EPL Talk Archives for January 2010

Chelsea 1-0 Bolton: Bonus Match Review

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Since I am currently on holiday with my family, I hadn't planned to do a second match review this week. However I caught the replay of yesterday's Chelsea-Bolton match, and thought I'd at least give the starting formation and a few thoughts.

Chelsea v. Bolton Starting Formations

- This matchup of Bolton's 4-4-2 and Chelsea's 4-3-3 leads to the typical 3-on-2 central midfield matchup, where the two CM's (in this case, Stuart Holden and Fabrice Muamba) would be outmanned by the three CM's in the 4-3-3 (Frank Lampard, Ramires, and Michael Essien).

New Year’s Week Viewing Guide Gameweeks 21 & 22

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Happy New Year to all EPL lovers. I've written this weekly column from some interesting spots. This time from soccer-mad Mexico with an extremely dodgy internet connection. So no time for text per game, just the facts and the ratings. ESPN takes its outstanding production to the Hawthorns this week to follow United.

Premier League Links Of The Day: December 30, 2010

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The commentator mash up of England's World Cup performance.

Here's the links:

  • Adam Johnson chat [Manchester Evening News]
  • Star man report [Sky Sports]
  • 3 Up Front podcast [Soccerlens]
  • Sir Alex dishes out punishment [Dirty Tackle]
  • Diaby injury blow [BBC]
  • Asian Cup squads [World Cup Blog]
  • Neil Young tribute [Manchester Evening News]
  • Top 10 moments from S.

Which Manager Should Replace Roy Hodgson At Liverpool?

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For many Liverpool supporters who were holding out faith for Roy Hodgson to turn the team around, many lost their belief in Hodgson after Wednesday night's pathetic performance against Wolves.

At this rate, Hodgson's position as Liverpool manager is tenuous. But who do you think should replace him?

Who Is Best Positioned To Win The Title?

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As the New Year approaches this seasons title race is one of the most open in the history of the Premier League. No one is showing form that suggests they will run away with it and five teams will seriously still believe that could become Champions come the end of the season. Let's take a look at the contenders.

4 Reasons Why Fulham Need to Keep Manager Mark Hughes

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Looking at the table and seeing Fulham currently in 18th position halfway through the season it makes sense to be concerned as a Fulham supporter. The next thing many fans are going to look at are the reasons why Fulham are in the relegation zone. I plan on sharing my points on why I believe Fulham are where they are, and where I think they will end up.

4 Depressing Statistics From Liverpool 0-1 Wolves Match

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When the final whistle blew at Anfield Wednesday night, the air was deafened by the sound of a chorus of boos. That was followed by some in The Kop singing Kenny Dalglish's name and cheeky "Hodgson for England" chants. In what was definitely Liverpool's worst performance of the season, the team crashed to a 1-0 defeat against Wolves and gave a lethargic performance that can be best summed up by considering the following four statistics.

Arsenal Home Shirt for 2011-12 Season: Leaked Photo

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A photograph of Arsenal's home shirt for the 2011-12 season has been leaked on the Internet.

The new Arsenal home shirt features a design that is similar to the current 2010-11 one, but the most prominent new feature is a wreath around the Arsenal crest. Also noticeable is that the sleeves are white with no red trim apparent.

Premier League Links Of The Day: December 29, 2010

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Ian Wright talks about the Holiday period for footballers. Check out the video here

Here's the links:

  • City go for Dzeko [BBC]
  • Comparing EPL to NBA [Bleacher Report]
  • Betting surprises [Sports Trading Life]
  • 12th man clothing [Sabotage Times]
  • Maradona linked to Fulham [Footie]
  • Fergie fuming [Mail]
  • Bassong challenges teammates [Espn]
  • Football art [Sabotage Times]

Feel free to follow me on Twitter and let me know if you'd like to suggest an article, video or photo for inclusion on the Premier League Links Of The Day.

Should Villa Stick With Houllier?

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Yesterday saw Aston Villa slump to another defeat to the hands of mega rich Manchester City. This leaves Villa one point above the relegation zone and with another four goals conceded it leaves Houllier's boys with a minus 14 goal difference, joint worst in the league.

What has gone wrong at Villa Park?

Why Dimitar Berbatov Is a Football Artist

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There are some footballers who we can all agree about. Lionel Messi, for example. There can't be any serious observer who would think he's over-rated. But such unanimity is very rare in football.

Split opinion is much more common and when it comes to Dimitar Berbatov, rarely can a player have divided opinion with such a gulf.

Blackpool, Spurs, Arsenal and Man City Grab The Weekday Headlines

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Despite what some of the readers may think, I'm not a supporter of the Big Four clubs in the Premier League. I enjoy watching them. But I enjoy watching them the same as I do the other 16 that form the Premier League. But what I do especially enjoy is a couple of days like Monday and Tuesday where the headlines didn't revolve around the massive clubs such as Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool winning matches.

Premier League Links Of The Day: December 28, 2010

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Mario had a nice day today scoring three goals for his club. Two came from the penalty spot where he made Friedel look silly.

Here's the links:

  • Worst XI [Soccerlens]
  • Fantasy tips [Roto Experts]
  • Life of a footballer [Sabotage Times]
  • Robinho talks with Kaka [Dirty Tackle]
  • Everton vs.

Live Blog: Premier League December 28

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Will Manchester City top the table for a moment (however briefly)?

Will Chelsea be knocked out of the top 4 for a day (at least)?

Will Blackpool actually play a match?

Join me for a live blog for the seven matches today, which include:

Manchester City v Aston Villa
Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle Utd
Stoke City v Fulham
Sunderland v Blackpool
West Brom v Blackburn Rovers (all 10 AM Eastern Time USA)
West Ham Utd v Everton (12:30 PM)
Birmingham City v Manchester Utd (3:00 PM ET on ESPN2)

EPL December 28 Live!

Data Representation Of Arsenal’s 3-1 Victory Against Chelsea

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You may be wondering what the above picture represents. Well, it's the entire 90 minutes plus stoppage time of yesterday's match between Arsenal and Chelsea. It's a "dataclock," which is a data representation of the two teams where it measures key moments in the game, passes, shots, fouls and more.

Where Do Chelsea and Arsenal Go From Here?

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You had to rub your eyes to believe it. The current Premier League champions, Chelsea, losing three-nil against the team, Arsenal, who had finished last season in third place. It was a role reversal of immense proportions. Chelsea played like Arsenal of last season, committing silly defensive errors while Arsenal played like Chelsea of last year, full of vigor, creativity and confidence.

Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea: Spotlight Match Review

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An important London derby took place on Monday, with Chelsea visiting Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal. The Gunners looked the sharper squad this day, and a big second half breakout sent them to a 3-1 victory against the struggling champions.

Arsenal v Chelsea Starting Formations

The home squad started in a 4-2-3-1 formation, manager Arsene Wenger's tried-and-true.

Premier League Links Of The Day: December 27, 2010

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Here's some of the top managers in their recent press conferences.

Here's the links:

  • Monday gossip [Sinnacle]
  • Arsenal vs. Chelsea preview [Two Footed Tackle]
  • Retro Mick McCarthey [Tikabooson]
  • Rafa snowman [Studs Up]
  • Van der Vaart is perfect [Phil Mcnulty]
  • Everton brace for Cahill absence [Soccerway]
  • Weather strikes again [Sky News]
  • What the papers say [Soccer 365]

Feel free to follow me on Twitter and let me know if you'd like to suggest an article, video or photo for inclusion on the Premier League Links Of The Day.

