EPL Talk Archives for January 2010

Fox Acquires Bruce Arena and Curt Menefee For Champions League Final

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So for the entire 2009-10 season of the Champions League coverage on Fox Soccer Channel, soccer analysts Bobby McMahon and Warren Barton have worked incredibly hard to hone their skills, study the teams and deliver some of the best homegrown soccer analysis we've ever seen on television Stateside.

Everton Announce Dates For Preseason Tour to Australia

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Everton announced today that the club will be embarking on a preseason tour to Australia this summer in what will be their first visit since 1987.

The Toffees will play three games down under against A-League sides. Obviously, the tour will be extremely popular for Everton because of the popularity of Aussie and Everton hero Tim Cahill.

Portsmouth to Wear Special Away Kit For FA Cup Final

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Man, it's been quite a year for wonderful football stories this season. First, there's Fulham who have made it to the Europa League Final. And we also have the incredible Portsmouth who have reached the FA Cup Final (to be played May 15) against Chelsea.

In honor of Portsmouth's FA Cup final appearance, their shirt manufacturer Kappa has designed a special away shirt that the Pompey players will wear.

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide: Gameweek 37

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Only two weeks remain in the EPL season, and this weekend is our last opportunity to watch multiple games live on multiple days given all kickoffs will be synchronized for Mother's Day Sunday on the final weekend. The relegation battle is over very early this year, so it's all about the title and the terrific battle for fourth.

ESPN get Rangers Assistant Ally McCoist for USA World Cup TV Job

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It seems the planning, preparation and excitement for the World Cup is hitting it's full stride as of late as we enter into the last two weeks of the Premier League season. In addition to more exciting news from EPL Talk to come soon, ESPN just released it's World Cup guide on sale everywhere for $9.

Tottenham Hotspur Home Shirt 2010-11 Season: Leaked Photo

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A photograph has been leaked of the new Tottenham Hotspur home football strip for the 2010-11 season.

Back in February, we shared a picture of what we believed was the new Spurs home shirt for 2010-2011 season and it turns out that was a legitimate picture. You can see the Spurs players (pictured above) in a photo shoot at White Hart Lane, presumably modeling the shirts for upcoming marketing and promotional activities.

Who Would Buy Liverpool?

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Every neighborhood has one of "those" houses. From the sidewalk, it is gorgeous – an old Victorian with plenty of historic, quirky charm. Many people have houses, but this is home. As you get closer, you notice that the porch seems a little worn, but nothing that a good coating of paint won't solve.

Fulham Makes Us Believe In Europa League and Soccer

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Some people don't get football. They think we're mad to follow this mercurial sport that gives at least as much pain as it does pleasure.

Well the next time someone asks why you're so mad about football tell them about Fulham this year. Tell them about how a club who, 15 years ago, was at the foot of the football league and which today has reached the Europa League Final.

Weekend Preview Show: EPL Talk Podcast

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Chelsea's last stern test of the season is Sunday at Anfield, where a Liverpool side stunned by Diego Forlán's stoppage time goal will try to rebound from Europe League disappointment. Draw or tie, and the Blues likely fall behind Manchester United before the season's last weekend.

My Guilty World Cup Secret

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Don't panic, I'm not going to go all Oprah on you all, but I've got a confession to make that a man of my age can't hide. Every 4 years, the World Cup comes around and over here in Europe we've a company called Panini who make sticker books for most major tournaments and leagues. Since the 1980's I used to collect them until about 1988 until the surly teenager in me decided I was far too mature to muck about with such childish entertainment.

Fulham’s Fabulous European Dream Continues

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Fulham's amazing transformation under Roy Hodgson just keeps reaching new heights and sending their fans in to raptures. I know I've written about Roy Hodgson and the fact that the British press have virtually ignored his career until he took over at Fulham, but no-one could have expected this level of improvement from the Cottagers.

The England Outsiders #5. The Strikers

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2006 was a disaster for England's much vaunted strikers in so many ways it was depressing. It was clearly Sven Goran-Eriksson's nadir as the England supremo as his eccentric choices left England woefully short of options. Michael Owen was so off the pace as to be redundant and his World Cup collapse when he ruptured his cruciate ligament against Sweden.

Premier League Preview – May 1-3

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What, exactly, is a Liverpool fan to do?

A win over Chelsea at Anfield Sunday would probably mean another title for Manchester United – which would send United past Liverpool's 18 first division titles.

A quick look at the table a few paragraphs below suggests that the Reds are still very much alive in the race for fourth place, so you'd imagine they'll be trying to win.

ESPN Names Jurgen Klinsmann to South Africa 2010 Roster

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ESPN has announced that former German national team manager and Tottenham Hotspur legend Jurgen Klinsmann has been added to ESPN's roster for its coverage of the 2010 World Cup.

Klinsmann will work as a studio analyst for ESPN this summer.

In addition to Klinsmann, former South African national team player Shaun Bartlett, who played in the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and Robbie Mustoe, Middlesbrough's longest serving player, will both serve as television analysts for ESPN during the FIFA World Cup.

Fan Diary #35 – Delay The Broadcast

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 I admit I've been spoiled.

For most of the past two and half years I've enjoyed just about every Liverpool fixture live. No matter my late hours working in restaurants, I've usually been able to trek down to our pub (or at least roll out of bed and catch the matches that were on ESPN or FSC) and watch the action unfold as it happened.

Noon Ticker: Benitez And Mancini Futures In Doubt, Allardyce Wants 39 Games, More

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Liverpool And Manchester City Refuse To Assure Managers Of Job Security

Both Rafael Benitez and Roberto Mancini have long been on the proverbial hot seat with Champion's League qualifications seemingly the only way to save their jobs. Benitez has recently struck out at the British media for the constant stream of "rumors" about his possible departure to Liverpool and long list of possible replacements for the Spanish skipper.

Buy USA World Cup Home Shirt: Now Available

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Nike today officially launched the new US home shirt for the 2010 World Cup at a media event in New York City which featured Walter Bahr, the legendary American soccer player who played in the 1950 match against England when they won 1-0 in the biggest shock in World Cup history.

The USA World Cup home shirt is now available to order.

5 Reasons Why Fulham Can Conquer America

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This entry is in response to an article I read in February on EPL Talk. The article was entitled 5 Reasons Why Manchester City Can Conquer America. The Gaffer discussed Manchester City's upcoming preseason tour of the United States. The writer mentions this could be an opportunity for Manchester City to become popular in the U.

Open Letter to Jose Mourinho

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Dear Special One,

Or, is it Mr. Special?

Excuse my error in salutation, if in fact I committed one. I wish to take a fleeting moment to put pen to paper and congratulate you on your recent 0-1 loss to current world "dominators" Barcelona FC. I've in fact never seen such an emphatic "jump for joy' the likes I witnessed Wednesday eve when the final whistle blew at Camp Nou.

Which Commentator is ESPN Adding to its World Cup Roster?

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ESPN today will be making a massive announcement regarding the addition of a new commentator to its World Cup broadcasting team. The press conference is scheduled for 2:30pm ET. But the question is, who is it going to be? All ESPN says is that it's going to be a "marquee FIFA World Cup personality.

Inter Milan Schools Barcelona In The Art Of Defending

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Football is all about goals. That's the cliché anyway, and it's obviously true. Goals win games. But while this remains true, football is also about the art of defending. Defending is the less glamorous brother of attacking; the more dour, less flash relation. Some fans don't really appreciate defending, but last night, Inter Milan gave one of the finest displays of the art form as you are ever likely to see.

Exciting Developments at EPL Talk

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The close of the Premier League season is less than two short weeks away. The World Cup, meanwhile, is almost here. Just 43 days away. So I thought it'd be a great time to update you on some exciting developments here at EPL Talk as well as to see if you're interested in participating in a couple of very exciting projects.

Billy Beane Interview: EPL Talk Podcast

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Billy Beane may be the general manager of Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics, but as my discussion with the former major leaguer shows, a large part of his sporting heart lies in the footballing world.

