Not quite as idealistic as Akira Kurosowa's Seven Samurai and not quite as stylish as John
Sturges Magnificent Seven, Manchester United's Super Seven are the ones expected to employ new
methods to restore traditional ways. Dynamic, fluid, classy, clinical and with a point to prove the
seven strikers on Manchester United's first team books have been assembled by Sir Alex Ferguson,
are expected to score goals and lead the club back to glory.
It probably doesn't matter that Clint Dempsey's now-famous daisy-cutter turned poor, hapless
Robert Green into the best football punchline since Titus Bramble.
See, even in the wake of the U.S.'s 1-1 draw vs. England at the 2010 World Cup, one of the few
solaces English fans probably still have is looking down their noses at the "Colonies" and sneering
at the Yankee approach to the game.
Rarely have I seen a player make such an impressive debut for a club than the one I saw
Wednesday night when Javier Hernandez came on as a second half substitute for Manchester United
against the MLS All Star team. I've seen him play for Mexico before, but all of his skills were
crystalized before my eyes in an incredible 30 minutes of action.
Sky+HD customers will soon have a new way to enjoy Premier League matches in the UKÂ from the
comfort of their own homes when the television giant launches Sky 3D in a few months. It was
announced today that the previously-only-available-in-pubs 3D channel will launch in homesÂ at the
beginning of October with the Ryder Cup as Europe's first 3D channel.
During the excellent world cup coverage on my home channel RTÃ‰, two ex-footballers decried the
rise in the defensive midfielder. Johnny Giles and Liam Brady are two certified legends of Irish
football both won multiple trophies at club level and Brady is currently the director of Arsenal's
famed youth system.
Chelsea will wear a fluorescent yellow third shirt during the 2010-11 season, according to a
Designed and manufactured by Adidas, the shirt features black trim and a very unique black line
that runs down the center of the new Chelsea third jersey. The last time Chelsea wore a fluorescent
shirt was during the 2007-2008 season when it was also bright yellow but featured a different trim
Stoke City has unveiled their new away jersey for the 2010-2011 Premier League season.
The shirt is designed and manufactured by Adidas. It's navy blue in color with sky blue trim.
And, in my opinion, it's miles better than last year's away kit which was black with red trim. The
new Stoke City away shirt is shown in the above picture featuring Ryan Shawcross.
Mexican new boy Javier Hernandez joined up with his new team as Manchester United continued
their American exploits, this time in Houston, Texas as the MLS All Stars stood in wait. Sir Alex
elected for another young squad with old boy Ryan Giggs thrown in for good measure. An impressive
and packed crowd of 70,000+ watched on from Reliant stadium for the annual event.
With news out that Harry Redknapp launched a bid to sign West Ham skipper Scott Parker it leaves
us wondering whether or not he would actually improve the Spurs squad.
Tottenham will be hoping to secure a Champions League group stage place and for another
successful Premier League campaign this season and Parker is not a player many would have expected
them to be chasing this summer.
One of the many things I loved about the 2010 World Cup, other than the soccer on the pitch, was
getting together with friends and strangers to watch the games at local bars and restaurants.
During a Premier League season, the closest bar to me that's open for the early kick-offs on a
weekend is at least 45 minutes away, so I tend to watch the vast majority of games at home.
Fox Soccer Channel HD is expected to launch on DirecTV on August 11, sources confirmed to EPL
Talk on Tuesday.
It's been a long and anxious time for soccer fans in the United States who have been waiting for
news regarding the announcement. Fox Soccer Channel HD began broadcasting in HD in late January and
then originally launched on DISH Network in early February.
GolTV announced its schedule for the live matches featuring Arsenal, AC Milan, Celtic and Lyon
who will all be competing in the 2010 Emirates Cup, which will be televised live on GolTV in both
SD and, where available, HD.
The schedule of games that will be televised on GolTV is as follows:
I recently had the chance to watch Pelada, a remarkable soccer documentary that follows two
Americans on a journey around the world in pursuit of pick-up games. It's a simple premise, but the
experiences and people they encounter around the globe are wonderful to watch. If you consider
yourself a soccer fan, this is one documentary that you must seek out.
As Premier League football fans languish in the desert of meaningful matches and as we've now
reached a sort of middle point between the end of the World Cup and the beginning of the Premier
League season, I can't help but to wonder if soccer grew, stayed about the same, or took a small
step backward in the US this summer.
Manchester United are becoming â€˜ze Germans' of club football. Regardless of their squad's
supposed weaknesses, debt-worries or the omens of bad form, United are always there-or-thereabouts
when it comes to the title. This season shall prove to be no different. Sir Alex Ferguson is the
longest serving in the Premier League for a reason; he continually puts out excellent teams rotated
amongst an excellent squad.
Poor Roy Hodgson has had the pleasant task of informing the public that Fernando Torres is more
than just a little iffy about staying with Liverpool. He seems to have washed his hands of the
guilt a la Pontius Pilate. Hodgson emerged from talks with Torres saying, "Unfortunately, I cannot
do much more," Hodgson confessed.
This summer we've seen how several Premier League clubs have unveiled football kits for the new
season that are inspired by retro designs from yesteryear. Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur,
Arsenal and West Ham United, just to name a few.Â But when you think about it, are clubs peddling
retro to sell more than just football shirts?
How accurate are the FIFA rankings? With the recent update of the rankings and England, to the
surprise of many, moving up to seventh and Uruguay slotting in ten places up to sixth, are they an
When first introduced in 1992, the rankings were not taken seriously.
Having reported on United's earlier stop in Philadelphia last week to mixed results, I feel the
need to continue my so called â€˜following' of the club as they continue their trek across America
before ending it in Mexico.