What the Premier League TV Experience Is Like In India

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India has in recent years become an important market for the development of the Premier League as the world's most popular team sports competition. The growth of the league has been remarkable throughout Asia and here in South India it is aided by knowledge of the English language and a certain amount of Anglophilia and western sympathy that has developed among India's younger generation who do not remember the independence struggles against the British.

Arsenal Against Chelsea: Why The Title Race Is On The Line For Both Clubs

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As the final whistle blew at Old Trafford Sunday to seal a Manchester United 2-0 defeat of Sunderland, the focus of the title race immediately turned south to London as Arsenal and Chelsea prepare to clash at the Emirates. United now sit top of the league with 37 points having played only 17 matches, that means the pressure is going to be on in North London come Monday evening.

Soccer AM: Best Of Showboat 2010: Video

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One of the best segments of the Sky Sports weekly TV show, Soccer AM, is their Showboat section where they feature some silky skills from footballers around the world. The above video features the best of 2010 and, as you'll see, there are some absolutely scintillating skills on display.

Boxing Day Weekend Review: EPL Talk Podcast

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The top of the table reads "Manchester, Manchester" after Boxing Day weekend, with Manchester United maintaining their place atop the table, another awakening from Carlos Tévez guiding City to three points. On this edition of the EPL Talk podcast, myself, Laurence McKenna and Christopher Harris talk about Sunday's seven matches and happenings, from Dimitar Berbatov's brace, ten Spurs getting three points, Fulham falling to West Ham, and Wigan climbing out of the drop.

Newcastle United 1-3 Manchester City: Magpies Downed After Early Blitz

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In what proved to be a highly entertaining Boxing Day encounter, Manchester City saw off a resilient Newcastle side after a goal from Gareth Barry and Carlos Tevez inside the opening five minutes of play. Newcastle will surely feel hard-done by after dominating the remaining eighty-five minutes of play, far outnumbering their ridiculously-paid counterparts in terms of possession and shots, but once again Carlos Tevez proved that without him, his current team would be sitting comfortably in mid-table mediocrity.

Robert Pires and Harry Redknapp Face Off At Villa Park: Video

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Aston Villa's Robert Pires and Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp got into a face off Sunday during the match at Villa Park.

Redknapp was incensed after Jermaine Jenas had a chance to break away down the left wing but Pires stopped him in his tracks by falling down which resulted in Jenas falling over.

Live Weekend Review Show: EPL Talk Podcast, Boxing Day Edition

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The holiday season is supposed to be a time to come together with friends and family, but by the time Boxing Day comes around, all we want is out football, something not even inclement weather in Blackburn and Liverpool could keep from us. Seven matches kicked-off and completed this Boxing Day, giving myself, Laurence McKenna, Kartik Krishnaiyer and yourselves more than enough for our weekly ritual: The EPL Talk Weekend Review show.

Premier League Boxing Day, Gameweek 19: Open Thread

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It seems like it's been so long since we've had a chance to watch Premier League matches, so today's assortment of Boxing Day matches is a welcome return. The early kick-off between Fulham and West Ham has already ended but we have plenty of other matches in store for us today.

Unfortunately there have been two games postponed thus far.

Fox Soccer iPhone App Subscription Now Free for FoxSoccer.tv Customers

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Fox Soccer Channel has released a new version of its Fox Soccer iPhone App. Version 1.1 of its Fox Soccer iPhone App now allows those who have access to the FoxSoccer.tv broadband subscription to view live games and watch video highlights on the mobile phone. Previously, FoxSoccer.tv subscribers had to pay $7.

Fantasy League Tips Gameweek 19

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Merry Christmas one and all and welcome to Gameweek 19. Blackpool Vs Liverpool faces a late pitch inspection, otherwise it looks set to be a full line up over the festivities. There will be plenty of action to enjoy as you tuck into your Turkey sandwiches and polish of the last of the sherry.

Happy Holidays From EPL Talk: Video

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Laurence McKenna, myself and new EPL Talk star analyst John Bannister put together a short video during this special time of the season. Bannister presents his mini-review of the season thus far as well as shines a light on some of the predictions for the remainder of the 2010/11 season.

Premier League Links Of The Day: December 24, 2010

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I think we should have asked for a whole fleet of these for Christmas. A text link to my special holiday video is below.

Merry Bzzzzzzzzzzzz from Sam Morrill on Vimeo.

Here's the links:

  • Top ten posts [Off The Post]
  • West Brom. worries [Express and Star]
  • EPL Christmas signings [Mirror]
  • Blackpool pitch inspection [Sky Sports]
  • Donovan's tweets [Daily Mail]
  • Sunderland vs.

Weekend Preview Show: EPL Talk Podcast

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It may be Serie A news, but Rafa Benítez's sacking at Inter Milan is Premier League fodder. On this edition of the EPL Talk Podcast, myself and Laurence McKenna talk about the newly unemployed, former Liverpool boss. Also, we review Monday's upset at Eastlands and El-Hadji Diof's niceties for Jamie Carragher before looking toward the weekend – Boxing Day as well as Arsenal-Chelsea.

Season’s Greetings From EPL Talk

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On behalf of everyone at EPL Talk, I'd like to wish you and your loved ones a very sincere Happy Holidays.

As a special treat, we have the Boxing Day matches on a weekend this year, so many of us — especially in the United States — will be able to watch the matches without going into work.

If You Could Sack One Player From the Club You Support, Who Would It Be?

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With all the sack stories and rumors emerging across world football within the last week or so, I tend to speculate and try to guess myself which manager is most likely to be next. While I feel sorry for anyone who loses their job, I understand the sacking of managers is as much a part of football as boots and the pitch itself.

Manchester United to Play Barcelona In U.S. 2011 Summer Tour

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Manchester United will face Barcelona in a pre-season friendly scheduled for July, 2011 in Washington DC, the Spanish club announced today.

The massive match between two of the biggest names in soccer will take place on July 30 as part of Barcelona and Manchester United's 2011 summer tour of the United States.

Premier League Links Of The Day: December 23, 2010

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The great Robbie Savage bringing Christmas cheer. Another holiday themed video coming tomorrow.

Here's the links:

  • Live Ryan Babel interview [L.F.C.]
  • Three up front podcast [Soccerlens]
  • Free Puma watch with cleats [Soccer Fanatic]
  • Premier league XI [N.

Vote For Your Favorite EPL Talk Posts of 2010

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In 2010, we've published more than 1,000 posts on all so many different aspects of the Premier League, England national team, World Cup and coverage of the beautiful game on all sorts of media devices such as TV, smart phones and computers. Hopefully you've enjoyed most of the posts.

Andy Gray Questions Whether Barcelona Could Handle Stoke or Blackburn

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I admire Lionel Messi's incredible skills as much as the next soccer fan, but I'm not a member of the recent love fest in the British media where they've heralded Barcelona as the greatest team ever. They're up there, no doubt, but I question Messi's talent when he comes up against the tough teams either in the Champions League or World Cup, where the Argentine routinely disappears in matches whenever he's faced against a tough opponent.

Arsenal Star In Christmas-Time Lego Match: Video

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Let's hope there is some football to watch this weekend and that the games are not postponed again due to the weather. Because if they are, here's the next best thing we can watch. Arsenal playing in an important Premier League match in the form of stop-motion Lego during Christmas-time.

EPL Festive Week Viewing Guide, Gameweeks 19 and 20

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Well, so much for my last post! A lot of effort and we ended up with 3 of 10 matches!! One lesson we learned, and it was a good one, is that Fox will be quick to make adjustments to their schedule when games are canceled. So I've heard for Boxing Day Sunday that there is a very strong likelihood of Liverpool's visit to Blackpool being called off as the smallest side in the Premier League refused to invest in under-soil heating before they joined the big time.