On this edition of the EPL Talk Podcast, Beane joins me to talk about his favorite club, Tottenham Hotspur, his path to football fandom, and the analogs between baseball and football – particularly as it concerns the current trends in football performance analysis.

Yahoo Wins Exclusive Online UK Rights to Premier League Matches

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In a massive show of power and future earnings, Yahoo has won the UK rights to show online highlights of the Premier League for the next three seasons. Virgin Media, the former online rights holders, will end their three year partnership with the Premier League when Yahoo takes over.Â

The 5-minute highlights of matches will be available starting in August, 2010 and will be available online at midnight each Sunday.

Days of Free Football Articles on The Times Coming to an End

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For those who haven't heard, starting this May-June, readers of The Times and The Sunday Times online will be forced to pay a fee or subscription in order to read news from one of Britain's biggest and most trusted news sources. Some 20 million monthly readers of the two sites will be effected by a change that analysts say will cause "almost all" of the online readers to look elsewhere for their daily dose.

British TV, Radio, Music and Film Recommendations

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Bus wankers

The Inbetweeners. Red Dwarf. Doctor Who. Life On Mars. Are You Being Served? Top Gear. Car Pool. Radio 6. Friday Night With Jonathan Ross. The IT Crowd. Peep Show. Gavin and Stacey. Little Britain. The Cult. Skins. Wire In The Blood. Just to name a few.

While you're obviously a massive soccer fan, I wanted to ask you what British shows (other than soccer) you enjoy.

Mike Forde Interview: EPL Talk Podcast

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Mike Forde is the Performance Director at Chelsea Football Club.

He joined me last week to talk about the direction of performance analysis in football; specifically, in the wake of this mention in Simon Kuper and Stefan Symanski's book Soccernomics (or, How England Lose, as distributed in England), what football can take from the type of analytical approach Major League Baseball has incorporated over the last decade.

Starting In May On EPL Talk: World Cup Legends

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Last year, I was lucky enough to do a fabulous series on English football legends, which saw me delve back through history to cover 11 players that perhaps never get the credit they deserve. Football is such a fickle sport that these days, people forget just how many great players passed through the annals before we became used to such wall to wall coverage as we have today.

The England Outsiders #4. The Midfielders

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It was often said through out much of the last ten years that England's midfield was its strongest point. With Beckham in his pomp and Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard ably assisted by a constant rotation of players wedged in to the left midfield position, it often felt a little hollow.

Noon Ticker: City Attempt To Recall Hart, Solano Arrested On Rape Suspicion, More

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Manchester City Attempt To Recall Joe Hart From Birmingham City

Manchester City's lack of a proven goalkeeper is putting their Champion's League hopes in serious doubt. City approached the Premier League yesterday to request special permission to execute an emergency loan deal to bring in a keeper for the final two weeks of the season.

Video: Noel Gallagher on His World Cup Memories

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English bands have been as important in my life as football has been. Ever since a friend of mine introduced me to The Clash some 15 years ago, the plethora of bands to emerge from the UK that have affected my intellect and overall well being have been staggering.

Minus godfathers like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, which, seemingly, everyone grew up with, bands like the Clash, the Smiths, the Jam, Joy Division, the Stone Roses, Radiohead, Oasis, Elbow and the Arctic Monkeys, to name just a few, are bands that are immensely important to me on a personal level.

Why Have There Been More Injuries This Premier League Season?

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If someone was counting the number of times a stretcher has come on the pitch this Premier League season, I have a strong suspicion that this would be a record breaking season for all the wrong reasons.

Watching the very physical game between Everton and Fulham this past Sunday was like seeing a boxing match unfold before my eyes.

Dominic Fifield Preview: EPL Talk Show

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Dominic Fifield is the London football correspondent for the Guardian. On this edition of the EPL Talk podcast, Dominic and I talk about the five London-based clubs in the Premiership, putting their season's performance in the context of how their managers have performed. Along the way, Dominic gives his view on Gianfranco Zola, Roy Hodgson, Harry Redknapp, Arsene Wenger, and Carlo Ancelotti.

ESPN 2010 World Cup Guide

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ESPN's 2010 World Cup Guide is now in stores nationwide and provides a great collection of articles, statistics and more to become your reference guide throughout the tournament.

I just received a copy of it in the mail, so I thought I'd share it with you and show you a glimpse of what you can find in the issue.

Premier League Footballer of the Week, Gameweek 36

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  • For Those About to Stoke, We Score 7 on You
  • Should Someone Tell Wayne Rooney He's Needed on the Pitch & not in that Hospitality Box?

For a second there I actually thought Rooney was allegorically announcing his retirement from Manchester United as he symbolically passed on his son, full kit and all, to a family member perched high above his plot of employment.

Poll: Will Liverpool or Chelsea Win Sunday?

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So, it all comes down to this. One game to influence who will be the Premier League champion of 2009-10. No offense to Sunderland, Stoke or Wigan, but the game that can swing the title in the favor of Chelsea or Manchester United is this Sunday's clash between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield (8:30am ET, Fox Soccer Plus and, call for backup, FoxSoccer.

Weekend Review Show: EPL Talk Podcast

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Chelsea answers Manchester United's derailing of Tottenham with a 7-0 drubbing of Stoke while Aston Villa has left March behind by climbing to the brink of Champions League. On this episode of the EPL Talk podcast, I am joined by Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer to look at the weekend that was in the Premiership, where the relegation race was settled and Chelsea stayed on track for a title ahead of next week's clash at Anfield.

Chelsea Thrash Stoke for Seven, Stake Claim as England’s Best

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Well, so much for Chelsea buckling under the pressure Manchester United created with their 3-1 victory of surging Tottenham yesterday

The Blues are made up of wily veterans, so Sir Alex Ferguson's futile attempts at mind games unsurprisingly fell on deaf ears around Cobham, but even the most die-hard Chelsea fan couldn't have foreseen such an emphatic reply coming.

Leave Chelsea Alone! The British Media’s Crusade Against The Blues

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I hate to be "that guy." I really do but the British media's constant efforts to chalk Chelsea's EPL campaign as the result of favor from match officials is bordering on insulting. Chelsea's last three victories against Manchester United, Bolton and Stoke City and in all three the Blues have come under critcism for calls that went in their favor.

PFA Players’ Player of The Year Award – Who Will Win It?

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Tonight sees the PFA Awards take place in London – one of the most prestigious individual accolades to win in English football and unlike the Football Writers' Footballer of The Year, this is voted by the professional footballers ‘trade union' of members. Shortlisted this year is Didier Drogba, Carlos Tevez, Wayne Rooney and Cesc Fabregas.

Manchester United Home Shirt for 2010-11 Season: Photo

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A photograph of Manchester United's new home shirt for the 2010-11 has been leaked on the Internet.

Designed and manufactured by Nike, the new Manchester United shirt has been completely redesigned. It now includes the name of their new sponsor on the front of the shirt (previously AIG).

Manchester United Away Shirt for 2010-11 Season: Photo

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A photograph of Manchester United's new away shirt for the 2010-11 has been leaked on the Internet.

Designed and manufactured by Nike, the new Manchester United shirt has been drastically changed. The new away shirt is white, features the new sponsor's name, but the sleeve design is quite radical in the way that the black red and white are designed.

Groundhog Day Plagues Fox Soccer Plus

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It's bad enough that Portsmouth supporters have had to endure a terrible season off the pitch, but now Fox Soccer Plus prevented them from watching the second half of their match against Bolton on Saturday.

Here's what happened during the 4pm ET delayed match on Fox Soccer Plus.

Man United v Spurs: Why Change a Winning Side?

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That's the question I was asking as soon as the team news came out and we saw Harry Redknapp had moved Benoit Assou-Ekotto from left back to right back; Gareth Bale from left midfield to left back, and Luka Modric from center midfield to left midfield. Â All to accomodate the return to action of Wilson Palacios from a two game suspension, which left Younes Kaboul (who had been at right back for the last two matches) starting on the bench.

Patrick Barclay Interview, Part 5: EPL Talk Vodcast

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In the fifth and final part of the interview series, EPL Talk's Laurence McKenna discusses with Patrick Barclay UEFA's Finance Fair Play policy, how that changes the English league and the European structure of leagues.

