EPL Talk Archives for January 2010

Why Aston Villa Made a Wrong Decision to Rule Out Bob Bradley

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When Aston Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner issued a club statement Sunday afternoon announcing that the Midlands side had identified the two most important traits in the search for a new manager, US coach Bob Bradley was effectively ruled out of the running. The first trait was they wanted candidates with experience managing in the Premier League.

Leaving Barcelona: A (Schizophrenic) Love Story

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Reporting from Camp Nou (although belatedly)

As Ronaldinho took to the field, the last player to do so for either team, 96,315 people cheered and applauded. A chant of ‘Ronny, Ronny, Ronny' started around the stadium. People smiled as he lined up with the Barcelona team for the photo just before the Joan Gamper trophy kicked off.

Fan Diary – 30 August 2010: The Return Of Fernando Torres

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The kid is back.

Throughout last season, Liverpool supporters groaned as Fernando Torres fell again and again into the arms of Ol' Mistress Injury. We groaned throughout the summer's World Cup as he looked far from his best and couldn't find a single goal (although we also groaned when Pedro ignored a wide open Torres to take a fruitless chance of his own against Germany).

Berbatov Continues To Improve

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For some players, it can often take a season to settle in to a new club, especially when you arrive with a £30 million price tag around your neck. Sometimes, other aspects can slow the adaption to new surroundings. For Dimitar Berbatov, in his 3rd season at Manchester United, it seems he has finally begun to show Manchester United fans exactly what type of player he is.

The Curious Case Of Asmir Begovic

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It's often a question that football fans can never really answer, but why do certain players seem quite happy to sit on the bench? More often than not players are always wanting to play, so transfers to clubs where the opportunities are limited always confuses the fans. For example, one particular player is currently trying his very best to escape from Stoke City for no obvious reason.

Are West Ham Set For More Relegation Heartache?

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After three consecutive league defeats the last thing West Ham players, fans and staff will want is a clash with in form London rivals Chelsea, but that is the task that they face after the international break. If they lose this game they will be firmly rooted to the bottom of the table with the prospect of a relegation battle starring them in the face.

Should Tottenham make a last ditch transfer move?

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With the transfer window slamming shut tomorrow Tottenham have surprisingly been one of the most inactive clubs. But should Harry Redknapp make a last ditch attempt to strengthen his squad ahead of their assault on the Champions League?

Redknapp's quiet summer has been quite surprising when you consider his reputation as a bit of a wheeler and dealer.

Is this the year when Arsenal come good?

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Is it time for Arsene's stars to shine?

 For many years now we have been saying it's a matter of time before Arsenal come good. Well after watching them grind out a result at Blackburn on Saturday maybe we won't be waiting much longer.

The ability that Arsene Wenger's side possess is in unquestionable.

England and the Mikel Arteta Debate: An Undecided Stumble into Euro 2012 Qualification

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Just as the Premier League begins to stretch it's legs into a stride, the ill-timed, oft-hated and much maligned international break emerges like some disease spread upon the world footballing community. I don't necessarily dislike the break as some do, but do I look forward to it's oddly timed, momentum sucking arrival as club football bows to the international slop?

Premier League News, Daily Ticker: Aug. 30

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Capello Names England Squad Ahead Of Euro Qualifiers

Jermain Defoe was the surprise inclusion of the England squad ahead of the Three Lion's first Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Switzerland.

The striker was supposed to have groin surgery after Tottenham's resounding victory over Young Boys booked their place in the Champions League group stages but the surgery has been delayed yet again.

Harry Redknapp Tells Sky Sports Reporter to F Off: Video (NSFW)

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Harry Redknapp reacted angrily to a Sky Sports reporter this weekend who called him a "wheeler dealer." Redknapp snapped at the reporter and told him to f*** off.

Watch the above video to see the interview. Redknapp looks obviously rattled when the reporter mentioned the "wheeler dealer" point, but Redknapp seemed more incensed by the reporter's laughter which caused the Tottenham Hotspur to put him in his place, and walk off camera.

Premier League Footballer of the Week, Gameweek 3

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Gameweek three of the Barclays Premier League had that business as usual feel to it as it marked the first time in the young season where one or two of those marquee matches weren't on offer. Approaching the weekend, the Aston Villa v Everton clash intrigued me the most, while Manchester City v Sunderland and Liverpool v WBA also proved interesting litmus test matches for traditionally bigger clubs to gauge where they stand against teams they "should" beat.

A New EPL Fan’s Search For a Team: Episode 1 – Everton

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As a lead-in for this ongoing series, I am new to the English Premier League. Well, I've known about the Premier League since my college years. Sophomore year, I roomed with a guy who was a sanctioned FIFA referee for youth leagues. He told me about this new league, The Premier League, and it was the greatest thing that would ever happen to soccer.

Why Roberto Martinez Must Change His Ways Despite Tottenham Win

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Hugo Rodallega needs to score even more goals to keep Wigan up.

While Chelsea managed continue their 100% start to the season, and Sunderland shocked Manchester City, the performance of the weekend has to go Wigan Athletic who bounced back from a disastrous opening two games to record a surprise win at Tottenham.

Ashley Cole: Chelsea’s Difference-Maker

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Love him or hate him, Ashley Cole is the best at his position in England, and arguably the world. While this has been the case for many years (although I'm sure the Evra family might object), under Carlo Ancelotti Cole has transformed from an indefatigable left-back to an integral cog in Chelsea's attacking strategy.

English Premier League Weekend Review, Week #3: EPL Talk Podcast

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Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City losses were our first hint that the league's Big Three may been on their own for another season. On this edition of the EPL Talk podcast, I'm joined by the regular co-hosts – Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna – to talk about the league's third weekend of action as well as the latest news around the Premier League.

Hodgson Transfers to Bring Liverpool Success?

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Can Raul Meireles (Right) add some bite to the Liverpool midfield?

Fernando Torres returned to goal scoring form to give Liverpool's season a much needed kick-start against West Brom. But will this be the start of a bright season for Roy Hodgson's side or will the men from Merseyside disappoint once again?

Fox Soccer Channel AKA My Ex-Girlfriend’s Phone Number

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Watching Aston Villa versus Everton today on Fox Soccer Channel, it's such a troubling admission that I have a problem. I love football. I can't get enough of it. I sit at work on a Monday afternoon and wonder about the Man City result. On a Thursday morning, instead of paying attention to quality control on the files in front of me, I'm imagining the possible opponents of my beloved Portsmouth in the next round of the Carling Cup.

Pre-Show Discussion Thread: EPL Talk Podcast, Weekend Review Show

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The EPL Talk Podcast's review of the Premier League's third weekend will record at 10 p.m. England-time (5 p.m. Eastern, 2p.m. Pacific). Losses by Spurs and Manchester City will be high on the agenda, as will our Match of the Week: Aston Villa and Everton. We'll talk every match, every news item, but there's one coverage area we want to be sure and address:

What topics do you want covered in your weekend review show?

Premier League Gameweek 3, Sunday Matches: Open Thread

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It's another Sunday of Premier League football, so feel free to post your observations, questions or opinions about the games in the comments section below. Unusually for the Premier League, there are several games overlapping each other today from the early kick-off between Bolton Wanderers and Birmingham City, followed by Liverpool versus West Bromwich Albion and, at the same time, Sunderland and Manchester City.

Top 10 Premier League Best Goals Of All Time: What Do They All Have In Common?

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Watching the collection of the top 10 best goals scored in the Premier League, they're a sight to see. Wonderful skills. Beautiful precision. Everything from Tony Yeboah's screamer for Leeds United against Liverpool to Paulo Di Canio's incredible scissor kick for West Ham United against Wimbledon, and many more.

Roy Hodgson’s Change Of Heart Leads to Imminent Signing of Paul Konchesky

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This summer I have followed Roy Hodgson's journey to Liverpool. Hodgson's move to Anfield has taught me some valuable lessons. First, every individual should do what is best for themselves and what is in their heart. Second, a manager has the right to change his mind. Roy Hodgson introduced me to the reality of being a manager in the Premier league.

