EPL Talk Archives for January 2011

United States and Japan Vie For Arsenal Pre-Season Tour

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The Daily Mirror reports this morning that Arsenal is seriously considering accepting a £15 million offer to visit Japan this summer as part of their pre-season tour. Arsenal has also received an offer from organizers in the United States for a similar tour.

From Milan to Blackpool: The Two Different Sides of Tottenham Hotspur

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The euphoria of Tottenham's midweek win against AC Milan last week was shared across the United Kingdom as Tottenham became only the third English team to beat AC at the San Siro. The Tottenham performance was the archetypal European away-leg performance.

Evaluating the Squad Players for the Big Five In the Premier League

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It is the tentative dawn of Spring that so often exposes the true resolve of a football team. It is the time when trophies are won and lost, January signings can be truly evaluated and squads are tested to their fullest. With the season taking its toll on players' fitness I wouldn't imagine that there is a manager in the Premier League right now who is able to pick his true first XI.

Have West Ham United Turned the Corner Thanks to Demba Ba?

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The convincing 5-1 win in the FA cup against Championship side Burnley Monday confirmed that West Ham might be turning a corner. A good thing too, as they would look an expensive joke in the Championship with a half full Olympic Stadium after 2012.

West Ham's season so far has been one of inconsistency, lack of goals and more worryingly, the third worse goals against column in the league.

Is The Current Champions League Format Superior To The Old European Cup Scheme?

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Some readers of EPL Talk are new or semi new to football, based outside of the continent of Europe yet possess an affection for the UEFA Champions League unmatched to that of even the Premier League. The current format of Europe's premier club competition allows the majority of the top footballing talent in the world to compete against each other across the width and breadth of the continent in front of millions of watchful eyes across a myriad of countries.

Liverpool Stadium Dilemma: Why Liverpool Should Renovate Anfield

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In 2002, Liverpool announced plans to build a new 55,000 seater stadium on Stanley Park, sparking a hot debate that has raged on from day one. Some demanded Liverpool stay and redevelop Anfield, the spiritual home of the Merseysiders. But others disagreed, saying Liverpool needed to move to Stanley Park to increase revenue from higher ticket sales.

Most to Least Trustworthy English Newspapers For Soccer News

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"News goes in cycles. One week there's the day-by-day developments of a Richard Keys and Andy Gray scandal with more videos being released on an almost daily basis. And on another week, such as when international fixtures happen, you can almost hear a pin drop due to the lack of breaking news.

Falling In Love With Half Time of FoxSoccer.tv

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Call me crazy, but during half-time of the FA Cup goal fest today between West Ham United and Burnley on FoxSoccer.tv, I remembered something I've been meaning to tell you. I like, with a capital L, the unique experience of watching and listening to the raw feed beamed by the TV producers during half-time of mid-week matches.

How Important is the FA Cup to You?

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In Soccer America today, writer Paul Gardner argued that The FA Cup just ain't what it used to be. While I agree with some of his points, I believe the magic of the FA Cup still exists based on Leyton Orient's marvelous comeback against Arsenal on Sunday, and Crawley Town's heroic challenge against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Going Back In Time With Subbuteo Table Soccer: Video

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As many of you, the regular readers know, I've got fond memories of playing Subbuteo as a child and still have a lot of respect and adoration for the popular table soccer game that was massive in the late 70s and early 80s, and is still played around the world.

So I was pleased to find a new Subbuteo video recently that I hadn't seen before, which is the one above that I'd like to share with you.

FA Cup Break (Weekend Review): EPL Talk Podcast

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One of the virtues of being a league-focused show is being able to use the FA Cup weekends as a time to reset, take inventory of what's happening around the league, and focus on topics we normally don't have time to address. On this weekend's edition of the show, Kartik Krishnaiyer and myself talk about this weekend's action, results that saw the holders leave the FA Cup, before shifting to looking at the league.

FA Cup Sunday, Open Thread: 4th Round Replay and 5th Round Action

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Sunday features four different matches involving Premier League clubs. The first is the Black Country derby between West Bromwich Albion, with Roy Hodgson in charge of his first match for the Baggies, against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The next match on deck is the Fourth Round FA Cup replay between Manchester City and Notts County at Eastlands.

Chelsea 1 – 1 Everton (3 – 4 PKS) – FA Cup Replay Review

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The 4th Round replay of Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge needed penalties to decide the outcome, with the Merseyside club pulling out the upset. I chose to cover this match because Chelsea had a dilemma; they have a midweek Champions League match at Copenhagen. How much would Chelsea play their first team?

