s Watching?

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While the Carling Cup begins again today and tomorrow, a lot of talk is being brandished around about the relevancy of the actual existence of the tournament itself. While I believe the League Cup has enjoyed a resurgence over the course of the last few years, many disagree stating it's a silly competition that simply gets in the way of the Premier League and Champions League (for those clubs participating in it) and takes away from the much more prestigious FA Cup.

Best League In The World?

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FIFA have today announced the shortlist for the Ballon d'Or award, and as promised it has revealed just how much England underperformed at the World Cup, but perhaps surprisingly it suggests a power shift away from the Premier League.

In all honesty nobody could say they are surprised to see not one English player nominated for the award.

What Was The Best Soccer Game You Ever Saw?

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When I'm chatting with friends about music, I often ask them what was their favorite concert of all time. For me, it was a performance by Midnight Oil in 1987 or 1988 in a tiny club on the Fort Lauderdale strip. This was before their single "Beds Are Burning" became a nationwide hit.

Need For Caution With Blackburn Rovers Takeover

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Blackburn Rovers look set to become the latest Premier League club to be snapped up by foreign investors. Indian group Venky's are hopeful of completing a takeover of the club by November, a move which will see the first Indian owners of a Premier League club.

While the announcement is sure to course excitement amongst Rovers fans, the statement made by Venky's chairperson Anuradha J Desai should make them urge on the side of caution.

History of Fulham Football Club: Video

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Fulham Football Club. from The Neighbourhood on Vimeo.

Fulham is the oldest professional football club in London with a very proud history. The west London side is a small club in a giant city. But as you can see from the above video, it's a club that has a rich history and an ideal location alongside the beautiful River Thames.

Has Wayne Rooney Killed Football?

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Has football finally jumped off the cliff?

In a week where we were treated to an utterly enthralling Champions League game at the San Siro and the emotional scoring return to the Emirates of Eduardo, the biggest stories were one player's greed and the near collapse of a team that won the FA Cup three seasons ago.

Will Liverpool Fans Now Give Hodgson A Chance?

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The margin of error is shrinking. In years gone by, managers would have more time to adapt and to get results. Nowadays managers are on a short leash. And someone like Roy Hodgson, even after nine points from nine games, is hanging by a thread.

Sure, Liverpool finds itself stuck near the bottom of the table, but I've been disappointed with what seems like a witch hunt by some Liverpool pundits to get Hodgson sacked.

Is the Premier League Better Than Sex?

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Practically every weekend of the Premier League is filled with so much emotion, wonderful skills and excitement that you have to wonder whether it's better than sex at times?

Consider other entertainment mediums. Books are great but no matter how suspenseful they are they're already pre-written.

Premier League Footballer of the Week, Gameweek 9

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As much as I do enjoy the off the field entertainment associated with football in England, early Saturday kickoffs are always a welcome relief to the insanity of contract negotiations, rumors and managerial master classes. While topics concerning the week that was have been written on at length, it's now time to get back down to the exploits on the pitch in what ended a weekend of Premier League football with plenty of talking points.

Arsene Wenger Teaches His Boys To Fight Back

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If there were any doubts whether Arsenal was serious about contending for the Premier League title this season, they were all washed away Sunday with a convincing 3-0 victory against Manchester City at Eastlands.

Arsenal created some luck in the first five minutes after an inch-perfect through ball forced Dedryck Boyata to commit a foul.

English Premier League Weekend Review: EPL Talk Podcast

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Chelsea is now five points clear at the top of the Premier League after their 2-0 win over Wolves was followed by Manchester City's 0-3 loss to Arsenal. Now, three teams sit behind the Blues with 17 points thanks to Manchester United returning to their late goals coring ways at the Britannia.

Pre-Show Open Thread: EPL Talk Podcast

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Chelsea's lead atop the Premier League is up to five points after the weekend's action, where the Match of the Week saw a 10-man Manchester City lose ground on the league leaders, falling to Arsenal 0-3 at Eastlands.

On today's recording of the EPL Talk Podcast, myself, Laurence McKenna and special co-host Jesse Chula will talk about that .

Are Chelsea Certainties For The Premier League?

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Nine games in to the 2010/11 Premier League season and Chelsea have opened up a five point lead at the top of the Premier League. Gameweek nine always promised to be a prosperous one for Chelsea with title rivals Manchester City and Arsenal going head-to-head, but Arsenal's victory was the perfect result for Carlo Ancelotti's side who have now some breathing space.

Liverpool Back On Track?

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There was finally some joy for Roy Hodgson after his Liverpool side gained a potentially vital victory over Blackburn at Anfield. While it might not have lifted Liverpool out of the bottom three, the result will certainly act as a real confidence boost, and will give Hodgson something to build on.

Premier League Sunday Matchday, Gameweek 9 Open Thread

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Sunday's Premier League matches features three fascinating matches, a wonderful trio of Stoke against Man United, Liverpool versus Blackburn and Manchester City against Arsenal.

All three matches have big ramifications. Will Manchester United will be able to bounce back from a week of controversy against Stoke?

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 9 Observations

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In many ways, I prefer that most of the Big Four teams play on Sunday because it gives me a better chance of seeing the Other 16 on a Saturday. Of course, the Big Four is in flux, but Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United still draw the most eyeballs.

So, on Saturday, I had a chance to watch two matches so far.

Fulham Third Shirt for 2010-11 Season: Photo

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Viewers watching Saturday's match between West Bromwich Albion and Fulham may have been wondering who the team in green was. It was the debut of Fulham's third kit, which is green with gold trim.

Designed and manufactured by Kappa, the shirt and shorts are forest green. The shirt features a gold V-neck, while the Fulham crest is gold in color too.

The Pressure Is On Emmanuel Adebayor

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Manchester City will host Arsenal tomorrow in a game which could be crucial for both sides this season. But for one man the game will be a chance to erase some dark memories of the last time Arsenal visited Eastlands.

Emmanuel Adebayor is in line for a rare Premier League start after an impressive midweek hat-trick against Lech Poznan in the Europa League.

Premier League Saturday Matchday, Gameweek 9

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After an exhausting week of action off the pitch thanks to a Master Rooney, I'm so looking forward to seeing actual real football played on the pitch this weekend. The action kicks off with the early kick-off between Spurs and Everton, which is always an entertaining match, and is then followed by plenty of intriguing matches including Sunderland versus Aston Villa, Chelsea (how many can they score) at home against Wolves, the two skillful sides of West Brom against Fulham and more culminating with what should be an entertaining match between West Ham and Newcastle.

