EPL Talk Archives for January 2011

How Far Are You Willing to Drive To See a Premier League Team This Summer?

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Despite the monotony of the international matches during the past 10 days, we soccer fans in the United States have been excited by the announcements of three Premier League teams heading to the country this summer. And more are expected to announce...

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Shaka Hislop Interview: Exclusive Chat with ESPN Soccer Analyst

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ESPN soccer pundit Shaka Hislop has had the privilege to play for several clubs in the top flight of English football. He was goalkeeper at Newcastle United, West Ham United and Portsmouth, as well as Reading and FC Dallas. And he played in goal for...

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Sir Alex Ferguson Press Conference To Announce MLS All-Star Game: Live

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Sir Alex Ferguson is at Red Bull Arena today in New Jersey to participate in a press conference to announce his team playing in the MLS All-Star Game as well as discussing Manchester United's 2011 summer tour which was announced this morning. Watch...

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Newcastle United Coming to United States for 2011 Summer Tour

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Newcastle United is the third Premier League club to announce that they'll be playing a friendly in the United States this summer. Manchester United officially announced their tour today. Everton announced last week that they'll be playing D.C....

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Manchester United Officially Announce Details of 2011 US Summer Tour

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Manchester United today officially announced details of its 2011 US summer tour. The Red Devils will play a series of five games across the United States with stops in Boston, Seattle, Chicago, New York/New Jersey and Washington D.C. The five game...

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Manchester United 2011 US Tour: Official Video

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Manchester United has released the above video to promote its 2011 summer tour of the United States. The video stars Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, the Da Silva twins and other Manchester United players combined with archival footage from last...

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World Football Challenge: Is Manchester City Coming Stateside?

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This afternoon, Manchester United will be officially announcing their 2011 summer tour. Some of those games will be part of the 2011 World Football Challenge, a tournament featuring some of the top teams in the world competing in games across the...

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Fox Soccer Channel To Broadcast Premier League Title Deciders

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In the heated race for the 2010-2011 Premier League title, the two games that may decide who will be crowned champion this season will both be featured on Fox Soccer Channel. In one week in May, Fox Soccer Channel will broadcast both the Arsenal...

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Manchester United Officially Named As 2011 MLS All-Star Game Opponent

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Major League Soccer today officially announced that Manchester United will be the opponent in the 2011 MLS All-Star game to be played at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey on July 27 at 8:30pm ET. As EPL Talk exclusively revealed a few weeks...

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Tommy Smyth Interview: Exclusive Chat With ESPN Soccer Analyst

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ESPN soccer analyst Tommy Smyth recently sat down with EPL Talk to discuss a range of topics relating to the world of soccer. The conversation began with Smyth describing what it was like to commentate the 2010 World Cup Final for ESPN Radio. Other...

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When Was The Last Time You Searched For Soccer Books At Your Local Library?

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I visited my local library last week in pursuit of some books for my children. But while I was watching them thumb through the pages, I had a flashback. Shortly after I arrived in the United States in 1984, I remember visiting the main branch of the...

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Robbie Earle Interview: EPL Talk Podcast

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During the international break, we're featuring several exclusive interviews on the EPL Talk Podcast. Earlier this week, we released the first part of Detailing The Pyramid featuring interviews with some of the leading experts regarding football...

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Wales Versus England, Euro 2012 Qualifier: Open Thread

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I'm seriously hoping that today's match between Wales and England (11am ET, ESPN2/ESPN3.com) will rekindle more discussion about the possible return of the British Home Championship. A big part of that will be whether Wales can show to England and...

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Special 1 TV: Wenger In Wales

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Special 1 TV is back with a vengeance today with plenty of laughs and a free-for-all. Arsene Wenger gives his first out-of-studio appearance live from Wales. The Voyeur even attempts to speak some Welsh, so I was pleasantly pleased by that. Diolch!...

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Chelsea Home Shirt for 2011-2012 Season: Leaked Photo

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A photo has been leaked on the Internet showing what looks like Chelsea's new jersey for the 2011-2012 season. We'll have to wait and see whether this is the actual one when we get official confirmation in the coming months. But, in the meantime, we...