Premier League Links Of The Day: December 22, 2010

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A look inside the Total 90 Tracer.

Here's the links:

  • Chelsea facing transfer criticism [ESPN]
  • Footballers and money [Sabotage Times]
  • Fantasy EPL [Tikabooson]
  • Dear Santa [Studs Up]
  • Some fantasy stats [PL Fantasy Blog]
  • New boots [Soccer Bible]
  • Wife swapping (managers) [IBWM]
  • Russell Brand footie film [Kicking & Screening]
  • Controlling the owners [The Epoch Times]

Nice little Christmas photo for everyone!

IRELAND WANTS OUT, MILNER’S POOR CAREER CHOICE

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If you would have told me at the start of the season that by the end of December Aston Villa's big summer signing Stephen Ireland would have been a flop and James Milner had made the worst decision of his career by moving to mega rich Manchester City then I would have laughed off any suggestions.

What Soccer Gifts Are On Your Holiday Wish List?

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I don't think a year has gone by where I haven't asked for a soccer-related gift for Christmas or where my Christmas wish-list didn't contain at least one soccer item. This year is no different.

If I was to be unrealistic (which I sometimes am), here would be my dream-come-true holiday wish list:

  • A promotion for Swansea City from the Championship to the Premier League, and
  • A local Major League Soccer team in South Florida.

Ian Holloway Quotes Of The Year: 2010 Edition

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In many ways, 2010 has been the year of Ian Holloway. The man, the mystery, the manager. After securing an impressive win against Cardiff City in the Championship Play-Off Final to earn promotion to the Premier League, Ian Holloway's Blackpool side has been a revelation to watch this season, opening up teams and playing beautiful attractive football, the way it was meant to be played.

Owen Coyle: EPL Talk’s Person Of The Year For 2010

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If you could name one Person Of The Year award for someone who has achieved so much in the Premier League this calendar year, who would it be and why? It's an interesting question because rather than just narrowing it to a Footballer Of The Year or Manager Of The Year, the nominations are open to anyone connected with the Premier League.

Premier League Links Of The Day: December 21, 2010

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The recent snowfall makes corner kicks a bit difficult. It's nothing compared to this corner though.

Here's the links:

  • Balotelli's hat [Beat The First Man]
  • Fantasy Tips [Roto Experts]
  • Stu Holden the best? [The Sports Blog]
  • Donovan close to deal [Metro]
  • Berbatov's seventh award [Dirty Tackle]
  • EPL gossip [Sinnacle]
  • 50 best photos of 2010 [Who Ate All The Pies]
  • Tim Howard's epic performance [Liverpool Echo]

Feel free to follow me on Twitter and let me know if you'd like to suggest an article, video or photo for inclusion on the Premier League Links Of The Day.

The Best Premier League Starting XI of 2010

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Ah, it's that time of the year again and I simply love it. No, not Christmas, but the end of the year lists that all end up being about the same everywhere you look. Seriously, I think every music magazine has awarded album of the year to Kanye West, but that's a topic for another article.

Wolves Interested in Robbie Findley?

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One of the major complaints for American soccer fans during last summer's World Cup was the lack of goal scoring punch from the forward position.

That fact hasn't stopped Edson Buddle and, now, Robbie Findley from drawing some level of interest from English clubs, however.

The Daily Mail, a much debated source of reliable English football news, is reporting that Wolves' manager Mick McCarthy is considering a move for Findley, who became a free agent after four years with Real Salt Lake at the end of the MLS season.

Worst Soccer TV Blunders Of 2010

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Televising live soccer is never an easy job. There's no opportunity to do a re-take and chances of making mistake are much higher than usual. When a mistake happens, sometimes it's humorous. But often times it can be downright embarrassing.

During 2010, there were quite a few howlers.

Premier League Links Of The Day: December 20, 2010

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Here's a classic video of Tevez, Evra, and Park hanging out. Tevez accidentally messes up Ji-Sung's lip. Enjoy!

Here's the links:

  • Top 5 surprise performers [Sports Keeda]
  • The great Man U massacre [Talk Sport]
  • Christmas club wish lists [Daily Mail]
  • Gossip Monday [Sinnacle]
  • The Big Match DVD review [Three Match Ban]
  • Beckham accepts award [The Original Winger]
  • United get Anders Lindegaard [M.

Can Man City Reach And Maintain Top Spot In Premier League?

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By the luck of an act of god blanketing England in snow, Manchester City are poised to be England's number one at Christmas for the first time in 81 years. With practically the entire Premier League snowed under this past weekend, City's game against Everton today (3pm ET, ESPN2 USA) has been given the go-ahead.

Teal Bunbury Waits on Stoke’s Decision

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The list of Americans trying to cross the pond to play in England continues to grow.

And no, I'm not talking about Landon Donovan.

Teal Bunbury, a 20-year-old U.S. International who has been on trial at Stoke City in recent weeks, is waiting to hear if the Potters will offer him a contract.

The Best Soccer Viral Videos Of 2010

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The year 2010 has featured so many brilliantly produced viral videos for soccer fans. There has been a lot of garbage too, so we carefully sifted through hundreds of videos from 2010 and picked our 10 favorites which we believe are the best soccer viral videos of 2010.

Many of them are centered around the world, unsurprisingly, but most of the videos stand the test of time.

Carlos Tevez Withdraws Transfer Request And Commits Future to Man City

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Carlos Tevez has formally withdrawn his transfer request and has committed his future to Manchester City, the club revealed today.

Manchester City confirmed that Tevez and the club have completed "clear the air" talks with Tevez. And that during the meeting "Carlos expressed his absolute commitment to the Club and formally withdrew his transfer request.

The Worst Soccer TV Shows Of 2010

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Looking back at the year 2010, there have been some wonderful soccer moments on television. The broadcast of the 2010 World Cup was incredible to see as was the exciting 2009-10 Premier League season. But there was also a lot of bad television. The type that makes your remote control finger itch as you're tempted to fast forward or delete.

English Premier League Weekend Review, Luke Moore Interview: EPL Talk Podcast

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There wasn't much to talk about around the Premier League this weekend. Not only did seven of nine fixtures meet with postponement, but none of the league's top five teams were in action. As a result, our normal weekend review show that strains to make it in under an hour has no material, so aside from a brief conversation between myself and co-host Laurence McKenna, we shift focus.

Manchester City Is Just Another Club In Carlos Tevez’s Career As A Mercenary

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I heard a Manchester City fan on the radio the other day. He was saying he couldn't understand why Tevez wanted to leave City because, ‘he's absolutely worshipped by the fans.' This guy says this as though this would mean anything to the Argentinean.

I see this hero worshipping of players like Tevez as totally inappropriate.

Where Would Landon Donovan Fit in England for a Loan Spell?

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The question of whether Landon Donovan will go back to the EPL this transfer window is still up in the air. The talk of Donovan being linked to going back to Everton or heading to Fulham or Newcastle is purely rumor and speculation. Fact: No team has verbally expressed confirming interest in the American.

Who Will Be On The Move In January?

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With the transfer window opening immanently speculation is already mounting on who will be on the move in January. As teams look to give their squads that bit extra in the push for trophies, promotion or the battle against relegation, January is always a busy time. Check out the players below who could have a new home post Christmas.

The Importance of Robin van Persie

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You have to feel that Arsène Wenger would like nothing more than to have a team of players molded in Van Persie's style. Minus the injuries and the inconsistencies that they tend to bring of course.

It is obvious that Wenger is trying to follow the Barcelona model of tiki-taka football, with short passes and a loose formation.