Wayne Rooney Signing Solves Everything So Easily

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Smile for the cameras

So that's it, then?

Wayne Rooney re-signed at Manchester United. Now, the dickie birds may sing again. A lone cow forages on pastures still green.

But isn't his dramatic u-turn just a little bit fishy?

In a bueracratic footballing environment populated by massive clubs and billions of dollars, there's almost always more than what meets the eyes of casual fans.

It’s A Big Weekend For…West Ham

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Avram Grant must love a challenge. Last year he took on the impossible task of trying to keep a debt-ridden Portsmouth in the Premier League, and this term he has turned his attentions to ensuring West Ham don't also suffer the embarrassment of relegation.

While it has not exactly been the start that the former Chelsea boss would have hoped for with the Hammers currently sitting bottom of the league, they are currently on a four game unbeaten run in the Premier League.

The Best Of Ian Holloway

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Ian Holloway this week was in fine form as he hit out at Wayne Rooney for "bullying" Sir Alex Ferguson. Â It's just the latest in a long line of Holloway rants that have made him so popular amongst the media. Let's take a look at some of Ollie's best ever quotes.

Holloway describing an ‘ugly' win for his QPR side at Chesterfield: "To put it in gentleman's terms if you've been out for a night and you're looking for a young lady and you pull one, some weeks they're good looking and some weeks they're not the best.

Evolution of Soccer Video Games From 1980-2010: Video

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It's incredible to consider how soccer video games have evolved from the early 1980s to the latest versions of FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer. The realism of today's games blows everything away from the past, but it's important to consider where we came from to better appreciate today. Even if the graphics of old games weren't as pristine as today, the playability in many ways was easier and more fun.

Wayne Rooney’s ankle injury this time is for real, just don’t ask him

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Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed this morning that Wayne Rooney will be out for "three weeks" due to an ankle injury picked up in training this past Tuesday after a Paul Scholes tackle put him out of commission. Whether or not Rooney will be later interviewed for the real reason why he will be sitting out important games for United (home to Tottenham on October 30 and away for the Manchester derby on November 10) remains to be seen.

10 Interesting Observations From My Trip To England

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Upon my return back home, The Gaffer asked me to share some more thoughts and observations concerning my trip to England. Although our trip had to be cut slightly short, it's incredible just how much we were able to see, do and experience in just a few weeks. A rewarding journey I'm still recovering from.

Breaking News: Wayne Rooney Signs 5-Year Contract With United

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Wayne Rooney has signed a five year contract extension with Manchester United, the club announced this morning.

The news comes as a surprise since many believed, myself included, that the striker would join Manchester City or another rival club.

It'll be interesting to hear what convinced Rooney to sign an extension since on Wednesday his prepared statement said that he believed the club lacked ambition.

Match Of The 70s, 1970-71 Season: Friday Flashback Videos

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It's our weekly trip down memory lane with the series of Friday Flashback Videos, released every Friday on EPL Talk. Today we look at the 1970-71 season in English football thanks to a program called Match Of The 70s.

The documentary takes you through the entire season with plenty of wonderful footage of greats such as, in part one, Manchester United's George Best, dirty Leeds United, Arsenal's John Radford, hooliganism at Derby's Baseball Ground, the goal by Chelsea's Alan Hudson which wasn't a goal, and much more.

Why The Cards Are Stacked Against Man Utd And In Favor Of Rooney

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A mob of around 40 people descended on Wayne Rooney's mansion Thursday night and made death threats. The Daily Telegraph reported that United supporters were chanting "Join Man City and you die," while The Guardian reported that protesters unfurled a "If you join City, you're dead" banner.

Liverpool Improve, But Why The Changes?

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Liverpool produced an improved display to gain a well earned 0-0 draw against Napoli. Reds boss Roy Hodgson opted to make a whole host of changes for the game, but his fringe players certainly impressed with notable performances from Jay Spearing and Jonjo Shelvey.

While I don't want to take anything away from the Liverpool display you have to question the Liverpool side that Hodgson put out.

Wayne Rooney, Roy Hodgson, and Weekend Preview: EPL Talk Podcast

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While Champions League is usually the topic of conversation on the mid-week podcasts, this week, we have more important issues to talk about. On this edition of the EPL Talk Podcast, myself, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna discussion Wayne Rooney and Roy Hodgson before looking forward to the weekend's action.

Does England Have What It Takes to Win the 2018 World Cup Bid?

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Last week, the United States dropped out of contention to host the 2018 World Cup, deciding instead to concentrate its efforts on beating out Australia, Qatar, Japan and South Korea for 2022. This ensures that Europe will host in 2018 and emboldens England's chances. Also vying for 2018 are Russia, a joint Belgium/Netherlands entry and an Iberian Peninsula bid from Spain and Portugal.

Is Gareth Bale the Best British Footballer Playing Today?

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After an astonishing performance in Milan, there surely can't be any doubt that the answer is a categorical yes. Who else is playing as well? Who else is having such a major impact? Who else has scored such a brilliant hat-trick on such a stage?

Had such a magnificent, irresistible hat-trick being scored by someone more high profile, someone more fashionable perhaps, he would be hailed as a new superstar.

Wayne Rooney Has Disgraced Himself to Manchester United Fans

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While the lot of the Internet waxes poetic on the Wayne Rooney saga from various corners of the globe, I've remained oddly quiet on a matter concerning the club I support and a player I've held in incredibly high regard for some time.

Rooney's declaration of desire this past week hit me in that kind of ‘I don't really want to believe it' kind of way.

Hodgson Needs to Look to Ferguson For Inspiration

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Regarding Roy Hodgson and the job he's done at Liverpool thus far, let's get all of the criticisms out on the table. In the past few weeks, I've heard complaints that "small club" managers, such as Hodgson from Fulham, don't do well at "big clubs," Hodgson is hopeless tactically, he hasn't won any major trophies, the players he's signed have been awful, if Hodgson was a foreigner he would have been sacked by now, he can't handle the pressure, Benitez was able to finish last season in seventh place with essentially the same side, he waits too long in matches to make tactical substitutions, and so on.