Founded in 2006, the EPL Talk Podcast is the only Premier League interview podcast on the Internet.

Why Nearly Everyone is a Tottenham Hotspur Supporter

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Any club in the world that currently employees a top class player and wants to keep hold of him will for the next couple of weeks be avid Spurs supporters.

Currently the north Londoners hold a two point lead over Manchester City with four games to play. Should that be the case at the end of the season, it will deny City a place in the Champions League.

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 36

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Now that we have extraordinary choices in the US with the ability to watch most, if not all 10 weekly matches live, and many of them on-demand at foxsoccer.tv, let me give you my views for these last 3 weeks as we watch the battles for the league, 4th place/Champions League, Europa League and relegation.

Fantasy Premier League Tips: Gameweek 36

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First off, apologies for the lack of an article last week. As Arsene Wenger would no doubt put it – this was due to unforeseen circumstances.

There's no need to panic though, as fantasy football tips are back with a bang this weekend to help all you managers in that final push for glory.

UEFA Silly Not to Postpone Important European Semi Finals

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Not one of the four clubs competing in a European semi this week could manage an away win. Fulham came closest away to Hamburg as they set themselves up with a pretty decent chance of progressing through to the Europa League final with a 0-0 draw.

European Soccer Clubs Plan Summer Invasion Of North America

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Prepare yourself for an European soccer invasion this summer of epic proportions when some of the top teams in the world will descend on North America for lucrative preseason tours.

The mouthwatering list of teams scheduled to play matches in North America are Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, AC Milan, Manchester City, Juventus, Valencia, Glasgow Celtic, Fiorentina, Benfica, Glasgow Rangers and Sporting Lisbon.

Patrick Barclay Interview, Part 4: EPL Talk Vodcast

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In part four of the interview series with Patrick Barclay, the acclaimed author and journalist talks about living in the shadow of Sir Alex Ferguson, his upcoming biography of Ferguson which is due out later this summer, and getting inside the mind of The Special One, Jose Mourinho.

Weekend Preview Show: EPL Talk Podcast

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Can Spurs finish their run against the table's top three with a win at Old Trafford? And will rival Arsenal do Tottenham a favor against City on Saturday? To discuss these key match-ups as well as Thursday's Europa League results, I was joined by the review team – Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer – to play new, preview roles on this Friday podcast.

Arsenal FC: Through The Looking Glass

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Allez, Arsenal!

For the last five years, Arsenal supporters have looked back on their season feeling bittersweet. While it is impressive that they have managed to consistently challenge for trophies, having both reached the Champions League final in 2006 and consistently mixing with the best in the Premier League each year, it is disappointing that no trophies have been won since 2005's FA Cup triumph.

Newcastle Need Not Spend Reflexively, Mr. Cole

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Footballer Andrew Cole arrives for the Prince's Trust Celebrate Success Award at Odeon Leicester Square on March 1, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Andrew "Andy" Cole (he wants to be called Andrew) is one of the iconic players of the Premier League, a legend at two clubs, one of which is Newcastle.

Afternoon Updates

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Liverpool and Fulham square off today in their respective Europa League clashes despite the best effort of that Icelandic Valcano. But There are plenty of stories coming out of England today. A major decision on Portsmouth European hopes draws controversy, Manchester retains title as world's most valuable club and Bobby Zamora gets another endorsement for the World Cup.

Premier League Preview – April 24-25

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Tottenham is pushing hard for a Champions League spot, but on Saturday, a title-hunting Manchester United squad is poised to push back.

That's the key matchup this weekend, but there is plenty of other intrigue up and down the table as well.

Can Hull City or Burnley gain some ground on West Ham?

Fan Diary 34 – Liverpool In Madrid

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Eyjafjallajokull. Yes this is what comes out when I drink too much coffee and then absentmindedly drum my fingers on the keyboard without looking. But it's also the name of the Icelandic volcano that has been spewing ash into the air causing flight bans in Europe and disrupting travel all over the world.

ESPN Releases Second World Cup Commercial

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With South Africa vs. Mexico only 49 days away  the promotional machine at ESPN is in full swing. Their first TV spot titled "Robben Island" was released a few weeks ago and highlighted the history of South Africa along with the importance of 2010 being the first World Cup to be played on the continent.

Tottenham Hotspur to Play San Jose Earthquakes July 17

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Tottenham Hotspur today announced that the club will be playing a friendly against San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, July 17 at the Buck Shaw Stadium in San Jose, California.

Yesterday, EPL Talk learned that Spurs will also be competing in the New York Football Challenge against Sporting Lisbon and Red Bull New York between July 22-25 in Harrison, New Jersey.

5 Reasons World Cup South Africa Will Be the Best

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The 2010 world cup in South Africa looks promising to be the best yet. Â There's huge quantities of talent spread out across the Groups. Â In addition to the football being played on the pitch, here are five reasons this summer's world cup will be the best yet for the fans.

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The Importance of Mind Games in The Premier League: But Are They Too Predictable?

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In the cut and thrust of professional sports, athletes, coaches and clubs must use every conceivable tool available to achieve success. With the global media coverage that football receives, media management has never been so important both on and off the pitch.

Off the pitch, clubs have glitzy interactive websites, their own print media and even their own TV stations, designed to increase revenue and manipulate their captive audiences.

Patrick Barclay Interview, Part 3: EPL Talk Vodcast

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In the third part of the interview series, Patrick Barclay discusses the World Cup, how England will do in the tournament, picks the 23 man England squad, gives us his impersonation of Fabio Capello, discusses the importance of having Wayne Rooney in the squad and much more.

Interviewed by EPL Talk's Laurence McKenna in the privacy of Barclay's home, the Scot shows a side of himself that you will definitely enjoy.

Alan Switzer Interview: EPL Talk Podcast

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As much of the coverage surrounding football has increasingly focused on finance, the Deloitte's Football Money League has garnered more attention. On today's edition of the EPL Talk podcast, I welcome Alan Switzer from Deloitte to the show to talk about the table, what goes into creating it, and the trends that he's noticed in doing the research.

Soccer blogs and why ‘good’ doesn’t equal ‘big’

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Being a London-based football blogger specialising in English and American soccer and a professional digital-type, The Gaffer's recent post asking why there aren't more good soccer blogs from England snagged my interest. It's a subject which has cropped up many times, from my work on football bloggers' influence to discussions about possible studio guests for my blog's sister podcast, recorded in London.

Man City and Tottenham Hotspur Coming To America This Summer

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Manchester City today announced the club will be competing in the New York Football Challenge this summer as part of their pre-season tour of the East Coast of the United States. The four team tournament will also feature Tottenham Hotspur.

Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City will each play two games in the tournament and will line up against New York Red Bulls and Sporting Lisbon.

ESPN2 TV Ratings for Man City v Man United

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A few weeks ago, ESPN2 achieved a record high TV viewing audience for a broadcast of a Premier League match on US television. That game on April 3, 2010 between Manchester United and Chelsea drew an audience of 526,000 viewers. And now with this past Saturday's derby between Manchester City and Manchester United, ESPN2 scored an equally impressive viewing audience.

Liverpool: Who Should Stay and Who Should Leave This Summer?

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It's safe to assume that the current Liverpool squad needs rebuilding and reconstruction this off season if they are to replicate the form that saw them finish runners up in the 2008-2009 season. It Liverpool aspire to challenge for a top four finish or the title, new bodies and a fresh outlook may just be what's needed at Anfield.

Why Aren’t There More Good Soccer Blogs From England?

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While compiling the list of the best of the best blogs to include in the 2009-2010 EPL Awards competition, I was struck by how few blogs from England are on my must-read list. I'm originally from the UK. And sure, I often find myself reading soccer blogs from the UK such as Zonal Marking, Some People Are On The Pitch and Fantasy Football Agent, but they represent such a small percentage of the tens of English soccer-related blogs I read each day scouring the ‘Net for news to share with you, the readers of EPL Talk.

