Tomorrow sees that magical mark of 100 days until the 19th World Cup begins and the chase for
places outside of the main names is really beginning to hot up. Fabio Capello will probably have a
definite idea of around 10 names who will certainly be on the plane to South Africa injury
Setanta Ireland's Paul Dempsey has been a fixture on the channel's Premier League studio
presentation since he moved to the channel from Sky in 2006. This weekend was Paul and Pat Dolan's
last broadcast to the United States, Setanta having lost the U.S. rights to the Premier League.
Which US soccer TV network represents the best value for money? Vote in the poll above and share
your opinions in the comments section below. Yes, ESPN2 is not a US soccer network, but it does
show a lot of soccer throughout the season. But tell us who you think is the best value.
Today marks 100 days to go until the World Cup kicks off in South Africa. If you haven't bought
your England World Cup home shirt or England World Cup away shirt yet, now is the time to do it.
The away shirt (pictured above) is available for pre-order so you can be one of the first to get it
as soon as it's released.
That's it then. Arsenal have officially turned the corner. In the same way that Eduardo's
injury, Stuart Parnaby's dive and William Gallas's teary outburst reflected the collapse of their
2007-08 title challenge, so Ramsey's injury, Danny Pugh's waving arms and Cesc Fabregas's penalty
will reflect Arsenal's glorious rampage to the title.
Alright, it's been a couple of days since Fox Soccer Plus/FS+/FSP launched on only a few
cable/satellite providers. Here are my observations and opinions after actually viewing some of the
programming on the channel and reading/hearing an overload of viewer opinion. As always, I'd love
to hear yours!
Claudio Reyna play midfield for Manchester City and Sunderland after stints with Rangers, VfL
Wolfsburg and Bayer Leverkusen, earning the nickname Captain America along the way. Last week, I
sat down with Claudio at the Adidas World Cup Media Day and talked to him about his career and his
view on the changes at Manchester City and in the Premiership.
Ryan Shawcross had no intention of turning Aaron Ramseyâ€˜s leg into putty when he went into his
tackle yesterday.Â Martin Taylor had no interest in seeing Eduardo's leg shattered in two when he
went studs up against him two years ago.Â Dan Smith took no delight in the crunching sound of Abou
Diaby's ankle being fractured and dislocated when he went in late against him two years before
In the Jewish faith, the act of becoming a man at thirteen is a huge step. Standing before your
family, friends, and the community as a whole, you are recognized as a full member of the
community. For me as a Jew, that is the moment that I became a man. For most of you, you can
probably remember the moment that you became a man.
Don't forget that Sunday morning will feature the Carling Cup Final between Aston Villa and
Manchester United (10am ET, Setanta US, Setanta-i and ESPN360). But who do you think will win? Vote
in the poll above and share your opinions below.
Personally, I hope it's a close contest between two teams that both have the potential to win
Anyone watching the Stoke City against Arsenal game on Saturday would have been absolutely
sickened to see the horrific injury against Arsenal forward Aaron Ramsey. The horror show tackle
could easily end Ramsey's career such was the extent of the injury.
The incident happened in the second half when Ryan Shawcross knocked the ball ahead of him and
tried to catch up to it while Aaron Ramsey ran forward to intercept the ball.
When watching Manchester City's fantastic 4-2 Victory away to league leaders Chelsea, one thing
was paramount in that game and it wasn't Wayne Bridge V John Terry, Â Two red cards, Manchester
City's flowing football, Shay Given'sÂ commandingÂ goal keeping or Roberto Mancini's great man
management and control of the game.
As bizarre as it may sound, if Manchester City could play against Chelsea, Manchester United and
Arsenal each week, they'd be in a better league position than they are now. City continue to look
flaccid when they play teams such as Stoke City, but always seem to be up for it when they play
powerhouses such as Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.
On Friday night, Fox released a press release stating that Fox Soccer Plus would be available on
Time Warner Cable beginning March 1. EPL Talk broke the news on Twitter. Time Warner Cable
customers got excited.
Except that Time Warner Cable won't be launching Fox Soccer Plus on Monday.
DISH Network announced today that it will launch Fox Soccer Plus on Monday, March 1.
As of Monday, Fox Soccer Plus will be available on DirecTV, Verizon FiOS and now DISH Network.
