In the aftermath of England's World Cup exit, the media and the fans are already planning for
2014, and the European Championships in 2012. There are calls for a new manager, an overhaul of the
squad and even a change to the domestic league. However, that is all obscuring the main point.
There is a current malaise effecting almost everyone in England that follows the national side,
from fans, retailers, journalists and TV executives. The finger of blame is being pointed fairly
equally between Fabio Capello and the highly paid, highly hyped and self important members of the
Everton has officially unveiled their new home football kit for the 2010-11 season.
Everton's new home shirt from Le Coq Sportif features a simple yet elegant blue top with white
trim (see above picture featuring Tim Cahill wearing the kit). The shirt also features a wave of
blue across the upper part of the chest, a stylistic feature that is also included in Everton's new
He's had a successful World Cup and proved last season he can play in the Premier League, but
should Landon Donovan join big spending Manchester City this summer? Donovan is now in high demand,
but is Manchester City the right fit for the US international's second go at the Premier
We've seen 19 straight days of World Cup soccer. During that time, we've watched an mind
boggling 56 games. There have been plenty of highs, lots of controversy and a few lows. But how
does this World Cup compare to previous ones in your opinion? Better or worse, or same?
Roy Hodgson's possible move to Liverpool is, of course, still in the realm of speculation, however,
multiple sources (including The Guardian and The Telegraph) have reported he will be named as early
as Thursday as the new manager.
With reports that Fabio Capello will more than likely retain his position as manager of the
English National Team, Roy Hodgson could be out of the running for the England manager position he
wasÂ supposedlyÂ interested in.
In short: Everywhere. Though that won't do. England's problems were numerous and solutions are
not easy to come by. It's best to look at the team and the manager as a whole.
Hang on, that sounds awfully familiar, oh well the point still stands. England's elimination was
in hindsight predictable but before the game started only Boris Becker laughed at the notion of a
close game in a, presumably, comedic piece to camera.
Watching the highlights of Germany's demolition of England in the World Cup are a pretty
depressing sight, but LegoFussball.eu have brought some levity to the situation by featuring the
highlights as played out by Lego characters.
Each scene uses stop motion photography. Particularly interesting is the replay of Frank
Lampard's disallowed goal.
I am fully aware that I am late to the why-England-were-eliminated-party here, but as I've pored
over the litany of explanations on the web, I've found that there is an unfair discrepancy of
player blame vs. manager blame.
Sure, the England stars appeared lackadaisical and short on ideas, but these are the same
players that excel for their clubs under different systems than England's, so blaming them can only
go so far.
Spain is through to the quarterfinals, eliminating the third ranked team in the world (per FIFA)
in Portugal. They joined Paraguay, who won the tournament's first penalty kick shoot-out to
eliminate Japan. On this episode of the World Cup Buzz Podcast, I am joined by Laurence McKenna to
talk about those matches as well as the news around the 2010 World Cup.
England's exit in the Round of 16 in the World Cup has triggered a fresh call to rein in the
cosmopolitan roster sheets of the Premier League by placing quotas on the number of foreigners on
each team. I have yet to come across a coherent argument as to why such a move will assist the
English national team.
And so the England inquest begins once again. After every tournament the same earth is dug over
and over again. There can't be a single argument, idea or notion that hasn't been given an airing
in the last 48 hours. I should know, I've been as responsible as anyone for writing them.
It's been a decent summer for viral soccer videos. Nike's Write The Future, despite being
overblown, was entertaining to watch and produced a few chuckles. The return of Special1 TV has
been a nice distraction even though they haven't been able to find their groove yet. But the
highlight for me has been the series of Lego football videos which uses stop-motion photography to
capture key incidents from the 2010 World Cup.
It's that time in the World Cup 2010 tournament where a little bit of comedic relief would do a
lot of people the world of good, myself included. So who better than The Special One to provide the
Following their victory against Slovenia the English team prepared for their next game against
There's been an interesting undercurrent of first choice World Cup goal keepers performing
brilliantly in the tournament so farÂ who represent Premier League clubs. Besides a few early
blunders from keepers, the goalkeeping has in fact been quite solidÂ throughout the majority of the
The British press are in a tizzy about who should replace Fabio Capello as the next England
manager, or whether the Italian should remain in charge. Harry Redknapp? Roy Hodgson? Martin
O'Neill? I've even read David Beckham's name mentioned as a potential candidate.
A teaser of what Fulham's new home kit for the 2010-11 season will look like was recently
released on the Internet.
The shirt is designed and manufactured by Kappa. And the photograph gives just enough of a hint
to show how special the design may be.
According to Football Shirt Culture website, "Kappa, a leading brand in European sportswear, has
developed this innovative Home shirt for the Fulham Football Club squad at its Kappa R&D centre in
Turin, Italy, to the finest quality and design standards.
There is a saying that once you hit rock bottom the only way out is up. Unfortunately there is
another option, stagnating at the rock bottom. The England national team hit rock bottom in South
Africa and those out there flattering themselves that England will emerge from the utter mess a
stronger team cannot be further away from reality.
Sunday's refereeingÂ blunders, following the many glaring group stage errors, have reignited a
debate over changing the sport's rules. Some favorÂ video replay, some favor anÂ additional referee
who would only monitor each goal area, while others would preferÂ a sensor-system for goals similar
to that used in hockey.
Brazil and the Netherlands are through to the quarterfinals of World Cup 2010 after Monday wins,
sending Chile and Slovakia home while setting-up a match we've looked forward to since the
tournament's onset. To talk about that as well as the last two Round of 16 matches (taking place
Tuesday) I'm joined by Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer for this version of the World Cup
If anyone doubted if soccer is a mainstream sport in the United States, they only have to look
at the eyepopping numbers of people who watched the World Cup this weekend to see how ABC and
Univision both had record TV ratings for soccer.
Saturday's broadcast of the United States against Ghana game on ABC drew an outstanding 14.
Not only was this a depressing weekend for supporters of England, USA, Mexico and South Korea,
but the news that all four teams had been knocked out of the tournament must have come as a
disappointment to ESPN and other media organizations who are hoping to capitalize on the popularity
of the 2010 World Cup.
Soccer is by far the most popular sport in the world. But there are still two massive continents
in this world (Asia and North America) as well as other regions where the sport could be much more
popular and where the populations are burgeoning.
However, FIFA continues to make cataclysmic mistakes that severely ruin the chances of new
sports fans being attracted to the sport of soccer.