Patrick Barclay Interview, Part 2: EPL Talk Vodcast

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Patrick Barclay, one of the top English football authors and journalists in the world, is the guest on the EPL Talk Vodcast. In part two of a five part interview series, Barclay discusses:

  • the two top teams in the Premier League this season — Chelsea and Manchester United,
  • And specifically Wayne Rooney and Antonio Valencia.

John Nicholson Interview: EPL Talk Podcast

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Refereeing has again come to the forefront of our footballing world, with the events at the Manchester United-Chelsea match bringing officiating under further fan scrutiny. To talk about that, we welcome John Nicholson back to the podcast. At Football365.co.uk, John has recently discussed his views on the role of officiating.

Transfer Talk: Liverpool

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In my previous posts, I discussed Arsenal and Spurs and so now we will turn our attention to the Anfield outfit that has been on a downward spiral this season. Below are my top five transfer/ownership/managerial suggestions for Liverpool heading into the summer transfer window. Please add yours in the comments section!

Chelsea Should Sign Bastian Schweinsteiger This Summer

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With another FA Cup final, three games remaining on the Premier League fixture list and one point between Chelsea and second placed Manchester United, it may be a little premature for the Blue's management and players to think about summer transfers. Mercifully, as pundits and fans, we do not have to play Liverpool with the additional worry of the reigning champions snapping behind us, and can afford ourselves this idle speculation.

Transfer Updates: Who May Be Coming To Or Leaving The EPL Next Season

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Sergio Aguero is one of the many high-profile transfer prospects on the market this summer

The World Cup will dominate the world's football focus this summer but that doesn't mean the usual wheeling and dealing of the transfer market won't be in full force. Last summer saw the high profile departure of Christiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid and Emmanuel Adebayor trading in the red of Arsenal for the blue of Manchester City.

Julian Dicks Interview: Questions Please

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Hammers legend Julian Dicks (L) and boxer Kevin Mitchell (R)

Richard Farley from EPL Talk will be interviewing West Ham United legend Julian Dicks in the near future. If you've ever wanted to ask Julian Dicks a question about him, his playing career, West Ham United or anything else related to football, please post it in the comments section below.

DirecTV Adding GolTV HD, But No Fox Soccer Channel HD or FS+ HD In Sight

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DirecTV announced today that approximately 30 new HD channels will be added beginning in May. The good news is that GolTV HD will be available. However, Fox Soccer Channel in HD and Fox Soccer Plus in HD were not included in the list.

This is frustrating news for soccer fans in the United States because GolTV only announced three weeks ago — on March 29, 2010 that they would be launching a HD channel this summer.

Supporting Fulham From America: My Personal Journey

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In the United States, it didn't used to be easy to see your favorite English Premier League team each week. Your team might not be shown on broadcast television each week. You might not be able to find your team online either. These challenges however I believe have made me a more dedicated fan of Fulham.

Fox Soccer Channel v ESPN – Which is Better?

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To say Americans rely on quality television stations and reliable broadcasts for our fix of the Premier League and other avenues of the beautiful game is a vast understatement. No, "rely" is simply too small a word to describe the lifeline, the oxygen, the blood and the water that is cable, satellite, or Internet broadcasting of soccer matches.

Patrick Barclay Interview, At Home: EPL Talk Vodcast

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Patrick Barclay, one of the top English football authors and journalists in the world, is the guest on the EPL Talk Vodcast. In part one of a five part interview series, Barclay discusses Jose Mourinho, which stadium is his spiritual home, the art of writing, the one match most recently that astounded him, what it was like to walk down the player's tunnel at Maracana and much more.

Premier League Race: ‘When 3 Became 2′

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Who can handle their nerve in the final weeks of the Premier League?

Last weekend the Premier League was full of drama, the story of ‘when 3 became 2′ as finally, Arsenal's legs went in the final stretch, United gained a ‘leg up' and Chelsea looked as if they were start to roast theirs.

Arsenal Home Shirt for 2010-12 Season: Leaked Photo

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A photograph has been leaked of Arsenal's home shirt for the 2010-2012 season. Worn by Mikael Silvestre, the new shirt marks the 125th year anniversary of Arsenal Football Club and will be designed and manufactured by Nike.

Arsenal's new home shirt for the 2010/2012 season will be a throwback to the shirt design worn by the 1971 double-winning team,

What do you think of the design?

Manchester City Looking To Bid On Buffon, And Why They Shouldn’t

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Juventus keeper, and Italian World Cup hero, Gianluigi Buffon is reportedly looking for a way out of Serie A and Manchester looks to be his destination. The only question is whether he'll end up in blue or red. Juventus is reportedly asking for around £30 million and both clubs seemed poised to make serious offers.

Love Glazer, Hate United: Man City Fans Take The Mickey

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Manchester City supporters took the mickey out on Manchester United fans at Eastlands this past Saturday (see above picture), but it was the United supporters who were having the last laugh after Paul Scholes's injury time winner.

Still, you have to give credit to City supporters for being creative.

Bale Rockets From Zero To Hero

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It has been an emotionally draining week for Tottenham Hotspur. After losing 2-0 to Portsmouth in the FA Cup semi-final, Spurs regrouped wonderfully and scored a sensational 2-1 victory over bitter rivals Arsenal. They then stunned a lethargic looking Chelsea side by the same score, a result that will again leave a fuzzy feeling in the stomachs of Spurs fans, as there is no love lost between the two London clubs.

Premier League Footballer of the Week, Gameweek 35

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  • Recovery & Confession

I feel the need to recover from this incredible weekend for quite some time, only I won't be able to. There's simply never enough time in one's life to live and breath and follow this game we love yet still attempt to lead some form of normal adult life.

Vote For The Best of the 2009-10 Premier League Season: EPL Awards

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It's fortunate timing that the launch of the second annual EPL Awards, to recognize the best of the 2009-10 Premier League season, coincides with one of the most exciting EPL weekends of the season. But that's exactly what the EPL Awards are — to give you, the readers, a chance to vote for the best of the best league in the world.

Terry Venables Sings And Dreams Of England Winning the World Cup

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Watch The Sun's new TV Ad starring Terry Venables singing Elvis's ‘If I can dream' and dreaming of England winning the World Cup 2010, accompanied by Ian Wright and Harry Redknapp.

It's only April but the hype machine in England is already kicking in to get England supporters, players and officials thinking and dreaming that they can win the World Cup.

Weekend Review Show: EPL Talk Podcast

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The races for first and fourth places in the English Premier League took unexpected turns this weekend. On this episode of the EPL Talk podcast, myself, Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer reconvene to discuss the weekend that was in the EPL, moving from Manchester's Derby to Chelsea's disappointment at White Hart Lane, back to Wigan stunning Arsenal before taking inventory of an ever-clearer relegation battle.

Torres out for remainder of the season, should be fit for World Cup

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Liverpool striker Fernando Torres will undergo surgery tonight to repair torn cartilage in the Spainard's right knee. The recovery time is estimated around six weeks if there are no complications during surgery or rehabilitation. This means Torres will miss the rest of the Premier League and Europa League season and not will return until Spain's June 3 warmup with South Korea at the earliest.

Shame On You, Arsenal

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Frustrated on the sidelines.

Incredulous. This is the emotion Arsene Wenger must be feeling after seeing his team go from being two goals up to a Wigan side battling for survival at the bottom of the Premier League, to losing the game three goals to two. I don't believe that Wigan pulled off this comeback because they are the stronger side, because they aren't.

GET ME TO THE WORLD CUP – ESPN The Magazine and Sony to Give Trip to 2010 World Cup in South Africa

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ESPN The Magazine recently announced the chance of a lifetime contest that will award one lucky winner (and a guest) a week long dream trip to South Africa for this summer's World Cup finals. Wanna see Rooney bang home a brace against Tim Howard and the United States? Maybe a Donovan penalty will see the USMNT through to the round of 16?

Wigan Athletic 3-2 Arsenal: Open Thread

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It's an unbelievable weekend in the Premier League. Manchester United grab an injury winner against City to keep them in the race. Tottenham Hotspur deservedly beat Chelsea and opened the Premier League title race wide open. And then on Sunday, everyone expected Arsenal to win the match against Wigan — especially after the Gunners were leading 2-0 — to close the gap at the top.