The announcement was made by a crawl at the bottom of the Setanta channel on DISH on Friday,
mentioning that the channel would be available as Fox Soccer + on Monday.
InÂ ten yearsÂ time, English football fans will look back in the annals of history and cast
villainous or gloriousÂ eyes upon someone named Wayne. This pending assignment of fatesÂ willÂ
depend on the outcome of this summer's World Cup. Wayne Bridge, as unfortunate as it is, has been
in the media for all the wrong reasons in recent weeks.
The year is 2010. Fox Soccer Channel still doesn't have a podcast, which would have been a
perfect medium to tell people about going to HD, and to answer questions about Fox Soccer Plus. And
neither Fox Soccer Channel nor the Premier League have an official iPhone app, although in case of
the Premier League, maybe it has more important things to worry about right now such as the first
EPL club going into administration.
Guy Mowbray is one of the components of BBC's Match of the Day and will be on hand at Wembley on
Sunday for the League Cup final. Earlier this week, he joined the EPL Talk Podcast to break down
the match-up between Aston Villa and Manchester United as well as talk about the English football
landscape, including his summer expectations for the Three Lions.
Hi Roberto, welcome to life in the Premier League.
Once upon a time, Roberto Mancini rode in on a white horse, donned a dashing scarf and sparked
hopes of not only sneaking Manchester City into the top four, but winning a trophy of some sort to
snap decades worth of frustration in that area.
Well, Torres is back. That's about the biggest consolation I can take from the last two outings.
We may have gotten the right result against Unirea, but if you didn't watch that match, trust me,
the outcome doesn't reflect the awful, numbing football we sat through for most of ninety
This may apply more to my American brethren than to my English brethren, but as I sit watching
football alone for the thousandth time, I wonder if fellow footie friends like myself experience
countless hours solely devoting themselves to their passion in an excited state of oneness.
The success of Andrew Mangan's blog has branded him as the Arseblogger, proprietor of
Arseblog.com. On this edition of the EPL Talk podcast, Stephen Darwin welcomes the Arseblogger back
to the podcast, getting his views on the start of Arsenal FC as they sit third in the Premiership
and are amidst their Champions League tie with FC Porto.
As the Setanta era of soccer broadcasting in America comes to a close, and Fox Soccer Plus looks
to fill in its spot, the good people at Newscorp will have to wrestle with one important difference
between Setanta and Fox Soccer â€“ the Fox brand. Will consumers spend money for a stand-alone Fox
channel that is not so distinct from the myriad of other Fox offerings?
Editor's note: This is part two of a series of articles written by Stephen Lucey. Part one,
released earlier this week, focused on whether a salary cap could save the Premier League from
itself. Part two, here, discusses unrestricted free agency and compares the NFL model to the
I ask myself that question two or three times a year and rarely come upÂ with a discernible
answer. Is it the language, the culture, the food? Maybe it's the pop music? Whatever the answer
is, I wish it wasn't so. I wish I could see English footballers deputizing or leading an attackÂ
for Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Roma, Lyon, BordeauxÂ or any of the clubs in the fantastic
Some of you may be too young to remember the Commodore 64 computer from the 1980's, but for
soccer fans such as myself who had time to kill, it was the best way to play soccer games on a home
computer that sold millions around the world.
The C64 wasn't a ZX Spectrum, which had plenty of classic soccer games too, but the games were
On the Wednesday edition of the EPL Talk Podcast we were proud to welcome David Goldblatt,
renowned for his work on The Ball is Round (uk, us), possibly the definitive book chronicling the
history of football. David is also regularly featured at Prospect Magazine, where he has recently
written pieces on the legacy of the 2010 African Cup of Nations and the criticisms of South Africa
in the build-up to the World Cup.
The Marquis De Sade was never short of a quote or two, but one that currently could be applied
to certain members of Chelsea's first team squad at the current time sprang to mind after today's
latest off field crisis at Stamford Bridge. "Lust is to the other passions what the
nervous fluid is to life; it supports them all, lends strength to them all ambition, cruelty,
avarice, revenge, are all founded on lust.
With just over 15 weeks left until the 19th World Cup begins in South Africa and one player is
making a real case to force his way in to the starting line up. Joe Hart could have been put out by
Manchester City signing Shay Given last January, a smack in the face for his aspirations to make
himself City's number one.