I now have a new all-time favorite soccer quote.Â After the English team drew against the USA and
Algeria, barely beat Slovenia and was torn open and summarily dismissed from the World Cup by
Germany, BBC commentator Chris Waddle had this observation:
"England will never win the World Cup while playing a 4-4-2.
In all actuality, shouldn't we have seen this coming like some run away freight down the frozen
road of Precedence St. set by all those England players before? A capitulation of the highest
order, a failing against those we least want to fail against and lastly, an outcome that was so
sure to happen, we all seemed to pull the wool over our very eyes and convince ourselves through
sheer self fulfilling prophecy that it was somehow going to end different this time.
New photos of what appears to be Arsenal's new home jersey for the 2010-11 season have been
leaked on the Internet. There's no confirmation that these are authentic or whether they're
knock-off designs. However, many experts believe these are either the real-deal or very close to
the new design which will be released by Arsenal in the coming weeks.
Sunday's highly anticipated match day featuring two great international football rivalries ended
in a relative fizzle, with Germany defeating England (4-1) and Argentina defeating Mexico (3-1) by
multi-goal margins. To talk about those matches and Monday's two Round of 16 fixtures, I was joined
by Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna for this edition of the World Cup Buzz Podcast.
In one of the most incredible moments in World Cup history, England were robbed a legitimate
goal that would have leveled the score v Germany and created an entirely different second half for
the surging English.
After going down by 2 well scored goals by Germany, England were able to get themselves back
into the game through a Matthew Upson header.
In the crucial last 16 clash v Germany, England boss Fabio Capello elected to stick with his
winning eleven that saw off Slovenia in the last group stage match. Unchanged and with growing
confidence, England took the field against one of, if not their most hated international rival.
England was cheated of a blatant Frank Lampard goal Sunday against Germany when the Chelsea
midfielder's shot hit the crossbar, bounced 2-3 feet inside the goal and back out of the goal. But
incredibly, the referee decided that it wasn't a goal which allowed Germany to go into half-time
They think it's all over (Sie denken es ist alles vorbel), well it is now. Not quite, but
before, during and after England's massive game today against Germany, post your opinions and
observations in the comments section below as Fabio Capello's men aim to overturn the Germans to
reach the quarter-finals.
?The United States is out at the Round of 16, losing in extra time to Ghana, but did their play
match the final score? The panel disagrees, discussing that, Uruguay's win over South Korea, and
tomorrow's matched: England-Germany and Argentina-Mexico. It's all on this edition of the World Cup
No matter what country you support, the pain of losing in a World Cup is a bitter pill to
swallow. After a frustrating performance by the United States against Ghana, the United States
men's national team will be returning home shortly after a successful tournament. The team and fans
can keep their head held high.
A few weeks ago, I pulled together predictions from several sources where pundits had made their
World Cup picks. As is so often during tournaments, we always conveniently forget what the
predictions were so we rarely go back to see how wrong or right those pundits were.
The first round of a World Cup tournament is a mere dress rehearsal for what we are about to
experience. Starting today, this is where the World Cup begins. Where every game matters. Where
teams will either live or die by the sword.
During the first round, teams are often playing conservative and calculated soccer.
In a landmark decision, a US district court has ruled in favor of YouTube in a copyright
infringement case where the Premier League sued YouTube in 2007.
The court case dragged on for three years. In it, the New York district judge ruled that
"YouTube was protected by US legislation which says a service provider isn't liable for
infringement if it removes material from its site when notified by the copyright owner.
Blackburn Rovers and Umbro have unveiled their new home shirt for the 2010-11 season.
As is common with Umbro designs recently, the new Blackburn Rovers home shirt is cleanly
designed with a less is more approach. While not a drastic change from last season, the biggest
difference is the new traditional collar.
It's not uncommon for Premier League clubs to radically change the design of their away jerseys
from season to season, but this upcoming's Sunderland shirt is absolutely a big departure from
their current design.
According to Umbro, "The shirt is stone with a burgundy trim and a crew neck, and is built in
the unique ergonomic shape used for the latest England kit.
It's seldom that a highlights video is laugh-out-loud funny, but this compilation video showing
Fabio Capello and his reaction to England's performance against Slovenia in the World Cup made me
guffaw several times.
The best moments include Stuart Pearce. So much for Pearce's "Psycho" nickname.
Group stage is over, with the final four survivors identified. Brazil and Spain are through,
both as group winners, joined from their respective groups by Portugal and Chile. On this edition
of the World Cup Buzz Podcast, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna join me to talk about that
as well as the two Round of 16 match-ups scheduled for Saturday: Uruguay-South Korea and United
The conclusion of the group stage this afternoon pushes the tournament into the win or go home
stage. Â No longer can games be capped at 90 minutes and a tie. Â Now they can go a full 120
minutes with out a single goal before it is extended into the delicious realm of penalties.
Dreaded by almost every player out there; it would be surprising if there was single
professional who says he enjoys settling a game this way.
In what is becoming one of my most favorite series of viral videos this World Cup, here's the
next installment of Lego Football which features the highlights of England against Slovenia in
beautiful stop-motion Lego graphics.
And how good is it to see John Terry's salmon-like dive across the box as performed by a Lego
In this weekend's tastiest World CupÂ fixture, long time rivals Germany and England will meet in
a head on battle with dramatic implications and a quarter final birth on the line. Will the English
get their chance to conquerÂ their demons during a dramatic penalty shootout, or will the young and
organized Germans overrun the tired looking English midfield and back line?
Leave it up to the world's largest online video portal to come up with some pretty hilarious
stuff, from idiots dancing in front of a camera to people falling flat on their faces while
attempting some ridiculous stunt, YouTubeÂ has now added a Vuvuzela button featured on some soccer
ESPN's coverage of the 2010 World Cup has been spectacular. But if I must be honest, some of the
commentators are beginning to get on my nerves. It's normal, I guess â€“ especially after you
consider how many hours we've spent listening to these commentators since the tournament began on
It's another massive weekend of soccer for all of us around the world. On Saturday, the United
States plays Ghana (2:30pm ET) while on Sunday, England takes on Germany (10am ET). Plus, in
addition to that, there's the mouthwatering clash between Argentina and Mexico (Sunday, 2:30pm ET)
and last, but not least, Uruguay versus South Korea (Saturday, 10am ET) which should be a very
Everton's new home jersey for the 2010-11 season will be a simple but beautiful design instead
of their away kit, which is bright pink.
