EPL Talk Archives for January 2010

The Super Seven of Manchester

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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.

Premier League News, Daily Ticker: July 30

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James Headed To Championship

England goalkeeper David James has secured a move to Championship side Bristol City on a free transfer.

James, who started three of England's World Cup matches in South Africa, inked a one-year deal with the option of an additional year after the 39-year-old successfully passed a physical on Thursday.

What Does the Home-Grown Rule Mean to Premier League Football?

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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.

How Good Is Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez for Manchester United?

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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.

Premier League News: Daily Ticker, July 29

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Robhino Recalled To Manchester City

It looks like the tumultous tenure of Robhino at Manchester City will continue into the 2010-11 season as the Brazilian striker was recalled to England.

The 26-year-old had been on loan to the Brazilian club Santos since January.

Sky 3D to Feature Premier League Available October 1st in Homes

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Sky+HD customers will soon have a new way to enjoy Premier League matches in the UK 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 homes at the beginning of October with the Ryder Cup as Europe's first 3D channel.

Defending the Defensive Midfielder

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During the excellent world cup coverage on my home channel RTÉ, 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 Third Shirt for 2010-11 Season: Leaked Photo

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Chelsea will wear a fluorescent yellow third shirt during the 2010-11 season, according to a leaked photo.

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 from Adidas.

Stoke City Away Shirt for 2010-11 Season: Photo

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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.

Manchester United 5-2 MLS All Stars: Five Star United Shows Class

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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.

Mark Hughes Accepts Offer To Manage Fulham

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Former Manchester City manger Mark Hughes has agreed to replace Roy Hodgson at Fulham for the upcoming season, according to The Guardian.

Hughes, who was sacked as manager of City midway through last season, beat out a number of other candidates, including Ivory Coast boss Sven-Goran Eriksson and USA manager Bob Bradley, for the gig.

Do Tottenham Really Need to Sign Scott Parker?

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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.

Does Anyone Care About the MLS All Star Game?

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The 2010 MLS All Star Game is tonight at 8:30pm ET (ESPN2), which will feature the best players from Major League Soccer versus Manchester United.

While I'll definitely watch the game, I'm honestly not that excited about it. Yes, I'd love to see a good game but as with all pre-season friendlies, the game is meaningless.

Are Soccer Tweetups The Next Big Thing?

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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.

Why James Milner and Other Footballers Are Overpriced

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After the World Cup, being an English footballer is hardly something to brag about. For many critics the term ‘English footballer' is a by-word for over-paid and over-rated.

However, those critics will be dismayed by the new UEFA home-grown rule which has come into effect this season.

Fox Soccer Channel HD Coming to DirecTV on August 11

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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.

Premier League News, Daily Ticker: July 27

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Hodgson Confirms That Mascherano Wants Out Of Liverpool

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson confirmed the rumors that Argentinian midfielder Javier Mascherano wants to leave Liverpool.

"He wants to leave the club," Hodgson said. "He has made that perfectly clear.

GolTV to Broadcast 2010 Emirates Cup in HD

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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:

  • Celtic v Lyon, 9am ET, Saturday, July 31
  • Arsenal v AC Milan, 11.

Pelada: Intro by Ray Hudson and Interview with Gwendolyn Oxenham

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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.

Did Soccer Grow in the US this Summer?

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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: Built for Success, Building For the Future

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Manchester United are becoming ‘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.

Why Torres Should Stay at Liverpool

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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.

4 Ways to Improve the Premier League By Going Retro

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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. But when you think about it, are clubs peddling retro to sell more than just football shirts?

Is Germany Overrated and England Underrated? Reflections on the FIFA Rankings

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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 accurate measure?

When first introduced in 1992, the rankings were not taken seriously.

Manchester United 1-2 Kansas City Wizards: United’s American Tour Hits Snag

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Having reported on United's earlier stop in Philadelphia last week to mixed results, I feel the need to continue my so called ‘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.

Manchester City And Mancini Struggling To Attract Big Name Signings!

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All Manchester City fans were expecting a busy summer at Eastlands and while they have brought in £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.