Blackpool 2-2 Fulham: Premier League Match Of The Day

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Blackpool's Stanley Matthews (l) against Tottenham's Ron Burgess (r) in the 1948 FA Cup semi-final.

Watching Blackpool play their debut Premier League game at Bloomfield Road against Fulham today, the 90 minutes surprised me. It felt like going to the movies to see a film you didn't think would be that good, but you walked away with a better appreciation and a warm and fuzzy feeling.

Carling Cup Third-Round Draw Announced: Arsenal to Face Spurs

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The draw for the third round of the 2010-11 Carling Cup has been announced, and the plum tie will definitely be the north London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. The third round games will be played the week of September 20, which means that the Spurs against Arsenal match will be just one week after Tottenham's first-ever game in the group stage of the Champions League (when they play Werder Bremen).

Theo Walcott aka ‘Hot Shot Hamish’ Bursts Goal Net Against Blackburn

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Theo Walcott scored a spectacular goal Saturday to open up the scoring for Arsenal against Blackburn. The low hard-driven shot was so powerful that when it hit the inside corner of the net, the goal net burst and had to be repaired at half-time before the game could continue. For evidence of the incident, watch the above video and pay close attention after the 30 second mark.

Blue Moon Rising, the Manchester City Movie: Video Trailer

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You've seen Manchester City, the football club. Now get ready for Manchester City, the movie. Later this year, a film entitled "Blue Moon Rising" will be released in cinemas throughout the United Kingdom to chronicle the meteoric rise of the blue half of Manchester. The film includes behind-the-scenes footage from the boardroom, dressing room and more as it gives viewers a glimpse into Manchester City's 2009-10 season.

Premier League Gameweek 3, Saturday Matches: Open Thread

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It's Saturday, my favorite day of the week, when there's a smorgasbord of Premier League matches on display from all across England beginning with Blackburn Rovers against Arsenal at Ewood Park and ending with Manchester United against West Ham United at Old Trafford. And, of course, there are plenty of other games happening in between.

What’s New On FoxSoccer.tv: Interview With Fox Executive

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Between Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Soccer Plus, ESPN2 and the recently re-launched FoxSoccer.tv, those of us in the States now get to watch more Premier League soccer games than ever before. In fact, every single Premier League game is available live in one form or another. But whenever there are changes, there are always questions.

Why the Europa League Still Matters

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A lot of football fans and football people in general disregard the Europa League as a status-free, unwanted distraction. The argument goes that it offers neither the financial rewards nor the glamour of its flashy cousin the Champions League and that there are too many games to play.

2010-11 Europa League Draw: Man City and Liverpool Face Tough Opposition

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The group stage draw for the 2010-11 Europa League have been announced. And of particular interest to our readers are the groups which feature Liverpool and Manchester City. Both English clubs will face tough opposition. Manchester City will face tricky ties against Juventus, Lech Poznan and Salzburg, while Liverpool will face Utrecht, Napoli and Steaua Bucharest.

English Premier League Preview, Week #3: EPL Talk Podcast

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Tottenham is through to Champions League group stage. Liverpool is in to Europa's, as is Manchester City, though Aston Villa meets another early demise. On this episode of the EPL Talk podcast, I'm joined by Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna to discuss the week's action as well as this weekend's fixtures – the third weekend of the Premier League season – with special emphasis on Everton's trip to Villa Park.

Can Martinez Stop The Rot At Wigan?

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Last season, the one team who no-one was surprised to see to go down were Hull City. The dreadful run that began in November 2008 saw them go the rest of that season with just two wins, against Middlesbrough and Fulham out of 23 matches. Incredibly as we remember, they stayed up on the last day of the season as none of their rivals could win to overtake them.

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 3

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Granted I haven't been writing this column for years, but for the first time in my tenure, there simply isn't a 4-star drop-everything match. So enjoy the late summer fine weather, hang out at the beach or lake or your local soccer field. Queue up the DVR as there are some interesting early-season games, though, and once again, all 10 are available on television: 6 live, and 4 delayed.

Should Tottenham Hotspur Play Its Champions League Matches At Wembley?

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Many Tottenham Hotspur supporters must be giddy with delight knowing who their opponents will be during their first ever entry into the Champions League group stage. Spurs will be facing current Champions League title holders Inter Milan, Werder Bremen and Dutch champions FC Twente, who were formerly managed by Steve McClaren.

Champions League Draw Revealed: Which English Club Has the Toughest Group?

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The draw for the group phase of the 2010-11 UEFA Champions League has been made. And all four English teams who have qualified for this stage of the tournament now know who their opponents are. Manchester United is in Group C with Rangers, Valencia and Bursaspor. Chelsea in Group F will face Spartak Moscow, Marseille and Zilina.

Peter Crouch and Gareth Bale Overcome Negativity To Shine For Spurs

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It's ironic that Peter Crouch and Gareth Bale were two of the many heroes starring for Tottenham Hotspur Wednesday night in their impressive 4-0 win against Young Boys. Both players have received their fair amount of ridicule from not only armchair supporters, who have belittled them during parts of their career, but also managers who have often underrated the two players in question.

Comparing England’s Pub Culture and America’s Tailgating Rituals

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As Fall taps on our shoulders and scatters around the corner here in the States, the impending chase to catch it can only mean one thing: College Football. I recently received another story idea from a reader of EPL Talk asking to take a glance at the rituals of college football, more specifically, tailgating in America and compare them to those of the Premier League and English football in general.

How Apple May Revolutionize The Way Soccer Fans Experience TV

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On September 1, Apple will hold an event for the media where they're rumored to relaunch their Apple TV product as Apple iTV (or a similar name). While much of the tech world will be waiting in anticipation to find out if the rumor is true, the ramifications for soccer fans could be massive.

Poll: Which Premier League Game Will Next Feature a 6-0 Scoreline?

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A scoreline of six nil in the Premier League is more common now than a one nil. So far this season, we've seen four 6-0 scores and only two 1-0 results. Congratulations to Chelsea (2), Arsenal and Newcastle United for accomplishing this rare task. And commiserations to Wigan, West Bromwich Albion, Blackpool and Aston Villa.

EPL Power Rankings: Week 2

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After week two of the Barclay's Premier League the goals have continued to flow. Chelsea are off to the best start for any club in England's top division since 1888 and there have already been four games with at least six goals scored. This seemed like a high time to debut EPL Talk's official power rankings.

Will Arsenal Fans Finally See The Best Of Tomas Rosicky?

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Theo Walcott's hat-trick against Blackpool on Saturday assured that the young winger would grab the majority of the headlines, and rightly so, but Arsenal's demolition of Blackpool was far from a one-man show.

Pulling the strings quietly and with an elegance and vision which seemed to had vanished last season after 18 months robbed to injury was Tomas Rosicky, or ‘Little Mozart' as he is affectionately known in his native Czech Republic.

Hopes Of Milan Supporters Dashed By Manchester City’s Robinho

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On Monday morning on the 23rd of August the rossoneri and their faithful were a perfect example of mimic tranquillity. Far from a position as bad as that which Juventus are in but nowhere near the good one their city rivals Internazionale enjoy the club and the fans had assumed a middle position, they were the medium, the epitome of mediocrity and of it, they were, surprisingly, quite acceptant.

Blackpool Fall, Other EPL Teams Survive In Carling Cup’s Second Round

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Round 2 of the Carling Cup kicked off today and several EPL teams were in action. Blackpool were dumped out courtesy of MK Dons while eight EPL squads advanced to the third round. Here's a recap of Tuesday's Cup action.

MK Dons 4, Blackpool 3

A 110th minute goal by Lewis Guy gave League One side MK Dons an upset victory over Blackpool.

Capello and The FA Need to Give Mikel Arteta A Chance to Play For England

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To read quotes from some of the experts in England, it's almost as if the thought of Mikel Arteta playing for England would be tantamount to a German player being selected by the Three Lions during the Second World War. Well, perhaps not quite that much, but the negative reaction to the prospect of Arteta playing for England is mind boggling.