The new leaked photo of the Everton home shirt reveals a very traditional and clean design
featuring Everton's famous blue shirts. The sponsor's name and the Le Coq Sportif are in white but
the rest of the shirt, other than the Everton team crest, is in blue.
?The world champions are out, Italy having been eliminated by Slovakia on Thursday. The Slovaks
do through with Paraguay out of Group F, with the Netherlands and Japan, having beaten Denmark,
advancing in second place. To talk about those results as well as Friday's matches, I was joined by
Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer for this edition of the World Cup Buzz podcast.
As the final whistle shrieked like a gunshot into the eardrums of the Italians and sent the
Slovakians into delirious celebrations in Johannesburg, the second giant killing of the tournament
sent goose bumps down the spines of the millions, if not billions of people watching across the
A couple months before the World Cup, ESPN released a series of 4 TV ads in their "One Game
Changes Everything" campaign. If you don't remember the ads, there was "Robben Island", "United",
"Power of 10â€³ and "Passion", and they came out in that orderÂ separatedÂ by about two weeks.
It has been a strange one. Sure, there have been moments of Â crisp, clear beauty (beginning
with Siphiwe Tshabalala's screaming torpedo of a shot in the first match), but for me the event has
been overtaken by the surprises woven throughout. The unexpected moments and outcomes have ruled
this group stage:
Robert Green allowing Dempsey's strike to trickle in.
It's incredible how one goal can make such a difference. With the game between Algeria and the
United States still at nil-nil in the 90th minute Wednesday, the USA men's national team was on the
precipice of getting knocked out of the tournament. But the last-gasp winner by Landon Donovan
changed everything in so many ways.
If you live in South Florida, there's only one place to be this weekend to watch your World Cup
games and that's Wowies Sports Grill in Boca Raton, Florida. EPL Talk is hosting all of its
official World Cup Viewing Parties at Wowies, a modern sports bar featuring 31 big screen TVs,
three full-liquor bars, excellent food and the lovely Wowies Girls.
Out of all of the soccer games you've seen in person or on television, how many times have you
seen a player move his head out of the way to avoid getting pummeled by a shot that looks like it's
going to hit him? For me, it's been too many times to count. At that velocity, the ball is going to
sting and hurt someone.
It was a glorious day for the United States and England, who move on from the World Cup's Group
C in first and second place. This weekend, they will meet Ghana and Germany, respectively â€“ the
two teams that qualify for the knockout rounds from Group D. To talk about that, and Thursday's
action (Groups E and F) I'm joined by Laurence McKenna for this addition of the World Cup Buzz
After Germany overcame Ghana in the last game of Group C today, Germany will now play England in
a mouthwatering second round World Cup tie, which is scheduled for this Sunday at 10am ET.
Germany is one of England's greatest rivals. The teams have played against each other many times
in major tournaments including the 1966 World Cup Final which England won 4-2, and the 1990 World
Cup semi-final which England lost on penalty kicks in Italy.
Was that the best that England have to offer? Probably not, but it was better than the last two
group stage matches in a myriad of categories. Possession, defense, passing and a more cohesive
attack were all sharperÂ from England as they continue toÂ build on their World Cup form that,
let's face it, could only get better considering their first two matches.
We've all been enjoying a wonderful World Cup tournament that has featured some incredible teams
playing the beautiful game, but there are several improvements that need to be made to make it even
It all comes down to this. Ninety minutes in Port Elizabeth. England against Slovenia in a
must-win World Cup game for Fabio Capello's team.
Before, during and after the match, post your comments, questions or observations in the section
below. And no matter where you live in the world, let's hope you enjoy what we hope will be a
brilliant game to watch (no guarantee).
When the draw for Group C was named in December, little did we know how difficult it would be to
predict who would advance and how close the race was going to be on the final day of the first
round games in Group C.
The beauty of World Cup Group C is that it's in the hands of all four teams.
You're Fabio Capello and it's the night before one of the biggest games of your career where
your name is on the line and you have millions of England fans putting the pressure on you to make
the correct decisions.
But who would you start for England against Slovenia tomorrow?
Uruguay, Mexico, Argentina and South Korea are through to the knockout stage of World Cup 2010,
while South Africa, France, Greece and Nigeria are the first teams sent hope. To talk about the
conclusion of Groups A and B and Wednesday, the final day for Groups C and D, I'm joined by
Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer for this edition of the World Cup Buzz Podcast.
I appeared on a CBC TV news program in Canada Monday night and was asked to defend the theatrics
of soccer. The diving and the cheating that are so woven into the fabric of soccer and are most
evident to the public when the World Cup takes center stage every four years. To be fair, the
diving and cheating is indefensible other than the fact that this is what countries often do to
gain a edge in soccer.
If you support England, how are you feeling right now? The next 24 hours or so are a test of
everyone's bottle. Some England fans tend to think this is a unique condition that afflicts them
only but it's the same for many countries supporters in the coming days. It's all part of life's
rich tapestry as a football fan; the grit that makes the pearl.
Portugal gave us our first true rout of the World Cup, beating North Korea 7-0, while Spain
returned to their winning ways and Chile said goodbye to Valon Behrami and hello to first place in
Group H. To talk about these three Monday matches and a Tuesday's docket which will see four teams
sent home, I was joined by Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer for this edition of the World
Cup Buzz Podcast.
Having England and the United States in the same World Cup group is one thing. They played each
other once and life moved on. However, one item we neglected to consider is what happens on the
final day of the World Cup first round matches (which begin tomorrow), and who we'll support on
Wednesday when both England and the United States kick off at the same time with their future in
their own hands.
EPL Talk's Laurence McKenna had an opportunity recently to sit down with Henry Winter, one of
the most accomplished English football authors and writers in the United Kingdom.
Just minutes before the England versus Mexico friendly at Wembley, McKenna had a chat with Henry
Winter, outside the hallowed Wembley Stadium, about several fascinating topics revolving around the
World Cup, England national team and the Premier League including:
Which world famous manager has a weakness for custard cream biscuits,
His impressions of the 2009-2010 Premier League season,
His favorite memories of previous World Cup tournaments,
What makes the World Cup so different,
What he would have given Fabio Capello to bring with him to the World Cup,
As England approach their last chance to qualify for the round of sixteen,Â the avoidance ofÂ
certain embarrassment and arguably this generation's most important make or break match, John Terry
and the England squad haveÂ voiced their concerns over a beer with Fabio Capello resulting in the
request to include Joe ColeÂ (among other things)Â in the starting line up on Wednesday v
One of the many aspects of ESPN's World Cup advertising campaign I've enjoyed most so far has
been the beautiful murals the TV network has used both in banner advertising and promotion for the
biggest sports tournament. If you haven't seen them yet, take a look at all 33 murals that were
designed by ESPN's agencies, Wieden+Kenny and AM I Collective.