Sunderland 1-0 Bolton: Spotlight Match Review

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One year ago here in the Midatlantic United States, we had a rather unwelcome storm system come through and dump a couple of feet of the white stuff on the ground. The same thing has happened this year for much of England, and most of the matches scheduled for today were cancelled, as well as the huge Chelsea/Manchester United fixture that was set for tomorrow.

EPL Talk Launches Android App: Plus Other Announcements

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With a break in Premier League action, it's perfect timing to bring you up to speed on several exciting developments within EPL Talk and our network of sites:

1. Regular features.

You may have noticed that we've added several regular columns and live blogs/chats to the site throughout the week.

Qatar Royal Family Plan £1.5bn Takeover of Manchester United

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The "Qatar Royal Family reportedly plan on a £1.5bn takeover of Manchester United," screams a British tabloid.

The problem is that the newspaper reporting the news, The Mirror, is renowned for printing gossip without a sliver of truth to it. And in this particular case, the article in question is devoid of any sources or any semblance of fact.

Michel Platini Is Useless And Sepp Blatter Should Be Sacked Says Ian Holloway

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Trust Blackpool manager Ian Holloway to call it like it is.

In a press conference Friday, Holloway discussed the topic of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and had some very strong words to say against FIFA, Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini for their "brilliant" idea of considering that the 2022 World Cup should be moved to the winter of 2022.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 18: Open Thread

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So many storylines to consider on this Premier League Saturday. First up is the match between Sunderland and Bolton, which promises to be more entertaining this season as both teams have improved tremendously in recent years. Plus, many viewers will be looking forward to seeing if Stu Holden can score another wonder goal like he did last week against Blackburn.

Subbuteo: Friday Flashback Videos

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Instead of showing footage of matches from yesteryear as I usually do every Friday, I thought I'd share a selection of videos about one of my favorite hobbies from childhood in the United Kingdom. The table soccer game called Subbuteo.

In the above commercial (presumably from the 1960′s), it captures the excitement of a young boy playing Subbuteo and imagining that he's playing like the professionals.

Premier League Links Of The Day: December 16, 2010

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Short documentary found by the guys at Off The Post. Thoughts on the modern day footballer from some young lads.

Here's the links:

  • Lengthy EPL preview [Global Football Today]
  • Shawcross return [Dirty Tackle]
  • Player profile Ian Taylor [Three Match Ban]
  • Fantasy – The Pundit [Barclays Premier League]
  • Wenger looks for reaction [Soccerway]
  • Top foreign players in history of EPL [Brett Day]
  • Lampard return [BBC Sport]
  • Big match flops [Telegraph]
  • Football clothing culture [A Healthy Obsession]

Feel free to follow me on Twitter and let me know if you'd like to suggest an article, video or photo for inclusion on the Premier League Links Of The Day.

English Premier League Weekend Preview: EPL Talk Podcast

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It has become the premier match-up of the Premier League: Manchester United and Chelsea. On Sunday, the clubs meet for the first time this season when the Red Devils visit the defending champions, clearly this weekend's match of the week.

To talk about that, I'm joined by The Gaffer, making a special appearance on his own show!

Arsenal Faces Barcelona In Champions League Round Of 16

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The draw for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 was made this morning in Switzerland. The biggest headline for Premier League clubs is that Arsenal will face Barcelona, which will be a rematch of last season's Champions League quarter-final which the Spanish giants won 6-3 on aggregate.

Special 1 TV: Christmas Special With Special Guest (Video)

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Trust Jose and his team to put on a great Christmas special on Special 1 TV. The episode even features a guest appearance by a man in red who has one of the worst costumes ever, which adds to the comedic genius.

There are plenty more laughs in this episode and even a sentimental bit near the end.

Premier League Surpasses MLS As America’s League To Watch On TV

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It's official. The Premier League is America's soccer league, at least on television that is.

Earlier this week, EPL Talk exclusively announced that Monday's TV viewing audience for Manchester United against Arsenal was the highest ever on U.S. television for a Premier League match.

Fantasy League Tips – Gameweek 18

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Weather permitting it's Gameweek 18, this roller coaster Premier League season is about to enter its crucial Christmas period. Three points going into the festivities will be a priority for all managers this weekend.

Sam Allardyce can put is feet up on Saturday and watch the club that unceremoniously sacked him take on his potential new employers.

Premier League Links Of The Day: December 17, 2010

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Here's a good find provided by Goal.com. They put together a nice set of classic Manchester United vs. Chelsea match videos.

Here's the links:

  • Football gear [Studs Up F.C.]
  • Andrei Kanchelskis [Narrow The Angle]
  • Podcast [Winning Ugly]
  • Champions league draw [UEFA]
  • Holloway dismisses rumors [Soccer Net]
  • Transfer talk [Soccer 365]
  • Soccer conversations [Nutmeg Radio]

Asamoah Gyan with his new award.

Edson Buddle on Trial With Birmingham

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While Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan have had their futures in the Premier League discussed in great detail in recent days, another American international is trying to find a home in England.

L.A. Galaxy forward Edson Buddle is currently on trial with Birmingham, and should he do well, he may be offered a deal in next month's transfer window.

Poll: Will Chelsea or Man United Win This Weekend?

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It's sneaky how the Premier League selects its schedule for each season. After the massive match between Manchester United and Arsenal earlier this week, we now have Chelsea against Man United to look forward to this weekend (as well as nine other mouthwatering matches).

But who will win at Stamford Bridge, which used to be a fortress for Chelsea but is now a mere barn door?

Mancini and Tevez Set For D-Day Talks

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will meet with his rebel striker Carlos Tevez tomorrow, in a bid to save the Argentine's career at the club. The two haven't spoken since Tevez's representatives informed the City hierarchy that the forward wanted to leave, but Mancini is still hopeful of persuading him to stay.

The Madness Of Sacking Premier League Football Managers

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It took a bit longer than usual but the sackings in the Premier League have commenced. Led by Newcastle and soon followed by Blackburn, the sackings have come from clubs that seem to be far from crisis level. These actions by the respective owners of Newcastle and Blackburn have been met with almost universal condemnation.

12 Transfer Targets Who Could Rescue West Ham United From Relegation

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The upcoming transfer window is so vitally important for clubs to bring in the right players that will change the fortunes of the club, whether that be for the final push towards winning the league such as in Chelsea's case or if it means to avoid relegation just like supporters of West Ham United, Wigan Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers will be hoping.

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 18

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8 games of prelude in this penultimate gameweek of the first go-round, and then the BIG ONE. Clear your Sunday morning schedules because Chelsea-United is one you need to watch live! From the 4 live 10 am matches, Fox picked Arsenal for the Channel, and Newcastle for Plus, while the Blackburn & Wigan matches are appropriately delayed to the afternoon.

Man United v Arsenal TV Audience Breaks EPL Record In U.S.

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ESPN this week broke the record for the largest TV viewing audience ever for a Premier League match shown on U.S. television. The game between Manchester United and Arsenal, which was shown live on ESPN2 at 3pm ET on Monday, December 13, 2010 scored a 0.4 rating and was watched by an estimated 570,000 viewers.

Premier League Footballer of the Week, Gameweek 17

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Gameweek 17 ended with Manchester United taking sole ownership of first place after they were able to overcome Arsenal at home, 1-0. It was a tight game that often lacked the quality needed to make it the weekend's marquee match off paper, but it was a result the Reds will welcome.

Fox Renews UEFA Champions League TV Rights In U.S. Through 2015

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Fox Sports Media Group today announced that it has renewed its exclusive media rights in the United States and Caribbean to the UEFA Champions League for three additional seasons from 2012/13 through 2014/15.

The agreement with UEFA ensures comprehensive coverage of the tournament on multiple Fox properties including Fox Sports, Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Soccer Plus, Fox Deportes, Fox Sports Net (FSN) and FX, as well as online video streaming service FoxSoccer.