Fox Soccer Plus HD to Debut on AT&T U-verse Monday, Feb. 21

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Fox Soccer Plus HD will launch on AT&T U-verse TV beginning Monday, February 21, 2011.

In the above image, you can see a screenshot of the AT&T U-verse TV guide which shows that Fox Soccer Plus HD will be available on channel 1653. If you try tuning to the channel, it says "Service is currently not available in your area.

FA Cup Saturday, Open Thread: 4th Round Replays and 5th Round Action

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It's a different type of weekend in English football these next two days. There's one Premier League match being played tomorrow (West Brom vs Wolves), while some of the other Premier League teams are competing in the FA Cup. Those FA Cup matches kick off today with Chelsea playing Everton, Manchester United against non-league Crawley Town, Birmingham City against Sheffield Wednesday and Stoke against Brighton.

“Arsenal Can Win Quadruple”: A Case of The Telegraph Twisting Wenger’s Words

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One of constant complaints among football managers is that the media takes their words and twists them. The latest example of this comes from The Daily Telegraph whose headline today screams "Arsene Wenger: Arsenal can win quadruple." Except he never said that.

West Brom or Wolves, Who Can Light Up the Black Country on Sunday?

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This weekend, much like old Mother Hubbard's cupboard, the Premier League larder looks bare. That is, until you search a little harder. For if you look behind the FA Cup Fifth Round and the excitement of glamour ties such as Crawley's giant killing mission against Manchester United, you will discover a solitary top flight encounter hidden away on Sunday morning.

Special 1 TV: Act Of God (Video)

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Special 1 TV is back after another eventful week featuring The Boy's wonder goal against Manchester City, Gattuso headbutting Joe Jordan and The Special One making a secret appearance at Craven Cottage. At the same time, the controversy regarding Sven getting sacked from Special 1 TV rages on.

Hodgson Has His Work Cut Out to Keep West Bromwich Albion in Premier League

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West Bromwich Albion seemed to be turning a corner during the first few months of this Premier League season. In previous top flight years they'd been known as entertainers who had been punished for trying to play the right way and as a team whose attacking style left them too open at the back.

Tottenham vs Man City, 2004 FA Cup: Friday Flashback Videos

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Without giving too much away, the FA Cup match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City from 2004 was one of the games of the season that year. For those of you who remember the game, it's a great walk down memory lane. For those of you who don't know what happened, it's an incredible match to watch and you'll see why when you watch the video.

Premier League Teams Should Adopt German Tactics to Beat New UEFA Rules

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Three-quarters of the Premier League's clubs will need to significantly reduce their spending on players' wages if they are to qualify for European competitions after Uefa's "financial fair play" rules are introduced. The European governing body's executive committee is set to approve the regulations, which will require clubs to breakeven, and not make persistent losses, from 2012-13.

The Injury Plagued Career of Jonathan Woodgate

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It may have been unplanned and unexpected, but Jonathan Woodgate's introduction to the fray on Tuesday night was a welcome sight. Despite being on the sidelines for 15 months, the former Leeds United and Newcastle man put in an assured, confident performance and repelled everything that AC Milan threw at him.

Arsenal Find The Missing Piece For Historic Win Against Barcelona

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In 90 minutes on Wednesday evening, Arsenal showed how close and how far they are from being a complete team capable of winning the Premier League and/or Champions League. On the negative side, their defense was far too easy to open up as Barcelona found plenty of space in and around the back four.

Barcelona Bore Me To Death

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I'm writing a piece for www.football365.com today about Barcelona which, in essence expresses how frustrating I find their football; how, though it is technically brilliant, it just doesn't stir my football passions. I find it quite clinical and cold while admittedly highly skilful.

This Week in Football History: Fergie Strikes Beckham With Boot

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On February 15, 2003 the Manchester faithful lay in shock after United were eliminated from the FA Cup in the fifth round to Arsenal (2-0). But what was more shocking was seeing David Beckham exiting the locker room with stitches over his brow.

After the match, a livid Fergie exploded some pent-up frustration on his team brought up by their on-field form, or lack thereof.

Why Bolton Needs Lee Chung-Yong to Start in Premier League Matches

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Much has been made of Daniel Sturridge's torrid start to his loan spell at Bolton, scoring in each of his first three appearances with the club. But with the arrival of Sturridge and his instant emergence as Bolton's most dangerous finisher, it remains to be seen what Owen Coyle will do when it comes to naming his starting eleven for the remainder of the season.