In aÂ statement on the clubs website, Portsmouth FC owner, Balram Chainrai, has announced that
unless new owners can be found by this coming Friday 26th February the cash strapped club will
enterÂ administration. Chainrai, has been meeting potentialÂ investorsÂ in London all week however
he has admitted it is unlikely that new investors will be found before the clubs winding up
When you're wearing the shirt of your favorite soccer team in public, have you considered what
nonverbal communications you're sending?
Sure, the majority of the time, we're wearing a soccer shirt because it's the team we support,
we like the design, it's comfortable, fashionable and sometimes it's one of the few pieces of
clothing that is clean and readily available.
On this episode of the EPL Talk Podcast we welcome Tim Vickery, who picks up on some of the
theses regarding player developed that we addressed with Andy Brassell two weeks ago. Then, Tim
talks to us about some notable players in Brazil, talking about how their styles would fit into the
The first quarter of 2010 has been the most traumatic ever for Premier League fans in the United
States with several key changes that significantly impact the quantity and quality of matches on
television. Setanta US will close its doors after February 28, and will be replaced by Fox Soccer
Plus which launches March 1 on DirecTV and FIOS.
Everton for the World Cup, Adam Johnson for England and Mud.
How can you not love this game, this league, the drama, the terrible state of the DW in Wigan?
Forget that last one. Gameweek 27 sawÂ Everton continue their fantastic league form as they beat
Manchester United emphatically at home only ten days removed from performing so gallantly against
league leaders Chelsea.
I was posed a question last night about the Premier League by a casual American observer. "Why
don't they have a salary cap?" While on the face of it I know that in some ways the comparisons
aren't entirely fair, it certainly is a fair question. My knowledge of the economics of the Premier
League isn't as intricate as that of the NFL; however, I have a reasonable grasp.
Since 1996, every Championship Trophy and FA Cup has rested in the trophy case of either
Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea or Liverpool with one singular exception.Â All 30 of those
pieces of silverware have gone to the Big Four except for the 2008 FA Cup, which has been ensconced
in a sacred place at Portsmouth's Fratton Park.
Editor's note: EPL Talk reader Nicholas Buchel shared a series of three drawings he made
that I should many of you would enjoy. The first features Fernando Torres who returned to action
Sunday against Manchester City. The above picture is hand drawn in ballpoint by Nicholas. Below the
fold, Buchel has included a ballpoint drawing of Emmanuel Adebayor (when he was with Arsenal) as
well as a drawing of Wayne Rooney.
Watching the Manchester City against Liverpool game on Sunday, it felt like I was watching a
tedious chess game. There was little fluidity to the game and mistakes were plentiful. Just as one
team made a move, the opposition would make a counter-move. And moments of style and panache were
few and far between.
On August 15th 2009, Everton faced Arsenal on a sun drenched, season opener and lost 6-1. Joleon
Lescott pulled on a royal blue shirt that afternoon despite reinforcing his desire to leave
Goodison Park and angering manager David Moyes. The team were without influential performers such
as Phil Jagielka and Mikel Arteta and looked to be careering dangerously towards a long, hard
What would happen if you took a pub full of Tottenham Hotspur supporters and asked them to sing
a 90s pop song by the Australian band Savage Garden? As weird as it may sound, this is exactly what
Puma did recently and turned it into a TV commercial to celebrate Valentine's Day.
Of course, I'm sure the ad agency spent quite a bit of time figuring out who would sing which
parts of the song.
Chelsea has increased their lead atop the Premier League, Tottenham is back in fourth place,
while Everton gets three more points from one of the league's leaders. On this edition of the EPL
Talk Podcats, analysts Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer join host Richard Farley to discuss
the weekend's results.
Colin Murray is fast becoming the rising star of British sport punditry. After cutting his teeth
with Channel 5's football coverage here in the UK, Murray has slowly been making his mark at BBC
Radio 5 through the excellent Fighting Talk. Last summer, Murray officially joined Radio 5 as a
presenter and he's shown himself to be a witty, enjoyable and knowledgeable host.
The Danger isn't just Administration, it's Liquidation.
Â£22m-Â£26m required to see out season.
As fans of football, we never want there to be less football clubs around. As simple as that
sounds, it makes perfect sense to leave it at that. The Premier League that we all love, follow and
obsess over stands in line for a pretty embarrassing black eye if they can't implement some form of
lifeline to the South Coast club who stand literally inches from no longer existing.