Recap of Saturday’s action in the EPL

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Tottenham's Michael Dawson celebrates Tottenham's victory

With only three weeks to go until the final Saturday of competition the key races in the Premier League are heating up.

One Rivalry to Another: London versus Manchester

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On Wednesday night, the North London derby wowed English football fans across the globe. Danny Rose's wonder-goal opener, along with Gareth Bale's clincher just after half-time, and Gomes' world-class saves from shots by the returning Robin van Persie won the game for Tottenham to break a run of 11 years without a win in the league against their North London rivals, Arsenal.

Manchester United 1-0 Manchester City – Matchday Observations and Late Drama

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The highly anticipated Manchester Derby took place Saturday with frustrating and mixed results. Both teams seemed satisfied to sit back and not risk over-committing attacking players while each team was still able to enjoy decent spells of possession, but minimal quality attempts on goal.

Manchester City v Manchester United: Open Thread

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This is it. The match that means everything to both teams. Manchester City against Manchester United. If you remember, the league game between both sides at Old Trafford last autumn was one of the highlights of the season. The deciding goal by Michael Owen. Fergie time.

There is simply too much riding on this game today that there will be no controversy.

Fox Soccer Plus Gets Liverpool v Chelsea on US TV

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The schedule for the remaining Premier League fixtures on US television has been updated, except for the last day of the season, and the big news is that you better start making your plans to prepare for the May 2nd match between Liverpool and Chelsea if you want to watch it live. That's because it will be shown on Fox Soccer Plus and FoxSoccer.

Top 4 Tips for a Safe World Cup Online Viewing Experience

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With this year's South African World Cup the great majority of weekday matches will be played in working hours. Coupled with the fact that many pundits are predicting the U.S. making it to the second round and beyond you are likely to want to watch many of the matches (with your bosses consent or otherwise) than ever before.

Manchester United v Manchester City: Classic 1982-83 Video

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It's time to take any walk down memory lane. This time to 1982 for the Manchester derby. We have the first half of the match featured on The Big Match with Brian Moore and Jim Rosenthal. And what a derby it was.

The last two times these teams played each other before the 1982 derby was April, 1974 when Denis Law scored a back heel goal for Manchester City to relegate Manchester United to the then second division.

Danny Last Interview: EPL Talk Podcast

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The Friday edition of the podcast welcomes Danny Last, proprietor of EuropeanFootballWeekends.co.uk. The site is dedicated to documenting the adventures of Danny and his friend as they travel across Europe's different countries, venues, and clubs. Danny joined me earlier this week to talk about the sites, his most memorable trips, and why he started documenting his travels.

Premier League Preview – April 17-19

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The latest installation of the Manchester Derby will be played at Eastlands this weekend, and as usual, the stakes are high.

This will be the 155th meeting in all competitions, and United has the edge with 63 wins to City's 42. There have also been 49 draws, a result that won't be good enough for the Red Devils in their chase for a fourth consecutive Premier League title.

ESPN Launches 2010 World Cup Advertising Campaign

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ESPN unveiled the next phase of their advertising campaign Wednesday to promote its coverage of the 2010 World Cup.

The campaign is entitled "One Game Changes Everything." The first video, see "Robben Island" video above, began airing across ESPN networks on April 7 and tells the true story of how Nelson Mandela and many South African activists played soccer while incarcerated in a prison on Robben Island.

Remembering the 96 Who Lost Their Lives At Hillsborough

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On this date 21 years ago, the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster happened in Sheffield when 96 fans were crushed to death as a result of failure of police control.

The city of Liverpool will today stop and pay tribute to those who died on Leppings Lane. The Lord Mayor of Liverpool and other civic leaders will meet for a two minute silence and prayers at 11.

Why Arsenal’s Season Has Not Been A Failure

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So it looks as though that's it for another year for Arsenal. Another trophy-less season. Wenger's admirable faith in his side may have been slightly misplaced after all. They're not far away from being winners but not close enough.

But does it really matter?

You'll read and hear a lot about how many years it's been since they picked up any silverware as though it's fifty years or something.

5 Ways the Apple iPad Can Revolutionize Soccer

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The Apple iPad presents a unique opportunity to revolutionize the way that we, as soccer fans, consume our favorite sport.

Some of you may be resistent to the iPad. After all, you may have a laptop and you probably have a mobile phone. So what use cases are there for you to add another device into your life?

Mid-Week Review Show: EPL Talk Podcast

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Tottenham finally broke through in the North London Derby, keeping Arsenal six points behind Chelsea, whose Tuesday victory over Bolton has the Blues four points clear atop the league. On this edition of the EPL Talk podcast, Laurence McKenna and myself discuss these and the other mid-week matches as well as preview this weekend's fixtures in the Premiership, focusing on Saturday's matches at Eastlands (Manchester derby) and White Hart Lane (Tottenham-Chelsea).

Premier League Title Race Far From Over For Arsenal

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Most soccer pundits will claim that Arsenal's title challenge is over after their deserved 2-1 loss against Tottenham Hotspur Wednesday night when they were outclassed by a Spurs side who played more like they wanted to win. But the inconsistency that each of the Big Four clubs has shown this season tells us the Premier League title race is far from over.

Premier League Footballer of the Week, Gameweek 34

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  • I wanna sleep in one of those tents

As we find ourselves with four matches left in the season, we're starting to have a pretty clear indication of who's going home with what and who'll be playing where next season. A lack luster, Rooney-less Manchester United could only manage a point away to Blackburn and seem to now have enough distance from table toppers Chelsea, who gained 3 points at home to Bolton, to widely be considered out of the title race.

Warren Barton, Bobby McMahon Interview: EPL Talk Podcast

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Fox Soccer Channel broadcasts Champions League in the United States. Their presentation's main studio analysts, Warren Barton and Bobby McMahon, joined me on Tuesday to discuss their show; specifically, their preparation, the show's level of analysis, the choices made in presenting new players and teams to an audience, and the effect of losing the competition's English Premier League teams.

Manchester City Confirm U.S. Summer Tour

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Manchester City will be touring the United States this July as part of their pre-season preparation for the 2010-11 Premier League season.

"The summer tour of America is going to be tremendously exciting for Manchester City," said Manchester City chief executive Gary Cooke. "I am well aware of the support there is for us in America.

Chelsea Home Shirt For 2010-11 Season Revealed: Photo

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A photo has been leaked of Chelsea's new home strip for the 2010-11 season.

Designed and manufactured by Adidas, the most notable change to Chelsea's new football kit is the addition of a red trim around the neck. Red has been used on the home shirt in the past, so it's not a radical change.

Do I Have To Hate My Team’s Rival Premier League Club?

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With the North London derby approaching, I want nothing more than for Arsenal to destroy Tottenham and get all three points, just like I do every week no matter who they play.

Except, that is, the days that Arsenal is playing Tottenham. I do not have anything against Tottenham or wish the worst for them.

Why Soccer’s Championship Format is Best

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One of the most fascinating aspects of soccer is its formula for declaring a champion. In no other sport (mind you I come from an American sports background) can a match that pits the team at the top of the league versus a middle-of-the-pack team be the game that goes further than any other in determining that season's champion.

Football Commentators Launch England World Cup Song

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England manager Fabio Capello may have forbidden an official England World Cup song, but that hasn't stopped some of the biggest football commentators in England from recording a song to support their country's team in this summer's World Cup. Problem is it's one of those songs that is grating the first time you listen to it.

Top 10 Football And Premier League Related T-Shirts

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As the warm spring weather prepares football fans for summer's heat, supporters of the beautiful game are faced with some pertinent choices concerning their footballing wardrobe. As heavy jackets and scarves make way for shorts, sunglasses, T-shirts and replica kits, EPL Talk extends the right hand of friendship to you the readers by hopefully guiding your fashion discretion's into the late spring and summer.