Brazil has clinched a place in the knockout stage, for which KakÃ¡ will be rested, thanks to a
one match suspension. The defending world champion Italy was drawn by New Zealand, while Paraguay
sits alone at the top of Group F after their win over Slovakia. To talk about these matches plus
Monday's three fixtures, I was joined by Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer for this edition
of the World Cup Buzz Podcast.
Looking at the ESPN's team of commentators for the 2010 World Cup TV coverage, we knew ahead of
time that Adrian Healey and John Harkes were the weakest links in a team that features some of the
best commentators in the world. Both men are qualified professionals. However, they're not nearly
as good as Martin Tyler, Derek Rae, Ian Darke and others.
Think back to the 2006 World Cup in Germany and the game that England played against Portugal in
the quarter-final. There were many vivid moments from that match including Cristiano Ronaldo's
wink, Wayne Rooney getting sent off for his stamp on Ricardo Carvalho and David Beckham exiting the
game with an injury.
We have been here before. England's performances so far have been under scrutiny and they have
been panned by blood thirsty critics and fans alike. There is a feeling among most of us that the
barrage aimed at England is quite reasonable but is it entirely the players fault? End of the day,
it should be as after all, they are the ones playing but on this instance, I do believe that the
coaching staff has to take some blame for England's downfall.
The 2010 World Cup has exploded on US television with record ratings. During the first weekend,
the audience numbers for the first five games for the 2010 World Cup on ESPN were twice as high as
those from four years ago during the 2006 World Cup. And now, during the second weekend, Univision
is reporting that their broadcast of Mexico against France was the largest audience for a World Cup
match on its network.
The Netherlands are the first team to have clinched a place in the second round, beating Japan,
while Cameroon is the first be eliminated at World Cup 2010 after losing to Denmark. Also, we
discuss Ghana only getting one point from 10-man Australia when myself, Laurence McKenna, and
Kartik Krishnaiyer engage in a special edition of the World Cup Buzz Podcast, where we take some
time at the end of the show to reflect on how media is coming to grips with the shrinking soccer
England is one game away from being knocked out of the World Cup. And while England's supporters
are still reeling from the abysmal performance against Algeria, they're now looking for excuses.
They need someone to blame. What else can explain the dire performance in a game that most people
(myself included) predicted they would win comfortably?
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe there has a been a goal in the 2010 World Cup thus
far that has been scored directly from a free kick. In a sport where the difference between a
winning and losing team is often a goal from a direct free kick, it seems odd that there have been
none thus far.
With all of the different news, blog, and sport sites available on the internet, sifting through
the pile for worthwhile material can be a nightmare.
This is why I have, in association with The Gaffer, created the EPL Talk toolbar. It allows you
to find the latest football news, blogs, and opinion quickly and efficiently without leaving your
Some of you who regularly read EPL Talk know that I'm a big fan of location-based social
networking apps such as Foursquare, Gowalla, Miso and â€“ one of my new favorites â€“ Foodspotting.
The apps, which can be used on your phone or online, allow you to "check in" to different places so
your friends and followers can find out what establishments you like and which TV programs you
For a number of months there has been a debate on this site about how good the English team
really is.Â Most have claimed that this version of the Three Lions represented a golden generation
of players finally coming to the pinnacle of their skills and ready to challenge for the most
valued trophy on earth.
New photographs of Newcastle United's away and third kits for the 2010-11 season have been
The new Newcastle United kits are designed and manufactured by Puma. The away shirt, pictured
below, is blue with white trim. While the shirt is well designed, I'm not a big fan of where the
Puma logo is positioned on the shorts.
England so far have been...poor to say the least. Still, it hasn't been for want of effort or
heart as some fans would believe. If they didn't care then the scorelines against the United States
and Algeria would have been much worse. However, changes need to be made, not only to qualify from
the group, but to ensure a satisfactory run in the World Cup.
Was the United States robbed by the referee against Slovenia? Perhaps, but we were all robbed of
a football match from England and Algeria, two results that overshadowed the days' biggest
surprise: the? Serbian derailing of the Nationalmannschaft. On this edition of the World Cup Buzz
podcast, I'm joined by Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer to talk about Friday's triad of
results and the trio of matches awaiting us on Saturday.
Wayne Rooney has never been one to hide his personality. His temper on the field has been
scrutinized for years, but most Rooney and Manchester United fans chalk it up to the passion and
heart he has for the game and for winning. The same passion and heart that makes Rooney one of the
best players in the world.
As the three lions bow their heads in shame and continue to yawn and whimper their way through
what was supposedly the easiest group they've ever encountered, I feel the need as one of their
biggest fans, at least on this site, to step up and face the music and admit my passions exist for
a team that simply isn't good enough.
England continued their dismal 2010 World Cup performance today with a 0-0 draw against
After England's 1-1 draw last week against the United States, everyone expected England to come
out guns a-blazing against Algeria. But the way they played was embarrassing. Wayne Rooney was
absolutely abysmal yet again for England.
Episode 2 of Special1 TV has been released, and it's an instant classic. This one has many more
laughs than the debut episode on BBC 3. It's one of those episodes that has a little something for
It's a perfect episode to watch in the build-up to today's England against Algeria game.
Argentina all-but-claimed Group B their own, rolling to a 4-1 victory over the South Koreans.
Greece gets their first win in World Cup history at 10-man Nigeria's expense, while Mexico earns
Ireland's most preferred nation status by push France to the proverbial precipice. Joining me to
talk about that is Kartik Krishnaiyer for this edition of the World Cup Buzz Podcast.
Shhh, don't tell anyone. But I'm in love with Argentina. Not the country but the incredible way
that the Argentina national team is playing soccer. After today's performance, they are by far the
greatest football playing team in the tournament.
Against Nigeria in the opening game, they showed glimmers of hope but today against South Korea,
Diego Maradona's side looked like the finished product except for a few vulnerabilities in
ESPN's proclaimed "footy fanatic", Josh Elliot has called out all World Cup fans. Sportscenter
wants to know who you think is the best player in the 2010 World Cup so far. The ESPN anchor picks
Gonzalo Higuain, the convenient choice after today's hat trick against South Korea. However, I
think the EPL Talk readers are more creative andÂ knowledgeableÂ than that.