England legends from yesteryear star in a new World Cup TV commercial. Players such as Peter
Shilton, Martin Peters, Stuart Pearce and Viv Anderson are featured and describe what it feels like
to represent your national team on the world stage. The legends also describe putting the jersey
on, the sound of the fans and what it felt like to have their country cheering them on.
You follow EPL Talk on Twitter, Facebook and other sites. But now you can follow EPL Talk on
Google Buzz, the new social networking tool that integrates into Gmail and works very similarly to
FriendFeed, the company that Facebook recently bought.
At EPL Talk, we've created the Google Buzz account to give us a presence on Google Buzz and to
deliver the latest Premier League news to your Buzz account via Gmail.
On March 1, Fox Soccer Plus will launch on select TV providers across the United States.
According to several EPL Talk readers, it looks like FSC+ will be launching first on DirecTV and
FIOS. EPL Talk believes that the monthly fee for Fox Soccer Plus will be $14.99 although we're
awaiting confirmation from Fox.
What's wrong with this picture above? Read the caption to see how BBC Sport accidentally erased
Everton's impressive 3-1 victory against Manchester United on Saturday. Since the BBC is based in
The Old Smoke, maybe it's a London bias against teams from Merseyside?
If you can't beat them, buy them. That has often been Manchester United's strategy when the club
has lost pivotal league games against smaller English clubs and/or have been embarrassed by Premier
League players who display incredible raw skill. United has often gone on to purchase many of those
Yet again, Paul Gascoigne has been in the English media headlines in recent weeks for all the
wrong reasons. The 42 year oldÂ midfield maestro of yesteryearÂ who looks the worst part of 60 was
arrested twice in a week, once for public disorder and then again for being drunk in charge of a
Shaka Hislop currently works as an analyst for ESPN, but before that he was a goalkeeper for
Newcastle United, West Ham United, Reading, and Portsmouth. On this edition of the EPL Talk
podcast, the Trinidand and Tobago international who represented that country at the 2006 World Cup
joins The Gaffer during ESPN's Super Bowl at Sea cruise.
Along withÂ the recent dip in form at Manchester City has come an unrest amongst the fans who
have began to question as to why virtually the same team as the one that began the season so
brightly currently appears to lack energy, creativity and flare. It seems as though one way or the
other, the reasoning's all revolve around the central midfield, the common consensus being that
Mancini has brought with him the Italian obsession of defensive midfielders, breaking the link
between the midfield and attack.
Until the Premier League institutes a playoff for the fourth Champions League, we'll have to
settle for matches like Sunday's clash between Liverpool and Manchester City to decide the fate of
the league's final golden ticket into Europe's glamour competition.
City is a point ahead of the Reds with a game in hand â€“ and it's playing at home â€“ so if
this is truly to be the year that someone cracks the big four, this match is an opportunity to
strike a blow.
Fox Soccer Plus officially announced today that in addition to the Premier League, Serie A, FA
Cup and Champions League, the network will televise Carling Cup games, the Coca-Cola Championship
and marquee rugby matches.
The new TV network is scheduled to launch March 1, 2010.
Looking back on the mid-week action for Premier League sides in Champions League, Europa, and
within the Premiership, analysts Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer join host Richard Farley
on this edition of the EPL Talk podcast.
Arsenal's 2-1 loss at Porto and the circumstances behind each curious goal allowed by the
Manchester United's 3-2 Â win at the San Siro over AC Milan,
Everton's 2-1 win in Europa League over Sporting CP,
Mid-week EPL action from Stoke City-Manchester City and Wigan-Bolton,
Three: An Arsenal Web Documentary (Part One) from Andrew Weber on Vimeo.
Earlier this week, we shared with you a video that showed you the experience of going to the
Emirates to see a match. But what is the experience like if you go to a pub to watch a match? Not
just any ordinary pub, but a pub down under in Australia.
What a couple of days it's been for oddly scored goals.
Paul Scholes entered into the fluke goal history books Tuesday night as Manchester United beat
AC Milan in the Champions League round of 16 with a 3-2 away win that made a quarter final birth
just a bit more attainable.
Porto's second goal against Arsenal in today's Champion's League game is destined to live
forever on any number of football blooper DVDs.Â Â It was a comedy of errors that resulted in a
goal that any 7 year old could score.