6 Reasons Why EPL Matches On ESPN Are More Exciting Than Fox Soccer Channel

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What is it about the Premier League which makes it so much more exciting than other leagues? And what is it about those Premier League broadcasts on ESPN that make them more exciting than similar matches on Fox Soccer Channel?

For ESPN, maybe it's the fact that the games are shown in HD (I'm still annoyed that my local cable provider, Comcast, hasn't made Fox Soccer Channel HD available in my area)?

Premier League Links Of The Day: December 14, 2010

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A top goal by Ji-Sung Park at Old Trafford is today's video. The Korean's header puts United two points ahead with a game in hand.

Here's the links:

  • Arsenal loss analysis [The Arsenal Column]
  • Future Premiership [Bleacher Report]
  • EPL tv rights [Forbes]
  • Fantasy tips and review [Roto Experts]
  • Umbro tee shop [Umbro]
  • Hodgson keeps faith [BBC]
  • Manchester City new signing [SI]
  • General Krulak chat [AVFC]
  • EPL roundup [Pele Confidential]

Feel free to follow me on Twitter and let me know if you'd like to suggest an article, video or photo for inclusion on the Premier League Links Of The Day.

The Best Soccer Articles I Read This Year

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The year 2010 has been one of the best ever for soccer writing. Its unearthed talent such as Zonal Marking, The Swiss Ramble and European Football Weekends. And the most beautiful thing is that none of these three are corporate entities although all three can owe part of their success to the gracious hand of The Guardian.

Could You Ever Stop Supporting Your Favorite Football Club?

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What would it take for you to stop supporting your favorite football club? Yes, the mere notion of such an idea seems ridiculous, but it just goes to show how much of a death grip football clubs have on its supporters.

For the vast majority of us, our allegiance to our favorite club is fused together for the rest of our lives.

Premier League Links Of The Day: December 15, 2010

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Here's the goal celebrations again from the club Stjarnan. It's nothing new but I'm wondering how long something like this would last in the EPL. Would any club get away with something this elaborate and if so which players?

Here's the links:

  • Sven happy at Leicester [Sky]
  • Four failing clubs [World Football Columns]
  • Owners vs.

Who Is Gai Assulin, Manchester City’s New Signing?

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Gai Assulin was born in Nahariya on the 9th of April 1991 and signed for Manchester City from Barcelona in December, 2010. He is one of Israel's exceptional young talents that exist among football today.

Assulin started his career at the footballing school of Hapoel Haifa. When he was just seven years old, Assulin moved to the Bietar Tubruk youth ranks.

FIFA 11 Goal of the Week: 5 Remarkable Goals (Video)

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In the latest round of the best FIFA 11 goals of the week, the above video features a collection of goals from Manchester United, AC Milan, Arsenal, Real Madrid and Chelsea.

This week's video definitely features a lot more flashy skills exhibited by players. The sort of showboating skills that could make some of you either mad, especially if someone does it against you, or drooling with envy.

Rio Ferdinand Stars in U.S. Exercise Infomercial: Video

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Rio Ferdinand stars in a new infomercial to promote an exercise product which is quickly becoming a hit in the United States.

SoccerXizer is the perfect gift for your friends or family who want to combine soccer with exercise. The workout machine, finely crafted in Mexico, will help you and your loved ones reach fitness goals.

The Rise and Fall of Joe Cole: A Player Profile

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Joe Cole is currently playing for Liverpool and the England national team.

As a youngster Joe Cole was widely regarded as the hottest prospect in English football and was compared to the likes of Paul Gascoine. He famously scored seven goals in an 8-0 win over the Spanish under-18 national side.

Premier League Clubs and the Artists They Remind Us Of

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The Gaffer and I stay in constant communication throughout most weeks in hopes we can continue to develop relevant ideas into entertaining original content for EPL Talk. Some weeks are chock-full of story ideas because of the dramatic nature of the Premier League which makes our job slightly easier.

Arsenal Was Old Tottenham In Disguise Against Man United

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This season there's been a dramatic change in the mentality of North London's fiercest rivals. In the past, Tottenham Hotspur was always the underachievers, the club who promised so much in the big matches but always flattered to deceive. And now with Tottenham's resurgence under Harry Redknapp this season where they have beaten the likes of Inter Milan, Arsenal and came within a whisker of defeating Chelsea.

John Nicholson Interview: EPL Talk Podcast

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Last week I was fortunate to be joined by John Nicholson, whose work you know from EPLTalk.com as well as Football365.co.uk. In addition to talking about his book, We Ate All The Pies, we discussed the plight of his club (Middlesbrough), football's place on Boxing Day, and the new shape of the Premier League.

How I Fell In Love With Tottenham Hotspur

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I started watching soccer just one year ago. I was flipping through the TVchannels one night, bored, when I got to channel 124, some obscure channel I had never heard of called Fox Soccer Channel (FSC). I watched some of the match that they were showing. In the beginning, I would watch the beginning of the Saturday 12:30pm ET match being shown on FSC while eating lunch and the last 20 minutes of whatever UEFA Champions League match was being shown after coming home from school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Blackburn Rovers Sack Manager Sam Allardyce: Why Venky’s Decision Is Chicken Sh**

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Blackburn Rovers have sacked manager Sam Allardyce today with immediate effect.

In a prepared statement by the club, they said that:

"The Venky's Group, owners of Blackburn Rovers Football Club, has today confirmed the departure of manager Sam Allardyce and assistant manager Neil McDonald with immediate effect.

Manchester United v Arsenal – Live Blog

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It's one of the biggest matches in the EPL this season as Manchester United hosts Arsenal. The live blog will begin about 10 minutes before kickoff or at 2:50 PM USA Eastern and 7:50 PM local UK time (GMT).

Match Preview

Manchester United (last 6 EPL matches – WWDDWW)

The Red Devils are the only unbeaten team in the EPL and could go on top of the table with a win.

Premier League Links Of The Day: December 13, 2010

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Interesting video featuring big Sam today from the Mirror. Let's hope his side never have to run a 4-3-1-2.

Here's the links:

  • Bendtner faces Denmark Axe [Mail]
  • Manchester United vs. Arsenal preview [ManUTD24]
  • Inside Soccer – Jen Chang [Sports Illustrated]
  • Tangerine Dream [Gib Football Show]
  • Letter to Tevez [The Fifth Official]
  • Chelsea analysis [A Different League]
  • Andy Cole on Manchester City [Goal]

Feel free to follow me on Twitter and let me know if you'd like to suggest an article, video or photo for inclusion on the Premier League Links Of The Day.

5 Best Soccer Movies Available on iTunes

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With Christmas fast approaching and the cold snap beginning to bite, let's take a look at five films soccer related films that you can enjoy over the festive period without leaving the comfort of your house, thanks to the joy that is iTunes.

5. The Football Factory
Based on a novel wrote by John King, this film is a fair reflection on the hooliganism epidemic that caused huge problems in England.

Spurs Against Chelsea Escapade Reveals Why the Premier League Is Number One

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Sunday's draw between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea was one of the best one pointers I've seen in years. I support neither team but I was nearly crying with tears of joy near the dramatic end such was the wondrous spectacle that was happening in front of my eyes.

Soccer purists will look at this match and scoff.

Why Liverpool Fans Shouldn’t Grumble That Red Sox Bought Carl Crawford

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When news came a few days ago that the Red Sox signed former Tampa Bay Rays Left Fielder Carl Crawford for a seven year $142 Million dollar contract, some supporters of Liverpool were not very happy to hear that.