Friday is a big day for readers of this blog as we prepare to watch two massive World Cup games,
both of which are must win matches. USA against Slovenia kicks off at 10am ET. Followed by England
versus Algeria at 2:30pm ET. And we have the added bonus of the early kick-off at 7:30am featuring
Germany against Serbia in another game of immense proportions.
During his broadcast of the Italy-Paraguay match, Ian Darke, never shy in his observations of
that match before him, made the astute observation that the Italian penalty area "must be a
minefield" to the Paraguayans by the way they seemed to avoid it at all costs.
While Darke's comment focused on Paraguay's defensive "negativity," that match was one of the
many where we have seen teams exhibit solid approach play, only to loop a cross to row Q, fire a
missile well over the bar, or fail to pick out a teammate in the box with a fairly simple pass.
Yay! The new fixtures for the 2010-11 Premier League season have been announced. And all around
the world we soccer fans are rubbing our hands with glee at the thought of who our team will play
on the opening day of the new season, scheduled to kick off on Saturday, August 14.
Switzerland pulls off the first major upset of the tournament, Chile broke out the Twister and
got this party (re-)started, ?while Uruguay's awakening has South Africa on the verge of going
dormant. To talk about these matches as well the matches on Thursday's agenda, I'm joined by Kartik
Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna for this version of the World Cup Buzz podcast.
Ladies and gentlemen, take a second and place the back of your hand on your forehead to check to
see if you have a fever. I have a gut feeling you may be suffering from World Cup Fever. But if
you're feeling 100% healthy, perhaps it's time to check your paid time off balance to see if you
have time available to skip work on Friday.
EPL Talk reported in April that the days of free articles on the TimesÂ were soon coming to an
end.Â It nowÂ seems as ifÂ the Times have taken the first big step in keeping good onÂ their
promise by closing it'sÂ online website, timesonline.co.uk, last Tuesday.Â For me, the move seems
slightly odd considering the Times could loose substantial online viewership during the next month
as the World Cup continues to be played out in South Africa.
So far during this 2010 World Cup tournament, the talking points have been more off the field
than on it. While the players from the 32 teams have failed to sparkle thus far, most of the talk
seems to be focused on the vuvuzelas â€“ whether they should be banned or not, and how Host
Broadcasting Services and other broadcasters have added an audio filter to suppress the noise from
Cote d'Ivoire and Portugal made up the marquee match-up on Tuesday, but it was the efforts of
New Zealand (against Slovakia) and North Korea (against Brazil) that wrote the stories. In this
edition of the World Cup Buzz podcast, I'm joined by special guest The Gaffer to wrap-up Tuesday's
action from South Africa 2010.
There are the obvious explanations. Teams are not accustomed to the new Adidas football, teams
are frightened to lose the first game, teams are set up to not concede the first goal. Could the
real explanation be that football has changed?
The game is professional in a way that it has never been before.
Tonight on ESPN, the sports TV network, will debut its brand new documentary entitled "The Two
Escobars," the story of Andres Escobar, the talented Colombian soccer player who was tragically
murdered after he scored an own goal in the 1994 World Cup. The film investigates the surprising
relationship between the murders of Escobar and his namesake, Pablo Escobar, the drug cartel
They say that you learn from your experiences and no statement is truer than with a
drinking/bingo game, sadly my original effort was not realistic enough, there were not enough
points scored or drinks consumed.
Therefore with the Vuvela's cracking off, goalkeeping gaffesÂ and lack of excitement in the
tournament so far, I have updated the game to make the games higher scoring affairs.
Whether you're new to the World Cup or you're taking in your tenth finals, you're sure to have
noticed the incessant drone at matches this past weekend from the stadium horns known as vuvuzelas
that are so common in South Africa. Love them or hate them, it seems the vuvuzela, or lepatata is
as much apart of football in South Africa as crowd songs are in England or hot dogs are in American
Laurence McKenna, co-host of the EPL Talk and World Cup Buzz Podcasts, recently had a golden
opportunity to sit down with one of the most remarkable English football writers and authors,
Barney Ronay of The Guardian and When Saturday Comes.
In this second part of the interview series (part one is included below), Ronay shares his
opinion regarding several fascinating topics including:
How he assesses Fabio Capello as a manager,
How England measures up to the rest of the world,
His fondest memories of previous World Cup tournaments,
What we will remember the 2010 World Cup for,
What sets the World Cup apart from other sporting tournaments,
Sunday we reported that ESPN's viewing numbers for the first five games of the tournament were
double the number from four years ago. And now there's more good news as the TV ratings and updated
audience numbers for Saturday and Sunday's matches add more ammunition to the argument that the
2010 World Cup is taking America by storm â€” especially when you consider that the England v USA
game drew more viewers than each night of the first four games of the NBA Finals.
Two surprise results highlight the fourth day of action of South Africa 2010. Joining me to talk
about them is co-host Kartik Krishnaiyer as we break down the Netherlands' opening win over
Denmark, Japan's first World Cup win away from home (beating Cameroon), and Paraguay drawing with
reigning champions Italy.
When Germany lost Michael Ballack coming into this world cup, some commentators were writing
them off, or at the very least not touting them as tournament favourites. Despite an excellent
qualification campaign in a less than forgiving group Germany emerged without a loss and played
with a freedom that went unnoticed.
There has been a lot to be thankful to ESPN for during their 2010 World Cup coverage this
summer, but the most significant contribution â€“ by far â€“ has been the rise of Roberto Martinez
in the role of ESPN studio commentator.
The Wigan Athletic manager is no stranger to soccer punditry.
Germany trounced Australia in their World Open opener. Ghana because the first Africa team to
win, while Slovenia moved to the top of Group C. On this edition of the World Cup Buzz podcast,
myself, Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishanaiyer review Sunday's action and look for want to
Mondays matches while taking time to get an update on Group C.
Walking up and down the streets of New York before the most highly anticipated U.S. soccer match
in history, one could have mistaken this city for London, Berlin or Rio de Janeiro. Thousands of
people clad in football jerseys, and not the variety of Manning, Brady, or Peterson, but those of
Donovan, Altidore and Dempsey.
With a global population that is so used to the quality of the Premier League coverage on
television, it's ridiculous that FIFA's TV replays are so poor. How many times in this tournament
have we already been frustrated with the lack of TV replays after crucial incidents?
The first few days of the 2010 FIFA World Cup have come and gone like Robert Green's stint as
England's #1 and ESPN (so far) have impressed with their fantastic coverage here in the States. It
seems like ITV is the Robert Green ofÂ the tournamentthus far while ESPN's solid coverage, analysis
and team of experts can be compared more to Tim Howard'sÂ man of the matchÂ effort v England.