In order, these were the errors that occurred:
Sol Campbell's sent a backpass to Lukacz Fabianski.
What do SB Waste Management and Recycling Services, Haynes Manuals, Brindley Kia, The Money
Shop, Imperial Snack Foods and Beacon Radio all have in common? Answer they're all sponsors of
signboard advertising at Molineux, the home of Wolverhampton Wanderers.
This isn't meant to be a plug for those companies.
On Monday afternoon the Premier League announced that it'sÂ in discussion with all 20 teams on
the possibility of a 4-team play-off for the final Champions League spot. The Premier League see
this as opportunity to make the league more competitive, as 5 of the last 6 seasons have seen the
so called â€˜big four' finish in the Champions League places.
Dwight Yorke is best known for his days playing for Manchester United and Aston Villa. On this
edition of the EPL Talk Podcast, the Trinidad and Tobago international, who represented his country
at the 2006 World Cup, joined the Gaffer as part of ESPN's Super Bowl at Sea cruise.
Yorke, who partnered with Andrew Cole (Cole interview) in attack for Manchester United in the
late 1990s, made his First Division debut in 1990 and would go on to play for Villa, United,
Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City and Sunderland, with a brief sojourn in Australia before his
final days at the Stadium of Light.
Watching European football has always had an exotic element for us in Britain. In the 60s and
70s, abroad was a long way away. The world seemed much bigger and the visit of a team from Italy,
Germany or Albania was like a visit from another football planet. We hadn't heard of most of the
players, we didn't know much about the teams.
Will Manchester United Win the Champions League?(polls)
It was a textbook Manchester United performance. The Red Devils entered the San Siro with the
pressure of performing against some of the top footballers in the world such as Pato, Beckham,
Ronaldinho, Seedorf, Nesta, Pirlo, Ambrosini and Huntelaar.
Classic European nights. When we complain about the stifling dominance of the Big Four; when we
curse every transfer that sends a promising young player from a lesser club to the Big Four; when
we ponder proposals such as debt-to-revenue restrictions, foreign player quotas, and playoffs for
European places; when we talk about all these things, we are talking about the promise of classic
European nights like Tuesday night at a raucous and roaring San Siro.
I can't believe I'm saying this, but: Why take Lucas off??
We could see the goal coming. Rosicky tore down the right sight while our defense struggled to
get back into position. His cross was going nowhere but to Diaby's headÂ which had no one marking
it. DiabyÂ knocked the ball past Pepe and the Gunners were up.
If you're ever wondered what the fan experience is like going to a Premier League soccer match,
or what it's like going to the Emirates Stadium, film director Rohan Blair-Mangat has put together
a five-minute video that beautifully captures the sights and sounds of a midweek football
The Premier League could soon implement a plan that sees its fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh
place finishers contest an end-of-season play-off at Wembley to determine England's fourth
Champions League contestant. At first blush, the plan seems rather appealing as further excitement
would be added to season's end while allowing clubs outside the Big Four the chance to enjoy the
financial and athletic splendours of top-flight European competition.
Manchester City is considering embarking on a preseason tour of the United States this summer to
establish itself as a global brand and to gain ground on Manchester United's popularity
The report in The Guardian from last Tuesday says that the talks are only at a
preliminary stage, but there have been talks about staging one of the preseason games (after the
World Cup) in either New York or Philadelphia.
On this edition of the EPL Talk Podcast we are joined by Andrew Cole. Cole is an iconic player
of the Premier League era, coming to prominence in 1993-94 when he scored 34 league goals for
Newcastle United. He later joined Manchester United where he collected three consecutive 20-goal
seasons from 1997-98 through 1999-2000, playing an integral part in United's treble winning season
I'm a fan of lists. If you can rank it, categorize it, number it, subdivide it, label it, then
I'm usually interested. Every December I rank the top ten albums of that particular year and I'm
constantly trying to re-work, re-figure and re-align my top ten films of all time, a project that's
been ongoing now for the better half of a decade.