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide: Gameweek 9

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Eighty games in the books, a cool 300 to go! The 81st and 90th look like the best this weekend with ESPN2 back with Everton visiting a loud White Hart Lane for the early Saturday kickoff. Can Spurs provide 10 additional men to join superstar Gareth Bale? And the one I won't miss is the Sunday tea time match up in the Eastlands with Arsenal visiting their old friend Adebayor in this battle for second in the EPL.

Judgment Day Awaits Wayne Rooney: Should He Stay Or Go?

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On Thursday morning at 10am UK time, Manchester United chief executive David Gill will sit down with Sir Alex Ferguson and will discuss what they plan on doing with Wayne Rooney. Unless the striker has a change of heart at the last minute, which is extremely doubtful, Rooney will presumably either be sold in the January transfer window or suspended.

Rafael Benitez Shows How To Properly Use A Striker

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Tottenham went to the San Siro today, and were trounced. The scoreline may read 4-3, but Spurs were never in it, three highly difficult individual goals, and three very difficult finishes against a team that had obviously stopped caring gave the end result some respectability.

Bale Shines As Tottenham Show Heart

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It was expected that up to 15,000 Spurs fans would make the trip over to Milan for the glamour tie of Tottenham's Champions League campaign. Well after a disastrous first half that saw the current tournament holders Inter Milan blast four goals past a beleaguered Spurs, many would have been forgiven for thinking they had a made a wasted trip.

Where to Download the Football Manager 2011 Demo

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In the past few weeks, you've probably read several of our articles and previews about the upcoming release of Football Manager 2011, the strategy football game. Well, the good news is that the game will be out in the stores from November 5th in Europe (U.S. release is scheduled before Christmas).

Wayne Rooney Confirms His Desire to Leave Man United

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Wayne Rooney today released an official statement confirming his desire to leave Manchester United, as well as sharing his thoughts on what Sir Alex Ferguson said in his press conference yesterday.

Here's Rooney's statement in full:

"I met with David Gill last week and he did not give me any of the assurances I was seeking about the future squad.

Got Milk? Rafa Benitez Got Brains?

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Football press conferences are usually quite predictable affairs with the manager trotting out the usual clichés and obfuscation in response to the same old questions from the press.

They are rarely places to deploy an extended metaphor but someone must have forgotten to tell Rafa Benitez because his latest comments about his time at Liverpool read more like T.

Introducing the Debut of EPL Talk Readers’ Choice Month

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Five years ago this November, EPL Talk was born. To celebrate our five-year anniversary, we're doing something unconventional. We're handing over the keys of the kingdom to you. Between now and November, you can suggest what stories you'd like us to write about. Then the best ideas will be narrowed down for the readers of EPL Talk to vote on, and the winning stories will then appear on the site throughout November.

Brian Clough On Malcolm Allison (Video)

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I was saddened to hear this past weekend that Malcolm Allison, the legendary former manager of Manchester City, passed away at the age of 83.

No one apart from Brian Clough summed up 70s and 80s English football better than Malcolm Allison. He was always a joy to listen to on television and his clubs played good football.

Replacing Rooney: 6 Options

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Ever since the news broke there was a palpable sense of disbelief amongst fans, the media and Blogs. We awaited hearing from the men at the centre of the story and we got that hearing today. It appears that Sir Alex Ferguson is as shaken by this news as we are even though he has had since mid-August to digest this news.

Bobby Charlton and Man United Star In New TV Advert

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Bobby Charlton and the Manchester United team star in a new television commercial for Turkish Airlines.

Typically we don't run commercials on this site, but this is definitely a well produced and imaginative ad that features the entire team such as Edwin van der Sar, Wayne Rooney, Patrice Evra, John O'Shea, the da Silva twins, Paul Scholes and others.

Ferguson Confirms Rooney Wants Out Of United: Video

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Earlier today Sir Alex Ferguson conducted a press conference where he revealed that Wayne Rooney wants to leave Manchester United.

In the above video, the unusually solemn Ferguson recounts his side of the story in terms of Rooney's injury and what the club has done to help and support him.

Wayne Rooney’s ‘Welcome To Manchester’ Billboard: Picture

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Football supporters are already beginning to have a bit of fun at the prospect of Wayne Rooney leaving Old Trafford. And it looks like one of them is already one step ahead of Manchester City with this proposed billboard (Tevez style) that could adorn the entrance to the northern city.

Where Will Wayne Rooney Go?

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Sir Alex Ferguson has today revealed that Wayne Rooney wants to leave Manchester United. The shock announcement will set the transfer rumour mill in to overdrive but where is the most likely destination for the England striker?

Manchester City

The very thought of Rooney in a sky blue shirt is probably enough to make most United fans turn red with rage.

Feeling Sympathy For Roy Hodgson, Liverpool Manager

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I'm sure most Middlesbrough fans are pleased that Gordon Strachan has resigned and walked away without compensation. Our league position tells its own story. It plainly wasn't working and his increasingly eccentric media interviews revealed a man who looked to be under intense pressure.

Wayne Rooney Targets Shock Move to Manchester City, Say Reports

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Is a blue moon rising for Wayne Rooney?

For Manchester United and its supporters, it was a week they would rather forget. It began on March 30, 2010 when Wayne Rooney limped off with an ankle injury after Bayern Munich scored an injury-time winner during the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final.

Can You Name 6 Sets of Famous Brothers Who Play English Football?

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The United Kingdom's Labour Party held their annual conference recently. Top of the agenda was selecting a new leader to take charge of the party as it begins to rebuild in the shadow of the ruling Conservative/Liberal-Democrat coalition government. Intriguingly, the race came down to two brothers, David and Ed Miliband, with the younger Ed edging his elder to the title by a most narrow margin.

Fox Soccer Channel Shuffles TV Lineup To Focus More On EPL

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Beginning today, Fox Soccer Channel has made significant changes to its primetime viewing schedule to focus more on the Premier League and Champions League while pushing other shows such as Soccer Talk Live to late-night viewing times.

The new schedule features a three-hour block of Premier League programming from 7-10pm ET each weekday evening.

Rooney Must Back Down

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Speculation over the future of Wayne Rooney is beginning to reach fever pitch. The Gaffer has already given us his opinion on the issue which is dividing football fans. Who is in the wrong? Sir Alex Ferguson or Wayne Rooney?

If I was writing this article earlier on this year, then I can guarantee the news would have caused great shock and disappointment for United fans, however with Rooney's shocking form of late, I highly doubt whether the announcement will cause such a stir.