Don't call this a match report or match analysis, outside circumstances kept me from devoting
the time and attention needed to thoroughly dissect United's or Kansas City's performance, I wasn't
able to view the match in it's entirety.
All Manchester City fans were expecting a busy summer at Eastlands and while they have brought
in Â£75 million pounds worth of talent, the players that have arrived will not spark fear into
Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal.
City have added David Silva, Yaya Toure, Jerome Boateng and most recently left back Aleksander
Kolarov to their already impressive squad but it is not the statement of intent many including
myself were expecting.
Remember the good old days when there was a summer break of a month or two between the end of
the English football season and the start of the new one? For me, the summer break was synonymous
with following cricket matches, Wimbledon and monotonous days of no soccer news on Sky Sports News
for what seemed like weeks.
With the departure of longtime club favourite Rafael Benitez, a lack of Champions League
football and a hard rebuilding job with minimum cash influx in front of Roy Hodgson, it's indeed a
tough time to be a Liverpool fan as the decisions taken by Hodgson, Purslow and Broughton might go
on to define the club for the foreseeable future.
The World Cup in 2010 will go down in history for a few things. Vuvuzela's, The first World Cup
in Africa, England's abysmal showing, Germany's bright future, Netherlands awful tactics and the
Spanish proving they are the best side in the world. Yet one other event for me outshone them
Ever since Blackpool won promotion in that pulsating Championship Play-Off Final back in May,
things have been a little quiet in the North West. Even Ian Holloway, the manager who is known and
loved for his bizarre and occasionally weird post match comments has been a little shy. There is no
doubt that everyone involved in the club is so excited for the new season regardless of the sniping
of footballs elite.
After the disastrous conclusion to the 2008-09 season saw Newcastle fall in to the Championship,
the only conclusion they wanted to last season was promotion. No other result was acceptable and
the club cantered over the finish line as April began. A complete reversal of fortune from the
doldrums the club went through prior to its relegation, The Magpies breezed to the title in
Fox Soccer Channel's weekly soccer call-in program Fox Football Fone-In has been
canceled according to theÂ Beyond The Pitch podcast.
The show originally began in 2004 as Fox Football Friday, but since then it has changed
almost everything including hosts, formats, days of the week, name of the show, sets, co-hosts and
more in the hopes of developing a winning formula that would generate decent viewing audience
Everyone loves the underdog. However, when the underdog becomes the richest club in the
world...not so much love. Yet at one point, every club that now holds a major position in world
football has received massive financial support. How do Manchester United and Real Madrid
continually grace the ranks of top flight football?
It's definitely a pleasure to have two of the top teams from the Premier League in New York this
weekend to compete in a friendly tournament. So many times in the past, the States have gotten
passed up as clubs traveled to Asia. Now, this summer is our turn with a handful of English clubs
touring the United States.
Weeks from now, the opening game of the 2010 Barclays New York Challenge will have faded from
most people's memories when the regular season kicks off. It wasn't a particularly exciting game,
and Spurs looked lethargic and out of ideas for large portions of the game. However, the match
between Tottenham Hotspur and New York Red Bulls should be remembered for another reason: a massive
technological breakthrough which could have a dramatic impact on how we watch the sport for years
Twenty more days of wait and once again, we will kick off another season of Premiership
football. This time around though, there is a buzz around England as the fans feel that there are
six clubs, namely Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs and Manchester City,
competing for the Premier League title.
Another trailer has been released to promote Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 (PES 2011). Whether
you've played PES before or not, you may want to take a look at this video to see how the graphics
and playability have seemingly improved.
Wednesday night, the Philadelphia Union hosted Manchester United at Lincoln Financial Field in
Pennsylvania. I am a Manchester United fan, and ever since my first trip to Old Trafford last
November, I am making it a point to see them live at least twice a year any way I can. Luckily for
me, they decided to tour North America this summer.
I realize that Bolton's football ground is named Reebok Stadium, but it's about time that the
lamb be put to slaughter and for Bolton, if at all possible, to move away from Reebok. Reason being
is that their football kit designs just seem to one failed experiment after another.
Enter the next piece of evidence which is Bolton's away jersey for the 2010-11 season which is
blue, but in some lights, looks purple.
So it's come to this, a once-great European side reduced to selling their best players and
bringing in a crocked creative midfielder? This isn't going to be Inter Milan's best year. Wait,
that was last year, it's Liverpool this time.
When it comes to Liverpool you're guaranteed two things; Drama and impassioned fans.
Manchester City are continuing to flex their muscles in the transfer market with another massive
signing looking set to join the club shortly. Aston Villa has confirmed that Milner has asked to
leave them to join Manchester City and the club have agreed as long as City can match the
So it's official, Martin Jol will not be leaving the Dutch giants of Ajax to take over at Craven
Cottage. Despite Fulham's courting of the likable Jol, Ajax's chief executive Rick van den Boog
flew back to deal with the situation. Jol had agreed a contract in principle but after discussions,
decided to stay in Amsterdam.
Sky Sports often make a fool of themselves by hyping their own programming to such an extent
that they can hardly ever live up to their promises. But, they recently released a new promo in the
United Kingdom which caught my eye because it's extremely well done, irreverent, creative and
conjures up great memories of childhood.
This evening, the Barclays New York Challenge kicks off when New York Red Bulls plays Tottenham
Hotspur in the first game of the tournament (8:30pm ET). In the United States, the game is being
televised by Fox Soccer Channel, but it'll also be available on FoxSoccer.tv and, for the first
time ever, it'll be available (legally) on Veetle, a video streaming site.
West Ham United has unveiled their new home shirt for the 2010/11 season.