This week on EPL Talk we'll bring you exclusive interviews from some of the biggest
names in English football such as Andrew Cole and Dwight Yorke, as well as an interview with ESPN
pundit Shaka Hislop. Our coverage began last Friday with an exclusive interview with ESPN analyst
Reviewing the weekend's FA Cup, fifth round action, analysts Laurence McKenna and Kartik
Krishnaiyer join host Richard Farley to look at the eight matches of the fifth round proper. That,
and the trio talk about the future of Portsmouth as well as Chelsea's (and England's) conundrum in
the wake of Ashley Cole's ankle injury.
They're all back, the world's best club cup competition, Anelka, Van der Sar, photographers and
tasty green bottle.
It was a mas o menos weekend as Premier League action gave way to FA Cup fifth round
ties. There are a few interestingÂ replays to look forward to as a couple of Premier League clubs
remain in the world's oldest cup competition, but overall a bit lackluster.
There may be a lot of upset soccer fans on March 1, 2010 when Fox Soccer Plus is launched and
the network isn't available on all satellite and cable TV providers.
During the most crucial phase of the Premier League season, the run-in from March through early
May when titles are won and lost and the relegation battle takes plenty of twists and turns, it's
imperative that as many Premier League games are on television as possible.
Now that DISH Network was the first satellite or cable provider to broadcast Fox Soccer Channel
in HD on February 10, 2010, the race is on for other TV providers to get the channel as part of its
For those of you who have DISH Network and you're able to get FSCHD, use this thread to tell us
what the quality of the HD picture is, to post questions and to discuss the techie topics you want
An image of what may be the new Spurs home football shirt for the 2010-11 season has been leaked
on the Internet thanks to a Tottenham blog.
Designed by Puma, the image shows what may be the new design of the shirt for the next Premier
League season. The image is very fuzzy but was shot from a Puma vendor catalog released in the
It was all going all too swimmingly in the run-up to the World Cup, wasn't it England
supporters? That vindaloo dinner was digesting so well. A triumphant qualifying campaign, including
two supremely satisfying Croatia thumpings. A seemingly straightforward World Cup draw. Rooney on a
When Setanta US goes off air at the end of February 28, 2010, what will happen to Setanta-i, the
broadband channel that many of us, myself included, have learned to love especially when watching
Premier League games?
The good news is that even though Setanta US is going out of business, Setanta-i will still
It all looked so easy on Sunday. Despite losing the titanic battle for possession and corners,
Chelsea garnered enough wherewithall to dismiss title rivals Arsenal 2-0, moving solidly to the top
of the table. Arsenal were dead and buried; United were still walking their admittedly impressive
tightrope, though never far away from collapsing around a broken Rooney metatarsal heck, even John
Terry was getting praised for his performance.
Quality ProgrammingÂ v the Direct Influence of Reality TV on Stupidity
Hovering, the mother-ship runs low on Petrol
Some Boys in Blue
The exhausting marathon that was analyzing a full 90 minutesÂ of six matches followed by bits
and pieces of the remaining four that took place on Tuesday and Wednesday this week is now
The hype about 3-D in recent weeks has been immense. First it was ESPN announcing it would
unveil the first 3-D television network this summer and would show up to 25 World Cup games in 3-D.
Second, Sky Sports debuted the first Premier League game in 3-D when it broadcasted Arsenal against
Manchester United in three dimension at select locations around England.
Key fixtures at the Emirates, Goodison, and Villa Park bring Laurence McKenna and Richard Farley
together for a mid-week review show. In addition to the results and their implications on the
Premier League table, Laurence and Richard talk about the crisis at Portsmouth and the conflict
between boardroom and manager at West Ham.
The vast majority of questions and concerns over the past month in the American soccer viewing
world have nearly all been centered on the availability of Fox Soccer Channel in High Definition.
With today's reported release of Fox Soccer Channel in HD on Dish Network, soccer fans in America
are either fuming or cheering, depending on who your cable/satellite provider is.
How far can Harry Redknapp take his Tottenham Hotspur team? A thumping 3-0 victory over
Manchester City on earlier in the season cemented their status as perennial fourth place chasers.
But who will drop out of the top four to make way for Spurs? And does Mr. Redknapp have the
financial clout to usurp one of the traditional big four?
If you hadn't been paying attention to Middlesbrough last season or the first half of the
current campaign in the Championship â€“ and let's face it â€“ most people don't pay much attention
to Middlesbrough â€“ you won't have seen how good Adam Johnson is.
A graduate of Middlesbrough's fantastic youth academy, many Boro people have thought for many
years now that Johnson is the very best players the club has ever produced.