Did Jamie Carragher Deserve A New Contract?

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He has clocked up over 640 appearances for the Reds and over the years has displayed the sprit and fight that Liverpool need right now but his form over the last few seasons and this season in particular has been questionable. This leaves us to ask the question whether or not the Merseyside club were right to offer him a new deal.

Fox Soccer iPhone App Product Review

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For the past four days, I was away in Chicago in business meetings. Normally this wouldn't be so bad if the trip happened during the week. But as it happened on a weekend when I'm usually at home watching the Premier League matches on my trusty laptop or television, it messed up my typical routine and left me in the unusual predicament of trying to watch as many of the highlights in as short of amount of time as possible.

I’m Quitting, Sidelined Rooney Tells United Boss

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So, Wayne Rooney has declared his intention to walk out on Manchester United after having serious differences with manager Sir Alex Ferguson. I find this story extremely fascinating because it's ultimately a power struggle between two egos, Rooney and Ferguson. As manager, Ferguson has every right to bench Rooney during previous weeks because of his poor form, supposed injury and his mind not being in the right place due to the allegations in the newspapers about his sexual indiscretions.

Foolproof Guide to Picking The Next England Manager

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Who should the next England manager be after Fabio Capello retires? It's the age old question that everyone in England has an opinion about. Should he be English or a foreigner? Should he play a 4-4-2 or a formation used by continental countries or Premier League clubs?

Click on the above flowchart that's a foolproof guide to picking the next England manager.

English Premier League Wekeend Review: EPL Talk Podcast

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Liverpool opened the John W. Henry era with one of their mos disappointing Merseyside Derby performances in recent memory. On this edition of the EPL Talk Podcast, myself, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna talk about the result at Goodison Park, Villa's result against Chelsea at Birmingham, Manchester United's troubles with West Brom, and the rest of this weekend's matches across the league.

Manchester City To Challenge For The Title?

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They say the sign of a good side is winning when you're not playing well. If that is the case then Roberto Mancini's Manchester City could be a real challenger for the Premier League this season after grinding out another result, this time a 1-0 win at Premier League new-boys Blackpool.

Special 1 TV Returns to the Airwaves, Once Again: Video

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Trust Special 1 TV to return with perfect timing. The BBC 3 show is back with its first episode of the season, albeit quite late. But in the episode, there's plenty of talking points including:

  • Wayne Rooney's sexual indiscretions,
  • Sven's recruitment by Leicester City,
  • Liverpool fiasco,
  • and much more.

English Football Fan Journal: United Draw West Brom at Old Trafford

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As good as United were in the opening twenty minutes of the match, so too were they awful in the second half when they allowed West Brom to equalize through a myriad of mistakes. Many of United's gaffs were easily avoidable, Patrice Evra's botched clearances and Edwin van der Sar's bobble which allowed the Baggies to equalize should never have occurred, yet no one in Old Trafford on the day could fault West Brom for earning a point by continuing to stay positive in their approach.

Problems Continue For Liverpool

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It might have been a good week for Liverpool off the field, but their on pitch woes continued with a woefully disappointing defeat at the hands of Merseyside rivals Everton. New owner John W Henry, who was in attendance at Goodison Park, might have been thinking what he had parted £300 million for as goals from Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta sealed a valuable win for the blue half of Liverpool.

Pre-Show Open Thread: EPL Talk Podcast, Weekend Review

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Thank the heavens that league football is back! And boy, did the English Premier League remind us what we were missing. A Merseyside derby, a compelling (if deliberate) affair at Villa Park, and a slew of great matches adorned this weekend's fixture list. For myself, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna, it's fodder for a great show.

Blackpool V Manchester City – LiveBlog

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After the emphatic win for Everton, we continue our discussion over to the match of the Haves and the Have Nots. Blackpool V Man City
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Fan Diary – 17 October 2010: Goodbye, Hicks and Gillett (And The Crowd Went Wild…)

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Ding dong: the ding dongs are dead.

It will be some time before Liverpool supporters know what we're getting with John Henry and NESV, but we can at least bask in the joy that comes with departure of tweedle-dee and tweedle-jackass: Mr Tom Hicks and Mr George Gillett.

For us, the news of their ousting as club owners was like having our doctor tell us we had one week to live only to announce a week later that whatever we had was actually curable and, though it may be a long recovery, the future looks bright and we can be fully fit again given time.

Why Are We Seeing So Many Bad Tackles?

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While his Wolves side weren't able to earn a valuable victory over West Ham, Mick McCarthy was able to hit back at Danny Murphy, with a comment in a press conference summing up the universal disagreement that has followed the Fulham midfielders attack on managers who ‘encourage' bad tackles.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 8: Open Thread

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The Merseyside derby is always one of the biggest Premier League matches on the English football calendar, and today is no different after everything that has happened to Everton and Liverpool this season.

In previous years, many of the Merseyside derbies I've watched are clouded in fog, literally.

Jack Wilshere Shows He Still Has A Lot To Learn

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victory over Birmingham was overshadowed by a clumsy challenge by Jack Wilshere that saw the young English star pick up the first red card of his professional career. While Wilshere may have the world at his feet, the red card demonstrates that the 18-year-old still has plenty learn.

What Is Going Wrong For Manchester United?

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West Brom fought back from two goals down against Manchester Untied to earn a very impressive point at Old Trafford. At half time few would of thought the final outcome would be anything other than a comfortable win for the home side, but credit to Roberto Di Mateo's men who continue to impress.

Why It Feels Like the English Football Season Starts Today

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Can we have our football season back now please?

The golden days of Autumn are upon us, the first frosts leaving a kiss of silver on our parks and gardens; the chilled Chablis gives way to a robust Argentinean Malbec and cardigans begin to look attractive, once again.

There is something magical about the Fall as nature pulls its sap down to its roots and waits to the hear spring's siren call in a few months time.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 8: Open Thread

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I'm not a religious man, but thank god the Premier League is finally back in action today. I love the World Cup and the European Championships, but all of the qualifying for international tournaments is tedious to say the least.

There's a full schedule of Premier League games on today, so feel free to post your rants, observations, questions or opinions in the comments section below.

English Football Fan Journal: Manchester and Old Trafford

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I'm liking the vibe of Manchester. Really cool town with a bit less of the fuss involved with London. Manchester, what an important city as it pertains to my life. The bands that have emerged from this area have touched me while one of the football teams, the red half, has held great significance in my footballing passions.