Where Have Those Summer Breaks From Soccer Gone?

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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.

The Rebuilding Job That Faces Roy Hodgson at Liverpool

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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.

How Will The Premiership’s French Continigent Recover?

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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 all.

Blackpool Have Nothing To Lose Next Season

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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.

Consolidation Should Be Newcastle United’s Aim

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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 imperious form.

Premier League News, Daily Ticker: July 24

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Vidic Signs Long Term Deal With Manchester United

Nemanja Vidic has secured his future at Old Trafford with a long-term deal.

Manchester United held off approaches by Real Madrid and AC Milan for the Serbian centre back, who was rumored to be unhappy and Manchester and actively seeking an exit.

Fox Soccer Channel Cancels Fox Football Fone-In; Kyle Martino to Host New Show

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Fox Soccer Channel's weekly soccer call-in program Fox Football Fone-In has been canceled according to the 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 numbers.

Why Manchester City Will Become the Heroes of the Premier League

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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?

Watch Manchester City vs Sporting Lisbon: Streaming Live Online

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You can watch Manchester City versus Sporting Lisbon tonight at 8:30pm ET in the second game of the Barclays New York Challenge. Courtesy of Veetle, you can watch the game live here on EPL Talk.

Or, if you own an Apple iPhone, iPod Touch or Apple iPad and you're feeling adventurous, you can try watching the game live by using Safari to browse to http://www.

Barclays New York Challenge: Video Interviews with Harry Redknapp and Roberto Mancini

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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.

Veetle Broadcast of Tottenham Friendly Deemed a Success

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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 to come.

Current Man United Squad is Good Enough: No Need to Buy

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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.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 Trailer

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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.

The commentator in the game will be Jon Champion.

Philadelphia Union Fans Disrespect Themselves Against Man United

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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.

The Valuation of James Milner: A Transfer Market Comparison

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Yesterday I had a short conversation on Twitter with EPL Talk's very own Laurence McKenna that went something like this:

lozcast: Mascherano = £25m? Milner = £25m+? Discuss

JesseChula: @lozcast Milner=versatile, can play either wing or in the middle, young. Masch=solid, likes to kick people.

Bolton Wanderers Away Shirt for 2010-11 Season: Photo

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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.

Liverpool’s New Era: The Beginning

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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.

What Are Your Earliest Childhood Memories of Soccer?

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Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Or, for we soccer supporters, which came first for you – playing soccer or watching it on television?

Looking back to my childhood, I lived in a village of just a few hundred people in west Wales. My earliest memory of watching soccer on television was probably the FA Cup Final of 1976 or 1977.

Milner Looks Set For Manchester City

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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 valuation.

Where Now For Fulhams Managerial Search?

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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 Releases Promo for New Season: Park Game

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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.

New York Red Bulls vs Tottenham Hotspur: Live Streaming Video

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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 Home Jersey for 2010-11 Season: Photo

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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 back.

Manchester United 1-0 Philadelphia Union: American Summer Tour Continues With Win for United

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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 top 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.

Which Premier League Club Would You Support If You Were Reborn?

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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?

Step in Right Direction: Champions League to Add 2 Assistant Referees

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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 League competition.

Should Premier League Clubs Allow Vuvuzelas?

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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 Leaving U.S. to Join ESPN in UK

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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.

Premier League News, Daily Ticker: July 21

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Steven Gerrard Likely To Stay At Liverpool

The arrival of Joe Cole to Anfield has reportedly convinced Steven Gerrard to remain with Liverpool.

"He [Cole] has proved his ability over many years, sometimes against us – 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.

Would You Still Have Fallen In Love With Soccer If You Grew Up Elsewhere?

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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.

Why Sir Alex Ferguson Is Wrong About Wanting a Winter Break

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We all like a couple of weeks off work don't we? Time to kick back, do sod all and have a few beers; time to de-stress your self from the daily grind. Yeah, we all need a holiday from time to time.

However, we work for a living and damn hard too. Well I don't, I just sit at a computer which ain't exactly hacking coal out the ground, but you may well do.