I'm dumbfounded to read about Liverpool supporters screaming for half of that amount that should be given to their club to purchase players during the winter transfer window.

English Premier League Weekend Review: EPL Talk Podcast

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Chelsea visit to Tottenham Hotspur highlighted a nine match weekend in the Premier League, with an erratic performance from Heurelho Gomes gifting the Blues an equalizer, denying a match winner in the 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane. That the reqult allowed Manchester City, 3-1 winners at Upton Park, to sit joint top of the table ahead of tomorrow's marquee match, Arsenal's visit to Manchester United, where the winner will gain first place in the English Premier League after 17 rounds.

EPL Talk Podcast: Pre-Show Open Thread, Live Show

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Manchester City is tied on points atop the league, and while the last two years have been filled with discussion of the emerging Citizen juggernaut, this still doesn't seem quite right. Perhaps that's because of the matches played column? One which depicts Arsenal with a match in hand (if for only a few days) and Manchester United with two, something that will be rectified on Monday when the pair meet at Old Trafford.

Tottenham Hotspur 1:1 Chelsea: Spotlight Match Review

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On Sunday, a battle took place in London, as two league powerhouses played an intense match in front of a lively crowd at White Hart Lane. The match ended in a 1-1 draw, as Chelsea squandered a wonderful opportunity to go ahead in stoppage time.

Tottenham v Chelsea Starting Formation

Tottenham Hotspur began the match in the 4-4-2 formation.

Manchester United v Arsenal Preview: Three Key Match-Ups In Battle For Top Spot

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First against third will take place on Monday when Arsenal travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United in what will be a fitting end to an exciting weekend. Arsenal lead United by the slimmest of margins, just a point, due to United missing out on league play last weekend against Blackpool because of extreme weather.

Sunday Live Blog: Tottenham v. Chelsea

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I can't help it. Sorry, Chelsea fans.

Hello all. Join me again tomorrow for a liveblog of Chelsea and Spurs, from 10:30 am ET (3:30 PM UK Time). We will discuss the Chelsea-Spurs game as it happens, and look forward to the big Monday night game, Manchester United v. Arsenal. Meanwhile, let's look at the teams for tomorrow, shall we?

Newcastle 3-1 Liverpool: Alan Pardew’s Reign Begins With Victory

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If there would be any consolation to the unrest in which Tyneside is currently embroiled in, than a fine home win against a strong Liverpool side would surely go a long way in the eyes of Newcastle supporters.

And, having to watch the events of the past week unfold, helpless but nonetheless staunchly faithful, some could argue Newcastle's 3-1 triumph over a reinvigorated Liverpool side is one step towards justice being served.

Carlos Tevez Hands In Transfer Request And Demands Exit In January Transfer Window

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Manchester City's Carlos Tevez has handed in a written transfer request and wants out in the January transfer, according to a report in the News of The World.

The Manchester City skipper is so disillusioned with life under Roberto Mancini he wants out in January. Tevez made his feelings known to chief executive Garry Cook two weeks ago and followed it up with an official letter on Monday.

Last Minute Soccer Present Ideas For The Holidays

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If you or your loved ones are looking for last minute present ideas for the holidays, we've created a list of soccer-related products that you'll be able to order online and get delivered in lickety-split in time for the big day.

With that said, here are the ideas for last-minute soccer gifts:

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Michael Carrick Shouldn’t Play for Manchester United

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It's been a few weeks since I've written, the reason being that the most recent discussions on football have left me dispassionate. I didn't care about the World Cup bids and their destinations and don't talk to me about current football fashion issues. If anything the last few weeks have been the same old stories covered in depth.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 17: Open Thread

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In what has been billed as the best Premier League of the weekend (let's certainly hope so), there is so much in store for today including the biggest clash of the day between Newcastle United and Liverpool as well as West Ham against Manchester City, and much more. It'll be intriguing day to say the least as we see Alan Pardew return, as well as matches between Stoke and Blackpool, Aston Villa against West Bromwich Albion, Fulham versus Sunderland and Everton versus Wigan.

BBC Panorama: FIFA’s Dirty Secrets: Video

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If you haven't seen the BBC Panorama episode about FIFA corruption or you want to see it again, here it is in the above videos (parts one and two).

I had a conversation with a friend yesterday and he hadn't seen it. And I then realized that many of the readers of EPL Talk may not have seen it either, so I decided to post the videos.

Fantasy League Tips Gameweek 17

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Four of the top five battle it out with each other this week while Man City travel to bottom of the table West Ham. Arsenal could end gameweek 17 in fourth position, having started it Top of the table. Chances are it will be as you were. It has been such an unpredictable season that this has to be the weekend where the top five match each other and pick up a point a piece.

Special 1 TV: The Leaking (Video)

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In a fortnight of scandal, everywhere from Newcastle to Moscow and Doha, Special 1 TV has plenty of fodder to digest and to find ways to add a twist of humor to it. And that's what they just did with their latest episode released on BBC 3 and now available in the above video.

The usual cast of characters return to this episode entitled "The Leaking.

Premier League Links Of The Day: December 10, 2010

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Finally the weekend is here and we can get back to watching the EPL. Here's a few comments from Ancelotti ahead of the clash with Tottenham.

Here's the links:

  • Arsenal young guns [Beyond The Pitch]
  • Guess the footballer [Three Match Ban]
  • Value of Berbatov [Back Page Football]
  • Relegation talk [That's On Point]
  • Evra vs.

Poll: Who Will Win, Arsenal or Man United?

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The stage is set this weekend for several mouthwatering matches in the Premier League. Top of the list is undoubtedly Manchester United against Arsenal, two teams vying for the Premier League title. And two teams who are capable of playing some jawdropping football.

So who do you think will win on Monday, the Red Devils or the Gunners?

Classic Arsenal and Manchester United Fights: Friday Flashback Videos

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In the past, there has been no love lost between Manchester United and Arsenal. At times they have been bitter enemies both on and off the field. In October 2004, there was the famous "Pizzagate" incident where a pizza allegedly hit Sir Alex Ferguson outside the Arsenal changing room after a heated argument between Wenger and Ferguson.

FIFA 11 Goals of the Week: Video

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Watch the best goals from round four of FIFA 11′s Goal of the Week competition in the above video.

There are several sublime ones including goals for Arsenal, AC Milan, Real Madrid and Marseille. Some of them will make you drool. Others may make you sick at how easy they seem to be.

Premier League Links Of The Day: December 9, 2010

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This video has been spreading through the web like crazy. Here's Emmanuel Eboue warming up before entering the game against Partizan.

Here's the links:

  • EPL clash of the titans [Prost Amerika Soccer]
  • Top 5 EPL players by FIFA [The Best Eleven]
  • Take a breath Villa fans [7500 To Holte]
  • EPL viewing guide [EPL Talk]
  • Mexican keeper Ochoa to the EPL?

Meet the Premier League Referees, Gameweek 17

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Sorry to all the fans of my articles, if there are any. This week's Meet the Ref is a shortened version as i've been ill in bed for a few days and haven't got enough time to do a full run down of the weekend, but we will be back to normal next week.

Saturday

Aston Villa vs. West Brom (3.

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 17

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In American college football they call it Rivalry Week. Well, we don't get all of the traditional rivals this weekend, but we sure do get many. My stars are flying out like Christmas gifts. The 4 Birmingham/West Midlands teams square off on Saturday and Sunday, Bolton face neighboring Blackburn, there's an extremely juicy London derby in the final Sunday match as Spurs host Chelsea, and the game-of-the-week has long-time rivals Wenger & Sir Alex meeting for the first of what might be a few times this year, with the winner going top!