A Summary of the Liverpool Sale to N.E.S.V.

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The sale of Liverpool from the grips of Hicks and Gillett was always going to be a messy one but no one could have foreseen the events that took place in the last few days of this sale. The excellent Guardian web site and Official Liverpool web site kept supporters up to date with the latest developments but it still proved difficult to make sense of what was happening.

Malcolm Allison Remembered

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Manchester City fans will today be fondly remembering their great manager Malcolm Allison, the coach who helped the club to the most successful spell in the clubs history. Allison passed away earlier today aged 83.

The news will bring real sadness to not only City fans but to football fans in general.

Stoke City vs Leeds United, 1974-75: Friday Flashback Videos

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In this week's installment of Friday Flashback Videos, we take you back to the 1974-75 season for a then glamor tie between Stoke City and Leeds United. The video features the first ten minutes of the broadcast and is hosted by the legendary soccer commentator Brian Moore.

Feel free to post your observations about the game in the comments section below.

English Premier League, Week 8 Preview: EPL Talk Podcast

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Did you miss us? Kartik Krisnaiyer, Laurence McKenna and I missed yo during out near-two week break, with the EPL Talk podcast going silent during the international break. With players returning to their clubs, the show is back to look ahead to the eighth match day in the English Premier League.

A Wage Cap In The Premier League?

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Chelsea's success has come at a huge cost

For many years now a wage cap has been hailed as something that could rejuvenate football. But could a regimented wage structure really be something that would work and how would it change the Premier League?

Obviously for a wage cap to work it would have to be something that was done on a worldwide basis, but the most difficult question of all would be the level at which the cap was set.

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 8

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Does anybody enjoy the international break? Especially after horrendous US and England matches Tuesday, I'm glad to have our beloved EPL back. The 4-star match is, of course, the Liverpool derby, and it's a bottom-of-the-table 6-pointer to boot! Sorry, West Coasters, you simply have to get up early for that one.

Fabio Capello Is Not Learning From Past Mistakes

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No, you NEED to listen!

In a game like yesterday's the result is of no consequence. England will still qualify handily for Euros, (but in all probability not go very far), and they weren't playing their strongest side by any means. Yet, even if the penalty was awarded and it finished 1-0 to England, I don't think a single fan would be feeling secure about England's ability to hang with Germany and Spain in the real deal.

Brits Falling In Love With the Boston Red Sex Baseball Team

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It seems that the Brits are having a tough time getting to grips with the name of the Boston baseball team, the Red Sox. Both on Sky Sports News (see above screen capture) and in conversation (see video below), the Brits keep on calling them the Boston Red Sex.

Or maybe it's a Freudian slip or a joke?

Poll: Who Was Worse This Week? England or the USA?

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Who was worse this week? The United States in their 0-0 draw with Colombia and 2-2 draw against Poland, or England in their nil nil draw against Montenegro?

Vote now!

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Fox Soccer Channel Releases App for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

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Fox Soccer Channel has released an app for the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad that will allow soccer fans in the United States to watch live streaming Premier League and Champions League matches on mobile devices.

For the Premier League and Champions League, the Fox Soccer app features:

  • Latest Premier League news,
  • Fixtures and scores,
  • Videos and
  • Score ticker.

How Will The Glazers Leave United?

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Today Liverpool FC went through a complicated court procedure to resolve their ownership. Their biggest rivals, Manchester United, have not had the problems that have engulfed the beleaguered Anfield club but nevertheless have issues with their ownership. The Glazer takeover of Manchester United has created friction between the club's support who deride the Glazers and want them out (Love United, Hate Glazer) and the owners themselves.

It’s Time To Realize (Once Again) That England Is Rubbish

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Another England game and for many it leaves another feeling of slight depression.

Our response to the outcomes of football matches largely depends on what our expectations are. Hence, Scotland concede three at home and lose but come away feeling good about themselves because, in scoring twice and coming back from two nil down, they exceeded what they considered was likely or possible.

High Court Rules Against Tom Hicks And George Gillett

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Club Chairman Martin Broughton described himself as "elated" at the news.

The last few weeks have been nothing short of chaos on Merseyside. But today fans of Liverpool finally got the good news that the proposed takeover of the club by New England Sports Ventures has been given the green light.

English Football Fan Journal: Post Match Observations from Wembley

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It wasn't the result I broke the bank and traveled across the Atlantic Ocean for, but Tuesday's 0-0 between England and Montenegro was the experience I so desired as months of planning and patience finally paid off. Beautiful Wembley stadium, the tube to Wembley Park station, a cool October evening, and enough English journalists to make your head spin were all at the forefront of my senses as the afternoon curtsied to the night.

England 0-0 Montenegro… Should England Take A Vintage Approach?

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After a disappointing draw to Montenegro, do England need to look at football from the olden days to gain success?

On a serious note the draw was a very poor result for England, but I think there must be a sense of reality added to the score. Without a doubt Montenegro were the toughest of the sides to come from the lower ranked nations.

Samir Nasri can step into Cesc Fabregas’ shoes at Arsenal

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"That's where I play best, that's how I was formed. In every age group at youth level, I often played through the middle. I've been playing out wide for two years with Arsenal but feel more at ease in the centre of the pitch."

These words were recently uttered by the only person on the Arsenal squad that could be as strong as Cesc Fabregas in the center of midfield.

Fan Diary – 12 October 2010: Liverpool; John Henry’ High Court; Peter Lim; This Writer’s Head Implodes

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John Henry: Next LFC Owner?


In a handful of days we'll know whether or not Liverpool FC will have new owners. Whether or not the club will go into administration and be deducted nine points. Whether or not the club will shed the debt Mssrs Hicks and Gillett have accrued during their disastrous tenure as owners.

English Football Fan Journal: England at Wembley Pre Match Thoughts

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Tonight will mark my first real live experience with English football, and what better way to jump in head first than with the National team at Wembley in a meaningful match. Better yet, why not rub shoulders with some of the top English journalists currently writing for the best papers in England?

Injuries Are A Part Of Football

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The League Managers Association have hit back at Danny Murphy over his comments regarding managers creating bad tackles. The LMA were deeply unimpressed after the Fulham midfield claimed that the likes of Tony Pulis, Sam Allardyce and Mick McCarthy deliberately wound up players which in turn could lead to horror tackles.