Joe Cole’s Move: Great for Liverpool, Bad for Joe

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So the Londoner is off to Merseyside.

In what has been a stale post-World Cup transfer cycle, where hearsay reigns supreme over any actual movement, this week saw the first eyebrow-raising move: Joe Cole to Liverpool.

Eyebrow-raising because all summer it seemed that most of the major English power players were in for Cole EXCEPT Liverpool.

The FA Fiddles as the Three Lions Burn

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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. In article published yesterday in the Mirror, the FA revealed its new strategy – 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 Home Jersey for 2010-11 Season: Photo

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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 abysmally poor.

Post-World Cup Exposes Weaknesses of US Soccer Commentators

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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.

Premier League News, Daily Ticker: July 20

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Brazil Planning To Spend $3 Billion On Airports Ahead Of 2014

The Brazilian government has approved a $3 billion package to upgrade the country's airports over the next four years.

It was the first step in the massive overhaul needed to Brazil's infastructure.

Could German World Cup Star Mesut Ozil Be Premier League Bound?

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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 season.

Fox in Negotiations to Sublicense EPL TV Rights in U.S. to ESPN

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According to sources, ESPN and Fox Sports International are currently in negotiations for FSI to sublicense the Barclays Premier League TV rights in the U.S. through 2013 to ESPN.

However, a deal has not yet been signed. And soccer fans in the United States will have to wait until an agreement is reached before they know which games will be televised on which TV networks.

Best and Worst Premier League Shirt Designs of 2010-11 Season

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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.

Joe Cole Joins Liverpool

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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 £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.

World Cup 2010 – The Good and The Bad

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World Cup 2010 South Africa has now been and gone, a feast of football for a month in the rainbow nation. Here are a few memories of the good and bad for the first World Cup of the decade.

The Good

Paul the Octopus – the world stood still in amazement and in humour, (in particular Germany) held its breath on which mussel would Paul take, that ultimately decided the fate of the nation.

Should Fabio Capello Drop John Terry From the England Team?

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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 ‘cross' Capello, or stand in line to suffer the consequences.

Premier League News, Daily Ticker: July 19

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Martin Jol Set To Take Over Fulham

Former Tottenham manager Martin Jol is preparing to return to the Premier League in order to fill the managerial post at Fulham left by Roy Hodgson.

The Dutch manager, who won a Dutch league title with Ajax in his only season with the club, was fired as manager of Tottenham in 2007 despite nearly leading the London club to the Champions League.

Soccer Fans, What Are Your Favorite Kick-Off Times?

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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.

Blackpool Home Shirt 10/11 Season: Photo

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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.

How Fabio Capello Rated His England Team According to Capello Index

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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.

Chelsea’s off season plans

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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 trophy.

Liverpool v Hamburg, 1977 Super Cup: Video Flashback

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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.

Why Donovan Belongs In The EPL

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The American sporting public, still high  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 the L.

Man City 10/11 Umbro Third Kit Leaked: Photos

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Photographs have been leaked of what appears to be either Manchester City's new away or third jersey for the 10-11 season.

Designed by Umbro, the dark blue shirt with sky blue trim definitely exudes a confident and appealing design that accentuates the Manchester City crest and the three gold stars above it.

Will England Miss the Abilities of Emile Heskey?

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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 only seven.

Premier League Clubs Touring North America: Latest News

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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.

7 England Footballers Who Should Join Heskey in Retirement

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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 seven goals.

Arsenal Legend Thierry Henry Unveiled for New York

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First there was Brand Beckham going to Hollywood. Now we have King Henry coming to the Big Apple.

While MLS is getting that knack as a semi-retirement league for the world's greatest stars (Frank Lampard has mentioned it as well), Henry's signing is still a major deal for the young league.

Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Kits 2010-11: Photos

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Here is a preview photo of the new Tottenham Hotspur kits which will be worn in the Premier League this upcoming season. The sponsor here, Autonomy, is an enterprise software company based in the UK. 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 Officially Launches Away Shirt for 2010-11 Season: Photos

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Chelsea has officially unveiled their away jersey for the 2010-11 season. And boy is it horrid.