Fox, not FX nor Fox Soccer Channel, will show the live broadcast of the 2009-2010 Champions
League Final this May according to a report in the industry publication Sports Business
What exactly happened to force the change was not explained, but the change is a massive boost
for soccer fans in the United States as it means this will be the first time that the Fox Network
has shown a soccer game.
Fulham manager Roy Hodgson put an early bug in Mohamed Al Fayed's ear for coinage toward
the'10-'11 season.Â After reading about it and watching his current patchwork team, decimated by
injuries, put together two wins and a draw while keeping three clean sheets in a row- in addition
to morphing/improving steadily over the course of the last two and a half seasons- I'm thinking,
"Does any manager in the Prem have more of a right to some cold cash money than Hodgson?
This episode of the EPL Talk podcast is a continuation of yesterday's Major League Soccer Talk
podcast, where we spent thirty minutes talking to Andy Brassell about the Algerian national team,
as well as other issues surrounding English football.
Algeria is in a World Cup group with both England and the United States.
Umbro today revealed pictures of the new England away soccer shirt for the 2010 World Cup. The
red design is reminiscent of the England away shirt from the 1966 World Cup and features white
cuffs and a round collar and the England Three Lions crest above the heart with a red star to
identify England's one World Cup Final victory.
It's hard to know how to call this match. On one hand Liverpool are coming off back-to-back
victories including a ten-man derby win. On the other Arsenal definitely have something to prove
after Manchester United and Chelsea have patently exposed the holes in their armor. They'll see us
as a big team they can beat (because they've already done it this season).
By definition, an own goal occurs in association football when a player scores a goal that is
registered to his or her own team. ThatÂ definition was in fact one of many I found while scouring
the Internet, but most of the others are similar in that they mention players knocking or kicking
the ball into their own net.
Simon Hattenstone is a features writer for the Guardian who used to write a weekly sports
column. Â He joined the EPL Talk podcast Â to talk about his background as a Manchester City
supporter, the John Terry affair, and his background in sports writing.
Don't forget that the EPL Talk Podcast is the only Premier League interview and analysis podcast
available for free.
Not many think Capello has made the wrong decision to strip Terry of the England captaincy. But
I think its an awful decison. I'm not concerned with Terry in the slightest, nor Bridge. But as
soon as you start making decisions because there's a media howl so to do, you are in trouble.
Many of you will probably not like what I'm going to say, but I think we as soccer fans, myself
included, are very hard to please. We want HD. We don't want a sports ticker across the bottom. We
want a clean presentation on screen with very few bugs, just the beautiful game. We want the best
Yes, I should be all wound up about the upcoming Arsenal match. Yes, that should be all I think
about. But I'm still buzzing from Saturday's derby. I went from being a shifty mess during the
ninety minutes to climbing the walls and swinging from the chandeliers with pure elation once that
final whistle blew.
Harry Redknapp is known as a bit of a wheeler dealer, scouring the football bargain bins for
days. He is so good at finding bargains he takes half of January off to play the Wii with son
Jamie. It is also reported Redknapp once sold ice to Eskimos, but this hasn't been confirmed but
Mr. Redknapp's representatives.
Feeling the need to award some warm goal scorers this week.
Feeling the need to award some ice cold shot stoppers this week.
Feeling the need for some warmth from this ice cold week.
There were derbies galore this weekend including a dramatic West Midlands derby featuring Wolves
and Birmingham City and a certain 36 year old who proved he's still got something in the tank, a
bruising Merseyside derby that could have ended 9 v 9 or less, and a highly anticipated London
derby where one team of giants continued their pursuit of silverware and the other team of
beautiful passing gnomes gracefully bowed out of the title race.
One player highly thought of and sought after is Bari defender Andrea Ranocchia, who is one of
the hottest defensive prospects currently plying his trade in Europe. Manchester United seen
particularly interested along with cross town rivals Manchester City and Chelsea.
The 21 year-old, Italy under 21 international has been in superb form for the newly promoted
side as they surged up the Serie A table.