How Important Was Xabi Alonso?

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No, I will not use a picture of him in a Madrid shirt thank you very much

The man, the myth, the legend.

All the reasons surrounding Liverpool's decline have one thing in common. They center around the fact that there are too few great or even very, very, good players in the squad.

The Paradox of the England Captaincy, And Does Anyone Care?

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There's always much debate in the English media about who is to be England captain. It seems as though Capello is sticking with Ferdinand, after Gerrard's successful stint with the arm band. Is Rio a good captain? Who knows? How would he prove he was or wasn't?

The role of Captain is an odd one.

England Fringe Strikers Must Grasp Rare Opportunity

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Sunderland forward Darren Bent has a right to feel hard-done-by in terms of his international career. Since making his debut under Sven-Goran Eriksson against Uruguay in March 2006, Bent has won just six more caps. Considering he has scored 65 goals in 147 Premier League appearances since then, you might think he would walk into any international side.

What Are Your Soccer Dreams?

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International breaks give me a chance to be a bit more reflective than usual regarding what's going on in the world of soccer. And other than the Liverpool ownership saga, there isn't a lot going on. I have to admit that while I have a life outside of EPL Talk and the sport of soccer, the past week has been agony.

Wayne Rooney Asks For Winter Break As He Searches For Form

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Wayne Rooney will continue his bid to find form when he lines up for England against Montenegro Tuesday. In normal circumstances I have no doubt that Rooney would have pulled out of Fabio Capello's squad for the game at Wembley, after missing the last few United games through injury, But with Sir Alex Ferguson desperate for his star striker to return to his best, Rooney has been encouraged to play himself in to form with his country.

Terraces Vanishing From English Football Grounds: Video

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Many of us know that standing terraces are disappearing from English football grounds. Whether it's new all-seater stands being built, or clubs moving to new grounds, terraces are becoming a thing of the past in England. To illustrate how the terraces are vanishing, watch the above video that begins in 1955 when the ‘new' Roots Hall was built by Southend.

Why Liverpool Fans Shouldn’t Fear Administration

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The word administration will universally strike fear in football fans. Points deductions and a mass exodus of players is something that will normally follow after a club slips in to administration, however I am certain Liverpool won't have to suffer the costs of the dreaded A word.

British newspapers are today reporting that Liverpool slipping in to administration will mean the collapse of the NESV takeover.

Play FIFA 11 Leagues For Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii

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If you're jonesing for soccer during the international break and can't wait that long until you see the next match, do the next best thing. Play FIFA 11 online. This is just a quick reminder that an EPL Talk league has been setup on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

To join the league on either system, please follow the directions below.

Latest Developments in Liverpool FC Ownership Saga

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Here are the latest developments regarding the Liverpool ownership saga:

-The Premier League has blessed New England Sports Venture's (NESV) attempted purchase by stating that NESV meets the criteria of the league's Owners' and Directors' Test. Read the statement here.

-The Royal Bank of Scotland has set an October 15th deadline for George Gillett and Tom Hicks to obtain yet more re-financing for nearly 300 million pounds of debt.

Manchester United Reveal Huge Loss

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While their bitter rivals Liverpool are sweating over a takeover that could decide their future, Manchester United have today revealed some worrying financial results of their own. The club which for so long was the financial powerhouse of the Premier League lost a staggering £79.

Liverpool’s Potential New Ownership And The State of Prudency

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In 2006, John W. Henry—the executive fronting the New England Sports Venture's (NESV's) attempted takeover of Liverpool—was clocked at a £540m net worth. This was years before the inevitable subtractions of the global recession.

In 2009, Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, affectionately known as Sheikh Mansour and the owner of Manchester City, was estimated at about a £2.

FIFA 11 Review: Most Fun Sports Game Has Some Flaws

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Quick, easy question: Who's the best player currently on Aston Villa?

Ashley Young is probably the first name that pops to mind. Maybe you'd say youngster Marc Albrighton. You'd be laughed at but Emile Heskey is proving, yes, there's still some worth in his 32-year-old carcass.

English Football Fan Journal: Plaines, Trains & Automobiles to North London

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As I type this journal entry in the smallest of one room efficiencies in Highbury, London, the time in the upper right corner reads 7:00 AM exactly. Local time just hit noon which places my brain somewhere in the realm of insane, sleep-deprived lunatic, or, lazy traveler, as I'm only just sitting up from bed as Coronation Street appears on ITV2.

What One Goal Gave You The Most Pleasure?

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In the past we've asked you what was your favorite goal, but this time we want to know what one goal gave you the most pleasure. It doesn't necessarily have to be the prettiest of goals, but the sheer sensation of the goal being scored gave you an inordinate amount of pleasure.

For me, as part of EPL Talk's Friday Flashback Videos series, my vote is for Archie Gemmill's goal for Scotland in the 1978 World Cup against Holland.

Football Manager 2011, Official Trailer: Video

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The official trailer for Football Manager 2011 has been released. The latest edition of the immensely popular football management strategy game is scheduled for release in the UK on November 5. And is expected to be released in the United States before Christmas.

The trailer for Football Manager will debut on television on October 17, so here's your chance to take a look at it before it's on the tube.

Chelsea v Arsenal, December 2006: The Brilliant Strike of Michael Essien

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Reflecting on Chelsea v Arsenal's match this past Sunday at Stamford Bridge, I was immediately reminded of one of the most amazing goals I have ever seen.

The date was December 10, 2006. Chelsea desperately need points as they hosted Arsenal in order to keep pace with a runaway Manchester United at the top of the table.

The Story Of Liverpool’s Anthem, You’ll Never Walk Alone: Video

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EA Sports released a video today featuring the story of "You'll Never Walk Alone," the song by Gerry Marsden and the Pacemakers which became Liverpool's anthem.

The video shows Marsden walking viewers through Anfield and what the song means to him and Liverpool supporters around the world.

Should West Ham or Spurs Move Into the Olympic Stadium?

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Both West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur have submitted bids to occupy the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, England once the 2012 Summer Olympic Games are over. West Ham's bid is in conjunction with Newham Council, while Tottenham's bid is conjunction with AEG.

So far, West Ham's bid may be more palatable because theirs includes keeping the athletic running track around the pitch.