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, FA Cup Round 5 +

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Special EPL Viewing Guide this week. We have 3 make-up EPL matches, 2 FA Cup 4th Round replays, 6 FA Cup 5th Round matches, Liverpool's return to Europe, and United's first-leg visit to Marseille. So 13 matches involving EPL sides: that's good enough for me!

****: Â Must-see.

Fox Soccer Channel Scores Record Ratings With Man United vs Man City

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Fox Soccer Channel's broadcast of the English Premier League game between Manchester United and Manchester City on Saturday, February 12th garnered the highest household average coverage area rating for a 7:45am ET EPL game in the history of the league being shown on U.S. television in that timeslot.

FIFA 11 Simulation Predicts Result of Arsenal vs Barcelona

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The ghosts within the FIFA 11 video game have predicted the score of another match, in this case Arsenal versus Barcelona. But this is no ordinary pick. Consider the fact that the FIFA 11 Simulation machine correctly predicted that Manchester United would beat Man City 2-1 at the weekend.

How Far Can Tottenham Go In the Champions League?

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Tottenham Hotspur supporters have a lot to be proud of based on their team's performance Tuesday night against AC Milan after their crucial 1-0 victory at San Siro. But despite playing AC Milan off the park in the first half, and winning the psychological warfare in the second half as well as keeping Milan at bay, Tottenham's qualification into the Champions League round of eight is far from certain.

Gattuso Headbutts Joe Jordan, Tottenham Assistant Manager: Video

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AC Milan's Gennaro Gattuso grabbed the throat of Tottenham assistant manager Joe Jordan and headbutted the Scotsman during Tuesday night's Champions League match at the San Siro.

Gattuso became incensed during the match after Tottenham players and staff complained about an over-the-top tackle by former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini on Vedran Corluka.

Walcott Can Provide Key To Unlock Barcelona

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With four matches still to play in February, including the thrilling prospect of tomorrow's Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona, many speculated that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger might begin to dig deeper into his squad players. However, during Saturday's 2-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers, the jewels in Arsenal's crown, Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas, both started and made huge impacts, with Van Persie scoring both goals.

Fulham 0-0 Chelsea: Quick Match Report

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You like the title of this? I took a little respite from the match reports this weekend, but in catching up on Fulham's draw with neighbor Chelsea, I thought I'd remark that this had 4 or 5 of the most entertaining stoppage-time minutes I've seen this season.

The most notable development in this match was Carlo Ancelotti's response to the Drogba/Torres/Anelka quandary.

David Luiz Makes Full Debut for Chelsea: A Star Is Born

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As the final whistle blew to signal the end of a thrilling match between Fulham and Chelsea, the Premier League had just welcomed its newest star, David Luiz.

The impressive Brazilian on just his first start for Chelsea was, in all sense of the word, everywhere. Partnering John Terry in the centre of defence he started showing signs of typical Brazilian elegance, composure and confidence that belied his lack of Premiership experience.

Mike Summerbee Defends Man City’s Derby Performance: Video

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Manchester City legend Mike Summerbee got into a heated debate Saturday after his side lost 2-1 to Manchester United at Old Trafford. The discussion was aired on Sky Sports where Summerbee, sitting alongside Manchester United legend Dwight Yorke and Jamie Redknapp defended City's performance by arguing that they had more of the possession, created more chances and the only difference between the two sides was a spectacular goal.

Get A Free 7 Day Trial to FoxSoccer.tv

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FoxSoccer.tv is offering a free 7-day trial of their service this week, just in time for the Round of 16 games in the Champions League as well as several important Premier League and FA Cup matches.

FoxSoccer.tv is Fox's broadband subscription site that allows you to watch live games on your computer.

Behind the Curtain at Fulham’s Craven Cottage: Video

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MOTD2: Fulham: Behind The Scenes from Bilet on Vimeo.

Fulham's Craven Cottage is one of my favorite grounds in the Premier League. So much history and so much class. So it was a wonderful treat today to come across this behind-the-scenes video I uncovered which takes the BBC MOTD2 viewers into the places at Fulham that an average punter would not be able to see.

Man United 2-1 Man City: Things To Ponder

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Wayne Rooney did score a remarkable goal on Saturday, that overhead kick which in his own words, "usually goes over the bar". It made the score 2-1 and there were no more goals in this local derby. The win by Man United confirms them as most likely to win the English Premier League this season.

Soccer and NFL Stars Unite To Celebrate Super Bowl At Sea With ESPN Caribbean

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ESPN cheerleaders aboard Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas for ESPN Caribbean's Super Bowl At Sea cruise. Photo by The Gaffer.