Life is rosy if you are a Slovenian football fan. Not only have the Slovenians qualified for a
World Cup for the second time, their Prime Minister Borut Pahor also cleaned the team's boots as a
reward, a charming act showing how football can emphasize a sense of community in a country.
England fans have traditionally been guilty of the sin of not really looking.Â Reading the
English press, there seems a general sense of shock about how their team performed in their first
game yesterday.Â But to a neutral observer, the result, and England's sorry, tired performance,
was not really all that much of a surprise.
It wasn't the prettiest game by either team, but Saturday's clash between England and the United
States reached fever pitch levels at sports bars and restaurants across the US and around the
world. One such party was held in South Florida at Wowies Sports Grill, the host site for EPL
Talk's official World Cup viewing parties.
It finally came. It finally went. The United States versus England, and as if there was any way
we would forget the result, Robert Green made sure to make Saturday's match an inadvertent classic.
On this show, Laurence McKenna, Kartik Krishnaiyer and myself discuss the results of that match,
Argentina's win over Nigeria, and South Korea's win over Greece.
Robert Green's blunder for England against the United States means that England coach Fabio
Capello now faces the decision of whether to pick David James or Joe Hart for England's next game,
against Algeria on Friday.
But if you were Capello, who would you pick? David James has his strengths and weaknesses, but
Joe Hart is unproven at the highest international level in terms of the world's stage.
Imagine you're ITV, one of the biggest TV networks in the United Kingdom, and you have the
rights to the live match between England and the United States. It's the biggest match of the World
Cup thus far. And it's the added bonus of being in HD.
As ITV, you begin showing the match but then the worst case scenario happens.
Let's face it, England were quite poor in their opening game match of the 2010 World Cup with
the United States, but I whole-heartedly believe that it's not all doom and gloomÂ just yet andÂ
England fans have seen nothing near the best that will come from the Three Lions throughout the
rest of thisÂ month longÂ tournament.
After what began as a brilliant start for England after Steven Gerrard scored the opener in
three minutes, it looked as if it was going to be England's night. But the US battled back, were
fortunate that Robert Green spilled the ball into the net. And the rest is history.
The Special One has returned to the airwaves with episode 1 on BBC 3. This one, released on the
first day of the World Cup, features Jose alongside Wayne Rooney and Sven-Goran Eriksson as well as
the usual cast of call-in experts such as Rafa, Didier Drogba, David Beckham and even Tom
Four years of waiting is over, and Richard (me) is a little choken up. He, Laurence McKenna and
Kartik Krishnaiyer stop to reflect on World Cup 2010's significance amidst discussion of South
Africa's tie with Mexico, France's draw with Uruguay, and Saturday's matches: Greece-Korea,
Argentina-Nigeria, and England-United States.
If every day could be like the World Cup, that'd be magic especially for soccer fans in the
Driving to the World Cup Viewing Parties at Wowies in Boca Raton today, I saw a billboard on the
side of the highway advertising a World Cup party at a local casino. Then, after arriving at my
destination to watch the lackluster opening games (including the mind-numbing France against
Uruguay match), it suddenly hit me that the World Cup is everywhere.
I play much more soccer than basketball.Â But when it comes to the end of televised seasons, I
watch much more basketball than soccer.Â Maybe it has something to do with the excitement
of a top quality league that actually has playoffs combined with the speed and high scoring of the
Finally. It. Is. Here. The 2010 World Cup kicks off today with the first match up between South
Africa and Mexico.
I'm picking South Africa and Mexico to draw in this one. Mexico should win, but buoyed by the
incredible support of the South African nation, I think the South Africans will rise to the
occasion and grab an equalizer.
With England's captain Rio Ferdinand now out of the World Cup Finals, one would think the
notoriously pessimistic English would be packing it in already with fears about their defense, but
there has hardly been a tremor. Throughout the Premiership campaign Ferdinand had not played up to
potential, and many believe that his replacement, likely to be Ledley King, is at least, if not
more, capable than the Man United man.
After over six months of anticipation, we're now on the verge of seeing the World Cup kick off
and the first gigantic matchup of the tournament when England plays the United States on Saturday
at 2:30pm ET (live on ABC).
But who do you think will win? Who has the ability to win this match and will you get the
No matter if you live near South Florida or halfway across the world, you can join the England v
USA World Cup Viewing Party festivities this Saturday and participate in what will undoubtedly be
the biggest day ever for EPL Talk. We have a ton of exciting developments planned for you to help
you get the most out of one of the biggest days in US soccer history.
You have invested the last month with us, though the expert interviews to the two weeks of group
breakdowns, and now â€“ the day before the 2010 World Cup starts â€“ Laurence McKenna, Kartik
Krishnaiyer and myself make out final predictions: the Round of 16 to the July 11 final. Join us in
this final preparatory step for South Africa 2010 as we tell you who we think will be the next
With the World Cup literally hours away from kicking off in South Africa, there are so many
thoughts running through my head that I thought I'd share many of them with you. And one is of
major importance to me. Should I support the USA or England?
I agree with many of you that too much time and energy is being spent on the hype for the
England against United States match.
Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, John Terry, Ashley Cole. An illustrious lot, these
world footballing stars would make the starting XI of just about every squad on the planet and are
known from the Midwest to the Midlands.
Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Tim Howard.
In reference to the World Cup, a friend of mine sent me a note on Facebook this morning saying
that she felt likeÂ a kid who is too anxious to find out if Santa will bring her what she wants for
Christmas. It certainly feels that way with one big exception. This celebration will last longer
than one morning.
The Glazer family are in the news yet again for all the wrong reasons as BBC Panorama has found
evidence exposing the Glazer family debt at Â£1.1bn which is some Â£400m more than previously
thought. After borrowing extensively against their suffering shopping malls in America, the
Glazier's hold as owners of Manchester United must surely be threatened as the recently quieted
green and gold protest led by MUST will surely gain more steam in the upcoming weeks and
The World Cup has stopped wars, launched dictators and broken hearts. The month-long quadrennial
soccer extravaganza can also reduce a nation's GDP: neither over-zealous victory parties nor
wallowing in defeatism do much for worker productivity.
Photographs of Liverpool's new away shirt have been leaked on the Internet ahead of the official
unveiling on Thursday.