Designed and manufactured by Macron, the shirt is a combination of retro and modern. It features
a retro turn-down collar, as well as the Hammers symbol both at the bottom of the collar and on the
Having experienced a DVR mental lapse when it came to United's first stop on their American tour
v Celtic, I finally got the opportunity to see Manchester United take on Philadelphia Union of MLS
in a pretty entertaining friendly match Wednesday evening.
Sir Alex Ferguson elected to start an attacking 4-3-3 with Danny Welbeck, Federico Macheda and
Gabriel Obertan up topÂ that played out slightly more like a 4-4-2 when Obertan would drop back
deeper to defend when the Union enjoyed long spells of possession.
Sometimes we pick soccer teams. Sometimes soccer teams pick us. But no matter how you came to
support your favorite Premier League club, consider this for a second: What if you were reborn and
you had to pick a different team than the one you support now? Who would you switch your
allegiances to and why?
While I do not always agree with UEFA President Michel Platini, like his proposals for wage caps
and vendetta against the big-spending Premier League, the Frenchman has been spot on in
implementing more referee assistants on the pitch.
Platini was massive in introducing extra assistants to aid the referee in last season's Europa
As of press time, eight Premier League clubs have taken the precautionary step to ban the
controversial vuvuzela still a few weeks until the domestic league starts.
Other clubs such as Chelsea, Manchester City and Blackpool have openly spoken of their
intentions to not ban the plastic South African horns and to leave it up to their supporters
regarding whether or not they wish to bring them to matches.
Derek Rae, one of the most talented US-based soccer commentators, will call his last game for
ESPN US next week before he heads to the United Kingdom to work for ESPN UK.
Rae will be the ESPN UK's main commentator for the Scottish Premier League, where ESPN UK will
air 30 SPL games from the 2010-11 season, beginning on August 15 for Europa League qualifiers
Motherwell against Hibernian.
The arrival of Joe Cole to Anfield has reportedly convinced Steven Gerrard to remain with
"He [Cole] has proved his ability over many years, sometimes against us â€“ so it'll be
fantastic to play alongside him in a red shirt for Liverpool," said Gerrard, who returned to
training on Monday following a post-World Cup vacation.
I was born and bred in Great Britain and lived there until I was fourteen and then moved to the
United States. During those impressionable years growing up in Wales, the sports that were thrust
upon me were soccer, rugby, tennis and cricket.
After I moved to the States in 1984, the first time I played basketball was during my first PE
class in high school.
With a few weeks perspective after another predictable and disappointing quad-annual collapse by
the latest version of England's best-team-in-a-generation, the FA is starting to weigh in.Â In
article published yesterday in the Mirror, the FA revealed its new strategy â€“ groom an English
coach to take over for Fabio Capello in two years, bring a few more youngsters into the team and
look at the way the Spanish national team trains.
Wigan Athletic has launched their new home jersey for the 2010-11 season. And they've done it
again. Whenever you feel that soccer shirt designs are getting better across the league, you can
always rely on Wigan Athletic to bring you back down to earth again with a shirt design that is
The one thing that the preseason friendlies have revealed to me thus far is the enormous drop
off in talent between the commentary teams that we were spoilt with during the World Cup to the
B-level of talent we witnessed during the Man United vs Celtic (Glenn Davis and Kyle Martino) and
San Jose Earthquakes vs Tottenham Hotspur (Rob Stone and Taylor Twellman) games.
In what could easily be the transfer of the summer, 21 year old German wunderkid Mesut Ozil
could be Premier League bound if the right price and right club come a'calling. Ozil, currently in
the Bundesliga at Werder Bremen, has a current contract that expires at the end of the 2010-2011
When judging the best and worst designs of shirts for Premier League clubs each summer, we
generally wait until we see the ones from Wigan since they're usually some of the worst. But while
Wigan has changed their shirt manufacturers again, we've run out of patience with the Latics and
bring you my verdict on the best and worst Premier League shirt designs for the 2010-11 season.
Liverpool have won the rights to Joe Cole on a free transfer after the English midfielder parted
ways with Chelsea this spring.
Cole, 28, has agreed to a Â£90,000 a week contract with Anfield pending the passing of a
physical, according to ESPN Soccernet. Arsenal and Tottenham were also interested in the services
of Cole, who struggled for playing at Samford Bridge under Carlo Ancelotti.
In a quite odd turn of events, former Italy captain and World Cup 2006 winner Fabio Cannavaro
believes John Terry is soon likely to face the ax when next Fabio Capello calls upon players for
Euro 2012 qualifiers. In a recent interview with the Daily Star Sunday, Cannavaro spoke
openly about John Terry and how not to â€˜cross' Capello, or stand in line to suffer the
My first professional game I ever attended was a mid-week night game on a cold night in Wales.
The floodlights could be seen from miles away and they seemed to light up the pitch and turn the
color of the grass into a different shade of green.
Throughout the years, I've seen plenty of professional games in person whether they've been late
at night, early afternoon or a late afternoon kick-off.
There's a lot to love about Blackpool Football Club. The team that very few people thought would
get promoted to the Premier League overcame all odds thanks to the management of Ian Holloway. And
they got promoted by playing a good brand of football. They were one of the few teams in the
Championship to play a very attacking style.
It's a bizarre story. First, in May, before the World Cup kicked off, Fabio Capello along with a
man named Chicco Merighi launched the Capello Index, an objective system that measures and
evaluates the performances of players. But after the news broke of the ratings system, many people
thought it would be in poor taste to have the rankings system running during the World Cup.