There's something surreal about cruising through the Gulf Of Mexico with the mountains of western Cuba visible on the horizon to the east while deep inside the bowels of the ship there are a few thousand passengers watching the 2011 Super Bowl beamed live via satellite to a giant-sized screen inside the main theatre.

Two Horse Race (Weekend Review): EPL Talk Podcast

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A spectacular Wayne Rooney goal capped a 2-1 Manchester United victory Saturday, but did the loss shove the Citizens out of the title race? On this edition of the EPL Talk Podcast, myself, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna talk about Saturday's big match, one that keeps United five points clear at the top of the league.

Crouchie’s Having His Pringles!

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On my recent journey to Mexico, I did a double-take when I walked into a souvenir shop in Cozumel to find a stack of Pringles potato chip canisters. One of which featured Peter Crouch, the man, the myth, the legend. The same bloke, of course, that The Guardian's sports editor Sean Ingle claims walked into a fast food restaurant, demanded free nachos and proclaimed to himself, "Crouchie's having his nachos.

Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Match Report

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In what was an important game for both teams, it was Tottenham that huffed and puffed and finally showed their class to overcome a dogged Sunderland side at the Stadium of Light Saturday.

In a week where Tottenham were beaten to the Olympic Stadium by rival bidders West Ham, this win kept them on track for Europe and propelled them into a Champions League place.

What Are Your Thoughts On West Ham’s Move to the Olympic Stadium?

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While Tottenham Hotspur readies for the resumption of European nights, West Ham United drowns deep in the relegation zone. But West Ham have at least trumped Tottenham's bid for London's Olympic Stadium after the Olympic Park Legacy Company'sunanimous decision Friday. The Hammers' bid, led by their brain trust of David Gold, David Sullivan and Karren Brady, was more conservative and likely won because their bid promises to maintain the athletics track.

What About Leyton Orient’s Olympic Legacy?

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All week we've been hearing about the fight involving Tottenham and West Ham for the right to move into the Olympic Stadium in 2012. We've seen Daniel Levy and Karren Brady exchanging blows in the press, while numerous celebrities have been throwing punches in aid of their favoured bid.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 27: Open Thread

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It's been a very long time since the margin of difference in talent between Manchester United and Manchester City has been this thin. Whatever happens, it's going to be a very close game with so much on the line. A win for City will catapult their league title ambitions. A win for United will move them into pole position to win the league.

Wayne Rooney’s Overhead Kick Against Man City: Video

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Wayne Rooney scored one of the goals of the season Saturday to defeat Manchester City in the hotly contested Manchester derby. In a drab game that had several uneventful spells mixed with possession-football by both sides, chances were few and far between.

So it took a moment of brilliance from Rooney to score an absolute peach of a goal past Joe Hart and to give all three points to United.

United Road: Listen To Man United’s New Anthem

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Manchester United will play a brand-new song as their pre-match anthem tomorrow before the game against Manchester City at Old Trafford.

The new anthem entitled "United Road" is by The World Red Army Featuring Richie and was written by Will Robinson & Daniel Ryan.

While I'm not a Manchester United supporter, I find the song pretty stirring.

Poll: Who Will Win, Man United or Man City?

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Saturday's early kick-off between Manchester United and Manchester City is being billed as The Most Expensive Game In History:

According to analyst estimates, team statements and media reports, the players on the field and on the two benches in the Manchester Derby will have cost their teams roughly $850 million to acquire, or about as much as NASA spent to refurbish the Hubble Telescope.

West Bromwich Albion Appoint Roy Hodgson to Replace Roberto Di Matteo

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West Bromwich Albion have appointed manager Roy Hodgson to replace Roberto Di Matteo.

Caretaker manager Michael Appleton will remain in charge of the West Brom team in their match tomorrow against West Ham United.

Whether the appointment of Hodgson will be enough to keep West Brom in the Premier League by the end of the season, we'll have to wait and see.

Special 1 TV: Newcastle vs Arsenal Aftermath, Just Like That (Video)

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Special 1 TV returns with another episode as they dissect what happened during the incredibly entertaining Newcastle versus Arsenal match from last weekend. Plus several other topics are discussed including whether Sven will return, and what life is like in the bottom three of the Premier League.

The English FA: Corrupt and Pathetic

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Inconsistent

Everyone has had their own personal go at FIFA over the past few months, with most of the English nation angry that they didn't get the World Cup (and were humiliated in the process), but the spotlight rarely falls on the English establishment of football and many of their agendas seem to slip under radar.