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.

Man United Training Session in Chicago: Photos

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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.

Aston Villa Home and Away Shirts for 2010-11 Season: Photos

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Aston Villa today launched their new home and away jerseys for the 2010-11 season.

The biggest talking point about the home jersey is that they have the same sponsor as Fulham, which means they also have the same annoying tag line displayed on the front of their shirts. Ugh!

As for Villa's away jersey, it appears to be charcoal in color with claret and blue trim while the sponsor's name is highlighted in red.

Liverpool Launches Third Jersey for 2010-11 Season: Photos

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Liverpool today unveiled their third kit for the 2010-11 season. Designed by Adidas, the kit is black with yellow trim.

It's a pretty straightforward design from Adidas but it gets the thumbs up from me. It's clean, bold and looks good.

Share your feedback about the new Liverpool football shirt design in the comments section below.

FA Cup Replays Could Be Dropped to Incorporate Winter Break

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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.

Man United Officially Launch New Home Kit for 2010-11 Season: Photos

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After all of the leaked photographs and speculation, Manchester United have officially unveiled their new home kit for the 2010-11 season.

From the early 1970s through 1982, Manchester United's home jerseys had a white turn-down collar. And now it's back as well as the rest of the shirt featuring a retro look-and-feel.

Thierry Henry Moves To The MLS

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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.

David Silva Signs With Manchester City

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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 2010-11 season.

Silva signed his contract on Wednesday, after completing a mandatory physical.

Captain Obvious David Beckham Blames England Players for Disappointing World Cup

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In the ‘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, has openly admitted that the players in the England squad need to take full responsibility for England's poor performance.

Fulham Launches New Home Jersey for 2010-11 Season: Photo

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Fulham has launched their new home jersey for the 2010-11 season.

Designed by Kappa, the new Fulham home shirt is set to be worn by the First Team when Fulham take on Brentford away tonight and Bournemouth away on Saturday.

According to Kappa, "The new kit continues in Fulham's traditional black and white, and incorporates the well-known Omini Kappa logo of the back-to-back male and female silhouette.

What Did You Love About World Cup 2010?

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How do I love thee, World Cup 2010? Let me count the ways (in no particular order):

  1. Overhearing strangers in public talking about the World Cup,
  2. Collecting World Cup Panini stickers,
  3. Listening to the national anthems of the 32 countries in the World Cup,
  4. Striking up conversations with complete strangers who were soccer fans and, as a result, making new friends,
  5. Watching World Cup games in public at local sports bars,
  6. Switching on ESPN at any time of the day and seeing World Cup news or games on television,
  7. ESPN pundit (and former Swansea City manager) Roberto Martinez,
  8. Watching World Cup games on-the-go with my FLO TV Personal Television,
  9. Puma's incredible World Cup TV commercial that I never saw on TV but only could watch online,
  10. Ian "Cult Hero" Darke commentating, perhaps, his best tournament ever,
  11. Being stunned by the eyepopping TV ratings numbers for World Cup coverage on ABC, ESPN and Univision,
  12. Listening to the World Cup Buzz Podcast during my daily commute each morning,
  13. Watching World Cup games on ESPN3.

EPL Talk Reports Record World Cup Web Traffic

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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.

Top 10 Goals and Saves of World Cup 2010: Video

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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.

Chelsea Away Jersey for 2010-11 Season: Leaked Photos

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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.

How the World Cup Uses Us and Wears Us Out

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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 – a mere 32, mind – on a hot summer afternoon.

World Cup 2010 Video Montages from ABC, BBC and ITV

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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.

World Cup Buzz Ultimate World Cup 23

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World Cup Buzz podcast host Richard Farley, along with co-commentators the Gaffer, Laurence McKenna, and Kartik Krishnaiyer selected their ultimate 23 man World Cup squad.

Only one England player made the ultimate 23: Left Back Ashley Cole who received the votes of both Krishnaiyer and McKenna.

Spain 1-0 Netherlands, World Cup 2010: In Lego Football

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For some reason, it's more visually appealing watching the replays of the Dutch committing their dirty fouls in Lego than it is on television. It's quite more elegant than reality.