After a return to the summit of the Premier League and retaining their FA cup, Chelsea enjoyed a
successful season. The bitter sting of being Mourinho'd out of the Champions league was quelled as
Chelsea put that set-back behind and pressed their advantage home for the Premier League
Every once in a while I come across a unique video that I feel would be worth sharing with you,
my readers. And here's one. It's the 1977 European Super Cup between Liverpool, holders of the
European Cup (the precursor to the Champions League) at the time against the holders of the
European Cup Winner's Cup, Hamburg.
The American sporting public, still high Â on a sucessful World Cup, has turned it's attention
towards its biggest star and his plans for the future. Landon Donovan, now the most famous American
soccer player of all time thanks to his dramatic goal against Algeria, is currently the captain of
It's no longer new news, but England will now be without their second or third choice striker
Emile Heskey as he's recently announced his retirement from international football. But my question
to you the readers of EPL Talk is: will he be missed?
By examining Heskey's numbers one will find that he's had a respectable run of service with the
England national team appearing 62 times yet has returned a poor goal scoring record having netted
With the World Cup still fresh in our memories, it's good to know that we didn't have to wait
long to get our fix of international soccer now that several Premier League sides are currently in
America training in preparation for the new season which begins on August 14.
Wednesday night marked the first friendly by a Premier League team this summer when
Bolton Wanderers beat Charlotte Eagles 3-0 in North Carolina.
English footballer Emile Heskey did the noble thing this week by announcing his retirement from
international football. Despite lots of criticism, Heskey was a stalwart for England, making 62
appearances for his country between 1999 and 2010 and contributing a large number of assists and
Here is a preview photo of the new Tottenham Hotspur kits which will be worn in the Premier
League this upcoming season.Â The sponsor here, Autonomy, is an enterprise software company based
in the UK.Â However, in a departure for English clubs, Autonomy has a sponsorship deal for Premier
League jerseys only, and Spurs have yet to announce a sponsor for Cup/European competiton.
Chelsea has officially unveiled their away jersey for the 2010-11 season. And boy is it
We first saw leaked pictures of Chelsea's away shirt yesterday. And while we weren't sure 100%
whether the pictures were real or not, we got confirmation today that they are. The shirt colors
remind me of a popular (but disgusting to taste) chocolate treat in the United Kingdom called
Terry's Chocolate Orange.
Manchester United played a training session Wednesday in Chicago that was open to the public.
And we had EPL Talk photographer Christian Doellner on hand to capture some brilliant pictures of
what happened on the pitch at Toyota Park.
Players including Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Edwin van der Sar and others trained for
approximately one hour in front of a few thousand spectators.
It seems as if all the whining and whinging to the FA hasn't fallen on deaf ears as a proposal
to the FAÂ concerning a winter break is slowly gaining steam within the game. Eliminating FA Cup
replays is just one of a few ideas that could see a vital winter break implemented in the future, a
break that could go a long way in benefiting the England team in years where a major tournament
follows in the summer.
Ex-Arsenal hitman Thierry Henry has switched to the MLS to play with the New York Red Bulls from
Barcelona on a multi year contract. The 32 year old has become out of favour at the Nou Camp and
makes the switch to America after three years at Barcelona.
A statement from the Red Bulls said Henry was expected to make his debut on 22nd July against
Tottenham at Red Bull Arena for the Barclays New York Challenge.
Spanish national team winger David Silva's long suspected departure from Valencia to Manchester
City is now official, bolstering City's hopes for Champion's League qualification during the
Silva signed his contract on Wednesday, after completing a mandatory physical.
In the â€˜oh, you don't say' moment of the weeks following the end of the 2010 FIFA
World Cup, former England captain David Beckham, in a Yahoo! webchat on Wednesday,Â has openly
admitted that the players in the England squad need to take full responsibility for England's poor
During the 2010 World Cup, EPL Talk registered its best month ever in terms of web traffic. On
behalf of EPL Talk, I'd like to thank you, the readers, for your continued patronage, as well as
the continued excellence shown by all of the EPL Talk bloggers (and podcasters) who have worked
diligently to produce thought-provoking articles.
The 2010 World Cup will be remembered for some terrible open goal misses (Nigeria's Yakubu as
the most blatant example) as well as some horrific goalkeeper mishaps especially during the group
stage of the tournament (Robert Green, cough cough). But it will also be remembered for some
glorious goals and stupendous saves.
Photographs of what appears to be Chelsea's new away jersey for the 2010-11 season have been
leaked on the Internet.
The images of Chelsea's new away shirt feature a black top with gold trim. Designed and
manufactured by Adidas, the new Chelsea away jersey features a tartan-like design on the shirt
which is slightly consistent with the design of Chelsea's third jersey for the 2010-11 season.
This may well be the first time that you hear Bobby Goldsboro talked about in the football
column and it will almost certainly the last. Bobby, you may or may not recall is a singer who had
a few hits in the 60s and 70s, one of which, "Summer (The First Time)," is a song which told the
story of how a seventeen year-old boy is seduced by an older woman â€“ a mere 32, mind â€“ on a hot
On the final episode of the World Cup Buzz Podcast this week, analyst Laurence McKenna mentioned
how he was looking forward to the World Cup video montages that are often created and distributed
on YouTube. While more will be certainly be released in the coming days, I've found three which I
think you'll enjoy.
If you've got 10 minutes to spare, you can watch this one video which features every single goal
scored in the 2010 World Cup in chronological order from Siphiwe TshabalalaÂ for South Africa all
the way to Andres Iniesta of Spain.