NBC TV Show Community Features Man Utd vs Liverpool Storyline

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Not since Manchester United found its way on to an episode of Entourage in 2007 has a mainstream television sitcom in the United States had a Premier League match as it's storyline. That is until last night when NBC's show entitled Community, starring Chevy Chase and Joel McHale, had a sub plot focused on a match between Manchester United and Liverpool.

Rating Phil Dowd’s Performance: Newcastle 4-4 Arsenal

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Yesterday evening I finally got around to watching the entire Newcastle United against Arsenal match which was played almost a week ago and ended 4-4. When the game was shown on television, I was still aboard a cruise ship off the coast of Mexico, so alas, I wasn't able to watch it live. I did however catch the brief highlights on video.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying About England and Love Club Football

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As I watched the news on Thursday morning I was cheerfully informed by the reporter that England had beaten Denmark the night before. I raised my eyebrows...then made breakfast.

This low key response to an England result is a fairly new phenomenon for me, for there used to be a time when I would look forward to all England games and when involvement in international tournaments would bring my life to a standstill.

11 Least Impressive Premier League Summer Buys So Far This Season

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With it being February the league is just over halfway complete. Accordingly, I thought I'd choose the eleven players that have impressed me the least this Premier League season. Consider it a mid-term report of sorts.

Could your club or favorite player be one of the 11 featured?

If We’re Lucky, We’ll See A Goal, This Time (Weekend Preview): EPL Talk Podcast

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The weekend preview edition starts with Olympic Stadium news and the potential return of Chris Hughton, which I discuss with a special guest. Making his first appearance on the show is Kevin McCauley (manager of CartilageFreeCaptain.com, managing editor of WorldSoccerReader.com, and contributor at SBNation.

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 27

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I did give 4 stars to all of last Saturday's matches, didn't I? Â Oh well, it was a brutally cold, horribly rainy day in NYC on Saturday, and one of the few where I was able to sit back and watch most of them. Â What a day!!! Â Gameweek 27 is also shaping up to be an exciting one, leading off with the 2nd Manchester derby.

Fox Soccer Channel Sets New Record For Chelsea vs Liverpool Telecast

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Fox Soccer Channel's live broadcast of the clash between Chelsea and Liverpool on Sunday, February 6 broke the network's record for their most-watched broadcast of all time.

The telecast attracted 418,000 average viewers and 285,000 households, which are both network-records according to Nielsen Media Research which has been measuring Fox Soccer Channel since October 2008.

Poll: How Much Do You Care About International Friendlies?

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It's time to take a pulse on how excited or not you are about the international friendlies this week. England plays Denmark, Wales played Republic of Ireland last night. And then there are a ton of other friendlies including Brazil versus France, Germany against Italy, Spain vs Colombia, Holland v Austria, Northern Ireland against Scotland, and many more.

Where To Go When Our Crude Tools Can’t Capture Carlo’s Trequartista

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Nicolas Anelka, the third of two forwards in Carlo Ancelotti's 4-4-2 (Photo credit: jaymeydad/Flickr)

Numeric annotation of formations was on my mind before I started firing off emails late last year. Even before I got his response, I'd seen Michael Cox's thoughts on the practice, the Zonal Marking owner giving his views to Tom Williams.

Denmark vs England Friendly: Preview

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"I don't want to change the world, I'm not looking for a new England" – Billy Bragg, A New England

England travel to Copenhagen's Parken Stadium today to battle Denmark for their first international of 2011. The side and its supporters will be eager to turn the page on 2010; a year of unfulfilled promise and ultimate disappointment.

Can Chelsea Retain Their Champions League Spot?

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With Liverpool's recent decline, the buzz at the start of the season was focused on who would occupy the Merseysider's Champions League spot in May. Could Manchester City fulfill their promise or would Spurs nick it again? Well, it is beginning to look as if both could get there.

‘Five into four?

Blackburn’s Owners Are Having the Last Laugh

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When it was announced that Venky's, an indian company specializing in chicken processing, had bought Blackburn, numerous atrocious puns about ‘falling fowl' began circulating. When one of the club's new owners claimed to have never seen a football game, many began to speculate that Blackburn could be in serious trouble.

Chris Hughton As West Brom Manager Would Be Perfect Match

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I feel I'm in a good position to discuss Chris Hughton. He was the manager of my team Newcastle United for 18 months and after the late Sir Bobby Robson he's the only manager that I was unhappy to see leave.

It wasn't always so positive. When he first joined as a coach during the tenure of Kevin Keegan I was slightly hesitant.