This weekend's EPL Talk review show features Laurence McKenna, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Richard
Farley discussing Chelsea downing Arsenal, the stalemate at White Hart Lane, and Liverpool's
victory in the Merseyside Derby. That, a close look at the relegation battle, a look at England's
Euro 2010 draw, and a look back at Friday's news: John Terry, removed from his Three Lions
Aston Villa are riding high under the tutelage of Martin O'Neill, a good crop of young English
player have established the club in the higher echelons of the Premier League, but the last ten
years has seen a number of player come and go at Villa Park, but who are the top five from the
Had you wagered with any American soccer fan back in August that Landon Donovan would score his
first Premier League goal before Jozy Altidore, he probably would have taken you up on it. You
would have won that bet, too, as Altidore has struggled to find his form in his first Premier
League season, leaving many Americans wondering why he hasn't succeeded in England like he has in
When Tim Duncan was a senior at Wake Forest University, his teammates often utilized a very
basic strategy: 1.) get the ball to Duncan, and 2.) watch him play. A 7-footer can only do so much
on a basketball court, however, and the lack of real help from Duncan's teammates allowed opponents
to double- and triple-team Duncan, decreasing his effectiveness.
7:45am. That's the time to tune in here in Boston if you want to see Liverpool FC take on
Everton FC. And though I could feasibly be at work tonight until 3:30am (that's if I get the
closing section: worst case scenarioâ€”I could be out as early as 11pm, but I'm not getting my
hopes up until my manager says I am free), I will be at the pub, coffee in hand ready to take in
another Merseyside derby.
Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, Carlos Alberto, Giorgio Chinaglia The New York Cosmos. The mission:
conquer America. Once In A Lifetime (2006) is the documentary filmÂ about the rise and
fall of the North American Soccer League (NASL) told from the mouths and memories and seen through
the eyes of players and staff from theÂ New York Cosmos.
Stewart Robson made 150 league appearances as a midfielder for Arsenal in the first half of the
1980s before moving on to stays with West Ham and Coventry City. On this edition of the EPL Talk
podcast, Robson talks about his playing career and his view of the Premiership from his role with
Oliver Kay is a Chief Football Correspondent for the Times. Â He joins us on the Thursday
edition of the podcast to talk about the current state of the Premier League, the John Terry saga,
the state of the England national team, his background in sports journalism and the future of
coverage in a struggling print media.
It's incredible to see the number of soccer podcasts continually grow.Â A few years ago it was
only a handful. Now, there are more than 55, many of them excellent in quality, and there'll be
several more added in time for this summer's World Cup. The choices seem almost endless, so I
thought I'd compile a comprehensive list of the soccer podcasts available.
EPL Talk has the first images of Fox Soccer Channel HD. Ever since Fox switched to HD on
Thursday, January 28, soccer fans around the United States have been calling their cable and
satellite providers to find out when the soccer network's HD signal will be added to the channel
If you've ever had a question you've always wanted to ask Andrew Cole, Dwight Yorke or Shaka
Hislop, here's your opportunity.
Later this week, I'll be sitting down separately with each of the three football legends for
one-on-one interviews to discuss their careers, their work in broadcasting and some of the
highlights of their life such as, for Yorke and Cole, winning the treble in 1999 (including the
Champions League) with Manchester United, and, for Hislop, playing in the 2006 World Cup.
Many of you may have already seen this movie, or read the book on which it was based. I recently
re-watched Fever Pitch again for the first time in a few years. It's a movie that, at the heart of
it, tells the story of the childlike enthusiasm the protagonist has for Arsenal. The movie is an
adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel of the same name, intertwining the love life of the main
character with the 88-89 season that culminated in Arsenal's first championship in 28 years.
Gary O'Reilly is a former defender for Spur, Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion who now
works as a commentator with TWI. He joined Kartik Krishnaiyer earlier this week, when he was
interviewed for this edition of the EPL Talk Podcast.
Don't forget that the EPL Talk Podcast is the only Premier League interview and analysis podcast
available for free.
There are few worse sights in life than the British public led by a feral media into a moral
uproar. I mistrust the morality of the mob. I heard one fan saying he wouldn't want a man like
Terry holding up the World Cup or England. Do me a favour, do we have to like all our footballers
now; do we have to find them morally and politically acceptable too?
The anticipation and excitement of Fox Soccer Channel launching in HD has been building for ten
months now ever since the January 2010 date was first announced last April. Soccer fans across the
United States have been drooling at the prospect of watching their favorite Premier League team and
international football in glorious HD on FSC.