So in all of it's splendor, here are the highlights of the 2010 World Cup Final featuring Spain and Netherlands in the wonderful stop-motion photography created by LegoFussball.

Watch Every Goal of World Cup 2010 In 10 Minutes: Video

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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 Tshabalala 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 computer.

World Cup Fans: Where Did All the Time Go?

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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, or something as globally massive as a major sporting tournament, only for said event to come and vanquish like some flash in the pan-been-there-done-that, now-let's-move-on-moment.

2010 World Cup Final: The Most Watched Soccer Game In U.S. History

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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 fast-nationals.

Sunderland Home Jersey for 2010-11 Season: Unveiled

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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 Brom Home and Away Jerseys for 2010-11 Season: Revealed

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West Bromwich Albion and Umbro have unveiled the club's new home and away jerseys for the 2010-11 season.

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 sponsor.

Mario Balotelli Looks To Be Manchester Bound

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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 door.

Which English Footballers Would Make the Worst World Cup XI?

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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?

The World Cup’s Top 10 EPL Players

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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 soon.

Where Does This World Cup Rank With The Best?

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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.

Join the Fantasy Premier League for 2010-11 Season

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Great news. The Premier League has opened the doors to its 20100-11 Fantasy Premier League, and on behalf of EPL Talk, I'd like to invite you to join our private league.

To play for free against thousands of football fans from around the world, here's all you have to do:

  1. Visit the Fantasy Premier League site and log in
  2. If you've never registered before, go to http://fantasy.

Howard Webb Deserves Credit for Strong World Cup Performance

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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.

Gun Set To Go For The Title Race

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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.

How Many Days Until Premier League Action Returns?

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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:

  • Bolton Wanderers begins their U.

The (Unofficial) Team of the Tournament

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Explanations after the jump.

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.

World Cup 2010, Spain-Netherlands Review: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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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.

Spain Wins World Cup 2010: In Pictures

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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 Championship.

World Cup Diary: Time To Choose…

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How did Spain and the Netherlands come to be in the final? How can this be? These are my two favorite National teams to watch (after the USA, of course). These are surely the two greatest footballing countries to have never won a World Cup. Okay, yes: I predicted these two would be in the final in my bracket predictor (and consequently I am on the verge of winning $200 in my group's pool), but I honestly didn't think these two sides would both be there in the end.

Frustrated Soccer Fans in the US Begin Again Their Wait for Fox Soccer Channel HD

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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 Interview: The New Republic Editor Talks World Cup Soccer

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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.

What Will You Miss Most About the World Cup?

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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 wait.

Premier League Fans: Who Would You Like to See in the Premier League This Season?

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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.

Man United Home Shirt: New Photos Released for 2010-11 Season

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The number of leaked photographs of Manchester United's new home jersey for the 2010-11 season continues to increase. And now four new photos have been leaked by FootballShirts.com website.

In the new close-up pictures, we get to see more detail than ever before of Man United's new home shirt.

Netherlands National Football Team: Best Of from ‘74, ‘78 and ‘88: Video

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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.

Nike Unveils ‘Ball Man’ in South Africa: Video

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To celebrate the beautiful game, Nike recently unveiled "Ball Man" – 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.

Michel Platini Given The All Clear

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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.

West Ham United Launch Away Shirt for 2010-11 Season

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West Ham United officially launched their new away kit for the 2010-11 season Thursday. But I have a big problem with it.

Macron, the shirt manufacturer, and West Ham began with a good idea. They took a classic away Hammers jersey (see picture below with Bobby Moore wearing it), but they ruined it.

Special 1 TV: Episode 6, Final World Cup Episode

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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.

What Has Been Your Favorite Moment of the 2010 World Cup?

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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.

Owen Hargreaves: You Broke My Heart, Again – A Fan’s Perspective

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It's no longer new news, but it seems poor old Owen Hargreaves just can't seem to get his knee problems sorted out as he faces YET ANOTHER 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.