Why Premier League Clubs May Want To Dismiss The Middle Men

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Video killed the radio star. But, in fact, it didn't. It only transformed the industry. Radio still lives. It's just not that important anymore. However, record companies surfaced a worse fate. Napster brought music piracy to the mainstream, while later iTunes revolutionized the industry making albums less important and singles more consumable.

Premier League Weekend Review: 43 Goals In 10 Matches

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Got your breath back yet? It was a Saturday where an abacus was a necessity for keeping track of the 41 goals scored and good defending appeared to be more out of fashion than luminous shell suits – Manchester City apart.

Where better to begin this Premier League round up than at Molineux, where we were treated to surely the most unlikely result of the season so far.

Zigic Triggers Birmingham Striking Impetus

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During Birmingham City's nerve-jangling 2-2 draw with Manchester City last week, Nikola Zigic's 23rd minute equaliser was the first time a Birmingham striker has netted in the Premier League since November. That's a staggering 937 minutes of action without one of their marksmen beating a keeper.

But What About Carlo (Weekend Review Show): EPL Talk Podcast

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On a historic weekend of football in the English Premier League – one that saw a record number of Saturday goals, Manchester United's first loss of the season, and a memorable capitulation from Arsenal – the story was Kenny Dalglish; or, the story was Carlo Ancelotti, depending on how you want to look at Sunday's match at Stamford Bridge, a 1-0 win by Liverpool in Fernando Torres's Blues debut.

101 Great Goals: iPhone App Review

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For soccer fans on the go, mobile apps are incredibly useful tools so you can follow your favorite sport wherever there's a cellular connection. So I was particularly interested to see that one of the most popular soccer video sites, 101 Great Goals, had launched an iPhone app recently.

Breaking: Interpol Investigating Arsenal/Newcastle Draw

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The Referee, as well as Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky, are under suspicion.

Breaking: France State TV is reporting that Interpol, the International Police Agency, are investigating the Arsenal/Newcastle draw from the weekend, centering in on odd betting patterns. The alleged investigation includes Arsenal winger Tomas Rosicky, whose foul was allegedly the cause of the second Newcastle penalty.

EPL Talk Podcast Live Show, Open Thread: Special Super Bowl Time (One Hour Early)

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For many of you, it's Super Bowl Sunday, so we're moving the show up one hour giving you a slightly larger gap between show and Bowl. For myself, Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer, it was Chelsea-Liverpool Sunday, with Kenny Dalglish leading the Reds to a potentially season-defining win at Stamford Bridge.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 26: Open Thread

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The stage is set. The actors have rehearsed their lines. Now we're ready for the play to begin. Except today's two matches have no script and we have no way of knowing how they'll turn out. It's spontaneous theatre played out on the hallowed pitches of Stamford Bridge and the Boleyn Ground.

Stoke City 3-2 Sunderland: Spotlight Match Review

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A dismal day in Staffordshire didn't dampen the spirits at the Brittania, as Stoke City overwhelmed the Black Cats from Sunderland with two set-piece goals in the final 10 minutes.

Starting Formations

STOKE CITY FORM: In the first home game for newly-acquired John Carew, Tony Pulis paired him with Kenwyne Jones at the front of a 4-4-2 shape.

Special 1 TV: The Deadline Day Aftermath (Video)

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The latest episode of Special 1 TV is out and makes plenty of digs at the Premier League transfer deadline day aftermath.

There are so many jokes in this one that they are too many to mention.

Be champions!

Related posts:

  1. Poll: Biggest Winners and Losers On Transfer Deadline Day?

Newcastle United 4-4 Arsenal: Gunners Crumble Against Resolute Geordies

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Newcastle can't seem to function without their former star player. Only 47 seconds in, Theo Walcott found the net. Just two minutes later, Johan Djourou sunk one in. In the tenth minute, Robin van Persie hit a long shot. Fifteen minutes later, Bacary Sagna hit a cross to van Persie, who sent the ball right into the net once again.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 26: Open Thread

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After an exhilarating round of mid-week matches in the Premier League, our favorite day of the week returns with a busy schedule of Saturday matches.

I may be proven wrong on this one, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the early kickoff between Stoke City and Sunderland will turn into a goalfest.

No Doom And Gloom For The Toon – Perspective

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Andy Who? Focus on Pardew and NUFC!

Monday was a bad day for the Geordies, it was like finding out the girl you're deeply in love with has ran away into the arms of another man and never truly loved you anyway. It would be impossible to sum up a collective reaction of the Toon Army to the news, as people seemed more confused (not unusual for Newcastle fans under Ashley) than anything else.