The music that accompanies the track is an unknown SID tune composed on a Commodore 64
It continues to amaze me in my adult life how I continually look forward to a trip, a concert,
an event, a night out with friends, a movie release,Â or something as globally massive as a major
sporting tournament, only for said event to come and vanquish like some flash in the
The 2010 World Cup Final set a new record for the most watched soccer game in U.S. history
Sunday when 24.3 million people watched the Spain versus Netherlands game on ABC and Univision,
according to Nielsen.
Univision drew 8.821 million viewers, while ABC drew 15.45 million viewers according to Nielsen
Sunderland has unveiled their new home jersey for the 2010-11 season.
With some designs, it makes you wonder how much shirt manufacturers can change the home jersey.
With Sunderland, the design of the shirt is so locked down in terms of red and white stripes that
there isn't a lot of creative license available to do anything different.
West Bromwich Albion and Umbro have unveiled the club's new home and away jerseys for the
Before we get to the shirts, I do want to mention that it's unfortunate that West Brom has such
a poor commercial department. If you remember the last time West Bromwich Albion were in the
Premier League, during the 2008-2009 season, they went the entire season without having a shirt
Inter Milan bad boy Mario Balotelli is happy to be rumoured with a move to Manchester, after
interest from both Man United and Man City. The 19 year old is one of Italy's hottest prospects,
but after disciplinary troubles at the Serie A champions, Balotelli is being shown the exit
While everyone is compiling and publishing lists of the best eleven or best 23 man roster of the
2010 World Cup tournament, I have a question for you. What if you compiled a list of the eleven
worst players from World Cup 2010? Or even a 23 man roster featuring the players who were the worst
performers in South Africa?
New pretenders emerged in the likes of Germany's Jerome Boetang and Mexico's Javier Hernandez in
South Africa. However, the likes of Wayne Rooney, Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka faltered as
their nation's endured dissapointing, early exits. Dirk Kuyt was a creative hub in the wheels of
Holland's charge to the final, and let's not forget the sprited, productive turn outs from Ghana's
Kevin-Prince Boateng, who looks like he could leave doomed Portsmouth for a top flight club
The 2010 World Cup is over and while it was definitely not the best tournament of all time,
there were plenty of highs and lows. In fact, I would argue that it was a better tournament than
2006. The frenzy at the end of games such as Uruguay against Holland, Ghana against Uruguay and
Italy and Slovakia are just a few examples of how exciting the World Cup was.
He may have awarded 14 yellow cards and 1 red, which realistically could have been more, but I
believe Howard Webb deserves a fair bit of credit for his performance in the World Cup final.
Currently, Webb is facing a decent amount of criticism from both the Dutch and Spanish sides, media
types and football fans world wide.
When Iker Casillas raised the World Cup high in the Johannesburg sky and the streamers and
cheers rocketed around the Soccer City Stadium, the English public set down their suppers and dug
out the replica shirts and scarfs they had hidden away for a month and anticipated pre-season.
We wake up this morning to the reality that the 2010 World Cup is over. Four years is a long
time to wait until the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. But fortunately there is plenty of soccer in store
for us in the coming days to weeks. Specifically:
Goal Keeper: Manuel Neuer: Winner of the Tallest Dwarf award. Very few keepers
merely had good tournaments let alone great ones. Neuer is my choice because he didn't make any
mistakes and for a young keeper was composed on the biggest of stages.
Spain has won their first world title, a 116th minute goal from Andres Iniesta giving the
European Champions the 2010 World Cup with a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands. It was a match
defined by missed opportunities and aggressive play, with the Dutch taking their newfound
pragmatism to unexpected levels.
Congratulations to Spain on winning the 2010 World Cup after beating Netherlands 1-0 in extra
time after a goal by Andres Iniesta.
Here are photographs from this historic day in World Cup history where Spain has won the World
Cup for their first time and where they are current holders on both the World Cup and European
How did Spain and the Netherlands come to be in the final? How can this be?Â These are
my two favorite National teams to watch (after the USA, of course). These areÂ surely the two
greatestÂ footballing countries to have never won a World Cup.Â Okay, yes:Â I predictedÂ
these two would be in the finalÂ in my bracket predictor (and consequently IÂ am on the verge of
winning $200 inÂ my group's pool), but I honestly didn't think these two sides would both be there
in the end.
As the World Cup wraps up today with a weary and melancholy sigh, a large group of soccer fans
in the US begin again their patient wait for any news concerning the addition of Fox Soccer Channel
HD to their respective platforms.
DirecTV, one of the nation's largest satellite providers has let down it's rabid soccer fan base
for the last half year as rivals DISH Network have picked up the HD feed and has made the essential
channel easily available to customers since Feb.
Franklin Foer is the latest guest on the EPL Talk Podcast.
Interviewed by Kartik Krishnaiyer, Foer is the editor of The New Republic and one of the top
scholars on soccer in the United States. He's best known in soccer circles for his book on soccer
and globalization entitled How Soccer Explains The World.
A World Cup Final is one of mixed emotions. Elation at the prospect of watching a game between
the two best teams in a tournament. Depression at the thought that after the last kick is made, we
have to wait another four years before the tournament begins again. It's far too long of a
On the weekend of the World Cup final and the (only) slightly interesting third place game, my
mind can't help but to think forward a few more days until the transfer rumors coupled with over
inflated transfer fees start to blast off from the Internet like the Millenium Falcon did
out of Mos Eisley space station all those galaxies ago.
If you've been listening to the daily World Cup Buzz Podcast since it debuted in mid May, you'll
know how frustrated Richard, Laurence and Kartik have been with the performance by the Netherlands
team. And I echo the same concerns. The team has achieved so much to get to the final and has shown
flashes of brilliance along the way, but it's not the type of Dutch team that is going to win games
in a beautiful manner.