Newcastle United Appoint Alan Pardew As Manager: Even Toon Fans Don’t Care

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One of the most anticipated managerial appointments of the past twelve months has finally been done and dusted, much to the bereavement of Newcastle supporters the world-over. Alan Pardew was announced as Newcastle United's next manager early this afternoon, signed on a massive five and a half year contract and charged with the task of carrying the team further up the table than the board believed his predecessor, the now departed Chris Hughton, could do.

Time is Running Out For Ancelotti To Right Chelsea’s Ship

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Usually when a team has top spot in the Champions League group stage locked up going into the final matchday, there is little emphasis put on the result of that team in that final group fixture. Not so when you are Chelsea and are currently mired in a run of form that better suits the Ken Bates era than the reign of the Roman Abramovich.

Mid-Week Review, Weekend Preview: EPL Talk Podcast

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All four English Premier League clubs in UEFA Champions League are through to the knock-out round, though not all advancements are made the same. Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea topped their groups, but thanks to Arsenal finishing second in Group H, the Gunners can be drawn against Bayern Munich, Real Madrid or Barcelona in the Round of 16.

Premier League Links Of The Day: December 8, 2010

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Today's video features Manchester United players in an ad for a popular vodka. Poor Rio barely gets a touch though. Thanks to Off The Post for the good find.

Here's the links:

  • Ray Wilkins speaks [Vital Football]
  • Everton secure young midfielder [Guardian]
  • Pardew leads manager race [Soccer News]
  • Mike Ashley's Pardew checklist [Transfer Tavern]
  • True form of EPL teams [Bleacher Report]
  • Weekly gossip [Sinnacle]
  • 10 most underwhelming managers [Telegraph]
  • The Hawthorns [Stadium Journey]
  • Fantasy home vs.

9 Great Gifts For The Soccer Fan In Your Life

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Several readers have asked me to share recommendations of what gift ideas would be perfect for soccer fans this time of the year, especially those who follow English Premier League teams, so here are 9 great holiday gifts for you, or for the soccer fan in your life.

Editor's note: I included a variety of different gift suggestions based on the type of present but also a variety of prices, from stocking stuffer ideas to higher priced items.

Looking Ahead to 2011 For the England National Team

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By now the dust is beginning to settle over England's disastrous 2010 World Cup campaign as well as the unsuccessful 2018 bid, but a disappointing end to 2010 for England may once again have the critics debating whether this England team is actually capable of anything noteworthy on the pitch.

Newcastle Supporters Deserve Better Than Asinine Mike Ashley

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There is almost unanimous outrage at the dismissal of Chris Hughton. From a football point of view it looks unsustainable, all the more so when instability and hysterical appointments have been the reasons behind the decline Newcastle over the past ten years but also because by any same measure Hughton was doing a great job.

Premier League Links Of The Day: December 7, 2010

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Here's our feature video of the day: Chris Hughton being fired from Newcastle has stirred up some controversy. Will former Ajax manager Martin Jol be the replacement?

Here's the links:

  • Tevez Interview [Man. City]
  • Manchester City wacky Christmas party [Metro UK]
  • Hughton sacked [Four Four Two]
  • Favorite Freddie Ljungberg [The Equaliser]
  • EPL fantasy advice [Roto Experts]
  • Ronaldinho to Liverpool?

Choosing Newcastle’s Next Manager: Reviewing The Candidates

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With the dust now settling in the wake of Chris Hughton's shock dismissal as manager of Newcastle United yesterday afternoon, the spotlight is on owner Mike Ashley and his (hopefully) inevitable decision in choosing Hughton's successor.

Even before the announcement yesterday, the rumour mills had already been churning with nearly every available, out of work manager being touted as a possible replacement, and none all too eye-catching at that.

Wayne Rooney’s Return Has Been Immensely Important to Dimitar Berbatov

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Occasionally a player will rely upon another player so much that they're less than half the player they could be without said player who compliments them so well. If you're confused by that word amalgam, don't be. Just make sure you watch Manchester United's next match on Monday at home against Arsenal and pay special attention to the brew that has become United's forward two.

Five Things Not To Buy A Football Fan For Christmas

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So the clock ticks ever closer to the season of goodwill and as a self confessed lover of Christmas, a word of warning for fellow football fans hoping to receive that special something in their Christmas stocking or under the tree. As the years have gone by, I have sometimes received presents based purely on the fact that I am a football fan.

Ah Mike Ashley, How I’ve Missed You

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There was something inevitable about Chris Hughton's sacking today, almost if after the last few weeks, it was a case of when rather than why. I was extremely critical of Mike Ashley's reign in the season that Newcastle United were relegated and yet here we are again, two years on and the man simply can't leave things alone.

Would You Want To Work For Mike Ashley?

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Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has once again angered the clubs supporters after he sacked manager Chris Hughton. Despite Newcastle's poor run of form, Hughton's sacking does come as a major shock, and is incredibly disrespectful to the man who has helped bring the club back to the Premier League.

Premier League Links Of The Day: December 6, 2010

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‘Premier League Links Of The Day' is kicking off Monday in style with another great video. Take a look at the excellent skill moves from the past week.

Here's the links:

  • Friedel on the decline [Back Page Football]
  • Grapevine rumors [Soccer 365]
  • Ugg-oh [Kickette]
  • Malouda faces possible ban [Mail Online]
  • EPL formations guide [Soccer Portal]
  • Peter Crouch boot interview [Soccer Bible]
  • Arsenal without Koscielny and Vermaelen [League Football Live]
  • Marko Marin scouted [Sport]
  • Americans abroad [Soccer By Ives]
  • EPL photo gallery [Espn Soccernet]
  • Goal of the month compilation [Soccer Portal]

Feel free to follow me on Twitter and let me know if you'd like to suggest an article, video or photo for inclusion on the Premier League Links Of The Day.

Premiership: Weakened Or Strongest Ever?

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The Premiership, probably at the moment, is the most open league for anyone to win since its introduction in 1992. The emergence of teams like Bolton and Sunderland is making them competitors worthy of testing the best in the league. The league in my mind has stretched across a different range altogether, watching a resurgent Newcastle United side under Chris Hughton and a spirited Blackpool side under Ian Holloway, who in their own way have silenced critics that wrote them off even before the season kicked off.

Are England And The USA FIFA’s Contingency Plan?

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The dust is just beginning to settle on a week that could forever change the footballing world. The decisions to send the 2018 and 2022 World Cup's to Russia and Qatar has left a sour taste amongst all the unsuccessful bidders. But was FIFA's snubbing of bids from England and the USA all part of a contingency conspiracy theory?

Pre-Show Open Thread: EPL Talk Podcast

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Though the caveat see Manchester United with a game in hand, Arsenal is now on top of the Premier League, and there's only one person to thank for it. It was another breakthrough performance for Samir Nasri, who led the Gunners to a 2-1 win over Fulham and the top spot in the English Premier League.

English Premier League Weekend Review, Live Show: EPL Talk Podcast

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Top of the hour, we'll be starting. That's 10 p.m. BST, 5 p.m. on the East Coast, 2 p.m. out here (on the West Coast of the U.S.). It's myself, Kartik Krishnaiyar and Laurence McKenna, going over the weekend's events on this, the EPL Talk weekend review show.

You can listen to the show live via our UStream .

English Premier League Weekend Review: EPL Talk Podcast

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With Manchester United's match in Blackpool postponed and Chelsea being drawn by Everton at the Bridge, Arsenal's win over Fulham sent the Gunners top, with Samir Nasri vaulting himself into the league's elite. On a team level, Manchester City may have done the some, with their 1-0 win over Bolton underscored by their more creative display of football this season.

Manchester United to Launch Pre-Season Tour of USA, Reports Say

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Manchester United are in discussions to launch a pre-season tour to the United States next summer, according to reports.