Misha Sher Interview: EPL Talk Podcast

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Misha Sher of Soccerex joined me last month to talk about the financial state of a number of clubs in the Premier League. It was only toward the end of that discussion that we started to explore issues on the pitch, and that's where we pick-up in this Tuesday edition of the EPL Talk podcast, where Misha returns to talk about Liverpool's plight, England in this year's Champions League, the semifinals of that competition, and the upcoming Manchester Derby.

The Battle For Control At Arsenal Reaches The Next Level

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After nearly two years of shadow boxing, the camps of Stan Kroenke and Alisher Usmanov are about to start to the real battle for control of the Gunners. Arsenal's 4th largest shareholder, Lady Bracewell-Smith is looking to sell her 15.9% share and his retained the U.S. based brokers Blackstones to find a buyer.

Roy Hodgson Has Nothing to Apologize For

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The powers that be in the Premier League tend to get all uptight when a club manager suggests that he's going to rest his starters for whatever reason. This is somehow an affront to the integrity of the competition and unfair to the other clubs fighting to avoid relegation or to get into Europe.

Fox Soccer Plus: We Will Have Our Soccer

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Fox Sports International sent me a package last week to promote Fox Soccer Plus. You can watch me open the package to reveal what's inside. It definitely took me by surprise.

The package is part of a marketing campaign called Fox Soccer Plus Rowdies. The aim seems to be to inform potential advertisers about the availability of Fox Soccer Plus and how 62 million plus people in America want soccer.

Just How Bad is the Wembley Pitch?

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I was lucky enough this weekend to be able to watch both FA Cup semi finals that took place at Wembley stadium in London from the comfort of my own home. As we know, Chelsea got the better of Aston Villa while Portsmouth went through against Tottenham in a fantastically entertaining and dramatic game.

Patrick Barclay Interview: Video Trailer

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Watch the short trailer for EPL Talk's upcoming interview with Patrick Barclay, one of the top soccer authors and journalists in the United Kingdom.

The complete interview — conducted by EPL Talk's Laurence McKenna — will be released in its entirety in the near future. During the interview, Barclay covers several fascinating topics from the comfort of his own living room.

Weekend Review Show: EPL Talk Podcast

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Portsmouth's cinderella run through the FA Cup continued on Sunday at Tottenham's expense. They are joined in the competition's final by Chelsea, whose run toward a domestic double was bolstered by the result at Ewood Park, with Blackburn holding Manchester United to a nil-nil. To talk about these results and look forward to the mid-week fixtures, I was joined by Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer for this edition of the weekend review show.

Either Win or Lose, But Don’t Torture Me With Your Defeat

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It's quite rare for Manchester United supporters to look as glum as they did on Sunday. Dimitar Berbatov missed several half chances. Antonio Valencia came close in the first half when his shot was saved by Paul Robinson. But, other than that, it was an uncharacteristic static performance from Manchester United during eight days that has seen them lose against Chelsea, knocked out of the Champions League and has now seen them lose two precious points at Ewood Park.

Can Portsmouth Play in Europa League Next Season?

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I'm noticing between Twitter and a few other things, there seems to be confusion over Portsmouth and the Europa League — due to them making the FA Cup final.

Every year, UEFA makes any club who wants to take part in European competitions apply for a UEFA club license. Without the license, you can't take part in either the Champions League or Europa League.

Any Neutral Has to Root for Portsmouth and Avram Grant in the FA CUP Final

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As the Portsmouth players put on their uniforms in the Wembley locker room this afternoon, they were under no allusions about what the future held for them and their team. They were going to be relegated down to the Championship League after the season. Once there, they were far more likely to be relegated again this time next year as opposed to being promoted back to the Premiership.

Fulham v Chelsea: 1975-76 – Video

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It's been a good few days for Fulham and Chelsea, the west London clubs that neighbor each other. Fulham are through to the semi-finals of the Europa League and will face Hamburg on April 22 and 29. Chelsea are through to the FA Cup Final after defeating Aston Villa at Wembley.

But did you know that Chelsea played Fulham in a competition called the Anglo-Scottish Cup in the mid 1970's?

2009-2010 EPL Awards: Help Pick The Nominees

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The 2009-2010 Premier League season is nearing its end, so we plan on launching the second year of the EPL Awards to recognize the best in soccer podcasts, players, managers, writers, online games — and everything else Premier League related.

Before we launch the 2009-2010 EPL Awards though — and invite anyone in the world to vote — I wanted to see if you see anything glaring that's missing from the nominees.

Football.Picklive.com – Online Gaming Site Review:

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Picklive Football is an online, real-time football gaming website where gamers participate in picking players during live matches to try and gain points and win chips in 10 minute mini games. I tried out Picklive on Saturday during the first FA Cup semi final featuring Chelsea and Aston Villa and was surprised with how fast the games move and how exciting, fun and intriguing the mini games can be.

Man United USA Tour In Late July Looking More Likely

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Speculation continues that Manchester United will be the opponents in the MLS All-Star Game this summer, to be held in Houston. A July 28th date has been touted. Plus there have been reports of Manchester United touring a few other cities in the United States. Nothing official has been announced yet, but the rumors carry a lot more weight now given that Manchester United announced on their website this week that they will play against Chivas in Guadalajara, Mexico on July 30.

Transfer Talk: Spurs

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I figured since I gave my last transfer advice to Arsenal that I would be fair and give a little advice to their eternal North London rivals. Clearly Spurs are once again battling for a Champions League spot so the question for Harry Redknapp is who to buy/sell in order to secure (or retain, if they reach it this year) the elusive fourth place finish Spurs fans so desperately want.

FA Cup Semi Finals Should Not Be Played At Wembley

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Its that time of the year ago when all major sporting events signify the season of spring. The Masters, The Grand National and FA Cup Semi Finals. Growing up as a kid this was one of my highlights of the football season (at a time where there wasn't as many games on TV as there is now) – it was often the two games often offered more excitement, controversy than a number of cup finals put together.

New Liverpool Home Shirt: Video

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Liverpool has released a video of its players modeling the new Liverpool home football shirt.

Worn by Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres, Dirk Kuyt and Jamie Carragher, you can see the players modeling the shirt in front of the photographers and TV cameras during a special shoot recently at a secret location.

Portsmouth’s Special One-Off Kit For FA Cup Semi-Final Revealed

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Portsmouth will wear a special one-off football kit for this Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur. In what is definitely their biggest game of the season, plus it's at Wembley, Pompey will wear a new kit designed and manufactured by Kappa — the company that will be Portsmouth's kit supplier next season.

Blackburn Rovers Away Shirt for 2010-11 Season: Photo

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Blackburn Rovers today unveiled an official photograph of their new away football kit for the 2010-11 season. The all red shirt with black trim is available for pre-order through the Rovers website and will be available beginning April 29, 2010.

Designed and manufactured by Umbro, the new shirt "is part of the ‘Tailored by Umbro in England' range and will see Rovers returning to a red and black away kit, that has proved so popular with fans in the past.

Burnley Home Soccer Shirt For 2010-11 Season: Photo

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Burnley's survival in the Premier League this season is hanging on by a thread, but they did have time last week to unveil their new football kit for the 2010-11 season which is their 100 year centenary year. Whether they'll be in the Premier League is another story which we'll find out in the next few weeks.

1982 FA Cup Semi Final: QPR v West Brom – Video

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Since this weekend features the semi-finals of the FA Cup, I thought it'd be interesting to take a trip down memory lane to see what a FA Cup semi-final from 1982 was like featuring two teams that in today's age would seem like unlikely participants at this stage in the tournament.

Queens Park Rangers played West Bromwich Albion in the 1981-82 semi-final.

Bolton Wanderers New Home Football Kit: 2010-11 Season

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Bolton Wanderers unveiled their new home football kit for the 2010-11 season last week. It's a dramatic improvement from the shirt designs they've worn during the last two years. One looked like a sports bra. And the most recent one looked like a tea towel. This upcoming season, the shirt looks perfect.