To celebrate the beautiful game, Nike recently unveiled "Ball Man" â€“ a giant 21 meter high
footballer made from 5,500 skills balls and weighing more than 4.5 tons suspended from the atrium
of the landmark Carlton Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Ball Man was developed using a 3-D image of an athlete and then aligning each of the 5,500
skills balls to create the giant spectacle that dominates the atrium space.
UEFA president Michel Platini has been released from hospital and is expected to attend
tomorrow's World Cup final between Spain and Holland in Johannesburg. Platini was taken to hospital
on Friday night, after collapsing in a restaurant. Early reports indicated a heart attack was the
cause for Platini's collapse, but he had actually been suffering from the flu for a few days.
And finally, the World Cup Final has arrived. Who are the cast of Special 1 Tv backing in the
big game? A celebrity caller may have the answer. What next for Sven and how long can Mr Capello
dodge the bullet? All the answers are here in this, the final World Cup episode of Special1 TV.
It's time to get introspective and to think back to the entire World Cup tournament thus far and
to ask you to pick out your favorite moment. It could have been a goal, it could have been a save,
it could be anything World Cup 2010 related.
This is a tricky question because there have been so many wonderful moments.
It's no longer new news, but it seems poor old Owen HargreavesÂ just can't seem to get his knee
problems sorted out as he facesÂ YET ANOTHERÂ setback in hopes he'll soon reach full match fitness.
What an incredibly psychologically taxing situation Hargreaves must be facing as he continually is
forced to pick himself up off the ground and start over again as the footballing world seems to
pass him by in the rear view.
If you live in South Florida and you're looking for somewhere to watch the World Cup Final,
Wowies Sports Grill in Boca Raton is the place to be. The modern sports bar will be televising the
final between Spain and Netherlands live on Sunday at 2:30pm. Plus,Â Wowies will also be showing
the Third Place Playoff Final between Uruguay and Germany on Saturday at 2:30pm.
A new World Cup champion will be crowned on Sunday when European Champions' Spain face
three-time finalists, the Netherlands. Before that, Germany and Uruguay will meet to contest the
third place match in Port Elizabeth. To discuss those two matches, I was joined by Laurence McKenna
and Kartik Krishnaiyer on this edition of the World Cup Buzz Podcast.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has announced that Owen Hargreaves will miss the start
of the upcoming season, due to another setback in his long running battle with his knee problems.
The midfielder has to fly out to America to see knee specialist Dr. Richard Steadman. The 29 year
old was due to fly to Chicago to be with his Man United team mates on their summer tour of America,
but he will stay in the hands of Dr.
When Martin Tyler and co-commentator Efan Ekoku did their preparation work for the 2010 World
Cup, one thing they definitely didn't study was the national anthem of Spain. Not that we expect
them to, but when Efan Ekoku was sharing his analysis during Wednesday's World Cup semi-final
between Germany and Spain, he committed a minor flub.
These are rough times. England football supporters are destitute of any hope. They're tired,
ragged and in need of your support to get through this difficult period. Any help you can provide
will be appreciated greatly. This is their hour of need. Thank you in advance for your
In the current headlines, crazed madman Raoul Moat has been the cause of a major police hunt in
Northumbria. A different RM is copying the Metropolitan Police by hunting for something, only this
time, Roberto Mancini is on the hunt to bring success to the City of Manchester Stadium for the
first time in 34 years.
As focus on the World Cup soon gives way to the silly season, a plethora of rumors on which
players may or may not be leaving or joining new clubs are sure to hit the Internet in abundance in
the nextÂ four weeks. If you're new to football, sit back, relax and enjoy the entertainment that's
sure to come before the European domestic leagues pick back up in mid August.
It just seems to make sense to use the whole thing
In a word, extremely.
While many things that were once considered standard are looking out of place in the modern
game, such as the 4-4-2, one that is still firmly relevant is the idea of an English winger,
someone that runs out wide and makes opposition fullbacks miserable, thus using more of the pitch
and opening space up in the middle.
As I sat watching the opening minutes of Wednesday's World Cup semi final between Spain and
Germany, easily two of the top five teams in the world battling on the biggest stage in world
football, I quickly noticed a trend within the match that may go on to answer the question posed as
the headline of this article.
20 year old midfielder Dan Gosling has left Everton on a free transfer, after rejecting a new
deal offered by the club. Everton are not entitled to a fee for the midfielder, so any club
interested in the England under 21 star will just have to agree a contract with him.
Everton had thought that Gosling was ready to accept their improved deal, which the club said
was a generous one, but Gosling wanted improved chances of first team football and felt that
Everton could not offer him that in his preferred role of central midfield.
Sorry traditionalists, but it's time for FIFA to abandon the Third Place Play-Off Game at future
World Cup tournaments.
The concept of pitting the two losing semi-finalists against each other to determine who gets
the bronze medal is an antiquated idea. Not only is it an idea from the past that has long outlived
its use, but it's also a waste of time for everyone involved from the players â€“ who don't want to
get injured and don't really care about winning â€“ to the fans â€“ who are not really interested
in the game â€“ and to FIFA, who only presumably carry on the tradition in hopes of carving out
more revenue to add to their stockpile of cash.
Perfection is almost impossible to attain, but given ESPN's performance during the 2010 World
Cup, they've come as close as any TV network can get. Commentators, production value, some of the
best analysts and beautiful HD broadcasts,Â it's hard to imagine any network being able to outdo
the level of quality that ESPN has provided viewers in the United States.
Spain is through to their first World Cup final, keeping a clean sheet against the powerful
Germans, advancing to Sunday's final with a 1-0 victory. To talk about the match, I am joined by
Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer for this edition of the World Cup Buzz Podcast.