U.S. TV Schedule Unveiled For Upcoming Massive Chelsea, Man Utd and Arsenal Matches

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Several key Premier League matches scheduled for later this year were moved to accomodate the interests of Sky Sports and ESPN in the United Kingdom. The changes have big implications for soccer fans around the world and especially in the United States where many of you, the readers, reside.

Why Liverpool Football Club Is a Bargain For £300m

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As Liverpool have gone 20 years without winning the top division, especially to a younger generation, the enormity of LFC has probably never seemed quite powerful as it does to those of us who grew up with the club as an imperious, all-conquering club who simply won everything.

It is testament to the legacy of those days that Liverpool, unlike many clubs who used to be very successful, they still have such enormous pulling power and is still supported worldwide.

Best Goals Of The Season From English Football, 1972-2010

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One of the highlights of the season for a lot of English football supporters is seeing the goals of the season. It's often a difficult decision to limit it to the best goal each month during the season. And even more so when only one goal is chosen as the winner of the best goal of that particular season.

Could Steve McClaren Really Return As England Manager?

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Trevor Brooking has today claimed that Steve McClaren could one day return as the manger of the England side. With Fabio Capello already stating that he will leave his position with the FA after the 2012 European Championships, and the FA insisting that an Englishmen will replace him, could ‘The Wally with the Brolly' really return?

The Good And Bad Of John W Henry, Liverpool’s Potential New Owner

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So John W Henry, current owner of the Boston Red Sox, is about to take over Liverpool. Being a Florida Marlins fan, and a baseball fan in general, I'm very well aware of Mr. Henry's history as a baseball owner, so here's my opinion about what I think he will bring to the club, both the good and the bad.

FIFA 11 Review

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Life is all about compromise.

It's rare that you get everything you want, exactly the way you want it. The ability to accept that fact lends itself to happier living.

"FIFA 11" is a good example.

Last year's version raised the bar in terms of presentation, graphics and game play – making it difficult for this year's edition to measure up.

Liverpool Sale to Boston Red Sox Owners Is Far From Finalized

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The timing of the release of an anti-Tom Hicks video made by British film producer Mike Jefferies and Liverpool FC supporters couldn't have been better. While a majority of the Liverpool board has agreed to sell the club to New England Sports Ventures (NESV), owners of the Boston Red Sox, New England Sports Network, Fenway Sports Group and Rousch Fenway Racing, Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton revealed that "I am only disappointed that the owners have tried everything to prevent the deal from happening and that we need to go through legal proceedings in order to complete the sale.

Will This Be Another Season Where Arsenal Come Up Short?

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While their young stars will go globetrotting with their national sides this weekend, there will still be a sense of disappointment in the Arsenal squad. Sunday's defeat at Chelsea was a familiar story for the Gunners, as once again they failed to get a result against their London rivals.

Liverpool Football Club To Be Sold

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Fans of Liverpool Football club have finally got what they wanted with the news that George Gillett and Tom Hicks are set to sell the club. New England Sports Ventures, fronted by self made-millionaire John W Henry, will takeover at Anfield subject to Premier League approval.

But speaking to Liverpool fans soon after the news broke there was a general feeling of scepticism and to be honest they have every right to be wary about another takeover.

Not That Type of Player

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"The referee's done his job, it's a sending off, but Taylor's not a malicious player."

"Ryan isn't that type. It's so ironic he's involved because he's such a genuine kid. It'll be devastating for him.

English Football Fan Journal: Last Day in the States

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  • Bloody Exchange Rate

So this is it, my last day Stateside for some time. Months of planning and preparation have led to one final day in Lexington before an overnight flight delivers me and the Mrs. to Heathrow and the United Kingdom. It's sure to be an incredible journey, one of which will be adventurous, rewarding, rainy, rowdy and maybe even a bit romantic.

The Agony Of International Breaks And Why They Hinder More Than They Help

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International breaks; like taxes and the poor, they are always with us; always hanging around the street corner waiting to disrupt our domestic contentment.

Just when things have settled into a nice groove; just when the season's drama is beginning to unfold its latest plot twists, along comes the International Break to spoil it all, putting it all on pause for two weeks while we sit around and stare at our blank TV and at our empty grounds with an unbearable sadness.

Is It Time For Soccer To Consider Adopting NFL-Style TV Presentations?

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During a break in the action on this past Saturday's broadcast of Sunderland against Manchester United, ESPN's commentator Ian Darke mentioned that Clint Dempsey had just scored a goal for Fulham away at West Ham United. At first, I was ready to cry blasphemy at Darke's decision to break one of the cardinal rules of commentating which is not to tell people what the scores are in the other matches played at the same time.

Kevin Davies Named to England Squad: Why It Makes Sense

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Seeing Kevin Davies name in an England squad may be a shock to some people, indeed it may be a shock to Kev himself.

Is it some sort of madness by Capello? Is he really so desperate for strikers that he has to select this Bolton Wanderers journeyman?

Well, yes.

At 33 years of age, Davies is hardly the future.

Premier League Footballer Of The Week, Gameweek 7

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Jesse Chula is busy packing suitcases for his upcoming journey to England to watch some of the best soccer in person, so he asked me to step in today to write the Premier League Footballer Of The Week post. And he sure left me with a tough feat to pick out one footballer especially on a weekend where there were so many fantastic individual performances.

Everton and Liverpool In Relegation Battle: Has The World Gone Mad?

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I know. I know. It's only seven games into the season, but I guarantee there wasn't anyone predicting that after seven matches Liverpool and Everton would be desperately trying to keep their noses ahead of Wolves and West Ham.

At some point you have to the stop the "It's only [insert number of matches] into the season" and figure out what to do about it.

English Premier League Weekend Review, Matchday 7: EPL Talk Podcast

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Chelsea's bounce-back from their Manchester City loss is complete, though the same questions about Arsenal have resurfaced. On this edition of the EPL Talk Podcast, myself, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna review Sunday's match at Stamford Bridge, Liverpool's new low, Nigel de Jong and Karl Henry's antics, and the rest of the action from around the league.

How Much Of This Can Be Blamed On Hodgson?

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Is...Is That The Sack?

Liverpool are, quite frankly, terrible. 7 games into the season, they have played exactly two halves of Champions League caliber football. 10 men against Arsenal was riveting, and the comeback against Manchester United raised some hopes, although in retrospect that is probably made to look better than it was by the score sheet.