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Wales 4-1 England, 1980: Friday Flashback Videos

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I still remember the match, more than 30 years later. On a warm May day in the late spring of 1980, Wales played England in an important British Home Championship match at Wrexham in North Wales. As usual, few expected Wales, the country of my birth...

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Will Wales Pose a Threat to England?

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Gary Speed's first competitive game in charge of Wales will provide an immediate chance for him to go down in Welsh managerial folklore. The locals will love nothing more than getting one over on their English counterparts and after the rugby team...

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Everton Announce Pre-Season US Tour

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Everton will return to the United States for a preseason tour this summer. The Toffees will play a friendly against D.C. United on Saturday, July 23 at RFK Stadium in Washington DC. It'll be the first time Everton will be revisiting North America...

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Jose Mourinho Wants to Return to England, But Where Will He Go?

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Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has announced that his next job will be in England. And he is hoping to form a dynasty at whichever club he takes over rather than the shorter stints he has been known for throughout his career. Mourinho also went...

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Exclusive Interview With John Terry and More Important News

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Now that we're on an international break for the next couple of weeks before we see more Premier League action, I wanted to take this time to bring you up-to-speed regarding several important updates. First, on Thursday, we'll be publishing an...

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Detailing The Pyramid, Part 1: Interview with Jonathan Wilson And Others

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Earlier this month, exclusive members of EPL Talk Pro received the first part of a new audio documentary series that was entitled Detailing The Pyramid. Parts two and three are in the works, but we thought we'd give EPL Talk readers a taste of what...

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John Terry Interview: Exclusive Chat With England Captain

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John Terry, the steel of the England defense, faces a tough challenge this weekend when the Three Lions travel to Cardiff to face Wales in a crucial Euro 2012 qualifying match. With a sold-out crowd of 69,000 expected at Millennium Stadium, Terry...

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Why Fans of EPL Clubs Should Give MLS Another Chance

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As a Brit and Newcastle United supporter, I must give credit for this piece to one of our readers, ‘Clampdown'. In the article on our sister site MLS Talk about how The Guardian dismisses Major League Soccer as not a big league, I liked the premise...

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When Getting to the Top Is More Beautiful Than Winning the Title

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As a relative newcomer to soccer and, being a Tottenham fan, I must say that I have immensely enjoyed the past couple of years. Last year saw Spurs squeak past Manchester City to take fourth place and a Champions League spot. And the late April...

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Who Will Be Promoted From the Championship To Premier League?

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Just like the bottom of the Premier League (which became even more congested this week), the top of the Championship presents a tangled mess of possibilities. With two automatic promotion spots on the line and playoffs for the next four, no one...

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Who Will Be Man United’s Goalkeeper When Edwin Van der Sar Retires?

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First, let me start by commending Edwin Van der Sar on a long and illustrious career. Coming through the ranks at Ajax, he won countless number of trophies including the Champions League during the very successful 1990s Louis van Gaal years. Moving...

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Snowed Under: A Review of ‘The Blizzard’ Football Magazine

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Without a doubt, the writers for The Guardian are some of the best soccer writers in the world. Their podcast is first class. And even for an American like myself their writers and collaborators are well known: Sid Lowe, Jonathan Wilson, Raphael...

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Premier League Heats Up: EPL Talk Podcast Weekend Review

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It was a weekend at the top, middle and bottom of the Premier League where results may have huge ramifications on the destiny of club's in the coming weeks to months. Wigan won, Arsenal almost lost, Chelsea could be on a surge to battle for the...

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All Newcastle United Needs Is 11 Cheik Tiote’s

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He's been one of the bargains of the season. The Ivorian defensive midfield who joined Newcastle for £3.5m has taken to the league like he'd played in it for years. I recently went to see Birmingham against Newcastle at St Andrews. I watched it like...