Rio Ferdinand, Manchester United's centre back, revealed the news in a tweet (pictured above) to NFL athlete Chad Ochocinco this past Saturday. Ferdinand mentioned "We [will be] in the States [next] August" during a conversion on Twitter between the two athletes.

Premier League Footballer of The Week, Gameweek 16

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EPL Talk's Jesse Chula is under the weather today so he asked me to step in to handle the Premier League Footballer of the Week duties. Luckily there was one player who certainly shone out from the rest, which makes my job easier. But perhaps you disagree with my choice?

First, let's examine the runner-ups.

Liverpool v Aston Villa – Live Blog

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There's one EPL fixture on Monday, December 6, 2010 as Liverpool hosts Aston Villa. Below is a brief match preview along with a live blog. The live blog will begin coverage around 2:50 PM EST (7:50 PM local UK time).

Match Preview

Liverpool (last 6 EPL matches – WWDLWL)

After a very slow start, Liverpool is slowly climbing their way up the EPL table.

Newcastle Sack Manager Chris Hughton: Let the Circus Recommence

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There are certain happenings, namely with regards to managerial shuffling and cup wins, that live in infamy among and around a club's supporters and grounds. The 6th of December, 2010 is another one of those dates Newcastle United can attach to an already incalculable list of calamities.

Is Carlo Ancelotti’s Job In Danger?

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The increasing pressure on Carlo Ancelotti has reached new heights after Chelsea dropped two more points against a stubborn Everton side. It was the fourth Premier League game without a win for the...

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Chelsea 1-1 Everton: Spotlight Match Review

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Everton travelled south on Saturday to face reigning champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The Toffees have struggled this season, only two spots out of the relegation zone. Chelsea has been on a...

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FIFA: For the Benefit of Its Members, To the Detriment of the Game

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December 2, 2010 may go down as one of the most dubious days in the history of world football. This will be seen as the day FIFA's Executive Committee members and its president gave a giant middle...

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Special 1 TV: The Truth (Video)

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In the latest episode of Special 1 TV, a few good men star to deconstruct the past week in football. Everything from the sensational 5-0 win by Barcelona against Real Madrid (which I watched live on...

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Fantasy League Tips – Gameweek 16

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The big freeze and the dismal failure of England's 2018 World Cup bid will not stop the Premier League from rolling on. Its game week 16, time to forget the disappointment, put the heating on and enjoy another weekend of Football.

Spurs enjoyed a much needed rest midweek and will be hoping to capitalise on any signs of a Birmingham hangover following their Carling Cup exploits.

Premier League Links Of The Day: December 3, 2010

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Today's video features the reaction to the World Cup going to Russia in 2018. A sad day for both England and the United States who thought their chances of hosting were real.

Here's the links:

  • EPL preview and predictions [SB Nation]
  • Sir Alex's five goalkeeper options [Back Page Football]
  • Baggie bird makeover [Who Ate All The Pies]
  • Nine wins to survive [Daily Star]
  • John Terry returns [Chelsea FC]
  • No United players for fantasy?

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 16 Live Blog

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Hello All. Please join me back here Saturday from 9:30 am ET/ 2:30 pm UK for a live blog of all the English Premier League games this weekend, including Everton v. Chelsea (10 AM, ESPN2), Arsenal v....

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Meet the Premier League Referees for Game week 16

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After a good weekend for the Premier League assistant referees last weekend, the refs will be looking to impress this week. Want to know whose taking charge of your game? Then now you can as I give you information on the men in black and how they will do in your team's matches.

Saturday

Arsenal vs.

The Best and Worst refereeing decisions from Game week 15

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This weekend was possibly the most exciting one ever for Premier League football with numbers of records being broken in what was a mixed few days for the men in the middle.

Firstly, this weekend's matches saw a record number of goals scored, 41 in total including eight in Manchester United's demolition of Blackburn Rovers and also for the first time ever since it's inauguration in 1992, every team managed to score a goal.

Beckham Can Hold Head High!

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While the disappointment of England's failure to land the 2018 FIFA World Cup will take some time to disappear and questions will be asked of where it all went wrong, one man did himself no harm and that is the legend that is David Beckham.

As a 24 year old male I'm not afraid to admit that I love David Beckham.

Common Sense Evades FIFA In Awarding 2018 & 2022 World Cups to Russia & Qatar

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For someone like me who has ties to both England and the United States, the decision by FIFA to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments to Russia and Qatar respectively hurts.

I watched the announcement Thursday morning on BBC World News from my cabin aboard the Norwegian Dawn cruise ship while sailing north west of Cuba on unusually stormy seas.

Premier League Links Of The Day: December 2, 2010

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Today's video features Birmingham City's win over Aston Villa being marred by violence.

Here's the links:

  • Carling Cup violence [Mail]
  • Keane against the snood [Dirty Tackle]
  • Balotelli scores twice [Mail]
  • A man against the EPL [Four Four Two]
  • The own goal club [FIFA]
  • Week 16 fantasy tips [FPLT]
  • Rio with Snoop Dogg [Vital Football]
  • Spurs of the moment [Farlie On Footie]
  • Schwarzer extends Fulham stay [Goal]
  • Hodgson on Cole [Football Fan Cast]
  • Win a signed Rooney boot [Four Four Two]
  • World Cup host announcement [FIFA]

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EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 16

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Fox & ESPN made the right choices this week, though you could argue that ESPN might have gone for the potentially more exciting Man City v Bolton match, or the London derby, but they went with the champions, home to Everton. Remember, record that match and watch it last if you are watching more than one 10 am Saturday match.

FPL Manager, Fantasy Premier League App For iPhone: Product Review

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I've been playing Fantasy Premier League (FPL) for several years, but in that time the FPL website has changed very little. The graphics have been improved in the game itself, but the site is as jumbled it was the first time I played it. And I often find myself feverishly logging on to it either Friday night or minutes before the window closes on a Saturday morning to make some last minute changes and keeping my fingers crossed that my picks will do well.

2018/2022 World Cup Decision Day – Live Blog – December 2, 2010

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It's down to the announcement for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups. There are four bids for the 2018 tournament (England, Russia, Portugal/Spain) and five bids for the 2022 tournament (USA, Qatar, Australia, South Korea, Japan).

Live coverage of the decision will begin around 9:30 AM Eastern, 6:30 AM Pacific, and 2:30 PM GMT (England).

Guess When Comcast Will Add Fox Soccer Channel HD

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While soccer fans throughout the United States are enjoying their Premier League soccer matches in glorious HD, Comcast subscribers such as myself and countless others have to watch the same games in SD. The picture quality in SD, especially on Fox Soccer Channel, is woeful at times.

Premier League Links Of The Day: December 1, 2010

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Here's the links:

  • Sevilla after Park [Tribal Football]
  • Peoples choice defenders [Footbalistic]
  • Everton take in a Sounder [Seattle Pi]
  • Rafa loves Liverpool [Footie.co.za]
  • 10 ways to stay in EPL [Vital Football]
  • Arteta signed boots [Soccer Bible]
  • Heroes & Villains [Four Four Two]
  • Martinez backs Boselli [Club Call]
  • Fantasy EPL tips [Roto Experts]

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English Premier League Weekend Preview: EPL Talk Podcast

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We go into the 16th match day with a new outlook in the title race. Only a couple of weeks ago we were narrowing our eyes toward the two team race. Now our whites are exposed to five at the top in what is playing out as an unprecedentedly open title race.

On this edition of the EPL Talk Podcast, co-host Laurence McKenna and myself graze across this Huxleyian landscape and try to provide a map for the coming weekend.