Fantasy Premier League Tips: Gameweek 34

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It's FA Cup semi-final weekend which means that for three teams the Premier League will cease to matter, at least for a few hours. Of course for Portsmouth the Premier League ceased to matter some time ago and as such, any manager who still has Pompey players in their side will likely be going the same way as poor Avram.

Weekend Preview – April 10-13

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With all of the Premier League clubs now knocked out of the Champions League – and Liverpool and Fulham's stays in the Europa League are still up in the air at press time – all eyes now focus on the two remaining pieces of silverware to be won this season.

The FA Cup and the Barclays Premier League title.

ESPN2 to Televise Manchester and North London Derbies Next Week

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ESPN has been patient throughout this entire 2009-2010 Premier League season in regards to which matches they've been able to televise live on ESPN2. For the vast majority of games, they were B- level or C-level Premier League matches. But finally after their recent record-breaking Manchester United against Chelsea broadcast, they finally got a massive match featuring two big teams, and now they"ve got several matches coming up soon which should continue to garner big TV ratings.

Fan Diary #33 – What Were You Thinking Mssrs Babel and Benitez??

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I'm more confused than anything else.

In my last post I asked that we maintain the good form, no matter what the outcome of the season. I should have added we must cling to clear-headed decision making from now to the end. The last two outings for Liverpool were derailed by bad judgement by Ryan Babel and (and I rarely say this in writing) Rafa Benitez.

Chris Kamara May Not Be the Best Reporter in the World….

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But he is the most honest.

Related posts:

  1. EPL Talk Podcast: Chris Riordan, Russian Football Now
  2. EPL Talk Podcast: Chris Oakley
  3. EPL Talk Podcast: Chris Bascombe


Why No Premier League Teams Remaining In Champions League Is Not A Big Deal

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In the coming days there will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth about the fact that the Premier League, for the first time in seven years, has no teams in the semi-final of the Champions League. Boo Hoo. Does anyone outside of the media really care?

There's a staggering degree of hubris amongst the English media about the Premier League, frequently calling it the best in the world and the place where all the top players want to play.

Fulham and Liverpool Fans: Beware of Bobby Gould

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Previously, I've written about how English soccer matches sound better on radio than television, as well as how the FA Cup third round is made for radio not TV. Richard Whittall from the A More Splendid Life blog agreed. However, I was wrong.

What I should have said is that BBC radio commentaries are often better than watching matches on television.

Mid-Week Review Show: EPL Talk Podcast

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Manchester United has gone crashing out of Champions League, having succumb to the left foot of Arjen Robben. On this episode of the EPL Talk podcast, I am joined by Laurence McKenna for our mid-week review show, talking about United's capitulation and Arsenals ouster at the boots of Lionel Messi.

Liverpool Unveils New Home Shirt For 2010-12 Seasons

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Liverpool has officially unveiled their new home soccer shirt for the 2010-12 seasons, which is now available for pre-order.

Designed and manufactured by Adidas, the new Liverpool home shirt features a "jacquard fabric, laser cut woven club crest execution, and rich metallic gold piping detail that helps to create a jersey steeped in history, with a stylish modern twist.

The Agony Of Losing On The Away Goals Rule

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I've never been a big fan of the away goals rule because it seems like an odd rule that exists only as a cruel and unusual punishment to knock a losing team out of a cup tournament. But the match between Manchester United and Bayern Munich was a perfect example of how well it can work and how it adds an important subtext to a game that is already filled with numerous plot lines.

A Little Perspective for Manchester United Supporters

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Manchester United were eliminated from the most coveted Cup competition in the world on Wednesday night in heartbreaking fashion. Having won their home leg 3-2 and finishing off the tie with a level aggregate score of 4-4, United were put to the sword by the dreaded away goals rule.

FoxSoccer.tv Subscribers Miss First Half Of Barca v Arsenal

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Since it's relaunch on March 1, the track record for FoxSoccer.tv — Fox's broadband product that features live and recorded games — has been frustratingly poor. First there were the problems that plagued the Manchester United against Liverpool match shown live on Sunday, March 20.

Why the Champions League Trophy Is Out Of Reach For Arsenal

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After the Tuesday night defeat in the Champions League at the hands of Lionel Messi and a sublime performance from Barcelona, Arsenal supporters are at a crossroads and have an important decision to make. Do they want beautiful football or do they want to win trophies? It's as simple as that.

Man United v Chelsea TV Audience Breaks EPL Record In US

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Last weekend's Manchester United against Chelsea match televised live on ESPN2 scored the largest viewing audience number ever for a Premier League game on US television. By U.S. standards, an incredible 526,000 viewers in 420,000 households watched the broadcast which kicked off at 7:30am ET on Saturday, April 3, 2010.

Bobby McMahon Interview: EPL Talk Podcast

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During the last round of Champions League action, Fox Soccer Channel's Bobby McMahon joined me to break down Chelsea's pivotal match at Stamford Bridge against Internazionale. Today, the analyst was kind enough to join us again to engage in the same detailed discussion of Manchester United's second leg of their quarterfinal match-up with Bayern Munich.

Why Being Offended is Part of Football – Chants, Banter and Root Vegetables

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In England football is a game played and watched predominantly by men. Whilst the number of women playing, watching and following the sport is rising, few can argue that the derivative culture of English Football is male orientated.

Whilst I am not going to lecture or romanticise on the male working class routes of the game, behaviours prevalent in these environments can be seen and heard across every football ground in England on match day.

Will Manchester United Beat Bayern Munich Without Wayne Rooney?

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Manchester United host Bayern Munich knowing a 1-0 home victory would suffice to advance to the semi-finals. Manchester are well aware of Bayern's ability to score given the plethora of talent on the German side. The Bavarians arrive in England carrying a slender 2-1 lead but will be pleased to know they can count on the creativity of Arjen Robben who apparently will play along with French star Franck Ribery who is slowly but surely rediscovering his form amid a season defined by injuries.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United: Drawing

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United. Drawn by Nicholas Buchel, using a Sharpie for the red lines and a fancier pen for the yellow.

Related posts:

  1. Drawings of Torres, Rooney and Adebayor
  2. The Ghost Of Ronaldo Scores For United vs Arsenal
  3. Ronaldo Departure A Huge Blow To Manchester United


What’s The Chances of Two All English European finals?

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Arsenal, Manchester United, Fulham and Liverpool are all flying the flag for English clubs in Europe

This mid-week is European week, which means Arsenal, Manchester United, Fulham and Liverpool will be playing for semi final spots in The Champions and Europa Leagues.  Always an eternal optimist – no sooner when the draws were announced I was thinking of the possibility of two all English finals.

Why Soccer Fans Should Use Foursquare, Gowalla and Miso

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One of the hottest trends on the Internet right now is location-based social networking services such as Foursquare, Gowalla, Google Latitude and others. They allow you to "check in" whenever you visit a public place such as a coffee shop, restaurant or anywhere else, and your friends can see where you are.

Phil Schoen Interview: EPL Talk Podcast

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On Tuesday's edition of the EPL Talk Podcast we have an interview I conducted with GolTV's Phil Schoen. Phil covers the La Liga, the Bundesliga, Brazil, Colombia, as well as other circuits for GolTV, where he was been able of cover Premier League sides through the channel's broadcasts of Europa League.

Which Premier League Clubs May Visit New York This Summer?

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One or more Premier League clubs may play in a friendly soccer tournament in New York City this summer according to a report from a northeast England newspaper.

The English clubs that are being seriously considered are Fulham, Everton, Bolton Wanderers and Newcastle United, who celebrated promotion back to the Premier League Monday night.

Berbatov Critics Proven Right

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Last week in the build-up to the English Premier League's most anticipated match of the season, there were many in the press and blogosphere that openly questioned Dimitar Berbatov's ability to replace Wayne Rooney as an effective lone striker. I, myself, wrote an article arguing that Rooney's ankle injury made the EPL Chelsea's title to lose, the crux of which was based on Berbatov's inability to fill the English star's boots.

Barcelona v Arsenal: Live Blog

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Tuesday afternoon beginning at 2:15 pm ET (7:15 UK Time), I will be liveblogging the Barcelona against Arsenal UEFA Champions League match, with a little EPL chat mixed in.