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Sunderland Home Shirt for 2011-12 Season: Revealed (Photo)

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Sunderland's new home shirt for the 2011-12 season has been unveiled by Umbro. The classic Sunderland strip, featuring the red and white stripes, is accentuated by a black V-neck and black cuffs. This makes for a markedly different appearance for...

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 30: Open Thread

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Following Saturday's action, we have two big matches in the Premier League today, on Sunday. The first one kicks off between Sunderland and Liverpool at the Stadium Of Light. The prospect of this match still instantly reminds me of floating red...

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FIFA 11 Predicts Chelsea Against Manchester City Winner

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Thanks to the help of FIFA 11, EA Sports has created a simulation of what they think will happen during Sunday's match of the day when Chelsea takes on Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. The game is of upmost importance to both sides. So while many...

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Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 0 West Ham: Spotlight Match Review

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Spurs' quest for another UEFA Champions League appearance took a detour yet again, as West Ham United held onto a scoreless draw at White Hart Lane in their London Derby. Formations The home squad was assembled in their familiar 4-4-1-1 formation....

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Manchester United Add Massachusetts to U.S. Summer Tour, Says Report

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The Boston Globe is reporting that Manchester United is planning on adding one match to their 2011 summer tour of the United States when they will play New England Revolution on July 14 at Foxborough Stadium. EPL Talk confirmed with sources on...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 30: Open Thread

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It's been a very Champions League-centric week, so I'm glad to see the return of the Premier League this weekend, so we can return back to normalcy, which is typically filled with excitement and plenty of goals. Today, we have several enticing...

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Special 1 TV: Champions League Draw Special

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The puppeteers over at BBC 3 have been busy this afternoon preparing a late-breaking episode of Special 1 TV. The topic, which is on everyone's minds today and at Special 1 TV, is the Champions League draw. Jose, The Boy and Wenger cover the news in...

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Poll: Who Do You Want To See In The Champions League Final?

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The draw for the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the 2010-11 Champions League has been made. And we can now begin fantasizing about who we want to see in the final, which will be played at Wembley in May. With Chelsea playing against Manchester...

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Champions League Quarter-Final Draw: Live

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The draw for the quarter-finals of the 2010-11 Champions League will take place Friday at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. Match Of The Day presenter Gary Lineker will be conducting the draw and will be helping pick the names out of the...

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What Would Be Your Dream Champions League Quarter-Final Draw?

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It feels like Christmas Eve tonight. Tomorrow morning, we'll wake up and there'll be several presents waiting for us. We have an idea what they'll be, but we won't know for sure until we rip off the wrapping. I am, of course, talking about tomorrow...

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Fantasy Premier League Tips, Gameweek 30

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Those of you who aren't long time readers of our blog may not realize that my day job is as a management consultant. Yes, it's true. In the real world as well as the fantasy EPL world, I tell people what to do for a living. The reason I bring this...

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EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 30

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It's been a looooong time since the reverse fixtures to these Gameweek 30 matches were played in September. We have two derbies, a top 4 showdown at Stamford Bridge, and the what-will-happen-next drama of another Sunderland-Liverpool showdown. ...

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Should Sir Alex Ferguson Appeal His Five-Match Touchline Ban?

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Sir Alex Ferguson isn't the type of person you want to pick a fight with. After criticizing referee Martin Atkinson's performance during Chelsea's victory against Manchester United on March 1, Ferguson got into hot water with The FA today after he...

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Using The Full Squad (Mid-Week Review, Weekend Preview): EPL Talk Podcast

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The English Premier League put two more clubs through to the quarterfinals of UEFA Champions League, with mid-week action seeing Manchester United and Chelsea qualify for the final eight. They join Tottenham Hotspur, who beat Milan last week, by...

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Meet the Premier League Referees, Gameweek 30

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Having confirmed last weekend the final four of the FA Cup, it's back to the main business of Premier League survival and title challenges as all twenty teams are involved in ten important matches. We've got derbies, relegation six pointers and...

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Javier Hernandez: The Quintessential Footballer

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It's hard to believe that it's been less than a year since Javier Hernandez joined Manchester United. Since officially joining the club on July 1, 2010, Chicharito has literally hit the ground running with the Old Trafford club. He's already scored...