The photographs confirm that Liverpool's new away jersey will be white with vertical pinstripes
in red, gold and black, running down the front and sleeves. The shirt features a v-neck collar, the
iconic Adidas three stripes down the sleeve and, overall, is a very sleek design.
We left the most anticipated to the end, with today's episode of the World Cup Buzz Podcast
breaking down Group C. In that group England is the seed, and they are joined by Algeria, Slovenia,
and a United States team that will look to conjure the same magic used on their last trip to South
The techie folks over at Electronic Arts have created a simulation of what the final score of
the England versus United States game may be.
It's set to the sounds and graphics of their 2010 FIFA World Cup game which was recently
released in stores. EA went ahead and performed simulations of all of the games in the World Cup
and found that the eventual winner of the tournament was Spain.
For some, the end of Rio Ferdinand's World Cup also sent a blast across the bows of English
hopes of winning the trophy. One of the squads truly great players being forced out simply weakens
the side is the consensus, but me I'm not so disillusioned by the news. Yes it's a blow and I feel
dreadfully sorry for Ferdinand, but thankfully, England have something as good as to fall back
Either Google (GOOG) is a very worldly company, they understand marketing or they have a lot of
die-hard soccer fans who work within their successful organization. Whatever the case, Google has
implemented a couple of interesting features to its search engine results.
World Cup fever has got it's abnormal hold on my mind, body and soul this week as Friday's
opening match approaches like a cold sweat in the night, (if only World Cup fever was an adequate
excuse to get out of work).Â Having awoke the previous two nights contemplating tactics and
potential match ups for the England v USA game,Â I remain tired but at least ready to make a
concrete prediction that England will win the match 2-0, better make that 3-0 if Bob Bradley starts
Where can you watch the World Cup if you're in the United States this summer? During previous
tournaments, the answer was pretty simple. But for the 2010 World Cup, the number of options to
follow the tournament is enormous and can be quite confusing.
So, here's our comprehensive guide and some tips on how you can experience each World Cup game
whether you're at home, at work or on the go.
It's time for the World Cup predictions, to determine which teams will advance from each of the
first round groups and which country will go on to win the biggest prize in world soccer â€” the
World Cup trophy.
Up until now, I've held off on providing my predictions namely because I wanted to wait unless
there were any last minute injury scares.
The deepest group in the tournament was made all the more interesting when injuries to Michael
Ballack and Michael Essien took the two biggest names out of Group D. On this episode of the World
Cup Buzz podcast, myself, Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer consider what the absences of
Ballack and Heiko Westermann do to Germany's chances to get out of a group that also features
Ghana, Serbia, and Australia.
For Scotland fans, there is one goal above all others than stands alone as a probably the best
goal they've ever scored in a World Cup. In fact, lets be honest, it's one of the best goals scored
by any team at a World Cup. It's certainly one of my favourite goals in the tournaments
The Molineux faithful can be pleased with the efforts of their team last season on returning to
the Premiership under Mick McCarthy. With plans afoot to increase the stadium to a 50,000 capacity,
things are looking brighter for Wolves across the board. Now, McCarthy has begun to strengthen the
side to continue progressing upwards and onwards.
Companies in the UK and in Latin America better ready themselves for a month of low attendance,
low productivity and low morale if they don't find a way to let employees view World Cup matches
this summer if a recent survey conducted by YouGov is to be believed. Â
The surveyÂ produced results from members of the work force in the UK, Mexico and Brazil and
showed just how willing employees were to miss work or watch matches on mobile devices while at
work as to not miss any action.
At the end of the 2003-4 season Liverpool had finished 4th in the Premier League and had not won
a trophy. It was to be Gerard Houllier's last year in charge and Liverpool began the search for a
new manager. At the end of the 2003-4 season Valencia had finished 1st in La Liga and won the UEFA
Argentina's turbulent qualifying ride is over, and now they look to be one of the stronger teams
at the World Cup. To look at the Albiceleste and their group â€“ which includes Greece, Nigeria,
and South Korea â€“ I was joined by Laurence McKenna and Kartik Kishnaiyer to break down each squad
and match and determine the two teams best situated to survive Group B.
Algeria's path to South Africa was nothing short of explosive. Their savage rivalry with Egypt
produced incredible displays of passion and shocking, barbaric violence. England's second group
opponents lost 2-0 to their bitter rivals in their last qualifying match, after seething Egyptian
fans pelted the Algerian's team bus with missiles.
Does Fox Soccer Channel have a time machine where they're able to go into the future to find out
the results of games, and then report back to present day to reveal the scores? Maybe not, but
currently running on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Soccer Plus is an advertisement promoting Fox
Soccer's new mobile app where they show USA losing to England.
When you think back to previous World Cup tournaments, what are the fondest memories of the
games you watched?Â For me, it were the ones I watched with friends and strangers.
Watching a World Cup on a giant TV screen with friends or strangers is a surreal experience.
Every moment in the game is heightened as you stand around practically praying that the ball finds
its way into the back of the net.
Simon Cowell's unofficial England World Cup song debuted last night on Britain's Got
Talent TV show. The song features Dizzee Rascal rapping and actor/comedian James Corden
singing the chorus, as they're both accompanied by flag waving England supporters onstage.
The song features a chorus from the Tears For Fears classic song, "Shout.
Just as the hype and excitement for the World Cup is building to a feverish pitch, over the last
two days we have had to read devastating headlines about star players (most of them Premier League
stalwarts or ex-EPL stars) going down to injury in exhibition warm-up matches.
Devastating because in the World Cup you want to see the best of the best out on the pitch, that
is what this tournament is about, it is what makes it so special.
What happens if you combine Star Wars with Adidas, Snoop Doggy Dogg, David Beckham, Ian Brown
from The Stone Roses and other famous musicians? It sounds like a surreal dream, but it's all here
in the TV commercial above.
When you think about it, both Star Wars (the original) and Adidas are icons of the 1970's, so
it's a perfect marriage of two brands that have stood the test of time.
On a day where two of the Premier League's brightest and most popular stars succumbed to various
knacks and knocks and subsequently exit the World Cup, another ofÂ the league's most popular
athletesÂ ascends into the captaincy of the England National team feelingÂ strangelyÂ like some
hand me down jacket worn by your older brother.
There can no be no denying that Rafael Benitez has done a good job at Liverpool. His ever
growing number of acolytes of the Liverpool persuasion would of course point to Istanbul, Cardiff,
Old Trafford and Fernando Torres. He further helped re-establish Liverpool as a European force who
could consistently challenge, if not for the Premier League, certainly for the Champions League
where his record is superb.