Where to Watch the World Cup Final in South Florida: Wowies

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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, Wowies will also be showing the Third Place Playoff Final between Uruguay and Germany on Saturday at 2:30pm.

World Cup 2010 Spain-Netherlands, Germany-Uruguay Preview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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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.

Owen Hargreaves Faces Another Setback

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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.

Efan Ekoku Commits Commentary Flub in Spain Game on ESPN

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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.

England Football Supporters Need Your Help: Video

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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 contributions.

Roberto Mancini On The Hunt For Trophies

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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.

Liverpool Supporters: Is It Time for Steven Gerrard to Move On?

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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 next 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.

How Important Is Width To Victory in the World Cup?

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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.

Is It Now Safe to Say That England’s Premier League is the Third Best Domestic League in the World?

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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.

Dan Gosling Departs For Pastures New

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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.

It’s Time For FIFA to Banish The Third Place Play-Off Game

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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 – who don't want to get injured and don't really care about winning – to the fans – who are not really interested in the game – and to FIFA, who only presumably carry on the tradition in hopes of carving out more revenue to add to their stockpile of cash.

ESPN Refuses to Rule Out Possibility Of Dedicated Soccer TV Network

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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, 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, Why Do You Have to Be So Bloody Boring?

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Spain, if you're the "Best Team In The World" according to Joachim Loew, why do you have to be so bloody boring?

Watching Spain's 1-0 victory against Germany Wednesday, I was bored several times during the match. No, not because of the lack of goals. But because of Spain's methodically slow tempo.

World Cup 2010, Spain-Germany Review: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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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.

Related posts:

  1. World Cup 2010, Netherlands-Uruguay Review, Germany-Spain Preview: World Cup Buzz Podcast
  2. World Cup 2010 Germany-Argentina, Spain-Paraguay: World Cup Buzz Podcast
  3. World Cup 2010 Day 19 (Spain-Portugal, Paraguay-Japan): World Cup Buzz Podcast

Poll: Who Will Win the World Cup? Spain or Netherlands?

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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.

But who will win Sunday?

Laurent Koscielny completes move to Arsenal

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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 ‘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 Away Jersey for 2010-11 Season: Sneak Preview Photo

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West Ham United has released a sneak-peek of their new away shirt which will be officially launched tomorrow.

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.

Schedule of Preseason Friendlies On US TV This July and August

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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 television.

Wesley Sneijder In Old Trafford Switch?

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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.

Musings From My Trip to the Greatest Sporting Event on Earth

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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.

Capello Is One Step Away From Being a Dead Man Walking

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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.

World Cup 2010, Netherlands-Uruguay Review, Germany-Spain Preview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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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.

England Fans: Should There be a Clear Out at the National Level?

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  • 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.

Uruguay 2-3 Holland: In Pictures

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There was something about the game between Uruguay and Netherlands that was sublime. And it wasn't just the goals – 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.

2010-11 Premier League on US TV: Preliminary TV Schedule, Aug thru Dec

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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.

Howard Webb Hopes For World Cup Final

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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.

Man United Home Jersey for 2010-11 Season: New Leaked Photo

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

The image, which shows a design of Nike's UK website, features pictures of Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra, Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney wearing the new Manchester United home football jersey.

Barcelona Chase Cesc Fabregas

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Barcelona splashed out on David Villa already this summer, tempting the hotshot Spaniard into the Camp Nou for £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.

7 Ways that World Cup 2010 Will Change America

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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 necessary.

How Will You Spend Your Time After the World Cup?

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  • The Dutch prepare for their World Cup semi, how will you prepare for life after the World Cup?

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, Netherlands-Uruguay Preview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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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 Suárez discussion, I welcome Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna to this edition of the World Cup Buzz Podcast.

Uruguay vs Holland Preview: World Cup Semi-Final

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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.

Special 1 TV – Episode 5 – What Next?

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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.

Panini World Cup Sticker Collections From 1970 to 2010: Video

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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 May Begin 2010-11 Season Without a Shirt Sponsor

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Tottenham Hotspur could start the 2010-11 season without a shirt sponsor, reports the News Of The World.