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Are The Three Lions Losing Out On Future Stars?

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We've all seen Victor Moses play before, but when his previous club Crystal Palace side traveled to lowly Reading in December 2009, he owned the pitch he played on and his stock rose considerably. Then 18, Moses scored a long-range curled effort,...

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Premier League Is More Important Than Life In Africa

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In 1992, when the Premier League was formed, the clubs began to take advantage of lucrative television rights and broke away from the Football League, which had existed since 1888. When fans worldwide saw Brian Deane score the first Premier League...

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Why Jens Lehmann Could Be The Missing Piece Arsenal Needs

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It's been five trophy-less seasons for Arsenal. And after being knocked out of the F.A. Cup at the hands of their fierce rivals Manchester United, many feel that the drought will not end this year making six years without a trophy for the Gunners...

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Sexism In Soccer: Can It Free Itself from the Dark Ages?

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It has so often been swept under the carpet and only muttered sparingly away from the spotlight. It was always there but not quite acknowledged as it should have been. Step forward Andy Gray and Richard Keys. Two of the most prominent men in the...

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I Don’t Want Any Premier League Clubs Relegated, Except One

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Who am I? I'm a 44 year old Brit who now lives in the US. I attended my first game in 1967, aged 6 months, and was a season ticket holder and Manchester United supporter during the dark times of the 70's and 80's (I'm ignoring my rebellious...

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The Wrong Kind of Money (Weekend Review): EPL Talk Podcast

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Manchesters City and United are slated to meet in the FA Cup semifinals after weekend victories over Reading and Arsenal, with the Royals putting up the better fight. The Gunners were unable to get past a patchwork United side, leaving them with one...

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FA Cup Semi-Final Draw Announced: Who Do You Think Will Be In The Final?

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The draw for the semi-finals of the 2010-11 FA Cup have been announced. The TV money men may be disappointed since there will be no Manchester derby in the FA Cup Final. Instead, the two Manchester clubs will face each other in the semi-final on the...

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EPL Talk Podcast Live Show, Open Thread: FA Cup, Down To Four

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Wins by Manchester United and City have set up a derby in the FA Cup semifinals, though the story of the weekend will be the Gunners, who saw an exit to a third competition in two weeks in failing to beat a patchwork United side on Saturday. As...

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FA Cup Sunday, 6th Round: Open Thread

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With the clocks springing forward one hour this morning in the United States, the start-times for Sunday's FA Cup matches are later than usual (the United Kingdom doesn't move their clocks ahead until March 28). First up is Stoke City against West...

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Inside The Mind of a Wannabe Premier League Footballer

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Editor's note: The following first-person story is a true account of young footballer Dida Alsaffar who is pursuing a career as a professional footballer, hopefully in the Premier League. Later this month he'll be playing in a trial in front of a...

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Another Dire Arsenal Performance As United Advance in FA Cup

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Photo by lorenzo23 Another day has passed and another dream title for Arsenal is over. After Saturday's tepid performance against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the FA Cup, the only hope of silverware for the Gunners is the Premier League...

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The Jay DeMerit Story, Chasing The Dream: Video Trailer

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Former Watford defender Jay DeMerit rose to fame in England from the depths of a seventh-tier team all the way up to the Premier League during the 2006-2007 season. While Watford's stay in the Premier League was short-lived, DeMerit went on to...

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FA Cup Saturday, 6th Round: Open Thread

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Today's FA Cup action kicked off with Birmingham City against Bolton Wanderers. The game has been an exciting encounter thus far between two teams trying to win to take their side to a FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. Bolton has history on its side and...

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16 Years Later, Legend of Eric Cantona’s Kung-Fu Kick Lives On

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In a BBC interview last week with Manchester United legend Eric Cantona, here's what the Frenchman said about his infamous kung-fu kick against a Crystal Palace supporter... "When I did the kung-fu kick on the hooligan, because these kind of people...