Many of us, whether we live here or are on vacation, will be in the United States this summer
when the World Cup is on. But which pubs, restaurants, sports bar or venues will you be attending
nearby to watch the game with tens or hundreds or thousands of sweaty soccer fans?
The problem is where can you find a comprehensive list of the venues that will be hosting World
Cup viewing parties â€” especially when a lot of the games are on when US venues haven't opened for
When Chelsea signed Michael Ballack as a free agent in the summer of 2006, it was regarded as a
coup. With both Manchester United and both Milan clubs apparently tracking the dynamic German
Midfielder, reports actually indicated a fear for Lampard's presence in the Chelsea midfield.
New photographs of the Manchester United home jersey for the 2010-11 season have been leaked on
Both images provide close-ups of what the new Man United home shirt looks like. The now familiar
retro look continues to grow on me. It's simple but beautiful. The traditional white collar is a
nice touch as well as the white stripe down the arms.
Brazil is one of the anointed co-favorites but are in the tritely dubbed Group of Death with
Cote d'Ivoire, North Korea and rival Portugal.
On this edition of the World Cpu Buzz podcast, Laurence McKeena, Kartik Krishnaiyer and myself
look at the Selecao and the rest of World Cup's Group G, discussing each team and breaking down the
group's six matches as we try to get an idea of which pair will move into the tournament's second
Liverpool fans swarmed Anfield on Thursday in protest against the removal of manager Rafa
Benitez and of the reckless ownership of two Americans, Tom Hicks and George Gillett. TheÂ story is
nothing new. Liverpool fans, spearheaded by the vocal Spirit of Shankly (SOS)Â Â supporters union,
have beenÂ adamantÂ in calls for new ownership for the past several months.
In one of the all time moments of counting chickens before they've hatched, Nike, in all their
brilliant ad campaignÂ glory have erected a giant rock billboard emulating Mount RushmoreÂ in
London featuring the faces of some of the key England players heading to South Africa. Only problem
is that one of those key faces happens to be Theo Walcott, who obviously isn't headed to the World
Liverpool has confirmed that Rafa Benitez is leaving the club by mutual consent.
"Rafa will forever be part of Liverpool folklore after bringing home the Champions League
following the epic final in Istanbul but after a disappointing season both parties felt a fresh
start would be best for all concerned," said Liverpool FC Chairman Martin Broughton.
Barney Ronay, author and football writer for The Guardian, sat down with Laurence
McKenna of EPL Talk recently for a one-on-one interview from the Guardian studos in London. Ronay
discusses several topics including his favorite football manager, his favorite football writer, how
he got into football journalism, what he did before he became a writer at The Guardian and much
Everton today launched their new away shirt for the 2010-11 season. And it's pink, yes pink.
Don't say we didn't warn you (we posted a sneak peek of the shirt last week).
Everton's new away jersey is described as "lightning pink" with a navy blue bar across the
chest. According to the club website, the shirt color "combination that has been designed to make
players more visible in their teammates' peripheral vision.
Despite winning their UEFA qualifying group, the defending world champions' Italy have failed to
impress since winning the 2006 World Cup. Many will point to history in warning against reading too
much into the Italian's results, while others will point to the squad's age as a reason to think a
different type of history will be made in South Africa.
So it seems the end is drawing close for Rafa Benitez at Anfield, with reports all over the
place pointing to the Liverpool owners offering Benitez Â£3 million to leave immediately. Quite
what has happened to bring Liverpool lurching in to another crisis so soon after the season has
ended is unsure, but for me, he's been under pressure ever since he guaranteed the club would
finish 4th back in January.
The folks at ESPN are holding good on their promises to bring unrivaled coverage stateside this
summer as the World Cup descends upon an eager nation. With HD television broadcasts on the ESPN
family of networks set to cover every one of the 64 matches throughout the tournament, unsatisfied
fans can now turn their eyes to multiple online platforms and are sure to get fat on ESPN's digital
As the 2010 World Cup approaches like a runaway train down a slick international track, a mob of
detractors and naysayers are queuing up a mile long to have their say against the legitimacy of
soccer in the USA and across the world. At times, the very purpose and existence of the World Cup
is unknown to naive and uneducated Americans (yes, believe it or not, there are unsuspecting
Americans who know nothing of what this tournament even is).
When I wrote a recent post entitled 8 Rules of World Cup â€˜Fight Club,' I encouraged soccer
fans to rise up, begin talking the World Cup up to non-believers and to stand firm against the
sports fans who laugh and joke at the sport we love.
South Africa as the seeded nation in Group A has created the most evenly-matched group in the
tournament, with the Bafana Bafana's home pitch advantage helping to mitigate the talent gap
between them and their other group mates: France, Mexico and Uruguay. On this edition of the World
Cup Buzz podcast, Laurence McKenna, Kartik Krishnaiyer and myself preview the group that starts
play on June 11, detailing each time and going match-by-match to determine which teams should
advance to the second round.
Perhaps this is a frivolous post, but with Theo Walcott shockingly omitted from Fabio Capello's
World Cup squad, the England national team are left with ZERO players from Arsenal traveling to
Sure, Arsenal FC will be well-represented in this year's tournament: William Gallas (France),
Robin van Persie (Holland), Niklas Bendtner (Denmark), Cesc Fabregas (Spain) to name a few.
Every country has its historic matches that will never be forgotten and England's rich World Cup
history provides many celebrated games. Say phrases like "1966 World Cup", "hand of God", "David
Beckham free kick", "Gazza", or "losing to penalties" to an England fan and watch his eyes light up
with pleasure or grief thinking about the matches that define the England National Team.
ESPN has unveiled their TV commercial for the England versus USA game which will be televised
live on ABC to an audience of millions in the United States.
Not surprisingly, the video features sounds and images that are very patriotic. While it's not
as good as some of the earlier ads that ESPN has created to drum up interest in the World Cup, it
definitely gives me goosebumps and prepares me for the biggest soccer match of the decade.
In time for the World Cup which kicks off on June 11, EPL Talk got its hands on a brand-new FLO
TV Personal Television. Our goal was to see whether it would be worthwhile for you, the readers,
especially for those of you who will be at work or on the road and unable to watch the World Cup
games on ESPN and ESPN2 during the tournament.
When soccer experts remember the United States beating England, they almost always refer back to
the 1950 World Cup when Joe Gaetjens got only the goal in the match to cause the biggest upset in
the history of the tournament when the States won 1-0 in Brazil.
But there was another day that many England fans try to forget.