Bob Bradley Should Become Aston Villa Manager if Kevin MacDonald Fails

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Aston Villa's Kevin MacDonald has been given the next two matches to prove whether he's capable of doing the job on a permanent basis. The first match is Thursday night in the Europa League against Rapid Vienna, which is followed by Sunday's game against Everton.

While many Villa players and supporters are believed to be backing MacDonald for the permanent position, the proof will be in the pudding as MacDonald will be faced with the difficult task of turning around his Villa side after an emphatic six-nil loss versus Newcastle United this past Sunday.

Premier League News, Daily Ticker: Aug. 25

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Defoe Could Play Against Young Boys But Will Miss Euro Qualifiers

Tottenham and England striker Jermain Defoe could play through injury in tonight's Champions League qualifying clash with Young Boys but will miss England's first two Euro 2012 qualifiers with a groin strain.

Why Everton Will Risk Losing Steven Pienaar

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Despite being in the last year of his contract and being the only Everton player not to sign a long-term deal in recent weeks, Steven Pienaar will apparently remain at Goodison Park for at least one more season. The club can continue contract talks with Pienaar until January, at which time he will be free to negotiate deals with any club and leave Everton on a free transfer in July.

Fulham, Newcastle, Everton Advance In Carling Cup

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Three more Premier League clubs were in second-round action in the Carling Cup today. Here's a recap of all of the action.

Fulham 6, Port Vale 0

Continuing the trend of 6-0 scorelines, Fulham routed Port Vale to advance to the third-round of the Carling Cup.

Premier League News, Daily Ticker: Aug. 25

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Defoe Could Play Against Young Boys But Will Miss Euro Qualifiers

Tottenham and England striker Jermain Defoe could play through injury in tonight's Champions League qualifying clash with Young Boys but will miss England's first two Euro 2012 qualifiers with a groin strain.

Why Everton Will Risk Losing Steven Pienaar

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Despite being in the last year of his contract and being the only Everton player not to sign a long-term deal in recent weeks, Steven Pienaar will apparently remain at Goodison Park for at least one more season. The club can continue contract talks with Pienaar until January, at which time he will be free to negotiate deals with any club and leave Everton on a free transfer in July.

Blackpool Fall, Other EPL Teams Survive In Carling Cup’s Second Round

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Round 2 of the Carling Cup kicked off today and several EPL teams were in action. Blackpool were dumped out courtesy of MK Dons while eight EPL squads advanced to the third round. Here's a recap of Tuesday's Cup action.

MK Dons 4, Blackpool 3

A 110th minute goal by Lewis Guy gave League One side MK Dons an upset victory over Blackpool.

Capello and The FA Need to Give Mikel Arteta A Chance to Play For England

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To read quotes from some of the experts in England, it's almost as if the thought of Mikel Arteta playing for England would be tantamount to a German player being selected by the Three Lions during the Second World War. Well, perhaps not quite that much, but the negative reaction to the prospect of Arteta playing for England is mind boggling.

Bob Bradley Should Become Aston Villa Manager if Kevin MacDonald Fails

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Aston Villa's Kevin MacDonald has been given the next two matches to prove whether he's capable of doing the job on a permanent basis. The first match is Thursday night in the Europa League against Rapid Vienna, which is followed by Sunday's game against Everton.

While many Villa players and supporters are believed to be backing MacDonald for the permanent position, the proof will be in the pudding as MacDonald will be faced with the difficult task of turning around his Villa side after an emphatic six-nil loss versus Newcastle United this past Sunday.

Milan fans dream of a move from the mediocre back to the mighty

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On Monday morning on the 23rd of August the rossoneri and their faithful were a perfect example of mimic tranquillity. Far from a position as bad as that which Juventus are in but nowhere near the good one their city rivals Internazionale enjoy the club and the fans had assumed a middle position, they were the medium, the epitome of mediocrity and of it, they were, surprisingly, quite acceptant.

Will Arsenal Fans Finally See The Best Of Tomas Rosicky?

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Theo Walcott's hat-trick against Blackpool on Saturday assured that the young winger would grab the majority of the headlines, and rightly so, but Arsenal's demolition of Blackpool was far from a one-man show.

Pulling the strings quietly and with an elegance and vision which seemed to had vanished last season after18 months robbed to injury was Tomas Rosicky, or ‘Little Mozart' as he is affectionately known in his native Czech Republic.

EPL Power Rankings: Week 2

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After week two of the Barclay's Premier League the goals have continued to flow. Chelsea are off to the best start for any club in England's top division since 1888 and there have already been four games with at least six goals scored. This seemed like a high time to debut EPL Talk's official power rankings.

Poll: Which Premier League Game Will Next Feature a 6-0 Scoreline?

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A scoreline of six nil in the Premier League is more common now than a one nil. So far this season, we've seen four 6-0 scores and only two 1-0 results. Congratulations to Chelsea (2), Arsenal and Newcastle United for accomplishing this rare task. And commiserations to Wigan, West Bromwich Albion, Blackpool and Aston Villa.

Fox Soccer Channel Tackles Premier League: Video

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I came across this new video spot for Fox Soccer Channel yesterday that I thought I'd share with you. It features footage that captures the mood and spirit of attending a Premier League game in England. Everything from the supporters making their way to the ground to Wayne Rooney provoking the crowd into hysterics.

Is The 4-4-2 Finished?

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Generally, football matches are won by the team with the better players. It's not a game that upon first glance seems to lend itself to a great deal of tactics, a team just tries to send the ball to it's most talented goal scorer by any legal means. Yet people like Jose Mourinho have taken sides like FC Porto to the top of Europe by using strategies that squeeze every ounce of potential from their players.

Wigan Athletic Away Jersey for 2010-11 Premier League Season: Photo

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Wigan Athletic today unveiled their new away jersey for the 2010-11 Premier League season. The new away kit will be worn for the first time tonight in their Carling Cup game against Hartlepool United.

Modeled by new signing Steven Caldwell, the new Wigan away shirt is black with gold trim and is manufactured and designed by MiFit.

A Look Into the English Football Hall of Fame

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Raise your hand if you knew that an English Football Hall of Fame existed. If you're anything like me, it's likely you didn't have a clue about the Hall that is currently being relocated to Manchester from the National Football Museum in Preston.

I recently received a tweet from an EPL Talk reader asking that we look at creating a post that discussed the lack of a proper Hall of Fame for the Premier League.

Joe Hart Has The Potential to Rival Peter Shilton and Ray Clemence

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Joe Hart's triple save Monday night for Manchester City against Liverpool as well as his heroic saves for City against Tottenham Hotspur on the opening day of the season have been the difference for City thus far this season. City would definitely have lost against Spurs if it wasn't for Hart.

Poll: When Will Manchester City’s Joe Hart Concede a Goal?

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It's only been two games in the Premier League and one in the Europa League, but Manchester City keeper Joe Hart has continued his dominating form and has yet to give up a goal in his first three matches. Manchester City were quite brilliant on Monday night at Eastlands as they passed their way through the Liverpool defense on way to a 3-0 home win.

Liverpool Have Been Destroyed By Hicks & Gillett

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Well Liverpool have certainly continued where last season finished for them, despite the removal of the dismal Rafa Benitez. Now, I'm not going to lie to you, I simply couldn't stand Benitez, his abysmal tactics and his continual blaming of everyone else for his own failings. I don't care about two fortunate cup victories that are now history.

Why Russia Could Beat England to Host 2018 World Cup

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This week The FIFA inspection committee responsible for producing the report on all the possible host countries for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups visits England. The committee will be touring London, Manchester, Sunderland and Newcastle, inspecting stadia, looking at infrastructure, and getting charmed by David Beckham, Fabio Capello and Bobby Charlton.

How an American Influence Is Rubbing Off On Manchester City

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Manchester City's match day experience is becoming more and more American with each new season. While Maine Road was what you could expect a typical British experience of what it was like to see an English football match in the 80s, the City of Manchester Stadium experience seems as American as apple pie.

Premier League News, Daily Ticker: Aug. 23

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Blatter: An English World Cup Would Be "Easy"

FIFA officials arrived in England today to begin their four-day inspection of their 2018 World Cup bid. The 1966 hosts received a boost from FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who said, "The easiest way to organize the World Cup is to go to England.

Are Fans Right To Boo Their Players?

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After watching his forlorn West Ham United side lose 3-1 against Bolton Wanderers this weekend, manager Avram Grant slammed the fans who booed their penalty-missing striker Carlton Cole. Whilst not possessing the goal-getting attributes of Wayne Rooney or Darren Bent, Cole has been a valuable striker for the Hammers, with 20 goals in 57 league games for the club in the last two seasons.

Premier League Footballer of the Week, Gameweek 2

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  • 6-0, the new 1-0.
  • Parity, maybe? Well, not really.

Three Barclays Premier League matches ended 6-0 this weekend with one still left to come Monday night. As the parity debate rages on concerning the overall quality of Premier League teams 1-20, gameweek 2 went a long way in proving just how unequal the league currently is, or did it?

English Premier League Weekend Review Show #2: EPL Talk Podcast

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Our Match of the Week was a letdown thanks to Newcastle United's revenge on Aston Villa, one of three 6-0 results in the second weekend of Premier League action. On this long edition of the EPL Talk Weekend Review Podcast, Laurence McKenna and myself talk about Chelsea's dominance, Manchester United's slip, and the rest of the league's nine weekend matches.

Premier League Weekend in Review

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As the second weekend of Premier League football draws to a close the stories of the season start to take shape. Wigan are off to the worst start to a Premier League season ever with 2 home losses and 10 goals conceded without reply and Chelsea are off to one of the best, already 2 points clear of the competition but they don't play relegation candidates every week.

Premier League, Gameweek Two: No Need To Press The Panic Buttons Yet

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You can't criticize the Premier League for one thing, and that's a lack of goals. The opening two weekends of the 2010-11 Premier League season have seen a cascade of goals flying into the back of the net. And it hasn't just been Chelsea and Arsenal getting in on the act. Even Blackpool and Newcastle United, two recently promoted sides from the Championship, have lost one game but won the other in convincing fashion.

Gallas Crosses The North London Divide

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So William Gallas joins a very rare club indeed of players that have swapped Arsenal for Tottenham. I was stating the same to a friend the other day that I can't remember it happening in my lifetime as a Spurs fan, for me it's unique. I've seen it happen the other way twice, Pat Jennings moved to Arsenal after being shamelessly treated by the Tottenham board and I can't quite remember the other one, some central defender or other.

When Chelsea Were Top Of The Hooligan League Table, Not Premier League

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Chelsea weren't always the glamor club that they are today. In the late 70s and early 80s, they were the scourge of English football thanks to their hooligans who terrorized trains, city centres and stadiums around the country. They weren't the only troublemakers, but they were often the most feared.

Are You a Fantasy Premier League Junkie?

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Hi. My name is Guy and I'm a Fantasy Premier League junkie. I haven't looked at a form chart in 14 days (polite applause).

How did it all start, my falling into the dementia of Fantasy Premier League? I was minding my own business....really. I had a subscription to ITVN (whoa.

Poll: Who Should Be The Next Aston Villa Manager?

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United States coach Bob Bradley was interviewed this weekend on BBC's Sportsweek radio program where he reconfirmed that he is still interested in the vacant Aston Villa manager position. No new news there except for the respect he has for the way that Aston Villa is managing the recruitment process in light of Kevin MacDonald temporarily taking charge of the team.

Goal-Line Technology Debate Surfaces Again as Stoke City Fall to Tottenham

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Stoke City lost a hard fought match on Saturday at home to Tottenham as yet more controversy surfaces concerning goal-line technology.

Spurs went up in the first half thanks to a bundled goal off the face of Gareth Bale before Ricardo Fuller equalized for Stoke City after showing his well-timed striker's instinct.

Premier League News: Daily Ticker: Aug. 21

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Huang Abandons Liverpool Bid

Kenny Huang has abandoned his bid to take over Liverpool FC on behalf of Chinese sports investment firm QSL, a source told The Guardian. Huang was long considered the only viable contender to take over the debt-riddled club.

Huang's withdrawal is rumored to be because of frustrations with the pace of the takeover process.

Hooligans Untold Story: BBC Panorama Documentary (Video)

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Sometimes I'm proud to be British. But other times, I'm ashamed. After watching a documentary series on YouTube entitled "Hooligans Untold Story," an investigative look inside the world of England football hooligans by the renowned team from BBC's Panorama, I was very ashamed especially since the footage was only a few years ago, from 2006.

Roy Hodgson Is A Saint After Turkish Journalist Interrupts Press Conference (Video)

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Roy Hodgson is a saint. Well, not exactly, but if you wanted to get a good indication of what type of person he is and how much patience he has, watch the above video of yesterday's Liverpool press conference after Liverpool's 1-0 win over Trabzonspor.

A Turkish journalist staggered in front of Hodgson while he was answering a question.

Memories of Leeds United Away Games in the 70s, 80s and 90s

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After reading Jesse Chula's article about how many Premier League matches will you watch this weekend, it made me contemplate how different the TV and Internet viewing experience is to going to a game in England. More specifically, going to an away game.

I've been to plenty of top-flight games in England and Wales, but I've never been to see my team Swansea City play in an away match.

When Will People Wise Up About Manchester City’s Robinho?

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As news that Turkish club Besiktas are prepared to take Robinho off Manchester City's books for a cool 16 million British pounds with ten million more on offer in performance-related payments, it raises an important question.

Just how poor does your form, commitment and professional behaviour have to be before a football club will stop spending stupid amounts of money on you?

Poll: Stephen Ireland or James Milner, Who Will Do Better?

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The James Milner transfer from Aston Villa to Manchester City dragged on for weeks but finally happened yesterday. And shortly afterwards Stephen Ireland moved from City to Villa.

But who do you think will do better this season? Will James Milner make a bigger impact at City, or will Ireland do better at Villa?

How Many Premier League Matches Will You Watch This Weekend?

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As the second gameweek of the Premier League descends upon football fans in the States and across the world, supporters scramble and plan how they'll view matches and just how many they'll be able to fit into their crowded weekends. As new ways to view the Premier League constantly introduce themselves to the masses, more fans are watching more matches each weekend.

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 2

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Gameweek 2 saves the best match for last, one of the rare Monday nighters. Hopefully Martin Tyler will be on the international call again, as he was this past Monday. Man United and Chelsea take to the road, visiting stadiums where they each got pummeled last year, conceding 3 goals apiece.

Blackpool Chairman Steps Down

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Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has resigned as chairman after 11 years (Photo credit: The Guardian)

Blackpool was stunned this evening with the news that chairman Karl Oyston has resigned with immediate effect just days after their shocking 4-0 victory over Wigan.

No reason has been given as to why but the Daily Mail is reporting that the 43-year-old Oyston, who took control of the club in 1999, resigned because he was unhappy with the £1 million transfer fee Blackpool paid for striker Brett Pitman.

ESPN and Fox Soccer Channel See Bounce in EPL TV Ratings

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Both Fox Soccer Channel and ESPN saw a significant increase in their viewing audience numbers this past week for their coverage of the opening weekend of the Premier League on US television.

Manchester United against Newcastle United drew ESPN2′s largest-ever viewing number for a Monday Premier League game when 412,000 viewers watched the game.

Is Manchester City Move Right For Milner?

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So the transfer saga of the summer is over as Manchester City have finally completed the signing of England international James Milner with Stephen Ireland moving to Villa Park as part of the deal.

While Manchester City have undoubtedly got themselves a top quality player we will have to wait and see whether or not the move turns out to be a good one for Milner.

Spirited Seasiders Await Season Of Sunshine

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As 4,000 Blackpool fans roared their side on in a sea of tangerine at Wigan Athletic, it seems that last weekend's 4-0 victory will not be the only moment to savour for Ian Holloway's men this season. The seaside club are ironically enough in a fantastic position of being favourites to lose every week.

Blackburn Rovers Edge Closer to Takeover by Indian Billionaire

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Blackburn Rovers are on the precipice of being taken over by an Indian billionaire with a family fortune of £5bn. The club's financial records are currently being reviewed by Ahsan Ali Syed's team of accountants and negotiators. And, if everything goes smoothly, Rovers should receive a takeover bid of approximately £300m.

Premier League Miss Out on Mesut Ozil as Madrid Secure German Playmaker

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Mesut Ozil has officially signed for Spanish giants Real Madrid as Premier League clubs Chelsea and Manchester United miss the chance to secure the talents and play-making abilities of the 21 year old German international.

At a bargain, Real Madrid payed somewhere in the realm of £12m to Bundesliga side Werder Bremen for the midfielder who led Germany to the semi finals of the World Cup.

Premier League News, Daily Ticker: Aug. 17

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Aston Villa and Manchester City Reach Deal Over Milner

After one of the longest transfer sagas of the summer Aston Villa has finally agreed on terms to sell midfielder James Milner to Manchester City.

The England international will undergo a medical at Eastlands this afternoon.

FIFA 11 Gameplay Trailer From EA Sports: Video

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EA Sports has released the official gameplay trailer for FIFA 11, one of the most popular soccer video games in the world.

New features include:

  • Next gen gameplay engine (PC),
  • Personality+ (Xbox and PS3),
  • Pro passing (Xbox and PS3),
  • Creation centre (Xbox and PS3),
  • Career mode (Xbox and PS3),
  • Improved celebrations (Xbox and PS3),
  • And much more.

Harry Redknapp and Tottenham Hotspur: The Masters Of Suspense

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When I think of Harry Redknapp, he constantly reminds me of Sir Alfred Hitchcock, Britain's best-ever film director. The two men hail from the East End of London. Both men had close ties with West Ham United. Hitchcock having supported them and Redknapp having played and managed them.

Manchester United Have New Inspiration

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The Premier League is underway and the two main title protagonists have recorded emphatics wins coupled with extremely impressive performances. Chelsea's 6-0 victory over West Brom was somewhat of a surprise given their lacklustre pre-season form and disappointing Community Shield display, but Didier Drogba has now declared Chelsea aren't even ready for the season yet, an ominous warning to the rest of the Premier League.

How Man United and Chelsea are Men Among Boys in the Premier League

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Now that the opening weekend of the Premier League has kicked off, one thing is absolutely clear. Both Chelsea and Manchester United have a new rival to contend with. It's an opponent that will be hanging over their heads throughout the entire season, adding pressure at key moments. It's a new competitor in the Premier League that both top clubs fear.

Manchester City’s Roberto Mancini Must Go!

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No. I am NOT serious, but how long will it be before someone takes up that chant for real? This has nothing to do with Saturday's match. It's about a comment I made about Mark Hughes before last season began. I said I felt sorry for him because it was going to be no easy task melding the egos and expectations into a cohesive team.

Soccer Talk Live Debuts on Fox Soccer Channel: Review

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Soccer Talk Live, a new TV show from Fox Soccer Channel, debuted Monday night in place of the recently cancelled Fox Football Fone-In. The new show, hosted by former LA Galaxy player Kyle Martino, is a completely different concept than anything Fox has tried before, so they should be given credit for trying.

Premier League News, Daily Ticker: Aug. 16

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Eriksson Thinks Capello Was Wrong To Force Beckham Out

Former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson has criticized current manager Fabio Capello for announcing that David Beckham would likely not play in any more competitve matches for the Three Lions.

"Beckham deserves all the respect you can give to him," Eriksson said.

Fox Soccer Channel in HD on DirecTV Opening Weekend Observations

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This past weekend was the weekend many Premier League fans have been waiting on for quite some time now, at least here in the States. FSCHD went live for DirecTV subscribers last Wednesday which was a great way to enter into the opening weekend of the 2010-2011 Premier League season.

Why Joe Cole’s Red Card Against Arsenal Was Harsh

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Not many seasons ago the tackle which Joe Cole got sent off for yesterday would not have been a red card, it would probably not even been a yellow card. This would have been because his intention was to block the ball rather than tackle the player. The fact he clattered into the player subsequently would have been seen an accidental by-product of an honest attempt to intercept the ball.

Fan Diary – 15 August, 2010: Avoiding The Result (Part 2)

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Okay. A late night rant (to be posted in the morning).

Before we berate the dubious intentions of a prominent Stateside soccer broadcaster, we should probably first go through that bit where we say that the opinions of Mr Ethan Armstrong don't necessarily reflect the opinions of EPLTalk etc etc.

Premier League Footballer of the Week, Gameweek 1

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  • I Hart the Premier League

Did you ever see the movie Office Space where they guy makes the ‘jump to conclusions' mat? His idea was to craft something similar to the pet rock which made some guy named Gary Dahl a cool million+ in the 70′s. Such it was that the character in the movie gets smashed to bits in a car accident and ends up a millionaire stemming from a settlement or insurance claim as opposed to his not-so-genius idea of the mat coming to fruition.

Football Manager 2011: Sneak Preview (Video)

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It's incredible to think of all of the enhancements that are made to Football Manager year after year. The game becomes closer to real life football management with each release. And now we have a sneak peek of what will be featured in Football Manager 2011 which will be released before the end of 2010.

The Premiership Weekend in Review

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It may only be just over a month since the World Cup has ended but that time has dragged by with very little football to watch and very few interesting transfer stories. What a relief then that the first weekend of the Premier League season would prove to be so unpredictable unless you were at Stamford Bridge.

EPL Weekend Review Show #1: EPL Talk Podcast

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The first weekend of the season went into the books with the final whistle at Anfield, Arsenal's visit to Liverpool the EPL Talk Podcast Match of the Week. To talk about the match and the eight from Saturday, I was joined Sunday night by Kartik Krishnaiyer for the first EPL Talk Weekend Review Show of the season.

Fan Diary – 15 August, 2010: Avoiding The Result

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It's been a while since I've been unable to watch Liverpool's opening day match live. The last time was 2007 against Aston Villa. It went like this: George (A Mancunian; a regular at the brewery where I bartended; a City diehard; a Setanta subscriber) plopped the tape of the match on the bar top.

Goals Galore on Opening Day of Premier League Season

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One of the matches I watched live during the opening day of the Premier League was the one featuring Wigan Athletic against Blackpool at the DW Stadium in Lancashire. I watched it live on FoxSoccer.tv. But I was astonished as most viewers were what unfolded before my eyes as Wigan completely collapsed defensively and Blackpool capitalized on their complacency, completely ripping apart the Latics.

Match Of The Opening Credits: 2010 and 1980 (Video)

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Match Of The Day unveiled their new opening credits August 14th after the opening day of the Premier League season. The staple of English football, shown on BBC 1 on Saturday evenings, remains one of the most popular shows in the United Kingdom. And deservedly so as it does a grand job of featuring all of the highlights from the day's games.

Why I Dislike Watching Chelsea Play At Stamford Bridge

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It was 97 days ago since the last Premier League match when Chelsea ended up winning the 2009-2010 Premier League title after emphatically beating Wigan Athletic 8-0. On that same day, Manchester United tried to pip them to title but couldn't do so even after defeating Stoke City 4-0.

Wolves Score Wonder Free Kick On Opening Day Of Season: Video

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When you think of Wolverhampton Wanderers, the words ‘glamor club' don't often come to mind. But in their opening match of the 2010-11 Premier League season, they created something a little extra special that you wouldn't expect. An incredibly creative goal that was world class.

The sheer brilliance of the goal reminded the excellent 101 Great Goals blog of a similar goal which was scored in 1970.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek One: Open Thread

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We finally made it to the opening of the 2010-11 Premier League. With the early match between Tottenham Hotspur against Manchester City to kick things off, today should be an exciting day with what we hope will be plenty of goals during the opening weekend.

Feel free to share your observations before, during and after the Premier League games in the comments section below.

Soccer Fans, What Do You Love and Hate About Your Cable or Satellite Provider?

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If I have learned anything in my first year of reading EPL Talk it is that we are all subject to the whims of our TV providers whether they be cable, FiOS, DSL or satellite. You want Fox Soccer Plus? Well, let me see. "We value the input of all our customers........"

Right. Tell me another one.

Dear Fox Soccer Channel(s): an Open Letter For the New Season

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Within the last 12 months, you've done a lot to enhance your product and the growth of the game. The launch of the HD channel and Fox Soccer Plus, while not by any means perfect, have been a major plus. The announcement of the new Fox Soccer Tonight program is another good step for the network.

Fox Relaunches FoxSoccer.tv In Time for EPL Season

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Fox Soccer Channel today launched a beta version of FoxSoccer.tv, its broadband website, in time for the 2010-11 Premier League season which begins Saturday, August 14.

The biggest change is that FoxSoccer.tv has switched broadband providers from RayV to Perform. Perform's client list includes Virgin Media, Marca and Omnisport.

Can Blackpool Survive In The Premier League?

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With the start of the new season just days away many people are predicting that Blackpool will be this season's Burnley. However, Ian Holloway has added several new players to his squad this summer and they may well fancy their chances of upsetting the odds by staying up. The big question is have they got enough quality to do it?

Top 10 Wishes for the 2010-11 Premier League Season

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Looking ahead to this upcoming Premier League season, I'm more excited about this one than any other in the past. Part of the reason may be that I'm hoping to find solace in the league that I didn't find in the World Cup after England's exploits came tumbling down. But it's also because I prefer club football over the international brand.

Sharing the Love – 5 Suggestions to Get Your Significant Other Into the EPL

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As the dawn of a new EPL season nears, I am preparing to spend countless hours over the next 10 months following the drama that is the Premier League. Â The 2010 season also marks my first as a married man, and as a newlywed, I realize that some of those hours that I'm offering up at the Church of the Fever Pitch are not mine alone to tithe.

Which Premier League Side has the Best Home Support?

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That's the question I want readers of EPL Talk to pay special attention to over the course of the next few weeks as each club will get a chance to open up a new season at home. As the new campaign starts, every club has ambitions and feel like world beaters as they begin anew. Whatever the result teams earned last year, either good or bad, the slate has now been wiped clean.

2010-11 English Premier League Preview, Parts I-IV: EPL Talk Podcast

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We're one day away from the start of the 2010-11 English Premier League season, and in response to your requests, we roll into the weekend with our full EPL preview. This podcast is all four of our preview shows edited into one file for your listening ease.

We'll be back on Sunday with our first weekend review show, which we'll record at 10 p.

Open Letter to Sir Alex Ferguson Concerning Mesut Özil

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Dearest Alex,

Oops!

Apologies in assuming we're now on a first name basis. I do in fact know a few other individuals named ‘Alex', I should have distinguished you from them, or should I have said them from you?Â

Let's see, there's Alex Turner (another hero of mine), Alex DeLarge (nothing but trouble), Alex Trebek, and lastly, the Alex P.

Join the ‘I Know The Score’ EPL Prediction Game, 2010-11 Season

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Now is your chance to show how much of a Premier League expert you are by playing the I Know The Score prediction game. As we've done for many previous seasons, EPL Talk has set up a private league and we'd like to invite the first 20 people to join now.

To play the game, here's all you have to do:

  1. Just visit the I Know The Score website,
  2. Register for free
  3. After you've logged in, click on the ‘Mini-Leagues' link in the left navbar
  4. Then enter the following into the ‘Mini-League Code' field: FA270-YZV

If you're not one of the first 20 to register, don't worry.

2010-11 Premier League Table Predictions

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Where do you think the 20 teams in the Premier League will end up at the end of the season? It's a question that EPL Talk has asked for several years running when we give our predictions. And, at the same time, we always invite you to share your predictions too.

It's always difficult to pick the top 20 especially when the August transfer window hasn't ended.

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 1

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After a terrific summer of World Cup matches, vuvuzela-free Premier League soccer is back! And I will be back too, with your weekly guide to Premier League matches. I intend this weekly column for two different audiences: First, for the person who needs no assistance figuring out which games to watch, they just want to know when and where.

Fulham Away Jersey for 2010-11 Premier League Season

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Fulham has revealed their new away jersey for the 2010-11 Premier League season. Designed and manufactured by Kappa, it's far better than their new home shirt in my opinion.

Fulham's new away shirt is red with a design that features charcoal grey sleeves and shoulders. The Fulham away jersey also features a white band that goes across the chest where the sponsor's name is located.

Blackpool Away Jersey for 2010-11 Premier League Season

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Blackpool Football Club has unveiled their new away shirt for the 2010-11 Premier League season.

The white shirt with tangerine trim is simple but elegant. Manufactured by Carbrini, the shirt will be officially available for purchase as of Friday, August 13. Just like the home shirt, the jersey features the sponsor's name Wonga, which is a British expression meaning money.

5 Transfers Which You May Have Missed This Summer

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It has been a quiet season on the transfer front if your name isn't Roberto Mancini. Of the teams who finished in the top 4 very few ‘big' transfers have been made. Sure we are excited by the prospect of Chamakh and Chicarcito (who scored AGAIN last night against Spain) but their transfers do not create the same commotion as the saga's of Ashley Cole, Dimitar Berbatov and Cristiano Ronaldo.

2010-11 English Premier League Preview, Part IV: EPL Talk Podcast

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In the final part of our preview series, Laurenca McKenna, Kartik Krishnaiyer and myself talk about the three clubs we expect to compete for the 19th Premier League title: Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United. We also talk surprises and disappointments, themes and trends, and our first match of the week: Arsenal's visit to Liverpool.

Gerrard the Great: England 2 – 1 Hungary

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After falling behind amidst a chorus of boos, England's captain Steven Gerrard went all Bruce Banner turns Incredible Hulk on poor Hungary. That frustration and torment endured by England's underachieving side inspired Gerrard to remind us that he is still capable of being one of the world's best.

ESPN Reaches 3-Year Agreement for EPL Coverage On TV, Web and Mobile

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ESPN has officially confirmed that they have reached an agreement with Fox Sports International to license a selection of Premier League games on US television and multimedia for the next three seasons (2010-11 through 2012-13). The three-year sublicense includes up to 74 live matches each season on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.

Fox Adds New EPL Highlights Show, ‘Fox Soccer Tonight’

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Fox Soccer Channel will launch a new TV series this Saturday night named Fox Soccer Tonight. The show will premiere Saturday and Sunday evenings beginning August 14 at 8:30pm ET and will feature highlights of the best Premier League matches of the day.

According to a Fox Soccer Channel representative, Kyle Martino will host the show as well as hosting Soccer Talk Live.

Premier League News, Daily Ticker: Aug. 11

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Fulham Say Schwarzer Will Not Go To Arsenal

Fulham has taken steps to assuage rumors that goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has requested a transfer to Arsenal. Arsene Wenger had a £2 million bid rejected earlier in the transfer window for the former Middlesbrough man.

Revisionism in Football

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Following on from an article on this very site which I respectfully disagreed with, it seems to me that Revisionism is prevalent in modern football. Whether it be a defence mechanism to cope with loss or the delusion that things can and will only get better it worries me that legacy's can be lost in the haze.

Music, Media and Manchester: The Search for North West England’s Best Band

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If you've ever read any of my writing previously you'll know I'm prone to mention various elements of pop culture, music, film or television as references in my writing, sometimes even how they coincide with each other. Along with football, writing and the occasional book, those few entities make up the majority of my hobbies, interests and general time wasters.

Destroying the Myths of Birmingham City and Newcastle

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On the eve of a new Premier League season, two sides are enjoying a free-ride from many football observers. I aim to set the record straight, but I maintain an open mind, so if you think I am wrong, please comment.

I'll start with Birmingham City. Twelve months ago, the Blues were looking forward to a season of Premier League football, albeit after labouring to second place in the Championship.

2010-11 English Premier League Preview, Part III: EPL Talk Podcast

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Wednesday is here, and time for the EPL Talk team to tackle the strength of the league. No league in the world has the kind of depth the Premier League has four through eight. Today, Laurence McKenna, Kartik Krishnaiyer and myself talk about Aston Villa, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Tottenham and pick which teams will miss-out on Europe and which team will go to Champions League.

ESPN Reach Agreement with Fox Over EPL TV Rights in U.S.

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The prolonged negotiations between Fox Sports International and ESPN over the sublicensing of Premier League TV rights for United States television appear to be over, at least for the opening weekend of the 2010-11 EPL season. ESPN presenter Max Bretos has announced that ESPN will show the Premier League games this weekend between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City (Saturday, 7:30am ET) and Manchester United versus Newcastle United (Monday, 2:45pm ET).

Too Many Kits?

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Liverpool's new boys sporting their three kits for the new season

A new Premier League season brings about many new arrivals and one of them which is always a money spinner for clubs are the release of football kits. But recently what is becoming more and more apparent is the alarming rate of more Premier League releasing home kits and third kits every season.

Martin O’Neill Did A Solid Job At Aston Villa: No More, No Less.

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Articulate, funny and an enthusiastic celebrator of his team's goals, Martin O'Neill is one of the most popular men in football. Having done a superb job at Leicester City, and a very good one at Celtic (despite quite heavy spending) he was linked with the Manchester United job in 2002 (before Ferguson stayed on) and was interviewed for the England Managership in 2006.

Four Top Four Players to Watch This Premier League Season

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After a long, hot summer filled with plenty of football, we now stand between what's left of the work week before the Premier League returns with guns blazing, before Arsenal look like world beaters for four months on all those pristine green pitches before the weather turns, and before your least favorite post, Premier League Footballer of the Week returns with an unabashed arrival.

Holloway Relishing Shot At The Big Boys

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At 3pm on Saturday, Ian Holloway will settle into his place at pitch side and soak in the atmosphere of a half empty DW Stadium. He will look out onto the messy Wigan turf and see a string of Championship players plugging away on a pitch suited for rugby league. Holloway will look around and take a deep breath in and produce a broad, bubbly smile.

What Has Been Your Favorite Decade for Soccer?

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I've been going through a 80′s fascination the past few weeks. No, I haven't been getting the styling gel out to give myself a Flock Of Seagulls hairdo, but I have discovered (better late than never) a 24/7 music station on Sirius-XM called "1st Wave," which plays new wave music from the 1980′s on a 24/7 loop.

2010 English Premier League Preview, Part II: EPL Talk Podcast

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Yesterday, Laurence McKenna, Kartik Krishnaiyer and myself focus on some of the issues that have carried over from the summer into the beginning of this Premier League campaign. On today's edition of the EPL Talk podcast, we move to the clubs, talking about which teams we feel are going to make-up the bottom half of the league and potentially battle relegation.

Martin O’Neill Resigns as Aston Villa Manager

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Martin O'Neill has resigned as manager of Aston Villa just days before the 2010-11 Premier League season is set to begin. Kevin MacDonald, the reserve team manager, takes over as caretaker manager and will prepare the team for the opening Premier League game of the season against West Ham on Saturday.

Former Premier League Players Star In MLS Game: Photo Slideshow

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EPL Talk photographer Chris Doellner was in Chicago last night to capture some of the former English Premier League stars who are now plying their trade in Major League Soccer. The nil-nil game between Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls featured former Premiership stars including Thierry Henry, Freddie Ljungberg and Juan Pablo Angel.

Premier League News, Daily Ticker: Aug. 9

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Brown and Robinson Retire From England Squad

Fabio Capello has lost two more potential squad members as Blackburn keeper Paul Robinson and Manchester United defender Wes Brown declined their respective call ups to the England squad for England's upcoming friendly against Hungary.

What’s In Your Soccer Video Collection?

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After Sunday's Community Shield match between Chelsea and Manchester United, I had a chance to watch the highlights of the game with the Digital Video Recorder (DVR) that I use to record games. I got to see Chicharito's goal again that he scored with his face. It's not something you get to see very often.

2010-11 English Premier League Preview, Part I: EPL Talk Podcast

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In the first of four parts, the EPL Talk team returns from their post-World Cup hiatus just in time for the 2010-11 English Premier League Season. Richard Farley, Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer, in the first quarter-hour of a recording from Sunday night, talk about some of the summer's overarching issues – the sale of Liverpool, 25/7 – as well as the direction the show will take in the next week and over the next season.

Were Football Fans Right to Boo England Players During the Community Shield?

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The Premier League season officially kicked off on Sunday with Manchester United grabbing the first available piece of silverware on offer by beating Chelsea 3-1 at Wembley in front of large audience.

The match opened with a frenetic pace as both sides saw early chances come and go with no end result.

Community Shield Preview

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Perennial Premier League powerhouses Chelsea and Manchester United meet at Wembley in the annual curtain raiser to the new season. Chelsea will be looking to repeat their success of last season's Shield, when they defeated United on penalties. Chelsea's domestic double of Premier League and F.

FA Community Shield Live Blog

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FA Charity Shield

Related posts:

  1. Community Shield Preview
  2. Poll: Will Man United or Chelsea Win the 2010 Community Shield?
  3. Premier League Season Finale: Live Blog and Chat


Fabio Capello Names New Look England Squad

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England boss Fabio Capello has named his 23 man squad that will face Hungary on Wednesday at Wembley, England's first match since their defeat at the hands of Germany in the World Cup. In the squad, Capello has shuffled fourteen players from the England team who featured and ultimately underwhelmed this summer at the World Cup in South Africa.

Poll: Will Man United or Chelsea Win the 2010 Community Shield?

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The next Premier League season doesn't begin until Saturday, August 14 but as soon as the first ball is kicked in the Community Shield, the English top flight football calendar officially opens.

Tomorrow we'll see Manchester United compete against Chelsea (10am ET, Fox Soccer Channel) to see who will win the Community Shield silverware.

Cesc Fabregas Is Staying Put

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Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has confirmed he is staying with Arsenal for the new Premier League season. The Spain midfielder had been the subject of rumours about a move back to his boyhood club Barcelona, but the 23 year old has commited his future to the North London club.

Fabregas has confirmed that Barcelona had tabled two bids for him, but both were rejected by Arsenal, who kept a firm not for sale stance on Fabregas throughout the summer.

Soccer Talk Live to Debut August 16 on Fox Soccer Channel

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Two weeks ago EPL Talk revealed that Fox Football Fone-In was cancelled and that Kyle Martino was moving from ESPN to Fox to start up a new show in its place. And now we have seen confirmation of the news in an article published by the Associated Press as well as some insight in regards to the theme of the show.

Nani Is Happy With Progress

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Two seasons ago, Nani was hauled off at halftime in a lacklustre display against Tottenham. The Portuguese winger then watched his club come from 2 goals down to win 5-2 and keep their title charge alive. Fast forward to this summer and Nani has cemented his place as an exciting winger looking to emulate the large shoes of countryman Cristiano Ronaldo as the next United wideman.

Watch the Real ‘Damned United’ On Television This Weekend

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One of the advantages of the Premier League season starting a week later than some European leagues is that it gives us a chance, for one weekend at least, to watch other leagues that we necessarily wouldn't have as much time for once the season kicks off.

And what better way to spend the weekend by watching the real life drama of The Damned United when Derby County play Leeds United at Elland Road in the Championship?

The Premier League Has a Hold on Me

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Of all the top leagues around the world, I have always been partial to the English Premier League. I am not sure quite sure how it started, but once I go into it, it was love at first sight and I've never looked back. It could be because the Premier League is the easiest accessible league for me to watch here in the United States, but when I first got into club football it was the Champions League that caught my eye, so that can't entirely be the reason.

Where Has All of the Quality Soccer Writing Gone?

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Yes, it's summer, which means most of Europe is on vacation. And yes, it's the silly season when transfer speculation is rife and the season hasn't kicked off yet. But I don't know about you, but I've been really disappointed with the level of football journalism post-World Cup. That pertains to both the blogosphere and traditional news organizations.

Magical Memories of Newsagents that Fueled a Passion for Soccer

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One of the few magical shops that were often an enjoyment for me when I was growing up in the United Kingdom was the local newsagents. The store, which would sell an assortment of things such as newspapers, magazines, confectionary, lottery tickets, drinks, greetings cards and much more was one of the most exciting places I would visit when I was a child.

Keith Harris: “Glazers Will Not Sell”

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The executive chairman of Seymour Pierce, Keith Harris, believes that a bid from the Red Knights to buy Manchester United would be totally pointless, as the Glazer Family have no intention of selling.

The Red Knights are a consortium of wealthy businessmen, who were interested in buying Manchester United, but have had stalling points due to the club's uneconomical, financial situation.

What Do You Love Most About the USA and UK?

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We all have different stories to tell regarding where we were born and grew up, and how we fell in love with either the Premier League or one Premier League club in particular. But I believe that despite the banter, there are many readers to this site who respect both the British and American cultures.

Everton to Play Historic Match Against Everton de Vina del Mar

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Everton will play a historic match this evening at Goodison Road when they compete in a friendly match against a very familiar, and in many ways, unfamiliar opponent. They will be playing against a club called Everton. Everton de Viña del Mar, to be exact, from Chile.

There are a few soccer clubs in South America who have been named after English clubs, but this is the first time any of them have faced each other.

Chinese Government Close to Liverpool Purchase: What’s Your Verdict?

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What would you say if the future owner of Liverpool FC was the Chinese Government? Sounds too unbelievable to be true, but the British press is reporting that The Reds could be bought by one of the original reds, the Chinese Government, within the next month.

The Chinese Government's overseas investing arm is China Investment Corporation (CIC), which is funding the bid fronted by Chinese sports tycoon Kenny Huang.

Is Liverpool’s Roy Hodgson The Luckiest Man In England?

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Sometimes you just luck out in life. Sometimes everything just goes right. Things you usually have to struggle to achieve just fall in your lap without you even trying. Sometimes you're just on roll, the universe has briefly aligned itself in your favour and for a short period of time you are King of the World.

Four Non Top Four Players to Watch This Premier League Season

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As the Community Shield approaches this weekend to officially kick off another ten months of Premier League football, here are a few non big four yet solid and exciting players to watch this season. For those more interested in big four teams, watch this space for more preview posts to come before the opening weekend.

Mark Hughes Takes Swipe at Man City

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On his first official press conference as new Fulham boss, Mark Hughes lambasted his former employers, Manchester City, and aired out his frustrations about his short tenure at Eastlands.

Hughes was sacked last December and replaced by Roberto Mancini, who still failed to get City into the Champions League and had to settle for Europa League football.

Most Expensive Season Tickets in the Premier League, 2010-11 Season

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Out of the 20 clubs in the Premier League, which ones do you think have the most expensive season tickets? Many of you may guess that Manchester United and Liverpool would be high up on the list, but you may be surprised by the findings that Four Four Two Magazine revealed in their latest issue.

Torres Commits to Anfield, But is This Best For Liverpool?

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El Niño has ended his silence today and has announced he "is more committed to Liverpool FC than ever." This almost feels like a summer move, because with Liverpool finishing 7th last season, it seemed inevitable that the combination of his highly-overvalued price tag and Torres' desire for Champions League football would lead to his departure from Anfield.

Manchester United Away Jersey for 2010-11 Season: Official Photos

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Manchester United will officially unveil their new away jersey for the 2010-2011 Premier League season on Wednesday, August 4th. Designed and manufactured by Nike, the jersey is white with red and black trim and features a chevron designed on the shirt's shoulder and sleeves as well as the new sponsor's name on the front of the shirt.

Citizens Poised to Attack in 2010

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As they approach, once again, the 100 million pound mark in the transfer market, Manchester City and head coach Roberto Mancini still find facets of their team to dislike. Yet, for a team still searching for a striker to add to an already formidable attack, much respect is already deserved to what appears to be the most dangerous attacking third in the Premier League.

Return of the Glory Days to Molineux?

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If I asked you to name the big four in English football, chances are you would reply with Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea. You'd be wrong though. In fact, instead of the Blues, it is Wolverhampton Wanderers who find themselves firmly cemented in the top four in terms of all time results joining United, Arsenal and Liverpool.

Will Newcastle Survive In The Premier League?

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With the season fast approaching fans of Newcastle United will be wondering how their team will cope back in the top flight after a season away.

Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood did a fantastic job stabilising the club and leading them to promotion at the first attempt but have they got enough quality at their disposal to keep the ‘Toon Army' in the Premier League.

Top 5 Ways to Make the Premier League TV and Internet Experience Better

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I still remember the day on October 2, 1983 when the first English top flight match on a Sunday was screened live on British television. The game between Tottenham Hotspur and Nottingham Forest wasn't memorable, but it was a turning point in the history of kick-off times for English football because the weekend monopoly of all games being played on a Saturday at 3pm GMT was finally broken.

The Cult of Berbatov

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Dimitar Berbatov is less a divisive figure amongst United fans and more a Red Herring, any time his name is rolled out by rival fans it's along the lines "you could have had Torres or Tevez for less money". His lack of goals for United is a statistic you can't ignore, over his two seasons at Old Trafford he has managed 3 more goals than his first season at Tottenham, playing in a better team who therefore create more chances.

Tottenham Hotspur in the Ascendancy, But What Constitutes a Successful Season?

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As Spurs boss Harry Redknapp looks to further strengthen his squad this summer, fans of the North London club are approaching one of the most anticipated seasons in club history after a brilliant end to a successful one last May.

After Tottenham open the 2010-2011 Premier League season at home v Manchester City, they've only a few short days until their all important UEFA Champions League two leg playoff series against the club they'll be pitted against from Champions League third round qualifying.

Is Huang The Savior Of Liverpool?

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Reports out of the British media indicate that Chinese billionaire Kenny Huang is planning a hostile takeover of Liverpool FC. Current owners Tom Hicks and George Gillette put the club up for sale during the spring but are against Huang's takeover because they would not see a profit from the sale of the club.

Poll: Which Premier League Club Do You Support?

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There's been a lot of debate and stories shared recently regarding what clubs that you, the readers of EPL Talk, support. So what better way to gauge how many people support which club and how much of an impact the Big Four of the Premier League have by asking the question, which club do you support?

What Impact did Premier League Clubs Have in North America This Summer?

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Most Premier League clubs often travel to Asia for their preseason tours, except this summer where North America was graced by the presence of four Premiership teams: Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Bolton Wanderers.

But when you evaluate each of the team's tours to this side of the Atlantic, would you consider them a success or not?

Can Liverpool Challenge for Fourth?

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The last three permanent managers of Liverpool have all overseen a familiar pattern of events. Roy Evans, Gerard Houllier and Rafael Benitez all enjoyed moderately successful starts – Evans had a decent first full league season, Houllier a distant third place and a (very fortunate) cup treble, Benitez's Champions League triumph rightly overshadowed a fairly poor fifth place – followed by a genuine title challenge or two before it all went stunningly wrong.

Who Should be First Choice Goalkeeper at Manchester City this Season?

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City boss Roberto Mancini has a pretty nice problem on his hands come the start of the Premier League season as he has arguably two of the league's best keepers both vying for a starting position at Eastlands. Joe Hart and Shay Given, both full internationals and fit to start the season, aren't used to bench work, have enjoyed top form in recent campaigns and will stand for nothing less than the #1 come the start of the season.

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal, 1971-72 Season: Video Flashback

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During the 2010 World Cup, there were quite a few controversial incidents that happened on or near the goal line. Just a couple of examples including Frank Lampard's goal for England against Germany which was disallowed because the referee and assistant referee ruled that the ball didn't cross the line.

Samir Khedira Switches From Stuttgart

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Premier League transfer target moves to La Liga

Germany's World Cup star Samir Khedira has moved from Stuttgart to Spanish Giants Real Madrid on a five year deal. Madrid sealed an undisclosed fee with Stuttgart for the 23 year old on Friday. Khedira is the third summer signing for new boss Jose Mourinho, following the captures of wingers Angel di Maria from Benfica and Pedro Leon from Getafe.