Leeds United v Barcelona, 1975 European Cup Semi-Final: Friday Flashback Videos

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It's incredible to consider that in the European Cup semi-final of 1975, Leeds United played Barcelona. Of course, Leeds were massive in the 1970s and have since fallen in recent years, but it's still remarkable to consider that the two clubs played each other on a massive stage.

In the above video (the first part of a three part series), you can watch the highlights from the first leg of the European Cup (later to become the Champions League) semi-final from Elland Road in Leeds in a superbly entertaining match.

Can Kenny Dalglish Restore Liverpool to Their Former Glory?

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Photo by wekkuzipp. Dalglish (pictured center).

Kenny Dalglish is known as King Kenny, and for good reason. Throughout his seventeen-year career, he played for only two clubs, and he had 559 appearances, with 230 goals scored between them. As a manager at Liverpool from 1985-1991, his teams won the FA cup twice and the league championship thrice.

Poll: Who Will Win Sunday, Chelsea or Liverpool?

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The stage is set Sunday for the Premier League's version of the Super Bowl: Chelsea against Liverpool.

The main story line will be the debut of Fernando Torres in a blue shirt instead of him adorning the red of Liverpool. The Spaniard has been such a symbol of Liverpool Football Club that it may be hard for some Reds to stomach the sight of the striker in a club shirt other than Liverpool, but money talks and Torres made the decision.

Was Defeat Against Bolton the First Nail in Wolves’ Coffin?

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After 92 minutes at the Reebok Stadium, Wolves were looking set to earn themselves a creditable draw. After 93 minutes Bolton had nicked a goal and had escaped with all three points, condemning Wolves to their 15th defeat in 24 games.

The point earned from the 0-0 draw was beginning to look like a necessity on a night when all around them were picking up points.

Newcastle’s Mike Ashley Is Baseball Owner Jeffrey Loria In Disguise

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As a Newcastle fan, I just have to throw my hands up at the Andy Carroll debacle. Whether it was the player or the owner or both, the result is the squad has been dealt a sucker punch. The fact that the deal wasn't even on the radar until deadline day, of course, is the worst part of the the sorry affair.

Rooney, Crouch and Keane Remember How To Score Again

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In the latest round of Premier League fixtures something rather unusual happened. We were treated to three unusual goal scorers: Wayne Rooney, Peter Crouch and Robbie Keane, players who had only scored three league goals between them before Tuesday.

As I imagine you'd have noticed, the 2010/11 Premier League season has been uncharacteristically quiet for these three hit-men.

RIP Neil Young, Manchester City Legend: 1944-2011 (Video Tribute)

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It's with great sadness to report that Manchester City legend Neil Young passed away today after a long battle with cancer.

Young will go down in history as the man who scored to help Manchester City win the 1970 European Cup Winners Cup as well as the solitary goal in the 1969 FA Cup Final.

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 26

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Teammates now!

I am back with a fresh post for Gameweek 26. Please note that there were a couple of changes since my Monday posting, including Fox switching the delayed Spurs & Villa matches, and ESPN2 adding the Sunderland-Stoke Saturday morning match.

I'm feeling pretty pleased with my 4-star choice from Gameweek 25, as Sunderland and Chelsea really had a spectacular match.

Love Him Or Hate Him, Gary Neville Retires From Man United

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England and Manchester United right back Gary Neville has retired from football after playing 19 seasons at Old Trafford. During his career with United, Neville won 8 Premier League titles, 3 FA Cup medals, 2 League Cup medals, 3 Community Shield medals, 1 Champions League medal, 1 Intercontinental Cup medal and 1 FIFA Club World Cup medal.

Who Will Score Goals For Newcastle Now That Carroll Is Gone?

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When news broke that Newcastle had accepted a £35m+ offer from Liverpool for striker Andy Carroll I was intrigued. I said to a friend at the time it was win-win for the club, they either became £35 million richer or kept Andy Carroll.

The deal was finalized close to 11pm GMT and Carroll became the most expensive British player in history.

Considering Escalating Levels of Lunacy: EPL Talk Podcast

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Only one of the league's top five stumbled mid-week, with Manchester City being drawn at St. Andrew's, though Tuesday and Wednesday's matches were overshadowed slightly by Wednesday's news, when the best right back in Premier League history announced his retirement. Because the sometimes controversial way Gary Neville went about his business, many will overlook him being a maintain for England and the standard on the right during the young history of the Premier League.