Blackpool Shock Liverpool To Give Holloway More Away Day Joy

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While most of the stories surrounding Blackpool's shock win at Anfield will be angled at Liverpool's disastrous performance, I feel the need to praise Ian Holloway's Tangerines who continued their roller-coaster start to the season.

It's now three wins away from Bloomfield Road for Holloway's side, and for a team that many expected to be the whipping boys of the league, their start is nothing short of sensational.

Pre-Show Open Thread: EPL Talk Podcast Wekeend Review Show

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We're hours ahead of our 10 p.m. BST/5 p.m. EST/2 p.m. PST start, where myself, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna will talking about a truly interesting weekend of Premier League action. Chelsea and Arsenal gave us a decent match at Stamford Bridge, Liverpool gave us fodder for hysterics, and Nigel de Jong .

Liverpool Sinks Into Bottom 3 Of Premier League

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Before today, the last time Liverpool were in the bottom three of the Premier League was after the opening day of the very first Premier League season. That day they lost 1-0 to Nottingham Forest. But any team can be near the bottom after losing its opening fixture of a season. Prior to that, the last time Liverpool sunk into the bottom three of top flight football was during the 1964-65 season when they dropped down to last but one after eight games.

Nigel De Jong Breaks Hatem Ben Arfa Leg: Video

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Manchester City's Nigel De Jong committed another horror tackle in the Premier League Sunday. This time against Newcastle United's Hatem Ben Arfa. The tackle resulted in a broken leg and definitely dashes Newcastle's chances for the next few months.

What is it about the Premier League where we see so many horrible tackles and broken bones?

Manchester City Grind Another Result Out

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The old saying is that a good team can grind out a result when they are not playing well. Well Manchester City did that today with a hard fought win over an impressive Newcastle United side.

If there is one that that City boss has brought to the club since his arrival last December, it is the Italian mentality to grind out results.

Rafael van der Vaart Continues Excellent Form

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Tottenham playmaker Rafael van der Vaart is certainly enjoying his start to life in the Premier League. The Dutch midfielder, who signed for Spurs on deadline day from Real Madrid, completed an impressive week with an excellent brace in his side's 2-1 win over Aston Villa yesterday.

The double took his tally to four goals in six appearances for Tottenham, but perhaps even more impressive has been Van der Vaart's general performances which have really caught the eye in an ever improving Tottenham side.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 7: Open Thread

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Arsenal and Chelsea face each other in both club's biggest game of the season today. We'll get a chance to see whether Chelsea's loss to Manchester City was an anomaly or whether Chelsea is as human as they seem to be. Plus we'll get to see whether this season's Arsenal are the real deal or not.

More Away Day Gloom For Manchester United

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Manchester United missed the chance to put some real pressure on early season pace-setters Chelsea with a disappointing draw at Sunderland. But perhaps a more worrying consequence to come from the game for Sir Alex Ferguson was the desperately below par performance of his side.

In normal circumstances I suppose a point at the Stadium of Light is not a bad point.

Karl Henry’s Horror Tackle for Wolves Against Wigan: Video

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Karl Henry did Wolves and Mick McCarthy no favors on Saturday when his late tackle on Jordi Gomez resulted in a straight red card and left Wolverhampton Wanderers with ten men.

In the video of the tackle (see above), you can see how Henry's hit sent the Spaniard flying into the air.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 7: Open Thread

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There are plenty of classic traditional matches today in the Premier League. Aston Villa versus Tottenham, West Brom against Bolton, West Ham v Fulham, Stoke against Blackburn, Man United versus Sunderland and others. And I expect many of them to be very entertaining.

As the action unfolds today, feel free to post your questions, observations and venting in the comments section below.

33 Greatest Soccer Punch Ups: Video

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If you run across any sports fans who call soccer a sissy sport, have them take a look at the above video which features 33 different soccer punch ups. Some of them will make you wince. But all of them show that the sport is not as amicable as some may think.

The above video, which is rather gruesome, features a "Best Of" collection of actual soccer punch ups including Eric Cantona's scissor kick against a Crystal Palace spectator, Roy Keane's disgusting challenge against Alf Inge-Haaland, Diego Maradona taking revenge for Barcelona and many more.

TV Ratings for Manchester City vs Chelsea on ESPN2 Revealed

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Last weekend's Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea, which was aired live on ESPN2 in the United States on Saturday, September 25 at 4:30am PT/7:30pm ET, garnered a 0.3 rating and was viewed by a TV audience of 428,000.

The game featured the debut of host Rebecca Lowe alongside pundit Steve McManaman as well as commentary from Ian Darke.

Bebé: Hero or Hobo?

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Bebé in action for United

The decision made by Sir Alex Ferguson to bring the previously unknown Tiago Manuel Dias Correia, commonly known by his nickname Bebé, to Manchester United has come under a lot of scrutiny by the press, but has Fergie unearthed another gem?  Â

The Bebé transfer was an interesting and peculiar one right from the start.

Why The Olympic Stadium Should Not Become A Premier League Stadium.

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Tottenham Hotspur today made a surprise bid to move into the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 London Olympics. The bid now means that two Premier Leagues will be going head-to-head in a battle to be homed in the stadium after West Ham United also submitted a bit.

Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy admits the club are simply covering themselves as they continue to look for a new home, Â saying: "It is only prudent and good management that we ensure that we investigate all possible options.

What Is That Song Played During Premier League Goal Highlights?

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For the 2010-11 Premier League season, TWI – the company who provides the feed and audio from the commentators for the matches – has been playing a new catchy jingle during goal highlights and sometimes before and after games. We finally tracked it down a few weeks ago and found that it's a song by Kasabian called "Fire.

English Premier League Weekend Preview (Mid-Week Review): EPL Talk Podcast

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England was perfect in Champions League, fit to be tied in Europa League, but with the mid-week action behind us, it's time to look forward to the weekend's fixtures, with Arsenal's trip to Chelsea highlighting the seventh match day's schedule. On this edition of the EPL Talk podcast, I am joined by Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna to look back at mid-week, forward to the weekend of football.

Wrexham vs Arsenal, 1991-92 FA Cup: Friday Flashback Videos

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For this week's installment of Friday Flashback Videos, we head back to 1992 when Arsenal went to North Wales to play Wrexham in the FA Cup at the Racecourse Ground.

At the time, Arsenal were second in the top flight of English football while Wrexham were 24th in the Third Division, which is the today's equivalent of League One.