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Arsenal vs Man Utd, 1979 FA Cup Final: Friday Flashback Videos

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The date was May 12, 1979. The occasion was the 1979 FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium between Manchester United and Arsenal. Both teams featured a stellar cast of legendary players. Footballers such as Gordon McQueen, Lou Macari, Pat Jennings, Liam...

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Poll: Who Will Win? Man United or Arsenal?

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In the mid-week edition of the EPL Talk Podcast, the trio of Farley, McKenna and Krishnaiyer had a fascinating discussion about how much this Saturday's FA Cup match means to Manchester United. While I don't expect Sir Alex Ferguson to field a B...

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Special 1 TV: An Audience with Wenger

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This week's episode of Special 1 TV features a live studio audience for the first time as they hurl questions at Arsene Wenger and Jose. The usual cast of characters are in place, but now that the introductions have been made, where does the episode...

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How I Fell In And Out Of Love With Chelsea

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I recently read the EPL Talk article ‘How I Fell in Love with Everton FC.' As I read the article, it reminded me of my own story of discovering English football – a similar experience to that of the author, yet with an entirely different result. I...

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FIFA 11 Ultimate Team: Goals Of The Month

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Sit back and watch the best goals of February from FIFA 11 Ultimate Team. Some of the goals are sublime. Some will make you sick how easy they look. With FIFA 11 Ultimate Team, you can build your football club the way real-world coaches and managers...

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FIFA 11 Predicts Barcelona vs Arsenal Result

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The masterminds at EA have taken their FIFA 11 game simulation machine and predicted the result of tonight's Barcelona against Arsenal match. After Arsenal's historic 2-1 win against Barcelona at the Emirates, will the Gunners be able to overcome...

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Subbuteopia: Trailer For Upcoming Documentary About Subbuteo

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Subbuteopia – trailer from L@Società Sintetica on Vimeo. A documentary about Subbuteo, the legendary table soccer game, is in the works and scheduled for release this year. The film includes the story of the Parodi brothers, one of the main...

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Liverpool Away Shirt for 2011-2012 Season Revealed: Photos

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New photos of what appears to be Liverpool's away shirt for the 2011-2012 season have been leaked. The photos of Liverpool's new away shirt reveal a return to the club's famous yellow shirt with red trim. Designed and manufactured by Adidas,...

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Arsenal Were Simply Not Good Enough Against Barcelona

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Champions League matches often create fascinating moments in games, especially in the second leg when two teams are going down to the wire to determine who will be victors. In Tuesday night's match between Barcelona and Arsenal, with Barcelona in...

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What Would Be Your Dream Cup Final, And Why?

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There's something magical about a Cup Final. On any given day, any team can win even if it's a David against Goliath. The nerves are tensing, the butterflies are racing and the sweaty palms are in full bloom. Then you have the atmosphere at the...

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Busacca’d!!! (Mid-Week Review, Weekend Preview): EPL Talk Podcast

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There were two English Premier League matches mid-week, but our main focus of attention was Champions League, where one North London club qualified for the quarterfinals while their rivals were sent home empty handed, jaw slacken. For the second...

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Why Tottenham Hotspur Are Already Winners

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How times have changed at Tottenham Hotspur. After Tottenham Hotspur showed Sunday how leaky their defense could be as Wolverhampton Wanderers ran riot, It was refreshing to see the Lilywhites give a defensively sound performance Wednesday night...

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Our Obsession With Football Managers

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My obsession with football started as a young boy when I began to collect football stickers. Through the collection of these stickers I formulated the kind of professional player I would be when the time came. I didn't support a football team at the...

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EPL Talk Pro Presents Detailing The Pyramid Starring Jonathan Wilson

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Today, EPL Talk Pro released part one of a three part audio series entitled "Detailing The Pyramid: Looking at the Current Role of Tactical Analysis in Football Coverage." The audio series features discussions with: Jonathan Wilson (The Guardian),...

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EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, FA Cup Quarterfinals

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Only 8 matches this week, and the teams from Manchester feature in four of them. While the derbies were not as exciting this year as last, are we heading for an FA Cup showdown? United and Chelsea should advance to the Champions League...

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