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The final of the 2010 World Cup is set. After Spain defeated Germany 1-0 in the World Cup
semi-final Wednesday, we now know that there'll be a brand-new country to add to the list of the
select group who have won the most prestigious soccer tournament in the world.
24 year old French defender Laurent Koscielny has sealed a switch from Lorient to Arsenal on an
undisclosed fee. The centre back has agreed a â€˜long term deal', but there has been no news on how
long his contract is.
Koscielny has been brought in to try and shore up Arsenal's defence and is seen as an ideal
replacement for William Gallas and Sol Campbell, after the defenders were not offered new deals by
the North London club.
West Ham United has released a sneak-peek of their new away shirt which will be officially
The new away West Ham United shirt is white with claret and blue trim (see above picture).
Designed and manufactured by Macron, the Italian shirt manufacturer has agreed a deal to provide
West Ham United kits for the next three seasons.
After Sunday's World Cup Final, many soccer fans will be jonesing for more games to watch before
the Premier League season kicks off again on August 14. But thankfully, there are quite a few
summer preseason friendlies featuring European teams that you'll be able to watch on US
Wesley Sneijder has been one of the most impressive players at the World Cup in South Africa,
with his performances putting Holland into the World Cup final for the first time since 1974. Now,
Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has announced that Manchester United have been in touch with
a serious interest in the 26 year old playmaker.
Through some fortuitous timing on my part, and the benevolence of my wonderful wife, I was able
to spend a large part of our recent honeymoon in South Africa...for the 2010 World Cup! Â Since
arriving back Stateside, I've attempted to settle back into a life devoid of 24/7 football and the
sweet hum of the vuvuzela.
The great thing about football is that it is a never-ending soap opera. One tournament draws to
a conclusion and it's not long before another begins. In a little over a week, the Under 19s
European Championship gets underway with England playing a potentially tough trio of Austria,
Holland and France and in around seven weeks, the senior side will begin their own European
campaign towards 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.
The Netherlands is through to its first final since 1978 after defeating Uruguay 3-2, sending
Uruguay to Saturday's third place match while the Netherlands play Sunday in Johnnesburg. To talk
about Tuesday's semifinal and preview Wednesday's match, I was joined by Laurence McKenna for this
edition of the World Cup Buzz Podcast.
The starting XI for the England U21's 2-0 victory over Spain in the 2009 Euro Championship
With one of the two World Cup finalists now set for this coming Sunday, England fans will now
get the distinct pleasure of picking another European rival to root for as the brilliant Orange
face either Spain or Germany for the 2010 accolades.
There was something about the game between Uruguay and Netherlands that was sublime. And it
wasn't just the goals â€“ even though all five were glorious. It was the way that both teams played
their hearts out and the incredible ending where it seemed that the injury time kept on running and
that the final whistle would never be heard.
Tottenham Hotspur against Manchester City will kick off the Premier League TV coverage for
soccer fans worldwide and in the United States on ESPN2 beginning with the new 2010-11 season on
Saturday, August 14.
And now that the Premier League has announced many of the games which will be moved from the
traditional 10am ET timeslot, we have a very good idea which games will be on what channels for
viewers in the United States.
The former police officer from Rotherham, Howard Webb, has been one of 10 referees detained in
South Africa by FIFA, so they can decide which officiating team will be part of the World Cup
final. Webb and his two officials, Darren Cann and Michael Mullarkey, have been kept in South
Africa and are awaiting FIFA's decision.
Barcelona splashed out on David Villa already this summer, tempting the hotshot Spaniard into
the Camp Nou for Â£34.2 million. However, new president Sandro Rosell hasn't finished there and he
now plans a raid on Arsenal's captain Cesc Fabregas.
Fabregas was on the Barca books until the age of 16, when he left to join the Gunners.
One of the things about the World Cup is that it puts the sport into perspective. With 64 games
in one month, it's easy to get a cross-section of where a country is. How well it's doing relative
to the other teams in the tournament. What the level of officiating is. And what improvements are
The Dutch prepare for their World Cup semi, how will you prepare for life after the World
Having returned home after two days away celebrating the 4th of July with family and friends, I
find my humble abode in it's normal state of comfort, totally empty of anything resembling normal
nourishment, and not a soccer match to be found here, there or anywhere.
World Cup 2010 is down to four teams, two of which play on Tuesday in the tournament's first
semifinal. Uruguay, the surprise of the tournament, takes on a Netherlands team coming off their
victory over the competition's favorites.
To talk about that match as well as answer some of the feedback we got from our Luis SuÃ¡rez
discussion, I welcome Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna to this edition of the World Cup Buzz
At the start of the World Cup, if anybody had pitted these two together at the semi-final stage,
you would have been severely down in most people's estimations. The Uruguayans were tipped to
finish third behind perennial powerhouses France and the hosts South Africa, so they wouldn't have
had the chance to take on Holland.
With less than a week to go before the World Cup ends, the cast of characters on Special1 TV are
out of the World Cup. Fabio Capello and Wayne Rooney went home with their heads down. Sven had an
early exit courtesy of Ivory Coast. But they're all back on Special 1 TV in what I feel is their
best episode yet on BBC 3.
If you haven't gotten the Panini World Cup sticker fever yet, there's still time. While we have
several days this week with no World Cup games, it's perfect timing to catch up on either filling
your Panini World Cup sticker album with World Cup stars, or buying some more stickers before
they're all sold out.
Tottenham Hotspur could start the 2010-11 season without a shirt sponsor, reports the News Of
The White Hart Lane club has been unable to find a sponsor thus far who is willing to pay the
Â£10m-a-year deal that the club is seeking. As a result, Tottenham's David Levy is considering
striking separate deals for the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup.