Check this space tomorrow morning for the liveblog information. Also, if any EPL Talk contributors would like to join in as moderators/hosts, please email me at acker (dot) epltalk at gmail dot com.

Premier League Footballer of the Week, Gameweek 33

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Odd that Gameweek 33 has fallen on Easter weekend (if you don't get the direct correlation, ask someone who celebrates Easter) even more odd that a pesky little Argentinian (who may, or may not be mentioned later) is leading his current club emphatically as his former club and cross town rivals reaaaaaally could have used his services as they languish in second place.

Time For Man United Fans To End Green and Gold Brigade

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Watching the Manchester United against Chelsea match on television this past Saturday, it was clear to see that there were more green and gold colors in the stands at Old Trafford than the traditional red, white and black of the Red Devils. It made me wonder what's more important for Manchester United supporters — their movement to force the Glazers out or the support of the club itself?

Weekend Review Show: EPL Talk Podcast

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Chelsea's win at Manchester United sees a new leader in the English Premier League. On this edition of the EPL Talk Podcast, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna join me to discuss the match at Old Trafford as well as the match's officiating before shifting our focus to the race for fourth, where the EPL has another new leader.

Video: Why Brian Clough Remains a True Legend in English Football

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You've see the film The Damned United, or read the book by David Peace that inspired it. The question that remains is, to what extent has the outspoken, charismatic and often times hilarious manager left a lasting impression on you?

For me, Clough embodies what I think of when I imagine English football in the 60's and 70's and he remains a true legend in the game.

Birmingham City New 2010-11 Home Kit: Vote Now

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Birmingham City has made the smart move to allow its supporters to choose which football kit the club should wear for the 2010-11 season. Too many times, football clubs make the decision without much or any input from supporters and what ends up being released is an abomination.

U-S-A Chants At Premier League Matches Are Insulting

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During Saturday's Manchester United against Chelsea match at Old Trafford, you may have heard the sarcastic chants from Chelsea supporters of "USA, USA, USA." The chants were directed at the Manchester United supporters. They were part tongue-in-cheek humor as well as a little bit of banter to wind up the Man United supporters and mock their American owners.

Transfer Talk: Arsenal

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Alright, I know the season isn't over yet but it is never too early to think about next season. And, regardless of how Arsenal finish this season, all eyes will again be on Arsene Wenger over the summer transfer period. Indeed, it seems that every transfer window over the past few years, Wenger has been criticized for not buying the right players (or players at all) and, with multiple injuries to his best players this season, one has to wonder if results would be different this season if he had better quality coming off the bench.

Premier League Matchday 33: Key Observations

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With so much of the focus in the build up to this Premier League weekend being on Manchester United against Chelsea, it was unfortunate that many of the other big clashes didn't get as much attention. Especially at this time of the season where every point means so much.

I managed to watch 3.

Theo Walcott: Is He the Answer for Arsenal and England?

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It's now April, 2010 – the World Cup and business end of the Premier League season both approach like a swarm of angry bees looking to sting before they're stung. Injuries are piling up in England to key members of the national team as well as key components of the three headed monster that is the title race – race for fourth not excluded.

Manchester United v Chelsea: Open Thread

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Feel free to post your observations about the biggest match of the season throughout the game today. A few observations before the game has kicked off:

  • Didier Drogba is on the bench. Could Chelsea be more powerful today without him? If they played like they did against Aston Villa, the answer is yes.

David Moyes’ Best Signings for Everton

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David Moyes joined Everton following the sacking of Walter Smith in March 2002. He was regarded as one of the most promising young managers in the country when he arrived at Goodison Park and has justified that assessment ever since.

His transfer activity has been extremely impressive during his Everton tenure, uncovering gem after gem for extremely reasonable prices.

Top 4 Anti-Bias

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When I first started watching English football as a Yank six years ago, I was drawn to the best clubs and star players, like anyone would be.  But then I quickly realized that being a fan of one of the Big 4 clubs is no fun.  Since the ‘02-'03 season, only once has an outsider beaten one of England's Big 4 to a Top-4 finish (Everton in ‘05, and even then they couldn't keep Liverpool out of the Champs League).

Manchester United-Chelsea: The Virtues of a 4-2-4-0

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Dimitar Berbatov is almost assured to be included in Sir Alex Ferguson's starting XI against Chelsea on Saturday. The merits of such inclusion are still debatable. (Photo: ZumaPress)

Wayne Rooney's injured ankle seems to force Dimitar Berbatov into the lineup for Manchester United's Saturday meeting with Chelsea, but despite the relative paucity of striking options at Sir Alex Ferguson's disposal, Berbatov need not be the only answer.

Premier League Preview – April 3-4

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Wayne Rooney's on crutches and Cesc Fabregas has a broken leg.

Without kicking a ball, Chelsea has received an Easter basket full of good news in its quest to dethrone Manchester United this week when the two most important players on its two biggest rivals went down with injuries in mid-week Champions League action.

Wayne Rooney’s Injury Makes it Chelsea’s Title to Lose

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Without even kicking a ball, Chelsea were given a gift this week. One roll of Wayne Rooney's ankle has altered the dynamic of the entire 2009-10 EPL campaign, and has handed Carlo Ancelotti more than just a lifeline, but possibly the title itself. While the Italian would never admit that the championship may have been won Tuesday night in Munich, this is the injury that Manchester United simply could not afford as the season enters its business end.

Barcelona, We Meet Again

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Since I'm new at EPL Talk, I'd like to talk a little bit more (before I discuss Wednesday's match) about my history as an Arsenal fan. Slowly becoming a soccer fan in college, a 2006 trip to Europe with my girlfriend really cemented my love of the Gunners.

Efen Ekoku Interview: EPL Talk Podcast

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Efan Ekoku will be covering the 2010 World Cup this summer for ESPN, but before that he will be co-commentating on Saturday match at Old Trafford: Â Manchester United hosting Chelsea, with first place (and possibly the title) on the line. Â The renown broadcaster and former Norwich and Nigeria star joined me on Thursday night to break down the match-ups and tactics for Saturday's match.

Playing Your Rivals: Why Losing Is Not An Option

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As the Chelsea versus Manchester United game approaches, the office banter reminds me how many fans come out of the woodwork around the time of the big matches regardless of the team they follow.

For many fans defeat will be more painful on the Monday, than on the Saturday

Beating a rival or top club is about more than league position to most, whenever two teams that have support in the office clash the build up is always intense and highly amusing.

Fantasy Premier League Tips For This Weekend

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It's the holiday of choice for chubby kids and confectionery companies all over the world. Eggs are rolling and cute bunny rabbits are running for cover. Yes that's right, Easter is upon us!

So fix up, look sharp and waddle this way for your latest instalment of fantasy football goodness.

Fan Diary #32 – Since Last We Spoke…

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In my last post (before the United match), I was filled with cautious optimism. But ultimately I had every reason to believe Liverpool would put up a better fight at Old Trafford than they ended up doing. Even when the Reds are struggling, we tend to switch on and turn into a tougher, more combative side against United.

Premier League Launches Official iPhone App

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The Premier League has launched its own official Premier League iPhone App for soccer fans around the world. We've been waiting forever for something like this. And the technologically slow Premier League has finally caught up with the times.

The features of the app include:

  • Updates on the long list of the Premier League's latest legal filings.

Who Wants To Be A Football Manager?

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The pleasures of playing football are easy enough to understand. It's a great sport and if you're any good you get a shed load of cash, the sexual attentions of fake blonde women, and a mock Tudor house full of 132″ plasma TVs.

There's nothing not to like about being a footballer.

Jeff Bookman Interview at MLS Talk

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Jeff Bookman (top, fourth from left) and the staff of Sereno FC (Phoenix). (Photo: Chelsea FC/Hill and Knowlton)

Today on the Major League Soccer Talk podcast we have released an interview with Jeff Bookman, head of international youth football development for Chelsea FC.

Jeff joined us to discuss Chelsea's new partnership with two youth clubs in the United States as well as the club's ambitions concerning player development and the U.