Suggested Questions Please For Robbie Earle Interview

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Later this week I'll be interviewing Robbie Earle, the former Wimbledon and Jamaica international footballer, who has been a pundit and TV co-commentator for the past decade after retiring from playing in 2000. Recently he was let go by ITV by allegedly breaking ticket regulations, but now he's back on television which is just one of the topics I'll be asking him about.

Chelsea’s £75m Transfer Window Spend Smells Of Desperation

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So Roman Abramovich has decided its time to start spending money again, has he? About time too, many Chelsea fans might say. The press have seen this as indicative of him being prepared to rebuild Chelsea again. Seventy five million quid is certainly a big financial commitment but the problem is, it goes nowhere near to addressing Chelsea's problems and could easily be £75 million if not wasted then not put to the best use.

Poll: Which Premier League Transfer Window Signing Will Be Most Successful?

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Out of all of the massive signings in the January transfer window by Premier League clubs, which footballer do you think will go on to become the most successful out of the lot?

Vote below and share your opinions in the comments section.

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Related posts:

  1. Poll: Biggest Winners and Losers On Transfer Deadline Day?

Live Blog: February 2 Matches

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Have a day off and stuck under a few feet of snow that seemingly won't be cleared out until the middle of next week? Just need a place to chat during the matches while pretending to work? As yesterday, join me again this afternoon for a live blog of today's 6 EPL matches. We should get a debut for Liverpool's new Uruguayan striker, Luis Suarez.

Suggested Interview Questions Please for Michael Thomas, Arsenal Legend

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One goal. One moment. One shot. One piece of history.

Michael Thomas, the man who will always be remembered as the scorer of THAT goal, the one that won Arsenal the First Division title in 1989 in the last few seconds of a match against Liverpool at Anfield.

Of course, Thomas accomplished much more than that one historic goal.

Arsenal 2-1 Everton: Spotlight Match Review

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The Gunners battled back from a controversial goal, and exploited two defensive assignment miscues to scrape out a 2-1 victory against visiting Everton.

Starting Formations

ARSENAL START FORM: In the absence of injured winger Samir Nasri, Arsene Wenger gave Tomas Rosicky a rare start on the left wing.

A Christmas Carroll Starring Andy Carroll: NSFW Video

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The ghosts of Christmas past, present and future have come together for a special video featuring Andy Carroll and several Newcastle United and Liverpool legends. Not safe for work.

Spotted on Empire Of The Kop.

Related posts:

  1. Andy Carroll: The Newcastle United Striker That Everyone Seems to Want
  2. Andy Gray Sacked By Sky Sports: The Video That Was The Final Nail In The Coffin
  3. Andy Gray Makes More Sexist Remarks About Sian Massey: New Video (UPDATED)


FIFA 11 Goal Of The Week: Round 8 (Video)

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The latest round of goals of the week from the FIFA 11 video game have been posted online. The format of this week's round is different than previous one. Rather than the goals being listed from top five down to number one, this video has a selection of the best goals in no specific order.

Top 10 Soccer T-Shirts

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If you're like me, I'm very much in need of new soccer T-shirts. I have work clothes, soccer jerseys and casual clothes, but very few T-shirts that I can wear. At the same time, any old soccer T-shirt will not do. I prefer ones which are trendy, beautifully designed and made out of high quality materials that are comfortable to wear.

ESPN Wins U.S. TV Rights to Euro 2012 and Euro 2016

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ESPN has won the bidding for the U.S. TV and Internet rights to the upcoming Euro 2012 and Euro 2016 tournaments according to the Associated Press. ESPN has the rights to broadcasting the matches in all languages.

Exact details are limited right now, but ESPN plans on broadcasting all of the matches across it's platform on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3.

Live Blog: February 1 Matches and Transfer Talk

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Join me LIVE at 2 PM this afternoon for a live blog of the four Premier League matches being played today, including a possible Fernando Torres Chelsea debut. Also a short discussion of yesterday's transfer sagas beforehand to whet the appetite. See you then!

Arsenal v Everton (FSC); 2:30 PM ET
Sunderland v Chelsea (FS+); 2:40 PM ET
Manchester Utd v Aston Villa (ESPN2); 2:55 PM ET
West Brom v Wigan Athletic (foxsoccer.

The Game’s Gone Mad: The Dark-Side of English Football

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Let me qualify what I am about to say by stating that I love football and its potential to thrill, excite, inspire and unite us. However, in recent times football has become harder to love.

You go to see your team play, and you have to sit there listening to the screaming swearing of thousands of depressed men using football as some form of therapeutic escapism.