It's the Fourth of July and Americans around the world will be celebrating their independence
today with barbecues, trips to the beach, fireworks and some rest and relaxation after a tiring but
enthralling World Cup. Some of you may even be spending some time catching up on matches you may
have missed, or replaying moments over again on television.
Controversial World Cup star Luis Suarez has hinted that he will have to leave Ajax if Premier
League giants Manchester United come calling. The 23 year old, who misses his country's vital
semifinal with the Netherlands, thanks to his handball against Ghana in the quarter final, has
scored an extremely impressive 49 goals in 48 games for the Dutch giants.
Hearing the surname "Muller" in association with German football automatically creates imagery
of the legendary German striker Gerd. German football followers expect him to play with the same
prowess and quality that "Der Bomber" oozed in the '60s and '70s. How Thomas has delivered.
Germany has put up another four goal game â€“ this time, eliminating a team that had become one
of the favorites, sending Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi out of World Cup 2010. The Germans
advance to Wednesday's semifinal to face Spain, who barely advanced past Paraguay thanks to David
Villa's fifth goal of the tournament.
At the quarter-final stage of a World Cup tournament, matches are often very close. We're used
to seeing extra time, penalty kicks or low scoring games. But Saturday, Germany put on a clinic in
how to play defensively sound soccer as well as how to mount explosive counter-attacks as well as
finishing off goals with such precision.
World Cup 2010 has been a challenging tournament for fans of the beautiful game. There have been
beautiful goals, incredible teamwork and wonderful stories. But there has also been injustices and,
at the end of the day, the sport of soccer has been tarnished.
Whether it's Luis Suarez cheating to prevent Ghana from securing a quarter-final berth, or Frank
Lampard being denied a well-deserved equalizer against Germany, or the two goals called back, or
the two goals that the United States scored fairly but were pulled back, or Argentina's blatantly
offside goal against Mexico, and so on and so forth, the reality is that the game of soccer has
serious problems that need to be corrected or it'll risk turning people away from this sport.
Sunderland expect to complete the purchase of Estudiantes right-back Marcos Angeleri for a cool
Â£1.5 million. The finer details of the deal are going to be fulfilled over the weekend and the
Argentinian is relishing the prospect of the Premiership.
After every World Cup, clubs from around the world are always trying to capture the latest
talent who have shined on the world's stage. And a player that a lot of clubs, including Manchester
City, are keeping a close eye on is Landon Donovan who showed a lot of skill and composure under
pressure to lead his US team to a successful World Cup campaign.
As the World Cup draws to its conclusion and the sun sets on South Africa, the Premier League
owners will be opening their chequebooks, pulling out their pens and scribbling down fees to prize
some of world football's hottest talents to the glitz and glamour of England. There have been many
stars of this World Cup in 2010 and the question is, how many of them are ready for the big
Which have been the best goals of the 2010 World Cup so far? Despite the tournament being mired
in controversy courtesy of the Jabulani ball from Adidas, there have still been plenty of
delightful goals. Just to name a few that come to my mind are David Villa's wonderful run through
the middle of two Honduran defenders and how he still managed to loop the ball into the back of the
The Netherlands have knocked pre-tournament co-favorites Brazil out of the 2010 World Cup, while
Uruguay and Ghana upstaged the opening match with a unforgettable, never-should-have-been shootout.
To talk about Friday's two quarterfinal matches as well as preview Saturday's I was joined by
Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurance McKenna for this edition of the World Cup Buzz Podcast.
Now that Brazil is out of the 2010 World Cup after a underwhelming performance against a very
strong Dutch team, the favorites no longer have a chance to win the tournament. But who do you
think will now win the World Cup?
Before we get to the poll below, I would like to add that I thought Brazil's performance today
Six foot three inch Ivorian central midfielder Yaya Toure has joined big Premier League spenders
Manchester City on a five year deal from European club giants Barcelona. Toure joins older brother
Kolo in the Eastlands setup and his signing pushes City's spending to over Â£60 million pounds
following the earlier captures of Hamburg and Germany international left back Jerome Boateng and
ex-Valencia starlet David Silva.
Four years ago, which seems like a lifetime in Internet years, the 2006 World Cup experience was
very different than it is today. There were only a handful of soccer podcasts worldwide. Soccer
blogs were a relatively new thing. And the TV coverage was decent. All games were televised but
national anthems were skipped and the analysis and commentary on ESPN was, at times, comical.
Brazil's star striker Luis Fabiano is looking to win the World Cup trophy with his country this
summer, but second on his to-do list soon afterÂ is a high profile move to either Manchester United
or AC Milan.
Fabiano has openly spoken of his intentions to not re-sign with current Spanish side Sevilla,
and has snubbed a potential move to Premier LeagueÂ club Spurs stating,
After two days off from the 2010 World Cup, the panel is bad together to preview Friday's
matches in South Africa: Brazil versus the Netherlands and Ghana versus Uruguay. Joining me to talk
about them is our regular panel, Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer.
Man, I am seriously jonesing for some football. After nearly three weeks of up to three games a
day, suddenly, my world has dropped off a cliff. A blank, non-football day arrived yesterday and
worse still has been followed by another one. What do I do? How do I live my life without the
skeleton of football to give each day shape and direction?
I'm trying to pretend it's not true, but there's only seven games left in this World Cup
tournament (I'm not counting the third place game, which is a waste of time and a silly idea). When
you think about it, seven games isn't much. That's a typical Saturday in the Premier League. So
since we're running out of time in this tournament, here are my seven wish-list items of what I
want to see between now and the final whistle on July 11th: