EPL Talk Archives for January 2011

Video Trailer For Subbuteopia, the Documentary About The World Famous Table Soccer Game

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Subbuteopia – teaser 01 from L@Società Sintetica on Vimeo. If I had to pick three of my fondest "toys" from my childhood, it would definitely be my leather football I got for Christmas, as well as the Commodore VIC-20 computer and ...

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What Are The 20 Premier League Clubs Wishing For in 2012?

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Here is what the Premier League clubs are wishing for in 2012: Arsenal: Gunner fans are wishing that scoring machine Robin van Persie continues his torrid streak. Aston Villa: That Alex McLeish has a method to his "managerial tactic" madness. ...

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Alternative Premier League, Gameweek 18: Tottenham Lead The Way

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After a week with seven draws, winning was clearly off the agenda for many teams who seemed content with playing out a stalemate. No where was this dose of Christmas charity more stark than within the top six where only ...

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5 Fantasy Premier League Tips For Gameweek 19

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1. Gareth Bale-Â It's easy to jump on the Gareth Bale bandwagon. We all did it after his fabulous hat trick at the San Siro. We all did it after his Player of the Year Award. I'm doing it again now. ...

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Whatever Happened to Michael Ricketts? (Who Are Ya)

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‘WHO ARE YA?' is a new weekly feature on EPL Talk that profiles players who have been capped for England and fallen from grace and players who never really reached their full potential, with the help of some anecdotes .Feel ...

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Arsenal 1-1 Wolves: Parking the Bus, Making a Point And Taking a Point

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In a game that was set back 24 hours, Wolverhampton Wanderers made like the staff of the London Underground and went on strike. Not literally of course, but metaphorically. Just as the tube workers stood firm, refused to budge and ...

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Premier League Midseason Analysis: London vs. Manchester

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It isn't exactly halfway through the season, but all of the clubs are 18 games into their 2011-12 campaign except for Everton and Tottenham (both are 17 games in) who have to make up their first round fixture due to ...

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Can Norwich City and Queens Park Rangers Stay Up This Season?

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Apart from The Gaffer waxing lyrically about Swansea, there has not been that much on the other two promoted sides here on EPL Talk. It has been quite a year for QPR and Norwich but what did 2011 mean to ...

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Hungover? (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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These match days could be remembered as when United took charge of the league. They've said it once and they'll say it again. Don't count them out. But not all is lost, at least there were some draws in there. ...

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All-Star Premier League Team So Far This Season (2011-12)

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It's been scintillating six months of English football. We've had blow outs (8-2, 5-3, and 6-1 between some big guns) and some stunning individual performances (numerous hat-tricks and goal line saves). With half a season to go, it's time to ...

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Gareth Barry, Manchester City’s English Lion

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The fall of 2011 has marked a turnaround of sorts for Gareth Barry. More confident performances for Manchester City as well as the honor of scoring England's 2,000th goal in the 1-0 November friendly win over Sweden. Late last season, ...

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Kartik Krishnaiyer (EPL Talk Interview)

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EPL Talk sits down with Kartik Krishnaiyer to assess the season so far and look forward to 2012. Laurence McKenna hosts the EPL Talk pundit to cover Twitter; the blue moon rising; Liverpool's fortunes; Tiote in Newcastle; and what ‘beauty' ...

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The Gaffer (EPL Talk Interview)

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In an EPL Talk Special we speak with the creator of the Talk Network – Christopher Harris, a.k.a. The Gaffer. We discuss the season so far and who he thinks deserve a special commendation in 2011. We also look at ...

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6 Fantasy Premier League Tips To Rack Up The Points During The Holidays

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Hello EPL Talk followers and football fans alike....and happy holidays to all. I'm finding it difficult to not only think about the condensed fixtures and amazing games there are in the immediate future, but I'm trying to save some smiles ...

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Happy Holidays From EPL Talk

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On behalf of everyone at EPL Talk, may you and your family have a Happy Holidays during this special time of the year. I appreciate your support and hope that the holidays and 2012 are an even better year for ...

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Why Sunderland Will Finish Above Newcastle This Season

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At the start of this season former Sunderland manager Steve Bruce declared his intention to finish above local rivals Newcastle at the end of the season and the two north east sides have had mixed fortunes in the Premier League ...

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What’s the Best Soccer Gift You’ve Ever Received?

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Not surprisingly, most of the soccer gifts I've received over the holidays since I was a young child have been soccer-related. As I've gotten older, they may have morphed from toys to video games to books, but it's very rare ...

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Premier League Gameweek 17: Cheers and Jeers

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Here's a look back at the good, the bad, and the ugly from week seventeen of the Premier League. Note: Readers can follow Matt on Twitter @thehackreport Cheers 1. Russell Martin: Norwich's center back was all over the pitch against ...

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Alternative Premier League, Gameweeks 16 and 17

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Over the last two weeks it's hard to look beyond the results of Manchester United who secured two very impressive away wins, but let's not forget Wigan, who have also had a great few days. A few weeks ago United ...

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Fact Or Fiction: Spurs Are Second Best Team In Premiership

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"Fact Or Fiction" is a series that will be run every Friday. In this series, an assertion will be made regarding an impacting topic in the Premier League. EPL Talk writers Matt Hackenmiller and Earl Reed each offer their views ...

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Wolves 2-2 Norwich: Delia’s Delights Provide Wolves with Food for Thought

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Much like the education centres around the country, Wolverhampton Wanderers broke up for their Christmas break on Tuesday with much to ponder over the festive period as they reflect on what they have taken in this season of giving and ...

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Suarez and Terry: When What Happens Off The Pitch Trumps What Happens On It

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It's a sad reflection on the state of football and humanity when racism charges trump football. I do not condone racism, but the media frenzy regarding the charges The FA has made against Luis Suarez, followed by the news that ...

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Holiday Glee Begins (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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The glee begins but reality has set in at the FA as Luis Suarez was charged. However the process is far from over. In the first section of the EPL Talk podcast we look at the initial reaction and what ...

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Manchester United Find Their Form By Destroying Fulham

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On a night when their main title rivals Manchester City were disposing of Stoke City at the Etihad, the red side of Manchester maintained the pressure with an away trip to Fulham that could barely have been easier. Three first ...

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Detailing The Pyramid, Looking at the Current Role of Tactical Analysis in Football Coverage

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Detailing The Pyramid Looking at the current role of tactical analysis in football coverage Producer: Richard Farley Executive Producer: Christopher Harris First Published: March, 2011. Starring: Jonathan Wilson (The Guardian) Michael Cox (Zonal...

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Why I Feel Sorry For Blackburn Rovers Manager Steve Kean

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Before The Venky's bought Blackburn, the word relegation was hardly a topic that entered the minds of soccer fans when discussing Rovers. Just in the last several years, the club had reached the semi-finals of the League Cup and FA ...

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FA’s Decision Against Luis Suarez Stings Liverpool Fans More Because Of United Rivalry

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The verdict has been reached by The FA in the case of Luis Suarez regarding the alleged racist comments made by the Liverpool striker against Patrice Evra in the Liverpool against Manchester United match from October 15. Suarez has been ...

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Whatever Happened to Francis Jeffers? (Who Are Ya?)

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‘WHO ARE YA?' is a new weekly feature on EPL Talk that profiles players who have been capped for England and fallen from grace and players who never really reached their full potential, with the help of some anecdotes .Feel ...

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Top 5 Premier League Transfers So Far This Season

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No5. Charlie Adam (Blackpool to Liverpool – £7 million) The midfielder who was so good that Sir Alex Ferguson said his corners alone cost £10 million. A stellar year at relegated Blackpool earned the Scotsman a move to the Merseyside ...

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Why Frank Lampard Hinders Both Andre Villas-Boas and Juan Mata

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If we know anything about Andre Villas-Boas, it's this: He wants Chelsea to play at a quick pace. It's the reason he was tabbed by Roman Abramovich to lead Chelsea's transformation away from the pragmatism of Jose Mourinho, whose impact ...

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Premier League Gameweek 16: Cheers and Jeers

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Here's a look back at the good, the bad, and the ugly from week sixteen of the Premier League. Note: Readers can follow Matt @thehackreport Cheers 1. Michael Carrick: Perhaps his best match in a United uniform. 2. Radek Cerny: ...

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5 Fantasy Premier League Tips From Gameweek 16

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1. Jordi Gomez- I told you so. 2. Norwich frontmen- Last week I made a passing reference to Norwich City's two in-form strikers – Grant Holt and Steve Morison (the paper shredder, if you haven't picked that up all ready...). The two ...

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Wolves 1-2 Stoke City: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

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It's the oldest cliché in the footballing book – it's a game of two halves. Both literally and metaphorically it always will be. You would presume that by this point that knowledge would be a part of the very basic ...

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The Man Behind Liverpool’s Remarkable Defensive Record This Season

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People may have questions about Liverpool's goal scoring record and their top four ambitions, but there is one thing that is clear for all to see: Liverpool are the top dogs when it comes to defending. When a relegation threatened ...

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Dig, dig, digg (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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The run must come now for some managers. So this pod is to review the weekend which set up the Christmas period. Positivity might rein at the top of the league but nerves will be frayed as injuries and points ...

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EPL Talk Podcast Review, Open Thread: Have Your Say

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It's a rare Sunday with four matches being played in the Premier League. Manchester United dusted off QPR with ease, and now there's Aston Villa against Liverpool, followed by Spurs against Sunderland and then, last but not least, Manchester City...

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Everton 1-1 Norwich City: Tactical Review

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Norwich City grabbed a 1-1 draw in their trip to the northwest to face Everton on Saturday. The home squad lined up in their usual 4-4-1-1 shape, with Louis Saha finding himself up top with Tim Cahill withdrawn in the ...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 16: Open Thread

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The Christmas fixtures begin today with several games coming in short succession between now and the turn of the year. Needless to say, it's a big day in the Premier League today. At St. James's Park, Newcastle United will give ...

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Oscar Wilde and the Importance of Being Honest in English Football

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Editor's note: This is the first article for EPL Talk written by former professional footballer Mark Burke. Mark played for several clubs in England, most notably Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Plus he played overseas in the Dutch...

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FIFA Predicts High-Scoring Man City vs Arsenal Game This Weekend

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The FIFA 12 Simulation Engine has calculated the strengths and weaknesses of Manchester City against Arsenal, and has computed what will happen on Sunday when the two giants clash at Etihad Stadium. Not surprisingly, EA Sports is predicting a lot...

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Premier League Sides Face Tough Opposition in Champions League and Europa League Draws

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The draws for the next round of the Champions League and Europa League have been made, and there are some very tasty matches that have been picked out of the hat. Both English clubs in the Champions League face Italian ...

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Fact Or Fiction: Video Replay Will Solve Refereeing Problems in the Premier League

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"Fact Or Fiction" is a series that will be run every Friday. In this series, an assertion will be made regarding an impacting topic in the Premier League. EPL Talk writers Matt Hackenmiller and Earl Reed each offer their views on whether ...

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Advent Calendar Mix Up (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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Spurs and Birmingham crash out of Europe, but no one seems to mind: what doesn't kill you...etc. Well it seems that positivity is wide-spread as we climb the hill towards Christmas. Teams are building themselves up. The general consensus is ...

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Why Liverpool Should Consider Signing Steven Fletcher

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There are a lot of Liverpool fans talking about the need to purchase a striker in January, to bring some rain upon a very sun scorched and drought ridden chance conversion rate. In fact, 15 games into the season, Liverpool ...

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Landon Donovan Joins Everton On Loan For Two Months

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Landon Donovan has joined Everton on loan for January and February of 2012. The popular U.S. midfielder has rejoined the Merseyside club on loan. Donovan previously had a very successful loan spell with Everton during January 2010. During his time...

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FIFA 12 or Football Manager 2012: Which Is Better?

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Like most soccer fans, I have enjoyed playing the FIFA game franchise for the past several years. The game has made many improvements over the years in hopes to bring fans a real life game experience. There has been much ...

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Alternative Premier League, Gameweek 15: Blackburn Fall to Bottom Place

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With each recording impressive wins, Week 15 saw the unlikely trio of Wigan, Swansea and Norwich top the weekly scoring chart. The recent form of Wigan Athletic has been pretty impressive. They have picked up 22.31 points from their last ...

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Glazers Not to Blame for Manchester United’s Trouble

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Since Manchester United's exit from the group stage of the Champions League, many theories have been proposed to explain why the Red Devils have struggled recently. The most baffling of these ideas points the finger of blame at the Glazers, ...

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Donate Soccer Equipment to Help Children In Haiti

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The Beautiful Game is loved by all of us and we all enjoy spreading football across the globe. However, there are some in need right now that would truly appreciate soccer equipment in their area of the world. In addition ...

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Win an Autographed Robin van Persie Arsenal Shirt

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EPL Talk has teamed up with Icons.com to give away an authentic Robin van Persie signed Arsenal shirt, valued at $499.99. This Arsenal 2011-12 home jersey was personally signed by Robin in an exclusive signing session organised and carried out by...

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Will Christmas See Chelsea or Spurs Catch Up With City?

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The congested fixture list over the Christmas period has the ability to make or break a team's season, as everyone wants to take momentum into the second half of the campaign. With important games at both the top and bottom ...

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All-Time Best Premier League Team Featuring French Soccer Stars

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The nineties were a golden age. Oasis told Sally she can wait, Tony Blair promised new hope for Britain's 20-somethings, Dolly the sheep became Dolly the sheeps, friends happened. But possibly the most notable was the arrival of an unknown ...

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The Frank Lampard Conundrum: What Should Chelsea Do With Their Legend?

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Chelsea is in the middle of a forced – yet eventually necessary – transitional period. And during this weird season, the most reliable player so far is the guy who is on the opposite side of change. Frank Lampard keeps scoring ...

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Chelsea Win Opens Up Premier League Title Race

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Monday night's match between Chelsea and Manchester City was a bizarre one. If you watched the first 30 minutes, you would have been spellbound by how superior Roberto Mancini's side was. City was so much in control of this match ...

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Premier League Gameweek 15: Cheers and Jeers

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Here's a look back at the good, the bad, and the ugly from week fifteen of the Premier League. Note: Readers can follow Matt @thehackreport Cheers 1. Nani: The Manchester United winger netted two goals and an assist in the ...

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Brian Clough: Nobody Ever Says Thank You (Book Review)

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Jonathan Wilson's biography about legendary football manager Brian Clough manages to combine the two best attributes by which a book should be judged: how it teaches things you never knew, and how spellbinding it was. Brian Clough: Nobody Ever Says...

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A Signed Premier League Footballer’s Shirt – The Perfect Christmas Present?

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Getting a christmas present for a loved one can at times be a difficult, frustrating and unsuccessful decision; you want something that the recipient will appreciate, value and like. Originality is key; you do not want to get your son, ...

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Football Manager Handheld 2012, iPad Edition: First Look

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Have you been wanting to take your managerial chops mobile? Sega has just finally released Football Manager Handheld 2012 for the iPad. This will be a brief first look of the game itself as I have only played it for ...

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Luke Moore, Leroy Lita and Wayne Routledge Breathe New Life Into Swansea Attack

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After 15 games in the Premier League, Swansea sit in eleventh position. Their future in the top league is far from secure. But it's safe to say they've given a good account of themselves thus far. Most importantly, they've shown ...

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Man United 4-1 Wolves: If Divided We Stand, United We Fall

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No matter who you support in the Barclays Premier League, it's inevitable that sooner rather than later your team's train must roll through Old Trafford. It's one of the games that epitomizes the smaller club's reason for being. United away ...

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5 Fantasy Premier League Tips From This Weekend

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1. Newcastle is no longer a Northern Rock-Â There was always something distinctly strange about Newcastle's streak of defensive proficiency. Kevin Keegan must have been turning in his commentary booth. David Ginola was probably banging his head...

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Whatever Happened to Jon Stead? (Who Are Ya?)

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‘WHO ARE YA?' is a new weekly feature on EPL Talk that profiles players who have been capped for England and fallen from grace and players who never really reached their full potential, with the help of some anecdotes. Feel ...

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The Weekend It All Came Together (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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The big names didn't dominate the league this weekend and it gives a chance to assess what is going on for the rest of the league. It is BEAUTIFUL! Football won out as freedom of the pitch was granted to ...

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U.S. Debut of ESPN Arena Features Virtual Wayne Rooney On-Screen

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYvyRmicof4 Eagle-eyed viewers of ESPN2′s Manchester United against Wolves live coverage on Saturday will have noticed the US debut of ESPN Arena, the virtual soccer analysis system that dazzled viewers in the UK in October....

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EPL Talk Podcast: Open Thread

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Not all the big names have played this weekend but that didn't stop the football from flowing, so what did you find entertaining this weekend? What are the big talking points? Does the referee still frustrate you and your side ...

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10 Reasons Why Manchester United Won’t Win the League

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After 10 days of disappointment, United's woeful week was topped off by a Champions League exit. Crystal Palace came to Old Trafford and managed to get away with a win. Yes, fair enough... Mickey Mouse Carling Cup. They managed a ...

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Andre Villas-Boas Criticism of Gary Neville Reveals Deeper Anxieties

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Settling into football management at any level is not easy for anybody, least of all a 34-year old who is attempting to steer one of the world's wealthiest clubs back to the top of both domestic and European competitions. Yet ...

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Depleted Newcastle United Faces Tough Test Against Norwich City

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At the beginning of the season Newcastle United would have, with respect, viewed a trip to Norwich City as a maximum three pointer. Almost four months on, it's fair to say circumstance has forced the Magpies to reassess this weekend's ...

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The Growing Gulf Between Manchester United and Other European Giants

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The exit of the Manchester big two from the Champions League have left many in a state of shock and still lingering numbness. Manchester United with their pedigree and illustrious European history were expected to breeze through the group stage...

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Arsenal and Liverpool Look to Catch Up with Tottenham and Manchester City

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Although English teams enjoyed a mixed week on the continent, they have to put their troubles troubles behind them this weekend and get back to the business of winning/surviving in the Premier League. The latest football betting odds still favour...

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Fact Or Fiction: Will Lucas Loss Leave Liverpool Languishing?

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"Fact Or Fiction" is a series that will be run every Friday. In this series, an assertion will be made regarding an impacting topic in the Premier League. EPL Talk writers Matt Hackenmiller and Earl Reed each offer their views ...

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Two In, Two Out (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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But which two? Manchester was knocked out of the Champions League, whilst London thrived under pressure. What does this mean for the title race? Why won't anyone criticise Ferguson for his team's problems? United have been poor for almost a ...

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What It’s Like To Experience English Football Games In Person

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As a 22-year-old American postgraduate student at the University of Reading, I'm in heaven. Let me explain. Like an already massive and ever-growing number of American kids, I grew up playing soccer, and continued playing until I went to college....

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Alternative Premier League, Gameweek 14: Arsenal and Chelsea Bounce Up The Table

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Arsenal continued their amazing recovery as they moved into the top five for the first time this season and moved above Manchester City into second in the form table. Arsenal's 0-4 thrashing of lowly Wigan saw them grab a points ...

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Falling In And Out Of Love With Clint Dempsey

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Perhaps Clint Dempsey, the man known as "Deuce," is the greatest American soccer player of all time. The Texan had an enormous impact on me as a child growing up in the Boston area. Dempsey's scrappy goals and occasional appearances ...

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Gary Neville and Steve McClaren Show The Best And Worst of Being a Football Co-Commentator

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In the past few weeks, we've had the opportunity to hear some new voices as co-commentators on football coverage. There was Danny Mills, who was a surprise inclusion for the Manchester derby earlier this season. But more recently we've been ...

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Who’s Been Scoring All Of The Goals In This High-Scoring Premier League Season?

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The Premier League this season has so far produced a staggering 411 goals. Over the past few years English football has been dominated by which clubs have the most money to spend. Manchester City have obviously spent the most money ...

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Four Things We Learned from Chelsea and Valencia

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1. Drogba is still the man for Chelsea Andre Villas-Boas' (AVB) arrival meant Chelsea were going for a new look this season – in players and style. Youth would be the key; the oldies would be slowly ousted out and ...

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When the Pressure Is On, Chelsea Calls On Didier Drogba

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When the chips are down, the man to call up is Didier Drogba. The Ivory Coast striker has removed an absolutely intense amount of pressure off the backs of Andre Villas-Boas and Chelsea Football Club by turning in two superb ...

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How Globalization and Premier League Soccer Affects My Perspective On The World

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After dropping off my son at school this morning, I was driving down the road and suddenly had a revelation. In the 27 years I've lived in the United States, I've never felt more connected to the United Kingdom than ...

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Premier League Gameweek 14: Cheers and Jeers

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Here's a look back at the good, the bad, and the ugly from week fourteen of the Premier League. Note: Readers can follow Matt @thehackreport Cheers 1. Tim Krul: Yes, Krul let three goals in, but he made several critical ...

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Wolves 2-1 Sunderland: From Villains to Heroes

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As pantomime season moves swiftly in, Wolves served up their live performance of Jekyll and Hyde as the team, and especially their goalkeeper, went from villain to hero over 90 minutes on this soggy Sunday afternoon. The welcome three points ...

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FOX to Show Arsenal Against Man United EPL Clash Live On January 22nd

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FOX Sports has decided to show the January 22 game between Arsenal against Manchester United live on the free-to-air FOX network instead of FOX Soccer. The decision was undoubtedly made due to the success of the TV ratings for the Premier League...

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Check Yourself, Before You: *Delete as appropiate* (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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We're all very good at rushing to conclusions about our managers. The tone on the EPL Talk podcast is one of understanding, as we get get to grips with Steve Kean, AVB and MO'N. Transition into December and the critical ...

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EPL Talk Podcast: Open Thread

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The weekend has been an emotional roller-coaster for so many reasons, so what do you make of the action so far? Spurs success – Part of the North London dominance, but what about their opponents? Who deserved their red this ...

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Does the Premier League Get Any Better Than This?

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If someone had told me in 1992, when the Premier League began, that the number of people in the United States twenty years later who would watch a single Premier League game would exceed 1.6 million, I would have thought ...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 14: Open Thread

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Today is a massive day for several Premier League clubs. Chelsea must win today against Newcastle United to keep the pressure off Andre Villas-Boas leading up to Tuesday's must-win game against Valencia. Villas-Boas claims there's no pressure on him...

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Euro 2012 Draw: Live Blog

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Today the excitement kicks off for Euro 2012 as we'll learn which teams will face each other in next summer's tournament to be held in Poland and Ukraine. The draw will begin at approximately 12:30pm ET and, for viewers in ...

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Fact or Fiction: The Winner of the Summer Transfer Window Is Tottenham

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 "Fact Or Fiction" is a series that will be run every Friday. In this series, an assertion will be made regarding an impacting topic in the Premier League. EPL Talk writers Matt Hackenmiller and Earl Reed each offer their views on ...

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If Anyone Can Turn Sunderland Around, Martin O’Neill Is The Man For The Job

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While Sunderland are deep in final negotiations with O'Neill, and the Northern Irishman having said that he will accept the job as manager of the Black Cats, the news should come as welcome relief not only for Sunderland supporters but ...

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Ledley King, The Most Valuable Player in the Premier League

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Tottenham Hotspur has played 12 matches thus far this season, winning 9, drawing 1, and losing 2. Ledley King has ushered the Spurs defense through 8 of those games, with one other in which he was taken off after the ...

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The Human Kick (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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The pod is small this week. We take time to look at Sunderland and their Brucelessness; Liverpool and their Luclessness; and the Carling Cup with it's significance. Cup competitions are a nice punctuation to a season, but what more can ...

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What Can Newcastle Hope for Against Chelsea?

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I've been trying to do a weekly article lately, voicing my hopes and concerns for the upcoming match involving Newcastle. I have already done City and United, so let's give Chelsea a whirl. The London club are the last of ...

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Whatever Happened to James Beattie? (Who Are Ya?)

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‘ WHO ARE YA?' is a new weekly feature on EPL Talk that profiles players who have been capped for England and fallen from grace and players who never really reached their full potential. If you've got any ideas for ...

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Euro 2012 Seedings Are A Farce

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I consider myself a football fan who, more often than not, looks on the bright side, but there are a few little things in the game that really grind my gears. Managers who wear tracksuits is one. Unless you're planning ...

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Samir Nasri One, Arsenal Nil, But Round 2 Beckons

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In this summer's transfer window two teams dominated the headlines but for two very different reasons. Manchester City and their high spending was nothing new since the 2008 Abu Dhabi Group takeover, but the Arsenal saga was very new. The ...

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Carling Cup Romanticism Continues With Crystal Palace Defeating Man United

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After Wednesday night's triumph for Crystal Palace against Manchester United at Old Trafford, that was another reason why I'm falling in love again with the Carling Cup — a competition that has often been derided in the past. Crystal Palace ...

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FIFA 12 Christmas TV Commercial Starring Wayne Rooney: Video

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It's getting closer to the big day, so it's no surprise that EA Sports have released a TV commercial featuring Wayne Rooney and Gerard Pique to promote its FIFA 12 game in the build-up to the shopping season (and Christmas, ...

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