The White Hart Lane club has been unable to find a sponsor thus far who is willing to pay the £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.

Martin Tyler Returning to ESPN for World Cup 2014 Commentary

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Martin Tyler will return to ESPN for the next World Cup where he'll be commentating World Cup 2014, says the Associated Press.

It's quite an incredible achievement to secure Martin Tyler for two World Cup tournaments in a row. The man is hands down the best soccer commentator in the world.

Happy Independence Day, America

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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.

Luis Suarez Swayed by Man United

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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.

The Daily Show Tackles English Football Hooliganism: Video

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The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c World Cup 2010: Into Africa – Vuvuzealots www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party

In case you missed, I know I did, here's the hysterical segment from Comedy Central's The Daily Show last week featuring John Oliver's report on English football hooliganism.

The Truly Terrific Thomas Muller

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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.

Reasons for England Football Fans to be Cheerful

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Supposedly, the Three Lions on England football shirts represent pride, passion and courage. Clearly, it's time for a kit redesign.

Even as England's footballing lions shriveled into meek kittens in the World Cup cauldron it may be finally sinking in that England are ordinary.

World Cup 2010 Germany-Argentina, Spain-Paraguay: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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Germany has put up another four goal game – 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.

Argentina 0-4 Germany: Video Highlights

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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.

Is Luis Suarez a Hero or a Cheat?

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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.

Black Cats on the prowl for Marcos Angeleri

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(Angeleri is in the red and white strip)

Sunderland expect to complete the purchase of Estudiantes right-back Marcos Angeleri for a cool £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.

Landon Donovan Hints that He’s Interested In Playing Abroad Again

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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.

Destination: Premier League

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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 time?

18 Best Goals of World Cup 2010: Video

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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 net.

Chelsea Capture Creative Yossi Benayoun

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Premier League champions Chelsea have recruited Israeli international midfielder Yossi Benayoun from Liverpool on a three year deal rumoured to be in the region of £5 million pounds.

Benayoun spent three years at the Merseyside club, having previously been with West Ham and Spanish club Racing Santander.

Remembering Asamoah Gyan

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Asamoah Gyan will be remembered for this:

Rather than this:

Which is a shame because he is a much better player than I ever knew.

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  2. Remembering the 96 Who Lost Their Lives At Hillsborough

World Cup 2010 Netherlands-Brazil, Uruguay-Ghana: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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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.

Who Will Win The World Cup Now That Brazil Is Out?

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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 was dire.

Yaya Toure Says Yeah-Yeah to Manchester City

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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 £60 million pounds following the earlier captures of Hamburg and Germany international left back Jerome Boateng and ex-Valencia starlet David Silva.

What Will the World Cup Look Like In 2014?

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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 Luis Fabiano Contemplates Manchester United Move

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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 after 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 League club Spurs stating,

"There would be no point in me joining Tottenham.

World Cup 2010 Brazil-Netherlands, Ghana-Uruguay Preview: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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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.

Related posts:

  1. World Cup 2010 Day 18: World Cup Buzz Podcast
  2. World Cup 2010 Day 15: World Cup Buzz Podcast
  3. World Cup 2010 Day 14: World Cup Buzz Podcast

World Cup, How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count The Ways

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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?

World Cup Viewing Parties this Weekend at Wowies in Boca Raton

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This weekend, soccer fans around the world will be licking their lips at the prospect of four World Cup quarter-final games, each of which will be intriguing for different reasons. The games are:

  • BRAZIL v HOLLAND, Friday, 10am ET.
  • URUGUAY v GHANA, Friday, 2:30pm ET.

7 Wish List Items for the Rest of the 2010 World Cup

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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:

  1. I want a team to give Brazil a run for its money.

Newcastle United Launches Home 2010-11 Kit: Photos

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Newcastle United has launched its new official home kit for the 2010-11 season.

According to Newcastle United, "The Puma shirts are made from a lightweight, breathable fabric to provide maximum comfort and breathability."

Roger Harrison, Marketing Director of Puma UK, said: "We're very proud to launch the new home shirt as it has always been such an iconic kit.